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#1 Posted : 14 August 2018 09:07:18(UTC)
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>Hopefully you’re still in the hunt for a fantasy championship going into the Week 15 semifinals in most leagues.This week , strategy again plays a major part in your decision-making as you consider players who aren’t slam-dunk superstars.Someone like Mike Evans of Tampa Bay. He was likely drafted in the first round of your league this season as he was a top five wide receiver coming into the year. He hasn’t played like a first-round WR, though, and doesn’t have a 100-yard game this season. He only has four touchdowns and is only averaging 59 yards and four receptions per game.Those aren’t must-start numbers. Even if it doesn’t feel good, a player’s draft position means little to nothing once the draft is over 鈥?you need to start your best players now, not as you saw them in September.Here are some waiver pickups to consider as your decisions tighten:DESHONE KIZER, QB, Cleveland Browns (10 percent)It’s amazing how much better a quarterback will look when he has legitimate options around him. The return of Josh Gordon has added some spice to the Cleveland offense and while you would have to be extremely desperate to start Kizer, he’s not out of the equation in leagues in which you can start two quarterbacks.NICK FOLES, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (1 percent)His inclusion is all about the knee injury to Carson Wentz. The Eagles still have one of the best offenses in the NFL and it’s not like Foles is some wide-eyed rookie. He has started more than 30 NFL games and has a fantastic fantasy schedule over the next three weeks as the Eagles play at the Giants before finishing up the season at home versus the Raiders and Cowboys. These are far from elite NFL defenses. This is also a situation where it wouldn’t be a bad idea to play defense. If your opponent has Wentz or a lesser QB, you may want to claim Foles just to keep said opponent from becoming a better team.ROD SMITH, RB, Dallas Cowboys (28 percent)If you were wondering why the Cowboys released Darren McFadden a couple of weeks back, now you know. Smith has 74 yards rushing, 113 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the last two games. Sure Myles Garrett Jersey Youth , Alfred Morris is still the starting RB, but Smith is getting enough touches to become fantasy relevant. The Cowboys play the Raiders this week, a team that looks like it has given up after a dismal performance versus the Chiefs in Week 14. One thing to remember, though, Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for only one more game. Smith will most likely be irrelevant again in Week 16.TREY BURTON, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (8 percent)How valuable Burton is will depend upon the health of Zach Ertz. As of Sunday, he was still experiencing low grade headaches and hadn’t cleared the concussion protocol. Burton is not just some run of the mill tight end. If he was the starter over Ertz, he would be a top 12 TE week in and week out.Other low-owned players worth considering: Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (39 percent), Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (37 percent), Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (20 percent), Eric Ebron Tyron Smith Cowboys Jersey , Detroit Lions (36 percent), Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans (25 percent), and Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (29 percent).This column was provided to The Associated Press by the Fantasy Sports Network, Klay Thompson has rediscovered his shooting touch at the perfect time for the playoffs, Draymond Green is crashing the boards and doing it all on both ends as usual, while Kevin Durant is piling up the points even when not shooting at his most efficient.

Now, this All-Star cast might welcome back two-time MVP Stephen Curry soon from a knee injury as the Warriors charge ahead toward the goal of a repeat championship.

Durant scored 25 points, Green led a smothering Golden State defense, and the Warriors held off the late-charging San Antonio Spurs 99-91 on Tuesday night to win Game 5 and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Thompson had another stellar shooting performance with 24 points, and Green contributed all over with 17 points, a career-playoff high 19 rebounds and seven assists. Golden State looked dominant until the fourth quarter even without Curry – and he could be back soon from a left knee injury.

”Draymond can literally do everything. So these last two games, he’s been rebounding like a beast,” Thompson said. ”And his ability to take the ball from the rim and push the break is what sparks the offense so much.”

LaMarcus Aldridge converted a three-point play with 1:31 left that pulled the Spurs within 93-89 Da'Ron Payne Youth Jersey , and then a pair of free throws at 57.2 to make it a two-point game. Green responded with a long jumper at the top of the key then made two free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining.

The Warriors will face New Orleans in the West semifinals with Game 1 Saturday at Oracle Arena, having smoothly eliminated the Spurs aside from a brief Game 4 blip Sunday at San Antonio. New Orleans, coached by former Golden State top assistant Alvin Gentry, swept Portland in the first round.

Durant didn’t have his usual steady shooting night, going 8 for 19 and missing his initial six 3-point tries. That hardly mattered. After a rebound late in the first half, the reigning Finals MVP drove coast-to-coast for a huge two-handed slam that helped Golden State grab momentum.

Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Patty Mills added 18 points with four 3-pointers for cold-shooting San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 10 points and seven assists in what might have been the 16th-year pro’s final game at age 40.

The Spurs fought for and without coach Gregg Popovich, away from the team following the death of his wife, Erin, last week following a long illness.

”I think it speaks highly of the character and spirit of this team, of never giving up, of competing until the very end,” Pau Gasol said. ”And it was a game and a situation where we easily could have just thrown the towel at different points. But we didn’t. So that’s something that we can be proud of.”

Thompson swished a turnaround fadeaway as the halftime buzzer sounded and scurried for the tunnel hands raised high in triumph as Curry celebrated alongside his Splash Brother. Thompson hit 11 of 22 shots, his fourth time shooting at least 50 percent in the series.

Thompson became the third Warriors player ever to make 600 field goals in the postseason, and Golden State won its 12th straight playoff game at Oracle Arena.

Coach Steve Kerr challenged the Warriors to make ”simpler passes” – or ”keep hitting singles” as he put it in baseball terms – to avoid silly miscues after a sloppy showing in Sunday’s 103-90 loss that forced the series back to the Bay Area.

After Golden State committed 16 turnovers and managed only 19 assists in the defeat Jason Witten Jersey , the Warriors were far better taking care of the ball with just 10 turnovers while dishing out 25 assists.

They used a 13-3 burst in the second quarter to take a 35-26 lead.

Green followed up an 18-rebound outing Sunday with another brilliant night on the boards.

”One thing we spoke about coming into this series was trying to control the glass,” Green said.


The Warriors congratulated the Spurs for their efforts under the difficult circumstances as Popovich mourns.

”What they were going through the last week was awful,” Thompson said. ”I can’t imagine how hard it is to go out there and perform under those circumstances.”

Spurs assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio for a third straight playoff game.

”Pop, if you’re watching out there, we love you,” Kerr said. ”Our whole team and coaching staff has been thinking about you every day. Your team reflected who you are tonight.”


Kerr didn’t want to guess when Curry might be cleared. The two-time MVP is scheduled to be re-evaluated later this week as he works back from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that he injured March 23 the same night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest right ankle injury.

”We’ll see. We are locked in on tonight. Steph has been coming into the gym every day working and he’s doing his thing and we are doing ours,” Kerr said. ”We are just hoping for the best. Not making any predictions.”


Spurs: Danny Green was 0 for 5. … San Antonio is 2-8 all-time on Golden State’s home floor in the postseason. The Spurs were swept in the Western Conference Finals by the Warriors last year. … The Spurs shot 37.2 percent, going 7 for 30 from 3-point range.

Warriors: Thompson joined Rick Barry (699) and Curry (652) as the Warriors with 600 postseason field goals. … … Durant (3,189) passed Paul Pierce (3,180) for 20th and Kevin McHale (3,182) for 19th place on the career NBA postseason scoring list. … Golden State is 18-2 .

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