Buy one, get one for $1. $1 large fries. $0.99 coffee. Two Sausage McMuffins for $4.50. Free apple pie. Give me everything on the menu. I don’t care that McDs is unhealthy for me and I’m already of the plump body figure. A deal is a deal and I’m always a sucker for a good deal. For fantasy basketball, the deals have been fast and furious this season, with all the injuries and tanking going on. Guys have been thrust into starting roles and flourished. Last night, Jalen McDaniels was the latest example.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 12 1 3 1 0 1/3 4/11 1/2

McDaniels got the start and played 39 minutes because Gordon Hayward and Cody Martin were out due to injury. In 11 starts this season, McDaniels has averaged 31.4 minutes, 11.5 points, 1.4 tres, 5.2 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.6 steals, and 0.7 blocks while shooting 45% from the field and 77% from the line. As a reserve, he’s averaging 12.3 minutes per game.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Caleb Martin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 2 2 1 1 2/8 6/14 3/4

Got the start and played 34 minutes as he benefitted from all the injuries. How freaking awesome is it that the Lopez, Martin, and Morris brothers are all able to play in the NBA together. Talk about living the dream.

LaMelo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 7 6 2 0 2 3/5 7/16 6/6

Ball is currently the number 55 player for fantasy on a per-game basis. Since 2000, there have only been nine rookies to finish inside the top 50. Can he make a late charge to become the 10th?

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Brad Wanamaker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 4 1 0 1 0 5/8 5/5

In 31 minutes off the bench. Getting tons of run with Devonte’ Graham out. I Wanamaker. You Wanamaker. We all Wanamaker.

Sekou Doumbouya

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 2 1 0 1 2/5 9/15 0

Hamidou Diallo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 7 0 0 1 1 4/6 14/22 3/6

In Eddie Murphy Coming to America voice….Sekou!!! Hamidou!!! Welcome, my brothers!

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 4 3 3 0 4/6 9/15 0

Played a whopping 40 minutes as the game went to OT. Against the Cavs? It truly is the funny season. Bridges has been a top 15 player over the last eight games! What?! Did I stutter mother f–ker? He’s almost a 1/1/1 player on the season and is shooting an impressive 53% from the field. This Bridges truly is golden.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 16 4 2 0 2/3 8/16 5/5

Like a good neighbor, Chris Paul is always there to lend a helping hand. The Suns are tied with the Jazz for the best record in the NBA at 47-18. Paul is a big reason why.

Isaac Okoro

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 3 6 1 0 1 3/4 10/16 9/9

In 47 minutes! Like I said, it’s the funny season. Prior to last night, Okoro had scored at least 20 points just once this season. He had scored in single figures 31 times.

Collin Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 7 7 0 0 5 2/5 11/24 5/7

I’m horny! He didn’t provide the D, which makes the ladies sad.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 5 1 1 2 0 7/11 3/5

Just keep going to Jarrett if you want the bling.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 9 6 1 2 3 4/8 11/22 6/7

Played 40 minutes. Durant has played 40 minutes in each of the last two games, garnering a usage rate of 31 and 40. I think it’s safe to say that he’s ramped up and good to go now.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 3 5 3 2 3 6/12 14/25 4/5

I’m beginning to think that Kyrie and Kevin aren’t going to let Harden play until he changes his name to Kames Harden.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 12 4 1 0 5 4/12 11/30 10/12

GiAnt.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 10 1 1 2 2 4/6 8/13 3/4

Always putting in work and never takes a vacation when on the floor. His ancestors must’ve been kings living the dream.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 1 0 1 1 10/18 13/24 0/5

Ahhhh shit. We had ourselves a shooter last night. On a true heater. Yo, dealers! Hard ways all around and press up all my bets. Just know that there’s a reason why it’s called craps.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 12 8 0 0 7 5/10 8/15 2/5

Not a HalleLuka moment but decent nonetheless. I respect him saving the D for the after-party.

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 10 3 3 2 0 0 3/7 1/1

In 29 minutes off the bench as both Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber were out.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 9 11 2 0 3 0 4/10 3/6

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost messed around. He did mess with the percentages, though, so technically he did mess around. What a guy.

Jimmy Butler didn’t play in this one and the Heat lost 113-123.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 12 9 1 2 6 1/5 3/6 0/1

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost messed around. SSSS. Stat. Sheet. Stuffer. Sans. Scoring. The Draymond Special.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 9 2 3 0 4 8/20 13/31 3/3

3s dominated the stat line. What else did you expect from the master of the tres himself?

Zion WilliamSON

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 12 7 4 0 6 0 8/17 7/8

I know that I don’t deserve the SON treatment since I faded him during the preseason. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. The question going forward: will he start taking tres like Julius Randle? He’s a top 65 player right now. He needs the tres and defensive stats to enter the next tier.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 6 4 1 0 3 7/13 11/23 4/4

Someone gonna get piggidy paid. Man, how shitty must it be to be LiAngelo? He was like the Beta Ball version. Each edition progressively got better.

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 4 1 1 1 5/13 5/16 3/3

A Buddy that cleans the glass, provides assistance, and is willing to get his 211 on is one that we should all cherish.

Delon Wright

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 8 4 4 1 1/5 6/15 0

Another Wright brother elevating to new heights. There was nothing wrong with Wright as he finally got the start with De’Aaron Fox out and balled the F out. At the hospital, the name Elon was scribbled onto the sheet but a tissue floated down to baby Elon and he swiped it away with such quickness that Mr. Wright grabbed the pen and scribbled a capital D in front.

Terence Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 3 0 0 3 3/8 6/13 3/3

Played 31 minutes off the bench. With Tyrese Haliburton out, Davis got more run. He had been playing around 20 minutes per game. He’s to the 20. To the 10. To the 5. Touchdown!!!

Darius Bazley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 3 0 0 4 3/7 7/18 7/9

Commander Bazley of the Tank platoon, reporting for duty, sir!

Isaiah Roby, Moses Brown, and Theo Maledon all scored 6 points. 666, the sign of the Beast! Moses chipped in 17 boards and two steals as well.

Gabriel Deck

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 3 3 1 0 0 1/1 5/7 5/6

All hands on Deck aboard the Oklahoma City Tanktanic. Deck has scored 11 and 16 points in the last two games in 16 and 19 minutes. He’s also dished out three dimes in each game.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 2 13 2 1 3 5/14 10/24 2/3

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 2 3 0 4 1/5 10/24 3/4

With no Kyle Lowry in the lineup, Nick Nurse said….Pascal and Fred, you both get 24 shots. Loser buys dinner for the entire team tomorrow. It was a hard-fought battle but VanVleet came out on top. Of course he did because VV makes a W.

Kawhi Leonard

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

In 33 minutes. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 22 points, Reggie Jackson contributed 18, and Paul George put up 22 points. The Clippers still defeated the Raptors, 105-100.

 

  1. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Better keeper for next year from the following players, price attached, in a 9 cat?

    Fox (5th round)
    Sexton (6th or 7th round, tbd)
    Bojan (6th or 7th round, tbd)
    D-Rob (10th round)
    J-Harris (11th round)
    D.Hunter (11th round)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hunter

  2. Luguentz says:
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    Eyo Son! So many questions, so many question marks in this final stretch. Should I drop WCJ in 18T points? No guarantees and with only two days of my semi-final matchup left, streaming seems optimal. RoLopez, Flynn (with FVV out), Len, Goga, Augustin look to be the options.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Stream. Names don’t matter at this point. Only games/minutes/production. Good luck, my man. Bring home the chip!

      • Luguentz says:
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        Thanks, made the finals! Up against a behemoth led by Steph and LaVine, so going to need a fair bit of fortune, but managed to scoop Harden from the wire (how extremely odd it feels to say that, especially in a league of this size), so maybe a bearded Hail Mary coming on from the IR at one point. Fantasy’s always a mess, but a fun one.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Congrats! We are rooting for you. Bring home the chip!

          • Luguentz says:
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            Thanks! Got another tough question: with FVV out again, do I drop him or just use other guys like Smart and NAW as streaming positions? FVV might play in the upcoming fixtures because it looks more like mild tankitis than anything… but I just don’t know. For context, we have daily waivers, with my funds near-depleted but still more than double than that of my opponent.

            For context, my roster currently has:
            Trae Smart FVV Levert NAW Harden Trent Delon Wiggins Butler PJWash RoCo Nurkic
            while he has:
            Steph LaVine Fournier LaMelo KPJ JJohnson Rui Okoro MikalB Bazley Hayes Kanter Adebayo.

            Both Boucher and WCJ are questionable for their next games and as I’m short on frontcourt talent, I’m mostly thinking of picking them up. How’d you navigate these troubled waters? I think all other frontcourt options are at least a step below, like Gibson Poku and Moses.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I’m grabbing as many minutes and games played as I possibly can.

              • Luguentz says:
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                Word, will try to figure out a balance. For what it’s worth, my only vacant position tomorrow is PF/C even without FVV, so I might try and keep him and only drop if he’s out for the following ones as well. (we have only one UTIL spot so can roll out max 8 players a night)

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Gotcha. There’s no next week so unload the coffers

                  • Luguentz says:
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                    Eyo, just one idea I’d further bounce: I think there’s less risk involved if I use Covington’s position to stream, because while FVV might not play, Covington’s ceiling looks to have shrunk big-time. Could that be the move to enable streaming?

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      makes sense. i’m good with that

          • Luguentz says:
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            Somehow, through chaos, disorder, mayhem, tanking and the rest, it happened! Props to Razzball, as the nightly reviews have been a fun read and the discussions have also obviously been helpful.

            P.S one last fantasy question for the season: in an ESPN keeper league (12t, 9cat, H2H), we have one keeper. My best pick is Harden (63 bucks), but I also drafted Nurkic (22), DWhite (4), DMurray (11) and OG (1!). Who’d you opt to keep? I can understand the argument for Harden, but it looks like a bargain for OG

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Yeah, you kind of have to take OG there

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