Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Wednesday 10/26/16
Welcome back to another exciting season of fantasy hoops! Opening night was fantastic for DFS and hoops fans alike, but if Tuesday was the appetizer, Wednesday is the main course.
There are 10 games on tonight's slate and a ton of meaningful injuries -- both old and new -- that you'll need to take into account tonight when making your DFS rosters. Some big names like Nerlens Noel, Chandler Parsons and Reggie Jackson are all out for tonight's games, which will have big impacts on other players who will be seeing an uptick in minutes and usage.
Let's take a look.
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel will be out for the next three to five weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery on the same knee he hurt in college, which kept him out of his would-be rookie season. Along with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor both being on minutes restrictions for tonight's game against the Thunder, the once deep Sixers' frontcourt is looking quite thin tonight. Dario Saric is expected to start and probably play big minutes, while Robert Covington and Jerami Grant will both likely see their minutes go up.
Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons is progressing well from offseason knee surgery, but he will be out tonight. The Grizzlies have been playing it safe with their big offseason investment, but without him and Tony Allen on opening night, there is an assortment of players that could be in for larger roles. Vince Carter and Troy Daniels should see time sharing the shooting guard duties, while James Ennis should see extra playing time, as well. However, none of these punt options are too attractive in a game versus the Wolves' defense. Expect Mike Conley and Marc Gasol to see the biggest bumps in usage with the injuries.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson had surgery on his thumb on October 10th, so he will be out for at least the first few weeks of the regular season. In his place will be Ishmael Smith, who performed pretty well in the preseason and will likely receive heavy minutes on Wednesday against the Raptors. The bigger question is, who else will step up offensively on the road in Toronto? According to NBA Wowy, when Jackson was off the court last season, Andre Drummond's usage rate went from 25.9% to 28.0%, so Smith and Drummond may each see a boost in value.
Gary Harris and Darrell Arthur, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris and Darrell Arthur have both been ruled out for tonight, which leaves some extra minutes to go around in Denver. Will Barton will start in place of Harris and is a very good option in DFS. He played well in the preseason, but so did Jamal Murray and Wilson Chandler, who will both also see their minutes go up tonight with Harris out.
Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets' frontcourt is a mess right now, but we do have a better idea of what it might look like. Despite having a broken finger, Marvin Williams will likely start. However, Frank Kaminsky has already been ruled out, Cody Zeller will likely be on a minutes limit as he has not played at all in the preseason. Roy Hibbert stands to get a few more minutes tonight with Zeller limited, and Spencer Hawes should also see his role increase off the bench.
Randy Foye, Brooklyn Nets
Randy Foye is set to miss Wednesday's opener against the Celtics, which could lead to Bojan Bogdanovic entering the starting lineup. Coach Kenny Atkinson is reportedly considering either Bogdanovic or Joe Harris as starters on Wednesday.
Jared Sullinger, Toronto Raptors
Jared Sullinger will miss the first few months of the season after having a screw inserted into his foot. Patrick Patterson is the likely candidate to replace him in the starting lineup, but there is a chance that rookie Pascal Siakam plays an expanded role while Sullinger is out.
Devin Harris and Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks
Devin Harris has already been ruled out for tonight, while JJ Barea looks set to play in Wednesday's opener. Without Harris, the Mavs might lean more heavily on Deron Williams and could give some extra minutes to Seth Curry tonight. Neither of them are extremely attractive in DFS though.
Bismack Biyombo, Orlando Magic
Bismack Biyombo isn't hurt, but he is serving a one-game suspension on Wednesday. Nikola Vucevic should stand to see the largest bump while Serge Ibaka should also see his minutes go up some. Ibaka is a fantastic DFS play this evening at only $4,800 on FanDuel.
Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings
The same goes for Darren Collison who is also serving a suspension tonight. Collison's is for the first eight games of the season. Without their starting point guard against the Suns, the Kings will likely go with Ty Lawson at the one spot, but it is hard to trust him for DFS purposes.