Gentle reader, I must confess: I have a sweet tooth. And a meat tooth as well. A touch of the wheat tooth, I suppose. Oh, and I guess you may as well throw in a gravy and mash tooth in there as well. What I’m saying to you is that I’m a glutton at this time of year, even more than most other times of the year. As the title suggests, there is slightly more of me to love at this time. And with Black Friday behind us, I think it safe to look ahead to the Holiday Season, and all the indulging that comes with it. I have to trim up. Which means trimming some fat off this old long-baller. How will I do this, I’m sure you’re asking yourself? By trading away the hard to shed fantasy players, of course! I see no other manner in which to do this than to do an (almost) all SELL article this week! So lets take a look at the following prime cut, as well as all the giblets…

BUY:

Bismack Biyombo C

I mentioned him in the Luis Scola recommend last week, but I thought that Scola would be the primary beneficiary from Jonas Valanciunas’ absence due to injury, but Bis has grabbed the mic and got busayyy! Not gonna get you points reliably, but he has managed to stay out of foul trouble, playing over 30 minutes each of his last four games since JV went down. He has averaged 12.5 boards, as well as 2 + blocks in those 4 games. Great big man booster numbers, and he is only 17% owned at the moment. How do you say “Boooyaaa!!” in Congolese? Boooyaaa, probably.

 

SELL:

Tony Parker PG

The Frenchman has been wonderful in past years, and has put decent games up this year as well. But Parker’s trajectory is sloping down, not up. Parker has 3 treys (trois trois?) this year, total, in 17 games . I proclaim him un dindon (which is french for Turkey, you dindon!)! His dimes and shooting percentage gives him value, but for a dindon he is a lame duck, non?

Russell Westbrook PG

This Furious Fashionista is absolutely transcendent at scoring and dishing, and is rightfully ranked as a first round asset. The problem is that he can flirt with a triple double every night with points, dimes, and turnovers, and has notched only 5 treys in his last 6 games. You don’t sell an asset like Russ without getting a blue chip in return. Russ is only on the table for a Kawhi Leonard, James Harden or a Draymond Greenor others in that rarefied air. Just me, probably, but I don’t want my first round guy punting a stat each night.

Nicolas Batum SG, SF

Sacre Bleu! Two fine Frenchmen in one article! This is a testament to the international growth of the game, or something, right, Or my love of unpasteurized cheese? At any rate, Batum was merde last season with the Blazers, but has had a resurgence this year. He is a valuable asset, but you can’t possibly sell higher in his current career year production. His year stats? 16.9/6.3/4.5/1.1/.5 with over 2 3pts per. That is worth a top 25 player, IMO, so put on your beret, spread some brie on a baguette, spark up a cigarette, and disdainfully kick some tires. Be sure to scoff at any offer, and adjust your stupid black and white shirt. Include any other stereotypes you can think of.

Bradley Beal SG

Full disclosure: I really dislike this cat as a Raps fan, so consider the source. That said, he has been injured too much to be as cocky as he is. Nobody can deny his talent, but he has been injured far too much in his young career for my liking. He tweaked his ankle recently (injured again!) on the 28th, but played through it, but that is a big concern. For me, he is too much of an injury risk to have to depend on. Sell this cat before he injures himself seriously, and has to stay out of your lineup.

 

Ok, cool cats. I’m too bloated to keep typing. For those who celebrated, I hope your Thanksgiving was all you wished it to be, and for the rest of you, may all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. booya says:
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    12 team H2H 9 cat daily – 3 moves/wk
    PG Rondo
    SG Clarkson
    G Ish Smith
    SF Durant
    PF Brow
    F Porzingis
    C Sullinger
    C Hibbert
    Util Randle
    Util Capela
    BN Meyers Leonard
    BN JR Smith
    BN Collison

    Would you drop anyone for Jokic or Stanley Johnson? Also, who do you think I should use for a stream spot if needed?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @booya: Yes. I like Jokic. The problem is that you have a solid squad. It has been great, but Cole and Tyreke are both back, and that will hurt, and JR Smith will have do deal with Kyrie and Shump soon. But they are the bubble guys, Smith more than Ish. Maybe keep an eye on things, but as it stands right now, I personally could’t justify nabbing either player at the moment/

  2. Sebastian says:
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    Hi there…guy in my league is asking draymond and kyrie for his curry? Too much or should i do it

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Sebastian: Wow. That is a lot, but I would love to have Curry, though, so the question is: who would you get as the second player in that trade? As amazing as Curry is, He’s listed number 1, fantasy-wise, you’re giving up #4 in Kyle, and #16 in Dray, and Steph won’t replace all those stats. Now, I don’t expect Kyle to hold #4 for the season, but I could also see Dray rising in value. But I’m rambling. If it’s just as is, I wouldn’t do it.

      • X says:
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        @Dan A:
        umm he said kyrie not lowry

      • Dan A

        Dan A says:
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        @Dan A: X pointed out that I based all of this by misreading, and mistaking Kyle Lowry for Kyrie. That is a big error on my part, as I would do the deal, (Kyrie/Dray for Curry) Based on the fact that I expect Kyrie to have a fair amount of rust, so you will get 4-5 weeks (from now) of sub standard play from Kyrie. I hope I didn’t mess you up too much.

  3. Sternal says:
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    Who would you target for the real deal Brad Beal? Pau, Derozan? I share your concern and would love to dump this bum for the 5 minutes he is healthy.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Sternal: I would love to get Kristaps, or KAT, or Demar, sure. Good Luck!

  4. jonny says:
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    Hi Dan,

    Would you do griffin for paul george straight up in h2h 9 cat? I could use the 3s and stls. Who do you think has a better rest of season outlook?

    Thanks!

    • jonny says:
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      @jonny:

      Here’s what my team looks like:

      PG: paul, hill, collison
      SG: jr.smith, dragic, matthews
      SF: dray green,thad young, crowder
      PF: griffin, markieff morris
      C: drummond, whiteside

      Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @jonny: I like George a lot. If he can regain even 85% of his former self, (and he’s certainly on that trajectory), he would be the winner in my books.

  5. Jiggy Nits says:
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    towns or hayward ROS points league

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: I prefer Towns, if for nothing more than the potential that Towns still has, whereas Hayward is great, but he is what we can expect him to be, right?

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Dan A: I would of done the deal for towns without hesitation two weeks ago but they seem to be trending in opposite directions, thanks for the advice though. Im still a little torn

        • Dan A

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          @Jiggy Nits: That is totally fair, Hayward is playing well, and there is always the “rookie wall” they always talk about. But in my mind, Sam Mitchell is just giving him a rest. He is a true blue chipper, he will come on again. Maybe try to offer less, seeing as KAT is in a slump? Perfect buy low. Again, I would still do the deal on the potential side, but that’s just me.

  6. DanTheMetMan says:
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    Yo Flavor Flav….

    16 team H2H league… 3 Keeper league… do you drop A.Gordon for Jokic?

    Many thx!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @DanTheMetMan: Nope. A Gordon is frustruating, and he won’t likely be one of your keepers, but he has a much higher ceiling than Jokic, who will be negatively affected in 3 weeks with the return of Jusuf Nurkic.

      • DanTheMetMan says:
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        @Dan A:

        Thanks Dan!

  7. Lasandro says:
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    Your article made me miss Paris.. now you dindun-it 🙁

    Fantastique stuff, ma man.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Lasandro: Tres bon! Glad you enjoyed.

  8. Slimbo says:
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    Swap bayless for Len?

    9 cat

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Slimbo: Len is starting, with Tyson out with an injury. But so is Bayless, for now. Hmm. I guess if you need big stats, you could do worse. Put it this way: dimes and steals? Bayless is your man. Boards and blocks? Len. Points are trending to Len, but it’s such a small sample, who knows? In a vacuum, I’d stay with Bayless.

  9. Eric says:
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    Hey I just had a trade question

    Would you rather have Deron Williams or Gortat? Do you think I could aim higher than Gortat? If so, which centers would you personally go for?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Eric: Gortat is a little low. Hibbert, or Bogut? Maybe you can get J Sully?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Eric: I know DWill is on a tear, but I worry about his injury risk…

  10. Nishinga says:
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    Buy for free: Jerami Grant, multi-cat and he’s hot.

  11. Matt says:
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    Do you think I should drop Wesley Matthews for Biyombo then? He had a decent game last night against his former team (granted it went to OT) so I’m not sure.

    • Dan A

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      @Matt: Wes is getting his sea legs back, but he is also not in the same role as last year. He is getting 13/3/2/1/0 with a few treys over the last two weeks, which is fine for the end of the bench guy, no?
      Biyombo, while a great defensive stat producer now, will hold that position for about 4 more weeks, until JV gets back. Jonas fractured a bone in his non shooting hand, so he should hit the ground running, presumably. If that’s your only option to drop, I think I’d hold off.

  12. Michael says:
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    should I be worried about nerlens noel , eric Gordon and ish smith? would it be wise to hold due to that the fact it would be sell low right now?

    • Dan A

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      @Michael: Noel has to be held, IMO. Gordon/Ish are a bit more murky, as Tyreke and Cole could eat both of their minutes. If you could get something decent, I would see if you can.

  13. NYFantaC says:
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    Would you drop Terrence Jones for: Stanley Johnson/ Thabo/ RondaeHJ/ Andrew Nicholson??

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @NYFantaC: Bah!! TRoss is infuriating!! He has to be dropped, but he has the talent, and he could go off a week after you let him go. Stan is the best of the bunch you listed, with RHJ a close second.

      • NYFantaC says:
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        @Dan A.: Wow. There’s been a vintage Terrence Jones sighting..

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @NYFantaC: Merde! I need to get my eyes checked, it seems. I wrote TRoss, but meant TJones. Forgive me. Capela is hurting his value, yesterday’s performance notwithstanding. Jones only got burn because Capela got in foul trouble. Still, maybe a wait and see approach is applicable here if you haven’t made a move yet.

  14. Sambro says:
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    H2H, 10 teams, 8 categories, 7 moves/week.
    I need more rebounds, and I really want Millsap. He is interested in Wiggins, Evans, and Griffin. I am looking for some trade advice. Thank you!

    My Team:
    PG: Steph Curry, George Hill, Derrick Rose, Ish Smith, Elfred Payton
    SG: Andrew Wiggins, Dwyane Wade, Will Barton
    SF: Tyreke Evans, Robert Covington
    PF:Serge Ibaka, Blake Griffin
    C:Brooke Lopez

    His Team:
    PG:Mike Conley, Eric Bledsoe,
    SG:Eric Gordon, Joe Johnson
    SF:Khris Middleton, Nicolas Batum, Trevor Ariza, Thad Young
    PF:Paul Millsap, Nikola Mirotic, Jared Sullinger
    C:Al Horford, DeMarcus Couzins

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Sambro: Wiggins/Griffin for Millsap/Batum?
      Evans/Griffin for DMC? Griffin for Millsap straight up? It depends on what your trading partner wants. Griff gets more points, less defensive stats than Millsap, maybe focus on that. Good luck!

  15. AgoodGuy says:
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    Hey Dan, Good article.
    I need some trade advice. I have an offer on the table that would see myself shipping Tyreke evans and JV for Batum and Jahlil, what do you think of this trade, based purely on value?
    Thanks

    • Dan A

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      @AgoodGuy: On pure value, JV/Evans have more immediate value. But Evans is often injured, and JV is on the shelf for another month. In addition, Batum is having a career year, and Jalil, despite his recent issues, will be a centrepiece for the 76ers. I think I’d go with the badboy and the frenchman (sounds like a bad 80’s cop drama).

  16. J-won says:
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    Hey Dan,

    Hope all is well..
    im in a 10 team 9 cat h2h league.
    my rosters are
    Jeff teague
    Mo williams
    aminu
    Covington
    Hibbert
    Middleton
    Monroe
    Gortat
    T.Jones
    Westbrook
    Dragic
    Gobert
    Sullinger
    Rubio

    Im trying to trade my westbrook for kawhi and bledsoe or Kawhi and jordan
    also im trying to get chris paul for gobert and middleton..

    id greatly appreciate your thoughts and input in this.. thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @J-won: I think that while Russ is a dynamo, it would be hard to get Kawhi AND Bledsoe. Maybe D. Jordan might work, but his FT% can be a killer. Still throw Kawhi/Bled out there first, and see what sticks, just be prepared for the second piece to be the arguing point.
      As to CP3 for Gobert and Kris, that seems like a decent offer, except the injury to Rudy will likely derail that deal. Good luck!

  17. OJ says:
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    Hey Dan,

    A guy is offering me his Noel for my Pachulia. My team is built around guards & small forwards & Pachulia is currenlty my best big man (sad, I know). It is a 9 Cat H2H league. Blocks & Rebounds are my main weakness.

    • OJ says:
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      @OJ: Sorry, forgot to add the actual question. Should I take the trade. I don’t know if Noel will turn it around & he has knee issues this season as well, while Pachulia has been great for the Mavs. Noels celing though….
      Thanks.

      • Dan A

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        @OJ: can you take this deal, then also trade for a more solid cat, like a buy low injured JV? You would have to sit on Jonas for another 3-4 weeks, but if you can manage that, you could shore up your boards/blocks. And Zaza is absolutely being sold at his highest point. Noel can’t get any worse than how he’s playing now, right? In short, I’d take the deal, and move on a JV, or Jusuf Nurkic, or something like that. Good luck!

        • OJ says:
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          @Dan A.: Hey thanks for getting back to me so quick. JV is actually on the waiver wire so I can certainly pick him up. Who should I drop. The people who I can consider dropping are TJ Warren, Thabo Sefalosha or Biyombo, with TJ being the most obvious choice. What do you think.

          • Dan A

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            @OJ: I would agree. When JV comes back, Bis will likely not have enough value to hold on to. Only nab JV if you feel you can afford to tie up a bench spot, or if you have an ir spot. Good luck!

            • OJ says:
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              @Dan A.: Hey Dan,
              I’m back to ask for more advice. I’ve offered a guy Durant & Middleton for his AD & Kevin Love. Durant is great but a little redundant since I have Paul George as well, & I could use an elite big instead of 2 Ellite forwards. What do you think of this. Also, if he turns it down, I’m thinking of offering KD + Beal or KD + Avery Bradley for the same package.
              Another guy is willing to give me Kristaps & Danny Green for my Gallinari. Gallo is great but can get hurt, & Kristaps has been incredible. Should I go for it?

              Thanks again

              • Dan A

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                @OJ: do the KP/DG deal immediately, I really like it. As to KD, hopefully you get the brow and Love for your original offer, but he may want more. You could adjust your offer by choosing a lesser piece than Love, as AD is the really desired acquisition. But Avery and KD for love/brow is legit, IMO. Hopefully he would rather have Kris Middleton. Good luck!

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