After hearing a loud pop in his leg on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors went down with a nasty hamstring injury. He was having a strong fantasy basketball campaign, but the flex forward will unfortunately have to miss time with the nagging injury. Iggy won’t require surgery for the hamstring, however, he will still be sidelined for some time.
This has left the team pretty desperate for a playmaker at the forward position and it has caused SF Harrison Barnes to see a steady uptick in minutes. Barnes looked great in the Conference Finals last year against the San Antonio Spurs, as he averaged 17.3 points with 7.3 rebounds, but the fact that the team brought in Iguodala has greatly diminished the amount of playing time that Barnes has seen. That has certainly changed with the recent injury, as Barnes has stepped right into the starting gig.
Barnes has been playing pretty well lately and the increase in minutes couldn’t have come at a better time. The former North Carolina standout has averaged 15.2 points over his last five games, to go along with 4.6 rebounds and three assists. He even added 13 points to go along with two three-pointers and five rebounds in his start on Saturday night.
Barnes isn’t on the same level as LeBron James just yet, but the 21-year-old has some serious upside. He should become a decent nightly option with Iggy out of the picture and start putting together some decent fantasy stat lines.