Fantasy Basketball Week 19: Ben Simmons’ return date highlights Tuesday’s news and here’s what to know
Chris Paul’s thumb injury was the biggest news in fantasy basketball during All-Star Weekend, but there’s still more to note before the season resumes on Thursday. Several teams have provided updates on players who have seen little to no action in 2022. Their activity going forward could make them impactful options for fantasy managers looking to bolster their rosters. Here are three work follow-up situations at the end of February and March.
Simmons hasn’t played in just under a year, but Brooklyn is ready to let him go in March. The striker’s target return date is March 8, and he will miss six games if he doesn’t have a setback. Simmons could return from his long layoff against the Hornets. He is posting career averages of 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game against Charlotte. The eighth-placed Nets could use his talents to stop their slide and stay in the playoff bracket, so he could be a valuable fantasy asset soon enough.
Green looked like Defensive Player of the Year when healthy, but lingering calf and back injuries kept him out for a month and a half. The Warriors forward is reportedly targeting a mid-March return, but it wouldn’t be surprising if his ideal return date was moved. Fantasy managers running Jonathan Kuminga and Otto Porter Jr. should rest easy until Green takes to the court and resumes basketball activities.
Orlando’s Forgotten Young Core
The Magic provided updates on two promising players looking to return from major injuries on Monday. Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac are aiming to return to action in March. Big changes could be on the horizon for Orlando’s rotation. Fultz hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in 2020 and was averaging career highs in points (12.9) and assists (5.4) per game before suffering the injury eight games later. his second season with the Magic. Isaac is also recovering from a torn ACL and hasn’t played since appearing in the 2019-20 playoff bubble. Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs and Mo Bamba could be more complete if either player takes on a big role this year.