Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (10) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Suns’ Leandro Barbosa making most of opportunity


Fantasy basketball owners in need of guard depth may want to turn their attentions to an old, but familiar name.

Back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns, guard Leandro Barbosa could start finding his way onto some fantasy teams before long.

Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (10) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

In just his fourth game back in the league, Barbosa recorded his first 20-point game since 2012 in his team’s 98-96 overtime loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Barbosa went 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He knocked down a pair of free throws with one second in regulation to send the game to overtime, finishing the game with 21 points, three rebounds and two assists while logging 30 minutes of game action, the most out of any reserves.

Barbosa, who signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 5, has averaged 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists through his first four games back in the league.

In a deep league Barbosa could be worth a look in the upcoming days as his old body is going to get some minutes.

With Eric Bledsoe‘s injury, Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek has been leaning very heavy on now starting point guard Goran Dragic. While Dragic has responded by putting up solid numbers, Hornacek may be leaning on him a bit too heavy as he was clearly worn out late in the fourth quarter against the Knicks.

Monday was the best of his four performances as Barbosa looks to be rounding into shape. He’s only shot 37.8 percent from the floor and 14.3 percent from behind the arc, but if Monday is any indication I would keep an eye on Barbosa.

However don’t make the mistake of rushing to grab a guy like Barbosa after one nice performance.

The Suns have three more games this week to monitor his performance.

But keep an eye on the veteran as he could turn out to be a surprise for a couple of weeks.



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