As you have seen and heard on both of our preseason editions of NBA.com Fantasy Insider on NBA TV, I was not feeling Danny Granger entering this season because of lingering soreness in his left knee. Now, after just receiving word from the Pacers that Granger is out indefinitely as he seeks a second opinion on his knee, I am back with the fantasy aftermath.
Here are the fantasy beneficiaries, ranked in order of biggest jump in fantasy value …
1. Gerald Green: Last year in 31 games with the Nets, Green averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 threes in 25.2 minutes. I fully expect Green to enter the starting lineup for Granger and play at least 30 minutes per game, so look for upwards of 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1+ steals, and 2+ threes per game. Pick him up at once!
2. Paul George: Look for George’s game to blossom while Granger rests his knee. The inevitable increase in shot attempts for George vaults him from borderline fantasy starter to one of the top swingman starts in the game.
3. David West: West emerged as a team leader in last year’s playoffs and his shot attempts will increase in Granger’s stead. In fact, after averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, I look for minimums of 16 and 8 as long as DG is out.
4. Roy Hibbert: Last year, Roy averaged 10.3 field goal attempts in the regular season and 9.5 FGAs in the playoffs. He will likely see two more FGAs per half, which should equate to two more field goals made per game. In other words, tack on 4 ppg to last year’s scoring average of 12.8.
Rick Kamla is an anchor on NBA TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @NBATVRick.