It’s a contentious time in our nation’s capital. Bryce Harper may be departing, the name White House is being taken a little too literally, and questions abound regarding the viability of the Wall. That is why I propose that we, as a fantasy nation, Kneel4Beal 2020. Good things come from kneeling: marriage proposals, getting knighted, and for you guys out there, when the wife does it….Oh Lordy. I kid. The most common reason why we kneel is to show reverence. Well…

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 10 15 3 2 4 6/12 17/36 3/7

There were a ton of great performances in the Association yesterday, but a forty burger while messing around gets the lede and all the reverence. Granted, it was during a 2OT game, but who cares. If you do, you must be real fun at parties. Since John Wall has been out (eight games), Beal has averaged 37.1 minutes, 28.6 points, 4.9 boards, 5.4 dimes, 2.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks. He’s shot 47% from the field, 39% from downtown, and 87% from the free throw line on 4.9 attempts. He’s been the #7 player. Oh, he’s also led the Wizards to a 5-3 record over that span. Walls are too expensive and do we really need one? Kneel4Beal 2020.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Cedi Osman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 1 2 0 2 2/6 8/17 2/4

Led the Cavs in scoring and minutes played with a whopping 42! And he didn’t tank the field goal percentage. Osman! His fantasy ranking? Not so much, as he’s been top 175 over the past seven games.

Tristan Thompson

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

Top 125-ish player, primarily due to the rebounds. The 2.2 dimes have been enlightening.

Alec Burks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 13 4 1 0 0 2/5 4/10 7/8

Don’t look now, but Burks has been a top 50 player over the past seven games. He’s averaging close to 30 minutes, 14.3 points, 2 threeecolas, 5.1 boards, 2.6 dimes, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks. The turnover rate is also miniscule at 0.6 per game. Now, he’s been shooting 49% from the field, but that’s going to come down (he’s normally a 41% shooter). In addition, the usage rate has only been in the 17 range.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 9 4 0 0 4 2/7 11/23 5/9

Since returning from injury (four games), Kuzma has a 31 usage rate and is jacking up 21.3 shots per game! 23.5 points, 2.3 threeecolas, 6 boards, and 2 dimes are nice, but the lack of D stats and poor shooting percentages (41% from the field and 62% from the line) keep him from being a great fantasy asset. He’s been the #265 player over that span.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 8 8 2 0 1 2/8 5/14 1/2

I still believe in Ball and think the trip-dubs will flow like manna from the heavens but….I’m not strong enough to eradicate the question from my head: Should the Lakers have drafted De’Aaron Fox instead?

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 22 9 0 0 2 0 10/13 0/2

I’m afraid he’s going to break the simulation. He could average a trip-dub but not contribute at all in threeecolas and be absolutely horrendous from the free throw line. He’s shooting 48% from the line on 7.1 attempts over the past seven games. Hack-a-Simmons? Can teams call up guys mid-game from the G League to just foul? Asking for a friend.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 8 1 0 6 2 0/2 9/24 8/12

Embiid got all his blocking out of the way on the court because after the game….come one and come all. Embiid gonna have a good night in NYC.

Kevin Knox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 7 0 2 0 4 4/9 12/23 3/4

Played 44 minutes! Next year is going to be interesting because there will be three black holes on the Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Knox. Anyways, Knox is a bonafide scorer who will provide points and threeecolas. He will grab some boards but won’t contribute much else. Top 170 player for fantasy.

Luke Kornet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 5 1 0 1 3/8 7/13 6/8

Played 34 minutes. Fizdale went with a starting unit of Vonleh, Thomas, Knox, Mudiay, and Dotson. Burke, Lee, Hardaway, and Kanter did not play. Kornet can shoot. There’s no doubt about that. It’s the playing time that’s the issue.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 19 2 3 2 5 0/2 9/16 6/6

Top 40 player. It’s crazy but he has an outside chance of joining the 1/1/1 club. Siakam can score, rebound, shoot, dish out dimes. P. S., he’s good.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 11 5 3 2 3 3/6 15/29 8/9

I. Am. Kawhi. I. Am. Not. A. Robot. See. I. Missed. 3. Threeecolas. And. 14. Shots. And. 1. Free. Throw. Thank. You. For. Listening.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 11 2 0 5 2/10 4/15 2/3

Played 50 minutes.

Lowry is a relatively low usage player, but he does dish out plenty of assists, and those don’t factor into usage rates. The main issue for Lowry has been the shooting percentage, as he’s been shooting 35% from the field over the past few weeks. Man, seems like forever when Lowry was playing at a top 20 level.

Danny Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 0 2 2 1 3/8 5/12 3/4

If you are new to the program, welcome to the Danny Green experience. It’s like Whack-a-Mole. Up and down. Up and down. Good luck trying to figure out from which hole the mole goes up.

Delon Wright

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 3 1 1 0 1/2 7/11 2/2

Such a solid player who contributes across the board and doesn’t turn the ball over. Unfortunately, he only averages 20 minutes per game.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 9 10 1 1 5 4/10 8/16 3/6

Aaaaaaaalmost messed around. Ariza is a solid fantasy player, as he scores in double digits and contributes in everything but blocks. The shooting percentage sucks, though.

Thomas Bryant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 2 1 2 4 1/2 8/13 1/1

Played 34 minutes, while Ian Mahinmi only played seven minutes. Good to know that the lack of playing time the last few games was matchup related.

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 8 1 2 1 1 5/10 10/19 2/2

Played 44 minutes off the bench. The past seven games, Otto has been a top 40 player. The most encouraging things have been the increase in usage rate (24.2) and the fact that he’s been playing the 3, 4, and 5 positions.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 6 4 3 1 4 1/3 9/17 14/19

Who breaks the simulation first? G or Simmons? Or did Harden already do that?

Khris Middleton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 4 0 0 4 0/2 8/19 1/2

The shooting percentage from the field has returned, but now the free throw shooting has been bad (69%). Warm it up Khris!

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 10 2 1 0 2/6 9/13 4/4

He Bledsoe we could have top 50 production in fantasy. If we are going to Kneel4Beal 2020, we must also bend the knee for the one who Bledsoe we could rejoice in fantasy.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 4 0 0 1 0/4 6/17 1/1

To make my life easier, I’m just going to assume he dub-dubs every game and only write him up when he doesn’t.

Omari Spellman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 1 0 4 2 4/7 4/9 1/2

Got the start because Dewayne Dedmon was out (ankle) and played 30 minutes.

DeAndre’ Bembry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 0 1 0 6 2/6 7/15 2/2

Continues to start and played 32 minutes. Inconsistent, with the highs being high and the lows being low, but should continue to get run as long as Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore are out.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 4 0 0 4 1/5 7/16 11/13

Over the past eight games, Young has been a top 130 player. We know the turnovers are high while the field goal percentage is low. The 4.1 rebounds, though! Impressive stuff for a player of his stature.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 3 0 0 0 0 8/12 1/2

Has been a top 15 player over the past seven games. The points, boards, blocks, and field goal percentage are what you can expect on a nightly basis, but the 75% shooting from the free throw line on 6.4 attempts has been a pleasant surprise. I have my doubts it continues but we shall see.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 9 12 4 0 4 1/17 11/32 15/16

Ha! 1-for-17 from downtown, yet he still drops 38! His usage rate over the past couple weeks has been 44.3! If that doesn’t get you Harden excited, you need to check yourself into the ER pronto.

Austin Rivers

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 1 2 1 0 0 4/7 10/14 1/4

Continues to start and played 37 minutes. He still sucks but he’s playing a shit ton of minutes and has the green light.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 5 2 0 3 2/3 8/15 4/4

I really want to like Gordon. He has such tantalizing physical gifts and skill set, but he doesn’t have that dominating quality to elevate him to the elite stratosphere. At least not yet. Will he? I’m beginning to have my doubts, but I’m still holding out hope.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 2 0 0 2 1/4 6/11 6/6

The elevated usage rate and production from Nikola Vucevic has negatively impacted Fournier. At least that’s the only explanation I can come up with.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 2 1 0 0 2/7 6/14 3/4

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Ross is awesome, as you’ll find great bargains from time to time. Ross also sucks because you’ll waste your time and walk out empty handed from time to time. Ross has had streaks of top 50 production, while also being closer to top 200 other times.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 5 1 2 2 2/4 10/21 6/7

Maybe we’ve been looking at all this wrong. Maybe Durant is actually the robot. The consistency is out of this world.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
48 6 5 1 2 0 11/19 17/32 3/3

Hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahah. That’s all you can do when you see his stat lines. He’s the #3 player on a per game basis right now. Over the past four years, he’s finished as the #2, #3, #1, and #2 player. Maybe it’s actually Curry that’s the robot.

Maxi Kleber

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

Continues to start and played 26 minutes. With J. J. Barea (Achilles) and Dennis Smith Jr. (back) out, Kleber could remain in the starting lineup. Boards, blocks, and some threeecolas with excellent percentages.

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 0 0 0 1 4/10 6/15 6/6

Should be inducted into the Uninspiring Hall of Fame. It’s not fun rostering him, and you don’t expect much, but he’ll provide points, threeecolas, boards, and steals for top 90 production.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 6 5 1 0 5 5/10 8/18 5/8

I heart Luka. With that said, the shooting percentages haven’t been great. Over the last eight games, Luka’s been shooting 42% from the field and 65% from the line. He also doesn’t contribute much in blocks, which makes him a top 100 player for fantasy. I still heart you Luka. The trip-dubs are going to start flowing. And when it does…..Halle-f’ing-Luka.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 14 3 0 0 0 0 5/8 3/5

I miss the Jordan that would actually get blocks.

Jalen Brunson

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

Played 30 minutes off the bench. With Barea out, Brunson should get plenty of run. Don’t expect much D stats, but Brunson could provide some threeecolas, rebounds, and assists.

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 12 2 1 0 1 1/5 2/7 4/4

Boards, threeecolas, and steals on a fairly consistent basis. Sometimes knowing what you’re getting is a valuable commodity.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 7 0 0 2 2/10 8/21 8/8

Y’all know what time it is.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
40 10 8 0 0 3 4/7 15/23 6/8

Ha! He literally does it all. Pick-and-roll action with another big. And he initiates it by running by the screen then getting the hand off. Such a Jokic!

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 3 1 0 2 1/5 9/18 5/5

Murray is averaging a whopping 16.5 shots per game! Unfortunately, the shooting percentage has been in the 41-42% range. He’s a top 100-ish player who contributes points, threeecolas, boards, and dimes. There are some steals but the blocks are light.

  1. tenethor says:
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    Hey Son,

    Im on a 12team – H2H – 9Cat league.

    Considering that im punting Pts, would you make the following trade :
    My CP3 and Horford for Bledsoe and Draymond Green?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @tenethor: I’m good with it. You gain in REB, AST, STL, and BLK

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    A-Y-O!

    Happy Monday Son!

    So J-Val is sitting there as a FA in my league, I know, not very exciting..

    I noticed during Toronto’s game over the weekend, that J-Val was on the sidelines with the team, active in the huddles during timeouts, & he’s not wearing any splint or brace on his injured thumb. also read he could beat his timetable, And I’m gonna say he’s back in 3 weeks MAX..

    He’s by far the most “owned” player out there for free agents (Roughly around 70%)

    Nobody else is even close, as far as that goes. Still not very exciting tho. Yawn.

    I moved on from Bamba, grabbing Giles couple days ago.. Giles is expendable,

    What do you think about swapping / stashing J-Val for next few weeks ?

    12 team – 15 man rosters – No I.R – 13 cats – (3 cats are for rebounds) – Centers are a premium

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    George/Tobias/BogBog/Lamb/Osman/Saric
    Embiid/Gobert/Bryant/Taj/Giles

    Thannks Homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: A-Y-O!

      I still want to give Giles a chance. Plus, I think it’s a little too early for JVal. I think you could scoop him later. With that said, you know your league better than me, so if you think he gets scooped, I have no issue grabbing him.

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        Gonna press my luck, rolling Giles out there tonight. See how it goes.

        If he flops tonight (Minutes in the teens) See ya!

        If he fills the D stats like i want in a 20 minutes roll, he buys himself another day.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: You are a fair, yet tough owner

  3. JC says:
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    1. Better stash on IR, Bazemore or Rondo?
    2. Carter JR is hard to roster especially given his horrible playoff schedule. Wire is awful but would you Drop him for JaMychael, Burks, Smart, Wade, Rondae? Or hold and wait for better wire option down the road?

    My team for context in a 12 team H2H league. Sitting in second place.

    Ibaka, Draymond, Carter Jr. Tristan
    Tobias, OPJ, Siakam, Barton, Mirotic
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, G Harris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Bazemore for me. Big men are too valuable to drop. I’d hold off

  4. Steve says:
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    Hi Son,

    I’ve run into a bit of an injury problem and I’m not exactly sure what I should do. I’m in first place by 5.5 games over second and 17.5 games versus the playoff cut line, so my strategy was to stay patient and stash my guys. However, I took a 6-3 loss last week and the panic started to set in. I have two IR spots which are being occupied by Kevin Love and Caris LeVert. I also have RoCo and Nance eligible for those spots. We have three bench spots so as you can see I’m running low on space for these guys. Should I continue to stash or should I move on from someone. My main concern is that a future playoff opponent might pick up someone I drop to stash and hurt me down the road.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steve: I’m skeptical that LeVert and especially Love will have much impact, but I understand if you do. So, all you can do is hold them to appease your fears and anxiety. I’m holding RoCo so Nance would be the guy I’d be most inclined to drop. He’s best when he plays the 5. Now that Tristan is back, access to ceiling is limited me thinks. As always, it depends who you’re dropping players for.

      • Steve says:
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        @Son: Thinking about adding T. Bryant for Nance? Just need another body to keep up in the counting stats.

        • Son

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

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    ROS, do you like Eric Gordon or Huerter (I know he’s your guy…). Thanks!

  6. Ace says:
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    Hey Son,

    Would you trade millsap + ariza for cp3 + bogbog ?? h2h, 9cat, 12teams

    my team :
    Curry, doncic, lonzo, dinwiddie
    KD, OPJ, millsap, hayward, ariza, batum
    Embiid, ibaka, hassan

    thanks son

    • Ace says:
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      @Ace: or would you trade millsap + dinwiddie for cp3 + bogbog ??

      thanks

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Ace: I like the Millsap/Dinwiddie one better for Paul/Bog

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