Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Friday 3/31/17
With 11 games on the NBA DFS slate for Friday, there are tons of injury situations we need to sift through before tip off. Here is a list of all the known ailments players are dealing at the moment.
JaMychal Green is also out again, while Andrew Harrison is listed as questionable. Harrison's potential absence could give even more minutes to Mike Conley as well as Troy Daniels off the bench. In the frontcourt, Brandan Wright and Zach Randolph should be good plays without Gasol and Green.
George Hill, Derrick Favors and Raul Neto will not play on Friday for the Utah Jazz, which leaves some room for value against the Washington Wizards. Dante Exum started at point guard on Wednesday without those three, but it was Shelvin Mack who ended as the better fantasy option. Look for Boris Diaw and Joe Ingles to also get a bump without Favors.
Will Barton has now been downgraded to doubtful for tonight's game after initially saying he'd play. The Denver Nuggets will have Mason Plumlee active, but assuming Barton now misses the game, look for Danilo Gallinari to have some extra appeal, along with Jamal Murray.
Not only will the Philadelphia 76ers have a lot of inactives tonight, they will also be without Robert Covington, who is sitting out on Friday and again on Sunday. This should improve the value of Justin Anderson, Timothe Luwawu and Nik Stauskas.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic will once again not have Jeff Green for tonight's game, and they could be in danger of also missing Aaron Gordon. It looks like he'll come down to a game-time decision, but if he has to sit, the Magic could be forced to play very small and bring a guy like Damjan Rudez into the DFS conversation tonight.
New York Knicks
Both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are questionable for Friday night and Lance Thomas is listed as out in the New York Knicks' game notes. If Rose and Anthony don't play, Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas would probably be the two best value plays for New York, with Kristaps Porzingis getting a lot of shots.
Taj Gibson, Oklahoma City Thunder
Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons
The Sacramento Kings are sitting out more players on Friday, with Kosta Koufos being the most important name on the list. Without Koufos, look for Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis to gain some extra appeal.
Salah Mejri, Dallas Mavericks
Nene Hilario, Houston Rockets
Nene Hilario has yet to play in back-to-back games this season, so he is probably out tonight for the Houston Rockets. However, Montrezl Harrell is expected to be back after missing Tuesday and Thursday due to the birth of his child. Harrell will likely slide into the backup center role without Nene and he could also see some minutes at power forward, making him an interesting tournament option.
Michael Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Beasley will make his return for the Milwaukee Bucks tonight after missing 17 games with a knee injury. However, after missing so much time, don't expect him to play a huge role tonight against the Pistons.