Another big weekend of games is upon us and making crucial lineup decisions will affect the outcome of many fantasy basketball matchups. There are a handful of players who will be out or have a legitimate chance to miss Friday’s slate of games.
The Rockets’ Chandler Parsons (knee) is doubtful to play tonight vs. the Hawks. Parsons has been a nice find for fantasy owners who decided to take a chance on the small forward. His knee is not the only problem though, as he has also mentioned that the pain has been “lingering into [his] hamstring and calf.” With back-to-back sets Friday and Saturday, it’s likely he’ll sit out both games, so fantasy owners shouldn’t be counting on Parsons’ 17.2 points and 5.4 rebounds helping them this weekend. Ronnie Brewer is expected to start at small forward tonight, but Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia are the players to add fantasy wise.
In a little bit of a surprise, Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward (hip) has been listed as a game-time decision for Utah’s matchup with Cleveland. There has been no prior inclination that his hip had been bothering him, so something must’ve happened in practice yesterday. If he does miss the game, Alec Burks and Richard Jefferson will see a boost in minutes. Burks would be the only player worth picking up.
Other injury notes:
J.J. Redick (hand) says he’s “good to go” and should start for the Clippers against their in-town rival Lakers tonight. He should be added in all leagues, especially with Chris Paul out for six weeks…Carlos Boozer (knee) and Joakim Noah (illness) are both probable to play tonight. Taj Gibson should still see a fair share of minutes, but owners shouldn’t expect the 41-minute average he’s had over the past two games…The Bucks’ John Henson (ankle) and Ersan Ilyasova (hand) look like game-time decision, with the latter most likely sitting out…Tyson Chandler (illness) has already been ruled out for the Knicks’ game in Philly tomorrow. Owners who picked up Kenyon Martin can enjoy his services for one more game.