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.
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.
– Kent Bazemore is OUT
– Taurean Prince is OUT
NOTES: DeAndre' Bembry has started the past three games and played 27, 37, and 29 minutes, but the 37-minute game came when Kevin Huerter was out. Huerter returned from injury last game and played 37 minutes, which is right in line with the run he's been getting recently. Jeremy Lin has seen an uptick in minutes the past two games with 34 and 28, but the 34 minute game came when he started with Huerter out. If you think Lin will continue to get 25+ minutes, he makes for a good play as he's well over a FPPM player, but I'm not sure those minutes are entirely secure.
– JJ Redick is Q
-Joel Embiid is Q
NOTES: Redick has missed two in a row with a back issue. It doesn't sound serious and he could play tonight, but if he doesn't, it's been Furkan Korkmaz, Landry Shamet, and TJ McConnell all seeing between 23-26 minutes, with Korkmaz getting the start. Shake Milton has also nabbed some minutes in the rotation with Philly going 10-deep.
HUGE bump for Simmons and Butler if Embiid is out. Jonah Bolden would likely take on a bigger role as well.
– Giannis Antetokounmpo is DOUBTFUL
– DJ Wilson is DOUBTFUL
– Ersan Ilyasova is PROBABLE
-Eric Bledsoe is Q
NOTES: Assuming Giannis misses and Ilyasova gets the start, Ilyasova makes for an excellent value play at $3400 on DK and $3700 on FD. Expect Thon Maker to get decent run as the backup if Wilson misses again. Khris Middleton becomes the #1 option with Giannis out in a good matchup against the Wiz, and if Bledsoe is out as well, he takes on an even heavier offensive load. Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez likely get boosts if Giannis is out and even bigger boosts if Bledsoe misses, with George Hill stepping in as the starter and having a great shot of seeing 30+ minutes. In addition, Giannis and Bledsoe are strong defenders (especially Giannis) which should be a boon for these Wiz guys if they miss.
– John Wall is OUT
– Markieff Morris is OUT
NOTES: Bradley Beal has been incredibly consistent scoring 40+ FD points in 6 of 7 games with the other game being nearly 40. Tomas Satoransky continues to draw the start in place of Wall. Otto Porter Jr. jumped up to 33 minutes last game but Jeff Green was also in foul trouble for a decent chunk of that one. Doesn't necessarily mean we won't again see 30+ minutes from Porter but something to keep in mind. Will need to monitor the starting lineup to see if Porter is reinserted as that would certainly help his minutes upside. We likely won't see the insane 40+ minutes we were seeing for a stretch there from Trevor Ariza with Porter back to health. Of little notice, but worth mentioning, is Ian Mahinmi has been outstanding off the bench lately with three 30+ FD fantasy point outings in a row.
– Myles Turner is OUT
– Darren Collison is Q
NOTES: Domantas Sabonis starting in Turner's place, Kyle O'Quinn backing him up, Thad Young with minutes upside. Sabonis and Young were held to 27 and 26 minutes last game in a blowout but would expect 30+ minimum in a close game except if they get in foul trouble. Third game in a row that Collison has been Q. He's played the last two. Cory Joseph would likely start in his place, with Aaron Holiday likely backing him up, and potentially minutes upside for Victor Oladipo or possibly more run for Tyreke Evans off the bench.
– Enes Kanter is Q KANTER IS OUT
– Mitchell Robinson is OUT
– Frank Ntilikina is DOUBTFUL NTILIKINA IS OUT
– Isaiah Hicks is Q
NOTES: A big boost for Luke Kornet if Kanter can't play, but don't forget about Noah Vonleh, who could slide to center and take on some of those extra minutes. We could also see Hicks enter the rotation if he's available.
– RHJ is OUT
– Jared Dudley is OUT
– Allen Crabbe is OUT
NOTES: We've seen the Nets continue to play a ten-man rotation even with RHJ and Crabbe out and I'm not sure that changes with Dudley out as well. It's tough to say for sure, but I think there's a decent chance that DeMarre Carroll draws the start here and Kenneth Faried gets back into the rotation off the bench. Even if the Nets cut down their rotation to nine, this is still a tough spot on the road against the Raptors.
– Danny Green is Q
NOTES: Green is listed as Q, but he was given a rest day the other night and I would expect him to be back tonight.
– Larry Nance Jr. is OUT
– Rodney Hood is Q
NOTES: Channing Frye started in place of Nance Jr. last game, but played just 11 minutes. That was against a big frontcourt of Julius Randle and Anthony Davis. We may see Cedi Osman start at the four in this one against PJ Tucker with another wing entering the starting lineup. Jordan Clarkson has played well in 30+ minutes in the past two games, but whether he gets that many again may depend on if Hood plays as that would make for a pretty crowded backcourt with Matthew Dellavedova, Cam Payne, Alec Burks, and Collin Sexton all in the mix. We loved Tristan Thompson earlier in the year when he was getting monster minutes but he has a foot that's bothering him and the Cavs seem committed to getting Ante Zizic decent minutes off the bench now that he's back from injury.
– Eric Gordon is OUT
– Chris Paul is OUT
NOTES: Same old, same old. Harden domination. Huge minutes for starters PJ Tucker, Austin Rivers, and Clint Capela with Danuel House getting around 25 and Gerald Green getting 28+ off the bench over the past four games. An awesome and predictable rotation for fantasy right now.
– Dennis Smith Jr. is OUT
NOTES: I missed on this one last time with DSJ out. Thought Jalen Brunson would start as he has all year in this situation but the Mavs went with Doncic-Matthews-Barnes-Kleber-DJ. Assuming the Wolves start Taj/KAT, would expect the Mavs to go big again at the four. Could be Kleber again, however, with Dirk back in the mix, it's unlikely we see the 34 minutes we saw from him last game. Stay tuned on this one.
– Robert Covington is OUT
– Derrick Rose is PROBABLE
NOTES: Yes, Andrew Wiggins looked awesome last game under a new coach, but we also have to remember that a high usage Derrick Rose is expected back for this one and will take minutes from a defensive-minded Josh Okogie, and that KAT was limited to 24 minutes with foul trouble. Not saying Wiggins couldn't have another big game but the scenario was perfect for it to happen last game and there are more obstacles in this one. Dario Saric played 25 minutes off the bench last game and performed well.
– LeBron James is OUT
– Rajon Rondo is OUT
NOTES: 20 and 24 shot attempts for Kyle Kuzma since returning from injury. Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley pulled minutes away from Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram last game, while Lonzo Ball played 35.
– Ricky Rubio is OUT
– Dante Exum is OUT
– Raul Neto is OUT
– Thabo Sefolosha is OUT
– Grayson Allen is OUT
NOTES: Two big things to note here: 1. All three PGs for the Jazz are out 2. The Jazz, a team with big expectations coming into the year, are 21-21 and on the outside looking in for a playoff spot i.e. they need wins. Monster minutes upside for Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles as well as the vast majority of the ball-handling and playmaking duties. Mitchell will be uber-chalk but this is also a really great spot for him. It's also a great spot for Ingles and Rudy Gobert (who may go overlooked). Expect Jae Crowder, Royce O'Neale, and Kyle Korver to play a lot (keep an eye on who starts from this crew) while Georges Niang may grab some minutes as well.
– Cody Zeller is OUT
– Devonte' Graham is Q
NOTES: Jeremy Lamb played 29 minutes last game and we could easily see him ramp back up to bigger minutes in this one after returning from injury. Bismack Biyombo and Wily Hernangomez played just a combined 39 minutes last game and 45 combined the game before, so they aren't even guaranteed to combine for all 48 center minutes with Zeller out.
– Mo Harkless is OUT
– Damian Lillard is Q Damian Lillard is IN
NOTES: Jake Layman started in place of Harkless last game which wasn't great for Evan Turner. Damian Lillard is Q and no indication yet if this leans more towards probable or doubtful. Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard were both excellent off the bench last game but don't read too much into that as Jusuf Nurkic was in foul trouble all night long. Seth Curry and/or Evan Turner could get more run if Lillard misses, with McCollum and Nurkic both likely to have more offense run through them. Nurkic would be an especially sneaky play. Al-Farouq Aminu is the glue guy for this team and likely to play 30+ minutes in a close game, with upside for more.
– Zach LaVine is PROBABLE
NOTES: Bobby Portis did not receive an uptick in minutes in his second game back from injury, with 20 minutes in the first game and 19 in the second. Portis is over a FPPM player so we'd love to see him take on more minutes. Unfortunately for Portis, Lauri Markkanen is the future in Chicago, and playing time may be tough to come by.
– Damian Jones is OUT
– Shaun Livingston is Q
NOTES: Kevon Looney continues to produce decently in secure minutes with Jones out. If Livingston misses, Quinn Cook will back up Steph Curry.