JB was on a long-weekend celebrating his birthday so I’m handling Monday’s daily notes this week. Wish him a happy birthday when you get a chance!

The walking triple-double machine that is Russell Westbrook fell a little short of his usual triple-double on Monday night, but no one will be complaining about 46 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. He scored 18 points in the 2nd quarter to give the Thunder a halftime lead, before the Hawks stormed back and won the game.

Westbrook may want to talk to Andre Roberson (14 points, 5 rebounds), who shot just 1-7 after passes from Westbrook. Whether he continues to average a triple-double or not, it’s clear that Westbrook is a fantasy monster and has been well worth the first round price.

Paul Millsap – With Dwight Howard (back) a late scratch, Millsap took on the extra load to finish with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 3 threes, and 1 steal/block each. Howard doesn’t expect the back to be a long-term issue so hopefully he’s back in the lineup on Wednesday.

Kent Bazemore – Bazemore did a little of everything with a 12/5/6/2/1 line. Shooting 4-9 from the line was the only blemish on his stat line.

Dennis Schroder – Schroder knocked down 31 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds for the Hawks in their come from behind win.

Jerami Grant – Grant played 28 minutes off the bench, scoring 15 points with 3 threes and 1 steal. Grant has been getting more run, with Victor Oladipo missing his 4th straight game due to a bruised wrist, but there are probably better waiver wire options.

Paul George – PG-13 went for 27 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 threes.

Myles Turner – Before fouling out, Tuner posted 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Thaddeus Young – Young finished with a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals. No shot was bigger than this game-winning floater with a few ticks on the clock:

Man, the Wizards just continue to break my heart.

Jeff Teague – Teague continues to play really well with Monta Ellis (groin) sidelined. Against the Wizards, he went for 23 points, 10 assists, 3 steals, and 4 rebounds. Ellis is expected to miss Tuesday’s game and maybe more. Teague and C.J. Miles (10 points, 2 rebounds) will continue to see lots of minutes.

Otto Porter Jr. – Porter produced 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 threes, and 3 blocks.

Marcin Gortat – The Polish Hammer went for a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

John Wall – The Wall-Star did his usual thing with 19 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Bradley Beal – Beal knocked down a huge jumper to tie the game with less than 20 seconds to go. Then had a chance to give the Wizards the win at the buzzer, but his corner three was a little long. He’s been playing great lately either way, and finished with 22 points, 3 assists, and 3 threes.

Taj Gibson – Gibson was perfect from the field, knocking down all 8 of his field goal attempts en route to 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block.

Jimmy Butler – Butler was almost as efficient as Gibson shooting, going 6-7 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe. He finished with 19 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Rajon Rondo – In his third game back from an ankle injury, Rondo nearly produced a triple-double with 10 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 threes.

Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott – With the Bulls leading all game, Mirotic and McDermott received plenty of run off the bench. Mirotic posted 13/4/2 with 2 blocks and 3 threes, while McBuckets had a 13/3/2 line. They have been inconsistent, but show that they can score when given the green light. Mirotic hadn’t played in the previous two games (both coach’s decisions).

Jon Leuer – The Pistons would like to forget their 31-point loss to the Bulls as soon as possible. Jon Leuer of all people led the Pistons in scoring with 16 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Tobias Harris (10 points, 4 rebounds) was the only other Piston in double-figures. It was just one bad game and the usual Piston playmakers should be fine going forward.

Gorgui Dieng – Dieng scored 10 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots against the Suns.

Andrew Wiggins – Wiggins bounced back from a 5-17 shooting performance on Saturday to post 26 points (11-20 FG), 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT went off for a monster double-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Ricky Rubio – Matching his season high with 12 assists, Rubio also contributed 8 points and 2 steals. It’s his third game in December with double digit dimes.

Zach LaVine – Usually LaVine participates in All-Star weekend in the dunk contest, but the way he’s playing this season, he has a legit shot to play in the actual All-Star game. He was right in line with his season average on Monday, posting a 23 /4/3 line with 4 threes.

Eric Bledsoe – Bledsoe led all Suns scorers with 27 points (9-20 FG), 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Devin Booker – Coming off of a 31 point showing, Booker produced 18 points, 3 assists, and 1 block. The scoring is there, but he just doesn’t do enough in the other categories for me to invest.

Brandon Knight – Off the bench, Knight chipped in 21 points and 4 assists.

Nikola Jokic – Jokic nearly messed around and got a triple-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists. He’s been racking up the assists lately, averaging 5.8 over the last 5 games.

Danilo Gallinari – Gallo didn’t quite have his shot falling (3-9 FG), but knocked down 7-7 from the line to finish with 14 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

Emmanuel Mudiay – Mudiay had one of his more efficient games of the season on Monday. He contributed 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, but more importantly, hit an impressive 4-5 from downtown and only committed 1 TO.

Gary Harris – In his third game back from a foot injury, Harris has been fantastic post-injury. On Monday, he contributed 24 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 4 threes.

Wilson Chandler – All five Nugget starters reached double-figures and Chandler joined his friends in double-figures with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.

Harrison Barnes – Barnes scored 19 on 9-15 shooting, but did little else with 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Barnes could really up his scoring if he attempted more free throws. It was the third game in the last four where he didn’t get to the free throw line at all.

Deron Williams – Williams had one of his best games of the season with 23 points, 8 assists, and 3 threes. That was even with J.J. Barea (11/3/4 line) returning to the lineup. There’s a lot of fantasy value to be had for both of these guys if they could just stay healthy.

Dwight Powell – Coming off the bench, Powell contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

  1. jonny says:

    Should I drop richardson, winslow or aaron gordon for bazemore? Had baze til the injury but he’s had two good games in a row now.

    • Bye Felica says:

      @jonny: Richardson would be my drop but i wouldn’t fault you if you lost gordon either. He’s been garbage this year

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Bye Felica: @jonny: In order of drops, I’d go Richardson first, then Winslow, and then Gordon.

  2. Rock says:

    Hey Pete!

    Was offered parker for my lavine, really need a forward. Would you pull the trigger?

    currently have

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Rock: I would ask for more in return. Since you have quite a few guards that don’t hit the three ball that well (Wall, Rubio, Wade, Evans), I’d be reluctant to give up Lavine and his 2.6 threes a game for Parker straight up. Perhaps you can ask for another player to pair with Parker (and drop Covington) or ask for another player entirely. Nothing against Parker, but I’d much rather own Lavine.

      • Rock says:

        @Peter Kap: parker and ryan anderson for lavine and gordon?

        he also has
        i. thomas
        r jax
        jamychal green

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:

          @Rock: Yeah I think that’s pretty fair for both teams. Plus, you get some forwards and get a solid 3-point shooter in return for Lavine.

          • Rock says:

            @Peter Kap: thanks bro, hopefully he bites

  3. E says:

    Capela worth hanging on to? I just traded away Howard but got okafor in the package. Still feel light on big men.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @E: If you have a IR spot, it’s a no brainer, you keep him. I don’t think there are too many guys with the injured tag that I’d want over him. Maybe Dirk, Griffin, George Hill, Ben Simmons, but unless you have those guys or someone similar occupying the IR, then I’d make room on the IR for Capela.

      If you don’t have an IR spot, I would still try to hold onto him, but that will depend on your standing in your league. If you’re near the bottom and need to make some moves to make up for lost ground, it doesn’t make much sense to hold onto someone who will only help after February. You need to gain ground now so dropping him for someone to help now would make more sense in that scenario. Perhaps you can also package him to a team near the top of the standings too.

      • E says:

        @Peter Kap: I’m going to try and hang on to him I think, no IR spot.

        So I’m in 3rd place right now, 4 games back. The winner of the reg season gets $1000 (so does the eventual champion).

        And my team is punt ft% (also have Drummond and Jordan) so capela is a bit more valuable to me than everyone else.

        No real follow up question I guess, just thinking out loud trying to figure this out.

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:

          @E: Yeah I think if you can hold onto him, it’ll be worth it. Another barometer is to see what other injured guys have been dropped. Every league is different and some league owners are a little more patient with injuries than others. But for example, if someone like Dirk was dropped, then it might be safe for you to drop Capela. All depends on how patient your league is with injuries.

          • E says:

            @Peter Kap: interesting point, I hadn’t thought about that. Dirk is not currently available, he was dropped but picked up shortly after. All injured players worth owning appear to be owned.

            Barea was the only one out there and I grabbed him a couple days ago. But I’ll probably hold on to him, see if I can get by.


  4. Keith says:

    Now have the following guys hurt on a team in a 12 team league:

    G. Hill

    I can IL 2 of them and can probably keep 1 on the active roster but can’t go an extended time with 2 hurt on the active list. Which would you drop?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Keith: Capela would be the one to go, but honestly, the other three may return shortly. Nowitzki is questionable to play tonight’s game against the Blazers; George Hill practiced today; and Oladipo’s MRI on his wrist showed no structural damage so he’s day-to-day. If you can hold off for a few days, you may not have to cut anyone.

  5. miles proudfoot says:

    In a world where %’s don’t count as categories, and I’m punting 3s and points, going for securing the five other cats, would you trade my Lowry and Dieng for Draymond and Dwight? The answer I think is an obvious yes and not sure it would be taken, so would throwing in Parsons or Knight make sense since they don’t help my scheme? Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @miles proudfoot: I think you’re right in doing that trade, but I don’t think it’s as much of a slam dunk as you might think in this scenario. Dieng actually would fit great into your scheme and averages only 1.8 TOs a game, while Howard averages 2.5. With TOs being the 5th category, you’re basically not changing the amount of TOs your team gets because what you save in moving Lowry for Green, you gain back with Howard. Dieng also gets you more assists out of position. Howard’s rebounds are nice, but are an easier stat to pickup on the waiver wire or from other players.

      If you can’t do the trade straight up, then throwing in Parsons or Knight seems fine to me as well. I don’t think Parsons is going to stay healthy enough in general, and doesn’t fit your scheme either.

      • miles proudfoot says:

        @Peter Kap: interesting. Thank you such a thorough response! Yikes just lost capella so may need to try this. Otherwise perhaps just try Lowry for green and add a throw in if necessary.

  6. Fizz says:

    Hey im in a points league. Just got offered Wall for Curry. Who do you think is better rest of the year? Should I pull the trigger?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Fizz: I’m not sure the exact settings in your points league, but I think that Curry will be the better player the rest of the season. His shooting percentages are better than Wall’s and he turns the ball over a lot less. That more than makes up for Wall’s advantage in assists.

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