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Fantasy Basketball: Weekly Dime

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Injuries were once again the big news in the world of the NBA this past week. It starts with Kobe Bryant, who just returned from an Achillies injury, has a fracture in his knee knocking him out for six weeks. It is a huge blow to a Lakers team who was already relying on Kobe to play point guard for them with Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar out.

For the Nets things just aren’t working out. They have had massive disappointment with this team, some due to injury, but now salvaging this season just got a lot harder. Brook Lopez fractured his foot and is out for the rest of the season. This opens the door for at least one player I will mention below to step in and become a very good option for fantasy owners.

The last fantasy worthy injury is to Houston Rockets Patrick Beverley. He fractured his hand and is going to be out 4-6 weeks. This isn’t nearly as big of a blow to fantasy owners, since Beverly wasn’t quite the player we thought he was going to be after watching him this preseason, but still worthy of mentioning.

Pick ‘Em Up

Andray Blatche (PF/C – BKN) – Blatche will immediately step in for the injured Brook Lopez and should be owned in all leagues immediately. When Lopez has missed time this season, Blatche has gone for 17.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. He is a good source of blocks and field goal percentage as well so he has the potential to be a top 75 player the rest of the way.

Xavier Henry (SG/SF – LAL) – With all the other players I mentioned above out, Henry will temporarily take over the point guard spot for the Lakers. This is really only an add for those of you desperate for a point guard since he won’t give you big assist totals and because Farmar look might return soon, even as early as this week.

Brandon Wright (PF/C – DAL) – Wright just returned from injury on the 14th, and is somebody to grab if you need a decent source of points, rebounds and especially blocks. So far in his four games back he is averaging 13.8 points, 5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. His field goal percentage is good too, since he takes so many shots close to the basket.

Aaron Brooks (PG – HOU) – Brooks becomes an immediate beneficiary of Beverley getting injured since. He isn’t a must add though since Jeremy Lin is supposed to return Monday and Lin will take over the starting point guard spot. I’d pick up Lin first if for some reason he is available in your league, but if not and you lose Beverley you could do much worse than Brooks.

I Got My Eye On You
Giannis Antetokounmpo (SG/SF – MIL) – The rookie has moved into the starting role lately with a bunch of injuries and poor play on the Bucks. He has performed fairly well the last 10 days, scoring double digits four times and bringing down seven or more rebounds in every game but one. Right now you should only pick him up in deep leagues, but if he keeps his starting role and continues to get more involved in the offense then pick him up.

D.J. Augustin (PG – CHI) – The Bulls have been decimated at point guard, not only losing Rose, but also have lost Kirk Hinrich lately due to back problems. Augustin was just signed by the Bulls recently, but has played very well averaging 13.7 points, 8 assists and 2.7 three pointers in the last four games. It remains to be seen what his role is when Hinrich returns next week, but I’d say he has at least carved himself a role after playing like this right away.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You

Terrence Jones (PF – HOU) – This was a tough one for me, because he played so well early on this season and even earlier this month. But he has just gone cold offensively, and isn’t even giving you the hustle categories (steals and blocks) like he was before. Until he can start playing like he was before, he is safe to drop.

Tony Wroten (PG – PHI) – Now that Michael Carter-Williams is back its safe to drop Wroten. The only reason to keep him is if you don’t think MCW can stay healthy, which at this point is a real realistic possibility.

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Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the FantasySixPack.net website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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