Welcome back from Thanksgiving! ¬†I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, with leftovers still to spare to get you through a full work-week back. ¬†I even bought a few extra boxes of stuffing since that ran out fast on T-giv day! ¬†Got two or three meals left to go… ¬†God I love Thanksgiving!
And while I added several inches to my waistline, Draymond Green has been stuffing his stats even more! ¬†Back-to-back tripdubs over the weekend for #OccupyDraymondGreen, going 14/10/10/1/2 then 13/11/12/1/4 on Friday and Saturday. ¬†The multi-cat phenom hit two treys as well on Friday – averaging a career-best 1.6 3PTM a game on the season – while his FG% has continued to climb all four seasons as a pro, up to 48.2% this year. ¬†It’s almost like the Warriors have good players or something! ¬†The only knock is his TO are up, but even in standard 9-cat he’s bringing back top-15 value on BBMonster and top-10 on Yahoo. ¬†I remain a little incredulous that a lot of people thought 2014-15 was a fluke (I guess?), and I had to defend a “high” rank a few times in the comments. ¬†So after this Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful Dray is helping our Yahoo F&F team be decent this year and that rank is working out… ¬†Because trust me, a lot has gone wrong. ¬†Friggin’ Rubio… ¬†Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops, plus The 7 Ahead for week 6:
Michael Carter-Williams – MCW now stands for “municipal career waste.” ¬†I maybe should’ve worked harder at that joke, but my lack of effort mirrors MCW’s fall from grace. ¬†Kidd got so frustrated with him, he took it out on the refs earlier last¬†week! ¬†MCW got benched yesterday afternoon in favor of Jerryd Bayless. ¬†In 15 minutes, MCW went 3/4/2/0/0 and still put his thumbprint on his stats with 2 TO, 1-3 FG and 1-2 FT. ¬†Bayless on the other hand continued his strong play in his start, going 11/6/6/1/0 with a couple of treys. ¬†He shot pretty poopy (4-14), but played 43 minutes as MCW is rendered useless.
O.J. Mayo – Also got flipped into the starting lineup, with Jabari Parker coming off the bench. ¬†Jabari was decent going 10/7, but only 17 minutes and Mayo played a whopping 44. ¬†OJ for 12/4/5/2/0 with a pair of treys, and worth a look in deepers. ¬†But it may go back to lite Mayo when Greivis Vasquez is healthy or there’s another line-up shake-up coming-up.
Elfrid Payton – After back to back dubdubs, including an awesome 22/2/10 game against the Bucks on 10-12 shooting,¬†Elfrid put himself on Skiles shit list going 6/3/5/1/1 on 1-12 shooting yesterday against the Celtics. ¬†Fear that IT2/3 defense!
Victor Oladipo – Skiles is pulling his best player off the bench… ¬†But maybe he has some sort of idea working in that balding head, as RainbOladipo almost lived up to the name in 30 minutes against the C’s for 19/8/6/2/1 with a pair of treys last night. ¬†This theme of bringing the better players off the bench is getting a little weird…
Nikola Vucevic – Pretty soon Jason Smith might be starting! ¬†After some low-minute games, Vuc was much better yesterday for 18/10/2. ¬†No D stats, and after a hot start those have been drying up, but at least the 33 minutes are a sigh of relief.
Tristan Thompson – Well, that Obamacare got Timofey Mozgov healthier faster than expected, using Healthcare.Mozgov to heal up that shoulder. ¬†Even with Mozzy Bear back, Thompson has been fantasy usable, going 7/12/1 and 10/11/2 over the weekend. ¬†His FT shooting was still pretty bad and he had multi-TO in both, so he’s back into the streaming mixer. ¬†Not to be confused with The Catalina Wine Mixer.
J.R. Smith – Had a typical Friday Smiff game of 11 points of “meehhhhhh”, but then had some sort of crisis of character, going 6/5/1/3/4 with 2 TO on 3-12 shooting with 0-4 from deep and 0-2 FT. ¬†You’re “J.R.” Smith, not “Josh” Smith!
Jared Dudley – As the Wiz got absolutely embarrassed by the Celtics on Friday, Milk Duds went 19/5/1/0/2 with 3 treys and 6-7 FT. ¬†It was enough to give him a start on Saturday, and he was exactly what you’d expect in a 30 minute Dudley-Do-Nothing start: 7/4/2/0/0 with a trey. ¬†Like Milk Duds, they seem¬†appealing the one or two times a year you want to eat them, but then you’re reminded at how annoying they are.
Jared Sullinger – It was a weekend for the Jareds, as Sully bounced back from a rough patch with a good game against Philly Wednesday, then 18/15/3/0/2 and a monstrous 3/11/2/3/3 rainbow line last night. ¬†3 Pts is still a rainbow! ¬†All this Jared talk at first makes me want to make a jewelry store joke, but that’s been played out. ¬†Next would be Jared Fogle, but that might be inappropriate even for THIS site. ¬†We’ll just leave it alone…
Jae Crowder – Like Sully, bounced back from a cold spell for 17/5/3 and 12/1/3/1/1 over the weekend. ¬†The steals are drying up after he was leading the league in takeaways, but at least he’s not a Silent Bob anymore…
Gerald Green – After exorcizing his demons at his apartment lobby, Green is back to game-ready and had a solid start against the Knicks putting up 25 Pts. ¬†That’s 41 Pts now in two starts the past two Heat games, but not much else on the stat sheet.
Kristaps Porzingis – In that Knicks loss to the Heat Friday, Zinger had the only fantasy-usable game of 11/8/0/2/3. ¬†Is he the best Knick right now?! ¬†Followed it up with a 20/13/1/1/2 line against the Rockets, almost leading NY to a win over HOU without Carmelo Anthony (bad seafood).
Jose Calderon – After a stretch of en fuego, went back to being Ricky Martin.
Arron Afflalo – A-R-Ron got some extended touches with Melo out, and got mad hot for 31/7/4 on 13-19 shooting with a pair of treys. ¬†Pulling the NBA shooter card – any shooter in the NBA can get hot! ¬†Not getting too crazy for this one…
Kevin Seraphin – Got some extended run last night for 14/7/4/1/4, but Rolo is terrible and barely played and Kyle O’Quinn I don’t think plays 4 minutes vs. 32 for Seraphin most nights…
James Harden – Beard is back in business, even if he is missing all 7 of his treys last night. ¬†Got exhausted after the near quaddub against Philly, going 50/9/8 Friday night with that brilliant 9 TO. ¬†It’s exhausting turning it over so much! ¬†That’s what she said?
Clint Capela – Your new starting PF. ¬†I still have faith in Terrence Jones, so I’m holding onto him. ¬†But while Houston tries out this huge front line, Capela is must-own unless you have decent bigs and worried about your FT%. ¬†It’s almost like someone thought he’d be a factor this year…
Patrick Beverley – Back to being our favorite fringe-ownable Pbev! ¬†5/4/1/1/3 against the Sixers and 7/3/2/5/0 against the Knicks, with only 1 TO in each. ¬†With Ty Lawson getting a DNP-CD yesterday, I’m owning Pbev in 12ers where he’s available.
Isaiah Canaan – Well, the T.J. McConnell show is now BACK to the Canaan show, in the Sixers futile mess at PG. ¬†McConnell is still chipping in some dimes, so he’s still 12er worthy on the right builds. ¬†Canaan is playing too well to ignore as well, going 17.4/2.2/2.4/1.0/0.8 the last 5 games, with an absurd 3.6 3PTM. ¬†Even in this hot run, he’s shooting 39.7% though… ¬†I’m not getting married to Canaan in D.
Robert Covington – I WOULD get married to Lord Covington! ¬†I dunno, all that British pomp and circumstance and the accents… ¬†Oh wait, yeah, he’s from Illinois… ¬†Anyway, Covington is showing Jae Crowder how it’s done, with 6, 8, then 7 steals his last 3 games. ¬†7 steals a game the past 3! ¬†The TO are ugly again, but like Canaan, the past 5 have been absurd for 18.0/8.0/2.0/5.2/1.0 with 3.2 treys, 45% FG shooting and a pretty good volume 78% FT shooting.
Jerami Grant – I picked him up in a league or two when Covington went down, and didn’t hold… ¬†Eesh… ¬†18/3/1/1/1 and 11/7/1/2/3 over the weekend with 4 total treys. ¬†JeraMI SO HORNY!
Nerlens Noel – His knee was so sore, it made him sick. ¬†Missed yesterday with knee/illness. ¬†Maybe it got gangrene.
Nikola Mirotic – After setting the world on fire and subsequently freezing it (he’s on the same career trajectory as Tugg Speedman), it looks like Miro has finally settled into his niche. ¬†16.5/7.5/3.3/0.8/0.3 with 1.8 treys and 2.0 TO the past 4. ¬†All of that minus maybe an AST seems about right.
Kobe Bryant – Toke up mutherFers, it’s 4-20! ¬†That’s 20% from the field last night… ¬†Mental math!
Paul George – Ridiculous. ¬†3 games the past week of 33+ points. ¬†At least my rank was right in the middle there. ¬†But remember my fight with commenters on if he was elite in 2013-14? ¬†THAT is what sounds ridiculous now! ¬†He’s pushing that top 7 or 8 territory for me, and nearing Kevin Durant land.
Kevin Durant –¬†Speaking of, tore up the Pistons for 34/13/5/0/3 Friday night, and hopefully there isn’t any more bumps and bruises the rest of the way. ¬†I’m probably taking him over…
Anthony Davis – …who had a bad knee ouchie Friday, yet sucked it up and played Saturday. ¬†He must be looking at Razzball comments to gut through another injury! ¬†And he was phenomenal against the Jazz, going 36/11/1/2/3. ¬†But fragility indeed looks like a liability. ¬†Least cool rap lyric about an NBA player ever…
Ish Smith – No one else in that blowout loss to the Jazz showed up except Ish who remains one of the most improbable contributors this year. ¬†13/6/6/2/0 in that one, and it was one of his worst games. ¬†We’ll see how Tyreke Evans crunches the minutes, with Evans set to be back this week.
Zach Randolph –¬†Returned after nearly 2 weeks off with a sore knee for 17/11 last night. ¬†It must’ve just been a soreness issues if they risked playing him against the Sixers!
Kawhi Leonard – We all knew he was good, but not THIS GOOD, right?! ¬†Had a beautiful double-rainbow 25/7/6/4/5 line on Friday @DEN, and if I was at the game, I would’ve been higher than that guy in the YouTube vid gawking at a double rainbow… ¬†Followed it up with a solid Saturday in a 20-pt win against the Hawks. ¬†MVP talk? ¬†Maybe if not for those stupid Warriors winning everything…
Will Barton – I’ve consistently said I love his game yet hate the role, but after a terrible game last Tuesday against the Lakers, 12/9/2/2/0 and 14/8/4/1/1 on Friday and Saturday. ¬†After only 2 treys over a 5-game stretch, buried 4 on Saturday against the Mavs. ¬†Aight, must-own in 12ers, been too good. ¬†10ers or shallower, he’s still streamable. ¬†Also helps Gary Harris suffered a concussion… ¬†Best wishes, G-Hair.
Stephen Curry – Also in the streaming class. ¬†No reason to hold onto him…
Leandro Barbosa – Surprising 21 Pts against the Suns on Friday, then back to Earth on Saturday for 5 Pts. ¬†That said, still a usable-in-deepers 5/2/1/3/0 with a trey. ¬†Captain Barbosa just never gets any older! ¬†Friggin cursed gold…
Harrison Barnes – Picked up a kankle against the Suns and sat Saturday. ¬†Apparently he was on crutches, which is just as scary as Brandon Rush becoming a starter and back into the fantasy discussion… ¬†16/3/1 with 4 treys against the Kings, and could be in line for several more starts for as long as Harrison has the kankle (missing at least the next 3). ¬†Certainly a ThrAGNOF, but worth a look in deepers.
T.J. Warren – Wow, ancillary stats! ¬†Scoring like Wilt Chamberlain lately (double entendre!), and had a nice 15/11/0/1/3 line in a win at TOR. ¬†P.J. Tucker looks “super” boring with this nice Warren play.
Tyson Chandler – In the comments yesterday, Slim and I took the terrible Robin Lopez over him… ¬†Tyson has a bum hammy, but even with Alex Len looking good at the eye level, it didn’t translate to the stat sheet last night. ¬†Deeper leagues might wanna give Len a look though…
Jon Leuer – Mmmmmmmmm:
20/12/1 last Wednesday, a dud where they decide not to play him Friday, but 16/4/2/0/1 last night with a pair of treys. ¬†Deep league option.
Mirza Teletovic – Mmmmmmmmm:
Oops, wrong video! ¬†Was the EXACT OPPOSITE of that last night, shooting 7-9 including 6-7 from downtown. ¬†Deep league ThrAGNOF!
Gorgui Dieng – Another game with a handful of minutes next to Karl-Anthony Towns, going 14/10/2/1/1 in a super-efficient 5-7 FG 4-4 FT outing in only 25 minutes. ¬†Choo choo! ¬†The Dieng Train is coming back to the station!
Andrew Wiggins – In Slim and I’s favorite Rotoworld thoughts, McCollum keeps being annointed the second-coming of Michael Jordan, while Wiggins is the second-coming of Michael¬†Olowokandi. ¬†Although I was pretty disappointed he had a steal and a block 3 minutes in yesterday, and didn’t add to them the rest of the game… ¬†¬†Past 9 he’s 23.3/3.8/1.7/1.0/0.9 with 0.7 treys on 45% shooting a huge volume 78% FT rate. ¬†Metrics still hate his multi-cat line, because nothing is high volume but the PTS, yet he’s hitting all cats and there’s still improvement showing.
Zach LaVine – Can you get ankle transplants? ¬†Because right now, that might be a good explatory option for Ricky Rubio… ¬†He didn’t twist his too bad this last time, but the Wolves held him out the past two games for precautionary reasons. ¬†Any time you can nab LaVine off the wire for fill-in Rubio starts it’s paid off, with two great games over the weekend with a shiny 11:3 AST:TO. ¬†No steals, but everything else was there.
Rajon Rondo – Unsurprisingly had a bad game against the Warriors. ¬†But that was after going 16/4/16 against the Wolves Friday night, with nary a TO. ¬†LaVine is fun to watch and playing a good fantasy game, but his real-life defense has been Sixers-esque.
Rudy Gay – Was colder than David Blaine’s nuts when he froze himself in an ice cube, going 1-13 on Friday. ¬†Bounced back just fine from the field Saturday @GSW, but he’d really like DeMarcus Cousins back. ¬†Boogie is out with a backie. ¬†Needs a messagie.
Cory Joseph – Cojo with buzzer-beating mojo! ¬†Beat the Wiz on a buzzer beating trey, then 9/5/1/1/2 last night, with another trey. ¬†If he adds in threes and steals, he’s pushing 12er worthy!
Bismack Biyombo – After no blocks in his first JV fill in and first start, back-to-back 4 block games, minus Leuer’s posterization! ¬†The boards went down last night, but he’s been very usable for Boards-n-Blocks.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – I literally wrote glowing stuff for him in The 7 Ahead, only to have to revise that part… ¬†2/4/0/0/1 in a dud last night, but raw rookies sometimes have some E. Coli… ¬†I don’t think RHJ has as much as Costco though…
Brook Lopez – Multi-cat clownfoot! ¬†Double rainbowed last night in an uber-sexy 15/9/5/4/6 line against the Pistons last night. ¬†All these numbers makes me think it’s a time bomb counting down!
Darrell Arthur – 16/5/1/2/2 against the Mavs Saturday night, in one of the odder lines this season. ¬†I guess the playoff-bound Nuggets want to play their vets to keep in the race, and not develop their young bigs…
Zaza Pachulia – Had about as bad a performance as he’s had in his career last Wednesday (artichoke and anchovy pizza), but then was fantastic in a bounce back Saturday against the Nugs. ¬†16/12/2/3/1 (meat lovers pizza). ¬†If that Wednesday 4/0/0/0/0 4-foul game scared anyone off, it might be worth checking if Zaza is on any of your wires.
Trevor Booker – Rainbow alert! ¬†Crazy game in a fill-in for Derrick Favors (personal), going 13/15/3/2/3. ¬†Well, it was against the terrible Pelicans, so there’s that… ¬†Favors was back at practice yesterday, so as that brainwashed Stormtrooper says in Star Wars, “move along… ¬†move along…”
Alec Burks – Hit a little rough patch, but nothing a matchup against the Pels can’t fix! ¬†21/5/4 with a trey, and I still see it getting a tad better with the treys and dimes.
Jordan Clarkson – I love him… ¬†19/3/4/4/0 Friday then 22/10/6/1/0 with 2 treys last night, without a single TO. ¬†As Kobe wears down and keeps shooting 20%, it’s going to be more love for J-Clark.
C.J. McCollum – Aight, aight, aight, he’s officially been better than I thought. ¬†But after that rainbow line last weekend, his past two are a little ThrAGNOFfy. ¬†Of course, he’s scoring too much to be “officially” a ThrAGNOF, plus some nice signs with the treys being heavy again the past 3 and the TO going down.
Al Jefferson – Strained his calf yesterday. ¬†It probably got pretty fat, but I don’t know who returned… ¬†Tyler Hansbrough played a few minutes! ¬†Although his return wasn’t long-awaited… ¬†I would’ve assumed Cody Zeller would be a big benefactor, but Spencer Hawes and the awful Frank Kaminsky also got C run… ¬†Three-headed monster is a nice way of saying “we don’t have a good backup C.”
Blake Griffin – Rabble rabble¬†rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble!
The 7 Ahead
- 5-game week: n/a
- 2-game weeks: Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week):¬†Omri Casspi (12%/4), Raymond Felton (2%/4), Nikola Jokic (23%/4), Jerryd Bayless (28%/4)
- Stream day:¬†Sunday
Overall Thoughts: A little bit of an odd slate going into week 6. ¬†A pretty heavy Thursday with 6 games followed by a light Friday with 6 games. ¬†I usually focus my streaming closer to the weekend, but I’ll be using a lot of my moves for Thur/Fri games. ¬†I honestly don’t know if anyone is worth playing in weekly from the two 2-game week teams, so be sure to factor in some other options if you own a couple guys on those teams. ¬†For my weekly streamers – that’s right, I went there! – Rayray is back to 12er fantasy relevance. ¬†J.J. Barea is out likely the full week with a kankle, plus the Mavs have Mon/Tues and Sun/Mon back to backs. ¬†Felton has been playing pretty well, and should get his busiest week minutes-wise.
Monday: BOS, DET, HOU, LAC, and MIL all come into week 6 on the second leg of back to backs. ¬†Dwight Howard has already been cleared to go b2b, so he should play tonight. ¬†No one else seems too risky opening the week. ¬†[email protected] should feature a lot of pace and a fun one to start the week. ¬†[email protected] is another intriguing one, and GSW will look to go 19-0 @ UTA. ¬†DeMarcus Cousins is still ailing with a back issue, so I’d roll Omri Casspi out there again if streaming v. DAL. ¬†The Mavs are the only team heading into a b2b, so you might get some vet benchings tonight or tomorrow.
Tuesday: Heading into back to backs are LAL, NO, PHI, PHO and WAS. ¬†Not that anyone is very broken up about it, but Kobe Bryant is probably missing on of the two. ¬†Lakers are @PHI, if Kobe sits I like Lou Williams in a game vs. his former team, and he should be back with the team after a DNP-personal. ¬†Who knows how Brow will hold up in a b2b… ¬†[email protected] should be a great playoff atmosphere game.
Wednesday: As the busy week continues, DEN, IND, SA and TOR head into back to backs. ¬†In limited moves/RCL formats, I’m going to already use up a few moves if my lineups aren’t full Wednesday, to utilize some b2b on Thursday. ¬†Nikola Jokic’s minutes have taken a little hit, but I like him @CHI and @TOR for a big man stream. ¬†After being everyone’s favorite ThrAGNOF streamer, C.J. Miles should probably be owned in all leagues. ¬†But if he’s out there, gotta love the b2b filling out Thursday. ¬†I also like the Raps big men, and be on alert for your old Spurs as Pop has already flashed the DNP-old card. ¬†Could just call that an AARP card… ¬†In other matchups, the Bulls host the Nugs in what should be a nice game especially for Bulls bigs, I could see Joakim Noah actually being usable. ¬†Knicks host the Sixers, so play the NY Triangles with confidence.
Thursday:¬†Pretty heavy Thursday with 6 teams playing, but none heading into b2bs. ¬†Friday is surprisingly light with 6 games as well, so it’s going to be a stream heavy here. ¬†[email protected] should be pretty fantasy-friendly to anyone that gets minutes (cough, F Stevens, cough), and Rajon Rondo should be on edge against his former team. ¬†If there’s still no Boogie, you can play Casspi again. ¬†DEN is right off @CHI then go to @TOR, I think the Raps blow them out of the building. ¬†[email protected] should have a combined score of like 230 or something nuts. ¬†Love everyone in that one.
Friday:¬†As mentioned, only 6 games; a little odd for a Friday. ¬†CLE, HOU, MIL, and NY head into b2bs, but Saturday is a pretty heavy slate, so I’m not streaming too hard for Fri/Sat stacks unless Saturday has a lot of my guys on off days. ¬†CLE is @NO, and they have a monster game on Saturday, I bet your Cavs have lower minutes. ¬†The battle of NY has the Knicks hosting the Nets – as mentioned above, RHJ has been pretty good until yesterday’s dud, but is worth a look. ¬†[email protected] is always a great matchup. ¬†[email protected] should feature some crazy pace, T.J. Warren is also a hold, but if he’s somehow out there this late in the week, I think he should have a lot of shots.
Saturday: Heavy, heavy Saturday. ¬†GSW and SAC are your only b2bs – and there’s actually a lot of streaming options on both teams. ¬†If your Saturday isn’t full and you’re maximizing for Sunday, I’d take a look at who is on your wire from those two. ¬†So a little “behind the curtain”, I write each day before listing my stream picks, and yet again I’m going to point out Casspi. ¬†Looks like he’s a weekly streamer for me… GSW gets @TOR and @BKN, great fits to play Festus Ezeli, who has been usable even in lower minutes. ¬†As mentioned above, if Barnes is still out, you could give Rush a look as a ThrAGNOF in deepers. ¬†Leandro Barbosa has also been usable for deep league streaming, also mentioned above. ¬†With Boogie out, Kosta Koufos has been playing great, and was on an upswing even with Boogie on the floor. ¬†Both SG Marco Belinelli and Ben McLemore have been decent as well. ¬†For the non-b2bs,¬†[email protected] is obviously going to be a ton of fun. ¬†Oh lord, it’s [email protected]… ¬†Over/under… 39 total TO?! ¬†Yikes.
Sunday: We wrap up with a light Sunday, with only 5 on the slate. ¬†DAL, DET, LAL, PHO and WAS all head into back to backs, so be careful with your vets (cough, old Mamba). ¬†Of course all those Mavs as well… ¬†[email protected] might be tough for the Mavs with the pace, so I kinda could see that one being a game where DAL limits minutes. ¬†Lakers go @DET – the Pistons lost to the Lakers earlier in the year; I think DET comes out strong. ¬†[email protected] will be a tough one for the Kings to keep up in, but they have all those nice streaming options listed in Saturday. ¬†[email protected] and [email protected] wrap up the slate, all those Warriors listed above should get nice run with the second unit in a probable blowout. ¬†The Suns are kinda blah playing against the Grizz, so I think you’re sticking with the regulars there.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and Turkey Day! ¬†It’s now back to the grind for a few more weeks until Christmas. ¬†Be sure to maximize your lineups this week, and good luck to everyone in week 6!