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Have you ever sat back and thought, “What if I got a shot at the NBA when I was in my prime?  Everyone knows I average a double double in my men’s league, I tell them all the time.  I’m 6’7″ and can jump higher than even Steve the Electrician’s kid.  What if I got minutes against the best in the world?”  I know one Razzball writer who’s had that exact thought.  Usually after one too many crown and cokes.  Someone thanks him for helping them win their weekly match-up 7-2 and we go out and celebrate at the bar.  Well played sir.  Well Played.  This night gave us much more than just a terrible hangover.  It gave questionable decision making and a highly impaired thinking process.  At some yet still hazy point that night we began playing the fantasy ‘What If’ game, culminating in the question what if Nick Calathes started and got 36 minutes?  Wouldn’t he average 10 assists per game?  With that eureka moment I knew it was time to hail a cab and call it a night.  Obviously I was far too tired to think straight.  When I awoke the next day, thinking clearly once more, I decided to play the ‘What If’ game again.  This time with you as my live studio audience and hopefully with a more level head.  Would everyone please now fill out your name tag and be seated.  Because you may just be the next contestant on, ‘What… If… He Starrrrrtsss…’  And it’s a Go for the Theme Song.

Terrence Ross SG/SF-Tor – Ladies and Gentlemen here is my number one second half stash.  Ross was drafted 8th overall in 2012 after two years at UDub.  With huge improvements from freshman year in college to sophomore year including 16.4 points and 3′s/Steals/Blocks of 2.1/1.3/0.9 respectively Ross shows us his fantasy appeal.  In a very young sophomore NBA season Ross is only receiving 17 minutes per game.  Equivalent to last year, but already showing an improved FG% and the willingness to shoot the 3 whenever the opportunity arises.  With minutes comes comfort and I think Ross is the type of superior athlete that with minutes we can comfortably pencil him into our future fantasy lineups.  For Terrence to get starters minutes he won’t need much help.  The new regime could bring an end to several of the old regimes perceived mistakes.  If DeMar DeRozan or Rudy Gay were to get traded or injured Ross will be the benefactor.   Whether that happens isn’t today’s what if.  Today it’s, all together now, ‘What… If… He Starrrrrtsss…’  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.  This 4 door luxury sedan comes fully equipped with rear view mirrors for perfectly functional hindsight.  Disclaimer: Your prize also contains more boards, blocks and missed FTs than the original model.  And queue theme song.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG-Det – With almost enough characters in his name to rival the great Martynas Andriuskevicius, KCPs full name shall hence forth never be spelled out again.  After starting for two years at Georgia KCP, has already developed an NBA ready offensive game.  His sophomore season stats of 18.5 points, 2.6 3′s, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.0 steals were good enough for SEC player of the year and the jump to the NBA.  KCP was given a large chunk of minutes to start this year and subsequently failed, or did he?  A quick glance at the per-36s in 4 games shows 15 shots, 1.3 3s, and 17.7 points.  Since we are only talking about 55 minutes all it really shows us is an aggressiveness to shoot and the ability to hit as a rookie.  Although we already knew that from his preseason.  What will it take for KCP to get a 30 minutes role, be it as a starter or 6th man?  It could take something as small as practicing well and winning minutes.  We are talking about Rodney Stuckey and Chauncey Billups as his competition after all.  Still a trade or injury remains the most likely culprit.  Let’s now spin the wheel and see what we can get from KCP, no whammies no whammies.  STOP!  In 30 minutes, .440/.820/1.8/16.0/4.0/2.0/1.2/0.2/1.5.  You sir have won the Marcus Thornton get away package.  I’m sorry to say this package also includes however many days and nights it takes before the Pistons let KCP loose.  Would you like to spin again?

Giannis Antetokounmpo SG/SF-Mil – Come on down your the next contestant on, “I’ll never spell your name out again!”   That’s a terrible name for a game show.  How about, “Ante up for Antetok”.  Better?  This one is going to be tough.  The only stats I can find on him are with extremely small sample sizes.  Instead of playing Summer League ball, Antetok played for Greece in the under-20 Euro Championships.  In 10 games he averaged 31 minutes and gives the largest sample size of his playing time I can find.  The numbers don’t jump off the page with point, board averages of only 8/8.  However half his shots were 3s and he managed to post 1.2/1.0/1.4 in 3′s/Steals/Blocks respectively.  The big question now of course is can he get playing time?  How, when, and at who’s expense?  He’s currently 3rd on the depth chart behind Caron Butler and Khris Middleton who is also getting minutes at PF.  An injury or trade of either and Antetok gets 20 minutes.  Once Milwaukee starts playing for more balls in the lottery Antetok should get 30 minutes.  Do the dominoes fall?  That question is for the GM to answer, all I want to know is, “What… If… He Starrrrrtsss…”  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 red snapper or you can go for what’s in the box that Hirosan is bringing down the aisle right now, What’s it gonna be?

49 Responses

  1. John says:
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    J hill, Steve blake, Wilson Chandler, Martell Webster, John Henson or P Beverly for my empty slot. Who has the better chance to breakout? I want someone that can be a trade asset soon. Thanks.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @John: I’ve got to go with Beverley. Hill has to deal with the will of D’Antoni. Blake will give more assists than PBev, but that’s probably it. Wilson should get all he can handle and is definitely number 2 on this list but lacks Beverley’s assists. Webster has had many chances in the past and has never maintained value for too long. Worth a gamble for most but you have better options. Henson isn’t starting with half the team injured. What happens when guys start to trickle back in? Beverley has everything going in his favor. It’s just a matter of time.

  2. Pedro says:
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    9-cat deep roto league (15 teams). His paul george and bargnani for my boogie cousins and wesley matthews. Good deal or no?

    • Tony says:
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      @Pedro: get PAUL GEORGE

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Pedro: Yep I think it’s pretty easy too. Cousins is great, Matthews is meh, bargnani is ugh, but George more than makes up for that. Unless your hurting in rebounds. Not just middle of the pack, but really hurting.

  3. Jay says:
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    Slim -great stuff man.

    I just dropped Nicholson and Shumpert and replaced with Jordan Hill and Casspi.

    James anderson Terrance Jones and MArtell Webster all available.

    Should I be rostering one of them over any one here:

    George Hill
    Gerald Henderson
    Jeff Teague
    Danny Green
    DeJuan Blair
    Al Horford
    Jonas Valanciunas
    Brook Lopez
    Gerald Green
    Jordan Hill
    John Wall
    Patrick Beverley
    Omri Casspi

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jay: Thanks. I had a blast writing it.

      Both moves look right to me. Casspi and Jones. I’m not sure if they won’t eat into each others minutes to the point that neither becomes too useful. The 4 games before last night Casspi wasn’t really ownable in what looks like a 12 team league. I would swap out Gerald Green with Webster. You’re probably going to get what Green was giving before Dragic returned. I’ve got another so please don’t get mad. I like your team. It’s just a personal preference that will change depending on who you ask. I would swap out Blair with Jones and see if he sticks with 32 minutes in Hou. If he does his value will crush that of Blair. Anderson or Casspi is up to you. If Jones doesn’t work Casspi might. I think Asik at PF is over. Anderson just needs to take more shots. 4/2/1 reb/ast/stl feels about right so he has his issues. 2 good %s and low TOs means he wont hurt you.

  4. Trey says:
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    I just traded for Jonas V…and his production so far is worrying…

    What are your thoughts on this changing any time soon? Will Ujiri be actively shopping Rudy?

    Q is open to anybody.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Trey: I think it’s trending up. The stat that sticks out to me is 3.7 fouls in 26 minutes. That’s really high. In his last 4 he has one game with 24 minutes, the rest 30 and the one was a blow out. I’m buying. With the youth your going to have to live with some inconsistencies. I think his good stretches could be really good.

      It all comes down to wins and loses I guess. I imagine the front office will entertain a call on anyone. It’s difficult to know how they view their players. Lots of who knows in those words. I’m not to big to say it, I have no idea.

  5. Dreadz says:
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    Liking Ross as a stash. What do you think about Jordan Farmar though? Seems like he could have a big second half since Blake probably won’t hold up playing 35+ min all season. Nice work!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Dreadz: Thanks. It was a lot of fun to write.

      I shouldn’t be talking about Farmar. You know, if you don’t have anything nice… When Kobe returns I think Blakes role will be scaled back. Assuming Nash doesn’t contribute and Blake goes down, Will D’Antoni run Farmar to the ground and will it help your fantasy team? Do I get any other options?

  6. giantsfan says:
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    Would you do brewer for jimmy butler? buy low on butler? i dont like how he has playing so far and im scared that this might be his production for the full year, thoughts?

    • Slim

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      @giantsfan: I think Butler has underperformed in Points, FG%, and 3 PTM. I think he’s closer to last years 46% than this years 39%. Once that normalizes so should the other 2 categories. I’m buying Butler and although I do like Brewer I think Butler will be better. Butler can block more shots, rebound better, shoot a much better FT%, and by the end of the year should have a better FG%.

  7. Josh says:
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    Blake or stash Lou Williams? Will the mamba induced regression bring Blake’s stats below Lou’s projected production?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Josh: Pretty significant injury for Sweet Lou to overcome. If it’s scoring you need then I think Lou will be better for you, eventually. Assists should easily go to Blake. Kobe will eat into Blake’s production, how much is still really unknown. In a vacuum I take Blake.

  8. Pavel says:
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    aye i’m looking to sell afflalo while i can. who can i pair him with to make a 2-1 that will be good for my team?
    PG: J. Wall, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly
    SG: Arron Aflalo, Waiters, Gerald Green
    SF: Kevin Durant, Metta World Peace
    PF: Ibaka, Henson
    C: Gortat, Mcgee, R. Lopez

    • Slim

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      @Pavel: If you could package him with Jackson or Beverley for a high end PG I think that’s your best bet. I’m not sure McGee is worth holding on to. If you could package Afflalo with Henson or Gortat for a another reliable shot blocker I think that would be a good move too.

  9. zshaft says:
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    Hey Slim,
    Just traded Zebo, Tristan Thompson and Bargniani for Ibaka. What do you think?

    Here’s what im working with now:
    PG: Conley
    G: K. Walker
    SG: Korver
    SF: durant
    F: Aldridge
    PF: Ibaka
    C: B. Lopez
    Util: Plumlee
    Bench: Beverley, Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and James Anderson

    The wire is full of solid guys, or at least guys with a lot of upside. Webster, Jamal and Jordan Crawford, Lin, Felton, Blake, Jameer Nelson, Henson, T. Jones and Hill are all available. I think if I ca get my bench just right, I’ll be sitting pretty and can mess around with my SG and Util depending on my match up each week. What do you think the play is? Felton’s SG eligibility could make him interesting. I probably could use some assist help on occasion too. And Jamal Crawford’s 5 games next week do make him interesting, but i dont like him long term.

    Alright, sorry for rambling. Any thoughts you have would be much appreciated. The league is H2H, 8 cat.

    • Slim

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      @zshaft: I remember this team, it’s a good one. Ibaka is a great pickup for some mediocre guys. Big minutes for Jones but his production isn’t all that inspiring. Henson off the bench with half the team injured is hard to trust too. Korver, Brewer, and Wilson makes SG no longer an issue. Lin should be owned. I’d take him over Anderson. Without turnovers as a category Jeremy Lin is pretty high end. You could ride Jamal Crawford next week if you want, Anderson is the drop, and it’s almost a guarantee a PG will be available when your done with him. But… is his 5 game week better than Brewers 4? I’m not so sure.

      • zshaft says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim, youre the man. Appreciate all the help. With Lou Williams on his way back, does your view of Korver change?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @zshaft: Nah. There are plenty of other places for Atlanta to find minutes for Lou. Schroder, Cartier, and Carroll are far more likely to lose minutes.

          • zshaft says:
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            @Slim: That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear. Thanks.

            One last question. Someone in my league dropped Tobias Harris and he made it all the way through waivers without anyone claiming him, which makes me think that either no one is planning to stash him or they are waiting for any good news on him. When do you think the right time to grab him is?

            • Slim

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              @zshaft: In a league with weekly rosters and 4 bench spots I’m surprised Tobias cleared. You lose almost nothing by waiting on him. But with all those solid free agents available I guess no one thought it was necessary. Assuming you grabbed Lin, the question becomes Tobias or Brewer? That’s a tough call. Will Brewer maintain throughout the year? Will Tobias come back as the player he was last year and when? I don’t hate whichever decision you make. Personally, with those league settings, I would wait on the chance to possibly win the lottery with Tobias.

              • Slim

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                @Slim: By wait, I mean on my bench not the FA list.

                • zshaft says:
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                  @Slim: Yeah, already snatched up Lin. Thanks for the advice on that one.

                  I need Brewer for my next week match up since i could use his 4 game week to make sure i win 3′s and steals. Im thinking maybe drop him on monday for harris? My next few weeks look good schedule / match up wise so i can wait another few weeks for Harris to get back in the lineup.

                  Thanks again for all the advice. This is my first year playing fantasy, so it’s awesome you guys are so helpful. im already addicted.

                  • Slim

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                    @zshaft: Monday the 25th? That’s a long way away to be thinking about a roster move. If playing Brewer next week is decided then we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. If good news comes out on Harris and Brewer is in your lineup and you can’t drop him then it comes down to Wilson, Beverley, Lin, or Korver. That’s going to be a much harder decision. I’m really not trying to give you more things to think about. Whichever way you decide to go won’t be wrong. Brewer is safer, no question. Losing out on Tobias isn’t that big of a deal either.

                    Fantasy Basketball is by far my favorite, I enjoy the math though. Even if sometimes it can get real fuzzy.

                    • zshaft says:
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                      @Slim: No. No. Monday the 18th. Id set my line this Sunday with brewer. Then when it’s locked in, drop him for Harris, if that makes sense.

                    • Slim

                      Slim says:
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                      @Slim: Yeah I gotcha. I hear a JB loses his wings every time Brewer gets dropped. I think ours will agree with the move, but it will sadden him that a fellow JB somewhere in the world just lost his wings and he could have stopped it.

  10. Li says:
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    Slim,
    What are your thought on Terrence Jones? Hes now getting starters minutes with disgruntled former double-double Big Man Asik apparently dealing with a 7 foot ego. With his trade demand, Does Jones last as the starter? His numbers tonight, while not a lot if points, were well rounded
    (6 pts/8 Reb/2 Asst and a Steal) this follows yesterday’s Double-Double with 3 blocks.
    In my deep 20 man team, I grabbed him up very quickly (dropped Steve Adams). ….hope he adds to my stellar waiver wire season thus far : Plumlee, Beverley, Olynyk (meh). With Asik out who else is his competition for minutes?

    • Slim

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      @Li: I thought playing Jones 33 min vs the Knicks was very telling. Most teams go small vs them. Casspi could steal some minutes but it doesn’t appear that Casspi will take his job. With 32 minutes like his getting I would say he’s probably going to get around 10/8, with 0.5/0.8/1.5, 3′s/Stls/Blks respectively. In a 20 teamer that’s a big time contributor. With those FA adds and if your draft was at least ok then your way ahead of the curve.

  11. John says:
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    9 Cat Roto with 9 teams in a weekly basis. I’m last in blocks, turnovers and field goal%, below average in 3PM. So I made some changes. Do you think this one will work?

    My lineup looks like:

    PG: Westbrook
    SG: Kevin Martin
    SF: Nicolas Batum
    PF: Anthony Davis
    C: Marc Gasol
    G: Brandon Jennings
    F: Lamarcus Aldridge
    Utilities: Rubio, Ibaka, Al Jefferson

    Bench: Korver, Jose Calderon, Jonas Valanciunas, Tobias Harris, Ilyasova

    I think I can survive in steals, assists with Rubio, Jennings, Westbrook. In 3PM, I got Martin, Korver, Jose Calderon. In FT%, I think I have no problem, since all of my bigs and guards can shoot well. I purposely get all those bigs so I can increase my FG%, blocks and boards in no time, while reducing turnovers in a fast rate. What do you think? What are my weaknesses? Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @John: With Davis plus Ibaka you are going to climb out of the cellar in blocks in no time. Turnovers are rough and it’s probably the hardest category to come back in. Korver should be able to help. Maybe switch him out with Jennings or a definitely not 100% Westbrook on occasion to try to offset their shortcomings. Both are going to do serious damage to FG% and TOs.

      • John says:
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        @Slim: If I remove either Jennings or Westbrook, do you think I can still hold to steals and assists? I currently rank 2nd best on both categories.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @John: Yeah I do. Rubio is extremely high end assists and steals which is why i left him out of the discussion. Batum plus either PG should be enough if you need more you can always switch back. Riding Korver and Calderon on your bench isn’t helping the 3 PTM, especially while playing such a big heavy lineup. Yep I’ve convinced myself. I’d start by switching out Jennings for Korver and see how it plays out.

          • John says:
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            @Slim: Nice. Thanks a lot.

            • Slim

              Slim says:
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              @John: My pleasure. I think it’s Grey that talks about how lonely fantasy sports can be. Not here at Razzball though!

  12. Michael Pan says:
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    Hi, wondering what you think of picking up marcus thorton on waivers?

    for alec burks

    • Michael Pan says:
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      my lineup is as follow in 9 cat roto 14 team

      mike conley / ty lawson / trey burke
      gordon hayward / joe johnson / marcus throton / derozan / evan turner
      tobias harris
      kenneth faried
      al jefferson / derrick favors / zach randolf
      andrew bogut

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Michael Pan: It pains me to say it but I don’t see a problem with that move. Burks getting inconsistent minutes is leading to very inconsistent production. In a month or so I would be surprised if this answer is the same though. Once Richard Jefferson gets traded or benched and Burke returns I think things will open up more on the perimeter for Burks.

      • Michael Pan says:
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        thanks Slims

        What do you think of Thorton for the long run?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Michael Pan: I expect gross inconsistency from a 6th man SG role in which the Kings would rather just let McLemore play. In the next week or two there will be a hot name that I will have no problem dropping Thornton for. If Thornton gets shipped out of Sacramento I think it will be to play the same 6th man role, not to be a starter. Purely speculation of course.

  13. Tezza says:
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    Hi, new to roto. Playing 9 cat, weekly, 10 teams.
    My team looks good on paper but is coming second last?
    Please help/offer advice on players to target. I’m last in turnovers and average at rest.

    Parker
    Bledsoe
    Durant
    Plumlee
    P Gasol
    Batum
    Westbrook
    Butler
    Pekovic
    Kanter
    Bench: Beverley, Felton, Lowry, Al Jefferson

    Thanks.

    • Slim

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      @Tezza: Turnovers are a killer. Kanter/Pek is tough because they are high TO yet low Block bigs. I’d look to move one for a better shot blocker. In order to help the TOs your going to have to give up some other stats. If you could trade a PG for a low TO 3pt specialist I think you will see your TO ranking start to climb without hurting your other stats too badly. A Redick, Korver type. Your team is really good and you will see improvement when Westbrook, Gasol, Butler, Batum start playing better. I’m not worried about them. Roto is about the long haul. Don’t over react to early season struggles.

  14. Frank White says:
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    Sup Slim… I picked up JJ Hickson for a stream and wasn’t happy.. lol but I’m looking for a long time pickup that can help me across the board, especially FG%.. Do you think I should grab Martell Webster or Lou Williams?? If Lou is gonna come back very soon that is

    • Frank White says:
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      Oh also, Is Beverley worth holding onto?? They keep sayin he’s starting over Lin but Beverley’s been sucking ass with a lot of minutes and Lin’s been killing it

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Frank White: I think Lin has had only 2 very good games but both had negatives too. One went into double-OT and the other was sans Harden so they may be outliers also. In the game vs Philly I think Beverley’s stat line was better than Lins. Beverley has had two duds in his past 4 and his minutes were restricted in both. I think his rib injury has effected him and he has been fighting the flu. I’m giving him a pass… for now. Since Lin nearly forces you to punt TOs I’m not that impressed from a fantasy perspective. 4.7 Asts vs 3.8 TO is really bad in real life too. Lin looks really good as a 6th man playing mostly SG. I think that’s his best role for Houston to get wins.

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: Pretty serious injury for Sweet Lou. I expect it to take some time for him to get back into the swing of things so league size and other available FAs is important. I don’t think missing out on him will be too big of a deal. Hickson is kind of boring but should help FG% with good volume. Webster is going to get a ton of minutes with Ariza hurt for an unknown amount of time. I have no problem riding that for a while.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx

  15. John says:
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    I have Al Jeff, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Lamarcus Aldridge, Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka to man the C/PF spot. I only have Batum, Ilyasova and Tobias for my SF spot. Should I drop Valanciunas for Wilson Chandler? Thanks.

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