It’s a rather unusual Friday night in the NBA with just seven games on the docket, but fantasy basketball owners will still need to keep an eye on some players who are nursing injuries.
Goran Dragic will be a game-time decision on Friday night when the Phoenix Suns host the New Orleans Pelicans, and fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in case he doesn’t suit up.
Dragic, who is nursing a sprained ankle, missed today’s shootaround and Suns’ beat writer Paul Coro is reporting that he will officially be a game-time decision:
Although he isn’t listed as “out”, sitting out the team’s morning shootaround is not a good sign. Dragic is having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 20.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers. Dragic (50.8%), Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Marco Belinelli, and Lance Stephenson are the only guards in the NBA shooting better than 50 percent from the field on the season.
If Dragic sits out, Ish Smith is the top waiver wire pickup. Smith dropped 13 points, five assists, and eight boards while getting the start for the Suns in Wednesday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. The fourth-year pro is averaging 9.3 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.8 boards over his last four games. Smith is owned in 0.2 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.
Rookie Archie Goodwin is worth in add in very deep leagues. The former Kentucky Wildcats’ star has averaged 13 points and six rebounds in his last two contests. Goodwin is is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues.