The City of Detroit has long been the s**thole of America. High crime. Low tax base. Corruption. Racial tension. Having the auto industry shut down plants and move them to other areas certainly didn’t help. One of my favorite movies of all-time, The Kentucky Fried Movie, put it best.

I remember during the housing crash, I’d log onto sites like Trulia, Zillow, and Redfin, to see the true carnage. There were places in Detroit that you could buy for under $1000. Insane. Not all was bad, though. The Pistons teams of the late-80s, early-90s brought bling and optimism. Yes, they were the Bad Boys but bad equaled good in that context. Could history be repeating itself? Since Blake Griffin was acquired by the Pistons, the team has rattled of four straight wins. His presence has been so immense that the team gets a win even when he doesn’t play. Last night, Blake went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 9 6 0 0 3 3/7 9/20 0

Since arriving in Detroit, Blake is playing 36 minutes, scoring 20 points, grabbing 9.5 boards, dishing out 6 dimes, blocking 1, and stealing 0.5. It’s only been a three game sample, but things are looking on the up and up. The cheapest house that I can find on Zillow in the Detroit area for a 4bds, 1 ba, 1,777 sqft is $5,900. That’s progress.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 13 1 3 0 2 1/5 3/11 2/2

Top 100 player that contributes a little something something across the board. Not sexy, but neither is your front door. Both are functional and do what they are supposed to do.

Maurice Harkless:

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

Got the start at small forward and played 24 minutes. Scored 19 points and grabbed 8 boards last night. A microcosm of his career.

Shabazz Napier:

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

Played 26 minutes. In a deep league, he’s worth a look. Will get low-20s in minutes and hoist up shots when he’s in the game.

Andre Drummond:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 17 5 1 3 4 0 7/12 3/4

Never forget about Dre. Stocktonator never forgets, as it loved him last night. Has double-dubbed in seven straight games. Over that span, 34.4 minutes, 19.1 points, 17.4 boards, 3.7 dimes, 3 blocks, and 2.2 steals. Top 5 player.

Reggie Bullock:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 6 3 3 0 0 3/5 4/8 2/3

All the writers at Razzball have been telling you to pick him up. Did you listen?

Anthony Tolliver:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 7 1 0 0 1 3/6 6/9 0

A big man that can shoot from downtown and grab a few boards. Has played 27 and 28 minutes the past two games.

Luke Kennard:

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

Played 24 minutes. Just thought you guys would like to know.

Dwight Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 10 4 0 1 2 0 2/3 4/6

Got the start at power forward and played 29 minutes. Has now played 29, 31, and 28 minutes the past three games. Need boards? KA-POWell’s your man.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 3 5 0 0 9 2/7 5/17 0

I’m sad. And sick. Let me just get through this. It’s ok, boo. Tomorrow’s a new day.

Wesley Matthews:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 2 5 1 2 2 7/12 7/16 2/2

Matthews is Aminu with a new operating system.

Danilo Gallinari:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 5 2 0 0 1 4/5 9/13 6/6

Played 34 minutes. The Rooster is back! Until he’s not.

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 2 3 0 1 1/5 9/20 0/2

Played 35 minutes. Doing just fine in his new environment. Remember that video I posted from my favorite movie at top? Well, Harris gets to experience the complete opposite.

DeAndre Jordan:

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

A good possibility that he gets traded. The Cavs reportedley offered JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, and their first-round draft pick for Jordan. His contract situation could be a detriment to a trade, though, as DJ is a free agent after the conclusion of the season. Many teams may not want a rental. Anyways, wherever he lands, he should continue to do what DJ do.

Markieff Morris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 10 2 0 0 2 1/5 5/13 0

Played 29 minutes. A tough shooting night, but he’s had trouble with Thaddeus Young in the past. With John Wall out, Morris should continue getting usage. The optimistic development has been his use at the 5 when the Wizards go small.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 1 3 0 0 6 1/4 9/16 2/2

The usage bump is great with Wall out. I’ve mentioned in the past that Beal is probably better with Wall on the court, though, as he can utilize screens and shoot spot ups. With that said, he always has the potential to drop a 50-burger on any given night.

Kelly Oubre Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 2 1 1 0 1/4 4/9 6/8

Played 32 minutes. He’s getting the run, but the usage rate is below 20%. I still believe in him going forward. Does a little of everything which is nice.

Bojan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 4 2 1 1 1 5/7 9/15 6/7

Played 37 minutes. A 3 & D player without the D. Not the end of the world for fantasy owners, but for women? Would be problematic, unless they are lesbians.

Lance Stephenson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 9 6 2 0 6 1/7 4/14 4/6

Got the start because Oladipo was out. I love Lance, but won’t be fantasy relevent unless there’s an injury.

Domantas Sabonis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 2 0 0 3 0/2 7/12 1/3

Played 27 minutes. Obviously, much better when the Odometer sits, but he still gets upper-20s run. Arvydas nods approvingly, “Dah, dah.”

Joe Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 0 1 0 0 5/8 6/10 0/1

With Darren Collison out for a few weeks due to knee surgery, Corey Joseph (7 points, 2 boards, 4 assists) got the start, but Young is the guy you want. He’s the more skilled offensive player and got 28 minutes of run compared to the 36 for CJ.

Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 5 3 2 1 0 4/9 7/14 2/2

Got the start with Aaron Gordon out and played 32 minutes.

The point guard shituation for the Magic. Elfrid Payton played 25 minutes, Shelvin Mack played 27 minutes, and DJ Augustine played 23 minutes. Your guess is as good as mine.

Josh Richardson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 2 1 0 2 0/1 8/13 4/5

My son! Top 60 player for fantasy on the season. Top 50 player for the past month. Top 45 player for the past two weeks. Top 40 player for the past week. Looks like a chart of the stock market. Unfortunately, down is good for fantasy. Not so much for stocks.

Hassan Whiteside:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 14 1 0 0 1 0 8/16 3/5

Played 23 minutes but did not play in the fourth quarter again! You know why?

That’s why. Bam Adebayo.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 1 1 2 0 0/2 6/13 6/8

The stuff I saw from him during the Summer League had me like, <insert mouth dropping gif>. Euro stepping defenders and clowning guys in the open court. The Heat are trying to trade Hassan and Bam is a big reason why.

Kelly Olynyk left last night’s game after seven minutes due to a shoulder strain. His status going forward has yet to be determined. Bam is going to get more run, but Jordan Mickey could snatch a few more minutes.

Tyler Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 3 4 0 0 2 2/7 5/14 0/1

Played 32 minutes. Limited upside so long as Dragic and JRich are healthy, but he gets minutes and usage.

Wayne Ellington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 5 3 2 0 0 0 0/8 0/9 5/5

Played 29 minutes. Still getting minutes and shot attempts, but the dynamics are much different now.

Derrick Favors:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 7 1 0 0 3 2/2 7/11 3/4

Played 28 minutes. Can really help a team that needs a big. Curious to see where he lands. Being an UFA after this season could cause some issues similar to DeAndre Jordan’s situation, but I don’t see it being too big of an impediment.

Joe Ingles:

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

Played 30 minutes. Top 100 player for fantasy. Will drain the 3, not turn the ball over, and chip in a little across the board.

Donovan Mitchell:

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

Played only 19 minutes, as he was still ill.

Rudy Gobert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 10 1 1 1 1 0 7/8 5/5

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Now, pronounce it how his motherland would.

Ricky Rubio:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 11 0 0 2 1/3 8/19 3/4

Over the last week, Rubio is the number 4 player in fantasy. We should’ve known when he entered the season looking like a freaking White Walker. Well, winter has come and Rubio is not taking any prisoners.

Royce O’Neale:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 3 0 0 1 1/1 6/7 0

The team loves Rolls Royce. The last three games? 20, 32, and 27 minutes. Is aggressive attacking the basket, can shoot from downtown, and get his 211 on. Looks to have carved out a nice little niche for himself.

Rodney Hood:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 3 3 1 0 1 4/4 12/14 2/2

Has such a lovely stroke and, at 6′ 8″,  can literally shoot over most defenders. Always a threat to drop 30. As with anything pertaining to the Hood, danger always lurks right around the corner.

Alec Burks was a DNP-CD. Waiting on deck for when Hood gets injured.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 3 2 1 0 2 0/4 2/8 1/2

Played 33 minutes. Shit happens. He’ll be fine.

Rajon Rondo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 3 8 1 0 3 4/6 7/13 0/2

Played 30 minutes. Has now played 30, 21, and 34 minutes the past three games. Prior to that, he eclipsed 20 minutes in one of five.

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 5 3 2 0 2 2/5 13/21 0/1

With Cousins out, Holiday should get a ton of usage.

Ian Clark:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 2 2 0 0 1 0/2 7/11 0

Played 19 minutes. The Pelicans got blown up 109-133, so I wouldn’t look too deep into this performance.

Dwight Howard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 1 0 1 2 0 9/11 1/5

Streak of double-dubs is ended at 12 games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

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

A 3 & D player without the 3? A fantasy player without the fantasy? If you need to roster MKG, I shall pray for you.

Wilson Chandler:

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

Played 21 minutes. Am I writing about MKG here? I guess it really wouldn’t matter because the words of ineptness would be applicable for both.

Nikola Jokic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 16 7 2 0 3 2/4 5/11 3/3

No freaking Jokic this guy is. Till death do us part. I think the Stocktonator has the same idea because it had loved Jokic last night.

Jamal Murray and Will Barton both scored 18 points. So cute. Barton did dish out 8 dimes, while Murray dished out 7.

Gary Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 1 2 1 0 2 5/7 9/13 4/5

Harris is a machine. Borderline top 25 player for fantasy.

Trey Lyles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 1 0 1 0 2/4 4/8 1/2

Played 24 minutes. It’s a travesty that Lyles doesn’t get more run. Oh well. Let’s try and make the best of the situation. Y’all ready? Uno……Dos…….Trey!!!!!!!!

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 14 4 2 0 1 2/6 7/19 2/4

Got the start at power forward and played 32 minutes. Markkanen did not play in this game, but is expected back for the next one. The minutes should creep back down to the mid-20s. Portis can still deliver, though, because he packs a big punch.

Zach LaVine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 3 2 1 0 2 4/8 9/18 5/5

Played 31 minutes, which is back-to-back games at that number. I’m wrong on many things, but I really missed it with LaVine. Didn’t think he’d come close to playing 30 minutes. Dude is a monster if he can stay healthy.

Paul Zipser:

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

Played 32 minutes. Will be irrelevant when Markkanen returns, but keep him in mind if players go down in the future.

Justin Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 2 1 0 0 4/7 6/10 4/5

Has the accuracy of a SCUD missle most of the time, but every once in a while will hit his target. If you launch 100 missles, I’d hope that at least one would hit it’s target. A pure minutes/volume play.

Willie Cauley-Stein:

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

Only played 17 minutes, as he was hampered by foul trouble all night long. Sing it Lionel.

De’Aaron Fox left the game due to a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative. If Fox were to miss any time, then George Hill gets a boost.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 4 2 0 0 3/7 3/9 6/6

Played 31 minutes. A fine night for the Bogdanovic’s! Did some Eastern European entities deposit some Bitcoin into the Matrix before the games last night?

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 2 1 0 1 0 3/7 4/10 0

Played 21 minutes. Vlade is in the lead for his bet with Vivek, right?

  1. Luc says:
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    Have been offered Myles Turner for Lauri and Otto in a keeper league. 10 teams, 6 keepers, no redraft cost, very simple set up. Keepers currently look like Steph, Zinger, Dray, Mitchell and a couple of Lauri/D Smith/K Love. Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Luc: I’m good with it. I like Myles a lot and I usually put a premium on big men. And….you gotta keep my boo DSJ!!

  2. johnny says:
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    hi Son,

    please rank TyJohnson, Smart, Hozanja, Tolliver

    thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @johnny: TyJo, Hezonja, Smart, Tolliver

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayyyyo!

    Wzup Son !?

    Nance or Bam ? Both have decent trade deadline stash appeal in my books.

    Although I think the Lakers are more likely to move one of their front court pieces.

    Feeling like Bam has the higher upside “if” (big if) Whiteside gets traded with no big in return.

    Been holding Nance for over a month waiting for this week. Don’t want to lose him & then Randle or Brook gets moved. Also don’t want someone else nabbing Bam!

    Thanks man!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayooo!!!!! Bam

  4. James says:
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    Was offered Deandre Jordan, Gallinari, and the Duchess for my Drummond and I turned it down. It’s a 5 keeper league and I’m set on keepers so I’d only get to keep 1 of the 3. I’m just infatuated with Dre!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @James: I’m with you

  5. Chris says:
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    Would you rather have Schroder or Vucevic for the rest of the year in H2H, standard cats?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Really depends on team context. In a vacuum, probably Vuc

  6. Not your average Joe says:
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    Add/drop question because I’ve been too stubborn to go into tank mode, despite being entrenched in 6th place. My weakest cats are FG%, AST, TO, FT, in that order.

    Team: Lillard, Teague, Murray*, Beal, Josh Jackson, A.Gordon, Gallo, Randle, Zingis, Gobert, Adebayo* (guys with a * can be kept at a 10th or 11th round price)

    I know there’s some murkiness before the deadline, but I’m looking at some add/drops to shake things up. I don’t think I can keep rostering A.Gordon, it may be best to trade guys like Randle and Gallo before they get traded or hurt (respectively), and whether the guys I’ve identified as potential keepers will remain keepers is a question.

    1. Should I make any add/drops for BojBog*, Bullock*, Harrell*, or Henson*?

    2. Should I be willing to part with high picks or keepers to get someone like Lowry or Batum?

    Thanks so much for the advice, and for the time and effort you put into the posts!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      1) Henson
      2) I like both Lowry and Batum. You have to ask yourself if you have a legitimate chance of winning it. The answer to that question will guide you

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Still got no update on Kawhi. Fuck him and the Spurs. Our trade deadline is on the 22nd and that’s about two weeks from now. I’m really leaning towards trading him for Porter!

    Let’s just say there is still no update on him days before our deadline, should Lillard’s owner still be open about trading him for Kawhi? NOT ANYMORE. Okay let’s try Drummond–still no. How about the Joker–still a big no-no. See, I don’t think I could get top 20 value in return. However, Porter’s owner is a madman and wants to take a chance on fucking Kawhi. Anyway, I apologize for the rant. It just pisses me off every time I see Leonard, my first fucking round pick laying eggs on my IR slot, and I’m still sitting on the 3rd spot. Imagine that, Son, imagine how indestructible my team could have been if not for the Spurs staying mum about Kawhi’s injury status during the preseason. God, I just fucking hate the Spurs. Haha.

    Tell me to do it, I wanna hear it from you. TELL ME TO DO PORTER FOR KAWHI. Lol My goddamn hate for the Spurs is pumping me up right now. Ha Anyway, I got a light schedule with my remaining match-ups so I’m really gunning for that top spot. Wish me luck ma man

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! All good my man. I’d make that trade. Good luck!

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