ANOTHER week in the fantasy world with plenty of players output swinging from good to bad and vice versa. AS the push towards fantasy playoffs continues to approach, here is the biggest news from the past seven days to keep you in the hunt for the illustrious fantasy title!
– SEASON ending knee injuries to a pair of their teammates have freed up plenty of minutes/opportunity for Khris Middleton and Shabazz Muhammad. I will otuch more on the injuries below, but the pair of wingmen are in line for a much larger role for the Bucks and T-Wolves respectively. Middleton made his season debut from a hamstring injury on Wednesday and will work his way back into form once the All-Star break is over and Muhammad has already shown in brief flashes he has fantasy potential given the chance. Both are worthy of a spot in your teams based on their potential ceiling alone.
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– MASSIVE weeks from Jrue Holiday (Pelicans), Goran Dragic (Heat) and Wizards duo John Wall and Bradley Beal, saw their rise in fantasy importance. Dragic in particular is an interesting player, linked to trade rumours for the majorette of the season. He had a career night making threes against Minnesota netting seven from behind the arc on his way to a season high 33 points. Regardless of if he is traded or not Dragic clearly has value as a fantasy player and could be a potential trade option to strengthen your guard spots.
– POPULAR back up big men David Lee (Spurs) and Ivica Zubac (Lakers) are among the most dropped players this week after the inconsistent play from the two rearing it’s ugly head. A fortnight ago Zubac was on the verge of posting back to back to back double doubles, while David Lee stepped into the role of replacing Pau Gasol, and was doing so admirably. Look elsewhere for help as their patchy play will likely continue.
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– BLAKE Griffin is back to his dominant best for the Clippers since his return from injury. He showcased his playmaking abilities with his first triple double of the season against the Raptors and backed that performance up with 32 points against the Knicks at MSG. With Chris Paul out for the foreseeable future, if Griffin is relied upon to be the teams primary ball handler that only means good things for his fantasy stat lines.
INJURY NEWS – As mentioned at the start of this weeks article tragically Jabari Parker (Bucks) and Zach LaVine (Timberwolves) are victims to recent ACL tears. They will both miss 12 months of action and serve no purpose on your team. Rodney Hood (Utah) continues to miss time no established timetable yet for his return to the court. Similarly Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has been out since the start of February and will probably miss another few games. Monitor the progress of both and act accordingly. Magic guard Evan Fournier seems to be returning to his best, playing the second most minutes of the season last night. He has also scored over 20 in three of his last four and looks like Orlando’s main weapon moving forwards.