Just when Jerryd Bayless found his groove (for the second year in a row), the proverbial fantasy basketball rug was yanked out from under him. According to Matt Devlin via Twitter, the Toronto Raptors guard is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn oblique.
With Bayless down for the count, Jose Calderon will assume full minutes as the lead point guard, and is now a gem to use again in fantasy basketball. Bayless’s scoring being completely eradicated from the rotation also gives Andre Bargnani more shots, and could mean a bigger offensive role for Linas Kleiza off the bench, as well.
In the fantasy realm, this is a shot the the chest for any owners who plucked Bayless off the waiver wire and watched him single-handedly save your crumbling season. If you were leaning hard on Bayless over the past couple of weeks, you could turn to Minnesota’s J.J. Barea, who went off for 25 points, 14 assists, 11 boards, and three steals in his last game. He’s hurt at the moment, but the injury is minor and Barea is expected to have a big role going forward with Ricky Rubio out for the season. Owned in just 20% of leagues, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding him on your waiver wire.
If Barea isn’t there or you need an option right away, C.J. Watson continues to light it up while Derrick Rose misses time. He’s a solid option until Rose comes back (which doesn’t appear to be soon), while Jordan Crawford is owned in over 60% of leagues but has value if he’s available.