Ok. I’m never beating Rabbit in a freestyle battle with rhyming skills like in my title, I know.  Maybe my Dad was right, it’s time to hang up the mic for good, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, but Parents just don’t understand. My hip-hop name was MC Ice Trey. Booking the YMCA rec room on seniors discount day to perform my edgy, in-yo-face raps was a disaster, and yet it was the height of my career. Who knew the Canasta league would be filled with so much rage? Still, I like to think I spit the truth to that old white group.

So, maybe I don’t know how to flow, but I do know how to dribble and dime, amirite? That’s not true, either. I’m a 2 dribble max, pick and pop player, at best. What you CAN take to the bank is that there is fantasy fools gold glittering in them thar hills, and you gotta know when you have itI was never on the Caron Butler bus, which appears to have been a very quick bus route, so I’m not exactly revealing any nuggets here. That said, I’m still high on Jonas Valanciunasas I said in my “bold predicitions” article, despite his minor injury currently. What I’m saying here, gentle reader, is that some players who look dope early on are the fantasy equivalent of “good from far, far from good” types (Butler), while others are starting slow, but have much more to offer you, the type you bring home to your Nonna/Bubby/Gram Grams (JV). What’s our mantra here? Buy low, sell high, chikka chikka, what?? (my written imagery of record scratches right there). So throw yo hands in the air, and wave ’em like you just don’t care, and if you wanna learn who to buy and sell, somebody say: “Oh yeah!!” Sorry. I’ll cut that out.

BUY:

Nerlens Noel PF, C

I wasn’t too sure about this kid coming into the season, not in terms of skill, but in terms of his ADP projections. I wouldn’t have drafted him in the 5th round (maybe 6th if you were lucky), because of injury concerns. But I’m convinced, he is going to be a naaasty rim protector. So when the rook with injury worries gets injured 5 games into the season with a minor ankle tweak,which is nothing to be afraid of, it’s the time to use a guy exceeding his ADP, like say a Jordan Hill, to take Noel off the cat who did burn pick 5 on him. Noel’s line of 7.5/6.5/2.5/2/2 is not even where I expect him to be, in, say, 4-6 weeks, which is why you go and get him now, while he’s on the IR.

Jimmy Butler SG, SF

“Then I saw your face, now I’m a believer!” Hardly the song for a hardened MC like Ice Trey, but it’s appropriate. I think Jimmy is for realzies. And with Derrick Rose in and out of the line up, Jimmy’s the man. Won’t give you many 3s, but he’s doing everything else, and doing it well. What can you get for him? Jrue Holiday? DeMar DeRozan? I don’t know if anyone would bite on either of those, but Butler’s numbers are certainly comparable to them at the moment.

Russell Westbrook PG, Kevin Durant SF, PF

I put these two together, as we all know what’s what, in the butt with these cats. Tremendous talent, game changing talent, but can you wait? KD is closer than Russell, but close is, best case, December. Westbrook isn’t even going to be evaluated until 4 weeks from now. You may be out of it by then, which is always the worry. I have received a number of questions from nervous owners of both of these cats, I have KD in one league, so I know how it feels. But if you can weather the hamstringing of having one of these dudes on your bench, they will be amazing in the second half, into the playoffs. Frank, one of our faithful readers, was offered Jimmy Butler for Westbrook. Fair offer, But if you can get Russ for a Jimmy Butler, do that deal!

Perry Jones SF, PF

I know, it’s three Thunder players in a row, but you gotta take the opportunities where they present themselves. Jones is also a buy low injury fella. This recommendation comes with a bit of a warning, as Jones suffered a knee contusion on Wednesday. He reportedly walked out on his own, so I don’t expect the injury to sideline him for long, as they desperately need help in OKC.  He won’t be worth much after KD and Westbrook come back, but he’s a good streamer until them, or worth dumping some other disappointment off your roster for. Additionally, he’s only owned in half of yahoo leagues, so he’s a good get if it’s for free.

Chris Copeland SF, PF

Truth be told, he’s little better than a streamer, but he’s only owned in 42% of yahoo leagues, so chances are you can get him off the waiver. I realize he is only slightly more than a ThrAGNOF, but his upside may translate to more, given the dearth of guards/wings on the Pacers. Maybe you can get lucky, and deal a Brandon Jennings or Norris Cole for him, both of whom Ice Tray thinks are wiggity whack!

SELL:

Jordan Hill PF, C

Yahoo had Hill at 121, and he’s playing like a top 50 player, at 15/9/1.8/.2/1.6, with a nice 53% FG, and 78% FT, with 1.2 turnovers. Will that continue? Probably not, but there isn’t much standing in his way  in terms playing time reduction which is at the 30 minute mark thus far. You should net something much better than his cohorts hovering around his ADP, or package him with another piece to net a top 30 guy, like, say Paul Millsap?

Kevin Love, PF, C

Kevin is dope, we all know that, so don’t think I’m down on him. But we buy low, sell high here, correct? And, while Love is uncanny in his nose for boards he can single handely win the category for you, he has yet to register a block, he didn’t register a steal in 2 of his 4 games and his FG% is… meh. I would move him for a James Harden, or if you were very lucky, Stephen CurryDo with that what you will.

Carmelo Anthony SF, PF

If you happen to listen to the Razzball podcast, you would have heard Slim and JB discussing this very issue. And to those who cry “redundancy!” when seeing it here in my article, I give you my incredulous face, like Mutombo after being called for any foul, ever, only you can’t see my face. But trust me. I was going to write about it in this smelly little article, and they stole my crib notes and talked about it first. I’m definitely telling Mom. If you didn’t listen to the podcast, A) why not? and B) ignore the above paragraph, and start fresh from here: Anthony is a superstar, without a doubt, but he isn’t playing the PF anymore, which is why his boards are down from last year. His dimes are up, along with turnovers, mitigates the gains there. I feel like points are the easiest category to stream, so if you have him, consider trading for a Serge Ibaka or Kyle Lowry. Not sayin’, just sayin’…

Klay Thompson SG,SF

Klay is macking a brand new contract, and boy, is he earning it. He’s shooting the lights out, but there’s no way he keeps 53% 3pt up, and it’s unlikely that he keeps 92% FT as well. So this is a classic sell high guy, and shooting for a John Wallor Damian Lillard would be a step up.

Draymond Green SF, PF

David Lee is out once again, which will give Dray burn as starter for the foreseeable future. And he’s running with it. But who knows how long Lee is out for, thereby boosting Green’s value? No, really, I’m asking you, ’cause I have no clue. And uncertainty should be avoided, so trade high, good reader! Whatever you get, the player should be substantially higher in ADP than Green.

Ersan Ilyasova SF, PF

He’s a complete bust. How the once mighty have fallen. Two years ago he was fantasy gold, now he’s a turd, from a fantasy perspective. He has topped 18 minutes only once in 5 games, and even that 26 minuted performance was a dud. This is not “sell high” advice, this is a “give up, cut ties, move on” recommendation. If you haven’t dropped him yet (he’s still 47% owned for some reason), you have unaddressed abandonment issues stemming from your childhood, get help for that, and ditch the guy they’re calling the worst contract in the NBA.

Ok hoops fans, that’s all there is for now, may all your shots fall true!

  1. Manshi Shah says:
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    What are your opinions on Jeremy Lamb with all of the injuries on OKC right now? Projected stat line? Worthy of a pickup in 12+ team leagues?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Manshi Shah: He’s a classic steamer, in the short term, as there really isn’t anything else. If you want a projection, not to dodge it , but a lot will have to do with his minutes, and I wonder about his conditioning. His Keep an eye out for P. Jones’ return from injury, and Lance Thomas may also have some short term value. Also look for Draymond Green, he’s only 60% owned.

    • Dan A

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      @Manshi Shah: yes, he’s a classic streamer. I would look for perry jones, who should be back next week, but for the next 3-4 games, Lamb sounds delicious! Sorry.
      As to statline, sorry, but due to his conditioning vs lack of other players, he could be 10/3/2/1/0, or he could be double that. It’s a gamble. PJones is the safer of the two. Also, look to see if dray mind green is available, he’s been ballin, and only 60% owned.

      • Manshi Shah says:
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        @Dan A.: He is not! I wish he was, I wouldve scooped him up fast! Danilo, Eric Gordon, Jameer, Hawes, Aaron Brooks, Harrison and Matt Barnes, Telfair. Those are the players available. I think I am going to go with Lamb though. Feeling lucky lol

        • Dan A

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          @Manshi Shah: it’s the best choice, he is the only thing holding his production back. They’ll run him til he pukes, most likely.

  2. Clay says:
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    Would you trade Love for Cousins straight up in a 9-cat H2H league? Thanks in advance

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Clay: If I’m getting DMC, absolutely. You gain in most cats, but punt the 3pts, which can easily be made up elsewhere.

  3. hammer says:
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    who would ya’ll say wins this trade in a h2h points league:

    melo + kobe for aldridge, david lee, jamal crawford

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @hammer: Hmm. I think Melo and Kobe win out from a strictly points perspective.

      • hammer says:
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        @Dan A.:

        my thoughts as well. thanks brother!

  4. Mikey says:
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    Would it be feasible for me to unload Kevin Love for Boogie?

    H2H cats 12 team

    PG: Lillard
    SG: Batum
    G. K. Walker
    SF: T. Jones
    PF: Love
    F: Pierce
    C: Horford
    C: Vucevic
    Util: Rondo
    Util: Knight
    BN: MCW
    BN: Burks
    BN: David Lee

    • Dan A

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      @Mikey: as a raps fan, I automaticlly think of Alvin “boogie” Williams, (who I’m sure is available), but I gather you mean cousins (I can’t actually remember who goes by boogie these days), In which case I would try for it.

      • Mikey says:
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        @Dan A.:

        Conincidentally, I’m from Toronto, so I get that reference! Anyway, I sent out a trade proposal, hopefully he goes for it. Thanks!

  5. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, would you drop Alec Burks, Courtney Lee or Iman Shumpert for Draymond Green? Thanks for advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wen: shump, I think, without looking at all of their stats.

  6. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, another question that I am having hard time to decide. Would you trade Batum for Wesley Matthews and George Hill? Thanks for advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: batum doesn’t often stuff the net, but he affects all categories about as well as anyone. Also, it’s never a 2 for 1, as you have to drop someone. Hill is out for a month, so I would say n to that tradeo. On that note, check if Donald Sloan is available, he’s picking up hill’s minutes.

      • Wen says:
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        @Dan A: What about Batum for Klay Thompson? I also have Curry, so I don’t need to worry about 3s.

  7. hamtime says:
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    Sims or Booker, who would you rather have in a 14man?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @hamtime: not exactly a battle of the titans. Booker, although it’s more of a case of not Sims, even though he had a good game last go round. Booker has less pushing him in Kanter.

  8. millenball says:
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    good stuff, thanks.

    would you drop deng for copeland? h2h 9 cat?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @millenball: I know that Deng isn’t doing much… it’s hard to let go of him, he was so dope in Chicago, but that was 2 years ago. Ilyasova was also good back then. So, taking the name recognition out, he’s not doing much beyond scoring, and the occasional steal, so yes, I guess he’s a drop, and copeland is as good as anyone. Or you could hold off for a few games, and get Perry Jone when he gets back, more upside than Copeland. But before all of that, check the waiver for Draymond Green, he can affect all stats, potentially, except 3s.

  9. oops says:
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    would you deal wesley matthews for kawhi leonard

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @oops: absolutely!

  10. oops says:
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    do you think jordan hill/omer asik/isiaah thomas for noel and wroten is a good swap? i doubt the guy wants to give up wroten, so just hill/omer asik for noel?

    also. if he doesnt go for those, i was thinking of shipping off wesley matthews. perhaps i could swing matthews for noel straight up,

    or matthews + thomas for noel/wroten.

    please let me know which sides ya got!

    • Dan A

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      @oops: I like Wroten a lot, but MCW will be back soon, which will likely diminish his value. I like jordan/Asik for Noel best.

  11. oops says:
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    one more, would you swing asik for jeremy lin. i had rubio go down and need a pg, or should i just grab mo williams/ dsloan off the waiver??

    • Dan A

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      @oops: I would not take Lin for anything less than your last bench guy. He has been a disappointment on an already low ceiling of expectation.

      • Dan A

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        @Dan A.: “anything more”

  12. boom says:
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    would you move wesley matthews for jrue holiday. i’ve got to say guys like wesley matthews are boring to own and not worth the draft pick when you can grab guys like this off the waiver.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @boom: If you can get Jrue for Wes, I would do it.

  13. silo says:
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    would you move dirk and either josh smith or wesley matthews to land serge

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @silo: Disco Dirk and Smoove.

  14. jhm says:
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    what is the deal with john Henson? injury/coach issues.
    would you drop for for hardaway jr.

  15. Mo says:
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    Would you trade Ryan+Jordan Hill for Kawhi?

  16. Nate says:
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    First year playing fantasy basketball. Haven’t followed since the 90s. 100% Razzball reliant. Thanks for the magic.

    Same guy in my league has Noel and Russ. I have KD, and a decent enough team (I think?) to get by. I’d love to make a play for Russ and pair him with KD.

    Here’s a screenshot of my roster, and his 2 guys. http://cl.ly/image/2i2a2c3N2j3z

    Maybe Jrue and ??? for those two guys?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Nate: It’s a nice idea, but I advise against burning 2 spots for a month + on your bench. It really makes a difference not having those spots available. IMO, a better option (the more common one) is to stream hot players, also guys who have 4-5 game weeks. To illustrate, a guy who averages 14 points a game who plays 5 times in one week will beat a guy who scores 25 points who only plays 2 games that week. If you insist on going ahead with it, maybe Jrue and B. Lopez.
      Let me know how it goes.

      • Nate says:
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        @Dan A: Thanks Dan. Appreciate all of that. If this were baseball, I’d be all over streaming. For bball, I barely know how to recognize a hot player! I’ll let you know.

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @Nate: Ha! Razzball, baby, we’ll let you know who’s hot!

  17. LightSpeed says:
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    pau gasol + collison for milsap and bradley in a 10 team 10catg(dd) leageue.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @LightSpeed: Both Pau and Collison are exceeding their ranking so far. With Pau, It could stay at that level, and Collison is a nice second/third PG. That said, Milsap is the best player, so I would say that the Milsay/bradley is the winning side. Classic B+C for A+D trade.

  18. Steven says:
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    I am pretty committed to tanking the first third or so of the season as my bench is currently Durant, MCW, and Oladipo, but hoping to make a late run once they come back. (H2H points league).
    Got a couple ugly spots on my roster not sure what to do with:
    1. Do I drop Wiggins as he stinks at the moment or does he have enough value long-term to justify keeping him in my lineup now (as my bench is full).
    2. Kinda the same question for Alec burks
    3. Picking up draymond green for this week as he has 5 games but Courtney lee is available and playing out of his mind right now (fantasy wise). Who has more long term potential?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Steven: Ok:
      1)I would keep Wiggins for now
      2)you can drop Burks, IMO, not a high ceiling there.
      3)Dray has more upside. Lee has bounced around for a reason, he is over playing his value, I think.

  19. Big O says:
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    I have a surplus of bigs on my squad, and am a little thin on guards. Thinking of trading Gortat — any idea what I should be shooting for in return? Would love to add 3s, Pts, and/or Ast. Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Big O: Jimmy butler would be the dream, but it will likely take more than Gortat. Wroten, or Collison, maybe? Tony has more production value, but MCW is coming back soon, not sure how much that will hurt him. Maybe try for an injured Rubio? not gonna help your 3’s, but maad dimes there. It’s unlikely, frankly. Good luck!

      • Big O says:
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        @Dan A:
        Thanks man. Love the site!

  20. guidedbyvoices says:
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    10tm h2h keeper….we keep 5.unsure what to do with Wiggins.do you expect special by nxt yr?
    For example….if I could get Harden and Lee for Cousins,Wiggins and Jennings….

    • Dan A

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      @guidedbyvoices: hmm. I think that Wiggins will be significantly improved by next year, but given where he’s started from, is that going to be enough to warrant holding onto? He is an enigma at this point, he undoubtedly has near immeasurable talent, but can he harness it? I think yes, but it will take some time, and fans are hoping for right now. Coach is good to limit his minutes, to keep the kid’s confidence from totally collapsing, but that sucks from a fantasy perspective. The better way to look at this deal is to assume that he WILL be a stud by next season opener. Rooks start slow, almost always, Jabari has had 2 decent games, and 2 stinkers. If you still feel like Harden and Lee are worth 2 keepers, then do it. I would do that deal, (unless it’s Courtney Lee) only if you’re stacked at bigman stats, as David Lee will basically only give you boards and points (I’m a huge fan of Cousins). Lee may not be keeper quality by the end of the year, when he gets back to playing, as draymond green is playing extremely well, try to scoop him if he’s there. Good Luck!

  21. Fantasy Newb says:
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    My Parsons for Knight straight up in a points league. Would you accept?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: Nope. Parsons has a higher scoring ceiling. Knight is turnover prone, and that could bench him here and there.

  22. jm says:
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    revisiting earlier post. had high hopes for Henson to provide a streaming option for strong infusion of blocks and rebounds from the bench when needed. seems to be stuck in the mud. can you shed any light?

    • Dan A

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      @jm: He isn’t bringing it, Coach Kidd is also putting Jabari at the 4 sometimes, along with kidd trying to get Ilyasova going, Basically, it’s a shite show there. Henson may still be a streaming option later in the season when there is more consistency, but yeah, now it’s a mess. My only in sider in Milwaukee, the guy who operates the T-shirt cannon, has been silent, so no other insight, I’m afraid.

  23. KD Owner says:
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    would you rather ty lawson and alex len or monroe and knight?

    thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @KD Owner: Monroe and Knight, fo sho!

  24. jm says:
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    tough panning gold in a shite show.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @jm: Ha! Well, they are nuggets…

  25. JD says:
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    I have Dray Green and my team is weak in the PF/C position. Which player can I target for a trade? Thanks in advance.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @JD: I like larry Sanders, Valanciunas, and Asik in trades where you won’t have to give up major pieces. I’m crushing on Tobias Harris, but he’s playing so well, you may have to pay for him. Off the wire to stream? Amare is playing well, he’s only about 50% owned. Also, Hibbert is injured right now, if his owner is squeamish, you may get him at a discount, make a low(er0 offer for him to suss it out.
      Good luck!

  26. Frank White says:
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    Sup Dan.. Is West worth holding onto?? Not cause I have Westbrook out too and I lost 2-7 both weeks but on his notes it says that he’s not worth the hold in standard leagues. I’m in a 10 team h2h 9 CAT

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Frank White: hey dood. I would drop him if you wish, but keep a close eye on when he’s back, he’s out for another week or so.

      • Frank White says:
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        Someone will most likely grab him right away though.. You said you would drop him but let me ask you, Why is he no a hold as they say? He did great the last half of last year. You don’t think that will happen again and why??

        • Dan A

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          @Frank White: It’s not so much as I would drop him, it’s more that I understand why you would, it’s really hard for you to wait it out, you get impatient. He should play well in the second half, for sure. He has no Lance/Paul to stretch the floor, so you should temper your expectations due to that, and he could be another 4-6 games until he’s back. He will be the primary option when he gets back though.

  27. Frank White says:
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    Available guys – DeMarre Carroll, Fournier, Salomon Hill

  28. Frank White says:
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    I can also drop Aflallo for one of those dudes if you like me to keep West

  29. Frank White says:
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    Off subject I should’ve grabbed Cousins instead of Ibaka in the draft. I think I might couple Ibaka in with Westbrook for a trade cause I’m getting silly offers for Westbrook like Jamal Crawford

  30. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, would you drop Alec Burks for K.J. McDaniels? Thanks for advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen:Hells yeah. Burks is a disappointment.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: I was writing about him just this very moment, as a drop.

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