Man…I really feel for Markelle Fultz. He was the #24 recruit out of high school and received scholarships from over 20 colleges, participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game, was a member of the Team USA Under-18 squad, First-Team All-Pac-12 and Third-Team All-American in college, and was selected with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. On top of the world, as they say, at the tender age of 19 years old. But then the yips surfaced. “The condition occurs suddenly and without apparent explanation…It is poorly understood and has no known treatment or therapy. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, which may require a change in technique. Many are forced to abandon their sport at the highest level.” The most well-known athletes to succumb to the yips are Chuck Knoblauch, Nick Anderson, Mike Vanderjagt, and Rick Ankiel. Is Fultz about to join them?
It’s looking likely, as TheAthletic wrote an article yesterday saying that Fultz is dealing with wrist and shoulder issues AND would prefer to move to another team. I’ve been a mental midget at times in my life and have dealt with depression as well, so I empathize but understand some of the realities of the shituation. I was able to hunker down in my cave and deal with my demons, but he’s in the public sphere with everyone all up in his business. The pressure and attention must be debilitating. I feel for you Fultz and wish the best.
This is a fantasy website, though, so I must address the implications from a fantasy perspective. The Fultz stops here. Do not use the Fultz, as the issues seems to be mental. He took an entire season off to deal with it, yet it’s only gotten worse. If he’s having trouble with this, imagine Draymond Green yapping about the yips in his ear. He’s a drop in most formats. I guess in the deepest of leagues, you could stash him as a lottery ticket, but that’s about it.
Did the Boston Celtics sabotage him? I guess the most important thing to take away from all of this is that one should always be cynical when a team is willing to pass on the consensus number one overall pick in the draft.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Third straight game scoring at least 20 points. He’s scored single digits in only three games all season (18 games). Did you know that BojBog is leading the league in three-point percentage at 53%? Now you do.
I finally got to watch the Pacers play for an extended period last night. Myles is fine. The offense, though, is just very methodical with lots of movement and passing. There will need to be a coaching change for the potential to be unleashed. At least he’s providing the blocks, as he’s fourth in the league with 2.53 per game. I shall be walking the full 500 Myles. Who’s with me?!
Got the start again because Victor Oladipo sat due to injury. Reke played 22 minutes but…P….U. He wasn’t bad, per se, but like I just wrote above, the pace is gone from the Indy offense. Let’s call them the Indiana Rs.
Played 24 minutes. There was blowout run, but Holiday has looked like he belongs over the past three games (24, 21, and 15 minutes). You have to respect the physical skills of all the Holidays and the fact that they always be working.
Marvin Williams left the game in the third quarter due to an apparent concussion. If he is unable to go, Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon should benefit the most.
Kemba Walker Label on the rocks is so smooth and hits the spot. He has the seventh-highest usage rate (30.6) in the NBA and is currently the fifth player according to Basketball Monster. The points, threeecolas, rebounds, and assists are all higher than last season’s numbers.
Lamb is a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man!
Played 25 minutes.
Also played 25 minutes. Ahhhhh, deuces are wild!
Both received minutes due to the Marvin Williams injury, and both should see an uptick in minutes if Williams is out for an extended time.
Top 25 player for fantasy. New Orleans is the perfect place for him. Maybe he hired Bobby Portis to smash his face in so that the Bulls would trade him away. In these times, anything is possible.
I googled quintuple-double and there has been no record of any player getting one. Now that I think about it, that’s such a mind boggling thing to even consider. Yet, AD is so freaking good that it’s within the range of outcomes.
Moore please! That’s now seven straight games scoring in double-digits, with three of those games being 30-burgers. Just for shits and giggles, I wanted to see where 25 shot attempts would rank on the all-time list. Of course Kobe Bryant has the record at 50. Ha!
Played 28 minutes off the bench. That front court triumvirate in New Orleans has to be the best in the league. Mercy.
Played 31 minutes. Looks like he’s the guy over Mike Muscala.
In the NBA, we have unicorns, beasts, and freaks of nature. Embiid is…..
You know what’s also too beaucoup? The Stocktonator, as it liked Embiid very much last night.
One day, Simmons is going to shoot with his right hand and go….”Fooled you!”
See? Embiid is…..scroll up and click the video above.
Played 20 minutes. With Fultz out of the picture for now, Shamet should suck up most of those minutes.
Slowly, but surely, working up for his first double-dub of the season. Slow-Mo indeed.
Yeah. Yeah. He’s good. It’s siesta time. Wake me when he shits the bed.
MC acting like you don’t know!
Played 19 minutes. All is right with the world. Seriously, if Mack became a thing in 2018, that would be something else.
Played 34 minutes. Will make owners Gay and excited for as long as he’s healthy.
He got 5 on it.
This is one Forbes who doesn’t make anyone money.
Played 10 minutes. Well…..that was fun. NOT!
He’s alive! Throw him back in! Last night was the first time Crabbe had scored over 15 points and was only the second time this month he reached double figures (11 games). He has played 30, 29, and 30 minutes the last three games, so maybe this is going to be a thing.
Mr. Ed is a reliable horse.
Does just enough to keep you coming back to the store.
I. Heart. You.
DJ with the good jams last night.
Dennis Smith Jr.
Played 19 minutes. He is dealing with a sprained wrist, but JJ Barea was en fuego so….
Played 29 minutes, a season-high. Don’t expect this to be a regular occurrence, though. Think 19-20 minutes per game. With that said, assists with double digits points can be expected on the regular.
He’s still in the league?
Played 25 minutes. The Nemanja is not as potent, but he still gets you high.
On a mission to get uncle Ben’s money.
Crazy like a Fox. Top 70 player over the past two weeks.
Played 27 minutes after receiving 26 and 27 the prior two games. It’s happening? Possibly? Maybe? Boards and blocks are what Bagley delivers.
Played 30 minutes. It’s happening!
Only played 22 minutes, but do yourself a Favors and check out the production.
The usage rate and shot attempts remain robust, but the threeecolas and rebounds are down from last season. 76th player according to Basketball Monster for the season, but he’s been closer to top 200 player over the past six games.
I love clam chowder. Why then don’t I love Jae Crowder? The universe is strange. I’ve never been a Crowder guy, but I endorse guys like PJ Tucker, so it’s only right I give him some love…when he has a good game….which is why I never write him up. Man, I’m a jerk.
That’s his jam. I don’t care what any of you say.
He’s taking the Joker nickname a little too literally.
Played 19 minutes after receiving 19 and 21 the prior two games. The writings on the wall of the Taj.
Huh? No double-dub? Was Jimmy Butler on the sideline making the slit throat gesture? Looking at Butler’s line last night, it’s a viable scenario.
Played 28 minutes off the bench. Someone is pressing the A button on the controller making Mario with a D jump up and down.
How much $$$ is in the office pool? And what was the date set at?
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both scored 22 points. The Trail Blazers lost by 43 to the Bucks. NO BLURBS FOR YOU!
Ain’t nuthin’ but a G thang baby!
Not great, but not average. A Middleton.
Played 21 minutes. That’s when you knows it’s blowout time. The Trail Blazers met their Maker last night, 100-143.
Aaaaaaallmost messed around by messing around with the ball. And of course he didn’t get a block. Ricky Lake is _ack. I kid. Griffin has been fantastic this season. I’m just a hater.
Yawn. Just another double-dub for Dre, his 13th in 15 games played. He’s currently tied for third in the NBA.
Capela was hitting those high notes last night. Damn. Over the past seven games, C&C Music Factory has been the 15th player for fantasy.
Now I’m Harden excited!
Played 33 minutes and has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games. Regulators have been mounting up like there’s no tomorrow!
The double-dubs are expected on a nightly basis now, but it’s nice to see him providing the D. That’s what she said.
I see you Booker. Just letting him know because it always looks like he’s watching me. Creepy.
Did not get the start but played 29 minutes. That’s good. The organization likes him and it looks like they are going to give him every opportunity to develop. Not a high usage player, Bridges should have no problem traversing the waters of the NBA, as he contributes across the board.
Played 21 minutes. Why? No idea. Why is he on the Suns? No idea. I do know that Jamal Crawford is one of five players to score 50 points for three different teams, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Bernard King, and LeBron James.
Played 40 minutes. Did he visit his cousin Peter’s house and get bitten by a spider or something?
Returned to action and played 37 minutes. Only Harden and Westbrook have a higher usage rate than LaVine. #Brent #AllStar
Played 25 minutes with LaVine in the lineup and 33 minutes when LaVine was out. Regardless, he’s averaging almost 12 shots per game in only 20 minutes this month (10 games). Huck ’em and chuck ’em.
Played 30 minutes. He’s been my best waiver wire pickup of the year. That makes me both happy and sad.
Ok, young fella. Did I dismiss you too early? Maybe there is gold within this Knox.
Tied for 12th in blocks with 1.75 per game.
Played 32 minutes. Uno, dos, Trey! Talk about en fuego. Why isn’t he starting again?
Anyways, Burke was a big reason the Knicks defeated the Celtics 117-109 in Boston.
Over the past seven games, Kyrie is the #2 player in fantasy.
Hit his quota of good games for the month. See you in December.
Continues to come off the bench, but played 32 minutes. Probably a good buy low.
Boy, George is curiously good at basketball.
Grant’s best line of the year, and it was a pretty one. Interestingly, that was his first double-digit rebound game.
Aussie! Aussi…..just kidding. I give props to you New Zealanders, though. You guys definitely represent.
The first time messing around this season. Feels so good, as that should be the start of many to come.
If you didn’t notice, three different players each grabbed 11 boards. Why is that pertinent? It’s not, but it’s late and this is the never ending post so….cut me some slack.
Terrance Ferguson sprained his ankle after six minutes of run. As a result….
….was a menace to the Golden State Warriors, in 28 minutes worth of action.
By the way, the Thunder defeated the Warriors, 123-95.
The sky is falling…the sky is falling. No Steph Curry and no Draymond Green. Yet, the Warriors are still 12-7 on the season.
Siakam is a top 40 player on the year, and has been a top 20 player the past seven games. I’ll take credit for this one. Does it negate the Jakob Poeltl and Jordan Bell calls?
Played 27 minutes. A varsity performance!
Lowry had been struggling, but with no Kawhi Leonard and the Atlanta Hawks as an opponent, it was as good of a time as any to mess around.
Got the start and played 36 minutes. VanVleet did the exact opposite of messing around.
Only played 21 minutes. The playing time will fluctuate depending on the matchup, but regardless, Ibaka is producing whenever he’s on the court. Top 50 player for fantasy.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. Can’t wait until Collins gets up to speed. The Hawks play at the fastest pace in the league.
Got the start because Alex Len was out and played 31 minutes. Not a Dedmon walking last night, but he may have killed a few with all the bricks.
Young and Lin are inversely correlated, as Lin plays well in blowouts because Young is playing like shit. Trying to figure out when that may happen is as easy as obtaining a Harvard education. Sorry. Scratch that. It’s EZ PZ because it happens every night. I’m kidding, but not really.
Played 42 minutes and did not tank the percentages. That’s Osman!
10 offensive rebounds! Talk about a one-trick pony. Speaking of tricks…..I was about to go there but I shall refrain.
Played 27 minutes and led the team in shot attempts. No surprise here.
Larry Nance Jr.
Only played 18 minutes. If he gets the minutes, Nance could be a monster. He just doesn’t get the minutes, but when he does gets the minutes, then you realize why he doesn’t get the minutes. Capice?
Played 36 minutes. Was aggressive on D, confident in his J, and finished strong at the rim. I have held strong on Ball and do believe that he’ll be messing around on a nightly basis, sooner rather than later.
I think he’s got a future in this league.
Hi, My fox for his Lavine? Worth it?
@Max: I’d rather have Fox
@Son: what about my fox and one of (turner,wcs,sga or wiggins ) to his lavine and collins?
You know I’m not a Wiggins guy so….I also like Collins a lot. So either WCS and Wiggins/Fox For LaVine and Collins
@Son: what about lavine numbers when portis and markanen comes back? Also if i trade fox, i lose assists and it is hard to find in ww.
@Max: That’s why I said I preferred Fox. I’ve never been a LaVine guy but it sounded like you really wanted LaVine so I’d be ok with the scenarios described above if you wanted him
@Son: no i dont care about lavine. I just want to improve and also i am high on collins, even though he showed nothing special so far.
Gotcha. I’d rather have Fox. As for Collins, he’s young and has been injured. I like him alot
May I ask how you rank these players?
WCJ, JJJ, BroLo, J.Collins
JJJ, WCJ, Collins, BroLo
@Son: Thanks a lot son. Would you drop BroLo for Gay?
If you have enough centers, then sure
@Son: Yeah, I have Gasol on my team as well and really glad on what he’s providing.
My team have a bunch of promising rookies like SGA, WCJ and JJJ. I missed on some studs like Siakam and Warren while I was holding them due to the upside and flashes of greatness through some good games. The consistency is worrying though but still hoping that post ASB especially playoffs would be better.
What do you think of them? Are they a hold on 8 team 9 cat league?
I like them a lot. It’s an 8 team league though so depends on league context
Would you drop Sexton for Burke?
I could also drop Crabbe or Lamb (both those guys erupted on my bench last night though) Also have Bledose, D Rose, and Sexton with Steph on IR at PG so having 4 pgs might be excessive
@J: I’m cool with that, but Burke will regress and there’s a chance he DNPs.
Happy Thanksgiving! May be sacrilege, but I wish the NBA would take on the NFL today and not have to wait for Christmas for a full day of games.
If you could keep two of the following, which would they be: Reke, Dedmon, Knox, Osman, Mikal Bridges?
@miles proudfoot: Ha! NBA ain’t run by a bunch of dummies.
hey in 9 cat h2h. i got offered gary harris for my mirotic. would you do it?
the rest of my team is: AD, lowry, kemba, luka doncic, rudy gay, sabonis, kanter, vucy, tobias, shai gilges, moore.
@Son: you like mirotic more?
2 things I was high on this year is Osman & the Netflix series Ozark.
No real relation, but I still love them both.
Knox or Crabbe ? Needs are points.
Happy Turkey Day everyone!
@Mr. Blast: AYO!
Ha! My boy keeps telling me to watch Ozark, so going to start up soon.
Hmmm, tough one. I’ll go with Knox
Who would you rather roster ROS – Mikal Bridges, Kyle Anderson or Nance? Happy Thanksgiving!
@Dillon: Bridges for 3s and D. Probably Anderson for the rest, as he’s going to get the minutes and contribute across the board
Bjelica have cooled down these past games and i’m now looking for a good replacement for him? Who do you think will provide better value for rest of season?
How would you rank them? Thanks
Mikal, Gay, RHJ, Isaac
Gay or Isaac
Happy thanksgiving Son. Appreciate what you do.
@Court Vision: You too CV. Thanks for reading!
Hi, always enjoy your posts and commentary.
Just wanted to get your thoughts on this trade that was sent to me.
Otto porter jr
With the rumors of Otto being traded away + slight uptick in performance, I like it – but wanted to see what your thoughts were.
Thanks in advance!
The Trade Analyzer loves CP3 and thinks he’s better ROS solo.
I’m good with the trade, but I feel you could get more, but that’s contingent upon league context.
Would like to get your thoughts on a trade proposal sent to me:
I’d drop Prince if I agreed. I’ve wanted to move LMA. Or, keep trying. What would you think?
10teams, H2H, 13cat(9cat+3P%+FTM+PF+OREB+DREB), Punt Assist
Middleton Covington OPJ Prince
@Yong: I’m good with the trade but I would send out the scouts to look for trade scenarios Prince first before dropping him. Or any of your small forwards. They have value. Don’t just let someone else scoop it up for free
@Son: JJJ or [email protected]Son: JJJ or Collins for ROS? I could ask for JJJ. I have been and will keep sending scouts to trade any of my SFs.
@Yong: It’s close, but I”m going with Collins. Yes, always send out the scouts, as you never know what you will discover.
8 team, 9 cat league
Harden, Conley, Teague, Mitchell, Luka
Capela, Siakam, J Allen, Sabonis, Nurkic, Draymond
Love and LeVert on the IL
Draymond now eligible for IL
Would you drop either Love or LeVert to place Draymond on the IL; if so, which one would you drop and what’s your guess on their outlook for the second half of the season?
I’d drop LeVert. As for ROS outlook, the range of outcomes is so wide. I could see both not playing at all
I have bobby portis on IL spot in a H2H league, 16 teams.
My players on the bottom are: crabbe,noel,dedmon, bazemore, mikal bridges, jeff green.
Would you drop anyone for Portis after he will be at the full speed?
My first thought is Noel, but it’s a 16-team league, so maybe centers are in short supply.
Could you please rank for these players : j.allen, adams, m.turne, j.collins & WCJ ?? h2h 9cat
@Rick: Adams, Allen, Turner, Collins. WCJ
Drop Myles Turner for Tristan Thompson?
@Max: I am thinking about this because i really need rebs to win this week matchup.
@Max: Then those are Myles you must walk alone. Godspeed sir
Hey son wassup.. happy holiday. I want to ask for 9 cat please rank it. Hayward, teague, siakam,thj, opj?
@Yugo: Sup Yugo!
Siakam, OPJ, Teague, Hayward, THJ
Hey brotha! I think right now Muscala is just a streamer in 12-team leagues, am I correct? His minutes has taken a hit with Wilson Chandler healthy. Who do you think I should replace him with? I’m thinking about FVV. Both are playing limited minutes but FVV is the more skilled between the two and is likely to produce better numbers am I right? Other possibilities are: Jamyk, Lumber Joe, Crabbe (yuck), Monte Morris
By the way, I picked up Dedmon the other day. I think he’ll play consistent minutes in the 26-28 range moving forward but once it hits December or January I’m gon drop him and start stashing M. Rob.
@I just wanna Kawhi: Sup brotha!
I concur on Muscala
I’m a minutes whore so Average Joe or Crabbe for me
I like the Dedmon/MRob plan
@Son: thanks buddy!!
@I just wanna Kawhi: Anytime
Good call on OPJ patience. Playing well (and interested). Maybe he is on rehearsal for another team but whatever it is, I like it!
@JC: You are a gracious grasshopper!
Drop wiggins for Sexton?
@Max: or wiggins for jabari parker? Or hold wiggins?
@Max: Also bojan bogdanovic is available.
@Max: I’m not a Wiggins guy
@Max: Is this what they call a rhetorical question?
Drop WCS for Tristan thompson?
Adebayo sure looks good when he gets run. I grabbed him off the wire as I saw his numbers growing again today. Got tired of McGruder so he was my swap.
Hassan is a known personnel challenge. Any chance Adebayo gets more minutes? A Hassan trade would be nice LOL.
@JC: For sure. I’ve been a Bam guy since I saw him in Summer League last year. Hassan is the guy barring injury, but he is dealing with a knee thing. I don’t think Bam overtakes him unless he’s injured. As for trade, it’s possible, but unlikely.
Dude keeps buggin me on a trade. I think these guys are roster fillers and not better than what I already have but Love won’t be back for a while.
Burke-Danny Green-Darren Collison
What do you think?
@Chris: No thanks. What’s that they say? Only way to combat a bully is to punch him in the face? Same logic applies to a trade bugger. Counter his trades with some of your own
Nice!! Will do.
@Chris: Ha! HAve fun!