Unless we’re talking Jevon or MCDub, Wendell is all we’ve got. The Bulls’ big man has been playing pretty well since returning from injury. The minutes are slowly increasing: 21, 27, 25, 33, and 29 in his last five outings. This was easily his best one yet, and I’m expecting top-80 production the rest of the way.Please, blog, may I have some more?
There is no competition when it comes to 6th MOY. I mean, Clarkson is in the conversation for a reserve All-Star spot and is a big part of this 23-5 Utah squad, so if anything he’s overqualified. For fantasy purposes, he does little besides launch threes and score, but he does it at an elite rate.Please, blog, may I have some more?
As usual, with the trade window opening, Drummond has been involved in a flurry of trade rumors, most recently with him projected to go to Toronto. I don’t know much about the Canadian market, but I do know if that trade goes through, stocks are going through the roof.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In Brooklyn, the veterans always preferred DeAndre Jordan over him, even though he was better. Now in Cleveland, he’s forced into a timeshare with Andre Drummond and Larry Nance Jr. When will Allen get his due? According to leading armchair psychologists, it was all that pent-up frustration that led to this outburst. In contention for the line of the year so far.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Patient owners are being rewarded with Mr. Wright. This line is extraordinary, but there’s really no reason Wright can’t put up a nightly 12/4/4 with a smattering of defensive stats. Of course, Rose was out for this one.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Happy belated MLK day, all.
Andrew Wiggins – Wiggins has been quietly ramping up into midseason form, contributing to this depleted Warriors squad on both ends.
Cole Anthony – The shooting percentages were foul, despite Anthony not getting to the line once. See what I did there?
Everyone’s favorite Ball brother narrowly missed consecutive triple-doubles. The defensive stats are there, too. Now if the shooting percentages could come up a tick, LaMelo would be an early-round asset. Who would’ve thought?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Thus far, Julius Randle has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Thibodeau-led New York Knicks. The offense is running through him and by the looks of things, will continue to run through him, so the human Beyblade will not lack for touches. Just don’t expect the efficiency to continue, as Randle has been knocking everything down.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Rookies are traditionally seen as volatile fantasy assets, and for good reason—every year there are some duds and some studs. Last year, the perceived cream of the crop and number one overall pick on Draft Night and in our hearts, was none other than Zion Williamson from Duke University. He wound up playing only 24 games, but the per-game numbers lacked across-the-board production, landing him just outside the top-150 for fantasy value. Meanwhile, his fellow Blue Devil teammates, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish were unrosterable in category leagues. Even runaway ROY Ja Morant was just a mid-rounder when all was said and done. On the flip side, you had a guy like Kendrick Nunn who, when given the opportunity produced similar value to Zion but went mostly undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Every Friday I’ll be checking in on the 2020-21 Rookie Class to see where they stand with respect to their peers and the rest of the Association. The season is young but I like what I’m seeing from a rookie crop that had been dismissed as historically weak.
For now, I’m sticking to rooks who play 20+ minutes, as where there are minutes, there are opportunites.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Portland took a step back last year, falling from 3rd in the Western Conference to 9th despite the best efforts of Damian Lillard, who recorded his best season since turning pro. On the face of it, the most glaring difference was the absence of the Bosnian, Jusuf Nurkic, who sat the entire season with a leg injury. Losing Nurkic and later Zach Collins seriously crippled the Blazers, as they were forced to trot out a starting frontcourt of Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony for much of the season, though Whiteside owners weren’t complaining. The much-maligned big man absolutely demolished his ADP, ranking within the top-20 on the season. Say what you will about Whiteside, but given the minutes, he’s always produced.Please, blog, may I have some more?