I’m just going to say it: I missed you. Er, not you, gentle reader, although I guess you’re cool, too. I meant NBA basketball. Sexy, sexy fantasy basketball. I tried to see others, like the FIBA tournaments, it was just because I have needs, but they meant nothing to me, I swear NBA! But you’re back home where you belong, and just as alluring as ever. And make no mistake, good reader, this is the honeymoon stage of fantasy basketball. Just about every fantasy GM can see the beauty of our squads, like Shrek seeing Fiona after the curse was lifted, and envision a glorious future together. We are at the fantasy equivalent of not farting in front of each other, all lingerie and high heels, and us all pretending granny panties don’t exist. Speaking of panties, if you happen to follow the REL Dynasty, My team is Hardenouttherr4apimp. I’m number three in the league, but number 1 in your hearts. And I’m aware that the panty segue made no sense whatsoever, but it is in itself a clear indication of what to expect from me.

This is a tough trading environment, to be clear. Most GM’s ain’t ready to blow it up just yet.  Just because we cool, supple reader, because we have some history, I’ll recommend a few potentials. A caveat: while these pearls clearly have value, it has been my experience that not too many GM’s want to play nice in week 1.  So don’t be a schmuck and come on too strong and overplay your hand, drowning yourself in Axe spray and desperation.  That never works, trust me. So with that mixed message, put on your best break up music, and take a gander at these honeymoon heart-throbs:

BUY:

Giannis Antetokoumpo SF, PF

As good as he has been (23/9/2/1.5/.5 shooting .633) in the first 2 games he’s played, if one considers he missed the first game, he can be even greater or at least keep this fantastic pace up, in my humble opinion. Make no mistake, you will pay with top talent, but if you’re lucky, the Greek freak’s owner will think that he is selling high, as there are several injuries in Deer country.  One may think he’s benefiting from increased touches. I don’t, for the record. I would consider moving an Eric Bledsoe to acquire him. Just sayin…

D’Angelo Russell PG

How does it feeeeeel? Whoops, wrong D’Angelo. Unlike the R+B singer, Russell has started his NBA campaign with a decidedly flaccid inducing output. 5 dimes in 3 games? Bah! But take heart, good reader, and take advantage. I would trade for the performance anxiety ridden Point, as he’s too good to be this bad. Capitalize on some cold feet, if you can.

Kristaps Porzingis PF

This kid is gonna be great, I think. And early returns have been very good, 11.8/8.3/.5/1.75/1, with .5 treys per game, especially with the 1.75 steals and a block per game. The constant scuttlebutt is that he’s too slight to put muscle on and dominate defensively, and will be injury prone as a result. This may be true, but Rashard Lewis was also narrow, and made a hell of an impact in the league… Porzingis got knocked around last game, and is a game time decision, so you may be able to capitalize on the early injury.

Jae Crowder SF,PF

Jae ain’t gonna be a savior, you can’t expect mad output, but Irish eyes are smiling on my man Jae. He will be a poor man’s Batum (although last year, Batum was a poor man’s Batum!), getting treys, steals, blocks, boards, dimes, a dusting of points, the whole package. And by whole package, I include turnovers, unfortunately. But he’s currently 57% owned, you may be able to get him off your waiver for nothing. Don’t sell the farm, but I would consider tossing a name like an injured Wilson Chandler, or a J.R. Smith type.

 

SELL:

Kent Bazemore SG, SF

Kent has had two stellar games in a row, and I’m happy for him, going 19.5/6.5/1/1.5/.5 shooting .500 with 3 treys per game. I don’t think he can keep it up, though. The production, I mean, not his… never mind. What I mean to say is that this is a classic sell high opportunity. Dennis Schroder is nipping at his heels, and his first two games of the season he was dreck, as my Hebrew friends would say, so I worry about his consistency. Could you get a shot a D’Angelo Russell? Worth finding out, no?

Dwyane Wade PG, SG

Every year I see this dude’s fantastic output to start the season, and every year I recommend you sell high. I respect the tits out of D. Wade, but I worry about his durability. He has put up a monster stat line so far, going 21.7/3/5.3/1.3/.75 with a trey in each game. But he gets injured often, historically has not shot the 3 well, he frequently deals with injury, and he gets injured a lot. If he stays healthy, he will be a beast. I just don’t want to ride the roller coaster, and you should get some healthy returns for the aging superstar.

Matthew Dellavedova PG

Delly’s production has been great thus far, and his assist to turnover ratio of 6.5 is insane. But we all know that Kyrie Irving is due back at some point, and while this will principally affect Mo Williams, Delly will not be dishing to the starters in the same way, and his minutes will go down. Sell medium, as this is as high as Dellvadova will get, IMO.

Greg Monroe PF, C

Greg has been a beast out there, essentially a 20/10 guy (20.3/9.5/3.3/1.5/1.3). These numbers are amongst the best in the league for a big. Which is why you consider moving him to acquire first round talent, like a Kawhi Leonard type player. Consider this: Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo are both not taking touches from Monroe right now. John Henson will be back at some point as well, which should only marginally effect Monroe, but it all adds up to a detriment to the big fella. If you hold on to him, he will be great for you, but if you were ever thinking of selling the big hoss, you will never sell higher than this.

 

That’s all for now hoops fans, I think that the less I say, the better, as predicting an entire season off of one week is an easy way to make an ass of myself. I’ve been trying to make it harder to look like an ass these days, as a general rule. May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. booya says:
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    12 H2H 9 CAT Daily league

    My team:
    PG Collison
    SG Clarkson
    G Rondo
    SF Durant
    PF Brow
    F Porzingis
    C Meyers Leonard
    C Hibbert
    Util Lawson
    Util Julius Randle
    BN Aaron Gordon
    BN Mahinmi
    BN StanJo

    Trade Julius Randle and Lawson for Al Jefferson?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @booya: Hi Booya,

      Everyone seems to think that Lawson will be a bust in Houston, and he may well be, but more importantly, I like Randle a lot. He’s just starting out, we don’t know what his ceiling will be. And Lawson may just be able to fit in. I wouldn’t do that deal.

  2. Beards says:
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    Would you trade Joe Johnson or Porter for Russell?
    Thanks!

    • Beards says:
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      @Beards: forgot to mention this is a h2h keeper league where we can keep up to 5 players.

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Beards: Joe would likely not be one of your 5, and Russell may well be. I’m frankly surprised this deal is on the table for you, but I would take it in a heartbeat. Porter is harder to call, as he should have a few more weeks to see where he fits in, IMO.

        • HIIII says:
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          @Dan A.: Not that the deal is on the table for me but the owner said he isn’t interested in holding Russell anymore and would like a solid player or 9th pick in return. He actually proposed the Porter for Russell trade before the season started, but we ended up trading my Middleton for his Kemba. If he doesn’t bite on JJ, I would probably still consider trading Porter for Russell. Since Dudley may eat into his mins somewhat when he comes back.

          • Dan A

            Dan A. says:
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            @HIIII: fair. My point was that Otto has more potential. This long ass arms are steals and blocks in the making.

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Beards: if you plan on keeping him sure

  3. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    If I could trade Monroe from Kawhi that would be amazing but my league is too smart for that. What do you think about a Monroe for Vucevic?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @I’m Harden for your love: Hmm. It seems like a bit of a lateral move. That said, I like Vuc a lot, he is consistent and productive, with more boards. You could think about Klay Thompson, or Dray Green, maybe? Jimmy Butler, dare we dream? Milsap? a top 15-25 guy would be the target if you can’t wrangle a first rounder.

  4. Sick em Fritz says:
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    Would you sell high on Whiteside?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Sick em Fritz: Hasan is one of the best at what he does, maybe the best for fantasy purposes. Selling high is always an option, but only if you can get a 15-25 talent.

  5. jcg says:
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    12 team 9 cat.

    Would you drop any of the following to scoop up Bjelica?

    Otto P, Dieng, Covington?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @jcg: Covington will likely still be there on the wire if he doesn’t improve his play quick. He’s been a non-factor.

      • Afro says:
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        @Dan A.: Lord Covington has played one game? I would hang onto him!

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Afro: I stand corrected, I just checked his last 2 weeks amalgamated stats. When I’m wrong, I’m wrong, and I’ll admit it. I’ll limit my responses to when I’m at my laptop, not answer on my phone. that said, Bjelica is a solid pick up, he’s backing up KG at the 4, who will play very limited minutes.

  6. Hamtime says:
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    I’m in need of big man stats, but FA pool is scarce so Looking for reliability and best value/upside. Would you add:
    Powell, Hollis Thompson, McConnell or tross?

    2. Drop jerian or Alec burks for ezili in a 14m/9cat?

    3. Who are likely targets to shop Wade for? I own him but open to dealing ASAP

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Hamtime:
      1. I like Powell or TRoss. If it’s a flip, you did day you wanted more big stats, although Powell is more of a stretch than a banger…
      2. Jerian will be the starting PG at some point, but can you wait? It could be jan/feb, or even next year. He isn’t being heralded as a steal/3 guy, so consider that. Burks will have far fewer dimes, and is inconsistent, and will never be the starter. Festus has good potential, but when Bogut comes back, his minutes will dip. I say ditch Burks for Elzeli, but it’s a coin toss…
      3. Hmm. his week one stats say he’s worth a top 30 talent. But he missed most of tonight’s second half, so expand it to a top 40-50 talent. Beal? Derozan? Batum? Kay? Dare we dream, McCollum? It depends on the market. You may only get CJ Miles as an offer, so only move him if the offer’s right.

  7. Slimbo says:
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    Alphabet or Wiggins in a keeper league?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Slimbo: Yeesh. I think Giannis has a slight edge currently, but you’re lucky you have the season to decide, because Wiggins, despite the horrible start, is special, and could be really spectacular. If you’re drafting right now, I’d go Giannis, but my Canadian gut would say long term Wiggins gets the slight edge. Look at it this way: whatever you choose, you will have a stud, not a turd.

  8. Bugsy Mogues says:
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    Alphabet is an aweful nickname. GiAnt?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bugsy Mogues: I like the way you think, fella. That is waay better. Mind if I use that?

  9. Jon Doe says:
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    Would you trade dragic for gallinari?
    Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jon Doe: If you’re getting Gallinari, I think I would. It’s impossible to do anything more than a guess at who’s going to be better off after this deal. The short answer is Danilo will have more fantasy impact if he can stay healthy, but that’s a big if. Dragic hasn’t played like the all star caliber point for 2 years now, that said, he’s been great in spurts which is maddening. So I’ll cross my fingers, squeeze my eyes shut, and hope that Danilo works out.

  10. Benjamin Lee says:
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    Hey, I’m in a league with 7 CAT. 3pt Rbs, Ast, DD, Blks, Stls, Pts.

    I got offered George Hill for Zach Randolph. Do you think it’s worth it?
    Do you think George Hill can keep healthy and not be affected by Monta Ellis and PG13?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Benjamin Lee: I worry about Hill’s production over the season as well. George will dominate the ball in a few weeks, and Monta isn’t known for sharing. Sometime this leaves guys like George wide open, and they can made more with less, as so far George has been dynamite, just not a ton of points or dimes, but he has had near rainbow stat lines in multiple games this year. ZeBo is a points and boards guy. Thats it. 0 blocks, 5 dimes and 1 steal in five games so far. I would take Hill.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Benjamin Lee: Jebus. This new auto correct is killing me. forgive the multiple errors: “Sometimes this leaves…” “make more with less…” “and so far George…”

  11. Bon says:
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    i want russel but he`s not doing so well at the moment.
    he`s on the waiver, should i stash him or just leave him until he gets better?
    my lowest picks were
    deron williams
    tony parker
    A. Aminu

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bon: I would say that by the time he gets better, you will risk losing him to another team. But I wouldn’t drop any of those guys at the moment. Deron Williams is the cat I’m least confidant can keep up his current output, there was talk he’s already playing through an injury, which is a big concern. Basically, when he drops off, try to pick up Russell. Also, it matters a lot if you are or are not in a keeper, as he may not have keeper value this year, if and when he improves. I just love his potential, and think he will be a dynamic point guard in this league, but I can’t tell you when. John wall took time to become the PG he is, while Lillard hit the ground running. Looks like Russell is made of the former stuff.

  12. Lawson says:
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    Hi Dan!

    I have a team in a 14 man league that has started good but im concerned about playing on many of them. Lillard, Mudiay, SCHRODER, Bledsoe, Danny Green, Joe Johnson, BREWER, Tjones, AARON GORDON, MYLES TURNER, Ibaka, Bosh, HENSON and Nurkic (Injured Roster Spot).

    Things are looking not so promising right now for the guys on capital letters and I am wondering if to let go Schroder, Gordon and Henson, However, the waiver wire is not very exciting with the likes of Beverley, Kaminsky, Warren, Len, Brandan Wright, Stauskas, Jerian Grant, Ginobili, Wroten, Hezonja, Ezeli, Nick Young, Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams, Will Barton, Dellavedova, Derrick Williams, Teletovic, Lauvergne or Bjelica…

    Thanks for your help!

    • Lawson says:
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      @Lawson: I meant “playing time”, my bad.

    • Dan A

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      @Lawson: I would take a flyer on Brandon Wright in the short term, Gasol left the game with neck spasms, and I would wager they’ll play it safe with him, so Wright will get a bump. Schroder is the man left out by Bazemore’s high production at the moment, he might be the safe drop, although A. Gordon is being killed fantasy wise by Skiles too, so for the time being, his value is nothing. Dellavadova is an intriguing short term pick up, even though I said sell him in this article. The reason for the sell recommendation is that I don’t think his high level of production will continue at this rate for long, but you may as well ride him until he falters, he is the de facto starter until Irving gets back. Henson has no timetable for return, and that sucks the sack. Maybe drop him as well for Bjelica, but keep an eye on his health, try to get him back before someone else nabs him, he can be a defensive beast.
      I hope that rambling made sense. Good luck!

  13. Ben Glutton says:
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    would you trade wade for Gortat or Julius Randle?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Ben Glutton: Hey, sorry for the delay in response. I would much prefer Randle over Gortat. Randle has the potential to be a fantastic offensive weapon, but he’s young, so if you’re not in a keeper, he may not pay the proper dividends for you this year. The big Pole is a solid piece, but I am of the opinion that you can do better than that. The fact remains that the injury concern will drive your price down. DeRozan? Marc Gasol? Package Wade and another piece for a blue chip, like Dray Green, or perhaps Leonard?

  14. GreenBean says:
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    You think Ezeli has any value this season, I’m thinking of dropping barea for him?

    • Dan A

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      @GreenBean: Yes. he has value. At least the value of Barea, in terms of potential. But when the Bogut comes back, Festus will lose minutes. But Barea? He ain’t making your squad…

  15. Cdubs says:
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    I own Monroe and I’m looking to sell high. I also have Drummond FYI, so my rebounding is looking good.

    Here are the guys I was thinking of throwing offers out for Monroe:

    – Draymond Green
    – Karl-Anthony Towns
    – Serge Ibaka
    – Al Horford

    Would you do any of those guys for Monroe?

    • Cdubs says:
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      @Cdubs: Also, would you consider moving Monroe for Giannis?

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Cdubs: If you have a shot at GiAnt, take it. Monroe is a good offer for him.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Cdubs: dray in a heartbeat. Serge, possibly, but really, dray is the target.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @J Michael: First things first, dope squad, even for a ten league! I love Kristaps potential, and the other Morris might be the odd man out. Fournier is also intriguing, Zaza bites the dust? up to you, but you should feel confidant in that lineup.

  16. Quintero says:
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    Dan,
    H2H 9cat 12er daily in which People don’t trade. Will you drop RoLo for Bazemore? I know you are labeling him as a “sell” but I could use a SF and Rolo is sucking too. Do you see Bazemore providing some D-stats down the road to stay ownable? Arron Gordon is on the wire too and could supposed provide D-Stats. or I should just hold? Thanks in advance!

    PG John Wall Was – PG
    SG Eric Bledsoe Pho – PG,SG
    SF Marvin Williams Cha – SF,PF
    PF DeMarcus Cousins Sac – PF,C
    C Derrick Favors Uta – PF,C
    Util Kemba Walker Cha – PG
    Util Kristaps Porzingis NY – PF
    Util Bradley Beal Was – SG
    BN Robin Lopez NY – C
    BN Andrew Wiggins Min – SG,SF
    BN Jarrett Jack Bkn – PG,SG
    BN Jared Sullinger Bos – PF,C

    • Dan A

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      @Quintero: Howdy.
      Scott Skiles is notorious for hating on rooks, so A Gordon may not produce for a while, reliably. RoLo is getting you a block a game, which isn’t spectacular, but it ain’t bad either. He has hands like feet, which means steals are not going to be a big stat for him. Bazemore is going to have his ups and downs as well, but he got a rainbow line last night, and will get the odd block, and way more steals. If you’re good for boards, (boogie/favors ain’t bad!) I would give baze a shot. Lopez is not a good fit for the triangle, IMO, as you require a good passing big in that system, and he isn’t exactly Magic out there. Good luck!

      • Quintero says:
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        @Dan A.: love the analysis. thanks mate!

  17. Joshua Wibisono says:
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    Damian Lillard Por – PG
    Marcus Thornton Hou – SG
    J.J. Redick LAC – SG
    Klay Thompson GS – SG,SF
    Gorgui Dieng Min – PF,C
    Rudy Gay Sac – SF,PF
    Festus Ezeli GS – C
    Matthew Dellavedova Cle – PG,SG
    Karl-Anthony Towns Min – C
    Lou Williams LAL – PG,SG
    D’Angelo Russell LAL – PG
    Kyle O’Quinn NY – PF,C

    Would you trade Rudy Gay for Giannis Antetokoumpo? I think I should, but I want to hear your opinion.

    • Dan A

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      @Joshua Wibisono: If you can manage that deal, thank your lucky stars! Giannis is better in every way except 3s. And he’s shooting 50% from beyond the arc, but just 8 attempts this year so far. Rudy is a fantastic player, there’s a reason he’s sometimes referred to as the greatest NBA player never named to the all star team. Giannis will certainly be an all star, perhaps even this year. Antetokounmpo is only in his 3rd year, so there’s a strong likelihood that he continues to grow, where Gay has been in the NBA for 10 years now, he’s not going to develop the defensive stats now that have eluded his game for this long. You know what to do.

  18. Justin says:
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    Should I do an isaiah thomas to danilo gallinari trade? 9 cat, h2h. Have also been offered a marcin gortat for jordan clarkson, is it a worthwhile trade? Would love to hear your opinion.

    • Dan A

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      @Justin: I would hold IT for the time being. He’s a points, steal and dime producer, with 3s in there. And Marcus Smart is injured, boosting his minutes, whereas Gallo’s numbers will be affected when Wilson Chandler gets healthy, possibly.
      Clarkson is a sell high candidate, but you may be able to get more than Gortat for him. Marcin has started pretty slowly this season, not a lot of points, decent but unspectacular boards, a block a game, but not much else. Clarkson is on fire. I doubt he can keep this pace up, but you should shoot for a Jonas Valanciunas, or package Jordan with another piece to get a Nerlens Noel. In short, I don’t really love either of those deals. Good luck!

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