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NBA Injury Analysis: How Scheduling Can Impact an Injured Player

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Injury analysis for fantasy basketball can be tricky, as the impact of an injury is highly dependent on the affected playerís schedule. Since weekly matchups are often decided on the number of total games played, even the mildest of injuries can significantly devalue a player. For example, the Bulls play a league-best five games this week, including back-to-back sets to begin and end the week. If Jimmy Butler were unable to get over the cold heís currently battling, he would still have four other opportunities to contribute later in the week. The lost game would be unfortunate but Butler would still be worth playing, even in leagues that lock roster moves on Monday. Conversely...

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