What is the amount of time a player would have to miss, on average, to bear the description, “injury prone”, in a fantasy owner’s mind? What does “injury prone” really mean, and how often is it assigned ACCURATELY to NBA players?
As an ACTIVE fantasy owner, your NOT only concentrated on drafting players, but monitoring them and their injuries during the season and/ or playoffs, because injuries are a common fact in the NBA.
Definition: “injury-prone” /in·ju·ry/ (in´jer-e) (prn) having a tendency or being more susceptible to trauma and/ or harm.
Ultimately, injury prone is subject to perception and easily becomes a popular social stigma or even a myth for reference. It’s often misused to label players in fantasy basketball as players to avoid when recruiting for team rosters, but injuries can be a result of poor conditioning, body breakdown, and/or just bad luck.
In order to tag a player with the “injury-prone” label, the injury history and severity of injuries sustained must be evaluated over a period of time, therefore taking the course of rehab in consideration. There are scenario’s where players have actually performed better coming of injury i.e. Kobe Bryant’s (avulsion fracture of index finger) injury while STILL getting “Western Conference Player of the Month” in December and “MVP”of the NBA Finals last year. Also, there exist certain cases in which the injury-prone label does makes sense. For example, when a player is perpetually bothered by the same ailment (Yao Ming comes to mind quickly i.e. left foot stress fracture). In addition, it has been proven — and makes sense — that players are more susceptible to injury as they age i.e. Tracy McGrady’s (knee & back) injuries that have plagued his career and as a result, he was forced to to contemplate”early” retirement.
To begin to quantify which type of injuries should make players more wary than others will NOT predict player performance in your leagues, but when drafting injury prone players, a fantasy owner can take cumulative value and the ranking of players into consideration i.e. Roto leagues, because you still have the opportunity to raise their cumulative value with a good back-up player. In H2H leagues without an IL, if a fantasy owner fails to drop an injured player and leave him on the bench, there is NOT an option for a back-up player as a replacement.
Just because a player is injured does NOT mean a player can’t play injured, therefore to dismiss a player without evaluation is based largely on bias at best. If your an ACTIVE fantasy owner, then scouting for your team roster make-up has to include evaluating player stats which will include factors i.e. age, performance, and even injury, etc.