Fantasy Basketball: Trade Makes Jerryd Bayless A Steal

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Since the Memphis Grizzlies traded Wayne Ellington, Marreese Speights and Josh Selby to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jerryd Bayless has been on a complete tear offensively.

Everyone knows that Bayless was never the point guard the Grizzlies thought he was, but he’s an excellent combo guard. That play has shown since Lionel Hollins has made him the primary shooting guard of the secondary unit.

In the last four games after the trade (starting in one), Bayless has averaged 14 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Most importantly his shooting percentage has skyrocketed for fantasy basketball fans. On the season, he’s shooting a low 40 percent, but during this stretch he’s hitting 54.8 percent of his shots.

This has been Bayless’ best stretch on the season and if Mike Conley, who’s missed the last two games with an ankle injury, doesn’t return immediately then Bayless’ production will continue to skyrocket.

And even when Conley returns, there will be a lot of two point guard lineups that allows Bayless to become the primary backcourt scoring such as he and Conley or he and Tony Wroten.

Bayless’ is getting to the free-throws line more in his aggressive role as the scorer off the bench. His free-throw attempts per game has increased to 2.3 whereas it was 1.1 before. In a league where free-throws weight more points, that can be huge for your team.

With a lot of injuries going around the league, picking up Bayless may be instrumental in saving your season or making your already good team better for the long haul, then sneak off into your free agency pool and grab Bayless. It’ll be worth it.


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