Jimmy Butler was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Monday.
Butler is a beast. The kid finished the regular season tied with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony for the most minutes played per game at 38.7 and unlike Melo, Butler manned up on the defensive end on the reg while also being forced into a larger role on offense as the Bulls lost Luol Deng via trade and were without their main offensive threat in Derrick Rose. In regards to fantasy next year, I would put Butler in a similar class with the Warriors Andre Iguodala in that they both bring more value to their own basketball teams then they do fantasy teams.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba