David Njoku is active today, along with TE Stephen Carlson, giving the Browns four active TEs. Austin Hooper will be the top option of the group, Njoku and Harrison Bryant will also get some passing game work, while Carlson should be expected to mainly be a special teams player.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire reportedly will not play today, taking a step further the earlier reports that he was unlikely to play. His status should be confirmed when inactives are released 90 minutes before kickoff, but for now the assumption should be the Edwards-Helaire misses another week.
Tre’Quan Smith was activated Saturday off of IR, making him eligible to play on Sunday. The Saints are finally getting healthy at WR after a season full of injuries at the position. It will be worth confirming tomorrow that Smith is actually active for the game, but that seems like the plan, barring a setback.
Mark Ingram will reportedly be a healthy inactive tonight for the Ravens, meaning Justice Hill will work as the third RB. Ingram was also inactive last week, so this news is not surprising at all. It appears that Ingram will be a healthy inactive the rest of the season, barring an injury to a RB ahead of him on the depth chart.
Bullock has officially been upgraded from questionable and is now listed as probable on the Knicks’ injury report for Friday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a sore right hip that has already forced him to miss two games. The Knicks will still be without Alec Burks and Frank Ntilikina because of their respective ailments, but Bullock’s likely return will provide some depth at the wing positions and may even cut into Austin Rivers’ playing time at the shooting guard spot as he’s started and logged at least 34 minutes of action in each of the previous two contests. However, head coach Tom Thibodeau continues to play his starters heavy minutes, so it’ll be interesting to see how Bullock and rookie Obi Toppin are implemented back into the rotation over the next few games.
Despite originally being listed as probable on the Hornets’ injury report, Hayward is now listed as doubtful for Thursday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to a strained left hip. In his absence, Miles Bridges or one of the Martin twins are the likeliest candidates to join the starting lineup at small forward unless head coach James Borrego finally fully embraces his three-guard lineup by inserting LaMelo Ball into the first unit alongside Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham in tonight’s contest. However, either way, Ball should have a higher minute floor than normal and becomes an intriguing option for daily fantasy formats across the industry this evening.
Despite still being listed as questionable on the Timberwolves’ injury report, head coach Ryan Saunders confirmed that he expects Towns and Okogie to play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies barring any setbacks during shootaround and pregame warmups. Towns has admitted that his dislocated wrist isn’t fully healed, but he showed no ill effects in his return to the court by logging 37 minutes of action in Saturday’s loss. Ed Davis was the odd man out of the frontcourt rotation in that contest, while Naz Reid and Jarred Vanderbilt combined for roughly 28 minutes filling in at the backup center spot and even playing alongside Towns at the power forward position for certain stretches of the game.
Despite being listed out on the Knicks’ original injury report, Toppin has been upgraded to probable and appears to be on track to play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets after missing all but one game this season due to a strained right calf. The newly-signed Taj Gibson will be available to make his season debut in tonight’s contest, but his exact role in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotations remains unclear, and Toppin likely finds himself first in line for playing time off the bench at the frontcourt positions given the premium of his draft capital over the fall. Toppin saw 23 minutes as a reserve in his lone game of the year, and if he logs anywhere near that in his return, it’s likely Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and possibly even Julius Randle, who’s among the league leaders in minutes played, see a reduction in playing time this evening.
Wall is still technically listed as questionable on the Rockets’ injury report, but head coach Stephen Silas confirmed with reporters that he is likely to play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers barring some kind of setback during pregame warmups. Silas wasn’t as sure about Eric Gordon, who remains questionable with lower left leg tightness, and a decision will be made on his status once he tests out the injury in a pregame workout. If Gordon is unable to suit up, Ben McLemore, David Nwaba, and Sterling Brown would pick up the slack on the wing, but there’s been speculation of DeMarcus Cousins playing more minutes alongside Christian Wood in the frontcourt, and a matchup with large Lakers squad might be the perfect spot for Silas to test out those new lineup combinations.
Oladipo has been listed as questionable on the Pacers’ initial injury report for Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors due to right knee injury management. However, Oladipo has yet to play in the second leg of a back-to-back since sustaining a season-ending injury during the 2019 season, so appears highly unlikely to suit up for tonight’s contest. If this is the case, Aaron Holiday would likely rejoin the starting lineup and start alongside his brother, Justin Holiday, on the wing, while Edmond Sumner would be a candidate to receive playing time in the second unit with T.J. McConnell still away from the team as he tends to a personal matter.
Simmons and Embiid have both been listed as probable on the Sixers’ initial injury report for Tuesday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to their respective nagging ailments. This means the Sixers are on track to get Simmons back into the lineup following a two-game absence, but they are still down to just 10 available players and will continue to be without the services of Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Shake Milton, and Matisse Thybulle in tonight’s contest. Tyrese Maxey will more than likely start in the backcourt alongside Simmons, but he still appears to be the most impacted by Simmons presence in the starting lineup since he’ll spend much less time on the ball from an offensive creation standpoint, which does limit his floor and ceiling at an elevated price tag across the daily fantasy industry.
Ennis was originally expected to sit on the second leg of a back-to-back, but he’s officially been listed as questionable on the Magic’s injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to right hamstring injury management. Meanwhile, Evan Fournier will miss his sixth consecutive game, so Dwayne Bacon will continue to start alongside Cole Anthony in the backcourt, and if Ennis is unable to suit up, Aaron Gordon will likely slide up to the small forward position and allow Gary Clark to receive the start at the four this evening.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is officially active tonight, and he should continue to be the third WR option for the Browns, with Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins the only other consistently used options at the position.