Fantasy Basketball: Week 18 Injury Update

Guards Joe Johnson, SG (BKN)--The Nets are considering Joe Johnson questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hornets after sitting out Sunday's game with a serious heel bruise. The only real way for this injury to heal is with a lot of rest, so there is a good chance he misses Tuesday's game and possibly one or two more games that follow. Kirk Hinrich, PG (CHI)–The Bulls will likely be without Kirk Hinrich for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers as continues to deal with an elbow injury. His total games missed has now reached three straight games and nine of his last 10, but the team continues to list him as day-to-day, so fantasy owners should continue to monitor his status up to tip off. Brandon Knight, PG (DET)--After missing two straight games with a knee injury, it looks like Brandon Knight will miss his third game in a row on Monday as he continues to struggle in his recovery. Right now, the team is waiting for the swelling to go down before setting a time table for his return, which means fantasy owners should keep him benched until further notice. Jameer Nelson, PG (ORL)--After missing the team's last two games with a knee injury, the Magoc are considering Jameer Nelson questionable for Tuesday's game against the Sixers. The official diagnosis is that he dealing with a bruised left knee, but the team has released little information on the extent of the injury, so fantasy owners must keep an eye out for any information that is released over the next few days. Tony Parker, PG (SA)--After missing Sunday's game with a triceps injury, the Spurs consider Tony Parker questionable for Wednesday's contest with the Suns. With limited games this week it would not be much of a surprise to see the Spurs rest Parker for the whole week, so owners in weekly lineup deadlines should consider other options for this week. 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. 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 Taj Gibson, PF (CHI)--After being forced out of Sunday's game with a sprained knee, the Bulls consider Taj Gibson questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers. The team will conduct X-rays on Monday, which will reveal the extent of the injury, so fantasy owners should keep a close watch on how much time he will be missing and plan accordingly. 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. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)–The Magic took a big blow on their front court a month 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. Kevin Love, PF (MIN)–The Timberwolves may be without Kevin Love until mid-March  after an MRI revealed he re-fractured a bone 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. Centers Andrew Bogut, C (GS)--It didn't take long for Andrew Bogut to find his way back onto the injury report, as he continues to struggle with back problems. It was released that Bogut has a protruding disc in his back, which will keep him out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pacers and beyond, so fantasy owners should consider other options for this week. 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. 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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