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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: Marc Gasol, Brandan Wright, Mo Williams.
Doubtful: Chris Andersen.
Questionable: Tony Allen.
Fantasy Spin: With Chris Andersen the latest Memphis center to go down due to injury, it stands to reason that JaMychal Green will see another chance to start. Green did put up a few useful performances before his starting gig was taken over by Andersen. He should be in line to play a huge role tonight for a Grizzlies team that is thin in the frontcourt. Lance Stephenson also needs to be considered as he continues to play well for his new team. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 22.6 minutes, 12.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.
Questionable: C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey.
Playing: Tim Duncan, Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge.
Fantasy Spin: The Spurs sat Duncan, Green, and Aldridge on Saturday. All three will be active for tonight, so feel free to use them as you normally would. For the Pacers, Stuckey is dealing with an illness, so his status probably won’t be known until closer to tip-off. Newly signed Ty Lawson could be in for a big role in his first game on the Pacers with Monta Ellis also seeing extra playing time. Unfortunately, Lawson is not available on FanDuel or DraftKings. Ellis’ additional opportunity will be offset by a difficult matchup against a San Antonio defense that locks down opposing shooting guards.
Out: Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans.
Questionable: Seth Curry, Kosta Koufos, Norris Cole.
Probable: Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay.
Fantasy Spin: Look for Rondo and Gay to be available tonight as they’ve played through probable tags the past few games now. For New Orleans, Cole is being called a game-time decision with a back injury. If he were to miss, it would create an issue for an already thin Pelicans backcourt as Eric Gordon has been lost for the season with a broken finger. Jrue Holiday is already moving back into the starting lineup, but he had already been playing heavy minutes, so his fantasy outlook doesn’t change. Toney Douglas would likely be the team’s starter at shooting guard if Cole is out. Douglas would make a cheap cost-saving option for tournaments tonight against a Kings defense that is weak against shooting guards.
Out: Michael Carter-Williams, John Henson, Greivis Vasquez.
Probable: Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson.
Fantasy Spin: The Bucks have lost Carter-Williams for the remainder of the season as he was found to have a torn labrum in his hip that will require surgery. Look for Jerryd Bayless to continue to play a big role off the bench for the Bucks. He has played 32 minutes or more in three of the past four games. Don’t mind the fact that O.J. Mayo continues to start at the point, Bayless is the Milwaukee point guard to target here. The Bulls are in the top-10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards, so Bayless should be able to do some damage tonight.
Out: Blake Griffin, Luc Mbah a Moute.
Fantasy Spin: The Clippers will be without Mbah a Moute’s services for a another game as he’s dealing with an eye injury. Jeff Green made the start at power forward in the Clippers’ last game, posting 14 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes of work. Not eye-popping stats, but the heavy workload is encouraging. He will have a favorable matchup against Dirk Nowitzki this evening.
Questionable: Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut.
Probable: Victor Oladipo.
Fantasy Spin: Not many issues for Orlando, other that the fact Oladipo should be available after missing the game on Saturday. For Golden State, Green is dealing with an illness so be sure to check back closer to tip-off for his availability. Harrison Barnes should be a strong value play this evening if Green and/or Iguodala are out. Barnes is coming off of a disappointing five-point outing last night, but he should be able to bounce back against a Magic defense that is very average against small forwards. The entire Warriors team was out-of-sync in that game. Expect them to bounce back in a big way against Orlando.