A brook is a small stream that invokes a sense of calm and serenity. I see a man painting the beautiful landscape on the canvas held up by an easle. The green grass on the banks reflect off the water while Bruce Lee whispers into my ear, “Be like water.” The birds chirp while the frogs croak. I just want to sit down, cross my legs, and meditate. Ohhhhmmmm. SLAM! BLAM! KAPOW! POP! BOOM! A Westbrook, on the other hand, is….well, imagine a herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River…..with a bask of crocodiles that haven’t eaten in weeks. That’s Russell Westbrook on the basketball court….and last night he feasted.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 17 16 2 0 4 1/3 9/19 4/8

Westbrook has now messed around in back-to-back games and last night marked the fifth time this month. Over the last four games, he’s averaging a trip-dub with 1 threeecola and 1 steal. With that said, he’s only been a top 80 player because of the lack of blocks, 68% shooting from the line, and 4 turnovers per game. Beep. Boop. Bop. I was wondering why the Stocktonator was watching so much Animal Planet yesterday, as it had Westbrook as it’s #1 player last night.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 11 7 1 1 2 6/10 8/18 1/3

No longer a top 10 player for fantasy. He’s now top 5!!! While he doesn’t average a trip-dub like Westbrook, George does provide 8 boards with 4 dimes, while contributing 3.5 threeecolas, 2.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He also shoots 44% from the field, 83% from the line, and only turns the ball over 2.6 times per game. Rated M for mature.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 13 2 1 0 4 0 9/12 2/2

Top 35 player over the past seven games, primarily due to the 68% shooting from the field and 71% from the line on 3 attempts. Who wins? The beast from Game of Thrones or Adams? My $$$ is on Adams.

Terrance Ferguson

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

Over the past four games, Ferguson has been a top 60 player. A 3-and-D player, you can see the confidence oozing from his body, as he’s attempting over 3 more shots per game than earlier in the season.

So, the Pelicans had a skeleton crew going last night, as Julius Randle (ankle), Nikola Mirotic (calf), and Anthony Davis (finger) did not play.

Darius Miller

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 2 0 1 1 5/11 8/17 0

Got the start and played 38 minutes. Must’ve been so liberating for Miller, as he was hucking and chucking knowing that there would be no hook in sight.

Jahlil Okafor

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 8 0 0 0 1 0 9/12 0/1

Third straight start for Okafor and he received 25 minutes of run. As long as Anthony Davis is out, Okafor is going to start and provide points, boards, and blocks. He’s averaging 2 a game over the past 4 games! 33% from the line on 2.3 attempts, though. I still can’t believe Jahlil is a thing in 2019.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 9 13 4 1 5 3/8 9/19 1/1

He’s going to have to be the guy with all the injuries. Let’s see what you got Jrue!

Elfrid Payton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 12 1 2 2 1/4 5/12 4/4

Elf had a usage rate in the 16-18 range. Last night, that number was 21.9. Good times in New Orleans. Even better times in LA perhaps? Yes, I’m a pathetic Lakers fan.

Cheick Diallo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 0 1 1 1 0/1 7/12 2/4

Played 23 minutes off the bench and was a vital part in bringing the Pelicans back in the game last night. Just keep in mind that he was the only other big man available last night. Coming into last night’s game, Diallo played a total of 13 minutes this month.

Draymond Green

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

Top 50 player on the season. Is he the most unique player in NBA history? I could take that in some many ways, but fundamentally, Green could be the most underrated and overrated player at the same time.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 3 0 1 2 1/1 8/12 0

Got the start and played 24 minutes. Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaah.

I was skeptical that he could return from that Achilles injury so soon. Hahahahahahahahahhahahaha. I’m a fool.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 4 3 0 1 3 2/8 14/24 8/8

#3 player for fantasy. Curry has 5 on it, as he’s averaging 5.2 threeecolas, 5.1 boards, 5.5 dimes, and is shooting 93% from the line on 5 attempts.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 3 3 2 1 1 3/8 9/16 6/6

Over the past five games, Ariza has been a top 25 player, averaging a whopping 40 minutes per game. 20.4 points, 3.4 threeecolas, 6.8 boards, 5.4 dimes, and 1 steal are juicy numbers. Too bad they are being wasted in Washington D. C.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 10 3 1 0 3 1/9 8/22 5/8

Played a team-high 40 minutes with a 29.3 usage rate. With Wall out of commission, Beal is going to dominate the ball and continue having a sky-high usage rate. Looking ahead, SAC and WAS are the only two teams that play 12 games during the playoffs.

Tomas Satoransky

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 10 3 0 2 3/5 8/13 1/2

Since the Wall came crumbling down, Satoransky has averaged 33 minutes, 11.2 points, 5.3 boards, 5.5 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 threeecolas. Over the past five games, he’s been a top 40 player. See, Donald. We don’t need no stinkin’ Wall!

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 9 4 1 1 1 0/7 3/14 1/1

We know Otto contributes across the board, so no worries there. But much of his value always derived from his pristine efficiency. Well, he’s been shooting around 35% lately. No bueno. But, but, but…..the volume has increased, as he’s averaging 14 shots per game now. He’ll start shooting better, and when he does, Otto is going to be accessing some ceiling games.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 1 0 1 2 0 4/13 8/8

Nurkic has been such a beast this season, as he’s a top 25 player. With that said, he’s always had bouts of inconsistency, so of course he struggled against one of the best matchups he’s had in a while. Damn, I sound like a whiny little biatch. I’ll brush it off as a shit happens moment.

Damian Lillard went 24/3/3/2/2 on 7-of-16 shooting, while C. J. McCollum put up 20/3/2/1/0 on 8-of-15 shooting. So cute that they often have such similar lines.

Jake Layman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 3 1 2 3 2/6 9/15 0

Played 33 minutes off the bench. Over the past eight games, Layman has been a top 100 player. He’s providing points, threeecolas, and rebounds while shooting 58% from the field and garnering a usage rate of 19.3. Jake from State Farm he is not.

Seth Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 3 2 1 1 3/7 7/13 0

Played 30 minutes off the bench. Blow out run against the Suns. Nothing to see here. Go check out his bro, though. I heard he’s pretty good.

Josh Jackson

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

Yup.

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 1 3 1 0 8 2/7 9/20 7/8

Yuck. Jackson must’ve wiped his cooties onto Booker.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 7 2 3 2 1/6 6/18 5/5

Played 35 minutes off the bench. Oubre has been a top 50 player over the past seven games. Check out these numbers: 29.1 minutes, 19 points, 2.4 threeecolas, 6.4 boards, 2 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks, and a usage rate of 26.9. Hip hip Oubre!!!

Taj Gibson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 1 1 1 1 0 4/7 6/6

Continues to start and played 28 minutes. The Taj Mahal will be open forever it seems.

Andrew Wiggins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 3 2 0 2 1/4 9/23 4/5

He’s a top 200 player, yet he continues to lead the team in shot attempts most games. I have a frown that doesn’t want to turn upside down, and I’m not even a Timberwolves fan.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 12 5 1 2 2 3/5 10/18 4/4

MEOW!

Derrick Rose only played 12 minutes because he injured his ankle. He’s had issues with both his ankles and heel lately, so something to monitor.

Jerryd Bayless

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 8 1 0 1 3/8 6/15 1/1

Played 30 minutes off the bench. With Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, and Tyus Jones out of commission, Bayless is going to get plenty of run.

Kyle Kuzma

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

The boards and dimes are nice, but Kuzma has a relatively low floor when he shoots poorly because he doesn’t contribute much in the D cats. He’s been a top 150 player over the past few weeks and is top 100 on the season.

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 1 2 0 2 0/2 8/14 4/6

Top 300 player for fantasy. Ha! Poor free throw shooting and, while he contributes across the board, those contributions are a little too small.

Ivica Zubac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 1 0 0 4 0 5/12 0

Got the start and played 21 minutes. Tyson Chandler DNP-CD and JaVale McGee played 22 minutes. It’s a fluid situation and Luke Walton could employ the three-headed monster at any moment, but Zubac has been playing well and may have carved out a significant role for himself.

Rajon Rondo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 13 1 2 2 3/5 6/11 0

Got the start and played 37 minutes in his first game back from injury. He’s a must pickup, as Lonzo Ball is out for at least 4-6 weeks.

  1. waffles says:
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    good stuff as always!

    saw Marc Gasol in the sell column the other day… would you trade him for Ayton straight up?

    are there any good articles summarizing h2h playoff schedules? i’ll have a bye locked up so I want to target guys with good 2nd and 3rd week schedules in the playoffs

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: I’d rather have Gasol but I wouldn’t mind the trade.

      I was thinking of putting something simple up in regards to playoff schedules: show number of games with pace and defensive efficiency rankings. Will try to get it done this weekend

  2. JC says:
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    ESPN leagues appear to have their championship week beginning April 1. When you are referencing playoff schedules, are you using Yahoo! Or your internal league or ? Many thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Yahoo, which is weeks 22-24

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyO!

    You dropping Dario for any of – Wes Mathews, J-Val, Trier, Bamba, FerguSON

    Needs, if anything, would be 3PTM, PTS, Boards, %’s

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    P. George/Tobias/BogBog/Lamb/Saric/Osman
    Embiid/Gobert/Taj/Bryant/Zubac

    Thanks homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyO!

      I’m good with that. Iso Zo for me

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        I’m holding Zo for now.. Who do you like out of the mentioned FA’s ?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Son: Iso Zo is Trier

  4. James says:
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    Hey Son!

    I’m in a pickle right now! Need that mic dropping advice you always dish out!

    Currently I’m sitting in 3rd in my 9 cat 10 player league, but I was recently in 1st but due to Capela’s injury my team has taken a hit.

    I got offered Damian Lillard for Khris middelton & harrison barnes

    My team currently:
    Kris Dunn
    Andrew Wiggins
    Kawhi
    Josh RichardSON
    T.J. warren
    Tobias harris
    Mo bamba (hoping for some magic during the NBA trade deadline)
    DeAndre Jordan
    Pascal Siakam
    Capela
    Lillard
    Jayson Tatum
    DeAndre Bembry
    Caris LeVert (need him to come back already!!!)

    Let me know what you think of this trade!

  5. Don Majikowski says:
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    If this is your team (10 team 10 cat H2H w dub dubs as a cat)

    PG Curry
    SG Harden
    SF DeRozan
    PF Thad Young
    C Embiid
    G Booker
    G Jason Richardson
    F Ibaka
    F Otto
    Util Boogie
    Bench
    Whiteside
    Splash Mountain
    Dinwiddie
    Mudiay
    Winslow
    Levert (IR)

    Just feel like its a good time to deal Harden with CP coming back…and Giannis a more balanced line(could use his guaranteed double double)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Don Majikowski: Damn, Curry and Harden with Embiid. Sick. I’m ok trading for G, but you can probably get more for Harden. Or at least you should. He plays 11 games during the playoffs and even if CP3 takes usage, he’s still going to have an insane rate. It just won’t be NBA2k on rookie mode level.

      Jason RichardSON still plays??? Ha! I know that’s my RichardSON but who’s Splash Mountain?

      • Don Majikowski says:
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        @Son: greatest nickname ever, splash mountain = brook lopez
        Yeah i dafted curry n embiid, traded gobert and tobias for harden. Its gone well.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Don Majikowski: Ha! That is good.

          Well done on the Harden trade

  6. Jep says:
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    Hey Son,
    Would you trade away KD + Middleton for Jokic? Jokic would be a 7th rd pick next year and Middleton would be an 8th.

    I’m dead last in a 12 team H2H and looking towards next year. My other keeper is Boogie who will be a 6th rder.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Son

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

  7. JC says:
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    Need blocks and FG % for today’s Games. Who do you like best?

    Mamba v Wash
    Nance v Mia
    Faried v Tor
    Plumlee v Pho
    Bismack at Mil

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Plumdog

  8. Bucky says:
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    Hey all! Would you drop DRose for Rondo?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Bucky: Yes

  9. Ace says:
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    Hey Som,

    My team :
    Curry, CP3, Doncic, Ariza, Hayward
    KD, Otto, Batum, Mikal Bridges, Cedi
    Embiid, Ibaka, Hassan

    Would you drop anyone of my team for FA ?? h2h, 9cat, 12 teams, no IR spot. I’m looking best player for rest of the season

    FA list: Tj Warren, kyle, lonzo, dinwiddie, TT, marvin wil, knox, reg jack, dragic

    thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ace: Naw, looking good

      • Ace says:
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        @Son: Ok Son.. Would you trade OPJ for tatum ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ace: Negative

  10. Max says:
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    Hi, man I am planing on dropping JJJ. I am little bit of fed up with him. I am currently in 3 games losing streak and I know JJJ is a top 60 player but he only provides me like 12 point 1block and few rebs. You good with this move?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Max: Who are you dropping him for?

      • Max says:
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        @Son: I need assists and steals in Sunday night, and JJJ is not playing on Sunday, so I am thinking of dropping him for Rondo or Ingles.
        But after Sunday for next week, I do not have anything in my mind. Could you recommend something? options are:
        https://prnt.sc/mcjqfa
        https://prnt.sc/mcjqm3
        https://prnt.sc/mcjqws

        my squad:
        Simmons, Fox, DBooker, Mitchell, Derrick White, Beal, JJJ, Aaron Gordon, Turner, KAT, Nurkic, Markanen, Sato.
        8team 9cat h2h

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Max: Rondo

          • Max says:
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            @Son: Thanks, man.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Max: Anytime

  11. JC says:
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    Good suggestion on Plumlee. Just did not block shots so have to keepOkafor for at least one more game.

    Best on the wire in 12 teamer, h2h, 9 cat league (solidly in second place so will get a bye). Who should I pickup for Okafor’s spot? Leaning White but rank top two in case he gets picked up with a higher waive order. Any other swaps? Fournier on a short leash.

    D White, Vonleh, McGee, Napier, Rondae, JaMychal, Smart

    Ibaka, Draymond, Okafor
    OPJ, Tobias, Siakam, Fournier, Barton, PJ Tuck
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Rondo, G Harris
    IR: Mirotic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Yeah, sux. Faried and Bamba were the plays for you.

      As for the wire, White and Vonleh for me

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Plumlee played well so no regrets. Reasonable recommendation for sure based on minutes last night.

        I am intrigued by Bamba. He too just hit the wire. Has a great playoff run (ESPN). Just need Vucevic to get moved. Have a great weekend

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Yeah, keep an eye on Bamba for sure. He’s just so limited offensively. Have a good weekend as well

          • JC says:
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            @Son:

            I was streaming Okafor’s spot but he is actually playing well. Any chance he plays alongside AD or is he toast upon his return? I have Mirotic too btw

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @JC: Would need one or both of Randle and Mirotic to be hurt. AD does prefer playing the 5 so it’s possible

  12. Mark says:
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    Do you think either Zubac or Mitchell Robinson is worth starting tomorrow for blocks and FG%? Concerned with limited PT given that my league has a games played cap. Thanks.

    • Mark says:
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      @Mark: and on a related note, which of them do you prefer ROS?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Mark: Robinson for both

        • Mark says:
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          @Son: thanks Son, even with Zubac playing Phoenix tonight?

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Mark: Yeah, but if you feeling Zupac I don’t have a problem with that. Go with your gut!

  13. Pedro Seco Romero says:
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    Hi Son.

    Would you trade my Butler for his LeBron?
    He has 3 injured so he may want/need to trade.

    Gracias.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would

  14. JC says:
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    Our wire blew up today. So I need to update my question! As Grey would say, “no problem, we get .000000345 of a cent for that!”.

    12 team, h2h, 9 cats, firmly in second place 5 out of first and 8 in front of third place. Wire:
    McGee, Vonleh, D White, Tristan, Huerter, Mudiay, Bazemore, Smart, Bamba, Robinson.

    My team: Ibaka, Draymond,Okafor
    OPJ, Tobias, Barton, Fournier, Siakam, PJ Tuck
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, G Harris, Rondo
    IR: Mirotic.
    Note: ESPN league so Orlando and Lakers have four games each during that last two week playoff stretch. What would you do right now, today? :-). Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: White for Fournier

  15. Anthony says:
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    Hey, who will have a better ROS? Ingles or JJJ in your opinion, and why?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      JJJ. He has a higher usage rate, which could spike if Gasol gets traded. He’s missed a ton of time on the court due to foul issues. That’s something I can see improving. He’s a dub-dub threat, who can contribute some threeecolas, but will also contribute the D and shoot a high percentage from both the field and line.

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