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With Jose Calderon coming to Detroit, there’s a question of who will lose out. The Pistons are already pretty guard heavy, so adding another quality guard makes sense. Despite Brandon Knight‘s 7/1/4 line, he has been doing extremely well and should continue to start. Kyle Singler went 5/4/0 (with 2 blocks) has been a bit iffy, but he’s a rookie, and surely Detroit isn’t in a position to waste young talent. That leaves Rodney Stuckey (14/3/2), who, despite the good hump day showing, has been spotty in January. I see Singler moving over to Small Forward to replace the role of Tayshaun Prince, with Knight starting at Shooting Guard, Stuckey staying as a reserve, and Calderon as the starting Point Guard. Could I be wrong? Sure. Do your fingers smell like onions after eating a deli sandwich? You bet, but that’s the risk you take. Wait, what?

As for Tayshaun Prince’s role in Memphis, he’s likely going to come off the bench. This is a guy who was seeing roughly 32 minutes per game all season, he was only producing 12 points per game. If and when his minutes reduce, his output isn’t going to. I’m not sure Tayshaun retains what value he had. Edit: Ah, I missed the part where Rudy Gay is leaving Memphis. Tayshaun should retain his minutes, then, for what that’s worth. Here’s some other news to chew on from Wednesday:

Roy Hibbert – Dr. Hibbert took advantage of a Detroit team in transition and created 18 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 assists, a steal and a block.

Danilo Gallinari – Denver got the win thanks in part to Rooster’s 27 points (4-9 from downtown), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks. He had 3 blocks last Wednesday. Maybe he likes the middle of the week.

Robin Lopez – Hmm, he had 15 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, a steal, 4 blocks and only 1 turnover. Those are back to back solid efforts.

Amir Johnson – He only made 3 of 12 from the field, but he still grabbed 14 boards and contributed 4 blocks. Worry what happens to him when Jonas Valanciunas after Jonas Valanciunas returns. As for Rudy Gay‘s impact on the time share, see the last sentence.

Eric Bledsoe – With Chris Paul out of the lineup for his nagging knee, Bledsoe has taken advantage. He finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals and a block. When Paul returns, he will have more of a noticeable, immediate impact than Jonas Valanciunas, but cross that rainbow bridge when you get there, Thor.

Omer Asik – Despite the double double of 10 points and 18 rebounds, despite 4 assists, a steal and a block, he turned the ball over 7 times. His career average is 1 TOV per game, so, this is unusual, much like that lump under your armpit.

Kyle Korver – I recommended him for Wednesday night (and obviously he was a Buy on Friday), and he produced 17 points (5 threes), 6 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and only 1 turnover. He may be the MVP of the month, although I didn’t bother to really double check if that could be true. Science! 

Kawhi Leonard – While logging 34 minutes, he finished with 18 points (4 of 5 from behind the arc), 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. In the past 2 weeks, he has had more good games than bad. That’s good. The frogurt is also cursed. That’s bad.

Kyle Lowry – His double double came on 14 points and 10 rebounds, but he also threw in 5 assists and a steal. It’s the first time he had more boards than dimes since December 10, 2012. What a year that was. It takes me back. People were still using iPhones, Barack Obama was president, they had this thing called “DVR” which let you record television programs and watch them at a later date.

Ersan Ilyasova – Came back from his “down game” (where he rested the 4th during a blowout) and came up with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and a block, plus 2 of 3 from deep. If you have Ilyasova, you must be tickled, hopefully from owning him and not from your uncle.

Jason Terry – With Rajon Rondo gonzo, Irish eyes look upon Boston and inquire: who? Terry’s (mini) resurgence produced 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. Avery Bradley actually got the start, and he finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. He did that in 7 more minutes than Terry.

Greivis Vasquez – It feels like people are just waiting for an excuse to drop him, but again he had a double double with 17 points and 13 assists, plus 3 rebounds and a steal. His only bad mark was missing 4 from beyond the perimeter.

John Wall – He only shot .250 yet finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. He is fitting nicely in the Wizards’ starting lineup, as expected.

Deron Williams – An uninspired performance produced 9 points (0-3 from downtown), 1 rebound, 5 assists, a steal and 6 turnovers. Happens to everyone, I suppose.

Tyreke Evans – He tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 41 minutes on the floor. That doesn’t happen to everyone.

Raymond Felton – He played 31 minutes and earned 15 points (3-6 from deep), 2 rebounds, 9 dimes, a steal and no turnovers. The Knicks got him back in time as Jason Kidd missed another game with back problems.

Jameer Nelson – His season has been incredibly helpful to fantasy owners, and Wednesday he continued on with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists. He only made 2 of 7 from the perimeter, unfortunately.

Luol Deng – Although he missed some time due to a minor injury, he has been able to slide back into the line up and produce lines like last night’s 12 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block performance.

Emeka Okafor – He saw 36 minutes which let him reach 15 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Each game establishes him as a big man in need of a good fantasy home.

Derrick Favors – He racked up 15 points, 6 rebounds, an assist and a block, but I would be wary of putting him on my team. He had gone 4 games without reaching double digit points, and he was averaging less than 5 points and 2 rebounds per game during that stretch.

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  1. Zandy says:
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    REPOST: Please rank in terms of preference
    My Bogut for Faried
    My Bogut for AK47
    My Bogut & Parsons for Anthony Davis

    Lots of guys on the wire – 10 Team Weekly H2H so I wanna move Bogut since he’s too much of a risk to play weekly. AK47 has a few more games than Faried down the stretch and in the playoffs if that matters. PLEASE HELP!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Zandy: Davis , Faried, AK47

      • Zandy says:
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        @ChrisV: You are not worried about Davis’s ankle? What’s his upside ROS? Minutes have been fluctuating a lot

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Zandy: He says his ankle is better and he just put in 18 and 14 points the past 2 games with only 22 min each.

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:
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            @ChrisV: But if you want to avoid injury risk, then go Faried.

  2. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well I madethat trade and I got Rose Who’s coming back in a couple weeks so is Duncan coming back sooner then that.. Also I know you said pick Splitter up but do you have any other guys in mind that you would rather pick up or is he fine??

    • Eric says:
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      Keep Splitter

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I don’t know who’s on your waiver, but keep Splitter.

  3. J Money says:
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    Soooooo time to finally drop Matt Barnes?
    Asik was just dropped and I could use boards, plus I already have Dwight so I’m punting ft %
    Mainly, my question is will Barnes turn is around
    12 man 9 cat h2h league

    • Eric says:
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      @J Money:

      I’m not the moderator/commissioner/writer but I’d say if you need boards pick up Asik, he’s in the top 5.

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Eric: Agreed

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Also I read your blog and I picked up Favors cause of that trade thats supposed to go through.. If it does he’ll be money.. What u think?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: A change of scenery could help him out. The trading deadline is still 3 weeks away, though, so we may not know for a while.

  5. Brandon Halupnik says:
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    Beal and Lillard for Amare and J Jack??

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Brandon Halupnik: That’s real tough. I love Lillard, but Beal’s value has been trending south while Jack has gotten better, and Amar’e is a good source for assists and sometimes rebounds. If you are meeting a need, then it’s an okay trade.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey I wanted to actually throw out there that i looked Splitter up n he’s not available till tomorrow… What about Nate Robinson??

    • Eric says:
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      @Frank Lynch:

      Then pick up Robinson, drop him tomorrow for Splitter. Done.

  7. chillmodious says:
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    1. Pick up Nick Young or Martell Webster or both?

    Drop candidates on my roster are Stuckey, Alan Anderson, and Biyombo. I’m thinking of losing Stuckey for Nick Young, and then seeing what Alan Anderson does tomorrow in a new Raptors lineup before switching him out for Martell Webster. I’m holding Biyombo for his blocks right now, but I’m not married to him.

    2. Also, how do you feel about Young and Webster’s value for the rest of the season?

    Thanks for any input!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @chillmodious: Your course of action sounds fine.

      Young is dependent on Richardson, and I have no faith in the Sixers, but Martell has actually been getting better and could be a valuable piece in deep leagues.

  8. Frank Lynch says:
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    nice, I was just gonna say that!! Lol Hey also is that trade gonna go through you think in Utah?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I haven’t heard anything. What did you see (about Favors I presume)?

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    If you wanna google (trades in Utah) You’ll see, but they’re tradind Millsap and/or Jefferson. So they said they want they’re newer guys to play and that means Favors would be getting mad time as a starter

  10. skizzy says:
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    what are u thoughts on gee? im in a deep league so i have him but hes been ass lately…no one really worth picking up on waivers either. best options are will bynum, singler, pat pat, cunninham, diaw, marcus morris, dalembert, ariza, lance, and richard hamilton

    • Eric says:
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      @skizzy:

      Martel Webster, Randy Foye, Jimmy Butler, Devin Harris, Nick Young, Nate Robinson, Earl Clark, Ben Gordon, Jason Terry – any of them on the waiver wire?

      • Eric says:
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        @Eric:

        JJ Barea, Alexy Shved

        • skizzy says:
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          @Eric: haha nahh i wish. it’s a pretty competitive league with 20 teams.

          • Eric says:
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            @skizzy:

            Ariza looks like the best option there. But yeah, your waiver wire is pretty crappy with 20 teams :(

  11. Eric says:
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    It’s a keeper’s league and I’ve got Rondo. Been offered Ramon Sessions.

    My keepers without Rondo would be Lebron, Melo, B. Lopez, David Lee.

    My guards are down to Jameer, Korver, Barea, Foye and a couple of others waiver wire. What do you think?

    10 team 17 player league 11 players play a day.

    Thanks!

    • ChrisV

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      @Eric: How long do your keepers last? As in, how does the system work for you? Are you only allowed 4 keepers? I presume you are still in contention, which is the only appealing thing about this trade. Sessions can help you, but I feel like even an injured Rondo could net someone a little better.

      • Eric says:
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        @ChrisV:

        4 keepers, ongoing league, 3 years minimum. My team is still doing just fine so it’s not a firesale for me. I’m not attached to Rondo per se b/c I have 2-3 other keeper worthy players apart from Melo, Lebron, Brook Lopez/David Lee.

        Trying to figure out a good price range for Rondo, but like you said, Sessions seems to be quite low.

        • ChrisV

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          @Eric: Thinking about this again, I would look for a Steve Nash type back. He doesn’t have long term keeper value, but he has good short term value. Someone is basically buying 2-3 years of Rondo, so that still has major value.

          • Eric says:
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            @ChrisV:

            That’s a great call. I’m looking at Jose Calderon too.

  12. m1chael says:
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    Hi need some advise.
    I’m in a 14 team league 12 players H2H. I probably won’t be getting to playoffs cause I’m 12th seed but still feels like I could make it to 8th seed with a little help.

    Players I got are: DWade, Ray Allen, DeRozan, Melo, Tony Allen, McGee, Gordon Hayward, Chris Bosh, Bogut, Bargnani, Parker, and Ginobili.

    I got a trade offer: Dion Waiters for Ray Allen.

    Should I take the trade?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @m1chael: So you’d be trading an SG for an SG? That doesn’t make sense.

  13. Eric says:
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    What about Felton for Parsons? I get Felton to make up the loss of Rondo.

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Eric: I like that deal, you wouldnt be keeping aprsons anyway I presume

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Eric: Yeah, Felton is good

  14. Frank Lynch says:
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    I swear like the past 3 weeks they were def that they were gonna trade millsap and/orjefferson by or before trade deadline.. I don’t see it now so much i just see Pierce for Jefferson but either or they said that they would start favors

  15. Frank Lynch says:
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    Do you think I should still keep Favors until the trade rumors go away or would you dump him?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: If there isn’t anything more interesting out there, you may as well hold on to him to see what happens.

      Just curious, how many roster moves have you made this season?

  16. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sorry with all the questions especially this early( well I’m 3 hours ahead) but the kids got me up at 6am. Anyway, I wanted to get Klay tjhompson for someone and I was gonna give him Kevin Martin but It looks mad uneven for him.. Do you think I should give him Ty Lawson or NO WAY? or masybe Martin and George hill or Reddick? Or just leave it alone?? Take your time on each question… LOL JK

    • Eric says:
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      @Frank Lynch:

      Klay Thompson is good but one dimensional. Keep your players as is. Klay got hot and Steph Curry was not playing. If you can, get Klay for Kevin Martin.

  17. Frank Lynch says:
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    thanks dude… Ohh did you look up the trade in Utah?

  18. Could you please give me your opinion on this? In a 12-team, 5-keeper, 9-cat league — I am in 10th position with no hope of making the playoffs. My current keepers are Tony Parker, Gay, Aldridge, Ryan Anderson, and Tyreke Evans. I have been offered Knight and a Round 6 pick (actually 1st round – keepers will be input for first 5 rounds) in exchange for Rudy Gay and Round 10 pick. (Yahoo requires an equal number of draft picks in trades). What is your opinion of this trade? I like Knight, but he is not a Gay, but that would give me two picks in the first round to try to get another keeper-quality player. I also have injured Varejao as a” remote” keeper possibility.

    Thanks in advance for your input!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Maureen: Arguably, the top 60 players are tied up as keepers (give or take, there may be some rookie keepers who don’t count that high). The question is, can you use your league’s first round pick to obtain a player that is worth losing Rudy Gay? Brandon Knight is okay, but to use him and your new pick as keepers, you’d also have to lose Evans, Anderson, Alridge or Parker. I’m not in love with the move.

      • @ChrisV: Thanks Chris — that’s what I was thinking too, but I needed someone to confirm so that I could feel good about passing up that extra first round pick. I do also have Varejao, but I thought perhaps I could use him for a possible pick during 2013 preseason if he gets healthy by then.

        This is my first time on this site — I appreciate the one-on-one, and will definitely bookmark it. Thank you!

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Maureen: thanks for stopping by, we hope to see you again.

          • Eric says:
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            @ChrisV:

            My suggest is to trade up for better keepers. Who else is on your team? You might as well have a fires sale to start all over. Trade for draft picks, trade for better keepers. I might target someone like Kevin Love or Derek Rose to up your keepers. Otherwise, Tyreke and Anderson are marginally good enough to be keepers. Maybe you can package them to get Carmelo?

            The other key is to develop a strategy based on your keepers next year. For instance, I have Lebron, Melo, Brook Lopez, Larry Sanders, (who I’m actually thinking about keeping), David Lee. This gives me elite FG%, Points, Blocks, and decent rebounds (rebounds is the easiest stat to replace other than points) – I can then build around those pieces w/ 3 point specialists, e.g. Korver, JJ Redick, Carlos Delfino and good rebounders such as JJ Hickson, Vucevic. All you need to do is win 5 categories consistently to do well.

            • @Eric: I have tried a few offers like that, but no bites yet. Thanks!

          • @ChrisV: Hey here I am again! Is Tyreke worth more than Mayo as my 5th keeper? Have Gay, Parker, Aldridge, & Anderson. THANKS.

            • @Maureen: Forgot to say I have a trade opportunity to get Mayo for Evans. But I think I like Evans upside better – so what do you think?

              Thanks.

  19. In a different league, I have an offer today of George Hill or Brandon Knight for JR Smith. I am heading my division in this league by 5 games, but the other division has five powerhouse teams all 5 games apart, and I doubt if I can better my team enough to win the playoffs. So I am thinking of trying to get an extra pick from this trade offer. If I were to counter with Knight or Hill and a pick for Smith, what rounds do you think would be fair? Yahoo needs both teams to get a pick. So maybe Knight with Round 3 pick for Smith with Rnd 6, for example. I’d appreciate opinions on this –thanks!

    • @Maureen: I meant to say only 5 games separate the first 5 teams in the other division.

    • ChrisV

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      @Maureen: Is it also a keeper? Yeah, that seems like a fair offer. I wouldn’t necessarily worry about losing in H2H playoffs just yet, as anything could happen, but if you were to trade Smith (having an amazing year) for Knight, getting a 3rd round pick for a 6th round is solid.

      • @ChrisV: Yes, it’s a keeper league. I have Jennings, Paul George, Holiday, and Griffin. Do you think I should reject this trade and maybe keep J.R. Smith instead of Griffin? I also have Randolph. But if I do trade Smith, what picks would you recommend for a counter with George Hill?
        THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

        • Eric says:
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          @Maureen:

          JR is way too hot and cold. George Hill is more valuable b/c of his FG% and assists. Trade JR away while he’s hot and can get value for him!

        • ChrisV

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          @Maureen: Offer Smith and your 6th for Hill and his 3rd. You could also do 7th and 4th rounds instead.

          • @ChrisV: Thanks – I will do that! I appreciate your help Chris and Eric!

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