A couple weeks ago, the Wizards announced that Bradley Beal would miss at least two weeks due to a stress reaction in his right fibula. With him out of action, there are more minutes for reserves.
Garrett Temple is been one of the beneficiaries from Beal's absence. He started five of the Wizards' past six games Beal missed due to his latest leg injury. In addition, Washington's on a three-game winning streak where Temple has averaged 21.3 points in each of those contests, partly because he averaged 39.1 minutes a game more than double his season average of 19.9 minutes.
That's not all, though. Temple's shooting efficiency has also been on fire during that same stretch. Here are his averages over the last three games versus his those for the 2015-16 season.
|LAST 3 GAMES||39.1||7.7||14.3||53.50%||3.3||7.3||45.50%||21.3||5.3||2.3||1.3|
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Of Temple's last three performances, I was most impressed with his 23 point outburst against the Kings. He was flat-out making plays that I had no idea he was capable of making:
Garrett Temple is God! https://t.co/XwzpvkjEQL— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 22, 2015
Step back three for Temple https://t.co/LZ0uvoMAbq— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 22, 2015
Given Temple's excellent performance over the last three games, how good are his fantasy numbers based on FanDuel's scoring system? Here's a chart below:
|LAST 3 GAMES||39||8.7||10||2.7||6.4||3.5||0||2.7||-1||32.9|
It goes without saying that Temple has been playing at an All-Star level and has played extended minutes where he has averaged nearly 33 fantasy points a game. Sure, Temple's production will decrease when Beal returns.
However, when Temple plays at a high level on both ends of the floor and keeps plays like this alive in Washington's advantage,
Great no call by the refs here! https://t.co/m3N6aPa2Xh— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 22, 2015
it's safe to say that he will continue to be a solid second shooting guard in your one-day fantasy lineups regardless of whether he is starting or playing off the bench.