It’s that time of the fantasy basketball season where owners need to scoop up free agents while they’re hot. There’s no time to dilly dally, because each game could be the difference between making the playoffs or watching the postseason from your couch.
» Jerryd Bayless, SG/PG, Boston Celtics (2.1 percent owned on ESPN.com):
Despite averaging a solid 13.4 points over his final 22 games last season, Jerryd Bayless fell out of favor with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013-14.
On January 6, Bayless was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for shooting guard Courtney Lee.
Not everything was fine and dandy in the early stages of his Celtic career.
Through his first 18 games in Boston, Bayless averaged just 7.6 points and 3.7 assists while shooting a terrible 38.7 percent from the field. Even the addition of Rajon Rondo to the lineup didn’t seem to be helping him.
With usual starter Avery Bradley out with an ankle injury, Bayless has finally started to turn it on.
During a seven-game span over the past two weeks, the former Arizona Wildcat is averaging 15.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting to go along with 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.3 triples. Those numbers have him ranked 111th on Basketball Monster.com over the past 14 days.
Even though Bradley is due back at some point in the next week or so (with CBS Boston reporting it could be as early as this coming Friday), Bayless is simply too hot to ignore. Bradley has already attempted one comeback, but played just three games before aggravating the injury, so there will be plenty of minutes to be had for both as Bradley is eased in.
Add Jerryd Bayless in 12-team leagues if you’re in need of scoring and 3-point help.