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When I was younger, much younger, I used to consider myself a fairly athletic guy. Played competitive volleyball and could hang when I hooped at most courts. Then the Summer of ’96 happened. I was playing tackle football, when one of the guys brought his friend to play. The new guy was a third string cornerback for the University of Maryland and he said, “No tackle for me guys. Just two-hand touch.” Didn’t matter because no one could get one hand on the guy. Ok, I’m exaggerating. One hand was possible, but two hands? Fuggetaboutit. 3rd stringer for a Division 1 college team. I couldn’t even imagine the level of what a professional player would be at.  Which brings me to TJ McConnell. Myself and many others clown him that he should be playing at the YMCA, but let’s not forget that he’s in the top 1% of ballers on the planet. Last night, he reminded us all as he messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 10 11 6 0 2 0 5/11 0

Played 37 minutes off the bench. The last time TJ received 30 minutes of run in a game was on January 20th. More than likely, TJ will get around 24 minutes a game, but does have the capacity to contribute across the board. Just don’t expect 6 steals and for him to mess around on a nightly basis. More often than not, I’m going to talk about his hair. Every once in a while, though, he’s going to remind us that it’s fun to stay at the YMTJ.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 0 4 3 1 3/4 8/14 5/6

Mario got another start with Aaron Gordon out and played 30 minutes. Back-to-back games with 20+ points and shot 8-of-14 and 8-of-16 respectively. Oh, so this is why he was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Super!

DJ Augustin played 22 minutes, while Shelvin Mack played 26 minutes. Bizmack Biyombo played 21 minutes while Khem Birch played 26 minutes. A shituation all around.

Lauri Markkanen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 8 0 0 1 2 0/6 9/19 3/3

The Markksmanship was a little awry last night, but he still managed to produce.

Zach LaVine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 7 5 1 0 2 2/4 7/16 2/2

Played 33 minutes. The advancements in modern medicine have been amazing. Are we sure they didn’t go all Steve Austin on him?

Justin Holiday:

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

A poor man’s Tim Hardaway Jr. Literally. They are basically the same player on the court, yet Holiday makes $4.6 million, while THJ makes $16.5 million. Nice job Knicks.

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 7 3 0 0 0 3/6 8/17 0

Played 26 minutes. Has scored in double figures five straight games and is averaging around 26 minutes per game. Will grab a ton of boards, dish out a few dimes, and get his 211 on.

Denzel Valentine. Only played 18 minutes, but just wanted to remind you that his day is coming up and they play at home against the Raptors.

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 17 2 0 2 3 0 8/11 0

This is how we do it. The scoring has been inconsistent, but DJ has been a beast on the boards lately. Over the past seven games, he’s averaging over 17 a game.

Austin Rivers:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 1 0 2 2 1/3 8/13 0

Did not start but still ended up playing 35 minutes. Since returning from injury, he’s played 35, 34, and 32 minutes. Was there any doubt? I’m sure no one is crying a Rivers for him.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 10 1 0 1 0 2/7 5/15 0

Played 35 minutes. Has really been rebounding the ball well. The past three games: 10, 9, and 12. The four games before that? 2, 3, 1, and 0. So, not the model of consistency. With that said, getting the minutes and shot attempts. Will contribute a little something something in all but blocks.

Jarrett Allen:

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

Only played 18 minutes. It wasn’t due to Jahlil Okafor because he only played 13 minutes. Not sure why Allen didn’t play more, but I wouldn’t be too concerned. He looks to be the present and the future.

D’Angelo Russell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 5 1 0 3 1/7 7/17 1/1

Played 25 minutes. Still loading…..

Joe Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 1 1 0 0 1/4 7/11 1/1

Played 26 minutes. The pride of the NYS Laborers Union, Joe has been balling. Over the past week, 12.7 points, 8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 1 block, and 2.3 3s.

Pau Gasol:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 15 6 1 2 1 0/2 6/14 3/4

Played 33 minutes as LaMarcus Aldridge did not play. Gasol had not cracked 30 minutes since January 24th. Talk about a siesta. When Pau plays, he produces. He just hasn’t been playing much recently. His bro, Marc, has been playing but not producing. Poor Marc.

Joe Ingles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 5 1 0 2 4/6 7/13 2/2

Has scored 20+ in three straight games and stuffed the stat sheet in all three. Top 50 player for fantasy on the season. If you ever have doubt or think something is impossible, just remember that Joe Ingles is a top 50 player for fantasy. Proof that anything is possible and that you never know what will/can happen. Shoot that mother f’ing shot!

Royce O’Neale:

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

Got the start with Ricky Rubio out and played 38 minutes. Is probably a better real life player than fantasy player, as he just doesn’t shoot the ball enough. With that said, he has carved out a roll for himself. As long as you don’t expect to be rolling in a Rolls Royce, you good.

Donovan Mitchell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 5 3 0 1 3/9 9/28 4/6

He can slide into my DMs anytime.

Rudy Gobert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 11 2 2 2 2 0 4/8 2/5

Deuces were wild. Rudy! Rudy!

Jae Crowder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 1 0 0 2 3/5 4/11 3/4

Played 33 minutes. Since coming over from Cleveland, Jae has played 33 and 29 minutes and attempted 11 shots in both games. Craig Bozic, our dynasty guru from across the Pond, was all over this. Raise a cup with your pinkie up and give him a hearty, “Cheerio!”

Dragan Bender:

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

Played 30 minutes. “Honey, heading to the bar for another Bender,” Triano texted his wife after the game.

Marquese Chriss:

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

Played 18 minutes. Jesus F’ing Chriss!!

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 8 5 0 0 4 2/4 11/18 5/7

Played 31 minutes. Free at last. Free at last. Elf thanks God, he’s free at last. Elf should thrive with the Suns. My only question will be how his hair holds up in Phoenix.

The Warriors defeated the Suns, 129-83.

Draymond Green didn’t play, but Kevin Durant played 30 minutes and scored 17 points. Steph Curry played 30 minutes and scored 22 points, while Klay Thompson played 23 minutes and scored 16 points.

Omri Casspi:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 10 2 0 0 1 1/2 7/10 4/5

Got the start for Draymond and played 27 minutes. Trade Draymond!!!

David West:

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

Played 16 minutes. West has not played more than 17 minutes in a game since mid-December. Over the last week, though, he’s averaging over 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. He’s been a top 45 player for fantasy! Cue up the Will Smith.

Michael Beasley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 5 2 0 2 4 2/3 9/17 2/2

Played 39 minutes. Where would the Knicks be without Beasley? Probably in the same place, but at least he’s been making it a little more palatable. With that said, is it weird that I have a greater appreciation for Jeremy Lin now? Keep in mind that I’m Asian, so Linsanity was probably the greatest thing since eating rice with a spoon. Anyways, different coach and system, but Lin seized upon an opportunity and took it where no man had gone before. Beasley has seized an opportunity and done his thing. Just not to that level.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 2 3 1 0 1 0/8 4/16 1/2

If Justin Holiday were filthy rich.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 13 3 1 0 1 0 5/10 7/7

Double-dub machine with 26 on the year, good for 12th in the league. KAT has 49 on the season. I guess that makes Kanter a mere mortal.

Courtney Lee:

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

Did not start but still ended up playing 30 minutes. I’d be worried if were a Lee owner. Someone could find a connection to Robert E. From a fantasy perspective, it’s the Knicks and 1) they started Lance Thomas last night 2) are still playing Jarret Jack 18 minutes 3) have three years left of paying Tim Hardaway Jr. over $17 million per year.

Dario Saric:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 4 1 0 0 1 4/6 8/12 4/5

The ladies be loving the Mario with the D.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 10 1 1 2 2 3/6 14/24 7/7

Anyone know of a website that has a date on when Davis will get hurt? Do you just keep doubling down until it hits? I’ve heard that is a popular strategy for blackjack.

Emeka Okafor:

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

What year is it?

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 3 12 2 1 2 0/2 8/16 5/5

Prone to the occasional bad shooting night, Jrue has a relatively high floor because he contributes across the board. Had a 22.2% usage rate last night, but that number will get into the 30s from time to time.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 12 1 1 0 0 4/8 7/16 3/3

Came off the bench but still ended up playing 29 minutes. The move probably helps out his fantasy value, as he can be the man on the second unit and suck up all the usage.

Blake Griffin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 6 3 1 0 5 1/6 8/17 5/6

Lake Griffin returns with the B nowhere to be found again. He has 9 blocks on the season. Chris Paul has more than him, 11 to be exact. Ok, if you want to get technical, Paul has played four more games than Lake, but still. Anyways, for perspective, Porzingis leads the league with 115. Never understood why he doesn’t block more shots.

Andre Drummond:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 21 1 1 1 3 0 4/12 5/8

Yawn. Dre has reached superstar junkie status for me. Unless he does something historic, it’s whatever. Need more for me to get excited.

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Leonard (quad) is expected to return at some point before season’s end, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.
    Spin: Leonard was shut down for an indefinite period of time on Jan. 17 with recurring tendinopathy in his right quad, and that designation of ‘out indefinitely’ still remains intact, but there’s room for optimism that he’ll be able to redeem some fantasy value at the tail end of the regular season. His situation remains convoluted, to say the least, but the 26-year-old should still be rostered in just about every season-long format in the event he returns at a moment’s notice when the Spurs’ training staff deems him ready for live action.

    -per ESPN

    Just LOL. Spurs aren’t done trolling the fantasy hoopsters. F. U. SPURS.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Should we get Tobias? I’m fine with that…

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            I want to believe that Leonard is indeed coming back before the season ends, bcoz it’d be foolish for the Spurs to just throw him out there in the playoffs without getting his legs under him. However, these are the scenarios running in my head.

            That 3-day rule, where he’s not allowed to play within three days. Are they going to implement that again upon his return? I’m thinking yes, possibly.

            After the break there will be like 2.5 weeks before the regular season concludes, and if Leonard does return I’d probably get like 5 games tops out of him. But let’s talk about the playoffs. The Spurs have a 4/4/3 schedule, let’s say in the 4 1st round games, how many in those games will Kawhi suit up? Prolly one, two maybe? And we’re talking about a situation where Leonard already got back right after the break and already has a few games under his belt. But what if the Spurs decide to bring him back, NOT after the break, but during the fantasy playoffs?? 3-day no play rule, plus minutes restriction. Oh lawd. You see, whichever angle I look at it, Leonard will not help his owners win the ship. He’s just not going to be a difference maker in the playoffs. He just won’t.

            But can you imagine if he wasn’t shut down three weeks ago, and his troublesome quad healed properly, oh boy, he’s prolly averaging like 31MPG already by now. And to pair him up with my Butler? That’ll will be chaotic. But yea, it did not happen, and will not happen. Lol

            You see ma man, I’m not desperate for Leonard’s elite production, I’ve already accepted the fact that this is a lost season for him. However, I do want a decent player in exchange. Tobias is ranked outside of top-50, so I don’t think I’m doing the league dirty. And it’s not like I’m getting Beal or Holiday in return.

            Anyhow, if the deal does happen this is the end result:

            PG1 Mitchell
            PG2 Rubio
            SG1 McCollum
            SG2 Bullock
            SG3 Jackson
            SF1 Butler
            SF2 Young
            PF1 Harris
            PF2 Hollis-Jefferson
            C1 Capela

            I still don’t have a backup C. Lol But yea, this the set of guys I’m planning to bring to the playoffs. What do you say ma man?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: you don’t need to sell me on it. Should get another big man though

              • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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                @Son:

                Should we do Josh jax and Mudiay for Henson?

              • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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                @Son:

                Or switch Jax for Bullock? Who would you rather give up? Ughh, it’s tough. Ha

  2. Keeks says:
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    Alrighty my man got a two parter for you today.

    Trying to organize the end of my bench for future add/drops, how would you rank these guys for the ROS from best to worst:
    DJ Augustin (Shelvin Mack better to own?), Anthony Tolliver, and Kyle Oquinn.

    Part 2- This is a dynasty league, currently in first but one of my 2 deep stashes is Marquese Chriss (Along with Jordan Bell). Chriss is the type of guy id much rather keep into next year over streamers like the guys above but now that he is back off IR and not really contributing its tough to not want to drop him for guys that can help me win this year. What are your thoughts on him from a Dynasty lens?

    Thanks brotha. Really enjoy the work you do.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Keeks: O’Quinn, DJ/Mack (flip a coin), Tolliver.

      You have to keep Chriss. The potential is too immense and he’s still only 20 years old.

      Thanks Keeks. Much appreciated.

  3. Llango says:
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    Son,

    what are your thoughts on trading Randle 4 Draymond Green?
    Randle has been starting and putting up some solid numbers the last month (19-9-4 shooting 58% from the field). Green on the other hand IMO hasn’t lived up to that 3rd round value.
    I also have a fear that he will be sitting out on most games when its almost playoff time.
    Thoguths?

    and lastly,
    i traded Curry Turner (Ind) for Liliard, T. Eveans, and G. Harris. thoughts on that deal?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Llango: I’m good with that.

      I assume you are worried about Curry sitting as well. I love Dame and Harris. While I’m not as high on Tyreke the rest of the season, he has upside. Who are your other bigs?

      • Llango says:
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        @Son:

        My Bigs are:

        Horford PF/C
        Randle PF/C
        Trish Thompson PF/C
        Gordon SF/PF
        Mirotic SF/PF

        • Llango says:
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          @Llango:

          What about a T.Evans for D.howard?

          • Brent

            Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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            @Llango: Can you afford the FT% destruction that comes with Howard? How many teams are in your league? There may be some good bigs on the wire (although if you own Tristan Thompson I’m assuming this is a really deep league?)

            • Llango says:
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              @Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter:

              We don’t have FT% so it doesn’t hurt at all. its a 12 team H2H league.
              I doubt i can get Capela for Evans.
              I got Thompson only because love got hurt and could use cheap boards.

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Llango: No brainer for me

                • Brent

                  Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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                  @Son: Yeah, no FT%, then go for Howard. I don’t have the same Reke fears that Son has, but you could use a boost to your big man stats.

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Llango: If you good with the hit to your FT%. I have concerns with Reke going forward

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Llango: Got it. Is ok

  4. Chris says:
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    Hey Son!

    Bazemore and Hollis-J or Dirk and TJ Warren the rest of the year in regular cats?

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Bazemore and RHJ for me.

      • Brent

        Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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        @Son: Fo Shizzle

  5. Brent

    Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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    Elf was ridiculous last night! he couldn’t miss. Booker was out and the Warriors’ players were coaching the team, but you know i love me some Elf in Phoenix.

    I grabbed McConnell in a 14 teamer where I need assists, how much will Bellinelli’s arrival hurt his value?

    Thanks Son!

  6. Jj says:
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    Hi Son,

    Crabbe, Smart or TYJohnson for Ros? Thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hmmm, depends on what you need. In a vacuum, Smart if you cool with the poor percentages. Crabbe if you need 3s. He will cede some minutes but should still get 20+ and hoist up shots.

    • Brent

      Brent @TheFantasyDick on Twitter says:
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      @Jj: I like Crabbe there, mainly because Smart is going to lose minutes after Rozier played so well replacing Kyrie. But Son is right (as usual), it depends a lot on what you need. I’m not a big TyJo guy, too inconsistent and too dependent on other players getting hurt.

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