Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Jimmer Fredette
Jimmer Fredette entered the NBA with big expectations, after an excellent college career at BYU and being a lottery pick (10th overall) in 2011. But he has not become a star, or even earned a prominent role over his first three seasons, and he was averaging just 5.9 points per game in just over 11 minutes per contest for the Sacramento Kings this season (41 games-zero starts) before the two sides agreed to a buyout last week.
After clearing waivers Fredette signed with the Chicago Bulls for the rest of the season, and he was available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks. He only played three minutes in his Bulls’ debut, scoring two points (1-for-2 from the floor) with two rebounds in a 19-point win for Chicago, and even though he is not likely to see a ton of playing time it can be assumed Fredette will see more minutes as he gets acclimated to his new team and a new set of teammates.
Fredette has made just over 49 percent of his three-pointers this season, with virtually no contribution in any other category (1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game), so whatever fantasy value he has will be tied to his proficiency from beyond the arc when he does get into games. That one-category potential, and minimal upside all things considered, will not be worth the attention of most fantasy owners. But those that seek three-point shooting help can think about putting Fredette on their watch list, and in certain situations he could be worth adding and stashing in very deep leagues.
Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.