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Last time I’m gonna mention it, I’m not a masochist, but last week, I suggested that Terrance Ross should be dropped. Well, I think he may read my smelly little article, because homeboy went off for 51 with 10 treys, making me look a fool. Well, to Terrance I say: “I don’t need any help looking like a fool, thank you very much!” I think I won that joust. But in all seriousness, there’s a good lesson to be learned here: never drop slam dunk winners! Wait, whut? No, Daniel-san, the real lesson is no matter how good you are, you’re gonna make mistakes in fantasy. I had Ross, and dropped him just in time to watch him put in a performance that would have won my week. But he had scored 14 points his previous 3 games, with not a lot of supporting stats, the drop was a good move, based on his numbers up to that point. I, like any good fantasy player, have to shake it off, and not beat myself  up too much.  So on that note, if you’re still reading, you may want to know whom to buy and whom to sell, and to that I say, thank you, read on, but obviously, buyer beware!

BUY:

Nikola Vucevic PF, C

Big Nik is back from a concussion, and the ding to his melon doesn’t seem to have affected his hands. 16/10/0/2/0, shooting 50% from the field. Now, some might think that the time to buy has passed, but I say, if he posted that stat line in just 20 minutes against a tough Raptors defence, by all rights he should post even better numbers going forward. Play down his value by pointing out his risk for re-injury, which is a real enough concern, by the way. But his value far exceeds his risk, in my opinion. Now if we could only get him to play with a hockey helmet on…

John Henson PF, C

My man Long John is only 61% owned, so you might be able to get him for free off the waiver, but even if you have to make an offer, Johnny is worth it. He’s currently 5th in the league in blocks at 2.16 per game. His season stats are 12/8.1/1.6/.6/2.1, which makes him a must own on my books.

Ty Lawson PG

I love this cat’s game. It’s a simple as that. I know I’m not offering anything earth shattering by suggesting you grab Ty, as he’s a top 5-to-8 PG right now, but at the moment, he is injured, (short term), and perhaps you can capitalize on that when making an offer.

JJ Reddick SG

Fun fact: JJ stands for “Jonathan Clay”.  His sister, as a baby, always abbreviated his name to a J, then repeated the J. While I don’t love the explanation for the JJ, I do love Reddick’s production, for FG%, FT%, and 3’s, and you should too. You can point out that his production may be affected by Chris Paul’s return, to try to drive the price down. And, full disclosure, I don’t actually think JJ’s production will be too adversely affected.  As an aside, I may be alone on this, but it takes balls to officially go by your nickname, and I’m going to adopt that attitude. So, from now on, I want to be addressed as “Hambone”.

Chris Paul PG

Captain Obvious says Chris Paul is good to have! There is no way to not pay through the nose for CP3, but he’s close to being back, along with his 19.6 points, and 11.2 assists. He’s worth a lot, so, make your best offer. There is a minuscule chance that his being out may work in your favour, but to have him for the stretch run would bolster any team, and worth a lot.

SELL: 

Amir Johnson PF, C

We all know Hambone hasn’t had too much luck with predicting the future of the Raptors lately, but Amir, whom I love in real life, has been underwhelming in fantasy. Boy, that sentence, out of context, could be taken in a myriad of ways. Johnson just had an outstanding game against the Magic, going 22/11/3/2/0, with a 3pt, but his previous 10 games have been pedestrian. I think the extra shots came because Demar Derozan was out, and is due back soon, so sell high now.

Joe Johnson SG, SF

You’re not gonna be selling too high, based on his past 3 games, but he just got named to the all star team, (bumping Kyle Lowry, or even Lance Stephenson, criminal!) so maybe you can parlay that into more value. I’m sure he won’t continue to play as poorly as his last 3, but I’m worried he won’t improve enough to deserve that all star title, so strike now while the iron is hot!

Ok, race fans, I hope this week’s projections go a little better than last…

Hambone, out!

  1. mUshi says:
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    Hey dan. My aldridge beal markieff and jr for his pg drummond martell and henson/holiday/bledsoe? 13team roto league. Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @mUshi: Sorry, Markieff, Aldridge, Beal, and JR Smith(?) for his PG(?)= Pat Garrity? Drummond, Martell and Bled/Henson/Jrue?
      Please clarify.

      • mUshi says:
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        @Dan A.: oh, sorry about that. markieff, aldridge, beal and jr smith for his paul george, drummond, martell webster, and either bled/henson/jrue.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @mUshi: Riiiight. That is a blockbuster deal, and I like what you’re getting back, I would do it. I would stay away from Bledsoe. So Jrue if you need PG stats, Henson if you need blocks and a few points and boards.

          • mUshi says:
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            @Dan A.: thanks!

  2. Derek says:
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    Redick was doing just fine early in the season with CP3 in the lineup before he had his injury.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Derek: I agree, and I said as much. I was just trying to give you strategies to lower the price.

  3. James Johnson says:
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    Am I worthwhile ROS? Or am I droppable for a P. Bev, Courtney Lee, or Fournier?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @James Johnson: I think that with Conley going down, I would opt for Courtney Lee at the moment, he’s the de facto point there. But I’m a big fan of yours, James, I love how you did the spinning back kick to knock the lodged basketball out of the net in practice, when you were with the Raptors…

  4. sam smith says:
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    what do you think of this trade? my kevin love for lillard and lee. im in an 8 team head to head categories league.

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @sam smith: I like it. You lose a bit on 3s, but Lillard is a stud, and Lee is a near elite player.

  5. Jeffro says:
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    I scooped c. Lee up with Conley hobbled, but I really want to make an offer for cp3… Where do I begin the negotiations, I have Jennings, jam crAwford, dj Augustin, gay, Lebron, bosh, Noah, iguodala, burks, Meeks, vucevic, and Beverley. Am I deep enough to do a 2 for1… Maybe Jamal n Noah or bosh n iguodala will get me cp3. It’s scoring league wit 2 pts for assist n 1 for everything else

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jeffro: I would definitely try. Jamal and Noah is a solid offer. You could also offer Vucevic and Iggy, or something along those lines…

  6. Lasandro says:
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    Dan ma Man, I recently picked up JV outta intrigue due to his recent good play (albeit empty TT-kinda stats, just boards and pts). Should I hold or pick up Sanders, Foye, Taj or Reke instead?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Lasandro: I would stick with JV, Randy Foye is interesting in the short term, but Lawson will be back soon. And a double double guy with the odd block is a great supporting piece. JV has 14 points 15 boards and a block. That is money in the bank, don’t under value it.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Dan A.: Agreed. Was just curious if you thought sanders had a bit more overall stat potential. His last two games have been nice. You’re right tho – if JV pulls out a block or two, I won’t hate

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Lasandro: By all rights, Sanders has a high ceiling, he may well go back to the cat who earned the big deal. But right now, last 2 games notwithstanding, I would need to see more.

  7. Lasandro says:
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    Dan ma Man, I recently picked up JV outta intrigue due to his recent good play (albeit empty TT-kinda stats, just boards and pts). Should I hold or pick up Sanders, Foye, JR or Reke instead? Had Henson but had to drop him, what with his coach being such a Forrest Chump

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Lasandro: ha! Yep, Larry Drew is the nots confounding coach in the league.

  8. Fantasy Newb says:
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    My Josh Smith for John Henson. Should I accept?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: Noooo. Smith is worth a lot more than that.

  9. Bren says:
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    Hello!

    12 team 9 cat

    My Marion and sanders for Hayward.

    I am concerned that sanders is going to lose PT with Henson and Zaza coming back. It’s going to be crowded. Taj Gibson is on FA so I don’t feel like I will miss his blocks too much. Some insight please? Thank you!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @Bren: although I just dropped sanders in my league, I think he’ll have relatively better days going forward from what we’ve seen albeit with much inconsistency. In essence it’s Marion and sanders for Hayward and Gibson. For whatever it’s worth I would definitely do that in order to acquire Hayward.

  10. Jason MacLeod says:
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    Thinking pg trading CP3…would this be a fair haul, I’m looking towards the playoffs and also have Rondo Bknight and Kendall Marshall as assist getters but my team struggles with pts and ft%. Trade is CP3 and Deandre Jordan for John Wall and Aldridge. Good pull?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jason MacLeod: It’s a decent deal, especially considering your needs. Wall has played out of this world the last 2 games.

  11. mike says:
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    Hmm, Paul Pierce gained eligibility at power forward some time recently. That makes him and Jeff Green, both on my team. Nice flexibility.

    • mike says:
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      @mike:

      I mean both are eligible at 7 of the 10 slots in Standard Leagues. Pierce started as SF and gained SG and PF, Green started as SF/PF and added SG. Especially nice now that Kieff added C. Smallballin’ my way to 1st place

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @mike: may your victory forever be associated with your small balls…

  12. Jeffro says:
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    So I offered gay, Noah, and jam crAwford for Ellis, griffin, and waiters. This is after he offered me Ellis n taj for Noah and gay, which I deem ridiculous. Who’s getting the better of the deal I countered with?

    • Jeffro says:
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      @Jeffro: it’s a scoring league 2pts for assists, 1 pt for all else

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Jeffro: not ridiculous, but I wouldn’t do that deal either. The offer you made was, likely from his perspective, also not ideal. I would have preferred to get what you were trying to get.

  13. AJ says:
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    Who would you rather pick up or stash.. Kobe , Kawhi Leonard, Trey Burke, Tristan Thompson..i would be dropping Sullinger/Lopez thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: kawhi the only one I would drop one of those cats for. Kobe may come back and be murder, but not for a while, and even then…

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: I’m Super Bowl drunk, so, for the record: nothing I say goes on the record…

  14. Craig says:
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    Thoughts on my 9 cat 14 team h2h dynasty league trade offer I received. My Bledsoe for his Turner

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Craig: bled could be among the next big PG’s, like top 5. So, unless you’re going for it this year, I wouldn’t.

  15. Jeffro says:
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    Start 2 (avg per game scoring assists -2) Meeks, c lee, Beverley, iguodala, burks…. Just for this week which 2 should round out my roster in scoring league

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jeffro: My Superbowl drunken gut choice, no effort on research? Meeks and lee. Yo emailed me on Super Bowl Sunday, so you get what you pay for.

  16. Mark says:
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    What’s up Dan!

    my JJ reddick and trey burke for wesley matthews and his injured jrue holiday? it looks to be about the same trade of stats going in and out so i don’t think the owner would go for it. i’m also sort planning for the future and trying to trade for players on teams who play more games during my playoff week.

    i currently have:
    wall, reddick, lowry, ross, tyreke evans, chalmers, oladipo, burke
    Davis, favors, lopez, mike scott, howard.

    i plan on dropping ross and scott in the near future. maybe for harrison barnes in case iggy keeps struggling or jordan hill if gasol leaves the lakers. i’m trying to trade out trey burke, howard, and reddick (only because he plays 2 times in second weeks of playoffs). *i’m sure i’ll make it to playoffs since i’ve been rolling at 3rd place in a league of 12 teams. -knock on wood-

    spare me some words of fantasy wisdom?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Mark: what worries me about that deal is that there is no timetable for Jrue’s return. There must be another deal out there.
      As to Ross and Scott, they are streamers, to be sure, but I’m not big on Barnes. He stunk it up against the Jazz last Friday. Hill is a good move, if gasol leaves, for sure.
      Keep an eye on Ross for now, and see if he can still be productive with Derozan back.

  17. yokev_o says:
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    Would you deal my rubio for his beal?

    • yokev_o says:
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      @yokev_o: and also would you trade vucevic + kemba for his cp3 or al jeff + rubio for cp3?

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @yokev_o: Rubio and al Jeff, but only because you gotta give to get. Al is killing it right now. Could you do Ricky and Nikola?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @yokev_o: yes. Steals is what Rick does best, along with some sexy dimes, but he can’t score. beal is a good get, IMO.

  18. Frank White says:
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    Sup brotha hope you had fun at Super bowl!! So just to remind you I have…
    Conley
    Jeff Teague
    Jj Redick
    Stuckey
    Foye
    Rondo
    West
    Mello
    Millsap
    Ariza
    Tristan Thompson
    McRoberts
    Marc Gasol
    Reggie Jackson
    I just accepted a trade – Rondo, Stuckey and West for Varejeo, Bogut and Wesley Matthews. Do you like it?? I have no big guys right now and I’ll lose assists but I was gonna ask you if I should drop Tristan Thompson and McRoberts for Taj Gibson and/or Steve Blake, Trey Burke, Alec Burks or Markieff Morris.. What do yoU think?? Remember these guys would be options after the trade if you think I need them. Thanks Bud!!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Frank White: Not a bad trade. Maybe McRoberts for Blake.

  19. Frank White says:
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    Thanks!! So you like Blake over Trey Burke?? I was gonna ask if you think Burke was gonna come back from that slump??

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: I know he’s struggling, and he may have hit his rookie wall, but, respectfully, you are always jumping the gun due to impatience. Rondo had a very good game last game, homeboy. I’m not saying that it was a bad trade, Matthews and Bogut are both productive, but Rondo will likely be worth a lot more in a month. Also, I can understand if you were to drop Trey, but try and temper your impatience is all I’m saying. Blake will be a decent source of 3s, but with Farmar, Nash and Kendall all back too, he will have less impact than before.

  20. Frank White says:
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    Yeah I’m sticking with him.. Hey I hated letting go of rondo!! I know it seems as I was impatient but I really was looking forward to triple doubles. It’s just that I really needed big guys in my lineup cause Tristan Thompson and Gasol weren’t just cutting it ya know. I had way too many guards and I’ve been getting my ass whipped for the past month.. I hope this works out I just don’t want you to think I didn’t want Rondo… You agree??

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: My man. I’m not hating, please believe. Last time you mentioned, you were in first place. I hope that’s still the case. And, again, for the record, you gave to get in that deal, and it wasn’t a bad deal for you. Burke is sucking right now, without a doubt. I hope that he gets it together, I would say wait until after the all star break to see if the time off re-invigorates him, but I would be worried as well.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah I’m in 2nd now and it’s a close run.. Lost a couple guys including Bledsoe and just been getting beat up. Hopefully this all works out cause I’m changing 5 guys in my lineup including the Burke and Taj pickup. every time I hit that trade button the guys I’m trading play phenomenal!! Lol. Another good thing about the trade is that I got rid of a couple guards cause right now I have 7 of them so games like tonight I have 10 guys going but have to bench one cause I can’t fill the Forward or Center spot. Hey Markieff Morris is out there and playing well, do you think he’s better then Taj?? I’m not saying I don’t like Taj but I just wanted tolet you know who else is out there. Lol

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Frank White: They’re a toss up, I would stick with Taj until he drops off.

          • Frank White says:
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            Thnx!!

  21. AJ says:
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    Nash and Steve Blake messed up eardrum and all aint looking too shabby so far…and barring any setbacks they should provide good value, thoughts on dropping Lopez/Sullinger for them before they get swooped up…thanks

    • Dan A

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      @AJ: Sully is in an unpredictable situation, which is frustrating, but his production has been great the last few games, so I would hold onto him for now.
      Lopez, conversely, is in a great situation. He ain’t sexy, but he’s putting a solid season together, so I wouldn’t drop him either.
      If you have to get guard stats, and are stacked with quality bigs, I guess I would prefer to have Lopez over Sully. But I don’t like dropping him, try trading him.
      Nash will sit on back to backs, and will be on a minute restriction, so consider that as well, and Farmar and Kendall will possibly affect Blake’s minutes as well.

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