The Boston Celtics have played two games since star point guard Rajon Rondo’s season ended with an ACL injury. Since the injury, four guards have seen a bump in playing time and are worth a look in your fantasy basketball league.
First is Avery Bradley. While he hasn’t seen a huge uptick in playing time, because he was already starting as the two-guard, he has posted two impressive stat-lines since getting a chance to run the point in Boston. He unfortunately hasn’t been dishing the ball, but in Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Bradley recorded a season-high five rebounds and three steals. He doesn’t turn the ball over, great for leagues that take points off for that, and he is one guard that will continue to get plenty of time for the Celtics.
After Bradley, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa have all seen more minutes since Rondo went down. At first it looked as though Barbosa would see a big boost in minutes from the injury. However, after not doing much in 30 minutes against the Miami Heat, Barbosa saw just 15 minutes against Sacramento and it appears owners may want to wait before adding him.
Terry has certainly been scoring since Rondo went down. After scoring just 19 total points in four games, Terry has posted 37 in the past three and even added four assists Wednesday. He has not been playing well this year, but it appears that the Rondo injury could be the turning point. Terry is not worth a big investment at this point, but if he is available on waivers, he should be snagged.
Lastly, Lee has seen 26 minutes in three straight games, but in the past two hasn’t been very effective from the field (4-15). Lee simply doesn’t do much to warrant much fantasy consideration right now.
All four guards, however, should be monitored closely. Any one of them could put the team on their back and become a big spark for your fantasy team down the stretch.