We all agree Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant is a terrific player, one of the emerging stars of the league, but he needs someone else in the offense to be a reliable scorer as well. PF/C Jaren Jackson Jr. is certainly doing his job as an all-around talent and rim protector, but his scoring is a bit inconsistent. C Steven Adams handles the rebounds. SG/SF Dillon Brooks was the 20-PPG option for a while, but now he is down for at least a month with a sprained ankle.
Meanwhile, Texas Christian product SG/SF Desmond Bane, in his second season, has become the No. 2 scorer on the Grizzlies and a reliable, underrated fantasy option. He somehow remains available in roughly 30% of ESPN standard leagues, but if not out there in yours, then trade for him with confidence! Sure, Bane was not supposed to score to this level, but his 23-point outing in only 26 minutes in Sunday's impressive win against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers gave him six games out of eight with 20 or more points. He is averaging 19.3 PPG since the start of December.
The Grizzlies have won nine games in a row to rise to the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference, and even without Brooks, a shutdown defender with 3-point skills, they can keep this going. Remember, they were winning even when Morant missed half of December with a knee injury. Bane is also a strong defender, and he is a far better 3-point option than Brooks, hitting 42.8% of his chances. Do not overlook, for roto or points purposes, the steals; Bane has one in 12 consecutive games, and he is hitting 54% of his overall field goals in January. This looks like a fantasy keeper.