Greg Oden to miss entire season
Lots of good things happened in the fantasy basketball world on Wednesday night, but all were overshadowed by the terrible news out of Portland that Greg Oden will miss the remainder of this season because of his injured left knee. No one will suggest that this news is surprising in the least -- it's a surprise when Oden does play -- but it's certainly a blow to a franchise already dealing with the fact that Brandon Roy might be severely limited by knee problems for the foreseeable future.
What this means in the long term is up for debate, but in the short term, the important thing for fantasy owners is that LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby and the rest of the Trail Blazers' big men will continue to play the minutes they are already playing. That may not seem like an earth-shattering assessment, but Aldridge especially needs to play heavy minutes if he's going to be a major contributor in fantasy leagues, as his per-minute numbers are less than impressive.
It took a matchup against the Suns' extremely weak front line, but Chris Bosh finally blew up on Wednesday night, going for 35 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the floor and 11-for-11 from the line. Of course, he managed only six rebounds, but it's at least a step in the right direction. Sonny Weems has worked his way into the Raptors' starting lineup, and he's been playing extremely well in that role. But as a guy who doesn't rebound, get steals, block shots or make 3-pointers, he's still not as valuable in fantasy as his minutes might suggest. Evan Turner might not be a great player yet for the Sixers, but if you're looking for some rebounds from your backcourt, he's not a terrible option. Among shooting guards playing more than 25 minutes per game, only the Knicks' Landry Fields has a better rebound rate than E.T. Clippers rookie Al-Farouq Aminu has now started three straight games and is putting up some decent numbers in 3s, points and steals. All rookies go over some bumps in the road, but considering his competition at the small forward spot in L.A., there would seem to be a decent chance that he'll be a starter (and a great fantasy pickup) for as long as he stays healthy. After grabbing another 15 rebounds against the Jazz, Nets power forward Kris Humphries looks like a good pickup in most leagues, at least until Troy Murphy returns to the lineup. Toney Douglas started to snap out of his shooting slump a little for the Knicks against the Kings, finishing with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting. He played only 21 minutes, but it should be safe to get him back into your lineup for now.
It's probably because they're starting a rookie at the position, but the Clippers have been getting handled pretty brutally by opposing point guards so far this season. (Even the Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour managed 12 points and eight assists in 25 minutes against them Wednesday night.) That should mean a big night on Thursday for Darren Collison and the Pacers. Collison, it should be noted, is questionable to play, but if he's able to go, he's definitely worth getting into your lineup. With the Suns facing the Magic, we've got a matchup of the league's second-most efficient offense against the league's best defense. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but given the way the Magic have eaten up opposing centers this season, I would definitely not expect Channing Frye to have a big night against Dwight Howard. LaMarcus Aldridge has been pretty mediocre of late for the Trail Blazers, but the Nuggets don't seem to have any answers for opposing power forwards, so I'd expect him to improve upon his four-rebound performance from Tuesday night's game against the Grizzlies without much trouble.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.