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Monday, December 09, 2013

Rajon Rondo pushed back his meeting with Dr. James Andrews regarding his surgically repaired knee, so it doesn’t sound like he’s close to a return this week. And that’s great news for the owners of Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley.


Derrick Favors missed Saturday’s game with a back injury and is pretty iffy for Monday. Jeremy Evans and Rudy Gobert aren’t enticing in fantasy, but Enes Kanter will continue to benefit if Favors misses more time.


Pau Gasol played through a sore right ankle on Sunday and doesn’t plan to miss time with the injury. But if he aggravates it at some point, that plan could change. Start him at your own risk.


Nikola Vucevic missed another game on Sunday with his ankle injury and is questionable for Monday. Glen Davis is a strong play even when Vucevic is healthy, and is a must-start on nights when Vucevic is out.


Andre Iguodala’s hamstring injury has not allowed him to play for a couple weeks and we still don’t know when he’ll return. I’d be surprised to see him this week.


DeAndre Jordan is hoping to play through his foot injury on Monday and almost returned to Saturday’s game. I am starting him this week.


Luol Deng is iffy for the week due to an Achilles injury. MRI results were negative and he’s hoping the swelling dies down mid-week. And to me, that means starting Deng this week is too risky. And this should mean more big games from Taj Gibson, who has been on an absolute tear for the last 10 days or so.


Jimmy Butler was out again on Saturday, and while he’s closer to a return from his turf toe, he might not play this week. Tony Snell has been hit or miss in Butler’s absence.


Jeremy Lin is hoping to return from his knee injury on Thursday. Patrick Beverley continues to underwhelm, while Aaron Brooks has been more miss than hit in Lin’s absence.


Nene is very iffy for Monday with an Achilles problem, along with foot and leg issues, and it sounds like he might shut himself down until he’s healthy again. It was a fun ride while it lasted.


Steve Nash was out again on Sunday and while he appears to be nearing a return from a back injury, we don’t know when it’s going to happen. Steve Blake, who has cooled off, will take another hit when it happens.


Martell Webster is iffy for Monday’s game with an ankle injury, but I get the sense he’ll play.


Rodney Stuckey sat out on Sunday with a quad injury, which will leave him questionable for Tuesday. I’m looking for a safer option for the upcoming week.


Jeff Taylor’s heel injury will leave him iffy for Monday, which is too bad after he had 20 points on Friday while filling in for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If Taylor is out, keep a close eye on Anthony Tolliver.


Caron Butler has missed six straight games with a heel injury, and while I expect him back some time this week, Khris Middleton should continue to start for the Bucks.


Marvin Williams’ heel injury could continue to keep him out, which is good news for Enes Kanter. Whether Williams is still a starter once healthy again remains to be seen.


Tony Allen’s hip injury has caused him to miss his last few games and Jerryd Bayless will get his minutes if Allen continues to miss time with the injury.  


Tiago Splitter left Saturday’s game with a calf injury and is questionable for Tuesday. If he’s out, Boris Diaw looks like the spot start to own.


Kelly Olynyk is hoping to return from an ankle injury on Tuesday, but it’s possible Jared Sullinger has stolen his job.


Tyler Hansbrough has been out with a shoulder injury and Amir Johnson looks like a beast for the Raptors. Hansbrough can be dropped if you picked him up when he was named the starter over Johnson.


Michael Beasley was out on Sunday with a hamstring injury, but has been too inconsistent to be in fantasy lineups. And with two games this week, he should continue to be ignored.


Zaza Pachulia’s foot is in a walking boot for the Bucks, meaning more good news for John Henson, who looks like a strong start this week.


For the entire Injury Report, click here. 

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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