FANTASY Friday provides you with the latest fantasy news for your league from the past seven days. Check back weekly to make sure you get a leg up over your peers with my guide to fantasy glory. All stats and opinions are based on ESPN fantasy league formats.
– IF you are playing in a deep league and injuries are starting to take their toll and you are looking for some reprise at the guard spot, you may want to look at Malcolm Brogdon from the Bucks. His minutes continue to increase, putting up 8 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds each game in a tick over 23 minutes throughout the past seven matches.
– NIKOLA Jokic owners rejoice for the big Serbian is in the Nuggets starting line-up and looks like he is going to stay there. In turn that means if you have the out of favour Jusuf Nurkic on your roster you may want to consider a move.
– THE mess that is the Philadelphia 76ers continues to wow us, with the latest issue circulating around the benching of Nerlens Noel. There are still rumours surrounding his future with the team and whatever way you look at it, Noel being demoted to the pine and seeing few minutes doesn’t bode well for his trade value or his fantasy output.
– EVEN though Westbrook continues to defy logic don’t be surprised if Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best fantasy player by years end. Coming into next season he may very well be the #1 pick as he leads his team in every major stat category (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) a feat that no one else is achieving.
INJURY NEWS – BLAKE Griffin and Clint Capela are both going to miss a big chunk of time with a minor knee injury and broken fibula respectively. Mike Conley surprised everyone returning from injury much sooner than scheduled which was a massive boost for the Grizzlies. Speaking of boosts the Pelicans were happy to see Tyreke Evans ease his way back from an injury also, as he is probably the teams 3rd best option behind Davis and Holiday. Maybe they can now string some W’s together. Finally J.R Smith has a broken thumb that will sideline him for about a month and a niggling knee complaint has sideleined Kevin Love for the past few contests. Keep an eye on this, because if it becomes an issue he could miss the Christmas Day epic against the Warriors.
– TY Montgomery shapes as a huge pickup if he can continue to produce in the same way he has the past few weeks. Coming off a pair of rushing touchdowns and 160+ yards he could single handedly help some owners win their fantasy leagues.
– THE time of year when teams are juggling D/ST’s dependant upon who they are playing is upon us. Even if you may have had the Broncos or Vikings defense giving you points all year a switch to the Chargers defense (playing the Browns) may be in your best interests.
– HOUSTON has finally bit the bullet and benched their $72 million dollar man Brock Osweiler. Tom Savage is an interesting prospect at QB and could light up the Bengals. Worth considering.
– SOMEHOW Cameron Brate continues to emerge as one of Jameis Winston’s favourite targets. After over 70 yards and his 7th score of the year last weekend put him into your lineup as the Bucs/Saints clash is likely to be a high scoring affair.
INJURY NEWS – ADRIAN Peterson made his return last week and it was rather underwhelming. Despite him being one of the greatest fantasy players in recent memory proceed with caution though as he is under performing 2.7 yards per rush this year., and may not even suit up to play the Packers. Matt Forte has been playing with a torn meniscus and is now apparently dealing with nerve issues. Don’t risk playing him especially considering how well Bilal Powell is doing in his place. Stay clear of Redskins tight end Jordan Reed as he is clearly not right, and A.J. Green was limited at practice. With his team out of playoffs now there is no point rushing him back. Derek Carr still doesn’t look right and Julio Jones could be back for the Falcons. Monitor both of these players closer to kickoff.
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