After a fantastic start to the season, Anthony Davis will unfortunately be sidelined for a while with a fracture in his left hand. It is a non-displaced fracture, and it is his non-shooting hand. Both of those facts should help his recovery time which is still to be determined at this point.
Davis was averaging 19.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game coming into play on Sunday making him one of the most valuable players in fantasy hoops. In fact, in some ratings systems he had gotten all the way to #1 overall. Davis had led the Pelicans to a solid start to the season and after their win Sunday against the hapless Knicks they moved to .500 with an 8-8 record.
Davis’s injury is still without a time table at this time, but it will be significant time lost. Officially there is still no timetable for his return, but the Pelicans will be cautious with their franchise center which could keep him out for several weeks.
In Davis’s absence, the one player who will likely be asked to shoulder the burden is Ryan Anderson. Anderson already was contributing off the bench, but more playing time could make him more of a fantasy star. Anderson scored a game-high 31 points on Sunday against New York while grabbing four rebounds. Anderson not only gets rebounds and shoots a high-percentage, but he also adds a huge three-point element.
Jason Smith could also get more minutes making him a solid source of points, percentages, rebounds, and blocks.
Get Anderson or Smith if you can, and hope Davis returns as soon as he’s ready to save your fantasy season.