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.
NOTE: I'm off to my nephew's basketball game tonight so I won't be updating the article as late as I normally like to. Please make sure you keep up with all the news yet to come out as there willbe a ton of it!
– John Wall is OUT
– Markieff Morris is OUT
NOTES: The Wiz put up a valiant effort last night against the Warriors, a game in which they rode Tomas Satoransky, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. for heavy minutes. Because of all the injuries, this bench – outside of Porter Jr., who plays starter minutes anyway – is awful and the Wiz keep riding these core guys in close, competitive games, which we like to see for fantasy. And it's a 3.5 point spread tonight against the Magic.
– Isaiah Briscoe is OUT
NOTES: Jerian Grant filled in for Briscoe last game and played 18 minutes off the bench. Aaron Gordon played just 25 minutes last game and was a -16 while on the court and it was Jonathon Simmons who picked up those extra minutes off the bench and played well. I'd expect that to be a one-off – Gordon should be fine to roster going forward and should be back around the 33 minutes he averages on the season.
– Dion Waiters is Q Dion Waiters is OUT
NOTES: Tyler Johnson started in place of Rodney McGruder last game and played 36 minutes while McGruder fell from the rotation. This is a Miami team in a bit of a rut right now, losing four of five and barely hanging on to the last playoff spot in the East, so it isn't surprising to see them making a move with their starting lineup. Waiters missed shootaround and is Q with a migraine. T. Johnson, especially if he starts again, is a very good play whether Waiters is in or not, but it obviously only helps him if Waiters misses. Dwyane Wade could see some extra minutes if Waiters is out while Josh Richardson has the highest minutes upside of any Heat player. I'd expect McGruder or even possibly Wayne Ellington to get minutes if Waiters is out. Lastly, if Waiters is available, he's certainly playable as a punt as his minutes have picked up recently off the bench.
I don't really know what to make of Hassan Whiteside's 32 minutes last game. If we knew he was going to play 32 minutes tonight against Zizic and the Cavs, we'd want him on every lineup, but it's just tough to know. If the "experiment" of playing him that many had worked and the Heat had won, I would feel better about his getting minutes like that again tonight, but, like I said, this is a struggling team right now and it looks like they're feeling around for some answers so…he's a fine GPP play, but honestly he could be anywhere between 18 and 35 minutes tonight.
– Tristan Thompson is OUT
– Larry Nance Jr. is PROBABLE
NOTES: I'd be surprised if Ante Zizic doesn't continue to start as he's played well and the Cavs have to try to match up with Whiteside. Coming off knee injury, I wouldn't expect Nance to return and play 35 minutes or anything like that. 18-25 seems about right to me. We'll want to check before tipoff if there's a minutes limit.
– Luke Kornet is OUT
– Emmanuel Mudiay is Q Mudiay is OUT
NOTES: This basically comes down to who starts for the Knicks at C. If Enes Kanter starts, I'll have lots of exposure in GPPs. If Mitchell Robinson starts, I'd expect Kanter to be back in the rotation as the backup and I'll have limited exposure in GPPs, unless I hear otherwise that Kanter is out of the rotation. In the end, I think Coach Fizdale knows he did him dirty last game by telling him he was going to start and then not playing him at all and I think some reconciliation minutes may be in order. Obviously, VERY risky, but there's plenty of upside there at $4700 on DK. If you'll be really upset if Kanter DNP-CDs, you shouldn't play him, but it's a risk I'm willing to take if the situation looks ok going in. If neither Robinson or Kanter starts, you absolutely can't play Kanter as their priority is getting Robinson minutes and they'll never play Robinson and Kanter together. Lastly, the Knicks played the Rockets last game and the Rockets are such an extreme outlier of a team with how small they play that they can force some weird lineups so we shouldn't just say that because Kanter didn't play last game he's automatically not playable today, unless we get some definite news.
Mudiay missed practice yesterday with a bum shoulder. If he can't go, the Knicks have some options. Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, or Allonzo Trier could all draw the start. I'd have interest in Trier no matter what as he's played 30+ minutes the last two games off the bench and gone off, while I'd have interest in Ntilikina or Burke as a punt if one of them draws the start.
EDIT: With Mudiay out, Trier becomes an excellent play whether he starts or comes off the bench while Ntilikina or Burke would be interesting if they drew the start instead.
– Spencer Dinwiddie is OUT
– Allen Crabbe is OUT
– Jared Dudley is OUT
NOTES: The injury to Dinwiddie just further solidifies the 32-33+ minutes for D'Angelo Russell plus upside all the way to 38-40 now, I think. Shabazz Napier has a great shot of seeing 20+ off the bench with additional playmaking duties since he doesn't have to share the ball with Dinwiddie and he makes for a good punt while Joe Harris and Treveon Graham have a decent shot of seeing 30 as well.
– Gallo is OUT
NOTES: The Clippers continue to start three guards with Gallo out and Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in particular continue to be maddeningly volatile in their production. The most likely scenario here is that Beverley and Avery Bradley continue to see mid-30's minutes while Lou Williams digs into SAG's time a little as he gets healthier. Tobias Harris gets a nice boost and is the guy I feel most confident in with Gallo out while Beverley or Lou Williams are my favorite guard plays for GPPs. Given the minutes, Avery Bradley isn't a bad stars-and-scrubs punt either. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench last game with Marcin Gortat starting. I'd expect that to be the case again here with Robin Lopez likely drawing the start for Chicago.
– Wendell Carter Jr. is OUT
– Jabari Parker is Q
NOTES: Parker missed last game and Chandler Hutchison played 33 minutes. The Bulls seem to like this guy and have given him 32+ minutes in three of the past four games. Robin Lopez started again last game but saw just 15 minutes with Bobby Portis playing 33 off the bench. I think there's a decent chance that RoLo mirrors minutes with Gortat (if he starts again, of course) and for Portis to match up against Harrell for most of the game, which would give Portis a decent shot at 28-30 mins with Harrell likely playing something similar.
EDIT: Bobby Portis is starting for Chicago. Would not be surprised if Harrell now starts for LAC as well.
NOTES: De'Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica missed last game and Yogi Ferrell and Marvin Bagley started. Ferrell will obviously move back to the bench with Fox returning, but I'd be somewhat surprised if Bagley didn't stick with the starting lineup as Bjelica was on his way out of the rotation anyway. Bagley is very interesting at his price on both sites if he draws the start again while Harry Giles would be a decent punt off the bench.
– Kyle Anderson is OUT
– Garrett Temple is PROBABLE
NOTES: The Grizz have lost 14 of 15 games and are looking to trade their main guys and start a rebuild. However, we had that news last game and the Grizz went out and played Marc Gasol 39 minutes, Mike Conley 36 minutes, and Temple 37 minutes so, at this point, they haven't necessarily moved into tanking territory. With these guys on the block (and JaMychal Green too), a trade could go down at any point so need to keep an eye on the situation. Justin Holiday has been underwhelming, but we gotta have interest after 38 and 40 minutes the past two games at just $4100 on DK and in a paced up spot against the Kings.
NOTES: Kawhi Leonard is back for this one, as is OG Anunoby. FVV takes a big hit and any value Norman Powell, CJ Miles, or Delon Wright had is gone. This is an extremely tough situation for Greg Monroe against the smallball Rockets as he's very slow and doesn't defend well in space, so I wouldn't be surprised if was a DNP-CD today and either Pascal Siakam or Serge Ibaka or both had big minutes games (or the Raptors could use Chris Boucher some instead).
– Chris Paul is OUT
– Clint Capela is OUT
NOTES: Kenneth Faried made his first start for the Rockets last game and played 26 minutes. He was a near must play in that one, but in this matchup and with the rising price, he's more of a decent-to-good play today. The Rockets played eight guys last game – but really basically seven as Gary Clark played just 9 minutes – so these guys are at least worth a look, especially a guy like PJ Tucker who is still staring at 38-42 minutes. Eric Gordon is clearly no longer on any sort of minutes restriction as he played 37 minutes.
– Cody Zeller is OUT
NOTES: It's still Bismack Biyombo starting. He'll occasionally throw up a serious dud, but he's a viable play at his price.
NOTES: Fun fact: Jeff Mans has a bigger vertical than Brook Lopez and yet somehow Lopez has 11 blocks over the past two games and has averaged 3.5 over his past eight…If only Mans were seven feet tall…
– Ish Smith is DOUBTFUL
– Andre Drummond is PROBABLE
NOTES: Drummond's return sends Zaza Pachulia to the bench and makes him unplayable while Blake Griffin no longer gets the usage and FPPM boost with Drummond out and the price is about as high as we'll see for him. Six consecutive games of 20+ minutes for Luke Kennard off the bench. He's been ice cold the past two but will find his stroke at some point and isn't a bad punt.
– JJ Barea is OUT
NOTES: The Mavs welcomed Dennis Smith Jr. back last game by playing him 37 minutes. Whether they are trying reconcile with DSJ or showcase him to interested teams (more the likely), they have plenty of reason to put him on the court and play him for the foreseeable future. I like him a lot at the price.
– DeAndre Ayton is OUT
– Tj Warren is OUT
– De'Anthony Melton is OUT
– Richaun Holmes is Q
NOTES: If Holmes is out, expect Dragan Bender to start again. This situation gets much easier for him having to match up against Plumlee instead of Jokic. I'm very interested in Elie Okobo here at min price with Melton out, especially if he starts. I think he'd still see garbage run if this blows out as well. Josh Jackson and Kelly Oubre Jr. both get significant boosts with Warren on the shelf. Jackson is a bit more volatile, but has plenty of upside, while Oubre has been consistently productive with upside as well. Holmes is certainly in play as a GPP punt if he's available while Bender would still see plenty of minutes with Quincy Acy likely falling from the rotation.
– Nik Jokic is OUT
NOTES: Jokic will serve a one-game suspension tonight. Assuming Mason Plumlee draws the start, he immediately becomes one of the top value plays on the slate (up there with Bayless if Rose and Teague both miss), while offensive-minded guys like Paul Millsap, Will Barton, Gary Harris, and Jamal Murray all become more interesting as well. Jokic being out gives the Suns a better chance to be competitive but they are still garbage, so this one could blowout anyway, which could give a guy like Trey Lyles some additional run. Torrey Craig continues to start played big minutes last game, but that was with Millsap playing just 18, and I'd expect Barton to eat into Craig's minutes going forward.
– Robert Covington is OUT
– Jeff Teague is Q
– Derrick Rose is Q
NOTES: Jerryd Bayless is a good punt if one of Rose or Teague plays but the other is out as neither would likely take on really big minutes. Bayless is a great play if both miss. If Bayless starts, both Andrew Wiggins and Josh Okogie would have massive minutes upside, while Jared Terrell would likely get some run off the bench. If one misses, Wiggins and Okogie should still play a ton. If both Teague and Rose play, Okogie especially would take a minutes hit while Bayless would be pretty much unplayable.
– Dante Exum is OUT
– Raul Neto is OUT
– Rudy Gobert is Q
NOTES: Ricky Rubio started last game but Donovan Mitchell still got up 25 shots and had six assists. As Rubio takes on more and more minutes, we'd assume that Rubio would eat into some of Mitchell's playmaking opportunities, but this is currently a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" situation and we should expect Mitchell domination until proven otherwise. Derrick Favors was ejected after just five minutes last game but should be back to his 22-24 tonight, and if Gobert misses, I'd expect him to get plenty of run at center with 30+ minute upside. Jae Crowder would likely slide to the four and play 32-33+ minutes while Joe Ingles in turn would have plenty of minutes upside as well with Crowder not playing many or any minutes at the three.