Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! The name is usually synonymous with the underdog. Not in this case, though. Rudy Gobert has been like that dog with rabies, as he made a mockery of COVID last year by licking the microphones at a press conference. But no harm no foul as we didn’t know the magnitude of ‘Rona’s powers at that time and he’s made amends. Thank goodness because Gobert is a joy to watch on the court. At 7′ 1″ and 258 pounds, he flutters around the court like a ballerina compared to his more lead-footed big men. With a 7’ 9″ wingspan, imagine him as the goalie for the French National Soccer Team, he swats away all incoming projectiles like the Aster missiles in the PAAMS system, and collects rebounds like that one friend who helps with breakups. Last night, the full repertoire was on full display.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 19 2 0 4 0 0 8/13 2/2

Over the past three games, Gobert has been a top 15 player, as he’s averaged 13.7 points, 14.7 boards, 2 dimes, and 3 blocks while shooting 66% from the field and 83% from the line. Viva la Gobert! On the season, he’s shooting 49% from the line so this is not the New World Order. Gobert has his weaknesses but he knows who he is and doesn’t deviate from his strengths, which are STRENGTHS.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

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Anthony Gill

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

Got the start and played 22 minutes. Gill is 28 years old, was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, played in Germany for a year, then went to Russia for three seasons. He agreed to a two-way deal in November of 2020 with the Wizards. Hope these NBA waters aren’t toxic so that Gill can breathe. Prior to last night, Gill had appeared in five games and played a total of 23 minutes. Gill has size at 6′ 8″ and 230 pounds with the ability to shoot from the perimeter. When the Wizards get healthy, Gill will dive back to the end of the bench.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 7 0 0 6 1/4 7/17 4/8

Played 28 minutes. He played 25 minutes the prior game after returning from a two-game absence due to a quad injury. He should get back to playing over 30 minutes soon so he can then completely destroy your percentages. yipee. On the season, Russ is shooting 37% from the field and 61% from the line. He should get back to 40% from the field but I doubt he sniffs the 47% he shot last season. Russ will give you points, tres, boards, dimes, and steals but the turnovers are *slap* high-five! and there’s the risk that the quad bothers him all season.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 5 4 0 1 5 1/5 12/28 8/8

Garnered a 43.4 usage rate last night! Russell Whobrook? Beal has been over 40 on the usage scale four times and has never been below 32. He’s the 13th player on the season and is averaging 34.4 points, 2.3 tres, 5.4 boards, 4.8 dimes, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks while shooting 48% from the field and 87% from the line. I know that meat is best served at medium rare, but I’m making an exception for Beal. Well done, please, and thank you.

Jerome Robinson

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

Was replaced in the starting lineup but still ended up playing 30 minutes off the bench. When the Wizards finally get their players back from COVID protocols, Robinson will slide back to playing very little.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 11 2 5 1 2 4/8 6/11 3/5

Got his third consecutive start because Christian Wood went limp, and played 33 minutes. Shockingly, the five steals were not a career-high. He got his 211 on seven times in a game once back in 2017. When Wood gets the blood flowing again, Cousins will likely go back to playing 20 minutes per game.

John Wall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 5 1 0 3 1/6 9/21 5/6

Only played 24 minutes in this one. He played 21 minutes in his return from a five-game hiatus, so he’s slowly getting ramped back up. It’s only a matter of time before this Wall is fully operational again.

Victor Oladipo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 1 0 0 3 3/10 7/21 3/6

Returned back to action after missing the previous game, and played a season-high 37 minutes. Oladipo is a top 75 player on the season, which causes neither the haters nor the believers to take victory laps. Goldilocks would have a smile on her face, though.

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 4 1 0 2 2/7 6/13 6/7

Returned back to his microwave role with Oladipo back in the starting lineup but still played a healthy 29 minutes. On the season, Gordon is shooting 46% from the field. For perspective, he shot 36% in 36 games last season and finished with percentages of 40, 42, 40, and 41 the prior four seasons. 1 + 1 = 2.

David Nwaba

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 9 3 2 1 1 1/2 5/7 0

In 23 minutes off the bench. David is no fantasy goliath but he’s been a top 45 player over the past seven. He’s averaged 24 minutes, 10.6 points, 0.7 tres, 4.3 boards, 2.6 dimes, 1.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53% from the field and 92% from the line. He’s benefitted from the injury shituation but Nwaba looks to have carved out a rotation spot for the foreseeable future.

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 4 0 0 2 2/4 6/16 4/4

‘Twas a tough night for Randle with Rudy Gobert patrolling the paint, but his ability to grab boards and dish out some dimes made it a somewhat productive game. The defensive stats are lacking, which are the final frontiers before we can send his ship to the moon.

Austin Rivers

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 1 0 0 1 5/7 10/14 0

We usually Cry me a Rivers but when Austin has it going on like last night, then it’s Hire me a Rivers. There was a stretch of five games earlier in the season when Rivers was flowing with over 32 minutes of run per game. That dried up like the waterways on Mars. Poof. Gone. But like the probes that keep detecting hints of ice and water on the Red Planet, Rivers pops up from time to time. He was playing 17 minutes per game then was ghost for two. Upon his return, he’s played 28 minutes the past two games. I will dial NASA in the morning.

Royce O’Neale

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 2 0 1 0 2/5 7/12 4/5

Rolls Royce is for the common man. He grinds his minutes by doing the little things and playing sound defense. That’s why he averages 32 minutes per game. For fantasy, that’s hoopty but he will put the spinners on from time to time. The 20 points were a season-high, so were the 21 field goal attempts. His highest total prior to last night was eight.

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley did not play because they are pussies. Ha, I kid. Leonard and George are out due to COVID protocols while Beverley has soreness in his right knee. As a result, the starting lineup consisted of Luke Kennard, Terance Mann, Reggie Jackson, Serge Ibaka, and Nicolas Batum. Yup, they lost 99-108 to the Hawks.

Reggie Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 8 2 1 2 2/6 8/16 2/2

Played a whopping 39 minutes. It’s January, not October. What’s going on here? My bad. Wrong sport. Baseball is in full prep mode so you better forgive me. I have a Mr. October Reggie Jackson story. I saw him at Angels stadium when the Yankees and Angels were playing in the ALCS years ago. I’m a Doyers fan but my buddy had tickets and brought me along. I would’ve loved to meet Reggie Jackson at Dodgers Stadium though. “I must kill the queen.” LOL. Freaking love that movie. “Hey!! It’s Enrico Palazzo!” Anyways, I yell, “Reggie! Can I get an autograph?” He didn’t say a word but the glare said, “F#@! you, kid.” Mr. October, f#[email protected]! you, too! Back to Mr. January Reggie Jackson, he’s a viable option for as long as Beverley, Kawhi, and PG are out. As evidenced by last night’s game, he can fill the stat sheet. He’s just inconsistent.

Serge Ibaka

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

Iblocka is back!!! The three blocks were a season-high. On the season, Ibaka is a top 100 player. He’s only playing 25 minutes per game but is contributing points, tres, boards, and blocks. The percentages have been good as well, 52% from the field and 83% from the line.

Ivica Zubac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 1 0 0 0 0 3/5 7/8

In 18 minutes. Both Ibaka and Zubac are good. I want both to play 32 minutes a game, but then it affects the other. I had a similar problem back in high school when I wanted to date two girls. What do you think Son did?

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 3 3 0 0 2 1/3 4/14 2/2

In 22 minutes. I remember when Lou used to be good. Like how I remember that the # wasn’t for a hashtag. You youngins just don’t know. Freaking Lou used to be a professional getter of buckets. Sweet Lou they used to call him. Now? You’s a fool for believin’ in Lou.

John Collins

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

Saw what Iblocka was doing and was like, “Naw, naw, naw. Not in my house.” A career-high! Now, the rest of the line is a concern, especially the 15.5 usage rate. It’s been a very inconsistent season for Collins, as he’s scored less than 20 points in 12 games with two of those single digits. The usage rate has been under 20 in nine games. He’s a top 50 player on the season, but expectations were much higher, as he was being selected in the second and third rounds of drafts.

De’Andre Hunter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 4 1 1 1 2/7 7/16 6/6

Top 45 player on the season. Hunter has really expanded his offensive repertoire, scoring over 20 points in six games while shooting 50% from the field. Last season, he scored over 20 points eight times in 63 games. He has also been showing a bit of upside in the defensive cats. Shall we call him a Hunter of cats?

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 18 1 2 2 3 0 6/11 1/2

Over the past six games, Capela has been the number three player for fantasy. He’s averaged 34.4 minutes, 19.5 points, 17.3 boards, 1.2 steals, and 4 blocks while shooting 61% from the field. Who does he think he is? Myles Turner? The free-throw shooting will always be a concern, as he’s shooting 54% on the season but….look over there! 17.3 boards and 4 blocks!

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 3 5 1 0 3 3/7 12/23 11/11

Just another Trae Day. Yawn. Over the past three games, he’s been a top 10 player, averaging 37.1 minutes, 39.7 points, 4.7 tres, 3.7 boards, 6.7 dimes, and 1 steal on 52% shooting from the field and 83% from the line. The usage rate has been 39! Now, Trae is a 42% shooter from the field, so this is just a heater, and the turnovers are still high (good for the buffet, not for fantasy) so he’s more a top 50 player than a top 10 one.

  1. Sansanto says:
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    Hey Son,

    Are Ja and JJJ shown up on milk cartons yet? And if so, what kind of milk is it? If JJJ is on coconut milk, should I cut him?

    (Just blowing off some steam, really want to see those guys back in action)

    Always love your write-ups!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thx, Sansanto! Patience grasshopper.

      I feel ya. This is a safe space in which to vent.

  2. Take flight says:
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    In high school, you were def not messin around Son!

    Q for you – what’s up with RoCo? How long do we hold until we drop?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Lol. I was a knucklehead in high school and did a lot of bad things but I tried to be honorable.

      Man, I can’t drop him because of his track record and history.

  3. alex says:
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    Yo Son,

    Appreciate the work in the write-ups

    can I get some advice? 16T H2H 9cat

    I feel like I can have a sick punt FT squad here and Hardens elite FT are wasted on it?
    Rubio is staaaankin up this bish, obviously, so need to grab some wire fodder to replace A$AP. What are your thoughts please, should I try and trade Harden away? targets? I’m a bit lost I don’t know if my team is amazing or terrible

    Devonte’ Graham Cha – PG,SG
    Kevin Huerter Atl – SG,SF
    Ricky Rubio Min – PG
    Tim Hardaway Jr. Dal – SG,SF
    Domantas Sabonis Ind – PF,C
    Jarred Vanderbilt Min – SF
    Clint Capela Atl – C
    James Harden Bkn – PG,SG
    Terry Rozier Cha – PG
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL – PG,SG
    D’Angelo Russell Min – PG,SG
    Nerlens Noel NY – PF,C
    Jeff Green Bkn – SF,PF,C

    bless ya!

    • Son

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      Strength is tres. Agreed that Harden boosts up the ft to above average. You’re weak in boards and fg%, and slightly below average in points and steals. The 16-team league set up skews this though, so it’s all relative to the other teams in your league. You could trade Harden away but his value is likely depressed right now. I’d figure out which path you want to take. punt ft and try to balance out all the cats or choose which ones to focus on. Then you’d have to wait for Harden to string a few big games together.

  4. pinkman says:
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    Love the writeups & pods, Son! If Trae is top 50 in 9-cat where turnovers exist, where do you envision him in Roto minus the turnovers category? Might be trying to sell him high in that league context for a big man.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, pinkman! Much appreciated.

      Top 25-30

  5. Zac RDA Tank Executive says:
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    I had that C and C music factory CD when I was like ten. Boy was that some weird shit.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Lol. Indeed

  6. Ricky says:
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    Hii Son,

    My Team :
    -Kyrie, fournier, drose, nunn
    -Tobias, clarke
    -AD, vuce, ayton, JJJ, horford

    Would you drop someone on my team for white ?? h2h, 9cat

    Thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nunn

      • Ricky says:
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        okay son… 1 more question Would you trade kyrie + fournier for dame +schroder/oubre ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Is that Schroder and Oubre or Schroder or Oubre? If it’s 3 for 2 then I would

          • Ricky says:
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            Sorry the owner just want to trade dame + schroder for kyrie + fournier

            • Son

              Son says:
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              I’d probably want Kyrie/Fournier

              • Ricky says:
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                Ok thanks Son for advice

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  anytime

  7. Dungeons and Dragics says:
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    14 team, 9cat H2H

    Would you trade Westbrook and Ross for Wall and Malik Beasley? I’m trying to get rid of the FG% suck hole of Westbrook and Ross. Here’s squad:

    PG – Paul
    SG – Dort
    G – Westbrook
    SF- Keldon
    F- Oubre
    PF- Boucher
    C- Ayton
    UTIL – Ibaka
    BN – Ross, KCP, Ingles, Vanderbilt, Time Lord,
    IL – Bogdon, KAT

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would not

  8. Luguentz says:
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    Yo Son! Writeups always good to read!

    In an 18-team points league (format is what it is, at this size, getting buckets is the primary category I suppose), would you hold on to Milton and Robin Lopez, or drop either one or both for the likes of Alexander-Walker and/or Carter-Williams? Just looking for upside, but there is a dearth of forwards and I kinda feel Milton still warrants rostering, but felt like asking.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Luguentz!

      I’d take a chance on NAW. Milton has value but needs injuries to get the necessary run

      • Luguentz says:
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        Did the move, thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Good luck!

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