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Sometimes there’s not much you can do to affect your situation. If you’re reading this, digging this deep into the murky ether of the worldwide inter-webs for fantasy basketball advice, I’m sure you’ve had a daydream or two about being an NBA baller. We both know, however, for you and I, it wasn’t about not getting enough shots up after practice that held us out of the Association, we didn’t have the talent, pure and simple. But, if you’re petty like me, you might take some ironic comfort in knowing that even some of the Ballers in the NBA get shafted as well. Take Kyle Lowry, for example. He gets snubbed for the All Star game, then snubbed for the replacement players, THEN gets named Eastern conference player of the week, and then receives the worst call of the year, just to burst his bubble. That is a travesty of injustice, and while I’m not shedding any tears for Kyle inherently, it just goes to show that even the elite get effed with. There is a karmic balance going on, people, stop pretending there isn’t, and start paying it forward, eat your vegetables, and help old ladies across the street.

Wow. I really went off into the wilderness there. Time to re-focus. And here are a few suggestions on how to re-focus your  fantasy squad, if some of your current players have had a recent bout of fantasy wilderness time as well…

BUY:

Danny Green SG, SF

Oh Danny boy… When you read that, does your internal voice sing the old Irish ballad, or do you hear Everlast spitting rhymes? If you’re a fan of the Spurs, you should be hearing the House of Pain, since this team is full of walking wounded. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili are all out, for the time being. Danny will get burn, and is only owned 59%, so you may not even pay for him. For what it’s worth, in deeper leagues, Patrick Mills might be worth a look in deeper leagues, while Parker is out.

Kawhi Leonard SG, SF

My man is still a few weeks away, so take that into consideration, but because of that, you would most certainly be buying low, if you can stash him. The yahoo player ranking puts Kawhi at 24, so make an offer.  A little less likely to have a big discount price tag, due to him only being out short term, but I would also kick Tony Parker’s tires as well.

Jared Sullinger PF, C

He’s played well over the last 3 games, 21.3/12.3/2.6/.6/1.6. shooting a 3 per, and shooting a great percentage. Rajon Rondo is back, and Sully will benefit, and for some strange reason, he’s only 56% owned. Even if you’re gonna trade for him, I think you’d be buying low at this point. I’m not going to write another whole  paragraph, but I would assume that Jeff Green will benefit from Rajon as well.

Steve Blake PG, SG

I don’t imagine you’d have to trade for him, but to the two or so readers who may have read earlier articles of mine, I was reluctant to endorse Steve, as Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash are both back, and I thought that his value would suffer. But with Jodie Meeks being injured, Blake stepped up, and is a must own at this point. Don’t expect the triple double that he scorched the Cavs with, but he’s only 38% owned, so chances are you can scoop him up.

Khris Middleton SF, PF

I know, I know. The Bucks are a mess, and Larry Drew has no continuity in deployment whatsoever. All that is true. But Caron Butler is down with an injury, Khris has started the last few, and homeboy has delivered, 16.6/4/2.2/1/0 with 2.8 treys over his last 5. And it’s highly unlikely that he is taken in your league, as he ‘s only owned in 26% of leagues. As a utility guard/forward, you could do worse.

SELL:

D.J. Augustin PG

The party is winding down, it seems, and it’s Kirk Hinrich who just cut the music and turned the lights on. Thibs has relegated D.J. to the bench, and his decrease in production will make him less valuable. Try to sell before it gets ugly.

J.R. Smith SG, SF

Full disclosure, I have an irrational dislike for J.R. He’s got mad talent, and yet he acts like a child, and squanders his opportunities. He got benched for being a unproductive douche, and he essentially asks for a trade. The thing is, he’s on fire right now, straight murder, that’s undeniable. But I think this is a great time to sell high, as history has shown us that J.R. will fall from grace in a most spectacular fashion. Maybe he won’t, but let some other cat in your league worry about it.

Ok folks, daddy’s busy, go play in the living room. May all your shots hit nothing but net.

  1. JMac says:
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    whats the deal with Marvin Williams, think he’ll ever find consistency this year? Im trying to shape up my team for playoffs, but I only have one PF in Ibaka. Need help with 3s FT PTs.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @JMac: Blake won’t qualify if you’re looking for a SF specifically, but he addresses all the things you listed.
      A trade for Tobias Harris, maybe?
      And, like you, I can’t figure Marv out, which means he isn’t to be relied upon.

      • JMac says:
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        @Dan A.: would you trade Kawhi for Tobias straight up?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @JMac: giving Tobias, yes, getting, no.

  2. JMac says:
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    I picked up Blake already, and missed out on Mike Scott, so I got stuck with Marvin for now hopefully he gives me one good night. My team is…

    Rajon Rondo
    Chris Paul
    Serge Ibaka
    Chandler Parson
    Deandre Jordan
    Rudy Gay
    Brandon Knight
    Kawhi Leonard
    Andrew Bogut
    Steve Blake
    Nick Calathes
    Wes Johnson
    Marvin Williams

    Not sure what to dangle for someone like Tobias, any other tips?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @JMac: Well that worked out well for you.

      • Jason MacLeod says:
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        @Slim: haha indeed

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Jason MacLeod: The only move I would look to do is to add another big. Your asking a lot from Ibaka, Jordan, and Bogut. With Paul about to return and Conley soon to follow Calathes will soon be expendable. Killer team, just need everyone to get healthy now.

    • Dan A

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      @JMac: Jesus. I hope all my disappointments work so well! I agree with Slim, a solid squad. For now, Marv has earned the right to stay on until he falters, IMO.

  3. moez says:
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    Hey guys

    Wondering what you think of my trade today DeRozan/Crowder for Harden/E.davis?

    loving what Demar is doing BUT..being Canadian I know you should never bet on the raptors…
    I planned on keeping Demar but harden might be what I need atm.. help me in my %’s..
    Im not sold on Crowder over E.Davis per say.. If someone goes down in MEM E.davis can produce.. so its a give and take there…

    Harden is playing kinda sub par atm I think but I see him turning it on big time after the all-star break..
    i predict after the all-star weekend teams( like always) start to focus and it’s usually pay pack and rapts get smoked and playoff teams quickly fade..

    I know there is playoff talk around the raps now but we’ve seen this before… They(toronto) should of sold Lowry++ when he was on fire.. he’s slowly coming down..

    anyway I know Demars contract is great at 20 and harden at 74 and having davis at 73 makes it difficult next season… so I took another hit and sold maybe the two best contracts in the league .. :p hmm!

    I will look to trade Lee or harden/jefff+ so if anyone is interested
    also i was thinking i could just keep davis/harden next season and play it smart and see what happens… not sure what ill do yet.. depends!

    • Slim

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      @moez: Yeah it’s a blockbuster… DeRozan is having a career year and maybe its for real or maybe if they team him up with another scorer then he’s going to go back to being the player he was last year. DeRozan at $20 is OK. I think that price is about league average for a wing just outside of the top 50 with serious deficiencies, Labradoodles, aka FG%. Crowder has had good spurts and at only 23 I can see him having a solid future. I debated Crowder or Marcus Morris and I decided Morris gave me more stability now. Harden is fine. Unquestionably a top 10 player. If Memphis moves Randolph then Davis could be big, or will it be Leuer, or James Johnson, I don’t know. Right now… Ed Davis is tough to own. At $5 keeping him looks doubtful, I’m confident there will be better $5 rookies.

      Obviously you get significantly better this year, again. Trying to keep Harden + Brow at $147 is entirely unacceptable to me. I can’t imagine you are really thinking about keeping both. I’m looking at possibly keeping 12 guys at $150 then going for a few ‘high end’ rookies at $10-$20. There should be plenty of solid $3-$5 rookies, the non-lottery types, but trying to fill 15 roster spots with $50 with all of the decent, cheap, non-rookies being kept could prove to be very difficult. I’m still interested in Teague but I’m not sure how I would fit him in as a keeper and that’s by far my biggest focus. But I am in desperate need of assists asap. I still like Nene too but I imagine he’s a pretty big piece for you. I’ve only engaged in one set of trade talks since our trade. I really like my team, its depth, its youth, and I’m having trouble parting with anything else. I’m interested in maybe moving another big but I would need a big back so I’m not sure how to make any of that work.

      Are you going to write a blurb for the REL post this week? If you focus on this trade I’ll focus on the Duncan trade.

      • Moes says:
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        @Slim: thanks , good callls
        I would be up for trading nene and Jeff but all depends. I’m not done trading just yet… If I can get better this season without giving up Davis I’m all for it
        I will look to trade harden even maybe a package with lee.. I think lees contract is a steal looking at other going for the same price..
        I get home around 6 pm I’ll write something up! Sounds good!
        Thx again

        • Slim

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          @Moes: DLee is solid and an acceptable keeper price but I doubt you’ll be able to trade the 30 year old to anyone outside of the top 8 or 9 teams. All the teams in the bottom half that are trading are all going really young. Since DLee is banged up right now it’s probably not the ideal moment to look to shop him.

          Maybe I shouldn’t put this here but I could part with Jackson if I added Teague. Tucker, Brewer (maybe, I kind of need his steals and he should get a nice boost with Kevin Martin down), Amir, Hibbert, Ajinca are all on the block and to a lesser degree DJ, Joseph, Marcus are too.

          I’ve talked to JB a little bit about it but I think the two of you could definitely pull off a trade that helps you both. He’s got all kinds of win now pieces that I’m sorry to say aren’t doing him much good.

  4. Brian says:
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    Both Blake and Leonard are both available on the wire (10 team league- 9 cat).

    Would you drop any of Bogut, DJ Augustine, W Chandler, B Knight, L Sanders, G Monroe or T Harris? These are the only guys that warrant consideration. Thank you sir!

    • Dan A

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      @Slim: @moez: I get the feeling this is a private conversation, don’t know if you want my comments, but it’s my article line, so you gonna get it, like it or not:).
      It’s a funny thing, this game of predicting a player’s value next year. Slim isn’t high on Demar, and his the fantasy statistics he has brought to bear last time I spoke on Derozan are spot on, so I mention that right off the bat.
      First off, Demar for Harden is undeniably a great trade, and the other pieces are inconsequential for the time being.
      For the record, I think that Demar is not simply having a great year, I think he ‘s evolving as a player, and will continue to play at this level. Remember, he was producing at this level early this year, with Rudy still on the squad, it just wasn’t translating into wins for the Raps. But this is a gut feeling, I can’t back it up with analytics of any sort, so take it for what it’s worth.
      In terms of value, however, Demar is great, even outstanding. The drop off in production, even projected production from Demar to Harden, relative to the price gap, is not worth $54, IMO. Just sayin.

      • Moes says:
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        @Dan A: not private at all! Thanks
        I’m a big Demar fan but I’m hurting in fg/ ft it’s always super close.. DeRoz can sometimes help me there but mostly he hurts me.. Harden can give me those points and a good %…

        T.o loves their all stars.. He’s going to get feed the ball as much as he can handle it .. But I had to pull the trigger .. I think if I trade harden before the deadline for a rebounder (( what I’m looking for). I can get more with harden id think

      • Slim

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        @Dan A: We’re both in the REL and that’s pretty much all it’s about. I’m sure an impartial observer’s opinion can only help. His team is amazing right now but it’s his future that remains cloudy to me. Harden, Brow, Rubio, Teague, DLee = $250. We only get $200… Somethings gotta give. Even if he gave away Lee for nothing he would still have to drop at least 2 of those other 4. Maybe Brow, Teague, Rubio @ $155 is OK. Still feels too high to me though for only 3 out of 17 roster spots.

        The guy who got DeRozan has been out of it for a while and I guess he did OK. I think he probably could have gotten a little more but that’s being awfully nit picky. I imagine for him the $54 savings was pretty solid and a $2 Crowder has some upside.

        • Moes says:
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          @Slim:
          I can build/draft another good team around Davis..
          You might think it crazy but sometimes ppl only keep one or two players in keepers auction money leagues.. Go money over players .. Next seasons draft should be the best in years

          If I only keep Davis and grab some young and cheap( good value contracts again next season i should still be able to compete!
          Something tells me there will be a team fighting to get in to the playoffs or stay in that will trade for harden/ Jeff/ Tim /nene whoever … Like I said I’m all in atm! In the now as bird would say.. Yeah it hurts me next season but doesn’t kill me so.. And I’m still sticking to my plan in regards of keepers and Davis

          • Slim

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            @Moes: Yeah I imagine we are going to have 20 different strategies going into next years draft. I basically did this year what your thinking for next. I drafted Porter, Bennett, Hardaway, Nicholson at below market value and flipped them for mostly win now pieces. I just hope I didn’t wait too long with my negotiations.

            I’m talking to JB about a potential 3-way trade but the logistics are crazy. I kind of doubt anything happens. You should be able to unload Harden for multiple solid pieces from a bad team. I can’t make an offer for him just because of his keeper price, Lillard plus Sanders is $72. Yikes. I couldn’t. I might have some non-keepers to offer but I imagine it wouldn’t be nearly enough.

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @Slim: As the guy who traded away Harden I’ll chime in here. Firstly, it wasn’t an easy decision. There’s no doubt that Harden is a better fantasy player than DeRozan is, the real question for me came down to is he $54 dollars better? I think that’s a pretty easy no there. DeRozan plus whatever players I can get in the draft for $54 (which should be considerable) seems like a pretty decent deal to me. Hell, if Harden isn’t kept maybe I can get him for $54, lol.

          I also think that the changes in DeRozans game this year are for real. On top of that I think he will continue to improve. Having seen almost every game he’s played this year, and the last few, theres no doubt on my mind that he is a player that is making genuine strides to be a top player in this league. Even off that isn’t quite at the Harden level. Even without having watched DeRozan you can clearly see that he’s improved almost every facet of his game each of the last 3 years.

          Anyway, just thought I’d throw my two cents in here.

          • Slim

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            @A Hill O’ Beans: From your perspective I definitely see why you would make that trade and I think you did just fine. Going into the draft I didn’t want any single player over $50. I wanted depth and youth over 1 or 2 superstars and $1-$3 older players. I have no idea who’s keeping what and who’s going to let guys walk but what the guy with Brow and Harden does with his guys is going to be very interesting to everyone. For me I’m trying to decide who I think I can let go and get back cheaper. I’m looking at you Larry Sanders…

            • A Hill O' Beans says:
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              @Slim: What he does with Harden at $74 and Davis at $73 is going to be very interesting indeed! It’s going to be next to impossible to keep them both I think.

          • Dan A

            Dan A says:
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            @A Hill O’ Beans: His 3pt and shooting % is all that’s keeping him from being elite. Which is a significant final step, admittedly, but he is definitely deserving of his all star recognition, unlike the Joe Johnson and Jeremy Lin appointments. I’m a big fan.

            • Slim

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              @Dan A: Fantasy aside for a second I think for DeRozan to give his team the best opportunity to win he should do what DWade did. Quit shooting 3s all together. For his career his 2-pt percent is .467. I believe improved efficiency would really help his team and maybe even his overall fantasy value. He’s having a career year in 3-pt percent but at .315 that’s still well below the league average of .359. Last year he shot .445 compared to this years .427 in overall FG%. Does the 0.5 a 3PTM per game make up for the nearly 2% drop off in FG%. I say NO in reality and definitely not in fantasy.

              It’s also difficult for me to say 1/1/0.5 – 3s/stl/blk is anywhere near elite. I can’t find a single player in the top 50 with at least 0.5 a 3PTM who only gives 2.5 combined 3s/stl/blk. This is the main reason I can’t call him a top 50 player. Some wings I like better right now for fantasy… Parsons, Matthews, Kawhi, Batum, Gay, Hayward. I think these are all legit top 50 guys. Even though Jimmy Butler can’t hit the broad side of a barn I like him more too. And of course Oladipo but that goes without saying. That kid is a special kind of talent. I like half of them more than DeRozan for the future too, Parsons, Kawhi, Hayward, Butler, Oladipo are all the same age or younger.

              • A Hill O' Beans says:
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                @Slim: Come next season I may agree with you as far as Demar quitting 3’s altogether. I’m willing to give him this year and the start of next season to continue shooting them though. I know that it is the area of his game that he worked on the most over the summer, and I think we are already seeing modest results.

                I know this is picking and choosing my stats, but here goes anyway. Up until December 6th Demar was shooting .391 from three. Nothing wrong with that. On December 6th Rudy Gay was traded though and Demar was thrust into being the number one option, which meant the number one target by opposing defenses. I’d like to think we can agree that a change like that may take a little time to adjust to. Lets say it took about a month for Demar to adjust, January 15th. Since that time he has hit the 3 at a .406 clip!

                For these reasons and others, I’m not entirely convinced that he should remove the 3 pointer from his arsenal just yet. If he can keep up a 36% or higher rate for the rest of the season, then I’d really like to see what another summer of working on his 3 can show us.

                Besides, I don’t want to see his only moves being to either drive to the hoop or shoot his long fade away contested two. If he’s going to take shots from away from the hoop, I’d rather they be a 3. Assuming of course that he can hit them with any sort of consistency, otherwise yeah, he should just stop shooting them.

                As far as steals go, I’m going to go back to that same date (more picking and choosing stats) that Rudy was traded and say that Demar is averaging 1.3 steals a game since the trade. I’d like to think that this is another improvement that is here to stay since he only averaged 1 a game prior to the trade and just under one a game the past couple seasons. A new role along with further improvements in his game lets say.

                So I’ll say that I hope the numbers that he’s basically putting up without Rudy, 1.3/1.3/.5 (3PT/STL/BLK), are here to stay as the new baseline with room for continued improvement. I hope.

              • Dan A

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                @Slim: Ha! I thought that’s what I just said, except A) Slim has the numbers to back up his assertions, and B) I’m saying it with a “glass half full” slant, and yours is a more “glass half empty” approach. I want to be clear, for the record: DD is a nice player, a deserving all-star, but not elite, nor will he ever be. Unless he brings his shooting and 3pt percentage up, which is applicable to all players. But if you got him in the 7th round, you have to be ecstatic with what he does bring.

            • A Hill O' Beans says:
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              @Dan A: Is there actually any rational explanation for Joe Johnson? I don’t see what it would be. Is he possibly the worst 7 time all star ever??? Could be…

              • Dan A

                Dan A says:
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                @A Hill O’ Beans: I also think that he got his appointment based on his past reputation, and the politic of needing the other NY team to have representation. In a vacuum, Stevenson or Lowrie, were more deserving, IMO.
                He was dope when he was in ATL, though…

    • Dan A

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      @Brian: I would consider dropping DJ for Blake, for sure. Augustine is coming off the bench again, so that will affect his minutes. if nobody has scooped up Kowhi yet, you could gamble that he will still be there for a while, he’s not due back for before the all star break, I believe.
      I would swap a healthy Leonard for the Colonel any day. If you can stash him, I would, but there may be 3+ weeks before you see returns on that, be aware.

  5. Jimmy says:
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    My team is…
    Lillard
    Dragic
    Rondo
    Knight
    Lebron
    Dirk
    Dwight Howard
    Deandre Jordan
    Spencer Hawes
    Derrick Favors
    INJ: Westbrook
    INJ: Holiday
    INJ: Kawhi

    Do you think I should trade/drop anyone such as Hawes and Holiday due to trade rumors or indefinite return timetable?
    Also, do you think it is a good idea to trade Lebron since the Heat might rest him towards the end of the season? Who would you offer in a trade for Wall and/or Aldridge?

    I’d appreciate your feedback!

    • Dan A

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      @Jimmy: if you were to offer LBJ and Knight for Aldridge and wall, that would be fair, IMO, and nobody knows how much bron will be benched, but it’s a real possibility.

  6. Moes says:
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    Hey guys i got up this morning to this trade

    trades Kyrie Irving, Cle PG to DUK
    HIGH trades Nikola Vucevic, Orl C to DUK
    DUK trades Arron Afflalo, Orl SG to HIGH
    DUK trades Carlos Boozer, Chi PF to HIGH
    DUK trades Marc Gasol, Mem C to HIGH
    DUK trades Chandler Parsons, Hou SF to HIGH
    DUK trades Kemba Walker, Cha PG to HIGH
    DUK trades Jrue Holiday*, Nor PG to HIG

    Should I just do this for the sake orf winning now?

    I’m the one trading Irving/big v….. It’s a 4 keeper league and Irving / big v are two of my keepers
    Thinking it’s a hit for next season but …. I mean wow right? This will really help me in now plus I have Ricky and kawshi and a few othe decent keepers .. M gasol is a keeper .. My keepers would be love/davis/Marc g/ rick…

    It’s a big assssss offer
    If I accept I’ll sent him a few or my scrubs back to make it look Better.. Like but baby/Shawn m and courting lee

    • moez says:
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      @Moes: sounds and looks crazy… Im going to piss off a lot of other teams if I do this…

      Mad depth.. but again.. giving up irving/Big V next season might kinda sting… BUT.. Im kinda betting ricky starts playing well again and the Davis/Rick combo .. steals/blocks is so nice to have in fantasy…
      SO.. thinking I might do it

  7. Jeremy says:
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    Hey guys, woke up to the news that Kevin Martin has a non-displaced fracture in his thumb and is out indefinitely. Is he droppable? Currently hosting a myriad of injured players (gasol, Bledsoe,) and not sure if I have the room on my roster. Although I am pretty much guaranteed to make the playoffs at this point so I guess I could just try to tough it out. Doesn’t look good that he has no time table though.

    • Dan A

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      @Jeremy: I would figure he’s out for the fantasy season. If he was the only one injured, you may wait for a more accurate prognosis, but you got two others out already.

  8. Adam says:
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    Hey Dan,

    So my team is a lock to get into the playoffs, probably as a 3-5 seed. Now I’m just looking to strengthen roster for weeks 21-23. I’m in a 10-team head to head category league.

    You guys have given me great advice so far this year, so I have a couple questions heading into the home stretch:

    1.) I offered a non-contender J.J. Redick for his Kyle Korver, since Korver plays 4 times in weeks 21, 22, and 23, and Redick plays only twice in Week 21. He hasn’t responded yet – is it worth it?

    2.) Since David Lee only plays three times in Week 21 and twice in Week 22, is it worth it to try to move him?

    3.) Kawhi Leonard, Randy Foye, Jared Sullinger, and Larry Sanders are available right now. Would you pick any of them up on this team (I’m punting on Assists and Steals), and if so who would you drop?

    Jameer Nelson
    Rajon Rondo
    Jrue Holiday
    Eric Bledsoe
    J.J. Redick
    Damien Lillard
    Wesley Matthews
    Carmelo Anthony
    Carlos Boozer
    David Lee
    Marc Gasol
    Marcin Gortat
    Robin Lopez

    Thanks!

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: Foye just got picked up by someone else due to the Lawson rib injury.

    • Dan A

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      @Adam: hmm. Good squad. Try to trade lee, for sure. I see your point with JJ. I wouldn’t drop anyone you have to scoop the list you gave. I like kawhi a lot, though. Maybe bled, if he isn’t gonna make it back to help you this year., and you’re not in a keeper.

  9. Bren says:
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    Need ast…with Nash injured again do you think Marshall will be able to contribute? Want to drop tyreke for him tyreke sucks without shooters on the perimeter to dish out to.

    • Dan A

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      @Bren: I would say that Blake back will hurt Kendall.

  10. AJ says:
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    Which side of this trade you rather have Love/Lillard or Parker/West/Oladipo? Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: love/Lillard.

  11. cameron says:
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    hey guys,

    just got offered durant for s.curry – i’m currently equal 1st in the league, is there something i’m missing in this trade?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @cameron: that’s not something you overthink. Take the deal!

  12. Iceiceice says:
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    Hi Dan A,

    Should I either drop Ersan or Kobe for K Marshall?

    Lock for the playoffs, if that makes any difference?

    Thanks

    • Dan A

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      @Iceiceice: Marshall or Blake for ersan. He has been a total disappointment to date.

  13. TestTickles says:
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    Would you drop Burke for Kendall Marshall? Brewer for Wesley Johnson? with Kevin Martin likely to miss a month.

    • TestTickles says:
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      Sorry, meant drop Wesley Johnson for Brewer

      • Dan A

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        @TestTickles: keep Wes while young and Meeks are out. Trey is a gut call. I would personally see if the all star break revitalizes him, but if you’re not willing to wait, can’t say I blame you.

  14. Kevin says:
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    Hey Dan. I’m currently 3rd place and looks like I’m locked for playoffs. Woo!

    I’m looking into making a few changes in my roster. Probably looking to improve assists and 3 pointers on my team. Burke, derrick favors, and tyreke Evans have been splinters on my team. Been thinking about trading these players. Amd Maybe dwight too.

    John wall
    Oladipo
    Mario Chalmers
    Kyle lowry
    Trey burke
    Tyreke Evans
    James Johnson
    Anthony Davis
    Anderson varajao
    Dwight Howard
    Robin Lopez
    Derrick favors

    What do you think of each of these?
    1) trade trey Burke and tyreke evans for stephenson? (You think Burke will get out of his rookie wall?)
    2) Burke + Evans+ favors for derozan and Stephenson?
    3) Dwight for rondo?
    4) Favors for deron Williams?
    5) drop trey burke and pick up a FA Like Patrick mills or Kendall Marshall?

    • Dan A

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      @Kevin: if you can pull #2 off, do it!
      Or #1, if #2 not possible.
      I don’t really trust deron, but favors not much to give up at this point.
      Rondo has been dope, if you want to pull that trade, I get it, but don’t expect 3s from him, last game was an anomaly.

  15. HWY68 says:
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    10 team h2h. Just locked up a first round bye.

    Hold Jeremy Lin as a lotto ticket? Or drop him for players I can stream on the wire? Lin’s my worst player…

    • Dan A

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      @HWY68: he’s playing well right now, I would hold until he drops off.

  16. Frank White says:
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    Hey Dan… I picked up Patrick Mills cause he’s been playing real good but would you grab Tony Wroten over him?? I read JB saying Carter Williams would be getting shut down so Do you think he’s gonna stay consistant?

    • Frank White says:
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      I had Trey Burke but picked up Mills.. I was being patient and he was doing good but with him getting hurt I couldn’t afford another injury on this short week

      • Dan A

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        @Frank White: I’m surprised at how well Patty has been. He was straight murder last game! Parker isn’t down long term, but you gotta ride Mills while he’s hot. And I totally feel you on the Trey front. He is too risky to own at this point. As to Wroten, he will also be too risky until it is definitely known whether they’re shutting down MCW or not. I would keep an eye on Wroten, but hold onto Mills while he’s hot.

        • Frank White says:
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          Thnx.. Man I got Bogut and Varejeo as part of that trade and they both get hurt. My luck!! Do you think Varejeo will tough it through??

          • Dan A

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            @Frank White: that’s tough. The good news is that Anderson has the all star break to heal. He will be playing injured, like most players, for the balance on the season, I suspect. But expect him to play after the break, for sure. Of course, what do I know?

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              Thnx!!

  17. Frank White says:
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    Sup my Man… Jameer Nelson just got dropped in my league and he’s been dope all year as an all CAT dude but I know he had a small injury and ever since he’s been back his minutes were cut down which caused him low numbers. Anyway, I was wondering if you thought if he was gonna get his minutes back and worth an add??

    • Dan A

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      @Frank White: Hey Frankie,
      It’s hard to say with any real confidence, as Oladipo has played well, and he is the future there. Vic has a bit of a wonky ankle, but it didn’t seem to slow him down last game. I just don’t know, dude. I would say due to the all star break allowing Vic to get healthier, it doesn’t look too good for Nelson.

  18. Frank White says:
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    Hey what’s up.. I streamed Chase Budinger and was planning on dropping him so I have an extra player for tomorrow but do you think that’s a good idea considering he’s starting for Kevin Martin?? I don’t know if you think he’s a must own player right now and if I should hold him

    • Dan A

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      @Frank White: I wouldn’t say must own, but he’s played well, so you can’t drop him now, wait it out, and see if he can keep this pace up.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks!!! Oh I just noticed Darren Collison is on the wire but I have Redick and he’ll be back after the break. Will that kill Collison’s minutes? If not then do you like him??

        • Dan A

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          @Frank White: CP3 is back, Darren is too risky.

  19. Lasandro says:
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    Hey Dan, nice write-up!

    So I just received JR as a filler in a recnt trade. Kawhi is hanging round on the wire and reports are indicating that he may return this week. Im in need of pts and brds from my wings, and Im not quite sure what I should do here. I know there’s plenty of talk about Kawhi’s efficiency and all, but do you see him putting up good mid to late teen kinda pt totals on the reg? That Spurs team is so damn deep and Im always scared of investing in anyone because of it. Bellinelli has been good of late, Green is still hangin round.. If Kawhi gets regular 30min runs ROS, I’d prob buy in. Would like your thoughts here.

    For ref, my team is: KD, M Gasol, Vuc, T Jones, J Green, Kaman, W Chandler, Nene, Henson, IT2, S Blake, JR, Oladipo

    For an 8 teamer H2H 14-cat, prob not the deepest of teams, I know. Plenty banking on how Gasol and Henson come back after the break

    • Lasandro says:
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      G Green is hangin round too, but my god is he inconsistent. Korver, Tyreke, Holiday, T Burke…

    • Dan A

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      @Lasandro: I would take a run at Kawhi. He has the most potential, and many of the cats from San An have the potential to be rested, thus providing minutes for Leonard. It’s a risk, though, no doubt. But you can get much more production out of him, potentially.

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