Monthly Archives: January 2019

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.