Hey Razzball faithful, I wish you all a happy, healthy fantasy New Year! I have been horribly ill, almost getting my ticket punched to the big hard court in the sky! Maybe that is a trifle dramatic, but I was sick so long I was worried I may have contracted the hiv…(from a toilet seat, of course, nothing more!!!!), but, fortunately, this appears not to be the case.  So I’m back y’all, and I’m serving up the New Year eggs and hash for you still hungry for buy/sell nibblies! Don’t worry, I’ll wear a SARS-esque mask, to keep from coughing on your order. I will take this first week to make the old new again, and re-hash the hash. So without further ado, order up!

 

BUY:

Omri Casspi SF, PF

I know, I’ve mentioned the Hebrew Harbinger before, but he has been on a tear for the final month of 2015, going 14/7/2.3/.7/.1, with 2 treys per game, and I see no signs of stopping any time soon. He is only owned 61% in yahoo, so there is a chance you get him for nothing. I would say Christmas came early and often for Omri, but I think he would ask me to rephrase. If you need a swing, as my wife’s bubbie would say: you coult doo vorse…

Nicolas Batum SG, SF

I love this man, as only one can love a Frenchman: with unpasteurized distain, and cigarettes are involved. Batum is having a career year, and while you won’t be buying particularly low, he has recently had a toe injury, and has sat the past 2 games. This may help you in the deal, as you will be assuming the risk that this becomes a lingering thing, which is a gamble I’d be willing to take.

Kristaps Porzingis PF, C

I mentioned you scoop this 7″3′ in my first article, I believe, and then mentioned him again to you, gentle reader, in case you missed his performance. Well, he has shot an abysmal percentage over the last 12 games. Still, if you can manage to swallow 35 percent from the field, he still is putting 1.7 blocks a game up, as well as solid boards (8), and half a trey per game, and if you are in a keeper, I would strongly consider him for upside’s sake alone.

Wesley Matthews SG, SF

If you are trying to shore up your longballs, Wes is the man to do it for you. He has averaged 3.8 treys over the last 6 games. He won’t get you much more than points and a few boards, but his percentages won’t hurt you either, and a mid-round talent should secure him, I would wager.

 

SELL:

Kevin Durant SF, PF

KD is injured, and it isn’t a major injury, his toe, but he has had toe issues last year, and he hasn’t been dynamic over the last few when he was playing. Just a blip? Most likely. Don’t get me wrong, you only deal a powerhouse like Durant for another blue chipper, like Anthony Davis, say. KD has cache, he’s earned it, to be sure, but if you feel like mixing it up, no time like the present, no?

Zaza Pachulia C

The other big Z averaged a double double in December. He doesn’t do much else, but that kind of stat can make some deals happen, so go forth and kick some tires!

Jae Crowder SF, PF

I mentioned Jae for the last 3 years at least once per fantasy season. Am I a savant? Probably. I bet you’re saying: Dan, you’re sharp, but don’t get a fat head! To that I say A) too late, my head is already fat, for a variety of reasons, and B) consider this: He went undrafted this year in most leagues. So turning a waiver pick up (or late round flyer at best), into a solid top 35 player, like a Greg Monroe, for example, is just the bees knees, IMO. Or hold him, and enjoy the rewards, and ignore the savant.

 

I know that isn’t much to go on, but my disease-ravaged body is still weak, I have to rest, Doctor’s orders. I’ll part with the reminder that we can also look forward to the 10 day contract call ups soon, maybe there is a Hassan Whiteside type floundering in the NBADL about to make his bones this season. Until then, may all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. jdubs says:
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    Got an interesting trade offer: my J. butler, C.Zeller, and (Elfrid or pbev) for Lillard and (Giannis or Batum). do you like any of these in a punt fg% build? 14 team 9 cat.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @jdubs: Yo.
      I think I’d like to give up Bev over Elfrid, especially if you’re already punting fg%, and you’re hell bent on doing this deal. The thing is, butler is the best player (right now), as Lillard is coming off of plantar fasciitis, which is always nerve wracking for fantasy.
      If it were up to me, I think I’d take Giannis over batum, but slightly. Giannis isn’t shooting so well, but he does a lot of other things very well. Batum shoots better, from range as well.

      Short answer, it’s sexy, but it all depends on Lillard returning to form, and Batum/Giannis playing well. I think I might pass, butler is playing as a top 15 player right now.

      Good luck!

  2. Michael says:
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    Hi,
    I was wondering I recently traded will Barton and Greg Monroe for Chris Paul and Jared sullinger. Was it a good trade or bad for me in 9 cat rotor?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Michael: I think it’s good, depending on your needs. Cp3/sully give you more 3’s dimes, steals, you lose on boards and blocks, although Greg isn’t a major swatter.
      I also like it because will plays on a terrible team, and that can affect stats, when the ball stops moving, when the team chemistry starts breaking down.
      I hope that helps.

  3. Javale4MVP says:
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    Sell on Hood or keep him?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Javale4MVP: I’d only sell if you get a good offer. If you’re asking can he keep this up, I don’t believe so, but he’s been absolutely dynamic, so holding him isn’t a punishment. In fact, he’s been so hot, he may scare off truly interesting offers, for fear of being a flash in the pan. It’s been my experience that meteoric rises are met with scepticism until he shows he can maintain.
      I’m rambling. Hold him for now, unless someone comes to you with a great offer.

  4. Dan B says:
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    Hey,
    I recently accepted a trade offer. It was Otto for Clarkson. Do you think I made a mistake?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Dan B: Porter has been coming on lately. If he becomes what the Wiz thinks he can be, then you have won. But the Wizards have been up and down as a whole team, so I dunno. That said, Clarkson isn’t exactly on a powerhouse in LA, and the coach is talking about shaking up the starting lineup there, so there’s risk. For what it’s worth, I like Porter a lot, his chance at defensive stats are much higher.
      Good luck!

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