There will come a day when the aliens present themselves, big bad ships with weapons and all. I’ve watched Mars Attacks! so I know how it all goes down. Their technology will be more advanced so it will be futile to fight them on the battlefield. Our pew pew weapons would be no match against the photon weapons they would likely possess. How about we pit Ken Jennings against their best for a game of Jeopardy? Uh, they travelled through space and time, so no thanks. Our only hope is to have them agree to one five-on-five game of basketball. I’m sure they didn’t pack sneakers and shorts. Any advantage we can get. Now, who would represent Earth? This debate has been going on for a while but the only logical course of action would be to breed Embiid now so that we have a team at the ready when the day comes. Why Embiid? Because he can literally do it all on the court. Look what he did to the Heat last night in a 137-134 victory in overtime.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
45 16 4 5 1 4 0/3 16/23 13/13

Now, the Heat were Bam-less and ravaged by injuries and health protocols but whatever. He was supposed to dominate, and dominate he did. Embiid can score inside, outside, get his 211 on, channel Mutombo, grab boards, dish out dimes, and drain his free throws. Like I said, he can literally do it all. On the season, he is the #2 player for fantasy on a per-game basis. Check out his averages: 26.6 points, 1.2 tres, 12.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 54% from the field and 86% from the line. Yeah, F the Space Force. Divert all those funds to breed as many Embiids as possible.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

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COVID protocols and injuries are freaking ravaging the NBA. The Celtics/Bulls game was postponed. Here’s who was unable to play last night for the Heat/76ers game:

Danny Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 10 6 2 2 6 9/21 10/25 0

In 50 minutes!!! Talk about blowing one’s load.

That’s essentially a month’s worth of production for Green. His career-high is 33 points, which happened back in 2014. Green did score 29 points for the Raptors back in 2019. He’s grabbed at least 10 boards now five times in his career. The six dimes tied a career-high. That’s the 17th time he’s contributed at least 2 steals and 2 blocks in a game. The six turnovers were a career-high. Translation: A career-freaking night for Green.

Ben Simmons

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

Fouled out. BS!!!

Precious Achiuwa

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 13 3 0 1 3 0 7/10 3/4

Got his first start and played 36 minutes.

When the Heat get healthy, he will go back to playing 17 minutes per game.

Tyler Herro

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 7 4 0 1 6 3/9 12/26 7/8

Played 39 minutes and led the team with a 33 usage rate. When the Heat are at full strength, Herro is averaging 34 mpg and garnering a 23.6 usage rate. He doesn’t contribute the D, which makes sense because he has to save that for Katya, but he will provide points, tres, boards, and some dimes.

Gabe Vincent

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 2 3 2 0 2 4/12 9/20 2/3

Prior to last night, Vincent played a total of 15 minutes. He is 24 years old, 6′ 3″, and 200 pounds. Vincent played his college ball for the UC Santa Barbara and went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Duncan Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 2 1 1 1 2 6/14 8/18 4/5

Played a whopping 46 minutes. Robinson will grab some boards but is a tres specialist. He’s averaging eight per game after hoisting up 8.3 last season. The percentages are down across the board, though, as he’s shooting 39% from the field, 39% from downtown, and 78% from the line. Those numbers were 47/44/93 respectively. As a result, he’s outside the top 100 for fantasy.

Will Barton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 1 3 1 1 6/8 8/14 0

Only the second time Barton has scored at least 20 points in a game. Now, he played a season-high 38 minutes last night, as Gary Harris didn’t play, so this is not the N.W.O. He’s been very inconsistent all year, as he’s scored single digits in five games. On the season, he’s just outside the top 100.

Nikola Jokic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 11 7 1 1 1/4 8/17 6/6

7 steals?! Someone call 911! Is Nikola bored of trip-dubs so he’s elevating his game to quad-dubs? He’s really trying to push Tesla off the Nikola pantheon. Geez. I respect it, though.

Bol Bol

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

Got the start for Gary Harris and played 16 minutes. No no to Bol Bol, at least for now.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 9 13 0 0 7 4/7 12/18 6/7

With Kyrie Irving being an asshole and partying it up with Drake, Durant garnered a 33.7 usage rate and led his team to a 122-116 victory over the Nuggets. He’s the number nine player for fantasy right now. I’m sure there are many teams out there that went Embiid and Durant at the turn. Damn.

An interesting development in this game was that DeAndre Jordan was a DNP-CD while Jarrett Allen played 36 minutes. Nash went to Jarrett and liked it so much that he cut the cord on the DJ. Is it possible that Kyrie is the one who kept backing DJ for playing time, and now that he’s ghost, Nash is free to do whatever he wants?

JaVale McGee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 9 3 0 2 2 0 4/8 0

Got the start and played 21 minutes because Andre Drummond was unable to go due to a sore Achilles. Due to McGee’s asthma, he will never see more than low-20s in minutes but he can provide plenty of boards and blocks during that time.

The Jazz smoked the Cavs, 117-87.

Jordan Clarkson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 8 4 2 0 4 5/9 8/14 0

In 28 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, Clarkson has been a top 40 player! He’s getting four to five minutes of additional run due to the Joe Ingles injury. Clarkson will provide points, tres, boards, and some steals. The efficiency has been off-the-charts right now, as he’s shooting 50% from the field. He’s a 44 to 45% shooter. When the regression hits and minutes come down, he will be outside the top 100.

PJ Tucker

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

In 23 minutes. Impressive. Let this be a lesson to kids all over the world that you don’t have to AND-1 and ESPN all game. Do the nitty-gritty and you can carve out a successful NBA career.

Christian Wood

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 8 1 0 0 2 2/5 8/18 0

Only played 26 minutes because the Lakers housed the Rockets, 117-100. Over the past three games, Wood has limped to top 85 production. He still has a chance to finish in the top 20, though, as like Embiid, he literally does it all. Fine, maybe the dimes are a little light but he’s just learning that sharing is caring.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 7 6 1 0 3 1/6 5/16 5/5

Houston, we have a problem. Over the past five games, he’s failed to jack up over 17 shots in any game, and the usage rate has been sub-30. Last season, he averaged 22.3 shots per game and garnered a 36.2 usage rate. If you can buy low, I would, but he’s not going to lap the field like he has in the past.

DeMarcus Cousins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 3 1 0 1 2/4 5/9 1/1

In 18 minutes. Cousins is shooting 35% from the field on the season. He’s never been an efficient shooter but that’s uncharacteristic. He will be better as the season progresses. Cousins stuffs the stat sheet when he’s on the court but he likely won’t get more than 18-20 mpg.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 10 6 1 2 2 1/4 6/16 0

LMA has now got his minutes ramped up and is averaging 33 mpg over the past four games. As a result, he’s been a top 60 player. That’s no laughing matter, as he was outside the top 100.

Lonnie Walker IV

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 2 0 1 1 3/7 7/15 7/7

Back-to-back 20+ points, three boards, and one block games. Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Keep in mind that DeMar DeRozan missed both games and Derrick White is still out. Walker has potential as he’s an athletic freak, can create his own shot, convert from all three levels, and play defense. For fantasy, though, he’s pretty limited as a points and tres player right now.

Every Thunder starter scored in double figures: Bazley, Dort, and Hill all scored 12 points while Horford scored 10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points to go along with nine boards and two dimes. Looking at the Thunder box score was like going into a Baskins Robbins and all the tubs were filled with vanilla.

Andrew Wiggins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 3 0 5 2 4/9 7/17 4/7

Over the past four games, Wiggins has been a top 50 player! Gettin’ Wiggins Wit It! He’s averaged 33 minutes, 18.5 points, 2.8 tres, 4 boards, 2.8 dimes. 0.5 steals, and a Mutombo-esque 2.5 blocks! He’s been shooting 48% from the field and 75% from the line. Before we go and crown his ass, the efficiency is going to come down. So will the blocks. He will likely be in the top 100-125 range when it’s all said and done.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 2 1 1 1 3/7 6/11 2/2

Kelly has not been providing the Big O for anyone. Ladies are unhappy. Fantasy fellas are unhappy. There is hope, though. A prepubescent boy has difficulty finding the clit in the beginning, but the more he keeps trying the better he will get. Oubre is shooting 35% from the field but he’s a career 45% shooter. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 14 6 0 1 4 0/2 7/15 4/5

Every morning the sun rises. So does the SON. Every night the sun sets. What do you know? So does the SON. The NBA equivalent of such predictability is Domantas Sabonis dub-dubbing, as he’s notched one in every game this season. Such a beast. He’s also chipping in 5.8 dimes per game. Beauty by the Beast! He lacks in tres and defensive stats, though, which keeps his overall value in the top 50 range.

Edmond Sumner

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

Got the start and played 31 minutes as Victor Oladipo rested on the second leg of a back-to-back. Prior to last night, Sumner had played a total of 20 minutes. He has some potential as he’s athletic and can score but won’t get consistent minutes as long as everyone is healthy. He may get the occasional spot start, though.

Aaron Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 12 2 0 1 2/5 6/16 2/2

In 28 minutes off the bench. Holiday has started six games this season and been terrible. Oladipo was out so he garnered a 24.4 usage rate. This is a likely outlier, high-point game for Holiday but I’ll keep my eye on him just in case it’s the start of a new trend. Who am I kidding?

  1. fantasy-sleeper says:
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    Uff, No blurb for Myles Turner big game? Are we just walked 500 myles already?!?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      An oversight on my part. A thousand apologies

  2. Luke says:
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    Simmons or jaylen brown? Keeper league 9 cat

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on squad

      • Luke says:
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        Have lillard, James, Hayward, AD, porter, bridges, Horford, Aldridge, L.ball, wall, Boucher, Seth Curry, Justin holiday

        • Luke says:
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          Thoughts?

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Simmons

  3. Luke says:
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    Anthony Davis or Embid keeper 9 cat

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AD for me

      • Luke says:
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        How about AD or Kat

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Even. I lean AD but that’s just personal preference

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO !

    Nice write up my guy. I appreciate your work.

    How about that turn around 3 from Lebron ?

    I know it’s old news, but I’m still bummed on losing Bryant.

    How is this squad looking in a deep 12 team cat league.

    15 man rosters.

    Curry/FVV/Conley/Schroder/Delon Wright
    P. George/Bazley/Otto/Danny Green/Justin Holiday
    Collins/Capela/Wendell Carter/Plumlee/Wiseman

    Never thought I would ask this.. but,

    Would you drop Danny Green or Justin Holiday for Carmelo ?

    I like Portland’s Wed/Thur as a B2B

    Thanks Son

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      Also –

      While we’re at it … I’m being offered –

      Harden / Brook Lopez

      For my FVV / Capela.

      I’m tempted and scared at the same time.

      Please advise ASAP

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I would. The upside is just too high. There’s obvious risk though. No risk it no bisquit. All comes down to your risk profile

        • Mr. Blast says:
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          Willing to risk it all.

          And I love biscuits.

          Pulled that trigger!

          Cheers Son

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Good luck!

            • Mr. Blast says:
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              Head spinning… Ha.

              Some rumbling in our league now of a possible veto over the trade. Will see how it shakes out.

              Can’t say I like Hardens landing spot in BK. But still think I win the trade. (If it goes through)

              Does this change much for me here ?

              • Son

                Son says:
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                I like the trade for Harden. He may lose some usage but he’s happy so will actually play now

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AYO!

      I appreciate you, Mr. Blast.

      LeBron is God.

      I feel you on Bryant. I’ve got a few shares myself.

      I don’t have a problem with that. Those guys aren’t must holds

  5. Take flight says:
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    Thanks for that, wanted to share that covid has ravaged my team as well. Getting smoked this week and probably next too!! Hard to win when you play 10+ games less than your opponent

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I feel you. A ton of luck is going to determine chips this season. It is what it is. Manage as best you can

  6. Sansanto says:
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    Hey Son!

    In a deep, 9-cat keeper league with 16 keepers/year. I’m a little light on assists and 3s, and very light on steals. I also have too many potential keepers and want to consolidate. Offered a friend Wendell Carter & Siakam for Jaylen Brown.

    While I love Pascal, I don’t think he can be a #1 on a good team. Is Jaylen’s production this year real? I like that he’s younger, but do you think he has #1 option production on a good team? Am I giving up too much? Would I be better off sending Wendell/Wood instead?

    Thanks!

    • Sansanto says:
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      Also, another concern is that Pascal’s AST is real and I’d be losing 4-6 AST a game if I ship him out. Will Jaylen ever grow to be a decent playmaker?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        It’s within the range of outcomes.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m partial to big men, especially ones who can do it all, since they are difficult to find and acquire. So if making that move, would prefer WCJ and Siakam. I think Brown is real

  7. eballs says:
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    Pick 2 to stash

    Garland
    Seth Curry
    Burks
    Fournier

    Points league (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, triple doubles, double doubles)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Burks and Fournier

  8. Rotoballer says:
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    Would you trade jrue for Brogdon in a 9cat roto league? Or Boucher for ayton? I honestly don’t know if this is really a buy low on ayton when Boucher is only getting started.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I would do both

  9. Dungeons and Dragics says:
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    14 team, 9cat H2h

    Here’s my squad:
    PG – Paul
    SG- Lonnie Walker
    G – Westbrook
    SF – Oubre
    F – Ross
    PF- Boucher
    C- KAT
    C- Ayton
    BN – Schroder, Redick, Dort, McDermott, Robin Lopez
    IL – Kevin Porter Jr, Time Lord

    I’m thinking about going for a punt assist build. But, I’m also log jammed with guys with only C eligibility so trying to swap for a PF/C eligibility player. Would you trade:

    Ayton and Westbrook
    for
    Richaun Holmes and either Lavine/Ingram

    I could also just try and swap Westbrook for Lavine or Ingram

  10. Son

    Son says:
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    If you go punt assist, then which direction are you going in?

    If you swap RW for Lavine or Ingram, you lose in rebounds, but gain in tres. Lose in steals as well. Slight boost in points. Figure out the direction first, then target the player

    • Dungeons and Dragics says:
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      My thought is to go big. Focus on FG%, REB and BLK. But I need to swap some C only players for PF/C eligibility players. I can only start 2 at once and once Time Lord is back, I’ll have 4.

      My guards I’m looking for good percentages, 3s, low TOs. Westbrook is tough to trade because he hurts people in categories so I’d move him to just make a next move.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I like it.

        I’d rather hold onto Ayton so would try for the RW trade. But like you said, he’s tough to trade

  11. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    Thanks for the write-ups…big help every week.

    In a 12-team 9-cat H2H, I have:
    Jokic, Embiid, LaVine, J Allen, Nance, Halliburton, Cam Johnson, Siakam, D Graham, Dort, Capela, Carmelo Anthony, Lonzo Ball + Sexton on IL

    To activate Sexton (hopefully) later this week, I gotta drop somebody. I’m thinkin’ Dort, Anthony or Ball but they all have plusses and minuses…any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks for reading! Glad to be of assistance.

      Dort for me

  12. Steve says:
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    Would you rather have KAT or Trae + Drummond? Blocks, FT%, 3s are primary concerns. Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s rest of squad look like?

  13. Ben says:
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    Hi Son, I have two options on the table:

    Option 1 – I send Haliburton and get Wood, Aldridge, Schroder, Simmons.

    Team (guys who’d play) would look like: Lebron, Porzingis, Jokic, Brodgon, MRob, Wood, Aldridge, Schroder, Simmons, Bazley, Fournier, Barnes, Brooks, Batum, Otto Porter Jr.

    Option 2 – I send Haliburton and Bazley and get Towns and Ibaka. I also have no cap room for future deals.

    Team (guys who’d play) would look like: Lebron, Porzingis, Jokic, Brodgon, MRob, Towns, Ibaka, Fournier, Barnes, Batum, Otto Porter Jr., Brooks

    Which option are you going with? Towns is a monster, but I leave myself pretty thin with limited ability to add more. There is also a starts limit, so while I have a little cushion for the most part I’d only play my top 10 or 11 either way, with the other guys as backups in case of injury or Covid.

    Thanks for your help. I need points, 3s, and blocks right now.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Geez. Haliburton has crazy value in your league! I assume he must be super cheap. Anyways, from a numbers standpoint, getting KAT is the best. But you have to factor in the flexibility. How much do you value that? With that said, I do like Wood alot.

      • Ben says:
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        Yeah, he has a really favorable contract for a few years. I’d like to be in the best position to win. This is a 13 team league. Flexibility is nice, but I figured I’d hit the cap eventually. I’m leaning Towns, but the depth of the other offer has some appeal. Do you think there’s a clear better option here?

        Realistically I could probably get some combination of Wood, Aldridge, Schroeder, Simmons, Drummond, and Alec Burks, but couldn’t afford to take them all. I could try to get Trae and Wood, though that might be asking a bit much.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Normally, depth isn’t that important in a 13 team league. Want as many superstars as possible. With that said, this is a special season in which depth could be massively valuable. I can go either way. You have to make a philosophical decision.

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