IF your reading this and your bracing for a fantasy Superbowl then kudos. With only two weeks in the season its time to pull out all the stops and play the waiver wire harder than ever. While the NBA fantasy season isn’t as dramatic, you best be focused or you won’t be in a championship position months from now.
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- THOSE of you who were excited at the prospect of Steph Curry (Warriors, PG) going head to head Isaiah Thomas (Cavaliers, PG) on Christmas day are going to have to wait. Both All-Star guards will miss the epic clash, but will probably be back to full strength in 2018.
- IT’S no secret that OKC is still working through issues to find a winning formula and Melo’s fantasy numbers are taking a hit as a result. In a win over Denver, he had four points on just six shots, his worst scoring output since 2012. He has only topped 20 points twice in 11 games through December so this Melo might be here to stay.
- ENTERING the season Jabari Parker (Bucks, SF/PF) and Zach LaVine (Bulls, PG/SG) were two draft and stash options that owners had their eyes on. As their returns near, if you find either Parker (27.3%) or LaVine (52.1%) on your waiver wire they could be worth adding given their projected output once healthy.
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MUST ADD – Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, PF
MICHAEL Jordan or Nikola Mirotic. Who is the greatest Chicago Bull ever? After the last week, it’s a legitimate question, as Mirotic has averaged 22.4 points and 9.8 rebounds in his past five games as the Bulls have gone on a winning streak. Sign the man up.
Other candidates: Alex Len (Suns, C, 37.4%) & Trey Lyles (Nuggets, PF, 17.1%)
MUST DROP – Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves, PF/C
IT surprised me to learn that Dieng’s average draft position was 60th to begin the season. His ownership has plummeted recently as Taj Gibson establishes himself as the second best big in Minnesota making Dieng’s value very minimal.
Other candidates: Marquese Chriss (Suns, PF, 20.2%) & Jahlil Okafor (Nets, C, 23.6%)
INJURY NEWS – KNEE soreness kept Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks, PF) out for a few games and he is still rusty despite returning to the court. Chris Paul (Clippers, PG) and Avery Bradley (Pistons, SG) are other fantasy relevant guys who are dealing with groin and leg issues respectively. The health of Joel Embiid continues to be a hot topic with the 76ers big man missing the last three games. His return in the next few games remains questionable so watch his status.
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- THE prodigal son returns! Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys, RB) has served his six week suspension and will return to the field against Seattle. His return comes at the perfect time for owners seeking an added boost in the fantasy grand finale. Expect a decent score against the Seahawks with a trip or two to the end zone.
- LAST week I talked about fantasy matchups as one of the most important factors. Take a good look into who the opponent is for your fantasy players as it may severely hamper their output. Kansas City’s D/ST could be a good play against Miami and I think we should avoid the Toilet Bowl matchup of Chicago/Cleveland entirely.
MUST ADD – Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
AS long as Blake Bortles looks like an MVP Keelan Cole can be pencilled in for double digit fantasy points. After averaging a touchdown and 110 yards a game in the last three weeks and with San Fran on the horizon he’s the hottest add right now.
Other candidates: Martavis Bryant (Steelers, WR, 67.4%) & Robbie Gould (49ers, K, 54.6%)
MUST DROP – Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys, RB
SEE above. With Zeke back in uniform Morris has little to no value from a fantasy perspective. Cya.
Other candidates: Doug Martin (Bucs, RB, 63.6%) & Titans (D/ST, 36.9%)
INJURY NEWS – THE biggest NFL injury news is easily Antonio Brown’s (Steelers, WR). It’s likely that he will miss the rest of the regular season with his calf ailment as Pittsburgh focuses on the playoffs. The best kicker in fantasy is out of action too. Greg Zuerlein (Rams, K) is on IR with no idea when he will return. After getting decapitated against Carolina, Devante Adams will miss the game against Minnesota with his 3rd concussion in 14 months.