Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gerald Wallace Out Longer Than 2 Weeks - Keep An Eye On Jared Dudley

ESPN is reporting that Gerald Wallace continues to experience post-concussion symptoms and is scheduled to see a neurologist later in the week to undergo a new battery of tests. Wallace was knocked unconscious in Friday's game against Sacramento, catching an elbow from Mikki Moore. He was originally expected to be out 2 weeks, but after continuing to feel lingering effects of his fourth concussion in four seasons, the timetable for his return has likely has been extended to at least a month. 

Fantasy Impact

The struggling Bobcats and fantasy owners alike are going to miss the 20 points, 6 rebounds and excellent defensive abilities that Wallace brings to the table on a nightly basis. Jason Richardson, Raymond Felton and to a lesser extent Emeka Okafor will be responsible for picking up Wallace's scoring slack during his absence. Each should see more offensive touches as the Bobcat's bench players lack scoring prowess. Richardson will be the biggest beneficiary as he now becomes the Bobcats primary perimeter threat while Felton's added points may come at the cost of some assists. 

Outside of those three, the Bobcats roster devoid of consistent fantasy options. One guy to watch is 2007 first round pick Jared Dudley who has performed admirably when given playing time this season. In 8 games in which he has played 25+ minutes, Dudley is averaging around 10 points, 6.5 rebounds and a steal. The rookie out Boston College will start in Wallace's place and could develop into a decent fantasy contributor in his absence.

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