R. J. Barrett is the 361st player on a per-game basis for the 2019 fantasy basketball season. There are 13 active players on each of the 30 NBA teams. That means that there are 390 active players. Thanks to my handy dandy abacus, that means that Barrett is better than 29 players. Yippee……That’s kind of not good for the 3rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. But he’s put together three straight decent games in a row. Are things turning around and is there merit to Barrett being fantasy relevant?

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 5 1 0 3 3/8 10/18 4/7

The 27 points tied a career-high, which Barrett has accomplished three times this season. Barrett can score, even though he shoots with the wrong hand. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what performs regardless of the circumstances? The Stocktonator. He can also grab boards and dish out dimes. There is a reason why he was selected number three overall. With that said, there is a cavernous hole in his game: the shooting efficiency. On the season, he’s shooting 39% from the field and 59% from the line. There are stretches when he shoots sub-40% from the line. I will never understand how a professional ball player can’t shoot free throws at a high clip. It’s like literally their job. Anyways, he’s only 19 years old, so from a dynasty perspective, there is hope. For this season, he’s too inconsistent and doesn’t excel enough in the other categories to make the destruction of percentages worth it. So, the only merit to Barrett is in fading him.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 16 4 0 1 3 0/1 5/14 6/8

Sweet 16! Over the past four games, Randle has been a top 60 player. He’s still not contributing the D, which makes the ladies frown, but 21.5 points, 11.3 boards, and 3.8 dimes turns some of those frowns upside down. The shooting efficiency has been excellent, as he’s converted 49% from the field and 82% from the line. On the season, those numbers are at 45% and 72% respectively. Expect regression in those departments and Randle should end the season a top 100-ish player.

Taj Gibson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 10 2 0 1 1 0 3/7 2/2

Continues to start and played 24 minutes. Incredible.

Just pay your respects and move on.

Mitchell Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 13 0 0 0 00 0 5/8 2/4

In 24 minutes off the bench. Incredibly stupid. What makes it worse is that the Knicks defeated the Rockets 125-123, so Mike Miller probably attributes the win to the Taj MaGibson being open.

Robert Covington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 13 2 2 1 0 6/11 7/14 0

The Lord continues to giveth fantasy goodies to his believers. Top 10 players since being acquired by Houston. Over the past six games, he’s averaged 3.5 tres, 9.8 boards, and 3 blocks!!! Incredibly awesome!

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 2 8 4 0 3 3/13 8/22 16/16

He hasn’t been blowing up lately and all the hype has been on Westbrook, so Harden has been disappointing for fantasy, right? Negative. Over the past 12 games, he’s been the #2 player for fantasy!!! I am so Harden excited right now. I don’t think my mind, body, and soul can handle him actually balling the F out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 15 3 1 1 3 0/4 6/18 1/2

Giannis, meet Bam. Bam, meet Giannis. Bam replied, “I’ve already met him. This was the second time I shut his ass down!” Uh, Bam. G scored 29 points, grabbed 17 boards, dished out 9 dimes, stole 3, and blocked 2 in the other meeting. “Listen here, young buck,” Bam calmly responded. “We are now 2-0 against Milwaukee this season, so you can take your stats and regurgitate them to someone who cares.”

The Heat neutered the Bucks, 105-89, so no more blurbs for them!!!

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 13 5 1 3 5 0 5/16 4/6

Doing everything well except for the free throw shooting and lack of tres. He could end the season as a top 25 player and could be joining the elite sooner than later. BAM!!!

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 4 0 0 1 5/9 6/10 1/3

The shooting efficiency is always an issue, but over the past four games, he’s averaging 30 minutes, 11.3 points, 2.8 tres, 5 boards, and 1.5 steals. It’s too bad that the J for Jae is inconsistent.

The Bulls lassoed the Mavericks, 109-107. ‘Twas a night for the home dogs! Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Maxi Kleber

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 1 1 3 1 3/7 4/8 2/2

Received the start and played 34 minutes because Kristaps Porzingis did not play. On the regular, Kleber averages around 24 minutes and provides tres, boards, and blocks. This Kleber is a tasty cookie, but not one to die for.

Boban Marjanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 12 0 1 1 1 0/1 7/11 0

In 22 minutes off the bench. You don’t mess with the Boban. Obviously, got some run because Porzingis was out. Will go back to contemplating how to get revenge on John Wick from the bench when Porzingis returns.

Denzel Valentine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 2 0 1 2 3/10 7/15 0

Got the start and played 21 minutes because Zach LaVine did not play due to a quad injury. Valentine’s Day in March is weird, but here we are.

Otto Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 1 3 0 1 0 3/5 7/11 1/2

In 17 minutes off the bench. He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaacccck! The Bulls will likely be careful with Otto, so the minutes won’t get ramped up for a while, if at all. With that said, he’s always been an efficient fantasy contributor.

Coby White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 5 1 0 4 3/9 8/20 0

In 32 minutes off the bench. He’s the microwave off the bench and led the Bulls in shot attempts. Top 30 player over the past six games. The usage rate has been over 30 and the efficiency has been an unsustainable 48% from the field and 92% from the line. On the season, those numbers are 38% and 78% respectively. He’s developed, so improvement on the season-long numbers should be expected, but not to the degree of this current heater.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 11 5 1 1 4 0 4/10 6/8

All he does is dub-dub. From this day forward, he shall be called……drum roll……..DoDomantas. Hmmm, that didn’t have quite the effect I was looking for. Does it remind you of Preying Mantis? Anyways, we know he can score, board, and dish out dimes. It comes down to whether or not he can contribute in the defensive cats. If so, then he can level up and enter the next tier. Currently, he’s a top 50 player.

T. J. Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 7 2 1 0 3 3/6 8/14 4/5

Warren mounted up and regulated. Like he always does when he’s healthy.

Malcolm Brogdon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 6 7 0 0 3 2/5 8/15 8/8

Top 60 player over the past four games. Brogdon looks healthy again and is returning to the early-season form. The only thing lacking from Brogdon’s game is the D, but everything else is magnifique.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 1 1 4 0 1/3 6/10 4/4

Top 20 player over the past four games! 8.8 boards and 4.5 blocks!!!! Holy moly! He’s going to be among the league leaders in blocks, but 4.5 per game is unsustainable. The 8.8 boards are what really get me excited. He’s been in the 6 range all season. If he can up the boards, then walking all those thousands of Myles would have been worth it.

Trey Lyles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 0 1 2 1 4/7 8/17 0

Got the start and played 37 minutes because LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl were both out with injuries. Of course Trey drained tres, but the 17 shot attempts were a season-high. It was only the fourth time all season that he had attempted more than 10 shots in a game.

Patty Mills

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 0 1 3 0 0 6/11 7/13 4/4

The Aussie Steph Curry blessed us with his presence once again. He makes an appearance every once in a while, but he will likely go back to sticking his head in the ground with the ostriches. Wake me up when he pops his head out again.

The Grizzlies plucked the Hawks, 127-88. As a result, no MEM starter played more than 25 minutes.

Jonas Valanciunas

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

Top 30 player over the past four games. JV performs at a varsity level, but rarely plays more than 28 minutes per game. That makes me sad. Regardless, he’s a dub-dub machine who will get his Mutombo on and provide excellent percentages.

De’Anthony Melton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 4 2 0 3 1/2 3/8 4/5

He’s starting, but he minutes haven’t increased. The usage also isn’t great. Melton provides steals with a side of boards and dimes.

Gorgui Dieng

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 1 1 1 3 0/1 6/8 5/7

In 26 minutes off the bench. With Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke out of action, Dieng will get playing time at both the 4 and 5. Boards, steals, blocks, and tres are what he provide. Dieng, that’s pretty juicy.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 3 4 2 3 0 4/7 4/11 4/5

In 24 minutes off the bench. Got a few extra minutes due to the blowout, but over the past seven games, Jackson had been receiving around 22 minutes of run per game. He’s been providing a little something something in every cat. The only bugaboos have been the percentages.

It was fugly for the Hawks. Trae Young led the team with 19 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Only three other players scored in double figures: John Collins (12), Kevin Huerter (13), and Jeff Teague (12). No blurbs for them!!!

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 5 5 1 0 3 6/12 14/24 7/7

Yes, Urkel….I mean CJ. With no Damian Lillard on the court, McCollum garners a 34 usage rate, an increase of 7.2%.

Gary Trent Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 2 0 1 0 4/6 9/16 2/2

Trent is a 3-and-D player who is filling in admirably with Lillard on the shelf. When he returns, the playing time will plummet from 34 minutes down to 24 minutes per game.

Mario Hezonja

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

In 28 minutes off the bench. REVENGE!!! Mario has been anything but super, so don’t put too much stock into last night’s game. Only roster him when you see him glowing or eating a mushroom.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 11 2 1 0 1 3/7 12/24 3/4

Vucevic is really good, but the Battle of the Nikolas has been won by Jokic. Still, Vucevic being a prideful man, he has continued to ball out to represent the name. Maybe the Nikola Pantheon can build a new wing. On the season, he’s a top 20 player and will likely finish there at season’s end.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 2 0 0 0 4/11 7/15 5/5

Top 30 player over the past six games, as he’s been averaging 21.8 points, 4.3 tres, and 5.5 boards. Ross provides points, tres, boards, and steals. The usage rate is in the mid-20s and he’s the microwave off the bench. He’s inconsistent, though, as the shooting efficiency vacillates between the 38% to 45% range.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 6 1 0 3 5/10 10/19 3/4

Bojan has had some explosive games this season, like last night. Unfortunately, the shooting efficiency has been all over the map. On the season, he’s shooting 44% from the field, but there have been stretches of 36% shooting. He’s a points, tres, and boards player. He doesn’t dish out many dimes or contribute the D.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 1 2 5 2 0 8/9 4/4

A magnifique performance from Le Steiffel Tower. It wasn’t Louvre worthy, but excellent nonetheless. Boards, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage are what he normally excels in, but the free throw shooting. Oh, that free throw shooting. *french kiss* or is it *chef kiss*? How about both?

Larry Nance Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 8 2 0 0 2/6 7/17 0

Got the start and played 39 minutes because both Tristan Thompson and Andre Drummond did not play. Just play your best players, Cavs. It’s not a complicated thing. I’m always disappointed in the block numbers for Nance, especially since he’s so athletic. With that said, who am I to question it? I’m just some dude writing stuff from his mom’s basement.

Collins Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 5 3 3 0 1 4/6 11/17 6/8

I’ve been really impressed with Sexton’s development this season. I thought he’d be a one-dimensional, inefficient hucker and chucker, but he’s been dishing some dimes, getting his 211 on, and shooting very well from the field. Over the past four games, he’s averaged a whopping 37.3 minutes and shot 55% from the field. Regression is coming but he’s still shooting 46% from the field on the season.

Kevin Porter Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 4 1 1 2 2/9 5/14 4/5

Got the start and played a team-high 41 minutes because Darius Garland was out due to a groin injury. KPJ is the real deal and will continue getting plenty of run down the stretch. He will provide points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The efficiency will be a problem at times, though.

 

  1. Dragos says:
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    Hello! Great articles, useful fantasy basketball info!
    Quick question: Dame is coming back, who can i drop to activate him (roto 12 teams very competitive league), speaking about overall value: K Porter J, S Milton, T Rozier? I m inclined to drop Rozier, seems Milton and KPJ might have stronger end of season.
    All the best!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Dragos!

      I’m with you on Rozier

  2. hamtime says:
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    Hellooo boyo.

    Is MPJ worth holding in an 18m league? Worried his mins will stay in the teens now that nuggets are healthy. Would you hold or rather get guys like Kennard, McRae, m Gasol, dedmon?

    • Son

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      Boyo? Lol. Never seen that. What does that mean? Anyways, wassup hamtime?

      Yeah, I don’t think MPJ gets significant run. I’d rather scoop up Gasol

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!

    Said my farewell to Oubre. Ugh.

    Grabbed White, but he will be dropped soon.

    Not sure what to do with Reddish. Playoffs start March 16th. Got a couple weeks.

    Squad is this –

    Jrue/Lowry/Conley/Rozier/Satoransky/White
    LeVert/Reddish/Mikal/Bertans
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Wood/Holmes

    I gotta tweak this team a little before 03/16. Missing a scoring punch.

    Lot of low volume here.

    Any suggestions ?

    Was looking way ahead for teams that play Monday/Tuesday the week of my playoffs & that is Memphis & Dallas. I was thinking of grabbing someone now from those 2 teams to plug in prematurely for the B2B stream there & not have to use a move from that week. The only guy available would be Finney-Smith. Is that something you recommend ? Or just stay put for now ?

    FA’s – Burks, Poole, Biyombo, Saric, Reid, Noel, Kennard, Harkless, DiVincenzo, Finney

    Yawn.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AYO!

      I like Reddish

      I like Reid the best out of that group

  4. Jep says:
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    Morning Son!
    2 more weeks until playoffs and I’m trying to hold onto 1st-2nd spots for the bye week.
    I’m still holding out hope for KAT and Capela. Here’s hoping we hear some good news tomorrow or sometime this week.
    I picked up the Porter bros for this week. It looks very promising if they can get going for the playoffs.

    This is what the current squad looks like:
    G: Trae, Booker, Brogdon, Rozier, Dinwiddie, KPJ
    F: PG13, Mikal, OPJ
    C: Capela, Chriss
    IL: KAT

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Squad looks good. Hope PG stays healthy. If KAT and Capela return, then it will be a squad of extraordinary magnitude

      • Jep says:
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        Time to bring home the chip!
        All we need is 5-4 in the playoffs.

        It’ll be interesting to see who would get dropped if/when KAT gets activated.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Let’s do it!!! Get that chip for La Razzfamilia!!!

          Let’s deal with KAT when the time comes

  5. Wutang says:
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    Hey SON!

    You worried about Devante’ Graham’s availability for the rest of the year? A bit banged up right now, in an unlimited-move ROTO league with a tight race for first – just wondering if I’m crazy to think about dropping him to keep streaming daily?

    Thanks again!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Wu…..Tang!!!!! Wu…..Tang!!!!!

      How big is your league and what is the depth of the waiver wire? And how are you in dimes?

      • Wutang says:
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        12-team, 11 players per team, dimes aren’t great right now but I think streaming could make up for a ton of counting stats. Waiver wire has players from 75%-50% owned available, only the top half of the league is really active

        I don’t think Graham has been good enough to keep holding recently, especially if this ankle injury keeps up – even his dimes have been down big-time in the last couple weeks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Got it. In that context, go forth and stream!!!

          • Wutang says:
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            couldn’t take the leap on my own, really appreciate the feedback!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Lol. Anytime! You Thelma or am I?

  6. Nukna says:
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    Sup, me Son!

    Here’s my team after going with your advice to drop Oubre for Dipo.
    Harden, Booker, Payton, Rozier, Rose
    Milton, Mikal Bridges, Bertans, Oladipo
    Drummond, Wood, Horford, GIles
    IL: Holmes, Aldridge

    However, just seen new about Rose being out for weeks. Hence, looking for the best option from the wire that will keep me competitive in AST.
    Some available FAs are Napier, M.Morris, Ish. Nevertheless, there will be balls for grabs (no pun intended) in DET w/o Jackson and Rose, so I’m tempted to pick one of the trio Kennard/B.Brown/B.Knight. All three have injury issues, but I expect neither to remain out for too long and I do have top spot secured before PO. Another juicy option is Kevin Porter Jr., who’s getting more and more burn in CLE. With both DET and CLE playing solid 7 games in my 2 PO weeks, who would you be your pick to replace Rose?
    Thanks a lot in advance!
    Cheers from Serbiaaaaa!!!

    • Nukna says:
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      Forgot one thing that must not be forgotten:
      Massive respect to you and the rest of the Razzball Bball crew. Thank you for all your efforts, you’ve been doing hell of a job!

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Much appreciated!!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup, Nukna!

      KPJ

  7. Jeff says:
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    SON! I’m walking around with a huge Harden, Sabonis, and Wood – keeping them all to stay on top… I’ll stop

    Rest of Season in cats : 2Bog in Sac or Lyles?

    Is LMA a shutdown candidate? League favors rebounds.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      LOL!

      Lyles for me. I don’t think LMA is a shutdown candidate though

      • Jeff says:
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        Glad you appreciated it; and I actually do own/keeping all those guys… our job in the off-season is a team name.

        Gotcha – so you’re just not high on 2Bog?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Alright. We shall collaborate.

          Not too high on Bog right now. Splitting minutes with Hield

          • Jeff says:
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            Yeah man, the inefficiency on top of cut minutes and touches is rough. He is gone, and I’ll welcome back Dame.

            Thanks as always!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Anytime

  8. Trader says:
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    Bad news: Now tied for first after nine weeks atop by myself.
    Good news: third place is 8 games back so a bye remains likely. Playoffs for a bye team starts in 2.5 weeks. Here is the squad in a h2h 9 cat league:

    Harden, Lowry, VV, Jrue, Smart, Conley
    Love, Ibaka, RoCo, Nance
    Myles, Vuce, Chriss, Bryant
    IR: JJJ

    Wire: Poole, Len, Forbes, Rose, Kennard, Holmes, Lyles.

    1. Any swaps?

    2. Still trying to be patient on JJJ. His combination of threes and blocks are golden. Seeing OPJ come back nicely last night makes me wonder on guys like Kennard who may contribute more just because they may be back sooner. Rose?

    Also have drawn the #1 pick in baseball draft. It has been an automatic Trout for years but I had Acuna last year and was impressed. 40-40 coming?? Trout gonna be awake with a crying baby lol. Injuries? Hard not to pick him though. Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, you good. Squad looks diesel.

      I’ve selected Acuna everytime I’ve had the opportunity.

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