I enjoy the Star Wars franchise. Except for Jar Jar Binks. That was the nut low. Whoever green lighted Jar Jar must be banished from Hollywood forever. If it was George Lucas, then so be it. At least The Mandalorian is fun. Anyways, The Force was always a concept that intrigued me. The little angel on my left shoulder (which shoulder does the angel stand on for you?) would show me all the good I could do with the power, while the little devil on my right shoulder would whisper sweet nothings into my ear and open my eyes to all the glory and fun I’d have. There was also the whole moving objects with the mind thing. In the real world, the concept of the Force does exist. The mind is a powerful thing and can make the unimaginable real. There are those that are able to access parts of the brain that most cannot, and do extraordinary things as a result. With that said, there always exist charlatans to deceive and exploit. O. G. Anunoby is not one of them. In fact, the Force is strong in him.
It’s taken some time, but in his third year, Anunoby is breaking out. Hey! Anakin was trained for a decade or so and many Jedis trained for even longer. Granted, Luke learned quickly, but he was a protege. On the season, Anunoby is a top 65 player for fantasy. He provides some points, tres, boards, steals, and blocks. The dimes are light and the free throw shooting is poor, but the field goal percentage is high. Is he on the same arc as teammate Pascal Siakam? Well, both are similar physically and both were known as athletes who could play defense but were offensively challenged. After his rookie season, Siakam finished as the 258th player for fantasy. The following year, he improved to 188th. In the third-year breakout, he was the 41st player for fantasy. Anunoby was the 283th player his rookie year. The second year, he finished as the 287th player. He’s now the 65th player. Not exactly the same path, but both broke out in the third year.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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A season high in shot attempts and the first time jacking up over 10 from downtown. And of course Lake did not register a block. Currently, Lake is barely a top 200 player, as the points, tres, boards, and dimes are significantly lower than last year. The shooting efficiency is way down as well. Everything should improve as he gets back into the groove, but I’m not sure you can expect him to be a top 60 player for fantasy.
Seventh game with at least 20 boards and, surprisingly, the dimes were not a season high. Dre dished out seven dimes one other game, while the season-high is eight. Unfortunately, it was not a Dre Day, so no beats and nodding of the head up and down. It was just another day in the life.
Played 25 minutes off the bench. Rose provides points, dimes, and some steals. The shooting efficiency is also inconsistent and he’s only averaging 23.7 minutes on the season. Every Rose has it’s thorns.
Got the start and played 34 minutes because Cody Zeller did not play due to a hip injury. Go to dictionary.com and type in outlier. You should see this:
In 37 minutes. Over the past four games, Graham cracker is averaging 36.4 minutes, 17.3 points, 2.5 tres, 4.5 boards, and 10 dimes! Crunch, crunch. Those are some damn tasty Graham crackers. Now, the shooting efficiency is poor (40%) and he doesn’t provide much in the defensive categories, but whatever. You got him for free more than likely and he’s putting up top 100 value.
Played 31 minutes off the bench, the first time playing over 29 minutes since he returned seven games ago. It was also the first time scoring in double digits. Batum has scored 3, 3, 3, 6, 3, 3, and 13 points this season. The Numerology Society has already begun preparations to convene in Charlotte.
R. J. Barrett
Barrett provides points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals. That’s the good. He absolutely murders your percentages, though; 41% from the field and a laughable 49% from the line.
Played 31 minutes, a season high! Seriously, WTF is David Fizdale doing? Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood is closed at the beginning of games because he wants to have the Taj Mahal open to the public? Regardless, if he gets the minutes, it won’t matter one way or another. Hopefully, last night’s game was the start of a trend.
Pascal is no rascal. In fact, he descended from the gods in the astral plane above. To spread basketball love. He is the alien dove that signifies peace. The kids on the streets just say that he’s nice. Conquering foes until they are deceased. We are blessed to watch this masterpiece. P. S. – he’s good.
The numerology nerds would’ve busted more than nuts had Gasol notched another steal.
Played 25 minutes because the Knicks suck. Boucher has shown that he belongs in the league and will likely be a force, like teammates Siakam and Anunoby. Unfortunately, Serge Ibaka is set to return soon, which will nuke his value.
Played 29 minutes because…..class? The Knicks suck. Over the past six games, Davis has been a top 100 player, averaging 21.5 minutes, 11.5 points, 2 tres, 3.8 boards, and 3.8 dimes. He doesn’t contribute the D, but the percentages are very good. For as long as Kyle Lowry is out due to injury, Davis should get some run on a nightly basis.
Played 40 minutes!!! And he aaaaaaaaaaaaallllllmmmmmmmmmmoooooooostt messed around. I get plenty of things wrong, but I’m glad that I got Bam right. He is so damn good and can do everything. Ok, he won’t contribute tres but everything else. The one big bugaboo was the free throw shooting, as he was shooting 65% from the line, but over the past few weeks, he’s been converting mid-to-high 70s from the line. BAM!!
Got the start and played 34 minutes as Jimmy Butler did not play due to an illness. He’s barely a top 200 player, despite averaging close to 29 minutes on the season.
Played 36 minutes off the bench. 28.6 usage rate without Butler.
Danuel House Jr.
I’m surprised that House is owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. He plays a shit ton of minutes and contributes across the board. In addition, the Rockets play at one of the fastest paces in all of basketball and playing alongside Westbrook and Harden will give him plenty of open looks. There’s an open House and he’s available.
It’s nice to see that he still has the ability to shoot, especially from the line. On the season, Russ is just outside the top 100. The usage rate is still high at 32.3, but the boards are at 7.7 while he’s only dishing out 6.8 dimes. The prior three years, he was close to averaging a triple-double. Remember? Seems so long ago.
James didn’t exactly get me Harden excited, but that just shows how ridiculous he’s been this season.
Played 29 minutes off the bench. Got extended run because Clint Capela did not play due to illness. Prior to last night, Clark had played a TOTAL of nine minutes on the season.
Played a team-high 36 minutes. Wiggins is a top 50 player on the season. There was a point when he was a top 30 player! Over the past three games, he’s been outside the top 200. The dimes have come down, the turnovers have spiked up, and the percentages have plummeted. The FG% has gone from 47% to 44%, while the free throw percentage has gone from 69% to 50%. Small sample size, so I wouldn’t panic, but things to monitor. With Teague coming off the bench, the turnovers will likely remain elevated as he initiates the offense more.
Me F’ing Ow! KAT is showing that he has some dog inside him this year. Currently the #3 player in fantasy and has a chance to be numero uno.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. KBP has received more playing time with Jake Layman being out. He’s played 26, 24, and 37 minutes the past three games and scored 16, 13, and 22 points respectively. The FG% is excellent at over 50%, but the FT% is putrid at 40%. When he plays, KBD will provide points, tres, boards, and some defensive stats.
32 minutes off the bench. Teague has actually been a better fantasy option coming off the bench, primarily because he’s averaging three more minutes. The usage rate has plummeted though. He’s been a top 80 player in a small sample size of two games, but that’s while shooting 30% from the field. If he can get the efficiency up, he should return solid value.
LMA with the O. No laughing matter. LMA is averaging 6.7 boards this season. Last season, that number was at 9.2. That’s definitely a laughing matter. Or maybe not. I guess it depends on how you react to situations. Some people cry when they are happy.
Over the past seven games, DeRozan has been a top 20 player. He’s probably heard all the trade rumblings and this is his last stand. A valiant effort, but think it will be in vain.
Got the start, but only played 20 minutes. Two words. Joel. Embiid.
Played 23 minutes. Two words. Joel. Embiid.
Two words. Joel. Embiid.
Josh Richardson only played 17 minutes due to a hamstring injury. Nooooo! My RichardSON!!!!
Perfection. Another masterpiece by Matisse. He should get run if my RichardSON misses time. Don’t expect the offense to be there every night, but the defensive stats certainly will be.
Just keep going to Jarrett, Atkinson! Over the past eight games, Allen has been a top 30 player. The free throw shooting sucks, but he’s providing plenty of boards and defensive stats to mitigate the impact somewhat. The Nets need to stop calling upon the DJ. His purpose of getting Kevin Durant to sign has been accomplished.
Flourishing without Kyrie. Won’t flounder when Kyrie returns, but his value will be significantly diminished.
Most people go to temple once a week. Temple provides fantasy production about the same.
Returned from injury and played 27 minutes. He is the leader of the three-headed center in Boston. Theis is a borderline top 100 player, as he provides boards, blocks, and good percentages.
Returned from injury and…..
Top 20 player for fantasy. The shooting can be erratic at times, which causes his value to fluctuate.
I feel somewhat vindicated, as I believed that Brown could do special things for us. I even went so far as to suggest that he could be Kawhi 2.0. With that said, I can’t take any victory laps because I capitulated on Brown a long time ago. Plus, no way is he close to Kawhi, but at least he’s showing he can in fact ball out. Currently, he’s a top 50 player for fantasy.
Returned to his old stomping grounds and put on a performance. Over the past seven games, Bojan has been a top 55 player, averaging a whopping 35 minutes per game with 23.9 points, 3.9 tres, and 4.1 boards. He won’t provide the D, but the percentages are good and he will score. The 50%+ shooting from the field is probably unsustainable, so expect some regression.
Returned from injury and played 30 minutes. Rudy with the underdog performance.
Lol. Looks like a stat line when I play NBA 2K.
Top 10 player for fantasy! It’s quite amazing how consistently he gets steals and blocks. The offensive game has improved, no doubt, but imagine when he figures it all out.
Played a whopping 39 minutes! With Nikola Vucevic out, someone has to step up and score. I think we found our culprit. Fournier had a 29.2 usage rate last night.
Played 23 minutes off the bench. Top 60 player over the past three games. Bamba will provide value for as long as Vucevic is out. He contributes tres, boards, and blocks.
After forgetting how to play basketball, Thompson has now grabbed at least 10 boards in three straight games and dub-dubbed in two of them. He should continue being a dub-dub machine and provide blocks with a surprisingly healthy amount of dimes. The free throw shooting isn’t great and he’s known to forget how to play basketball from time to time, so keep that in mind.
I rarely write up Sexton because all he does is score. Well, he did grab some boards and dish out some dimes. I don’t know what’s more rare? A line like this from Sexton or a block from Lake Griffin?
Larry Nance Jr.
In 25 minutes off the bench. Play the man!!! Needs an injury or trade to either Love or Thompson to crack the starting lineup.
In 37 minutes. It wasn’t really a revenge game, as the Pelicans traded him to the place he wanted to go, but whatever. Many will go with the narrative. Regardless, I don’t know what to say about Davis that I haven’t said before. He’s a cheat code for fantasy. The only thing that can keep him down is injury. Now, he’s with LeBron, one of the greatest facilitators. As a Lakers fan:
Also played 37 minutes. Does it all, except shoot free throws well. Still don’t understand how that’s possible, but I’m just some dude writing from his mom’s basement.
Played 24 minutes off the bench. Was the only other Laker to score in double figures, yet the Lakers put up 114 points! For fantasy, Kuzma is a 3-and-nothing-else player.
REVENGE!!! The shooting was obviously bad, but he was likely jacked up for this game and the Lakers D is really good. Nothing to see here. The free throw attempts were a good sign, though, as he remained aggressive throughout. Remember that worry about Ingram regressing when the Pelicans got healthy? Well, he’s still playing at a top 20 level for fantasy.
In 40 minutes! Officially back from Holiday, Jrue has been a top 15 player over the past seven games. He’s averaging 2.3 steals per game!
The defensive stats are a little light for a big, although he averages around 1 block per game, but Bryant contributes points, boards, and even chips in some tres and dimes. Top 45-50 player for fantasy. The Wizards play at the fifth-fastest pace and are dead last in defensive efficiency. A good combo for fantasy goodies.
In 40 minutes! The Beal was on fire, but cooked just right, as he led the Wizards to a 140-132 victory over the Suns. Over the past seven games, Beal is the #10 player for fantasy, primarily due to averaging an insane 38.2 minutes per game.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. Ah man, are we going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe? Smith has been a top 90 player over the past four games. While he’s only averaging 24 minutes per game, he’s been producing tres, boards, dimes, and steals. The shooting efficiency has been really good as well. I don’t see the hot shooting continuing, though. Whew.
Played 37 minutes! Mario with the D did in fact bring the D last night. And much more. What a lovely line. The production will dissipate when Aron Baynes and Deandre Ayton return, but he will still be viable source of points, tres, and boards.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Too much revenge in this one, as Oubre only played 18 minutes due to foul trouble.
Returned from injury and played 25 minutes. He will get ramped up soon.
If he can contribute the D every night, Booker is a top 20 player.
No Baynes. No Ayton. And only Kaminsky at center allowed Diallo to play 23 minutes. Waiter! Cheick please! Gratiuty is included.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. This is one Johnson who gets me excited. Cam is a 3-and-D player. The shooting efficiency isn’t great, but minutes are minutes, and counting stats are counting stats.
In 21 minutes. Don’t be a bobo and pick up Okobo.
In 17 minutes off the bench!!! The Thunder were down 26-42 after the first quarter and ended up losing 119-136. Le poubelle speciale.
In 22 minutes! Mt. Whiteside is about to erupt. I can feel it.
I figured out what happened to Lauri. So, since the summer before his rookie year, I always wrote that Lauri had that dog in him because of his performance in the EuroBasket 2017. Around the same time, I used to always “dog” on KAT because he didn’t have enough dog in him. Well, scroll up to the KAT blurb. You see what I’m saying? The dog that Lauri had ran away to KAT.
That’s all I got. If anyone has a better explanation, I’m all ears.
I was off LaVine last year. I hopped back on this year, as he’d be a year more removed from the knee injury and I felt that he had the potential to do this. The start of the year was no bueno, but he’s turned it up the past few games and been a top 25 player (three games). Now that I’m done mental masturbating, he’s not going to continue shooting 53% from the field and the 1.7 steals will come down. So will the 4.7 tres. I have the hope that LaVine can copy Devin Booker’s career arc, especially with the improvement in the dimes department, but it won’t happen this year. LaVine will likely be a top 80-90 player for fantasy. If he can improve the shooting efficiency and contribute more dimes and defensive stats consistently, then top 50 is feasible.
Played 35 minutes!!! Only the second time this year receiving at least 30 minutes of run. Y’all know I’ve stayed strong with Sato, so this feels good. The point guard situation in Chicago has been a three-headed affair with Sato, White, and Dunn. With Dunn playing like crap, his time could be Dunn. If so, then the minutes should be there for Sato. I sure hope so.
Got the start and played 24 minutes. He’s going to provide across-the-board production….when he plays. And therein lies the conundrum. I think he plays when healthy, but definitely understand the other side and realize it’s a viable outcome as well.
Played 36 minutes. Paschall is primarily a points and boards guy. In terms of overall value, though, he’s barely a top 150 player because he doesn’t contribute much else.
Glenn Robinson III
Played 34 minutes. I actually like The Young Pup the best out of all the options for the Warriors right now. He’s playing a shit ton of minutes and contributes across the board. The scoring ceiling is lower than the others, though.
A lovely line from Burks. The Bulls bring out the best in everyone. The shooting efficiency sucks for Burks, though. He’s at 39% for the season. He will provide points, tres, boards, dimes, and some steals.
In 20 minutes off the bench.
In 24 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, Spellman has played 24, 24, 28, and 28 minutes. He’s scored 13, 7, 18, and 11 points respectively. There have been contributions in tres, boards, and defensive stats. I can’t trust him going forward, though.
Hey Son, might it be alright to drop Miles B for Sato in a 10 team? In a roto format, the middling points-plus-boards with little else sprinkled in isn’t doing wonders, plus I haven’t been able to involve him in trades. IF Sato gets more consistent time, he’s very useful in his lowkey way. Thoughts? Tatum, OG and Porter holding down the SF slot anyway.
Solid writeup as per usual, always a good read!
Yeah, I’m good with that move
Nice writeup as always. H2H – 9CAT – 12team league here.
Who would you cut, Tucker, Galloway, Bertans or Winslow?
Thanks in advance.
Happy Thanksgiving, Son! Thanks for the daily fantasy write ups.
P. S. WALTON IS A BOBO
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
What would you give up for Ben Simmons and Blake griffin in a points league, assists are worth 2 points. Trying to center it around derozan.
Melo/looney/favors/Parker/carter jr/ Oubre/ porter jr.
I’d imagine you’d have to include Mitchell, but the value is still in your favor
Hey again son!
So this one seems a little more intriguing to me.
I receive Gay, Danny Green, Isaiha Thomas I give Markannen
This is my team:
We start five G Five F 2 C
I’m thinking I’d drop 2 of these-Noel-Clarkson-Augustin-Portis?
I’m consider this after looking I saiah Thomas’ stats. 12/5 with decent percentages. That would definetly help.
Let me know thanks!
Naw, would rather have Markk. He’s the best player in the deal and you’re selling super low. I’m not a IT believer
Sounds good thanks!
Happy turkey day son. In a vacuum who do you like least going forward. Pj Washington, Alec Burks or Patrick Beverly
Happy Thanksgiving, Son!
Thank you for the helpful daily recaps!
You too, Yong!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I just read that Baynes was probable for Friday so I grabbed him dropping Noel. I actually had hoped to hold Nerlens but thought Baynes was too good to pass up. Hopefully I can trade for blocks later. I would have dropped Sato but knew this would have troubled you beyond belief. Melo could go but last two games were solid so maybe I can deal him. So here is the squad in my 12 teamer, H2H, nine cats:
Harden, Jrue, VanVleet, Sato
Covington, Oubre, Lamb, Melo, House
Bryant, Love, Nance, Baynes, Myles
1. Who goes if Vucevic comes back early?
2. Wire: Gasol, Looney, Noel, Culver, Huerter best in the wire. Any swaps?
Thanksgiving was good, Trader! Hope the same for you.
2) Noel, Looney. I’d swap Baynes. Ayton is returning soon
Dang, sounds like I should have just held Nerlens.
For blocks today…..would you rather have Theis At Nets or Gasol at Magic?
Son (and all Razzballers), happy belated!
No queries at the moment (my body parts are tied waiting for Ayton/BagleyFox).
I do want thank you though, as I’ve been a fan from the start (baseball too). Domo domo! Love your insight, and writing style.
A final note: a trade you liked last season (my Ayton/Gordon for a then-injured Capela/Sato) contributed greatly to my championship. Let’s go for two!!
Let’s do it!!!!
Who would you start tonight in a points league?
SGA @ NO
Valanciunas vs UTAH
Could you please rank these players for rest of the season ?? H2h, 9cat
Capela, Horford, Bryant, LMA, Myles, Porzingis
Hey, man. I am officially done with DrayGreen. Now we learn that he will have minutes restriction with maximum 27mins. So he will have plenty of fakr injuries and when he plays, he will be very limited. With that said, somebody just dropped Lonzo Ball to the wire. What u think about him ros?
1) should i use first ww order pick on him?
2) who to drop? Pjw, bertans or Green?
Don’t blame you on Dray. It’s going to be a headache and any ceiling is capped now.
I like Lonzo. I guess Dray, but I don’t like it
I decided to drop Bertans, cause that way I will have a shot to win this week. Anyways is Lonzo worth to burn 1st wire order pick or i should just hope to scoop him without claiming?
I wouldn’t use #1 waiver. Thinking he could slip through. If not, no biggie