We’re back from a brief holiday hiatus and excited to win back all the holiday money we spent buying ugly sweaters, Secret Santa trash, and New Year’s Eve bottles of Dom. With a new year upon us, everyone you know is looking for their opportunity. Opportunity to lose weight, opportunity to get a new job, opportunity to put the past in the past. Recently, the shaky legs on Bradley Beal have opened the door of opportunity for two guards in the nation’s capital. Both Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions have been sneaky good value plays in the absence of Bradley Beal.
As Beal nears closer to a return, Garrett Temple still remains the biggest beneficiary of vacant backcourt minutes. In the last ten games, Temple has played less than 30 minutes only once (when he played 29 minutes against the Magic). During this uptick in minutes, Temple is capitalizing with a 21 fantasy point per game average which at his current $4,400 sticker price equates to 4.77 points per $1,000. What’s remarkable about Temple’s production is his ability to be a fantasy asset without volume scoring. Temple’s ability to fill the stat sheet creates his value. In the past ten games, Temple has only scored more than 12 points three times. In such games however, Temple has a netted an average of 30.5 fantasy points. As long as Beal is on the mend, Temple is a viable fantasy option, even when his jumper isn’t falling. If Temple knocks down a few Js, you might start to get that NYE buzz all over again; hopefully with no hangover this time.