Everything in life is relative. People often compare their wealth to that of their neighbor, their happiness to their relatives, and their performance to their coworkers. Height can also be relative, apparently. I feel quite tall in my everyday life, but would be an absolute dwarf in an NBA locker room. But even amongst NBA players there are a lot of scales when it comes to height. There are short players, tall players, very tall players, and then there is Boban.

“Let me show you how it’s done, punny, 7 feet 3 Kristaps”. I live for the day Boban gets to play against Tacko Fall, one on one in the post.

Two players really shined from last week’s suggestions and those were Trevor Ariza and Malik Beasley. Both look like good values for the rest of the season and should be scooped up immediately. Cody Zeller and Bruce Brown were not that impressive as the two aforementioned, but were still usable.

Buy

Danuel House:  A name that is not mentioned enough as a fantasy winner in the aftermath of the four-team trade last week is for sure House. He was already a big part of Houston’s rotation but PJ Tucker’s move to center has further increased his value, all the way to 27th for the last two weeks. He is a must-add in my book, with the Rockets fighting for the best possible placement in the Western playoff race (37% owned).

Jordan Clarkson: If a dedicated basketball dictionary existed, Jordan Clarkson’s picture would be next to the definition of “streaky shooter”. That has been his main characteristic throughout his career but when he is on a roll, like he is right now, he can be a difference maker coming off the bench. Since his trade to Utah, he has improved his fg% and 3pt production and is worth riding until he cools off, as he is ranked 61st during the last two weeks (34% owned).

Thon Maker: Andre Drummond is no longer in town so his minutes are up for grabs. Besides the obvious beneficiary of the situation, Christian Wood, there is another player who has seen his minutes rise significantly. This is none other than Thon Maker. Once regarded as a similar project to Giannis, Maker has seen his playing time increase to 28.8 minutes after the trade and is averaging 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. He can be a low-end option in standard leagues and his value is further boosted by his 1 triple per game, so I would be actively looking to add him in deeper leagues at the very least (13% owned).

Sell

Tristan Thompson: He was featured as a ‘Sell’ candidate earlier in the season and I sure hope you listened to that advice because now, after Drummond’s arrival, he is more of a drop candidate. His removal from the starting 5 in the first game and the 19 minutes he received do not help his case. There should be better options on the waiver wire. (56% owned).

Kendrick Nunn: I am sad typing these words, as Nunn has been a true feel-good story this season. He has gone from undrafted, G-League rookie from the G-League to becoming a key clog in Miami’s rotation. However, the Heat got a lot deeper with the trades they made and Nunn needs minutes in the 30s to keep his value afloat. I am not sure those minutes are guaranteed anymore, while his shooting slump has him ranked 362nd during the last two weeks. There are better options out there, particularly in standard leagues (63% owned).

  1. Russowl says:
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    10 team Head to Head Very competitive league been going since 2003.
    I’m in first place But everybody’s really close.
    We only carry one IR spot in which I have Norman Powell. My biggest weaknesses are free throw percentage And three pointers. Daniel house is available. I can switch Capella to the IR drop Norman Powell or also have PJ, Washington Jeremy Lamb And Joe Ingles as possible drops. Or just stay put?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I would drop either Ingles or Lamb for House for sure. Maybe even both for him + a streaming spot. You ‘ll need some stats to stay at the top without both Capela and Powell.

  2. Russowl says:
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    Akright thanks

  3. Dan Mai says:
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    Would you drop Noel for Naz Reid/James Johnson right now? Who between Reid/johnson would be your pick up?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I would give Noel another week to improve but if you want to drop him I would grab Johnson for his defensive stats

  4. Tyl says:
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    Who’s the best pickup/stash for our 2 week playoffs?

    Chriss 3-3 playoff sched

    Smart 4-3

    Dejounte 4-3

    Mikal 4-4

    LeVert 4-4

    Chriss has the least games – only 3 per week, but the hottest right now

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I would go with Smart, followed by Mikal and then Chriss I think. Depends on your team needs as well, but those are my general preferences

      • Tyl says:
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        My lineup is
        Trae Lowry FVV Rubio PG13 RoCo JJJ MRob Embiid Horford Vooch Jokic

        IL-Curry,Lillard

        Who do you think fits best?
        Kinda feel Mikal?

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          If you are afraid of your fg% then go Mikal, otherwise it’s still smart to go Smart (couldn’t resist the pun)

          • Tyl says:
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            I picked Mikal up but Holmes just got dropped.
            Is he worth grabbing? Who to drop Mikal or Horford?

            • Kostas

              Kostas says:
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              Holmes will miss the next 2-3 weeks. If you think you can compete with another player not playing, go for it. I would drop Mikal in that case.

              • Tyl says:
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                Drop Horford for Levert now that Kyrie is out? 8team 9cat h2h

                • Kostas

                  Kostas says:
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                  I would do it. And at worst you stream the spot, but I like Levert after Irving’s injury news

  5. Dan says:
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    12 team 9 cat

    Sitting in 2nd, probably sliding to 3rd following this double week week.

    Richaun in the IR slot.
    Dame, Ja, SGA, Fournier, House, RoCo, Chriss, Wood, Ayton, Montrezl, MitchRob, Noel.

    Noel’s been mostly a dud the past 2 weeks. Drop him for James Johnson/Naz Reid?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I have the same conundrum in one of my leagues. I will personally wait to see the Wolves rotation in a game without KAT and then decide accordingly. But you have enough blocking in your remaining roster to make an immediate move if you think others will capitalise quicker.

  6. Joe says:
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    points league where assists count as 2 points each. Do you trade D. mitchell and oubre for booker?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      That’s a no for me, I like their duo more.

  7. Jeff says:
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    What’s your read on J Allen as a keeper in cat format?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I like him a lot, especially if you can keep him for more than next year. DeAndre will keep losing minutes to him as he gets older.

      • Jeff says:
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        Would you deal Clarke and Rubio for him?

        Thanks!

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          I do like Allen but I would be reluctant to give up Clarke, especially in a keeper format. That’s a no from me.

          • Jeff says:
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            Many thanks! One last follow-up; the format is 11 cats, std 9 plus off reb and def reb

            Would you deal Clarke straight up for Allen?

            Would you deal Clarke and Rubio for Allen and Dej Murray?

            • Kostas

              Kostas says:
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              I would consider the 1-1 mainly due to the 2 extra categories you mentioned. Ultimately it depends on Clarke’s growth but I lean towards Allen’s side in this case

  8. Jonathan L Mills says:
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    12 teams, 11 cats – standard 9 with Off Reb and Def Reb, keep 5 by round (moves up each year)

    Side 1: Ayton (1st), Wood (15), and first round pick

    Side 2: Bam (9th), Collins (7th), and sixth round pick?

    I’m in win now mode, if it is close and need that info for tiebreaker. Thanks!

  9. Jonathan says:
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    12 teams, 11 cats – standard 9 with Off Reb and Def Reb, keep 5 by round (moves up each year)

    Side 1: Ayton (1st), Wood (15), and first round pick

    Side 2: Bam (9th), Collins (7th), and sixth round pick?

    I’m in win now mode, if it is close and need that info for tiebreaker. Thanks!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Very difficult one, but it’s hard to ignore the package of Bam+Collins. I’ll choose side 2, as the 1st rounder in side 1 is essentially a “6th rounder” since its a 5 keeper league.

  10. Jerry says:
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    In a head to head points league, Beasley or House ros? Thanks!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Both are viable options but I like Beasley a little bit more

  11. Trader says:
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    Ariza (home v Pels) or Ish (home v Cavs). Need stocks and points.

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Both Pels and Cavs give up a lot of points and steals on the road. I would go with Smith, as Ariza tends to have the occasional super low scoring game and is not so matchup dependent. But both are viable options.

  12. Jerry says:
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    In a head to head points league, WCJ or Naz Reid ros? Thanks!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      WCJ, since Reid is toast when KAT plays and I think he will play when he gets healthy since they got his buddy Russell

      • Jonathan says:
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        Why wouldn’t they keep KAT fresh and healthy, develop more young guys, and tank some more? Did they deal their pick with Wiggins?

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          It’s definitely a possibility but I think KAT plays the rest of the season. The team is not good enough to win a lot either way and they should try and see the fit between him and Russell.

      • Jonathan says:
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        I hear you. I’m going to try and float Naz and a pick upgrade for Nance.

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