Fantasy Basketball: Week 3 Injury Update

Guards Jose Juan Barea, PG (MIN)--The Timberwolves were without Jose Juan Barea on Saturday against the Bulls as he continued to deal with a foot injury, but hopes to play against the Mavericks Monday night. His fantasy value is very limited at this point, even when healthy, considering Ricky Rubio is slated to return to the team sometime in late December. Chauncey Billups, SG (LAC)--The Clippers can expect to have Chauncey Billups back in game action sometime in December as he continues to recover from an Achilles’ injury that he suffered last season. He is expected to become the Clippers starting shooting guard once he returns to the lineup and should be someone to keep a close eye on as his return draws near. Avery Bradley, PG (BOS)--The Celtics hope to have Avery Bradley back in practice by the end of November with the hopes he will return to the team in early December after recovering from shoulder surgery. When Bradley was given playing time last season he took full advantage of the opportunity and should get a chance again this season once healthy. Eric Gordon, SG (NOR)--As expected, Eric Gordon will undergo a strict rehab to accelerate his recovery from a knee injury so that he can rejoin the Hornet starting lineup at some point in December. Gordon experienced a setback prior to the start of the season which has forced his to miss additional time, but it appears he is now back on track in his rehab. Gerald Henderson, SG (CHA)--It appears Gerald Henderson is 1-3 weeks away from returning to the Bobcats lineup after suffering a mid-foot sprain in the team’s November 3rd loss to the Mavericks. Henderson is expended to log a lot of minutes this season, so both the Bobcats and his fantasy owners will be patiently waiting for his return by late November. Kirk Hinrich, PG (CHI)--After undergoing an MRI on Sunday the Bulls have now listed Kirk Hinrich as day-to-day with a hip injury. The injury does not appear to be serious, but there is a chance he will miss a game or two, so expect Nate Robinson to take over his role until he returns. Kyle Lowry, PG (TOR)--After missing the Raptors last two games, Kyle Lowry underwent tests on his injured ankle on Sunday and there is no timetable set for his return. Lowry was on a tear through the team’s first few games, so this injury was a huge blow for both the Raptors and for his fantasy owners and hopefully he will be back on the court sooner than later. Steve Nash, PG (PG)--After playing just one full game with his new team, Steve Nash suffered a shin injury half way through his second game and is expected to be out for at least one more week. With Mike D’Antoni taking over the head coach seat for the Lakers, Nash should return to a familiar offense that he ran in his days with the Suns and be a solid fantasy producer once healthy. Jameer Nelson, PG (ORL)--The Magic were without Jameer Nelson once again on Sunday afternoon as he continues to deal with both groin and hamstring injuries. He is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game with the Knicks, so those setting daily lineups should monitor his status all the way up until game time on Tuesday. Tony Parker, PG (SA)--The Spurs have listed Tony Parker as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers as he continues to deal with a stomach virus. The illness forced Parker out of the Spurs lineup on Saturday, but with two days off between games he should be back in the lineup Tuesday and for the rest of the week. Jason Richardson, SG (PHI)--Jason Richardson is considered questionable for Monday’s game against the Bucks as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. Although the injury does not appear to be serious, there is a chance he misses a few more games, making him a risk if you planned on using him in fantasy leagues this week. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)--The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery and has yet to start running at full speed and making cuts. It appears the Bulls aren’t in any rush to get him back in the lineup, which is a good thing, so expect to see him back in action sometime after the New Year. Ricky Rubio, PG (MIN)--There is a good chance that Ricky Rubio will be able to rejoin the Timberwolves sometime in late December as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Rubio has yet to start cutting and running full speed, which is the next step in his rehab, so until then it is hard to determine if his timetable is accurate, so be sure to monitor his progression. John Wall, PG (WAS)--The timetable for John Wall’s return in slated for late November after the team received good news from his Doctor’s visit. He has yet to be cleared to resume full-court drills, which is the next step in his recovery from a knee injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too far away. Mo Williams, PG (UTA)--The Jazz were without Mo Williams in Saturday’s game against the Suns as he continues to deal with a groin injury. The team considers him questionable for Monday’s game with the Raptors but for those setting weekly lineups may want to explore other options since he could miss more than two games. Forwards Chase Budinger, SF (MIN)--the Timberwolves received bad news on Sunday when it was announced that Chase Budinger will be out until at least early December with a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is a big blow for the Timberwolves as Budinger has been a nice offensive surprise with Kevin Love out, so they will have to find his production elsewhere for at least one month. Danny Granger, SF (IND)--Things aren’t looking good for Danny Granger and his fantasy owners, as he is expected to miss three months after suffering a knee injury. Originally, Granger expected to play through the pain, but the injury is more serious than expected so now we have to wait and see how he comes along in his rehab before setting a timetable for his return. Grant Hill, SF (LAC)--The Clippers have yet to determine a timetable for Gran Hill’s return to game action as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his right knee. His role will be limited once he returns to the team, but he has shown in the past that he can do a lot with the least amount of opportunities. Kevin Love, PF (MIN)--Kevin Love is expected to visit a hand specialist at some point next week to reevaluate his broken right hand. Once the Timberwolves receive the results from the visit it will be easier to determine just how much longer he will be out, so be sure to monitor his situation closely in the upcoming weeks. Shawn Marion, PF (DAL)--Shawn Marion has now missed the Mavericks last three games due to a knee injury and is not expected to play against the Timberwolves on Monday night. While Marion is out, expect Jae Crowder to fill-in for him in the starting lineup giving his some fantasy value for the time-being. Dirk Nowitzki, PF (DAL)--The Mavericks expect to have Dirk Nowitzki back in the starting lineup as early as the first week of December as he should be fully recovered from his preseason knee surgery. It appears the Mavericks don’t want to rush him back too soon to avoid a setback, but once he returns expect the same fantasy production from Nowitzki that we have become accustomed to seeing from him. Amare Stoudemire, PF (NYK)--The Knicks are hoping to have Amare Stoudemire back in game action by mid-December, but there has really been no sign that he is on the right track to becoming healthy. He is getting treatment on his knee every day and at this point there is still a chance he could end up getting knee surgery, so continue to keep an eye on this situation if you are a fantasy owner of Stoudemire. Gerald Wallace, SF (BKN)--The Nets have now been without Gerald Wallace for four consecutive games as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. He is out of his walking boot which is a great sign, but he it doesn’t appear he will be healthy enough to play over the next few days, so those who set weekly lineups should consider other players at the forward position. Centers Andrew Bogut, C (GS)--The Warriors decided to shut down Andrew Bogut last week as he continues to deal with the aftermath of ankle surgery. The earliest he will return to the Warriors starting lineup would be November 16th when the team takes on the Timberwolves, but at this point that does not appear to be likely. Andrew Bynum, C (PHI)--It doesn’t look like the Sixers will have Andrew Bynum back on the court any time soon as the team announced Monday that they are being cautious with releasing a return date from his right knee bruise. The injury originally didn’t appear to be serious, but it doesn’t appear he is getting any better and could be out until after the New Year. Nene Hilario, C (WAS)--Nene Hilario visited a doctor last week and it was determined that he will be out at least three more weeks as he continues to deal with a foot injury. At this point don’t expect to see Hilario back until December at the earliest, but once he returns he should generate his normal level of fantasy production. To make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at matthewbeck@rotoinfo.com.  Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information.  And, to make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids.



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