In an effort to give more time to his ailing knee to rest, the Boston Celtics plan to be without point guard Kyrie Irving for this week's action. USA Today's Jared Weiss reported Irving is shutting himself down for Boston's games against the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic to give his knee more time to heal.
This is an issue that Irving has battled all season, missing a game once every month or so to let the discomfort in his knee cool down and return to normal. He tried to play through the issue on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers but was forced to sit out after halftime and receive treatment on his knee.
While the injury is not serious and won't limit him much for the fantasy playoffs or NBA playoffs, it's worth noting Celtics' GM Danny Ainge said last week this is a condition that Irving could deal with for the remainder of his career.
Of course, right now the focus is just on this week and the potential two or three-game absence of Irving. It comes at a time when Boston is already without Jayson Tatum and just today lost point guard Marcus Smart indefinitely due to a thumb injury.
Now in their absence, the gates are wide open once again for Terry Rozier. The former first-round selection will find himself back in Boston's starting lineup this week and that means wonderful things for the DFS community and fantasy owners. When both guards missed time this year, Rozier shined in three starts with an average of 19.7 points, eight rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 35 minutes per night.
Back in Boston's lineup Rozier should once again put on a show. He'll be a popular play in DFS with his reduced price and previous numbers in the starting lineup, but DFS players shouldn't get cute and fade him to be different. The young point guard has flashed plenty of talent both as a starter and coming off the bench so with 30-plus minutes of work, he should absolutely be in fantasy lineups.
Fantasy owners in season-long leagues with Irving shouldn't have too much concern right now with his status for the fantasy playoffs, but eDraft Sports will provide an update if Irving misses additional time.