Bow down when you come to AD’s town! (New Orleans) Anthony Davis went 1-45-17-2-5-5-2 on 17-of-34 shooting and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Hopefully, I didn’t scare anyone with my headline. I could see how ‘Brow Down’ could seem like he went down with an injury, but I was merely making a Westside Connection reference. The Pelicans beat the Heat in overtime so there were some big lines from this game. *Note to self: draft Pelicans players next year.  Mainly AD.  Most guys won’t put up this good of a line in a week… Ahh, time to shake off the post All-Star Game rust! There was a huge 11-game slate so if I don’t get to your favorite player I apologize. Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball this Friday:

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Jrue Holiday– 1-29-7-9-1-0-5. “Jrue Life: I’m Having a Career Year.”  He’s shooting 49% on the season!  Currently, he is ranked #26 on Yahoo! and is a guy who I would love on my team next year. He’s really found his niche in the Big Easy.

Emeka Okafor– 2-7-1-0-5-1 in 18 minutes as a starter. He could be a deep league or streamer blocks guy. Great story.

Josh Richardson– 15-7-3-5-2-1 on 7-of-14 shooting. This game went into overtime, so there were a few inflated lines. These D stats will definitely help you win the weird extended week though.

Goran Dragic– 2-30-9-8-1-0-1 on 12-of-22 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. As good as it gets for the Dragon, as he’s been a rollercoaster to own all year.

Wayne Ellington– 1-6-3-0-1-0-1. If he didn’t have a game today, I would have dropped him already. I bet he’s gonna lure me back in with five 3’s today…Anyway, Heat took the Ell-Ington against the Pels on Friday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo– 26-12-6-2-1-3 on 11-for-22 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. If he could give you those free throws on the reg, whoo! My knees just got weak thinking about it! And I’m sitting down right now!

John Henson– 12-8-0-0-0-3 in 35 minutes. Not his best night, but the minutes are encouraging and he’s probably worth the add if he was dropped.

Jabari Parker– 8-7-1-1-1-4 in 21 minutes off the bench. The Park Bench.

Segre Ibaka– 2-18-6-1-0-3-0 on 50% shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. This is pretty much his ceiling right now. Still, he’s putting up mid-round value. I remember him being like a second/third round kind of guy though…

DeMar DeRozan– 2-33-8-4-2-0-5 on 13-of-26 shooting. Not even that great for him, and this game did go into OT. Bucks won in case you cared.

Kemba Walker– 5-24-7-2-1-0-1. I’ll give Walker the Black Label tonight for shooting 8-for-17 from the field and 3-for-3 from the FT line.  Keep Walking Kemba.

Frank Kaminsky– 6-23-3-4-0-1-0 in 25 minutes off the bench. Frank the Tank definitely went streaking in the quad after this line. “There’s more coming.”

Willie Hernangomez– Played 2 minutes… One day someone will utilize this kid.

Bradley Beal– 3-33-6-6-2-0-4 on 11-of-21 shooting and 8-of-9 FTs. BB was shooting and hitting the target last night.

Tomas Satoransky– 1-11-2-2-1-0-1. A quiet night for him, but he’s been great in Wall’s absence.

John Collins– 9-9-0-0-2-0 in 30 starters minutes! He has been unleashed like Jet Li in “Unleashed”.  Unlike that great movie, this performance was a little underwhelming.

Thaddeus Young– 2-20-4-1-5-1-3. This is the Young of old we all knew and loved growing up.

Corey Joseph– 15-4-4-4-0-2. The Hawks were apparently just giving the ball away last night.

Victor Oladipo– 2-14-7-9-4-2-2. Got the rainbow, and could have been a much bigger line, but the Pacers turned this one into a laugher by halftime.

Domantas Sabonis– 1-21-13-3-0-0-1. ‘Bonis Points! He’s been nearly unownable lately however, so do with that info what you will.

Al Horford– 1-3-5-4-0-1-2 on 1-of-6 shooting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPKIErjIm4k

Yes, there will be Better Dayz.

Marcus Morris– 3-15-6-2-1-0-2 in 25 minutes off the bench. If you need points and a trickle of other stats, you could do worse.

Blake Griffin– 2-17-4-1-0-0-6 on an abysmal 5-of-19 shooting. Blake Whiffin’!

Andre Drummond– 15-17-0-0-3-1 on 6-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from the stripe. Having a breakout year. Kudos on drafting.

Ish Smith– 1-20-2-6-0-0-2 on 9-of-11 shooting. He’s been filling in nicely for R-Jax, but you may want to start thinking about a contingency plan, because Jackson will probably return to ruin your Fantasy playoffs.

Jimmy Butler– 1-10-5-3-1-0-0 but left in the third quarter with a non-contact leg injury. At the time I’m writing this x-rays came up negative, but this is not good news whatever happens. MRI will be today (Saturday).

Jeff Teague– 18-4-4-2-0-2. Has been playing better lately, after a semi-disappointing first half.

Trevor Ariza– 3-11-5-1-1-1-0 as he returned from a hamstring injury and played 26 minutes.

Clint Capela– 25-11-2-1-1-1. CC is a carbon copy of Drummond last year. With way better free throws. Okay, it’s not that great of a comparison, but it’s getting late…

LeBron James– 18-14-11-1-0-3 in 37 minutes, and even chipped in 4-of-4 free throws. This was a layup for the Cavs coming off the ASB, and they look to keep rolling into the inevitable Finals appearance.

George Hill– 1-18-2-1-1-3-3. His best line as a Cav, but remember he’s Hill, not sick. Maybe worth a hold in 12-ers and beyond.

Larry Nance Jr.– 15-8-2-4-2-1 in 27 bench minutes. He’s one of the best steals guys out of the PF position, so he’s worth an add or hold in most leagues.

JaMychal Green– 1-15-10-1-1-1-1. Typical Green line on a good night: points, boards, and one of everything else.

Tyreke Evans– 3-15-4-10-3-0-4. After not getting traded, Evans is back to posting nice fantasy lines. Well, just checked and he has an apparent right rib injury and could miss time. Grizzlies just can’t have nice things.

LaMarcus Aldridge– 38-5-3-1-0-0 on 13-of-23 shooting and a whopping 12-of-14 from the line. Tried to carry the Spurs, but the Nuggets just out-talented them. It’s actually amazing what Popovic can do with what he has.

Pau Gasol– 1-12-12-3-0-3-2. Having another quality season. HOFer I think.

Patty Mills– 4-21-4-5-1-0-1 in 33 minutes. Supreme Patty!

Rudy Gay– Scored five points in 19 minutes, as he returned from a lengthy absence. 12-er worthy? Probably. There’s worse out there and Kawhi might miss the rest of the season.

Wilson Chandler– 4-18-16-3-0-0-0 in a team-high 38 minutes. He’s been ballin’, but Paul Millsap’s inevitable return looms large. It’s loomin’!

Nikola Jokic– 3-28-11-11-0-0-3. Trip-Dub, but could have been slightly better if he didn’t foul out with 90 seconds left.

Gary Harris– 1-23-3-3-2-0-4 on 10-of-16 shooting. Dirty Gary made your day again.

Tobias Harris– 5-30-12-4-1-2-1 on 10-of-15 shooting and 5-of-6 free throws. He’s fit in quite nicely with he Clippers, and you’ve got to be happy with your draft-day returns.

Tyrone Wallace– 1-15-8-4-0-1-1. A nice streamer with Gallinari out with a hand injury. If you need production in the short-term, he’s worth an add.

Lou Williams– 3-35-3-4-1-0-6 on 12-of 20 shooting and 8-of-9 FTs. Just another day at the office for Sweet Lou.  He’s finally getting a chance to be the number one guy and proving he’s had it all along. Sure, this was against the Suns, but he’s been doing this all season.

Josh Jackson– 1-19-7-3-0-0-2. Percentages are a bit wonky, but he’s scoring nearly 17 points per game in the last 30 days.

TJ Warren– 1-27-8-1-2-0-1. He should be drafted a lot higher next year. He does not get talked about enough, but he’s averaging 19.5 points on the season.

Alex Len– 14-13-1-1-1-0 with 0-of-7 FTs.  Just imagine the line he could have had if he didn’t ruin your FT percentage for the week…

CJ McCollum– 4-26-3-2-0-0-1. There’s never much to say about CJ. He doesn’t get too high or too low.

Damien Lillard– 2-24-4-3-1-0-4 with 8-for-8 FTs. The Omen or the guy who CJ wishes he could be.

Derrick Favors– 4-9-2-1-0-0 in 25 minutes. Had been killing it lately, but he is prone to quiet nights like this once in a while.

Rudy Gobert– 15-9-3-2-4-2. Vintage Rudy.

Royce O’Neale– 2-5-4-1-0-2 in 27 minutes off the bench. Royce O’No! I had high hopes for him in the wake of Rodney Hood’s departure. He’ll be up and down, but I’d just keep an eye on him for now.

Harrison Barnes– 2-19-7-1-2-1-1 on 7-of-16 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line. Only Mav with a good line last night. That organization is screwed right now. Lots of non-fantasy news surrounding them. Cuban’s in hot water…

Dennis Smith Jr.– 1-13-4-5-1-1-3 on 5-for-16 shooting. Killing at least one percentage, or your turnovers, or all three on a nightly basis. I still love his career trajectory though.

Yogi Ferrell– 2-13-3-4-0-0 in 30 bench minutes. More importantly he kicked Isaiah Thomas’ shoe when it fell off. That’s true grit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDuMreTjssY

Julius Randle– 18-13-10-0-0-3 on 9-of-14 shooting. He’s been playing really well lately, but he’s just not my kind of guy for fantasy. No D stats and poor FT% and TOs.

Brandon Ingram– 1-15-9-3-2-3-3 on 6-of-9 shooting and 2-for-2 from the line. I think he needs to be more aggressive, but he’s still young and the Lakers have a lot of mouths to feed.

Josh Hart– 1-12-10-2-1-0-1. Killing it with those out of position rebounds. 12-er worthy for sure.

Lonzo Ball– 3-9-7-6-0-0-2 in just 17 minutes off the bench. Weird line considering his only points came on 3’s.  This was his first game back from a long absence, so we’ll see how he does going forward. Hopefully, he can keep stroking it from deep. What? I didn’t even make a Ball joke!

Ivica Zubac– 14-6-1-0-0-1 in 18 minutes off the bench. He could be building some momentum, but again, he’s like the 11th option on the Lakers.

Isaiah Thomas– 2-17-2-4-2-0-2 in 25 bench minutes. (5-of-12 shooting and 5-for-5 FTs.) I have officially lowered my expectations for IT. If this is a typical line for him, I’ll take it at this point.

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    In terms of injury stashes, how would you rank RJax, Smart, LeVert? Thanks!

  2. Joel

    Joel says:
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    R Jax, Smart is back already, but I think Levert is slightly better than Smart when healthy. But def stash R Jax.

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Joel: I read today that RJax is only doing some slight running, so he’s out till at least March. The LeVert vs Smart is tough tho because D’Angelo is getting minutes and Crabbe is playing well and the Nets have a ton of depth and LeVert cannot stay healthy…that’s the reason I put Smart ahead of LeVert for ROS. RJax the best of the 3 in fantasy when healthy, but that’s rare…

      • Joel

        Joel says:
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        @Brent: If you have an open IR spot you’ve got, nothing to lose if you have an extra add. Hopefully. he can come back in time for H2H playoffs.

        • Joel

          Joel says:
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          @Joel: Not my best use of punctuation… If you can decipher that, the advice is sound.

  3. Shawn says:
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    How do you feel about Zubac’s potential for next season? Worth picking up now for next year or beyond?

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Shawn: I’m curious what the other guys think, but I’m not too high on Zubac for next season. If the Lakers add 2 superstars (let’s say James and George) then Zubac becomes a ZaZa or a Tristan…not great for most fantasy leagues. I love Zubac for the rest of this season though!

      There’s a chance he gets moved to another team, so a lot depends on situation. His skillset is not that desirable in the modern NBA

    • Joel

      Joel says:
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      @Shawn: I’m pretty lukewarm on him. If you have unlimited adds, or just want to make a spec. add, I was actually thinking about it as well. I’m waiting one more game to see if he gets at least 20 minutes or another good line which might force Walton’s hand to play him more. Dynasty-wise it’s too early too tell if he’s worth a long term roster spot.

      • Shawn says:
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        @Joel: Thank you guys! Follow up, Zubac, Deyonta Davis, or Cristiano Felicio in dynasty??

        It’s a 20 team league so I’m diving deep here trying to make a good add haha.

        • Joel

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          @Shawn: That’s balls deep lol. I have never seen Davis actually play, but looking at his numbers he could be good given the minutes. I’d say Davis has the most upside, Felicio could have some ROS value as the Bulls look to be benching everyone. Zubac needs more minutes, but is probably the best offensive player of the three. It’s a close call. My best advice I can give you is go with your gut and see how it plays out. If you have a limited number of adds, give it one more game to see how they play.

  4. Brent

    Brent says:
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    Awesome job Joel!

    • Joel

      Joel says:
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      @Brent: Thanks dude.

  5. Joel

    Joel says:
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    @Shawn: I’m pretty lukewarm on him. If you have unlimited adds, or just want to make a spec. add, I was actually thinking about it as well. I’m waiting one more game to see if he gets at least 20 minutes or another good line which might force Walton’s hand to play him more. Dynasty-wise it’s too early too tell if he’s worth a long term roster spot.

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