Ever since PF Tyler Hansbrough won a National Champion with North Carolina in 2009, fantasy basketball owners have been waiting for him to mature into an everyday player. Well it looks like they finally got their wish. After months of playing 10 minutes a game, the Indiana Pacers finally gave Hansbrough the chance to start.
Unfortunately, Hansbrough is just filling in for PF David West, who has been sidelined with a lower back injury. It has been reported that West can’t even walk right now, so expect Hansbrough to put up strong numbers in the opening round of the fantasy playoffs. He may not be a permanent solution, but the forward can have fantasy value for at least a couple more games.
Since being added to the starting-five, Hansbrough has averaged 15.3 points and a very respectable 10.3 rebounds per start. Those are numbers that any fantasy owner could live with and the forward can certainly be a decent spot starter down the stretch.
Psycho-T may be a risky pick at this point in the year, but he is putting up great numbers right now. As long as he stays in the starting lineup, Hansbrough will continue to be a worthy fantasy starter. He can easily average 10 points and nine boards a game in the first round of the playoffs, so take a shot on him this week.