Rudy Gay (shoulder) is officially out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, should the Grizzlies get there. Gay has been out since Feb. 15, so this is old news. It’s not like you lost his services on Tuesday morning and are scrambling for a replacement. He’s been long gone. And we already know who has benefited from his absence.
Tony Allen: Love this dude! I’ve been advocating for Allen for close to a month now. Since Gay’s injury, Allen has posted 13.4 points on 53.5 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 14 games. That’s in just 27 minutes. Two steals in 27 minutes. There’s no better player at closing out the passing lanes than Allen. He is the must-add in Memphis, and has been for a month now, so go get him!
Sam Young: I’m no Young fan. I’ll let that be known up front. He’s not gifted enough on offense to make an impact, and his defense is far too spotty, which leads to his limited playing time. Since the Gay injury he’s averaging 26 minutes, 8.3 points, 0.2 threes, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks. Meh. His game is quiet. The presence of Shane Battier has hurt his value as well. When the Grizzlies need a lock-down defender they call on Battier. When it’s offense they need, they call on…
O.J. Mayo: No one has been a bigger bust at the shooting guard position this season than Mayo. Think about it; your expectations this season for Mayo were probably similar to that of Eric Gordon’s. We talked about Gordon and Mayo being a coin-flip in terms of which one you draft first. Mayo has been just downright awful while Gordon, when healthy, has looked like a fantasy superstar in the making. That said, Mayo now stands to continue to benefit from Gay’s absence in that he would be glued to the bench if Gay were able to return. Mayo’s had his moments. He hit three 3-pointers against the Jazz on Monday, had two steals and a block against the Pacers last Saturday night, and over a week ago dropped 19 points on the Heat. He’s not the best option, but he’s a better fantasy player than Young.
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Tim Duncan’s injury really hurts his owners now that he’s all but done for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs. Best case scenario seems to be that Duncan might return for the final week of the regular season, which is far too long for fantasy owners to sit and wait on. You need to drop Duncan. We knew that his minutes would be limited down the stretch but this is ridiculous! So where do we go from here? I’ve heard of Tiago Splitter, but this is ridiculous!
Splitter has been seeing quality minutes with Duncan’s injury and DeJuan Blair dealing with a wrist injury of his own. Splitter got his first career against the Bobcats on Saturday, but
this is ridiculous! managed just 8 points, 6 rebounds, a block and a steal in 24 minutes. He then followed that performance up with 10 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Monday night.
I picked up Splitter in our RotoExperts league. Yes, the one where I destroyed Jeff in the first round of the playoffs! Splitter is going to get decent minutes, considering that they lack any real size and depth in the middle. I would be happy to get 12 and 10 with a steal and a block out of Splitter. In adding him it cost me DeAndre Jordan, which means it really cost me nothing. Splitter has the talent+opportunity to be one of the most valuable adds over the final weeks of the season. The Spurs are not going to rush Duncan back. Not when they all but have the No. 1 seed wrapped up in the West.
The other injured superstar you might have to live without is Deron Williams. He’s been ruled out for the next two games, but it’s likely that his wrist injury will keep him out for the remainder of the season. The team won’t commit to shutting him down since, of course, they have tickets to sell. But realistically they have to be seriously considering it.
In the meantime, Jordan Farmar continues to add value as a fill-in point guard. He went for 10 points, 17 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals against the Wizards on Sunday, followed by 14 points, 4 assists 2 rebounds and a steal on Monday against the Pacers. He’s not the dynamic talent Deron Williams is, but he’s a need-to-own player right now.
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