There are times when it’s okay to love your cousin. If he/she is hot….and you are the only people on an island in the middle of nowhere. If you live down South. Ha! I kid. Seriously though, many places allow love and marriage to a cousin. Even in the US of A, 19 states allow marriage to first cousins and 41 allow them to live together. In Amish society, their group is relatively small in number and marriage outside of their religion is forbidden. Simple suppy, demand, and survival equation there. Don’t sweat it fellow fantasy basketballer, though. You can love DeMarcus Cousins without shame or remorse.
Played 31 minutes, the first time eclipsing the 30 minute mark all season. Steve Kerr did mention recently that he will ramp up the minutes for Cousins. Well, it’s good to know that Kerr is not a liar. Over the past four games, Cousins has been a top 30 player, averaging 16.5 points, 1 tres, 11.3 boards, 3.3 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 2 blocks. The 41% from the field isn’t good (43% on the season), but he’s shooting 88% from the line (78% on the season). Man, I was wrong about Cousins, as I didn’t think he’d be able to come back from that Achilles injury. Much love Cousins. Much love.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
My son….yes, SON has a son….has always been a good kid. Now seven years into his life, it’d be a shock if he veered off the path and started being a punk. Maybe the teenage years will make that a reality (I’m beginning to get sad), but until that happens, I expect a certain level from him. That’s what it’s been like for fantasy owners of Green over the past four years. On a per-game basis, he finished as the number 32, 21, 13, and 20 player, despite having a usage rate in the 17-19 range and attempting at least 10 shots per game just once. Well, he veered off the path this season. The usage rate has dipped below 15 and the shot attempts per game are under seven. The efficiency has been poor as well. I have a sneaky suspicion that come playoff time, we are going to see Green be money.
Returned to North Carolina, where he went to high school and college. I blame the friends and family! Did you know that Curry was born in Akron, Ohio? Hmmm, who’s the best player ever born in Akron?
Played a team-high 37 minutes. Klay has been a top 80 player over the past five games, primarily because he’s shot 42% from the field, but he has top 30 potential. On the season, he’s averaging 21.8 points, 3 tres, 4 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks.
Got his third straight start and played 25 minutes. Might as well if you’re Charlotte. From a fantasy perspective, Bridges will provide boards and steals with a smattering of tres, but is only averaging 22 minutes over the past four games. Need to see him getting close to 28 minutes of run to even begin thinking about him.
Played 37 minutes and led the Hornets in scoring. Shooting 13-of-14 from the field will usually make that a reality. Here’s the crazy thing, though. Over the past four games, Zeller has been a top 25 player, averaging 31.1 minutes, 16.3 points, 9 boards, 2 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 1.8 blocks! We know that Kemba plays better with Zeller on the court, so it’s glad to see logic prevailing in Charlotte.
Played a team-high 41 minutes. Fine, it wasn’t the best shooting performance from Kemba, but the on/off numbers with Zeller are significantly different. Regardless, as a pair they shot 22-for-38 (57%) from the field!!!
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Prior to last night, he had played 19, 23, and 18 minutes. Bridges will likely continue starting, but Lamb should be the main guy off the bench. Even though he’s only been averaging 22.7 minutes over the past four games, Lamb has been able to produce top 80 value.
Played 40 minutes. Yes, he messed around but in a losing effort. As the losses pile up, the minutes and motivation will likely come down. That’s a concern. With that said, the Lakers are only 2.5 games from the eight playoff spot with plenty of games left. As long as they can stay within striking distance, LeBron is going to ball the F out.
When Playoff LeBron was activated, the gravitational force of the transformation must’ve sucked Ingram into the mix. Over the past four games, the usage rate has spiked to 28 while the field goal percentage has increased to 56%. He’s gone from a top 200 player to a top 100 one. And therein lies the problem. The contribution in dimes are paltry and the D stats are as thin as Stanley Hudson’s hops.
Not an exciting line, but the nine tres attempts and 39 minutes of run are what we are focusing on. One cannot provide fantasy goodies if one does not get playing time or opportunities.
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.
Got the start and played 25 minutes. Since being acquired by Memphis, Valanciunas has played four games and averaged 24.6 minutes, 20 points, 0.3 tres, 10.3 boards, 2 dimes, and 1.3 blocks. The usage rate has been 33.3! JV has been promoted to varsity!
Still baffled why Memphis didn’t trade him. Anyways, the usage rate is around 29 and Conley is provided points, tres, boards, dimes, steals, and some blocks. He’s been languishing in the top 50-70 area recently, but has top 25 upside.
Played 23 minutes off the bench. Noah has been a top 60 player over the past five games. Hahahahahahhahah! What a time to be alive. He’s been providing everything but tres. With Jaren Jackson Jr. out, Noah should continue getting run.
C. J. McCollum
Top 50-ish player. C. J. will wow you from time to time, but more often than not, he will deliver steady production. Someone to bring home to the folks.
The center minutes went 29 for Jusuf Nurkic and 19 for Enes Kanter. That will likely be the nightly distribution. Nurkic provided 15 points, 8 boards, and 4 dimes. Kanter delivered 9 points, 6 boards, and 2 dimes.
Love actually? Got the start and played 28 minutes. Well, this hurts because I was wrong on Love. It is a mysterious beast. The Cavs are giving him minutes (likely to showcase him for a trade in the summer) and Love is delivering dub-dubs. For those that stayed strong and held firm, congrats on the Love.
Cedi no longer tanks the percentages. Osman! Over the past four games, he’s been shooting 55% from the field and been a top 55 player.
Top 60 player. We drafted Young for the steals and blocks, but he’s been contributing across the board. TY! You’re welcome.
Played 30 minutes after missing two games due to injury. Should’ve called in sick for one more day.
I often write disparaging things about Collison, but I’m not a complete hater, as I will give him his due when he balls out. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 60 player. The 7.3 dimes are his main asset, but he does rebound well for a guard (4) and will contribute steals and tres.
Over the past four games, Sabonis has shot 65% from the field and averaged 17 points, 10.3 boards, 3 dimes, and 1.5 steals. Good for top 65 value. Unfortunately, he’s been shooting 57% from the line on 5.3 attempts. On the season, he’s a 72% shooter from the line, so I wouldn’t get too down.
That’s a clean trip-dub for _lake. Of course he didn’t block a shot, though. So, over the past four games, _lake has averaged 21.8 points, 3.3 tres, 6.5 boards, and 5.5 dimes. Good, right? Well, he’s been outside the top 200 because no contributions in the D cats with 42% from the field and 55% from the line on 7.3 attempts.
Just another Dre Day. Top 10 player over the past four games.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, Kennard has averaged 27.5 minutes, up from the 21 he was getting earlier in the season. He’s been providing points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The free throw shooting has been bad, though. Is there something in the water? How far away is Flint?
LMA with the O! No laughing matter. But the Spurs losing to the Nets, 85-101? LMAO!
Got the start but only played 25 minutes. He’s still recovering from injury, so it will take some time to get ramped back up. You may have to rely on Mr. Pink and Mr. Orange until Mr. White is ready to go.
Top 50 player on the season. Remember when he was draining tres last season? Yeah, me neither.
Davis Bertans got the start and played 31 minutes, while Rudy Gay came off the bench and played 19 minutes. Second game of a back-to-back, so a maintenance day.
Played 36 minutes. Russell is a top 50 player on the season. Over the past four games, he’s had a usage rate of 36! The only thing holding him back is the spotty shooting efficiency.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. Since returning from injury, LeVert has played 15, 23, 31, 21, 30, and 27 minutes. It’s going to take time for him to get back into the groove. Should we expect the production from pre-injury? I wouldn’t expect it, but it’s within the range of outcomes. Keep in mind that I didn’t think Cousins or Love would make much of an impact.
Only two Nets, Russell and Joe Harris, received at least 30 minutes of run. Only three players, Harris, Russell, and LeVert, scored in double figures. Yet, the Nets defeated the Spurs, 101-85. I want to laugh again but I already did earlier.
The Suns defeated the Heat, 124-121 in Miami. Every Suns starter attempted at least 10 shots and all scored in double figures, yet only one player reached the 20-point threshold. There is no I in team, but there is one in win.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Got the start and played 26 minutes. He has started the past two games. He was more productive off the bench, which makes sense because he didn’t have to compete with usage. Oubre should still be productive, as long as he gets the minutes, but coming off the bench and leading the second unit would be more beneficial for his fantasy prospects.
Man, Deandre has fallen off Ayton. Earlier in the season, he was producing top 35 value, dub-dubbing 20/10, shooting well from the free throw line, and even contributing some D stats. Now? 60% from the line, the blocks have disappeared, and the dub-dubs have experienced shrinkage. Top 100 player now.
Continues to start and played 32 minutes. We knew this Johnson wasn’t going to stay limp forever and shoot sub-40%. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 35 player.
Played 21 minutes. Why is he on this team again? I can’t wait until Craw is breaking ankles in China as a 50-year old player.
Played a whopping 41 minutes, as the Heat were a little short-handed last night with Derrick Jones Jr., James Johnson, and Rodney McGruder all unable to play. Someone place a picture of Olynyk next to the word, outlier, in the dictionary.
A Mt. Whiteside eruption! As with most volcanoes, tough to predict when they will happen.
My RichardSON….I’m sad. It’s okay, though. I will always love you, even though the shooting efficiency is poor and the D stats have all but disappeared. Do I need an intervention because I’m in an abusive relationship?
Played 21 minutes. Surprisingly, the blocks are light for a player of his height and athleticism. With that said, he is only averaging around 20 minutes per game.
Played 23 minutes off the bench. Second game back from injury after missing 35 games. The minutes will slowly ramp back up and Dragic should return to the starting lineup at some point.
Played 30 minutes. T minus 22 games.
Got the start and played 24 minutes because Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) was out.
Played 23 minutes off the bench. Third game back from injury. The minutes have increased from 14 to 18 to 23. It’s only a matter of time before he gets ramped up and fully integrated into the squad.
Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon both scored 22 points. Malcolm Middleton!!!
Did aliens abduct Bledsoe or something, because over the past four games he’s been outside the top 300.
Woof woof! Top 15 player over the past four games. The only thing missing is the blocks.
Played 34 minutes. For one night at least, Brook is the family female dog. Over the past four games, Robin has been a top 35 player, averaging 31.1 minutes, 21.5 points, 5 boards, 2 dimes, and 1.5 blocks. Ha!
Played 29 minutes off the bench. For the month of February, Selden has been averaging 24.5 minutes of run and 7.5 shot attempts per game. Not much to see here, but Selden will get hot from time to time.
Collins is tied for 18th with 24 dub-dubs. Impressive, but for perspective, Drummond leads the league with 48. For Collins to take that next step, he needs to dish out more dimes and contribute the D. That’s what she said. I’ve been watching the Office.
Played a team-high 41 minutes. Oh baby baby. Over the past three games, Trae has been a top 30 player, averaging 29.7 points, 5 tres, and 8.7 dimes. 20 field goal attempts and a usage rate of 29.5, but the most important number is the 46% shooting from the field.
Got the start and played 26 minutes. An interesting development, considering he received the start the prior game because James Harden was out. Harden was back for this one, yet D’Antoni decided to go with Clint Capela and Faried with P. J. Tucker, Harden, and Chris Paul. I thought his value was all but nuked when Capela returned, but new information has presented itself and we must now reassess.
36-game streak of 30 or more points has been broken. Boo freaking hoo. Since Chris Paul returned, the usage rate has still been above 40, but the tres, boards, dimes, steals, blocks, and field goal efficiency have all been down.
Stay healthy Chris. Yes, we are on a first name basis. Well, at least I am. Over the past three games, he’s been the #5 player. Paul is the #20 player on a per-game basis for the season.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. With the Rockets getting healthy, Gordon shifts back to the bench, which is the best role for him in real-life and fantasy.
Got the start and played 37 minutes. It’s on like Donkey Kong!
Starts and played 36 minutes. Still sucks, though. I shall call him Harry from now on.
Only played 13 minutes due to foul trouble.
The poor shooting from both the field and line keep his fantasy value down. Outside of that, he contributes across the board.
Played 29 minutes. Over the past four games, our Buddy has attempted 20 shots per game and had a usage rate of 30! The 6.3 boards is also lovely from the guard position. Remember the bet between Vivek and Vlade last season? Vivek’s horse was Buddy while Vlade was backing BogBog. Never doubt the judgement of a billionaire, unless his name is Robert Kraft. Ba dum tss. I kid. Kraft has built a football dynasty and as for his extracurricular activities….well, he got the most bang for his buck.
Yeah. No bang for too many bucks.
ME F’IN OWWWWW!!!!! Feed the KAT all night and all day. See what happens when that happens? It’s not rocket science people.
Got the start and played 31 minutes because Jeff Teague (knee and hand) was out.
Played 25 minutes off the bench. He has a usage rate of 34! A perfect player to lead the second unit. Don’t expect much outside of points, boards, and some dimes, though. Well, maybe a steal here and there, but that’s it.
Led the Sixers, as Joel Embiid (knee) was out again. Harris is so good and is going to get piggidy paid this summer.
Top 200 player over the past five games. No tres, high turnover rate, and atrocious free throw percentage (55% on 7.2 attempts).
Did not start, as that honor went to Jonah Bolden, but Boban played 20 minutes off the bench and did what Boban do. A per-minute monster, it’s too bad he plays in the wrong era.
Played 21 minutes. Thanks for playing. Seriously, thanks.
Got the start and played 34 minutes. Top 75 player over the past five games. He’s contributing 2 tres, 1.2 steals, and 1 block over that span. I didn’t think he had it in him. If he keeps developing those aspects of his game, he’s going to be a fantasy monster because he’s a bull in the paint.
Has played three games since returning from injury and started the past two. Top 100 player over that span, contributing across the board. The high turnovers and crappy free throw shooting are holding him down. If you need dimes with contributions in the rest of the cats, Payton is your guy, especially since AD probably won’t play much. The only thing to be aware of is the crappy playoff schedule for the Pelicans.
#11 player over the past five games. He rarely goes bonkers, yet contributes steady production across the board on a nightly basis. The usage rate is only in the 24-26 range.
Continues to start and played 26 minutes. The production has really fallen off, primarily due to the poor shooting efficiency (32% over the past five games). No matter how much he hustles and contributes in the other cats, if he can’t shoot, it will be tough for Gentry to keep running him out there.
Got the start and played 37 minutes. Top 50 player over the past four games, averaging 29.4 minutes, 15.5 points, 0.8 tres, 6 boards, 2.8 dimes, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He’s also shooting 92% from the line on 3.5 attempts! That won’t continue, as he’s a 75% shooter from the line, but it’s nice to know that he can.
Trip-dub, like manna from the heavens. I heart you Luka. From a fantasy perspective, the lack of D stats and high turnovers keep him down, but I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care!
Played a team-high 39 minutes and continues to start. Beverley had been off the fantasy radar for a while, as he wasn’t scoring much, but he was playing so many minutes and contributed in the peripheral cats that I didn’t realize he was still a top 85 player.
Damn, where’d that come from? The 32 points were a season high and last night was the third time this season he had scored at least 30 points. Sontrezl approves of the performance from Montrezl. Top 40 player over the past four games.
Played 34 minutes off the bench. Also a top 40 player over the past four games. The Clippers have the best 1-2 punch on the bench. Now, let’s work on that starting unit.
I love that “JV has been promoted to Varcity” word play… Osman!
Should we be dropping Kenrich Williams in a 12 teamer ?
Looking at either Ty-Jo or Augustin.. what do you think ?
Update – I grabbed Augustin for Kenrich.. after thinking Ty-Jo all night.
Ty-Jo’s last couple games have been strong, but Augustin maybe the safer play..
Plus those first round Orlando fantasy playoff matchups you pointed out are def tasty!
You never know, maybe I end up dumping Dragic or Dunn for Ty-Jo too ?
@Mr. Blast: AyO!
Ha! Thanks MB!
I’d rather have TyJo, but you’ve got plenty of PGs
The AD situation is obviously so frustrating, especially after last nights production in limited minutes. Could I view him as a sweetener in trades at this point? I need to make up lost ground. I want to target a second or third round player from other teams that will boost specific categories by giving up another one of my second round players plus AD. Trades like that are hard to come by and just want to get something done and move on. Sound reasonable?
Man, I tried so hard to trade away AD for the last month and had no luck.
I went pretty low too. I honestly feel like dumping him, but can’t. Sucks.
Son, take AD off my hands in the RCL for a ham sandwich… ?
I’m in the 8-9th seed fighting to get in..
@Mr. Blast: yeah man, that yahoo no drop deal makes no sense. That’s actually the main reason I want him off my team. Come playoff time and he sits or is shutdown I’m stuck. Best of luck to you!
@Mr. Blast: I don’t want that crap!!
I have him in another RCL and I wish I traded him way back when an offer was presented to me
@miles proudfoot: Sounds reasonable. It just takes one, but his value is pretty low right now
Holy crap, I got a taker on AD….
Sent out more offers this morning. And a team went for Draymond for AD…
@Mr. Blast: I like it
Yeah man, not bad.. I’m still about 5 games out of the 6th spot, so my chances are pretty slim to get in.. But at least I’m going out trying / swinging away.
Be persistent with trying to move him people!
@Mr. Blast: Ha! I wish you good fortune. Going down swinging is the only way to go down….unless someone gets you from behind. Then, you have no choice.
What do I with Will Barton? I’m in first with a 10game lead.
You’re in a position to wait him out then. Plus, DEN has a nice playoff schedule. I would keep an eye on players who become available, though, since Barton is still recovering from injury and the Nuggets are so deep.
How are you ranking powell, noah, and kanter?
powell has highest ceiling if they play him. and can noah sustain it
@Future is bright: How you have it. Not sure if Noah can sustain it, but ride the wave while it’s there
seeing all this talk about playoff schedule, i feel obligated to sing the praises of roto leagues. season is too long and too much work to see it come down to silly season. of course i still do an rcl or two, mostly to stay sharp on drafting and player valuation. long live the Rotoman empire!
Long live the Rotoman Empire indeed!
With that said, I do appreciate and understand the allure of H2H. Yes, it injects variance into the equation, but that variance also provides a level of excitement that roto can never replicate.
I’m in a 10 team H2H 10 category league. We include TO’s and DD’s. I’m in first place and have built my team around high efficiency big men – Embiid, KAT and KD. (It’s a keeper league)
Better value ROS – Kanter or Powell? I currently have Kanter but curious if Powell has a better opportunity. I also already own Nurkic.
Powell for me. He gets more minutes than Kanter, even when he’s not starting, and could be the starter and get 30+ minutes. Kanter is likely capped at 20 minutes unless an injury happens.
Gotta love fantasy. Someone dropped Siakam early this year and I am so thrilled I grabbed him. The flip side: I just did not trust a The Knicks frontcourt situation and missed Robinson instead holding Rondo. Ugh.
@JC: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Can’t win em all. With that said, what is life without fantasy?
@Jc: We are kindred spirits
I had Cousins in my IL since draft day and am very happy to see that sweet line in the lede.
Question: Im in 8th place with 3 weeks to go. 7 games out of the six seed. I play three bottom tier teams and my closest competition all play three top tier teams. So i have a chance. But every move is precious now. I had been stashing hurt players over the break like Warren and Dragic but i had to drop them when it was clear they werent ready, and i had to shift Embiid to my IL. In this scenario, you think its time to give up on Teague, who had a back to back the next two days and likely doesnt play in either game? I could pick up a Jae Crowder who had a back to back as well, or someone like that. Or hold on to Teague and hope he can play or that i can carry the dead weight and switch him with Embiid when he hopefully comes back saturday….
@Court Vision: Sup CV!
I’d hold Teague.
Good luck down the stretch!
@Son: Thanks homie! Its a nail biter. Hope alls well with you.
@Court Vision: That’s why we play the game.
All is well on the Westside