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Week 3 Fantasy Shakedown

Nov 3, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker (7) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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With our new writer, Jonathan, previewing each week with his streaming guide, I am going to go over the week that was. I will look at the studs and duds for the week, as well as some of the sneaky waiver pickups that may have helped you to a winning record.

The season now feels like it is rolling along decidedly smoother than it was to begin with. The injuries seem to have settled down, and some of the better players have found their groove. We will look at a couple of guys who stood out during the week as well as two who were frustrating, to say the least.

 

Studs and Duds

Week 3, 17/18 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% TO Rank
LeBron James 40.3 38.7 1.0 7.3 10.3 2.0 1.7 24.3 64.4 6.7 95.0 5.7 1

 

Our first stud is really the epitome of ‘stud’, LeBron James. His numbers are somewhat inflated by his 57 point outburst, however, he still put up astronomical numbers across the entire week. With Kyrie Irving now residing in Boston and Isaiah Thomas residing in the practice gym, LeBron has had to put the team on his back. His 4o minutes per game are undoubtedly more than coach Tyronn Lue would have anticipated giving him this early in the season. LeBron’s output has not translated into wins, however, and this may motivate him even more, to get things done until he gets some support from his wounded troops.

 

Week 3, 17/18 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% TO Rank
Andre Drummond 33.1 16.7 0.0 15.3 3.0 1.7 1.0 8.7 65.4 8.7 80.0 1.3 11

 

Andre Drummond has had perhaps the most surprising start to the season, out off all the possible stud contenders. We are all aware of his ability to pull down countless rebounds, gather good steals for a big and shoot from the field with tremendous efficiency. His one bugaboo has always been his free-throw percentage. Last season he connected at a laughable 38 percent, meaning he was often pulled from the court late in games. Cue 2017, and apparently he has finally learned how to shoot. He connected on 80 percent for the week, including 14-from-16 in one game alone. While this efficiency will likely fall away to some degree, if he can keep it at around 65 percent, the hacking ploy will basically be void, and his minutes and impact will increase.

 

Week 3, 17/18 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% TO Rank
Kyle Lowry 26.6 11.3 1.8 5.0 5.3 0.5 0.0 9.8 41.0 1.8 85.7 2.3 137

 

Lowry has had an ordinary start to the season, culminating in his ejection from Sunday’s game against the Wizards. There is really no explanation for his poor showing so far, other than a form slump, which he will likely come out of sooner rather than later. This lack of a reason though, is of no comfort to his owners, who would have spent a high draft pick on him. The panic buttons can remain untouched for now though, as the Raptors should continue to win enough games, so as to give him time to come out of his slump through basically playing more minutes.

 

Week 3, 17/18 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% TO Rank
Russell Westbrook 33.3 18.7 2.0 7.3 9.7 1.0 0.0 19.0 38.6 4.0 50.0 4.0 211

 

Westbrook is not a name that you would expect to see on the dud side of this list. Glancing at his numbers, it is fairly obvious to see that he has taken a hit across the board due to the arrivals of both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. This was to be expected, especially in the points department. His rebounds and assists remain elite; however, it is some of the other, less obvious numbers that negate some of his good work. He is hurting teams with his efficiency from both the field and the charity stripe. Taking 19 field-goal attempts per game but only converting 38 percent of them, is going to have a massive effect on a team’s overall percentage. Four free-throws at 50 percent is not as bad, but still drags his overall value way down. He is also not providing much in the way of defensive stats and is still turning the ball over four times per game. These will likely improve as we move through the season and he becomes more accustomed to playing with his new team-mates, but they are still worth keeping an eye on for both current and prospective owners alike.

 

Waiver Wire Gems

If you were lucky enough to snag one of these players off your waivers, then chances are you had a good week. We will look at a few players who had an impact across the week, and may now remain a permanent part of your rotation.

Kyle Kuzma

The Kuzma hype-train has been rolling since summer league. He was a standout player there, and has continued that form into the regular season. With Larry Nance Jr. out for at least a month with a broken hand, Kuzma has slotted into the starting line-up where he has put up consecutive double-doubles, while maintaining his incredible efficiency.

T.J. McConnell

Markelle Fultz looks broken and is going to miss some time. The fact that he plays for the 76ers, indicates there is a good chance he misses extended time, until he is fully healthy and ready to go. McConnell played well last season and will now step into the role of primary backup behind Ben Simmons. Given the combinations he was able to form with the players last season, in particular the returning Richaun Holmes, he is going to see good run both as the backup and on the floor next to Simmons.

Norman Powell

Powell was talked up over the off-season as a player who could potentially break-out this season. Once it was confirmed he would be starting, a lot of people snapped him up with a late pick in their drafts. He failed to provide any value and was subsequently dropped, leading to his waiver wire status. He was better last week, showing glimpses of why he was talked about in this vain, and hopefully, he can keep it going now he is in a groove.

Tyreke Evans

Evans exploded this week, finishing as the 19th ranked player in fantasy. There are a lot of reasons not to trust in him, none more-so than his well-publicised injury history. He appears to be healthy, however, and there doesn’t seem to be a minute’s restriction on him. The upside has always been there and if he can maintain his health, he could prove to be one of the waiver pickups of the season.

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Adam is a remote fantasy writer for Rotowire and has been playing Fantasy Basketball since 2013. He lives in Bungendore, Australia.

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