The Lyndon Baines Johnson presidency was a misunderstood one. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s never misunderstood? The Stocktonator. Most view the administration unfavorably due to the Vietnam War, but LBJ did much to improve the domestic situation in the United States. He passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, created Medicare and Medicaid, increased funding for education, and declared a “War on Poverty.” Historians rank him as an above-average president. The people, though, gave him two thumbs down. The NBA LBJ administration, on the other hand, hasn’t been an administration at all. It’s been more a reign, as LeBron James aka The King has ruled over The League….not one….not two…..not three….not four…..not five…..but 15 seasons. It should be 16, but many viewed him as #TheWashedKing last year as he missed many games due to injury. As his play this season has shown, LBJ didn’t go anywhere. He continues to dominate and reign over the NBA. Last night was but the latest example:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 13 7 1 3 4 4/10 12/21 4/7

LeBron is the #12 player for fantasy on the season. He’s leading the freaking league in dimes with 10.8 per game. The usage rate is 32.4 and he’s taking 20.1 field goal atttempts per game. The 34.6 minutes per game seem like a lot, right? Well, that’s a career low!!! Which is a good thing because health and Father Time are the only things that will stop this reign.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 13 3 1 2 5 0/6 11/23 5/7

Look up at LBJ’s line. Now look at AD’s. Now LBJ’s. AD’s. LBJ’s. AD’s. These guys are taking being on the same page too literally.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

Continues to start, but since Avery Bradley returned from injury, his minutes the last three games have been 31, 30, and 27 minutes. Now, I initially thought that KCP would go back to the bench when Bradley returned, but Coach Vogel is no dummy. Could the switch happen at some point? Sure, but for now, KCP is going to get significant run as his defense has been solid, but the offensive upside is higher than Bradley’s. For fantasy, he’s a 3-and-D player and only viable for those in the deepest of leagues.

Rajon Rondo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 5 2 0 2 1/4 4/10 2/2

Played 26 minutes in his return from injury. Rondo’s range of outcomes is wide, as he could just as well mess around or drop a turd on any given night. He’s mainly a dimes and steals guy, but he boards well for a guard. The field goal percentage usually isn’t great, but he’s converting 47% of his shots from downtown!!! Crazy.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 7 7 2 0 6 3/11 9/23 9/11

Over the last four games, Trae has been shooting 34% from the field. You have to embrace these days to experience the Trae Days. Do not fret, as the usage rate is still sky-high, and things should open up when John Collins returns to the mix.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 4 2 1 0 2 1/5 3/13 2/4

….sigh.

Scroll up re-read the second sentence of the Rondo blurb. Replace Rondo’s with Gordon’s.

Jonathan Isaac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 11 3 2 1 1 1/2 7/11 6/7

I’m naming my next kid Jonathan Isaac Son. I don’t care if it’s a boy or girl. I don’t care if my wife said no more kids. It’s happening. Isaac is a top 20 player for fantasy on the season. The floor is high due to his defensive contributions, but the offense comes and goes. If he gets consistent in that aspect of his game and continues to develop, are we looking at the next superstar in the league? Do I hyperbole much? Yes and yes.

Nikola Vucevic

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

Played 29 minutes in his first game back from injury. After watching Tesla sit on the Nikola throne, and Jokic trying to creep, Vucevic was itching to get back on the court to re-claim the throne and sit atop the Nikola pantheon once again.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 1 4 1 0 0 3/7 6/14 1/1

With Vucevic back, the usage rate was 20.3 yesterday. That number was 38.5, 28.4, 26.3, 27.9, and 29.7 the past five games. Sell high if you can, but that ship has sailed for the New World already.

D. J. Augustin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 8 1 0 1 2/3 4/8 7/7

Shit happens can have both a negative and positive connotation. Markelle Fultz is the starter for the Magic, so don’t jump up and down about this D. J. spinning the tunes last night.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 4 8 1 1 4 4/7 12/20 1/2

Played 40 minutes and led the team in points. The Pelicans are third in offensive pace and 27th in defensive efficiency. Not good for real life, but a great environment for fantasy. On the season, Jrue is a top 40 player, but over the past seven games, he’s been taking a Holiday and been outside the top 100. The main culprit has been the 40% shooting from the line. How is that even possible? Anyways, he does contribute across the board and is even blocking close to 1 shot per game.

Derrick Favors

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

Got the start and played 20 minutes. Since he returned two games ago, he’s played 15 and 20 minutes. He should slowly get ramped up and be a nice contributor of boards and blocks. Hopefully he can stay healthy because the environment doesn’t get much better for fantasy production.

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 6 1 0 3 3/7 9/16 0/1

Only played 27 minutes due to foul trouble. Top 20 player for fantasy on the season. Everything I wished from Ingram has come to fruition. But I made those wishes when he was still a Laker. Regardless, it’s nice to see how much he’s blossomed. I love the increase in defensive stats, but I’m most impressed with the improvement in free throw shooting, from 67% to 83%.

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 1 2 0 2 4/11 7/15 2/2

Played 31 minutes off the bench. The second time scoring at least 20 points for Hart on the season, so points are not his forte, but he does access the ceiling once in a while. Hart is more about tres, boards, and steals. The field goal percentage isn’t great, though.

Cody Zeller

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 12 2 0 1 0 0/1 6/11 7/10

Got the start and played 29 minutes. The most minutes played since mid-November. Now, P. J. Washington did not play and the matchup with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner afforded Zeller more run, so this doesn’t seem to be the N. W. O. With that said, even in limited time, Zeller has been a decent producer of points, boards, and excellent field goal percentage.

Bismack Biyombo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 17 2 0 1 2 0 5/10 1/2

Bismack Biyombo Bestows Boards Blocks.

Terry Rozier

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

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Over the past four games, Rozier has been shooting 28% from the field. Twenty. Eight. He provides tres, dimes, and steals, but man….the tax rate is high.

Devonte’ Graham

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 4 2 2 3 3/14 3/18 3/6

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When keeping it real goes wrong. Remember when I said that it’s cute that LeBron and AD are on the same page? Well, this is the opposite of cute. At least Graham contributes more in the counting stats than Rozier. Top 60 player on the season for fantasy.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 5 3 0 0 1 0/4 5/13 4/4

Played 25 minutes off the bench. Monk normally gets fewer than 20 minutes of run per game, but the Hornets got buzzed in Indianapolis last night, 85-107.

Aaron Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 2 0 0 2 2/5 6/10 9/10

In 21 minutes off the bench. The Pacers love him and, when he’s on the court, he sports a decent usage rate of 22-23. He’s the future, but the playing time won’t be there to be fantasy relevant. Only good when injury strikes or the opposition sucks like the Hornets.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 2 0 5 1 2/7 6/14 0/2

The blocks have been the only consistent thing for Turner this year. As a result, he’s just outside the top 100 for fantasy. Was last night the genesis of a turnaround? Naw, the Hornets suck, especially against bigs.

Marvin Bagley III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 2 0 0 2 1/2 7/13 2/3

Played 22 minutes off the bench. It’s only a matter of time before he starts getting full run. When that happens, points, boards, and defensive stats should be plentiful.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 5 1 0 6 4/5 9/11 3/3

In 29 minutes off the bench. He had been struggling, as he was recovering from an injury, so it was good to see our BogBog bounce back. Points, tres, dimes, and steals are what he provides. The shooting efficiency will oscillate wildly at times, though.

The Warriors scored 79 points. Puke.

Willie Cauley-Stein

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 5 2 6 0 3 0 7/9 0/1

Got the start and played 30 minutes, a season high. WCS is a good source of defensive stats, but the board numbers are so disappointing for a player of his height and athleticism. Regardless, I can’t trust anyone or anything regarding the Warriors. WCS will likely play around 23 minutes per game.

Damion Lee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 5 1 0 2 0/5 6/15 1/1

Got his first start and led the team in shot attempts and minutes with 35. Eric Paschall did not play due to a hip injury, so Lee will most likely be affected when Paschall returns.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 9 5 1 3 1 0/3 5/15 0

Got the start at center and played 27 minutes because Joel Embiid did not play. Al is not sexy and always underappreciated, but you can count on him for top 30 production at season’s end.

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 3 1 2 1 0 7/10 6/8

In only 29 minutes, as the Sixers got their Declaration of Independence snatched from them by the Nets, 89-109. On the season, Simmons is a top 40 player, which is impressive considering the usage rate is under 20, he shoots sub-60% from the line, and doesn’t contribute tres.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 0 6 1 0 3 2/4 6/21 4/6

Continues to ball the F out while Kyrie contemplates the the space/time continuum. Dinwiddie is a top 40 player when he starts, and a top 65 player when he comes off the bench. The usage rate is higher as a bench player, but he plays six fewer minutes. So, even when Kyrie returns, Dinwiddie will be a valuable fantasy player. Now, when both Kyrie AND Caris LeVert return, that could be an issue.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 2 1 0 2 0 6/9 1/3

In 22 minutes off the bench. The Atkinson Diet has incorporated more of Allen lately, so Jordan is but a side dish now. With that said, Jordan has been productive in the 21 minutes he normally sees, so he could be an option if you need boards.

Marcus Morris Sr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 0 1 0 3 3/9 8/18 3/4

What if he isn’t a sell high?

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He’s likely getting traded. And when he does, there’s no way he’s jacking up 14 shots per game. With that said, he’s on the Knicks, so would you be surprised if they gave him an extension?

Frank Ntilikina

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

Continues to start and played 24 minutes. If you need steals….like if you really, really, for really really need steals, then Ntilikina is an option, but just know that the gratuity is high.

Mitchell Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 7 0 1 1 1 0 4/5 0

Played 25 minutes and continues to come off the bench. Re-read the Marcus Morris Sr. blurb then come back. See what I mean?

Elfrid Payton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 7 11 1 0 0 0/3 5/13 0

Played 25 minutes off the bench. Elf is probably the best option at point guard for the Knicks, and I won’t be surprised if he messes around a few times soon. He does have 16 career trip-dubs. With that said, it’s the Knicks so…..

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Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 10 5 1 1 2 2/5 10/22 3/4

He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccck.

Mason Plumlee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 6 0 2 0 0 6/8 2/6

In 34 minutes, a season high. Coming into last night, Plumlee had played 13, 18, 15, 14, and 17 minutes. With Paul Millsap out, Jerami Grant go the start and played 27 minutes and Plumlee got more run. When he gets run, Plumlee can provide boards, some defensive stats, and is an excellent passer. The free throw shooting sucks, though.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hey, Jason!

      My bad. Will be updated later today

  1. I Just Wanna Kawhi says:
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    Been waitin for kyrie’s return and activate him, I’m prolly be dropping Jrich cos he sucks this season

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nooooooo. My RochardSON. If he’s your worst player, then so be it. I wanna Kawhi now

  2. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    12 team, 9 cat H2H

    Wilson Chandler is back. Is he worth a pick up? Here’s my roster:

    PG – Paul, Dinwiddie, Satoransky
    SG – Ingles, Hart
    SF – Danny Green, Will Barton
    PF – AD, Ibaka, Powell, Favors
    C – Jokic, Noel, Baynes
    IL – Dragic

    Also, since I got my whole lineup out there, who is the drop when Dragic returns? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Negative.

      Baynes

  3. hamtime says:
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    Hey Son. Love the writeups!

    1. Pls rank – derrick Jones jr, shamet, bazemore, walker Iv, damion lee, thad Young

    2. Thoughts on Wilson chandler? Damion lee looks interesting but warriors are such a mess

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, hamtine!

      Jones, Bazemore, Young, Shamet, Walker, Lee

  4. Jep says:
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    Good morning Son! Hope you had a good weekend!

    Keep 2: Wood, Fultz, Noel, or Gasol?

    12team, H2H, 9cat
    G: Trae, Lowry, Brogdon, Rozier, Dinwiddie, Fultz
    F: PG13, Isaac
    C: KAT, Capela

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Gasol and Wood

  5. eballs says:
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    Keep 4 in a points league

    Prince
    Gasol
    Holmes
    Payton
    Shamet
    House Jr
    Ross
    McLemore
    Brown Jr

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Prince, Gasol, House, and Payton

      • eballs says:
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        Forgot to add Sato. You taking him over any of the four?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Sato over house

  6. Jose Baloncesto says:
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    In theory Bagley should be taking minutes from Bjelica. But he keeps subbing Holmes. If Holmes has another down game tomorrow, does he become someone you’d drop for the right FA? (Marc G. became available in my league due to a panicked owner, for example.)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, not how I expected either but I’m guess Luke wants shooting to space the floor. I do think Holmes will still get good run but I’d rather have Gasol right now

      • Jose Baloncesto says:
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        Sigh. I’m glad I’m not crazy. But I’m also sad I’m not crazy. Holmes was looking like a candidate for waiver pickup of the year (he’d be super cheap to keep next year), but that doesn’t really apply if he’s only going to be getting around 25 minutes.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, but there’s a chance things could change when Bagley gets fully up to speed. I don’t think they want to play him as the primary 5

  7. It's not Markelle's Fultz says:
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    What’s your take on Christian Woods? How erect would it be if lake griffin misses time?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Not a break-through-fabric erect, but definitely pants tent

  8. Peter says:
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    Hey!
    10man 9 cat league
    Would you trade buddy hield and adams for ayton?

    Team:
    B.Hield
    Steven Adams
    Jrue
    Graham
    Vuc
    AD
    Valanciunas
    M. Morris
    Aldridge
    Hachimura
    Miles Bridges
    H. Barnes
    A Wiggins
    IL. Levert

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw. You good with bigs and you need the tres

  9. wow says:
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    Hey Son!

    Great post as usual. I had a quick question about a trade I wanted to run by you:

    As it currently stands, my team is not doing very well. I’m in the middle of the road for almost every category and losing to a lot of teams with 3 CAT punts.

    As a result, I want to overhaul my team and wanted to get your thoughts on these trades for a punt 3s, pts, ft%:

    Trade 1
    Give away: KAT & Tobias Harris
    Receive: Drummond & Ayton

    Trade 2
    Give away: Kemba (or Booker) & Gallinari
    Receive: Clint Capela & Ben Simmons

    Or should I try to trade away some of my other assets to boost my other stats?

    Your thoughts would be much appreciated

    Thanks!

    • wow says:
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      Just to add context:

      9 CAT, 12 Team

      My team:
      Booker
      Huerter
      Tobias Harris
      Nerlins Noel
      Larry Nance
      Brandon Clarke
      Jonas Val
      Kemba Walker
      Eric Paschall
      Deandre Hunter
      Delon Wright
      KAT
      Conley

      Thanks again!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Both are good for your vision. You’d destroy in boards, fg%, and defensive stats. Would have to focus on getting dimes.

  10. stevie says:
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    Herro is now on my waiver wire, would you prefer him instead of your RichardSON? Or how about Mr. Herro instead of Miles Bridges or Tim Hardaway?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, rather have all those guys than Herro right now

  11. Mak says:
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    in a 9 cat league, ended up doing a trade that got me towns. i sent away horford and beal.

    here is my team now: towns, brogdon, donny mitch, OG anuoby, lamarcus, lamb, sato, dillon brooks, brunson, JJ reddick, miles bridges, gordon hayward.

    currently have kyrie and thomas bryant on IL. im thinking once those two are back i should be in good shape. but do you recommend any changes to the current squad? hows the build looking?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      You light in big man stats. Weakest cat is blocks. Boards and steals are next weakest. Strengths are the percentages, tres, and points

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey son! How would you rank Dillon Brooks, Holmes, Bjelinca, Hart and Duncan Robinson going forward, irregardless of team build. Will probably have to lose two to bring back injured players. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hart, Holmes, Brooks, Duncan, Bjelica

  13. Joe says:
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    In a 10 team, 11 cat H2H league. In a good situation at 2nd place, but I gotta activate De’Aaron Fox. Not sure if I should drop or do a trade (2 for 1, 3 for 2) to activate Fox.

    Here’s my team:

    Brogdon, Graham, Dinwiddie, DeRozan, Bertans, Ingram, AD, Drummond, D Rose, Adams, Joe Harris, Tobias Harris, Horford, and Fox (IL).

    Any suggestions on who would be the drop or what kind of player I should trade for?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Your strongest cat is dines, with points and dimes right behind. Weakest cats are turnovers and ft shooting. You above average in tres, steals, and blocks.

      All depends on which direction you want to go

  14. Trader says:
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    Morris starting instead of Wood. I give up on coaches who fail to develop younger guys.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s ok. Wood has still played 22 minutes through three quarters

    • Trader says:
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      Or maybe cuz he is 2-8 from the line! Ugh

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Yeah, that ain’t good. He’s a career 68% shooter from the line though

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