The Adam’s apple is a lump in the neck, primarily seen in males. It’s size increases during puberty and is viewed as a secondary characteristic of males due to hormonal activity. It protects the vocal chords and produces a deepening of the voice. For those who travel to Thailand, figuring out who and who doesn’t have an Adam’s apple is a good skill to have. There’s no questioning the manhood of Steven Adams, though. He is 7′ 0″ and 250 pounds. He probably boxes kangaroos in this spare time and provides shade for the wild life. Last night, Steven went to the Big Apple and made sure everyone knew that he was THE man…….

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 18 3 2 0 2 0 3/5 4/7

….as he was instrumental in the Thunder being victorious over the Nets, 111-103 in OT. Earlier in the season, Adams was straight awful, and dropping him wouldn’t have been crazy. He eventually turned things around and, over the past two months, has been a top 55 player for fantasy. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what never turns things around because it’s always at the top? The Stocktonator. He’s a low usage player, so points won’t be voluminous, but boards, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage are the core of his value. The most surprising aspect of his season, though, has been the increase in dimes. He’s averaging 2.7 per game on the season. The last five years, he had never averaged more than 1.6. Now, he probably won’t finish as a top 50 player for fantasy, but top 80-90 wouldn’t be bad and is a reasonable expectation.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 16 4 0 7 2 0 7/13 0/1

Mt. Whiteside just continues to ooze out the fantasy lava on a nightly basis. Pretty soon we may have to rename him Continent Whiteside. He is the #6 player for fantasy. Pretty remarkable stuff. Who said playing for a new contract doesn’t produce results?

Carmelo Anthony

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28 7 1 2 0 1 5/8 10/17 3/3

Melo was jiggling last night. Unfortunately, there have been too many trash performances. With that said, he can still score, grab boards, and is actually contributing some defensive stats. Outside of the top 100 for fantasy, though.

Fred VanVleet did not play due to a hamstring injury and is expected to miss an extended period of time. Patrick McCaw received the start and contributed 6 points, 4 boards, 3 dimes, and 3 steals in 36 minutes. McCaw is going to get run but is primarily a steals guy.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 2 0 0 4 2/3 7/12 1/2

Continues to start and played 32 minutes. Marc Gasol is still not close to returning, so Ibaka is going to continue playing a ton of minutes. Points, tres, boards, and blocks are what he provide. Unfortunately, not IBLOCKA levels, though.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 10 0 1 2 4/16 7/23 6/7

Played 38 minutes. Raptors are going extinct in Toronto, and an asteroid is not to blame. Ironically, it’s due to a Nurse! Siakam, FVV, and will Lowry be joining them? He’s pushing close to 40 minutes per game and will have to shoulder more of the load now. If you can sell high, that’s probably the prudent thing to do, but everyone knows the situation, so easier said than done. A silver lining is that Toronto has one of the most favorable playoff schedules in terms of number of games played.

Oshae Brissett

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 1 1 0 0 2/4 5/9 0

In 23 minutes off the bench. Brissett is 21 years old, 6′ 7″, and 210 pounds. He played his college ball at Syracuse and went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft. He hails from Toronto. Brissett has appeared in 11 games this season and hasn’t done much, primarily because of the lack of playing time. He can provide some tres, boards, and steals if given run. With all the Raptors turning into fossils, Brissett could carve out a bench role.

Chris Boucher

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 9 0 0 3 1 2/3 4/7 2/4

In 16 minutes off the bench. Even with all the injuries, Boucher hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in the last six games. This Boucher is turning into more waterboy than Bobby.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 6 3 2 0 3 4/8 9/15 6/6

In 38 minutes. Paul has been more than a good neighbor this season. He’s been delivering the mail, been a one-man neighborhood watch, and making sure no trash is on the street. Top 20 player for fantasy and, if he stays healthy, will likely finish there at season’s end.

Caris LeVert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 3 0 0 3 2/3 7/16 4/7

Played 22 minutes off the bench. It will take some time for LeVert to get back up around the 30 minute per game mark, but when he does, he will provide points, tres, some boards, dimes, and steals. The percentages won’t be great, though. Before you go purchase CLV bling to adorn around the neck, keep in mind that he has played 40, 71, and 57 games over the past three seasons.

Jarrett Culver

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 5 1 2 0 1 3/5 8/11 5/7

Got the start and played 28 minutes. A ceiling game for Culver, and he has the athleticism and skills to access from time to time, but unfortunately, I don’t see this as the N. W. O. The matchup against the Grizzlies helped and he’s a 37% shooter from the field on the season. His primary contributions come from the defensive categories.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 2 1 3 0 4/10 7/15 3/4

Over the past seven games, JJJ has been the #10 player for fantasy. He gonna be so damn good. Actually, he already damn good. He gonna be f’ing amazing. Better? He will likely be a 1/1/1 player with good percentages. The only concern is the rebounds. Hopefully, he doesn’t turn into Myles Turner.

Ja Morant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 7 1 0 5 0/1 12/18 1/2

Is Morant good? Ja. Do I enjoy watching him play? Ja. Then why is he barely a top 100 player? Send this man to Siberia and let him rot away. We do not talk poorly about Morant. Got it? Ja, comrade. I kid, I kid. Ja provides points, tres, dimes, and good percentages. The defensive stats are lacking and the turnovers can get high at times. He and JJJ are going to be murda for many years. This is just the stepping stone.

Dillon Brooks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 0 1 0 3 2/4 11/20 4/4

Down by the Brooks, one can find points and tres sloshing around, but the water isn’t always stocked to the brim. Sometimes you can cast the line, wait all day, and come up empty. As long as your expectations are realistic, Brooks can be a pleasant place to go. It helps that Memphis plays at a fast pace.

Sekou Doumbouya

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 0 3 0 1 0/1 6/9 3/4

Continues to start and played 33 minutes. With Blake Griffin out for the season, it looks like Doumbouya will get plenty of run the rest of the way. Christian Wood only played 13 minutes. Now, Markieff Morris is still out, so there’s a teeny weeny chance that he infringes upon Doumbouya’s playing time, but more than likely, Sekou would just supplant Tony Snell at small forward. I like Doumbouya’s ability to shoot from downtown but you gotta love seeing this….

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 20 5 1 2 3 0 8/12 7/9

With Blake not clogging things up anymore, Drummond should get back to his feasting ways. The first 10 games of the season when Griffin was out, Dre averaged 21.2 points, 18 boards, 3.6 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 2.1 blocks. In 21 games with Blake, Dre averaged 16.4 points, 15 boards, 2.4 dimes, 2 steals, and 1.6 blocks.

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 7 1 0 4 2/5 9/21 4/4

In 31 minutes off the bench. With Griffin off the court this season, Rose has a 32.3 usage rate, an increase of 1.8%. Points, tres, dimes, and good percentages are what Rose provides. There is a chance that he gets traded, though, which would hamper his fantasy value.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 9 4 1 0 4 4/6 12/15 2/2

Played 36 minutes. Even though Love hurts, both literally and figuratively, he/it is an important part of our fantasy lives because there are plenty of good times. Hopefully, Love gets traded because the risk of blowouts and resting will be mitigated.

Elfrid Payton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 8 4 3 1 5 0 6/9 0

In 30 minutes. Elf is starting and providing boards and dimes. The percentages have been beyond awful, though; 39% from the field and 51% from the line. He’s more like a 42% from the field and 75% shooter from the line. Elf is a decent rebounder and will get his 211 on, but don’t expect too many on the regular. He will likely be a top 150 player if he continues to soak up most of the point guard minutes for the Knicks.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 6 5 2 2 3 0/1 2/8 1/2

Only played 28 minutes because he fell hard on his back after trying to block a shot. It doesn’t sound too serious, but he may miss a few games. Kyle Kuzma will likely be the primary beneficiary if AD does miss time.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 5 5 2 1 4 6/12 9/19 7/7

Only played 31 minutes because the Knicks suck. When AD is off the court, LeBron garners a 37.2 usage rate, an increase of 5.6%.

Dwight Howard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 13 0 1 5 2 1/1 3/3 1/2

In 25 minutes off the bench. The free throw shooting is still atrocious, but Dwight is still a viable player for boards and blocks. He only averages around 19 minutes per game, though.

  1. Jeff Aces says:
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    Hello

    12 team H2H Cat keeper league:

    Would you trade Fox and a 2020 2nd rd pick for Dinwiddie and Holmes? Or Fox and a 2020 5th rd pick for Dinwiddie and a 2020 2nd rd pick?

    PG: Fox/Shai/Rozier/Aaron Holiday
    GD:Harden/Lamb/Hardaway
    SF:Oubre/Hayward/Crowder/Mykahailiuk/Iwundi
    PF:Giannis/Isaac/Nance/Kleber/Bjelica
    C:Jokic/Sabonis/JJJ

    • Son says:
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      I’m still a believer in Fox and I wouldn’t be buying Dinwiddie.

      • Jeff Ace says:
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        would you give a 2020 1st or Kevin Hueter? keep 3 lose next best but hueter is protected for 3 seasons.

        I am also in first place

        • Son says:
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          I’m keeping Huerter

          Is someone offering you Dinwiddie or you just like him alot?

          • Jeff Aces says:
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            was offered dwinwiddie

            • Son says:
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              Got it

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyyO!

    Napier – It’s been real. (Peace sign emoji)

    We streaming Gafford or Tucker tonight ?

    • Son says:
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      AyyyyyO!

      Gafford

  3. llango says:
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    Son!!
    what up!

    following up from yesterday’s advice – I was offered Tatum Horford 4 Derozan Roizer.
    Im lacking offensive rebounds but horford is really not an offensive rebound machine by any means ha! I think Tatum is the best player in this deal but by how much?
    Adams 4 Bojan or Derozan was rejected by one team.
    Thompson was offered for Roizer but i dont like that deal at all.
    Maybe i can offer Derozan 4 Whiteside?
    Rozier 4 Randall was also rejected by the other GM..

    people are just stingy these days..

    • Son says:
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      I’d take Tatum/Horford for DD. Who would you drop?

      I highly doubt DD gets you Hassan.

      Rozier is a tough player to trade. Everyone knows he’s going to tank the field goal percentage.

      Trading is an art, not a science. Has to be mutually beneficial and everyone has different perceptions and values. Can’t think of things in a vacuum. Have to look at their roster construction and see if a trade makes sense.

      • Llango says:
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        Son,
        Was sent Tatum Allen 4 DeRozan Roizer
        Also, Tatum, jackson jr, g. Harris 4 Derozan, roizer, ingles.
        Thought?

        • Son says:
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          You said you needed boards, so I’d go with the Allen one

  4. Maximus98 says:
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    Hey man, is it possible iyo that isaac will back for fantasy playoffs?

    • Son says:
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      It’s possible. I just don’t have the information to know for sure. It’s all speculation

      • Maximus98 says:
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        Yeah, hard to figure it out currently 1st in league (11-0), but just got him, vanvleet and possible embiid out long term, and only one IR spot. Dont want to break streak but with current injuries maybe ill just relax for a few weeks or so;D

        • Son says:
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          Yeah. Let things marinate a bit and chill

  5. Ziggs says:
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    Hey Son,

    Got a 9-cat, 8-team roto keeper league. Currently 2nd place in my league, but I don’t think I’ll win it this year. Was really targeting the next few years as my window of competition as most of my guys are early- and mid-20 years old.

    The 1st place team in my league has offered me a trade of JJJ for my Sabonis. Sabonis has been a beast this year, but JJJ has higher ceiling/younger. I’m currently 1st in both blocks and rebounds, losing Sabonis would hurt the latter. The other issue as that the other bigs on my team are: KAT, Porzo, Myles Turner, Wendell, Lauri. I already have two no-rebound Cs on my team with Porzo and Turner, am I risking unbalancing my team with JJJ? Or is the ceiling worth it?

    (I also have Ja, so getting JJJ would make League Pass easier)

    • Son says:
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      I’m a JJJ guy so I do that deal. You can figure out boards later

      • Ziggs says:
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        Thanks Son!

        • Son says:
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          Anytime, Ziggs!

  6. Christopher Graham says:
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    Hey Son!
    12 team 9 cat league

    I’ve got
    PG : J. Murray, D. Graham, T.Rozier, R. Rubio
    SG: Z. Lavine
    SF: Kelly Oubre Jr, G.Hayward, W.Barton
    PF: D.Sabonis,L. Markkanen,W.Carter JR
    C: A. Drummond , T. Bryant

    I’ve been offered Steven Adam’s for Markkanen
    My question is… do u see Markkanen’s current trend continuing…and am I better off adding Adam’s boards/blocks/% over Markkanen’s scoring and tres.
    Thank you sir

    • Son says:
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      I’d stick with Markk

      • Christopher Graham says:
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        Thanks Son

        • Son says:
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          Anytime

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      Also, keep an eye on that Wendell Carter Jr. update. Having MRI today.

      I think the Bulls are going to slide Markk over to play some 5.

      If WCJ is going to miss extended time, I see Markks value on the rise.

      • Son says:
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        True. Thx, Mr. Blast!

  7. de says:
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    Myles turner for malcom brogdon? Malcom brogdon gonna be healthy rest of year?

    What about trading for karl anthony towns? Beal or kawhi?

    • Son says:
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      What’s squad look like?

      No idea if Brogdon stays healthy. I wish I had that power.

      As for trading for any of the players you mentioned, depends on cost

  8. ee says:
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    Would you trade turner for brogdon? Think brogdon get’s healthy and does well with oladipo

    What do you think about towns? think beal or kawhi would be good for him?

    • Son says:
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      Depends on cost. I think Brogdon will be fine with Dipo. Guess it depends on your expectations. As for health, no idea.

      I like Towns. It is concerning that he’s missed so many games, and the Wolves have no motivation to push him, but as with any trade scenario, depends on cost

      You want to trade Beal or Kawhi for KAT? What’s rest of squad look like?

      • Son says:
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        It’s a good team. With your construction, you are good in big man stats. If anything, would probably want to upgrade the point guard position. So I think I’d go the other way. Instead of trading a guard/wing for a big, I’d look to trade a big for a guard

  9. ee says:
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    Head to head cat Got G Beal, levert, teague, conley, jrich,
    F kawhi,
    Vuc, Bam, Turner , lopez, and robinson
    With augustin, mcrae, B clarke, ish smith

    Yeah I’m just thinking who I could trade for that can turn my team around, I feel like my team is all potential and no results except bam and vuc

    It’s rough , feel like they’re either injured or just not playing enough; I’m getting smoked

  10. eballs says:
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    Chose one in a points league

    Gary Harris
    Grant
    Biyombo
    Crowder
    Mikal Bridges

    • Son says:
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      Biyombo or Crowder

  11. Slimbo says:
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    Got offered doncic and Morant for my Kat in a 9 cat dynasty. Take it?

    • Son says:
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      What’s your squad look like?

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