There are countless amazing moments that happen every year in the NBA. Dunks, blocks, buzzer beaters, you name it. But there are also some that are head scratching. Like this for example.

Did the spirit of Nate Robinson enter Kyle Lowry’s body? Did he make an informed judgment call that he could fit through there? Was that a futile attempt to draw a foul. Fatigue just kicking in? Or was that an unsuccessful attempt at a forced piggyback ride? We will never know with certainty. Nick Nurse’s surprised reaction is just the icing on the cake.

Buy

Coby White:  A substantial increase in playing time had to happen at some point of the season for White, and it seems like the time has rightfully arrived. He is one of the building blocks for Chicago and the timing of Kris Dunn’s injury has worked in his favor. The minutes have increased by four during the last month and by eight during the last two weeks. White should get all the opportunity he can handle the rest of the way. (39% owned).

Gorgui Dieng: Jaren Jackson Jr.? Out. Brandon Clarke? Out. Next man up?

 

 

Dieng has proven that, when given meaningful minutes, he is a very valuable fantasy contributor. During the span when he was starting for the Timberwolves, he provided top 40 value in just 26 minutes per game. He is a must add as long as the two young Grizzles are sidelined, which should be at least for the next two weeks (26% owned).

Garrett Temple: Kyrie Irving is out for the rest of the season and, whenever the Nets are shorthanded, Garrett Temple becomes fantasy relevant. He will not be a fantasy game changer by any means, but the 2.5 triples, 1 steal, and only 0.3 turnovers during the last two weeks can be valuable for most teams in standard leagues. If he can hover around 43% shooting, he can be a sneaky top 100 player going forward (6% owned).

Sell

Enes Kanter: Daniel Theis’ emergence as the starting center for the Celtics is something no one could have predicted at the start of the season. The aftermath of it has not been very kind to Enes Kanter, who has seen his minutes drop to 16 during the last month and is simply not getting enough opportunity to help your fantasy team. He is an easy drop option in almost all formats (42% owned).

Dwight Howard: I didn’t intend to include him in the “Sell” column, as I thought he was only an option for people punting triples and ft%, but I happened to stumble upon his ownership percentage: 49% owned in Yahoo leagues!! That’s absurd for a guy ranked 216th in per-game value with zero contributions in steals, triples, and assists. He is also a major anchor in the free throw department. There are surely better options on your waiver wire, especially in roto leagues (49% owned).

  1. Aces says:
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    Hello,

    I am in a 12 team keeper league and can definitely win it this year.

    I was offered Turner/Dinwiddie/Bertans/2020 1st for JJJ/2020 3rd

    JJJ is protected for the next 2 years but I feel this trade takes me over the top.

    Would you do it?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      It’s a very very tempting offer if you think you can win it this year. You have to consider though what players you are releasing to make room for the new arrivals. If the end of your roster is not that good I would be tempted to execute it.

  2. Aces says:
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    I can drop kleber/Napier and I have an extra spot

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Pretty low end players. JJJ is a beast but I would do it if you can think you can win it all this year.

      • Aces says:
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        I’m worried about the resting of my top guys (Giannis/harden/Jokic)

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          That’s something that is hard to predict, but all of them are in teams that have/will clinch the playoffs so the risk is there.

  3. aces says:
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    would you trade a 1st rd pick for coby white? he is protected for 3 years

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I wouldn’t right now, his fantasy game still has a lot of holes. He has the potential obviously but I want to see his 2nd season first

  4. Jeff says:
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    Would you drop Henson like it’s hot for Pelle?

    *other option is Dieng on waivers, but requires #1 waiver I was saving for playoff bye…I am pretty well setup for 1 or 2 seed right now.

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I am not really sure Pelle gets any meaningful minutes but you are not missing anything great without Henson. Pick him up and if he flops you just stream his spot.

      • Jeff says:
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        And You think Hold waiver 1 for something better than Dieng?

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          Come playoff time Dieng should not be that useful, so hold if you can secure top 1 or 2

          • Jeff says:
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            10-4. Thanks!

  5. P. Ramos says:
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    Hi Kostas. Victor Oladipo is sitting on waivers in my 12 Team league. Do you think it is worth to try to get him? What do you think is his fantasy Outlook for rest of the season?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      What are your drop options? I do like him ROS, as long as your expectations are held in check.

      • P. Ramos says:
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        Current team is:

        1) Butler
        2) Adebayo
        3) Jokic
        4) Vucevic
        5) Covington
        6) C. Wood
        7) SGA
        8) Jrue Holiday
        9) Dejounte Murray
        10) Dieng
        11) Cam Reddish
        12) Mykal Bridges 
        13) Napier  

        IR
        Brandon Clarke
        Wendell Carter Jr.

        10 to 13 have being picked recently, so think I would drop one of those, but your inside about my complete team is appreciated.

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          I like the team, especially the IR spots, when activated will greatly help you. I think you do drop Napier or Reddish for Dipo.

          • P. Ramos says:
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            Cool.

            Talking about are Clarke or Carter Jr, do you think that they Could be should down candidates due to their injuries? I had high expectations for Clarke especially for my league Fantasy playoffs that take place in weeks 22 to 24.

            • Kostas

              Kostas says:
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              I don’t think Clarke is a real shutdown candidate, as the Grizzled are still on the playoff hunt. The Bulls will be careful with Carter but I think he will contribute to fantasy teams until the end of the season.

  6. Trader says:
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    Best streamer for Friday. Need points, threes and steals. The rest of the cats are basically decided.

    Bazemore at Mem
    Morris Sr v Den
    Reddish v Nets
    Dieng v Sac
    Temple @Atl

    • Trader says:
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      Sorry….could you rank top two in case I lose out on top pick claim?

      • Kostas

        Kostas says:
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        I’m feeling generous, I’ll press 25 more buttons on the keyboard and rank all of them:

        Bazemore, Temple, Morris, Reddish, Dieng

  7. Aces says:
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    shai or morant in keeper?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Morant and it’s not close for me

      • Aces says:
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        was offered Morant (protected 3 years)/Thad Yound/2020 3rd rd pick (early pick) FOR Sabonis (losing him next year)/ Shai (protected 2 years)/2020 1st rd pick (late pick)

        Do i do it?

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          It’s close and I’m not being very objective as I am really hyped for Morant but I would do it. It’s really really close though

          • Aces says:
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            so he evised the trade, Son said i shouldnt do it haha..

            I trade sabonis/Shai(protected 2 years)/1st Rd pick

            For

            Morant(protected 3 years)/Coby(protected 3 years)/Thad young or shake Milton/4th

  8. NCPhilly says:
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    Do you like Kevin Porter as a buy candidate in any format?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      He is too inconsistent for my liking but he should get more chances as the season goes on. Not a very fantasy friendly player though.

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