Randolph, Carter injured during weekend
A couple of injuries occurred this weekend that will have significant fantasy ripples, as Anthony Randolph is out indefinitely with an ankle injury and Vince Carter will miss time with a separated shoulder. Randolph's injury is serious and will force him to miss extended time -- the initial reaction was that the ankle was broken -- which will force the recently struggling Vladimir Radmanovic (shooting 30 percent from the field this month) into the mix, and his minutes should increase significantly. Radmanovic has had stints of value already this season, and regularly provides a nice source of 3s from the power forward position, but with Randolph out of the picture for the time being, he'll have an opportunity to post his best extended run of numbers this season.
Carter's injury isn't nearly as bad, as he missed Saturday's game, but shouldn't miss extended time. Still, this opens up a window for J.J. Redick in the short term, a player who has exceeded expectations (there were none) regarding his fantasy value this season and should provide big-time 3s while playing in place of Carter. Redick's value takes a spike in the short term, while Radmanovic's experiences a long-term jump; both are undoubtedly more fantasy-viable after injuries to starters this weekend and should be considered, especially if you're in need of 3-point help.
Andrew Bynum, Lakers: 17 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks against the Bucks.|
Chris Kaman, Clippers: 22 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks versus the Heat.
Chris Paul, Hornets: 26 points, 14 assists, 3 steals against the Wizards.
Earl Boykins, Wizards: 6 points, 3 assists versus the Hornets.|
Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks: 3 points (1-5 FG), 3 rebounds against the Lakers.
Michael Redd, Bucks: No points (0-4 FG) in 12 minutes versus the Lakers.
What you might have missed
In his first game of the season, Ian Mahinmi exploded for 15 points (6-for-6 field goals), nine boards and a block in 21 minutes off the bench Sunday night. This is an aberration, although it does exhibit some fantasy potential, and is a bad sign for DeJuan Blair, as Mahinmi will likely cut into both his and Antonio McDyess' minutes. Downgrade Blair and McDyess a bit, although Mahinmi has a long way to go before becoming a fantasy option. David West's inconsistency continued this weekend, as he dropped 32 points and 10 boards in Friday's contest, followed by just 15 points and two rebounds on Sunday. He has improved upon his slow start and is still a solid buy-low candidate as his numbers trend upward, but I no longer see the improvement in his game that we saw every year as he progressed, and think we've seen his best, as last season's numbers appear to be his ceiling. An interesting source of 3-pointers in deep leagues is the Cavs' Jawad Williams, who went 2-for-5 from behind the arc in 17 minutes of play on Sunday and has cracked the Cavs' rotation due to his sweet shot and hard work. If he's getting minutes in the teens, I see Williams averaging a 3-pointer per game, and with his power forward eligibility, he presents a way to make up ground in that category if you're in the deepest of leagues. Rasual Butler started his third consecutive game on Sunday, and has become a must-add at this point, rendering Al Thornton's value negligible off the bench. Butler's two 3s on Sunday marked his seventh consecutive game with at least two from behind the arc, and there isn't a hotter shooter from deep than Butler right now. Randy Foye is another in the must-add category, as he dropped 23 points, eight assists and four boards on Sunday and is the primary beneficiary of Gilbert Arenas' suspension. Especially with Mike Miller aggravating his groin injury in Sunday's game, Foye will get tons of run and put up big stats. Don't hesitate, because he will be unavailable in any competitive league very soon.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.