Danny, Jeff, Draymond, and Gerald. It sounds like a the real, non-stage names of a boy band. Everybooooody…. Rock yo booooody! Rock yo body right, the Green team’s back, ALRIGHT?!! I’m onto something here: this analogy even has some Jackson 5 tangents, with Willie Green (Orlando), JaMychal Green (San Antonio), and Erick Green (Denver) playing the Tito and Germaine roles of the family members who haven’t hit the limelight yet guys. Or the jilted Destiny’s Children? I dunno, you talk amongst yourselves, and work it out. Willie, JaMychal and Erick (much better boy band names) are all rooks/sophs who are coming along slowly. Like Janet, they’ll have their chance to shine further down the road, hopefully. All I can say is that the Greens that matter are come up rosy.  So get out and something something about the players being money, because they’re named Green! And you might want to trade in some of those Greens for these cats:

BUY:

Mason Plumlee PF, C

I don’t wanna say that I didn’t want to say I told you so, but actually I really do wanna say it. Brook Lopez is out with injury again. It’s his back this time, which with big men could be a nasty lingering affair. But Dan, you yell at your computer, Mason has been a disappointment thus far this season! Well, I can’t hear you, don’t be silly, that’s not how the internet works. And if I could hear you, I’d say it’s a question of minutes, he’s a streaming option with block and board upside. He’s 31% owned, for Pete’s sake, and Lopez is out for at least a week. Do with that what you will. The last game where he got any minutes, he went 10/8/2/1/1 with a .667 shooting percentage in 19 minutes. I’d take a flyer on him in 12-14 teamers.

Rasual Butler SG, SF

There is no Dayna, only Rasual! Butler is turning back the clock, son! In the past 4 games, he has played as a top 50 talent, shooting 18.8/3.5/1.8/1.5/0 with 3.3 treys on 54% shooting. I know, that sentence is taken more or less directly from the yahoo page, but it needs to be said, as he’s worth riding while he’s hot, and he’s under 20% owned. What’s just as sexy is that he’s averaging a touch under 30 minutes. Time will catch up to Rasual, but enjoy the renaissance for the next little while.

Andre Drummond PF, C

Ok. Drummond is a bit of a poisoned pill, as his FT% is abysmal, and his FG% can fluctuate between good to yeeesh! Also, he’s had foul trouble all season, and that’s also a concern. The good news? He’s a monster on the boards, he swats basketballs like they’re mosquitos, and his FG% has been going up from low 40s lately. His fantasy owner may have had his fill, and if you can stomach punting FT%, his other percentage may get to a more palatable level. Buy low here, folks!

Jordan Hill PF, C

If you didn’t notice yet, the Lakers are having a bad time thus far this season. Ed Davis has been moved to the starting line up, benching Carlos Boozer along with his atrocious defense, and that has thrown the big man rotation on it’s ear. Hill has had a quiet 3 games, and maybe his owner would give him up for a 65-75 talent, like a Jonas Valanciunas, as one might get cold feet with a team so bad.

Al Horford PF, C  

Atlanta has been winning, but Al has not been the player he once was. Yet. In my humble opinion, what he has been, is fantastic for your percentages and blocks, and his boards, dimes and points are all steady Eddie. I feel that he’s steadily improving, incrementally. You won’t get him for a steal, but his current price will be far less than what he will be in a month, if my calculations are right. And by calculations, I mean no calculations at all.

SELL:

Danny Green SG, SF

He’s playing at a top 20 value, and a threat to touch all 9 categories every game. Like everyone else, I’m unsure as to whether he can keep it up all season, and my gut says: “I’m pretty sure no”. His scoring is up and down, and he rarely gets to the line, but his blocks, steals, boards and 3s are always there, always in good percentages. I would part with him for a big, as you wouldn’t try for a wing like a LaMarcus Aldridgeif I’m lucky.

Draymond Green SF, PF

Dray Dray was absolute murder on Sunday, going 31/7/3/4/3, shooting 55%, and 100% FT, with a staggering 7 treys, with only 1 turnover. Draymond-arama has been one of the best story lines in the NBA this year. But David Lee is finally coming back next week, and that creates uncertainty for our boy Dray Gr-izzle, and you couldn’t possibly sell any higher. I would try to unload that unknown downtick of D. Lee eating his minutes onto another owner. It may work out for your trading partner, it may not. But would I rather have a dependable Eric Bledsoe ? I think so. And sorry for all the butchered nicknames, they were uncalled for, just trying to keep hip.

Jeff Green SF, PF

If you listen to the Razzball Basketball podcast, you may know that JB isn’t too high on my man Jeff. But Jeff has been more like El Jeffe these days, and played into a respectable 45-55 range. I would suspect that when the points go down, his ranking will as well. Sell high, good reader, sell high!

Gerald Green SG, SF

A Gerald, he’s the Donnie Wahlberg of the Greens, the least talented lyrically, but his bad boy persona gave a much needed edge to the  group. Green has played adequately this year, putting his value recently at around the 75-85 range. He has been hurt by Isaiah Thomas‘ addition to the Suns, and even now while Thomas has been sidelined, it hasn’t translated into more production for Green. I’d much prefer a Zach Randolph for him, who is currently in the same ranking level. Get what you can for him.

 

I’m patting myself on the back here, which is kinda douchey,  but I wanted to let you know that Kris Humphies has been dynamite in the last week, and only 11% owned. Ed Davis has earned the starting spot, which I hope will help his numbers, for what that’s worth as well. That’s all for this week, I have to wrap my head around Christmas shopping. Yaaaay. May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Tsilaeri says:
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    Thanks for the post!

    There are some good waivers in my league such as,
    Omer Asik, Ed Davis, KCP, AV, Plumlee, Stuckey, Courtney Lee, Humphries, E Fournier, JR Smith, Stoudemire

    Are any of above worth dropping Vasquez? (I just have too many guards)
    Right now I’m thinking O Asik or Ed Davis dropping Vasq.

    10 Team HTH
    G: D Collison, B Knight, M Conley, J Holiday, J Calderon, I Thomas, G Vasquez
    F: KDurant, L Deng, KJ McDaniels
    C: IBaka, N Vucevic, J Hill

    • Dan A

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      @Tsilaeri: Vasquez lost the start last night to Landry Fields. I don’t know if that was matchup specific, but it’s a concern. If I were to drop him, it’d be for Asik first, as he is the clear longterm starter. That said, Ed will be better at blocks, albeit less boards than the big O. Pick your poison.

  2. Scott says:
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    Nikola’s getting less minutes. Need to work on my Assists total and FG%. should I drop him for:
    J. J. Barea
    C. J. Watson
    Boris Diaw
    Evan Turner
    Jarrett Jack
    ?

    • Dan A

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      @Scott: Yeesh. It speaks to a deep league when the best option for dimes on your list might be the big guy. Diaw is the most consistent on that list for dimes, but that’s not saying much, averaging just under 4 per, but his percentages are good. J. Jack and JJ are both nerve-wrackingly inconsistent, Watson is a low ceiling guy, (Hill is back soon), and Turner is hot right now, but his season average is “meh”.
      I guess Diaw or Turner would be my choices.

      Good luck!

  3. Tony says:
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    Yo Dan

    18 teamer, keeper, keep up to 4 each yr & it’s fpts

    Drop Henson for Wes Johnson? I also have B wright, mason plum, & shabazz M who all have been producing, nothing spectacular but producing…..

    Just so fed up with hensons lack of mins and fpts production, worst is he was one of my 4 keeps this yr, I’d be booting a keep! Terrible…… Whatcha think? Drop him? One of the others?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

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      @Tony: I completely understand, the Bucks rotation is beyond comprehension. Henson is obviously injured, so it’s tough to anticipate his future. I understand you wanting to drop him, frankly, I applaud you sticking it out thus far. I’m not a big fan of shabazz’s situation either, but John is the guy to drop right now if you need to. That said, 18 teamers won’t give you much on the waiver, Henson is due back soon, and his upside is way higher than Wes. I’m waffling, I know. Put it this way: you waited it out thus far, he’s due back next week, maybe see if he gets any minutes before dropping him, as someone will likely stash him for his upside if you drop him.

  4. E says:
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    Dragic and valanciunas for Rudy gay? Which side do you like?

    • Dan A

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      @E: Hmm. JV just had a great game last night, fantastic percentages, but no dimes and i could use more blocks. Dragic is going well, but IT3 due back soon. I guess I like the Rudy Gay side, but it’s not a landslide.

  5. tom says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H 9 cat league we don’t use TO’s. . I’m getting sick and tired of these inj. On my team. 1st I start the year off with durant, beal and MCW all inj on my 3 person bench. Since Have Traded Beal FOR Conley, MCW n durant come back BUT now I have DMC , Vucevic inj with Alec burk and NENE just coming back from my again inj bench. I’ve been losing these last few weeks because of partial lineups… would you just drop NENE for Kris H and Court Lee for Tyler Zeller… I need bodies in my lineup or MKG is out there too….. HELP !!!! Thank you

    • Dan A

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      @tom: Hey, sorry for the late response. It sucks that injuries are derailing your season. Just remember, it’s week 7, lots of time to make things up, and all you need is to get into the playoffs. I say this patronizing drivel because you need to remember not to panic. Yet. Boogie and Burk aren’t out long. Nene is a total pain in the ass, but he produces when he’s in. Hump is worth owning, though, as Plantar Fase-what’s-it is a lingering issue, and has affected his knee, IMO. Neither will be world beaters if it’s a minute committee going forward, but I think Hump wins by a hair, if only for durability. Tyler is the starter for now in Boston, but I would hold Lee for now.

  6. Tyler says:
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    Hey Dan, im in a 12er 9cat h2h. Currently have 4 injured blokes in Rubio, TJones, BroLo, Kawhi..
    We start 10 players daily and have 3 bench.

    Do you think I should cut TJones for production now? Im doing well in the standings but currently losing my matchup 2-7.. And i worry that my next 3 matchups are against the top teams.

    Available FAs:
    Mirza Teletovic
    Mason Plumlee
    Brandan Wright
    Tyler Zeller
    Kyle OQuinn
    Patrick Patterson

    • Dan A

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      @Tyler: That sucks. T.J. is still out indefinitley, so if you feel you gotta, you gotta. I like Wright and O’Quinn, but when Vuc gets back, less so. Pat Pat is on a streak as well, and gets more similar stats to Jones, but he can be streaky. So to summarize: Wright, then Patterson, then O’Quinn. And Teletovic is not mentioned only because Gibson is back, and Thibs will spoon feed him.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Dan A.:
        Hey man I think you got confused with Teletovic (BKN) and Mirotic (CHI). Haha anyway I was thinking patpat too but teletovic is enticing as well since I own BroLo (handcuff) and Garnett just had an xray on his foot.
        Not too high on Tyler Zeller?

        • Dan A

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          @Tyler: My bad, you’re right, I got the two dudes mixed up in my head, I’m responding to your email as I watch OKC vs Cavs. Sorry about that. Teletovic is different, as you know, and enticing in the short term. I don’t dislike him, (T Zel), but low blocks, and can get yanked because of his slight build. Still, he has consideration for sure. It’s personal bias, I guess, as I look at his munbers, they’re not bad. Love Wright for his crazy high percentage, and blocks. Sorry, this has been mush, hope I’ve been helpful in some sort of way.

          • Tyler says:
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            @Dan A.: No worries man, i get it Mirza + Teletovic does sound awfully close to Mirotic. Haha. Wright has been cooling down lately though if you check his game logs. Mavs also has only 3 games next week. I’m looking between Patterson and Oquinn as well as Mirza but he did have a hip pointer recently. I think Im leaning towards riding PatPat’s hot streak or Tele if he is well since I could use the 3s.

          • Tyler says:
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            @Dan A.: btw thanks man. Huge help, you really give out valid and useful insights.

  7. Irvin says:
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    Can you explain why you think Bledsoe is dependable? Isaiah Thomas is out and when he’s playing, Bledsoe’s got a LOT of up and downs.

    • Dan A

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      @Irvin: It’s a fair question, if you look at just points, or just dimes, percentages, etc. But unlike Dragic, the Suns have already committed to Bled, and his minutes have been steady. Last game notwithstanding, he’s been solid, aside from percentages, which are average, and everyone has a dud here and there. I feel like IT3 is more a threat to Goran, and his size is a liability, making him a change of pace guy. Think of Bled as a 3 down back, and IT3 as a backfield guy. Does that help clarify? I also don’t consider him a top 40 guy, but he’s dependable.

  8. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, should I drop Courtney Lee for Josh McRoberts, Enes Kanter or Mirza Teletovic? Who has better ROS value? Thanks for advice.

    • Dan A

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      @Wen: I don’t think Lee is droppable thus far. Don’t get fazed by the recent Prince start, I think it’s not gonna stick, but that is strictly gut, I have nothing to base that on. Additionally, Josh is an injury risk, Enes has been poor, IMO. Ok, not poor, but a disappointment, he’s points, some boards, and the odd block (under 1 per game, for starting C? Meh.) Love Mirza, but Taj is back, so I don’t know where that leaves him, Coach Thibs has a very short rotation. Hope that helps.

  9. Loler says:
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    Who else would be good targets for Draymond Green? What do you think his floor would be if in any case the Warriors get all their players healthy?

    I’m also looking to trade Bogut, who could be a good target for him?

    My lineup:
    Wall, Kemba, Dragic, Calderon
    Harden, Lee, Lou Will
    Gay, Draymond, Mirza
    Al Jeff, Cousins, Mason Plumlee
    Bogut, Mozgov, Wright

    Thank you!

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