There has been no shortage of injuries thus far in the NBA season, and fantasy basketball owners have felt the effects.
As the fantasy playoffs approach, it’s important for owners to gauge the severity of injuries to certain players — like the Phoenix Suns’ Eric Bledsoe and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant — and determine whether they’re worth stashing or if it’s simply time to cut bait.
Pick Up and Stash:
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns: Even though the Suns plan on signing Bledsoe after this season, he is still in a contract year. He wants to prove his toughness, and the rehab for his surgically repaired knee has been progressing nicely. I suspect we will see Bledsoe on the court in two-to-three weeks. He should be able shake off enough rust before your playoffs begin to claim a starting spot on your roster.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies: Gasol tweaked his knee in Wednesday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic — the same knee that kept him out for 23 games earlier in the season. Gasol’s MRI came back clean and he sounds very confident about returning after the All-Star break, so he should be able to resume normal minutes and activity in a few short days. If someone hastily dropped him, don’t finish reading this article. Scoop him up right now.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves: After he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb, many people dropped Martin, but like Bledsoe, he should return within two-to-three weeks. Hold tight unless you absolutely have to drop him to keep your head above water. He’s available in 33 percent of the leagues out there, making him a must-add if you are guaranteed to make the playoffs.