Roundball Stew – Fantasy Basketball

Raphielle Johnson, NBC Sports, Rotoworld Basketball, Dan Titus


From waiver wire pickups, to season-long NBA trends, to DFS and other need-to-know news around the league, Rotoworld's Raphielle Johnson and Dan Titus of Yahoo! Sports keep you up to speed on Roundball Stew, formerly the Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball Podcast. A finalist for Best Multi-Sport Fantasy Podcast by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association in 2020, Roundball Stew has every NBA angle covered!

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958 episodes

Beal trade and impact, Morant suspension outlook and Draft movement

(0:00) Bradley Beal traded to Phoenix and its Fantasy impact. (6:15) Washington side of trade (9:25) Ja Morant suspension (12:40) Lillard Portland discussion. (15:30) Draymond Green opts out of contract to become a Free Agent (21:55) New Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy Jr.  says he wants to keep Jordan Poole  (24:45) Draft guide bundle - What will Victor Wembayama's Fantasy stats be and Chet Holmgren will return. (32:45) Zion Williamson trade rumors and possibilities. (42:50) Lou Williams retired

Jun 20
Nuggets beat Heat in NBA Finals + Outlook for CP3, Ja, Dame

(00:00) – Denver claims first NBA Title: Nikola Jokic puts bow on dominant postseason, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. rebound from injury (08:50) – Nuggets offseason storylines: Bruce Brown’s player option + projecting Jeff Green and Christian Braun next year (15:00) – Reflecting on Miami’s season: A year full of “clutch” games, Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro next season coming off injuries (29:35) – Heat summer headlines: Tricky salary cap issues in South Beach + outlook for Bam Adebayo, Caleb Martin, Max Strus and Tyler Herro in 2023-24 (32:25) – Other Top Headlines around the NBA: Potential suitors for Chris Paul if he’s waived, Ja Morant’s pending suspension, Pelicans pursuit of a Top-3 pick, Damian Lillard’s future in Portland and more  

Jun 13
NBA Finals Preview, Early NBA Draft Takes and more

(02:00) – NBA Finals Preview: The improbable run from the Heat, how the Nuggets have run through the playoffs, Finals predictions and ranking Jamal Murray next year (12:20) – Future of the Lakers and Celtics: Improving L.A.’s roster next season, Jaylen Brown’s looming supermax deal and possible changes for the fall (21:35) – Head Coaching hires: Monty Williams lands with Pistons, Nick Nurse heads to Philadelphia, Adrian Griffin takes over the Bucks, Ime Udoka agrees to run the Rockets, potential Suns and Raptors candidates (38:20) – Early NBA Draft thoughts: How Victor Wembanyama will impact the Spurs, Brandon Miller or Scoot Henderson drafted 2nd by Charlotte + Trail Blazers, Rockets and Magic trade winds swirling

Jun 01
Fantasy Rankings Report Card + 2nd Round Playoff Predictions

(04:30) – Notable Headlines: Ime Udoka joins Rockets, Dillon Brooks and Grizzlies part ways, Embiid named MVP (12:20) – Second Round Injuries + Series Predictions: Knicks vs Heat, Nuggets vs Suns, Celtics vs 76ers, Warriors vs Lakers (28:00) – Fantasy Rankings Report Card – What went right: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Brook Lopez, Jaren Jackson Jr., Trae Young, Jalen Brunson, Nikola Vucevic, and Lauri Markkanen (44:00) – Fantasy Rankings Report Card – What went wrong: O.G. Anunoby, Nic Claxton, Devon Booker, Jalen Green and JaVale McGee

May 03
Early Playoff Thoughts + 2023-24 Breakout Candidates

(00:00) – Playoff Headlines: Kings go up early on Warriors, injuries cloud Bucks-Heat and Lakers-Grizzlies Series and more (16:30) – Award Winner Discussion: Thoughts on Jaren Jackson Jr. winning DPOY and De’Aaron Fox named Clutch Player of the Year (20:15) – Ranking Rookies entering their Sophomore season: Walker Kessler, Jalen Williams, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith (27:45) – Potential Breakout Candidates in 2023-24: Mark Williams, Jabari Smith, Jonathan Kuminga and Zach Collins

Apr 19
2022-23 Rotoworld All-Rookie Team

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Mavericks bizarre ending to the regular season and Damian Lillard not interested in a Blazers rebuild (10:00) – More Headlines: Cam Thomas and Kenneth Lofton Jr. go off in the final week of the season and turmoil with the Timberwolves (19:40) – Play-in game updates: Lakers, Hawks and Heat return to hear full health for the postseason (25:00) – Rotoworld All-Rookie Teams: Jalen Williams, Keegan Murray and Walker Kessler lead the way + analyzing the potential of Andrew Nembhard, Marc Williams, Tari Eason and others heading into their sophomore seasons

Apr 11
Fantasy Awards Winners: MVP, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and more

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Joel Embiid explodes for 52 vs Celtics, Donovan Mitchell continues his scoring binge, Andrew Wiggins returns to Warriors, Mavericks continue to struggle, Jamal Murray injures his thumb and more (14:30) – Playoff Look-Ahead: Making sense of the 5-10 spots in both conferences (19:45) – More Injury Updates: Jazz without Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler, multiple Wizards and Knicks banged up and making sense of the Pistons (30:00) – MVP of the fantasy Season: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid (31:30) – Most Improved Player: Lauri Markkanen, Tyrese Haliburton, Mikal Bridges and Nic Claxton (33:15) – Rookie of the Year: Walker Kessler and Jalen Williams (34:45) – Defensive Player of the Year: Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brook Lopez (37:00) – Comeback Player of the Year: Klay Thompson, Jamal Murray and Kawhi Leonard

Apr 05
IQ as a league-winner, KD’s long-awaited return + Injury updates

(01:15) – Top Headlines: Immanuel Quickley drops 40 vs Rockets, Trail Blazers and Pacers seem to have called it a season, Anthony Edwards back in TWolves lineup and Kevin Durant’s expected return (20:30) – More Injury Updates: Latest on Jarrett Allen, Norman Powell, LeBron James, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton (36:45) – Week 23 Schedule Breakdown: Analyzing players to add as the Grizzlies, Pelicans, Celtics, Spurs, Jazz, Thunder and Nuggets

Mar 29
Paul George Injured + Ja, Luka, KAT return and more

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Basketball legend Willis Reed passes away at 80 years old, Julius Randle drops 57 at The Garden, Paul George’s injury, returns of Ja Morant, Luka Doncic’s and Karl-Anthony Towns (15:20) – More Injury Updates: Robert Williams returns to Celtics, latest on Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., James Harden, Deandre Ayton and Tyrese Haliburton (22:40) – Week 22 Schedule Breakdown: Who has 3 games vs 2 games remaining and notable players to add on back-to-backs (35:30) – Week 23 Waiver Wire Adds: Austin Reaves, Marvin Bagley, Tari Eason, Deni Avdija, Andrew Nembhard, Quentin Grimes and others  

Mar 22
Bucks trending up, Nuggets’ and Blazers’ freefall + Key Injury Replacements

(03:00) – Top Headlines: Bucks surging, Nuggets and Blazers fading, making sense of the West playoff picture and Karl-Anthony Towns’ murky return date (15:20 – Week 21 + 22 Schedule Breakdown: Analyzing teams and potential waiver wire adds given their busy/light game slate (23:45) – Injury Roundup: Updates on Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen, Jalen Brunson, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Robert Williams, Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, Rudy Gobert and others (41:00) – More Possible Waiver Wire Adds: Gabe Vincent, Bruce Brown, Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and more  

Mar 15
Ja Morant’s absence, and the return of Stephen Curry

(02:00) - Ja Morant indefinte absence from Memphis.  What does that mean for Tyus Jones? (10:00) - Emergence of Immanuel Quickley for the surging Knicks. (16:40) - Steph Curry is returning and that will impact Jordan Poole's numbers. (23:00) - Zion Williamson is still out.  Drop him? (30:45) - Buy/Sell/Hold: Can you trust Mo Wagner for the rest of the season?  

Mar 08
LeBron’s injury, Durant’s Suns debut + Trade Deadline Targets

(00:00) – Week in Review + Injury Updates: Dame drops 71, LaMelo Ball out for the season, Russell Westbrook’s impact on the Clippers, Hawks hire Quin Snyder, James Wiseman’s role in Detroit and LeBron James out indefinitely (18:20) – Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Paolo Banchero, Nick Richards and Charles Bassey (24:30) – Upcoming Schedule + Waiver Wire Adds: Donte DiVincenzo, Jonathan Kuminga and Josh Okogie (32:00) – Fantasy trade deadline targets: Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson and Dejounte Murray

Mar 01
Giannis’ wrist injury, Westbrook to the Clippers + All-Star Recap

(01:45) – Top Headlines: Giannis’ wrist injury, impact of Russell Westbrook to the Clippers, Hawks fire Nate McMillian, Kevin Love to the Heat and more (16:25) – All Star Recap: Mac McClung wins the Dunk Contest, Damian Lillard takes 3-Point Competition, Jayson Tatum wins MVP as Team Giannis beats Team LeBron (19:15) – Injury Roundup: Updates on Anfernee Simons, O.G. Anunoby, Jamal Murray, Kevin Porter Jr., Lonzo Ball and others (28:25) – Week 18 Schedule + Waiver Wire Targets: Previewing teams on multiple back to backs, intrigue with Donte DiVincenzo, Kevon Looney and Jaylin Williams

Feb 22
Trade Deadline Fallout and Kevin Durant’s impact on the Suns

Yahoo Sports fantasy basketball analyst Dan Titus (@DanTitus) and Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) of Rotoworld discuss the trade deadline fallout across the league, how the addition of Kevin Durant impacts the Suns’ fantasy values, which new additions will impact the Clippers’ rotation and preview All-Star Weekend with a few predictions for the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition.  (0:33) - Top Headlines: Bucks run their win streak to 11-straight, Zion suffers and injury setback, LeBron's foot injury and recent tears from Jalen Brunson, Derrick White and Markelle Fultz (8:05) - Trade Deadline Winners/Losers: Kevin Durant's impact on the Suns wings, trustworthy Nets after their new-look roster, increased role for Josh Green in  Dallas, Talen Horton-Tucker in Utah, Russell Westbrook's next stop and more (29:00) - Injury Roundup: Anfernee Simons, Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan, Jamal Murray, Steven Adams,  (35:44) - Waiver Wire Adds: Malaki Branham, Kevon Looney, Grant Williams and Donte DiVincenzo  (38:25) - Previewing All-Star Weekend: Thoughts on the new format, predicting who wins the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition 

Feb 15
LeBron makes history, Kyrie trade impact + Latest deadline rumors

(0:30) - Top Headlines: LeBron sets all-time scoring record, breaking down Kyrie to the Mavericks, Cam Thomas' scoring binge, Kessler Edwards and Dwayne Dedmon  involved in other deals (11:10) - Latest trade rumors: Analyzing possible destinations for Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, Russell Westbrook, John Collins, Bones Hyland, Saddiq Bey and multiple Magic and Hornets players (19:57) - Injury Roundup: Steph Curry, Jusuf Nurkic and Kyle Lowry out multiple weeks, Devin Booker returns, Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma day-to-day (30:50) - Waiver Wire Adds: Immanuel Quickley, Quinten Grimes, Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Josh Green, Trendon Watford and more (35:09) - Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Andrew Wiggins, Christian Wood, D'Angelo Russell, Bradley Beal and Buddy Hield

Feb 08
Trade watch for Bones Hyland, John Collins and others

(1:20) – Top Headlines: Luka continues scoring binge, Embiid outduels Jokic, LeBron chases history, Kyrie’s impressive run, Wizards and Clippers rolling  (9:18) – Injury Roundup: Latest on Tyrese Haliburton, Devin Booker, Zion, Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and Wendell Carter Jr.  (17:53) – Trading Block: Bones Hyland, Mason Plumlee, Jae Crowder, John Collins, Alex Caruso and numerous Trail Blazers (28:57) – Week 16 Schedule Breakdown + Waiver Wire Adds: Jeremy Sochan, Pat Williams, Victor Oladipo, Den Avdija, Alec Burks and Mark Williams (32:25) – Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Jakob Poeltl, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rui Hachimura, Caris LeVert and Tari Eason

Feb 01
Rui trade impact, Isaac’s return, Waiver Wire pickups and more

(03:00) – Top Headlines: Analyzing Rui Hachimura traded to L.A., sneaky Kings options, Bruce Brown intrigue, Jonathan Isaac’s long awaited return and more (18:00) – Injury roundup: Steven Adams, Marcus Smart, Bobby Portis, Kristaps Porzingis + Anthony Davis’ return (26:45) – Waiver Wire adds this week: T.J. McConnell, Dennis Smith Jr., Delon Wright and Tari Eason (32:05) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Jalen Duren, John Collins, Jalen Brunson and R.J. Barrett

Jan 25
Jokic’s MVP case, Walker Kessler’s breakout + Trade Deadline Intrigue

(01:15) - Top headlines this week: Jayson Tatum and Walker Kessler’s huge games + injury updates Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo and more (13:45) - Schedule breakdown: Teams to target and avoid this week + streaming options (18:55) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Nikola Vucevic, Walker Kessler and Alperen Sengun (26:45) – Trade deadline teams to monitor: Suns, Mavericks and Trail Blazers      

Jan 18
Durant and Haliburton injuries + Buying/Selling MPJ, Giannis and more

(01:30) – Injury roundup: Analyzing who will see more time with Kevin Durant, Tyrese Haliburton and Jaylen Brown out (18:15) – Week 14 Scheduling Breakdown: Busy week for the Raptors + teams with 4-games (23:15) – Waiver Wire Intrigue: Duane Washington Jr., Naji Marshall, Chris Boucher, Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin Jr., Royce O’Neale, Dario Saric and Quentin Grimes (31:55) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Michael Porter Jr., Tyrese Maxey, Wendell Carter Jr., Kyle Lowry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and De’Anthony Melton

Jan 13
Injuries to Zion, Embiid, Booker and others open streaming opportunities

(01:45) – Breakout performances and notable headlines: Steven Adams, Lauri Markkanen, Jimmy Butler and Jaren Jackson Jr. go off + Zion and Devin Vassell injury replacements (12:30) – Week 13 schedule breakdown: Notable teams with four, three and two game weeks (21:30) – Key injury updates: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Brandon Ingram and Karl-Anthony Towns (38:30) – Streamers + Waiver Wire Add/Drops: Naji Marshall, Jeremy Sochan, Jalen Williams, Immanuel Quickley, Quinten Grimes and Jalen McDaniels (43:00) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Scottie Barnes, Christian Wood and Evan Mobley

Jan 06
Lakers adjust to life without Anthony Davis + Nikola Jokic posts “Wilt-like” stat line

(03:30) - Pivotal Week 10 schedule: Christmas slate coming up. (07:00) - Lakers dealing with Anthony Davis injury: Pickup Thomas Bryant? (11:20) - Timberwolves dealing with injuries all over the roster: Anyone worth streaming? (18:30) - Looking at the Atlanta Hawks: Should one look at AJ Griffin's availability? (25:10) - OKC without both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey: Would Isaiah Joe be worth considering? (29:00) - Nikola Jokic sharing company with Wilt Chamberlain: Is he the top Fantasy player? (37:25) - Brooklyn Nets discussion: Joe Harris or Seth Curry? (46:15) - Wizards on a losing streak: Will they be active at the Trade Deadline?

Dec 19, 2022
An update from Roundball Stew

With Roundball Stew set to go on hiatus, we have a quick update on where things stand with the show.

Nov 14, 2022
Eason + Koloko Rising, Zubac's Breakout, Kawhi Leonard Concerns

Matt Stroup, Raphielle Johnson and Steve Alexander discuss some of the latest key injury updates in fantasy hoops (including Christian Koloko's emergence with Pascal Siakam sidelined), plus some notable waiver wire pickups, and a very unclear timetable for Kawhi Leonard's return. Also on this episode: the outlook for Tari Eason, Bones Hyland, and the landscape in Phoenix with Cameron Johnson headed for knee surgery. (01:55) - Pascal Siakam injured: Pick up Christian Koloko? (04:15) - Cameron Johnson having surgery: Is there anyone on Phoenix one should pick up? (07:45) - Russell Westbrook playing better lately. Can we trust this version of him? (14:30) - Kawhi Leonard's return still up in the air. What to do? (22:45) - Waiver wire leftovers. (31:35) - Drop-worthy candidates.

Nov 07, 2022
Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 3 of the 2022-23 Season

Matt Stroup, Jonas Nader and Ryan Knaus highlight some of the top pickups to consider near the end of Week 3 of the NBA season, including Chris Boucher, Grant Williams, Patrick Williams and Tari Eason. Also on this episode: the fantasy impact in Philly with James Harden injured, and in Brooklyn with Kyrie Irving suspended. (01:05) - James Harden out for at least a month. Give De'Anthony Melton a look? (04:40) - Kyrie Irving suspended.  Patty Mills or Edmund Sumner could be good roster options. (13:10) - Marcus Morris has been playing well lately for the Clippers. (22:30) - Grant Williams should be getting added to more and more rosters. (31:30) - A look at Denver's Bruce Brown. (35:10) - The case for Tari Eason.  

Nov 04, 2022
How Panicked Are We? Anthony Davis, KAT, Christian Wood & More

Matt Stroup, Jared Johnson and Steve Alexander discuss some of the latest injury news from around the NBA, our levels of panic on some big-name players, and players to consider adding/dropping at the start of Week 3. Among the names we cover in detail on this episode: Devin Vassell, Kawhi Leonard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Brook Lopez, Christian Wood, Zion Williamson and more. (01:45) - Injury status of San Antonio's Devin Vassell (04:05) - A frustrating early season for Kawhi Leonard (08:45) - Anthony Davis played on Sunday, but still showing discomfort (17:55) - Christian Wood level of concern? (25:05) - Brook Lopez off to a hot start to the season (31:30) - Check in on Zion Williamson's season so far (36:10) - Waiver wire leftovers  

Oct 31, 2022
Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2 of the 2022-23 Season

Matt Stroup, Jonas Nader and Noah Rubin highlight some of the top pickups in fantasy basketball for Week 2, including Bol Bol (probably already gone), Jalen McDaniels, Grant Williams and Shaedon Sharpe. Also on this episode: the case for picking up Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Dyson Daniels. (01:40) - Bol Bol has had a big impact so far this season in Orlando. (07:45) - How should we view Lonnie Walker on the Lakers? (17:20) - Jalen McDaniels' performance this season in Charlotte. (24:10) - Talen Horton-Tucker one of the overachieving Jazz. (37:45) - What is Jalen Williams' upside in OKC? (46:45) - Dyson Daniels worth streaming?

Oct 28, 2022
Takeaways, Waiver Adds, And Potential Drops After Week 1

Matt Stroup, Raphielle Johnson and Zak Hanshew pick up the pieces of our collective fantasy rosters after an eventful opening week of the NBA season, discussing underrated rookies Jaden Ivey and Bennedict Mathurin, waiver pickups/drops to consider, and the fantasy factory that is... the Utah Jazz. Also on this episode: fallout from injuries to Zion Williamson, Josh Giddey and others. (03:25) - Oklahoma City dealing with a lot of injuries, including Josh Giddey. (07:10) - Zion Williamson injures his hip on Sunday night. (16:05) - Sorting through some rookies: Jaden Ivey and Bennedict Mathurin. (23:45) - Waiver pickups/drops to consider (31:30) - Is this guy droppable?  Conversation begins with Tari Eason and James Wiseman  

Oct 24, 2022
Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 1 of the 2022-23 Season

Matt Stroup, Jonas Nader and Raphielle Johnson highlight some of the top waiver pickups in fantasy hoops, including Jalen Duren, Walker Kessler, and Trey Murphy. Also on this episode: what to do (or not do) if you drafted Kawhi Leonard with an early-round pick, and the outlook for Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando, Joshua Primo and other early-season standouts. (06:05) - Pistons: Jalen Duren (10:10) - Jazz: Walker Kessler (13:20) - Grizzlies: Tyus Jones (16:10) - Knicks: Cam Reddish (21:20) - Wizards: Daniel Gafford (30:05) - Hornets: Nick Richards (37:40) - Spurs: Jeremy Sochan (42:45) - Bucks: Grayson Allen  

Oct 21, 2022
Key Takeaways From Our Fantasy Drafts

Matt Stroup, Dr. A and Jared Johnson discuss some big takeaways (and ongoing debates) from our fantasy drafts so far, including the outlook for Bradley Beal, Terry Rozier, OG Anunoby, Myles Turner and more. Also on this episode: some of our favorite/most-intriguing late-round fliers, with Jalen Smith, Tari Eason and Caleb Martin at the center of that conversation. (03:05) - Tyrese Haliburton: How excited should we be? (10:10) - OG Anunoby: His outlook for this year. (17:15) - Bradley Beal: How to judge him coming off a down year. (22:10) - Al Horford: Could be a good late value pick. (31:30) - Looking at a bunch of intriguing late round fliers including Jalen Smith. (43:35) - Tari Eason discussion. (52:10) - Wrapping up with Caleb Martin as a late round option.  

Oct 17, 2022
Key Fantasy Questions: Northwest and Southwest Divisions

Matt Stroup, Jonas Nader and Ryan Knaus discuss some key fantasy questions we need to answer in the Northwest and Southwest leading up to the NBA season, including Jalen Green (at ADP) vs. Kevin Porter Jr., Karl Anthony-Towns (at ADP) vs. Anthony Edwards, and what impact the return of Zion will have on the rest of the Pelicans this season. Also on this episode: our reaction to Nikola Jokic's wrist injury, how to approach the tank in Utah and OKC, plus our concerns about Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. coming off injuries. (01:40) - Jazz tanking: Walker Kessler is a rookie to look for (05:50) - OKC also not expected to be a factor: Should you stay away from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (12:05) - Portland's situation: Anyone worth taking other than Damian Lilliard? (16:20) - Denver studs returning from an injury: What to do with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.? (21:10) - Minnesota's top guys: Would you rather have Karl Anthony-Towns or Anthony Edwards? (28:25) - A look at Memphis: Desmond Bane's stock (35:00) - Spurs discussion: How to evaluate San Antonio's newcomers? (41:30) - Houston ADP either or: Jalen Green or Kevin Porter Jr.  (50:45) - Mavericks perplexing roster: Anyone worth drafting after Luka Doncic or Christian Wood? (54:05) - A closing New Orleans discussion: Where to draft Zion Williamson?  

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