Dr. A’s weekly risers and fallers

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Our new weekly fantasy basketball column — Risers and Fallers — takes a look at players you should think about getting your hands on, as well as others you might want to start thinking about getting off your roster.

Let’s take a look around the league, starting in Memphis.

Risers

Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies

Over the last month, Jackson has been a Top 10 fantasy player with his 16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and whopping 3.4 blocks while shooting it well from everywhere (52.1 FG% and 79.6 FT%). Jackson has helped propel the Grizzlies into the No. 2 spot in the West and they’re just .5 game behind the Nuggets for the top seed. It also doesn’t hurt that they’ve won 11 straight games and it’s hard to believe that JJJ is just 23 years old.

Add to it that the Grizzlies finish the regular season on a 4-3-4-4-4-4 weekly-schedule run and JJJ looks like one of the top add priorities in the entire league. He’s going to come with a hefty asking price but making a move for Jackson makes a ton of sense. And if you’ve already got him, just hang on and enjoy the ride. If he keeps progressing at this rate he’s going to be a first-round fantasy pick for the next eight years or so.

Nic Claxton, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets

Claxton has been a Top 15 fantasy player over the last 30 days and has become one of the Nets most consistent and important players. He has averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.5 blocks over the past month, hitting 70.7% of his field goal attempts.

His free throw shooting is a sub-60 problem but that’s the only hole in his game at this point. He’s finally been turned loose to handle most of the center duties in Brooklyn by himself and the Nets finish up the regular season with a solid… Source www.espn.com

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