I’ve been watching Curb Your Enthusiasm lately. I know, I know. I’m like 20 years late but keep in mind that I finally watched (and absolutely loved) The Wire last year. Anyways, I just saw an episode of Curb in which a kid does a card trick for Larry David. Larry is impressed and asks the kid to tell him how he did it. The kid responds that he can’t because a magician never reveals his secrets. Well, Larry then asks how he learned the trick and the kid responds that a magician taught him the trick. Larry looks at him and tells him that when the magician taught him the trick that he was not a magician, so if he wasn’t a magician when he learned the trick, then he could tell Larry how the trick was performed. The kid responds that he’s a natural magician and that Larry is not. Ha! I love that show. Anyways, not all magic tricks are hidden secrets. Domantas Sabonis made the Magic disappear last night, as the Pacers defeated the Magic 109-102. How?
On the season, Sabonis is a top 25 player, as he’s averaging a whopping 35.6 minutes, 20 points, 13 boards, and 4.1 dimes. The percentages are excellent as well (52% from the field and 85% from the free throw line). Now, Myles Turner missed his fourth game in a row, so that’s been a boon for his short term production. The usage rate has fluctuated all over the map, but the assist and rebound percentages are significantly higher without Myles on the court. Makes sense. When Myles returns, Sabonis will likely return to being a top 50-60 player. It’s not smoke and mirrors that he’s a top 25 player, though. He is legit, but he’s not going to be the lone ranger all season long. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s not smoke and mirrors and is straight legit? The Stocktonator.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
The breakout continues. 20.8 points, 1.4 tres, 5.2 boards, 8.9 dimes, and 1.2 steals. Brogdon is third in all the NBA with 9 dimes per game. Malcolm has been far above the middle in production. Now, what happens when Victor Oladipo returns? I wouldn’t overreact. Since Oladipo has been with the Pacers, he’s had usage rates of 30.1 and 27.9. Those are high numbers but, Westbrook and Harden are able to coexist with both having usage rates in the mid-30s. Will Brogdon continue being a top 20 player for fantasy? I don’t see why not. He contributes in everything but blocks.
Getting run due to all the injuries on the Pacers. Stop doing the Dougie.
Both Nikolas, Vucevic and Jokic, took a while to get going, but both are starting to hum now. Congrats to all of you who bought low.
Fournier can splash pure wetness, but all too often, the pipes get tainted and splurts out a bunch of junk. Take the bad with the good. He provides points, tres, and dimes. Don’t expect many stocks.
P. J. Washington
Continues to start and played 37 minutes. On the season, he’s averaging 31.6 minutes, 13.5 points, 6.2 boards, 1.7 tres, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks. The only thing you’re not getting is dimes. Makes sense, as Washington is only on bills.
Zeller has now played 27 and 28 minutes the past two games, after playing 19, 17, and 20 the prior three games. <insert shrug emoji> CZ PZ.
Continues to start but only played 17 minutes. Bacon is only good when sizzling. When cold, it’s vomit-inducing. Cody Martin has been getting more run lately and Devonte’ Graham has been spectacular, so Bacon’s minutes are far from secure.
The shooting percentage hasn’t been good (40% on the season), but Graham cracker is averaging 31.3 minutes, 17.9 points, 3.1 tres, 3.6 boards, 7.6 dimes, and 0.9 steals! He’s a top 60 player for fantasy and he looks to be the better and healthier option than Bacon.
Got another start for Ben Simmons and played 29 minutes. Neto can provide some dimes and tres in super deep leagues or for DFS, but only while there’s no BS. An honest Neto. Good for the morally inclined. Meh for fantasy.
The 76ers buzzzed the Hornets, 114-106. No one scored 20 points, but four of the starters scored at least 10 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished out 3 dimes, and stole 1. In addition, only Josh Richardson played over 30 minutes. Load management due to the suckiness of the opposition.
Not a great fantasy line by Embiid’s standards, but the best of the day for the 76ers. With that said, Embiid contributes across the board. The only bugaboos to his game are the elevated turnovers, injury concerns, and load management.
A career-high! Sexton doesn’t change positions or provide foreplay, but he gets the job done. Points and tres are all you will get.
No one else on the Cavs had huge fantasy days because the Knicks freaking suck. They lost 87-108. As a result, Kevin Love went 17/8 while Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. both went 9/9.
Got the start and played 17 minutes because…..Knicks. And the fact that Mitchell Robinson was out due to a concussion. The Taj Mahal will be closed to the public soon, so get your tickets now!!! The Knicks marketing department must be ecstatic right now.
Randle does have the ability to mess around on any given night. Unfortunately, he doesn’t provide tres or defensive stats, and the percentages are poor. As a result, he’s currently outside the top 200 right now and will likely end up around the top 100.
Played 35 minutes last night. The prior two games, Ntilikina received 38 and 39 minutes so…..It’s Happening!!! It’s Happening??? I’m not sure. The offense stinks, but the dimes and stocks will be there, and Elfrid Payton has been out. Maybe Fizdale will Fizdale himself. How about that?
R. J. Barrett
Only played 24 minutes due to foul trouble. Barrett can provide points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals, but absolutely murders your percentages. He’s shooting 44% from the free throw line!!! 40% from the field. He’s currently the #351 player for fantasy.
You ever heard, “We want killers on this team!” Well, the Knicks took it literally, as they acquired a bunch of players that kill shooting percentages. I may not like the vision, but respect the execution. Portis played 29 minutes and should continue to get elevated run for as long as Mitchell Robinson is out.
In 24 minutes! Jarrett Allen received the start, but only played 12 minutes due to foul trouble. DJ can spin this tune from time to time, but isn’t getting consistent run to be counted on.
Played 26 minutes and led the Nets in scoring. Dinwiddie can pop off on any night and provide points, tres, and dimes, but the lack of stocks and poor shooting efficiency keep his overall value low.
The Suns are 6-3!!! They defeated the Nets, 138-112 last night!!!
Top 25 player for fantasy right now. He doesn’t provide the D, but everything else is magnifique. He’s shooting 54% from the field!!! That will likely come down, but he should end somewhere in the high-40s. Like how Booker has increased his dimes every season, so he has in the field goal percentage as well. S. T. U. D.
Top 35 player for fantasy!!! We knew about the tres, dimes, steals, and shitting shooting percentage, but he’s averaging 6.8 boards!!! Even if those come down, he’s still exceeding draft day value.
The WB is back!!!! But like the real WB, it comes and goes. In addition, the programming content goes through peaks and valleys. With that said, he plays a ton of minutes and contributes across the board. Currently, he’s a top 50 player for fantasy.
7 turnovers please! Life is all about context. If I yell that at the pastry store, then it’s all good. For fantasy, not so good. Murray did turn his ankle in this game, but was able to return. May have affected his performance.
The Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. He’s averaging 26.7 minutes on the season. Last year, that number was at 34.4.
Last season, Wiggy Wiggy Wiggins shot 41% from the field. This year? 46%. All offseason, the Timberwolves tried to get Wiggins to stop shooting the midrange shots, and either attack the rim or shoot from downtown. Well, he’s increased the shots from inside 10 feet almost 5% from last season. Hmmm, 41% to 46%. 5%. Illuminati was here. In addition, he’s making over 2 tres per game for the first time in his career. And he’s averaging over 1 block for??? Yup, the first time in his career.
Top 50 player…..for now.
Meow. KAT needs to learn shooting efficiency from….gulp…..Wiggins?
Got the start and played 31 minutes because Jeff Teague missed another game.
Played 36 minutes! Okogie….excuse me, I’m getting hungry right now. Gogi is beef in Korean so….Anyways, Okogie isn’t a great shooter, but he contributes across the board.
Cousin Peter is proud of Jabari’s heroic play in lieu of John Collins. Did he also get bit by something? Because we’ve always known that he can score, but 6 stocks? Who is this masked hero? It’s a small sample size, but in four games as a starter this season, Parker is a top 20 player! I wouldn’t count on the defensive numbers to continue, but Parker will be an excellent source of points and boards for as long as Collins is out.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost messed around. Well, if it makes you feel any better, he did mess with your turnovers and shooting percentage. Feeling better? That is who Trae is. Whatever. IDC. IDC. The usage rate is 36 and he’s averaging 26.3 points, 3.1 tres, 4.4 boards, 8.4 dimes, and 1.8 steals!!!!
Got the start and played 31 minutes. It’s on now.
Played a whopping 40 minutes off the bench! Cam Reddish only played 16 minutes, so you do the math. C’mon, I’m doing the writing. Bembry will provide across-the-board production, but the usage is low and the we are not sure about the minutes yet.
Got the start but only played 24 minutes. Not so Super, Mario.
Mt. Whiteside strikes again. Top 50 player for fantasy. Not sure the 73% shooting on 4.2 attempts from the free throw line is sustainable, but he did post a 70% mark on 3.4 attempts back in 2017.
Got the start and played 34 minutes because Rodney Hood was out due to back spasms.
In 24 minutes off the bench. Slowly but surely, Simons is carving out a significant niche. The team loves him and he’s a professional getter of buckets. With that said, role will never be too significant unless injury strikes and he’s primarily a points guy.
In 44 minutes, as the game went to OT. He’s the numero uno player for fantasy right now!
Someone asked a few weeks ago if anyone has ever won the Most Improved Player award in back-to-back seasons. No one has ever won it twice, but if Siakam did, I wouldn’t be mad. P.S. – I’d be freaking amazed because that is what he is. Top 15 player for fantasy right now.
Got the start and played 39 minutes because Kyle Lowry was out. The shooting efficiency is rarely good, but he provides points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. With Lowry projected to be out for a few weeks, VanVleet will for sure be VanElite. Shoutout to EMac over at Awesemo for that one.
Got the start and played 26 minutes because of the Lowry injury. Mainly a points and tres guy.
The AD of the G-League last season, Boucher played 24 minutes off the bench and was instrumental in the 113-104 victory over the Lakers. He has oogles of potential. Man, imagine a core of Siakam, OG, and developed Boucher for the Raptors. Damn…..Now, Boucher got run because Serge Ibaka was out, so don’t mental masturbate and ejaculate just yet.
Played 17 minutes. Should get backup run for as long as Lowry is out. Not a great shooter, Davis is super athletic, could provide some dimes, steals, and do this…..
He’s good. Blah. Blah. Blah. He did seem to aggravate his shoulder after blocking a shot, though. Something to monitor and keep in mind.
Messed around but it wasn’t a good day. Those pesky percentages.
The Danny Green experience. More for deep leagues, roto, and streaming.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. Things that make you go hmmmm…..Kuzma won’t provide the D or dimes. Maybe some boards and should provide plenty of tres. Man, he had so many open looks last night. With that said, if he doesn’t get over 30 minutes of run, it may be tough for him to have value.
Wzup Son !
Squad took a little hit over the weekend with Lowry.
He was cruising and I was about to trade him. Ha.
My question today is can I fit the Timelord on my team ?
I don’t know how or who I could drop. Lemme know.
I’m a Boston guy (I know you hate the Patriots. Sorry)
I drafted Timelord then let him go.
But he is a thing at the moment. And I am aware that Kanter has been out and will be in a 3 way time share when the Celtics are healthy. Maybe even sprinkle in a 4 way with Tacko receiving a handful of minutes at times as well.
Can’t see me dumping Tucker for him ? Or anyone else ?
Thanks bud. Great work as always.
We’re in the same Lowry boat Mr. Blast. Hindsight and draft board regrets, I should’ve taken FVV but I went with Delon Ranger. Who knew handcuffs worked in bball too? Your team still looks great.
The Lowry injury hurts for sure. I’ve got him a lot of places as well. It’s only a few weeks, though, and at least it wasn’t a leg injury. Those scare me more.
F the Pats!!! Freaking cheaters. Seriously, though, even though I hate that squad, I have the utmost respect for them. Almost a 20 year reign so far.
As for Time Lord, the minutes aren’t there, but I could see him carving out a more substantial role as the season goes on. That’s speculation, though. I was thinking Tucker was the drop as well, but his role is so secure, so you’re right. Maybe Holmes because of Luke Walton the Bobo.
Hell yeah. Totally agree with u about Brogdon. This man is a stud! and when Oladipo comes back I believe they will coexist perfectly. When Oladipo plays he will be more of a getter of buckets, and Brogdon will feed him as much as he can, also opponents defense will definitely concentrate on Oladipo, so Brogdon will get more open shots. So, IMO Brogdon stats will not regress, but in fact, I think his numbers should go up a little.
I don’t know how much room there is to the upside, though. I do think there’s a good chance he maintains similar numbers. Maybe the points come down
In a points league, which center would you rather have?
Probably Holmes but Walton the bobo doesn’t make me comfortable
Where do you find the player rankings you refer to? And are they for 8, 9 category leagues or ??
Ok, I have used them in the past including their slick schedule grid.
How are you feeling about Winslow (post concussion?). I am contemplating sending a feeler out with Lamb for him. Just concerned about how crowded things get in Indiana wen at full strength.
Or if I targeted a big, Lamb and Nance for Bam?
Thoughts on both please
I’m not too high on Winslow. Poor percentages and Butler will be the usage monster on that squad.
I love BAM so….
Ayton or Sabonis long-term?
What up son, happy Monday.
How do you rank these guys. Just overall production ROS.
House, ntilikina, paschall, holmes
Sup, James. Are you Crime Dog?
House, Holmes, Paschall, Ntilikina.
lol yes, damn chrome autofill now everyone can steal my identity
Ha! Woof woof woof!
hey Son, I’m in a puzzling situation where Huerter’s upside might come in handy but I don’t have a drop, as of present. In a 10 team, 8-cat roto, is anyone of Clarke, PJ Washington or Smart droppable for him? I think I need both Smart’s and Sato’s assists, otherwise it might be one of those two.
Yeah, I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for Huerter
Barton or Alex Burks ? Needs not a issue
Barton for me
Hey Son, I traded LMA for Middleton over the weekend and I’m having some buyer’s remorse. Felt like I could have aimed higher than Middleton in hindsight. Did I badly lose the trade or is it fair? I have a lot of bigs, and was looking to gain more depth in an SF that shot 3s.
If you feel like you’ve made your team better, then it’s a win. Plus, in the context of your situation, you had an excess at a position and executed your vision. The phrase gets corny at times, but Process over Results. You made the trade for a reason, so have confidence in yourself. Now, in terms of getting more value, did you shop LMA around to everyone? Did you have a list of all the SF that shot 3s who would interest you? If not, tighten your process down further so that next time you won’t have the same feeling
Ha that’s the thing, I don’t think I made my team better. I gained 3s and some stls, but sacrificed FG% and blks. I should have valued the FG% more. My main target was Tobias, but the Middleton offer got accepted first. Yeah definitely will take your advice for next time, and tighten the process. Welp, at least Middleton has a good floor, just gotta hope he stays healthy.
What’s done is done. Just learn for next time. As long as you put in the work, I do find that going with your gut is usually the right way
Got a couple bucks n suns this week which is putting me at a pretty huge player disadvantage.
Would you drop either Marcus Morris or PJ Washington, or maybe Brook Lopez in order to make room for a streamer?
Or hold onto all those guys and take the hit a bit this week?
10-team H2H 8-cat
I would drop Morris
Do you like culver or Robert Williams or maybe Dwight Powell as a streamer? Also gasol out there but bleh
Dwight Powell is the safest. Time Lord has the most upside. No Gasol and Culver will likely go back to the bench when Teague returns
Hmm yeah I guess Marcus goes tomorrow and none of these options seem that great, might hang onto him for one more and see if he has any of that 29-point special sauce left
Have fun with that!
Heyooo wassup Son?
Thanks for the good work!
Would like to know your thoughts regarding the best trade(for me)which I pulled off in one of my leagues
My Love+Middleton+Forbes for his Jokic+Hield+B.Lopez
This is how my team looks rn
G: Trae, Hield, Huerter, D. Wright, Ntilikina, Snell
F: Oubre, Miles B,
C: KAT, Jokic, Bam, Brook, Powell
Can you suggest to target a defensive player for one of my assets cause I’m currently lacking STL, BLK with trash FT due to Bam lol
As for my other league, who among is droppable for you? If none, good for shopping for a 3D guy?
G: Lillard, Rubio, Fultz, IT, Hield, Lamb
C: Ayton, Collins, Brook, Valanciunas, Howard
You need forwards bad
Love that trade.
I think you will be fine in blocks. I’d look for a team that needs blocks, then swap to strengthen the steals cat.
I need a guard who can somehow fill the void left by middleton. I know it’s a tough ask
Waiver wire: anfernee, powell, sterling brown.
Stormin’ Norman for now