Fantasy Basketball: Week 15 Injury Update

Guards Devin Harris, PG (ATL)--After missing Saturday's game with an ankle injury, the Hawks consider Devin Harris questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers. Harris has battled injuries most of the season, but can still be a solid fantasy contributor due to the lack of depth at the guard position in Atlanta. Kirk Hinrich, PG (CHI)--After sustaining an elbow injury, the Bulls don't expect to have Kirk Hinrich back in the lineup until later in the week. He has missed the team's last two games with the same injury, but at this point it does not appear to be serious. Carlos Delfino, SG (HOU)--The Rockets hope to have Carlos Delfino for Tuesday's game against the Warriors after exiting Saturday's game after just seven minutes with an elbow injury. The team is not considering the injury to be serious, but owners in daily leagues should wait until game time before inserting him into starting lineups. George Hill, PG (IND)--The Pacers consider George Hill questionable for Monday's game against the Bulls after sustaining a shoulder injury. The team does not consider the injury serious, but if he can't play, look for D.J. Augustin to step up and fill in for him for the time being. Arron Afflalo, SG (ORL)--After missing four straight games with a calf injury, the Magic consider Arron Afflalo questionable for Monday's game against the Sixers. Although the injury is not considered serious, it doesn't look like he is going to return anytime soon, so owners in weekly leagues should find a different option until next week. Jameer Nelson, PG (ORL)--The Magic consider Jameer Nelson questionable for Monday's game against the Sixers  after missing Saturday's contest with the Bucks. Nelson is dealing with a forearm injury, and had results from an X-ray come back negative, so he should be back in action soon than later. Wesley Matthews, SG (POR)--The Trail Blazers consider Wesley Matthews questionable for Monday's game against the Timberwolves as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. Matthews sprained his right ankle in Friday's game against the Jazz and at this point he should be considered day to day. Manu Ginobili, SG (SA)--After missing Saturday's game with a hamstring injury, the Spurs are now considering Manu Ginobili questionable for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves. Ginobili has now missed five of his last 10 games and at this point owners should think about benching him until after the All-Star break as he continues to try and get healthy. Brandon Beal, SG (WAS)--The Wizards consider Brandon Beal questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers while dealing with a wrist injury. Beal has now missed three straight games with the injury, so owners should be cautious with him this week, considering he may not play in Week 15.  Rajon Rondo, PG (BOS)–The Celtics received horrible news prior to Sunday’s game involving their All-Star point guard. Rajon Rondo will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn right ACL, which came on a drive to the hoop on Friday night, so owners should drop him now and find a replacement. Chris Paul, PG (LAC)–The Clippers have been without Chris Paul for seven straight games as he continues to deal with a bruised knee. The team is being very cautious with the injury to prevent further damage, so don’t expect to see him back in the lineup this week. Jason Richardson, SG (PHI)–The Sixers consider Jason Richardson questionable for Monday’s game against the Magic as he continues to deal with a knee injury. After missing six straight games, the injury may be more serious than originally reported, so owners should keep him benched until further news is released. Gordon Hayward, SG (UTA)–The Jazz consider Gordon Hayward questionable for Monday's game against the Kings as he continues to battle a shoulder injury. Hayward has missed the team's last four games with the same injury and at this point it doesn't appear he will be back on the court any time soon. Chauncey Billups, PG (LAC)–The Clippers have yet to set a timetable for Chauncey Billups’ return to action after he sustained a foot injury over a month 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. Mo Williams, PG (UTA)–After suffering a thumb injury, the Jazz don’t expect to have Mo Williams back in their lineup until at least late 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. 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. After the All-Star break is probably a good guess for when he will return to action, so those in daily lineup 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. Forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)--The Bobcats hope to have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back for Monday's game against the Heat, but he will have to get cleared by the team's medical staff after sustaining a concussion. Odds are he will miss Monday's game, but he should be back in action later in the week. Carlos Boozer, PF (CHI)--The Bulls consider Carlos Boozer questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers after missing the team's last three games with a hamstring injury. Those in weekly league may want to consider another option for this week, considering there hasn't been a clear time table set for his return. Dirk Nowitzki, PF (DAL)--After missing two straight games with a groin injury, the Mavericks consider Dirk Nowitzki questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder. At this point the injury is considered minor, but owners in daily leagues should monitor his status throughout the week to determine if he should return to starting lineups. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)--The Magic took a big blow on their front court late last week, when Glen Davis suffered a broken foot. He is expected to miss the next few months of action, so owners should consier dropping him since his return likely won't come until sometime in April. Tim Duncan, PF (SA)–The Spurs are being cautious with Tim Duncan’s knee injury, and have listed him as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Timberwolves. Duncan missed the team’s last game with the same injury, and with only two games this week, those in weekly leagues should bench him with the thought he won’t play in Week 15. Kevin Love, PF (MIN)–The Timberwolves may be without Kevin Love until mid-March  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. Andrea Bargnani, PF (TOR)–After suffering a torn elbow ligament, the Raptors don’t expect to have Andrea Bargnani back in action early February. There is a chance he returns at some point this week, but even if he does, expect him to be limited considering he hasn't played in over a month. Danny Granger, SF (IND)–It appears that Danny Granger will be back in action for the Pacers by early February after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. The Pacers are playing well without him, so it will be interesting to see just how he fits back into the rotation once healthy. Centers Joakim Noah, C (CHI)--After missing the team's last two games, Joakim Noah is not expect to be back until later in the week. Noah is dealing with a nagging foot injury and needs rest to get fully healthy, so don't expect the Bulls to rush him back into the lineup, even though they are also without Carlos Boozer. Chris Kaman, C (DAL)--The Mavericks consider Chris Kaman questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder as he continues to deal with a head injury. He has now missed three straight games after sustaining a concussion, and will need to follow the leagues protocol for concussions before being able to return to the court. JaVale McGee, C (DEN)--After missing three straight games with a shin injury, the Nuggets consider JaVale McGee questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks. McGee has shown flashes of solid fantasy production, but him minutes will likely be limited upon returning, so this latest injury has set him value back slightly. Dwight Howard, C (LAL)--The Lakers have now been without Dwight Howard for two games after suffering another shoulder injury, and is not expected to play Tuesday. Until the pain subisdes, Howard is going to continue to sit out, so Pau Gasol and Earl Clark should continue to log big time minutes in his absence. Andrew Bynum, C (PHI)–The Sixers will be without Andrew Bynum until at least early-February as he continues to battle back from a knee injury. Bynum has yet to play this season, but when he returns, he should be a solid fantasy contributor in most categories, so if he is available now is the time to pick him up. Byron Mullens, C (CHA)–After suffering an ankle injury over a month ago, the team is now considering Bryon Mullens out until at least early February. 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 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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