The season from hell wasn’t finished clobbering us, with Klay Thompson (thumb) and Kevin Durant (ribs) both suffering fractures, Steph Curry (ankle) & Kyrie Irving (knee) out, and a motley crew of Aaron Gordon (concussion), Larry Nance (hamstring), Gary Harris (knee, out at least 3-4 games per coach Malone), Myles Turner (ankle), Al Horford (illness)- all on one team for me- Kris Dunn (toe), Devin Booker (hand), Steven Adams (hip) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) all missing games. I’m probably missing a player or two, too.

    Add that to the guys that left their respective games on Saturday- Nic Batum (Achilles), John Collins (ankle), DSJ (ankle) and T.J. Warren (knee) and many of us had, and are going to have, a rough week.

    Going into Sunday, it’s not looking good for the NoZingis Spyda Squad. I was already down in games to start the week and with only two adds left over, I couldn’t overcome five guys missing games. Unless Harden sits on Sunday (second game of a back-to-back) and Lillard’s wife goes into labor, I’ll have less than a 10 percent chance to win. If they both sit, it’s about 40-60.

    In another, Team Boogie No More is now down a Curry. I’m glad I had a bye week because I’m down to Dipo, Spyda, Middleton, Niko (horrible lately), John Collins (ankle), a resting Marc Gasol, a shaky James Johnson, a hit-or-miss Wilson Chandler, Skal Labissiere & Austin Rivers (lol), and some randos. If Steph doesn’t come back this week, I’ll be like

    Kudos if these injuries have (largely) bypassed you, and if they hit you hard like they hit me, what can you do, especially when you’re limited with your adds-I’d already used one of my three for the week?
    It really sucks how a whole season’s worth of planning and good play can get ruined by the random, but we know this. That’s just the way it is.


    Week 23 Schedule

    *Click here for ROS schedule grid.

    Note to my Roto friends: I hope you’re not falling too far back in games played. Players can catch a random DNP out the blue the later we get in the season, so don’t plan to hit all your limits on the last day.

    All other teams play 4 games.

    I don’t personally have any overbooked days (maybe because I’m streaming so much) but Friday, March 24, is the only day with at least 10 games so double check if you have players benched. Do the same for Sunday (9 games).


    For My Streamers

    Monday has 8 games: Bucks at Cavs, Lakers at Pacers, Hornets at Sixers, Grizzlies at Nets, Nuggets at Heat, Bulls at Knicks, Warriors at Spurs, and Pistons at Kings.

    Tuesday has 7: Raptors at Magic, Thunder at Celtics, Clippers at Wolves, Mavs at Pels, Hawks at Jazz, Pistons at Suns, Rockets at Blazers.

    Wednesday has 8: Raptors at Cavs, Grizz at Sixers, Hornets at Nets, Knicks at Heat, Nuggs at Bulls, Clips at Bucks, Pacers at Pels, and Wizards at Spurs.

    Thursday has 6: Grizz at Hornets, Sixers at Magic, Pistons at Rockets, Lakers at Pels, Jazz at Mavs, and Hawks at Kings.

    Friday has 10: Clippers at Pacers, Nuggs at Wiz, Suns at Cavs, Wolves at Knicks, Nets at Raptors, Bucks at Bulls, Heat at Thunder, Jazz at Spurs, Celtics at Blazers, and Hawks at Dubbs.

    Saturday has 6: Wolves at Philly, Bulls at Pistons, Suns at Magic, Pelicans at Rockets, Lakers at Grizz, and Hornets at Mavs.

    Sunday has 9: Cavs at Nets, Spurs at Bucks, Heat at Pacers, Clips at Raps, Knicks at Wiz, Celts at Kings, Blazers at Thunder, Hawks at Rockets, and Jazz at Dubbs.


    Mon/Tues: DET
    Tues/Weds: LAC, NOR, TOR
    Weds/Thurs: CHA, MEM, NOR, PHI
    Thurs/Fri: ATL, UTA
    Fri/Sat: CHI, MIN, PHO
    Sat/Sun: HOU
    Sun/Mon (of Week 24): BOS, NYK


    4 games weeks starting on Tuesday: ATL, HOU, LAC, NOR, TOR, UTA, all finishing on Sunday except the Pelicans who wrap it up on Saturday.

    3 games in 4 nights:

    Mon/Tues/Thurs: DET

    Mon/Weds/Thurs: CHA, MEM, PHI

    Tues/Weds/Thurs: NOR

    Tues/Weds/Fri: LAC, TOR

    Tues/Thurs/Fri: ATL, UTA

    Weds/Fri/Sat: CHI

    Thurs/Fri/Sun: ATL, UTA

    Thurs/Sat/Sun: HOU

    Working The Wire

    Make sure Tyreke Evans (four games), Taurean Prince (four games). James Johnson (ditto), Josh Jackson (three games) etc. aren’t randomly on your wires. This week, possibly dropped Aaron Gordon, Larry Nance Jr., Kris Dunn, etc. might return and should be watched/added accordingly.

    Point Guards

    John Wall’s getting closer and Tomas Satoransky’s expiration date has been stamped. He’s still edible, though. Washington plays Weds/Fri/Sun, which isn’t very ideal. They have four games the week after but that might be cutting it close with Wall.

    No Kyrie Irving (knee) + no Smart (thumb) = Terry Rozier time. Last week, he racked up 18.0 points, 3.3 threes, 6.0 boards, 5.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3, only hurting you with his efficiency. The Leprechauns play Tues/Fri/Sun, which is pretty spaced out, and not attractive but Rozier might put up enough counting stats to make him worth holding.

    D.J. Augustin was even better without Aaron Gordon (concussion, memory), compiling 18.3 points, 2.3 threes, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals last week. Aaron Gordon should return this week and Orlando plays Tues/Thurs/Sat.

    Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea are options, especially with no Wes Matthews and maybe DSJ, though Dallas only has three games- Tues/Thurs/Sat.

    Milos Teodosic gave you 9.3 points, 1.5 threes, 4.8 assists and 0.8 steals last week, good for top-150 value. The Seafaring Ships set sail Tues/Weds/Fri/Sun and follow with four games the week after.

    Fred VanVleet got top-120 value in four games last week with 10.5 points, 2.0 threes, 3.8 assists and 0.5 steals while Delon Wright did as well with 11.3 points, 1.8 threes, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals. They’re both options as the Dinos go Tues/Weds/Fri/Sun, but only have two games in Week 24.

    Kris Dunn has a turf-toe like injury so it looks like the Cam Payne show in Chicago. He won’t wow you anywhere but got 9.5 points, 1.8 threes, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals last week. The Bulls run Mon/Weds/Fri/Sat

    Shooting Guards

    -Caris LeVert maintained value getting 12.3 points, 1.3 threes, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals. The Nyets have a go Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

    -Denzel Valentine’s been averaging 12.9 points, 2.7 threes, 5.6 boards and 4.3 last week. Those numbers were inflated from his career high 34 points (8 threes) on Saturday, but still. Chicago plays Mon/Weds/Fri/Sat.

    -Wayne Ellington did his thing with 13.5 points, 3.5 threes and a nice 1.3 steals last week. The Heat also play Mon/Weds/Fri/Sun.

    -Klay Thompson broke his thumb and Nick Young is now the new starter. Kevin Durant (rib fracture) will be out for a few weeks, too. The Dubbs’ schedule is pretty bad, going Mon/Fri/Sun with three days of dead space in the middle of the week. I wouldn’t do that for the week, but I might need some Swaggy 3s on Sunday.

    -If I need a lil boost in points, I might use Ian Clark for his ridiculous Tues/Weds/Thurs.

    Small Forwards

    -Corey Brewer’s been killing it for a few weeks now with averages of 12.0 points, 1.4 threes and 2.1 steals. He’s had useful, hot stretches in the past and hopefully this one isn’t over, though his schedule- Tues/Fri/Sun- leaves a lot to be desired.

    -Dillon Brooks scored 18.3 points with 2.7 threes and 1.0 steals in over 33 minutes a game last week. He’s a bit one dimensional but homie can fill it up. Mon/Weds/Thurs/Sat which leaves Sun open for an extra game.

    -Reggie Bullock picked up 15.0 points, 3.0 threes and 1.0 steals last week. Steady as she goes, and he goes Mon/Tues/Thurs/Sat.

    -Kyle Anderson: Slo-Mo kept up the D, getting 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks last week, and though his other numbers were down a bit, he still had top-100 value. San An’ plays Mon/Weds/Fri/Sun.

    Power Forwards

    -JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin are still getting big minutes and are useful. Green will grab more boards and Martin will hit more threes (and probably get more blocks). They go Mon/Weds/Thurs/Sat which leaves Sun open for an extra game.

    -Dwight Powell nabbed 13.5 points, 1.3 threes and 5.0 rebounds while once again shooting over 70 percent from the field. The Mavs go Tues/Thurs/Sat.

    -Marcus Morris had 16.7 points, 1.7 threes, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals last week, though his Tues/Fri/Sun doesn’t look particularly appetizing.

    -Jae Crowder was more than decent last week 11.3 points, 1.8 threes, 4.8 boards and 1.3 steals though he’s still shooting it poorly (under 40 percent over the last month). The Jazz play Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun.

    -Ersan Ilyasova had some low-key value last week with 8.5 points, 1.0 threes, 5.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 0.8 turnovers. The Sixers play four games, and while Illy isn’t a hold, deep leaguers can use him for either set of 3 games in 4 nights: Mon/Wed/Thurs or Wed/Thurs/Sat, the second one leaving you with a free Sunday.

    -Weekly Marquese Chriss Watch: This sequence against the Jazz encapsulated his season: after stinking the whole game, he air-balled a dunk and then pushed the crap out of Ricky Rubio for no reason. Ladies and Gentleman, Marquese Chriss!

    I was disappointed with Utah’s reaction- Jinglin’ Joe, Jae Crowder, et al “had his back,” but there’s only one way to deal with bullies, and they ain’t come close.


    -Awwww. Doc Rivers killed Montrezl Harrell’s value by throwing him out there for just 13.5 minutes last week, rendering him unplayable in standard leagues. The Clips go Tues/Weds/Fri/Sun and follow with four games the next week, so hopefully he can pick it up at some point.

    -With Hassan Whiteside (hip) still out, Kelly Olynyk kept up his top-50 play last week, bringing home a lil of everything with 13.0 points, 1.5 threes, 7.3 boards, 3.5 dimes,1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Miami plays Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

    -Dewayne Dedmon is an option with John Collins (ankle) probably looking to miss a few games. Same for Mike Muscala as a lesser option. The Hawks fly Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun.

    -Skal Labisierre (hip) returned and put up 11.0 points, 2.0 threes and 1 stock in two games. The Kings preside Mon/Thurs/Sun (yuk) but have four games in Week 24.

    -Nerlens Noel continues to sit one every back-to-back but Dallas doesn’t have any of those next week, going Tues/Thurs/Sat. He’s averaging 6.0 points, 8.6 boards, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. The Mavs go Tues/Thurs/Sat with four games the week after.

    -Big Sauce Alan Williams hasn’t made it back to an NBA game yet, but he’s supposed to get some run in the Gigli (G-League) this week. Remember last year he had per-36s of 17.6 points, 14.8 boards and 1.7 blocks. He’s coming off a meniscus tear so don’t expect anywhere near that, but he could be a plus for rebounds in a few weeks with Tyson Chandler (neck, shoulder, age) and Alex Len (Alex Len) having issues.

    Random Observations

    RIP Team Kawhi Me A River (bad puns often impress the basketball gods): Going into last Sunday, I was up by a lot of assists, +2 steals, +3 blocks, tied in 3s, losing points and rebounds significantly, and turnovers by five or so. I was losing both percentages, but they were super close.

    Looking at Sunday, I already had an extra game and was going to make an add. Projected stats had me winning steals and blocks, but losing threes (percentages are so random, it’s hard to call for a one-day sample). I decided to stream a three-point shooter who could also get some steals.

    I ended up winning assists, threes, and both percentages, but losing turnovers, steals and blocks, with his Anthony Davis getting 10 which was insurmountable. That gave me a 4-5 loss, and while I was tied with team No. 6, Yahoo doesn’t look at preseason record; instead the hottest team. Considering No. 6 was playing a dead team, his 7-1-1 trumped my 4-5.

    It would be easy to self-flagellate for streaming 3s/steals instead of blocks, but I had Gobert, Jakapertle and Jarrett Allen while he only had Brow. From my side, Gobert got me 2 and that was it from my centers. Meanwhile his Niko, Lauri and Jae got one each; add that to Brow’s 10 and it’s a spanking. I don’t even think there was a dude to add that would have bridged that gap. Also, I couldn’t predict Bazemore getting hurt (if you remember, I ended up trading Kawhi for IT and Bazemore, and though both were underwhelming, Kawhi hasn’t played since; score: win by attrition).

    As it happens, AD’s monster week and Sunday triple-double gave me an improbable 9-0 win in my big money league that same week. Minor injuries hit the No. 2 team and he stunk it up enough for me to bump him from the second bye spot. The basketball gods giveth and they taketh.

    I’ve been playing fantasy hoops since Robert Horry was a Spur, so you think I’d know better enough than to get Pop’d, but I did. This was also the earliest draft I’ve done in a while- a full 2.5 weeks before the season started, when Kawhi was just missing preseason games. Not coincidentally, it’s the first time I’ve missed the H2H playoffs in a few years- I can usually gut my team/stream enough to eek my way in. Correlations don’t always equal causation (and are often spurious) but sometimes they do. Lesson learned.

    When Melo was traded to OKC, I’m sure many people were expecting Olympic Melo, the Melo that perfectly complemented the young guns. Most thought Olympic Melo = Hoodie Melo, but Hoodie Melo ended up = Crappy, Old Melo. Oh, well.

    De’Aaron Fox needs to work on his game a bunch, but boy can that boy finish at and near the rim.

    Eid-e Naurooz/Happy Iranian New Year!

    In a tradition dating back to (at least) Zoroastrian times, the Iranian New Year, not just for Persians, but also for other Iranian peoples like Kurds, Tajiks, Ossetians, and Balochis, is on the first day on Spring to celebrate rebirth of the life and the natural ecosystems ancient people were so dependent on.

    Iranians celebrating New Years would traditionally burn wild rue (indoors to bless the abode) and jump over a bonfire to metaphorically the burn away of the old year and entrance into the new one. I want to do it so bad, but I know very few local Iranians, and unfortunately Chicago’s got hella regulations; we can’t do nothing here but pay taxes.

    With all these injuries, I’m wishing I had a cleansing fire to jump through,


    I be here.

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