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If you’re like JB and myself, then you like your fantasy basketball to be Head-To-Head.  The ability to talk smack to a new opponent every week keeps the intensity high.  And unlike Roto or NCAA football, we get The Playoffs, where heroes are made and injures decimate championship aspirations.  A nasty little side effect however is a shortened regular season.  After this week we will have played 10 weeks.  Marking the halfway point of the regular season.  If you’re in the bottom 3rd of your league then sacrifices must be made.  Injured players may need to be traded at less than face value or flat out dropped.  Streaming takes priority over upside.  There is still plenty of time to make up ground and sneak into the playoffs but it’s safe to say something isn’t working.  If you’re in the middle 3rd then you should take a long hard look at who on your team is on the way up and who is on the way down.  We all had our favorite sleepers coming into the year, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was one of mine, Archie Goodwin was well liked around these parts too.  They weren’t giving enough so we had to move on to the next opportunity, c’est la vie, life goes on…  If your in the top 3rd of your league then you need to ensure you stay there.  You can be much more risky and shouldn’t pass up any high upside guy who is getting big minutes.

Since the 1st half of the fantasy regular season is over, I would like to share with you my 2nd half most-undervalued team to help us make a push for the 3rd and final… half.  The playoffs.  I wanted to give some players available in most 12 team leagues so I arbitrarily decided on criteria of under 35% owned.  H2H, so it’s important that players will still be around to help us in the playoffs.  9Cat, because it’s the way it should be.  Not really, but it’s pretty much the industry standard.  Here’s my team.  You know, I would feel pretty good about this team making the fictitious playoffs in a fictitious league of fake basketball.

D.J. Augustin – PG – Chi – 22% owned – Admittedly this is more of a gut feel than any real analysis.  At 26 I feel like we are in the midst of a mini resurgence.  Once Kirk Hinrich returned Augustin was shifted to the bench but continued to get 30 minutes per game and has even played alongside Hinrich.  Augustin has several factors working in his favor.  With Derrick Rose done for the year Hinrich was called upon for huge minutes.  Not surprisingly, Hinrich quickly started missing games.  Also the Bulls lack a full time distributor which Augustin can be.  If DJ continues to receive 30+ minutes per game which I think he does then he should give 12 points, at least 2 3s per game, 1 to 1.5 steals, 5 or more assists, and he has always been nice to our FT%.  Edit: Last time out Augustin only got 20 minutes, the Bulls lost and couldn’t score 80 points, Hinrich did not play well.  I’m not terribly concerned about DJ’s court time.

Jordan Farmar – PG – LaL – 22% owned – With absolutely no competition for playing time in a PG friendly system Farmar should be somewhat immune to D’Antonis’ antics or a while.  A while of course being the return of Steve Blake.  Blake is only 8% owned so we can more than likely pick him up shortly before his return.  In the meantime Farmar should give 13 points, 1.5 3’s,  6 plus assists, and some big game upside.  If Farmar’s injury causes him to miss games then we go with Kendall Marshall instead.  In other words whoever the Lakers play at PG is going to be worth owning.  Edit: I could have changed what I had already wrote with the recent news about Farmar, but it all still applies.  I’m willing to give Kendall Marshall a test drive since he was decent on the score card with 28 minutes last time out and might get free reign of the Lakers offense.  As for his stats, I’m not sure.  If he succeeds then plenty of double-doubles and a few 3s at the very least.

Lou Williams – PG/SG – Atl – 32% owned – Sweet Lou has come back strong from his ACL injury and with Atlanta losing Al Horford for the year and DeMarre Carroll struggling through a thumb injury, Lou Williams got some extra playing time.  35 minutes in back-to-back games.  Something he hasn’t done much throughout his career.  Since he played back to back games over 30 minutes his minute restrictions appear to be over.  However he had an epic dud last time out and might not be ready for starters minutes.  Looking past that, In the 2nd half I think Sweet Lou will give 16 points or more, just under 2 3s per game, over 1 steal, 4 assists, and be a strong contributor in FT%.  Why not?  He’s done all that in stretches before.

Alec Burks – PG/SG – Uta – 22% owned – At the beginning of the year, I predicted Burks would be over 50% owned.  I was wrong.  I refuse to learn from my mistakes.  By the time the fantasy playoffs commence I predict Burks will be over 50% owned.  I think the problem has been inconsistent play due to inconsistent playing time.  In other words I blame Richard Jefferson.  Burks would be a 17/4/5 player with 36+ minutes and I blame Richard Jefferson.  When I have a headache… I blame Richard Jefferson.  When I got a letter in the mail from some lawyer 2 years after a condom broke demanding child support… I blamed Richard Jefferson.  At some point Burks will get consistent minutes and I’m pretty sure Montel Williams can clear up my other little problem.  When that happens we should get at least 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 plus assists, 1 steal and 1 3PTM per game, along with no worse than average percents.  In the meantime I can deal with the inconsistent play.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – SG/SF – Mil – 25% owned – I talked about him a month and a half ago.  Here’s what I said, “With a 30 minute role Antetok could give us .420/.740/1.5/12.0/7.0/2.5/1.0/1.0/2.0.  You can hold onto this young Nicolas Batum or you can go for what’s in the box that Hirosan is bringing down the aisle right now, What’s it gonna be?”  So far he has exceeded my expectations.  Less 3’s attempted has resulted in a higher FG% but he’s still averaging nearly 1 per game as a starter.  Also his FT% has been climbing significantly.  From here on out I see things only getting better.  If he is available in your 12 team league, he shouldn’t be.  Now that we’ve seen him play what can we expect?  Similar to my previous line except 2 better percents and half a 3PTM less.

Terrence Ross – SG/SF – Tor – 15% owned – After the Rudy Gay trade I thought Ross would receive all the playing time he could handle.  I didn’t consider John Salmons eating into his minutes.  While not as bad as Richard Jefferson I am starting to find myself blaming Salmons for bad things happening.  Like the other day I must have misplaced my wallet but I just knew Salmons had something to do with it.  I’m confident my wallet will turn up and Ross will stop floundering around under 30 minutes.  What can we expect from Ross with all those minutes?  A month and a half ago I said, “If Terrence Ross gets 36 minutes, which I think happens in the second half of this year, he can perform to the tune of .430/.750/2.5/16.0/5.0/2.0/1.5/0.5/2.0.  Congratulations, you’ve just won a… it’s a brand new Wesley Matthews.”  Now that we’ve actually seen it happen what changes?  I have my concerns the defensive stats might not accrue at the rate I originally thought but that’s it.

P.J. Tucker – SG/SF – Pho – 10% owned – Tucker has been in a prolonged shooting drought and it has cost him minutes.  Even still over the last month his per game ranking is in the top 150, bolstered by 3s, boards, and steals.  Once his shot starts falling again and his minutes climb up Tucker will be able to help any fantasy team.  For the 2nd half we should see 12 points, 7 or more boards, 1.5 steals, and at least 1 3PTM, all while turning the ball over just once per game.

James Johnson – SF/PF – Mem – 15% owned – A couple of weeks ago Memphis was getting bitten by the injury bug and had to delve into the D-League to find a SF.  At the time I said, “In the ’11-’12 season at the ripe old age of 24 years old Johnson managed 9.1/4.7/2.0/1.1/1.4 in 25 minutes for the Raptors… I think James Johnson is about to see significant playing time…”  It happened and James Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular with a per game average of that of a top 25 player.  Assuming he maintains 25-30 minutes per game he should continue to help with 1 3PTM per game, between 1.0 and 1.5 steals and blocks, all while maintaining around 10/6/2 and not hurting percents or turnovers.

DeMarre Carroll – SF/PF – Atl – 10% owned – Carroll was losing minutes to Shelvin Mack and Lou Williams before he sustained a minor? thumb injury.  He’s missed a few games now with the injury but all reports are saying that it isn’t serious.  With Horford done for the year Carroll shouldn’t have any issue keeping his close to 30 minute role.  While he hasn’t been spectacular he has consistently helped in steals, 3s, and boards without damaging percents or TOs.  With his 30 minute role intact Carroll should maintain 10/6/2 with 1.0 3PTM, and 1.5 steals, while not hurting any categories.

Taj Gibson – PF/C – Chi – 34% owned – At some point every year Taj becomes a must own player.  It’s because every year Chicago gets hit hard by injuries.  This year was no different.  Like usual just when it looks like Gibson will get less minutes he finds himself entrenched in the rotation and his 25-30 minutes a night should continue at the expensive of Carlos Boozer.  By now we know what we’re going to get, about a 14/7 player with 2 blocks and good FG%.  The caveat is the turnovers. 2.5 in the last month should come down some but it’s a problem.

Josh McRoberts – PF/C – Cha – 21% owned – McBob is a highly under rated fantasy contributor.  It’s the low points I guess and with that comes a low FG% and a low FT%.  With low attempts it doesn’t bother me at all though.  What I see is that over the last month he’s almost got to 1/1/1, 3s/Stls/Blks along with 6 boards and 4.5 assists with only 1 TO.  4.5:1 Assist to TO ratio is really good.  Elite in fact.  His points need to be made up for somewhere but McBob is a great option on nearly any team.

Markieff Morris – PF/C – Pho – 32% owned – Now known as the Morris twin with center eligibility, Markieff has been getting recognition for 6th man of the year with his big scoring games.  Sadly, he hasn’t been able to do it consistently yet and seems to alternate good scoring nights with his brother.  Markieff has however begun to separate himself from his brother.  He’s rebounding and blocking shots on a predictable basis.  With the continued 25-30 minutes Morris should be a 13/7 guy and might just eclipse both a steal and a block per game.

Jordan Hill – PF/C – LaL – 32% owned –  The much maligned Jordan Hill.  On a per minute basis he’s probably a fantasy All-Star.  He doesn’t need to start to be good.  He just needs to get 25-30 minutes every night without any evil shenanigans and he’s a must own player in 12-teamers.  With 20 minutes over the last month he’s a 10/7 player with a great FG%, less than 1 TO, 0.5 a steal and 0.5 a block.  With 30 minutes could he be a 14/9 player with almost a steal and a block?  I think that would be his floor.  #FreeJordanHill

This team has some issues but there’s enough upside that by the time the playoffs start some of those issues should be taken care of.  Just in case I will give you my watch list too.  Although if I were really playing this team it would be more of a streaming list than watch list.

Kendall Marshall PG-LaL, Steve Blake PG-LaL, Tony Wroten PG-Phi, Jarrett Jack PG/SG-Cle, Patrick Beverley PG/SG-Hou, Jodie Meeks SG-LaL, Tim Hardaway Jr. SG-NYK, Corey Brewer SG/SF-Min, Jeremy Lamb SG/SF-OKC, Al-Farouq Aminu SF-NOP, Marvin Williams SF/PF-Uta, Marcus Morris PF-Pho

JB the editor chimes in:  Nothing at all in the picks of this elite under-utilized team have me concerned at all.  I love what James Johnson is doing now and think he needs to be owned in far more leagues, but the big men there in Memphis clouds his long-term prospects especially with Gasol right around the corner.  But you can always hold JJ right now.  Hold him closely.  Sucks that the Farmar news came out last night, I would put Wroten in his spot.  His last two games haven’t been great, but I think you could see Michael Carter-Williams shut down at some point in the fantasy playoffs.  Maybe with a hangnail… And if you know me by now, I’m going to throw Mike Scott in the watch pile, because, well I just love him.  He’s a bit of a ThrAGNOF with some boards if given a role, but got a start the other day and I get to talk about him in two articles in one day!  Wooooo 2014!

Do you think I missed someone?  Would you like me to know more about someone on my watch list?  Should I drop a player on my team for someone on my watch list?  Do you have a better 13 player team of under 35% owned players?  Please feel free to critique my team in the comments.

  1. matt says:
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    I already grabbed Johnson, antekobe, and DJ in a couple of leagues. Helped me out last week and hopefully going fwd ROS

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @matt: Oh yeah. Those 3 cover all 9 categories. If those are your last 3 guys then your league mates are in trouble. Anyone who took the gamble on James Johnson last week was well rewarded. Sadly I don’t own him anywhere. I’m not real sure how that happened either.

  2. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Slim I hope you had a Happy New Year and I hope you have a great year!! 10 team 9 CAT H2H.. Would you hold onto Shawn Marion for long term or would you grab someone like Trevor Brooker, Marvin Williams, Kendall Marshall, James Johnson or Terrence Ross?? Position isn’t much of a big deal just need the best man for CAT’s

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: ’13 was a good year but I think ’14s gonna be even better. Best ‘overall’ value, the safest year long play, I think is going to be Marion. But Terrence Ross has the most potential yet still safe but more points and 3s where as Marion will give more boards, blocks, and possibly steals. Trevor Booker probably won’t be consistent enough without an injury to Nene or Gortat. Marvin… not in a 10 teamer. Kendall is only if your looking for a lottery ticket at PG. James Johnson and is possibly the best of the 3 right now but might lose minutes down the road. For me it’s between Marion and Ross. That’s close. Ross has way more upside so I would go that route. Marion is safer so I wouldn’t fault that either.

      • Frank White says:
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        Lol… Thanks buddy!!

  3. Corey says:
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    I have mayo, Middleton, and ersan. Who should I drop for Giannis lol.

    • Slim

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      @Corey: Yeah that’s rough. First off I’d drop all 3 for 3 Antetoks. Since there’s only 1 available… I’d hold Ilyasova for sure. I think Mayo and Middleton can both go and 3 guys is probably overly invested in a team like the Bucks. I would have lost my patience with Mayo a while ago. Any other options for Middleton?

  4. I love lamp says:
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    12 h2h points league. I’ve got Blatche, terrance ross, jodie meeks, and maybe khris middleton as droppable people. Do you think ridnour is going to stay in the starting lineup? He’s killing Middleton. Also I have henson as well but I hope he starts along sanders once he gets healthy. Anyway, Kendall Marhsall, alec burks, demarre, and farmar are on the waiver wire. Do you think I should drop any of my players for them? I also have Henson on my IR so I’m going to have to drop another player when he comes back.

    • Slim

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      @I love lamp: I’m not sure what’s happening with Ridnour. I think it’s possible Henson can coexist with Ilyasova and Sanders. I’d hold onto him too. Marshall could be a nice lottery ticket and I imagine Meeks doesn’t give many points since he doesn’t hit too many categories. I’d hold onto Blatche and he should have been on my watch list at the very least. Middleton vs Burks is interesting with both coming off the bench now. It’s really close and I ever so slightly favor Burks. Whoever starts will easily win that comparison.

      • I love lamp says:
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        @Slim: Ok and i also have waiters and gerald henderson. These guys are just so average its annoying. They’re consistently descent so i can’t drop them, but they don’t have breakout games except waiters sometimes. I’m in a points league so cats dont mean anything. You wouldn’t drop any of them right? specifically henderson

        • Slim

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          @I love lamp: The cats are weighted differently so there’s still value in multi-cat guys. Or I assume more value in Marshalls assists as opposed to Meeks points. I’m not impressed with Henderson but the consistency is valuable. I’d keep him and waiters over these other options.

  5. Corey says:
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    Who should I drop and pick up? My weakest players are Middleton, mayo, Marvin Williams, ersan, and Jeremy lamb. Free agents are booker, dj augustin, Giannis, Terrence Ross. Thanks

    • Slim

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      @Corey: I don’t know if your going to like this answer… every one of em. Same Corey as above I’m assuming and we’ve established Antetok for Mayo. Ross for Lamb. Absolutely. Booker is inconsistent with Nene, Gortat and Seraphin all playing. I don’t trust it. I’d hold Ilyasova. Marvin is playing way too well. I don’t trust it but it’s lasted too long to ignore. He should have been on my watch list, my bad. I’m not convinced he’ll still be starting come playoff time though. Be it from injury or youth movement. Augustin vs Middleton. Do you need assists? I wonder what JB would say. I’m going to say Augustin but you should ask him too.

      • Corey says:
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        @Slim: thanks. There’s also Corey brewer and Kendall Marshall.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Corey: Brewers needle is pointing down. I like the other guys better. Marshall is a nice lottery ticket but Augustin has a better chance of helping in the playoffs so I’d go that route.

          • Corey says:
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            @Slim: what about Lou Williams. I think he might have to do more with Horford out. But he had that dud last inight. So between Ross, Lou, augustin and Middleton how would u rank them? I just dropped lamb for Giannis. Thinking about dropping mayo for one of the four aforementioned guys.

            • Slim

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              @Corey: Ross, Augustin (upside), Lou (safe), Middleton, Mayo

              A case could easily be made for Lou ahead of DJ. I’m taking the upside for extra assists in most cases.

  6. Shaft says:
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    Think it’s still worth holding Henson to see how it all shakes out once he gets healthy? Also, what are your thoughts on Lin? I was hoping with him finally getting healthy and P Bev sidelined for a bit he’d break out a little, but he hasn’t really.

    • Slim

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      @Shaft: Either Lin is still hurt or what we saw earlier in the year was a mirage. He’s playing like the player who lost his job to Beverley, not the one trying to get it back. I think Beverley gets the job back when healthy. Lin has value but he isn’t a top 50 player. I would look to sell him after a big game if I could.

      If you can afford to hold Henson then you should try to. I think him, Sanders, and Ilyasova can all coexist. If someone becomes available that can’t be ignored then so be it. Henson is by no means a must own player when injured because his role is unknown when he returns.

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        @Slim: thanks slim. I agree with you on both points.

        I feel like my squad is a couple moves away from being a real monster to match up against once playoffs roll around. I just need to figure out what those moves are. I’m in second in my 10 team 8 cat weekly league. Any obvious areas I should be looking for an upgrade or am I better off just staying put for a while?

        Here’s my squad:
        PG: Conley
        G: walker
        SG: knight / korver / lin / w chandler
        SF: durant
        F: Aldridge
        PF: Henson / t jones / tobias harris
        C: Ibaka

        I basically flex my SG, PF and UTIL spots each week depending on the matchup., which has worked pretty well so far. I feel like I could use a PG upgrade or another solid big guy. I’d love to do a 2 for 1 and clear up a roster spot. Lots of serviceable guys on the wire. I hate asking such a broad question but you, JB and the rest of the guys have been saving my ass all season! Thanks for any advice!

        • Slim

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          @Shaft: 2-1s usually favor the 1 in a shallow league so they can be tough to pull off. I think your right there though, your PGs aren’t the monster assist. The only question marks to me are Lin, Henson, Jones, and Tobias. I think Tobias will be fine. I’m willing to wait on Henson to see how things work out for the Bucks. Jones and Lin are borderline due to inconsistency. If I was doing a 2-1 looking for an upgrade I would include one of those 2. Or I might shop em together, shooting for the stars and see if I get a counter. Targeting a PG or out of position assists.

  7. Fantasy Newb says:
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    My Josh Smith for Jeff Green. Should I accept?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: I would hold Josh Smith. This stinks of a buy low – sell high attempt that isn’t in your favor.

  8. Kevin says:
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    Happy New Years, slim. How do you feel about me trying to trade my Howard & Bledsoe for Lance Stephenson & blake griffin?

    My ulterior motive is to package Dwight up for someone else who can help my ft%.

    • Slim

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      @Kevin: I don’t think so. This trade is about Bledsoe more than anything and I wouldn’t be selling him that low. Griffin and Howard aren’t that far apart to me. At least in H2H. In Roto Howard is pretty much unplayable. Bledsoe is worth much much more. I’m not sure this guy would like my counter to that trade either. Since he’s at least willing to take on Howard I would continue to negotiate though.

  9. CS23 says:
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    Thoughts on Reddick vs Ross ROS. Once Reddick comes back Im going to need to make a cut so at this point its either Ross or Reddick. 12tm 8Cat Roto Ross is G/F eligible in my league

    • Slim

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      @CS23: I’ve got Ross. I might be alone in this but I think Ross has less competition for playing time and a much higher ceiling than Redick. Odds are they perform similarly so whoever gets the most minutes will be the guy to own. My money’s on Ross.

  10. Clyde Prompto says:
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    WHERE’S PBEV?? Seriously though, I like what I see from Brandon Wright. Do you see him improving as the season progresses, or is he more valuable to the Mavs as a 20 MPG kind of guy?

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Gah, I just noticed PBev in the Watch List. Joke officially rescinded.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Clyde Prompto: My thought being that he’ll get the job back when healthy and starting PGs are few and far between so I need to keep all my options open.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Wright should be on my watch list but he can only do so much in 20 minutes. And your worries are mine as well. The worst thing I see is that when Wright gets over 20 minutes they lose, under 20 minutes they win. That can’t be a good sign. Maybe I’m reading the tarot cards wrong there but it’s definitely not a good thing.

  11. Fantasy Newb says:
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    My Drummond and DeRozan for Hawes and Beal. should I accept?

    • Slim

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      @Fantasy Newb: I think it’s close enough that it’s worth considering. If your looking to add 3s, points, and FT% then I’d favor the Hawes, Beal side. If your needing rebounding, and steals then I’d favor the Drummond, DeRozan side. I think all sides are who we think they are at this point and I’m not worried about any of them not being able to maintain their current production level.

  12. Mr. Rondo says:
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    What should I do with Jordan Crawford and Jared Sullinger? James Johnson, T-Ross are still on the wire and I’m tempted…I’m looking ahead to April with a pretty healthy and solid squad.

    • Slim

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      @Mr. Rondo: I would hold onto Crawford. He’s had some ups and downs and I think he’ll still see 30+ minutes when Rondo returns. Sullinger I’m not so big on. More points than Johnson but not much else. If a PF is needed, along with boards and blocks, I would make that move. However overall I think Ross has the most season long value and between those 3 he’s the guy I would want the most.

    • Mr. Rondo says:
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      @Mr. Rondo: Oh and Brandon Wright is on the wire, too.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Mr. Rondo: Nah. He’s the last guy on the list. I’m having trouble believing Dallas is going to let him loose. He’s worth keeping an eye on just in case but I’m not betting on it.

  13. Fantasy Newb says:
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    What’s the better deal for me in a points league?

    My Howard and Lillard for Lebron and Stephenson

    or

    My Howard and Lillard for Lebron and Klay Thompson

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      @Fantasy Newb: Also My Howard and Lillard for Lebron and Greg Monroe

      or

      My Howard and Lillard for Lebron and Bogut

      All 4 of those thanks

    • Slim

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      @Fantasy Newb: I would say Klay over Stephenson but I’m not sure either trade is better than what you’ve got. I’m a big fan of Lillard and Howard is no slouch if his FT shooting doesn’t lose you too many points. Yeah, I’m going to say hold what you’ve got.

    • Slim

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      @Fantasy Newb: I’d still say Klay out of those 4 but nothing changes. I’d still take Howard and Lillard.

  14. MC says:
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    Who would you rather havenin H2H points league, Tobias Harris or Ersan Ilyasova?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @MC: I would take Tobias and last night solidifies that.

      • MC says:
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        @Slim: Anrdray Blatche is available should I grab him and drop Tobias Harris? Harris has been too inconsistent lately

        • Slim

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          @MC: I prefer Tobias. He should be better at all 3 of 3s/Stls/Blks than Blatche. Even without Lopez Blatche wasn’t seeing big minutes like Tobias is getting. It’s taking Tobias a while to get back into shape but we knew it was going to take time and he’s still progressing. I’m not worried about him. He’s a borderline top-50 guy moving forward to me. Blatche barely scratches top-150. Even with 30 minutes he’s more 14/8 to me not 20/10 like we’ve thought he was capable of for a long time. I know your asking about a points league which changes things a little, but still no where near enough.

          • MC says:
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            @Slim: thanks for the insight!

  15. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hi, I’m in a 14-team Daily H2H 9-cat league. I need advice, please bear with me. :)

    I’m currently 6th in my league but I’m looking to shake up my team because I don’t think I stand a chance in the playoffs. Here is a breakdown:
    Best – PTS, AST, BLK
    Avg – REB, STL, FT%
    Worst – FG%, TO, 3PTM

    Team:
    S. Curry, J. Holiday, R. Rondo, K. Marshall
    K. Thompson, V. Oladipo
    J. Green, G. Antetokounmpo, T. Harris
    G. Davis, T. Gibson
    J. Noah, J. Henson

    I have 3 questions.
    1. Someone offered B. Jennings, B. Wright for K. Thompson, R. Rondo. Do I accept?
    2. Who here is droppable? I really want to stash Redick but I already have two injured players. I’m also reluctant to drop Henson.
    3. Most of my players are teammates. Is this a huge problem? (2 GS, 2 BOS, 3 ORL, 2 MIL, 2 CHI)

    • Slim

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      @Daniel Bryan: 1. I’d be tempted. Jennings is a solid get and probably the best player in this deal. However I’m worried Wright is going to stay a 20 minute guy and might not have enough value to stay on your team. Klay is more or less replaceable and who knows what Rondo will do. If there is any concern about missing the playoffs then he can go. If you could counter offer with a slightly more reliable player than Wright I’d take it.

      2. I would really try to hold onto Henson also. I’m guessing blocks are a little more average with him out of the lineup. I agree 3 injured players is too many and Redick is the last of the 3. Your worst player is Marshall I’m sure, especially considering he’s unlikely to have playoff value. I would wait till Redick is coming back to add him. If you miss out it’s not that big of a loss.

      3. Nah. You have the right Bucks so I’m not worried there. GS has a bad playoff schedule so that could be an issue but I wouldn’t sell either at less than face value. Glen Davis worries me but you need his boards. Bigs that don’t block or help FG% is kind of frustrating to own. I would test his value in the league by offering him around and see if I can upgrade him.

      It’s a really good team. There’s a few minor issues but when healthy your going to be tough to beat. I wouldn’t be looking for whole sale changes. Small improvements will be good enough.

      • Daniel Bryan says:
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        @Slim: Thanks for the in-depth answer man. I really appreciate this. Still trying to shop Glen Davis, maybe a 2-for-1 with Rondo. Hope somebody bites. Awesome blog guys! Keep up the good work!

  16. yokev_o says:
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    Currently trying to tank 3’s + points and focusing on fg %, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and turnovers. I was wondering if kyle korver for gortat is a solid trade in regards to that aspect? I’m currently in second and traded lebron and howard in order to surround my team with non superstars and more bodies to rely on nightly. My team is currently very well rounded. Your thoughts?

    • Slim

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      @yokev_o: I don’t see anything wrong with that trade. WIthout 3’s Korver drops way down the rankings. Gortat has been pretty reliable and I don’t see that changing. I would absolutely make that trade with those conditions. There’s an ever so slight loss to assists and steals so that needs to be made up for probably.

  17. Durantula says:
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    I just discovered this site – great stuff guys.

    I’ve been offered Chris Paul for my Deron Williams and Ricky Rubio. It’s a 10 team 8 cat h2h league. I’m tempted … should I accept the offer?

    • Slim

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      @Durantula: Thanks and Welcome. We try…

      I’m worried about Deron missing more games. Rubio is a little underrated, I love all those steals. Chris Paul dwarfs those 2 though and I would make that trade in a 10 teamer. Clearing up a roster spot in a 10 teamer is incredibly valuable too. Who would you be looking to add? I’m assuming another guard since you are taking a pretty big hit to assists. I think JB would agree with me but maybe not. He was pretty high on Rubio coming into the year but I think that’s just because he was buying into some improved shooting which is not happening.

  18. 740 says:
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    Hi, can someone please explain to me the meaning of ThrAGNOF?

    Thanks fellas

    • mike says:
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      @740:

      Means there are tons of 3 point specialists with all kinds of position eligibility, even on the waiver wire, so don’t get too attached to any of them. It’s a category you can easily win just by loading up on these guys or streaming them, unlike say steals or assists where anyone who looks like they will produce well above the league average gets snapped up immediately and held.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mike: Well said. One of our fun little terms. @740: Thanks for stopping by!

  19. SLIM:

    Great job on this. Agree with a lot of your takes above. A few other players NOT INCLUDED on yours or JB’s lists that are on my deep league watch list for 2nd HALF include:

    Mirza Teletovic – 16% owned (interesting to watch minutes with Kirlienko/Blatche back)
    Danilo Gallinari – 12% owned (maybe healthy after ASB; expectations low, so is ownership)
    Chase Budinger – 9% owned (return from knee surgery within next week or so; could start fairly soon)
    Andrew Nicholson – 5% (if anything happens to Vucevic, Tobias, – could earn more PT and natural ball hog)
    Jerryd Bayless – 3% (seemingly valuable every year when Conley inevitably sits with injury)
    Kent Bazemore / Shane Larkin – 1% (these are more 18-20 team league watches; a lot needs to happen for them to see court, but love upside of both)
    CJ McCollum – 0% (assigned to D League to get run, but if Wesley or Mo Williams sustain an injury, he will get some PT). Still really high on him, especially for dynasty.

    • Slim

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      @EL BURRO: Thanks. I tried to make something that would be universally beneficial for a change and in a fun little format.

      Teletovic. I’m worried about the inconsistent rotations. I’m watching too though. Not exactly stellar competition. Blatche is worth watching too and I should have mentioned him since he met my under 35% criteria.

      Gallo. Once again his competition isn’t very good. I agree there should be some nice late season usage.

      Budinger. I’ve never been a huge fan and the competition in Minny is fierce. I’m going to need to see a lot before I’m a believer.

      Nicholson. I traded him away in the REL. Don’t really miss him. He’s pretty buried in the depth chart but I could see his value coming back at some point.

      Bayless. So frustrating. I traded him to JB in the REL and I’m glad to be rid of him. Memphis refuses to give him consistent big minutes.

      Bazemore. Needs to be traded away to get any playing time I imagine. He’s a real athletic guy though. I like his ceiling.

      Larkin. With the impending return of Devin Harris I think his playing time gets even more murky. I think we’re still a year early on Larkin.

      McCollum. He’s going to destroy the D-League. Love his game. In a dynasty he shouldn’t be available. It might be a good time to check in with his owner to see if he’s available for cheap.

      Thanks, I appreciate your take. Not enough people play in deep leagues. They are so much more entertaining than the usual redraft 12 teamers.

      • @Slim:

        Yeah; I understand. I’m always partial to the more challenging “deeper” type leagues. Not that 10-12 teamers are not fun, I just find 14-16 teams more rewarding when you win them cause it takes finding gems, working wire, rather than having an “All-Star” team that gets hot at the right time. Make sense?

        Example – After 34 moves in my 14 team league going into 2014, my add/drops on the wire have netted me: Terrence Jones, Terrence Ross, Jordan Hill and Darren Collison. Mind you, it has cost me (ie. I have dropped) Alec Burks, Reggie Jackson and Gerald Green. So there’s that. But, still — feel somewhat rewarded so far. Long season!

  20. Frank White says:
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    Sup Slim… Would you take Collison over Terrance Jone or JJ Hickson??

  21. Jenny says:
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    Asked Dan this question but was also wondering if I can get your opinion!
    I’m currently smack in the middle (5th) in a 10 team h2h, 9 cat league
    I‘m usually scouring the wire but want to be more consistent. Going to pick up Jones tomorrow night since Rockets had a few nights with no games.

    PG – D. Collison, Irving (SG)
    SG /SF– Stephenson, Turner, Korver, Batum, W. Chandler, Iggy
    PF – Nowitzki (C), G. Davis (C)
    C – Valanciunas

    Btw, love the site!

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