We are in 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 in 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: Steven Adams is still a GTD and OKC is first game on the slate. Make sure you're paying attention to the news and are set up to get Nerlens Noel in your lineups if Adams sits.
–Ian Mahinmi is Q Mahinmi is PROBABLE
–Sam Dekker is Q Dekker is PROBABLE
NOTES: Both Mahinmi and Dekker missed last game and Thomas Bryant played 31 minutes. Bryant averages 1.07 FPPM on the season so the only issue has been minutes. If both Mahinmi and Dekker are out again, he'll have a path to those 30 minutes again, especially with the Cavs using a true center in Zizic.
I've mentioned this in other writeups, but the Wiz are an underappreciated fantasy asset right now because they're playing their main guys so many minutes. On any given night – after Bradley Beal, who is consistently very good – one or two others of Tomas Satoransky, Trevor Ariza, Otto Porter Jr., and Jeff Green are crushing their salaries. These guys are worth sprinkling on your GPP teams. At this point, (after Beal, of course), I'd rank them Sato, Ariza, Green, and Porter, but, really, it could be any one of them. It's also a nice spot here against the Cavs.
– Tristan Thompson is OUT
NOTES: Ante Zizic hasn't flashed much upside, but he's been very solid and is getting consistent minutes. Not a bad cash option if he fits well salary-wise on your team. Larry Nance Jr. has seen just 21 and 17 minutes since returning from injury. It's discouraging that he actually saw fewer minutes in the second game back. Cedi Osman had one of his better games last time out and saw 39 minutes as the starting power forward. Clearly Osman isn't going to play 39 minutes most nights, so I'd expect at least 20 for Nance, but at over 5k salary on both sites, it's tough to get there right now with him. He's got plenty of upside, but there's no indication that the minutes are coming.
One thing to note is that this last game against the Bulls, a competitive one, the Cavs tried to win and used their starters for heavy minutes. If you think this Cavs game stays close, they're playing a team in the Wiz where we know where the minutes are coming from, so a game stack is a very low owned play where you can probably get 6-7 guys who are going to play 30+ minutes, with upside into the mid-to-upper 30s.
– Steven Adams is Q
NOTES: Big news here. Adams is, from what I can see, legitimately Q. If he misses, Nerlens Noel would likely start in his place and have a solid path to 25-30 minutes (or more). Noel has tremendous upside at the price.
NOTES: Wesley Iwundu has been dropped from the rotation and that's now 39 and 40 minutes for Aaron Gordon the past two games. The Ma
– Malcolm Brogdon is PROBABLE Brogdon is OUT
-Sterling Brown is DOUBTFUL
NOTES: Brogdon is probable, but if he were to miss, it would be George Hill, Sterling Brown, and/or Tony Snell likely picking up extra minutes, and none of them would be very interesting punts, especially on a day with lots of good value.
EDIT: Ok this got at least a little more interesting with Brogdon out and Brown doubtful. Hill, Snell, and Pat Connaughton are all in the mix while Eric Bledsoe could take on a few more minutes. Bledsoe is a guy who generally doesn't play big minutes so even if he picks up a few more to say 33-35, that's a pretty big deal and gives me a touch more interest in him as a low owned play.
– Ish Smith is OUT
– Reggie Bullock is DOUBTFUL Bullock has been upgraded to Q
NOTES: That's a lot of minutes to go around with Bullock likely out. Would expect Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson to be the main beneficiaries. Could also see an uptick in minutes for Bruce Brown and/or Langston Galloway. Johnson can be a maddening player to roster, but he probably has the most upside of this crew at $3200 on DK. It's been a while, but we've seen some big games out of him before.
– Wendell Carter Jr. is OUT
– Chandler Hutchinson is OUT
NOTES: Hutchinson missed last game as well and Wayne Seldon entered the starting lineup, played 38 minutes, and scored 32 DK points. If Seldon is announced as the starter again, he immediately becomes a very interesting play. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis have both had the opportunity to start since Carter Jr. went down and it was RoLo who got the start last game and produced over 30 fantasy points. Whoever draws the start in this one is the preferred play in this good matchup for bigs.
– Jared Dudley is OUT
–Allen Crabbe is OUT
– Spencer Dinwiddie is OUT
NOTES: Treveon Graham missed yesterday but is expected back for this one. It shouldn't affect the rotation too much except that Mitchell Creek, who saw 19 minutes last game, will likely be dropped from the rotation for this one. That's two games in a row where De'Angelo Russell played just 24 minutes. I can't imagine that lasting. I think Shabazz Napier is a decent play but I felt better about him yesterday when I knew he was going to be lower owned. Minutes for this Brooklyn group that goes ten deep will continue to be somewhat unpredictable going forward.
– Anthony Davis is OUT
– Julius Randle is OUT
– Nik Mirotic is OUT
– E'Twaun Moore is OUT
NOTES: Wow, lot going on here. Obviously, this is a great situation for Jahlil Okafor in that all these other big guys are out and the Rockets are undersized and a horrible rebounding team, but it's also a terrible situation in that he's going to be tested defending in space. He's a good play, but I also don't hate the pivot to Chieck Diallo, who is more mobile and athletic, and at least on the surface is a better fit for this type of game. We should see a ton of Darius Miller and Solomon Hill at the forward spots while Jrue Holiday and Elfrid Payton will lead the offense. Frank Jackson is looking like the best guard option off the bench right now. There's a decent chance of a blowout in this one so correlating your plays appropriately is a good idea. (ex. – if you think this blows out, Diallo and Jackson together makes a lot of sense). But if it doesn't blow out, you'll probably want three or four of these main guys on your team as they're cheap, and if they kept it close, it meant they played well and saw a ton of minutes.
– Clint Capela is OUT
NOTES: That's now 38 and 36 minutes for Kenneth Faried the past two games and, outside of foul trouble, those minutes appear safe for the time being. Chris Paul is expected to play around 30 minutes in this one.
– DeAndre Ayton is OUT
-TJ Warren is OUT
– DeAndre Melton is OUT
NOTES: Richaun Holmes will start at C tonight. Holmes is kind of like Montrezl Harrell in that he's a bit undersized as a center but he has a great motor. He makes for a strong play tonight. Josh Jackson has been starting in place of TJ Warren while Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. have also been getting plenty of minutes. The Suns are truly a horrible team and I don't envision this being close tonight so I wouldn't look to get too much exposure on the road against San Antonio.
– DeMar DeRozan is OUT
NOTES: Smash spot for LaMarcus Aldridge with DeRozan out. Pau Gasol started last game but I wouldn't expect him to start here against this small Suns team. The Spurs have plenty of ways to fill DeRozan's minutes, but this main rotation right now consists of Forbes – White – Gay – LMA – Bertans – Mills – Belinelli and all of them are viable plays, but outside of LMA, it's tough to pinpoint any one player that stands out.
NOTES: Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Wilson Chandler are expected back for this one which pushes Corey Brewer to the bench. Probably best to stick with considering the starters and TJ McConnell off the bench with the Sixers healthy.
– Kyle Kuzma is OUT
– LeBron James is OUT
–Lonzo Ball is OUT
NOTES: Michael Beasley is starting for Kuz and is an excellent value play with tons of upside. Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram will both be relied on for big minutes and playmaking, while Lance Stephenson is an interesting (and volatile) punt off the bench. KCP also has some minutes upside in this one. Josh Hart played 17 minutes last game before leaving with an injury but is expected back for this one.