Injury Report: The Fantasy Fallout of Jimmy Butler and Chris Bosh Injuries

by Will Overton

The trade deadline last week produced some waiver wire value for fantasy basketball players, but the injuries that have taken place might have produced even more. Right around the all-star break two teams took huge hits in injury news. The Chicago Bulls lost Jimmy Butler for 2 – 3 weeks, while Chris Bosh may miss the rest of the season for the Miami Heat.

These two injuries are opening the door for other guys to step up an waiver wire value to be found. Let’s breakdown each injury and what the fantasy relevance of them are:

Jimmy Butler Dealing With A Knee Injury

At this point it’s possible that Jimmy Butler could be back in a couple weeks, but that’s no guarantee and the Bulls aren’t going to rush him back with a knee injury I assume. It was unclear initially who would be the big benefactor to this injury, but it seems that E’Twaun Moore has separated himself as the guy at this point. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: The Fantasy Value Winners And Losers From The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

The trade deadline was not as eventful and action packed as some expected it would be. And while the big names, such as Kevin Love or Blake Griffin stayed put, there were still nine trades in total and at least some fantasy impact along the way.

You’re going to find plenty of articles about which teams won and lost at the deadline, but this is a fantasy basketball website. We’re looking at who the winners and losers are from a fantasy basketball perspective only. So let’s start breaking down the value risers and droppers:

Fantasy Value Winners

Donatas Motiejunas – Detroit Pistons: There was a lot of buzz about how the Pistons had to give up a first round pick to get Motiejunas, but not Tobias Harris. While that does seem off, it says something that the Pistons were willing to part with that pick. Motijunas has struggled to get on the court this season because of injuries, but he’s working his way back right now from his latest back injury and should be on the court again soon.

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Fantasy Fallout: A Fantasy Breakdown of Yesterday’s Deals; Including Tobias Harris to Detroit

by Will Overton

The trade deadline is still a little bit over 24 hours away still, but the action has begun. Yesterday we had our first two trades of the week, one a pretty big move, the other smaller one. Both of them though have some kinds of fantasy repercussions attached though. We will look at both of these trades and give our take on who the fantasy winners and losers were:

The Detroit Pistons trade Ersan Ilyasova & Brandon Jennings to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Tobias Harris

This was the big newsmaker of the day yesterday as the Detroit Pistons are hoping they made the move necessary to lock themselves into the playoffs this season, and also setting themselves up for next few years as well. Read more

Market Watch: Who You Need To Buy, Sell & Hold

by Matthew Bellerose

With trade deadlines looming, it is a good idea to evaluate the standpoint of fantasy rosters as well as the major league rosters. If you’re drifting in the back end of the league, maybe some owners will make some poor decisions that you could benefit from. If you are one of the leaders, stay consistent and be smart through the all-star break. Try not to get too cute, but also know your weaknesses. Enjoy the All-Star break!

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E’Twaun Moore SG Chicago Bulls

This is a major risk, but could produce major benefits for a month or more. The star Bulls guard, Jimmy Butler, had been ruled out for around a month, and Moore has been asked to fill the starting role. He is a player who has never had an opportunity to showcase his talents as he has averaged just over 16 minutes per game for his career. The Bulls are not backing down from playoff contention, and if they believe in Moore, than so should we. I expect a decent scoring touch, upwards of 16 a game, with a handful of assists and rebounds, and a solid amount of steals. He is a quick boost, and possible a longer term asset depending on the extent of Butler’s injury. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Five Guys On The Wire To Help You In The Assists Category

by Will Overton

Last week in the waiver wire feature we discussed a position that is very hard to fill through the waiver wire, and that’s the power forward/center position. This week we’re going to hit on another waiver wire dry spot, the assists category.

I say it all the time, but to work the wire and make trades properly you need to know your standings and you need to know where you have a chance to gain ground, or avoid losing ground. If the assists category is one that is close in your league it can be frustrating trying to find guys to help you get over the hump on the waiver wire. We’ve done our homework though and we are going to discuss some of the best options on the wire to help your team in that particular area. Ideally these guys also give you at least a little something else in the way of steals or threes as well.

Here are some of the finds we made when scanning the waiver wire for assists: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: What Does The Marc Gasol Mean For Fantasy Owners?

by Will Overton

We posted our injury report yesterday discussing players going on the shelf and players coming off of it. As you could have almost guaranteed would happen, later the day that article was put up big time injury news broke. The Memphis Grizzlies announced yesterday that their franchise cornerstone and center Marc Gasol had broken his foot and would be out indefinitely.

There will be some trickle-down effect from this injury. We’re going to take a look at who is going to get the biggest bump from this injury, and whether or not there is a ready-made replacement at center for your fantasy team on the Grizzlies if you owned Gasol.

What we can do to start with is look at what happened Monday Night when the Grizzlies had to play three quarters of the game without Gasol. The Grizzlies relied on Zach Randolph to be their “center” while Matt Barnes and Jeff Green logged big minutes at forward. Read more

The Injury Report: Who’s Out And Who’s Coming Back

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 a two-fold thing, you have to watch who is getting hurt and also who is coming back from injury. Both of these things will have an effect on the fantasy value of the specific players and the others on their team.

We’re going to look at a handful of guys who have recently gone on the shelf and also a few guys who are now on the mend as well and I’ll break down what it all means:

On The Shelf

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG – Detroit Pistons: The injury to the Pistons third year shooting guard came at a bad time after he put together a really strong month of January. Caldwell-Pope is now dealing with a groin strain that has him out until at least the 19th of this month. Fortunately for the Pistons and KCP owners, the all-star break falls during that time frame. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Finding Big Man Help On The Waiver Wire

by Will Overton

One of the most difficult positions to fill on the waiver wire is the big man position, guys who can board and block shots, and ideally score some points too. Part of this is the way the NBA game is moving. More minutes are being given to guards and wings, and wings who are actually playing the four now. Meanwhile a lot of teams just cycle three big men into one spot in their rotation.

Don’t get too discouraged though; there are options out there if you look hard enough. In fact we’ve helped you out and done your homework for you. I’ve got few options for you from standard league guys to deeper league ones for you to grab for your team: Read more

Can Devin Booker Translate January Success Into The Long Term?

by Will Overton

The month of January finished up last night and Devin Booker finished strong against the Dallas Mavericks. Booker had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the game and he looks like he is getting better and better with every game he plays.

Booker is just 19 years old, and while many thought the Suns had gotten a steal by taking Booker with the 13th pick overall, no one really thought we’d see much from him this season or even the next couple seasons as he matured and improved. Instead, Eric Bledsoe went down with a season ending knee injury and Booker was called upon over other options to take his place.

Booker has not only managed to keep the starting gig, but he has taken the reins and is running with it. In 14 games in the month of January, Booker is averaging 17.4 PPG. It’s helped that the Suns have also been without Brandon Knight the last couple of weeks and Booker has been the go to guy on offense, but even before that he was excelling. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three DFS Options To Use On 1/29/16: Archie Goodwin Running The Point and More

by Will Overton

We are about halfway through the regular season in the NBA at this point and if you growing tired of you’re struggling season long fantasy team, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go in daily fantasy games. You get the excitement of box score watching and anguishing over last minute lineup decisions, but at the end of the day you know whether you won or lost and you can just move on to the next day.

If you’re looking to jump into a game tonight I have a few sleeper options that will help you fill out the rest of your lineup with big names by saving money on these guys:

Archie Goodwin, G – Phoenix Suns @ New York Knicks – $3,000
You really can’t go too wrong on value with either of the Phoenix Suns backcourt guys right now. However on Fantasy Score, Devin Booker is checking in at $4,700 and so the value is with Goodwin. Also, Goodwin is the guy who has been running the point with Brandon Knight sidelined which means he’s racking up more counting stats right now. It also means he’s more likely to draw the defensively poor Jose Calderon while Booker has a tougher draw with Arron Afflalo. Goodwin is averaging 20.5 PPG in his last four and has a good chance to top 20 again tonight. Read more