Fantasy Basketball: How to Make Use of Injured Players
Sometimes in order to make those deep playoff runs, you need to take risks on players, buying a player low and hoping for him to turn things around when things matter most. But injured players are an even more difficult low. Picking up or trading for an injured player is one of the more nerve-wracking risks you’ll encounter, but it can also deliver the highest reward.
There are currently 8 players yet to play a game this year that would usually be ranked in or close to the top 50 when healthy. The timetables are relatively clear for a few of them, but that “indefinite” word has floated around 4 of the 8 and now Andrew Bogut has joined the list.
When looking to take action on a player who is injured for a significant amount of time – either if you own an injured player or are considering picking one up or trading for one – you have to do 3 things:
1. Profile your team: Is your team a legitimate title contender as is?
If so, then a risk isn’t something worth taking. If not, biting the bullet may be your best shot.
2. Top to Bottom: Are there any spots on your roster that could use an improvement?
Do you have that one player at the bottom of your bench that only gives you the occasional support? Would that bench spot get more use out of an injured player who could return at the end of the season – when things matter most – to bolster your roster?
3. Address the risk/reward: Is the reward of attaining or holding on to an injured player the difference between your team competing for a title or not?
Along the lines of #1, you have to really address what type of team you have. Consider if the injured player were healthy: would your team then be a title contender? If not, then you need to reconsider the transaction by moving some players around to best suit your team.