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Fantasy Basketball: Why I hang on to Carsen Edwards & why I broke a primary rule

One of the primary rules of Fantasy Basketball is don't be a homer when you draft your team. In other words, don't go out of your way to draft a lot of players from your home team. Well, I did just that. I not only drafted Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward - I also picked up rookie Carsen Edwards off waivers a few days after the draft - not for what he can produce right now, but rather what I hope for by mid-season.

The season is young, but I sit in third place in my Fantasy League with an 11-7 record thus far, and a 6-3 record for this week. I generally hope for at least 20 Fantasy points per game from my late-round picks, and Edwards has yet to hit that mark. Although he did get 19 Fantasy points last night in only 13 minutes versus the Cavs. Gordon Hayward, by the way, racked up 53 Fantasy points in the same game.


Smart is not usually viewed as a productive Fantasy player, but I chose him because I expect better offense from him this season. With more minutes and experience, Edwards should be putting up Fantasy points in the high-teens or low-20's, and that should suffice for an end-of-the-bench guy.

So did I make a mistake being a homer and putting five Celtics on my 13-player roster. Time will answer that question, but so far - so good. I never had a shot at Kemba Walker, or I may have gone with him too. My homer stance would have been a disaster last season, but it is looking good this time around. I have been tempted to waive Carsen in favor of other players off the waiver wire, but loyalty to my home team prevents that. I am staying with him.

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