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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.
Brooklyn Nets center Nicolas Claxton (hamstring) has been given the green light to get back into action for Tuesday's contest vs. the Lakers. Claxton had missed each of Brooklyn's last seven outings due to a hamstring ailment, but his return will coincide with that of L.A.'s Anthony Davis, giving him a sizable defensive challenge right out of the gate. Claxton's return zaps Day'Ron Sharpe of nearly all his DFS viability, while LaMarcus Aldridge figures to remain a key cog among the team's second unit. Prior to going down with his injury, Claxton had scored in double figures in nine of his last 11 games.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen (illness) didn't practice on Tuesday, according to head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Allen missed Monday's game due to a non-COVID related illness and his status for Wednesday's game is in doubt. Ed Davis started in place on Allen on Monday, but only played 17 minutes. Evan Mobley or Kevin Love are much better fantasy options and should play better roles, assuming Allen misses another game. Fantasy managers will have to check back on Wednesday to see if Allen's status changes.
Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (ankle) and power forward Chimezie Metu (knee) will miss Tuesday's game against Boston. Fox is missing his second consecutive outing, which paves the way for Terence Davis to remain among the starting five and see sizable DFS appeal. Metu's absence should allow Marvin Bagley III to see a handful of additional minutes, although the Kings' frontcourt remains a volatile fantasy situation. Fox has been on the offensive upswing during January, averaging 23.7 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in his last 10 outings, all while shooting 50 percent overall. The next chance for either player to suit up comes Wednesday vs. the Hawks.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He was listed as probable heading into this contest, but it appears the Nuggets are going to take the cautious approach. Bryn Forbes and Facundo Campazzo should be asked to play more without Barton in the lineup. Campazzo is the better streaming choice between the two, but neither are great options. Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon should be tasked with doing more on offense with Barton sidelined.
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (wrist) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Barnes has been dealing with nagging injuries for awhile, so who knows if he'll actually play. Yuta Watanabe could be asked to play significant minutes with Fred VanVleet (knee) already sidelined. Gary Trent Jr. is looking at heavy minutes and should be a strong streaming choice and DFS selection for Tuesday's slate. Fantasy managers should check back closer to game time for another update on Barnes.
Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis (knee) has been given the green light to take the floor for Tuesday's game vs. Brooklyn, marking his first game action since Dec. 17. Head coach Frank Vogel did not mention a specific minutes limit for Davis, but the team is expected to manage his workload in his return from a sprained MCL. While that may eliminate some of Davis' DFS shine, season-long fantasy managers can fire him up for all lineups. Averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 boards while shooting 52.1 percent overall across his first 27 outings, Davis is a double-double threat every time that he takes the floor.
LA Clippers small/power forward Marcus Morris Sr. (personal) has been ruled out for Tuesday's contest vs. Washington and head coach Ty Lue was unsure whether Morris would return to the mix for Wednesday's outing against the Magic. Without Morris in the mix, Brandon Boston Jr., Terance Mann, and Luke Kennard are all candidates to see elevated offensive upside on top of what they already possess without Paul George (elbow) available. Morris has been LA's most consistent scoring threat over the past month, averaging 17.3 PPG over his last 13 outings. When available, the Clippers' scoring void makes Morris a near must-roster season-long asset in the vast majority of formats.
Charlotte Hornets small forward Gordon Hayward (foot) and power forward Jalen McDaniels (ankle) have been ruled out for Tuesday's contest vs. the Raptors. Both are missing their second consecutive outing, with Cody Martin set to remain among the starting five and thereby see elevated DFS appeal for the time being. Hayward's ailment has been deemed discomfort, giving heart to season-long managers who could use his scoring punch back, while McDaniels is likely to face a more sustained absence due to his sprained left ankle. Miles Bridges will benefit from the added offensive usage, while P.J. Washington played 31 minutes off the bench Sunday.
Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. Charlotte due to a sore right knee. VanVleet has been logging enormous minutes totals all season, as he enters play Tuesday at a league-high 38.2 minutes per outing. Over his last eight games, that number has jumped to 41.2, a stretch in which he has attempted 13.3 three-point attempts per outing, leading to him shooting just 34 percent overall. Without VanVleet in the mix, Gary Trent Jr. will serve as the team's de facto starting point guard, although Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam stand to have elevated assists upside as well. The team may just be exercising caution with VanVleet on the first night of a back-to-back with Wednesday against the Bulls serving as his next chance to suit up.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (rest) and point guard Devonte' Graham (ankle) will miss Tuesday's game vs. Philadelphia. The Pelicans have responded to the rescheduled contest by choosing to rest their big man on the second leg of a back-to-back, paving the way for Jaxson Hayes and Willy Hernangomez to play larger frontcourt roles. Without Graham running the show offensively, Jose Alvarado stands to see significant DFS interest, particularly due to his extremely low price tag. Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Josh Hart (ankle) are out as well, meaning Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Garrett Temple, and Herbert Jones are the three likeliest candidates to see sizable jumps in offensive usage.