So as numerous comments have suggested over the years, I sometimes act as your fantasy therapist. ¬†“WHY ARE ALL MY GUYS HURT?!” ¬†But this morning, I’m using Razzball Hoops to therap-ize. ¬†You guys are going to help therap-ize me… ¬†Usually weekends are either “good”, “bad”, or “relaxing”. ¬†That’s 99% of weekends. ¬†Good = fun things happened, yay! ¬†Relaxing = you didn’t do much, and you’re recharged for another work week. ¬†Bad = things cut into the relaxing… ¬†But for me, it ran the gamut! ¬†I’ve mentioned a few times that the wife and I moved (yay!), we love the house (yay!), but ran into a bajillion little things and aren’t nearly as unpacked as we want (boo!) and missing a box that still hasn’t been found ($%&%!). ¬†Then we have to rush Saturday night to get to Charlotte to be ready to tailgate for the Panthers game. ¬†Tailgating was sick, but then I started to feel a little iffy during the game… ¬†At least we were true fans and didn’t leave early to beat traffic in the 2nd half of that bludgeoning! ¬†And I was able to snap the best picture I’ve ever seen of the Charlotte skyline:
There’s your pinnacle! ¬†Then I feel atrocious in a few hours of stop and go traffic, finally start feeling better, then get a tire blowout on the interstate¬†and barely made it back last night… ¬†What a range of emotions! ¬†Anyway, long story short, I’m whiny, not feeling great, and the worst of all – didn’t watch as much hoops as I wanted to this weekend. ¬†#RealLifeProblems! ¬†So I apologize to the weekend commenters, getting to you guys now, and for a slightly shorter Monday Daily Notes that’s out later than usual. ¬†But we’ve got a shortened Thanksgiving week to preview anyway! ¬†Oh yeah, I guess I’ll stick with the usual daily notes format and tie this into fantasy – this article title could work for Nikola Jokic too! ¬†Went nuts on the Spurs last Wednesday for a breakout, but then played 18 starting minutes worth of feeling sick, getting a flat tire, and losing an important box when moving Friday against the Suns. ¬†Mike Malone even called out his guys! ¬†“Lunch will not be served today due to lack of hustle!” ¬†But then Jock Itch looked like a different player against the Warriors, going 11/11/2/2/1 in 27 minutes, while also helping us as a realtor and finding our house, helping the Panthers get to 10-0, and saving several stranded puppies in a well. ¬†He’s a 20 year old on a young team, he’s going to go through a lot of ups and downs, but I say he’s worth a look even in 12ers. ¬†If you don’t have anyone good to drop, I wouldn’t do anything rash though. ¬†He’s at 19% owned in Yahoo and snatched up in all my RCLs, but might be worth a look on your leagues’ wires. ¬†Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for Week 5:
Jonas Valanciunas – The Luminescent Lithuanian broke his bulb! ¬†Yikes, tough one for owners as he broke his hand and will miss 6 weeks. ¬†Without an IL, eesh I guess you probably have to hold in 10 or 12ers. ¬†Shallower leagues you probably need production. ¬†In his stead, Luis Scola should get a few more touches and Bismack Biyombo shifts to the starting center, and went 6/14/0/0/0 against the Clippers in 31 minutes. ¬†ReboundNOF! ¬†He should filter in some swats, but doesn’t do much else and is a historically bad FT shooter. ¬†12ers in desperate need of a big could make the add now, and any deeper I actually think he should be owned, as it’s his spot for a long time.
Marcus Smart – Hurt something called a “tibfib” joint, which makes it sound like the Celtics medical staff is Olde English. ¬†Going to be out the next couple of weeks, so he’s a drop for me in 10/12 redraft leagues… ¬†Obviously Isaiah Thomas gets a bump along with Avery Bradley, with Bradley playing a whopping 40 minutes Sunday (on a Brad Stevens team?!?!!?) for 27/4/1/2/1 and 7 treys in a loss to the Nets. ¬†Bradley is still at only 68% owned, so be sure he’s scooped up in all your leagues.
LaMarcus Aldridge – HOW DO YOU LET THE TERRIBLE PELICANS BEAT YOU, SPURS?! ¬†Sorry, had to vent… ¬†LA rolled his ankle early on Friday night, but was able to return. ¬†Maybe he shouldn’t have… ¬†Then sat against the Grizz. ¬†Less worried long-term, more worried about Pop going slow. ¬†David West wasn’t great in that spot-start v. MEM, but worth a short-term look in deepers.
Ryan Anderson – Finally held to under 30 Pts! ¬†The Suns bottled him up for 29 last night… ¬†14 treys the past 3 games, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the Pelicans medical staff effing something up. ¬†I’m selling so high right now, that the haul I’d bring in will make me feel like The Wolf of Wall St.
Ish Smith – Goes 17/4/13 Friday then an unreal 17/9/8/3/1 in a shocking win against the Suns yesterday. ¬†HOW¬†DO YOU LET THE TERRIBLE PELICANS BEAT YOU, SUNS?! ¬†It looked like it was fading off, but I guess this Ish is still going on… ¬†Should be owned in all leagues while hot, but if you can sell for much I would.
Kristaps Porzingis – RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDICULOUS! ¬†Kinda a blah Friday, but 24/14/2/0/7 in one of the best lines from the weekend Saturday against the Rox with a pair of treys. ¬†36 minutes too! ¬†So much for that tight minutes cap to start the season…
Brandon Knight – Continued a sick 3-game streak with a 38/11/6/2/1 Friday night with 6 treys, but it was @DEN… ¬†Then as shooters do, finally got cold Sunday against… THE PELICANS?! ¬†WTF KNIGHT?! ¬†THE PELICANS ARE AWFUL!!!!!! ¬†Knight owners are feeling great after this past week though…
Gary Harris – Had his best game on Friday scoring 20 Pts, and was decent enough against the Warriors Sunday for 12/3/3/1/0. ¬†At least a trey and 12+ PTS in 4 straight, and they want him to run with that starting SG role. ¬†That said, I don’t think he’s particularly special. ¬†ThrAGNOF streamer/4-game wk weekly play to me.
Will Barton – Still rather own Barton, but he’s going to have bumps. ¬†Had an awful Wednesday against the Spurs, but then back-to-back usable games over the weekend, despite the unsurprising drop in treys.
Blake Griffin – Because I have to.
Ed Davis – Got 31 minutes outta nowhere for 17/15 and a block on Friday night, but then went back to his deep-league only 9/3/3 kinda line. ¬†Not too much to rely on here, other than big man spot starts.
Rudy Gay – Hurt his shoulder¬†last Thursday, but it sounds like he’ll be back soon. ¬†Even though they didn’t start with him, Omri Casspi still got 32 minutes Saturday night of 11/11/2/1/0 with a trey. ¬†SPOILER ALERT! ¬†I think he’s a weekly flier-play this week (see below).
Jordan Hill – Continues to be shockingly not bad, but his 20/11/1/2/1 9-10 FG game against the Bucks on Saturday had a lot of junky stats in there. ¬†Not reading too much into it.
Robert Covington – The Lord Covington finally looked like the Rob-Cov of old for 21/6/0/2/1 Saturday night, with 3 treys, only 1 TO, and 6-7 FT. ¬†Gave him 13-14 FT over the weekend, even though Friday was a little blah otherwise. ¬†With all the injuries and knee setbacks, he’s still at only 68% owned. ¬†Fix this!
Tristan Thompson – With Timofey Mozgov using his Healthcare.Mozgov for his shoulder the next 2 weeks, Thompson slid into the starting lineup Saturday and played 40 minutes! ¬†40! ¬†Went 9/16/5/0/2, but did have 2 TO and 1-2 FT – neither hurt you really in this one, but they are knocks on his game. ¬†Uh oh Slim, I bet you’re gulping at this point, I actually think he’s… ughhh… can’t do it… uggghhhh… ¬†must-own in 12ers… ¬†NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
The 7 Ahead
- 5-game week: n/a
- 2-game weeks:¬†Chicago Bulls, Portland Trailblazers
- Off day: Thursday (Thanksgiving)
- Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week):¬†Jeremy Lamb (31%/4), Jose Calderon (38%/4), Jerami Grant (10%/4), Omri Casspi (10%/4)
- Stream day:¬†n/a
Overall Thoughts:¬†Wow, a ton of 4-game weeks for there being a full day off! ¬†Even with the holiday on Thursday, it’s still a pretty normal schedule week. ¬†Yet again the Bulls get a 2-gamer, and other than Damian Lillard, I don’t think you consider any Blazers in weekly. ¬†With Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun so full, it’s going to be tough to actively stream one spot – as I mention on Saturday’s blurb, if your SAT/SUN isn’t full, there are three teams on b2bs to utilize streamers if you’re in limited moves leagues like the RCLs. ¬†For my streamers, Calderon is getting more minutes and playing boring-but-decent ball, with the Knicks with wins. ¬†With Gay, I think they take slow plus the Kings have a Fri/Sat b2b, so Casspi should get run this week.
Monday:¬†Only OKC and PHO head into the week on the second leg of back-to-backs after playing yesterday, but I have a feeling Kevin Durant isn’t back yet tonight. ¬†He’s a risky play in weekly, as OKC only play 3 which would be 2 even if he only misses Monday. ¬†He’s off a pretty slow game, but Tyler Johnson is always a good streamer of mine, and the Heat should play some smaller lineups against the Knicks. ¬†No teams start b2bs.
Tuesday: ATL,¬†BOS, DAL, LAC, MEM and WAS head into back-to-backs, still a little worried on those Hawks vets and of course the Mavs vets. ¬†Be careful with those guys, and Zach Randolph might miss one as well with a sore knee that cost him Saturday night. ¬†Even though he looks fine, Chris Paul might get limited minutes if they’re spanking the Nugs.
Wednesday:¬†No teams going into back-to-backs obviously with Thursday off, and all but 6 teams are going. ¬†Everyone should have a full lineup. ¬†Boston plays the awful Sixers, so that rotation could get every player involved for B-Rad, a little worried about the usable C’s in that game. ¬†ATL goes @MIN which is actually fairly interesting after the Wolves shocked the Hawks in Atlanta, and Jeff Teague got away with a cheap shot on Nemanja Bjelica.
Thursday:¬†EAT DAT TURKEY!
Friday:¬†Whew, it’s a hectic weekend of NBA action! ¬†Friday is just as full as Wednesday with only 6 off, and ATL, CLE, DEN, GSW, NO, SAC, SA and WAS all head into b2bs. ¬†If there’s any game Ty Lawson is going to do anything, it’s Fri night hosting the Sixers. ¬†DEN hosts SAS, so it could be a light game for the Spurs rotation, especially if Aldridge is still a little hobbly.
Saturday:¬†BKN, LAL & TOR wrap up the b2bs. ¬†In RCL leagues where moves have to be made the day before, I’m looking at these teams for Sat/Sun streaming stacks. ¬†But before you add those streamers, both SAT and SUN are pretty full, so be sure they make your line-up both days, and if not, consider 1-game better options. ¬†Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a perfect streamer for REB/STL, Lou Williams can chip in some ThrAGNOF stats, and Scola and Biyombo as mentioned above should get some big man stats with JV out.
Sunday:¬†We wrap up with BOS, DET, HOU, LAC, and MIL heading into b2bs, so be sure any of your questionable guys are going Sunday and not getting sat¬†to play Monday instead. ¬†Dwight Howard is going to be evaluated this week to see if he can play in b2bs, but pending that, SUN or MON could be a DNP, so watch that at the end of this week. ¬†Also keep an eye on Clint Capela if you pick up Dwight news and need a Sunday big (he was awesome Saturday for 16/14/1/1/0). ¬†IND goes @LAL, in what should be a heavy-paced game. ¬†A lot of ThrAGNOFs could be used there. ¬†I’d try to avoid everything that is [email protected] ¬†Bluch!
Thanks for stopping by everyone, sorry again this weekend recap is a smidge shorter than your standard Monday Daily Notes, but as always, comment away on your thoughts from the weekend! ¬†Thanks again for letting me get therap-ized by you guys in Razzball Nation for once, and let’s have a big Week 5!