Fantasy Basketball 2012: Raymond Felton Injury Impact

By Corey March
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The news out of New York regarding Raymond Felton’s fractured pinky was bittersweet. The initial reports suggested that Felton would only miss a few games but once x-rays revealed that the pinky was broken, the New York Knicks feared that they would be without their point guard for several months. The final verdict was that the injury would not require surgery but Felton will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Fantasy basketball owners may be wondering what impact this will have on them.

Whether or not you owned Felton, Jason Kidd is a must-add. Kidd will enter the starting lineup which gives him the opportunity to improve his already impressive numbers. In the first game that followed Felton’s injury, Kidd filled up the stat sheet with 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and one steal. Those numbers are a good indication of what to expect from Kidd over the next month except for a slight decrease in scoring.

Kidd has clocked 33 minutes per game during the month of December, a trend that a 39-year-old may struggle to keep up without wearing down. The only other true point guard on the Knicks roster is Pablo Prigioni. He is the only player that is likely to receive a significant boost in minutes as a result of the injury. Prigioni is in his first NBA  season from Argentina but he isn’t your prototypical rookie at the age of 35. At the age of a seasoned veteran, Prigioni will not be called upon for significant minutes but enough to keep Kidd from overextending himself. Prigioni should only be considered for fantasy rosters in 14+ team leagues. Owners can expect around six points, five assists and two rebounds per game from Prigioni while Felton is sidelined.

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