Wealth is a relative thing. I live in Los Angeles, where the average per capita income is $42,042. In Malawi, though, the per capita income is $250. An Angeleno would look like a king to a person from Malawi. That same Angeleno would be a peasant compared to any of the 103 billionaires living in New York City. This is where Forbes magazine comes in. With the Forbes 400 and Forbes Global 2000, there is no debate as to who the richest Americans and what the world’s top companies are. In addition, it includes countless articles on finance, investing, and marketing topics. “The Capitalist Tool” is money in the bank. So, it’s only fitting that Bryn Forbes did this last night:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 3 1 0 2 5/5 8/14 3/3

A ceiling outcome, no doubt, but money is money. With that said, the 25-year-old, third-year guard has started all 28 games this season. The minutes have been all over the map, as Pop does what Pop do, but he’s averaging a tick under five threeecolas and cashing in two per game. Unfortunately, Forbes does not have a diversified portfolio, so don’t expect much other than points and threeecolas, but he does play and it’s likely he trips into a few rebounds and assists from time to time.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Al-Farouq Aminu

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10 15 2 0 0 2 2/4 4/8 0

Aminu is a low usage player who derives much of his value from rebounds, threeecolas, and steals. For the season, Aminu is a top 90 player. Over the past six games, though, he’s been a top 40 player because he’s been shooting a ridiculous 66% from the field.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 4 0 2 2 0 3/9 9/10

Nurkic provides points, rebounds, steals, and blocks. He also shoots a good percentage from the free throw line. The only knocks on him are that he doesn’t contribute any threeecolas, only averages 26 minutes per game, and can morph into Casper the friendly ghost some nights. With that said, he’s a top 50 player.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 2 2 0 0 3 4/7 12/25 6/7

Top 10 player for fantasy. Y’all know what time it is….

CJ McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 4 0 0 1 0/5 10/21 2/4

CJ is so meh. He plays a ton of minutes, drains threeecolas, and jacks up plenty of shots, but doesn’t do much else. He does have a ceiling game once in while, though, and is still a top 70 player.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 2 2 0 3 0 6/11 1/5

Only played 27 minutes due to fouling out. C & C was not a music factory last night.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 11 10 3 1 1 0/4 2/12 7/8

The past four seasons, Paul has finished as the number 9, 8, 6, and 4 player for fantasy. During those years, he never shot below 46% from the field. So far this season, he’s shooting 42% and, over the past six games, that number has been 36%. There are always injury concerns regarding Paul, but if he remains healthy, I’ll trust the career numbers.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 1 4 1 0 2 4/9 10/21 5/7

Two years ago, Harden messed around 22 times. Last season, he did it four times. So far this year, he’s done it once. That does not get me Harden excited.

Eric Gordon

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

Replaced James Ennis III in the starting lineup and played 39 minutes. Gordon is shooting 30% from downtown and 36% from the field. His career numbers are 37% from beyond the arc and 42% from the field. I told you the Osman Outbreak went airborne!!!

Daniel House Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 1 1 0 0 1/4 4/8 3/4

Played 19 minutes. With Ennis going down with a hamstring injury, we may have to raise the minutes roof for House. Watching him, the stroke looks good, yet he’s only a career 25% shooter from downtown.

TJ Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 2 0 0 1 1/5 9/16 4/4

Still regulating on the regular.

Mikal Bridges

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8 4 0 0 0 1 2/6 3/8 0

Continues to start and played 32 minutes. The usage rate is low at 14, but he is a 3 & D fantasy asset.

Josh Jackson

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

Played 35 minutes and got the start. It’s painful watching JJ play. He is just not a good player and jacks up some horrific looking shots. He’s starting and getting crazy run, though.

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 11 4 0 2 0 0 6/10 0

That’s three straight double-dubs for Ayton, which is nice. What’s Ayton better, though, are the blocks: 2, 3, 1, and 1 the past four games. He’s also dished out 4, 3, 2, and 3 dimes over that span. Deandre does need Ayton of work to refine his game, but he’s still only 20 years old.

De’Anthony Melton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 6 2 0 5 3/7 7/16 0

He had some bad turnovers, but he’s composed and moves smoothly around the court. The shot looks good as well. The Suns would be well-served if they play him along Devin Booker when he returns.

Jawun Evans

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

Played 26 minutes off the bench. Elie Okobo was sent down to the G-League, so Evans is the backup PG, at least until Booker returns.

Trevor Ariza DNP-CD. The trade rumors are floating around, so Ariza is more than likely getting traded sooner rather than later.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 0 1 1 4 0 8/16 2/4

Only played 24 minutes, as the Spurs blew out the Suns, 111-86. LMA-O!

DeMar DeRozan

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

HaHa HaHa.

Jakob Poeltl

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 11 1 0 0 2 0 4/7 0

Poeltl gets the offensive rebound, turns around, looks, then fires the ball into the scorer’s table between two teammates. Now I get why Pop has issues with Poeltl.

Marco Belinelli

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 3 1 0 0 1 1/4 5/12 0

Hey a Marco! A Belinelli! Shoots a threeecolas! Has scored double-figures in three straight games and jacked up 12, 9, and 8 shots in each. His role is to shoot. It’s nice when role players know their role.

The Raptors slashed the Clippers, 123-99.

Kawhi Leonard did not play. Toronto did not deem it necessary to utilize their valuable asset on a team unworthy.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 9 2 0 3 1 1/3 11/18 2/2

In 24 minutes! Iblocka is back! Well, not quite, as there was a time when he swatted away 3.7 per game. Those were the days. Anyways, we’ve discussed this more than once, but fewer threeecolas and more movement from Ibaka have led to more rebounds and higher efficiency (54% vs 48% last season).

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 7 1 1 2 4/8 8/13 1/1

Nice bounce back game for Lowry, as he had been dreadful the past….not one…not two…not three…not four…but five games. 0-for-5. 1-for-8. 2-for-8. 1-for-7. 4-for-14. He hasn’t been completely useless, though, as he was dishing out dimes and contributing the D. He was approaching top 10 value earlier in the season. The past five games, he’s been a top 150 player. Good thing for Lowry owners that this is not a split-it-down-the-middle scenario. Lowry should settle somewhere in the top 30 range.

Fred VanVleet

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

VanElite. Shoutout to EMac, who is now at Awesemo, but used to work for FanVice for that nickname. Got the start with Kawhi out.

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 0 2 0 0 1/2 7/12 1/2

Played 18 minutes. JV is a per-36 monster. He just doesn’t get the minutes, as he’s averaging 19.2 per game on the season.

When you get smoked by 24 at home, with the best player on the opposing team not playing, that usually calls for, NO BLURBS FOR YOU!! Thank the three-game slate.

Danilo Gallinari played 21 minutes and scored 11 points. Tobias Harris played 23 minutes and scored 10 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played 22 minutes and scored 7 points.

Avery Bradley

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

He was so impressively bad, that he gets a stat box and a blurb. Congrats!

Boban Marjanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 0 0 0 1 0 7/9 4/4

Boban is Valanciunas on steroids.

Tyrone Wallace

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 6 0 2 3 0/1 6/11 3/4

Played 24 minutes. That’s how bad it got for the Clippers. Wallace had played 4, 7, 3, and 11 minutes the prior four games.

  1. JC says:
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    There is actually some quality on our wire! Some due to injuries but there is opportunity. In second place in 12 teamer, H2H league. I have a few injuries but my schedule next couple weeks is not daunting. So with Tristan, Melton, Barea, Knox on the wire, who you picking up for Frazier? Or do you prefer to hold Frazier for a few weeks until Elf is back?

    Carter Jr, Bam, Ibaka, Draymond
    Mirotic, OPJ, Tobias, Fournier, Barton, Siakam
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Frazier,
    IR: G Harris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m picking up Melton

  2. Jason says:
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    Is Montrezl Harrell just slumping or coming back down to earth? Is it time to swap him out for Derrick Favors? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Good question. Not sure because there is limited history. My guess would be that he’s not this bad, but he’s not the god he was earlier. The minutes have come down as well, so I’d think he’s somewhere in the middle. With that said, I’d probably hold onto him because we’ve seen the ceiling and there is a chance that he gets back there. We know who Favors is.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyyyO!

    What’s good Son ?!

    The Melton pot is sitting out there as a FA.

    Am I adding him anywhere here ? –

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

    Josh Jackson & Knox also available.

    My patience is running low on Bamba/MRob/Taj/Saric.. throw Tyreke in there too.

    Bunch of clunkers.

    Oh yea, I got you in RCL 1 this week! My team is pretty bad over there tho, in 11th place.

    Thanks for any feedback mang.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AyyyyyO!!

      Melton. I’d drop Saric. I’d think about Knox as well, but is your league big man heavy? I forget.

      As for RCL this week, you are an infidel this week!

  4. Salts says:
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    Hey Son !!! Love your site. Been following it for several years now and this is the first time I have posted.

    I find myself in an injury plagued hole. I feel like I had one of the better drafts I could have but am losing ground in my H2H league (12 teams). Currently in 3rd with a rough schedule ahead.

    There are a lot of awesome speculative adds on the waiver (Melton, Knox, Ariza, Isaac, etc) but just not sure if I should hold tight and take the damage or if there are any moves I should be making. Don’t want to sit around with a bunch of injured players and have my competition load up on quality talent. No IR in this league :

    Curry / Paul / Bledsoe / Sweet Lou / G. Harris
    Barton / Prince / Doncic
    Ibaka / Horford / Ayton / JJJ / Whiteside

    Thoughts ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks Salts! Always appreciate the “long time listeners, first time callers.”

      I like those players as well, but your injured players should be back soon, so I wouldn’t drop any of them.

  5. Fahed Misho says:
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    I’m currently rostering Lonzo Ball in a 10 team 9 cat h2h league. Should I drop him for Melton? Also I am going to throw the rest of my roster out there, let me know if you think I should be punting anything or is anybody else a drop over Ball.

    Pg: Steph Curry/Jeff Teague/Lonzo Ball
    Sg: Lamb/ Jrue Holiday
    Sf: Giannis/Kyle Anderson/Will Barton
    Pf: Luka/Favor
    C: Jokic/Ayton/Mcgee

    IR: Cousins

    Thank you in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Fahed Misho: Naw. You good. Plus, I’m a Lonzo guy so keep that in mind.

      • Fahed Misho says:
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        @Son:

        I see a ton of potential in Lonzo, if he can just improve that shot. All his other numbers scream future All star.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Fahed Misho: likewise. He could be messing around every night

  6. Nick says:
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    Son of a bun 🙂

    i ‘d need a PG, but one offered CJ Meh Collum for my DeAndré ayton

    looks like not a good deal in keeper

    your 2 cents ? 🙂

    thnks, Nick

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Nick: Ha! Sounds like cinnabon which is getting me hungry.

      As for your question, meh is right

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I just can’t friggin catch a break. Dipo comes back, but loses OPJ. I know he’s only gon be out for another game, but I’ll be really needing his services. I can’t stand my team

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I recall a similar sentiment from last year. And you won it all!!!! These are all good signs

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: hah. Yea, lost Kawhi and Butler in the playoffs. But can I just have a healthy season for once???

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! You know you love the drama. Season would be boring without it!

  8. Court Vision says:
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    What is up Son-Diggity?

    Speaking of Son, i just had one! I was so excited i forgot to set my lineups for two days and am getting my ace kicked. He seems worth it though 🙂

    Think Melton would be worth burning a #2 waiver order pick on? I’m guessing you will say definitely not…but man this thing is burning a hole in my pocket. Its funny how a high claim can work to your disadvantage while your waiting for a really good player to drop since everyone with a lower claim scoops up the mid level drops. Last year i burned my high pick on J-Rich and that worked out just fine. Melton is no J-Rich but i do like the lines he is putting up on a bad team…

    Hope your well dude…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: Yooooooo! So happy for you my man! This Son has two kids, with one being a son as well. Enjoy the ride!

      I’m impressed with Melton. I would use the #2 waiver on him. It sounds like you are leaning that way as well.

      All is good over here, especially since we have one more son now!!!

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Son: Thanks for the congrats and the insight homie! Much appreciated. Kid’s gonna watch his first dubs game in an hour…though i dont think he can see farther than the distance from boob to face!

        Be well bud…

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Court Vision: Ha! A glorious night it shall be. Have a good one

          • Court Vision says:
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            @Son: ok two more questions buddy…

            Melton over Knox? He’s on my wire too and looks to be heating up…

            And,

            Just got offered his WJC for my Brolo….I’m thinking..no?

            Thanks mang

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Court Vision: I’d rather have Melton.

              Yeah, I’m with you on BroLo.

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