Golden State Warriors big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee will both sit out Saturday’s game vs. the Phoenix Suns, meaning fantasy basketball owners will have to make sure to adjust their lineups prior to tip-off.
It will be the second straight game the duo has missed, and shoulder injuries have been the culprit in both cases. Bogut is dealing with left shoulder inflammation, while Lee is suffering from as sprained left shoulder, as well as a strained right hip. Lee had been already ruled out as of Friday morning, but coach Mark Jackson‘s decision to rest Bogut came as a bit of a surprise.
Owners will need to monitor both of their situations due to their recent injury histories. Bogut has never been able to stay healthy and Lee had off-season surgery to repair a torn hip flexor in the same hip that has been giving him trouble recently. It’s also worth noting that Lee has been getting injections in his ailing shoulder prior to each home game in hopes of alleviating the pain, so resting him for an extended period of time may be the only remedy.
Bogut is averaging 8.2 points (on 63.6 percent shooting), 10.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, while Lee is scoring 18.9 points and grabbing 9.7 boards per game. The All-Star Break can’t come soon enough for these Warrior giants and their fantasy owners.
If you’re an owner looking to fill a roster spot, a few in-house options do exist, though. Draymond Green (100 percent available in ESPN.com leagues) stepped into the starting power forward spot on Thursday and should do so again tonight. He doesn’t have the most extensive of offensive arsenals, but he can provide a number of hustle stats. The second-year player out of Michigan State is averaging just 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, but is contributing nicely in other departments. His 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers are great numbers considering he only gets 19.5 minutes of playing time. On Thursday vs. the Chicago Bulls, he scored nine points, took down seven boards and blocked two shots. He should fall somewhere within that realm of stats tonight, but could possibly produce more in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Two other players to consider are Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights. In just his second game back from wrist surgery, “J.O.” played 26 minutes in Thursday’s win over the Bulls, and finished with four points, five rebounds and three blocks. With a depleted bench, and playing against a weaker Suns’ frontcourt, O’Neal has the capability of putting up a double-double and blocking two or three shots. Speights is on the deep-league radar simply because he should garner some extra playing time. The former Florida Gator has the potential to explode if let loose, which is evidenced by his 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per 36 minutes.
O’Neal is available in 99 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues, while Speights is available in 100 percent of them.