The Dallas Mavericks are powered by two nuclear reactors. Unfortunately, the Luka Doncic Reactor was damaged a week ago and needed to be shut down. The Kristaps Porzingis Reactor has been throttled up in the meantime, but more power was required. Mark Cuban was wise to have alternative power sources at the ready. Bunsen burners don’t provide a ton of heat and are primarily just used in laboratories, but they provide a continuous source of fire. That is exactly what Jalen Brunson provides. Yesterday, the dial was turned up to full max:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 4 9 1 0 2 2/5 8/14 3/3

In 34 minutes. Now, the Doncic Reactor’s repairs are almost finished, so the Brunson Burner will be relegated once again to just laboratory experiments, but he’s someone to keep in mind if injury strikes again. In seven games as a starter this season, Brunson has averaged 29.8 minutes, 12.4 points, 1.4 tres, 4.3 boards, and 6.9 dimes. The shooting efficiency has also been excellent; 46% from the field and 100% from the line. In 22 games off the bench, he averages a meager 14.7 minutes. The Brunson Burner will never be able to fully power the Mavs on a consistent basis, but he’s more than capable of providing fire when called upon. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what always brings the heat? The Stocktonator.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

 

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 9 3 1 1 2 2/4 6/9 3/5

Continues to start and played 30 minutes. I was high on Powell coming into the season, as he provides a little something something in every category. I didn’t expect him to average only 25.8 minutes per game, though. I had him down for 28+. As a result, he’s been underwhelming lately, but yesterday’s game showed what he’s capable of.

Kristaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 12 0 1 3 1 3/9 5/15 6/7

Let’s just hope the Porzingis Reactor doesn’t have a Fukushima ending. If Carlisle can figure out how to best meld the powers of the Doncic and Porzingis Reators, then the Mavs are going to have clean, powerful energy for a long time.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 5 2 0 4 2/9 6/19 2/2

Continues to start and played 35 minutes. Dealer, all the Hardaway bets please! He’s going to crap out more often than not, but THJ will provide enough points to make you keep rolling the dice. On the season, he’s averaging 13.6 points, 2.6 tres, and 40% shooting from the field.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 8 10 0 0 1 5/13 12/23 3/4

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllmmmmmmmoooooooooosssssssttttttt messed around. This post has all been about viable energy sources. Well, with all the injuries to the Raptors, Lowry has been….Anyone remember the Val Kilmer/Elisabeth Shue movie, The Saint? Cold fusion? Well, that’s been Lowry recently. He played 42 minutes and led the Raptors to a 110-107 victory over the Mavs, after being down 23 points in the fourth quarter!!! Only one other starter scored in double figures. Over the past four games, Lowry has averaged 39.6 minutes per game!!!

Chris Boucher

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 0 2 4 1 0/1 6/12 9/12

In 24 minutes off the bench. The AD of the G-League last season, Boucher has oogles of potential. He’s super skinny, though, and will surprisingly be turning 27 years old in a month. As long as Marc Gasol is out, Boucher should see consistent minutes in the low-to-mid 20s.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 2 1 0 0 0 6/13 6/6

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Rondae will also see significant run for as long as Gasol is out. He strictly works down low, so don’t expect tres, but points and boards should be plentiful.

Bismack Biyombo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 2 0 2 0 0 8/11 2/3

Bismack Biyombo Boards and Blocks. Since it’s the holiday season, Biyombo felt generous and dished out a few dimes.

Devonte’ Graham

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 10 0 0 0 6/13 6/17 5/7

Graham cracker is who we all thought Terry Rozier would be. Plenty of points, tres, and dimes. He will also provide some boards and steals. Unfortunately, the field goal percentage is 38% on the season, and there are spurts when it dips below the 30s. Sounds like the weather in Chicago. Anyways, as a result, he’s only a top 75 player.

Nicolas Batum

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

Has started the last few games and played 22 minutes yesterday. Remember how I was doing the Showcase Showdown for Marvin Williams? Well, every Showcase Showdown has two showcases on the Price is Right. The Hornets have revealed what’s behind curtain number two. Will any teams bid on either?

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 12 2 1 3 2 4/9 15/29 5/5

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A career-high in both points and field goal attempts!!! Over the past three games, Tatum has been a top 10 player. The usage rate has been 33.8 and he’s been shooting 50% from the field. On the season, he’s at 41%, so expect some regression. With that said, he’s been contributing in every cat and the turnovers are low.

Grant Williams

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

Played 22 minutes off the bench. With all the injuries, Williams has received 25.4 minutes and been a top 85 player, contributing points, tres, boards, and some defensive stats. He’s been shooting 71% from the field, so…..Oh, hi regression fairies.

Enes Kanter

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

In 24 minutes off the bench. Kanter has also benefitted from extra run due to injuries. He’s usually a dub-dub machine, but the shooting has been poor recently. If you need boards, though, Kanter can be of service.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 18 5 2 2 1 2/2 8/16 1/1

Tied for second in the league with 24 dub-dubs, three behind Giannis’s 27. Sabonis is fifth in the league with 13.2 boards per game. Translation: Sabonis has been a freaking beast this season. For fantasy, he’s a top 50 player because he doesn’t provide tres or many defensive stats.

Aaron Holiday

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

Got the start and played 32 minutes because Jeremy Lamb was out. Holiday can provide points, tres, dimes, and steals while he starts. As a bench player, he only averages 17.5 minutes of run.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 19 9 2 2 4 1/3 8/17 1/2

In 31 minutes. Squinting at his season-long stat line, looking for anything that isn’t freaking amazing. Let’s see, 31 points, 12.9 boards, and 5.6 dimes!

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1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks!!

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1.7 tres!!!

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56% field goal percentage and 37.8 usage rate!!!!

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The only bugaboo is the 59% free throw shooting. When he figures that out….

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Brook Lopez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 2 0 2 0 3/6 6/11 2/2

He was underwhelming to begin the season, but Lopez has picked it up of late. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 35 player, on the back of 3 blocks per game. The main issue with Brook’s season has been the shooting efficiency. On the season, the field goal percentage has been 39%. The past few seasons, he’s been a 45% shooter. That should normalize.

Wesley Matthews

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 1 1 2 1 1 4/8 5/10 5/5

Matthews has scored double figures in back-to-back games!!! Woo hoo! He had gone eight straight games failing to crack the double digit barrier. Wes is primarily a tres specialist, but the shooting efficiency isn’t great.

George Hill

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 9 4 1 0 1 3/6 6/10 2/2

Donte DiVincenzo

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

Hill played 22 minutes off the bench, while DiVincenzo got the start and played 25 minutes. This should be the split for as long as Eric Bledsoe is out.

Patrick Patterson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 2 0 1 1 2/3 5/7 0

Got the start because Kawhi Leonard did not play, but only played 18 minutes. Usually, I’d just say he’s doo doo, but in this case, I’m going with the PP.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 7 0 0 4 1/6 7/20 7/7

Got the start and played 36 minutes because Patrick Beverley did not play. Sweet! We know who Lou is, a scoring microwave off the bench. His numbers are down this season because, when healthy, the Clippers have two superstars. The usage rate is down from 34 to 28 this season. As a reserve, Lou is scoring 18.3 points per game. As a starter, that number jumps to 27.8.

Landry Shamet

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

In 31 minutes off the bench. Shamet is primarily a tres specialist, so it was nice to see contributions in the other cats. That is not something to expect on a nightly basis, though.

Darius Bazley

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

Got the start and played 25 minutes because Danilo Gallinari was a late scratch. Bazley is mainly a boards and steals guy who can also contribute some tres.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 17 2 3 0 1 0 10/15 0/2

I was ready to recycle Adams earlier in the season with all of his cousins named Sam. Good thing I didn’t because Steven has been en fuego. Over the past 15 games, he’s been a top 45 player for fantasy. He’s been averaging a dub-dub with dimes, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage. The dimes are the biggest surprise, as he’s at 2.8 this season. He had never come close to averaging 2 in any season.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 3 5 2 0 2 2/3 12/25 6/6

REVENGE!!! This is the Shai that I know and love…and expect to be for fantasy. He’s still young, though, and there will be rough patches, but he’s going to be a star. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 45 player. To infinity and beyond!

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 5 6 1 0 3 4/8 8/17 8/9

In 33 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Dennis has been a top 50 player for fantasy. He’s been a menace to those who keep fading him. Points, tres, boards, dimes, and good percentages are what he’s been providing. I’m not sure the shooting efficiency remains high, though. He’s usually a 43%-ish shooter from the field. On the season, he’s at 46% and, over the most recent heater, he’s been shooting a blistering 50%.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 13 5 2 0 1 0/3 4/12 6/6

When Barton is healthy, he’s a very good fantasy asset, as he contributes a little something something across the board. Due to his defensive versatility, the coaching staff loves him and the minutes floor is high. So far this season, he’s a top 60 player for fantasy. A little quirk in his fantasy resume. Here’s how he finished the past five years: 211th, 52nd, 117th, 83rd, and 252nd. All due to health. Here’s the games played over that span: 43, 81, 60, 82, and 58. So he’s an auto fade for next year, right? Isn’t that how things work?

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 5 1 1 1 1/1 5/8 7/7

Only played 27 minutes because the Nuggets destroyed the Lakers, 128-104.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 11 1 0 4 5 1/4 13/23 5/6

Played 34 minutes, but the big news here is that AD landed awkwardly on a wet spot and was on the bench for a period of time. It was his right knee, so this is something to monitor going forward. If he misses any time, then Kyle Kuzma should see an increased role, with both JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard getting a few more minutes.

Kyle Kuzma

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

In 22 minutes off the bench. Kuzma was the only other Laker to score in double figures. LeBron James did not play last night.

Avery Bradley

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

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

Bradley got the start, with KCP coming off the bench. The minutes favored KCP, though, 25 to 21. With Bradley now healthy, both will neuter any value for fantasy.

  1. hamtime says:
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    Sup son!

    Just dropped Gay for Gasol but regretting the decision because I worry he’ll be out for 6+ weeks. Would you drop gasol for – Damion lee, paschall or mccaw? Looking for best value and 3s/stls

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like Lee out of that group

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AY-O!

    SON-ta Clause is coming to town !

    Just as we discussed, I dumped Jabari yesterday to stream Rondo. It worked.

    Like we blue printed, Rondo helped me win my assists cat. (Check mark)

    Sent Rondo back to the wire this morning and have now entered AIRPLANE MODE!

    Updated squad – No IR.

    Jrue/Lowry/Conley/Rozier/Hill
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Jones
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Bertans

    I’ve had 1/3 of my team hurt for months now.

    Sent a couple offers out there to try to move Conley to the 1st & 2nd place teams,

    Offered

    1. Conley for Dejonte
    2. Conley for Isaac
    3. Conley for Clarke

    Probably aiming too high, but worth a shot.

    I’ve also been thinking about down right just swapping Conley for FA Garland.

    They’ve almost been the same person this year SMH.

    Garland may even have better upside later in the year over Conley.

    Just thinking out loud here.

    Holla SON-ta !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AY-O!

      Ha! SON-ta Clause. Well done, sir.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsUFBm1uENs

      As for Conley, you never know until you ask. With that said, his value is so low right now that those are long shots for sure.

      Naw, hold Conley. He just needs to get right. If so, then upside is waaaaaaaaaaaay higher than Garland this season

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        Side note –

        Cavs just traded Clarkson to Utah for Exam.

        Does that open up room for Garland to be unleashed at all ?

        Asking for a friend.

        • Son

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          He was deemed untouchable for trade, so I can see him getting more run

  3. waffles says:
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    good stuff son, happy holidays

    in 9 cat, i need to bench 2 of the following for tonight
    Jabari Parker (@CLE)
    Oubre (DEN)
    Ibaka (@IND)
    Anunoby (@IND)
    Draymond (MIN)
    Horford (@DET)

    which 2 should i bench? thanks

    • waffles says:
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      and then should I start Kris Dunn (@ORL) or Kevin Huerter (@CLE)?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Huerter

    • Son

      Son says:
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      You too, waffles!

      Jabari and Horford for me

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Just saw that Embiid may not play. If that’s the case, then Horford is a must start. Then I’d probably sit OG

  4. Trader says:
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    Excited to hear Bryant could be back in 2-3 weeks. Fingers crossed. E Gordon is on the wire. With chatter about his return coming soon after Christmas, would you add him to my squad below? If so, who goes?
    9 cats, h2h, tied for first place in a 12 teamer.

    Harden, Jrue, VVleet, Lowry, Rondo/streamer spot
    Covington, Melo, JRich
    Love, Nance, JJJ
    Myles, Vuce, Ibaka
    IR: Bryant

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      Ayo Trader!

      Just curious where you’re getting that 2-3 week time table on Bryant ?

      Been waiting for an evaluation update myself.

      • Trader says:
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        I would say no one knows for sure since teams lie. Local beat reporter has him out of his boot and doing minor strengthening activities. No running yet. Could start that this week with a return to practice in early January. Fingers crossed

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, you good

  5. Connor says:
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    Hey son, Would you trade Aldridge for Ayton?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      yes

  6. E says:
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    Would you trade Trae Young and Blake Griffin for Davis Bertans and Russell Westbrook? I’m punting FG%

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I actually don’t mind that trade

  7. hamtime says:
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    Would you hold gasol w no IL spot if sitting in 2nd place or better to stream?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d stream

  8. hamtime says:
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    Related to previous question – between gasol, Winslow, Eric Gordon, Otto, can you rank pls in terms of must-stash priority or are none worth the headache and do you suggest to stream instead. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Stream

  9. Cohen says:
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    SON, needs not an issue
    Would u drop Fournier or Barton for Sato or Ingles?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Fournier for either Sato or Ingles

  10. Trader says:
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    Ibaka looking rejuvenated! Maybe a good time to sell high?
    Hield has been brutal of late. Would you trade Serge for Buddy?

    • Trader says:
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      Also, Hachimura hit the wire. Not a fan of injured players, but Nance, Gasol, Hach all there.

      Hunter on the wire too now. I wonder if Collins actually opens this up for Hunter? Or maybe Huerter?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I like Huerter the best

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yes, good time to sell high.

      I would not make that trade

      • Trader says:
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        Not a Buddy fan, huh. Me neither but he is a top 40ish guy for many ROS.

        Stream or grab Nance, Hachimura, or Hunter?
        Huerter is now gone

        • Son

          Son says:
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          He’s too one-dimensional for me.

          Stream

  11. Ben says:
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    Please rank Jaylen, Jonathan Isaac, Bojan for next year. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Isaac, Jaylen, Bojan

      • Ben says:
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        Thanks, much appreciated.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime

  12. Gerald says:
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    Hi son,
    10 team 9 cat league here. Nice article here, had a nice ride with Brunson after having a him immediately the night doncic went down, but dropped him recently for Teague.. I think Teague are having good games lately.
    Anyway, saw Sato being on waiver and will be cleared soon. I’m last on waiver but have a good team having Teague being the worst. Who would you think will be better rest of season between Teague and Sato??

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Teague, but I’ve been a Sato guy since the summer

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