NBA Barometer: Injuries Paving Way For Late Bloomers
NBA Barometer: Injuries Paving Way For Late Bloomers

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GUARDS

GAINING VALUE 

Pat Connaughton, MIL: Stuck in a minor second-unit role for the majority of the first three seasons of his career in Portland, Connaughton has started to blossom amid injuries in Milwaukee. The 26-year-old has scored in double digits in three of his last four games, and he's averaging 11.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals across 30.9 minutes over the last eight contests overall. He's seen no fewer than 24 minutes in any of his last 12 games, as he continues to benefit from Malcolm Brogdon's regular-season-ending foot injury.

Tyler Dorsey, MEM: Dorsey was just recalled from the G League on March 20, and he's made good use of his opportunity during what is now a seven-game absence on the part of Avery Bradley (lower leg). The second-year guard has averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists across 31.9 minutes during that span while seeing time at both backcourt spots. Teammate Delon Wright was mentioned last week as also being on the rise, but Dorsey is the more likely of the two to still be available in leagues at this late stage.

Dion Waiters, MIA: An ankle injury delayed Waiters' season debut until Jan. 2, and the veteran sharpshooter understandably had trouble hitting his stride early on. However, Waiters started heating up in early February, and he's taken his game to another level during the current absences of Justise Winslow (thigh) and Josh Richardson (heel). Waiters is averaging

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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