Fantasy Basketball: Week 16 Injury Update

Guards Kirk Hinrich, PG (CHI)–The Bulls will be without Kirk Hinrich for Monday's game against the Spur as he continues to deal with an elbow injury. His total games missed has now reached five straight games, but it does appear he will be able to make a retrun to the court later in the week, but fantasy owners should keep him benched until that is released. Jarrett Jack, PG (GS)--After missing three straight games with a bruised right shoulder, the Warriors are hopeful Jarrett Jack will be able to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockets. There is a chance the Warriors decide to keep him off the court until after the All-Star break, so fantasy owners should keep a look out for any news released from the team over the next few days. J.J Barea, PG (MIN)--Although the TImberwolves said J.J. Barea was available to come off of the bench on Sunday, he did not play, which means his foot injury is worse than originally reported. The team considers him questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, but fantasy owners should be cautious when using him this week. Kevin Martin (OKC)--The Thunder held Kevin Martin out of the lineup on Sunday as he continues to deal with flu-like symptoms. If it doesn't get better by Tuesday, there is a chance he misses their game against Utah, so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on his status prior to tip off. Manu Ginobili, SG (SA)–The Spurs have now held Manu Ginobili out of the lineup for four straight games with a hamstring injury, which may keep him out until after the All-Star break. Although he may be ready to go, the Spurs are known for resting their star players in the hopes of keeping them healthy for a championship run. 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. Gordon Hayward, SG (UTA)–The Jazz consider Gordon Hayward questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder as he continues to battle a shoulder injury. Hayward has missed the team’s last eight games with the same injury and at this point it doesn’t appear he will be back on the court before the All-Star break. 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 Andre Iguodala, SF (DEN)--The Nuggets are hopeful that Andre Iguodala will be able to suit up on Tuesday after suffering a right cervical strain in Sunday's loss to the Celtics. After the game Iguodala stated that he will be "ready to play," but that will be up to the training staff once he is evaluated. Pau Gasol, PF (LAL)--After suffering a torn planta fascia in his right foot, Pau Gasol will be out of the Lakers lineup for six to eight weeks after receiving a second opinion. Gasol was just starting to adapt to the team's new offense before the injury occurred, so hopefully this will not set him back too far once he returns to action. Andrei Kirilenko, SF (MIN)--After missing three staright games with a quadriceps injury, the TImberwolves may consider keeping Andrei Kirilenko sidelined until after the All-Star break. The team is basically out of the playoff race, so there is no need to rush him back to prevent further injury. 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 consider dropping him since his return likely won’t come until sometime in April. Thaddeus Young, SF (PHI)--After suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain last week, the Sixers found out that they will be without Thaddeus Young for three weeks. This injury is a big blow to the Sixers front court that is already missing Andrew Bynum, so expect more playing time for both Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen until he returns. Tim Duncan, PF (SA)–The Spurs are being cautious with Tim Duncan’s knee injury, and ruled him out of Sunday's game against the Nets. There is a good chance the Spurs will rest Duncan for the remainder of the first half of the season, so fantasy owners should use a different option for Week 16. 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. 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)–The Bulls consider Joakim Noah questionable for Monday's game against the Spurs while he continues to battle a foot injury. Noah has played in the last two games after missing time with plantar fasciitis, but it appears he is able to deal with pain, so expect to see him on the court Monday and the rest of the week. Chris Kaman, C (DAL)–After missing six games with a concussion, the Mavericks are hopeful Chris Kaman will return to action on Monday when they take on the Hawks. He has not made it onto the court because he has yet to pass the league's mandatory concussion test, so until that happens he will be sidelined. Andre Drummond, C (DET)--The Pistons will be without Andre Drummond until at least the middle of March after he fractured his tailbone late last week. Drummond was just starting to become a consistent fantasy threat each night before the injury, so hopefully this injury does not set back his development. Larry Sanders, C (MIL)--After missing two straight games with a bruised back, the Bucks  consider Larry Sanders questionable for Tuesday's game against the Wizards. Sanders injured himself trying to block a shot against the Nuggets early last week, and there has been no official word as to when he will be ready to return to action. Andrew Bynum, C (PHI)–The Sixers will be without Andrew Bynum until at least mid-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. 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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