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Chris Andersen | Center/Forward

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/7/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Blinn (TX) JC
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Chris Andersen is expected to play against the Suns on Monday.
The Heat are starting Udonis Haslem at power forward, which means Haslem won't be the backup center. Andersen will likely play minutes around 20 and is only a blocks specialist. This news doesn't affect Hassan Whiteside much. Mar 2 - 6:48 PM

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Birdman Andersen (illness) is questionable to face the Suns on Monday.

The Bird did not go through shootaround, so he may be grounded in the nest for this one. All terrible puns aside, his absence would mean more minutes for Hassan Whiteside with guys like Henry 'Bill' Walker and Michael Beasley filling the gaps if Miami goes small.
Mar 2 - 11:36 AM

Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Heat are really going to have to get creative here with their minutes at the four and five. Expect to see a number of small-ball lineups next to Hassan Whiteside. Besides Whiteside, we might see more from Henry Walker and Michael Beasley.
Feb 28 - 6:40 PM

Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time decision to face the Hawks on Saturday.

The game tips at 7:30 EST, but the Heat are usually pretty good about providing an update. If he's out, there might be more of Udonis Haslem at the five. Obviously Hassan Whiteside is a must-start player.
Feb 28 - 5:55 PM

Chris Andersen (back, elbow) will play against the Mavericks on Friday.

It's still unclear if he's going to start, but it shouldn't really affect Hassan Whiteside's playing time. Andersen will likely see minutes around 20, so he's only a low-end fantasy option in his first game back.
Jan 30 - 6:20 PM

Chris Andersen (back, elbow) returned to practice on Thursday.

While nothing definitive, this sounds like good news for Andersen's availability when the Heat host the Mavericks on Friday. Andersen doesn't belong on fantasy rosters outside of deeper leagues, but his return will minorly cut into Hassan Whiteside's minutes and value.
Jan 29 - 1:09 PM

Chris Andersen (elbow, back) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

With Andersen unavailable, Hassan Whiteside will likely slide into the starting lineup and he'll make for a fantastic plug-and-play option in daily leagues coming off a monster triple-double on Sunday.
Jan 27 - 5:58 PM

Chris Andersen (elbow, back) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

Andersen will be re-evaluated closer to Tuesday's 7:30 PM ET tip-off, but this shouldn't affect fantasy owners as the Birdman is only averaging 5.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks on the season. The biggest ripple effect to Andersen potentially sitting would be Hassan Whiteside potentially having another huge game as he'd see more minutes with Birdman out.
Jan 27 - 11:17 AM

Chris Andersen will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulls.

Hassan Whiteside just retuned from an ankle injury, so the Heat are probably just exercising caution by bringing him along slowly. Andersen still likely won't see more than 20 minutes of action, so unless you are desperate for blocks there is no need to hold onto him. Whiteside is still the center to own in Miami.
Jan 25 - 12:43 PM

Chris Andersen banged his left knee but stayed in the game and posted a season-high 13 rebounds to go with four points in 28 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

Andersen is almost always a sneaky low-end value in standard leagues when given 23 or more minutes. Give him a look if you need a big man.
Jan 24 - 1:53 AM

Chris Andersen started for the Heat on Wednesday and had six points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 20 minutes.

Not a total loss, but not a big night, either. Hassan Whiteside was out with an ankle injury and remains day-to-day. Andersen should continue to start as long as he's out, but his lack of offense makes him a pretty risky fantasy option.
Jan 21 - 9:49 PM

Chris Andersen and Danny Granger will start against the Hornets on Wednesday.

The Heat are going to need some help in their frontcourt with Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside out. Shawne Williams rarely plays at small forward, but that might be different out of necessity. Udonis Haslem will also help back up Chris Bosh and Birdman.
Jan 21 - 6:30 PM

Chris Andersen returned from his recent illness to finish Tuesday's game with seven points, six boards and one block in 29 minutes.

He started the second half in place of Hassan Whiteside (ankle), whose injury may thrust Andersen back into the starting lineup on Wednesday. The Birdman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 36 and he's best suited to a backup role. There's no reason to own him while Whiteside is day-to-day, unless you're desperate for boards and blocks in a deep league.
Jan 20 - 10:19 PM

Chris Andersen (illness) will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

It's not clear at this point if Andersen's return will send Hassan Whiteside to the bench, but either way, Whiteside is the guy with the most upside. Andersen's good for some rebounds and blocks, but he's not much of an asset in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

Chris Andersen (illness) practiced in full on Monday, and he's expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

Birdman did not suit up on Friday against the Kings due to the illness, but he's feeling better and should be ready to go against Oklahoma City.
Jan 19 - 12:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Mario Chalmers
3Shabazz Napier
4Tyler Johnson
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Zoran Dragic
SF1Luol Deng
2James Ennis
3Michael Beasley
4Henry Walker
PF1Chris Bosh
2Josh McRoberts
3Udonis Haslem
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Chris Andersen