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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.14

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POINT GUARD –

FSF- Jeremy Lin – Atlanta Hawks- He is dealing with some low back soreness that held him out of the last game. He should be ready to return for saturday game against celtics.

BOB-Dennis Smith JR.- Dallas Mavericks- He has been dealing with some mid back tightness. Now he has come down with some illness. Look it is not a secret they are shopping him around right now. They may hold him out beyond even these two games. A change of scenery could help him, so he’s worth a stash in most leagues. Jalen Brunson is worth a look in deep leagues while Maxi Kleber should be owned in 12-team formats.

FSF- J.J. Barea- Dallas Mavericks- MRI confirmed a torn right Achilles tendon to put him out for the season. He came down with some stress put on his right foot, but he didn’t look to turn his ankle last friday against Minnesota. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber are your main beneficiary while DSJ is out as well.

BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/10/19: Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. He reiterated this statement at shootaround where you saw Paul putting up jumpers testing the Hamstring. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence. As a general rule, Grade 1 hamstring strains should be rested from sporting activity for about three weeks and Grade 2 injuries for a minimum of four to eight weeks.

FSF- Ricky Rubio-Utah Jazz Update 1/15/19- Rubio suffered a hamstring strain on 1/7/19. An MRI revealed nothing more than a mild strain. He will miss another week at least of action. Grade 1 hamstring strains should be rested from sporting activity for about three weeks.
BOB- Dante Exum-Utah Jazz Update 1/15/19: Exum is suffering from a left ankle sprain from 1/5/19 and is expected to miss a couple weeks. It is now reported he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. So we will wait for that report to come out.

SHOOTING GUARD-

BOB- Kent Bazemore-Atlanta Hawks Update 1/15/19: Kent Bazemore sprained right ankle still has not been cleared for contact work and he remains without an official timetable to return. Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry will continue to pick up the slack in his absence.

FSF-Caris Levert- Brooklyn Nets Update 1/16/19- Caris LeVert recovering from a subtalar dislocation was getting shots up with the team at shootaround on Wednesday. If you can afford it and are doing well in the standings, he’s probably worth a stash in most case.

BOB- Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon returned from an eight-game absence (right knee soreness) against on Wednesday and tallied 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes. On Thursday, he told reporters that he felt okay afterward. He will likely see his playing time rise on Saturday night.

FSF- Tony Snell- Milwaukee Bucks- Tony Snell (right thumb injury) finished Wednesday’s road victory with one personal foul and zero statistics in five minutes. Snell didn’t return after the mid-way point of the second quarter, and he had a big wrap on his right hand while on the bench. He’s been a non-factor in fantasy leagues even while healthy, so this is just one more reason to avoid him.

SMALL FORWARD-

BOB- Stanley Johnson- Detroit Pistons- Suffering from right hamstring soreness is probable for Friday’s game vs. the Heat. Recently he has seen a down tilt in production and belongs on the waiver.

FSF- James Ennis- Houston Rockets- Ennis is dealing with a calf injury. He was held scoreless in Monday’s win over Memphis and was sidelined on Wednesday due to the calf injury. He has not scored in double figures since December 8th and should be left on waivers.

BOB- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/18/19: LeBron James has been cleared to return to practice next week. According to the team, he will “progress towards a return to game play thereafter.” He is not going to travel for the upcoming two games, so it will be at least 13 games on the sidelines.

FSF- Kyle Anderson- Memphis Grizzlies- Suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a Grade-2 sprain. Grade 2- Moderate In most cases, these injuries result in a recovery period of 4 to 6 weeks. With increasing injury severity, the rehabilitation process becomes more complex and extensive. Justin Holiday stands to gain the most with Anderson out of commission at least a few weeks.

BOB- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers Update 1/17/19 – Harkless is dealing with left knee soreness. The good news is that Portland gets a few days off before returning for a back-to-back set on Monday and Tuesday. Harkless will likely sit out one of those consecutive games as a precaution, but maybe the prospect of off days will help him suit up for Friday’s home game.

FSF- Thabo Sefolosha- Utah Jazz- right hamstring strain will be re-evaluated in another week. The Jazz offered no details on his recovery, but once he’s cleared he’ll have a very limited role on the wings. Kyle Korver has been a solid 3-point streamer lately with 3.0 treys per game over his last five outings.

POWER FORWARD-

FSF- Wendell Carter Jr.-Chicago Bulls- A follow-up examination on Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) revealed ligament damage that might require surgery. He is expected to have surgery and miss the next 8-12 weeks. Look for Jabari parker to get more minutes and be a viable option with his potent scoring.

BOB- Larry Nance Jr.-Cleveland Cavaliers- Suffering from a sprained right MCL is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. A minor, or grade 1, MCL tear can take from a few days to a week and a half to heal sufficiently for you to return to normal activities, including sports. A grade 2 tear can take from two to four weeks to heal.

CENTER-

FSF- Dewayne Dedmon- Atlanta Hawks- He is probable vs. the Celtics on Saturday. He has been held out of action the past two games with a left ankle sprain.If Dedmon plays he will most likely be push back into the starting lineup and push Omari Spellman out, and Len would lose a lot of his ceiling in fantasy. There’s risk Dedmon could be traded, but he’s worth owning in standard leagues.

BOB- Tristan Thompson- Cleveland Cavaliers- Thompson is dealing with left foot soreness has been ruled out of Friday’s game vs. the Jazz.Thompson missed most of December due to a foot injury, and the tanking Cavs may rest him periodically over the second half of the season. On Wednesday, Zizic scored 16 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a career-high 27 minutes. So he is the play for me.

FSF- Clint Capela-Houston Rockets- Clint Capela underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. The Rockets could be in the market for a big man, but until then Gary Clark, James Nunnally and the usual guards should see more minutes while P.J. Tucker handles minutes at the five.

Picks for the week:

Dr. Pagnani:
TJ Warren-SF for the Suns,big man is averaging 4 points above his career average at 18 points a game. He had a run over the past couple of weeks where he averaged about 20 a game. He has charlotte and then a double header vs the T Wolves. He gets all the minutes he wants right now for phoenix who is dead last in the west
Rudy Gobert-Center and defensive standout for the Jazz just keeps getting better and is now becoming an offensive force. He is putting up 15, 13 boards and 2 blocks. The Jazz are right in the middle of the Western Conference battle, they are a game and a half out of 3rd right now and with the Jazz a little beat up and their depth struggling, Gobert will have to team up with Mitchell to stay in the hunt
Derrick Favors-2nd Jazz man for me, a guy that flies under the radar out here but is a nightmare matchup, he is a legit 6’10, and thick, can play the 4 or the 5 and is a beast on the boards. Favors has quietly become a staple here in Utah, just became 4th on Utah’s career rebounds list. Only these 3 guys ahead of him: Stockton, Eaton, Malone (14,000). Favors pushes a double double every night he laces them up

Dr. Feil:
Otto Porter Jr. of the Washington Wizards is taking advantage of his opportunity in Washington with Bradley Beal running the Point. Otto is Avg 17.5 PPG, 5.5RPG, 2.3 APG. This guy has been top of the fantasy charts and I do not see him coming down anytime soon.

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks in last couple weeks is showing why he was drafted so high. He is AVG 22.7PPG, 6.7 APG. He is taking advantage as his running mate Lin has been injured. Look for him to keep rising and prove the hawks made the right pick.

Kevin Knox of New York Knicks has been my guy since the beginning of the year as my star rookie on the rise and he keeps proving me right. This is a homer pick AVG 22.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG. He is becoming a problem for other teams. Look for my guy to take your team through the All Star Break.

F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of PT.Educator.com, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.22

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POINT GUARD –

BOB- Kris Dunn- Chicago Bulls- Dunn is suffering from a mid- back strain. We will consider him questionable for saturday’s game. Antonio Blakeney is starting in Dunns place but in his couple starts he has not impressed. so Felicio could play 25+ minutes by default. He’s worth a speculative add if you need FG% and boards.

FSF- Patrick Beverly- Los Angeles Clippers- He suffered a hip pointer on tuesday. He is questionable for thursday’s game but if he sits you should go out and grab shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With Three games to play you need him for your championship match with Beverly.

BOB- Jrue holiday/Elfrid Payton – New Orleans Pelicans-Update 3/28/19- It is what we feared Jrue holiday was shut down after having abdominal core surgery. Payton is suffering from a right wrist contusion is being listed as probable for thursday. Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence.

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is still  dealing with a Sore lower back. This mean Emmanuel Mudiay will still start in his place. Only pick up Mudiay if your team is hungry for decent guard play as of late he has been shooting 40%.

SHOOTING GUARD-

BOB-Allen Crabbe- Brooklyn Nets- He is dealing with right knee soreness. I think they shut him down until playoffs. Deangelo Russell has been playing a lot more with Crabbe off the court. Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris should all get a mild boost in his absence. All are decent plays this week for a championship round if you need someone.

FSF-Jeremy Lamb- Charlotte Hornets- suffered a right ankle sprain and his availability for friday is up in question.  Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk with but bacon is definitely worth owning in standard leagues after scoring a career high 24 points (9-of-16 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers

BOB- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls-Update-3/28/19- He is still dealing with a thigh bruise. For now we have him as questionable status for saturday. If he does not play. Shaquille Harrison will get another start tonight and with averages of 11.3 points, 5.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 turnovers on 41.9% shooting through four starts this season, he’s worth a look in deep leagues.

FSF-Eric Gordon-Houston Rockets- suffered a right ankle injury. He is expected to play on thursday even with a ankle sprain. If he does sit pick up Danuel House he is averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 3-pointers in his last two games.

BOB-Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers-Hart is dealing with knee soreness. Hart could have a nice run as everyone else on the squad gets the shutdown call. Look for ALex caruso to possibly give you value and no else is worth adding. But we do suggest in the championship start Javale Mcgee the past three games with 23.3 points, 16.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 1.3 steals.

FSF- Donte Divincenzo/ Tony Snell- Milwaukee Bucks- Update Donte DiVincenzo who is dealing with left heel pain will not play again this season. Snell is suffering a left ankle sprain. The Bucks are getting a little thin at the forward spots, so there could be a lot of minutes headed to Pat Connaughton, who is a hold in standard leagues right now.

BOB- Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- Johnson again was ruled out wednesday. He has been dealing with knee Soreness. I would drop him and take a shot on De’Anthony Melton.

SMALL FORWARD-

FSF- Otto Porter Jr. – Chicago Bulls- Porter who is suffering a right rotator cuff strain likely done for the season with only seven games left. Porter is a cut candidate. Shaq Harrison has the most to benefit with Porter out.

BOB- Josh richardson/Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Richardson is suffering from a bruised left heel. He is being listed as questionable for Thursday. If he does sit look for Goran Dragic would likely return to the starting lineup. Stay tuned. Winslow is dealing with a right thigh contusion. No one really worth picking up here besides Goran Dragic.

FSF- Kevin Knox- New York Knicks- Is dealing with a ankle sprain from his last game. The rookie has slowed down lately after becoming the only option in new york he is being double teamed and seeing teams best defenders.

BOB- Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns- Is suffering a right ankle sprain with a couple games left and suns in the ping pong ball race. Jackson should be shut down soon and dropped in all leagues.  Mikal bridges is a decent pick up.

FSF- Trevor Ariza- Washington Wizards- He went in on tuesdays game for 7 minutes before reaggravating a left groin strain. He is a candidate to be shut down and dropped. Troy Brown has been a highlight pick up for those who took a chance on him.

POWER FORWARD-

BOB-Lauri Markkanen- Chicago Bulls- They will reportedly be shut down for the remainder of the season.so Felicio could play 25+ minutes by default. He’s worth a speculative add if you need FG% and boards.

FSF- Kenneth Faried- Houston rockets-  He Is dealing with a right sore knee. Kenneth Faried will not play on Thursday against the Nuggets.

BOB- Noah Vonleh- New York Knicks- An MRI revealed a right ankle sprain and right foot bone bruise for Noah Vonleh and he will miss at least another week of action.

CENTER-

FSF-Wendell Carter Jr.- Chicago Bulls- suffered an ulnar collateral ligament damage in his thumb and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

BOB-Joakim Noah-Memphis Grizzlies- is suffering from right knee soreness and his status for saturday is questionable. Check back around shoot around if you need to make a move.

FSF-Jusuf Nurkic- Portland Trailblazers- He underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula and he is currently without an official timetable to return.Nurkic suffered the gruesome injury with two minutes left in the second overtime during their victory over the Nets. It’s a brutal blow for Nurk, who was playing the best basketball of his career, and the Blazers, who were hoping to make some noise in the playoffs. If you need to add anyone. Go with Zach Collins should see an increase in minutes. Zach Collins had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, making 4-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 25 minutes.

FSF-Harry Giles- Sacramento Kings- Is suffering from a right thigh contusion. It is not expected to be to serious but with past leg issues the team may shut him down to make it easy on him. All the following players benefit in his absence Willie Cauley-Stein, Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic and possibly Kosta Koufos could benefit.

Picks for the week:

Bobby:

    1. Andrew Wiggins, SG for the T-Wolves. So Minnesota is shutting down people like they are the Lakers. Wiggins, the former #1 overall pick, will take on an even bigger role not only as a finisher but as a facilitator.  He has been averaging 17 a game 2 assists and 5 boards but to me this is a bit underachieving. Lately he has pushed his numbers with added minutes where he put 20 on Golden state and Charlotte, I think that he and Anthony Towns continue to work together and make a statement for next season.
    1. Bradley Beal, SG for the Wizards, This guys is sneaky good and plenty overlooked. Washington is in the basement in the east and I think once Wall went out people forgot about them, but Beal is a beast. This guy is no longer a sidekick journeyman, he is signed in Washington through 2021 and has settled in nicely. Averging 26 a game and throwing in 5 dimes, 5 boards. He is strong with a nasty first step and averages nearly 40% from behind the Arc. it will be an early summer for Beal and the Wizards but I think he will go out shooting.
  1. Reggie Jackson, PG for the Pistons, when you talk about the East all you hear about is either Boston or Toronto but the Pistons have been battling all year to a 6th place spot in the east right now and I would not want to meet up with them because of their lineup. It is a group that could ruin your playoff run quick, we know about Griffin and Drummond but a guy that is a stud and getting hot lately is Reggie Jackson, Scotty you have liked him in the past, i really like him now, he has been averaging 15 a game with 4 assists and a couple of boards, with the bench getting shorter for playoffs his assists will go up and with Blake and Drummond as finishers, its a good spot to be in. I think he is peaking at the right time.there is a tough line up coming for him including golden state and a couple against the blazers and one against the nuggets! Detroit will need him to do well!

FSF:

Nates Picks:

  • Lastly, my end of season MVP is between Harden and Giannis with the greek freak taking it. This is my pick only for the reason of Giannis can take over the playoffs and Possibly pull a HOF performance and give Milwaukee it will be a Chicago cub celebration if he pulls it off.
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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.21

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Darren Collison- Indiana Pacers- Indiana’s Point guard is dealing with a right quad contusion.That has held him out of the last two games.   mild bruise or strain may heal within a few weeks. A more severe bruise or strain may take 6 weeks or longer. This means more minutes in the coming weeks for his back ups.  Cory Joseph has been the started in his place but the one to take advantage is none other than Tyreke Evans with his big bench minutes.

 

FSF- Mike Conley- Memphis Grizzlies- He is suffering from general soreness but it is undisclosed at the time where. This is a way to give a guy rest after a overtime game with another back to back coming at the end of the week. I think he maybe misses the second of the back to back. What does this mean? This means Delon Wright is basically a must-own player right now.

 

BOB- George Hill- Milwaukee Bucks-Update 3/22/2019- Hill is recovering from a Groin strain. He is listed as questionable to play the miami heat. Even if he does play this man is not fantasy relevant right now.

 

FSF- Jeff Teague/ Derrick Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff teague is still dealing with a left foot injury we got some bad news to report on 3/21.Teague recently had an injection in his left foot to treat chronic inflammation, and he’s expected to miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. This is what we were saying to you last week be careful he is a shutdown candidate. Now look for Tyus Jones to take over the starting spot. This make him must- own.  

Derek Rose who dealing with a sore right elbow. An MRI revealed a chip fracture and loose body in Derrick Rose’s sore right elbow and he’s expected to miss the remainder of the season. Tyus Jones will see big minute down the stretch with these injuries taking out the starter and back up.

 

BOB- Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans- The Pelicans only have nine more games this season and have already been mathematically eliminated from the postseason, so it’s looking like we won’t see either of these guys again in 2019.  Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence.

 

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is dealing with a Sore lower back. DSJ will be reevaluated next week. He is projected to only miss 3 more games. This mean Emmanuel Mudiay will still start in his place. Only pick up Mudiay if your team is hungry for decent guard play.

 

BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- He is dealing with a sprained left ankle injury. He is already ruled out for friday’s and at best questionable for sunday’s game. Fred Vanvleet is the pick up here as he will start in his place.

 

FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- An MRI revealed Dante Exum (knee) has a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee and is out indefinitely. Ricky Rubio should see his starting minutes increase a little with this news.

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB-Allen Crabbe- Brooklyn Nets- He is dealing with right knee soreness. He has had the knee drained but has been ruled out for the past 3 games. We think he keep getting ruled out for now. Deangelo Russel has been playing a lot more with Crabbe off the court. Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris should all get a mild boost in his absence.

 

FSF- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls- He is dealing with a thigh bruise. Does not seem to be to bad to rule him out saturday. Fro now we have him as questionable status. If he does not play.  This should open up a ton of opportunity for Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Shaq Harrison and Antonio Blakeney.

 

BOB- Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dallas Mavericks- He is being reported as out for the year after suffering from a left tibia stress reaction. Stress Reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture. If you have a stress reaction of any bone, and you continue to put repetitive stress on that bone, the stress reaction could become a stress fracture. This means he is being shut down to prevent a stress fracture from occurring. Jalen Brunson should be owned in all standard leagues while Kleber could be worth an add.

 

BOB-Josh Hart/Lance Stephenson- Los Angeles Lakers-Hart played tuesday only 19 minutes and he could play tonight. Depends how his knee soreness is doing. Hart could have a nice run as everyone else on the squad gets the shutdown call. Lance Stephenson is suffering from a left foot and toe sprain. I am projecting even when healthy he will be shut down soon. Look for ALex caruso to possibly give you value and no else is worth adding.

 

FSF- Avery Bradley- Memphis Grizzlies- An MRI revealed a right shin contusion for Avery Bradley and he will miss at least the next week of action. Bradley is scheduled to be re-evaluated in one week from today, but at that point, the Grizzlies will just have eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, so there’s a decent chance we’ve already seen the last of Avery in a Memphis uniform this season.Delong Wright will likely slide into the starting five while he’s out, and with averages of 11.0 points, 7.0 boards, 4.8 dimes and 1.3 steals as a starter this season.

 

BOB- Malcolm Brogdon- Milwaukee Bucks- UpdateAn MRI revealed a minor plantar fascia tear in Malcolm Brogdon’s right foot.  The primary symptom of Plantar Fasciitis tear is heel pain or pain along the arch of the foot. This pain is usually intense and localized. The pain is more prevalent in the A.M. after getting up and also after getting up from sitting for awhile. Your first step is to reduce pain and inflammation. Initially, ice should be applied daily during this phase of recovery. Modalities you can use are Ultrasound and medical laser which are clinically proven effective. The Graston Technique which can help the inflamed tissue return to a more normal level of pain free mobility. Once the pain is gone we can start physical therapy to strengthen the foot again. Treatment time is about 6-12 weeks depending on the severity of the Plantar Fascia tear.

 

FSF- Alonzo Trier- New York Knicks- Trier is dealing with a calf injury is going to miss “a couple more games,” according to coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are expected to have Kadeem Allen back in the lineup, fortunately, giving some much-needed support to Emmanuel Mudiay in the backcourt. With one week you can drop Trier.

 

BOB- Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- Johnson has been dealing with knee Soreness. With not many games left. I would drop him and take a shot on the recently added Jimmer Fredette time with some extra De’Anthony Melton.

 

FSF- CJ McCollum-Portland Trailblazers- McCollum injured his knee in an awkward fall on Saturday night. Fortunately, we have since learned that he avoided a serious injury. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that McCollum was diagnosed with a popliteus strain in his left knee and he will be re-examined in one week. Probably won’t see him back before the end of the season. Rodney Hood, Evan Turner and Seth Curry will have the opportunity for some extended minutes while he’s out, while Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic will run the show on offense.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Otto Porter Jr. – Chicago Bulls- Porter who is suffering a right rotator cuff strain is doubtful for Saturday’s game vs. Utah. We should have another update on Otto after Saturday’s shootaround. Shaq Harrison has the most to benefit with Porter out.

BOB- Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Winslow is dealing with a right thigh contusion. Derrick Jones Jr. has started each of these last three games, but has had a minimal fantasy impact. No one really worth picking up here.

FSF- Giannis Antetokounmpo-Milwaukee Bucks– Antetokounmpo sprained right ankle is probable for Friday’s game vs. the Heat. If he rest it is just to make sure he is right before going into the playoffs. No one has really step up given the opportunity. I would not pick up Tony Snell.

 

BOB- Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves- Here is another guy ready to be shut down with knee soreness. His replacement  Josh Okogie should continue to start in his absence, and while he’s been hit-or-miss this season, he’s been trending up over the past two games with averages of 20.0 points, 4.5 boards, 3.0 treys, 2.0 dimes and 2.0 steals per game, so he’s on the radar in deep leagues

FSF- Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns- Jackson is dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday against the Kings. If he can not play, Mikal Bridges will get all he can handle while there could be a Jimmer Fredette sighting.

BOB- Trevor Ariza- Washington Wizards- He suffered a left groin strain and it is unknown if he will suit up saturday. Troy Brown started in place of Ariza on Thursday and logged 32 minutes, making 6-of-10 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers against the Nuggets. Brown will likely draw another start on Saturday, assuming Ariza is unable to play. Brown is a great pick up with not many out on waiver wire.

POWER FORWARD-

 

BOB- Kenneth Faried- Houston rockets-  He Is dealing with a right sore knee. He did log a Did not practice on sunday. We project him to dominate the back up job behind Capela.

 

FSF- Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies- Suffering from a deep right thigh contusion. We think he gets shut down for the seaon sonn. With  Ivan Rabb and Joakim Noah to continue to pick up the slack in his absence, with Noah offering the most upside.

BOB- Nikola Mirotic- Milwaukee Bucks-  He is dealing with a slight fracture in his left thumb and is set to miss the next 2-4 weeks of action. It’s been a rough year for thumbs in the NBA this season. No one is worth a fantasy pick up here.

 

FSF- Taj Gibson- Minnesota Timberwolves- He is dealing with a left calf strain. He will likely sit the rest of the season. With no one worth picking up here.

BOB- Kelly Oubre- Phoenix suns- is set to undergo a minor procedure on his left thumb and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF- Al Horford/ Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- Horford is dealing with knee soreness and Baynes is dealing with a grade 2 left ankle sprain. With him and Al Horford out, Daniel Theis will be a popular stream on a back-to-back set while Robert Williams could be a block option.

 

BOB- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets-Update 3/21/2019- This guy is still not healthy. He is dealing with Left knee soreness that will rule him out saturday. This will be the sixth straight game on the shelf for Zeller. Bismack Biyombo, Frank Kaminsky and Willy Hernangomez will continue to divvy up minutes in his absence.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Bobby:

  1. Andrew Wiggins, SG for the T-Wolves. So Minnesota is shutting down people like they are the Lakers. Wiggins, the former #1 overall pick, will take on an even bigger role not only as a finisher but as a facilitator.  He has been averaging 17 a game 2 assists and 5 boards but to me this is a bit underachieving. Lately he has pushed his numbers with added minutes where he put 20 on Golden state and Charlotte, I think that he and Anthony Towns continue to work together and make a statement for next season.
  2. Bradley Beal, SG for the Wizards, This guys is sneaky good and plenty overlooked. Washington is in the basement in the east and I think once Wall went out people forgot about them, but Beal is a beast. This guy is no longer a sidekick journeyman, he is signed in Washington through 2021 and has settled in nicely. Averging 26 a game and throwing in 5 dimes, 5 boards. He is strong with a nasty first step and averages nearly 40% from behind the Arc. it will be an early summer for Beal and the Wizards but I think he will go out shooting.
  3. Reggie Jackson, PG for the Pistons, when you talk about the East all you hear about is either Boston or Toronto but the Pistons have been battling all year to a 6th place spot in the east right now and I would not want to meet up with them because of their lineup. It is a group that could ruin your playoff run quick, we know about Griffin and Drummond but a guy that is a stud and getting hot lately is Reggie Jackson, Scotty you have liked him in the past, i really like him now, he has been averaging 15 a game with 4 assists and a couple of boards, with the bench getting shorter for playoffs his assists will go up and with Blake and Drummond as finishers, its a good spot to be in. I think he is peaking at the right time.there is a tough line up coming for him including golden state and a couple against the blazers and one against the nuggets! Detroit will need him to do well!

 

FSF: Championship rounds

 

  • Delon Wright- Memphis Grizzlies- He is starting in place of Mike Conley. He can give you assist and good rebounding for a guard with 10 points a night. He is stat line stuffer you need for your championship round. Delon Wright played 39 minutes against the Magic on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block.

 

  • Thomas Bryant- Center for the Washington Wizards – The new starter for the Wiz has been heating up as of late. He can get you rebounds with decent scoring. His last game Thomas Bryant scored 22 points (9-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. He has the potential to put  up a double double every night. He is worth an add and start if you need a center/ Power forward for your championship week.
  • Fred VanFleet-Point Guard for the Toronto Raptors-  Has replaced Kyle Lowry while he is injured and it looks like this is the guy to own going into your championship rounds. Lowry should miss at least one more week. VanFleet is a guy who can get points, assist and with steals.  In his previous three games he was a top-50 value averaging 17.7 points (54% FGs, 86% FTs), 3.0 triples, 7.3 assists and 1.0 steals. If you need a guard for the week get Vanfleet if your league mates missed on him.

 

Nates Picks:

  • Jalen Brunson-Point Guard-Dallas Mavericks Over the last three games, Brunson averaged 20.2 points, 4.0 boards, 5.8 dimes, 0.6 steals and 2.0 treys in 35.4 minutes per game. He should be owned in standard leagues.

 

  • Tyus Jones-Point Guard-Minnesota Timberwolves- We mentioned him earlier in the injury section as a replacement for Jeff Teague and Derek Rose both out for the season. He is an Assist specialist and Steals with a splash of 10 points. Through 12 games as a starter, Jones owns averages of 9.9 points, 7.3 dimes, 1.9 steals and just 1.2 turnovers per game on 41.3% shooting, so he shouldn’t be sitting on any waiver wires.

 

  • SHAQUILLE HARRISON- Small Forward for the chicago bulls- He is a name not many will recognize but he may be the pick up of the week for you. With his scoring ability, ability to steal the ball and rebound. The other night Shaq Harrison scored 18 points with six rebounds, four steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. If you need a last ditch effort in your semifinal round this week. You could do worse than Shaq Harrison.
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