Week 14 Observations

What a disastrous week. All three of my first-round playoff teams got bounced, two of which had Amari Cooper, and my powerhouse NFFC team (23rd out of ~2,500-ish teams in the regular season) might be drawing dead in the three-week playoff, thanks to Alvin Kamara getting hurt, Jimmy Graham getting a zero and my starting Graham in the flex over Jamaal Williams (who had 30.8 points.)

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Thursday Night Observations

What a kick in the nuts for Alvin Kamara owners. I was all set to enjoy his monster game for my NFFC high-stakes playoffs, and he starts off with three catches for 25 yards on the first drive before leaving for good with a concussion. What made it worse was watching the 40-minute condensed version, I didn’t even realize he was out until later in the quarter when Ingram was the only back in the game. And I couldn’t check online because that risked giving away the result of the game. So I sat there hoping it was a minor ankle injury or something until the fourth quarter when they finally mentioned it was a concussion. Just an unpleasant watching experience. At least I had the Falcons ATS.

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Dee Gordon Sent to Mariners, Moving to Center Field

The Mariners made a major move to entice Shohei Ohtani to the Emerald City, acquiring Dee Gordon on Thursday from the rebuilding Marlins for three minor leaguers: right-handed pitchers Robert Dugger and Nick Neidert, and infielder Christopher Torres.

Since Seattle already deploys entrenched veteran Robinson Cano at second base, Gordon will move to center field.

Seattle, who also acquired Ryon Healy to play first base last month, now boasts a dangerous offense that’ll likely be topped by Gordon and Jean Segura, giving the M’s two of the better speed demons in the American League.

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Trending Team of the Week

This week, let’s take a look at some players who have been trending upward over the last couple of weeks.

I’ll highlight one player at each of the five positions who has played well of late and could continue that trend in the coming weeks.

A few quick notes:

  1. While someone like Derrick Favors has excelled recently, he’s benefited from the absence of Rudy Gobert, and his value doesn’t appear sustainable, especially after Gobert returned to action Monday night. The list below does not include players who have seen an obvious bump in production due to an injury.
  2. The players that I will discuss are owned in most formats, so they are not guys you can go running to the waiver wire to pick up. They are players who, if you own, you could try to sell high on. Alternatively, you could try and buy low on these players if you suspect that their owner is not as high on them as they should be.
  3. Finally, I’ll list the players as a team — one player at each position. This way, it is easier to insert them in a position-for-position trade offer.

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