Yup. That old chestnut. The guy who might benefit from the other guys going down with injury. If you’re in a league like I am, many of my opposing fantasy GMs are reluctant to pull the trigger on a bigger deal this time of year, so sometimes going after smaller fish to stream while their value is elevated might be the answer. The most common cause of increased value is injury giving minutes to a bench guy. And by February, there are several injuries, mostly short term, some longer, that create the next man up situation that may be able to boost your production. Let’s take a look at some of those candidates, shall we?
Brandon Jennings PG
If you read Kap’s article, you will know that Derrick Rose is out, and BJ got the start. He went off, going 21/5/2/4/0, with 2 treys. This is a short term high water mark, as Rose is only going to miss one or a few games at most. But given the volatility and distraction Rose has become, Jennings may possibly continue to get more minutes if he produces. He’s only 25% owned, so he should be worth a flyer, amirite?
Adams will not be a buy low exactly, but he’s just coming off concussion protocol, and he has had 2 great games, (one last night unfortunately, going 16/12/2/1/1) 2 so-so games and one dud. But Enes Kanter is out for 6-8 weeks with a broken arm, and Adams will get more burn, so if you’re gonna make an offer, don’t wait for him to pile on more high-production games before you do so.
Tim Hardaway Jr
With Kyle Korver a Cav, Tim has become a regular in the rotation for the Hawks. To add to his value over the next game or two, Thabo Sefolosha is out with a groin injury short term. Timmay is only 27% owned, so get ’em while they’re hot.
Chris Paul PG
CP3 doesn’t fit the narrative of trying to improve in the short term, but he does fit overall improvement, and he can be had at a reduced cost due to his being out another 4-6 weeks. He’s currently in week 2 of a 6-8 week projection for return. Gently kick those injured tires to see the buying price if you can afford to bench him of slip him into your IR spot.
David Lee PF, C
David scores and rebounds, and not too much else. Still, he does that well, and with Pau Gasol out for a while, and Davey being only 44% owned, you could do worse.
Pau Gasol PF, C
I like this fella, but he is out with a broken hand for another 4-6 weeks projected, and the Spurs may even rest him further than that. IF you can get any value for him, I would consider it.
Garrett Temple PG, SG
Temple has another Hammy injury, something he has a history with injuring his hamstring. According to reports, he says this one isn’t as bad as his last one, but I dunno. Full disclosure, this is just a gut call from me, nothing factual to back it up, but multiple hammys concerns me, I’d move him if you can get value for him. do with that what you will.
Ok, cool cats, that’s all I have time for today. Until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net.