I’ll admit it – I have very little to say of importance about the trade in relation to fantasy basketball, but the Cavs did get better, if Iman Shumpert can get (and stay!) healthy, he may have deep league defensive potential. Think a poor, poor man’s K.J. McDaniels. Poor. Maybe I’m reaching here to find some fantasy relevance, but to be clear, this is a “take stock of the flat top”, not “drop flop for flat top”, as he isn’t guaranteed the starting job when he comes back. I know JB already wrote something similar, but Dion Waiters is gonna have to show me he can get touches before I even speculate on him, as he’s clearly going to be coming off the bench. Really, unless you’re a fan of the 3 teams involved, it wasn’t really all that spectacular for any one team. So the Cavs won the trade, as they only gave up a 2019 second rounder, and nothing much else, (got J.R. Smith as a replacement for Waiters, so that was a lateral move) and got a potential defensive upgrade for the starting 5. We should all take the cue from the General Managers in our beloved NBA, and look at our fantasy squads and see who could be had, and who should be shipped out. If you’re considering making a move, have a gander at these fine fellows:

BUY:

Jusuf Nurkic C

It’s pronounced with an “usuf”. Just for your information. I don’t want you making a fool of yourself at cocktail parties, that would be awkward. Because he’s the sexiest Slavs since Zsa Zsa Gabor! Homeboy has gone 12.8/8.5/1/1.5/3.5 over his last 4 games, with a decent FG% around .500, and FT% of around 71%. And currently, he’s only owned a paltry 22%! Nasdarovje!

Brook Lopez C

Ok. If you’ve ever ready my earlier stuff (and I can’t think of any compelling reason to urge you to do so), you will know that I have a big no-no on BroLo policy. Not because he isn’t talented, but because his injury issues are a constant worry. But we buy low, sell high here, right? And Lopez has temporarily regained the starting gig, and is playing well indeed: 20.8/8.3/0/.5/2.5 in his last 4. Some might say that the buy low window is closing or already shut, but I say pitch a mid-round talent as an offer and see what happens, his fantasy GM might be sick of the roller coaster. I will say it is a bizarre turn of events to have Robin Lopez out with injury, and a healthy brother Brook. Did I make a case here? I think I did, but even I can’t tell anymore…

Quincy Acy SF, PF

There has to be some dudes sliding up the line when the Knicks have Carmelo Anthony out, Samuel Dalembert released, and the other 2 dudes traded away, and the guy with the illest name won the minutes, and posted career numbers shooting 19/14/1/1/0 with 2 treys and and .875% shooting percentage. I loved his hustle since he was with the Raptors, I love how he didn’t take any guff from Stephen Curry, (who was clowning the Knicks that day), he’s only 4% owned, and his beard is glorious. I should mention that Tim Hardaway Jris also the beneficiary of newfound minutes, but his percentages have been the opposite of dope. He’s a say-no-to-drugs commercial, he’s so anti-dope. So do with that what you will.

Isaiah Thomas PG, SG

Yahoo has stated that Thomas is in a bit of a slump, but his last 2 games have been very good, with the little guy going 15/3/4/2.5/0, with 2.5 treys. The thing is, he went 5.5/2/2/.5/.5 the 2 games before that, so you may still be able to bring his price down a bit, with that much inconsistency in his last 4 games.

Cody Zeller PF, C

16/7/1/.5/.5. Not too shabby! It’s what this gangly cat has put together over the last 2 games, along with lethal percentages. Since big Al Jefferson is out for about a month or longer, the other Zeller brother has a shot at decent minutes, with only Bismack Biyombo and Jason Maxiell pushing him, he is the most talented of the 3, and Zeller should be available on the wire, as he’s only 10% owned. This isn’t game changing news, but like Zaidy used to say: You could do voyrse?

SELL:

Jeff Teague PG

It must be tearing JB and Slim up inside, they did not see Teague doing this well this year, and I have always liked him, (as well as Mike Conleywho is also killing it, and they also didn’t crush on). Gloating aside, Teague has just been named eastern conference player of the week, and has been absolutely dominant, going 22.7/4/8.5/4/0, with 1.5 threes per, and shooting over .52% in his last 4 games. Which is why, if you can spare a guard, you trade him at his highest value. I would think you could get a top 25-30 value for the potential all-star.

Josh Smith SF, PF

Josh started out on a straight warpath once he landed in Houston, and many fantasy GMs felt clever for having rode it out with Smoove. Then the inevitable came, and he bottomed out, and those same GMs felt the shame, knowing that he ain’t that Smoove no ‘mo. In the stock market world, when a stock is plummeting, there is often what’s called a dead cat bounce. It’s when a doomed stock gets some interest, which then triggers a temporary rise in value, only to drop again, like a cat falling from great height would bounce when… you know. Jsmoove just had a fantasy equivalent of that, going a very sexy 21/6/2/3/0, shooting .500%, and dropping a trey.  Sell him for whatever you can get, he’s a dead cat, son! Don’t try to fool yourself, he is not on the rise again.

 

Ok, race fans, that’s all there is for today. May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Bearded Raptor says:
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    Who you would suggest getting back for Teague?

    Here is my 12 team H2H 9 CAT
    Jeff Teague, James Harden, Brandon Knight, Ty Lawson
    Joe Johnson, Tobias Harris, Robert Covington, Markieff Morris
    Marcin Gortat, Chris Bosh, Mason Plumlee, Zaza Pachulia, Jusuf Nurkic

    Also, not sure what’s going on with Gortat, should I continue holding or maybe package him with Teague?

    Thank you so much, and keep up the awesome work!

    • Bearded Raptor says:
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      @Bearded Raptor:
      Also, would you drop Zaza or Mason for Cody Zeller?

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Bearded Raptor: I would consider dropping Zaza, only because he will lose his minutes as soon as sanders is back. Cody is in the same boat, however, and also, against bigger centers, Maxiell will eat into his minutes, so take that into consideration. I would hold Mason for the time being, if you can afford it, he’s still apt to put in decent performances here and there, and Brook is so damn dicey.

        • Bearded Raptor says:
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          @Dan A.:
          Currently Bogut and Len are both available, I will probably drop Zaza for one of the two then. Thanks!

          • Dan A

            Dan A says:
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            @Bearded Raptor: Len is slumping a bit. Bogut has more upside imo.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bearded Raptor: As a raps fan myself, I would love to get Kyle Lowry, but I doubt the owner in your league would do that straight up. Maybe Teague and Gortat for Aldridge and a piece? Or Lillard? Or Gortat and Teague for CP3? Good luck, let me know how it goes!

      • Bearded Raptor says:
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        @Dan A.:
        I love the two guys you mentioned, Aldridge and Lowry. The owner that has Lillard is a Blazers fan, so I doubt I can get him.
        Here are two trade scenarios:
        Teague/Gortat for Lowry/Monroe or Duncan or KLove or Ed Davis
        Teague/Gortat for Aldrige/Pat Bev or DWill

        What do you think?

        Thanks again!!

  2. Jenny says:
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    If you could pick 3 which would you choose?
    Quincy Acy, Cody Zeller, MKG, Jarret Jack, Mason Plumlee or Marreese Speights

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

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      @Jenny: Pure Gut?
      Jack, Acy, and the third is a toss up between Zeller and Plumlee
      Acy has mad hustle, and can play a little SF as well as PF. But when he drops, don’t ride it out with him, and the lack of alternatives works in his favour.

  3. Down Wit K.C.P says:
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    Do you like Acy , Kaman, or Zeller over O’Quinn?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Down Wit K.C.P: I like that handle, first off!
      As to the bigs, I like, in order:
      Kaman, zeller, then Acy. All are dependent on injuries, so watch when the starters return.

  4. Jay says:
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    Dan my man-
    drop Thaddeus for Jusuf?

    Also can drop Pat PAtterson.

    Young is killing me though – time to move on?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jay: Hmm. I feel you , I have Thad on some squads. but the lack of alternatives there makes me hesitant to outright drop him. But yeah, he sucks the ballbag right now. Basically , I couldn’t blame you one bit, and he has zero trade value. Definitely get Jusuf. But Patpat might be the guy to drop.

  5. Eric P. Echales says:
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    Jusuf Nurkic, added two days ago in both my leagues. Razzball ahead of the pack. Seemed we may have gotten the Sullinger call wrong(only time will tell) but I think Nurkic’s potential is beyond Sullys. Vucevic, Plumlee and Nurkic or what I like to refer to as…..the vanilla front.

  6. DaneilL says:
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    HEYYOOO,

    Do you guys think I should execute?

    my tobias harris for his parsons, david lee

    Orlando plays 5 times during my two week playoffs!
    Cant have that now!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @DaneilL: You’re savvy to consider that. But these 2 cats have the name cache, but aren’t performing all that well. Can you counter for someone who’s more like DeNiro in Raging Bull, and less like DeNiro in Analyze that?

  7. Bearded Raptor says:
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    H2H 9 CAT

    Jeff Teague
    James Harden
    Ty Lawson
    Brandon Knight
    Markieff Morris
    Tobias Harris
    Robert Covington
    Joe Johnson
    Marcin Gortat
    Zaza Pachulia
    Mason Plumlee
    Jusuf Nurkic

    Need to bench two… leaning towards benching Joe Johnson and Mason.
    Or bench Covington for JJ?
    Need boards to maintain my lead right now.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bearded Raptor: sorry, I only got to this this morn. If you give me more response time, I’m glad to help. Hope it worked out for you!

  8. Standard espn 8 cat

    My team is currently first in a 12 team league.
    G- westbrook. Jackson. Curry. Ellis. Mcdaniels. Butler. Rubio (IR). Bledsoe. Oladipo
    F/C- Drummond. Hibbert. Covington. Draymond. nurkic

    Looking towards fantasy playoffs, should I drop Hibbert for either robin lopez or lance Stephenson.

    Rubio is coming off IR soon. If I can’t make a two for one trade, who should I drop when Ricky comes back? Hibbert or mcdaniels or Jackson or corvinngton. Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Derrick Yu: I would say Hibbert for RoLo, if Roy can’t turn it around. They may be fighting for a playoff spot, so make that decision when you need to, as Robin is injured currently.
      As to Rubio, I would def drop hibbert if you still have him, followed by Jaskson. The loss of blocks will hurt, but other than that, you’d be cool, and Roy has been inconsistent there anyhow.

      • @Dan A:

        Should I cut jackson now for lance as well?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Derrick Yu: I wouldn’t. he’s been out for 12 games, and not due back in the immediate future.

  9. Scott says:
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    Quincy’s beard is sick! What to do about Thaddeus Young? He’s been pretty yawnstipating.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Scott: I just don’t know what’s up there. He’s like J Smoove, lost his mojo. I guess you gots to do what you gots to do.

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