Welcome to a new article I’m trying out called “NBA What If”. 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 tip-off, 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.

This article series will be a work in progress and I welcome any and all feedback on its usefulness and format either in the Comments below or directly to me on Twitter @Rotopilot.

NBA What If – Friday, January 12

Team Player Status If OUT
Bucks None
Cavaliers Isaiah Thomas Out Jose Calderon (minutes)
Dwyane Wade (minutes)*
Grizzlies None
Hawks Marco Belinelli Out Malcolm Delaney (minutes)
Isaiah Taylor (minutes)
Tyler Dorsey (minutes/usage)
Hornets None
Jazz Derrick Favors Probable Ekpe Udoh (minutes)*
Rodney Hood (usage)*
Knicks None
Magic None
Nets DeMarre Carroll Questionable Joe Harris (minutes)
Nik Stauskas (minutes)
Nuggets Gary Harris Out Will Barton (minutes/usage)*
Torrey Craig (minutes)
Jamal Murray (usage)*
Trey Lyles (usage)
Pacers Myles Turner Out Domantas Sabonis (minutes/usage)*
Al Jefferson (minutes)
Lance Stephenson (usage)
Bojan Bogdanovic (usage)
Pelicans Anthony Davis Questionable Dante Cunningham (minutes)
Cheick Diallo (minutes)
DeMarcus Cousins (usage)*
E’Twaun Moore (usage)*
Jrue Holiday (usage)*
Rockets Tarik Black Out Clint Capela (minutes)*
Ryan Anderson (minutes)*
PJ Tucker (minutes)*
Trevor Ariza (minutes)*
Rockets Nene Out Clint Capela (minutes)*
Ryan Anderson (minutes)*
PJ Tucker (minutes)*
Trevor Ariza (minutes)*
Rockets James Harden Out Eric Gordon (minutes/usage)*
Gerald Green (minutes)*
Chris Paul (usage)*
Ryan Anderson (usage)*
Suns Josh Jackson Doubtful Dragan Bender (minutes/usage)*
Jared Dudley (minutes/usage)
Suns Marquese Chriss Out Dragan Bender (minutes/usage)*
Jared Dudley (minutes/usage)
Suns Isaiah Canaan Questionable Tyler Ulis (minutes)*
Troy Daniels (mintues)
Trail Blazers Damian Lillard Probable Shabazz Napier (minutes/usage)*
CJ McCollum (usage)*
Evan Turner (usage)
Warriors Stephen Curry Questionable Shaun Livingston (minutes/usage)
Patrick McCaw (minutes/usage)
Kevin Durant (usage)*
Klay Thompson (usage)*
Warriors Klay Thompson Questionable Patrick McCaw (minutes/usage)
Nick Young (minutes/usage)
Stephen Curry (usage)*
Kevin Durant (usage)*
Wizards None



Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/yannxdcm