Fantasy Basketball

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Tyus Jones


Seamlessly filling in for injured superstar Ja Morant, Tyus Jones is proving himself as a strong short-term add in Fantasy Basketball.

Over the two-and-a-half-weeks since Morant has been injured Jones ranks within the top 75 Fantasy players.

Jones is averaging 10 points with nearly seven assists and four rebounds per game in nine starts this season.

Memphis is now 17-11 on the season, flipping the script on their style of play. We have grown accustomed to the Grizzlies being a defensive juggernaut but this year they rank sixth in points per game.

Make sure you check out my previous article on the Memphis Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Tyus Jones

What Has Tyus Jones Done Thus Far?

Looking at his stats relative to the rest of the NBA over their last seven games, Jones ranks in the top 40. He’s posting 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 turnovers per game along with averages of 47.0% from the field and 92.9% from the free-throw line.

These numbers are slightly above his normal numbers with the Grizzlies. From 2019 to 2021, Jones averaged around 6.5 assists and strong efficiency as a starter.

Morant doesn’t have an exact timetable for recovery from his right knee sprain. Back on Nov 28, two days after he left the Grizzlies game against the Atlanta Hawks, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins reported that Morant would be out for a few weeks.

We all know his value will dissipate when Morant returns, but will he be able to return such strong value until then?

Rest of Season Outlook

As the presumed starting point guard and distributor for the Grizzlies while Morant is injured, Jones is essentially locked in for 30 minutes a game. We can expect him to average at least six assists per game as a starter; that’s what his averages have always been as a starter with the Grizzlies.

The biggest anomaly is his steal numbers. His steal averages as a starter have never eclipsed 1.0 steals per game, so it’s hard to know if his average of 1.7 steals per game over the past seven games will continue.

The biggest difference between his situation this year and in years past is the Grizzlies’ roster makeup. While Jonas Valanciunas is a big loss, Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, and Steven Adams have all improved the Grizzlies’ defense.

Due to a stronger defense behind him than in recent years, it’s possible that Jones’s steals are here to stay.

If you play 9-cat and Jones is still floating around on your waiver wire, add him knowing that he’ll be a consistently strong contributor for several weeks to come.

Tune in for more Fantasy Basketball analysis this season!

About Michael Gorman

One of the most trusted basketball experts in the Colorado Springs-Manitou Springs area, Michael Gorman is a seasoned fantasy basketball writer.

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