Fantasy Basketball: Chris Paul Injury Aftermath

John Otano@@MisterOtanoContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2014

Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.
Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Thirteenth-century theologian and poet Rumi once said, "Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form." 

Rumi obviously never played fantasy basketball. And he never owned Chris Paul, either. 

Paul left the Clippers' 119-112 road win against the Dallas Mavericks midway through the third quarter after injuring his right shoulder.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Paul will be re-examined in Los Angeles on Sunday and Monday. Head coach Doc Rivers said Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks with the injury.  

Injuries to superstar athletes are one of the most gut-wrenching parts of playing any fantasy sport. For Paul owners, you'll soon realize that you will not find a player on the wire to replace his value. Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 3PTM per game this season. You can't find another Chris Paul, but you could find some options on the wire to plug the leak while Paul recovers. 

Darren Collison (LAC-PG):

The immediate move for any Chris Paul owner is to scour the wire to see if backup Darren Collison is still hanging around. He's going to become a must-start player in all formats as the starting point guard in L.A. Collison scored 20 points with four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. The Clippers will lean on him heavily in the coming weeks. 

Kendall Marshall (LAL-PG): 

The Lakers continue to have the most decimated backcourt in the entire league. Injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have opened the door for D-League point guard Kendall Marshall. He's starting out of pure necessity and should expect to log heavy minutes for the Lakers going forward. He played 41 minutes against the Utah Jazz last night, scoring 20 points with 15 assists and six rebounds. Mike D'Antoni is renowned for turning point guards into fantasy gold so Marshall makes for a wise pickup. I'm bullish on his long-term value as teams will begin to scout and adjust to Marshall's game but for the time being, ride the excess minutes. Marshall is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

Beno Udrih (NYK-PG): 

Raymond Felton is still out with a bothersome groin injury, and Udrih has filled in as the starting point guard for the Knicks. Udrih has been a sneaky source of assists, averaging 6.6 assists in his last five games. He's a very short-term alternative, and his value is linked to Felton's groin, but so long as he's getting starting minutes, feel free to plug him in your lineups. He's owned in just 5 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

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