Lauri Markkanen Injury: Fantasy Basketball Impact, Top Replacements

For those fantasy basketball players who have either drafted their teams or are set for drafts in the near future, things just got a bit interesting with one big name. Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen is primed for a big season, but it seems he won’t be on the court right out of the gate.

As The Athletic’s Shams Charania revealed, Markkanen suffered an elbow sprain and will miss up to two months.

It’s certainly interesting, as the young forward is a player on the rise and the type of fantasy player capable of doing a bit of everything. With this news, the Bulls could go a few different ways to replace him, but we’re going to take a look at the impact of his injury.

When to Draft Markkanen

Prior to the injury, Fantasy Pros had Markkanen with an average draft position (ADP) of 54.7, so in 12-team leagues, so in the fifth round. Obviously, potentially being out for the first month of the actual NBA season hurts, but it shouldn’t drop his value a massive amount. If Markkanen’s max time sidelined is two months, there’s a chance he could be back earlier.

Based on some of the names below him going around the fifth round, I’d drop Markkanen into somewhere between the sixth or seventh rounds, depending on scoring.

Source: Heavy Sports