I try not to write up the same player in the top blurb two days in a row for a variety of reasons. It’s good to change it up. My wife and I are on page 360 of the Kamasutra book that we “read” every night before bed. Ha! Who am I kidding? I’ve been married for 12 years and have two kids. Page 360. Ha! It’s nice to show love to everyone, as there is so much skill in the league, and every night greatness is produced by many. But sometimes, a string of performances is so great that there is nothing to do but bow down and pay homage. In my many years at Razzball, I think I’ve only written a player in back-to-back nights maybe four or five times. Now, this is not a back-to-back, but it’s damn close. On Sunday, Julius Randle went 29/14/7 against the Bucks. After meditating and correcting his issues, Randle came back the next game and went HAM….
In 44 minutes!!! Thibs is Thibsing. He just can’t help himself. Serious question, why stop at 44? That now makes seven times Randle has messed around in his career. Thibs has freaking unlocked Randle. The assist percentage is a whopping 34.1%, after being at 15.8% the last three seasons. While he had nine turnovers last night, prior to that he had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.50, after being at 1.03 last season. Now, the tres are likely unsustainable and the 55% field goal percentage is going to come down, but the points, boards, and dimes are real.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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A blocked shot!!! Dude is 6′ 9″ with a 39-inch vert. And he blocked 39 shots last season in 62 games. Lonzo Ball had 38. Someone, please cue up Chris Carter…..
Gordon did only play 22 minutes, as the Magic have him on a minutes limit due to the hamstring injury he suffered in August.
You take a seat in the cab of the Vucevic coaster, fasten your seatbelt, then wait for the operator to press the button. You lurch forward slightly as the chains below grab hold of the car and proceed to take you on a journey. The first incline presents itself. Clack. Clack. Clack. Clack. It’s a slow process. As the incline forces your head back into the cushion, you turn sideways and gaze upon the landscape that is growing smaller with each Clack. Then you reminisce about the top 20 seasons Vucevic has produced the past two years and a smile cracks on your face. Clack. Clack. Clack. You’re almost there.
Got the start and played 23 minutes, as James Ennis continues to miss games due to injury. I love slab bacon, buckboard bacon, Canadian bacon, Irish bacon, peameal bacon, streaky bacon, and uncured bacon. Dwayne Bacon? Not so much. He doesn’t score, dish out dimes, or contribute much in the defensive stats. He will grab some boards, though. But Son, he shot 9 for 10 last night! Go have fun with your Dwayne Bacon then, while I gorge on my bacon.
Got the start and played 28 minutes, as Al Horford (rest) did not play. Roby is 6′ 8″, 230 pounds, and played his college ball at Nebraska. He was drafted 45th overall by the Pistons in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Momma said that there would be days like this. Don’t fret. He’s starting, playing a ton of minutes, jacking up a lot of shots, and will contribute in every cat but dimes. The shooting efficiency is a concern though.
There ain’t much to say about Shai…except that he’s freaking Gilgeous-Alexander!!!
The Bucks put out the Heat, 144-97. As a result, Giannis Antetkounmpo only played 24 minutes and produced 9 points, 6 boards, 6 dimes, and 3 steals. Jrue Holiday scored 24 points with 7 dimes and 2 steals while Khris Middleton scored 25 points and contributed 5 dimes and 2 steals. The Bucks had 14 steals, good for 14th all time!!! Back in 1988, the Supersonics had 22 steals in a game.
This Herro did not have the strength to carry his team along, though.
Markkanen was dealing with a calf contusion from Monday’s game then left early in the third quarter of this one. No official designation or timeframe has been given. When Markkanen is off the court, Zach LaVine’s usage rate spikes up to 42.9! Lol. So he basically morphs into good looking Harden. Speaking of LaVine….
One more for the true five-finger discount. Through four games, LaVine is the 51st player on a per-game basis. He’s similar to Donovan Mitchell in that both will score a bunch of points and produce tres, boards, dimes, and steals, but the turnovers are elevated while the boards and dimes are….a finger short of a hand.
Not sure if it was due to the Markkanen injury or not, but Otto Porter Jr. and Garrett Temple both played 29 minutes.
Otto Porter Jr.
Minutes are half the battle, right? Yo, Joe? Not sure how real this is but something to monitor for sure. Before making any rash assumptions, I Otto wait for some more concrete data. Thank you, I’m here every morning, Monday through Thursday.
Even if I was Jewish, I’d never go to the Temple.
Continues to start and played 26 minutes. It looks like he’s going to be a really good player, as he can contribute a little something something in every cat. The usage rate is sub-10 though, so he may be a year away.
Let’s go video highlights of Westbrook’s performance last night….
Make that the 158th time Westbrook has messed around. Only 31 more to tie Oscar Robertson for the career lead. That’s crazy.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. The minutes’ restriction is slowly unraveling. Woo hoo! Now, when both he and Rui Hachimura are ready to go, how does the starting lineup look? Rui next to Deni? Does Bertans come off the bench? Or does Deni move to the bench? Things to keep an eye on.
Played 37 minutes. I love Nick Nurse. The turnovers and shooting efficiency can be problems, but everything else is magnifique.
He wasn’t the OG, but he is the OG. He’s currently a top 20 player and could finish as a top 50 player. The usage is low at 13.3 and he’s only averaging nine shots per game, but he contributes everywhere else, especially in the defensive cats. What an OG!
Played 22 minutes off the bench. Why? No idea. A matchup thing? Maybe it’s to throw the 76ers dogs off the scent. Or Nurse is pulling a Bill Belichick and putting something out there on tape so that the 76ers and other rivals will have to prepare. That said, it’s Stanley Johnson so what would teams prepare for? If anything, they’d be ecstatic if he played 20 minutes a game. I kid. He played well. Don’t think much of this but if he cracks the rotation, then we have to do some soul searching.
Played 21 minutes off the bench. Scroll up to the Stanley Johnson blurb. Copy, then paste here. Len had not played a minute prior to last night.
Played for five minutes. Boucher is a per-minute stud but he won’t play in a matchup against big, studly centers me thinks.
In 38 minutes. Wowzers! TH see how high he can take you. Take that regression fairies! The defensive stats aren’t going to be a consistent thing, but Harris will provide plenty of points, tres, and boards, with good percentages.
It’s BS that God edited the shooting slider all the way down to 10. What did he do?
Imagine if Boucher played? The 16 free throw attempts were only good for 11th in his career. Back in 2018, Embiid shot 23 free throws against the Pistons. He’s a top 10 player right now and just needs to stay healthy.
Usually don’t expect much outside of points and tres, so it’s nice to see Curry display the full repertoire. The most impressive thing about Curry’s game is that he shoots close to 50% from the field, with most of the shots coming from the outside.
Played a team-high 40 minutes. Scroll up the Nikola Vucevic blurb. Copy, then paste here.
Continues to start and played 27 minutes. Will provide boards, but tough seeing him get 30 minutes of run in any game.
In 27 minutes off the bench. The front office loves him. The coaching staff loves him. The players love him. Should fantasy owners love him too? He’s played 13, 25, and 23 minutes to start the season. When Kemba Walker returns, there probably won’t be room for much. Until then though, he will get some run and provide some tres, points, and steals. He has to be extremely efficient shooting because he’s not going to get many looks, but with defenses focused on Tatum and Brown, the looks that he does get should be of the open variety.
MVP! MVP! Is it a coincidence that Julius Randle and Sabonis are similar in so many ways? Hmmm, I don’t believe in coincidences. It’s like yin and yang with both being the same. That made absolutely no sense but it sounded good and makes people think.
Played 34 minutes! Yummy. He’s the number 12 player for fantasy! Stop the season! He looks good and the shot is falling. Now, he’s not going to shoot 61% from the field for the entire year, so regression is coming. That said, Top 50 season is a feasible outcome.
Getting Wiggins Wit It! We don’t get to celebrate often, so when the situation arises, we must go full bore. If he could play like this every night, Wiggins could fulfill the Maple Jordan prophecy and be one of the great fantasy players in the land.
Chinatown was popping in San Fran and Oakland with all the 8s! It’s crazy that even with the putrid games to start the season, Curry is the 14th player on a per-game basis right now.
Only played 17 minutes because he was sent to the concussion protocol. While going up for a rebound, James Wiseman inadvertently bashed his elbow into Griffin’s face. Hmmm, a Wiseman indeed as the Warriors defeated the Griffin-less Pistons 116-106.
Killian Hayes only played 17 minutes after tweaking his right ankle.
Got the start and played 29 minutes. The percentages can be rough, but Jackson is providing a little something something in every cat. He’s garnering a usage rate of 26.3! Maybe Dwayne Casey is the Reclamationer.
Continues to start and played 41 minutes. Class? Yo, Joe! Now, Alec Burks did not play due to an ankle injury, so Bullock got some extra minutes. The shooting efficiency isn’t great but Bullock can provide tres.
Got the start and played 32 minutes.
That’s back-to-back games with over 30 minutes of run. If it happens again on Thursday, then it’s time for a block party in Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood. I can’t believe the day has finally come.
That’s back-to-back good games for Payton. The real test will come when Quickley is able to play.
Not so Osman. Actually, down right dreadful.
Sayonarra to your free throw percentage but, but, but…. パーティーの時間! as the counting stats will be tough to match. Such a beast!
Played 16 minutes off the bench. There was actually a time when McGee and Drummond were on the floor at the same time!!!
This is a scheduled “@JaValeMcGee just hit a three” tweet. pic.twitter.com/fJ20uYlC7L
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 30, 2020
Out there to space the floor!
The Pelicans got smoked in Phoenix, 86-111. As a result, no one played over 20 minutes and only four players scored in double figures. No stat boxes for you!!! Brandon Ingram went 13/6/6 with a block. Zion Williamson went 20/2/0 with a steal. Lonzo Ball dished out 1 dimes and shot 3-for-12 from the field. Yuck.
This is the fantasy equivalent of a broken clock being right twice a day.
Due to the Pelicans sucking, only one player played 30 minutes (Mikal Bridges) while Crowder was the only Suns player to score at least 20 points. The world is truly going to end.
Got the start for Karl-Anthony Towns but only played 20 minutes. It Ain’t Hard to Tell that Naz is no KAT.
Got his second start of the season and played 26 minutes while Jake Layman moved to the bench. On the season, Rubio is averaging 23.9 minutes per game and is mainly a dimes and steals guy.
Played 31 minutes. Without KAT, Russell had a 30.6 usage rate.
Had a 30% usage rate! Crazy, but not as crazy as his off-the-court life.
The Clippers spanked the Timberpuppies, 124-101, so no on played over 29 minutes.
In only 22 minutes! Iblocka is back baby! He’s such a perfect piece for this team and will provide points, tres, boards, and blocks for fantasy. The main issue is the 20.8 minutes per game.
Michael Porter Jr.
Played 40 minutes. I just jizzed in my pants. Excuse me.
Uh, uh, uh, ooooooooohhhhh. Sorry, I just jizzed a second time. You know what’s crazy? The Nuggets lost 115-125 to the Kings with those lines. Maybe those 10 turnovers had something to do with it. Whatever. Turnovers. Schmunovers. That’s now 44 times Nikola has messed around. What a Jokic!
Got the start and played 37 minutes because Jamal Murray was scratched due to an elbow contusion. Morris garnered a 20% usage rate last night, while Jokic was at 31.8. He’s great when Murray is out, but only averages around 20 minutes when he’s in.
Orale, Holmes!!! Played 32 minutes, while Hassan Whiteside played 13 minutes. Stop the fight.
Clack. Clack. Clack. Clack. Go up to the Vucevic blurb. Copy, then paste. You gotta love the early season when the sample sizes are small but emotional reactions are at stock market-esque highs.
Maan I’m soo done with trying to get every hot WW pickup. Every year I missed out on early hot WW adds and this year wanted to do the opposite so I took PWill, then Boucher just to have them and later dropped. Hell, let’s concentrate on winning from now on 😀
Can’t hit the target if you stop shooting!
I see what u did here 😀 in other news, do we like herro ros outlook? Herro vs Donte vs Garland, who to target for Beasley?
Hmmm, really depends on what you want because they each have different strengths and weaknesses
I would like good scorer with some ast and tres. Not killing my FG would be nice too. And Beasley in two weeks will have only 2 game week and after that a possible suspension. Does is smart move to try move him to guy like Herro?
Gotcha. I like Garland the most then
Hey Son great work. Thanks for your daily updates! In 12 team 9-cat Head to head league, PWilliams, Josh Jackson and MGasol. Which 2 do I keep when D.White on my IL is ready to play?
My current roster
G -Kyrie, Harden, Coby, Garland, D.White
F- George, Wood, Oubre, Bazley, PWilliams, Josh Jackson
C- Aldridge, Horford, Plumlee, Gasol
I think PW and JJ
Hi Son – 16m 11cat deep league and thin FA
1. Love cleared waivers. Drop Naz Reid for him and hope Love comes back in a month? Hard to gauge how long KAT will be out and Naz isn’t doing much
2. Rondo, Payne, or monte morris ROS
3. Drop melo for unknown rookie bigs like Precious, Stewart, Toppin or Mcgee/favors
2. Payne and Morris already taken.. guess that leaves me w rondo!
3. Add theis / nerlens as an option for bigs too
I’d keep Naz
Depends on your squad and what you need
Love reading your writeups Son!
Wanted your thoughts on Delon Wright – seems quite inconsistent to start the season. Im in a 12 team 9 cat std H2H league – keep him or pick up guys like Rondo, Tyus Jones, Pritchard?
I’d rather have Wright
Thanks for the recaps. They are fantastic and offer plenty of food for thought.
Couple of quick Qs: Do we still like OG over RJ Barrett? OG had a great game last night and I love the overall game/potential for Team Wins on TOR, but RJ has been logging insane MIN in the early going. I’d feel kinda bad dropping him (we play in a shallow ten teamer about 120 players deep).
If I want to open a streamer spot, who goes out of: OG/RJ, Bryant (WAS), and Rubio? I know they offer different things, but who do we feel least bad about casting away? (FWIW RJ was a FA add, Bryant was a FA replacement for Whiteside (uggghhh), and Rubio was drafted 100th overall.)
Hope this makes sense. Thanks and happy New Year!
Depends on your squad and what you need/want.
Draymond just got dropped in one of my leagues.
Are you dropping deandre Hunter, Steven Adams, Brook Lopez, Mike Conley, Hachimura or Derrick White for him?
Or staying put? Thanks!
Someone from my main league has dropped Kemba Walker and Al Horfod and they are both on the waiver till Saturday.
I am No. 2 on the waiver order. Would you take any of them? Which one do you think can be a better pick this year?
My team is:
Thanks in advance
you’re super weak in tres and ft%. are you punting tres? if so, then horford. if not, then kemba
Looking to trade kawhi. Too many missed games. Thoughts on a straight up deal for Beal or Shai? Sound fair? No real needs. Thanks
Just curious, didn’t you expect this when you drafted Kawhi?
That said, you’re losing value by trading him for Beal or Shai but it’s your squad so do what you think is best for it
Yes, a very fair point. I think I’ll take a wait and see approach but keep my scouts eye open for a deal.
Always good to keep your eye open
My Horford, Barton and Rooster for his JRich and Ibaka?
Seeking to improve D stats. Thoughts?
I’m good with it
Yo Son! Awesome work per usual.
12 team points league where we expanded rosters to 16 players (covid).
Bledsoe was dropped. How do you feel about burning the number 1 waiver for him?
Usually my last two bench spots I like to stream but thinking he’s off to a slow start.
Thanks in advance!
I think it’s worth the risk. Do you have a. Open spot or are you dropping someone? If so, who?
G.hill, Keldon Johnson, Barton, and Bane are currently my last 4 bench spots.
I’d probably drop Hill
Happy New Year’s Eve, Sir SON! Twenty-twenty won, but we shall rise up like Big Country from the ashes of Vancouver.
In category leagues, do you find yourself veering towards or swerving away from the OG/Mikal B types that are efficiency machines but may be inflated some since most high-end teams punt TOs due to star usage rates? Or was the extremely foolish and it should be stricken from the record (or struck? stricken?)?
Segue…h2h 11 cats, std 9 PLUS off reb & def reb…Would you advise trading Lonzo, Roco, and Deni for D Mitchell, Smart, & Mikal Bridges (or if he won’t do that, drop off to Kuzma, A Edwards, or TJ Warren)?
I am not sure if I am selling low on Lonzo or RoCo in that deal, or if Spiderman and Co. is a good return for two slow starters on packed teams?
Big Country!!! Merry New Year to you, SIR!
Those guys always have a place in cat leagues. There’s a reason why Otto was a god years ago. Any player who can help in every cat without hurting in any has a place.
What’s rest of squad look like?
Bruh, Otto is dead to me – not too long ago when he was supposed to be elite, I took him in the second round of my keeper instead of Luka! :'( But, I get what you’re saying, just seems like value gets inflated at times. But it’s probably bitter berry juice I am still tasting.
Squad is sick. Likely Keepers are Ayton, Jokic, Bam, Wood, & Wiseman (based on league settings, pos/stat scarcity, & rounds kept). I have a supporting cast of Ocean’s 11: Harden, Dame, PG, RoCo, LaVine, Fox, Plumlee, & Lonzo.
To quote the great Alonzo Harris, “The shit is chess it ain’t checkers!”
Ha! I feel you. He’s been dead to most people, so….
I’m good with that trade
But he brings pain to the spiritual celebration that is Halleluka.
Gallinari and Barton for his OG? I would use the open slot to pick up PJ , Batum, or G Hill. Good for me?
Hey Son, 14 team 9 cat H2H
I went all in during my auction draft and took KAT and Jokic. With KAT going down I’m exploring trades to move Jokic and fill out my roster. This is my current roster:
PG – Paul
SG – Terrence Ross
G – Delon Wright
SF – Will Barton
F – Boucher
PF – Jokic
C – Baynes
UTIL – Crowder
BN – Redick, Killian Hayes, Noel, Lonnie Walker IV, Shake Milton
IL – Kevin Porter Jr.
IL – KAT
I’ve got this offer on the table, would you pull trigger?
His – Lowry, Oubre, JV
My – Jokic, Barton
Other notable players he has – Kyrie, OG, Gobert
What if I replaced Lowry with Kyrie in the trade?
Would you not move Jokic at all or that’s just not enough?
I’m getting crushed this week with no output from a lot of the players on my roster and no timetable on KAT has me worried
I could also ask him to throw in Schroeder who is a $2 keeper next year
Didn’t think it was enough. Kyrie is better
Do what you think is best for your squad
Offered his Simmons ($35) for my Brogdon ($14). $250 auction, 13 team roto. Should I be considering it? Massive price difference, but Simmons is very good. My %’s, assists, and steals are okay, otherwise I could use help. Thanks!
what’s rest of squad look like?
Jokic, Lebron, Porzingis, Brogdon, Otto Porter Jr., Bazley, Mitchell Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Dillon Brooks, Fournier, Tristan Thompson. And some rookies I have from a rookie draft (Halliburton, Killian Hayes, Okoro). So a bit of a mix. I have Shake Milton and Nicolas Batum too, but there’s a start limit so I haven’t used them or the rookies much.
Tough. You do gain in five cats while losing in two but the hits in those two are massive. Tough to punt in roto. That coupled with the price difference has me leaning no
9 categories, but yeah, I’m on the fence. Thanks Son.
In a nine cat league,
1. Would you trade Horford and Bledsoe for his VanVleet and K Anderson?
Very early in the year but trying to move two older guys off their decent games tonight.
2. Best on the wire: Keldon, Batum, Nunn.
Just not sure about how D White’s return impacts Spurs rotations and Keldon and Walker IV’s playing time.
My drop options would be Gallinari, Barton and/or Walker IV. Hold or make a move?
For context, my team below:
G: Harden, Beal, Paul, Bledsoe, Bog Bog, D White
F: Horford, Gallinari, Barton, Walker IV
C: Holmes, JV, Ayton (been absent so far!)
I’m good with it
I’d scoop Keldon and drop Walker
Wassup, great write! Never miss those! Son, I appreciate you always answering all the questions, and this time I need your guidance as bad as ever. Team:
G: Shai, DMurray, CWhite, Beasley, Clarkson, Brooks
F: Siakm, Oubre, Clarke, Bazley, Keldon
C: Nurkic, Turner, Boucher
O: KAT, MPJ
Context: 10T , 9cat, H2H. Started 0-2
1) What to do with underperformers – Siakm, Shai, Oubre, Nurkic? Should hold all or lose faith in some of them and try to move? Do u see any of them performing this poorly trough out this season?
2) Beasley, Clarkson, Brooks, Oubre – I think they are my worst players and one has to go. Imo Beasley is the worst but TWolves will have like six weeks with 4 games in the row.
3)I currently good in blocks and rebs but so average in other cats. Do you see any pattern for me to punt one other cat and boost others?
Advice will be much appreciated!
I think all improve. It’s only been five games.
Always depends on who you are replacing someone for.
A lot of your pain is because KAT is out. That said, you’re super weak in dimes and fg%. Strength is blocks and boards. Average is points and steals. A little light in tres. You could just go full punt dimes and beef up on big men. So dominate boards, blocks, and your fg% would increase substantially.
Beasley would be a streaming spot, cause I need one of those. I picked Clarkson to be the streamer but he gives me more D stats with better percentages than Beasley imo so I think I keeping him for now.
So I should move players like Coby and Beasley and target bigs with good fg, stl and decent FT, yeah? Would it then kill me not only in AST but in PTS and 3PM too, with average STL and FT?
If you punting dimes, then yeah. You’re going to have to configure the roster to fit the puzzle that you’re trying to build
Thanks, Son, I’m stopping to bother you! Have a great week, and take those W’s!
Never a bother. Have a good one!