My-my-my-my Melo is back. To play. And jack up. Plenty of shots. He won’t. Play any D. Or grab a board or thank the Lord. Ok, time to quit the Pa Rappa da Rappa because…..Stop! It’s Melo time. The Portland Trail Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract yesterday. Melo fans are running through the streets naked, screaming, and turning over cars. Their Messiah has returned to deliver them to Melo bliss. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what always provides fantasy bliss? The Stocktonator. Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and dig into this signing for the Trail Blazers and see what his fantasy prospects could be. Melo is 35 years old now, so he will likely be a statue, both on offense and defense. The lack of desire to play defense gives him a floor of….out of the league. If he can still shoot, though, he could actually be an interesting piece for the Blazers. I know, I know. I’m regurgitating the puke myself. Here’s the thing, though. Many of teams, with the Raptors the most recent example, have been doubling Damian Lillard and C. J. McCollum….daring anyone else to beat them. Well, when opponents see Nassir Little, Mario Hezonja, and Anthony Tolliver littering the depth chart of the Blazers, they start doing the MC Hammer dance. Oh-oh. Oh oh. Oh-oh-oh. The last two seasons, Melo has played for the Thunder and Rockets. In 88 games, he played around 30 minutes per game and provided 14.8 points, 2.2 tres, and 5.6 boards. Not bad. He shot 40% from the field. That’s bad. If you have the roster spot, he’s worth a speculative add if you need points and tres. Just know that this could amount to nothing and he’ll be back playing at the YMCA. With that said, Andrew Wiggins is currently a top 30 player so anything is possible.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 15 5 0 1 1 0/1 7/14 2/3

Doesn’t provide tres and the free throw shooting is poor, but damn, Bam is freaking amazing in everything else. Well, maybe not points, but I swear, everything else. 10.3 boards, 4.6 dimes, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks, and 57% shooting from the field.

Kendrick Nunn

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 8 2 0 2 3/6 10/16 0

Where is Kendrick ranked for fantasy? Nunn ya business. Do you own him for fantasy? Nunn ya business. Well, ok then. Nunn is averaging 29.9 minutes, as he continues to start, and is the #60 player for fantasy.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 10 1 4 1 4 3/8 6/16 6/6

Love was a thief last night! Usually it’s over hearts, but Love has a diverse game. He scores, drains tres, boards, dishes out dimes, and get his 211 on. The #20 player for fantasy. The only questions are can he stay healthy and will he be a Cav the entire season?

Tristan Thompson

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

Only played 23 minutes. It was all a dream. I used to read Word Up! magazine. Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine. Only the third game in which TT did not dub-dub. He should be fine, as he’s playing for that paper.

Jabari Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 1 3 0 2 2/4 8/15 6/8

In six games as a starter, Parker is a top 25 player. We know he can score, but 1.5 steals and 1 block? What? What?! 2019 is a strange season indeed. For Parker owners, enjoy the ride until John Collins returns.

De’Andre Hunter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 0 6 0 3 2/6 5/15 2/2

Hunter is locked in on the number 14, as he’s scored 14 points in a game now four times on the season. The rookie is playing a ton of minutes now: 34, 40, and 39 minutes. And he’s starting to take and make tres. But six steals? Not sure we can count on those but you never know. As I said, 2019 has been a strange season so expect everything, dismiss nothing.

Damian Jones

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 1 2 1 5 0 7/8 0

Got the start and played 19 minutes. The Hawks are taking a page out of the Tampa Bay Rays playbook and going with the opener.

Alex Len

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 10 1 0 0 1 1/3 7/11 6/9

Played 26 minutes off the bench. In nine games as a starter, Len was the #190 player for fantasy. In two games off the bench, he’s a top 60 player. Go figure. Big fish better suited in the small pool and feasting on second units? Perhaps. I don’t care, though, as long as he keeps producing like this. You know that Len steals sunshine though, right?

Dario Saric

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 1 0 1 2 3/5 9/12 2/2

Mario with the D!!! He’s a streaky shooter, so the ride is bumpy with Saric, but he provides points, tres, and boards from the power forward position. As I wrote yesterday, I’m really impressed with how the Suns offense is flowing, so Saric should get plenty of good looks.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 7 3 2 0 2 2/8 10/18 8/10

Nice bounceback game for Oubre, as he had to deal with LeBron the prior game. The 30 points and 36 minutes played led the Suns. Oubre is a nice player to have on a fantasy roster because he contributes a little something something in every category. He has an outside shot of joining the 1/1/1 club if he can get the blocks going.

Aron Baynes 

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

Only played 18 minutes because…..

Frank Kaminsky

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 2 1 0 1 3/5 6/9 4/6

….got hot and played 30 minutes. Don’t fret, Baynes owners. He is still the guy until Ayton returns. As for Kaminsky, this is what he does. Shoot from downtown. When he’s hot, he plays. When he’s not, to the bench to rot.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 0 0 1 0 0/1 7/10 3/5

Atkinson went to Jarrett!!! As a result, he was rewarded with a shiny dub-dub. He played 30 minutes but the minutes have been split down the middle between he and DeAndre Jordan. Is this the New World Order? I remember George Bush’s New World Order speech in 1991. Glean from that information what you will.

Garrett Temple

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 4 0 0 0 1 1/5 2/11 2/2

Got the start and played 25 minutes for the injured Caris LeVert. Do you enjoy going to the Temple? How you answer that question will determine your course of action.

Dzanan Musa

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

Played 19 minutes off the bench. Getting an opportunity now with the LeVert injury. Musa is a getter of buckets. He can stroke it from downtown and is very good at driving to the basket and finishing. Someone to monitor in deeper leagues.

Jamal Murray

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

Needs to recalibrate the sites on his bow.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 4 0 0 0 0/5 8/17 1/2

The shooting will come and go, but the minutes are secure and the across-the-board contributions are enabling Barton to post top 50 numbers. Prior to the injury-riddled debacle of last season, Barton finished as the #52 player in 2017.

Kristaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 1 1 3 2 1/8 7/17 5/5

Porzingis is an amazing player. As many have referenced on Twitter, he needs to develop a better post game. Seriously, then he’d be unstoppable. Like Brad Stevens put Marcus Smart on him. Marcus Smart!

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 10 11 3 1 3 3/12 10/23 10/13

The #7 player for fantasy, as he’s improved his percentages dramatically. My projections had him as the #54 player. I’m a stupid, stupid man.

Marcus Morris Sr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 0 1 1 1 5/7 7/19 1/1

Morris has scored over 20 points six times this season and has a usage rate of 23.4. He hit the game winner last night and is a top 80 player for fantasy. Lol. 2019.

Mitchell Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 0 0 1 1 0 7/8 2/2

Played 22 minutes in his return. He fouled out, but whatever. It was nice to have Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood back. I saw that he was dropped in some leagues. That’s a neighborhood I would like to be in.

Dennis Smith Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 8 0 0 2 2/4 5/12 1/2

Played 30 minutes off the bench. My Stevie Franchise dreams are alive once again!!! Yeah right. I’m not falling for the bananna in the tailpipe. DSJ is such an athletic freak. Too bad he can’t shoot.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 7 3 1 5 4/9 8/20 5/5

This is what gets all those LaVine posters sticky. The high turnovers and inconsistent shooting are what keep LaVine from breaking into the top 50 for fantasy.

Coby White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 3 3 0 3 6/13 9/23 2/2

Played 35 minutes off the bench. Back-to-back games with over 25 points. He’s also getting his 211 on, but isn’t providing much else. When I used to puff a lot, I used to tell my friends that the rim looked like the ocean and I was going to be splashing all day long. That’s where Coby is right now. Unfortunately, he’s going to return to what I was in reality.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 16 4 3 1 5 1/5 13/24 11/20

I’m seriously at a loss for words for what he does and is doing. Making a mockery of the fantasy game.

With that said, he’s ONLY the #12 player due to the high turnovers and poor free throw shooting (on 11.8 attempts!!!).

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 4 8 2 0 5 0/2 12/14 7/8

After a slow start to the season, Bledsoe has been the #15 player over the past seven games. When he’s right, Bledsoe provides everything. Even chips in a block from time to time. For a guard, the boards and field goal percentage are magnifique.

Donte DiVincenzo

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

Got the start and played 24 minutes for the injured Khris Middleton. DiVincenzo can provide some tres and boards, but the efficiency won’t be great and any access to ceiling is nuked because Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, and Kyle Korver will all get run.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 9 4 0 0 5 3/8 10/17 10/10

In 24 minutes! LOL! The Clippers are going to be a f’ing problem this season.

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 6 2 2 2 0 8/12 2/3

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 2 9 2 0 2 1/2 11/20 8/10

Tom & Jerry, Batman & Robin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lou Williams & Montrezl Harrell. Just some of the greatest tandems in history. Lou got the start so Montrezl got the start too.

Rodney McGruder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 2 0 0 0 5/7 6/10 3/6

Played 36 minutes off the bench. Man, 2019…..The answer is no. No, damnit, no!!

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 20 3 0 1 2 1/1 9/13 1/3

Got the start and played 35 minutes. He’s back!!! Top 40 player over the past four games. Favors will provide boards, steals, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage. The environment in New Orleans is ripe, so he should continue feasting.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 7 6 1 7 5/6 13/24 5/7

Back from vacation. The injuries to Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Zion Williamson have helped with the production, though.

Kenrich Williams

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

Continues to start and played 31 minutes. Kenrich is a hustle player who contributes with a paltry usage rate. When everyone is healthy, he will be relegated back to the bench, but contributes across the board when he’s on the court.

Frank Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 2 0 0 0 4/7 9/14 1/2

Played 23 minutes off the bench. That’s how banged up the Pelicans are right now.

  1. I Just Wanna Kawhi says:
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    Booker’s percentages are mind blowing. Seriously. I love my suns.

    Picked up Saric awhile back and got burned. Him and Powell are available on the wire tho, with the former playing 5 games next week, and the latter, 4. Who to pick?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’ve been so impressed with Booker and your Suns. Good times. No need to Kawhi.

      Saric

      • I Just Wanna Kawhi says:
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        Gotchu, will stream Saric

        Hah Yea! He’s kind of overachieving with his 3P% tho. Never really averaged close to .400 from the distance then suddenly shooting at high clip. .500! That’s a tremendous jump! Hah. I don’t think it’s sustainable, but if he could indeed at least lock it down to around .400 for the entire season, man, it’d be amazing.

        • Son

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          Yeah, the efficiency is definitely coming down. How much is the question

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO! TGIF!

    Any room on my squad for – Len, Noel, Melo or Derick White ? Yawn.

    Team – H2H – 12 team – No I.R spot.

    Jrue/Conley/Rozier/Satoransky/Lowry
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Jabari
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Baynes

    Got the thumb brothers Lowry and Levert on the shelf for some time.

    Should I be worried about rostering THREE replacement guys ?

    Meaning –

    Baynes – Will take a hit when Ayton returns.

    Jabari – Will take a hit when Collins returns.

    Holmes – Will take a slight hit when Bagley returns. (Not as bad as the other 2)

    None of the 3 are really droppable, but I also don’t want to sit back and get too comfy.

    Thanks Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AYO! To you as well

      I hear you. ABC, always be closing! With that said, I’d sit tight and deal with those problems as they arise. None of those guys you mentioned are must haves to me

  3. Cohen says:
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    SON, looking to pick up Favors or Mitch Robinson. If i pick up Robinson i have to drop one of my centers cause i can only have 4.Is there a drop? Could use blocks while Ayton out
    Lillard
    Harden
    Horford
    Oubre
    Goebert
    Adebayo
    Barton
    Kennard
    Lowry
    Devonte Graham
    Rozier
    Rubio
    Ayton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Man, I like Favors a lot but I don’t think I’d drop anyone off your squad for him. Stacked team problems!

  4. Trader says:
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    Is Monk a viable addition in a 12 teamer or is this more of him soaking up Bacon’s absence?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, think it’s more a byproduct of no Bacon

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        So is less happiness

  5. Jason Lee says:
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    SON! WHAT UP?

    A little update on my roster since our last conversation, I traded Drummond for Kemba eventually and the results have been golden!

    And that line about Mitch Robinson, guess what? I’m in that neighborhood and I snapped him to my team (sacrifices Rubio tho, but yea one man’s trash is another man’s treasure..)

    Also, yesterday somebody offered me Aldridge for Holiday but I countered with Jamal Murray and he accepted. So Welcome LA!

    This is my team now and barring any injuries I think this is a super solid team in a 12 players 9 cats format league.

    Kemba, Holiday, Bledsoe
    Beal
    Oubre, Bridges
    Love, LA, Powell
    Gobert, Mitch Robinson

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup , Jason!

      Squad is tight but I don’t think I would’ve dropped Rubio for Mr. Robinson, though.

  6. don majikowski says:
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    Traded Conley for Markkanen last night, you like? Think Lauri turns it around? 10 cat H2H

    • Son

      Son says:
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      In a vacuum, I don’t like the trade.

      Really depends on team context though

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Oh man, what a great picture. I may very well be one of the last melo supporters. Wont be picking him up in any leagues but rooting for him in real life!

    Also, finally watched an entire Luka game last night. Hes unbelievable, so fun to watch. Looks like hes having fun too and has a great subtle arrogance.

    In a 12 team league, I need to drop one of two for an injured player. Reddick or Powell? I could also drop both and have a streaming spot for Bitadze this weekend and whoever else going forward.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Stop! Melo time! Oh-oh oh oh oh-oh!

      Luke is unbelievable. I saw that same swagger when he was but a pup against grown ass men in Europe.

      Redick over Powell but I wouldn’t have an issue dropping both. Always depends on who you are replacing with

  8. Trader says:
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    No question, just some therapy (self loathing?).

    Last year’s championship was defined by my picking Siakam off the wire early in the year. He and Harden led me to victory as I picked James over AD despite the experts’ rankings.

    I fear my “Siakam moment” is in reverse this year. B Brown, Sato and House were easily outplaying Bog Bog. I liked him in his contract year and drafted accordingly. Yet dropped him to stream guys. All this happened before Bog Bog’s breakout game and of course the injury to Fox.

    Grasshoppers: stay the course! You drafted guys for a reason. Trust that normality will return. Ugh. Ok, thanks. I am going back to bamboo shoots under the nails now.

  9. Trader says:
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    WCS, Gasol or T Young…best chance to stick on a 12 team roster.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hmmm, I guess Gasol

  10. stevie says:
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    Been offered Collins and Dwight Howard for my LMAO. Lamarcus has been kinda disappointing but should I make the move for Collins and Howard? I also hate these 2 for 1’s because then I ‘d have to drop somebody. What’s your take?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m with you. I’d keep LMA. Hopefully it’s more LMA with the O than straight LMAO!

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