Kevin Durant is a polarizing player, due to his off-the-court decisions and shenanigans. There was the decision back in 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors that put many into a tizzy. I was fine with his decision, but I understand why people had issues with it. After being Mr. Nice Guy in OKC, Durant took on a blase, laissez-faire attitude. Some appreciated the rawness, while others wanted a more calculated, LeBron-esque persona. There was the burner account incident. Lame, but I kind of get it, as it’s tough for any celebrity to truly speak their mind. KD just be messing around. What can’t be questioned, though, is his production on the court. Over the past four years, Durant has finished as the 3rd, 1st, 2nd, and 5th player for fantasy according to Basketball Monster. Currently, he’s 3rd as he’s posting 27.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.5 threeecolas. He’s shooting 54% from the field and 91% from the line. So good. Anyways, last night he truly messed around:
That was his 11th career triple-dub. A surprisingly low number, but he wasn’t always the most willing passer early in his career. With Steph Curry expected to miss a few more games, KD should continue messing around. Shoot, even when Curry returns, KD should continue messing around because that’s what he does.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Caris LeVert suffered a gruesome ankle injury last night and will likely be out for a long time. F injuries!
Markelle Fultz is broken.
And Jimmy Butler hasn’t even arrived yet. There were also reports last night that he and Drew Hanlen have parted ways. Finally, Landry Shamet started the second half in place of him. How can the Sixers play him significant minutes going forward?
Yawn. Wake me up when he drops a 30/30. Gets slapped in the face. Ouch! What’s the big idea? That was AD’s first 20/20 game of the season. Andre Drummond has five! Who’s the better AD now?
Nikola Mirotic missed another game, so Randle got the start and played 35 minutes. I hope he acquires the old man game that Zach Randolph developed. Randle is currently the 92nd player according to BM, which is higher than I expected, but he is averaging 18 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 55% from the field.
No days off for Holiday. Beep. Boop. Bop. Stocktonator also does not take any days off. No wonder it was high on Jrue last night. The assists are way up from last season (8.8 vs 6), but so are the turnovers (3.7 vs 2.6).
Moore and Moore and Moore. Played 36 minutes and the 30 points were a season-high. Moore plays a ton of minutes in one of the most fantasy-friendly environments out there, so he will fall into some periphery cats. Just not many.
Man, Ibaka looks so rejuvenated out there, as he’s hustling for offensive rebounds and taking good shots on the offensive end. He’s scoring five more points and grabbing two more rebounds than last season. The field goal percentage? 57% vs 48%. He’s currently the 41st player according to BM.
Nine straight games scoring in double figures and 20+ in the past three. PS, he’s good.
Lowry leads the league in assists at….squints at stat box….11 per game. He’s that good.
He can’t be perfect every night or our suspicions that he’s a robot from the future would be validated.
Played 24 minutes. A true 3 & D player. Some would say an OG.
Got another start and played a team-high 40 minutes. REGULATORS!!!!
Got neutered by Lord Adams of the House Kiwi. No shame in that.
Played 26 minutes. The minutes are all over the place, but he should start getting more consistent run as the Suns stop trying for Zion.
When playing alongside Russell Westbrook, PG has a usage rate around 22. Without Russ, that number spikes to 28-30.
Welcome to House Kiwi. Lord Adams is currently unavailable, as he is sparring with some kangaroos down under. (Yes, I’m aware that kangaroos are indigenous to Australia)
No longer a menace to fantasiety, Dennis is only a menace to opposing teams when Westbrook does not play.
He went to Jared. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
With Jarrett Allen out, it was Hollis-Jefferson who received the start and played 27 minutes. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae!!!!
It is games like these that keep us waiting for the DLoading……to end.
Played 21 minutes and was the main big off the bench. Actually, he’s the only big on the bench. Actually actually, there’s the corpse of Kenneth Faried, but does he count?
Third game back from injury and played 24 minutes, after receiving 16 and 14 the prior two games. Just in time for the holidays!
Ladies and gentlemen, I have been instructed to inform all of you that the Taj will be undergoing some renovations soon. Please send all inquires to Mario with a D. We are Saric for any inconvenience this may cause.
KAT’s first 20/20 game of the season. He was so excited about his new found freedom, that he bumbled and stumbled into 10 turnovers. Beep. Boop. Bop. Stocktonator was all about the freedom movement last night, as it had KAT as the #2 player.
What’s the office pool have as the date Rose gets injured? It’s crazy, but if Rose stays healthy, he could be this year’s waiver wire hero. Gets slapped in the face. Ouch! Don’t be stupid. On the season, Rose is the 78th player according to BM, but over the past six games, he is the 25th player.
Sayonara Jimmy Butler-san.
Played 28 minutes last night, but is averaging 22 minutes per game on the season. Do yourself a Favors, though, as he is a top 100 player for fantasy. Not sexy by any means, Favors is averaging 10.5 points, will grab rebounds, and get his block on.
Jingle bells. Batman smells. Robin laid an egg. Something that Ingles rarely does, as he usually contributes across the board. The free throw shooting has been bad and the turnovers have been plentiful, but I’d expect both of those numbers to improve as the season progresses.
Top 20 player for fantasy. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
The pattern so far this month has been: two good games, one bad game, two games, one bad game. The next two games should be good games. We’ve cracked the code!!!
Many may be disappointed with Mitchell so far, but he is close to where he finished last season. Granted, the ADP was high and a next-level jump was expected, but it is what it is. The methodical nature of the Jazz offense doesn’t help Mitchell, but he’s still going to ball out. Just not to top 20 levels.
Played 23 minutes. In four games this month, Burks is average 21 minutes per contest. Threeecolas and points are what he brings to the table. Not much else.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Played 27 minutes. If he keeps playing like this, a JJJ action movie trilogy is not too far behind.
I’m not a Slow-Mo guy. With that said, he played 38 minutes last night and is averaging over 30 since the start of the month. The points and threeecolas are sparse, yet he will grab some boards and get his 211 on.
That’s back-to-back good games for Conley. I’m not worried about him and think he’s a top 50 player for fantasy. Currently, BM has him as the 59th player.
Played 29 minutes last night and is averaging over 27 since the start of the month. Mack is a cheap source of points, assists, steals, and threeecolas.
With Wesley Matthews out, Barnes picked up the offensive slack. Barnes is so meh, but he does provide points, threeecolas, rebounds, and steals.
Got the start for Matthews and played 33 minutes. Known as a very good defensive player, DFS does have a nice stroke from beyond the arc. He probably won’t displace Matthews from the starting lineup, but he could carve out a nice little role for himself.
DJ has been spinning the good stuff, as he’s the 38th player according to BM. The assists are up by one from last season and the free throw percentage is at 81%. Yeah, say hello to my little friend, regression.
Played 24 minutes. JJ normally plays around 17 minutes a game, so the Matthews injury gave him some extra run. I wouldn’t expect more than that in any scenario, though. He seems to be capped there. I think he made a deal with Coach Carlisle before the start of the season. Have you seen his wife? Can’t use up all the energy for the day job.
Got another start and has played 35, 30, and 33 minutes the past three games. The second-year player has been impressive, contributing in points, rebounds, assists, and threeecolas, while limiting the turnovers. He should continue to get run as long as Kris Dunn is out.
Played 41 minutes. Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. Currently, the 32nd player according to BM.
Got the start and played 23 minutes, as he’s returning from injury. Chandler could provide threeecolas, assists, and some steals. When he was getting over 31 minutes in Denver, Chandler was a top 90 player. Don’t think he sniffs that in Philly.
Played 27 minutes. I could see Muscala filling the Mario with a D role. There’s also the chance that he and Chandler neuter each other. Keep an eye on how this shakes out, as one could become fantasy relevant.
6′ 7″ 185 pound wing from Turkey, Korkmaz can shoot, which could give him some minutes backing up Butler.
Played 24 minutes. He can shoot and is not afraid to pull the trigger. The anti-Fultz?
Played 26 minutes. Season-low in shot attempts and first game in which he did not attempt a threeecola. The next stop is approaching. Could be time to get off.
Played 22 minutes. Just another double-dub. Boooring. Those 3.55 blocks per game, though? Leads the NBA.
Played 29 minutes and did this….
Not a good night for Fultz. The range of outcomes for Dragic is so wide, as he could be a top 50 player or outside the top 100. Currently, he’s the 133rd player according to BM.
More like Kelly Trollynyk.
Played 26 minutes. It looks like he’s back, as he’s played 26 and 30 minutes the past two games and jacked up 10 and nine threeecolas.
Played 27 minutes. Has been getting close to 29 minutes a game since the start of the month and jacking up 10 shots per. Points, some boards, dimes, steals, and threeecolas are on the menu.
The Spurs lost to the Kings, 99-104. LMA-O!
Got the start and played 26 minutes. Not bad, not great. Keep in mind, though, that he’s played a total of 20 games in his entire career. He will be fine and should contribute those dimes and steals.
Not making anyone rich, but Forbes is starting and played 29 minutes.
The 17th player according to BM. I was horribly wrong on DD coming into this season. Excuse me as I go grab my seppuku knives from the closet. DD is averaging 6.6 assists a game. Last year, that number was at 5.2.
Played 21 minutes in his return from injury. Points, rebounds, and threeecolas are to be expected. He did have a six-steal game, but that was an outlier.
Played 13 minutes. He must’ve been dressed up as someone else.
Sixth double-dub of the season and second in a row. The poor free throw shooting and lack of blocks or threeecolas hurt his value, but WCS is providing points, boards, a handful of dimes, and steals. A fringe-top 100 player right now.
Played 25 minutes. Me likey Bog Bog. Why do I have the sudden urge to bark like a dog?
Played 16 minutes. Was sent down to the G-League over the weekend, scored 30 points, then was recalled for last night’s game. Very interesting. I like Giles, but the depth chart looks too crowded to make an impact. I’d keep an eye on him, though.
Green does it Dray Way.
Got another start for Steph Curry and played 22 minutes. Clippers have excellent defenders in the backcourt, so not surprising Cook couldn’t heat up.
Played 45 minutes, as the game went to OT. Let’s see….31 points on 13-for-31 shooting. Are my dyslexic folk doing ok? 1 block and 3 turnovers. 13. 2/2/2 which is a group of 3. There’s a conspiracy in here somewhere.
Season-high in minutes played (33) and points scored. Outlier game, as he will probably settle in the low-20s for minutes played.
Played 38 minutes. It’s happened already hasn’t it? Never doubt the Logo.
Just start the man!!! Per-36, Harrell is averaging 22.1 points, 10 reboudns, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.8 blocks. AND he’s shooting 68% from the field!
Fantastic write-up. Always good to get your take on the previous night’s action.
Made a speculative add of Cook with Curry out for the b2b but when I saw Teachers line, I had to get him. His previous owner couldn’t wait out the knee injury and no one wanted to preemptively grab him I guess…
My next dilemma is with Collins coming back soon. Don’t want to drop anybody really but the candidates are: Carter Jr, Ibaka, Hardaway Jr, and…. Hayward.
Paid the highest price for Hayward at the draft but he’s returned the least value thus far. And you haven’t been high on his immediate prospects in the notes.
Hardaway provides points but is not really a key contributor elsewhere.
Ibaka is good for team wins and DD. Carter Jr gets the odd DD as well.
What else do you think I might consider in deciding who to drop?
@JakeTPE: Teague’s line! Damn phone autocorrect…
@JakeTPE: Thanks Jake!
Yeah, I haven’t been high on Hayward since the offseason. He’d be the guy out of the players you mentioned
Love me some Slo-mo! Hah Unfortunately, he’s still on my squad and I know that you’re not going to like that! Lol What do you think White’s stats will be when he gets his feet under him and consistently plays 30+mins?
You know something is really, really wrong when your coach doesn’t play you the whole 4th quarter, and chooses to stick with the guy who keeps missing shots. We don’t know what’s up with Brooks and OPJ but something tells me the latter is having an affair with his coach’s wife. My guess is until Brooks is fired OPJ’s shituation will not change. It’s not that he is in a ‘slump’, there’s just too much drama going on with that team and I don’t want anything to do with it anymore. What a friggin headache! Maybe I could try OPJ and Kyle A. for Tatum or for a sack of potatoes. But seriously tho, I want OPJ out of my team as soon as possible. I’ve seen this movie before, I know it’s ending and it’s not one of the happy ones. It is coach versus player. I owned Dipo when Skiles ‘skiled’ him as hard as a mah-effer. And just last season of course, Kawhi versus the whole Spurs. This drama between OPJ and his coach/teammates isn’t gon end pretty I’m telling you all. Get me outta this mess! I. NEED. HELP. CAN. SOMEONE. HELP. ME.
@I just wanna Kawhi: https://youtu.be/LTGdAGPDBpo
If he’s making you Kawhi, or if the glove don’t fit, then you must acquit!!! With that said, even with his struggles, he’s a top 50-60 player.
Great work Son, I always enjoy reading! I need to get Jeff Teague off my IR but I need to drop a player to do it. 12-team H2H 8 cat, I need to drop one of the following:
Who would you drop?
@Wnwdotcom: Thanks wnw.com!
Sexton for me
I have a dynasty question for you. 20 team league, standard 9 cat, H2H.
I have a manager looking to trade with me for a few of my players. He is offering me Oladipo for a few of my young bigs.
He’s looking at Jonathan Isaac, Jordan Bell, Mitchell Robinson, John Collins, and Jaren Jackson Jr.
He’s looking to put together a package of a few of my guys, for his Oladipo.
My current roster is:
Westbrook, Butler, Dejounte Murray, Tyus Jones, Derrick White, Terrence Ross, Marco Belinelli, Love, Jonathan Isaac, Jordan Bell, Mitchell Robinson, John Collins, Jaren Jackson Jr, and Jeff Green.
I’m not really in a position to win, lot’s of injuries, my team is really built for the future. Would you say there’s any package with those guys he’s looking at worth accepting for Oladipo?
We can also trade future picks.
@Shahed: Out of the 5 you listed as players of interest, I’d try and keep Collins and JJJ. I’d trade the other 3 for Dipo.
just Lost Levert, who should i pick up, 12 team 9catg h2h. Tucker, Moore, Carroll, Ellington.
@Dave`: Hmmm, depends what you want/need. For threeecolas, Moore and Ellington. Tucker if you want a little something something of everything. Carroll to get into the holiday spirit
Good morning! I need to make room for a returning injured player in two leagues. Drop Dedmon or MRobinson in first, DEDMOn Knox or Spellman in the second? Thanks!
@miles proudfoot: Good morning!
Dedmon for both
Mannnn Son, It saddens me to have to release Levert today..
Got him in both my leagues.
In my big league I swapped him for Lamb.
Surprisingly I compared them both before making the move & yahoo had them ranked almost identical in the last 30 days, 14 days, and 7 days.
Obviously Levert was on another level than Lamb but it just looked funny seeing them hold the exact same actual ranking in the last month or so.. Sigh.
Life goes on!
@Mr. Blast: A*Y*O!!
LeVert makes me LeSad.
The Lamb similarity is crazy. Would’ve never thought. Does that make Lamb a Baaaaaaaaad man?!
for tomorrow, Olynyk (@BKY), Muscala (@ORL), or Anunoby (DET) in 9 cat? thanks
@waffles: Muscala for me
Getting closer to THE TANK by the week (I’m in 11th place and I’ve lost every week). We can only keep 3 players, and the keeper price is “one round higher” than whenever they were drafted (with waiver wire guys having an 11th round price). So, if I’m close to tanking, it is to my benefit to grab as many of these upside waiver wire guys as possible, either through waivers or trades, to see who is showing real promise by season’s end and, moreover, to block other teams from grabbing them.
I already have to make one drop (LeVert), and I’m open to dropping Lamb, not because he hasn’t been efficient, but because that bum Monk gets as many minutes as he does. What one or two add/drops should I make?
WW: D.White, Bojan, J.Hart, J.Grant, RHJ
Team: CP3, Conley, SGA, J-Rich, Lamb, Levert, Leonard, Gallo, Horford, Randle, Harrell
DWhite and Hart
@Son: You love Josh Hart. If the Heat play Miami, you’ll get to make jokes about your Son and your Hart.
Ha! I Hart Josh and love my RichardSON
Hello Mr. Son, would you rather have Danny Green or Bogdan Bogdanovic in a 9 cat h2h? Thank you 🙂
Bog Bog. Woof woof
How is Barnes ‘meh’ but you like Bogdanovic?
Barnes is meh because he’s a volume/minutes play. He has value, no doubt, but the ceiling is low. Bog has a much higher ceiling
I’m in deep dilemma, and I desperately need your guidance.
10teams, H2H, 13cat(9cat+3P%+FTM+PF+OREB+DREB), Punt Assist
Middleton Covington OPJ Prince
SGA and BogBog are still available. Would you pick up either and who to drop?
P.S. LeVert has dislocated foot. Thank God!
@Son: And I have attained frreedoomm from my dilemma.
That reply is classic Son. Cracked me up!
@Yong: Glad to be of service. Free at last. Free at last. Yong is free at last!!!
Levert was prematurely dropped and I’m planning on using my waivers on him. Should I? And would u drop Carroll, bojan or vonleh?
@Jason: If you have the space, sure. It’s worth the risk. Carroll for me
Wait, Did I prematurely drop Levert ?!?! I mean his foot was dangling off his leg..
Even if he is “due back this season” I’m no doctor, but I’m gonna guess months, not weeks..
@Mr. Blast: Ayyo!
It’s possible. No fracture and limited ligament damage.
@Son: 2-3 months. Still worth it?
@Jason: Only if you an IR spot.
thanks for the good work!
I might have a chance at KD if I trade D. Mitchell, Nurk, Sabonis and K-Love for him – it’d still be worth it given that we’re only an 8 team league and there’s plenty of good role players on the waiver wire, right? Or is a 1-3,5 trade with good-to-decent players not that smart? I feel I can’t pass up the chance if it comes along..
Also prematurely dropped LeVert..
The smaller the league, the more studs you need, and the more viable waiver wire players there are
Please rank players below in 9cat league..
Hart, Danny Green, White, Ball, BogBog
White, Ball, Hart, Bog Bog, Green
12 team 9catg, so im punting ft%, Got offer my Tucker for Rondo. Does Rondo have any value ROS.
He does, but production will be inconsistent, and I expect Ball to get more and more involved as the season progresses
Please fill in the blank: at the end of the year, Bazemore will be top __ for fantasy. Deciding whether to move him, he’s been great so far, thanks!
@Ben: He sure has been. I’ll go top 75. There is a chance he gets traded though
@Son: thanks, especially for where I drafted him. You think a trade definitely hurts his value?
@Ben: Hard to say without knowing where he ends up, if at all