So, I married a Jew 11 years ago. I should elaborate, and let you know that she’s a woman, and more importantly, that I’m not jewish myself, so there is a blending in our house of different cultures and holidays, which is dope, IMO. We celebrated the first night of Chanukah (pronounced HHHHHHHHHHHa-nu-Kah. When you sound like you’re bringing up a goober, you’ve nailed it) last Sunday night, and my boys dug it. On Christmas Eve, we will get both our families together for a Christmicah dinner. But what does this have to do with fantasy basketball, Dan? Well, it doesn’t at all, but upon reflecting on the season, I realized that even though my elder son got clothes yesterday in an entirely anti-climactic fashion from his maternal grandparents, he should just suck it up and be thankful that at least they’re clothes that he would want to wear. What I’m saying, gentle reader, is that you should appreciate the gifts as they come, whether it’s what you wanted exactly or not, and re-gift away the excess junk. And in that spirit, I present to you some gift-ish fantasy players you should definitely be thankful to get, or get rid of:

BUY:

Omri Casspi SF

So, I just began this article talking about Chanukah, so I felt obliged to mention the only Israeli in the NBA. But, for what it’s worth, Casspi has started the last 2 games, and went 13/3.5/1/0/1.5 with 1.5 treys per and shooting 43 percent. Mazel Tov! (means F&ck yeah! in Hebrew) He’s only 17% owned so he’s worth riding while he’s starting.

Al Jefferson

El Jeffe is sidelined with an injury, but the powers that determine how long these things  take think it will only be 2-3 weeks. Big Al hasn’t been the stats juggernaut we have been accustomed to this year, and I would tend to believe that his best days are behind him. But this is, regardless of all that, definitely a buy low opportunity if you can stash him for the injury period. Send out a lowball offer, and see what comes of it. Additionally, keep an eye on Cody Zeller and Spencer Hawes as they should get more burn with the Jeffe off the hardwood.

Ed Davis PF, C

So Ed is coming off the bench, but he should be starting, IMO. He has posted 10.5/10.5/1.5/.5/.75, shooting an incredible .750 shooting percentage in only 26 minutes. With those numbers, he’s playing well enough to starting, but more importantly, you should have him on your team, and Eddie is only 57% owned. I would even make an offer for him if you need big man stats, he shouldn’t cost much, given his yahoo ranking of 115.

Jon Leuer PF,C

The Suns are messy, like a Taco Bell restroom, amirite??? Actually, I love the food, and especially the value provided by our good friends at the Bell. And speaking of value, Long Jon (the player, not the deep fried competitor), is great value while Tyson Chandler is out, as Leuer is only 16% owned at the moment, and is starting. If he’s gone in your league, Alex Len other beneficiary in Sun town.

 

SELL:

Avery Bradley PG, SG

Marcus Smart is on the shelf, and Bradley has been dy-no-mite! If you followed Slim and JB’s rankings, they had Bradley at 118. Maybe you picked him higher, maybe a little lower, but he is playing like a top 35-45 talent right now.  In his last 3 games, he has posted 21/2.6/1.6/2.6/.3 with 3.6 treys per game, and shooting over .50%. You have 2 obvious options: Keep him, and enjoy the production, or sell at an all-time high point. I think that his numbers will dip a bit when Smart returns to the fray, but that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

Danilo Gallinari SF

Gallo has been playing very well for the Nugs, some might say outstanding. But he brushed his knee again last weekend, and is a GTD for Monday’s game. He has had so much bad Juju on his knees, if it were me, I’d try to move him before he goes out again. Nothing by way of actual medical reports to base this on, just gut feels.

Marcus Morris SF, PF

The other twin is burning it up in motor city, averaging a career best 14.5/6/2/1.3/0 with a trey per, and shooting just over 40%. No other reason to sell him, other than he won’t likely be of better value than right at this moment. Do with that what you will.

 

Ok cool cats, that’s all the fantasy ball advice this fella has to offer for this week. May all your shots be nothing but net!

 

 

  1. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    What do you think about the situation in Pheonix right now with Markieff in time out and Tyson pulling the AARP card? Could Mirza see some nice minutes going forward and perhaps be another solid Suns acquisition?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Eddie Rooskie: I like the way you think. Tyson is out for a while it seems, and markief is obviously been unhappy since his bro was traded. The are rumors that he might be shipped out, with the rockets kicking the tires, for what that’s worth. Mirza also works well with the run and gun style in Phoenix.

      • Eddie Rooskie says:
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        @Dan A.: Exactly, and with the pace they like to play at he provides pretty good spacing seeing as hes averaging 3 treys @ 48% per game in December. Hopefully they give him and Len some run together.

        Also Chanukah is a great holiday to celebrate, but try some of the fasting ones as well and you’ll see why us Jews are always complaining about something.

        • Dan A

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          @Eddie Rooskie: Word. Just don’t try to hype gifilte fish, you have to grow up on that ish to appreciate it.

  2. Hey Dan! I own Avery Bradley, I have a surplus at SG, and would love to sell high. Who do you think is a realistic target? Upon first glance I thought Danillo Gallinari or Kenneth Faried. What do you think about that? Other options?

    • Dan A

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      @WNWDOTCOM: I would say that Danilo is the higher reward, but also higher injury risk. I would monitor him for a week or so to see what is up with his knee before I make that offer. faried is also nice, but not my first choice. Could you package Avery with another piece to go for a kowhi or a Lowry maybe?

      • @Dan A.: That’s not a bad idea. Let me look around and see what I can come up with.

      • @Dan A.: I sold… for Old Man Duncan. I know he’s dry, boring, has a minutes cap, will be given rest nights and has a tough playoff schedule BUT at least it gives me some cheap rebounds.

        The other offer I had was Bradley and Bradley Beal for Batum and while I liked the upgrade, I didn’t want to lose the points from Beal. Here’s hoping he stays healthy.

        Appreciate the advice though!

  3. Andrew Ringer says:
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    Would you rather own Jon Leuer over any of Nicholson, Thabo, Trever Booker, Rodney Stuckey? Out of those 4 guys which one would you drop first? I’m thinking more short term than long term, by the way.

    • Dan A

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      @Andrew Ringer: I don’t think anyone of those guys are droppable. A week ago, I’d say Nicholson, but all 4 had great weeks, and Drew seems to be shoring up a role and more importantly, minutes…

  4. Mark says:
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    If I were to sell Marcus Morris, who is a good target? I need some steals and 3s.

    • Dan A

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      @Mark: maybe put him in a package with another piece for a stud like Lowry? Or failing that, Jae Crowder is a great value get for 3s, steals.

  5. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, I tried to trade my Marc Gasol for Towns earlier but got turned down. Now Marc Gasol is playing better and Towns minutes is going down. The other owner just proposed me the same trade. Would you take Marc Gasol or Towns ROS? Thank you.

    • Dan A

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      @Wen: everything is fluid in fantasy. Are you in a keeper? If so KAT has added value. If not, it’s true Marc is killing it. But recently, it’s been basically just him. Is that good or bad for a fantasy GM? I still love Towns. But maybe you wait and see. Not like you’re stuck with a bum if you stand pat. Good luck!

  6. Fella says:
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    Can I sell Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack for anyone currently sucking right now but good the rest of the season?

    • Andrew Ringer says:
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      @Fella: try going for Danny green he can really only go up from here. In one of my leagues somebody got green for Teletovic so maybe his owner is ready to cut him loose as well.

    • Dan A

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      @Fella: maybe take an injured guy like JV (still out 3-4 weeks) or Teletovic? He’s coming on… Andrew Nicholson is playing really well also. Good luck!

  7. Michael says:
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    what do you think Gallo for Isiah Thomas? would that be fair? I have gallo and the other guy has isiah

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Michael: I like it for you. Let him worry about the knee. But on paper, it seems even to me. Good luck!

  8. Afro says:
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    Hey Dan!

    Got two tricky choices here… Cody Zeller and Shane Larkin on the WW.

    Gary Harris and Jon Leur on my team…

    Are either of them worthwhile moves?

    • Dan A

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      @Afro: I’d take seller for Harris. Gary has those concussion issues, who knows how long that affects him, and how it affects his minutes when he’s cleared to play…

  9. Melo says:
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    Would you drop Jerami Grant for Casspi?

    • Dan A

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      @Melo: it’s a short term uptick, but yes, if that’s what you’re looking for, or you’re willing to stream the last player or two in your squad.

  10. Cheesin' says:
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    Hey! So my IL is open right now and I’m thinking of picking up a front-court/center player. It was either between Nurkic, M. Turner, or B. Wright.
    I had Turner before but I had to drop him since he got injured and Tyreke was in IL during that time.
    Note: I am tanking my FG percentage
    And.. If one of these front court get back soon who do you think I should drop to take the spot? Iman, O.J.?
    I like Iman Shumpert because I know he can be open when the big 3 are playing and he can give me defensive stats, but knowing that there’s still the big 3, he’s going to lose those touches. O.j. mayo has been on fire and has been pretty good in the defensive end also. Plus, he’s getting more minutes because of Bayless injury.
    Thank you!

    • Cheesin' says:
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      @Cheesin’:
      Oh and do you think a trade of Andrew Wiggins for T. Young would be good?

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