It's probably true enough to say that the Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker wasn't on many owner's fantasy draft boards. However, as injuries rack up around the league, Booker is finding his name on more and more rosters.
The condensed 2011-12 NBA season helps a growing second-year player such as Booker because of the amount of injuries around the league. The Wizards' power forward is finding his way on fantasy teams because of players sitting out such as: the Denver Nuggets' Nene (calf), the Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (wrist) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (groin).
Nene, Varejao and Anthony are just to name a few of the most recent hampering injuries.
In the last four days, Booker has found a home on 16,685 Yahoo! fantasy teams. He was picked up by 3,143 owners on Friday, 6,814 Saturday, 3,723 Sunday and 3,005 Monday.
Booker's averages of 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds are not overly impressive, but his stat lines in the last four Wizards' games are fantasy relevant. At least enough for Band-Aid duty since these type of numbers are hard to find on waiver wires at this point in the season.
On Feb. 6 against the Toronto Raptors he scored 19 points off of 70% from the field. The next game he scored 17 and grabbed seven rebounds. On Friday he notched a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds and he recorded nine and seven Sunday.
If an owner is in need of rebounds, a high shooting percentage, defensive numbers (he has eight steals and five blocks in the last four games), than Booker is the man to grab.
I picked him up after his teammate Andray Blatche was forced to sit out. Booker has stepped in nicely and helped me advance to first place in my league last week because of his shooting percentage from the field and his rebounds.