Though the historically brittle Bledsoe has enjoyed relatively strong health this season, he popped up on the Suns' injury report last week with the left knee issue. With the Suns out of playoff contention, it appears coach Earl Watson isn't inclined to let the point guard play through the injury any longer. Bledsoe is probably still worth holding in mid-sized or shallower formats for a little bit longer in the event the organization reverses the decision, but Bledsoe's expected absence over the Suns' final 14 games will pave the way for Tyler Ulis to serve as the team's starting point guard. Ulis put up 13 points (6-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 13 assists, two steals, one rebound and one block across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 107-101 loss to the Kings and should make for a solid pickup across most formats while he remains in line for hefty minutes the rest of the way.
Updating a previous report, Bledsoe won't play Wednesday against the Kings in order to rest, according to Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com.
Bledsoe participated in warmups, but it looks like the Suns only plan to use him in an emergency. The point guard has surprisingly been an iron man this season, appearing in all but one game heading into Wednesday, but the Suns could limit his usage over the final month of the season in a not-so-subtle effort to improve their lottery odds. Tyler Ulis will start at point guard Wednesday and make for an intriguing DFS play, as well as a quality season-long pickup if he sticks in the starting five going forward.
Bledsoe will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Bledsoe has played in every game but one this season, and started all of those contests. However, perhaps as a means of limiting Bledsoe's workload down the stretch while the Suns prepare for a lottery-bound season, rookie Tyler Ulis will be promoted to the starting five and should be in line for the larger portion of the workload at point guard. Bledsoe's play has been declining of late after a red-hot start to February, and if his move to the bench lasts for more than a game, his appeal in DFS would take a significant hit.
Bledsoe tallied 12 points (4-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block over 31 minutes in Saturday's 100-98 win over the Mavericks.
Bledsoe's shooting struggles continued Saturday, and he's now a combined 8-for-28 over the last two games, including 1-of-8 from behind the arc. The veteran may still be struggling with a hyperextended left knee, as his point totals over the last two games represent his lowest over the last seven contests.
Bledsoe (knee) managed 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block over 32 minutes in Thursday's 122-110 loss to the Lakers.
The veteran guard was fighting a hyperextended knee but managed to turn in a serviceable outing for fantasy purposes by contributing across the stat sheet. Bledsoe's injury may have contributed to his game-high seven turnovers, however, and Thursday's contest marked his worst scoring total in six games. The 27-year-old's condition will be monitored closely heading into Saturday's game against the Mavericks, although the fact he was able to play 32 minutes Thursday would appear to bode well for his potential availability.
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