Denver Nuggets‘ point guard Ty Lawson has a broken rib and will sit out both games this week — Monday vs. the Indiana Pacers and Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s a tough blow for fantasy basketball owners, but they will have a couple in-house options to choose from in Denver.
One positive to take from the situation is that the injury came at a good time for the Nuggets — and for fantasy owners. He hurt himself in Saturday night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, so by sitting out tonight and Wednesday, Lawson will have a total of 11 days to try and recover from his injury. Lawson relayed the same sentiment saying, ”The All-Star break is coming up, so hopefully it will give me time to (miss) these two games and I can rest during the All-Star break.” Coach Brian Shaw is a little less optimistic, though. He thinks Lawson could be out “a little while”.
Lawson’s timetable is up in the air, but what we do know, is that he will miss two games this week, so fantasy owners will need to find a replacement on their league’s waiver wires.
Coach Shaw announced earlier Monday morning that second-year player Quincy Miller would start at the shooting guard position, moving Randy Foye to the point. Miller is a small forward by trade, but Shaw’s options are very limited, so he’ll give this lineup a try. By starting Miller, it will allow him to bring Evan Fournier off the bench, giving the second unit some spark.
You would think Miller would be the must-add player her, but I still prefer Fournier as the first guy to grab. Miller has played well in three previous starts, averaging 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, but has done little else to contribute to the box score. Fournier has way more explosiveness and can hit 3-pointers, giving him a much higher ceiling than Miller. The 21-year-0ld is averaging 15.0 points and 2.2 triples per 36 minutes. If you’re hardcore, keep an eye on guys like Anthony Randolph and Darrell Arthur, who could both see increased minutes with Shaw having to look further down his bench.
Fournier and Miller are both available in 100 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.