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.
I included the five games from the early DK slate for now and will add the rest of the games shortly. Thanks!
– Wendell Carter Jr. is OUT
NOTES: The Bulls started Bobby Portis the first game that Carter missed and Robin Lopez the second, presumably to match up against Hassan Whiteside. Also, RoLo wants out of Chicago and Chicago wants him out of there so they're giving him a chance to show he still has something in the tank. Lauri Markkanen should see big minutes here in a projected competitive game and Portis is playable as well in a great matchup, whether he starts or not.
EDIT: Robin Lopez will start again. He played 21 minutes last game and the best we can say is to expect something similar here. He's not a bad punt given this outstanding matchup with no Thompson for the Cavs but there's obviously still some risk given the minutes are hard to predict.
– Tristan Thompson is OUT
NOTES: Ante Zizic continues to start and play well with Thompson out. He's gotten us to value in three consecutive tough matchups and now finally gets a good match up against the Bulls, though the price has risen.
– JJ Barea is OUT
– Dennis Smith Jr is OUT
– DeAndre Jordan is PROBABLE
NOTES: Luka Doncic struggled mightily last game and was ejected after just 24 minutes. I'd expect him to bounce back here and play those 33-35 minutes we've been seeing from him recently. Maxi Kleber continues to start and hasn't seen fewer than 23 minutes in the past five games.
– Andre Drummond is OUT
– Ish Smith is Q
NOTES: Zaza Pachulia started in place of Drummond last game and produced well in a whopping 35 minutes. Blake Griffin has a 29.7% usage rate and averages 1.21 DK FPPM when on the court with Drummond and those numbers skyrocket to 37.2% usage and 1.44 DK FPPM when not on the court with Drummond. The Wizards used just 24 center minutes last game against the Knicks and went very small the rest of the time, which is a possibility again today and could force Zaza off the court and cap his minutes upside, but it's no guarantee, and Zaza should still see plenty of run no matter what. Jose Calderon has filled in for Ish and isn't a viable fantasy option, however, Luke Kennard has been playing very well off the bench and is a decent punt.
– John Wall is OUT
– Markieff Morris is OUT
NOTES: Four straight games of 30+ minutes for Otto Porter Jr. even though he continues to come off the bench including solid minute games of 35 and 34 (regulation minutes) the last two.
– Aaron Gordon is Q Gordon is OUT
NOTES: Gordon missed last game and Jonathan Simmons started in his place, though it was Terrence Ross who saw 30 minutes off the bench. Jonathan Isaac has now seen 33, 33, and 29 minutes the past three games. Evan Fournier played 31 minutes after not playing fewer than 37 the previous five games. The rotation was funky with Gordon out, of course. Simmons played alright in his 19 minutes, so we'll have to see if he's earned his way back into some minutes going forward once Gordon returns, or if Fournier will go back to seeing those 37+ minutes.
– Kent Bazemore is OUT
– DeWayne Dedmon is PROBABLE
– Alex Len is PROBABLE
NOTES: Kevin Huerter has averaged 37 MPG over the past ten games with Baze out and we should expect mid-30's again today.
NOTES: There's no accounting for this rotation right now. Last game showed us there's still some minutes upside with Buddy Hield, Iman Shumpert, and De'Aaron Fox all playing 35+, but there's10-11 guys in the rotation every night and those minutes will be spread around somewhat unpredictably.
– Jared Dudley is OUT
– Allen Crabbe is OUT
NOTES: Treveon Graham continues to start and steal minutes from more productive fantasy players on this team, which is frustrating. Rodney Kurucs's 11 minutes last game are very concerning for his value going forward. I'd expect to see RHJ's minutes slowly ramped up as he's on his third game back from injury, but it's likely to continue to be a slow process.
– Anthony Davis is OUT
NOTES: Nik Mirotic and Julius Randle should both start and take on plenty of minutes. Jrue Holiday also should take on additional usage. The price for Mirotic – $6100 on FD – makes him a very tough fade today. Jahlil Okafor should pick up some extra minutes off the bench.
– Kyle Anderson is OUT
– Joakim Noah is OUT
– Marc Gasol is PROBABLE
NOTES: With Anderson out, I'd expect Justin Holiday to start again and play around 30 minutes, while Omri Casspi and Shelvin Mack continue to pick up some extra run and make decent value off the bench.
NOTES: Gordon Hayward missed last game and is expected back so expect the usual Celtics rotation.
– Chris Paul is OUT
– Clint Capela is OUT
NOTES: The Rockets have added Kenneth Faried and he's expected to play tonight, which could eat into PJ Tucker's time, and we may see Nene take a minutes hit as well. If he's confirmed in, Faried would make for a strong value at min price on DK. James Ennis started last game which pushed Gary Clark to the bench and I'd expect him to start again tonight.
EDIT: Faried is available to play tonight.
– Joel Embiid is Q
– Jimmy Butler is Q
NOTES: This is obviously huge news we're waiting on. Ben Simmons is already an excellent play but would become basically an autoplay if either or both of these guys miss. Given that the Rockets are small up front, I'd expect Mike Muscala to take on a bunch of minutes if Embiid is out, though Jonah Bolden would still be a decent punt as well. If Butler misses, Furkan Korkmaz would likely draw the start and make for a solid punt while JJ Redick and TJ McConnell would likely take on larger scoring and playmaking duties.
– Dante Exum is OUT
– Raul Neto is OUT
– Ricky Rubio is Q
NOTES: Rubio practiced yesterday and is Q for tonight's game. A Rubio return might not actually be a good thing as the Jazz have been rolling with Donovan Mitchell at the point and Royce O'Neale in the starting lineup. If Rubio returns, we'd likely see O'Neale return to the bench and Mitchell see a decline in his playmaking duties, but I'm curious to see how the Jazz approach this and if they do something totally unexpected like bring Rubio off the bench given how well they've been playing with their current starting five.
NOTES: Boogie returned last game and was very effective in 15 minutes. Kevon Looney played 28 minutes off the bench. I think there's a decent chance Boogie sees a few extra minutes here but GSW is clearly going to be cautious with him for the time being and Looney should continue to see plenty of run.
– Lonzo Ball is OUT
– LeBron James is Q
– Rajon Rondo is Q
NOTES: LeBron and Rondo both appear closer to doubtful than probable, but you never know. It's a home, nationally televised game against the Warriors and you know both these guys are dying to play in this spot. We should remember that Rondo is coming back from a hand injury and once he's ready to go, he'll be ready to go without restrictions and he should be in shape. If he were surprise announced in tonight, I'd strongly consider playing him with Lonzo out as he has massive upside when he gets minutes. If both LeBron and Rondo miss as expected, Brandon Ingram should take on more ball-handling and playmaking duties while Josh Hart would see a nice boost as well. Kyle Kuzma will continue to get up a ton of shots and be the number one option on offense with no LeBron. Lance Stephenson is always a risk considering how volatile his game and thus the minutes are, but he would certainly be worth a look as a punt.