Fantasy-relevant rotation changes
Examining whose values could rise or fall, plus sneaky stat sources and more
In his weekly Crossover column, Joe Kaiser scours the league and offers his fantasy insight with the help of Insider's team of experts, including Kevin Pelton, Bradford Doolittle, Amin Elhassan, Chad Ford, Tom Haberstroh and David Thorpe. Also included is Joe's injury update chart.
On Wednesday, my colleague John Cregan penned a fine column on potential late-season bloomers, which is definitely worth a read if you haven't done so already.
Cregan mentioned a number of promising candidates who could take on a larger role over the final months of the season due to various circumstances such as trades and injuries.
We saw firsthand over the past month what type of impact injuries could have in the case of Kendall Marshall, who went from a free agent to a fantasy star as the Los Angeles Lakers' only healthy point guard. However, when Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all returned to the team this week, we saw how quickly Marshall was demoted to a reserve role.
Yes, some questions do remain in L.A., like whether Nash can stay healthy for any length of time, but even if he does go down it appears for now that Farmar is ahead of Marshall in the point guard rotation while Blake will play at the 2.
Overall, it's safe to say that the simultaneous return of the Lakers' three injured guards served as a significant blow to Marshall's fantasy value.
That got us thinking about some other potential rotation changes around the league that could shake up the fantasy world, altering the roles and values of several players in the process.
Here's a look at the main ones to be aware of, especially if you have any of these players on your roster:
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