Monday, as usual, brought plenty of injury news, as well as some big performances on a relatively quiet seven-game night. Let’s dive in.
Al Jefferson F/C Jazz – Jefferson played Monday despite the recent death of his grandmother and went off for 33 points, 12 boards and two blocks on 14-of-18 shooting. He’s got a five-game week, but the bad news is that he’s now pretty iffy for Saturday and Sunday’s games, with the funeral set for Friday. Hopefully he continues to play well and makes it through at least four games this week. If he’s out over the weekend, Derrick Favors becomes a nice pick-and-play.
Deron Williams PG Nets – Williams was out again on Monday and is iffy for the rest of the week with a calf injury. Jordan Farmar is a must-own player until further notice, and had 17 points, seven assists and two 3-pointers on Monday. The shutdown alert is officially on for Williams, but for now, just keep him on your bench until you see he’s going to return from his injury.
Rudy Gay SF Grizzlies – Gay has a concussion, leaving his status for this week in doubt. He’ll have to pass a series of tests to be cleared to play and the Grizzlies only have three games this week. Owners have to hope he’s cleared to play this week, but I benched him in mine, and feel good about it. He should really pay off when the Grizzlies play five times in Weeks 15 and 16.
Jose Calderon PG Raptors – The Raptors are hopeful that Calderon will return from his ankle injury at some point on the team’s upcoming five-game road trip, and I benched him in some leagues, and cut him in another. I’m in a must-win situation in order to make the playoffs, and went with Gordon Hayward for five games instead of a bunch of possible zeros from Calderon this week. Jerryd Bayless is the guy to add if you can, while Leandro Barbosa should also do well if JC is out all week.
Stephen Curry PG Warriors – The Warriors are saying that Curry’s injury problems are a bunch of unrelated freak accidents, and plan on running him out there until further notice. If you own him, this is good news, but he’s simply a mess. Keep plugging him in there (and praying) when it sounds like he’ll play, but it’s become obvious that he is going to be a fantasy bust this season thanks to injuries. Maybe he’ll get hot and help owners win a championship, but given how this season has gone, those same owners might have a tough time making it to the fantasy postseason. Consider him a game-time decision for Tuesday with another sprained ankle.
Kevin Martin SG Rockets – Martin is a game-time decision for Tuesday with a shoulder injury, and hasn’t scored more than seven points in his last three games, so don’t hold your breath for an explosion if he does go on Tuesday.
Manu Ginobili SG Spurs - Ginobili appeared to see his leg tighten up late in Monday's game and Gregg Popovich said that's exactly what happened. Expect some DNP's from Manu going forward, as the Spurs have a whopping 20 back-to-back games on the schedule between now and the end of the season, when they play a total of 26 games. And owners of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker should also be concerned about being blindsided by mystery DNP's going forward.
Corey Maggette G/F Bobcats – Maggette, who was one of the hottest scorers in the league coming into Monday, lasted just eight minutes before leaving with back spasms. Hopefully they subside on Tuesday, but consider him iffy at Houston on Wednesday. I’m going to hold him until then, and might be forced to move on if it appears he’ll miss several games.
Luol Deng SF Bulls – Deng was out again on Monday and is iffy for Wednesday with his sore wrist. Kyle Korver had nine points, seven boards, three assists and two 3-pointers last night in another start, but should become useless when Deng returns.
Hedo Turkoglu G/F Magic – Turkoglu’s one-game suspension is over and he will likely start on Tuesday against the Heat.
Michael Beasley F Timberwolves – Beasley hit 6-of-7 shots for 15 points and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes before leaving Monday’s game with a toe injury. Consider him iffy for his next game, and continue to look at Derrick Williams, who hit 7-of-10 shots and two more 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, eight boards, two steals and two blocks on Monday. While it doesn’t make sense as to why a point-guard injury would benefit a power forward, Williams looks like a must-own player over the rest of the season.
Chris Kaman C Hornets – Kaman tweaked his hip and hit just 6-of-19 shots, but still finished with 12 points, 16 boards and three blocks in a loss to the Bobcats Monday. With Emeka Okafor not seeming close to a return, and all this trade deadline talk possibly heading nowhere, Kaman remains a must-start fantasy player for now.
Ray Allen SG Celtics – Ray Allen tweaked his right ankle on Monday but appears to be fine. He finished with 15 points and two 3-pointers, and should be OK going forward.
Carl Landry PF Hornets – Landry is expected back from his knee injury sometime this week, which will hurt Gustavo Ayon. Ayon hit just 1-of-6 shots last night, but did have two points, four rebounds, four steals and a block in a loss to the Bobcats. Once Landry is back, Ayon can probably be dropped if there’s a hot free agent you have your eye on.
Emeka Okafor C Hornets – There’s still no timetable on the return of Okafor from a knee injury, so keep rolling with Kaman.
Jose Juan Barea G Timberwolves – JJB returned from an ankle injury on Monday, but had just three points in 15 minutes. He should see a boost in minutes with Ricky Rubio’s season over, but will have to prove he can stay healthy himself before it’s going to happen.
George Hill G Pacers – Hill is hoping to return from a shoulder injury on Tuesday, but it’s anyone’s guess if it will happen. You have to be in a deep league to be reliant on Hill’s availability right now.
Brendan Haywood C Mavericks – Haywood is hoping to return from his sprained ankle on Tuesday.
Anderson Varejao C Cavaliers – Varejao will be re-evaluated next week and doesn’t appear to be close to a return from his wrist injury. The Cavs play four or five games per week from here on out, but whether you can wait on him is the real question.
Eric Gordon SG Hornets – The Hornets are hoping to have Gordon back by the end of the month from his knee injury, but I’m not holding my breath. Nor am I holding Gordon.
Thabo Sefolosha SG Thunder - Sefolosha appears to be nearing a return from a foot injury, but unless you’re in a 30-team league, it doesn’t matter (thank you, James Harden).
Rashard Lewis F Wizards – Lewis was out again on Monday with a knee injury and there’s no timetable on his return. Ignore him for now.
Mike Miller G/F Heat – Miller is likely to miss at least a week with a sprained ankle, but didn’t really offer fantasy value when healthy. James Jones could see a boost in his absence, along with Shane Battier.