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And you thought that the trade deadline was gonna be a dud. And to that, sir or madam, I give you two words: Byron Freakin’ Mullens. Bam! The Sixers have just dropped the mic on the NBA stage, a la Chris Rock.

Actually, all joking aside, Lord Byron might be worth watching in deeper leagues – if the Sixers stick with the free flowing offense they’ve been playing thus far, there’s a long shot he might actually produce. He started for the Bobcats for half a season, and wasn’t all that bad. Yeesh!, that’s a limp di*k endorsement if I’ve ever given one.

Bust of a trade deadline aside, though, one should consider the impact that the few trades that did occur have had on players coming in, or those that will fill a void with guys being shipped off. Admittedly, the “sell’ portion of this article will be meatier than the “buy”, as the trades were mostly duds, from a fantasy perspective in my opinion. So with that in mind, take a gander at a few cats I think are on the rise or fall:

BUY:

Kendall Marshall PG

His name is Kendall. Kendall, like Ken-doll? I don’t know how that slipped by his parents. But while Barbie’s love interest could never bend his legs, Marshall has been breaking ankles. And with the departure of Steve Blake, He will get even more minutes – which is good, because he’s averaged 12.2/2.6/12.2/1.6/.2 with 2 3pts per. Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash are of mild concern sharking some of the minutes up for grabs, but I would wager that trading Blake is a rounding endorsement for Marshall. For some reason, Marshall is only 60% owned, so you may not even need to trade for him.

Thaddeus Young PF

Thad was already playing well, averaging 17 points and 6.4 boards, but with the others gone, he will get all the dish he can handle. I would make an inquiry to see what it would take to get the big fella.

Andre Miller PG

First off: Dre is pure speculation, there are no substantive statistics to justify his being here. Currently he isn’t worth being owned in any fantasy format, but I felt that I couldn’t only have 2 players in the “buy” column. He’s barely played this year, due to him not seeing eye to eye with Brian Shaw, his former coach.  But, consider this: the Wiz have been terrible with John Wall off the court, and for the stretch run, giving Wall less minutes to save him from injury/fatigue makes sense. Miller is a capable distributor, great at driving and running the pick and roll, but a bad shooter. Basically a really poor man’s Rajon Rondo. Or at least he was. But he’s only owned 4%, so keep an eye on him, and see if he can increase his value.

SELL:

Evan Turner SF

While he never lived up to the go-to guy moniker in Philly, he was a nice producer fantasy-wise He is a significant upgrade from a busted down Danny Granger, from the Pacers perspective, but from a fantasy value perspective, his value just plummeted. Get what you can get for Turner, his minutes will be slashed, and unless DeShawn Stevenson gets hurt, I can’t see him producing more than at a streaming player’s level.

Spencer Hawes PF, C

Hawes will have short term value while Anderson Varejao is out, and maybe he finds a spot in the Cavs offense. But it’s a risk, and more likely than not, his fantasy production will drop significantly.

Steve Blake PG, SG

Steve-o will be playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He played just 18 minutes in his first game with the Warriors, with a “meh” stat line not worth mentioning. Ugg. Unless one of those cats get injured, Blake’s days of being fantasy relevant are over for this year.

 

I suppose we should come to expect the trade deadline to be underwhelming, but I for one am glad that we don’t need to be distracted by it anymore. Obviously more trades took place, but none that actually impact fantasy basketball. So now comes the stretch run, which is always entertaining. Sit back and relax. Have a chip or two, or a light beer of your choice, and enjoy.

That’s all for me this week, may all your shots be swishes.

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  1. hamtime says:
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    14man 9cat h2h

    was offered:
    a) deng+jack for my reggiejax+frye. thinking no, but what if i replace frye with ilyasova?

    b) my lawson for thaddeus

    also, can you pls rank as far as must have’s for ROS – giannis, wroten, scott, moultrie, rjax

    thanks playa!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @hamtime: A)I like Luol a lot, and Reggie Jackson is going to dip with Westbrook back, so I would do it.
      B)I would take Thad, unless it leaves you very thin at PG/Guard stats: dimes, steals, etc.
      Rjax, based on his past performance, Giannis, based on talent ceiling, then Wroten, scott, and finally moultrie.

  2. Bren says:
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    Good morning! Pick 2 please. Don’t really care for points just need peripherals stats in 3 blk stl ast while not hurting so much in Fg and FT. Pretty much guaranteed playoff spot. Looking to solidify squad.

    Considering dropping j green and/or kanter. Also wanted to know your opinion for pierce ROS? He is inconsistent with PT and stats.

    9 cat 12 team h2h

    Conley Marshall Knight

    Marion Tobias J butler J green Carroll Pierce

    Love A Davis Griffin Nowitzki Kanter

    FA: hinrich, wolters, t Allen, singler, mozgof, Reddick, j Johnson, pj tucker, mullens, c lee, blatche, garnet, Ross, Webster, budinger, sefolosha, j Anderson, wroten, j hill, giannis, hardaway jr

    Thank you!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bren: First off, drop Kanter over Jeff Green.
      I don’t like Pierce either, because of his inconsistency.
      I would like Ross and or budinger, straight up, but for blocks/steals/dimes I like James johnson and either J Hill or Mozgov?

  3. Barenrewn says:
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    Vucevic for DeRozan? Which side do you like?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Barenrewn: If you need points, DD is your man. He also isn’t bad with dimes and boards for a guard. But you give up shooting %, FT%, and 3pts. Vucevic is a double double machine, but not mad defensive stats.
      Personally, I would want Vucevic, his consistency at a big is hard to find.

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Wait a minute: you meant Lance Stephenson, not DeShawn, right?! Loved DeShawn ha

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Lasandro: Ha! That’s a gaff… I guess subliminally I miss his boss Lincoln $5 neck tattoo. But yeah, Lance.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Dan A.: Oh boy. I usually pride myself on getting all your refs.. dropped the ball on that one, sorry mate! Meanwhile, that truly was a limp dck endorsement, but loved it haha. Killed it in Charlotte

        Gonna ask you what I asked JB yesterday: have Korver as my potential droppable player – DeMarre, Tyreke, Frye, Burke, G Green? Or hold? Lets see how BJ does in Philly, too. But as you pointed out, prob just a deep L option. I picked up Thad literally minutes after Turner and Hawes got shipped out and boy did he kill his first game post deadline. Think he’ll increase his season averages ROS? Im runnin in an 8 teamer, 14cat btw

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Lasandro:
          DeShawn has a garish tattoo on his neck of the Abe Lincoln, the 5$ bill pic, complete with “5$”, FYI.
          Thad’s the man for now. Granger is potentially being bought out, and somebody’s gotta score there in Philly.
          As to Korver, I find him hard to pin point. He’s obviously a 3pt threat, but he can give you very little else at times. I guess if you can wait to see what comes back with Nene’s MRI, you may want to hold Kyle and ditch Hilario.
          Byron might actually be worth watching, a longshot, but he had “decent for waiver wire” numbers in Charlotte. Scott for the short term, Or check Patrick Patterson from the Raptors.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @Dan A.: You’d rather the two bench players than any of the 5 starters I mentioned above? haha oh man, DeShawn.. have you ever seen that clip of he and Arenas shooting threes during prac, only that gilbert is shooting them one handed? Good fun, they were

            • Dan A

              Dan A. says:
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              @Lasandro: Only in response to your question of a player that approaches Nene’s stats, if he goes down.

              • Lasandro says:
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                @Dan A.: Excellent – thanks man!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Dan A.: And now my Nene is down.. oh dear. Gonna need to perhaps look at dropping him if his MRI comes back positive. M Scott is great but doubt he’ll get crazy run with a healthy Millsap. Kanter, too. Anyone come to mind similar to Nene’s capabilities that i should pick up, if necessary?

        • matt says:
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          @Lasandro: kanter if he’s available

  5. Frank White says:
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    Hey Dan Wutup… So I’m down to 3rd place and sliding quickly and that trade didn’t help where I got Bogut and Varejeo then getting injured the next day but the way my team is getting beat up, I can actually lose a playoff spot with only 3 weeks left. I’m gonna stream Reggie Jackson’s spot to get as many games out of the week I can and I just picked up Tyson Chandler but I’m asking you, Do you think I should drop Bogut or Varejeo so I can stream that spot doing the same thing?? They say Varejeo is starting to practice again but The Warriors picked up that Armstrong dude to play in Bogut’s place. either way I don’t know what to do. Help a Brotha out please.. Lol. I’ll send you a list of my new team after injury and other nonsense..

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Frank White: Wow. That sucks, dude. I would drop Varejau before Bogut if you have to. Both are due back sooner than later, but it could be another week, and then kid gloves for Bogut to save him for the playoffs, I would guess, sorry. Still, Bogut has the higher impact of the two, and Anderson is hurt by Spencer Hawes being brought in. Tyson a good pick up, btw. Good Luck!

  6. Frank White says:
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    Conley
    Teague
    Foye
    Reggie Jackson
    Alec Burks
    Wesley Matthews
    Ariza
    Mello
    Tyson Chandler
    Taj Gibson
    Paul Millsap
    Marc Gasol
    Bogut
    Varejeo

  7. mushi says:
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    derozan and lillard enough for paul george? 14 teamer, so ww kinda thin

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @mushi:
      For me, that offer is heavy. I really like Lillard, but Paul is a beast, for sure. At the very least, that is a very competitive offer.

      • mushi says:
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        @Dan A.: i really like it, too. and i am the george owner. rubio is my only healthy pg.. should i take the deal?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @mushi: I would.

          • mushi says:
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            @Dan A.: thanks man

            • matt says:
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              @mushi: in a heartbeat id take that deal!

              • matt says:
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                @matt: who are you dropping after the trade?

  8. matt says:
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    I kinda disagree with you on Hawes (unless his mins get 86’d when varij comes back) But in a 12 teamer who do u grab that matches his production like added assists,treys, 10 boards, 2 swats per? There’s nobody out there in my league so he’s a hold for me untill I see a drop in production.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @matt: I hope that Hawes continues to produce, I have him in one league. But it’s unlikely that Anderson is going to be playing only 20 minutes. I like what Spence brings, but this is a buy/sell article, and I think that we can all agree that the trade did not boost his value, so the recommendation is sell high.

  9. Bren says:
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    Do I need another p guard for 9 cat 12 team h2h?

    Conley, knight, Marshall

    Marion Tobias j green j butler Carroll pierce

    Kanter a Davis love dirk griffin

    Trade my Tobias for Ellis? Thank you.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bren: I would do Ellis for Tobias.

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup Danny… I picked Hinrich up to stream this week cause he had 4 games but do you think I should switch and pickup Vince Carter or Danny Green instead?? They have 3 games left after Hinrich playing today so I won’t lose a day.. Oh and thanks for telling me to hold Bogut. I’m waiting for the report today to see if I should hold Varejeo

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: Vince is hot, so he would be the one from the 2 you mentioned, but Jermaine O’Neal is also killing it for now, he might be worth a gander.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Brotha!!! Yeah well if I don’t hear anything good about Varejeo today then I’m goona replace him with O’Neal.. I’m happy Bogut is back and this week is important for me to not get killed and of course my luck when I gain a player then I Lose one. My 2nd best one, Millsap!! I really hope he comes back for Sunday’s game

  11. Frank White says:
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    I’m happy last week I came back from a 2-7 score up to 6-3 then last second I lost 4-5.. I lost by ONE rebound and had Wesley Matthews with not one board. UGH!! But right now 4 points is a good enough score cause players can’t creap up fast with a mid range number like that. The first 6 rounds go to the playoffs, I’m in 3rd and 8 1/2 games up from the 7th place guy but I have the hardest schedule..

  12. Frank White says:
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    Oh I know we were talking about O’Neal to maybe replace Varejeo but what about Mullens?? Isn’t he going to be the starter from here on out and maybe be a good ROS pickup?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: I hear what you’re saying. All jokes aside, Byron got the start 50+ times in Charlotte, and wasn’t bad. Could he be fantasy worthy in Philly? It’s totally possible. But I would wait to see what he can do before nabbing him, especially if it’s Anderson you’re dropping.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx

  13. Frank White says:
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    Hey did you read the notes on Varejeo?? Don’t sound good but not enough info. When you read it tell me what u think about me holding our dropping him. If drop then I would stream his spot all the way through playoffs to get as many games as I could in one week as long as vince cater when he cools off. That’s kinda why I grabbed Tyson in case Varejeo had to go. What do you think??

    • Frank White says:
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      I meant in gonna steam cater also when he cools off.. My bad

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: Anderson’s future is murky, but he’s shooting, and in limited parts of practice, so he’s a matter of days. I understand that you want to stream, but just remember it’s a gamble. A player who gives you 17/8/2/1/1, say, who plays 3 times, will give you more than a guy who gets 9/5/1.5/.5 over 4 games. But I’m sure you know that.

      • Frank White says:
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        I Hear ya.. Actually they just posted another new note on Yahoo saying that Hawes is already taking shine Of Varejeo’s rest of SeasON outlook and that the Cavs MAde It cLEAR THAt they intend to limit his minutes whenever he comes to action. I’nm not being inpatient or anything but I never new he was gonna be on a minute restriction did you..? Does that change your mind or did you already know that??

        • Frank White says:
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          And on Hawes notes it said that even when Varejeo comes back that he’s going to continue starting.. If you tell me to hold him after this new info then I’ll never as again.. Thanks

          • Dan A

            Dan A says:
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            @Frank White: Hey dude, sorry, been busy. I think you have to hold him for now, unless you don’t need a big in particular. If you do drop him, pay close attention to what he’s doing, and snatch him back up when he gets back to form. Limiting minutes can still mean good production, but I can totally see why you’re bugging out. It sucks not knowing. Look at Jordan Hill, or Scott, while Millsap is out. Good luck, homeboy!

            • Frank White says:
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              Thanks!!! Actually Mozgov is available and O’neal but unless you like these guys then I’ll hold till maybe the end of the week

              • Dan A

                Dan A. says:
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                @Frank White: when Bogut actually plays, o’neal will diminish in value. Mozgov is interesting. JJ is the better talent, but mozgov is gonna be the starter, from what I’m reading.

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