As we enter the second week of the 2022-2023 season, the hot start to James Harden’s campaign continues. Beard took first place on the fantasy points leaderboard after Monday’s promotion, with several other stars not far behind him. For now, point guards are running the show, and we’ll highlight the three that have made the most impact lately before identifying some underperformers and a DFS priority game for Tuesday’s four-game list.
Who is hot
Harden is the best fantasy performer of the year so far and was one rebound short of a triple-double on Monday. He scored 29 points along with nine rebounds and 10 assists against the Indiana Pacers. He averages 26.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 9.8 assists on 48.6% shooting. The Philadelphia 76ers look like Harden’s team, and playing 38.2 minutes a night would be too productive for most players.
Morant again starts ridiculously as a scorer and leads the league in points per game. The Memphis Grizzlies star averages 4.2 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game, which isn’t surprising, but he also shoots 60% from deep. Morant is already one of the best underhand finishers in the world and adding a consistent outside shot could take him to the next level in 2022-23. He scored 38 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had seven assists against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday to start his second week.
Irving had a poor start to his first season and scored only 15 points on 6 of 19 shots. However, he rebounded with at least 30 points and five assists in each of his next two competitions. He and Kevin Durant each scored 37 points on Monday as Brooklyn lost to the Grizzlies by 10 points. Both stars will likely carry the bulk of the Nets’ scoring load without a credible third option.
Who is not
Three games into Simmons’ career, he still lacks the aggression that managers haven’t seen from him in years. While his rebounds and assists are on par with what he shows as an All-Star, he makes fewer than five shots per game. Simmons, who is also known as an energetic defender, fouled twice in less than 30 minutes. The fantasy managers who turned to Simmons in hopes of a good season can’t feel too good right now. On Monday, he had seven points, three rebounds and eight assists.
Horford has so far been unable to take advantage of Robert Williams’ missing time due to a knee injury. The Boston Celtics center didn’t live up to his usual standards of scorer, rebounder, and playmaker early on. He’s averaging 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a starter in his career, but a handful of substitutes on other teams appear to be much more promising fantastic prospects as they start week two of the 2022-23 season.
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