NBA December 17th COVID Report

The NBA season has been here, but today it is now December which means it's CHRISTMAS TIME! We have such an exciting season up ahead and plenty of opportunities to win some money! There are four key things I look for in a player to have the highest probability of being optimal!
1. Price
2. Opponent DvP
3. Recent Minutes/Rotation Time
4. Usage Rate
These four statistics paired together are the best suitors to find a gem. Almost everyone I mention below hits on atleast 2 of these if not all of them! Hopefully this will help you be more successful while building lineups and give you a higher chance of winning the big bucks!
I would also like to note that I write these articles early in the day. It is always beneficial to check @FantasyLabsNBA for lineup changes. Those changes could have a direct effect on some of my "favorite plays" in the sense that if a cheap guy that was one of my favorites doesn't start, then they might no longer be a favorite play or even a play at all. Check out my Twitter @HeatingUpDFS for any updates on favorite play changes!
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So with the sheer number of guys out today, it doesn't seem even remotely wise to have "favorite plays" because there are so many different options available in solid spots. To help you guys out, I am going to outline all the injury/COVID protocol players out or questionable tonight and who gets a bump with them out. It isn't going to exactly be any analysis, but it should help put into light who all is available and in a positive spot.

PG:

Russell Westbrook OUT - Rajon Rondo, Austin Reaves, Malik Monk (Q), Wayne Ellington

LaMelo Ball QUESTIONABLE - Ish Smith (Q), Terry Rozier, Cody Martin

Ja Morant OUT - Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane

Cole Anthony QUESTIONABLE - RJ Hampton, Mychal Molder, Gary Harris

De'Aaron Fox OUT - Davion Mitchell, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield

Tyler Herro QUESTIONABLE - Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson

Tyrese Haliburton QUESTIONABLE - Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Moe Harkless

SG:

CJ McCollum OUT - Anfernee Simons, Damian Lillard, Norman Powell

Tyler Herro QUESTIONABLE - Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson

Tyrese Haliburton QUESTIONABLE - Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Moe Harkless

Bogdan Bogdanovic OUT - Cam Reddish, Lou Williams

SF:

Jimmy Butler OUT - Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro (Q)

Talen Horton-Tucker OUT - Wayne Ellington, Austin Reaves, Kent Bazemore, Malik Monk (Q)

Terence Davis OUT - Buddy Hield, Davion Mitchell, Moe Harkless, Harrison Barnes

Gary Harris QUESTIONABLE - Chuma Okeke, Mychal Molder

Caleb Martin OUT - Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, KZ Okpala

Terrence Ross OUT - Chuma Okeke, Mychal Molder

Anthony Edwards OUT - D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jaden McDaniels

PF:

Giannis Antetokounmpo OUT - Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Pat Connaughton, Jordan Nwora

Marvin Bagley III OUT - Chemize Metu (Q), Harrison Barnes, Tristian Thompson

Brandon Clarke OUT - Jaren Jackson Jr., Kyle Anderson, Santi Aldama

Chemize Metu QUESTIONABLE - Harrison Barnes, Tristian Thompson

JaMychal Green OUT - Jeff Green, Zeke Nnaji, Vlatko Cancar

C:

Bam Adebayo OUT - Dewayne Dedmon, PJ Tucker

Bobby Portis OUT - DeMarcus Cousins, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Pat Connaughton

Mo Bamba QUESTIONABLE - Wendell Carter Jr., Robin Lopez

Richaun Holmes OUT - Tristian Thompson, Damian Jones

Brook Lopez OUT - DeMarcus Cousins, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Pat Connaughton

Dwight Howard OUT - DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony

Alex Len OUT - Tristian Thompson, Damian Jones

Omer Yurtseven QUESTIONABLE - PJ Tucker, Dewayne Dedmon, Max Strus

Grant Williams OUT - Robert Williams, Enes Freedom

Al Horford OUT- Robert Williams, Enes Freedom, Jayson Tatum

Moe Wagner OUT - Wendell Carter Jr., Robin Lopez

Updates:

Current Player Pool "Locks" - Davion Mitchell, D'Angelo Russell, Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday
Thanks for reading, best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the holidays!
Heating Up DFS