While Christmas has morphed into a commercialized phenomenon, let us not forget why we engorge in capitalistic orgies because of it. Christmas is the day that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; the son of God, the final piece of the Holy Triumvirate, the One who died for our sins so that we may experience salvation. To say that He is an important figure in history is an understatement. So, it is only fitting that on the day after Christmas, a Christian would ball out and be the lede of this post. And it makes sense that such an elevating performance would be delivered from a player named Wood because who doesn’t like elevated Wood. Anyways, Christian Wood delivered:
In 24 minutes off the bench. Now, the Pistons….POOF….made the Wizards disappear, 132-102 last night. As a result, Wood received more run than normal. On the season, he’s averaging 15.3 minutes per game, which is a shame because he balls out when he’s on the court. Maybe this Wood cannot perform for extended periods of time. I kid, I kid. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what performs 24/7? The Stocktonator. The reason why Wood has been passed around more times than a blunt in a cypher (he’s played for five teams in five years) is because of immaturity and a lack of professionalism off the court. So far this season, Coach Casey has brought him along slowly and made him earn everything. Wood can score, provide tres, grabs boards, contribute defensive stats, and shoot efficiently from the field. Back on December 1st, Wood scored 28 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out 2 dimes, blocked 1, and stole 1 in 22 minutes!!! That’s the kind of upside we are talking about here. There’s a chance Wood can carve out a more substantial role as the season progresses. For now, he can’t be counted on but make preparations for when that time comes. Sort of like how the celebration of Christmas has evolved over the years. First, it was just about one day a year. Now, it’s something that people begin preparing for right after Thanksgiving.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Blake played 26 minutes while Dre played 25 minutes because the Wizards suck and got blown out. Blake and Dre must be BFFs because they wore matching stat lines. So cute! I mean, Blake even got a block!
Due to the blowout, there’s not much to write about on the Wizards side. McRae only played 15 minutes off the bench in his return, but he’s shown a penchant for getting buckets when given a chance. Someone to remember if injury strikes.
Troy Brown Jr.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Brown is the main guy off the bench for the Wizards. He’s averaging 29 minutes over the past four games and is providing points, tres, boards, and steals.. The usage rate has been a respectable 21.7 and he’s jacking up 13.5 shots per game.
The 26 shot attempts were a season high. His career high was 34 while he was with the Pelicans. He is a bull in a china shop and looks to have been unleashed to rampage with the dismissal of Fizdale. Over the pat seven games, Randle is scoring 23.4 points and jacking up 18 shots per game, an increase of three. The shooting efficiency has also sky rocketed (49% from the field and 81% from the line). He was posting rates of 45% and 69% respectively. As a result, he’s been a top 55 player for fantasy. Just don’t expect defensive stats.
The first time scoring in double figures since December 15th, a span of six games. Woo hoo! The main thing with Elf is that he’s played 32, 30, and 27 minutes the past three games. He is the starting point guard for the Knicks. He’s going to provide dimes, boards, and steals.
Taj Gibson got the start again. Ugghh. But at least Mitchell Robinson’s neighborhood was open to the public for 28 minutes. And they got to witness a block party! Satisfied participants were seen entering the train stations with smiles on their faces and all 10 fingers pointing to the heavens.
Over the past six games, Dinwiddie has averaged 30.7 points and garnered a usage rate of 37!!! Has anyone actually seen Kyrie Irving recently? I’m beginning to think someone in Dinwiddie’s crew has kidnapped him and locked him up in a basement somewhere. When Kyrie does resurface, Dinwiddie’s value will decrease, but not by as much people think it will. There’s a seven minute difference between when Dinwiddie starts and comes off the bench. The usage rate is actually at 33 as a reserve. There’s a chance that the spread in minutes between starter and reserve could tighten when Kyrie does return.
The Nets only scored 82 points last night. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was the only other player to score in double figures. As a result, no more blurbs for you!!!
In 26 minutes off the bench. At 33 years old, Gay can still provide across-the-board production. Unfortunately, he only averages 22-23 minutes per game, so he can’t be trusted on the regular.
Top 10 player over the past 10 games. The boards have ticked up, but the biggest surprise has been the increase in blocks. He’s averaging 1.9 on the season. The past five season, LMA never blocked more than 1.3 per game. His turn around in the post is such a pretty shot to witness.
Played 33 minutes. He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. And aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllmmmmmooooooosssssssssssst messed around. It’s crazy because he did look rusty. Can’t wait for him to get back up to speed so that we can all exalt his name….
Kleber averages around 24 minutes per game, so I wouldn’t make too much of last night’s game. If you need boards, then you can take a bite out of the Kleber cookie.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Played 35 minutes and wasn’t in foul trouble. Our grasshopper has finally grown up. The only thing lacking in JJJ’s game is the boards. I can’t wait until he puts it all together, as he’s going to be a star.
Over the past 14 games, Paul has been a good neighbor and provided #11 overall production for fantasy. On the season, he’s a top 20 player. For those that wrote him off, shame on you! Damn, shame on me. I hate it when I punk myself.
Matching stat lines as well. It must be the holiday spirit. Anyways, Shai and Dennis have been similar recently. Both have been getting plenty of buckets. The differences have been that Dennis has been dishing out more dimes, while Shai has been more of a criminal. Now, a few days ago, I mentioned that Schroder’s shooting efficiency wouldn’t last. Over the past three games, he’s been shooting 43% from the field. Shai has been shooting over 50% from the field during his heater. That’s going to come down as well. 45% is a more reasonable expectation.
In 39 minutes! He had played 12, 30, and 23 the past three games, so there’s been plenty of turbulence on Air Covington. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Unfortunately, he hasn’t giveth much this season. If he’s healthy and receives consistent minutes, there will be adulation in the streets. There are questions regarding both, though.
In 40 minutes, as the game went to double OT. Dieng it!!! Oh, and KAT did not play. DIENG IT!!! For the first three years of KAT’s career, he had never missed a game. Then he missed five last season. Now he’s the new AD. Gosh, Dieng it!!! One man’s demise is another man’s good fortune. Dieng!!! In six games as a starter this season, Dieng has been a top 40 player for fantasy. He’s averaged 25.9 minutes, 14.2 points, 1.8 tres (LOL!), 8 boards, 1.5 dimes, 12 steals, and 1.2 blocks. 50% shooting from the field and 78% from the line. Trade KAT!!!
Aaallmost messed around. Fine, not really. Wiggy Wiggy Wiggins has not messed around once in his career. Shocker. Over the past six games, Wiggins has been outside the top 100, as the shooting efficiency has regressed. He’s been converting 42% of his shots. Over the past four games, that number has been 38%.
In 37 minutes off the bench. Teague has been butt. Over the past six games, he’s been a top 175 player. He’s getting the minutes, but the dimes have decreased to five per game and the field goal percentage has been 42%. He’s still providing some points, tres, and boards, but his passiveness on the offensive end isn’t doing anyone any favors.
Played 45 minutes! Orale, Holmes! I guess Luke Walton isn’t a bobo after all. He’s been starting at center alongside Marvin Bagley and now Bagley injured his foot last night. Holmes has been a top 15 player over the past 15 games. Points, boards, steals, blocks, and excellent percentages. Ora-f’ing-le!
De’Aaron Fox only played 2 minutes because of back spasms.
Played 34 minutes off the bench. I still can’t believe Ariza is still alive, let alone playing significant minutes in the NBA. Luke Walton has a hard on for him from his earlier days. I take back everything I said about Walton above. He’s a bobo.
Played 40 minutes. He’s back in our lives. If you need dimes, follow the North Star until you arrive at a manjor. Drop three bricks of incense, take off your shoes before stepping onto the hay, then offer up your soul.
A career high in shot attempts! Huck em and chuck em. And he played 43 minutes off the bench. With both Fox and Bagley down, BogBog is going to channel his inner Sadaam Hussein with SCUDs.
Tick. Tock. Y’all know what time it is……Susie from production just notified me that Dame Dolla can only make an appearance in 50-burgers or a Trail Blazers victory. <insert shrug emoji> Stupid Susie. Lillard is the #8 player for fantasy on the season.
He had really been struggling as of late, so it was nice to see Simons contribute. As for the boards, he must’ve paid off the stat person. On the season, he’s averaging 2.4 per game. Simons is just a scorer, and an inefficient one at that. But he’s young and showed that he can contribute in the league at the end of last year. Someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
Still the season I see. Over the past 14 games, Jingles is a top 50 player. In 11 games as a starter, he’s top 60. The stats between starter and bench player are drastically different. Now, he’s getting starter run because Mike Conley has been out, so there’s a chance he goes back to the bench. He’s been so good in the starting lineup, though. How can the Jazz send him back to the bench? We shall see how it plays out, but enjoy the Jingles tunes for now.
Over the past three games, Rudy is AVERAGING 17 points, 18 boards, and 3 blocks!! He’s been shooting 81% from the field! L….O…..L!!! As a result, he’s been a top 10 player. Those are obviously unsustainable numbers, but display the ceiling that he possesses.
I slide into these DMs as much as I can. Mitchell is a top 40-ish player for fantasy. He plays a ton of minutes and contributes in every cat except for blocks. The thing about DM is that the fantasy ceiling is limited. You can pretty much pencil him in for 20+ points, 2 tres, 4 boards, 4 dimes, and 1 steal every night. Rarely does he venture outside that band, though.
Who ya like between huerter burks or lamb tonight?
8cat no TO
It’s close between Huerter and Burks for me. I probably side with Huerter
9-cat, H2H, 10team league please rank PJ, Huerter, C.Wood, D.Jones and Sato. thanks!
Sato, PJ, Huerter, D Jones, Wood
Prince has really been struggling lately. Would you drop him for one of these wings in a points league?
(Stash) Eric Gordon
Prince and Brown are close for me. I’d go with Brown for now
Would you do the following trades
KAT for Lillard and Lamarcus Aldridge?
Ja Morant and Gallo for Donovan Mitchell?
Appreciate the help. Thanks
I need context
H2H 8 cat 6 starter league
What does your squad look like?
I currently have
I like both trades in a vacuum. With your squad, though, you need blocks bad. While LMA has been awesome in that cat, I have my doubts that he continues to block close to 2 per game. If making a trade, I’d look to blister that category. Your best cat is dimes, with points and tres next
I actually went ahead and did both trades. Now my team looks like:
What do you think? Is it better? Where can i improve
I already gave my thoughts in the prior post
Who would you say is the front runner for “Pick up of the year” so far ?
I was saying Graham for the last month. But my guy Holmes may have leap frogged him.
Thoughts on this ?
Razzball commenters please feel free to chime in.
Other honorable mentions – PJ Wash, Bertans, _______ ?
I definitely say Richaun has been the best pickup of the year so far. After Holmes I’d go in order with Bertans, Graham, Marcus Morris and PJ. Going forward this list would be slightly different but as of today that’s how I’d rank them based on current stats
Graham and Holmes were the two who jumped out to me
What about Vanvleet? Snatched him of ww first week in my 10T. Never looked back
For sure. I think FVV was drafted in most 12s, though
FVV went in the 8th round of my competitive 12er
But solid nab off the wire for you. Congrats
JJJ does have some amazing potential. At times he is so hard to watch. When a teammate shoots, he stands still watching the flight of the ball….even when he is in deep he never moves off his spot. If he ever learns to move just a little bit….he will get to 8 boards a night minimum.
Agreed. Going to be fun watching him develop. Hopefully, he starts doing what you said
It is the old high school hoops coach in me. We think we know it all LOL. Not like JJJ hasn’t been told this before.
Picked up Nance today. Let’s get Love off to Portland now!
I like it! Will it into existence!
How long did you coach for?
Only a few years. Had a full time job and it was hard being an off campus coach. Kept my hand in assisting for several years instead of being the head coach. Very enjoyable experience being an assistant btw. No parent issues!!
Lol. Nice! I have no patience for coaching, so props to you.
12 team H2H Cat keeper league:
Would you trade JJJ and a 2020 5th rd pick for Dinwiddie and a 2020 2nd rd pick?
PG: Fox/Shai/Rozier/Aaron Holiday
You’re holding Bertans right?
Figured. I need a spot a couple spot starts tomorrow. Would you drop Sato and/or Elf for any of these guys going tomorrow? (Points league)
Crowder vs CHA
Biyombo @ MEM
Gordon @ NOR
I wouldn’t drop either, but if you must, Biyombo
I feel like you and Grey need these .0003456 of a cent posts. So trying to help out again.
Context: 9 cat, h2h, in first place having only lost one week this year so far. So in fine tuning not tearing up mode.
Wire: WCS, Gasol, Hachimura, Powell, Brown Jr, Nurkic, Winslow, Paschall, Rondo
Trade candidates: owners are shopping J Murray, Holmes (different owners). I was thinking Bryant and Ibaka could leave my squad. Bryant is good but I hate feet issues. Ibaka and Gasol issues ahead.
1. Thoughts on my trade assessments?
2. Any excitement over the waiver guys?
Harden, Jrue, VVleet, Lowry
JRich, RoCo, Divincenzo, Melo
Love, JJJ, Nance
Myles, Vuce, Ibaka
Ha! Good looking out. Now create a bot that clicks on our links millions of times per day, then hacks into the banking system and ciphon off .00001 off every transaction, Office Space style. Thank you.
I’m good with unloading both Bryant and Ibaka. Not crazy about any of the WW guys
That’s my stapler!
Bryant and Ibaka for j Murray should do it. Holmes owner wants guards like VVleet or Lowry cuz he is crazy.
And just for grins: over last 15 days, JJJ is my worst rebounder. VV, Lowry, Holiday, JRich, Harden all have more.
Sad. Hopefully he doesn’t turn into Myles Turner 2.0
I have them both! Starts in HS when guys like Ryan Anderson, Brook Lopez, etc are jacking up threes. Worked out for them as pros so hard to argue with it.
No doubt but BroLo was actually a good rebounder when he first came into the league though. With that said, biz decisions
Yeah….ummmm…..yeah…..about those TPS reports.
I’m good for that Murray trade. I don’t blame the Holmes owner. His horse is on fire right now.
Who ya like between burks boucher and huerter tonight?
Best 2 spot starts today in a points league
Plumlee vs SAC
Grant vs SAC
KCP vs DAL
DFS @ LAL
McCaw vs OKC
Or Nerlens vs TOR
Depends on if Millsap plays or not. If he’s out, then Grant and maybe Plumlee are viable. If he plays, then I probably go DFS and KCP but don’t feel good about it
How about EG? How you consider him coming back for the first time in a month?
Naw. He will likely be on a minutes limit
Good day for Harden to rest up. Week is in, no changes will take place in my h2h league. You may know my team by heart right about now. But will provide it for context as a few new names were dumped onto the wire today. Couple of solid scorers in Clarkson, Brown Jr, K Porter Jr, and Brooks all available. Noel too. In first place by 4 games. 9 cats. Best competitors are strong on steals and boards. I punt turnovers but compete in all other cats.
Harden, Jrue, VVleet, Lowry
JRich, RoCo, Melo, Divincenzo
Love, Nance, JJJ
Myles, Vuce, Ibaka
1. Nance was just ok last night in his start. Played in crunch time so that was good. Hold or take a stab at a waiver guy? If so, who?
2. Divincenzo better with the second unit. Like his elite steals. Hold or move on to waiver guy?
I’d hold Nance
Is that Troy Brown? If so, I’d rather have him than DD
Yes, Troy. Thank you.
Couple questions for you/Rudy on the trade analyzer:
1. Do the values change? I have checked Several players every week for about a month and not seen movement in values despite changes in playing time and/or performance.
2. Where is a Melo? He may be part of a trade but not sure I know how to find him.
Thanks to you both!
The Trade Analyzer should be updating. I’ll talk to Rudy about it. Thanks for the heads up.
Last one! J Murray is in play again. Would you do any of these? If so, please rank.
1. Ibaka and Divincenzo for J Murray
2. Melo and DD
3. Bryant and DD
4. Melo and Ibaka
I like all of them
Ey Son! Hope the festive season’s been good. Speaking of good, are any of Wood/Delon/Powell/M Porter J good enough to drop one of OG (slumping real strong as of recent), Fultz, Huerter or PJ Washington? 10 team, 8 cat roto
Thanks, Jimmer! Hope the same for you.
The only one who would interest me is Powell. All depends on your team needs. Out of your list, I wouldn’t drop OG, Huerter, or PJ. Fultz would be the guy for me but depends on how you are with dimes
I’ve stacked up on end-of-bench guards because of a lack of assists, team in general is:
G Conley Sato Smart JRich Fultz Huerter – Curry (IR)
F Tatum OG Washington Bagley
C Ayton Robinson Turner
As can be expected after 50% of my draft money playing in approx. 5 games combined, I’m dead last in the rankings! It’s that odd spot where you don’t know what categories to hunt, as I’m lacking in everything (besides blocks). But no fun in completely throwing in the towel. Powell for Smart could also be an option, but surely MS gets better again?
I’d rather have Smart/Powell than Fultz/Powell