NBA Fantasy Start/Sit Guide: Jan. 30, 2023-24 Season with Anthony Davis

Injury Concerns Impact Key Fantasy Basketball Players

by Nouman Rasool
NBA Fantasy Start/Sit Guide: Jan. 30, 2023-24 Season with Anthony Davis
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As the 2023-24 NBA season hits its midpoint and gears up for the final stretch, fantasy basketball enthusiasts find themselves facing critical decisions regarding their star players. On January 30, five exciting games are on the slate, featuring marquee names like Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, and Dejounte Murray.

However, their availability remains uncertain, prompting fantasy managers to ponder whether to start or sit these top talents.

Injury Updates and Recommendations

Dejounte Murray, a consistent performer all season, suffered a hamstring injury on January 28, casting doubt on his availability against the LA Lakers.

Given his questionable status, it's prudent to keep him sidelined unless upgraded to probable. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been filling his shoes effectively. Immanuel Quickley's quad injury diagnosis on January 25 has kept him out of two recent games.

With his status still in doubt, erring on the side of caution is advisable. Dennis Schroeder, now in the starting lineup, can be a temporary solution for fantasy teams. Ankle troubles sidelined Tyrese Maxey for the past two Sixers' games.

His status against the Golden State Warriors remains uncertain, making sitting him a safe choice. Pat Beverley has stepped in as a temporary replacement. LeBron James has been wrestling with ankle problems, leading to multiple appearances on the injured reserve.

However, with the upcoming game against the Hawks, there's optimism as he's not on the IR for the first time in a while. Fantasy managers can look forward to seeing him in action. Anthony Davis, like LeBron James, is not on the IR for the Lakers' back-to-back games.

His availability is crucial for the team's success, and fantasy managers should confidently start him. Kristaps Porzingis has been plagued by injuries, missing four of the last seven games, including the most recent ones. Fielding him comes with significant risk, particularly given the Boston Celtics' success without him.

Consulting with medical professionals may be a wise move. Joel Embiid, the reigning MVP, remains questionable with a knee injury and has missed consecutive games. Considering the risk, especially against the fast-paced Warriors, sitting him might be tough but beneficial for the Sixers' long-term prospects.

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