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Welcome to Next Man Up, where we will take a look at the injury situation around the NBA and which players stand to benefit from those injuries. We will be examining the most DFS relevant injuries here and the fantasy spin associated with those injuries. Please note, some games on each night’s slate will not be included if there are no injury situations worth monitoring. As you know, a player’s injury status can change rapidly, so be sure to check for news before lineups lock.
Out: Brandon Knight.
Questionable: Spencer Hawes.
Fantasy Spin: Knight is nearing a return from a groin injury that has held him out of 16 straight games, but he’s not ready just yet. While he is out, keep targeting Ronnie Price as a great value option at the point guard position. Price has now started four straight games for the Suns, scoring double-digit points in all of those contests and chipping in seven steals over that same span. The Hornets have tightened up their defense against point guards considerably over the past 10 games, but Price is still too good a value to pass up. Former fill-in point guard Archie Goodwin appears to have fallen out of favor in Phoenix, having been benched in favor of Price and playing just 42 minutes over the past two games.
Out: Chris Bosh, Nikola Mirotic, Jimmy Butler.
Probable: Derrick Rose.
Fantasy Spin: Derrick Rose is expected to return to action tonight after a three-game absence, but he did say he will likely see limited minutes. That keeps E’Twaun Moore and, to a lesser extend, Tony Snell, in the conversation for your daily lineups tonight. Moore has played well over his past four games, averaging 32.5 minutes, 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists over that span. He is a better play on FanDuel as his price is a little more palatable over there. For the Heat, Bosh is likely out for the season. Hopefully you took advantage of Luol Deng a week or so ago as his price has come up to reflect his production as of late. He’s still a strong option as he’s flourished while playing power forward for the Heat in Bosh’s absence.
Questionable: Arron Afflalo, Louis Amundson.
Probable: Meyers Leonard.
Fantasy Spin: Afflalo’s knee injury doesn’t appear to be serious in nature, but there’s a chance he’s held out tonight in a precautionary move. If he is unable to play, Langston Galloway is the guy to target as a value play. At a sub-$4,300 salary on both DraftKings and FanDuel, he should have no trouble hitting value this evening. Not normally a high-volume scorer, the nice thing about Galloway is he contributes stats across all the categories. He was productive in place of Afflalo on Sunday, playing 35 minutes and contributing seven points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals. The Trailblazers are in the top-12 in the league in fantasy points allowing to opposing shooting guards.
Questionable: Evan Fournier.
Fantasy Spin: The Magic were without Fournier on Sunday with Mario Hezonja starting in his place against Philadelphia. The rookie paid off for anyone plugging him in DFS lineups, scoring 13 points in 27 minutes. He also added two rebounds and three assists. At near-minimum pricing, he is a good bet to exceed value if he sees another start tonight.
Questionable: Stephen Curry, Kris Humphries.
Fantasy Spin: Curry is dealing with an ankle injury and could be held out of tonight’s game as the Warriors can afford to rest him. If he is unable to play, Shaun Livingston would likely get the start. He would be an excellent value against a Wizards team that is very average against opposing point guards in what is expected to be a high-scoring game.
Out: Kobe Bryant.
Questionable: Wayne Ellington.
Fantasy Spin: Ellington is suspected to have a concussion, so don’t expect him to return tonight. Markel Brown and Bojan Bogdanovic should both be called upon to see increased roles in his place. Bogdanovic is expected to start, but Brown should see somewhere around 25 minutes. Both can be considered excellent value plays against a Lakers defense that is not good against shooting guards. For the Lakers, Bryant will not play, so expect D’Angelo Russell to remain in the starting lineup at point guard while Jordan Clarkson plays off the ball. Russell has put together a nice streak, scoring in double digits in three of his past four games and nine of his last 11. Brooklyn is one of the worst team in the league when it comes to limiting opposing guards, so upgrade the outlooks for Russell, Clarkson, and Lou Williams tonight.