I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I neeeed… Ok, my Mariah impression doesn’t exactly translate well into print, but let me assure you, I murder at Christmas karaoke. I guess I should throw a bunch of things on the fantasy wish list, but for this abbreviated Christmas edition of the buy/sell, all I want for Christmas is blocks. The rejection is one of the more commanding categories in fantasy basketball, and simply put, the swat is a thing of beauty. A rim protector can almost single-handedly win you the weekly category. Therefore, there is particular value in the few who excel at the Mutumbo finger-wag, waiting to be snapped up, or parlayed into other assets. It’s a pretty exclusive list, but it’s better than a lump of coal, amirite? Let’s take a look at the long limbed defenders, hmm?

BUY:

Lucas Nogueira C

This Brazilian Dino is the fantasy definition of a specialist. A smattering of points, boards and dimes. But he ranks 11th in the league in swats, at 1.7 per game. That is desagradavel, which is Brazilian for nasty, google translate tells me. To put that in context, Andre DrummondLaMarcus Aldridge, and Kenneth Faried are all averaging a block a game and are ranked 34th to 36th in the league in blocks. Over a 4 game week, that is almost 3 blocks more from Nogueira. And he’s 8% owned. Just sayin.

Brook Lopez C

For the few of you with questionable taste that have read multiple articles of mine, you will know that I have an aversion to BroLo, as I worry about his durability, as well as coaches wanting to manage his minutes in a rebuild year (he sat yesterday against the Raptors so that he can be ready for a back-to-back versus Golden State and the Cavs). All that said, the big dude has been swatting at a ridiculous 1.8 per game, putting him 7th overall in blocks in the Association this year. Respect, big man, for the big bro who is known for his offence, not defense.

Robin Lopez C

The other brother will far more affordable, as he is ranked 95th on yahoo, where as BroLo is ranked 36th. That said, Robin will get you more boards, and is ranked 6th in the league in blocks, at 1.8 per game, and has far more fabulous hair.

SELL:

DeAndre Jordan C

This cat is so frustrating, just ask Mark Cuban. He has incredible gifts, and has multiple elite fantasy aspects to his game, but he makes you punt FT%, and his blocks, while still an very impressive 1.8 per game, are the worst they’ve been in 4 years (2.5, 2.3, 2.2 ). I am not hating, I’m just saying that you will get a huge pay-out for him, so no hate mail about how dumb it is to sell homeboy.

Bismack Biyombo C

I still remember how impactful Bis was during the Raptors playoff run last year, but since he moved to Orlando, while his paycheque has gone way up, his production has gone down. For continuity of this article, he is ranked a respectable 17th in the league in blocks at 1.5 per, but he gets you 6.1/8.3/1.3/.3/1.5. I would kick some tires and see what you can get for the big Congolese.

 

That’s all for now kids, I hope your holidays are full of happiness and health. Until next time, may all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    I own DeAndre Jordan in multiple leagues… If you were to trade him in a non %’s league, what would you ask for? I know that is vague, but with yahoo’s ranking system, I have no idea where he would fall.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: honestly, if dj isn’t hurting you with his free throws, his value is very high indeed. I gather you would only move him because you are light in a number of areas, and want to flip this A+ asset into a few A- assets. Vague indeed. Would DJ get you Kyle Lowry and another something? He should, if percentages aren’t involved, or at least be in that neighborhood. Good luck, feel free to bounce a trade off me if you want, and get more questionable advice.

    • Doctor G says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I’ve owned DJ the last couple years, and ended up trading him both times because I wanted to move off punt FT. Last year, I flipped him to a non-punt FT team for John Wall. Granted, I was buying low on John Wall at the time as he was off to a bit of a slow start, but thats about the range you should be looking for. As Dan mentioned, maybe a Kyle Lowry, or even Kemba/Jimmy Butler type? I’d be looking at 2nd/3rd rounders. For what its worth, I also shipped DJ to a non-punt FT team this year as part of a huge package for Giannis. DJ, Al Horford, and Dipo is what I gave up. However my leagues a keeper (keep 3) so me giving up so much had a lot to do with that. In conclusion, yeah DJ is a good value and he has great name recognition, so you should definitely be starting at the high second rounders and then work your way down from there.

  2. Tyler says:
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    Is Darren Collison still must own in 12ers? Should I put a waiver claim on him? I’m already good with Guard stats but I feel like he is valuable. At the end of my bench, I have Tyreke and Mirotic (believe his upside and need 3s/boards combo)

    • Dan A

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      @Tyler:Collision got the start, but Lawson got the minutes. I think I like him over Tyreke, but neither are blowing the lid off. So drop Ty for Darren, but don’t drop mirotic for him.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Dan A: still liking colly over tyreke? Lawson is really coming on and joergers system doesnt seem to bode well for PGs?

        • Dan A

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          @Tyler: I take your point, when I wrote you the first time, Tyreke had been DNP’d twice due to his return from injury, with no end in sight. Neither are ideal, but Reke has been injured so many times that he will be brought along very slowly, more than Darren, imo. But yes, Lawson is a concern to steal minutes.

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