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Week 7 finds a few grazing gazelles dying from hunger near the bottom of the league. What? That odd and perhaps inaccurate metaphor doesn’t make sense to you? Mon Dieu! Basically, we’re starting to see the bottom of the league level out a bit as they slip farther and farther out of contention. In another couple of weeks, the gray lines signifying no movement will appear more like flatlines on a heart meter. Now that I’ve used a weak metaphor and weak simile in the same paragraph, let’s look at who’s doing what and when and to whom in this week’s RCL recap.

I noticed an intriguing pattern among the category leaders: seven different teams lead the league in at least one stat category. Of those seven teams, five fall somewhere in the bottom 10 in at least one other category, suggesting that in order to succeed in one, they forfeited the other.

SmokenTrees StrokenThrees leads in FG%, but has the sixth worst SPG average in the league.
Hired Goons leads all-comers in both FT% and SPG, but ranks third worst in BLK and fifth worst in 3PTM.
Our PTS leader, Teach Me How To Gortat, has the no. 50-ranked 3PTM in the league.
Significant Otter is the league’s best rebounder but shoots the eighth fewest threes.
Bleu Waffle House leads in assists but ranks 51st and 54th in FG% and FT% respectively.

Only Shock the Monkey (BPG) and The Basset Hounds (3PTM) lead the league and managed to stay out of the bottom 10 elsewhere.

What’s even more interesting (and lends itself a little to my theory that it’s better to be balanced everywhere than stacked in a few places) is that our league’s overall leader One Piece doesn’t the lead the league in a single category, but he’s top 8 in six different categories and no worse than 33rd in his weakest category.

Anyway, find your own damn patterns if you’re into it. The spreadsheet is here … wait. No. I moved it. It used to be there, then I moved it here. And now it’s here. I think?

Yup. Yup, it’s here.

  1. thegrave says:
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    im also leading my league and not top in any category, though top 4 in about all cats.

    quick shot: lin/wade for lowry/harden?

    who wins? where does lin’s ROS value lie?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @thegrave, Q: “Where does Lin’s ROS value lie?” A: In Baron Davis’ ego. If Davis is cool taking a backseat, Lin could very well produce similar per minute stats as he has his last three games.

      That said, Davis probably wasn’t cool taking a backseat to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, I can’t imagine he’d be cool taking a backseat to Lin and the Knicks are paying Davis too damn much for him not to be cool.

      Still though, even if Lin remains hot, his value will stop somewhere around Lowry. Which means you’re trading Harden for Wade and THAT’S not a good deal. I prefer Wade/Lin to Lowry/Harden.

  2. ALkoholic says:
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    adam,similar question with vasquez,ill hold him for now but are we expecting him to fall from fantasy relevance soon to

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ALkoholic, Not once Gordon returns. But until then, he should keep on keepin’ on. I don’t love Vasquez and I think he’ll leave owners in the dark at least once a week, but if you’ve been happy with him lately, I don’t see it changing just yet.

  3. Jeremy says:
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    Choose 2: Jrich, Wes, and Reggie Willams. I’m leaning Jrich and Wes because Reggie clearly has the toughest matchup against Chicago, but Reggie has been producing some pretty nice lines in his last 3 starts.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, I’d go Richardson and Williams. Even if … wait, sorry … WHEN the Bulls blow the Cats out of the gym, Williams is still likely to see 25-30 minutes, but it will likely be against Chicago’s bench. It’s kind of a toss-up, but it’s always better to go with the two players performing the best, then the two players who MIGHT perform the best.

  4. Jayrock says:
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    I am thinking about trading Andre Miller (or Teague) and Scola for Gallo. Team’s in 1st, looking to prep for playoffs. Thoughts?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jayrock, If you can get away with Teague and Scola for Gallo (and afford to wait a month), that’s upward mobility on your part.

  5. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway I trade lowry and james johnson for josh smith and steve nash. I like how this trade gives me the perfect blend of 3s stls assists and blks. Does trade seem like a good fit for my team. I just have a hard time parting with Lowry in a keeper.

    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 reggie williams
    util evan turner
    bn james johnson
    bn Nikola Peckovic
    bn goran dragic

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Is the other team calling it quits on THIS season? Yes, the two guys you traded away probably have more value in the coming years than the two you are receiving, but there’s no contest this season that you got the much better deal.

  6. Joey the Kid says:
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    @Adam,

    I traded my: Kevin Love and Jerryd Bayless
    for
    I got his: Joe Johnson, Marcus Thornton, and David Lee

    Who won in that deal?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Joey the Kid, I’d prefer the trio in this deal than the duo, simply on the basis that Bayless is so much weaker than any of the other players being swapped.

  7. Ben says:
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    drop pekovic, turkoglu, batum, or gooden for picking up either elton brand, jarrett jack, or spencer hawes?

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben, i know its better to get players who can give you catagories you need but i want to know who has better value in the waiver wire.
      I am in top 4 in league in rebounds, assists, and steals. I am average everywhere else except 3pts made.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Ben, Drop Turk for Jack.

  8. Mr Duck Fat says:
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    Who wins in a trade involving Gortat and Ryan Anderson?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Mr Duck Fat, Last year, Gortat. This year, Anderson. My guess is next year, it’ll be Gortat again.

      • Mr. Duck Fat says:
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        @Adam, Trade is pending, I’m receiving Anderson (now I will own him in all leagues…Hello eggs, this is my basket). I’m absolutely getting crushed in 3ppg and ft% but in the top 5 in bpg so hopefully this will help a tad. I could also use a bump in assists and steals. I picked up Kidd who will help when he decides to stop acting his age and I’m looking to deal Garnett. Could you see a Garnett for Conely or Rubio trade working or is that asking too much?

        • Mr Duck Fat says:
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          @ Adam, I was also offered Baron for Devin Harris in a different league. What’s your opinion on Baron for ROS and how this Lin situation will work out? I know you recently commented that Baron will take over as the starting PG but has that changed due to Lin’s performance against LA?

          Thanks in advance for your help.

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @Mr Duck Fat, The Knicks confuse the hell out of me. Lin certainly makes things much less clear, but the Knicks riding a crazy four-game winning streak are still without possibly their three biggest names playing in the games. Until they’re healthy, I just can’t know what the team will be like. I mean, Lin is playing super great, but if he had enough minutes under his belt this season, he’d have the second-highest Player Efficiency Rating in the NBA, just behind Lebron and ahead of Durant. Call me nuts, but I see Lin having a really nice week, but I don’t see the second-best player in basketball when I watch him.

  9. Cory says:
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    Is it time to drop Hawes? He’s killing me. I could get Kaman off the waivers. Need me some blocks.

    #GETSOME

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cory, In the immortal words of both Egon Spengler and Luis Tully, “Yes. Have some.”

  10. Cory says:
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    That’s crazy I was just talking about proton packs this morning. Rock on brotha.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cory, Proton packs should be spoken of EVERY morning.

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