Injury Report: Looking At Guys Who Are Hitting The Shelf And The Impact Of It

by Will Overton

With the season winding down there may be a lot of people mailing it in right now. We’re not going to be mailing it in here at RotoProfessor though, we’re seeing this thing through for those who are still in the running for their titles.

With just a handful of games left for each team now things get a little unsteady. Injuries that might cause a guy to miss a game, or an injury they would normally play through, leads to them being shut down for the rest of the season if there team isn’t in the hunt for the playoffs.

We’re going to take a look at some of the injuries that have taken place in the last week and what that means for the rest of the team for fantasy purposes over the next few games: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Guys To Add For The Stretch Run Of The Season

by Will Overton

While things feel like they are just heating up in the NBA with the playoffs right around the corner, the fantasy season is winding down. For those in the thick of the chase for a championship, or at least finishing in the money, the NBA playoffs are the farthest thing from your mind right now.

For those out there looking to finish strong and maximize their lineup over the final week and a half of the season we are here to help. I have identified a handful of guys who I believe to have favorable schedules and/or circumstances for the final 10 days of the season. These are guys available on a majority of waiver wires right now who you can add to your lineups for the stretch run.

Let’s take a look at some guys who could help bring you home a title: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Guys To Take A Flier On In Dynasty And Keeper Leagues

by Will Overton

If you reach this point of the season and you’re not in the running for the grand prize of your league it gets a little tough to stay invested for the final couple of weeks. That’s all different if you’re playing in a dynasty league or a keeper league, because in that case you can already making moves and grabbing lottery tickets for seasons to come while everyone else is focused on there here and now.

If you’re that guy who isn’t in the running, don’t just pack it in and wait for next season, there is still work you could be doing now. Here are some of the guys I personally like as the lottery type adds who could be in store for a breakout next year. These are all guys who are available in almost all leagues at this point in time. Read more

Back From The Dead: Has Michael Beasley’s Fantasy Career Been Resurrected?

by Will Overton

Our world seems to have an obsession with Zombies these days. It’s the big thing on TV and in movies and also in books. Everyone loves a good zombie story and we have a zombie story of our own taking place in fantasy basketball right before our eyes, playing out over the last month.

That’s right folks, it seems as though Michael Beasley, once written off as a dead man to fantasy owners, has come back to life and is suddenly on a whole bunch of radars with the way he has been playing for the Houston Rockets since they signed him at the beginning of March.

Over the course of his 12 games with the Rockets, not including last night’s game, Beasley has put up the following numbers:

19.2 Minutes Per Game
54.1 Field Goal Percentage
72.4 Free Throw Percentage Read more

A Look Ahead: Four Players To Add For This Week’s Games

by Will Overton

Today’s posts is dedicated to those who play in head to head leagues or weekly lineup roto leagues. This is the time of the year where you have to be at full strength and running out the best possible lineup. That isn’t always the best players, but the guys who will you get the most stats.

Part of that in head to head and weekly lineup leagues is playing the matchups and watching the schedules to find some sleeper pieces. We are going to highlight some guys available in a majority of fantasy leagues who you could pick up and plug in this week based on a combination of matchups and talent: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Does Anthony Davis Being Shut Down Create Fantasy Value For Someone Else?

by Will Overton

I am honestly a little bit surprised that the New Orleans Pelicans waited as long as they did to shut Anthony Davis down if what they are saying about his injury is accurate. This is already a lost season for the team and has been for a while.

Regardless of the timing, the decision has been made now and Davis is going to be watching the rest of the Pelicans games from the bench the next few weeks. Davis joins a list of other Pelicans who are sidelined, a list that also includes Ryan Anderson for now who missed last night’s game with a groin injury.

While the Pelicans team doesn’t have much to play for, there are players on this team who are going to get a big opportunity here who have plenty to play for and because of that they may make for some nice fantasy surprises come fantasy playoff time. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Finding Guys Who Can Fill It Up For The Stretch Run

by Will Overton

Way too often fantasy basketball owners spend too much time over emphasizing the points scored category. This is the glamour category in leagues for the most part and owners think if their guy isn’t averaging at least double figures he’s not giving them any production, even if he’s grabbing big time boards and blocking shots.

All that said now, it is still a category and every category is important to watch and monitor in your standings. From time to time I like to look at the waiver wire and identify a handful of guys who can help you in specific categories that you might be really close on in the standings.

So let’s take a look at some guys available in a bunch of leagues who can join your team and help you load up on points for the stretch run: Read more

Ray McCallum is a Name to Know

by Ray Kuhn

Alright, let’s state the obvious. We are now in a confusing time for fantasy basketball. Teams are gearing up for their playoff runs, teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and there are teams merely playing out the string.

Injuries are catching up to players, some performances are beginning to suffer, and players who were previously unknown are beginning to emerge. Players are going from the waiver wire to the starting lineup and literally becoming valuable fantasy options over nigh after previously being unknown.

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Injury Report: Blake Griffin Still Out, The Grizzlies Have No Point Guards And More

by Will Overton

Staying on top of the injury news around the league can be one of the ways to get a leg up on your competition in fantasy basketball. It’s important to know when a guy goes on the shelf and even more important to know what the effect that injury is going to have on the team

Grabbing guys off the waiver wire who are getting an increase in minutes because of injury can be the kind of boost your fantasy team needs to get over the top. With that in mind here are some of the recent injuries around the NBA and a discussion of who will benefit:

Jae Crowder Sprains His Ankle
The Celtics are saying that Jae Crowder is going to miss at least a couple of weeks if not more with his high ankle sprain. With this we may very well just see the Celtics go three guards a whole lot more, but there are two guys on a lot of waiver wires who could benefit from Crowder’s absence. Read more

The Coming Out Party Of Alex Len

by Will Overton

Last night was an off night for Alex Len offensively when he shot just 2 – 13 from the field for four points total. However, this was just the first time in 10 games that Len has failed to reach double digit points and despite one poor outing, it really doesn’t derail what has been a coming out party of late for Len.

The Phoenix Suns took Alex Len with the fifth pick overall in the 2013 draft out of the University of Maryland. When the Suns took him they knew there was work to be done, but after barely playing at all for a season and a half I think fantasy owners and Suns fans started to forget about him. Then he started to work his way onto the peripheral of our minds in the second half of last season with some signs of dominant rebounding and shot blocking ability while still demonstrating a very raw offensive game. Read more