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.

Notable Injuries

Chicago Bulls

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.

Denver Nuggets

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.

Boston Celtics

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

Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch on Monday, but it appears he is ready to play on Wednesday. Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson are no longer in play if Leonard suits up.

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

Thaddeus Young is out again for the Indiana Pacers, which should mean we get another start from Lavoy Allen.

Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers

Iman Shumpert is also out tonight due to an ankle injury. With him out on Wednesday, DeAndre Liggins and Kyle Korver should both see expanded workloads against the Pacers.

Lesser Injuries

Brooklyn Nets

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

Joakim Noah looks like he is going to miss a few more games. If he's out tonight, look for Kyle O'Quinn and Guillermo Hernangomez to cover the center spot for the New York Knicks tonight.

Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors

Patrick Patterson did not play Monday, and we have yet to hear about his status for tonight. If he doesn't play, Lucas Nogueira is still a viable target tonight for the Toronto Raptors.

Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves

Kris Dunn went through practice on Tuesday, but there haven't been any updates on his status for tonight. If he plays, Tyus Jones's value will likely take the biggest hit.

Dragan Bender, Phoenix Suns

Dragan Bender will have to undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday, and he will likely be out for the rest of the season. Marquese Chriss is still a viable DFS target going forward.