2017 NFL Fantasy Football Handcuff Report: Week 7 Cover Image
2017 NFL Fantasy Football Handcuff Report: Week 7
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Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns posted18 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and a blocked shot across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Spurs

Towns is one of the most notable under-the-radar centers in the league, and at only 21 years old he's looking to build on two excellent campaigns in Minneapolis. Though the Wolves recorded their first loss, they've revamped their team to include playmaker Jimmy Butler along with vets Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson to give Towns more support. He ended last season with a streak of five straight double-doubles, and he could easily get another streak going with this new-look offense. From a DFS perspective Towns usually comes as a significant bargain because amazingly enough, he's not all that well-known if you don't follow the NBA, even though he regularly outpaces most centers in the league. Wise up and include him in your plans, as he's only going to improve with age.
4:08 am (EST)
Andrew Wiggins Headshot

Wiggins posted 26 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-9 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Spurs.

Who are the Timberwolves? Wiggins must be wondering, as he finds himself with Karl-Anthony Towns and three new faces starting alongside him. Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson have joined up, making Wiggins and Towns the de facto leaders of the team. Wiggins just signed a whopping $148 million five-year extension, so the onus is on the fourth-year vet to lead the team offensively. He's seen a gradual uptick in production since beginning his career in Minneapolis, starting in 2014 with 16.3 points per game to a career-high of 23.6 points per game in 2016. Though he's not often mentioned in any short list of NBA elite players, it's hard to find a more consistent fantasy producer. In his final 17 games last year he never scored under 15 points and averaged 25,6 points per game, and that's an excellent indication that he'll outdo his career totals yet again.
3:55 am (EST)
Dejounte Murray Headshot

Murray posted 15 points (7-8 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 win over the Timberwolves.

Murray has officially outdueled Patty Mills to take the reins at point guard for the Spurs, filling the space vacated by Tony Parker. Mills will still put in minutes but Popovich seems happy with Murray's upside. He certainly shows a lot of innate talent on the floor in his second year, but the Spurs can get finicky offensively, so Murray should be viewed with some caution from a fantasy perspective. the Spurs did rank tenth in assists per game last season, so Murray is in a good system to produce, so look for him to be more relevant as he finds his footing as a starter.
3:41 am (EST)
Danny Green Headshot

Green recorded 17 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 32 minutes in Wednesday's107-99 win over the Timberwolves.

With Kawhi Leonard (quad) out for the foreseeable future, everyone has to pitch in to keep the Spurs' offensive engine purring, so Green is putting in a full complement of minutes on the floor, far more than Gregg Popovich originally intended. Add Tony Parker on the verge of retirement and the aging of Manu Ginobli, Green finds himself in a position he hasn't yet faced over his eight-year career in San Antonio - in demand as one of San Antonio's primary offensive threats. He's never averaged more than 11.7 points per season but it looks like Green is in line for much more if Leonard isn't there to provide the bulk of the offensive attack. Target Green as a sleeper moving forward, even though Popovich remains one of the most unpredictable coaches fantasy-wise.
3:33 am (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge tallied 25 points (9-21 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 107-99 win over the Timberwolves.

Aldridge's $72.3 million contract extension meant that Coach Gregg Popovich expects the big man to produce, especially when premier playmaker Kawhi Leonard is absent. That motivation apparently worked, and with no set timetable for a return from Leonard, the team will be leaning on Aldridge in the short-term, making him a great value in most formats. Rudy Gay should also see more time without Leonard, but Aldridge is going to keep producing big stat lines in the meantime. Look for him to have a big game against the hapless Bulls on Saturday.
3:18 am (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap registered 19 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and one assist across the 33 minutes in Wednesday's 106-96 loss to the Jazz.

Millsap had an ok night despite coughing up the ball five times. He struggled from beyond the arc but managed 46.6 percent from the floor overall. Wednesday's performance showed a fairly seamless transition to a new role in Denver after four successful seasons in Atlanta. After playing alongside Dwight Howard last year, he feels right at home working with another outstanding center in Nikola Jokic. there's no reason to think Millsap won't perform at a high level with the change of scenery. ALthough you hope for a little more output, he's worth stashing on most rosters.
3:09 am (EST)
Nikola Jokic Headshot

Jokic posted seven points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds and eight assists across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 106-96 loss to the Jazz.

On a night where his shot wasn't working, Jokic still showed significant fantasy impact with his rebound and assists totals. He came up on the losing end of the battle in the paint with Rudy Gobert, who kept him contained at short range, leaving Jokic with little choice but to take some shots outside. Although he drilled one shot from beyond the arc, he showed very little offensively and ended up being very effective dishing the ball from the wing underneath to Paul Millsap. DEspite this losing effort, Jokic can't be ignored in any format. He's a top-flite option at center whenever he takes the floor.
3:02 am (EST)
Will Barton Headshot

Barton tallied 23 points (8-14 FG, 304 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 106-96 loss to the Jazz.

Jamal Murray sort of disappeared in this game, leaving Gary Harris to play a little bit more at the point with Will Barton shifting between the wing and 2 slots. The Nuggets looked a little bit out of sorts at times despite leading most of the game. They were showing a lot of different looks but somehow getting it done. Barton was a key part of that effort as he was too hot to bench for most of the second and third quarter. It 's simply too early to tell if Barton can be depended on as an everyday sixth man for Denver, but the former Memphis standout is worth monitoring moving forward.
2:55 am (EST)
Ricky Rubio Headshot

Rubio recorded nine points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 106-96 win over the Nuggets.

Rubio has seamlessly moved from Minnesota to continue his innate talent for delivering the ball to scorers, in Utah. His shot left a little to be desired in Wednesday's win, shooting only 33 percent from the floor and connecting with only one 3-pointer in five attempts, but Rubio is an assist machine - that alone makes him a good value in most fantasy formats, especially roto leagues that rank assists.
2:43 am (EST)
Alec Burks Headshot

Burks recorded 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt), a rebound and a steal across 15 minutes in Wednesday's 106-96 win over the Nuggets.

The Jazz trailed most of the game, but that all changed when Burks hit the floor. He sparked a 35-4 run and topped it with s pair of threes that essentially put the game out of reach. Burks still remains buried in the depth chart, but Wednesday's game shows he can outplay teammates ahead of him. He could show some viability in fantasy circles if Joe Ingles falters.
2:38 am (EST)
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