Fantasy basketball owners will have to go one more night without stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Ty Lawson. Although they each participated in their teams’ shootarounds on Tuesday, both players will sit out tonight’s matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets.
Aldridge has been dealing with a groin injury that has kept him sidelined for the past three games, and Lawson has sat out since Feb. 10, missing a total of six games after breaking a rib vs. the Detroit Pistons.
Owners will need to brave the cold, vast terrain of their leagues’ waiver wires for at least another night. With just seven games on the NBA schedule, there aren’t going to be a ton of options out there on Tuesday, but the Blazers and Nuggets both provide some players worth a look in what should be a fast-paced game.
Thomas Robinson (1.4 percent owned on ESPN.com) stands to gain the most fantasy value with Aldridge sidelined. The second-year pro scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played a season-high 33 minutes in that contest should see similar minutes tonight. The Nuggets have been reeling, losing seven of their last eight games, and Robinson should be able to take advantage of that. Denver is 26th on the season vs. opposing power forwards.
For owners out there hoping Lawson was going to play, there’s still time to add some quality players off the wire.
Evan Fournier (4.5 percent owned) and Aaron Brooks (1.8 percent owned) are very good options for tonight’s matchup with the Blazers. The Blazers are the highest-scoring team in the NBA (107.8 ppg), but also allow the fourth-most points (103.6), which should give the Nuggets’ two guards plenty of opportunities to rack of the fantasy stats.
Fournier has the better chance of breaking out in the scoring categories, averaging 16.2 points and 2.0 3-pointers in his last five games. In those five contests, he’s produced a 25-point and a 27-point performance vs. the Suns and Kings, respectively.
If you’re in need of assists and steals, Brooks is the guy to go with. In Saturday’s loss to Sacramento, the former Oregon Duck dropped eight dimes, while also racking up two steals.