When I play franchise mode in any video game, I try and make it as realistic as possible. I’ll play games out, accept the draft order, not cheese, eat losses when they come, make trades that make sense, and all in all be a good citizen. Injuries? They have to on for sure. But, but, but….I have a confession to make. I have restarted more than one franchise when stupid injuries occurred early on that didn’t make sense. That was my rationale. I feel dirty now. That said, injuries are a part of the game and they make me sad. Yesterday, it was announced that Spencer Dinwiddie was diagnosed with a partially torn right ACL and would require surgery, ending his season. The usage was way down from past seasons due to the additions of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, so he wasn’t a fantasy stalwart by any means, but his injury has ramifications. Mainly, who takes his spot in the starting lineup? My initial thought is that Caris Levert stays with the second unit, which is his ideal spot. The likely scenario is that we start chasing waterfalls again with Timothe Luwawu-Cabbarot. Or Landry Shamet is inserted to provide shooting. Last night’s game wasn’t a good indication because both Irving and Durant were out. Let’s see how the lineup looks when everyone plays.

Am I sad? Ja. Why? Because Ja Morant suffered a severe ankle injury. He had to be taken off in a wheelchair, but thankfully, X-rays showed no fracture. The results of the MRI should be available on Tuesday. Whew. That said, Morant is likely to miss some time which turns my smile upside down. Tyus Jones will step in and start at point guard.

Enough sad talk. Let’s get to what else I saw last night:

 

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DeAndre Jordan

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

In 30 minutes! Now, the game went to overtime, so don’t go hip-hopping around that this is the N. W. O. That said, it says something that he played that much when his BFFs didn’t even suit up. Hmmmmm. Anyways, boards and blocks are what this DJ spins on a nightly basis. Another numerology alert: 4 points, 4 blocks, 4 turnovers, and 4 personal fouls.

Caris LeVert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 4 11 5 0 3 2/9 12/29 2/2

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both didn’t play due to “injury recovery.” Irving had a 28.1 usage rate on the season while Durant was at 28.4. The Third Musketeer LeVert had a usage rate of 31.9 in three prior games, then grabbed a 36.2 percent share last night. Dayam. The only thing that would be a detriment is if he starts alongside Kyrie and Durant in the starting lineup, but I don’t think that happens. The Nets are too good with LeVert leading the second unit.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 2 2 1 4 3/10 7/17 4/4

Got the start and played 40 minutes. Don’t go chasing waterfalls my ass! When TLC starts, I’ve diving headfirst into the rapids. That said, he’s a career 40% shooter from the field and doesn’t provide much in the defensive cats. He can shoot the tres, though, so maybe he can space the floor for Kyrie and Durant, but there’s a reason why he’s only started 35 of 221 games he’s played.

Chris Chiozza

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

Played 27 minutes off the bench. Only viable when Kyrie sits, but that could happen often this season, so keep Chiozza on the speed dial. Points, tres, and dimes are what he provides.

Kyle Anderson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 3 0 0 4 4/8 9/17 6/8

Mr. Anderson is the Matrix now. Remember when Neo first gains awareness and everything slows down for him? That’s why he’s nicknamed Slow-Mo. Shut up, I don’t want to hear it. So far in three games, Mr. Anderson is a top 55 player, providing points, tres, boards, and excellent percentages. The worry has been that his minutes could dissipate when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow return to the fold. Just ride the wave and deal with that when it comes because it’s within the range of outcomes that he continues to ball the F out. Remember, he is the Matrix now.

Jonas Valanciunas

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

Three games down. Three dub-dubs. Last season, JV was 10th with 39 dub-dubs. He damn well earns that varsity letter every season.

Dillon Brooks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 4 3 0 5 2/4 9/19 4/4

When you frolic down by the Brooks, sometimes the salmon jump into the bucket allowing you to gorge to your heart’s content. While other times you have to find cover amongst the trees from the bricks raining down from the sky. Brooks hucks and chucks and blows your field goal percentage down, but he plays a ton of minutes and will provide points, tres, steals, and a smattering of boards and dimes. The usage rate is a healthy 28.1 with Morant on the floor. That number could tick up to 30 without.

Brandon Clarke

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 2 1 0 0 1/1 6/11 3/7

Played 29 minutes off the bench. He’s shooting 37% from the free-throw line and 46% from the field. Gross. Last season, those numbers were 75% and 62% respectively. He’s going to be better and should deliver top 100-ish value.

Tyus Jones

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

Replaced Ja and played 35 minutes. He won’t score many points, but can provide tres, dimes, and steals.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 4 1 4 1 0 6/8 0

Viva la France!

Gobert is right on track posting top 25 production for fantasy. The uptick in dimes is a pleasant surprise. That’d be a nice little surprise to go along with the elite boards, blocks, and field goal percentage.

Luguentz Dort

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 2 1 2 0 2 5/7 9/11 3/4

Oh, Lordy. I almost fainted when I saw this line. 911 indeed. Dort is a top 25 player!!! Ha! Stop the season. Alright, it’s been two games so let’s calm down. He’s not going to shoot 60% from the field but it’s encouraging that he’s hoisting up 11.5 shots per game. He’s confident and will continue getting plenty of opportunities. So, tres and steals are his main contributions but Dort does have access to ceiling as evidenced by last night’s game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 7 1 1 4 1/7 9/21 4/4

Shai…..you are so freaking Gilgeous-Alexander. Mwah. Mwah. Mwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaah. Through two games, SGA is garnering a 33.6 usage rate and dishing out eight dimes while scoring 23.5 points per game. Chef’s kiss. Now, the shooting efficiency has been bad at 41%. That’s something we expected coming into the season, but 41% is too low. 44 to 45% seems more likely.

Christian Wood

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 1 2 2 0 4/5 9/20 1/2

A Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist were drinking and watching a basketball game at the bar. At the conclusion, they walked around the neighborhood looking for a church. Upon finding one, they opened the door and walked toward the priest. “We wish to convert to Christianity,” they said in unison. The priest responded by saying, “Why do you all have erections?” This is the power of Christian Wood. He can bring world peace and unite all religions under one tent.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 6 8 1 0 5 5/9 10/16 9/9

Meh. It’s refreshing when Harden stoops to greatness from time to time, instead of the lofty air of amazing. This line is something most players don’t achieve in their lifetime. A subpar performance by Harden’s standards. O. M. G. It just hit me. Now I understand why the synergy between Harden and Wood is so strong. Wood gets Harden excited. Mind. Blown.

Jerami Grant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 1 0 1 0 3/8 9/20 6/6

Both Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin did not play in this one, so Grant played 37 minutes and garnered a 26.1 usage share. On the season, he’s averaged a 19.8 share. I thought he’d be worse but he’s been decent, providing points, tres, boards, and blocks. The steals haven’t been there but they will be. The turnovers have been super low while the shooting percentages have been good.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 4 2 1 1 1 3/7 11/19 2/4

Got the start and played 28 minutes. He led the Pistons with a 32.3 usage rate! Jackson ain’t going out like no chump. I respect it. When Rose and Griffin are playing, Jackson will obviously go back to the bench, but Casey seems to be smitten with him and will give him run each game.

Delon Wright

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 4 0 2 2 1/2 5/9 7/8

Played 22 minutes off the bench. Wright never has a high usage rate and won’t jack up shots, so the points will rarely be voluminous, but he provides tres, boards, dimes, and defensive stats.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 2 0 1 2 1/1 4/7 6/6

Only played 26 minutes due to foul trouble.

Danilo Gallinari did not play due to a foot injury. Cam Reddish got the start in his place.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 3 3 0 1 2/5 4/10 1/2

The field goal percentage is always a concern for Reddish. He’s a career 40-ish percent shooter, so at least he’s consistent. There’s value in knowing exactly what to expect. That said, Reddish provides tres, boards, and steals. I can’t find the video but I’ll never forget a video of kids on the AAU circuit and they all were like Cam Reddish is the most unguardable player any of them have ever gone up against. I guess you could find video of that for most players but whatever.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 3 6 0 0 3 2/6 6/13 15/15

Just another Trae day. Through three games, Trae is the number eight player on a per-game basis. He has not racked up a steal or block. Crazy.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 9 1 0 2 0 0 3/5 1/2

Made his season debut and played 20 minutes. That may be the N.W.O. for a while.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 5 0 1 2 5/7 6/10 0

Played 30 minutes despite coming off the bench. That’s going to be his role and it’s ok. If he gets unleashed to the starting unit then I’m going to have to sing Who Let the Bog Out? every day. And my family will not appreciate that. So far, Bog is averaging 29.2 minutes, 13 points, 3 tres, 7 boards, and 3 dimes. The defensive stats aren’t there but they will be. The shooting efficiency is a bugaboo, as he’s shooting 40% from the field and will likely settle in the 43 to 43% range.

CJ McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 11 3 1 2 3/11 7/22 3/3

McCollum has played 483 games in his career. He has now dished out at least 10 dimes in six of them. Sharing is caring!

Gary Trent Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 1 0 0 7/11 10/14 1/2

With Carmelo Anthony in COVID-19 protocols, there was uncertainty as to who would fill in off the bench. I was thinking it could maybe be Harry Giles III. Well, I’m a stupid, stupid man as it was Trent Jr. who went HAM against the Lakers. 28 points in 24 minutes of action is pretty, pretty good.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 4 5 0 1 5 5/10 10/16 6/6

It’s usually Dame Time, right? Well, so far in three games, it’s all about CJ, as he’s the number two player for fantasy while Dame is outside the top 60. This dynamic will be flipped in a few months, but it’s cute when everyone is on the edge of their seats right now.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 5 1 0 3 0 6/14 1/2

Played 38 minutes but was off from the start. The sky is falling! Aliens have landed on our planet! The polar ice caps are going to produce a tsunami of epic proportions! Calm down, people. All of those things have a better chance of happening than Davis finishing outside the top 25 on a per-game basis. Did I just jinx it into happening? Father, forgive me for I have sinned. Over the past seven seasons, AD has finished as the 2, 2, 1, 2, 5, 1, and 2 player on a per-game basis.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 9 6 2 1 3 3/7 11/20 4/5

Simply unbelievable. Future generations will look upon LeBron how we view the Greek Gods.

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 4 1 0 2 1/2 8/16 7/7

Dennis has been a menace to opposing teams all season, knocking down the open shot, breaking defenses down off the dribble, and facilitating. For fantasy, though, the points, boards, and dimes have been nice, but the lack of defensive stats really stunt his value. The 25.3 usage rate is nice to see.

  1. Member Berries says:
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    F Gary Trent Jr. He was so hot – would have scored 30+ had coach not benched him. Never understood coaches sitting hot shooters. Lillard closed it like the baller that he is though

    Looking up how old josh Jackson is, he must be 25-27, right? Nope. 23. Lol.

    Fantasy basketball is getting difficult to play. Too many players sitting and weird IL settings in yahoo – you can IL players with covid or injuries in football but not basketball? Dumb dumb dumb dumb (south park mormon song)

    Liking Mason plumlee but cmon man, get one more point and a few blocks

    Great write up, always looking who you’ll say buy on

    Next years rookie class looks filthy

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks! I think you ready to write the recaps. Let me know when!!

  2. hamtime says:
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    Sup Son! 16m 11cat

    1. Traded Jrue/Tobias/Otto for PG/Baynes/Melo (will likely drop). Was able to keep Vuc, so still have a Tatum/PG/Vuc core. Thoughts?

    2. Love got dropped. How much of the $100 faab would you use and who is the drop – tyus, naz, reddick

    3. Would you drop tyus, Naz, reddick for Rondo, house, or Melton? Thin FA

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s rest of squad look like?

      Love is out for a month so not much

      Probably not

      • hamtime says:
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        Pre-trade:

        Jrue
        Reddick
        Halliburton
        Tatum
        Tobias
        Otto
        Vuc
        Rubio
        Tyus
        Brolo
        Dmc
        Kemba

        • Son

          Son says:
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          After trade, you real rough in boards and fg%. below average in points, dimes, steals, and blocks. Strenghts are tres and ft%

          • hamtime says:
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            Would you drop reddick for someone like rondo or Melton then?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              i don’t have a problem with that

  3. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the Great write up Son!

    I’m in a 12 team 8-cat Roto league (I’m new to this format) – 3PT, AST, BK, FGP, FTP, PTS, ST and TRB.
    Starting lineup is 4 G, 4 F, 1 C and 1 G-F-C with three bench spots.

    This is my team:

    G Seth Curry
    G Garland
    G Doncic
    G Herro
    F Bazley
    F Gallinari
    F Christian Wood
    F Siakam
    C Adebayo
    GFC PJ Washington

    Bench
    G Kemba Walker
    C Porzingis
    G Lamelo Ball

    Could you please advise on my team? where do I need to improve?
    Dort is available. worth picking up? who would be the drop?
    Thanks again

    • RicoSuave says:
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      I’m in last place after the first week. I need help!

      • Son

        Son says:
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        It’s been three games!!! Woo sah homie

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks!

      You weak in steals and fg%. Super strong in points and tres and very good in boards and dimes.

      I think you hold

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Thank you SON!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          anytime

  4. Juan Canasta says:
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    How much patience would you exercise with Gallo and RoCo? (I suppose the latter is at least getting steals and blocks.) Neither of these guys is really a keeper in my league. Dillon Brooks, Lonnie Walker, Terrence Ross, Josh Jackson, Luguentz Dort, and Larry Nance are all available and would be 11th round keepers. 12-team h2h 9-cat league. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d pick up Nance for sure. Gallo would be the drop

  5. Ricky says:
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    Hii Son,

    Could you please rank this players for rest of the season : rubio, d.rose,elf payton, garland,sato, haliburton ??

    H2H, 9cat

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      garland, haliburton…….then rubio, rose, elf clustered together……then sato

  6. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the Great write-up Son!

    I’m in a 12 team 8-cat Roto league. (3PT, AST, BLK, FGP, FTP, PTS, ST & TRB)
    starting lineup with 4 Gs, 4 Fs, 1 C and 1 G-F-C. with 3 bench spots.

    this is my team

    G Doncic
    G Seth Curry
    G Garland
    G Herro
    F Siakam
    F Christian Wood
    F Bazley
    F Gallinari
    C Adebayo
    G-F-C PJ Washington

    Bench
    G Kemba Walker
    G LaMelo Ball
    C Porzingis

    Can you please advise on where I need to improve? this is a new format for me and I’m in last place after week 1.

    Luguentz Dort is available on the wire… should I pick him up? who would be the drop?

    Thanks again!

  7. Max says:
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    Hi Son, somebody in my league dropped Clarke. I have Keldon, Boucher, Bazley, DBrooks, and Clarkson as my worst 5 players. Should I must drop somebody to snatch Clarke?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      what’s rest of squad look like?

      • Max says:
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        Shai / Coby / Dejounte / Beasley / Brooks / Clarkson(streamer)
        Siakm / Oubre / MPJ / Keldon / Boucher / Bazley
        Adebayo / Turner / Nurkic

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’d scoop for Clarkson

          • Max says:
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            its possible for now, but who to drop for streaming later then? Also CLarke pretty much worse then othe guys except clarckson

            • Son

              Son says:
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              you have to make a decision then. do you want to keep that spot for streaming or not? answer that and the path will become clear

  8. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks!

  9. Jerald says:
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    Drop Lonnie walker for josh jackson- ?

    10 team 9 cat 14 players on a roster

    thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m ok with that. Both will regress though when teams get healthy

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Son,

    I’ve tried to post a couple of times but they’re not showing up…

  11. Leo says:
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    Hi there. Thank you for the advice. I’m on the 12 team standard league. Let me know what you think of my team. I really wanna drop love and griffin. But I will hold like you said:

    Guards: steph curry, lamello ball, van fleet, Lowry
    Forward: Simmons, Paul George, Covington, bagley, Kyle Anderson
    Center: Boucher, love, griffin, PJ Washington

    Let me know what you think of my team. Appreciate it.

    • Son

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      You super weak in fg%. Strenghts are dimes, tres ,and steals. Love is out for a month now, so I don’t hate moving on from him, but depends on who you replace with

  12. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Yo Son!

    In a 12 team H2H, keep 4, do you like adding Wendell Carter Jr and/or Robert Williams over anyone on this squad?

    G: Curry, Killian Hayes, LeVert, Malik Beasley, Rozier

    F: Giannis, Collins, Aldridge, Gallinari, Bertans, Patrick Williams, Lonnie Walker IV

    C: Bam, Nurk

    Was considering making the move of Carter Jr for Pat Williams.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      WCJ for Lonnie Walker

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        Thanks Son!

  13. jeff says:
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    Hello,

    Would you trade Hield and 2 2nd rd picks (most likely 10/12 pick in the 2nd) FOR herro (2 years of protection left) and 4th and 5th rd picks?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      can you not keep hield anymore or is there inflation?

      • Jeff says:
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        I can but I have a chance of losing him next year. Herro guaranteed on my roster for next 2 seasons

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Gotcha. I like Hield better than Herro right now and those 2s seem juicy to me. Class is supposedly deep. If you are a super believer in Herro, then go for it.

  14. Joel says:
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    Sup Son? Long time. I gotta say you got a strong stable of new writers! Some of these guys seem professionally trained haha… Anyways, someone dropped Brandon Clark, Joe Ingles, and Obi Toppin in my 12-team league. You rushing to pick any of them up? I’m a little too scoring heavy, probably dropping Kuzma. I’ve got 2 IR spots open so Toppin more of a stash.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha!

      Clarke the only guy of interest.

  15. JC says:
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    Are you concerned about Horford already resting on a b-2-b? I drafted him late so not in love with him on this young team this late in his career.

    Was offered Lou Will for him but he has his own issues. Fournier a better ask or hold?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      it’s a concern for sure.

      depends on squad

      • JC says:
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        In draft order, 9 cats, 12 teamer.

        Harden (6th pick)
        Beal
        Ayton
        Paul
        JV
        JJJ
        Bledsoe
        Horford
        Rooster
        Bog Bog
        Holmes
        D White
        Barton
        Walker IV ( until White comes back)

        • Son

          Son says:
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          start 2 centers?

          • JC says:
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            You can roster and start three. Horford has PF eligibility. Holmes, Ayton and JV are my centers

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I’d hold him then. Big men are valuable, epsecially in your league

  16. SIR says:
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    Dude, between Ja Rule dropping like a Jay-Z diss track and the Phx offense treating Crowder as their franchise piece and not Ayton…I am bummed. Need some SON pick me up!

    h2h cats, 12 teams, 11 cats – standard 9 plus off reb & def reb

    I was offered LaVine & Bridges (Cha) for A Gordon & Smart.

    I know that I lose in overall trade, but I want a streamer spot (ie Bridges). Do you like LaVine over the two I lose – by small or wide margin? Thanks in advance!

    • Son

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      I’m cool with it

  17. JC says:
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    With this squad would you trade Horford for Lou Will? Nine cat, h2h.

    Harden, Bledsoe, Paul,
    Beal, Bog Bog, D White
    Horford, Rooster, Barton, JJJ
    Ayton, JV, Holmes

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Uh, I said above that I’d keep Horford in your league

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