Did everyone survive their holiday, hmm? I know not everyone who reads the Razzball basketball articles are from the US, but seeing as the NBA is based in the continental United States (save the Raptors, from my hometown of Toronto, Canada!), we will default to the US holiday schedule. Sorry Buddists, you get screwed. Again. But until Krishna can dunk a basketball, we’re going with Thanksgiving and Christmas, as it affects the game schedule, as well as our hearts. The reason I like Thanksgiving from a fantasy perspective, is that it indicates the first quarter of the fantasy season is done – we’ve just rounded the first post. Which is relevant, why? You should know where your squad’s deficiencies are by now, and, theoretically, the guys to target to address said needs. It’s a process, fella, so don’t freak out if you’re not on top, nor feel too smug if you sit upon the throne thus far. I have been waiting in the weeds with Kevin Durant, for example, so I hope to be rising in the ranks in my Razzball league (League Awesome, for those who are uninformed). Perhaps some of these following cats can help you in your climb:

BUY: 

DeMar DeRozan SG, SF

This may be considered dicey, no question, as DeMar is out for 4 weeks, possibly more, so this only helps you if you can afford to sit him on your bench. But we aim to buy low here, right, cadet? So then hike up y0ur big boy pants and go for the gusto! DeRozan isn’t going to change your fortunes single handedly, but he’s a nice addition to FT%, averages high trips to the stipe, in addition to averaging 19/4/3/1/0. You could get him for a lower middle round piece, like Draymond Greenfor example. He’s not worth paying more than that, as the risk that he’s out for longer is there.

Greivis Vasquez PG, SG

Vasquez is an add, due to DeRozan’s injury. He has gotten the start, and has averaged 18/1.6/4.6/.6/0 with 2.6 treys over his last 3 games. he’s only owned 26% owned, and worth a look in competitive 12 teamers, or 14+ leagues. Another benefactor of the DeRozan injury worth taking a look at would be James Johnsonhis per 36 stats were tasty, particularly blocks, let’s just hope he get those minutes.

K.J. McDaniels SG, SF

But Dan, you’ve already written about McDaniels, you may say. To which I will respond: What? And you go: You know, this isn’t a new tidbit… And I mumble: yeah, well, that’s just your opinion, man. Because: A) He’s still only 36% owned, so a bunch of you aren’t taking advantage. B) McDaniels has gotten an increased amount of minutes due to Tony Wroten being out – and with Alexey Shved is also banged up – he has averaged 32 minutes over the last 3 games. C) with said minutes, he has averaged 16.3/9.3/1.3/1.3/1.6 with 1.6 treys over the last three. (glorious rainbow line last game) If you don’t have him, I’d get him. And I won’t have to mention him again for a few weeks.

Bradley Beal SG

Beal is still shaking off the rust, that is obvious. But I think, and I believe you do too, gentle reader, that Beal will improve to somewhere where he was before. But proof is in the pudding, and so far, that pudding is pretty damn bland. So make a bargain bin offer, you might get lucky.

 

SELL:

Kyle Korver SG, SF

This is a hard one for me to recommend, as anyone who reads my stuff (to the few of you, I humbly salute you!), I’m a big fan of long balls. And Kyle is shooting a scorching 57% from beyond the arc, on 5 attempts per game. In addition, his FT and FG% are murderous, and he’ll toss in 4 boards and 3 dimes. Which is insane crazy, crazy insane! And while this output makes him more than a ThrAGNOF, in my estimation, I submit he can’t keep it up all season, a la Dirk Diggler, right?  This is why he’s a sell high. Every team knows Kyle can shoot. He’s going to run into more team defenses as the season progresses, so he will be hard pressed to continue at this pace.

Tyson Chandler C

He is playing at an elite level, Yahoo has him ranked 16th overall. You know that he can’t possibly be any better, so if you have a glut of bigs, turn that middle round pick into a top 15 player. He went in the 9th round in my Razzball 12 team league draft. Crazy. Sell high on the big fella.

Jabari Parker SF, PF

Parker had a great game against Houston, going 19/9/5/2/0 , with 14 FT attempts, making 13 of them. It’s a sell high point for me. I have great expectations for Parker, just likely not this year. Maybe you have faith in him, many do, but I worry about the inconsistency there in the Milwaukee rotation, his minutes could be cut at any point, and there’s always the rookie wall looming. If you’re in a keeper league, I would consider holding on to him, but if it’s a redraft, I would prefer the consistency another player is more apt to give you.

 

That’s all I got this week, I know it’s a short one, but I’m still digesting, and a little backed up. May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    If your selling on Korver whats the least ADP you’re looking to get back in return? Currently Kover is stilling at 15… Thats cray cray!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Boom Shakalaka: Despite Korver sitting so high currently, I doubt any real world trade could happen where you get a Kyle Lowry or Disco Dirk, who are around his current ranking. That said, Markieff Morris? He’s about 35 on the list. really, it’s about your needs, and your trading partner’s needs. You would trade Kyle for a big, or for a point. Wing stats is what you’re getting currently. Obviously, your trading partner would need percentage help, and threes, with a bit of scoring and boards. but don’t dip lower than 40 on rankng, unless it’s KD 🙂

      • Boom Shakalaka says:
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        @Dan A:

        Thats what I’m talking about… I currently flipped an offer for my Korver and Mo Williams for his Horford and TJones.

  2. BIG D says:
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    about selling tyson chandler: i thought the same at first, on the other hand. dallas system is set up for him to get this numbers. also, i doubt you can snagg a top 30 player in a competitive league

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @BIG D: I see your point. If you needed point guard stats, and someone was sitting on Rubio, or Chandler and a piece for CP3, that could work. As I mentioned, I would only recommend if you have a glut of bigs. And really, the point for me writing this smelly little article is to try and target when a selling opportunity is there, and then selling at what we hope is the highest possible point of productivity. If you decide to hold Tyson, I agree, he shouldn’t fall too far, and you should be happy. But if you got him in the 8th round, say, and get a top 35-40 player, I’d be happy with that as well. Finally, needs make opportunities, can’t hurt to pitch an offer out there, unless you’re in a douchey league where every team owner overvalues his players, and feels he has to win the trade for it to go through. Hope that’s not the case. Good luck!

      • BIG D says:
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        @Dan A: some are duchis lol
        some are more reasonable. i must admitt i am a maverick fan so its make it harder to give him up. i agree with everything you wrote, thanks.

  3. Ujiri Prokhorov says:
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    H2H 10 Cat 14 Team

    This is my squad: (Yes.. its a 14-teamer. Im a crafty and cunning trade junkie)

    Ty Lawson, Isaiah Thomas,
    Lou Williams, Rodney Stuckey, Bradley Beal
    Trevor Ariza, Nicolas Batum, Kevin Durant
    Thad Young, Anthony Davis
    Jordan Hill, Steve Adams, Rudy Gobert
    IR: Patrick Bev

    (Their) Al Jefferson & Rudy Gay for (My)KD? Sound like a good deal.?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Ujiri Prokhorov: You have a bad case of tradinitis, take your foot off the pedal, there fella! Gay is playing well, but Al Jeffe, not so much. And really, you held on all this time, the offer should blow your socks off to move KD. I would wait for KD to get back into game shape, and I would only trade him for a top 5 talent if you still have the itch. He could be the best player in fantasy in the second half, going into the playoffs.

  4. JayRock says:
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    Looking to sell high on Hill or knight because I don’t think either can sustain their hot starts…

    Am I crazy or should I hold?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @JayRock: Hill is not being pushed by anyone, and Knight is flourishing under Kidd. He’s the only one, by the way. Can they drop significantly? I say not likely, any more than any other non elite player, aside from injury. But will they reach any loftier heights? Nope, so selling either is well above their adp, and therefore a win. The question is, can you do better by trading them? Like Bryan Adams said: look into your heart, you will see… What you mean to me.

  5. nate says:
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    Hi ,
    Love reading your posts!
    anyway, in a vacuum, would you trade your IT3 & mozgov for Korver & Wright? seems fair

    thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @nate: I like it, especially since the top chip you’re giving up is well below the top he’s giving up. Take that deal, Nate dogg, regulate!

  6. LB says:
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    Love your work Dan.

    I’ve got KD to activate from my IR but don’t know who to drop as I like all my guys at the moment. What are your thoughts? 12 team, daily, 9 cat. 9 players + 2 bench + IR.

    Jrue, Calderon,
    Wiggins,
    Batum, Giannis, KJ McDaniels
    Millsap, Tobias Harris, Draymond Green
    Vucevic, Larry Sanders

    • Dan A

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      @LB: throwing at a dartboard, sanders or Calderon? Either way, don’t worry about the +120 ranked guy going out, it’s KD, man! I’d drop my second d best player for him!

  7. hammer says:
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    What are ya’lls thoughts on Batum? Why has he been sucking so much? Starting to wonder if he’s any better than a Tyreke Evans or a Bradley Beal haha

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @hammer: Batum was a top 30 player last year, it’s baffling. Will he be better? I like to think yes, waaaay better, but there’s no reason for him to suck the ballzac thus far, so I understand your frustration. But he got 11 dimes and 3 Swipes last game. Chill, son! You can’t drop him, and will get raked over the coals trying to deal him now. And beal will be dope, he’s just rounding into form, he played what, like 5 games? He’ll be money soon.

  8. Loler says:
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    Would you consider buying Dragic and Al Jefferson?

    I’m trying to brew up a trade for them both. Something along the lines of B-Knight + Favors. Would you do that trade?

    I tried offering Kemba + Favors for Dragic and Big Al, the owner refused. LOL

    • Dan A

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      @Loler: You missed the boat on Dragic, he went off on Tuesday. For an owner to hold bim this long, he won’t want to sell low. And until he shows more, stay away from Jefferson. His team stinks, and bigs can’t create their own shots, not good for Al Jeffe, IMO.

      • Loler says:
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        @Dan A.: Would you trade Favors for Al Jeff straight up then?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Loler: I think id rather have favors in that deal.

  9. Dante Green says:
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    Sup man, i’m planning on trading dirk and parsons, dirk’s occasional rest days is just tough to swallow: dude took a day off last week and then today! I’m currently not doing well in my league and i can’t afford those rest days of his. And parsons i don’t think will be as good as he was with houston last season(monta just wants the ball in his hands and takes an unbelievable amount of shots!) so is trading them away the most obvious thing to do?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Dante Green: sure, but get value for dirk, even with the rest days he’s been very valuable. I would wait a week or so, just so you get away from the two rest days so close together.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Dan A.: yea i went bonkers when he took rest days just a game apart! Thanks for answering man, appreciate it! Will continue reading your stuff!

  10. Quintero says:
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    Thank you Dan for the wonderful post!

    Especially the part of Korver being a sell high, it’s a pleasant thing to read for a Horford’s owner. Don’t think Horford can hit JB/Slim’s pre-season projection now, but with defenses supposedly focus a tiny bit more on korver, what do u see Horford should average?

    • Dan A

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      @Quintero: I think Korver will stay a top 50 player this year, but that puts him 30-35 spots down from his current output. Shoot for a top big or point, you can’t really improve on the shooting stats he’s currently giving you.

    • Dan A

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      @Quintero: I misread, my brain saw korver for every horford. Horford is ranked right where he should be, at 35, this mini slump notwithstanding. (Which would rank him in the 60s, but it’s temporary, I hope)

  11. Jenny says:
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    Hey Dan,
    Fellow Torontonian here! I’m in a 12 team weekly H2H Points with more extra on DD & TD.

    My team consists of Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gay, MCW, Gordon Hayward, Draymond Green, Jose Calderon, Jimmy Butler, T Jones, T Ross.
    Streams are Marreese Speights and C.J. Watson

    Thoughts on my team? I’m trying to aim for Ibaka. I lowballed Ariza but he hasn’t accepted, anyone else you think I should offer?
    Also anyone else you think I should be getting right now and who I should be trading for them?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Jenny: So first, you can upgrade your streamers; check for KJ McDaniels, Vasquez, Nickola Mirotic (while Taj Gibson is out)Dieng (unlikely, but Yahoo has him listed as only 66% owned) or even Jason Terry, While P Bev and the kid, Canaan, are out.

      Hayward so nice you said him twice? I would see if you could move hayward for Lowry, maybe. If your league is out of Toronto, fuggetaboutit, the owner won’t bite. I would also think about Haywood for Ibaka, the dubdub allure of Serge, is salty. Good luck!

      • Jenny says:
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        @Dan A: Haha I meant Ariza not Gordon Hayward twice :p
        None of those streamers are available ):
        I’ve just been picking up people who have been playing the next day so that’s why!

        League is based out of Canada, so probably not going to bite for Lowry.

        Thanks for the advice!

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Jenny: Monteunas? Reggie Evans? Teletovic?
          Anyways, good Luck!

  12. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, Paul Pierce is dropped in my league. Should I drop J.J. Redick, Courtney Lee or Kelly Olynyk for him? I am leaning towards Kelly Olynyk. Thanks for advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: I would hold off on Dropping Kelly right now, his last 2 games were very good. I’d drop Lee over him at the moment.
      Good luck!

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