• Week 15 Schedule

    2 Games: ORL
    3 Games: BRK, BOS, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, POR, TOR, UTA, WAS
    All other teams play 4 games.

    In weekly leagues, I’d bench Aaron Gordon (slumping, and outside the top-200 over the last two weeks unless you’re punting field goal percentage). Maybe play Elfrid Payton if you need the guard stats, but I can do better in all my leagues, and you probably can, too.

    For My Streamers

    Monday has 9 games: Kings at Hornets, Jazz at Hawks, Heat at Rockets, Sixers at Grizzlies, Suns at Bucks, Bulls at Pelicans, Wizards at Mavs, Blazers at Nuggets, and Wolves at Clippers.

    Tuesday has 5: Kings at Magic, Nets at Thunder, Cavs at Spurs, Knicks at Warriors, and Celtics at Lakers.

    Wednesday has 9: Pelicans at Hornets, Jazz at Pistons, Suns at Pacers, Bulls at Sixers, Raptors at Hawks, Rockets at Mavs, Spurs at Grizzlies, Wolves at Blazers, and Celtics at Clippers.

    Thursday has 4: Kings at Heat, Wizards at Thunder, Knicks at Nuggets, and Wolves at Warriors.

    Friday has 10: Hawks at Hornets, Pacers at Cavs, Jazz at Raptors, Lakers at Bulls, Clippers at Grizzlies, Nets at Bucks, Rockets at Pelicans, Blazers at Mavs, Sixers at Spurs, and Knicks at Suns.

    Saturday has 7: Thunder at Pistons, Magic at Pacers, Wizards at Hawks, Hornets at Heat, Celtics at Warriors, Nets at Wolves, and Mavs at Nuggets.

    Sunday also has 7: Bucks at Bulls, Suns at Rockets, Clippers at Pelicans, Pistons at Cavs, Lakers at Raptors, Sixers at Thunder, and Kings at Spurs.

    Back-to-Backs

    Mon/Tues: Kings
    Tues/Weds: Celtics, Spurs
    Weds/Thurs: Wolves
    Thurs/Fri: Knicks
    Fri/Sat: Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Mavs, Pacers
    Sat/Sun: Pistons, Thunder
    Sun/Mon (of week 16): Bucks, Sixers, Suns

    Friday is the only game with at least 10 games, so if you want to stream around it, the Nuggets, Warriors, Heat, Wolves, Thunder, and Wizards play the Thurs/Sat split.
    If you missed it last week, click here for fantasy playoff schedules.

    Working The Wire

    Point Guards

    The Sixers are back from London and done with their crappy scheduling blip, and T.J. McConnell is rolling. Over the last week, *Hubie Brown voice* he gave you 14.7 points, 1.0 threes, 5.7 assists and 2.7 steals, capping off top-50 value. He has a nice rapport with Joel Embiid, the Sixers have a great schedule going forward (including the playoffs), and McConnell is a great end of the bench guard to bolster your assists and steals ROS. All bets are off if No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz ever makes it back, and into the rotation (more on him later).

    Shabazz Napier stays getting run in Terry Stotts’ three-guard lineups, and stayed in the top-100 last week on the backs of 10.3 points, 1.5 threes, 2.8 assists and a steal. Portland plays three times.

    With Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) out indefinitely, Patty Mills resurfaced with top-140 value with 13.5 points, 2.5 threes and a steal on 43.2 percent shooting. Rudy Gay (heel) is still out, the Spurs need offense and he has four games.

    I saw Delon Wright floating around on a waiver wire. His blocks fell off a bit, but he still had decent low-end value last week (top-110). The Raptors have three games.

    Shooting Guards

    Bogdan Bogdanovic has been bogdaning it up for top-50 value over the last two bogdans. The Kings bogdan four times this week; just do it (I’ve taken to singing this song, replacing all lyrics with Bogdanovic; pray for me).

    Wayne Ellington has been dropping threes all season and is still under-owned. He averaged 14.1 points and 3.4 threes over the last two weeks, even though his shot’s been off. Miami plays three times.

    Joe Harris’ shot’s been on, at 50.0 percent over the last two weeks, putting up 11.5 points, 1.9 threes and 4.0 boards. That’s good for top-120 value, but the Nyets only play three games this week and D’Angelo Russell is working his way into game-shape. Russell played an awful 14 minutes in his first game back, so we’ll need to see how the backcourt rotation evolves in Brooklyn.

    Tyrone Wallace kept his frenetic low-end standard league value last week with 11.0 points, 1.0 threes, 4.3 rebounds, a steal and a block, good for top-120 value. The Clippers go four times.

    Small Forwards

    Wesley Johnson was a defensive monster last week, averaging 1.7 blocks and 0.7 steals along with 14.3 points, 2.3 threes and 8.7 rebounds with a pretty easy schedule, which means the offensive and defensive stats are inflated. Still, he offers the most widely available defensive upside from the swing position. He’s inconsistent as they come, but the Clippers play four games this week with a decent schedule, so it’s a risk vs. reward add.

    Michael Beasley kept up low-end volume scoring last week, with 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and a nice 1.5 blocks in almost 22 minutes per game. The Knicks go three times, so there you go.

    Marcus Morris has delivered low-end value the last couple of weeks with 13.3 points, 1.5 threes and 6.5 boards in 25.6 minutes a game. He had a few duds in that sample size but he’s a known quantity at this point, so if you need him for three games next week, he’s much more available than Beasley.

    Power Forwards

    Even with Marc Gasol returning, JaMychal Green put up 10.8 points and 12.0 rebounds last week. That’s enough for top-100 value. Green hasn’t been very good this season, but has enough upside to hold low-end value ROS (especially if Gasol misses games in a wasted season). The question is whether he’ll keep it up. Memphis has three games this week. Update: Green hurt his ankle on Saturday, which dampers his outlook in a three game week. Watch out for when he returns.

    Marquese Chriss was just “out” with a hip problem, and was dropped pretty heavily before he missed his third game and became IL eligible. I added him in two leagues where he was available and slid him into the IL spots, so he’s not costing me games played in H2H. No harm, no foul.

    Centers

    Montrezl Harrell averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in three games last week sans DeAndre Jordan (left ankle sprain). D.J. probably won’t be out too much longer but the Clippers go four times, so you might get a few games more without Jordan.

    Frank Kaminsky ended up with top-100 value last week with 10.3 points, 1.3 threes and a steal. The Tank has had an up-and-down season but Charlotte goes four times and he’s available in a bunch of leagues. With Charlotte’s whole team available, Kaminsky could get extra run if Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist get moved.

     

    Random Observations

    -Young James Harden to old gif.

    -No trades yet? There have been for me. The latest one I completed was my Kawhi Leonard for his IT and Kent Bazemore. I was trying to get his Dipo, or other 2nd -3rd round picks from other owners, but no nibbles. This was before Kawhi was listed as Out-Indefinitely. This was less than an ideal trade for me as Pizza Guy has his own issues, but it was (is) my only team not in the playoffs, still had Gobert on the pine and was still rudderless. I approved the trade, and a few days later, news broke that Kawhi was out, yet again. This is the reality for trades: you work it, and sometimes don’t get the ideal trade, but you do it anyway because it’s a calculated risk that you deem advantageous to your squad. Sometimes it breaks bad. Sometimes, it breaks Chef (knocking on all the wood in a one-mile radius).

    -Love me some Kevin McHale! He’s always super nice, humorous, and just down to earth. He was really at home and in rare form with Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan in Boston for Thursday’s game vs. the Sixers. They all got to trashing Russell Westbrook’s white and black superhero outfit. Hahaha. Post-game, Embiid turned down a second shot at Rihanna after she had previously told him to make the All-star team before he hollered at her. Zing! Of course, he wrapped up the interview with #TTP. Love that guy (also, he and T.J. McConnell have a really nice rapport).

    -What the hell is going on with Markelle Fultz? This story’s been done already, many times, but two days ago I swapped him for Marquese Chriss for an IL spot on one of my teams, so he’s on my radar. This was one of my patented 2 for 1 +1 trades where it’s really a 2 for 1, but I add the scrubbiest of the busters on the other owner’s squad to make it feel more ‘equitable’…

    -I’ve seen crazier things (like the Arenas Incident and The Malice at the Palace), but never something so bizarre in its nebulousness. In the preseason, Brett Brown said Fultz changed his shot, but Fultz’s trainer denied that, saying Fultz was adjusting his shot to compensate for shoulder pain. He ended up playing four games once the season started, and his shot was obviously broken. He was (allegedly) bumped to the IL to allow his shoulder to heal up. Recently, we heard that Fultz was again practicing with the team, with coach Brown saying he wouldn’t play until he could shoot. I took that to mean he was still experiencing shoulder pain, but soon videos dropped of Fultz shooting jumpers and his shot still looked ugly and broken. So, what’s the problem? We still don’t know. Is he low-key hurt? Did he irreparably ruin his mechanics? Does he have the yips? It remains to be seen, but whatever the case is, I hope the full story comes out, and moreover, I hope Markelle can fix whatever is ailing him.

    James Johnson punching Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons, Arron Afflalo swinging on, then headlocked by, Nemanja Bjelica, The Rockets vs. Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, whatever MCW, Tim Frazier and Jason Smith got themselves into, the refs throwing out techs like Money Mayweather making it rain in Miami- all are recent examples of the general nation-wide trend of incivility metastasizing into the crevices of society. Aside from urging everyone to be kind to one another (i.e. be kind to everyone), I’m not sure I can do anything else.

    Peace,
    Chef

     

    Holla at your boy.

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