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With a wife, two kids, and fantasy sports to play and write about, the videogaming has taken a back seat. Wait? Isn’t that where all the action happens? That’s when you know you are washed. Anyways, I always enjoyed fantasy drafting teams, whether it be football, basketball, and/or baseball. I’d spend hours upon hours…..who am I kidding? I’d spend months upon months drafting, playing, scouting, etc. Usually, I’d eschew the awareness categories and just focus on the physical attributes. As a Raiders fan, I probably received drafting strategy from Al Davis via osmosis: size and speed. As we all know, physical attributes are not the end all be all in the real world, though. Remember Harold Miner? Exactly. Fundamentals and IQ are important characteristics for any player, but they are often overlooked, as we always get enamored with the physical traits. Case in point, Nikola Jokic. Pre-draft scouting report from nbadraft.net. Strengths: Very high basketball IQ. Strong personality. A team player. Has a great work ethic. My favorite part was that he “doesn’t drink or smoke.” Ha! Weaknesses: An average athlete lacking great speed and leaping ability. Well, last night, Nikola messed around:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 13 11 0 1 1 2/5 8/15 5/6

It ain’t about how high you jump or how fast you run. It’s about understanding the game of basketball and making plays. That’s why Nikola ain’t no Jokic. And he’s only 22 years old! He is going to be such a beast.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 6 13 0 1 1 6/10 10/20 8/9

A great game for most. For Harden? Just another day at the office. W for whatever. Is it a coincidence that the W key is usually the up arrow on the keyboard? Me thinks not. Keep going forward, nothing to see here. I feel so numb lately. I need a 50-burger, triple dub so I can get all Harden excited again.

Ryan Anderson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 4 1 0 0 0 6/10 7/12 1/2

Played 26 minutes. Came off the bench, as Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker got the starts at the forward positions. Isn’t it cool that the first two letters of both his first and last name spells his first name? RyAn. Must be one of those nights. Anyways, RyAn does shoot better on the road, will grab some boards on occasion, and drain 3s. Just don’t expect 10 attempts on a daily basis. Think more like the 4-6 range.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 0 1 0 0 0 3/9 3/10 4/4

When everyone is healthy, Gordon is the sniper that just chills in his fox hole and picks off the enemy. When there are injuries, Gordon is forced to step foot on the battlefield with the infantry. It’s nice that he’s able to don many hats, as he was grabbing boards, dishing out dimes, and even contributing D stats. Now, he’s back to just picking off the enemy from his fox hole.

Andrew Wiggins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 3 0 1 1 1 0/5 2/14 3/4

Getting Jiggy Wit It was such a happy, upbeat song. Getting Wiggy Wit It is whatever the opposite is. Barely a top 150 player for fantasy.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 12 3 1 3 1 2/3 12/16 9/9

The King of the double-dub with 49 in 59 games. Meow. Yo, Thibs. See those 14 shot attempt that Wiggins shot? Please transfer all of them over to KAT. Thank you.

Jeff Teague:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 5 8 0 0 1 2/3 10/15 3/3

Only the sixth game this season that Teague has scored over 20 points. He is dropping over 7 dimes a game, so that’s good, but overall is only a top 80 player for fantasy.

Zach Randolph:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 3 0 0 3 2/3 10/15 0

Kings have to play all their young players, so it’s imperative they give the 36-year-old Randolph 26 minutes of run. He’s averaging close to 27 minutes and over 12 shot attempts per game over the last couple of weeks.

Keeping with the “young” theme, the 41-year-old Vince Carter played 27 minutes. I think someone needs to inform Kings managament that the definition of young is: having lived or existed for only a short time.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 4 0 0 1 3/7 8/17 0

Played 34 minutes. Buddy Hield only played 17 minutes. It’s a BogBog world and we are just living in it.

JJ Barea:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 13 1 0 4 5/9 7/13 0

Got the start and played 32 minutes. That was the first time all season that JJ has received 30 minutes of run. Very interesting, as Yogi Ferrell was the guy getting all the minutes. No more yabba dabba doo.

Dwight Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 5 0 0 1 1/1 6/9 5/6

Has scored 18, 18, 19, and 18 the last four games. Must’ve miscalculated that one game. A Stanford education ain’t what it used to be. Ka-Powell did not get the start last night, but still played 26 minutes.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 37 8 8 0 1 5 3/7 14/23 6/10

Played 40 minutes and had a 38.2 usage rate. LeJuggernaught is rejuvenated.

JR Smith:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 3 1 0 0 6/9 6/10 0

Played 31 minutes. You just know JR is LeBron’s dude when they go out.

Larry Nance Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 9 2 1 3 0 0 5/10 3/6

Played 25 minutes. It wouldn’t surprise me if the minutes get up closer to the 30s soon. Such a good fit for this Cavs team.

Jordan Clarkson played 24 minutes and scored 14 points. Rodney Hood played 24 minutes and scored 14 points. That’s so cute. George Hill also played 24 minutes, but only scored 7 points. Kyle Korver, though, only played 8 minutes.

Carmelo Anthony:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 0 1 1 1 3/9 10/22 1/2

All is right in the world when I see a big fat bagel in the AST column.

Steven Adams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 17 1 2 1 1 0 8/12 6/10

If you had the choice: fight Adams or a momma bear that thinks you just took her cub?

Dewayne Dedmon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 10 0 1 1 1 2/3 5/8 1/1

Has double-dubbed in two straight games and made at least one downtowner in nine straight. Played 28 minutes after getting 31 minutes the night before.

John Collins:

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

Played 23 minutes. So much suck that the Hawks weren’t able to unload some of the vets. Looks like we are going to have to wait until next year for Collins to get unleashed.

All 11 Hawks players received at least 12 minutes of run. Hahahahahahahahahahahaahwks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 15 3 1 2 1 0/4 7/16 1/2

There’s an awkward period when many of the superheros are figuring out their powers. This is that time for Giannis. I’m both frightened and excited to see what he unleashes upon the league in the next few years.

Thon Maker played 25 minutes and scored 12 points, while Tyler Zeller played 23 minutes and scored 14 points. That will be the center rotation until John Henson returns.

Hassan Whiteside:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 10 1 2 1 1 0 5/9 0

Played 23 minutes and did not see run in the fourth quarter again. Bam!

Bam Adebayo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 5 3 0 1 2 0 3/6 5/5

Played 25 minutes and got the fourth quarter minutes at center. He’s the future.

Goran Dragic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 2 4 1 0 3 3/5 10/19 5/6

I love Dragic from a real life perspective. He’s a tough SOB. From a fantasy perspective? He’s a tough SOB to roster at times. Last six games: 28, 6, 30, 13, 33, and 10 points. He has only one game each with double digit rebounds or assists. It doesn’t help that the Heat play at the third-slowest pace.

Wayne Ellington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 7 1 0 0 0 5/11 5/11 0

Played 31 minutes. Still getting run and hoisting up shots. Threeeeeeee-cola!

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 0 0 0 0 0/1 5/7 4/4

I always felt like Serge would be a freaking animal. Early in his career, he would fly around the court with reckless abandon. Now, he just chills and shoots jumpers from the perimter. A younger Marreese Speights.

Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 8 2 0 1 4/8 8/17 2/3

Top 35 player for fantasy. He’s not flashy or spectacular. I rarely write him up for that reason. With that said, he delivers the goods in all but blocks.

DeMar DeRozan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 2 4 1 0 3 1/7 11/25 4/6

Top 30 player for fantasy. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about DeDe, but like Lowry, delivers the goods in all but blocks.

Fred VanVleet played 23 minutes and scored 10 points, while Delon Wright played 21 minutes and scored 10 points. Awwww, so cute. Man, the Raptors are super deep in the backcourt.

Kyle Anderson:

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

Played 21 minutes. Deuces were wild!

Dejounte Murray:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 6 2 2 3 4 0 6/10 0

Played 27 minutes. Stat sheet stuffer. He’s not at “sliding into the DMs” level like Donovan Mitchell. Needs to work on that J, but I think he develops one as time goes on. Chip Engelland is one of the best shooting coaches in all the land.

Joffrey Lauvergne:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 11 2 0 1 2 0 12/15 2/4

Played 24 minutes. He must really love Denver. <wink wink> Hey, put those donuts down! Season-high in both points and rebounds. He must’ve smoked us all into a parallel universe.

Wilson Chandler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 5 2 2 0 0/5 8/19 1/2

Played 34 minutes and got the start at power forward. Don’t look now, but that’s consecutive good games for Chandler. If you’re desperate, Chandler is getting the minutes and shot opportunities. He can contribute across the board and be a top 100 player. Just keep in mind that Paul Millsap will be returning sometime in March.

  1. James says:
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    Hey, Son!

    How would you rank these guys for the restaurante of the way: Collins, Portis, Powell and Nance.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Portis, Nance, Powell, Collins

  2. AJ says:
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    Think it’s time to cut T. Gibson and T. Hardaway for L. Nance and BogBog? Gibson is at his ceiling while Nance looks intriguing now with the Cavs. Hardaway has just been terrible.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with that

      • AJ says:
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        @Son: Cool. Thx as always Son.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @AJ: Anytime

  3. Renz says:
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    Our boy Joker aint joking!

    Hey son, would like to know your thoughts on my line-up since playoffs is nearing. Would you suggest any player movement considering the schedule and possible resting of players?

    League1 – 16 man h2h
    G: Boo, DMitch, Murray J & D, Bradley
    F: Josh Jackson, Smith Jr (yes, for 3’s), Prince (he sucks but couldn’t look for a high ceiling player in the waiver tho – Wade is available)
    C: Joker, Dray, Horford, Myles T and Jarrett Allen

    What’s your thoughts on this trade?

    Dray + Turner/Horford + Mitchell = Towns + Klay + Rivers/Bullock?

    Both Turner and Horford has 3/3/3 on playoffs. That’s why I’m considering them to trade.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Man, I love KAT but you lose some from Dray/Mitchell. With that said, I’d make that trade. Would trade away Horford and prefer Bullock

      • Renz says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, I lose a lot from Dray/Mitchell side.. Especially on AST,STL and BLK. But the good thing is I gain on FG%,FT%,3PT and PTS from KAT, Klay ang Bullock since they’re pretty consistent.

        Alright. I’ll make the offer of Dray + Horford + Mitchell for Towns, Klay and Bullock.

        Thanks Son!!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Renz: Anytime. Good luck!

          • Renz says:
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            @Son:

            Ha! He accepted my offer of Dray, Turner and Mitchell for Towns, Klay and Bullock. I managed to somehow keep Horford. Will just look to trade him for like a LaVine/Capella combo.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Renz: Nice. I like it.

          • Renz says:
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            @Son:

            Thank Son!

            Is Middleton for Horford sounds good to you?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Renz: good

              • Renz says:
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                @Son:

                Great! Thanks Son! Have a good day/night!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Renz: You too!

  4. Keeks says:
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    Ay my man.

    Wanted to retroactively run a trade by you that I made yesterday before the deadline. 10 team dynasty league, 17 roster spots 15 keepers. Currently looking at a first round bye.

    Traded away: Jaylen Brown-Tim Hardaway Jr.-Reggie Jackson-next years first (draft order determined by final standings so with the bye guaranteed at least 7-10)

    Traded for: Deandre Jordan- John Collins- Joe Ingles.

    Thoughts? and don’t hold back just bc I already pulled the trigger

    • Son

      Son says:
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      In a vacuum, I like the trade for you. I love Collins for the future and Ingles and DJ should help this year. I’m not a fan of THJ and RJ, but am bullish on Brown.

      • Keeks says:
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        @Son: Thanks. Agree on all fronts. Getting Collins back was key in giving up Jaylen. A win now move without totally abandoning all youth.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Keeks: For sure. I still believe that Brown could be Kawhi 2.0 but I love Collins so it’s good

          • Brent

            Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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            @Son: Am I the only one not on the Jaylen Brown train? He’s an NBA starting caliber player, but future All-Star/MVP candidate? I don’t see it.

  5. waffles says:
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    in a ten teamer, you holding Dwight Powell and John Collins or can they be dropped to stream? who do you like better?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Powell. I think Collins can be dropped in a redraft 10-er

    • Brent

      Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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      @waffles: Keep Collins for tonight’s game tho! No Bazemore, Schroder or Ilyasova…I’m all over Collins in DFS tonight.

  6. IV says:
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    Always enjoy the write ups Son. Two questions for you today.

    1) I may have missed the recap where this first happened, but why do you types Yabba Dabba do during the Yogi blurbs? Isn’t that a Fred Flintstone thing?

    2) In a 20 team 9 cat dynasty league where I am out of contention for the year. Everyone keeps asking about my Marc Gasol. My goal is to compete next year though, but what kind of return should I be looking for?
    2a) One team offered me Vucevic, would that be enough straight up for Marc Gasol?

    • Keeks says:
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      @IV: In a 10 team dynasty league myself but for what its worth my buddy just traded away TJ warren and Dennis smith jr. for Marc Gasol and Cavs version of IT from a non contending team.

      • IV says:
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        @Keeks: Hmmm interesting. Thanks for the perspective! A trade like this would be something I am trying to do, getting younger.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @IV: Thanks IV!

      1) Ha! You are correct. I did make a mistake. They are both under the Hanna Barbera umbrella, so I mixed them up. Thanks for bringing it up, so I will no longer look like a fool.

      2) I’m good with Vuc for Gasol. They are similar players, yet Vuc is 5 years younger

      • IV says:
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        @Son:

        1) It is okay haha. You can switch to something about swiping picnic baskets or something.

        2) Okay cool, I thought it made sense. Thanks Son. I will see if I can get him to sweeten the deal before settling on this.

        3) Have you thought about updating the glossary at all? I was looking and it has not been updated since JB was around. This thought was inspired by all the new phrases you’ve been adding to the recaps and it is one of the things I like about the baseball side of the site.

        Plus you brought us the word Kyrieving and I feel like people should be aware of it.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @IV: Ha!

          1) Time to do some due diligence and bring out something good. I’ll dedicate it to you. With that said, he may not be relevant anymore, so maybe due diligence won’t be necessary.

          2) Anytime. Good luck

          3) That’s a good idea. I’ll try and get that done. I forgot all about Kyrieving. Would you be able to make a list of all the ones you remember? And I’ll update the glossary

          • IV says:
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            @Son:
            3) might need a few days, but I can definitely put something together for you!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @IV: Cool. Thanks!

  7. Chris says:
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    Wiggins or Fournier going forward in H2H standard cats?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Fournier

      • Chris says:
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        @Son: Thanks! So in the case, would you rather Fournier and Josh Jackson or Wiggins and Redick in your team?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Chris: Whichever side doesn’t have Wiggins, that’s the side I want!

  8. Paul says:
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    Hey Son! Great write up man!
    Would you drop Markieff Morris for Dwight Powell, Bobby Portia, Wilson Chandler, or Crowder?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Paul: I would for Portis

  9. Brent

    Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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    HAHAHA! Jokic – Great personality = Ugly; It’s a lot like my scouting report in high school: Brent plays with a lot of heart = good to have at practice, but won’t see the court on game night.

    Great job Son

  10. Tim says:
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    Hey Son,

    what is your twitter handle?

    also, what do you think of Prince and Chriss. I am currently holding them in a 12team h2h 9cat. and they are brutal. They have to get consistent at some point right?

    Thanks in advance for the dime.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Stan_Son

      They’ve both been brutal. I don’t think either will become consistent, but both could get on hot streaks. Young and play on bad teams, so they should get plenty of run

      • Tim says:
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        @Son:

        so the hope is to hit hopefully have those hot streaks during my playoffs? I guess I could sell high on them? Are you personally holding either?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Tim: I have both. I think the upside is worth it but it’s League dependent

  11. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I give Butler, Donovan, Young

    I get Curry, Jokic and Redick

    Are we robbing the guy? Lol

  12. Arief says:
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    Hello Son

    Would you drop jarret allen for kawhi,crowder,crabbe,gortat ??

    h2h 9 cat

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: Really depends on your needs. Are you good with big men? I wouldn’t for Kawhi or Gortat. If you need 3s, then sure. Crowder? Probably not, but team dependent

      • Arief says:
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        @Son: my team : giannis, jokic,cp3,ariza,randle,pau gasol,dmitch,jrue,lee,bullock & jarret allen

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Arief: I would for Crabbe

          • Arief says:
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            @Son: okay thanks son

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