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Fantasy Basketball: Anthony Davis Injury Impact

Nov 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pelicans defeated the Sixers 121-105. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Nov 26, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 102-101. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Anthony Davis, Fantasy Basketball, Injury Update, Jason Smith, New Orleans Pelicans, Ryan Anderson

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