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….Born is the King of Philadelphia. 

They looked up and saw a star. Shining in the East beyond them far. And to the court he gave great light. As so it continued. Night after night. 

Joel, Joel, Joel, Joel Embiid is too damn good:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 13 6 0 1 2 2/3 12/21 12/14

On the season, Embiid is a top 20-ish player. Last season, he finished as the #10 player for fantasy. The minutes have decreased by 3. As a result, the points are down by 5, the boards are down by 1, and the blocks are down by 0.5. Don’t fret, though. Over the past seven games, the minutes have climbed back up to 33 a game and Embiid has been the #15 player for fantasy. He should be a 1/1/1 member at season’s end and he’s one of the few player in the league who can truly contribute in every category. Sing your praises and exalt his name, as it is Joel season.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Mike Scott

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

Got the start and played 29 minutes because Al Horford did not play due to lower body injuries. Great Scott!!! I kid, I kid. Nothing to get excited about. Scott provides points and tres with a side of boards. Usually only gets around 19 minutes of run per game.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 7 1 2 0 1/3 10/20 2/3

Such a solid player Tobias is. He can do it all and doesn’t hurt you in any way. Tobias is the guy with the decent looks and great job; not the one with the Harley who will get a woman’s juices flowing.

Josh Richardson

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

2’s were wild!!! My RichardSON played 26 minutes after receiving 19 minutes last game. He should be ready to go full throttle soon. For fantasy, he’s been kind of meh. He provides a little something something of everything, but not a lot of anything. As a result, he’s a top 90 player.

Gordon Hayward

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 5 1 1 1 2/4 8/16 1/2

Played 37 minutes. He’s baaaaaackkk!!! Hayward was playing at a top 50 level before the injury. No reason to think he can’t return to that form.

Kemba Walker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 1 8 0 1 1 5/13 8/21 8/10

The Kemba Walker green label has been of the highest quality this season. Unfortunately, Embiid drank it on the rocks last night.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 0 2 2 0 0/1 10/13 0

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Robert Williams was unavailable so your Enes shouldn’t be getting erect. Kanter is primarily a point and boards player. I have no idea where the defensive stats came from. Either it was a stat error or a worm hole opened up and multiple Kanters emerged. You pick. Both are equally viable.

The Cavs dulled the Spurs, 117-109 in OT….IN SAN ANTONIO!!! Disgraceful for the Spurs. A glorious night for the Cavs.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 17 2 0 0 2 4/9 11/24 4/5

As I’ve written the past few days, Love often hurts, but we keep going back because he often provides fantasy bliss.

Cedi Osman

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15 2 1 1 1 0 3/8 6/12 0

Played 37 minutes. Far from Osman, but a respectable performance from Cedi. Man, the Spurs must be really bad.

Collin Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 2 2 1 0 1 1/5 10/19 7/8

On Sexton’s resume, it says one thing, and one thing only: Get buckets. So, Mr. Sexton, it says here on your resume that you get buckets. That’s right. Anything else? Naw, I get buckets. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Right here getting buckets. Do you have any questions for us? Where can I get buckets? 

Jordan Clarkson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 3 1 0 3 4/11 10/18 1/1

Played 31 minutes off the bench. Like Sexton, Jordan just gets buckets. And little else. With so many bucket getters, how are the Cavs one of the worst teams in the league?

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 3 0 1 3 0/2 6/16 6/8

Losing to the Cavs at home is worse than getting fired on your day off. LMAO!!! Fine, LMA has not been laughably bad this season. In fact, he’s been a top 35 player. Pretty impressive, considering the rebounds have plummeted from 9.2 to 7.1. There’s hope, though, as that number has ticked up to 10.3 over the past three games.

Dejounte Murray

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

In 17 minutes off the bench. I could of sworn that I read a few days ago that there no longer is a minutes limit for Murray. Too bad there looks to be a playing time issue now, as…..

Derrick White

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17 4 2 1 0 0 0 7/9 3/3

….continues to start and played 32 minutes. This point guard drama has been more intense than one of my mom’s Korean dramas!

Lonnie Walker IV

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

Played 24 minutes off the bench. The last four games, Walker has played 24, 12, 35, and 16 minutes. He’s getting some run and his athleticism could provide some defensive stats. For now, he’s strictly a points provider.

Dwight Powell

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

Powell is mainly a boards guy, but does enough in the other categories to be fantasy viable. The most important thing regarding Powell is that Luka’s numbers are much better with him on the court. A happy Luka equals a happy….Luka, and that’s all the Mavs should be concerning themselves with.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 12 11 0 0 3 6/13 14/24 7/12

His eighth time messing around this season, and second time with a 40-burger. In his career, he now has 16 trip-dubs! He’s AVERAGING 30.4 points, 9.9 boards, 9.3 dimes, and 1.2 steals. Those numbers are mind blowing, but it’s been the increase in shooting efficiency that’s really got me running around naked singing HalleLuka; 48% from the field and 80% from the line. Last season, those numbers were 42% and 71% respectively.

Seth Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 7 4 2 0 3 6/9 11/15 2/3

In 34 minutes off the bench. The minutes are all over the place, so it’s impossible to rely on Curry. My guess is that whenever the Warriors aren’t playing, then Steph is able to switch bodies with Seth and get his game on. I’m too lazy to cross reference the Warriors and Mavericks schedules.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 3 5 0 0 0 1/10 3/16 3/4

He has to be hurt, right? Buehler? Well, Pistons fans. Only two more years at $36 and $39 million.

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 15 1 3 1 2 0/1 10/14 3/6

Just another Dre Day. He’s the #11 player for fantasy right now! If only the Pistons could put Blake out of his misery.

Christian Wood

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

In 14 minutes off the bench. He’s the next man up if/when Blake gets shut down. He has to be injured, right?

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 0 4 2 0 3 5/10 7/16 0

In 26 minutes off the bench. A steady source of points, dimes, and some steals. He’s also providing tres. The usage rate is 31, but he’s only averaging around 24 minutes a game. Probably for the best. Top 100-ish player for fantasy.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 9 1 2 2 2 2/5 8/16 2/2

A great game from Melo, his best of the year. I wouldn’t expect this to be the norm, though. More often than not, he’s going to tank your field goal percentage and provide points, boards, and tres. I will say that the steals have been a pleasant surprise. Doubt it lasts, though. Yes, I’m a hater.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 11 2 0 4 0 1/1 15/21 2/2

I’d consider that a Mt. Whiteside eruption. Over the past 13 games, Mt. Whiteside has been a top 10 player. He’s top 20 on the season! We know about the dub-dubs and blocks, but he’s shooting 76% from the free throw line!!! He shot 44% from the line last season, but before we talk about regression, he did shoot 70% from the line in 54 games during the 2017 season.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 6 0 0 1 2/5 7/14 4/6

Jokic has been playing better as of late, but he still hasn’t returned to the top 15 form that we are all used to. As a result, the Nikola pantheon has been rearranged once again, with Tesla sitting on the throne with Jokic and Vucevic earnestly looking upward.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 3 1 0 3 2/5 4/11 2/3

Got the start and played 28 minutes. Not a great performance, but that was to be expected since I didn’t think he’d even play due to falling on his back/trunk the prior game.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 4 1 0 0 2/4 6/12 1/2

I feel like I write up Barton every night because he’s always balling out. Yet, he’s only a top 65 player. Lol. Love does blind.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 0 2 0 0 5/6 7/12 1/4

Played 31 minutes off the bench because Paul Millsap left due to a quad injury. Grant is athletic and can shoot from downtown. The shooting is inconsistent from both the field and line, but he can provide a little something something across the board. Nothing to write home about, though.

  1. Shifty says:
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    I traded Embiid for Jokic earlier in the year thinking I was a genius because of Embiid’s likeliness to rest in the fantasy playoffs, but now it just looks like I was the Joker all along wearing clown makeup

    • Son says:
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      Lot of season left, but at least your resume will be boosted for the circus

  2. madbeachbums says:
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    Trade help here. My Graham for his Collins? Standard scoring h2h
    Thanks for help.

    • Son says:
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      What’s your squad look like?

      • Mad beach bums says:
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        It’s a 20 team league, I have Lebron, Jokic, Mitch rob, Conley, fox, oubre, graham, CJ, Bam, nunn, Beal and then scrubs finishing the roster. I feel like I need another big. But seems legit, I know not this good but even 80% of this is a stud.

      • Mad Beach Bums says:
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        forgot to say its a 20 team league I have Jokic, lebron, beal. mitch rob, Bam, Oubre, fox, conley, nunn, CJ, graham and rest scrubs filling out roster. Thanks again for your help

        • Son says:
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          I guess you could use some more bigs. Your weakest cats are tres, boards, and TOs. Collins would help you out in boards and TOs, but you’d take a hit in tres. I guess since tres are the easiest thing to find, and you have doubts about Graham, I think it’s a fine trade for you.

  3. in says:
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    Ben Simmons taking 6 shots in each of his last 2 games is brutal. I don’t care how bad it is, 10 should be a minimum for him. At least in my world. Enough of this team ball nonsense.

    • Son says:
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      You fantasy nerd, you!!!

      He’ll be fine. DEN and BOS are both top-10 in defensive efficiency

  4. eballs says:
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    Would you add Jerami Grant over any of the following in a points league

    Sato
    Gasol

    • Son says:
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      Negative

  5. Salty Ron says:
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    Thanks for all of the amazing content as usual !!!!

    I am seeing a lot of teams with almost unserviceable centers this year. Atlanta and Celtics immediately jump to mind. Theis, Kanter and Williams are all on my waiver wire and I am tempted to pick up any one of them at any given moment. For Atlanta, it is the same with Jones and Len. I need big guy stats but I am struggling with which one of these guys, if any, is going to make a leap and actually do something this year.

    Any of these guys jump out as being someone you will want on your team when the fantasy playoffs hit ?

    Thanks for your help !

    P.S. My draft was sort of garbage and because I got Simmons, Drummond, Bam, Gasol etc I am having to partake in my first year of ever punting. Punint FT, 3s and points. It is very interesting.

    Salty

    • Son says:
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      Thanks for reading, Salty Ron!

      I’m a Robert Williams guy. I think he has the highest upside, but he may not rise on the depth chart.

      You have Bam!!! Everything is all good! Yeah, punting is interesting and can be fun.

  6. eballs says:
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    Start one tonight (points league)

    Jabari vs IND
    Valanciunas vs MIL
    Holmes vs NY

    • Son says:
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      JVal

  7. Alex Krycek says:
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    I’m in a rebuild in a 20-team, H2H cats league. I’ve been trying to stock up on youth, but I’ve been given a very interesting offer that I’m not quite sure what to do with. The offer is essentially Jamal Murray for Culver and PJ Washington. (I have the latter two).

    Assets I have worth mentioning: Russell, Rozier, Oubre, Gordon, Allen, Nurkic. Other than that, it’s a lot of second-round roulette on my bench, with some other low-upside youth.

    The league has its share of bad teams, so pick-wise, I’m probably not going to lose a ton of positioning.

    So, thoughts? I’d really like to watch these kids grow, but it seems I’ve been handed that growth accelerated in Murray…what should I do?

    • Son says:
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      I’m holding onto Culver and PJ. I like both of them and in a 20-team league, I’m reticent to give up 2-for-1’s unless I’m getting back a superstar.

  8. Trader says:
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    I missed on Huerter to keep my #2 claim position alive. Settled for Hunter which has been ok this week. My team and wire candidates listed below. I am in 2nd place but like my squad once Vuce, VV and Bryant get back. Focused on March in my 12 team, h2h league.

    Harden, Jrue, VanVleet, Lowry
    Melo, Hunter,JRich
    Love, JJJ, Covington
    Vuce, Myles, IBaka, Noel/streamer spot
    IR: Bryant

    Wire: IT, Payton, Paschall, Len, WSC…any of these guys have a chance to stick on my squad? Please rank for streaming if not.

    • Son says:
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      Team looks good. I think you’re fine right now, but I’d keep an eye on Payton

      • Trader says:
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        Nice. My thoughts exactly. He was solid late last year. Just so unsure if he gets the assists in a team that is so bad. I may stream him just to keep him from others!

        • Son says:
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          Sounds good

  9. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyO!

    Hope your SONday is going well.

    Dropped Wags for Grant the other day, to get the weekend B2B.

    Would you hold Grant, or drop for Wood in the morning ?

    Wood 4 games & Grant 3 games this coming week. Blake is questionable.

    Squad –

    Jrue/Lowry/Conley/Rozier
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Jabari/Grant
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Bertans

    Nice to see Vucci back tonight. Hoping to get both him and Jokic rolling in to peak form soon. Haven’t quite seen them go hard together yet on my team this year. Let the 20-10’s roll!

    Other notable FAs – Winslow, Garland, Hayes

    Peace my guy!

    • Son says:
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      AyyyyO!

      Lol. SONday….I like that!

      I like the Wags to Grant swap.

      I picked up Wood everywhere I could, so that should answer your question.

      Pass on those FA’s.

      Hopefully, your squad gets healthy and starts making a move!!!

  10. Trader says:
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    Payton pick up made a difference. Almost made up for my insistence on Noel being a basketball player. Ugh.

    I think Hunter is my weakest link but unsure if I should drop him to stream or hang on to him and roll with my current squad. Nine categories. H2h. Just moved into first place….so patience is warranted.

    Also, a lot written about Love and Jrue getting shut down. That would be a killer for me. There would be a good market for Jrue but love his D stats and been playing well. Thoughts? My squad :

    Harden, Jrue, VanVleet, Lowry, Payton
    Covington, Melo, Hunter, JRich, JJJ
    Love, Myles, Vucevic, Ibaka,

    IR: Bryant

    • Son says:
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      Nice! First place is the best place.

      I think Love gets traded. As for Jrue getting shut down, I don’t see it, but it’s not out of the realm of possiblities.

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks. WCS and Poeltl have been decent steamers this last week for blocks, steals and FG%. Continue streaming with Hunter being my drop? Or hold Hunter to see how he holds up?

        • Son says:
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          Stream Hunters spot

          • Trader says:
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            Perfect. Here are my top choices:

            Wood v Washington
            Poeltl v Rockets
            Brunson at Milwaukee

            Leaning Wood for percentages and boards but open to suggestion!

            • Son says:
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              Agreed. Wood

  11. Mak says:
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    9 cat H2h. I was offered towns for my beal and Gordon Hayward. Thoughts?

    • Son says:
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      I like the Towns side

      • Mak says:
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        He countered with beal and horford. Still like the towns side?

        • Son says:
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          I do

  12. big dave says:
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    Son. I hate asking this. I bleed blue and gold.

    Is Draymond Green a drop candidate?

    • Son says:
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      No.

      He’s been playing better lately, but most importantly, averaging 33 mpg! Last night was just a shit show. They scored 79 points

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