Mmmmmm soup…¬† I mean noodle soup!¬† I mean soup!¬† COME ON!
After a long existence in the kitchen cabinet, Myles Turner finally got a chance to be mmmm, mmmm good going 25/7/2/1/2 on 11-13 shooting.¬† He even had a third block called a goaltend with a verrrrry late whistle late in the game.¬† Just like a fine batch of cream of broccoli, it just needed some time to age!¬† I was a well-documented Turner-crazed ranker, but I think most would agree he’s been awesome when he’s on the court.¬† Some nagging knee soreness limited his minutes early before breaking his thumb, but we finally got to see the potential I was so crazy for last night.¬† Now, Ian Mmmmmmahinmmmmmmi was out with a sore heel which doesn’t sound too serious, so the minutes certainly aren’t assured.¬† Turner’s 29 minutes were off the bench, with Vogel starting the inferior SC Apple Jordan Hill at the 5.¬† Even with the depth the Pacers have at C, I gotta think this game has awarded Turner more consistent run.¬† And if you aren’t sold yet, his per-36s are 17.1/8.9 with 2.2 BLK shooting 55% from the field (even though he’s a jump shooter).¬† I was fortunate enough to add him in all 4 of my RCLs, so he’s likely out there in a lot of 12ers – I’d scoop him up as I think he’s the creamed corn of the crop of waiver bigs!¬† Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, and The 7 Ahead for week 13:
Joe Young – Pacers rookies going nuts!¬† Too bad they still lost to the Nugs…¬† With George Hill (personal, we dunno) and Rodney Stuckey (sore foot, will miss another week or two), Young made the most of his run for 15/1/7 on 7-11 shooting in 18 minutes.¬† Might be worth a short-term look in the deepers.
John Wall – After a tripdub flirt on Friday (28/7/8 against IND), goes 36/7/13/7/1 Saturday against the Celtics, hitting 11-13 FT.¬† I would say Boston got stone-Walled, but the Wiz still dropped that one!¬† It was a pretty dramatic finish too, with Wall missing a game-winning layup as time expired.¬† So I don’t remember who it was, but fine commenter who tried to slam us on always liking John Wall – haven’t heard from you in a while!
Otto Porter – Missed both games over the weekend with a hip injury.¬† That soooooo sounds like something that would happen to someone named “Otto”! ¬† Kelly Oubre got two starts, and while he is meh (7/4/0/2/0 and 10/6/0/2/0 with a trey in each), for dynasty it’s amazing to see him start after he wasn’t really in the rotation to start the year and I feared some D-League stints might be in there.¬† Buy in dynasty if you can!
Bradley Beal – Sell in dynasty if you can!¬† Still coming off the bench as the Wiz limit the minutes on his weary legs, but looked solid for 22/5/1 Saturday night with 4 treys.¬† It just really hurts that even Beal said he’ll need a minutes limit the rest of his career.¬† Hurts fantasy upside and his upcoming paycheck as a FA…
Kelly Olynyk – Show me the way, Olynyk of Nazareth!¬† Well, he showed us a nice microcosm weekend of his season, going insane Friday for 21/9/1/3/1 and 4 treys against the lowly Suns, but only 11/3/1/0/1 against the Wiz Saturday.¬† After intriguing me with the heavy minutes earlier in the month, Stevens has treated Olynyk like Judas.
Marcus Smart – Tripdub alert!¬† Rainbow line alert!¬† 10/11/11/2/2 against the Suns, and still solid 13/4/3/1/0 against the Wiz.¬† I recently took him over Patrick Beverley in a comment, so use that as you may.
Jae Crowder – A big part of the Wizards/Celtics drama Saturday night, as he claimed Randy Whitman was jawing with him and he got a technical lining up for a free throw.¬† “Jae, you soft bro!”¬† “It’s either jogging or yogging, it might be a soft Jae…”¬† The Wizards coaching staff is so weird, I’ve never been a big Whitman guy and they have a pirate with a huge eye patch.¬† Anyway, hit the game-winning FT because my boyfriend Oubre had no back side help, giving him a 22/8/6 line against the Wiz after rainbowing for 17/6/5/3/2 in under 30 minutes against the Suns.¬† The Boston Clam Crowder is mmmmmmm, delicious!
Isaiah Thomas – After a little shooting lull as the calendar turned to 2016, IT2/3 has been on fire and his FT volume is insane, with a season’s best 15-16 last time out.¬† Pizza Guy is dewwwwivering!
Donald Sloan – In the world’s most annoying backcourt (remember I slam the Nets SG position all the time), it looks like Sloan is officially the guy to own.¬† I still think Shane Larkin gets more run later in the season (Nets might even move Sloan if they can get much for him), but for now Sloan’s 15/9/9 and 4/4/12 lines over the weekend look good enough to own in most leagues.¬† He doesn’t hit a ton of 3s and barely gets any D stats, so it’ll be limited.¬† He might be the best Jarrett Jack clone!¬† Deeper leagues that can afford stashing – I’d hold onto Larkin for the stretch run, especially past the trade deadline to see what happens.
Nicolas Batum – Went nuts at the Pels for 25/4/8, but cooled off against the Bucks for only 6/3/9.¬† Through his 5 games in January, he’s up to a crazy 8.2 AST per game.¬† He’s had some lingering injuries, so I might shop him to a low-AST team if you’re looking good there.
Ryan Anderson – Speaking of shopping, this rumor to the Kings for Rudy Gay just isn’t going away.¬† 32 Pts on 12-19 shooting with 6 treys against the Hornets certainly isn’t helping the Kings get a discount!
Joakim Noah – Noah and the Flood of Injuries!¬† My subtitle for the 15-16 season…¬† Dislocated his shoulder on Friday night, and will need season-ending surgery.¬† Sigh…¬† He was turning it around too, pre-and-post that first shoulder injury.¬† Anyway, Taj Gibson is set to play at least 30 mins a night, and turned in 11/11/0/1/0 and 9/11/1/0/0 lines over the weekend.¬† Some blocks should be there most nights, so he’s worth nabbing in most leagues.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Dubdubbed in 4 straight, crazy 28/16/0/1/3 and 14/11/3/0/3 lines over the weekend, and adding some crazy FT volume lately.¬† The 3s we saw earlier in the year have dried up, but when you’re shooting a career-best 50.2% from the field, you ain’t complainin’!
Kyle Korver – Welllll, we get a great game of 17/4/3/1/1 on Friday night with 7-10 FG and 3 treys, only to see Korver disappear yet again down the rabbit hole for 3/3/0/2/0 against the lowly Nets.¬† If only someone knew to temper expectations on draft day!¬† Look at all those ranks in the 40s, eesh…
Dennis Schroder – 16/5/1 against the Bucks, and just when you’re like “where’s the beef?!”, brings the dimes with a dimebag for 15/6/10/3/0 in only 19:35 against the Nets.¬† Hey, Korver, that’s how you take advantage of a good matchup, bruh!
Hassan Whiteside – Speaking of good matchups, tripdub alert!¬† Tripdub with dem swats!¬† 19/17/2/1/11 against the Nugs, then 14/11/0/1/4 last night against the Thunder.¬† If you lost blocks this week with Whiteside on your squad, you got some bad juju going agianst you!
Beno Udrih – Picked up another start with Goran Dragic missing some games with a bad calf (make some veal then!), and got a dimebag with 11 AST.¬† Didn’t do much else, but apparently he felt as though he was carrying the team on his shoulders and sat last night with a bad neck.¬† Tyler Johnson time!¬† 16/6/4 against the Thunder as the starting PG with two treys.¬† Did commit 4 TO, but he’s such a solid player…¬† REL bias!¬† With Gerald Green leaving early with knee tendinitis and Dwyane Wade questionable every night, run should be there for TyJo in 12er+ leagues.
Emmmmmmmmmmmmmanuel Mudiay – Looked good again off the bench Saturday going 16/1/4 and hitting all 4 of his FT, but went full Michael Carter-Williams on us last night!¬† 10/4/6/3/1, but shot 4-10 from the field, hit only 2-8 FT (!!!!!) and committed 7 TO (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).
Nikola Jokic – It’s never reliable, but there’s never a doubt of upside!¬† 18/2/3/4/0 with a trey in only 24 minutes against the Pacers, but he’s still 12er streambait for me.¬† Gimme Mmmmmmmyles Turner instead!
Terrence Jones – Yeesh.¬† Goes back to playing low-20 minutes with virtually no stats in two weekend games.¬† JB Bickerstaff continues to give JBs of the world a bad name…
Patrick Beverley – Suffered a kankle and sat last night, giving Ty Lawson a chance to drive the offense.¬† Poor phrasing, JB!¬† 12/2/5/0/0 in 31 minutes against the Lakers though…¬† Yawn!¬† Just such a bad fit even when he gets the run there in Houston…
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Didn’t do much against the Grizz (9 Pts in 31 minutes), but bounced back in a huge way for 20/5/2/3/1 on 9-16 FG leading the Pistons against the Warriors for that surprise W.¬† Yup, KCP led them, he’s their best player!¬† My KCP addiction remains strong!
Marcus Morris – A few commenters asked if they should drop Morris, but I had a feeling he could bounce back.¬† 12/4/5 and 16/8/6/0/2 lines over the weekend, as his shot started falling again.¬† So much for the knee tendinitis too, as he played 80 minutes in those two!
Draymond Green – Mannnnn…¬† #Occupy with a rough weekend, going 5/5/9/1/2 on 1-7 shooting in the loss to the Pistons after putting up a dud the previous game against the Lakers.¬† Not much to worry about here, except that giving him DNP-rests should never be an option, been awful these past two after he sat out!
Stephen Curry – 38 Pts on the nose in 3 of the past 5.¬† I just laugh when I see he’s attempting 10.7 treys a game, and is shooting over 50% from the field overall…¬† He’s a madman.
Festus Ezeli – Dubdub (10/10) with 5 blocks against the Pistons…¬† He certainly was awesome earlier in the year, but Andrew Bogut had foul trouble and they keep wanting to limit the Festusivities…
Nerlens Noel – Not playing particularly well with Jahlil Okafor starting again (booooo!), but flirted with a double rainbow regardless last time out!¬† 4/8/1/4/4 in only 26 minutes against the Blazers, and he mighta had a shot to get those dimes if the Sixers didn’t blow them out.¬† Yes.¬† The 4-37 Sixers.¬† Blew out a team.
Richaun Holmes – Got an extended look, and he’s pretty solid out there!¬† REL bias!¬† I got him as a throw in in a trade, and was shocked to see his 17/6/3/0/1 line on 5-9 FT (1-3 3PTM 6-7 FT).¬† Really the most surprising number was the 27 minutes.
C.J. McCollum – Uh oh!¬† Our favorite catalyst for drama (he’ll get the Oscar, that’s for sure!) has really cooled off, shooting 40% or lower in 6 straight with a heavy volume.¬† He’s at 16.0/3.5/5.0 the last 6 which is nice and all, but under a steal per game, missing FT (63.6%, albeit in a low volume) and an awful 33.3% from the field on 19.5 shots a game.¬† I’ve mentioned a few times that I could see his legs wearing out with these crazy minutes and not nearly this kind of run in his career before (due to a bench role and injuries).¬† And when you see the FG% dropping and the steals falling off, it’s certainly an indicator.¬† Might be in the seller’s market.
Russell Westbrook – Now to easier analysis – he tripdubs almost every night and is awesome, the end!¬† Hashtag analysis!
Markieff Morris – Inserted into the starting line-up the past two games, as the Suns are desperately trying to boost his value.¬† Was terrible against the C’s for 9/9/4/1/0 on 2-10 FG, but looked like the Kieff of old for 17/5/3/3/0 last night.¬† Unlike Turner, I was only able to nab him in 1 of 3 RCLs (I owned him already in the 4th), but he’s still out there in 49% of Yahoo leagues, so might be available in your 12ers.¬† I worry it’s short-term though, as the trade does seem imminent.
Marc Gasol – Mucho puntos!¬† I think that means a lot of points, I know the B-word in Spanish is something close to that too though!¬† 37/8/3/0/3 against the Knicks, because ya know, the world’s worst NBA player Robin Lopez was playing defense…
Rudy Gobert – Mmmmmmmm, French Onion soup!¬† 18/18/0/0/5 against the soft interior Lakers.¬† The Lakers are like a cream-filled donut!¬† Or as Gobert would say, an eclair!¬† While the matchup might make this seem fluky, I think we’re primed for a big second-half.¬† The buy-low window might be shut, but I’d keep pressing.
Trey Lyles – Derrick Favors is questionable for tonight which would really cripple Lyles’ value, but he also kept it going against that Lakers eclair defense, going 17/9/2/0/1 Saturday night.¬† Lyles and Myles playing some great rookie big man minutes this weekend!
Omri Casspi – Still coming off the bench (Dammit Karl!), but 17/4/0/1/0 on 6-9 FG (5-8 3PTM) is still usable.¬† Gotta love the high FG% 3-point shooters!¬† He’s like a mini-Kawhi!¬† Aight, aight, that’s too far…
Cole Aldrich – I mentioned on our last Pod that I thought Aldrich was a really underrated player, and with DeAndre Jordan sitting again (pneumonia), Cole went nuts for a rainbow 19/10/2/2/3 against the Kings Saturday night.¬† He’s definitely stashable in deeper leagues should anything more drastic happen to DJ…
The 7 Ahead
- 5-game week: n/a
- 4-game weeks: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAC, NO, NY, OKC, TOR, UTA
- 2-game week: San Antonio Spurs
- Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week): Dennis Schroder (27%/4), Mario Chalmers (42%/3), Jerian Grant (4%/4), Dion Waiters (12%/4)
- Stream days: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Overall Thoughts: Well, poo…¬† Pretty vanilla week where you’re playing your regulars, except for Kawhi Leonard owners, who have to decide in weekly leagues if he’s worth a start.¬† Virtually all other Spurs aren’t worth it.¬† And to make matters worse, somehow the scheduling gods gave the Spurs a back-to-back as their only games this week…¬† This is more annoying than a London game!
It’s a typical week with your standard stream days, and a heavy MWFS.¬† However, we get early basketball this afternoon!¬† MLK day features 6 afternoon games starting at 1:00 PM EST, so be sure to set your line-ups this morning!¬† For weekly streamers, it’s tough to ignore what Schroder has done lately and he gets a 4-game week.¬† I know, I know, I usually only recommend 4 or 5 game weeks for streamers, but I added Chalmers to the streaming list as we added him in the Yahoo F&F for this week and I was surprised he was out there.¬† I’d guess Mike Conley will miss a few more.¬† Waiters has scored 18+ Pts the past three games, and is a popular streamer of mine, and finally I’m going pretty off the radar with Grant.¬† I mostly want to play him for the Philly matchup this afternoon and get instant gratification!
Monday: We get a strong start to week 13 with 20 teams in action to kick it off.¬† DAL and HOU start off on the second leg of b2bs, so keep an eye on your vets there – there’s a lot of them!¬† Only the Pelicans head into a back-to-back, so monitor your aging and brittle Pels there (cough, Brow, cough).¬† I imagine you’re sticking with your regulars and not doing too much early streaming on Monday even if you can make daily moves on the day-of.
Tuesday: Only 4 games on Tuesday, giving us an early opportunity to stream in matchups.¬† MIA, MIN, and OKC head into b2bs, so be sure your streaming options are in play before making your adds.¬† [email protected] should feature a lot of pace, but the Suns look atrocious right now – I’d look at bench options before weighing the starters.¬† [email protected] is a solid matchup even with the Bucks underachieving – even if Wade is healthy enough, I wonder if he sits either this one or Wednesday with his bad shoulders.¬† Yes, plural.¬† Tyler Johnson could be a nice early-week stream.¬† [email protected] is a pretty blah matchup, but I like Gorgui Dieng if he’s out there in your league.¬† He had been underwhelming until a nice game last night, but the Wolves will need some size.¬† Finally we get [email protected] – with OKC playing a b2b, expect a lot of run from their second unit, especially if they get comfortable early.¬† Cameron Payne had some nice lines the past week – in deeper leagues I think he’s certainly worth a look.
Wednesday: As with typical NBA weeks, we get a full Wednesday slate with ATL, CLE, DET & SAC going into b2bs.¬† 22 teams are active with only 8 off, so you’re playing your studs here, keeping an eye on any vets from the b2b teams that could possibly be sat.
Thursday: 5 games on Thursday as we near the weekend, and it’s time to start your big-time stream moves!¬† LAC and SA go into b2bs, with that aforementioned awful SA schedule this week.¬† Definitely keep an eye on your Spurs vets, as they play @PHO.¬† They can win with their B and C units, I might even go so far as saying Jonathon Simmons is worth a look.¬† Definitely playing Mario Chalmers if you can scoop him up for a stream.¬† In deeper leagues I also like Aron Baynes against the Pels, as the Pistons will need added height and I think can win that one easily.
Friday: Back to a fairly full Friday, with 18 teams in action.¬† BOS, CHA, CHI, IND, LAL, MIL, NY, and UTA play early-weekend b2bs, with no teams with a Sat/Sun stack.¬† If you’re light on weekend games in your limited moves daily-move matchups, you might look to those teams for some weekend streaming.¬† Although 20 teams go on Saturday, so be sure any stacking adds would play on both nights. The Celtics are especially appealing with a good matchup against the Bulls then at Philly – gimme some Evan Turner for a Fri/Sat stack.
Saturday: As mentioned, 20 teams go on Saturday, so you’re pretty full on both Fri and Sat going into the weekend.¬† No teams play on b2bs, so you’re playing your regulars and keeping an eye towards Sunday streaming.
Sunday: It all comes down to a light Sunday!¬† With the AFC and NFC Championships dominating the sports landscape, we get only 3 games to end the week – [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]¬† Of those teams, only Houston goes into a b2b so be sure any of your Rox playing are active.¬† The Mavs are awful in the interior, so if Dwight Howard sits, I would love me some Clint Capela.¬† Raymond Felton would also be an option.¬† If looking for a big, Bismack Biyombo still has a solid role and could easily give you 10 boards and multi-blocks.¬† Cory Joseph had an awesome game in London, so he’s also an option in the Raps game for G stats.¬† Finally in BKN, I could easily see a blowout, so I’m going back to Cameron Payne.¬† Love him!¬† Steven Adams should get a lot of run to D up Rolo, so he’s certainly in that big man streaming mix as well.
I hope everyone had a strong week 12, and looking forward to this week ahead!¬† I hope you had a good weekend and everyone is avoiding a case of the Mondays – thanks for dropping by Razzball Nation!