News: The Pacers decided not to waive guard Ben Hansbrough prior to Monday's 5:00 PM deadline, which guaranteed his contract for the remainder of the season. Hansbrough is averaging 2.1 points while appearing in 14 games for Indiana this season.
Analysis: Hansbrough was seeing some run as the team's backup point guard, but has since been moved further down on the bench. He normally only sees around 10-12 minutes per game most nights and hasn't been much of a factor on the stat sheet when he has seen court time. At this point in the season, owners should continue to ignore the 25-year-old in all formats.
News: With George Hill sidelined with an injury, Pacers guard Ben Hansbrough failed to get to going off the bench during Friday's contest against the Celtics. Hansbrough scored just five points on 1 of 4 shooting from the field in a 94-75 defeat. He also added three rebounds while logging a season-high 18 minutes in a losing effort.
Analysis: Hansbrough has seen his minutes increase since Hill has been hurt but has not been able to do much with his extended playing time, averaging just four points per game over that three-game stretch. To make matters worse, D.J. Augustin took over backup point guard duties in late December, so once Hill returns, Hansbrough will hardly see the court. He should be ignored in all formats unless he can regain his backup spot.
News: Indiana point guard D.J. Augustin has taken over the backup point guard duties once again from Ben Hansbrough, reports the Indianapolis Star Monday. Augustin had been demoted, but that was always thought to be temporary.
Analysis: Hansbrough is back to being third string for the Pacers and that won't bode well for his Fantasy value. That said, Hansbrough never really had much to begin with. He has low-end value in all leagues and formats.
News: Pacers guard Ben Hansbrough returned to the court after injuring his shoulder his last time out. He was held scoreless, going 0 for 1 from the field, during Friday's contest against the Cavaliers. He also added three rebounds and an assist in 11 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Hansbrough was back in action Friday and assumed backup point guard duties for the Pacers while D.J. Augustin failed to get in the game. He has been held scoreless in each of his last two games and is not a worthy Fantasy option heading into Week 9 (Dec. 24-30).
News: Pacers guard Ben Hansbrough will be available for Friday's contest against the Cavaliers despite dealing with a grade-one sprained left shoulder. He sat out the second half of Wednesday's contest against the Jazz after he ran into a tough screen from one of Utah's big men. Head coach Frank Vogel told the Indianapolis Star that Hansbrough will serve as George Hill's backup.
Analysis: Hansbrough seemed as if he was healthy enough to return during Wednesday's game, so he should be ready to earn some quality minutes Friday night against the Cavs. That said, he has been fairly inconsistent as of late as he is only averaging 2.6 points and 11 minutes through his last five games. Hansbrough is not a worthy Fantasy option at this point.
News: Pacers guard Ben Hansbrough sat out the second half of Wednesday's contest against the Jazz after suffering a grade-one sprained left shoulder. He sustained the injury in the first half as he ran into a tough screen from one of Utah's big men. He was held scoreless with just a rebound before sitting out the second half. He is listed as day to day with the injury.
Analysis: Hansbrough was originally ruled out for the remainder of the game, but head coach Frank Vogel then told reporters after the game that he was healthy enough to return but wanted to see D.J. Augustin play a bit more during the 20-point drubbing. Augustin scored seven points on the night and could earn the team's backup point guard position if Hansbrough is hurt. We'll continue to monitor his status moving forward. At this point Hansbrough is not a worthy Fantasy option, even when healthy.
News: Seeking a spark from his lagging bench, Pacers coach Frank Vogel promoted Ben Hansbrough to the backup point guard spot on Monday while bumping D.J. Augustin to the third position, the Indianapolis Star reports. Augustin is averaging just 2.4 points per game in December while shooting just 4 for 12 from the field. "Were going to make a change for the short term and give Ben an opportunity," Vogel said.
Analysis: Hansbrough has played in just three games during his rookie campaign and has not appeared in an outing since Nov. 18 against New York. But Augustin's sputtering play had become a sore spot for the Pacers and Hansbrough will earn an opportunity for additional minutes. The 24-year-old has just four total points on the season, but he shined in college at Notre Dame and was the Big East Player of the Year in 2011. Fantasy owners should track his progression with more minutes, but he is not worthy of adding just yet.