There was a time when the streets were flooded with bookstores: B. Dalton, Borders, Coles, Crown Books, and Encore Books. Then the internet came along and changed the whole paradigm. No longer did people have to get off their asses to buy books. Instead, a click here and a click there and…poof…like magic, the book would appear at their door. As a result, brick-and-mortar locations became obsolete and the aforementioned stores went kaput. But one company, Barnes & Noble, was able to rise from the carnage and remain relevant. While there was no need to have a bookstore at every corner, some people still enjoyed that walk-in experience. As a result, Barnes & Noble has remained and continues to serve the community. Which brings me to Harrison Barnes. A five-star recruit and Mr. Basketball USA in high school, All-Conference and All-American in college (North Carolina), and All-Rookie in the NBA, business was booming in the Barnes household. But then he got scared of his own shadow during the NBA playoffs (2015) , in a contract year no less, and kaput. No more Golden State. Mark Cuban, though, saw value and paid $94 million over four years to acquire his services. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ During his time in Dallas, Barnes has averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.4 threeecolas, and 0.2 blocks. Not great, but serviceable. Is that worth $94 million? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But every once in a while, Barnes does deliver:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 9 1 0 1 3 3/9 11/28 5/5

Over the past six games, Barnes has been a top 60 player, but he’s more like a top 100 player. Since 2014, he’s finished as the 109th, 119th, 79th, and 90th player. Barnes doesn’t provide much of a ceiling but the floor is pretty high, as he shoots a ton of shots. Not everyone likes bookstores, but they do provide a function for some. That’s the best way to describe Harrison Barnes for fantasy.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 9 3 4 0 1 3/7 5/13 0

In 2014, Ariza finished as the 36th player for fantasy. Since then, he’s finished as the 38th, 41st, and 57th player. This year, he’s the 88th player. Even Father Time has noticed the trend and has plopped himself outside Ariza’s locker, but he may be waiting for some time because Ariza isn’t running on fumes just yet. He’s playing close to 35 minutes per game and is contributing 9.9 points, 2 threeecolas, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals.

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 2 2 0 0 2/5 4/8 1/2

Continues to start and played 31 minutes. Bridges is a low usage player, but his athleticism and hustle on defense should keep him in the lineup.

Josh Jackson

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

With TJ Warren regulated due to injury, Jackson got another start and played 30 minutes. There’s a reason he was only getting around 16 minutes per game this month, as he’s not particularly good. With that said, he’s still very young at 21 years of age and should see opportunity in the short term if Warren and/or Devin Booker miss some time due to injury.

Devin Booker

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

Only played 17 minutes due to injuring his hamstring. Status is unknown at this time but it would make sense to rest him a few games. #SitDevin4Zion

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 10 2 0 1 1 0 4/12 2/2

13th double-dub in 23 games for Ayton, good for 10th in the league. He’s been good so far (top 40 player), but there’s Ayton left to go. The increase in steals and blocks would go a long way to making that a reality, but it’s nice to get 78% free throw shooting from a big man.

Richaun Holmes

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

Odale Holmes! Played 23 minutes and like many commenters have stated, who else is going to play backup center in Phoenix?

Elie Okobo

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

Played 30 minutes because of the Booker injury. Don’t be a bobo and leave Okobo on the wire…at least until Booker returns to the lineup.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 3 1 1 1 3/8 8/14 4/4

Kuzma has been incrementally improving as the season has progressed, especially in the rebound and assist categories. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 75 player. Kuuuuuuuuz.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 8 0 1 5 1/5 9/17 3/4

LeYawn, as the LeLakers  defeated the Suns, 120-96 in a LeLaugher.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 4 4 4 0 3 0/2 3/10 1/2

I’m thinking LaVar punished Lonzo by putting him into a bucket as a child, which propagated this fear of putting the ball into the bucket.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 3 1 0 1 2/5 7/16 5/5

Quietly is putting up a top 25 campaign. You all know how this not-so-quietly ends.

Avery Bradley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 3 3 2 0 1 2/3 5/11 0

Continues to start and played 36 minutes. Usage is under 15, shooting percentage is under 36%….I don’t even want to continue, as it’s too depressing. If you want a top 300 player then Bradley is your guy.

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 10 1 1 1 0 0 11/15 1/6

Top 50 player and one of the favorites for both Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year. With that said, it’s usually not a good thing when the field goal percentage is higher than the free throw percentage (65% vs 64%).

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 8 0 0 3 2/6 8/16 3/3

Sweet! Only played 26 minutes. Bah humbug! But he has a 31.5 usage rate on the year. Sweet! But he’s averaging 25.7 minutes per game. Bah humbug!

Dorian Finney-Smith

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 7 1 2 0 1 1/2 4/7 1/2

Got the start due to Luka Doncic being out and played 34 minutes. It’s appropriate that his initials are DFS, as he’s only viable in DFS.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 23 3 1 1 1 0 6/11 4/7

DJ is a top 60 player on the season, but has been more like a top 100 player the past six games. The decrease in blocks and free throw percentage have been the main culprits. There was a time when DJ would block 2.5 shots per game. Those were good times.

JJ Barea

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 5 4 0 0 3 1/2 9/18 5/5

Played 27 minutes.

I usually reserve that for Victor Oladipo, but Barea has been ballin’ over the past five games (66th player). For the season, the 6 dimes a game are good for 23rd in the NBA.

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 1 1 1 1 4/5 7/9 2/2

Back-to-back 20-point games for Aminu, the only two games he’s reached that mark all season. He’s a low usage guy, so don’t expect the points to flow like this every night. With that said, he plays a ton of minutes and will get you boards, if you’re into that sort of thing. For the season, he’s a top 90 player.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 2 10 2 0 1 3/11 12/28 10/10

Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator knew what time it was, as it had Lillard as the #3 player last night.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 8 3 1 1 5 0 11/15 7/8

Jokes on me, as LMA led his squad to a 131-118 victory over the Trail Blazers. Maybe I shouldn’t have posted that Lillard video. Oh wells. What’s done is done.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 8 6 2 0 4 0 13/27 10/10

After a scorching hot start to the season, DeRozan has been the #93 player over the past eight games. He will more than likely end up as a top 50 player when it’s all said and done.

Derrick White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 5 6 0 0 1 1/1 4/7 1/2

Played 33 minutes off the bench. That’s back-to-back games playing 33 minutes. In the other game, Mr. White delivered a 11/5/9 line. That’s good enough for me.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 0 1 3 2 1/4 5/10 6/6

Only played 23 minutes due to foul trouble. The Reverend Jackson always seems to play well on the Lord’s day.

Marc Gasol

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

Joel. Embiid.

Mike Muscala

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 7 5 0 0 0 2/3 2/4 2/2

Got the start and played 28 minutes because Wilson Chandler was out. Only useful in blowouts or when Chandler sits.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 14 3 1 1 4 0/2 4/13 7/8

Marc. Gasol.

Gasol vs Embiid was like watching an elephant battle a rhino on Animal Planet.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 12 6 2 0 3 0 8/10 3/8

Simmons has yet to attempt a threeecola and is shooting 61% from the free throw line. As a result, he’s a top 70 player for fantasy.

JJ Redick

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 0 0 0 1 3/6 9/17 3/3

Redick-ulous markmanship.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 2 0 1 3 0/4 7/17 7/8

Butler doing work on Sunday. No complaints here.

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 2 1 0 4 3/7 6/15 4/4

Got the start and played 34 minutes. Sure, why not? Mainly a threeecola guy, Crowder will also grab some boards and chip in some dimes and steals.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 18 4 1 3 2 0 5/9 2/5

Rudy leads the league in field goal percentage (69%), is sixth in rebounds (12.7), sixth in blocks (2.04), and second in double-dubs (21). What’s that spell class? Top 25 player for fantasy.

Ricky Rubio

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 6 1 0 3 2/4 9/13 3/3

The Kevin Durants and James Hardens of the world are set-it-and-forget-it players, in a good way. Ricky Rubio is a set-it-and-forget-it player, in the most horrible way imaginable. The ceiling is too high to cut, yet the lows are vomit-inducing low, with no rhyme or reason as to why. Enjoy.

Rodney McGruder only played five minutes due to an ankle injury. Justise Winslow and Dwayne Wade would probably benefit the most.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 20 2 1 3 1 0 11/17 1/6

Another Mt. Whiteside eruption. And against the Steiffel Tower. Very impressive.

Kelly Olynyk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 1 1 1 1 3/6 4/8 5/7

Back-to-back games scoring in double figures and shooting 4-for-8 from the field and 3-for-6 from downtown. It wouldn’t surprise me if he played 16 minutes the next game and shot 0-for-7.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 19 8 2 2 4 2/3 14/19 6/6

Wake me up when he quintipule-dubs. If he gets hurt, let me sleep permanently.

Tim Frazier

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

Continues to start and played 38 minutes. Frazier should continue to start for the next month or so. The usage is super low (10.2 over the past four games), but he’s dished out 31 dimes over that span and the Pelicans are playing at a top 3 pace.

  1. Lance Dance Revolution says:
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    any thoughts on dotSON? he has played well for the past 3 games.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lance Dance Revolution: Ha! My dotSON!!! He’s a 3&D player that’s on a heater. He won’t shoot 67% from the field and 71% from downtown consistently, like he’s done the last 3 games. Plus, tough to predict what Fizdale is going to do with his rotations.

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    If I could swing it, how do you feel about my Vuc and Warren for his Towns and Reddick?

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyO!

    Good read Son!

    Sooo, I’m kinda regretting my trade giving Barnes for Bamba early in the season.. Ya.

    Got Barnes with a waiver claim & thought I was cashing in a free voucher.

    Are you dropping anyone on my roster for what is available ?

    Squad –

    Russell/Lonzo/Dunn/Tyreke
    P. George/Tobias/Lamb/Saric/Osman
    Embiid/Gobert/Bamba/Robinson/Taj/BAM

    FA’s – Mudiay / Dotson / Josh Jackson / Frazier / Smart / Crabbe / Both Bridges

    Thanks my dude!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyO! Don’t sweat the Barnes move. He’s a high floor/low ceiling player. Bamba has more upside, but there’s risk.

      I’d drop Saric for Mudiay

  4. J says:
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    Got a guy offering me Kemba, Hardaway, LMA, and Hield for Steph, Covington and Clint. Any interest?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Steph/Lord/C&C for me

  5. Guillermo says:
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    Hey Son,

    Great write-up as usual! I’m in 11-cat (PFs and DDs are extra cats) 14 team league and currently in 7th place.

    Current team is Bledsoe, Murray, Arcidiacono, Bullock, Mk Bridges, Prince, Porter, Siakam, Sabonis, Embiid, Jokic, Adebayo

    Got offered Ayton for Sabonis, however, was thinking of countering with Ayton/RichardSON for Sabonis/Prince. Was thinking of selling high on Sabonis (value will take slight hit when Oladipo is back) and think there is still some unlocked potential in Ayton.

    What are your thoughts on the two trades? If my counter gets rejected, would you suggest I still take the Ayton/Sabonis?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Guillermo: Thanks Guillermo!

      I prefer Ayton over Sabonis.

      And you know how I feel about my RichardSON

      • Guillermo says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks a lot Son!

        I managed to pull off the Sabonis/Prince for Ayton/RichardSON trade.

        I promise to keep RichardSON for the rest of the season, haha.

  6. Paul says:
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    Hey SON! Awesome write up, thank for all the help!!

    12 team keeper league (keep player in the round that you drafted them for 1 year), scoring cats FG%, FT%, 3s, Pts, Oreb, Dreb, Ast, St, Blk, TO. I punt Ast.

    A team wants Khawi for me. He is offering Ayton and Levine for Khawi and another player, but I’m thinking I could at least get Ayton, Levine, and Lauri Markkanen for Khawi, Parker, and one of my bench players. What do you think? Which side do you like better?

    My team
    PG- McCollum
    SG- Josh Richardson
    SF- Kawhi Leonard
    PF- Otto Porter
    C- Embiid
    Until- Kanter
    Until- Hield
    Bench- Eric Gordon, Jabari Parker, Noah Vonleh, Bazemore

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: Not sure if it makes a difference, but Kawhi is a 1st round keeper, Ayton 4th, Levine 6th, and Lauri 8th. We get to keep 2 players.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Paul: K. I was going on the assumption that Ayton/LaVine were around that range

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Paul: Thanks Paul!

      I’m good with Ayton/LaVine for Kawhi

      • Paul says:
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        @Son: It just doesn’t seem like enough for Kawhi. Who would you recommend that I include from my team with Kawhi for Ayton, Lavine,and Lauri?

        Thank you!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Paul: Dont do a deal just to do it. If you don’t think it’s enough, send out the scouts to look for a better deal.

          As for drops, probably Parker and Bazemore

  7. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    @Son, 12 team, 9 cat H2H

    Make any swaps below? Just looking for best player.

    Noteable FA: Crowder, Derrick White, Richaun Holmes, Lonzo Ball

    Droppable: Bazemore, Okobo, Dedmon, Juancho

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ball for Bazemore

  8. Jeff says:
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    HUGE TRADE OFFER

    My team is pretty good but the top 2 teams in front of me are getting 15-30 more Reb a week than I am.

    I was offered this trade:

    12 Team Keeper League — Would you trade:

    Curry/ 2 2019 1st Rd picks (top 6 and top 10 pick) FOR Drummond/2019 2nd Rd pick (top 10-12 pick)/2019 3rd Rd pick( top 6 pick)?

    My Team:

    PG: Curry/Fox/Shai/Rozier/Lin
    SG: Harden/McGrueder/Lamb/Wade
    SF: Hardaway/Hayward/Mikal Bridges
    PF: Giannis/Barnes/JJJ
    C:Valenciunas/Sabonis/WCJ/Len

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jeff: You’d get younger and pick up big man stats, but the upticks in rebounds and blocks don’t seem to offset the decreases in ft%, threeecolas, points, and assists. And you’re giving two 1st rd picks. Not for me

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