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Our first Buy/Sell of the season comes to from our very own Josh Vitale from the football side of the site. I say “our very own” because he’s one of us, but not like in the in-bred sense of “us.” Anyway, I deleted all the references to “tight ends,” “putting it through the uprights,” and “foot ‘n’ inches” because I thought he might have been confusing the two sports. At least I hope he was talking about football. Otherwise that was just a terribly disgusting metaphor. Anyway, enjoy!

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Jeremy Lin is Tim Tebow. There is no questioning this fact. They are the same person. The media’s darling. The guy every newspaper, website and blog devotes 14 articles a day to. The guy SportsCenter devotes 57 minutes of every hour to. The guy men want to be, and the guy women want to marry. Lin even gave Tebow’s boy God a shoutout after a recent win. Lin is Tebow, Tebow is Lin.

That’s why if you own Lin, you should sell high. Sell so high that you need six parachutes to keep the impact from killing you. Don’t sell for pennies on the dollar; sell for dollars on the penny.

“But Josh,” you’re surely asking, “why should we trade the best player in the history of the NBA?” You should sell him because the magic will soon run out. Sure, there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to be a solid NBA point guard, but if you think he’s going to put up Derrick Rose numbers playing on the same team as Carmelo Anthony, you’ve likely never watched the NBA before. Something like 12 points and seven assists per game is a reasonable expectation, but ME-lo would rather retire from the league and join the cast of Jersey Shore than allow himself to play second fiddle to a guy who played college ball at Harvard.

So send out some trade offers. Steph Curry, maybe. Perhaps Rajon Rondo. John Wall, even. And if you can find a Knicks fan in your league, send out a Lin for LeBron offer. Because you own Jeremy Lin. And he’s the most valuable commodity on the planet.

BUY

D.J. Augustin – Lost in all the Linsanity is the fact that a very serviceable point guard made his return to the court for the mighty Bobcats Wednesday night. Sure, his nine-point, two-assist, two-rebound line was child’s play compared to anything best-point-guard ever Jeremy Lin has done, but he’s definitely worth adding to your team. Unless you don’t like owning guards that average 14 points and seven assists per game on your team. Which you should. Because that’s good. It gives me woo… ahem. Moving on.

Greivis Vasquez – Anyone who ever attended the University of Maryland just pounded their chest and shimmied in their chair. Don’t lie to me; you totally just did it. The General is taking full advantage of the rash of knee injuries that have hit New Orleans like the plague, averaging 11 points and seven assists per games starting in place of the injured Jarrett Jack. He’s even posted two double-doubles in that span. Based on the Hornet’s luck with Eric Gordon’s knee injury, I wouldn’t trust Jack’s balky knee as far as I can throw it, which, admittedly, isn’t that far. Long story short, now is the time to invest in Vasquez.

J.R. Smith – If your league has somehow created a “team chemistry” or “selfless basketball” stat category, you’re going to want to avoid Smith. But if you enjoy a player who launches 3-pointers with absolutely reckless abandon, there might be nobody more perfect for you. Take him out to dinner, buy him a nice steak and offer him a $2.5 million exception and maybe, just maybe, J.R. will agree to play for your fantasy basketball team.

Chris Kaman – If you currently have, have ever had, or someday wish to own two healthy knees, please stay far, far away from the Hornets. Seriously, this is hard to believe. Four expected starters are all currently sidelined with knee injuries? Have the Hornets hired people to just sit outside the locker room and whale on players’ kneecaps with baseball bats? Emeka Okafor is the latest casualty, meaning former malcontent Chris Kaman is back in our lives. He’s averaged a double-double in his last two games, and with the Hornets showing him off like an ugly show poodle as the trade deadline nears, he’ll likely continue to produce while he’s on the floor.

Brook Lopez – He hasn’t played in a single game this season, yet he’s already the second best player on the Nets. And it’s not even that close. B-Lo should return from his foot injury soon, so his value is only going to go up from here. Now is the time to start flooding your friends’ inboxes with condescending remarks and low-ball offers.

SELL

Tony Parker – Tony Parker has got to hate Jeremy Lin by now. Seriously. Parker has been putting up unbelievable numbers over the past few games and the entire east coast of the country doesn’t even care. “34 points and 14 assists?” America is saying. “Might be good enough in France, but it ain’t worth nothing here. This is Lin’s world now.” Eva Longoria’s divorcee has been money recently, but with Manu Ginobili on his way back to full strength, it might be time to see if you can’t capitalize on Parker while his value is at its highest.

Jeff Teague – There’s nothing sadder than a point guard who can’t rack up assists. It’s like watching a baby who hasn’t learn to walk yet: you want to love them, but until they starts doing something worthwhile all you can do is glare disapprovingly at them and change their diaper when they inevitable soil themselves. Teague has averaged a paltry 3.7 assists per game in the past month, never topping six dimes in a game during that stretch. He’s even losing playing time to somebody named Kirk Hinrich. If you can find a way to unload him, do it now.

Tyson Chandler – Everything is currently peaches in the Big Apple, but all this ball-sharing, offensive balance and winning is pissing Carmelo Anthony off. And when he gets back, he’s going to destroy it the same way Robert California ruined The Office (yea, I said it). Chandler has enjoyed a nice little run as the Hall to Jeremy Lin’s Oates in the pick-and-roll, but the returns of Amar’e Stoudemire and Anthony, and the eventual addition of J.R. Smith is going to put a huge damper on Chandler’s numbers. He’ll still be plenty valuable as a center, but his value is likely at its peak right now.

Eric Gordon – Ok, you’re not going to actually get any fantasy value in return for Gordon, but it’s worth your while to get something, right? Maybe you can see if you’re buddy will buy you a fresh Subway sandwich in return for Gordon. Or maybe he’ll get you the new Madonna CD that everyone knows you secretly want. Either way, it’s better than nothing.

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  1. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    I was the fortunate owner that grabbed Lin first in my league.

    Just sent him and Kemba Walker for David Lee. I’m happy. The open spot will be used to pick up either MarShon Brooks (who’s on the wire now), or Marco Belinelli (who the other owner is dropping to make room for the trade).

  2. d2bnz says:
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    Adam I’m surprised at you not recognizing that contagious knee disease Sternitis …..the cure is supposed to be an excess of ping pong balls in the draw. the onset of the disease was caused by the .500 way of a timberwolf who may make the playoffs thus de valuing a draft pick.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @d2bnz, Ha! I’m afraid talking about it is enough to catch it.

  3. linning says:
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    thoughts on this lin trade? 12 team h2h redraft league

    i give
    lin/duncan/kemba/dj augustin/booker

    for
    al jefferson/jrue holiday/manu

    thanks

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @linning, I like it. Jefferson is a stud, and I think Jrue will improve his play down the stretch. Plus once Manu get’s going he;s going to be a stud again too. Nice move.

      • Tony says:
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        @Josh Vitale, nix manu lol

  4. Travis says:
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    Trade Tyson Chandler for Brook Lopez?

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @Travis, Depends on your needs. B-Lo, once he gets going, will be a better scorer, but Tyson is going to be a much rebounder/shot blocker.

  5. Nick says:
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    Would you drop Randy Foye for J.R. Smith or Gerald Henderson?

    • inertiatic says:
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      @Nick, I did (drop foye everywhere, that is for whatevs i could get).

      Foye can suck it, figuratively of course. He’s not doing a thing with the minutes.

  6. inertiatic says:
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    @adam, sorry for the late afternoon query but I just got a hot offer of my Pekovic for his Millsap. I snap that up quickly, no question, right? I dunno why but I’m hesitating a lil bit here… Halp me plaeeeese!

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @inertiatic, Do that in a heartbeat. Millsap is a proven stud, while Pekivic is still something of an unknown.

  7. barker says:
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    20 team keeper league trade keeping 5 after this year and im pretty much out of it so looking toward next season

    i give camby and hayward i get collison and jason thompson

    my keepers are deron gay and horford
    rest of team kidd daniel gibson evan turner parsons carter biyombo hayes budinger udoh jermaine oneal bogut hayward

    what do ya think i guess id keep deron gay horford bogut collison

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @barker, I like that move. If you’re already playing for next year, adding youth is always the right move. And I agree with the keepers as well.

  8. Nick says:
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    Marreese Speights or Trevor Booker going forward?

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @Nick, Both just injury replacements, but I like T-Books a little more.

  9. big monayyy says:
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    thinking about dropping dudley unless you can talk me out of it.

    thinking about picking up either zaza, klay, or faried in his place..what do you think?

    • Josh Vitale says:
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      @big monayyy, I’ve got no problem dropping Dudley, but I think he’s better than all those players you listed. Zaza is mediocre at best, Klay is still buried on that depth chart and Faried is going to lose almost all of his playing time once Nene, Gallo and possible Wilson Chandler return in early March. I’d hold.

  10. Shawn says:
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    DeMar DeRozan or Jennings trade trade? I already have wade and only lin/sessions/jeff T for PG’s
    5 keepers
    bigs are Brook lopez/al horf/LA

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, I’d prefer Jennings. DeMar DeRozan will have solid games here and there, but here only happens once every five games and there happens even less.

  11. josh says:
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    adam need ya help,!

    jst got offered marc gasol and westbrook for my lowry and josh smith…

    i went to u for smoove a couple days ago, but this is a new offer thts stumping me! heres my team, would the trade fit my team?

    Curry, lowry, kev martin, augustin, kidd

    bosh, gay, ibaka, ilyasova, hayward, josh smith

    bynum, gooden,

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @josh, I might make the deal, if for no other reason than because you need another (healthy) center more than you need another SF.

  12. Kratos says:
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    Josh, not Adam but here are my thoughts.
    In 8 cat league i see GAINS in Pts, Fg% and Ft% and LOSS in 3’s.
    In 9 cat league same GAINS with LOSSES in 3’s and TO’s.
    Other factors include what Zbo’s return does for Gasol and if Mchale’s rotation can steady out for Lowry.

    Overall i like it as Kmart, DJ, Kidd and Lowry are dragging your Fg% as is. The loss in 3’s is accetable if Curry, kmart and DJ stay upright.
    Hope this helps.

  13. Tony says:
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    Josh nice article, can you help me out on this:

    18 team keeper league h2h fpts, keep 4 guys, i’m looking at selling right now because my teams basically out of it.

    Looking into your crystal ball would you rather keep a $9 Evan Turner or a $23 Iman Shumpert?

    Obviously Turner would be the knee-jerk KEEP HIM because he’s cheaper and was the #2 overall pick a yr ago, but is the situation going to change? Is he going to get substantial PT next year? Shump right now is a rook and has TERRIBLE games and puts up some nice fpts lines due to his contributions in the steals, assists, etc cats, he fills the box….

    What i’m looking at doing is dealing David Lee $34, Jamal Crawford $17, and Shump $23 and in return getting Javale McGee $22, two pieces of junk + $10 from the guy for next years draft and snagging a reserve round pick from him, preferably his 1st res pick.

    I’d like to throw Drew Gooden in there instead of Shump, and the guy could use F help more than PG, but Gooden decided to crap the bed lately with his wrist. Or maybe throw in an Amir Johnson $12 that i also own and probly wont keep?

    My keeps would then be: Monta Ellis $36, Paul George $16, Javale McGee $22 and evan Tuner $9 if I dealt Shump.

    If I don’t I’d keep monta, paul G, Javale and then shumpy.

    Then next yrs auction i’d be going after forwards and have extra cash and picks with a solid line up of keeps.

    Thoughts? On shump and what i’m doing…It’s kinda how this league goes, if you’re out of it you start readying your team for the next year.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tony, I like Turner’s position on the Sixers better than I like Shumpert’s on New York. Who knows what things will look like in October, but right now, Shumpert’s a backup guard on a team full of backup guards (They literally have six reserves who can play the 2). Turner’s just in a less crowded position in Philly

      … AND if he doesn’t work out, you would have spent $14 fewer on him than Iman.

  14. ChrisV

    ChrisV says:
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    I believe Jeff Gillooly is the Hornets athletic trainer.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ChrisV, Hehe. I was wondering if he’d be able to find work after being released from prison.

  15. Chase says:
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    Was offered Nick Young and Kris Humphries for my Wesley Matthews and Pau Gasol.

    I hate owning matthews and although pau has picked it up lately it wouldn’t be much of a drop off in production to kris

    • Adam

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      @Chase, I’d pass. You’d be taking a significant hit in PTS (-3.0 ppg) and AST (-1.8 apg) and FT% (-.059) and doing so for the pleasure of hating Nick Young instead of hating Wes Matthews. Young’s been playing well of late, but his track record suggests he won’t keep it up. Keep in mind also, that despite Young’s solid play of late, it really only manifests in the points category. Matthews still outrebounds, outassists, outsteals and turns the ball over less than Young. Young’s only big advantage over Matthews is scoring and a mildly better FT%.

  16. Them socks! John will never learn will he.

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