December 9, 2017, 8:33 pm
With the pool of healthy stashes dwindling as the season progresses, let’s take a look at some injured stashes.
John Collins – Collins’ play was good enough to get him out of this column, but an AC sprain has brought him back to the wire in a lot of leagues. With a projected return in just 1-2 weeks, feel free to start adding Collins now.
Dewayne Dedmon – Dedmon’s play had really picked up in the month before his injury, as he was posting top-80 numbers in under 25 minutes a game. However a stress reaction in his tibia will keep him out for another two to four weeks. Deadmon was providing a great combination of big man stats (FG%, Rebs, Blks) plus threes so he can be a useful big for a team in need. We haven’t had an update yet, but anything indicating he will be back within two weeks makes him worth monitoring.
Markelle Fultz – This season’s real life top pick will be reexamined in three weeks to “gauge his readiness.” Without putting too much stock in his minuscule four game sample size, his fantasy game was not screaming immediate difference-maker. He could be worth a flier when he returns, but certainly does not make sense to stash right now in a standard league.
Zach LaVine – Playing at a top-60 level last season before tearing his ACL, LaVine could be poised for bigger and better things this season on a rebuilding Bulls team. If he’s still available in your league, snatch him up.
Isaiah Thomas – Projected return dates on Thomas have been murky, but most estimates peg his return for January. Even if Thomas can’t keep up his first-round stud ways of last season, he should remain an early round asset once he is healthy. Like LaVine, Thomas is must-own at this point.
Jabari Parker – Parker was hovering around top-50 value before an ACL tear last year. With a projected return in mid-February, Parker will have plenty of time to help your team qualify for and thrive in the fantasy playoffs. Parker should enter your radar in about a month.
Seth Curry – Curry’s numbers from last season make him worth monitoring. However, there are two factors preventing him from being an attractive stash. First, there is no clarity on his return date. Second, the additional depth in Dallas’ backcourt. Accordingly, leave Curry on the wire until a firm date is announced and, even then, proceed with caution.
Good luck and happy stashing.