My wife commutes to work, I work from home, and we have two kids. I’m not a great cook. Yes, I can make decent tasting food, but my process is inefficient and I’m messy. Plus, I take the kids to McyD’s a little too often for my wife’s liking, so she usually cooks. It’s more work for her but her anxiety ceases to exist knowing that she’s in control. Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe she’s just a control freak. Thinks. Thinks some more. Yeah, she’s definitely a control freak. Anyways, we recently bought an appliance that has been a game changer for us: the instant pot. So quick, so easy, and so freaking delicious. We just cut up some veggies, insert some meat, dabble some seasoning, and voila. Now, we missed the great deals on it on Black Friday, so we had to wait, but then another deal popped up shortly after and our lives have never been the same since. Which brings me to Devin Booker

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38 7 2 2 0 5 2/7 11/23 14/15

Last night he played 37 minutes after playing 36 minutes on Saturday. Prior to that, he had missed six games due to injury. We always knew Booker could score, as he’s a professional getter of buckets. The game changer, though, has been the improvement in assists over the years. 2.6 dimes in 2015, 3.4 in 2016, and 4.7 last season. This year, he’s dishing out 6.5 dimes per game! Couple that with 24.5 points, 2.4 threeecolas, 3.9 boards, and 1.1 steals, and you’ve got a top 40 player for fantasy. There’s still room to grow, though, as evidenced by his last two games: 33 points, 2.5 threeecolas, 7 boards, 4.5 dimes, and 1 steal. He’s shot 53% and only turned the ball over 1.5 times, which is impressive considering he has a usage rate of 29.7. It’s only been two games, but his production has been good for the #4 player over that span. Get that Booker Cooker, while it’s smoking hot! But only if it’s on sale.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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32 12 5 0 2 6 0/3 15/21 2/2

The crazy thing is that he sat most of the first quarter due to picking up two early fouls and still ended up having a ridiculous game. Naw, what’s truly crazy is the spelling of his name. Just know that your SON is able to write it without Googling. Yes, Razzball is still free.

Brook Lopez

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

Can you believe that Lopez has been a top 35 player over the past seven games? Believe it, as he’s been contributing 2.6 threeecolas and 2.6 blocks.

Tony Snell

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12 6 1 1 1 0 2/4 5/8 0

Got the start because Malcolm Brogdon sat (hamstring) and played 29 minutes.

DJ Wilson

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9 3 3 0 1 0 1/1 4/5 0

With Ersan Ilyasova out (nose contusion), the rookie played a career-high 26 minutes. Prior to last night, he had appeared in one game for 13 minutes.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 11 1 0 10 2/7 4/13 9/12

A quadruple-dub!!!! Rightfully so, the turnover category is not included in any messing around scenarios. Of course Lake didn’t get any blocks.

Reggie Bullock

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 1 0 0 1 5/7 9/14 1/1

Bullock is a three-point specialist, shooting 35% from downtown and draining 1.9 per game. With the Drummond/Griffin beasts down low, defenses have to sag down low, which leaves open looks for Bullock.

Luke Kennard

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3 2 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/7 0

Got the start and played 23 minutes. Kennard has actually received the starting nod in the past four games. Shrug emoji. He does space the floor and can drain threeecolas, so there’s that. If you were wondering…..naw, there’s no way you were.

Jose Calderon

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4 3 5 0 0 2 0/1 2/4 0

Played 24 minutes. Shockingly, he’s played 24, 24, 21, 22, and 22 minutes the past five games. SHRUG F’ING EMOJI!

TJ Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 1 3 2 1 4/8 11/18 0

Played a team-high 39 minutes. Warren has been a top 30 player on the season, and a top 20 player the past five games. Regulaaaators! Been mounting up all season. Look what adding threeecolas to one’s game can do.

Deandre Ayton

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21 13 1 0 0 2 0 8/14 5/5

Needs Ayton of work, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but the foundation is solid.

Jamal Crawford

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6 2 14 1 0 2 0/3 3/9 0

Career-high in assists at age 38. Good job Knicks.

Enes Kanter

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13 10 4 1 1 1 0/1 4/11 5/6

Fourth in double-dubs with 21. Don’t expect those D stats on the regular, but he’s still a top 75 player regardless.

Emmanuel Mudiay

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 6 6 0 0 2 2/6 12/21 6/7

Over the past four games, he’s been a top 40 player!

Courtney Lee

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12 4 0 0 0 1 1/3 5/8 1/1

Forgot he was still in the league. Should I expect Robert E. to stroll into town on horseback?

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 1 0 0 2 3/8 3/10 5/5

Got the start and played 33 minutes. I looooooove clam chowder, so I don’t understand why I’ve never been a Crowder fan. He does provide threeecolas, rebounds, and a smattering of D stats. If he gets the minutes, he’s viable.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 13 4 1 3 1 0 6/10 6/6

Are they still rioting in Paris? If so, send Rudy back to restore order. If you dress him as a police officer, then all rioting would cease. If you adorn him with a yellow vest, then the government would concede and give the protesters all that they want. He’s that good.

Donovan Mitchell

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23 8 5 3 0 4 2/8 8/22 5/7

Not quite on Rudy’s level, but good enough to slide into anyone’s DMs.

Clint Capela

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5 14 0 3 5 2 0 2/8 1/5

He must’ve read the Gobert blurb. Wait, that would mean he’s a time traveler. Soooo, he traveled forward in time to read my blurb, then traveled back to the start of the game, and was therefore scared to play against Gobert. Makes perfect sense to me.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
47 6 5 5 0 5 4/12 14/31 15/16

Harden also traveled in time and saw that I didn’t write him up for the lede, then traveled back and texted me when I was writing up his blurb. “Yo, Son…I dropped a 47-burger with a full stat line and Booker gets the lede over me?” James, I wrote you up the other night. Plus, you’re too good my man. How about you suck for a bit, then pop off for one of these games? It would have more effect. It’s like the guy that likes a girl so much that he looks like a desperate little puppy. But once he plays it cool and doesn’t give her attention….Does that really work? Asking for a friend. Anyways, what gets me Harden excited are the 2.2 steals per game. Over the past five years, he’s never averaged fewer than 1.5.

The Kings lost 105-132 to the Timberwolves.

Coach Joerger punted the game in the first quarter. As a result, Nemanja Bjelica played 5 minutes, Willy Cauley-Stein played 7 minutes, De’Aaron Fox played 6 minutes, and Bogdan Bogdanovic played 10 minutes. Thanks for playing? I’m not going to mention the players who did play because it’s irrelevant. Thanks for making my life easier Coach Joerger. Same for the Timberwolves except…..

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 2 11 0 0 2 1/3 3/12 6/8

Got the start because Jeff Teague was out (ankle). Even though he’s been coming off the bench, Rose is still averaging around 29 minutes per game. He’s cooled off a little bit, but still shooting relatively well and remains a top 100 player.

Lauri Markkanen

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16 15 0 2 2 3 1/3 6/17 3/4

Played 28 minutes. I love Markkanen and would be trying to acquire him in all dynasty leagues.

Kris Dunn

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12 2 7 1 0 4 0 5/8 2/2

Got the start for Zach LaVine (ankle) and played 26 minutes. Once LaVine returns, I’d imagine that Dunn would continue to start, with Ryan Arcidiacono going back to the bench.

Paul George

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24 8 4 3 0 3 4/10 8/19 4/4

Boy, George. Now I’m curious. Is this PG’s team now?

Russell Westbrook

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

Just messing around.

The Thunder won 121-96, so dudes like Hamidou Diallo got 17 minutes of run.

The Sixers lost 96-123 to the Spurs. Seriously, do the Spurs ever play any close games? They are either blowing out teams or getting blown out.

Joel Embiid

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13 11 5 0 0 4 0/6 6/17 1/1

Hmmm, Jimmy Butler plays, Embiid plays like doodoo, and the Sixers lose a game. 1+1=2?

Jimmy Butler

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

Hmmm, Butler plays like doodoo, Embiid plays like crap, and Sixers lose a game. 3-1=2?

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 2 0 3 0 0 8/14 4/4

LMA! Who’s laughing now?

Rudy Gay

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21 6 3 1 1 0 1/5 10/15 0

Top 50 player for the season. Top 20 player over the past eight games.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 7 0 0 0 0 9/16 2/2

0.2 threeecolas per game after draining 1.1 last season. Remember when DeRozan was a top 25 player this season? Yeah, me neither. He’s been the #57 player over the past eight games, and the #190 player over the past four.

Shelvin Mack

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

Got the start because Mike Conley couldn’t go (hamstring). The return of the Mack should be a short-lived one.

Omri Casspi

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 2 0 1 1 2/4 8/10 2/2

Revenge!

Kevin Durant

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23 3 5 0 2 2 1/3 7/15 8/8

Led the team in scoring. Was a quiet night individually for the Warriors, even though the team scored 110 points.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 3 6 2 0 272 6/7 11/20 9/11

#11 player for fantasy, but #1 in my heart.

CJ McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 2 3 0 1 1 2/4 11/19 3/3

Top 60 player. Will score in the 20s, provide a couple of threeecolas, grab a handful minus a finger worth of boards, dish out a two-pack of dimes, and get his 211 on once. CJ has a high usage rate (26), doesn’t turn the ball over (1.8), and jacks up a ton of shots (18.2). You know which little bear he’d be, right?

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 11 1 1 0 1 3/6 15/22 6/8

He is so good. Do the Clippers unload the Brinks trucks for Tobias or does he take his talents somewhere else? There are a ton of free agents available in the upcoming offseason. I’m very curious what the Clippers end up doing. What say you?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 3 0 0 2 2/7 9/15 4/5

Played 38 minutes. The Logo knows. Stay strong grasshoppers.

Avery Bradley

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

So bad that it was impressive. And he played 30 minutes!

Patrick Beverley

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10 4 11 1 0 0 2/3 2/4 4/6

Beverley. Bradley. They kind of sound the same. Do we have a situation similar to the one in Brooklyn with Jared and Jarrett?

  1. Ghita says:
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    Hei Son,

    I got a trade offer. My side is cp3+randle+noel for his teague+nurkic+aaron gordon.
    Who do you like the most?
    Thanks!

    • Ghita says:
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      I forgot to mention is a 16 team league, H2H with the following cat: fg%,ft%,3pt,points,OR,DR,assists,stl,blk,to,pf,tech,dd

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Teague/Nurk/Gordon

  2. Lance Dance Revolution says:
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    hey son! i’m looking for a 3 pt specialist. my options are ross or bullock. ross is relatively more consistent with some steals every now and then. while bullock is a 3 without d but with more minutes per game.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ross

  3. JC says:
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    Barea or Rondo?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      It’s really close. The environment is better in LA, but I think Lonzo will dominate most of the minutes. So, both he and Barea will likely play similar minutes, with Barea adding more threeecolas

      • Son

        Son says:
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        So Barea for me

  4. waffles says:
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    yooo! happy tuesday

    mason plumlee (DAL) or Ed Davis (LAL) tonight?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Sup waffles! Mr. Ed for me

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyyyyyO!

    Hey Son. Got one for you..

    Trade offer coming in –

    My Tobias/Saric for his Markkanen/BogBog

    Trade analyzer likes the Tobias side more, but I think the analyzer also has Saric a bit high.

    I love Tobias & know he is the best player in this deal.

    But its not a bad offer.. What do you think ?

    Squad –

    Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Mudiay
    P. George/Tobias/Lamb/Saric/Osman/KCP
    Embiid/Gobert/Taj/Bamba/BAM

    I tried to counter with Tobias/Cedi – No go.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyyyyyyyO!

      I’m in agreement with the Trade Analyzer. Like the Tobias side more

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        Bulls eye on the response! (as always)

        Thanks bud!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Anytime my man

  6. zaphrodesiac says:
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    So, did House Artest shut down the RCL recap or what? I was masturbating to those. I nominate you Son for 10, 000 words on that this week.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @zaphrodesiac: Ha! Go hit up Brent @TheFantasyDick on the Twitter machine

      • zaphrodesiac says:
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        Machete don’t tweet

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @zaphrodesiac: Did you offer a virgin sacrifice?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: Ha! Indeed. One of my favorite movies of all time. You are a man of…..questionable yet great taste!!!

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Son: I certainly am. And you are a hoops analyst of extraordinary magnitude.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Court Vision: Ha! You just buttering me up so I don’t send yo ass to Detroit!

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Hey man, loved Lumber Joe’s game earlier! Glad we picked him up. Huerter’s tho was so-so, nevertheless those two contributed in treys and that’s all I needed so I’m quite satisfied! I didn’t realize that Portis was dropped until I browsed thru our wire, how would you value him?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Awesome! I just wanna Kawhi with happiness. I can’t value Portis too highly because I don’t think he gets significant minutes.

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