If you’ve ever had the chance to read any of my articles here on Razzball, you may have gathered that I’m irreverent, satirical, and basically a ham, bumbling through jokes while trying to deliver the highest mid-range quality fantasy advice to anyone who will read it, but I have to say this without any underlaying humour whatsoever: Martin Luther King is an absolute hero to me, full stop.

That said, I still am a ham, so while Dr. King had a dream, I have a fantasy: and that is that one day a Steve Nash and Goran Dragic can stand next to a Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry in fantasy basketball terms. That we finally realize that white men can jump, although a good example is escaping me at the moment, and anyways, it really doesn’t matter in fantasy. That a JJ Redick is as valuable as a Khris Middleton on the fantasy basketball stage. And finally, we let the fantasy talent speak for itself, regardless of creed, colour or gender, even though it’s a men’s league, so that last one is more platitude than anything, really. In saying that, we will take a look at the best in the league, regardless of anything other than talent and value:

BUY:

Donald Sloan PG, SG

So the Nets are a disaster, they will finish bottom 5, and they don’t even own their pick (Celts do, in case you forgot. And they can swap 1st rounders next year. Yeesh.), and to compound that, Jarrett Jack is done for the season. Out of all of this is an opportunity, and Sloan has beaten out Shane Larkin for the gig, it seems. Larkin has played less minutes than Sloan for the last 3 games, and if you need cheap dimes and boards from your guard position, he fits the bill (10.3/7/9/0/0 over the last 3 games). He’s only 21% owned in yahoo, so snatch him up for free if you can. If you’re buying, nothing more than late round talent, as he doesn’t contribute defensive stats.

Paul George SG, SF

George has been amazing this season, and we all love to see that he’s back to some semblance of his former greatness, but he has shot miserably this season, swishing a paltry 36%. If your FG percentage can take the hit, he has been straight murder in the swipe category averaging 3.2 over the last 7 games. This is by no means a classic buy low, but I’m hoping that he can improve that shot selection, and make a few more per game.

Nikola Mirotic SF, PF

With Joakim Noah out, all the bigs, including Mitotic, should see a chance for more minutes. Nikola has been inconsistent all year, up and down like a toilet seat. In his last 5 games, however, someone has been peeing in this toilet, because the seat is definitely in the upright position: 14.6/7.6/1/.8/1.6 with 2.4 treys over his last 5 games. That analogy was (wait for it…) piss poor! Ba dum dum tissss!

 

SELL:

JJ Redick SG, SF

20.4/2.4/2/.2/0 with 4 treys per game over his last 5 games. He is a long range assassin at the moment, and you will never sell higher. Dude dropped 9 longballs and 40 points on Monday. Clearly, this will not keep up at this pace, so capitalize on this hot streak.

Marc Gasol C

Marc has been his former all star self this year, and has been di-no-mite, averaging 23/7/4/1.5/2.5 over his last 4 games, and never been hotter. Why get rid of a dynamic contributor in virtually all stats, you ask? Well, 1) the return will be equally fantastic, for starters, and B), I’m concerned with all the minutes he’s been logging this year, he is a candidate for a fatigue injury or slump.

Dwight Howard C

D12 dropped 36/26/4/1/1, shooting .688 from the field. He has had back injuries this month, worked through them, but I worry, and you should too. If Marc had you concerned, Dwight should have you downright nervous.  This kind of play will fetch you a dynamic player in return, and let them worry about the injury. If you stick it out, and it works in your favour, you are a braver cat than I, and I will tip my hat to you. Not sayin, just sayin, his back has been a chronic concern for the last 4 years.

 

I hope that everyone enjoyed all the basketball yesterday. This is all I have to offer at the moment, good reader, so until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net.

  1. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, got a tough decision to make once Derrick Favors comes back. Who would you drop?
    Joe Johnson, Trey Burke, Jeremy Lin

    All of them have been playing ok. Maybe I should ask you which one you will not drop for sure. Thanks for the help!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: I’m not tied to any one of them, frankly, but that’s why they’re bubble guys. I think I’d order them from keep to drop: Trey, Lin, JJ. But I almost feel that I want to drop Lin for his stupid Asian Kid-n-play hair. Trey is the keeper IMO.

  2. Johnny Boy says:
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    Picked up Sloan yesterday dropped Collison. Good move? And are you buying myles turner or waiting one or two more games?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Johnny Boy: From the tiny sample size, Sloan will get you more dimes, and certainly more boards. DC didn’t really light it up defensively either, so I say it’s a good move, so Long as Sloan doesn’t bugger it up. For Turner, his per 36 is very good, but he doesn’t play 36, and his best case in minutes is maybe 20. Meh. The blocks are nice, but he hasn’t really done much else, other that 4 boards in 10-12 minutes. Again, great per 36, but not ever gonna play that. I’m rambling. No, not this year.

  3. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan! Would you trade either Bazemore or Harrison Barnes for Marcus Smart or Elfrid? I’m in a 12 team head to head points league and I’m looking for some pg depth? Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Jerry: hmm. I don’t think so, Elfrid has had the chance to make a mark while Vic Oladipo is out, and he has failed this far. The lack of percentages world in your favour, because his aren’t great. Smart is a better boarder, but he is sparse with the dimes (the trip dub notwithstanding). I would consider dropping Baze for Smart. They seem to be trending in opposite directions.

  4. Trul says:
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    Hi Dan, Ish vs Barton, what do u think?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Trul: ish has a green light, and was a monster last night. Barton had been solid, but I think I’d prefer Ish

  5. Lasandro says:
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    Dan you f**ker, you had me laughing out loud at my desk reading that Miro breakdown! Don’t do that. I need this job!

    Meanwhile, I’m gonna pose to you the same question I asked JB elsewhere. I’m in the market for an assist man with the upside to help out in stls and 3s. I’m in a very shallow roto (9 team, 14 cat) have potentially Joe johnson and Amir as drops. The candidates on the wire are Sloan, Smart (who fills my needs but don’t know if I want that % ruining my squad), Dragic, Elfrid, tucker (he has been having a lotta 5 AST games of late), Russell. Thoughts please?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Lasandro: Hmm. Smart is the obvious choice, but I hear you on the percentage killer. For what it’s worth, he has had a very nice 3 game average of his percentages of his, er, last 3 games. Not that I expect him to shoot .500 from here on out, but this .290 can’t keep up, can it? He was playing hurt, and wasn’t explosive to the net, so he shot jumpers, which isn’t his forte.
      Goran has stash potential, but he’s out for a while, figure another 1-2 weeks.
      Tucker is a great thief, and if you don’t need many points, he’s a good get, and the Suns are banged up, so he should get some more burn. He’ll never give you much more than 4-6 dimes, but he’s a SF, not bad at all.
      Sloan is the best candidate for dimes, but he doesn’t put up many steals.
      Elfrid is too inconsistent.
      So, I’d drop Joe Johnson for Tucker, Smart or if they’re both gone, maybe stash Goran?

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