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I don’t know if you can’t see the double entendre I just did there in the Title. Big… get it?  As in “bigs”.  As in big guys who play the power forward and/or centre position. Pretty clever, I know. To further the mystery of my creative process, I submit that you need to secure the Power Forward and Centre position if you want to have a deep run in the playoffs. In addition, in case you had yet to arrive at this revelation, you will also need great wings and guards to complete the package. That is my Madden-ism for the week. So, to summarize: you need great bigs, wings and guards, or you won’t go far on your fantasy run.

For today, I’ll focus on the bigs only. The following dudes may be raising you up, or bringing you down. Take a gander:

BUY:

Robin Lopez PF, C

What happened in this new millennia that every celebrity and athlete needs an abbreviated version of their name as a nickname? I blame the media circa J-Lo/Benifer era. Not at all relevant to Robin, but I was just doing the bare minimum amount of research, and twice I was Lopez referred to as “Ro Lo”. Lopez is now given the name of a tasty chocolate treat. Terrible. Sorry for the tangent, kind reader.  The fact is that Sideshow Rob has earned a spot on the fantasy main stage. In his last five games, he has posted 10/6/10.6/.8/.6/2.8. The swats are naaaasty. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect this kind of block production from him to continue at this clip, but it would be wise to try to pry him away from whomever owns him in your league.

Pau Gasol PF, C

Look at that! Two other-brothers in a row. It’s sad but true, Pau is now the “other brother”. Marc Gasol, when healthy, is the better fantasy player to have on your squad. But Pau has been quietly producing on a bad squad since his return, going 17/9.2/2/.5/2 in the last 4 games. And because the Lakers suck the sack, Pau will have all the opportunity he can handle.

Greg Monroe PF, C

From the “other brother” to the “other centre”. While all eyes are on Andre Drummond,  Mr Monroe has been blue chip. In his last 5 games, he’s averaged 17.4/10.6/1.2/1.4/1.4, getting 36.5 minutes a night. Amazing,  just like his 1970’s name. I don’t know why, but in my mind, I associate the name Greg Monroe with a cat wearing the Jackie Moon era too-tight-ball-hugger slacks, with bad-ass mutton chop sideburns, saying stuff like: “Solid” all the time.

SELL:

Tyson Chandler C

This is a “sell high” recommendation, not a negative endorsement. Tyson has been killing it lately, but there is no way he can play the way he has been for the balance of the season, given the level of production, and compound that with the absolute mess that is the New York Knickerbockers . In his last five, he has averaged 11.8/14.6/.8/.8/1.4. The boards have been absolutely monstrous, and now is the time to turn Chandler into another asset.

Jonas Valanciunas C

I will deservedly take some heat for this one, as I have been touting his value all season. While he has had runs of very good production, he has just been too inconsistent to hold on to, even  those of us who were hoping for the second coming of Anvydas Sabonis to emerge. Jonas is also Lithuanian, but that’s where the comparison ends, for now. The fact is, he has played poorly since the all star break. I hope he finds his way, but I can no longer recommend sticking with him while he “finds himself”.

Enes Kanter PF, C

The Kanter has slowed to a lazy trot. That’s right, that great unifier, horseback riding humour. But while riding horses may be your thing, Enes should no longer be. For a while, Kanter was riding high, but he has been bucked from fantasy relevance, and it’s time to hitch your wagon to a new filly. Sorry, for all of that.

That’s all I could muster up, buckaroos. May all your shots tickle the twine.

Holla!

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  1. Li says:
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    My Sell list:
    I mentioned this in a previous posting but, In the wee hours of the morning (prior to Jordan Farmar explding for 8 treys) I happened across the free agents in my league and snagged Kendall Marshall. Perhaps the 90%+ ownership in a very deep league and thin wire- coupled with his ability to rack up dimes- was a siren song I could not resist. I had already owned Bazemore for a few games, and NOW I find myself in the awkward position of having added Farmar. In my pts. league, if Marshall managed to put up a mere 6-8 points to go with his dimes, steal and board or two, he would make a nice end of the bench player.
    Bazemore on the other hand had another terrific game-doing all his damage in the first half. Can he run the point as well as plug into SG and SF? With Nick Young/Xavier Henry and god knows who else coming back, I really hope D’Antoni lets this kid play. He can fill it up and gets boards and steals to boot.
    I just don’t feel good carrying three lakers backcourt into the playoff push. I have a bye next week so perhaps the picture will get a bit clearer. Im pullin hard for Farmar-dude is a lightning rod and per/min. beast.
    Thanks for lettin me ramble.
    Li

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Li: Do not take 3 lakers into playoffs, but you already know that. Try to move one, If you could move Marshall, he’d be my first choice, but Farmar looks sexy right now, so by all rights he should be easier to move, and get a so-so guard back, a la Jameer Nelson, and be happy with that, I would say. The rotation is so convoluted In LA, waaaay too risky to ride all three. But on a non-fantasy perspective, I love Bazemore and Marshall as well, both classic underdog-getting-a-break stories, easy to root for. Back to fantasy, I would say if you can’t get anything for Marshall, he may be the odd man out. Too bad, I like his dimes as well, but you can’t hold a cat for one stat.

      • Li says:
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        @Dan A:
        I neglected to mention that the trade deadline is over. So the only way I can get rid of Marshall-or anyone else- is to drop him outright.
        (Any Other Canidates?)
        Here is (my rather long, deep Roster-please bear w/me):
        Wall, George, Andre Drummond, Chandler Parsons, DMC, Isaiah Thomas, Robin Lopez, JJ Hickson, Illayasova, Eric Gordon, Teague, Amir Johnson, Demarre Carroll, (Terrance Jones and Asik), Tony Wroten, Miles Plumle, and (Bazemore, Farmar, Marshall) —with Pero Antic on IR and due back and likely to get sizable minutes.
        Obviously, I waited and waited for the deadline to see Omer Asik dealt, but instead I’m now stuck with a nose-diving T-Jones seeing about the same 18 minutes as the Turk.
        ……Now back to Kendall Marshall, as one of th last 2 or 3 guys on my bench I think I could do worse. Beats Kelly Olynyk and Nate Wolters who I had last week. If Pero Antic can slide into the Center spot (with barely any competition-including G. Anyon who went down for the year, and Elton Brand, somehow I think that his brave effort to rewind the clock may have run its course.
        I wanna see if Bazemore cools off with Nick Young coming back, Xaxier Henry and a Jodie Meeks who puts up double or triple the 8-shots he had last night. One last point, I cut ship with Alexis Ajinca rather quickly after last nights foul-plagued non-showing. His 3 prior showings showed promise, so I suppose now I’ll wait and see how Kevin Seraphin does manning the middle for the Nene-less Wiz.

        -Li

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Li: Wow. you have a lot of player spots. I see what you say about Bazemore. I wouldn’t be surprised if things get too diluted after Young, Henry and Meeks return, though.

  2. Barenrewn says:
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    Vucevic or M. Gasol for Kawhi Leonard?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Barenrewn: I like Vucevic more, only because Marc has been good since his injury, but not yet elite. Not saying he won’t get there again, but t this moment Nikola is the safer get.

  3. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Dan… I streamed a spot for Varejeo for now and I noticed Kevin Martin is on waivers and he’s about to be back, do you think he’s a must grab?? I don’t NEED another big guy cause I have plenty. Thanks!!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: if he’s there, take him!

  4. Patrick says:
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    i need defensive stats. trying to get hibbert but might settle for rolo. thinking hibbert for the leagues playoff sched which is weeks 21, 22, 23

    14 team h2h 9 cat weekly, my team:
    lillard, teague
    kryie, harden,
    ariza, tobias harris
    hawes, terrance jones
    vucevic, henson

    what do you think could be good trades?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Patrick: You could go big and try and get Anthony Davis, but it would take a lot, like Harden/Hawes. although he has a minor shoulder issue, he played through it, but maybe you can use that to drive the price down. Or target Tyson Chandler with Teague, and maybe Terrance Jones. Hibbert is most definitely a great get, Harden straight up should do it. From your line up, the cat with value that I’d be most comfortable parting with is Teague, BTW, not that he isn’t a great player, but you have redundancy in Lillard and Kyrie. If I were you I’d start any offer with him, see where it takes you. Good luck!

  5. hamtime says:
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    thought on o’quinn rest of season? he looked great against the heat, and will probably have a decent line against phi later.

    also, is giannis worth hanging onto, or should i stream his spot for the remainder of the year?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @hamtime: Anything is possible, it is the sixers, but trying to guess what O’Quinn will do is shooting completely in the dark. I would choose a safer bet.
      I think Giannis is worth being a bench player, due to his stats across the board. A poor man’s Batum, if you will.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Dan A:is antic worth a stash? looks like he is coming back soon. would be dropping: jonas, blatche, o’quinn for him. thanks again

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @hamtime: he could be interesting. I would drop O’quinn, before Blatche or JV, for the sake of upside. Dre killed it last night, but it was against the Bucks, so take that into consideration.

  6. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Almost at the home stretch now, and I have enjoyed reading Razz Bball; a combination of funny and savvy. You guys do a great job here! With that being said, probably the last question for you guys until i hoist the fantasy trophy, what do you think about Trevor Ariza vs Kevin Martin while having Marvin Gortat on my team?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Sneaky Pete: Thanks for that, glad to have you as a reader!
      Ariza is having a career year, Martin is just coming off an injury. Apply the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid! Stick with Ariza, he will play hard right to the end of the regular season, The Wizard’s playoff spot is not guaranteed, in terms of ranking, and they certainly want to avoid playing Miami or Indy first round. And he absolutely killed it against the Generals, umm, I mean Sixers last game, (still gotta make the shots) he’s giving you every reason to keep him. And I assume you mean Marcin Gortat. If you have “Marvin” Gortat on your squad, get rid of him, he’s a douche.

  7. Kevin says:
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    Hey dan. Would you trade Trey Burke and tyreke Evans for Wesley Matthews? The owner just accepted. Try to veto? Or good play?

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin: it was offered when tyreke was struggling. And trey Burke’s fg% and lack of steals didn’t help me much.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Kevin: I would do that deal.

      • Kevin says:
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        @Dan A: hey dan. Would you still do it now that Rotoworld says tyreke is in the starting 5 rotation for the pelicans?

        I really do like Wesley Matthews for his help on my FT% (I have Dwight) and his 5 game schedule during the second week of my playoffs. I’m feeling very 50/50. I just help but think about what tyreke can do with starter minutes!

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Kevin: I completely understand your apprehension, and only do it of you’re comfortable, but Wes has been a consistent contributor. And also , you will also get stats from the dude you stream, so I would do it. You’re going on what might happen, as opposed to what has happened. Just sayin. But, again, don’t do any trades your gut tells you not to, and don’t blame me if it goes south!

  8. Li says:
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    It is with great nostalgic fondness when I recall the early 1/3 of the season and Miles Plumlee- a waiver wire gab after the Gortat trade….needless to say its been downhill since. Gone are the double doubles and the almost 2 blcks per game. He has some nights still but lately he’s good for 6 pts and 7 boards. Its a minutes situation as far as I can tell. With the Morris Bros. & an oft used smaller line up, Miles starts but is lucky to break the 22 minute barrier recently- and even if he does he just cannot score- with lines of 5 points and 9 rebounds.
    My question is if I should cut ties with him. If Alexis Ajinca is an actual double-double guy I am seriously tempted to try it out. He does have upside and has been shining as of late. Playing it safe around playoff time has burned me in the past.
    Any thoughts?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Li: I agree, Miles is the odd man out. PJ Tucker or Ajinca would be a decent grab.

  9. Wutang says:
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    I sold the hell out of Pau today, traded Pau and Iggy for Cousins, and don’t regret it for a second. Gonna pick up taj now and cruise into the playoffs in the #1 seed.

    I’m just too worried about the lakers shutting Pau down for a stupid injury, just so they can tank a little but more. With Kobe looking out for the season, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do it. Just my $0.02.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wutang: It would be a prudent move for the Lakers, especially since it’s their only 1st rounder for a few years…

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