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:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 18 3 2 4 3 1/4 11/20 5/5

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.

 

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 4 5 1 0 2 6/14 10/19 2/2

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.

DeMarre Carroll

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 4 1 0 0 3/8 7/12 3/4

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.

Shabazz Napier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 3 1 0 0 3/9 6/14 3/4

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.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 2 2 0 1 1 2/2 11/17 3/3

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.

Kris Dunn

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 7 2 0 3 0/2 8/15 0

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.

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 0 0 0 1 3/4 6/11 2/4

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.

Jonathan Isaac

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

More like Jonathan 1-saac. We must never forget the words of Flava Flav, “Don’t believe the hype.”

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 24 8 0 2 3 2/5 7/17 0

Top 10 player for fantasy. I’m going to name my next child Nikola. Nikola Son. I like it. It’s also gender neutral.

Mohamed Bamba

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

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

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 9 2 1 1 1 1/2 10/21 7/8

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.

Marcin Gortat

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

Continues to start and played 25 minutes. Does Steve Ballmer have significant business in Poland?

Lonzo Ball

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

Played 23 minutes.

Like father like son?

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 1 0 2 3 0 5/16 3/5

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.

Taj Gibson

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

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….

Andrew Wiggins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 5 2 0 1 2 3/10 9/23 7/11

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.

Jeff Teague

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 11 2 0 1 3/6 6/13 0

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.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 13 0 0 1 2 0 5/6 3/3

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.

Kevin Huerter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 7 3 0 3 2/7 4/16 0

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.

DeAndre’ Bembry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 2 0 0 2 1/2 7/11 2/3

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.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 6 2 1 0 2/10 10/27 3/4

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.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 5 0 3 1 4/6 7/17 2/2

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.

Ian Mahinmi

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 10 1 2 2 1 0 4/8 1/2

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.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 8 1 2 0 1 0 5/6 2/4

Mahinmi!

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 15 13 0 1 8 2/5 9/23 2/6

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!”

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 9 1 3 0 3 0/2 7/10 0

Points, boards, and steals. Why TY. Free throw shooting is horrendous though.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 11 6 0 0 2 0 6/14 4/4

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.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 9 3 2 0 0 2/4 9/18 1/3

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.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 4 0 0 3 0/1 4/8 4/4

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.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 0 0 2 5 2/2 7/9 2/2

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.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 3 8 3 1 4 2/6 4/10 2/2

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 2 8 0 0 1 1/6 3/10 5/6

Awwww, so cute with the almost matching lines.

Norman Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 2 1 1 0 0 3/3 10/12 0

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.

Greg Monroe

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

Played 21 minutes. He’s the only big guy off the bench. A ringing endorsement, I know.

Nicolas Batum

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

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.

Bismack Biyombo

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

Got the start and played 21 minutes.

Willy Hernangomez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 9 4 1 0 3 0 8/12 3/7

Played 24 minutes off the bench.

Looks like Borrego is going to make this situation a difficult one for us.

Kemba Walker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 7 1 0 0 3 2/7 9/20 9/12

Remember when Kemba was playing at a top 10 level? Yeah, me neither. Top 30-ish is more like it.

Tony Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 1 6 0 0 2 0/1 9/16 2/2

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

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 5 2 1 1 3/6 9/17 2/2

Led the Suns in minutes played (37) and shot attempts. Warren is a professional G-etter of buckets. Top 30 player for fantasy.

Devin Booker

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

Only played 12 minutes due to a back injury. As of now, he’s considered day-to-day.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 4 0 0 3 3/4 9/13 1/2

Played 32 minutes off the bench. The last six games, Jackson has played 32, 18, 27, 14, 16, and 30 minutes. Have fun.

  1. Max says:
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    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?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @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

      • Max says:
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        @Son: is markanen to opj is okay or i would be paying too much?

  2. JC says:
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    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
    IR: Barton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @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

  3. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    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

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @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

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: would you do Sabonis & Barton for Jrich & Winslow?

  4. Coach Scal says:
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    Hey Son appreciate the good work!

    Thoughts on trading away DMitchell+Sabonis for TJ Warren+Thad Young?

    9 cat 8 Team
    My team:
    Harden Conley JMurray Luka Mitchell
    OPJ Hayward
    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?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      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

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    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)

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        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 ?

        Squad –

        Russell/Dunn/Lonzo/Payton/Mudiay
        George/Tobias/Lamb/Osman/Saric
        Embiid/Gobert/Bryant/Taj/Bamba

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: You know my love for BogBog. Do what you gotta do

  6. Joel says:
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    Is it time to move on from SGA? Was thinking of picking up Huerter, Melton, or Nerlens.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: Yeah, he’s not getting the minutes or usage. I’m a Huerter guy

  7. Jasper says:
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    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?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jasper: Sup Jasper! I like the moves. There are so many wings in Memphis. Plus, they play at such a slow pace.

  8. waffles says:
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    hey good stuff Son

    who do you like best for tonight
    Mudiay (@POR)
    Napier (BOS)
    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 says:
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      @waffles: Napier(@BOS*)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Napier if for DFS. Mudiay for season-long

  9. Chris says:
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    Hi Son,

    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?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Yes. Back surgery for two disks. Consulting with a nerve specialist.

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