Joel Embiid is 7 feet and weighs 249 pounds. There are only around 2800 people in the world who are 7 feet or taller. With 7.4 billion people, that comes out to 0.000038% of the population! Add in the fact that he’s as nimble as a ballerina, possesses the feathery touch of players much smaller than him, and is almost as witty as Grey…..it all culminates in a human that is…..is he even human? Regardless, Embiid is truly a unique breed. Last night was just the most recent display of his uniqueness.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
49 14 3 3 1 4 1/3 17/24 14/15

The #11 player for fantasy on a per-game basis, which is key because he’s missed 16 games on the season. That is the only chink in the armor. It’s a massive one for sure, but things can change quickly. Just look at KAT. On the season, Embiid is averaging 23.8 points, 1.3 tres, 12 boards, 3.2 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks with 47% shooting from the field and 82% from the line. He literally does it all. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what literally does it all day in and day out? The Stocktonator. Now, Ben Simmons did not play last night and could be out for a while. Without Simmons on the court, Embiid garners a usage rate of 36.4, and increase of 4.2%. He scores 1.59 fantasy points per minute! Here’s praying for the health of this outlier of a human.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 10 0 0 3 2/11 10/22 6/6

Not a Trae Day per se, but still a very good performance. The range on his shot and passing ability always amaze me, but it’s the rebounding that truly impresses me. He’s at 4.4 boards per game on the season.

De’Andre Hunter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 2 0 0 2 1/6 6/15 9/10

Is he the third guy on the hierarchy now? For most of the season, Hunter was outside the top 200 for fantasy, but over the past 10 games, he’s been a top 80 player. He’s an integral part of the squad due to his defense, and that is reflected in the 34.8 minutes per game he averages. Over this recent heater, Hunter has averaged 15.1 points, 2.2 tres, 5.4 boards, 2.2 dimes, and 1.2 steals. He’s shot 46% from the field and 79% from the line. It could be happening. If so, Hunter could be an exciting piece beause of the pace in which the Hawks play at and the attention that both Trae and Collins garner from opposing defenses.

The Bucks defeated the Wizards, 137-134 in OT.

Khris Middleton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
40 5 5 3 0 2 2/8 15/28 8/8

Middleton led the way for the Bucks in both points and shot attempts, as Giannis fouled out. Over the past 25 games, Middleton has been a top 10 player. On the season, he’s top 20. Respect the old man YMCA game.

Robin Lopez

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

Got the start and played 33 minutes because brother Brook had a sore back.

Donte DiVincenzo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 2 0 0 3 2/3 4/5 2/2

In 29 minutes off the bench. Got extra run with G fouling out. DD averages around 22 minutes a game normally and can provide tres and boards.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
55 2 3 0 0 9 8/13 19/33 9/10

Back-to-back 50 burgers. Damn! I guess he’s still angry about not being selected to the All-Star team. Emperor Palpatine would be proud.

Shabazz Napier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 4 7 2 0 2 3/7 10/17 4/5

In 36 minutes off the bench. Just when I buried Napier the other day, he comes back and does this. Coach Brooks did mention that he’s thinking about moving Ish Smith to the bench, as he likes him leading the second unit. If so, then Napier’s value could skyrocket, especially in the fantasy-friendly environment in Washington D. C. Just beware of the shooting efficiency issues. Now that I think about it, maybe coming off the bench is the best place to be because there are no shots left playing alongside Beal.

The Cavs defeated the Heat, 125-119 in OT.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 13 9 3 4 6 0 9/15 4/5

In 41 minutes with no Jimmy Butler playing.

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Y’all know how I feel about Bam. If I think or write anything more about him, I may need to replace all my sexual organs.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 14 4 0 2 3 2/9 4/13 7/8

When he plays, nothing but Love. When he doesn’t, then Love hurts.

Andre Drummond

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

Played 24 minutes. Since being acquired by Cleveland, Dre has played 29, 22, 22, 25, and 24 minutes. Lol. Can’t trust him. As a Drummond owner, this makes me tremendously sad, but this has revitalized the fantasy values of both…..

Larry Nance

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 2 2 0 2 0 8/11 0

Tristan Thompson.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 9 3 0 0 0 1/2 5/11 4/7

Kevin Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 8 3 3 0 2 4/7 9/18 8/10

In 41 minutes off the bench. We shouldn’t expect this kind of performance every night, but KPJ should get the minutes and usage going forward. He’s a bonafide scorer. Don’t fret the past couple of down performances, as he got ejected in one and had foul trouble in the other.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 10 4 1 2 2 3/7 11/16 2/2

He lives! Maybe he’s also letting the hate flow out like Beal, from losing the dunk contest….again! It’s tough to trust Gordon, but the physical tools are there. At least over the past 11 games, he’s been a top 60 player, averaging 17.9 points, 1.7 tres, 8.8 boards, 4.5 dimes, and 1.2 steals. The field goal percentage isn’t great at 44% and the free throw shooting is poor at 66%.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 11 3 1 2 0 0 8/8 0/1

Got the start and played 26 minutes. A nice bounceback game after getting punked by Embiid. With that said, he’s still splitting minutes with DeAndre Jordan, which is a bummer.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 1 8 0 0 3 4/10 9/20 2/2

Caris LeVert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 8 1 0 4 3/6 8/21 0/1

It’s the Dinwiddie and LeVert show in BK now. Both are inefficient scorers but will deliver points, tres, and dimes.

Dennis Smith Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 5 7 0 3 1/2 5/12 4/5

Got the start and played 29 minutes because Elfrid Payton did not play due to an ankle injury. I always thought DSJ would be Stevie Franchise Part Deux. I’m a stupid, stupid man. I have no idea where the 7 steals came from. I’m calling collusion. He and Harden must be boys and made a side bet with someone at the club or something. Anyways, DSJ is an inefficient shooter and probably won’t get much run when everyone is healthy.

Mitchell Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 2 2 5 1 0 4/5 2/4

In 26 minutes off the bench. Off. The. Bench. Why??!!! in my most shrill Nancy Kerrigan voice. Whhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy????????!!!!!!

Russell Westbrook did not play due to a thumb injury.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 6 9 2 0 6 4/11 14/25 5/9

It wasn’t vintage Harden but it still got me Harden excited.

Robert Covington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 1 1 4 1 3/8 4/10 0

The Lord Giveth. The Lord Blocketh Away. Such a perfect fit in Houston and he’s been a top 20 player since becoming a Rocket. Now, he’s not going to block 4 shots per game, but 1.3 is manageable. Couple that with 2 tres and close to 2 steals and…..please scroll up to the Antonio Banderas gif in the Bam blurb.

Naz Reid

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

Continues to start and played 27 minutes. He had early foul trouble, so he was out of synch from the get go. Props to the commentator who said that Naz is the pickup. He’s the guy for as long as KAT is out, which could be for the season.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 3 5 1 0 2 3/8 10/20 6/6

I’ve never been the biggest Russell fan, but he’s going to get a ton of usage and jack up plenty of shots. Points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals should all be plentiful.

James Johnson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 1 0 2 3 1/3 6/9 6/7

In 24 minutes off the bench. JJ can still stuff the stat sheet, but he’s behind Naz in the pecking order. He got extra run last night due to foul trouble for Naz.

The Mavs scored 139 points, yet it was a balanced effort. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 23 points, while only Luka Doncic scored at least 20 points. Seven players scored in double figures.

Ricky Rubio

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 11 7 0 1 2/3 6/13 8/9

Damn, bunch of criminals running amock in the League last night. Rubio was struggling for a bit, as he was likely recovering from the ankle injury. All systems look to be a go now. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 10 player.

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 10 0 0 4 2/4 8/18 6/7

The fifth time Booker has dished out 10 dimes this season. There must be a lid on that cat, though, as he can’t get over 10! Anyways, I’ve been so impressed at the development of his game. He’s not just a scorer. Now, he needs to contribute in the defensive categories if he wants to enter the realm of the fantasy elite.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 4 4 1 0 4 6/9 11/19 10/12

He averages 4.3 boards and 4.3 dimes on the season, so 4 boards and 4 dimes are what we get. Have to admire that level of consistency.

The Clippers were up 40-14 after one quarter and eventually won 124-97. So, the blurbs will be few and short. Sweet for me!

Brandon Clarke

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

Got the start for the injured Jaren Jackson Jr, but only played 4 minutes due to a hip injury. Thanks for playing.

Gorgui Dieng

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 0 1 4 1 2/4 5/10 2/2

In 28 minutes off the bench. Only got run because of the blowout. Dieng it!!!

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 8 3 2 0 1 0/4 10/17 5/5

The #3 player for fantasy on a per-game basis. Damn, I knew he was having a good season, but I didn’t think it was like that. One of the quietest top 5 seasons in memory.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 4 4 0 1 1 1/5 3/11 0

Returned from injury and played 21 minutes. Is PG the new Gallinari? In that it’s not if he will get injured, but when?

  1. Kip says:
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    Hey Son

    In a points, assists, FG% FT % 3pt made, ReboundsSteals Blocks Turnovers league

    Would you drop bogan bogdanovich (kings) for danuel house

    thanks son

    • Son says:
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      Hey Kip,

      Just for future reference, you can just say it’s a 9-cat league. Easier for you

      I’d prefer BogBog

  2. Christopher Graham says:
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    Morning Son,
    I guess the question moving forward is…..Is Drummond a drop in a 12 team 9 cat league? I CAN’T BELIEVE I JUST WROTE THAT!
    I’m not hurting at Center with Bam, Vuc, Brook,WCJ and Sabonis rostered.
    Is Drummond a drop for a hot new commodity like KPJ or Hunter?
    Cheers Son!

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      Nah man.

      Not in a 12 team.

      Trade him ?

      • Christopher Graham says:
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        Trade deadline is long past…shame to put him on the bench because there are better options…

    • Son says:
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      Morning, Chris!

      I don’t think you can drop Drummond. He’s still get mid-20s minutes. Someone would scoop him up for sure and what if CLE decides to ramp him back up again? Low probability but within the range of outcomes. Can’t drop unless they officially shut him down

  3. Juan Baloncesto says:
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    In a vacuum, how would you rank Crowder, Fultz, Hunter, and Nance both ROS and in terms of keeper value in 9-cat?

    • Son says:
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      Hunter, Nance, Fultz, then Crowder

  4. Ralphy says:
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    Hi high do you think you will rank Kyrie next year. I am in rebuild mode this year and was offered Kyrie and a 12th round pick for Fultz and a 6th round pick. We can keep four so a sixth round pick is the second round of the draft. If Kyrie is top 20 next year I think I should do it but if not I won’t . What do you think?

    • Ralphy says:
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      BTW I currently have Embiid, Simmons, Oladipo and Wall. We can keep four. I’m not sure where Oladipo and Wall will be next year and that makes the call on Kyrie a tough one.

      • Son says:
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        The more options you have, the better. So much can change between now and when you have to declare

    • Son says:
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      Not sure yet, Ralphy. I won’t know until I go and project every player.

      With that said, I’d probably swap Fultz for Kyrie. The upside is too immense.

      • Ralphy says:
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        Ok thanks! I was leaning that way!

        • Son says:
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          Cool. Something something minds think alike

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Do you think Draymond Green begins playing for reals again once Curry is back Sunday?

    • Son says:
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      I don’t think much changes

  6. Jonathan says:
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    12 teams, 11 cat – std 9 plus off Reb and def Reb

    PJW, Holmes, 9th and 15

    Or

    Naz, Bruce B, 6th and 10th?

  7. Son says:
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    PJ, Holmes side

    • Jonathan says:
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      Is it close, SON? Or not even a distant cousin?

      • Son says:
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        Lol. Does it matter?

        I don’t think it’s close

        • Jonathan says:
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          Only at the family reunions…?

          What do you think Holmes does next year? I am wondering if he might be a keeper (we keep 5).

          • Son says:
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            Don’t know. So much can happen. Do they give the job to Giles? Is there a new coach? Can’t say right now

            • Jonathan says:
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              10-4. I own Giles too, so hoping one materializes as a high-end big by next year.

              Thanks!

              • Son says:
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                Nice! Good luck. Over and out.

  8. Jumponit says:
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    Thanks Son! I’m in a 12 team H2H std redraft league – would you keep Favors? His value has drastically decreased.

    On the wire: Harry Giles, PJ Tucker, Marc Gasol, Dedmon, Zubac

    • Son says:
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      I’d hold for now and keep an eye on things, but would probably want to swap out for Gasol once he’s healthy….if things remain the same for Favors

  9. Maximus98 says:
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    Hey man, Dieng or Naz ros?

    • Son says:
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      Dieng

      • Maximus98 says:
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        KAT is a shutdown candidate, it means Naz would be starting C moving forward. MEM has Clarke and JJJ probably getting back in two weeks, so why are you leaning towards Dieng?

        • Son says:
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          I’m going off the assumption that all injured players will miss a few weeks. In that period of time, Dieng will likely produce the most value. I do think KAT is also a potential shutdown candidate, so if you want to play that angle, I’m good with that. We just have no idea what is going to happen in any of the situations.

  10. Luguentz says:
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    Eyo Son!

    Just a random comment this time around, but man, Clarke’s season has been frustrating and one for the conspiracists. Pretty much every game where Valanciunas or JJJ are out, he’s 1) either also out or 2) starts and, pretty much on que, leaves the game after a few minutes. Sure enough, he’s now out for approx. the same amount of time as JJJ now again. Not saying any secret societies are at blame, but… odd.

    • Son says:
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      Eyo!

      Illuminati was here

  11. Jeff aces says:
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    Hey son,

    Would you trade sabonis for Eric bledsoe and a 2020 2nd Rd pick? I’m going to lose sabonis next year

    • Son says:
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      What’s squad look like and how many keepers?

  12. JohnSON says:
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    What day is it? What day is it? Trade deadline!!!!

    With the Monk news, not very monastic, do you think this could jump start PJW with usage/touches available? I know Martin and maybe backcourt get biggest bump, but didn’t know about our boy PJ.

    Other question, in categories format who are your top 5 keepers? (This is the 3-reb format.)

    Happy Hump Day – Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      I don’t think Monk news afffects PJW.

      Who are the options to keep?

      • JohnSON says:
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        Oh well, a man can dream…

        Right now the keepers by round are Harden (1), Ayton (2nd), Sabonis (9th), Jokic (11th) and Wood (15th).

        I have Dame on IL and thought about packaging him with another keeper to upgrade, but not sure a good target.

        The other idea is packaging a pick with Ayton for AD, but I’m cautious to do that because of his injury history and the fact that I think Ayton could take Drummond’s rebound title in a year or two, and that reigns supreme in this format.

        • Son says:
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          I’m not saying it’s impossible. It could happen. I just don’t think so.

          That’s a good list of keepers

          I hear ya on Ayton. Not sure about him being that much of a beast in the boards, but it’s possible. If that’s what you believe then that’s all that matters.

          • JohnSON says:
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            Do you trust AD health long-term/would you make a play for him?

            Other ideas were Luka, Zion, or Kawhi – if you like them over Harden as a keeper.

            • Son says:
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              That’s the conundrum with AD. Risk vs reward. I’d shoot for the upside factoring the injury risk. If you are not good with it, then don’t do it.

              I’d want Luka but probably have to keep Harden. Man, a Harden/AD squad would look lovely 🙂

              • JohnSON says:
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                I’ll give it a run and see what he says; deadline tonight, so I’ll report back.

                Over and out for now – thanks, boss!

                • Son says:
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                  Good luck!

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