Feb 21, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) lies on the ground in pain after an injury with 2:23 to go in double overtime as the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime at Amway Center. Afflalo led Orlando with 33 points. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Magic's Arron Afflalo out Sunday, Moe Harkless a must-start

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Arron Afflalo, the Orlando Magic’s leading scorer, will sit out his fifth consecutive game on Sunday.  Moe Harkless becomes a must-start player vs. the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers’ defense.

Afflalo has been sidelined since he suffered a sprained ankle in the Magic’s Feb. 21 triple-overtime win over the New York Knicks.  It’s also worth noting that Afflalo was “under the weather” yesterday, and Ken Hornack of Fox Sports Florida is reporting that his illness, and not his bum ankle, is in fact the reason that Afflalo is sitting out Sunday’s game:

The Magic next play on Wednesday vs. the Houston Rockets and will have just one other game next week (Saturday vs. San Antonio), so coach Jacque Vaughn is just playing things safe with his starting shooting guard.

Fantasy owners will miss Afflalo’s 19.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 threes, but Moe Harkless is a great plug-and-play guy.

Harkless, who is owned in 35.9 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues, has been playing very well in place of Afflalo.  Over his last three games, the second-year pro is averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 3-pointers.

Orlando’s opponent today, the Sixers, are dead last in the NBA in defense, allowing 111.1 points per game.  On the season, they rank last in fantasy basketball vs. opposing shooting guards and are 27th over the last month.

E’Twaun Moore is a desperation play, but could benefit from a matchup vs. the Sixers.  Jameer Nelson will be sitting out with an illness and Moore will likely get the start.  Moore is averaging 8.8 points and 1.0 treys over his last five games.  He is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues.

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