Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week (in which case I’m interested to know how you manage), you have heard the news about the Blake Griffin trade. For those aforementioned people who don’t, here is the summary:

Clippers get: Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, a first round pick, a second round pick and the always charming Boban Marjanovic

Pistons get: Blake Griffin along with his portable clinic, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson

I would love to read your thoughts down in the comments about who won the trade. My first instinct was that it all depends on Blake’s health and on how well he will mesh with Andre Drummond. Another conclusion that can be derived from the trade is that loyalty is dead in the NBA. Remember all the efforts the Clippers made to convince Blake to re-sign, which included filling the court with his photos and even raising an actual banner with his name into the rafters as a sign of their future devotion??

As always, let’s take a quick look at last week’s suggestions and how they performed. The Spurs duo of Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anderson were not very impressive, but their minutes are safe and will only improve moving forward. Murray is even averaging an absurd 8.6 rebounds in the last eight games. The Sacramento duo of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield, on the other hand, were not so hot as only one of them is having a good game each night. At least the Kings are sticking to their veteran-resting plan for now… Finally, Ersan Ilyasova’s minutes continue to trend in the wrong direction, but you can still get some value if you trade him right now…

Moving on to the new suggestions, this will be a heavy “Buy” week as injuries and the aforementioned trade have created opportunities for more players to become fantasy relevant.

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Buy

Reggie Bullock: Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris out of town? Check.. Stan Van Gundy’s well documented love for catch-and-shoot players? Check.. Awful hair that look like the end of a mop with some dirt on it?

Check….

The shooting guard position suddenly became very thin in Detroit and Reggie has taken advantage averaging 17.3/4.0/4.3/3.3/0.7/0.0/1.0 since returning from a minor injury. He has the green light to let them fly from beyond the arc and can become much more than just a THRAGNOFy streamer with the expected 32 minutes he will get nightly (18% owned at Yahoo).

Boban Marjanovic: Boban Marjanovic took the opposite route and finds himself in L.A. as the main backup to DeAndre Jordan. There is a great chance the Clippers will look to trade both DeAndre and Lou Williams, but even with around 20 minutes per game Boban can be a top 70 fantasy player. He can make his free-throws, is a rebounding machine with awesome fg%, and will block it at a reasonable rate. Take a flier on him now (29% owned) or risk losing him to that owner who is always online when/if the news about a DeAndre trade come out.

Tomas Satoransky: John Wall will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, so a battle between Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier is on for the starting point guard job in Washington. Their minutes in the first game without Wall were 30 and 15 respectively and, although Satoransky can’t really score, I think he has the slight edge here. He is averaging 5.4 assists when he plays at least 25 minutes and can realistically average this much playing time now. Give him a look if you need a PG (17% owned at Yahoo) without completely neglecting Frazier in case he does eventually win the starting spot.

Terry Rozier: Marcus “Smart” got angry at a picture frame for looking at him the wrong way. So he punched it. And who would have thought, the frame won…

Was it possible for this man to have a less fitting last name?? He suffered a right hand laceration and will miss the next two weeks, so Terry Rozier is the obvious pickup. He has a chance to average around 30 minutes per game and has proved he is a valuable fantasy contributor when given enough playing time (22% owned at Yahoo).

The Memphis Grizzlιes: Here is a quick look at the current state of the Memphis Grizzles roster

Wow… talk about injuries…Sadly for Marc Gasol, Mike Conley is out for the season. The Grizzlies don’t have a realistic chance to make the playoffs and, if it weren’t for Tyreke Evans and his breakout season, things would have been much much worse. However, as is often the case in fantasy basketball, this s(h)ituation creates opportunities for younger players to get minutes and produce. At the moment no one stands out as a clear pickup, but between Dillon Brooks, Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison, and Wayne Selden exist the potential for a pickup in the future. I will assess the Grizzlies rotation during this week and will most likely come up with a recommendation in next week’s post.

Sell

Bismack Biyombo: God damn you Khem Birch. Before you were recalled from the G-League Bismack was playing 28 minutes, Marreese Speights was getting the rest, and everything was great in the universe. But no, you had to ruin it all!! Biyombo’s minutes are trending in the wrong direction and the fact that Nikola Vucevic will reportedly return from his injury in the next to weeks really shrinks his fantasy appeal. You can continue to stream him for blocks and fg% until Vuc returns, but don’t expect him to produce like he used to when he got the starting job.

As always, let me know in the comments your thoughts and your suggestions about players I have not included and of course all your fantasy related questions!

  1. Adam says:
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    Might wanna check the way you talk about people’s hair. If you don’t know what that means, then you’re doubly ignorant.

    This site has gotten pretty terrible lately, with a combo of bro-y writers who don’t realize the stuff they say is problematic and pretty useless/obvious fantasy advice.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sorry about that Adam. I approved the line because I didn’t think it was offensive.

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Adam: The style of this column is not meant to be “by the book” and instead I try to include some humour to the fantasy analysis. It’s totally understandable if it is not in line with your taste… As for the obvious fantasy advice there are readers who can dedicate a wide variety of time in fantasy basketball so I try to include suggestions both for experienced and casual fantasy basketball fans… Anyways, appreciate your feedback…

    • Brad says:
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      @Adam: stop being a bitch, no one is forcing you to read it. I personally enjoyed the article very much and I think Bullock’s hair is hilarious.

    • Brad says:
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      Hey @Adam: how about instead of being a condescending prick about it, you teach us all what it means??

  2. Jason says:
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    How do you feel about Okafor? I currently have Henson, Nance, Milsap and Horford for my bigs

    • Kostas

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      @Jason: Tyler Zeller has started getting some DNP-CDs and coach Atkinson recently said that Okafor has earned more playing time. It looks like a timeshare between him and Jarrett Allen from this point on but I don’t think I would swap any of your bigs for him…Maybe Henson if the Bucks bring another center before the trade deadline, as the rumors suggest…

  3. lisandro9 says:
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    I have already had the discussion regarding Boban with some friends and I don’t really think he can become fantasy relevant. Maybe he gets a stead 10-12 mins, but for now I believe the backup is Harrell not Boban and I also can’t imagine they don’t bring a C back if they trade DeAndre. And that C should probably be better than Boban. Taking a flier costs nothing or maybe it can cost 0s for 10 more days until DeAndre gets traded. If you are to stash him I’d personally advise to do it now only if you are safely into the playoffs and not in need of wins or else just wait for 5 more days and pick him up like 1 or 2 days before the deadline.

    • Kostas

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      @lisandro9: I don’t disagree with you, he can be viewed as a “luxury” stash but I am not sure he will be available 1 or 2 days before the deadline. He got picked up in every league I play in, even in our 10-team Experts League (ahem SON…) because his per-minute stats are awesome…Finally, maybe the Clippers do bring back a C but i doubt he will be starter caliber, they are in rebuild-mode after all. Only time will tell, but I can understand your reasoning for not buying the Boban hype…

  4. HAL says:
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    Punted turnovers. My CJ+Lou+Marc Gasol for his Westbrook+Dragic+Marjanovic?

    • Kostas

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      @HAL: Think you are giving up too much value in this trade, especially in ft% and 3pt and to an extent in points as well. You can do better with the package you are offering…

      • HAL says:
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        @Kostas: The rest of my team is Beal, Paul, Jrue Holiday, Lebron, Embiid, Pau, Batum, Portis, Adebayo, Allen. Does that make a difference?

        • Kostas

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          @HAL: Not really. I still maintain the opinion that you are giving up too much value. I can understand Westbrook’s fit in a punt-TOs team, but the hit in the categories I mentioned is too much for my taste…

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