Chris Paul-Houston Rockets- Another hit for the all star point guard. An MRI revealed Chris Paul has a Grade 2 left hamstring strain that he sustained on 12/20/18. This is the same Hamstring that limited him last month. He will be sidelined for at least 2-3 weeks and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. In the meantime James Harden will see huge stat lines, Eric Gordon will get more shots, P.J. Tucker will play huge minutes leading to fantasy value.
Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers:Rajon Rondo suffered a right ring finger sprain in the game on tuesday against the warriors. He will not travel with the team to Sacramento for Thursday’s game. The team is really going to have to count on Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram for this game. The young stars will have to put it all together and prove the doubters that they are ready to take the next step.
Jeff Teague- Minnesota Timberwolves-Teague has been dealing with ankle issues for most of his career. He is currently suffering from left ankle inflammation that has sidelined him since 12/17/18. Teague isn’t expected to play on Friday against the Hawks, either, but there’s a chance he’ll be able to return to the court for Sunday’s game in Miami. In the meantime look for Derek Rose to continue his dominance.
Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- Lowry is past his quad issue but he now is dealing with a back injury. His status for now is day to day.Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he’s out, and Kawhi Leonard will also see a slight uptick in usage.
Allen Crabbe-Brooklyn Nets-Update 12/26/18: Is suffering from right knee soreness. Coach Kenny Atkinson said Allen Crabbe needs to go through 3-on-3 to get back into rhythm.This will again result in Rodions Kurucs earning another start and there will be more minutes available for DeMarre Carroll.
David Nwaba and Rodney Hood-Cleveland Cavaliers- Nwaba is dealing with a knee injury that held him out the last game. Rodney Hood is dealing with achilles soreness this plagued him last year towards the end of the year. So this is something to monitor. The big beneficiary of these injuries in Cedi Osman.
Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers- MRI came back clean on LeBron James’ left groin strain and he is being listed as day-to-day.This is great news for LBJ, and while he is expected to miss at least a few games. We are going to say about 2 weeks to heal before playing on it. it’ll either be Josh Hart or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope moving into the starting five while James is out, and there will be more opportunity for guys like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
Nikola Mirotic-New Orleans Pelicans PF/C- –He has been dealing with an ankle injury. He sat out 7 consecutive games with games this weekend consider him doubtful.
Serge Ibaka- Toronto Raptors-The curse lives my pick of the week last week is hurt. Is dealing with swelling is his right knee is questionable to play Friday against the Cavs.Ibaka missed Wednesday’s game due to swelling in his right knee, and with Friday’s game being the first of a back-to-back set, we’d peg him a bit closer to doubtful. If he’s out again tomorrow, Greg Monroe would be in line for another start and Chris Boucher will be able to get into the rotation.
Alex Len- Atlanta Hawks- it appears his back flared up on him. He’s one of the more injury prone bigs out there, so it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him sit out. The Hawks trainer Lloyd Pierce acknowledged that the back issue is likely something he will be dealing with “throughout the year.” I expect big minutes coming to John Collins. Who is a guy we like this week. John is a guy that had an injury to start the season but now with an opening. He could be the break out guy you need.
Tysun Chandler- Los Angeles Lakers-Tyson Chandler played through his sore back on Christmas, but didn’t score and had just four rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes of the win over the Warriors. JaVale McGee is still out with pneumonia, but Ivica Zubac has been on fire for the last three games, and is getting the minutes in the middle for the Lakers right now. Look for the Lakers to continue to see what the young guy can do in the middle.
Mitchell Robinson- New York Knicks- Sorry scotty one of your guys is dealing with an left ankle injury that will sideline him for at least 3 games. But this does boost my pick of the week from last week Enes Kanter. Kanter has posted a double-double in three of his last four games
Picks for the week:
- Kyle Kuzma-PF for the Lakers, the biggest deal for him is Lebron being out with the groin. Kuzma is out of the University of Utah so I like him already. For the month of December he has been averaging 21 a game. He will get more minutes with Bron out, and he has kings, clippers and kings again so I have him as having a good week coming up
- Thaddeus Young-PF for the Pacers, typically the only name we hear out of Indiana is Oladipo but Young is having a nice well-balanced season. He is averaging 12, 6 boards and half a block but he put up 21 on Atlanta and Brooklyn last week. He has the hawks again and the bulls as 2 of the next 3 games.
- Jeremy Lamb, shooting guard for Charlotte, another guy who stays in shadows of a superstar but Lamb has been putting up some good numbers with all the focus on Kemba Walker. He is putting up career high numbers with 15 a game but also getting about 6 boards and a couple assists a game. He is also shooting 86% from the charity stripe. Brooklyns, Wizards and magic make for a promising outing.
Taking advantage of their opportunities is this weeks theme. That being said let’s jump into it.
- John Collins of the atlanta hawks is a man who began the year on the injury report. Never could find his way off but the man is healthy once again. With the team looking to continue to grow the chemistry around the young team. Look for Collins to continue his dominance over the past week after posting 22 PPG 12.3 RPG 3 APG last week.
- This week I am going to my team the New York Knicks. Going with the man that Bob chose last week in Enes Kanter. He is quickly becoming a double double machine in New York with injuries to his back up Mitchell Robinson. Look for Kanter to increase his number of 14.9 PPG 10.9 RPB 2.0 APG on the season.
- Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix suns. We were all ready to call this man a bust a while back but over the past two weeks he has been a top 25 player. Ayton has double-doubled in five straight games, with the last for being 20/10 efforts..
NBA Podcast: S3-Ep.15
Hello again NBA Nerds, Sports Savants, Fantasy Fellows, today it is with a heavy heart we welcome you back to the Fantasy Docs NBA Podcast. Join Dr. Harold Pan, Dr. Marco Lopez and Nate the numbers and stats guy Navas as we pay our respects to all those affected by the horrific event over the weekend. We will have a moment of silence to honor Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri ALtobeli, Alyssa Altobeli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester,, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mausser. We will relive our favorite Kobe moments. We will dive into what we think about the NBA All Star teams that were announced, break down this week’s fantasy injuries and returns. Join us as we use our analysis to help you boost your fantasy roster, make some needed waiver wire additions to your teams prior to the all star break. And as always, please like, subscribe and leave a comment for us to give you the best content we can possibly provide.
NBA Podcast: S3-Ep.14
Welcome back to the Fantasy Docs NBA Podcast! Join Dr. Harold Pan, Dr. Marco Lopez and Nate the numbers and stats guy Navas as we break down this week’s fantasy injuries and returns, including Zion’s coming out party and Chandler Parson’s tragic midseason woes. Use our analysis as you need to boost your fantasy roster, make power moves and kill it in your league. And as always, please like, subscribe and leave a comment for us to give you best content we can possibly provide.
NBA Podcast: S3-Ep.13
Welcome to the mid point of January of the New Year with the Fantasy Docs NBA Podcast. It’s a bad time to be a big man in the NBA and we have a slew of returning players coming back from injury. It’s been a wild ride of a year in the NBA and somewhat of a trainwreck for teams like the Raptors, Warriors, Bulls, Pelicans and Kings, who have just been destroyed by the injury bug going around. Now we have gotten quite into the rehab process for a lot of players this year. With many non-surgical injuries, mild acute sprains and strains take about 1-2 weeks and moderate to severe ones can take anywhere from 3-4 to 4-6 weeks depending on where the injury is and who the injury is to. You may have picked up a little bit about this if you have been following us so far and we wanted to use this podcast as a platform for you to understand not just how injuries work and how to recover, but how to make smart decisions with your fantasy roster, player management and load management in general. We have some news for you and today, our hosts Dr. Marco Lopez and Dr. Harold Pan along with numbers and stats guy – Nate the Intern are here to talk about the injury season 2020 in the NBA.
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