Fantasy Basketball 2021: Streaming Options for Injured NBA Players for Week 14

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 22, 2021

Fantasy Basketball 2021: Streaming Options for Injured NBA Players for Week 14

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    LeBron James, LaMelo Ball and Stephen Curry suffered injuries of different degrees in the last week.

    With three fantasy basketball starters out of the mix for a while, the waiver wire should be an active place over the next few days.

    The immediate reaction to those injuries would be to pick up the backups expected to receive more playing time, like Talen Horton-Tucker and Jordan Poole, but it would be wise to explore options from other teams as well.

    Tomas Satoransky recently entered the Chicago Bulls starting lineup, and if he continues to produce in that role, he could end up as one of the better pickups for Week 14 and beyond.

Jordan Poole, PG/SG, Golden State

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    Poole's increased production over the last few weeks is a positive development for fantasy players who already landed him off the waiver wire.

    The 2019 first-round pick turned in three consecutive 20-point performances in the last week, a run that has been aided by terrific three-point shooting.

    Poole knocked down 12 shots from beyond the arc, with six coming in a Wednesday win over the Houston Rockets.

    Poole may play a bigger role in the coming days while Curry rests the tailbone injury he suffered recently. According to The Athletic's Anthony Slater, Curry is considered day-to-day by the Warriors.

    Even when Curry returns to the floor, Poole could be a viable fantasy option because of the scoring he can provide for the Golden State offense.

    The 21-year-old received at least 20 minutes of action in each of the last seven games. He had 14 points or more in all of those contests.

    As long as Poole scores at a consistent rate, he should be acquired in fantasy leagues with Curry in the lineup or not.

Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Chicago

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    Satoransky is not a direct replacement for James, Curry or Ball in terms of scoring volume, but he could provide value as you reassess which players to bring in.

    The 29-year-old was thrust into the Bulls starting lineup over Coby White and has contributed in a handful of stat categories.

    In his last five games, Satoransky had five or more assists and at least two rebounds. He had three steals in two of those contests as well.

    He is not going to be a high volume player, but if you can combine Satoransky with another second-or-third-tier fantasy guard, that could be a nice filler for Curry, or Ball, who suffered a fractured wrist, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Since Satoransky played at least 25 minutes in each of his last five games, you know the usage rate will be there as opposed to other guards who come off the bench.

    He may not have double-digit point totals every night because of Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen, but if he keeps adding assists and rebounds, he could be a strong waiver-wire piece to add.

Alec Burks, SG/SF, New York

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    Alec Burks' recent scoring surge could make him an underrated replacement for some of James' output.

    The New York Knicks player also carries the same positional availability in Yahoo leagues as James at shooting guard and small forward.

    Burks has six consecutive double-digit outings and has become a reliable option off the bench for a team that typically does not score as much as other NBA sides.

    The 29-year-old can also chip in at a high volume in other stat categories, as he did Thursday when he had 21 points and 10 boards against the Orlando Magic.

    If you need three-point shooting to supplement Curry's output, you could turn to Burks as well since he had four games with at least two three-point makes in a five-game span entering Sunday.

    Even on his best day, Burks will not come close to fully replacing the shooting of the injured stars, but he should at least pick up some of the lost production.


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