I wonder how many players have recorded a triple-double and got ejected in the same week before? I’m sure Scribe can give you the answer. Scribe can’t tell you why one of the modern day greats has been benched though. Or why the 49ers are ushering in their new era sooner than most expected. If you read on then I’ll do my best to explain how to solve these fantasy issues though. Please.
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- AS the Cavs rolled to their 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th straight wins the King was once again a feature in the box score. He came so close to averaging a triple-double over the last four games with 25.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists, despite being thrown out of the game against the Miami Heat.
- LEBRON wasn’t the only player tossed for the first time in his career this week with Anthony Davis ejected against Minnesota too. He still managed to chalk up 17 points and five boards before being thrown out midway through the second quarter in the Pelicans loss to the Timberwolves.
- ROOKIE sensation Donovan Mitchell is starting to raise eyebrows in the fantasy community. The Jazz guard seems to be the beneficiary of Utah’s lack of direction right now and he thrived as the go-to guy over the last week averaging over 20 PPG and making more than four 3-pointers a game.
MUST ADD – Courtney Lee, New York Knicks, SG
WE all know about the Knicks renaissance that is occurring this season fueled by Kristaps Porzingis. He isn’t alone though with Courtney Lee shaping as a big contributor to their 11-10 start. Hitting over 62% of his shots this week, Lee’s hot streak of 18.5 points with a pair of assists and rebounds thrown in makes him one of the hottest waiver wire targets in the league.
Other candidates: Kyle Anderson (Spurs, PF, 32.2%) & Larry Nance (Lakers, PF, 23.7%)
MUST DROP – Rajon Rondo, New Orleans Pelicans, PG
AFTER the Pels signed Rondo in the offseason many thought that he would be a solid addition to New Orleans. However, with Rondo injured the organisation make the executive decision to make a move for Jameer Nelson. That transaction has not only taken minutes away from Rondo, but it has put a handicap on his ceiling. Let him walk.
Other candidates: Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets, PG, 6.5%) & Bobby Ports (Bulls, PF, 30.4%)
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INJURY NEWS – POOR Blake Griffin (Clippers, PF) the dude can’t catch a break. Another knee injury will keep him out for about two months as the Clippers season continues to spiral out of control. John Wall (Wizards, PG) is battling is own knee ailment, with his return date still uncertain. Tony Parker (Spurs, PG) was welcomed back by his team this week while his superstar teammate Kawhi Leonard’s (Spurs, SF) return to the court still uncertain.
- MY god, Alvin Kamara is a beast. The favourite for Offensive Rookie of the Year is tearing the league to shreds right now with the Saints running back racked up over 180 yards from scrimmage (30.8, 36.8 PPR) against the Rams was his fourth straight game with 100+ all-purpose yards. Julio Jones (38.8, 50.8 PPR) balled out for the Falcons with over 250 receiving yards, but Kamara remains the hottest fantasy property right now.
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- PERSONALLY, I don’t understand Eli Manning being benched. The Giants QB will have his streak of 210 straight starts snapped as New York plays Geno Smith in an effort to find their quarterback of the future. Spoiler alert NYC, Smith is not your answer. San Fransisco is going to make a change under center as well with Jimmy Garoppolo getting his first start for the franchise that made a mid-season move for him.
- AFTER failing to see a snap since 2014, Josh Gordon (Browns, WR) is in line to start for Cleveland this weekend against the Chargers. While there aren’t many passes to be caught by the newly reinstated wideout he still offers X-factor upside for those in desperate need of a game-defining player. Watch this space.
- I don’t think many people reading this will have defensive players on their team, but some may have Michael Crabtree (Raiders, WR) on their roster. After fighting each other last weekend the pair will serve a one-game suspension that has been downgraded from two games.
MUST ADD – Chargers D/ST
PLAYING the defense who is going up against the Browns throughout the playoffs isn’t the craziest strategy to deploy. Los Angeles is squaring off against the star-studded Browns offense this weekend and with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram wreaking havoc chances are the Chargers D/ST score will be LARGE!
Other candidates: Josh Gordon (Browns, WR, 56.0%) & Ricky Seals-Jones (Arizona, TE, 15.8%)
MUST DROP – Eli Manning, New York Giants, QB
AS addressed above the Giants seem to be moving on from their former franchise QB. As a Tyrod Taylor owner, if you find him on a waiver wire then go for it otherwise, a rotation of players weekly for the remainder of the season might be the best choice to offset the disappointing demotion of Eli.
Other candidates: Javorius Allen (Ravens, RB, 43.1%) & Doug Martin (Buccaneers, RB, 81.5%)
INJURY NEWS – GREG Olsen’s (Panther, TE) triumphant return from a broken foot turned out to be anything but. His status remains day-to-day and looms as a game-time decision against the Saints. After missing Atlanta’s last two wins with a concussion Devonta Freeman is returning to the backfield, a welcome sight for those needing a win to advance to the fantasy playoffs. A few other big names remain under injury clouds, but it seems like most of them sill suit up come Sunday.