Fantasy Basketball: Week 17 Injury Update

Guards Deron Williams, PG (BKN)--Although the Nets have not played since last Wednesday, the team is considering Deron Williams questionable for their first game of the second half on Tuesday. Williams has not played since February 10 as he continues to battle an ankle injury, but the injury does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out for the whole week. Kirk Hinrich, PG (CHI)–The Bulls will likely be without Kirk Hinrich for Tuesday’s game against the Hornets as he continues to deal with an elbow injury. His total games missed has now reached seven straight games and although it appears he will be able to make a return to the court later in the week fantasy owners should keep him benched until it is released. Jeremy Lin, PG (HOU)--It appears Jeremy Lin will be on the court Wednesday when the Rockets take on the Thunder despite dealing with a hand injury. The X-rays came back negative following last Wednesday's game, so owners should not worry about benching him for Week 17. Eric Gordon, SG (NO)--The Hornets are hopeful Eric Gordon will be able to play on Tuesday against the Bulls despite missing the team's last two games. Gordon is dealing with a hand injury, but it does not appear to be serious after X-rays came back negative so monitor his situation prior to tip off. Marcus Thornton, SG (SAC)--The Kings are considering Marcus Thornton questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs as he continues to deal with a hand injury. Thornton missed the last game before the All-Star break, which gives him seven days to recover, so he should be ready to play Tuesday. 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 Warriors as he continues to battle a shoulder injury. Hayward has missed the team’s last 10 games with the same injury and at this point there is no clear time table for his return. 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, owners should consider dropping him for a healthy alternative. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)–The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery and now it appears he may miss the entire season if he feels he is not 100 percent. Rose is still unable to dunk the basketball, which means he is missing explosiveness, so don't expect him to risk his career if he is not fully healed. 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 against the Celtics after missing the team's last two games. Iguodala suffered a neck injury last weekend, but the injury does not appear to be serious at this point and should suit up this week. Danilo Gallinari, SF (DEN)--After missing the team's last two games with a sinus infection, it appears Danilo Gallinari will be on the court Tuesday when the Nuggets take on the Celtics. He will have over one week to get over the illness, so the All-Star break couldn't have come at a better time for his owners. David West, PF (IND)-- The Pacers are considering David West questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks as he continues to deal with an eye injury. The injury forced him out of the last game of the first half, but seven days off should be enough for him to get back on the court. 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 five straight games with a quadriceps injury, the Timberwolves are considering Andrei Kirilenko questionable for Wednesday's game  against the Sixers. The team is basically out of the playoff race, so there is no need to rush him back to prevent further injury. Carmelo Anthony, SF (NYK)--The Knicks are hopeful that Carmelo Anthony will be able to play in the first game of the second half on Tuesday, despite dealing with a biceps injury. Anthony played 31 minutes in the All-Star Game on Sunday, so owners should not worry about him missing any time. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)–The Magic took a big blow on their front court two weeks ago, 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, the Sixers  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. 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 following the All-Star brea, 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 Chris Kaman, C (DAL)–After missing eight games with a concussion, the Mavericks are hopeful Chris Kaman will return to action on Wednesday when they take on the Magic. 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 four straight games with a bruised back, the Bucks  consider Larry Sanders questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Nets. Sanders injured himself trying to block a shot against the Nuggets two weeks ago, 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 late 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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