The past few weeks have been brutal on the NBA injury front, but that creates opportunities for fantasy basketball owners.
With Mike Conley, D’Angelo Russell and Patrick Beverley all either out indefinitely or done for the season, their respective teammates have large voids to fill. The same goes for Denver Nuggets big man Paul Millsap, who is likely to miss the next few months with a wrist injury, per The Vertical’s Shams Charania, although head coach Mike Malone may scatter Millsap’s workload across the team’s roster.
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It hasn’t all been bad news for fantasy owners as of late. Zach LaVine (53.0% owned) could make his debut in a Chicago Bulls uniform in the next few weeks. Memphis Grizzlies big man JaMychal Green already made his return from an early-season ankle injury, while Tony Parker and Larry Nance Jr. are each reportedly set to come back Monday from their respective injuries as well. Now’s the time for fantasy basketball owners to scour their waiver wires and make sure owners didn’t hastily drop some of those injured players in pursuit of short-term gains.
Here, we’ll highlight five players — each of whom are owned in no more than 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues — all of whom deserve your attention if you’re looking to infuse your fantasy basketball roster with new blood.