Is Morant a physical marvel? Ja.
Can Morant dunk on anyone? Ja.
Does Morant jump higher than a flea? Ja.
Can Morant score with the best of them? Ja.
Is Morant about the sharing and caring life? Ja.
Does he get his 211 on? Ja.
Is Morant consistent? Naw.
Is he great for fantasy? Naw.
Does he get his Mutombo on? Naw.
Ja has scored 35 and 44 points on the season. He’s dished out at least 10 dimes in seven games. He’s messed around once this season. With that said, there have been plenty of duds on the season. He’s scored fewer than 20 points 15 times. As a result, he’s just outside the top 100 on the season. Once he gets more consistent and provides more tres and steals, Ja will rule the fantasy streets.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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Got the start because Derrick Rose and (health protocols) and Elfrid Payton (hamstring) were out and played 25 minutes. With a name like Ntilikina, you’d think he’d be an assassin but he’s more of a move the joystick back and press B kind of player.
In 29 minutes off the bench. Start him, you cowards! Over the last four games, he’s averaged 19.7 minutes, 18.3 points, 3.3 tres, 2.8 boards, 1.8 dimes, and 1 steal while garnering a 35.1 usage rate!!! L. O. L. Let us all rise up and exalt his name….
In 37 minutes. He’s played 37, 40, and 41 minutes the last three games. The Taj Gibson has been closed for business and Mitchell Robinson’s neighborhood is being renovated, so Noel has graced us with plenty of boards and blocks. As long as Gibson and Robinson are out, Noel will continue getting insane run.
Got the start because LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) did not play. Lyles has started the last four games and played 30, 27, 36, and 26 minutes. The Spurs have had a ton of injuries and Covid-related absences so this is not the New World Order. It’s about as real as the WMD in Iraq.
HalleLuka!!! Oh, wrong Luka. My bad. Samanic played 20 minutes and has received 17, 14, and 19 minutes the prior three games. The Spurs have been short-handed so when everyone is healthy, he will go back to cheerleading. Prior to this recent stretch of games, Samanic had played a total of 11 minutes on the season.
Barton has scored 14, 14, and 15 points in the last three games and contributed boards, dimes, and defensive stats. This is not normal. Has the moon’s gravitational pull been more potent recently? Because something is up. Despite averaging a tick under 30 minutes a game, Barton is a top 200 player, averaging 11.4 points, 1.5 tres, 3.9 boards, 3.1 dimes, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 42% from the field and 75% from the line.
The 50th time Jokic has messed around in his career! THE numero uno player for fantasy on a per-game basis.
P. J. Dozier
In 23 minutes off the bench. The Nuggets demolished the Bucks, 128-97, so P. J. bullDoziered his way to a 33.8 usage rate and 17 shot attempts. Thank you, I’ll be here all night. Since returning from a 15-game absence, Dozier has played 14, 18, and 23 minutes.
Only played 33 minutes as the Bucks got spanked. He had played 40 and 38 minutes the prior two games. Budenholzer got cute last season by going galaxy brain and not playing his best player as much as possible. G is his meal ticket. Nom nom nom.
The Hawks and Heat decided to play only three quarters last night, with the Hawks winning 94-80. Looking at that score takes me back 30 years, especially those Pat Riley Knicks teams. The Heat scored 17 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter. Yuck. Granted, no Jimmy Butler (knee) but still. No blurbs for them!!!
Poor shooting and high turnovers keep Trae from being elite, and both were on full display last night. My Chinese mother-in-law was ecstatic about the 8 turnovers. At least someone was happy.
Capela is a top 30 player on the season. He’s failed to grab double-digit boards in only three games this season and hasn’t gotten his Mutombo on in four games. He has nine 20/10 games with one of those a 20/20 one. I can see clearly now!
Kawhi Leonard (back) was a late scratch so PG had to get R-rated. Without Kawhi on the court, George sees a four percent usage bump to 33. Last night, that number was 36.1. He did all that he could do but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics defeated the Clippers, 117-112. Since returning from injury, PG has been a top 50 player. He will get back to top 25 form sooner than later. He just needs to stay healthy.
Got the start for Kawhi and played 37 minutes. The 25 points were a season-high but I wouldn’t make too much of it. Prior to last night, he played 3 and 11 minutes. If only it were October.
The Green Label went down mighty smooth last night. Over the last six games, Walker has been a top 25 player, averaging 33.7 minutes, 23.5 points, 3.8 tres, 3.7 boards, 5.5 dimes, 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks while shooting 43% from the field and 91% from the line. The turnovers have been low at 1.7 per game and he’s garnered a 28.1 usage rate. He’s been attempting 18.5 shots per game! He was shooting 38% from the field on the season. Over the last five years, he’s consistently been in the 43 to 44% range. Walker is not going to play in back-to-backs, but he looks to have regained his form. Now, he won’t be a top 25 player but top 70 perhaps?
Robert Williams III
In 22 minutes off the bench. Start him, cowards!!! Over the last eight games, he’s been a top 80 player despite playing only 18.3 minutes per game. The free-throw shooting sucks but he’s elite in blocks and field goal percentage. His length and pogo stick hops make him unstoppable as a lob finisher. He’d make an excellent Mortal Kombat character.
The Suns defeated the Lakers 114-104 and only one player scored over 20 points…..
And it was Super Mario with a D.
In 26 minutes off the bench. The 26 minutes were the second-most on the season and highest amount of run since early January. Unfortunately, Super Mario with a D doesn’t provide the D, but he can score and drain tres.
Over the last seven games, Bridges has been a top 40 player. He’s entered the 1/1/1 club, although on the season, he’s 0.3 steals light of membership. Get to work! Bridges is the new Otto Porter, as he provides a little something something in every cat with excellent efficiency.
Made his fourth straight start but played 34 minutes in this one because Marc Gasol and Kyle Kuzma were out, along with Anthony Davis. With Gasol and Kuzma playing, Morris was playing in the mid-20s. Morris can provide points, tres, and boards. Don’t expect the D like last night. Strange night all around.
Number 11 player over the last four games. He’s doing everything except converting his free throws. The Gods are like, no mortal should be able to have everything. So they lowered the slider on the easiest thing imaginable. I get it.
Played 20 minutes but left the game with a neck sprain.
Received the start and played 34 minutes because Kyle Anderson (illness) was out. Clarke usually only plays in the low-20s but, as a starter, he’s a top 60 player getting 29.7 minutes of run. The percentages are excellent, turnovers are low, and he contributes a little something something in every cat, with the strength in boards. It seems that Clarke found his Lewis and their expedition for playing time was a successful one.
In 26 minutes off the bench. Play him more, cowards!!! Over the last four games, Melton has been a top 50 player despite averaging only 19.1 minutes. <insert shrug emoji> The usage rate is a decent 20.6 on the season but he only hoists eight shots per game. Therefore, the points will rarely be voluminous but he provides tres with a sprinkling of boards, dimes, and steals.
Awwwww, so cute. They wore matching stat lines.