I’m not one to boast or present fluff pieces, so when I provide a recommendation, EF Hutton is in the house. Now, a good buddy of mine told me to come check out a new restaurant he opened up. No joke. Indubitubly the best place in town. Was it the food? It was aiight. Then what? You know when people rave about the ambiance of an establishment? Well, you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve gone to The Place. As you walk from the parking lot towards the building, there are hundreds of cameras and sensors that scan your body and connect with your literal and virtual mind. This process takes about 5 seconds, so that by the time you reach the curb, The Place knows what you’re craving and digitally alters the environment to fit each individual customer. In my case, the golden arches appeared. Chicken nuggets? French fries? Sausage McMuffin with egg? Negative. The Place knew I was in search of a cheap shooting guard for my DFS lineups. Supersize it The Place asked? Indubitably. A machine printed out a small piece of paper, like the ones you see inside a fortune cookie. On it was written: Rodney McGruder.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 6 0 1 2 3/7 7/12 3/3

Mind blown.

McGruder is 27 years old and has been in the league for three years. He’s played a total of 97 games, and the 20 points scored were a career high. Last night, he did get the start and played 34 minutes. Now, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow did not play due to injury, but McGruder has the trust of coach Spoelstra and will play when there are injuries on the wing.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 4 5 1 1 2 5/11 8/21 7/8

My RichardSON!!! Has played 38 minutes in each of the first two games, shot 8-for-21 in both, and attempted double-digit threeecolas in each game. Dayam! The D stats will always be there but the trust and want from the coaching staff to imbue all that offensive responsibility is eye opening. Time to level up.

Derrick Jones Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 0 1 0 0 1/2 5/10 6/9

Got the start at power forward and played 24 minutes. There’s a reason they call him Airplane Mode because homie flies! He won’t be a standard fixture for fantasy, but could get the occasional run if injuries strike and would provide boards and Sportscenter moments.

Kelly Olynyk

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

Only played 15 minutes after playing 15 the prior game. You just know that he’s going to pop off for 20 at some point, but I wouldn’t tilt over it. Let the minutes guide you young grasshopper.

Dwight Howard did not play, so Ian Mahinmi got the start at center for the Wizards. He played 12 minutes and doesn’t deserve a stat box: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 1 turnover. Thanks for playing. He was in foul trouble, but still. No box for you!

Otto Porter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 11 0 3 3 0 0 3/7 3/4

Such an Otto Porter line. Imagine if the “point guard” actually got him more involved on offense? I bet he was working hard to grab one more rebound so everything would be divisible by 3. The field goal attempts? Can’t change that if no one passes him the ball. As good as the Stocktonator is, as it had Otto #11 last night, it cannot make the players on the court pass the ball.

Jeff Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 1 1 2 2 2/4 6/12 3/3

Played 33 minutes due to foul trouble for Mahinmi and Brooks wanting to go small. I think we’ve all been here before. Don’t do it to yourself. For those of you that are new, enjoy the Jeff Green experience.

Austin Rivers

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

Played 25 minutes and….oh geez….my…..stom….a……ch……..

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 2 1 1 0 3/6 8/15 1/2

Got the start at power forward and played 33 minutes. Yes, add him if he’s available. If you don’t, he’ll punch you in the face. Seriously, though, he produces when he plays, and with Markkanen out for a while, he should get plenty of run because……

Jabari Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 1 1 0 2 1/4 7/16 0

…..kind of sucks. Not really, but kind of. Played 25 minutes and is behind Portis on the depth chart. I feel pretty confident that Portis isn’t punching his way to the top.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 5 3 0 3 5 2/7 11/19 6/7

This goes out to my homie Brent, who has declared LaVine as his God. Fine, not God, but All-Star. The 32.5 usage is lovely and the Bulls are going to be horrendous, so he’s going to have volume. He’s super athletic and looks like he’s fully recovered from his knee injury. Crossing defenders over. Shooting over them. It’s all there but…..

And there was a possession where he dribbled around on the left wing for 5 seconds, called for a pick, then waved the pick off so that he could settle for a 22-foot jumper, which missed so badly that it clanged off the backboard and bounced off a teammate, straight out of bounds.

But seriously, the reason why I fade LaVine being an All-Star is because: 132.9 defensive rating, which was the worst on the team, and how many games is this team winning? 30? That’s not an All-Star in my book. And he’s not going to shoot 11/19 every night. For fantasy, he’s a top 75 player, which isn’t bad.

Cameron Payne

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

Got the start at point guard with Kris Dunn out and played 22 minutes. Feel the Payne! If you’re new to the Cameron Payne experience, welcome…..

Antonio Blakeney

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 2 0 0 1 1/3 6/16 2/3

Played 30 minutes and was the first guy off the bench. Blakeney plays as if he sees his sub walking over to the scorer’s table. “F it. If I’m getting subbed out, I’m gonna shoot my shot until the whistle blows.” I respect it. Should continue to get plenty of run and shoot his shot.

Robert Covington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 2 2 1 2 4/11 6/14 4/4

The Lord giveth on this day. Count your blessings.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 12 3 1 4 2 0/3 9/14 12/14

Played 33 minutes. Who gonna sex Embiid?

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 13 11 1 2 3 0 5/8 3/3

It’s gotten to the point that I expect him to triple-dub without taking a shot.

Serious question though. At their respective peaks, who’s a better player? Embiid or Simmons?

Markelle Fultz

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 4 5 2 0 1 1/3 5/15 1/2

The good is that he played 32 minutes. The bad? Well, there’s this:

Imagine if he took out Embiid for the season. Oh me oh my. And there’s this:

You gotta shoot man. The only way to get out of a slump is by shooting yourself out. It’s obviously a mental thing and I’m not as optimistic as I once was that he’ll be able to work his way through it. No way you can play him out there against legitimate contenders. At least right now.

Landry Shamet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 4 1 2 1 0 4/7 4/7 0

Shamet is a very interesting piece. The rookie can shoot and, more importantly, isn’t afraid to. Played 29 minutes and contributed across the board. Now, the elevated minutes came at the expense of a blowout, but he is someone I can see carving out a niche down the road.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 12 6 1 0 6 0/4 9/16 8/9

Played 37 minutes. Holy crap. The Lakers D is bad and they are going to play at a hypersonic pace. Fantasy manna will be raining down from the heavens.

JaVale McGee

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

Played 22 minutes. He was the only big man to play, as the Lakers went small ball often. If McGee plays over 20 mpg, he’s fantasy relevant.

Rajon Rondo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 11 1 0 3 1/2 6/13 0

Got the start and played 32 minutes. Rondo was the Stocktonator‘s #9 overall player last night. Pay heed to the machine. As Lonzo Ball gets back into the groove, expect to see Ball getting the 30 minutes of run. Enjoy this while it lasts.

Kyle Kuzma

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

Played 29 minutes and Kuzma played the small ball 5 often. I’m not sure how much he’ll be physically able to handle that, and how successful the Lakers can be with it, but it gets him on the court and provides mismatches on the offensive end of the court.

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 4 1 3 2 2 3/5 8/12 1/3

I love Hart. So solid in all facets of the game. Played 27 minutes and should get around that amount every night. KCP will probably continue to start, but I can see Hart closing most nights.

Nik Stauskas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 2 1 0 0 5/8 7/11 5/5

This is the year of the Big D*@! Nik’s huh? Played 27 minutes and was draining threeecolas all night.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 6 4 1 1 3 2/7 9/21 8/8

Love, love, love his game. Probably my favorite player not on the Lakers. Can do it all and has ice water in his veins. After he hits a big bucket, he just smirks and says, “What?” Anyways, you all know what time it is…..

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Ace
Ace
3 years ago

Hii Son,

Could you please rank for tj warren, ariza, kuzma, KCP, melo ?? H2H 9cat

i’m looking for high upside

thanks son

Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Ace

@Ace: Mello has head-upside-his-butt potential….did I work too hard for that joke?

Mr. Blast
Mr. Blast
3 years ago

AyO!

I call him Son cause he shines like one! Nice read homie.

Why am I craving a Mc-Rib ?

Had the McRib-er in DFS last night, cha ching.

Would you drop Hood for Hill ?

Would Tucker be worth my #1 waiver claim right now for 10/20 & who would you drop ?

Dunn/Russell/Tyreke
George/Levert/Hood
Tobias/Prince/Saric/Osman
Embiid/Ayton/Poeltl/WILLY/Gibson

Going to be a fun year owning Embiid/Ayton together as long as health stands.

Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Blast

@Mr. Blast: Don’t fall for the Rotoworld aka corporate sell-out hype on Tucker. When he’s not making 4 threes you’ll see a lot of 1/14/1/1/1/0 lines.

I just wanna Kawhi
I just wanna Kawhi
3 years ago

Man, I wish I still got a spot for Hart but I’m already loaded with three shooting guards! =/ Do we drop Free Willy for Fultz? Someone in my league just dropped the latter. Another pointguard is still a dire need, didn’t grab Beverley bcoz of his awful game. 9cat, 12er:

PG1—Holiday
SG1—Oladipo
SG2—Harris
SF1—Porter
SF2—Richardson
SF3—Covington
SF4—Osman
PF1—Durant
PF2—Isaac
PF3—Nance
C1—Gobert
C2—Allen
C3—Hernangomez

I wanted so bad to have a dominant FG%, and to Punt AST and FT% but unfortunately it’s the other way around. Dimes is looking good while FT% is above average. It’s crazy man!

Brent
3 years ago

@I just wanna Kawhi: Trey Burke is a hidden gem point guard if that Willy doesn’t get freed or Nance is too inconsistent. But it’s early to bail on anyone. You’re team is solid.

Dave`
Dave`
3 years ago

Should i sell high on LeVert? what are your ROS outlook for him. what can I get back for LeVert.

Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave`

@Dave`: LeVert was my number 1 sleeper in my video I put over a month ago. Ride the LeVert train to the finish unless your team is really lacking somewhere.

Eddie Rooskie
Eddie Rooskie
3 years ago

Ugh just missed J Rich by one pick in the draft, still losing sleep over it. I think he takes his game to the next stratosphere this year on a very mediocre Heat team.

For the first time in a while my team is starting the year firing on all cylinders, for the most part. Figured I’d kick assists to the curb in the draft but I’m always looking to improve. Any trade targets right now to really round everything out?

PG – Steph Curry & Darren Collison
SG – Gary Harris & Khris Middleton
SF – RoCo, Otto Porter Jr, Joe Ingles & Taurean Prince
PF – Mirotic & Ibaka
C – Jarrett Allen, Embiid & Capela

Eddie Rooskie
Eddie Rooskie
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son: Although we have a very trade happy league, people are pretty good at assessing value so it’ll have to be fair for both sides.

With that being said, I think I have a solid core for a punt assist team even with Steph as my 1st pick. Thinking about trying to flip him for another 1st rounder perhaps? I know Joe Ingles gets some dimes as well and might not be the perfect fit but he looks real nice on that Jazz team.

Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Eddie Rooskie

@Eddie Rooskie: Trust your draft. Your team is sick.

Eddie Rooskie
Eddie Rooskie
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

@Brent: Hard to tell what I’m weak in aside from assists this early on but I’ll let the boys ball and see where I land. So far so good.

I guess I’m sticking to it for now. Keep up the good work boys!

J
J
3 years ago

What are your thoughts on swapping Redick for Batum? Feeling pretty loaded up on 3s and Batum offers a bit more boarding assisting and D stats.

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
3 years ago

I pulled the trigger a little early on J-Rich in my small 9 team roto league and after the draft was kicking myself wishing I’d let him slide. Now I’m so pumped that I took him when I did. Lol.

I highly doubt Stauskus gets that many minutes on every given night. I think it was a case of Stotts riding the hot hand. But the kid can shoot it, so he should be locked in to 20ish minutes a game at least. I am excited to see if Stotts ever runs a Curry/Dame/CJ/Stauskas/Collins unit out there against a small team.

Lots of experts were down on the Blazers preseason, but the guys they added this year gives Stotts a lot more flexibility to get creative with lineups.

Great write up as usual, SON

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son: Collins definitely has some edge to his game. Which is ironic, because he looks like a giant, gentle, dweeb. I like his game a lot and fully expect him to get a lot of run pending nightly foul trouble possibility. He can protect the rim pretty well for a slightly built young big. He can stroke it from 3 occasionally too, hes got a little ways to go, but I think he will be an interesting piece for this team.

What did Collins get last night, 25 minutes? I think that will be about standard. He is going to be counted on to fill the Ed Davis role. It also helps that Meyers Leonard is a waste of space out there most nights. Nurk will likely get more minutes in a less up-tempo game though. The pace last night felt crazy.

Totally agree on Stauskas not being able to handle the 4, it is just a shooting lineup dream lol. I think we see Harkless & Stauskas spit the 3 spot a lot this year though. Moe is a pretty much a D & Dunk only guy at this point, so it is a nice trade-off with Stauskas’s shooting.

Kostas
3 years ago

No recap on my boy Wendell Carter who got the start from the first game of the season? I tender my resignation immediately, the rest will be handed by my lawyer….

Kidding aside, the first paragraph was pure gold, I want to go to that place as well now….

Dave`
Dave`
3 years ago

9 catg tonight, would you start Isaac vs Bobcat or JJJ vs Hawks.

Court Vision
Court Vision
3 years ago

Yo Son!

Loving the in depth write-ups…

My demian Jones for his Miles Bridges??

Thanks yo.

Court Vision
Court Vision
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son:

Teague
P George
G Harris
Barton
Aldridge
Embiid
Brolo
Fox
Hart
Lin
Lavert
Danny green
Demian Jones
Boogie

Same sentiment?

Brent
3 years ago

One of my Bold Predictions I tweeted out on Opening Night: Josh Richardson would average over 20 points per game – good start towards that. He is the Truth.

LaVine will settle down once his team is fully healthy and he has some help other than from Bobby “Tyson” Portis and Antonio Bandblakeny.

Josh Hart was my #1 Week 1 waiver pick-up and I saw him get dropped in a bunch of leagues before the season. Use that waiver priority, he’s gonna do this all year long.

Stockton ta Malone
Stockton ta Malone
3 years ago

10tm h2h points lge. Who do u like better? Malik Monk or Lou Williams? Thx. First yr back at nba after like a decade so could use the help!!

Marcus
Marcus
3 years ago

Hey, great Article

I’m in a H2H Points League 8 team
My team
D’Angello Russel
Chris Paul
Jeff Teague
Victor Oladipo
Gary Harris
Anthony Davis
Willie Caulie Stein
Marc Gasol
John Collins
Nikola Vucevic
Nicolas Batum
Brandon Ingram
Otto Porter

I’m really considering picking up Cedi Ossman as he’s been looking really good on the Cavs and seems primed for a breakout season. I’m trying to decide between Otto, Ingram, and Batum on which I should drop for Cedi.

Thoughts?

Marcus
Marcus
3 years ago
Reply to  Marcus

@Marcus:

Josh Hart, Trevor Ariza, Robert Covington, Rondo all are also available. Lemme know if you think I should make a play for any of these guys

zzzz
zzzz
3 years ago

Should I drop Favors for Danny Green?

Dave`
Dave`
3 years ago

9 catg h2h 12 teams, would you swap Isaac for Valanciunas? i think Steve Clifford hates rookies and young players. Valanciunas is also under performing, but seem like he has a higher floor?

Dave`
Dave`
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son: would you trade Ibaka for Rubio. I dont need the extra blks.

Son
Son
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave`

@Dave`: Sure

Big-D
Big-D
3 years ago

Hey son,

You think Kyle Anderson is worth a long term hold? It’s kinda concerning to me that he’s getting massively outplayed by Garrett F-ing Temple against the F-ing Hawks

Pitt
Pitt
3 years ago

Hi Son,
Looking to buy low on Porter since he’s having a slow start ofnthe season.
Getting some good remarks from the other owner for my Kanter.
What do you think for my kanter for Otto trade? Surely Otto would bounced back for the rest of season, right?

Pitt
Pitt
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son: I still have Marc Gasol, Ayton, Millsap and WCJ. Some are having slow start of season but I believe/hoping they’ll be fine..

Pitt
Pitt
3 years ago
Reply to  Son

@Son: Yeah, it’s just the first week. No need to jump ships yet.