Archive for Injury Report

Fantasy Fallout: Jordan Hill’s Quad Injury

by Ray Kuhn

What is wrong with me? This isn’t a Lakers site. In fact the Lakers are terrible this season, and I don’t even like them.

But, that doesn’t mean we should ignore the Lakers for fantasy purposes. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Regardless of what their record says or what they look like without Kobe Bryant, they are still an NBA team. And that means they still end each game with points, rebounds, assists, and steals.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury Roundup: LaMarcus Aldridge’s Surprise Return and More

by Will Overton

This last weekend has been a very busy one in terms of injury news in the NBA. We have seen some small injuries such as Dwight Howard’s ankle injury, but we’ve also seen some major injury news come out over the weekend that really shakes up the fantasy basketball landscape.

Unfortunately injuries are a big part of fantasy basketball. When one player goes down it opens the door for another player. Team get hurt by injuries, but other teams often benefit when they land that guy’s backup.

This is why it’s so important to keep up with the injury news in the NBA and follow the landscape. We are going to help by breaking down three of the biggest injury stories of the weekend, two involving guys who are out for the year and one about a guy who surprisingly made his return. Read more

Fantasy Basketball’s Walking Wounded: Breaking Down Al Jefferson and Alec Burks Injuries

by Will Overton

Keeping up on the injury landscape in fantasy basketball can be a big part of being a successful fantasy owner. Being the first guy to react to the latest injury news and snatch up the next guy down the pipe can go a long way.

We’re always trying to help you find ways to get edges on the competition here at Rotoprofessor. One of those ways is by keeping you up to date on the latest news and notes for injuries. There have been a couple of kind of big ones this week so let’s take a look at what those are and what they mean for fantasy basketball owners.

Al Jefferson Out At least a Month With a Groin Injury

The Charlotte Hornets big man and one of the top centers in all of fantasy basketball is set to miss at least the next month after it was revealed that he had a strained muscle in his groin. The injury is likely going to create more playing time for several along the front line. The most intriguing one to me is second year man and former lottery pick Cody Zeller. The big man’s minutes have been going up recently and now he should be looking at close to 30 minutes per game. The question will be what he can do with those minutes as he has yet to really show a whole lot at this level. Read more

Injury Report: Breaking Down Some Key Injuries Around The League

by Will Overton

Knowing the injury landscape of the NBA is an important piece of fantasy basketball success. You need to know who is hurt, how long they’ll be out and who benefits from all of it. If you see a guy is out and grab his backup, but he’s back the next game you kind of wasted that roster spot. Whereas if you knew that guy was hurt the week before you could’ve gotten 4 – 5 good games out of that replacement.

We are going to highlight some of the injuries around the league right now and answer those three important questions for you the best that we can, breaking down who is hurt, how long and who benefits. We’ll try and let you know who is worth picking up as a replacement and who isn’t.

Here is the rundown on some notable injuries right now: Read more

Rapid Reaction: The Fallout Of The Kevin Martin Injury In Minnesota

by Will Overton

News broke earlier this week that Kevin Martin’s wrist injury was one that would require surgery and he would be sidelined for at least six weeks time with the injury. Martin was the Timberwolves leading scorer so far and leaves a pretty big gap to fill on the team.

So far in Martin’s stead it has been Corey Brewer who has stepped in to start at shooting guard for the Timberwolves. Brewer is a solid role player who is capable of being one of the league leaders in steals with this bump in minutes. He’ll have a couple games where he blows up offensively, but he can’t really be expected to carry the load on offense.

With Brewer moving into the starting lineup it opens up a bigger role off the bench for someone else. There are three guys who will vie to make up those minutes, Zach LaVine, Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Ricky Rubio Out For 7 – 8 Weeks

by Will Overton

The hits keep on coming to the stars of the NBA and this weekend another victim was claimed. This time it was Ricky Rubio who injured his ankle on Friday Night and is now slated to miss 7 – 8 weeks of game action.

It’s a shame because Rubio was looking really good in the early going with 29 assists in the two games right before the injury. With Rubio out the question is who will step up in his place for fantasy owners and will they have any value to your fantasy team.

On Friday Night it was Mo Williams who took over for Rubio after his injury and finished with seven assists. Williams however was just 1 – 7 from the field shooting with only four points scored. The next night it was Zach LaVine starting at the point while Mo Williams continued his poor shooting on the bench. LaVine had 5 PTS, 6 REBS and 4 ASTS in the game.

It looks like it’ll be a combination of Williams and LaVine going forward and I’m not sure if it matters who starts and who comes off the bench because I think they play very similar minutes unless one of them separates themselves from the other. Read more

Injury Report: Russell Westbrook out 4 – 6 Weeks – Who Will Step Up In OKC?

by Will Overton

How unlucky can one team be? The big knock on the Thunder is that they are too reliant on their two big stars. Well Kevin Durant went down in the preseason and is out for another month at least. Last night the other half of the dynamic duo hit the shelf, fracturing his wrist and is set to miss 4 – 6 weeks himself. I don’t know what that means for the Thunder, but I don’t think it’s going to be good. What it means to fantasy owners is what I want to focus on though.

Durant and Westbrook made up over half of the Thunder’s offensive production last season and now they’re gone. They are not going to score 50 points per game, clearly, so someone is going to step in their stead.

I think two of the guys who will step up are Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. At this point I wish I had ranked Ibaka in the top 20 like everyone else, but who knew this was going to happen. Meanwhile Reggie Jackson could be back as soon as tonight for the Thunder and he’s got a chance to really shine, but he’s also owned in 91% of leagues. Throwing out an offer for him might be worth a try, but I doubt he’ll come to you cheap. Read more

Injury Report: Breaking Down The Impact Of The Steve Nash And Victor Oladipo Injuries

by Will Overton

With the regular season starting up today the injuries will start to pile up with it. I hate to look at the downside of things on this glorious opening game night, but it’s part of the game and it’s part of fantasy basketball.

We won’t be able to touch on every injury that happens on RotoProfessor, but we will do our best to keep you informed on injuries and their impact as much as possible. We’re going to take some time today to look at a couple injuries that happened over last weekend and will impact the fantasy season.

We’re going to look at two different injuries to two guys in very different spots in their career. We’ll break down the Steve Nash injury, the one which has likely ended his career. Then we will look at the Victor Oladipo injury and the impact it has to see the young up and coming guard shelved for a while. So let’s get started: Read more

Injury Impact: How Bradley Beal and Jodie Meeks Injuries Created Potential Sleepers

by Will Overton

Fantasy sports are a constant cycle with injuries. They will always be a big part of the game and they will always do the same thing. One man goes down and others step up in their place. One fantasy owner takes a hit and whoever has their replacement gets a bump.

With many drafts coming up still you still have time to adjust your draft strategy and know going in who is hurt and how to adjust your rankings and who to take a flier on in hopes of early season boosts. In this article I am going to take a look at a couple of the big injuries in the league and what they mean.

We discussed the Kevin Durant injury earlier this week, and that was the one that took the league by storm over the weekend. In the shadows of that injury though were a couple more injuries that happened to a pair of shooting guards, Bradley Beal and Jodie Meeks. Let’s take a look at those injuries and how they have created opportunity for a pair of potentially solid late round fliers.

Bradley Beal Breaks His Wrist

This one saddened me quite a bit, not just because I had recently traded for Beal in a keeper league, but because I really thought he was going to break out in a big way. Beal is likely going to miss the first month of the season recovering.

When he does return you have to expect a couple weeks of him getting back into the swing of things. This is a broken wrist on a guy who makes his living with his jumpshot. Once he gets his stroke back he’ll still be close to a top 50 guy for the remainder of the season, but with the injury you have to knock him down to the bottom part of the top 100 in the Kevin Martin kind of range.

The absence of Beal creates a golden opportunity for another shooter though, Glen Rice Jr. With Martell Webster out Rice was already going to get a nice look, but now he’s likely going to start. Rice was a Summer League MVP this offseason and seems primed to be a nice flier at the end of drafts. He’s been streaky so far this preseason with his jumper, but when he is on he has huge potential as a three point specialist.

Jodie Meeks To Miss 8 Weeks

A stress reaction in his lower back has the Pistons big offseason acquisition, Jodie Meeks, sidelined for the first couple months of the season. Meeks was supposed to be the guy to step in and fix the Pistons three point shooting woes that really bogged them down so much last season. He’ll likely step into a big role when he returns, but with him slated to miss two months you really can’t draft him in standard leagues unless you have an IR spot, and even then a more pressing injury could come along and bump him eventually.

In Meeks place will likely be sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP is dealing with an injury of his own, a knee strain, but all signs point to him being fine and ready to do sooner rather than later. KCP struggled with his shot last season and never could get into a rhythm. He had a huge summer league though and through the first three preseason games of the season he was averaging 16.6 PPG and 2.3 3PG. With his size and wingspan KCP has a chance to be a solid rebounder and steals contributor to pair with his three point shooting given enough playing time. KCP is no sure thing, but he is definitely worth a lottery pick kind of grab at the end of your draft.

This also means a slight boost for Kyle Singler, Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin. I expect Singler and Butler to spend most of their time at small forward, but they will now likely see shooting guard minutes too. Meanwhile D.J. Augustin will be called upon for three point shooting and offense off the bench, not just at the point, but also at shooting guard now too. I would actually consider grabbing Augustin at the end of your draft too.

What are you doing with these injuries? Do you see value in Rice or Caldwell-Pope?

Injury Fallout: What Does Kevin Durant’s Injury Mean For Fantasy Owners?

by Will Overton

After missing just a total of 16 games combined in his first eight seasons, Kevin Durant has been hit with the first major injury of his career, possibly sidelining for at least as many games as he has missed all of his career.

The news of Kevin Durant’s fractured foot broke yesterday and shook up the fantasy basketball world. Durant was in my mind the number one overall pick, hands down, no doubt about it. Now fantasy players with drafts upcoming are left wondering where they should take Durant now and who might benefit from his loss in Oklahoma City.

Let’s tackle the first question that comes out of this because that might be the most important question to ask right now. Out for six to eight weeks after surgery, the best case scenario seems to be a late November return for KD. If Durant misses all of November that would be 17 missed games for him, that’s a little over a fifth of the season, and that’s best case scenario. Read more