L-Tryptophan. It is the amino acid that is reported to make you tired when you eat it, as this is the amino acid that is the basis for a lot of the brain chemicals that make a person tired. You hear about it around this time of year, when millions of Americans are preparing to gorge themselves on the plump bird over Thanksgiving. L-Tryptophan induced naps are actually is a myth, I recently have been informed. Turkey contains less Tryptophan than chicken, or milk, so if the coma-by-turkey hypothesis was true, the same would apply when you eat ice cream, or have a chicken breast. But Dan, you legions of readers are saying, while this is fascinating stuff, why are you writing about Turkey and amino acids in a fantasy BUY/SELL article? Simple. I want you to be able to recognize the difference in players who are off to a L-Tryp-esque start, and whether their start is truly a slump, or a mirage they will pull out of in due course. I don’t know how my analogy could have been more obvious, but whatever, great art is never recognized in it’s time. In the meantime, take a look at these turkeys:

BUY:

Marcus Smart PG

Smart is out for the short term, injury is slated to sideling him for the next 2 weeks or so, which should help his price point if you can afford to have him on the pine for that time. His shooting percentages are so erratic they are baffling, but  it’s year two for Smart, and I’m hoping that he becomes a more improved player throughout this year. What would he cost you? Late round guy? Razzball had him ranked at 114, and I’d send a Patrick Patterson caliber player to gamble that Smart can improve.

Zach LaVine PG, SG

The Timberwolves have been starting LaVine at the 2, and his playing minutes with Ricky Rubio dishing to him should go up. His price point is still low, IMO, and while he isn’t going to appear on anyone’s Mount Rushmore of NBA shooting guards, he should start to improve on his current stock value.

Jonas Valanciunas C

This is a very specific recommendation, as the only reason I would take him is if you can seriously lowball his fantasy owner. JV is supposed to be out for 6 weeks, which is about of 1/4 of your season. If you feel you can manage it to have a player out for that long, toss a P.J. Tucker level offer, and see what sticks.

Luis Scola PF, C

This is more of a waiver add, as Scola is only 22% owned currently, but with Valanciunas out for about 6 weeks, the big Argentine will get a bump in minutes. He extends to the 3 point line, has good percentages, but not huge in defensive stats. I think he will hover in or above the 30 minute mark, so worth dumping that 17 minute guy off the end of your bench for now. Bismack Biyombo will also benefit from JV being out, although of the two, I think I’d prefer Scola. Do with that what you will.

Robert Covington SG, SF

The window may be shutting on this sell low candidate, as he had a terrific game this last weekend, going 21/6/0/2/1 shooting 3 treys. His fantasy GM may feel that he’s selling high, though, as he has been a bust all season to date. Covington went 3 of 6 from beyond on Saturday, but before that was 0-18 before that. Ouch. See what you can get for him as he can’t stay that bad all season, can he?

Jeff Teague PG

Teague just came off a week’s injury, missing 3 games. His first game back he went 13/1/4/2/0 with 3 treys, shooting .250%. You may have a chance to buy low here, as I don’t see Teague staying at this level of production. Kick a tire, make an offer, and see what shakes out.

 

SELL:

Carmelo Anthony SF, PF

I hope you listened when I said try to buy Kristaps Porzingis at the beginning of the year, as he has been a revelation. Melo has also been a dynamo of late, but he started slow, straight L-Tryppin. I’m worried that he may slump again, relative to his draft position. I know that he is an amazing offensive fantasy contributor, but I would love to convert him into a Kawhi Leonard or a Jimmy Butler, which are both more dependable all around contributors. Or just cover Melo in gravy, and enjoy, your choice.

 

Tristan Thompson PF, C

With Tomofey Mozgov on the shelf for the next few weeks, Thompson should see a bump in minutes. He gets points and boards, but for a big with such rebounding ability, he should have more swats and steals. Sell high(ish) here, as he got 2 blocks his last game, and that is waaaaay out of character.

 

Ok hoops fans, that’s all for this fat-cat. May those who are celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, may it be a merry one, full of mid afternoon naps, Tryptophan induced or otherwise! Until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. umm says:
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    umm so are you buying or selling jeff teague…?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @umm: That is clearly an editing error on my part. I put him under sell, but I was supposed to paste the Teague blurb under buy. Sorry about that.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @umm: @Dan A.: Throw the lead editor of the site under the bus! Yeah I shoulda caught that too, alas it is fixed!

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Ha! Not so, Mr Ivory Tower, I meant to imply that it was my error! But I am glad to see that you read your grunt’s responses every now and again!

  2. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Would you drop a TJ McConnel or JR Smith for JV? I have way too many Gaurds…

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: You should be able to do that in about 2 weeks or so, or now if you have an IR spot free. I would also look to see if Jokic is available, he’s only 25%owned at the moment…

  3. The Gintern says:
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    hey man, thinking of selling smart and tyson chandler for aminu and grabbing jokic off the wire. suns playing a lot of small ball and seems like tyson’s minutes may go down, and his blocks are down this year too… i’ve got favors, duncan, gortat (and vala once he’s back) at C so tyson is expendable. marcus isn’t having the coming out party i was hoping for this year, and his percents are brutal as usual, but he has missed some time – too early to give up on him? thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @The Gintern: Tyson and Smart for Aminu and Jokic? I have no issue with that deal.

  4. Rhirano says:
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    How do you feel about dropping robin Lopez for scola?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Rhirano: Lopez will get less points, less assists, but more blocks. If you can manage without the swats, Luis is otherwise an upgrade

  5. Fella says:
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    Smart is on waivers, drop Bogut or Bjelica for him?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Fella: Nemanja over bogut, for sure

  6. Ken says:
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    Selling D Powell with McGee back and possibly hurting his minutes? Gordon is on wire and was considering a pickup before Skies announces he’ll be starting vs NYK….

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Ken: I’d take Aaron over Powell just on a speculative, without McGee coming back, so yes, IMO

  7. 8 cat 9 team league h2H

    My team.
    Collison. Butler. Bledsoe. Batum. Oladipo
    Draymond. Anderson. Cousins. Gallo. Bosh
    Thad young. McCollum. T Jones

    His team.
    George. Beal. Paul. Davis. Gobert. Wiggins
    Tyreke. Wade. . Conley. Millsap. Fournier. Reggie Jackson. Wiggins. Al jeffy.

    He’s interested in a two for one for cousins. Should I try millsap and conley. Or gobert and conley ( or a different pg). Or stand pat? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Derrick yu: boogie is the dopest center in the game, IMO. Not biggest in swats, but complete to 3pt-ers, what baseball calls a 5 tool cat. You are a little soft at pg, maybe you start with Reggie/gorbert, or gorbert/Conley, and if Pg’s are not on the menu, George and gorbert? Otherwise stand pat. Just my two cents…

      • @Dan A.:

        I doubt he would give me george. But is gobert and jackson a good enough return for cousins and say collison (if I drop him). Maybe I could do a three for two.

        • @Derrick yu:

          Cousins and Ryan Anderson for gobert. Wiggins. Jackson

          Good?

          • Dan A

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            @Derrick yu: this is the best deal by far you’ve put together. I hope he goes for it! It’s good for both sides. He gets the best player, you get great volume return for a stud with a bunch of upside A- guys.

  8. your mom says:
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    Yo 14team 9cat roto. Trade my Davis and harden for his cp3 pg and love? Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @your mom: nope, you are giving up too much in that one, IMO.

  9. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, Marvin Williams and Gary Harris are in the waiver. Who would you pick up first? I feel Marvin Williams has better overall stats and fits well for the last glue guy. I will be dropping Kevin Martin or Kent Bazemore. Thanks for the advice!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wen: I agree with you, Marvin is the more rounded cat. Harris will get more points I would bet, but less in all other stats, likely. Base is the drop for injury, he’s not playing at all, and I can’t find a timeline, other than he’s not far off from playing.

  10. thejohn says:
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    best center… i need rebound… and preferably FG/steal (don’t need block)

    biyombo
    RHJ
    sullinger
    nokic

    thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @thejohn: nokic, for sure.

      • TheJohn says:
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        @Dan A.: is he shortrun?? When faried and the boys are back?

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @TheJohn: Nurkic is the starting Centre for the Nuggets. He just started the season injured.

  11. Tyler says:
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    Should i drop stanjo for lawson or nurkic?

    Which side wins?
    Wiggins Jabari KCP or Mirotic Holiday MarvinWilliams?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: I would grab Nurkic for stan. I say Jabari/Wiggins/kcp, mostly because holiday is always injured, or on min restrictions, etc, and both Jabari and Wiggins could conceivably produce more than current output.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Dan A.:
        Olynyk and Stauskas are also available. Should i pick either for stanjo?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Tyler: I’d prefer Nurkic.

  12. Benjamin Lee says:
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    Do you think it would be smart to sell Mirotic for Porzingis?
    Or Monta for Porzingis?
    I’m in a leauge with Pts, Reb, Ast, Stl, Blk, 3s, DD

    I picked up Mirotic for his breakout prediction and Monta cause of the new team he’s with but they have been a bit inconsistent and Porzingis has a lot of noise right now in the fantasy world.
    Do you think I should hold these two? Do you think they will break out mid season?

    • Benjamin Lee says:
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      @Benjamin Lee:

      Also, I’m thinking about offering Monta and T.Chandler for KP and Sullinger.
      Let me know what you think!

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Benjamin Lee: sure. But KP is the piece you’re going for, not sully, IMO

        • Benjamin Lee says:
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          @Dan A.:
          Yea, I was trying to trade off Tyson cause he’s been disappointing me a lot lately haha. Do you think I should hold and he will be better and get an up in minutes? Or do you think I should pursue to trade him off?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Benjamin Lee: I have been a huge KP fan since the draft, so consider the bias. But he has completely vindicated my prediction. I think If you get KP for Monta, you’ve made off like a bandit.

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