The moment we exit the womb, it’s our birthday. Then we become woke and realize that Mondays suck because the weekend is over and the work begins, but Wednesday gets us over the hump to prepare for Friday, which is the beginning of the good times….hopefully. There are holidays, too many to name. Yeah, capitalism! There are leg days and cardio days, but it’s the emotionally dramatic days, both happy and sad, that are unforgettable. Where were you on 9/11? How about when the team you root for won the championship? Last night, Dejounte Murray had one of those moments:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 10 1 0 2 0 7/12 3/3

Before some random dude takes the above a little bit too seriously….it’s a joke!!! Writing that was probably fruitless, as people that go on tilt over such matters don’t read the entirety of a post, but whatever. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what never jokes around or goes on tilt, but just spits out fruitful projections? The Stocktonator. Now, what made Murray’s performance so promising was that he played 26 minutes. The Spurs are managing his minutes and, prior to last night, he was stuck in the 22-24 minute range. At some point, the Spurs could get him up to 28-30 minutes per game. He will still sit in back-to-backs, but he will be a per-game beast. Chew on this: In 23.1 minutes per game, Murray is the #53 player for fantasy. He’s averaging 8 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks!!! You won’t get tres, but that’s the easiest thing to find anyways. Come seasons end, we will all be asking ourselves, “Where were you on Dejounte?”

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 6 4 2 1 3 0/1 19/23 1/2

Who’s laughing now? LMA with the O! We know who he is and where he will end up at season’s end.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 1 2 0 1 5/6 7/10 8/9

Led the Thunder in scoring. Last season with the Clippers, Gallo had a usage rate of 23.8. So far this season, he’s sporting a 23.7 rate. The overall numbers are down, though, because he’s playing two fewer minutes.

Hamidou Diallo

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

Played 32 minutes off the bench. Over the last three games, Hamidou has played 32, 22, and 30 minutes. His role has obviously increased and he will provide boards and stocks with some points mixed in. He’s super athletic and could be an intriguing player to monitor.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 9 1 2 1 1 4/6 8/17 3/4

Channing is Tom Cruising on his coach right now. Tatum is a top 30 player for fantasy right now as he’s averaging 34.5 minutes, 21.6 points, 3.1 tres, 7.7 boards, and 1.7 steals. The dimes, blocks, and field goal percentage are light, though.

Gordon Hayward

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 6 1 0 0 1/5 9/16 1/1

The rejuvenation tour continues for Hayward. Naw, scratch that. It’s the…..

Tribe was so damn good. I, on the other hand, am a stupid, stupid man. All last year I wrote that Hayward would be one of the best bargains come draft day. So, of course, I ended up with zero shares.

Robert Williams

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

Played 13 minutes. The Time Lord needs more…..time of course. Useful in the deepest of leagues or for dynasty. Doesn’t look like he will make significant contributions this season unless injuries decimate the front court or he makes tremendous strides in his game and garners the trust of the coaching staff.

P. J. Washington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 8 2 0 5 1 0/1 1/8 2/3

Chinese officials are scrambling to try and get P. J. to the mainland.

Miles Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 10 1 0 1 4 2/5 8/14 0

I was told that if I walked 500 Miles there would be blocks and steals. Was it lost in translation that it’s only if you walk 500 Myles? Miles should be a good source of stocks, as that is what he’s known for. He has upped the offensive contributions, though, so if he can meld the two together, then everything will be water under the Bridges.

Terry Rozier

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

It’s like walking into a haunted house. You know there are objects that will pop out and scare the shit out of you, but you don’t know when or how. You just know that it will. Scary Terry indeed.

Devonte’ Graham

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 9 2 0 2 2/10 5/14 3/5

Played 30 minutes off the bench. Is he the best player on the Hornets? Was that a rhetorical question?

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 6 5 1 2 0/1 6/9 3/6

BAM! Won’t contribute tres and the free throw shooting sucks, but everything else is magnifique. 1.6 steals, 1.6 blocks, 9.4 boards, and 5 dimes!!!

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 5 4 0 0 1 2/2 11/16 10/10

This Butler isn’t the help. He’s the f’ing man. Since 2014, Butler has ended as the 8, 15, 10, 11, and 15 player for fantasy.

Goran Dragic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 4 0 0 2 5/7 9/16 2/3

Played 31 minutes off the bench in a REVENGE game!!! Justise Winslow didn’t play in this one, so that probably gave him extra minutes. Dragic has been a fantasy weirdo this season. He’ll play 19 minutes and score four points one night, then drop 21 in 30 minutes. Hard to rely on consistently, but when he’s on the court, he can provide points and dimes.

Aron Baynes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 1 0 0 0 1/3 10/17 2/3

Baynes has been so good. How good you ask? I’m glad you asked. Top 35 player in eight games. He’s providing points, dimes, boards, blocks, good percentages, and tres. I’ve seen some chatter that when DeAndre Ayton returns that he and Baynes could be the starting front court. So, there’s a sliver of hope that his value doesn’t get nuked.

Ricky Rubio

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

The shooting percentage kills his value, but he’s still a top 55 player due to the 7.1 boards, 8.1 dimes, and 1.6 steals.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 19 1 1 2 3 0 7/18 3/4

A Mt. Whiteside explosion! I told y’all we’d be getting plenty of those this season.

Both Damian Lillard and C. J. McCollum scored 22 points. Awwww, that’s so cute.

Anfernee Simons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 2 2 0 0 0 3/8 5/13 4/6

Played 26 minutes off the bench, a season high. The Blazers love Simons, as he’s a professional getter of buckets. It’s just that they have two studs in the backcourt already. With that said, it looks like Stotts is getting more comfortable with Simons, so he could become an integral part of the rotation. For fantasy, he’s a points, tres, and steals guy.

Ivica Zubac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 13 1 1 2 0 0 7/12 1/2

In 20 minutes! He’s a top 100 player despite averaging only 16.1 minutes per game. Points, boards, blocks, and excellent percentages are what he brings to the table. He’s only 22 years old and the Lakers traded him for Mike Freaking Muscala. Ahhhhh!!!!!!!!

JaMychal Green

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

In 16 minutes. Impressively incompetent.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 3 8 0 3 3 1/3 7/16 11/12

The usage rate is a whopping 31.6 and he’s averaging 31.5 minutes per game. He’s outside the top 100 due to the lack of stocks and poor field goal percentage. The main question is what happens to his usage when Paul George returns?

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 13 4 1 2 6 0/5 9/23 9/10

  1. Korn says:
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    First of all haven´t been on the site in a while, so hope my questions are legit.

    Is it too early to pick on your predictions (10% into the season?) … like Rozier before Doncic? 😀 … and that Rozier TO rate (1.28 vs 3.4) …huuuuuge

    Comments on your predictions for Morant, Gobert, Robinson, Dejounte Murray, OG Anunoby, Ingram(yes he is in a good spot for now and is a sell high, but still 193)

    Still thanks for the tremondous work.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That’s fair. Doncic made improvements to his game. It’s as simple as that.

      I think Morant has a chance to be ROY.

      Gobert is a great buy low.

      I have some concerns regarding Robinson. The fouling, primarily a blocks specialist, and Fizdale

      As for Dejounte, my thoughts are in today’s lede.

      High on OG.

      Ingram is a sell high, but he’s improved so much that he’s still going to be a valuable fantasy asset

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Ricky says:
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    Hey Son,

    My squad :
    Kemba/conley/bledsoe
    Middleton/miles bridges/lamb/thaddy
    Jokic/LMA/bryant/powell

    Would you trade lowry + horford for my jokic + powell ?? h2h. 9cat, 14 teams

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • Ricky says:
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        okay… Would you drop powell for FA ??

        FA list : gary harris,fournier,robinson III, forbes,white,huerter,WCS

        thanks Son

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I probably would for Huerter

          • Ricky says:
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            Hey Son,

            Would you trade my joker + lamb for embiid + clarke / harrell ??

            • Son

              Son says:
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              You sick of Jokic?

              I don’t mind Embiid/Clarke

              • Ricky says:
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                I’m okay with jokic but other manager very want my jokic so i got some offered from him… maybe he want buy low option the joker hohoho

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Gotcha. What’s the other team’s squad look like?

                  • Ricky says:
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                    His squad :
                    -Kyrie/lowry/fultz
                    -Ingram/wiggins/tucker
                    -Embiid/horford/blake griffin/harrell/clarke

                    how do you think about his squad ?? would you trade for jokic ??

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      I’d probably hold Jokic, but if you were to trade, I’d probably ask for Embiid/Horford

                    • Ricky says:
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                      thanks for advice Son.. for a while i probably hold my jokic

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      Anytime

  3. Blint says:
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    Hey Son!

    I play in a ten team league but we roster 18 players to its a 180 player deep league keeper league. Waiver wire is usually bare and I am always bidding for any decent players being dropped. Spencer Dinwiddie was dropped. Hes a clear pickup right? How much should I bid for him with $ 100 budget.
    Also what are your thoughts on DiVincenzo this year? Thank y ou

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, he’s a pickup. I wouldn’t go nuts for him. 15-20%.

      I like DiVencezo and there’s an outside chance he overtake Matthews at some point

      • Blint says:
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        Thank you

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime

  4. jozepp says:
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    Hey Son, 8 cat roto got offered jjj and teague for it2 and tristan. whadyathink?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      JJJ and Teague for me

  5. akboognish says:
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    Love this post, Son! Where were you on Dejounte – hah! I got to come up with a better answer than “Watching Poldark.”

    Re: Robinson. He’s ranked high but he (or Fitz) causes so much stress. What do you think about dropping him for WCJ, Dwight Powell, or Tristan?

    I’m high on OG, too (THAT’s what I was doing on Dejounte!). He’s looking like the real deal right now. Of OG, Prince, or Marcus Morris, who do like ROS?

    Finally, Scary Terry causes me almost as much indigestion as Robinson. Am I nuts to drop him for Bojan? I’ve got plenty of PG’s but like Terry’s assists. Sato also available.

    10 team h2h cat league (I think I got that right).

    Happy Friday!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, akboognish!

      I’d check the trade market on Robinson first before dropping. I figure you can get something for him. Out of the guys you mentioned, have to roll with TT right now.

      OG

      I’d rather have Sato, but I’m a weirdo

      • akboognish says:
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        So drop Terry for Sato?

        And what about OG, Marcus, or Prince?

        Thnx!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’d see if there’s any interest first.

          OG

  6. Lee says:
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    Would you do this trade in a points league?

    I receive Kemba, porzingis, PJ
    He receives Drummond and Oubre

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Only if the player you drop averages fewer than 15 points per game.

  7. Trader says:
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    1. Trade in our league just went down. Beal for Collins and JJJ. I like the Beal side. You? (12 teamer)

    2. Gotta drop one with Myles coming back. Who goes?
    Delon, House, Nance, Brown, Sato (kidding!)

    3. Best IR stash: Batum, Elfrid, Rondo, Smith Jr., Looney

    4. Lamb out two games. Unsure why he is DTD instead of Out. In ESPN league. You know?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      1) Depends on the context. In a vacuum, Beal is the best player, but I like Collins a lot and JJJ has super high upside.

      2) Which Brown?

      3) I guess Elf or Looney.

      4) I’m not sure why Lamb has that designation. I’m not playing any leagues on ESPN

      • Trader says:
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        Bruce

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Tough. Probably Delon then

      • Trader says:
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        I like Delon too but tonight was another puzzler. I grabbed Huerter since both Lamb and Myles remain sidelined. Best on the wire: DeAndre, Zubac, Gordon and Ingles. I like Zubac the best. What he could do with 28-30 minutes a night. Not sure I have a spot for him but he is intriguing. Nance May have to wake up to stay on my squad.

        Jrue, Sato (i know, I know), VanVleet, B Brown
        Harden, Covington, Lamb, House, Huerter, Oubre
        Love, Nance, Vucevic, Bryant,
        IR: Myles

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I like Zubac but I doubt he ever gets the minutes. I like the Huerter pickup.

          • Trader says:
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            Sato and Huerter are your guys.All SON’s doing. It was hard to let Bog Bog go but I had to give Delon his shot. I was lucky Huerter was available. Turns out to be Huerter for Bog Bog. Fair enuf.

            Keep up the great work

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Ha! They are. I don’t know how that happened. Good luck, my man!

  8. Trader says:
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    Would you do these trades?

    A. His Bam for my Lamb and Oubre
    B. His Bam for my Nance and Lamb
    C. His Fox for my Lamb and Sato
    D. His Fox for my Lamb and Nance
    E. His Fox for my Lamb and Oubre

    Always fun to be the last commenter if the night and the first of the morning. I may have competition issues LOL

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Lol.

      I like B

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks! I have to trot out a few offers due to the 2 for 1 I need with Myles coming back. So let me ask if there are any deals here you would NOT do?
        #1stPlaceProblems

        • Son

          Son says:
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          The one with Sato, of course!!!

          I’d probably only do B and D

          • Trader says:
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            Ha ha! Major credibility issue surrounding your love affair with Sato! Remember, they are only names and tools to a championship end. They are not human beings that you know personally LOL.

            One more: Love and Nance for Booker? Given my fear of Love’s injury probability at 31, this seems reasonable to me.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Lalalalalalalaalalalalalalalalal. I will not listen to this blasphemous jibberish. SAAAATTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

              What’s squad look like again?

              • Trader says:
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                Harden, Jrue, Sato, B Brown, VanVleet

                Huerter, Oubre, Covington, House

                Love, Bryant, Myles, Vucevic, Nance

                IR: Lamb

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  Leaves you pretty thin in the front court. Looking to make another trade?

                  • Trader says:
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                    Trying to find a two for one since I have Myles and Lamb hurt but back soon. I don’t want to force it. But I guess I would have to drop Nance or Huerter.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      Gotcha. I guess it’s fine, but you’re going to have to get some boards somewhere

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