Over the first 10 games of the season, Tristan Thompson was must-see tv, as he averaged 33.5 minutes, 16.5 points, 11.4 boards, 2.3 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks. He was even shooting 50% on 0.6 tres attempts! He was the #31 player for fantasy! At the time, I attributed the out-of-Tristan’s-world production due to the fact that he was going to be a free agent after the season. He wouldn’t be the first, and won’t be the last, to “play harder” due to chasing the bag. Then, the production inevitably fell and Tristan became the Tristan we were accustomed to; boards, blocks, and shitty free throw percentage. But then last night’s performance forced me to dig deeper.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 14 3 1 3 2 0/1 15/20 5/6

In 45 minutes during an overtime game! A career high in points! As Vince Lombardi yelled, “What the hell is going on here?” Now, lean back, light a cigarette, and take a trip down the rabbit hole I inexplicably ventured into last night. The things I do for you guys. And I didn’t even eat shrooms. Alright, here we go. Back in February, Khloe Kardashian broke up with Tristan because he was cheating. Tristan likes to play with the ladies, but that hobby requires plenty of coin, which explains the extra burst of motivation to start the season. But then one morning, he sat up in the bed, looked to his right, and saw a woman who’s name he did not know. Then he looked to his left, and had the same troubling thought. The existential dread was too much to handle. He couldn’t sleep. He moped around the court, as he searched for the meaning of life. As a result, that dip in fantasy production was not the result of natural regression. It was due to the mental state of our protagonist. Then it hit him. Khloe was his meaning in life. He had to get her back. I actually clicked on and read an article on radaronline.com. The things I do for you guys. Anyways, a “source” said that Tristan “stepped up his game and been a model dad lately, as well as extremely generous and kind towards Khloe.” Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what never has to step up its game? The Stocktonator. It was also reported that he and Khloe hooked up after a Christmas party. Looking at the game log, from December 6th to December 16th, a span of seven games, Tristan grabbed double-digit boards in only one of those games. In the subsequent nine games, he failed to grab double-digit boards in only one of those games. Things that make you go hmmmm. Hey, people correlate strip club ratings to James Harden performances! I will die laughing if this theory actually pans out. All kidding aside, Thompson has been shooting free throws well lately, 79% on 4 attempts over the past six games, which has propped up his overall value……to top 225! Granted, the field goal percentage has been an awful 39%, so expect 50% from the field and 60% from the line going forward. If you need boards and blocks, then Tristan is viable, especially since he plays over 30 minutes per game. Just realize that there is a chance that he gets traded, which would severely impact his playing time.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Darius Garland

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 7 0 0 3 2/4 8/14 2/2

Over the past four games, Garland has been a top 125 player. I know, I know, that doesn’t sound exciting, but considering that he was barely a top 300 player earlier in the season, 125 don’t look so bad now, right? He’s playing close to 37 minutes per game and the most promising development has been the improvement in dimes. He’s dishing out close to 5 per game, a big increase from the 3 he was posting. The shooting efficiency isn’t great and the defensive stats are lacking, but he’s going to play a ton of minutes for a crap team, have the ball in his hands, and provide points, tres, and dimes.

Sekou Doumbouya

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

Only played 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Love hurts, literally, as Kevin Love punished him down low. Sekou is still young and will get punked by bigger vets on occasion, but the Pistons seem committed to him. He should provide tres, boards, and some defensive stats. The percentages aren’t great, though.

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 23 1 1 1 3 0 13/24 2/5

Just the 31st time that Dre has posted a 20 point/20 board/1 steal/1 block game in his career. With Blake Griffin done for the season, Dre is going to feast. I posted the on/off numbers a few days ago. I’m in Vegas right now, so you’ll understand my laziness for not copy and pasting. Plus, I’d appreciate the clicks.

Bruce Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 8 4 2 0 1/1 6/14 4/6

Got the start and played 38 minutes. Over the past seven games, Brown has done plenty for you. He’s averaged 31.8 minutes, 11.1 points, 4.3 boards, 5 dimes, 2 steals, and 0.6 blocks. He’s been shooting 41% from the field, which isn’t great, but there is reason for optimisim in that department because he’s shooting 44% on the season. As long as Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson are out, Brown will continue getting run. When both return, he likely goes back to the bench but there is a chance he supplants Jackson in the five. See what I did there?

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 7 5 0 0 6 0/2 13/24 1/1

In 36 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, Rose has received over 30 minutes of run per game. For much of the season, he had been capped in the 26-28 minute range. The usage rate has been an absurd 36.5. With Griffin out, the N. W. O. may include Rose blooming more and more and more and more. If he can stay healthy, and he keeps getting the run, Rose could be a top 75 player for fantasy. He should score plenty of points and provide tres, dimes, steals, and excellent percentages.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 14 0 0 2 3 1/1 6/12 2/3

Yawn. Even when Mt. Whiteside doesn’t erupt, fantasy lava still oozes out, to the delight of the inhabitants below.

Jaylen Hoard

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

In 17 minutes off the bench. Jaylen has appeared in eight games this season and averaged 4.7 minutes per contest. I just want to prepare you guys for the inevitable game in which he blows up, so that you’ll have already been exposed to “Team X could do nothing to stop the Hoard!!!”

Andrew Wiggins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 8 0 0 1 2/4 9/15 3/6

The minutes have been way down recently. Over the past three games, he’s averaged 30 minutes as he was recovering from an illness. He should get back to playing over 35 minutes soon. If Wiggins can maintain the improvements in shot selection and efficiency, he has a chance to finish as a top 100 player for fantasy, which would be a career-best.

Shabazz Napier

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

Got the start but only played 20 minutes. With the Wolves getting healthy, Napier will return to being a pumpkin.

Gorgui Dieng

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 0 2 1 1 2/4 5/10 0

In only 17 minutes because the game was a blowout. Dieng it! Over the past three games, Dieng has been a top 25 player. Need a tres streamer? 2.3 per game from Gorgui! His main contributions come from boards, defensive stats, and excellent percentages. It sounds like KAT will be returning soon, which ends the party. Dieng it! With that said, there is a chance he plays alongside KAT and the possibility that KAT misses more games.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 4 3 1 4 1/5 4/13 6/6

Over the past five games, Tatum is shooting 38% from the field. That smile on Channing’s face has turned upside down into a frown. On the season, he’s shooting 42%, so it’s been an issue. With that said, the contributions in points, tres, boards, and defensive stats have been delicious. He could dish out more dimes, though.

Kemba Walker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 2 3 1 0 2 5/11 10/20 1/1

Kemba has the ability to pop off on any night, but he’s been more solid than sexy this season. That’s the result of playing on a better team with better players. If he stays healthy, he should finish the season as a top 30-40 player for fantasy.

Jaylen Brown

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

I’ve been singing the praises of Kawhi 2.0….uh, I mean Brown all season long, so it’s only right that I write him up when he sucks. This was his poorest shooting performance of the year. Prior to this breakout season, the main concern with Brown’s game was the shooting efficiency. Now, it hasn’t happened often this season, so I’m willing to dismiss it as a “shit happens” game.

Marcus Smart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 1 1 3 0 1 5/7 9/14 1/1

In 31 minutes off the bench. Smart contributes in every category. There’s a tax for his services, though, as the field goal percentage is a vomit-inducing 37% on the season. Did I mention that he contributes across-the-board?

Joel Embiid will have surgery on his finger and be re-evaluated in a few weeks. Al Horford received the start at center while Mike Scott slid into the power forward slot. Kyle O’Quinn was  DNP-CD.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 6 1 2 2 2/3 7/11 1/3

In 32 minutes. Without Embiid on the court, Horford garners a 22.6 usage rate, an increase of 4.5%.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 3 7 0 0 2 1/5 9/16 10/10

My RichardSON!!! Over the past six games, my RichardSON has been a top 60 player. The defensive stats, which is why we love my RichardSON, have been a little light, but the dimes and shooting efficiency have been en fuego. With Embiid out, my RichardSON will see more usage, but the increase has only been 1.6% this season.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 2 5 0 0 7 1/6 14/26 5/6

NBA is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic! Well done, OKC!

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 3 0 1 1 2/9 5/17 5/5

Shit happens. Only the second time all season that Harden scored fewer than 20 points in a game.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 11 4 1 0 0 3/6 7/11 6/6

Gallinari is a top 60 player for fantasy on the season. He provide points, tres, boards, and excellent free throw shooting. The field goal percentage isn’t great, though, and the lack of defensive stats and/or dimes crimp his value, but let’s just put a positive spin on things; he focuses on what he’s good at and doesn’t stretch himself too thin. The main concern, of course, is injury, as the 68 games played last season was the most since the 81 he played back in 2009.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 5 4 0 1 3/7 7/14 1/2

Only played 28 minutes because of blowout. Top 25 player for fantasy on the season. Words of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

  1. Slimbo says:
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    Got offered doncic and Morant for my Kat in a 9 cat dynasty. Take it?

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      What’s squad look like?

      • Slimbo says:
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        My main more

        Shai alexander
        D Murray
        Tatum
        Towns
        Bam
        Vanvleet
        Miles bridges
        Bagley

        Also have Kevin h, Thad young, DJJ, Zach collins,
        Gary Peyton, boucher

        Got bam and Bagley for Myles turner earlier in the season 🙂

        Pull the trigger?

        Cheers

        • Son says:
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          Yeah, I probably do it. You’d have plenty of ammo (guards) to trade for a big man

          • Slimbo says:
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            Thanks Boss!

            • Son says:
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              For you? Anything

  2. Jep says:
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    DOA in 2020! KAT, PG13, Isaac, Brogdon and now Capela. Came into 2020 in 1st with a 10 game lead. Gonna be rough sledding this month going against the top half of the league. Thanks Thanos. I guess everything in our fantasy world must have perfect balance.

    • Son says:
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      Ha! Indeed. The duality is the world. At least it’s happening now instead of at winning time.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!

    Let me find out you’ve been binge watching “Keeping up with the Kardashian’s” (for us)

    Me and my buddies call him Trash Can Thompson, but yea.

    Dumped Wood, picked up Dunn, I was done with it.

    I do like Dunn now qualifying for PG, SG, & SF in Yahoo. And he’s starting.

    Still not very exciting, but I also like the Bulls next four weeks schedule (4-4-4-4) take note.

    What do you think of the swap ? I couldn’t really stash Wood with all my injuries, still.

    Squad –

    Jrue/Lowry/Rozier/Conley/Dunn
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Troy Brown
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Bertans

    Getting crushed this week & out of max moves already, gotta just chill now.

    • Son says:
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      AYO!

      Ha! I’ve never watched the Kardashians. I can’t stand them.

      Why Trash Can Thompson? Because he’s trash or because he picks up the scraps?

      I like your thinking with Dunn.

      Waiting in max move purgatory is the absolute worst!

  4. Anthony says:
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    Whats up, just heard Gasol is comming back, meaning, Ibaka probably will lose my roster spot. Choose which option u think have most ros value:
    1. Trade PG and ibaka for Simmons, Montrezl
    2. Keep PG, drop ibaka for one of AGordon, Woods, Noel, Conley, BogBog, Fultz.

    P.s. is Gordon going to be good?:D

    • Son says:
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      What’s squad look like?

      As for Gordon, he has the potential and is still relatively young. He probably is who he is but won’t dismiss the possibility that the light clicks

  5. Anthony says:
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    G: Shai, Vanvleet, Brogdon, Rubio, Ball,
    F: Oubre, PG, PJW, Ibaka,
    C: Embiid, Mrob, Gobert,

    Stream BBrown, NPowell
    Culver
    More available ww: Kennard, Gafford, Garland, Melton, Elf

    • Son says:
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      I’d probably go Simmons/Harrell here. Go full punt ft/tres/to, as ball/Gobert/MRob lead you in the direction anyways. You should be really good in on the other six cats

      • Anthony says:
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        Did it! And also added Elf. Build looks solid, already looking ways to improve it by trading PJW and Brogdon and getting back VanElite and Embiid from injuries. Hope it works out 😀

        • Son says:
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          Me too! Good luck!

          • Anthony says:
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            My embiid + sga/vanvleet + harell – Gianni + sabonis + streamer. What u think for me?

            Keep sga or vanvleet for better ros?

            • Son says:
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              I’m good with that move for your squad

              • Anthony says:
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                Better to keep for myself VanElite of Sga?

                • Son says:
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                  I probably go with FVV, since TOR plays the most games in the playoffs. With that said, the injury is a concern and TOR only plays 2 games the final week of regular season. I’d check your league schedule

  6. eballs says:
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    Ish over who in a points league

    Gary Harris
    Airplane Mode
    Elfrid
    Sekou

    • Son says:
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      Sekou

  7. slimbo says:
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    Hey buddy what side you going with in a rebuild 9 cat dynasty?

    Brandon Clarke and Garland
    Or
    Miles bridges and DeAndre hunter

    Cheers!

    • Son says:
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      Clarke and Garland

  8. Ace says:
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    Hii Son,

    Need advice someone in my league drop FVV in FA. Would you drop anyone of my team for FVV ?? H2h, 9cat, 14 teams

    My Team :
    -Kemba,jrue,dinwiddie,lamb,burks
    -Middleton,josh rich,PJ washington
    -KAT,bryant,markkanen

    Thanks Son

    • Son says:
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      Damn, it’s either Lamb or Burks for me, but I’d see if you can work a trade first.

  9. GregOden says:
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    Hey, good job on article. Quick question, PJW is going to have just horrible schedule: 2-2-3-3-2-2. Is he a drop at this moment? Possible pickups are Woods, Prince, Barrett, BogBog, Reddiss, Bullock. Punting tres, and ft.
    Who u like the most? Maybe stash Woods?

    • Son says:
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      Wood for me out of that group

  10. Maximus98 says:
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    Hey man, MRob last night was straight trash. I just cannot hold him anymore. With my 50th pick i though t it was steal, but not aymore. Should i give up on him or hold and see just until after asb?

    • Son says:
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      Knicks are so stupid with Taj getting minutes. With that said, he was in foul trouble last night. I wouldn’t drop him. If you’re sick of him, I think you’d be able to trade him

  11. eballs says:
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    Sato or Ish in a points league

    • Son says:
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      Sato

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