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Maybe it’s because this is my first season writing for Razzball, but it seems like just about every week this season, there are a handful of fantasy stars who have come down with serious injuries.

Last week, I mentioned that LaMarcus Aldridge and Kobe Bryant would miss a significant amount of time. This week, we have more clarity on their situations.

Aldridge was supposed to have surgery on the torn ligament in his thumb and miss 6-8 weeks. He changed his mind and decided that he would play through the pain, just in time to beat my Wizards on Saturday night. He may miss a few games here and there, but as long as he can manage the pain, he should remain a top player. Hopefully you didn’t drop him prematurely.

Kobe Bryant on the other hand doesn’t have the option of playing through his torn rotator cuff. He’s out for the season and is droppable in all redraft leagues. There isn’t talk of retirement yet, but the future hall of famer’s career is coming closer to the end.

Just like Bryant, we’ve seen the last of Brandon Jennings for this season too, after tearing his Achilles. And it’s a shame because we won’t get to see plays like this anymore. But in all seriousness, ever since the Detroit Pistons released Josh Smith, Jennings has been a fantasy beast and somehow got the Pistons back in the playoff hunt. Releasing Smith is the best thing that has happened to the Pistons, since they won the NBA Championship.

Averaging 20.9 points, 7.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.5 threes per game in January, owners will be hard pressed to replace him.

D.J. Augustin will start for Jennings and should be picked up in all leagues. He’s seen his ownership levels rise 37% in the last few days so it might be too late, but grab him if he’s available.

In the first two starts without Jennings, Augustin put up 35/4/8 and 19/4/9. He followed up those superb games with an egg (2/1/4), but Augustin has been productive as a starter in the past. Unless the Pistons make a trade, he has no competition for minutes at the point. I can see Augustin providing scoring in the teens with 5+ assists a night. Not bad for a pickup.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should also see a few more looks at the basket, but isn’t as much of an all-around player like Augustin. KCP will score and knock down threes, but little else.

The Charlotte Hornets just can’t catch a break. After getting Al Jefferson back from the disabled list, Kemba Walker went down with a knee injury. On Wednesday, he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss a minimum of six weeks. Walker was really starting to pick things up after a slow start (23.6 ppg, 4.1 apg, and 3.9 rpg in January).

Walker owners should run and get D.J. Augustin, but if you strike out on him, Brian Roberts might be the next best point guard pickup. When he’s not playing second base for the Yankees, he’s playing point guard for the Hornets.

Now Roberts won’t dish out the assists like Augustin, but will shoot threes and can score, when given the minutes. As a starter last year for the Pelicans, Roberts averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 assists, and 1.1 threes per game. Owners needing to replace Jennings, Walker, or even Jrue Holiday, could do much worse than Roberts.

Dwayne Wade told reporters, “You won’t be seeing me for a while,” after hurting his hamstring this week. He expects to miss two to three weeks at the minimum, putting him out through the All-Star break.

Whenever Wade is hurt, Mario Chalmers always seems to step up. On Tuesday, he scored 21 points and dished out 8 assists in 34 minutes. Chalmers has been pretty disappointing over the last month, but perhaps this is a sign of things to come.

Luol Deng is also suffering from a calf injury and has been ruled out for Friday’s game. With both Wade and Deng out, Danny Granger will start at small forward for the immediate future. In Tuesday’s start, he scored 14 points with 6 rebounds and 3 3-pointers. No need to pick up Granger for now, but he could be a good value play in daily leagues.

After traveling to Los Angeles to get a second opinion on his knee, Tony Wroten has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ACL in his right knee. Right now, there is no timetable, but it sounds like that surgery will be required to repair the injury, which should end his season.

Even with Wroten’s poor shooting and high turnover rate, he was still valuable in fantasy. Wroten remains the 76ers leading scoring, averaging 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game. It’s a big blow to the rebuilding 76ers.

Despite his inefficiencies, Wroten had a usage rate of 29.7, which put him at 8th in the league. That’s higher than Michael Carter-Williams (27.5)! With Wroten’s season over, someone (or multiple people) will have to fill that void on offense.

As a result, MCW gets a bump in value. He’s not someone who is available on waivers, but I would highly recommend trading for him. I think that MCW could have a spike in production, a la Brandon Jennings when the Pistons released Josh Smith. Jennings became a stud overnight in Detroit and I could see MCW getting a bigger chunk of Wroten’s opportunities on offense.

For lesser-owned guys, Robert Covington, K.J. McDaniels, and Jerami Grant, should also see their values rise.

Covington has come out of nowhere to average 12.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 spg, and 2.2 3PT FGM. After being cut by the Houston Rockets, Covington has provided solid scoring, threes, and rebounds for owners. You’ll have to deal with his poor field goal percentage, but he’s been a great waiver wire addition and should continue to.

McDaniels’ ownership (23%) isn’t as high as Covington’s (57%), but he’s still a valuable fantasy asset for his ability to block shots out of position. You’re not going to find many shooting guards/small forwards who are averaging 1.4 bpg. He’s still not must own in standard leagues, but with Wroten out, McDaniels’ scoring and rebounds should rise, while still providing 2+ combined steals and blocks per game.

Just like McDaniels, Jerami Grant is another out of position shot blocker. He swatted 8 shots against the Knicks the other day. Granted it was the Knicks, but with that kind of athletic ability, he’s someone to monitor, if he can begin to contribute in other areas.

Owners shouldn’t worry about Kevin Durant’s toe injury. He’s missed two games and is questionable to play on Friday, but should be back in a few games to help get the Thunder back in the playoff hunt.

An MRI Thursday morning revealed a grade 1 adductor strain for Anthony Davis. He avoided major injury, as grade 1 injuries are the lowest, but he’s questionable to play Friday.

After hurting his wrist on a fall on Tuesday, Lebron James is considered doubtful for Friday’s game. James sat out Wednesday,= during Kyrie Irving’s historic night, and should be considered day-to-day for now.

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Crazy with all the injuries to pg’s. I actually somehow scooped MCW off waivers. Not sure what he was thinking but worked out because I needed the Pg stats badly. Also grabbed Galloway, jettisoning Josh Smith in the process. In different leagues have lost Jennings, holiday, and wAlker. Holiday I’m clearly stashing, but what about Walker considering six to eight puts him right on the cusp of or into the playoffs. I’m doing alright in first or second in all leagues. Thanks man!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Stashing one player is usually fine, but two players will make it difficult for your team to maintain its lead. The six week time frame for Walker is only a minimum so it’s possible that he misses more time than that. In a standard league, I would be fine with dropping him, but if it’s a deeper league than that, then I would hold on. In your case, you would have essentially gotten MCW for Walker, if you were to drop him.

      • Miles proudfoot says:
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        @Peter Kap: thanks for the look out man. Have a great weekend.

  2. dom says:
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    Ricky Rubio?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @dom: There wasn’t anything new on Rubio so that’s why I didn’t mention him in the post. The latest I have heard is the same that we’ve been hearing for the last two weeks: that he’s close to coming back, but is still considered day-to-day. The injury was worse than originally expected, which is why he hasn’t returned yet. There’s speculation that he could return next week, but that’s no guarantee.

  3. Dante Green says:
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    Of all the injured players on my team the one that really pisses me off is Batum! Torn ligament on the ouside of his wrist correct me if I’m wrong but damn.. Shouldve rested or did a surgical procedure on it I don’t know I’m no doctor, LOL. It just pisses me off that I had to waste my 3rd pick on him… SMH. Anyway pete for the injury report!

  4. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, a desperate owner fighting for the last playoff spot dropped Wade. He is too good to be dropped and I have waiver #5. But the thing is FT and TO are 2 of the categories that I want to win, and Wade will drag them down. What would you do? Or should I try to pick him up first, then trade him later? Thanks for the advice.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wen: Wade is only expected to miss a few weeks, some of which will be during the All-Star week. I would pick him up with hopes of trading him or someone else so that you get the help you need in FT and TO. Although Wade may not be the guy you need, you don’t want someone else picking him up and vaulting past you in the standings.

  5. nairda says:
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    Hi Peter! I am in a 9teams 9cats roto league. Seating comfortably in 1st place by a wide margin of 9pts from the 2nd place. My question is my worst player in my line up is george hill right now (injury prone and he’s my 7pg/sg in my lineup of 15players). Would it be wise if I drop him for a hot FA like m. Barnes/w. Ellington or scoop up nurkic in hopes that he will break out in the future. I don’t have a back-up big man in case one of my pf/c gets injured. If I plan on trading him, who is the best value pf/c for him?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @nairda: You’ll have a hard time trading George Hill right now because he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy this season. You’re not going to get proper value for him. Perhaps you can trade a higher rater point guard on your team that will net you a better big man in return and hope that Hill’s value increases. Or ride the hot hand on the waiver wire and grab a player that gains you another roto point in a close category.

  6. Tyler Durden says:
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    Thoughts on the ff trades for ros value:
    9cat h2h playoffs is week 21-23

    A. Smart for Beverley
    B. Horford / Brook Lopez for Marc Gasol / Terrence Jones
    C. Horford / Hayward / Brook Lopez for Pau Gasol / Ibaka / Danny Green
    D. Hayward / Brook Lopez for Pau Gasol / Danny Green

    Thanks Kap!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler Durden: I don’t worry about playoff schedules, unless the values are very similar.

      A. I would rather have Beverley. Houston has one less game, but he’s the better all-around fantasy player this season.

      B. I’d rather have the Marc Gasol/Terrence Jones side. Even if you’re only getting Gasol back in the trade, it’s the better side. Adding Jones makes it low risk/high reward.

      C. Rather have Gasol/Ibaka/Green. Bulls are the only one with less games, but the value is so much better than other side.

      D. This one is close. Really will depend on if Lopez gets traded, but based on being the Nets, I’d go with the Hayward/Lopez side for now. Fear the Spurs may rest guys down the stretch and the Bulls only play 9 games in playoffs.

  7. Tyler Durden says:
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    Thoughts on Holiday’s injury? Do you think he will be shutdown?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler Durden: No, I don’t think he’ll be shutdown. From what we know now, he’s only supposed to miss 2-4 weeks, some of which is the All-Star break. It’s not that serious of an injury and the Pelicans are within 2.5 games of the playoffs. He might get shut down later in the season, but at this point, I wouldn’t worry about it.

  8. JoeJ says:
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    How would you rank A DAvis, Aldridge, Lebron, Harden, and Ibaka rest of season 9 cat H2H?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @JoeJ: Davis, Harden, Lebron, Ibaka, Aldridge.

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