We face a tight five-game table on Tuesday night and while there are several big names with injury designations, the majority appear to have a good chance of speaking out. There’s also a plethora of players with elite DFS caps, which should make for an especially intriguing night of lineup building.
Injury situations to monitor
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Anthony DavisLAL (rear): LIKELY
Davis is expected to continue playing through his lower back tightness and adopting his usual robust role.
Lebron JamesLAL (ankle): PROBABLE
James is expected to continue acting through his mild ankle pain and play his usual robust role.
Devin BookerPHX (thigh): OFF
In Booker’s absence, Dario Saric could remain in the starting blocks while the rest of the first unit should see increased usage.
De’Aaron FoxSAC (foot): QUESTIONABLE
If Fox sits out a third game in a row, Davion Mitchell should stay in the wings.
Jrue holidayMIL (disease): QUESTIONABLE
If Holiday were to sit out, George Hill and Jevon Carter would likely handle the majority of point guard minutes, while Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo would see even more effort than usual.
Other notable injuries:
Chris MiddletonMIL (ankle): PROBABLE
Andrew WigginsGSW (Bar): OUT
Draymond GreenGSW (ankle): PROBABLE
Brandon IngramNOP (Toe): OFF
Tyrese MaxeyPHI (feet): OFF
We have five players with five-figure salaries as of Tuesday: Anthony Davis ($12,000), Joel Embid ($11,800), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,600), Jayson Tatum ($10,600) and Lebron James ($10,400).
Davis has eclipsed 70 FD points three times in his last four games that weren’t stopped through injury, and he’s not hit a lower 52.9 in nine straight games.
Embiid just amassed 72.9 FD points against the Hornets on Sunday, averaging 55.9 in five of his last six games, and he’s actually shown improved production since James Harden returned.
Antetokounmpo, as previously mentioned, could potentially have the floor without Jrue Holiday, and he’s checking in after scoring close to 50 FD points in five of the last six games.
Tatum has been in excitement in his last three games, with his 36.7% shooting from the field resulting in a trio of stats under 40 FD points during that span. However, he could be primed for a resurgence in what could be a high-profile wire-to-wire affair against the Lakers.
James has 50+ FD points in two of his last three, and while he appears to have ceded the mantle of being the lynchpin of the Lakers offense to AD, he’s still averaging 48 FD points per contest.
Other likely chalk games are:
Stephen CurryGSW ($9,900)
Curry could have a chance to evade Holiday’s defense on Tuesday, a factor that should endear him immensely.
Zion WilliamsonNOP ($9,800)
Williamson has FD-50+ points in five of his last seven while increasing his contributions in the absence of Brandon Ingram (toe), which should continue to keep the big man in many lineups.
James HardenPHI ($9,700)
Harden has returned from his extended absence due to a foot injury with two stats of 50+ FD points in his first three games, which should certainly help make him a popular high-end player.
Jaylen BrownBOS ($8,900)
Brown had 42.9-67 FD points (32.8 FD points in 29 minutes) in the five games before an efficient but more modest performance against the Clippers on Monday.
Deandre AytonPHX ($8,600)
Ayton had 47.8 FD points two games ago and 51.9 in the first game of Devin Booker’s absence on Sunday, and he should remain well-liked as Booker is out again on Tuesday.
Mikal BridgesPHX at HOU ($6,400)
Speaking of players who can benefit from Booker’s absence, Bridges certainly also comes with a very attractive middle salary. The talented winger is now shooting a career-best 42.7% from three-point range and amassed 42.5 FD points against the Pelicans in Sunday’s overtime loss. Bridges made a whopping 13 three-point attempts that game while helping offset Booker’s long-range presence, and he could be in a prime position to win again against a Rockets team that concedes small forwards the eighth-highest offensive efficiency rating (23.5) and 40.1% three-point shooting on position.
Jordan PooleGSW at MIL ($6,400)
Poole is scheduled to remain in the starting blocks Tuesday in place of Andrew Wiggins, a role he has filled in the four games he has filled for his teammate so far, averaging 25.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 36 .1 FD points. Poole is also averaging an encouragingly elevated 18.5 shot attempts per match and now faces a Bucks team that has ceded 48.7% of shooting, including 38.6% from three-point range, to small forwards.
Jabari SmithHOU vs PHO ($5,800)
Smith is on an encouraging run, averaging 27.4 FD points per contest in his last 15 games for an average of 13.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest. The rookie shoots an impressive 39.3% from three-point range at an average of 5.9 shots from behind the arc per event during that span, and he notably averaged 30.2 FD points over 30 minutes against the same Suns on one of those outings . Phoenix allows 47.1% forward overall, along with 45.7 FD points per fight to the bottom seven position.
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Juan Carlos Blanco, winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, has played fantasy sports for over 20 years and reports on NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and arena football for Rotowire.com, including work as a beatwriter for several sports teams. Previously a writer for KFFL.com, he remains an avid multi-sport, all-season, everyday fantasy gamer.