Three High Risk Injured NBA Players
Trio of Injured NBA Players Tough to Trust in Fantasy
So, the big news surrounding Blake Griffin this week is obviously the Clippers trading him to the Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, and some 2018 and 2019 picks. But it’s hard to overlook Griffin’s injury history, and even coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged the injury risk on Tuesday.
“He's only 28 years old. We know the injury history -- that's the risk on it. But that risk was worth it because of the talent we're bringing back," said Van Gundy.
Blake Griffin has been a High Injury Risk since the start of the season and was an injury risk for most of last season as well. He has a long history of knee problems that includes a clean-up procedure last year and an MCL sprain in December. He played in only 66 percent of the games in his last three seasons and has already missed 16 games so far this season. After he missed 14 games to the MCL sprain in December, Griffin suffered a concussion that held him out of two games. And before all of this, let’s not forget that Griffin also suffered a plantar plate injury in the playoffs last season that required surgery. That’s two lower body surgeries in less than six months. Not good.
When Griffin plays, and when he’s healthy (which is almost never), he’s a great player to have on the court and on a Fantasy roster. But there is always a risk that he’ll wind up with another knee injury that holds him out for multiple weeks.
Blake Griffin in his new Pistons jersey. pic.twitter.com/C2R06VReR1
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Evan Fournier rolled his ankle in Saturday’s game but played Tuesday despite the fact that he had less than two days of rest. The Inside Injuries algorithm calculated a two-week Optimal Recovery Time (ORT) until Fournier would be healthy enough to return to the lineup. Fournier had a Below Average Health Performance Factor (HPF) when he played through his ankle injury on Tuesday, which explains his lackluster stat line that included only 12 points and three rebounds.
Fournier has a long history of foot and ankle injuries, which make an ankle roll even more concerning. This will be his third ankle injury in just as many years and his second of the season. Fournier missed eight games in December to an ankle sprain. Shortly after he returned from the ankle sprain, he sustained a right foot injury, though, he did not miss any time. He also dealt with calf, hip, back, and wrist injuries in recent years.
Fournier is a High Injury Risk as he continues to play through his ankle injury, and his performance will continue to suffer until he takes the time to rest and recover. He shouldn’t be trusted in Fantasy leagues or as a streaming option for at least the next two weeks.
Marquese Chriss recently returned from a five-game absence only to find himself back on the bench with another injury. A hip strain is what held him out for the first five games, an injury that he sustained on January 7. The Inside Injuries algorithm calculated a grade 2 hip flexor strain and a four-week ORT. Chriss was one week away from his ORT when he returned on Friday.
His first game back was nothing to be excited about, likely because he was still at a Below Average HPF. Chriss only managed to put up three points, four rebounds, and one assist in 20 minutes of play. Sunday’s game wasn’t much better with only two points, zero assists, and five boards in just 16 minutes. Chriss rolled his ankle towards the end of Sunday’s game, putting him back on the injury report with a sprained left ankle. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a grade 1 sprain with a two-week ORT. Chriss could have avoided the second injury had he taken the full four-week ORT with his hip injury. Instead, he played as an Elevated Injury Risk and suffered an additional injury.
Chriss will not be near 100 percent for at least the next two weeks and should not be trusted in Fantasy hoops until he reaches his ORT. He took almost two months to warm up at the start of the season, and it could take a while for him to shake the rust off after these back-to-back stints on the sidelines.
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Blake Griffin Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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