Fantasy Mailbag: LaMelo Ball's impact after injury layoff

Josh Lloyd
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LaMelo Ball's return to action could force some fantasy owners into some big calls with the finals in play. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball's return to action could force some fantasy owners into some big calls with the finals in play. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

This is it. The final week of the fantasy season for Yahoo leagues. If you made it this far, congratulations and now, let’s answer some questions you have.

Is Devonte’ Graham a drop with LaMelo Ball back? - @ofirp7 (Twitter)

Most likely. Graham moved to the bench in Ball’s return to action over the weekend and then didn’t even end up playing that game due to a knee issue. 

At the time of writing, he is questionable to play in Monday’s game too. 

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We saw how much he struggled in a bench role behind LaMelo earlier this season, and now he is dealing with a knee issue that probably limits him. 

It would not be a surprise to see Graham’s four-game week reduced to three or two games due to the knee, and production will down in those games with Ball playing. You have to be ruthless

Is Frank Jackson a must add? - @tonitorres12 (IG)

The Pistons can be tough to figure out with random rests to players like Cory Joseph, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, and Wayne Ellington. 

They will undoubtedly sit on back to backs, but those four players have also sat the last two games, despite them not being back to backs. 

And now, this week, the Pistons have a league-best five games. 

So, we know we are getting big Frank Jackson minutes for at least two games, plus three games of lower minutes, but that could quickly turn into four or five big minutes games for Frank. 

There are other Pistons I would prefer to add, like Saddiq Bey, Josh Jackson, and Isaiah Stewart, but yes, Frank Jackson is an appealing option for this week in Yahoo points leagues.

Is Oshae Brissett going to keep his minutes this week? - @mrcarlita (IG)

Well, isn’t this the question everyone would love an answer to. 

Brissett has played at least 36 minutes in five of the last six games. 

The tricky thing is that those six games have either had Domantas Sabonis or Malcolm Brogdon out, and all six have had both Goga Bitadze and Jeremy Lamb sidelined as well, leading to a slimmer rotation for the Pacers. 

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I fully believe Brissett will start the rest of the season, but 36 minutes a night looks pretty high. 

Regardless, he is someone to make sure is on your roster to see how it all shakes out, even though I have doubts.

What to do with Wendell Carter Jr.? Keep or drop for a stream spot? - @cadiente63 (Twitter)

This one is complicated. At the moment, the Magic are playing Mo Bamba minutes over 20 a night, which significantly limits Carter’s upside. 

But the Magic do play four games with three games coming on useable schedule days, so I don’t think I would be that quick to drop a starting centre playing that often. 

And, although minutes haven’t been the best, Carter did manage 27 minutes last game and 29 four games ago, so it isn’t like he isn’t pushing higher than the perception.

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