For much of the season, Collin Sexton was a one-dimensional, wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am player. He’d huck. He’d chuck. He’d blow you away with how little the contributions would be in the periphery stats. There have been only three games this season in which he’s scored single digits. He’s failed to jack up double digits shots in just one game. What makes it more impressive is that he dished out more than four dimes in only four games and hasn’t been punched in the face by his teammates. Yet, here we are in game number 45. Are we witnessing a new, improved, and more mature Sexton show?

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 4 4 2 0 2 2/2 10/15 7/7

Jordan Clarkson was traded from the Cavs 15 games ago. When he left, Sexton saw an increase of over two minutes of run per game and close to two more shot attempts. Over the past three games, though, Sexton has averaged 23.7 points, 2.7 tres, 5.3 boards, and 4 dimes! The usage rate has been 30.8 and he’s jacking up 20.7 shots per game. The boards and dimes are the most eye-opening stats, as the season numbers are 3.3 boards and 2.4 dimes. Small sample size I know. Not something you want at a Sexton show. Anyways, Sexton is only 21 years old and has played 126 career games. There’s a chance things have clicked. Now, from a fantasy perspective, Sexton is still outside the top 100, even with the increase in boards and dimes, because of the lack of defensive stats. Hey, can’t go from a zero to a hero overnight. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s heroic every day? The Stocktonator.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Larry Nance Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 12 3 0 0 0 2/2 10/14 0

In 28 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, he’s received 24, 25, 28, and 28 minutes. The three prior games, he played 19, 19, and 20 minutes. Shrug. Maybe the Cavs are preparing for some trade deadline activity? If Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson get traded, that should be a boon for Nance. He can score, even provide some tres, grab boards, dish out a few dimes, and get his 211 on. Curiously, for how athletic he is, the blocks aren’t voluminous. The biggest bugaboo is the poor free throw shooting, but he doesn’t shoot a high volume so the impact in negated.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 2 8 0 0 3 4/8 15/22 2/2

Mmmmmm, the Beal was cooked expertly last night. Over the past four games, the usage rate has been 34.5 and he’s converted 57% of his 19.8 shot attempts. Hmmmm, no way the Beal can keep cooking like this. He’s shooting 45% from the field on the season.

Gary Payton II received the start but only played six minutes. He contributed three boards. Isaac Bonga started ahead of him after halftime. When Bonga leaps over you on the depth chart, it’s time to say sayonara.

Davis Bertans

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 2 1 0 0 4/8 6/10 1/1

In 27 minutes off the bench. It’s been seven games since Bertans returned from injury. He’s not fully back to his en fuego ways, but it feels like the good times will be returning soon.

Ish Smith

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 5 2 0 0 1/6 6/14 4/4

In 26 minutes off the bench. The Cavs are the fantasy elixir, making the most average of players into stars. The Cavs are PEDs. They should be banned!!!! Smith will get around 26 minutes of run per game and provide some points, tres, boards, and dimes. The field goal percentage is good, but the free throw shooting is poor. The Wizards play at the fifth-fastest pace, so there are opportunities, but Smith needs Isaiah Thomas to disappear or Bradley Beal to sit in order to access any kind of ceiling.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 12 10 1 1 5 3/6 11/19 2/2

Yawn, just LeBron messing around…..AGAIN! For the 114th time in his career. Anyways, LeBron is averaging 10.8 dimes this season, good for numero uno in the league. In his 16-year career, he had been over 9 dimes once. Crazy.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 11 2 1 1 2 1/3 4/9 7/8

Played 27 minutes. He was returning from the booty injury so no need to push him, as the Lakers easily dispatched of the Nets, 128-113. With James Harden’s recent struggles, AD is now the #1 player for fantasy on the season. That’s on a per-game basis.

Dwight Howard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 12 1 2 1 1 0 7/10 0/3

Got the start and played 23 minutes because JaVale McGee did not play due to the flu. Still didn’t get a full load despite McGee being out. Put that in the file cabinet if the situation arises again. Dwight is averaging 20 minutes per game on the regular and providing boards, blocks, excellent field goal percentage, and shitty free throw percentage.

Rajon Rondo

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

In 23 minutes off the bench. Rondo is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. But…..You know when you open a box of See’s candy? And there are all different shapes and sizes of chocolates? You sort of kind of know which ones are safer than others. Like the thin wafer things are safe because you know there is no filling inside. Rondo provides dimes. He has the ability to provide more, but nothing to be counted on a nightly basis.

Taurean Prince

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 4 3 0 3 3/7 6/13 3/4

Prince is like a box of….Kidding. We know exactly what we’re getting from Prince; shitty field goal percentage, tres, boards, and steals. On the season, Prince is shooting 38% from the field. Yuck. With that said, he’s playing 28-30 minutes per game. Top 150 player on the season.

Jarrett Allen

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

Got the start and played 30 minutes. DeAndre Jordan did not play due to a finger injury, so it was a disappointing performce from Allen. Granted, the matchup against the Lakers was a difficult one, but still. No wonder the Atkinson Diet doesn’t include a full serving of Jarrett.

Spencer Dinwiddie

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

Dinwiddie is shooting 31% from the field over the past three games. Yuck. He’s shooting 41% from the field on the season, so expect that number to improve. Now, the big news is that, since Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup, the usage rate for Dinwiddie has plummetted from 30 down to 22. Correspondingly, the shot attempts have gone down from over 18 to 12. The rebounds and dimes have increased, though, and he’s still playing over 30 minutes per game. Top 150 player for fantasy.

Wilson Chandler

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

In 22 minutes off the bench. Received some extra run because of injuries. Over the past 11 games, Chandler has averaged 20.1 minutes, 7.5 points, 1.4 tres, 4.4 boards, 1.3 dimes, 0.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks. He’s been shooting 46% from the field.

Dorian Finney-Smith

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

For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic is the foundation. Kristaps Porzingis is the pillars. DFS is the nails that keep everything together. He’s a low usage player who won’t provide many points, but will hit the open tres, grab boards, and provide a little something something in the defensive categories.

Kristaps Porzingis

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

Played 25 minutes. Second game back after returning from injury. It’s going to take time for Porzingis to get fully ramped back up, as the Mavericks will likely be extra careful with him.

Seth Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 2 1 0 0 4/7 6/11 1/1

Got the start and played 26 minutes as the Mavericks are going small with Porzingis at center. Whether that continues remains a question, but he’s an interesting source of points and tres at the moment.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 9 2 0 3 2/11 11/25 3/6

The poor shooting efficiency has reared it’s ugly head again for Doncic. I still think he’s getting back into the groove from his injury, but it’s something to monitor, as that was the main reason why I had him ranked so low in the offseason. Over the past seven games, he’s been shooting 42% from the field and 64% from the line.

Maxi Kleber

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 1 0 3 0 2/5 6/9 1/1

In 23 minutes off the bench. The Mavs went small, so the increased playing time didn’t come to fruition with the Powell injury. It could be a matchup thing or the N. W. O. Something to track. Regardless, Kleber is still a useful fantasy asset who will provide points, tres, boards, blocks, and good percentages.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 11 5 1 1 3 2/5 7/21 0

Just when you think you’re done, Melo sucks you right back in. He has been providing some D this season, but not something to rely on every night. Points, tres, and boards are what he provides.

Trevor Ariza

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 2 2 0 1 4/6 7/11 3/4

Got the start and played 36 minutes. LOL! The points are a mirage, as he’s a low usage player. Granted, he just got traded to the Blazers, but I don’t see him having a usage rate over 12. With that said, if he gets the minutes, Ariza could provide some tres, boards, and steals.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
47 6 8 1 0 5 8/15 16/28 7/7

C. J. McCollum did not play. Y’all know what time it is then….

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With C. J. off the court, Dame garners a usage rate of 34.5, an increase of 5 percent! Over the past four games, Dame has been on another level. He’s averaged 40.6 minutes, 44 points, 6.8 tres, 4.3 boards, 7.8 dimes, and 1.3 steals! The FG% has been 49% while the FT% has been 88%. As a result, he’s been the #2 player in all of fantasy.

Gary Trent Jr.

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

In 31 minutes off the bench. Got run because C. J. was out. That is all. Have a good day.

  1. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Dinwiddie or Conley ROS? 9-Cat League

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Conley for me but there’s a ton of risk.

  2. Gerald says:
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    Hi son,
    Great article as usual. Schedule dis week is a bit weird with lots of full day schedule and empty ones too. Anyway, would like to hear what u think of 2 stars coming from injury namely dipo and steph? They were my top 2 picks lastyear and lost my season with them going them.. They are now available in my 10 team league without IR. Do u think they’ll worth keeping to prepare for playoff? (hoping for a redemption and what they should’ve given me lastyear.. Lol )

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m conservative when it comes to players coming off injury. Not only do I worry about playing time, but it takes most players time to get back to peak form. I don’t see why the Warriors would give Steph full run. As for Dipo, the situation is different, but I can’t expect that he returns to star status. There have been a few players who have been able to buck the trend, but I can’t say that because a few have that all will. Not having IR slots makes it more difficult.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        Nukic is tempting bc it sounds like he could be back before March. Again, nothing is close to definitive and he had a major injury to work his way back from once he starts playing, plus the presence of Whiteside. I’m going to steer clear and be ok with being wrong if he balls out.

        Curious as to your thoughts on that one.

        Thank you!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’m in the same boat with Nurkic. Don’t think he plays much, if at all, and even if he does, you’re not getting the same Nurk from pre-injury

  3. sebapargue says:
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    Hey Son…another day….another interesting trade offer:

    His draymond and holmes for my SGA

    rest of squad looks like this:
    4 Team League- 9cat- H2H

    PG- Damian Lillard

    SG- Devin Booker

    G- SGA

    SF- Josh Richardson

    PF – Aldridge

    F- Dorian Finney-Smith

    C – Luke Kornet

    C- Rudy Gobert

    Util- Troy Brown JR

    Util – Tomas Sato

    Bench – Huerter, Eric Gordon, TJ mac

    IL- Oladipo

    • sebapargue says:
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      would you stay put or pull the trigger?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Man, you know I love SGA and would hate to part with him, but the trade actually makes sense for your squad.

      • sebapargue says:
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        I know…damn it…just dont know if I can trust holmes and the kings

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, that’s definitely a concern. Go with your gut

  4. big dave says:
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    Pick two for me in a 12 team: Ish Smith Derrick White Mike Conley

    • Son

      Son says:
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      White is the safest. Conley the most upside. I’m intrigued with Ish myself because of the environment and possibility for more run, but he’s probably third out of that group

      • big dave says:
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        Peace + happy new year to you bredda

        • Son

          Son says:
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          You too!

          My wife is cooking up some good grubs for the festivities!

  5. Luguentz says:
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    Yo Son! A dilemma: which 2 of these PFs would you go with? PJ, Nance, Clarke. 8 cat roto league, 10 team. Much as I love PJ’s production (outside of today, heh), I think some FG% anchoring should be expected from my frontcourt. Ideas?

    • Luguentz says:
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      Also, pertaining a different league, would you say Bryant is still a hold in 10 team leagues? Feels like a pair of cement shoes right now, and once again, could drop him for the Nance dance.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I’d hold Bryant….for now. I’d definitely keep that third eye on Nance, though

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s tough. I’m going with (I assume) it’s PJ Washington and Brandon Clarke

      • Luguentz says:
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        Washington, yep, my bad for not clarifying. For a last-placed team I have a surprising amount of players who seem too good to drop (though some are so purely because I need assists). Sato, Fultz, Smart, Huerter, JRich, Conley, Mitch Rob form the rest of my roster’s latter half. Just can’t bring myself to drop the likes of Conley or Mitch in a roto yet, either

        • Son

          Son says:
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          All good. Yeah, I’d do the same as you

  6. Trader says:
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    Here’s an open canvass for you! A team on the bubble of making the playoffs is in trade mode. The players of most interest to me are Fox, Sexton and Middleton. Bulking up my steals and assists is a goal. Sexton seems to me to be the most attainable just based on draft position and Brand value. The others were drafted pretty high. WDYT?
    I punt FG%. Who would you offer? He is not a “back and forth” guy so you just have to send trades to him for his consideration.
    My team below.

    Harden, Jrue, Lowry, VanVleet, Conley, Napier/streamer
    Melo, Love, JJJ, RoCo,
    Myles, Vuce, Bryant, Ibaka
    IR: JRich

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Since steals and dimes are the goal, the focus should be on Fox, but you’re stacked at guard.

      Then it’s on to Middleton. I assume it’s a keeper league, so the only option is JJJ. How bad do you want the upgrade in dimes? I probably stand pat but it’s up to your vision.

      • Trader says:
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        WTF Conley. Worst pickup I have made in ten years. Went against one of the golden rules….aging point guard, off an injury (multiple actually), backup outplays you. What a waste. Now I am stuck in claimer position hell. Come playoff time when teams dump viable players due to schedules, I will get to watch my competitors pick them up. So dumb.

        Ok, venting done- but I do not feel better!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Long game with Conley but it’s been rough. I apologize for leading you in that direction. One Direction?

          This is a safe place, Trader. Get your vent on

          • Trader says:
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            My vent was not directed at you SON. You can’t own every single suggestion! Only one person can make the final decision and EE mudt take the responsibility. You help inform us.

            Hey, you can take credit for steering me to trade IT for Lamb early this year. I then packaged him with Nance, Oubre and Sato (I know you love him but…) for JJJ, Lowry, J Rich and Ibaka. Now that has been golden.

            Feel better LOL. Take care amigo. Enjoy your weekend.

            • Trader says:
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              We must

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Lol. I know. Thanks, Trader. I shall go jump in front of a bus now

              • Trader says:
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                Only if it parked!

                Will need your advice next week👍

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Lol. I have a few lives left

  7. eballs says:
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    Choose one a points league

    Sato
    Dejounte Murray
    Elf
    Napier

    Once again, choose one in a points league

    Ross
    Grant (Den)
    EG

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Murray

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Grant

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    ROS, would you want LeVert or take a shot at Woods? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Woods

  9. Luguentz says:
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    Hey Son! Thoughts on 2 things? My season in roto (8 cat, 10 team) looks to be a lost one, but trying to switch things up, because playing it conservative doesn’t seem to help much when you’re last in the league halfway into the season!
    As roto is all about them digits instead of winning weeks and making playoffs, I’m very aware of how little good and how much harm Conley has done this season. My build is almost strictly divided between big man stats and guards for the other things, but with an emphasis on assists. With Napier messing around tonight, but also being a steady assist contributor for a while now, I’m wondering if it’s mad to want to make the move to drop the Mike for Bazz? Even if it doesn’t turn out, a streaming spot in a league this shallow might be worth more than an aging guard in a difficult new setting with hamstring issues, especially considering Utah seems to mean diminishing dime stats for guards (like Rubio previously). Thoughts?

    Also, traded Bagley and Turner for Sabonis to free up a spot, which should enable me to roster all 3 of Clarke, Nance and PJ Wash. Did I lose too much value there or is it an okay trade?

    • Luguentz says:
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      Another speculative option would be to fling an offer of Mike for the Elf. Some risk involved for both sides, but maybe some perks as well

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I’m still a Conley believer for some reason, so I side with Conley. But if you need production now, then that trade makes sense

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Totally viable. Conley was more a speculative upside play, but if you need floor, then Napier is a better play right now.

      I like what you did

      • Luguentz says:
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        Thanks for the feedback! Will dwell a little on the Conley thing.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime. I have to spend time thinking about it more as well

  10. Trader says:
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    It is a new day! Sun is out, birds are chirping and Opportunity awaits.

    1. I was streaming Napier’s slot but held him since Conley gives me nada. So indirectly, Conley helped me yesterday LOL.

    2. As anticipated, teams on the playoff bubble are growing weary of holding disappointments. Draymond hit the wire today. He has missed a ton of games and is a rest candidate. But could he help come March playoffs??? I hold the ninth claim spot now out of twelve teams so doubtful I could get him. Is he worth a claim “just in case”. My drop would be Conley ironically. Like you, I can be patient (stubborn??), so my gut actually is leaning Conley on this one but my antenna has been bent on him so far.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The SON is out indeed!

      Yay!!! I win due to Conley!

      I still believe in Conley

  11. Jumponit says:
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    Made an offer for his SGA for my Bledsoe and Carmelo. 12 team league, 9 cat H2H.

    My team has Kemba, Tatum, Powell, Gobert,Schroeder, Horford.

  12. Mike s says:
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    Hey what’s shaking

    I got an offer from a Jamal Murray owner in my redraft. I give up Harrell and Monte Morris for vanvleet. Take it?

    9 cat Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Whats rest of squad look like?

  13. Son

    Son says:
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    I’m good with it.

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