After missing all of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will now need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee after being injured on Friday night. There is no definite timetable for his return at this point, but Rose will reportedly have surgery as soon as possible and it would be a big surprise to see him miss the rest of the season with what is known right now.
Here’s a look at how Rose’s injury impacts his teammates from a fantasy perspective, with a focus on the Bulls’ backcourt.
Kirk Hinrich has only started one game so far this season, but will likely become the starter at point guard with Rose out. Hinrich is not elite in any one category, but his contribution in points and assists could become notable with more playing time, along with some contribution in rebounds and solid shooting percentages that won’t drag down his value. As of now Hinrich is available in 77 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but that is sure to rise quickly in the coming days.
Marquis Teague has not seen a lot of action to this point in the season, averaging just under seven minutes per game in five games played, and even with a likely boost in minutes he does not yet belong on the fantasy radar.
Mike James has also had a minimal role to this point in the season, and he remains buried on the depth chart.
In an overall sense, Luol Deng, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler (once he returns from a toe injury that currently has him sidelined) are all in line for more prominent roles in Chicago’s offense while Rose is out, and to a lesser degree Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson may see more opportunities to score.
As for Rose, apart from his being declared out for the season at some point he should still be rostered in the majority of fantasy leagues. The decision to keep or cut him will get harder the longer he is out, but owners that can affort to hang onto Rose may get a nice boost from him at a critical point in the season.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.