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I almost titled this post “C Bud Run, Run Chase, Run” but thought that might make everyone go crosseyed. Also, he didn’t have a great game last night and I’ve had this loaded since Saturday, so I went with the title that suggested rockier times ahead. Last night, the hottest of all Rockets, Chase Budinger, only had 7 pts/4 rbd, 1 turnover, hair yellow enough to have played the lead Nazi in any action movie from the ’80s and 1 three.  Yet, despite the underwhelming play of … just about the entire Houston starting lineup lately, Buddy’s still coming off the bench. Why? Because he’s “an energy guy.” Energy guys come off their benches and go crazy on other teams’ second-unit guys. It’s not about minutes. If the minutes were there, his per minute stats suggest he’d lead the team in threes, place third in total points, lead in FT% and outrank all other Houston SG/SF in FG%. No, it’s about energy and matchups and the fact that Budinger’s defense is spotty and he doesn’t move the ball or rebound particularly well. Still,  Budinger has averaged 11/5/2 in his last six, nearly 2 3ptm, rarely turns the ball over and is shooting .500/1.000 in 22 mpg. Deep leaguers shoulda already grabbed him. Medium leaguers should start circling the wagons around him to see if the solid play by Houston’s starters continues and shallow leaguers should get more friends and create bigger leagues. Here’s who else did some serious basketballin’ last night.

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Kevin Martin – “A slump…” 3pt swish “…ain’t no reason…” 3pt swish “…to freak out…” 3pt swish “…so for those of you who benched me…” 3pt swish “… or traded me away for Ben Gordon…” 3p swish “…suck on this!” Five threes last night, on his way to 28 points. Slump. Busted.

Klay Thompson – Dropped 14 points and 4 threes. The problem is, he doesn’t do this often, which means you shouldn’t play him often, which basically means you shouldn’t own him. Not yet, anyway.

D.J. Augustin – Not in tonight, more likely in Wednesday. Settle down, settle down. I didn’t say “Lin.” I said “in.” And Jeremy isn’t even on the Bobcats. Sheesh.

Nene Hilario – Could miss this next week because of an injured calf. And I want to make it clear that I am talking about Nene’s leg, not a young cow. Nene has people to take care of his sick livestock. Anyway, Mozgov will be the ineffectual add, who I would not suggest actually adding.

Steve Blake – Went 7/2/4 in 29 minutes on Sunday. Over the course of the last three since returning from injury, Blake has amassed 17/4/12 in 90 minutes, compared to Derek Fisher‘s 10/2/8, in 66 minutes. What’s it all mean? It means owning a Laker PG isn’t helping your team.

DeMar DeRozan – He’s shot 28-of-57 (.491) in his last four leading up to yesterday’s game. He’s also spent all January shooting .367. Clearly he had yesterday’s 2-for-13 performance coming to him. Those previous four games were nice, but you should have known he was playing with the casino’s money.

Richard Hamilton – He’s missed 19 of the team’s 30 games and stands to miss anywhere between another week or two. Bully! Bully! (note: those bullies were for everyone except Rip and fantasy owners inexplicably holding onto Rip).

Joakim Noah – Playing out of his head lately (relative to JoaNoa), averaging 31.1 mpg, .620/.905 (woot! woot!), 11.6 pt/9.9 rbd Compare that to his January averages of 28.6 mpg, .483/.702, 8.2 pts/9.7 rbd. I give it no more than three games before Noah injures himself until May.

C.J. Watson – He’s averaging 15/3/6 in five games as a starter in place of the oft-injured Derrick Rose. With the exception of maybe Andre Miller, there just isn’t a better backup PG in the NBA than C.J. Alternatively put: schoolin’ is elementary for my dear Watson.

Chris Wilcox – Well, it’s mid-season. It was only a matter of time before Wilcox came up as someone to add for a game or two. Brandon Bass is out, allowing Crox to hang in there for 23 minutes and go 10/9. He’ll get these minutes for the next week or so and you could do much worse. Sharing a bathroom with Ke$ha is an example of you doing much worse.

Trevor Booker – Nick and JaVale both had solid games, but Booker’s been the second-best Wizard on the team in the last two weeks. Last night’s 9/7/1 line doesn’t do much to back up my case until you figure in the 1 stl/2 blk/2 tov levels that were not approached by any other Wizard last night except for …

Jan Vesely – With pretty much the entire second half to play around in, Vesely finished with 10/8/2, stealing it twice, blocking it thrice and turning it over a quartet of times. It’s nice to know he’s got this in him, but this was the second-most minutes he’s played and these minutes came against Detroit’s J.V. squad. Don’t get too excited about Jan in this blowout win. … Win. I said win, not “Lin.” Relax. Not everything this week involved that dude. Gawd!

Darko Milicic – Set to return tonight. Nikola Pekovic is still a hold for fantasy owners lucky enough to have grabbed onto his  .645/.731 and 16.7/10.1 in his last seven games. Top 30 production like that shouldn’t be tossed away so that Milicic can futz around for 24 minutes a game.

Marvin Williams – Remember when Williams was averaging 13/7/2 and it looked like he might make due on at least a little of the promise from the 2005 draft? Man, those were the days. Literally. That shizz lasted a matter of days. Now? You get 6/3, 2 tovs and shame.

Willie Green – 17/3/3, with 3 3ptm. It was Green’s best game of the season, brought about because Miami was monkey-punching the Hawks by 27 after three quarters. Until he does that in a closer game, or it becomes clear Atlanta will never lose another game by less than 20 points, sit on your hands. Adding him now would be a sin. … *sigh* Yup. That’s right. I just mentioned the PG from the New York Knicks: Jeremy Sin. Can we move on now? All week with this! You know what, I’m done. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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  1. Quintero says:
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    I saw Lin traded straight up for LeBron in one league, I can’t even tell who is winning that deal.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Quintero, The guy who got LeBron. Let’s not get carried away.

  2. David says:
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    hey would you rather have gordon hayward or jeff teague?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @David, Right now, I’d much prefer Hayward.

  3. Benny says:
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    Seems like Arenas may be signed by the Lakers since their PG situation is wretched. Assuming this happens, would he be a guy you’d scoop right up? I’d assume he’d see decent minutes and plenty of chances to dish and score.

    • Adam

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      @Benny, I’d scoop him up if you had an option roster spot. Gil just ain’t Gil anymore and he certainly won’t get a chance to be 2005 Gil on any team with Kobe Bryant on it. Think of him as Baron Davis.

      Worth grabbing, but not at anything more expensive than 85 percent off the original price.

  4. josh says:
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    hey adam, last night i dropped dalembert for hayward. and hawes for jason kidd. do you think its okay? the thing is i do feel im losing a bit, but i dominate my league in bigs/reb/blks. so i felt like taking a gamble was alright, what are your insights on hayward & kidd? (btw i started hayward this week…?)

    • josh says:
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      btw your clever little inputs for each player always make my day! (kev martin’s esp!)

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @josh, Thanks! I try. As far as your transactions, they seem okay. Hayward is a big step up and Hawes has been so useless lately that any pickup is at least a solid bet.

        What I would caution you against is over-tweaking, though.

  5. Eng says:
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    G’ morn’ Adam. Drop Foye or Ste Jackson or Maggette for CJ Watson? I need assists and free throws. Thanks ya very much.

  6. Eng says:
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    Disregard that Q asked one minute ago. Sorry, too early for me. Thanks for the updates, loving your work- esp the Dr Who reference.

  7. Alex says:
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    @Adam

    Would you drop Raymond Felton for Jason Kidd? Both have been huge letdowns so far but I’m not sure who has the better chance of rebounding back

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Alex, I’d probably go with Felton for the following reasons:
      1) Statistically, they’re both fairly close, except for scoring. Felton has a 6 ppg advantage over Kidd.
      2) Felton’s problem is the system he’s playing in. That could change or alter. Kidd’s major problem is age. Nothing anyone can do about that.
      3) Kidd has a number of teammates than can fill his position (Roddy, Delonte), Felton really doesn’t. Barring a trade, Portland NEEDS to get Felton going. Dallas has options.

  8. Nick says:
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    Would you drop Kemba once Augustin/Henderson return? Jason Thompson or Ilyasova going forward?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Nick, No don’t drop him. But also, don’t expect the same type of production. Also, Ilyasova.

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    This week, pts league: 3 games of Boozer (v SAC, v BOS, v NJ) or 4 of Harrington (v PHO, @ DAL, @ MEM, @OKC)?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Go with Al. Extra game + nono Nene.

  10. Shawn says:
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    Would u rather have James/Rose/Horf or Curry/James/J.smith? going in to next season?
    Thanks Adam.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, I’d prefer Rose/James/Horford, but this one is closer than the last one you mentioned.

  11. Shawn says:
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    The trade would be Rose/Hord/Andering A for Curry/j.Smith/Lin
    im focused on next season.
    I have rose.
    asking your opinion before making the move.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, “Andering A” ?

      You’re typing these comments with your feet again, aren’t you?

  12. Shawn says:
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    arg sorry Anderson Varejao!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, Egads! I’d prefer Rose/Horford to Curry/Smith … but that damned Jeremy Lin again! I’d still lean toward the Rose/Al/Andy, but I’m also reserving the right to flip-flop on this if, in another week or two, Lin is still playing at the level he has without STAT and ‘Melo.

      If you must make a move now, I’d prefer the trio you already own for the following reasons:

      1) Varejao is a known quantity, who has had a delightful season up until the point he was injured. Lin, in my mind, is still an unknown quantity. Fourteen days ago, he was less than 1 percent owned across all fantasy leagues.

      2) All else being equal, I’d rather have a PG/PF/C than a PG/SF/PG, especially if you have LeBron on top of that.

      3) All else being equal, you’re giving away the best player in the deal.

  13. Tony says:
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    weekly line ups do i start MELO, or throw in amir johnson who plays ONLY 3 gms or udonis haslem who has 4? ya im that eff’d…..

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tony, Go Haslem. ‘Melo won’t play in either tomorrow or Wednesday’s game and Johnson has been shizzy.

  14. EK says:
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    10 team H2H 9 cat:
    Drop Dalembert for CJ Watson?
    Its for the short term… I’m doing well in REB & BLK with Griffin, D. Jordan, Bynum, Hibbert… short on assists and points and a potential bonus in that the guy I face next week owns D. Rose…

    • Adam

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      @EK, I think Rose will be back sometime this week, but as long as he’s out, Watson’s a huge pickup.

  15. Tony says:
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    ok so i swapped out melo i agree he might not play all week, two games of melo would probably be better than 4 of haslem but still, cant risk it….

    now do i start ed davis or amir johnson???
    those two terds have been rotating who gets more mins/scores more fpts for the past 3 weeks, its been killing me, i always play the wrong one!

    • Adam

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      @Tony, Ugh. These two are essentially the same crappy player. Go Johnson unless you’re aiming to bump your steals.

  16. Christian says:
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    what do you think about trading conley for tyreke? i will be getting tyreke

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Christian,
      Evans has averaged .380/.815/17/5/5, with 2 stl, 3 tov in February
      Conley has averaged .380/.870/12/3/6, with 2 stl, 2 tov in February

      I’d give the slight advantage to Evans, but it kind of depends on need.

  17. Cory says:
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    I want to trade Lin away before Melo comes back. I need big man stats and efficiency. I’m also weak at the SF position. Who are some reasonable targets?

    • Adam

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      @Cory, It kinda depends on how the other guy values Lin. If he sees Lin as a top PG, you can get a Stoudemire/Hibbert/Bynum-type. Heck, for a lot of owners, just having the flavor of the month (week, year, whatever) is enticing enough. Look at the difference in attitude between Blake Griffin owners last year versus this year.

      Try for a second-tier big. If everyone laughs you out of each offer, you’ll know what type of crowd you’re dealing with.

  18. Shawn says:
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    last one I promise!

    Someone just offered me

    Andrew Bynum
    Russel Westbrook
    Deron Williams

    For

    D.Rose
    L.James
    Spencer Hawes

    Keep rose/james eh?

    • Adam

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      @Shawn, Yup. The problem with giving up Rose and James is that you’re giving up perhaps the best SF and perhaps the best PG (Durant and Paul may argue that the other two are the best). No matter what their exact rank, it’s going to be almost impossible for you to get back the same value you’re giving away. Not completely impossible, but pretty darn close.

  19. Shawn says:
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    Im thinking about countering
    Love/dwilliams/Westbrook for Rose/Ljames/Al hor
    eeee! I love me some love.. but.. hmm

    • Adam

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      @Shawn, Fairly even, but let me ask you: Why? Disregarding the obvious point that Horford isn’t doing anything for you now, at best, this trade breaks you even next season (which is what you said you were looking for with these trades). Why not just stand pat with the best PG, best SF and top 3 Cs in the NBA?

  20. Tony says:
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    i love how on espn asking MELO about how he’ll adapt with lin he says he’ll play tuesday, im going to mother eff MELO til he dies if he plays 4 gms this week.

    I never should have benched him for haslem, who scored 28 fpts for me tonight? ughhhh….. 3 more games of that and he gets me 120, melo plays two games and i get that, melo plays 4 and i puke.

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony, now rotoworld says its conflictiing reports, i love the “updated” info we get…. its terrible. And this is why weekly line ups effing blow.

      • Adam

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        @Tony, I certainly agree with you about weekly lineups. It works with football, but fitting football’s style into a different sport is for the birds. For what it’s worth, it really doesn’t make sense for the Knicks to rush ‘Melo back with them playing so well AND Stoudemire set to return. I’m still betting he plays no more than thrice this week.

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