WE have reached the awkward transition phase between fantasy football and fantasy baseball season. Not all is lost though with the NBA season reaching the midway point and providing us fantasy nuts with something to focus on. By now, you’ll have a rough idea of how your team is travelling and if you are playoff bound or need to get your act together. That make’s this weeks article all that more important.
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- AS a Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets, PG) owner I’m familiar with the anxiousness surrounding D’Angelo Russell’s (Nets, PG/SG) return from a knee injury. With Russ in the lineup, Dinwiddie averaged a measly 8.6 points and 4.8 assists and with him out he has blown up for 14.7 points and 7.0 assists. It would be unfair to expect Dinwiddie to produce similar numbers when Russell returns, and his output will probably land somewhere in the middle of those two averages. It might be time to prepare a backup plan should his production fall off a cliff.
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- SIGH. The disappointing 2017-18 season continued for Kawhi Leonard (Spurs, SF) owners with coach Pop confirming that Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder. Given the caution that San Antonio showed the last time Kawhi was hurt we might not see him for another week or two with no concrete timetable on his return set yet. He could be a good buy-low candidate for some, but if you are an owner there’s not a lot to do other than cross your fingers and hope he returns soon.
- WHILE the Clippers are struggling for consistency in the win collum, Lou Williams (Clippers, PG/SG) has been lighting it up. He dropped 50 points against the Warriors on Wednesday night and is averaging 32.4 points over the last fortnight. If you are lacking in scoring and 3’s then he’s the man you need right now.
- AFTER crapping on John Wall (Wizards, PG) last week it would only be right that he came out and BALLED in the last seven days. Going at 25.3 points and 12.0 assists this is the John Wall we all know and love, but I’m still not going to say he’s back yet. Stay tuned for next week’s article were I apologise again to Wall after he puts up 50 and 18.
MUST ADD – Trey Lyles, Denver Nuggets, PF
NUGGETS forward Trey Lyles was a mere throw-in on a draft night deal that saw the Jazz land Donovan Mitchell. Or so it seemed. Lyles has scored in double digits for 13 straight games off the bench for Denver, providing them with a massive boost while Paul Milsap remains sidelined. Ride his point, rebound and 3-point production while he’s hot
Other candidates: Zach LaVine (Bulls, PG/SG, 61.8%) & Michael Beasley (Knicks, SF/PF, 43.6%)
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MUST DROP – John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, PF/C
THERE’S a bright future surrounding John Collins’ fantasy game. Unfortunately, that bright future isn’t contributing too much fantasy success in 2018. In January he is putting up just 7.8 points and 4.0 boards, way down from his 2017 averages of 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 23.0 minutes. Pass…for now.
Other candidates: Tyus Jones (Timberwolves, PG, 3.3%) & Nicolas Batum (Hornets, SF/SG, 59.0%)
- THIS Saturday Zach Lavine (Bulls, PG/SG) will make his long-awaited debut for Chicago against the Detroit Pistons. The front office has said that he won’t be playing back-to-back’s and is initially on a minutes restriction.
- THE biggest injury news from last week was Kyle Lowry (Raptors, PG) suffering a back injury on a had fall against Brooklyn. He has missed the last two games and may miss more time moving forward for Toronto.
- MIKE Conley (Grizzlies, PG) has resumed 3-on-3 scrimmage activities, however, there is still no timetable on his return.
- AN injured wrist will sideline Myles Turner (Pacers, PF/C) for at least one more game tonight against the Cavs.
- ANTHONY Davis (Pelicans, PF/C) and Steph Curry (Warriors, PG) both remain questionable for tonight’s’ contests with ankle issues.