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Outside the NBA Lockout disappearing 16 games and the remaining 66 games being stacked on top of one another as efficiently as a Hell’s Kitchen slum, Ricky Rubio‘s injury strikes me as the saddest turn of the season. Just as the Thunder went from terrible to terrific in three seasons, it appears the same thing is happening in Minnesota. The Spaniard’s torn ACL stunts all that. I was also hoping some of the media would return its fickle eye to Rubio now that the insanity surrounding Jeremy Lin (I refuse to use the pun) is dying down. Is it dying down? Isn’t it? In a way Lin has overshadowed rookies like Kyrie Irving and Rubio as much as Rubio has overshadowed Luke Ridnour. I’m not going to convince you that Ridnour is going to pull your fantasy team out of the dregs, but he’s easily the biggest add from the weekend and at 13/3/5 per game it needed to be said. RIP Rubio 2012. PICK Ridnour 2012. Below are less depressing fantasy blurbs from Sunday.

Jrue Holiday – Fantasy ‘perts spent the weekend claiming Holiday owners should be weary of Evan Turner‘s emergence (.491 FG%, 17 pts/12 rbd/3.5 ast as a starter), but I don’t see it. Holiday has been up and down all season. Iggy might see a decline in rebounds, but hasn’t, Holiday might see a decline in dimes, but hasn’t. Or maybe Turner playing this good means the Sixers being a better overall team is the new norm. Also, the new Norm? Steve.

Spencer Hawes – Scheduled to return on a strict minutes limit as early as Wednesday. Luckily, he’ll only have to average five minutes in order to equal Nikola Vucevic‘s output.

J.R. Smith – After starting in the previous game, playing 18 minutes and scoring just a weak trio of points, Earl Jr. returned to the bench, played 23 minutes and dropped a dozen. The J.R. must stand for “justa reserve.”

Jeremy Lin – Attempted 18 shots yesterday, but only sank five of ‘em. He hasn’t attempted 18 shots in nine games, but before yesterday, he had made at least six shots in all but one of them. If you’re in a league that counts neither turnovers nor percentages, he’s worth more than Steve Nash. If you do count those things, he’s as valuable as Jeremy Lin.

Tyson Chandler – Returned after a two-game furlough to once again do Tyson Chandler-y things (8/12, with a steal and a block).

Brandon Bass – Reports all claim that Bass has a pain near his ankle. Considering he went 15/8 with a handful of other fun goodies, I’m assuming “near” is a relative term and he was referring to Chris Wilcox.

Chris Wilcox – Out indefinitely with a heart condition. For now, let’s hope the heart boo-boo stems only from hurt feelings from Bass calling him a pain.

Paul George – 22/8, with 3 steals, all Pacer-highs yesterday. He ha a good day is what I’m trying to tell you.

Roy Hibbert – The taller half of Indy’s Bumpus Hounds was on the court for 29 minutes and what he did besides grabbing two boards and blocking the ball twice is beyond me.

David West – 2/3, Ditto. Reading these last two lines, one would assume Howard grabbed 40 boards. He didn’t. One has been warned about assuming thing. He won’t do it again.

Darren Collison – 8/1/4, and has played like lemon-lime shizzert in the last week. The fun part will be watching Coach Vogel promote George Hill (when he’s healthy) to the starting lineup every couple of weeks just to demote him again. I’m making popcorn for it.

J.J. Redick – 18/3/9, with 3 threes. Relatively Redickulous. Jason Richardson missed yesterday’s game and is likely going to miss the next one and maybe the one after that. And about that last pun, just be thanksful I didn’t go with “J.J.’s jays.”

Ersan Ilyasova – 31/12, 2 steals and 3 threes. I spent most of my weekend drafting a proposal for everyone to start calling Ersan “Ernie.” But then, any guy who performs like this deserves to be called by whatever unfamiliar name he was born with.

Goran Dragic – 20/1/8, with 4 threes in place of Kyle Lowry who’s infected by bacteria. This is what happens when you put your mouth on the drinking fountain. He’ll be out 2-4 weeks and Dragic will keep doing what Dragic do when no one is around to stop him from doing it.

Chase Budinger – 16/4/3, in 30 minutes. He also shot .600 from the floor. Welcome to “Hey Chase Budinger Is Available In My League, I Should Pick Him Up For A Week, Part 4.” It’s supposed to be better than part 3, but nowhere near as good as the original.

Kevin Martin – 4-of-18 in his last three games. I’d say more about this, but I don’t want any of the vomit spilling out of my mouth.

Marc Gasol – 7/4, with a steal and a block. I take back everything nice I ever said about Gas Holes (I’ve never said anything nice about Gas Holes).

Mike Conley – Averaged 7 points over his last three, but went back to not disappointing fantasy owners last night (13 points). That’s more likely. Conley is in the business of pleasantly surprising fantasy owners. He’s not supposed to disappoint. Also bagels aren’t supposed to have nuts on them. Otherwise, what purpose do muffins serve? But I digress.

Ty Lawson – “I may not have scored, rebounded or assisted as much as Andre Miller, but I turned the ball over six times, just like he did!” Yes. Yes, you did, Ty Lawson.

Jason Thompson – Was moved to the bench Friday because Donte Greene matched up a little better. Then he was re-entered into the starting lineup on Sunday, where he went 4/3 in 18 minutes and we all realize once again that the best matchup for Thompson is his butt coupled with the bench.

Klay Thompson – Averaging at least two threes in each of his last six games. Missed out on Steve Novak? Klay Thompson. As you were.

Stephen Curry – Left Saturday with an ankle injury. Returned Sunday only to stick in there fewer than 10 minutes (0/3/1, 0-for-3 from the field). The question has stopped being, “Is Curry playing tonight?” and turned into “How many minutes did Curry play last tonight?”

  1. GoHawks! says:
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    Anyway, Razzball posts any bracket to look at, for I have to do like 3 brackets, and am looking for some help?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @GoHawks!, Good question. I wasn’t planning on it (I know precious little about NCAA hoops), but I’ll see if our other writers might be interested.

      • GoHawks! says:
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        @Adam,
        Ya, I know its not really fantasy or yall’s niche market, but was just wondering. Appreciate the feedback.

  2. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 4 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway all these injuries are taking a toll on my team. I was thinking of trading curry or lowry to help me in the playoffs. I was thinking of trading curry/lowry and amare for al jefferson and jrue. Is this a good idea to do. Team is below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf bismack biyombo
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util nikola pekovic
    util james johnson
    bn randy Foye
    bn Landry fields
    bn luke ridnour

    • Adam

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      @Ryan, You’re giving up a ton of upside with the trade, but it’s upside I tend not to think will be realized. Lowry is the guy I’m most confident will provide the expected value in the closing weeks of the season, but the other two? Your peace of mind is probably more valuable at this point than whatever they end up giving you. It’s not as if you’re giving them up for scraps either.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Adam, What if I deal curry and amare for josh smith a d kevin Martin? Better?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Ryan, Better for you, but if I were the other guy, I’d have a tough time giving up Josh Smith. You can try. Never hurts to try. Unless the owner you’re trading with is prone to violence. Then it might hurt.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Adam, Cool thanks. Btw I am also considering maybe dealing McGee for jarret jack. Smart move?

            • Adam

              Adam says:
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              @Ryan, Kind of a lateral move. What’re you hoping to get out of the deal?

              • Ryan says:
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                @Adam, With curry and Lowry both sidelined, I am just worried I maybe lackin assists for the playoffs. Do unthinkable my team can manage without making any moves?

                • Adam

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                  @Ryan, I think your first two moves would help. I’m not crazy about McGee for Jack.

  3. Cory says:
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    I’m tied for first in my twelve team roto…I made the hard choice to drop Lowry and pick up Dragic this morning…but I’m also concerned about KevMart. Will his role increase now that Lowry’s out with the stink-bug? Or will he keep putting up completely useless numbers? It’d be pretty difficult to drop him outright, but with the trade deadline approaching, it’s likely that a new fantasy star will emerge out of the FA pool.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cory, The problem isn’t his role, it’s his shot. If you think you can get 90 cents on the dollar for Martin, take it.

  4. EK says:
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    K. Leonard or Derrick Williams and why?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @EK, Leonard. Far better percentages, more steals, fewer turnovers and about the same output as Williams everywhere else. Also, I tend to think Leonard could see a bump in minutes as the season ticks on. Williams probably isn’t going to play more than the 27-28 mpg he’s seeing now.

      • EK says:
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        @Adam, Your thoughts on them with regards to a long-term keeper league? Thanks.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @EK, That’s a bit tougher. I’d gamble on Williams figuring his shot out in his sophomore and junior seasons (he spread the floor well and had a nice touch in college, no reason to think maturing a bit won’t showcase those skills in another year or two). I’d also assume that a few of the 3/4 hybrids taking up space in Minnesota won’t be there come October, and Williams might benefit greatly from that.

  5. WuMan says:
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    Hi Adam, I just trade my Jrue Holiday for Kevin Martin (before the K-Mart shoulder strain news) 9Cat H2H. Did I just do a dumb trade?

    I felt just traded my pain-in-a$$ for a different pain-in-a$$. Hopefully K-Mart will get out of the dog house……..

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @WuMan, Not a dumb trade, but probably a lateral move. I tend to think Martin’s five best games remaining this season will be way better than Jrue’s five best, but that his five worst will also be worse than Jrue’s. Good luck.

  6. Lance says:
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    Do you see Beasley being traded before the deadline? If he is, would he become a must add? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Lance, I can see it, but I wouldn’t put any money on it. If he does get moved, it would really kind of depend where. I mean, if he goes to the Lakers, he’s not a must-add. He had plenty of opportunity in Minnesota (cashed in on it last season) and hasn’t done anything with it this season. I’m just not big on Beas and wouldn’t consider him a must-add on any team with even a whiff of a chance at the playoffs. He goes to Charlotte or Sacramento? Yeah, okay. Maybe then.

  7. Zebo says:
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    Who would you rather have, Evan or Luke? I have a SG position to fill. I prefer the assists over boards.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zebo, Turner overall, but Ridnour will give you more assists between the two.

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