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The 2009-10 NBA season has already had its share of injuries and consequent headaches in fantasy land.
Injured players make for interesting trade bait and trade targets, and with a few relevant players set to resurface in the near future, owners should consider how valuable they’ll be once they return to the court.
Antawn Jamison is set to return tonight and Pau Gasol looks ready to return Thursday, but there are a handful other players looking to make their comebacks soon enough.
Let us know who you think will have the most surprisingly successful transition from injury to fantasy value for the remainder of the season by voting in the poll below. Also, feel free to express your thought process in the comments section. (continue reading…)
- Michael Redd is out two weeks with a strained knee – yes, the same one that was surgically repaired last season. For fantasy owners who drafted him, you had to know Redd was at risk at sitting out chunks of games at a time so this shouldn’t be too big of a surprise. Charlie Bell seems to be the most obvious beneficiary from this situation. He started last night and finished with 11 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a three in 34:11. Brandon Jennings, who is off to a great start, will also benefit from more looks. He hoisted 23 shots last night, compared to the 15.5 he was averaging in the two games before, and finished with 25 points. Andrew Bogut also saw more shots and minutes and finished with his best game of the season, notching 16 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and 3 blocks. Hakim Warrick moved into the starting five last night and will be worthy of a starting fantasy spot in most leagues so long as Redd is out. Carlos Delfino will also benefit from more minutes and shots, though his numbers will only be appealing in deeper leagues.
Yi Jianlian could miss up to six weeks with a sprained right knee, which is a huge bummer for owners hoping for a breakout year for the frustrating forward. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Terrence Williams are the clear winners here, as both should be good for a solid mix of points, boards, threes and steals, though CDR does shoot better percentages. Bobby Simmons could also be worthy of some monitoring, though his value should be appealing only to those in deeper leagues. (continue reading…)
It’s easy to make unreasonably quick conclusions about fantasy players in the beginning of the season, so as we arrive at the end of the first full week of 2009-10 NBA action, it’s time to assess how good of an indicator it was for a handful of players.
Below is a quick list of some fantasy forecasts for some players, along with a “SINK” or “SWIM” conclusion for each, conveying whether the early presumptions are justified or not.
It’s a bit early to be certain about almost anyone (hence the title of this post) but for impatient fantasy owners out there maybe this will give you some comfort, or a serving of cold, hard truth.
- Carmelo Anthony will remain more valuable than LeBron James and Chris Paul: No one deny that Melo is absolutely bananas so far this young season. But remember that he’s only played three games so far and that J.R. Smith, who should average 16+ points per game this season, hasn’t played yet due to suspension. (continue reading…)
Agent Zero has probably fallen out of favor, and maybe off the radar for many fantasy basketball fans, especially those who have been burned by him in the past two seasons. However, early signs seem to indicate that Gilbert Arenas is healthy and ready to be the high-scoring, electrifying point guard for the Washington Wizards again. Steve Alexander of Rotoworld.com thinks that Arenas could very well be drafted in the third round: ”I think taking a gamble on him in the third round makes sense, as he could end up providing first-round value.” With a well-rounded, healthy roster this season, if Arenas is indeed healthy, he’ll be the reason why many owners smack their foreheads in the first month of the season. He seems like a prime candidate to be early trade bait if you’re more risk averse but decide to grab him early.
- Michael Redd only played 33 games last season before going down with a left knee injury, which required surgery. He hasn’t received much attention lately, but he may warrant a look in the middle to late rounds of most drafts. ”The doctors have told me that absolutely I will be able to come back stronger than I was before, if I rehab the proper way,” Redd said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. There doesn’t seem to be a set timetable just yet, so don’t get your hopes up for a fully healthy Redd to be ready by the beginning of the season. At best, it seems reasonable to expect that Redd will be ready to come off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks by the season opener. Redd could be a huge help to get your team into solid playoff contention. Don’t disregard him in your drafts.
- Marcin Gortat, the backup center for the Orlando Magic who got way more attention (and money) than he deserved this summer, has apparently suffered a back injury while playing for the Polish national team in London on Friday. According to a British blogger, Gortat is expected to be out for five to seven days. Back injuries tend to linger, especially bad ones, but Gortat seems to have dodged a bullet here. Still, if you are in a deeper league and are thinking about drafting the Polish Hammer, monitor this situation.