After a couple weeks to start the season that were less than stellar, I finally got my first win of the young season. I ended up winning 6-3 against the SLD Soldiers, and although going in the last day on Sunday I was up 8-1, I am definitely happy to get the win.
Good Overall Week
Obviously winning 6-3 I was able to get a majority of the statistical categories, including every defensive category. The only statistic I was losing going in to Sunday was offensive turnovers, which is to be expected when you are winning the rest, and then on Sunday I fell behind in field goal percentage, losing .485 to .505, and assists, which I barely missed having 105 assists to my opponents 108.
Most of the rest were not really close, which is nice when dealing with fantasy sports, because you never know what can happen. Free throw percentage was the closest, with my team winning with a 77.7% average, and SLD Soldiers finishing with a 76.1%. My team had 573 total points, versus 436, and 52 made three point shots against 42.
Back to those defensive categories, my team had 224 rebounds against 185 on the other side, 40 steals to 32, and 22 blocks versus 15. Overall a week that I would love to match every week!
Who Led the Way?
Obviously Kyrie Irving will be my lead dog most of the season, as he finished with 87 points, 11 boards, and 20 assists to go along with 4 steals and 1 block. He only had 7 turnovers, which I will gladly take with the numbers he is putting up. Kyrie also did not miss a free throw all week, and shot 50% from the field.
T.J. Warren is continuing to have an excellent season, albeit because of additional playing time due to injuries. He finished with 90 points last week, plus 14 rebounds and 7 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks while only having 7 turnovers. His 83.3% free throw shooting could have been a bit higher, but he did have a 61.5% field goal percentage. I can expect similar stats until Domantis Sabonis and Myles Turner return.
Jason Tatum and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander both had very nice weeks. Tatum made 6 three point shots to get to 60 points total, 23 rebounds, and 6 assists plus 6 steals, and also 3 blocks. Gilgeous-Alexander made 7 three pointers, on his way to 79 points, 15 boards and 14 assists. He also had 3 steals and 1 block.
Eric Paschall is still doing his thing for Golden State, finishing with 65 points and 20 rebounds and 4 assists, with a perfect free throw percentage and 6 three pointers made. Not too bad for a waiver wire pick up!
Who Needs to Pick it Up?
Patrick Beverly shows flashes every once in awhile, although that probably has more to do with Kawhi Leonard taking a game off here and there more than anything. He is on the short list of player to drop if he cannot put up better number when Kawhi is on the floor.
Delon Wright was not doing well, and I needed to drop somebody to make room for Blake Griffin’s return from the injured list, so I dropped him on Sunday. Even if he had been playing well he wouldn’t have been putting up the numbers that Griffin is capable of, and there are so many other options than the Mavericks back up point guard.
Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans is another player that I will keep my eye on. He has the skills to put up points, but with so many other quality players on this young Pelicans squad, he has been the odd man out in minutes more times than not. If his minutes continue to stay low I will be forced to look for other options on the waiver wire.
That being said, Landry Shamet will be the first casualty to the waiver wire. There was a lot of optimism for Shamet going into this season, but that is starting to fall a bit as the numbers are just not supporting the idea of him being able to help a fantasy roster. I will be looking to replace him this week.
Who is on the Waiver Wire?
I am not really looking for a center, but Robert Williams for the Boston Celtics is an intriguing player. Coach Brad Stevens has said positive things about him lately, and with Enes Kanter having injury issues lately he could be in line for increased opportunities.
Jae Crowder is another name to look into. With Ja Morant out of the lineup against the Mavericks, Crowder was able to get 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks along with 4 three pointers made. Not going to lead the league in any category, but the ability to help out in all those statistics will be helpful.
Anfernee Simons is the last player I am looking at to improve my lineup. He is only 20 years old, but starting to get talk for the 6th man of the year award already in this season. He has been used off the bench to take some of the pressure off of C.J. McCollum and Damien Lillard, and has the ability to put up points in a hurry with his 3 point shot.
How are the Standings Looking?
Even after starting out the season with back-to-back losses, I was able to climb to a tie for 5th spot after this week with a combined total of 13-14. I am sitting 9 games out of first place, so that may be a little tough to catch, but at least I am back in the playoff hunt. There is a crowd around me though, with the 7th place team only half a game behind us, and the 11th place team only 4 games behind.
My next match up will be against the current 9th place team, so I hope that I will be able to continue my success against him. They lost last week 3-6, and were one of the teams that I jumped over to get to the 5th spot.
Next week will be interesting, with my 4th overall draft pick, Blake Griffin coming back. Since he has not played all year, it is difficult to determine how well he will play at first. I fully expect him to contribute sooner than later however.
If you have any questions, advice, or comments, please leave them below, I would love to connect with you and chat about fantasy basketball. Thank you so much for reading, have a great week!