Fantasy Bucket: Keeping the Handle on Julius Randle

By Elvis Gutierrez

The playoffs are just around the corner, so if these guys are  (for some odd reason) sitting on your Waiver Wire, go pick them up now, and drop the Emmanuel Mudiays in your roster.

First Bottle: Julius Randle

Julius Randle hasn’t been making it to the Fantasy Bucket list because his brute game hasn’t translated into fantasy basketball that much (no thanks to his free throw inefficiency and inconsistent play). But that has changed dramatically in the past month or so, especially this week as he averaged 23 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.3, apg, 1 spg, 1 block and a pristine 91 percent at the free throw line. He’s showing why the Lakers have to keep the handle on Randle.


Second Bottle: David Nwaba

When Fred Hoiberg aka The Mayor announced that David Nwaba will start for the foreseeable future, I thought that missing out on him wasn’t going to be a regrettable idea. But I was wrong, as he averaged 9 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 apg, 2.3 spg, .7 bpg, and 7 three-pointers made for the week. Let’s just hope he and Booby Portis get along.


Third Bottle: DJ Augustin

It’s deja vu as DJ Augustin found himself in the thick of fantasy relevancy once again. He just doesn’t go away, does he? He got thrust into the starting lineup when the Orlando We-don’t-know-what-they’re-doing Magic traded Elfrid Payton. But Augustin is always serviceable given the minutes as he averaged 14 ppg, 7 apg, 4 rpg, and 2.8 3s in a whopping 33 minutes per game in four games this week.


Fourth Bottle: Andre Iguodala

Speaking of deja vu, here we are with Andre Iguodala as he turns back the clock this week with his stat-stuffing ways. The old man (don’t tell him we called him that) averaged 11 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg, 1.3 bpg, and 1 spg with one 3 made. If you’re in a deep league, why not get jiggy wit’ Iggy?


Fifth Bottle: Montrezl Harrell

You know what Montrezl Harrell’s nickname is? “MonstaTrezz.” It’s the type of nickname that would make you want to hide under your bed. The nickname also speaks for what kind of player he is as he has been beasting all week in limited minutes with averages of 19 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1 bpg, and 1 spg with a shooting of 73% from the field in 23 minutes. If you need a center who can score and block a bit, why don’t you put your shizzle on Montrezl? That’s slang for pick him up.





[videos from Youtube; photo from NBA]

About the author

Elvis Gutierrez

Elvis Gutierrez is in real estate as a property specialist, but his real specialty is working the pick ‘n pop as a stretch 4 in his local basketball court. As a little kid, he had dreams and aspirations to become a professional baller, but instead, he unconsciously went into a weight gain program (aka Naiwanan Sa Kusina Diet), which put a dent to his original goal. Despite this, he is still involved in anything hoop-related with his everyday life—playing, talking and breathing basketball. He vows to be a Laker4Life through thick and thin.

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