Fantasy Basketball: Dealing with the word "Indefinitely"

Fantasy Basketball: How to Make Use of Injured Players

11/30/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

January 4, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The 76ers defeated the Hornets 101-93.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE5. Eric Gordon – Out Indefinitely
The Hornets have given no help at all to fantasy owners ever since acquiring Gordon.  There have been no timetables and nothing but waiting in anticipation really.  There’s probably a better chance that Gordon sees action this year than Rose or Bynum, but I’d treat the injury in a similar fashion, only going for him if you have a roster spot you can really spare.
6. Amare Stoudemire – Out Until Late December
If you’re in a deeper league, Stoudemire could have some use, but don’t be expecting the Amare of old this year.  Word in the New York circle is that Stoudemire will likely be coming off the bench when he returns.  After disappointing fantasy owners last year, I wouldn’t put too many eggs in the Stoudemire basket, but if you have a roster spot to spare and want a guy that will get you around 12 and 7, you may have a use for him.
7. John Wall – Out Indefinitely
This one’s a really tough one to gauge because the Wizards are just so bad that it makes no sense for them to even flirt with the idea of putting Wall on the court until he’s proven to be 100%.  He’s also the type of player that has a varied effect on a fantasy team, meaning that he can really help and really hurt a team at the same time.  If he fits into the mold of your team, he may be worth a roster spot, but don’t be too surprised if it’s still a few months until his return.
8. Andrew Bogut – Out Indefinitely
Bogut is optimistic he’ll play before the end of the season, but it’s hard to put too much weight in a player’s word, especially one as injury prone as Bogut.  A great source of blocks and rebounds, Bogut can be a valuable fantasy option, but holding onto him for over three months may not be worth it, especially if there is some good talent on the free agent block.
9. Ricky Rubio – Out Until Mid-December
Well look at that.  Some good injury news for a change!  After initially slating a return in early 2013, it appears Rubio will be ready for action within a couple of weeks.  If you’re considering a trade with him, he should be treated as a healthy player as a mid-December return is looking almost guaranteed, so if you need some assists and steals, Ricky’s your man.
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