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Nov 23

Fantasy Basketball Injuries: How to replace Marc Gasol and Derrick Rose

Update: the news on Derrick Rose is as feared. There is no clear timetable for his return, but, it is clear that the recovery won’t be short term. This, of course, was the concern with Rose coming into the season but the injury is not to the same knee that cost him last season. Rose owners need to consider a long term solution.

First of all, it’s tough to replace two potential first round fantasy basketball picks…

Heck, Marc Gasol and Derrick Rose could have been your first two fantasy basketball picks in your draft this season which of course would be a major blow to your team. It’s good news that Gasol didn’t tear his MCL like it was initially reported, but you still need a replacement.

We covered a few waiver wire pick ups inside the locker room earlier this week. The players mentioned were meant to be minor tweaks if needed, but with the news that Gasol and potentially Rose could miss the next couple months or so, you need to act fast!

The first player that comes to mind, especially if you had Gasol and are in need of replacing his rebounds and blocks, is Kosta Koufos. Koufos started the second half of the Grizzles game Friday after Gasol left. That should be enough to think he’ll get the majority of Gasol’s minutes compared to Ed Davis. Davis is another option, but Koufos is a better one for Memphis and your fantasy squad. Koufos has played over a full game more with Zach Randolph in terms of minutes played compared Davis.Koufos has a lot of potential and showed some of it last year with the Nuggets. He averaged eight points, 6.9 boards and 1.3 blocks in 22 minutes per game.

Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger is another option. The big man has 43 rebounds over his last five games. Robin Lopez is coming off a double-double performance where he grabbed 16 boards. He has four double-doubles this month and has averaged 9.8 points and 10.1 rebounds over his last two weeks. He is owned in only 58 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Derrick  Rose (USATSI)

Derrick Rose left Friday’s game against Portland after suffering a right knee injury. He was seen on crutches after the game.  (USATSI)

Although Rose injured the opposite leg, not the ACL he tore two years ago that kept him out for over a year, this recent injury is still a concern for fantasy owners who took the risk when drafting him. The Bulls point guard suffered a right knee injury Friday night in Portland and did not return to the game. There was no contact on the knee, it simply gave out when making a cut underneath the basket.

Rose had an MRI today, but the results may not come until tonight or tomorrow morning. There is fear that he may have torn his ACL. He hasn’t had the start he would have liked to have this season averaging only 15.9 points and 4.3 assists while shooting only 36 percent from the floor. Of course, the rusty start was expected after missing all of last season.

Even though Rose wasn’t dishing out dimes like we had been accustomed too, he was still a valuable fantasy player and should still remain on your roster depending on the outcome of his injury. Jordan Crawford is a decent replacement for the time being. The Celtic guard is averaging 4.4 assists per game which is similar to Rose in that department. Crawford’s 12.1 points per game is just shy of Rose’s production, but Crawford has been great of late.

Over the last two weeks Crawford has averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 boards and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor. He has also averaged a 3 a game. Scoring options are slim to none in Boston, but Crawford has proven to be at least one. He is owned in 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Josh McRoberts is another player I like and owned in less than 15 percent of leagues! He has been extremely versatile this season and loves to fill up a stat sheet. Over his last eight games McRoberts has averaged 10.3 points, 5.6 boards and 5.3 assists per game. That is more assists than Rose averaged all year. McRoberts is playing over 30 minutes per game over the last two weeks.

Martell Webster is owned in only 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues and has been playing great ball for Washington. Over the last two weeks he has averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 three’s a game. Those numbers are good enough for Webster to be ranked as the 32nd best fantasy basketball player over that time period.

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