The biggest injury news of the week definitely belongs to Jabari Parker. Initially diagnosed as a strained knee, Parker underwent more tests and it was discovered that he tore his ACL. As a result, Parker will miss the rest of his rookie season.

This is a tough blow to the Bucks. At 14-13, they are currently in the 6th spot in the East and are in the hunt for a playoff berth. That says more about the pitiful East, than it does about the Bucks.

As my roommates can attest, I may not be able to pronounce his name, but I know Giannis Antetokounmpo is good. He’s athletic and long enough to play multiple positions and should continue to make strides this season. Khris Middleton isn’t as versatile as the Greek Freak, but can still provide fantasy owners with value. He put up 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench in Wednesday’s game, before putting up a dud (only 1/2/1) in Thursday’s game.

Brandon Knight, OJ Mayo, Jared Dudley, and even Ersan Ilyasova will also see added looks on offense as well. Ilyasova won’t return from his facial fracture and concussion until at least next week, but is a player to watch. He was playing well prior to his injury and could be a sleeper pickup if he can return to the 13 ppg, 7 rpg, and 1 three per game from a few seasons ago.

Jason Kidd will probably mix and match with his lineups and these guys may be inconsistent night in and night out, but they are guys to watch as their production and minutes rise.

It has been a bad month for the Lopez brothers. First, Brook Lopez hurt his back and has been forced to miss six straight games due to the injury. However, there’s hope that he’ll be ready to return on Sunday against the Pistons.

With Lopez ailing, Mason Plumlee has moved into the starting lineup. Mentioned as a pickup last week, Mason Plumlee made the most of his time, averaging 18.25 ppg, 10 rpg, and 1 bpg over the last four games. It may not last much longer with Lopez closer to returning, but it’s clear that Plumlee is a valuable big man when Lopez is out.

While Brook Lopez is expected to be out only a little longer, his brother is not as lucky. Robin Lopez broke his hand during Monday’s game against the Spurs. If all goes well with his recovery, Lopez is expected to be out six to seven weeks.

Those expecting that Chris Kaman would be moved into the starting lineup were disappointed on Wednesday when coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson instead. It’s only one game, but it sounds like Kaman will remain with the second unit. Even without the official “starter’s” tag, Kaman has the potential to score, rebound, and block shots and is a valuable pickup in deeper leagues.

As for Robinson, he posted a monster double-double in the start, recording 15 points, 16 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal in 29 minutes. However, Robinson doesn’t have the track record and has seen inconsistent minutes in his three years in the NBA. I won’t declare him a must own yet, but like Kaman, Robinson should provide scoring, rebounds, and defensive stats for deep leagues. Joel Freeland will get some extra minutes too, but Robinson and Kaman remain the best fantasy replacements.

It’s tough being a big man for the Golden State Warriors. David Lee has yet to return to the lineup from his hamstring woes and now the Warriors announced that Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely. After being diagnosed with chondromalacia (“runner’s knee”), Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee.

The PRP treatment is the same treatment that Dwight Howard had on his knee around Thanksgiving. We don’t have a timetable for Bogut, but Howard missed a total of 9 games over about three weeks with the treatment. Even if Bogut has a positive reaction to the therapy, we’re talking about a multi-week absence at the minimum.

Marreese Speights has been a surprisingly good fantasy replacement for Bogut. Coming off the bench mostly, Speights is averaging 12.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg on the season. Now that Bogut is out, Speights should see a slight bump in his production. He grabbed 18 points and 8 rebounds in Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies and went 10/5 on Thursday night.

David Lee could see some minutes at center when he’s healthy, but either way, Speights and Draymond Green will continue to be valuable waiver wire pickups for teams.

Good news for DeMarcus Cousins owners, as he saw the court Thursday night, for the first time in weeks. It was like he never left, as he posted 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Fantasy owners and the Kings are glad to have Cousins back.

Heat forward, Chris Bosh, has been sidelined due to a calf injury. Although Bosh is considered day-to-day, little is known about the injury and there is speculation that it could be a multi-week issue. In the meantime, Udonis Haslem should continue to start, with Dwayne Wade and Luol Deng seeing additional looks at the basket.

Josh McRoberts won’t be benefiting from the extra minutes, as he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery, potentially ending his season.

Kawhi Leonard will miss Friday’s game, his second consecutive game, due to a hand injury. I am expecting that the Spurs are just being cautious and he should be back in a few games. Although Kyle Anderson should get another start, I expect Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, and Boris Diaw will see the bigger upticks in fantasy production for teams looking to stream.

George Hill has begun taking part in practice this week and even participated in the team’s full-court scrimmage on Tuesday. Hill is still a couple weeks away from returning because he needs to get his conditioning up, but now is the time to grab him off waivers.

Big men, Derrick Favors (ankle) and Anthony Davis (chest contusion), both missed a game or two earlier in the week, but should be fine going forward.

Lastly, Kevin Durant rolled his ankle in Thursday’s game and was forced to miss the rest of the game. Precautionary X-rays were negative, but more will be known in the coming days.

  1. Michael says:
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    Hi,

    Need some help I am hit hard with injuries and one suspension. I am thinking of dropping matt barnes for evan turner because i am in need of a descent small forward. What do you think? based on the rondo trade. i am in a 13 team roto 9 cat
    pg: ty lawson , mike conley , jose calderon
    sg-sf: demar derozan, lance stephenson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Covington, matt barnes, gerald green, terence jones
    pf-c: andre drummong , anderson varejo, gorgui dieng, nerlens noel, larry sanders.

    need some help
    thanks,

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Michael: I have no problem picking up Turner for Barnes. While I don’t think Turner is the long term answer at starting point guard, he will get first crack at it, until Marcus Smart is ready to take over.

  2. Lawson says:
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    I think Draymond Green has earned the right to qualify as more than a mere “waiver wirse pickup”. Just check his numbers in the best team in the league! Amazing performances so far.

    Cheers!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Lawson: He definitely has earned more than a “waiver wire pickup.” My point was that owners didn’t draft Draymond Green in standard leagues. He and Speights have been valuable pickups for teams and will continue to be great.

  3. DK says:
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    Hey Peter… week 8 into fantasy, what’s your take on Terrence Jones?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @DK: Ross is still out indefinitely and doesn’t have a timetable for return. I personally would move on, but could depend on your rank. If your team is in need of help, I would grab someone off waivers, but if I’m near the top of the rankings without him, then you can afford waiting a little longer.

      • Peter Kap

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        @Peter Kap: @Peter Kap: Got my Terrences mixed up for a second. When I say Ross, I mean Terrence Jones. Sorry.

  4. Dom says:
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    Do you expect Mason Plumlee to outproduce Gorgui Dieng in the short term? I’m eyeing their Sunday games (dieng vs Indiana, plumlee vs DET). I’m punting free throws, which helps Plumlee’s case, but I do like Dieng a lot. Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Dom: Plumlee will be the better play vs. the Pistons on Sunday, but overall I prefer Dieng. Lopez is day-to-day and should be back in action within a few days pushing Plumee to the bench.

  5. Sean John says:
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    Any chance of you guys updating your rankings for the rest of season?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Sean John: Good question. I’ll talk with JB to see if that’s in the plan.

  6. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, I am having a really hard time to decide if I should keep Marcus Smart, or drop him for Ersan Ilyasova or Andrew Bogut. What would you do for ROS? Thanks for your help.

    Here is my roster:
    Stephen Curry, Nicolas Batum, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Smart
    Paul Pierce, Draymond Green, David West, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Marcin Gortat, Marc Gasol, Derrick Favors

    • Peter Kap

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      @Wen: Quickly looking at your team, you are in need of a point guard over big men. I think Smart has the biggest upside of those three players, but may not be ready for extensive minutes. Evan Turner is getting the first crack as Rondo’s replacement and is the better short term option. Is he available? Bogut has an extensive injury history and is going to be shelved for a few weeks. Besides, you already have Gortat, the Gasol brothers, and Derrick Favors to get you blocks. Ersan is third on my list of those players you mentioned. Maybe you can trade one of your big man for a point guard and then hold onto Bogut until he’s ready to return in a few weeks.

  7. Hype says:
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    Hey man, do you think I have a drop for Marcus Smart?

    G – cp3, rubio, holiday, mcdaniels
    F – kawhi, hayward, draymond, sullinger, david lee
    C – horford, brolo, j.hill, gobert

    Or should I keep my team as is?

    Teletovic is also available

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Hype: I would probably keep the guys you have on your roster. Gobert and David Lee are the first drops for me, but I don’t think Smart will be any better. Evan Turner is getting the first crack at starting duties for Boston, with Rondo in Dallas.

      • Hype says:
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        @Peter Kap: Thanks Kap! Btw, OQuinn seems to be starting, should I lose Gobert for him? Im a little hesitant due to Magic’s bad playoff sched and Utah’s great playoff scherule.

        • Peter Kap

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          @Hype: I wouldn’t look at playoff schedules quite yet. The season is still a ways away from that. It really depends on what your team needs more in the standings. Gobert will block slightly more shots and grab more rebounds than O’Quinn. If you need more points and the occasional three, than O’Quinn is your man.

  8. Bren says:
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    Peter: I’ve always read your columns but I’ve never commented, so what’s up! Anyways since you’re the injury expert I wanted to know what your opinion is on stashing t jones. I’m winning my matchups but is he really going to be the same guy this season? My heart says yes believe but my brain is saying it will be a struggle, minutes cap, a time share and disappointment. O’quinn just got moved to the starting line up: I’ve always felt he was better than frye and I think this might be permanent (and he’s one of my biases too lol). Let me know please! Thank you

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Bren: Really can’t offer any update on Terrence Jones. He’s still out indefinitely, which could mean a return in a few weeks or a couple months, and there’s always the risk that the nerve injury flares up again. The Josh Smith trade rumors to Houston also complicate matters, but if Jones comes back healthy, you’re probably not going to find a better waiver wire addition. He averaged 12 ppg/ 7 rpg/ 1 bpg last year and was off to a similar start this year.

      In shallow leagues, I would be fine with moving on from him and watching patiently for an update for his return then grabbing him off waivers. But if you’re in a deeper league (14+ owners), then I would hold onto Jones until at least the New Year.

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