Evil's Outlook goes around the league, team by team, and examines which players are hot and cold, and which players you should keep an eye on. The outlook for Week 9 suggests 81 players who are safe starts and 47 players who are borderline, so if your league is much smaller or larger, adjust accordingly. Listed first are the number of games played for each team, followed by five teams with poor and favorable schedules.
After that are my Three Top Pickups for deep leagues and my Top Five Fill-Ins for short-term help. Ideally, you'll be able to get a good feel of what's going on around the league just by reading this, even if you didn't watch a single game or look at any boxscores last week.
1. Phoenix Suns (1 game - San Antonio)
1. Boston Celtics (4 games - Philadelphia, @LA Lakers, @Golden St. Warriors, @Sacramento)
My "Top 3 Pickups" are guys who have the potential to provide solid long-term help for fantasy teams, but my "Top 5 Fill-Ins" are guys who you should consider picking up if you need short-term help in certain categories. Even in deep leagues, most of these players will usually fly under the radar, but they could fill-in quite nicely.
The Hornets have won four games in a row, and Posey is a big reason why. In his last four games, the veteran is averaging 29.8 minutes, 15.5 points, 6.3 boards, and 3 treys on 68.8% FG shooting. He's gotten a boost in playing time due to
Anthony was inserted into Miami's starting lineup 10 games ago, but he didn't start getting 30+ minutes until recently. In his last 4 games, the Canadian is averaging 33.5 minutes, 8.3 rebounds, 2.75 blocks, and 3.75 fouls. If you need another center, consider picking him up.