AFTER a few weeks M.I.A. I’m back reviewing the NBA and what has happened in the past seven days that impacted your fantasy teams. If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want covered be sure to post your message in the comments below!
– THE closer we get to All Star break, the closer we are getting to seeing Khris Middleton retake the court. The Bucks swingman who is owned in less than a quarter of teams has missed all year so far, but is participating in full contact workouts and is hoping to eager to resume playing. The Giannis Antetokounmpo emergence may hamper his impact though so proceed accordingly. If you need to win remaining games for a playoff spot he may not be the smartest move, but if you have a berth sewn up he is good enough to stash on your bench in the hope that he will recapture his form from last season when fully healthy.
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– AT 11-30 at the halfway mark of the season I ripped into the Miami Heat for their struggles. Fast forward two weeks and Miami are on a nine game winning streak and all of a sudden eyeing a potential playoff spot. Dwyane Wade, I mean Dion Waiters has been a big reason for the win streak. Over the past nine games Waiters is putting up 21.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 4.7 APG and in the process become the hottest waiver wire addition. He still is only owned in a tick over 50% of teams, so snap him up while he’s hot.
– THERE hasn’t been a lot for the Dallas Mavericks to cheer about this year, with injuries ravaging the team. With injuries though come opportunity, and those opportunities have been seized by Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell. Curry has topped 20 points in three of his last five and regularly chips in across the board statistically. Ferrell has gone from literally an unknown/unowned prospect to a double digit scorer and like Curry can contribute steals, rebounds and assists too. Curry is a more consistent and established pick, but both are serviceable additions while Deron Williams and J.J. Barea remain out.
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– EVERYDAY we hear a near rumour surrounding a Carmelo Anthony trade. Personally I think he will find his way onto the Clippers, but what impact would a trade have on his fantasy numbers? Personally I think moving to the Clippers or Boston (the two most likely destinations) wouldn’t impact his numbers. If he joined either squad his scoring might even gain a slight bump. Isaiah needs a sidekick and Chris Paul is till out for LA which means more shots for Melo in the immediate future. Stay tuned.
INJURY NEWS – Enes Kanter punched a chair and fractured his arm earlier this week. That was not a typo, the Thunder big man is out for an extended period of time thanks to his brain fart. Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Derrick Favours and Will Barton are the most relevant names who have missed some time in the past week/fortnight. Although a return seems like it will be sooner rather than later (if they aren’t back already) for those four, monitor their individual situations to find out when they are due back for your squads. Avery Bradley is still out with an achilles issue and is expected to miss at least another week of games. He could be a potential buy-low target from a trigger happy owner.