Since the injuries to Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole, the New Orleans Pelicans have been searching far and wide for emergency point guard assistance. The team tried out names like Nate Robinson and Bo McCalebb, and we may soon see Ish Smith added to the list.
Once Toney Douglas joined the Pelicans towards the end of the first week of the regular season, Smith has seen his minutes plummet, all the way down to a 14 minute average the last two games. Although Ish is a quick guard suited for the uptempo pace, his inability to shoot well or defend adequately at his position opened the door for Douglas.
Toney has promptly seized advantage. Through two games, he has averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals. It's impressive he has produced this line in a mere 21 minutes of action while learning Alvin Gentry's system on the fly.
With the Pelicans playing the Hawks tonight and the Mavericks tomorrow, Jrue Holiday will sit one of the two games due to his injury restrictions. Thus, Douglas will be asked to handle as many minutes as possible, and for those who participate, will be a must plug-and-play for daily fantasy leagues like FanDuel.
Douglas currently costs just $3900 but has averaged 24.9 points for savvy fantasy managers. Once he approaches starter-like minutes, however, his per-36 minute indicate he could be a gold mine: 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists and and 2.6 steals.
I must stress, though, the word 'could.' Over his career, Douglas has demonstrated trouble scoring efficiently, so don't count on him maintaining anything close to his 65.8 TS%.
Despite the risk, he should remain on everyone's radar. Until one of the Pelicans' sidelined point guards return, Douglas should play a substantial amount of minutes. Moreover, when Holiday is asked to skip a game during any upcoming back-to-backs, Douglas should be considered as a must-start option.
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