For the first five games of the season, Nicolo Melli played an average of 15.2 minutes per game, with a high of 20. He showed the ability to shoot from downtown, but little else. The first four games of November, Melli played 10, 10, 5, and 17 minutes. He was rotting on the bench. But then….

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

Nelli got the call on the celli to notify him that he would play 27, 27, and 28 minutes over the past three games. Did I just time travel there? Anyways, Melli has responded by scoring 14, 16, and 10 points with a decent amount of boards and dimes. What really stands out is three steals in two separate games. Who knew this Italian was a smooth criminal? Perhaps he’s mafioso? He’s been a top 60 player over the past four games. This could be a short-term thing while the Pelicans are banged up, or it could be the start of something. I may be able to time travel, but I cannot predict the future. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what can predict the future? The Stocktonator.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Carmelo Anthony

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

He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Jacking up shots and playing no D. Melo got the start in his first game and played 24 minutes. In vintage Melo style, he sported a -20 +/-. If you are hard up for tres and points, then I guess you could give it a go.

Nassir Little

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

Played 23 minutes off the bench, after starting the past few games. He’s the guy I’d want instead of Melo. The only question is the minutes. With that said, the Melo and Little are completely different players. Melo will provide points and tres, while Little isn’t the greatest shooter, although he will provide some tres. He will provide boards and defensive stats.

Hassan Whiteside

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

Played 29 minutes. Not a Mt. Whiteside explosion, but the production did register on the Richter scale. Points, boards, and blocks are what you should expect, and points, boards, and blocks are what you got last night. Mt. Whiteside is a top 45 player for fantasy.

C. J. McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 5 2 1 1 4/10 9/22 0/1

Damian Lillard did not play, so you know what time it is, right? Over the last two years, whenever Lillard has not played, C. J. has seen his usage rate increase 4.8% to 30.

Anfernee Simons

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

Got the start for Lillard and played 36 minutes. The Blazers love him and are trying to get him on the court more, even going with three-guard lineups. With that said, from a fantasy perspective, Simons doesn’t provide much outside of point and tres.

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 7 5 2 1 3 1/5 8/20 4/4

Returned from injury and played 35 minutes. The usage rate was a robust 28.4, so he got right back to business. The Pelicans play at a top five pace, so the situation is ripe for fantasy. Prior to the injury, Ingram was a top 25 player for fantasy. Let’s see if he can continue the massive improvements in tres, defensive stats, and shooting efficiency.

Kenrich Williams

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

Got the start and played 34 minutes….against Melo!!! The layup of all layups. He was owned around 3% on DraftKings last night. I get it, as he’s a low-usage, hustle type player, but M. E. L. O. makes everyone giggle and say hello. Now, he won’t get to play against Melo every night so what to make of him for fantasy. He can provide tres, boards and defensive stats, but the shooting efficiency is poor and, when the Pelicans get healthy, Williams will be relegated to the bench.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 10 0 0 5 1/4 10/18 1/1

Played 35 minutes. Usage rate was 26.4 with Ingram. Not bad, but below the 31.4 the prior game. Top 50 player on the season, which is disappointing, but Jrue is back from Holiday and has been a top 30 player the past four games. It’s like people who put up Christmas decorations right after Halloween. It’s super early, but eventually the time will come.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 10 11 0 2 1 0/2 4/12 0

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllmmoooossttt messed around. He’s the point guard for the Warriors now. LOL! The counting stats will be there, unless he gets injured or ejected, but the shooting. Oh, the shooting…..

Willie Cauley-Stein

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

Got the start and played 26 minutes. WCS has been balling the past four games. Like top 30 balling. With that said, Kevon Looney is expected to return soon, which will likely nuke some of that value.

Alec Burks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 8 2 1 1 5 2/5 9/15 9/9

Got the start and played 36 minutes. He has ceiling games like this from time to time. Unfortunately, he’s very inconsistent and is usually a zero instead of last night’s hero. He should get run for as long as D’Angelo Russell is out though.

Eric Paschall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 3 0 1 2 0/2 7/15 3/3

Only played 24 minutes because he fouled out.

I like Paschall, as he’s already a professional getter of buckets. Unfortunately, he doesn’t offer much outside of boards.

Marquese Chriss

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 2 0 4 2 0/2 7/11 3/4

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 4 0 0 2 4/9 5/11 1/2

Played 33 minutes. Crowder is a 3-and-D player who will more than likely hurt your field goal percentage. The 2.1 tres, 6.1 boards, 3 dimes, and 1 steal mitigate that somewhat. Just outside the top 100 for fantasy.

Brandon Clarke

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 3 1 1 0 0/2 6/14 5/6

Played 26 minutes off the bench. Top 65 player on the season, despite averaging only 22.2 minutes per game. He’s the complete package, but would need an injury to truly make an impact.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 2 5 0 1 1/4 8/17 3/3

Since that game against the Lakers, when he got pummeled by having to guard LeBron, Oubre has been a top 30 player for fantasy. The boards have ticked up, but it’s the 2.7 steals that have really elevated his overall value. For the season, he’s blocking 0.7 shots right now. If he can get that up to 1, then he will join the illustrious 1/1/1 club.

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 5 8 2 0 4 3/6 10/20 7/8

If he can ever contribute in the defensive cats, then Booker could be a top 20 player. As it stands, he’s more like a top 40-ish player for fantasy.

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 0 2 0 0 1/3 6/9 7/7

He lives! Played 26 minutes off the bench. The prior three games, Bridges had received 15, 13, and 15 minutes of run. His previous high in points was 10, which he accomplished once. The Suns were missing Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes last night, so I wouldn’t expect this to be the New World Order.

Ricky Rubio only played 16 minutes due to a back injury. Tyler Johson started the second half for him.

Richaun Holmes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 15 0 1 2 2 0 8/11 4/4

Orale, Holmes! Top 50-ish player over the past few weeks. Holmes is providing points, boards, blocks, and excellent percentages: 59% from the field and 86% from the line.

Cory Joseph

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

He lives!! Last night was resurrection night. Joseph is a super low usage guard who will provide dimes and some boards with nothing else. You pray that he doesn’t shoot because he kind of sucks in that area.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 4 7 3 0 6 7/9 11/14 2/2

A career-high in points and played 36 minutes off the bench. Luke Walton the Bobo can’t screw this one up, can he? We shall see when Fox and Bagley return. Regardless, that won’t happen for a while so enjoy the show. BogBog is the #3 player for fantasy over the past six games. The percentages have been excellent, so regression will likely take place in that area, but he’s contributing and will continue to contribute in every category except for blocks.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 1 0 0 2 2/5 7/11 9/11

What’s the pool have for the date of Gallinari’s injury? Last night was a proud day for Italy.

Nerlens Noel

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 1 3 0 1 0 7/11 1/2

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Steven Adams played 24 minutes. NBA plate techtonics in OKC. Slowly, but surely, the continents are re-aligning. I doubt he ever gets the full load, unless the Thunder trade him. Is Adams tanking it on purpose so that no other team has any interest? To be fair, he has been dealing with a knee issue, but still….Regardless, Noel has been a top 40 player over the past three games, providing boards, steals, boards, and excellent percentages.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 5 10 4 0 1 0/2 1/7 2/2

He wasn’t a good neighbor with the field goal percentage, but Paul did make up for it with the dimes and steals.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 4 1 1 2 2/6 5/16 4/4

Shai has fallen off from his torrid start to the season. The main culprits have been the increase in turnovers and plummeting field goal percentage. In addition, he doesn’t dish out many dimes. He’s young, though, and the sky is the limit. There will be plenty of turbulence on the way.

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 4 1 0 0 5 3/7 12/20 4/4

Played 30 minutes off the bench. Dennis was a straight menace to the Lakers last night, as he shot lights out from the field. He doesn’t provide much else outside of points and tres, but he averages 28 minutes per game and garners a usage rate in the high-20s. The main issue, though, is that he is often a menace to himself, with the inconsistent shooting and play.

Anthony Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 7 4 4 2 2 3/5 13/24 5/6

Played 37 minutes. He scores from inside, outside, downtown, and midtown. Makes defenders look up, while he slams the ball down. He dribbles left, right, left right, right left, behind, in front, around, and around, and around, and around. He’s not fair in real life and fantasy. The only thing is the health.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 10 2 0 7 2/5 10/21 3/5

He has now messed around against every single team in the Association! The turnovers and free throw shooting still keep his value down, but he also played 37 minutes last night and should continue to get plenty of run to collect all those fantasy goodies. Just stay healthy.

JaVale McGee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 6 0 1 4 0 0 3/5 2/4

Got the start and played 23 minutes. A good, old fashioned block party.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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

Got the start and played 33 minutes. Played relatively well and converted his open looks. KCP should continue getting plenty of run until Avery Bradley is ready to come back.

Kyle Kuzma only played nine minutes due to an eye injury.

Rajon Rondo

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

Played 27 minutes off the bench. If you dying for dimes, Rondo can provide, but at great cost.

  1. Maximus98 says:
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    Hey, man, just ran into a problem here. So next week two days I’ll have a situation when I have 13 players that have games, but I can only activate 10 of them. One of those players is a streamer spot, so I am left with 12 rostarable players. Logically I should open another streaming spot to add a player for other days, but my only droppable player from those 12 is Mr. PJ-Was. Should I drop him or hold, cause this kind of situation only appears 3 times in the next 6-7 weeks, and 2 of those times are next week.

    I really like PJ and his all-around game.

    • Son says:
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      I like him too but Borrego may limit him some. We shall see. What’s your record? Can you take the short term pain for long term gain?

      • Maximus98 says:
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        Currently sharing 1-2 place.

        • Maximus98 says:
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          Also could u take a look at my team at this moment?
          10t 9cat

          G: Brogdon, Shai, Rubio, Vanvleet
          F: George, Draymond, Oubre, Issac, PJWas
          C: Embiid, Gobert, MRob

          Currently streaming Burks

          What u think? Whould u sell/drop somebody?

          Best ww options:MilesBridges, Dragic, Nance, Tucker, Fultz, Herro

          • Maximus98 says:
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            Noel also on ww

          • Son says:
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            Looks good

            • Maximus98 says:
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              Oh man, I want to drop Dray’s ass so bad. Heel injury but u doing shootaround? Seriously?

              • Son says:
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                I feel your pain. Can’t drop him, though. Look to trade him.

                • Maximus98 says:
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                  Nobody bites. I will give him some time and try harder to package him in a deal but if it wont be successful, he will be dropped hard.

                  • Son says:
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                    Good luck!

        • Son says:
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          I think that changes the equation a bit. Play the long game here

  2. mUshi says:
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    Hey which side in a 14tm 9cat roto
    Lma/fvv/delon or booker/oubre/d.brooks?

    Thanks

    • Son says:
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      What’s context?

      • mUshi says:
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        My team: need C since gasol has been bad
        Pg lavine
        Sg booker
        G barton
        Sf oubre
        F bogdan
        Pf george
        C Nance
        C bam
        Util brooks
        Util gasol

        • Son says:
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          I don’t like that trade for you

  3. Trader says:
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    Well that Melo pickup was uninspired. Guess, I will give him a few outings though. Noel is intriguing to me. I have Myles but not a lot of other shot blockers. Would you add him over my other experiment of Ingles. My team for context:

    Harden, Jrue, VanVleet, Augustine
    Oubre, Lamb, House, Covington, Ingles, Melo
    Love, Nance, Myles, Bryant, Vucevic

    • Son says:
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      Noel is very intriguing to me as well. I would take a shot on him

      • Trade says:
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        Also received a trade offer of his Ibaka for my Nance. Nance is my Kevin Love insurance policy. Would you do that trade or grab Noel dropping Ingles?

        • Son says:
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          I would not

          • Trader says:
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            Ok. I will hold Nance, pick up Noel and drop Ingles. This is like Sondland’s testimony lol thank u

            • Son says:
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              Lol. I hope it works out. Good luck. I have spoken

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyYyYo!

    Hey Son!

    I’m pretty sure I asked a similar type question for the past couple days lol.

    Bertans comes off waivers tomorrow 11/21

    Still thinking about dropping Herro for him.

    Tonight is actually Herros LAST audition with my team.

    So what if Herro drops like 16+ points and has a decent game ?

    Do I use my #3 waiver claim on Bertans ? I missed out on Fultz this morning because I didn’t.

    Also – I picked up Noel yesterday to kind of stream his spot, but after really looking at him & whats going on with Adams. I think I should keep Noel for now. Bertans would give me another Center & I may be over doing it with 7 total bigs. Take a look and let me know.

    Jrue/Conley/Lowry/Rozier
    Oubre/Levert/Tucker/Herro/Jabari
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Baynes/Holmes/Noel

    This is a 12 team – H2H – 13 cats – (3 cats are for boards OREB/DREB/TREB)

    So big men are at a high value.

    • Son says:
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      AyYyYo!

      Keep Noel. I prefer Bertans over Herro

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        Def adding Bertans tonight.

        What about dropping Baynes for Bertans instead of Herro ?

        With Baynes being injured right now. I already have Lowry/Levert. No I.R.

        Figure Baynes has been more of a rental. But a luxury, beast of one.

        He is ruled out Thursday already , & Aytons games back are counting down.

        Maybe what 10-15 games ? Haven’t done the math.

        Thoughts ? Talk me out of this. I was high on Herro coming in to the season.

        Nunn kinda blind sided me, capping Herro….. Baynes or Herro ? I’m on a ledge.

        • Son says:
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          I’d rather hold Baynes until more info on injury surfaces.

  5. TommyBoy says:
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    Hey Son,

    Thanks for the write-ups. Do you have a twitter account to follow?

    My squad is pretty nice after i followed your draft stuff (12-team, 9cat):
    PG: Beverley, Simmons, IT, Lowry, & Schroder
    SG/SF: J. Richardson, House Jr, Anunoby, Wiggins, & PJ Washington
    PF/C: AD, Turner, Horford, Aldridge

    I win blocks, steals, fg % for sure. Toss up on 3s, pts, & steals. typically lose ft% & rebounds.

    I want to add little or divincenzo i think and drop Thomas? any thoughts would be appreciated

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      I’m @Stan_Son on the Twitter machine.
      I don’t tweet much, but I’m there.
      I’d take a chance on Little

  6. Mel nWo says:
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    Pick Two in a points league

    Bertans
    Hachimura
    Delon Wright
    Kleber

    • Son says:
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      Rui and Delon

      • eballs says:
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        My Bad, I actually need three. Who would you rather have out of Bertans and Kleber?

        • Son says:
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          Bertans

  7. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    12 team, 9 cat, H2H

    See any moves I should make? Looking for best overall players

    Potential adds: Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton, RHJ, Boucher, Melli, Little

    Potential drops: Terrence Ross, DeAndre Jordan, Danny Green,

    • Son says:
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      I’d rather have Noel than DJ, but that’s just me. I’d keep a close eye on Melli and Little but would rather have Ross and Green for now

  8. RICE says:
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    Hey Son!

    12 team H2H

    What are we doing with Dwight Powell? I know he was a 2nd half difference maker last season but it’s been a brutal start this season so far. Are we being patient or moving on for one of the below (I can take on any position)?

    Noel
    WCS
    Fultz
    A. Holiday

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      I’d rather have Noel right now

  9. IntendedSteb says:
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    Drop Boucher for Little? After that glowing write up by on of the posters last week, Boucher has done very… little. Other possible drops are Zubac, TT or Gafford. But I’m crushing on Gafford right now, so maybe not him.

    • Son says:
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      I’m good with that move

  10. Ben says:
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    My team may not be competitive this year, I was offered Oladipo ($24 this year and next) for Towns (can’t be kept). $200 budget, 13 teams. Does that seem like enough?

    I was also offered Porzingis ($32 this year and next) and a high pick in a rookie draft next year for Towns, same league. How does that one sound? Do you think Oladipo of the two options if I sell?

    Different question, who do you want of Bojan or Jaylen Brown this year and next? Is it close?

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      I’d want more for Towns. The KP one is better, but I’d still want more.

      I’d want Brown

  11. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you rather roster Noel, Melli Mel, or Hart?

    • Son says:
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      For now, Noel

  12. Hawaii Leonard says:
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    hey Son, would greatly appreciate your take on these 2 questions:
    1) do I use my #2 waiver to pick up Otto? 10 team, 8 cat roto. My end of bench is Clarke, PJ Washington, Miles Bridges, Dunn.
    2) similarly, would you drop any of the aforementioned for Sato/Winslow/Fultz (looking for assists) or Nance (just for his general upside, this would probably involve dropping a fellow PF)

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      1) I would not. I’d see if he makes it through waivers.
      2) I’d sit tight

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