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  • New York rookie Pavel Buchnevich is sizzling
    Another goal for Pavel Buchnevich (AP)

    UPGRADE

    Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, Rangers: The Blueshirts wanted to ease Buchnevich into action, returning from a back injury, but he’s been so consistent and productive, that plan went into the garbage. Buchnevich has a nifty 2-4-6 line since returning four games ago, settling in on the second line and getting a regular shift on the power play. The Rangers viewed him as something of a project when they selected Buchnevich in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he’s already showing a dividend at age 21.

    Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Wild: His ice time is actually down a spec this year, but that’s a tradeoff we’re willing to make when all of his key fantasy stats (goals, assists, shots) are up. A modest but not-unsustainable jump in shooting percentage is part of the story, but we also have to note a boost in power-play time. He’s also skating on the first Minnesota line, clicking nicely with Eric Staal. The dual-position eligibility is a selling

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  • Fantasy Hoops Schedule: Breaking down Week 14

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    Fantasy fringe players of interest in Week 14 (Monday, January 23 through Sunday, January 29)

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    Tony Allen, Mem, G/F (4 games – 26% owned)Only John Wall and Steph Curry have produced more value in the Steals category than Allen since the beginning of December, and Allen has also been a positive in Rebounds, FG% and Turnovers, while averaging a serviceable 10.7 points, in that span.

    Montrezl Harrell, Hou, PF/C (4 games – 32% owned in Y! leagues)Harrell, who recorded 5 blocks on Wednesday, is averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his past 10 games. In terms of value for the past month, only DeAndre Jordan has offered a better combined roto return in the categories of FG%, Blocks and TOs. Harrell has also scored at a 14.6 clip over his past dozen games, helping him cement what should continue to be a sizable role in the Rockets’ rotation even with big man Clint Capela back in the mix.

    James Johnson,

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  • Injuries have been the story of the week. We’re here to help, offering a five-pack of pickups for the week ahead. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Add ’em as needed.

    Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks, 27%

    This week, Bucks fans (and the fantasy community) received good news on Middleton’s recovery from hamstring surgery. He’s reportedly eyeing a return around the all-star break, which presumably means he’ll be operating near full capacity by March. Middleton has begun putting in work in practice. Last year, he averaged 18.2 points, 1.8 threes and 1.7 steals per game. The ascendance of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo will of course impact his usage, but he’s still likely to remain a legit asset in his core categories. The upgrade from Tony Snell for Milwaukee is almost obscene. If you’re a head-to-head owner who can afford to look ahead to the money weeks, go get Middleton.

    Next week’s

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  • Chris Paul is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks after tearing ligaments in his left thumb. (AP)
    Chris Paul is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks after tearing ligaments in his left thumb. (AP)

    This week, injuries are the story in the NBA. Chris Paul is on the shelf for 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, and Rudy Gay is done for the year with a torn Achilles. Brutal news for each player and their teams — and, of course, for the fantasy community. On Thursday’s show, Andy Behrens and D.J. Trainor will help you sort through the replacement options.

    Also on this week’s hoops pod, Andy and D.J. discuss their preferred All-Star starters, and they talk second-half expectations for Khris Middleton and Ben Simmons.

    Trust the process, people. Listen right here.

     

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  • Leonard Fournette
    LSU running back Leonard Fournette is poised to make a sudden impact as a NFL rookie in ’17. (Getty)

    There are always exceptions, but when it comes to making a fantasy football impact as a rookie, running backs and wide receivers are typically your best bets – last season we witnessed two top 10 rookies at the fantasy RB position (Ezekiel Elliott and Jordan Howard) and two top 15 finishes at the WR spot (Michael Thomas and Tyreek Hill). So with apologies to the incoming quarterbacks and tight ends, here’s a look at the running backs and wide receivers that fantasy owners should be keeping the closest tabs on come April’s NFL Draft:

    Leonard Fournette, LSU, RB – It’s not hyperbole to say that Fournette has quite a bit of Adrian Peterson and Bo Jackson to his game. Size, speed power … you name it, Fournette’s got it. He’s a no-nonsense North-South runner, and when he is able to get a clean burst through the line of scrimmage, he can lower his pads and absolutely destroy second-level
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  • Everyone wants to draft Charlie Blackmon, or at least shake his hand
    Charlie Blackmon remains a popular pick (AP)

    Meet the new Rockies, same as the old Rockies. Colorado remains the simplest franchise for a fantasy player. Load up on the hitters, run away from the pitchers.

    The Rockies are the National League’s highest-scoring team for the 2010s, and they also own the worst ERA in the majors over that period. Colorado’s scoring offense has never been out of the Top 10 this decade, and the best ERA rank is a mediocre 20th. You know what you’re signing up for. Gravity always wins.

    Pinball might be fun to watch, but it hasn’t been a winning frame for the team. Too often, the model goes tilt. The last winning season in Denver came in 2010; the last playoff appearance, 2009; the last playoff series win, 2007. And with another losing season expected, if not guaranteed, we have to be careful with some of the current offensive stars — Colorado might be an aggressive seller when the midseason trade market perks up.

    You’ve got thin-air questions; let’s take our

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  • Dion Lewis made three end-zone visits against Houston
    Dion Lewis had three touchdowns, and two fumbles, Saturday night (AP)

    The NFC gave us points. The AFC gave us a grittier version of things. End result, we have a loaded Final Four in the NFL, and any potential Super Bowl matchup will be a blast.

    Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to break it all down, podcast style. We’ll discuss the four departed teams, preview the upcoming games, pick winners, sort through DFS prices. Do the Falcons have a receiver of interest if Julio Jones isn’t a full-go? Does Ty Montgomery finally have full Circle of Trust privileges? Which Patriots running back is the best play for Sunday? Can the Steelers turn two superstars into an upset in Foxboro? Can the Packers and Falcons live up to the hype of a 60-point over-under?

    Give us 50 minutes, we’ll give you the world.

     

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  • Week 13 fantasy hockey winners and losers: Jason Zucker stays hot

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    Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker shoots against the Los Angeles Kings. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Victoria Beaver
    Special to Yahoo Sports

    The world of fantasy hockey is a busy place, so we’ll review the best and worst performers each week to help you see what you might have missed and learn about emerging trends.

    Winners

    Left Wing: Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

    Jason Zucker is having a strong January, with five points in six games and 16 points in his last 19 games overall. He seems to be trying to prove something to the Wild considering after getting a short-term deal coming off a lackluster 2015-16 season. With the expansion draft around the corner, rumors have been circling that the left winger may soon return to his hometown of Las Vegas.

    Zucker would prefer to stay with Minnesota and is putting up the points to earn that spot. He started the season on the fourth line with limited ice time and has worked his way up to a spot in the top

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  • Victor Hedman is pushing into the Norris Trophy discussion.
    What’s your vector, Victor? (AP)

    UPGRADE

    • Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: Tall defensemen often need extra time to develop, so it wasn’t a surprise when Hedman’s career breakthrough didn’t happen until his fifth year. That said, this is the first season — Hedman’s eighth — where he’s going to get serious Norris Trophy consideration. The goal spike is probably tied to a little puck luck — his highest shooting percentage — but Hedman is also on pace for an absurd 59 assists. Tampa Bay needs him more than ever, in a season where Steven Stamkos has played just 17 games.

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    • Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins: I can understand why last year’s 37-goal season was panned by the Regression Police, but Marchand is on pace for a greater point performance this year — and it’s come despite Patrice Bergeron’s lost season. And with Bergeron starting to come around, Marchand’s game has been spiking of late — Boston’s resident pest has a 7-6-13 line and 53

    Read More »from NHL Stock Watch: Victor Hedman rising, Jonathan Toews falling
  • Fantasy Hoops Schedule: Breaking down Week 13

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    Fantasy fringe players of interest in Week 13 (Monday, January 16 through Sunday, January 22)

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    Malcolm Brogdon, Mil, G (4 games – 58% owned)The former collegiate Cavalier is starting to find his groove with the Bucks, averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 treys over his past six games – he’s the No. 56 most valuable roto asset in the Yahoo game over the past two weeks.

    T.J. McConnell, Phi, PG (4 games – 33% owned in Y! leagues)For the dish-needy owner, consider McConnell, who has seized control of the Sixers’ starting point guard role, averaging 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and1.6 steals over his past five games.

    Terrence Jones, NO, F (4 games – 38% owned in Y! leagues) – With Anthony Davis out, Jones started and led the Pelicans to a road victory at Brooklyn on Thursday, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while playing a season-high 38 minutes. In his past four games with at

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  • Because even the best fantasy rosters can use a little help on occasion, we’re offering a five-pack of pickups for the week ahead. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Add as needed.

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    T.J. McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers, 32% owned

    Can you use, say, 8.7 assists per game? Good, because that’s McConnell’s per-36 average so far this season. He’s ascended to the starting role in Philly, and it looks like he has no intention of returning to understudy minutes. Over his last five games, he’s played at least 34 minutes every night with no fewer than six assists. He’s also strung together four straight multi-steal games. And of course you already know about the game-winner against New York. He might be nothing more than a two-category specialist, but finding assists on the wire is no simple thing.

    Next week’s schedule: at MIL, vs. TOR, vs. POR, at ATL

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  • PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 13: Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    It’s a very special fantasy hoops edition of the Freak Show, in which we discuss NBA trade possibilities, the return of Ben Simmons and — of course — the lifeless, withering husk of the New York Knicks. Because Phil Jackson’s squad isn’t receiving enough attention.

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    In the second half of Thursday’s show, we review the most added and dropped players in Yahoo fantasy leagues, searching for opportunities. If you’re looking for thoughts on T.J. McConnell, Buddy Hield, Al-Farouq Aminu, and/or various Bulls, we’ve got you covered. Please join Andy Behrens and RotoWire NBA expert D.J. Trainor for a sweep of the week’s top fantasy hoops stories.

    Give it a listen.

     

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  • Boston expects big things from rookie Andrew Benintendi
    The future looks bright for Andrew Benintendi (AP)

    We’re not too far from pitchers and catchers reporting, and Fantasy Baseball Draft Season will be here before you know it. With that in mind, we’re going to bounce around the next couple of months, trying to give you some fantasy advice on a team-by-team basis. Mind your Ps and Qs, gamers; it’s time for another season of Pressing Questions.

    Although the Red Sox were quickly bounced form the 2016 playoffs, then lost David Ortiz to retirement, expectations are sky high for the new season. Boston is currently the favorite to win the AL Pennant, per the betting pools, and only the World Champion Cubs have lower World Series odds. The blockbuster trade for Chris Sale generated a deafening buzz in The Hub, and the Red Sox roster doesn’t have many obvious weaknesses. And if something appears leaky in season, GM Dave Dombrowski is sure to be aggressive, looking for a fix. This is a team built to win now and, in a sense, desperate to win now.

    A

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  • Is Randall Cobb back in the circle of trust?
    Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb had a party on Sunday (AP)

    If you like home teams and big favorites, the Wild Card round was perfection. If you prefer competitive and compelling football, not so much.

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    Every NFL Monday is about looking back and looking ahead, and that’s what Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to do. We start with a look at the four departed teams — the Raiders, Lions, Dolphins, and Giants — with an eye towards their fantasy future.

    Is Amari Cooper ever going to be the preferred red-zone option in Oakland? Where does Matthew Stafford go from here, in Year 2 of the post-Calvin era? Is the Jay Ajayi breakout season something we can trust going forward? Is Eli Manning still a reliable fantasy commodity? Heck, is Eli a Hall of Famer?

    The second half of the show focuses on the games to come, with three juicy matchups in particular. Can the road-weary Steelers find their best form against Andy Reid, czar of

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  • Isaiah Thomas highlights this week's look at recent risers and fallers in fantasy hoops (Getty Images)
    Isaiah Thomas highlights this week’s look at recent risers and fallers in fantasy hoops (Getty Images)

    STOCK UP

    Isaiah Thomas: Over the last two weeks, he’s averaged 32.0 ppg, 7.0 apg and 4.0 3pt while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 95.7 from the line, when he’s been the No. 1 overall fantasy player. Thomas is recently coming off a game in which he scored 52 points while committing just two turnovers (he scored 29 points in the fourth quarter), and he’s 38-for-38 at the line over his last four contests. He’s going to win a lot of fantasy owners titles this year.

    Nikola Jokic: He got off to a rough start, but over the last two weeks, Jokic has averaged 18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 5.7 apg and 0.9 spg while shooting 61.9 percent from the field, when he’s been the No. 21 ranked player. During that timeframe, he’s actually been the No. 8 ranked player on a per-36 minute basis, as Jokic is suddenly living up to expectations after a slow start.

    Kent Bazemore: He had a dud Thursday and has

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  • Fantasy Hoops Schedule: Breaking down Week 12

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    Fantasy fringe players of interest in Week 12 (Monday, January 9 through Sunday, January 15)

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    Montrezl Harrell, Hou, PF (4 games – 39% owned in Y! leagues) – Harrell’s numbers have benefitted from the absence of Clint Capela (broken fibula). In his past eight games, Harrell is averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 blocks while shooting well over 60 percent from the field. Of course, you’d like to see a little more glass production from your PF spot, but he does have a combined 17 boards in his past two games, which offers hope that he’s moving that category in the right direction.

    Sean Kilpatrick, Bkn, G (4 games – 58% owned) – Though he didn’t get the start on Thursday, Kilpatrick still played a respectable 25 minutes at Indiana, notching 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He’s a meaningful contributor in Points, Treys and FT%, and will occasionally (like on Thursday) chip in elsewhere. With Jeremy Lin

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  • Nick Foligno and the Blue Jackets are on a ridiculous run
    This year in fantasy, Jackets are required (AP)

    UPGRADE

    • Nick Foligno, LW/RW, Blue Jackets: Columbus apparently is never going to lose again (the winning streak stands at 16), so we generally crank out at least one Jacket in our look around the league. Foligno has plenty to promote. The bloodlines are ideal — his dad, Mike, had a long NHL career; his brother, Marcus, is a forward with Buffalo; and Nick was a first round pick in his draft class. The current setting is nifty, too, a spot on the Columbus first line, next to Brandon Saad and Alexander Wennberg. Foligno is the No. 1 skater in Yahoo fantasy over the last two weeks (3-7-10, 20 shots), and he’s also getting run on the league’s No. 1 power play (Columbus stands a ridiculous 4.5 points ahead of Tampa Bay). If you can get your hands on anyone getting regular time here (even if it goes down to Scott Hartnell, on the fourth line), I’m going to nod and approve.

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    • Vincent

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  • Is Atlanta the team to beat in the NFC?
    Do the Falcons have that Super look? (AP)

    To the disbelief of Moras everywhere, the NFL playoffs are here. And the fantasy doesn’t end at this time of year; there’s still stuff to play for.

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    On this highly collectible debut issue of 2017, Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski discuss the NFL Tournament, sorting contenders and pretenders. What teams should you bankroll in your playoff draft? Who’s likely to be playing a month from now? Our pundits take their best guess.

    Funston and Pianow also do some 2016 look-back, sorting out the happy and sad stories from the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Are Jordan Howard and Devonta Freeman first-rounders next year? Which receiving flat tire is worth a second chance in 2017? Will Seattle ever figure out its running game?

    Give us an hour, we’ll get you ready to go. Let’s try to learn something from the past year, then spin it forward.

    Give it a listen.

     

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  • Jacquizz Rodgers is the last man in Tampa's backfield
    Jacquizz Rodgers could be busy on Sunday (AP)

    Ah, the weirdness of Week 17. Let’s try to figure out who’s playing hard and who’s hardly playing.

    • Jacquizz Rodgers is the last back standing in Tampa Bay; Doug Martin received a four-game suspension this week and Charles Sims was put on injured reserve. Rodgers is an interesting DFS punch at $17, in line for plenty of work against a Carolina defense that’s minus ILB Luke Kuechly.

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    • Pittsburgh is locked in as the AFC’s No. 3 seed and will rest key personnel against Cleveland; we know Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Ladarius Green won’t be playing (and we appreciate Mike Tomlin clarifying the sit-downs in advance). Perhaps there’s a Pittsburgh back of interest, but it’s hard to say if that will be DeAngelo Williams or Fitzgerald Toussaint. Landry Jones starts at quarterback, and Eli Rogers could be the busiest receiver.

    • The Cowboys are

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  • Unrestricted free agent, DeSean Jackson, could return to a WR2 level with a new employer. (Getty)
    Unrestricted free agent, DeSean Jackson, could return to a WR2 level with a new employer. (Getty)

    There wasn’t a ton of drama associated with the wide receiver position in 2016. When healthy, projected monsters Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and A.J. Green haunted the opposition. Elsewhere, upstarts Michael Thomas, Devante Adams and Tyrell Williams packed quite a scare of their own … With 2016 in the books, here’s a snapshot of what to expect among pass-catchers in 2017.

    Some dudes are about to get paid. A handful of high-profiled receivers will hit the free agent market this offseason. Among the group, what money-grabber could cash handsomely for fantasy owners this fall?

    Andy — At 30, DeSEAN JACKSON remains one of the league’s elite vertical threats, a field-flipping weapon who can fit in any team’s offense. If he finds his way to, say, Philly or Dallas or Tampa, tied to developing offense and a solid young QB, I think he’s capable of another 1200-yard campaign. (Honorable

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