Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It's a dangerous time for fantasy owners, what with the NBA All-Star game just around the corner. The problem is that any player who has been working through an injury is liable to take off a game or two before the break in order to be rested and ready for the second half.
Witness the case of Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, who was a surprise scratch due to plantar fasciitis. Evans has suffered with the problem all season and played through it, but was held out of Tuesday's loss to Oklahoma City and might miss Wednesday's game against Dallas as well.
We don't know that the injury worsened, but the chance to get a full week off (assuming he skips the sophomore-rookie game), might be just what Evans needs to continue playing at a top level through the second half of the season.
Rudy Gay injured his shoulder last night and couldn't raise his arm to shoot a foul shot. He's another prime candidate, pending a Wednesday MRI, to sit until after the break.
Meanwhile, in Portland, the Blazers seems ready to bring back Brandon Roy, whom many fantasy owners including myself have stashed on their bench, as early as Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets. The question is why wouldn't you wait until after the break and give him an additional week's rest?
For more on Roy, read John McMullen's recent piece "Blazers' Roy may have little time left."
Staying out on the west coast, Baron Davis has been playing great of late, but is listed as questionable with bad knees. If anybody could benefit from a few extra days off it's Davis, but fantasy owners don't want him to sit considering he's averaging 19.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 8.3 apg for the month of February. That's his best monthly average since 2007-08, but he is also averaging over 36 minutes per game, which has taken a toll on his bad knees.
Other "fantasy-worthy" players who are hurting or on the mend include: Paul Pierce (hand/foot), Daniel Gibson (quadriceps), Carmelo Anthony (shoulder), Richard Hamilton (groin), Chris Kaman (ankle), Corey Maggette (back), Michael Beasley (ankle), Amar'e Stoudemire (toe), Rashard Lewis (knee) and Nick Young (knee).
For the next two days, fantasy owners will need to be particularly vigilant in keeping up with who is in and who is out of the lineup.