Fantasy Basketball 2015-16: Injury Update 2/8/16
2016-02-07 11:00:00 EDT
We’ve got a hefty NBA schedule coming up tonight, so make sure you’ve got your fantasy basketball lineups set in your daily and seasonal leagues. Before committing to anyone down the stretch, let’s check out some of the key injury situations out there and see what they’ll mean for our fantasy lineups in the short- and long-term.
Kings guard Ben McLemore was out of action yesterday against the Celtics, thanks to that wrist injury.
McLemore wasn’t expected to play; he entered this one tagged as doubtful. That means an upgrade for Marco Belinelli, with a little James Anderson and Darren Collison thrown in.
Deeper-leaguers will want to keep an eye on Nets rookie forward Chris McCullough. The expectation is that he’ll make his season debut today, following a knee issue that’s kept him out all year.
McCullough can provide a nice depth play, but he won’t get extended minutes for at least a little while.
In other Nets news, you can come close to cutting the cord on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in just about every league. He’s still nowhere near making his return after the ankle injury.
Hollis-Jefferson is out of his walking boot and is progressing, but probably won’t get back until next month.
As expected, Kings forward Rudy Gay didn’t play yesterday against the Celtics. He’s got an ankle issue stemming from when he rolled it in the game on Friday.
Gay is day-to-day, but while he’s banged up, Omri Casspi gets a fantasy upgrade.
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Lance Thomas of the Knicks didn’t play yesterday, either. He’s got a concussion and was never realistically expected to get on the court.
There’s an outside shot he could get back by tomorrow if he passes the concussion protocols. When healthy, Thomas is an okay low-end play–he can log a lot of garbage time as well. Without him, Langston Galloway will pick up the slack.
The Hawks’ Tiago Splitter will be out of action until after the All-Star break. The team is nursing him along as he recovers from that hip injury.
Splitter has had a history of injury issues, so the more time he gets to heal, the better. His absence doesn’t resonate with other players much in fantasy terms, save for a little extra time for Mike Scott and Mike Muscala.
Evan Fournier started in place of the injured Tobias Harris yesterday against the Hawks. Harris has a sore ankle and is classified as day-to-day.
Fournier sees a nice up-tick in fantasy value with Harris out, so keep an eye on the status there and you could get a nice temporary value.
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