When I first moved out to the East Coast, the changing of the seasons was kind of cool because I had never experienced it before. After a year, F that. NAW mean? The summers are so freaking humid. The winters are cold and nasty. Fall is kind of cool with the leaves and all but it’s chilly as well. Spring time is when people are most jovial because they’ve been cooped up all winter but it’s also the nicest weather. NAW mean? So, why not be in a place that is spring all the time? If you want to frolic in the snow, then drive a few hours to the nearest mountain. NAW mean? Anyways, sorry for the rant but Nickeil Alexander-Walker got me all amped up from his performance last night.

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33 10 4 2 1 0 4/10 10/22 9/11

Dayam. NAW mean? That was a performance of epic proportions from NAW. Now, don’t go crowning his ass because he shot super efficiently from the field. On the season, he’s at 36% from the field. Hilarious. NAW mean? NAW is starting and averaging 32.1 minutes. He is chipping a little something something in every category so he’s useful. NAW mean? The field goal percentage is a legitimate concern, though. He’s a top 100-ish player but what happens when Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson return to the mix. We will just have to wait and see how it plays out. NAW mean?

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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15 15 8 1 2 3 2/5 5/15 3/4

His bad days are wet dreams for most NBA players. That said, in two games against the Knicks this season, G has shot 7-for-17 and 5-for-15. Not in Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, G! You best recognize!

Pat Connaughton

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23 9 5 0 0 2 7/13 8/14 0

Led the Bucks in points! Pat, Pat, he’s our man. If he can’t do it, no one can. Connaughton was making it rain from downtown like James Harden in the strip club. Unlike Harden, though, he ain’t getting his name etched onto the wall (at both the club and the arena). Basically, shit happens from time to time so don’t take too much from this game.

Derrick Rose

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22 3 7 3 1 0 6/8 8/15 0

Only one Knicks starter scored in double-figures. Three of them scored three, two, and two points. As a result, the signal was sent up and illuminated the Gotham skyline. And Rose responded with 30 minutes of vintageness. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bucks. Hey, he’s not Superman! Rose averages 23 minutes a game and has five games under 20 minutes so don’t expect this kind of workload on the regular.

De’Aaron Fox

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37 2 6 1 3 4 2/5 14/24 7/8

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This is what we expect from Fox on the regular. Is that so crazy? Unfortunately, this is not a normal occurrence so I need to see more consistency before I buy in.

Drew Eubanks

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18 6 2 1 0 4 0 4/5 10/13

Got another start because Jakob Poeltl is still out and played 24 minutes. 10-for-13 from the line is pretty, pretty nice from the big man position.

Dejounte Murray

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26 6 7 2 0 1 2/5 11/21 2/2

Top 15 player on the season! The journey had been turtle-esque as he went from 444 to 106 to 76 to 69 last season. Then KAPOW!!! Top 20 right in your eye. He’s averaging 34.3 minutes, two minutes more than last season. The biggest jumps have been in the 8.2 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.5 blocks. I be sliding into this DM every night when possible.

Thaddeus Young

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17 5 8 1 1 1 0 7/10 3/6

Played 24 minutes. Since Poeltl has been out, Young has played 22, 26, 26, and 24 minutes. He’s contributed a little something something in every cat but tres. The free-throw shooting is awful but the dimes and defensive stats are juicy. When Poeltl returns, it is likely that Young grows old on the bench but you never know. Maybe he’s earned some cache with his recent play.

Three Spurs scored 15 points off the bench – Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, and Bryn Forbes. Jinx!

Norman Powell

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23 3 1 1 0 0 3/8 8/17 4/5

Powell continues to ball out, as he’s scored at least 20 points in five of the last six games. He’s a top 50 player on the season, but it’s primarily due to the efficiency, as he’s shooting 51% from the field and 82% from the line. In category leagues, those are super valuable. That said, his contributions in the other counting stats are limited outside of points and tres.

Damian Lillard

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28 7 7 0 0 2 1/4 12/23 3/4

The injury talk scares me but this stat line does appease some of that apprehension. I did not watch this game so didn’t get to see how he was moving around. Anyone get to watch him?

Frank Kaminsky

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31 7 3 0 1 1 2/5 12/28 5/5

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With Deandre Ayton out, it’s been JaVale McGee and Kaminsky taking care of the center minutes. McGee plays around 20 minutes with Frank the Tank taking most of the rest. Portland boosts three-point prowess to centers by 30.49%, so this wasn’t a complete shock.

Domantas Sabonis

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20 19 2 1 1 3 1/2 9/14 1/1

Sabonis is tied for second in dub-dubs so the 20 and 19 weren’t surprising. The defensive contributions were, though. He rarely does that. I guess this is a “shit happens” post for real.

Myles Turner

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13 8 0 0 6 3 2/3 4/8 3/4

Turner is a top 20 player behind the 3.2 blocks per game! Al Horford is at 2.6 while Rudy Gobert is at 1.9. Mark Eaton is first all-time with 3.5 blocks per game while Manute Bol was at 3.34 and Hakeem Olajuwon was at 3.09. Crazy.

TJ McConnell

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16 3 9 0 1 0 0/1 8/11 0

Played 29 minutes despite Malcolm Brogdon returning to action and playing 35 minutes. TJ has started five games and averaged 31.9 minutes. He’s come off the bench in seven games and averaged 22.2 minutes. Whether as a starter or reserve, though, he’s averaging 5.4 dimes and shooting 53% from the field. We have entered the Twilight Zone.

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Will Barton

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30 6 3 2 0 2 6/9 11/19 2/2

With Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. out, it was up to Barton to carry the load. And carry the load he did. He’s a top 30 player on the season as he’s averaging 17.5 points, 2.6 tres, 4.6 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, and 0.6 blocks. He’s shooting 49% from the field and 73% from the line. He will see a usage bump with MPJ out.

Zeke Nnaji 

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19 5 0 0 1 0 2/3 7/10 3/4

In 20 minutes off the bench. Prior to last night, he played a total of 12 minutes. It’s possible he enters the rotation with MPJ out. Something to monitor.

Lugentz Dort

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27 5 2 0 0 1 2/7 8/13 9/10

Dort is converting 37% of his field-goal attempts on the season. I guess it’s only fitting that he and NAW went mano-a-mano in this one. Right now, NAW is more useful for fantasy but Dort could be more useful down the road because his minutes look to be secure while there is uncertainty for NAW.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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24 7 5 1 2 5 2/7 7/19 8/11

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Top 55 player. Could and should be higher but he needs to get his efficiency in order as he’s converting only 42% of his attempts this season. That number should be closer to 50%. In addition, the defensive stats are light.

Josh Giddey

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7 12 9 1 0 5 1/3 3/10 0

The shooting efficiency was a concern coming into the season and it’s manifested that way, so no surprise. He’s shooting 39% from the field but there are a ton of encouraging things for Giddey. He’s playing a ton of minutes alongside Shai and he’s getting his board on while dishing those sweet dimes. He’s only going to get better as the season progresses.

Mike Muscala

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12 1 1 1 1 1 3/3 3/4 3/3

In 13 minutes. The ultimate stat-sheet stuffer.

Jonas Valanciunas

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25 15 2 1 1 0 1/3 9/20 6/7

39 minutes!!! Hallelujah! All the freaking dummy heads who played him only 24-28 minutes should be fired and replaced by me. NAW mean? JV leads the league in dub-dubs. Soon his varsity jacket will have no more room for anything. He’s a top 10 player on a per-game basis! Wowzers. I knew he was playing well but I didn’t think it was like that.

Gordon Hayward

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25 5 5 1 0 5 2/6 6/15 11/11

I haven’t written up Hayward that much this season. Hmmm, come to think of it, I haven’t been writing many recaps so that would be expected. I’m what you call one of them geniuses. Hayward is a top 70 player and his main allures are points and percentages. He doesn’t provide much in the way of defensive stats.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

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37 5 1 2 0 2 7/9 13/17 4/4

My initial thought about Oubre was that he thrived against uptempo teams but some of his biggest games have been against slow-paced teams. *shrug* Oubre has seven games with double-digit points but six games in single digits with two games with zero. He’s a top 150 player who doesn’t contribute defensive stats and has poor percentages. The inconsistency is too much for me and he hurts rather than helps in the long run.

Dillon Brooks

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20 4 6 2 0 2 4/7 8/17 0

Made his season debut and did what he does, which is huck and chuck. He played 26 minutes off the bench and will likely reenter the starting rotation sooner than later. Desmond Bane only played 21 minutes while De’Anthony Melton played 32 minutes. It will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out now.

Ja Morant

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32 7 8 3 0 3 1/6 13/27 5/5

Ja rules.

He’s a top 25 player right now and I was soooooo wrong on him. He has a 32.5% usage rate, is shooting 48% from the field, averaging 26.5 points, and racking up 1.7 steals per game! Dayam.

Anthony Edwards

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48 5 5 2 0 6 7/13 16/27 9/12

Led the Timberwolves in…..Everything! KAT who? DLo who?

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He’s outside the top 50 for fantasy because of the poor field goal percentage and so so free-throw shooting. He will be a top 25 player once he improves in those areas.

Naz Reid

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16 7 2 1 0 0 1/3 5/12 5/6

Played 25 minutes last night, the first time he surpassed 20 minutes all season.

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Andrew Wiggins

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35 4 0 2 0 4 3/6 14/19 4/4

Only the second time this season Getting Wiggins With It has scored more than 20 points in a game. The free-throw shooting is 82% this season, which is a surprise since he’s usually in the high-60 to low 70 percent range. That will likely come down. Wiggins doesn’t do much outside of scoring and grabbing a few boards.

Kristaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 12 1 0 0 1 2/3 9/16 2/2

Porzingis is Drago who transitioned to hoops after getting punched in the face repeatedly by Rocky. The field goal percentage is an awful 38% on the season. He shot 47% last season and has been above 42% in every season so positive regression is in the works. The lack of blocks is a concern but he’s only played six games so he’s still probably just recovering from Rocky pummelling his face in. Seriously, why else does KP play so soft?

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 10 4 1 4 1/6 6/18 7/10

Almost messed around but all Luka has been doing is messing with my emotions. I want those HalleLuka games but they just haven’t been there. He’s a top 80 player and will likely be outside the top 50 due to the high turnovers and poor percentages.

Alex Caruso

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16 2 1 6 0 2 3/4 6/7 1/1

In 23 minutes off the bench.

Nikola Vucevic

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18 10 4 1 0 2 1/3 8/14 1/1

He’s been shooting 39% on the season. That’s not going to last so expect better efficiency going forward. The main concern is the volume, though. He’s averaging 14 shots per game. Last season, he was at 20 shots per game. The Bulls are a very good team with many offensive options now. Good for real life but bad for fantasy.

Here’s how the offensive pie was divided up for Chicago last night:

  • DeRozan – 7-for-20
  • Vucevic – 8-for-14
  • Ball – 7-for-14
  • LaVine – 8-for-12

Jerami Grant

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35 5 3 0 2 1 4/9 12/23 7/9

He did what? He willingly went to Detroit. God bless his soul. Grant is a top 60 player. The usage rate is 26% and he’s averaging 16 shots per game. The free-throw shooting is good at 80% but the field goal percentage is rough at 40%. The 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks are lovely, though. Not sure if that level of defensive contributions maintains though.

Killian Hayes

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4 1 3 0 0 1 1/3 1/4 1/2

Uhhh, this ain’t good. NAW mean? The usage rate is 15% and he’s shooting 30% from the field. But he’s setting up his teammates, right? 2.9 dimes. He’s outside the top 200 and there’s really no reason to have him on the squad because he’s Killian it. Thanks, I’ll be here all day and night. Don’t forget to drop a tip in the jar.

Jalen Green

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23 5 2 0 0 2 3/11 8/20 4/4

Green is not human. He’s a flea who was zapped with the “increase size” laser. While he’s great for Sportscenter, he’s not good for your fantasy squad. He’s shooting 35% from the field and not contributing much outside of points. He’s outside the top 200 for fantasy.

Kevin Porter Jr.

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18 5 5 1 1 5 2/5 4/11 8/14

KPJ is shooting 37% from the field. The Rockets definitely have a type. At least KPJ is contributing 5.1 dimes and 1.3 steals. That said, the turnovers are sky-high at 4.5 per game and he is also outside the top 200.

Scottie Barnes

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21 7 4 0 0 3 0 7/11 7/8

I was so wrong about Barnes. Father, please forgive me for I have sinned. He’s a top 80 player and I had him closer to the top 200 coming into this season. I didn’t think the efficiency would be there as well as the playing time but he’s playing 34 minutes a game and racking up boards and steals while shooting 53% from the field. The return of Pascal Siakam to the rotation hasn’t affected his playing time so it’s all good baby, baby (in Notorious B.I.G. voice).

JaySON Tatum

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22 12 7 1 0 2 3/7 8/24 3/4

Top 70 player! Ahhhhhhhh. As Joe wrote in the Underperformer of the Week, Tatum’s struggles have been in the efficiency department. He’s shooting 39% from the field but he’s converted at least 45% of his attempts in each of his four prior seasons. The free-throw shooting is at 75% after being above 80% throughout his career. The usage rate is 31.4% and he’s 0.3 blocks from being a 1/1/1 player.

Robert Williams III

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16 13 1 2 1 2 0 8/11 0/1

In 33 minutes! Beast mode! Top 45 player and could enter the top 25 if things break right. He’s averaging over 31 minutes per game and has a 72% field goal percentage. LOL. He is also chipping in 1.2 steals. The only bugaboos are the 57% free-throw shooting and lack of tres.

Josh RichardSON

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 1 3 1 2 2/4 5/9 3/4

With Jaylen Brown out, RichardSON has played 33 and 31 minutes, scored in double-figures, and more importantly, contributed three steals and two blocks. He’s shot 50% and 55% from the field. I’m not buying it yet but I smell something emanating from the oven.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 5 2 0 0 6 2/2 11/12 6/7

Yawn.

He missed a shot and a free throw? He didn’t want it too obvious so that an investigation would be launched. Is he a lizard person? A 3D printout from the Matrix? A cyborg? What is he? Because he sure as hell isn’t human.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 11 2 0 6 1/4 6/11 4/5

Yawn. Just another night with Harden messing around. He’s not getting us Harden excited though as he’s barely a top 25 player. Send him back to Houston! Or to Philadelphia so he can pair with Morey again.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 8 0 0 1 0 3/5 9/16 0

A master marksman in 22 minutes. LMA with the O!

Franz Wagner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 7 1 6 0 4 0/4 4/11 2/2

I watched this game and I was super impressed with Wagner. He was locked up on Durant and knocked the ball away from him and caused multiple turnovers while being on an island with him. He’s gonna be a good one.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 1 0 1 1 0 7/14 3/6

In 20 minutes off the bench. He had scored in single digits in six straight games before last night’s outburst. Going to Ross, you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you walk out empty-handed while other times you strike gold.

Cole Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 2 3 0 5 0/5 4/12 2/2

The surprise of the season so far, Cole is a top 35 player on the season. After shooting 39% from the field last season, he’s at 44% this year. He’s also upped the steals to 1.4 and the points to 19.3 as he’s playing five more minutes than last season. It will be interesting to see how things pan out when Fultz returns to action.

Kyle Kuzma

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22 5 1 1 1 3 6/9 8/14 0

Top 140 player on the season, averaging 33.2 minutes, 14.8 points, 2.5 tres, 9.2 boards, and two dimes. He’s shooting 43% from the field and 47% from the line. Ha! How is that possible. Anyways, how will the rotation look like when Rui Hachimura returns to action? That could affect Kuzma’s playing time.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 7 0 0 4 1/5 4/19 4/4

Was held scoreless in the first half. The Cavs are 13th in defensive efficiency. Beal is a top 60 player on the season. Send this Beal back to the kitchen. It’s not cooked!

Montrezl Harrel

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 3 2 0 0 0 8/12 8/8

One of the greatest regular-season players ever. It reminds me how I would never miss a shot during warmups. Anyways, Montrezl is a top 20 player for fantasy as he’s been getting run. As a starter, he’s averaging 34.5 minutes but he’s still getting 28.6 minutes of run as a reserve. Now, the 84% free-throw shooting won’t be maintained as he’s shot under 70% in five of the last six seasons. He will provide points, boards, and some defensive stats though.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 4 2 2 4 0 6/10 1/4

Stuff that stat sheet. The 58% free-throw shooting and lack of tres are the only bugaboos. He’s shooting 67% from the field and providing points, boards, and defensive stats. We are all going to Jarrett!

Ricky Rubio

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 5 2 0 3 1/5 6/15 7/8

The shooting efficiency is always a concern but he’s provided the dimes and steals. He’s on quite the heater right now but he’s a must roster player as long as the Sexton is out.

The Lakers defeated the Heat, 120-117 in overtime.

Jimmy Butler left the game after 12 minutes due to a sprained ankle.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 10 4 6 0 4 0 9/20 10/11

Oh, baby. Y’all know how much in love with Bam I’ve been since before Day One. I love seeing the improvement in the free-throw shooting as he was at 69% two years ago, increased that to 79% last season, and is now at 83%. The blocks are light right now but I’d expect him to end with around one per game. The dimes have plummeted with the presence of Lowry, which is a shame. As a result, he’s a top 50 player. Last season, he was a top 20 player.

Tyler Herro

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 4 3 0 0 3 5/8 11/22 0

Herro remembered the expression that heroes die except in the movies when he was face to face with a raging Jokic. Ha! Anyways, Herro started the second half for Butler and would likely be the guy if Butler misses any time. He’s averaging 32.4 minutes despite coming off the bench so his role won’t change too much.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 13 4 1 1 4 1/2 10/23 3/4

Just stay healthy.

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Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 12 14 1 2 8 3/7 10/22 2/2

Yawn. Just another trip-dub for Westbrick to add to his career lead, which is now six over Oscar Robertson.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 3 0 1 3 4/7 10/13 3/4
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Mr. Hooper
1 year ago

What a tangled mix of emotions over here about Dejounte. How was I so high on him preseason and ended up with zero shares? I was right and still so wrong. Those assists! Getting DeRozan out of there unlocked so much playmaking.

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Hooper

I feel your pain. What kept you from scooping him up?

Mr. Hooper
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

I can’t say I remember now, but I bet I had an explanation at the time. He was going in the 4/5 rounds, which is usually where I was targeting OG. That’s going okay enough, I guess. Definitely missed a couple of times though.

Mr. Hooper
1 year ago
Reply to  Son

There’s a Porzingis or two sprinkled in there. It’s not all roses.

Son
Son
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Hooper

It’s never easy. If it was, we wouldn’t enjoy it!!!

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

Hii Son,

My team :
-lowry, smart, devonte, melton
-tobias, middleton,bogbog
-AD, ayton,KP, RoCo

Would you drop anyone on my team for waiver ?? H2h, 9cat, 14teams

Waiver list : mitchrob, bojan, seth curry, crowder, burks, joe harris, suggs, thad young