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Kyle Kuzma Headshot

Kuzma recorded 20 points (10-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 101 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 loss to the Pelicans.

While most of the hoopla surrounding the young Lakers centers around rookie Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles press has been giving Kuzma so much buzz it's almost overshadowing Ball's arrival. A sharp increase in views on several fantasy platforms and a rise in media attention has given Kuzma 'ultimate sleeper status, which is an odd reaction when you consider the small sample size, but there's no question - the guy is good, and he's going to earn more minutes. Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance stand to lose the most if this comes to pass, not to mention Julius Randle, who has been coming off the bench due to a rib injury. If you have room on your roster, stash him, but it's really too soon to tell if all the hype is worth an investment.
4:00 am (EST)
Evan Engram Headshot

Engram hauled six of his 12 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

The rookie tight end led the Giants in receptions and yards for the second straight week and had twice as many targets as his nearest competition. His third touchdown of the season gave the Giants the lead early in the second quarter, but that would be all the scoring they would do on the day. The first-round pick has established himself as Eli Manning's go-to guy now that Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall are out for the year. The Giants are headed for a bye in Week 8, but Engram should continue to provide stable production in Week 9 and beyond, even with the likely return of Sterling Shepard from an ankle injury.
3:29 am (EST)
Jordan Clarkson Headshot

Clarkson posted 24 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and five assists across 25 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 loss to the Pelicans.

Clarkson continues to contribute from the bench and often found himself playing the wing on Sunday as opposed to his normal home in the 2 slot. This resulted in a standout evening for Clarkson, mirroring his last game of the season in 2016 where he put up 25 against the Rockets. Coach Luke Walton appears happy with Clarkson excelling in his reserve role as his new-look lineup evolves. HIs consistent production in a reserve role makes him a good bargain in DFS as a budget scoring option,
3:14 am (EST)
Jrue Holiday Headshot

Holiday posted 14 points (6-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds and four steals across 38 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 win over the Lakers.

Holiday looked far better than he did in his first two outings, although he's definitely struggling from three-point range, converting on only 16.6 percent of his shots from the beyond the arc over three games. Success at point guard is crucial for the Pelicans, as they need an efficient distributor to get the ball inside to Anthony David and DeMarcus Cousins. The team has expressed complete faith in Holiday, but it appears he still needs to work on moving the ball around and generating points of his own to really get the team humming on all cylinders.
3:02 am (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins tallied 22 points (8-17 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks in Sunday's 119-112 win over the Lakers.

Both Cousins and Anthony Davis fared well in this win despite committing nine turnovers between the two of them, with Cousins coughing up six balls on the night. With both big men putting up big numbers and also posting a W, the pairing that seemed to sputter last season may be showing signs of progress in realizing their explosive potential. So far, the bigger production has been falling to Davis, but both players are fantasy studs that must be played every time they take the floor, and even stacked in DFS if they have a favorable matchup.
2:52 am (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis posted 37 points (8-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots across 46 minutes in Sunday's 1180112 win over the Lakers.

Davis continues to reward fantasy owners who ignored his tendency for injury with gigantic stat lines. Slowly but surely Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are learning to work together, and this first win shows a glimmer of hope for the Pelicans. They showed mettle after going on an 11-0 run after the Lakers surged within striking distance. Their ability to hold their lead is a good portent of future success, which they'll try to continue against Portland on Tuesday. With a day of rest, Davis should be ready to go with no limitations.
2:43 am (EST)
Orleans Darkwa Headshot

Darkwa ran the ball nine times for 35 yards and caught all three of his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Seahawks.

After an impressive 21-rush, 117 yard performance against an elite Denver defense in Week 6, Darkwa was limited to single-digit carries in this contest much as he had been in the Giants' first four games. Nevertheless, the Tulane product still led the New York backfield in touches and remains the team's best bet for consistent fantasy production. After their Week 8 bye, the Giants have a pair of palatable rushing matchups on tap with the Rams and Niners in Weeks 9 and 10.
2:26 am (EST)
Eli Manning Headshot

Manning completed 19 of 39 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Facing an elite defense with his three primary pass-catching weapons out, Manning did about as well as could be expected. He was only sacked once and wasn't intercepted, but the 36-year-old did lose a key fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Seattle touchdown. Hopefully a Week 8 bye and the return of Sterling Shepard from an ankle injury in Week 9 will help ease Manning's woes, but fantasy owners should not be looking for much production here.
1:47 am (EST)
Steven Adams Headshot

Adams posted 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocked shots across 34 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves.

Over the past three games, Adams has quietly placed himself fifth in the league in field goal percentage and ninth in the league in total blocked shots. His huge stat lines are quite remarkable when you consider the influx of talent surrounding him, but Adams could very well emerge as one of the league's best fantasy values at center. If you're looking for depth, Adams may still be around in shallower leagues and should be a bargain in DFS moving forward.
1:43 am (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook registered 31 points (12-24 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one blocked shot across 36 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves

After Westbrook's 2016-17 campaign, anything short of a triple-double might be viewed as a down night by last year's NBA MVP. When you consider the upgrade in personnel alongside him in the form of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, a slight downtick in production might make a little more sense, but not enough to make the All-Star shed the moniker of NBA Fantasy's best asset. On a light rebounding night, Westbrook looked sharp from long range, drilling 62 percent of his three-point attempts and sported an overall 50.percent from the floor. The Thunder will get two full days of rest before meeting the Pacers on Wednesday, so expect Westbrook to have his full complement of minutes as usual.
1:31 am (EST)
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