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:
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.
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.