UPDATE: An MRI revealed that Thaddeus Young suffered a Grade-1 hamstring strain and he is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks.
The Philadelphia 76ers might be without Thaddeus Young until the All-Star Game and even longer if he has a complete tear of his hamstring. Young had a terrific December, averaging 16.5 points a game while grabbing 6.7 rebounds a night. His defense was superb tallying nearly 2 steals and a block night in and night out. He struggled in January to just 14.4 points per game but picked it up on the board with over 7 per night. After dropping 23 points on the Sacramento Kings and grabbing 15 rebounds, Young was limited to just 15 minutes on Monday night after suffering a hamstring injury. The damage is yet to be known but he did undergo an MRI and we will update you as soon as we know the results. What we do know is that he will miss a handful of games in a best case scenario so owners need to prepare to be without him.
Obviously the biggest gains will be seen by Spencer Hawes (50% owned Yahoo, 40% owned ESPN, 62% owned CBS) who was averaging just under 30 minutes per game in January. During a month in which the 76ers won just 4 games, Hawes scored 11 points per game while grabbing 6.7 rebounds & adding 2 blocks. Spencer finished last nights contest with 21 points and 14 rebounds while attempting 17 shots which is something fantasy owners should LOVE to see from Hawes.
Lavoy Allen (2%, 0%, 7%) is the other Sixer to see an increase in fantasy value. Allen played 30 minutes last night scoring 10 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and adding 3 blocks! In just 20 minutes a night in January, Allen managed to still grab 5 rebounds while dropping 6.4 points per contest.
I would love to see the 76ers go small with Dorell Wright playing some PF at times. He could provide fantasy owners with the 3-ball while stretching the other teams PF out to the perimeter opening the paint for Jrue Holiday, & Evan Turner.
Since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Marreese Speights (20%, 9.5%, 60% has averaged 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds off the bench while shooting 53%! Pick him up!
In Boston, Jared Sullinger will miss the remainder of the season so Brandon Bass (42%, 14%, 29%) is a nice replacement for Thaddeus Young. His production hasn't been that great in the last 3 contests but he did play 96 minutes which in time will turn into statistics and fantasy value.
As mentioned in our weekly fantasy basket ball post, Taj Gibson (26%, 33%, 62%) should see a boost in minutes over the next week with the Chicago Bulls starers, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, nursing injuries. He can provide your team with some nice rebounding numbers.
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