For most things in life, more is better. More digits and commas in your bank account is good. When walking down a dark alley, more companions by your side is beneficial. Having more points than an opponent in any competition is usually optimal. For E’Twaun Moore of the New Orleans Pelicans, though, less has been Moore.  In November, Moore was averaging 29.4 minutes per game. So far in December, he’s averaging 37.5 minutes per game. But Son! You said that less is Moore. Patience my grasshoppers. In November, Alvin Gentry had a pretty deep rotation. Nine players were playing over 15 mpg. In December, that number has dropped to seven. See? Less is Moore. Now, what happens when AD can’t play due to injury (shocker)? Three players get 40+ minutes, with another one at 39. Last night against the Houston Rockets, Moore played 42 minutes and went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 36 3 3 0 0 3 6/8 15/20 0

The 36 points were a career-high and he’s not going to shoot 75% from the field every night. With that said, he’s scored in double digits in seven of the last eight games and, as mentioned above, he’s been playing a ton of minutes. With teams focused on Boogie, Rondo, Holiday, and AD (when he plays), Moore is going to get a ton of open looks. Translation: LESS defensive attention equals MOORE points.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 39 4 2 2 0 0 5/13 12/28 10/11

So close to an Olde English. Does the Stocktonator guzzle OE 40s? Wouldn’t surprise me because it’s down like that. It loved Dame Dolla last night. Anyways, you know what time it is:

With Jusuf Nurkic out, Meyers Leonard got the start and played 18 minutes. It was Zach Collins that received 25 minutes of run. Very interesting.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 7 2 3 0 2 0/2 4/9 1/2

I’ve actually been impressed when I’ve had the chance to see him play. He’s agile and can shoot. Collins won’t be fantasy relevant as long as Nurkic is there, but he could eventually carve out a nice little niche for himself.

Caleb Swanigan played one minute. It’s unbelievable! He did liberate one, so maybe UNICEF or the Red Cross could use his services.

With Zaza Pachulia out, Jordan Bell got the start and played 26 minutes.

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

Mel told you to pick him up last week. Listen to Mel. He’s smart.

The Warriors were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. The starting unit was Shaun Livington, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Omri Casspi, and Jordan Bell. They still beat the Trail Blazers 111-104.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 6 1 0 3 1 2/7 7/17 1/2

Just when you think you’re done with someone, they keep pulling you back in. That makes four games in a row that Ibaka has dished out one dime. The Matrix does not compute. The simulation is on the brink of destruction. Kidding aside, Ibaka has been a beast lately. Double digit points in seven of the last eight games and 14 Iblockas during that span. Still don’t understand why he doesn’t grab more boards, though.

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 15 0 0 0 0 1/1 8/10 6/6

Played 28 minutes. These are the matchups you play JV. Do not play him against any center that can shoot from downtown.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 17 4 1 2 2 0 6/9 2/2

DJ has grabbed at least 15 boards in seven of the past nine games. Stocktonator loved him last night, but keep in mind that I saw it watching old games of Michael with Montell blaring in the backround. I interpret it as having so much computing power that it can multi-task no problemo.

Milos Teodosic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 7 0 0 0 1 2/9 4/12 2/2

Made his return and played 21 minutes. I was told that there would be assists.

So, the rotations got all wonky for the Clippers. The starting lineup was Milos Teodosic, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson, Jamil Wilson, and DeAndre Jordan. Johnson only played 20 minutes, while Sam Dekker played 27. Wilson, who started at power forward, only played nine minutes, while Montrezl Harrell played 16. Jawun Evans played 15 minutes, while Sindarius Thornwell played 23. My head hurts. The only constant beside DJ is that Rivers and Lou Williams will soak up usage and minutes.

With Nicolas Batum out, Jeremy Lamb got the start and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 5 0 0 0 2 2/7 6/17 0

How must it feel for Lamb that he can never be a GOAT?

Treveon Graham

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

Played 20 minutes and will continue to get minutes due to the Batum injury. He shoots threes, so there’s your magic mushroom.

Alex Abrines

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 0 0 0 0 1 2/7 2/9

Andre Roberson was out, so Abrines got the start and played 26 minutes. A bagel run, as he didn’t accumulate any periphery stats. An impressive feat.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 4 7 3 0 2 1/2 10/22 9/9

I think we need a WESTCON alert system. With the Thunder at 12-14, at some point Westbrook is going to start Hulk smashing and nuke everything in his path. I’d say we are at WESTCON 3 right now, but right on the brink of going to WESTCON 2.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 14 8 1 0 4 2/3 8/17 6/11

Boogie almost messed around. Did you know that he’s leading the league in turnovers per game at 5?

Rajon Rondo messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 12 12 0 0 8 3/5 5/12 0

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 37 4 5 4 1 2 4/7 16/21 1/2

That’s back-to-back games with 30+ points and 41 minutes. He must’ve stayed at an Inn over the weekend.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 8 0 0 5 1 0 13/14 2/4

Capela has been providing beautiful fantasy goodness all season long.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 1 17 6 0 3 4/10 8/16 6/9

Harden had 14 assists in the first half! He’s the number one player in fantasy by a wide margin. His owners are Harden excited.

Kyrie Irving did not play, so Marcus Smart got the start and played 31 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 2 4 0 0 4 3/6 5/12 0

Terry Rozier also played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 3 5 0 0 2 3/7 5/12 0

Even though they both went 5-for-12 from the field, I prefer Rozier over Smart when Kyrie sits.

Nikola Mirotic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 8 0 0 1 0 3/7 9/14 3/6

Got the start with Lauri Markkanen out due to back spasms. Bobby Portis also played 23 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 1 1 0 0 3/3 10/15 0/1

Man, gotta give props to Mirotic. He just don’t give a F. Anyways, it looks like Mirotic is ahead of Portis in the pecking order right now. Portis is up in street cred, though.

David Nwaba

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 1 1 0 0 0 3/6 7/8

Played 27 minutes. I love Nwaba. Athletic, high-energy guy. Was always impressed when he played for the Lakers. Hoiberg loves him too. He doesn’t shoot well from outside, but he more than makes up for it in everything else.

  1. MFlo420 says:
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    Ayo Razz Team!

    Currently on 20 Team H2H. 19th overall (nothing but upwards from here)

    G – CP3, Matthews, Wiggins
    F – W. Chandler, M. Williams, Ilyasova, Ibaka (F/C)
    C – Adams, BroLo, T. Chandler
    IR – Blake

    Any thoughts on this team?

    1. I was offered Dunn for Adams – not sure on the odds of Guards for the bulls and too much for me
    2. Any droppable candidate on my team – FA available Ryno, A. Harrison, Parsons, Winslow, Chalmers
    3. Clearly i am stuffed with Cs but not sure if worth dropping for FAs

    Hope to hear from you

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Tough losing Blake, especially in a 20 team.
      1) I would not make that trade.
      2) I would not drop anyone for that group
      3) Big men are a commodity, especially in a league that deep

      • MFlo420 says:
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        @Son:
        Totally agree. Much appreciated Son. 👌

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @MFlo420: Anytime!

  2. J says:
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    I know it’s a day away but wondering who you start tomorrow night between Mirotic (vs Utah) and Tatum (vs Den)? I’m inclined to ride the hot hand with Miro

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on if Markkanen is starting or not. If he’s not, then he will get minutes and should be able to be productive against Favors. Tatum is in a pace up spot with Denver, but they’ve defended the SF position well.

  3. Wnwdotcom says:
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    Thanks again man for all your great coverage. I love your style of doing blurbs. Anyway 12 team H2H 8 cat and I just traded Teague, Whiteside and Danilo for LeBron. Obviously he’s killing it but he’s bound to cool off with IT2 coming back and the rest factor. So I’m going to try and acquire Oladipo with Bron. I’d like to get Dipo and another player. Is Otto Porter and Dipo enough or should I shoot for Dipo, Porter and Horford?

    The Dipo owner also has Anthony Davis (I want no part), Kyle Lowry and IT2.

    Is there a trade scenario you can see?

    My other players include Rudy, Jokic, Mike Conley, Hood, Markkanen, Dunn, Simmons, Collins, Saric, Okafor and MOORE.

    So basically just wondering if I should cash the LeBron chip or add him to this squad and hope everyone gets healthy soon.

    Thanks so much!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wnwdotcom: Always appreciated Wnw! I like the wheeling and dealing. Plus, you snuck in MOORE. Ha! Well done. I think it’s always prudent to see what people are willing to give for a player. I always shoot high first then work down. I have some skepticism regarding IT2 and are the Cavs good enough to sit Bron, but they are factors for sure and things that need to be considered. With that said, I wouldn’t move Bron just to move him. If you can get a package that you can’t refuse, then $$$.

      • WNWDOTCOM says:
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        @Son: Thanks man! I left WNW in February but it was a great time, big part of my life.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @WNWDOTCOM: Anytime! Ha! Mine as well.

  4. Don says:
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    Hi Son.
    How would you rank ROS: Bell, Nance and Willy Hernangomez?
    At first I was thinking Nance, but he fouls at a high rate and there’s a log jam with Kuzma and Randle. Bell has upside and it looks like Kanter’s back is not looking good. Thoughts? Any chance Bell replaces Zaza?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Don: Nance, Bell, Willy. I just feel like Nance has the best chance to get 30 mpg. Plus, the pace that the Lakers play at allows for more possessions.

      • Don says:
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        @Son: Got it. Thanks. Hope he gets more consistent.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Don: Like you said, much of it is due to fouling

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you drop Rivers, Fox or Aminu for Rodney Hood?

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: Was so close to dropping any of them, maybe not Aminu. In my hood!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Going to the Hood always scares me. Fear of injury

  6. AJ says:
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    Son, please rank Tatum, Aminu, James Johnson and DeMarre Carroll. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @AJ: Tatum then the rest are one big blob. I probably prefer JJ, Carroll, then Aminu

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m keeping a close eye on Crabbe. If he doesn’t produce 5 treys I think I’m dropping him for Chriss. Haha

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: In the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

  8. Justin says:
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    Got offered Tobias Harris for my Jrue Holiday in a 9 cat. My team is: Gobert, cp3, Giannis, Teague, RHJ, Aaron Gordon, bartOn, batum, Taj Gibson, jokic, Melo, Covington.

    What’ u think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Rather have Jrue. Is that a dynasty league?

      • Justin says:
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        @Son: no just a regular redraft league.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Justin: Great draft!

  9. Jason says:
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    Hi son,
    10 team 9 cat league and dsj just got dropped. Should i get him or does his injury concerns u? End of my bench is jj, bradley and payton. Available FAs worth the look are dsj,murray,hood and holiday.
    Please share your amazing thoughts on this..

    • Son

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      DSJ is my boo, so…..It is a 10 team league, though, so there will always be guys on the wire. I wouldn’t drop any of the guys you listed for him.

  10. Arief says:
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    hii Son,

    I got offered jokic for my marc gasol. should i accept or no ??

    my team : giannis,cp3,marc gasol,jrue,ariza,dmitch,pau,lee,hield,randle,marvin

    h2h 9cat

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: Yes

      • Arief says:
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        @Son: okay. woud you drop hield,lee or marvin for MOORE,gortat, bojan bogdanovic ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Arief: Hield for MOORE. No to the others

          • Arief says:
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            @Son: okay thanks a lot son

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Arief: Anytime

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