I’M ON MY IIISSSSSHHHHHH, CALL IT!!!

I WATCH THESE HATERS TAKE THEY SHOTS LIKE THEY WERE ALCOHOLICS.

Now if Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ish Smith hasn’t selected a song for his lineup introduction, I highly recommend someone reach out to him to let him know I would like to speak to him. While there may be other reasons Childish Gambino has yet to endorse Smith, it has been a rough 2016 for the newly acquired guard until last night’s performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smith finished with 21 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals while leading Philadelphia to their fourth victory of the year. While the efficiency stats will not always be there, Smith rewarded fantasy owners last night with a 9-15 shooting performance from the field. As the new lead man in an up-tempo offense, expect lots of production in multiple statistical categories from Smith on a nightly basis. The 76ers are starved for capable ballhandlers, granting Smith the opportunity to rack up points and assists as he pounds the rock.

Although he’s most likely gone from the waiver wire in most leagues, I think it still might be possible to snag him in a quick trade.

Smith has been a beacon of hope for a horrendous 76ers team this year, but in assessing his fantasy value, he still leaves a little to be desired, avoiding 3-point shots and suffering from some abysmal shooting nights. Overall, I would love to have Smith on my team, and would encourage owners with a need at point guard to explore a trade before nights like this become too common.

Nerlens Noel – Arguably the biggest beneficiary of Smith’s presence on the court, Noel finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 block. Noel started alongside Jahil Okafor (10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block) after excelling in his past few games with the Rookie of the Year candidate sidelined recovering from injury. Although Okafor has hurt Noel’s fantasy value this season, I think Noel is a solid buy-low candidate after flashing his 2014-2015 upside in limited action with Smith.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Scored 8 points for the second consecutive game after scoring over 20 in 3 of his previous 4 contests. Apparently KAT can go from hot to cold faster than Katy Perry.

Ricky Rubio – Typical Rubio game with the Spaniard recording 7 points and 10 assists to accompany 3 steals. Although’s Rubio’s inability to score will prevent him from becoming one of the top floor generals in the NBA, I just want to take a moment to remember that time he asked for a max contract in the offseason. DARE TO DREAM RICKY!!

Kyle Lowry – If Drake is the 6ix God, then it’s only a matter of time before Drizzy anoints Lowry as the 7eventh God if he keeps playing at this level. With 24 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block, Lowry rewarded fantasy owners once again last night, although the Raptors loss may have left Drake in an unstable condition.

DeMar DeRozan – 19 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal for the scoring guard, breaking his streak of 3 straight games scoring over 20 points.

Jonas Valanciunas – Although he’s still rounding into form while splitting time with Bismack Biyombo, his 27 minutes were the most he’s played since returning from injury. Behind a modest effort last night with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists, and 2 blocks, Valanciunas still has multi-cat potential, and I expect him to begin hitting his stride after the All-Star break.

Kyrie Irving – Uncle Drew lead all scorers with 25 points to accompany 8 assists, and 6 rebounds.

LeBron James – 31 minutes of efficient and effective basketball. 20 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. James has struggled with his outside shot so far this year, and last night was no exception, going 2-5 on shots outside of the paint. As Irving continues to dominate the ball and initiate the offense by driving into the teeth of the defense, I expect James shooting percentages and 3-point attempts to rise since he will be able to play off ball regularly.

Jae Crowder – Although he is often excluded from the conversation of the best wing’s in the Eastern Conference, Crowder has been playing at a very high level for the past six weeks. Last night, forward continued to make his claim to becoming the most underrated player in the league with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 3 steals.

Evan Turner – Started at scoring guard for the injured Avery Bradley and responded with 12 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Coach Brad Stevens is still uncomfortable inserting Marcus Smart into the starting lineup as he recovers from injury, leaving the starting 2 spot to Turner if Bradley misses extended time. Given his recent performances, Turner should be a popular streaming option in most leagues.

Shane Larkin – After it was announced that Jarrett Jack will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, Larkin instantly became one of the most popular waiver wire additions. Naturally, he started at point guard and rewarded fantasy owners with 4 points and 2 assists…

Bojan Bogdanovic – While I may be in the minority here, I think Bogdanovic benefits more than people think from Jack’s absence. Last night the second-year guard finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks, continuing his recent steak of good play.

Thad Young – Remember how I wrote about how he’s under appreciated two weeks ago?? 23 points, 15 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks last night.

Victor Oladipo – Back in the starting lineup due to an injury to Elfrid Payton and should see an uptick in production due to the increased role. 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals for fantasy owners last night.

Evan Fournier – Seems like everything’s been one step forward, two steps back for Fournier after his hot start to the season. Ending 2015 on a strong note, 2016 has not been kind to the Frenchmen, finishing with 0 points after scoring 20 combined points in his previous two games. I’d recommend holding Fournier until things are sorted out with the rotation as the Magic adjust for Payton’s injury.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Lead all scorers with 21 points and recorded a game-high +28 in 34 minutes of action. Caldwell-Pope has scored over 15 points in his last three games, hitting 8 3-pointers in the same span. Detroit faithful have been waiting for the third-year shooting guard to emerge as a reliable scoring option from deep while exhibiting strong rebounding totals and steals, and Caldwell-Pope is showing fantasy owners the same ceiling with his recent stretch of consistent play.

Andre Drummond – 17 and 12 last night. What happened to the night’s of 20 and 20??? I mean he hasn’t had one since last year for crying out loud..

Brandon Jennings – Came off the bench to play 18 minutes, but looked explosive finishing with 17 points and 6 assists while shooting 3-4 from deep. Jennings needs to prove he can consistently produce strong fantasy value off the bench before he should be considered a must-add in standard leagues.

Kawhi Leonard – Solidifying himself as one of the game’s elites with each passing day, Leonard produced in every category last night recording a game-high 24 points in addition to 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block. Is there anything he can’t do on a basketball court?

Tim Duncan – Basketball’s ageless wonder continues to play at a high level in the new year with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. And to think, I avoided drafted him because I thought this would be the year his statistical output finally declined…

Jabari Parker – Struggled from the field going 5-14, but finished with a solid 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assist, and 1 block.

Michael Carter-Williams – Continuing his hold on the starting point guard job, Carter-Williams has played well over the past two weeks, scoring in double digits in 9 of his past 12 contests. With 16 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal, MCW looks like a valuable fantasy asset once again capable of filling up the box score.

Greg Monroe – Even with a tough matchup against San Antonio’s league-leading defense, Monroe finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

DeMarcus Cousins – Video game numbers for Boogie last night, finishing with 33 points and 19 rebounds. Cousins has hit another level recently, scoring at least 30 points in 3 of his last 5 games. I’m not entirely sure if the tension in Sacramento has finally been resolved, but fantasy owners are rejoicing either way with his production.

Rajon Rondo – HOLY ASSISTS! 13 points, 19 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, and 1 block for Rondo. While the point guard is noted for the frequency of his triple-double performances, Rondo’s recorded at least 14 assists in 5 of his last 6 games.

Russell Westbrook – No Kevin Durant, but no triple-double for Westbrook. 17 points, 15 assists, and 8 rebounds is good enough, I guess…

Serge Ibaka – Tied his season-high with 40 minutes played last night, and scored a season-high 25 points on 3-5 shooting from behind the arc. Chipping in 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks, and 1 steal, fantasy owners are looking for Ibaka to continue his multi-cat impact as the Thunder regroup without KD.

Steven Adams – 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists for the big man who saw a slight uptick in minutes last night.

Paul George – Finished with 32 points, marking the third straight game he has finished with over 30 points while chipping in 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. While it wasn’t George’s best night shooting, 12-29 from the field, George’s off nights are still very impressive.

Goran Dragic – In 38 minutes of action, the Dragon left a little to be desired for fantasy owners in recording 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Dragic has played his best basketball of the season in December, but I would’ve liked to see more of an impact with the game going to overtime last night.

Dwyane Wade – After two forgettable performances to start 2016, Wade reminded fantasy owners of his ability to impact the box score with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Getting to the foul line 10 times and converting 9 of the attempts, last night was another classic Wade performance.

Chris Bosh – A monster double-double for the big man finishing with 31 points and 11 rebounds to continue his recent hot streak.

James Harden – Say what you will about the Houston Rockets, but I love it when Harden just wills them to victory. With 30 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1 block, Harden is likely doing the same for fantasy owners to start the week.

Dwight Howard – Set a season-high with 41 minutes in addition to playing over 30 minutes in his last 5 games. Howard finished with 16 points, 13 boards, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal.

Gordon Hayward – The swingman posted a well-round statline of 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block as Utah fell to the Rockets last night.

Jeff Withey – A popular waiver wire addition this week, Withey lived up to the billing scoring 8 points to accompany 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. If it’s not too late, Withey, a double-double threat capable of blocking multiple shots, should be owned in all leagues until Derrick Favors returns.

Rodney Hood – The shooting guard has had an excellent start to 2016 and continued to build this trend last night scoring 23 points in addition to 7 assists. With the Jazz waiting for the emergence of a complementary wing scorer, Hood has a valuable role in the rotation, especially in the midst of injuries to Favors and Rudy Gobert. If he’s still available, Hood should be rostered immediately since he’s an excellent post-All Star breakout candidate.

Zach Randolph – Between his offensive struggles and new role as a super sixth man, it’s safe to say that things have not gone smoothly for Z-Bo this season. However, the old school big man must have channeled his frustrations into a classic performance recording 26 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.

Courtney Lee – 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals for the veteran leading the Grizzlies starters in scoring.

Damian Lillard – In his first game back after missing the previous seven contests, Lillard finished with 17 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. However, his 7 turnovers and 4-14 shooting performance illustrate a different reality: Lillard is a little rusty.

Meyers Leonard – After stringing together a couple nice performances to end 2015, Leonard is back to frustrating fantasy owners once again! Playing only 16 minutes last night, the big man recorded 5 points and 5 rebounds. Fantasy owners are welcome to begin banging their head against their keyboards now.

Kemba Walker – In arguably the biggest game of the season, the former University of Connecticut standout certainly did not fail to perform under the big lights of Oracle Arena registering 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.

Marvin Williams – Been frustrating fantasy owners over the past few performances and last night was no exception. Listed as day-to-day with a neck injury, Williams scored 8 points to go with 6 rebounds and an assist while shooting 2-3 from deep. Although it’s been tough to roster the low-scoring stretch 4, I think Williams is still ownable, but he’s certainly going to find himself of the waiver wire soon if he keeps under performing.

Steph Curry – Scored 30 points last night, so all is right in the basketball world once again.

Klay Thompson – Must’ve made a pact with Steph prior to tip off to match his output last night also scoring 30 points to accompany 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. Combined the Splash Brothers were 11-21 from behind the arc.

Draymond Green – In the tradidtion of saving the best for last, DrayMagic continued as he recorded his third consecutive triple double with a statline of 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists.

  1. dom says:
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    hey good stuff

    George Hill was dropped in my 10 team 9 cat, I’m thinking about submitting a waiver claim. He’s DTD with food poisoning, I don’t know a lot about him, is there any reason why he wouldn’t be a good add for the rest of the year? I’d probably drop Larkin, would still have RJax, Ish, and Clarkson at PG.

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @dom:

      Definitely add Hill while he’s still available. Not entirely sure why he was dropped (unless someone severely needed production and couldn’t wait for him to return healthy) because he was averaging a shade over 15 PPG with 2 3PM , 4.5 rebounds and over 2 steals before the incident.

      Granted, this is slightly higher than his season averages, but it still shows his multi-cat impact.

      I think a Larkin swap would benefit your team now and over the rest of the year as well.

      He doesn’t put up good assist numbers, but he’s a worthy addition to any fantasy team. No reason to expect his production to decline from his season averages.

  2. Draco21 says:
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    Hey Charlie!

    I’m with you on BoBo. Larkin has the upside sure. But dammmnnn, he had the chance to be a started in NYK also if I’m not mistaken and screwed that up… Just like how Covington is screwing his owners.

    Quick question for ya.

    16 teams, 9 cat H2H, Playoff – Week 21-23
    How does my team look?
    PG – CP3, Collison, MCW, Sessions, Felton
    
SG – Covington (SF), Booker

    SF – JR Smith (SG), Ross (SG)

    PF – P.Gasol (C), Noel (C), Leonard (C)

    C – Towns

    I currently have a trade on the table. I give up CP3 for LOWGOD and Holiday. I really like holiday 2H of the season. Your thoughts?

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @Draco21:

      Larkin resembles the Toby Gerhart phenomenon for fantasy owners: We convince ourselves a player’s value is higher than it should be because his situation is so attractive.

      Gerhart was a trendy pick a year ago because he was expected to get 300 carries, and I think Larkin is viewed in the same light. I agree with you about his performance with the Knicks as well. It’s not that Larkin doesn’t have upside, I think it’s that he’s showed us he’s not a quality NBA point guard. In his past 3 games he’s played over 20 minutes and has only scored a combined 6 points. Jack’s injury will open up minutes, but it’s up to Larkin to make the most of this opportunity.

      Interesting trade.

      I’m inclined to accept the deal, although I don’t understand why it was proposed in the first place. The trade is a win for you, swapping Paul for a peaking Lowry and a soon-to-be peaking Holiday.

      Lowry scores more, rebounds more, and shoots more 3s than Paul while providing a block every now and then (Paul has yet to block a shot btw).

      Holiday should provide more of the same as he’s finally getting closer to being a 30 MPG player once again.

  3. GreenBean says:
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    My team is struggling…

    Steph Curry
    Elfrid Payton
    Deron Williams
    Jameer Nelson
    Michael Carter-Williams
    Gordon Hayward
    Nicolas Batum
    Jae Crowder
    Tobias Harris
    Julius Randle
    Jusuf Nurkic
    Jeff Withey
    Marcin Gortat
    Rudy Gobert

    League is 12 team H2H w/ 9 cats (DD instead of TO)

    Should I keep working the wire (Jameer, Withey etc) or go hard after a trade or two to set up for a titLe run?

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @GreenBean:

      Who are you looking after in trade??

      Definitely keep working the waiver in the interim. Smart waiver acquisitions will help you stay competitive, but I think a big trade is easier to elevate your team for a title run.

      I might be over-caffeinated right now so please don’t hate me for suggesting this, but what about trading Steph Curry??

      I know it sounds insane, but imagine the haul you can get in return. I think you can easily get back two top tier assets which may help your team more in the long run given Curry’s potential to miss games during the playoff run.

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        @Charlie: Haha, I’m not opposed, I traded LeBron two years ago to win my league. I’m sort of in the middle of the pack everywhere except rebounds, and at the bottom for blks. Does an offer like Curry/Hayward for Cousins/Butler seem solid?

      • GreenBean says:
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        @Charlie: …or Curry/Randle(haha)?

        • charlie

          Charlie says:
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          @GreenBean:

          Definitely start with Curry/Randle. I think Curry/Hayward is a little bit too much given Hayward’s ceiling as one of the top wings in fantasy basketball.

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Great write up! And yes, withey is just own if favors is out. Thing is, no one knows when he’s back. I’m desperate for a big to help fill the void of gobert and dieng hasn’t been cutting it. Noah is on the wire but not sure when he’s back either. So forced to look at streamers for week-long stints and not sure to move on the jazzman or not. Don’t think dieng will ever be close to last year with KAT now in town.. Mahinmi and zeller are chillin on the wire too. Need them O brds, 10pts and good blks.

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @Lasandro:

      Is Steven Adams available??? I don’t like Mahinmi as much if you’re looking for offensive rebounds and blocks. And Zeller has been underwhelming after his breakout a few weeks ago.

  5. Rice says:
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    Robert Covington…. what. the. hell???

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @Rice:

      TRUST THE PROCESS

  6. real_cigs says:
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    Do you like Ish Smith more than Elfrid Payton ROS?

    I’m thinking of making the switch in an 8 team 9 cat league where I’m punting FG%.

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @real_cigs:

      Right now I like Smith’s ceiling a little more than Payton.

      Payton is the better player IRL, but this season for fantasy, Smith will score and assist more than Payton in Philly’s system.

  7. Tony C says:
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    HI Charlie….I love your insight and work on the NBA and I do look forward to your blogs/columns. While I don’t have a specific question for a particular player on my fan roster I wanted to get your opinion and recommendations for the ROS. 10 team, H2H, 9-cat league. My team is currently hot in second place. I was in last place after 4 weeks. Do I need to look at any particular position or more importantly specific categories for help as I move forward?
    PG-Teague, Rubio, Dragic
    SG-Butler, Heyward, Monta
    SF-Draymond, Parsons, Bazemore
    PF-Durant, R.Anderson
    C-Sullinger, Ro-Lo, Nurkic

    Thanks for your help and keep up the good work!

  8. Tony C says:
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    I should add that Danny Green, Thomas Jones, Aaron Gordon, Bogdonovic, TJ Warren and Tucker are all available in my league at this time.

    • charlie

      Charlie says:
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      @Tony C:

      Thanks for the kind words! Good work building your team! I really don’t think you have too many weaknesses/areas of upgrade. The only ones I think you might be able to make a swap are Monta (good steals and scoring but everything else is pedestrian), Bazemore, and RoLo.

      I would consider picking up Bogdonovic and Warren due to their upside, but I don’t know if a move is necessary at this time.

  9. Clos says:
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    Hey what’s going on man? H2h 10 team 9 cat go on this morning to set my lineup and someone dropped Wiggins for Belinelli.. Must’ve been a mistake so I jumped on it and dropped jameer Nelson.. Currently in first and got my team looking like this..
    Jrue
    Kemba
    Ish
    Jordan clarkson
    Harden
    KCP
    Parsons
    Gallo
    Wiggins
    Monroe
    Millsap
    Cody zeller
    Drummo
    KAT
    Nurkic
    I’ve got a trade pending right now my Harden KCP and parsons for Westbrook and Deandre.. What do you think?

  10. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    Who would you rather have on your roster for the rest of the year Payton or Larkin?

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I like Bogdanovic too. Have $153/200 FAAB left (mid-pack among those who actually use theirs) in a 12-tm H2H points league, would be dropping Devin Booker. How much would you bid? Larkin went for $29 yesterday, but most pickups are in the single digits (in the last week I’ve gotten Burke for 0, A. Gordon for 4 and D. Booker for 3), with hot adds in the teens or low 20s.

  12. G. says:
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    Hi Charlie, would you take Smart or Larkin then? I scooped Larkin up, but Smart is still available. I also dropped Payton as it looked as though I wouldn’t miss him much. But considering Larkin’s outlook… So Smart, Payton or Larkin? Thanks in advance

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