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Chris Paul sat out his fifth game yesterday. That, along with Caron Butler‘s recent tweak, paved the way for Mo Williams to get his minutes up. It’s all I can do not to mention Williams’ 77 points and eight three-pointers in his last three games, except that I just mentioned it. So now we’re in a pickle. If you happened to add Mo to your roster, you’re fat ‘n’ happy, jack. But don’t get used to it. It’s 10:15 for Cinderella and the carriage horses are freaking out about turning back into mice. Butler returned yesterday, Paul is likely back for Wednesday’s game and you’ve got no mo’ chances for Williams to go off like he did this weekend. He’ll see a minutes bump until he cools down. My guess is, the heat will decline along with his minutes. Here’s what else happened over the weekend in fantasy basketball.

Francisco Garcia – Likely to start Monday in place of the recently hospitalized John Salmons. He had three steals and a block in his last start, which was equal to the combined total of his points, assists and rebounds. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have … the Francs of life.

Kemba Walker – 16/6/4, with a steal, a three and three turnovers in relief of D.J. Augustin‘s inflamed big toe. Ding-dong. Who’s there? Big minutes and cheap assists. Oh well, then come on in. Wonderful. I can’t stay long. Augustin isn’t likely to miss a lot of time. I’ll leave when he gets here. So sad. Would you like a wine cooler while you wait? That would be splendid.

Shaun Livingston – 10/5/5, with  2 steals, starting in place of the benched Stephen Jackson (10/4/1). Livingston is a hot pickup. Mostly because he’s very likely to burn his owners.

Ersan Ilyasova – 16/6, with a steal in 21 reserve minutes. Just like last year, with the exception of maybe Bogut, I avoid owning all Bucks because all Bucks avoid giving consistent performances from game to game. He’s had 11 and nine rebounds in the two games leading up to this one, but only three and nine points, to go along with it.

Jerryd Bayless – Made his second debut of the season after failing to make a solid debut in early December. This debut felt more like a real debut as he assisted on five buckets and stole the ball twice. He also messed with Joe Kettle’s mojo (3/2/4, in 24 minutes). We won’t know how successful this debut is until we compare it to all the other debuts he’ll have later this season.

Amir Johnson – Benched after three quarters, one point, one board and seven minutes on the court. Mix it all together and what do ya got? A sloppy bucket of yuck. He’s been having a fair amount of yuck buckets lately.

Leandro Barbosa – When DroBo finds 21 mpg a game, he’s doing a lot with it. The problem with Toronto is that he’s not always finding 21 mpg. I don’t like his usefulness in any league with fewer than a dozen teams. Anything more than that, I love ‘im.

Ray Allen – Sprained ankle and missed the rest of the game. He said he’d try to make tonight’s matchup. “Anything you can do, I can do two weeks longer.” – Dwyane Wade. Mickael Pietrus is the add if Allen’s optimism turns out to be unfounded.

Avery Bradley – Six turnovers and 1-for-8 shooting. He is not the Rondoid you seek.

Deron Williams – Came one rebound shy of a triple-double. Hey, remember triple-doubles. Those were fun, back when players earned those, huh?

Tiago Splitter – He’s found his way into 20 mpg in four of his last seven games, including Saturday’s 25/10/4 performance. This won’t become the norm, but he’s worth an add in deep leagues and a stash in shallower ones as both Duncan and Blair will see more time off as the season continues. The takeaway here is that Popp is starting to trust the guy. Popp’s trust is never a bad thing.

Spencer Hawes – Doug Collins said he hopes Hawes is ready to go tonight after missing the last three games with an Achilles injury. The Sixers are only playing the lowly Wiz, and there’s rarely a reason to rush a player back just to watch JaVale McGee do something stupid. That said, Vucevic is listed as doubtful, and the Sixers are thin in the frontcourt without either bigs.

JaVale McGee – 13/3, with  3 blocks in 31 minutes. How does a guy who can jump over three midgets stacked on one another’s shoulders only grab three rebounds? What a schmoo. (Hey, if the pill’s too bitter, D.C., stop getting sick.)

Bismack Biyombo – 11/7, with 2 steals and 4 blocks last night. The Bismack Guarantee™: If he sees at least 11:30 minutes of playing time, he WILL earn you a block. I just give you the information. I don’t tell you what to do with it.

Tyler Hansbrough – The good news is that PsychoT grabbed 7+ rebounds for the first time in 10 games. The bad news is he shot 0-for-5 and scored 0 points. Also, that 7 rebounds thing was really just bad news dressed up as good news. I’m a glass-1/10-full kind of guy.

Mike Miller – 0-for-1 in 19 minutes. Pop quiz, hotshot: What’s a hot shooter if not someone who shoots the ball? Answer: Why, any of the Miami Heat wings, of course.

Chris Bosh – Career high, for Bosh! … in turnovers. With eight. Fooled you!

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  1. Jeremy says:
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    Would you start Wes or JRich tonight? I don’t know if I can handle any more of Wes’s 2/10 performances, but I also couldn’t stand the possibility of him exploding on my bench. JRich was playing well before his injury and seemed to have an alright first game back.

  2. ringo says:
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    Whats going on with Milwaukees backcourt? Is Livingston turning into a legitimate option? The thing that intrigues me is that he has been starting at SF, but is really a PG. I use Y!, and I know they are never quick with these things but is it possible Livingston could be eligible at PG/SG/SF eventually?

  3. SmokeTNT says:
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    I could use some blocks, Danny Green is my weakest link and the waiver options are even weaker. Worth picking up Udoh, Asik, or Biyombo?

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    C.J.Watson has been great,Evan Turner pretty darn good also,Knight is getting better,Diaw is killing me and im not sure what to think of M. Morris,can you give me your take on these guys please,12 team head to nead,thank you

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @SmokeTNT: id have to give biyombo a quick try

  6. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jeremy: I’d go with Richardson. Tough call.

    @ringo: Yeah. If he makes, I think, 5 starts at a position, he earns eligibility for that position. He’ll make another 3-4 before Skiles considers putting Jackson back in the starting lineup.

    @SmokeTNT: Bee-YOMB-Ohhh!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Watson has always been a super sneaky-good player forgotten behind Rose (much like Gortat was hidden behind Dwight and Lowry hidden behind … several other PGs). As long as Rose is out, Watson is a great pickup. Turner was the no. 2 pick in last year’s draft, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that he’s performing. It’s really only shocking people who assume if you’re a high draft pick that doesn’t come out of the gate killin’ it, it’ll never happen. Knight is developing, but on a team with no identity. So it’s going to take him longer. Same thing with Morris, kind of. Diaw is in Silas’ dog house, so you might want to avoid him. I like these guys in the order that I mentioned ‘em.

  7. Lou says:
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    I think it may be more than 5 starts in Yahoo. Gerald Henderson is 5 SF starts deep without change to his eligibility… Or maybe its just whenever the eligibility guy notices the position change… and since we are talking about the Bobcats and the Bucks, that could be a while

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Need to drop one before today’s games start (H2H pts league, weaker at F than G right now): DJ White, Parsons, B. Gordon, Mo Williams? Leaning White. Also, after that, would you drop a second of those guys for any of the following: Landry, Jerebko, Fields, Thompson, Ilyasova, Barbosa or Asik?

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Adam: great,thanks for the input,im doing great so far but i know 2 or 3 bad weeks will kill me as will bad desperate moves,Personal opinion wanted here.i wont hold you accountable,is Diaw dropable

  10. Tobias Funke says:
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    What is the value of Eric Gordon right now? If I offer Rudy Gay for him am I nuts?

    I’ve also been offered Rose for Gay and either B. Lopez, Hawes, or N. Young…I’m nervous about a lingering toe issue in a jam packed condensed schedule…again, nuts?

  11. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Lou: It looks as if you’re right. Check out this shizz from Yahoo! : “There are no set criteria (minimum number of games, minutes, etc. at a new position) for position eligibility. A new position will be added when our data provider determines that a player’s primary position has changed.”

    Seems awfully loosy-goosy to me.

    @Steve Stevenson: Yeah, White is the obvious drop there. I wouldn’t drop anyone else now. In a week you might consider dropping Mo for Barbosa or even Ilyasova. Keep an eye on that.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah. He’s only as good as his minutes and his minutes suck. He might be ownable again this season, but the surprising play of Mullens (at one point) and Biyombo getting in the mix is a bad sign for Diaw.

    @Tobias Funke: Yeah. We don’t even know when he’s set to return or how he’ll perform whenever he does return. RE: Rose. Have I got this correct? You get Rose and you trade away Gay and one of the other three? I’d do it if Nick Young is that other guy.

  12. Ryan says:
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    Hey Adam,

    This guy in my league has been after both my curry and lowry. The 2 best players on his team are aldridge and lawson. Do you see a way I can get those 2? I was thinking either curry/lowry and mcgee for aldridge and lawson. What ya think?

    My team
    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util carlos delfino
    util evan turner
    bn lamar odom
    bn bryon mullins
    bn jameer nelson

  13. ringo says:
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    @Lou: Yeah I remember when I learned there were no thresholds I was really disappointed. I just imagined some guy in a labcoat saying the word “ineligible” over and over again.

  14. Sawx10 says:
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    Would you go with Amir Johnson or Delfino at SF this week? +2 TRB -1 MFG/FT

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: At this point, I’d rather give away Curry than Lowry. See if he goes for the LMA/Lawson for McGee/Curry. If not, hopefully, he’ll give you feedback on what he’s thinking. I wouldn’t accept a Lawson/LMA for Curry/Lowry. At this point, Lowry is the best piece between these four and Curry may be the second-best.

    @ringo: Ha!

    @Sawx10: Delfino

  16. Dollabill says:
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    Hey Adam, I’ve got two roster decisions I’m having trouble with.

    Sit Bogut (atl, hou, chi, lal) for Dalembert (min, mil, wsh, ny) -bogut has been a disappointment thus far, but could bounce back this week. Dalembert has impressed recently (not against any elite C), but he might not be able to keep it up.

    Bench SJackson (atl, hou, chi, lal) for DWright (mem, por, okc) -i’m hoping I can get rid of some turnovers, and pick up some 3s, pts, rb.

    What do you think?

  17. Ryan says:
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    Thanks Adam. On a side note, someone else in my league has Al Jefferson and had expressed interest in trading with me. Do you see any combo of players I should offer for him.

  18. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    Should I drop david west for elton brand?
    Should I drop turk or paul geroge for ray allen?
    Or keep david west and turk?

    Thanks!

  19. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Dollabill: Go Dalembert and Wright. You’ve got the righ– er, um, CORRECT idea.

    @Ryan: LMA and Jefferson are comparable. Why not shop Curry and McGee to the other guy, too.

    @Jeff: Stay put. But keep an eye on Brand.

  20. HotRod says:
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    Hey Adam-

    What do you think of my trade?

    I got: Curry, Pierce & Noah
    I gave: Amare, Harrington & Nick Young

    My starters now look like:

    PG – Wall
    SG – Curry
    SF – Joe Johnson
    PF – Pau
    C – DeAndre
    C – Noah
    G – Pierce
    F – KG

  21. Ryan says:
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    The problem with the Jefferson owner is that he lacks depth. His next best player is Holliday. See any trades I could make? Btw this is a keeper league.

  22. Ryan says:
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    What if I trade pierce mcgee for al jefferson. Then trade Jefferson and iggy for Aldridge and Lawson. I know the Aldridge owner likes Jefferson.

  23. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @HotRod: Solid if Noah and Curry buck up for the next 3/4 of the season. Risky as it stands now.

    @Ryan: You’d be essentially trading Pierce/McGee/Iggy for LMA/Lawson. I don’t think that’s terrible (you’d be coming away with the better keepers), but you’d be getting back 85 cents on the dollar if you ask me (and you did).

  24. Jay says:
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    I am looking for 3pt, steals, and a block here and there at sg/sf. Which one is the better pickup: Dudley, Mayo, or Prince?

  25. Kratos says:
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    Need to start 4 guards in weekly: Wade, Curry, Lawson, Martin, Shump or Marshon. No specific needs.

    At F i’ve got Gay, Marion, Delfino and Jefferson. Would you change out anyone for Speights, Marvin, Frye or Pietrus? No specific needs.

    Thanks for you insight. 8-cat.

  26. B.o.B says:
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    My Hibbert for his Jack? He also has Felton if you prefer him over Jack

  27. Ryan says:
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    So I guess I shouldn’t do that 3 way trade then. What should I offer then for Jefferson?

  28. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jay: Prince, for now.

    @Kratos: Lawson, Martin, Curry, Shump.

    @B.o.B: Depends on your team’s needs. Straight up, I don’t like it.

    @Ryan: Amar’e and a kicker, maybe. Your team doesn’t match up well to do a 1-for-1.

  29. Ryan says:
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    Would amare pierce or McGee pierce work? Or do you think neither of these offers work for me.

  30. Mr Duck Fat says:
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    Waiver wiring: Josh Howard (due Wed) or Livingston? Also, I’m in a 14 H2H league and rostering Harris and Diaw who are killing me. Do you think these 2 can turn it around or cut bait/try to push them on another owner?

  31. Lance says:
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    What kind of stat line can we expect from James Johnson? He’s very inconsistent.

  32. Dimitri says:
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    Adam! Need your help ASAP! Which side wins: Eric Gordon or James Harden?

    I think EG going to be out for a while..fractured kneecap?

  33. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: McGee/Pierce for Jefferson? Nah. McGee/Pierce for LMA/Tyny? Sure!

    @Mr Duck Fat: I’d start Livingston and hang on to Harris. Go ahead and give up on Diaw.

    @Lance: He’ll keep doing what he’s doing. If you’re okay with his season averages, set him in your UTIL spot and leave him there.

    @Dimitri: Yeah, well, that’s the trick isn’t it? If Gordon misses another month or three, Harden for Gordon is a GREAT deal. He won’t play in the next seven days and he doesn’t sound close to a return. That’s all I know.

  34. Mr Duck Fat says:
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    So you think hold Howard and Harris and drop Diaw for Livingston? Damn that sounds weird…

  35. JeffFromTallahassee says:
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    Would you trade Scola to get Blatche?

  36. fitz says:
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    Glad I started Rondo, MarShon Brooks and Hawes today in my weekly league. FML

  37. GoHawks! says:
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    I recently lost Horford in my H2H league, wondering if I should trade john wall and ray allen/ryan anderson for pau gasol and manu? Good idea?

  38. Travis says:
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    10 team head to head. Drop Toney Douglas for Chuck Hayes?

    You have Hayes ranked in the high 100’s and Yahoo has him 87th. Why the such a large margin between two experts?

  39. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Mr Duck Fat: I might consider dropping Josh, too.

    @JeffFromTallahassee: Bleeecchtche. What does your team need? Would Blatche help?

    @fitz: *bllaaatche!*

    @GoHawks!: Wall/Ray for Pau/Manu is a solid trade. Wall/Ray/Anderson for those two is not.

    @Travis: Are you looking at per game stats? Hayes hasn’t played in almost three weeks and averaged less than 6/8/2 when he was healthy. Clearly he’s not a top 100 fantasy asset.

  40. Travis says:
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    @Adam: I was looking at preseason “o-rank”

  41. Ben says:
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    Im confused, but keep Mullens or drop him for Biyombo?

  42. SmokeTNT says:
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    Traded Ryan Anderson for Dorrell Wright, could you lie to me and tell me that was an awesome deal? I figure I got Anderson for a song in the draft and since I already have Ellis and Curry I’ll have less box scores to look at.

  43. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Travis: I’ve never been able to figure out Yahoo’s O-Rank. It’s supposed to signify the position a player was ranked before the season started, but then throughout the season, that O-Rank shifts. In the offseason, I felt Sacramento’s frontcourt was a mess and that Hickson would play a larger role in it, leaving less room for Hayes. Hayes has played decently in his limited minutes before getting hurt, but I can’t imagine how Yahoo! justifies a top 100 rank, then or now.

    @Ben: Biyombo’s looking like the better buy at this point. Grab him now and expect to drop him for a different Bobcat next week.

    @SmokeTNT: Ha! Everyone loves efficiency.

  44. Shawn says:
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    sorry for all the questions! but I think I might pull the trigger on this one.

    I get Rose/Anderson Varejao I give Blake/Lowry
    So that gives me Howard/Dwilliams/Rose for next season…
    I don’t care about winning this season
    should I do it?
    thanks again Adam man.

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