It was a clear black night, a clear white moon. T. J. Warren was on the courts, trying to score. Some skirts for the eve, so he could get some funk. Just jacking up shots, all alone. Over the past six games, Warren has been a top 25 player for fantasy. He’s averaged 32.7 minutes, 21.7 points, 1.2 tres, 4.7 boards, and 1.2 steals. The turnovers have been a miniscule at 0.8 while the percentages have been excellent; 54% from the field and 90% from the line on five attempts. Last night, he mounted up and regulated those averages and the Hornets.
Warren goes on these heaters from time to time, so this is not unexpected. It helps that Malcolm Brogdon has been out as well. Now, he’s not going to continue shooting 54% from the field. He is a good shooter, so 49%-50% isn’t out of the question. The main concern is health when it comes to Warren. Over the past five seasons, he’s played 43, 65, 66, 47, and 40 games. Now, we can’t predict injury but that’s an ominous trend. Enjoy the heater while it lasts, but I fear the party will end one way or another. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what never stops delivering the goods? The Stocktonator.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Returned from an Achilles injury and played 33 minutes. So much potential. So little production. Fine, that’s not fair as Gordon will access ceiling from time to time, but it’s just so inconsistent. On the season, he’s a top 175 player. The shooting efficiency has been poor, so the points haven’t been there. He will provide some tres, boards, and a handful of dimes, but the lack of defensive stats is disappointing for a player with his physical skills. I used to joke that he’s Blake Griffin 2.0. That’s disrespectful to Blake.
His career high in boards is 29! Grabbing 24 is still an impressive feat. What hasn’t been impressive is the shooting efficiency. Over the past four games, Vuc has been shooting 39% from the field. He’s converting 44% of his shots on the season and is a career 50% shooter, so better times will be ahead.
A season high and a welcome sight, as he had gone back-to-back games scoring six points. Fultz won’t win any weeks for you, but he’s starting, playing over 28 minutes per game, and will provide points, boards, dimes, and steals. The percentages are decent as well. Just don’t expect many tres or blocks.
D. J. Augustin
In 28 minutes off the bench. Even though Fultz is the starter, D. J. has been receiving a consistent 28 minutes per game. The field goal percentage is brutal most nights, but this D. J. will provide tres and a nice amount of dimes.
A rare off shooting night for Brown, as he’s shooting 51% from the field on the season. Over the course of the season, the usage rate has slowly been ticking up; from 22 to 24 and now it’s at 28. Kemba Walker being out has a lot to do with that, but it’s nice to know that he fills the vacuum of usage when it’s available.
Got the start and played 38 minutes because Bradley Beal did not play due to a leg issue. Jordan is primarily a scorer. Shocker, I know. He will contribute a little something something in boards, dimes, and defensive stats. The field goal percentage isn’t the greatest as well. Now, the big question is what happens to his role when the Wizards get healthy? Nobody knows, so just enjoy the ride for now.
In 31 minutes off the bench. Top 50 player over the past four games, as Bradley Beal has missed time and he’s soaked up an extra four minutes of run per game. When Beal returns and the rest of the squad gets healthy, he will likely average around 26 minutes per game. I always cringe when I watch Ish shoot because it looks like a trebuchet launching projectiles at the enemy. Regardless, the results speak for themselves, as he’s shooting 47% on the season, and 56% over the recent heater. Ish is a decent source of points, tres, dimes, and steals. The turnovers are low, but the free throw shooting is an issue.
Troy Brown Jr.
In 36 minutes off the bench. Brown is another player who’s received elevated run due to all the injuries, over 32 minutes. When the Wizards are healthy, he will likely go back to the 26 level. With that said, what Brown can do for you in the short term is provide points, tres, boards, and steals.
LOL! What a freaking Jokic. Dude is so damn good. Recently, the aggression and usage have increased. As a result, the scoring has been way up, which has negatively affected the dimes. Don’t freak out, though. He will end the season with around 7 dimes per game and finish as a top 10 player for fantasy.
I love Barton. But only in odd years. Here are his finishes for fantasy over the past five years:
- 2014 – 252
- 2015 – 83
- 2016 – 117
- 2017 – 52
- 2018 – 211
- 2019 – Currently the #56 player
I don’t care that it’s a coincidence. I am not drafting Barton next season. Barton provides a little something something in every category and fits any kind of build. As long as he remains healthy, the playing time is secure because of his defensive versatility. I know I sound like a broken record because I say the same thing everytime I write up Barton, but it is what it is.
Two years ago, Harris finished as a top 35 player. Man, that feels like so long ago. For 2019, he’s outside the top 100 and has gone through stretches where he’s not even top 200. He used to shoot 48%-50% from the field. Now? He’s at 42% on the season and has gone through periods converting only 30% of his attempts. And that’s a problem because he doesn’t contribute much outside of points and tres. If that wasn’t enough to be a buzz kill, he’s played over 70 games in a season just once over the past five years.
In 39 minutes. Just another Trae Day. The turnovers are sky high and he doesn’t get his Mutombo on, but everything else is elite. The 44% shooting is great, considering where he jacks up most of his shots, but the 4.3 boards are what really impress me. Top 25 player on the season.
Top 10 player over the past three games. What?! Did I stutter mother f’er? He’s averaged 37.8 mintues, 21.7 points, 4.3 tres, 7 boards, 3.7 dimes, and 1.3 steals. The turnovers have been low at 1.7 per game while the field goal percentage has been 53%. Now, small sample size for sure, but this is what Huerter is capable of. He obviously won’t shoot over 50% on the regular. Huerter is more like a 42% shooter, but the rest is 2 legit 2 quit.
Did he just stay in one spot on the court the whole game? Or did he think the game was dodgeball? I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen a stat line so hollow, with one stat being elite.
Jingle bells. Bojan smells. Conley laid an egg. Oh what fun it is to…..Ok, I’ll stop, but it’s hard to since Jingles has been a top 25 player over the past 14 games. I’m 99.2% sure that he or someone in his crew has kidnapped Mike Conley and is keeping him in their basement.
In 25 minutes off the bench. All Jordan does is score. Of course he does.
Over the past three games, Ingram has been shooting 39% from the field. Just a stealth fighter on the radar, as he’s shooting 48% from the field on the season. Ingram is a top 15 player on the season and is contributing in every category. If he Mutombos a little more, he could join the 1/1/1 club. I always think of Kevin Durant when I think of what Ingram’s ceiling could be, but then I remember that Ingram is 6′ 7″ while KD is a seven-footer. Ha!
Continues to start and played 37 minutes. Top 30 player over the past six games. Lonzo has averaged 35 minutes, 19.7 points, 3.8 tres, 6.5 boards, 6 dimes, and 1 steal. The free throw shooting is still an awful 55%, but the field goal percentage has been 48%. Impressively, the turnovers are low at 1.8 per game. Now, he’s not going to continue shooting 48% from the field. That’s going to come down, but that’s not his game anyways, He’s all about the boards, dimes, and steals. He’s playing a ton of minutes and leading a team that plays at a fast pace. Just wait until Zion returns.
J. J. Redick
He lives! Redick had been a forgotten man, but with Jrue Holiday out, has been getting run. He used to be one of the better options for tres, but not anymore.
In 28 minutes off the bench. Moore looks to be the main scoring option off the bench now for the Pelicans. Points, tres, and boards are what he will provide. The shooting efficiency will be poor, though.
Ain’t nuthin’ but a G thang. Yawn. When you journey to the North and South Poles, you know it’s going to be cold. When you go to Hawaii, you know it’s going to be beautiful. When you go to Korean BBQ, you know you’re going to gain lbs and have clothes that stink. This line is the norm for G. It came in a loss, shockingly to the Spurs on the road, but not because of G.
Got the start and played 26 minutes. I can’t wait until Dejounte gets unleashed. Unfortunately, it probably won’t happen until next season. With that said, he’s so fun to watch because he’s a blur with the ball in his hands. Now, he’s developing a shot from downtown. Yes! One of the better rebounding guards in the league, I always enjoy sliding into this DM. Top 75 player over the past five games.
In 23 minutes off the bench. Mills and Bojan were both playing dodgeball last night. Mills lost.
Top 35 player over the past 14 games. He has been on the Markkanen, shooting 49% from the field. He is too good of a shooter to stay in the slump for long. Points, tres, and boards are his main contributions. Don’t expect dimes or defensive stats.
In 35 minutes. The shooting efficiency has been rough lately, as he’s been shooting 33% over the past three games. But, but, but….he’s averaging 36.2 minutes with 7.7 dimes and 1.3 steals. He’s messed around one time in his career. I feel another one coming soon.
In 28 minutes off the bench. Young has seen a slight uptick in playing time recently. He’s a low usage player so the points won’t be voluminous, but he’s a 3-and-D player who will also grab some boards.
In 25 minutes off the bench. Gafford saw extended run because Wendell Carter Jr. sprained his ankle.
Luka’s 19th time messing around. He’s played 103 games. That’s 18% of games played that Luka’s messed around. The career leader in trip-dubs is Oscar Robertson. He messed around 181 times in 1040 games, 17% of games.
Sabonis is a dub-dub machine. He’s also an excellent passer like his pops. It’s all about the contributions in the defensive categories. If he can get his steal and block on consistently, Sabonis could be a top 25 player. As it stands, he’s a top 50-60-ish player for fantasy.
Miles has left a bunch of bodies under the Bridges from his early season disappointment, but over the past four games, he’s been a top 70 player. He’s been contributing tres, plenty of boards, and some dimes. There have been some defensive stats, but we yearn for more.
In 40 minutes. It’s a simple story. When Rozier shoots well, he ain’t so scary. It’s like jumping out of an airplane with a parachute with holes in it. Sometimes the drag is enough to keep you from having your body splat all over the earth. Most of the time, though, it’s a straight descent to hell.
Played 35 minutes. Adams received extra run because Nerlens Noel did not play due to a sprained ankle. After last night’s performance, Noel has been seeing shadows lurking around every corner with what looks like a stick in one hand.
Played 33 minutes, but dislocated his finger during the game. He was able to return but it was obviously bothering him. X-Rays were negative but the team is still awaiting the results from the MRI.
Over the past six games, Simmons has been the #10 player for fantasy. No B. S.! He’s averaged 38.8 mintues, 17.8 points, 10.2 boards, 9 dimes, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. The field goal percentage has been 56% and the turnovers have been low at 2.8 per game. The only bugaboos have been the lack of tres and poor free throw shooting. Imagine the possibilities! C’mon, Ben. G is developing. You can do it too!
Got the start and played 31 minutes because Draymond Green was out due to a sprained ankle. The answer is no.
No one else on the Warriors did much. Ky Bowman got the start because D’Angelo Russell did not play due to a shoulder injury, but he only played 22 minutes and shot 3-10. Alec Burks played 26 minutes off the bench and shot 2-10. Damion Lee played 29 minutes and shot 3-11. No blurbs for you!!!
In 32 minutes off the bench. Amazing. Over the past 13 games, Ariza has averaged over 26 minutes per game. When I tell my kids that anything is possible, I’m just going to show them Ariza’s playing time this season.
Every night, I feel like Fox puts up fantasy goodies, but when I look at his stats, he’s barely a top 70 player for fantasy. Why? I blame Luke the bobo. Let’s see, 17.7 points, 1.3 tres, 3.7 boards, 6.7 dimes, 2.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks. That’s very, very nice. 40% shooting from the field and 65% from the line. Bad, bad, bad.
Buddy is a top 80 player for fantasy. I think of him primarily as a points and tres specialist, but he actually grabs some boards and dishes out some dimes. The contributions in the defensive categories are minimal, though. The free throw shooting is excellent, but it’s the shooting efficiency that puts the biggest drag on his overall value; 41% on 18 attempts.