(Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

Weed. Pot. Grass. Dope. Reefer. Ganga. Hash. Herb. Chronic. These are all names for marijuana, but not all weed is the same. There’s swag, dank, kind, kush, etc. The quality, aroma, taste, and potency differ depending on which you choose. Obviously, the higher the quality, the better the high, but sometimes the bargain basement green can be just as productive as the most expensive. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s of the highest quality? The Stocktonator. The Sacramento Kings drafted Marvin Bagley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Yes, ahead of Luka Doncic. Regardless, Bagley is high quality, but unfortunately he fractured his thumb in the season opener. Enter Nemanja Bjelica. The Nemanja isn’t bargain basement, but he’s not the highest quality either. He is more than capable of producing and can even access the highest of high ceilings. Last night was one of those games:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 7 4 1 1 0 4/7 13/18 0

Nemanja has started 21 games this season and produced top 85 value for fantasy. He provides points, tres, boards, a handful of dimes, and a little something something in the defensive cats. The percentages are decent as well. Over the past four games, though, he’s been the #12 player, as he’s averaged 17.5 points, 2.5 tres, 7.8 boards, 3.3 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 53% from the field. The Nemanja has been potent! Now for the buzzkill. Bagley is set to return soon. Once that happens, he will likely get around 20 minutes of run per game.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 5 0 0 0 5/6 10/15 1/1

Over the past seven games, Buddy has been an animal, averaging 38.9 minutes, 26 points, 4.4 tres, 5.9 boards, 3.6 dimes, and 22.4 shots per game! For the season, he’s at 34.3 minutes, 3.8 tres, 4.8 boards, 2.7 dimes, and 18.4 shot attempts. When the Kings get healthy, things should return to some normalcy. For fantasy, you can expect top 60-70ish production because of the lack of defensive stats.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 7 8 0 0 6 3/12 10/24 4/5

Over the last four games, Doncic has been outside the top 100. PANIC! SELL! I kid, I kid. He’s only played 30.3 minutes per game because the Mavs have been absolutely trouncing teams. With that said, the usage rate has been over 40 during that span! On the season, the usage rate is 36.7, he’s jacking up 20.2 shots per game, and averaging 30 points, 3 tres, 9.8 boards, 9.2 dimes, and 1.3 steals. Just silly. The only thing he doesn’t do is get his block on.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 1 2 1 0 0 9/12 10/13 0

Got the start and played 36 minutes. I’m a sucker for the Hardaway bets, especially when he’s starting and getting over 30 minutes of run. He’s strictly a tres guy, so know what you’re getting into.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 9 3 1 0 1 2/4 5/14 9/12

Played a team-high 38 minutes. I haven’t written up Shai much this season, as he’s been a bit underwhelming. He boards well for a guard, but doesn’t dish out many dimes. Shai does score and provides some tres and steals. He’s a top 100 player for fantasy and I still believe in his upside. If the Logo believes in Shai, then so do I. If Chris Paul gets dealt, then Shai should see a bump in usage and production.

Nerlens Noel

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 12 0 1 2 1 0 5/7 3/3

Played 20 minutes off the bench. It looked like Noel was burying himself in the ground there, but like a Meerkat, popped out of the hole to remind us that ’tis the season for Noel. As long as Steven Adams is on the squad, Noel won’t get more than 20 minutes of run each game, but he can still be productive by grabbing boards and filling the defensive categories. If Adams succumbs to injury or gets traded, then…..mental masturbation time. In three games as a starter this year, Noel has averaged 27.3 minutes and been a top 30 player.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 8 0 3 0 2 1/8 4/18 0

Continues to start and played 35 minutes. As long as he’s on the squad, Melo is going to play a ton of minutes and jack up plenty of shots. That’s both a good and bad thing. Melo will provide points, tres, and boards through sheer volume. Unfortunately, that same volume hurts as he’s shooting 40% from the field. He is averaging 1.1 steals, so that’s nice, but I can’t see that level of production persisting all season. Currently, he’s a top 150 player.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 3 0 5 1 0 6/8 2/2

It wasn’t a Mt. Whiteside eruption. Just a normal block party that made all the inhabitants of the village happy.

Kent Bazemore

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 5 2 0 1 1 3/6 3/11 0

Got the start and played 36 minutes, as Rodney Hood is out due to an Achilles injury. I told y’all that venturing to the Hood is dangerous. Anyways, Bazemore should continue to start and provide across-the-board production. The shooting efficiency is going to be poor, though.

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 11 5 1 0 4 3/6 12/18 7/8

He is so damn good. Top 10 player for fantasy on the season, but there are some things to worry about. He’s going to sit back-to-backs, but we already knew that. Since Paul George has returned, Kawhi is averaging fewer than 30 minutes per game and the usage rate has ticked down to around 30.

Moe Harkless

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

Got the start and played 36 minutes, a season-high. Patrick Patterson did not play due to back spasms. When PP is healthy, Harkless will likely get around 22-24 minutes of run per game. He’s mainly a 3-and-D player.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 6 4 0 1 3/10 11/21 2/2

By George! Paul is a top 15 player despite averaging 29.3 minutes per game.

O. G. Anunoby

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 2 4 1 0 2/4 8/14 1/1

The Force truly is strong with this one. Is this Pascal Siakam Part Deux? Could be. O.G.’s game is predicated on the defensive stats, but he’s becoming more well-rounded as time passes.

Marc Gasol

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0 4 3 0 1 2 0/4 0/6 0

In 30 minutes. Impressively impotent.

Kyle Lowry

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26 6 5 2 0 4 4/8 7/14 8/9

Played 38 minutes. Over the past three games, Lowry is averaging 40.1 minutes per game! Lol. He’s a top 15 player on the season. It’d be shocking if he continued to play over 37 minutes per game and play every game, but if he does, a top 20 season is not out of the question.

Fred VanVleet

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

Only played 12 minutes due to a knee bruise. If he misses any time, then Norman Powell will likely soak up his minutes.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 6 3 0 1 2 4/8 10/22 2/2

Played 39 minutes and led the Sixers in scoring. With Josh Richardson out, the usage rate has spiked from 24 all the way up to 31! Tobias contributes a little something something in every cat, but is primary a points, tres, and boards guy.

Joel Embiid

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10 8 6 1 1 7 0/1 3/7 4/6

Marc Gasol is Embiid’s kryptonite.

Ben Simmons

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16 11 9 0 0 5 0 8/11 0

Aaaaaaaaaaalllllllllmmmmmmmmmmoooooooooosssssttttt messed around. No BS.

Matisse Thybulle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 3 3 1 3 5/8 6/9 3/3

Another masterpiece by Matisse! He’s filling up the gallery. He’s primarily a defensive specialist, but the offensive repertoire has manifested itself lately. When Josh Richardson returns, though, the opportunites likely won’t be as fruitful.

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 2 1 0 1 4/10 8/15 2/2

Over the past four games, Markkanen has been a top 40 player. It was only a matter of time before he broke out of his slump.

Kris Dunn

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 2 3 0 1 0 6/9 4/5

Continues to start and played 34 minutes. Dunn has now started the past five games and been a top 70 player. He’s been shooting 48% from the field, so that will likely regress back to the 42-43% range, but the steals should continue being plentiful. He’s averaging 2 per game! I guess he ain’t Dunn being fantasy relevant.

Coby White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 8 0 0 3 3/7 3/9 2/2

Played 32 minutes off the bench. The dimes were a nice surprise, but White is a hucker and chucker and is primarily just a points and tres specialist. If you decide to call upon the services of Mr. White, be aware that he’s shooting 36% from the field.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 13 6 3 1 7 0/1 7/9 7/9

In 41 minutes! Game went to OT. 7’s were wild!!! Unfortunately, they were wild in the turnovers department. The only thing Bam does not provide is tres. The boards and defensive stats are there and the 4 dimes from the center position are lovely. BAM!

Tyler Herro

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 3 1 0 2 5/11 10/22 2/2

Hit the tres to force OT and then went HAM in the extra period. Justise Winslow and Goran Dragic were out, so don’t count on this being a regular thing. With that said, he does have this kind of upside and is a streaming candidate when injuries befall the Heat.

Jabari Parker

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

Continues to start and played 27 minutes. Parker has been awful lately, so it was nice to see him bounce back. John Collins isn’t eligible to return until December 23rd, so Parker still has a few more weeks of fantasy relevance.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 9 0 0 2 4/13 9/20 8/8

Yawn. Just another Trae Day. 15th player for fantasy. Trae has a 34 usage rate on the season and is shooting 46% from the floor, a huge improvement from the 41% number posted last year. The turnovers are still high at 5 per game, but the 8.4 dimes, 28.8 points, 3.5 tres, and 4.1 boards mitigate the pain somewhat.

Kevin Huerter

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

Got the start and played 24 minutes. Slowly but surely, Huerter will get ramped up. He plays some backup point guard and has the ability to provide across-the-board production.

Alex Len

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 1 1 1 0 1/1 5/11 2/2

In 19 minutes. He’s been a top 25 player over the past three games! Too bad it’s been in 17.8 minutes per game. Unreliable and only for the deepest of leagues. I have him in a 30-team league, and I don’t even trust him there.

De’Andre Hunter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 3 5 1 0 1 1/6 3/9 3/3

Played 28 minutes off the bench. It was nice to see him return from injury and should be back in the starting lineup soon. Hunter is not big game, but he can bludgeon his way into some counting stats.

Vince Carter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 2 0 1 1 3/6 7/11 0

Half man, all amazing!!! VC is 42 freaking years old!!!

P. J. Washington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 3 1 2 1 2/4 3/6 12/13

In 33 minutes. Damn, the Hawks were a bunch of hacks last night. I’m high on Washington, as he can contribute across the board and will likely get as many minutes as he can handle. With that said, the free throw shooting is suspect and he did sprain his ankle last night.

Miles Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 0 1 0 2 3/3 7/14 3/3

I’m not sure I’d walk too many Miles for Bridges. In fact, I’d be more inclined to throw him under the Bridges. He’s a top 150 player for fantasy. The offensive repertoire isn’t advanced and the defensive contributions are underwhelming. He doesn’t dish out dimes either. Some tres and boards are what he delivers.

Nicolas Batum DNP-CD. Coach Borrego hasn’t been happy with Batum and his playing time looks tenuous at best, as the team is terrible and will likely develop the young players.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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

Played 23 minutes off the bench, as Batum was benched and Marvin Williams was out due to a knee injury. He’s not in the future plans for the Hornets, so it’s tough to see him making significant contributions.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 6 0 0 3 2/6 10/21 2/2

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That buy low window is closing.

Taurean Prince

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 11 4 1 1 1 1/6 3/13 2/2

Prince will never sit on the throne due to his woeful efficiency. How could the people ever follow? With that said, while the shooting and points are inconsistent, he does provide tres, boards, and can stuff the stat sheet on occasion.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 2 1 0 2 0 7/13 5/8

Played 30 minutes. Top 25 player over the past seven games and top 10 over the past three games. Allen is 12th in the league in dub-dubs. Just play him all the minutes, Atkinson! No need to skimp and diet.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 8 0 0 3 0/3 10/17 4/5

Trade Kyrie! Dinwiddie has started 12 games this season. He’s averaged 33.1 minutes, 23.8 points, 2.1 tres, 3.5 boards, 7.6 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks! When Kyrie returns, Dinwiddie will still be productive, as the usage rate is 33 compared to 28 as a starter, but the minutes will decrease from 33 down to 26.

Josh Okogie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 1 0 0 1 3/5 4/8 7/7

Got the start and played 25 minutes. He replaced Treveon Graham, who only played 7 minutes. Sayonara. The Graham cracker has crumbled and expired. Okogie could provide some tres, boards, and defensive stats. The shooting efficiency won’t be great, though.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
50 7 6 4 1 1 0/2 20/29 10/10

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LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 4 13 1 0 5 6/8 12/20 2/2

LeBron only played 28 minutes due to foul trouble and the Lakers turning the Timberwolves into puppies, 142-125. LBJ is the #10 player for fantasy and is leading the league in dimes with 10.8 per game.

Alex Caruso

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

Bald Mamba strikes again and played 30 minutes! Rajon Rondo did not play, so the playing time was elevated, but Caruso is an important member of the Lakers. He defends well and the overall IQ helps the squad. For fantasy, he’s not relevant outside the deepest of leagues, and when Rondo returns, the playing time will be in the low 20s.

  1. Gerald says:
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    Hi Son,

    Great post as usual. On point with Embiid being bullied by gasol. too bad Gasol’s haven’t put up anything good recently. He was really nice last season before he got traded.
    Lot of guys will come back from suspensions and injuries soon so expecting a lot of changes will come.

    Anyway, may I ask how’d you rank these Guards long term for rest of season? I’m in a 10- teamer and all these guys have juicy upside, just can’t think on who to get better rest of season.

    Kennard (was great until BG, not sure if will be better)
    huerter (looking for breakout and trusted by coach and team but always injured)
    Payton (might be PG of the NYK for the future)
    Dunn (great upside on steals and may? be more trusted by coach than Sato?)

    Will be nice to know what you think.. 🙂

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Gerald!

      I like Huerter the best out of that group. Then it’s Kennard.

      Payton isn’t the future in my opinion and Dunn is a steals guy. Sato is the best option in Chicago

      • Gerald says:
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        Thanks a lot. Your opinion means a lot. Was having the same thoughts and I like what they said that huerter is klay with 40inch vertical.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I appreciate that, Gerald. Whoa whoa whoa. Let’s slow the roll before we put him in the Klay stratosphere. I get what you’re saying though 🙂

          • Gerald says:
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            Ha! everything’s exaggerated when it comes to fantasy like seeing potential breakout in everybody. Unless other owner got them first then you’d hope they are bust. Lol

            • Son

              Son says:
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              No doubt!

              • Mr. Blast says:
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                AYO!

                Bertans is a taller Steph in his prime lol

                Let us exaggerate!

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  I like it!!!

  2. Toronto Huskies says:
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    What are you doing with Gary Harris, time to cut bait and see who’s on the FA list?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I wouldn’t have an issue replacing him. Depends on for who though

  3. Tenethor says:
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    Hey Son,

    Nice write up as always. 12team – H2H – 9Cat league here.

    I got Otto Porter on my IR spot (drafted him with my 5th pick) and got Vucevic and Richardson out as well. Im standing on the 5th place of my league at the moment and trending down (first 8 make it to the playoffs).
    Would you cut otto at this point or would you hold? Thing is i faced the same situation last year with Barton and Covington and after holding onto them for so long they eventually payed nothing back (Lord Covington didnt even return at all).
    Dont want the same thing happening this year too.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Otto probably won’t be playing until after the start of the new year. If you desperately need the stats, then I don’t have an issue cutting him. There’s a slight chance you could scoop him up later. I’d hold if I could, but always depends who you can replace from the wire

  4. hamtime says:
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    Hey Son,

    Always enjoy the writeups!

    More fodder questions for my 18m:
    1. Pls rank – thybulle, hunter, okogie, looney, cam Johnson, augustin
    2. Otto cleared waivers. Is he worth grabbing and holding when I could be streaming his spot instead? Tied for first, but don’t want to be hanging onto dead weight either
    3. Horford or SGA

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, hamtime!

      Hunter, Looney, Okogie, Thybulle, Cam, Augustin

      Otto probably won’t play until after the start of the new year. If you have a spot, I’d take a shot. If not, not a priority

      Horford, but depends on team construction and needs

  5. I Just Wanna Kawhi says:
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    Sup ma dud. Currently at #3 now. Team is doing good without the dopist (Ayton), kyrie with a bad shoulder and jrich ailing. Really lucked out on Markelle for the past weeks. Held onto him when he was only playing under 25 mins. Knew his playing time was only going to rise, and now it’s happening. Not gon say he’s a ‘great’ player but his dimes & steals combo is lethal, and pair him with someone like Satoransky, man, they’re gon really boost those categories. Altho I should say that Sato somewhat lost his mojo, but hey, maybe he finds his way back to awesomeness.

    OPJ was dropped, thinking of picking him up, dropping Rui in the process. What do u say? Man, the bulls are just so unbelievably awful rn.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, much rather have Rui right now. He’s going to get tons of run. OPJ probably won’t play until after the start of the new year

  6. Scott Brooks says:
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    Ayo, Son, would you prefer Rui or Wagner in a roto league? One has the minutes on lock, but the other seems to find it easier to contribute in the peripherals as well

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I agree with your assessment. Depends on your needs/wants

      • Scott Brooks says:
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        Cheers! I’m low on frontcourt players, so I’ll have to hope for some operatic production. Just wanted to know if either one would be considered undroppable or along those lines

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’d side with Rui and the minutes floor

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