This article is designed to have the injury news handy on one page and to give an idea of which player(s) may benefit if another player is ruled out.
We are approaching the dog days of the NBA season when players are dinged up and, especially on larger slates, there can be a lot to try to keep track of with the various injury tags.
This article is designed to have the injury news handy on one page and to give an idea of which player(s) may benefit if another player is ruled out. I'll try to keep this page updated throughout the day as new information arrives, but it's of course always advisable that you monitor the news as well.
Remember: there are still many DFS players on DK and Yahoo who, once lock hits, ignore their lineups. There's an edge available to players who keep track of the news throughout the night and make thoughtful switches when necessary, especially as the player you switch to may be very low owned because so many people have stopped paying attention to their lineups.
We've got a fairly uncomplicated 4-gamer tonight which is a welcome reprieve from the 10-game madness of last night!
– Aron Baynes is OUT
NOTES: The Celtics are on a back-to-back on the road after smashing the Pacers at home by 27 last night. Al Horford played just 18 minutes so he'll likely be good for 27-29 minutes if this one's close, but still worth keeping an eye on his status since he's been banged up.
– Goran Dragic is OUT
NOTES: This is an annoying situation in Miami where the Heat are running a ten-man rotation and all ten guys are seeing a decent chunk of minutes. Of note is that Dion Waiters replaced Derrick Jones Jr. in the rotation last game and played 25 minutes off the bench.
– Gary Harris is Q
NOTES: Harris missed last game and Malik Beasley started in his place and saw 36 minutes. Monte Morris got 25 minutes off the bench. In addition, Torrey Craig started again and played a whopping 39 minutes to Juan Hernangomez's nine.
– Nerlens Noel is OUT
– Alex Abrines is OUT
NOTES: Terrence Ferguson continues to start and play decent minutes with Alex Abrines out. He finally came through last game with 23 fantasy points at near min price. One thing to keep an eye on though is OKC has lost two in a row against teams they undoubtedly feel like they should have beaten – the Wizards and Wolves – so a lineup shakeup involving Ferguson isn't out of the question. Noel's absence doesn't move the needle much, we should continue to expect big minutes out of Steven Adams in close games.
– Rudy Gay is OUT
NOTES: Pop went 12-deep into the rotation in a non-blowout loss to the Grizz yesterday, a game in which the Spurs scored just 86 points. Derrick White was in foul trouble all night long and played just 16 minutes. Expect him to pop back up into that 28-30 minute range tonight. Davis Bertans was ejected with eight minutes left in the third quarter, which limited him to 18 minutes. He should also play more tonight unless he's somehow found his way into the doghouse. DeMar DeRozan should also be much better tonight in a home matchup against OKC.
Detroit– BLAKE GRIFFIN IS OUT
– Henry Ellenson is OUT
– Zaza Pachulia is Q Zaza is OUT
– Ish Smith is Q
NOTES: The Pistons are really struggling, having lost eight of ten, and they can't be overly happy with the point guard play of Reggie Jackson. Once Ish gets the green light to return to action, he immediately becomes interesting to me at near min-price on both DK and FD as I expect him to be given the opportunity to jumpstart this offense in 20+ MPG off the bench.
The Pistons are now very thin up front. Jon Leuer should get the start and Stanley Johnson will likely play some minutes at the four as well. Keep an eye on if Zaza plays. If he doesn't, the Pistons are likely to stagger Leuer's minutes so that he also backs up Drummond at the five.
– Iman Shumpert is Q Shump is now PROBABLE
– Marvin Bagley is PROBABLE
NOTES: Is there anything worse than a Ben McLemore sighting? You usually need a telescope to find this guy on the end of the Kings bench but he found his way into the rotation last game with Shumpert out and played well in 18 minutes. I'm trying to balance the fact that the Kings lost a game they feel like they should have won against a terrible Booker-less Suns team and did so using a non-standard rotation featuring McLemore playing 18 minutes (and Yogi Ferrell playing 20) with the fact that McLemore actually played quite well and the Kings were a +19 with him on the floor. Did Coach Joerger "learn a lesson"? And, if so, what lesson did he learn?
If Shumpert misses again, does McLemore get the same type of opportunity at the expense of 35-37 minutes for Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield? My best guess is that McLemore plays tonight if Shump is out, but ends up playing sparingly (7-8 minutes) because he actually sucks, and we do see Bogdanovic and Hield play more than the 30 and 31 minutes they got this last game. I also think it's unlikely that Justin Jackson plays 34 minutes again off the bench, which would also help Bog and Hield's chances at those big minutes we'd love to see. But, then again, it's the NBA and anything can happen – McLemore could have two consecutive good games for the first time in his 6-year NBA career and earn another 18 minutes off the bench!
Bagley is probable after a scheduled rest day the other night and should see 20+ minutes in this one.
With Shump expected to play and presumably start, we'll likely see Bogdanovic head to the bench. I'd expect McLemore to not play and after that it's a bit up in the air with a guy like Ferrell as to how many minutes he plays. I don't think that Shump's return automatically disqualifies Hield and Bogdanovic from minutes upside. Joerger does seem to really like Justin Jackson right now and there's a good chance of a minimum of 20 minutes from him with upside for more. Bjelica's minutes have been all over the place so it's really tough to approach him with any confidence, but as long as there's a chance he hits 30 minutes, he's never completely off the table for GPPs, even with Bagley back.