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Early in the day on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced that All-Star Todd Frazier was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-player trade. Wait, I thought this was a basketball blog! Well, one of those guys involved in the trade was Trayce Thompson. Not quite a Splash Brother, but the biological brother of the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and former NBA player, Mychel Thompson, who now plays in Italy.

As brothers, it’s pretty common to be competitive with each other. We may not be on as big of a stage as the Thompson brothers, but my older brother and I make almost everything a competition between each other, whether it’s games of one-on-one, 10-mile races, or Settlers of Catan.

While Trayce was gaining popularity as a new member of the Dodgers in California, Klay went off for 27 points in the 3rd on his way to a game high 43 points (15-22 FG, 8-13 3PT). It must be a happy time for the Thompson family!

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Warriors blew out the Suns by 25, leading by 40 after the 3rd quarter.

With the game in hand, Thompson, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry weren’t even needed in the 4th quarter. That was enough minutes for Green to go for a triple double (16/11/10/5) and Curry to drop 25 points and 7 assists. So much for feeling sad about their first loss.

Channing Frye – Frye started for the Magic and scored a season high 17 points, all on three pointers and free throws (5-7 from three and 2-2 from the line). Frye can be an undervalued fantasy player for his ability to knock down the three as a big man. He’s received 23 and 30 minutes the last two games (both Magic wins) so perhaps he’s earned more playing time.

Evan Fournier – A popular drop recently, Fournier bounced back to score 15 points with 3 rebounds, assists, and threes each. It was only his second double digit scoring night in the last 6 games. He was bound to cool off, but his recent numbers are making it hard to roster him in most leagues.

Rest of the Magic – It was a good night to be a Magicican (that’s the term for a player on the Magic right?) as they beat the Hornets by 15. They had 7 guys score in double figures. In addition to Frye and Fournier, Tobias Harris (13/5 and 2 threes), Nikola Vucevic (14/8/4), Elfrid Payton (12 points, 9 assists), Jason Smith (10 points, 2 blocks), and Victor Oladipo (11/4/4) also scored in double figures.

Kemba Walker – Among the Hornets’ starters, Walker had the best night (12 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds), but it was mostly a forgettable night for the Hornets starters otherwise.

Jeremy Lamb – Despite not starting, Lamb has continued to be a decent fantasy contributor off the bench. In 24 minutes, he went 16/5/4 with 4 steals on 7-10 shooting. Lamb definitely won’t excite owners, but he’ll consistently put up double digit points with some rebounds and threes each night. P.J. Hairston still starts over him, but doesn’t contribute enough for fantasy. He went for 14 points with 3 threes, but that was his first game with double figures since November 3rd.

Hassan Whiteside – What a find for the Heat. He continues to impress (20 points, 13 rebounds).

Dwyane Wade – Wade led the Heat with 28 points on an efficient 13-17 from the field. He even blocked 3 shots, 2 more than Whiteside!

Goran Dragic – He’s off to a slow start, based on expectations, but posted 16 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds last night. I still think he’s a guy you should trade for. Better days are ahead.

Brook Lopez – Poor Brook. He continually outperforms his brother (25 points and 6 rebounds), yet Robin Lopez (6 points, 2 rebounds) has appeared in more playoff games (22 to 13). This season isn’t looking very good for Brook to add to his playoff appearance either.

Jarrett Jack – Jack dished out 10 assists to go along with 22 points. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nets trade him at some point this season, but for now, he’s a cheap source of assists on a very bad team.

Ricky Rubio – Wow, what a night for the Spaniard. He was 2 steals and 1 point away from being the 5th player in NBA history with a quadruple double. His final line: 9 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, and 8 steals. Wow.

Gorgui DiengKevin Garnett (old) and Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles tendon) both sat, giving Dieng some more minutes. He responded with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in 36 minutes. If only he could get this playing time consistently.

Karl-Anthony Towns – 25 points and 10 rebounds for the rookie. Even knocked down 2 threes!

Andrew Wiggins – Wiggins led the team in minutes (partly due to Kevin Martin being out with a bruised right wrist), scoring 23 points with 5 rebounds. We’d like a little more variety in the stats, but that’s now 3 games out of the last four where he’s scored 20+.

Kristaps Porzingis – He rebounded nicely from a 0 point outing, to post 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a whooping 7 blocks. Rookies will go through some rough patches, but I’m not at all concerned. He’ll be fine. Send an offer for Porzingis if his owner is anyway concerned.

Carmelo Anthony – While Ricky Rubio was close to the hallowed quadruple double, Anthony almost messed around got himself a triple double: 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists. Porzingis has taken some of the rebounds and scoring away from Melo, but he should still be a top 40 player for the season.

Arron Afflalo – Afflalo still seems to be working back up to speed, but scored 29 points for the Knicks on Wednesday. Outside of a 31 point outburst at the end of November, this was only the second time Afflalo has cracked the 20 point scoring threshold this season. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, but he’ll always be, at best, the third option on the Knicks.

David West – With Tim Duncan out (old age), West received the start. He scored 9 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. He’ll be fine to play in daily leagues whenever Duncan sits, but just won’t be consistent enough to matter in standard leagues.

Kawhi Leonard – 27 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists/steals/threes. Another strong night for the top 10 fantasy performer.

Tony Parker – For the first time this season, Parker dished out double digit assists (10 points and 10 assists). I would say trade high, but he hasn’t even been that great lately.

Manu Ginobili – There were a lot of minutes to go around for the Spurs’ bench in their blowout win over the Wizards. Ginobili took advantage with 11 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. – Not a lot of bright spots for the Wizards in the blowout, but it was nice to see rookie Oubre score a career high 18 points off the bench. I’m sure J.B. is very excited [editors note – hellllllllllllll yeah I am!!!!!!!!]! It’s now 4 straight games of increased playing time, but his minutes are too inconsistent to trust this season, even with Bradley Beals leg injury.

Marcin Gortat – He’s continued to put his early season struggles in the rear view. 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Polish Machine.

John Wall – Wall has really taken on the scoring lately, coinciding with Beal’s leg injury. 20/11/5 for him last night, giving him 20+ points in 8 out of the last 10 games.

Monta Ellis – The revenge game gets overblown (just look at LeSean McCoy this past weekend), but Ellis scored 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter to guide the Pacers to a win over his former team.

Paul George – A down night for him, but still solid none-the-less: 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 threes.

C.J. Miles – Coming off the bench, Miles exploded for 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 threes. He’s been surprisingly more valuable than overly owned scorers Kevin Martin and Jamal Crawford, but still could be available in your league (68% ownership).

Raymond Felton and Zaza Pachulia – In a 26 point blowout, there aren’t usually many bright spots. Felton continued his strong play with 16/3/2 and 3 threes, while Zaza grabbed 14 rebounds. Felton is up 17% ownership and should be picked up, while he’s playing this well.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pope led the Pistons to victory, scoring 31 points in 44 minutes of play. That’s now 89 minutes in the last two games! It’ll be interesting to see if he maintains his large role with Brandon Jennings nearing a return from his Achilles injury. Either way, don’t expect to see 40+ minutes this often.

Andre Drummond – The Pistons won by three and they can thank Andre Drummond (in addition to KCP). Drummond buried a half court three at the end of the 1st half, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals. Now if only he swished his free throws like he does his half court buzzer beaters.

Isaiah Thomas – The Celtics may have lost, but it wasn’t Thomas’ fault. He scored 38 points to go along with 7 assists.

Jared Sullinger – Sullinger continues to reward owners who picked him up off waivers, as he went for 17 and 10.

Dennis Schroder – Playing around 20 minutes off the bench each night, Schroder took advantage of the 76ers with 17 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals.

Isaiah Canaan – Canaan led the team in scoring with 24 points (6-8 from three), but did little else (1 rebound, 0 assists, and 1 steal). That’s not too good for a starting point guard.

Kendall Marshall – Starting alongside Canaan, Marshall dished out 4 assists, but only received 15 minutes of court time. Tony Wroten, who is coming back from a torn ACL, came off the bench for 12 points and 2 rebounds. In the City of Brotherly Love, I wouldn’t want to own any of the 76ers point guards, but Wroten is the most intriguing for fantasy purposes.

Anthony Davis – Not nearly as dominating a stat line as he usually posts, but the Brow still posted 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Ryan Anderson – I keep hearing rumors that teams are looking to trade for the sharp shooting big man. Anderson has been putting those rumors aside as he went for 24 points and 4 rebounds off the bench, including a perfect 13-13 from the line.

Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday – Nice performances by the oft-injured Pelicans’ point guards. Evans went for 11/4/5, while Holiday went for 15/4/3. In the last 6 December games that Holiday has played (he rested his leg in 2 others), he has posted double figures with a handful of assists and steals. He’ll still continue to rest every couple of games, but his fantasy numbers are slowly rising.

Derrick Favors – Known for his rebounding and blocks, Derrick Favors dished out 5 assists to go with his 22 points and 7 rebounds. Owners in head to head leagues must like the surprise assists they’re getting this week.

Gordon Hayward – Coming off a poor game in a blowout to the Spurs on Monday, Hayward rebounded for 20 points and 6 rebounds.

Pau Gasol – Pau won in the battle of the Gasol brothers, as the Bulls defeated the Grizzlies. Pau posted 10/14/2 with 2 blocks, while Marc Gasol went 8/7/7.

Jimmy Butler – Another day at the office: 24/4/4.

Derrick Rose – Rose is not the same player that he once was, but went for 19 and 5. The numbers aren’t consistent, and there’s always the risk for injury, so I would recommend selling high after he puts together a few more strong games.

Courtney Lee – The Grizzlies have gone with a smaller lineup recently, which has featured more of Jeff Green and Matt Barnes at the 4, giving lots of playing time to Lee at the 2. He’s performed well, posting 18/7/6 last night. Zach Randolph, who Green pushed out of the starting lineup, still produced off the bench with 10/11/5.

Kevin Durant – Durant led the Thunder in scoring with 24 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was much needed, as Russell Westbrook had an off night (13/5/3 on 5-15 shooting).

Enes Kanter – Enes kant seem to block any shots. Sure, the 12 points and 13 rebounds are great off the bench, but he has only 9 blocks this season. That’s terrible for an almost 7-footer. For those Thunder big men who can actually block shots, Steven Adams went 11/11/1, to keep up his average of over 1 block a game, while Serge Ibaka blocked 4 shots to go with his 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Mason Plumlee – Since we’re talking about brothers so much in this week’s daily notes, Mason continues to show he’s the better Plumlee brother. 14 points and 10 rebounds for Mason (2 points and 3 rebounds for Miles Plumlee).

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum – With Bradley Beal out with a leg injury, the 2nd best backcourt in the NBA is up in the air (the Splash Brothers are #1). Lillard and McCollum are doing their best to claim that spot. Lillard went for 20 points and 5 assists and McCollum went for 24/4/4, in addition to each guard hitting 4 threes.

Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe – The Suns want in on the 2nd best backcourt as well, but had a little harder going in their blowout loss to the Splash Brothers. Knight scored 17, but didn’t little else, and Bledsoe shot an inefficient 3-12 with 5 turnovers (6 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists overall).

Mirza Teletovic – After a quiet couple games, Teletovic used the blowout minutes to explode for 24 points with 3 threes on 9-13 shooting. T.J. Warren got in on the fun for the Suns as well, with 19/8/3/2/1. As long as Markieff Morris is benched (I can never remember which one is which), there will be minutes for Teletovic and Warren.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul – There were a lot of minutes to go around for the Clippers so their stars didn’t have to put up their usual beastly numbers. Paul contributed 21/6/8 with 3 threes, while Griffin went for 15/8/5.

Michael Carter-Williams – MCW re-entered the starting lineup, pushing Giannis Antetokounmpo (9/11/2) to the bench. The Bucks still lost, but MCW went for 17/6/5 . Don’t look now, but that’s 4 solid performances out of the last 5. I still think he’s too talented to play this poorly, but don’t expect many threes.

Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo – Starting alongside MCW, Middleton and Mayo also shined, with 15/5/6 for Middleton and 17/5/6 for “Miracle Whip.”

  1. Threekola says:
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    Hey Peter, did you post this at around 5 am pacific time? I literally just refreshed it and saw it pop up. Lol. Anyways,

    Would you do this trade and why?

    MY Favors + Tony Parker for HIS Gobert + Oladipo

    I have been thinking deeply about this for a few days now and its killing me. I can afford to hold onto Gobert, so that’s not the issue. The issues are:

    1- I love favors (lol)

    2- Not sure if Gobert puts up 12-12 and 3 blocks like he should

    3- Oladipo’s playing time and bench role. Not sure if he gets up to mid 30s in minutes again this season

    4- Once I do this trade, I now have 3 players on the magic. (Gordon, Elfrid, Oladipo) That’s never good.

    With all that considered, what do you say?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Threekola: I have the post finished by the time Wednesday night games end and then JB edits it and posts it after he wakes up Thursday morning. We’re both east coasters so it will usually be posted at roughly 5 AM Pacific time.

      Right now, the Jazz aren’t giving a timeline for Gobert to return to the court. The only thing I’ve heard is 6-8 weeks, which would be mid-January. Greg Monroe, for instance, just sprained his MCL and right now is being ruled out a few games, rather than the 6-8 weeks that Gobert is diagnosed with. And Monroe missed 11 games last season with a similar sprain.

      So being hopeful that Gobert will return after the New Year and be healthy the rest of the season, I’d prefer the Gobert and Oladipo side, as long as you have an open IR spot. Gobert is such an elite shot blocker that it makes him slightly more valuable than Favors, despite the lower point totals each night. Oladipo is coming off the bench, but what’s to say that it stays that way? Even off the bench, Oladipo has been consistent. It’s slightly lower than his draft day value, but I’d rather own him over Parker, who will miss some games here and there as well for rest. Evan Fournier has come back down to earth so perhaps Oladipo gets the starter’s minutes back from him soon.

  2. hamtime says:
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    1. which of these trades is most favorable? ( I have curry and am in 1st place, so its tempting to pair him with another superstar. 14m 9cat)
    a) my drummond kemba for PG dragic
    b) my drummond kemba otto for KD danny green
    c) my drummond for bledsoe

    2. Drop Henson for crabbe or stash smart?

    3. drop Capela for Lance Thomas?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @hamtime: 1. It’s great to pair him with another superstar, but which statistics do you need the most? If you’re short on blocks and rebounds, then there’s no reason to trade Drummond for point guard stats. But if you feel you need more assists or threes, than trading him makes sense. That’s how I would evaluate the trade. On paper, I’d probably prefer the third trade the most. The others are upgrades for the superstar, but big downgrades in the other position players.

      2. Smart is probably the better stash in the 14 team league. He’ll be better than any waiver wire guy the rest of the season.

      3. I’d hold onto Capela. Even in limited minutes, stat lines are more fantasy friendly.

  3. Joe says:
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    Peter,

    Would you deal markieff morris and calderon for Schroder in a dynasty league? Comfortably in first, but want to make sure I run assists and steals for a while.

    Also, I have a lot of suns, and want to break that up. Thoughts on Kief’s value if dealt to Rockets, Pelicans, or any other best case scenario?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Joe: He isn’t playing for the Suns so a trade can only increase his value. Though I don’t know if he would ever be much more than a top 100 player, even on the perfect roster. The trade for Schroder is a good one because Calderon is at the end of his playing career and Schroder should be a valuable assist/offensive weapon off the bench for a long time.

  4. Chinzy says:
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    Hey Peter. Thanks for the daily notes.

    Was wondering if I made the right trade… Traded my Lowry, Favors, Thad Young, Rubio for Kevin Durant, Covington, Middleton, Carroll

    I know I did pay a high price but I decided to punt assist because my opponents are stacked with assist. Felt like I can give up some rebounds because I hit 300+ every week.

    10 Man H2H 9 Cat

    Knight, George Hill, Oladipo, Pat Bev
    Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Covington, Middleton, Carroll, Casspi
    Anthony Davis, Drummond, Deandre Jordan

    Idea is to be strong in 3s, rebounds, steals, blocks

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Chinzy: You definitely received the best player in the deal and increased your strength in those categories. I just might not have given up that many players for KD or decided to punt assists, but that’s just me. I typically don’t try and punt any categories because you never know when someone will get hurt or underperform. But there are multiple ways to win a fantasy league so I hope it works out for you.

      • Chinzy says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Thanks for the input!

  5. jonny says:
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    Hey Peter,

    Should I drop mo will, larkin or tjones for c.lee or frye? Its a h2h with only 25 pick ups on the year, and I’ve used 9 already so can’t be making pick ups too regularly. Thinking of saving them for trade deadline and playoff time, but don’t want to lose every week. What do you think?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @jonny: We’re a 4th of the way through the season so that puts you on pace for 36 moves. With a limit of 25 pickups, you shouldn’t chase after every hot pickup. It’s such a small sample size so I’d wait to see if the Magic and Grizzlies are actually going to continue to use those lineups.

      Lee and Frye, if they keep this up, would have higher upside than Mo Williams and Larkin. Smith, Shumpert, and Irving should all be back soon, pushing Williams to the bench, while Larkin doesn’t excite me. Though, I would hold onto to Jones for sure. I’d hold off at least some of your pickups for injuries and trade deadline, in case you do a 2-for-1 deal.

  6. Tyler says:
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    Schroder or Marshall?
    With Marshal starting might he replicate his Lakers averages?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler: Schroder. Even starting, Marshall will never match his Lakers’ averages. That was an outcome of playing in Mike D’Antoni’s system, a system that made mediocre/poor point guards into fantasy monsters (Jeremy Lin, Chris Duhon, etc.).

      • Tyler says:
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        @Peter Kap: but isnt sixers signing dantoni? And i believe they are also in the top half in pace which bodes well for an uptempo PG.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Peter Kap: How bout Alex Len or TJ Warren? Are they better options than Marshall or Schroder?

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Tyler: The 76ers do have a very fast pace, which makes them fantasy friendly and just saw that the 76ers were bringing in D’Antoni. That makes it interesting. I’m still hesitant on Marshall, but D’Antoni could be a very good thing for him.

          Currently, I like them in this order Schroder, Len, Marshall, Warren. None of them are must own, but Schroder, Len, and Marshall all have upside if they were to get more minutes. Though, Schroder is the safest in his current amount of playing time.

  7. Mike says:
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    In a vacuum who would you rather have the rest of the season: Ibaka or Poison Goose? 12 Team H2H 9Cat if it helps :). Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: oops Poison Goose = Porzingis haha

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Mike: Probably Porzingis. Take away field goal percentage and a slight edge in blocks, and KP matches or exceeds Ibaka’s numbers.

  8. Fella says:
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    Danny Green just hit the wire. Should I drop Henson or Motiejunas for him? Smart, Lawson and Nurkic are also around.
    Also, who can I get for Jarret Jack that will have solid value second half of the season??

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Fella: I think Green’s upside is worth it over Henson or Motiejunas. Green was a fantasy stud just last year. Smart could be a good move if you have an open IR spot. I still haven’t heard when he’ll be back, but the upside is there.

      As far as moving Jarret Jack, I would trade him with someone for a better point guard (Lowry, Kemba, Isaiah Thomas, etc.). For straight up trades, buying low on DeMarre Carroll, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, or even Nerlens Noel could work. At the very least, you could start the trade conversation there.

      • Fella says:
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        @Peter Kap: I could pick up Green and Smart for Henson and D-Mo and just wait and see? Will probably take a hit for a few weeks though….I’m right in the middle of the pack. Would you do this?

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Fella: Yes, I would pick up Green and Smart over those guys. Worse case scenario, you drop Smart in a few days or a week when more information is out.

  9. John says:
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    Small deal possibility in a 12 team h2h, 9 cat league.

    1. Mayo for Collison
    2. Aminu for Collison
    Does Collys role expand ROS? I keep thinking they will trade Rondo. Thoughts? Thank you

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @John: Even if Collison’s role doesn’t change, there is still some value to be had with his points, assists, and threes. Though we did see the upside during Rondo’s suspension, if Rondo were to be traded or injured. I would consider doing either of those trades for Collison. Aminu is at risk to be traded to a contender and Mayo was probably a waiver wire pickup anyways.

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        @Peter Kap: mayo for sure waiver guy. Had not thought of Aminu in a trade. Thanks!

  10. AC says:
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    Thinking about dropping Mudiay in my 12-er, but the waiver wire is atrocious. Zeebo was just dropped. I know he’s boring but he’s consistent and doesn’t hurt your percentages/TO like Mudiay does. But Mudiay’s upside is higher.

    What do you think? Is it worth it to drop Mudiay for Zeebo?

    Thanks!

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @AC: Ummmm… YES. Mudiay is fantasy trash unless you’re in a dynasty league with keepers.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @AC: I just dropped Mudiay in my 12 team league. He’s not doing enough (rebounds, steals, assists, etc.) to make up for his poor percentages/TO. Randolph would be a fine pickup. He’s a better real life player than fantasy, but should be rostered in 10+ team leagues.

  11. Real_Cigs says:
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    Choose one: Middleton, Crowder, Wes Matthews, Lavine, Porter Jr, Leuer, Hibbert,

    8 Team / 9 Cat / Punting FG% and TO’s, but FG% has been coming around lately

    I have two end of the roster spots that I’ve been using to swap players in and out, but with Kyrie coming back from IR, I’ll need to trim it to one. League doesn’t really trade at all, so just wanting to take a shot on ROS upside.

    Team strengths so far: FT%, 3’s, Pts… Solid in Assists, Rebs, Stls, Middling in blocks, and have been punting FG% and TO’s.

    Would ideally like to improve some of the areas where I’m just solid-middling in without sacrificing too much from the strengths.

    PG: Westbrook, Irving, Jackson, Payton

    SG: Klay, Matthews*

    SF: Giannis, Gallinari, Crowder*

    PF: Bosh, Covington, Mirotic (not ready to give up on yet),

    C: Pau, Monroe

    • Peter Kap

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      @Real_Cigs: You’re going to gain some in assists and steals, just by having Irving healthy so blocks and rebounds are probably what you need to focus on in the pickups.

      On paper, I’d rank those guys: Middleton, Matthews, Porter, Crowder, Lavine, Hibbert, Leuer.

      Hibbert is the only one that really helps in blocks and rebounds, but overall, Middleton/Matthews/Porter are the better all-around players.

  12. tentyme says:
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    in a 12 team h2h weekly league would you drop parsons for courtney lee ? I ve been stashing parsons since the draft and now that he left the game early I don’t know. just tired I think of having only 2 guys on my bench cuz parsons is locking up a spot I can’t use to pick up players. I think it’s time I wasted to much of it already.. your thoughts??? thank you !!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @tentyme: I’m okay with dropping Parsons. He hasn’t been dropped in any of my 12 team leagues, but I have low hopes for him this season and I avoided him in all drafts. They seem very concerned with him playing a lot, which negates any fantasy value. Even when he’s allowed to play, he’s done very little in 20+ minutes.

  13. miles proudfoot says:
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    Drop TJones for Courtney Lee.? I still can’t see to cut him in2/3 leagues.

    Also, I thnk youre a bit younger thank i am, but things got pretty crazy in my house when my little brother and I competed in Techmo football. Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen tandem was just unfair.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’m probably a bit older than you think I am too, haha. My brother grew up on Nintendo so he and I played Techmo Pro Bowl and Techmo basketball. The Raiders were def unstoppable in that game so much so that we couldn’t play with them if we were going head to head. I actually still own Techmo and a Nintendo. JB and I used to play it in college. Thanks for bringing back the good memories!

      As for fantasy basketball, Jones is a tough drop because he could turn it on at any moment, is young, and has been a fantasy beast in the past. Courtney Lee has been hot recently so it’s very tempting. Do you have any others to drop? If you’re okay in blocks and need threes, then it’s probably worth it.

      • Miles Proudfoot says:
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        @Peter Kap: that’s exactly it, need 3’s, more steals never hurt, ok on boards and blocks. going to check it out and consider, thanks!

        I let my brother have LA, I usually could do alright with Chicago and Walter Payton. Worst case if I was losing I would “trip” and accidently hit the reset button haha.

  14. Tom says:
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    12 team H2H Points League –

    Desperately need a Center, which of these deals would be preferred?

    A) Dragic and Clarkson for Duncan and Gobert

    B) Dragic for Lavine and Dieng

    Team:
    PG: CP3
    SG: Harden
    G: Reggie Jackson
    SF: Jimmy Butler
    PF: Anthony Davis
    F: Mirotic
    C: Capela
    U: Dragic
    U: Porter
    Bench: Clarkson, Olynyk, Parsons, Barnes

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tom: I think both could be valuable to you. Not sure who you would drop in the second trade, but I’d do the first trade in a heart beat. I’m not as familiar with point leagues, but I’m not too high on Clarkson and Gobert could be a steal at that price if he doesn’t have any setbacks in his knee injury.

  15. draco21 says:
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    Hey Kap!

    Interesting answer on one of the comments above. You’d take the goose over Ibaka right now? While I do understand the comparison, aren’t you afraid of the fatigue from this guy? Admittedly, I havent watched Knicks games much (HATE MELO) but man. That def was a food for thought. That said, Fantasy Rookie of the year question for ya, KAT or Goose? Currently have KAT ahead of Goose ROS. Just because FG% FT% are probs hardest to keep. Thoughts on this though?

    Quick question also, your thoughts on MCW? I know I’m a bit higher than most but I think if he picks his spots, he would be top 80. I mean, he used to be poison for FG, FT and TO. He kind of has the FT% workiing but the FG% and TO def still stupid. However, with the way my team is built (PAU GASOL SHOULD NOT BE SHOOTING LESS THAN 48% BUT SOMEHOW HE KEEPS ON DOING IT), I’m obliged to fully punt that Cat. TO I can work with once Nerlens stops acting like a guard and coughing it up 3 per game.

    That said, I do have a Pachulia for MCW trade. I like the FT% from a big and def usable out of position ast from Pachulia. Whaddya think?

    16 teams, 9 cat H2H

    PG – CP3, Collison, MCW,, Mills, CoJo, Marshall
    SG – JR Smith (SF), Sessions (PG)
    SF – Covington (SG),
    PF – P.Gasol (C), Noel (C), Bjelica
    C – Towns

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @draco21: Initially I had Ibaka ahead of Porzingis, but then I looked at their stats and they are very similar. Indeed Porzingis is a smaller body type and could experience some fatigue guarding those big men, let alone get injured. However, he’s the #2 option on the Knicks, while Ibaka is the #3 option on the Thunder. Granted Porzingis doesn’t have last year as a comparison, but Ibaka is slightly down in threes made (1.2 to 0.5), FT% (83% to 73%), and rebounds and points from last season. If he were to get back closer to his stat line from last year, than I would move Ibaka past KP. For now, I’m going to roll with Porzingis, but arguments can be made for either guy.

      I think I’d go with KAT for fantasy and real life ROY. You’re right the percentages are better and Towns is still giving you some threes. If KP started making more threes to around 1.2-1.5 per game, then I think I would go KP. Either way, it’s very close and you can’t go wrong with either.

      I might be the only person higher on MCW than you. I thought he was going to be a draft day steal and invested in him in all my leagues. That hasn’t worked out for me so far, but he’s definitely gotten better recently in his production. I like him for his ability to rack up the counting stats. He’s still a young point guard and shooting is something that you can definitely develop as you age (just look at Chris Paul, John Wall, or Magic Johnson’s first couple years shooting). MCW won’t ever be a great 3-point shooter, but Kidd has him shooting less of those, and his season FG% is 43% so far. That’s better than his career average of 40%. He’s still down a little of his rebound/assist/steal numbers, but I expect those to rise shortly.

      I’m also high on Zaza, but he looks like a sell high to me. He’s a cheap big man who helps in percentages and assists, which is handy out of position. He doesn’t block shots, but is nearly a double-double a night. That being said, I would take MCW for Zaza any day.

      Gasol is shooting less than 48% because he’s taking more long range jumpers. The stretch big man is all the rage these days! And sorry for the long response!

      • draco21 says:
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        @Peter Kap: Kidd gave MCW a pep talk and said you gotta be more like AI than Mike. MCW attacking the rim with reckless abandon. hopefully, the past 5 games are not a fluke. That said, I think I’m holding on to MCW even if it kills me in TO.

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