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So I’m feeling a little like a savant this week, because although I’m losing week 3 so far in my pools, I did predict that Steve Blake would be a good pick up while we was 6% owned, aaaannnnd BAM! Down goes Steve Nash! I know that this is me gloating, but trust me, when you’re writing pieces about who will be hot, and who will be not, you’re gonna whiff once in a while, so savour the small victories, my Auntie Grace would always say. And speaking of savoury treats, Place your eyeballs on these potential gets and drops:

Buy:

Tony Wroten PG

Michael Carter-Williams went down with an foot injury, And Tony went all “Hulk Smash!” on Houston, booking a triple double in his first career start, with a line of 18/10/11/0/1 on 7 of 18 shooting. I’m not saying he’s gonna keep these numbers up, nobody can claim that they expected this kind of production from the kid. Call me a wagon-jumper? Fair enough. But Tony has played well off the bench, and he is a great get, only owned in 7% of fantasy leagues, and will start and be productive as long as MCW is out. If you’re looking to stream a dude, this is as good a rise-from-obscuirty story as it gets.

Nate Wolters PG

Nate is on an island, with Both Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour out with injury. He hit 3 3pts, 3 dimes, 3 boards and a steal last night. I know, I know, not flashy whatsoever, but this was an off night, and the most telling stat was that he played 40 minutes. I’m predicting he will produce better numbers while the other 2 PG’s are down. Another streaming option if Wroten is already taken in your league, or you’re in need of guard depth.

Markieff Morris PF

I sometimes scream at the TV, when I see things transpire on Friday, and I have to wait a week until I can write about it here in the Buy/Sell. If you’ve been living under a rock,  then you wouldn’t know that Markieff is killing them softly. And loudly, and just about anyway he pleases. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week, averaging 19.7/6.3/2.7/2.7/.3. He is currently only owned in 64% of yahoo leagues. So you have a 1 in 3 chance that he’s still there. Go check, he is worth it.

Andrea Bargnani PF, C

Those of you, who clearly have a lot of time on your hands, who have read my earlier buy/sells, know that I said drop Andrea in week one. I did preface that first week drop list by mentioning that I only named him, because I had to name someone, and to not actually drop him, but that he looked bad in preseason. Flash forward to today, and Bargs is the only real replacement for Tyson Chandler. Bargnani posted a 20/11/2/0/1 game Wednesday night, with 2 3pts. The boards are an aberration, don’t expect more that 5-6 per going forward, but he’s only 60% owned. There you go, Mangia!

JJ Hickson PF, C

JJ got the start again, and he was Dy-no-mite!! Sorry. The sad thing is most of you gentle readers are likely too young to even understand that reference.  Truthfully, he was ok, only getting 6/8/0/1/1, but he is the beneficiary of Javale MeGee going down for the count, and he’s only 41% owned. If you need boards and blocks, he’ll get you some in a pinch, and the starter for now. Timofey Mozgov, is someone you should keep an eye on as well, as he came off the bench to pot 23/9/0/0/4. Career numbers for the big Slav. JJ is supposed to keep the starters job for now, they say.

James Anderson SG, SF

James has started all year, but had a killer stat line last game: 36 points, 5 boards, 3 steals, 6 3pts, and shot 12 of 16. Hibachi! His season average is much less sexy: 10.1/3.7/1.8/1/.2. If you need scoring help, however, he is only 11% owned, and will get more burn with MCW out. Somebody’s gotta score in Philly, and it can’t just be Hawes.

John Henson PF, C

Caron Butler is injured now in Milwaukee. To go along with Larry SandersErsan Ilyasova, ZaZa Pachulia, Brandon Knight, and Gary Neal. The basketball gods have spoken – they are not Bucks fans. Henson, who for some crazy reason did not start last game, still had a respectable stat line of 10/9/0/0/5. Since Caron went down in the game as well, Henson is all but guaranteed a start. And is only owned in 25% of leagues.

Sell: 

Steve Nash PG

The oldest active player in the league is, well, old. The official diagnosis is: bad back. Just a reminder, Steve Blake is still only 37% owned, you can go replace Nash with relative ease. He’s supposed to be out for at least 2 weeks, but don’t expect him to be any good when he gets back.

Javale McGee C

A bad end to a disappointing season. On the plus side, he won’t dominate “Shaqtin a Fool” all year again. Mozgov, and Hickson will snatch up his minutes.

Larry Sanders PF, C

He’s out for minimum 6 weeks with thumb surgery. He’s another big disappointment. Zaza and Henson will be the beneficiaries, but Pachulia is out short term at the moment as well.

Andrei Kirilenko SF, PF

Vot Da Fuckski?  You used to be so beautiful, with your flowing golden locks. AK 47 was a fantasy dream. I realize that last sentence is redundant, but it makes sense. The dream is over, sadly, as Kirilenko’s back is flaring up again. He will not join the team on their west coast swing. My advice? Rub an ample amount of hot borsht, and cold vodka on the affected area, it couldn’t make it any worse.

 

Ok, crime fighters, I hope that this helps. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility – Steve Blake!

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  1. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Don’t get me wrong here, but shouldn’t the “sell” portion be guys that are “over-valued” and not just guys that are injured? I mean, who the hell is going to buy these guys?!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: I see your point, but It’s the 3rd week onto a season, and if you’ve read any of my other articles, I say repeatedly that you don’t know what you’re getting 7-9 games out of 82. If it were simply based on what players have done thus far, Rose, Westbrook, and Bryant should be traded for Markieff Morris, Plumlee and the other early season over achievers. When the examples are obvious like that, you can see that perspective is needed. Yet, I have to fill the “sell” side of the article with something.
      You are fair to point out that the title is Buy/Sell, which may be misleading in the first third of the season. I, and the few who read it, would think more in terms of “Add/Drop” this early.
      I can’t, with any credibility, nor could anyone, IMO, suggest that, for example, Ilyasova will have a bad year, and suggest you trade him this early, just because he’s performed poorly for the first 8 games. Because nobody knows. That could wind up being the case, but if you want wild predictions that aren’t based on anything other than conjecture, that’s not me. There are still 4 months of fantasy left, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

      • Giant Gigantes says:
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        @Dan A.: no problem, yeah I guess I was expecting wild predictions like sell MCW while he’s ” playing out of his mind” and an injury for a top 25 player. I know it’s early and tough to put a sell on anyone at this point.

  2. Prodders says:
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    No Sweet Lou? I dropped Henson for him, which was probably a mistake, but maybe I can get him back later. Might take a gamble on Wroten but it’s a weekly league which doesn’t fit well with short term pick ups. Hhmmmm. Still clinging on to Jonas, Butler and PBev, but I think I’m going to miss out on some good near term production in the process. Who would you drop of those 3?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Prodders: Lou is only coming back tonight, off of knee surgery. If he comes back like before, he should be a good source of 3s and points, a classic shooter. I’m reluctant to say whether he will have an impact sooner or later, but if you have space, he should eventually give you his career averages, something like 14/2/2/0/1, with good FT% and decent shooting %. I love JV, and if it were me, I’d continue holding on, he should continue to improve. I’m a big Pat Bev fan, but I can’t deny that even though they keep starting him, Lin looks like the much better of the two. To be fair to Patrick, He often gives it up to Harden, and Lin plays more minutes with Harden on the bench, but fantasy wise, Lin is the superior PG in Houston right now. Butler – He is confusing. No sugar coating it, he has sucked the last 5 games, but from what I read, he was stellar in pre-season, and there isn’t really anyone else to play the 2 for Chicago, so he will continue to get an opportunity to play his way out of this slump. If I had to chose, I guess I’d drop Butler. His past few games should scare others off of him being put on the waiver. I just hope that his breakout doesn’t happen as soon as you drop him. Put it this way: I’d rather have Henson back than have Butler right now.

      • zshaft says:
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        @Dan A.: What happens to Korver once Lou Williams is back to full health? Can he still keep up his production?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @zshaft: Korver will obviously lose minutes to Lou, but he will still be productive, IMO. But fair point, he can’t keep up the hot streak he’s on.

      • Prodders says:
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        @Dan A.: Yeah I think I should have held onto Henson, but probably instead of Sweet Lou, I’m still a Butler believer, he’ll come through, going to stick with Jonas and PBev too. Was at MSG last night though and he definitely didn’t pass the so called eyetest, they just don’t really involve him at all. He gets to pass it to Harden / Lin, and he chases steals, that’s pretty much it.

  3. Jay says:
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    Ok so this is my first year in FBB. need some thoughts on an offer. looking at it i think it looks good, but i don;t want to get laughed out of theleague and donm;t want to insult anyone eitehr with theoffer.

    I’m offering Jonas V and Gerald green for LaMarcus Aldridge. Am i close? is this a bad offer? does this hurt me?

    Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jay: Hmm. In a vacuum, it’s not an insulting offer, But, respectfully, the second guy has to be better than Green. Also consider this: 2 for 1 trades are never that, The other party still has to get rid of 2 guys. So JV for Aldridge isn’t on par, so Green (or whomever) has to be a better option than the last guy on his squad, to even it out. But why not offer that, and if he rejects the offer, ask him what it would take. If you’re way off, then at least you know. It’s not a Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown offer, after all. I mean, who would go for that?

  4. Brendan says:
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    Would you drop any of these players to pick up Lou Williams? I’m in need of 3PTM, FG%, and FT%. None of these players seem droppable to me…

    Martell Webster
    John Henson
    Patrick Beverley
    Brandon Knight
    Markieff Morris

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Brendan: I’d consider dropping Webster for him, but truthfully, They are very similar dudes. Lou may have a bit more upside, but he’s coming off of knee surgery, and won’t play too much at first, so you’d have to be a bit patient, like 6-10 games before you really see what you have in him.
      Brandon Knight is another cat to keep your eye on. Hamstring injuries, especially for point guards, who need speed more than others, can be lingering. Like the whole season kinda lingering. He’s young, so hopefully that isn’t the case.

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey hey hey,

    Ryan Anderson is on the wire and would really like to pick him up. However, I’m in a shallow 10 team H2H 9 cat league and in 1st in this young season. I have a team of Parker, Lawson, Paul, Leonard, DeRozen, Klay, Boozer, West, Hawes, JV, Ibaka, Tyson Chandler. Stay with what I have? Drop DeRozen or Chandler…

    Thanks as always!

    • Prodders says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Fellow Proudfoot, drop Chandler for sure. Anderson will be back earlier and is a better fantasy player anyway. Good luck.

      Jon Proudfoot

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Prodders:
        Haha thanks Jon. I just realized that you thought Proudfoot was my real last name, it isn’t. I think I got this monicker from a book I read, but can’t seem to remember which. However, with my boring last name I’m super jealous of yours.

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Prodders: In the short term, Anderson is definitely the way to go, Chandler is out for at least another 5 weeks. Overall, Chandler is definitely the better player, just check the average draft position of the 2 players, sop keep an eye for Chandler’s return.

        • Prodders says:
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          @Dan A.: Ryan Anderson finished 53rd in the 8 cat rankings last year, Tyson Chandler 86. Anderson was even better the year before if i remember rightly. His injury affected his adp surely.

          Chandler has high fg% but low volume, good rebs, ok blocks, deficient almost everywhere else, think he’s a much better real life player than in fantasy, Ryan Anderson the opposite with ok bigman stats plus lots of treys. So I have to disagree with you here.

  6. AJ says:
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    Need blocks and boards…drop Bogut for jj hickson or john Henson ?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: I wouldn’t drop Bogut for either of those guys. Just me, but he’s healthy and aggressive, and can get up to around a double double with a few swats, once he’s up to speed.
      Hickson will platoon with Mozgov, and Henson will have Pachulia coming back in a few games, platooning as well.

  7. BealParmesean says:
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    Should I trade Jrue Holliday for Zach Randolph?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @BealParmesean: I wouldn’t, unless you really need boards. Zach will give you rebounds, not the beast he once was, getting about 8 per outing these days, and as a big he’s not really producing swats or steals, and not a lot of assists. Scoring is essentially a wash. Jrue is high in turnovers, but is serviceable.

      • BealParmesean says:
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        @Dan A.: thanks dawg. Why isn’t Zee-bo producing though? Last year he was solid double double a night kinda guy

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @BealParmesean: I don’t know precisely, but everybody starts to fade, it’s his 13th season after all. And if he isn’t a 17-9 guy, he offers little else. He was absolutely dominant 2 years ago in the playoffs, and had a statistical double double last year, but long gone are the 20-10 days.

  8. Can you settle something for my league- 11 cat league. Team A gets Dwight Howard, carmelo, westbrook and Deron williams. Team B gets Tony Parker, Aflalo, Boozer, miles Plumlee & Hayward. Fair?

    • Tony says:
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      @vultures: LOL NO

      team A by a landslide to the point its collusion…. never ever a fan of veto, but wow…. 3 first rounder type players for? tony parker who wont play 70 games, afflalo who’s hot but not a top 50 player, boozer (injury prone, old, boozer), hayward may be the best player in the deal (healthwise/upside wise) and plumlee, flaover of the day, week, month? wow……i never wanna scream veto, but i guess im screaming veto, thats a terrible deal…. really screws up a lg.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @vultures: I would say that the optics say Team A wins, based on reputation and history, although I’m worried about D Will long term this year, and the durability of his ankles. Based on stats so far this year, however, the offer makes sense, and in fact, Team B gets more value. I would be very leery of a trade like this, though, someone may well look like a sucker. And it would probably be me.

  9. Mic C says:
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    @Dan A. : or anyone. Duncan was dropped in my league, should I use my waiver priority 2 on him unless #1 gets him. Or is Duncan too much of a headache all year?
    Thanks guys

    • Wnwdotcom says:
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      @Mic C: I wouldn’t want to have to manage him all year. Rostered Garnett for a short time this early season and was very happy to trade him

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Mic C: Duncan is not the double double he used to be, he’s now 12 and 7, not 20 and 10, he’s shooting in the 40% area, not great for a big, and Pops is notorious for managing minutes, and had a disastrous game 2 games ago. That said, he’s averaging almost 2 blocks a game, and is still capable of giving you the odd 18 and 12 game. I would be happy to use the 2 waiver on him, so long as you’re not dropping a better producing player. Consider this: who better will be available all year? it’s not like someone is gonna drop Melo…

  10. Wnwdotcom says:
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    Hey guys would you all Drop Corey Brewer for Tobias Harris?

    • Wnwdotcom says:
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      @Wnwdotcom: what about Webster? Have one move left for the week

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Wnwdotcom: very similar players, I would hold Brewer, but it’s acoin flip, essentially. Don’t lose sleep over it. See if one of them play more games (Sat and Sun)

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wnwdotcom: Harris not back for another month. I’m holding him, but I would gamble that he’s still there in a week.

      • WNWDOTCOM says:
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        @Dan A.: Thanks Dan! Just found this site (via Google). Looking forward to reading.

  11. John says:
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    I have Al Jeff, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Lamarcus Aldridge, Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka to man the C/PF spot. I only have Batum, Ilyasova and Tobias for my SF spot. Should I drop Valanciunas for Wilson Chandler? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @John: I have defended JV all year, and he’s making me look bad, by continuing to get in foul trouble, and riding the pine, consequently. You are stacked at the 5, I would understand if you wanted to get Chandler, who I think will do well until Danilo comes back. But I thought Jonas would be better, so consider that when taking my advice.

      • John says:
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        @Dan A.: What if I drop either Tobias or Ilyasova? Am I giving up on these two quickly? Do you still think when either Tobias or Ilyasova comes back they can still produce around 15ppg and 7rpg?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @John: I sure hope Harris will, and ilyasova should also. But looking into the future is difficult. That’s a cop out in my end, so pressed to answer I say Harris I’m still confidant in, less so ilyasova. And the bucks are a disaster.

  12. Chasles says:
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    I need more blocks on my team
    im thinking about trading korver for gortat
    here is my lineup

    G jarrett jack, jennings,
    SG gerald green, tony allen
    SF batum, iggy, korver
    PF love, amir johnson, markieff morris
    C henson, pekovic

    • Wnwdotcom says:
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      @Chasles: I’d do that deal in a minute

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Chasles: You better have your 3’s locked up, Tony Allen ain’t exactly downtown Charlie Brown. You don’t want to become deficient in one cat to boost another, it’s a wash.

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Dan A.: sorry, I was unclear. If you feel confidant in 3s, I would do that deal as well.

        • Chasles says:
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          @Dan A.:
          haha i didnt do the trade but i did get kemba walker for amir johnson
          what are your thoughts on that?

          • Dan A

            Dan A. says:
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            @Chasles: Amir is absolutely underperforming, I have him in 2 leagues. So good trade.

  13. Michael Pan says:
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    Need a bit of help here. I am hanging around 8th-9th spot on my 14 team league. i just picked up terence jones for marcus thorton . i need to know what should i change on my team. I am in 14 team roto 9 cat league

    mike conley ty lawson trey burke
    joe johnson gordon hayward evan turner derozan
    tobia harris terence jones
    kenneth faried
    zach randolph derrick favors al jefferson
    andrew bogut

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Michael Pan: Guys to check for on the waiver: Henson, Bargnani (unlikely), Steve Blake, Markieff Morris(also unlikely, but you should check). I would try to move Zach Randolph. See if anyone needs boards in your league, and don’t ask for too much. It’s also tough having 2 injured guys on your bench, it hurts your rotation, so if there is a move to be made, you could also consider dropping Harris. He’s a great talent, but about a month or more away from playing. Trey should be back by the end of the month, and will get mad minutes when back.

  14. Wishing I was a baller says:
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    10 team yahoo league with 9 cat yahoo scoring

    Wilson Chandler and Tobias Harris are available. Would you pick up either, and who would you drop? Thanks!!!

    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Gerald Henderson
    G: Brandon Jennings
    SF: James Harden
    PF: Dirk Nowitzki
    F: Carlos Boozer
    C: Jonas Valanciunas
    C: LaMarcus Aldridge
    Util: Markieff Morris
    Util: Chris Bosh
    BN: Eric Gordon, Klay Thompson, Jrue Holiday, Jose Calderon

    • Dan A

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      @Wishing I was a baller: @Wishing I was a baller: I would maybe consider dropping Calderon, I guess, but you have a good squad. If you do, get Wilson Chandler. Harris is still weeks away, he should still be there in a week or two.

  15. AC says:
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    So I’ve been pretty frustrated by Joe Johnson this whole year. In terms of short-term upside potential, is it worth it to drop someone like him in a 10-team category league for someone like Jordan Crawford or John Henson? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AC: I understand your frustration. A lot of his touches have been sharked by Paul Pierce. I would be fine with trying to get Henson, or Crawford if you need to replace him with a guard.

  16. guidedbyvoices says:
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    hey Dan….10tm h2h keeper league(FG%,FT%,3PTM,PTS,REB,AST,STL,BLK).

    Curry,Lillard,Rubio,Felton,Lou Williams,George,Deng,Parsons,Wilson Chandler,Noah,Z-Bo,Sullinger,Hickson,Lopez,Kanter.

    Im thinking now is a good time to buy low on Millsap,right?….I think I can get him straight up for Parsons.Good idea?

    also….same cats,non keeper……Wall,Calderon,Knight,Green,Wilson Chandler,Josh Smith,Sullinger,David Lee,Hickson,Z-Bo,Vucevic,Valanciunas,Bynum.

    give up Vucevic and Sullinger for Westbrook?

    what about Vucevic for Teague?

    thnks.

    • guidedbyvoices says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: btw….

      1st league is PG,SG,SF,PF,C AND 3 UTL

      2nd is PG,SG,G,SF,PF,F,C,C AND 2 UTL.

      thnks.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @guidedbyvoices: #1 yes, do it. #2 I wouldn’t do. Both deals are fair/favorable in a vacuum, but not sure you can afford to trade Vuc in a 2 C league. No faith in Bynum.

    • Dan A

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      @guidedbyvoices: Vucevic is averaging a double double, and gets steals and blocks, and has better FG% and even FT%. Westbrook is a dynamic scorer, but his dimes aren’t impressive for a point guard. I would maybe shop Jonas Valanciunas and Sullinger for him. Vucevic is one of the more fantasy relevant bigs out there, I’d hold him out for a trade for, say, Chris Paul.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: I would get Millsap for Parsons if you could.

      • WNWDOTCOM says:
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        @Dan A.: Thanks for this. I own Parsons and am going to propose this as well. Seems like a really good buy low opp.

  17. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Looking to upgrade at F in weekly H2H pts. We start 4 (5 if you flex one, but my Gs are usually better options). I have Duncan (great, but loses games/minutes randomly), Faried (coming around), Nene (fine while upright), Kieff (waiver savior), T. Jones (possibly another waiver savior) and a stream spot (currenty Middleton). Been talking to JB over the last few days about putting together a deal of B. Lopez and IT2 for a couple solid Fs (2 out of Batum, Parsons and Bosh). The deal only works for me IF Chandler (in my IR spot) or Sanders (on the other guy’s team, could probably get as a throw-in) comes back strong in a few weeks. In the meantime, Kaman would be in my lineup as #2C, which is obviously not a long-term winning strategy. Worth the risk, or will Chandler and Sanders be too diminished?

    • Dan A

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      @Steve Stevenson: Sanders is a while away from coming back, as is Chandler. But there seems to be enough streaming options to make it through the next 3-5 weeks. I would take Bosh (who can slide into the C spot in most leagues) and Batum in that deal.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Dan A.: Thanks. Bosh is just a F for us, and beyond Kaman, the available C are brutal (I think Lavoy Allen has the most pts on the wire). Would you prefer a return of JV and Millsap? Or get the 2 top Fs and wait out Chandler’s injury with Kaman?

        • Dan A

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          @Steve Stevenson: hmm. Risky. Don’t forget Kaman has a history of injury too. JV and millsap not bad, but would he do just millsap for IT2?, and not swap centers? If not, it’s it a deal breaker for me, at least. Good luck!

  18. Scrappy says:
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    IMO money leagues should all be “no=trade”. Is this way of thinking generally accepted or do most leagues do trading?

    for non-money leagues i say trade all you want. Am i in the minority here?

    • Dan A

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      @Scrappy: Sorry, I feel especially in a cash prize league, you should be able to trade, but it should be a keeper league, where picks are being thrown into deals to sweeten the incentive for teams bottoming out. Collusion is always a risk, but if you know the league players, it’s a low one. Unless your friends are ass hats.

  19. guidedbyvoices says:
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    most public $leagues Ive been in are tough to make deals in but i definitely have.

    are you talking about the possibility of cheating?

    cause I dealt w/ that in a yahoo baseball $league.

    this guy clearly owned 2 teams,drafted all pitchers w/ one team and then traded them to the other one.Yahoo actually vetoed one trade but then he just slightly adjusted it and made multiple lopsided trades.

    and he ended up beating me for the championship.

    anyway,Im still very bitter in case you couldnt tell.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: Ugh, that sucks. I’m all for trading, especially since my teams nearly always have an obvious hole coming out of the draft (usually F), but have never played in a public $ league. And probably wouldn’t based on concerns like that.

      • guidedbyvoices says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: yeah,that definitely pissed me off but Ive dont multiple baseball and football league and this yr Im doing my first bsktball league and Ive only had problems w/ that one league.

  20. John says:
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    What do you think of Al Jeff’s ankle? Will it linger as the season progresses. Should I push the panic button on him? Can you rank these 4 guys. Tobias, Ilyasova, Jonas V, W. Chandler. Thanks.

    • Dan A

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      @John: I don’t know, frankly. You may be surprised to discover that I’m no doctor. Now, dozens of NBAers tweak their ankles every year, and come back no problem. He is still putting up decent numbers, and will play soon. I f you were going to shop him you should wait until he’s healthy, and not sell low.
      Interms of ranking, I offer two scenarios. What I think their potential is (1), and where they are right now(2).
      1: Tobias, Jonas, Ilyasova, Chandler
      2.Chandler, JV, Ilyasova, Tobias.

  21. Kevin says:
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    Hey Dan.

    Thanks for your post. Nicely wroten.

    I’m thinking about trading my Arron Affalo for Nicolas batum. Affalo has been hot but not sure if he’ll lose out on minutes for oladipo (I have oladipo too). Am I doing the right thing and selling for batum? Please advise, dan!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Kevin: I love Batum, he’s what they call a five tool guy in baseball, a guy who will stuff all your stat categories. I agree, Afflalo is playing over his pay grade. I could be wrong, Orlando doesn’t have a ton of scorers, but Batum is a great get, IMO, even if Aaron doesn’t drop off too much.

  22. AJ says:
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    What side of this trade u rather have? Batum/Horford or Teague/Cousins?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: Batum/horford. All day.

      • AJ says:
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        @Dan A.: coo thanks ..would you give up Batum for ZBO ans Rose?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @AJ: I don’t know where Rose is. He’s been nicked up again, unrelated to his knee, but is his performance so far just rust, or has he lost a step? The gambler in me says that if he gets back to where he was, you win that trade. If he doesn’t… well. You win, you lose. Going in with that mentality, I would do it, knowing it’s a risk/reward deal.

  23. Tim says:
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    Just traded favors and Neal for mayo and mclemore . Is this a good trade?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tim: Good Trade. Mayo ranked higher than Favours, and the other two are a wash, essentially.

  24. giantsfan says:
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    wade/brewer for kyrie/garnett would you do this?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @giantsfan: I Love Kyrie, particularly in a keeper league format, and he’s worth Wade. I feel Garnett and Brewer are are essentially a wash, as neither are impact players.

  25. Pavel says:
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    aye, need your help. been really trying to move afflalo + 1 to get an upgrade at any position (mostly forward/center or pg). no luck. can you give me 3 or 4 suggestions and i’ll get rolling?
    my current squad:
    PG: J. Wall, Mo Williams, Patrick Beverly
    SG: Arron Aflalo, Waiters
    SF: Kevin Durant, James Anderson
    PF: Ibaka, Henson, Blair
    C: Gortat, Mcgee, R. Lopez, Steven Adams

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Pavel: You need to drop McGee, first of all, he’s out for the year, unless you’re in a dynasty league. I would check for Wroten, Wolters, or JJ Hickson on the waiver as well. If anyone is there, you could drop Blair or Adams.
      As for trades, I guess you need to see what the market is like out in your league. See what it would take to get, say, Al Horford, or Aldridge, or even CP3. I would do a Wall and Aflalo for him…

      • Pavel says:
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        @Dan A.: ooh. yeah. i’ve dropped mcgee a while ago, I forgot I don’t have him anymore. most notable FA are: Asik, Granger, Kirilenko, Meeks, Reggie Jackson, GAllinari, Foye.

        As for Aldridge or Horford, would you try to trade just afflalo or wall as well?

        • Dan A

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          @Pavel: If you don’t get a quality PG back, don’t trade Wall. Asik is worth a pick up, dropping Smith. Not that he’s playing right now, but a lot of trade talk.
          Afflalo straight up for Horford? Unlikely you’ll get it, but try, I guess. Gortat and Afflalo, realistically.

  26. Brendan says:
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    Would you do this trade? I need rebounds and FG% and have an overload of assists and steals.

    Give: John Wall, Paul Pierce, Jrue Holiday
    Receive: DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, Jeff Green

    I would still have Chris Paul and Damian Lillard at PG and would fix me problem of no real PF (currently have Markieff Morris and Luis Scola available at PF and have a waiver claim for John Henson) and only one C (Roy Hibbert).

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Brendan: @Brendan: It’s good, given your needs. How did yo manage to get all those PGs?
      Good on you.

  27. SMLV1 says:
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    Blake or Beverly?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @SMLV1: Blake. PBev is falling back down, getting playing time, but not getting fantasy relevant stats. He basically passes to Harden, then he dribble drives it in.

      • mike says:
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        @Dan A.:

        Really? I have heard some pretty insane prognostications about beverly

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @mike: He has had 3 bad games in a row, so take from that what you will. 7 points, 4.5 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 3pts and 1.3 turnovers per game. Not horrible, but Blake has done 10 points, 3.2 boards 7.3 assists and 1.8 turnovers, with2.2 3pts. For me, I want my PG’s to drop 3s and dimes, and shoot a good FT% (PBev is 66%, Blake 77%) But go with what feels good to you.

  28. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on offering up Parker/Duncan for Irving/Tyson Chandler? with The spurs getting older and Tyson being hurt, wouldn’t this be a good opportunity to try to reel in kyrie and stash tyson, which he should be valubable down the stretch?

  29. Mateo says:
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    I have an offer on the table of Klay Thompson and Favors for my Love and Meeks…very tempting. Thoughts?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Mateo: did the first trade go through? Just curious, doesn’t affect this one. I would do the klay/favours for love and Meeks. Meeks will take a huge dip when Kobe gets back. Which could be as soon as next Friday, with few games in between now and then.

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Dan A.: whoops, thought were AJ. But you’re you, Mateo, and the advice stands. Do the deal

  30. Dan A

    Dan A. says:
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    I like the way you think. If you can afford to keep Chandler on the sidelines, it’s a great way to upgrade your point. Hope he goes for it.

  31. Ian says:
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    who do you like most the rest of the season Jeff Green, Tyreke Evans, Trevor Ariza?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Ian: green. He is essentially the best scoring option on their team.

  32. AJ says:
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    Think Henson will Continue to shine or drop for Asik with the news of him to be traded soon?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: I like Henson. Asik may get traded tomorrow, but it could take half the season. If you are giving up a productive guy for a potential down the road, I hope it dowsn’t affect your rotation.

  33. zshaft says:
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    What are your thoughts on Mo Williams. Now that he’s getting 30 minutes over the past few games, his numbers are looking pretty good. Is it sustainable?

    • zshaft says:
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      @zshaft: Also, is jordan hill the real deal? Another solid line tonight. Do you like him over Miles Plumlee or is his value going to take a major hit when Kobe comes back?

      Also, similar question on Steve Blake… are his numbers going to take a beating with nash / kobe coming back? On my bench right now I have Beverley and Lin. Worth dropping one for Blake? I could use the assists. Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @zshaft: Mo is making an impact, no doubt. If you need help at guard, he is a viable option. He is never going to be the starter, unless Lillard goes down.

  34. Pedro says:
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    9-cat standard roto league…my lillard and (lance) stephenson for his rose and deng. And I need a solid SF…

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Pedro: Rose was MVP for good reason, he is electric, everyone knows that. But he has started sluggish. He says everything is ok, but his FT attempts are way down, which makes me feel that he has yet to trust his knee 100%. He did absolutely kill it from downtown last night, so not like he’s a bum. For me, I think right now I would rather have Lillard, he carved up the Raps yesterday as well, and is a Top 5 Point, IMO. In a month, I may look like a goof for having said that, if Rose continues to improve, as he has the potential to be the #1 PG. I’m rambling. If you can’t do just Lance for Deng, You gotta give to get, I suppose. I would do the trade.

  35. Mic C says:
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    @Dan A.: Thoughts on plumlee, Duncan or valanciunis? I have plumlee but Duncan and Val are both FA’s. who should I roll with

    • AZ Ramirez says:
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      @Mic C: Either one is better, Duncan better defensively, elite Blocks without sacrifice are hard to come by, Valanciunas probably has more upside and is going to play 10-15 more games if healthy.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Mic C: If you read my stuff, and believe me, I don’t necessarily recommend you do, you would know I’m a big JV fan. He has been coming on of late. Plumlee’s production, while still decent, has slipped in the last week. Duncan is a top 50 player of all time, but I’m worried that Pop will really manage his minutes, affecting his fantasy value. So I guess I would say either JV or Plumlee, but for my personal bias, I would say JV.

  36. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    I got offered in my league Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings for my Rubio and Enes Kanter. Should i do the trade? Will Noah start putting up the numbers he did last year soon?

    Also i got offered Damian Lillard for my Jeff Teague. My PGs currently are Rose, Rubio, Teague, Calderon. It’s a 10 Team Categories league. FGM/FTM/PTS/3PT/OREB/DREB/AST/STL/BLK/TO/DD

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jake Van Zuiden: I would take Lillard for Teague. I don’t have a feel for Noah yet. The team has not been playing the shutdown D that they have in the past. But he’s not far off his career year that he had last year. If Rose starts slashing more, it should hopefully translate to more boards and points. But Kanter is only slightly lower in boards, but significantly higher in points, but Jennings picks up that slack… I guess I say go for it, I don’t want to sit on the fence, but it’s a risk/reward trade.

  37. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Starting B. Lopez in a weekly H2H pts league? Nets have 4, but could give you nothing if his ankle’s bad. My alternatives are Kaman (2G) or picking up Lavoy Allen (gulp, but at least he has 4G).

    What about Duncan? 3G, but has a back to back, and he’s only played in both sides of one 1/3 times this year. Alternative is 3G of T. Jones shifted from Flex to my last F spot, with 4G of a waiver claim (Brewer, Carroll, Mo Williams) at Flex.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I read he was limping badly after saturday’s game, which is bad news for you. Can you get Andray Blatch off waivers? He would benefit from Lopez being down. If you can’t, Lavoy or Kaman aren’t viable options, so I would shift Jones and get Mo Williams. He has come on of late.

  38. How valuable are Jordan Hill and Steve Blake? I’m trying to add some depth at PG and improve my blocks and rebounds. Owner wants Chandler Parsons for Blake or Peckovic and Parsons for Hill and Blake. Is that even close?

    I’m trying to move Parsons because I have a very similar player in Jeff Green.

    Also is it safe to drop Beverley to stash Tobias Harris?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wnwdotcom: Do NOT trade Pekovic for Hill. No, I don’t think it’s close. If you need to trade Pekovic to improve your blocks, throw Parsons in and try and get Ibaka.

  39. hamtime says:
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    please rank the following centers:

    Dalembert, Asik, Faverani.

    I own Dalembert but am looking to drop him for either Asik or Favs. Thing is, I already own Harden and Parsons, so 3 rockets on my team is a bit much. should i go Fav > Sam?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @hamtime: I would keep Sam for now. Faverani has fallen out of favour, playing only 13 minutes per in 3 out of his last 4 games. Admittedly, Vitor had a monster game last night, but I would have to see it again before I commit to him. He is the classic hot, then not player. And right now I’d say luke warm at best. Asik is a huge risk until he is traded, he is sucking out big time, and has been a DNP/CD for the last 2 games after demanding a trade. I read that he intends to play tuesday, but it’s a big risk.

  40. mUshi says:
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    Who would you rather have, rose or wall?

    • @mUshi: I originally drafted Wall but now have Rose… Of that helps

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @mUshi: there’s no question Rose is the player with the higher ceiling, but Wall is playing better right now. Considerably more dimes, and same rate of turnover. I guess it comes down to whether you think Rose will come back to the player he was before sooner or later. But you should feel good to own either one.

  41. Frank White says:
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    Wut0up Dan… Someone just dropped Ariza. He’s a def pickup right?? 10 team cat, Oh and I’d be using my #1 waiver and dropping Hanson?? I know he’s hurt but they said he be back in a couple games and It’s not for a stream it would be for long term. Worth it?

  42. Frank White says:
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    Also, do you think I should drop Manu Ginobili, cause he’s been sucking ass, and just stream guys in his position that are hot that week like Mo Williams right now?? I mean I also got Henson’s spot to grab a player but I’m trying to find a long term guy for that. IDK!!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Frank White: Henson is still producing, I wouldn’t drop him for Ariza, who is still out, likely for a week, Unless you have a bunch of bigs already, and you won’t miss him. Henson’s day of productivity are numbered, however, once Ilyasova comes back, so he’s definitely a streamer. If Manu isn’t doing it for you right now, why don’t you drop him for Ariza, and wait for Henson to fade off before you drop him?

      • Frank White says:
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        K thanks that’s great.. Do you think the Ariza pickup is worth it, meaning do you like him on a CAT league for ROS kinda player, cause I’m about to use my #1 waiver on him which I don’t know if it’s as important as other sports I think but what do you think??

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Frank White: It depends on how often guys in your league add and drop players, and consequently use their waiver. Ariza will rise and fall in fantasy relevance. But he is currently 9th in the league with 2.1 steals, and playing very well right now. Well, not RIGHT now, he’ll be out for about a week with a hammie. I would say it’s worth going for him on the waiver.

          • Frank White says:
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            I’m sorry I’m getting annoying about this but do you own Ariza on any of your teams?? If not then would you if you had the chance??

            • Dan A

              Dan A says:
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              @Frank White: I do not, but that’s because I generally went for Batum in my leagues, and I also have Wilson Chandler in one. He’s a good contributor, but not exactly a world beater. But remember, you’re not going to find KD on the waiver.

              • Frank White says:
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                I actually just picked up Wilson chandler like a week ago.. he’s a keeper??

                • Dan A

                  Dan A says:
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                  @Frank White: Yes, while Danilo out.

  43. AJ says:
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    In need of a PG would you recommend dropping Felton who continues to have lingering injuries to pick up and stash Trey Burke?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: Sure. he’s close to being back, he started participating in practice.

  44. Frank White says:
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    Morning Dan… Do you think I should drop Mo Williams for Stucky??

    • Frank White says:
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      sorry, scratch that.. my bad

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