LaMelo Ball

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

10-18

5-7

5-6

30

6

8

4

1

3

The kid is playing so well, he got an endorsement from the HoFer whose nickname he co-opted! If that’s not a statement in and of itself, I don’t know what is. I’m the biggest Carmelo stan there is, and the fact that he cosigned LaMelo reflects how brilliant of a kid the Hornets got. Top-50 fantasy player on the year, and he’s only going up from here.

Robert Covington

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

8-11

5-7

0-0

21

10

2

2

2

2

RoCo did his thing double-doubling with four stocks. Tonight, the FG was immaculate but that’s a departure from his season average, which is hovering at a truly miserable 37%.

Carmelo Anthony

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

10-19

6-10

3-3

29

3

2

5

2

3

He wouldn’t give up his moniker that easily, after all. Melo is hardly a fantasy option at this point in his career, but if you’re clinging on to him for the sake of having a future HoFer on your squad, you were greatly rewarded tonight. Seven stocks and incredibly efficient scoring. 3 to the dome, baby.

Maxi Kleber

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

4-6

3-5

2-2

13

6

1

3

2

0

Kleber has been a fringe guy for a couple of years now, and this is about as good as it gets. Blocks and threes streamer in standard leagues.

Luka Doncic

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

12-22

5-10

4-6

33

10

9

0

0

4

Narrowly missed a triple-double. Luka is the 14th-best fantasy player on the year.

Jalen Brunson

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-13

3-6

3-5

24

6

3

1

0

1

Brunson can score the ball, and he’s been doing it efficiently. Unfortunately, there are very few dimes for a guard, and he doesn’t give you anything else noteworthy.

Nikola Vucevic

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

12-24

5-8

0-0

29

15

8

0

0

2

Tonight was an anomaly with eight assists, but passing is definitely an underrated facet of Vooch’s game. Nearly four assists per game from the center position is quite valuable.

Michael Carter-Williams

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

8-13

1-2

1-2

18

8

6

1

0

2

As crazy as it seems, MCW becomes fantasy-relevant in the ruins that are Orlando’s backcourt. Nice source of assists for the time being.

Terrence Ross

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

7-17

3-10

1-1

18

4

1

2

1

0

TRoss has quietly been a solid fantasy player for yet another season, though he does jack up his fair share of misses. Everywhere else, he’s pretty much a net positive or a wash.

Edmond Sumner

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

7-14

1-3

3-4

18

3

0

2

0

2

The Pacers played an ugly game of basketball tonight, and Sumner saw an uptick in minutes because it was over in three quarters. I wouldn’t put much stock into this performance, but it’s something to note for dynasty players, as the Pacers speak highly of Sumner.

Joel Embiid

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

10-17

1-2

3-3

24

13

5

0

1

2

A fantasy and real-life revelation this year, Joel Embiid has been just unbelievable. If not for the equally-transcendent performance of Nikola Jokic, Embiid would be the number-one fantasy option. He’s averaging 30/10 on incredible percentages and chips in nearly three stocks a game. Wow.

Shake Milton

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-14

3-5

5-5

26

4

4

0

0

2

Shake is an incredible scorer off the bench for Philly, but again, this line is inflated due to the blowout. He dished out four dimes today and he’ll have to do it on a regular basis to have any appeal as a fantasy asset.

Michael Porter Jr.

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

7-10

2-4

1-1

17

15

1

1

1

1

After suffering a bout of Covid, MPJ has been slow to get back to a blistering start which saw him returning early-round value.

Nikola Jokic

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

17-28

0-3

5-5

39

14

9

1

2

1

What’s left to say about the Serbian big? He had his way in this game, especially down the stretch, and even got up for a pseudo-poster for good measure. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Coby White

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

7-17

2-7

4-4

20

10

3

0

0

3

Coby was the Robin to LaVine’s Superman tonight, playing a team-high 37 minutes.

Zach LaVine

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-20

1-8

4-6

23

9

5

1

1

4

LaVine’s increased efficiency this year has made him the 11th-best fantasy player—that, along with career highs in the three major statistical categories.

Bojan Bogdanovic

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

11-21

7-11

2-3

31

7

1

3

0

0

Bojan put up this monster line in a road loss to the Pels. He’s having a down year as Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson are enjoying renaissances, but remains more than capable of shooting the lights out on any given night. Maybe we’ll see a rejuvenated Bojan post-All-Star break, given that he may still be feeling the effects of wrist surgery.

Rudy Gobert

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-13

0-0

4-6

22

9

1

1

5

0

Gobert is a top-60 player in 9-cat, though you never draft him unless you’re punting a couple of categories. Second in swats only to Myles Turner, and tonight he had five of them.

Lonzo Ball

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-16

3-5

2-2

23

7

8

0

2

0

Prompted by a bevy of trade rumors and the otherworldly rookie performance of his youngest brother, Lonzo has been spurred into action. Over the past two weeks, he’s returning top-30 value.

DeAndre Jordan

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

3-7

0-0

2-2

8

13

5

0

3

2

With Jeff Green and KD out, DJ logged 35 minutes and had a really nice game, though he was arguably overshadowed by Nicolas Claxton, the neophyte. He’s still the more reliable fantasy option of the two and ranks just outside the top-100 on the year.

James Harden

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

12-23

3-7

3-4

30

14

15

2

0

0

Harden has been just as otherworldly as years past and remains the most consistent both in terms of quality of play and availability among the Nets’ stars.

Bruce Brown

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

10-13

2-3

1-2

23

3

1

2

0

2

Tonight Brown shot 10-13 from the field on his way to 23 points and some peripheral stats. Just a few nights ago, he dropped 29. Unfortunately, Bruce’s production is too sporadic and hinges on the health of his teammates for him to be a go-to option in standard leagues.

DeMar DeRozan

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

9-21

0-1

4-5

22

6

11

0

0

3

DeMar has had his trials off the court but hardly allows it to affect his play. Make no mistake, he’s the rock that anchors this Spurs team.

Jakob Poeltl

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

7-8

0-0

0-2

14

12

2

1

1

1

It’s happening! Even with LMA available, Poeltl has started in consecutive games and is thriving in his new role. Now, the true tipping point lies after All-Star Break, where we may see a rested LMA reclaim his starting role, but at this point, owners have to take a long, hard look at Poeltl.

Jarrett Allen

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

5-7

0-0

0-0

10

15

1

0

1

2

With a double ‘r’, double ’t’, and double ‘l’ in his name, it’s no wonder this guy is a walking double-double. Top-60 player on the year.

Collin Sexton

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

12-20

4-8

11-15

39

3

8

2

0

6

Sexton went nuclear to bring his team a road-win in Houston. Sexton is extremely valuable in a punt-TOs build.

John Wall

FG

3PT

FT

PTS

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

11-24

1-4

9-12

32

3

5

1

1

3

This team will be hard-pressed to put together 48 minutes of winning basketball without the inside presence of Christian Wood. John Wall’s doing what he can, but it’s looking a bit like it did in Washington for a few dark years before Beal emerged into stardom.

  1. Wen says:
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    Hi Nic,
    I am in 12-team H2H standard 9-CAT league. I have a tough trade decision and need your advice. Someone offered me Lonzo Ball + Brandon Clarke for my Tyrese Haliburton + Miles Bridges. Would you take it? It is quite even to me. Thanks for your help!

  2. Nic

    Nic says:
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    Hey Wen,

    I’d say it depends on your build. Brandon Clarke and Miles Bridges roughly cancel out, so really you’re left with Lonzo vs Tyrese. I slightly favor Tyrese because he doesn’t hurt you anywhere whereas Lonzo is a net negative in FG% and TOs. However, Lonzo could be looking at increased usage if Bledsoe were to be moved at the deadline.

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