NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.13
POINT GUARD –
FSF-Dennis Smith JR.- Dallas Mavericks- He has not been playing his best ball as of late with his nagging wrist injury and now he is dealing with some mid back tightness. It ruled him out of wednesday game.
BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/8/19: Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence.
FSF- Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves Update 1/8/19-Rose sat out tuesdays game but will be back in the lineup on friday. With the change in coach this may change Roses role. So we will monitor his minutes upon his return and see if he is still the 6th man of the bench.
BOB- Ricky Rubio/ Dante Exum-Utah Jazz- Rubio suffered a hamstring strain on 1/7/19. An MRI revealed nothing more than a mild strain. So he could beat the two week time table it usually takes for grade 1 Hamstring strain. Exum is suffering from a left ankle sprain from 1/5/19 and is expected to miss a couple weeks. He was guarding Langston Galloway and stepped on Derrick Favors’ foot to roll his left ankle. With both men down look for Donovan Mitchell to take more point role.
BOB- Rodney Hood- Cleveland Cavaliers-Update 1/9/18: He is still dealing with some achilles pain.His Achilles issue will keep him out for six of his last eight games, and he could miss more time, too. At this point with the way the Cavs have been playing it is time to drop him and move on.
FSF- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets-Update-1/9/19: Harris is suffering from a left hamstring tightness. He is questionable for Thursday against the Clippers. But it is more than likely the Denver Nuggets will realize he has past medical history with upper leg injuries.
BOB- Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon is dealing with a bruised right knee that will have him day to day for now. He will be re evaluated at the end of the week Austin Rivers could have some value until Gordon and/or Chris Paul are back.
FSF-E’Twaun Moore- New Orleans Pelicans- Moore Is dealing with a left quad injury the injury kept him out of Wednesday’s game against the Cavs. The Pelicans don’t play again until Saturday in Minnesota, so maybe Moore will be able to return for that one.
BOB- JJ. Redick- Philadelphia 76er’s- Redick has been dealing with a lower back injury that had him ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Wizards.
FSF- Devin Booker- Phoenix Suns-He was listed as doubtful or this game, and he’ll miss both games of a back-to-back set with a DNP on Tuesday. Booker had a back problem at the end of last month.
BOB- Iman Shumpert- Sacramento Kings- Shumpert is suffering from a sprained right index finger that has ruled him out the past 3 games. Bogdan Bogdanovic should start while Yogi Ferrell gets the backup minutes behind De’Aaron Fox.
BOB- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets-Update-1/8/19: Wednesday will mark RHJ’s fifth consecutive game on the sidelines, and it’s not a great sign that he’s getting ruled out a full day in advance of tip-off. He is another candidate to be dropped. Before his injury he was having a average season. The one bright spot is Demarre Carroll.
BOB- Will Barton- Denver Nuggets-Update-1/7/19: Mike Malone said that Will Barton (hip) continues to make progress and he hopes to have him back within the “next couple of weeks.” This is a guy who can win you a league possibly pick him up if you have an IR spot and wait for his return.
FSF- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/3/19:LBJ is not traveling with the team for friday’s game. Instead he will stay in LA to be Reevaluated if the test go well he can play in sundays match up against the Cavs.
BOB- Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves-Update 1/10/19- Robert Covington (right ankle) remains out indefinitely, according to interim coach Ryan Saunders. Covington has a bone bruise in his ankle and an initial multi-week timetable seems accurate.
FSF- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers- Harkless is dealing with left knee soreness. It’s the same knee that has flared up on him several times this season.
FSF-Rudy Gay- San Antonio Spurs- Rudy Gay is dealing with a sprained left wrist and will not play on Wednesday or Thursday.
FSF- Kevin Love-Cleveland Cavaliers-Update 1/9/19: Kevin Love indicated during a recent interview that he may not make it back to the court until after the All-Star break.
BOB- Larry Nance Jr.-Cleveland Cavaliers- He is dealing with a knee injury. The Cavs are running out of bodies and Tristan Thompson (foot) is questionable, so coach Larry Drew may have to turn to Channing Frye and Ante Zizic way more than he wants to.
FSF-Myles Turner- Indiana Pacers- Myles Turner is suffering from a sore right shoulder and did not suit up Wednesday’s game in Boston. This will be the third consecutive game on the sidelines for Turner, and for now, we’ll be considering him questionable for Friday’s game in New York.
BOB- Jonas Valanciunas- Toronto Raptors- He is recovering from surgery to repair a left dislocated thumb. He has another 4 weeks timetable for his return. It sounds like we won’t see him again until mid-February, and it’ll be Serbe Ibaka getting more minutes.
Picks for the week:
LaMarcus Aldridge -big man for the Spurs- starting to really find his stride, he is the main option for Popovich and he has a nice 2 man game going with De Rozan. Last night he put up 56 including 16 for 16 from the line. Aldridge will continue to get plenty of touches and he will take advantage, he has been averaging 27 a game over the last handful of games, grabs 8-9 boards as well
Bradley Beal-Guard for Washington gets the green light with John Wall out and he is pushing, getting 35+ minutes a game and over the bit has been exploding for 30 a game. Get this, over the past week (5 games) he has been shooting 88 percent from the line, 50 percent from the field and 42% from deep, he is a threat from anywhere, nothing to lose and no one that is going to get the rock in front of him
Andrew Wiggins-former #1 pick up in Minnesota has been heating up, I think because of the small market we forget about him but he is really gaining confidence and playing well lately. There are no distractions in Minnesota anymore and WIggins is looking to just put his head down and play ball. He put up 40 on OKC after 2 nights before giving the Lakers 28, he has a great running mate in Karl Anthony Towns who opens up the floor for Wiggins. Young guys in a small market
Taking advantage of teams and players with 4-5 games this week
Austin Rivers is taking advantage of his opportunity in Houston as the PG/ SG harden needs to run with him. You are going to get good numbers out of him for the next two weeks.
Center For the Denver nuggets Nikola Jokic hit 11-of-21 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for 29 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 40 minutes of Tuesday’s win over the Heat. With 5 games lets lock him in and leave him. I think this guy is beginning to warm up more double double and triples on the way as the team is getting healthy.
Kyle Kuzma and yeah Bobby trying to help you break the streak with this one. I think you were right but for the wrong week. This week the Lakers have 4 Games with two games against the Jazz, Cavs that are very winnable. Look for some big stat lines this week. After he posted up a career high 41 points against Detroit.
NBA Podcast: S2-Ep. 12
POINT GUARD –
Kyrie Irving- Boston Celtics-Irving got poked in the eye during Monday’s loss to the Spurs, and he missed wednesday game and is questionable for friday’s game against the Timberwolves
Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers-Update:Rajon Rondo suffered a right ring finger sprain earlier last week. It was later determined that surgery would be required. Per the Lakers press release, Rondo is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 weeks. Lonzo Ball is the primary beneficiary here. With both Rondo and LeBron James (groin) out of action.
Jeff Teague/Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves-Teague has been dealing with ankle issues for most of his career. He is currently suffering from left ankle inflammation that has sidelined him since 12/17/18. Rose is dealing with a right ankle sprain. Teague and Rose are day to day. In the meantime tyus Jones looks like a strong pickup/streamer.
Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors-Update: Nick Nurse said that Kyle Lowry’s (back) return will be a matter of pain tolerance. Lowry received pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections for his lower back over the weekend, but Nurse re-iterated on Tuesday that he believes Lowry will be able to make it back to the court relatively soon. As of now he is labeled as doubtful for thursday. Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he’s out, and Kawhi Leonard will also see a slight uptick in usage.
John Wall- Washington Wizards- John Wall suffering from left heel pain from bone spurs will undergo a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. He will have the surgery next week and Wall will be out for 6-8 months. Advice is to pick up Tomas Satoransky who we will talk about later in the podcast.
Kent Bazemore- Atlanta Hawks-Kent Bazemore right ankle sprain will miss at least the next two weeks of action for Atlanta. But with the atlanta hawks record. He should be out even longer than two weeks. Consider Kevin Huerter the main pick up.
Allen Crabbe-Brooklyn Nets-Update 1/2/19: Is suffering from right knee soreness. He has been diagnosed with a bruised fat pad in his right knee, which has caused the lingering soreness. After the 1-2 week period, the team will then determine the next phase in his return-to-play protocol. Treatment is as follows Modifying or limiting positions and activities that increase pain. Stretching the quadriceps and hip flexor muscles may help to lessen some of the downward pressure the patella applies to the fat pad and of course ICE before and after activities. It’s possible he could miss more than two weeks, This will again result in Rodions Kurucs earning another start and there will be more minutes available for DeMarre Carroll.
Jeremy Lamb- Charlotte Hornets- He is suffering from a right hamstring strain. He was ruled out of Wednesday’s game vs. Dallas , and there’s a decent chance he’ll miss the Hornets’ upcoming Saturday-Sunday, back-to-back set. Devonte’ Graham is expected to get the start in his place tonight, and he’s on the radar as a potential deep league streamer.
Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon is dealing with a bruised right knee that will have him day to day for now. Austin Rivers could have some value until Gordon and/or Chris Paul are back.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s groin injury is not as bad as his prior adductor strain, but that there is currently no timetable for his return. DeMarre Carroll will be the primary beneficiary while he’s out, and Jared Dudley could find himself back in the starting unit.
Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/2/19:LBJ was able to get up some shots on Tuesday, which is the first time he’s been able to do that since sustaining the groin injury, so that’s a positive.Still consider him doubtful for fridays action.
Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves- He did not suit up wednesday because he is suffering from a sore right ankle.This will be just the second missed game for Covington since donning a Timberwolves jersey, but considering it’s just a sore ankle, we wouldn’t expect this to be an extended absence.
Rudy Gay- San Antonio Spurs–Gregg Popovich was not optimistic when asked of Rudy Gay’s sore left wrist chances of suiting up for Thursday’s game against the Raptors.
Nikola Mirotic-New Orleans Pelicans PF/C- Update 1/2/19:Alvin Gentry indicated on Monday that Mirotic was nearing a return, but him getting ruled out a day in advance isn’t exactly encouraging. His next opportunity to play will come on Saturday in Cleveland, and for now, we’ll be considering him questionable for that one. Julius Randle will continue to start in his absence.
Cody Zeller-Charlotte Hornets-Zeller fractured his right hand in the third quarter of Monday’s victory over the Magic when his hand got caught in the jersey of Jerian Grant while setting a screen. Had surgery, out 4-6 weeks timetable for Zeller’s eventually return, but it will likely be weeks. Willy Hernangomez is expected to be the primary beneficiary and will be a popular waiver-wire pickup
Myles Turner- Indiana Pacers-Turner will need to be fitted for a mask after breaking his nose in monday’s game, but with the Pacers off until Friday, he might not need to miss any more time. Before the injury He came in averaging a massive 3.6 blocks in his previous seven games, to go along with 16.9 points (52.1% FGs, 69.2% FTs), 1.6 triples, 9.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals and only 1.4 turnovers. So hope this continues moving forward.
Picks for the week:
- Gordon Hayward-SF-through up a donut the other night against the spurs and then followed up with a 35 point outing against Minnesota where he went 14-17.I think this is his wake up call, we have been waiting all year for him to get back into form and think this boosts his confidence and he slides back into the starting line up and becomes the guy that the Celts wanted. He shoots almost 90 percent from free throw line. Dallas, nets and pacers offer up a good schedule for him
- Rodney Hood-SG for Cleveland, just back into the starting line up after a 4 game stint on the bench due to a sore achilles, the lefty has a nice shot from deep and is a playmaker, he put up 13 his first game back including 3-4 from deep, we have talked about opportunities in Cleveland, Hood is a guy who will take advantage. Jazz, pelicans, pacers are up next, he starts it off with a return to where he started in Salt Lake
- JJ Redick-SG for the sixers, I have been holding off but I love this guy! Wherever he goes he produces, he is a threat as soon as he crosses half court, he put 27 on the suns the other night where he hit 5 bombs from deep and went 8/10 from the line. He averages 20 a game and in philly minutes will never be a problem for him. Mavs and then a back to back with the wizards.
- Tomas Satoransky New Starting PG Washington Wizards scored 20 points with four rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday. He is a must add if you need a starting point guard with all around contributions to your line up with low end value. Keep in mind last year he did great in replacing Wall. So we can expect the same this year.
- Grab Elfrid Payton New starting PG for New Orleans Pelicans if you have not already. In his second game back from injury. 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes. Payton missed 22 games with his injury and some rust was to be expected, but his conditioning is already good since it wasn’t a lower-body injury. New Orleans is now a combined 6-2 in games with Payton this season, and he’s been a strong per-game fantasy asset. He should already have been scooped off the waiver wire and just needs to stay healthy.
- Justise Winslow New Starting PG of the Miami Heat with Goran Dragic out this guy has taken lead of this team putting up an absurd 22.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 2.0 triples and 1.7 turnovers on 59.2% shooting over his last three games. He is starting to come into his own leading Miami. He even has the backing of his coach Coach Erik Spoelstra recently called Winslow his starting PG for the foreseeable future.