….More solid than reinforced concrete. Plays lots of tricks and provides plenty of treats. Is not indiscreet when he provides the latent heat. Fills up most of the stat sheet. Is not from the main street. Yet remained upbeat. Put in the time until he became elite. This did not happen in a heartbeat. No conceit. Just a regular athlete who kept all the receipts to make the haters obsolete. Last night, turned the Bucks into mincemeat.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 4 7 2 0 4 5/12 12/22 4/6

Led the Raptors to a 124-113 victory over the Bucks. On the season, VanVleet is the number 15 player for fantasy. The shooting efficiency is rough at 41% which provides volatility to his production. He’s scored at least 20 points 15 times this season, with four over 30 and one 50-burger. He’s also scored in single digits five times. With that said, he’s averaging 3.2 tres, 4.2 boards, 6.6 dimes, 1.7 steals, two turnovers, and 0.7 blocks. Fred Mutombo in the house! That block number will likely be unsustainable since he has never averaged more than 0.3 blocks in a season before but whatever. I’m not here to be a Negative Nancy. VanVleet is awesome. And it’s no wonder that the two Vs make a W.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Pascal Siakam

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

This is the player I signed up for. Siakam has been a top 15 player over the past seven games. It’s about time! I got a question for y’all. How come when the internet goes out, the cable company doesn’t prorate my bill? But if I miss a payment then I get charged? That’s some Manute Bolshit. I wish stats were prorated for fantasy too, but it is what it is. Hopefully, this heater keeps continuing until…well, forever.

OG Anunoby

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 1 1 1 1 2/5 5/9 1/1

Returned to the starting lineup after a 10-game absence and played 27 minutes. Prior to going down with a calf injury, OG was posting top 40 production. May the Force be strong with this one.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 6 2 0 2 3/5 7/12 1/1

Lowry injured his ankle in the second quarter. He was able to return but left in the third quarter when it was clear he could no longer play. He finished with 22 minutes.

Chris Boucher

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 1 0 5 1 4/7 4/8 2/2

In 30 minutes off the bench. While Brook Lopez can and has punished defenders down on the block, he primarily is out on the court to space the floor for Giannis. As a result, it was a perfect situation for Boucher. On the season, the Water Boy is a top 40 player despite averaging only 23.3 minutes per game. I still don’t think he will ever be a bonafide starter so I’d trade him in both redraft and dynasty since his value will likely never be higher. But only if you can get good value for him because I wouldn’t mind having him due to his per-minute acumen. Just realize that he won’t play much against centers that can punish down low.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 10 8 5 2 5 2/4 11/20 10/14

What a G! Over the last four games, he’s been the number one player for fantasy. The free-throw shooting has been at 77% and the counting stats have all been orgasmic. The main reason has been the increase in playing time as he’s averaged 37.5 minutes per game, which is four minutes more than his season average. Play your best players as often as possible. What a novel concept! Budenholzer ain’t a dummy after all.

Pat Connaughton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 1 0 3 1 4/10 8/15 0

In 31 minutes off the bench. Look, I like Connaughton. He can shot and has crazy hops but it’s a problem when he’s the second-leading scorer on the night for the Bucks.

Robert Covington

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

A career-high in blocks! Everyone was dressing up as Mutombo for Halloween last night. Oh, it’s February. Everyone was dressing up as Mutombo for Valentine’s Day? Over the last seven games, Lord Covington has been a top 35 player. The usage is low at 10.3 and he’s averaging only eight points per game, but he’s contributing 1.9 tres, 7.1 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 blocks.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 21 1 0 0 3 0 2/10 4/6

Not a career-high. Sad face. For you inquiring minds, Kanter has grabbed 26 boards multiple times before. Impressive.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 7 10 2 0 3 5/14 12/25 2/3

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Luguentz Dort

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 3 1 0 1 3/9 8/18 4/4

18 shot attempts. A career-high! Just one of those nights, huh? Dort has attempted double-digit shots in six straight games and 16 in total. He’s scored at least 10 points in four straight. On the season, Dort is a top 200-ish player since the field goal percentage sucks and just contributes in tres, steals, and some boards.

Theo Maledon

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

Returned from a four-game absence and played 28 minutes. Prior to going down, he had played 36, 28, 33, and 30 minutes. He should continue getting plenty of run as the season progresses. The shooting efficiency and points will be an issue, but Maledon will provide dimes and steals.

Isaiah Roby

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 2 0 1 1 0/1 4/6 3/4

In 24 minutes off the bench. With a Roby, you’re usually punting, but not with this one. Isaiah is a viable option for boards, field goal percentage, and defensive stats. There’s also the added benefit that he will get the occasional start when Al Horford rests and could become the starter if Horford is traded.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 13 7 0 1 5 1/4 13/20 3/4

LeBron is LeFantastic. Since Dame gets the no words and picture treatment, I’m just going with this for LeBron blurbs in the future because we know what the numbers are going to be. LeAwesome.

Kyle Kuzma

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

Got the start for Anthony Davis and played 26 minutes. K. K. K. Three strikes and he’s out. Oh shit, some dudes in white masks have appeared outside my house with tiki torches. Is that a cross I see? Yo, that’s unnecessary guys. AD is out for a few weeks so Kuzma should see plenty of run. In seven games as a starter, Kuzma has averaged 30.7 minutes, 13.3 points, 1.9 tres, 6.6 boards, 0.9 dimes, and one block while shooting 49% from the field and 66% from the line. Like I kind of get it why big men have difficulty shooting free-throws. It still baffles me but I get it. I have no idea how a player can drain tres from downtown yet can’t hit free-throws. Why??!!!

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 1 3 4 1 5 0/1 9/15 6/8

With Davis off the court, Schroder sees a usage rate of 22.1, which is surprising since I thought he’d get a massive boost. Last night, though, he garnered a 33.7 usage rate. Why you play with my emotions, numbers? I’d imagine this will be the New World Order for as long as AD is out.

Anthony Edwards

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 5 1 2 3 5/10 10/20 3/4

At first, I thought the Ant-Man nickname was stupid for Edwards. Like, I got it because ANThony but then I remembered…..

Alright, it works. Edwards is a beast and straight bullies defenders in the paint. The shot selection can be questionable at times, and he doesn’t contribute much in the defensive cats, but he sure as hell can score. With D’Angelo Russell out for four to six weeks after knee surgery, Ant-Man will be the number two option for the Timberwolves. He garnered a 31 usage rate last night.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 4 1 0 2 1/1 7/10 0

Meow. Is Ant-Man number one? Tune in for the next Marvel blockbuster: Ant-Man vs. KAT.

Zion WilliamSON

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 7 6 2 0 3 1/1 13/16 4/4

Top 10 player over the last eight games. I’m a stupid, stupid man. It was so obvious to so many of you. I shall now flagellate myself like Silas in the Da Vinci Code.

Willy Hernangomez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 1 1 0 1 0 5/6 4/4

In 14 minutes off the bench. Willy had overtaken Jaxson Hayes for the backup center minutes and averaged 19.1 minutes over the last eight games. He could be getting a lot more in the short term as Steven Adams exited last night’s game in the fourth quarter with a back injury. #FreeWilly.

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 9 2 0 0 2 6/11 10/16 1/1

In 32 minutes off the bench. The second time this season Hart has scored at least 20 points. Don’t expect points on the regular, though, as he’s scored single digits in 17 games. You can count on the boards, though, as he’s grabbed at least 10 in six games and is averaging 7.6 per game on the season. It’s too bad Hart couldn’t deliver on Valentine’s Day. It’s a capitalist manufactured holiday anyway.

Ja Morant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 8 0 0 6 1/3 12/16 3/4

Is Morant amazing? Ja. Does Morant rule? Ja. With that said, he’s outside the top 100 on the season. The tres and defensive stats are light. Ja will rise up and rule though someday.

JaMychal Green

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

Got the start and played 29 minutes because Paul Millsap was out due to a knee injury. JaMychal did not make anyone Green with envy for starting him. Quite the opposite. Green puke like a Fukushima survivor. Green is a points and boards player. With a 43% field goal percentage, which is often in the 30% range, MC Hammer be singing, “Can’t trust it.”

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 6 5 2 1 3 3/5 16/23 8/8

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Facundo Campazzo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 8 2 1 1 2/6 5/12 3/4

Got the start and played 40 minutes because Monte Morris was out with a shoulder injury. Campazzo is a passing wizard and can rack up dimes but the shooting efficiency is definitely a concern. He’s shooting 37% from the field. When everyone is healthy, he will return to playing 13 minutes a game.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 6 3 0 9 4/8 9/16 3/3

Top 85 player on the season. More like Jamal Mehray.

Michael Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
0 7 3 0 1 0 0/5 0/8 0

I heard a new bagel shop opened up in downtown Denver. MPJ bagels. They sell donuts too. The reviews are in. They taste like shit. MPJ is not endearing himself to the coaching staff with the starting opportunities he’s received due to all the injuries. He will more than likely return to a microwave role when everyone gets healthy.

Tristan Thompson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 12 0 0 0 2 0/1 3/4 3/4

Got the start and played 28 minutes with Daniel Thies out of commission due to a finger injury. Once Theis Theis Baby returns, Thompson will go back to playing 20 minutes per game. In the meantime, if you need boards with literally nothing else, then TT is your man.

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 5 0 0 7 5/10 11/20 0

Led the Celtics in scoring, the 12th time this season. Granted, Jayson Tatum missed some games but stats fly forever. The percentages have regressed and the turnovers have increased over the last few games. As a result, he’s been outside the top 100. I wouldn’t trip too much, though, as he will get back to his top 50 ways.

Robert Williams III

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

In 20 minutes. A five-finger discount! Another career-high.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 7 11 1 0 2 5/11 14/22 5/5

No Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant? No problem. Over the last five seasons, Harden garnered a usage rate of 36.2, 40.5, 36.2, 32.6, and 32.2. This season? He’s at 26.2. Despite that, he’s averaging 37.7 minutes, 23.9 points, three tres, 7.3 boards, 11.3 dimes, one steal, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 47% from the field and 89% from the line. That’s translated to the number eight player for fantasy. That gets me so Harden excited. The turnovers are high but whatever. Players make plays and rack up turnovers in the process.

Jeff Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 8 3 0 1 0 2/4 7/14 2/3

In 25 minutes off the bench. Money is Green and Green was money last night. He plays the small-ball center position well for this squad. Defense? What’s that?

Joe Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 1 1 0 2 4/9 8/13 2/2

When everyone is healthy, Harris has a usage rate in the teens and has single-digit shot attempts often. When one of the Big Three sits, or two as was the case last night, the usage rate spikes up to the mid-20s.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 4 7 1 0 0 4/8 12/20 1/1

Like a good neighbor, Chris Paul was there last night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Hardenets squeaked out a victory, 128-124. On the season, Paul is a top 25 player and has been top 15 over the last four games.

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 2 0 1 1 1/1 7/9 1/1

I hate myself Ayton for drafting him in a league. That’s now three straight games he’s had single-digit shot attempts and the 11th time it’s happened on the season.

  1. Take flight says:
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    Thanks Son! Do you think it’s time to trade MPJ? So much potential upside tho…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      His value is low right now so not the best time to trade him

  2. P. Ramos says:
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    That intro for VanVleet was EPIC. Keep the good work!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Much appreciated!

  3. P.Ramos says:
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    Hi Son,

    12t, H2H most catg, 11 Cat with DD and TD.

    1) Towns
    2) Simmons
    3) Ayton
    4) RobCo
    5) Fox
    6) Grant
    7) Dejounte
    8) SGA
    9) Jarret Allen
    10) Boucher
    11-13) Streaming

    IR

    1) Wood
    2) Nurkic

    Punting tres and FT%

    Would you trade Kat for Luka?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would. Ben and Luka is a nasty combo

  4. Crazy Danny says:
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    Son, trade Boucher for MPJ, what u think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d want more for Boucher

  5. Trader says:
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    The offer: his Middleton for my Valancunias.
    Context: 12 team, h2h, 9 cats. Team below:

    Harden, Paul, Bledsoe, McConnell
    D White, Beal
    Keldon, Streamer Slot
    Horford, Portis
    Ayton, Jonas, Holmes, B Lopez
    IR: JJJ

    1. Trade away Jonas?
    2. Thinking Horford is at his peak. Package him and Bledsoe for youth, playing time? Allen and Bey?
    3. B Lopez for Bazley or Bey?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would. You have a ton of big and Middleton improves your overall squad.

      I’m good with 2

      I’m good with 3

      • Trader says:
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        Cool. He needs boards, I need scoring and threes. Good for both. I am not convinced JV has a ton of blocks in him anymore – so will search elsewhere for those (maybe Roby down the line or of course our fave JJJ)

        • Son

          Son says:
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          A mutually beneficial deal. The best kind

          • Trader says:
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            There is nothing truer in life than this….

            When a trade is made, more offers follow!

            So now a guy who has Siakam wants Ayton. Ten days ago he turned that deal down lol. With the loss of JV, do I keep keep Ayton or grab Siakam?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I’m good with that trade. I had Siakam rated higher preseason and you have enough bigs

              • Trader says:
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                If Drummond ends up in Toronto, that would be a risk I think. But Sislian has been so good lately.

                Silly season continues. Now I was offered PJ Wash for Portis and McConnell. PJ’s Covid issue is scary. My small brain hurts!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  I have my doubts he ends up in Toronto. They’d have to give up too much. Buyout to Brooklyn seems the most likely.

                  My small brain hurts too. I don’t do that

                  • Trader says:
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                    I don’t want the poor FG% and health issues surrounding P Wash right now. Like the valuable combination of blocks and threes but think I will sit tight for now. Take care.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      Makes sense.

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