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By: Joe Bond

It was  real rough Friday for Derrick Rose and Marc Gasol who both suffered what looks like major knee injuries. For Rose its feared that he tore his ACL in his right knee. That won’t be confirmed until the Bulls release the results, hopefully today, but either way you can expect him to miss some time going forward. The results were just released on Gasol and he has a MCL sprain and is likely out 6-8 week. Another player out for at least a few games is Andre Iguodala. During last night’s Warriors Lakers game, he felt his hamstring pop and said after that he can’t even walk. These are all major blows to fantasy teams, Rose and Gasol more so than AI, since those two were likely first round picks (I’m lucky enough to have taken Rose in one league and Gasol in another). Now that I’ve given you the bad news, lets bring on the good news and get to who I think are the best available guys to pick up in your leagues.

Pick ‘Em Up
Terrance Jones (PF – HOU) – I know Jones is owned in more than 50% of ESPN leagues, but it still sits too low at 55%. Since he has taken over the starting small forward spot on the Rockets he has averaged 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He is giving owners a nice .550 field goal percentage all while almost hitting a three a game. There really is no reason why he shouldn’t be owned in all leagues.


Kirk Hinrich (SG – CHI) – Hinrich is likely going to be the direct beneficiary of Derrick Rose’s injury. He won’t give you the production that Rose was giving you, even this season when Rose wasn’t giving you Rose numbers, but you can expect around 10 points and 5 assists a game, while mixing in a 3-pointer and a steal a game as a low end.

Kosta Koufos (PF/C – MEM) – While Marc Gasol is out Koufos is the guys who is probably going to get most of his minutes. He can give you decent production too. In just 22 minutes a game in Denver last season he averaged 8 points and 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. If he does get over 30 minutes, expect around 12, 9, and 1.5. I also want to mention Ed Davis will see an increase of value too, but Koufos is the guy you want now.

Mo Williams (PG/SG – POR) – Mo is the backup guard in Portland, behind Damion Lillard and Wes Matthews, but he is still receiving over 25 minutes a game. With those minutes he is dishing out over five assists the last two weeks, hitting 1.2 3-pointers and stealing 1.1 a game. If you are in need of assists while not losing too many points, he is scoring 10.6 per game over the last two weeks, he is your guy.

I Got My Eye On You
Mike Dunleavy (SG – CHI) – Dunleavey was an interesting pickup as soon as Jimmy Butler went out with a toe injury, but now that Derrick Rose is out too he may be asked to pick up the scoring even more. He isn’t good for much else except threes and points, so don’t pick him up unless you need some temporary relief there.

DeMarre Carroll (SF – ATL) – I’ve been watching him all season and not sure what to make of him. He has games where he scores a lot, 21 against Philly. Then has games where he can rebound a lot, 12 against Detroit. He also steals a good amount, 1.4 per game on the season along with 1.3 3-pointers on the year. The problem is he is not consistent enough, posting too many low point and rebound games mixed in with the good. If he gets hot though, grab him and ride the wave.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You

Steve Nash (PG – LAL) – Nash is injured and there is no telling when he will return. Actually some rumors were floating around that he was contemplating retirement. He has since rebutted on those, but that doesn’t give my any more confidence with him. Especially since when he was playing he was only averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. Add in the fact that Steve Blake has actually played well in his absence and I think Nash’s fantasy value is all but gone.

Amar’e Stoudemire (PF – NYK) – He should absolutely have a zero next to his ownership number, yet he doesn’t. Only playing 11 minutes per game he just can’t accumulate the numbers to warrant a roster spot. Time to forget the name and look at the stats when making this drop.

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About Joe Bond

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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