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The season of feverish NBA fantasy drafts is over, for the most part, and now the post draft hangovers come crashing home. Boy, did those Mai Tai’s go down smooth! So smoothly, that you look at your team in the harsh light of day, and beyond the first couple of picks, you’re filled with regret. Taking Bismack Biyombo in the 5th round? For shame, good reader, for shame!

Well, like the preacher said, I’m here to tell you the good news – All is not lost! There are some gems to be found on the waiver, and I’m here to help you find them. And if Rapscallions like JB have taught us anything, it’s that many “day-after” regrets can be cured with some quick thinking and a shot of penicillin.

 

Buy:

Andrew Nicholson PF

JB mentioned Drew in his season opening art-neuveau piece, but I will respectfully disagree with the boss. He said don’t rush to get him. I say don’t run, act cool, continue walking with your gangsta limp, but proceed with purpose to the waiver to collect this cat. This is a Buy/Sell article, so presumably, you have someone you don’t want to keep, and are looking to upgrade. Nicholson is going to produce in the short term, with Big Baby and Tobias Harris both sidelined for now. He’s owned in only 5% (a Nichol?? sorry, sorry) of Yahoo leagues, he’s a big who shoots the 3 occasionally, gets boards and points, and we should expect a high shooting percentage.

Shane Battier SG, SF

If you ever read any of my articles last year, you’re aware that I’m a big admirer of long balls. I spend a lot of time in the YMCA steam room on seniors day, if you’re picking up what I’m laying down. Shane, at the time of writing this article, is only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues, went 4-4 from downtown on opening night, and led the league in 3pt made from the corner last year. He’s not going to give you much beyond points and 3pt, a few boards, dimes and steals, but if your team is lacking in testicular longitude, you could do worse.

Chris Kaman PF, C

When the Lakers lost Howard to free agency, I said good riddance, bon voyage, and two can play at that game, and several other pearls of wisdom my Grandpa used to say. Because I knew Mitch Kupchak would have the last laugh. And laugh he did, when he signed the other German national basketball star, Chris Kaman. He isn’t exactly athletic, or graceful, or even German, but if you lack depth at the 4/5, he can fill in in a pinch, and he’s only owned in 52% of leagues. He got 10 pts, 8 boards, a steal and 2 blocks in his first game, so suck on that, Dwight!

Lance Stephenson SG

I don’t know what to think here. He put up terrific numbers in his first game against a woeful Magic squad, but 19 points, 2 3pts made, 7 boards, 5 assists and a block is a fantastic statline, especially for a SG. I can’t see this level of production continuing, but maybe keep an eye on him, and ride him while he’s hot.

Xavier Henry SG, SF

I know what you’re about to say: JB has mentioned him already. But where JB goes for style, I give you substance.  With Kobe out, and D’Antoni saying the Mamba is at least 3 weeks away, Xavier should get some burn at the 2 spot. He got 22 points 6 boards, 2 assists, 3 3pts and a steal in 26 minutes of play in his first game. When Bryant comes back, I doubt he’ll have fantasy value, but for now, he’s a better option than an injured Lou Williams, say. Just remember that X is hot, but could cool just as quickly.

 

Sell:

I would show quite the personal bias if I listed any sells of significance here, as I have only seen 2 days worth of NBA games, and nobody should be on the block after 1-2 outings. That said, if you have some of the following players, I would keep a close eye on them, to see how their situations unfold.

Andrea Barngnani PF, C

It seems Bargs has been relegated to the bench, with the artist formerly known as Ron Artest getting the start. Due to an underwhelming pre-season, Andrea has to come earn his minutes. That said, with JR dealing with a suspension for the first 6 games or so, he may play his way back into Coach Woodson’s good books. It would really help his game if he plays the majority of his game with Melo drawing all the defensive attention.

Danilo Gallinari SF

Just for the record, I love Italy and Italians, no bias here. But  Danilo is going to be out until at least Christmas, possibly longer, so it depends on whether you can afford to burn a roster spot for that long.

Nerlens Noel PF, C

Many analysts predicted that this kid had the most upside in the whole draft, but there were injury concerns. And they were right to be worried. He will be out for the season, due to surgery. He is a freak athlete, possibly the best shot blocker in years. He will no doubt be a contributor, perhaps a star, somewhere down the line, but even in a keeper league, is he worth burning a roster spot all season? I would submit that you could drop him now, and pick him up in March or April, and thereby free up a roster spot for the lion’s share of the season.

Ok kids, that’s it for now, I hope you enjoy the games, I for one am really looking forward to the season.

Holla!

From Around The Web

  1. Frank White says:
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    Sup brotha remember me from last year, Frank Lynch… how you been?? I’m in a10 team league categories and I dropped Manu for Patrick Beverley. I read he’s hurt for like 2 weeks now, do you think I should stop him so I can get another guy playing games and actually p putting more numbers on the boards for me or its he a must keep???

    • Frank White says:
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      I meant should I drop him not stop.. lol my bad

  2. Dan A

    Dan A. says:
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    Hey Frankie!

    Glad to see you’re still you’re reading the column! Shows questionable decision making on your part, but I appreciate the support.
    I like Patrick Beverly’s potential, but he’s only currently 25% owned in yahoo leagues, so you could conceivably drop him and hope to nab him again in a week or so . I guess it depends on who your other guards are, and whether you can afford to burn a bench spot holding him for 2 (+?) weeks. You sure got singed last season holding on to D Rose, with no payoff for your efforts.
    The other possibility that could happen is Lin uses the time at point to establish himself, and relegates P Bev to 10-15 minutes off the bench when he gets back, which is hard to get excited about.
    As a stop gap, you could consider picking up Stucky, who will play tonight, and could be the starter while Brandon Knight is injured, he’s only owned in 39% of leagues. Hope that helps.

    • Frank White says:
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      Well I have
      Mike Conley
      Gordan Hayward
      Jeff Teague
      Carmello
      David West
      Paul Pierce
      Paul Millsap
      Mark Gasol
      Tyson Chandler
      Danny Green
      Tristan Thompsan
      Patrick Beverley
      OJ Mayo
      1- How do you feel about my team 2- Should I grab maybe Lance Stephenson for Beverley?? 10 team…

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Frank White: Currently, the 3 guards you have (Conley/Hayward/Teague), are better options than Stephenson. Possibly you could nab him for one of your utility spots, but don’t know where you fit him in. Remember: A buy/sell list is trying to find value for under performing guys or outright duds. Don’t be impatient. Not to call you out, but I believe I read that you dropped MKW for Beverley in your eagerness to upgrade an already good roster. And it’s a very solid lineup, enjoy it.

        • Frank White says:
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          that wasn’t me that dropped him.. I dropped manu

          • Frank White says:
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            oh and yeah I was just wondering if I should grab him for Beverley??… thanks for your help brotha!!

            • Dan A

              Dan A. says:
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              @Frank White:
              Ha! You mean to say that there’s more than one Frank who writes into Razzball?? I’m glad to hear you didn’t drop MKW, at least.
              Sorry, I misunderstood, from the way you phrased your post. I hope your week goes well.

  3. JB says:
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    Would you trade rose for Howard …right now I have McGee at C and Kevin Martin and Eric Gordon on my bench at G position

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @JB: While I’m pretty certain that this isn’t the JB who is the editor in charge of Razzball Basketball, amongst other duties I’m told, I’m going to pretend it is, and tell everyone that JB is already asking me for fantasy advice.

      Seriously, that’s tough. I believe that Rose will come back to be the stat packing MVP phenom that he once was. It depends on whether you’re required to field a PG, or is it just GGFFC, as neither K.M. or E.G. have PG designation. And make no mistake: neither Gordon nor Martin will make up the stats that Rose should put up in 10-12 games and more in the flow.

      That said, Howard was an absolute beast in his first game, (his ft% was atrocious at 25%) and McGee won’t have the same production, clearly. So if you don’t need to put in a PG, I would do the deal. But be a big boy; don’t blame me for the buyers remorse you may experience if Rose kills it once he comes around.

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Dan A.: Depends on your league, but straight up, I’d move Rose for Howard right now if it helps you out position wise. Javale McGee sucks. If he was good, he’d be putting up better numbers and not playing 13 minutes a game. He’s a poor man’s DeAndre Jordan and that’s being kind. Much like skinny girls, guards in fantasy basketball come a dime a dozen at certain point. Kevin Martin or Eric Gordon + Dwight Howard will score more FBL points than Rose and McGee all day, every day.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Peter Nincompoop: I did say that I would do the trade, if the there isn’t a PG designation, because while 2 guards are easier to find, good production is not. and quality PG’s are hard to find, C’s are certainly easier in that regard.
          I agree that Javale Is sucking so far, but to judge anyone, 1-2 games in is premature. And DeAndre Jordan in 2 games has been otherworldly, which we know is likely not to continue. I’m not advocating for McGee, I don’t own him, but he has a new coach, new system, and you just don’t know what he is yet. We do know he’ll never be Dwight, but he could get more blocks, steals, and shoot a higher FT%.
          The real question is what you think Rose will become. Everyone knows that Dwight is probably the best C in the league, but not in FBL leagues. Look at any fantasy ranking, and Rose comes before Dwight always.
          Wow, re-reading this, it sounds pretty defensive. I’m just saying that it’s not a slam dunk trade, IMO.

  4. Zebo says:
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    is Faverini worth the pickup? Drop AK47 for him?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Zebo: Looks like Faverini is the frontcourt guy to have in Boston right now. Had a great night tonight (i.e., 12pts, 18rb, 6blk’s) and I don’t see Olynyk or Sullinger stealing minutes from him anytime soon. I wouldn’t call it a “coming out party” as of yet, but if he keeps up a respectable stat line going forward, you’ll be in good shape if you already have him. If he’s still on waivers, he’s a must add right now.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Zebo: Faverini had a great pre-season, and it has carried over in 1 of his 2 games so far. A classic good stat guy on a bad team, he’s a guy you ride.
      AK has injury concerns, and will be playing behind Pierce, so minutes may be limited. But he has potential that is monstrous.
      I like Vitor, and this is the classic cop out, but I was going to write about him in this column, but he had just an average game against the Raptors in his first game, (13 pts, 3 boards and 3 blocks) and I was scared off. And then he goes and does something like last game, which was inspired. So which player will you get?
      All that said, I think for the time being, he’s a more dependable start than AK47, he got limited minutes and stats last game,so yes, I would drop him for Faverani.

  5. Pavel says:
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    Aye, I need some help. My team has been ok, but not dominant in any categories. I’m wondering if I should make some moves, and if so, what kind of trades should I be going for:
    Deep , 14 teamer (h2h, standard cats)

    PG: J. Wall, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly
    SG: Paul George, Waiters, KCP
    SF: Korver, Demarre Carrol
    PF: Ibaka, Nowizki, Henson
    C: Mcgee, R. Lopez

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Pavel: First things first: Check the waiver for free upgrades. I would say that, for now, Vitor Fav would be an upgrade on Robin Lopez, if he’s still available, for example. Stucky may be around as well, who should get more play than KCP for now.
      Wall, George, Nowizki and Ibaka are the guys with the most value, but in a diluted deep league, you would have to get equal value to move them, you will not find that caliber of player on waiver, barring a Harris type late season breakout. Look for a 2 starter for 1 trade, if you make a move.

      • Pavel says:
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        @Dan A.: Thanks dan. That’s been the problem. none of those guys are available and I’m trying to inquire from an expert like you what kind of 2-1 trades you would do. I’m thinking of moving p.george + 1 and try to get someone back. Or try to get nowitzki+1 for another upgrade (i’m trying in the ball park of durant, lebron etc.) What would you do?

        Thanks so much btw. love razzball. use it for basketball and football.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Pavel: If I owned KD, or James, I don’t think I would give him up for anything, but maybe the guys in your league would. You would have to offer like a Nowitzki and George, and hope.
          Try not to Trade Wall or George unless it’s a stellar deal.
          As to the trade, see if you could get, say Anthony Davis or Kevin Love for Nowitzki and Waiters, or possibly put in a pick, if this is a repeating le feefvhhgyr6utiague.
          Also, see if the owner of Westbrook/Kobe in your league is impatient, you may get a nibble there, offer Ibaka, Waiters or Nowitzki, then hope you can compete until they come back, as they will be dominant once they get their legs back. good Luck!

          • Pavel says:
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            @Dan A.: I didn’t even have to hope. Ive just been offered KD for my George and Nowitzki. Do you do it? Especially since the free agent list is kind of bare and my team lacks depth

            • Dan A

              Dan A. says:
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              @Pavel: Paul George and Nowitzki for KD? I would do it. Paul George is no slouch, and Nowitzki is still an Alpha-dog player, but KD is the first overall player in Fantasy. In most fantasy leagues, if you offered the first overall pick for my mid-round first rounder and a fourth rounder, I’d wonder if you hit your head, but I’d take it, every time. So go grab the first overall, son! And pay close attention to the waiver, as you will now have a roster spot.

  6. John says:
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    I’m looking to trade one of my forwards for assists. Who should I ditch first? Tobias Harris, Ersan Ilyasova or Chandler Parsons? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @John: If you could get something like Jose Calderon, a dime machine, for Chandler Parsons, you will have impacted your existing lineup the least, IMO. But to clarify, I would trade Chandler first, then Ilyasova and Harris being a 2A/2B scenario. Good luck.

      • John says:
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        @Dan A.: Jose Calderon is struggling right now. I hope he find his niche! Thanks!

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @John: You’re right, but he’s still dropping high digit dimes, he was close to a double double last year with points and dimes, which is what you were going for, assists. And he has historically shot a crazy high FT and 3pt percentage, so now is the time to buy low.
          I do want to amend my list, however. You were the one to point out to me the breaking news about Harris, which I had yet to read when I replied to you originally, I may have to put him ahead of Parsons. Ilyasova is also injured, but playing already, albeit poorly, so I hope that he will round into form soon.

  7. Zebo says:
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    Hi guys,

    Do I pick up Miles Plumlee or Faverani?

    • Pavel says:
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      @Zebo: both

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Zebo: It’s like my gramma used to say: you have a positive problem, both are good, with Plumlee getting the slight edge, IMO. While I hope it’s not the case, be prepared to drop these guys if/when they slump, as 2 games isn’t exactly a large sample size.

  8. Copper says:
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    What about Plumlee? Can he keep this up? Is he worth dropping someone like Garnett for?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Copper: Plumlee is a sophomore NBAer, having been drafted last year, but he never played one game last year in the bigs, so until Gortat was traded, he was a d-league/practice dude. Anything is possible, but smart money is no, he can’t keep up this rate, and will hit a “rookie” wall sometime. But hopefully not in the next 20-30 games.
      Big Ticket is a top 50 player of all time, I have mad respect for him, but he’s old, and not the player he once was. And what, the 4th, 5th option on that squad? he’ll get a few points, boards, and a swat/steal here and there, but Plumlee has put up more stats in 2 games than KG will in 5, if you assume similar production from KG’s numbers so far. And they will manage his minutes. But why not try to trade him to some dude who remembers the once great “anything is possible!!!” champ? you might get a bite.

      • Copper says:
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        @Dan A.: thanks for the advice.!!

  9. zshaft says:
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    With IT2 dominating in SAC, is it worth still holding on to Vasquez? Derozan, Korver, Stephenson and Reggie Jackson are all still available. 8 cat h2h. Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @zshaft: Like I said to your other email, stop typing us and Get DD!! I’m amazed that cat is still unclaimed in your league.

  10. John says:
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    Is weeks away means 1 to 1.5 months away? I want to hold Tobias right there. I think he’s potential is very high. But most of my big men are limping with ankle injuries (Tobias, Al Jeff and Ilyasova). Do you think its okay to move Big Al and Tobias/Ilyasova for Anthony Davis? Who should I pick up? Lance Stephenson, Italian Celtic, Spencer Hawes or Miles Plumlee? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @John: I’m also bummed about Harris’ bum ankle. I made a point to grab him in my leagues, and this new info sucks for fantasy team owners. High ankle sprains can sometimes take months, and there is nothing else that helps it but time to heal, so it could be 6-4 weeks, yes. Or as soon as 2-3, but that sounds unlikely at this point.
      If you could trade Al Jeff and Ilyasova for AD, don’t hesitate, do it. Ilyasova started slow last season as well, and may take time to heal, he missed all of training camp on a team in flux. And I like Ersan’s upside a lot, but I doubt it will show up until the second half of the season.
      Then, if you manage to scoop up Hawes, Plumlee or Faverani, you will definitely have upgraded.

  11. zshaft says:
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    Hi guys,

    Vasquez- with Isaiah Thomas killing it in Sacramento, is it worth cutting my losses on him and picking up Lance Stephenson, Demar Derozan, korver, Reggie Jackson? Also interesting is that Vito Faverani is still available too. My current SGs are Felton and Burks. What do I do? Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @zshaft: Best long term option by far in that mix is Derosan. Frankly, I’m amazed he’s still available. Nab him for sure over Vasquez.

  12. Paul says:
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    So the genius that I am, I drafted both Brandon Knight and Wilson Chandler. Drop one and pick up Mario Chalmers?

    We’re in a 10-team league so there’s some good waiver fodder. First season doing bball (the other bball is how i normally roll).

    My other PGs are Rubio and Teague, and we do PG, G, SF, F, PF, C, 3 Util, 4 BN.

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Paul: Hold onto Knight, he’s back any day. and Chandler, if he’s not killing you by burning a roster spot, I would hold onto. He will be a valuable player, and someone else will likely snap him up off the waiver if you drop him.

  13. mike says:
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    Drop Gerald Henderson for Faverini in H2H? Seems like I overdrafted Henderson partly based on ranking and he has more of a Roto game. Other options to drop are: Garnett, IT2, MKG, Jamal Crawford.

    • mike says:
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      @mike:

      Btw, would be interested to know if the reason Henderson was ranked top 100 is because he has breakout potential or because of his demonstrated sneaky/boring/good Roto line a la Shane Battier. I figure it was the latter but I would like to know if there is word going around about the former that I haven’t heard.

      • mike says:
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        @mike:

        Hmm looking back at Razzball top 200, I see Henderson was considered a sleeper with bustout potential and looking at his stats I see why. But he is sucking a whole lot of you know what so far, and the projected Faverani line is not mind-blowing. Is there reliable information suggesting that Faverani might have a really high ceiling?

        • Dan A

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          @mike: Gerald Henderson is a disappointment so far, without a doubt. I have never really liked him either (a shooting guard that can’t hit 3Pt?) He does have an exciting (on paper) young up-and-coming team surrounding him, but I still don’t feel it. But much smarter people than I are constantly ranking him around the Demar Derosan area,whom I like MUCH more than GH, and point out, accurately, that Henderson starts slow, and kills it second half. So there. I have cleared nothing up for you. If it helps, I would not drop him for Fav. And don’t drop IT2 for anything currently on the waiver. Maybe Crawford for Vitor, although J Craw played well last night, but his minutes have dropped under Doc’s new leadership. Hope that helps.

          • mike says:
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            @Dan A.:

            It does help, at least in terms of my peace of mind knowing that the players I currently have are not panic-worthy just yet. That feel I’m sure you know when you see a free agent you like and you just feel like “I’ve got to drop SOMEONE for him” even when you like everyone on your team. I’m going to wait and see a day or two more, and if it means I miss out on a big breakout from Faverani then I’ll just have to keep reading Razzball to make sure I get the next breakout guy :)

  14. Don O. says:
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    Currently holding Anthony Bennett as the last man on my bench at $8 ($200 budget), but my overall keeper situation is solid so I don’t necessarily need to stash him as a lottery ticket and the early returns are pretty abysmal. In this situation is it worth dropping him for a KCP, Marcus Thornton, or Ray Allen?

    I’d love to add Faverani, but I’m already capped out at C and while I’d prefer to add blocks over 3s there aren’t really any PFs that fit the bill. My heart says Allen (though I’m a lifelong UConn fan so there’s bias there), but he’s ancient and my gut is saying I should probably avoid him. Thoughts?

    • Dan A

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      @Don O.: So Bennett was a safe , dependable pick in a weak draft for the cavs. He will be brought along slowly, and won’t produce dependably, just in flashes, which is a heart attack for fantasy. I personally feel that, for the time being short term, Battier may be the better 3pt option. Allen long term. Now listen up: This is totally a gut feel, as I suspect they will rest the key role players early, but what the fudge do I know? That’s a classic ” homeboy knows a little, thinks he’s clever, but ain’t” shot in the dark. The reality is, it’s 5 days into the season. Bennett may not be the answer, but he may show enough to trade for value in 20-40 games. There are 79 left, after all. But if you want to ditch, I would never say no to Allen for the last guy on the bench, if you say that’s the best option.

  15. Jason says:
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    You like Nicholson over Faverani? I need some boards and threes. I just dropped Harris for f. Garcia.
    I’m pretty new to fantasy basketball so ill probably be asking a bunch newbie questions over the season.
    Thanks for the help.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jason: I like Fav better as an overall stat producer, but don’t expect 3s. And Nicholson will shoot the odd 3, but not an outside shooter, more of a midrange guy. Boards and 3s, a rare combination, which is why Love is so valued. But Vitor will have the starting job all year, so go with him.

      • Dan A

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        @Dan A.: forgot to mention, in the rare chance Spencer Hawes is available in your league waiver, grab him!!

  16. John says:
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    All of my bench are injured. Kobe, Westbrook, Tobias Harris, Al Jeff and Jennings. But I read good news on all the 3 guards. I’m looking to ditch Tobias, Ilyasova and Al Jeff. Do you think it is wise to move them early this season? Is Jonas V. for real? He still sucks in fantasy. Danny Green, Reggie Jackson, McLemore, McGee are already dropped. Should I start adding one of them? Thanks.

    • Dan A

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      @John: I really believe in JV. DON”T drop the kid after 3 games! He may still take a while to round out, but he is a fantastic talent. I know everyone is ripping Javale, but I would scoop him off the waiver if you’re itching to make a move, I just don’t want to recommend someone to drop, because he will likely take a while to show return. But, for the record, trades can be done anytime, but watershed trades where you’re essentially dropping under performing higher ranked players, or dropping players outright, this early in the season, you will almost always regret.
      Ilyasova is playing hurt, and will improve his play in short order, I believe. Tobias is weeks away, a trade involving he and Al Jeff may be the best option in a list of bad choices. Good luck!

  17. Shawn says:
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    Trade advice please:

    I grabbed Vitor off FA in a 12 team league. I have an offer from another manager for JaVale McGee straight up. Thoughts??

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Shawn: I would hold Votor for now.

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Dan A.: “Vitor”. Sorry.

  18. AdamH says:
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    10 team keeper league, I was offered:

    KD, Tony Parker, faried, and a scrub (would stream with last slot)

    For my: harden, Rubio, pekovic, and Amir Johnson

    Worth considering at all? Or too much even for Durant?

    • Dan A

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      @AdamH: That’s a lot, yes, but I would do it. To be honest, the first three from each side match up pretty evenly, they all have similar stats. I like Amir a lot, but you gotta give to get. If it were me, I’d probably do it. But if you decide to stand pat, you’re in fine shape. Like Bryan Adams always says: Listen to your heart.

  19. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey guys,

    12 team, 9 cat, H2H. I’m pretty even in all cats, nothing too strong, nothing too weak. Brendan Knight and Nicholson are available on waivers. The way I see it, I could part ways with the following players…Waiters, Nate Robinson, MKG, Harkless, Bogut. What say you kind sirs?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Dan A

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      @miles proudfoot: I would nab B Knight for Nate. Knight will be the starter once he comes back.

  20. E says:
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    10T keeper H2H 9 cat FTM instead of FT%, 2 weekly moves:
    How much out of $50 for these:
    D. Jordan
    L. Stephenson
    A. Burks
    S. Hawes

    Guys I may drop:
    Crawford, Beverly, Garnett

  21. Dan A

    Dan A. says:
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    I would go for Hawes and drop Crawford. I hate predicting $ waiver, but as much as you’re willing to give. Hawes has been absolutely stellar. If it were me, I might blow it all on Hawes to ensure I get him. Check his stats, they’re ridiculous, he’s a must start.

  22. Josh says:
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    Currently trying cash in on plumlee and package him with another player to upgrade the sg/sf position. I was thinking pierce and plumlee for hayward.

    Also someone dropped Korver for Zaza and I might be able to nab him off waivers. Should I drop burks or Kaman?

    12T H2H 9cat
    Pg – Wall, Conley , Teague, Beverly
    Sg- Stevenson, Burks
    Sf- Iguodala, Pierce
    Pf- Love, Plumlee, Kaman
    C – Hibbert, Valinciunas

    • Dan A

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      @Josh: If you need 3pts, Korver is the best in the biz. he will often only get 9-14 points though, still getting you 3 treys, but not high point total, game in game out. Burks is off to a great start, I’d keep him, Kaman is the dude to drop, IMO.

  23. AC says:
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    For whatever reason, Chandler Parsons has suddenly become available on the waiver wire starting tomorrow. Is it worth dropping Rondo for him given the uncertainty on the timetable of his return?

    For context here’s my whole team (I’m in a 10 team head-to-head league). I was weak on dimes and steals in Week 1, and I’m still trying to find some balance:

    -Damien Lillard
    -Eric Bledsoe
    -Jrue Holiday
    -J.R. Smith (suspended)
    -Joe Johnson
    -Rajon Rondo
    -Carmelo Anthony
    -David Lee
    -Marc Gasol
    -DeAndre Jordan
    -Carlos Boozer
    -Vito Faverani
    -Miles Plumlee

    Thanks!

    • AC says:
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      @AC: I’m also weak on 3’s but I figure that should pick up a bit once J.R. comes back from his suspension.

      Does anyone else seem like a decent option to drop?

      • mike says:
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        @AC:

        I don’t know how deep your league is, but those are all great players! Maybe drop Faverani or Plumlee or Rondo for Parsons if you want more of a sure thing, but it looks like you had a really good draft and maybe this is an itch you shouldn’t scratch.

  24. Craig says:
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    in a 12 Team H2H 9 cat league and my friends offering Omer Asik for Harrison Barnes. I definitely need rebounds since my wing players have been outrebounding Ibaka, McGee, and Sanders. But with Dwight there idk about Asik’s value.

    Who has more upside? Asik or Barnes?

    • Dan A

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      @Craig: Asik behind Howard, or Barnes behind Iggy? I would say Asik gets the slight edge as the back up I’d want.

  25. lil says:
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    i know you don’t like him but do you think klay thompson will develop into a double double threat like david lee? list a few who would you pick over him

    read yr comparison to bledsore, do you still think monta ellis will mesh w. calderon?

    thanks

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      Dan A. says:
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      @lil: If I have ever said that I don’t like Klay Thompson, which I don’t believe I ever have, let me clarify: I have no issue whatsoever with Klay. You may be under the impression that I wrote the Razzball player ranking, but, sadly, I did not. He is a great scorer, hits with accuracy from deep, and should be owned in every league. That said, thinking a 2 guard will become a double double threat because he got 8 boards last night, is not ever going to happen. Historically, he has not rebounded well, or distributed well. As a shooting guard, he shoots. And be happy with that. It affects many categories.
      As to your Ellis/Calderon question, I think Calderon can pass to anyone. Based on passing alone, he is among the best in the league, as well as his Free Throws, 3Pt and spot shooting is also outstanding. He is a old school point guard, who always looks for his teammates first before his own. What keeps Jose from being elite, is his pedestrian penetration ability and sub par defence, as well as not shooting more, IMO. In terms of Ellis, it should come around, and if in the unlikely event that it doesn’t, it will be because of Ellis, not Jose.

  26. A.J says:
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    What’s your opinion on trading Kyrie and Klay to get Rose and Kobe? High risk, high reward right? Or just plain stupid. Thanks for everything guys!

    • mike says:
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      @A.J:

      It’s certainly an exciting move and I would say it depends on whether you care about every gradation in your league or whether you’re in a “1st place or who cares?” mindset. That’s a trade that could make your team dominant or dismal depending on those players’ recoveries.

  27. Dan A

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    As you already know, this is extremely high risk, high reward.
    But not stupid.
    Rose and Kobe have higher ceilings for production, but could very possibly not return to their former lofty positions. Are you risk tolerant, or risk aversive? I have high hopes for Kobe, I’ve stashed him on one of my teams. Since it isn’t my team, I say go for it!

  28. Murf says:
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    I’m a new comer to fantasy hoops long time nba fan and I pretty much drafted players I knew have you any advice my team is lillard, Westbrook, harden, iggy, west, Davis, Noah, kg, illyasova and iv picked up faverini, ariza and plumee. Are my big men too weak should I trade a gaurd? My league is 9 teams and we trade a lot. Thanks for any help

    • Dan A

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      @Murf: I wouldn’t change a thing at the moment. I would keep a close eye on KG, as he’s old, on an old team of stars, I don’t know how long he can be fantasy relevant. Or, more accurately, more fantasy relevant than the next hot player off the waiver. Ilyasova is no doubt underproducing, but I wouldn’t trade/cut him just yet, he has proven to be a high producer across the fantasy stats.
      If Faverini and Plumlee keep it up for now, you will have a dominant 4 bigs. Which is more than most teams can boast.

      • murf says:
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        @Dan A.: great thanks a million for the advice

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @murf: We aim to please. Keep reading for more pick-up advice! Basketball players, not Chicks. Wait, whut?

  29. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on dropping Jarrett Jack for Nicholson or Ginobili, also thinking about offering up Tony Parker and Duncan for Kobe and Wall, which side you prefer, thanks

    • Dan A

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      @AJ: Sorry, I was travelling yesterday. JJ for Andrew, I think, while he is still putting up solid numbers. But keep an eye on his production, he is the type of player you ride while hot, and drop when he cools off.

      If you can get Wall and Kobe, I like it. We are both banking on Bryant being the dominant player he always has been, obviously.

      Good luck!

  30. Scrappy says:
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    continue walking with your gangsta limp? Classic!

  31. John says:
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    My team is struggling in 3PM and blocks and I’m slightly getting down in turns too since Westbrook and Jenning’s return. I have Ellis-Parsons and I’m looking to swap them for Wade-Leonard. Will it be a good deal for me? How’s Wade’s health? Is trading my Love for Anthony Davis also a good move? Thanks.

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