Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Wednesday 11/9/16
If you've been waiting for a wild night of NBA DFS injuries with late-breaking news and value flying around everywhere, tonight may be your night.
There are 11 games on the slate and multiple question marks that could lead to a fast-paced night before rosters lock. Here is what you should know.
George Hill, Utah Jazz
George Hill missed the Utah Jazz's last game with a thumb injury, and he missed shootaround on Wednesday, making him look more doubtful than questionable tonight. If Hill misses, Shelvin Mack will become a value target tonight, while Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward will be expected to pick up the slack offensively.
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Another question mark on tonight's slate is Jonas Valanciunas, who is a game-time decision with a knee injury. The big man is going to see how he feels before the game, so we truly might not know his status until after rosters lock. However, if he misses, Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira will have to pick up minutes and make sure they stay out of foul trouble.
John Wall, Washington Wizards
John Wall is not injured, and he went through shootaround this morning, but he also could be suspended from tonight's game after getting two technicals and ejected in Washington's game on Monday. It doesn't seem likely, but it could create some value for the Washington Wizards in DFS if the league does suspend him.
Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have some problems tonight, as they may be without Evan Fournier, who is listed as questionable with lower back pain. If he can't play, it gives a boost to a lot of Magic players, most notably Mario Hezonja, and could lead to guys like Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic being asked to do more on offense.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
I was super pumped about going to see Joel Embiid in Indianapolis tonight, but the Philadelphia 76ers are playing it safe with Embiid, and he will sit out tonight. Jahlil Okafor will get the start, but he is still limited to just 24 minutes. That leaves Ersan Ilyasova and Dario Saric to play the remaining minutes at center, and both could be worthwhile targets in DFS tonight.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been enjoying a solid season so far, but the young swingman is also dealing with a sore lower back. Coach Steve Clifford said that he expects Kidd-Gilchrist to start, but make sure you double check his status tonight. Luckily, the Charlotte Hornets play early and you should know his status prior to roster lock
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu will miss tonight's game after leaving last night's game with a calf injury. The Portland Trail Blazers' frontcourt rotations are hard to predict, but the biggest winners might be Ed Davis or Noah Vonleh. The problem is choosing between the two of them. It might come down to who starts in Aminu's place.
Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns
Tyson Chandler missed last night for personal reasons, and there has yet to be any word on his status for the Phoenix Suns' game tonight against the Detroit Pistons. Alex Len was underwhelming in his start last night in just 17 minutes, but now against the Pistons, the Suns might be forced to play Len more to match up with Andre Drummond. However, Len is a risky DFS option regardless.
Tony Parker and Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs will be getting back Danny Green tonight, but they will still be without Tony Parker. With Green's return it eliminates Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson from the DFS discussion, but without Parker, Patty Mills will once again be a target for value seekers.
Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks
Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki will both be out again on Wednesday, and without them, Jose Juan Barea, Harrison Barnes, and Wesley Matthews all deserve a bump and a look in DFS tonight in an uptempo battle with the Golden State Warriors.
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks
Finally, Kyle Korver is officially a game-time decision tonight after missing Tuesday because the birth of his son. Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore were the ones to step up last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they could be nice contrarian options if Korver is out again.