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The league is pretty stacked with quality Centers, but every so often, one has the need to scour the lower model machines to see if they can find value. Tiago Splitter had 3 blocks last night, but otherwise finished with a pedestrian 7 points, 3 boards and a steal. That’s in 27 minutes as a starter, mind you. Yeah, the Knicks played good defense, but Tiago has only been averaging 8+ PPG over the past 2 weeks anyway, and it doesn’t explain away the lack of rebounds. Still, he is the starter, and absent one start this month, he has been playing over 20+ MPG for three weeks. His median (yeah, that’s right, math geeks) points/rebounds in December was 10/6. In deep leagues, and at 15%, he’s worth the add. Before we move into the Buy/Sell portion of today’s program, let’s look at a few performances from last night:

Stephen Jackson – After taking a three point attempt, he stepped on a waiter (Jrue story) and hurt his ankle. He left the game and did not return. If he misses any extended period of time, it’s hard to say who benefits, as coach Gregg Popovich could favor anyone at any time, and also because the Spurs already have a pretty good distribution of minutes for their guards.

Amar’e Stoudemire – He saw increased minutes, but otherwise finished with a lackluster 10 points, 2 rebounds and a steal. I don’t think anyone expected him to come back and start producing double doubles, but if someone in your league gets antsy, you know what to do.

J.R. Smith – Yesterday, I said sometimes you have to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop and just embrace a powerhouse season. Smith is in the midst of an outstanding year, going for 20 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a block.

Kosta Koufos – Just when it looked like things were slowing down for Konstantine (no double digit rebounds since Christmas and no double digit blocks or points since Boxing Day), he went and grabbed 16 points, 7 rebounds, an assist, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Okay, so, he still hasn’t reached 10 or more boards, but it’s nice to see an otherwise positive production out of the Greece-y bum.

Alexy Shved – On the night, he had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and an unsightly 5 turnovers. I would include him in today’s Buy section, but I hate to be repetitive. I would include him in today’s Buy section, but I hate to be repetitive. And this leads us into this week’s buy and sell…

…but before we do that, I wanted to inform you that James will no longer be writing for us. You could say that Heaven has another angel, but that would be dumb. Are you someone’s grandma? Anyway, James may rejoin us at some point down the road, but at least for the rest of the season, other obligations have taken him away from us. Unfortunately, that means we will be sharing more time together, much to your chagrin. Anyway, here’s the Buy/Sell:

Buy

Mike Dunleavy – Over the past month, Mike Dunleavy has earned 13 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG and 2 3PG. He is eliligible in that scarcest of positions, SF, and yet his ownership numbers are below 50%.

Carlos Delfino – He’s only 9% owned in Yahoo leagues, but he has better value than that in deeper leagues. Since December, he has been averaging 9 PPG, 2 3PG and 3 RPG and 3 APG. That’s solid for a shooting guard/small forward hybrid bench player. He’s Diet Dunleavy, which tastes like regular Dunleavy but isn’t as filling.

Ty Lawson – Yahoo had him originally ranked as a top 15 player, and he hasn’t exactly lived up to that billing. You may be able to get him a from an owner who wanted more from the hype. Lawson is still a good play for assists and a three.

Paul Millsap – He has not played more than 30 minutes in three weeks. See if you can get him on the cheap from a panicked owner. He is still averaging 13+ PPG and handsome amount of assists for a PF, and who knows, maybe things start to click again and he meets original expectations.

Sell

DeMar DeRozan – I love DeMar, but he is playing out of his mind, averaging 25 PPG over the past three performances. I would capitalize on his recent surge if you had the opportunity.

Andrei Kirilenko – Like his nicknamesake, AK47 has been a steady and reliable piece of Soviet engineering, but he’s also north of 30 and has made only 2 threes in the month of December. He’s also been playing his highest MPG since the 05-06 season. I’m not saying he’s going to break down, but he has been known to suffer from injuries, not even counting last season. By the way, last night, Kirilenko had 14 points (1-2 from downtown), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a powerful 3 blocks. You won’t die if you don’t move him, but consider your options.

Andre Drummond – Despite an increase in minutes, points and rebounds, he has a horrendous FT%, the worst in the league. If you can move him for a different piece, I would do so. His value is high right now, and the blocks and boards make him enticing. I would use him as a piece to move for an upgrade at a different position, such as shooting guard. Use your discretion, kid, and wear a rubber.

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  1. Tony says:
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    Whats your thoughts on Millsap? Is he getting moved? And what would be your best guess as to where?

    I own him in a deep league, 18 teams, and he’s had a couple great/ridiculous weeks (alot of medicore weeks by pauls standards)….. the rotations in UTAH aren’t conducive for that many big men, if they wanna develop Favors and Kanter then ship out the sapper so he can’t get back to killing it for me! Is it ty corbin there? he plays everyone 28 mins or less, like its frikkin pee wee ball, drives me nuts…..

    • ChrisV

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      @Tony: Not really sure. Sixers or Celtics would make the most logical sense, but most of the trade chatter seemed to involve L.A., but that didn’t make sense for either team.

      • Tony says:
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        @ChrisV: I could see sixers, i dont know what the celts would deal, intersting ideas.

        Tough to gauge.

        Sapper had a solid game tonight, stupid corbin, SAPPER NEEDS MINS FEED THE SAPPER MINS…… or trade him, either way.

  2. Zandy says:
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    Outlook on Jordan Crawford ROS? Same for Evan Turner, Chandler Parsons and Metta World

    • Tony says:
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      @Zandy: I’d say jordan crawfords time will be cut with Wall coming back, but who knows when that will be, he should continue the up and down year he’s been having. I like ET to keep improving. Parsons the same, nice young players.

      MWP should continue to do what he’s done, if it was week 2, i’d say no way, but we’re about halfway thru and he’s getting mins, everyone on the team is “old” as kobe would say, and there’s no young buck to take his spot, as long as healthy, i’d figure him to keep on truckin…

      I figure i’ll answer you so ya get some feedback! lol

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Zandy: Despite the looming return of Wall, there are still questions about stamina and minutes – why would the Wizards stress him when they are long out of it?

      Turner is on a questionable team but will be given room to develop, Parsons is on a good team which should help but may also make him the odd man out some nights for points/rebs/etc., and MWP is like J.R. Smith or Jason Kidd, he will continue to produce at his current rate.

  3. Arc Angel says:
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    That’s too bad about James- he was hilarious/a good writer. Oh well, it happens! If you’re looking for new writers shoot me an email and I can write a piece so you can evaluate my skillz…. and if not, no worries, I’ll still be visiting daily.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Arc Angel: James was a valuable asset, for sure.

  4. microwave donut says:
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    what’s a good haul for Kirilenko?

    I know another owner is interested, but don’t think he’ll give me Pau (I need a C) keeps offering Nene or Amare. Not too into that.

    • Tony says:
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      @microwave donut: try and offer AK4 plus somethign for PAU + something?

      I wouldn’t be interested in nene or amare either, both injury prone, scary, bums…..etc

  5. shogun says:
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    drop kosta and pick up isaiah for my bench? I don’t need either guy really. Just want whoever has more raw value.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Does anyone know if Kevin Love or George hill are def. in or out for tonight’s games?

    • Tony says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Love’s out, havent read anything on HILL yet…. check rotoworld.com for updates, or find good twitter feeds….

  7. Rob says:
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    I own Jason Terry who has been underwhelming so far. Afraid of hom losing more value with Bradley returning. Drop him for Wright, Richardson, or DelFino (need 3s).

  8. Thrilla says:
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    Hey,

    this trade just went down in my league. Who wins and your thoughts on it in general??

    A. Davis
    D. DeRozan

    for

    C. Parsons
    K. Leonard

    12 Team H2H league, standard scoring. Thanks man

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