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We're down to the penultimate week of the regular season and championship week in many Fantasy leagues, making this an especially critical period.

We aren't quite as fortunate as last week in terms of five-game schedules, but we still have the Pistons, who are unsurprisingly giving their young players more run and resting veterans down the stretch.

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The bulk of the remaining teams have four-game schedules, making for a very strong player pool at the most important time of year. 

Team with five games: Detroit Pistons

Teams with four games:Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards 

Team with three games: Atlanta Hawks,Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors

Without further ado, let's examine some of the tougher start/sit decisions for the coming week:

GuardsStart: LaMelo Ball, Hornets                  

37% start rate in CBS leagues    

Ball made a successful return from his extended absence due to his wrist injury Saturday, posting 11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 28 minutes. He followed that up with an even better effort Sunday, supplying 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block in 30 minutes. The fact he's jumped right back into a solid workload is certainly encouraging, as is the fact that he was immediately back in the starting five. With four games to work with and the Hornets fighting for playoff positioning, Ball's involvement should only increase this week.

Start: Cole Anthony, Magic     

41% start rate in CBS leagues

The Magic have no postseason aspirations, but Anthony is going to continue getting plenty of run over the upcoming four-game week. Fresh off of a game-winning 3-pointer Saturday night, the rookie has averaged 17.1 points, 5.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds while starting the last nine games. He's shooting a stellar 41.5 percent from 3-point range in the process. Just as important is the fact Anthony is averaging 13.3 field-goal attempts per contest during that stretch, a level of usage that should continue leading to strong all-around production.

Also consider: Reggie Bullock, Knicks (19% start rate in CBS leagues); Killian Hayes, Pistons (8% start rate in CBS leagues)

Sit: Kemba Walker, Celtics 

64% start rate in CBS leagues

Walker missed his fourth straight game Sunday against the Blazers due to his oblique injury, and although the Celtics don't play again until Wednesday, it remains to be seen if Walker will be ready to suit up or if Boston will continue taking a more cautious approach with its starting point guard. Brad Stevens' squad only has three games on the schedule to begin with, which makes Walker an unnecessarily risky start on such an important week. 

Forwards        Start: Saddiq Bey, Pistons                              

35% start rate in CBS leagues   

Bey has enjoyed a strong rookie season in his own right, and he also is finishing off the Pistons' non-contending season with plenty of momentum. Bey most recently lit up the Hornets for 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, and he's averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals over his last 14 games while draining 39.1 percent of his shots from deep. The young wing has also stepped up his role in the offense, averaging 12.8 shot attempts over the last eight games while avoiding being rested alongside some of Detroit's other regulars. 

Start: Thaddeus Young, Bulls

47% start rate in CBS leagues 

Young has enjoyed a strong second campaign in Chicago, seeing significant improvement over last season in several categories. The veteran is prone to an occasional clunker, but he's been highly reliable for the most part and is averaging 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists across the last 21 games, despite averaging a modest 22.8 minutes per contest in that span. Young has also been making much more of a defensive impact of late, recording multiple steals in four of the last eight games and one apiece in another two contests during that span. 

Also consider: Isaac Okoro, Cavaliers (7% start rate in CBS leagues); Oshae Brissett, Pacers (22% start rate in CBS leagues)

Sit: OG Anunoby, Raptors

67% start rate in CBS leagues

Similar to Walker, Anunoby is also nursing an injury as the new scoring period starts. The versatile wing is managing a calf injury, and although his absence from Sunday's game against the Lakers has been framed as an injury management day, Toronto only has three games to work with this coming week. If Anunoby suffers a setback or, more likely, is given another day off, he could make for a disappointing Fantasy option.

Centers     Start: Isaiah Stewart, Pistons

33% start rate in CBS leagues

Stewart has seen a significant role expansion during the second half of the season, and with Mason Plumlee being afforded frequent rest days in recent weeks, the rookie makes for a viable start on a five-game schedule. Stewart should see at least two starts during that span, especially since there are two back-to-back sets for Detroit. Stewart has logged seven starts over the last 15 games, averaging 11.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.9 blocks in those games. 

Start: Moses Brown, Thunder 

29% start rate in CBS leagues

Brown continues his starting run at center as the season winds down for the Thunder, and although he's had some unusual stat lines of late, he's still produced six double-digit scoring efforts, three double-doubles and one additional double-digit rebounding tally over the last 11 games. Granted, the rookie also has two scoreless outings in that sample, so his night-to-night floor is lower than you'd prefer. This week, Brown and the Thunder get two cracks apiece at the vulnerable frontcourt defenses of the Warriors and Kings. 

Also consider: Mo Bamba, Magic (18% start rate in CBS leagues); Willy Hernangomez, Pelicans (1% start rate in CBS leagues)

Sit:  Kristaps Porzingis, Mavericks 

77% start rate in CBS leagues 

This is one of the toughest calls of the week. However, Porzingis is heading into Monday having missed five of the last six games due to ongoing knee soreness. Even with the Mavs battling for playoff positioning, there's an extremely good chance Porzingis misses more time during a four-game week that includes a back-to-back set. Moreover, Porzingis has offered solid-but-far-from-irreplaceable production over the last four games he has suited up for, averaging 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal across 30 minutes. While he's capable of putting up a monster stat line nearly any night, Porzingis hasn't looked like himself of late (zero blocks in five of last six games), so the considerable risk simply isn't worth the reward.

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Man Utd suffer another transfer blow as teen target Benjamin Sesko joins RB Leipzig from Salzburg in £55m deal

MANCHESTER UNITED have suffered yet another transfer blow as Benjamin Sesko joined RB Leipzig for £55million.

The teenage striker, 19, had attracted plenty of interest from Old Trafford as well as Chelsea and Newcastle.

1Benjamin Sesko has signed a five-year deal with RB Leipzig and will join his new club next summerCredit: Getty

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But the Red Bull Salzburg star has instead completed a switch to sister-club RB Leipzig.

The 6ft 4ins Slovenian signed a five-year contract with the German club which takes effect from July 1 2023 and runs until 2028.

He will spend this season with Salzburg and then make the switch to the Bundesliga at the end of the campaign.

Sesko - who managed 11 goals and six assists in 12 matches last term - said: "RB Leipzig is one of the top clubs in Germany and is gradually establishing itself among the best teams in Europe.

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"A special success story was written here in just a few years - and I would like to help shape it in the future.

"The club's focus on young players and playing attractive, attacking football suits me perfectly. 

"The city, the stadium and the entire infrastructure at RB Leipzig have convinced me - in addition to the many good discussions with the club officials - that the step to Leipzig is absolutely the right one. 

"But now my focus is entirely on the season in Salzburg, in which I want to develop further and be as successful as possible."

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The Sesko deal comes in the week RB Leipzig are expected to complete the transfer return of Timo Werner back to the Red Bull Arena.

But it comes as another bitter blow to Erik ten Hag and his summer transfer overhaul plans.

United have signed Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia in the current window.

However, their list of failed transfer attempts is far longer.

The club missed out on Frenkie de Jong and Antony despite long pursuits.

They were also linked with Darwin Nunez, Robert Lewandowski, Jurrien Timber, Leroy Sane, Kalvin Phillips and Malcolm Ebiowei but all of them snubbed the chance to move to Old Trafford.

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