The Washington Wizards are once again in desperate of some offensive talent. Bradley Beal is sidelined with a leg injury, while Martell Webster is still nursing an ankle injury, so the team is currently without two of their top offensive weapons.
The duo’s absence, though, has caused the fantasy basketball value of some other players to go up a tick, most notably the team’s first round pick, Otto Porter Jr.
Porter has a chance to contribute immediately with the team’s lack of healthy options. The rookie missed a significant amount of time this year with a nagging hip injury, but now that he is finally healthy, the 2013 first round pick is ready to put up numbers. He won’t come out of the gate to play 30-plus minutes a game, as he has yet to play over 15 minutes, but he should slowly be transitioned into the offense as the youngster gets into game shape.
Porter was a beast in the paint for the Georgetown Hoyas and the forward made a living scoring the tough buckets. His 198-pound frame allows him to hold his own down low, but the first-year pro is also deceptively quick for his size, which makes him very active around the glass.
Porter is owned in under 10% (7.1%) of standard ESPN leagues and the rookie can be an extremely valuable addition in deeper formats. If you have a roster spot in your 10-man league, Porter is certainly worth stashing for a late-season run.