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I’ll admit it: I’m rusty. I took the off-season lightly, expected my natural talent to take me through the early season, and I’ve been huffing and puffing up and down the keyboard this week, trying to earn my contract. Can’t stay in the show too long with that attitude, you gotta earn it. “Stay hungry, young blood!”, my Nanna always used to say! That, and: “Don’t trust a fart when running a marathon”. I don’t really know why that was a go-to for her, but she stood by that pearl, so I will as well. We can see that there are some NBA ballers who had a few too many Mai-Tai’s on the beach when they too should have been in the gym, while others were hungry, working on their craft. And while it may be a touch too early to be blowing up your squad, we have been advised to not trust a fart when running a marathon, do with that what you will. So let’s take a look at some cats who might be worth a deuce:

BUY:

Trevor Booker PF

Booker is looking to be the most solid play in the loose turd situation that is the Nets. He has averaged 10.7/10.7/2.7/1/7/.7, shooting 55% and low turnovers in his first 3 games. He’s a traditional Power Forward, so don’t expect any 3’s, but the good news is that he is only 48% owned in Yahoo leagues, so chances are you can pick him up for nothing. I wouldn’t pay much at all for him in a trade, he’s basically a double double upside guy who won’t hurt you on percentages, he’s a back of the roster type of dude, but we all need cats like T-Bone. I just called him that. For the record, I don’t know if T-Bone is in circulation in Brooklyn’s locker room, but it should be.

JJ Barea PG, SG

With Devin Harris out with a bum toe (Mai Tai accident? Not sayin’, just sayin’…) The speedy Puerto Rican will get burn, and has started the season very nicely. He has averaged 16.7/3.3/5.3/1/.3 with 2 treys per. His shooting percentage isn’t stellar (around 35% without me doing the math), but he’s averaging over 32 minutes thus far, which should encourage you. He’s 24% owned so far, so he is very likely available in 12-leaguers.

Mike Muscala PF, C

Be forewarned: Muscala might be a classic case of trusting a fart, but dude is throwing enough blocks to be intriguing to just about anyone, and he’s 17% owned. 11.5/4.5/1.5/1.5/2.5, great percentages, and with half a trey in for good measure. I’d see if he can hold the minutes, but he’s definitely worth a speculative add in my paltry opinion.

Dewayne Dedmon C

So DD should dress up as Frankenstein for Halloween, because he’s been a monster blocker over his first 4 games. 7/7.3/.3/.5/2 with great percentages. I know, that zinger was sub par. My bad, coach. Dedmon is only 12% owned, so he’s worth nabbing if you need help with blocks, I don’t think he will hurt you anywhere else.

Pascal Siakam PF

Siakam isn’t a recommend just yet, but more of a “keep your eye on him”, type. He has a ridiculous motor, and boards like a madman, and can defend 4 positions. He won’t score much, or at least not yet, but due to Jared Sullinger going down with an injury for 2-3 months, he seems to be the starter for the Raptors for now, and might just rise to a top 120 value. Probably not, but he got 4/9/0/1/0  in his first game, playing 22 minutes. Not exactly sexy, but he’s 1% owned thus far. He could be a steaming option for you for boards and steals. Or not. I already said I was rusty, don’t give me that look.

SELL:

Luol Deng SF, PF

Now let me be clear: I’m not for dropping anyone significant this early in the season, but I doubt that Deng will ever be his impactful old self, particularly on a Lakers team that is committed to letting the kids get burn. But I have to put someone under the sell heading, and unfortunately Deng gets this dubious distinction, and over 60% of Yahoo teams have him on their roster. Sorry Lu, but there is a size 6 lady singing your name somewhere in L.A., and for those parts that makes her rotund.

 

That’s all for this week, gentle readers. Until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net.

  1. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, got a trade question and need your advice. I proposed a trade for Gorgui Dieng and that person countered offer Gorgui Dieng for my Brook Lopez + Gordon Hayward. Would you take it? Or should I ask for Gorgui Dieng + T.J. Warren ? Thanks for the help.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: Yo. I like Dieng a ton, but I doubt he will keep this type of performance up. That said, Brook/Hayward for Dieng/Warren sounds more in line than what he asked for. Good luck!

  2. NYFantaC says:
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    Razzup Dan-A

    14 Team H2H..

    Are you selling:
    Victor Oladipo
    Bismack Biyombo
    Robert Covington
    MKG
    Nikola Jokic
    Jordan Clarkson..

    Also, I have two players who are “out” on my roster, but only one IR spot.. Parsons and Noel. Whats your gut feeling? Do you think Nerlens will come back and be useful at all.. given the 6ers logjam. Or should I cut him loose, stick Parsons in my IR and free up a roster spot for a waiver add?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @NYFantaC: definitely IR players. Always do that

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @NYFantaC:
      Keep both players for now, IR Parsons for now. Try to include one in a 2 for 1 trade involving Bizmack, MKG, or Clarkson. Good luck!

  3. Help! says:
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    What up Dan!

    I really need blocks and boards, concerned only with later in the season upside/potential

    Would you pickup up DD and drop

    Smart, Josh Richardson or Dunn?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Help!: I’d definitely take Dedmon over Richardson.

  4. Travis says:
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    Hi. What you think trade srhoeder for brook lopes. I have a lot of PG’s and only Asik for Center. At this time Brook Lopez is uncertainty but It will be worth sell Shoeder for him?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Travis: I get that you’re looking for a big, but if the german is who you’re willing to part with, I’d look for a more reliable piece. Dedmon, maybe?

      • Threekola says:
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        @Dan A:

        Wait…are you saying Dedmon>Brook Lopez….?

        And also that you would trade shroder to get Dedmon…?

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Threekola: @Threekola: Not at all, but I realize my short answer leaves a lot of gaps, and was misleading. Travis said he has a glut of PG’s, is willing to part with Schroeder, and I said (or meant to convey) that Brook, who is unreliable (injured all the time, and sucks the sack so far), isn’t a good target. I would see if Dedmon is on the waiver, not trade for him, or get a better big in a trade.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Travis: I’m copying the reply I got from other readers, as my message was obviously unclear:
      Not at all, but I realize my short answer leaves a lot of gaps, and was misleading. Travis said he has a glut of PG’s, is willing to part with Schroeder, and I said (or meant to convey) that Brook, who is unreliable (injured all the time, and sucks the sack so far), isn’t a good target. I would see if Dedmon is on the waiver, not trade for him, or get a better big in a trade.

  5. Polish says:
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    Jerami Grant to OKC….worth a pickup?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Polish: I don’t expect a lot in the near future with Russ and Ola dominating the ball. Maybe worth a flyer if you have a bum on the bench, but I would say there is better talent to be had on the waiver.

  6. Nate says:
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    Dropping Bazemore for TJ Warren? I have steals, rebs and assists pretty much locked down. Scoring and FG% is ehh.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Nate: It’s obvious that Warren is on a tear, and will get you points, but in terms of FG%, a big might be better. All in all, though TJ’s a good streaming pick up for now, just watch his FG. Baze is stinking it up ATM, so you’re not giving up much.

  7. Tyler says:
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    Hey Dan, got a question for ya.

    Drop roberson for jerami, muscala or dedmon?
    Robersons been gettin 30+ min with good fg board stocks

    Lowry,Dragic,Hood,G.Harris,Sergio,Lawson
    Giannis,Gay,Carroll,Roberson
    Gobert, Nurkic, Capela
    IL-Hayward,Tyreke

    Also would you consider these trades:
    Gay + Hood for Howard + Warren
    Hayward + Lawson for Howard + Warren

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: I’d keep Roberson for now.

      I’d do Gay/hood for Howard and Warren, If I was getting Howard/Warren.

  8. J says:
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    Hey Dan,

    10 Teamer.

    Paul, Kemba, Frazier
    Booker, Matthews, Bazemore
    Crowder, Covington
    Dieng
    Whiteside, Brook, Nurkic, Gortat
    Jrue -IL

    Who do like out of Covington, KCP and JR Smith?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @J: JR Smith is hitting from range a ton, and will swipe a few for you, but his percentage is streaky. KCP has been crap for 2 games, and en fuego for 2. What is the real KCP? For that reason I edge JR over KCP, slightly, with Cov bringing up the rear.

  9. BJ says:
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    9 Cat: Roto 10 teams (No turnovers, 3pt%)

    Got offered Davis and Rondo for Porzingos and Wall.
    Thoughts?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @BJ: I love Porzingus, but AD is arguably the best Fantasy player, full stop. I’d do that deal.

  10. B.J. says:
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    How do you rank the following:
    Bazemore
    Tyler Johnson
    J.R. Smith

    In another league, I picked up Muscala after his hot streak, but just noticed I don’t really need the blocks as I already have 4 traditional centers (Drummond, Gobert, KAT, Embiid), but I do need 3’s and steals, as I don’t have any good wings with Parsons still out and Bazemore stinking it up. Is there any trade I should target to trade away one of my bigs and keep Muscala? Or should I drop Muscala to pick up someone else, some options:

    Sefolosha
    Tyler Johnson
    J. Ennis
    McDermott
    J. Simmons
    A. Aminu
    Tony Snell

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @B.J.:
      JR, T johnson, then Baze. But none are combo breakers.
      If you toss Muscala back, Mcdermott might be a good pick up for 3’s, but the only one on this list that gives you steals is Thabo, and he doesn’t really short 3s. I’d take Thabo, as steals are harder to find than 3’s. If you are willing to trade a big, aim high. Kyle Lowry is a classic buy low ATM, see what it would take to get him, he will produce better than he is currently in both those stats. Hope this helps.

      • B.J. says:
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        @Dan A.:

        Thanks for the help, will try to take your advice to trade for someone in the 2-3 round range. Unfortunately Lowry is already on my team. Would something like Drummound or Gobert for Mccollum make sense? Thinking about giving it a try, but McCollum has bene pretty hot lately, might be a tough buy.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @B.J.: I think that if McCollum’s GM needs a big, he might do that deal.

  11. COURT-VISION says:
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    Hello Razzballers. What do you think….

    I am trying to push through a bunch of buy-lows in my 12 team league but am not getting much love except one potential deal in the works. What do you think of my Ish Smith/Eric Gordon for Pau Gasol/Thabo Sefalosha? Thabo is just dead weight in the deal…trying to grab Pau to back up my other Centers even though Pop is making him a scary guy to own. I figure Ish/Gordon is a small price to pay. For reference, the rest of my team is:

    Greek Freak
    Bledsoe
    Linsanity
    Frazier
    Ish
    KCP
    E GOrdon
    Tobias Harris
    JaMychal
    Dario Saric
    Millsap
    Myles Turner
    Nurkic
    Gordon Hayward

    Seems like even with restricted minutes Pau could back up Myles/Nurk/Sapper nicely. Would it be silly to throw down Saric/Ish/Gordon all for Pau/Thabo if dude balks at the original deall?

    Thanks in advance for the advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @COURT-VISION: You sniffed it out right: Pop is going to coast Pau all season to have him fresh for the playoffs, which is scary for owners. I wouldn’t actually be adverse to your first offer, but Saric still has potential. I dunno. Sorry, not much help here, so I’ll say go for the first deal, nix the second deal.

  12. Chad says:
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    Drop Monta Ellis for Barea?
    Drop Mason Plumlee for Dedmon?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Chad: I don’t think you want to drop either, Monta is underperforming, and Mason is putting up solid, if unspectacular points. And in a classic Basketball gods pooping on my article just as it goes out, Dedmon hasn’t registered a block in 2 games. He might just be a fart in a marathon.

  13. Tyler says:
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    How do you like or rank these trades? Gay’s been ballin though and has a chance to return top 40 value all year long.

    Gay + Hood for Warren + Howard
    Gay for Drummond
    Gay + Hood for Drummond + A.Gordon
    Gay + Carroll for Drummond + A.Gordon

    Heres my team
    Lowry,Dragic,Hood,G.Harris,Sergio,Lawson
    Giannis,Gay,Carroll,Roberson
    Gobert, Nurkic, Capela
    IL-Hayward,Tyreke

    Also:
    Drop Roberson for Jamal Crawford, Lou Will or Nick Young?
    Also Jamychal and Justin Hamilton got dropped. Should I claim them?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Tyler: Rudy Gay is an enigma. He definitely is ballin, so much that he can’t possibly keep this pace up. Also, he all but demanded a trade last off season, and where he might land could have an impact on his production. I would like the hood/gay for Drummond/Gordon, then maybe think about flipping Drummond, unless you’re willing to punt FT.

  14. Rich says:
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    Is Joakim Noah morgue meat yet? I feel like i could replace his assists and improve on pts by scooping a PG like Ty Lawson.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Rich: Firstly, you couldn’t have had too high expectations for him. But to be fair to the frenchman, it’s a new team, and he was injured last year, a lot of reasons for rust, it’s only been 4 games. And Ty is only getting the start while Collison is suspended, so unless you want to start streaming the position, I’d hold Noah for now.

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