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There’s nothing like an injury to rock your fantasy team, and when it’s the 14 points, 14 rebounds production of Anderson Varejao that goes by the wayside, you have to find a replacement. Tristan Thompson should continue to see the bulk of minutes. Here is some other news from the M*A*S*H unit, and see if you notice a pattern:

Lou Williams – After having a good season as a bench player, he tore a ligament in his right knee and he will miss the remainder of the season. With Atlanta dealing with all kinds of health problems, John Jenkins saw increased minutes and could work his way into a more prominent role.

Byron Mullens – Coach Mine Dunlap said Mullens is a “long way away,” which we will take to mean the end of February. There is no timetable for his return. Bismack Biyombo will continue to start at Center.

Derrick Rose – He looks to begin full contact practice next week. All this means is he is right on track.

Andrew Bogut – Ran full-court sprints which, as a Center, he rarely does during games, so this is good news. The bad news is, there is still no time table for his return.

Danny Granger – He participated in shooting drills the other day and is still expected back in mid-February.

Kevin Love – Rehabilitation began on his broken hand, but he won’t be back before around St. Patrick’s Day at best. I see some trade activity going around involving him, mostly for people planning for the playoffs in H2H leagues. It’s a high risk, high reward move.

Nikola Pekovic – Should be back next week. If someone dropped him, do not hesitate to make your move.

Brandon Roy – Will be out for another two weeks as he rehabs his knee, which he rehabbed already when he returned. Those 5 games he played in November seem like a dream, and not a great dream given his stats production.

Raymond Felton – Although he is targeting a January 26 return date, coach Mike Woodson said there is no timetable. How can there be no timetable if he expects to be back by the end of the week?

Andrew Bynum – I was in the Wells Fargo Center the other day, and the gift store was chock full of Bynum jerseys. I’m surprised Philly fans haven’t been buying them off the racks. Anyway, apparently he has shown serious progress by jogging and jumping on the court. If he plays this season, I’m sure people stashing him will jump, either from joy or from being startled. (Update: He says he is targeting around the All-Star Break for his return; good luck!)

Andrea Bargnani – He took jump shots on Saturday, but – get this – there is no timetable for his return. There’s no timetable for anything, is there? Time is nothing but an illusion.

Jonas Valanciunas – He began lifting weights while rehabbing his broken finger, but there is, as far as timetables go, none set for his return. Well, I don’t want to see him come back too soon, as Ed Davis and Amir Johnson are flourishing with him gone.

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  1. scrotchs says:
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    Got offered Al Jefferson and K-Mart for Conley and D. West…should I go for it? Think K-Mart can make it through a season without an injury?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @scrotchs: This is a good season to own Martin, and thus far he’s shown to be dependable. Does the trade suit a need? That’s the #1 reason to make any move.

  2. Zandy says:
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    Conley and Wall for …Which first tier PG should I look for? Would love to get some more 3’s

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Zandy: If you want a top tier PG that also will give you threes, then it’s Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Westbrook and Paul only average about 1 three per game.

  3. tlove says:
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    offered David Lee/Gordon Hayward for Rudy Gay/Klay Thomp.

    Seems like a stretch for me, but need rebs. Your thoughts?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @tlove: You are trying to get Lee, I presume? Seems okay, it really depends on if you’re offering the other owner something s/he needs. I wouldn’t give up Lee unless you were helping both of us upgrade our teams.

      • tlove says:
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        @ChrisV: Yep, I would pick up Lee and Gordon. I like the idea, the only catch is that this is a keeper league and I’ve got Gay for $17, KThomp for $5 compared to Lee, who at ~55, is probably not a future keeper. Prob not a huge deal since I’ll keep Conley, Gortat, and others.

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @tlove: Hmmm, the keeper thing does complicate it a bit, but as Grey says, worry about winning this year.

  4. chadmac says:
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    jjj

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @chadmac: JJJ Redddick?

  5. What’s ur take on Lin ROS….was offered LIn, Jonas and Marvin Williams for Barea, Earl Clark and Robin Lopez.

    I can use the steals from Lin but intrigued by Clark and Lopez’s blocking ability.

    What’s your thoughts?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Chris R.: Lin will probably produce 12-13 points and 5-6 assists per night, on the average. Don’t give up your guys if you think it will hurt you in blocks, and Jonas V may not be back for a few weeks yet.

  6. scrotchs says:
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    Who would you rather have? Humphries or Earl Clark?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @scrotchs: At the moment, Earl (and as far as my own teams go, I own Earl in one of them and Kris in none of them).

  7. Richard says:
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    I asked this before, and I lacked the testicular fortitude to do it. What on Earth do I do with Marcus Thornton?
    I almost dropped him for Ben Gordon but copped out…which was actually a good idea.
    But Carlos Delfino is staring at me on the waiver wire, along with Shannon Brown and even Vince Carter.
    I know Thornton’s ceiling is high, but good lord, his season has been a disaster and his coach is shuffling the line-ups every night.
    I’m in a 10 team H2H league, 11 cats. I’m allowed only 10 starters, with one utility included.

    Guards: Conley, Kobe, J. Nelson, G. Vasquez, Thornton
    Forwards: Deng, JSmoove, J. Dudley, D. West, Parsons, Gordon Hayward
    Bigs: Ibaka, Noah, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic (thanks for advice on the last 2!)

    My team doesn’t look flashy, but they’re deep and they’re doing well with 80 wins, 3rd place. Still, I feel like two players – Hayward and Thornton – are bringing it down.

    What on earth do I do with Thornton? At least Hayward plays…

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Richard: In a 10 team league, you can drop him. He’s not seeing any minutes in January.

  8. JP says:
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    Should I trade Ilyasova and Lawson for Boozer and Felton? Illy and Lawson have been hot lately but for how long, right?

    • ChrisV

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      @JP: Lawson has been a decent source for points all season (he was o-ranked 13th by Yahoo, which admittedly is crazy) and Ilya now has a starting job again. That said, if you think Boozer and Felton fill a need, go for it.

  9. Kent says:
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    Tips on my team?

    Russell Westbrook
    Deron Williams
    JJ Redick
    Jason Kidd
    Darren Collison
    Dion Waiters
    Thaddeus Young
    Danilo Gallinari
    Serge Ibaka
    Kenneth Faried
    Omer Asik
    JJ Hickson
    Tiago Splitter

    I like Splitter for playoff season because the Spurs tend to rest their big three and play their other players more down the stretch so he’ll still have just as good if not better production near the end. I’m leading the league in rebounds by a long-shot but I’m mediocre in everything else except %, threes, points and blocks where I’m 2nd-4th usually. Any tips for improving down the stretch?

    • Kent says:
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      @Kent: Head to Head league btw, 10 teams.

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Kent: Maybe see if you can package Faried and Kidd for an upgrade at guard.

        • Kent says:
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          @ChrisV: How’s Faried/Kidd for either Rondo, Tony Parker or Jrue Holiday? Rondo has nice rebounds, assists and steals, while Tony has the % and points while Jrue is good all around but with a ton of assists. Not sure which one to go for.

          • Kent says:
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            @Kent: Jrue has a ton of turnovers* my mistake

            • ChrisV

              ChrisV says:
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              @Kent: Tony also has decent assists (about 8 per game). Any of those three is fine. If you need steals and assists, though, go Rondo or Jrue.

              • Kent says:
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                @ChrisV: What do you think of Dwight Howard and Rudy Gay for Westbrook? I already have solid rebounds but the blocks and points could be real nice.

  10. What’s ur take on Lin ROS….was offered LIn, Jonas and Marvin Williams for Barea, Earl Clark and Robin Lopez.

    I can use the steals from Lin but intrigued by Clark and Lopez’s blocking ability.

    What’s your thoughts?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Chris R.: Gotcha up above.

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