Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates - 1/9/18
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What We Know
Damian Lillard has been ruled out against the Thunder
We know what to do. Shabazz Napier is way too cheap and we'll look at him in a second. C.J. McCollum will also pick up a few extra shots and should be considered in all formats with Andre Roberson out of the lineup. Nurkic and Aminu may also pick up a few extra shots, but are still somewhat unpredictable.
Kyle Lowry has been ruled out against the Heat with a back injury
Lowry went down last night in what looked like a scary injury. I think he's going to end up being just fine, but will miss at least a game or two. In his absence, Deleon Wright and Fred Van Vleet will split the minutes. Both are in play as value PG's in all formats. DeMar DeRozan will also pick up a few extra shots and is the clear top SG on the slate. The rest of the starters may see and extra shot or two, but nothing that makes them stand out.
What We're Waiting to Know
Jonathon Simmons is questionable to play vs the Mavs
This is another somewhat cut and dry situation. With Simmons out last game, Mario Hezonja stepped in for 36 minutes and put up 30 fantasy points. If Simmons is out again, he's one of the top value plays on the entire slate. Wes Iwundu would also pick up over 20 minutes, but you can do a lot better. Chalk up an extra 2 or 3 shots each for Fournier and Gordon.
Every Lineup Guys
Easy. Napier should be $6.5k here and would still be worth considering. He's only priced down because Damian Lillard returned for 2 games. He's always over 30 fantasy points and has only burned you once out of 10 games. It was still hit value. The Thunder like to play fast and the Blazers have no problem matching. As long as Napier stays out of foul trouble, I find it hard to believe he'll be under 30 fantasy points. The price is just ridiculous for a guy with a ceiling in the 50's of it stays close.