Next Man Up: Daily NBA Injury Report – February 10
February 10, 2016 | Matt Terelle
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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.
Kings at 76ers
Doubtful: Ben McLemore.
Questionable: Nik Stauskas, Richaun Holmes.
Fantasy Spin: McLemore seems unlikely to play as he’s still dealing with a wrist injury. The Kings will probably let him rest so he can use the All-Star break to get better. Marco Belinelli should draw a sixth straight start at shooting guard for the Kings. He’s been productive over his last five games while starting for McLemore, averaging 33.8 minutes, 13.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals. For Philadelphia, Stauskas left Monday’s game with a neck injury. Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington could both see some extra run tonight if Stauskas is unable to play. This is a situation to take advantage from a daily perspective as the Kings are not strong against opposing shooting guards.
Spurs at Magic
Questionable: Tim Duncan, Tobias Harris.
Fantasy Spin: Duncan is still listed as questionable, but it would be a big surprise if he suited up tonight with the All-Star break on the horizon. San Antonio’s rotations can be tricky to predict, but David West has been starting in place of Duncan since the injury. He’s a steady player with a limited ceiling. For the Magic, Harris is still dealing with injuries to his ankle and eye. Harris appeared to be close to playing on Monday night as he did warm up on the court pregame, so there’s a good chance he’s able to return to action tonight. If he is out, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier would be the main beneficiaries. Both were excellent on Monday night against the Hawks. Gordon contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds while Fournier scored 16 points and chipped in three rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Nuggets at Pistons
Out: Darrell Arthur, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Doubtful: Jameer Nelson.
Fantasy Spin: The Nuggets will likely keep Nelson on the sidelines as he struggles through a wrist injury. Emmanuel Mudiay has been consistently seeing minutes in the 30s over the past week. He can be inconsistent, but he’s also shown some nice upside. As a starting point guard at his price point across the industry he needs to be taken into consideration when making lineups. On the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope will miss his fourth consecutive game. His primary fill-in, rookie Stanley Johnson, is in a great spot tonight against a Denver defense that cannot stop opposing shooting guards. Johnson is coming off a disappointing performance in his last game, but should bounce back nicely tonight.
Hawks at Bulls
Out: Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic, Tiago Splitter.
Fantasy Spin: The shooting guard situation for the Bulls is unchanged as Jimmy Butler is expected to miss the next four weeks with a knee injury. Continue to target E’Twaun Moore in your daily lineups. He’s averaging 34.8 minutes and 13.8 points over his last four games, yet his price hasn’t risen enough to reflect this. Take advantage of the savings while you can.
Jazz at Pelicans
Out: Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon.
Doubtful: Trey Burke.
Fantasy Spin: Burke is still struggling through what must be a bad case of the flu. Raul Neto remains the team’s main option at the point and he should see all the minutes he can handle yet tonight. He fouled out of last night’s game in just 18 minutes of action, but he should be in line to play in the mid-30s tonight as long as he can stay on the floor. For New Orleans, Tyreke Evans’ season could be over, so continue to look toward Norris Cole as a strong value option. Bryce Dejean-Jones has played just 32 minutes over his last two games, so he can be considered nothing more than a tournament punt at this point.
Raptors at Timberwolves
Out: James Johnson.
Doubtful: Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic.
Questionable: Kevin Martin.
Fantasy Spin: With James Johnson still working through an ankle injury, Terrence Ross remains a strong value option for tonight. He’s still rather cheap across the industry and has been scoring the ball rather well over his last four games. He’s averaging 14.5 points on 52.3% shooting while playing 28.3 minutes over that span. The injury situation for Minnesota has remained the same over the last week or so. With both Garnett and Pekovic out, Gorgui Dieng is a great option at center. His price has crept up, but he’s still proving he is more than capable of outperforming his salary. He’s had five double-doubles in his last six games.
Warriors at Suns
Out: Brandon Knight, Ronnie Price.
Fantasy Spin: Archie Goodwin has bounced back from two slow games at the end of January. In his last four games he’s averaged 40.5 minutes, 18.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists. His salary is still reasonable, especially considering his output as of late. The Warriors are tough defensively, but Stephen Curry can be exploited by opposing point guards. This game should be high-scoring and fast-paced. Goodwin is going to be busy tonight as his team attempts to keep up with the high-flying Warriors.
Rockets at Trailblazers
Doubtful: Terrence Jones.
Fantasy Spin: Jones has been upgraded from “out” to “doubtful”, but it would be a surprise if he plays tonight. Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza can both be upgraded as a result. Ariza has been playing really well as of late, averaging 36.0 minutes, 14.4 points, and 5.2 rebounds over his last five games. He should be safe in both cash and tournaments. Brewer isn’t as safe of a play, but he’s still seeing over 28 minutes per game over his last five. He’s also much cheaper than Ariza and can be viewed as a cap-saving tournament option.