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– ERIC Bledsoe has been on a tear lately, dropping 30 or more points in three straight games. T.J. Warren is due back any day now, but he shouldn’t eat into too many of Bledsoe’s stats. He probably won’t maintain this scoring streak for long (he plays the Spurs tonight), and could be a candidate to sell-high if you need help in other areas.
– THE Philadelphia 76ers are in the ‘stay well away’ basket, due to the uncertainty surrounding their line-up. Each day a different guy seems to be stuffing the stat sheet. Whether it be Okafor, Holmes, Saric, Noel, Embiid, Rodriguez, Covington, Ilyasova or McConnell all seem to be taking it in turns to have their big performance. In order if you have to choose go for Embiid followed by Ilyasova. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing your players struggle because their teammates are stealing their stats.
– THE worth of Lou Williams has been on display with Randle, Russell and Young all missing time recently for the Lakers. While some of those three are due back in the near future Williams may not be an option to pick up now, but if any of those guys (especially the wing players) miss more time this year, Williams is a great option.
– A 6th man role seems to be suiting Wizards wing Kelly Oubre. The second-year swingman has been seeing large minutes from the bench and is developing into a constant source or scoring.
INJURY NEWS – Monta Ellis from the Pacers has a strained groin which has kept him out of a few games, and should shelve him for a few more too. George Hill’s cloudy status has many owners concerned. One thing is for sure, if he is on your wavier wire, get him on your team immediately because when the day comes that he is healthy he will be a massive contributor and that day is close. Jeremy Lin and Nerlens Noel made their return to action this week. I wouldn’t act to swiftly on Noel though, monitor his progress and minutes as he slowly builds his workload.
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– EVERYONE knows how talented Le’Veon Bell is, and if for some ungodly reason you didn’t after his 236 rushing yards last week and 47 fantasy points (the most since Jamal Charles in 2013) single handedly won people their fantasy matchups.
– TYREEK Hill and Ty Montgomery have been spark plugs for their offenses recently and are starting to gain traction and have seen an uptick in their ownership.
– INCONSISTENCY has plagued the Denver Broncos offense for the majority of the year and last week was no exception. Despite Trevor Siemian’s numbers looking swell, they managed just 10 points and their running game looked atrocious. Stay clear of the Broncos running backs.
– THE five picks Russell Wilson threw on their weekend didn’t entirely sum up his performance. There were a few unlucky bounces that didn’t go the Seahawks way and with a matchup against the Rams this week, Wilson and the Seattle offense could rebound very strongly.
INJURY NEWS – Melvin Gordon is listed as day-to-day at the moment after hip/knee injuries ended his day early on Sunday. Kenneth Farrow replaced Gordon and finished with a respectable 78 yards from scrimmage. If Gordon stays sidelined Farrow is a viable flex option. Not an injury as such, but Alshon Jeffery has served his four game suspension and could be a handy waiver wire pick-up if he plays for Chicago. A.J. Green’s status still remains up in the air, with the Bengals wideout scheduled to be a game time decision. Matt Forte, Donte Moncrief, Jordan Reed and Theo Riddick all remain questionable and should be monitored closely.
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