Domantas Sabonis missed five games due to an ankle injury. His first game back, he played 20 minutes and shot 1-for-7 from the field and scored 9 points. In the second game, Sabonis only played 18 minutes but shot 4-of-12 from the field and scored 10 points. Since we all live on Planet Earth, we have all experienced a storm. They don’t magically appear out of nowhere. A combination of low and high pressure systems merge, form clouds, and often produce high-speed winds. You can see the clouds approaching or feel the wind picking up. In its most severe form, a storm brings a deluge of rain, crackling thunder, and a light show that would make the greatest of deejays jealous. That’s what occurred in Indiana last night, as Sabonis made it rain and lit up the Thunder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 7 4 0 1 0 0 7/12 12/13

In 28 minutes. When Sabonis is right, he provides points, boards, some dimes, and a smattering of stocks. He also shoots close to 60% from the field and over 70% from the line. The main issue for Sabonis is the minutes, though, as Nate McMillan likes to go with Thaddeus Young at power forward alongside Myles Turner. As a result, he only averages around 24-25 minutes per game. Last night against the Thunder, Sabonis was abusing Jerami Grant, so McMillan stayed big, but outside of obvious matchups or injury, I wouldn’t consider last night to be the norm going forward. Storms don’t happen often, and ones with both lightning and thunder are rare.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 1 0 1 4 1/3 3/9 3/3

Played 24 minutes. Love hurts. To be fair, the Magic have been the best defensive team over the past 15 games and Love was in foul trouble. I wouldn’t be too concerned going forward.

Collin Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 3 0 1 4 2/7 7/16 7/8

Played a team-high 39 minutes. Sexton has now scored at least 20 points in four straight games and been a top 40 player over that span. He’s shooting an unsustainable 58% from the field, so when he cools off, his value will plummet because he doesn’t contribute much else outside a handful of boards and dimes.

The Magic made the Cavs disappear, 120-91, so no more blurbs for them!

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 4 1 1 2 3/6 7/16 4/4

Life is all about expectations. If we viewed Gordon as a scrub, we’d be ecstatic about last night’s performance. I have great expectations, though, so I’ve got fantasy blue balls. Gordon has been a top 150 player over the past six games.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 2 2 0 1 0 9/15 1/1

Vucevic has dub-dubbed in six straight games and would’ve had a monster game if the Cavs didn’t suck so bad. Vucevic is an UFA after the season, so I’m curious what happens to him. Will the Magic re-sign him? Or will he bolt for greener pastures?

D. J. Augustin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 7 2 0 0 1/2 7/11 5/5

This D. J. is so solid. Just provides the tunes without any breaks or skips. The wild card is the points, as he will go for 20 like last night, but more often than not, he will provide points in the teens with 5 dimes, a couple boards, and a steal.

Khem Birch

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 1 2 0 1 0 6/8 1/2

In 18 minutes! Class, when I say “garbage” you say “time.” GARBAGE…….

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 4 4 2 1 2 3/6 5/12 1/2

Played 26 minutes. In the month of March (six games), Ross is averaging 14.2 shot attempts with 8.6 from downtown. There’s an equal chance of him shooting 1-for-12 from the field as he is to convert 8-of-17 shot attempts. Welcome to the world of Ross.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 6 5 2 0 5 6/11 10/23 10/12

I guess he’s healthy now. He had been producing top 50 value, primarily because he was shooting sub-40% from the field. PG should be showing top 10 value for his fans sooner than later.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 14 11 4 2 4 1/5 8/18 2/2

Yawn. Just another night of Russ messing around. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 10 player. The free throw shooting is still sub-70%, but the turnovers are down to 3.3 and the field goal percentage has been 49%.

Dennis Schroder

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

Played 32 minutes off the bench. Schroder is averaging over 31 minutes and jacking up 14 shots per game. Yet, he’s outside the top 200. No D stats and atrocious efficiency (37% shooting from the field). That’s why they call him Dennis the Menace.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 5 0 0 2 2/5 7/16 7/11

When are we all gonna recognize? The usage rate is 26 and he’s hoisting up 16 shots per game. Bojan is also tied for 11th in three-point shooting percentage (42%).

Darren Collison

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 7 4 0 4 0/1 6/11 5/5

Top 40 player over the past six games. You roster him for the dimes and steals, but he’s been scoring and grabbing those boards for you. He won’t shoot 53% from the field like he has over the past six games, but he has a 47% mark for the season, so the regression shouldn’t be too bad. With that said, Collison only averages 10 shots per game.

Wesley Matthews

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 2 2 0 4 4/7 6/15 0

Matthews kind of sucks, as he’s shooting around 40% from the field, but he’s averaging over 35 minutes per game. A pure volume play in which you hope he falls into some treys and boards.

Willie Cauley-Stein

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

Played 29 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I expect more from WCS, especially considering the pace at which the Kings play at and the athleticism that he possesses. He grabs the boards but the blocks are so light. Also, that free throw shooting is vomit-inducing.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 9 3 0 1 1/4 7/15 4/8

Like WCS, the free throw shooting is not good (61% on 6.5 attempts over the past six games), but the dimes and steals are plentiful. Plus, Fox rebounds well for a guard. I wonder how many Kings will be on championship rosters this year.

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 4 7 0 0 1 6/10 14/24 0

Over the past six games, Buddy has averaged 23.7 points, 3.5 treys, 5.5 boards, 3.8 dimes, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks. The efficiency hasn’t been good (40%), but he’s jacking up 20.5 shots per game! Damn! I’d expect the usage to be super high, but it’s only at 28. Vivek knew! Never doubt a self-made billionaire.

Marvin Bagley III

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

Returned from a five-game absence due to injury and played 19 minutes. Prior to the injury, Bagley was playing around 35 minutes per game. I wonder if the Kings ramp him up to that level again, as they are five games back of the eighth seed.

Nemanja Bjelica

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 6 0 1 1 1 0/7 4/12 1/2

Got the start and played 27 minutes. Everything depends on what the Kings do with Bagley.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 13 2 2 0 1 3/7 7/15 4/5

Every month, you will get one good game from Morris. Well, the quota for March has been satisfied. See you in April.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 10 12 1 1 2 1/9 11/28 8/9

First time messing around this season. Or was it the second? Are we counting the earth is flat thing as serious or not?

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 1 0 0 0 0 3/4 9/16 1/3

Played 32 minutes off the bench. Anytime a member of the Celtics backcourt misses time, it’s Brown who picks up the slack. Last night, Terry Rozier (illness) did not play.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 4 6 1 0 4 1/5 12/29 4/7

Played 32 minutes. Space Jam II better be the nuts.

JaVale McGee

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

After playing 33 minutes the previous game, McGee received 19 minutes of run. Shrug emoji. I have no idea what Luke Walton and the Lakers are doing. Apparently, neither do the Lakers.

Alex Caruso

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 5 0 0 1 1/1 5/7 5/5

Played 27 minutes off the bench. Yes, it’s that time. I like Caruso. He’s gritty and has some pizzazz to his game. He’s shown what he can do in the Summer League and G League. Hopefully, he gets some significant run down the stretch, as the Lakers have nothing to play for. With that said, I have no idea what the Lakers are doing and neither do they.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 6 2 2 3 0/4 3/16 10/12

Played a team-high 39 minutes. Siakam has been shooting in the low-to-mid 40% range. He had been at 54% for most of the season. He probably got bored and is trying out new stuff.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 8 4 2 0 4 5/8 8/20 4/6

The algorithms said going to Los Angeles was not the right move. Whoever programmed Kawhi did a fabulous job of making sure he follows orders from the motherboard.

Jeremy Lin

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

Got the start and played 21 minutes because Kyle Lowry (ankle) did not play. It’s insane that I keep expecting Linsanity. I’ve dabbled in the markets long enough to know that past performance is not indicative of future performance. I’m sad now.

Norman Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 2 2 1 0 3/6 7/14 3/4

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Powell always has the ability to put up games like last night. He just doesn’t. Part of it is that he doesn’t get the minutes. The other part is that he’s inconsistent. Only viable if injuries strike or the Raptors play a crappy team like the Lakers.

Andrew Wiggins

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

Returned from a three-game absence due to injury and played 30 minutes. Owners of Wiggins are probably wishing he stayed injured. He’s only 24 years old and has so much potential, but I’m thinking this is who he is. What say you?

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 12 4 1 0 3 3/4 9/15 5/7

MEOW! And only played 27 minutes due to fouling out. KAT is a fabulous fantasy player, but I highly doubt that he ever leads a team to anything of significance. I hope he proves me wrong, but I just don’t see it.

Tyus Jones

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

Got another start and played 29 minutes because Jeff Teague (foot) was out. In addition, Derrick Rose (elbow) was out as well. Solid player, but not the one we all keep imagining. Top 65 player over the past three games.

Jerryd Bayless

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

Played 23 minutes. Jones can’t play all 48 minutes at point guard.

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 0 1 2 0 0/1 8/12 1/2

Do yourself a Favors and pick him up if available. Top 20 player over the past six games, despite averaging only 25 minutes per game. Points, boards, stocks, and excellent percentages are what Favors provide. The 83% from the free throw line on 3 attempts is an anomaly, though, as he’s more like a 68% shooter.

Joe Ingles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 8 1 2 6 2/8 5/11 0

Ingles vacillates between top 60 and top 100 value. The floor is high because he contributes across the board, but the upside is limited. Over the past six games, he’s been dishing 8.3 dimes but only shooting 41% from the field.

Rudy Gobert

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

I want to scream “Viva la France,” but 46% from the free throw line on 7.2 attempts makes that impossible. We need to all get together and chant “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy” to encourage him.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 6 0 1 1 1/6 8/17 7/9

I be sliding into the DMs night and day. The usage rate is over 32 and he’s jacking up over 21 shots per game! Over the past three games, DM has been a top 15 player, as he’s been contributing across-the-board production.

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 2 1 0 0 2/7 5/10 6/8

The percentages suck, but Crowder averages around 29 minutes per game and provides treys, boards, and steals. Just know that the Crowder gets ice cold, which makes it indigestible.

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 0 0 1 2 1/1 5/10 5/5

Continues to start and played 36 minutes. Over the past six games, Powell has been a top 35 player. The percentages have been excellent and he’s been providing boards, dimes, steals, and treys. Unfortunately, he doesn’t provide blocks.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 9 2 0 3 1/8 10/23 3/7

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost messed around. Is Doncic the Euro Westbrook? Trip-dubs with low percentages?

Jalen Brunson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 4 1 0 2 3/7 8/15 1/1

Played a team-high 39 minutes. The Mavs must be ecstatic that their second-round pick from last year is playing at such a high level. Brunson was a two-time, NCAA champion with Villanova, so it’s not like he’s coming from nowhere. With that said, he wasn’t doing much earlier in the season, but is has now been providing top 25 value over the past four games.

Maxi Kleber

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

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Too bad the Mavs can’t squish Kleber into Powell’s body because he’s the big that provides the blocks.

Paul Millsap

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 8 3 1 0 0 1/3 14/19 4/4

Played 36 minutes. That’s back-to-back good games for Millsap, as he scored 23 points the prior game and stuffed the stat sheet. There was a four-game stretch last month when he posted a dub-dub in each game and provided across-the-board production. The issue has been the inconsistency. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come and Millsap is able to contribute like this every night.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 14 8 0 1 2 0/2 4/9 3/4

It’s such a Jokic that he’s almost messed around despite deferring to Millsap.

Monte Morris

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

Played 31 minutes. The prior two games, Morris played 27 and 29 minutes. We all know about the amazing assist-to-turnover ratio, but the key thing here is that Isaiah Thomas is no longer in the rotation. As a result, Morris has been the one to soak up the minutes.

  1. Ghita says:
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    Hei Son,

    The playoff in my league starts only next week but things already started to get crazy because some managers cut some good-ish players to force the playoff. This is the case now for Osman.
    My squad:
    CP3,white,bledsoe,smart,middleton,prince,ariza,randle,noah,vuc,jokic,dedmon,JV
    IL:kyle anderson(surely done for the year)
    I’m a little bit concerned for Ariza’s outlook going forward so I’m curios what’s your opinion about this.
    Also do you see someone worth cutting for Osman? our league settings includes PF,tech,DD.
    Thanks,
    Ghita

  2. Ghita says:
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    Hei Son,

    Our fantasy playoff starts next week but things already started to look interesting. Today Osman appeared on wire.
    My squad: CP3,murray,smart,bledsoe,middleton,prince,ariza,noah,randle,vuc,jokic,dedmon,JV.
    Do you see anyone dropping for Osman? Also what is your opinion on Ariza’s rest of season outlook? I’m a little bit concerned about his knee and also the shut down risc.
    Thanks,
    Ghita

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, both injury and shut down risk do concern me with Ariza. I’d swap him out for Cedi. I like his matchups more than Ariza’s next week

      • Ghita says:
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        In the meantime one of the managers with better waiver just informed me that he will try to get him. So no Osman for me :))

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Well, that simplifies things for you. Good luck in the playoffs and bring home a chip for the Razzball family!

          • Ghita says:
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            Thanks, I will do my best :d

  3. Jc says:
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    I have a bye locked up next week. Looking ahead I actually have too many players on Tuesday so looking to drop one for a gent with a Monday-Wednesday schedule. My best options are Delon and Harkless. Would you drop Wade or Mirotic for one of them?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with both. Maximize games played

  4. Felix Alix says:
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    One gotta go

    BogBog
    Brunson
    Sexton
    Satoransky

    • Son

      Son says:
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      BogBog

  5. Guillermo says:
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    Hey Son!

    My SabONis made the lede! Not sure if him having the letters S-O-N makes him part of your SON family but hopefully he will make the cut!

    Thanks for the advice last week on picking up BrunSON. He had a strong game yesterday and will keep it rolling hopefully. The power of the SON!

    Playoffs are starting up next week, my league is 14 team H2H 11 cat (+PF +DD) and I’m in 2nd place but my potential opponent is pretty strong given he had some injuries on his squad earlier in the year.

    Current team is below:
    BrunSON, Bledsoe, Murray, T.Johnson, DotSON, Osman, Isaac, OPJ, SabONis, Siakam, Jokic, Embiid

    I was thinking maybe letting go of T.Johnson (might be injured next game and maybe longer?), Isaac (only playing 2 games next week) and Dotson (who knows what Fizdale will do to him). Any one of these you consider a strong drop for next week?

    Also in terms of waiver wire action, the names I’m eyeing are below – can you let me know which of these are worth picking up purely in terms of current production next week?

    WW – Monte, Huerter, T.Jones, Prince (dropped him before but lately he’s been decently consistent), D.Wright, Plumlee, M.Williams, K.Williams

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Never peeped the SabONis. Good stuff.

      Dotson has been the most consistent Knick in terms of playing time. Plus, they play 4 games next week. I’d hold.

      I’m good with dropping both T.J. and Isaac.

      I like Monte Morris the best out of the WW suggestions

  6. C Sees Seas says:
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    Who sits tonight

    Satoransky vs CHA
    BogBog @ PHI
    Mirotic @ MIA

    • Son

      Son says:
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      BogBog

  7. Dougman says:
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    With Satoransky’s concussion, who would you pick up to fill in for him?

    Reggie Jackson
    Rondo
    Dwight Powell
    Winslow

    Also, would you pick up Tim Hardaway Jr. to drop BogBog?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Rondo.

      Yes, I would

  8. Gibson says:
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    Choose one

    Dotson
    BogBog
    Hardaway Jr.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Dotson

  9. Jc says:
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    Better stash….Nance or Tristan?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nance for me

  10. Max says:
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    Hey, which PG you would choose to have best ros and can you rank them? smart, satoransky, rubio ,winslow are the candidates

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Winslow, Smart, Sato, Rubio

      • Max says:
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        Few more questions:
        1) Do you think I should switch some players with available in WW?
        2) Maybe I should also stash somebody else in IR spot or JJJ is good pick?

        H2H, 9cat, 8 team league. Our playoffs start next week.
        Squad: Simmons, Beal, Fox, White, Satoransky, Booker, Mitchell, Ingles, Markannen, Turner, Nurk, KAT, Mitchell Robinson. JJJ in IR spot.

        Options:
        https://prnt.sc/myu66z
        https://prnt.sc/myu6fm
        https://prnt.sc/myu6n9

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I think you’re fine. I’d just keep an eye on Sato’s health.

          I don’t think JJJ plays this season

          • Max says:
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            Maybe switch Sato for Smart then?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Possibly if Sato misses time

              • Max says:
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                He will not. Sato is cleared to play tonight. My only problem with Sato is that I cannot put him in the lineup on Monday (no SF tag for Sato) so it leaves him with 3 games next week. But I could switch him with Winslow (has SF tag) and have 4 games from him. But Winslow FT% is so bad that I consider to better have 3 games from Sato than 4 from Winslow. Do you agree with me?

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  I’ll side with the more volume side

  11. Turvy Murvy says:
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    Which guard do you like the most for the week ahead?

    Rondo
    Payton
    Collison
    Satoransky

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Collison

  12. Jc says:
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    With Brogdon down, I thought my patience with Mirotic was finally to be rewarded. Ahem, nope. He just can’t do much it seems now with the pre-injury version of him a distant memory. I passed on Brunson for this LOL.

    I have a bye this week but could move off him for JJ, Wade, Dedmon, Caruso (almost comical), Poeltl, Harkless, G Harris. Wait a bit more or dump him??? my team below:

    Ibaka, Draymond
    Tobias, OPJ, Siakam, Mirotic, Barton, Fournier, Parsons(took a flier. He may go too but I need a Monday player next week.)
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, White, Rondo

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Wade and Poeltl

  13. Captain Armchair says:
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    Here’s the squad heading into the 2nd week of my matchup

    Lillard
    Sexton
    Rondo
    Dinwiddie
    Dotson
    Porter Jr
    Oubre Jr
    Mirotic
    T. Harris
    Jokic
    Gobert
    Capela

    Currently were neck and neck in 3s and blocks, and I’m in reaching distance of catching up in assists. His only shot blocker is Embiid so I think I’ll lock that category down. He has Curry and PG so I’m a little worried about trying to out shoot him. Based on this info what would you do with the squad? Here’s whose available on waivers.

    Satoransky
    Payton
    Powell
    Portis
    Collison
    Hardaway Jr

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sato for Rondo.
      Payton for Dinwiddie.
      Powell for Mirotic.

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