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Week 8 bangs and shimmies its way to a close with seven of last week’s 10 top teams staying right where we left them. Week 7 saw the bottom feeders remaining sedentary. This week it’s the top feeders. Also, I’m pretty sure “top feeders” is not a term for anything. I think it’s just something I made up to entertain myself because Lord knows, “The Office” is no longer entertaining me. And while we’re speaking about entertaining things, I like looking at a team’s rankings from one stat category to the next and get an overall feel for what kind of team they are fielding. Usually if a team ranks high on, say, 3ptm, FT% and STL, that team is probably not going to fare as well in the RBD, BLK, FG% category. Simple, right? Looking at a few of the RCL’s teams, the occasional squad sticks out as being quirky, clearly led by a couple players with unique skillsets that buck the system, go against the grain, and are constantly damning the Man.

Boom Boom Pau ranks in the top 4 in both RBD and STL, which are not usually two categories that pair together well. His solid rankings in those two categories are brought out even more by the fact that he ranks outside the top 21 in everything else.

chris kaman his pants ranks in the league’s top 10 in both PTS and RBD, so one would assume he’s got a platoon of elite big men. He ranks 52nd  in FG%, usually a gimme among PF/C-led teams.

Smokey McPots ranks in the top 14 in both FT% and 3PTM, suggesting his team is the opposite of ckhp. Smokey’s team is likely filled with trigger-happy guards and yet he ranks in the bottom 13 in AST, a common stat often tied to little guys with solid shots.

Coca sCola might be my favorite outlier. His team also ranks in the top 9 in both FT% and 3PTM and in the bottom 9 in RBD. None of this is surprising until you realize he’s also top 12 in blocks. What kind of team shoots accurately, blocks a ton, but can’t grab a rebound if it fell on the floor in front of him?

Take a look at your own team. Some of you have very obvious weakness/strength correlations, some of you don’t. Considering these things might help you form some trade ideas or strategies going forward. Or not. Here’s the spreadsheet.

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  1. Benny says:
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    What kind of stats are you predicting for JR Smith assuming he signs with the Knicks? And what about Chandler assuming he goes to Denver? There’s a report he may be skipping the Chinese playoffs with the teams’ blessing.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benny, That’s a good question. Smith is damn near impossible to predict, mostly because the team is in all sorts of flux, Smith has never played with them before and he, himself, is an unpredictable player.

      Conservatively, I’d guess: 20 mpg/.400/.700/1 3pt/9 pts/2 rbd/2 ast/1 stl/0 blk/1 tov

      To be fair, almost no deviation from this in either direction would shock me.

      I’m guessing Chandler is a little closer to his averages from last season. Especially with Gallo out.

  2. EK says:
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    Your thoughts on my Paul George & Bogut (who I just picked up off waivers) for Kyrie Irving? Long-term 10 team keeper league H2H 9 cat…

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @EK, I’d do it. Especially if you can move George and Bogut now, before Bogut returns.

  3. Shawn says:
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    hey adam

    Rose/Dirk for DannyG/D.lee
    DannyG instead of Iggy right?
    I offered him Iggy/Dlee for rose/dirk but he countered with DannyG/LEe

    thats better for me right? Iggy is underrated?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, Well, it’s not worse, anyway. I say give him Granger if that’s what will get you Rose and Dirk. You’ll almost certainly improve or remain unchanged in every category but boards and maybe steals.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Adam, I know Rose is out and Granger is back, but still … I’d put my head down and wait it out.

  4. EK says:
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    I was offered D. West & Okafor for Boozer.
    Long-term keeper 10 team H2H 9 cat.
    I’m deep at C and have no use for Okafor but this def has me thinking because I value West higher than Boozer as a keeper and I’d def be selling high on Boozer right now..

    • EK says:
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      @EK, Actually, I’m not sure how I value West vs. Boozer. Also – do you think Ryan Anderson’s value ever be even close to where it is now? With or without Dwight…

    • Adam

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      @EK, Yeah, I’d be careful about overvaluing West. Boozer isn’t having a fantastic season, by any means, but West hasn’t become the strong first/second option on Indiana that most people assumed he’d become. If you don’t need Okafor, you don’t need to make this deal.

      Also, I tend to think Anderson will see some drop off next season, or whenever the Magic retool its roster. I don’t think he’s a fluke, I don’t foresee the same plummet in production we’re seeing in Dorell Wright this year or Channing Frye these last two, but he’s literally shooting threes at a top-10 all-time pace. It’s not hard to bet he won’t maintain that.

  5. joe says:
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    I was offered Thorton and Pekovic for my Bargs and J.R. Smith.
    Standard 9 cat H2H
    I’m leaning towards yes since I can use a bump in 3s and rebounds. However I’m having difficulty judging bargani’s value since he’s injured.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @joe, Would you make the trade if you knew Bargnani was going to return playing at the same level he was playing before he got hurt?

  6. Cory says:
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    Nobody is taking my Lin offers! I need this guy off my team! 5 TOs in the first quarter?!

    #BigTroubleInLittleChina

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cory, Three days later, I’m wondering if you’re still desperate to rid yourself of the guy and if you’re still unable to do it.

      • Cory says:
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        @Adam, You know…I made all types of offers, but they were all rejected. I think the lowest I was willing to go was a trade straight up for Joe Johnson, and the other manager wrote me a long email explaining how he thought it was ridiculous.

        So now I’m just trying to embrace Lin. It’s tough because FT% and TOs were really tight cats for the top 4 teams in my league, and now I’m tanking both of those…but I am pulling ahead in points, assists, and steals. I’m anxious to see how Lin performs with Melo on the floor.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Cory, I’m pretty surprised. Just on hype alone, guys like that are usually fairly easy to get rid of. You must play in a sophisticated league full of scared shizzless owners.

  7. Jeremy says:
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    Dalembert and Camby just got dropped onto waivers. Drop Scola or Frye or Neal for either one of them?

    10 team H2H 8-cat. The rest of the squad can be seen here – http://imgur.com/ZFsZG

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, Depends on need, but Neal would be the drop I’d make For Camby.

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