Jordan Nwora, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)
Nwora has been the Bucks’ leading scorer in all three preseason games so far. He tallied 16 points in 23 minutes in the exhibition opener against Memphis, 30 in 33 minutes vs. Brooklyn and another 15 while playing 20 minutes against Oklahoma City. Even better, he’s shooting 10 for 20 (50%) from 3-point range in those contests. Obviously, Nwora won’t be called upon to be Milwaukee’s leading scorer in the regular season. But he’s working his way into the rotation and could become the Bucks’ go-to offensive player on the second unit.
Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (⬇️ DOWN)
In an unfortunate yet fitting end to Milwaukee’s season, Yelich was called out on strikes for the final out of the ninth inning of the Brewers’ 5-4 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night. The tying run was on first base. It wrapped up a frustrating 2021 campaign for Yelich in which he batted .248/.362/.373 with nine home runs in 475 plate appearances -- his lowest HR% since 2015. Milwaukee is set to be a contender for NL Central titles in the near future with a pitching staff oozing with talent. However, if the Brewers want to make a deep postseason run, they’ll need Yelich to return to his slugging form which earned him a seven-year extension worth $190 million.
AJ Dillon, Packers running back (⬆️ UP)
Dillon rushed eight times for 30 yards during Green Bay’s 25-22 win over Cincinnati on Sunday, but he set career bests with four receptions for 49 yards and a score. It was his first touchdown of the season and first receiving touchdown of his career. Since debuting in 2020, Dillon has hauled in 11 of 12 targets. Having another running back outside of Aaron Jones capable of catching the football out of the backfield is a big plus for Green Bay’s offense. “Imma tell my kids I was Davante Adams,” Dillon joked in a tweet Sunday night.
Eric Lauer, Brewers left-handed pitcher (➡️ EVEN)
Milwaukee lost in Game 4 but Lauer battled and kept the Brewers in the game. Making his first playoff appearance (and start), Lauer allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Things looked bleak in the first inning when he allowed a double to the Braves leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson, but Lauer worked out of the jam with two fly outs and a strikeout. Unfortunately, he ran into trouble in the fourth inning and wasn’t able to hold Milwaukee’s brief 2-0 lead.
Braelon Allen, Badgers running back (⬆️ UP)
Allen had a breakout game Saturday against Illinois, turning 18 carries into 131 yards and a touchdown. Now listed as a co-No. 2 running back in Wisconsin’s backfield, Allen actually played one more snap against the Fighting Illini than starter Chez Mellusi. The Badgers may have their next running back star. Reminder, if you need one: Allen is 17 years old and should be a high school senior right now. He’s just getting started.