From left to right: Kendrick Nunn, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), LaMelo Ball

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Booms, Busts, Battlestar Galactica is getting an NBA facelift prettier than the episode-to-episode changes on WandaVision.

For this version, we want to focus on booms that are widely available on the waiver wire so we can give you a leg up on the competition and busts you may want to consider getting rid of. All is fair in love and fantasy.

Let's get started with a look back at the last week of the NBA fantasy season.


Booms

Daniel Theis, Center, Boston Celtics

Since Kemba Walker's return against the Knicks on January 17, Theis is averaging 13.5 points on an incredible 79.2 percent shooting from the field with 6.3 rebounds and one made three-pointer a game.

When paired with Walker, Theis nets +14.8 points per 100 possessions on the strength of the pick and roll they run together. Only 46 percent of teams on Yahoo have the big German on their roster, but with his PnR partner back, that number should increase in the coming weeks.

Kendrick Nunn, Guard, Miami Heat

With Tyler Herro nursing a neck injury, and Avery Bradley and Jimmy Butler in the health and safety COVID protocol, someone needed to step up like Neville Longbottom against Voldemort. Kendrick Nunn has been that dude.


Since January 18, Nunn has averaged 35 minutes a game while putting together a .561/.444/.833 slash line and compiling 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Only 49 percent of managers on Yahoo have ridden this amazing wave, but with Butler and Avery on their way back, the chance to capitalize on his hot stretch may be over.

Naz Reid, Center, Minnesota Timberwolves

With COVID once again gripping Karl-Anthony Towns, Reid has been holding down the center position in Minneapolis. Reid has averaged 14 points per game with a .588/.500/1.000 slash line the last four games to go along with 2.3 blocks and 1.5 made threes.

You would like to see something higher than the 4.3 rebounds he grabbed during that stretch and with Towns' 10-to-14-day quarantine on the verge of ending, he may see a dip in numbers, but as long as KAT is out, he will continue to produce.

David Nwaba, Guard/Forward, Houston Rockets

Nwaba's game is about as sexy as The Thing from the Fantastic Four, but the little things he does are finally showing up in the stat sheet, giving him some fantasy value. His 11.8 points a game the last week isn't anything to write home about, but his 2.0 steals a game, 4.3 rebounds and 58.6 percent shooting from the field at the guard position gives him plenty of value.

With such a short bench in Houston, he will get plenty of minutes to improve on those numbers as the season continues.

Busts

Terry Rozier, Guard, Charlotte Hornets

Rozier started the week off with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance, but then cratered the next two contests. By week's end, he finished shooting 36.6 percent from the field and 13.7 points per game. Not exactly the Scary Terry numbers people were hoping for.

However, one thing Rozier won't do is stop shooting, and while he will have those terrible shooting nights, he will follow that up with a couple of strong shooting games. Welcome to the roller coaster of Rozier management.

Steven Adams, Center, New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans' center is one of the leaders in field goal percentage, which has been something fantasy managers could lean on, but not this week. Adams struggled with consistency, shooting 46.2 percent from the field while turning over the ball 2.5 times per game and only getting one block in four games.

Thankfully, his rebounding numbers floated him, but one category isn't going to cut it for a player who is owned in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Blake Griffin, Power Forward/Center, Detroit Pistons

Griffin isn't the same player he was five years ago, but he is definitely better than the 34.6 percent shooting, 9.7-point averaging player he has been the last week. The fall has been very quick for the former Rookie of the Year the last two seasons, but on a bad Pistons team, he will at least have plenty of minutes to succeed.

Whether he does or not is left to be seen.

LaMelo Ball, Guard, Charlotte Hornets

Ball's hot start got him a lot of fans at the beginning of the season, but the middle of January has not been kind to the rookie. He only averaged 9.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting and 3.3 turnovers a game. The third Ball brother is not the first rookie to hit a wall in his first year and he won't be the last, but only the most patient of managers will tolerate a stretch like this for long.

Steph Curry has came back from injury with one of his best seasons as a pro

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As we're just over a week away from seeing the new play-in format the NBA has decided to go with this season, it means that teams are vying to be in the top 10 in their respective conferences to keep their postseason dreams alive.

We have seen LeBron James make public statements opposing the new format even though it was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors last year. It's understandable that James would have negative feelings about the new format as his Lakers have struggled throughout the season as both him and superstar teammate, Anthony Davis, have dealt with injuries which have caused them to miss significant time.

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Cole Irvin is making waves on the west coast for the Oakland A's

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Baseball is a game of hot streaks and slumps, and as a fantasy baseball manager it's sometimes difficult to know when to part with someone on your roster to take a chance on someone new.

Here we'll examine three players you may want to consider moving on from if you have them rostered, and provide three potential replacements for them. Just like in real baseball, sometimes you have to make the tough moves in order to win. But if you don't know what the right moves are to make then you just end up looking like the Pittsburgh Pirates of your fantasy league.

Here's some advice for you so you don't become the Pirates of your league.


First Up

Cole Irvin Oakland A's SP (30% Rostered in Yahoo)

Irvin hasn't allowed more than two runs in the past four starts and will carry a 3.09 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 34/5 strikeout to walk ratio heading into his next one against Tampa Bay this weekend. To put how effective Irvin has been into perspective, he's averaging nearly a strikeout per inning while only .1 walk per inning.

Even if Irvin comes back down to earth a little, now is the time to pick him up while he's riding this hot streak. He is coming off a game against the hard-hitting Blue Jays where we saw him set his career-high in strikeouts with nine over eight innings. Take into consideration he has three quality starts (out of six) and his most recent loss was to the Rays who he sees again on Saturday. In that last appearance against Tampa he went six innings, striking out eight, allowed only two runs and earned a quality start in a loss.

If you're looking for a long term option at starting pitcher, Irvin presents a great opportunity to snag a hidden gem off waivers but don't expect him to last much longer if he puts in another strong performance against the Rays on Saturday.


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Oshae Brissett

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Who needs an Avengers incorporated ESPN broadcast when the real nerd-sports crossover is right here?

Welcome to the final round of the basketball fantasy season. You're either in the championship or you've decided that you wanted to set your lineups early and actually enjoy watching basketball.

In any case, you need to fill your rosters and we have the players you need to look out for on those waiver wires.

Booms

Oshae Brissett Guard/Forward Indiana Pacers

You'd be excused for not knowing who Oshae Brissett was before this week. He went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft and started his professional career in the NBA G League. Now, he is making a name for himself in Indianapolis.

Last week, the former Syracuse forward averaged 16 points, made three three-pointers, 10.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and four blocks. With multiple Pacers players fighting injuries, Brissett should have plenty of opportunities to prove he can be a consistent contributor in the final stretch of the NBA season.

Ricky Rubio Point Guard Minnesota Timberwolves

Much like the Timberwolves, it has been an objectively bad statistical year for the Rubio. Also much like the Timberwolves, even he can have a span of success. Rubio didn't provide a ton in any category this past week, but he did average a solid 10.5 points, 1.8 made threes, four rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 0.8 turnovers.

Rubio may have had a good week, but even his good week isn't much in terms of massive contributions. He may be high on last week's rankings, but he isn't worth the pick-up unless you're really desperate for steals and assists.

Isaiah Stewart Forward/Center Detroit Pistons

Stewart goes back-to-back on the list despite his scoring numbers dropping. In three games last week, Stewart scored 11 points on 53.8 percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds, one steal and 3.3 blocks.

While minutes volatility is still a fear with any Pistons player, Stewart has shown that he can contribute in four or more categories for another week. Pick him up for the rest of the season if you can.

Saddiq Bey Small Forward Detroit Pistons

Bey may still be figuring out how to be successful in the league, but at least he can score like a seasoned vet. In three games last week, he averaged 17 points, four made threes, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

He's still a liability in terms of accuracy (39.5 percent from the field last week), but if you need scoring and rebounding, there aren't a ton of other options on the waiver.

Busts

Dillon Brooks Guard/Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former Duck has developed into a consistent scorer for the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he doesn't provide much else. Last week, he averaged 17.5 points, but only managed to average 1.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 steals.

He may not provide much in fantasy, but Memphis is fighting hard to stay in the playoff picture. Brooks will have plenty of chances to keep up his scoring numbers so if that's something you require, he is a great option to give you a boost.

Duncan Robinson Guard/Forward Miami Heat

Shooters in fantasy basketball are DCEU movies: Sure, you'll get a Snyder cut of "Justice League" or "Wonder Woman," but you have to wade through the other travesties to really appreciate them. Duncan Robinson's last week was "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice"-esque.

In four games, Robinson averaged three made three-pointers but only 10.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists. People aren't picking up Robinson for his other stats, but if he's not scoring or shooting at an elite level, he's a tough pickup at best.

Danilo Gallinari Forward Atlanta Hawks

Gallinari's up and down year hit another valley last week when he averaged 10.3 points on 37.9 percent shooting, 1.3 made threes, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

With Kevin Huerter and Bodgan Bogdanovic to compete with for minutes, anything consistent from the Italian baller can't be counted on moving forward.

Delon Wright Guard/Forward Sacramento Kings

Wright was making the most of his minutes in Detroit but since he was traded to Sacramento, his lack of opportunity has been frustrating for anyone who manages him. In four games last week, he averaged 10 points, one made three, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals.

If you are holding out hope that Wright will step up in the finals weeks of the season, I have a monorail I think you'd be interested in.