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Lehigh prepping for life without star G McCollum

Lehigh prepping for life without star G McCollum

The best-case scenario for injured Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum is for the preseason All-American to return in two-plus months, just in time for the Patriot League tournament.

But his potentially lucrative future in the NBA may take precedence over a speedy recovery.

There's more to life, after all, then helping the Mountain Hawks in the conference tourney. Several factors need to be considered.

Either way, Lehigh coach Brett Reed is preparing for life without the senior who helped the Mountain Hawks stun powerhouse Duke in the NCAA tournament last season. Reed is trying to be realistic, and said there was a distinct possibility McCollum may have played his last game at Lehigh.

``We have to progress,'' he said, ``and move on.''

McCollum suffered a broken left foot last week in a game against Virginia Commonwealth. He underwent what the school deemed ``successful surgery'' on Tuesday.

The estimated recovery time is eight to 10 weeks, but the school warned that would depend on the healing process. The timeline could make him available in early March.

McCollum, at the time of his injury, was leading the country in scoring (25.7 points). Lehigh (10-4) hosts Holy Cross to open Patriot League play on Saturday.

``It's going to be a challenge to replace him. Maybe `replace' isn't the right word,'' said McCollum's roommate and fellow team captain, Gabe Knutson. ``We have a lot of guys who are willing and able to step up.''

McCollum is considered a potential first-round pick in the NBA draft, and has averaged 21.3 points over his career at Lehigh. On March 16 of last year, McCollum scored 30 points as Lehigh, a No. 15 seed, defeated the Blue Devils, 75-70.

``The magnitude of his future - we understand that,'' Reed said. ``We approach this thing to where he's fully healed, to reduce all chance of future injury, to ensure longevity of his career.''

McCollum had been a mainstay in the Lehigh lineup until this year. He ended a streak of 109 straight games last month when he missed a contest because of an ankle injury. This absence will be much longer, though Lehigh does have other veterans to lean on.

Knutson (15.7 points) and fellow senior Holden Greiner (11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds) give Reed a savvy duo in the frontcourt, while junior Mackey McKnight (11.3 points, 5.1 assists) gives the Mountain Hawks another backcourt scoring option.

``We've got to shore up the defense and make sure we rebound as a team,'' Knutson said. ``But we'd be saying that with or without C.J.''

Reed called adjusting to the loss of McCollum one of the most difficult midseason challenges he's had to face in his six years coaching Lehigh. He said the already established emphasis on sharing the basketball will help, though he must tweak the system that primarily played through McCollum ``without totally changing who we are.''

``It would be impossible and improbable to replace C.J.,'' Reed said. ``It will require the collective effort of everybody ... to try to cover'' the tasks McCollum performed.

Winning the Patriot League just got tougher.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs  
Opponent: at Broncos
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.7 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 31 Receptions, 338 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 72.6 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 2: High-end TE1's3.  

3. Evan Engram, New York Giants  
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE4 
Previous Ranking: 3    

4. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 42 Receptions, 480 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 6  

5. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 2  

6. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers 
2019 Stats: 37 Receptions, 359 Receiving YDS, 73.6 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: at Titans
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 160 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 2019 TE19
Previous Ranking: 9  

8. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 410 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 91 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4  

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's  

9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers 
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 215 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 54.5 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 14 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 32.8 PTS, 2019 TE25 
Previous Ranking: Bye

11. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking: Bye

12. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears
Previous Ranking: 12  

TIER 5: High-end TE2s  

13. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles  
Previous Ranking: 13  

14. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
Previous Ranking: 14  

15. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
Previous Ranking: 15  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 5.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: RB1's 

1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals  
Opponent: at Giants
2019 Stats: 298 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.3 PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 4

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles
2019 Stats: 491 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 139 Receiving YDS, 109 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 2  

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings  
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 583 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 213 Receiving YDS, 136.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3  

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS 2019 RB7
Previous Ranking: 5  

5. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers  
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 349 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 163 Receiving YDS, 120.2 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 11  
  
6. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB19
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars  
Opponent: at Bengals   
2019 Stats: 584 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 189 Receiving YDS, 107.3 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 14  

TIER 2: High-end RB2's  

8. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 424 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 89 Receiving YDS, 104.3 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 12

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 416 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 102 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.8 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 8  

10. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks  
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 504 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 140 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 101.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 10  

11. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 165 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 4 Receptions, 49 Receiving YDS, 37.4 PTS, 2019 RB46
Previous Ranking:  NR

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 270 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 68 Receiving YDS, 75.8 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 17

13. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 430 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 77 Receiving YDS, 80.7 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: Bye

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's  

14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
2019 Stats: 285 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.1 PTS, 2019 RB23  
Previous Ranking: 13  

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 275 Rushing YDS, 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 88.8 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: 19     

16. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets  
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 256 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 169 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82.5 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 16  

17. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills  
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2019 Stats: 127 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 26.5 PTS, 2019 RB60  
Previous Ranking: Bye

18. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 49 Rushing YDS, 7 Receptions, 37 Receiving YDS, 15.6 PTS, 2019 RB72  
Previous Ranking: 18  

19. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 426 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 66.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

20. James White, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 63 Rushing YDS, 31 Receptions, 224 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65.6 PTS, 2019 RB24
Previous Ranking: 15

21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 376 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 73 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.9 PTS, 2019 RB21
Previous Ranking: 21  

22. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos  
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 397 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 147 Receiving YDS, 97.4 PTS, 2019 RB13 
Previous Ranking: 22  

23. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 241 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 42 Receptions, 370 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 135.1 PTS, 2019 RB3
Previous Ranking: 9  

24. Sony Michel, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 348 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 59 Receiving YDS, 61.7 PTS, 2019 RB28 
Previous Ranking: 23  

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys
2019 Stats: 199 Rushing YDS, 13 Receptions, 219 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 58.8 PTS, 2019 RB29
Previous Ranking: 25  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7