News and Notes
Brook Lopez has missed two games with a foot injury and it’s unclear when he’ll play again. He’s day-to-day, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll practice on Monday and I’m going to bench him where I own him this week.
Anderson Varejao is dealing with a dislocated finger on his shooting hand, but played through it on Saturday and is averaging 17.6 rebounds over his last eight games for the Cavs. With four games this week, he’s a must-start.
DeMarcus Cousins was benched on Saturday and saw just 18 minutes, but is healthy. Keith Smart “didn’t like what was going on” Saturday, so he benched the star. Cousins has been shaky lately, and now is a good time to target him as a buy-low player.
Anthony Davis is slated to miss another week for the Hornets with his left ankle injury, meaning big things for Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez.
Chandler Parsons played through a strained shoulder on Saturday and had 19 points and a full stat line for the Rockets. Carlos Delfino is back and Parsons is in pain, making him a little shaky this week with just three games. I’d still lean towards playing him in most cases.
Richard Hamilton will miss a couple weeks for the Bulls with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, so Marco Belinelli should see more touches in the upcoming weeks.
Trevor Booker will miss a couple more weeks with a strained knee, which is good news for Kevin Seraphin, but the Wiz only have three games this week.
Dion Waiters is iffy for Monday with a sprained ankle and will likely be a game-time decision for the Cavs against the Pistons.
Malcolm Lee is iffy with a groin injury, which means Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea could continue to play well for the Wolves. Kevin Love has been dealing with an illness but played through it on Saturday, and I would be shocked if he doesn’t play on Tuesday. Andrei Kirilenko’s back caused him to miss Sunday’s practice and he’s iffy for Tuesday. Ricky Rubio went through a full practice on Sunday, and while he’s nearing a return, I would not start him this week.
Paul George missed all seven of his shots and failed to score for the Pacers on Saturday. He’s got four games this week and should bounce back, but he hasn’t played well since hitting nine 3-pointers last Wednesday. Weigh options carefully when setting your lineup.
Larry Sanders had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five more blocks on Saturday. I have no idea if Scott Skiles will keep going to him, but he’s worth owning in all leagues after averaging 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7.5 blocks over his last two games.
Danny Green is dealing with a left hamstring injury and missed the end of Saturday’s game. He wasn’t playing well enough to be an automatic fantasy starter before the injury, and Gary Neal looks like a much better option right now. Stephen Jackson will miss a couple more weeks with his hand injury, while Kawhi Leonard isn’t expected to play much this week, if at all, due to his quad injury.
Tony Allen missed Saturday’s game with a groin injury, while Wayne Ellington and Quincy Pondexter were terrible in his absence. Bench Allen this week.
Derrick Favors missed Saturday’s game with plantar fasciitis, which is a tricky injury. He is hoping to play on Monday, but will probably be a game-time decision. Start him at your own risk this week.
Tyreke Evans missed Saturday’s game with a sore knee and is day-to-day. My guess is he’ll play on Wednesday, but it’s just a guess.
The Rest of the Injury Roundup
Kyle Korver back – He’s day-to-day and a risky start with just three games.
Rajon Rondo suspension – It’s over and he is ready to roll for three games.
Gerald Henderson foot – It sounds like he’ll be back for his next game.
Kyrie Irving finger – Still not due back this week.
Dirk Nowitzki knee – Still a few weeks away, Elton Brand is heating up.
Wilson Chandler hip – He should be on waivers in your league.
Andrew Bogut ankle – Who knows when he’ll be ready and I’m not holding him.
Steve Nash leg – Still no target date for his return, so keep him benched.
Mike Dunleavy knee – Day-to-day, Marquis Daniels could be sneaky in his stead.
Eric Gordon knee – Out indefinitely and a serious trade candidate in reality.
Amare Stoudemire knee – Targeting Christmas and could come off bench.
Nick Young toe – Missed Saturday, remains day-to-day.
Andrew Bynum knee – Your guess is as good as mine, but looking like lost season.
Marvin Williams concussion – Day-to-day, but we’re still not sure on return date.
Nene flu – Should be ready for Tuesday against the Heat.
John Wall knee – Still no target date, but could make a surprise return soon.