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.
– Lonzo Ball is OUT
– Josh Hart is OUT
– Mike Muscala is Q
– Tyson Chandler is Q Chandler is OUT
NOTES: The Lakers played Philly last game, a team that presents a unique dilemma for opposing teams with their addition of Tobias Harris. The Sixers are an incredibly difficult – and big – matchup now and the Lakers elected to use Rajon Rondo off the bench and to start LeBron James – Reggie Bullock – Brandon Ingram – Kyle Kuzma – JaVale McGee. I'd expect Rondo back in the starting lineup and for him to bounce back against the Hawks, but we'll have to wait for confirmation on that. Bullock may not see as many minutes this game if that's the case. It's wait and see as to what starting lineup the Lakers roll out there. McGee now has a clearer path to minutes with Zubac out of the picture, but there's always the chance the Lakers go small for a decent chunk of the game, so the minutes aren't necessarily guaranteed. Still a strong play though.
– Jeremy Lin is OUT
– Jaylen Adams is Q Adams is OUT
NOTES: Lin was recently bought out by the Hawks and will join the Raptors. With Lin and his 20 MPG out of the picture, the only PGs on the team are Trae Young and Adams (who is Q). Whether Adams plays or not, Young should have a great shot of seeing over 30 minutes a night going forward, something that hasn't happened in four games. Kevin Huerter and/or Kent Bazemore also stand to see a slight uptick in minutes, especially if Adams is out. The role that Adams plays – if any – remains to be seen in the coming games. If he doesn't make the rotation, it's great news for these other Hawks guards.
EDIT: I really like the possibility of minutes upside for Young tonight with the Hawks not having another PG on the roster.
– Derrick White is OUT
NOTES: The Spurs miss White a whole heck of a lot. He's their best perimeter defender by a mile and, since he went down four games ago, opponents have averaged 130 PPG against them. LaMarcus Aldridge started out as probable on the last injury report but was later downgraded to doubtful and missed last game against the Jazz. He's not listed at all today and I expect him to play, but there's always the chance that could change as we approach lock, so something to keep an eye on. Davis Bertans has started these past four games with White out and he makes for a strong value play. Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills are also in play off the Spurs bench as well. Lastly, the Spurs have been largely embarrased the past four games and Pop isn't one to just stand by and watch it happen, so a shakeup in the lineup is never out of the question.
– Kyle Anderson is OUT
– Jonas Valanciunas is Q JoVal is IN
– Mike Conley is Q Conley is OUT
NOTES: Valanciunas has yet to make his Grizzlies debut, apparently because of some immigration paperwork, and we don't yet know if he'll play tonight. Ivan Rabb has been starting at C with Joakim Noah flashing upside off the bench. Once Valanciunas becomes available, it will get a little crowded in the Grizzlies frontcourt with Rabb, Noah, Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson available and all likely to play. Avery Bradley, Delon Wright, and CJ Miles made their debuts last game with Bradley starting and playing 25 minutes, Wright 23, and Miles 21. Wright is still by far my favorite play from the bunch but it doesn't appear he'll be taking on big minutes anytime soon. The days of Justin Holiday playing 40 minutes are likely over the influx of new players on the wing.
EDIT: Conley just showed up on the injury report with an illness. If he can't go, huge bump for Wright, while Bradley, Holiday, and Miles would become more playable as well. Wright would clearly be the best play, though.
EDIT: JoVal is immediately playable in GPPs. Risky because he hasn't played in a long time, but he can also throw up some big lines in limited minutes. What happens with the other bigs will just depend on how Memphis uses their rotation. My guess is that they would use JoVal/Noah at the five and Rabb/Jackson at the four, but it remains to be seen how they approach it.
– Mo Bamba is OUT
– Wesley Iwundu is Q
NOTES: Iwundu has worked his way back into the rotation since Jonathon Simmons left, playing around 18 minutes a night. If he can't go, Jonathan Isaac, Evan Fournier, and Terrence Ross would all likely take on few more minutes. Khem Birch has taken on Bamba's backup center minutes and is seeing around 15-17 minutes a night. He's an active player, but just not seeing quite enough time with Vuc in front of him to make him rosterable.
– Elf Payton is Q Payton is OUT
NOTES: Payton is truly Q for this one. His presence would hurt the value of Frank Jackson and make Tim Frazier totally unplayable. Kenrich Williams is apparently going nowhere as he continues to play high-30s minutes, even with the Pelicans getting healthy. I'd have to think that Stanley Johnson will eat into that time at some point as the Pelicans are entering a rebuild situation and they'll look to see what they have in him. For the time being though, he appears to be perfectly rosterable on DK at $4900. Julius Randle off the bench caps his minutes upside somewhat, but he's still going to see 30+ minutes most nights and has plenty of upside while not having to share the ball as much with Brow and Holiday.
EDIT: Jahlil Okafor and E'twaun Moore are starting for the Pelicans tonight along with Holiday, Williams, and Brow. It's going to be tough for Williams to hit those 35+ minutes that he's been getting with the Pelicans so much healthier but he could still have a good game in 28-32 on DK at $4900.
– Kyrie Irving is OUT
– Aron Baynes is OUT
NOTES: Same old, same old when Kyrie is out. Terry Rozier will step in and start while Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward should see an uptick in minutes and become better plays. Hayward has burned some people in the past in this situation but it looks like his game is coming around a little bit. Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart are of course all rosterable as well and stand to take on some additional opprtunity with a usage-monster in Kyrie out. Daniel Theis continues to see 16-20 minutes off the bench with Baynes out and is an ok punt.
NOTES: This is currently looking like a situation for the Sixers where, on most nights, when the Sixers are healthy, all five starters will be rosterable while it will be tough to use anyone from the bench.
– Dante Exum is OUT
NOTES: Jae Crowder started the second half in place of Derrick Favors last game. We'll want to keep an eye on if he draws the start here as that would improve his minutes upside at just $4400 on DK and $4500 on FD.
– Draymond Green is Q
– Andre Iguodala is Q
NOTES: If Green can't go, Jonas Jerebko would possibly draw the start, and if he did, he'd have a decent shot at 20+ minutes. He'd be a fine punt at just $3300 on DK if he starts. Kevon Looney could see some additional time as well. Alfonso McKinnie would likely pick up some minutes off the bench if Iggy can't play. If Iggy doesn't play, it would also give Jerebko a better chance to finish the game if both Dray and Iggy miss. If Dray misses and Iggy plays, Iggy becomes an interesting play as well (he would then be the one to finish a reasonably close game).