We are recuperating from the Thanksgiving holiday, but no rest for the weary, as preparations are beginning in earnest for Christmas. Then, it’s a quick turnaround for New Year’s followed by Groundhog Day. What? You don’t bow down to Punxsutawney Phil? You heathen. Valentine’s Day is next with Chinese New Year right after that. I married Chinese to hedge against the possibility that they rule the world in my lifetime. You don’t need to take it that far, but you may want to start celebrating that particular holiday. Just in case. St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Patriot’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day….I think you get the point. The holidays keep coming and going, which is exactly what Jrue Holiday does on the basketball court, as he played 42 minutes last night.
On the season, Holiday is averaging over 36 minutes per game. Since the holiday seasons are usually about giving, it’s only appropriate that he’s third in the NBA in assists (9 per game). The turnovers are a little high (3.7) and the free throw percentage is a little low (75%), but he’s providing 20.6 points, 1.4 threeecolas, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks, which is good for the #27 player in fantasy. This Holiday always be working and providing.
Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what else doesn’t take holidays off? The Stocktonator, which is probably why it had Holiday so high last night.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
The Thunder destroyed the Pistons, 110-83.
Boy, I’m curious where George ranks in fantasy because he’s been awfully quiet lately. Over the past six games, he’s been a top 25 player. On the season, he’s the #7 player. That may make some PG owners want to do some x-rated things.
Aussie, Aussie Aus……I know better than that, as my Kiwi bretheren have reminded that Adams in not an Aussie, but a Kiwi himself. In celebration of the 7-for-7 performance from the free throw line….
Yo, B. How about you go down and situate yourself in front of the lake?
The haka got Drummond shook. Only the second time all year that he failed to grab at least 10 rebounds in a game. Still, he’s third in double-dubs with 17.
Reggie Bullock sprained his ankle after playing only five minutes. If Bullock is out for an extended period of time, that will probably mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Stanley Johnson, and Luke Kennard.
Or maybe not.
Kennard was selected with the 12th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, ahead of: Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, TJ Leaf, John Collins, Harry Giles, Jarrett Allen, OG Anunoby, Kyle Kuzma, Derrick White, and Josh Hart.
It took me a long time to accept that the Kardashians are a thing. Same goes for Tristan in fantasy in year 11 of the Kardashian reign. It’s only fitting that Tristan is a part of that clan now.
Played 35 minutes after receiving 19 minutes the prior game when he first returned back from injury. Is George over the Hill or should you be over Hill? Perhaps both?
Damn, Jordan trying to get into the SON clan. I don’t sleep on the first date, so it’s going to take more than one game to become my ClarkSON. Plus, he’s a top 150 player. Have his people call my people when he cracks the top 100.
Played 29 minutes. Since being acquired by the Cavaliers, Burks has averaged 26 minutes, 12 shot attempts, 6.6 rebounds, and 13.6 points per game.
Kobe shot an all-time record 50 times in his final game. Kobe, is that you in there?
Got the start and played 32 minutes. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, Dinwiddie produces threeecolas and dimes to be a fringe top 100 player. Kobe Russell can’t take all the shots, right?
Has now played 14 minutes in back-to-back games. Kurucs is a 6′ 9″ and 220 pounds forward from Latvia. He has good length and nimble feet, which could foster success on defense and in transition. The shot isn’t great, but it’s useful. From what I’ve seen, he does have a diverse skill set, as he can post up, catch-and-shoot, and has enough handle to get to the rack.
Remember Kazaam that starred Shaq? Exactly, which segues perfectly to Shabazz. I kid. I kid. With Joe Kelly out, Napier has been backing up both guard positions. Napier is the B-movie of fantasy basketball.
Top 25 player. That is the most compelling evidence I can offer that shows that parallel universes exist.
Stay strong my grasshoppers.
Played 29 minutes. Over the past four games, Bradley has been….gulp….fantasy relevent? Top 135 player over that span. Exhibit B that parallel universes exist.
Disappointing performance. Pelicans should trade him now while they still can.
Got the start and played 39 minutes because Nikola Mirotic (illness) did not suit up. Randle is a bull in real life, but a two-trick pony for fantasy: points and boards. As a result, he’s barely a top 100 player.
Not a very friendly neighbor Chris was last night.
Nothing to get Harden excited about.
Continues to start and played 27 minutes. Dario Saric played 21 minutes. Should’ve figured that Thibs loves his Taj too much.
Lord Covington always plays well on the day after the Lord’s day. The Timberwolves are 8-3 since acquiring Lord Covington.
Will always be a great fantasy player, but I just can’t see him ever leading a team to the Promised Land.
I hope not.
Still starting and played 29 minutes. Juancho has been serviceable, providing threeecolas and rebounds, but should go back to riding the pine when Will Barton returns, which could be in a couple of weeks.
Jokic hasn’t been shooting particularly well lately, and the Nuggets have been in a bunch of blowouts, so the fantasy production has been a Jokic. With that said, always remember that he can mess around on any night, against any team, in any arena, in any country.
The Nuggets defeated the Raptors, 106-103 in Toronto.
It’s been a disappointing season for Murray so far, as he’s playing more minutes than last season, but making fewer threeecolas, getting fewer steals, turning the ball over more, and shooting a lower percentage from both the field and free throw line. With that said, he’s grabbing more rebounds and dishing out more assists. Inconsistency and inefficiency are what rule Murray’s world, but last night was a reminder of what he can do.
Only played nine minutes, as he injured his right groin.
Played 27 minutes, as he sucked up most of the Harris minutes. Just last week, he played 36 minutes against the Lakers and scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. 3 & D player.
#36 player in fantasy.
PS – he’s good.
The only Raptor to score over 20 points last night. Now that I think about it, Kawhi is kind of a lone wolf, yet Raptors are most successful in packs. Things that make you go hmmmm. SLAP! Hey! What was that for? Raptors are 20-5 and have the best record in the NBA.
Lowry is leading the NBA in assists with 10.3 per game. The shooting has been putrid lately, though. He usually doesn’t hit the wall until the playoffs!
Otto Porter Jr.
Otto and Lord Covington are twins who were separated at birth.
We want Wall! We want Wall! We want Wall! www.WeWantWall.com.
The long-range scope on the BB gun still needs to be recalibrated, but everything else is B. U. T. ful.
Only played 24 minutes, but still produced. Outside of the 1-for-10 clunker in 22 minutes from three games ago, Morris had been getting around 29 minutes per game, with one game at 41 minutes. In addition, he had scored in double figures in seven of eight games and pulled down 7.5 rebounds per game. With Dwight Howard out, Morris is playing a lot of small-ball center, so that should give him a relatively high floor.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Not sure if he’s good or if the Knicks are bad. Both? Naw, the Knicks stink but Oubre isn’t that good. A nice bench piece that thrives in transition.
Continues to start and played 25 minutes. Ho hum. Another double-dub. Tied for fourth in the NBA with 16.
Played 36 minutes. With Trey Burke injured….
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Grab me that cream cheese for all these bagels!
Played 24 minutes. Had played 33, 24, and 23 the prior three games and scored 21, 16, and 17 points. Dotson is a 3 & D guy who is white hot right now, but it’s hard to trust because 1) He’s not going to shoot 62% from the field forever and 2) Coach Fizdale does not have a set lineup or rotation.
#2 in fantasy. The gaudy stats are eye-opening, but the consistency may be more impressive. #2 for the season, #2 over the last three games, and #2 over the last seven games. The four prior years, KD finished as the #3, #1, #2, and #5 player.
With Damian Jones injured, Looney got the start and played 29 minutes. The answer is yes.
Curry has 65 threeecolas on the season, which is good for 10th in the NBA. He’s played 13 games, while the leader, James Harden, has 80 in 19 games.
Over the last seven games, Klay has quietly been a top 25 player with a usage rate of 30. That will tick down to the 26 range with the return of Curry, but top 50 player he should remain.
Played 24 minutes and also benefits from the Jones injury. Both Looney and Jerebko will be negatively affected when Draymond Green returns, but more so for Jerebko.
Got the start and played 31 minutes. Alex Len and Miles Plumlee both played four minutes. Doesn’t look like Dewayne is a Dedmon to me.
Played 25 minutes, as the Hawks got toasted 111-128. Trae, Collins, Huerter, and Zion is going to be amazing!
Played 24 minutes. Hawks expected to get blown out? Play Lin. EZ PZ. So play Lin every game? EZ PZ.
Awesome recap per usual! Got Holiday, Embiid, and KAT so things are pretty good.
But I still got issues. Fantasy basketball issues I mean. My team was cruising through the first couple months and built up a nice ten game lead, but we’ve gone down hard the past two weeks and are now tied for first. I don’t think my guys are slumping per se, but I’m wondering if my good schedule luck at the start of the season has turned lately. For instance, I’m looking at a 38-36 potential GP deficit this week. Not huge, but symptomatic of recent struggles.
Before, I was consistently winning MIN but have lost that category during this losing streak. So, I’m thinking I need to turn my last roster spot into a streaming slot to take advantage of B2Bs. We get four pickups a week, so that’s potentially a +4-5 GP per week. And as a ten team league, there are always OK FA options. I hope that makes sense.
If I may, who goes out of this bunch?
F – Collins, Markkanen, Aaron Gordon
G – Middleton, Teague, Hardaway, Redick, Murray
These are my bottom guys. I’m pretty strong in most categories except steals. We also count Team Wins and Double Doubles fwiw. Doing pretty good in both.
Thanks, Son. Sorry for the lengthy comment. Hope to get back to winning ways soon!
@JakeTPE: Thanks Jake! Appreciate the kind words. And don’t worry about the length of comments. We are an open, free, and length-tolerant community here at Razzball.
Redick would be the guy for me.
@Son: Done! Thank you, Son!
@JakeTPE: Good luck. I always read your name as Jake from State Farm for some reason
HUGE TRADE OFFER
My team is pretty good but the top 2 teams in front of me are getting 15-30 more Reb a week than I am.
I was offered this trade:
12 Team Keeper League — Would you trade:
Curry/ 2 2019 1st Rd picks (top 6 and top 10 pick) FOR Drummond/2019 2nd Rd pick (top 10-12 pick)/2019 3rd Rd pick( top 6 pick)?
SF: Hardaway/Hayward/Mikal Bridges
@Jeffrey Acevedo: personally I think you’re getting frisked in this deal. Keep one of those firsts! No need to reach just because you’re getting slightly out rebounded. 15-30 rebounds per week is fluke/luck territory
Would you trade a 2019 3rd rd pick and Alex Len FOR Markieff Morris?
@jeff: only if this is a 14+ team league. Otherwise I don’t want either
@jeff: How many keepers in league? How many teams? What are the league/team dynamics?
12 team – 10 CAT
Need reb to keep up with the top 2 teams
@jeff: I’m assuming there are not that many keepers, so that 3rd round pick isn’t too high. I’m not a Len fan, so I have no issues with acquiring Morris. His floor should be high considering Dwight is gone, and he should supply a decent amount of boards for you
@Jeffrey Acevedo: Here’s my reply from the other post:
You’d get younger and pick up big man stats, but the upticks in rebounds and blocks don’t seem to offset the decreases in ft%, threeecolas, points, and assists. And you’re giving two 1st rd picks. Not for me
In a 12 team, H2H league, currently in first place…..would you trade Mirotic and Carter Jr for Myles and Covington? Note: Carter and Mirotic only have three games each of the playoff weeks so I would get an extra game from each of his guys. (Yes, I am confident that I can get to these two weeks!)
Carter, ibaka, Draymond
Tobias, OPJ, Mirotic, Fournier, Siakam
Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Barton, G Harris, Barea
@JC: I’d hold off. A little too early for that, as a ton can happen between now and the playoffs.
Holiday season is upon us!
Being offered Vanfleet for my Homie Saric.
Are we still holding Robinson & Bam in a deep 12’er ?
FA’s (in no particular order) –
Josh Jackson / Dotson / Holmes / Bradlee / Plumlee / Knox
@Mr. Blast: Ayyyyy-O!
I’m good with that trade.
The only guy I’d consider out of the FAs would be Knox, but I’m holding both MRob and Bam for now.
What do you think about dropping Nance for Looney?
@BigD: I like it
12 Team – 10 CAT
Need reb to keep up wit the top 2 teams
Should i buy low on Jarrett Allen? The other manager wants Montrezl Harrell for him. Should i pull the trigger?
@Mcbonton: I’d rather have Montrezl
My team that I almost gave up on suddenly turned into a little engine that could, so I’m looking at trades that would make me better, while leaving me some keeper-wealth.
Roster: CP3, Conley, SGA, Richardson, Lamb, Bojan, Kawhi, Gallo, Randle, Harrell, Horford
In our league, we can keep up to 3, for 3 seasons max, at a “one round higher” per season. SGA, Lamb, Bojan, Gallo, and Harrell would all cost me my 11th round pick (or 11th plus a higher pick if I wanted to keep more than one). J-Rich would cost me a 10th. Randle would cost an 7th. The others are not keepers. I write this for context.
The way I see it, a surplus of cheap keepers means I can trade some of those guys. I can also make some late-round pick swaps so I can keep the price lower on my cheap keepers (like trading a 9th round pick for an 11th round one so I can have 2 11th round picks). I’m also willing to part with CP3 (showing his age), Horford (Boston offense is a mess), and Gallo (because I still don’t trust his health) to target a big baller.
LeBron, KAT, and Capela are all on teams that I don’t think are playoff bound in our league. Who would you target first, if you were me, and what’s a good first offer?
Nice! Choo choo!
I’m good with trading away CP3, Horford, and Gallo. Out of the 3 you listed, I’m targetting KAT. As for offer, no idea as I don’t know the league/owner context. Send out the scouts to ascertain what that owner is thinking and assess from there
The KAT owner has one other center (Rudy), and one PG (who sucks). I’m not really interested in any other players on his team except Klay. So I’m thinking of leading with CP3, Gallo, and Horford for Towns and Klay, and see what he says. Leaves me a little weak in assists. Conversely, I could offer Gallo and Horford for Towns.
Send your emissary to speak with their emissary, and find out the hopes and dreams of each other. Hopefully, that will lead to a mutually beneficial deal.
Trade proposal was sent to me:
I trade Kemba, Kanter, and Heild and get Kawai, Draymon, and Ibaka.
My current roster
Stashed: Love, Isiah Thomas
@Juan: I like it. You’d take a hit in threeecolas and points, but get a boost in assists, steals, and blocks (massive boost). There’s the risk of injury and resting, though.
Hi, man! Quick question, starting Thursday night who would you pick up for the remaining of the week (assists doesn’t matter): Dotson (3 games), Marcus Morris (2), Aminu (2), Ross (1 )? I am leaning towards Dotson but man, Fizdale rotation is so unpredictable.
@Max: Forgot to mention Juan Hernangomez? He has 2 games but should be balling with Harris and Barton out?
@Max: I side with volume and opportunity
@Son: Can Dotson sustain these stats in your opinion?
@Max: Hernangomez situation also really tempting.
@Max: But minutes and opportunity are king