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I don’t care who you are, if you are able to get a triple double then you deserve some praise.  Well, unless it’s one of those triple doubles with 10 turnovers.  Jordan Crawford has been inserted into the starting lineup and has been a plus player in just about every category (not FG%).  Last night he went for 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and a scorching 5 of 10 from behind the arc.  Last week I wrote that you should pick him up if you can handle the FG% hit.  If he’s still on your wire, stop reading and go pick him up.  Even if you can’t take the hit, just pick him up and trade him to someone else.  He will be a valuable player this year.  Here’s what else happened around the NBA last night:

Devin Harris – Got the start, yay!  Played only 14 minutes, boo!  8 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, yuck!

Kyle Korver – In his fourth game back from injury, he finally got big minutes and put up a nice statline.  16/7/2/0/1 with three 3PM.  Pick him up if you need the 3’s.

Kevin Seraphin – It seems that whenever I recommend Seraphin, he immediately starts tanking.  Then when I’ve conceded defeat, he immediately starts blowing up.  So with logging less than 23 minutes in 4 of his last 5 games, I’m conceding defeat again.  So you should probably make sure he’s on your team now… UNLESS the universe takes that as a recommendation, so then you should just leave him on the wire… UNLESS the universe takes THAT as a recommendation, so then you should just … I’ve gone cross-eyed.

Ed Davis – Since gaining a role in the starting lineup, Davis has been a bit of a mixed bag.  Last night is one of the bad nights only netting 4 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists on 2 of 7 shooting.  Playing 25 minutes a night should still help fantasy owners more often than not.  This is especially true if you’re one of those guys who peers into grab bags when the supervisor isn’t looking to make sure you’re getting a good bag.  Shame on you.

Alan Anderson – 18/6/2/1 with FIVE 3PM in 32 minutes.  I know it’s the Raptors but this guy can’t be consistently getting that many minutes with so much young talent on the roster (he’s 30 years old).  I wouldn’t touch him.

Jose Calderon – A must own while Kyle Lowry is out, because they don’t trust John Lucas to run the point.  23 points, 5 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals on 10 of 15 shooting including three 3PM.  Lowry could be back in as little as 3 days but knowing Lowry’s injury history, it’ll probably be longer.  Sigh.

Dion Waiters – Need some SG help?  Then don’t waiters around to pick him up.  I think it sounded better in my head.  Anywhoo, he returned from injury last night and played 28 minutes (starting) yielding an 8/0/4/0/1 stat line.  Impressive?  No, but expect the numbers to go up as he works his way back.

C.J. Miles – Back to the bench with ye!  Crazy how that old English talk just jumps outta me sometimes.  I said in the buy/sell on Friday that Miles’ fantasy value would be dependent on Waiters’ health.  I got one right!  He IS really good at waving towels and holding teammates back on the bench.  Got another one right!  Oh yea, he had 13 points, 4 boards, 1 assist, and two 3PM.

Gordon Hayward – He should change his last name to suckward.  7 points, 4 boards, and 5 assists (2 blocks!) in 21 minutes.  Put him out of his misery and throw him to the wire.

Derrick Favors – Do yourself a favo… you’re right, I’ll stop with those.  13/2/2/0/3 playing 25 minutes off the bench, he will play enough to warrant a pickup if you need big man stats.

Kris Humphries – Kris Humphries 2.0 (Reggie Evans) was sent back to the bench and the original prototype got the start and played 28 minutes!  That was the good news.  The bad news is that he really only contributed in rebounds (8 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist).  Make like a Kardashian and stay away.

Andray Blatche – Relegated to the bench with Brook Lopez, he only played 16 minutes.  It was a fun ride baby, but now we gotta be moving on.

Ricky Rubio – Did not play last night because the Wolves are taking it slow with Rubio.  Trying help a player come back from injury is like trying to get the girl that is out of your league.  You need to slow play it or you’ll ruin any chance.

Alexey Shved – Rubio didn’t play and he failed to capitalize on it.  Only 2 points on 1 of 7 shooting in 31 minutes.  He did have 7 assists though.  I remain anti-Shved but pro-russian.

Ray Allen – It seems like the Heat have gone all Spursy on us.  Allen has averaged only 21.6 minutes in the past 5 games.  Granted, the 3 games he got the lowest minutes have been games where the Heat have had comfortable leads (still not good news for fantasy owners).  Ray Allen can still be valuable in fantasy but he’s got to get more playing time than that.  Otherwise you get lines like last night…8/2/2/2 with one 3PM.

Jeff Green – So I put him as a “Buy” last week because you could easily add him off the wire.  He’s been OK since then but last night was bad.  3 points, 1 board, 2 steals and one 3PM.

Brandon Bass – 7 points, 8 boards on 3 of 9 shooting.  Maybe it’s just the Celtics in general.

Kirk Hinrich – 0 points, 2 boards, 2 assists, and a block in 24 minutes.  This is the Bulls starting point guard.  Holy god Derrick Rose, hurry back.

Nate Robinson – This is the backup point guard.  18 points, 3 boards, 4 assists with five 3PM.  YOU REALLY CAN’T START AHEAD OF HINRICH?!

Roy Hibbert – I think I speak for all of your fantasy owners when I say, f*ck you.  Seriously, f*ck you man.  Stop being a little b*tch around the basket.  39% FG this year?  Are you f*cking kidding me?  8 p*ints, 10 b*ards, 2 a*sists on 4 of 10 shooting.  I got carried away on the *’s.

Mike Dunleavy – He’s back and producing immediately.  17 points, 6 boards, 1 assist, 2 blocks and three 3PM.  Make sure he isn’t sitting around on your wire.

Ersan Ilyasova – Just when you thought he turned it around, he pukes all over your fantasy team.  2/4/3/1 on 1 of 7 shooting in 14 minutes.

Chris Kaman – Only 73% owned, he is producing when healthy.  20 points, 7 boards, and a block.

Spencer Hawes – After averaging only 19.3 minutes in November, he has been averaging 25.7 minutes so far this month.  If the uptick in minutes is for real, then he can help fantasy owners out with lines like 18/7/0/0/1.

Andre Iguodala – Has been coming around after being a buy on Friday…14/9/6/2/1 with two 3PM.  It only took two months to gel… I think the Lakers would take that.

Tiago Splitter – This Spurs team is a bane to fantasy owners outside of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.  Guys get hot and cold and play low minutes because of the deep rotation.  Splitter had a nice game last night going for 10/4/3/3/1.

Jodie Meeks – I refuse to write about any other bench player on the Lakers.  Meeks had another solid game last night scoring 17 points, 3 boards, 2 assists, and five 3PM in 39 minutes.  Ride him while he’s hot.

Pau Gasol – Returned from injury last night!  Too bad nothing really changed… 10/9/5/0/4 with 3 of 10 shooting in 29 minutes.  I’m starting to buy into the trade talk chatter.

Gerald Henderson – It took a little bit coming back from injury but he’s now starting and producing.  19 points, 9 boards, 4 assists on 6 of 16 shooting but with three 3PM (4-4 FT).

Byron Mullens – Everyone’s favorite center had been worrying owners as of late, but he bounced back with a strong performance against the supposedly strong Lakers inside presence.  13 points, 17 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks to go with three 3PM.

Greivis Vasquez – I went to Maryland and I didn’t even expect this.  20 points, 5 boards, 11 assists, 3 steals and four 3PM.  Soooo they want Austin Rivers to start over him when Gordon comes back?  Huh?  Total Duke bias!

Robin Lopez – 6 points, 1 board, and 1 steal in 15 minutes.  Man I hope you were able to sell him.

Harrison Barnes – Averaging only 21.4 minutes over his last 5 games, it is getting harder and harder to justify owning him.  I wouldn’t wait.

Jarrett Jack – Somehow owned in less leagues than Barnes, Jack has been an unsexy guy that can be a valuable source of assists as a backup pg.  Proving it again last night, Jack played 34 minutes and contributed 16 points, 3 boards, 10 assists, and one 3PM.

  1. Zandy says:
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    So 10 team H2H with 11 cats – 9 cats + Tech and splits Rebs into Oreb and Dreb
    Here is my roster:
    Conley
    Turner
    Batum
    Parsons
    Horford
    Love
    Gasol
    Pekovic
    Teague
    Jordan Crawford
    MWP
    Sanders
    Rubio
    Wall
    Since it appears relatively deep at mid level but not quite elite PG/SG/SF are there any 2 for 1s I should be considering?
    Which two would you try to deal out of: Crawford, Turner, Parsons, MWP, Teague? Who should I target? Like a Pierce, Mayo, Paul George? Would love some ideas here…
    I dont mind going 2 for 1 with Vucevic, Henderson, Marion, Thompson, Kidd on the wire

    • James Redacted

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      @Zandy: I’d aim for George if you could. Crawford + any one of those guys you mentioned would be good (although I think Turner or Parsons would have the best chance of being accepted). Lots of talent there on the wire.

      • Zandy says:
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        @James Redacted: Anyone else come to mind besides George. His owner still has had Lowry starting for the past two weeks so doesnt follow his team so closely. Any other ideas? Becuz of Utility spots could even target a Ryan Anderson or Kyrie.. Just not sure what is fair value for turner and crawford…

        I assume you think Parsons is a better ROS than Turner but let me know which one youd rather deal…

        • James Redacted

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          @Zandy: Yeah I think Parsons is better. If you can get Kyrie then that would be a HUGE get. Might as well try, although I doubt it. Anderson seems more realistic.

          • Zandy says:
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            @James Redacted: Thanks! Any other players come to mind specifically? The owners in this league are very focused (still) on where they drafted players rather than recent production? Also big name players def get more value. (Like I bet you I couldnt even get Joe Johnson for Batum – crazytown)

            • James Redacted

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              @Zandy: Anthony Davis comes to mind. Varejao. Curry (if he was drafted late). I’m just naming players that may have been drafted in the 4th round or lower since your leaguemates are draft sticklers. Kevin Martin and George Hill if you can’t get those other guys.

              • James Redacted

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                @James Redacted: I’ll add that those last two would probably be too little for a 2 for 1 trade, but I like both those guys to be top 50 players.

  2. Neel says:
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    What’s going on with MKG? He had +22, but only played 24 mins. Should I wait him out or drop for Ed Davis / dudley / hump / beal / Jrich?

    • James Redacted

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      @Neel: He’s a rookie so he will be a little streaky. I think I’d hold for now.

  3. Jeff says:
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    h2h 9cat 8team (14 players)

    Steph Curry
    Mike Conley
    Tyreke Evans
    Kyle Lowry
    Klay Thompson
    Andre Iguodala
    Wesley Matthews
    LeBron James
    Greg Monroe
    Anthony Davis
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Kenneth Faried
    Serge Ibaka
    Larry Sanders

    Would you drop Sanders for Jordan Crawford?
    Other people on the wire: K Kidd, Dion Waiters.
    Thanks!

    • James Redacted

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      @Jeff: I’d keep Sanders because you look like you’re trying to win blocks each week. You may want to look into some 2 for 1 trades to upgrade at a position and then be able to pick up someone good like those guys you mentioned off teh wire.

  4. Pavel says:
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    Ayoo…what would you do with this squad in a 16-teamer (8starters/7bench) squad:
    Pg: Dragic, George hill, Aaron Brooks
    Sg: James Harden, Nicolas Batum, Lou williams
    Sf: Josh Smith, Stephen Jackson, Turkoglu
    Pf: Lamar Odom, Markieff Morris, Seraphin
    C: Monroe, Kevin Garnett, Andrew Bynum

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Pavel: H2H, 9 cat?

        • James Redacted

          James Redacted says:
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          @Pavel: Well my first thought is to try and move Josh Smith. He’s recently been living up to his draft day value so it shouldn’t be too difficult. With this team, I would want to win FT% every week and that’s tough to do with Smith on the team. A top tier PG would be nice to help win AST, STL, 3PM, FT%, and PTS every week. I know your PF looks pretty weak but they tend to pop up more often on the wire than other positions.

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            @James Redacted: i see your point. But, my only comments to negate yours are, Smith doesn’t get to the line that much (as opposed to say harden), and also Monroe messes up that percentage for me. On top of that, if I give away smith, my blocks would suffer tremendously. What do you think? Is there a way to move Smith, and not drop the blocks?

            • James Redacted

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              @Pavel: Are you winning blocks? Monroe and KG aren’t exactly shot blockers. Also, Monroe shoots around 70% from the line so it won’t destroy you if he’s your worst FT% shooter. Smith shooting 53% will.

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                @James Redacted: Yeah..I mean i definitely see your point. I agree with you. i just haven’t lost any weeks in blocks (I’ve also just recently traded tim duncan/felton/metta for harden/kg-> I wanted to move tim before he goes south, ditto with felton and metta). Who would you try to get for Smith (as a pg)?

                • James Redacted

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                  @Pavel: Ah ok, that makes some sense. Trading Duncan changes the dynamic of your team a little bit (you made out in overall value though). Aim high – meaning anybody but CP3. If you can’t get Westbrook, Irving, Jennings, or even Curry then just hold onto him. Maybe the Curry owner is a little scared and he might even give you an ok PF along with Curry for Smith. I say that because I’d rather have Curry ROS than Smith.

                    • James Redacted

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                      @Pavel: I like Curry even more than Deron (will be posting my guard tiers shortly today). I have Deron right behind Jennings.

  5. Eric says:
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    Time to give up on Robin Lopez?

    • James Redacted

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      @Eric: In a 12 teamer I’d consider dropping.

      • Eric says:
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        @James Redacted:

        10 teams but each team has 17 players

        • James Redacted

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          @Eric: Ah ok, that’s basically the player pool of 12 teamer. If there’s someone available, feel free to drop.

        • Eric says:
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          @Eric:

          What about his value vs. Kevin Seraphin, I have both! lol.

          • James Redacted

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            @Eric: I like Seraphin more.

  6. BigMan says:
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    Decided to hold onto Mullens for a game – and he didn’t fail to impress again, against the Lakers no less. His upside is so tantalizing yet devastating (with his shooting)

    Hold Mullens over someone like waiters/beal/dunleavy/brown/shved/hawes still? Or drop someone like Easy Ed instead? (i prefer holding on to Ed, Raptors fan here!)

    PG: Jennings, Dragic
    SG/SF: Batum, KMart, Gay, Leonard
    PF/C: LBJ, Aldridge, B. Lopez, A. Davis, Hibbert, E. Davis, Mullens
    H2H, 9cat

    • James Redacted

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      @BigMan: I’d hold.

  7. I was told there would be tiers.

    But all I have found is tears :*(

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Arc Angel: I’m finishing it up right now. Should be up in a little bit.

      • @James Redacted:

        Thanks James,

        I’m just giving you a hard time I never doubted you for a moment!

        -The Poster Formerly Known as Jon

  8. beantown says:
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    hey raz,
    should i trade jeremy lin for jose calderon?

    • James Redacted

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      @beantown: Nah, Jose Calderon is a short term PG unless he gets traded or Lowry suffers a long term injury.

  9. kyle badge says:
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    would you trade tony parker for Grevas Vasquez and Monte Ellis????

    • James Redacted

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      @kyle badge: If you are OK with your FG% being destroyed, then yes.

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