DFS NBA Coach & Site-Specific Plays: October 23 Cover Image
DFS NBA Coach & Site-Specific Plays: October 23
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Derrick Walton Jr. Headshot

Walton was assigned to the G-League on Monday, Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

Walton has yet to the see the floor over the first two games of the season, so he'll head to the the G-League to get more reps and help further his development. Walton is on a two-way contract and is expected to spend the majority of the season with the Sioux Falls Syforce, keeping him off the fantasy radar.
4:22 pm (EST)
Tristan Thompson Headshot

Thompson sat out Monday's practice with a sore knee, but is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

Thompson doesn't appear to be in danger of missing any time, though it will still be worth it to monitor his status up through pregame warmups Tuesday, especially considering the Cavaliers are heading into a back-to-back set. After opening the 2017-18 campaign coming off the bench, Thompson has seen a much smaller role than last season and is averaging just 5.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 23.3 minutes.
4:16 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood (calf) was limited in Monday's practice and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, David Locke of the Jazz Radio Network reports.

It's the first news of Hood returning to the court after he was forced out of Friday's game against the Timberwolves, but his status remains up in the air. The Jazz should provide another update on Hood's status after shootaround Tuesday morning, but it's likely he'll be a game-time decision. In the event that he is unable to play once again, both Thabo Sefolosha and Alec Burks should see extended minutes off the bench.
4:08 pm (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick will miss Tuesday's game against the Magic due to a personal issue, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.com reports.

The exact reasoning behind the absence is unclear, but Kilpatrick will sit out Tuesday, with his next opportunity to take the floor coming on Wednesday against the Cavaliers. That being said, Kilpatrick hasn't seen the floor over the first three games of the season, so his absence shouldn't cause any drastic changes to the regular rotation.
3:27 pm (EST)
Isaiah Whitehead Headshot

Whitehead was assigned to the G-League on Monday.

Whitehead has been inactive for the first three games of the season and coach Kenny Atkinson has publicly stated that he'll likely be the odd man out of the backcourt rotation, so a stint in the G-League should give Whitehead an extra opportunity to work on his game. While Jeremy Lin's (knee) absence for the rest of the season could potentially allow Whitehead to pick up a few reserve minutes once recalled, it still won't be enough to make him a fantasy relevant player.
3:20 pm (EST)
AJ Hammons Headshot

Hammons was assigned to the G-League on Monday, Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Hammons has yet to see the floor for the Heat over the first few games of the season, so he'll head to the Sioux Fall Skyforce in order to get some in-game action. Hammons is merely an emergency depth option at center for the Heat, currently behind the likes of Hassan Whitside, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Mickey and Bam Adebayo, so expect plenty of G-League stints throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
2:29 pm (EST)
Jason Smith Headshot

Smith (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Nuggets, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

Smith is still considered day-to-day with his right shoulder sprain but will miss his second straight game after being forced out of the team's season opener. Consider him questionable to return for Wednesday's game against the Lakers as the Wizards embark on a three-game West Coast trip. Kelly Oubre will start once again Monday in Smith's absence.
2:27 pm (EST)
Kelly Oubre Jr. Headshot

Oubre will pick up another start during Monday's matchup with the Nuggets, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Markieff Morris (abdomen) continues to inch closer to a return and has been cleared for one-on-one work, but he's still not ready to take the court and will likely be out at least a few more games. That allows Oubre to pick up a second straight start Monday. In Friday's stint with the top unit, Oubre largely struggled, posting just four points, seven rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes. That being said, the monster 36-minute workload is good news for his fantasy value heading into Monday's game and he'll be a relatively cheap candidate to consider in DFS lineups for the time being.
2:21 pm (EST)
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Payton (hamstring) is officially listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports

Payton was held out of practice Monday with what's being called a mild-to-moderate hamstring strain, so he was already considered a long shot take the court. He'll remain out Tuesday, but will then have two additional days off for rest prior to Friday's tilt with the Spurs. Look for D.J. Augustin to pick up another start in Payton's absence after tallying 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal across 27 minutes in Saturday's fill-in start against the Cavaliers.
2:13 pm (EST)
Tyler Lydon Headshot

Lydon was assigned to the G-League on Monday, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

The rookie out of Syracuse wasn't going to be a major part of the rotation, so he'll head to Rio Grande Valley for an opportunity to see starter's minutes, albeit against inferior competition. The Nuggets also assigned Monte Morris and Torrey Craig to the Vipers on Monday.
2:04 pm (EST)
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