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Before we get going, I just want to take a moment to thank Grey and Adam for giving me this opportunity to contribute to the site. This is my first post for Razzball and if you enjoy what I bring, and want to stick a feather in my fedora, then go ahead and do so in the comments. If you don’t, then you can also express your thoughts … somewhere else. So let’s get started, shall we?

Yes, we shall start … right after a quick pre-weekend (preekend!) announcement. Things just got real over at Razzball advertiser (Razzvertiser!) Daily Joust. Daily Joust is offering two freeroll contests for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game this Sunday: 1. $250 NBA All-Star Game Freeroll Contest (new users only), 2. Current Daily Joust Users NBA All-Star Game Freeroll (Winner earns a seat in $10,000 “Super Joust” Tourney), and 3. There is no three. You clearly weren’t reading carefully. The “Super Joust” Tournament takes place in April with $10k in prizes + 2 NBA Finals tickets. What’s not to love? (I mean besides Fergie? Fergie is not to be loved. Ever. Are we clear on this? Good. No go hit up the Joust!)

Now, on to Buy/Sell:

Man, that Blake Griffin is the bee’s knees, the cat’s meow, the snake’s rattle (wait, no one uses that one?). He owns the 2, 3, 4, and 5 spots on Sportscenter’s top 10 (second behind only a Jeremy Lin lay-up), his rebounding is elite, his post game is unstoppable; hell, he can even dunk over a low-end, mid-sized car! So why am I telling you, loyal Razzball reader, to sell the boy wonder? It’s simple; he is way overvalued by everyone and their mothers. Sure, the scoring and rebounding numbers are awesome and all, but what else is he really giving you? A decent FG% from a big man? A handful of assists? A FT% that only DeAndre Jordan and Andris Biedrins look up to? You know what player that sounds like? David Lee, and he won’t take a dump on your free-throw percentages either. Sure, Griffin could start blocking more shots, stealing more balls, and learning to make one of the most elementary shots in the game, the free throw; but I don’t see that happening this season. I have seen Griffin traded for the likes of an injured Carmelo Anthony or Rajon Rondo. Even if you could get a player the likes of David Lee along with another above-average player, I’d take it in a heartbeat. Ideally, you will want to wait until after Griffin dunks over the cast of the Biggest Loser this weekend during the dunk contest, as his value will be inflated even more. Remember, a monstrous Griffin dunk is worth just as many points as a weak Earl Watson lay-up. Now here are some other players you should buy or sell during this All-Star weekend:

BUY

Kenneth Faried – Faried has been starting in place of the injured Nene and he be doing what Nene do. We can call him Nene Jr. I wonder if they do each other’s cornrows before games? Oh yeah, basketball related info. Faried will give you points, boards, steals, and blocks, all while contributing solid percentages. His minutes have been inconsistent, but with a per-36 line of 16 points/13 boards/2.6 blocks, you will want to add him and hope Karl gives him more court time even after Nene’s return.

Gustavo Ayon – Another intriguing young talent who has surfaced after a solid veteran went down. Ayon has really turned it on recently, averaging 10/9.7/1.5 stl over his last six games. Carl Landry isn’t expected back for at least a couple of weeks, so Ayon should continue to produce around those levels. By the way, where have all these Hispanic players come from this season? Ayon, Ricky Rubio, Greivis Vasquez. Francisco Garcia: ”Hey! I’ve been here all along!”

Nikola Vucevic – The Sixers’ five spot has been a revolving door since Spencer Hawes went down with an Achilles injury (who would have ever thought a team would miss having Spencer Hawes healthy?). Well Vucevic stepped up in a big way on Wednesday, and has had a few solid games scattered throughout the past couple weeks. His .667/18/8/3 performance against Houston could be an outlier, but I’d pick him up and ask questions later. Remember what happened the last time you waited to grab a Nikola?

Alonzo Gee – The guy gets absolutely no love. Sure, no one actually watches Cavs’ games. I am still under the assumption that the team doesn’t exist and David Stern just simulates their games using NBA 2K12. Regardless, Gee continues to contribute night after night. He is currently in a bit of a funk, but he gets enough hustle stats to make up for that.

James Johnson – Speaking of guys who get no love… Johnson continues to be dropped like he’s hot, which you normally wouldn’t do, I guess Snoop Gizzle doesn’t play fantasy sports. Now I know Johnson doesn’t score a lot, but points aren’t the only category in fantasy hoops y’all! A player who blocks over a shot per-game, grabs over a steal per-game, contributes a little everywhere else, and who gets consistent minutes should be owned in more than 13% of leagues.

Arron Afflalo – Has dropped 20+ points in six of his last eight games. See, there is the scorer you drafted at the beginning of the year, he just needed the rest of the team to get injured first.

Jordan Crawford – Scored 32 points the other night, but it was against the Kings who gave up defense for lent. He did drop 20 on the Suns prior to that. Wait, what’s that? The Suns don’t play D either? Oh what the hell, just pick up Crawford because he gets very streaky and seems to be heating up.

SELL

Jrue Holiday – Dude has been putting up clunkers offensively throughout the month. Look at his player card, he hasn’t had three straight solid offensive performances as far as I can remember. Is it just me, or do players on well-rounded teams suck in fantasy? Well Holiday has been one of those players this season. We all know he is talented, which is why he will garner some value despite his inconsistent fantasy play. Don’t trade him for a Forever Lazy, but field offers.

Mo Williams – It was the general consensus that Williams would step up and fill the “aging guard” void left by Sir Chauncey Billups, especially with the way he was playing at the time. Instead, Mo has decided to spite you for thinking you could predict the future and shoot an abysmal 32% from the floor since the Billups injury. At this point, he is doing more harm than good to your roster and should be let go.

Baron Davis – Want another reason to love/hate Jeremy Lin? He courtblocked Davis from having any fantasy value, which made a lot of you angry/laugh. Before you curse/bless Lin for ruining/validating all the time B-Diddy spent stashed/not stashed on your bench, take a second to click the “drop” button and pick up a player who will actually help your team.

21 Responses

  1. Moses says:
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    Better pickup? Biyombo? James Johnson? or Josh Howard.

    Rank those 3 Please

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Moses,
      1. Johnson (best all-around option)
      2. Howard (best potential for points w/ promotion. But I don’t trust his old bones)
      3. Biyombo (blocks/boards)

  2. Ray says:
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    Staying on the Biz mackie theme…Biyombo, Wilson Chandler, or Ramon Sessions? Which one do you drop first?

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Ray, Tough, three very different players. If you are okay in the standings and can afford some DNPs from Chandler, then I would hang onto him and drop Biyombo. But if you need blocks/boards more than points/assists, then drop Sessions.

  3. Lance says:
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    Nice write up! What do you think about Blair? Do you think he’ll step up his game? I know Splitter killed his value, but he’s injured and I’m guessing Duncan will play less minutes and miss more games in the next couple of months. Blair over Gee or Vucevic?

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Lance, I am a fan of Blair’s game (especially the fact he plays without knee ligaments. I can’t play and I HAVE knee ligaments!), but I think Gee is a more productive option, and Vucevic has bigger upside because weak opposition. Balir occasionally has games like last night’s, but you will usually get 8/6 from him.

  4. Dimitri says:
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    Adam, i need some major help: 10team h2h league 9 Cat

    Pg: Lowry, Lawson, Isaiah, Stuckey
    Sg: Harden, Marshon
    Sf: Igoudala, Ariza
    Pf: Gasol, STAT
    C: Ibaka, Pekovic, Brook Lopez

    Harden doesn’t fit in my squad, im built to win FG%, FT%, Rebs, Blks, Assists, Steals, and maybe TOs

    So I’m punting 3′s and points (i cant compete in these categories, there are owners shooting over 40 3s and putting up over 650 points so forget it!). Another owner is trading T.Parker. Would you deal harden for parker and rack up those assists? and drop stuckey for a big? or trade harden for another Stud PG like nash (durability?). pls lemme know. sorry for the overly in depth question!

  5. Dimitri says:
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    ^ My fault, I meant Josh..too used to Adam!

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Dimitri, Given your sitchy, I would trade Harden for Parker. Parker’s lack of treys won’t affect you because you are punting them, and he will help your shooting percentages. Nash is a great FT shooter, but doesn’t get to the line enough to effect your team’s percentages that much, and like you said, he is a bigger injury concern.

  6. mike s says:
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    well written and fun to read. good job! write more!

      • JashFath

        JashFath says:
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        @RASHEED WALLACE!, Whoops, didn’t log in. I thank you, and ‘Sheed does as well.

  7. josh says:
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    hey josh, who would u trust more in the upcoming week’s schedule? i have 1 utility spot open and idk who to put in (its a weekly lineup change!)

    kidd (NJ, MEM, NOH, UTAH)

    I thomas (UTAH, LAC, LAL, PHO)

    dj augustin (DET, SA, NJ)

    wilson chandler ?

    AND, do you think steph curry will be ok? or should i put in a Guard in his place and bench him this week?

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @josh, First off, props on your name, it is one of a winner. Now regarding your question, I’d roll with Thomas. He is playing well and has four games on his schedule. As for Curry, word on the street is he will be fine this week. But given the fact that he injures his ankles every other game, and that the Dubs have nothing to play for, he may be limited. So I would bench him this week if you have a reliable option on your bench.

      • josh says:
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        @JashFath, i like ur name too haha, and thanks for the tips

        do u think either kidd or augustin are better options in currys place/

        • JashFath

          JashFath says:
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          @josh, I’d go with Augustin for just this week.

  8. Jeremy says:
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    Going forward this week would you go with Gee, Carter, or Parsons as an alternate SF?

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Jeremy, Despite my endorsement for Gee in this post, I’d go with Vinsanity. Gee has a tough schedule and Carter has been playing well recently.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @JashFath, Yeah that’s what I figured with Vince playing his former team / terrible defensive squad the nets, while Gee is playing Boston tomorrow

  9. Libby says:
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    Hey Josh, I enjoyed reading it, keep it up I can’t wait for the next one.

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