Jan 11, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Quincy Miller (30) guards Orlando Magic small forward Maurice Harkless (21) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Magic’s Moe Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn worth a look in deep leagues


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Arron Afflalo‘s sprained ankle and Glen Davis‘ buyout have opened up the door for Moe Harkless and Kyle O’Quinn, who could be worth a look in deeper fantasy basketball leagues.

Afflalo, the Orlando Magic’s leading scorer at 19.7 points per game, will miss Sunday’s contest vs. the Toronto Raptors with a right ankle sprain.  The seventh-year shooting guard injured it in Friday’s overtime win over the New York Knicks and didn’t travel with the team for their game in Canada.

The injury is a little concerning because Afflalo had previously missed three games in January due to an injury to the same foot.  The Magic chose to retain Afflalo at the trade deadline, so he’s clearly an asset they intend to keep through his contract, which ends following the 2014-15 season.  The team is in tank mode, so expect Moe Harkless to get a lot of minutes for the Magic, as they have no reason to rush Afflalo back.

Harkless played 26 minutes in Friday’s game, scoring 10 points (2-of-3 3-pointers), with five boards and two steals.  He makes for an intriguing pickup in deeper fantasy basketball leagues because the Magic have high hopes for the 20-year-old from Queens, New York and will use this time to evaluate him.  Harkless, who is averaging 6.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals this season, is owned in 31.5 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues

The Big Baby Era in Orlando is finally over, as the hefty power forward is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers later on Sunday.  The mercurial Davis signed a four-year, $25.7 million contract with the Magic before the 2011-12 season, but due to injuries, only ended up playing 140 games in Orlando.  He’ll be best known for an off-season tirade at a local motel where he threw the manager’s keyboard because they didn’t have his room reservation on file:

Kyle O’Quinn is an intriguing waiver-wire add in deeper leagues for the talent he’s shown in limited minutes.  When Nikola Vucevic was sidelined earlier in the season, O’Quinn showed the capability to put up decent numbers.  From Jan. 15-28, the Norfolk State product averaged 7.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks.  The 6’10″ power forward has 10.8 boards and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes this season and is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues.


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