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Life is what we make of it. We have to get off our asses and do work. We have to squash the internal hater and give him no light of day. But sometimes the Universe just gives. Back in 2000, I was given seats to the Lakers/Trail Blazers Western Conference Final game from work. I was sitting mid-level right behind the upper right corner of the backboard where Shaq grabbed that alley-oop pass from Kobe. What an amazing game and experience. Thank you, Universe. Last night, we were blessed with another such performance as the Universe took us to Jarrett, as in it was Jarrett Allen night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 17 2 0 3 3 0 11/11 4/7

In 42 minutes! Andre Drummond who? The loss of the unprotected first in 2022 hurts, but Allen is only 22 years old and looks to be a centerpiece for the franchise. Man, Brooklyn sure could use him, but they got freaking James Harden. And herein lies the lesson for today. When trading in your fantasy leagues, in order to get you must give. Same concept my wife and I adhere to. Sure we all would love to get something for nothing but that’s not how shit works. Make mutually beneficial deals. Alright, sorry for veering off-topic. Back to Allen. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 40 player and could finish inside the top 25 because he’s going to score points, grab boards, get his Mutombo on, dish out a few dimes, and has very good percentages (67% from the field and 73% from the line).

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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The Timberwolves fired Ryan Saunders last night. In three seasons, he guided the Timberwolves to records of 17-25, 19-45, and 7-23 so far this season. Outside of 2018 when the team was 11th in offensive efficiency, they’ve been in the bottom third for both offensive and defensive efficiency. According to Shams Charnia, Chris Finch will become the new coach. He was an assistant of Nick Nurse this season.

Tristan Thompson

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14 9 0 1 2 0 0 5/8 4/6

Continues to start and played 30 minutes yesterday. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 75 player, averaging 28.1 minutes, 13.5 points, 8.3 boards, one steal, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 75% from the field and 71% from the line. Is Thompson still with the Kardashian? I Wonder, will there be No More Parties in LA? Yeah right. Playas play but this high won’t last. Coming down is the worst.

Jayson Tatum

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32 9 2 2 0 1 3/7 10/24 9/13

This game went to OT….How?! The CeLtics were up by over 20 in the third quarter. As a result, Tatum played 41 minutes. Channing was loving it for sure though. He will take relevancy any way he can.

Robert Williams III

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8 13 3 0 4 1 0 4/6 0

In 21 minutes off the bench. Over the last four games, Time Lord has been a top 25 player, averaging 7.8 boards, 1.8 steals, and 2.5 blocks in 19. minutes. The depth chart is packed ahead of him and his inability to stretch the floor is a detriment, but he’s a defensive maven when on the court. There was also an alley-oop he spiked after he pogoed off the floor.

Zion WilliamSON

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28 10 4 0 1 3 0/1 11/21 6/10

Father, forgive me for I have sinned. I had Zion outside the top 50 before the season started. The seppuku knives are always razor-sharp and ready for service.

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The points, rebounds, and excellent field goal percentage were all expected. Like who is stopping him at the rim? And we expected the defensive stats to surface. The increase in dimes from 2.1 last season to 4.1 this year is yummy. Too bad my guts are splattered all over the floor.

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 6 3 0 0 2 5/12 11/22 6/6

Top 30 player on the season. If he adds 0.3 and 0.1 blocks then he’ll be a 1/1/1 member and a top 20 player on a per-game basis. His length, agility, J, and handle package are so impressive for a player his size. It makes me happy to see him ball the F out like this. Too bad I just mutilated myself a few minutes earlier.

Josh Hart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 0 1 3 0 2/5 5/10 5/7

Hart’s fifth dub-dub on the season. This Hart exhilarates from time to time like last night, but more often than not, it crushes emotions. At least this Hart is a great rebounder. Good for action but terrible for long-term commitments.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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31 4 9 1 0 3 3/3 9/15 10/12

Shai is so damn Gilgeous-Alexander. He’s so smooth gliding around the court and always seems to be in control. Inside. Outside. He’s got the complete package. For a guard, the 49% field goal percentage is mighty impressive. If he can get the defensive stats up, then we are looking at a top 25 player.

Karl-Anthony Towns

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27 15 4 1 3 3 3/7 9/18 6/6

Meow meow meow meow.

Meow meow meow meow.

How many lives has KAT lost this season? Hopefully, all the bad juju is gone so we can get the awesomeness that he delivers. Uber Eats? KAT? Uber Eats? KAT? Tough one. Over the last four games, he’s been the number 11 player and is number three on the season. He’s only played 11 games, though. Not much to say here. He does everything without hurting you anywhere.

Meow meow meow meow.

Meow meow meow meow.

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 14 4 0 0 4 2/4 8/16 7/8

Led the Knicks to victory, like a true Julius. All Hail, Julius! All Hail, Julius! In order for him to enter the fantasy pantheon, he needs to provide the D. Maybe he’s saving it for the ladies. I respect it.

Nerlens Noel

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10 9 0 0 2 3 0 2/4 6/6

Made his fourth start in a row and has put up top 90 production in 29.5 minutes per game. Boards, steals, and blocks are what Noel has written in the hymnals. Mitchell Robinson’s neighborhood is under renovation for around a month, so continue to sing out his name, Noel, Noel, Noel.

Zeke Nnaji

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7 3 1 0 0 2 1/3 3/5 0

Made his first start of the season and played 3o minutes. Both Paul Millsap and JaMychal Green were out due to injury so this is not the NWO. Nnaji is 20 years old, 6′ 11″, and 240 pounds. Prior to last night, he had played 7, 14, 27, and 24 minutes so he’s been carving out a role for himself. The alluring thing about him is that he can make it rain from downtown. Someone to monitor as the season progresses.

Jamal Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 4 2 0 2 3/8 11/20 5/6

I have no doubt Murray reads Razzball because I called him Mehray and ever since then he’s gone for 30, 50, 35, 25, and 25 points. I’m that good. Over the last seven games, he’s been a top 25 player, as he’s shooting 52% from the field. On the season, he’s converting 47% of his attempts. This is a heater so expect regression sooner than later.

Monte Morris

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15 7 6 0 0 0 1/4 7/13 0

In 32 minutes off the bench. Nikola Jokic had a rough night, shooting 5-for-15, so others had to step up. Obviously not enough stepping as the Nuggets fell to the Hawks, 115-123. As for Morris, this was one of his better games on the season. Shit happens.

Clint Capela

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22 10 1 0 1 2 0 8/9 6/8

Everybody dance now! Capela is a top 25 player on the season. 13.9 boards, 0.8 steals, and 2.2 blocks while shooting 59% from the field makes me wanna rip off all my clothes and run outside naked. And I don’t even have Capela on any teams. Imagine if I did!

Trae Young

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35 6 15 1 0 3 4/7 10/19 11/13

Just another Trae day. Uno, dos, tres, cuatro tres for Trae. Over the last seven games, he’s been shooting 49% from the field. In the past 14 games, it’s been at 48%. On the season, he’s shooting 43%. Regression? It’s going to happen at some point but what if this time is different?

Son PSA for the day (for all you day traders and top shot people): It’s never different.

James Harden

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37 11 7 2 0 3 4/9 13/25 7/11

In 41 minutes. For all of you who drafted Harden past pick number three, congrats. I passed over him multiple times with the number one pick. I’m a stupid, stupid man. He literally does it all and when he’s clicking, no one can match him for fantasy. Last night, he had a usage rate of 36.3, the second-highest since arriving in Brooklyn and highest in 17 games. This team is starting to figure it out with Harden as the initiator. The Nets are going to be fun when everything is healthy and they get reps with each other.

Bruce Brown

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13 8 2 4 0 1 0 6/10 1/2

Go the start and played 34 minutes. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot injured himself early in the second quarter so Brown saw more minutes than he normally would’ve. He can do this when given an opportunity and is someone to consider when one of the Big Three is out. With that said, he is inconsistent so the floor is low.

DeAndre Jordan

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13 11 2 1 4 0 0 6/7 1/2

In 32 minutes off the bench. Was this turn back the clock night with the DJ spinning retro tunes? Cuz that what it sure looked like. Only the third dub-dub on the season and the four blocks matched a season-high. It’s been a minute since I put this in a post so it feels good to do it again…..

Love that song. Keep doing what you’re DJ so I can post this more often.

Kawhi Leonard

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29 13 3 1 0 2 5/9 9/19 6/6

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Number four player for fantasy.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 6 7 1 2 6 4/9 12/19 6/8

After missing seven games due to injury, PG has played 27 and 33 minutes in his return. It’s about to get X-rated in Los Angeles real soon. If PG and Kawhi are healthy, they are going to be a tough f’ing out.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 17 2 0 2 2 1/3 6/20 12/14

Number two player for fantasy on a per-game basis. Such a freaking beast. He garners a 34 usage rate on the season. When Ben Simmons is off the floor, that number spikes to over 40. Joel Harden!

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 9 5 1 0 1 0 9/11 10/14

911 indeed. BS is hitting his free-throws now?! Someone turn off then turn on the simulation. If there was an NBA Wizard of Oz, BS would be the lion. If he only had tres and percentages. He’d be the wizard then. Maybe then it’s the Wizard holding him down.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 7 8 1 0 2 1/3 8/18 6/6

It’s so glad to have Siakam back in my life. I have him on so many teams. With that said, I probably overpaid. Lesson learned for next year. Over the last eight games, he’s been a top 30 player but is more like a top 40 player. He contributes everywhere but doesn’t dominate anywhere.

Fred VanVleet

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23 5 9 1 1 0 5/10 7/15 4/5

Awww, it’s so cute when teammates wear matching stat lines. Top 20 player on the season. He blocks well for a guard but the only bugaboo, which is a BUGABOO, is the 40% field goal percentage.

Chris Boucher

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17 5 1 0 3 1 5/6 6/8 0

In 25 minutes off the bench. A surprising development since he was facing Joel Embiid. I honestly don’t know what to make of Boucher. The playing time is inconsistent, which I thought was because of a matchup, but that doesn’t look like the case anymore. He can easily go for 29 and 12 in 33 minutes during one game and six points in 18 minutes for another. He’s a top 40 player on the season but there’s volatility.

DaQuan Jeffries

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18 6 2 1 1 0 2/5 5/13 6/7

Got his second start of the season and played 40 minutes because Mehrrison Barnes was out.

Tyrese Haliburton

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23 5 8 2 1 1 3/6 10/16 0

In 35 minutes off the bench. LaMelo will likely win ROY but, man, Haliburton is freaking good. Top 45 player on the season despite making only two starts. He can do it all and the turnovers are low. This Haliburton is an oil field of riches for the Kings.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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38 18 4 1 0 6 1/2 9/19 19/24

Giannis is making his free-throws now too? Seriously, someone turn off then turn on the simulation. This is getting ridiculous.

Khris Middleton

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32 8 6 4 2 5 3/5 13/22 3/3

Coming into last night’s game, Middleton had been somewhat struggling. He was shooting 47% vs. 50% on the season and had scored 20, 13, 11, 23, 18, and 18 points. The 32 points, four steals, and two blocks were all season highs.

Dennis Smith Jr.

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6 0 2 2 0 4 2/4 2/6 0

Got the start but only played 15 minutes. I have officially squashed all hope of DSJ being Stevie Franchise Part Deux. I know, super late to the party. I’m stubborn like that. Now that I am free from that masochistic relationship, I feel so free and alive. DSJ is just not a good basketball player. If the object was to jump high, then he’d win. Unfortunately, the object of basketball is to put a ball through the hoop, something DSJ has many difficulties doing.

Saben Lee

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12 4 5 3 0 1 0/1 4/7 4/7

In 33 minutes off the bench. DSJ sucks and the coaching staff raved bout Lee’s performance. With Delon Wright out for an extended period of time, Lee should get plenty of run. Saben Lee is such a gangster name. Like Maximillian.

Nikola Vucevic

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37 12 3 1 2 1 2/6 14/27 7/7

Number 11 player for fantasy. Is that good? Asking for a friend. Remarkably, Vucevic is only turning the ball over 1.6 times per game despite garnering a usage rate of 28.5.

Evan Fournier

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29 7 7 0 0 4 3/10 7/15 12/13

The Evan has been pure like water from the Rockie Mountain springs. Top 40 production over the last three games on the heels of 54% shooting. That’s going to come down so quench your thirst while you can now. Fournier is more like a top 75 player.

  1. Take flight says:
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    Thanks Son, love the piece. In a 12 team H2H 9 cat, 2 IL spots I have LMA, Smart and now Delon. Prob drop LMA? Right on fringe of playoffs …

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Gracias amigo!

      LMA for me too

  2. howie2978 says:
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    Hey Son, I’m looking for some advice on whether to drop DeAngelo Russell or Larry Nance (I already dropped Delon Wright). I’m in a 14-team daily H2H league where every game matters and only one IL spot. I’m currently sitting in 8th place after having fallen from 2nd. Should I drop one of Russell or Nance to maximize games with making the playoffs the priority? I’ve been dealing with injuries all season.

    Team:
    Hayward
    Tatum
    Giannis
    Anunoby
    Harrell
    PJ Washington
    Batum
    D. Robinson
    Facundo Campazzo (dropped Delon Wright)
    Tristan Thompson
    Russell (INJ)
    Nance (IR)

    Thanks!!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good dropping Nance

  3. Juan Canasta says:
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    Lowry’s prolonged injury derailed my previous trade plan. But maybe it can be revised! I’m currently suffering most in blocks, then boards, and points. This other team needs FG, steals, but also boards.

    Initially I thought Vala but I might need him for his boards. Maybe some combination of Thad, Horford, and/or SlowMo for some combo of Zingis, Lonzo, and/or Wiggins? I am willing to include a pick swap (initially offering an 8th round in exchange for a 10th round). Just not sure how to shape it.

    12-team, h2h, 9-cat keeper
    Team: Lowry, LaMelo, Beal, J.Harris, SlowMo, Thad, Horford, Jokic, Vala, C.Wood, Poetl

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Is that package something that’s already been discussed? My assumption is that it would take alot more to acquire those players

  4. My name is Murray. And I have never been so offended. “Mehray”. Not me and not Jamal. Suck it. Haha. I’m great your great. Thanks for some humor. Always enjoy your stuff.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Lol. Thanks, MEHray!

  5. P. Ramos says:
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    What’s up Son

    12t, H2H most cat, 11 Cat with DD and TD.

    1) Towns
    2) Simmons
    3) Ayton
    4) RobCo
    5) Fox
    6) Grant
    7) Dejounte
    8) SGA
    9) Jarret Allen
    10) Boucher
    11-13) Streaming

    IR Wood and Nurkic

    Punting tres and FT%

    Would you trade Fox, Ayton and Grant for Luka and Kyrie?

    Would that trade benefit my team?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      It would

  6. Joe says:
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    Thanks Son, great write up as always.

    In a 8 team, 11 cat (standard + double doubles and 3 pt %). In 1st place, but Keldon just started COVID protocols. My IR is full with Robinson and Wood, so is Keldon a drop??

    Available FA: Clarkson and Wendell Carter

    Team:
    Donovan Mitchell
    Dejounte
    Hield
    Grant
    Siakam
    Anunoby
    Jarrett Allen
    Kanter
    KAT
    Trae Young
    Mikal Bridges
    Keldon Johnson
    Lonzo Ball

    IR: Mitchell Robinson and Christian Wood

  7. Son

    Son says:
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    Always depends on who you’re replacing him with but in an 8-team league, the options should be plentiful so I’m good with swapping him

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