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.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.

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