In the year LXXX A.D., the construction of the Roman Colosseum was completed. While Classical mythology dramas were performed there, the Colosseum was more well-known for the gory public spectacles: gladiator fights, executions, and animal vs. animal clashes. Thanks to Google, we are able to learn about some of the most epic battles. Were they true? When I buy my DeLorean, I’ll let you know. Until that day, assume all the accounts are true, because I got it from a page on the internet. There was the elephant vs rhino fight, in which the elephant picked up a broken spear and gouged the rhino’s eyes out. A former Syrian soldier named Flamma was victorious 33 times. He so impressed the masses that the politicians offered him freedom four times. Titus filled the Colsseum with water, brought in ships, and re-enacted a sea battle with three thousand men. All impressive and no doubt had all the spectators on the edge of their seats, but none could compare with what went down at Scotiabank Arena last night, where the Toronto Raptors edged the Golden State Warriors, 131-128 in OT. The game looked like it was going to be a laugher, as the Raptors stormed out to a 13-point advantage after the first period, but then Kevin Durant went into F U mode and….

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
51 11 6 0 0 1 4/7 18/31 11/12

KD has scored 44, 49, and 51 points over the last three games. With no Steph Curry on the court, he has a mind-boggling 41% usage rate. There’s really not much to say, as KD is the #3 player for fantasy, and we all know it, but…..30.1 points, 1.5 threeecolas, 7.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks, 51% from the field, and 93% from the line is so silly to write and look at regardless. Anyways, landofbasketball.com has the head-to-head stats for KD vs Kawhi Leonard. They have played 32 times against each other (13 regular season/19 playoffs). KD averages 28 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks against KL. NBA is faaaaaaantastic!

Beep. Boop. Bop. I was wondering why I saw famous battles at the Colosseum on the History Channel when I walked by the Stocktonator earlier in the day, as it had KD as the #1 player last night.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Jonas Jerebko

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20 9 3 1 1 3 3/5 8/13 1/1

The 33 minutes and 20 points were both season-highs. The answer is no, but if you do roster him, I’d have to investigate you for insider trading or wonder if you’re from the future.

Kevin Looney

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

Played 26 minutes, while Damian Jones only played 11 minutes. Last night was the second time this season Looney has played 26 minutes, but keep in mind the game went to overtime yesterday. If you need a center, Looney will get around 20 minutes per game and contribute a little something something in rebounds and blocks.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 1 0 1 3 1/3 8/13 3/4

Nick Nurse has healed Ibaka, as he’s shooting fewer threeecolas (0.7 vs 1.4), which has contributed to the increase in efficiency (56% vs 48%). In addition, he’s grabbing one more rebound. Good things happen when you don’t just chill on the perimter, waiting to catch-and-shoot, especially when you’re 6′ 10″ and 235 pounds.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 2 1 0 1 1 3/4 8/10 7/8

Peep the new HD Ultra Siakam. Man, the improvements he’s made from last year have been striking. Now, playing nine more minutes a game helps, but he’s shooting 63% from the field and 78% from the line after going 50% from the field and 62% from the line last season. Siakam is a top 40 player for fantasy.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 8 3 1 1 1 3/6 14/24 6/6

Beep. I am. Boop. Kawhi. Bop. Leonard. How may I be of service tonight? Beep boop beep. Kawhi reminds me of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. It’s sleek, smooth, and delivers a devastating payload. But, it needs tons of maintenance, like repainting the radar absorbing paint and such.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 12 3 0 1 2/7 4/14 0

Aaaaaaalmost messed around. Well, he did mess with your shooting percentages, which has been a common occurrence over the past eight games (39% from the field).

Danny Green

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13 5 3 1 2 0 3/6 5/10 0

Your typical, inconsistent, 3 & D player.

Thaddeus Young

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

Barely a top 175 player, as he’s playing four fewer minutes than last year (27.9 vs 32.2).

Darren Collison

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

Tyreke Evans

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

Awww, so cute. They wore matching stat lines, except it was his/her edition and one was washed while the other wasn’t. They both stunk, though.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 15 3 1 1 2 1/1 6/13 7/8

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Why isn’t he starting? Top 50 player for fantasy in only 24-25 minutes per game.

Cory Joseph

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

Has value because he gets around 27 minutes a game and provides threeecolas, rebounds, assists, and steals. In addition, Darren Collison kind of sucks so….With that said, the Pacers play at one of the slowest paces in the league.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 9 7 2 0 4 2/7 15/27 6/10

LeMazing. LeCredible. LeVelous.

Lonzo Ball

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

The antonyms of everything in the LeBron blurb.

Tobias Harris

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28 6 4 0 0 0 3/5 11/17 3/3

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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

Patience grasshoppers. The Logo always knows.

Avery Bradley

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16 3 6 0 1 3 4/7 6/10 0

He’s been playing close to 30 minutes a game for the past few weeks, yet I didn’t know if he was still in the league.

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 1 0 1 0 0 8/10 8/12

As with Sabonis, why isn’t he starting? Buehler? Top 40 player for fantasy.

Willie Cauley-Stein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 1 1 0 3 0 8/13 1/4

I feel like he double-dubs every game, yet he’s only notched seven in 21 games. While he provides some points and rebounds, WCS tanks your free throw percentage and doesn’t get his block on. With his length and athleticism, that is a travesty. He’s a top 150 player for fantasy.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 2 1 0 0 0/1 8/15 2/2

Played 27 minutes. Unfortunately, he left last night’s game due to back tightness. Bagley was really coming on too, as he had five straight games scoring in double figures and notched two double-dubs over that span. If he’s unable to go, Nemanja Bjelica should probably get his minutes ramped up again.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 6 0 0 1 3/6 8/20 7/8

Y’all know how I’ve felt about BogBog since the preseason. Well….this is how I feel now….

  1. Big thinker says:
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    Hey, awesome post as always. Have one dilemma: who to add from WW for last few days this week. Trying to punt all 9 categories, except rebs and points. Options: Brogdon (has 1 game left), Markieeff Morris (2 games), Ryan Arcidiacono(2 games). Tight week, also I already have 1 game less than opponent left, cannot afford awful game from one of them. Who you got? All of the picks are hot recently.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Much appreciated!

      Morris for me. 2 games and he should continue to get some center minutes due to The Dwight news

      • Big thinker says:
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        @Son: My man. Thats what i thought.

      • Big thinker says:
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        @Son:Another one for next week: drop Ingles for Brogdon or nah?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Big thinker: Would depend on roster, but in a vacuum, I side with Brogdon

          • Big thinker says:
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            @Son: Simmons, Fox, DBooker, Mitchell, Justin Holiday, Beal, Ingles, JJJ, Aaron Gordon, Kieff, Turner, KAT, Nurkic. Markanen on IR.

          • Big thinker says:
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            @Son: Also after markannen return, who should I stash to IR? Dunn or Barton? Which one is better for my team?

              • Big thinker says:
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                @Son: Thank man, I also thought about Barton. Who do you think I should drop to make space for Markannen?

  2. Wutang says:
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    SON!! been in a little love/hate relationship with my fantasy bball league after some greeeaasssyyy trades were made, but I figure what’s the best way to get back at ’em? win it all!

    Had to drop back and congratulate you on the bogbog career high, with 20 shots!! He’s been a hold for me, and I see why you had so much faith. Big game!

    • Son

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      Ha! Winning is the best revenge. When it comes to trades though, always keep in mind that everyone values players differently and everyone has different agendas.

      Always good to hear from you. Wutang is for the people!!!!

      As for BogBog, dude is a baller

    • Court Vision says:
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      @Son: @Wutang: I can relate. Newbie in my league traded Beard/Ricky Lake Griffin AND Domantis for Lebron on his own and kicked off a shitstorm on the message boards. Yeesh.

      I held injured Bogbog for days and i too am loving those lines now.

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        @Court Vision: Just hanging on waiting for Barton and Boogie to get healthy now…

        • Son says:
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          @Court Vision: I’m very curious to see how Boogie looks and fits in

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            @Son: Same. I could see the rest days being a real pain, but also what a talent. Ive also had the thought of flipping Embiid before the deadline since the sixers playoff schedule sucks and he is outperforming his ADP. But i cant make that work without another strong C. Boogie may not be that, but its a fun game of wait and see.

            • Son

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              @Court Vision: For sure. The range is so wide. I’m a fade on him, as the Achilles injury is tough to come back from, but with that said he has the talent and is in a situation where he could crush

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                @Son: Im also an Oaklander and Dubs fan so its kind of impossible to resist the gravitational pull of the ultimate shiny object.

                That said, im curious. Earlier in the year i asked if you thought i should try to flip Embiid for Giannis. He’s more durable and his playoff schedule is legit. You said yes with the caveat that it messes up my capacity at C. Would you still do so or does Embiid’s performance and Freak’s bad FT% change anything? I should note my team is built to compete in FT%.

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Court Vision: Ha! Understandable.

                  As for G vs Embiid, comes down to roster construction. In a vacuum, I like G more

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    Liking Tad’s assessments. Does not look like he comments, replies to questions. True or outlier?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Tad is good and he comments. I sent him an email but I suspect he’s in the cave concocting the next article

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Cool

  4. Ace says:
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    Hey Son,

    Could you please rank for moore, lonzo, saric, ariza & nance jr ?? h2h, 9cat

    I’m looking best player for the rest of the season

    Thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: Nance, Zo, Ariza, Moore, Saric

  5. B-ball fan says:
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    12 team h2h. Which side? Kyrie and devin booker for harden

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Always depends on context, but in a vacuum I’ll take the Harden side.

  6. tino says:
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    Been a huge fan of razz all. I’m in a league with 9 cat + OB and A/T. I got offered Nicolas batum for my Bazemore. Should I accept this trade?

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Viva Razzball!

      I’m holding onto Bazemore for the unknown. I think he gets traded

  7. Dave` says:
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    12 team h2h, 9 catg. need a 3 point specialist Mathews or E.Gordon.

  8. John says:
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    Hi, Son

    I already have Embiid, Towns and Randle. Is giving up Tobias for Josh richardson okay?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: You’re saying you have plenty of rebounds right? If so, then sure. You’d be swapping out rebounds for more D stats and a tick more threes.

  9. J says:
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    Hardaway / LMA for Steph? My squad is really struggling drafted Steph K Love and Dipo one two three haha. Something’s gotta change here

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Well, all 3 have been injured so….

      I would not trade Steph for Hardaway/LMA.

  10. bigd says:
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    what up son, first of all go dubs. bay area born/raized

    second of all… i’m torn pretty much between Hart/Isaac/Shump on who to drop. Leaning Shump but Hart is bad. Who to drop for Curry?

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Josh Hart
    Jonathan Isaac
    Larry Nance Jr.
    Wayne Ellington
    Iman Shumpert

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @bigd: Sup bigd! We gonna have to royal rumble cage match style. Go Lakers!!!

      Shump

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    My OPJ for his Millsap? Denver has four games each of the last two weeks in our H2H playoffs so I get an extra game in theory. Some injury concern I suppose. this seems close to me (trade analyzer says the same).

    Here’s the squad in our 12 teamer, H2H.

    Carter jr, Draymond, Ibaka
    OPJ, Mirotic, Fournier, Saric, Tobias, Siakam
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, G Harris, Barea
    IR: Barton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: I’m good with it

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Such a trade reluctant league. Thanks for the advice but nothing getting done. One option is my Carter Jr and Kemba for his Westbrook. I am close to punting blocks, Carter has a very bad playoff schedule (only six games) and Barton hopefully needs to be activated soon. I like Carter but Russ is so good. Too much to give?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Sounds good to me. I have some concerns about Russ’ health, but he’s a freak

  12. Ben says:
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    I was offered Ingles, Ben Simmons, and Kanter for my Harden. Roto 9 category. My team could use some depth, but Harden is absurd. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Depends on the squad. I’m not a Simmons guy so that negatively biases the scenario.

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: thanks, my team is competitive but needs help in points, rebounds, 3s mostly. I’m on the fence, my team is pretty shallow.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: I hear you. I’d send out the scouts to see what else is out there.

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