AS the grind towards the fantasy playoffs begins every roster move is becoming more important. This week saw some players fantasy seasons come to a screeching halt, while others emerged as potential fantasy heroes down the stretch. Hopefully you have the guy on the right side of the momentum swing.
– EARLIER in the season I made a trade for Chris Paul and without going into too much detail, the players I traded away have been playing well. Part of me was regretting the trade until Sunday night. Paul finished with 15 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds without a single turnover and looks to be back at his stat sheet stuffing best. Hallelujah.
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– DARIO Saric has emerged as the most important 76ers player for the rest of the season after Philly’s trades/injuries altered the roster. Saric is seeing plenty of minutes and averages close to 20 and 10 since the All-Star break. Robert Covington and Jahlil Okafor are also going to see boosts in playing time and output, but if Saric is available he is your #1 choice.
– THE trade deadline has been kind to a few big men, reaping the benefits of new roles. Jusuf Nurkic, Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein are all potential game changers for the back end of the fantasy season if their production continues. I currently rank them Noel, Nurkic, Cauley-Stein if you are contemplating picking them up.
– EVEN though he is on a lengthy road trip with an underperforming, underwhelming team Frank Kaminsky is straight up balling. He is averaging 20ppg and 7.7rpg over his last four and is seeing a ton of court time. Proceed with caution though as Cody Zellar’s return from injury could hurt Kaminsky’s overall value.
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INJURY NEWS – THE biggest news in the NBA fantasy world unfortunately came on the injury front for most teams. Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant and Kyle Lowry have all been ruled out for the rest of the NBA regular season which effectively rules them out for the rest of the fantasy season. While it is devastating news for owners (especially if you own multiple guys), some players have emerged as potential replacements. Enes Kanter returned from injury and is slotting back into his role at the Thunder as did Pau Gasol with the Spurs.