IN the last seven days we have seen two MVP front runners put up massive numbers from a fantasy perspective. And no I’m not talking about Boogie and The Brow. Eric Bledsoe finally got his wish landing in Milwaukee and the second half of the NFL fantasy season is underway!
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- WHILE I was busy talking about the two NOLA big men last week LeBron James and James Harden sent me a reminder they are still around. The superstar duo went to head to head today as James finished with 33 points, four rebounds and nine assists, while Harden had a mammoth 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. It wasn’t tonight’s numbers that impressed over the last seven days though with James dropping 57 points on the Wizards in a DOMINANT performance last weekend. Harden followed it up by scoring 56 points (new career high) on just 25 shots a few days later!
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- ERIC Bledsoe (Bucks, PG) finally got his wish with the Phoenix Suns trading him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe and two heavily protected picks. His arrival definitely hampers the value of current starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who was putting up solid numbers during the season so far. He still provides some value, but with his minutes, shots and touches all set to decline look to trade or even drop Brogdon after we see how Kidd rolls out the new-look squad.
MUST ADD – Tyreke Evans, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF
WE can’t ignore him anymore. Evans is putting up somewhat surprising fantasy numbers in his first year as a Grizzly, so much so that he is the most added player in fantasy this week. Hitting a career-high two three’s a night on average, Tyreke is putting up numbers similar to his early Kings days averaging over 17 points a game with four boards and a handful of assists and steals. Invest!
Other candidates: Bobby Portis (Bulls, PF, 18.4%) & Kyle Kuzma (Lakers, PF, 75.6%)
MUST DROP – Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, PF/C
FOR years the Utah Jazz big man has looked like breaking out fantasy wise. He isn’t going to. Averaging just 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds a game, Favors remains a second unit piece for the Jazz and hasn’t done alot to warrant keeping on your roster anymore.
Other candidates: Evan Turner (Trailblazers, SG/SF, 21.1%) & Willie Cauley-Stein (Kings, C, 52.2%)
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INJURY NEWS – RELEVANT guys like Derrick Rose (Cavaliers, PG), Jayson Tatum (Celtics, SF) and Kevin Durant (Warriors, SF) are all dealing with setback and niggles this week that keeps their day to day status up in the air. The biggest fantasy concern though still remains Kawhi Leonard (Spurs, SF), who will likely miss a few more weeks after Gregg Popovich confirmed he is behind on his rehab schedule. Rajon Rondo (Pelicans, PG) and Nic Batum (Hornets, SG/SF) should make their returns to the court this week too.
WEEK 10 BYE TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles
- THE second of the season is officially underway with Thursday night action between the Seahawks and Cardinals beginning Week 10. Seattle moved to 6-3 led by two Jimmy Graham (14.7, 20.7 PPR) touchdowns and 238 passing yards from Russell Wilson (19.4). Larry Fitzgerald (11.3, 21.3 PPR) was a monster for the Cardinals with Drew Stanton (15) also putting together a solid score.
- MIKE Evans (Buccaneers, WR) won’t be earning any points in the Bucs Week 10 match against the Jets for fantasy owners after he copped a one-game suspension for flooring Marshon Lattimore last week. It might not a terrible thing with Evans a potential bench candidate with Jameis Winston sidelined, but it could still hurt some owners.
- LAST weeks fantasy hero was none of than T.Y. Hilton (29.5, 34.5 PPR). The Colts wideout amassed 175 receiving yards with two TD catches to top score for the round. Rising rook Alvin Kamara (25.2, 31.2 PPR) continued his impressive rise in fantasy and real football with 152 all-purpose yards. Jared Goff (28.4) was the fantasy QB of the week thanks to his 311 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams route of the Giants.
MUST ADD – Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants, RB
IN a weak Giants backfield someone needs to garner the touches and at least accumulate some fantasy points. Enter Orleans Darkwa who isn’t putting up mind-boggling numbers, but looms as a good piece worth adding to navigate the end of the byes. He has had 38.9 fantasy points in his last four games (45.9 in PPR leagues) and faces a fantasy-friendly 49ers team this weekend.
Other candidates: Charles Clay (Bills, TE, 44.8%) & Robert Woods (Rams, WR, 56.5%)
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MUST DROP – Broncos D/ST
THE Denver defense looks like a shell of itself right now. Von Miller and co were supposed to run amok and make opposing quarterbacks scramble wide-eyed and afraid. Instead, they have given up 95 points in their last three and have forced just three turnovers. With a trip to New England this week, it’s time to look for a new D/ST unit.
Other candidates: Martellus Bennett (Patriots, TE, 31.0%) & Terrelle Pryor Sr. (Redskins, WR, 42.0%)
INJURY NEWS – AS mentioned above Jameis Winston (Buccaneers, QB) will miss at least the next few weeks as he deals with a shoulder injury. He was taken out of the game against the Saints last week. We seem to have emerged relatively unscathed however the status of Julio Jones (Falcons, WR), Dez Bryant (Cowboys, WR) and C.J. Anderson (Broncos, RB) the biggest names under injury clouds for the upcoming week.