Guards Rodney Stuckey, PG (DET)--After missing the team's last two games with an ankle injury, there is a good chance Rodney Stuckey will be held out of Tuesday's game against the Kings. This is the second time this season that he suffered an ankle sprain, so this time may take longer for him to recover. Ricky Rubio, PG (MIN)--After missing the team's last game against the Suns on Saturday with a back injury, there is chance Ricky Rubio sits out his second game in a row on Tuesday. Rubio has played limited minutes since his return to action a few weeks ago, so hopefully this injury does not set him back too much moving forward. Raymond Felton, PG (NYK)--The Knicks received bad news late last week after they were informed Raymond Felton will be out until at least February. Felton fractured his pinkie finger and has opted to go without surgery, so it will take a lot of rest to get to the point where he can deal with the pain. Jameer Nelson, PG (ORL)--After suffering a hip injury in the team's last game, Jameer Nelson will likely be listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Heat. Nelson has been playing well as of late, so hopefully for fantasy owners he will be on the court tonight and for the rest of the week. Jordan Crawford, SG (WAS)--The Wizards are considering Jordan Crawford questionable for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks as he tries to overcome an ankle injury. Crawford missed Saturday's game with the same injury, but at this point it does not appear to be serious enough for fantasy owner's to worry about. Steve Blake, PG (LAL)–The Lakers expect to have backup point guard Steve Blake back in action sometime in January after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. With the return of Steve Nash, the Lakers will likely not rush Blake back to action, so his recovery may take longer than expected. Chauncey Billups, PG (LAC)–The Clippers have yet to set a timetable for Chauncey Billups’ return to action after he sustained a foot injury prior to the start of last week. The injury is considered peroneal tendinitis, which will require therapy, so in weekly leagues it would be wise to avoid him until more news is released on the extent of the injury. Devin Harris, PG (ATL)–The Hawks expect to be without the services of Devin Harris for Monday's game against the Rockets, which would mark his seventh straight game missed. Harris has been dealing with the same foot injury for almost the entire month of December and there has been no timetable set for his return. Wesley Matthews, SG (POR)–The Trail Blazers consider Wesley Matthews questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks as he continues to deal with a hip injury. Matthews has missed the team's last four games with the same injury and will be likely be put back in the starting lineup once healthy. Mo Williams, PG (UTA)–After suffering a thumb injury, the Jazz don’t expect to have Mo Williams back in their lineup before early January. Those in weekly leagues should consider other options for this week and beyond considering there has been no timetable set for his return. Avery Bradley, PG (BOS)–After failing to return to the Celtics lineup last week as anticipated, the team has announced that he will be out until at least January 2 as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. Bradley will likely take over the team's starting shooting guard position once fully healthy, but that seems to still be in the distance. Tyreke Evans, SG (SAC)–After missing the team's last seven games, there is a chance that Tyreke Evans will be able to return to the Kings lineup on Tuesday. Evans continues to deal with a knee injury that has given him problems for most of the month, so hopefully the New Year will bring him better health. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)–The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery, but they expect to have him back for the second half of the season. Late January is probably a good guess for when he will return to action, so those in daily leagues should consider stashing him now if he is available. Brandon Roy, SG (MIN)–The Timberwolves had Brandon Roy back in practice the last two weeks, and is now targeting early December as a possible return for him. Roy underwent knee surgery back in November, but appears to be close to returning despite it not being his first surgery on that same knee. John Wall, PG (WAS)–The timetable for John Wall’s return was slated for late November, but that did not happen after a few setbacks. Although it is now the end of December, it doesn’t look like he is going to play before the New Year, so owner’s should keep him out of starting lineups until there is a clear indication he is ready to return. Forwards Josh Smith, SF (ATL)--The Hawks consider Josh Smith questionable for Monday's game against the Rockets while he deals with a hip injury. Smith missed the team's last game on Saturday with the same injury, but at this point it does not appear to be too serious, so monitor his status prior to tip-off. Kris Humphries, PF (BKN)--The Nets will likely be without Kris Humphries for Monday's game despite being listed as questionable. Humphries has missed the team's last five games with an abdominal injury, but it does look like he is starting to get over the injury considering he is not already ruled out. Carmelo Anthony, SF (NYK)--Although the Knicks consider Carmelo Anthony questionable for Tuesday's game, there is a good chance he misses his third game in a row. Anthony suffered a knee injury on Christmas Day, and has yet to be able to shake it off, but at least it does not appear to be too serious. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)–The Magic received some bad news last week when they found out that Glen Davis would be out until at least late January with a shoulder injury. He will need to strengthen the area around his shoulder before being able to return to action, so it may take longer than originally expected. Andrea Bargnani, PF (TOR)–After suffering a torn elbow ligament, the Raptors don’t expect to have Andrea Bargnani back in action until early January. Although that timetable may be a bit loose, more information will have to surface before giving any advice on his availability. 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. Amare Stoudemire, PF (NYK)–The Knicks are hoping to have Amare Stoudemire back in game action by early January when his knee is fully healthy. The team has done great without him so far this season, so hopefully he won’t mess up the chemistry on the team once he returns. Tyrus Thomas, PF (CHA)–The Bobcats will be without the services of Tyrus Thomas after to was revealed that he will miss at least two months with a torn Plantaris muscle. Luckily for Thomas, the injury will not require surgery, but it is going to be a long and vigir0us recovery period, so to see him back in action in two months is a long shot. Centers Anderson Varejao, C (CLE)–The Cavaliers are considering Anderson Varejao out until at least early January as he continues to deal with a minor knee injury. Varejao has sat out the team’s last six games with the same injury, but it does not appear like anything owners will have to worry about long term. Jonas Valanciunas, C (TOR)–The Raptors will be without the services of Jonas Valanciunas until at least mid-January after suffering a finger injury. He has shown flashes of fantasy value in his rookie season, so hopefully this injury will not set him back too much once he returns. Andrew Bogut, C (GS)–The Warriors decided to shut down Andrew Bogut  as he continues to deal with the aftermath of ankle surgery. The earliest he will return to the Warriors starting lineup would be by early January, 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 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. Byron Mullens, C (CHA)–After suffering an ankle injury prior to the start of last week, the team is now considering Bryon Mullens out until at least early January. Mullens has taken a step forward in is progression as a starting center, so hopeful this injury will not set him back once he returns. To make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize’s new NBA Lineup Grids. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at  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’s new NBA Lineup Grids.


Leave a Comment

About Matthew Beck

Accomplished chef, journalist and dedicated fantasy sports player. When Matt's not in the kitchen, he's preparing the recipe for fantasy sports success. He is...The Fantasy Chef. 

Matthew Beck on Twitter

@waldemarjr15 thanks a lot man! Now off to Hawaii!

@Bighomie586 i would go with wayne now that it looks like aj green is going to play

@Sky_Razzball yea its goong to go right down to the of luck the rest of the way

@FantasyAlarm #NFL Waiver Flavor column is now up...thoughts on Cousins, Davis, Sanu and much more

The first @FantasyAlarm #NFL Waiver Flavor column is up...thoughts on Gordon, Locker, Forsett and much more