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Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury News and Updates for FanDuel and DraftKings - 3/9/16

Welcome to the daily updates and injury news article. We'll try and update it right up to line-up locks with as much information as comes across our desks. Let's get to it!

Last night's picks can be found here, so you can wrap your mind around what you need to be looking at before lineups lock tonight.

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What We Know

Mario Chalmers is starting again with Conley out
He played 41 minutes and paid 7x points per dollar in his last start, so it felt relevant to mention. I love Chalmers in all formats.

Nerlens Noel is back, Jahlil Okafor is still out
All this means is that we get to stop recommending Jerami Grant, who never quite turned in the huge performance we were hoping for with the Sixers mixing both of their big men. I won't play Noel - the minutes are too speculative - and this also (mostly) kills Grant's value outside of a home-run big tournament play.

Dion Waiters is out
The only issue is, he doesn't really do anything even when he actually plays. This will free up a lot of minutes to go to someone like Randy Foye, but that makes him an interesting big tournament play at best. Nothing relevant to double-ups, here.

What We're Waiting to Know

Will Hassan Whiteside recover from the NBA flu?
Does anyone get "stomach illnesses" more than NBA players? I say no. I wasn't planning on playing Whiteside tonight, but if he does miss the game, it should affect a lot of what the Heat do. We can't totally use the last game he missed as a great indicator as to what will happen if he misses tonight since Dwyane Wade also missed the game, but it's worth noting that Luol Deng and Justise Winslow both played huge (and effective) minutes in his absence, and Josh McRoberts got 30 minutes off the bench. Gerald Green also played big minutes in that game, but that was almost certainly a result of Wade's absence. It's a good match-up with the Bucks, so I'm definitely looking at a number of Heat guys if Whiteside's bellyache keeps him out here.

Update: It's been revealed that Whiteside will play, and our projections reflect that currently.

Norris Cole's status
Cole played 40 minutes on Monday, and is now listed as questionable with lower back problems. This creates total chaos in New Orleans, as the Pelicans are already without Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, and Bryce Dejean-Jones. Cole's absence would mean an incredible amount of Jrue Holiday, and a ton of run for Toney Douglas. Douglas had some solid games as a min-priced starter earlier this season, and the team is more depleted now than it was then. If he's going to play 30+ minutes, he's a very solid play.

Zach Randolph is doubtful, Matt Barnes likely to play
Injury sites are saying that Barnes and Randolph missed just to "rest," but both have nagging injuries they're nursing as well. If they miss this one it opens up another slate where 50/50s and double-ups are going to be stuffed to the gills with stray Grizzlies like Tony Allen, Vince Carter, and Jamychal Green.

Update: Zach Randolph is being listed as doubtful right now, which would leave JaMychal Green as the main show in town at the power forward position tonight. I'd also expect Matt Barnes to get some increased run out there as well, as he's played the 4 in a pinch in the Grizzlies' smaller lineups this season. Green is a phenomenal play once again.

Will Jared Sullinger play tonight?
Sullinger was released from the hospital with his skin infection (YUCK), and Brad Stevens said he's hopeful to have him available against the Grizzlies tonight. Sullinger's been playing increased minutes recently, and his absence would leave 28-31 minutes to redistribute among the other Celtics bigs. It'd likely mean a big boost in playing time to Amir Johnson, especially if Kelly Olynyk misses yet another game. I'd keep my eye out and see who was named the starter, and play him.

Rodney Hood's status
Hood is being listed as questionable, and reports are that he might get a day of rest on the 2nd half of a back to back. If Hood winds up sitting, I'm not sure I love any of the guys who could replace him in the starting lineup. Chris Johnson, Joe Ingles - these guys haven't been especially inspiring on a per-minute basis this season. It does give slight usage boosts (roughly 10% each) to Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, though, and in a fast paced match-up it could make either more viable.

The "Every Lineup" Guys

Here are the players that wind up in each of the top 10 lineups produced by our lineup optimizer.

Mario Chalmers - FD 5300 DK 5200
Opponent - BOS
FD Proj. Pts - 30.85 DK Proj. Pts - 32.21
No surprise here. Fast paced match-up with a poor defender (Isaiah Thomas), and a huge increase in minutes on account of Mike Conley's absence. He'll be a huge start tonight in cash games, even on a big slate.

Anthony Davis - FD 10000 DK 9700
Opponent - CHA
FD Proj. Pts - 49.4 DK Proj. Pts - 50.15
He's projected to score as much or more than everyone on the slate except James Harden and Russell Westbrook, except he's $1,000 or more cheaper than the top guys. The Hornets have been an above average match-up for opposing fours all season, but they're really poorly equipped to handle the game of an exceptional offensive player in the paint.

Robert Covington - FD 5700 DK 6100
Opponent - HOU
FD Proj. Pts - 29.2 DK Proj. Pts - 32.46
A little riskier than the above guys, for me, just because Noel is coming back and could take some of his minutes. Still, if you figure he's going to play 32+ minutes again tonight, he's a phenomenal play against the Rockets. Houston's allowed the very most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season, and Covington's paid 5x+ points per dollar in each of his last 3 games even in considerably worse match-ups.

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36 Visitor Comments

  1. James. I have the optimizer now and I like by the way. Great idea.
    Question is if Covington and Davis show up In all 10 lineups are they cash game plays? Davis is tough to stomach. His projected score is 47 or something like that. Does that mean that’s his upside mixed with reality? Lol sorry I’m confused

    • Not necessarily – all that it suggests is that these are plays whose mean projection are best to build around. It does not speak to volatility. Building cash vs. gpp lineup is a little more art than exact science. I agree that it’s reasonable to be concerned about Davis (and Covington, frankly), in cash games today.

  2. How do you feel about Devin booker vs a weak Knicks squad in a tight game?

  3. Did anyone notice that FD raised the cost on the Greek Freak 10% overnight? I mean the guy has Three 60+ pt fantasy scores in the last couple weeks. He’s going in my lineups if I can help it tonight.

  4. The weird part about the Greek Freak is FD is so slow to move cost on a player and if they do its a couple hundred not 900 in one day. Does that mean we should ride him until his price levels out? Meaning is there still potential for a good PP$ on him?

    • Yeah that was a crazy jump. We’re generally critical (at least internally) of FD’s unwillingness to shift prices quickly, but when he put up 67 points or whatever on an 8.7k salary I guess they just felt it was time.

  5. Sorry guys who’s the Greek freak ? Thx James

  6. tonight if giannis goes for 60 i’m just gonna eat it and move on…i cant justify spending up for him over melo even though he has shown the upside potential. I think melo gets a lot of usage tn (more than usual)

    • I’m off Giannis for sure tonight. Maybe he keeps triple-doubling every night, but we still have a relatively small sample of him shredding like this. Miami is also not a great match-up.

  7. It might be a good idea to include a “safety factor” as a category on the tool. I like to use standard deviation over the last 10 games. The lower the standard deviation, the more likely I am to use the player in cash games (and less likely to use in tournament plays).

    Aberrations like the nearly 90 point game Anthony Davis put up can drastically change the mean.

    • John,
      Thanks for the comment. We have sDev numbers on players (for when they start) that we we’ve been testing in terms of multipliers for their ceilings and floors. Likely will roll them out next season.

  8. Any else have problem importing saved lu in DK and fd

  9. cole out. Jrue might play 48 minutes lol or at least come close. I feel like him and chalmers will be the super chalk again now.

    • I don’t think you see this happen in terms of the run. Gentry’s been extremely fickle this season with Holiday’s minutes. Tonight may force his hand, but I’m wary.

  10. Thoughts on booker and LEN? One thing i have noticed is booger and len ARE the offense! Len is a lock for sure but BOOGER? think he will chuck 15-20 shots this game? if so hes going locked

  11. I feel len is still a lock and booker is a solid play. For my money i’m paying the extra 1k for batum.

  12. heres the thing though….batum and booger i call him booger bc hes burned me before lol….they have the exact i mean exact same usage rate….but batum comes out ahead with 2 more min at 37…a little tougher matchup for booger but for 1k less??? batum is going to be picked by the masses bc everyones projections system shows him first…booger is like 10th down on rating….ok im playing booger now!

  13. PG Mario Chalmers MEM $5,300
    PG Ish Smith PHI $6,800
    SG James Harden HOU $11,000
    SG Tony Allen MEM $4,500
    SF Marcus Morris DET $5,000
    SF LeBron James CLE $10,100
    PF JaMychal Green MEM $4,600
    PF Tobias Harris DET $5,800
    C Alex Len PHX $6,600

  14. bayless KD Barnes or holiday ariza roco

  15. went with the second and glad I did holiday and roco getting buckets

  16. Ouch no update on your top shooting gaurd play Arron Afflalo!? I had him in all lineups and was looking really strong. Tonight is a done deal…

    • He he was a late scratch, they can’t see the future. Wasnt on the injury report no one knew.

  17. I figured, it’s all good. Not the first or (certainly) last time this will occur!

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