Who doesn’t like a good favor? Go to a wedding or a birthday party and get a gift bag? Cool, unless it’s filled with soap, then not cool. Ask a friend to do something and they do it? Precious. When everyone raises their hands after you ask, “All in favor?” Nothing better, unless it’s to vote you off the island. Then…..that just makes me sad. Anyways, after his perfomance last night, we should all like  Derrick Favors:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 15 1 2 1 2 0 6/10 3/3

The matchup against the Hawks was ideal, but even so, Favors has been a top 60 player over the past eight games. He doesn’t play an exhorbitant amount of minutes (23 per game), which obviously caps his upside, but he is efficient and produces when he’s on court. His main source of production is in blocks and stocks. PaRappa the Rappa would be proud.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 16 6 1 2 4 2/4 7/17 5/6

Can he lead a team to the Promised Land? Doesn’t matter, but his team has one more win than LeBron’s. For our purposes, that question is irrelevant, as he’s an absolute stud for fantasy. He literally does it all. Over the past six games, KAT has been a top 10 player, averaging 28.2 points, 2.5 treys, 14.2 boards, 4.2 dimes, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 52% from the field on 20 attempts and 82% from the free throw line on 5.7 attempts. Me f’ing ow!

Tyus Jones

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 2 7 2 0 1 1/3 6/15 1/1

Got another start and played 34 minutes because Jeff Teague is still dealing with a foot injury. Both he and Derrick Rose are done for the season, so Tyus must be owned, no matter how poorly he’s been playing.

Dario Saric

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 1 0 0 1 2/3 5/10 3/4

Got the start and played 28 minutes. Mario with a D has started the last 16 games, but was only averaging 24 minutes per game. He has played 28 minutes in back-to-back games because Taj Gibson suffered a calf injury.

Miles Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 12 4 2 0 0 1/1 5/8 0

Got the start and played 30 minutes. Tied a season-high for minutes and produced his first dub-dub of the year.

Kemba Walker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 5 6 0 0 5 1/5 10/22 10/12

Kemba was struggling before last night’s game, as he was shooting 38% from the field the prior four games. Nothing that a matchup with the worst defensive team over the past 15 games couldn’t fix.

Jeremy Lamb

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 1 0 0 1 0/2 6/20 1/1

Played 28 minutes off the bench. Over the past seven games, Lamb has been a top 30 player. He’s been averaging 31 minutes, 17 points, 2 treys, 7.3 boards, 2.7 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks. The shooting efficiency from the field hasn’t been good (40%), but the turnovers have been low (1.3) and the free throw shooting has been elite (96% on 3.7 attempts). The move to the bench and leading the second unit has been a beneficial one.

Nicolas Batum

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

Played 23 minutes off the bench, the first time all season. With the Hornets not playing for anything, the youth movement seems to have commenced.

Willy Hernangomez

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

Played 23 minutes, after playing 24 minutes the prior game. Yup, the movement has definitely begun, and I’m not talking about the Free Willy one. That ship sailed a long time ago. In fact, that movement may have been a fabric of our imaginations.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 4 0 0 0 2 4/7 5/10 0

Played 19 minutes. If you weren’t convinced in the Batum and Willy blurbs, then the fact that Monk is playing more than 10 minutes has got to do it. Outside of the 26 minutes he played against the Rockets, he had played 4, 3, 5, 7, and 7 minutes the other five games.

The Nuggets defeated the Wizards, 113-108. All nine players received at least 20 minutes of run and eight of the nine scored in double figures. The crazy thing is that five players scored exactly 15 points, which tied for the team high. So, no blurbs for them!

Troy Brown Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 3 0 0 2 0/2 6/10 1/1

Received his first start and played 33 minutes because Trevor Ariza (groin) was out. It sounds like there’s a good chance that Brown could remain in the starting lineup going forward. Something to monitor. Brown was the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s 6′ 7″ 215 pounds and played his college ball at Oregon. He’s only 19 years old!

Thomas Bryant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 0 0 2 0 0/1 9/11 4/5

Got the start and played 35 minutes, his first since February. There’s a good chance that the Wizards will go with a Bryant/Portis front court for the remainder of the season.

Tomas Satoransky

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 10 1 0 4 2/3 5/7 4/4

Always a threat to mess around, Sato has come close multiple times, yet has only notched one all season. Doesn’t matter, though, as he’s been contributing everything but blocks and has been a top 60 player over the past nine games. The usage is low, so don’t expect many points, but he’s playing over 34 minutes and will get you those counting stats.

Jabari Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 8 1 0 0 2 0/3 3/11 0

Played 22 minutes. There is no middle ground for Parker. It’s either the depths of hell or dancing with the stars.

Ricky Rubio

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 7 2 0 2 2/3 6/10 3/3

Played 27 minutes, which is a good sign because he had been averaging around 23-24 minutes. His season average is 28 minutes per game. The dimes, steals, and boards are there. So is the excellent free throw shooting. The main bugaboo is and always will be the shooting percentage from the field. He’s often sub-40%, so when he shoots like he did last night, Rubio has access to ceiling games.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 4 2 1 2 3 2/6 15/32 2/3

Played 36 minutes. All are welcome to slide in the DM.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 2 11 0 0 5 1/6 8/22 6/9

Led the Hawks to a 117-114 victory over the Jazz. I’m so glad Trae was drafted by a team that allowed him to make mistakes and implemented a system that accentuated his strengths.

Dewayne Dedmon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 2 0 3 1 3/3 6/8 3/4

Played 28 minutes. I was shocked to see that Dedmon has been shooting 38% from the field over the past six games. Yet, he was still a top 65 player because he was contributing in every cat. Currently, he’s averaging 1.3 treys, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks for the season. The newest member of the 1/1/1 club perhaps?

Justin Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 1 0 0 1 1/6 9/16 0/1

Got the start and played 32 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) is done for the season, so Jackson could be in line for more starts. Jackson is primarily a points, treys, and boards player. He will rarely chip in any D stats.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 3 0 0 1 2/10 4/19 3/5

Over the past few weeks, Luka has garnered a 35 usage rate and been jacking up close to 20 shots per game! He’s already a good one. The only thing he needs to work on is the shooting efficiency.

Willie Cauley-Stein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 18 3 2 0 1 0 5/8 0/1

Played 32 minutes. Games like this will get you Uncle Ben’s money. With that said, it still boggles my mind that a player with his height and athleticism only blocks 0.6 shots per game.

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 2 4 2 0 0 7/13 10/21 2/2

In a team-high 35 minutes. He had been shooting 36% from the field prior to last night. Hopefully he starts heating up again.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 12 0 0 4 1 3/5 8/16 3/5

Top 40 player over the past four games despite averaging only 22 minutes per game! The D stats are lacking, which sucks considering he’s so athletic, but the improvement in the free throw shooting has been a lovely sight to see, as he’s been converting 86% on 3.8 attempts. On the season, that number is 70%. Fox, Hield, Bagley, and Giles. Man, that’s going to be an exciting team next year.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 8 1 1 2 2/11 4/17 7/10

He blocked a shot!!!

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 19 1 3 1 1 0 7/18 2/3

Ho hum. Just another dub-dub for Dre, as he leads the league with 58 on the season.

Wayne Ellington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 1 0 1 1 1 6/10 7/11 3/5

That’s back-to-back 20-point games for Ellington. He’s gone 6-for-10 and 7-for-13 from downtown in those games. He is the ultimate 3-and-D player, as he’s providing over 4 treys and 1 steal over the past four games.

Thon Maker

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

Thon has played 28 and 33 minutes the past two games. He’s a low usage player, but he will grab boards, drain some treys, and provide some stocks.

Josh Jackson

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

Got the start and played 24 minutes. He sucks. Fine, that was mean and unfair. Jackson suffered an ankle injury which cut his night short. Now can I say that he sucks?

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 1 0 1 2 0 9/12 2/3

Played 25 minutes. Earlier in the season, Ayton was a dub-dub machine. Not so much lately, but he’s still 12th in the league with 36. Top 40-50 player for fantasy, as he provides the points, boards, stocks, and good percentages.

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 2 3 0 5 2/5 8/17 8/10

The turnovers and shooting efficiency are the only things holding him back from being an absolute stud. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love to see the assist numbers improve every year in the league. Because of that, I’m bullish on his long-term prospects, as I feel he will continue to tweak and refine his game.

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 1 2 1 2 2/3 7/13 2/2

Only played 25 minutes, as the Pacers got smoked 89-112 by the Warriors. Young was posting top 50-60 value for much of the season, but has fallen off a bit lately. The primary reason is the shooting efficiency, as he’s gone from 51% down to 41%.

No other Pacers starter scored in double figures. Bojan Bogdanovic was 3-for-10, Myles Turner went 2-for-10, Cory Joseph shot 1-for-7, and Wesley Matthews converted 1-of-9.

Tyreke Evans

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 2 1 0 3 1/3 8/17 3/3

In 29 minutes off the bench. That’s now back-to-back good games, as he went 19/8/7 in 29 minutes the prior game. Ha! Where was this all season? If it smells like a trap, looks like a trap, and feels like a trap, it is most likely a trap.

Kevin Durant

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

Played 28 minutes, as no starter eclipsed 30 minutes on the night. Durant has failed to score 20 points in consecutive games. First time that’s happened all year. In fact, he’s scored less than 20 points only four times all season.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 4 0 2 3 0/1 8/12 3/5

Played 26 minutes after missing the prior two games due to injury. Cousins has been a top 10 player over the past four games, despite averaging only 28 minutes per game. 16.3 points, 0.8 treys, 6.8 boards, 5.3 dimes, 1.8 steals, and 2.5 blocks all while shooting 53% from the field and 90% from the line on 2.8 attempts. So impressive that he’s been able to perform at this level after suffering that Achilles injury. Much props.

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 7 1 0 3 5/12 5/15 0

Yawn.

Klay Thompson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 8 4 1 1 0 1/6 7/18 3/3

Yawn squared.

  1. large dave says:
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    what up son. It’s looking like I’ll make the finals. That matchup is likely gonna be a close one in both steals and threes. I’ve got rebounds, blocks locked down, he’s got assists.

    I have to drop Danuel House for one of 2 players right now:

    James Johnson
    or
    Wayne Ellington.

    What would you do?

    Here’s the wire: https://imgur.com/Grwkukz
    Other drop candidates: Javale Mcgee, Kyle Lowry, SGA,

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ellington

  2. Ben says:
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    Looking for assist help to finish the season, any suggestions for guys who have recently taken on new roles that may be available and won’t kill my averages? Tyus and Jalen are owned (12 team). Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Frank Jackson is probably the closest.

      After him, I’d consider Goran Dragic, Fred VanVleet, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

      • Ben says:
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        All owned, sadly. Any idea when Collison and Jrue come back? If you could get them medically cleared for me that would be awesome.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I doubt Jrue plays the rest of the season. No idea on Collison. Could be back next week

  3. Jc says:
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    Hard to believe this question….but is Parsons an add for next week? He plays Monday and could be a good add that day as a streamer spot for the week. He has four games so he could even stick. I will likely lose blocks as he has Myles so Ibaka’s value is less this week. Rondo’s PT a concern? Ugh. Hold or add Parsons for one of these folks?

    Ibaka, Dray
    OPJ, Tobias, Fournier, Barton, Siakam,
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, White, Rondo, V Vleet, Delon

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Seriously, we’ve transported to the past. Parsons is an add in my opinion. He’s getting the minutes and MEM plays four games next week. The only issue is the final two games of the week are a back-to-back, so not sure how the team will handle that. VanVleet would be the guy I drop.

      • Jc says:
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        Thanks. I am staring at OPJ too. Shutdown candidate and even if he goes on Tuesday, could be a limit on minutes. They have him DTD so I can’t hide him in my IR slot. He has missed three games in a row. When does it go to OUT!?

        Nance and Chandler might be the ticket

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, OPJ makes sense as well. For Yahoo leagues, a player gets the INJ designation if they are projected to miss more than 7 days. This would make them eligible for the IL. OUT is a designation for a projection under 7 days, which is not eligible for the IL.

          • Jc says:
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            Thanks. ESPN league so I don’t know. I think I have to dump OPJ and grab Nance. Parsons was weak tonight. Back 2+backs are tough.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I usually fade back-to-backs, especially for jump shooters and guys returning from jnjury.

  4. Crime dog says:
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    What up son. Ish Smith or Marcus smart for the weekend back to back?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Smart

  5. Max says:
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    Hey man, thinking what to stream next week. Rank these players for next week: Isaac, Ross, Shai, Caruso, Delon wright (all 4 games), mikal bridges, miles bridges(both 3 games).

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Shai, Isaac, Ross, Delon, Caruso, Miles, Mikal

      • Max says:
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        Thanks man!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime. Good luck! Bring back a chip for La Familia!

          • Max says:
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            I’m trying, it’s so intense. Already won this week, two more to go. Next opponent has the same games next week as me. I’ll definitely win Blk cat, and he will win 3pts cat. Other categories are pretty much the same for both of us. Maybe Steal cat could be most intense. Anyway, I have a dilemma and need your opinion on that. I have two options:
            1) Keep Fred Vanvleet for 3 games, then use one pick and stream somebody on next Sunday for 1 game(4 games overall).
            2) Drop Fred, use that same pick and stream whole week with a player who has 4 games. This player could be Isaac, Harkless, Ross, Caruso, Javale, Delon Wright, Jeremi Grant, Seth Curry.

            For more context: H2H 9 cat 8 men league.
            My squad: DWhite, Shai, Markanen, Turner, Fox, Nurkic, Vanvleet, Towns, Simmons, DMitchell, DBooker, Beal, Ingles.

            Opponents team: Payton, Hield, Tatum, Draymond, Jokic, Steph Curry, Middleton, Lou Williams, Siakm, Leonard, Barnes, DPowell, Augustine.

            Thanks in advance, much appreciated.

            • Jc says:
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              I would get Delon in for Mon. I have a similar dilemma. Lots of streaming options on Tuesday with more games played so VV not as valuable? Let’s see what the maestro says! Good luck Max

              • Son

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                Agreed.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I like Harkless and Wright the most out of that group. Since you good on blocks, Wright for me.

  6. Jc says:
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    Crazy to look at our teams now versus what we drafted. So many good players lost to injury. Delon, VanVleet and Parsons on my roster now in place of Mirotic, OPJ and Oladipo. Unreal.

    But the bye helped as I have a roster with an advantage in games played versus a tough opponent and have it set up so I can leverage my 7 pickups. I will swap out Parsons for a hole in my Tuesday lineup. My choices will be Plumlee, Harrison, or Bjelica. Please rank seeking points, threes, steals, rebounds, with my pickups. The rest of the categories are pretty well pre-determined. Thanks friendo.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The blob is always morphing, which can cause anxiety, but also keeps it interesting. Are you not entertained?

      Bjelica, Plumlee, then Harrison.

      Hey, I went from maestro to friendo in one comment?

  7. Catdaddy says:
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    Barring any unlucky breaks, it’s looking like I’m headed to the finals for the second straight year. Here’s the squad heading into next week.

    Lillard
    Dotson
    Hardaway Jr
    Mirotic
    Jokic
    Capela
    Gobert
    Rondo
    Dinwiddie
    Sexton
    T. Prince
    T. Harris

    Obviously I’m gonna drop Mirotic and THJ. Based on my opponents team I’m gonna want to maximize 3s, boards, and blocks. This will mean I’m probably gonna drop rondo too. Based on this info, here’s a laundry list of guys I could use as replacements. Pick your favorite 3.

    Bryant
    Adebayo
    RichardSON
    Waiters
    G. Harris
    Barton
    Tyus Jones
    Okogie
    Seth Curry
    Augustin
    Isaac

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Bryant, Barton, and Curry.

      Good luck my man! Bring home a chip for the Razzball Family!

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