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Aaron Gordon - F - Magic
Oct 20   12:12 AM

Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) went through morning shootaround but said a decision as to whether he will play Friday night vs. the Nets would be made &quot;closer to tip-off.&quot;<br>Gordon told reporters that he hurt his ankle in a collision with Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday. Gordon was able to play through the pain in the second half, but has been dealing with soreness the last two days. Unfortunately, we'll likely have to wait until this evening before getting confirmation on Gordon's status. If Gordon is unable to play, rookie Jonathan Isaac and Marreese Speights would see an uptick in minutes. Jonathon Simmons might also log some time at the four spot.

DeAndre Bembry - F - Hawks
Oct 20   12:22 AM

DeAndre Bembry (wrist contusion) is expected to play Friday night vs. the Hornets.<br>Bembry tallied six points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 18 minutes in Atlanta's season opener vs. the Mavs. He has limited fantasy value, as he's expected to log less than 20 minutes a night. However, if the Hawks have injuries on the wing, his role would increase.

Chris Paul - G - Rockets
Oct 20   12:31 AM

Chris Paul (left knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.<br>Paul looked hobbled in Houston's season opener on Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday's victory over Sacramento. It's certainly not encouraging that the Rockets have already ruled out CP3 but, hopefully, Houston is just being cautious. We should get a full medical update from the team over the weekend. In the meantime, James Harden, who led the league in assists last season, will resume running point and posting monster numbers. Eric Gordon will also continue to shoulder much of the offensive load.

Draymond Green - F - Warriors
Oct 20   12:42 AM

Draymond Green (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back) will play Friday vs. the Pelicans.<br>There was some concern in Golden State when Green took a shot to the knee in Tuesday's season opener, but the MRI on Wednesday came back clean and Green was able to practice fully on Thursday. He's ready to rock and should be in all starting fantasy lineups for Friday's showdown with New Orleans' dynamic duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Stanley Johnson - F - Pistons
Oct 20   12:53 AM

Stanley Johnson did not participate in morning shootaround and his status is uncertain for Friday night's game vs. the Wizards.<br>Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Johnson was dealing with back spasms at the end of Wednesday's game. Johnson struggled mightily in the season opener (0-for-13 from the floor), but did play a game-high 40 minutes. Thus, if he is sidelined, there will be plenty of playing time up for grabs. Jon Leuer would likely replace Johnson in the starting lineup and soak up most of those minutes. Henry Ellenson could see an uptick in playing time as well.

Andre Iguodala - G/F - Warriors
Oct 20   1:00 PM

Andre Iguodala (back) will play Friday against the Pelicans.<br>Draymond Green (knee) will also play on Friday, meaning the Warriors will have their full complement of weapons. Iggy's return will likely eat into Nick Young's minutes. Swaggy P poured in 23 points and knocked down six 3-pointers in the Warriors season opener. Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell will also probably see fewer minutes off the Golden State bench.

Dwayne Bacon - G/F - Hornets
Oct 20   11:32 AM

Dwayne Bacon will draw another start Friday night vs. the Hawks.<br>Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is still not with the team, creating an opening in the starting lineup. Bacon started the season opener on Wednesday and finished with eight points, two 3-pointers two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Despite being in the starting lineup for the time being, Bacon is not on the fantasy radar in standard-depth leagues.

Isaiah Hicks - F - Knicks
Oct 20   10:37 AM

The Knicks have signed F Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract.<br>Hicks, who was undrafted out of UNC, went to training camp with the Hornets before being waived. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his final collegiate season. Hicks can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he'll likely spend most of the season in the G-League.

Myles Turner - F/C - Pacers
Oct 20   10:49 AM

Myles Turner (sore neck) has been downgraded to doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Blazers.<br>

Marcus Smart - G - Celtics
Oct 20   11:00 AM

Marcus Smart said he rolled both of his ankles Wednesday night vs. Milwaukee and is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Sixers.<br>

Draymond Green - F - Warriors
Oct 20   9:15 AM

Draymond Green (knee) has been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Friday's game vs. New Orleans.<br>Green had an MRI taken Wednesday that came back clean and was able to practice fully on Thursday without any limitations. He's on track to suit up vs. the Pels. Golden State will need his defensive excellence, as the New Orleans tag team of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins is a handful for any opponent. Assuming Green plays his usual allotment of minutes, both Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney will see their playing time cut.

Tyler Ulis - G - Suns
Oct 20   9:25 AM

Tyler Ulis (left quad contusion) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.<br>This is a new injury for Ulis, who logged 15 minutes off the bench in the Suns season opener. Coach Earl Watson should provide an update after the team's shootaround Friday morning. If Ulis is unable to play, Mike James would serve as Eric Bledsoe's backup. Troy Daniels might also see an uptick in minutes.

Alex Len - C - Suns
Oct 20   9:40 AM

Alex Len (left ankle sprain) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday's matchup vs. the Lakers.<br>It's only a game notes designation, so we'll take it with a grain of salt. However, it is encouraging news after Len was sidelined for the Suns season opener on Wednesday. We should have confirmation from coach Earl Watson after the team's shootaround on Friday morning. Let's hope Len, who had a strong preseason, can put this ankle issue behind him. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to log plenty of playing time and may be worth a look in deep leagues.

Cody Zeller - F/C - Hornets
Oct 20   9:49 AM

Cody Zeller (right knee bone bruise) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.<br>Zeller was solid in the season opener, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he was unable to escape unscathed. With Zeller sidelined, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky will likely be asked to log extra minutes. Johnny O'Bryant may also make his way into the rotation.

Michael Carter-Williams - G - Hornets
Oct 20   9:53 AM

Michael Carter-Williams (knees) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Atlanta.<br>MCW, who had stem-cell therapy on both of his knees in early-September, is still dealing with soreness in both knees. He is currently without a timetable for a return. No need for him to be rostered in standard fantasy formats. Malik Monk and Julyan Stone will continue to back up starting point guard Kemba Walker.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - F - Hornets
Oct 20   9:55 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is not with the team and will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.<br>

Austin Rivers - G - Clippers
Oct 20   6:31 AM

Austin Rivers returned to action on Thursday October 19.<br>

Steven Adams - C - Thunder
Oct 20   3:02 AM

Steven Adams filled up the stat sheet against the Knicks on Thursday, making 5-of-5 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and five steals in 30 minutes.<br>All five of his shots were within eight feet with two alley-oops and two dunks, so expect the Thunder to give him easy shots on offense. Overall, Adams finds himself in a better position this year with Enes Kanter gone, and the team probably can't get away with using Patrick Patterson at center for more than 15 minutes or so. That means Adams has a chance to increase his 29.9 minutes per game from last year. He has some fantasy value for field goal percentage, boards and defensive stats.

Sam Dekker - F - Clippers
Oct 20   2:06 AM

Sam Dekker grabbed one rebound in five minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.<br>He played all of his minutes in the fourth with true garbage time accounting for 3:24. Dekker is behind Wes Johnson for now and he did play some four, but he missed most of the preseason due to an oblique. Maybe that'll change.

Wes Johnson - G/F - Clippers
Oct 20   2:08 AM

Wes Johnson scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.<br>He is playing both forward spots for the Clippers, which is something coach Doc Rivers has done before. Even with some added pace helping Johnson's strengths, he still won't play enough while the team is healthy. Although, we all know that's not exactly Danilo Gallinari's calling card.

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