The Boston Celtics continue to play things safe with Rajon Rondo‘s knee, announcing that their star point guard will sit out Wednesday night’s game vs. the New York Knicks.
Rondo, who returned on January 17 from knee surgery, won’t dress for tonight’s game, the second of a back-to-back set.
There’s no need for fantasy basketball owners to be concerned, as the All-Star point guard has sat out nearly all of such occasions this season. Rondo had surgery back in February of 2013 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Rajon Rondo is averaging 11.9 points, 8.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and a career-high 1.1 3-pointers this season.
Jerryd Bayless should benefit a lot from Rondo’s absence and should be picked up where available.
Bayless, who is owned in 3.7 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues, has played very well lately. I even highlighted him as a top fantasy pickup earlier this week.
Over his last eight games, the sixth-year guard is averaging 13.9 points, 2.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers, including 29 points and five triples vs. the Hawks on Feb. 26.
The Knicks are 24th in fantasy vs. opposing shooting guards over the last month.
Deep-leaguers should be considering Phil Pressey, who is 100 percent available on ESPN.com, and will likely draw the start for the Celtics.
Pressey has showed spurts of fantasy value when Rondo first returned and was getting eased in, but for the season he is averaging just 2.3 points with 2.6 assists in 13.5 minutes.