When Zach LaVine popped his head out from his mother’s womb, his first words were, “Who’s got next?” On his first day of school, his mother tried to dress him in his finest clothes. LaVine responded, “No, mom. We skins today.” When the other kids would go out and party, LaVine would be in the backyard playing hoops. As a result, he would receive Valentine’s Day cards from basketballs and they/it would write letters to Santa saying that they were good basketballs and that all they wanted for Christmas was Zach LaVine. LaVine was born a baller. He lived his life as a baller. Now, he’s a baller on the grandest of stages. Last night was the latest example.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 9 4 2 0 5 8/11 15/21 3/4

Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s always a baller on the grandest of stages? The Stocktonator. That was the fifth 40-burger of the season for LaVine. He’s averaging 25.3 points on the season, which is good for 11th in all of basketball. The tres are at a career-high 3.1 per game, and so are the steals at 1.4 per. He’s not just a 3-and-D player, though. The usage rate is over 31 and he supplies a consistent supply of 5 boards and 4 dimes per game. That all translates to a top 35 player for fantasy on the season.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 5 1 1 2 6 2/6 4/12 0

Young has now started the last nine games. On the season, he’s started 10. During that span, he’s averaged 32.5 minutes, 13.4 points, 1.3 tres, 5.8 boards, 1.7 dimes, 1.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks. The field goal percentage has been 51%, but the free throw shooting has been a wretched 53%. Still boggles my mind that professional ballers can’t make free throws. Anyways, when Lauri Markkanen returns, which could be at the end of the month, Young will go back to playing 22 minutes per game. Until then, he’s viable if you need defensive stats, tres, and boards.

Coby White

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

In 35 minutes off the bench, a season high! White doesn’t do much on the regular. The usage rate is high at 23, and he boards well for a guard, but the defensive stats are usually lacking, as well are the dimes. He provides tres, but I wouldn’t consider him a specialist. The main thing holding him down is the shooting efficiency. 37% from the field on the season. Yuck. He will have ceiling games like last night, but they come too infrequently to rely on in standard leagues.

Rui Hachimura

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

Well, well, well. Konichiwa, Rui-san. I thought you were just a points and boards guy, but you showed the all-around game last night. I’m not buying it, though. At least not yet. I need to see it more on the regular, but it is a good sign that he has it in his bag.

Troy Brown Jr.

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

In 16 minutes off the bench. Looks like I was wrong about Brown. With everyone healty, what can Brown do for us? Well, he’s definitely not delivering the goods like UPS.

Moritz Wagner

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

In 27 minutes off the bench. Probably getting extra run due to Thomas Bryant’s injury, but he showed earlier in the season that he could be highly productive with only 20 minutes per game. Points, tres, boards, and excellent percentages are on the menu. Whether they get served or not is the question.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 14 3 1 1 2 0/3 9/20 7/8

DeMar DeRozan did not play due to a back issue. When he’s off the floor, LMA garners a 30% usage rate, an increase of 6.4%. I love seeing the boards, but that was only the 13th game that he’s grabbed at least 10 boards in a game. Anyways, he’s doing it all this season and is a top 25 player on the season.

Dejounte Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 9 3 1 0 1 1/1 9/12 6/6

Derrick White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 8 1 1 3 1/2 6/9 4/4

Murray got the start and played 27 minutes, while White played 28 minutes off the bench. Dejounte starts with a D. Derrick starts with a D. Murray starts with a M. White starts with a W, which is an M upside down. Mind blown. Illuminati was here. Both players are good, but their fantasy upside is capped because they infringe upon each other’s playing time.

Patty Mills

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 0 0 0 0 1 3/8 7/13 3/3

The ultimate stay-in-yo-lane player, Mills aka the Aussie Steph Curry popped his head out from the ground and did what he do.

Trey Lyles

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

Continues to start and played 31 minutes. Over the last four games, Lyles has been a top 50 player. He boards and provides defensive stats. He will even chip in some tres, which is appropriate for Trey. Don’t expect much else, though.

Steven Adams

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

Adams is outside the top 100, as the points and steals numbers have declined from years past. In addition, the shooting efficiency has been up and down. On a happy note, he’s still dishing out those dimes. yay….

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 2 7 1 1 2 5/9 12/18 2/2

#12 player for fantasy on the season. Like a good neighbor, Paul has been there all year. 17.5 points, 1.6 tres, 5 boards, 6.6 dimes, and 1.6 steals. Damn, that’s good.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 6 0 0 3 0/4 6/16 8/9

Only played 29 minutes, as the Blazers got smoked in New Orleans, 117-138. He’s not going to score 50-points every game.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 14 3 0 1 2 0 8/12 1/1

In 27 minutes. He won’t stop. He can’t stop. He will not stop. Hassan has been around the fantasy world and….it’s like he’s alone in the International Space Station, just looking down upon Earth. Top 10 player on the season.

Zion Williamson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 9 5 1 0 2 0/1 10/17 11/14

In only 28 minutes. Going up against Melo helped, but regardless, Zion is a force of extraordinary magnitude. The tres probably won’t be a part of his game, but points, boards, and some dimes should be there on the regular. The defensive stats, or more specifically, the lack of blocks is somewhat troubling. That was one thing we thought would translate from college, where he Mutombo’d 1.8 per game. Is it blasphemous to think he could be Julius Randle 2.0 if he doesn’t get the blocks ramped up?

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 10 2 2 2 1/4 7/12 1/2

Top 40 player on the season. Some may be disappointed because they were thinking top 10 production. That would’ve been tough with all the new additions, but I understood the thought process. With that said, he’s still averaging 19.4 points, 2 tres, 4.7 boards, 6.4 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks. Man, that is really freaking good.

Nicolo Melli

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

For much of the season, Melli wasn’t playing much. Over the last six games, though, he’s averaged 20.1 minutes per game and provided 8.7 points, 2 tres, 5 boards, 1.8 dimes, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Has he carved out a role as a stretch big? It’s possible.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 9 1 2 2 3/5 12/23 3/3

What he do, baby. #3 player on a per-game basis for fantasy. Dude is a freaking cyborg. My conspiracy theory on Kawhi is this: He’s from the future. As a result, some of the materials that he was constructed with are not available to us in this time. So, when there was damage, only short-term band aid fixes were available. Steve Ballmer is furiously searching for the DeLorean on Craigslist so that he can send someone to the future and retrieve the necessary materials.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 12 5 0 1 2 1/4 3/15 4/6

What is George’s excuse? He is shooting 42% from the field on the season, so he has these games once in a while. Hmmm, do you think George is from the future, and his materials can’t be found as well?

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 12 10 1 0 3 0 12/22 2/3

Played 43 minutes. He has now messed around 28 times in his brief career, which has spanned 212 games. So, he’s messed around in 13% of his games. The all-time leader in trip-dubs, Oscar Robertson messed around in 17% of his games (181 times in 1040 games).

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 1 0 2 1 3/5 8/15 2/3

My RichardSON!!! Got the start and played 32 minutes, so it looks like he’s ready to go now. With that said, I’m not believing that all is right in the world with my RichardSON. I need to see it consistently, especially in the defensive cats. He’s way outside the top 100, so it’s not unreasonable to drop him. Of course, it always depends for who and what your squad looks like.

Al Horford

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

In 28 minutes off the bench. The move to the bench could be a good thing for Horford, as the usage rate increases 3.3% with Embiid off the court. With that said, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be that top 40 player from earlier. Top 100 is probably more in the cards. Horford won’t provide many points, but tres, boards, dimes, and some defensive stats should be in the offering.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 9 4 4 1 1 0/7 5/15 5/9

We know Tatum can score. The efficiency can be poor like last night, but on the season, he’s shooting 44% from the field. He boards well and even dishes out some dimes. The areas that determine if Tatum will be a fantasy stud are in the blocks and steals cats like he displayed last night. On the season, he’s at 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks, good for top 20 player. Over the past three games, when he’s averaged 1 steal and 1.7 blocks, 7.7 boards, 4 dimes, 30 points, and 5.3 tres on 50% shooting? #7 player.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 10 5 2 0 4 0/2 13/23 10/13

I guess this Westbrook on Houston idea is working out pretty good. Over the last 11 games, he’s been a top 10 player. Playing small and having the floor spaced has been ideal for his game. The usage rate has been over 36%!

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
42 8 7 1 1 6 7/16 9/19 17/18

When Harden doesn’t mess around while cooking a 50-burger, it’s such a buzz kill. That’s how freaking good he is. Now, recently, it’s felt like Russ has taken over things in Houston. The usage rate has been 4% higher. Regardless, Harden is still a top 10 player. On the season, he’s the #2 player for fantasy and could become the newest member of the 1/1/1 club, as he’s currently averaging 1 block per game, a career high!

  1. Tyl says:
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    Hey Son!

    What do you think of Horford in an 8team? Can he still come back to top 65 like his season rank in 9cat h2h?

    Or do you think I should just stream his spot? I also own Embiid so he is kind of like insurance as well but not sure if that is smart in shallow leagues.

    I am thinking of picking up one of Mikal, Dejounte or Smart.

    What are your thoughts? Appreciate it mate

    My lineup:
    G-lillard trae lowry vanvleet rubio
    F-PG RoCo JJJ Horford
    C-Jokic Embiid Vooch MRob
    IL-Curry,Markkanen

    • Son says:
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      I’d keep him since you have Embiid.

  2. Trader says:
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    Tough call on your RichardSON. With Bryant hopefully coming off IR soon and no streaming position, I reluctantly dropped him this morning. I need to protect my standings lead in our h2h league (12 teamer) and with Love, Conley, Ibaka all resting or injured, need some bodies this long week. So, here goes:

    Streamer tonight: Ish at Knicks or Teague at Cleve. . Need assists and steals.

    • Son says:
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      I hear ya. Gotta do what you gotta do.

      Ish

  3. Matt says:
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    Son, do you think MPJ is going to get enough minutes after the break to be worth holding? (assuming the Nuggets are relatively healthy). I’m solidly in the playoffs in a 12 team h2h league, but fighting for first round bye. We have two IR spots and I have Holmes, Norm Powell, and MPJ and I’m trying to decide if I want to drop any of them for a stream spot. Pretty standard league depth, for reference some the top current options on the wire: Kleber, Bruce Brown, Ju Holiday, Finney-Smith, Okogie, Lyles, D Jones Jr, etc. Any input would be appreciated if you think its worth dropping MPJ or any of my injured guys. Thanks in advance

    • Son says:
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      I think it’s worth it to hold MPJ. Not so sure about Powell though.

  4. Ben says:
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    Drop Josh Richardson for Paul Millsap?

    • Son says:
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      A question straight to my heart. That’s tough. It’s close. Per minute, Millsap is better and shoots more efficiently, but RichardSON is going to play 5-6 more mpg. When it’s close, I usually side with the minutes, but I would get making the swap. Personal preference I guess

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    aYYYYo!

    Wsup mannnnnn ?!

    Bummer update on my guy Holmes. Think I’m still gonna hold even without an IR spot..

    But whats up with Noel ? Last 4 games minutes – 18, 19, 18 and last night 8…

    Yes he has low end value even in low minutes, but sheesh. I won’t stand for 8 minutes.

    Just glad Bryants latest update was decent, although I’m not too happy about his future for this year. Even before his original stress reaction. I was starting to get worried about Mo-Wag stealing some of his thunder. But I’m gonna hold here too.

    So I got 3 sluggish bigs going for odd reasons – Holmes, Bryant, Noel

    We moving on anything ?

    Squad –

    Jrue/Lowry/Rozier/Conley
    Oubre/Levert/Grant/Mikal/Bertans
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Wood/Noel

    FAs – Reddish, Seth, Juancho, White, Henson, Kennard

    Sato just got dropped too, but I’m high up on the waiver list.

    • Son says:
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      aYYYYo!

      Early foul trouble for Noel.

      I’d watch Grant’s minutes with Millsap back. Could be interested in Kennard and Juancho. I’d just scout right now.

  6. Jeff says:
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    Categories format, which keeper would you rather have next year?

    Wood in 15th round or Vucevic in the 8th round?

    • Son says:
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      Vuc

  7. a says:
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    Nance or JRich in late March during the playoffs?

    • Son says:
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      I say RichardSON but so much can change between now and then

  8. Watson says:
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    H2h league, wouldst thou drop Holmes for Beasley?

    • Son says:
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      I would

  9. eballs says:
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    Prince or Mikal Bridges in a points league

    • eballs says:
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      Or Duncan Robinson

    • Son says:
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      Prince

  10. Brett says:
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    Hey Son!

    Any one worth picking-up from waivers over fringe players on my team. Dynasty full keeper league.

    DRussell, Booker, J.Murray, D.Graham, Payton, D.Melton
    T.Harris, RichardSON, Bertans, PJW, T.Brown Jr., J.Isaac (IR)
    Embiid, Turner, Horford, Wood

    RichardSON still on IR. No urgency to activate right now unless some1 worth picking up on waivers, in which case I would have to drop two (one for JRich and waiver).

    Waiver is: D.Robinson, Trevor Ariza, Thon Maker, Kevin Porter Jr., JHernangomez, Derrick Jones Jr., Tony Snell, Naz Reid, Dedmon, Derrick White

    Drop D.Melton, PJW, Troy Brown, Bertans, or Horford for any of these guys?

    • Son says:
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      Porter for Brown

  11. Trent Thomason says:
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    Would you do this deal in a points league?

    Derozan and Oubre for devontae graham and Jamal Murray

    Would you swap kemba for graham?

    • Son says:
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      Are you worried about injury and/or getting shut down? If so, I get it.
      From a strictly points perspective, I would not do either

  12. Russowl says:
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    10 team Head to Head Very competitive league been going since 2003.
    I’m in first place But everybody’s really close.
    We only carry one IR spot in which I have Norman Powell. My biggest weaknesses are free throw percentage And three pointers. Daniel house is available. I can switch Capella to the IR drop Norman Powell or also have PJ, Washington Jeremy Lamb And Joe Ingles as possible drops. Or just stay put?

    • Son says:
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      It’d be tough for me to hold Powell because they haven’t even discussed a time fram for his return. I’d scoop up House

  13. Russowl says:
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    Thanks Son

    • Son says:
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      Anytime

  14. Ace says:
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    Hi Son,

    Could you please rank tucker,house jr,anunoby,pjw & fultz for rest of the season ?? H2H, 9cat

    Thanks Son

    • Son says:
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      Depends on your squad. What’s the team look like?

      • Ace says:
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        My team :
        – Jrue,brogdon,fultz
        – Jimbut,middleton,hayward,josh rich,pjw
        – KAT, ckarke, millsap

        • Son says:
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          You are hurting in points and tres. Which direction you going? Punting both points and tres? I guess by your suggestions you looking to bolster tres. I’d probably grab House for PJ

  15. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    Any idea what’s going on with Noel in OKC? Only 8 and 11 minutes of run past two games.

    • Son says:
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      Man, I wish I knew.

  16. Nick says:
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    Who’s the best pickup/stash for our 2 week playoffs?

    Chriss 3-3 playoff sched

    Smart 4-3

    Dejounte 4-3

    Mikal 4-4

    LeVert 4-4

    Chriss has the least games – only 3 per week, but the hottest right now

    • Son says:
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      Depends what you want.

      I’m usually partial to the most games played. 2 game difference is huge, but if you need blocks, then that changes things

      • Nick says:
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        Not really in huge need of blocks. Need some overall value. Strongest categories at the moment are ast and 3s. Considering games played difference is huge, would you get Mikal or Levert?

        Heres my lineup if it helps
        Trae Lowry FVV Rubio PGeorge RoCo JJJ Embiid Horford Jokic MRob Vooch
        IL-Lillard,Curry

        Who do you see as the perfect fit considering games played matter

        • Son says:
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          Hmm, you pretty good on D. Man, it’s tough because I worry about LeVerts efficiency and usage when Kyrie comes back. With that said, his ceiling is much higher than Mikal if he has truly returned to form. If you want floor, Mikal, as his game is a little more well rounded. LeVert has the higher ceiling.

  17. eballs says:
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    So here’s my issue. I currently have KAT, Bryant, and Lauri on the mend. Currently, Lauri is in my air spot. Would you consider dropping Bryant or Lauri for one of these? It’s a points league, and I’m in 1st place by a mile, so there’s a chance I just sit tight.

    Howard
    Grant
    Mikal Bridges
    Thon Maker
    Nance
    Juancho

    • Son says:
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      Sit tight

  18. Luguentz says:
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    Eyo Son!

    10 team 8 cat roto: was beaten to Chriss, but recent games have really soured PJ Washington’s appeal for me. Part of it being his FG%, which I really need to improve on. Was just wondering if you’d pick any of the following over him in this context: House, Nance (in case of shutdowns or buyouts), or Naz/JJ/Juancho (in light of KAT’s new-found fragility)?

    Rest of team is Curry-Smart-Sato-Fultz-Conley Huerter-Beasley-JRich Tatum Clarke-Sabonis-Ayton-MitchRob

    • Luguentz says:
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      Holding is also an option, of course, read a quote where he pretty much confessed being tired AF so maybe the ASB is the panacea here

      • Son says:
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        Possibly. I’d be okay if you went that route. The minutes should be there. Sorry, I just re-read your first post. Since you need FG% help, scratch House. And JJ, as KAT will likely return soon

        • Luguentz says:
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          Ay thanks! So essentially keep PJ for now? I’m guessing Nance is only an option, but definitely an option, if the aforementioned scenario happens? Turned into a pumpkin but then resumed with the teasing statlines…

          • Son says:
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            I would. I just don’t believe in the Nance scenario, but if you do, there’s upside for sure and he would fit your need. The floor is obviously much lower.

            • Luguentz says:
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              Yup, I don’t really think he’ll be leaving the waiver wire in the interim either

              • Son says:
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                Agreed

    • Son says:
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      Eyo!!

      House, then JJ for me

  19. Maximus98 says:
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    Hey, tough news on cat. Is JJ or Naz is a pickup? Need a good big for fantasy playoffs.

    • Son says:
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      I don’t think KAT misses many games, but JJ is the pickup if he does

      • Maximus98 says:
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        Reports says he might miss multiple games after asb. U dont believe it? Plus it would be logical for wolves to shutdown him down if it is serious.

        • Son says:
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          I saw that and believe it. Not sure about getting shut down for the season, though, but it’s possible.

          • Maximus98 says:
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            Last, question. Why not Naz is the pickup? It would be logical to play younger guys at this point of the season?

            • Son says:
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              He could be. And he will likely get some run. I just have more faith in JJ producing. If you want Naz, I get it. Go with your gut, Maximus. It usually knows

  20. Anthony says:
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    Whats up, been seeing people talking good bout those wolves right there. Please rank ros for these guys: naz, jj, maker, anunoby, ariza, harkless, wagner. Also who us the pickup if need stocks in the playoffs?

    • Son says:
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      OG, Ariza, JJ, Wagner, Harkless, Naz

      Between Thon and JJ. They would be the most balanced in terms of blocks and steals. If you want more steals, then Og and Ariza. I lean towards OG

  21. Tyl says:
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    Is Holmes worth stashing in 8teams?
    Drop Horford or Mikal for him?

    • Son says:
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      Negative

  22. Trader says:
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    SON, need advice yet again. You have been golden so far this season! Thank you. The wire: JRich, Nance, Gasol.

    My team: Harden, Jrue, VV, Lowry, Conley, Smart
    JJJ, Love, RoCo, Ibaka
    Bryant, Myles, Vuce, Chriss

    Hold or swap?

  23. Son says:
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    Hold.

    I’d keep a close eye on Gasol’s situation. Would want to pounce at the earliest sign of return

    • Trader says:
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      Unbelievable response time! Good to see others who think sleep is overrated. Thanks!

      • Son says:
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        I’m here for you!

        Now build a bot that clicks on link 1 quadrillion times per day. Thanks!

      • Trader says:
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        Also, our playoffs begin on March 23 for those of us with a bye. March 30 is championship week. So counting out the games of course. One reason why Sato had to go