Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wizards SF/PF Jeff Green

5 straight games of scoring in double figures.  Drilled a 3 pointer in 9 consecutive contests and blocked a shot in 5 straight.  Green is the beneficiary of injuries to the Wizards along with the trade of Otto Porter.   4-games this extended scoring period. Owners looking for 3 and D stats may want to roll with Green until lineup shakes out.  

Grizzlies PF/C Ivan Rabb

13.0 PPG and 7.3 RPG in last 7 days at time of this post.  Rabb should be part of a rotation with Jaren Jackson Jr and Jonas Valanciunas.  Rabb is worth a look for owners looking to add rebounding and field goal percentage to their lineups.  Rabb has 4 games in Week 18.

Pelicans SF Kenrich Williams

12.8 PPG and 7.3 RPG in the last 7 days. Williams may get more run with the Pelicans managing Anthony Davis’ minutes. Williams is a player that is worth streaming and could have some deep league dynasty value.  In one of my leagues it was between Rabb and Williams for the waiver claim. 4-games this week.



Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Nets PG Shabazz Napier

3-games this scoring period. Napier in the last 7 days is scoring 18.5 PPG including 3.5 from downtown.  Owners can feel free to stream Napier this week with Spencer Dinwiddie out for the foreseeable future.

Magic SF/PF Jonathan Isaac

10.3 PPG 10.3 RPG in the last 7 days. Isaac should be owned in dynasty formats. Isaac has a block in 4 consecutive games and 8 or more rebounds in 5 straight.  Streamers looking for defensive stats should roll with Isaac in this 4-game week.

Suns SF Mikal Bridges

3&D player is making more impact in Phoenix.  Has a steal in 8 consecutive games and knocked down a 3 in 13 of 15 games.  With the Suns soon to fully embrace tank mode after the deadline, look for Bridges minutes to continue to stay in the Mid 30’s.  Stream Bridges for a 4-game week.

National League Circle Of Trust

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Wilmer Flores

Another player that could benefit by a change of scenery. As you can tell I’m a big believer in those.  Flores in a daily league could carry solid value for the multiple position eligibility.

Atlanta Braves RP A.J. Minter

Saved 15 games and had a 10.1 SO/9 last season.  Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler could be threats to Minter for save opportunities.  I would roll with Minter at the end of the pen and set everyone else’s role accordingly.   

Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras

Fell off the cliff in the 2nd half last season. Batted .213 in August and .152 in September.  The Cubs had a weird season with a number of early rain outs which led to brutal stretch to end the season.  Contreras looked wore down at the end of the season. With the Catcher position so thin, don’t be afraid to bet on a Contreras bounce back.   

Cincinnati Reds RF Yasiel Puig

Won’t get platooned with the Reds.  Puig is a free agent after this season and the Reds could be highly motivated to flip Puig for future assets at the deadline.  

Rockies 2B Garrett Hampson

Stellar minor league track record .315/.389/.457 could help force Hampson into the lineup.  The Rockies frequently block their prospects with declining players. (Ian Desmond/Daniel Murphy) Odd practice. Projects as a top of the order hitter. 123 steals in 3 minor league seasons.

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo

Nothing left to prove in the minor leagues .321/.389/.452 slash rate in 2 seasons at AAA.  Verdugo’s value goes up higher if Joc Pederson gets traded. I believe Verdugo finds a way to force his way into the lineup.    

Miami Marlins SP Trevor Richards

Got knocked around his first run thru the league.  Richards has a career minor league track record of a 2.44 ERA and 1.001 WHIP thru 3 minor league seasons. With a solid spring training could be a worthy flier to fill out your pitching staff.

Milwaukee Brewers C Yasmani Grandal

5 consecutive seasons of double digit homers and 3 straight of over 20.  Grandal is a much better play than he showed in the post season. Grandal owns a career .922 OPS at his new home.  I’m banking on Grandal having a career season moving from more of a pitchers park to launching pad in Milwaukee.

New York Mets RF Brandon Nimmo

.404 OBP in 535 PA for 2018.  Just 47 RBI due to teams low OBP.  Name consistently has been mentioned in trade rumors. Worthy backup outfielder selection.  

Philadelphia Phillies SP Nick Pivetta

10.3 SO/9 in 164 innings. 7-14 record and 4.77 ERA in 33 games. The wheels came off from June 0-4 7.71 ERA and Pivetta never recovered. Entering his 3rd major league season it’s possible Pivetta turns the corner. Worth a late round flier to fill out rotation to find out.

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Joe Musgrove

Who had a lower WHIP for the 2nd half of the 2018 season Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin or Joe Musgrove? Pirates hurler had a 1.011 WHIP after the All-Star Break. As the centerpiece of the Gerrit Cole trade, I’ll take a late round flier on Musgrove.

San Diego Padres 3B/OF Wil Myers

Played 36 games at 3B and 30 Games in LF in 2018.  Myers is locked up contractually thru the 2022 campaign.  Remember Myers had 28 Ding Dongs and SB in 2016 followed by a 30 Dong 20 Stolen Base 2017.  Injuries ruined 2018. If healthy is a worthy late round pick in daily leagues for the multiple position eligibility and 20/20 potential.  

San Francisco Giants CF Steven Duggar

Career minor league slash rate of .287/.377/.425 in 4 minor league seasons. Had a cup of coffee with Giants last season with minimal success. Could patrol CF for the rebuilding Giants in 2019.  Skill set projects as a plate setting top of the lineup hitter. I plan to grab him in my daily categories league with a late flier.

St. Louis Cardinals SP/RP Carlos Martinez

Too inconsistent for my liking. I was on the Martinez train for a few years and got off in 2018 drafts. Late in the season, I spent big auction money to acquire Martinez as he served as the Cardinals closer.  The SP/RP eligibility is so valuable in fantasy baseball. Weekly leagues you can load him up as an RP during 2 start weeks. At age 27 maybe finally puts it together.

Washington Nationals 2B Brian Dozier

Bottomed out in a contract year in Minnesota and served as a platoon player with the Dodgers.  Doubtful that Dozier has lost it at age 32. Will come much cheaper in drafts this season.

American League Circle Of Trust

Baltimore Orioles RP Mychal Givens

Regression of SO/9 dropped from 11.6 to 10.1 to 9.3 in 2018.  Givens is a controlled cost reliever which could net the Orioles a nice package in return if they decide to flip him.  For right now I anticipate Givens serving as the Orioles closer to start 2019.

Boston Red Sox RP Tyler Thornburg

The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Brewers for Thornburg in the winter of 2016.  Thornburg immediately missed all of 2017 and threw just 24 innings in 2018. The 5.63 ERA doesn’t matter to me after missing over a year and a half. I believe if Thornburg is healthy he can carve out a high leverage role in the bullpen.      

Chicago White Sox 1B Yonder Alonso

Back to back seasons of 20 plus ding dongs. Alonso owns a career slash rate of .293/.361/.413 in Chicago.  Alonso batting in a power spot in the Sox lineup has the opportunity to do some damage with a late round pick.

Cleveland Indians OF Jordan Luplow

.287/.367/.462 slash rate in AAA last season. Acquired in an off season trade from the Pirates. Luplow has a much clearer path to playing time in Cleveland’s outfield.  Could be worth a late round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Detroit Tigers SP Matthew Boyd

The 9-13 record last season doesn’t scream out Circle Of Trust, however the 1.157 WHIP in 170.1 IP does.  Boyd’s 2nd half saw his SO/9 go up from 8.0 to 9.0 and WHIP drop from 1.210 to 1.083. 27 Gopher balls allowed led to Boyd’s undoing.  Acquired from the Blue Jays as part of the David Price trade it’s time to shit or get off the pot for Boyd and the Tigers.

Houston Astros RHP Josh James

Electric arm provided solid innings for the Astros late in the season. James has experience starting in the minor leagues. There’s an opening in the back end of the Astros rotation, but it’s possible a high leverage bullpen role is better suited for 2019.  James ratios of 11.3 SO/9 and low WHIP 0.957 will play in fantasy leagues starting or relieving.

Kansas City Royals 2B/SS Adalberto Mondesi

I’m buying big time on the 8 Ding Dongs and 14 SB in September.  Overall for the season had 14 Ding Dongs and 32 SB. Mondesi should be able to take his lumps on improving the .306 OBP for the rebuilding Royals.  Since the team lacks power Mondesi should have free reign on the base paths.

Los Angeles Angels CL Cody Allen

5 consecutive season of 24 or more saves.  The high workload in Cleveland maybe took its toll in 2018.  Allen’s WHIP jumped up to 1.358 last season. On a 1-year prove it deal Allen has the opportunity to set himself for a longer term contract.  I’ll gamble on Allen if the price is right in drafts.

Minnesota Twins CF Byron Buxton

I’m willing to spend a late round flier on Buxton to rebound to his 2017 numbers. 2018 can be chalked up to a lost season. The 25 yr old Buxton is a high upside post hype sleeper.

Yankees 1B Luke Voit

14 Ding Dongs 148 plate appearances in a late season run with the Yankees. Possible platoon candidate with Greg Bird at 1B.  Betting on Bird to stay healthy is a risky proposition. Voit’s worth a late round flier.

Athletics 2B Jurickson Profar

26 years old now and gets a clear path to playing time in Oakland.  Profar quietly hit 20 bombs with 10 SB last season. Multiple position eligibility makes Profar more valuable in daily formats.

Seattle Mariners OF Domingo Santana

Hit 30 Ding Dongs and drove in 85 with 15 SB in 2017 with the Brewers. That production led him to ride pine as a backup outfielder and pinch-hitter for 2018.  Santana gets a new lease on life with a trade to the rebuilding Mariners. Santana is a worthy late round flier.

Tampa Bay Rays RP Jose Alvarado

2.39 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, and 11.3 SO/9.  Alvarado is a worthy pickup to help with ratios.  32 Holds and 8 Saves last season. The Rays with more talent on the roster, may have more defined roles in 2019.  Alvarado has the stuff to be a closer, hopefully the Rays management feels the same way.

Texas Rangers SP Drew Smyly

Hasn’t pitched in 2 seasons coming off Tommy John surgery.  Smyly is a lottery ticket at the end of drafts to try if he proves healthy in spring training.  In 5 major league seasons Smyly owns an 8.7 SO/9.

Toronto Blue Jays SP Sean Reid-Foley

Owns a career 10.0 SO/9 in 5 minor league seasons.  The 5.13 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with the Jays last season may not truly be indicative of the pitcher Reid-Foley can become.  If Reid-Foley has a good showing in spring training, will slide up draft boards as a late round flier.

Week 16 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Rockets PF Kenneth Faried

15.0 PPG 9.3 RPG in the last 7 days. Faried rolling to the basket off Harden’s isolations could be short-term fantasy gold. Faried will play a significant role with Clint Capela out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.  Use Faried for this 3-game week.

Clippers PG Patrick Beverley

10.0 PPG and  8.3 RPG in the last 7 days 6 or more rebounds in 6 consecutive contests. Clippers have a 4-game schedule this week making Beverley a possible streamer for owners looking for defensive stats from a Point Guard.

Cavs C Ante Zizic

More of a dynasty stash, but seeing significant run with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love out of the lineup.  Zizic has 6 or more boards in 6 consecutive contests. 73% from the charity stripe is decent number for a post player.  The one bummer with streaming Zizic is the 2-game week.

Week 15 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Hawks SF Deandre’ Bembry

Scored in double figures in 9 of 11 contests. Bembry over the last seven days is averaging 14.7 PPg and 6.7 RPG.  Stream worthy for his 3 game week that includes a tantalizing matchup with the Bulls.

Hawks PF Omari Spellman

Knocking down 2.3 per game from the 3-point line and has 2.0 BPG in the last 7 days. Recorded a block in 4 consecutive games. When the Hawks go small Spellman gets the call in the post. Stream if you need 3-point shooting from a big.

Bucks PF DJ Wilson

Last 7 days Wilson is averaging 9.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 1.5 BPG.  Owners looking for blocks and three’s from a big could use Wilson. The Bucks play 3 games this week, but have blown the doors off a string of recent opponents creating more playing time for the bench. This 2nd year player is worth stashing in deeper dynasty leagues to see if more playing time can be carved out.  

Week 14 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wizards SF/PF Jeff Green

Worth a daily stream for Thursday vs. the Knicks in London. Green has hit 2 or more from downtown in 4 consecutive games.  I look to take advantage of any opportunity to play vs. the Knicks.

Grizzlies PF JaMychal Green

7 or more rebounds in 4 of his last 5 games. Grizzlies are one of eight teams that plays 4-games this week. Green is worth a stream for his last 7 days stats 12.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 1.0 SPG.

Suns C Richaun Holmes

Among 8 teams with 4-games this week. Holmes is only seeing around 20 minutes a night, but is making the most of it.  In the last 7 days Holmes is averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 SPG, and 1.3 BPG. Holmes 72% from the charity stripe isn’t bad for a big.  

September Hot Streaks

I always look to evolve as a fantasy baseball player. I research to find out why I want to target players or avoid at all costs. September stats is one way I look to find breakout players for the upcoming season.  Here’s a list of players I will target late in drafts based off a hot September.

Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi

8 HR 14 SB in September 14 HR 32 SB in 291 Plate Appearances on the season. Minor league track record suggests OBP will be a struggle, but Mondesi is worth gambling on for the right price for his age 23 campaign.

Rays OF Tommy Pham

26 runs scored .368/.475/.705 slash rate in September. Scored 102 runs on the season. 2 month slump in May .195 avg. and June .198 curtailed what was a solid season for Pham.

Rays 2B Joey Wendle

14 2B .319/.389/.489 slash rate in September.  16 SB on the season. In 2018 played enough games to qualify as a 2B,SS, 3B, OF.  Will be my swiss army knife utility player in daily categories leagues.

Rockies OF David Dahl

27 RBI in September. Career Minor League slash rate of .306/.351/.508. Finally gets a starting job to himself.

Twins SS Jorge Polanco

35 Hits in September.  .310/.361/.460 slash rate in September. In 8 minor league seasons Polanco had a .287/.348/.413 slash rate.  Entering age 25 campaign Polanco is worthy pickup as a backup middle infielder.

Reds RF Yasiel Puig

HIt .298 vs. RHP last season. Struggled to the tune of a .209 avg. vs. LHP.  1.053 OPS in September last season. Puig with consistent playing time in Cincinnati is a worthy selection as  backup outfielder.

Mets SP Steven Matz

0-0 2.51 ERA 1.021 WHIP and 10.9 SO/9 in 6 starts. Went 5 or more innings in 5 of those 6 starts. Mets ended up winning 4 of those games.  Always elbow and shoulder concerns, but could be worth taking a flier on late in drafts.

Reds SP Luis Castillo

One of my favorite sleepers from last season flamed out.  September saw Castillo fix his mechanics to the tune of a 3-1 1.09 ERA 0.848 WHIP and 9.3 SO/9.  I may have been a year early on Castillo, but September gives me hope. The 4.30 ERA for the season may scare off fantasy players, meaning I can draft Castillo later than in 2018.  

Pirates SP Jameson Taillon

14-10 last season in 193.1 IP.  Taillon went 3-1 in 5 September stats with a .197 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and .235 opponents batting average. Had a 60 Inning jump from 2017 to 2018.  

Marlins SP Jose Urena

9-12 record and some beanball nonsense overshadowed a stellar final month of the season.  Urena went 5-0 with a 1.20 ERA 0.93 WHIP and a .183 opponents batting avg. in September. The SO/9 went up from 2017 to 2018 6.0 to 6.7.  I was surprised to see Urena had a 1.18 WHIP on the campaign. Urena won 14 games in 2017 and could have won more than 9 with better run support.  May take a late flier on Urena in drafts to fill out my rotation in 2019.

White Sox SP Reynaldo Lopez

2-1 1.09 ERA 0.848 WHIP SO/9 9.5 in 5 September starts.  Lopez is one of my favorite young pitchers entering the 2019 campaign.  

Orioles RP Mychal Givens

4 Saves 12 September appearances. Opponents batting avg. of .044 along with 0.34 WHIP.  SO/9 down to 6.1 in September from 10.6 in August. Owns a career 10.4 SO/9 in 4 seasons. Givens is a reliever I plan to target to fill out my bullpen later in drafts. Orioles could be one of the worst clubs in all of baseball, which should lead to a lot of close games.  

Angels RP Ty Buttrey

Acquired from Red Sox in deadline deal for Ian Kinsler.  4 Saves in September. Had a 11.0 SO/9 in 16 appearances on the season. Gave up earned runs in 3 of his 16 appearances.  Butrrey is worth tracking in Spring Training to see if he can leave camp as the Angels closer.

Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wizards C Thomas Bryant

Dwight Howard is out for 2-3 months after surgery.  Markieff Morris is out 6 weeks with a neck injury. Bryant is a must own player at this stage due to the workload on a injury riddled front court. Scored in double figures in 7 of his last 8 games. Shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe.  Daily and weekly players should feel free to deploy Bryant in lineups for the foreseeable future. Pumped to have won him off waivers. 4 games this scoring period.

Grizzlies SF Kyle Anderson

Scored in double figures in 8 out his last 10 games. Categories league players will need to balance the stats vs. the drain Anderson will put your free throw percentage (56.4%) Ball is in his hands more with Memphis to show his play-making skills. Grizzlies play 3 games this week.

Rockets SG Austin Rivers

Injuries to Chris Paul and Eric Gordon have opened up an opportunity for Rivers.  Scored in double figures in 6 games with the Rockets. Eric Gordon’s eventual return could cut into Rivers minutes.  I believe Rivers is worth using in daily leagues for owners looking for scoring and 3-point shooting. Rockets have 4 games this matchup.    

Week 12 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wizards SG/PG Tomas Satoransky

Last season, usage rate went up to 15.1 in February and 14.3 in March with John Wall out. New year now John Wall is out for the season with heel spurs. Satoransky will play with the ball in his hands more so than usual, but will still take a back seat to Bradley Beal and Otto Porter.  Owns a career 49% FG percentage and 40% 3-point percentage. Expectations should be tempered, however Satoransky is a worthy pickup in all leagues. 3-games this week.

Heat SF Justise Winslow

Chief Justise has taken over control of the offense with Goran Dragic out. Winslow is contributing across the board.  Has scored in double figures in 4 straight games, 5 or more assists in 3 out of his last 5 games and 6 or more rebounds in 4 of last 5.  Will kill your free throw percentage, but worth picking up immediately. 3-games this week.

Knicks C Luke Kornet

2-games this week, but still should be able to contribute. Streamers looking for 3-point shooting from the C spot should pick up Kornet. Has drilled 14 from downtown in his last 3 games.  Because Kornet is a liability defensively and the Knicks ever changing rotations, be prepared for playing time to drop off without notice. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using Kornet in a weekly locking lineup.  Daily streamer at this point.