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I imagine if you’re reading this, you have an injury or two on your fantasy roster, and you need promenade left to do-si-do your way into week 2. I don’t know where I’m going with this analogy, I’m more of an electric bugaloo type myself. But while I may not understand the allure of square dancing, I do understand all too well how an injury can derail your playoff hopes. I lost Kyrie Irving, and Jameer Nelson this week, and I will be hard pressed to make it past my opponent. There are more cats out than just those two: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Nikola Pekovic, Andre Drummond, Jonas Valanciunas, Jamal Crawford, and the list goes on. So what’s a fantasy owner to do? You already know the answer, and it sucks the sack: Captain Obvious reminds you that you have to look long and hard at your situation, and decide whether you can afford to hold onto your injured player, or to drop him, because he can’t help you if you don’t make it to the semis. Of the few I just listed, only Kyrie, Jamal, LaMarcus and Nikola are pretty much guaranteed to be out for the weekend at least, perhaps into the semi finals week, so take that into consideration. If you do decide to drop somebody, here’s, in my opinion, the best of the waiver:

BUY:

Jarret Jack PG, SG

Look, he’s no Kyrie, but to be fair, nobody on the waiver is. What Jack is, though, is a hard nosed, capable player who, so far, is filling in admirably for Irving. In the 2 games since Irving went down, he has averaged 17/3/4.5/0/.5, with 2.5 treys. And this isn’t an anomaly; he played well in Portland, Toronto, and Golden State, when given the chance. He’s currently 41% owned. If you have Irving, and you aren’t in a keeper league, I don’t see why you would hold onto Kyrie over this dude. Just sayin.

Mo Williams PG, SG

So Mo was injured, and has only been back for 2 games, but he has been productive posting 17.5/1/3.5/1/0, with 2.5 3pts per. I know, not blowing your socks off, but the Blazers play 5 games in week two, he’s only 19% owned, and he’s the only player worth nabbing off the wire from Portland, so the streaming potential is big here starting Monday.

Ryan Kelly PF

Ryan has been starting, and in the last 5 games, he’s averaged 13.6/6.4/3.6/1/1.4, with 1.8 3pts per. And he’s only 14% owned. The Lakers are so hard to watch right now, but for what it’s worth, Ryan is worth streaming so long as he’s getting the minutes. It’s waiver wire pick ups, people, so adjust your expectations.

Terrance Jones SF, PF

Jones went through a slump, which caused many fantasy owners to drop him. He is currently owned 53%. But with Howard out, He’s averaged 21/4.5/.5/1.5./2, with 2 treys per over the last 2 games. Omer Asik has played ok, got one dub dub, but he won’t have much value when Dwight comes back. Just a gut call, but I think Jones will retain value even with the return of ol’bowling ball shoulders . Do with that what you will.

Drew Gooden PF, C

Ha! I know that this is a goofy recommend, Drew is the classic streamer, and could fall off at any game, so consider that risk. That said, the pepsi commercials should have been about this uncle Drew. It’s a real case of an old man turning back the clock. In his last 2 games he has been Dy-No_Mite!, averaging 19.5/7.5/1.5/1/.5, with 1.5 treys. I know, right? We all know that he can’t keep this up, but with the dearth of big men right now, you gotta take what you can get, amirite?

Gorgui Dieng C

I’m like a broken record: from adversity comes opportunity from adversity. Comes opportunity. Dieng is starting for Pekovic, and in the last 2 games, he has averaged 11/11/.5/1.5/3, with a monstrous 850FG%, and that was before last night’s bigun. Of course, when Pek gets back to form, Gorgui will likely fade back to obscurity, but 3 blocks a game? What’s Senegalese for “OHHHH SNAP”?

SELL:

Like I said last week, I’m not going to tell you who to drop during the playoffs. I will say that Kyrie is extraordinarily unlikely to be of any use at all during the fantasy playoffs, but if you’re in a keeper league, you can’t really drop him anyways. Other than that you’re on your own.

That’s all folks, good luck in your playoff run, may all your shots be nothing but net!

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  1. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Danny how you been.. In in a buy week and I got Jameer Nelson. Do I wait till the when our drop him for maybe Dieng?? I okie at my next week games and actually Jameer plays 3 times but 2 of those games I would , depending if he’s hot or not, have to bench him because of an over filled roster. Same would go for Dieng but if he’s got I would bench whoever isn’t. I can always stream that spot for the days that aren’t filled but what do you think??

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: Hey Frank, glad to hear you pulled out the bye!
      I would hold Jameer for now, he’s supposed to be back mid week, and if you have the bye, I would wait and see. I love what big Dieng is doing, but when Pekovic comes back, Dieng will be a big risk, likely won’t produce reliably. He’s really more for streaming for this week. Wait to see how Pek is doing at the end of the bye week, and if Pek has had a setback, and isn’t playing yet, nab him then.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Oh by the way I can’t believe that this week on my buy week is having the best week I’ve had all season!! Lol it’s unbelievable. My first triple dub and everybody’s going ballistic!! I just how it keeps rolling. Lol

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: Ha!, a guaranteed win is always better, but yeah, Murphy’s law is a bit*h.

  3. TG26 says:
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    Would you drop Bkatche for Dieng ROS?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @TG26: I think he has a shot to start Sunday, as what I’m reading is Nikola is still out, and may well not play Sunday, and possibly beyond. Just be prepared to drop him to stream another dude once Pec comes back. And unless your league is custom, you can’t pick Blatche back up until he clears waivers. Blatche has been so-so lately, so it’s worth the gamble for Sunday, IMO. I would wait so see what new news there is on Nikola tomorrow before you make the move.

  4. Lasandro says:
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    What to do Boogaloo? I just traded for Kendall, following news that Farmar would be out for a bit and fully expecting a solid 35min with a smattering of dimes and threes. Of course, Mikey D decided to play Sacre at PG that first game, then Nash resurrected himself and are into some mind today too.. Putting up crazy stats in such little time. Do I do the ol switcheroo with these two or hold Kendall? Same with Nelson – not sure where he’s at and if I just switch him for DJA? When Nelson’s healthy, he gives me what I need from him, with his strong assists and a three with decent brds for a pg

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Lasandro: If you made it through week one, I would hold onto Jameer for now, its unclear if he will play on Tuesday, but he’s really close, for whatever that’s worth.
      Nash is too dangerous, IMO, he doesn’t play back to backs, Lakers have nothing to play for anyways, but hwere does that leave Kendall? who knows? Not this fella, that’s for sure, so I shook the old magic 8-ball, and it said: “future looks murky”. That’s science.

  5. lerryjee says:
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    How about some J.J. Redick?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @lerryjee: If you were able to get out of week one, JJ is attractive, in a rugged, manly way. I do worry a bit about how well Barnes has played, but JJ was dy-no-mite befre, no reason to expect otherwise.

  6. Adam says:
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    So someone just inexplicably dropped Kyle Korver and he becomes available tomorrow. I want to pick him up (he also plays 4 times each in the next two weeks) but not sure who I want to drop. Here’s my team:

    Rajon Rondo
    Eric Bledsoe
    Damian Lillard
    Wes Matthews
    Jodie Meeks
    Carmelo Anthony
    Kawhi Leonard
    Thad Young
    DeMarre Carroll
    Amir Johnson
    Robin Lopez
    Marc Gasol
    Marcin Gortat

    What do you think I should do? Thanks as always!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Adam: I would think long and hard about dropping anyone you have, other than Carroll, and he’s a hawk as well.

  7. #firelarrydrew says:
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    Whats up Dan!
    Hicksons done for the season. TinaFey or Mason Plum?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @#firelarrydrew: I would give mozgov a shot

  8. Frank White says:
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    Sup Dan.. I need help this morning as soon as you could please so nobody grabs he guys.. Lol.. I see that that Alec Burks is hurt and in a walking boot.. Do I cut bait now? If so then should I pickup Young or Dellavedova

    • Frank White says:
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      Or maybe Kendall Marshall..?

      • Frank White says:
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        I’m sorry but also Terrance Jones gets off the waivers on the 24th so if I grabbed him I would only get 2 games out of him but if you like him I can always drop Burks an grab someone for Monday then get Jones for the other 2 games. A lot of options.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Frank White: I would try Jodie Meeks, or T Jones, or young.

          • Frank White says:
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            Would you just gab Young for the 4 day week or grab Henry slims for the 24th then grab Terrance Jones fr the rest of the week??

            • Dan A

              Dan A. says:
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              @Frank White: I think young, then jones, if young is underwhelming at first

              • Frank White says:
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                I grabbed Young I just hate that i’ll be losing assists boards n steals but I was reading on that Delavedova guy and he’s been killing it and since there out of it you don’t think they’ll keep using him a lot?? Anyway I hae2 more adds in case you think of someone else you like. Thanks!!

                • Dan A

                  Dan A. says:
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                  @Frank White: I just worry that Jack will eat enough minutes to make dellavadovs a eosk

                  • Dan A

                    Dan A. says:
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                    @Dan A.: *risk

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