Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Wednesday 2/8/17
Nights like Wednesday in NBA DFS can get a little dicey. However, you can limit your risk exposure by staying versed on the injuries of the day.
With 12 games on the slate, there are a ton of injuries, both once that we know of and some we're still waiting word on. Either way, here is a rundown of all the major and minor injuries and question marks to get you started.
Jimmy Butler has been ruled out again for the Chicago Bulls, meaning Michael Carter-Williams could see another start tonight. Dwyane Wade also showed up on the injury report due to being sick. If he can't go tonight, the Bulls are in big trouble against the Golden State Warriors. The team could lean more heavily on Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson, but the Warriors are now 16.5-point favorites with the news, so this is looking more like a situation to avoid on both sides.
With Danilo Gallinari still out, the Denver Nuggets will have to give big minutes to Wilson Chandler, Will Barton and Gary Harris tonight. Emmanuel Mudiay is also still out, which should lead to bumps for Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray. Kenneth Faried is also slated to return tonight, so he should be in play tonight as well.
Avery Bradley is out for the entire four-game road trip for the Boston Celtics, so look for Jaylen Brown to continue to soak up most of Bradley's minutes. Jonas Jerebko broke his nose on Sunday, but he says he expects to play.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul, so he is suspended tonight for the Sacramento Kings. Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos will take over most of Cousins' minutes and are both strong value options on Wednesday. Anthony Tolliver stands to see some more minutes, as well, while Darren Collison might have a very high usage rate tonight.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson has been away from the team over the last few days due to the death of his grandfather, but he has rejoined the Warriors. He will presumably be back in the starting lineup tonight. Also, David West and Zaza Pachulia are still out tonight.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid will not play tonight or Thursday, so look for Jahlil Okafor to be the Philadelphia 76ers' starting center. Nerlens Noel gets a bump, as well. Richaun Holmes is also questionable tonight, which could increase the workload a bit for both Noel and Okafor.
Dion Waiters, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters sprained his ankle earlier in the week, and he is doubtful tonight. That will push some usage over to Tyler Johnson, and it should give Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder more minutes, too. James Johnson is also a candidate to get a few more shots.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton will make his season debut tonight, and while he'll be on a minutes limit, his return does a lot of good for the Milwaukee Bucks. Fantasy-wise, it could take some usage away from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker once Middleton starts seeing normal minutes. Tony Snell could see most of his minutes disappear with Middleton back.
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers
Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers
Caris LeVert looks to be good to go tonight, which could limit Sean Kilpatrick's and Joe Harris' roles. Along with that, Quincy Acy will not play tonight for the Brooklyn Nets, which should lead to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Justin Hamilton getting some more minutes. Trevor Booker should also see a bump.
Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies
Vince Carter is getting the night off to rest his 40 year-old legs before Friday's game against the Warriors. Look for James Ennis to get more run while Tony Allen could see some more minutes, as well.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans
Tyreke Evans has played limited minutes since his return to action, but he is also dealing with an ankle injury that has him listed as doubtful tonight for the New Orleans Pelicans. This should give both Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore a bump, but it's a tough matchup against the Utah Jazz.
Joakim Noah, New York Knicks
Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors
Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves
Dragan Bender, Phoenix Suns