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Never mind that the news of Andray Blatche being out for about a month brought me more joy than sadness (schadenfreude, snitches!). Also, forget that never has a surname expressed so completely my negative feelings toward a person. Skip all that noise, jack. We’re looking at the fix for what ails Blatche owners (besides hard liquor that drinkers can’t see through). Salvation, thy name is Trevor Booker. I really want to tell you that we’re in for 3-5 weeks of Jan Vesely kicking bootay, but he’s just too green. Last night, despite starting, J.V. (appropriately initialed!) had as many fouls as rebounds (3). Meanwhile, Trevor booked 14/9/2, with 3 stl and 2 blk on 7-for-9 (.777) shooting. He may average that many shots from night-to-night in the next few weeks, but he’ll probably make somewhere around four or five of them. That’s the bad news. The good news is the steals and blocks are legit. He’ll be a nice little pickup for anyone who picks ‘im up. Keep this party rolling with more fantasy basketball junk below.

Richard Hamilton – Re-injured his groin after bumping up against Miami on Sunday. Rip clearly did not understand his doctor’s orders when they told him to apply some heat to the injured area. Speaking of pains in the groin, Ronnie Brewer, despite going 2-for-10 last night, still demands your utmost attention.

Kyle Korver – 17/5/3, with 5 3ptm in place of the Hamilton’s injured groin. Or maybe it was Deng’s injured wrist. No, I think it was Hamilton’s groin. Either way, Brewer is your best Bulls’ vulture, then Korver. Either way2: A Bullvulture is the coolest of all creatures. #SuckItLiger

Jason Richardson – Richardson’s knee is still a little too weak to handle a back-to-back, so he sat out last night. “Hooray!” – anyone who owns Richardson’s .414./571/10 pts/3 rbd/2 ast – season disaster. J.J. Redick got the start in Richardson’s place and ended with a modest 10/5/2, which, frankly, is probably better than Richardson woulda had did.

Ryan Anderson – Why hello there, Ryan Anderson. You appear to have gone cold from the arc. There’s no excuse for that. Now, you’ll excuse me as I take a big swig of chocolate milk while you explain why I should be cool with you missing so many damn threes. / Ryan Anderson tells Adam that he grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, Adam spits chocolate milk all over Ryan Anderson, Adam runs away from Ryan Anderson. 

Hedo Turkoglu – Shot just 1-for-9 last night and 11-for-39 in his last five. Turk go ewww.

Tony Battie – 9/8 in 17 rip-roarin’ minutes. Please don’t make me get into why you should ignore this performance. (Hint: 8/15 combined in his last five.)

Stephen Jackson – Rumored to be trade bait for New Jersey to get Dwight Howard. I’m assuming this is a rumor because never have I heard a player say, “I’d be happy to play for a terrible team, if only a selfish ball vacuum with a penchant for fouling and taking himself out of games could somehow accompany me.” Anyway, Jax is an obvious bench/drop/trade depending on your league’s depth/stupidity.

Mike Dunleavy – Dropped 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He’s dropped at least 17 in three of his last four. Re-read the blurb above this one if you need a reminder as to why Mike D could spend a little time being a beasting boy.

Greivis Vasquez – Who do I call about creating a hybrid of Vasquez and Gustavo Ayon? The hybrid would have had 19/5/4, with 2 stl and a block last night and we would call it Greivo Vayon. And I would love him.

Chris Bosh – 12/3/0. It was a “Wade Night.” Lord help the NBA if Wade and Bosh ever figure out how to be “on” in the same game.

Michael Beasley – After double-doubling Sunday, Beasley went unconscious for 34 points last night. He sank all 12 of his free throws and missed only four of his 14 shots. If he was dropped, your next move should … ahem … B.Easy. Also, Wes Johnson ended with 4/3 and 6 tov. So that’s where that’s at.

Luis Scola – 8/1/3, in 20 minutes. The oddest thing about Scola’s weak season is that the  Rocket starting power forward is being coached by one of the game’s all-time best power forwards. This goes a long way in proving something I’ve suspected for years: Kevin McHale will not have his legacy tarnished! Look at the damage he tried to inflict on Kevin Love in his first two seasons?

Gary Neal – 0/3/1. So to heck with Sunday’s breakthrough.

O.J. Mayo – Took over for a cold Rudy Gay and ended with 17/3/2 in 17 minutes. It was his fourth game of the season with 17+ points. He had five such games after his 20th contest last season. Jrue story.

Derrick Favors – Eight points on .400 shooting. Not turrible, but not adurrable either, especially on the heels of the expectation that follows a youngster getting starter’s minutes. 8/6/1, with a steal won’t be his best game while Al Jefferson is out, but it won’t be his worst, either.

Paul Millsap – 19/15, with 2 blk … Meanwhile, on the other side of the block … Expect more of this while Jefferson is out.

Wes Matthews – Shot 3-for-12 (0-for-5 from the arc) and ended with six points. This is the danger of rostering a guy who offers nothing other than his shot. Because if his shot is off, he just offers nothing.

Nicolas Batum – Played strong (15/3/2, with a steal, block and four threes) until he compacted his leg into his knee and went down like … like … well, like Greg Oden. I’m not saying. I’m just saying. If somehow Jamal Crawford or Gerald Wallace are still available … then you probably don’t need my help because you’re in a league with you sister and your 5-year-old cousin.

Delonte West – Misirlou dropped five threes on his way to 25/3/6. That might be curtains for Roddy Beaubois.

Dirk Nowitzki – I know he’s getting older, but dude went 10/4/4 last night and looks like he’s aging in dog years. Thank Christ he didn’t win a championship in his third season. He would have crumbled in his early 20’s. I refuse to believe this is how Dirk’s season will go. Buy low.

Steve Nash – Speaking of Dirk’s early years … Steve Nash sat out of this one with a contused thigh, which is better than an oozed thigh, which is extremely less palatable to talk about. Ronnie Price started, but he only played half the game and ended with 2/1/5. Sebastian Telfair played two fewer minutes and ended with 13/1/6. He’s the grab. But Nash isn’t likely to miss more than one other game.

Blake Griffin – Played sparingly last night. Might be injured. Might have been forgotten. One never knows with Vinny Del Negro.

  1. JT says:
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    I’ve grabbed Jared Dudley and Jerryd* Bayless in the last 2 days in my dynasty. Now, Jamal Crawford is sitting there and my five year old cousin is offended. Does Crawford trump one of my current 2?

    *How hilarious is it that I initially misspelled Jerryd, and it was the D! The D! Erry, piece of cake, but let be put a b at the end. Pathetic.

  2. Tony says:
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    i watched dirk on sunday his first game back since his “conditioning” hiatus…. he looks terrible, he’s running like an 80 yr old crotchety grandma, he might be a little better this year, MAYBE, but I think that turkeys about cooked. Dudes getting old.

  3. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @JT: Ha! I’d prefer Crawford over Dudley, but not by much. It kind of depends on who you’re already rostering, what stats you need and how voracious your 5-year-old cousin is on the FA pool.

    @JT: Also, “D, motherf—er! D!” – Radio Rahim

    @Tony: I agree. His decline is just so damn staggering. I expected the drop to be something one could ski off of, not bungee jump off of.

  4. JT says:
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    RIP, Rahim.

    If I could snag Boozer for DJA/Felton, should I? I could take Crawford or Booker or another decent-ish player from FA.

  5. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    10-team, standard 9-cat H2H non-keeper

    Would you offer A’mare or Bosh for Dirk? I’d probably have to add someone to the Bosh side

    PG- Rose
    SG- DeRozan
    G- Holiday
    SF- Granger
    PF- A’mare
    F- Bosh
    C- Hibbert
    Util- Ibaka
    Util- Ariza
    Bench- Shumpert, Mar$han Brooks, Beaubois, Bayless, Drew Gooden, Manu

  6. GoHawks! says:
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    Love the blog, looking to sell high on Ryan Anderson before the Dwight trade: Should I push more for going after Joe Johnson or Granger? Both could be hard sells, but I want to make sure I am getting the better return. Thinkin’ Ryan will drop off some without that inside presence Dwight commands.

  7. Zebo says:
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    @Adam: I think Roddy got rested and D. West played a lot because Dallas was in a blow out victory. I have faith in Roddy.

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Give McGee, get Boozer? I don’t really like it on its face, but I have a glut of Cs (DeAndre Jordan would slide into my starting lineup) and desperately need a F. Boozer does have a little added value in this league because a) it’s H2H points and dbl-dbls get a nice boost, and b) the playoffs track the NBA playoffs, so having Bulls on your team is better than having Wizards.

    Also, drop Parsons for Booker?

  9. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @JT: Absolutely. Yes.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: I wouldn’t. I’d buy Dirk at a discount, but Bosh+1 or Amar’e aren’t discounted enough.

    @GoHawks!: I’d push for Granger between the two. that said, I don’t see Dwight as being the biggest part of Anderson’s success and don’t anticipate a huge falloff (if any) from Anderson this season. Next season is when I see his falloff.

    @Zebo: Truthfully, I hope RoboBobo turns it on. I really like his game and feared he’d lost his speed after his injury. It doesn’t appear he has and I have no love for any of the other Mavs guards.

    @Steve Stevenson: So right now DeAndre Jordan is sitting on your bench? I mean, I also don’t like JaVale for Boozer on its face, but if the choice is JaVale and a PF significantly worse then Boozer versus Jordan and Boozer, I’d go with the latter. Also, yes. Grab Booker.

  10. RL says:
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    I’m looking for a short-term FA pickup and I’m hurting for threes. Korver or Fredette?

  11. Zebo says:
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    @Everyone: Marion, Parsons or Booker? Please rank, for the next month, and for the season. Thanks.

  12. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    10-team, standard 9-cat H2H non-keeper

    Drop Beaubois for Booker?

    PG- Rose
    SG- DeRozan
    G- Holiday
    SF- Granger
    PF- A’mare
    F- Bosh
    C- Hibbert
    Util- Ibaka
    Util- Ariza
    Bench- Shumpert, Mar$han Brooks, Beaubois, Bayless, Drew Gooden, Manu

  13. Ryan says:
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    Iggy or J-Smoove? Who would you rather have in a h2h keeper league?

  14. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    What do you think of turkoglu recently? Slumping or just finally coming down after a good start?

    Dorell Wright is in the waiver, should I drop turk and pick him up or stick it out with turk?

    Thanks!

  15. Cory says:
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    I just got offered David Lee for my Ryan Anderson. I’m last in the league in FG%, first in 3PTS, and hovering in the middle with rebounds. This is overall good for me, right?

  16. theguarantee says:
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    We only have three bench spots in my league. I was forced to drop Brook Lopez before the season. Sitting in first place I decided to re-add him figuring I had the flexibility to do so. Now with Jefferson on a gimpy ankle I fear I have to re-drop Brook. Which of these options do you like best:

    Splitter
    Camby
    Ed Davis
    Speights

  17. Cat Daddy says:
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    Yo Adam, would u drop j rich for Vince Carter? Both are kind of old balls, but j rich has been killing me and Vince has put up good numbers the last few games…

  18. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @RL: Korver while both Luol and Rip are out.

    @Zebo: Marion, Booker, Parsons (month). Marion, Parsons, Booker (season’s end)

    @Sarah Palin Rice: Nah. You don’t need Booker as much as you could use Beaubois.

    @Ryan: Smith.

    @Jeff: Turk’s slumping now, but he was playing a little above his head before then. I’d stick with Turk. We’re almost a third of the way through the season and I’d rather have a guy who’s shown me something than a guy who hasn’t.

    @Cory: Yup.

    @theguarantee: Camby, then Splitter.

    @Cat Daddy: Yeah. That sounds like a (minor) improvement.

  19. Ryan says:
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    I’m In a 14 H2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway I was offered KG, Harrington, and a 1st round pick in next years keeper draft for either McGee or Amare and Odom. FYI it should be a top 3 pick since the team immtrafing with is really awful this year. Anyway should I consider this deal. Team is below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util rodrigue beaubois
    util evan turner
    bn Lamar odom
    bn bryon mullins
    bn jarryd bayless

  20. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: Ryno, you might be in the most trade-crazy league I’ve ever known. It’s like the tommy gun of fantasy basketball leagues. Anyway, I wouldn’t consider it unless a) KG or Al have center eligibility and/or b) you;re more interested in building for 2013 than this season.

  21. Ryan says:
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    Yea lol everybody in my league wants to trade. Anyway both kg and Harrington have C eligibility. Also I am looking towards next year because I need to get some value for my extra keeper worthy player. I have 6 keeper worthy players to choose from and would hate to send one of them back into the draft. Also I’m in 1st place if it makes a difference. Oh what to do lol?

  22. Mr. Snrub says:
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    So, I just got offered Milisap for Crawford (pfftch!). Assuming the trade doesn’t get vetoed, I’ll have Lou Williams, Rubio, Harden, and Evans as my only guards + Lebron. That seems a bit shallow to me, so I’m contemplating offered my newly acquired Milisap + Harden for Monta. Too much to give up?

  23. Benny says:
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    Should I just drop Rip with the news today that he’ll “sit awhile”.

  24. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: Under those circumstances then, I’d go ahead and deal McGee and Odom.

    @Mr. Snrub: Now, yeah. When Jefferson returns? Less so.

    @Benny: He’s pretty dispensable. If it were someone like Joe Johnson or something, I’d tell you to hang onto him. But if you grabbed Korver or Brewer from the FA pool, are you really that much worse off than hanging on to a busted Rip? No. Matter fact, you’re probably a great deal better off.

  25. Ryan says:
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    Cool thanks. You think I can maintain a top the standings after this trade?

  26. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: Oh, God no. You’d be toast.

    … KIDDING! You’ll take a hit in blocks, but that’s likely it. Especially if you bump Morris and move KG into that spot.

  27. Mr. Duck Fat says:
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    Would you sell high on Ryan Anderson? I just have a feeling that the bottom has to drop out eventually. Also, when Dwight gets traded could it possibly weaken Aderson’s value? For example, Dwight to LA for Pau and Bynum pushing Aderson to the bench.

  28. blaster says:
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    Would you dump Blatche for Demar Derozan or Drew Gooden?
    It’s an 8 team H2H league. My categories have been fine up to this point, I’m just concerned that it may not be worth the wait for Blatche to come back in 3 to 5 weeks.

  29. Lance says:
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    Frye, Blair or Hayes ROS? Thanks.

  30. Fitz says:
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    Is Noah/David West too much to give up for Dirk?

  31. B.o.B. says:
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    I know Bargnani’s currently injured but I was just offered him for Tyreke Evans. Bargnani’s having a monster season when healthy and Tyreke is so hot and cold. Is this trade worth doing despite the injury concerns?

  32. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Mr. Duck Fat: I kind of have that feeling, too. But without knowing an actual deal, speculating won’t do much good. Yeah, if Pau and Bynum become Memebers of the Magic, that’ll be bad for Anderson. But if, say, Brook Lopez becomes a member of the Magic, that might be good for Anderson.

    @blaster: For Drew, yeah. I might consider that even if Blatche were healthy.

    @Lance: Ugh. Blair, Frye, Hayes is my guess.

    @Fitz: Yeah. Noah+West will earn better totals than Dirk by season’s end. So unless you’re trying to make way for a guy on your bench who is really coming on strong, I’d skip it.

    @B.o.B.: Nah, I’d prefer a hot and cold Evans (who is currently very hot) to a Bargnani who goes from hot to hurt.

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