Fantasy Basketball Injury-Based Start or Sit Advice
Injured Player Start or Sit Advice for Fantasy Basketball
As the Association gets ready to kick off the post All-Star break run, let's take a look at a couple of big names coming off injury who are ready to be plugged back into your lineups, as well as a couple players on hot streaks whose windows appear to be closing.
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D'Angelo Russell BKN - START 'EM
In his last three games before the break, Russell averaged right around 18 points and six assists per game as his minutes jumped up into the mid-20s to low-30s for the first time with consistency. It looks like he should be unleashed fully here in the second half of the season. The Nets will want to see what they have in Russell, one of their key young assets, moving forward. He is still an Elevated Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries as he continues to move closer to full strength, but it looks like he's progressing nicely. As long as he can avoid any setbacks, look for this week to be the start of a big rest of the season for Russell.
Allen Crabbe BKN - SIT 'EM
With Russell getting back into the full swing of things, it looks like Crabbe may be the one player most negatively affected from an opportunity standpoint. Crabbe has been red hot of late, but he's a one-dimensional player and isn't the kind of youthful asset that Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie are. It's likely that those two will get the most looks as the Nets try to continue to develop their younger pieces. With another youngster, Caris Levert, likely returning to the backcourt rotation soon, the minutes and shots that Crabbe has had in his recent streak will likely start to dry up. Crabbe is a one-dimensional 3-point gunner, so any sort of decrease in shots and playing time will hurt his value big time. It may be hard to sit him down right now, but Crabbe will be back as a lower end Fantasy asset sooner rather than later.
Jabari Parker MIL - START 'EM
The Bucks may want to continue to limit Jabari Parker's minutes as he returns from ACL surgery, but they may not have much of a choice if they want to keep up in the playoff race with all of the other injuries they have piling up. With Mirza Teletovic, Malcolm Brogdon and John Henson all out, Milwaukee needs minutes somewhere. Parker looks to be rather healthy, as evidenced by his low injury risk and peak Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries. It's unlikely that he's going to play 30-plus minutes every night this week but look for him to get a boost in minutes and for him to be in more situations to score. Milwaukee needs his scoring to complement the Greek Freak if they want to keep pace in what is now a very intriguing Eastern Conference. This might be a week or two early but look for Parker to start becoming a nice Fantasy asset sooner rather than later.
Mario Hezonja ORL - SIT 'EM
Mario Hezonja has gone from a Top 5 draft pick to an afterthought pretty quickly in the wasteland that has been the Orlando Magic, but his last three games before the break showed some serious signs of life. He scored over 20 in all three, building off some of the momentum he had built in weeks prior with an increase in minutes. However, Aaron Gordon, who missed the last nine games returns tonight, likely eating into Hezonja's minutes and workload. Hezonja will still play enough, but his usage will likely go way down with Gordon back in the mix. Therefore, move Hezonja back to the bench. He is worth keeping on the roster in case he finds a way to keep this going. He's still young and has enough upside to warrant holding onto him, especially given his recent flashes. Just don't bank on him giving you too much this week.
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D'Angelo Russell Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
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