NBA Barometer: More Injuries Create Opportunity
NBA Barometer: More Injuries Create Opportunity

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GUARDS

GAINING VALUE

Tyus Jones, MIN: Jeff Teague (foot) and Derrick Rose (elbow) are both out for the rest of the season, leaving Jones in firm possession of the starting point guard job. Jones has already been producing with extra minutes, scoring between 10 and 16 points in seven of his last eight while dishing out at least seven assists in five of those contests. With north of 30 minutes in his last four contests, Jones looks primed for similar opportunity and production over the Timberwolves' final eight games.

Seth Curry, POR: C.J. McCollum remains out for at least the next four games, which should continue affording Curry the extra 8-10 minutes per contest above his normal workload. The fifth-year veteran already has a pair of 20-point efforts in those games, as well as double-digit point tallies in all four. Additionally, with Jusuf Nurkic going down with compound leg fractures in Monday night's overtime win against the Nets, there's even more of an overall scoring void for the Trail Blazers that Curry can help fill.

ALSO GAINING VALUE: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL; Delon Wright, MEM

FORWARDS

GAINING VALUE

Ersan Ilyasova, MIL: Nikola Mirotic remains out for the next several weeks due to a thumb injury, a development that's pushed Ilyasova into a part-time starting spot while Giannis Antetokounmpo slides over to the three. Ilyasova brings a similar floor-spacing style to that of his ailing teammate and is currently sporting his best three-point success rate (38.0 percent)

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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