The Portland Trail Blazers will be without LaMarcus Aldridge for a while, after the All-Star had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. Aldridge injured his thumb on Monday, banging it against DeMarcus Cousins knee. The Blazers will have to turn to Chris Kaman, Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard to fill the hole. Kaman is the only one you want to own in fantasy basketball. Portland is 0-2 in his absence, losing to the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics.
The Blazers could get Robin Lopez back before the NBA All-Star Game!
Damian Lillard will carry the team offensively, putting up 20+ points in both contests. Nicolas Batum will show signs or greatness, like he did against the Suns with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, but is inconsistent, and follows up a game like that with a scoreless night against the Celtics! He re-injured his wrist and could miss time. Wesley Matthews will continue to be himself and average 16.5 points and knock down three pointers.
LMA has been a top 20 fantasy player this season, at 23 points and 10 rebounds per game. If you own him in fantasy basketball, there is very little out there to help for the two months he will be out. However, in both ESPN and Yahoo leagues, the following guys are PF eligible and under 65% owned:
- Nene Hilario
- Amir Johnson
- Robert Covington
- Donatas Motiejunas
- Channing Frye
- Brandon Bass
- Ed Davis
- Kris Humphries
- Tristan Thompson
In ESPN leagues, Hassan Whiteside, Nerlens Noel, Paul Pierce, Mason Plumlee, Taj Gibson and Jordan Hill are options.