Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe was a popular sleeper for fantasy basketball owners heading into the season, and he did not disappoint by averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game over his first 24 games (22 starts) of the season. But he has not played since Dec. 30 due to a right knee issue, and ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on Thursday that he will need surgery to repair cartilage in the injured knee. So Bledsoe will be out indefinitely, and there has to be some serious doubt about his status for the rest of the season at this point.
Gerald Green has started the last four games for the Suns in Bledsoe’s absence, and he has averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 steals, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in that span with a particular spike in scoring over the last three games (17.7 points per game). In 16 starts this season Green is averaging 15.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game in just under 32 minutes per contest, and he is averaging 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game overall this season (34 games).
Archie Goodwin, Dionte Christmas and Ishmael Smith may all see more playing time with Bledsoe out, but I don’t think any potential playing time spike will be enough to make any of the three register on the radar of fantasy owners. Goran Dragic is now the unchallenged No. 1 point guard for Phoenix, but if he is available in your league (90 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues) consider yourself extremely fortunate.
Green is a great fit for the fast-paced system Suns’ head coach Jeff Hornacek wants to run, and his shot volume (10.7 field goal attempts per game right now) has a chance to go up and continue to take his point production with it as long as he is getting significant playing time. Fantasy owners should not expect noteworthy numbers in any other category, other than maybe steals in a best-case scenario, but Green is still available in just over half of Yahoo! leagues right now and he is sure to be among the most-added players in fantasy leagues in the coming days.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.