Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season.
That is terrible, terrible news. Not just for fantasy owners, but for the Bulls and the NBA as a whole. And transitioning back to fantasy, this news alone is enough for owners to attack the waiver wire, searching for viable replacements. Let’s not waste any time, shall we?
Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues.
Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls (24.1%): It’s not the sexiest name, but if you need to replace Rose in your fantasy lineup, why not start with the guy replacing him on the Bulls? Hinrich was already getting significant work before Rose went down, seeing around 30 minutes per night. During his first start without Rose suited up, Hinrich was solid, scoring nine points, while adding seven assists and two boards. You won’t get a scoring touch out of him, as Hinrich averaged just 7.7 points per game when starting in place of Rose last season. However, with two very skilled big men in front of him, assist potential should be there, and a feisty player like Hinrich should contribute in the steals and rebounds department as well. He’s worth a look, but temper expectations a bit.
Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons (28.2%): Playing more shooting guard than point seems to be paying dividends for both the Pistons and Stuckey, because he is on a tear. Over his last five games, Stuckey is averaging 19.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals per game. During that span, he’s shooting a ridiculous 90 percent from the free-throw line and 53 percent from the field. The towering frontcourt in Detroit will allow Stuckey to see plenty of opportunity, as he is already averaging almost 13 shots per game. Keep in mind that he is posting these strong numbers, despite logging less than 30 minutes per game on the year. He needs to be owned in far more than 28 percent of leagues, folks.
Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls (6.1%): Another member of the Bulls sees an uptick in fantasy value due to injury. With shooting guard Jimmy Butler sidelined for about three weeks with a toe injury, Dunleavy will step in and start for the Bulls at shooting guard. He hasn’t done much in limited action to warrant a roster add, but the increase in playing time and opportunity should help him produce more. If you are in need of three-pointers, target Dunleavy, as he three three-point attempts per game. As long as Butler is sidelined, Dunleavy will be safe enough to start in daily formats.
Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns (59.5%): If you are in need of replacing the likes of Eric Bledsoe, or simply need a short-term shooting guard, Green is definitely the guy to target. Still out there in 40 percent of leagues, Green has been strong since taking over for the injured Bledsoe (shin). During his last five games, he’s averaging 17.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a ridiculous 7.6 three-point attempts per game, sinking 3.6 of them. He’s contributing everywhere, and considering Phoenix lacks scoring depth, Green should get plenty of offensive touches. During his seven starts this season, he is logging a healthy 32.6 minutes per game. Grab him now, ride the hot hand until Bledsoe comes back, and if you own Bledsoe, I’d hang onto Green.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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