Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Brandon Roy Injures Groin - Martell Webster Emerging As A Hot Fantasy Option

Brandon Roy injured his groin last night attempting to block Caron Butler's shot at the end of the first quarter. He returned to the game in the second quarter but was limping noticeably and left for good after two minutes. Blazers' head coach Nate McMillan had this to say after the game regarding Roy's injury - "That [injury] can sit you down for a month."

Roy will be evaluated today by the Blazer's medical staff but given the nature of groin injuries and the ominous quote from his head coach, I expect Portland to be very careful with their franchise guard. Roy is a tough kid so a return is certainly not out of the question; however, he will not be 100% again this season and fantasy owners must temper their expectations if he is to come back this season.

Fantasy Impact

This is a tough blow to Roy owners as the 2007 Rookie Of The Year contributes in fantasy categories across the board. Travis Outlaw and Jarrett Jack will be asked take on more of the scoring burden in Roy's absence and with rumors swirling that those two might be traded this offseason, it might be in Portland's best interest to feature both guys the rest of the way.

Jack and Outlaw are both good options with Roy out; however, the Blazer I like most going forward is Martell Webster. Over the last 2 months, Webster has played well when given the minutes. In 12 games where he has seen 30+ minutes, Webster is averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 three pointers. With Roy on the sidelines, Webster should see 30 or more minutes on a consistent basis the rest of the way.

Webster has topped 20 points in each of his last two games and poured home 9 threes in that time. I added him earlier in the week and suggest you do the same as he is a good source of points and rebounds as well as a difference maker in the the three point department.

1 comment:

Farid said...

Good call with Webster--I totally agree with you