I try to reserve the lede for players that had unbelieveable games. It usually works out because one of the superstars is always doing something amazing. Every once in a while, though, an outlier happens which pushes all others to the wayside. Last night, we had one of those events, as the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their first win of the season over the Atlanta Hawks. Geez, how bad are the Hawks? Anyways, the Cavs are dead-last in defensive efficiency and near the bottom in offensive pace, assists, efficient field goal percentage, and true shooting percentage. Good times. Looking at the schedule, they play the Hawks once more on December 29th. 2-80!!!
When looking at the stats below, make sure you view them in the proper context: they played the Atlanta Hawks.
Played 29 minutes and is filling in for Kevin Love. The answer to your question is no. Next.
Led the team with 34 minutes. He’s getting the minutes and does contribute in the periphery cats. The shooting efficiency has been painful to deal with, but it is what it is.
That’s when you know things are going good.
Is getting the minutes and shot attempts, but he’s a mental midget, so I always have a hard time rostering or utilizing him. With that said, he’s scored double figures in all seven games. Godspeed.
Larry Nance Jr.
Does not compute. What are they saving him for? The playoffs?
Played 28 minutes. Just let the kids play!
Andrew Wiggins’s mini-me.
Congratulations again Cavaliers! See you again in December.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
The Nemanja is potent and smoking hot in Sacramento. Don’t look now but the Kings are 5-3 on the season, and that’s important because Bjelica plays over 30 minutes if the games are competitive. He may end up being the best free agent acquisition in real life and fantasy player that outproduces his ADP (#148 overall) the most. Entering last night’s game, the Nemanja was the 20th player according to Basketball Monster: 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.3 steals, and 2.1 threeecolas.
So bad that it was impressive.
Played 30 minutes. That’s four straight double-dubs (points/rebounds). The 3 dimes and 1 steal per game are nice, but the free throw percentage is garbage and the blocks are lacking. Willie needs to go hit up Mutombo. Regardless, Willie is balling out to try and win Uncle Ben Stein’s money.
Was questionable to play, but ended up gutting it out. Fox is a vital reason why the Kings have a winning record and are playing at the third-fastest pace in the league. Last season, they were dead last.
We must all bow down and ask for forgiveness from Vivek.
Still raw on offense, but the athleticism jumps off the screen. Points, boards, and D stats he will provide, but will top out in the low-20s for minutes, unless the game is a blowout.
Played 34 minutes! The Kings signed the 6′ 7″ 210 lbs, 23-year old Williams to a two-way contract last week for wing depth. Have you seen Justin Jackson play? Anyways, Williams has played a few games with Memphis, Houston, and the Knicks. Not a great shooter from downtown, he will grab some boards and get his 211 on. Minutes are gold for fantasy, so keep an eye to see if he continues to get run.
What is Gordon’s potential? Can he/will he ever get there? He’s got the height, agility, hops, stroke, handles, and provides the D. He’s inconsistent, but still only 23 years old. I hope we get to see it. For fantasy, the percentages are no bueno and the assists are not plentiful. Plus, the turnovers are a tick high. Currently, he’s the 149th player according to Basketball Monster. Last season, he ended as the 65th player.
Still only 21 years old, we expected too much too soon from Isaac. Played 25 minutes and had a usage rate of 13.8. Should continue to improve as the season progresses, but he’s not going to be the stud we thought he’d be. Silly humans.
Is the 12th player according to Basketball Monster. Is literally doing it all and could once again be in the 1/1/1 club.
Lots of Fournier owners are worried. And for good reason, as he’s 18-for-54 in his last four games. Patience grasshoppers. He’s getting the minutes and opportunites. I’ll side with the career 44% from the field and 37% from downtown.
Played 24 minutes and should continue to get more run and experience as the season progresses. A b&b player with the occassional threeecola. La Bamba!
Played 27 minutes. Like shopping at Ross Stores, you get what you pay for and never know exactly what you’ll find.
Just needs to stay healthy. Good luck with that.
Lou is averaging 24 minutes per game. Not sweet. He’s scored in double figures every game so far, but the only other contributions are 1.5 threeecolas and 3 assists per game.
Clippers got waxed by 18, so no more blurbs for them!
Was slaying the Clippers D so bad that parents had to cover the eyes of their children. Definitely not PG.
Returned from a one-game absence and did what he do. The free throw percentage sucks, but Adams contributes in everything but dimes. Kiwis are greedy.
Played 34 minutes, but you can tell he’s still hurt. Not even close to messing around.
Otto Porter Jr.
Played 38 minutes. A lot of Otto owners are worried. Patience grasshoppers. As Bob Marley sang, “Everything gonna be alright.”
9 turnovers?! Good for someone with the munchies, but bad for fantasy basketball.
Played 24 minutes because Markieff Morris did not play due to concussion symptoms. The answer to your question is no.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Played 29 minutes off the bench. Will score, grab boards, and provide some threeecolas. Other than that? Nada. Zilch.
Continues to start and played 28 minutes due to the Chandler Parsons injury. Think about that for a sec. Minutes are high, but usage is low. Good thing Mr. Anderson contributes in the periphery cats. I’m not excited. Makes me want to slow my ass out the door.
Marc be acting like a smooth criminal. 5 steals! But that free throw shooting. He deserves to go to jail.
Continues to start and played 36 minutes last night. Averaging 13.2 points and 1 steal so far on the season. Shooting 46% from the field and 50% from downtown! He’s a career 40% shooter from the field and 36% from beyond the arc. Say hello to my little friend (in Al Pacino voice)…Mr. Regression.
Played 30 minutes! He had played 16 minutes the prior game and was averaging around 23 minutes for the first four games of the season. Return of the Mack?
Has the potential to double-dub on any night. Unfortunately, Nurkic is so inconsistent. He’s missing some from the awe.
Played 24 minutes and will probably settle in this range. Likely a big part of the future, Collins can stuff the stat sheet. Still, he’s only 20 years old and the depth chart is crowded in front of him, so keep expectations in check.
Houston….we have a problem. Lost 104-85 at home to the Trail Blazers. The Rockets are 1-5, James Harden is nursing a hamstring injury, are 19th in offensive efficiency, and 27th in defensive efficiency.
Friends don’t let friends Melo. I’m a good ass friend.
Not sexy, but contributes across the board. Currently the 40th player according to Basketball Monster.
Did exactly what you drafted him for. Boards, blocks, and trashing your free throw percentage.
Immediately called Jake from State Farm after the game for consolation.
My momma always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, then you shouldn’t say anything at all. Thanks momma.
Mario with the D did not and has not been providing the D. That groan was from millions of ladies in Philly. And a few thousand men that own him in fantasy. He’s grabbing close to 8 rebounds per game, but is only shooting 35% from the field and 23% from downtown. His career averages are 42% and 35% respectively.
Sometimes the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh, but once in a while, the Lord provides. Keep up the prayers.
Played 33 minutes on the second of a back-to-back. Hallelujah! 11th player according to Basketball Monster.
I’m not mad. I’m impressed.
Played 19 minutes. Cannot play Fultz against real teams.
Toronto is really, really, really freaking good, as they waxed the 76ers 129-112.
Iblocka is back!!! That makes me so happy.
Played 33 minutes after receiving 33 and 37 the prior two games. Now, OG Anunoby has been absent, which explains the increase in minutes but….how can Nick Nurse put this genie back into the bottle?
Beep. Boop. Bop. Has anyone ever seen Kawhi and the Stocktonator in the same room?
13th player according to Basketball Monster.
Played 17 minutes. A per-minutes monster. 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.
Got another block, which gives him four on the year. He’s earning that B this season. So far, Blake is averaging a career-high number in shot attempts (20.2), is shooting above 50% from the field for the first time since 2014, is averaging 10 rebounds a game (first time over 10 since 2011), and is scoring a career-high 28.4 points. See what getting rid of a Kardashian can do for you?
Tied for 9th in double-dubs with four. Everyday is Dre Day.
Reggie Jackson played 27 minutes and went 8/2/2. Ish Smith played 28 minutes and went 13/4/2/1. Both are viable, but neither will blow up.
Remember what I wrote in the Johnathan Isaac blurb? That.
Finally. It’s been a brutal start to the season for Kyrie and his owners, but it was just a matter of time. Now, I think the ceiling has been lowered a bit, due to a decrease in minutes and usage. With that said, he’s a professional getter of buckets.
Played a team-high 35 minutes! Wayne Ellington did not play, even though he was available. I’d hold onto McGruder. I wasn’t able to watch the whole game, but I caught the first half and was impressed. He doesn’t just stand around and wait for things to come to him. He’s aggressive at both ends of the floor, which is why he’s endeared himself with the squad and coaching staff. Continue to hold until he starts ceding minutes.
Did nothing in the first quarter, yet ended up with another double-dub. I actually think Bam is more active, but he only got 15 minutes, and minutes are king. Hassan played 29 minutes.
Played 30 minutes. Forget what I said about minutes being king. I kid. Winslow won’t provide much O, but will contribute in the periphery cats. Not enough to get me excited though.
Played 25 minutes. I guess you could do worse, as Wade can still drop 20 on any night and is even contributing threeecolas this season. Just don’t expect much consistency.
The minutes are there and so are the contributions across the board. Batum is always a threat to mess around, but can be passive on the offensive end at times.
Played 25 minutes. Willy is not getting freed, so Zeller is the guy at center for the Hornets. Won’t wow you, but is the 79th player according to Basketball Monster. Cheap big man.
Played 26 minutes after receiving 23 the prior game. The shot is disgusting, but he’s been getting some minutes and is a b&b player. Borrego has been utilizing MKG often when he wants to go small, so…..minutes are king?
Played 25 minutes. Probably won’t see over 20 minutes a game often, but he can still score and be a cheap source for assists. Oui oui.
Played 24 minutes, while Jeremy Lamb only played 19. It’s tough for me to get excited about Monk, though. If he starts or gets more minutes, I’d think about it, but what does he really do for fantasy? He can score but is shooting 35% from the field. From downtown, he’s 34%, so that’s not bad. Outside of that, he’s not providing much: 2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 steals. I’m expecting an envelope filled with Ricin from Craig soon.
Played 27 minutes. Two words: Cleveland Cavaliers.
Played 24 minutes. Friends prevent friends from going Linsane.
Guess it’s time to drop Isaac for Siakam……. It sucks when you miss out on someone like Bjelica coz you’re holding onto someone else who just happened to play for a terrible coach, a coach who’s madly in love with Gordon, Bamba and Tross. Sorry Isaac, coach has no love for ya. LOL
OPJ u sonovabit*ch. I hate you still. You’re my Kawhi this season. I just wanna Kawhi over OPJ, gon change my name like that. Larry Drew, you suck too!
Just a recap of our squad.
Ha! I’m good with the move. You need the drama. You want the drama.
U know drama feeds my soul…. F no!! Hah
@I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! Drama is the bane of your existence, yet it fuels you to chips! Embrace it!!!
Hah! But on a more serious note, let’s just say the Suns keep losing and as an avid suns fan I know they will, what are the chances of Okobo becoming a must start in competitive leagues? Cos there ain’t no way Canaan gets all the burn right? And how about Josh Jackson, I know we’re just 3 weeks in, but I’m not so sure if he did make any improvement. Your thoughts on those two, man.. Thanks
@I just wanna Kawhi: The Okobo era may be upon us already. Not a fan of JJ
Hah! Would prolly have to scoop up Elie soon.. Thanks bud
@I just wanna Kawhi: May want to make that move before tonight’s game
Trying to figure out Draymond and Otto. Howard coming back soaking up more rebounds and Wizards in disarray it seems. Oubre lurking, Wall popping off etc. Draymond, who knows? Low shot volume a thing or just the Warriors taking turns? Cousins impact?
1. Given all that, patience or try a Draymond and Otto for Capela and Brogdon?
2. McGrudder has been a nice waiver add. Winslow back, Johnson soon as well. Hold or sell? Best offer would be a Danny Green or Taj type.
@JC: I think both will be fine. I’ve been a fade on Cousins all offseason, so I wouldn’t worry about him. With that said, I’ve been horribly wrong on most of my offseason fades, so going George Constanza may be the prudent move.
1) patience grasshopper
2) read the McGruder blurb above
Great write up! These help me so much as it’s my first fantasy basketball season. I’m in a 10 team 15 man roster ESPN league w/ 9 categories and got offered a trade this morning.
Which side do you like? I’m in first place and 14-2-2 on season. Thanks for any advice!
I like the Paul side better
Worth dropping JJJ for Bjelica or Hield, or should I hold on him? Looks like he got in foul trouble last night which limited his minutes.
@Son: Thanks, that’s what I wound up doing since adding Hield would have left me with only Tatum as PF-eligible.
@Scat Pollard: Nice job
Great writeup once again, congrats to the Cavs – let’s hope they can become a lil bit competitive, so I can get something for Love!!!!
Think it’s time to start streaming Isaac and Sweet Lou… as much as it hurts me to lose Isaac’s upside, I’ll gain more out of filling his spot on a nightly basis, until the coach gives him some more run.
Team is as follows, for context (10team, unlimited daily moves):
PG: Mike Conley
G: Josh Hart
SF: Otto Porter Jr.
PF: Jonathan Isaac
UTIL: Lou Will
UTIL: JJ Redick
BN: Trey Young
@Wutang: Wutang is for the people!
I’m good with that. Good luck!
@Son: Appreciate it buddy! Good luck to you and your dozen teams as well, I’ll be back to check in again tomorrow i’m sure lol
@Wutang: Anytime! I cut back on the number of teams this year, but still in too many. Things would not be right if Wutang was not in the house!
Drop George Hill for Siakam, right?
In light of the recent Jimmy butler news of potentially pulling a Lev bell move,
Would you rather pick up Josh okogie or tyus Jones? Or just hold. 9-cat H2H 12 teams.
Drop Josh Jackson for Okoge? Bummer too bc I thought I got a steal at the end of the draft with Jackson based on the end of last season and it it simply being Phoenix.
@miles proudfoot: I hear ya. Yeah, I’m good with that move
@Son: Hmm, Jaylen Brown, RHJ also on the wire. I guess need to take their floor before Okoge unless his ceiling is higher?
@miles proudfoot: The allure of the unknown
The three white guys in the pic at the top of the post look like me at different stages in my life if they only had mustaches and not that “I wish I had a mustache” crap… BTW, now I’m the most handsome one in the middle.
Ha! See the look on #8’s face? That’s me right now. I think you should get a doo like #2
Jordan with the slam! would be my username if I played fantasy basketball, btw — shame on all of youse who are not using this
@Grey Albright: What’s up with blocking my avatar? Too handsome for all of you, I’m assuming
@Grey: There’s the punim! aka Jordan with the slam!
Do you pronounce that with a poon and pun? Name is all yours Grey! Does this mean you are playing next year?
@Son: Nah, I’m washing my hair from October thru March
@Grey: One strand at a time?
Whatcha mean, jelly bean?
That was a dunk of epic proportions….NOT!!!
8 cat, getting the following trade offer:
Jamal Murray or Bledsoe plus Aaron Gordon for my Jimmy Butler. Take it?
Love the site.
@Son: I have Butler too. I’m also holding in one league. Going to try and buy low in another. Samuel L. Chang might sell low, but Dwigt holds! Dear lord I hope I’m right.
@miles proudfoot: Godspeed my good men
I dropped Fournier and Hart for Harrell and Collins. I’ll keep an eye on Fournier and Hart just in case but Hart’s lack of minutes and touches scared me, and I am skeptical Fournier will ever get his shot back after that ankle injury. Fournier would have also cost me a 4th round pick to keep. In my league, you can keep up to 3 years, including the year you acquired the player, but every year costs one round higher. Guys who went undrafted but were then picked up off of waivers cost an 11th round pick to keep.
I should probably not be giving up this early but I just don’t see a way my team can really compete for the title, and I don’t want to end up in a dreaded 5th or 6th, where I don’t realistically contend, but neither do I get a high draft pick next year. So I’m focusing on acquiring talent that has potential this year to still be competitive but also is cheap to keep. Specifically, I’m thinking of selling high on Gallo and cutting my losses on Horford while he still has name value. Could use your thoughts on trade targets at the bottom, or waiver wire guys.
Team in a h2h 9-cat league. I put parenthesis with potential keeper costs next year. No parenthesis means cost would be prohibitive.
Richardson (10th round)
LeVert (6th round)
Osman (11th round)
Gallinari (8th round)
Randle (7th round)
Harrell (11th round)
Collins (11th round)
Trade Targets: Ball (4th), T.Young (6th), Fox (7th), Kuzma (9th round), Bazemore (11th)
Waivers: WCJ (5th), Nitilinka (11th), Rose (11th), Rondo (11th), Hart (11th)
I think that’s a good strategy. You either want to be first or last. Being in the middle is the worst position to be in.
As for you list:
Oh, haha. I wasn’t asking who I’d keep. That remains TBD. (I can only keep 3) I was thinking more who to target in trade or from the wire 🙂 Leaning towards using Gallo and Horford as tradebait, and wondering who to target. I don’t think I have any clear drops, unless you’d prefer Hart to Collins or Harrell (but I am holding hope that LAC realizes Gortat sucks and that Harrell should start).
Yeah, I got that. Those would be the guys I’d be interested in.
Trade targets are difficult to assess because every league is different. Gotta send out the scouts and do some price discovery.
I don’t think Harrell ever gets full starter minutes. I like Collins a lot, especially in a keeper league
good stuff son
for tomorrow, George Hill or Monte Morris? They’re playing each other
@waffles: Morris for me.
Trade doncic/Marc gasol for gobert/levert?
Trade doncic for Otto?
Trade Marc gasol for Aldridge?
@Jason: What’s your squad look like?
@Son: rozier, curry, Forbes, cp3, Barton, WCS, doncic, warren, Marc, valanciunas, redick, bridges, JJJ, horford
@Son: not concerned about grizzlies tanking later this season? Also, would u drop any of Forbes, TJ warren, rozier, bridges for okogie or vonleh?
@Jason: Grizzlies are 4-2. As long as they are healthy, they have a chance to make the playoffs.
Yes and yes.
@Son: who to drop? tyreke Evans also became available..do I jump the gun?
@Jason: I’d drop
Forbes and Warren for Okogie and Vonleh. There’s risk, though, for the upside. If you want floor, then stay put.
Tyreke does not interest me
H2H league. Nine cats. Wes Matthews or Fournier. Gotta drop one.