ANOTHER week in the fantasy world means another week of under and over achievers coupled with injuries striking us down like an arrow to the chest. Can your side sustain success as the end of the season approaches? Regardless of your answer find the weekly advice you need right here.
– WE are starting to see the reason Dario Saric was so hyped coming out of Europe. The Croatian sensation is putting up a hair over 20 points a game over his last five games, and more importantly is getting the minutes to keep him on the floor. With Simmons return still up in the air and Okafor’s future uncertain, expect Saric to continue to benefit from increased playing time.
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– JOHN Wall continues his hot streak heading into the All Star break, buoying a Wizards team that is equally as on fire. Nine straight double doubles, including three this week in three Wizard victories have Wall poised an one of the form players in the league, potentially building momentum as an MVP candidate.
– IF John Wall is the in form point guard in the East, Jameer Nelson may be able to mount a case as the best from the West. No seriously. The former Orlando stud is putting up 16.7 points and 9.5 assists over his last four (including 12 made three pointers). Looking much like his former self, as long as Nelson starts he can continue to rise up the food chain on a lot of league’s waiver wires.
– STICKING with the Denver theme, former Nugget Jusuf Nurkic made an efficient debut for Portland on Wednesday night. Acquired from Denver for Mason Plumlee recently Nurkic has 13 points and 7 rebounds, while going 5/5 from the field. If he keeps this up he is potential worth adding in deeper leagues.
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– IN more trade news the Raptors shipped Terrence Ross to Orlando in exchange for Serge Ibaka. Ross seems poised to suffer a bit from the move, with a crowded selection of wing players already calling Orlando home. Ibaka’s fantasy output on the other hand is an interesting topic. It seems inevitable that playing with two ball dominant scorers in Lowry and DeRozan would equate in a decline in Ibaka’s numbers, this may not be the case. Watch his minutes to see if a more enthused is given more opportunity to shine (and rack up stats) for the Raptors.
INJURY NEWS – THE biggest injury takeaway this week is the news that Kevin Love will miss six weeks with a knee issue. The Cavaliers forward has been having a stellar year and he will be sorely missed in fantasy teams as the playoffs near. Khris Middleton continues to build back to full strength in Jabari Paker’s absence, which is good for those who stashed him in their squads. Kenneth Faried, Terrance Jones, Rodney Hood and Cody Zeller all have the chance to resume basketball activities after the All-Star break which could help a number of owners who are lacking production.