Houston Rockets C Omer Asik had an unbelievable fantasy basketball season last year. The big man averaged 10.2 points and his 11.7 rebounds was third-best in the entire league. He ended up being one of the best value picks of the entire year.
However, following the acquisition of C Dwight Howard this off-season, Asik quickly saw his minutes and fantasy value become virtually non-existent. He has averaged just 4.4 points with 6.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season, and as if his lackluster numbers weren’t enough, a recent lower leg injury has caused the center to be dropped in a large numbers of fantasy leagues.
Asik has missed a handful of games recently due to a bruised thigh that has seemed to linger forever. He had some fluid drained from his knee last week to reduce the swelling and it has reportedly done wonders for the center, but he is reportedly still not 100% healthy. He has continued to rehab all week and the center could return to action as early as the middle of the next scoring period.
The center has been involved in numerous trade rumors since the beginning of the season. He made it no secret that he didn’t want to stay in Houston when Howard was first brought in, and nothing has changed. There are always plenty of teams inserted in the services of a reliable rebounder, and that alone will most likely force the team’s hand at some point before the trade deadline.
Asik isn’t even owned in 50% of ESPN format (40.4%) and the seven-footer could be a huge second-half contributor, especially if he even gets dealt to another team. If you have an open roster spot, keep Asik stashed away and hope the center gets traded somewhere very soon.