A good friend will tell you not to reply to the Nigerian prince. A good friend will spend time with “that girl’s” friend. A good friend will say you look good when you actually look like shit. A good friend will tell you not to draft Carmelo Anthony.

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2 5 0 0 0 1 0/6 1/11 0

In the offseason, I thought the acquisition of Melo would be a detriment for the Rockets….on the defensive side of the ball. Little did I know that he’d literally suck the life out of the offense. Melo, the most powerful Black Hole in the universe. All jokes aside, Melo does provide threeecolas and some rebounds. The turnovers are miniscule as well. It’s tough to turn the ball over when you have no intention of passing. Other than that, you’re not getting much….literally. A combined 1.6 assists, steals, and blocks per game. 40% shooting from the field and 68% from the line? Melo is the 150th player according to BM. I’m actually surprised he’s that high. Now, he can get hot, as he had a streak when he scored over 20 points in three of four games. Here’s a little story for you. I recently joined Periscope. Every day, at least three hot women follow me. I know I’m a good looking guy, but come on! It’s tempting, but you know nothing good can come from it. Friends don’t let friends Melo.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

George Hill is out for two weeks due to a sprained right shoulder. Collin Sexton should see an uptick in minutes.

The Rockets scored 77 points. Usually, that calls for a NO BLURBS FOR YOU!!! But it was a four-game slate.

James Harden

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19 8 5 3 1 5 4/12 7/19 1/3

These lines are not getting his owners Harden excited.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 2 5 6 0 5 0/4 4/11 2/2

Maybe he needs some new neighbors. Those 6 steals are nice, but I was told that there would be assists. CP3 seems to be dealing with an elbow issue, which could explain the 11-for-34 shooting over the past three games.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 3 1 1 1 0 8/12 1/2

A decent line, but not going to make anyone dance.

PJ Tucker

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13 3 2 0 0 2 3/5 4/6 2/2

Pucker up.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 6 2 0 0 1 1/3 3/5 4/4

Played 34 minutes. Not a high usage player, Grant will provide a threeecola, boards, and steals with excellent percentages. Over the past week (four games), Grant is the 30th player according to BM.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 6 6 0 2 3/11 7/21 3/5

I’m curious. Is George the best two-way player in the league? Is he better than Kawhi Leonard? Beep. Boop. Bop. Not sure which side the Stocktonator would choose, but he loved PG last night.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 4 2 0 1 0 7/12 5/9

When the aliens do come, I want Adams front and center in the welcoming/assessing party.

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 5 1 0 6 0/3 6/12 2/2

Got the start, as Russell Westbrook was out due to injury, and played 34 minutes. Don’t worry Westbrook owners. Dennis will not be a menace when he’s out there.

Terrance Ferguson

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14 4 0 1 1 2 4/9 5/10 0

Played a season-high 30 minutes and cracked the double-digit mark for the first time all year. The coaching staff has stuck with him in the starting lineup because they’ve liked his defense, so maybe this is a sign that he’s more comfortable and confident. I have my doubts, as he was averaging less than four shots per game and shooting a putrid 30% from the field. He was also contributing a steal here and there but not much else. With that said, he’s still only 20 years old and is super athletic. If he continues getting the minutes, there’s a chance, but I need to see it on a more consistent basis.

The Suns were up 32-13 over the Celtics after the end of the first quarter. Game went to OT with the Celtics emerging victorious, 116-109.

Jayson Tatum

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4 8 2 1 0 1 0/1 1/7 2/2

Seems like only yesterday when Tatum stans were taking victory laps. Currently, the 81st players according to BM.

Kyrie Irving

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39 7 6 3 1 3 6/13 13/28 7/7

Played 43 minutes and has reasserted his alpha dog status on this team. Over the last five games, Kyrie has been the 4th player for fantasy.

Jaylen Brown

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17 6 1 0 0 2 1/3 6/13 4/6

Has been dealing with a foot issue, but I’m not sure that fully explains his terrible season. Even though he’s been getting over 29 minutes of run, Brown is shooting 37% from the field and 60% from the charity stripe. The only category that Brown is not a negative in is turnovers. What can Brown do for you? Nothing.

Marcus Smart

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7 4 2 2 0 3 1/3 1/4 4/6

The PJ Tucker of guards. Naw, that’s disrespectful to PJ, as he’s the 52nd player according to BM. Smart is 187th. Yup, killing your teams if you have him.

Terry Rozier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 6 1 0 0 1 1/3 3/8 3/4

Played 21 minutes. Just not getting enough minutes to be fantasy viable.

Al Horford

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7 6 3 0 4 2 1/2 3/7 0/1

Just like love and marriage….and with kids. There are good days. There are bad days.

Trevor Ariza

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

Played 42 minutes. Why is he on this team again? Anyways, he’s the 131st player for fantasy, as he will contribute threeecolas, rebounds, assists, and some steals. The field goal percentage is putrid, though. Wouldn’t surprise me if he gets shipped off at some point.

TJ Warren

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29 7 1 1 1 0 3/4 9/17 8/8

Got the start and played 42 minutes. Regulators!!! Mount up!

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 1 0 1 2 0 6/10 2/4

Seven double-dubs in 10 games. Not bad rook. He’s a top 50 players for fantasy. Love seeing the 59% from the field and 74% from the free throw line.

Isaiah Canaan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 5 6 2 0 1 1/8 3/14 0

Played 42 minutes. Monkey throwing darts at the wall. See if the shit sticks. What other cliches are there? Pick one.

Devin Booker

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38 3 9 3 0 6 4/13 15/30 4/5

Googly moogly boogly. Needs to get the turnovers under control, but it won’t surprise me if he’s a top 25 player next year.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 0 0 0 2 5/8 6/13 3/3

When will the rooster crow to signal the end of Gallinari’s season?

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 2 0 1 0 1/3 6/16 2/2

Was questionable to play due to an illness, but started and played 37 minutes. Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the Brinks truck backing up.

Boban Marjanovic

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

Got the start again but only played 12 minutes. Why is Doc messing with the Boban?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 2 0 1 1 2/2 7/12 3/6

Got the start and played 35 minutes. Avery who? Things I have learned or re-learned the past couple of days. Don’t fade a self-made billionaire and always trust in the Logo.

Montrezl Harrell

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19 6 2 1 3 1 0 8/9 3/5

Played 25 minutes. Just play the guy Doc! On the season, Harrell is averaging 21.7 minutes per game (26.9 over the past three games). He is the 57th player according to BM.

Lou Williams

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20 3 7 0 0 2 0/4 8/22 4/4

8-for-22 not sweet. 36 minutes. Sweet! First time receiving more than 27 minutes of run. Averaging 24 minutes per game, yet has scored in double-digits every game and jacking up over 12 shots per. More minutes please.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 4 1 1 2 3/7 11/25 0

CJ McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 7 2 0 0 0 2/6 8/20 5/5

Crockett and Tubbs. McNulty and Bunk. Ren and Stimpy. Some of the greatest duos known to man. Add Lillard and McCollum.

Zach Collins

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

Played 27 minutes as Jusuf Nurkic fouled out after 23 minutes.

Evan Turner

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

Played 29 minutes and continues to contribute across the board. The 146th player for fantasy. Not sexy, as he doesn’t provide threeecolas, blocks, and the free throw percentage is low. ET does phone in rebounds, assists, and some steals, though.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 9 4 2 2 2 0/2 7/16 10/11

Only played 26 minutes because the Warriors couldn’t handle the Deer. I don’t know how you stop Giannis. You lay off him, daring him to shoot a J, but he just uses that space to go through or around a defender. I wouldn’t be shocked if defenses start backing off more, which will just give G more room to build up speed to jump over them.

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 6 1 0 3 2/3 10/12 4/6

Example A of why being a patient grasshopper is usually a good thing.

Malcolm Brogdon

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20 3 1 2 0 0 2/4 9/14 0

That’s when you know things were clicking for the Bucks.

Pat Connaughton

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15 4 2 0 1 1 1/3 7/11 0/1

Played 21 minutes. Not garbage time either. Connaughton can shoot, especially from downtown, and will grab boards. Not much else, though, and he doesn’t receive consistent minutes (only averaging 14.3 on the season).

Klay Thompson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 3 1 2 1 2/2 9/15 4/6

The lone bright spot on a night when the Warriors got waxed by 23 at home.

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 1 6 0 0 2 0/4 5/14 0

Left the game in the third quarter due to an apparent abductor injury. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time. Quinn Cook (played 19 minutes and went 15/2/5) would be the likely replacement if Curry were to miss any time.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 9 0 1 6 1/2 6/15 4/5

Was getting smothered all night by the octopus/amoeba defense of Milwaukee. Shit happens.

Draymond Green did not play due to a foot issue.

  1. dodgers:( says:
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    Crowder or Morris in a 9cat h2h?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Morris

  2. Kostas

    Kostas says:
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    I’m sure Mike D’Antoni is ecstatic to have Melo again in his team after their coexistance in New York…(long pause for sarcasm)…Couldn’t agree more with your comments on him. If Robert Horry is the positive side of a championship magnet, Carmelo is definitely the negative.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Well put. He is the most powerful force in the universe

  3. Wutang says:
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    Hey Son! long week here, but still cruising along with a good chance to pull out the W in this matchup!

    Boban isn’t getting the most run, and I own Harrell as well (been holding); do you think Boban’s spot should be streamed? Seems like Harrell is the choice for those C minutes in clipperland.

    As well, holding Bogdan as he seemed like the Kings best player last year, but not sure if that’ll be the case this year with Fox and Hield breaking out in a big way – Kingsland is fantasy fun right now, do you think Bogdan should be a hold to see how it turns out?

    Winslow n Favors are my 2 streams for the night, did good last game out so I figured I’d give em another shot!

    Thanks again buddy! (team for context below, 10team unlimited streams)

    PG: Mike Conley
    SG: Oladipo
    G: Rose
    SF: Otto Porter Jr.
    PF: Harrell
    F: LMA-O..
    C: Jokic
    UTIL: Siakam
    UTIL: Bog-bog
    UTIL: JJ Redick
    BN: Trey Young
    BN: Favors
    BN: Boban

    INJ: Barton
    INJ: Love

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wutang: Harrell does look like the guy in LA. Boban is awesome and is still viable, but there looks to always be a minutes cap.

      I like Bog Bog a lot. May take time though. I can see he and Hield playing together.

  4. Jason says:
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    I was offered a trade in a 12-team H2H keeper league… Kyrie Irving and Malcolm Brogdon for my Devin Booker and Reggie Jackson. Which side do you like best? Is there a big difference between this season and the next few seasons? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like the Booker side more. He’s 4 years younger and I like the improvements he’s made and continues to make. I’m bullish on his upside

  5. Ghita says:
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    Hi Son,

    Congrats for the great work you put!
    I’m in a 16 team league H2H- 14 cat. I have Noel Nerlens. Do you think I shall stick with him or I shall move on. The best players on wiaver now are: tyler johnson, gallaway, olynyk,smart,ntilikina, jeremy grant? Will you drop Noel for someone above?

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      @Ghita:
      Jerian grant…sorry :d

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ghita: Depends on team context. If you need bigs, then hold. If you shooting for upside, Ntilikina probably has the clearest path to starter minutes

  6. Mark says:
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    Hi Son,

    It may make sense for me to look to next year. Auction league, $200, 12 teams. Fair to send Harden (can’t be kept) for Ben Simmons (can’t be kept, but he’s $30 this year and I’d trade him), S. Adams ($14 next year), and a top pick for any NCAA player this year?

    How about send Harden for D’Angelo Russell ($15 next year), Isaiah Thomas ($10 next year, if kept), Jabari ($11 next year, or $16 for the next two years), and a lower NCAA pick?

    Or send Harden for Jabari (same price as above) and Mirotic ($14 next year, or $19 for two years)?

    Would you take amy of those offers? Not sure they’re all on the table, but would appreciate your input on what is reasonable.

    Thanks!

    • Mark says:
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      @Mark: As an alternative in the first option above, swap Adams out for Schroeder ($10 next year) or for Kanter ($13 next year). Thanks again.

        • Mark says:
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          @Son: thanks, saw this after I posted my question below (somehow), I figured Adams would be the best option of the three.

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Mark: You’re a time traveler!!

            • Mark says:
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              @Son: Hi again, do you think Kanter at $13 is a good price for next year if I can’t get Adams? I don’t know how he plays into the Knicks plans, but he’s doing great right now. Thanks.

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Mark: Probably not. Too much uncertainty regarding his future.

                • Mark says:
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                  @Son: thanks!

                  • Son

                    Son says:
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                    @Mark: Anytime

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mark: I assume you’re not in contention this season, so if you can’t keep Harden, I would get something for him. I’m not a DLoading, Jabari, or IT guy. I like the Ben Simmons one, but I’d send out the scouts to see what you could get for him. Definitely accumulate as many picks as you can. ZION! ZION! ZION!

      • Mark says:
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        @Son: Ha, I’d love to get Zion, thanks Son. At the prices above (Adams $14 next year, Schroeder $10, Kanter $13), how would you rank them as of now?

        If I can swap Simmons for Mirotic ($14 next year or $19/year for two years) and a pick, think that’s fair?

        I could also try to swap Simmons and Jrue (can’t be kept) for Oladipo or Embiid (each $24 for the next two years), but no idea if that would be accepted.

        Thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mark: I like the Mirotic price. Also, Dipo and Embiid would be nice. Do everything you can to get ZION!!!!

          • Mark says:
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            @Son: sounds good, thanks, I’ll have to see if I can get one of them.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Mark: Godspeed

  7. Jason says:
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    Need a streamer for threes, assists and steals. do i take trier or clarkson with the chicago cupcake matchup tomorrow?

  8. John says:
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    Hi, Son.

    Great work as always. Just wanna know if it’s worth it to buy low Rubio now for Schroder. 9 CAT Roto.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Thanks John. Yeah, I’m good with that

  9. Ace says:
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    Hey Son,

    my team : cp3,doncic,dinwiddie,fournier,redick,hayward,moore,KD,OPJ,ilyasova,ibaka,embiid,kanter

    1. Would you trade cp3 for wall/kyrie ?? h2h 9cat
    2. Would you drop dinwiddie,moore ilyasova for bog bog (FA) ??

    thanks Sir

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: I prefer CP3, but that’s just me. Don’t hate and understand if you wanted to make the move. I’d prefer Kyrie.

      Ilyasova for Bog Bog

  10. Cohen says:
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    Son, would u drop Teague or Porter for SGA?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      No but I like SGA a lot

      • Cohen says:
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        @Son:
        Would u drop any of my team for SGA?
        Paul
        Porter
        Durant
        Draymon
        Murray
        Goebert
        J.Allen
        Bledsoe
        Ingles
        Teague
        Ibaka
        Hield
        Oladipo

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Negative

  11. Pitt says:
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    Hi Son,
    In a 9 cat H2h league, which players would you prefer throughout the season?
    A: Danny Green or Justin Holiday
    B: White or SGA
    C: JJJ or MRob

    Each of them have roles and skills to feed my team needs. Just can’t decide now and need your wisdom on this..

    • Son

      Son says:
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      A. Green
      B. SGA
      C. JJJ

      When in doubt, choose the players that best fit your squad

      • Pitt says:
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        @Son: Thanks a lot son.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime

  12. Aleya says:
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    Hi son,
    May I ask hkw you rank these players? thanks
    Danny Green, Lamb, Augustin, White, SGA

    • Son

      Son says:
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      SGA, White, Green, Augustin, Lamb

  13. Mark says:
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    $200, 12 team league…

    Would you keep any (or none) of Ingram, Kuzma, or Dennis Smith Jr. at $15 for next year? I have offers with all of them involved, but that seems like a high price.

    And for next year, can you please rank these contracts: Mirotic ($14), Drummond ($17), Adams ($14), Josh Richardson ($13), Fournier ($11), Tobias Harris ($13), Taytum ($15)? Any you wouldn’t keep at the listed price?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mark: None are must keeps.

      Tobias, Mirotic, JRich, Drummond, Fournier, Tatum, Adams

      • Mark says:
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        @Son: thanks for the quick reply, I guess I’m overvaluing Steve Adams. Are you keeping all of the guys in the second set at those prices?

        And in the first set, do you see any possibly improving to justify keeping at $15, or just all likely to be too steep?

        Thanks again.

        • Son

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          @Mark: I don’t hate the Adams price. I’d consider everyone in the second set, but it’s too early. So much can change until the offseason.

          As for the first set, same answer as above

          • Mark says:
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            @Son: got it, thanks, so you wouldn’t rule anything out at this point, but the second set contracts are all better. I am not a fan of rebuilding.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Mark: I don’t think about keepers until a trade scenario presents itself, keepers are due, or season is lost

              • Mark says:
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                @Son: thanks, I agree, this is the same guy as above (season likely lost, trade options to send Harden).

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Mark: Gotcha. It’s prudent to always send out the scouts for price discovery, but at some point, you need to choose a path and execute that vision

  14. Pitt says:
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    Hi Son,
    I got a really big trade for me and satisfied with the result. Traded Kanter, millsap and Ball for JJJ,Jrich, Shai..
    My team now looks like this:

    PG: Curry
    SG: Oladipo
    G: Murray
    SF: Jrich
    PF: Tobias
    F: Collins (out)
    C: M.Gasol
    C: Ayton
    UTIL: JJJ
    UTIL: WCJ
    BN: Shai
    BN: Danny Green
    BN: White

    Puntubg assist here. What do you think of my team?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      You have my RichardSON so of course I love it. Squad looks diesel

      • Pitt says:
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        @Son Ha! Yeah Jrich alone would be worth it for me in this trade. Glad it finnaly went through as lot of my Jrich offers have been decline before.

        Anyway it’s 9 cat 10 team league without IR. Love, Markkanen,Barton and Dunn were all dropped and available on FA. Any moves I could do to help strengthen my squad for rest of season especially playoffs.

        I have a good position in rankings as well and I think capable of holding an INJ right now.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pitt: You good

  15. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good SON? I’m in a H2H keeper league where you start eight guys and only count the highest three totals out of points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks on any given match-up (i.e., essentially you just count points, rebounds, and assists). I’m 3-7 on the season, but have the 2nd highest team PPG total so getting screwed early on. Here’s my squad…

    G – Victor Oladipo, Lonzo Ball, and Buddy Hield
    G/F – Kawhi Leonard, Khris Middleton, Josh RichardSON, Kent Bazemore, and Kyle Anderson
    F – Otto Porter and Miles Bridges
    F/C – Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Al Horford, and Jarrett Allen
    C – Steven Adams

    A couple of questions for you…(1) Given the rules of the league, what do you generally think of my squad? (2) Another owner dropped Kris Dunn. Thinking about dropping Kyle Anderson for him and eating the three weeks till he gets back (Bulls have great playoff coverage as well). Lastly, (3) Are Jerami Grant, Jae Crowder, or T.J. Warren better options over Kent Bazemore? If so, how would you rank.

    Appreciate your columns and feedback. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Why do the steals and blocks cats even exist?

      Squad is fine. Like you said, you’re 2nd in points.

      I’d rather have Mr. Anderson

      Grant for me

  16. Ricky says:
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    Hi Son,

    Could you please rank for A.Davis, KAT, Embiid & Jokic ?? H2H 9cat

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ricky: AD, Embiid, KAT, Jokic

  17. Aleya says:
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    Hi Son,
    Are White and SGA must adds in 9cat 10 team leagues as well?
    Which do you like better between murray and g.harris?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yes

      Murray

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