It’s finally here: All Star Weekend! It’s a shortened week, so you get a shortened article.  Like New Years Eve, I’m getting hyped up to be let down, the most common experience in life. I’d like to say I’m optimistic for the weekend’s festivities, that the changes to the dunk competition will make the product exciting, but I’m not. Nevertheless, it’s all about expectation. Take your fantasy squad: If you’re like me, you enjoy having a player on your roster being named to the All-Star squad. From my  perspective, it increases his value, even though we all know, that it really comes down to the numbers. But I have an expectation that players who have been named an All-Star will live up to that honour.

So now might be the time to buy an All-Star, who has the best part of the season (and his production) left, or to sell high on an All-Star who is overvalued. Understand that there are no steals here. You’ll pay (or receive) for every player listed below.  That said, here are a few names to consider:

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I love the All Star break, the dunk contest specifically. I know that I’m in the minority – it’s a sham – but I was 22 when Vince Carter ripped down the rim in the slam dunk competition and I was hooked. But my All Star experience has been just like heroin: I’m told you get that first taste and then you wind up chasing the dragon for the rest of your days. Each year I get all excited that someone will surpass that original Carter rush, a player will bring some absolutely undeniably vicious funk to the rim, and make me regain my youth. I hope that the new format will help achieve that for me. But the truth is, even if it does, I know I’ll never get any younger. Which is why I have to live in the now, which as my philosophy prof would say, is Swedish for bullsh*t. My point? Those of you in RCL striking distance of making the playoffs, trade away the future for the now!! Let’s see who has a shot for glory, and who should settle for the glory hole. And you can see where you rank in world domination with  the master standings …

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Sometimes there’s not much you can do to affect your situation. If you’re reading this, digging this deep into the murky ether of the worldwide inter-webs for fantasy basketball advice, I’m sure you’ve had a daydream or two about being an NBA baller. We both know, however, for you and I, it wasn’t about not getting enough shots up after practice that held us out of the Association, we didn’t have the talent, pure and simple. But, if you’re petty like me, you might take some ironic comfort in knowing that even some of the Ballers in the NBA get shafted as well. Take Kyle Lowry, for example. He gets snubbed for the All Star game, then snubbed for the replacement players, THEN gets named Eastern conference player of the week, and then receives the worst call of the year, just to burst his bubble. That is a travesty of injustice, and while I’m not shedding any tears for Kyle inherently, it just goes to show that even the elite get effed with. There is a karmic balance going on, people, stop pretending there isn’t, and start paying it forward, eat your vegetables, and help old ladies across the street.

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I love the second half of the season, because, let’s face it, while the first half is enjoyable, it’s too damn long. The games mean something, we all know this, but the real drama, the anticipation, is building now. And in the NBA, the races start to really amp up the drama, like adding hot sauce to your wings. Much like the drama in the Random Commenter Leagues, it’s starting to get spicy. What remains to be seen, is whether your team is the Philly Sixers (waa-waaaanh) or the Indy Pacers (who-hooo!) in the relative landscape of fantasy. To see where you fit in the global landscape, check out the master standings . Shall we take a looksy right now?

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Last time I’m gonna mention it, I’m not a masochist, but last week, I suggested that Terrance Ross should be dropped. Well, I think he may read my smelly little article, because homeboy went off for 51 with 10 treys, making me look a fool. Well, to Terrance I say: “I don’t need any help looking like a fool, thank you very much!” I think I won that joust. But in all seriousness, there’s a good lesson to be learned here: never drop slam dunk winners! Wait, whut? No, Daniel-san, the real lesson is no matter how good you are, you’re gonna make mistakes in fantasy. I had Ross, and dropped him just in time to watch him put in a performance that would have won my week. But he had scored 14 points his previous 3 games, with not a lot of supporting stats, the drop was a good move, based on his numbers up to that point. I, like any good fantasy player, have to shake it off, and not beat myself  up too much.  So on that note, if you’re still reading, you may want to know whom to buy and whom to sell, and to that I say, thank you, read on, but obviously, buyer beware!

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So, you may have heard, gentle readers, that Terrence Ross had a pretty good night on Saturday, dropping 51. Many would say that that would qualify as a career night, if you will. Well, I too had a career night, when I recommended that he should be dropped in my Friday article. Boy, did that make me some friends! What am I getting at? Redemption, first and foremost, but timing more specifically. Timing is key in life, and I have seemed to have misplaced mine.

But in the game of fantasy basketball, it is time to go for the gusto! Lets see who shall rise, and who shall fall in the Razzball Random Commenter Leagues! And to grasp the true glory of it all, why not check out the master standings to see where you rank in global domination:

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Waa-Wuuuuh… That is the written version of the sad trombone. This week’s title is a flop, just like Lance Stephenson‘s excuse for flopping, amirite? He essentially said that the floor was slippery, so he embellished the contact. I love you, Lance, but c’mon son! Just say you were trying to draw the charge, no shame in that, and let that be the end of it! Lance has been flopping into our fantasy hearts this year, though, so we can’t stay mad at him. We are at the halfway point in the NBA season, and like mid-winter for us northerners, if you’re not careful, you could catch a case of the fantasy basketball doldrums. It’s harder to find the waiver wire break outs, because most of them have broken out already. You could just pack it if you let the blahs take hold. But don’t brave reader, you’re better than that! Is there still some gold to be mined out there? I submit there is. But adjust your expectations accordingly. You ain’t finding a mountain full of gold, Smaug done got got his, you’ve left picking up what’s left. So what did my pick axe knock loose this week? Have a gander:

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You guessed it. We are halfway through the Fantasy season. Week 12 of 23. The mid-point. 50% done. I gather you get it, so I won’t continue to belabour the point. If you’re in a keeper league, now’s the time to figure out if you’re going for it this year, and if so, you might think about the risk/reward trades a little more. Will Marc Gasol get back to form, is he a buy low(er) candidate? Or, if you find yourself hopelessly buried from a Felton/Nash/Kobe/Tyson early gut-punch, you may want to sell for draft picks. Decisions, decisions. Alas, the Razzball Commenter Leagues are of the redraft variety, so the only motivator is GLORY! And to see the most Glorious of them all, Check out the master standings.

Shall we take a look at how these Inglorious Bastards are fairing at the halfway point?

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Howdy. I’m back, y’all, From two weeks of vacay in Mexico. And I’m feeling very zen. Nothing like 8 days of rain to help you find your centre. I stopped trying to watch NBA ball in Spanish on day 3, (Se chupu bollas!) so I’m a little out of touch with current events. But since that does you no service, good reader, I’ll give you what I managed to scrounge up:

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L-Tryptophan. The chemical compound found in Turkey that makes you sleepy. I am chock full of it, and I imagine more than a few of you gentle readers are as well. So lets make this the last holiday installment of the Buy/Sell before we head back to the couch for a little nappy. There are a few players, however, that might make you excited enough to chug the sluggish, gravy laden blood through your arteries, and wake you up to your regular, effervescent self. Cause if these cats don’t do it for you, you are officially in a catatonic state, fantasy-wise:

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