With the first big slate after the All-Star break on Friday night (11-games) there are more players expected to return from injury than those who might not play. This could make finding good value options difficult on Friday’s slate.

This article will attempt to list all of the relevant injury situations to monitor for the day’s NBA slate and provide guidance on which players will benefit with either an increase in minutes or usage or both if that player is ruled out. I will also place an asterisk (*) by players that I think are worth DFS consideration if that player is ruled out. Players that have been out for at least five consecutive games I will not list as general playing time and usage patterns should be established.

This will NOT be an interactive article that is continually updated throughout the day as I hope to capture all of the potential relevant injury situations that could impact DFS lineups for the night and pre-determine what players benefit. Ideally, you monitor late-breaking news leading up to tipoff, find out a player is ruled out and come check the matrix below to see who the players are you should consider for your DFS lineups based on that news.

NBA What If – Friday, February 23

Team Player Status If OUT
Bucks John Henson Probable Tyler Zeller (minutes)
Thon Maker (minutes)
Cavaliers None
Celtics Marcus Smart Probable Terry Rozier (minutes)
Jayson Tatum (usage)
Celtics Shane Larkin Out Terry Rozier (minutes)
Clippers Danilo Gallinari Questionable Wes Johnson (minutes)
Sam Deckker (minutes)
Austin Rivers (usage)
Tobias Harris (usage)*
Clippers Avery Bradley Doubtful Tyrone Wallace (minutes)*
Milos Teodosic (minutes)
Grizzlies Wayne Selden Out Ben McLemore (minutes)
Grizzlies Chandler Parsons Out Dillon Brooks (minutes)
Grizzlies Mario Chalmers Questionable Andrew Harrison (minutes)*
Hawks Malcolm Delaney Out Isaiah Taylor (minutes)
Tyler Dorsey (minutes)
Hawks Dennis Schroder Probable Isaiah Taylor (minutes/usage)
Tyler Dorsey (minutes/usage)*
Kent Bazemore (usage)*
Taurean Prince (usage)
Hawks Kent Bazemore Probable Tyler Dorsey (minutes/usage)
Andrew White (minutes)
Dennis Schroder (usage)*
Taurean Prince (usage)
Hawks Ersan Ilyasova Probable John Collins (minutes)*
Dewayne Dedmon (minutes/usage)
Kent Bazemore (usage)
Hawks Isaiah Taylor Questionable Tyler Dorsey (minutes)
Heat Kelly Olynyk Doubtful James Johnson (minutes)
Bam Adebayo (minutes/usage)
Hornets None
Jazz Ricky Rubio Questionable Royce O’Neale (minutes)
Donovan Mitchell (usage)*
Joe Ingles (usage)
Lakers Channing Frye Out Kyle Kuzma (minutes)
Ivica Zubac (minutes)
Lakers Lonzo Ball Probable Tyler Ennis (minutes)
Gary Payton II (minutes)
Josh Hart (minutes)*
Julius Randle (usage)*
Mavericks None
Nuggets Will Barton Questionable Malik Beasley (minutes/usage)
Wilson Chander (minutes)
Devin Harris (usage)
Gary Harris (usage)*
Nuggets Kenneth Faried Questionable Darrell Arthur (minutes)
Pacers Darren Collison Out Cory Joseph (minutes/usage)
Joe Young (minutes)
Victor Oladipo (usage)*
Domantas Sabonis (usage)
Bojan Bogdanovic (usage)
Pacers Glenn Robinson III Probable Lance Stephenson (minutes)
Pelicans None
Pistons Reggie Bullock Probable Langston Galloway (minutes/usage)
Luke Kennard (minutes)
Raptors None
Rockets Trevor Ariza Probable Luc Mbah a Moute (minutes)
PJ Tucker (minutes)
James Harden (usage)*
Chris Paul (usage)*
Rockets Eric Gordon Questionable Joe Johnson (minutes)
Gerald Green (minutes/usage)
Clint Capela (usage)
Spurs Manu Ginobili Probable Bryn Forbes (minutes)
Patty Mills (minutes/usage)
Dejounte Murray (usage)*
Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge Probable Davis Bertens (minutes/usage)*
Rudy Gay (usage)
Dejounte Murray (usage)*
Manu Ginobili (usage)
Spurs Rudy Gay Probable Kyle Anderson (minutes)
Dejounte Murray (usage)
Suns Tyson Chandler Doubtful Alex Len (minutes)*
Dragan Bender (minutes)
Marquese Chriss (minutes)
Suns Tyler Ulis Questionable Troy Daniels (minutes)
Timberwolves None
Trail Blazers None
Wizards None


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