2013 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Mike Dunleavy
It seems that over the last couple weeks of the fantasy basketball season, the Chicago Bulls have had serious problems staying healthy. PG Derrick Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee and was unfortunately once again shutdown for the year. Additionally, SF Loul Deng has missed time lately with an Achilles injury, while C Joakim Noah has also been bothered by a thigh ailment.
Among all these fallen stars, though, SG/SF Mike Dunleavy has put together some pretty big performances for fantasy owners. He has stepped into the starting lineup when Jimmy Butler was sidelined with a toe injury and the veteran has not disappointed fantasy owners since the increase in action.
The guard/forward has incredibly added 16 points over his last eight contests. He has also added 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals. Dunleavy is a natural jump shooter and has always been a consistent contributor from behind the arc, but he is really filling out the box score right now for fantasy owners.
Dunleavy is only owned in 12.1% of ESPN formats and can be an amazing waiver wire addition in the short term. Dunleavy may see his role reduced when Butler returns, but the veteran will remain a decent daily option as long as he gets over 25 minutes a game. He will continue to add 10-plus points per game with a couple boards, dimes, and threes.