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James Johnson scored only 5 pts, but grabbed 5 boards, blocked five shot, made 2-of-3 from the floor and sank a three. This is why he’s valuable. Skip the scoring. It’s not there. Won’t happen. Ignore it. Grab him anyway. Of all the secondary players that are still mostly available in fantasy leagues (>25 percent owned), Johnson is the player that really shouldn’t be unowned the most. And while that wasn’t my bestly constructed sentence, don’t allow it to cloud your judgment. Johnson has averaged 23 min./ 4 pts/ 4 rbds/ 2 ast/ 3 blks+stls. Not everyone can own LeBron and Durant and normally the end of most fantasy benches are filled with guys doing one or two things well. Johnson doesn’t do anything phenomenally, but he also will fill up the box score on most nights. Guys like that at the end of your bench are often the difference between first place and Mike Millerville. Scroll down and stare at the text until a rocket appears (joke’s on you. The Rockets didn’t play last night).

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Dwyane Wade – He hinted at having plantar fasciitis – just a hint. He’s so coy. He’d never just come flat out and say he has foot aches. C’mon. All he’ll need is rest, but with most NBA teams playing three games a night from now until June, plantar fasciitis might as well be a missing eyeball. Time to find out if Wade can out-tough Kobe in the playing-through-excruciating-pain department. A department almost as depressing as the men’s suits section in Sears.

Danny Granger – Out with food poisoning. Meatlof, meatloaf, double beatloaf. Dan hates meatloaf. Either that or Dahntay Jones.

Tyler Hansbrough – First two assists  of the season. What’s weirder: Psycho-T’s pair of assists tonight or Andrea Bargnani grabbing double-digit rebounds two games in a row? I’m going with Bargs. He had two double-doubles all last season and those games were three months apart.

Elton Brand – 6/5/1 and Sir Elton hasn’t scored more than 12 points in a game yet. Maybe his knee is acting up. Maybe age is catching up to him. Maybe it’s both. He’s like my uncle if my uncle had ever been good at something in the past.

Jrue Holiday – Cold again. For the fifth time in eight games, he’s doled out fewer than four assists. I’m not panicked. We’re still within the window of time a player would have been in preseason training in a normal season. If he’s still averaging fewer than five assists per game a month from now, then I’d put on mascara and begin crying so I get that creepy streaky-eyed thing that only the craziest of girls get.

Joakim Noah – 4/8/0, with 2 blocks. Noah didn’t take a single shot in this game. Still cold. Still startin’. It’s early. Chill.

Carlos Boozer – Shot 9-for-13 including six straight shots that barely ever touched the iron. He still stopped to scream unto the heavens while the rest of his team ran to the other end of the floor. It’s his thing. Like Aniston’s “Rachel” hairdo.

DeMar DeRozan – When we last met DeDe he had just finished sinking five threes on his way to 25 points. In the three games since, he’s shot .267 (8-for-30) and averaged 8.7 ppg. Quick! Everybody close your eyes and don’t look at DeRozan. If we pretend not to notice, he’ll go back to scoring 20+ points a game. That’s how Toronto do.

Vladimir Radmanovic – In for Marvin Williams. He sank a quartet of treys on his way to 14/6 in 39 minutes. Williams is out at least one more game, so it would behoove you to stream him. Everyone wants to be behooved. Except horses, because walking around becomes very painful.

DeShawn Stevenson – Was scratched from the lineup. MarShon Brooks took his place. If you owned Stevenson and Brooks is still available, you don’t need my help because you’re in a league all by yourself. As a side note, is it possible to see Brooks’ name without the mind’s eye seeing it as “Mar$hon?”

Tyrus Thomas – 6 pts/ 5 rbd / 1 blk in his first three games of the season. PREDICTION: At some point, in the next three games, he’s going to go off and everyone’s going to rush to pick him up and end up dropping someone more valuable than he is. Then he’s going to average this again for another three games. Then one more big game. Rinse, repeat. Barf.

Iman Shumpert – 16/6/4, with 3 steals as he slipped into the starting lineup. I’m-a just let that lie there for a second. Soak it in. Swish it around. Twirl it. Hold it by the stem. Sniff it. … Now drink.

Toney Douglas – “Well, that was fun.” – Douglas, on his seven-game tenure as the Knicks’ starting PG (2/1/0, in 13 minutes last night).

45 Responses

  1. canned tuna says:
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    thoughts on markieff morris? i was thinking about picking him up for either ramon sessions or trevor ariza…what do you think?

  2. d2bnz says:
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    “then I put on mascara and begin crying so I get that creepy streaky-eyed thing that only the craziest of girls get.”

    That is a writing highlight.

    Seriously though ….Yahoo league , three keepers , yearly redraft . and here I am sitting on the #1 waiver pick ….patiently. when a 3 for 2 trade is announced and Rodney Stuckey is the player to the waiver wire . Then just to confuse me Kemba Walker also arrives via an add/drop….Stuckeys got to be the pick , I’m just being blinded by that new rookie chrome, aren’t I ??

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

    Would you trade Holiday straight up for Ibaka??

    My Team
    PG- Rose
    SG- DeRozan
    G- Holiday
    SF- Granger
    PF- Amar’e
    F- Bosh
    C- Hibbert
    UTIL- Jennings
    UTIL- Shumpert
    Bench- Afflalo, Mullens, Louis Williams, DeJaun Blair, Gary Neal, Odom

  4. Ryan says:
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    ‘m in a 14 team hdh keeper league. We keep 5. I was just offered Howard and Stephen Jackson for my Curry and Igoudala. Do I consider this deal? Curry’s ankles worry me. I figure ft% is pretty much a toss up every week. Also this trade will help upgrade my C position and give me 5 definite keepers. If not what would be a good counter offer? I was thinking either curry iggy for howard calderon or iggy McGee for Howard:

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg dorrell wright
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util cj miles
    util evan turner
    bn Maurice speights
    bn mehmet okur
    bn byron mullens

    his team
    pg russell westbrook
    sg stephen jackson
    g jose calderon
    sf trevor ariza
    f tyler hansbrough
    pf tim duncan
    c dwight howard
    c andrew bogut
    util ricky rubio
    util tristan thompson
    bn jason kidd
    bn baron davis

  5. In_ertiatic says:
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    @palin You’re doing it wrong! Holliday is an asset! Buy low! We covered this yesterday man!

  6. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    @In_ertiatic: haha, there is no way he is taking williams, he’s not an idiot and he loves his big men

  7. In_ertiatic says:
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    @palin did he not go for the low offer? Jennings maybe like Adam said? If he won’t go for a lowball then he’s smart but it’s still gonna help ur team to get ibakaka IMO.

  8. Tony says:
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    Shumpert, a damn MAN, that dude walks on the court a rookie but looks like a seasoned vet, he’s confident, i love him…. once he figures out when to take shots and they start falling a little more, wow.

    What do you think about a Dorell Wright for Kaman trade? same dollar value $16 & $17 respectively, ones slumping/crap the others injury prone/etc….. I could slot Kaman into my C spot, then put amare in at Forward. I think Amare/kaman in my line up is better than Amare/Wright….. ?

  9. In_ertiatic says:
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    Lol same time comment. I’d see what Adam says but jrue seems like too much to me.

  10. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    I agree, he rejected jennings straight up so I am thinking of offering Jennings/Odom because he needs a SF

  11. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @canned tuna: I like Markieff over Sessions, but I suppose it depends on your statistical need. Sessions will net you more dimes and steals. Markieff is a sneaky source of threes and blocks without getting killed in any other category.

    @d2bnz: Hehe. Thanks. RE: Stuckey/Walker – it kind of depends, right? Are you considering burning your waiver pick for the purposes of this season or for the future? I tend to think Stuckey will be more valuable this season. I’m also not prepared to call Walker a bust, suggesting of course, that he will likely have value in other seasons. When in doubt, I always go with the known commodity. If Walker turns into the second coming of Fat Lever, so be it. 4 times out of 5, playing it safe works out for the best.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: No. That’s too high a price for Ibaka. Holiday will turn it around.

    @Ryan: You’re right to be completely ignoring Jax in this situation, as he will probably only serve to hurt your team in the future. If you know the guy wants Curry and Iggy, give it to him, but push for an improvement over Jackson; someone that gets assists. Reasonably, Howard/Kidd would do it for me. He might undervalue Rubio, whom I would want more than Kidd. That’s a long shot, but you can get the ball rolling with an offer of that type. You can get Howard and do better than Jackson.

    @Tony: Word! It’s all I can do not to order myself this kid’s jersey. As far as Kaman for Wright, I don’t like it. I still feel Wright will figure it out (it really IS still early in the season, though I know it doesn’t feel like it) and the dollar differences aren’t enticing enough to sell me.

  12. Ryan says:
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    U think I should push to offer iggy mcgee for howard or offer curry?

  13. Ryan says:
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    Sorry oh do u think getting Howard is a wise move on my part?

  14. Mike Scobey says:
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    I picked up Barnes in two of my 6 yahoo teams, starting for the Lakers he is helping in all the categories.

  15. Migs says:
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    Part of the reason Bargnani gets these double-digit rebound nights is probably because Amir’s doing a good job boxing out the opponent’s best rebounder. He did a great job last night holding Kevin Love to ‘just’ 14 rebounds.

    As long as Bargs and Amir are in the same lineup, we should see some decent rebounding games for him. It’s too bad there aren’t any stats on hustle, cuz Amir’s getting shafted and Andrea’s getting all the praise.

  16. Mike Scobey says:
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    I have my eye on Jon Leuer, who is playing 16 minutes a game. He has a very good game and can shoot and rebound the ball. White for Charlotte is playing 26 minutes a game and has had some good games, not a star but could replace someone who is injured.

    I would never trade for Howard, because of his free throw percentage.

  17. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    @Adam: I ended up trading Jennings and Louis Williams for Ibaka and Kaman…I then dropped Mullen for Mar$han Brooks…what do you think?

    My Team
    PG- Rose
    SG- DeRozan
    G- Holiday
    SF- Granger
    PF- Amar’e
    F- Bosh
    C- Hibbert
    UTIL- Ibaka
    UTIL- Shumpert
    Bench- Afflalo, Kaman, Mar$han Brooks, DeJaun Blair, Gary Neal, Odom

  18. Mike Scobey says:
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    Sarah Palin Rice what do you see in Odom and Blair

  19. C’mon be fair on the pain comparison. Wade has to run/jump his 220lb frame on a bad wheel. Kobe just has to fight off the pain of moving his wrist with the extra weight of that “VERY HEAVY” 20oz ball he hoists up 200 times a game.

  20. ringo says:
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    Just gotta give props to you for nailing the Iman Shumpert breakout back before the season even started… I remember reading a post or two you made about Shumpert and I literally had no idea who he was. I was left thinking “Who is this guy? Don’t they already have Landry Fields?”… I am so impressed I actually used the word “props”.

  21. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    @Mike Scobey: before the trade I was struggling at PF/C with Amar’e banged up and DeJaun was the best available…I am hoping Odom turns it around because I can use the help at SF

  22. Mike Scobey says:
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    Sarah Palin Rice look for Barnes or Greene at SF.

  23. Mike Scobey says:
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    Daniel Green for the spurs.

  24. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: You could use Howard’s blocks and boards. But getting rid of Curry (a healthy Curry) kills your FT% (huge swing) and assist numbers. Basically, you’re trading one set of strengths and weaknesses for another, but you’ve got better help for Curry than you do for your bigs.

    @Mike Scobey: Yeah, ride it while you can. His percentages and blocking numbers are way above his career averages. Smart money says we see a regression sooner or later.

    @Migs: Sounds plausible, for sure. I haven’t watched much Raptors action so far this season. Not an accident.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: You’re gonna have points for days and I love the Brooks pickup. If you’re still feeling itchy to tinker with your team, I’d dangle Brooks out to your league in a week or so and see what kind of interest you get. I expect him to see boom times in the next month.

    @NLFantasyBB: Wade can run on the ball of his foot! Women in heels being chased down the street do it all the time! (To be fair, I’ve not suffered either injury and really have no idea how awful either actually are.)

    @ringo: Haha. Thanks. Better than using the word “DAP.”

  25. HotRod says:
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    Adam

    H2H 10 Category (Turnovers & Double Doubles) 12 Team League

    My Team

    PG Holiday
    SG Joe Johnson
    SF Beasley
    PF Amare
    C Pau
    Util T Chandler
    Util DeAndre Jordan
    Util N Young
    Bench
    Al Harington
    J Kidd
    T Douglas
    Sessions
    Nate Robinson
    Morrow

    As you can see, I am big man heavy…

    What do you think about trading Amare for Monta or Carmelo?

    Amare has added value in this league because of the Double Double category, but I feel like I need scoring/assists & its only a matter of time b4 Amare’s back gives out (right?)

    Thanks in advance for the help!!

  26. Tony says:
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    @Adam: thanks on the kaman for wright, i actually proposed it, the guy rejected it….. he asked for scola and wright for kaman and Beno! hahaha… no dice… probly nothing happening if thats where we’re at…. Im worried about Wright in GS’s offense, but hey, he can’t be as bad as he’s been.

  27. Sarah Palin Rice says:
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    @Adam: Ty Adam, thanks for the advice.

    What do you think of Scobey’s suggestion of dropping Odom for Barnes?

  28. Ryan says:
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    So in your honest opinion, should make the trade of stick with whet I got?

  29. Moses says:
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    Adam,

    Drop Marvin Williams for Speights or Tony Allen? Just heard on rotoworld that Speights might be starting tonight…Tony Allen is on waivers til tomorrow (I have the #1 waiver)

  30. Moses says:
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    and you didn’t mention Amir Johnson’s big night!

  31. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @HotRod: STAT has averaged a double-double in about 35 percent of his games. That works out to about 23 such instances this season (he’s got four already). I’m not sure how much a double-double is worth and if an estimated 19 more double-doubles is enough of a deal-breaker. All else being equal, with your roster, I’d rather have ‘Melo or Monta.

    @Tony: Yeah. You two don’t sound close to a deal at all.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: Good move in the short term, bad move in the long.

    @Ryan: If you can get Howard for Curry straight up, I’d do it. If you can get Howard and a decent PG for Curry/Iggy I’d probably do that too. I would not do Howard/Jax for Curry/Iggy.

    @Moses: I’m more interested in Speights’ upside than what Allen brings to the table. Not sure if you want to burn a No.1 waiver priority on it (I tend to think the priority is overrated, and if you want a guy you should go after them. A lot of people don’t feel that way). RE: Amir. If he makes a habit out of it, you’ll hear all about it. Promise.

  32. Ryan says:
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    What if do Curry McGee for Howard Calderon?

  33. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: If you’re going to offer up Curry, do it quickly as the Warriors are set to announce Curry’s status later this afternoon. You have to figure it’s either no news or bad news. They’re not going to come out and say, “His ankle is 100 percent and there’s no chance he’ll ever hurt it again. Oh, and also, he can now slow down time.” I like Howard/Kettle for Curry/JaVale, but I wouldn’t accept the offer if I were the other guy. Good luck!

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Adam: speights or ed davis

  35. Migs says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Personally, I went with Speights. Ed Davis is a good player and will put up a couple big games, but he won’t see his true potential til he gets more PT, so unless there’s an injury to someone like Bargnani, Amir Johnson, or James Johnson, he won’t have that opportunity. At least we know Speights should get big minutes for the next several weeks.

  36. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Migs:thanks, yeah,im going to have to change my name on here ,someone grabbed him in my league right after i ask,could be a coincidence but id rather not chance any others

  37. Jeremy says:
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    Im currently having a center crisis. Started Jason Maxiel last night, who had good run but absolutely shat the bed with 1-12 performance (probably shouldn’t expect this type of an atrocity every night). What are your thoughts as far as bottom of the barrelers go? giving you an idea oh who’s available I sorted available centers by minutes and these are the top 10: Perkins, Nick Collison, Troy Murphey, Tolliver, Asik, Ed Davis, Kwame, Darko, Tiago, and Larry Sanders. I’ll also throw in Ian Mahinmi cause he had a good game saturday.

  38. Daniel says:
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    Adam,

    10 team H2H league 9 cat, I want to punt assists, and been thinking of actually dropping Jack..I’m crazy right? I want delfino..or Dorrell Wright..who should I drop for one of these guys? I want to strengthen my 3′s

    My current roster:
    PG- Lawson, Lowry, Jack
    SG- Gordon
    SF- Iggy, Batum, Morris
    PF – Gasol, Stoudamire, Frye, Garnett
    C – Speights, Ibaka

    My Strengths are: FT%, 3PM, REBs, Blocks, Stls, and To.

    I have no idea who to drop and get delfino or wright…

    should i drop Speights (is he worth a roster spot in a 10 teamer?), Morris, or Jack (since im punting assists?) Would appreciate a hastly reply, before someone grabs delfino or wright ! Thanks a lot man.

  39. Migs says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Wow, right after I talked about Speights, dude has a 1 rebound game…

  40. Daniel says:
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    @Migs: Is Speights only good for points? Or can he pull down Rebs, Stls, and Blocks? not sure if i should drop him…already got plenty of bigs in garnett, stat, frye, gasol, ibaka…

  41. Nick says:
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    Do you think it would be wise to drop either Afflalo or Dudley for Nate Robinson with the way he’s playing now and the uncertainty of Curry for the season? I could use more 3′s and assists.

  42. Jeremy says:
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    To follow up my earlier post re: the center issue. Pretty much considering doing a center by committee thing for now. For tonight’s games I’m considering: Asik, Collison, Perkins, Ed Davis, and Mahinmi. Perkins did have 13 rebounds last night and seems to get the most consistent minutes out of them all. But in terms of matchups who do you think will grab the most boards tonight?

  43. johnny 5 says:
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    who is the most droppable? ramon sessions, tony allen, trevor ariza

    who is the most addable? markieff morris, bj mullens, chandler parsons, evan turner

  44. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Probably Speights in the short term and Davis by year’s end.

    @Jeremy: Of the players you listed, Tiago and Davis stand out (Maxiell too, but you own him already). I’d look to those three guys before the others.

    @Daniel: I never understand dropping a guy with value. Even if you don’t need Jack, SOMEONE will, right? Can’t you get someone better via trade than a guy floating in the FA pool? Even if you package Jack with another guy, I’m sure you can find someone worth more than Delfino. Speights is the guy to drop for Wright or Delfino.

    @Migs: Hehe. Won’t happen often.

    @Nick: Only in the short term. If you think Dudley will be around in a week or so, drop him and grab Nate for the interim.

    @Jeremy: Perkins, probably.

    @johnny 5: Drop Allen. Grab either Mullens or Morris. I’m leaning toward Mullens.

  45. Daniel says:
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    Thanks adam. I ended up dropping speights for Delfino to build my 3′s up. I was going to drop morris for wright but someone literally a split second picked him up before i did…smh..lol

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