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A record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot was up for grabs in the latest powerball drawing on Wednesday. While I didn’t buy a ticket, winning that kind of money is very tempting, despite the terrible odds. The odds are so bad that Bartolo Colon is more likely to hit an inside-the-park homerun than you are at winning the big jackpot. (Interesting fact: Colon also shares a nickname with JB: Big Sexy.) Even with the odds, hopefully your number was called!

The odds of Russell Westbrook scoring 0 points is definitely better than winning the jackpot, but it’s still rare. He was ejected after 15 minutes of playing time with nary a point. Fortunately, he still contributed 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals before departing.

Another rarity: Mavericks big man Salah Mejri came off the bench to post 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block in 25 minutes. Zaza Pachulia and Dirk Nowitzki were rested, but still. Mejri had played a combined 20 minutes all season coming into the game!

Stephen Curry scored 38 points. Not that surprising. Well, how about the Nuggets beating the Warriors? Now that’s unexpected. The Warriors were playing without Draymond Green (scheduled rest day), but the Nuggets were just 14-24 coming into the game! In addition to his 38 points, Curry also added 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 threes, and 3 steals.

Those were some of the stranger games of the night. Here are the rest of Wednesday night’s daily notes:

Paul Millsap – Did the Monstars steal the Hawks’ talent? It sure looked like it after the Hawks got blown out by 23 by the Hornets, a lead that was much worse during parts of the 4th quarter. Millsap was the only useful Hawk, posting 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Kemba Walker – Walker bounced back nicely from two 11 point outings, to post 23 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 threes, and 1 block. For being only a 6’1” point guard, Walker gets a lot of blocks. He has 26 on the season.

Cody Zeller – The New Year has been great so far for Zeller. He went for 19 and 10 with 3 blocks, his fourth game with 10+ rebounds in 2016.

Jeremy Lin – It might not be Linsanity anymore, but Lin was productive off the bench with 19 points and 5 rebounds.

John Wall – 19 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds for the Wall-Star.

Nene – The Wizards were without Marcin Gortat (knee infection), giving Nene the start at center for the second straight game. Nene is always a risk for another injury, but made it through the game with 12 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

Bradley Beal – Beal made his return for the Wizards, after missing 16 games due to a stress fracture in his right leg. He was on a minutes’ restriction, but posted 11/3/3 while shooting 3-8 from the field. I expect the Wizards to limit Beal’s minutes, a la Jrue Holiday, in order to keep him fresh throughout the season. Meanwhile, Otto Porter (10 points) left the game with a hip injury. The Wizards just can’t stay healthy.

Garrett Temple – His minutes are in flux with Beal back in the lineup, but he posted another useful stat line with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 3 threes. He’s not must own by any means, but he’s giving top 130 stats over the last 30 days. Temple and Ramon Sessions (15 points, 5 assists) would continue to see plenty of minutes if Porter were to miss more time.

Greg Monroe and Giannis Antetokounmpo – The Bucks might have lost the game, but they destroyed the Gortat-less Wizards on the glass 47-30. Monroe (21/12) and Antetokounmpo (19/11/6) led the Bucks, both of whom have been on a double-digit rebounding rampage lately.

Jabari Parker – The scoring was still there, but he did little else with 22 points and 6 rebounds.

Khris Middleton – While Parker seems to only be able to score, Middleton continues to fill up the stat sheet with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez – In the Battle of New York and Lopez brothers, Brook bested his brother, delivering the win and posting a 20/8/5 line. Robin posted a useful 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 block for the Knicks.

Thaddeus Young – The double-double machine posted another double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

Joe Johnson – Don’t look now, but JJ has been posting decent numbers over the last 4 games. Last night, he contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. More importantly he shot 6-12 from the field, his third straight game shooting over 50% from the field.

Shane Larkin – The Nets are still looking for a point guard with Jarrett Jack (torn ACL) out for the year. Larkin scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists off the bench, while starter Donald Sloan posted an 8/4/3 line. Neither is very good, but both should see heavy minutes down the stretch, especially if the Nets trade Young, Johnson, or Lopez to a contender.

Derrick Williams – With Carmelo Anthony out with an ankle injury, Williams seized the opportunity, scoring 31 points off the bench with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Melo’s ankle doesn’t appear to be too serious so feel free to leave Williams and Lance Thomas (6/3/3) on the waiver wire.

Kristaps Porzingis – KP shot poorly (5-17), but still contributed a fantasy friendly 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. It’s crazy to think he’s only a rookie.

Jose Calderon – Calderon scored 13 points in the last three games combined, but then went off for 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 threes on Wednesday. Go figure.

Amir Johnson – Johnson was a monster on the glass, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with 14 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. He’s been producing and getting plenty of minutes lately, making him a strong pickup in all leagues.

Isaiah Thomas – Thomas led the Celtics in scoring with 28 points along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 threes. Jae Crowder also chipped in 25 points with 2 steals and 3 threes.

Paul George – George was a little off on his shooting (7-20 from the field and 3-8 from three), but still managed a 23/8/4 line for the Pacers.

Ian Mahinmi – Despite playing only 22 minutes, Mahinmi double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed 2 assists and 3 steals.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Another game, another double-double. 12 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals for the rookie.

Ricky Rubio – In non-turnover leagues, Rubio had a fantastic game with 9 points, 12 assists, 4 steals, and 5 rebounds. Unfortunately, he also turned over the ball 8 times. We can’t have it all.

Andrew Wiggins – Nice shooting performance from Wiggins, as he nailed 9 of 16 from the field on his way to 28 points. If Kevin Martin (22 points) is traded at the deadline, Wiggins could see his usage rate increase.

Dwight Howard – Howard has been on a double-double roll with 8 double-doubles in the last 9 games played. Last night’s 15/10 came with Howard’s usual 2 blocks and 5-10 free throw shooting.

James Harden – Harden’s shot wasn’t falling (8-22 FG, 2-10 3PT) so he relied more on his passing, dishing out 11 assists. He still scored 27 points, thanks to shooting 9-11 from the charity stripe.

Terrence Jones – Jones posted 16 points and 9 rebounds, a night after going 20/4/3/1/3. Just when you think you should drop him, he posts back-to-back useful stat lines.

Serge Ibaka – I-Block-a contributed 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Kevin Durant – Joining Ibaka with a double-double, KD posted 29/10/4 for the Thunder.

Dion Waiters – With Westbrook leaving early, Waiters took full advantage posting 18 points, 5 assists, and 3 threes.

J.J. Barea – Barea scuffled with Westbrook twice, resulting in Westbrook’s ejection, but Barea was able to stay in the game for the Mavericks, adding 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Deron Williams was rested so Barea’s spot start will be short lived.

Danilo Gallinari – His defense was great down the stretch to secure the victory, but it was his offense that fantasy owners will be exciting about. Gallo knocked down 17-19 from the free throw line, on his way to 28 points and 5 rebounds.

Gary Harris – Playing a whooping 39 minutes, Harris chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Will Barton – Barton bounced back from a mini-shooting slump to post 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.

Darrell Arthur – What a wonderful kind of day! Arthur posted a monster double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Deeper leagues should take note. Arthur’s averaging 10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and almost a block and steal per game in 24 minutes in 6 January games. It doesn’t jump out at you, but he’s been reasonably effective for the Nuggets.

Andrew Bogut – The man from down under contributed a season-high 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks.

Harrison Barnes – With Green out, Barnes received more looks at the basket, scoring 18 points (7-17) with 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Damian Lillard – Lillard has been on fire to start the year. He continued the trend with 21 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds on Wednesday. Lillard also knocked down 8-14 from the field and 4-7 from beyond the arc for a very efficient evening.

C.J. McCollum – I think the Blazers learned their lesson to double check the lineup card. McCollum shot only 6-20 from the field, but was still effective alongside Lillard, scoring 15 points and dishing out 8 assists.

Gordon Hayward – Hayward continued his usual efficient fantasy production with 19 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Anthony Davis – The Brow returned from a 2-game absence because of a back contusion to post 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. He played 37 minutes and should be fine going forward.

Eric Gordon – Gordon put it all together last night, posting a very fantasy friendly line: 24/5/6 with 3 steals, 1 block, and a whopping 6-12 from downtown.

Ryan Anderson – Part of trade rumors, Anderson came off the bench for the Pelicans. Despite only 20 minutes, Anderson scored 18 points, including 4-6 from long range. He played 40+ minutes the last two nights so it looks like this was just a one game thing.

Norris Cole – Joining Anderson as a spark plug off the bench, Cole chipped in 18 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Jrue Holiday (6 points, 10 assists) is still the backup point guard so leave Cole on the waiver wire.

DeMarcus Cousins – Initially I was shocked that Cousins shot 30 times, but based on his season numbers, that isn’t that crazy. It didn’t matter anyways, as the Kings lost, but the 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 threes will make fantasy owners happy.

Rajon Rondo – More of the same for Rondo: 17 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. He has dished out 10+ assists in 5 games that he’s played in 2016.

Cole AldrichDeAndre Jordan sat with pneumonia, giving Aldrich a spot start. He responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Chris Paul – CP3 dished out 12 assists to go along with his 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Paul Pierce – With Blake Griffin out, Pierce continues to start, but has yet to find the consistency in the box score. For owners that gambled on him last night, he rewarded them with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 threes.

Chris Bosh – Oh my Bosh! He almost messed around and got a triple double (11/12/7).

Dwyane Wade – 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists for the 33-year-old.

Hassan Whiteside – Coming off the bench, Whiteside still dominated with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He missed the previous game with a knee injury so the Heat will be careful with the minutes for their All-Star center.

  1. Paul Vincent Tan says:
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    Amazing stuff and great article as always, cheers!

    9cat h2h, here’s what I have:

    PG: Rubio, Ish Smith, Tony Parker, Deron Williams, Damian Lillard
    SG: CJ Miles, George Hill, Danny Green
    SF: Terrence Jones, Draymond Green
    PF: Derrick Favors, Kenneth Faried
    C: Marc Gasol

    Question is: should I drop danny green for any of the following:
    Frank Kaminsky, Joakim Noah, PJ Tucker, Portis??

    Thanks in advance

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Paul Vincent Tan: At this point, I feel fine dropping Danny Green for a waiver wire pickup. He’s had plenty of chances to turn it around and hasn’t. Tucker is getting lots of minutes and Noah is back so I’d feel comfortable grabbing one of those guys, even with Noah in the 20 minute range. Portis should return to the bench with Noah back.

  2. Dle says:
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    Hi I need some advice for my squad on who I should drop when Favours comes back. Its a 9 cat 10 teams league. Appreciate any input.

    Kawhi
    Monta
    Jrue
    Reddick
    JR Smith
    M Gasol
    Parsons
    Joakim
    Wall
    Kemba
    Gay
    Nurkic
    IR Favours

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Dle: That’s a pretty tough decision, since your team is very solid. I would try and do a 2-for-1 trade to consolidate your talent and open up the spot for Favors. If you can’t do that, then Nurkic or Noah would be who I’d drop.

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, lots of good stuff, thanks!

    So I have Drummond and he’s obviously obliterating my teams ft%. I could try to trade him, or just go all in on the punt and try to get a deandre Jordan type. My problem is bc of the horrible ft% the yahoo ranking is skewed and I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out a fair trade offer.

    If you were to try and trade Drummond, Or trade for Deandre, Gobert or white side, what “round value” player would you need to give up? Gobert and white side seem a little more straight forward though. Was thinking of trying to package Ryan Anderson plus one…

    Thank you!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I think Gobert and Whiteside are top 20/30 players and Anderson and another top 75 guy could be enough. For DeAndre, Anderson might be enough. Really depends on your league because everyone values players differently, but that’s basically their value in a standard league.

  4. Joe says:
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    At what point should I seriously worry about Teague being a total bust and trade him at diminished value? What about Monsieur Gobert? It’s a 10-team 9-cat h2h league.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Joe: I wouldn’t call averaging 15 points, 5.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 threes a total bust. However, he has delivered less value than where he was probably drafted. That being said, I think it’s always wise to see what the trade value he has. Send out some offers and see what people say. He definitely still has value and perhaps a owner would be interested in buying low on him.

      Gobert, on the other hand, has been injured for a lot of the season so I’d be less tempted to trade him away for pennies on the dollar. Be patient for a few more games and then make a decision.

  5. dom says:
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    whats up with Kevin Martin, 29 minutes was his highest in a while. will that continue?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @dom: Perhaps the T-Wolves are showcasing him for a trade? Or it could be as simple as, he was playing well and they decided to keep him in the game because he was shooting well. Remember, minutes will fluctuate nightly for role players depending on matchups and game flow.

  6. GQ says:
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    I am in a 9 cat roto league with DDs instead of TOs. Currently leading assists by by an outrageous margin of 300. (1820, next best in the league is 1525). Sitting in 3rd place, but direly needing 3pm.

    I have Rubio and Rondo heading my team for assists and steals along with Collison and shitty DRose as my other two PGs. Would you suggest trading Rondo for a guy like Klay or Rubio for a little lesser but still very effective 3PM guy. I have Hayward and Middleton as my main contributors at 3pm, but still falling way behind.

    Secondly, what do you think about trading Rondo or Carmelo for Bosh? I am middle of the pack in FG% and he would improve that as well as contribute in 3pm, points, boards, and DDs.

    Thanks

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @GQ: I think it’s very wise to trade away one of those point guards to gain in 3 pointers. Rondo for Klay could work or you could do Rubio and someone for a slightly less valued three point specialist like CJ McCollum or Brandon Knight. Even guys, like Eric Gordon, CJ Miles, or JJ Redick would help, but cost much less.

      As far as FG%, Rondo doesn’t really hurt you there. Rubio hurts you much more so trading away him would drastically improve your percentages. I’d pair Rubio with someone to get Bosh. He’s been a beast this season and would get more double-doubles. Even Melo would be helpful, but his scoring numbers are down with KP there. I expect his percentages to rise though.

      • GQ says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Nice, thanks!

  7. Jim says:
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    Horford or Ibaka for bledsoe in a roto dynasty? On cusp of winning now. Thanks Pete

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jim: I feel fine trading Bledsoe for one of those guys. They’re all similarly valued when healthy and are all under 30. If that would help you win this season, then definitely do it. You could even argue that Ibaka or even Horford is the better long term player anyways.

  8. Disappointed from Austin says:
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    who lets stuff like this get through? i definitely wouldn’t want to be associated with articles coming from a guy that has that as his picture. what is this 2006?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Disappointed from Austin: Your best man lets this stuff get through. And don’t be mad because I look so good in a Gilbert Arenas jersey.

  9. EPH says:
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    My Whiteside for Brook Lopez/Marc Gasol/Chris Bosh? I’m trying to trade for these guys. Is whiteside not enough?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @EPH: I think doing a one for one for any of those guys would be fair. They’re all pretty close in value, really just depends on which categories you need more help in.

  10. TImothy Chao says:
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    Should I trade away Mirotic for Zaza?
    12 team 10 cat
    Paul George
    Damian Lillard
    Greg Monroe
    Nicolas Batum
    Victor Oladipo
    Andrew Wiggins
    Jahlil Okafor
    Nikola Mirotic
    Terrence Jones
    Avery Bradley
    Gorgui Dieng
    Gerald Green
    Roy Hibbert
    Should I make any moves, trade anyone away? Anyone hurting my team? Advice?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @TImothy Chao: Not sure who you have on waivers, but that looks like a pretty solid team. I’m hesitant to trade for Zaza. I drafted him on two of my teams and he’s playing great, but is having a career year at 31. He’s basically playing as good as he’s going to play. I don’t really see him improving on his current production. Mirotic is younger and has the upside to improve on his stats, especially the percentages. Unless you really need the extra rebounding or steals with Zaza, then I would hold tight on Mirotic. If you really want to trade Mirotic, then I would recommend getting someone not as old (Tobias Harris, Otto Porter, etc.).

  11. Michael says:
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    Hey need some help,

    I am trying to find some waiver wire to help with rebounds and and blocks that won’t damage my ft and fg. I know I know it’s tough to find. Or something I can package. I am in 9 cat roto with 12 teams. I think I am quite deep right now at PG and wing but my post players needs upgrading. I am third in my league

    pg- chris paul, damian lillard, Darren collison, Elfred Payton
    sg-sf- Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetekumpo, Danilo Gallarni, Robert Covington, Eric Gordon, Evan Fournier, Aaron affalo, Michael Kidd-Gilhurst (IL)
    Pf-c-Andrew bogut, Roy Hilbert, nerlens noel, Jared sullinger, markeiff morris

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Michael: For cheap sources of blocks and rebounds off the waiver wire, Jerami Grant, Bismack Biyombo, Clint Capela, and Steven Adams would all be decent pickups. They will all hurt a little at FT (60% FT range), but aren’t as devastating as the Dwight Howards/Deandre Jordans. The other thing to do would be to trade one of your other players to upgrade at the center position. Perhaps Sullinger and Payton for Derrick Favors (pending injury) or Jahlil Okafor?

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