by Ray Kuhn
Alright, let’s state the obvious. We are now in a confusing time for fantasy basketball. Teams are gearing up for their playoff runs, teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and there are teams merely playing out the string.
Injuries are catching up to players, some performances are beginning to suffer, and players who were previously unknown are beginning to emerge. Players are going from the waiver wire to the starting lineup and literally becoming valuable fantasy options over nigh after previously being unknown.
It is hard enough to manage a seasonal fantasy roster, let alone a DFS entry at this point in the season. To say that value is coming from out of nowhere would be an understatement.
One player who fits this perfectly, is Ray McCallum of the Memphis Grizzlies.
After spending the first two seasons of his career with the Sacramento Kings, McCallum found himself as a depth piece with the San Antonio Spurs for this year. McCallum never fully got a chance to get going with the Kings as he averaged 6.2 points in 20 minutes in 2013 and followed that up with 7.4 points in 21.1 minutes last season.
This year McCallum was buried shuttling between the bench and the D-League before he was jettisoned to make room for Andre Miller. And now with Mike Conley sidelined for the next month, it is all about McCallum at the point guard position for the Grizzlies.
So far, through two games, McCallum has come off the bench behind another unknown (rookie Briante Weber) but he played 27 minutes followed by 28 minutes. The results have been a mixed bag thus far for McCallum.
McCallum began his career in Memphis with 13 points (including three 3-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. His follow up effort wasn’t as successful as the point guard make just two of 10 shots from the field.
In the same game, Weber, who has just three career games under his belt, scored a career high 12 points and is currently shooting 31.6% from the field. It goes without saying, that while he will get some playing time (by attrition) so he should be on your radar, but Weber doesn’t hold much fantasy value.
McCallum is not going to make much of a consistent fantasy impact, but he will be getting consistent playing time. And at this stage of the season, that has to count for something.