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What’s up Razzballers?!? I’m back and will be handling the daily recaps from Tuesday night this season. We had a total of 9 games so let’s get to it!

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James – Whenever the Rockets are in town, you know that fantasy stat lines are going to be great for both teams, with the increased pace of play. The Cavaliers were the beneficiaries of the Rockets’ matchup and all the main guys delivered. Kevin Love posted 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block; Irving scored 32 points with 4 threes; and James nearly messed around and got another triple double, finishing with 19/13/8. They played almost as well as their costumes from James’ yearly Halloween party. Don’t forget the shoutouts to the Warriors!

J.R. Smith – Smith knocked down 5-11 from downtown to finish with 15/3/2. Iman Shumpert (8 points, 2 steals, and 2 threes) seems to after suffering a concussion from opening night, but the steals just aren’t enough to help fantasy owners, except for the deepest of leagues.

James Harden –He probably won’t be able to double his assist average from last year like coach Mike D’Antoni wants, but Harden has dished out 15+ assists in 2 of his first 4 games. He finished Tuesday’s loss with 41 points, 15 assists, 7 rebounds, and 5 threes. More importantly he did all that passing, while only giving up 1 turnover. Enjoy your top pick all season.

Eric Gordon – Gordon has been a big recipient of the Harden passing and up-tempo style of play so far this season. He finished Tuesday with 16 points (6-13 FG and 4-9 3PT), 3 assists, and 2 steals. Enjoy the ride.

Nene Hilario – The only other Rocket to stand out was Nene, who finished with 13 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1 block off the bench. Clint Capela (8 points, 4 rebounds) continued his underwhelming play to start the season, but is locked in as the starter and is way younger and better than Nene. Try buying low on Capela and leaving Nene on the waiver wire, except for the deepest of leagues.

Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic– Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked 2 shots, now having gone 2 games shooting over 50% for his new team. Vucci Mane also hit the 20-point mark, finishing with 24/14 and 4 assists. Vucevic is going to steal some rebounds from Ibaka, but both should be solid fantasy assets for teams.

Elfrid Payton – Payton is enjoying not having Victor Oladipo around anymore and is off to a strong start to the season. He dished out 10 assists (2 turnovers) and scored 18 points in 38 minutes.

Evan Fournier – Fournier is showing that last season wasn’t a fluke, with a 17/5/5 line and 3 threes on Tuesday.

Dario Saric – Saric exploded for 21 points, 3 threes, and 3 rebounds. There will be lots of ups and downs for the youngster, but he still remains a high-upside prospect for nights like this.

Joel Embiid – EMBIIIIIIID, as JB likes to spell it, posted his first double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jahlil Okafor, who was rested on Tuesday, will return to the lineup Wednesday, while Embiid takes a night off. Trust the process and beware of the resting big men on nights where they have back-to-backs.

Sergio Rodriguez – Raise your hand if you thought Rodriguez would be this good to start the season? I’m waiting. Exactly what I thought. 12 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds for a starting point guard that is owned in only 44% of leagues. Play him while he’s this hot.

Gerald Henderson – Speaking of hot, Henderson caught fire on Tuesday, scoring 18 points (7-13 FG) and grabbing 4 rebounds. Sure, he’s starting, but I don’t expect this to continue and he won’t contribute much beyond points anyways.

Hollis Thompson – Thompson exploded for 22 points and 7 rebounds off the bench for the 76ers, covering for an ineffective Robert Covington (0 points, 0-6 FG, and 5 rebounds). Covington has now put up back-to-back scoreless games. He should regain his stroke soon and remains more worthy of a stash than Thompson.

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge – The Gordon Hayward-less Jazz handed the Spurs their first loss of the season. I wouldn’t want to be in the locker room with Coach Popovich after that loss. Leonard (30 points, 7 rebounds, 2 threes, 2 steals, and 5-7 3PT) and Aldridge (21 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block) brought their A-game, but received little help from Pau Gasol (8 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks) or Tony Parker (6 points and 6 assists). I’d still remain patient with Gasol, but it looks like Parker’s days as a fantasy asset are over.

George Hill – Remember the guy in the Kawhi Leonard to Spurs trade? Well, he’s on the Jazz now and looks to be adjusting well to his new team. 22 points, 7 assists, and 3 threes. Good move for the Jazz so far this season.

Rudy Gobert – On the heels of signing a a four-year-extension with the Jazz, Gobert posted 6 points (1-4 FG) and 12 rebounds. The rebounds and blocks should be there most nights, but the offensive game is still a work in progress. Be patient.

Rodney Hood – DJ Khaled should change his hit song from a couple years ago to “I’m so Rodney Hood,” because he’s shooting lights out for the Jazz to start the season. He kept it going on Tuesday with 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-8 3PT), 5 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson – KD posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, but failed to hit a three. You won’t see too many nights where KD and Thompson (14/5/4 on 6-17 shooting) shoot a combined 0-10 from downtown.

Stephen Curry – The assists are down slightly to start the year, but the efficient scoring is not: 28 points, 3 assists, and 5-10 from long range. He even dropped 23 in the 3rd quarter!

There will be some growing pains, just look at the Heat’s first season with the Big Three, but don’t panic with Curry, KD, Thompson or Draymond Green (6 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks).

Damian Lillard – Dame Lillard continues to play like he wants the MVP award: 31 points (8-19 FG, 4-10 3PT, and 11-13 FT). He just needs a little more help from his teammates for these games to turn into wins. C.J. McCollum chipped in 16/4/2, but received little other help from his fellow starters.

Monta Ellis – Ellis bounced back from a 2 point, 1-6 FG shooting night to post 17 points, 3 assists, and 2 threes.

Paul George – Another all-around fantasy game from PG-13: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 threes, and an perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.

Thaddeus Young – Young looks just as valuable on his new team so far this season: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 threes, and 1 block.

Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams – Clarkson remains the 6th man for Luke Walton, posting 15 points off the bench, but should still see plenty of minutes. He also won’t shoot 2-13 from long range all season. Williams, on the other hand, may see his minutes vary a little more, but when he’s on (19 points, 7-14 FG, 3-8 3PT, and 5 assists in 27 minutes), he should have no trouble contributing.

Hassan Whiteside – Whiteside continues to post a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Goran Dragic – What a line for Dragic: 25/8/8 with 5 threes, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. It’s always an added bonus getting 2 blocks from your point guard.

Dion Waiters – It’s been a little up and down for Waiters so far, but he looked great Tuesday with 20 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds in 42 minutes. Just don’t expect it to be this good every night.

Tyler Johnson – TJ chipped in 22 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3PT, and 6-6 FT) and 4 rebounds off the bench, who has now scored double digits in all 4 games this season.

Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins – The Gay Cousins? Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a great nickname. Either way, they both posted 30 points. Gay went 30 and 12, while Cousins posted a 30/7/4 line. Arron Afflalo (18 points, 3 rebounds) was the only other King in double figures.

Kristaps Porzingis – KP is off to a good start to the season with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 threes, and 1 block on Tuesday.

Joakim Noah – The scoring may not ever be there, but he’s capable of helping in other categories each night: 2 points, 8 assists, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. I mean, when you shoot like this, what do you expect?

Derrick Rose – 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The assists are low to start the year, but the growing pains are expected. Carmelo Anthony is in a similar boat with little production elsewhere (24 points, 4 steals, and 2 threes). Both guys should be fine going forward as they adjust to the new offense, but just be happy Rose isn’t injured yet.

Marcus Morris – Morris has been chucking up the three ball to start the year (7-24 in 4 games), but was efficient on Tuesday with 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-3 3PT) and 4 rebounds.

Tobias Harris – The Magic’s trade for Harris last year continues to pay dividends: 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Andre Drummond – Drummond struggled offensively (9 points, 4-13 FG), but made up for it with 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.

Ish Smith – The injury replacement for Reggie Jackson, continues to rack up the assists with 10 points and 8 assists. Enjoy it while you can.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – After failing to score double figures in the first 2 games of the season, KCP has rebounded to score 21 and now 19. He added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 threes on Tuesday as well.

Jabari Parker – Sure, the scoring is nice (21 points, 7-14 FG, and 7-7 FT), but I feel like he’s a little overrated in fantasy because he doesn’t do much in the other categories?

Giannis Antetokounmpo – He’s looking like a top fantasy performer so far: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. See, this is what statistical variety looks like, Jabari.

Matthew Dellavedova – I still can’t believe he’s a starting point guard, but with lines like 11 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals, I shouldn’t complain. He’s readily available on the waiver wire (51% ownership).

Anthony Davis – 35 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. He’s a fantasy beast, what more can be said? Oh, and he knocked down 17-18 free throws.

Tim Frazier – Frazier has been an assist machine for the injury-depleted Pelicans. He dished out 9, along with 20 points and 4 steals on Tuesday.

Zach LaVine – In the battle of wild animals, the Timberwolves decimated the Grizzlies. LaVine led the way with 31 points (11-18 FG, 5-9 3PT, and 4-4 FT), while Andrew Wiggins chipped in 17 points, 4 assists, and 2-2 3PT FGs.

Gorgui Dieng – A very efficient line from Dieng: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, while nearly be perfect from the field (8-9 FG, 1-2 FT).

Kris Dunn – Receiving a start with Ricky Rubio out indefinitely, Dunn responded with a very Rubio-esque line: 10 points (3-7 shooting), 6 assists, and 5 steals. He has a lot of upside as the starting point guard.

  1. Jensen says:
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    I think Hollis Thompson’s explosion is also a result of Grant being traded and Ily not being in town yet. Apparently Ily isn’t going to be ready to play for Philly till Saturday so Thompson looks like a good streamer tonight for those of us in leagues with same day transactions.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jensen: Yes, that’s a good streaming option for now, but just want to reiterate that Covington is still the better long term option over Thompson. We’ll have to wait and see if Ilyasova comes off the bench or will supplant Covington in the starting lineup.

  2. v00dr00 says:
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    AD is ridiculous, but I’ve had him as a miserable keeper the past 3 years. I have a feeling I should be asking for an arm and a leg and sell the shit out of him. Think I could get Teague, Valanciunas, and Dunn for him? Am I only asking for an arm and no leg? Not sure what to think right now…blinded by those free throws.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @v00dr00: If you’re frustrated, selling high before Evans and Holiday return (or AD gets injured again) could net you quite a haul. But I’d make sure I’d get a top 20 player in return. Teague, Valanciunas, and Dunn are all solid players, but not quite in that range.

  3. Ted says:
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    Would you hang on to Rubio in a 10-team league with no IR spot?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Ted: It’s hard to give an answer because the T-Wolves are mum on the situation. They just say he’s out indefinitely. That could be a few days or a few months. I’d try and hold onto him for a few days for an update, but if there’s a top waiver wire add, then go for it.

      • Ted says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Thanks!

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, thanks for the run down!

    Another team is desperate for pg’s/assists and I’m flush with em. Sitting with Lowry, Payton, Mudiay, Sergio R, knight, with Jrue on IL. Also have Greek freak and batum for assists. Want to do a 2 for 1 and aim high right now. If I could swing it, his Kawhi and Wiggins for my Lowry, Knight, and Sergio? Is that too low ball? In the end he may just not want to give up Kawhi and I’ll sub in his 2nd or 3rd rounder.

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Hate to say it, but you’ll need to aim higher for Kawhi. Lowry and Knight might get it done for Kawhi straight up, but even that might be a push. You might have to aim a little lower and package Mudiay instead to get a top 50 player in another area of need.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Peter Kap: you’re right, thanks!

  5. Rocky says:
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    Hey Pete!

    Thanks for the Tuesday recap! What are your feelings on Brandon Ingram? A solid hold for a possible 2nd half breakout or is 25 minutes and average production across the board his ’16-’17 destiny? Thinking of trying to get some stable back of the lineup big man help for him via trade… Someone in the Gortat, S. Adams, T. Booker, Nurkic range… Or possibly a Brook/Capela buy low? Reasonable?

    My lineup
    Harden
    Kyrie
    Blake
    Pau
    Dieng
    LaVine
    D. Booker
    Ryno
    Taj
    Covington
    D. Carroll
    Ingram
    Dedmon
    J-Rich (IL)

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Rocky: I have Ingram in a 12 team league and am contemplating dropping him. The Lakers seem unlikely to give him much more than 20-25 minutes a night, which caps his upside. Ingram’s value is pretty low right now so I’m not sure that any of those guys, minus Trevor Booker could be had for Ingram straight up. I would try to pull a package deal, but if the stats don’t greatly improve, feel free to move on in redraft leagues.

  6. JJ says:
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    What up Kap! Hope all is good!

    Would you drop Marucs Smart or Josh Richardson to take a flier on Jerami Grant?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @JJ: Don’t think any of those guys are must own players by any means. So if you like one more than the other, than feel free to get that guy. Personally, I like Smart the most of the three.

  7. Tremaine says:
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    Hey

    Isaiah Thomas Bos – PG
    Eric Gordon Hou – SG
    T.J. Warren Pho – SF
    Chandler Parsons Mem – SF,PF
    Injured
    Anthony Davis NO – PF,C
    Brandon Knight Pho – PG,SG
    Avery Bradley Bos – PG,SG
    Trevor Ariza Hou – SG,SF
    Goran Dragic Mia – PG,SG
    Karl-Anthony Towns Min – C
    LaMarcus Aldridge SA – PF,C
    Nikola Vucevic Orl – PF,C
    IL-Nerlens Noel Phi – PF,C

    Was wondering should I drop Noel N. for a 3pt shooter or is it not nessecary? Rate my team? Thanks btw.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tremaine: I think your team is pretty solid from top to bottom. You have a bunch of great big men (KAT, Davis, Vucci, and Aldridge) so you shouldn’t have much trouble in the scoring/rebounding/blocks department. I might look at getting a bigger assist-first point guard or three point specialist. The guys you do have are good, but none of them are elite in passing. The only other area I see is that Warren and Ariza are your only healthy SF. If those guys are off, you may have trouble fitting all your guards and big men into a nightly lineup. I’d try and hold onto Noel, especially if you can fit him on the IL spot. Maybe do a package deal to upgrade at PG and then grab a 3point shooter off the waiver wire? Or vice versa.

      • Tremaine says:
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        @Peter Kap: thanks Kap!

  8. Spadez says:
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    I am thinking of offering this trade hood and lowry for kawhi leonard.

    Should i go for it

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Spadez: If you can get Kawhi for Hood and Lowry, then definitely do it. I’d personally would want more for Kawhi, but doesn’t hurt to ask.

      • Spadez says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Well his team is injury ridden – rubio, horford, holiday, danny green, etc.. so just going to try my luck..

        If you would rank mudiay, reddick, hood, marcus morris. Who will give me more value in the long run?

        • Peter Kap

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          @Spadez: I’d probably go Morris, Hood, Mudiay, and Reddick in that order for rest of the season. In the short term, I would give a bump for Hood, but his value will take a little bit of a hit when Gordon Hayward returns so ride him while he’s hot.

  9. Peter says:
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    Should I keep Covington or drop for:

    Kilpatrick, Louwill, Matt Barnes, or Jymychal Green

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Peter: Totally understand if you’re ready to move on. All those guys are fine pickups. Barnes would be my first choice of the four. Just monitor Covington because he’s in a shooting slump. His shooting should pick back up and he could duplicate last season numbers soonish.

      • Peter says:
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        @Peter Kap: great, thanks Pete!

  10. Tyler says:
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    Hey Kap!
    How do you like or rank these trades? Gay’s been ballin though and has a chance to return top 40 value all year long. but been thinkin I should punt FT with what I have. If I can swing these trades can you rank them from best to worst?

    Gay + Hood for Warren + Howard
    Gay for Drummond
    Gay + Hood for Drummond + A.Gordon
    Gay + Carroll for Drummond + A.Gordon

    Heres my team:
    Lowry,Dragic,G.Harris,Sergio,Lawson,Lou Williams
    Giannis,Gay,Carroll,Hood
    Gobert, Nurkic, Capela
    IL-Hayward,Tyreke

    Also Jamychal and Justin Hamilton got dropped. Should I claim them? and drop Lawson?

    Roberson is still available but I didn’t like the low minutes he got last game. I m not sure he’ll get value unless he’s going to get 30+ min nightly.

    Other available FA:
    Roberson
    Cody Zeller
    Kaminsky
    Larry Nance
    Tyson Chandler
    Mozgov
    Jamal Crawford
    Sefolosha
    Muscala
    Leuer
    Ennis

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tyler: I think any of those trades where you get Drummond are great. The Howard trade is fine too, but I’m less optimistic on him and Warren. Prefer Drummond big time. Should be healthier too.

      Lawson’s time as the starting point guard in Sacramento is going to be short lived. Collison will be back soon from the suspension so you should feel free to drop him whenever. Of the guys available, Crawford is probably my favorite of the group on paper. Only really helps you with scoring, FTs, and threes so if there is another statistic that you need more, then addressing that is fine too.

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