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Box Score Breakdown — Thursday, October 16th

So, Brook Lopez is out with a foot injury and Steve Nash is forced to miss time with a back complaint. No, this isn’t 2013. Welcome to the reality of professional sports, where some guys’ bodies just can’t handle the rigors inflicted upon them. It’s an unfortunate by-product of this game we love so much, but for fantasy leagues, it’s better to have this clarification now before most drafts, than in the first week of the season. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Here’s Thursday’s Box Score Breakdown.

Rookies and Sleepers and Draft Values

My brief appearance on the Rotowire NBA preview show on XM was made even briefer by my crappy mobile service. As I hate for you all to be deprived of my wisdom, here’s what I would have said given the time.

Fantasy Sleepers

One of the players I’m high on this season is New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson. His “stretch big” game is an ideal complement to both Anthony Davis and Omer Asik; he averaged more than three made threes per game last season while shooting over 40% from long range and 44% from the field overall. I expect him to log significant minutes even if he doesn’t start. There have even been reports that Monty Williams will use all three of his bigs together, with Anderson shifting to the three spot.