ANOTHER week in the fantasy world means another week of relevant info that needs to be dissected. The playoffs are almost upon us in the NBA community and the baseball season is just weeks from commencing. Here are the biggest headlines from the past seven days.
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HEADLINES THAT MATTER
- WHEN Isaiah Thomas (Lakers, PG) landed in LA we weren’t quite sure if he was going to recapture his powers or struggle like he did with the Cavs. Since joining the team he is averaging 16.1 points in 10 games, going 6-4 in that stretch. The best news is his production hasn’t eaten into Lonzo Ball’s numbers either. This backcourt duo is one to watch.
- ANYONE who added Gordon Hayward (Celtics, SF) to a roster spot can give up hope of seeing him contribute to their team. Head coach Brad Stevens definitively ruled out any chance of Hayward playing this year, despite recent rehab videos surfacing of Hayward getting up jumpers and looking the best we have seen him since his gruesome leg injury on opening night.
- WHILE he might not throw up huge fantasy numbers Derrick Rose has a new home. After signing with the Timberwolves yesterday, the Chicago reunion continues with Rose, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and head coach Tom Thibodeau all rejoining forces after their time at the Bulls.
MUST ADD/MUST DROP
MUST ADD – Larry Nance Jr, Cleveland Cavaliers, PF/C
SINCE joining the Cavaliers, Nance is thriving in a larger role. Averaging 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds as a Cav, Nance has started the last two games with Love and Thompson out. He exploded for career highs in points (22) and rebounds (15) against the Pistons and with his two teammates sidelined, we can expect more big numbers as he plays heavy minutes.
Other candidates: JaMychal Green (Grizzlies, PF, 40.7%) & Montrezl Harrell (Clippers, PF, 23.1%)
MUST DROP – Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards, SF/PG
SATORANSKY is a roller-coaster fantasy player. There are nights where he looks amazing and then nights where he struggles to piece it all together. He has a bright future, but with John Wall’s return looming it’s time to look elsewhere as Satoransky will soon be back to the bench.
Other candidates: Ish Smith (Pistons, PG, 22.4%) & Mario Hezonja (Magic, SF, 16.7%)
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- ANKLE injuries are the talk of the town in the NBA for all the wrong reasons. Superstars Anthony Davis (Pelicans, PF/C) and Steph Curry (Warriors, PG) are both considered day-to-day after tweaking their ankles in their most recent outings. Curry has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against Portland while Davis is doubtful for tonight’s clash with the Wizards.
- OTHER relevant names who are tagged with the dreaded day-to-day label include Clint Capela (Rockets, C), Pau Gasol (Spurs, PF/C), T.J. Warren (Suns, SF) and Otto Porter (Wizards, SF). Monitor their statuses over the weekend and act accordingly if they miss extended periods of time.
- AN alarming number of concussions hit the NBA over the last few nights. Aaron Gordon (Magic, PF), Jaylen Brown (Celtics, SG/SF/PF), Terrence Ferguson (Thunder, SG/SF) and Jamal Murray (Nuggets, SG/PG) all find themselves sidelined after collisions that forced them out of the game. It’s more than likely that teams will be extra cautious with these players so they could face a week or more on the sidelines.
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- WHILE the likes of Jimmy Butler (Timberwolves, SG/SF), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs, SF), Kevin Love (Cavaliers, PF/C) and John Wall (Wizards, PG) are expected to hit the court later in March no official return dates have been tabbed yet for these stars.
ONCE again the MLB fantasy season is nearing closer and closer. Another week of spring training provided us with an insight into season 2018 with a few big names returning to old stomping grounds.
- MIKE Moustakas and Ichiro Suzuki are at very different points of their baseball careers. That doesn’t mean that they both weren’t coveted free agents and last week they put pen to paper to determine where they will be playing in 2018. Moustakas will return to Kansas City, one season after setting the Royals single-season home run record with 38, while Suzuki at the age of 44 returns to the Mariners. Having previously won an MVP award in Seattle the 10x All-Star has stated that he wants to keep playing until he is 50!
- NEWS wasn’t as positive for Rays fans with Brent Honeywell being forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. A UCL tear will keep the 22-year old sidelined for the entire upcoming season, which is a huge blow for both Tampa Bay and the fantasy baseball community.
- FINALLY, we won’t be seeing Russell Wilson take any at-bats in the regular season, but the Seahawks QB has been getting reps during the spring matches. After training and taking batting practice with the Yankees, Wilson stepped to the plate in a game against the Rangers and stuck out swinging after facing five pitches a week ago today.