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It’s been the Kobe Bryant show over in LA and will remain that way until Steve Nash comes back.  This is an extremely small sample size but Pau Gasol arguably had his best game this year when Nash was handling the ball (the first game of the year!).  He had 19 shots that first game and has only topped 15 shots twice since then.  Is Pau getting old? Obviously, but I don’t think one of the best players in the league is going to fall off a cliff at 32 years old.  Shooting a horrendous 42% FG while only dipping below 50% once in his career (2003-04), things are only going to get better for him.  I should also mention he is averaging a career worst 13 ppg, but that’s to be expected with the low FG%.  The awful start is exacerbated because:  1)  See #3,  2)  The Lakers are 7-8 , 3)  He’s on the Lakers,  4)  See #2.  When the Lakers go on a run, we’ll start seeing stories about how Pau is back, he fought through trade rumors, and that he and D’Antoni are developing a great relationship…blah blah blah.  Go get him on your fantasy team.  The guy is a stud.

Editor’s Note: Before we begin, a quick note for you fantasy ball lovers out there (cough) – Rajon Rondo has been suspended two (2) games, but Kris Humphries has not been suspended and will be available tonight. Now back to your regular programming. 

BUY

Paul Millsap – Sigh, Millsap.  You looked so good when you were drilling threes and scoffing at everyone that said you couldn’t play SF well.  I haven’t seen any Jazz games so I’m not sure what the hell happened, but it’s been depressing.  Over the last two weeks, Millsap has been averaging a measly 11.7 pts, 6.7 rebs, 2.1 ast, 0.6 stl, and 0.3 blk while shooting 41% from the field.  For the season he is 14.2/8.4/2.4/0.9/1.0 and shooting 46% from the field.  Everyone has bad stretches, so get the jump on him before he starts blowing up.

Al Horford – Horford has been solid so far in his return to the NBA after a season long injury last year.  His current Yahoo! rank is 71, and it would be better if he didn’t stink so much from the line.  He is currently shooting 51% from the charity stripe this SEASON.  A career 75% FT shooter, he didn’t suddenly turn into Dwight Howard.  Get him from someone worried about Horford tanking their FT% category.

Marcin Gortat – Remember how awesome he started the season (over 4 blks per game the first 6 games!)?  Maybe not because all we care about what a player is giving us now.  Averaging 9.7/5.7/0.9/0.9/0.7 over the past 7 games, he’s turned into a corpse on the court.  Is he already upset being stuck on this shitty team?  Probably, but he’ll turn it around.

Kawhi Leonard – Ah the good ole buy low on injured players.  A couple things:  1)  He’s targeted to return on Dec. 1st, 2)  He’s ranked 43rd on a per game average by Yahoo! , 3)  He’s owned in only 48% of leagues, 4)  How the hell is he only owned in 48% of leagues?  The guy has averaged 10 points, 1 3PM, 5 boards, and 2 steals per game with AWESOME percentages (49% FG, 94% FT), 5)  This is getting to be too many numbers,  6)  If he’s on your wire, why are you still reading this?, 7)  Now there’s definitely too many numbers,  8)  I should have said “several things.”

SELL

Jason Richardson – I thought J-Rich would be solid this year but not this freaking good.  He is somehow averaging a career high 1.7 steals while shooting a career high 44% from behind the arc.  All at the ripe age of 31!  I bet you’re like “Yo Redacted, why is it OK for Pau to be old but not J-Rich.  Are you racist?”  That’s a clown question, bro, because everyone knows I hate Spaniards.  It just goes to show how objective I am when it comes to fantasy basketball.  Pau has been an established elite player while J-Rich has not been that for a couple years.  Simple as that.

Patrick Patterson – I’m conflicted with Patterson.  I see that he’s only 44% owned, so I’m like wtf guys get him on your roster (as I said on Wednesday).  Then I look and see that everyone in an RCL does own him, so really good job by us.  That’s why he isn’t a buy, because we already own him.  However, I cannot see him putting up 20+ point nights every night like he’s been doing recently.  So he’s definitely a sell.  Although if only RCL people own him, that means no one else probably wants him so we can’t sell.  I’m glad I put him on this list.

David West – The Indiana Pacers need their players to step up early in the season and West has been picking up the slack.  The past six games he has been averaging 18.8/7.8/4.0/0.5/1.7 while shooting 58% from the field.  The assists, blocks, and FG% would easily be the highest averages he’s ever had, so I think it’s safe to assume he’s in for a correction soon.

Chandler Parsons – Ladies and gentlemen… your #2 fantasy player (by average) over the past 2 weeks.  My god, has he been ridiculous.  2.7 3PM, 20.2 pts, 7.8 reb, 3.3 ast, 1.2 stl and shooting 58% from the floor.  I have no idea what they are giving everybody on the Rockets, but for the love of god can somebody give some to Jeremy Lin?

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  1. Thrilla says:
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    Been sitting on Kawhi, glad he’ll be back soon.

    Question for you:

    12 Team H2H Yahoo! league, 9 Category…

    PG R. Westbrook
    SG K. Martin
    G N. Batum
    SF C. Parsons
    PF C. Bosh
    F C. Kaman
    C J. Noah
    C M. Gortat
    Util A. Brooks
    Util M. Chalmers

    BN K. Leonard
    BN D. Collison
    BN D. Favors

    Al-Farouq Aminu is available on my wire and it looks like I might be pretty short on rebounds in the long-run. Do you see anyone worth dropping on my roster for Aminu? Any other thoughts on the team?

    Thanks man, good read.

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Thrilla, Drop Chalmers. His numbers have been too sporadic. Since it is H2H, I might look into trading Collison (assuming he puts up some good numbers for a week or so) and just flat out punt assists. Also, I think your rebounding numbers will be fine with all those big men.

  2. Carnac says:
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    I traded for Millsap last week. You know what would be nice? If ESPN updated position eligibility during the season.

    Regarding Pau, I’ve heard some grumbling on other, unnamed & inferior websites about his knee(s) or something. I’d look the other way, but when I talk to Pau I only come up to his knee and don’t want to be rude. You don’t think he’ll have to miss time?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Carnac, Bah, it would be the equivalent of the disgraceful list in baseball. A “knee” injury. I wouldn’t worry much about it.

      • Carnac says:
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        @James Redacted, Ah yes, the disgraceful list… How ya doin’, DL? Say hi to Scott Skiles for me.

  3. Ben says:
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    Would you prefer Kawhi or Hayward? Thanks!

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Ben, I like Leonard

  4. Jon says:
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    Should I trade Serge Ibaka for Joe Johnson straight up? Position is irrelevant in this case and our scoring system is the following:

    AST – Assists 2 points
    BK – Blocks 1 point
    PTS – Points 1 point
    ST – Steals 1 point
    TO – Turnovers -1 point
    TRB – Total Rebounds 1 point

    • James Redacted

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      @Jon, Given the pts system its a fairly even trade because JJ gets a fair amount of assists and Ibaka gets zilch. That being said I think JJ will do better than he has been doing so I’d be fine with the trade.

  5. Nick says:
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    8 Team H2H Yahoo League Current Roster

    Kemba Walker
    Kevin Martin
    Damian Lillard
    Brandon Jennings
    Greivis Vasquez
    Monta Ellis
    OJ Mayo
    Rudy Gay
    LeBron James
    Glen Davis
    DeMarcus Cousins
    Roy Hibbert
    Nikola Pekovic

    Do you think I have too many guard and not enough forwards or centers? I’m lacking in rebounds and blocks right now and wondering if you would drop anybody for these guys on the waiver wire. Thanks in advance.

    Larry Sanders
    Robin Lopez
    JaVale McGee
    Bismack Biyombo
    Emeka Okafor
    Jason Thompson
    Byron Mullens
    Tristan Thompson
    Nikola Vucevic
    Al-Farouq Aminu
    Shawn Marion
    Nene

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Nick, In H2H you only have to win 5 categories every week, so don’t worry about blocks with this team. Win the other categories (especially assists and 3’s). I’d drop Glen Davis for Byron Mullens. Hibbert is close to droppable in an 8 teamer if there are better guys available than the ones you listed (I assume you only listed boards/blocks type guys).

  6. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I’m selling Metta World Peace, he seems to be tailing off a bit. I just think he was playing over his head. Makes me wonder if I should go for a guy like Kawhi Leonard or other younger talent on the wire in the next few weeks.

    • James Redacted

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      @BringDaRuckus, Sounds good

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