On the Rise: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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For this week’s edition, my latest add off the wire has us traveling to NC. The Bobcats have basically always sucked, but hey Michael Kidd Gilchrist!!

AMIRITE?

Of course I’m right. If you’ve been following along, my waiver wire adds have been pretty good so far. Spencer Hawes is currently ranked no. 6 overall in fantasy. Miles Plumlee had a tiny slump, but is back strong, scoring better than 20 fantasy points in his last two outings, and sitting at No. 33 overall in the rankings. Lance Stephenson has had a couple bad games too, but continues to score and hit threes, and I believe he’ll be back to normal real soon.

This week’s edition features a SF from Charlotte, who has averaged 22 fantasy points through his last three games. I would like to see him get more minutes, as he’s only logging 29 per right now, but given how effective he’s been scoring, as well as rebounds and blocks, I think we could see an increase in his minutes. As we speak, he is only owned in 33.8% of leagues right now, and I think that’ll be changing shortly.

On the Rise: The Pickup Artist

vh1-the-pickup-artist-season-2Damn, I’m good at spotting talent.

My two big pickups for this week?

Miles Plumlee: 27.6 % owned

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Dallas Mavericks

Miles had 15 boards and 18 points in his season debut for the Phoenix Suns, also managing to get 40 mins of PT. With Martin Gortat out of the lineup, the struggling Suns want to use him as much as possible this season, and let’s be real, you wanna play anyone who gets 40 mins a game. I can see him averaging double-doubles, as his athletic ability is very rare given his huge size. He’s like a Blake Griffin with a brain. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from the Brothers Plumlee, it is that they are not afraid to put the hard hat on and go to work. Love this pickup!

Lance Stephenson: 23.4 % owned

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Two good games in a row is good enough for me to add Stephenson and drop George Hill. Starting in place of Danny Granger, Stephenson is averaging almost 38.5 mins a game and is finding his shot. He scores, get boards, and logs assists very steadily so far, and hopefully, this is a precursor to the rest of the season for him. Look for the Pacers to continue to rely on this guy for the immediate future. I sure am!

Tuesday Morning Relief: Week One Recap

fx-fantasy-football-nfl-the-league-ecards-someecardsWeek One of the Fantasy Football season is now complete, and we’ve got 5 victors in the books, quite a few flops out of the gate, and a handful of surprising story lines, heading into the waiver period tomorrow.
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Yours Truly ended up atop the leaderboard this week, but not without concerns for my running game. This week there were only a few RB’s who actually got their predicted results, and my guys were a bit lackluster. Doug Martin has me slightly concerned, and I’m hoping Gore can produce soon enough, albeit the Packers D was quite incredible this week. For newcomer Mandy, she did great with Colin Kaepernik, but Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant combining for 5 fantasy points?! That’s a stone cold shocker!

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Cousin Vinny and the Trophy Wife squared off for a high-scoring thriller this week, with Cousin Vinny pulling away. Look for Trophy Wife to have a strong run this season, though, as she still had TE Jordan Cameron, RB Shane Vereen, and QB Eli Manning on her bench, which would have netted her an extra 23 fantasy points!

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Breaking Bradshaw and Team Reese went down to the wire, with Bradshaw just narrowly edging her out. A couple bench players made my All-Surprise team this week: Anquan Boldin went bananas for 29 fantasy points while Joique Bell added 20. Be sure to keep tabs on both of these dudes.

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No doubt there was some RB disappointment in this matchup between Spacin’ Vaders and Crawrsenal FC as Lamar Miller and David Wilson combined for -3 fantasy points. Looks like the Dolphins are not too keen on Miller over Daniel Thomas, and word is that the Giants hate Wilson so much that they are going to try out Willis McGahee and a couple other free agent RB’s to help in the absence of Andre Brown.

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Quite a few headlines from this Don’t Call Me Rodney/Blair Walsh Project matchup. One, what happened to Stevan Ridley? Two, the re-emergence of Larry Fitzgerald. And three, apparently any D that plays the Jags will be amazing!

Now, for my Week One All-Surprise Team, guys who outperformed their projections and could be worth a trade or waiver pickup:

QB: Carson Palmer, Michael Vick

RB: Shane Vereen [update: injured], Joique Bell

WR: Anquan Boldin, Brian Hartline, Michael Floyd

TE: Julius Thomas, Owen Daniels, Jordan Cameron

D: Kansas City Chiefs

K: Eh, who cares.