As expected, Leonard won’t play in Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back set against the Indiana Pacers due to injury recovery of a sore left knee, while Green, Landry Shamet, and Rodney McGruder were all ruled out with their respective ailments. McGruder received the starting nod on the wing the last time Leonard was unavailable, so Terance Mann appears to be the likeliest candidate to start if head coach Doc Rivers doesn’t choose to roll with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell together in the starting unit, as he’s done on occasion in the past. Ever since Paul George made his season debut, he, Harrell, and Williams have all seen a minimum of a +2.8% usage rate increase and are averaging at least +0.16 more fantasy points per minute over there season averages with Leonard off the court.
Aron Baynes (calf) likely to play Monday, but will be on a minute restriction
Evans is currently considered doubtful to be able to play this week. He pulled his hamstring in the Bucs’ last game and is reportedly at risk of missing the rest of the season.
Smart has been added to the Celtics’ injury report and is now questionable for Monday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to an eye infection, while Hayward went through shootaround and intends to play after missing a month with a fractured left hand. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Hayward thus far, so he’ll presumably be close to a full-go in tonight’s contests and has a solid chance to rejoin the Celtics starting lineup regardless of Smart’s availability. Barring an unforeseen limitation, Hayward will virtually be a “free square” on DraftKings, where he is mistakenly priced, as he owns a 22.9% usage rate, 20.2% assist rate, and is averaging 1.16 DraftKings and 1.11 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
Brogdon confirmed with reporters at Pacers’ shootaround that he will play in Monday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing one game due to a sore right hand. In his absence, Aaron Holiday received the start at point guard in Saturday’s win, and he was serviceable for fantasy purposes in 28 minutes of action. There haven’t been inclinations that Brogdon will be limited in any way, so he’ll almost certainly reclaim his usual starting job and send Holiday back to a reserve role where he typically is allotted minutes in the mid-teens on a nightly basis. Brogdon escaped any egregious pricing errors across the daily fantasy sites, but he still remains fairly priced considering he has a 26.8% usage rate, 36.5% assist rate, and is averaging 1.21 DraftKings and 1.16 FanDuel points this season.
Tate suffered a mild MCL sprain, an injury that is not considered serious. His status for this upcoming week has not been confirmed, but it sounds like he has a good chance to play.
Penny suffered what is considered a serious knee injury. Chris Carson remains the top back, while C.J. Prosise is expected to fill the number 2 RB role.
The Colts are placing kicker Adam Vinatieri on injured reserve. He has said he hopes to play next season, but that will depend on his ability to heal.
Andrews’ knee injury is considered minor, meaning he could play this week for the Ravens. His participation in practice Wednesday will give us more information.
Wiggins and Teague will both be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers after previously being considered game-time decisions, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Napier were also previously cleared to play. With Wiggins unavailable for Friday’s overtime loss, Teague ended up receiving the starting nod at point guard, and he was phenomenal from both real-life and fantasy perspectives in 40 minutes of action. However, there haven’t been any reports of minute restrictions for Teague or Wiggins, so Teague will head back to the bench to resume a reserve role that had kept him to 28 or fewer minutes in each of the Timberwolves’ previous two games.
As expected, Towns and Napier have been upgraded from probable and will be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, while Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague remain game-time decisions due to their respective ailments. Towns had an injury designation heading into Friday’s overtime loss, but he still managed to log 37 minutes in that contest, so he should be considered a full-go barring an unforeseen in-game setback. Following a stellar start to the season, Towns has gone through a bit of a lull for fantasy purposes recently, but he is still averaging 1.59 DraftKings and 1.54 FanDuel points per minute to go along with a 28.2% usage rate on the year.
Rondo has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a strained left hamstring. Rondo didn’t return to the game after halftime of Friday’s win, which enabled Quinn Cook to enter the rotation and log 10 total minutes from the end of the third quarter through garbage time. There could be some fantasy impact from Rondo’s absence if head coach Frank Vogel opts to condense the backcourt rotation to just Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels off the bench, but the more likely scenario is that Cook absorbs a large portion of the minutes that would have been allocated to Rondo this evening.
Joseph has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks despite dealing with a sore lower back, while Bagley will remain sidelined as he recovers from a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. For the most part, Joseph has been logging substantial minutes as the Kings starting point guard with De’Aaron Fox sidelined, as he’s seen at least 32 minutes in five of the Kings’ previous seven games. In fact, Joseph managed to log 38 inefficient minutes in Friday’s overtime loss despite originally being listed as questionable with the aforementioned back ailment, so he should be considered a full-go in tonight’s contest barring an in-game setback.
Thybulle has officially been upgraded from questionable and will be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors despite dealing with a sprained right ankle, while Joel Embiid will return from a one-game absence for injury recovery management. Thybulle was one of the first players off the bench in Saturday’s massive blowout win, but he was limited to just nine minutes before exiting with his aforementioned ailment. He was replaced by Trey Burke, who went on to log 27 minutes and was apart of the bench unit that played the entire fourth quarter in garbage time. Head coach Brett Brown hasn’t been shy about playing Burke alongside Ben Simmons in the regular rotation, so there’s a possibility that he may still cut into some of Thybulle’s playing time, even if he isn’t hampered by his ailing ankle.
Head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Green play in Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards after missing two games due to a tailbone contusion, while Patrick Patterson was already ruled out because of back spasms. Patterson was allotted 26 minutes in the first game with Green sidelined, but in Friday’s blowout loss, he saw just seven minutes off the bench in the first half with Mfiondu Kabengale and the other Clippers fringe rotation players logging nearing a full quarter of garbage time run. Assuming Green isn’t limited, he should have the opportunity to absorb a large majority of the available backup power forward minutes, and he is currently averaging 0.88 DraftKings and 0.84 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
FantasyDraft strives to put players first, with a mission to “provide a fun and fair experience for all.” To this end, the site has a well-built, easy-to-use interface and a the first of its kind in offering “Rake-Free” fantasy contests.Learn More
Are you a DFS player who wants to get into sports betting?
If you have access to New Jersey sports betting, then use our DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and our FanDuel Sportsbook promo code to get the best bonuses in the NJ industry.
Those who can take advantage of PA online sports betting should use our SugarHouse PA promo code to get the best sports betting bonus in Pennsylvania.
If you don't yet have access to an online sportsbook, check out Monkey Knife Fight, a prop betting platform available in 31 states. Use our Monkey Knife Fight promo code to get a fantastic bonus.