Clint Capela was producing at a top 20 level, averaging 17.1 points, 12.5 boards, and 1.8 blocks. Then, he suffered a thumb injury and missed 14 games. Upon his return, D’Antoni gave him 33, 28, and 34 minutes of run, in which Capela produced top 100 value. Every performer needs a warm up or time to get into the groove. Well, if last night was any indication, Capela is done with rehearsing and reading for prime time.
Capela played a team-high 41 minutes. Now, Kenneth Faried did miss some time last night due to injury, so that may explain some of the minutes bump, but Capela looks ready to go for the stretch run. Prior to the injury, he was averaging close to 35 minutes per game and produced three 20/20 games. The Rockets are getting healthy and I can’t wait to see what the main act provides.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Over the past 12 games, Paul has been a top 15 player, despite playing with James Harden and only garnering a usage rate of 21.9. With that said, while he shoots 12 times a game, his value primarily lies in the dimes, steals, tres, and boards. Since 2010, Paul has never finished outside the top 10 on a per-game basis.
The usage rate is still above 40, but the production has obviously tailed off from the stratospheric heights when injuries decimated the team. He’s still shooting 25 times per game, but the efficiency has been bad, like 37% bad over the past three games.
Eric Gordon moved into the starting lineup and produced a 6/1/2/3 line on 3-of-10 shooting and 0-for-5 from downtown. He’s a better fantasy player when he comes off the bench, so see if D’Antoni decides to stick with this lineup. If so, Gerald Green slides up and becomes the main guy off the bench. He delivered a 15/5/1/2 line in 24 minutes.
Played a team-high 41 minutes. Over the past four games, Batum has been a top 20 player. Did you ever think that would be in the realm of possibility a few months ago? Yet, here we are. He’s been averaging 38.2 minutes, 16.3 points, 3.5 tres, 5.8 boards, 4.5 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 1 block and has been shooting 47% from the field.
Played 34 minutes. Since returning from injury nine games ago, Zeller has averaged 29 minutes per game. More recently, over the past five games, that number has been 32 minutes. He’s been a top 40 player over that span, providing points, boards, dimes, and D stats. In addition, 58% shooting from the field and 85% from the line on 5.6 attempts. The on/off numbers for Zeller are telling. With Zeller on the court, the Hornets are 5.2 better per 100 possessions on offense, and 1.2 per 100 possessions on defense. He screens and dives to the rim well, which helps the rest of the team, especially Kemba Walker. With no competition behind him, Zeller should continue getting the bulk of the minutes at center and be productive.
The Kemba Label is back after a brief hiatus. It’s all about the efficiency for Kemba, as he goes through stretches where he shoots sub-40%.
Continues to come off the bench and played 32 minutes, which is probably a good thing for him from a fantasy perspective…as long as he continues to get the minutes. Lamb can be the main guy on the second unit and not have to worry about competing for usage with Kemba. Plus, he gets to feast on bench players. That makes him a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad as in good. He’s back to producing top 60 value.
The Hawks defeated the Timberwolves, 131-123 in OT.
Mario with the D obviously did not eat the mushroom, but all is not lost. He got the start and played 29 minutes while Taj Gibson only received 11 minutes of run.
Played 41 minutes. Uh, yeah. One of these days, I am going to go back and see how many times that Wiggins has led the Timberwolves in shot attempts, and figure out the win/loss record. What do you think the O/U should be?
MEOW!!! Coach Saunders needs to dust off the Wu-Tang album and listen to the wise words of Method Man, “keep feedin’ you, and feedin’ you, and feein’ you, and feedin’ you.”
Got the start and played 37 minutes because Jeff Teague was out again. Jones is all about the dimes and steals, but can light it up on the offensive end from time to time.
Played 27 minutes off the bench. He’s only been averaging around 24 minutes over the past 13 games, but he has a usage rate over 30! Points, boards, and dimes are what you will get without much else.
Top 80 player who provides points, tres, boards, and excellent percentages. No D stats, not even dimes. To become an elite fantasy asset, he’s going to need to start producing in those cats.
Played 43 minutes. Well, I guess we aren’t going to get a discount on Trae for next year. If anything, he will likely be overdrafted. It’s going to be interesting to see how that all shakes out. Anyways, over the past four games, he’s been a top 20 player, despite not contributing much in the D cats. I love watching him play, especially his ability to dish out dimes.
Played 34 minutes off the bench, the first time receiving over 30 minutes since January 21st. Bembry had been averaging around 20 minutes for the month of February before last night’s explosion. Can’t trust him until he starts regularly receiving significant minutes.
Played 27 minutes off the bench. He’s all man and all amazing! 42 years old and still balling out. He’s going to be a nightmare at the local YMCA when he retires.
Top 25 player on the season, despite shooting 56% from the line. 17.6 points, 15.2 boards, 1.7 steals, and 1.8 blocks will make that a reality. Everyday is Dre Day.
Jackson is the most annoying player. You look at the stats and get intrigued. Then you watch him play and want to vomit. Then you look at the stats and see that he provides tres, boards, dimes, and steals. Then you watch him play and vomit because he rarely comes through. Then, when you don’t play him, he provides what you were looking for. A new U2 song perhaps?
Played 32 minutes off the bench. He’s getting the minutes and the shot attempts, which is half the battle. Kennard will provide tres, boards, and steals. Just realize that there will be days that he disappears and only plays 15 minutes.
Led the Spurs in minutes played and points. The range has been wide for LMA this season, as he’s vacillated between top 25 and top 75 player. It’s a far cry from the top 20 value he produced last season, but no one’s laughing or crying.
Got the start and played 34 minutes. He had been averaging 15.6 minutes prior to last night. Pop wanted to go big to match up with Drummond and Griffin, so I wouldn’t get too excited.
Top 25 player over the past four games. DeRozan is more like a top 50 player, as he won’t deliver tres or many blocks, but he’s been shooting 57% from the field lately, so…..Expect 46-47%.
Bryn Forbes only played 8 minutes due to a calf injury, so Marco Belinelli played 35 minutes and provided 17 points and 5 boards.
There was a time when Bojan was leading the league in three-point percentage. Those were good times, but good times never last. He’s now tied for 12th at 42%. Bojan is mainly about the tres, but he will grab some boards and get his 211 on.
Played 37 minutes. Since being acquired by the Pacers, Matthews has averaged 32 minutes of run and 10.1 shot attempts per game, with 7.3 from downtown. A true 3-and-D player, as he won’t contribute much of anything else. A pure minutes and volume play.
Played 32 minutes. Every once in a while, Joseph will get over 30 minutes of run. It’s like sailing past the island of the Sirens. Just put wax into the ears and go forth.
Got the start and played 37 minutes. Powell has started the last two games and played 37 minutes in each. If you don’t remember, he put up a 24/8/4/2/2 line in the other game. Powell will provide points, tres, boards, dimes, steals, and excellent percentages.
I heart Luka. Y’all know this. From a fantasy persepective, though, the turnovers are high and he doesn’t contribute much in the D cats. Top 90-100 player. I still heart you, though, Luka.
Got the start and played 34 minutes. For the month of February (10 games), Brunson has averaged 26.2 minutes, 10.6 points, 3.9 boards, and 3.8 dimes. The second-round pick has started nine of the past 12 games, so this could be the New World Order.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Since being acquired by Dallas, Hardaway has averaged 29.1 minutes, 14.1 shot attempts, 16.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.1 dimes, and 0.8 steals. The efficiency has been poor (41% from the field and 31% from downtown). I can see the efficiency getting better, as he learns to play with Doncic.
Played 37 minutes. I smile when Harkless has a good game because I used to always draft him in NBA 2K. His height, shot, and versatility were so lovely. Anyways, the 17 points were a season-high and his production has been all over the map. With that said, he’s been a top 50 player over the past four games, averaging 28.5 minutes, 13 points, 0.8 tres, 7.8 boards, 2.3 dimes, 2.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks. It’s tough to trust him for fantasy. If you have an inkling, just fire up the Playstation and load up 2k.
Played 30 minutes. Since Portland acquired Enes Kanter, Nurkic has been scoring more and shooting better from both the field and line. 62% from the field and 91% on 6 attempts from the line!
Y’all know what time it is!
The Celtics lost again, 92-97 to the Trail Blazers at home. That’s four in a row and there seems to be some serious chemistry issues. I believe in Brad Stevens, but at some point, it’s on the players. The Celtics are fifth in the East, three games back from the third seed. It’s going to be an interesting stretch run.
Kyrie has been fine for fantasy. Top 10 player on the season and #12 over the past 18 games.
Normally a top 25 player, Horford has been a top 70 player over the past four games due to the drop in shooting efficiency. On the season, he’s shooting 51% from the field, but that number has been 43% recently. He’ll be fine. Horford is 0.1 steals shy of being a 1/1/1 member.
Played 30 minutes off the bench. Brown is a top 100 player who will provide points, tres, boards, and steals. The usage rate and shot attempts are relatively low, so access to ceiling is unlikely.
91% on 5.8 attempts from the line for Gallinari on the season! He’s played eight games since returning from injury, so that’s a win. It’s like playing musical chairs, though. You just never know when the music will stop. Gallinari has been contributing across the board, but the shooting efficiency has been poor (39%). If he can stay healthy and up that to the mid-40s, like what he was doing earlier in the season, Gallinari could approach top 30-40 value again.
Ivica Zubac continues to start but only played 18 minutes. He contributed 7 points, 8 boards, 3 dimes, 1 steal, and 1 block. Montrezl Harrell soaked up most of center minutes, 27 to be exact. He contributed 16 points, 8 boards, and 1 block.
Played 36 minutes. Over the past four games, Beverley has been a top 60 player. The usage rate has been a paltry 12.4 and he’s attempted 7.8 shots per game, but 1.8 tres, 8.3 boards, 4.8 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks elevate him. He did have a stretch where he didn’t do much, but Beverley is getting the minutes and has a relatively high floor due to his ability to contribute across the board.
Played 34 minutes. Over the past four games, Lou has been averaging 30.9 minutes, 20.3 points, 1.5 tres, 6.5 dimes, and 1.5 steals with a usage rate of 31.2. Sweet! He’s been shooting 33% from the field, though. Yuck.
Played 22 minutes. Favors has been a top 40 player over the past three games. 14.3 points, 11 boards, and 2.7 blocks while shooting 87% from the line on 2.7 attempts. Unfortunately, he only averages 23-26 minutes a night.
Top 20 player. Viva la France!
Yes, I love sliding into the DMs.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Crowder is getting the minutes and shot attempts. He just doesn’t shot a high percentage, 40% from the field but has been converting 36% from downtown. Points, boards, and steals are what you can expect.
Top 30 player. I’m so pumped for Markkanen that I’ll be rooting for Finland in the next Winter Olympics. He’s dub-dubbed in four straight and averaged 27 points over that span.
Otto Porter Jr.
3 is a perfect number. 3 is a holy number. Otto=1. Porter=2. Jr=3. Just one of those nights for OPJ.
I fronted on LaVine earlier in the year, but I’m a believer. He’s really developed and expanded his game. Brent, stop jerking off to your LaVine poster and listen to me. He will be an All-Star next year.
Played 40 minutes! Over the past four games, Lopez has been a top 60 player, averaging 33 minutes and 2.3 blocks.
Played 27 minutes. Since arriving in Memphis, Jonas is averaging 25.1 minutes. He was getting 20 minutes of run in Toronto. You’re getting points, boards, blocks, and even some tres. Top 70 player.
Played 38 minutes. Since arriving in Memphis, Bradley is averaging 30 minutes and 13 shot attempts per game. Those numbers are skewed as there was one game in which he only played 19 minutes and shot 1-for-5. While with the Clippers, the usage rate was in the 16 range. That number is now 21.3, as Bradley is even running pick-and-roll action now. The efficiency is always a concern with Bradley, but he’s getting the run and opportunities.
Played 21 minutes. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 50 player, averaging 24.4 minutes, 16 points, 9.8 boards, 3.5 dimes, and 1.8 blocks! He’s also been shooting 58% from the field and 80% from the line on 7.5 attempts. What a world! Is this how God is repaying Noah for building the ark and taking care of all the animals?
Ivan Rabb did not play due to a sore heel. The injury doesn’t sound serious but there’s been no indication how long he will be out.
The Bucks defeated the Kings, 141-140 in OT.
Only played 24 minutes, as the Bucks kept him an a minutes limit due to his sore knee.
I know. He’s boring for fantasy. He’s a Middleton after all. He does contribute in all but blocks. Last season, Middleton was a top 25 player. Now, he’s top 75-ish. The main reason? He’s averaging 5 fewer minutes a game! And the efficiency has been worse.
See! The aliens did abduct him and implant the trip-dub chip into him. He Bledsoe we could reap the rewards.
Top 50 player. Of course Malcolm is in the middle.
Played 27 minutes. Since returning from injury, Mirotic has played 14, 18, 23, and 27 minutes. If my powers of deduction are correct, he will play 30-31 minutes next game.
Played 41 minutes. Makes you want to pick him up after dropping him, right? Just wait until next game, as you’ll want to drop him after just picking him up. It’s so annoying because he plays a ton of minutes and is now on a team that plays at a fast pace.
Played a team-high 43 minutes. This is why I’ve always been high on BogBog. He can do it all, while taking care of the ball. I will now be rooting for Serbia in the Summer Olympics.
Over the past four games, the usage rate has been 30 and he’s attempted over 21 shots per game! Top 50 player.
Marvin Bagley III only played 18 minutes due to injuring his knee, the same one that caused him to miss time a few months ago.
Played 17 minutes. I love his potential and could see more minutes depending on the health of Bagley. With that said, Barnes and Willie Cauley-Stein will still soak up most of the minutes at power forward and center.
Only played 23 minutes due to fouling out.
Played 39 minutes. Yawn.
Over the past 23 games, Klay has been a top 15 player. He’s been contributing across the board, shooting 52% from the field, and only turning the ball over 1.1 times per game.
Kevin Looney got the start at center and played 13 minutes because DeMarcus Cousins was out. He did not play well, which allowed Jordan Bell to play 19 minutes. He scored 10 poitns, 6 boards, 2 dimes, 1 steal, and 1 block. Bell is only relevant when injury strikes or rest is required for any of the big men, and even then, you’d have to think about playing him.
Continues to start and played 30 minutes. As long as James Johnson is out, Olynyk should continue starting and getting run.
Got the start because Hassan Whiteside was out and played 32 minutes.
BAM! With the slam! Man, I can’t wait until Bam starts playing full time because it’s going to fun to watch. When he played in the Summer League, he would grab the rebound, dribble down the court, Euro step around defenders, and slam it home. So impressive for a man of his size.
My RichardSON! Where has the D gone? Is there a lady you’re not telling me about?
In 20 minutes! Only the third game back after missing 31 games. It’s going to take some time, but eventually Dragic will be starting and playing 30 minutes.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. T minus 21 games. I’m setting myself up to be disappointed, huh? I’m getting flashbacks of watching the Star Wars with Jar Jar Binks.
Got the start at center and played 26 minutes. Over the past three games, Portis is averaging 25 minutes and 11.3 shot attempts per game. The usage rate is 21.3 and he’s been contributing 9.3 boards and 2 steals. The efficiency has been poor, though. Like 38% poor.
Top 70 player. Ariza contributes across the board. The only thing holding him down is the poor shooting.
Played 40 minutes. Exhibit 123124 why a Wall is unnecessary.
Played 21 minutes off the bench. The production has been all over the place for Jabari since arriving in D. C. Does he have the ability to go 20/10 on any given night? Sure. Will he? Probably not.
Played 20 minutes off the bench. I’m too lazy to copy and paste, so just scroll up to the Parker blurb and insert Bryant’s name.
Like a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, DLoading has finished buffering and is showing the world what he can do. I was once blind, but now I can see.
Played 20 minutes. Patience grasshoppers. It’s only been seven games since he returned from injury, an injury that caused him to miss 42 games.
Played 23 minutes off the bench. I have more interest in watching Shazaam than rostering Shabazz.
Played 21 minutes. For all you AD owners out there, just think of it as the difficulty level was increased to Hall of Fame. If you can win the chip with this version of AD, then you will truly be a master.
Played a team-high 40 minutes. REVENGE!!! I’m constantly learning in this fantasy puzzle that we all play, and the thing I take away from my experience with Randle is this: always allow for the possibility that a player can expand and improve his game. I didn’t think Randle would ever shoot from downtown or contribute much in D. He’s doing both now.
The shooting is always a concern, but Elf will contribute across the board.
Played 36 minutes. The Pelicans said that they were going to limit Jrue’s minutes. Okay, then. Liars!!!
The clock has struck midnight and the carriage has turned into a pumpkin. And no glass slipper was left behind. Williams was averaging over 33 minutes for most of the month of February, but the last two games, he’s received 26 and 24 minutes of run. He’s been shooting under 30% from the field. If he can’t shoot, he’s not going to play, no matter how much he hustles.
Played 29 minutes, mostly when the Pelicans were in comeback mode. Nine games ago, Jackson scored 25 points. Since then, he’s failed to score more than 8 points in any game.
Played 7 minutes. There was a time during the season when Moore was playing 36 minutes a game and jacking up 20 shots. Life comes at you fast.
Kuzma can score and has done a good job grabbing boards and dishing out dimes. The lack of D stats and poor free throw shooting keep him as a top 100 player. Scrolls up and re-reads the Julius Randle blurb. Kuzma is young and we grasshoppers must have patience.
Over the past four games, LeBron is averaging 38.9 minutes, 28.3 points, 1.8 tres, 9 boards, 9.8 dimes, 2.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He’s shooting 58% from the line on 8.5 attempts, though. Regardless, still a top 35 player. As long as the Lakers are within striking distance of the playoffs, LeBron is going to ball the F out. Once that light is extinguished, c’est la vie.
Top 85 player over the past four games. That doesn’t seem impressive, until you realize that he was outside of the top 200 for much of the season. The points, tres, boards, and shooting efficiency have all improved.
Got the start and played 37 minutes. From two nights ago, “Only played 16 minutes. The minutes have been all over the place: 16, 29, 19, 34, and 16. Shrug emoji. I just know that he’s going to mess around very soon. That’s the Rondo experience.” So close. I was about to start my Sonstradamus hotline too.
JaVale McGee played 11 minutes. The Lakers started small with LeBron at center. That’s probably how it’s going to be, unless there’s a big bruiser on the opposition.