Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Monday 12/5/16
A new week of NBA DFS action is upon us, and we're gifted with a Monday slate that's 11 games deep, but has a ton of question marks because of injury. Tonight's roster lock is going to be a wild one, so strap in because there could be more injury news coming.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is active, but it looks like his foot was in pain enough to where team doctors sent him to get x-rays. Despite those coming back clean, his recent nicks and bruises are cause for at least a little concern with regard to his DFS value.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams sprained his ankle on Sunday and Enes Kanter ended up winning some people a lot of money. The Oklahoma City Thunder now have to play on no rest against the Atlanta Hawks. If Adams is ruled out, Kanter will be a popular and very intriguing target.
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic has already been ruled out, so Kenneth Faried can once again be a target. Jusuf Nurkic also gets a slight bump, but he concerns me since he'll be guarding Joel Embiid to start the game. He has been fouling a lot less this year, though, with just 2.8 fouls per-36 minutes.
Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets
Trevor Ariza has been dealing with back spasms, which has his status up in the air. Sam Dekker has received some run at the three and is an excellent value target if Ariza sits. Dekker is averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes over his last 3 games.
George Hill, Utah Jazz
Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls
In funnier I told you so news, Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Monday's game due to conduct detrimental to the team. He had what Adrian Wojnarowski reported as a "heated exchange," with a Chicago Bulls assistant. Awesome. Expect Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler to benefit from this, while Jerian Grant and Isaiah Canaan are fine value targets.
Al Farouq Aminu, Portland Trailblazers
It's the return of The Chief on Monday, as Al-Farouq Aminu will make his return after missing nearly a month with a calf strain. He probably won't play his full allotment of minutes, which just throws an already convoluted Portland Trail Blazers frontcourt into more disarray. Stay at least 10 feet away from the Blazers not named Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker missed a game over the weekend that saw both Manu Ginobili and Patrick Mills benefit from his absence. The San Antonio Spurs have yet to give an update on Parker for Monday, so assume he is questionable.
Seth Curry, Dallas Mavericks
Trevor Booker, Brooklyn Nets
This regularly scheduled Memphis Grizzlies injury report is brought to you by the Nasty Nine. However, the Grizzlies did sign Toney Douglas, so they might have to rethink the nickname for their shortened rotation if he is playing tonight. What's more important, though, is Douglas' signing might hurt Troy Daniels' value.
The Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with some issues. Joel Embiid will be back, but Jahlil Okafor is questionable, while Robert Covington and Jerryd Bayless will be out. If Okafor sits on the sideline, Richaun Holmes could see some extra run, while Covington being out has led to a rebirth of Dario Saric's fantasy value. Ersan Ilyasova is also a prime target in this suddenly fantasy-rich Sixers team.
Los Angeles Lakers
With two starting guards already missing, the Los Angeles Lakers will be without Jose Calderon for the next 2-4 weeks. Louis Williams went for 40 points over the weekend, but he will likely still come off the bench with Jordan Clarkson. Brandon Ingram has played a ton of minutes lately and will likely have to continue that. We could also have a Marcelo Huertas sighting.
Larry Nance Jr. is also questionable after not playing on Saturday. Along with Ingram playing more, Luol Deng got 36 minutes in L.A.'s last game, while Tarik Black chipped in 15 minutes. Expect those two to get a bump if Nance is out again because it seems like Luke Walton doesn't want to play Julius Randle more than 30 minutes per game.