We all know that injury is a part of professional sports. I would like to think that most fans don’t wish it on anyone, but when it does happen, and players are forced to miss games, nobody should feel sorry for the team that got got. It’s why there are 15 roster spots on a squad. And while it may suck to see a guy go down to injury, it creates opportunity. Opportunity for the next man to step up. So lets take a look at what the injury bug has done to the line ups lately, Hmmm?


Troy Daniels PG, SG

It only took Mike Conley Jr., Chandler Parsons, and James Ennis to all go down for this assassin to un-sheath his blade. Er, that doesn’t sound exactly right, but none of you will misinterpret me, right? He is a classic ThrAGNOF, but man, the trey is dropping for this cat! He’s shooting .520, with 5 treys per game over his last 4 games, going 24.5/1.25/2/.5/.25 over that stretch. 5 treys! He will fade, but ride this long baller while he’s hot!

Dario Saric PF

It was a bumpy start for the Croatian, but Robert Covington is down for a while, and Saric has averaged 19/10/1/1/0 with 3 threes, shooting about .540 over the last 2 games, playing at the Small Forward position.  I hope Coach Brown knows how to stay “keep it up” in Croatian. Saric is only 50% owned, so he’s worth streaming while this production keeps up.

Brandon Ingram SF

Ingram got the start at point yesterday, with Jose Calderon and Nick Young both out to injury. Ingram’s ability to play 4 positions makes him attractive at a swiss army knife of sorts, and a good lineup stash once he gets multiple position eligibility. In his last 2 games, he has averaged 6.5/3.5/1.5/0/2 with half a three (1.5?). I know, these stats don’t jump out at you, but he’s a talented rook that will get force-fed a ton of minutes, he is averaging 34 minutes over his last 8 games. Do with that what you will.

Wayne Ellington SG

Another ThrAGNOF, to be sure, but there are so many injuries in Miami (Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt, Dion Waiters), that Ellington will start, get minutes, and get touches. And he’s 20% owned. Boom.

Will Barton SG, SF

I know that he was the starter we were all waiting to come back from injury, but he isn’t being eased in, as Gary Harris is out with injury. Will is 61% owned, so there’s a chance you don’t even have to pay for him. he has averaged 19.5/6.5/3.5/2/1.5 with 2 treys per game over his last 3 games. Tasty.

John Henson PF, C

Henson isn’t getting burn because of injury per say, but he’s been straight murder recently, going 13.4/7.2/1.4/.6/3 over his last 5 games. 3 blocks per game, son, daaaammn! I would like to pat myself on the back and remind you, gentle reader, that I suggested you go scoop him up a few weeks ago, so I hope you followed my advice, but if you didn’t yet, he’s only 48% owned, you may still be able to nab him without cost. And this is not an invitation to remind me of where I have led you astray, because I know that there are numerous examples of that. It’s almost Christmas, let’s be good to one another.


James Johnson SF, PF

I know that I created the theme of capitalizing through injury for this article, and so I have nobody to blame but myself, but I don’t really ever think one should trade away assets because of injury, unless you simply can’t afford to keep an injured cat on your roster. This is due to the obvious fact that you are trading at the lowest price point. Seeing as I need to put somebody down, The ass-kicking (former cage fighting) James J, whom I’ve loved since his first stint in Toronto, gets to wear the goat horns here. He has a shoulder tear, and there is no word on when he might return. Trade him if you can, and be thankful for whatever you get back.


That’s all I have for now, good readers. Until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net!


  1. Cyril says:

    Hey Dan, quick trade question!

    Just traded off Kyrie + Robin Lopez for Myles Turner + Trevor Booker

    I’m in a 12-team 9-Cat league, this is my old team:

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Kevin Durant

    Serge Ibaka

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Ricky Rubio

    Troy Daniels

    PJ Tucker

    Trevor Ariza

    Chandler Parsons

    Nerlens Noel

    TJ Warren

    Kyrie Irving -> Myles Turner

    Robin Lopez -> Trevor Booker

    I’m punting AST and 3s


    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:

      @Cyril: If you’re punting dimes, maybe you can trade Ricky, and there might be some interest in Tucker as well. Other than that, great squad for a 12 teamer!

  2. Tyler says:

    Hey Dan, do you think its worth stashing both JRich and Gary harris?
    I have Harris in IR and picked up JRich but with the news that JRich is ruled out til next week do I swap JRich to IR and drop Gary?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:

      @Tyler: It depends. Who is there to pick up, first off? Rich should be back soon, (earliest Monday), so if you can weather this week without that bench spot, it might be best to hold both. If I had to keep one on IR, I guess it would be Richardson, because beyond his ability, there are so many other injuries in Miami, he will get touches and play until the other wing players get healthy.

      • Tyler says:

        @Dan A.: Can probably pick up Powell, PatPat, Nance, Jennings,

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:

          @Tyler: I think I’d hold for now. Just me. PatPat and Nance are intriguing, but they only have streaming potential now, there should always be guys like that on the wire in a 12. I’d wait until after the weekend and reassess.

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:

          @Tyler: Sorry, I thought I typed in Powell first. To clarify, I’d take Powell, then PPAT, then Nance, if you’re dropping.

  3. Threekola says:

    Would you consider the Barton situation more of a “buy thinking the owner is selling high” or “sell to someone who thinks he’ll keep this up”

    I picked him up after his first game back and I’m somewhere in between the two. I know he won’t be THIS good and Harris is coming back, but wasn’t he pretty damn good off the bench last year?

    Plus, if Gallo ever goes down, shouldn’t he be the main beneficiary? Basically, what’s your outlook on him ROS? Think he can manage over 30 MPG? Or around 27-28 like last year?

    Sorry, lot’s of questions. But wait, there’s more!

    Which sides would you take on these trades?

    1) Curry + Brook + Pau or Kemba + KAT + Dieng
    2) Curry + Pau or Kemba + KAT

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:

      @Threekola: I think that Barton will not drop too much in value once Harris comes back, but yes, he will go back to the bench. You are also right in the case of a Gallo injury, but it’s riverboat gambling to bank on an injury to boost your guy. So Barton going back to the pine translates into 4-5 min less per game, maybe more, so if you’re gonna move him, do it before he gets demoted. There isn’t any harm in kicking tires, no?
      As to the trades, they are well constructed, as in they are pretty even, but
      1)I gotta go with Curry/Brook/Pau, even though Pau is basically a throw in. Hopefully He can play like he has in the last 3 games, and Brook doesn’t get sat in back to backs.
      2)This one is tougher. I think Kemba and KAT. Although if Pau finally gets back to his Bulls form, (BIG IF) this trade swings the other way, Curry is that good.

      • Threekola says:

        @Dan A:

        Thanks for the insight Dan. Good thing I never offered him the first trade…Brook and Kat have been pretty similar per game. I DID offer him the second one though, and then he countered with this:

        Curry + Henson + any throw in I want for Kemba + KAT + Dieng

        Is this a steal for me?

        He seems to want Henson more than Pau…he’s really buying into Henson’s play as of late. Are you taking Henson or Pau ROS? Speaking of that, what do you see happening with Henson ROS??I think Kidd finally realized he’s their best center and that Plumlee does nothing, so this Henson/Monroe timeshare looks like it’s here to say. If Monroe gets traded, that could make things even better. No matter what happens, though, I don’t see Henson getting less than 24 min a night.

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:

          @Threekola: I like Henson for his age, and the style of play. Generally speaking, blocks, which are rare to get, are more valuable than, say boards or points. Henson is fantastic at that, and decent at other cats, so yes, I like him a lot more than Pau.

          I really like Curry, and although Dieng and KAT (and Kemba of course) are amazing, they are on the same team, and sometimes that means sharing touches. I think you can make a move to get KAT another way, possibly, with Henson being part of the package.

  4. Peter says:

    Hey guys!
    I would really appreciate some help.

    Currently sitting in first place with a 31-13-1 record in a 12er with 1 IL spot.
    However 2nd and 3rd place are making a strong comeback

    Should i drop any of these players for D.Powell?
    1. T.Daniels
    2. Wayne Ellington
    3. Kent Bazemore

    Also Should i trade Kevin Love for Draymond Green?

    This is my entire roster including Bench and IL
    Kevin Love
    Jeff Teague
    Thad Young
    Rudy Gobert
    Avery Bradley
    Sean Killpatrick
    Enes Kanter
    Wayne Ellington
    Kent Bazemore
    TJ Warren INJ but nearing a return
    Derrick Favors ( IL)

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:

      @Peter: I’d do Love for Dray, for sure. Baze is droppable for Powell, as DPow will get burn for a while with Bogut out, and Baze is wildly inconsistent, more down than up.

      • Peter says:

        thank you for the reply. Its appreciated.

        im guessing Powell would be the better option than stashing deangello russel as well right? Or do you think he has enough upside to stash him now even though Im already stashing Tj Warren since favors is already in my only IL spot.

        Jalil Okafor, jeff green and Saric are also on the wire btw.
        thanks again

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:

          @Peter: Russell is an enigma at the moment. I don’t know if I would take him even if he wasn’t, as he’s still not cleared to play, and who knows how it will go once he is. I’d go with Powell.

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