Fantasy Basketball Strategy Special: Bowling For Bynum

Fantasy Basketball Strategy Special:

Bowling For Bynum


By Muntradamus



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This article is a way you can gain my perspective on all the injured players in the NBA who are going to be returning to the court sooner than later for their teams.  As always ask questions and get to know each other in the..



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A look at the injured Fantasy Stars around the NBA and their impact when they return.




The Knicks are doing great without Amar’e early on this season.  Sure Knicks fans can celebrate now, but the reality is the Knicks need to be even better when Amar’e is back.  Which means make him the focal point of a pick and roll offense as he is simply unguardable when he’s moving like we all know he can.

Amar’e is currently planning on returning Christmas day against the Lakers.  What a great fantasy gift that will be to the owners who stayed patient.  20 Point/10 Rebound/2 Block games with great FG and solid FT% should be back in early January.  He has his Point Guard Raymond Felton to make everything work. 




The 76ers are experiencing a nightmare with the circus Andrew Bynum.  First the old school Afro, then the knee. Then he re-injures his knee bowling.

Fantasy Basketball owners are, “Bowling for Bynum” and the only thing you can do is stash the big man until you hear he is out for the season.  If he is healthy come Fantasy Playoffs time, he is a 1st round value that can dominate your matchup. Or eliminate you in the playoffs if you have to face him.  The choice is yours.




Henderson was the go-to-guy for the Bobcats to close out the season last year.  Putting up almost 20 a night, he came into the season as the #1 scorer along with Kemba Walker.  With Henderson out, the Bobcats have been working Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  They have found out that they need Henderson’s scoring when he returns.

The rotation will be getting tweaked once Henderson returns, which could lead to bad chemistry very quickly for a team that is struggling to find any.  We will find out this week what happens when Henderson returns.




Kyrie could return later this month around the 20th.  When he does, expect 1st round value right out of the gates.   The Cavs are going to be a much stronger team since they were able to play so well without their star leader.

Once Kyrie returns, he will make everyone better and his value will skyrocket as a fantasy guard with assists and more proficiency everywhere.  If there was a player to trade for, Kyrie is that PG.




The Wizards are a complete mess.  John Wall still has no timetable for his return, which means the Wizards will continue their mess for however long he is out.

Once Wall returns expect him to try to take over this Wizards team.  If all goes well, he dominates the game and gives you 1st round value.  What is more likely is he gives you a lot of turnovers while slaughtering you in the 3PTM category.  I would trade him the second I had the opportunity to get an ELITE star for him.  People will value him as one, you know the truth. 




Here’s a name you probably have not heard in a while.  You will also likely not see him on the court in a while.  Granger is aiming for a return in February just in time to get the Pacers ready for a playoff run. He is a good player to add later on in shallow roster daily leagues.

Once Granger returns, expect him to leave off right where he started.  Which was semi-inconsistent with the often big games mixed in.  David West is still going to demand his touches. Danny will have value come Fantasy Playoff time that is for sure.



If Bogut was healthy the Warriors would be at another level.  With his return date still uncertain (Possibly January).  David Lee will continue to play like a 1st Round pick putting up Vintage Al Jefferson numbers nearly every night.  Minus the block totals.

I would stash Bogut if there was not a Waiver Wire player worth grabbing.  If he does get back to 25-30 Minutes, Bogut could be a very productive Fantasy Center.




Chauncey is still getting back to 100%.  He will, and once he does you can expect number decreases to all Clippers including Chris Paul.  Chauncey Billups is a player who plays with the ball in his hands, and the Clippers trust him when he has it.

Jamal Crawford will not be a safe start possibly the rest of the season, Caron Butler will be even more inconsistent, Blake Griffin will see less shot attempts, Chris Paul will not be able to reach his MAX potential in assists.  Not a good situation.




Make It Nashty.  Everything you need to know about what happens when Nash returns can be read by clicking that link.  Also includes how Antawn Jamison will be a popular Fantasy Player which has now come true after his huge Friday Night.  I got your back BEAST DOME NATION.




Mid-December.  That is when everyone can have their Favorite German back at the forward spot.  Dirk played with a bad knee last season and it took him nearly two months to get back to the type of player fantasy owners wanted.  No reason to think the same will not happen again as this time around the season is 82 Games.  Which means Dirk has to be 100% healthy and fresh come playoff time.




If there is a player who can shake up a whole NBA Team.  Wilson Chandler is that man.

Chandler can play anywhere from SG to SF to PF.  He is too talented not to get at least 20 minutes a game when he is going, which means Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala, and Kenneth Faried, and possibly Ty Lawson if they wanted to play him at SG with Miller. will all lose time.  

Chandler’s return could be later this month.  Keep an eye to see if your player starts showing signs of inconsistency, by then it can be too late.




Ricky Rubio is already practicing with the T-Wolves, which means he is a MUST-OWN in all leagues by this point if you did not already get the clue in the Fantasy Basketball Haiku.

Ricky is the type of Fantasy Player that will make you smile when you see his box score.  He is the next coming of Jason Kidd in his prime without as many 3PT attempts.   What you get with Rubio is, Rebounds/Steals/Assists occasional blocks, with the Jason Kidd scoring touch.  Rubio will move up in all the categories by himself.



Davis is a superstar Fantasy talent.  He is expected to return at least by the middle of this month.  He scores, he gets rebounds, and blocks/steals just come to him.  However if there is one knock on him already in his young Fantasy Basketball career.  Being injury prone could be a theme with Anthony’s sleek frame.




The Clippers got the trade of the century to give up Eric Gordon and his failing knee for CP3.  Gordon still has no timetable to return, but I would still stash the versatile scoring SG.  Gordon can knock down the 3PTM category, grab you some steals, and even throw in the random Kobe assist night.  The ball would be in his hands at all times on that team.  Even Davis will take a small hit offensively.

Stash Gordon until you hear he is done.  You will want him in the Fantasy Playoffs.  


Muntradamus is a Fantasy Sports Expert who specializes in Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball. He is currently in his first season as a Pro on FantasyPros where he is the only expert to have Adam Dunn, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Wilin Rosario in his top 20 at each position. Muntradamus not only leads many to championships with his great advice, and outlooks into the future. He is also consistently on the top of leaderboards in DraftStreet. He was also the #1 Fantasy Football Expert of IDP & Overall Rankings, first time in Fantasy Sports History.  To check his Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings Click HereHe also won a 1,000 person tournament in Fantasy Football to qualify for a trip to Vegas to play for $500,000 in Prizes. To Check his Week-By-Week Progress to being the #1 Expert. Follow the Journey.



  1. I want to make a play for Kyrie. Who should I package to get it done?

    Guards: Ty Lawson, Jameer Nelson, Ramon Sessions, Ricky Rubio, O.J. Mayo, Klay Thompson

    Forwards: Nick Batum, Thaddeus Young, Carl Landry, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Love

    Centers: Roy Hibbert, Nikola Pekovic, Larry Sanders,

    I’m already trying to shop a Landry, Sessions, Pekovic for some value. Thanks for the help BD Nation.

  2. Hello,

    Got offered D. West for my Iguodala straight up. Is this a good trade taking to account the notes above regarding Chandler coming back to dig into Iguodala’s minutes and my current squad. Really looking to move AK47 but no one is biting. H-2-H 9cat. Here is my team:

    Lillard, K. Irving, J. Wall, G. Henderson,
    Iguodala, L. Deng, Batum, Durant, AK 47
    Duncan, Cousins, Hibbert, Robin Lopez,

    Thanks for the input!

  3. Glad to see you in the Dome another season Thomas. Hope football is treating you well.

    If you can give up Ty Lawson straight up today for Kyrie, I would pull the trigger on that. (Have to offer it now).

    20 Points/8 Assists/ 2 3PTM/1+ Steal.


    14 Points/6 Assists/2 3PTM/1+ Steal.

    Player A is Kyrie.

    May not sound like much now, come Fantasy Playoff time you will be happy to have a #1 PG as opposed to a Fantasy PG who has to spread the wealth every night,

    If that does not work, try a Thaddeus Young and if you have a big enough lead in 3PTM. O.J. Mayo for Kryie.

  4. Smeev another old school BEAST DOME member.

    I would keep Iggy.

    He may lose some PT to Chandler when he returns, still an automatic 30+ every night.

    The Assists that Iguodala gets his Fantasy Owners from the Forward position is semi-Lebronish.

  5. Thanks Munt! Always appreciate your feedback! As you can see from my team, I followed your draft day rankings and Lillard has proven to be an Elite PG as a sleeper pick…

  6. Thanks Munt. I’ll give those a go. Football has gone well this season. Thanks for that as well. I’ll update you as the playoffs roll.

  7. Wish i knew about your site before my draft. now im trying to salvage my first time fantasy basketball team:

    stephen curry
    deron williams
    evan turner
    andre iguodala
    serge ibaka
    kevin garnett
    jameer nelson
    byron mullens
    glen davis
    raymond felton
    patrick patterson
    eric gordon
    andrew bynum

    To point out obvious things:
    Too many PGs
    Two Injured Out Players

    What should I do?

    Thanks in advance,
    A lost fantasy basketball noob that seeks some help in a lonely cold world

  8. Lol, to, too, two.

    Anyways, you should try and move some of your guards for more/better forwards. Try and buy low on a guy like Hibbert. You can get Pau Gasol dirt cheap right now, in hopes that his prospects will be better once Nash returns.

    Speaking of Nash, see if his owner looks desperate enough to move him for cheap- see the Make it Nashty article for why. If you can get him, you could move some of your other guards without too much remorse and strengthen your forward group.

    If you’re in a daily league, I’d drop Gordon and Bynum. Both guys could potentially miss the entire season, and you’re just hurting yourself by holding on to them, even if you aren’t in a daily league.

  9. Hey Munt –
    I haven’t contributed nearly as much as I should have all through football, but it’s been a rough go with everything BUT fantasy sports.

    After getting my butt kicked in baseball, I’ve gone a combined 40-22-1 and making it into the playoffs in 4/5 leagues. You really helped me with my draft and saved me after losing Benson and McGahee a combined 5 times.

    I have two fantasy NBA teams and I’m very excited about both of them. One team is a hibernating BEAST – started out slow but I have absolutely no worries all will catch up in due time. The other was a bizarre situation as I joined a keeper league and had to start fresh … harder to make trades in that one because people don’t want to “LOSE THEIR KEEPERS” but I’ll be caught up.

    I just wanted to thank you again for everything you put into this site, and I’ll try to dish out some more advice where I can. I miss the chat, but I can get used to the comment section.

    To all readers: TRUST MUNTRADAMUS. He will get you into the playoffs. Read carefully and read often. Tell your friends. But don’t tell your competition.

  10. I agree with ATL. You can definitely drop Bynum and Gordon without worrying anyone will scoop them. Try and grab Larry Sanders if he’s still on Waivers. Pair him with Ibaka and you’d have a lock on blocks. You could maybe try and sell high with Curry since he always poses serious injury risk. A lot of the really solid sleeper SFs are playing lights out right now (Batum, Young, Thompson), but if you can get one of those guys it’ll help you in the long run.

  11. Okay here’s my BEAST team (12-team league H2H):

    PG: Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose
    SG: JR Smith, Klay Thompson
    SF: Nicolas Batum, Luol Deng,
    PF: Nikola Vucevic
    C: Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan

    I’m trying really hard to get a 1st or 2nd round PF for any combination of Lillard, Deng and DeAndre. Any suggestions?

  12. Thank you for your advice and glad you saw what i did there with the to, too, two hahahahha

    definitely agree on getting better/more forwards. problem is I dont know which trade offers are decent. Which guards for which forwards?

    I dont know what type of league I am in exactly but I go head to head against 1 guy for the week and person who wins in more categories wins the week. Is that called H2H?

    It seems like Munt believes that the upside of Bynum and Gordon warrant holding on to them. Should I hold on to only one? It seems like Gordon is likely to come back by the end of December.

    Once again thanks for the advice.

  13. Thanks for the advice. Larry Sanders is taken :( I would like to trade one of my PGs for a big man but dont know who would be a good trade. Can you name a few good trades for Curry? Thank you.

  14. Hi guys
    Need to make a quick decision here
    Somebody offered me josh smith and Dion waiters for my andersen varejao and rodney stuckey

    Shud I do it?

  15. I’m in a 12-team H2H 9-cat. league. I’m trying to upgrade my FG%, steals, blocks, and turnovers for which I’m ranked in the bottom half of the league. I’m willing to give up 3ptm (I’m 1st), points, assists, and rebounds. I feel like I can give up a bit more in those categories, since I still have Amare and John Wall. Once they start playing I feel like I can make back the difference in those categories.

    My roster is as follows:

    PG: J. Nelson
    SG: K. Thompson
    G: P. George
    SF: Iggy
    PF: Aldridge
    F: Cousins
    C: Mullens
    Util: Parsons
    Util: A. Miller
    Util: Jordan Crawford
    Bench: Stoudemire, Wall, Beasley, D. Collison

    So I offered these two trades to another owner:

    1. My Thompson, Aldridge, and Stoudemire for his Lebron and L. Sanders.
    2. My George, Aldridge, and Cousins for his Lebron and Anthony Davis.

    Are either of these trades better for me in the long run? If so, which trade would be more beneficial for me?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  16. You could maybe try Steph Curry for Nic Batum straight up. Batum is coming off a great game followed by a terrible showing tonight. In the long run you have less injury risk, equal scoring potential plus blocks, steals, threes.

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