In the animal kingdom, lions hang with lions, while gazelles chill with gazelles. Makes sense, as one group likes to eat the other. In the human world, things are a bit more complicated. Humans come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and live in different environments and locations all throughout the world. With that said, a human is still a human. It’s cool to identify with another person or group that has similarities to you, as it brings a level of comfort and security. I get it. But most of the problems of this world arise when we focus on the differences to discriminate and differentiate. When I was younger, I’d often see kids referred to as “sellouts” if they didn’t hang out with kids of their own race. Seriously, who gives a shit? I’m not hanging out with someone just because they are Korean. If said person is cool, that’s all that f***ing matters. So, it is with tremendous angst that I must voice my displeasure for the cat community, which texted me all Sunday about Karl-Anthony Towns. Yes, cats and dogs are basically humans. They think KAT is one of theirs. He’s been meowing and purring for the past couple of years, but on Sunday, a transformation occurred. KAT was howling like a wolf. KAT was playing like the dog that he is. 32/12/2/0/1/1. 12-of-26 from the field, 2-of-6 from downtown, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Ahh-woooooooooo! KAT is not a sellout. KAT is just a baller. A very, very, very good baller.

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Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Jimmy Butler – 25/4/5/3/1/1. 11-of-19 from the field, 0-of-1 from downtown, and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. There’s a reason they call him “Buckets.” Now that I think about it, Butler reminds me of the bucket you use when there’s a leak. Drip. Drip. Drip. Eventually, the bucket gets filled with water. In Jimmy’s case, the season started off slow….drip, drip, drip. But, eventually the bucket started filling up and….The moral of the story is that Jimmy always delivers and fills the Buckets.

With Jeff Teague still dealing with an Achilles injury, Tyus Jones got his first career start on Sunday. 9/5/7/7/2/0. I know many of you like the stats in number form, but seven liberations! The oppressed around the world jumped for joy. The hungry were not so happy, though, as zero turnovers were provided. 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-3 from downtown, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He can shoot, play D, and take care of the ball. Is that a tent I see in Thibs’ pants?

Taj Gibson – 16/14/3/1/0/3. 8-of-12 from the field. The Taj Majal has been a fantasy friendly destination all season long. Thibs must get comped well there.

Andrew Wiggins – 21/5/4/1/1/2. 8-of-18 from the field, 4-of-6 from downtown, and 1-of-4 from the charity stripe. Gettin’ Wiggins Wit It!

Mike James – 26/5/7/0/0/0. 10-of-20 from the field, 3-of-5 from downtown, and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Played 30 minutes. Tyler Ulis went 4/1/4/0/0/3 and received 20 minutes of run. So, James is red and Ulis is black. Let the roulette wheel spin then choose. Good luck.

Greg Monroe (8/5/2/0/0/1) played 17 minutes, Tyson Chandler (12/7/0/0/0/0) played 25 minutes, and Alex Len DNP. I wish I could say thanks for playing, Alex, but unfortunately that’d be impossible. So, Monroe is player and Chandler is banker. Welcome to the baccarat table. Good luck.

Jared Dudley – 6/3/6/2/1/1. He’s baaaaack. Now, that can be interpreted two ways. If Steve Nash was entering the arena, the expression would be met with exuberance. If Jason from the Friday the 13th movies came into the arena, that would be a frightening experience. Fantasy owners probably side with the latter, as his return nukes the value of some of the youngsters on the squad.

Dragan Bender – 9/0/0/1/0/0 in 21 minutes. See the middle three numbers in his stat line? That’s what Bender thinks about you fantasy nerds.

Marquese Chriss – 7/3/6/2/1/1 in 16 minutes. Jesus Chriss!!!!

TJ Warren – 18/4/1/1/0 in 38 minutes. 7-of-14 from the field, 0-of-2 from downtown, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Warren has been regulating all season long.

DeMarre Carroll – 24/6/2/2/1/4 in 35 minutes. 7-of-12 from the field, 4-of-6 from downtown, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. ‘Tis the season.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Sprained his right ankle. Trevor Booker was the one to replace him. Booker ended the game with 16/11/4/1/1/1 in 31 minutes. 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Allen Crabbe did not play due to a sore back. In his place, Joe Harris got the start and put up 13/6/1/0/1/1 in 37 minutes. 4-of-10 from the field, 4-of-8 from downtown, and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. No wonder Joe wasn’t a successful member of the NYS Laborers Union. He doesn’t put up bricks! Regardless, they still consider him one of their own and wield their power to get him, not only minutes apparently, but starts as well.

Caris LeVert – 9/1/3/1/1/3 in 29 minutes. He got a ton of run because of the Crabbe injury. I prefer the guy that has the backing of mafia….I mean organized labor group.

Jarrett Allen – 2/3/0/0/0/0 in 11 minutes. Tyler Zeller received 20 minutes at center and put up 7/5/0/0/0/3, while Timofey Mozgov played 13 minutes. Zeller has received around 20 mpg the past five games, so Atkinson obviously likes him. As for Mozgov, he also has “organized labor” backing him, but not from this country. I’ll give you a hint. It’s starts with R, ends in A, and the leader rhymes with gluten. I’m still holding out hope for Allen, but it’s going to require patience and possibly some things that are done under the table. Any loan officers in the house?

Spencer Dinwiddie – 9/2/7/0/2/0 in 33 minutes. 2-of-10 from the field, 1-of-6 from downtown, and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Dinwiddie has scored 9, 23, 8, and 21 the last four games. If the SATs taught me anything, he’s scoring 25 points in his next game. That’s how this works, right?

Dillon Brooks – 2/1/0/2/0/2 in 23 minutes for the binary code. It was a season-low in minutes for Brooks, but I wouldn’t make too much of it. No one on Memphis could get going. With that said, Brooks has been getting the minutes, but he’s been kind of meh.

JaMychal Green – 11/7/2/0/0/1 in 32 minutes. 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from downtown. Grizzles scored 88 points against the Brooklyn Nets. I wish I could shut down this post right now.

Chandler Parsons – Tweaked his knee. Shocker. Injury doesn’t sound serious, but it’s Parsons. Tyreke Evans took his place after he went down. Reke is already a candidate for Fantasy Waiver Wire Hero of the Year so…..Stocktonator is also in love with Reke, as it ranked him number four overall yesterday. It’s lovely to see the transformation of Reke as a basketball player. When he first came into the league, he was a straight slasher/mauler to the rack. Now, he’s more finesse and has added the 3-point shot to his game. Excuse me, I’m cutting an onion right now.

Mario Chalmers – 3/1/2/2/0/0 in 19 minutes. If Mario is super, then does make Luigi the opposite? If so, then Luigi Chalmers was on the court yesterday.

Marc Gasol – 18/5/1/1/1/4 in 28 minutes. 6-of-17 from the field, 0-of-2 from downtown, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Josh Richardson – 0/2/1/1/1/3 in 24 minutes. I have a confession to make. I’ve been high on him because his name ends with son.

Hassan Whiteside – 11/9/0/1/0/0 in 21 minutes. He did not play the final quarter of basketball. The lack of run had nothing to do with injury, according to both Whiteside and Spoelstra. Supposedly, Spoelstra was really happy with the play of the second unit. My spidey senses were about to be activated until….I realized that I’m not a spider, nor am I a superhero, and the Heat were playing the Bulls.

Goran Dragic – 24/2/3/0/0/3 in 34 minutes. The Dragic had himself quite the weekend.

Dion Waiters – 7/5/1/0/0/2 in 26 minutes. 2-of-10 from the field, 1-of-6 from downtown, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Stats mean nothing to Dion on Waiters Island. Everything is 100.

Justise Winslow – 4/8/2/1/0/0 in 20 minutes. Justise is usually served. Unfortunately, it’s spelled incorrectly so the Matrix does not compute.

James Johnson – 15/7/6/2/2/0 in 28 minutes. 7-of-9 from the field, 0-of-1 from downtown, and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. I’ve always had a thing for Johnson. Damnit! Every freaking time.

Kelly Olynyk – 10/5/2/1/0 in 27 minutes. He got run because there was no reason to use Whiteside against the Bulls.

Wayne Ellington – 19/2/2/1/0/1 in 30 minutes. If an alien came to Earth and was wondering about the Heat/Bulls game for some weird reason, all you’d need to show them was Ellington’s line. I’m sure the response would be, “Human, the Bulls really suck.”

Tyler Johnson – 10/5/2/2/2/0 in 30 minutes. I love Johnson! Shit! Shit! Shit!

Lauri Markkanen – 11/10/1/0/1/0 in 32 minutes. 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-7 from downtown. Zero free throw attempts. He’s going to have to get better in that aspect of his game. With that said, I’ve been impressed with the Markkman.

Denzel Valentine – 14/13/7/1/0/2 in 40 minutes. 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown! That makes two Valentine’s in my life now. Billy Ray and Denzel. Sorry hon.

Kris Dunn – 2/4/3/3/0/3 in 24 minutes. Just when you thought the point guard competition was Dunn, Jerian Grant plays 30 minutes and puts up 24/1/3/2/0/4. Pick a number. Any number between one and two. Sorry, you lose.

Justin Holiday – 15/3/1/1/1/1 in 37 minutes. 5-of-14 from the field, 3-of-9 from downtown, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. What would happen if Justin stayed at a Holiday Inn? Would the Universe collapse in on itself?

Bobby Portis – 11/5/4/0/0/2 in 24 minutes. 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from downtown, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He seems to be locked into around 25 minutes a game. I think that’s the sweet spot so he doesn’t go all Last Boyscout on Hoiberg.

  1. Phil says:
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    Hi son,
    Please pick
    Collins or henson

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like Collins but Henson is fine too. Personal preference

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Phil: Collins

  2. AKTHESAVIOR says:
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    Hi Son!

    I dropped Ntilikina, although I knew I had to patient with him. Instead of him I picked another work in progress such as Jarrett Allen. In a similar situation, but already more proven, is Marquese Chriss (whom I like a lot). If you were to keep 2 among Jarrett Allen, Bobby Portis and Chriss, Larry Nance who would you keep?

    Another question is on regards to Josh Richardson, he has been shooting awfully. Would you drop him for Mike James, Tyus Jones, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert or Norman Powell?

    How would Aminu fit in this squad? I have him on IL

    My complete team is Payton, Bledsoe, Murray, Richardson, Middleton, LaVine (IL) Prince, Ingram, Aminu (IL), Giannis, Gibson, Hollis-Jefferson, Myles Turner, Portis and Jarrett Allen

    Thanks a lot for your advice!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @AKTHESAVIOR: Blasphemy!

      Out of that group, I’d probably keep Chriss and Nance.

      Out of this group, James.

      Aminu is fine for any team because he does a little of everything.

      • AKTHESAVIOR says:
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        @Son:
        Blasphemy why 🙂 ?

        So to wrap up:

        Chriss over Allen (done)
        Nance over Portis?

        James over Richardson?

        Aminu over whom?

        Thank you again

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @AKTHESAVIOR Ha! He’s the Frenchise. French Prince of NYC.

          Sounds good. I’d probably activate Aminu for JRich though, so no James

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @AKTHESAVIOR:
      1) Definitely Nance, and I’d lean towards Portis over Chriss right now. Chriss is a tough one because when he finally puts it all together he will be a fantasy beast and you’ll want him on your team. But I don’t see him putting it all together this season at this point. Portis has been consistent with boards and 3s and he chips in blocks too with good %s. Allen is the same as Chriss. He will be a beast when he gets minutes. But who knows when that will be. If it’s just a bench stash, then Chriss. If you need to play someone, then Portis. And of course Nance

      2) Yeah, I’m with Son, drop Richardson to activate Aminu. If you need someone in between, then I’d go James (Tyus is tempting, but Teague should be back any day now…I’ll have an update in my upcoming Injury Article)

      I’m a little long-winded in my responses, I apologize

  3. Steve says:
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    Yo Son,

    Elfrid just got dropped in my 10-team points league. My worst players right now are DSJ and Rubio. Should I drop either for him?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steve: Naw

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Steve: Yeah, I agree with Son, I always lean towards the guys who hit 3s

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo! Hope you had a good weekend Son.

    About to use #1 claim on Gobert tonight..

    Are you still dropping Justin Holiday over Len ?

    Even with the recent DNPs for Len.

    I’ll be stashing Gobert, Wall (and Len for the time being) with no I.R spot.

    H2H 12 team. 13 cats

    Wall/J. Murray/DSJ

    Batum/G. Harris/Crabbe

    T. Harris/Hardaway/T. Prince/Holiday

    Cousins/Love/Griffin/Dedmon/Len

    Just worried I’ll be dealing with Gobert & Wall injured as well as these DNPs from len now..

    At least Holiday produces, but I am still kinda on board with holding Len as I was high on him coming in..

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo! Weekend is always good. Hope same for you.

      Drop Len.

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Mr. Blast: in Head-to-Head you have to drop Len, there is no timetable on when his DNPs will end

  5. Durant is softtttt says:
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    hey Son… I’m sorry I made you sad, but the slashlines are just so much easierrrrrrr 🙂

    and no, I’m not the one who got rid of pilfered – that’s much better!! but 7 steals for Tyus – maaaaaaan, that’s a liberation!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Durant is softtttt: Ha! You didn’t make me sad.

      I am a man of the people.

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Durant is softtttt: As someone who lends a hand writing for the site, it’s easier for me to do slashes….that being said, I’m happy to give Son his artistic license.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Brent The Fantasy Dick: I blow with the wind of the people. Also, it’s easier to do, so that’s always cool

  6. MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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    I was just offered his Gobert for my Covington, Young, and Brown. Is that too much?

      • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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        @Son: My Jordan+Warren+Brown for his Gobert?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @MakeLoveLikeWar: I wouldn’t. Are you actively pursuing Gobert or is the other owner sending you offers? What’s the rest of your squad look like?

          • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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            @Son: 10-team, 9-cat. I punted assists and FT%:

            Giannis
            KAT
            Covington
            Young
            Ariza
            Brown
            Crabbe
            Markieff
            Collins
            Jordan
            Richardson
            Gary Harris
            Warren
            Seth Curry
            Aminu

            It’s a bit of both. Gobert was on my draft list and the owner is actively looking to sell.

            • Son

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              @MakeLoveLikeWar: I hear you. I think it’s viable. The smaller the league, the more you want to accumulate superstars. Plus, there will be more options on the waiver wire. With that said, I think Warren and Brown is a little much, in addition to DJ. See if you can get him down to DJ and one of the two

              • MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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                @Son: Would you rather keep Brown or Warren?

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @MakeLoveLikeWar: Since you good with 3s, I’d keep Warren

        • Brent

          Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @MakeLoveLikeWar: Is this a shallow league and you are trading 3 bench guys for Gobert? If so, then why not…but I’m with Son, need to see what your team looks like

  7. Justin says:
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    9 cat. Got offered jokic and booker for my AD and Tim hardway. Who wins? I can also try to negotiate someone other than hardway. I own Gary harris, Rubio, tyreke.

    What u think?

    • jake says:
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      @Justin:
      dont trade AD

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: It’s a fair trade. I think I side with the Jokic/Booker side. Higher floor but the AD/THJ side has a little more upside.

      • Justin says:
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        @Son: he countered with Avery Bradley and ad for jokic and booker? Which one do u prefer?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Justin: AD/THJ

        • Brent

          Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @Justin: I’d rather have the Bradley/AD side. But if you are looking for assists, then getting Jokic/Booker would make sense. What does your team look like? What are your needs?

        • Brent

          Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @Justin: If you are asking between the 2 trades, then I totally agree with Son, I’d rather have Bradley than THJ.

          • Justin says:
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            @Brent The Fantasy Dick: i countered with tyreke evans and AD for booker and jokic. the rest of my squad is: cp3, horford, lowry, myles turner, james johnson, hardway, bledsoe, rubio, gary harris, dennis smith.

  8. waffles says:
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    gonna use my waiver on RJax, any thoughts on him ROS for 10 team 9 cat?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: He’s serviceable. Ish Smith caps his upside

  9. jake says:
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    9 cat 12 team league. im punting assists.

    would you trade rubio and warren for rob cov?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @jake: Sure

  10. Brent

    Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Great job Son!

    Better speculative pick up for my bench in a league I’m in 1st place in, TOs don’t count (I’m breaking up with Josh Richardson):

    Tyus Jones, TJ McConnel (I have Ben Simmons, so I’m leaning towards TJ for the insurance), Powell, Isaac, Stephenson (as Oladipo insurance)

    Thanks man

    Brent

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Brent The Fantasy Dick: Thank you kind sir. I’m with you on TJ. Even when Simmons is healthy, he gets run. Will probably have to reevaluate when Fultz comes back, but deal with that when it happens

      • Brent

        Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Son: Cool. Yeah, just a bench stash and if Simmons should go down it will be nice to have the insurance.

        Thanks!

  11. Jake says:
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    Trade love to get Butler?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: It’s hard finding good help, so….All kidding aside, depends on squad.

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Jake: Totally team dependent. In one of my leagues I traded Love for Simmons because I was stacked in 3 point shooters and I needed assists. In that same league I also traded Butler for Embiid because I needed more blocks and..well…it’s friggin’ Joel Embiid!

      I am saying this because 1) I thought it was funny that both players involved are players I used in trades 2) It was totally needs/team dependent.

      If you are good with 3’s and boards and FG% and you need steals/assists then I’d consider it. But you are looking at a pretty good drop in rebounds with this deal and Love helps a lot more with %s.

      • Jake says:
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        @Brent The Fantasy Dick: True. My team is Mitchell, Bradley, Crabbe, rivers, ryno, kawhi, Warren, prince, WCS, Love, Brolo, Towns, Collins, Len. (looking to drop Len soon- rozier, oubre, teodosic, Ellington, harris, Portis?)

        • Brent

          Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @Jake: If you have an IR spot, definitely snag Teodosic. He won’t be back until 2018 probably, but when he does come back he will be the locked in starting PG. He may even be worth just stashing on the bench if you are not in a head-to-head league

          • Jake says:
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            @Brent The Fantasy Dick: based on my team, is the butler trade worth? Also curious to hear who your biggest buylows are right now

            • Brent

              Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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              @Jake: I do think Butler would help your team. You’ll need his assists and if he can consistently score 20+ per game then you are getting the better end of that trade.

              Biggest buy lows…hmmm..

              Myles Turner, Jimmy Butler, Elfrid Payton, Jusuf Nurkic, Andrew Wiggins, Dennis Smith Jr, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Ricky Rubio, Deandre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball

        • Brent

          Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @Jake: Man tough call. I feel like your team can use Love, but it can also use Butler…

  12. AJ says:
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    Hi, what side of this trade you prefer? Harden for Porzingis/Ben Simmons . Head to Head points league. thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @AJ: Harden

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @AJ: Who would you have to drop to get both players? I’m with Son…always lean towards the side with the better player..and Harden is the Best player.

  13. Hamtime says:
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    1. My Paul George + Barton for kd? (18m league)
    2. Siakam, CJ Miles, juancho, Parsons – Pick 1 (16m league)
    3. One open roster spot. Pick up Wilson Chandler, marvin Williams, McConnell, Marcus Morris, bellineli (12m league)

    Thanks!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hamtime: 1) Yes
      2) Siakam
      3) Chandler

    • Brent

      Brent The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Hamtime: For what it’s worth… I totally agree with Son

  14. TT says:
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    10-team H2H league. Should I add Smart, Wilson Chandler, Dun or Nance for ROS? No restriction on player positions in this league so I stack the big guys in the draft.

    PG: Lillard, Dragic, Rubio,
    SG: Harris, Avery Bradley
    SF: Batum, James Johnson, RHJ, Barton,
    PF/C: Anthony Davis, Myles Turner, Marc Gasol, Love, Vucevic, Brook Lopez, Henson, John Collins

    Thanks a bunch! Cheers!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @TT: Nance for me.

      • TT says:
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        @Son:
        Who should I drop? I think Barton, Brook Lopez, Henson and John Collins are my worst players. Dying to drop Lopez but his blocks are still useful.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @TT: I’d drop Lopez but that’s just me. It’s probably most prudent to just sit tight

  15. Nep_Ninja says:
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    Razzboyz & galz – 10T H2H 10 Cat (with DDs and 3P% instead of 3Pts) – Should I trade Myles Turner and AGordon for RHJ and The Stifle Tower? Am i selling low on Myles!?!?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Nep_Ninja: I wouldn’t make that trade

  16. Big D says:
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    Hey son. Considering letting go of French Nikitina for Tim Frazier first thing in the morning. What do you think? Also; do me a favor and pick between Nance and Greg Monroe. Peace!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big D: If you need someone now, go Frazier but Frenchise has way more upside. I do believe he’s going to start at some point. Plus, he is getting 20 minutes of run right now

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