Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Monday 10/31/16
It's the start of another week of fantasy hoops, and while the NBA DFS slate is shorter tonight with only four games, there are several injury-related value plays opening up that could help you be contrarian on this short slate.
Here are some of the most important injuries to know for the night.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre Jordan was forced to leave Sunday afternoon's game with the Utah Jazz briefly due to a sprained thumb, but he returned shortly after he was taken out and looked fine. He was taken for X-rays afterwards, but they came back negative. He does reportedly have some swelling in his thumb, but all signs point to his being ready for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns. However, double check his shootaround status to make sure before locking him into one of your Monday lineups.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets
Brook Lopez missed Saturday's game for rest. While there has been no official word on his status for tonight, one has to think he will be back on the court to face off against his brother and the Chicago Bulls. Coach Kenny Atkinson said that they will continue to rest Lopez from time to time this season, so he stands to be a frequent member of the injury report, even if he isn't injured and is just resting.
Greivis Vasquez, Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets' backcourt is pretty banged up right now, and it got worse over the weekend with Greivis Vasquez going down. Vasquez, Randy Foye, and Caris LeVert are all out tonight against the Bulls. Jeremy Lin will get all the minutes he can handle, while Joe Harris, Sean Kilpatrick, and Isaiah Whitehead should see a bump in playing time.
Mike Scott and Tiago Splitter, Atlanta Hawks
Mike Scott will miss at least the next four weeks while recovering from a non-surgical knee procedure, and Tiago Splitter looks like he could be in danger of missing another game for the Atlanta Hawks as well. Mike Muscala has played well off the Hawks' bench and has seen at least 21 minutes in Atlanta's first two games, while Kris Humphries saw 22 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. If Splitter is out again, these two stand to see the biggest boost on Monday.
Darrell Arthur, Denver Nuggets
Darrell Arthur looks like he could be set to make his season debut on Monday, which shakes up the Denver Nuggets' frontcourt a little bit. He is currently a game-time decision, but he went through shootaround and says he wants to play between 12 and 15 minutes. Kenneth Faried will likely see his minutes go down the most if Arthur suits up. Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic might play fewer minutes, but neither are going to take a big hit even if Arthur plays.
Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
Lucas Nogueira, Toronto Raptors
Lucas Nogueira will once again be out on Monday night for the Toronto Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas should see minutes well into the 30s against this big Nuggets frontcourt, while rookie Jakob Poeltl might see some run off the bench. Poeltl had 7 points and 7 rebounds in only 11 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, and he could be in line for more minutes, especially if Valanciunas gets into foul trouble.