Now that PG Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right tibia (medical term for a fractured ankle), Brian Roberts has secured the starting point guard position and although he did not fare well against the Mavericks in his first game since filling in for Holiday, he is expected to improve as he settles in to his new role and while he and the Pelicans become more familiar playing with each other on a regular basis.
In five starts last year, he averaged 12.6 points, 10.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 3-pointers and 0.8 steals; a small sampling to be sure, but one that shows the potential of the 28 year old undrafted player out of Dayton. As for Holiday’s injury, there is no timetable for his return as the healing process for this sort of injury varies greatly from player to player. A walking boot and ample rest are the best ways to deal with this particular injury. A fair and reasonable amount of time however, would be 4-6 weeks in which case Holiday would miss between 17-25 games.
Depending on your roster and settings, some of you especially in deeper leagues, should consider picking Roberts up as insurance until Jrue makes his return. In Roberts’ last two games, both against the Mavs, he averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4.5 assists, however the whole team struggled in those two without Holiday on the floor. We think that Roberts is worth owning in standard leagues for his ability to add points, assists, steals and 3-pointers if and no other waiver wire guard can offer you his potential grab him now! He is currently owned in just 16% of Yahoo! Leagues.