Entering the 2019 NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers had constructed one of the best starting lineups in all of basketball. Then Ben Simmons went down with a back injury followed by Joel Embiid suffering a shoulder injury. Those two were the cornerstones, the foundation of the franchise. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what’s the foundation of Razzball Basketball? The Stocktonator. So morbid of me. I write as if they are dead. My bad. They are still the cornerstones and franchise of the organization, but for the short term, they will be closed to the public. Enter Tobias Harris. The third wheel. The third fiddle. Now, he is thrust into the numero uno role. If last night was any indication, things may be alright.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 7 7 1 1 1 3/6 14/21 3/3

Now, before we crown his ass and say everything is aiight in Philly, this performance was against the New York Knicks so…..Let’s see what happens when the Sixers play a real team. With that said, he garnered a usage rate of 29.9% last night, a whopping 6% increase from his season average. Harris can score, drain tres, grab boards, and dish out dimes. The defensive stats are lacking, but he does provide a little something something. The turnovers are razor thin and the percentages are excellent: 47% from the field and 81% from the line on the season. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 25 player. With the increased usage, he could enter the realm of the fantasy goliaths. At least until Simmons and Embiid return to the mix.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 10 5 0 0 1 2/4 11/18 6/8

Every time I think about Randle, my mind thinks about Terminator. Randle is the T-800. Not the first Terminator model, but a good one that can score, board, and dish out some dimes. But there’s a new model in the NBA world, and that is Zion Williamson, akin to the T-X. Zion can do it all, but is still calibrating the arsenal. Once he’s up to speed, it’s game over. With that said, Randle, like the T-800, will continue to battle, but at the end of the day, he is just outgunned. On the season, Randle is a top 170 player. The free throw shooting isn’t great and the defensive contributions are minimal.

Elfrid Payton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 12 0 0 0 0/2 7/15 4/6

Played 36 minutes in his second start after returning from injury. Elf boards well for a guard and provides those precious dimes. He even gets his 211 on, although the police presence must’ve been intense last night. With that said, he doesn’t provide the tres and the shooting efficiency is usually poor.

Mitchell Robinson

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

Bobby Portis got the start at center, but Mister Robinson’s neighborhood was open for 32 minutes last night. I still don’t understand why he’s not starting, but whatever. As long as he gets the minutes. Over the past four games, he’s averaged 26.1 minutes, 9 points, 10 boards, 1 steal, and 3.8 boards while shooting 80% from the field on 5 attempts. The big bugaboo has been the free throw shooting: 44% on 2.3 attempts. On the season, it’s at 57% on 2.3 attempts.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 9 1 1 1 4/4 5/10 1/2

With Joel Embiid out, Horford got the start and played 34 minutes. He has the ability to contribute across the board and should get plenty of run with both Ben Simmons and Embiid out.

Shake Milton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 4 1 2 1 5/5 6/7 2/2

Shake, rattle, and score. Milton got the start for Simmons and played 32 minutes. He’s been a top 30 player over the past four games, averaging 29.3 minutes, 15.8 points, 3.8 tres, 3 boards, 4 dimes, 0.5 steals, and 1 block on 59% shooting from the field. Now, the shooting efficiency is going to come down hard, and don’t expect him to get his Mutombo on nightly, but points, tres, and dimes should be.

Kyle O’Quinn

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

In 14 minutes off the bench. So strange because Norvel Pelle had overtaken him on the depth chart earlier. Now, Pelle was a DNP-CD. Not sure how things will shake out going forward, but KOQ could be a viable big man who contributes boards and blocks if he is indeed the backup big man.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 7 1 1 1 2 0 5/8 2/2

No tres and a steal with a block?! Which parallel universe have I been transported to? Over the past three games, Melo has been a top 60 player, averaging 34.6 minutes, 22 points, 3 tres, 3.7 boards, 1 dime, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks with 46% shooting on 15.7 attempts from the field and 82% on 4.7 free throw attempts. That ain’t bad. Unfortunately, it’s just a hot streak and isn’t sustainable. He’s more like a 41% shooter from the field and a top 150-ish player for fantasy.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 16 0 1 4 1 0 9/15 0

Is Whiteside the fantasy MVP? In Yahoo leagues, he was drafted as the #75 player. Over at ESPN, he was the 57th player selected. He’s only been the #9 player on the season.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 8 0 0 4 3/12 11/27 3/3

No Dame, then Urkel comes out to play. I kid, I kid. You know the drill. Usage rate spikes when Dame is off the floor for C. J.

Gary Trent Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 0 1 0 0 4/8 7/15 2/4

Got the start and played 41 minutes. The shooting efficiency is an issue for Trent, but he will jack up shots with Dame out and provide some tres and steals.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 4 1 0 2 0/1 8/15 4/5

Ho hum, just another dub-dub for Sabonis. He now has 45, two behind Giannis for the league lead. He’s dishing out 4.9 dimes on the season, and there are stretches when that number is above 7. The 4.9 on the season places him 39th in all of basketball.

Myles Turner

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

Seriously, which universe is this? Melo isn’t jacking up tres and contributing the D, while Turner grabs 10 boards in a game? What?! Fine, he’s gone back-to-back games with 10 boards, but he’s reached that number only seven times all season!

Malcolm Brogdon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 8 1 0 1 1/3 7/20 2/3

He’s been bad for a while now. The main culprit has been the shooting efficiency. The boards, dimes, steals, and low turnovers have been there. It’s too bad he got injured earlier in the year, as it seems like it’s hampered him all year.

Victor Oladipo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 2 1 0 4 1/4 5/9 4/5

This is why I’m hesistant to stash injured players. It takes them a while to get back up to speed and there’s a heightened risk of re-injury. Since returning to action, nine games worth, Dipo has been a top 400 player.

Harry Giles III

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 1 0 0 1 0 7/11 5/5

Continues to start and played 24 minutes. He looks good out there. Giles can score, grab boards, and is an excellent passer. The free throw shooting is poor, but the field goal percentage is excellent. The defensive stats are lacking, though. The Kings probably won’t give him more than 26 minutes per game, so he’s capped. Plus, if Holmes returns, then it’s game over.

Cory Joseph

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

Got the start and played 35 minutes because De’Aaron Fox was out due to an abdomen injury. Joseph provides dimes and steals when he plays, but normally only plays around 20 minutes when Fox is healthy.

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 5 0 0 3 1/5 8/16 4/4

Mehrrison will always suck, no matter how many points he scores.

Alex Len

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

In 21 minutes off the bench. As long as Holmes is out, Len is going to get run. Boards and blocks will be his primary contributions, but he does have range from downtown if the Kings utilize the skill. If Holmes returns, it will be interesting to see how the center rotation shakes out.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 0 1 0 0 4/8 8/17 4/5

Points, tres, boards, and excellent free throw percentage are provided on the regular. The only question regarding Gallinari is when he will get hurt.

Nerlens Noel

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

In 20 minutes off the bench. He’s now played 20 minutes in back-to-back games. Whew. I was getting worried for a sec when he played 8 and 11 minutes five games ago. Boards, steals, and blocks should be delivered on the regular now. If he gets a consistent 20 minutes per game, top 60 production should be expected.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 1 2 2 3 1/3 6/13 10/12

No LeBron James in this one, so Davis got a taste of what life will be like in a few years. The game was close for a half, then a 40-17 run in the third quarter blew the game wide open. As a result, AD only played 25 minutes. Thank the Warriors for being pacifists.

JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo (who got the start), and Avery Bradley all scored 12 points. 12 is my favorite number and I enjoy symmetry.

Danny Green

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

Impressively terrible. Or maybe Green is an another level, sending messages to the aliens through his stat lines. Any coders out there able to decipher the message?

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 3 1 0 4 1/4 8/17 1/2

In 29 minutes off the bench. He was decisive and breaking defenders down off the dribble. He can score, but doesn’t contribute much in the other cats.

Dwight Howard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 9 3 1 2 1 0 4/4 5/7

In 24 minutes off the bench. Like I said, a strange night in the NBA last night. You really know it’s crazy when Dwight stuffs the stat sheet AND makes his free throws. He’s averaging less than 20 minutes per game on the season and is primarily a boards and blocks guy.

Draymond Green

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

Only played 10 minutes due to getting ejected. Draymond had enough and didn’t appreciate Steph and Klay sitting on the bench, looking all nice, with their smug little faces enjoying themselves. What happened to all for one and one for all?

Eric Paschall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 3 2 0 0 0 1/3 7/14 8/9

In 27 minutes off the bench. Paschall is a points and boards player. He has been averaging 33 minutes per game over the past three, but he’s likely to settle in the 28 minute per game range.

Andrew Wiggins was a late scratch due to back spasms, so Dragan Bender got the start and played 22 minutes. Before you ask, no.

  1. Aces says:
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    Losing sabonis next year in a keeper league. Should I do the below trade? 10 Cat h2h. I’m the favorite to win

    I trade sabonis/Shai(protected 2 years)/1st Rd pick

    For

    Morant(protected 3 years)/Coby(protected 3 years)/Thad young or shake Milton/4th

    • Son says:
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      Negative. I hate all the packages because they include Shai

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYYYO!

    TGIF!

    Is Oubre a drop ?

    Playoffs starting 03/16 – I shall be there either way.

    Still holding Holmes, but losing hope day by day. (No IR)

    Squad is this – H2H – 12 team – 15 man rosters, considered deep – 13 cats

    Jrue/Lowry/Rozier/Conley/Sato
    Oubre/LeVert/Mikal/Reddish/Bertans
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Wood/Holmes

    Available are – Noel, James Johnson, Powell, Justin Holiday, Grant, Osman, Kennard

    Peace Son

    • Son says:
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      AYYYO

      Yeah, I think Oubre is a drop

      I’m not optimistic on Holmes.

      Noel for me

  3. Big Dickau says:
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    Who do you like for their next two games: Monte Morris or Jordan McLaughlin?

    • Son says:
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      Morris for me

  4. eballs says:
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    Start one tonight in a points league

    Bertans @UTA
    Prince @ATL
    Miles Bridges @TOR

    • Son says:
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      Prince

  5. Trader says:
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    Waiver wire driving me crazy. Twice this week my “second choice” who I leave out there post career scoring nights. My pickup of Bazemore was fine with 13 points, 2 threes and 2 steals. Solid bounce back. Then I check on Reddish and he drops 26 with 6 threes and 2 stocks.

    Need to do well tomorrow in points, threes and steals.

    Please rank top two:
    Pope at Mem
    Bradley at Mem
    Temple at Mia
    Trent at Atl

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      Don’t sweat it. No way you could have known that Cam would start and Bruno would go to the bench.

      Trent for me

      • Trader says:
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        So great! Third time in a row we had the same top selection when I send you a tight waiver list. Very affirming for me. Of course this may not be good news for you LOL.

        Have a great weekend amigo

        • Son says:
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          Lol! Good luck!

          You too!

  6. Ricky says:
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    Hii Son,

    My team :
    – kemba,curry,brogdon,
    – kawhi,middleton,josh rich,barton,ingles
    – siakam,horford,JJJ

    Would you drop anyone of my team for waiver ?? H2H,9cat

    Waiver list : capela,jerami,markkanen,gasol,kuzma,pj tucker,hunter,bazemore,white,house jr

    • Son says:
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      I think you’re ok. I’d keep an eye on Ingles for Hunter. Also, possibly Capela or Gasol for JJJ, dependent on the health for all

  7. coleseph says:
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    Hey Son, Well it’s been a grind but trading for Tatum 2 months ago has pulled me to a point within cashing in my 9 cat roto league. Going to come down to blocks, steals and 3s. Could you order these guys? Bazemore, James Johnson, J. Grant, Mo Bamba, and Justin Holiday. Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      Nice trade for Tatum. Who did you give up?

      Bazemore, Holiday, JJ, Grant, Mo

  8. coleseph says:
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    Thanks! Gave up Gobert. Steep price, but the net loss in boards and blocks weren’t too bad given the gain in points, steals and ft%. Also got OG in the deal. Gobert was the obvious best peice in the deal at the time, but was in 11th and needed to try something. JJJ got dropped. Think hes worth a 20-30% faab or think he dosen’t have enough time the final (maybe…) 3 weeks to contribute?

    • Son says:
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      Well done, sir.

      Do you have an IR slot? There’s a chance JJJ doesn’t play rest of season. Depends on his health and whether MEM can win games. They have a tough stretch coming up. I’m not sure the risk is worth it

  9. J says:
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    You like Conley or Seth Curry as a better add at the moment?

    • Son says:
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      Depends on what you want/need. If dimes, then Conley. Tres, then Curry

  10. Trader says:
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    Best on the wire for Monday: Nance, ONeale, Ingles, Trent.
    Need to balance this week’s needs (steals and threes) versus potential playoff implications. Love played in b-2-b Games so grabbing Nance for a shutdown insurance policy looks less inviting. Thoughts?

    Also, great fun watching Celts and Rockets. Small ball has been around for so long with mid-majors having to go that route in college. Spreading the floor and dribble drive-kick finally in vogue these past two years. Rockets just the latest.

    • Son says:
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      Yeah, I’d sit tight.

      Small ball, pace and space ball is fun to watch. For myself, I always think of the Nash//Marion/Amare squads.

      • Trader says:
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        I still need to pick one guy up from the wire. So thinking Nance Or O’Neale

        • Son says:
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          Nance

          • Trader says:
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            Thanks! Watching Biyombo closely. May be worth a look

            • Son says:
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              For sure

              • Trader says:
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                Filling up your in-box .000034567 cents at a time!

                I have JJJ in my IR slot. Holmes back sooner than expected?? If you could only stash one, who?

                • Son says:
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                  Word. Keep em coming.

                  The one that is slated to return earlier. If both at the same time, then Holmes

  11. ADP10 says:
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    Hey Son,

    Final free agency of the season. My team is:

    Lillard/Jrue/Booker/Steph/Beal
    Porzingis/Gallo/Horford/Hayward
    Ayton/Bryant/Whiteside/Holmes

    Trying to pick up Theis; should I drop Horford or Holmes for him?

    I’m guaranteed to make play-offs which start in two weeks so focusing on building squad for that rather than immediate benefit!

  12. Son says:
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    I’d drop Horford for Theis

    • ADP10 says:
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      Cheers man; was planning to before he had the recent uptick with Emiid and Simmons out. Another option would be dropping Bryant- am I best off dropping him instead?

      As always blessed advice

      • Son says:
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        I don’t have an issue with that. Wizards may not give him the minutes, but if they do, the environment doesn’t get much better. It sounds like Embiid’s injury isn’t too serious, so when he returns, Horford’s value plummets. How you answer the questions of Embiid’s health and the Wizards usage of Bryant will determine which path you choose.

        • ADP10 says:
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          Cheers man- went for Horford in the end!

          • Son says:
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            Sounds good. Good luck, my man!

  13. Nukna says:
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    Sssssuuuuup, Son!

    Here is my team in a standard 9-team H2H league:
    Harden, Booker, Payton, Rozier, Rose
    Milton, Mikal Bridges, Bertans
    Drummond, Aldridge, Wood, Horford, GIles
    IL: Holmes, Oubre
    I’ve secured top of the table, so I’m looking solely at the schedules for final 2 PO weeks.
    I held Oladipo for some time, was patient when he initially returned. However, I decided to move on from him after news about some additional aches few days ago. Nevertheless, Mr. Dipo is back with very nice last 2 games and juicy PO sched (4+4). I’m leaning towards picking him up again (he’s still on the WW), but cannot decide whether I have a drop. Aldridge currently has an INJ tag, so if Oubre is a drop, I can move Aldridge to IL and pick up Dipo. I’d like some additional news on Oubre before pulling the trigger on him. On the other hand, would like to take Dipo now and not risk with waiting. Maybe leave Oubre, but lose somebody else?
    Also, I’d appreciate a short comment on the complete squad, i.e. potential suggestions for improvement in terms of categories.
    Available FAs : WCJ (not a fan of his 3-3 PO sched), Seth Curry (ditto), Damion Lee (yet again), Reddish (…), Airplane mode, Crowder, Bruce, etc.
    Thanks in advance and great respect!
    Cheers from Serbia!!!

    • Son says:
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      Sup, Nukna!

      I think Oubre is a drop, so slide LMA into the IL slot.

      Squad looks good. Turnovers your weakest cat, but wouldn’t worry about that. I think you’re doing it right by trying to maximize games played.

  14. Ace says:
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    Could you please rank these players for rest of the season ?? H2h, 9cat
    Markkanen,gasol,josh rich,schroder,holmes

    Thanks

    • Son says:
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      Kind of hard to do since many are injured. I guess I’d go:

      Schroder, JRich, Markk, Gasol, Holmes (I have a feeling he doesn’t play, but just speculation on my part).

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