Fantasy Basketball: A Seven-Step Approach To Injuries

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Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris

Oct 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) is guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) during the second quarter at Amway Center.David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

No strategist is immune to the unexpected. In fact, the best strategists now how much to account for the unplanned—and then a little more.

By that token, cranial fantasy basketball enthusiasts know that when dealing with injuries, one must approach each in different manners. It’s the same animal, but through different cuts of meat.

Both Tyreke Evans and Tobias Harris have been troubled by ankle injuries this season. Evans is nursing his third sprain on the same limb while Harris has seen his first batch of consecutive games after missing most of the season with a very severe high ankle sprain. With Evans, you wonder if this is going to be a trend, especially if the Pelicans don’t give him the adequate time to recover. In Harris’ case, you have to weigh his potential against assured rustiness and how long that might last (it’s going three games now).

On the heels of that intro, and because injuries have come in waves lately, here is the seven-step approach owners should take when facing down a tidal wave of broken bodies.

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Bogar Alonso is a dedicated student of the hardwood, soccer pitch, boxing ring, and tennis court. He is a regular NBA contributor to XN Sports. His work, involving more than just sports, has appeared on The Creators Project, A&E Networks, XXL Magazine, and others. Follow Bogar on Twitter @blacktiles