In my weekly update of what caught my eye around the league, I think a worthy start is this potential scuffle between Ja Morant and the seven-foot Tony Bradley.

I am mentioning Bradley’s height, because I wanted to point out the ease with which Steven Adams carried him away from the action, almost like a baby that is asleep. Expert situation de-escalation technique from Mr. Adams who practically decided and implemented that the fight is over.

Finally, I had include two of the best dunks of the last month, both coming on the same day from Russell Westbrook and Kyle Kuzma, and both on premier interior defenders. Behold…

Regarding last week’s suggestions, Julius Randle had maybe his best game of the season so hopefully you capitalized on my buy-low suggestion last week. The same can be said for Amir Coffey who continues his solid play and has scored over 16 points in four of his last five games. On the other hand, Gary Harris seems like a potential drop with Orlando getting healthier and subsequently his usage significantly reduced.

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Buy

Goga Bitadze: With Myles Turner expected to miss at least the next two weeks, Bitadze becomes a valuable pickup for owners in need of traditional big man stats. In his lone game without Turner he produced a gem of a line with 17 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. If he can maintain a 24-minute role and stay on the floor next to Domantas Sabonis, even for short stints, he can be a great add (12% owned).

Kessler Edwards: Kevin Durant will miss at least the next month and it looks like the next man up will be Edwards. A second-round pick in 2021, Edwards is a long and capable defender with a great block rate but he can also help spread the floor. The minutes will be there as he played 38 in two consecutive games and he looks like a great glue-guy addition to any fantasy team (9% owned). Another option that is maybe floating on your waiver wire is Joe Harris, who is shortly expected back from his injury, but it could take him some time to get back on track (25% owned).

De’Anthony Melton: Yes I know you are hurt. I feel it too. You trusted someone and he hurt you a few too many times. And now it is hard for you to trust again. Of course, I am not talking about love and such silly stuff, we are talking about important things here. I am talking about fantasy and the love-hate relationship with Melton. Every time he teases us with some awesome performances, he follows them up with a week of unusable production. But I think this week, with all of Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, and most importantly Desmond Bane banged up, the Grizzles have to give him major minutes and that makes him a prime streaming candidate until those guys return (34% owned).

Sell

Coby White: White was a buy suggestion as soon as Zach LaVine went down and he has not disappointed, as he has been a top 80 player over the last month. He has drastically improved his shooting percentages during that period but it is important to remember that he has done it with all of LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso sidelined. Caruso and Ball should be back soon so now is the perfect time to try and trade White based on his recent performance as I don’t think he will be a top 100 player moving forward.

Omer Yurtseven: It was really fun while it lasted, but Bam Adebayo is back and Yurtseven went from a rebounding machine averaging 13.5 rebounds during the last month to a DNP cheering teammates from the bench. Unfortunately, it is time to move on as I don’t think he has any trade value in competitive leagues (43% owned).

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Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

Trade proposed to me: I give Hart and a 4th rd pick, I get Ingram and a 6th round. Hart can be kept at an 11th rd price. Ingram isn’t really a keeper but I’m in 3rd place with a legit shot at 1st, so I’m willing to go all in if Ingram is worth it.

gino napoli
gino napoli
1 year ago

oops … Ball is now out for prolly 8 weeks or more, and who knows about LaVine. Might be 3 weeks or more. Looks like Coby White and Ayo will retain value.