Daily Fantasy Basketball Injuries and Updates for 3/9/16
In daily fantasy basketball, every edge matters.
One of the easiest ways to find an edge is to understand what happens to a team when injuries occur. Who stands to benefit? Who might struggle as a result? That's all vital information during the lineup-building process.
What should you know about tonight's slate of games? Let's break it down.
As always, you should make sure to double-check our NBA Player News page before finalizing your lineup.
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Mike Conley has already been ruled out while teammate Zach Randolph is listed as doubtful for tonight for Memphis. They both sat Monday, and players like Mario Chalmers, Tony Allen, and JaMychal Green all saw a significant increase in production. Allen returned from an injury for an impressive 26 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Meanwhile, Green produced a full line with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with 6 assists and 4 steals. Chalmers played a game-high 41 minutes where he totaled 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Don't expect another 26 points out of Allen, but he will still be very valuable in the other categories. If Randolph and Conley sit out again, all three Chalmers, Allen, and Green will have great opportunities to pay for themselves and then some. However, Matt Barnes is expected to play, so temper expectations for the value picks somewhat.
Dion Waiters is taking a leave from the Thunder to be with his family in the result of his brother passing away. It's obviously unfortunate news for the guard out of Syracuse. While Waiters is away from the Thunder, Randy Foye will likely see more minutes and see more shots comes his way as well.
Nerlens Noel is playing while Jahlil Okafor will sit out again. Jerami Grant takes a big hit in value, as Noel will take over some of his playing time. It's probably smart to stay cautious with Philadelphia and stay away from both Noel and Grant tonight while we wait and see what they do with their minutes.
The To-Be-Determined List
Norris Cole will be a game-time call tonight for the Pelicans' game in Charlotte. Cole was questionable to play last game but ended up seeing 40 minutes of court time. Surprisingly enough, playing 40 minutes didn't fix his back. So he enters tonight with a familiar questionable tag that could end up giving Toney Douglas and Jrue Holiday a lot of extended minutes tonight. Douglas could turn out to be a great value play because he is costing you just about minimum prices.
Rodney Hood has been listed as questionable for Utah as they travel to take on Golden State. Hood missing will probably not propel any backup into a viable role but will likely increase the usage of the rest of the starters. The Warriors like to play fast, so there should be more than average possessions for the Jazz. If he sits out, it will give a slight bump to the likes of Joe Ingles, Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack.
As always, make sure to check our player news section for the latest notes and updates from around the league. Good luck tonight!