Amare Stoudemire Injury Outlook Getting Worse

Amare Stoudemire will be getting a second opinion on his left knee injury, which reports are now speculating could keep him out 15-20 games.  That’s a far cry from the initial diagnosis of 2-3 weeks for a simple ruptured cyst.  At this point, it really seems that there could be more to his knee injury than is being reported.

Fantasy Outlook – If Stoudemire is required to miss extended time, the Knicks playoff hopes really take a huge hit.  They’ll probably move Carmelo Anthony to power forward and maybe try to run with Steve Novak and Ronnie Brewer at Small Forward.  If the Knicks decide to move Melo to power forward, his stats could be better than what he could do at small forward, especially his rebounding numbers.

Tyson Chandler would also probably see a little bump up in rebounding numbers.

With Anthony at power forward, New York would also likely lean a little more heavily on the perimeter offense provided by J. R. Smith, which would really help his fantasy value.

I got stuck with Stoudemire a couple of weeks ago in one keeper league when he just fell a ridiculously long way down the draft board, but this just goes to show that sometimes what you think is a bargain is simply a piece of trash that will never get any better.  I’d avoid Stoudemire, let someone else deal with that headache.

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