2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1
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Matt Breida Headshot

Breida tallied just five yards on three carries in Sunday's 40-10 loss to the Cowboys.

Breida has seen his touches decrease in two consecutive weeks since appearing to gain a larger role Week 5. The lack of usage may be linked to rumors surrounding a potential trade of starting running back Carlos Hyde. While the 49ers denied the claims, it is worth noting that they acted similarly before trading away Vance McDonald this past offseason. The team already parted ways with All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, and at 0-7, it would be surprising if they weren't trying to move some of their impending free agents. Breida's reduced role these past two weeks makes him unstartable in almost any format, but forward-thinking owners should continue to hold on to the rookie at least until the Oct. 31 trade deadline passes.
5:39 am (EST)
Travis Rudolph Headshot

Rudolph caught three of his six targets for 32 yards against the Seahawks Sunday.

He was actually the leading wideout on the team, but the former practice squad player is a long shot to have a major role on the sinking ship known as the Giants offense.
5:29 am (EST)
Shane Vereen Headshot

Vereen had two carries for four yards and caught three of his four targets for two yards against the Seahawks Sunday.

It's been two straight games that Vereen, despite the team's dearth of receiving options, hasn't been a factor. You'd think with Eli Manning checking it down so much Vereen would have a bigger role, but so far that hasn't happened.
5:27 am (EST)
Roger Lewis Headshot

Lewis caught one of his six targets for 12 yards Sunday against the Seahawks.

So much for the "Roger Lewis era." It was unfortunate timing that Lewis became the team's No. 1 wideout with the Broncos and Seahawks on the schedule, and with Sterling Shepard returning, Evan Engram having a massive role and the Giants being a weak passing offense, we wouldn't expect Lewis to be a significant factor going forward.
5:25 am (EST)
Wayne Gallman Headshot

Gallman had five carries for 15 yards and caught two of his three targets for 14 more yards against the Seahawks Sunday.

With Paul Perkins out, Gallman was the clear No. 2 to Orleans Darkwa. After the Week 8 bye, when the Giants presumably get Perkins back, it's unclear how the playing time will shake out. For now, this looks like a backfield situation with limited upside.
5:21 am (EST)
Dez Bryant Headshot

Bryant caught 7 of 10 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the 49ers.

Although the yardage total was just his second-highest of the season, Bryant continues to be a scoring machine. His TD was a highlight-reel catch in which he kept both feet in bounds before falling out of the back of the end zone. The former Oklahoma State standout also led the team in targets as no one else managed more than four. A divisional matchup with Washington looms in Week 8, and the veteran receiver's fantasy owners will want to keep tabs on CB Josh Norman's health leading up to the game,
5:20 am (EST)
Dak Prescott Headshot

Prescott completed 16 of 25 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns to go with four rushes for 26 yards and another touchdown in Sunday's 40-10 win over San Francisco.

It was the second-year quarterback's third straight week with three passing touchdowns. He put on a clinic against the overmatched 49er defense, and his teammates consistently made plays around him, highlighted by Ezekiel Elliott's 72-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter. The Mississippi State product has a pretty favorable schedule coming up, starting at Washington in Week 8.
4:57 am (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball registered eight points (3-13 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, eight rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Sunday's 119-112 loss to the Pelicans.

Ball shot an unimpressive 23 percent from the field and whiffed all five of his three-point attempts. Despite all this, a point here and a rebound there would have given him a triple-double. Based on usage alone owners have to keep starting Ball, even if his see-saw shooting might give field-goal percentage a hit in roto formats. Patience is key with the rookie as he evolves.
4:53 am (EST)
Ezekiel Elliott Headshot

Elliott rushed 26 times for 147 yards and two TD's to go with one reception for 72 yards and another score in Sunday's victory over the 49ers.

His 219 total yards were a career high, besting his total of 209 from Week 10 of last year, when he also scored three touchdowns. Elliott certainly isn't letting his off-field issues affect his play, as he finished the Cowboys' second and third drives of the day with scores from one and 25 yards out, respectively. Then, on Dallas's first play of the second half, the former Buckeye caught a screen pass and juked and weaved through several San Francisco defenders for his third TD of the day, a 72 yard play. Elliott's fantasy owners will need to be vigilant leading up to Week 8's matchup against Washington since it is possible his suspension could be reinstated by then.
4:33 am (EST)
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)
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