WAIVER wire workout time!! With all the new injuries taking effect in the NFL most owners are scrambling trying to find a replacement for the newest injured stars. Another week of NBA preseason taught us a few more lessons as tipoff looms as well.

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NFL

  • PERHAPS the biggest news in Fantasy Football last week was confirmation that Dallas Cowboys back Ezekiel Elliott will have his suspended upheld. The court turned down Zeke’s appeal request meaning he will miss Dallas’ next six games. With the Cowboys on their bye week this week, it’s likely Elliott returns in Week 12 against the Redskins on Thursday Night Football.
  • FOR the second straight week Deshaun Watson (35.5) was the top scoring quarterback. A week after throwing four touchdown passes, Watson used some junk time yardage to connect on five touchdown passes and 261 yards. Melvin Gordon (Chargers, RB) had over 100 rushing yards but it was his 58 yards receiving with two TD’s that helped him score a running back high 34.3 points. A.J. Green’s Week 5 high 189 receiving yards (with a score) helped him post 29.9 points, the most for all receivers.
  • THERE was a change in Arizona at running back with Chris Johnson no longer the replacement for the injured David Johnson. Instead, Adrian Peterson is now a Cardinal after the team made a trade for him with the New Orleans Saints.
  • THE first game of Week 6 is in the books with two fo the NFC’s best clashing in Carolina. Both Cam Newton and Carson Wentz came to play, but in the end, it was the Eagles defense that came through in the clutch helping them hold off the Panthers and winning 28-23.

MUST ADD – Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys, RB
WITH the news breaking that Elliott could be out for the next month and a half, there is an opening at running back in Dallas. Both Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are likely to share the snaps, but McFadden is the first man on the depth chart, making him the better fantasy prospect.
Other candidates: Alfred Morris (Cowboys, RB, 33.4%) & Ed Dickson (Panthers, TE, 47.5%)

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MUST DROP – Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals, RB
OBVIOUSLY, now that Johnson has been axed from the Cardinals he has got to go. He was an O.K. prospect offering promise in the passing and running game, but Peterson will be the main back until star David Johnson returns from injury.
Other candidates: Eli Manning (Giants, QB, 47.5%) & Jacquizz Rodgers (Buccaneers, RB, 36.8%)

INJURY NEWS – ANOTHER week meant another huge bout of injury concerns, no bigger than Odell Beckham. The Giants superstar fractured his ankle, ruling him out for the rest of the season. His teammate Brandon Marshall (Giants, WR) will also be out for a big stint of time and maybe even the rest of the year. Other receivers Tyler Eifert (Bengals, TE), Charles Clay (Bills, TE) and Wendell Smallwood missed Week 6 against the Panthers and with his injury issues still ‘complicated’ according to the Eagles.

BYE TEAMS: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

NBA

  • WITH the NBA season just days away the majority of owners will have already participated int heir league draft. For those chasing some late sleepers the likes of Milos Teodosic (Clippers, PG), Tyreke Evans (Kings, SF), Marcus Smart (Celtics, PG) and Marquese Chriss (Suns, PF).
  • ANTHONY Davis has been dominating the preseason and moving himself up fantasy draft boards throughout the league. The likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks, SF), James Harden (Rockets, PG/SG) and Steph Curry (Warriors, PG) have all bee lighting up the preseason as well.
  • PLAYERS to avoid include in drafts the likes of Trevor Booker (Nets, PF), Kyle Korver (Cavaliers, SF) and TJ Warren (Suns, SF) with the trio leading the way of players who draft stock is plummetting in the past week.

MUST ADD – Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, SG
WHILE he may already be highly owned in most league Kent Bazemore looms as a stud for those chasing value in the later rounds. Even though the Hawks are rebuilding someone needs to score for them and Bazemore looms and option No. 1.

MUST DROP – J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, SG
SIMILAR to Chris Johnson, now that Dwyane Wade will start over J.R. Smith he offers a very minute upside at the guard spot. He can stroke a three, but in most other stat categories, Smith won’t have a massive impact and that will lead to him being dropped in most leagues. 

INJURY NEWS – RAJON Rondo is the biggest injury concern emerging from the last week, with the Pelicans point guard now out for over a month with a hernia injury. Even though questions remain over LeBron’s status in the opener, he still managed to play his first preseason game of the year and scored 17 points with eight turnovers. Indiana forward Glenn Robinson will miss up to two months with the Pacers forward opting for surgery on his bad ankle sprain. Finally social media MVP Joel Embiid returned emphatically from injury scoring 22 points in just 15 minutes of action.