With the compressed schedule in the NBA knowing your fantasy player’s injury status is even more vital than normal. If you miss few days, you could miss a few games. Plus, with more games there’s more recurring nagging injuries as well as more potential for serious injuries.
To keep you up to speed, let’s visit the injury ward as we start out this new week. Here’s a quick summary of where the fantasy relevant players who are injured, recovering,or resting players are headed into the week of January 9-15.
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Dwyane Wade-Mia: Wade is close to returning and should be back in the Heat’s next game Tuesday.
Stephen Curry-GS: Curry is meeting with surgeons which is never a good sign, but he’s still hoping to be back on the floor this Thursday in Charlotte.
Andrew Bogut-Mil: Expected back for Tuesday’s game.
Eric Gordon-NO: Gordon will miss the next 2-3 weeks resting his knee injury.
Brook Lopez-NJ: on track with his recovery. Expected back early to mid February.
Zach Randolph-Mem: Randolph is expected to miss January and February with a torn ligament in his knee.
Spencer Hawes-Phi: Hawes left with a back strain but could have returned if needed on Saturday
Michael Beasley-Min: Beasley will miss the next couple games with a mid-foot sprain and hasn’t played efficiently or particularly well this season for the Wolves. With others stepping up while he’s out, he may find himself in a reduced roll when he returns.
Chuck Hayes-Sac: expected out for 3-4 weeks with a separated shoulder. JJ Hickson should get extra playing time while he’s out.
Jason Kidd-DAL: Kid should return soon from his back injury, but will sit out the next 2 games before a possible return Friday.
Marvin Williams-Atl: is day-to-day with an ankle sprain.
Richard Hamilton-Chi: Hamilton is day-to-day but the Bulls are being cautious with his groin strain.
Nene-Den: day-to-day with a heel issue but the Nuggets will be careful with him since they can’t afford for him to be out long-term.
Rodney Stuckey-Det: day-to-day. Could return soon
Kyle Lowry-Hou: day-to-day. Should return this week.
Mehmet Okur-NJ: day-to-day with back spasms.
Corey Maggette-Cha: expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a hamstring strain.
Mike Dunleavy-Mil: day-to-day. Could return Tuesday against the Spurs.
Rashard Lewis-Was: day-to-day with a banged up knee, but wasn’t playing well enough to deserve a roster spot before the injury.
Eric Maynor-OKC: The Thunder’s backup PG will be out for the year after tearing his ACL. Reggie Jackson is his immediate replacement. This might mean more PT for Russell Westbrook as well.