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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…  Is that too cliché?  Yeah it is, but there’s a point.  You knew where it came from as soon as you read it.  You can hear the soundtrack playing in your head.  Well, now that I said it you can hear it.  There’s even a chance you might remember the first time you saw it.  That’s what drafting LeBron James feels like.  It’s a smell in the air, a taste in the back of your throat that tells you there’s something familiar here.  The nurturing feeling of resting against LeBron’s bosom.  Ahh…  Hold me LeBron.  That’s not what this series is going to be about.  This here is akin to trying to remember the first time you saw Spaceballs.  Sure it’s a classic, but we both know you weren’t in the right state of mind to remember the first time you watched any Mel Brooks movie.  Am I right or am I right?  I can hear your silence loud and clear.

Let’s all now jump into our Delorean, Phone Booth, Hot Tub or whatever your time machine of choice is and travel back to last October.  There was something with very large fantasy implications happening in Houston.  It was not the trade for James Harden.  I’m talking about the position battle at SF between Carlos Delfino and Chandler Parsons.  If you would have chosen wisely then you would have gotten the closest thing I can imagine to the fantasy holy grail.  A top 50 player at the low low cost of a free agent pick up, even in the deepest of leagues.  This will be my gift to you.  No, not this overpriced knockoff but the next best thing.

Without further ado or should it be with further a don’t?  I give to you some players I will be going further in depth with as the year progresses. They have been neatly organized into tiers of urgency. As in how soon till the secret is out.

Tier 1 – Next week.  These guys should have no problem finding playing time already, but they are vastly under owned.

Patrick Beverley PG-Hou - 15% owned in Yahoo leagues. Currently set to open the season in a time share with Jeremy Lin.  P-Bev has shown plus rebounding and shot blocking for a guard to go along with better than average Steals and 3 PTM.  A changing of the guard (pun point!) is coming.

Alec Burks SG-Uta - 8% owned.  The number 12 pick in the 2011 draft has been patiently waiting his turn on the bench.  Those days are over. With a college average of 19 Pts on 49.5% shooting, there is no question scoring is his forte.  An average FT shooter and rebounder for his position keeps his fantasy floor high even though he isn’t a prolific 3-point shooter or stealer.  The added bonus of eventual PG eligibility only helps.  Since he’s all but guaranteed 30 minutes per game out of the gate his 8% ownership in Yahoo leagues is a joke.  I predict it jumps to 50% in a week or two after opening tip.

James Anderson SG/SF-Phi - 12% owned.  Selected with the 20th pick of the 2010 draft by the Spurs, James the Peach can be a giant scorer.  Preseason averages of 2.5 3 PTM feels on par with what to expect. Not only a shooter, 1.0+ Steals and solid percents have me thinking once of again of Chandler Parsons.  Or is that the Biebs once he hits puberty.

John Henson PF/C-Mil - 13% owned.  Ersan Ilyasova is hurt and won’t be ready for game 1.  The muppet man should see 30 minutes per game to start the year.  Still raw at 22 years old, the former Tar Heel has some of the highest potential of the players in this tier.  Shimmy Shimmy Ya.  Per 36 numbers from his rookie year include 16.5 Pts, 12.9 boards, 1.8 blocks.  The only thing holding him back appears to be playing time.

Tier 2 –  Talent finds a way to play.  These players will need a little help to truly shine.  An injury is the usual culprit, but when talent hooks up with playing time, something magical happens.

Jerryd Bayless PG/SG-Mem - 6% owned.  Playing time picked up to 25-28 minutes per game after Rudy Gay was sent packing.  Backing up Mike Conley at the point while competing with Tony Allen and Mike Miller for playing time at SG should keep his minutes over 25 without any issue.  12 PPG, 1.0+ Steal and 3 PTM, 3-4 assists feel like Jerryd’s floor.  Still only 25 years old there is plenty of time for a breakout, your team will be happy you went to Jerryds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. SG-NYK - 6% owned.  The son of the UTEP two-step is averaging 30 minutes per game in the preseason and appears poised to open the year in the Knickerbockers rotation.  A three year starter at Meeechigan, The Little Timmy doesn’t appear to have a multicat game.  Steady increases in college have me thinking he eventually might.  More of a deep league player, 2.0+ 3 PTM is why your going to eventually want him on your team.

Terrence Ross SG/SF-Tor - 4% owned.  Truth be told, I’m not sure where his minutes are immediately coming from.  An injury to DeMar DeRozan or Rudy Gay, and I think he’s playing close to 30 minutes per game.  Terrence has the talent to produce in nearly every fantasy category.  A ceiling of 2 3s, 1.5 Stls, 0.5 Blk is impossible to ignore.  Oh, Ello there Terrence.

Steven Adams C-OKC - 4% owned.  Adams may have earned a few minutes with his preseason play but he is still a long way from fantasy relevance.  Its probably going to take an injury to Kendrick Perkins for the New Zealander to earn more than 20 minutes per game this year.  The skill level between him and the rest of the options at center for OKC is blatantly obvious. If minutes are found you can expect normal big man stats.  FG%, boards, and blocks, he’s a capable scorer and his high energy play could lead to a surprising amount of steals.

Tier 3 – The end of the bench.  These are the players that get psyched when the coach calls their number.  However someday soon they’re going to be fantasy mainstays.  As the year progresses I will help to shed light on these and many more.  With a little more knowledge hopefully we can all choose…  wisely.

Cory Joseph – PG-SAS, Tony Wrotten – PG-Phi, Shane Larkin – PG-Dal, Dennis Schroder – PG-Atl, C.J. McCollum – PG/SG-Por, Evan Fournier – SG-Den, Archie Goodwin – SG-Pho, Giannis Antetokounmpo – SG/SF-Mil, Terrence Jones – SF/PF-Hou, Donatas Motiejunas – SF/PF-Hou, Andrew Nicholson – PF-Orl, Meyers Leonard – PF/C-Por, Rudy Gobert – C-Uta

  1. sparky8 says:
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    Drop Reggie Jackson for Alec Burks or Hold?

    • sparky8 says:
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      @sparky8: Also could drop Isaiah Thomas or Oladipo.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @sparky8: There’s no dropping Oladipo. He’s going to be fun to own. I imagine something similar to Tyreke Evans rookie year. I’d hold Isaiah Thomas too. I say ride the Reggie Jackson ride. Burks could very well have more value in the 2nd half of the year so it may come down to 1st half, 2nd half preference for you. Reggie also has a bunch of value. I would look at a trade before dropping him.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… Basketball already!! Good Times.. Well here’s my team, What you think??
    Mike Conley
    Gordon Hayward
    Jeff Teague
    Carmelo
    Paul Millsap
    David West
    Marc Gasol
    Tyson Chandler
    OJ Mayo
    Paul Pierce
    Danny Green
    Manu Ginobili
    Tristan Thompson

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Frank White: There’s a lot of name value going on. I don’t blame you as late as they were probably drafted. Missed games from Pierce and Ginobili may eventually get annoying. I think one more PG would really solidify that position and help with the advantage you should have with the 3s, FT%. One more PG shouldn’t hurt your turnovers or boards too much as they are already well above average. Blocks may be a lost cause. In a 10 team league I’m just not sure Gasol and Chandler are going to be enough.

      • Frank White says:
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        So you don’t think It’s that good of a team?

        • Frank White says:
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          or no?? Oh also I went to draft Klay Thompson and it messed up and gave me West in the 5th round. Do you think I got screwed on that or do you like West better??

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Frank White: I think there’s no question your gonna compete for the title, but I also think every team out there can get better. David West is going to be his usual self no worries there. You did just fine getting a few wings later in the draft so… no harm no foul.

            • Frank White says:
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              Thnx.. Quick question, Should I drop Manu for either of these players… Plumlee, Lance Stephenson, James Anderson, Nick Young or Trevor Ariza??

              • Slim

                Slim says:
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                @Frank White: Nah. Keep Giobili. I like Anderson but Ginobili will give you nice assists. Those tend to be at a premium in any size league.

                • Frank White says:
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                  You the man thnx!!

  3. Frank White says:
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    Sorry.. Lol Whats up Slim

    • Frank White says:
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      oh 10 team categories

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Frank White: Understandable. Just trying to help where I can.

  4. Jesse says:
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    Hey Slim,
    In my team, I focus on 3′s, assists, ft%, points, and steals to win 5/8 in head to head 10 team roto league. Here’s my team, is there anything you’d change?
    Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Lebron James, Ryan Anderson, Anderson Varejao, Ricky Rubio, Tobias Harris, Greivis Vasquez, Chandler Parsons, Chris Kaman, Kobe Bryant, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Martin.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jesse: Your 3s and Assists are great. No one can compete, maybe to the point of overkill. I think the guy that doesn’t fit here is Greivis for his lack of scoring and stealing. Your still going to need to be in the middle of the pack in the other categories to win and I think a shot blocker/rebounder would put your team over the top. Trading Greivis while he’s the starter is ideal, it may not last.

      • Jesse says:
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        @Slim: Thanks! Javale Mcgee would be agood trade for me right?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Jesse: Yeah I like McGee a lot this year. He’s probably always going to be a headcase but he should get all the minutes he can handle.

  5. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Awesome, a “sleeper” column with actual sleepers! I keep reading about how Toronto is thinking of dealing DeRozan, so Ross could very well be this year’s Chandler. And Javale McGee is clearly Joey.

    • Slim

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      @Clyde Prompto: Your enthusiasm excites me to write more. I think Terrence Ross could be an All-Star. There are only a handful of players with as much raw athletic talent. And he can shoot!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: I don’t know if the Raptors would know how to handle a wing player that can actually shoot.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Yeah it’s tough to trust them but I’m a fan of Dwane Casey and I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Of course with only one year left on his contract who knows who’s going to be coaching next.

  6. Tony says:
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    In a 10 man 9 cat league the flowing guys are available on waivers and wanted your thoughts on who could contribute the most. Here is my line up so should I keep or drop anyone for one of the guys on waivers.
    My line up
    Pg- s curry
    Sg-n batum
    Sf-p George
    Pf-r Anderson
    C- kanter
    G- a burks
    F- tris Thompson
    Ut-j McGee
    Ut-reg Jackson
    Ut-rob Lopez
    Be-taj Gibson
    Be-m plumlee
    Be-p Beverley
    Espn league- ft%/fg%/3′s/ast/stl/blks/rbs/dd/pts/
    Available on waivers- John Henson/j sullinger/d Stevenson / James Anderson /j jack /n young/s Blake /s Williams
    Now that granger is out is Stevenson a must add?
    Thanks

    • Slim

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      @Tony: Stephenson got 30 minutes a game last year and was pretty well below average. I don’t see anything changing there. I’m not sure what to expect from Plumlee but I know he is no John Henson. I would make that move with no regret. Young, Blake, Williams. I think that may be a situation to avoid all together. I have trouble deciding between Anderson and Burks. Burks may not start which could lead to some inconsistent production early. Richard Jefferson starting… sigh… I’ll set the over/under at 25 games. I’ll take the under.

  7. Larry says:
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    Hi Slim, would you rather own Anderson or Burks?
    I need percentages, boards, and some 3PTMs. Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Larry: It’s a good question and I hate to have to answer it because I like them both. It’s Anderson though for as long as Richard Jefferson is starting. 3 PTM isn’t close. Percentages favor him too. Boards are a push. I think Burks has a higher ceiling though and I wouldn’t be surprised if my answer changes in a couple months.

  8. Pavel says:
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    A lot of the guys you mentioned are on the wire. This is my team
    PG: J. Wall, Reggie Jackson
    SG: Paul George, Waiters, KCP
    SF: Korver
    PF: Ibaka, Nowizki, Markieff Morris, Henson
    C: Mcgee, Olynyk, R. Lopez

    should i try to make some 2-1 trades or stay put for now?

    • Slim

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      @Pavel: I’m always trying to make 2 for 1 trades. Especially early in the year when so many good players are available. Caldwell-Pope is gonna be a good one. I really enjoyed watching him play at Georgia. Enjoy the ride. Another PG couldn’t hurt. If Beverley is available he’s worth gambling on.

      • Pavel says:
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        @Slim: Any suggestions for trades? or Who would you drop?

        • Slim

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          @Pavel: I wouldn’t worry about trying to trade till guys start playing. The it’s buy low, sell high. For me it comes down to Olynyk or Markieff as a drop. Olynyk is much more talented. So it’s Morris, and yes I would drop Morris for Beverley on this team.

          • Pavel says:
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            @Slim: and with the news that olynyk isn’t starting?

            • Slim

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              @Pavel: I’d still hold Olynyk. I think he is going to be a very solid fantasy option. Maybe he does only get 24 minutes to start but when the Celtics are losing every game it won’t take long for him to take over as the number 2 scoring option. His competition is Bass, Humphries, and Sullinger. That’s not going to be a problem to overcome.

  9. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Henson or Chris Kamen?

    • Slim

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      @Schmohawks Bob: For me it’s Henson by a goodly amount. I think Kaman is a bench player for the rest of his career. I really don’t think he fits with D’Antoni and the Lakers either. I’m thinking he’s Gasols backup with 12-15 MPG. Henson is a monster talent. I think they find 20-25 minutes at a minimum for him when Ilyasova returns. 30+ with Ilyasova out.

  10. Jay says:
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    this is my first year playing Fantasy bball. Was a little difficult drafting. I tried to do some research beforehand but had the 8th pick in a 12 tm lg. here is my squad:

    PG John Wall
    SG George Hill
    G Jeff Teague
    SF Tobias Harris
    PF Al Horford
    F Gerald Henderson
    C Brook Lopez
    C Jonas Valanciunas
    Util Danny Green
    Util John Henson
    BN Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    BN Brandon Knight

    i think I am little light on Big men. Rebounding may be an issue.

    Thoughts for a first timer?

    • Slim

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      @Jay: Welcome. I think that’s a phenomenal team. If I had to give it something to work on it’s the 3s. The problem comes from a PG not shooting 3s. Along with your 4 Centers it leaves you a little shy. Fear not. It’s the easiest category to improve on. For now I wouldn’t worry about it. As for your rebounds, just blame Brook Lopez and keep an eye open for someone that can help. It’s not as bad as you think. You’re going to win it more than you lost it.

      • Jason says:
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        @Slim: thanks man. I’m hoping Garnett can help brook develop some tenacity. And he was my homer pick…

        Yeah looking at my game averages threes could be an issue. Ill try and make some early moves. I’m hoping dunleavy contributes there a bit. I like him in that team but he may be a little bit buried on the depth chart. Still thinks he gets enough minutes to plug in here and there though.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Jason: Your very welcome. If James Anderson is available I’d take a long hard look. 2.5 3s/game is a ton.

          • Jay says:
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            @Slim: Anderson was drafted. But I’ll keep looking around.

  11. Dr Radical says:
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    Yo!

    Would love your quick thoughts on this team (14 team head to head 10 Cat w/turnovers):

    PG: Derrick Rose, Damien Lillard
    SG: Bradley Beal, Demar Derozan, Danny Green (SF), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SF: Tobias Harris (PF), Andrei Kirilenko
    PF: NIkola Vucevic (C), Anthony Bennett, John Henson, Miles Plumlee
    C: Nikola Pekovic

    I am weak on blocks, and a bit concerned about PG depth. Thoughts on trades to be made, wire spots to watch?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Dr Radical: It’s pretty good, albeit a little shy on bigs. I imagine Beverley is gone. He’d help a lot. Blocks aren’t great and C depth would be nice too. Bennett in a redraft league is kind of borderline. I’m not sure the minutes are going to be there for him. Pretty minor stuff altogether. Hard to say who to target for a trade until they start playing. Buy low, Sell high.

      • Dr Radical says:
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        @Slim: Thank you. I am looking at a Danny Green for Gortat trade with a guy in my league who is center heavy. Otherwise, gonna see how things shake out.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Dr Radical: I like it. I think Gortat gets some pretty good run with the Wizards as they are trying everything they can to make the playoffs. Also I think Danny Green is replaceable in most leagues.

  12. Jac says:
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    Hey! wondering what’s your take on this team in 9 cat 10 team roto league. any stat i should improve on? i feel like i have a bit of everything but probably won’t be leading in anything..maybe a bit deficient in boards/assist too

    1. (10) Serge Ibaka (OKC – PF,C)
    2. (11) Carmelo Anthony (NY – SF,PF)
    3. (30) Ty Lawson (Den – PG)
    4. (31) DeMarcus Cousins (Sac – PF,C)
    5. (50) Rudy Gay (Tor – SF,PF)
    6. (51) Dirk Nowitzki (Dal – PF)
    7. (70) Goran Dragic (Pho – PG)
    8. (71) George Hill (Ind – PG,SG)
    9. (90) Gerald Henderson (Cha – SG,SF)
    10. (91) Isaiah Thomas (Sac – PG)
    11. (110) Jeremy Lin (Hou – PG)
    12. (111) Robin Lopez (Por – C)
    13. (130) John Henson (Mil – PF,C)

    • Slim

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      @Jac: Your strengths are your wing players which has left you a little short on bigs. But I think you made up for it just fine with those last 2 picks. RoLo should have a nice year. Very roto friendly game right where you needed it. I’m not too concerned with your PGs. I’m trying to find a weakness but I don’t see it. Turnovers are kinda high. Jeremy Lin might not be helping. In the big REL Dynasty draft Lin went for $10. Beverley went for $14. Just sayin. If we see a more efficient Cousins then your team is right there at the top.

      • Jac says:
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        @Slim: thanks for the feedback!

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          @Jac: reason why i picked up Lin is because i was lacking in someone who can rack up assist. but I won’t hesitate to drop him if he’s not starting for someone hot at the start. I will probably drop him or Henson (Maybe IT if he doesn’t get minutes..)

          • Slim

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            @Jac: I think the Kings are going to desperately need Thomas scoring. He’s locked into 25-30 minutes and has looking infinitely better than Vasquez. Even if he goes through a dry spell I’d still hold. Henson could be a question mark when Ilyasova returns but I’m sure you can deal with that when/if it happens.

            • Jac says:
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              @Slim: ah just great. Lin won’t be the starting, Lawson is out and Ilyasova is probably back weds (won’t start Henson) >_> I’m inclining on starting Thomas over Lin tomorrow then.

              and gauge it from there. make trades for someone hot

  13. tim says:
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    Love the sleeper section. At last we meet for the first time for the last time. I wish I had this column before I drafted in my 20 team 10 cat (3pt%) keeper league. I was grasping at straws for my sixth bench spot. I would love your feedback on my draft.
    PG – Walker, B Knight, J Teague, L Ridnour (handcuff), D Augustine
    SG – N Young, J Lamb, K Bazemore, E Fournier
    SF – T Harris
    PF – A Davis, T Thompson, J Jensen
    C – S Hawes, B Biyombo, J Smith
    Obviously, went with the PG/PF method.
    Thanks for the feedback.

    • Slim

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      @tim: I am your fathers, brothers, nephews, cousins, former roommate. One of my favorite movie scenes of all time. I doubt anyone can match your PG play, a little light at the 2 but I imagine some of those points have SG eligibility. Wings may be a little shy and when Kobe and Westbrook get back Young and Lamb may loose a lot of playing time. With Bazemore and Fournier buried in the depth chart you may want to explore a trade. Another 3 pt shooter couldn’t hurt. Blocks aren’t great but in a 20 team league I doubt any ones are. As for the keeper aspect there may not be much better than the Unibrow. Walker, Teague, and Tobias round out a very good young core. You should compete for years.

  14. manosun16 says:
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    Hey there. I’m in foot’s RCL league this year and our draft was yesterday. My newly drafted team:

    PG Mike Conley (23)
    SG Eric Bledsoe (50)
    G O.J. Mayo (74)
    SF LeBron James (2)
    PF Joakim Noah (26)
    F Tobias Harris (95)
    C Roy Hibbert (47)
    C Jonas Valanciunas (71)
    Util Brandon Knight (98)
    Util Jamal Crawford (119)
    BN Cody Zeller (122)
    BN Kelly Olynyk (143)
    BN Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (146)

    Thoughts on the team?

    • Slim

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      @manosun16: Noah scares me a little but I think you did good in grabbing some high upside bigs late. Tobias at 95, Val at 71 were major steals. I think JB ranked them both around 50. I really like this team. I’m trying to find a soft spot but I’m not seeing it. 3s may be a little shy but not much. Assists, Points, both %s, and TOs are strong. It’s not a ton of blocks or steals but no worse than middle of the pack. Your going to be a feared team.

  15. kisses says:
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    10-man H2H Most Categories (FG%, FT%, 3pm, Reb, Ast, Stl, TO, DD, Pts)

    I am debating a trade where I would send Paul George and Pekovic for Conley and Rubio. I totally zoned out during the draft and ended up only having Tony Parker as a PG and could really use more assists. I am absorbing a ton of turnovers and am losing George’s stat-stuffing, but I can get points/3pm/% from the other SG/SFs I have on my team.

    Thoughts?

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      @kisses: if helpful, the rest of my team:

      Tony Parker
      Klay
      Tobias Harris
      Marc Gasol
      Parsons, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan, Darren Collison, Eric Gordon, Manu, Kevin Martin, Bargnani, Andrew Bynum

      • Slim

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        @kisses: As much info as possible is always helpful. Taking blocks out of the equation and adding double doubles puts Rubio and George really close. And Conley over Pekovic by a mile. The loss of Georges 3s and Points isn’t that bad. 3s are a push anyway since your adding another shooter. It’s going to leave you a little short in rebounding but when/if Bynum returns its no longer going to be an issue. I’d look to add another big just in case. I don’t see anyone droppable so that may not be so easy right now.

  16. Zar says:
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    Hey Slim, Here’s my team.

    1. (1) Kevin Durant SF
    2. (24) Ricky Rubio PG
    3. (25) Larry Sanders PF,C
    4. (48) David Lee PF,C
    5. (49) Jeff Green SF,PF
    6. (72) Jonas Valanciunas C
    7. (73) Zach Randolph PF,C
    8. (96) DeMar DeRozan SG,SF
    9. (97) Greivis Vasquez PG,SG
    10. (120) Jamal Crawford PG,SG
    11. (121) Ben McLemore SG
    12. (144) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF
    13. (145) Randy Foye PG,SG

    What do you think? I’m not thrilled with Foye, Crawford, MKG, or even Greivis ><. Most of your tier one sleepers on on the wire till the 30th, would you recommend dropping any of the guys I have for them? I'm definitely dropping Foye, and I hope to get the waiver claim on Dragic.

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      @Zar:

      Dragic on the WW is a joke. Def drop Foye.

    • Slim

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      @Zar: Foye has a lot of competition for playing time and it’s only going to get worse when Gallinari returns. You have the 12th waiver since you drafted 1st so no chance on Dragic. You still put in a claim but it’s not going to happen. Beverley would do you just fine since you appear a little shy on PGs. If Anderson is available I’d take him over your last 4 picks. Your are a little deficient in 3s so I think that’s the best option for you. I’m not a big fan of MKG but you are short on steals and he should help there a lot.

      • Zar says:
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        @Slim: Yeah, don’t know why the guy dropped Dragic. If I don’t get him, I think I’ll get Beverly, then drop Crawford for Anderson (If available).

        Thanks for the help :)

        • Slim

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          @Zar: My pleasure. Good luck.

  17. scrotchs says:
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    I drafted Oladipo in the 8th round of a keeper league. Got offered DeAndre Jordan and next years 6th round pick for him.

    This league has no %’s, is head to head with 3′s, pts, rebs, asts, stls, and blks.

    What do you think, should I go for it?

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      Here is the rest of my lineup.

      1. (6) Kevin Durant  (OKC – SF)
      2. (15) Dirk Nowitzki (Dal – PF)
      3. (35) Brook Lopez (Bkn – C)
      4. (46) Kemba Walker (Cha – PG)
      5. (55) Nikola Pekovic (Min – C)
      6. (66) Goran Dragic (Pho – PG)
      7. (75) Victor Oladipo (Orl – SG)
      8. (84) Kevin Garnett (Bkn – PF,C)
      9. (86) Jonas Valanciunas (Tor – C)
      10. (95) Raymond Felton (NY – PG,SG)
      11. (106) J.R. Smith (NY – SG,SF)
      12. (115) Gerald Henderson (Cha – SG,SF)
      13. (126) Marcus Thornton (Sac – SG)
      14. (135) Anthony Bennett (Cle – SF,PF)
      15. (146) Tobias Harris  (Orl – SF,PF)

      • scrotchs says:
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        Lastly anyone my team worth dropping for your tier 1 guys? I was thinking Bennett for Henson. Everyone is available in my league expect for Beverely.

        Thanks!

        • Slim

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          @scrotchs: I’d stick with Oladipo. He looks like a young DWade and I think he puts up Tyreke Evans rookie year type stats. No %s or TO and he could easily return 2nd-3rd round value. I like the Henson add. Bennett has plenty of value in a keeper but Henson does too. You appear a little weak in rebounding, it’s always Brook Lopez fault, and that’s where Henson shines.

  18. Baren says:
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    First year playing fantasy. This site led my baseball team to a championship win, and I’m holding my own in both my football leagues. As this is my first basketball fantasy draft, I was hoping you could look at my team and tell me what you think of it, and any areas I should look to improve.
    Thanks again. Love the site!

    Ricky Rubio
    (Min – PG)
    SG Stephen Curry
    (GS – PG,SG)
    SF Paul George
    (Ind – SG,SF)
    PF Dirk Nowitzki
    (Dal – PF)
    C Nikola Pekovic
    (Min – C)
    Util Al Horford
    (Atl – PF,C)
    Util Damian Lillard
    (Por – PG)
    Util Joakim Noah
    (Chi – PF,C)
    Util Jonas Valanciunas
    (Tor – C)
    BN Kobe Bryant
    (LAL – SG)
    BN DeMar DeRozan
    (Tor – SG,SF)
    BN Paul Millsap
    (Atl – PF)

    10 team H2H

    • Slim

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      @Baren: It’s a very good team. Your PG play is by far the best in the league. High end assists and steals. Noah is an injury concern and it leaves you a little short in rebounding/shot blocking while he’s not playing. Nothing you can do but wait it out. Kobe was perfect for this team but DeRozan doesn’t feel necessary. He gives Points and FT% but not much else and those already look like strengths.

      • Baren says:
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        @Slim: thanks for the advice. I mainly picked him up as a backup SF. Can you recommend any other readily available options that might suit my team needs better. Gerald Henderson is still available.

        • Slim

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          @Baren: That’s nearly impossible to do. If you gave me a few options I could tell you who I like. I think a shot blocker would help. Patrick Beverley should be owned everywhere.

  19. Tony says:
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    Hoping you’re right on Henson. I took him in an 18 team keeper late. I’ve got him real cheap, if he can develop, get playing time, I’m in the same line of thought as you…. WOW.

    All i remember is the game last year where he had like 25pt 15 rebs and 7 blks or some crazy shit like that. EYE OPENER.

    What do you think of Andrew Nicohlson? Another guy I find similar and intriguing…..

    I’m a deep leaguer like mentioned so these guys can be the key to a championship for me.

    • Slim

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      @Tony: Henson had a few big games before Sanders got big minutes and I would be shocked if he didn’t get 20-25 minutes when Ilyasova returns. I think it’s as close to a can’t miss player as it gets.
      Nicholson is intriguing. His rebounding isn’t as good as Hensons but he’s a better shooter and was taking 3s in the preseason. With enough minutes he could turn into a 1-1-1 3′s-Stls-Blks PF with 2 good %s. That would make him unique among fantasy players and I will always gamble on that. Perhaps being a better fantasy player than real life player may hurt his minutes. Tobias muddles things quite a bit but he’s hurting and Nicholson should reap the rewards.

  20. Tony says:
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    Another quick one, stupid weekly league, who would you start, PICK 2:

    Wes Matthews (SA, PHO, DEN)
    John Henson (TOR, NY, BOS)
    Demarre Carrol (TOR, DAL, LAL)
    KCP (WAS, BOS, MEM)
    Andrew Nicholson (4 games)

    • Slim

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      @Tony: Caldwell-Pope, Matthews. Depending on your opponents players I could see Henson over one of them. Probably KCP since he’s about to see a speed to the game he has never seen before. He’ll be fine, borderline great, but there should be a learning curve to overcome.

      • Tony says:
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        @Slim: Ha i’m hoping you’re effing nostradamus of fantasy land, because in this 18 teamer i got KCP cheeaaaaaaap….. Usually rooks go for a good amount (we do a live auction at a hotel conference room, lol 16 of 18 guys present) so near the end of the buying KCP was up for a buck, i said $2 and snagged him…. and we’re talking MCW went for like $40?

        Idk, but if henson pans out like i am hoping and you are thinking, i’m loving it, thanks for the feedback and actual analysis.

        • Slim

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          @Tony: Caldwell-Pope went for $12 to JB Gilpin in the REL Dynasty auction draft. $2 is basically free. I’d take him over MCW who went for $13 in that same draft. I bet JB would agree. His redraft 12 team auction value had KCP for $3. MCW for $1. You did very well.

  21. Luis says:
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    I need three’s, but I could use quality across the board stats probably more. I’m in a 12 team keeper league, its the first year of the league. Would you drop Iman Shumpert for Alec Burks? I know Shump will be needed to play a decent amount of minutes since a bunch of Knicks dont play D, but is Burks’ role (he might backup at the 1 I heard) and skillset too good to pass up? I thought I could wait on him, but I’m just afraid he lights it up first game and someone else picks him up.

    Nick Young is also out there since I could use 3′s.

    What do you think?

    • Luis says:
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      @Luis: One last thing: What do you think of Isaiah Thomas? Do you like Beverley more than him?

      • Slim

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        @Luis: They are in very similar situations. A backup who is obviously better than the starter. It may depend on need. Isaiah is a much better scorer but Beverley is a great defender and could really rack up steals and even a few blocks. I’d say Thomas has more value right now and shouldn’t be dropped.

    • Slim

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      @Luis: Nick Young has zero keeper value and when Kobe returns his redraft value is going to take a hit. Shump vs Burks. Shump has a more defined roll for a week and should give better 3s and steals in the long run. I think Burks is a better scorer on a team that will need it and that’s where most of his value will come from. While I don’t think Burks will last long as a free agent I’d stick with Shumpert. His steals are the difference for me. Much harder category to find than what Burks gives. As for their ceilings I think it’s very close and you can’t go wrong with either.

  22. Jake Vz says:
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    Hey, just wondering if you could give me some advice on how to improve my team. It’s a yahoo 10 team head to head categories league. Categories are FGM/FTM/PTS/3PTM/OREB/DREB/AST/STL/BLK/DD/TO

    PG- John Wall
    SG- Bradley Beal
    G-Ricky Rubio
    SF- Jeff Green
    PF- Kevin Love
    F- Derrick Favors
    C- Larry Sanders
    C- Anthony Davis
    UtIL- Jeff Teague
    UTIL- Tobias Harris
    BN- Reggie Jackson
    BN- Jonas Valanciunas
    BN- Spencer Hawes
    BN-Enes Kanter

    Free Agents- MCW, W Chandler, AK47, G Wallace, M Harkless, C Zeller, Olynyk, J Henson, P Beverly, L Stephenson, C Kaman, S Dalembert, K Caldwell-Pope, O Casspi, J Hickson, P Patterson

    Should I pick up an of these guys? Thanks

    • Slim

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      @Jake Vz: It’s a very good team and I don’t think anyone can be dropped. It’s a little heavy on bigs and 3s are a little off. But since there are 2 categories for rebounding I think you took the right approach. Best guy on that list for your team I believe is Caldwell-Pope. But like I said I don’t see any room for an add.

      • Jake Vz says:
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        @Slim: Should I make a move to acquire someone like a Klay Thompson or Ryan Anderson? If so which big should I trade?

        • Slim

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          @Jake Vz: No I wouldn’t pay for 3s. Anyone you give is only going to hurt several other categories. Your team is stacked, I wouldn’t be looking to move anyone unless their perceived value sky rockets past their actual value. The most probable being Kanter (not a shotblocker), Jackson (questionable on Westbrooks return) and Hawes (it is Spencer Hawes after all). Then I would think about selling high, buying low.

    • Slim

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      @Mr. Ballistik: Nice. The head shot of Dwight is priceless.

  23. MB says:
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    I love the write up! Was considering adding Beverley to my team. Was wondering if you had some thoughts on it. Any honest advice would be appreciated!

    12-team, 9-cat (TO), H2H

    PG Kyle Lowry (6)
    SG Kobe Bryant (4)
    G O.J. Mayo (7)
    SF Danny Green (8)
    PF DeMarcus Cousins (3)
    F Ryan Anderson (5)
    C Marc Gasol (1)
    C Serge Ibaka (2)
    UTIL Michael Carter-Williams (9)
    UTIL Avery Bradley (10)
    BE Otto Porter Jr. (11)
    BE Lou Williams (12)
    BE Steven Adams(13)

    • Slim

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      @MB: Otto Porter can go in a redraft league and Beverley is perfect considering your lack of depth at the point. Steven Adams may not be ready for a 12 team league and you appear a little short at the SF position. A move there might be necessary, ideally adding a few 3s in the process. FG% is going to be tough to win. You may be better off punting it all together.

  24. Rambler says:
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    Anybody have a read on Alex Len? Is this guy a pick up post Gortat trade or is Plumlee going to hold the starters gig medium-long term?

    • Slim

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      @Rambler: I’m not sure anyone knows whats happening in Phoenix. I’m not high on either player and I believe we may be looking at an even time share when both are healthy. Plumlee is only an add because Len is hurt. I’m avoiding the Suns front court all together.

  25. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    joe johnson or jimmy butler?

    • Slim

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      @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: I’m going with Butler. Joe Johnson looks like his career is on the downswing. The Kirilenko signing can’t help. All signs point to JJ losing playing time and having a diminished roll.

  26. Tony Starks says:
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    Hey SLiM, don’t have a question for you. Just wanted to modestly humblebrag (if that’s even possible) how good a team I drafted in one of the RCL’s. Thanks for all the great work!!

    PG – CP3
    SG – Bledsoe
    G – Beal
    SF – Deng
    PF – Bosh
    F – DeRozan
    C – Ibaka
    C – Favors
    U – Reggie Jax
    U – Jamal Crawford
    BN – J Butler
    BN – C Butler
    BN – Taj Gibson

    Still can’t believe CP3 dropped to me at 6! This team is stacked
    Come F*ckwithmeuknowigotit!!!

    • Slim

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      @Tony Starks: Looks pretty solid. Not finding much to nitpick but if I had to it would be that Crawford and Caron might be weak links because they don’t help too many categories anymore. Jimmy Butler will overtake DeRozan as a starter on your team in no time. I’ve never been a big fan of DeRozan. Pts and FT%, not much else. All 3 of them at less than a steal a game could leave you deficient in that category.

  27. Connor says:
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    I was wondering if you had any advice for my team
    I am in a 12 team h2h category league and took drose with the tenth overall pick. I then traded him and joakim Noah for Kevin Durant. This is my team now. Henson is available
    PG- Eric Bledsoe
    SG- O. J. Mayo
    SF- Kevin Durant
    PF- Paul Millsap
    C- Larry Sanders
    G- Demar Derozan
    F- Rudy Gay
    Utl- Jonas Valacunas
    Utl – Brandon Knight
    Utl- Raymond Felton
    Bench- Patrick Beverly
    Bench- Amir Johnson
    Bench- Nick Young

    • Connor says:
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      @Connor: Caldwell pope and iman shumpert and both also available free agents

    • Slim

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      @Connor: Looks like you won the Patrick Beverley sweepstakes. Congrats. It’s usually impossible to get Durant away from his owner. Congrats again. Caldwell-Pope should be owned. I’d take him over Nick Young even with Kobe out. Another big would set you over the top. Small changes. It’s a really solid all around team. I’m not the biggest fan of DeRozan. Points, FT%. Not a whole lot else. Those categories are strengths already.

  28. Zandy says:
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    10 team 8 cat H2H heres my team
    PG – Conley
    SG – Felton
    G – Kemba
    SF – Durant
    PF – Aldridge
    F – Randolph
    C – Brooke Lopez
    UT – Greivis
    BN – Jameer Nelson, Garnett, Varejao, Korver
    Available: Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly, Henson, Waiters, Thornton, McLemore, Ariza, Lou Williams, Shumpert, Wilson Chandler, Tristan, Splitter, Hawes, Dalmbert, Osik
    What moves would you make?

  29. sparky8 says:
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    10 team roto, cats minus TO, 85 Game limit each position

    G-D. LILLARD
    G-E. BLEDSOE
    G-J. TEAGUE
    G-R. JACKSON
    F-K. LEONARD
    F-S. IBAKA
    F-G. HAYWARD
    F-JAMES ANDERSON
    C-D. COUSINS
    C-T. SPLITTER
    UTIL-E. KANTER
    UTIL-D. JORDAN
    BN-V.OLIDIPO
    BN-K. LOWRY
    BN-I. THOMAS
    BN-J. CRAWFORD
    BN-P. BEVERLY

    See any major problems? See anyone I have in the Starting lineup that I should bench? Am I heavy anywhere and light somewhere else? Thanks in advance!

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      @sparky8: Disregard, I asked again in the last post.

  30. Brevin M says:
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    Hey just was wondering what you thought of my team. It’s yahoo head to head categories. Categories are FGM/FTM/PTS/3PT/OREB/DREB/AST/STL/BLK/DD/TO. I’m in the same league as Jake Vz, who posted in this thread above.

    PG- Stephen Curry
    SG- Kawhi Leonard
    G- Kemba Walker
    SF- Rudy Gay
    PF- Paul Millsap
    F- Gordon Hayward
    C- Al Horford
    C- DeAndre Jordan
    UTIL- Eric Bledsoe
    UTIL- Cody Zeller
    BN- Raymond Felton
    BN- Andrew Bogut
    BN- Kobe Bryant
    BN- Trevor Ariza

    Same Waiver wire as Jake Vz that posted above. Who should i drop/add? Thanks

  31. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB… It’s Gordon Hayward a go for tonight or did they not get a deal done??

  32. Frank White says:
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    I mean slim…. Damn

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