The other night, I told my kids to pick out a book to read before bedtime. My oldest son…yes, he is the son of Son, as is I….Anyways, he grabbed the Tortoise and the Hare off the shelf. I am so conflicted when I read this book to my kids. On one side, the story teaches my kids valuable lessons in persistence, patience, and consistency. Yet, all I see are scenes from the History Channel of Blitzkrieg, aka “Lightning War.” Tanks and planes traversing the battlefield with such force and speed that the the opposition has no time to defend or take any action. The same concept is often applied to the game of basketball. The easiest way to score is when the opposing defense hasn’t had a chance to set up. This is often the “Lightning War,” aka transition buckets. When the defense is set up, though, there are certain players that can strike from land and through the air with such devastating precision and quickness that it brings out the waving of white flags. Last night, James Harden was that player:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
50 10 11 2 0 6 4/12 14/26 18/19

A fifty burger while messing around! Per ESPN Stats & Info, that was Harden’s fourth career 50-point triple-dub. Only three other players have performed the feat: Russell Westbrook, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor. So crazy. Through 24 games, Harden is the #4 player for fantasy. He’s averaging 35.9 minutes, 30.8 points, 4.1 threeecolas, 5.5 rebounds, 8.3 dimes, and 2.1 steals. Yes, the 5.7 turnovers suck, but the usage rate is a whopping 37.2!

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 14 1 1 2 1 0 7/13 2/3

Coming into last night’s game, Capela had been struggling a bit. The prior three games, he was scoring 4 fewer points and blocking 1 fewer shot per game than his season averages. The free throw shooting is usually terrible, but over that stretch, it was especially atrocious (37%). All is good, at least for a game. C&C Music Factory is bumping the beats again so everybody can dance now.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 1 9 3 0 2 3/4 3/10 5/6

Like a good neighbor, Chris Paul was there.

Daniel House Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 0 1 0 1 3/5 5/8 2/2

Was the main guy off the bench and played 29 minutes. With James Ennis III out for a week or two, raise the roof on this House. One can expect threeecolas and a handful of rebounds. He’s a low usage player so he needs to make his shots to have value.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 5 4 2 0 3 3/6 12/18 2/6

Top 10 player for fantasy, but that 68% free throw shooting is no bueno.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 5 2 1 2 1/5 8/17 7/7

Brandon Ingram who? Over the past seven games, Kuzma has been the #12 player. We always knew he could shoot, but he’s averaged 4 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks over that span. Earlier in the season, I was worried that he was going to be a one-dimensional player. I’m a big dummy.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 3 8 1 0 3 0/6 3/9 1/2

I walked 500 Myles. I can do this.

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 1 0 2 1 2/3 6/8 1/3

Got the start and played 29 minutes. You’ll get some D stats and threeecolas, but Hart is a low usage player so it’s kind of annoying owning him in fantasy. Plus, he will go back to the bench when Ingram returns.

Lance Stephenson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 1 1 0 1 3/5 7/12 0

Played 23 minutes. Lance will make you dance from time to time. Unfortunately, most of the time he just makes you want to drink…and drink….and drink….and drink….and cry….and drink some more.

Lauri Markkanen

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

Playing in Mexico City messed with the calibration for the Markkanen. Denver, Colorado is 5280 feet above sea level. Mexico City is 7382 feet above sea level.

Wendell Carter Jr.

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

Only played 18 minutes. Partly due to foul trouble and partly due to…..I’ll just say that this Carter Administration is being bogged down by the bureacracy.

Justin Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 2 3 0 2 4/5 6/11 2/3

Played 38 minutes. Top 30 player. Damn, I was so wrong about him…and I’m still looking for reasons to fade him. I should’ve known, though, because all the Holidays be working. We could probably send them to the dark side of the moon, and they’d still be hoopin’.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 5 2 0 6 2/3 10/18 1/2

A team-high 40 minutes. After a blistering start to the season, LaVine has come back down to Earth. He’s still a top 50 player, but over the past seven games, he’s been more like a top 100 player. The usage rate has plummeted from 31.5 down to 27. Makes sense with the team getting healthy.

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 1 1 0 0 1/2 6/11 2/4

Played 22 minutes. There was word that Jabari Parker will no longer be in the rotation, so Portis should be the main beneficiary.

Kris Dunn

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

Played 26 minutes and should be the starter sooner than later. Arcidiacono! Sounds like bye in Italian to me.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 5 7 0 0 1 1/5 2/11 3/4

I would’ve figured that he of all players would perform well in elevated altitude.

Jonathan Isaac

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

Got the start and played 26 minutes. He did have foul trouble or the night could’ve been bigger. Those D stats are B. U. T. ful. Now, we just need the usage to increase.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 2 2 1 2 3/6 11/21 1/2

Vucevic scoffs at altitude, defenders, regression, etc.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 6 2 0 4 1/5 6/12 0/2

I heart Lu. I can’t wait until the triple-dubs start flowing like the water in the Nile Delta.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 15 1 0 0 5 0 5/5 4/7

DJ would make a terrible censor. Or a pop-up blocker.

Dirk Nowitzki

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

Played 6 minutes. I know we are a fantasy site, but have to pay respects to one of the greatest.

Dorian Finney-Smith

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

Finney-Smith is a super-low usage player, but he contributes in all but dishing out dimes. In addition, he’s averaging around 25-26 minutes per game and has appeared in every game so far. The contributions in the peripheral cats give him a decent floor, and when he makes his shots, there’s access to some ceiling.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 8 5 4 0 0 3/6 4/7 2/2

Got the start and played 37 minutes. Will be on a new team soon.

TJ Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 3 3 0 0 2 3/4 11/17 5/6

Warren is always a G and regulating. He has really improved both his range and efficiency. Last season, he averaged 0.3 threeecolas and shot 49% from the field. So far this year, 1.7 threeecolas and 52% from the field.

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 5 1 2 1 4 0 3/13 1/2

The spike in D contributions is a welcome sight. Yet, he still needs Ayton of work with the rest of his game.

De’Anthony Melton

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

Got the start, but only played 21 minutes. I ain’t scared. Just weeding out all the unbelievers. Stay strong.

Richaun Holmes

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

Over the past eight games, Holmes is a top 75 player. He’s averaging 20.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 5.5 boards, 0.8 steals, and 1.6 blocks. Odale Holmes.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 3 1 0 2 3/6 5/18 1/2

He’s young and can stuff the stat sheet, but he’s so painful to watch, as he jacks up some horrific shots. I don’t think he’s a very good basketball player, but he can be productive for fantasy. Opens a tab. #236 player over the past eight games while averaging 30.6 minutes. Ok, maybe not. He’s shooting 32% from the field!

Jamal Crawford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 5 1 1 2 0/3 6/14 5/5

Played 27 minutes. Why? Why?! Why?!! Why is he on this team?!!! Nothing against Craw, as he can still ball with the best of them, but he has no business being on this Suns team. Is the plan to trade him to a contender and get assets for him? Ok, good luck with that.

The Clippers lost 87-125 in San Antonio. The Spurs either blow out or get blown out. There is no middle ground for them.

Danilo Gallinari scored 15, while Tobias Harris scored 17 points.

Avery Bradley

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

When Avery gets a stat box, you know it was not a good day for the Clippers. In fact, Ice Cube probably had to use the AK.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 4 1 2 0 2 1/1 12/14 2/4

LMA! I was shocked to see that he’s been a top 45 player over the past eight games. I don’t remember him having any good games, but the numbers don’t lie. Over that span, he’s been shooting 58% from the field, so that explains it. I feel confident in saying that I’m going to be LMAO sooner than later.

Rudy Gay

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 3 2 1 0 1/2 8/10 4/4

I used to reserve this for Gobert, but Gay deserves it….

Top 50 player for the season and top 25 over the past eight games.

Derrick White

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

Got the start and played 25 minutes. Won’t be leading any fantasy teams to the promised land. Maybe if he rounded up Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blue, and Mr. Brown.

Jakob Poeltl

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

Played 21 minutes. It’s so hard to evaluate Poeltl because the Spurs are involved in so many blowouts. I want to believe. I really do, but I can’t get that play out of my head when he comes down with the offensive rebound, turns around towards half court, then fires the ball straight into the scorer’s table.

  1. NMB says:
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    kuzma or Otto Porter ros?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Kuzma

  2. Renz says:
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    Sup my G?

    Been a while, but I get to do catch up with your articles. Informative and on point as always. Which side would you rather take on this trade? Butler + Holmes for Middleton + Turner. My side was Jimmy B + Holmes. I think Middleton is on a slump which he will get to it at some point plus Myles is trending up which for me makes it worth it. Ha

    Thanks Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Sup Renz! Yeah, been a while. Good to hear from you.

      Middleton/Turner

      • Renz says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks mate! Appreciate your response. I’m glad I was able to make the trade! HA!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Renz: Anytime Renz! Hope it works out for you

  3. Guillermo says:
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    Hey Son!

    Enjoying the posts the last few days, really good stuff!

    Just an update, my Sabonis/Prince for his Ayton/RichardSON trade I mentioned a few weeks back was vetoed by my LM on account of Prince getting injured the day after the trade was accepted. Sucks to be me.

    As a result of Prince getting injured I’m in a tough battle this week with a short-handed 11 man roster and need to get dubya this week as I’m playing 2nd and 1st place teams next 2 weeks. My league is 14 team 11-cat (+PF; +DD) and I’m currently ranked 7th. My current team is made up of the below:

    Bledsoe, Murray, Hart, Mk.Bridges, OPJ, Prince, Siakam, Sabonis, Embiid, Jokic, Adebayo, Holmes

    There are a few interesting names on the waiver wire that I was looking to replace Holmes (I think Ayton will come back strong next week) and/or Hart (since Ingram is back likely next week) – what are your thoughts on the moves below and how would you rank?

    (Jamychal) Green, Zeller, Vonleh, Monroe for Holmes
    Huerter, Crabbe, Kennard for Hart

    Thanks in advance for all the expertise!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Guillermo: Thanks Guillermo!

      I’m not a fan of that move by your league. At the time of the trade, Prince was fine. It is what it is though.

      I like Vonleh and Monroe more than Holmes.

      Huerter for me over Hart

  4. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Hey buddy, can you rank these players? Hood, CoJo, Forbes

    Just looking for overall value specifically for week 10. Going to battle against my rival. Hah Denver has only 2 games next week so I’ll be making moves soon, dropping Lyles in the process… Thanks bud. Btw, my squad:

    PG1 Holiday
    SG1 Oladipo
    SG2 Richardson
    SG3 Bridges
    SF1 Covington
    SF2 Porter Jr.
    SF3 Oubre Jr.
    PF1 Durant
    PF2 Isaac
    PF3 Lyles
    C1 Gobert
    C2 Ayton
    C3 Adebayo
    IR Cousins
    IR Harris

    I’m keeping Bam until Spo starts giving Whiteside meaningful minutes again, I’m definitely holding for now. Oubre however, is in a weird place with the Wiz right now. I wonder how it would feel when your team tried to move you but then failed. Sheesh They don’t like him and so if that case, I’m bailing out. Lol Could swap Oubre and Lyles for Hood and Forbes/CoJo, what do you say? Anyway I’d just like to add, I thought my Suns have already hit rock bottom but James Jones isn’t done yet. Jesus, how can you not know the first name of the player you are possibly getting in a trade. My NBA team has become a friggin joke. Sad day for Suns fans

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! Yeah, what a shituation in Phoenix. Unfortunately, I feel your pain. I’m a Raiders fan.

      As for Hood, Joseph, or Forbes, depends if you want assists. If so, then Joseph. If not, then I’d go Forbes, Joseph, then Hood.

      I’d keep Bam too. I’ve always liked him and there is enough uncertainty with the Whiteside situation that there’s a sliver of hope for more run.

      I would not swap Oubre and Lyles for Hood and For

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: aryt buddy, thanks so much. I’ll just hang tight.. By the way, the suns finally got the deal right. We got Oubre and Rivers. I wonder how this is going to affect Oubre’s minutes now that he will be playing in a stacked Phoenix suns team. I hope he leapfrogs bridges in the starting lineup. Ha I own Mikal too, but he hasn’t done ish even with Booker sidelined. If anything, Booker’s return will only hurt his already measly production…. What’re your thoughts on this matter?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: I don’t think it moves the needle that much for either the Suns or Oubre. At least he should get plenty of getting-blown-out run

  5. Court Vision says:
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    Sup Son. Happy weekend…curious for your thoughts…

    I didnt end up using that #2 waiver pick on Melton (fell asleep without setting it! fatherhood…). Fournier just got dropped on my wire though and he seems like maybe the best player to be dropped so far in year in which the league has been stingy about holding onto underperformers. Burn that #2 pick on the Virgin?

    Also i grabbed Monroe when Valanciunas went down but man that first game was butt. Give him another shot or move on…to…Doc River’s kid i guess?

    Thanks dood!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: Sup CV!! How’s fatherhood been so far?

      Naw, I’d hold that #2 waiver pick now.

      I’d hold Monroe for now. Austin is the worst, so that should answer any and all questions regarding him

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Son: Going good bud, thanks for asking. Seems like ive got a real chiller on my hands…as long as boob in proximity and drawers are clean no fuss! Takes after dad i guess.

        Yeah, i guess all Rivers is gonna do is reduce Melton’s role. Silly Suns. For that matter, silly Wizards! Have a good rest of weekend homie.

        • Son

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          @Court Vision: Ha! Good to hear. My son was super chill like that as well. My daughter, on the other hand……

          Wizards need to make themselves disappear. Poof.

          Have a good weekend as well.

  6. John says:
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    Hi Son. It’s been a while. I’m the one who traded AD for Jordan/Love. Haha. Just a quick assessment on my current roster if you may please.

    10-player 9-cat H2H League

    1. Lillard
    2. Butler
    3. Capela
    4. Covington
    5. Harris
    6. Barton
    7. Jordan
    8. Collins
    9. Bledsoe
    10. Siakam
    11. Schroder
    12. Porter
    13. Richardson

    IL: Love

    Should I trade someone? Who should I drop, especially if Love returns nxt yr?

    Thanks a lot Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup John,

      Well, you traded away AD so….

      As for trades, always depends on who you can get at what price. As for a drop when Love returns, not sure yet. A lot can happen between now and then. Let’s reassess when Love actually returns

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    My buddy Son, do you think Huerter is legit?

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