Indiana Pacers F TJ Warren is week-to-week while dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the team announced Thursday afternoon. The Pacers open the preseason on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It does not appear that Warren will be active for the game. The Pacers open the 2020-21 season against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Dec. 23. So Warren has a little under two weeks to get healthy before the start of the season.
With Warren unclear for the start of the season, we could see a few names pop up in the starting lineup for the Pacers. Jeremy Lamb is coming off a major injury to his knee that required surgery. He could be back in January, but won’t be available to start the season either. So with that, the Holiday brothers will likely be the two players to step up. We should see Justin Holiday starting at SF in place of Warren. Two other names who should see more minutes are Edmond Sumner and Doug McDermott.
On average in season-long, Warren is being drafted at around 52.5. So that would peg him at around the 4th or 5th round in most standard 10- and 12-team leagues. With this injury news and what we know about plantar fasciitis, Warren is a risky pick in this range. I’d say if he drops down to the 6th or 7th rounds, that wouldn’t be a bad idea depending on what position your team is in. If you can afford to stash Warren in hopes that he’s OK by around the start of the season, it could be a big payoff.