Adams is a late addition to the Thunder’s injury report and is listed as questionable for Friday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a lower left leg contusion. Adams was able to return to the game in Wednesday’s win, so it would be somewhat surprising if he’s unable to suit up for today’s contest. However, if he is unavailable, Nerlens Noel would instantly become of the top value options of the slate since he’d be the only true center on the Thunder’s active roster with Mike Muscala already ruled out and still in the concussion protocol.
Both players will be game-time decisions. Holmes’ absence would land Alex Len on the punt play radar – Len seemed to hop Harry Giles in the rotation yesterday but it’s possible Giles gets more involved with Holmes out. That’s still a very fluid situation. If Bazemore sits, we could see DaQuan Jefferies get more involved off the bench, but there won’t be any big winners from a DFS perspective.
Westbrook is still listed as questionable on the Rockets’ injury report, but according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the team is planning on being without their All-Star guard for Thursday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a right quad contusion. There was only one game prior to the Orlando restart where both Westbrook and Eric Gordon were inactive, and in that contests, Ben McLemore ended up receiving the start alongside James Harden in the backcourt, but he logged just 15 minutes while Austin Rivers came off the bench and saw nearly 33 minutes off of action.
Finney-Smith has been added to the Mavericks’ injury report and is now listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks due to a right hip injury, while Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry were already ruled out with their respective ailments. In Porzingis’ absence, Maxi Kleber is the overwhelming candidate to join the starting lineup, and he’s managed to record between at least 28 minutes as a starter in the four previous games Porzingis has been sidelined for rest, culminating in a stellar fantasy performance in just over 33 minutes of action in last Monday’s loss. On top of that, Kleber and Luka Doncic both own a minimum of a +1.3% increase in usage rate and are averaging at least +0.10 more fantasy points per minute with Porzingis, Curry, Jalen Brunson, and Dwight Powell off the court this season.
Rozier has been added the Hornets’ injury report and is now probable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to an illness, while Malik Monk remains sidelined as he serves a league-mandated suspension and is still out indefinitely. Rozier is coming off of a phenomenal fantasy performance in just under 44 minutes in Monday’s double-overtime loss, whereas Devonte’ Graham was nearly as effective and easily outperformed his salary-based expectations in 46 minutes of action. Rozier is still priced at a lower price point than Graham on daily fantasy sites, so he’ll remain a viable option in tournament formats on a six-game slate since he has a 23.9% usage rate, a 20.8% assist rate, and is averaging 0.93 DraftKings and 0.88 FanDuel points per minute on the season thus far.
Aldridge has officially been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Tuesday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks due to a strained right shoulder that has already forced him to miss six games, while Walker IV will miss a second straight contest with a left contusion and join Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl on the Spurs’ inactive list. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Aldridge, but even if he’s limited, he’ll almost certainly reclaim his usual starting center spot from Drew Eubanks, who actually had a serviceable fantasy outing in 22 minutes of action in Sunday’s loss. Even Aldridge likely back in the fold, DeMar DeRozan still benefits from Murray being off the court, as he owns a 29.4% usage rate, a 27.6% assist rate, and is averaging 1.27 DraftKings and 1.25 FanDuel points per minute in a 933.4 minutes sample size.
LeBron James (groin) plans to play Tuesday
Bledsoe has been listed as doubtful on the initial Bucks’ injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets due to a right knee effusion, while Hill will sit on the second leg of a back-to-back set because of a right adductor contusion that recently forced him to miss two games. There hasn’t been any confirmation on who will replace Bledsoe in the starting lineup if he’s unable to suit up, but Donte DiVincenzo has typically started at point guard whenever Bledsoe has been unavailable this season. Even though DiVincenzo didn’t see a substantial increase in playing time in those contests, the absence of Hill and any other true point guard on the roster outside of G-Leaguer Frank Mason should do nothing but increase his minute floor this evening. There isn’t a huge sample size with Bledsoe, Hill, and Giannis Antetokounmpo off the court at once this season, but other than Khris Middleton’s likely massive usage increase, DiVincenzo owns a 23.8% usage rate, a 20.7% assist rate, and is averaging 1.10 DraftKings and 1.05 FanDuel points per minute in this scenario.
Porzingis has been added to the Mavericks’ injury report and is now questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers due to a sprained right ankle, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will join Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson on the inactive list for tonight’s contest. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith are also listed as questionable, and in their recent absences, Curry and Courtney Lee ended up receiving the start at the wing positions, and Lee was actually relatively productive for fantasy purposes in just over 29 minutes in Friday’s blowout win. If Porzingis is unable to suit up, Luka Doncic becomes an even stronger option for all daily fantasy formats since he has a 39.9% usage rate, 41.3% assist rate, 15.3% rebound rate, and is averaging 1.69 DraftKings and 1.57 FanDuel points per minute in 376.4 minutes sample size with Porzingis and Dwight Powell off the court.
Drummond has officially been listed as probable for Sunday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs due to a strained left calf that has already forced him to miss three consecutive games, while Darius Garland will miss a fourth straight contest with a strained left groin. In his absence, Tristan Thompson returned to the Cavaliers starting lineup and was not limited in the slightest by the injury that kept him sidelined for three games, accruing just under 38 minutes in Saturday’s win, whereas all the other starters except for Matthew Dellavedova also logged at least 37 minutes of action in head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s depleted seven-man rotation. Collin Sexton and Kevin Love each own a minimum of a +2.1% increase in usage rate and are averaging at least +0.09 more fantasy points per minute with all of the injured Cavaliers off the court since the conclusion of the NBA trade deadline.
Young and Bembry have been listed as questionable on the Hawks’ initial injury report for Saturday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies due to the respective ailments that forced them to miss Friday’s loss, while Reddish is listed as probable with low back pain. In Young’s absence, Jeff Teague ended up receiving the start at the point guard position and was serviceable, albeit underwhelming, in just over 28 minutes of action, whereas Brandon Goodwin saw 10 minutes off the bench and Kevin Huerter assumed a lot of the point guard responsibilities in the first unit when Teague was off the floor. Ever since Teague was acquired from the Timberwolves in January, it’s been Reddish and Huerter that have benefited the most with Young off the court, as they each own a minimum of +4.2% increase in usage rate and are averaging at least +0.11 more fantasy points per minute over their normal numbers during this span.
Young has officially been downgraded from questionable and is now doubtful for Friday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards due to flu-like symptoms, while Bembry is also listed as doubtful with abdominal pain that has already forced him to miss six games. In Young’s absence, Jeff Teague will likely enter the starting lineup at point guard, but he’s had a less than ideal minute floor in recent games Young was sidelined, as Brandon Goodwin has consistently outplayed him when given the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. Ever since Teague was acquired from the Timberwolves in January, it’s been Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish that have benefited the most from a usage standpoint with Young off the court, as they own a minimum of a +4.8% increase in usage rate, whereas Huerter and Teague are averaging at least +0.12 more fantasy points per minute over their typical numbers over this span.
Arcidiacono has been added to the latest version of the Bulls’ injury report and is now listed as questionable for Friday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls due to right Achilles soreness, while Zach LaVine, Luke Kornet, and Chandler Hutchison remain sidelined with their respective ailments and are still without firm timetables for a return. Arcidiacono has seen his playing time greatly reduced with the return of Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen to the lineup, and only figures to see that role reduced as Porter and Markkanen work their way back into game shape and gradually have their current minute restrictions lifted. However, if he’‘s unable to suit up, there could be more playing time available at the guard and wing positions for the likes of Denzel Valentine and Shaq Harrison this evening.
Young has been added to the Hawks’ injury report and is now questionable for Friday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards due to flu-like symptoms, while DeAndre Bembry was downgraded from probable to questionable with abdominal pain that has already forced him to miss six games. Young has been a late addition to the injury report with an illness already several times this season, and he’s managed to play through the ailment more often than not thus far. However, if he’s unable to give it a go, Jeff Teague would likely enter the starting lineup at point guard, but he’s had a less than ideal minute floor in past games Young was sidelined, as Brandon Goodwin has consistently outplayed him off the bench when given the opportunity.
Tatum and Green have officially been listed as probable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward were listed out on the initial Celtics’ injury report and won’t play due to their respective ailments. Kemba Walker also didn’t travel with the team for tonight’s second leg of a back-to-back set, so there will be a substantial amount of usage available for Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Daniel Theis in the first unit, whereas Green, Grant Williams, and Romeo Langford are the leading candidates to replace Brown and Hayward in the starting lineup this evening. It should come as no surprise that Tatum massively benefits with Brown, Hayward, and Walker off the court this season, and he a 39.7% usage rate, 20.3% assist rate, 11.8% rebound rate, and is averaging 1.45 DraftKings and 1.38 FanDuel points per minute in a 295.9 minutes sample size.