No, not Michael. That would be weird and unbelieveable at the same time. Did he travel in time? Or did he sell his shares in the Hornets, pass through waivers, and get signed by an NBA team? He is 56 years old, so it would be quite the feat if he was able to ball in today’s NBA, and go on a scoring binge no less. Vince Carter is 42 years old and still playing, so anything is possible. Plus, if there was one guy who could pull off the feat, Michael Jordan would have to be at the top of the list. That would be one helluva 30 for 30. But alas, Michael is not the Jordan that I’m talking about. That would be Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who went 30 in 30 last night:
In 30 minutes! Jordan gets buckets. How could he not? In five of six NBA seasons, Jordan has scored at least 30 points in one game. Unfortunately, he’s inconsistent and has never averaged more than 17 points per game. Plus, his last name is Clarkson. Ok, 17 points ain’t bad, as De’Aaron Fox averaged 17.3 points per game last season, which was good for 44th in the NBA. Clarkson just doesn’t do much else, which crimps his overall fantasy value. On the season, he’s a top 140 player.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Played 30 minutes. It’s all about the playing time for JV. When he gets the run, he’s almost a lock for a dub-dub with blocks. The weird thing, though, is that he’s received at least 30 minutes only four times this season. <insert shrug emoji>
Over the last four games, Brooks has been a top 70 player for fantasy. On the season, he’s a top 125 player. The difference has come from the increase in defensive stats, shooting efficiency, and rebounds. The crazy thing is that he’s been shooting 42% from the field, an increase from the 40% on the season. Brooks is playing close to 29 minutes per game on a Memphis team that is fourth in offensive pace. If you need tres and steals, saunter on down to the Brooks.
I’d Love to see him on the Trail Blazers. When Love plays, he’s going to provide plenty of points, tres, boards, and dimes. Unfortunately, there’s so much uncertainty with his situation right now. He could get traded, but even if he doesn’t, how many minutes will Love play on a night-to-night basis because of the Cavs getting blown out?
In 16 minutes!!! A boards and blocks player. He’s only averaging 13 minutes per game right now, but if Love and Tristan Thompson get traded, Henson could find himself getting much more run.
Got the start and played 31 minutes because Blake Griffin sat due to the back-to-back. That is all.
The 6 steals were a season-high, and tied his career high. A smooth criminal he is. Dre is the #11 player for fantasy on the season. The boards, steals, blocks, and field goal percentage are E. L. I. T. E. He even dishes out dimes. The biggest bugaboos are the turnovers and poor free throw shooting.
Got the start and played 28 minutes because Luke Kennard sat because of the back-to-back and knee issues.
Channing broke up with Jessie J, but at least brother from another mother, Jayson, balled out to keep the name in high regard. Remember when Celtics fans said they wouldn’t trade Tatum for AD? Those were good times. Anyways, Tatum is a fine player. In fact, he’s a top 35 player for fantasy. Like Channing, Jayson is not an A-lister. At least not yet.
Horrifyingly atrocious shooting. Shit happens, though. You never had a bad day at the office? So shut your mouth! I kid, I kid. Just one of those nights. He’s been a top 25 player for fantasy, so he’s provided bliss for season-long owners. For those who rostered him in DFS…..
What can Brown do for you? Apparently a whole lot, especially with Gordon Hayward out. On the season, he’s a top 40 player for fantasy. More recently, over the past five games, he’s been a top 25 player. Brown provides pointes, tres, boards, and steals. As I’ve written before, the improvement in the percentages have been the key to his breakout. He’s shooting 50% from the field and 76% from the line. Last season, those numbers were 46% and 65% respectively.
Played 30 minutes. Over the last two games, Williams has averaged 26.9 minutes because the Celtics were without Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward.
In 22 minutes off the bench. Kanter is viable in deeper leagues and for stream spots, as he will get around 21-22 minutes per game with Robert Williams out. The three-headed center monster morphs into a two-headed snake. Don’t expect much past points and boards, though.
Got the start and played 26 minutes because Deandre Ayton was out with an ankle injury. We know Baynes can ball the F out when Ayton is out, so plug him in for now. Ayton shouldn’t miss too much time, but you never know, as we don’t know the severity of the ankle sprain yet.
Second in all of basketball with 9.5 dimes per game! The lack of blocks and poor field goal percentage (38%) are the only things holding down his value (top 70 player).
So damn Gilgeous-Alexander the Great. For fantasy, not so much, as he’s outside the top 100. The shooting efficiency is meh at 43% and he doesn’t dish out many dimes. If Chris Paul gets traded, then that number likely ticks up. As it stands, SGA provides points, tres, boards, and steals. There’s upside, though, due to trade and just good old fashioned experience.
In 34 minutes off the bench. Dennis has been an absolute menace to the regression fairies, as he’s been a top 50 player over the past six games. He’s been shooting 51% from the field! In the end, the regression fairies always get their way. Thou shall not swat at the regression fairies. Let them fly around, do their thing, and just bow your head in reverence.
In 25 minutes off the bench. Portis was the only one to give the Knicks a fighting chance. I wouldn’t put too much stock into this performance, though. He got hot, while the rest of the Knicks…..just look at the shooting from the starting lineup: Gibson (1/3), Randle (3/11), Morris (5/11), Barrett (1/10), and Ntilikina (1/3).
Over the past seven games, Mitchell Robinson’s neighborhood has been open 27 minutes per game. As a result, he’s been a top 20 player. That tends to happen when you play your best players. What a novel concept! I’m going to patent the idea.
For once, Butler didn’t have to work too much, as he had the help working for him. Plus, the Knicks are just awful. They lost 129-114.
Played 26 minutes, but that’s because the Knicks suck. On most night, the big O will get around 20 minutes of run and provide tres and boards.
Returned from injury and played 24 minutes. Prior to going down, Dragic was averaging close to 29 minutes per game. He should get ramped up to that level soon. He won’t start, but will lead the second unit and provide points, tres, and dimes.
Derrick Jones Jr.
Top 50 player over the past four games. Airplane Mode has been averaging 29.5 minutes and providing some tres and defensive stats. The field goal percentage is excellent because most of his buckets look like…..
I think he’s carved out a significant role and the minutes floor should be high due to his defensive versatility.
Top 20 player over the past four games. Trade Luka!!! Ha, yeah right. It’s only a matter of time before Luktaps Porzincic runs roughshod over the NBA landscape.
DFS is not one we talk about much for fantasy, but he’s an asset because he starts, plays a ton of minutes, and provides tres and steals. The prototypical 3-and-D player.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
I be loving the Hardaway bets! Not the greatest bets on the craps table, but the payoff is nice. Same with Hardaway Jr. He can get hot and provide a ton of points and tres, but there will be more than enough 37% shooting to make you feel stupid.
Not much to say. He’s really good. Like really, really good. Top 10-15 player for fantasy.
Remember what I wrote about the regression fairies? He’s a good shooter, so the floor is relatively high, but here’s something to chew on: In three games as a starter, Bertans is shooting 39% from the field. As a reserve, 47%.
Because of Beal, I’m going to try veal. Out of respect. That’s how much I respect him. Top 30 player for fantasy.
Played 30 minutes off the bench. I wish for Ish to swish. Last night he flourished, which nourished his fantasy owners. And squished the competition. He deserves a kiss for making those who rostered him in DFS rich. Such heavenly bliss. Do not dismiss and be a bitch. Something is amiss. Is it a glitch in the Matrix? I kid. Soon Ish will return to the abyss from which he came from. Here come the regression fairies again. Ish has been shooting over 50% from the field. He’s more like a 44% shooter. He has been getting 30 minutes of run over the past six games, so if you need some points, tres, dimes, and steals, he’s viable. Meditate and wish.
Iblocka made an appearance!!! Serge got the start and played 36 minutes due to the Marc Gasol injury. Nick Nurse has not been doctoring the minutes, as he’s been running his starters into the ground. I’d expect no less for Ibaka until Gasol returns from his hamstring injury.
Played 41 minutes. If he can stay healthy, Lowry is going to be a fantasy force. Points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals should be plentiful. The field goal percentage is poor, though.
Returned from injury and played 34 minutes. Fred VanELITE. Props to Emac of Awesemo for that. FVV was a top 20 player for fantasy before the injury. No reason to expect anything less.
No one on the Raptors bench played more than 19 minutes. Chris Boucher played 13 minutes and provided 4 points and 5 boards. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 19 minutes and contributed 14 points, 2 boards, and 4 dimes. Terence Davis played 18 minutes and provided 8 points, 3 boards, and 1 dime. Malcolm Miller played 14 minutes and didn’t do much.
Got the start and played 24 minutes because Karl-Anthony Towns did not play. Dieng it!!!
Got the start and played 20 minutes because Jarrett Culver did not play.
Just a Jokic messing around and having fun. That’s now 38 career trip-dubs for Jokic. Top 10 player over the past seven games and has rightfully reclaimed his throne on the Nikola pantheon.
It feels like Murray has been in the league forever, yet he’s still only 22 years old and this is his fourth year in the league. Crazy. Anyways, for fantasy he’s solid and has a high floor. Accessing ceiling is the question. You can count on around 4 boards and 4 dimes every game, with 2 tres, 17 points, and a few steals. The free throw shooting is excellent at 89%. The shooting could improve, as he’s converting 43% of his attempts on the season, but that’s usually to be expected of jump shooters.
He had 5 on it! Grant played 23 minutes. He and Millsap are essentially splitting the power forward minutes down the middle, capping any upside for either.
Orale, Holmes! Unfortunately, he only received 24 minutes of run, which will likely be the norm going forward.
Lot of poor shooting performances last night. Shit happens. With that said, Hield is only shooting 42% from the field on the season.
Played 27 minutes off the bench. Since Bagley returned from injury, he’s played 23. 21, 22, 22, and the 27 minutes from last night. The trend is your friend. It’s only a matter of time before he’s ramped up and starts starting.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. The shooting efficiency has been an issue all season long. That doesn’t look like it’s going away this year. We shall see. It’s been two games since Fox returned from injury, so he’s a little behind Bagley in terms of getting ramped up. When he does, points, dimes, and steals should be plentiful.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. Got run because Trevor Ariza and Bogdan Bogdanovic did not play.
T. J. Warren
Warren regulated the Kings, as he led the Pacers in scoring. For fantasy, he’s a top 90 player, providing points, tres, boards, and steals. The shooting efficiency has been fantastic at 50% for the season. He’s also been an efficient shooter, so shoo regression fairies. The main issue for Warren is health, as he’s never played more than 66 games in a season.
Got the start and played 30 minutes because Jeremy Lamb did not play. Coach McMillan loves Holiday and he had been getting some of Lamb’s minutes prior to last night. Holiday is someone to keep an eye on because it’s within the range of outcomes that he gets more run.
T. J. McConnell
T. J. has nice hair and is serviceable when given the opportunity. He primarily contributes in dimes, but gets buckets and his 211 on. Doesn’t get enough run to be viable on a consistent basis, but someone to keep in mind when injury strikes.
The volume on offense has decreased, but the efficiency has increased. With that said, Isaac is only averaging 12 points per game, but it’s all about the defensive stats. 1.2 steals and 2.6 blocks on the season is tremendous. If he can ever get that offense going, I think I’d physically combust.
Saw what Jokic did and tried his bestest to reclaim the throne on the Nikola pantheon, but not enough. Maybe next game. Anyways, Vuc has played 33 minutes in each of the past three games. The Magic are taking minutes management to another level. Coach! Vuc is currently on pace to play 34 minutes tonight. Time out! Hey, Bamba. Get your ass in there. Coach! Vuc is at 32 minutes and 46 seconds. Wait…..hooooooooooooooollllllllllldddddddd……aaaaaaaaaand…….56…..57…..58…..59…..TIME OUT! TIME OUT!!! Bamba! Get your ass in there!
Carmelo Anthony only played nine minutes due to a knee injury. It doesn’t sound bad, but keep an eye out for updates. Anthony Tolliver replaced him and played 19 minutes. He provided 3 points, 1 board, 1 dime, and 1 steal.
Mt. Whiteside just keeps oozing out the fantasy goodies. He’s a top 10 player for fantasy on the year. Over the past 11 games, he’s been the #3 player!!! So many points, boards, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage. He’s shooting 76% from the line!!! For perspective, last season, that number was at 44%.
C. J. McCollum
The dynamic duo.
Not a great statistical line, but it’s all about the playing time. Favors received 26 minutes of run, the first time over 21 since returning from injury. Now, Coach Gentry said that he will likely be capped around 28 minutes per game, but in that environment, that’s more than enough to provide plenty of points, boards, and blocks.
In 22 minutes off the bench. The percentages or beyond awful (37% from the field and 56% from the line), but Lonzo can provide some tres and steals, with plenty of boards and dimes. There’s also the playing time issue. So, there are plenty of warts with Lonzo, but also tons of upside. The Ball is in your court.
31 minutes. He’s going to be frustrating to own, but you can’t drop his ass. Dray provides boards, dimes, and steals. The percentages are poor, but at least the volume is low.
Got the start and played 33 minutes. Coach Kerr likes Lee and he could stick in the starting lineup. This is something to monitor. As for fantasy impact, points and tres with a smattering of counting stats are what you can expect. The shooting efficiency will likely be poor.
Since returning from injury, Russell is shooting 37% from the field and 66% from the line. The usage rate has been fine at 31 and he’s been providing pionts, tres, dimes, and steals. The internal targeting and guidance system is still calibrating.
Played 30 minutes off the bench. Top 80 player over the past 14 games and top 50 player over the past five games. Burks isn’t starting, but getting the run regardless. He’s been averaging around 30 minutes per game and providing points, tres, boards, some dimes, and steals. The free throw shooting has been excellent. The field goal percentage hasn’t been great, though. 42% on the season and there are stretches when he shoots in the low-30s. Regardless, he’s been solid and shouldn’t be on wires.
Choose one in a points league
I am out of contention and selling Towns (can’t keep next year). Auction league, 13 teams, $200 auction budget. I could use some advise.
I have offers of:
1. Draymond ($26 next year), Myles ($25 next year), NCAA pick for upcoming rookie class (probably 10th overall)
2. Porzingis ($32 next year), Deandre Hunter ($10 next year, if I want him), NCAA pick for upcoming rookie class (probably top 4), maybe one other around 11-12 overall
3. Dinwiddle ($8 next year), Jaxson Hayes ($6 next year), Rui ($10 next year), Gallinari ($9 next year), Alexander-Walker ($2 next year). I’d send Fouriner (can be kept for $6 next year) back in this one too.
I could also try to trade for Trae Young ($15 next year) and one of the guys in option 3, but not sure the owner would go for it.
What do you think? Thanks in advance.
I like door #2 the best
Wow that was quick, thanks. You think it’s pretty clear cut? That’s the way I was leaning too. Do you think Dray and Myles are just too expensive?
Door #3 is kind of a meh mix, but if I can get Trae for $15 next year instead do I have to go with that?
Different question – door #3 is also interested in Westbrook ($42 next year, I’m unlikely to keep even though he’s been better recently). Which of the guys I listed about in option 3 should I be targeting? Pair of Dinwiddle and Jaxson?
I just like door #2 the best. I like Trae for $15.
Yeah, Dinwiddie and Jaxson sound good
Wzup Son ?! I’m half in the bag right now. Late night on the East Coast 2am flow.
Is Jabari a drop at this point ?
He’s been pretty damn solid for me, but I see the landscape of things.
If anything, I’d be looking to maybe nab Danny Green or Rondo for him, to stream Sunday, in a close matchup. Can’t stand either one of those guys. So they’d be gome Monday, But like I said streamer spot for Jabari. And then maybe turn that in to D. Jones, Garland, or maybe even Wood again, depending how long he’s out.
Team is still hurting –
Hill could go at any time as well.
The wire is very weak. Want to even dump Conley, but I’m being stubborn.
Peace my dude.
Nice! Puff, puff, pass homie!
Yup, I’m good with dropping Jabari.
I’d stream Rondo, especially since LeBron probably won’t play tomorrow. Then I’m all about that Airplane Mode life
Enjoy the rest of your night!
Traded Lowry for M. Robinson, high risk… High reward?
I initiated the trade… Needed blocks badly.. Competitive 12 team roto yahoo winner league… Any thoughts?
Great articles, keep up the good work!
P. S. Few days ago i picked up Jones Jr. everywhere i could and it was cheap also 🙂
Trade makes sense for you.
P. S. – Airplane Mode activiated!!! Hopefully there’s no turbulence
Points league, assists count as two points. I was offered booker and Teague for derozan and vanvleet. Thoughts?
I’d rather have the Derozan/VanVleet side
Rondo or A. Holiday today ?
Targeting assists & 3PT%
It is the holiday season.
I feel like Jabari is gonna get scooped up after I drop him.
Rondo for me
As for Jabari, I don’t have an issue if someone scoops him up. But that’s just me. If you believe and think he has upside, then hold
Weekly checkup Dr. Son. But first an admission of passing on Payton to stream steals trying to win the week. Thought I could do both. Guy grabbed him 20 minutes before the game start. Ugh. I like me some Elf.
Best on wire: Howard, Gasol, Nance, Crowder, Bazemore, Noel, Delon, Brunson.
Context: in first place tie. Nine categories. H2h.
Harden, Jrue, VanVleet, Lowry
Covington, JRich, Melo,
Love, JJJ, Divincenzo, Streamer Spot
Myles, Vuce, Ibaka,
1. Best wire add who could stick on team once Divi must go upon Bledsoe’s return.
2. Last place team has Trae and Bagley. I covet both. Fair trade ideas 2-1 as he needs bodies.
1) Crowder if you can handle the fg%. I think Nance has the most upside
2) I have no idea. You have to talk to that owner and see where his mind is at
I have the worst FG% in the league so Crowder fits in. Thanks
Who do you like better r.o.s. for 8 cat roto with no turnovers: ayton or Aldridge
Choose one in a points league
Derrick Jones Jr
Hey man, I got offered Ingles for my Ball. What side u got and why? Ball is pretty trashy right now, but he mos def has upside and Holiday trade would help him a lot. On the other hand, Ingles is much better right now, but its no guarantee he sustains this after Conley is back. Bottom line I’m already p[reparing for fantasy playoffs and I need a better player for that time.
I’m partial to Ball myself but I don’t hate the Ingles side
What about Bouchar? He was balling las night. I really like his upside. Is he must own now? If yes, should i drop Ibaka or Payton, or hold?
I like Boucher but he’s below Ibaka and Payton. Boucher got extra run last night because of blowout
Last one Bertans and Rui are in ww. I pretty much punt points and soft punt tres, but Latvian could win me 3pm cat just by himself and his playoffs schedule pretty good. Should I make the move and drop someone that I mentioned above?
Bertans should be owned. I’d rather have him than Ibaka for the long term. Ibaka has tons of value while Gasol is out though
Thanks, man, Happy Holidays!
Anytime. You too!
Would you trade :
1. Markkanen for porzi
2. Jrue +lamb/conley for porzi + fvv
H2h, 9cat, 14 teams
Would you send Bojan for Jaylen in a keeper? Jaylen is cheaper next year by $5, I’m out of the running. Thanks!
1. Best stash Noel, Gasol or Nance? Or would you rather just roster a guy like Powell instead?
2. My Ibaka andCrowder for his Ball and Payton? Close in value?
1) Nance for me. If you want floor, then Powell
2) Value is relative. Plus, it depends on team needs/wants/roster construction
Hi Son, I have a question and need your help. I am in 12-team, H2H, standard 9 CAT league. I have a decent balanced team. Marc Gasol is dropped in our league and I am very interested in picking him up. Who would you drop for him (see my team below), or should I stay put?
Dillon Brooks (must keep due to position need and playoff schedule)
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Thomas Bryant (IR)
Stay put. Gasol is out for a while. I wouldn’t pick him up unless you had another IR slot available