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While playing time and role in the NBA are fairly set for some teams, they are often in constant flux for others or can be forced to change due to injuries.

As a DFS player, if you aren’t keeping up with this fluid part of the NBA landscape, you’re going to really struggle to compete. Here, we’ll take a look at which teams are experiencing some changes that will offer DFS value in the short term.

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Brooklyn Nets

I often find it hard to want to use any Nets players in DFS, as they’re typically getting walloped and are subject to being on the bad end of a blowout each night they take the floor. That said, Donald Sloan flashed a little juice when given the opportunity last year in Indiana, and he’s showing some again for Brooklyn now that Jarrett Jack is out for the season.

Boston Celtics

There really isn’t a ton of opportunity here, but Marcus Smart is flashing a little Russell Westbrookish stat sheet stuffing ability. If any of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder or Evan Turner misses a game, Smart has a lot of upside.

Chicago Bulls

Joakim Noah will miss the rest of the season, leaving the Bulls no choice but to lean on Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson a little more from here on out.

Denver Nuggets

Jameer Nelson is dealing with a wrist injury as Emmanuel Mudiay is getting back to full health. Look for Mudiay to play big minutes at cheap DFS prices over the next week or so if Nelson can’t get back on the floor. Oh, and Jikola Nokic would likely be a monster in DFS if ever given more than 20 or so minutes a night. Alas, I’m not sure that day is coming anytime soon.

Detroit Pistons

This could just be a blip, but Ersan Ilyasova’s playing time and production have both ticked up to the point where he should be a DFS consideration for now.

Indiana Pacers

A lot going on here. George Hill is having a personal issue that has him possibly missing a couple games. Monta Ellis would really benefit in that case. Also, Ian Mahinmi is dealing with a knee issue. In games that Mahinmi misses, there will be big man production from one or all of Jordan Hill, Lavoy Allen and rookie Myles Turner. Good luck predicting it though.

Los Angeles Clippers

With Blake Griffin out, Chris Paul has turned into one of the single best DFS plays night in and night out.

Miami Heat

With Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih dealing with injuries, you can go ahead and lock Tyler Johnson into your lineups for as long as they’re out. In addition, Hassan Whiteside appears to be healthy again and is coming off an absurd 19-point, 17-rebound, 11-block triple-double in Denver last week.

Milwaukee Bucks

Injury ravaged, the Bucks often have no choice but to roll Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton out there for huge minutes if they want to compete. When the spot is right, those guys will offer huge upside based on their skill sets and playing time upside.

New Orleans Pelicans

Tyreke Evans is having some knee trouble. Any games he misses will result in a value spike for Norris Cole, and upticks for Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis.

Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo has already been ruled out for Wednesday, so give Elfrid Payton a long look in a plum matchup at home with the Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers

Robert Covington appears to be out of the doghouse and should be locked into DFS lineups if he’s going to continue starting at this depressed price tag.

Phoenix Suns

This situation can look enticing, but the Suns are so random night to night that I find it hard to ever buy in fully.

Utah Jazz

With Derrick Favors on the shelf, Trey Lyles has really shown that he can play. His playing time isn’t as secure as you’d like, but he definitely has some upside while Favors is out.

Washington Wizards

What a rash of injuries for the Wiz. The only really valuable guy for the time being is Marcin Gortat in games when Drew Gooden and Kris Humphries both are out. John Wall’s price has reached the super elite tier and he is always an option if you’re paying up at point guard.

Thanks for reading. Find me on Twitter @IanJ300 with any questions.

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