The fantasy basketball stock market continues to fluctuate as several key players have suffered long-term injuries. From Rajon Rondo’s torn ACL to Andre Drummond’s stress fracture (via ESPN’s Marc Stein), injured fantasy hoops stars have opened up playing time for others.
These two situations haven’t freed up a clear-cut successor to the injured player’s position in the fantasy landscape. The Boston Celtics have gone with a patchwork approach to replace Rondo’s stats: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have gotten more assists since Rondo went down.
Jason Maxiell is likely the top candidate to take some of Drummond’s playing time while he’s out, but he hasn’t been terribly efficient this season. In 25.2 minutes per game—a figure that has dipped since Drummond’s emergence—Maxiell is shooting just 45.2 percent from the floor and 66.4 percent from the free-throw line en route to 7.3 points per game.
Trade activity has jumbled up fantasy expectations as well, but the truth is that nothing has to happen to the roster for a fantasy basketball player’s light to come on—or dim.
Sometimes, it just happens.