As we’re headed toward the playoffs in Fantasy Basketball it’s time to really pay attention to what’s going on around the league. Injuries to some Fantasy Basketball players can go unnoticed with so much attention being split.
With March Madness taking hold and Fantasy Baseball drafts starting to consume some of your concentration it’s easy to miss some of the happenings around the NBA that can help you win a Fantasy Basketball Championship.
Kyrie Irving suffered an injury to his biceps and Dion Waiters has stepped into the roll of main ball handler for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Irving sidelined for a few weeks Waiters can bring scoring to your fantasy team as well as some assists and steals, but you also have to weather his erratic shooting (42%) (66% from the line) in order to have him help your team.
Waiters last two game lines (Courtesy ESPN.com)
While Waiters may be a good source of points you may be in need of some assists. Well Ramon Sessions of the Milwaukee Bucks could be your answer. 2nd round pick Nate Wolters went down with a fractured hand and Sessions looks to be in line for an increase in minutes in the Bucks’ back court. While minutes are never guaranteed when talking about the Bucks, i would gamble on Sessions if that category could put me over the top. Just don’t expect Darren Collison level fill-in numbers.
It took a James Anderson injury to finally see Tony Wroten back in the starting lineup, but Wroten put up very nice numbers in his last start and may be in line for some bigger minutes down the stretch as the 76ers need to evaluate their young talent to see who they want to build around for next season.
Tony Wroten’s Stats For The Last Two Contests (Courtesy ESPN.com)
Drew Gooden has come out of no where to put in quality minutes for the Washington Wizards and if there is an injury to Marcin Gortat then Gooden becomes a very valuable asset. The injury to Nene initially cleared the way, but Gooden has thoroughly outplayed Trevor Booker since and can be counted on for double digit points and some rebounds with the a couple of 3-pointers to boot.
Gorgui Dieng has become somewhat of a phenomenon since getting a chance to start at Center for the Minnesota Timber Wolves while Nikola Pekovic recovers from an ankle injury. The novelty of plugging him in as low budget option at Center quickly wore off when he went for a double double in his first game starting to along with five blocks. Instead of a throw away joke on an afternoon DFS podcast he quickly became a name to know and run to the waiver wire as he has had a double double in each of his three starts including his last game where he went for 22 points and 21 rebounds. With Pek hurting I think you have to run out and grab Dieng in the short term and hope he gets some run the rest of the season.
Gorgui Dieng’s Last Three Games (Courtesy of ESPN.com)