What are the roles of a butler? To answer the phone, greet guests at the door, plan events and parties, serve drinks and food, manage the wine cellar, and keep the paparazzi and solicitors at bay. Jimmy Butler does none of those things. Jimmy Butler gets buckets. Jimmy Butler takes manhoods. Jimmy Butler gets defensive. But what Jimmy Butler does best is protect his house.
In 34 minutes in an overtime victory over the Wizards, 134-129. The Miami Heat are 20-1 at home, with the lone loss coming to the Lakers. Jimmy Butler is good but he ain’t that good. I kid. He protects his house. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been known to make themselves feel comfortable anywhere. For fantasy, it seems like Butler hasn’t done much this season, but you look at the numbers and he’s the #12 player on the season. Even when the shooting volume and efficiency aren’t there, he’s still posting top 30-40 value. That’s because of his all-around game. The tres have been light this season (first time under 1 since 2012), but the points, steals, blocks, good percentages have all been there. The biggest boosts have come in the boards and dimes departments; 7 boards and 6.5 dimes on the season, both career-highs. Butlers are good helpers. Jimmy Butler is the help and the master. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s also the help and a master? The Stocktonator.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Got the start and played 30 minutes because Steven Adams did not play due to an ankle injury. The 30 minutes tied a season-high and had all his fans flocking to the streets singing Nooooeeeellll, Nooooeeelll, Noooooooooooooooeeeellllllll Nooel. He is the kiiiiiiiiing of blocks and boards. Despite averaging only 18 minutes in a reserve role backing up Adams, Noel is still putting up top 65 value for fantasy.
In 38 minutes. Over the past seven games, Shai has been a top 15 player. A big reason why has been the boards, as he’s been grabbing 8.9 per game. For perspective, that would be good for 21st in all of basketball. That’s obviously not going to be maintained, but the 5-6 boards is still good to place him within the top 90. Impressive. For fantasy, Shai will likely end as a top 50 player. He produces in every category, the percentages are good, and the turnovers are low. The area we want to see improvement is in dimes.
I freaking love his name. It’s sophisticated, classy, yet silly at the same time. Anyways, he got the start and played 26 minutes because Terrance Ferguson was out for personal reasons. Dort is 20 years old, 6′ 3″, and 215 pounds. He played his college ball at Arizona State and went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft. Dort is a good defender who can knock down the occasional tres. The offensive game, though, is offensive, as he’s shooting 33% from the field in nine games this season.
In 33 minutes off the bench. Dennis has been a menace to all who didn’t draft him! Usually, he’s a menace to those who do. This season, he’s averaging 30.9 minutes, 18.3, 1.9 tres, 3.8 boards, and 3.8 dimes. The shooting efficiency has been a career-high 46% from the field. The usage rate has been a robust 27, as he’s been leading the second unit and thriving. Now, he doesn’t contribute the D, so Ennis Schroer it is. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 in overall value for fantasy.
Damn, Vuc is so good. After last season’s #11 finish, regression was inevitable. Well, the shooting efficiency has dropped from 51% to 45%, the boards have decreased by one, and the points are down by almost two per game, yet he’s the #16 player for fantasy on the season.
In 29 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Ross has been anything but a discount store, as he’s been putting top 50 production on the shelves. Get in there before it’s all gone! The encouraging thing is that he’s been shooting 39% from the field during the heater. Son, why are you so stupid? My grasshoppers, relax and listen. Ross is a 40% shooter from the field on the season, so regression won’t be bringing the sale to an end. If anything, the shooting could improve. A big reason for the increased production has been the boost in minutes (from 25.8 to 29.4), primarily due to the Jonathan Isaac injury. In addition, he’s been a productive thief, pilfering 1.9 per game. He’s more a 1.1 steals guy, so that number will come down. With all that said, Ross should finish inside the top 100, as the playing time should be there, which should reap points, tres, and steals.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
JJJ has been struggling recently on the offensive side of the ball. Maybe he needs to get another J? He’s been shooting 39% from the field over the past three game. At least he’s been getting his block on over that span. The boards are still low at 4.8. Maybe he is just Myles Turner 2.0. I hope not, as I still believe that he has superstar potential. If a JJJ owner is getting antsy, I’d gladly buy low and ease his/her anxiety.
In 26 minutes. Free JV! Looks at scoreboard….MEM 95 BOS 119….Oh, okay.
Did Morant really score only 2 points in 24 minutes? Ja. Do you think he will bounce back next game? Ja. Is Boston’s defense good? Ja.
Only played 26 minutes because he left the game early due to a groin injury.
Brad Stevens said that the injury isn’t too bad, but Tatum will likely miss a few games. Too bad because Tatum has been en fuego, putting up top 15 value over the past seven games. With Jaylen Brown also out, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart should see an uptick in usage.
In 25 minutes off the bench. Was the primary beneficiary of the Tatum injury. Wanamaker hasn’t been shooting well this season, but he posted a 47% field goal percentage in 36 games last season. He could provide some boards, dimes, and steals, but only viable in a streaming or someone-has-a-gun-to-your-head-and-is-threatening-to-kill-your-family capacity.
In 30 minutes off the bench. Dragic has dished out at least 10 dimes in only two games this season. On the year, he’s averaging 5 per game. Don’t expect many defensive stats, but Dragic can provide points, tres, and boards as well. He’s receiving 28 minutes per game as well. Now, this was a ceiling outcome for Dragic, so not something to expect on the regular. He’s a top 200-ish player for fantasy.
In 33 minutes off the bench.
Herro caught fire and was rewarded with run. It was the first time playing at least 30 minutes since January 2nd. As a result, Duncan Robinson only played 16 minutes. Robinson is the starter and is getting most of the minutes, so unless the hierarchy changes, I wouldn’t take too much from last night, except to know that this is within the range of outcomes.
Got the start and played 35 minutes because Paul Millsap is apparently deceased. In addition, with Mason Plumlee out, Grant will see some time at center. Yipee! With the increased role and playing time, Grant has been a top 60 player over the past four games. He’s averaged 31.8 minutes, 14.5 points, 1.3 tres, 5.8 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He’s been shooting 50% from the field and 71% from the line. I’ve always liked Grant’s game because he can shoot from outside, has handles to break defenders off the dribble, plays hard, and will contribute on defense. It’s nice to see him getting the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s fantasy viable for as long as Millsap and Plumlee are out.
Yawn. Just a Jokic messing around. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 90 player because of the 68% shooting from the line and 5.3 turnovers! In addition, he’s only contributed 0.5 tres per game. It’s not a buying opportunity like at the beginning of the season, but there’s a chance some owners are getting antsy. Time to send out the emissaries and scouts.
Capela is seventh in dub-dubs with 27, 10 behind Giannis. He’s 12th in blocks and third in boards. Top 20 player for fantasy.
Over the past three games, Russ has been the #5 player in fantasy! The free throw shooting is still shitty and the turnovers are high, but, but, but…..31.7 points, 12 boards, 9 dimes, and 3 steals!!! He’s been shooting 58% from the field. Let’s see, over the past three games, Russ has gone 0-for-1 from downtown. Sometimes it ain’t hard. Now, there’s obviously going to be regression. Russ will likely finish as a top 50 player, but sell high if someone is willing to part with a top 25-30 player.
I have not been Harden excited with James lately. Over the past three games, he’s been a top 80 player. So, we have the exact opposite situation as Westbrook’s. Harden is shooting 37% from the field. He’s a 44% shooter on the season. He will be fine. It’s like the Viagra warnings. Call a doctor if erection lasts longer than four hours. Don’t worry, James will get his second wind and get us all Harden excited again.
In 29 minutes off the bench. The ultimate stay-in-yo-lane player, Gordon is going to shoot tres, make tres, and nothing else.
It’s been a strange four-game stretch for Sabonis. He went 8/5/4 last Friday, messed around on Sunday, posted a 10/8/2 game on Monday, and did what he did last night. Prior to that, he had dub-dubbed in five straight games. On the season, he’s dub-dubbed in 34 games, three behind Giannis.
T. J. Warren
Warren continues to regulate. I keep waiting for injury to strike, but it looks like I’m going to have to regulate myself. My seppuku knives have been sharpened and are glistening to get back to work. Warren is providing points, tres, boards, steals, and excellent percentages.
T. J. McConnell
Played 27 minutes off the bench because Malcolm Brogdon had to leave the game after 16 minutes due to a cut on the face.
The Suns lost 87-112 to the Pacers at home. No blurbs for you!!! Kelly Oubre scored 17 points, Deandre Ayton scored 10 points, and Devin Booker scored 16 points. It got so bad that Elie Okobo provided 11 points, 5 boards, 3 dimes, 1 steal, and 1 block in 27 minutes. The answer to your question is no.
Remember when Wiggins was a top 40 player? Those were….interesting times. He is who we thought he is. Now, he has made some improvements to his game, but there has also been reversion back to his old ways. The lack of defensive stats will always be a concern and a disappointing development because he is so athletic. As has been proven time and time again, defense is all about a mindsight. The increase in tres, dimes, and shooting efficiency have been a welcome sight, though. The free throw shooting. Yuck. Probably ties into the mindsight thing regarding defense.
A season-high! Yippeee!! 6.3 boards over the past four games. Them fighting words. The defensive stats have been invisible as well, like KAT has been for most of the season. MEOW! He’s just getting back into the groove. I wouldn’t be worried.
Continues to start and played 31 minutes. Over the past four games, Napier has been a top 80 player, averaging 29 minutes, 9 points, 1.5 tres, 4 boards, 7 dimes, and 1.5 steals. He’s been shooting 46% from the field. Now, he’s a 39% shooter on the season, so regression is coming in that department. Napier is starting and playing a ton of minutes, so if you need tres, dimes, and steals, you know what to do.
Continues to start and played 32 minutes. Dunn has scored double figures in three straight games. Is the Apocalypse upon us? Prior to that, he had scored double digits in eight games. He’s played 46 games total. Dunn is all about the steals.
In 22 minutes off the bench. Felicio started the second half instead of Luke Kornet, in order to match up to KAT. I wouldn’t make much of last night, but something to keep an eye, with Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford out.
LMA with the O, with the D, and with the A+ performance. The boards are still an issue. LMA has grabbed at least 10 boards in only 11 games this season. Maybe because he’s too busy getting his Mutombo on. The blocks have been the most surprising aspect to LMA’s top 20 season.
Made his triumphant return and did all that damage in only 18 minutes! It’s going to be a while before Zion is unleashed. Actually, it wouldn’t be surprising if that never happens. Will likely depend on where the Pelicans are in the standings. Regardless, we got a glimpse of what Zion can do in limited time. Most of his production last night came in one quarter.
With Zion back in the mix, Ingram was still able to get his shots. That’s definitely a positive. Something to monitor going forward, as Zion gets more and more minutes. I wonder if the rebound number will be affected.
Played 39 minutes. Oh, baby! It’s on like Donkey Kong! Lonzo is strapped into the driver’s seat of the Ferrari. A new engine has just been put in, the rims and wheels have been replaced, a new spoiler kit has been added, and this baby is ready to zoom down the highway at 160 mph.
Jrue should be fine, as he was balling out alongside Zion when healthy. Just an adjustment period me thinks, but something to keep an eye on.
The free throw shooting is always an issue, but the rest is….magnifique. I should just copy and paste the stat line because that is what Rudy produces on a nightly basis. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
The Jazz pacified the Warriors, 129-96, so no other starter besides Gobert played 30 minutes.
In 28 minutes. Top 40 player over the past three games, averaging 36.9 minutes, 24 points, 5 tres, 4.3 boards, 10 dimes, and 1.7 steals. The usage rate has been 30 while the free throw shooting has been excellent at 90%. The big bugaboo has been the 36% field goal percentage. The shooting efficiency will improve, but the tres, dimes, and steals will all come down. Expect top 75 production.
In 33 minutes off the bench. The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard or Paul George. As result, they lost 95-102 to the Hawks. With all the injuries recently, Harrell has been garnering a usage rate in the 29-31 range. On the season, that number has been at 26. Harrell provides points, boards, defensive stats, and excellent field goal percentage. Don’t expect anything else and the free throw shooting is poor. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 for fantasy.
With Trae Young out, Collins stepped up and led the Hawks to victory. Man, Collins has been amazing. I worried about his lack of defensive contributions last season. Well, this season, he’s stealing 0.8 and blocking 2.1 per game. He has a chance to be a 1/1/1 member, since he’s draining 1.4 tres. He’s scoring, boarding, not turning the ball over, and providing excellent percentages. The only thing lacking from his game are the dimes. Regardless, he’s still a top 10 player on the season!!!
Got the start and played 25 minutes because Trae Young was out. I own Teague in a 30-team league and I’m not happy. Boo hoo me. Teague is just not aggressive on the offensive end. In addition, he probably won’t see many minutes when Young is healthy. I thought there was a chance that he’d see over 20 mpg playing alongside Trae at times, but that’s probably not happening. Teague is strictly a dimes specialist at this point and shouldn’t be owned in standard leagues.
In 20 minutes off the bench. Played better than Teague, so there’s a slight chance that…..ahhh, probably not since the Hawks just traded for Teague to back up Trae. Something to monitor, though, just in case a hierarchial change takes place.
Truly, a Dedmon walking! Hold up. I hear something. Listen closely. IT’S THE SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN!!! It helped that Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley were out, so Dedmon got the start out of necessity, but Dedmon wants out and the Kings will likely trade him if they can get anything for him.
Fox is a top 90 player for fantasy. The points, dimes, and steals are plentiful, but the tres and blocks are light. The biggest bugaboo is the free throw shooting. IDC, IDC…..
Got the start and played 27 minutes because Andre Drummond did not play. The first game grabbing double digit boards! In the prior five games, Morris grabbed a total of 10 boards. Lol.
Got the start and played 23 minutes because of the Blake Griffin injury. A career-high in boards for Thon, Thon, Thon Thon Thon. That is all. Carry on.
Got the start and played 30 minutes. Over the past seven games, Rose is averaging 31.5 minutes, that’s an increase of five minutes from his season norm. As a result, the points and dimes have been more voluminous. Now, Rose will likely be traded to a contender. The usage rate and playing time will decrease as a result.
In 25 minutes off the bench. Free Wood! Ha! I just realized that could mean many different things. Anyways, we know the potential that Wood possesses. It’s orgasmic. He needs some trades to go down to make it happen, but even then, there’s a chance that Casey continues playing the Thon, Thon, Thon Thon Thon song.
In 19 minutes off the bench. It was the first game Reggie had played in since October 24th. Reggie is Mr. October after all. There’s a chance that Reggie could see increased usage if Rose gets traded, but are you willing to fall for the banana in the tailpipe again? Over the past three years, Reggie has provided a handful of dimes per game, but has finished as the 143rd, 189th, and 180th player for fantasy.
In a whopping 41 minutes. Such a solid player, in both fantasy and real life. Top 50 player. The percentages are good, he provides plenty of points and tres, grabs boards, dishes out some dimes, and provides enough defensive stats to not go running to mommy crying. The turnovers are super low as well.
That would be cool if the 8 turnovers all translated to points for the opposition. No? Screw you then.
In 27 minutes off the bench. Korkmaz has been Furkan on fire lately. Over the past four games, he’s Furkan converted 48% of his 12 shot attempts and Furkan provided 4 tres!!! That’s not going to last but Korkmaz can be a tres streamer.
Over the past six games, Siakam has been a top 100 player, as he’s still getting back into the groove after missing time due to injury. The field goal percentage has been 41%. He was posting a 45% number prior to the injury. P. S. – He’s good. P. P. S. – He will be fine. P. P. P. S. – Buy low if you can.
Played 42 minutes. Guess he’s good to go and the injury is behind him. It’s funny that Nick does not Nurse his players back to health. Over the past three games, he’s been a top 10 player! 23.7 points, 4.7 tres, 4.3 boards, 4 dimes, and 2.7 steals on 52% shooting will do that. He’s shooting 40% on the season, so expect the regression fairies to drop their pixie dust soon.
Played 27 minutes off the bench. With the Raptors getting healthy, Ibaka will settle back into his reserve role, which is good for around 24-25 minutes per game and top 140 production.
Second game back from injury and a much more productive game than his return against Boston. Ah, the good old Knicks. Nursing everyone back to health.
It is getting eerie how many times the stat lines of both he and AD are similar. As a Lakers fan, I kind of like that deep, kinetic, symbiotic relationship. As long as the stat lines are juicy. I’ll cry if they are putrid.
In 27 minutes off the bench. Boards, blocks, excellent field goal percentage, and shitty free throw percentage are what Dwight provides. His field goal percentage almost doubles the free throw percentage. Ha! Fine, not quite, but it’s not that far off. FG% is 72% on the season, while the FT% is 49%.
Marcus Morris Sr.
Today shall be named M. Morris Day, as the twins both balled out. Marcus played 37 minutes and it’s safe to assume that he will not be traded, since the Knicks continue starting Taj Gibson at center over Mitchell Robinson. In fact, I feel a contract extension coming for Marcus Morris. Wouldn’t that be something.