Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant left in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night after spraining his left ankle. Morant landed awkwardly on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on a shot attempt in the second and hobbled to the sideline. He was looked at by trainers until they had to help him into a wheelchair and into the locker room. It was a tough scene to watch.
Update: The Grizzlies announced Morant has a Grade 2 ankle sprain and will be out 3-5 weeks. Below are some players you can target to replace Morant in fantasy.
Dillons Brooks, SG/SF (44.7 percent owned on ESPN)
Brooks would slide into the role as the go-to scorer on the perimeter if Morant misses any time. A streaky shooter, Brooks can fill it up but is also known to disappear at times. He’s better suited playing off the ball, but with Morant out would maybe need to handle the ball a bit more. Through two games entering Monday, Brooks was averaging 17.5 points per game. Brooks had a breakout season in 2019-20, averaging around 16 points per game. He isn’t going to be Morant because Ja can do it all. Brooks really just fills the scoring need.
Grayson Allen, SG (0.8 percent owned)
Allen is actually starting for the Grizzlies if you didn’t see already. He’s been playing big minutes through two games, 28 per game to be exact. Allen — like Brooks — is a little one-dimensional in that he’s kind of just a hustle guy and can score the ball a bit. Not like Brooks, who has a 30-point ceiling. Allen may be tasked with handling the ball more if Morant is sidelined long-term. With that in mind and with the minutes he’s been playing, Allen wouldn’t be a bad pickup to replace Morant. Allen can get boards and assists. Again, the scoring ceiling isn’t there at all.
Tyus Jones, PG (0.8 percent owned)
Jones is the logical replacement at PG with Morant sidelined. This is mostly because De’Anthony Melton is on the Covid-19 list and isn’t cleared to play yet. Melton is also very low owned, so he’s worth considering when he can come back. Jones has some experience filling in for injured players in his career, mostly in Minnesota. Last season, he averaged a career-high 7.4 points per game in 65 contests, mostly off the bench. Jones has more of the skill set to replace more categories that Morant provides (scoring, assists, a steal here and there).