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Category Strategy: Injuries Creating Opportunity

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

Two players are underowned due to injuries, yet too widely owned to qualify for the bulk of this article. Tyreke Evans is available in a ridiculous 54 percent of ESPN leagues, as well as 35 percent of Yahoo! and eight percent of CBS leagues. Hes only played more than 23 minutes in one game so far, so his workload should continue to expand as the Pelicans keep working him back after a knee surgery.

On the other side of the injury equation is James Johnson, who is taking on an expanded role with Justise Winslow (shoulder) out for the season. Both Evans and Johnson are multi-category producers who are likely to yield significant dividends down the line.

The Nuggets play five games this week, while the Pistons and the Thunder play only two. In some settings, fringe Nuggets may have been dropped when they played only one game last week now is a good time to snag those guys and take advantage of their extra games. Outside of those three teams, the schedule is evenly

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