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Hide your kids, hide your wife, crank up the Owl City and hand me a KFC Double Down. The Class of 2010 is in the hizzous!

That’s right, it’s looking like that draft wasn’t so bad after all, what with a healed and dazzling John Wall; the Doug Collins-less, unleashed Evan Turner; a settled-in DeMarcus Cousins; Boards-N-Blocks favorite Greg Monroe; my NBA BFF Paul George; and now Derrick Favors, who – here we go again – appears he has achieved Breakout Status.

Had a 21-13-3 against Denver, a 12-12-2 but with 5 steals (!) vs. the Pelicans, a monster 20-18-3 against the Spurs and then had a more typical Favors effort with a 17-7-1 in Oakland.

Some say this means he’s out of the buy-low window now. But that means, at least to me, he’s in the sell high. I need to see consistent beastly efforts, or a 20-point, 20-board game (hell Nikola Vucevic does this in his sleep), and until then I’ll keep saying to trade him whenever he gets hot.

Since we are in Boards-N-Blocks territory here, let’s set aside the debate as to whether Favors has “arrived” or “broken out” or is a sell or buy. He’s been blocking more shots of late, and pairing that with double-digit rebounding efforts, and if he can keep nudging that bpg average up to 2.0 that is going to make him a regular on this page.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I was just about to pop in “The Tourist.” Any good?

Dwight Howard – Fake Hoopsters have learned to properly value (and hate) him factoring in his abysmal FT percentage and then drafting or trading accordingly. The Rockets, well, that’s a different story. The last few minutes of close games are a nightmare for Kevin McHale as he tries to juggle the Hack-a-Howard, defensive assignments and rebounding needs. Here in Boards-N-Blocks land, he is a flat-out god. Over the last week he gobbled up a whopping 15.3 rpg and smacked away 4 bpg. That included a 24-board, 5-block performance against the Raptors, a 15-6 against the 76ers and although he didn’t have a lot of big boy stats in Saturday’s game vs. the Nuggets, he did make an astounding 17-24 free throws, or 70.8 percent. Hack this!

Timofey Mozgov – He looks like a dope, plays like a dope, has a first name that looks like it was spelled by a dope (uh, Seth, I’m preeeeetty suuurrreee it’s Timothy) and is made the fool by many a dunker. But if you find yourself in a deep-ish league and need a push in rebounding or blocks on a given week, the seas in the tumultuous frontcourt situation in Denver could part and make way for Moz.

Tyson Chandler – The big man is a man’s man, man. He said he’d be back on the early end of a 4-6 week spectrum. Now he’s not so sure, even though I hear rumors that he’ll play with the crutch. What a mess. Luckily for you, this is less of a debacle for your fantasy team than it is for the Knicks. Dump-o-rama.

Ed Davis/ Amir Johnson – Didn’t it feel like these guys were blocking each other on the Raptors forever? That’s because they were! The good news is Davis is now in Memphis, and Johnson is still stuck in Toronto. No, that’s not the bad news. The bad news is I still can’t separate the two. There’s good reason for that – their recent numbers per 36 minutes would not look that different. Neither of these guys really shouldn’t be on any 12-team roster, yet Amir is 81 percent owned in Yahoo and Davis is only 2 percent. Huh?

DeJuan Blair – Ever since Charles Barkley I’ve been a fan of the rotund player. I was really bummed when Tractor Traylor didn’t pan out, but saw a glimmer of hope with Blair when he was on the Spurs. Well, Pop don’t play no tub-a-lubs, so he let Blair go off to one of the capitals of obesity, Dallas, Texas. So far that seems to be suiting Blair just fine, as he’s carved out a niche similar to Elton Brand on the 76ers a few years back. He doesn’t eat up a ton of minutes but when he’s out there he produces boards, a couple blocks and even steals and points.

Andre Drummond – Last week we pimped Monroe because he was playing better. This week, Drummond took the upper hand, averaging 15.3 boards and 1.3 blocks in the last week.

Al Jefferson – Big Al has become the Big Albatross. If you’re like me and felt trapped into drafting him at the end of the first round we walk through the same daily nightmare.

Robin Lopez – Nevermind the annoying hair; he’s still chugging along as a serviceable center. I’d rather have him right now than wait for Chandler. And if I was making a trade, I’d try and trick the other guy to include him as a throw in.

Terrence Jones – He’s slipped into McHale’s starting five and is racking up double-digit boards (including three in the last four games) and 2.5 bpg in the last week (three games where he was over 3 bpg).

Jason Thompson – Whenever he puts together a string of solid games on the glass it’s like that whole weird situation with Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in “Horrible Bosses,” where your superior is showing you a little more somethin’ somethin’ than she should and MUST. RESIST. THE URGE. TO LOOK. So move along, nothing to see here.

Nikola Vucevic – Me personally, I’m a huge fan, so I would never deal him. But if you don’t feel a personal attachment, I would wait until the next 20-board effort and put together a package for an elite player. He’s way better than everyone thought, but not as good as some people think.

Little Big Men of the WeekJeremy Lin/ Patrick Beverley. Lost in the Lin-PBev Deathmatch that Lin is dominating at this point is the fact that these smaller dudes can board yo. Five boards per in the last week for Beverley, 4.8 rpg for Lin in the same time period. This is slightly relevant for Lin owners or those targeting him in a trade, because it’s nice to know you’re getting some beef with the preposterous onslaught of three’s. It’s actually more relevant to those in deeper leagues where Beverley is still out there – he might lose the deathmatch, but he can still give you a buffet of stats in the minutes he plays.

  1. Kevin says:
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    Hey Pete. My Affalo for batum. Affalo’s been hot recently and is like orlando’s main scorer. but batum could give me more stats across the boards. What do you think, Pete?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Kevin: Batum. Absolutely. Don’t waste another second.

    • Pavel says:
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      @Kevin: If you could pull it off do it. Just know that afflalo might get traded (so that’s good for you) and he might not. But Batum can be injury prone. Last year, he was doing so great, until th eend of the season when he did me dirty (him and wade). So I don’t trust the frenchman. But all in all, this is a good trade for you.

      • Pete Nice

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        @Pavel: @Kevin: Agree and to summarize, Afflalo is more of a risk than Batum, plus Batum has more reward.

        • hundred says:
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          @Pete Nice:

          Just to piggy back off Pavel’s comment, is there any reason not to sell high on Affalo? I mean his production so far has been on another level, but what’s the upside of keeping him on my team as the season progresses? Idk I feel uneasy holding on to him b/c I feel the bottom will fall out at some point.

          Should I aggressively look for offers now? Thanks.

          • Pete Nice

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            @hundred: Absolutely a sell-high. Only problem is all the smart players will know this is what you’re doing. So find the dumb ones!

  2. Pavel says:
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    just traded Mo will and Afflalo for Conley. Was this a good move to finally upgrade my pg core? My team looks like this now:
    PG: J. Wall, Mike Conley, Patrick Beverly
    SG: Waiters, James Anderson
    SF: Kevin Durant, Mike Miller
    PF: Ibaka, Henson, Blair
    C: Gortat, R. Lopez

    • Pavel says:
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      @Pavel: on that note. would you drop mike miller and pick up one of these: Asik, Foye , Burks, Prince, Reggie Jackson, Selfaloosha, Frye, Jodie Meeks, Biyombo or Wolters? (or how would you rank them as FA pickups?)

      • Pete Nice

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        @Pavel: Yeah I dig that trade lots. You got the best player. Congrats!

        I’d drop him for just about anyone, since I hate him, but putting that aside I’d say for anyone on your list except Prince and Jackson.

  3. zshaft says:
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    Who do you think ultimately wins the Lin-Bev deathmatch? Or do they end up co-existing? Tobias harris and Jordan hill are just sitting there in free agency in my league and they look awfully tempting. My PGs are conley, kemba, blake, lin and bev. Is there one to drop in favor of adding Harris or Hill? Or do i just wait it out and see who is victorious in the lin-bev drama and hope either of those guys stick around?

    • Pete Nice

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      @zshaft: It’s really weird to me how much people want Bev to win the battle, and how the same people truly believe he will. What evidence is there to support this? Lin is absolutely crushing him, and frankly he’d be a lock for All-Star if he wasn’t on the same team as Harden and Howard. I say you’re good at PG, drop Bev for whoever you want.

      • Prodders says:
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        @Pete Nice: I am that irrational PBev owner & supporter, and the strangest part is that I can clearly see Lin is far better (including with my own eyes versus The Knicks) and yet I persist! He seemed like he could be the rare top 50 player that comes from nothing, which is just so satisfying if it happens.

        • Pete Nice

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          @Prodders: Well if you love him keep him but you be wasting a slot my man! Lin is the dude to own.

  4. Jay_0321 says:
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    Pick up the bad Lopez and drop Amir?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Jay_0321: yea man. Rip City!

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Pete Nice: Unfortunately, the bad Lopez was already added. Any other targets on the big man side? Is Howard worth trying to trade for given his 242 Yahoo! ranking? I already am in the bottom of the pack in FT% so adding boards, blocks and FG% should off-set no?

        • Pete Nice

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          @Jay_0321: Yeah you could punt FT%, but Howard is tough to trade for. Too big of a name to get cheap and too much of a liability to make a fair trade. Maybe low ball the guy. Or wait til Howard hits a rough patch and then buy low.

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Pete Nice: Here is what I have to barter with.

            Wall
            Irving
            IT2
            George
            Griffin
            Favors
            Ibaka
            Wroten
            Hickson
            Calderon
            Stephenson
            Bargnani

            • Pete Nice

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              @Jay_0321: Send him some pu-pu platter, like Wroten, Stephensen and Bargnani (or whoever you deem your three worst guys) or two for one IT2 and one of those three.

  5. Sam Savitt says:
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    Hey,
    I’m in an 8 man ESPN 8 cat league, and I am consistently low in FG% because of my guards, and in FT% Drummond Howard, Kanter and even some guards like Kemba. Although my team looks good on paper, I’m not sure why it’s not performing great–and I have the urge to make deals for a different big man, like Favors. I also was wondering if you think its a good idea to trade for a top 15 player, a Paul George type–who would you trade from my team for that type of player.
    PG – Rose, Dragic, Kemba, Brandon Jennings, Russell Westbrook, Steve Blake
    SG – Gordon Hayward, Kobe Bryant (coming back soon)
    SF – Carmelo
    PF – Vucevic, Drummond, Nene
    C – Dwight Howard

    • Pete Nice

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      @Sam Savitt: One huge problem is Rose. FG percentage has been abysmal and overall he’s not giving you what you’re accustomed to getting out of him. Obviously you’ve been missing Kobe, and Howard is just not a dominant fantasy player. Whether he is in real life is a debate for real people. He’s a tremendous board and blocker, good FG percentage and that’s about it. Good, not great.

      I would package two of your guys and get a stud in a two for one then starting playing the wire with the open slot.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Jason says:
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    I have wall Teague Beverly and George hill. Ok to move one one to get a guy line Aldridge?

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: ah by one I mean wall or Teague.

      • Pete Nice

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        @Jason: Eh I don’t know man. Wall and Teague are both beasts and both top shelf in my opinion. Plus if you deal one of them for Aldridge you’re left real thin at PG (see my PBev comments). I’d hold steady and start looking around for someone better than PBev.

  7. big bob says:
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    jeff teague
    alec burks
    kevin durant
    anthony davis
    pek
    gerald henderson
    henson
    lawson
    cody zeller
    kaman
    sanders
    bledsoe
    waiters
    beverly
    burke and glen davis on ir

    12 team h2h points league

    got offered david lee and victor oladeepthroat for ty lawson. worth it? and should i be worried about lou williams coming back? should i try to sell high on teague?

    • Pete Nice

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      @big bob: 1) No I wouldn’t do that deal. 2) Why are you worried about Williams, I don’t see him here? You have Burke coming back at some point, you’re set at PG. 3) Related to that, you could sell high on Teague if you did a 2 or 3 for one for someone huge like Love. Maybe Sanders and Teague?

  8. mike says:
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    I am in a 12team 9cat H2H league. I got offered Dirk for my Aldridge.
    Should I do it?
    My other bigs are Drummond, Deandre, and Henson.
    I do need some help with 3s, but I am afraid of Dirk’s injury concerns or that Mavs might rest him down the stretch late in season.
    What do you think?

    • Pete Nice

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      @mike: Yeah I wouldn’t do that deal. Remember you don’t need to win every category to win a playoff series, just one more than the other guy. You can always punt on 3’s and even deal them off if you have any “specialists.”

  9. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    Should I drop Jordan Hill or Faried for JJ Hickson, or should I just hold?

    • Pete Nice

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      @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: I love Hickson but I’m not so sure about dropping outright. You could package them together and open a roster space for Hickson. But I realize the window is small and he could be gone soon if not already. Frankly, I think you could just hold those guys and pass on Hickson for now.

      • forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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        @Pete Nice: So is Hill the long term answer for Lakers at Center or at least for this season? And Faried just had an off game because Hickson was going off?

        • Pete Nice

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          @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: Not sure about Hill, but, yes, does appear that way. And although Hickson will keep getting solid minutes while McGee is out, you can’t just drop Faried outright for him. Too many big men in Denver to try and guess who will get minutes.

  10. The Nightman Cometh says:
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    Ilyasova for Blake. Blake will be hurt by Black Mamba’s return and Ilyasova is just…hurt. Who wins?

    • Pete Nice

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      @The Nightman Cometh: Jeez that’s kind of like would you rather eat a bowl of pillow feathers with milk or watch the entire series of “True Blood.” I just flipped a coin and it came out Blake. Could go either way.

      • The Nightman Cometh says:
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        @Pete Nice: For whatever it’s worth I’d rather eat pillow feathers than watch True Blood (sans nude scenes…did I use that right?)

  11. hamtime says:
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    Would you trade Hawes+henson for Milsap+lou williams?

    • Pete Nice

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      @hamtime: Seems to me that Williams and Henson cancel each other out and you’re left with Hawes for Millsap. I’d do it.

  12. Michael says:
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    Hey Pete. I asked JB the same question.

    Who would you start on my Wednesday roster?
    I’m currently losing FG% PTS REB TO’s and tied on steals.
    I’ve been losing FG% and TO’s so I’m not too worried about that.
    PG Lillard
    SG Curry
    G Wall
    SF Brewer
    PF J. Green
    F TJones
    C Pek
    Util Hawes
    Util Lopez
    Bench T. Harris
    Bench Derozan
    Bench Sammy D

    Also with Tobias Harris’ return to practice, should I stash Gallinari for Sammy D?

    Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Michael: Lineup looks pretty good. Nay on Gallinari you’d get more out of using the bench slot to fill gaps than waiting on him. Why not try D. Blair for that spot, he’ll get you boards and steals. New column idea!

      • Michael says:
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        @Pete Nice: Curry’s out Wednesday so I moved Derozan up. Thats probably the only adjustment I’ve made so far. D. Blair was picked up last week.. Not that many options I could go to now except for Galo, Granger, most of the old injured guys which I don’t want to reach for. And I like your idea on how I can use the bench spot to fill gaps. New column would be a great idea! Thanks.

        • Pete Nice

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          @Michael: oh I was joking about a Boards-N-Steals column but that would be like DeJuan Blair, Josh Smith and like two other guys every week right?

  13. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Hey Pete – at this point would you trade Tyreke for Tobias if you could get it? Or should I go for someone like Trey Burke? Also, I’ve got Gerald Green going in a 20-teamer – should I drop him for any of the following – PJ Tucker / Middleton / Dunleavy / J. Taylor / Hardaway?

    Kind of need treys the most, but overall long-term value always works.

    thanks a lot man

    • Pete Nice

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Everyone is really REALLY high on Tobias for just a half season’s work really. Evans has shown he could be studly in the past but that is the past. I could argue either side but why not, get Tobias. I like Hardaway out of that bunch. Have you seen him play? Looks like his daddy! Give the boy more minutes!

      • Pete Nice

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        @SheriffMcRawDawg: Love the name by the way. There’s a guy at our pool who has “Raw Dawg” tattooed on his stomach and “f**k the world” inked on his arm hahaha.

        • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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          @Pete Nice: haha thanks. guy sounds like a true f***ing G. He’s mos def’nitely peeing in that pool.

  14. Brendan says:
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    Should I be worried about David Lee? He’s putting up decent numbers, but in the last 5 games, he’s played 27 minutes or fewer in 4 of them. I don’t know if it’s because of Harrison Barnes or because Golden State is winning in blowouts, but those low minutes are concerning.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Brendan: I’m not a big David Lee fan and you’re right, Barnes is a better fit for what the Warriors do. I could see moving him.

  15. Frank White says:
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    Sup P Nice… Do you think I should drop Mo Williams for Stucky??

    • Frank White says:
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      sorry scrath that. lol my bad

      • Pete Nice

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        @Frank White: Ha. The answer is yes if you wanted to know.

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