Danilo Gallinari DEN – SIT ‘EM
Gallinari suffered a left groin strain on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least the next 10 days before he is back in the lineups. Being one of the most injury-ridden athletes in the league, his recovery time will likely be extended to compensate for lingering symptoms. The MRI came back negative for any structural damage, which is a good sign, but he will still not see playing time in Week 16.
Nikola Jokic DEN – START ‘EM
A week and a half ago, Jokic suffered a left hip strain that kept him out for three games. He did non-contact workouts and rehab in a pool and built up his strength in his hip without making it vulnerable to another injury. Jokic started his first game back on Saturday with 11 points in just 15 minutes. He’s surpassed the ORT (optimal recovery time) of one week, and he should be putting up his usual numbers as long as he doesn’t get hit.
Joel Embiid PHI – SIT ‘EM
Embiid’s owners already know that he’s been slapped with restrictions this season, but his knee injury seems to be lingering longer than normal. Coaches and trainers are already cautious with him, which means they will probably continue to be overly cautious even after he has already passed the optimal recovery time. Inside Injuries has Embiid at an Elevated IRC (Injury Risk Category) and should be considered a risky start for Week 16.
Nerlens Noel PHI – START ‘EM
With Joel Embiid out with a knee injury, Noel will once again see an uptick in numbers. Embiid has restrictions on him even when he’s not injured, which means Noel is used to playing in his place. Embiid will be out for at least the next week, making Noel a start for Week 16.
Avery Bradley BOS – SIT ‘EM
The guard for the Celtics has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game and even if he does make it back into lineups this week, it will be too soon for him to be performing at 100 percent. His Achilles injury has kept him out of 13 of the last 14 games. Inside Injuries has given Bradley a five-week ORT and Bradley is just shy of that timetable until after this week. If he returns next week, he should be healthy and putting up his monster stats as usual. But for Week 16, he should be considered a risky start.
Brandon Jennings NYK – START ‘EM
Jennings sees his biggest minute and numbers boost when Derrick Rose (ankle) is on the bench. Rose has been out with an array of injuries, most recently to his ankle. Rose is notoriously cautious with injuries and will most likely be out for the next few games. In Roses’ absence, Jennings will continue to put up big numbers, like the 23 points he put up in 42 minutes on Saturday.
DeMar DeRozan TOR – SIT ‘EM
Sitting out the past seven of eight games, DeRozan’s ankle injury will likely keep him out for the rest of this week. The good news is that he did participate in a very limited practice on Saturday, so owners should look to see him start in Week 17. His ankle injury was labeled as a Grade 1 by the Inside Injuries algorithm, which means his optimal recovery time is about three weeks. DeRozan will be closing in on the end of that timetable at the beginning of next week.