Everythang we do is funky up in heaaah! I love how so many cats have been laying down the nasty funk these first few weeks in the N.B.A., and not your regular humdrum contributors! It makes for interesting fantasy trade bait, you dig? Ok, I may not be able to lay down the fresh jive in the caliber of the late great host of Soul Train, Don Cornelius for you, but I appreciate the art form of weaving sexy soul into speak. And some of the early season performances from our fantasy faithful have been nothing short of artisanal. But are these performances going to endure like Jay-Z, or be a flash in the pan like Kris Kross? Let’s take a look at a few cats that are Big Pimpin, and the wannabes who fake the funk, and come off wiggity whack: (I realize that I jump from funk to hip hop analogies, but you get the gist, leave it be, good reader, I’m on a deadline here.)

BUY:

George Hill PG, SG

So there are some cats who are over-achieving, and I believe George is not among them. He has been a fantasy stud, in an ideal fantasy situation in the Jazz capitol that is Utah. Hill was brought in to stabilize a PG situation with Shelvin Mack and Dante Exum, in what many thought was to be more of a “mentoring” role than a “bring the funk to the Jazz” role, but it has been all funk thus far. Hill has averaged 20.4/2.9/5/1/.25 blocks, with a healthy 2 3pts per, and brilliant percentages. You may be able to parlay his recent sprained thumb into a slight discount, if you’re lucky, but I would focus on his career arc that shows him to be lower than this current output in your negotiations.

Kyle Lowry PG

The window is probably just about closed on a buy low for the two-time all star, as he had his first double double last Sunday posting 15/4/10/2/1, with 3 threes and no turnovers, after posting 13/8/5/3/3 with 2 treys on Friday . Lowry did shoot a poor percentage in both games, be aware of that, but he has thus far not achieved his expected numbers this season, and I believe he will round into form very soon, so even a buy at market value is a good get, IMO.

Lou Williams PG, SG

Sweet Lou has been extremely productive for the Lakers thus far in the season, averaging 15.3/1.4/4.1/1.9/.1, shooting in the high 40s and dropping almost 2 treys per. He’s only 56% owned, Williams is more of a streaming recommend while he’s hot as opposed to a trade target, as there is a glut of guards that could cool him down. Do with that what you will.

 

SELL:

Rodney Hood SG, SF

Hood has been a very exciting, and more importantly, productive, averaging 17.4/4.9/1.7/1/.2 with 2 treys per so far. But Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are being eased back into the fold after sitting out due to injury, and will steal touches from Hood. If you can, move him while his stats show his solid production.

DeMar DeRozan SG, SF

I am a Raptors fan, full disclosure, so this pains me to write this, but while DeMar has been white hot thus far, leading the league in scoring, I am doubtful that he can keep the pace up. While he is doing what works for him in the real game, taking the shots that come to him, he is a slasher and mid-range guy, with no reliable 3pt output (only 2 makes in 6 games). His outstanding shooting percentage at over 50% thus far will also dip, and how far is a concern for a guy averaging over 20 shots a game right now. His trips to the stripe, points, and shooting percentage will make him a fine trading chip at the moment. Sell high, and may Jebus have mercy on my turncoat soul.

Rudy Gay SF, PF

The greatest current player never to make the All Star game is a straight murder right now, plain and simple. He is ranked 17th in Yahoo fantasy thus far, and that’s with missing a game in Milwaukee, with a stat line of 22.6/5.1/2.3/1/.75 with 1.5 3pts per.  But like his former teammate DeRozan, he can’t keep it up. Additionally, his name has been swirling in the trade rumour winds, which may mean nothing, but that uncertainty is disconcerting for risk-adverse fantasy GMs. Will a trade increase or decrease his fantasy output? I’m not sure, so I’d move him for more certainty in production.

 

Ok, gentle readers, that’s all I have for week 2. Until next time, may all your shots be nothing but net!

 

 

  1. Brian says:
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    I am currently starting Taj Gibson, but have T.Booker on the bench. Would you trade Taj Gibson for Korver or would you just roll with a streamer like JJ Barea or Sweet Lou.? What are your thoughts on Korner for some reason last year I wouldn’t of even though about it and grabbed Korver… IDK

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Brian: I think that Kyle is still one of the best 3pt shooters in the league, but he hasn’t gotten off to a great start thus far. Although it’s crowded in the Bulls front court, he will be a reliable contributor. I do think you can stream for 3s, these days in the league, 3’s come from all over, including the waiver. I’d take Barea over Lou, only because JJ is starting for an injured D Will, and he shoots the 3 liberally. If you’re set at PF/C, you might still do that trade anyhow. Rest assured, Kyle will shoot 3s.

  2. Chad says:
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    Collison or Knight ROS? pts league

    • Threekola says:
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      @Chad:

      don’t think knight can beat colly in any category this year but threes

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Chad: Knight can’t be this bad all year, so he’s a good buy low, but confidence is a difficult thing to predict, as well as a coach’s patience. I think the safe move is Collison.

  3. Andrew Ringer says:
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    Would u stash Terrence Jones in a 16er league? Thinking of dropping Ish Smith or Nick Young for him, really need 3s and a sf eligible player.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Andrew Ringer: He’s not a bad choice. How about Terrance Ross? He has 7 3s over his last 3 games, and he will launch 4-7 a game.

  4. Dongo says:
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    In a vacuum, who do you see being more valuable in the short term and ROS – George hill or d’angelo Russell? Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Dongo: I would say Hill, as he is the clear starting PG, and Russell has Lou Will, Jose coming back, and a all around young team that could eat into his dimes. But that said, he is the bigger talent. But Hill. Hope that helps.

      • Dongo says:
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        @Dan A: Thank you that makes me feel better! You mention Jose and louwill but do you think exum or Hayward could take some of hills touches? (Or Mack for that matter). It wasn’t long ago that exum was the pg of the future. Either way I like hill too. 20 ppg is no likely sustainable, but what do you project hills ROS Line to look like?

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Dongo: I think that the way Hill is playing so far, he will get the minutes to produce. Yes, Hayward and Favors returning may cut into his points, but potentially raise his dimes and 3s. Jebus. I hate predicting ROS, or future output in general, so I won’t, I would just be guessing, I don’t have a formula. I suggest you ask Slim for those, he’s the stats guy. Good luck!

        • Bye Felica says:
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          @Dongo: The Jazz love Hill
          They’ve been trying to get him from Indy for years and now that they have him he isn’t coming off the bench. I can guarantee he starts all year unless something crazy happens

  5. sean says:
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    thoughts on Serge ROS? i just traded my elfrid payton for ibaka. I had too many pgs and could use another big. My only concern is he’s playing too much stretch which is hurting his boards and fg%. Would you say he could maintain at least top 60 value?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @sean: The Magic gave up a lot to acquire him, he will get burn.

  6. Tyler says:
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    Hey Dan,

    How’d you rank these guys for 12ers 9cat h2h:
    DeMarre Carroll
    Josh Richardson
    Moe Harkless
    Marquese Chriss
    Domantas Sabonis
    Zach Randolph

  7. Tremaine says:
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    J. Holiday or B. Knight ros?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Tremaine: Knight has been a disappointment thus far, but he can’t stay this bad, right? I think Jrue is possibly back mid Nov, his talent isn’t inquisition, his durability is. I say Knight.

  8. Trul says:
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    My BroLo for his Dieng? am ı giving up from BroLo so fast?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Trul: Full disclosure, I don’t like Brook. I’m sure he’s a great guy, it’s not personal, I just am personally frustrated with his constant injury issues. I’m more risk adverse that way, and i always advise dudes to let someone else take on that risk. He may produce, and well, for that matter, but in all likelihood, he can miss a significant portion of the season.

      • Threekola says:
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        @Dan A:

        He played 72+ games 3 out of his last 4 seasons.

        Kawhi, for example, has done that once in his career.

        Brook’s per minutes this year are great and he’s added threes, so he now give you great %s, threes, scoring, rebounds, and blocks. Also decent steals for a big. He’ll probably be top 20 post all star break.

        • Dan A

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          @Threekola: That’s fair, but he had a foot injury, the same foot, in 2 of the last 5 years, which is possible to come back from, (Big Z), but that’s a big concern for a 7 footer. Those injured seasons he played only 5 games the first year, and played only 17 the second year . Kawhi has missed games, but never scrubbed a season, he played 64+ games his whole career, save one season, when he played 58. I think that Brook’s a terrific talent that comes with risk, and I said I was risk adverse. He shoots 3’s, at 33%, and he is attempting 5 3’s a game bringing his shooting percentage down. Top 20 is a stretch, IMO, but top 45-55 might be possible. Brook is currently listed 78 overall, while Dieng is listed at 38 overall, with better shooting %(enough that it matters to mention), better blocks, steals, boards and assists, and fewer turnovers than Brook. Brook has better points, and adds 3’s. Dieng is younger, never had any indication of injury, and played no less than 60, which was his rook year, and played 73 and 82 subsequent years. Each Fantasy GM needs to decide what they need from their big. I hope Brook ironman’s a monster season for you, but he’s not for me.

  9. SF says:
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    What kind of value would be a good swap for Rudy Gay?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @SF: I’d shoot for a PG. Kyle Lowry? That will likely be too much to ask for, but I’d go high and negotiate down from there. Rudy has been electric, and you want to get stats that he isn’t providing for you.

  10. Woo says:
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    Buy: Moe Harkless. 1-1-1 glue guy.

    fg% – 53, ft% – 86, 1.3 3PM, 0.8 stl, 0.8 blk

    He’s locked 30+ mins every night.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Woo: I don’t know if he’s locked for 30 mins per game. I think it’s more match-up based and not talent winning out.

  11. POINS POINTS POINTS says:
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    i’m new to daily league. I’m in a 12 team h2h daily 9 cat league we don’t use T.O. we use FG% instead. I’m guessing it’s smart to stream as often as you can to get as many counting stats as you can and we have 4 add/drops a week to use so My question to you is it smart to try and use all 4 add/drops a week… I would guess yes?? so with that said can you help me out and tell me who you would consider the person i should slot out to try and stream as often as I can so my weakest link I guess. Here is my team and thank you for the help !!! Like I said I’m new to this !!

    Guards:…. are Schrodder, Lin, Frazier, sergio rodriguez, nick young, D. Collison
    Forwards/ centers….. .are Draymond, Rob covington, Z Bo, Anthony Davis, terrance jones, Al horford and zack randolph….

    so who is droppable so that spot could be a streamer 4 times a week.. thank yo again !!
    centers …are Al horford,

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @POINS POINTS POINTS: Nick Young is a shooter, and while you should ride him now while he’s hot, keep an eye on him, he goes ice cold in streaks, he could be droppable in the future. Put Lin on the IR for now, and stream that spot. Use the add drop as best you can, using up the 4 spots is a key strategy, but don’t drop talent for scrubs who will get you 7 points, 2 boards, for example. ZBo is potentially droppable, as he gives you boards and points, but that’s it. I’d try to trade him, his name still carries weight, even if his game is outdated.

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