Who Benefits the Most if Kuzma and Lowry Do Not Play?

INJURY LIST FOR OCTOBER 22

Kyle Kuzma OUT (#2 SF LAL 32.1 Min / 23.9 Usage)

The third string SF is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's average usage is 17.6% with an average of 28.8 minutes per game. Kuzma averages 3.3 more minutes with a +6.3 percentage point higher usage rate than Caldwell-Pope. If Kyle Kuzma is out then Caldwell-Pope should be in line for a better than average night.

Kyle Lowry OUT (#1 PG TOR 33.8 Min / 19.2 Usage)

The backup PG is Fred VanVleet. Fred VanVleet's average usage is 17.3% with an average of 23.4 minutes per game. VanVleet averages 10.4 fewer minutes with a 1.9 percentage point lower usage rate. Fred VanVleet is in position to have a better than average night if Lowry is out.

Patrick Beverley OUT (#1 PG LAC 28.1 Min / 12.5 Usage)

The backup PG is Lou Williams. Lou Williams' average usage is 32.7% with an average of 29.8 minutes per game

Quinn Cook (#2 PG LAL 16 Min / 19.1 Usage)

The third string PG is LeBron James who is already the starting small forward. James should be in line for even more minutes and shots and besides increased usage James should be in line for more assists than normal. Behind James at PG is Alex Caruso. Alex Caruso's average usage is 15.8% with an average of 17.9 minutes per game. Caruso has a lower usage rate that is -3.3% lower than Cook. Alex Caruso is in position to have a better than average night if Cook is out.

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INJURY LIST FOR OCTOBER 23

Damian Lillard OUT (#1 PG POR 36.5 Min / 29.4 Usage)

The backup PG is Anfernee Simons. Anfernee Simons' average usage is 31.4% with an average of 6.1 minutes per game. Lillard averages 30.4 more minutes than Simons. The potential is there for Simons to more than double his normal fantasy average if Lillard does not play.

Joel Embiid OUT (#1 C PHI 32.1 Min / 33.4 Usage)

The backup C is Jonah Bolden. Jonah Bolden's average usage is 13.5% with an average of 13.3 minutes per game. Embiid averages 18.8 more minutes with a +19.9 percentage point higher usage rate than Bolden. If Embiid does not play, it is possible for Bolden to double his normal fantasy output.

Bradley Beal (#1 SG WAS 36.6 Min / 28.6 Usage)

The backup SG is Jordan McRae. Jordan McRae's average usage is 20.6% with an average of 12.7 minutes per game. Beal averages 23.9 more minutes with a +8 percentage point higher usage rate than McRae. If Beal does not play, it is possible for McRae to double his normal fantasy output. McRae averages 0.87 FD pts per minute and 0.88 DK pts per minute so at a relatively high pts/min rate any additional minutes or usage could make him an especially strong play.

Kyrie Irving OUT (#1 PG BKN 33 Min / 29.2 Usage)

The backup PG is Spencer Dinwiddie. Spencer Dinwiddie's average usage is 25.1% with an average of 28.4 minutes per game. Dinwiddie averages 4.6 fewer minutes with a 4.1 percentage point lower usage rate. Spencer Dinwiddie is in position to have a better than average night if Irving is out.

C.J. McCollum OUT (#1 SG POR 35.6 Min / 26 Usage)

The backup SG is Kent Bazemore. Kent Bazemore's average usage is 22.1% with an average of 26 minutes per game. McCollum averages 9.6 more minutes with a +3.9 percentage point higher usage rate than Bazemore. If C.J. McCollum is out then Bazemore should be in line for a better than average night. Compared to a league avg of 0.8 FP per min, his 0.94 FD pts and 0.97 DK pts per minute are higher than normal.

Jimmy Butler (#1 SF MIA 35 Min / 22.1 Usage)

The backup SF is Derrick Jones. Derrick Jones' average usage is 16.7% with an average of 17.5 minutes per game. Butler averages 17.5 more minutes with a +5.4 percentage point higher usage rate than Jones. If Butler does not play, it is possible for Jones to double his normal fantasy output.

Danilo Gallinari OUT (#1 PF OKC 30.9 Min / 24.4 Usage)

The backup PF is Mike Muscala. Muscala averages 20.2 minutes (14.2 usage rate). Gallinari averages 10.7 more minutes with a +10.2 percentage point higher usage rate than Muscala. If Gallinari does not play, it is possible for Muscala to double his normal fantasy output.

Aaron Gordon (#1 PF ORL 33.4 Min / 22.1 Usage)

The backup PF is Jonathan Isaac who starts at small forward. Isaac should be in line for even more minutes, shots and rebounds. Behind Isaac at PF is Al-Farouq Aminu. Al-Farouq Aminu's average usage is 14.2% with an average of 28.8 minutes per game. Gordon averages 4.6 more minutes with a +7.9 percentage point higher usage rate than Aminu. If Aaron Gordon is out then Aminu should be in line for a better than average night.

Dennis Smith Jr. (#1 PG NY 29.2 Min / 24.8 Usage)

The backup PG is Elfrid Payton. Elfrid Payton's average usage is 18.1% with an average of 29.1 minutes per game

Goran Dragic (#1 PG MIA 30.4 Min / 23.8 Usage)

The backup PG is Justise Winslow. Winslow averages 27.1 minutes (20.8 usage rate). Winslow averages 3.3 fewer minutes with a 3 percentage point lower usage rate. Justise Winslow is in position to have a better than average night if Dragic is out.

Keivin Knox (#2 SF NY 28.8 Min / 22.6 Usage)

The third string SF is Damyean Dotson. Damyean Dotson's average usage is 17.3% with an average of 21.2 minutes per game. Knox averages 7.6 more minutes with a +5.3 percentage point higher usage rate than Dotson. If Keivin Knox is out then Dotson should be in line for a better than average night.

Caris LeVert (#1 SF BKN 26.5 Min / 24.5 Usage)

The backup SF is Taureen Prince. Prince averages 29.3 minutes (19.7 usage rate). Prince has a lower usage rate that is -4.8% lower than LeVert. If Caris LeVert is out then Prince should be in line for a better than average night.

Jonas Valanciunas (#1 C MEM 22.5 Min / 27.5 Usage)

The backup C is Jaren Jackson who is already the starting power forward. Jackson should be in line for even more minutes, shots and rebounds. Behind Jackson at C is Brandon Clarke.

Bobby Portis (#2 PF NY 23.9 Min / 25.1 Usage)

The third string PF is Taj Gibson. Gibson averages 28.9 minutes (17.3 usage rate). Portis has a usage rate that is +7.8 points higher than Gibson. Taj Gibson is in position to have a better than average night if Portis is out.

Emmanuel Mudiay OUT (#2 PG UTA 23.2 Min / 24.8 Usage)

The third string PG is Dante Exum. Exum averages 15.3 minutes (22.5 usage rate). Exum averages 7.9 fewer minutes with a 2.3 percentage point lower usage rate. Dante Exum is in position to have a better than average night if Mudiay is out.

Justise Winslow (#2 PG MIA 27.1 Min / 20.8 Usage)

The third string PG is Kendrick Nunn. He is not a big FP/min producer (0 FD, 0 DK) so you will want to be sure that he is in line for significantly more minutes and usage before seeing him as a good option.

Hassan Whiteside OUT (#1 C POR 23.8 Min / 22.6 Usage)

The backup C is Zach Collins who is already the starting power forward. Collins should be in line for even more minutes, shots and rebounds. Behind Collins at C is Pau Gasol. Pau Gasol's average usage is 15.4% with an average of 20.2 minutes per game. Whiteside averages 3.6 more minutes with a +7.2 percentage point higher usage rate than Gasol. If Hassan Whiteside is out then Gasol should be in line for a better than average night.

Tyler Johnson OUT (#2 SG PHO 27.4 Min / 18.6 Usage)

The third string SG is Jevon Carter. Jevon Carter's average usage is 18.9% with an average of 14.7 minutes per game. Johnson averages 12.7 more minutes than Carter. Jevon Carter is in position to have a better than average night if Johnson is out.

Wendell Carter (#1 C CHI 25.3 Min / 19.6 Usage)

The backup C is Daniel Gafford.

Ish Smith (#1 PG WAS 23.8 Min / 20 Usage)

The backup PG is Isaiah Thomas. Thomas averages 23.7 minutes (28.4 usage rate)

Kelly Olynyk (#1 PF MIA 23.4 Min / 18 Usage)

The backup PF is Justise Winslow. Winslow averages 27.1 minutes (20.8 usage rate)

Nicolas Batum OUT (#1 SF CHA 31.2 Min / 13.1 Usage)

The backup SF is Dwayne Bacon who is the starting shooting guard. Bacon should be in line for even more minutes and shots. Behind Bacon at SF is Miles Bridges. Miles Bridges' average usage is 15.5% with an average of 21.2 minutes per game. Bridges averages 10 fewer minutes than Batum. If Batum is out and Bridges gets more run, then he should have a better than average game.

Dwight Powell (#1 C DAL 21.4 Min / 17.7 Usage)

The backup C is Maximilian Kleber. Maximilian Kleber's average usage is 14% with an average of 19.1 minutes per game. Kleber averages 2.3 fewer minutes with a 3.7 percentage point lower usage rate. If Powell is out and Kleber gets more run, then he should have a better than average game.

Cory Joseph OUT (#2 PG SAC 25.7 Min / 13.9 Usage)

The third string PG is Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell averages 21.9 minutes (16.5 usage rate). Ferrell averages 3.8 fewer minutes than Joseph. If Cory Joseph is out then Ferrell should be in line for a better than average night.

Dante Exum OUT (#2 SG UTA 15.3 Min / 22.5 Usage)

The third string SG is Joe Ingles who is already the starting power forward. Ingles should be in line for even more minutes and perimeter shots. Behind Ingles at SG is Justin Wright-Foreman. Wright-Foreman is below average in FD and DK pts per minute (0, 0) but there is substantial upside with a lot more minutes and usage.

C.J. Miles (#1 SF WAS 18.3 Min / 18.5 Usage)

The backup SF is Troy Brown. Brown averages 14.3 minutes (19.4 usage rate). Brown averages 4 fewer minutes than Miles. Troy Brown is in position to have a better than average night if Miles is out.

Harry Giles OUT (#2 C SAC 14.2 Min / 21.8 Usage)

The third string C is Richaun Holmes. Richaun Holmes' average usage is 17.4% with an average of 16 minutes per game. Giles has a usage rate that is +4.4 points higher than Holmes. If Harry Giles is out then Holmes should be in line for a better than average night.

Aaron Holiday (#2 PG IND 12.4 Min / 24.5 Usage)

The third string PG is T.J. McConnell. McConnell averages 19.9 minutes (15.5 usage rate). McConnell has a lower usage rate that is -9% lower than Holiday. If Aaron Holiday is out then McConnell should be in line for a better than average night.

Troy Brown (#2 SF WAS 14.3 Min / 19.4 Usage)

The third string SF is Isaac Bonga. Isaac Bonga's average usage is 19.7% with an average of 5.7 minutes per game. Bonga averages 8.6 fewer minutes than Brown. If Brown does not play, it is possible for Bonga to double his normal fantasy output.

Chandler Hutchison OUT (#2 SF CHI 20.3 Min / 12.9 Usage)

The third string SF is Thaddeus Young. Young averages 31.6 minutes (18.2 usage rate)

Andre Roberson (#1 SF OKC 26.7 Min / 9.2 Usage)

The backup SF is Terrance Ferguson. Terrance Ferguson's average usage is 10.5% with an average of 20 minutes per game. Ferguson averages 6.7 fewer minutes than Roberson. Terrance Ferguson is in position to have a better than average night if Roberson is out.

Jordan Bell OUT (#2 PF MIN 12.4 Min / 14.6 Usage)

The third string PF is Noah Vonleh. Noah Vonleh's average usage is 15.6% with an average of 21.3 minutes per game