Fantasy Basketball: Week 11 Injury Update

Guards Jamal Crawford, SG (LAC)--The Clippers may be without Jamal Crawford for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks after missing the team's last two games. Crawford injured his foot in last Wednesday's game against the Warriors, but it does not look like it will be a long term injury. Ricky Rubio, PG (MIN)–After missing the team’s last four games,the Timberwolves have listed Ricky Rubio as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks. Rubio has played in just five games this season, but it appears he is back on track to return to action sooner than later. 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. 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 two wees ago. 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 consider Devin Harris questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves after missing the team's last 10 games. Harris has been dealing with the same foot injury for almost the entire month of December but it appears he is getting closer to returning to the court. 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 until mid-February. The injury has become more serious than originally expected, and now that Williams will be out for at least one more month, Jamaal Tinsley's fantasy value has now increased. Tyreke Evans, SG (SAC)–After missing the team’s last ten games, there is a chance that Tyreke Evans will be able to return to the Kings lineup on Monday. 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. Marcus Thornton, SG (SAC)--The Kings consider Marcus Thornton questionable for Monday's game against Grizzlies as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. Thornton has missed the team's last four games, but now that he is listed as questionable he should be back sooner than later. 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 few weeks, but have yet to determine a return to action. Roy underwent knee surgery back in November and will need to go through a vigorous rehab to return to action. 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 beginning of January, it has been reported that the Wizards expect to have Wall back within the next few weeks. Forwards Kevin Love, PF (MIN)--The Timbrwolves may be without Kevin Love for an extended period of times after an MRI revealed he re-fractured abone in his right hand. Love missed the start of the season with the same injury, which is never a good thing when deal hand injuries. Kris Humphries, PF (BKN)–The Nets will likely be without Kris Humphries for Tuesday's game despite being listed as questionable. Humphries has missed the team’s last two games with an ankle injury, but it does look like he is starting to get over the injury considering he is not already ruled out. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)–The Magic received some bad news two weeks ago 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. 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 nine games with the same injury, and will be out until at least January 9 when the Cavaliers take on the Hawks. 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 expect to have Andrew Bgut back on the court relatively soon, considering he the team stated he is "coming along really well." Bogut ha yet to pay this season after suffering  ankle injury and will have a big role int he Warriors offense once he returns to action. 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 two weeks ago, 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. Nikola Pekovic, C (MIN)--The Timberwolves consider Nikola Pekovic questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks with a hip injury. Pekovic will have to step up his game with Kevin Love out of action for a while, so hopefully he doesn't miss much game action with this injury. 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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