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First, we lost Gilligan’s Island. Then, Fantasy Island. Now, the unthinkable has happened. Waiters Island has been shut down for the season. Dion Waiters is expected to have season-ending surgery on his left ankle, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo.com. The Heat can go in many directions. Tyler Johnson can start at shooting guard with Josh Richardson at small forward and Wayne Ellington the main guy off the bench. Or, Derrick Jones Jr. could start at shooting guard, which would keep Tyler Johnson in a reserve role to back up Goran Dragic. Since Waiters hasn’t played since late-December, the preferred lineup has been Dragic at the point with Johnson at shooting guard and Richardson at small forward. Ellington has been the main scorer off the bench and should continue to be an excellent source for 3s. It’s safe to drop Waiters if you haven’t already. I’m going to miss the antics of Waiters for the remainder of the season, but at least he should return next season, unlike the other famous islands of tv past.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Al Horford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 8 7 0 1 1 1/3 5/10 2/2

Literally does it all. Top 40 player for fantasy and only has an 18.3 usage rate on the year.

Jaylen Brown:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 4 2 3 0 2 2/4 8/15 3/5

56% free throw percentage is doo doo Brown. With that said, I think Jaylen has a chance to be Kawhi Leonard-esque. The numbers in the second year for both players are pretty similar.

Marcus Morris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 2 1 0 0 3/7 7/13 2/2

Played 24 minutes. Morris probably won’t get more than 25 minutes of run, but he breathes and occassionally puts the orange ball through the hoop.

Robert Covington:

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

Played 30 minutes. Lord Covington has been bad of late, but I’ll side with history and wager that he’ll turn it around sooner rather than later. Since the game was in London, it’s possible that he partied too hard at the manor the night before.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 10 5 2 1 4 1/5 6/17 2/3

Played 31 minutes. Who gonna sex Embiid? I can’t wait to see when Embiid is fully unleashed. Will we be able to handle it? I think we’d end up prancing around like a bunch of college kids on ecstasy at a rave.

TJ McConnell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 4 5 3 0 1 0 6/11 0

Played 26 minutes. His hair looks like it takes hours to prepare every day. When does he have time to practice? TJ gets around 25 minutes of run a game and contributes in boards, assists, and steals. There’s value in what he brings to the table. I didn’t say how much.

Kevin Love:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 9 2 0 0 1 0/1 2/8 6/7

Maybe Love is not the answer for all. Since Isaiah Thomas returned (five games), Love has not played more than 28 minutes and has scored 10, 3, 27, 2, and 19 points.

Speaking of Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 2 3 0 1 1 0/6 2/15 0

Momma said there’d be days like this. IT played 25 minutes and should continue to play more as the season rolls on. Let’s not forget that he missed most of the season due to a hip injury. It’s going to take time, but I’d be skeptical to believe that he returns to last year’s form.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 3 1 1 2 2 0/1 9/16 8/10

The LeBrons have given up 133, 127, and 127 points the past three games. It’s time for LeJuggernaut to come out and play….and smash….and bring order to the chaos that reigns in Cleveland.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 18 1 0 0 3 0/1 6/9 3/4

Played 19 minutes. JV is a nightly double-dub threat, but Casey does like to go small, which limits his upside. Too bad because 20/20 games would seem to be a viable proposition.

With Kyle Lowry still nursing an injury, Delon Wright got the start and played 18 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 2 4 0 2 1 0/3 3/9 0

The Raptors defeated the Cavs, 133-99, so the blowout probably had a lot to do with the limited minutes. Fred VanVleet played 24 minutes and Lorenzo Brown played 19 minutes at the point guard position.

Fred VanVleet:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 4 1 0 0 6/8 8/11 0

There’s a reason many call him Fred VanElite. Unfortunately, he’s behind Lowry and Wright on the depth chart, so minutes will be tough to come by.

Pascal Siakam:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 4 1 0 0 0/3 7/10 2/3

Played 24 minutes. With Serge Ibaka out due to suspension, Siakam was expected to start. Instead, Casey chose to go with CJ Miles. Regardless, Siakam got some run and was very productive. Ibaka should be back for the next game.

Jakob Poeltl:

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

Played 26 minutes. So this is where JVs minutes went. Normally, Casey goes small with Ibaka at the 5, so I wouldn’t expect this performance to be the beginning of a trend.

Norman Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 6 3 0 1 3 2/5 6/15 0/1

Played 27 minutes and 24 the prior game. I miss Jack Bauer. Anyways, I’d keep an eye on if Powell continues to get mid-20s minutes. If so, he could have some value, as he’s very athletic and could contribute across the board.

Blake Griffin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 12 6 1 0 4 2/7 5/14 6/6

Returned to action after missing two games and played 33 minutes. Blake is awesome when healthy, but you all know my puzzlement regarding his lack of blocks. As a result, we must get rid of the B. From this day forward, he shall be known as Lake Griffin. Here here. I decree this on the 11th day of the first month in the year 2018.

DeAndre Jordan:

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

Played 11 minutes but left the game early due to an ankle injury.

Milos Teodosic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 1 9 0 0 3 2/5 4/9 0

Returned to action after missing three games and played 26 minutes. Should continue to get run with the plethora of injuries in the Clippers backcourt. That is, until he re-injures himself.

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 0 6 2 1 3 5/12 10/24  5/5

Not a bad encore to his performance last night. He’s starting, getting a ton of minutes, and hoisting up shots like they about to get repossessed.

Montrezl Harrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 6 0 1 0 2 0 11/12 3/9

Played 27 minutes after getting 26 the game before. 12 shot attempts last night and 13 the prior game. Fantasy ain’t rocket science. Minutes + shot attempts = good times. Usually.

George Hill:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 3 2 1 2 1/6 5/13 10/13

Returned after missing two games and played 35 minutes. Why is he on this team? Why is he getting 35 minutes of run? Why? Why? Why?

Why is Kosta Koufos getting 25 minutes?

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

That’s 14 and 15 boards in back-to-back, but he just doesn’t get consistent run to be viable.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 2 0 0 1 4/6 7/11 4/4

Has scored double figures in five straight games and received over 30 minutes of run in four straight.

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 4 5 0 0 2 2/7 5/13 2/3

You’re not getting me off the Trading Places bet that Vlade and Vivek have. I imagine that the conversation started with, “American players are much better than European players.” “No way, Vivek. Let’s wager. My guy will be Bogdanovic.” “You foolish, foolish man, Vlade. No way he’s better than my Buddy.” This is all I care about now.

Dejounte Murray:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 11 5 3 1 1 0 7/14 0

Got the start at point guard and played 26 minutes. Damn, stat sheet stuffer.

Bryn Forbes:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 1 0 2 0 1 4/7 7/12 0/2

How could he not be money?! His last five games: 37, 30, 27, 32, and 41 minutes. He’s scored 18, 12, 10, 16, and 15 points. Granted, not much contribution in the periphery categories, but he will continue getting minutes for as long as Danny Green is out.

Julius Randle:

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

Played 18 minutes. Shut down by LaMarcus Aldridge. LMAO!

Larry Nance Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 10 2 2 1 2 0 6/9 2/2

Randle’s pain was Nance’s gain. Played 30 minutes, which was the first time he had received that much run since December 3rd. He had been getting around 20 minutes per game, which had nuked his value. I don’t think this is a sign of things to come. Just an off day for Randle. With that said, there are trade rumors and Nance could be in line for more minutes. Keep an eye on the situation.

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 3 3 1 0 1 2/5 11/21 2/5

Choo choo!!!! Played a team-high 37 minutes and continues to develop nicely. Ingram can improve in so many areas, which makes me super bullish about his prospects.

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 10 6 4 0 5 4/7 7/11 0

F Lithuania.

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 6 4 2 0 0 2/9 3/12 2/2

Played 30 minutes. He had been averaging around 24 minutes a game since the start of the new year. While he probably won’t be playing the 40 a night he was getting in December, it’s good to see Kuz contributing in the periphery categories outside of just scoring. We know he can do that. Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz!

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m going to offer James Johnson for these guys :

    A) Batum
    B) Redick
    C) Prince
    D) Batum
    E) MARKANNEN(!!!!)
    F) Bradley

    I hope one owner bites…

  2. 2rule says:
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    Hi son,

    Do yu think Nowitzki worth my dinwidie or Wcs? If yes which one do ı need to send? Also nowitzki for ros
    Thx

  3. Don says:
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    Hi Son. I’m looking for a guard. How would you rank ROS: Tyler Johnson, Delon Wright, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Wayne Ellington? Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Don: Tyler, Bogdan, Ellington, Delon

  4. Renz says:
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    Hey Son!

    Remember the trade before? All BS. The guy just pulled off. Every day the articles are getting more interesting as to every offer happening in every league.

    Who’s side are you in for this trade?
    Dray+DMitch for Boogie and Dedman

    Looking to boost my team with REB and BLK as well as with FG% since I do have AST guys and STL guys like Teodosic and Frenchise.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Trade works for you, if you cool with the TOs.

  5. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Barton, Ingram or Dirk in a head to head points league? Thanks!

  6. Chris says:
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    What up son! Hopefully get this kmow this post was two days ago. Without seeing my lineup let me know what you think. It’s roto.

    I was offered two seperate trades:
    Howard George Ilyasova JaMichael Green
    for
    Whiteside Love Reddick (I give)

    and

    Howard-George-Jaymichael Green-DeAngelo Russell
    for
    Whiteside-Love-Redick

    Do you like either one?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: I prefer the Whiteside/Love/Redick side. If you had to choose one and are cool essentially punting FT%, I’d go with the one that includes D Russ.

  7. Chris says:
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    I know where I’m leaning on the above trade!

  8. J says:
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    Hey Son, losing patience with Rondo pretty quickly. Was thinking of picking up Reggie Jackson, stashing him, and picking up Ish Smith so I’ll have r jax waiting in the wings and Ish as a stop gap. You think that’s wise or stick it out with Rondo a bit longer?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Understandable. Rondo is very inconsistent, but he can win assists for you in any week. If you need assists, you stick with him, as he’s sixth in the league for that category. If you want more usage and scoring, you go with RJax and Ish. Another thing to consider is that you would need to utilize 2 roster spots for that move.

      • J says:
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        @Son: well we have two IR spots so I would drop Rondo for Jackson, move Jackson into IR and pickup ish. So two matchup acquisitions but only one spot. But yeah my team definitely needs assists so guess I’ll ride this out a little longer and see if he can find some consistency

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @J: I think that’s the way to go

          • J says:
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            @Son: maybe do this plan with Rubio? Ish had another solid game, Rubio went for 2 and 0 haha

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @J: I thought it was for Rondo

              • J says:
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                @Son: yeah but I also have Rubio. It’s a nightmare lol

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @J: Ha! Yeah. A true conundrum. I’d rather have Rondo over Rubio, but it’s close. Execute the plan

  9. MFlo420 says:
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    Ayo son,

    Need your help on the following deals:

    Here’s the line up:
    G – CP3, G. Hill and Matthews
    F – Blake, Morris brothers, G. Green
    C – Adams, Ibaka, Gortat
    IR – Gallinari

    1. I was offered Dragon for Adams
    2. Offering Ibaka plus one for Klay, who is reasonable for the trade? I’m short on Gs
    3. Is Gallinari worth the stash? Possibly Rudy Gay can be snatched from waivers

    20 Team H2H 9 CAT

    Cheers!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @MFlo420: Ayo! I prefer the Dragic for Adams deal over the Ibaka for Klay. I don’t think you can do both. I’d rather have Gallinari over Gay.

      • MFlo:20 says:
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        @Son: thanks son much appreciated! 😀

  10. 740 says:
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    Hey,

    12 team h2h points

    Was offered Porzingis, Walker for my Blake, Kemba, Fox
    Thoughts?

    Thank you

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @740: Who’s the other player with Porzingis?

  11. 740 says:
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    Correction. Blake, Mitchell, Fox

    Sorry about that

    Thanks again!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @740: Ha! All good. I prefer the Porzingis/Walker side

  12. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m actually playing Dedmon over James J. I think that’s the correct move

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I think that’s fine, but I do slightly prefer JJ because he will contribute in more categories.

  13. Big-D says:
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    sup son!

    which two should i start out of:
    tyreke
    rubio
    jarret jack
    thad young

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big-D: Tyreke and Rubio.

      • Big-D says:
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        @Son: who would you start between david west and thad young?

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