Injury Report as of 10/21/2017

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The Atlanta Hawks have [2] players injured.
HawksPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 DeAndre BembryF Out Oct 20wristTargeting DecemberDeAndre Bembry (right wrist) suffered a fracture and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
This is a a really tough blow for a guy who had a great offseason, and already suffered a muscle tear to his triceps. With him out, Marco Belinelli will get minutes in the mid 20s while Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore also see more playing time. Luke Babbitt figures to be in the rotation more often, as well.
 Miles PlumleeF/C Out May 2quadricepsTargeting NovemberMiles Plumlee (strained right quad) will be out for the next 2-3 weeks.
He likely suffered the injury on Oct. 1 and has been out since. The Hawks are very thin up front, but they've been able to play John Collins at the five to help out Dewayne Dedmon. Both Collins and Dedmon are worth drafting in most leagues.
The Brooklyn Nets have only [1] player injured.
NetsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Jeremy LinG Out Oct 18kneeOut for seasonThe Nets announced that Jeremy Lin had successful surgery Friday morning to repair the ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Fortunately, Lin is expected to make a full recovery and should be fully healed by the start of training camp next October. It is still a brutal blow for the Nets. Among all returning players on the Nets roster from last season, Lin had the highest scoring average, assists, steals, PER and Win Shares per-48 minutes. Lin can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but will now likely pick up his $12.5 player option for the 2018-19 season.
The Boston Celtics have [3] players injured.
CelticsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Marcus SmartG Out Oct 20ankleDoubtful for FridayMarcus Smart (ankles) worked out in the weight room on Saturday.
He did not do any on-court work. On Friday, coach Brad Stevens used Aron Baynes as a starter against Joel "The Process" Embiid, and it worked out in a win. More notably, Al Horford guarded Ben Simmons and it kind of worked out. All told, Stevens will play the matchups here, so there isn't really an add to make besides Terry Rozier.
 Gordon HaywardG/F Out Oct 17legDoubtful for 2017-18 seasonGordon Hayward (left leg surgery) underwent successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery on his left ankle.
The team says no timetable has been set for Hayward to return, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Last night, his agent revealed that Hayward is likely going to miss the season, so we're all pulling for him to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. The Celtics will be bringing along their young talent faster than expected with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier all expected to pick up minutes on a nightly basis.
 Marcus MorrisF Out Oct 15kneeTargeting late-OctoberMarcus Morris (knee) did some on-court work on Saturday.
He is expected to be re-evaluated in a week or so. The Celtics have used three different starting lineups to start the season, which marks the first time they've done so this century. Morris really needs a lot of minutes to make an impact in fantasy, so he's more of a low-upside stash.
The Charlotte Hornets have [4] players injured.
HornetsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Cody ZellerF/C Out Oct 20kneeOut FridayCody Zeller (right knee bone bruise) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.
Zeller was solid in the season opener, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he was unable to escape unscathed. With Zeller sidelined, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky will likely be asked to log extra minutes. Johnny O'Bryant may also make his way into the rotation.
 Michael Kidd-GilchristF Out Oct 11personalDay-to-DayMichael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) practiced with the Hornets on Saturday.
Kidd-Gilchrist had been away from the team for almost two weeks, as he dealt with an undisclosed, excused personal situation. Charlotte's next game is Monday vs. Milwaukee. It is unknown if MKG will be ready to suit up for that contest. Dwayne Bacon started each of the Hornets first two games, averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. Bacon will be bumped back to the bench once Kidd-Gilchrist is ready to play starter's minutes.
 Nicolas BatumG/F Out Oct 4elbowTargeting ThanksgivingA Dallas specialist informed the Hornets that Nicolas Batum will not require surgery on the torn ligament in his left elbow, and his timetable has been set at 6-8 weeks.
This injury is to Batum's non-shooting elbow, so maybe he'll be able to meet the early end of this 6-8 week timetable, although he should still be knocked down a few pegs on your draft board. Jeremy Lamb, who will start in place of Batum, put in averages of 15.2 points, 8.2 boards and 2.6 assists in five starts last season, and he could be someone to consider as a late-round flier on draft day.
 Michael Carter-WilliamsG Out Sep 17kneeOut indefinitelyMichael Carter-Williams (knees) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Atlanta.
MCW, who had stem-cell therapy on both of his knees in early-September, is still dealing with soreness in both knees. He is currently without a timetable for a return. No need for him to be rostered in standard fantasy formats. Malik Monk and Julyan Stone will continue to back up starting point guard Kemba Walker.
The Chicago Bulls have [6] players injured.
BullsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Denzel ValentineG/F Out Oct 20kneeGTD on SaturdayCoach Fred Hoiberg believes Denzel Valentine (knee) will play against the Spurs on Saturday.
He missed practice on Friday due to knee soreness. Valentine is easily the best offensive weapon on the bench for the Bulls, so Hoiberg will need him out there against coach Gregg Popovich's Spurs. If Valentine is limited, it'll likely be David Nwaba getting extra run.
 Bobby PortisF Susp Oct 18eyeWill return November 7The Bulls have suspended Bobby Portis for eight games.
This means that Portis won't be making his regular-season debut until November 7, and with Nikola Mirotic (face) expected to miss 4-6 weeks, there's a good chance Lauri Markkanen will be getting all the run he can handle as Chicago's de facto starting power forward. Paul Zipser and Cristiano Felicio also figure to help man the four-spot while Portis and Mirotic are on the sidelines, which could translate to more minutes for Denzel Valentine at the three. Markkanen is worth a speculative add in most leagues, while Valentine has some deep league appeal.
 Nikola MiroticF Out Oct 10faceTargeting late-NovemberNikola Mirotic's (face) timetable has been set at 4-6 weeks.
Mirotic needs to clear the concussion protocol before they can address his facial injuries, but he'll likely wind up having surgery at some point. With both Mirotic and Bobby Portis (suspension) out until November, Lauri Markkanen's development will be accelerated, and he should be getting all the run he can handle at the four-spot making him an intriguing grab in most settings. Mirotic doesn't have a ton of upside, so he's a cut-candidate in leagues without an IR-spot.
 Kris DunnG Out Oct 6wristTargeting late October?Kris Dunn (finger) will not play Saturday vs. the Spurs but reportedly could be back as soon as next week.
Dunn's initial target return date was early November. However, Dunn had his stitches removed on Thursday and could be cleared for live contact by next Tuesday. Per Bulls reporter Sean Highkin, it's "possible" Dunn could return to game action as early as next week. Once he's back in the lineup, Dunn will split point guard minutes with Jerian Grant.
 Cameron PayneG Out Aug 30footTargeting early DecemberCameron Payne's (foot surgery) timetable has officially been set at 3-4 months.
Payne underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and this timetable projects his return to action sometime in early-December. Payne has had a lot of trouble with this foot, so expect him to be brought along slowly once he is cleared to play. There's not much here in terms of fantasy hoops, as Payne is just the third-string point guard on the roster.
 Zach LaVineG Out Feb 3kneeTargeting November-DecemberZach LaVine said he has no soreness or symptoms in his surgically-repaired left knee.
LaVine went through 5-on-0 work on Sunday, and he also dunked, so all sign are positive heading into the regular season. He was recently cleared for "unpredictable movements," but isn't expected to resume full-contact work until mid-November.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have [2] players injured.
CavaliersPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Derrick RoseG Out Oct 20ankleDay-to-dayDerrick Rose (left ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday against the Magic.
He rolled his ankle on Friday and was never expected to play. Rose doesn't really play through many injuries, so it's possible he misses more time going forward. While he's out, Jose Calderon figures to start, but it'll be LeBron James running the offense for most of the game.
 Isaiah ThomasG Out May 19hipTargeting JanuaryIsaiah Thomas (hip) is still bitter about being traded away from Boston this summer.
"I might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again. That might not happen," said Thomas. "I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too." Thomas won't be making his Cleveland debut until January, but he could be flirting with first-round value once he's fully up to speed, making his return to Boston on February 11 an intriguing day to play IT2 in DFS.
The Dallas Mavericks have [4] players injured.
MavericksPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Devin HarrisG Out Oct 20personalDay-to-dayDevin Harris (personal) is not with the team and has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.
Harris is dealing with a heartbreaking family matter, as his brother was killed in an auto accident early Thursday morning. Coach Rick Carlisle is unsure when Harris will return as the Mavs are obviously giving him as much time as he needs to grieve. With Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) also sidelined for Saturday's contest, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will again see an uptick in minutes. Gian Clavell played 10 minutes off the bench on Friday and could see around the same time on Saturday
 Dennis Smith Jr.G Out Oct 20kneeOut Friday and SaturdayMavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) has "a little swelling" and confirmed that he won't play on Saturday in Houston.
The good news is that the injury is not believed to be serious, so hopefully he'll be back after the weekend. His fantasy owners can expect an update on his knee no later than Monday afternoon before their game against GSW. In the meantime, J.J. Barea (nine points, 10 assists) and Yogi Ferrell (14 points) will hold down the fort in the backcourt.
 Seth CurryG Out Oct 7legTargeting Oct. 23?Seth Curry (left tibia stress reaction) will be re-evaluated next Sunday, according to coach Rick Carlisle, who referred to it as a "week-to-week" situation.
This means at least three DNPs for Curry to begin the season, as the Mavs start off with games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. He will soon resume light activity and is "making progress," however, so there's a chance he'll be ready to face the Warriors on Monday, Oct. 23. Dallas will play it safe to avoid the injury becoming a stress fracture, and until he's ready to go it will be J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews and Devin Harris picking up the slack.
 Josh McRobertsF/C Out Oct 1kneeQuestionable for openerJosh McRoberts (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Atlanta.
It wouldn't truly be the start of the NBA season without McRoberts spending the first game of the year on the sidelines. He's perpetually injured and has no hope of churning out fantasy value this season.
The Detroit Pistons have only [1] player injured.
PistonsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Reggie BullockF Susp Jul 10footSuspended five gamesReggie Bullock (knee) returned to practice on Sunday.
There's no word of limitations for Bullock, so there's a chance he'll be in the lineup vs. Indiana on Monday. As a reminder, he'll be suspended for the first five games of the regular season.
The Golden State Warriors have [2] players injured.
WarriorsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Omri CasspiG/F Out Oct 17ankleDay-to-dayOmri Casspi (ankle) is out against the Grizzlies.
The Warriors will be OK and could still go 11 deep. Casspi has very little fantasy value.
 Damian JonesC Out Oct 7illnessDay-to-dayDamian Jones (illness) will not play on Sunday against the Wolves.
He has a sore throat and hopefully he doesn't get the other players sick. Jones showed some energy this month, but he's still a serious project after missing most of his rookie season.
The Houston Rockets have [2] players injured.
RocketsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Chris PaulG Out Oct 17kneeOut IndefinitelyCoach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets will hold out Chris Paul until his knee is "completely well."
"It wasn't responding as quickly as we wanted," D'Antoni said. "We're going to hold him out until it's completely well. There really is no timetable on it. We're going to make sure it's 100 percent well. It is hard to put a timetable on it. If it is (a month-long absence) it is." This confirmes the ESPN report that CP3 will likely be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks. The Rockets will be cautious with Paul, as their primary focus is making sure he is as close to 100 percent as possible in April and May.
 Tarik BlackF/C Out Oct 3kneeQuestionable for openerTarik Black (sore left knee, personal) has been ruled out for Monday and Wednesday's preseason games.
Black is still dealing with some soreness in his left knee, and he's also expecting the birth of his son on Friday, so he'll miss this preseason road trip with the Rockets. He should be fine once the regular season rolls around, but Black won't have a large enough role in Houston to make a difference in fantasy leagues.
The Indiana Pacers have [2] players injured.
PacersPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Myles TurnerF/C Out Oct 19neckDoubtful for FridayMyles Turner (concussion, sore neck) will not play against the Blazers on Friday and Saturday against the Heat.
He is still dealing with symptoms of the concussion and he will move through the concussion protocol once he's symptom free. After apparently suffering an injury on a cross-screen play, Turner's neck injury got worse yesterday and now it would appear the medical staff diagnosed him with the concussion today. He did talk to the media after Wednesday's game, so the team probably didn't catch the concussion two days ago. With him out, Domantas Sabonis figures to get the start and should play minutes close to 30.
 Glenn Robinson IIIF Out Sep 29ankleTargeting mid-JanuaryGlenn Robinson III (ankle) had surgery and is expected to miss 3-4 months.
Ouch. That's a longer timetable then expected and he could be looking at an All-Star break return. With Robinson III out, the Pacers will really have to call on Lance Stephenson off the bench. Born Ready is a decent flier in deeper leagues or even competitive standard formats.
The Los Angeles Lakers have only [1] player injured.
LakersPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Kentavious Caldwell-PopeG Susp Jun 23noseSuspended two gamesKentavious Caldwell-Pope did not break his nose.
That means he should be ready to return after his two-game suspension. The Lakers offense is going to use the 3-pointer a lot, so Caldwell-Pope should have a chance to make at least two treys per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies have [3] players injured.
GrizzliesPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 JaMychal GreenF/C Out Oct 18ankleTargeting mid-November?According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, JaMychal Green (ankle) is expected to miss several weeks.
Another report from TNT reporter David Aldridge indicated that Green will be out 3-4 weeks. An MRI on his left ankle sprain came back clean, but he's still going to be out a while. With Green sidelined, Chandler Parsons will have to play more four, while Jarell Martin and Brandan Wright should both be more involved as well. In terms of fantasy pickups, most owners can probably use a wait-and-see approach.
 Wayne SeldenG Out Oct 10quadricepsDay-to-dayWayne Selden (quad) will not play against the Warriors on Saturday.
He had a chance to start or at least get decent minutes, but now Dillon Brooks may be able to gain even more ground. Brooks is a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but let's see him do it again before adding him in standard formats.
 Ben McLemoreG Out Aug 8footTargeting mid-NovemberDavid Fizdale said his starting five won't be solidified until he gets a good look at Ben McLemore once he completes his rehab from foot surgery.
Mike Conley, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol are locked in as starters, but the starting shooting guard and small forward position appear to still be up for grabs. McLemore won't be ready for opening night, but it sounds like he'll get the opportunity to make his case as a starter once he's cleared to play. Tyreke Evans and Wayne Selden will be splitting most of the two-guard minutes until McLemore gets back, with Evans being the more attractive target between the two.
The Miami Heat have [4] players injured.
HeatPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Hassan WhitesideC Out Oct 20kneeOut SaturdayHassan Whiteside (bone bruise in knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.
Whiteside was a beast on Wednesday vs. Orlando, racking up 26 points and 22 rebounds. However, he bumped knees with Nikola Vucevic during the game. We don't yet know the severity of the injury or if Whiteside is expected to miss more than just one contest. The Heat could go in a number of different directions with Whiteside sidelined. If Miami stays with a traditional lineup, Bam Adebayo is the most likely candidate to draw the start at center. However, the Heat could also go small by shifting Kelly Olynyk to center and sliding James Johnson into the starting unit.
 A.J. HammonsC Out Oct 18illnessDay-to-dayCoach Erik Spoelstra said A.J. Hammons (illness) is available to play Saturday vs. the Pacers.
Hammons is the team's third-string center but may be forced into limited action tonight, as Hassan Whiteside (knee) has been ruled out of the contest. However, Hammons is not on the fantasy radar even in deep leagues.
 Rodney McGruderG/F Out Oct 12legTargeting All-Star breakRodney McGruder underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia, and he's expected to begin rehab in one week.
McGruder is still without an official timetable, but there's a chance this could be a season-ending procedure. With him on the sidelines, Josh Richardson should win the starting small forward position, and there will be more minutes available for Justise Winslow.
 Okaro WhiteF Out Oct 11shoulderProbable for SaturdayOkaro White (shoulder) will be available to play Saturday vs. Indiana.
White suffered an injury to his left shoulder during the preseason and was sidelined for the Heat's season opener on Wednesday. With Hassan Whiteside (knee) unavailable on Saturday, White may see a bit more playing time than usual. However, it's not enough to warrant fantasy consideration in standard leagues.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have only [1] player injured.
TimberwolvesPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Justin PattonC Out Jul 4footTargeting season openerTom Thibodeau said Justin Patton (foot) is progressing as expected, but he will not rush the rehab process.
It doesn't sound like Patton will be ready for the regular-season opener, which really doesn't mean much. Even when he's 100 percent recovered from the foot fracture, Patton will be a negligible part of the rotation in Minnesota.
The Milwaukee Bucks have only [1] player injured.
BucksPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Jabari ParkerF Out Feb 8knee surgeryTargeting FebruaryJabari Parker, rehabbing from a torn ACL, said that he is "a little bit ahead" of schedule.
Parker is already dunking and has been doing basketball-related work for over a month. "You look at him and say, 'Man, he's going to play tomorrow,'" coach Jason Kidd said. "That just shows you how good he looks and how hard he's been working. I think we're all excited by where he's at today." Still, both Parker and the team are preaching patience and sticking with February as a target date.
The New Orleans Pelicans have [5] players injured.
PelicansPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Alexis AjincaC Out Oct 17kneeTargeting ThanksgivingAlexis Ajinca underwent successful bilateral knee injections on Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
He has been injured since Oct. 8 and missed some game action. Ajinca wasn't a lock to be in the rotation with Check Diallo playing minutes next to both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in the preseason, but Diallo only played one minute in the opener.
 Rajon RondoG Out Oct 6herniaTargeting mid-NovemberRajon Rondo underwent surgery on his sports hernia injury and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
If Rondo returns in four weeks, he will have missed the first 11 games of the season. That's the best-case scenario. His fantasy value obviously takes a significant hit, and he'll slide to later rounds of fantasy drafts. With Rondo sidelined, the Pels will likely start Jrue Holiday at point guard, which should allow Holiday to boost his assist numbers over the first month-plus of the season. Ian Clark, E'Twaun Moore, Jordan Crawford, and Tony Allen will also see an uptick in minutes.
 Frank JacksonG Out Aug 31footTargeting ChristmasFrank Jackson (foot) underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture in his right foot.
He is expected to miss 3-4 months for his second surgery on his right foot since May. There are not many details on his previous stress fracture, but a fifth metatarsal is a common bone in the foot to have problems -- the famous Jones fracture is to that bone. Expect the Pelicans to be very careful with the No. 31 pick.
 Solomon HillF Out Aug 27hamstringTargeting February-AprilSolomon Hill (torn hamstring) could be back on the court as soon as February according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.
Hill wasn't a fantasy target before the injury, so he's safe to cross off draft boards since we won't see him until the All-Star break at the earliest. In Hill's absence, the Pelicans will likely use a committee to soak up his minutes that could include E'Twaun Moore, Tony Allen, Darius Miller and Jordan Crawford.
 Omer AsikC Out Feb 22illnessOut indefinitelyOmer Asik (illness) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.
He's dealing with a pretty severe illness, and he might not play at all this season.
The New York Knicks have [3] players injured.
KnicksPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Frank NtilikinaG Out Oct 20ankleDay-to-dayFrank Ntilikina (ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Saturday.
He rolled his ankle while boxing out in practice on Friday. There were some positive reports on the lottery pick, but the Knicks likely won't be rushing him back and he was only the No. 3 point guard on Thursday. If you're stashing him, it might be a while.
 Michael BeasleyF Out Oct 19ankleDay-to-dayMichael Beasley (ankle) is available to play against the Pistons on Saturday.
This is a small surprise after Beasley was in a walking boot on Thursday. If he isn't limited, Beasley should get around 20 minutes and could be busy in that time. He'll be a risky play in DFS or season long.
 Joakim NoahF/C Susp Feb 4-Out first 12 games of seasonJoakim Noah (illness) did not participate during Thursday's practice.
Noah is going to miss the first 12 games of the season due to a suspension, and he likely won't be a major part of the rotation in New York this season. He's not a viable draft target.
The Orlando Magic have [3] players injured.
MagicPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Elfrid PaytonG Out Oct 20hamstringDay-to-dayElfrid Payton (hamstring) had a mild to moderate strain and could miss several games.
There are not many muscle strains that can be a nagging issue like a hamstring pull, so the Magic will have to rest Payton until his muscles heal. With him out, D.J. Augustin could have short-term value in most leagues.
 Aaron GordonF Out Oct 20ankleQuestionable for SaturdayAaron Gordon (ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Saturday.
This is a tough one for the Magic, who will also be missing Elfrid Payton. Jonathan Isaac got the start on Friday and played 23 minutes, but he was in serious foul trouble with three fouls in his first four minutes. He could definitely be in foul trouble again, but Isaac makes sense as a DFS option. Evan Fournier should be busy.
 Adreian PayneF Out Oct 4handOut indefinitelyAdreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand in practice on Wednesday.
He broke his fourth metacarpal and he doesn't have a timetable to return. Payne signed a two-way contract with the Magic and did not play in the preseason opener on Monday. Once he's healthy, he'll likely be getting most of his run in the G League.
The Philadelphia 76ers have [3] players injured.
76ersPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Joel EmbiidF/C Out Oct 20restResting SaturdayJoel Embiid expressed frustration in having to sit out back-to-back games.
The Sixers are sitting Embiid on Saturday after he logged 28 minutes vs. Boston on Friday night. Embiid says he understands why the team's medical staff and coaches want to limit his minutes, but it still bothers him. "I just want to feel like an NBA player," Embiid said. "I feel like I’m not an NBA player because I can’t play back-to-back." Embiid also voiced frustration over how he is being utilized, saying he "didn’t get the ball enough in the post." Embiid will look to unleash his anger Monday vs. the Pistons.
 Jahlil OkaforC Out Oct 16illnessDay-to-dayJahlil Okafor scored 10 points with six rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.
He didn't help his trade value today. Okafor picked up his third foul in two minutes today and he continues to struggle on defense. The 76ers won't have another back-to-back set for over a month, so Okafor will probably be out of the rotation most nights.
 Richaun HolmesF/C Out Oct 8wristTargeting November?Richaun Holmes said he doesn't think he needs surgery on his fractured left wrist.
He also said he's going to try and beat his next evaluation which is in three weeks, but maybe that's a bit too ambitious. We should have a better idea of his timetable soon, but Jahlil Okafor and Amir Johnson will both be in the mix at center behind Joel Embiid while Holmes is out. Dario Saric is an option as well.
The Phoenix Suns have [6] players injured.
SunsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Devin BookerG Out Oct 21backQuestionable Sat.Coach Earl Watson said Devin Booker (back, hip) will play against the Clippers on Saturday.
He was questionable in the game notes, so Booker had a good chance to play based off that. He played through his injury yesterday and looked fine, so there's little reason to think he will be limited tonight.
 Tyler UlisG Out Oct 20quadricepsQuestionable for FridayTyler Ulis was a DNP-CD on Friday.
It's unknown why Ulis was leapfrogged by Mike James right now. Ulis was a disaster on Wednesday and he did have a quad injury. Regardless, Ulis' outlook isn't looking great, especially with how James played well.
 Alan WilliamsC Out Sep 22kneeTargeting late-MarchAlan Williams underwent surgery on Monday morning to repair the meniscus in his right knee, and he's expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six months.
It sounds like there's a chance Williams won't play at all this season, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in fantasy hoops. With Williams unavailable, Tyson Chandler and Alex Len will man the center-spot, and some of the five-man minutes could trickle down to Marquese Chriss as well.
 Davon ReedG Out Aug 25kneeExpected to return in JanuaryThe Suns announced on Friday that Davon Reed underwent a meniscus repair of his left knee that will sideline him for approximately four to six months.
Phoenix selected Reed with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft out of the University of Miami. He played relatively well for the Suns summer league squad in Las Vegas, averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals over six games. However, Reed wasn't on the fantasy radar even before this injury and should be ignored in all fantasy formats this season.
 Brandon KnightG Out Jul 25kneeOut for seasonBrandon Knight underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Friday and will miss the entire 2017-18 season.
2017 has not been kind to Brandon Knight. He was essentially benched for entire second half of last season, not appearing in a single game for the Suns after the All-Star break. Then Knight tore his ACL while playing in a pro-am game in late July. He still has three years and $44 million left on his contract. Phoenix has to hope he can enter the 2018-19 season fully healthy and bounce back to something resembling the player he was when the Suns acquired him.
 Jared DudleyG/F Out Jun 27toeOut indefinitelyJared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.
This means Dudley could miss training camp and potentially the start of the 2017-18 season. Dudley has two years on his deal with Phoenix, but with the Suns rebuilding, he will likely be more of a locker room guy again in 2017-18. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game last season, so fantasy owners can plan on ignoring him in most formats.
The Portland Trail Blazers have [2] players injured.
Trail BlazersPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 C.J. WilcoxG Out Oct 3kneeQuestionable for openerC.J. Wilcox (right knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Suns.
Wilcox is on a two-way deal, so he's guaranteed to spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League. There's no fantasy value here.
 Noah VonlehF Out Sep 22shoulderTargeting Nov. 1Noah Vonleh (strained right shoulder) said he's on schedule to return in three weeks.
Vonleh added that he's pain-free and has full range of motion, but a return in three weeks (Nov. 1) means he'd miss the Blazers' first seven games. Head coach Terry Stotts loves Vonleh's defense, and he started 41 games last season, but he could stick in a reserve role if the Blazers are winning with Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless at the forward spots.
The San Antonio Spurs have [2] players injured.
SpursPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Kawhi LeonardG/F Out Sep 30quadricepsOut indefinitelyKawhi Leonard (quad) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.
No surprise here, as Leonard did not play in any preseason games and was sidelined for San Antonio's season opener. The notoriously tight-lipped Spurs have not given any timetable for his return, opening up endless speculation. Some reporters have suggested Leonard could miss the first few weeks of the season. Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson will continue to be the primary fantasy beneficiaries in Kawhi's absence.
 Tony ParkerG Out May 3quadricepsTargeting November-DecemberGregg Popovich said that Tony Parker (quad) might be able to make it back to the court by December.
"I think he’s going to be ahead of schedule," Popovich said. "I kept thinking he might be ready in January or something. He might be ready in December. He’s come along really well." Parker has been cleared to do weight work, running and shooting but he's still about a month away from taking contact. While he might be able to beat his initial timetable that suggested he'd be out until January, the 35-year-old former Finals MVP remains a pretty unattractive draft day target in most leagues.
The Sacramento Kings have [2] players injured.
KingsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Bogdan BogdanovicG Out Oct 12ankleOut SaturdayBogdan Bogdanovic (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.
Bogdanovic has yet to make his Kings debut, as this will be the third straight game he's missed. Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson and Garrett Temple will continue to log additional minutes with Bogdanovic sidelined.
 Harry GilesF Out Oct 6kneeTargeting JanuaryHarry Giles (knee) will be held out until at least January.
He was a top prospect coming out of high school, but knee injuries caused his slide to No. 20 in the draft. Giles didn't have a setback or anything, but the Kings want to focus on a "measured and sustained progression plan" to improve his strength. The Kings were always going to take it easy on the rookie and it's possible he's out for the season.
The Toronto Raptors have [2] players injured.
RaptorsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 DeMar DeRozanG/F Out Oct 21illnessQuestionable for SaturdayDeMar DeRozan wasn't bothered by an illness during a 128-96 win over the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.
He had Robert Covington off balance all game and was able to get to the line 16 times in this win -- he's only taken one 3-pointer all season. DeRozan did have a rough start with just 11 points on Thursday, but he's clearly capable of scoring 30 against any opponent. He'll get a look at the Spurs in San Antonio on Monday.
 Jonas ValanciunasC Out Oct 21ankleDay-to-dayJonas Valanciunas (ankle) will have an MRI.
Hopefully, it is just a precaution, but this indicates the Raptors didn't just hold JV out because they were up so many points in the second half. The sprain didn't look bad and he wasn't limping much on his way to the locker room, but you never know. Until JV gets the all clear, Bebe Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl will handle the center minutes. Both are worth a look for C-needy owners with Bebe providing defense and Poeltl being the offensive guy.
The Utah Jazz have [3] players injured.
JazzPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Rodney HoodG/F Out Oct 20calfDay-to-dayRodney Hood (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday against the Thunder.
He had no chance to play today after he was carried off the court on Friday, but the good news is he is day-to-day. Hopefully, Hood can make it back at some point next week. Last night, Thabo Sefolosha replaced Hood at the time of the injury and played the final 6:08. Besides him, there could be more minutes for Donovan Mitchell, Alec Burks or even Raul Neto. Mitchell is the only one worth owning in standard leagues.
 Raul NetoG Out Oct 16legProbable for FridayRaul Neto (left leg) has been medically cleared and will play Friday against Minnesota.
Neto, who was sidelined for the season opener on Wednesday, will serve as Ricky Rubio's backup. Rodney Hood (gastric distress) is also expected to play Friday. WIth both Neto and Hood healthy, Donovan Mitchell will likely see fewer minutes on Friday.
 Dante ExumG Out Oct 6shoulderOut indefinitelyDante Exum has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder.
The Jazz likely won't provide a timetable until after the surgery on Tuesday, but it's hard to imagine Exum making a return to the court this season. After a phenomenal preseason, Donovan Mitchell has made a strong case to see minutes at PG and SG right away and is worth picking up in most leagues.
The Washington Wizards have [3] players injured.
WizardsPosStatusDateInjuryExpected ReturnDetails
 Jason SmithF/C Out Oct 18shoulderQuestionable for MondayJason Smith (sprained right shoulder) was unable to practice on Saturday.
Smith was a game-time decision heading into Friday's game vs. the Pistons but ended up sitting out. The Wiz don't play again until Monday night, so Smith has a couple of days to recuperate. If he is unable to play Monday vs. the Nuggets, Kelly Oubre would likely draw another start, with Otto Porter starting at power forward once again.
 Sheldon MacG Out Oct 8legOut indefinitelySheldon Mac will undergo surgery on his torn left Achilles on Tuesday.
His timetable is 6-8 months, so we won't see him on the floor this season. Don't be surprised if the Wizards waive the 24-year-old guard to create another roster spot.
 Markieff MorrisF Out Sep 20groinTargeting early NovemberMarkieff Morris (hernia) was able to participate in Saturday's practice with light contact.
Morris is making gradual progress as he works his way back from sports hernia surgery. On Thursday, coach Scott Brooks said Morris is close to returning to full-contact practice, and it appears Morris is a bit ahead of schedule. His original target date was mid-November, but Morris may be able to return closer to the start of next month.