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Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis picked up a nice double-double on opening night, finishing a 121-114 loss to Golden State with 33 points and 11 rebounds. He shot a solid 15-for-26 from the field but struggled from deep with a 1-for-5 effort and from the charity stripe, going 2-for-7. The Brow also collected two assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes of action with zero turnovers. AD had a disappointing year in 2020-21 and couldn't keep himself on the court, logging only 36 games, but he's a beast when healthy and fantasy managers should expect plenty of big double-doubles from him this season. He'll get a revenge game next on Friday as the Lakers host the Suns, who crushed them in the playoffs last season.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks could be shorthanded with Cam Reddish (illness) and Kevin Huerter (quad) both listed as questionable as well. That means, Delon Wright and Lou Williams could be asked to play significant roles, assuming Young and possibly others are out. Both Wright and Williams would have a ton of streaming appeal and DFS value with the Hawks possibly missing players. Fantasy managers should check back for another update on Sunday.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Miami Heat. His absence should mean another start for Pat Connaughton. It doesn't sound like Antetokounmpo is going to miss significant time, but the organization wants to be cautious with their franchise player. In the meantime, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton will be asked to carry the offense. Connaughton could have some streaming appeal in deep leagues or low cost DFS value.
San Antonio Spurs forward Devin Vassell (quad) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors. This isn't shocking considering Vassell was listed as doubtful heading into this contest. It sounds like the team is going to give him the night off to rest. In his absence, Lonnie Walker IV and Bryn Forbes will see more playing time. Neither are worth using in standard leagues, but could have some deep league appeal with Vassell out.
Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. This isn't shocking news considering Horford does often times sit out during back-to-back sets. His absence should mean more minutes for Robert Williams III. Also, Grant Williams appears to be a strong streaming option while Horford sits out.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He reportedly didn't suffer a setback, but Brown continues to deal with tightness in his hamstring. The organization will have him sidelined for at least one game, but he could possibly miss more. Dennis Schroder and Josh Richardson will be asked to step up in his absence. Schroder is the better option between the two and is worth looking at in DFS contests.
Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (rest) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. The organization is listing Porter with a foot issue, but that is likely to avoid a fine from the NBA. This should be a one game absence for Porter. In the meantime, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damion Lee and Gary Payton II could all see an uptick in playing time. Payton might be the best fantasy option out of the trio right now.
Brooklyn Nets forward James Johnson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls. He's a late addition to the injury report with left shoulder soreness. Bruce Brown and DeAndre' Bembry would be asked to step up if Johnson is out on Saturday. Brown is the better option between the two and could have some low-end DFS appeal for Saturday.
New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle led the team with 24 points and had seven rebounds with eight assists in Saturday's 113-99 loss to Denver. He made at least half of his shots for a third consecutive game, going 9-for-18 from the field, and Randle committed only one turnover in 35 minutes. The team had an awful time in the matchup, but Randle has been hot lately and managed to maintain his momentum. He will face a vulnerable San Antonio team next. The Spurs are allowing the fifth-most points in the league to power forwards this season, and their rebounding numbers are also far from impressive.
Denver Nuggets power forward Zeke Nnaji had a very good performance in Saturday's win over the Knicks, shooting 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-9 from outside en route to a career-high 21 points. He pulled down eight rebounds and picked up a couple of steals as well in 34 minutes off the bench. Nnaji generally doesn't see a lot of playing time, but he was rolling here and the Knicks couldn't keep the game competitive. It was a nice performance from the second-year player, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect Nnaji to repeat in anytime soon.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic rolled to 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Saturday's 113-99 win over the Knicks, shooting 14-for-19 from the field and doing all the damage in just 27 minutes of action. He also returned to form from downtown, going 3-for-7 just a few days after finishing 0-for-5 with the three-ball against Orlando. The Nuggets have struggled lately, but Jokic continues to do his thing, filling the stat sheet with ease. He now starts preparing for a four-game week, which includes a couple of meetings with the Spurs, who boast some really ugly numbers against opposing centers.