Can LeBron be corny at times? Yup. Does LeBron flop sometimes? Premier League players break down his tape. Is LeBron entering the final stages of his hooping career? Father Time is undefeated. That said, is LeBron one of the greatest players of all time? He almost won a chip with Eric F’ing Snow at point guard. He’s Magic Johnson in Karl Malone’s body with Zion Williamson hops, before Zion morphed into the long lost Klump. He’s won the chips, received all the accolades and awards, and is still doing this at age 37….

I’ve contemplated the existence of God for decades but I was once blind and now can see. Hallelujah! With the Lakers clinging to the 10th spot in the Western Conference and still in the play-in game, James has been doing everything in his power to carry them to a playoff appearance. Last night, he went for:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
38 11 12 1 1 3 0/4 17/29 4/4

That was the sixth time James has messed around this season and 134th of his career. Only 60 more to catch Russ! After falling off from a fantasy perspective the last three years, James has been forced to press the NOS this season and is posting top-five numbers for fantasy. We are All Witnesses. Enjoy greatness while he is still here because, like Kaiser Soze…POOF….he will be gone.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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DJ Augustin

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

Man, I love that song. Always hits the spot. Anyways, DJ Augustin was playing the “Make every basket” song all night long. I respect that he stayed in his lane and just played one genre. The answer to your question is no but he did play 26 minutes off the bench.

Darius Garland

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 2 17 1 0 1 2/8 10/23 7/7

In the offseason, after I had my Razzball brethren look over my projections, they all said that I had Garland too low. Many were expecting a breakout. This is why you should read and take in all the awesomeness you read on the site. Over the last 11 games, Garland is averaging 11.4 dimes to go along with 26.4 points! He’s a top 40 player on the season and could creep into top 25 territory. The usage rate is near 30% and the percentages are magnifique for a guard. The only bugaboos are the high turnovers and lack of blocks.

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 1 0 0 0 4/10 6/12 2/2

Continues to ball out with Jarrett Allen out. Markkanen has been a top 40 player over that span, shooting over 50% from the field! That kind of efficiency won’t be maintained but it’s good to see him finally balling out. This does make my heart tickle because I thought he could be a good one after I saw him play in the Eurobasket tournament back in the day. I always thought he had some dog in him.

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 18 5 1 2 2 1/2 11/18 1/1

JV has shown that he belongs on the varsity squad! It’s crazy to think that the Raptors would play him only 24 minutes per game. Even the Grizzlies topped him out at 28. In his first season with the Pelicans, JV is averaging 30.6 minutes and has rewarded the squad with 18 points, 11.4 boards, 2.5 dimes, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He’s tied for the second-most dub-dubs in the league.

The Hornets defeated the Pelicans, 106-103. Six players scored in double figures with no one exceeding 17. A true team win.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

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

Oubre has been inconsistent all season long but he would pop off for the occassional 30-point game. Man, that seems like a lifetime ago as he struggles to get 20 minutes of run a game now. He played 15 minutes last night and received fewer than 20 in four of the prior five games.

Blazers win! Blazers win! What happens more often? A broken clock being right or a Blazers win?

Brandon Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 3 3 0 2 0/3 6/17 11/11

Damian Lillard who? Anfernee Simons who? Williams entered the rotation 12 games ago and started the last eight. He’s scored at least 20 points in five of those contests. The usage rate has been 27% and he’s hucking up 13.5 shots per game. He’s a percentage killer, though, as he’s converting 40% of his attempts and only 68% from the line.

Ben McLemore

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 2 2 1 1 5/12 7/16 2/4

In 31 minutes off the bench. It was the first time scoring 20 points since January. The elevated playing time was likely due to Josh Hart being out so I wouldn’t count on many Happy Meals at McyLs.

Drew Eubanks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 2 0 1 0 0/1 5/8 7/8

Eubanks has started the last 12 games and I don’t see why Portland would bring Jusuf Nurkic back. Over the last seven games, Eubanks has been a top 70 player. He’s scoring 14 points, grabbing 8.6 boards, and providing excellent percentages (62% from the field and 93% from the line). He also chips in some dimes and defensive crumbs.

Cade Cunningham

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 7 4 1 9 1/3 10/17 4/5

Cade is so freaking good. I love how smooth he plays, never rushing or looking flustered. He can score, grab boards, and dish out dimes. He’s 0.3 blocks shy of being a 1/1/1 player. The only bugaboo is the field goal percentage but that will improve, and he’s already shown an uptick in that department.

Killian Hayes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 6 1 1 4 0/2 4/11 4/5

Got the start and played 36 minutes. He’s still only 20 years old so no need to give up on him….yet. That said, the shooting efficiency is freaking horrendous so if he can’t correct that, then off with his head Godfather horse style.

Isaiah Stewart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 13 1 0 2 2 0/1 2/6 4/4

Played 31 minutes last night but the playing time has been all over the map. Over the last four games, he’s played 31, 22, 30, and 22 minutes. Shrug. That said, he’s grabbed double-digit boards in three of those contest and blocked four shots.

Saddiq Bey

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 1 1 0 1 5/13 6/17 8/8

Over the last three games, Bey Bey has scored 25, 20, and 51 points, so the ceiling is high. In the prior five games, he went for 13, 13, 9, 12, and 9 points, so the range of outcomes is wide. Welcome to the Beyerience. He’s shooting 40% on the season but has had stretches close to 45%. Until he shows consistency in that department, Bey is tough to trust but the volume will be there.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 6 1 0 1 0/3 8/15 11/11

Kyle Lowry

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20 6 6 1 1 4 6/11 7/13 0

Bam Adebayo

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22 9 2 1 3 4 0 9/14 4/4

That ain’t a bad triumvirate. If you look closely enough, OJ and Cochran would be disappointed because the glove fits!

Be honest, how long did you stare at the stat boxes?

Both James Harden and Joel Embiid did not play, yet the 76ers defeated the Heat, 113-106.

Tyrese Maxey

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 5 4 0 1 3 3/7 9/15 7/7

Led the way with a game-high 28 points. On the season, with both Harden and Embiid off the court, Maxey has seen a usage bump of 9.7% to 30.3%.

Shake Milton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 6 1 1 1 1/4 9/18 1/2

In 31 minutes off the bench. Milton is a baller and has shown to be capable when thrust into important roles. He’s been mired on the bench, though, this season. As shown last night, he can still light it up when given the chance but won’t get too many opportunities with this squad. He’s only 25 years old and the 76ers have a club option for next season. He could be an intriguing option if given a more substantial role somewhere else.

Paul Millsap

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

DeAndre Jordan

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2 8 1 1 0 2 0 1/4 0

Millsap got the start and played 23 minutes while Jordan came off the bench and played 25 minutes.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 6 1 0 2 1/3 6/12 1/2

The usage rate was 19.4% last night, with no Harden or Embiid. I’m having flashbacks to college when I was taking a Sociology class. What am I doing with my life? 

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 3 3 0 0 6 5/15 9/23 7/7

I slide into this DM on a nightly basis to see if top 15 production is a viable outcome. All I get are the blinking three dots.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 9 8 1 0 4 4/7 15/23 3/3

Durant gets a lot of shit for his off-the-court stuff but, man, he is one of the greatest players and scorers I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s seven-feet tall so he can get his shot up against anyone. The handle package is elite that he makes defenders skate. He has range from downtown and is a career 49% shooter from the field. Crazy. After the aliens eradicate us in the future, they will find records of our history. BC. AD. KD.

Bruce Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 5 1 0 1 1/4 7/14 7/9

What has gotten into BB? For most of the season, he would struggle to score double-digits. Over the last 17 games, though, he’s scored single digits only once and gone over 20 twice. He’s also grabbing a ton of boards, racking up dimes, and contributing the D. He’s been a top 50 player! What a time to be alive.

Nicolas Claxton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 4 1 2 1 0 7/8 1/1

Got the start and played 28 minutes because Andre Drummond was sick, LaMarcus Aldridge is out, and Blake Griffin sucks.

Chris Boucher

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 0 1 2 1 1/4 8/14 2/2

In 33 minutes off the bench. He’s played 33 and 39 minutes over the last two games, but that’s due to the plethora of injuries. Prior to that, he was languishing in the low-20s and had two games with 12 minutes.

Scottie Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 6 5 0 2 3 0/1 3/9 2/2

Shit happens. In Masai We Trust.

The Bulls are 26-10 at home and they took care of the Raptors, 113-99.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 1 1 3 1 1/4 11/14 3/5

What a flipping season for DeRozan. He’s a top 25 player for fantasy and, if he finishes here, will be the highest…or is it lowest?….finish. His prior high/low was 37, two seasons ago. Like a fine wine, he’s aged well and is providing profit for those who held on.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 6 6 1 0 0 3/6 9/18 5/8

The knee issue is a concern but he’s still showing explosiveness and the ability to light it up when he’s out there. He’s scored at least 20 points in 10 of the last 11 games with two above 30.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 13 2 1 1 2 2/4 7/17 3/5

Vuc is a 1/1/1 player. I think I just creamed in my pants. The only blemish to his game is the 74% free-throw shooting but he’s been over 80% before.

Patrick Williams

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

Returned to the court for the first time since October and played 19 minutes off the bench.

Ayo Dosunmu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 2 6 0 1 0 1/2 5/9 0

Was relegated to the bench as Alex Caruso was inserted into the starting lineup but still played 24 minutes. He may thrive better off the bench as he will be more of a focal point of the offense.

Rui Hachimura

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 2 0 0 2 2/5 7/13 0

When he returned to action, Rui was playing around 15 minutes per game. That number has slowly increased to where it is now, around 25. Last night, he received 30 minutes in his second start. Has Rui finally Hachiumura’d? For fantasy, he’s mainly a points guy as he doesn’t do….well, much of anything else.

Raul Neto

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

Has made 18 consecutive starts but the minutes have fluctuated. Last night was the first time dishing out double-digit dimes over that span. He’s been averaging a handful so how bad do you need dimes?

Kirstaps Porzingis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 13 4 1 5 1 0/3 7/18 8/8

When he plays, Porzingis is a beast. Last night, he played 32 minutes for the first time since January. There’s always risk of injury, lack of minutes, or getting shut down. The shooting efficiency can also be an issue because he often shoots from the perimeter. Oh, if he only realized he was a seven-footer and developed some post moves. He needs to watch Tom Hanks Big and realize that he’s in a bigger body now.

Christian Wood

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 10 2 1 1 1 8/9 14/18 3/3

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Career-high in points and tres. And those efficiency numbers…..uh, uh……I’ll be back. Gotta go to the…ummmm….bathroom real quick. He’s been a top 10 player over the last four games! Unfortunately, he’s top 80 on the season. I wonder how Wood would be playing on a different team that plays meaningful games. He’s 0.2 steals shy of being a 1/1/1 player. The big bugaboo is the 62% free-throw shooting. I don’t get it, especially from someone who shoots well from downtown.

Grant Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 1 0 1 0 1/4 7/14 5/6

Got the start and played 38 minutes because Time Lord was out. Williams is a low-usage player who contributes a little something something in every cat. Last night was an offensive outlier.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 7 6 2 1 3 5/11 11/19 9/9

Tatum has been on quite the heater recently. Over the last seven games, he’s been the number two player for fantasy. The shooting efficiency has been the big issue for most of the season. It was at 42% for most of the season but we knew that regression was coming, and boy has it come hard. He’s been shooting over 50% from the field and is now close to 45% on the season. The only areas he lacks are in the defensive stats but he’s still averaging 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks on the season. Channing is so proud.

Payton Pritchard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 2 1 0 2 5/11 6/13 1/1

Played 25 minutes last night as the Celtics were dealing with some injuries. Prior to that, he had been playing around 20 minutes. Over the last four games, he’s scored double-digits in all  with three steals and a handful of tres: 5, 5, 4, and 2. This PP is dribble dribbling.

Darius Bazley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 10 3 1 1 1 1/4 8/13 5/7

Over the last seven games, Bazley has scored double-digits in every contest with four above 20. Shooting efficiency hasn’t been his strong suit but he’s converted 53% of his attempts over that span. The usage rate has been 22%. He will provide tres and steals but the free-throw shooting is sub-70% and he doesn’t contribute many dimes or blocks. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 for fantasy, despite the heater.

Tre Mann

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 7 4 0 0 3 7/12 13/21 2/3

Mann is an exciting player as he’s very athletic, has a terrific step-back move, can shoot from downtown, and is able to create his own shot. The efficiency is poor, though, but when he gets hot, he goes en fuego. He rebounds well for a guard but the dimes are minimal.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 1 9 0 0 2 4/4 13/23 1/1

Yawn. Over the last 13 games, Shai has scored at least 30 points in 10 of those contests. He’s been a top 10 player over that span, as he’s also grabbed 5.8 boards, dished out 7.3 dimes, racked up 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and shot 54% from the field and 80% from the line. Geez. He’s almost the perfect fantasy player.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 3 2 1 2 2/6 8/17 4/4

Me-f’ing-ow. Speaking of perfect fantasy players, KAT has to be in the discussion as well.

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 8 2 2 1 0 0 8/8 6/7

The minutes fluctuate for Powell as he can play 21 minutes one game then 32 the next. Last night, he received 27. It was the fourth time scoring at least 20 points with three of games landing on 22. Powell can’t be trusted but he can pop off from time to time.

The Mavericks defeated the Timberwolves, 110-108, last night with Powell being the leading scorer for the Mavs. L. O. L.

 

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abk111
abk111
4 months ago

Hi Son,

Thanks for the writeup! Question for you…

Currently ahead in the second week of the first playoff bracket. I have a solid team and have been dominating all year (Giannis, Joel, Trae…). The only real threat I have is one other team who has been performing slightly better in the playoff bracket this week.

Chris Paul is on waivers and it seems the might be back (!!!) Wed? Other 3 teams in the playoffs have budgets left of 19, 25 and 42 dollars and I have 49. Would be insane to go all in and make a $43 claim leaving me only $6 for the next 2.5 weeks?

This is my first year in fantasy basketball so I haven’t come across this situation before. Curious of your opinion. Thanks!

Alex

abk111
abk111
4 months ago
Reply to  Son

Unfortunately no! $1 bids. Maybe too reckless?

abk111
abk111
4 months ago
Reply to  Son

Was gonna be my second choice, thanks man!

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 months ago

Son! I got 3 add/drops left for this week. Monk only plays 2 more this week, including tomorrow (W) where I have a surplus of players going unless someone sits. Our league does add/drops Tues/Thurs/Sun nights. Thinking of dropping Monk for KCP, who plays R, F, Su (good for my schedule in that it’s 3 more games this week, and on days where I don’t anticipate having to bench anyone for lack of slots). But KCP isn’t a superstar – he’s been just outside the top 100 for the past couple of weeks – and he faces MIL tomorrow and GSW on Sunday, which are excellent defenses.

Should I still make the change, which would leave for me two possible adds on Thursday night, or should I save the extra add for Thurs. night as h2h numbers become clearer?

Team: Quickley, Lamelo, Jrue, Bane, Monk, Hart, Butler, Tatum, Ingram, Markkanen, Bam

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe Beisbol

(To clarify, as it stands, I’ll probably have a surplus tomorrow and have to bench Monk.)