Welcome to the first installment of Outrageous Claims, where the Damn Lies writers examine players that fantasy basketball owners might want to add to their teams. If you agree or disagree, or just want to vent, leave a message in the comments.
Greg Stiemsma (C, BOS)
The Celtics added Steimsma to their training camp roster this preseason because they were desperate at center. Turns out they were underestimating their predicament. Jermaine O’Neal could perhaps guard a toddler in a game of nerf one-on-one, but he’d foul out quickly. He’s that bad. Chris Wilcox is the only other tall person on the roster one might consider a center, and he sat out Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury. Stiemsma came off the bench vs. the Hornets and played 20 minutes, totaling SIX BLOCKS. Six blocks. Wow. It’s not a fluke either, as Stiemsma led the D-League in blocks. He’s not an intimidating physical presence, just a guy with great timing, and every Celtic fan this morning is already clamoring for him to be the starting center. He, or a toddler, would be a huge upgrade over O’Neal. While Doc Rivers is contemplating things at 0-3, you MUST add Stiemsma in deep leagues of 12 or more teams, especially in head-to-head formats with daily lineups, where you can hide him and just use his blocks to put you over the top.
Jeff’s Claim: Add Stiemsma in all leagues of 14 or more teams, and in all leagues of 12 or more teams if you are desperate in blocks and have scrubs to drop.