Fantasy Basketball Week 18- Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em
George Hill CLE – START ‘EM
The Cavaliers were the big story of Thursday’s trade deadline, shipping out Isaiah Thomas and other pieces in a dramatic reboot that brought them back George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance and Rodney Hood. Of the four players they acquired, Hill probably has the most to gain from a fantasy perspective. Hill was posting career lows in Sacramento, as the Kings tried to get more minutes for the younger players on their roster.
Hill won’t have that issue in Cleveland and should play 30+ minutes a night on a team that should be a great fit for him. LeBron will generate plenty of open looks for Hill, who has shot better than 45% from three this season. Health is always a huge factor for Hill, as indicated by his High Injury Risk on Inside Injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he becomes a nice fantasy asset yet again. Give him a look this week here at the start of his Cavs tenure.
Jordan Clarkson CLE – SIT ‘EM
On the flip side from George Hill, Jordan Clarkson will likely see a decrease in fantasy value as a member of the Cavs. He will likely get less minutes playing behind the veteran Hill, which could really hurt a guy that is so feast or famine. Expect him to more consistently find himself in the low 20s for minutes played, running the second unit in Cleveland. He will be a useful player for LeBron and co., but less useful for you as a fantasy owner as long as Hill is healthy. Hill’s shaky health status makes Clarkson intriguing enough as a stash, but keep him out of your starting lineups for now.
Tomas Satoranksy WAS – START ‘EM
With John Wall out, it looked like Washington had a massive hole at point guard. However, Tomas Satoransky has been a revelation, and he’s coming off his best game yet, in which he scored a career-high 25 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Bulls Saturday. He did leave the game late with a head injury and cut above his eye, but it’s not believed to be serious. Satoransky has become a key piece for this Wizards team as they survive without Wall, who is likely out for at least another month or so. He has had some scoring dips here and there, but his assist and steal numbers have stayed pretty consistent. With the talent around him in Washington, Satoranksy is a nice fantasy piece while he plays big minutes with Wall out.
Milos Teodosic LAC – SIT ‘EM
Teodosic has flashed often this season as a 30 year old rookie, showing off his prodigious passing skills and crafty game that made him such a successful player in Europe. However, injuries have been a big bugaboo, and he’s banged up yet again with a foot injury that has him questionable to start the week. He’s an Elevated Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, and at this point, it seems tough to trust him. With Austin Rivers also back from his ankle injury and playing big minutes in the last two for Los Angeles, Teodosic’s availability and playing time, not skill, are the big question mark. Leave him on the bench this week at least until we see how things shake out.
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