Karl-Anthony Towns is an amazing player. He’s 7′ 0,” 250 pounds, can post up down low, break ankles on the perimter, and drain threeecolas. While I question if he has enough dog in him to lead a team to the promised land, there is no denying his status as one of the elite fantasy players. Since entering the league, KAT has finished as the 12th, 6th, and 5th player in fantasy. So far, he’s the #7 player this season and puts up funky lines like this:
I want to go to Funky Towns, though.
Can we Voltron up and get Andrew Wiggins out of Minnesota? KAT is averaging 16.2 shot attempts per game, good for 31st in the league. Wiggins is at 15.5 shots per game. Imagine a place sans Wiggins where KAT attempts over 20 shots per game and sees an uptick in usage and assist rate? That’s a place I want to go. The beyond funky contract of Wiggins makes it an almost impossible task, but one can dream.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Well, well, well. What do you know? Tom Thibodeau has been fired as team president and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Hmmm, maybe that trip to Funky Towns isn’t impossible after all. Ryan Saunders will take over interim head coaching duties. He was an assistant for the Wizards (2009-2014) and an assistant for the Timberwolves from 2014 until now.
Played a team-high 33 minutes. On the season, Russell is a top 75 player. Over the past four games, though, he’s been a top 15 one, averaging 32.8 minutes, 23.5 points, 2.3 threeecolas, 3.8 boards, 7.3 dimes, 1 steal, and 0.8 blocks. 19.8 shot attempts and 31.9 usage rate over that span! I’m not the biggest fan of Russell, but the volume and across-the-board production cannot be denied.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Over the past six games, Carroll has been a top 70 player. He’s averaged 29.7 minutes, 17.3 points, 2.8 threeecolas, 5.3 boards and 2.7 dimes. He doesn’t provide the D, so eMarre it is. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been out, so the minutes should tick back down when he returns.
The past four games, Napier has played 27, 23, 24, and 33 minutes. He’s scored 18, 10, 12, and 32 points respectively. The minutes bump has come due to the Allen Crabbe injury, who is expected to be out for at least another week.
Led the Bulls in both minutes played and shot attempts. The shooting efficiency has been much better over the past few weeks, but the contributions in assists, rebounds, and D categories have plummeted. Points and threeecolas are what you can expect with reasonable confidence. Anything else is gravy.
Dunn has been a decent source of assists and steals. The 4 rebounds per game are nice from the guard position as well. The stats to keep an eye on are the shooting percentages. Since he entered the league three years ago, the threeecola, two-point, and free throw percentages have all increased each season. If he can maintain or continue improving in that area, then he will not be Dunn from the league.
Played 20 minutes off the bench, as the team is bringing him back slowly from injury. Per-minute, though, Portis is a beast. He should start getting more minutes soon, but will continue coming off the bench, which is probably ideal for him so that he can feast on second units.
More like Jonathan 1-saac. We must never forget the words of Flava Flav, “Don’t believe the hype.”
Top 10 player for fantasy. I’m going to name my next child Nikola. Nikola Son. I like it. It’s also gender neutral.
Only played 14 minutes. Not fantasy relevant outside the deepest of leagues, but it’s fun to track the development. He could be a blocks and boards monster with some threeecolas in the future.
Tobias Harris Clippers = THC. No wonder it’s so fun owning him in fantasy. The assists and D contributions are light, but the minutes, points, threeecolas, rebounds, and shooting percentages are all….high.
Continues to start and played 25 minutes. Does Steve Ballmer have significant business in Poland?
Played 23 minutes.
Like father like son?
He’s a top 290 player for fantasy! Woo hoo!
The Lakers scored 86 points. No LeBron James or Kyle Kuzma, but c’mon man. Coach Walton started Ivica Zubac alongside JaVale McGee. The Timberwolves immediately went out to a 15-1 lead. All you need to know about yesterday’s game is that Michael Beasley played 21 minutes, Moritz Wagner played 19, and Svi Mykailiuk played 16 minutes.
Played 26 minutes, while Dario Saric played 22 minutes. I respect the loyalty and love that Thibs has for Taj. Well, the Taj Mahal was inspired by a love story so….
I’m not a Timberwolves fan or KAT owner, and even I’m clammoring for Wiggins to get off this team. Over the past seven games, he’s been a top 250 player. He’s played 37 minutes per game and has a 25 usage rate. Good times. At least he doesn’t turn the ball over, but that’s tough to do when he just hucks and chucks.
Has played two games since returning from injury. 29 and 28 minutes played with lines of 15 points/11 assists and 23 points/10 assists. He’s a reliable source of assists and steals, but he’s been shooting 60%. He’s a low-to-mid 40% shooter, so except the points to come down.
The Heat lost to the Hawks, 82-106. NO BLURBS FOR YOU!!! Justise Winslow led the team in minutes played with 30. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 dimes. Derrick Jones Jr. played 29 minutes and led the Heat in scoring with 14 points. Hassan Whiteside played 21 minutes, scored 2 points, and grabbed 4 rebounds. Thanks for playing. Score one for the Atlanta nightlife.
Death, taxes, and a Collins dub-dub. The threeecolas from the big man position are nice, but he needs to provide more D stats. Currently, a top 75-80 player.
Led the team in both minutes played (36) and shot attempts. He’s a top 250 player for fantasy, primarily because his efficiency is terrible. Outside of that, he plays a shit ton of minutes, provides threeecolas, will provide a handful of boards and assists, and will provide the D. There’s a chance he hits a rookie wall, but there’s also a chance he continues to develop. I’m siding with the latter, especially since the front office seems committed to him.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. Bembry should continue to get run as long as Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore are out. Bembry is an athletic wing who doesn’t excel at anything but contributes in everything.
Beal led the team in minutes played, shot attempts, and…..to victory!!! Example #128457 for why a Wall is superfluous. Top 20 player over the past five games.
Otto Porter Jr.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. Since returning from injury, OPJ has played 14, 21, and 24 minutes. Should be starting and getting over 30 minutes of run soon.
Played 25 minutes off the bench, while Thomas Bryant got the start and played 21 minutes. Not sure why Mahinmi got more minutes. Possibly a matchup thing with Steven Adams. Anyways, I wouldn’t read too much into it and think Bryant is still the guy in Washington. Something to keep an eye on though.
The trip-dubs are nice but….over the past seven games, Westbrook is shooting 39% from the field, 67% from the line, and has a turnover rate of 5.3. Sweet and sour. Yay and boo. Mint and vomit?
The Thunder lost to the Wizards, 98-116 at home. Why do I hear Smokey in my ear, “Damn! You’ve got to be one stupid mother ****er to get fired on your day off!”
Points, boards, and steals. Why TY. Free throw shooting is horrendous though.
Got the start because Myles Turner was out (shoulder) and played 31 minutes. Dude is money when he plays. Unfortunatley, plays between 26-28 minutes per game on the reg.
Not a sexy fantasy asset, Bojan provides a little something something in everything but blocks. Plays over 32 minutes and jacks up double-digit shots per game.
Cory Joseph played 28 minutes and shot 3-for-11, while Tyreke Evans played 15 minutes. Yuck.
Over the past four games, Siakam has been a top 30 player. He’s averaged 31 minutes, 20 points, 1.5 threeecolas, 7.5 boards, 3.8 dimes, 0.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He’s shot 60% from the field and 90% from the charity stripe on 5 attempts.
Got the start but only played 23 minutes, as he was in some foul trouble. So, in 122 minutes without Kawhi Leonard or Kyle Lowry on the court, Ibaka has a 29% usage rate, which leads the team. In 314 minutes without just Leonard, he still leads the team with a 29.6% usage rate. Shrug emoji.
Awwww, so cute with the almost matching lines.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. The prior game, Powell played 15 minutes and shot 0-for-5, so the range is wide. With that said, he had been getting around 23 minutes per game over the past four games and attempted 11 shots per game.
Played 21 minutes. He’s the only big guy off the bench. A ringing endorsement, I know.
Batum has failed to score double-digits 22 times this season! He’s reached 20 points just two times. Batum has played a total of 38 games. I knew this Egyptian girl in college who would say, “Badoong” or something that sounded similar whenever a bad thing happened. Well, Badoong….Batum. Same shit.
Got the start and played 21 minutes.
Played 24 minutes off the bench.
Looks like Borrego is going to make this situation a difficult one for us.
Remember when Kemba was playing at a top 10 level? Yeah, me neither. Top 30-ish is more like it.
Played 27 minutes. Has scored 20 points four times this season. He has also scored 2 or fewer points eight times. If you need assists, then….you may be more desperate than a housewife. That was good, no?
T. J. Warren
Led the Suns in minutes played (37) and shot attempts. Warren is a professional G-etter of buckets. Top 30 player for fantasy.
Only played 12 minutes due to a back injury. As of now, he’s considered day-to-day.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. The last six games, Jackson has played 32, 18, 27, 14, 16, and 30 minutes. Have fun.
Hey man. Few questions. What to do with Aaron Gordon? Is it time to give up on him, cause I a little bit tired of ups and downs.
Should i make a move on OPJ? He is all around player that i need. I can propose Markannen, Mitchell for him? Or should i keep either of them?
@Max: Yeah, he’s frustrating because the upside is so tantalizing. I’d send out the scouts to gauge interest and wouldn’t be opposed to moving him. Of course, it depends on who you move him for.
As for OPJ, I’m cool with that. Depends on who you’d have to give up, but I think you can get him at a discount. With Wall out, his usage rate spikes up. I’d be okay with shipping either
@Son: is markanen to opj is okay or i would be paying too much?
Westbrook is being shopped in our 12 team, 9 cat H2H league. Here are the three proposals so far (my team for context below).
1. Westbrook and BogBog for Kemba, Siakam and Carter Jr.
2. Same two for Kemba, OPJ and Carter Jr.
3. Same two for Kemba and Tobias
Would you do any of these? If so, which one is best?
Ibaka, Draymond, Javale, Tristan, Carter Jr.
OPJ, Tobias, Fournier, Mirotic, Siakam
Kemba, Bledsoe, Harden, G Harris
@JC: I’m not a big Russ guy this year, so maybe you’re asking the wrong guy. With that said, I like your side better for each
Our Richardson for Bagley? Richardson’s FG is hopeless. Lol His 2.5 3pm will surely be missed however… His FG though!! Might offer for Collins as well… I’m only going to make trades with people who still actually care for the league. I mean we’re all friends, and some, acquaintances, but those who have already quit due to awful drafting and now at the bottom, or has been plagued with injuries, man they’re making fantasy hoops less fun and enjoyable! In my 12 team league, I think 2-3 members have already quit, geez, it sucks playing with them! The bad thing tho is that some of the good PFs belong to those guys like Mirotic, Millsap, so there’s no way I could make a deal with them. Damn
@I just wanna Kawhi: That sucks. I despise owners that give up.
Anyways, you stop with the blasphemous talk about our RichardSON!!! I”m kidding. I’d rather have him than Bagley
@Son: would you do Sabonis & Barton for Jrich & Winslow?
@I just wanna Kawhi: Negative
@Son: thanks man!
@I just wanna Kawhi: Anytime!
Hey Son appreciate the good work!
Thoughts on trading away DMitchell+Sabonis for TJ Warren+Thad Young?
9 cat 8 Team
Harden Conley JMurray Luka Mitchell
Capela Nurk Dray JAllen Siakam Sabonis
Think it would get me better balance and get rid of the headache that Mitchell is these days. Thoughts?
I’m a believer in Warren, so I’m good with that move. Don’t like the Young acquisition, though. If you could swap him out for someone else, I’d be more inclined to do it
I’ve been patient after drafting Saric & Taj, holding both since the Philly/Minnesota trade,
Drafted both of these guys for a reason,
I liked The Homies fit in Philly. And I liked the love Thibs had for Taj…
With that being said them being traded to the same team & same position hurt me a bit..
I’ve remained patient, wanting to drop both at times, but I’m in a deep 12’er that I havent been able to shake them loose yet. Hoping with the firing of the Thibs, at least one of them resurface..
That is all I have today (Prayer hands emoji)
Thought that was gonna be all for me today, but a verbal trade offer just came in –
Me giving Elfrid Payton and getting Bog-Bog.. What do you think ?
@Mr. Blast: You know my love for BogBog. Do what you gotta do
Is it time to move on from SGA? Was thinking of picking up Huerter, Melton, or Nerlens.
@Joel: Yeah, he’s not getting the minutes or usage. I’m a Huerter guy
What’s up, Son! It’s me again. I dropped Mikal Bridges and Justin Holiday and picked up Dario Saric and Jae Crowder. I’m comfortable with the Saric gamble, but thoughts on Holiday’s outlook on Memphis? Was it a mistake to drop him?
@Jasper: Sup Jasper! I like the moves. There are so many wings in Memphis. Plus, they play at such a slow pace.
hey good stuff Son
who do you like best for tonight
A Rivers (DEN)
I would lean Napier because a lot of Nets are out but Boston is a top D. what do you think? thanks
@waffles: Napier if for DFS. Mudiay for season-long
i’m getting hit with my 4th INJ this season.
i have 2 spots for INJ:
Currently Dwight Howard and Taurean Prince.
Over the weekend, got Robert Covington.
Should I drop Howard? When is he coming back?
@Chris: Yes. Back surgery for two disks. Consulting with a nerve specialist.