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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:

Buy:

Wesley Johnson SG, SF

My man Wes has been deadly the last two games. But it’s because Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, and Steve Blake are all injured, and Nick Young had to serve a suspension. Still, regardless of the reasons, 16/5.5/2/1.25/1 with 1.75 3pts over his last 4, shooting almost 50% and a high FT%, is a very productive streaming option. Just keep an eye on when Kobe and others return to action.

Sell:

Ricky Rubio PG

I told you, there wasn’t much access to NBA games at the tiki swim up bar, and if I got up, I’d lose my concrete stool. So, as I marinated in other people’s urine, since nobody ever gets up from the swim up bar, I thought of Ricky Rubio: Piss poor. I know, he gets dimes. But he has been benched again in the 4th, in favor of Jose Barea, and hasn’t scored a 4th quarter point since November. Ouch. He still has cache, and maybe you can get a, say Jameer Nelson, or include Ricky in a bigger deal for a better PG. Here’s hoping.

Kyle Lowry PG

Now this is a success story. My man is leading the league in charges, all 6 feet of him. He’s been straight murder from beyond the arc, and he has a 3.5/1 assist to turnover. He gets boards, steals, and is an all around fantasy horse. He’s playing at an all-star level, and you probably drafted him as your second PG, in the 4-7 round range, depending on your league and your smarts. So why give him up? Because you can turn a 5-7 round guy into a late first round to second round talent. Kevin Love? Nick Batum? Kyle and a piece for Stephen Curry? I would say that would be a great move, and his numbers make those offers absolutely fair.

Since the few names on my list is meager, why don’t we take a trip down memory lane? Waaay Back to November 2013. (Cue Wayne’s world flashback) I will endeavour to pat myself on the back for my homers, and endure the ridicule for my whiffs. But you be the judge:

Week 1: I called Lance Stephenson, yo! He was 53% owned at the time, I believe.

Week 2: Steve Blake was on the list. While his injury derailed the season, his production was bombdiggity while he played, and he was only 6% owned at the time.

Week 3: JJ Hickson was a great call, if I do say so myself. I wrote that he was 46% owned, and I hardly ever lie in these here articles. I also mentioned John Henson, and he has been a defensive gem.

Week 4: Isn’t this fun? I told all y’all to buy Jonas Valanciunas low. It took a few more weeks, but dayum! He’s a double double machine these days. No, no, you’re welcome.  Not enough? I also mentioned that Terrance Jones might be worth a looksey. My first real gaffe came in this week, where I suggested that Aaron Afflalo couldn’t keep his production up at the levels he had begun with, and to sell. Ahem. Hope you got a good piece for him.

Week 5: I Pooped a big one this week. I thought Al Jefferson was going to get worse, not better than he started after his injury. In my defence, I did suggest you go after LaMarcus Alderidge, or Nikola Vucevic, with Al as a trade piece. Hope that worked out for you.

Week 6: I broke even on this one, suggesting to you to sell Tim Duncan, as well as Eric Gordon. The logic for Timmy was that you could sell high, and for Gordon, that he was over-rated. I guess I hit on both

Week 7: I suggested you part with Amir Johnson, one of my favourite hustle guys. Fact was, he was under-producing. But no longer. He has been a delight for fantasy owners. I trust you ignored me.

Week 8: I recommended Terrance Ross and James Johnson, so I got that going for me.

So that’s that, cats. Feel free to rip my suggestions, or, if you’re feeling charitable, you could mention anything you feel I’ve done that has helped you. I live for your praise, it validates my humble brain droppings.

Holla!

  1. AJ says:
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    Wut up Dan, after losing Hordord I picked up 2 bigs to fill the void Tristan and Jonas now contemplating going smaller and picking up Chalmers and DJ for them assist, steals & treys any suggestions Thanks..my squad
    Curry, Parker, Rondo
    Batum, Gordon, Matthews, Korver
    Duncan, Jonas, Bogut, Robin
    West, Tristan

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @AJ: If you were to drop anyone, I would think of R. Lopez, or West. I would take DJ over Chalmers, personally, if you think of only going with one, but they’re pretty close.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Hey Danny Boy!! For me you me you messed up about 80% of your calls!! LOL JK!!! You’ve always steered me right.. You helped Me get to the championship last year. I’m so mad I dropped Terrance Jones and Pierce when they weren’t doing to well. Like you said, ” I have zero patience! ” Anyway, I made that trade a while ago and gave Hayward for Bledsoe and you know the end to that story. F**K! I got
    Conley
    Jeff Teague
    Reggie Jackson
    Rondo
    Foye
    Ariza
    Wesley Johnson
    Millsap
    West
    Mello
    JJ Redick
    Marc Gasol
    Tristan Thompson
    Enes Kanter
    1- I’m in 1st still in a 10 team h2h 9 CAT.. Do you think I have a solid enough team to keep going or do you think I have too many streamer guys?? 2- Do you think I should try to trade West and Tristan T. for Terrance Jones & Pierce if he would do it?? 3- Is there anyone on my squad you would change or drop??

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: Frankie, I know how you feel, I dropped Terrance, He had a 5 game stretch where he was invisible. He had a monster game last night, but he could go cold again. That said, every player is capable of that. Yes, I would try to trade for Pierce and/or Jones if you get them.

      Wes Johnson and Randy Foye are playing well right now, just watch out for the eventual drop in production, they are definitely steamers.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks brotha! Do you think Reggie Jackson is still a guy to hold onto when Westbrook comes back?? Only reason why I ask Is cause he still held his own as the 6th guy before that.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Frank White: I guess you have to wait and see. I have no idea, frankly. I would have thought he would get more play while Russ was out, but Fisher is getting much more time than I would have expected.

  3. Jeremy says:
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    Looking like bad news on kemba. Already have Bledsoe occupying my only IR slot with an ailing vucevic on my bench as well. Is it time to drop Bledsoe and slide walker or vucevic in the spot to pick up sessions? Or should I drop blatche (probably the first to go on my squad) and keep holding onto Bledsoe?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jeremy: that sucks. Vucevic is games away, not weeks, so I would try to rifle it out. If you need to drop someone, it should be Blatche, if you’re in a keeper league, but bled should be out for the rest of the season, most likely, so he would be the first if you’re not keeping him.
      Jesus, that was scattered. I hope that makes sense.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Dan A.: yeah it’s not a keeper league but I do believe Bledsoe opted to have the torn tendon removed not repaired which means he is expected back at some point this season (4-6 weeks from the procedure). Who knows how effective he’ll be though. But yeah I’m thinking I’m gonna just try and wait it out

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Wattup Dan, welcome back! Where in Mexico did you hit up? Extremely keen on heading up that way… despite flights from Sydney to the Americas being a real btch, distance-wise.

    Vuc (inj)
    Love
    AD
    Sully
    T Jones
    Afflalo
    Parsons
    Oladipo
    R Jax
    Nelson
    W Matthews
    Meeks

    So I’m thinking I should pick up a SF/all rounder type off the wire. Being a super shallow league, players like Manu, Pierce, Joe J and Wilson C remain. Im currently sitting in the middle on boards, have lost a couple of spots in assists, and am faltering in points. Jackson or Oladipo are prob the ones I’d swap for, as neither are as consistent as I’d like (Ola with pts, Jax with assists and %s). You may think otherwise, so your opinion would be mucho appreciated. With of the 4 mentioned would be best for me for ROS? Concerned that when Deron returns, them BK boys may not produce as much (Pierce still may). Or should I go for straight interior help, as I’m not sure when Vuc is back? Tyson is still on the wire and produced his last two games, kinda

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Dan A.: Big Baby and Alphabet are hangin round on the wire too

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Dan A.: Aminu intrigues me also, particularly with Smith out now

  5. TG26 says:
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    ROS. Alphabet or Wesley Johnson. 8cat Roto?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @TG26: I would say Wes, until more guards/wings return to the line up.

  6. Jason MacLeod says:
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    Ridnour or Sessions ???

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jason MacLeod: Hmm. I would say it’s close, but Luke apparently may have sprained his wrist yesterday, so that makes the decision easy.

  7. Jonathan says:
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    Dan,
    Who wins this trade? H2H league.

    Receive Nicolas Batum and Joakim Noah
    Send Away David Lee and Deron Williams.

    My team is already having problems scoring points and it might worsen if I do this trade. What do you think?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jonathan: I think you get better, frankly. Batum is a stat stuffer, and Noah has gotten his 12th game with 10+ boards. And Deron, when he plays, is capable of being elite, but he never plays, and has had 3 separate ankle issues this year.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jonathan: addendum: you are right about your point production, specifically, it will likely go down.

  8. Dan A

    Dan A. says:
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    Wow, a reader all the way from the bottom of the earth! I loved Nathan Jawai, I wish he could have worked out in the NBA. An absolute beast, just too raw. He should have come over in his mid 20′s.
    I stayed in Playa Del Carmen, close to Cancun, and it was marvelous, despite the rain.
    As to your question:. I would think you could part with Meeks or R Jackson. Why Jax isn’t getting more burn is an absolute mystery to me.
    In Order: Manu would be a solid pick up, then Tyson, then Wilson, then joe or Pierce. And Pierce is really solid right now, but I agree with your assessment: Brooklyn is a mess, and to be avoided if possible.

  9. Lasandro says:
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    Wow, you knew about Jawai!? yeah man, he really was a beast. I dont follow the NBL (Aus league) at all, but I’d tune in just to watch that guy demolish dudes. His build was very Nene-ish.

    Your trip sounded phenomenal! Actually almost headed up to Mexico to visit a friend last year but ended up going to Paris instead, you know, because they’re so damn close to each other. Playa Del Carmen, play on!

    Huh, Im intrigued as to why you picked Manu first, then Tyson second (who, btw, has since been picked up). Are my needs a little undecipharable to the unbias analyser? I’m banking on Sully getting me a good chunk of boards and Jones continuing to grow ROS, which is why I was prob leaning more towards Manu and Wilson. Would like your thoughts pls. Jax is nice but Meeks gets so many more shots these days and is a lock for stls and low brds and assists.. so may stick with the latter

    Lovin the write-ups bud

    • Lasandro says:
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      Should also mention that Sanders is on the wire, but I just dont believe in him. Dude’s board numbers fluctuate so much, which irritates as much as Larry Drew does!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Lasandro: To be honest, I didn’t really take your needs, (boards, dimes, points), I was going for overall impact. I was watching the Raptors/lakers game while typing, sorry, so I did not give your response proper attention. Manu started slow, ignore his yearly averages, but he has been solid lately. Upon reflection, I guess I have to admit bias against Brooklyn, too many of those cats have lost me weeks earlier in the year. But I just checked Paul’s output, and he has been more like the Truth we all grew to love. So nab him first.
      The reason I put Tyson next is that he is capable of being a top 10 centre, and would be a great addition, but that’s moot now.
      I also like the PG from your neck of the woods, Exum, who should be declaring for the draft. So, I gotta ask: are you Aussie born, or an American working in Sydney? Is the NBA big down under?

  10. Matthew says:
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    Rotoworld hates DeRozan.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Matthew: I think he’s completely overlooked, because he plays in Toronto, and, more importantly, he’s never made the playoffs. The latter is fair. In fantasy, he has a “meh” 3pt average, but scores consistently around 20-25, and gets about 4 boards, a steal and 3.5 dimes. I love him, for where you would scoop him, in the earlier mid rounds (whut?), meaning pick 50-70. But I feel for the kid, he’s got heart, hopefully the Raps make the playoffs this year.

  11. Lasandro says:
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    Thanks man and no need to apologise – just always interested in yours and JB’s opinions. It’s my first season playin fantasy so I like discussing it with fellow stat-heads

    Funny story, I was training with my Div 1 bball squad in October last year at the Australian Institute of Sports, and Dante came out for a shootaround by himself. Had a chat to him and wished him all the best. In person, he’s super long at the 1 and has the kinda frame you know he could grow into – kinda like a Giannis.

    Not born here, but raised here since ’90. Live in Canberra, a coupel of hours drive from Sydney. And yeah man, been following the NBA since I was a teen, back in ’96. Fell in love with tah Sonics team and the rest is history. The NBA is big amongst peeps my age (round 30′s) as they used to show NBA Action and Inside the NBA during the late 90′s on free to air. Now its all exclusively on pay TV and not many folk follow it as closely as they used to. But practically anyone that plays hoops (and, incidentally, Aussie Rules Football) follows the NBA closely! Hell, I lived in vietnam in ’12 and was there during Linsanity. The amount of young Viet kids walkin round the street with Knicks jersies was astonishing! How bout you? You Razzball writers seem to be based all over town

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Dan A.: Apologies for not replying to previous thread!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Dan A.: dude I’m sorry for hijacking your comments section but this just in: your thoughts on me trading my AD /Love and oladipo FOR Dwight, Wall and kawhi/West? Obviously, a lot banking here on Dwight’s ROS value. Hate him in reality, but not too bad in my dreams (fantasy). Look forward to ur responses once you have a free 2hrs to read these

      • Dan A

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        @Lasandro: I wouldn’t give up Love and AD for Dwight and Wall, the others are throw ins. True, Kawhi is a better third piece than Oladipo, but it’s not even close, IMO.

        • Lasandro says:
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          @Dan A.: oh no mate – Love and Oladipo OR AD and Oladipo for Wall, Dwight and Kawhi, or D West, or A Bradley. So a 2 for 3 trade from me.

          Thoughts?

          Haha don’t know if a player exists that worthy of getting both my AD and Love!

          • Dan A

            Dan A says:
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            @Lasandro: Sorry for the delay. I would do Love/Oladipo for Wall/Howard/Leonard.

  12. yokev_o says:
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    So would you deal lowry and rubio for steph curry?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @yokev_o: I would seriously think about that trade. as always, unless your trade partner has a free roster spot, there is a second piece involved. What would that be? Regardless, I think that’s a good trade, Kyle it tearing it up, but Curry is not exactly a bum. He would have been taken 4-9 overall in a fresh draft, so focus on what you’re bringing in, not what you’re shipping out. Just my opinion.
      Another option is to hold Lowry, and see what you could get for just Slick Rick if you’re hesitant.

  13. justin.g says:
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    Would.you trade.away marc.gasol to.get drummond.in return ?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @justin.g: drummond points, shooting %, gets more boards, and blocks, but kills your free throw %. Marc is starting slow, but expect more assists and steals to go with his points and boards, once he’s back on track. Put it this way: I think I would rather have a 100% healthy Gasol than a 100% healthy Dre. The question is how long will Marc’s knee be wonky? It could be for the majority of the season.

      That clears nothing up for you, I realize. So go with Andre, but it’s not a home run trade for me.

  14. Tsilaeri says:
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    Thanks for the post!
    After a 2-1 trade, I need to pickup a guy.
    10 Team HTH

    G: Deron W, J Meeks, J Wall, J Calderon
    F: J Harden, Al Jeff, J Green
    C: M Gasol, R Hibbert, JV, L Sanders

    Available options: Wesley J, T Ross, Enes Kanter, C Frye, K Humpries, George Hill, P Pierce, Ginobili, T Ariza, R Felton.

    Which one would be the best? Right now I’m bid for Humpries.
    Thanks! Appreciate it.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tsilaeri: Humphries will get you a few points, boards, and blocks. Kelly Olynyk is a threat to steal minutes.
      I would likely go with either Pierce or Ross. Just me, though, and neither will give you big man stats, so take your needs into consideration.

  15. Aj says:
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    Being offered Zbo for my Matthews what side u got?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Aj: If you need boards, and can give up 3′s and steals, sure. The points are similar. But Zbo is a lot older.

  16. Fantasy Newb says:
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    I have Ricky Rubio. If I want to sell high, who is a realistic get for him? (10 team, Points League)

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: unfortunatley, I don’t think you’re selling high, more the opposite. Try for Jameer Nelson, or include him as a piece in a bigger trade.

  17. AJ says:
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    Who would you rather pick up ROS Greivis or Beverley? Greivis has looked better his last 2 games and Beverley did aite on his return.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @AJ: Vasquez has more fantasy friendly talent, but it’s all about the minutes. While Salmons is out, he gets more burn, and has value, but when John comes back… I dunno, but it’s unlikely he will have fantasy relevance.

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