The Boston Celtics haven’t struggled like many expected since they lost star point guard Rajon Rondo, and a lot of that has to do with the sudden emergence of Jeff Green.
The forward had his best game of the year with Kevin Garnett resting Friday night and should now be owned in basically all fantasy basketball leagues. He had a season-high 31 points on an incredibly efficient 11-14 from the field and 6-7 from the line. He can also shoot from beyond the arc. He was 3-5 from three Friday and is just outside the top five among power forwards in three-pointers made.
Green was getting solid minutes all season, but in January he is averaging over 30 minutes per game and is scoring 15 points with four rebounds per in the month. He is shooting almost 52 percent from the field in his last nine and has scored at least 11 points in 11 of 13 games.
The fifth-year vet has not only done a great job getting to the line this month, he is also one of the best free throw shooters at his position. He has made his last 27 free throws and is now making almost 83 percent on the year.
Many fantasy owners have caught on to Green lately, but not everyone. Just a week or two ago he was only owned in about 25 percent of ESPN leagues. That number has now risen to 52 percent as of Friday night, but that does mean he still may be available in your league. If he is available then grab him. If you own him already, he should continue to be a viable option the rest of the season. Nonetheless, his value may not be higher than it is now so shopping him could be a smart idea.