Another week of fantasy basketball is coming to a close. Some of you may have your head-to-head matchups locked up, but for others, there are still four more games remaining that can help you claw your way back from the clutches of defeat. It’s always necessary to keep any eye on any players that are nursing injuries — such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and the Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried — as it will be important to give yourself a chance to find a possible replacement.
» Parker is the marquee name on today’s injury report. The Spurs’ point guard has been ruled out of tonight’s game vs. the Bucks. He was a game-time decision on Friday night and ended up playing through his shin injury, but didn’t look healthy though, totaling just 12 points and four assists. Coach Pop is exercising caution here and can probably afford to do so with the Spurs playing against the worst team in the NBA. Patty Mills is the guy you want to grab if you are a Parker owner. In his lone start of the year, the 25-year-old Australian scored 20 points, while handing out two assists, grabbing five boards and racking up three steals. Mills is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.
» The Nuggets are coming off a home loss to Cleveland and will look to right the ship tonight vs. Phoenix, but may have to do so without starting power forward Kenneth Faried. “The Manimal” was said to have been “coming down with something”, meaning he may be too ill to play tonight. His minutes (22) and production (eight points, six rebounds) were clearly affected by it on Friday, so coach Brian Shaw may opt to let him sit this one out. As of now there is no word on his game status, but if he were to take the night off, Timofey Mozgov would be the direct beneficiary. Mozgov is averaging a respectable 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in three starts this year. The 7-foot-1 center is available in 97 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
Other Injury Notes:
The Magic are being cautious with star center Nikola Vucevic (concussion), and they’ve already determined he will sit out his seventh-consecutive game on Sunday night vs. the Celtics. Glen Davis has been the main beneficiary in his absence. He should be owned in almost every format, despite the fact that he’s still available in a whopping 39 percent of ESPN.com leagues. … Ben McLemore returned for the Kings last game after missing one contest with an ankle injury, but continued to be ineffective, scoring seven points and putting up another goose egg across the rest of the box score. The seventh overall pick in this year’s draft is averaging a mere 3.8 points on 26.8 percent shooting since January 2.