The new year brings us the glorious 2nd coming of the Durantula, again.  Kevin Durant looked better than expected going 44/10/7/0/1 with 6 3s and 12-12 FTs.  Sure you could argue the stat line was OT aided but just that Durant played 40 minutes after missing 6 games tells me there is nothing wrong with his ankle.  I imagine any buy low window is long gone after this game but he might be worth one last attempt to trade for.  If you thought this is why I watched this game though you would be wrong.  I wanted to see the Steven Adams vs Alex Len match-up.  Lurch with 9/7/1/1/0 in 27 minutes and Len with 2/6/0/0/1 in 22 minutes.  There is no question Adams is the guy to own.  Neither are part of the offense but at times Len looked bored and unsure of what he was supposed to be doing on both ends of the court.  That is a sentence I will never write about Steven Adams.  His aggression does one of two things.  The foul trouble associated will give him a few duds but it will also lead to big games which I don’t think Len has in him this year.  There were a ton of huge stat lines in this 137-134 overtime thriller but perhaps the stat that tells the biggest story was the 6 technical fouls.  Including two and an ejection for…

Russell Westbrook – 20/4/4/1/0 and a 3 in only 18 minutes.  Even in half a game he still manages a full stat line.  That is why he’s a 1st round PG.

Reggie Jackson – Getting the extra run with 40 minutes of 10/2/4/1/0 on 4-18 FGs.  Everything was there for a big game but the shots didn’t fall.  Reggie is still ownable in a 12er, but barely.

Goran Dragic – Remember when everyone thought he was done in November?  For December he went 20.0/3.6/5.1/1.1 with 2.1 TOs, 2.0 3s, 53.7% FGs, and 80.0% FTs.  When I add that all up it comes to 2… as in 2nd round value.

Nearly every Suns player – Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker were all good but the one I’m most worried about Isaiah Thomas (6/1/2/0/0 with 3 TOs and no 3s) in a 12er.  Dragic and Eric Bledsoe (29/2/8/1/1) are just better players and the Suns can’t play their 3 guard lineup vs most teams.

DeMarcus Cousins – The DeMarcus of old rearing it’s ugly head in this one. I got excited to watch this game after he posterized Tyler Zeller but it never happened again and Cousins finished a disappointing 5-17 FGs for 11/11/0/1/1, which looks like it could be binary for 666, and the ejection.

Carl Landry – 30 minutes of 14/5/0/1/2 isn’t too revealing except that with Jason Thompson a healthy DNP and Ryan Hollis drawing a 12 minute start there could very well be more minutes opening up for Landry at the 4 on a regular basis. His minutes haven’t been there recently but we know what he can do and for us it’s always been pretty helpful.

Jared Sullinger – Sully with one of his better games in recent memory 20/11/2/0/3 and his third game in a row, 6 of his last 7, shooting over .500. All this in only 28 minutes as Brad Stevens ran the backups late in the blowout.

Marcus Smart – The lone other bright spot was Smart going 11/6/2/2/0 with 3 3s and 2 TOs in a team leading 29 minutes. Although I noticed Smart played a lot of SG with Jameer Nelson (8 assists) at PG which if that holds would definitely cut into Smart’s assists. Oh wait, I take that back, Kelly Olynyk‘s 15/4/3/1/1 with a 3 was solid too. So the lone other 2 bright spots. Yeah, that makes sense, those 3 lone rangers.

Dwayne Wade – Wade with his throwback 20/2/7/2/3 and only 1 TO rainbow along with Chris Bosh‘s 18/8/1/0/0 and 2 3s played a team leading 38 minutes in a ‘rivalry’ game versus Indy. I guess non of that surprises though. Moving on…

Danny Granger – I am not stopping for Granger in a 12er. 14/3/0/1/0 with 2 3s in 26 minutes, double digit scoring in 3 straight, is well and good for a deeper league but the upside for more minutes is definitely not there.

Hassan Whiteside – This is where the upside for minutes is. Whiteside has played 17, 18, and 20 minutes over his last 3 games with 7 rebounds in each and 5 blocks combined. He’s a legit rebounder and shot blocker as well as a legitimately terrible FT shooter. Obviously he’s an extremely deep league guy but with Chris Andersen (11/7/0/0/2 in 21 minutes) only able to play limited minutes Hassan may be able to carve out a reliable role as a bench big for a team in desperate need for just that.

David West – West has been pretty good for those who were patient enough. He’s a jump shooter who avoids contact these days but the defensive stats have helped soften the loss of boards and FTs attempted. This game, 10/6/4/1/1, is turning into about what we expect nightly.

George Hill – He’s back!… to being a TheAGNoF point guard. 20/3/1/0/1 with 2 3s, 2 good percents, and only 1 TO. If he’s out there he should be able to help someone but I don’t think we can expect anything more than 3-4 assists per game.

C.J. Miles – So he got hot and went 25/7/4/1/1 with 5 3s. His last 5 games are a nearly palindromic 28-11-3-11-25. Yep, I think that line describes C.J. Miles to a tee.

Cole Aldrich – I can only find two things of note from the Knicks side of the ball in this blowout, 1st is that Aldrich led the team with 32 minutes and a respectable 8/5/5/1/1 line. 2nd is that…

Jose Calderon – … is still garbage. 4/2/4/1/0 with 2 TOs and no 3s. I’m done with Jose.

Blake Griffin – Barely anything of note from the Clippers side either. Blake with a near triple double 13/7/11 looks OK on the surface but 1-3 FTs and no steals or blocks is pretty boring.

Chris Paul – Also with a boring 5/2/8/0/0 line with a 3 and 3 TOs. I only mention this because it should be completely ignored. Wait, that doesn’t make any sense at all…

James Harden – Making a strong case for MVP in another Houston blowout, 36/7/6/2/1 with only 1 TO and 8 3s. I had him ranked ahead of LeBron in the preseason, you listened right? RIGHT?!?

Josh Smith – Classic Smoove, 5/4/3/3/3 rainbow line but only 2-7 FGs and 0-2 FTs. He made a 3-pointer so there’s that too I guess…

Corey Brewer – After several 12er worthy games Brewer only goes 5/3/2/0/0 with a 3 in 22 minutes. These games are going to happen with the low minutes. He’s probably 16er worthy but I doubt any shallower.

Al Jefferson – Out for at least a month with his groin injury. Cody Zeller 6/7/3/1/1 in 26 minutes, Bismack Biyombo 9/7/0/0/3 in 26 minutes, look to be the best options but I doubt either does too much more for the foreseeable future. Oh and Biyombo went 7-10 FTs, he’s a high volume atrocious FT shooter. Buyers beware.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Maybe this is where Jeffersons extra shots will go. MKG with a team leading 15 FG attempts and a 16/8/2/0/2 with 2 TO line. I’ll be paying close attention here to see if the offense continues sans big Al.

Marvin Williams – Left the game late with a bloody head. Oh man that sounds bad. I highly recommend he takes a trip to the free clinic and get that taken care of ASAP!

LeBron James – DNP-… I almost wrote DNP-OLD. It’s starting to get there…

Tristan Thompson – With Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao down Tristan is getting all the run he can handle, even in a blowout.  10/13/2/0/1 is serviceable and like I said the minutes are reliable.  But it’s Tristan effin Thompson so we can expect 2 poor percents, when LeBron isn’t on the floor, and too many TOs.

Brendan Hayward – 15 starting minutes of 4/5/0/0/2. I imagine 15 minutes is all he can handle and really the only reason I mention this is because the Cavs decided to call up…

Alex Kirk – Who? In 32 D-League minutes the undrafted rookie has gone about 17/7/2/0.4/1.3 with 2.4 TOs. In other words the Cavs desperately need to trade for a center.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – With an uber sexy 14/8/5/1/3 and a 3 pointer made. Multiple blocks in 5 straight, 4+ assists in 4 of his last 6. I think Antetok is shaping up to be a top 50 player the rest of the way.

Larry Sanders – Out for his 4th straight with an unknown illness, I’m pretty sure it’s bird flu, and Kidd says Larry will have to, “work himself back into the lineup.” I imagine he will eventually but in a 12er he can go if you haven’t dropped him already.

Jared Dudley – 9/7/1/0/0 with a 3 in 30 minutes. Dudley doin wrong.

Omer Asik – Even in 28 minutes Asik only managed to go 3/12/0/0/0. We can find better.

Jimmer Fredette – Back to back games of 20+ minutes. He’s ThrAGNoF and maybe only getting minutes with John Salmons down but in an absurdly deep league maybe there’s something here. Edit: There’s nothing to see here.

Jrue Holiday – We don’t talk about Jrue enough. 13/6/9/2/0 with 3 3s and 2 TOs. Remember when Jrue had 3.7 TOs per game his last year in Philly? Now he’s among the league leaders in A:TO ratio. Easily a top 50 guy the rest of the way.

Danny Green – The other D.Green is 1-14 for 3s in his last 2 games and the buy low window may be slightly ajar. 36 minutes last night even when he wasn’t shooting the ball well tells me all I need to know about how much Pops trusts him now a days.

Patty Mills – 29 minutes of 7/2/3/1/0 with a 3 isn’t much but playing more minutes than Cory Joseph (9/3/0/0/0 in 25 minutes) spells doom for CoJo once/if Tony Parker returns.

 

Streamers/Daily Fantasy Picks

Jusuf Nurkic – Coming off a monster 16/8/2/2/2 rainbow vs the Lakers and the Bulls tend to give up big stat lines vs opposing bigs.  If Mozgov plays well then this is going to backfire, but Mozgov hasn’t been so I’d rather gamble on Nurkic.

Carl Landry – Solid in 30 minute last time out with Jason Thompson getting the DNP.  There’s a chance Cousins gets suspended for the game but even if Cousins plays there’s plenty of upside for Landry if the minutes hold.

 

  1. Youth Movement says:
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    Hassan looks interesting… Been watching the minutes slowly creep up since Hamilton went down. Does the idea of Andray Blatche with the Heat move your needle? Wait… that sounds weird.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Youth Movement: Blatche does nothing for me until it happens. Whiteside looks better than Hamilton for sure, maybe he’s the guy. He won’t do anything other than board and block though.

  2. scott says:
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    So nice having Durant back. I’m ahead in all cats, for now.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @scott: Oh yeah! I missed out on his stats in one of my leagues yesterday. I had him on IR. Good thing im playing a terrible team. I’ve been getting crushed in 2 leagues without him, hopefully he stays healthy. I’m considering selling high after last night for Harden & a top 10 Center if I can pull it. Thoughts slim… JB?

      • Tony says:
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        @Bye Felicia: why would the harden owner do this? KD is KD but harden is right there, ELITE….

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Tony: Yeah I have Harden in an RCL and I would trade them on pretty even terms.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Bye Felicia: There isn’t such a thing as selling high with Durant, just selling. You could try something like that. May work…

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @scott: We’re about half way through the regular season. With Durant even the worst team would have a chance. I don’t have him anywhere, I’ll just have to enjoy the ride vicariously through JBs RCL team.

  3. jcg says:
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    Happy RazzNew Year! 12 team h2h. Would you drop Gobert for Trey Burke or Josh Smith?

    Lillard
    Conley
    MCW
    Monta

    W Chandler
    Giannis
    Tobias
    Ryan Anderson
    Covington

    Drummond
    Cousins
    Dieng
    Gobert

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @jcg: Burke for 3 pters shitty % and asst, Smith for shitty % plus defensive stats.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @jcg: The team is a killer for percents. I’d drop Gobert for Josh Smith. A bit more upside in more counting stats.

  4. Bye Felicia says:
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    The Freak has excellent footwork for a 6’11 C/F/PG

    Seriously, I watched him spin off 2 guys, posterized TT twice in this game. Plus he handles the rock, can hit pull up 3’s, swats galore!
    Goda$#@ … he’s a fantasy GOD in the making! I (HEART) THA FREAK!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Yeah he’s a unique kind of talent. The upside is that of an eventual #1 overall fantasy pick. Only a handful of guyes like that.

  5. KD Owner says:
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    yo yo! nice post dude

    yes i remember lebron over harden, esp with the playoff schedule, totally agreed too.

    which side?

    1) MCW and Monroe or Dragic
    2) MCW or Collison
    3) MCW or Giannis

    I’m trying to figure out a good trade for MCW if you couldn’t tell. i’m tired of deciding whether to start or sit him, i’m good in steals and rebs, and very competitive in assists.

    I’m usually losing FG and FT (TO is definitely lost given team composition), thoguh with KD back maybe i should give MCW another chance. — also consider; i’m -8 to reach playoffs, it’s cutting it pretty damn close

    Thoughts?

    Happy new years!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @KD Owner: I’m a MCW owner and I would do any of those if I could. Nobody wanted him 2 weeks ago when he was avg 20/6/8 so I doubt I can move him now. If you have someone willing to give you Colly straight up id do it but I like you getting Dragon best if you can pull it off.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @KD Owner: I’m benching him right now too. I don’t need his shit % or assists. I have Jru, Lowry, Hill, Knight. I’m winning 5 cats consistent except %’s. MCW is single handedly killing the %. Now that I benched him im winning 7 cats. I’m considering dropping him for Jarrett Jack. Honestly lol

    • Slim

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      @KD Owner: Thank you. I can’t fill JBs shoes. I think they’re size 18s or something close to it.

      With concerns about percents I would take any of those. They’re good starting points but you may need to take less. It’s tough to make a comeback punting categories so I agree, he’s gotta go.

      • KD Owner says:
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        @Slim: i actually like MCW, on good weeks he is a beast in reb (for a guard), assist and steals, in bad weeks it’s pretty certain i will lose FG and TO. unfortunately every good week comes with about 2 or 3 bad weeks. took a gamble and is not paying dividends. is the shoulder injury and being out for 7 months a good excuse? or should i just avoid on draft days?

        i’m in a 14 team league; someone has jarret jack that i might target with a kicker.

        his team has
        p.bev
        i. THomas
        Covington
        afflalo
        wiggins

        who is a good idea to trade 1 for 1; or Jarret jack + kicker?

        • Slim

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          @KD Owner: The injury is a huge reason for me. I think I’m going to really like where he’s going to be drafted next year. Beverley probably makes the most sense but I would take Wiggins or even Covington for MCW unless I was punting multiple categories or desperately needed his assists. Afflalo and Isaiah… meh probably keep MCW.

          I don’t believe in Jack. I’d keep MCW.

          MCW/Draymond for Jimmy Buckets. You’re killing me. Do you have the standard playoff schedule? How are your blocks? I don’t want to… Can we swap Draymond with another really good player?

          • KD Owner says:
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            @Slim: i know right… at this point i don’t know if i’d even make the playoffs. and with KD and Jimi I’d be winning FG and FT weekly. points would be solid. i’d win rebounds.

            my team:
            MCW
            Knight
            Oladipo
            KD
            Millsap
            Horford
            Draymond
            Monroe
            scrubsville: Corey joseph, MKG, James Johnson, Zaza, middleton

          • KD Owner says:
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            @Slim: I kinda do desperately need MCW’s assists. should i give him another week with KD back on track (hopefully!!)?

          • KD Owner says:
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            @Slim: also your boy nukic is making a bit of noise. worth a grab? thinking of dropping corey joseph if he has another bad game and nurkic has a good one.

            • Slim

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              @KD Owner: I don’t think Nurkic is going to be reliable enough in most leagues. CoJo can go though.

              Draymond was amazing last night. I still say no deal.

              You could give the guy a few offers of MCW plus someone good for Jimmy. Monroe or Oladipo maybe.

              • KD Owner says:
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                @Slim: Yeah man, draymond is killing it.

                which side do you like:

                Oladipo and Horford or Ibaka?

                • Slim

                  Slim says:
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                  @KD Owner: It’s close… Ibaka’s blocks are enough to sway me. Which I believe is need for you.

                  • KD Owner says:
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                    @Slim: yooo, thanks for all the help.

                    steve adams dropped, should i grab?

      • KD Owner says:
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        @Slim: just got an offer MCW and draymond for Jimi bulter and kicker (maybe tristan thompson). totally pull the trigger right?

  6. Tony says:
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    Jusuf nurick or Cole Aldrich in an 18 teamer? Fpts lg

    Basically a future stash……

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Tony: Tough call. Aldrich probably has a better shot of maintaining value. Nurkic is more of a gamble and it’s doubtful it pays off until next year.

  7. Manshi Shah says:
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    Few questions:

    1.) I want Lance Stephenson. Who can I trade for him? Sully? If not him then who?
    2.) Trade Jared Dudley for Jodie Meeks?

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup)

    PG- MCW, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic
    SG- Nicolas Batum, Jared Dudley
    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard, Shabazz Muhammad
    PF- Nikola Vucevic, Jared Sullinger, Robert Covington
    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Manshi Shah: I think I would rather keep Sully but he is probably the guy to move if any.

      Definitely Meeks over Dudley. Dudley will be lucky to be in the rotation in a week.

  8. blockbuster says:
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    what side of:

    boogie cousins/ dirk nowitzki/ paul millsap FOR james harden/lamarcus aldridge do you have?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @blockbuster: Lots of good players… I think I would stick with Cousins side. Aldridge’s risk isn’t worth all those guys to me.

  9. Lasandro says:
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    Ha that binary joke cracked me up! Such geeks, we are. Well, I did tutor patty mills in mathematics after school back in the day. Played a crapload of Starcraft too. Geek, indeed

    Glad to read you upping giannis as I just picked him up in my shallow 14cat roto, having decided he’d be the best pickup between Covington and wiggins. But man is it annoying watching him hesitate on his 3s now.. He’s got no confidence in his shot out there

    Happy new year and always great reading one of yor articles – I know it takes you a while to write, from what you’ve said on the pod 😉

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Lasandro: Yep, my zerg and my buddies terran was unstoppable in 2vs2 LAN back in the day. Talking trash the whole time. That was a long time ago.

      Maybe a bit need based vs those other 2. Definitely Covinton for 3s. Wiggins for points. Overall… Yeah. Giannis. I have no doubt he’ll figure out his shot. He’s still so young. But I agree it won’t be anytime soon.

      The podcasts make everything so much easier. 2 hours of writing is like 2 minutes of air time.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @slim @jb Gilpin: or do I try for a KD and Ty for harden and wall deal?

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: ha, I was a Terran man myself! Was just discussing te other day how incredible those cut scenes between levels were.. So damn cinematic for it’s time

      Thanks for the advice, I’m happy with my choice. Hoping te rest of my crew, including a healthy KD, will help my 3s out

      This ones for @jb Gilpin too: just been offered cp3 and klay for KD in my 14cat roto. Thoughts? My team..

      Pau
      Drummond
      Gortat
      Kieff
      Giannis
      KD
      Jimmy
      Ty
      Rubio
      Kawhi
      Millsap
      Ibaka
      Draymond

      • Lasandro says:
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        @slim @jb Gilpin: additionally, wiggins is lookin legit and should I perhaps drop Kieff for him? Markieffs rebounding numbers aren’t working for me these days.. Wiggins’ upside seems stronger ROS

        • Slim

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          @Lasandro: I don’t think Wiggins is going to out-rebound Markieff and I think this might be a mistake. Markieff’s 2 great percents is the difference and it’s a big difference. Markieff over KMart for sure too but KMart might cut into Wiggins growth making the move look worse. I don’t know about this one…

          I don’t mind Durant/Lawson for Harden/Wall. It probably won’t be too much of a difference on the stat sheet though. Maybe a few more assists and blocks.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @Slim: Thad a great point re: Kmart cutting into wiggins’ prod. I’ll go ahead and make a claim for Kieff off waivers and drop wiggins.. If someone grabs him before me, so be it. Would you rate kmart over both wiggins and giannis ROS btw?

            And thoughts on the cp3 and klay for KD offer? Cheers!

            • Slim

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              @Lasandro: No one knows what we’re going to get from KMart. Good chance he’s traded and even if not the wolves would be better off playing the youngsters anyway. KMart is only a couple of categories. Barely top 100 when “100%”.

              The shallower the league the more you stick with the best player instead of depth. If there’s less than 130 players owned (an average 10er) then i take KD side over Paul/Klay.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin @slim: sorry for the bombarding here, but I went ahead and dropped Kieff. I’ve watched every Phoenix game this season and he really doesn’t hang around the glass that much unless defending a low post team like the bulls – I needed something closer to 7.5brds per from him. So now I’ve grabbed wiggins to join my squad listed above.

        Scrolling through dropped players in my FA pool I see kmart is available. Clicked on his profile and the last piece of news about him is that there’s a possibility that he returns in a week or so! If this is the case. Who do I drop between wiggins and giannis for him? If he does indeed return soon, I prob won’t need to do any of the trades above, tho I’d still love your input on them. Cheers!

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Lasandro: damnn i wish somebody would offer me a deal like that for KD, hah

        • Lasandro says:
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          @Dante Green: haha when you’re in a super shallow league like me bro it’d happen! Still not sure if I should consider it but klay would certainly be an upgrade over giannis for me.. Def need the pts but I’d be losing brds and fts

          • Dante Green says:
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            @Lasandro: hah, yea, but if KD’s just gonna play 30 games this season i might as well move him(drafted him 2nd rd)

  10. Joe says:
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    In a 9-cat, 10-team h2h:

    Is giving Melo, Conley, Tyreke, and MCW for Lowry, Tobias, and Beal a fair deal? If it’s not, and I’m overpaying, how do I make it better? Basically, I’d be interested in acquiring Lowry, LMA, Tobias, or Beal from him. There are keeper rules I won’t bore you with but, basically, I’m not trading the guys with asterisks below unless blown away (they’re potential keepers under our rules.)

    My team: Melo, Durant*, Conley, Marc G*., Matthews, Jrue*, Noel, Tyreke, MCW, West, IT*

    His Team: A.Davis, LMA, Lowry, DeRozan, Tobias, Beal, Thad, Affalo, Brook, Chalmers, Markieff

    • Slim

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      @Joe: I like Melo, Conley, Tyreke, MCW for Lowry, LMA, Beal plus open roster spot in a 10er. I’d start there. I’m real low on a lot of those guys you’re offering though.

      Besides Brow his team isn’t too good for a 10er. He might take that for the assists.

  11. Rhirano says:
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    Is it time to drop lance Stephenson? I’m in trouble cause lebron went down and I’m having some trouble picking up the stats between the two of them. Shabazz Muhammad, manu ginobili, cole Aldrich, hardaway jr., and Jared Dudley are all out there

    • Slim

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      @Rhirano: I would start with Shabazz but there aren’t any assists there. You could try Ginobili but it’s guaranteed to be frustrating. Maybe Lance is better without Jefferson but I doubt it. Aldrich should be fine. But he doesn’t give the assists either. That’s my order… Shabazz, Ginobili, Lance, Aldrich. And that’s with a healthy Lance.

  12. ABulldogs says:
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    Hey Slim,

    is Nurkic worth keeping in 14 team h2h league? 2 good games, where to now?

    I am considering taking Ronnie Price instead. Any thoughts?

    Also, Terrence Ross better than either two? he is on waiver. Although I doubt I will be able to get him.

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @ABulldogs: All three offer such different things. In a vacuum I would take Ross over both. I trust his role much more than the other 2. Price vs Nurkic is entirely need based but overall I imagine Price is the better play for now. I think Nurkic is going to be an All-Star but as long as Mozgov is around Jusuf’s minutes are going to be frustrating. Last nights game may never have happened if Mozgov wasn’t in foul trouble.

  13. Carl says:
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    Happy New Year Slim!

    Should I drop either Reggie Jackson or Calderon and pick up Jarrett Jack in a 10er?

    And do you think it’s worth it to stash Pek in a 12er? Considering dropping Len for him mostly because of Pek’s good FT%, but which player’s time share (Len/Plumlee or Pek/Dieng) are you more concerned about moving forward?

    • Slim

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      @Carl: Thank you. Happy New Year.

      I’m holding Reggie over Calderon. So would I drop Calderon for Jack in a 10er. Yes… yes I would.

      Nope Peks minutes are going to be heavily monitored. I doubt he ever plays 30 minutes and I think it’s closer to an even time share, 24 min a piece, with Gorgui. I have Pek, a healthy Pek, behind Len. With everyone healthy I doubt any are worth holding onto in a 12er though.

  14. Mike says:
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    Westbrook/Kobe for Davis
    Westbrook/Derozan for Davis

    I’m on the westbrook side and im pretty sure i can swing either of these.

    Team (12 Team 9 cat H2H)

    PG Westbrook, Knight, Dragic
    SG Derozan, Kobe, Kawhi
    SF KJ, Covington
    PF Millsap, Ibaka,Faried
    C Aldrich, Gobert, Olynyk

    Not sure my team is deep enough here to take a 2 for 1 hit but it is the best player in fantasy. Assists would get murdered but everything else would be pretty great. what do you think?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike:

      Maybe i can swing another guy from him.

      His team:

      PG Teague, Kemba, IT
      SG Redick, LouWill, Nate Rob
      SF Ariza, Demarre, Shabazz, Tucker
      PF Dirk, Lee
      C Tyson, Davis

      Who’s team is better in your opinion by the way, be honest haha

    • Slim

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      @Mike: 2-fer-1 trades in a 12er usually favor the player getting the best player. I would do either of those deals for the Brow but I agree maybe start with a big instead of Kobe. I say try to keep Kobe specifically for his assists.

      As for the guys on his team. Teague would be my main target to try to get some of those assists back.

  15. bab says:
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    opinion on this trade?
    im in a 16 team league, and im middle road FG%, high FT%, middle 3pts, high rebs, middle asts, low stls, mid blks, and #1 in points.
    I give: shabazz and monroe
    I get: Batum
    I lower my FG% but my FT% goes up?
    Im afraid batum wont heat up while shabazz has questions regarding k. martin and monroe with consistency issues, I don’t know what I should do? I have Pekovic on IR so thats like a monroe.

    • Slim

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      @bab: I’m not big on Pek but in a 16er he should still be pretty helpful. I like this trade. Batum offers so much more across the board than those 2. Making up the points in a deep league can be annoying but if you’re #1 then it’s not really that big of an issue anyway. Yep, I like it.

  16. Sio says:
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    Happy 2015 razzball nation! I haven’t been commenting as much but i always have the daily updates and the pod on whenever i can. Great stuff as always!

    I got 3 trade scenarios for y’all. It’d be great to get your input on each!

    1. H2h 14er 9cat punting assists and looking for pts
    give lawson+rjax for klay thompson
    im thinking about the dubs playoff sked here and looking to pickup aldrich or tyler zeller to stack my bigman stats more

    2. H2h 14er 9cat going for overall balance
    give horford for ibaka
    pretty much a lateral move but serge has a better playoff sked

    3. H2h 16er 9 cat punting 3s
    give markieff for al jeff
    im sitting near the top here and i think i can take the hit stashing big al but im concerned about the possible shutdown when the hornets fall out of contention

    • Slim

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      @Sio: Happy New Year!

      1. With assists punted Lawsons value plummets and Reggie is a huge sell. Pull that off and you’re looking real good.

      2. Lose a bit of assists for added blocks and 3s. Yep, Ibaka is still well ahead of Horford.

      3. I get it but I would target someone other than Big Al. I don’t trust him to get and stay healthy. This one could really backfire.

      • Sio says:
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        @Slim: thanks man! You know i have that article you wrote about playoff skeds from way back at the start in the season bookmarked! Big believer in keeping sked in mind even at the start of the season.

        Who would you target to buy low for the playoffs with kieff as trade bait if you were punting 3s and ft%? If not big al im thinking howard but the owner is tradephobic and he’s kind of a big name. Any other options?

        • Slim

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          @Sio: Maybe Giannis. More blocks/assists and you still get good FG%. That’s even for me though not buying low. Draymond is the big one obviously irregardless of the 3s. Replacing Markieff isn’t easy.

  17. Dante Green says:
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    Would u now consider KD ‘injury prone’? I’m almost always holding my breath everytime i see him down on the floor(which happened a coupla times against phx)

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: Nah I wouldn’t give him the overall label, maybe he just came back too soon. For the rest of this year I am concerned about him reinjuring an already tender ankle though. That’s the only thing I’m worried about, like Kawhi and his wrist. If I could get Harden plus a bit more then it’s a trade probably worth doing. Or Curry…

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Slim: thanks bud! I really am worried about him, suddenly these injuries are happening to him.

        Anyway ill show u my line up, h2h-12 team 9cat weekly

        Pg curry bledsoe colly mc bjennings
        Sg wiggins
        Sf kd parsons batum
        Pf faried dirk
        C hibbet len

        Honestly I aint feelin KD right now, i like how optimistic people are about him but he hasnt stayed healthy really.

        • Slim

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          @Dante Green: For your team I’d start with Durant straight up for Brow and see what happens. Other than that your team looks killer for a 12er.

          • Dante Green says:
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            @Slim: thanks slim! Happy New year to u and Jb!!

  18. J says:
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    Hey Slim,

    Happy new year!

    14 Team H2H (10 CAT w/ OREB)

    Westbrook, Dragic, IT
    Oladipo, Shabazz
    Draymond, Covington
    Faried, Markieff, TZeller
    Bosh, Olynyk, O’Quinn

    If Zeller and O’quinn keep putting up duds should I look to make a move for any of the following:

    -Smart, Lin, KCP, KJ, Elfird
    -Aldrich, Sims, Adams, Nurkic, Biyombo, Birdman

    I’ve got a season limit on moves and I’ve used a fair bit already. So I’m looking for longer term/ROS picks.

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @J: I think Adams is the guy and I think Zeller could very well be the drop. Adams is definitely a season long guy and there’s still plenty of room for it to get better. Zeller is a placeholder, not an NBA starter. O’Quinn is a problem too though and it very well might not get better without an injury. Throw in a bad playoff schedule and he’s extremely expendable. KJ would be the guy for me but he’s no guarantee.

  19. dom says:
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    happy new year slim

    looking ahead to stream Sunday, need help everywhere except volume scoring in 8 cat roto. Can Terrence Ross hit some 3’s against Phoenix? Can Nick Young do the same against Indiana? Does Jose Calderon really suck that bad? Jarret Jack, Ed Davis, Cole Aldrich, Jared Dudley are also options. Thanks for the help

    • Slim

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      @dom: My money’s on Ross until DeRozan gets back. Pheonix is a nice match-up I think. #2… Probably Aldrich, maybe Jack depending on need but I don’t know the match-ups.

  20. Shaft says:
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    hey slim, happy new year man. I think I’m looking for another wing (with SG/SF eligibility) but not sure what to do.

    I had just picked up Dudley since he was posting 2nd round value through the last 7 games in 8-cat on basketball monster. But it sounds like you don’t trust his role in MIL with Kidd at the helm. Would you lose him for Shabazz, KJ McDaniels or Wes Johnson?

    In a 8-cat 10-teamer, my squad is:
    G: Lillard, Holiday, Knight, Rubio
    F: Durant, Draymond Green, Covington, W. Chandler, Dudley
    C: Boogie, Favors, Tyson Chandler

    Sullinger was just dropped by his owner (who I had previously owned and used in my trade along with conley and Marc Gasol that got me lillard, favors and tyson). Is he worth grabbing instead of the wings I listed even though he doesn’t really fit a need. Thanks man!

    • Slim

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      @Shaft: I’d go with Shabazz over Dudley. You look solid on 3s and that’s pretty much all he offers. With the way Sully is playing he is worth the add and he’s basically a wing with high end boards anyway. Definitely more helpful for you than Dudley or Shabazz.

  21. Manshi Shah says:
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    I traded:
    Vucevic
    Kawhi
    Valunciunas
    Shabazz Muhammad

    I received:
    Conley
    Rondo
    Stephenson
    Beverley

    THOUGHTS?

    I’m punting Big Man stats now.
    Team prior to trade

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup)

    PG- MCW, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic

    SG- Nicolas Batum, Jared Dudley, Shabazz Muhammad

    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard

    PF- Nikola Vucevic, Jared Sullinger, Robert Covington

    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas,

    • Slim

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      @Manshi Shah: It’s giving up alot but assists skyrocket, steals too. Stephenson is risky but so is Kawhi. Punting big man stats means FG%, boards, and blocks, plus TOs could be a problem. I think that’s probably too many.

  22. Clos says:
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    Hey slim what’s going on?
    Paul
    Knight
    Colly
    Jack
    Pbev
    Markeiff
    Draymond green
    Taj
    Marc gasol
    Aldridge
    Cousins
    Favors
    Covington
    You think I should drop any of these guys now to stash kmart?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Clos: Nope. Not a 1, but I’m as low as there is on KMart I imagine.

      • Clos says:
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        @Slim: alright thanks man

  23. Ryan says:
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    The latest news I’m hearing is that Pek may return sometime around mid to late January. How do you guys think he’ll do ROS? Someone just dropped him and I’m considering a speculative add since I can afford a stash.

    I also own Dieng in this one (H2H 9-cat) and he’s been killing it, but I’m worried that a *healthy* Pek would kill a lot of his value. Should I try to hold on to both guys and hedge my bets, or just try to sell-high on Dieng if possible?

    • Slim

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      @Ryan: PEK ROS…

      .500/.760/0/11/7/0.4/0.4/1.5 :24 min.

      … or unownable in a 12er. These are Gorgui’s minutes he’s going to be cutting into. Dieng should be ok in a 12er but it’s got to go down some. I wouldn’t sell low on Dieng for sure. The odds Pek finishes the season is still extremely low in my opinion.

      • Slim

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        @Slim: I forgot assists. yeah none…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim,

        And yeah always a possibility Pek goes down at any given minute. I bet the T-Wolves are really regretting that contract extension by now.. Poor Pek will probably be bid ridden and unable to play at all in a few years.

        I won’t even bother with Pek, but will try shopping Dieng around to see what I can get. Never had any intention of selling him low based on the decent #s he put off from the bench and Pek’s injury risks. I’m a little more likely keep him now though because your projections seem to imply that Dieng may outplay Pek even if he does come back healthy.

  24. ABulldogs says:
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    Could you take a look at my team? In 14team weekly H2H

    PG-Dragic
    SG-Knight
    SF-Ariza
    PF-Anthony Davis
    C-Gasol
    G-Stuckey
    F-Horford
    UTL-Ryan Anderson
    UTL-Dieng
    UTL-Ginobili
    Bench-Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, Nurkic

    I guess I lack guard depth because I need more dimes and steals, BUT my FG% is already too low. Having more guards will lower the FG %?

    Given this circumstance, I am looking to drop Nurkic, and add Ronnie Price. Also I’d like to drop Frye and pick up Gerald Henderson, who’s been playing well lately or if I am lucky, pick up Terrence Ross from waiver.

    What do you think of this move? Anyone else you might drop instead or pick up instead?
    I think you mentioned Ginobili is first to be dropped at some point, but he’s been playing tremendous, so I am hesitant to dropping him now.

    Any feedback will be appreciated.
    Thank you

    • ABulldogs says:
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      @ABulldogs:
      FYI move is limited at 50, so daily streaming not possible although 1~2 streaming/week is doable.

      • Ryan says:
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        @ABulldogs: I recently dropped T-Ross. Not sure I’d burn a waiver for him unless there is literally no one better available. Derozan is coming back soon and that should dip into his scoring. Plus Ross is not someone you want to add if you’re looking to improve your FG%. He averages 42.7% on the season and only 36% over the past two weeks. Lastly, he contributes virtually nothing in the dimes+assists categories.

        You are a little short on guard depth, but Dragic and Knight are definitely not hurting your %s in any way. IMO the problem are guys like Ariza, Stuckey, and Anderson who are low%, high volume shooters.

        While Anderson+Ariza have value, I would say that Frye and Stuckey are droppable for you. In fact, based on your needs I think the best first move you can make would be to drop Frye for a guard that may shoot similarly low %s but at least has more steal/assist upside. It seems like anyone would be a straight upgrade with Frye’s recent poor performances and loss of minutes. Depending on how deep your league is and who’s available I would also try dropping Stuckey for a wing/guard who may not score as much, but is more efficient and contributes a bit in other categories.

        Davis, Gasol and Dragic are high volume scorers that shoot very high %s and they should negate Ariza’s inefficiency after dropping Stuckey.

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          @Ryan:

          Good Read. helped clear my thought. Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @ABulldogs: With Kawhi down the Spurs can’t afford to bench Ginobili but it’s going to happen and I expect it happens more the latter in the year we get. Price has been alright but he’ll still give duds. Job security is completely unknown of course. Based off needs that looks like a good swap.

      I’m pretty sure Hendu is just a placeholder until Stephenson returns. I would leave that move alone. I like Ross though for Frye. I’m not a believer in Dudley season long at all. For me he’s actually the 1st to go.

      Yeah more guards usually means lower FG% higher FT%. That’s a big reason someone like Curry is ranked so much higher than any other PG.

      • ABulldogs says:
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        @Slim:
        Price it is.

        I agree Dudley will be dropped when he cools off.

        Thanks!

  25. Bren says:
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    Slim! Always appreciate your boldness.

    12 teamer std league who’s the guy guy to own ROS?

    Steven Adams, henson, asik, j Lin, Stephenson, O’Quinn, mirotoc, kaman, mkg?

    I have a preference for reb, blk, fg but your opinion for overall value as well works.

    Thank you!

    • Slim

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      @Bren: Adams is probably #1 for the rest of the season. Henson could be but it isn’t yet and I’m not sure when/if it will be. Asik is bleh, Lin doesn’t do those things, Stephenson is a long way off, next 3 don’t have a reliable role and won’t without an injury. MKG is interesting and is probably #1 right now with all the injuries in Charlotte.

  26. Sio says:
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    Hey slim! I just got offered curry, danny green and kg for my kd, stuckey and brolo. Definitely dropping kg if i take this but its a 16er 9cat h2h and the best ww options are: KOQ, ed davis and lavoy… im thinking either:
    1. Take it and drop kg for ed davis or
    2. Counter with kd stuckey and hibbert

    Which would you do?

    • Slim

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      @Sio: Ed Davis unowned in a 16er seems odd. Curry and Danny Green is a pretty good haul… Stuckey, Lopez are just depth really. I’m not sure if I’m alone here but I kind of like the Curry/Danny side of this trade.

      Hibbert vs Brook can go either way. BroLo for upside and Hibbert is far less risky.

  27. Ray says:
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    I’m in a 14 team, 9 cat, H2H, keeper league where we keep 7 from year to year (so acquiring high-end talent through the draft is difficult unless you really hit on your sleepers)

    I’ve been offered M Conley and G Hayward for my D Williams, A Wiggins, and K Faried. While I’m sacrificing some longer-term upside, Conley and Hayward fill both positional (PG/SG) and statistical (AST/3 PTM/FT%) needs on my roster, and in my eyes, are the 2 best players in the deal, even with it being a keeper.. Am I missing something, do I move quickly to take the money and run?

    • Slim

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      @Ray: Losing Wiggins and to a smaller extent Faried in a keeper is tough but Conley and Hayward are the best 2 and Hayward is still pretty young. I’m good with this trade.

      • Ray says:
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        @Slim: Thanks, Slim! Your advice is appreciated. Keep up the great work!

  28. Bren says:
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    So…what’s your outlook on smart? If you can afford an upside stash would you rather have him, nurkic or mirotic?? So many players in flux right now too including lin, Evan turner…too much! Haha

    • Slim

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      @Bren: Smart in a 12er can go. Maybe it gets better but I doubt it happens anytime soon. I like Nurkic and Mirotic a bit more but for vastly different stat lines than Smart. I have to put Nurkic ahead of Mirotic long term but for right this second, with Dunleavy down, Mirotic is definitely the guy to own. If Nurkic takes Mozgov’s job then he’s head and shoulders above the rest.

  29. ABulldogs says:
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    Hey Slim,

    I am looking to add treys, dimes, and FG% for next 2 weeks’ h2h matchup.

    Debating between MO williams, Evan Turner, and Augustin?

    Evan Turner seems to have the best FG% out of the three, but Williams is most consistent in providing dimes.

    Who do you think will be most useful in those categories?

    Thanks

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @ABulldogs: I would go with Mo Williams until Rubio gets back.

  30. manosun16 says:
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    Hey Slim,

    Which side would you rather have?
    Ellis, Burke, Parsons or Lowry, Mo Williams

    • Slim

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      @manosun16: I’ll take the Parsons side. Parsons is underperforming but he’s still a nice buy low. Burke is much better without Burks on the floor and Monta is Monta. I expect Lowry to come down when DeRozan gets back and Mo Williams will be dropped when Rubio gets back.

  31. Mike says:
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    What do yo think about me floating out this offer: Westbrook/Faried for Curry/Sully

    • Slim

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      @Mike: It seems pretty even. Curry > Westbrook but not by a ton and Faried > Sully but not by a ton. Playoff schedules favor the Curry side so because of that I’ll lean in his direction.

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