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Pau Gasol and the Lakers have had a train wreck of a season so far.  Pau is seeing nearly all his numbers being below career average (12.6/8.9/3.5/0.5/1.2 with 42% FG and 76% FT) and having “knee tendinitis” to boot.  As such, I had to move him down in the tiers because you can’t be a Victoria’s Secret model with those type of numbers.  I’m sticking him two tiers lower in the “Hotter than you realize” tier because this season he’s going to be that cliche chick from the late 90’s early 00’s (i.e. She’s All That) that is actually really pretty if she would just try.  Pau, just try man.  I know you don’t like playing away from the post, but just try.  I’m a believer in you and when you start trying… will you be my prom date?  Well that got a little weird.

This week I’m combining Forwards and Centers because of that ninja kidnapping last week.  Think of it as a Hanukkah present except only one day.  So maybe it would then be an early Christmas present.  Don’t celebrate either?  Is that even possible?  It’s presents, man.  Everybody loves presents.  Now go unwrap them:

Some quick hits:  Andrea Bargnani tore an elbow ligament and will be out 1-2 months so I am dropping him substantially because he hasn’t even been that good when healthy.  Tim Duncan just keeps KILLIN’ it so I can’t keep him down any longer.  Josh Smith and Nicolas Batum have essentially switched spots but with Batum’s injury and Smith blowing up lately I may have to switch them back again soon.

Power Forwards:

Victoria’s Secret Models:  Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge

Almost as sexy:  Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Tim Duncan

Hotter than you realize:  Pau Gasol, Ryan Anderson, Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, Anderson Varejao, David Lee

But-her-face:  Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried, Dirk Nowitzki

Plain Jane:   Kevin Garnett, Zach Randolph

Sneaky hot:  David West, Patrick Patterson

Cougars:   Luis Scola, Carlos Boozer

Gonna holler:  Kevin Seraphin, Andray Blatche, Kris Humphries, Glen Davis, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, JJ Hickson, Derrick Favors, Ed Davis

Macy’s catalog models: Elton Brand, Michael Beasley, Taj Gibson, Trevor Booker, Brandon Bass, Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger,  Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw, Andre Drummond

Beaten with the ugly stick:   Tiago Splitter, Thomas Robinson, Antawn Jamison, Gustavo Ayon

Small Forwards:

Top 3 overall, idiot:  Kevin Durant, LeBron James

I’m sexy and I know it:  Carmelo Anthony, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gay

Party rocking:  Josh Smith, Paul George

Bangarang:   Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce

Call me maybe?:  Gerald Wallace, Andrei Kirilenko, Thaddeus Young, Luol Deng, Kawhi Leonard, Chandler Parsons, Danilo Gallinari

Should I stay or should I go?:  Metta World Peace, Evan Turner, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Gangnam Style!: Ersan Ilyasova, Dorell Wright, Kyle Singler, Carlos Delfino

Lithium:   Mike Dunleavy, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jared Dudley, Marvin Williams, Jae Crowder, Tobias Harris, Wilson Chandler, Steve Novak

Smells like Teen…Nah, just smells:  Corey Brewer, Ronnie Brewer, Trevor Ariza, Harrison Barnes, James Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Hedo Turkoglu, Jeff Green

Centers:

Wanna know my shoe size?:  Marc Gasol, Al Jefferson

You’re HUGE: Dwight Howard (move to #1 in H2H), Greg Monroe

I <3 you:  Serge Ibaka, Joakim Noah

O-ver-Ra-ted (clap, clap, clapclapclap): DeMarcus Cousins

I might be insane:  Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Marcin Gortat, Roy Hibbert

Playing with fire:  Nikola Pekovic, Nene Hilario,  Chris Kaman, Andrew Bogut, Amare Stoudemire, JaVale McGee

Lob City: DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik

OMFG Byron Mullens:  Byron Mullens

Lob City (cont’d):  Nikola Vucevic, Larry Sanders, Jonas Valanciunas

Ugh:  Robin Lopez, Andrew Bynum, Kosta Koufos, Tristan Thompson, Spencer Hawes, Emeka Okafor

More desperate for attention than Amanda Bynes:  Andrea Bargnani, Greg Stiemsma, Marcus Camby, DeJuan Blair, Ekpe Udoh, Bismack Biyombo, Samuel Dalembert

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  1. Jon says:
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    Hey I’m not trying to spam down here but I couldn’t get anyone to reply on my last post in the previous article so here we go again! (Thanks in advance!)

    Would you trade Ryan Anderson/Tyreke Evans for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist/Damian Lilliard?

    Position eligibility is irrelevant and it’s a points league.

    AST – Assists 2 points
    BK – Blocks 1 point
    PTS – Points 1 point
    ST – Steals 1 point
    TO – Turnovers -1 point
    TRB – Total Rebounds 1 point

    • James Redacted

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      @Jon: Yeah I’d do that. Alot of Ryan Anderson’s value comes from hitting 3’s (basically no defensive stats from him), so if there isn’t a separate cat for 3’s then he isn’t worth as much. 2 points per assist is really helpful even with Lillard’s 3 TO’s per game.

    • ChrisV

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      @Jon: I already said I wouldn’t do that, but here’s why – Anderson’s perceived value is much higher than his actual value, and he still has a lot of actual value. Over the past 2 weeks, Anderson is ranked 15th in points and 7th in threes…as a PF/C. Plus, he still generates an assist or two per game. I love Lillard but I think you can net more for Ryan and Tyreke than MKG and DL.

      But hey, man, we could both be wrong and Anderson and Lillard could collide, destroying each other’s knees, careers and lives.

      • Jon says:
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        @ChrisV: Haha thanks for the help guys! I’m trying to turn the deal into Anderson for Lillard straight up since the consensus is Tyreke is much more valuable then MKG.

        I guess I’m just a little worried about Davis cutting into Anderson’s production now that he is back.

  2. James Redacted

    James Redacted says:
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    Ha! I totally skipped over Ed Davis…will correct it soon.

  3. Jeff says:
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    Wow you have Aldridge ranked over Duncan, Bosh and Horford? Great news to me because I own Aldridge and picked him up 8th overall over Josh Smith, Wade and Deron Williams in a 12 team h2h league but why do you have him ranked so high?

    • James Redacted

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      @Jeff: The ranks are for ROS not previous performance. Keeping that in mind, I do not expect Duncan to keep playing like he’s 28 years old the whole season. Horford has been tanking owners’ FT% all season and Aldridge has been shooting ~80% from the line, which is extremely valuable from a big man. So that’s why I have Aldridge over those guys. Bosh has also been ridiculous and I see him regressing some because he is shooting 54% from the field when his career average is below 50%. Also, Aldridge will be one of the main focal points of a shallow Blazers team (look for his FG% to rebound slightly as well).

  4. Zandy says:
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    Seraphin over hickson? Really?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Zandy: What’s so great about Hickson? We know what he gives you. Some pts, good rebounds, and a good FG%. Not exactly scarce stuff right there and very little defensive stats. Seraphin is apparently dealing with an illness right now and look for him to have the much higher ceiling ROS.

      • Zandy says:
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        @James Redacted: Umm Where is a guy like Blatche? Is he not ahead of Humph?

        • James Redacted

          James Redacted says:
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          @Zandy: Gah, with so many players I occasionally overlook one or two. I’d slot Blatche right ahead of Hump and behind Seraphin. No idea what’s going to happen with Blatche once Lopez comes back.

          • Zandy says:
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            @James Redacted: I take it you would you ride Blatche in the near term until Seraphin seems to get it together then make the swap? Both of them are sitting on my waiver currently

            • James Redacted

              James Redacted says:
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              @Zandy: Yes, I would do that.

  5. Zandy says:
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    Also, Evan turner is drastically outperforming a few of the bums in front of him

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Zandy: Maybe in the past week or so but overall, not really. You could say he’s outperforming Kawhi Leonard and GWall but they’ve been injured a bit this season. Turner is right around a top 80 player. Lack of 3’s, STL, BLK, and low FG%.

      • James Redacted

        James Redacted says:
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        @James Redacted: OK OK, Iggy is having a hard time adjusting on his new team as well… I’m betting on the talent there.

  6. Eric says:
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    AK47 and Parsons are both outperforming Iguodala.

    Is Kevin Seraphin droppable?

    Luis Scola is not legit.

    Larry Sanders is still underrated. He’s comparable value to HIbbert in terms of performance. One less point one less rebound, but significantly better FG%, 37% on 10 shots a game vs. 51.6% on 6.3 shots a game.

    Patrick Patterson is no David West and it’s not even close!!! Look at the rebounds, assists, and points. 0.7 3s a game is not enough to mitigate those other factors.

    Great list!

    • James Redacted

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      @Eric: AK47 and Parsons have been great but I’m betting on Iggy figuring out how to fit in on the new team sooner rather than later. Yes, Kevin Seraphin is droppable but is worth a flyer if you can afford it. Does my ranking of Scola tell you he’s amazing or something? He’s a top 80-100 player and I ranked him in that area. Larry Sanders has been great and Hibbert has been a disappointment, if you need blocks then Sanders will help you immensely. Most of his value reside in blocks though. Hibbert has been notorious of going through spells of inactivity but when he’s on, he’s on fire. I believe in the talent. I’d look for West to regress some from his hot start, that’s why he’s in the same tier as Patterson.

      • Eric says:
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        @James Redacted:

        Appreciate your response James!

        Ok, I just looked at Scola’s numbers, not as bad as I thought, so you’re right.

        Patterson is at least one tier lower than David West. David West is a proven commodity – last year was an anomaly because he was coming back from injury/surgery. Patterson is a poor man’s version of David West at best.

        I’ve had Hibbert in the past and his numbers *should* improve but what does Sanders do differently other than score less? The rebounds will come now that he’s in the starting line up.

        Lastly Carmelo is just below Durant & Lebron and should be separated from the rest of the SFs because of his elite scoring & 3s. Averaging 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in Dec so defense stats are improving.

        I have Seraphin but he’s extremely frustrating to own!

        • James Redacted

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          @Eric: Fair enough on West, the only thing is that he’s getting old. If he keeps up what he’s doing another couple weeks I would make that change. Right now we don’t know if Sanders will keep this up or is just having a good stretch, especially with Ilysasova showing some life. So he gets knocked a bit for that. He definitely should be on rosters until we find out. Carmelo is definitely on a tear… however putting him into his own tier just seems like splitting hairs.

  7. Clever Internet Meme says:
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    I got offered Gortat and Pekovic for Varejao. Is this as much a no brainer as my brain is making it out to be?

    • James Redacted

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      @Clever Internet Meme: At this point it’s becoming really hard to argue against Varejao. I love Pekovic and think Gortat will be better than what he has done lately (remember the beginning of the season?) so if you want to accept it’s fair.

  8. Steve says:
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    Hey James and Razzball staff,

    It’s the Dragic/Mullens-for-Harden-guy again!

    Dragic+Mullens never worked out of course. Tried it with Bargnani. This option is gone as well. Would you throw Jefferson in and hope for Harden + Lee/A.Davis? Although I’m not a Lee fan.

    Also, would you go for Noah (if I’m not able to get Harden – or maybe I can get a deal for both)?

    CP3, Lillard, Dragic, Kemba
    Thompson
    George, Gee
    Jefferson, Davis, Humph
    Mullens, Asik, Bargnani

    Thanks!

    • James Redacted

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      @Steve: Al Jeff + Dragic for Harden + A. Davis would be a fair trade. I can’t remember… is this H2H or roto and how many teams?

      • Steve says:
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        @James Redacted: H2H and 12 team.
        Let’s say I’d offer this and he accepts, I’ll lose a C-eligible player. Any chance to get Noah then? Maybe right back with Davis or would you keep him?

        Can keep 2 players for next season.

        • James Redacted

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          @Steve: Oh man, keeper league involving anthony davis? Not sure if you’d be able to swipe him. Yes I’d keep CP3 and a. davis if that happened. I don’t see Noah being too big of a help on your team unless that ridiculous FT% is for real (career 73%). You should be looking to win FT%, AST, STL, 3PM, and PTS with that team.

          • Steve says:
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            @James Redacted: Woops, there ya go. Wrong place.

            I’ll see. Looks like Noah is not available due to sympathy, oh well.

            6th FT%, 2nd 3PM, 1st PTS (dominating), 2nd REB, 1st AST and STL (dominating).

            However, since it’s H2H it doesn’t tell the whole story, haha.

            • James Redacted

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              @Steve: Yea figured it would look something like that, although it looks like I lowballed you a little bit in the REB department. Looks like your sacrificing some FT% for boards (basically, Omer Asik haha). Seems like its working out OK though.

              • Steve says:
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                @James Redacted: Yes, Asik is responsible for both. Bargnani wasn’t great before his injury, now he will suck even more. Feels like a big rock on my back now, if he’s out for a month or more.
                Would you say he is a “hold” or “drop”? Also it may depend on the team’s situation I guess.

                • James Redacted

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                  @Steve: Drop if there’s a solid FA avail.

  9. Para Noid says:
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    I know this is Fowards and Centers but…. if I own Wall. Should I be dropping Hickson/Vucevic/Seraphin for Jordan Crawford in case Friday’s knee exam goes badly? Do you think Crawford keeps up his latest average run of 20pts, 5 asst, 5 rebs, 1 stl, 2 3s? Why isnt he getting more love? Seems like if Wall is out this guy is like Paul George without the blocks… Why wouldn’t the Wiz move him to the 2 guard with Wall back and the two of them light it up? What am I missing?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Para Noid: All questions are answered so no worries. Jordan Crawford will contribute in many categories but holy god does he tank your FG%. He shoots about 40% on 13 shots per game. I even mentioned him in wednesday’s blog that he should be owned if you can take the FG% hit. Not sure what type of league you are in but if you don’t need the big men stats then yeah, I’d drop either Seraphin or Hickson for him.

  10. Steve says:
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    I’ll see. Looks like Noah is not available due to sympathy, oh well.

    6th FT%, 2nd 3PM, 1st PTS (dominating), 2nd REB, 1st AST and STL (dominating).

    However, since it’s H2H it doesn’t tell the whole story, haha.

  11. Tony says:
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    I’m in an 18 teamer and with all the injuries in Toronto what kind of mins/stats do you see AMIR J getting? is the guy gonna get some run? or did this mouthpiece tossing fiasco put him deeper into the doghouse?

    thanks.

    • James Redacted

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      @Tony: I don’t see his status changing much. He will continue getting around 20 minutes a game (maybe a slight bump to the 25 range). We will be seeing an extended look at Ed Davis.

  12. Homeboy says:
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    I have these guys

    Jennings, Conley, Westbrook, Jason Kidd
    Jr Smith, Kyle Korver, Afflalo
    Durant, Gerald Wallace
    Love, Anthony Davis
    Hibbert, Monroe

    H2H 9 CAT LEAGUE – believe it or not, I’m currently sitting 5th in my league.

    I’m always losing in FG and FT% while also losing TO. Looking to unload that FG% baggage. Letting Monroe and Jennings go. Who do you suggest I target?

    Might be doing a Batum + Aldridge for Love trade too. Would that be reasonable?

    TYIA. :)

    • James Redacted

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      @Homeboy: See my Buy/Sell today about Monroe. The FG% will rebound. If anything, Hibbert would be the one to move because he will end up being the worst FT shooter. GWall should also rebound at the line. I expect this team to be rather strong in FT by the end of the year. The Love trade is fair.

  13. Wilson says:
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    H2h 10 team
    Trade
    Tony Parker & cousins
    For Stephen curry & Pau Gasol

    • James Redacted

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      @Wilson: I like the Curry/Gasol side.

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