I love watching National Geographic, Animal Planet, etc. Always so fascinating. Sometimes you see why many think God exists. Other times you see where the inspiration for man-made objects came from. All the shows, all the channels….everything, though, comes down to survival. One particular video that’s always etched in my brain is the one where 30 Japanese hornets kill 30,000 honey bees. Crazy. I immediately pictured that video when I saw what Kemba Walker did in Portland.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 40 1 3 4 0 3 6/11 13/26 8/8

Kemba was an All-Star last year, and his numbers are almost identical this year, so it’s only appropriate that he is filling in for Porzingis. Kemba does it all. 2.8 downtowners, 3.4 boards, 5.8 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 22.6 points. The only thing he doesn’t contribute in is blocks. That just makes him the most thick-skinned person on Twitter.

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Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 5 6 1 1 3 1/5 9/19 9/10

Has been Jimmy Butler-esque in his consistency this season. One double-dub on the season, while Butler only has three. Kyrie is the 14th player in fantasy, while Butler is the 9th. When you invest for your retirement, that’s the kind of stability and lack of volatility you want to see.

Jaylen Brown:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 4 3 1 1 2 3/8 7/16 1/2

I’m going to keep calling him Kawhi 2.0 until he isn’t.

Marcus Morris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 0 1 0 1 1/2 5/14 4/4

Has played 36 and 30 minutes since returning from injury. Won’t contribute much outside of points and boards, but is a big man that can shoot from downtown. He’s one green M&M that I’m not actively pursuing.

Terry Rozier:

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

Played 30 minutes. Those minutes will come down when Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin return.

Markieff Morris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 5 5 1 1 3 1/2 3/6 2/2

Played 29 minutes. I prefer green M&Ms in real life, but the red M&M for fantasy.

Tomas Satoransky:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 4 4 1 2 3 2/2 6/12 0

Played a season-high 34 minutes. Has filled in well for John Wall. While the shooting and scoring may not always be there, the assists and steals have been consistent.

Otto Porter Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 11 2 2 0 2 3/5 9/18 6/6

Since Wall went down, Otto’s usage rate has been at 22%. With Wall playing, the usage rate was 17.5%.

Marcin Gortat:

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

Played 31 minutes. He’s alive! He’s really tough to trust for fantasy.

Dirk Nowitzki:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 11 1 5 2 0 1/4 6/10 3/3

Played 28 minutes and notched his fourth double-dub of the season. Dirk is going to be 40 years old in a few months! Much respect. Was left for dead in fantasy, but is a top 75 player on the year.

Dwight Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 6 2 2 0 0 0 7/9 4/4

Got the start at center and played 31 minutes. Has now played 31, 29, 31, and 28 minutes the past four games. If you need boards, Ka-Powell’s your man.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 3 2 1 2 4/9 8/18 2/2

My boo. Till death do us part.

Draymond Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 6 2 2 2 1/3 4/17 3/4

Does it all and let’s you know he’s doing it all. If you own Draymond in fantasy, you really should be sending random videos of Draymond to all your league mates when he has a good game.

Kevin Durant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 9 4 1 2 0 4/6 8/13 4/4

Yawn.

Steph Curry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 8 0 0 4 4/9 7/12 2/2

Yaaaaaaaawn.

Klay Thompson:

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 18 5 4 0 0 3 2/6 8/15 0

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

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 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 3/9 0

He’s going to literally be making bagels if he doesn’t step it up soon.

Dwight Howard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 15 1 0 1 1 0 3/11 1/1

Back-to-back NON-double-dubs. It’s like the person that walked by a roulette table and saw the screen show 12 reds in a row, then two blacks. Bet it all on red, the person says. Hello? Wesley Snipes.

Frank Kaminsky:

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

Played 30 minutes. OT game. Minutes will be in the 22-24 range.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

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

That’s 15 and 14 rebounds in the past two games. Top 90 player for fantasy, as he contributes across the board. The 2 downtowners a game is nice.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 14 1 2 4 7 0 10/14 4/5

That’s what I’m talking about. To no one in particular. I expect more of this going forward, but it’s all about the minutes for Nurk.

Damian Lillard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 8 1 0 4 3/11 6/22 3/3

It’s usually Dame Dolla time, but the stat line doesn’t warrant it. I’m sad. Still, a floor game for Lillard is a ceiling one for most of the league.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 3 0 0 4 2/5 7/18 6/7

I miss Urkel too, but the stat line doesn’t warrant it. I’m sad.

With no more Porzingis, Michael Beasley got the start and played 31 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 1 3 1 1 0 7/13 7/7

Could be a league winner.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 5 0 0 0 1 1/6 4/14 0

Snake eyes.

Kyle O’Quinn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 8 1 0 2 0 0/1 4/10 1/2

Played 26 minutes. With Enes Kanter out, many were probably expecting more from the Per 36 monster. As many in the DFS community say, “What could go wrong with Kyle O’Quinn chalk day?”

Luke Kornet:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 0 0 4 0 3/7 4/9 0

Played 22 minutes and was the primary backup to O’Quinn. A seven-footer that can drain from downtown. When Kanter returns, Kornet may not get run, but he’s 22 years old and the Knicks may want to see what they have. There’s potential here, so keep an eye on the situation.

Frank Ntilikina played 21 minutes and scored five points, while Trey Burke played 13 minutes and scored 12 points. I’m still wondering why the Knicks traded for Emmanuel Mudiay. Regardless, looks to be a shituation going forward. I’m sad.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 2 2 1 1 2/3 7/12 2/4

Played 24 minutes. So tough to trust him due to lack of minutes or foul trouble. Definitely do not play him against teams that like to go small.

Raptors crushed the Knicks, 113-88. Kyle Lowry played 25 minutes and scored seven points. DeMar DeRozan played 29 minutes and scored eight points. Fred VanVleet played 24 minutes and scored 10 points. Delon Wright played 22 minutes and scored 11 points.

Taurean Prince:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 1 5 1 0 2 4/7 7/12 1/2

Played 31 minutes. So inconsistent, but has upside. Gotta stick with him because he’s going to get a ton of run and put up shots.

John Collins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 12 0 1 2 2 1/1 4/9 0

Played 26 minutes. It sucks that the Hawks weren’t active at the trade deadline. It’s hilarious that they offered everyone, but no one was interested in what they were selling.

With Elfrid Payton traded, DJ Augustin got the start at point guard and played 35 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 9 2 0 0 2/6 5/14 6/6

What a time to be alive. 30 year old, DJ Augustin, is a starting point guard for a NBA team. Minutes = money.

With Aaron Gordon still out, Mario Hezonja got the start and played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 10 2 3 0 3 0/4 2/7 4/6

Mario wasn’t so super, but he was able to contribute in the periphery categories.

Paul George:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 9 3 2 1 6 5/12 11/25 2/6

No Russ? No Melo? All PG, who did his best, but in the end, it was child’s play for the Lakers.

Raymond Felton got the start for Russ and played 31 minutes.

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

Everybody does not love Raymond. He’s probably a nice guy and all, but if Raymond is playing, then that means something has happened to Russ.

With no Andre Roberson, the shooting guard position has been a serious liability for the Thunder. Terrence Ferguson played 13 minutes and contributed only an assist. Josh Huestis got the start and played 17 minutes, but only pulled down four boards. Alex Abrines played 24 minutes, but shot 3-of-10 from the field.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 7 1 1 0 0 3/5 7/10 3/3

KCP! KCP! He neutered the Thunder shooting guard position at both ends of the floor. Almost 2 downtowners a game, 1.6 steals, 2 dimes, 4.7 boards, and 12.9 points. KCP! KCP!

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 9 2 1 2 0 2/8 6/15 2/2

Should see more minutes with Nance gone. Nice to see a full stat line from Kuz.

Ivica Zubac:

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

Played 17 minutes, but the game was a blowout. 12 of the minutes came in the fourth quarter.

Josh Hart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 5 1 1 3 2/5 4/9 0

How can you sit this guy? With Clarkson out of town, at the least he backs up KCP. At the most, backs up both Zo and KCP and fills in when Zo is dinged up. The more I think about it, the more I think Isaiah Thomas would be best in the microwave role off the bench. 20-ish minutes for instant offense. I just don’t like the IT/Zo backcourt. The Zo/KCP backcourt seems more viable to me. In addition, I don’t see IT being in the long-term plans for the Lakers. Like I said earlier, how can you sit Hart at this point?

  1. Tony C says:
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    Hey Son, great job with all the activity around the association yesterday! There was massive activity even though no all star players were involved .

    My roster is in pretty decent shape this week and I don’t see any obvious drops but would you pickup BogBog, Jonathan Simmons, Aminu, UniKornet, Powell, Rondo or Hield and drop any of the following; Bojan, Prince, Carroll or Markieff?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks Tony! I’d probably keep who you have, but much depends on your team context and what you want.

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo!

    Whats up Son ? Aiiiight..

    Being offered Melo / Lonzo for my Tobias / & a throw in.

    What do you think ?

    I’m thinking NO< but wanted to bounce it off of you anyway.

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo! I’d rather have Melo/Zo

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        My throw in with Tobias / Would be Crabbe, Nance, or Dejounte

        Would get Melo / Lonzo

        12 team – H2H – I’m 5th-6th place in the standings.

        Lowry / DSJ / J. Murray / Fox / Dejounte
        Hardaway / Crabbe
        Tobias / Miro / Prince / Nance
        Gobert / Griffin / WCS / Allen

        You think this works for me ?

        My FG% is already trash.. & need scoring.

        Please advise

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: If you need scoring, I wouldn’t make that trade.

  3. Keeks says:
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    Whats good Son.

    Been holding Wayne Ellington for quite some time because he was almost a category winner with the amount of 3s but now that the efficiency has cratered and Dwayne Wade is headed back town I’d like to move on. Do you see him as a drop? Would likely add Reggie Bullock for comparable 3s at a much better fg%.

    Also, is this Luke guy for the knicks worth rostering over KOQ? Added both Beasley and him when I lost Kristaps.

    Thanks as always.

    • Keeks says:
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      @Keeks: Him^ being Kyle O’quinn.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Keeks: What’s up Keeks! Would rather have Bullock than Ellington. Not sure yet. It would make sense to give him run to see what he’s got, but it’s the Knicks. KOQ is probably the guy, but hold until some clarity is shown

  4. Monte Crisco says:
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    Pick 2 ROS-
    Nance
    Favors
    J. Allen
    -Thanks

  5. Bobbyboom says:
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    Heu top plays/sleepers for NBA 2/9 Friday slate?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Haven’t researched the slate fully yet, but just off a quick glance….Jose Calderon and Cedi Osman.

  6. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    So I dropped Bambam for Willy Hernangomez. Lol Just taking a flier on him… Tho whoever I place on that spot may have to be dropped rather soon, depending on RHJ’s return date.

    Is Young for Tobias a fair deal? Like can the guy getting Thad say “I need his steals over Tobias’ treys”. I’m just trying to unload the Pacers’ horrible playoff schedule. Should I include Josh Jackson to sweeten the deal? This is the same friend of mine who gave me McCollum for Gordon and James Johnson so the Young and Tobias swap is pretty much a done deal (lol), however, given that I’m the league commissioner, I’m always conscious of my transactions. I always put into consideration how my trade will affect the league. What do you say ma man

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: If it fits his team. As for your particular situation, I think you need to be extra aware and sensitive to what you’re doing. Especially when dealing with your buddies. If there’s a reason for doubt, you probably know it’s not the right thing to do

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, I can’t do it. Thad is too inconsistent. Ariza owner didn’t budge, f him. Lol I’m thinking Murray Dejounte. He’s prolly out maybe until after the break. Enough time for his ankle to heal. Would you swap Thad for him?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! You sure you want to subject yourself to another injured Spur?

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Ha! We could do THJ instead, what do you say

              • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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                @Son:

                Gotcha. I’d really try to land Tobias. Maybe Young and Josh Jackson strings a few good games and Tobias puts up duds, I dunno. Lol Maybe I could Lauri. Thanks bud

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @I just wanna Kawhi: Anytime. Lauri wouldn’t be a bad get. Good luck!

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi:

      In my humble opinion I’d be calling Thad for Tobias straight up – Suspect!

      Its not really close in my books. But maybe I’m just being biased because I own Tobias..

      & I’d be offended if someone offered me Thad for him.

      I have an offer of Melo / Lonzo for Tobias on the table right now..

      That is all.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Mr. Blast: I hear you. Everyone has different values and perceptions of players. Also, every team is constructed differently. That’s why I never advocate vetoing trades.

        In a vacuum, I side with the Melo/Zo side.

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    What do you think about:

    1) my Vuc, Ingram and Randle for his KAT and Sweet Lou?
    2) My Vuc, Gary Harris, and either Ingram/Randle for KAT and Lou?
    3) Vuc and Ingram/Randle for KAT?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: What’s squad look like? In a vacuum, yes cubed.

  8. Big-D says:
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    what do you think of giving up Beasley and B.Simmons for M.Gasol and Nance?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big-D: Don’t like it

  9. Willy says:
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    hello son,

    please rank projection stan john, j.collins,harrison,crowder,bullock,prince,james john,j.allen for rest of the season

    h2h 11cat (9cat+TO+PF)

    thanks son

    • Willy says:
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      @Willy: sorry h2h 11cat (9cat+PF+3%)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: Allen, Bullock, Prince, Collins, JJ, Crowder, Harrison

      • Duttz says:
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        @Son: How about if Josh Jackson and Kyle Anderson is in the mix? Thinking about replacing Ryan Anderson…

        Thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Duttz: No on Kyle. I like JJ a lot but I don’t know where to slot him with the Elf acquisition. Where does he play and how much?

          • Duttz says:
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            @Son: Oh that’s right! Forgot the Suns got Elfrid.
            I was looking for some 3’s, with scoring and boards. Looking at Prince, Bullock, oh and Bog Bog is available too. Who should I snag?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Duttz: Bullock or Bog

  10. Pickle says:
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    Sounds like DSJ might get some flowers from you this week. You like him over Rozier? (Punt FG and TO of course).

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pickle: Well, I’d hope so because I haven’t missed a week a season long! I’ll pretend you didn’t ask that question

  11. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I just offered Young for Lauri, not sure if the owner is gonna accept.

    And I really just want a clipper on my team for the playoffs, the 4/4/4 sched is juicy as f. We already talked about the Thad and Tobias swap and I must admit that personally–it doesn’t feel right. So let’s just scratch that. How about my Young for DeAndre? What do you say? I don’t wanna rob nobody.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: How bout Gallinari?

      Trades are so dependent on team/league context. You’re in a unique situation because you’re the commish, so you’re more sensitive to perception than most. With that said, since that is one of your more important variables, you should be paying a premium to satisfy your concerns. If there’s any question whether a trade is fair or not in your mind, then you need to increase the value.

  12. Arief says:
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    would you drop moore for FA ?? FA: hield,bullock,crabbe,wade,stanley johnson,marvin wil

    my squad : giannis,jokic,cp3,ariza,jrue,randle,dmitch,lee,jarret allen,pau gasol & moore

    h2h 9cat

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: For Bullock

  13. miles proudfoot says:
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    ROS, would you drop Chriss for Thad Young?

  14. Yugo says:
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    Hello son… i wanna ask u for rest of season outlook.. portis, bender, ellington, lyles? Please rank it. Thanks before….

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Yugo: Bender, Lyles, Portis, Ellington

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