How do you decide who is most deserving of the lead between these two stellar performances?:

  • Player A – 25 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block, 10-15 FGs
  • Player B – 22 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks, 10-14 FGs

I’m going to give the nod to the player who posted his gaudy stats in a winning effort and that would be Player A, also known as Detroit center, Andre Drummond. The Pistons asked a lot from their franchise big man, and he responded with 39 minutes of terrific play that helped lead his team to a win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Drummond was a +17 in a five point win, and even made the Cavs pay when they intentionally fouled him in the fourth quarter. After starting 1-4 from the line, AD made four of his last five to help seal the deal. It was a great overall performance and at this point the only thing fantasy owners need to fear is this heavy workload catching up to him later in the season. But at only 22 years old, there’s no reason why Drummond can’t make 2015-2016 his career campaign.

Player B is Miami Heat center, Hassan Whiteside. In just his 77th career game, Whiteside treated fantasy owners to his second points/boards/blocks triple-double. Unfortunately it was in a losing effort to the visiting Timberwolves, and was accompanied by four turnovers and a 2-9 mark from the charity stripe. Despite the sub-par free throw shooting (which was a bugaboo coming into the season), Hassan is providing first round returns and very likely earning himself a max contract when he hits free agency in the summer of 2016. Similar to Andre Drummond, there are no legitimate threats to Whiteside’s value other than injury, so it’s a “sit back and enjoy the ride” opportunity for his owners.

Honorable mention goes to Brooklyn’s pivot, Brook Lopez, who wasn’t too shabby himself on Tuesday night, dropping a 24/10/1/1/3 line in a two point win over the visiting Hawks. BroLo only turned the ball over once in 35 minutes and made 11-21 from the floor against a reasonably stout Atlanta front line. He may not be posting the monster lines like Whiteside and Drummond, but he’s chugging along as a third round per-game value in 9-cat leagues which is likely providing his owners with a solid return on their draft day investment.

Let’s take a look at what else shook down on a highly entertaining seven-game Tuesday evening…

 

THE GOOD

Otto Porter – Gave his owners some nice across-the-board production with a 19/2/4/3/1 line, made even sweeter by shooting 7-11 from the field, 4-5 from the stripe, and dropping in a three. Otto posted a net rating of +32 in this game which gives you an idea of how positively he impacted the contest in both real life and for fantasy purposes. (It bears mentioning that he briefly left the game due to what appeared to be a leg injury, but reports suggested that he could have returned had the game not been a blowout.)

Al Horford – 18/5/2/1/2 with a stellar 8-11 FGs, including 2-3 from long distance. The Hawks went with a jumbo lineup to start with Al opening at the 4 with Tiago Splitter (12 minutes of basically nothing) manning the middle and Paul Millsap (17/6/3/1/1, two 3-pointers, but five TOs) on the wing.

Kemba Walker – Clearly in shoot-first mode, Kemba launched 21 shots, making 12 (including two triples), but only had one assist in 38 minutes of floor time. The former UCONN star added three steals and a block to his 31 points in a losing effort at Madison Square Garden.

Kristaps Porzingis – The 7’3″ rook had himself a game. 29 points, 11 rebounds, a block and two hits from beyond the arc. If those numbers don’t crank your tractor, maybe the 10-17 FGs, 7-7 FTs and only one TO in 31 minutes will do it. I think it’s safe to say at this point that the Knicks youngster is a lot better, a lot sooner than most of us thought possible. He’s already a top-80 play and he’s playing well under 30 minutes per contest. If and when he sees increased court time, his 9-cat value could very well climb into the top-60. Zinger’s got game, kids.

Reggie Jackson – Playing just 34 minutes (second fewest among the five Pistons starters), R-Jax went 23/6/12/1/0 with a three. The perfect 8-of-8 on freebies helps to offset five giveaways and 7-18 from the floor. Reggie is comfortably inside the top-100 on a per-game basis, but he’ll need to take better care of the ball and start swiping at a higher rate if he wants to force his way into the top-50.

Ersan Ilyasova – 20/6/2/1/0, four triples, 6-10 FGs, 4-4 FTs, and no TOs in 29 highly efficient minutes. This was Ilya’s best game in recent memory and we’ll probably need to see him do it a couple more times before confidently locking him into weekly lineups or dropping a more consistent player in favor of Ersan.

Danilo Gallinari – No defensive stats for the Italian Stallion, but who gives a smurf when he’s dropping 32/8/8 on 12-19 shooting, including five treys. Molto bello.

Will Barton – Don’t count out Will The Thrill as a dark horse candidate for 6th Man of the Year. He’s ballin’. 17/7/2/1/2 with three makes from the land beyond. I can count on one hand the number of bench players I’d rather own in fantasy right now, and there’s not much reason for Barton’s role to change going forward with Wilson Chanlder out for the season.

DeMarre Carroll – The Thief of the Night award goes to DeMarre “It’s Still Too Early For Christmas” Carroll. Six steals is Crowder-esque and has me wondering if it’s something about the hair? Anyways, DC finished the night’s most exciting game with 17/2/2/6/0 with three triples and only one TO. The heavy minutes (39) suggest he’s at – or darn close – to 100% healthy after battling a plantar fascia issue last week.

Kyle Lowry – The Raptors PG went head-to-head with the best player in the NBA right now and really held his own. 28/6/3/2/1, two 3-pointers and a perfect 12-12 from the FT line. Toronto fans won’t be happy with the game result, but Lowry’s fantasy owners sure will be.

Steph Curry – Curry did the usual Curry things. 37/2/9/2/0. Five treys. Stellar percentages. What more is there to say at this point? Video game numbers night after night. (He even made that pre-game shot from the tunnel again. What a show-off.)

 

THE BAD

Michael Carter-Williams – 22 minutes of assist-less point guarding with four turnovers and no defensive stats. Ouch.

Greg Monroe – 4/5/4/0/1 with 1-6 FGs and 2-4 from the FT line. Not Moose’s best work of the season.

Marvin Williams – Ejected following a flagrant foul-2 (he elbowed Lou Amundson in the face, so it was deserved), Marv wasn’t exactly lighting it up prior to that point. In 30 uninspiring minutes, he managed only two points on 1-4 shooting with one rebound, assist, steal and block. Keep an eye on the news feed to see if a suspension is forthcoming.

Nicolas Batum – I almost made another category worse than “The Bad” just for Batum. In what should have been plenty of opportunity to post fantasy goodies against the Knickerbockers, Nic used his 35 minutes to miss eight of nine shots, provide no assists, and toss up goose eggs in both the steals and blocks columns. Turrible. Just turrible.

Nemanja Bjelica – Missed all seven shots from the floor (five of which came from behind the arc) and saw only 16 minutes of run as a result. He blocked a pair of shots and pulled down four rebounds, but he was mostly awful. Better nights lie ahead and he’s still the first bench big for the Wolves.

Chris Bosh – I’m not sure if there was a glitch in the matrix or if this is actually accurate, but Bosh was a -36 net rating tonight for the Heat while the only other starter in the negative was Dwyane Wade at -2. I didn’t see the game but Bosh must’ve played the entire fourth quarter when Miami was outscored 41-22 and gave away a very winnable game at home. Bosh’s rating actually does make sense when you see that he missed all five attempts from long distance, had no assists or steals, and failed to get to the free throw line (the fourth time that’s happened this year). No bueno.

 

THE NOTEWORTHY

Dennis Schroder – In a spot start for the injured Jeff Teague, Schroder shot only 3-11 from the field, connected on only one of four 3-pointers, and turned the ball over three times. It wasn’t all bad for the youngster though – 10 dimes and five boards helped to salvage his evening, and if Teague needs to miss more time, owners can expect Schroder to have better nights than this going forward.

Thaddeus Young – Fives steals to go along with 16 points and 11 rebounds will have Thad’s owners smiling. No assists, blocks or threes keeps this line from being a real dandy though. On a per-game basis, Young is a top-50 asset and nothing in his stat set looks unsustainable through the first 11 games.

Robin Lopez – Saw only 18 minutes against the Hornets while none of the other four starters saw fewer than 31. Something is up here as RoLo only got 14 minutes of run in his last game. If this becomes a trend, Sideshow Bob could find himself swimming in a lot of free agent pools.

LeBron James – Looking only at the box score, the self-proclaimed “King” had a pretty nice night against the Pistons. He went for 30 points and nailed four triples, shooting over 50% from the field and 4-5 from the FT line. However, I watched this game start-to-finish and I can’t recall a time when LBJ was such a ball-stopper on offense and so disinterested on defense. Three dimes to four turnovers, plus no defensive stats confirm what I saw with my own two eyes and it was a really bad floor game for LeBron, despite the 30-burger. He was one of the main reasons the Cavs lost on Tuesday, but I doubt you’ll hear many (if any) of the major media outlets suggest that.

Karl-Anthony Towns – The youngster had his hands full with the aforementioned Hassan Whiteside. Despite the block party thrown in South Beach, KAT went for 14 & 14 with a pair of steals and a swat. Not his best game, but it could have been a lot worse, especially considering he only saw 26 minutes of action.

Anthony Davis – Ugh. Another early exit for Brow as he left with a sore shoulder after only six minutes of action. The last point of contact he had was setting a screen and it looked totally harmless, so I’m not exactly sure what happened to send him to the showers before everyone else. There’s nothing owners can do but cross their fingers and hope it’s a short-term deal. Anyone who took Davis over Chef Curry with the top pick is kicking themselves a little bit harder with each passing day.

Ryan Anderson – Went for 24 & 6 in the absence of Brow, but what I found to be “noteworthy” was the fact that Ryno made 10 field goals, only one of which was a three ball. He needs to be connecting from deep to continue posting mid-round value since his defensive contributions are few and far between.

Festus Ezeli – A move to the bench didn’t make much difference at all to Festus as he still provided the defensive statistical goodness. Four blocks and two steals to go along with 8 & 6 in only 22 minutes…fantasy owners will take it regardless of whether it’s coming with the starters or the second unit.

 

OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYTHING

Players who saw over 36 minutes of floor time on Tuesday:

Jerryd Bayless (37), Joe Johnson (39), Kemba Walker (38), Carmelo Anthony (37), Aaron Afflalo (36), LeBron James (40), J.R. Smith (36), Marcus Morris (36), Andre Drummond (39), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (38), Goran Dragic (36), Danilo Gallinari (37), Will Barton (37), Eric Gordon (38), Ish Smith (38), DeMarre Carroll (39), Kyle Lowry (39), DeMar DeRozan (39), Steph Curry (40).

 

That’s all she wrote for this Tuesday’s wrap-up. If you want to chat waiver pickups, DFS plays, or anything else fantasy hoops, drop me a line on Twitter @moneyballmatty. Cheers.

  1. Myles Chu says:
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    Hi guys i was offered cp3 vucevic and okafor for my isiah thomas, oladipo and gobert. 9 cat roto. In a nutshell should i accept the deal?

    Myles

    • Myles Chu says:
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      @Myles Chu: the rest of my team is
      Butler
      Gallanari
      Reggie jack
      George hill
      Clarkson
      Hibbert
      Zaza
      Gordon
      Powell

      Replacing
      Dipio
      Gobert
      Thomas

      For

      Cp3
      Vucevic
      Okafor
      Connell

      • Matty

        Matty says:
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        @Myles Chu: Hey Myles. I prefer the Oladipo/IT2/Rudy side. It’s close, but it feels like one of those seasons where CP3 is going to be battling nagging issues all year and he’ll end up on the outside of the top-20 in total value. You’d need him to be a first rounder to make that trade worth it and that’s a bit too risky after what we’ve seen so far this year. I’d stand pat.

  2. dom says:
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    hey great write up

    so JB was on board with this deal: I receive Draymond in exchange for R Jackson and T Harris. 10 team 9 cat h2h, opening up a roster spot to stream is appealing to me with some good talent on the wire. I’m not going to miss Harris, just a little wary of trading so many RJax assists to a team in my division. My other players who qualify at PG are Bledsoe, Mo Williams, and J Clarkson (where are his assists?)

    Any thoughts? Thanks

    • Matt says:
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      @dom: You can make up the assists by streaming (i.e. Ish Smith, TJ McConnell, etc.). You can’t get Drummond’s stats on the waiver wire.

      • dom says:
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        @Matt: It’s for Draymond but thanks. Yeah the question basically is Draymond definitely better than RJax for fantasy production

      • Mike says:
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        @Matt: I think he means Draymond Green

        • Matt says:
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          @Mike: I’m clearly not reading. Sorry about that. In that case, you do realize that Draymond averages more assists than R Jax, right?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @dom: I’d take Draymond for sure. I’m not a Tobias fan and Reggie has some deficiencies in his game that will keep him a full two or three rounds worth of value below DG, even in a best case scenario.

  3. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    Would you trade T.Evans for E.Payton?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @I’m Harden for your love: Tyreke could be a monster once he’s back. The Pelicans have NOTHING right now, so if ‘Reke returns at 100% while Jrue is still resting on B2Bs and Davis is in & out of the lineup every other night, Evans could be big time for all of 2016. Elfrid doesn’t seem to be making any strides in his second year and his minutes are getting jerked around a bit when Orlando has healthy bodies…so I’m not a huge Payton fan.

      If you can afford to wait until around Christmas for Evans to start producing, I’d actually prefer him to Elfrid.

  4. Hamtime says:
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    1. Panicky owner offered me AD/Kobe for my favors/Ibaka in a 16m/11cat. Accept or is it too much?

    2. Paul George or Drummond

    3. Rondae Hollis Jefferson or stash lauvergne

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Hamtime: 1. Favors/Ibaka. Too many DNPs for the AD/Kobe side.
      2. PG13, even though Drummond is playing out of his mind.
      3. RHJ – there’s at least a bit of upside there. I just don’t see it with Lauvergne, even in an injury-riddled Nuggets frontcourt.

  5. FONG says:
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    Bledsoe for rudy. I have curry, kyrie, and CJM in a 12 team 9 cat.
    I am wondering if bledsoe’s monster year continues and if rudy is going to be the monster of last year

    • FONG says:
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      I’m giving up bledsoe if it wasn’t clear :p in need of boards and blocks.

      • Matt says:
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        @FONG: For Gobert? I think that is a good trade for you. You clearly have the 3s and scoring from Curry and CJM. Bledsoe won’t get any hotter than he is now so this is your chance to pounce on Rudy. If that owner doesn’t do it then you could target Whiteside or Drummond (but maybe add on another lower tier player in that scenario).

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @FONG: Yeah, I’ll take Rudy in that swap. His value is slightly depressed whereas Bledsoe’s is probably at an all-time high. With Curry beasting and Kyrie due back within a month (most likely), you don’t really need Bledsoe’s stats. Rudy’s boards and blocks should fit nicely with that backcourt.

  6. Jason's kid says:
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    What do you think about wiggins and mo will for ellis and bazemore? Not sure if the other counting stats will be there for wiggins this year, but maybe I can get more back for him than ellis. Would you do it if it was ellis and avery bradley instead?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Jason’s kid: I’d prefer Wiggins and Mo. I think both Mo & Baze are going to have spotty production depending on how their health is and the availability of guys around them. Very hit & miss for them as the rest of the season plays out. And then I’d prefer Wiggins to Ellis as I think the Minnesota rotations will settle down, tighten up, and Andrew will start to contribute more across the board as roles are better established under Sam Mitchell. And no, I don’t think Avery Bradley in place of Baze does anything to sway me. Mo & Wiggy are the pair you want in either scenario.

  7. Hamtime says:
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    Just in case you missed this earlier:

    1. Panicky owner offered me AD/Kobe for my favors/Ibaka in a 16m/11cat. Accept or is it too much?

    2. Paul George or Drummond

    3. Rondae Hollis Jefferson or stash lauvergne

  8. n-dawg says:
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    managed to trade my CP3 tyson chandler and ariza for his bledose, KAT and marc gasol

    thoughts?

    did fairly well right.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @n-dawg: Yeah, you killed it in that swap. Bledsoe is giving CP3 a run for his money in value (overall he’s better because Paul is obviously missing games). KAT is going to be way more valuable than Tyson. And Gasol, though he’s started relatively slow, is in a totally different class than Ariza. Well done – major upgrade.

  9. Mike says:
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    I drafted Cousins in the first and Drummond in the fourth round. I swear someone dropped Whiteside in the first week and I had three others who passed on him. I now have three studs and I am in H to H 12 team league. I am in first place, but what is funny is one of the players that talk trash I am beating this week 8 to 1.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Mike: Well I think it’s safe to say you’ll be winning boards and blocks every week. That is a monstrous three-man platoon of bigs.

      Do you have the guard stats (from picks made in rounds 2 & 3, and later) to own matchups across the board every week?

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        Matty says:
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        @Matty: And re/ the trash talker…the best response is short & sweet: “Scoreboard.” And leave it at that.

  10. jonny says:
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    I got offered whiteside for lowry straight up, but its a 10 cat h2h league with offensive boards, so whiteside is pretty valuable with close to 3 a game. Should I pull the trigger? Thinking of countering with whiteside and wiggins for lowry and thompson, but I’d be low on blocks with DJ, marc gasol and Tjones as my only other bigs.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @jonny: As huge as Whiteside has been, I’d prefer Lowry (and not because of any Raptors bias). If you’ve already got DJ, Whiteside would be somewhat redundant. Go with Skinny Kyle.

      • jonny says:
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        @Matty:

        You think lowry keeps this up all year? I’d rather try to move a guy like wiggins, tjones, marc gasol for a high tier PG but no one’s biting right now. Wait for a better sell high moment or take lowry while i can?

        • Matty

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          @jonny: I don’t see any reason why Lowry can’t keep this up all year. Nothing in his stat set seems unsustainable and he simply needs to stay healthy. His minutes (35.2) are right where they should be and there’s no reason to move them up or down significantly because Cory Joseph has proven quite capable as a two-way backup PG. Last year the Raps couldn’t afford to let Greivis play too many minutes by himself as he was a matador on defense and opposing PGs were getting into the lane at will.

          It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see Lowry finish the season with first round value. He’s currently 5th in per-game (9-cat) and it’s not like he’s making a ridiculous 50% from the field that won’t hold up over 82 games.

  11. ByeFelica says:
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    Why anyone world take AD over Curry is above & beyond my pay grade. Lol

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @ByeFelica: Upside. That’s all it is (was). And I think a lot of people thought Brow was “due” for a healthy year, much like Curry after battling ankle issues for the first few years of his career.

      Curry is proving the upside angle was kinda silly as there’s not much more you can do on a basketball court than what the Chef is after 10 or 11 games. His numbers should be the dictionary definition of “upside” for future reference.

      • Scott says:
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        @Matty: It was a good year for being 2nd or 3rd in draft order. 🙂

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Scott: You ain’t kiddin’. In my bigger money league, there are a bunch of 12-team leagues and you can see the overall standings of all teams across all leagues and where everyone drafted from.

          Of the 196 teams, the TOP THREE all drafted from the 2 spot. That’s crazy. Out of 12 draft positions with a 16-round draft, the top three out of 196 all drafted Steph? Damn. He’s been THAT dominant.

  12. Connor says:
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    Would you trade Zaza Pachulia for Elfrid Payton?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Connor: I would much prefer Elfrid, yes. Wouldn’t give it a second thought, even though I’m only “meh” on Payton.

  13. Bro Jackson says:
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    Matty, your article made me warm and fuzzy because i have both Drummond and Whiteside now.

    I moved Wiggins, Noel and Porz for Whiteside and Horford yesterday and now I need to add a guy. I love the three I gave up, but I am punting ft and I didn’t feel like punting fg too. Please help. Listed below of who’s available, but I would be ok with a stash if recommended.

    G – Bledsoe, R. Jackson, Payton, Mudiay, Clarkson and McConnell

    F – Leonard, Iggy, T. Jones and Sully

    C – Drummond, Horford and Whiteside

    Avails: Noah, Lawson, M. Morris, E. Davis, A. Gordon, Bazemore, Nurkic, T. Allen…..

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Bro Jackson: Perfect! “Warm & fuzzy” is exactly what I’m shooting for when I pen these articles. Ha.

      I like that move for you as I’m a HUGE Al Horford fan. He’s just awesome. So versatile.

      Hmmm, tough call on who to pick up. Which Morris brother is that? Kieff or “the other one”? Both should be owned, so it’s really just a degree to which you’d want him on your team.

      I would rank the pickups as Morris, Gordon (upside stash), Lawson (upside in the event the coaching change shakes things up in his favor).

      • Bro Jackson says:
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        @Matty: Added Kieff. Not a huge fan of his, but he gets points and doesn’t really hurt all the much.

  14. Davis says:
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    12 team 9 cat h2h keeper league (FTM instead of TOs):
    would you trade my T Jones & Nerlins Noel (and my 7th pick) for J Val & Wiggins and his 5th pick?
    My team:
    PG – Bledsoe, I. Thomas
    SG – Ellis, Mo Will
    G – Burks, Mudiay
    F – Kawhi, Middleton
    PF – T Jones, Marcus Morris, Dwight Powell
    C – Nerlins, Favors
    As you can see, my team does very well in FTM, Pts & Stls but sucks at Rebs, and both %s
    What do you think?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Davis: Actually, with the 9th cat being FTs made instead of TOs, yeah, I might actually pull the trigger on that deal. Both Valanciunas and Wiggins are solid FT shooters, plus they’re far more durable than TJ & Nerlens have proven to be (sure, they’re all young, but missed games are missed games). The pick bump is just icing on the cake. Pull the trigger…confidently.

  15. RicoSuave says:
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    Excellent work Matty! Always a great read man!

    12 team H2H points league…

    D. Powell is on the wire right now… I’m thinking on putting a claim for him, who should I drop?
    TJ McConell or Harrison Barnes?
    Thanks again,

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks, Rico. Appreciate that, brother.

      I really like Powell, but I don’t think enough to drop either of those guys…yet. McConnell should go from hero to zero in about a month (maybe less) once one/both of Wroten and Marshall return. But for the next couple weeks you’re looking at a starting PG with fairly steady minutes who is dropping lots of dimes and has pretty good schedule density (i.e. lots of games) through to the holidays. If Powell is still on the wire in two or three weeks, I’d definitely give more consideration to this swap though.

      I’m a fan of Harrison Barnes. He does nothing spectacularly well, but he doesn’t kill you anywhere either. He’s just a really good Steady Eddy to plug into your lineup and watch mid-level production roll in. I think Powell might have slightly higher upside if everything breaks right, but the odds of that happening probably aren’t high enough to take the risk. I’m sticking with Barnes here.

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Matty: awesome… thanks!

  16. Greyson12 says:
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    8cat roto 12tm Would you drop Dieng or Olynk for Ezili?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Greyson12: I like Festus the most of those three, but it’s really close. Regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, he is going to get his 18-22 MPG and put up usable numbers in that limited run. Dieng is starting to come around a bit, but we need to see Mitchell play him next to KAT more than he has so far to trust that there’s a growing role anywhere in the future. And as far as Olynyk – somebody has to get hurt or benched (to the tune of ZERO minutes) to clear the way at least a bit in that BOS frontcourt. Feels like it’s going to be a frustrating situation all year if everyone stays healthy.

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Matty! Dragic, Alec Burks and Markieff Morris are all available on waivers. Which one should I pick up? Thanks!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Jerry: Hey, Jerry. What’s good?

      Wow, that’s three pretty nice options on the wire. Must be a smaller league or really tight roster limits! I’d rank those pickups Dragic, Kieff, Burks. I think Dragic will slowly, but surely, find his way into the top-60 players by the end of the season…he’s too talented not to. He just needs to start feasting on the opportunities when Wade sits and I think he will. Go get yourself The Dragon!

  18. Dante Green says:
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    I’m holding Bjelica for another game, giving him a chance to prove himself worthy of a roster spot on my team! Hah

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Dante Green: Not a bad idea. KG is sitting tonight and they’re playing the Magic (not exactly a defensively dominant frontcourt) so it’s as good an opportunity as any for Bjelica to prove his worth to you!

      Who is on your short list to pickup if Nemanja flops tonight?

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Matty:

        Mannn I had to let it him go after another bad game… Dropped him and picked up Hood

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Dante Green: Don’t blame ya. He almost looks like he’s hit a wall all of a sudden…but the season is only three weeks old! Weird. Anyways, I don’t think he’s going to blow up and make you regret cutting him. He could have increased value if he gets hot (or someone like KAT or Dieng gets hurt), but it’s tough to justify stashing him when there are likely higher upside options on most waiver wires.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Dante Green: I’m doing the same accept I’m also holding Dieng. I probably would have dropped Gorgui already if I wasn’t in such a deep league. Anyways I’m hoping that at least one of them pans out.

      Interestingly, Dieng received more minutes than Bjelica and performed like his old self despite only receiving 21 minutes in regular time. I also just read that he played several minutes besides KAT! It might have been just because of the absence of KG and Nemanja’s poor performance, but it’d be great for Dieng and bad for Bjelica if this becomes a trend.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Ryan: Man I wish there was an edit feature for our posts. Always end up re-reading them and find stupid shit like writing “accept” when I should have wrote “except.”

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Ryan:
        I had to drop Bjelica for Hood! He’s just awful right now, I was hoping he could bounce back

        I love Dieng I hope they do something about him (drafted him but had to drop him for someone else a couple of weeks ago). I hope he and KAT could somehow coexist

  19. tentyme says:
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    In a 12 team h2h weekly league 9 cats we don’t use TO we use FG% instead. I was offered Marc gasol n affalo for John wall and Robin lopez. What do you think ? … my guards are Wall, cp3, batum, j. Jack, dion waiters, ……. SF/PF H. Barnes, Draymond, Otto porter , parsons,……..centers Drummond , Duncan, Bogut, Robin Lopez….. Thank you for your help on this one.

    • Matty

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      @tentyme: Afflalo and RoLo are both so “meh” they almost don’t even factor in. They’re both end-of-the-bench kinda guys who are likely to have their minutes jerked around by Fish all season. So it really comes down to Wall vs Marc.

      Based on your roster and how each of those two guys has looked so far this year, I’d lean towards Wall. He’s a stud and he’s elite in a couple categories. He also has more blocks (14) in nine games than Gasol (9) does in 12 games! How weird is that?

      If CP3 was a little more reliable from a health standpoint, I might give it more consideration, but with him looking like he might have to battle this nagging groin for a while, I don’t think you can part with Wall.

  20. the D says:
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    drop joe johnson or kent bazemore for noah? in need of blocks and boards. 10 team 9 cat league.

    • Matty

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      @the D: It’s hard to recommend that move, but if you’re desperate for boards & blocks then I guess I’d drop Baze in favor of Noah. The last four games Joakim has played he’s seen minutes in the low- to mid-20s and he’s averaging over 10 rebounds per game. Unfortunately he has only blocked six shots in nine games this year and has no multi-swat outings. And even if Mirotic continues playing like a steaming pile of poop, I doubt Noah’s minutes will all of a sudden jump to 30. Remember – Bobby Portis is still waiting in the wings and deserves a long look if there’s to be a major frontcourt shakeup.

      All that being said, I’m not sure how long Baze will be out and when he does come back, will he be 100%? He needs every ounce of health and athletic ability to post roster-worthy numbers, so it’s a bit of a gamble holding on to him. Both Korver and Sefolosha continue to get stronger/healthier as well, so I’m not sure there’s a 30MPG role for Kent once he’s back.

      Oh, and as for Joe Cool – he’s been playing monster minutes and averaging over 5 RPG, so I think I’d rather hold onto him (even though he couldn’t block a shot to save his life) than grab Noah.

      • the D says:
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        @Matty: Thanks for the detailed response, Matty. I’m G and F heavy with I Thomas, Fournier, Johnson, A. Gordon,T. Jones, T. Harris, Morris bros, Lillard, Bazemore, Mo Williams, R Jackson, Draymond. Only got Gobert, Pau, and Kief manning the C position currently. There’s Humphries, Dedmon, Koufos, Olynk, Adams, Thompson, Ezeli, Mahinmi on waivers right now. think any of those guys would be a decent add? Appreciate it man!

        • Matty

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          @the D: Yeah, I actually like both Ezeli and Mahinmi from that list. They’re both going to see 20-28 MPG (depending on health of other frontcourt players on their respective teams) and should chip in enough points and boards to supplement nice defensive numbers. Mahinmi obviously has the clearer path to minutes with Turner out for at least another month. I like Ezeli’s game a bit better, but there’s Bogut (and at times Speights) to contend with. I’d take a look at schedule density for the rest of the calendar year and that gives Mahinmi a bit of an advantage as the Warriors have two 2-game weeks in mid-December while the Pacers are all 3s & 4s for the foreseeable future.

  21. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Matty! It’s actually a 12 team head to head standard points league. For some reason, these guys are available. I’ll take your advice and go pick up the Dragon!

    • Matty

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      @Jerry: Sounds good, man. Good luck. It’s never fun to root for a player to have an injury, but in Dragic’s sake I think you almost have to hope Wade turns an ankle or suffers some knee soreness and needs rest for a bit. Goran needs a couple weeks with a higher usage rate to re-find his confidence. Let’s hope he gets it!

  22. Aladeen says:
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    Just offered my Otto for Nerlens.Hes hit rock bottom and I wanna buy low. Is this a good move? haha, thanks

    • Ryan says:
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      @Aladeen: I’d rate this move as Aladeen. Buying Noel that low? Very Aladeen.

      • Aladeen says:
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        @Ryan:
        Dudes been straight up awful, D-league awful. Maybe he’ll bite 😛

    • Matty

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      @Aladeen: Nerlens should, in theory, be the better fantasy player once all the dust settles on the season, but he has looked really bad through stretches of the season.

      On a per-game (9-cat) basis, Noel is ranked 182nd through 10 games, playing 32.0 MPG. Otto is ranked 25th through 9 games, playing 33.1 MPG.

      I wonder how much bigger of a sample size do we need to legitimize these numbers? Probably another 10 or so – maybe around the quarter mark of the season.

  23. bangbang says:
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    H2h 9 cat
    Who wins this trade?
    Rubio & Whiteside for Gay & Ibaka

    • Matty

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      @bangbang: Well, as of right now…

      The Rubio (35th in per-game, 9-cat value) & Whiteside (10th) do by a pretty big margin over Gay (80th) & Ibaka (46th). But Rubio & Whiteside have proven to be less durable than the other two, so it depends on how comfortable you are taking that risk? I like the Rubio/Hassan side though because their games complement each other so well for a roster and take care of pretty much all the categories.

  24. spo says:
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    Who wins on this trade? H2h 9 cat
    Rudy Gay and Ibaka or Whiteside and Rubio

    • Matty

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      @spo: Ha. Is this a trade between you and “bangbang”? He just asked the same thing in the comment above, so you can see my response there.

  25. Jordan Wolfhope says:
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    I get Towns and Teague
    I give Gay McCollum and Clarkson

    8 team htd league with 16 man rosters needed to make room for durant and kyrie(hopefully sooner than later) and already get all kinds of 3s and points. needed ast steals blocks and some rebounds what do you think

    • Matty

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      @Jordan Wolfhope: I’m totally cool with that deal. Clarkson really isn’t doing much outside of points and threes (hopefully his assists will come up once Kobe gets shut down) and I prefer KAT to Gay and Teague to McCollum…so, yeah, I like that deal for you since you need boards & blocks (which KAT has in volume). Just have to hope Teague’s ankle doesn’t dog him all season.

  26. Aladeen says:
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    When Nurkic is back, do you think hes a top-100 going forward? I expect him to beat out Lauvergne, Hickson, Jokic, Faried for minutes, but will he get enough to warrant a pick-up or stash in 12-team leagues? Thanks! (Bet he’ll contribute more than Rolo..curse me for drafting him)

    • Matty

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      @Aladeen: Wish I could give you a confident answer, but I just don’t know. New coach in Denver and knee issues for young bigs are always scary. I would imagine they’ll ease him in for a while, and they have enough other young bigs to allow them to do so. Plus, Nurk has a real attitude on him, so you never know when that might rub Malone the wrong way.

      I don’t own any shares of Nurk this year and I need to see a healthy, consistent, more mature 2016 portion of the season from him to encourage me to buy in for next season.

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