From left to right: Kyle Anderson and Andre Drummond

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If you tried to ask our someone without a mask on Valentine's Day or played fantasy basketball this past week, congratulations: You probably had your heart (and maybe your nose) broken.

Thankfully, you have us for waiver advance whether you're a stud or dud. Here are some of the hottest and coldest NBA players in Week 8 of the season.


Kyle Anderson Guard/Forward Memphis Grizzlies

They call him Slow Mo, but speed has nothing to do with Kyle Anderson's game. The former UCLA star has methodically had a career year and is contributing to all categories, averaging 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, four rebounds, two steals, one block and 2.5 threes in the last four games while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.

Only 65 percent of fantasy teams on Yahoo have the seven-year stud, so If you need a solid overall contributor, he is probably available in your league.

Lou Williams Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Lemon Pepper Lou is back! The sixth man extraordinaire has had a rough year for sure, but he started warming up this past week, averaging 24.7 points, 6.3 assists and one steal on 56 percent shooting from the field in the last three contests.

Williams is relatively available on waiver wires with only 67 percent of Yahoo teams rostering him and his streaky shooting. If you can stomach the lows (and potential Magic City trips), he is worth the pickup.

Jakob Poeltl Center San Antonio Spurs

An international big man quietly flourishing in San Antonio? What a shocker. Poeltl was a throw-in addition to the trade that netted the Spurs DeMar DeRozen, but he has proven to be a solid presence in the middle for Gregg Popovich, averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and 3.3(!) blocks while 70.4 percent in the last four games.

If you need a boost in your center slot, look no further than the Big Austrian.

Saddiq Bey Small Forward Detroit Pistons

Everyone has their eyes on LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards, but Saddiq Bey is starting to make an impact in his rookie year. He was named NBA Player of the Week, only the second rookie Piston ever to earn the honor, averaging 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and four made three-pointers while shooting a ridiculous 69.6 percent from three and 71.4 percent from the field last week.

With Pistons deciding to sit Griffin while deciding his future with the team, Bey is in line to be fed a huge helping of minutes. And with only 28 percent of Yahoo teams rostering him, you may have a pretty good shot at getting the former Villanova forward.


Ja Morant Point Guard Memphis Grizzlies

Morant exploded onto the scene last season, but teams are now better prepared for his skill set and it's showing in his numbers. He was particularly cold this past week, shooting 37.3 percent from the field and only hitting one three-pointer per game.

He still averaged 10 assists this past week and scored nearly 17.8 points, but his efficiency and lack of production in the other categories (0.5 steals and 2.3 rebounds the last four games) is making it hard to trust him right now.

Eric Bledsoe Guard New Orleans Pelicans

After a hot end of January, Bledsoe may be on the chopping block with the Pelicans and fantasy managers. With Kira Lewis Jr. starting to cut into his minutes, the former Kentucky guard has seen a drop in his production, averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 35.5 percent shooting.

As far as fading assets go, Bledsoe might be disappearing faster than Marty McFly's brother and sister in "Back to the Future."

Andre Drummond Center Cleveland Cavaliers

When NBC Sports Edge uses "uninterested" to describe what your play over the last week, things aren't going well for you. Then again, things haven't been going well for Drummond most of the season, but last week he averaged nine points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field.

He was also kept out of Sunday's game for "rest" AKA keeping him healthy so he can be traded. His days with Cavs appear to be over, but he's worth holding to see what situation he gets shipped to.

Harrison Barnes Forward Sacramento Kings

We were singing his praises a couple of weeks ago, but Barnes is on our busts list this week. In three games last week, Barnes only managed to score 9.7 points and 0.7 made threes while shooting 37.5 percent from the field. His 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game also left a lot to be desired especially while he was averaging 33.2 minutes in that same stretch.

Barnes tends to run hot and cold, but he is having a career year. Managers might be looking at this stretch as a short lull before he heats up.

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.


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.


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.