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BOB- Spencer Dinwiddie- Brooklyn Nets Update 1/28/19 – Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair ligaments in his right thumb. Dinwiddie will miss 4-6 weeks. As long as he’s out, Shabazz Napier instantly gets a boost in the rotation, and Joe Harris. Those struggling who need an extra player can cut Dinwiddie. Those who are in strong position can pick him up and stash him in your IR spot.
FSF- Tony Parker- Charlotte Hornets- Parker was forced out of Tuesday’s game with the back issue, so it’s not surprising to see the 36-year-old PG hit the sidelines for the second leg of this back-to-back set.. This will move Devonte Graham into the backup PG role but not worth the pick up in most leagues.
BOB- Jeff Teague/ Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves- Teague is suffering from left foot/ ankle injury and is doubtful for against the Magic. Derek Rose is dealing with an ankle injury that he seemingly can not get rid of. He is also ruled out for tuesdays. This is likely a multiple game absence for the veteran. Jerryd Bayless is seeing heavy minutes lately and taking advantage of it all. He is the guy you want in your lineup. Jerryd Bayless kept it going on Saturday with 15 points, three rebounds, 10 assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nuggets. His recent game on tuesday was the only recent outlier.
FSF- Elfrid payton/ E’Twaun Moore- New Orleans Pelicans- Payton is Suffering from a right ankle sprain as of and E’Twaun Moore left quad contusion will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls. No one is worth investing in for this team. They could be in full rebuild mode if they trade the pieces they have.
BOB- Emmanuel Mudiay/ Frank Ntilikina(NITLIKEENA)- New York Knicks-Emmanuel Mudiay suffered a left shoulder strain and he will be out at least two weeks. David Fizdale said that Frank Ntilikina could be out for 1-2 weeks with his groin injury. Now with the news circling the NBA of the Big trade with the Knicks and Dallas look for Dennis smith Jr to come in right away and start. This could be a guy to carry you for the next two weeks.
FSF- Deanthony Melton – Phoenix Suns- The Suns can’t keep a starting point guard healthy. It is being reported Melton is projected to be out until the All-Star break. Suffering from an Ankle injury. He turned his ankle on a rebound attempt and limped off the court. Melton then went to his knees near the bench before heading back to the locker room. This wasn’t a minor ankle tweak. This sounds like it could be grade 2 or which means expect a 4-6 weeks. Look for Elie Okobo to become a deep-league pickup.
BOB- Derrick White- San Antonio Spurs- the Spurs are not expecting Derrick White who is suffering from a plantar fasciitis to return before the All-Star break.
FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- Suffered a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. He’s been out since Jan. 6 with little to no details on his recovery. Ricky Rubio continues to flourish in big minutes without his back up. Ricky Rubio scored 18 points and handed out eight assists on Sunday, helping the Jazz beat the Wolves 125-111 in Minnesota.
BOB- Caris Levert- Brooklyn Nets- Caris LeVert will be available for Friday against the Bulls. Levert is coming back from a gruesome injury that occurred on november 12th, where he suffered a subtalar dislocation. The Nets might be easing him and he is going to have a minutes cap. But he is a guy to pick up before the all star break.
FSF- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets- suffering from a right adductor strain and has been ruled out for Friday against the 76ers. Grade 1 strains will take 1 to 2 weeks of rest before a person can return to exercise. Normal movement, such as walking, should be possible within a few days. Grade 2 strains may take 3 to 6 weeks to heal fully. The Nuggets keep ruling him out early before games and it’s starting to feel like they may hold him out to get him right after the deadline. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley should remain owned.
BOB- Jamal Murray- Denver Nuggets- Suffering from a sprained left ankle will not play vs. Houston on Friday.This is his fourth straight DNP and we haven’t heard about him doing on-court work, so presumably he’ll also miss Saturday’s game in Minnesota. With Jamal out Monte Harris is the guy to pick up. Monte Morris was outstanding in a start against the Pelicans on Wednesday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 20 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers in 40 minutes.
FSF- Reggie Bullock- Detroit Pistons traded to Los Angeles Lakers- Bullock tweaked his ankle during the first half of last Friday’s game, and while he was able to play through it initially. This is the same ankle that Bullock has sprained twice this season.He is back in the line up we will see how he does coming off the injury.
BOB- Garrett Temple- Memphis Grizzlies traded to Los Angeles Clippers- He should be back from his shoulder injury any day now, but it’s not a great landing spot for Temple because of the direction of the franchise.he’s not a standard-league pickup.
FSF- Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with knee tendonitis. A person should wear the brace to combat the tendonitis for 3 to 6 weeks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson will be forced into major minutes. Both of late have been playing well. With James and Kuzma back Hart can be dropped for that stud waiver wire pick up.
BOB- Donte Divincenzo- Milwaukee Bucks- He is dealing with a left heel injury. He hasn’t played since Jan. 1, is in a walking boot and currently without an official timetable to return. Donte belongs on the waiver wire in all formats. Malcolm Brogdon is set to return. He will take back his starting spot. He can be a big help for your team.
FSF- Nik Stauskas- Portland Trail Blazers traded to Cleveland- Stauskas returned from a four-game absence from the knee issue on last Saturday, but apparently tweaked his knee after just five minutes of floor time. It sounds like he came back too soon, so he could be looking at a lengthy absence this time around. With his back up shipped off look C.J. McCollum to see more minutes Portland’s past four games, CJ is averaging 27.3 points on 52.6% FGs and 84.6% FTs, 4.0 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals.
BOB- Devin Booker- Phoenix Suns- Devin Booker is suffering again from a right hamstring tightness is listed as questionable for Friday’s game vs. the Warriors. We can consider him day to day for now. But with all star break looming they may give him the long extended break.
FSF- Chandler Hutchison- Chicago Bulls- The Bulls announced Chandler Hutchison sustained an acute injury to a sesamoid bone in his right foot, and he will be placed in a walking boot for 2-4 weeks. Sesamoid injuries may be painful for weeks to months. Sesamoid fractures may take 4 to 8 weeks to heal. To keep swelling down and help relieve pain: Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a cloth on your foot every 3 to 4 hours, for up to 20 minutes at a time. For the Moment we like the newly acquired Otto Porter Jr. as a pick up.
BOB- Cedi Osman- Cleveland Cavaliers- (Jeddy) Cedi suffering from a right ankle injury has been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Wizards.This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup, and him getting ruled out a day in advance of tip-off isn’t a great sign. He was only able to do some light shooting at Thursday’s practice, so it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to play on Saturday against the Pacers. With him not available, Marquese Chriss will be able to get into the rotation should get you some good fantasy value.
FSF- Danilo Gallinari- Los Angeles Clippers Update: 2/7/19-Danilo is suffering from (lower back spasms). Gallinari returned to action against the Pacers on Thursday, scoring 19 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals, two blocks and six turnovers in 29 minutes.
BOB- Derrick Jones Jr.- Miami Heat- Jones Jr. had a scary fall on last Sunday and needed to be helped to the locker room, so the fact that he’s only dealing with a bone bruise should be considered positive news. From the look of it we speculated an ACL injury. Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee and he will be re-evaluated in six weeks. His minutes figure to be divvied up between Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington.
FSF- Kyle Anderson-Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle is suffering from right shoulder soreness has been downgraded to out for Thursday’s game vs. the Thunder. He could trend up, but there is a shutdown factor. Bruno Caboclo will continue to get an extended look during his second 10-day contract, but Justin Holiday is the player fantasy owners in standard leagues should be keeping tabs on for now.
BOB-Otto Porter- Washington Wizards traded to Chicago bulls- Sprained big toe that hampered him beginning in november is back. That time he only sat out one game. This may be a little more to make sure he gets over the injury. Porter was just traded to the Bulls so there could be more trouble in store.
FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger. This has held him out of games. Now if a trade is not made the Pelicans are threatening to shut him down reporters are reporting. If you are a Davis owner I would look to acquire Jahlil Okafor any way possible.
BOB- Paul Millsap- Denver Nuggets- Millsap has skipped the past three games due to a sore ankle, but the Nuggets could really use him with a matchup against Philly. We’ll have a better idea on his status following Friday’s shootaround, but if he is able to get back out there. Look for Plumlee to lose minutes.
FSF- Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- suffering from a left foot contusion will miss the next few weeks due some foot soreness that has been bothering him for a some time now. Look for Robert williams and Daniel Theis to take up his minutes off the bench. Daniel Theis will see most of the backup center minutes behind Al Horford
BOB- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets- Cody who had right hand surgery said he’s about a week away from returning. That’s great news for a Charlotte team that has their eyes set on a playoff spot. Cody is a nice glue guy for any fantasy owner in need of a big
Picks for the week:
- Devin Booker-SG for the Suns-one of the biggest all star snubs this week, Booker has been on a tear this season which isnt easy when you are playing for the lottery. Booker is a 6’6 guard with a nasty streak, i think he is a lot like Westbrook but a better shooter. 25 a game this year but 27 over the last 5 including 38 on the spurs last week. The suns are about to hold open tryouts and Booker will be fueled by the snub, I think he will try to play his way out of Phoenix which is bad news for any opponent
- Here is a guy for you Scotty, Pascal Siakam, (si a cum)15 and 7 guy who gets a ton of minutes up in Toronto for the Raptors. He gets like 35 minutes a game and is making it count, he is doubling his career average and has really learned to play off of Kawhai, the East belongs to Toronto and Siakam will continue to flourish. Stat of the week, over the past 5 games Pascal has shot 95% from the charity stripe, he also hung 28 on Milwakee a last week and 33 on atlanta He is capable of putting up numbers. I expect big things for him with all the changes
- Miles Turner-Center for the Pacers, Oladipo is out, Turner is the true Center there coming in at 250 lbs on his 6’11 frame and he plays physical. He is usually around a 12 point a game guy but he is on a big push for minutes and taking advantage. The Pacers are on a downward spiral and they are looking for anyone to step up and I think Turner is doing it. He put up 27 on the Magic, he shoots over 50 % from the field and over 85% from the free throw line. I picked Thaddeus Young last week and Turner is my Pacer pick up this week.
Two are going to waiver wire adds and one is a guy I am recommending to trade for.
- Jahlil Okafor Center of the New Orleans Pelicans made another start against the Nuggets during a 105-99 loss on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.Okafor looks like a solid waiver-wire pickup with 21.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games on 74.6% from the field and 63.2% from the line. With the Pelicans looking to either trade AD or sit him for the year. Look for Okafor to be the main beneficiary. Pick this man up off the waiver wire he is only heating up.
- Jusuf Nurkic center for the Portland Trail Blazers. Before seeing his injury report this guy has never flashed in my face as a top 40 player but over his last five the fifth-year center is averaging 18.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 blocks per game, shooting 44.3% from the field and 80.0% from the foul line. Over the last two weeks, Nurkic has been a top-40 player in nine-category leagues. Trade for this man. Especially if you are struggling at the center position and have a sell high player such as Al Horford or Brooke Lopez.
- Finally we end with Dennis Smith Jr. now a New York Knick Point guard. This is my team so seeing Kristaps move hurt alot. But I like Dennis Smith Jr. he lit up the league with his flashy play last year. He can be a poor mans Russell Westbrook. He isn’t the most efficient scorer on the ball, but his fantasy value just skyrocketed for upside. I think he can be a double double guy pairing him with Knox will be interesting to see. If he is out there go get him.
MLB Podcast: S2-Ep.3
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