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.
– Robert Covington is OUT
– Jeff Teague is Q
– Luol Deng is Q
Notes: Covington is apparently close to returning to action. Tyus Jones has filled in as the starter with Teague out the past two games and has been great in 31 and 37 minutes. He'd be a strong value again if Teague misses another one, especially on DK at $4500. The Wolves appear unwilling to push Derrick Rose, even with the injury to Teague, and on a back-to-back after 27 minutes last night, he's unlikely to see more than mid-20s minutes tonight, but could see even less than that.
– Domantas Sabonis is OUT
– Tyreke Evans is Q
Notes: One thing to note is that even though Sabonis missed last game, Myles Turner and Kyle O'Quinn only combined for 42 center minutes, with Turner playing 31 of them. Thad Young and Turner both have a great shot of seeing 30+ minutes, but the minutes for KOQ don't appear secure. Evans's injury opens the door for more minutes for Cory Joseph, who saw 32 off the bench last night with Evans out.
– EDIT: Kevin Durant is OUT, Andre Iguodala is OUT – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, and Draymond Green will all have to pick up the slack with Durant out. I especially like Cousins out of this group, but they all are very good plays tonight. I'd expect Alfonso Mckinnie and Jonas Jerebko to see an uptick in minutes. Whoever starts is the preferred value play there.
Notes: DeMarcus Cousins missed last night's game for rest but should be back in the lineup tonight. Boogie's minutes and fantasy game are heading in the right direction as he saw a season-high 31 minutes last game and has 46.5 and 51.75 DK points in his past two. Draymond Green was saddled with foul trouble for much of last night's game against the Heat and was limited to just 22 minutes but he should bounce back tonight against the Magic. Kevon Looney started in place of Cousins last game and did little in 13 minutes. He's basically unplayable with Cousins back and playing more minutes now.
– Isaiah Briscoe is DOUBTFUL
Notes: Briscoe was playing very well before his concussion, occasionally even taking the lion's share of the minutes from DJ Augustin. With Briscoe out these past two games, Augustin has seen 27 and 30 minutes. It's clear the Magic don't like Jerian Grant (the current backup) as much as Briscoe and the minutes floor for Augustin is likely higher until Briscoe returns, which makes him a strong value at just $4500 on DK and $4800 on FD.
– Tristan Thompson is OUT
Notes: Thompson is nearing a return but is not quite there. Kevin Love bumped up to 28 minutes last game and he hasn't played since Monday so he should be fresh here and ready to take on close to or even get up to 30 minutes. He's a fantasy monster with upward trending minutes in a great matchup against the Knicks. Very much in play today. The Cavs love Cedi Osman, and even though they're healthier than they have been in a long time, he's led the team in minutes the past three games with 32, 32, and 34 and is just $4900 on DK and $5200 on FD.
– DeAndre Jordan is OUT
– Mario Hezonja is OUT
– Frank Ntilikina is OUT
Notes: Mitchell Robinson has been an absolute beast over the past two games with Jordan out scoring 45 and 54 DK points, but the price has also skyrocketed to $6400 on DK and $7400 on FD. After Robinson, it's very tough to predict the rest of this frontcourt rotation as Henry Ellenson is now in the mix along with Luke Kornet and Noah Vonleh. Ellenson could be in favor now, however, so he's not the worst GPP punt in the world tonight after seeing 36 minutes last game. Dennis Smith Jr. and Emmanuel Mudiay are battling for minutes and it's looking like whoever is playing well on any given night is going to get them. Both are risky GPP plays at the moment. The Knicks also used John Jenkins in their rotation last game for 23 minutes so that hurts Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson's values. It's a great matchup today against the Cavs, but very little is safe and predictable in this rotation right now.
– Hassan Whiteside is OUT
– James Johnson is OUT
Notes: With Whiteside out, Bam Adebayo is way too cheap and is an obvious must play in cash and a very tough fade in tournaments. Kelly Olynyk also sees a very nice boost to his minutes floor with the Heat thin in the frontcourt and is a strong play. Derrick Jones Jr. has a decent shot of seeing 20+ minutes as well off the bench. Justise Winslow returned from injury last night, started, and played 31 minutes. As the Heat get healthier in the backcourt, the minutes floor for Dion Waiters goes down as he's no longer guaranteed to see 30+ minutes. Keep an eye on the status of Goran Dragic on a back-to-back after playing 20 minutes last night. If he's out, it would likely help Waiters the most, though Rodney McGruder could steal some of those minutes as well.
– Kenneth Faried is Q Faried is DOUBTFUL
– Iman Shumpert is Q Shumpert is OUT
Eric Gordon is OUT – Bump to Gerald Green and Austin Rivers.
Notes: Faried came off the bench last night and left after just eight minutes with a hip injury. We also saw Clint Capela explode for 23 points and 17 boards. Faried is a very strong rebounder and is good around the basket, so there could easily be some correlation there between Capela going off with Faried not on the court with him. There's a decent shot Faried misses tonight and Capela is a very strong GPP play on DK especially at just $6700. If Shumpert is out, it only helps Gerald Green's minutes upside off the bench (and maybe Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers a little as well) as the Rockets generally run a very tight rotation.
– Joel Embiid is OUT
– Boban Marjanovic is OUT
Notes: That's the top two centers on the depth chart for the Sixers out tonight and the Thunder use a legit center in Steven Adams for 30+ minutes a night. The Sixers have Jonah Bolden, Amir Johnson, and a kid named Justin Patton who they just recalled from the G-League as their bigs. Bolden is tough to trust but he's probably the best bet from the Sixers as there's very little chance Johnson plays more than 20 minutes (and that's being generous). Bolden's run probably depends on if the Sixers use Patton and for how much time if he does get in the game. I just can't imagine the Sixers trying to use a very undersized Mike Scott or Tobias Harris on Adams or Nerlens Noel. Bolden is probably the best bet for value here while Adams, a guy we don't normally think to target, should have his way in the paint against this undermanned Sixers group of bigs.
– Edit: Paul George is OUT – Russell Westbrook will carry a HUGE load for the Thunder tonight. He has a high floor and massive upside. Markieff Morris could pick up the start and makes for an interesting punt while Dennis Schroder, the team's third leading scorer, could take on a bigger role with more usage and minutes as well. George is such a huge part of this offense that every regular player including guys like Jerami Grant, Steven Adams, and Terrance Ferguson should have some additional opportunity on the offensive end, though it's going to be Russ's show for sure.
Notes: As mentioned above, the Sixers are very thin in the frontcourt and will likely be forced to use third-stringers to defend Steven Adams (and Nerlens Noel). This is one of the better spots this year to target Adams, a guy not on our radar all that often.
– Dante Exum is OUT
– Ricky Rubio is Q Rubio is OUT – With both Rubio and Neto out, Mitchell will slide to the point and should approach 40 minutes of high-usage play. Either Royce O'Neale or Kyle Korver will likely draw the start and both should see an uptick in minutes.
– Raul Neto is OUT
Notes: Rubio left last night's game early with a tight hamstring. If he's out tonight, expect Raul Neto to start in his place and for Donovan Mitchell to take on more ball handling and playmaking duties. Point-Mitchell has a 35.3% usage rate and averages 1.24 FPPM when not on the court with Rubio compared to a 29% usage rate and 1.03 FPPM on the season when they're on the court together.
– Trey Lyles is OUT
Notes: Paul Millsap has turned back the clock and been very impressive the past four games. The absence of Lyles, his direct backup, could be helping both his minutes floor and minutes upside during this stretch. Millsap is priced way up on FD at $8400 but he's still just $6600 on DK. With the backcourt healthy and crowded, Will Barton and Jamal Murray continue to have the best shot of seeing 30+ minutes from night to night (though that's not guaranteed), especially as Gary Harris is still battling Malik Beasley for minutes at shooting guard.