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The two biggest names people are waiting for in fantasy circles are Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum, and it looks like they’re both farther away than was anticipated. Bynum felt pain in his knees after back to back workouts, while Rose said he was about 20-30% away (actually, he said he was feeling 85% on a scale of 110%, so hopefully he has an accountant do his taxes). Neither one is coming back in February. I don’t know that for fact, but I’m telling you based on the fact February is almost over. Will we see them back by mid-March? I doubt it. I do think they will likely show their faces this season, Rose to join the Bulls in any playoff run, and Bynum to enhance his free agency bid, but I’m not optimistic either will help your fantasy team.

Both players will see limited minutes when they return. Rose getting 35 minutes per night? Not a chance. I figure Rose starts out with 12-15 minute runs, followed by working his way up to 25 minutes, interspersed with the occasional day off. Bynum should see more time sooner, but he will also regularly sit out entire games to avoid swelling in his knees. He has arthritis in his knees, and his durability will be weaker than a pair of “Nake Air Jortan” Chinese sneakers.

My overly optimistic projections, for when they actually return:

Bynum – .545 FG%/.695 FT%/12.5 PTS/9.4 REB/1.1 AST/0.3 STL/1.4 BLK/2.1 TOV

Rose – .432 FG%/.795 FT%/15.3 PTS/2.2 REB/6.3 AST/0.5 STL/0.3 BLK/2.4 TOV

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  1. The G says:
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    Any thoughts/whispers on Drummond? Tired of waiting for Pau to exhale…lol. Other options on the wire that Im mulling over are Aminu, Webster, Zeller, Henson, Bayless and Alan Anderson…at this point I need Pts and %’s…buti’ll take anything over Pau’s goose eggs. Thanks!!

    • nays says:
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      @The G: Id pick up aminu he’s been putting up solid numbers.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @The G: Not sure, but a stress fracture in the back is scary…

  2. WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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    12-team standard 9-cat, non-keeper

    Currently in 1st place, 3.5 games up on 2nd, and 7.5 up on 3rd. I am looking to trade for Melo because of his playoff schedule. What would be a good offer for Melo to a Assist and Steals needy team? I was thinking Leonard and Thomas for Melo. I also saw a trade go through in CBS for Melo that included Vasquez and Jamison.

    PG- Lillard
    SG- Vasquez
    G- Klay Thompson
    SF- Batum
    PF- DMC
    F- Ilyasova
    C- Gortat
    UTILx2- Josh Smith, Leonard
    BN- Kevin Martin, Lowry, Issiah Thomas, Valanciunas, Jamison, Speights

    • WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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      @WorldsFirstAnalrapists: Also, would you drop Jamison or Speights for Hawes?

      • Hotrod says:
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        @WorldsFirstAnalrapists:

        Both of those trades are a joke IMO. Your gonna have to pony up for Melo…Thomas & Jamison are Waiver wire fodder. I am in a 14 team league, and Jamison was just picked up after sitting onthe wire th majority of the year.

        • WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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          @Hotrod: If figured that…thats why I was so surprised to see the Vasquez/Jamison trade go through. What would you offer?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @WorldsFirstAnalrapists: An offer of Lillard/Lowry should do the trick, if you want to cough up those two. You could probably offer Martin/Lowry, but I wouldn’t take that if I had Melo (which I do in one league).

      • WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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        @ChrisV: Do you think Lillard/Lowry would be worth Melo with my team? My best guard pick up is Shved.

        btw, he offered Lillard and Batum or DMC for Melo and Nick Young

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @WorldsFirstAnalrapists: I probably wouldn’t do it. Also, Lillard & Batum is too much. I could maybe see Lillard/Cousins for Melo/Young.

          • WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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            @ChrisV: Thanks very much for the advice…I offered Lillard/Martin for Melo/Young, hopefully he accepts that

  3. Ian says:
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    Hey so i’m looking to make a 2 for 1 deal, two of my big men for one better big man. On my roster i have Faried, Bogut, Mullens, Gortat, Valanciunas and Taj Gibson. Which two do you think would be a good pair to try and shoot for top big man? and any suggestions on a big man to go for?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Ian: Bogut has high interest right now. You could probably pair him and Mullens for a guy like Gasol, but I’m not sure if that would seal the deal.

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Repost from Friday’s post:

    H2H pts league this week:

    4 games of Taj Gibson (@NO, MIA, @CHA, @OKC) or 3 games of Jamison (BOS, POR, @DAL)?

    4 games of Danny Green (@SAC, @LAC, @GS, @ PHO), 3 games of Beal (TOR, DEN, HOU, all nice matchups) or 3 games of George Hill (NY, DET, @DET)? Would you start your second choice of those 3 at Flex over 4 games of Bogut (@UTA, PHO, SA, @MIN), now that it looks like his restrictions are off? We get a substantial bonus for DBL-DBLs, if that helps.

    To bring Jack off IR, drop Bayless or D. Green?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Taj, Beal, Bogut over Beal.

  5. scrotchs says:
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    I swapped Rose for Big All about 2 weeks ago…right before all the Rose Drama.

    I was worried at first but did it turn out to be the trade of the year???

    • ChrisV

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      @scrotchs: You got a nice deal.

  6. timmy riggins says:
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    Hi, 14-team h2h, 11-category league with daily lineup subs. Which 2 do you prefer for short term and ROS: Jason Thompson, Tyler Zeller, Robin Lopez, Charlie Villanueva. Thanks

  7. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Redraft league

    four weeks remain in regular season

    six teams will make the playoffs

    My team is 73-69-2 and four games ahead of the 7th place team.

    If I was not carrying Rose all season, I’d probably have 80 something wins right now and would not be sweating a playoff berth.

    Should I drop Rose at this point and basically stream players? I can make five adds per week. I have made a grand total of seven for the season. My plan was to coast and then turn it on in the playoffs. I may have to start doing that now just to make sure I get in the playoffs.

    How my roster looks tonight-

    PG- Darren Collison
    SG- Kawhi Leonard
    G- Russell Westbrook
    SF- Tyreke Evans
    PF- Joakim Noah
    F- Jeff Green
    C- Ryan Anderson
    C- Marc Gasol
    UTIL- Tim Duncan
    UTIL- Paul Millsap
    bench- David West
    bench- Kyle Korver
    bench- Derrick Rose

    With only three bench spots, keeping Rose all this time really hurt me. I was non-competitive last week. Gasol had no stats. West, Noah, and Duncan all had problems. I lost 2-7 and one of the categories I won was turnovers because I had half a team.

    Should I drop Rose and add Martell Webster, Bledsoe, Earl Clark or Patrick Patterson?

    Any help is appreciated.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I’d drop rose and run with Clark or Pat Pat.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @ChrisV: Thank you, mister.

  8. Patrick says:
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    What do you think about my Chris Paul for Carmelo Anthony? I’m slipping in the rankings going now to 8th in a 12 man league, 8 playoff spots. NY has more games in this second half stretch than Clips and a lot of games in the playoffs, should I accept?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Patrick: Paul overall has been a better player and more valuable fantasy wise, believe it or not.

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Chris, I still got Tiago Splitter and Duncan is back,, Can u trow out some guys I can maybe pick-up please? Also who are some good players to pick up that might excell from the trade?

    • ChrisV

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      @Frank Lynch: Pick up from waivers?

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