We’re in week 13, people. Where does the time go? Seems like a mere 3 months ago that the season started. Ahh, memories… Say, do you guys like going to see the ponies? Not my-little-pony, brah, I’m talking the track, where they race the horses. For money. You get to see dirty, desperate people throw their last few shekels on an equine dream, which mostly ends sadly, but sometimes, just sometimes, you get to see a moment of pure excitement, approaching ecstasy, when a long-shot filly comes in, and someone wins big. It’s glorious to see a seemingly sad little man so happy for once. I want you to be that sad little man, gentle reader, it too would be glorious. So lets take a stroll down to the stables, and take a look at the stallions, and see whom we should hitch our cart to, and who’s destined for the glue factory, shall we?

BUY:

Elfrid Payton PG

If I were to give a hoaky horse racing name to Peyton, I would name him 10-more-minutes, as the increase in his playing time has been a boon in his production. Feel free to use that one. Elfrid has been playing very well as of late. In the last 4 games, he has averaged 36 minutes, going 16.5/4.5/7.8/2.3/.25, shooting over 50%. It seems like Victor Oladipo is playing a bunch at the two, and Evan Fournier returning hasn’t affected ol’ 10-more at all. He’s 60% owned, so there’s a chance you can nab this bronco for free, but he’s rolling, so I would consider moving a Patrick Beverley type for him, if I could.

Draymond Green SF, PF

Yo Dan, this isn’t any revelation, Dray has been touted on Razzball all season. You are correct, sir/madam, but Green has been playing poorly in his last 5 games, and we buy low, sell high here at the Razzball corral, and you may get Green at 75 cents on the dollar, figuratively. His current owner may be worried about the return of one David Lee, and Green’s current reduction of minutes, which is bound to be temporary. If I were to give Dray a racing horse name, it would be coming-round-the-mountain, because this cat is, in my humble opinion, not ready to be put out to stud just yet.

Trevor Ariza SG, SF

Ariza has been a wonderful asset in Houston, taking Chandler Parsons role over very smoothly indeed. As a matter of fact, I would wager if it were up to Parson to give Ariza a racing steed name, it would be Cecilia, cause when he came back to bed, Ariza’s taken his place. The reason I’m listing Trevor here is that he has had two dud games in a row, so you can kick the tires on a trade for this fine filly, and maybe get him at a slight discount.

 

SELL:

Kyle Korver SG, SF

Korver is less of a racing horse, and more of a clydesdale, those big budweiser work-horse types. Homeboy is straight murder from beyond, shooting 53% from beyond the arc for the season, and also has the most 3s made in the league. Jebus. Kyle’s racing name should be hard-hat, because this dude comes ready to work every day. But the Hawks have been so good lately, that they have been resting dudes. Kyle is essential to what the Hawks do, he moves so well off the ball, that if they continue to keep rolling like they are, there will be a lot of resting down the road. As in possible resting in the fantasy playoffs. So, while you hate to give up a tremendous asset like hard-hat, you may want to turn his elite performance into another blue chip piece, and his last 2 games he’s gone 18.5/6/3.5/.5/1, shooting 600%, and making 5 treys per game, can’t sell any higher, that’s top 15 value, son. Lamarcus Aldridge is out for a short while… just sayin’. Do with that what you will.

Nerlens Noel PF, C

Noel has begun to come into his own, finally. He has gone 11.6/8.3/1.6/2.3/2.6 over his last 3 games, which is dope, no doubt. If you have held onto him this long, there are two schools of thought: A) I was forced to endure him riding the pine while he under-performed for the first half of the season, I’m going to enjoy this now that he’s producing B) The cat finally has developed some value, this is time to cash this stock in. I have a bias towards the latter, and here is my train of thought: While Noel has improved, the Sixers aren’t going anywhere, so if he shows the slightest amount of fatigue on his surgically repaired knee, they could well shut him down. He also could regress, he may hit the dreaded “rookie wall”, even though technically he could be considered a sophomore. I could be dead wrong, of course, I’m risk adverse. I guess I would choose Noel’s racing name to be magic-8ball, as his future is murky.

Channing Frye PF, C

Frye has been quietly putting up sweet-ass numbers in Tobias Harris absence. He has gone 13.6/6/2.6/1/1.3 with 3.6 treys over the last 3 games. But I’m not sure that this will continue once Harris returns. Frye’s bronco name could be Cubic-Zirconia, because while he’s shining bright at the moment, I believe there’s a good chance he won’t get the touches and minutes he’s being spoon fed right now.

 

Well, it’s been nice visiting the track with you, but a lot of these people smell like they’ve been rolling in poop, I gotta go. May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Scott says:
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    Need some boards tonight. Biyombo, Len, Mozgov, or Kaman is my best bet?

    • Dan A

      Dan says:
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      @Scott: I would say Movgov or Kaman, by virtue of them having the most probable minutes. Hope it works out!

  2. Barenrewn says:
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    Terence Jones is on the wire, and I’m sitting firmly in 1st. Is he worth a sneaky grab?

    • Joe says:
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      @Barenrewn:
      If theres no one better, sure. But Houston’s frontcourt crowded now with Smith and Brewer

    • Dan A

      Dan says:
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      @Barenrewn: Hmm. If you’re firmly in first, I say go for it. But don’t wait too long, with d. Mont and smoove, his minutes could get sparse.

  3. Got an offer of my oladipo for Danny green. Espn 8 cat league.

    I’m in first place 12 team head to head league by 11 games. Do this deal?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Derrick Yu: I like Danny’s multi category impact. But I am a little worried that Kawhi will take some of his touches away, potentially impacting points and dimes. But yahoo states that when Danny played with Leonard, his efficiency was substantially better, so what do I know? Just this: Dipo has been balling lately, and seems there is no end in sight. But you’re up by a ton, so you must have a solid squad. I would do that deal.

  4. Dante Green says:
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    An owner offered me draydray+conley for my colly+bledshow. Countered it with colly+mcw. LOL he didnt decline it right away maybe he was waiting to see what dray would do in today’s game, but i think he was considering my counter offer! Another bad game by dray and i will offer that trade again.

    • Dan A

      Dan says:
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      @Dante Green: I like it for you, but if I were him, I wouldn’t take your offer. I hope it works out for you!

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Dan: hah! I’d be robbing him for sure but it’s kind of irritating already with all the trade offer he’s been sending me! Anyway Dan, I’ve been wanting to trade dirk and mcw for a top 10-20 guy, can u name a few i could target? Asked the other guys already but i would also want to hear something from u! Currently in 4th place, 10 games behind number 1. H2h, 9-cat, weeklylock, 12 team. Line up:

        Pg curry colly jennings mcw
        Sg bledsoe wiggins
        Sf kd batum parsons
        Pf dirk faried
        C hibbert whiteside

        Thanks bud

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Dante Green: You can always target Lemarcus, as he’s injured right now, so that may help your cause. You might get Butler, Korver, either Gasol, that sort. I would also consider moving Parsons, possibly. Batum had a great game, maybe you can get interest on him as well. Good luck!

  5. Joe says:
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    Trade my Jrue Holliday, Collison, and Ibaka for Anthony Davis and Jeff Teague?

    In second right now and would then have only Steph, Rono, Teague at PG but would have Durant, Davis, Aldridge, and Gortat in the front court.

    9 cat H2H

    • Dan A

      Dan says:
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      @Joe: Rono? Is that what the kids are calling Rubio? Whoever it is, if you can get Teague and AD for that, I would do it without hesitation.

      • Joe says:
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        @Dan:
        Meant trade Jrue, Collison, and Ibaka for A. Davis and J. Teague? Or I could swap Rondo for Collison so I keep Collison.

  6. Tyler Durden says:
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    How would you rank these Centers ROS:
    Nurkic
    RoLo
    Noel
    Olynyk
    Mozgov

    And would you trade CP3 + Horford for Curry + Gobert?

    • Joe says:
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      @Tyler Durden:
      Olynyk
      Lopez
      Mozgov
      Nurkic
      Noel

      and Curry + Gobert side is better CP3 tends to get hurt this time of year and saves himself for playoffs

      • Tyler Durden says:
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        @Joe: Would you drop holiday for smart? considering jrue might get shutdown to the lost season of the Pels?
        Lopez is capped 27mins by Kaman, do you see this changing once he returns? so far he’s been producing top 80 per game and i dont see it changing unless a Kaman injury happens? Don’t you like Nurkic’s upside more than him?

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Tyler Durden: Don’t drop Jrue until he’s actuall shut down, he’s a top ten PG. Kaman has earned minutes, but he’s more affected by Lemarcus than RoLo. Nurkic is a great come-from-nowhere storey, but I’m not sure of his longterm success, he’s going to have his ups and downs.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Tyler Durden: Hmm.
      Noel, Mozgov, Rolo, Nurkic, Olynyk. Based on no science whatsoever.
      That’s a tempting trade, you’re giving up 2 all stars for one hyper elite player and a high upside guy. I would do it, because you get the best player in Curry.

  7. drummonded says:
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    drop Motiejunas for mozgof??

    8 team keeper

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @drummonded: I think you would have to, as Motiejunas is coming off the bench in a crowded frontcourt, and Mozgov is the starter.

  8. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, who has the better ROS value? J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler or Ersan Ilyasova? Thank you.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: I think that JR, though it pains me to say it, is the best at the moment. Long term? the least risk would be Wilson, I think.

  9. DK says:
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    Hey Dan, always good to read your stuff…

    14 teams, 9 cats H2H. KD owner wants Millsap + Duncan/Lawson. Trade or just keep my roster as is?

    Guards: Curry, Lawson, Dragic, DJA, Lou
    SF/F: Draymond, Covington, McDaniels. T.Jones
    PF/C: Millsap, Gortat, Duncan, Mozgov

    My roster seems decent. Not sure if KD will help. Giving Millsap+Duncan means losing plenty of rebs and blocks. And my FA is quite dry. Millsap+Lawson seems more doable, but I would really have to have steal replacements cos that’s losing quite a big chunk of steals.

    • Dan A

      Dan says:
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      @DK: howdy, thanks for writing. I wouldn’t do that trade, with millsap, because he’s balling at the moment, and, more importantly, KD just injured his toe, so that’s something to consider, even though it doesn’t look too bad a t the moment. Still, if you could find a home for Timmy, that might be prudent, as his minutes will start to be cut, to keep him freeh for the playoffs. Sniff out another big who can help you, if possible.

      • DK says:
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        @Dan: Thanks for the advice, Dan. Yeah, I’ve been mulling over the Millsap trade and unsure of what to do. Some advised Millsap+Duncan because Duncan is getting DNPs soon. Some advised Millsap+Lawson cos I have enough assists to “take it”. So far, I have not decided.

        Tried shopping for Timmy, not easy. A lot of people don’t seem to want his headache.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @DK: Fair enough. Upon reflection, I think you would obviously get the best player in KD, but the injury made me nervous. Still, Durant sounds like he mighr be back soon, as early as tonight. As for boards, you can get them cheap off the waiver, (Bismack, Cole Aldrich, etc) blocks may be a little harder. I would prefer to give up tim over Ty, just because he might be sitting when you need him most. Good luck!

          • DK says:
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            @Dan A.: Yeah, most have been advocating to push to trade Millsap + Timmy because even with 4 4 4, he might sit quite a number of them. Yup, you are right about boards, easy to find. Blocks are few and far between. I missed on on Gobert (few seconds before someone added them), and Whiteside wasn’t on my radar then. Right now, the blockers sorted by past 14 days available are J.Smith, Biyombo, Amundson, Ajinca, Wright and Henson.

            I actually have a gamble on Jones. If KD returns tonight, and Jones play 25-28 mins and decent 10pts 6 rebs 1blk 0.5 treys, I think I would be quite happy to let Timmy go.

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