We are just days away from the start of the NBA season, and you’re probably neck-deep in drafts and trade discussions at the moment. I had the idea of doing a live Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Youtube, but unfortunately, I have a face made for radio and a voice that makes babies cry. So I thought I’d try an AMA session this way, where you can post your questions in the comments below, and I’ll reply as they come in. This will be useful over the next few days as you go into your draft.

UPDATE: SugarShane, another contributor at Razzball, has graciously agreed to help me reply to your questions. He is one of the most prolific cash league players in our community, and can usually be found in the top 3 at the end of the year in most leagues. He is a coveted diamond-ranked Yahoo player, which is especially impressive since he only plays in bigger buy-in cash leagues. Although he excels in most formats, he is especially dominant in points leagues and auctions, so if you have questions related to those he’s your guy!

My specialty is Yahoo 9-Cat H2H with 12 teams, but I am always willing to talk about other formats and platforms as well. I’ve been playing fantasy basketball since the Elton Brand rookie years, and routinely buy-in for about 10k (20 plus teams) into cash leagues every year.  I live and breathe this stuff, so I’d love to discuss some fantasy basketball with you.

Post your questions below, and I’ll get to them as soon as I possibly can. Keep in mind that if you’re asking about trades or player drafts, it’s always good for me to know about your league settings and league size.

We live and breathe this stuff, so let’s keep those questions rolling in!

  1. Brian Kelder says:
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    Am I wrong to be out on Karl Anthony Towns? He’s had a ton of personal crisis and not enjoying himself, lousy team, injury. Also, I don’t think he’s actually that “good,” except putting up numbers. Am I wrong?

    • Phamtastic

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      Hey Brian you’re not wrong when it comes to real life basketball, as Towns hasn’t been able to really lead his team anywhere. In fantasy I’m still treating him as a top 5 pick though. I really think having Rubio there will help him out a lot and at least make them competitive. I know he sat a lot last year, but prior to that he was as durable as they come, so don’t sleep on Towns for fantasy purposes!

  2. Eric C Meeder says:
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    Hey Pham! I see a few analysts ranking nurkic in the high teens this year. I get the impression that his bubble performance might be skewing his value. In a vacuum, would you take him over Vucevic (12 team, 9 cat, H2H)?

    • Shane Mosley says:
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      Man they are quite close. I think Pham is taking Nurkic first based on a draft we did the other day. I think I’m on the Vucevic train though because of the safe factor. Actually if you look at Nurkic’s stats though he is clearly the player he was in the bubble. Crazy to believe, but based on per game value he was #8 overall last year. Super small sample size, but it proves how much of a stud he can be. You can absolutely take Nurk in the 23+ range and you would hear zero arguments from me. Good luck this year man!!

  3. Brian Kelder says:
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    Who are your breakouts this year and why are they Bam and Shai?

    • Phamtastic

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      Haha I wouldn’t call those guys breakouts, since everyone is picking them pretty early already. The hype train on Shai is almost out of control! Hayward is my guy this year. I’ve been getting him in the 50s and I love it.

      • Phamtastic

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        Wow just as I literally wrote that, Hayward fractured one of his fingers on his shooting hand 🙁

  4. Michael Baio says:
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    PG) Chris Paul
    SG) Victor Oladipo
    G) Markelle Fultz
    SF) Paul George
    PF) Anthony Davis
    F) Michael Porter Jr.
    C) Jusef Nurkic
    C)Brook Lopez
    UTL) Thomas Bryant
    UTL) Jeff Teague

    BN) Cam Reddish
    BN) Chris Boucher
    BN) Terrance Ross
    BN) Cole Anthony

    12 team 9 CAT league on yahoo. Do you see any statistical or positional weaknesses? Any players on my roster you think that are overvalued who I should trade? Any undervalued players that you think I should target in a trade? Please let me know what you think of my team. Thank you for your time!

    • Phamtastic

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      That’s a beautiful roto team! I hope this league is for money, since it looks like you’ll do great lol. If it’s a 12 team league, I think you can probably do better than Reddish and Cole Anthony on the wire? I could be wrong since I can’t see who’s available though. Looks like your 3s and assists could use a bit of help, but otherwise that’s a great team!

  5. Brian Kelder says:
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    I think analysts are sleeping on Gary Trent. Was an elite high school recruit who got swallowed up on a Duke team with no chemistry. Learned from McCollum and Dame and broke out with some minutes. Guy has top 50 upside this year! You agree?

  6. Phamtastic

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    Yes sir I would! I’m one of those guys who is much too high on Nurk lol. I’ve been routinely taking him late in the second round over Vuc. His defensive stats and shooting efficiency is pretty tough to find. I hate to compare him to AD, but he’s really the only other big man I can think of that gets you the stocks and shoot efficiency.

    You’re right in that he may have overachieved in the bubble. I think he will be closer to what he did in 27 minutes in 2018, which is still pretty darn good. Add a few more minutes to that stat line, and I think he is clearly the better option than Vuc.

    With that being said, I also love Vuc a lot so I wouldn’t blame you for taking him over Nurk. He’s been elite the last 2 years so go with him if you want the safer pick.

  7. Eric says:
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    I see the case for Nurkic on the defensive end in particular. I may be clinging too tightly to that 2018-19 version of Vuc that you referenced, but we’ll see where they land on draft day. Appreciate the insights!

    • Phamtastic

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      Yeah I probably am too, but those numbers are just too juicy to pass up. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  8. Specialist says:
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    I m looking to bet on a rookie G in a dynasty league 20 T H2H 13 cat. Would you pick Desmond Banes over Malachi Flynn and Josh Green?

    • Phamtastic

      Phamtastic says:
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      Malachi Flynn is my guy! I actually picked him up with my very last pick in a dynasty too. The Raptors have an excellent record of developing late draft talent, so he’s your best bet. He’s also looking pretty good in the preseason so far, and it looks like he might even get some rotation minutes this year.

    • Dante Iannitelli says:
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      Pick green love the potential w him and luka

  9. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey, Im doing my draft tonight. 12 team, 7 cat (3s, pts, reb, ast, stl, blk, TO), no percentages.

    Who would be your very top targets in this setting?

    I appreciate the assistance!

    • Phamtastic

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      No percentages?? So fun lol. I would take Giannis, Harden, the Luka. Taking away percentages means you eliminate Giannis’ and Luka’s weaknesses, so they get a nice bump. Harden is still Harden, but gets a slight downgrade due to the setting and his uncertainty.

      Guys like Westbrook, Lonzo, Zion, and Drummond also gets a nice boost too.

  10. Rocketeer says:
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    Hi Pham. I am running my keeper league ( yahoo 9 cat h2h, 18 teams with 12 players) with Greek Freak, Westbrook, Myles Turner, Thomas Bryant and DeMarcus Cousins are the set keepers. First question: Is FT% punt strategy an option, should I go that way? Second question; I will try to take Lamelo at 49th spot. Is it too high and will he fit in?

    • Phamtastic

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      Yes I think if you have Giannis you’re almost set on the punt ft track. I’d try to trade Turner for a punt ft player, since he gets a lot of is value of efficiency. Is this a keep 5 players list? If so, then Lamelo at 49 is perfectly fine. Although I am not sure if he will make it into your top 5 players to keep next year, so keep that in mind.

      • Rocketeer says:
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        Yes Pham, 5 keep. I will try to trade myles but want to see how pacers will go. I have selections at 13 and 49…. then 101. Since every team keeps 5 or 4 players, there are no prominent players to select after 101. Thanks!

  11. SugarShane

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    In 12 team H2H which spots in your opinion are the best spots to draft? Seems there is a clear cut 9 this season correct?

  12. Phamtastic

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    Yes sir you’re right, the top 9 is pretty set and Tatum is in his own category at 10. I pity those who are stuck with picks 11 and 12!.

    Personally I still prefer picks 1 and 2. You will get AD or Harden, and your first 5 picks are in the top 50 (in a 12 team league). It’s almost unfair.

    • 11 12 isn’t so bad when LeBron, Kawhi and Durant have all been available around the turn.

      • Jason says:
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        All of who will be load managing half the games and come with massive risk

      • Shane Mosley says:
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        It’s a terrible spot to be in this year. If you take even one of these guys here you are taking a huge risk. All 3 are DND in all my leagues.

  13. Sauce Castillo says:
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    Who are your favorite late round dart throws? Players with ADP 100+.

    Points and Categories

    • Phamtastic

      Phamtastic says:
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      I’m glad you asked! I actually just wrote a post on that which should be up any day now. But to give you a sneak preview:

      Bazley
      Dort
      Haliburton
      Hayes
      Plumlee
      Boucher
      Baynes

      And a few more! Hopefully the article will be up tomorrow.

  14. Maarten says:
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    What players that are currently burried on the bench are you rooting for to receive a bigger role (by trades or coaching changes)? I would love to see what Bol Bol and De’Anthony Melton can do with starter minutes

    • Phamtastic

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      I’d go with Malachi Flynn. He’s looking good so far, and might even be following in VanVleet’s footsteps. Larry Nance is also a guy that is great when he gets minutes, so I’m always keeping an eye on him.

  15. Men of Steal says:
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    HI Phamtastic,

    Really love your approach on this article!

    What best type of 2 or 3-player pairings would you reckon if you have the 4th pick in a 14 team league(9cat)?

    • Phamtastic

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      Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.

      At pick 4, I’d go with Giannis, Towns, or Curry. Obviously if Harden or AD falls to you, you pick them. Second round you’d pick at 25 I believe, so either Shai or Nurk would be great here if they were available. I’d also consider Vuc at this point. I think I would love a start of Curry and Nurk if I was your position.

  16. Daniel Fronda says:
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    First off, I appreciate your content and insights – this is my favourite site for fantasy hoops. Im in a 9 category roto keeper league and just moved Booker & Myles Turner for LaVine & Nurkic (im also dumb high on him lol). My rationale is that I needed an elite big and I dont think LaVine is much worse than Booker, and although Booker is an offensive maven, he leaves a lot left to be desired on the defensive end. Lastly, my league keeps for players per year. Most trade, my roster looks as follows:

    PG) Fred Van Vleet
    SG) Zach LaVine
    G) Shai-Gilgeous Alexander
    SF) Gordon Hayward
    PF) Pascal Siakam
    F) Mikal Bridges
    C) Jusuf Nurkic
    C) Al Horford
    UTL) Brook Lopez
    UTL) Jarrett Allen

    Bench: Bazley, Ross, Milton, Beasley

    How do you think I made out?

    • Phamtastic

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      I love that deal, and I’d do it in a second! I think Nurk is head and shoulder above Myles, and you’re right Lavine isn’t that far behind Booker. I do think Booker is a bit overrated this year though, so in my eyes you made out like a bandit.

      Your team looks nasty, and Shai should take a huge step forward this year. Looks like your FG could use a little help, but you’re pretty dominant in most other cats.

      • Daniel Fronda says:
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        Thank you for the validation, and where you guys ranked Booker and Nurkic had a lot to do with my decision. I think Shai has top 10 upside in the near or later future, and I agree that FG% could be my weakest area.

        Thanks again for hosting this – I appreciate you and the team. This is the best fantasy hoops site out there and as we all know, BALL IS LIFE!

        • Phamtastic

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          Thanks Daniel! Let me know how the season goes!

  17. Chris says:
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    10-Team Points league with custom scoring (listed below) and I have the 1st pick of the draft. I have never done a points league before and looking at this format do you see an obvious top 3 guys? Or do you think this format won’t change the value all that much?

    Points: 0.5
    REB: 1
    AST: 1
    STL: 2:
    BLK: 2
    TO: -1
    DD: 3
    TD: 3
    3pts made: 0.5
    Tech: -2
    Flagrant Foul: -2

    • Phamtastic

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      At a quick glance this looks like a league made for Giannis and Luka, so I’d probably look their way at 1. I’d probably lean more towards Giannis though, since I feel like Luka gets banged up a lot. Although in a points league, just look at the Yahoo projections and pick the guy with the most fantasy points.

      Obviously use your judgement, but I feel like Yahoo gives you a pretty good guide as you draft. Don’t be afraid to draft likes like Drummond and Wiggins much earlier, since player values in points leagues are very different. RJ Barret probably gets a big boost too.

  18. John says:
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    14 team, 13cat dynasty league.
    I’m holding on so long on Alexander-Walker but this year is the year my team is about to break out. I don’t know what to do with him. Stash him or drop him for the likes of Gary Trent?

    • Phamtastic

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      If I had to choose I’d go with Gary Trent.

  19. Bub says:
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    I got Dame at 7 and Lebron at 14 in my draft. Followed by J. Collins (27), Z. Lavine(34), D Russell(47) – 10 Man H2H pts. Would you be looking to trade Lebron for a Center with depth I ended up getting at PG/SG? Or I will phrase it more generally – would you look to trade any of these guys for other value seeing the depth at PG I landed with? Thanks, Pham!
    -Bub

    • Phamtastic

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      How on earth did you get Lebron at 14 in a points league lol? That’s pretty amazing value. Not sure what your scoring settings are, but if they are anywhere near standard then you do not trade lebron for a center.

      If your league is a 10 team league, then I assume there would be a lot of good players on the wire. In this case I’d recommend hanging on to your studs instead of trading for depth, since there’s always going to be guys you can pick up to help you. In shallow leagues, studs are more important than depth.

      I would probably try to trade Collins, sinceI don’t think he’s quite as valuable in a points league. Again, it depends on the settings, but if you see that someone is still valuing Collins as if it’s a 9-cat league, then you swoop in the trade him for someone like Drummond or Sabonis.

      Looks like you’re off to a great start though with those guys!

  20. Canes1996 says:
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    I am a baseball and football guy who hasn’t played fantasy Hoops since Akeem, Magic and Rick Carlisle were on my roster. I pick 3rd in a H2H and I am going into the draft wanting to be balanced. Back in the day, I always wanted to get my Cs in the first 5 rounds – concentrating on scorers and minutes elsewhere and always looking for duel eligible position players. I am sure by baseballs opening day – whenever that is, I’ll know the NBA…. But right now, I am going to be drafting by stats and cheat sheets… Just looking for some basic strategic info. Good pitchers on good teams? I appreciate any rookie help.

      • Adam M Lorber says:
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        Thanks!! in the league with a bunch of pros … ill need luck!

      • Canes1996 says:
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        had the draft – I seem to be missing asst. but not a bad team considering i dont know what I am looking at. What do you think? Should i start to shop anyone? We start 2 centers…and Thanks!!! Really enjoyed all of your information!

        KAT, Kawhi, Gobert, Brogdon, Hield, DeRozen, Clarke, Gallinari, Love, Rose, Seth Curry, Zubac, JJ Redick, Patrick Beverly, DeAndre Hunter, Gary Trent Jr

  21. H jr says:
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    PG) Luka Doncic
    SG) Bradley Beal
    G) DeAron Fox
    SF) Jimmy Butler
    PF) Tobias Harris
    F) OG Aunoby
    C) M. Bayle II
    C)Davis Bertans
    UTL) D Angelo Russell
    UTL) Collin Sexton

    BN) TJ Warren
    BN) James Wiseman
    BN) Talen Horton-Tucker

    10 team league on yahoo. Do you have any advise?

    • Phamtastic

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      Looks like you’re punting big man stats, so I’d try and trade Luka and Fox. They hurt your FT % and Luka’s boards are wasted on your team. With this build, you’re probably looking to be elite in 3s, fts, points, assists, and steals. I’d try to dangle Luka and Fox to target guys like Trae, Harden, Lillard, Curry, Booker, PG, Nurkic, Derozan, Hayward (if he comes back), Smart, Lonzo, VanVleet, Lowry, etc.

      Outside of Luka, your turnovers are actually not too bad either.

      • Shane Mosley says:
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        Pham nailed this!! Luka and Fox should be able to bring you a nice haul. Good luck!

  22. NCPhilly says:
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    I’ve heard nothing about Caris LeVert in fantasy circles this offseason. Is he really expected to be useless for fantasy with Durant, Irving, and company in town and the possibility of coming off the bench, or are people sleeping on him?

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      Hey there. My name is Shane. Pham asked me to step in a little and help him out since he’s getting tons of questions. Keep them coming guys. Well whoever said Levert is useless in fantasy absolutely needs counseling (unless you’re in like an 8 man league). He averaged a respectable 18.7 points, 4.2 rebs, and 4.4 assist. He had an injury that kept him out almost half the season. The guy has talent and with this team he might be coming off the bench. I don’t see anything wrong with this where he should still see a nice usage and put up numbers. A HUGE positive is that it’s no mystery that Durant and Irving will miss games. Levert will definitely benefit when one or both sit, and hopefully he can stay healthy and be the 3rd guy on this Brooklyn squad. Target him anytime after #100 and you will be glad you did.

      • NCPhilly says:
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        Thanks for filling in Shane and dropping your insights. The Durant/Irving likely rest situation is a good point to factor in. I’m with you on targeting LeVert in that area: even if he does come off the bench, sixth men with his talent (and those numbers) are highly valuable.

        • Phamtastic

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          Late to the party, but yes I agree Levert around the 100 mark is great! Honestly I have no idea why people are so down on him. I have him in a few leagues and I can’t give him away!

  23. Ganbii says:
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    T.young
    Steph.curry
    Shai G Alex
    D.murray
    K.oubre
    O.anunoby
    T.hardway
    C.sexton
    Seth.curry
    T.warren
    D.divincenzo
    B.lopez
    Larry nance jr
    JJJ
    Gave up bam for s.curry
    12 team 9 cat league
    Any advice would help

    • Phamtastic

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      My advice is to sit back, relax, and wait for your winnings to come in lol. That’s a fantastic team so really nothing else to do. If you can get your hands on Myles Turner I think he’d fit in nicely, but I think you’re pretty good as is.

  24. Samuel Street says:
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    I dont know who to keep next season? Myles Turner or Kelly Oubre Jr?

    • Phamtastic

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      Tough call, pretty even I think. Gun to my head though I’d go with Turner.

  25. JC says:
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    Picking 6th in 12 teamer, h2h, 9 cats. Mocks usually give me these choices:

    1. Jokic, Dame, Curry
    2. Shai, Butler, George, Embiid, Ayton, Vuc
    3. Siakam, LaVine, Drummond, Gobert, Paul, Nurkic
    4. VV, Lowry, Fox, Aldridge,DeRo, Jamal
    10. Barton, Lou, Barrett, Mikal, LaMelo, Dinwidde

    A. Please rank top two per round.
    B. Do you see anyone significantly out of line in the round available (either over or under valued?)

    Many thanks

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      The first you can’t go wrong with any of those 3. It’s truly hard to even pick one over the other. If you absolutely pin me down im going Jokic, Lillard, Curry in that order. According to everyone I have a man crush on Joker, but the stats speak for themselves.. In round 2 don’t forget about Beal and Bam as well. Out of your list I like Ayton and then PG. Wow if you could snag some of these with your third then that’s money in the bank. Nurkic definitely first, and next Gobert if you need a big. Siakiam is always solid as well. If you need a scoring machine don’t hesitate to grab Lavine. I like all of these guys here except CP3, little too early in this spot. Round 4 if VV is there you take him and run, but Fox is a nice consolation prize here if you cant get Fred. Round 10 Mikal is loads above the others. I would say roughly 25 to 30 picks actually. Lamelo might be worth taking here if you need assists, but remember more than likely he will have a low fg%. Let us know how you do JC. Ill be looking forward to you crushing those 11 opponents of yours!

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        You two are lights out. Mikal has moved up at least 20 spots since early mocks. You say it, it happens!

        Collins available often in rounds 3-4 now. Seems like he has potential if Young develops more. Not sure if he is a better value than Fred or Nurkic. Thoughts?

    • Phamtastic

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      Hey JC that’s a nice list, and very realistic based on all the money league drafts I’ve done. Here are my picks:

      1. They’re all good in the top 6. But if I had to choose I’d go Joker and Curry.

      2. George, Shai. Again, they’re all good so not much room for error.

      3. Nurk, Siakam

      4. FVV, Fox

      10. Mikal, Lamelo. Highly unlikely you’d get Mikal this late in a competitive league though.

      Those are solid picks. The only one that sticks out is Mikal, as he often goes a lot sooner.

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        Great. Many thanks

  26. YO says:
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    Picking first in a 20 team 9-cat H2H…can’t decide between Harden, Davis, and Luka. What do you think is the right move given the league size?

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      Harden. Always Harden. Even if he’s looking like a pudgy princess this year lol.

  27. Dungeons and Dragics says:
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    14 team, 9 cat H2H

    Just had my draft, what do you think?

    PG: Chris Paul
    SG: Terrence Ross
    G: Delon Wright
    SF: Will Barton
    PF: Jokic
    F: Boucher
    C: KAT
    UTIL: Baynes
    BN: Redick, Crowder, Beverley, Juancho, PJ Tucker

    • Phamtastic

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      Damn that’s pretty top heavy. I guess you spent most of your budget on Kat and Joker? I do like the Wright, Baynes, and Boucher picks though. They should provide you with some good value. Barton should be decent too. See if you can dangle one of your studs to get some depth. It’s covid season so if one of those guys sit you’re in trouble.

      • Dungeons and Dragics says:
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        Yeah blew most of my budget on KAT and Jokic. I just grabbed Shake Milton, Robert Williams and Kleber over Beverley, Juancho and Tucker

        Thanks for the advice

  28. YO says:
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    I have the 1st pick in a 20 team 9 cat H2H league. Who should I pick with this big a league? Luka, Harden, or Davis?

  29. Chris Lee says:
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    Just completed a draft (12 team, 9 cat H2H) where I picked no. 1.

    Man, it was tough deciding between Harden and AD as the clock was running down. Went with Harden in the end, can’t argue with his body of work, man’s just a beast.

    Ended up punting FG% and TO, ended up forgoing Rebs as the draft went on.

    Harden (1)
    PG13 (24)
    Nurk (25)
    FVV (48)
    LMA (49)
    Thomas Byrant (72)
    Smart (73)
    Conley (96)
    Bojan (97)
    Derrick White (120) – Can’t believe he fell so far, managers were scared off with his injury
    Bazley (121)
    Delon Wright (144)
    Maxi Kleber (145)

    Would appreciate your thoughts! Things I should be keeping my eye on or players I should try and snag in a deal?

    Love the work, thanks!

    • Phamtastic

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      That’s a beautiful team Chris, and I love your first 7 picks! You just had to ruin it with Conley lol. Harden PG and Nurk is probably my favorite way to start the draft this year. Looks like you got awesome value up and down the draft. Not sure if Boucher is available but I think he’d fit your team better than Kleber. If you can somehow get your hands on Cousins or Roco that would be great since they fit this build pretty well. That’s a very nice team though I think you’re pretty good as is.

      And yes, that is amazing value for Derrik White!

  30. Pippen Ain’t Easy says:
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    Hey Pham! This is awesome stuff! Draft tonight … 10 team 9 cat H2H .. keep 2 … I kept Nurkic & DiVincenzo … losing my last 2 picks !! (As they were undrafted FA’s I picked up last year)… Amyways, I pick 4th & 17th .. Who should I look to pair w my guys?? All of the usual suspects available early .. Thank you so much !!

    • Phamtastic

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      That’s amazing lol. You’re definitely off to a great start! Ideally I’d want Curry and then Paul George with those two, and then a couple of bigs after that (Wood and Sabonis would be great). There should be some guards left for your next picks (Dejounte, Lonzo, DD, Coby, Brogdon, Hayward) so you can pick them up then.

  31. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Hey Pham, thanks for the opportunity for us to ask you questions. I play in a 14-team H2H league, with 9 cat plus 3pt% and DD.

    I got pick 13, and I’m expecting Young and Tatum to fall to me. Who do you think is a better option?

    And who do you think I should pair them with in the 2nd round? I was looking at some bigs, the likes of Gobert, Ayton, Adebayo, or even Nurkic as a source of not only reb and the typical big man stats, but also DD, but I feel most of them are reaches on pick 16. What is your opinion?

    I want to note that I’m probably punting one or even two cats depending on who falls to me. So I’m comfortable with that idea.

    Lastly, don’t mind my username, I’m not that bad as a fantasy manager. Normally make the playoffs at least.

    • Phamtastic

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      Haha I love the user name, they’ll never see you coming! I have Trae slightly over Tatum, so I’d go with him there. The caveat is that having 3pt% does change the rankings a lot, so keep an eye on that. I don’t know off the top of my head, but I do know that the rankings do change with 3pt% and DD.

      I know people are sleeping on John Collins, but in a league that counts 3pt% and DD, you’d have to consider him with your second pick. I also love Paul George in that range too, and you have the advantage of his good 3pt% as a bonus.

  32. Andy says:
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    Picking 2nd in 12tm 9cat roto league. Guy picking first told me he’s taking AD, so I was leaning Harden over KAT at 2. Assuming I go the Harden route, who are your choices to follow up with the next two picks at the turn?

    The mocks I’ve been doing I’ve been deciding on Shai, Nurk, Gobert, and Vuc for my 2&3rd picks. My first thought is Nurk, as he’ll help w/ blocks and not really hurt anywhere. But who else? Gobert to help seal blocks/reb and help w/ needed FG%? Then I hate missing out on the Shai train, and Vuc is solid & consistent with the current Harden uncertainty.

    I’d be curious on your take of what players to pair up with Harden at picks 23 & 26. Thank you!

  33. Theo says:
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    14 team, 6 starter H2H 8 cat league.

    Got the 1st pick

    DLo
    Lavine
    Oubre
    AD
    Nurk
    Oladipo

    Blake Griffin
    Gallinari
    Schroeder
    Eric Gordon
    Marc Gasol (streaming spot)

    How did i do? Any suggestions on how i can improve my team?

    Thanks a lot!!!

    • Phamtastic

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      Love the first 6 picks, but not your last 5 picks lol. I would have picked Harden at 1, since in 8 cat I assume you’re not counting Turnovers. That’s Harden’s biggest weakness, so eliminating TOs really boosts his values. However as it is I think you’ve build a very strong team.

      My only issue is that if there are 14 teams, and 11 spots on the team, there has got to be better guys on the waiver wire than Gordon and Gasol? I’d also try to flip Blake Griffin for someone in that range like OG or Mikal or even Horford. Or you could just trade him for a bag of peanuts that that would also be good lol

  34. Phamtastic

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    That’s an awesome place to be, and I agree with your picks! I’d go harden at 2, then follow up with Nurk and Vuc. I don’t think Shai will be there at 23 in a competitive league, but if he’s there then you pick him. If you go that route, and definitely get Nurk or Vuc next. There should still be some quality bigs left for you for your picks 4 and 5.

    This is why I love early picks! You get Harden, and your first 5 picks are top 50 guys!

  35. PVR says:
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    Hi Pham, I would like your opinion of my team:

    12 teams H2H most categories, 11 Cat.

    Categories:

    FG, FT, 3PM, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO, DD, 3D, PTS

    1) KAT
    2) B. Simmons
    3) Nurkik
    4) Ayton
    5) Fox
    6) RobCo
    7) Wood
    8) Dejounte Murray
    9) TJ Warren
    10) C. Sexton
    11) O. Porter Jr.
    12) Toppin
    13) A. Edwards

    Thanks in advance.

    • Phamtastic

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      That is some crazy value. What league is this, and how I do get in it? Ayton at 4 is insane. Wood at 7?? Great value with Dejounte and Sexton too.

      I don’t love Toppin and Edwards to end the draft, but they’re fliers so you can always cut them if they don’t hit.

      The only pick I’m not crazy about is Ben Simmons, but he could prove me wrong. If that were me I’d try to trade him for PG or Shai if possible.

  36. TypicalT says:
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    Hello Pham! I am in a 12-team, H2H, 7 category (adjusted FG%) league. We are doing a $250 auction draft, with max 3 keepers at last year’s value. Right now, I am planning on keeping, AD ($80), Nurkik ($1), and Wood ($1). Building around those players, any recommendations on who I should target in my draft? Thanks!

  37. Phamtastic

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    Wow that’s incredible value on Nurk and Wood! I feel like AD is a bit high though for a keeper? He’s been going for around $60 in my auctions where the budget is $200, so you’d think that in a $250 budget $80 is fair. Are there any other keeper values?

    But if you go with those guys I think you’d be super strong building a punt assists team. So guys like PG, Mitchell, Lavine, Dejounte, Oubre, Smart, Warren, OG, Mikal, Derrik White, Collin Sexton, would be great.

  38. BigBun says:
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    Hey guys! I’m in a 12-team H2H 8 category (no TOs) league. I went for a balanced build but am worried I’m not going to win enough categories. Want to know what you two think, thanks!

    VanVleet
    Harden
    Butler
    Covington
    Vucevic
    Sexton
    Horford
    Turner
    PJ Washington
    Clarke

    Wendell Carter
    Ingles
    Derrick White

    • SugarShane says:
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      Man I cannot stop looking at this team because it’s beautiful. You have everything with this squad. If you pin me down and make me choose where you’re the weakest I would say assist and maybe blocks. Overall though you should have a very bright season and I’m floored where you were able to get some of these guys. Good luck bud!!

      • Phamtastic

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        That’s a beautiful team lol. You got value everywhere. Please tell me this is a cash league! Harden was already a god, but in a league where there’s no TOs that’s just unfair. Unless you get an incredible offer that you can’t refuse, I recommend staying put.

        • BigBun says:
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          haha appreciate it fellas! you guys rock, good luck to you too!

  39. pdw15 says:
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    Appreciate the help here! 12 team H2H 9 cat on Yahoo

    Giannis
    Westbrook
    Shai
    Jaylen Brown
    Smart
    Whiteside
    JJJ
    Bertans
    Wiseman
    Bagley
    DiVincenzo
    Payton
    Milton

    Went punt FT with Giannis. A little short in points and 3s I think. I added Milton with the extra spot I have with JJJ on IL. Melo, Dragic, Plumlee, Theis and others on waiver. Thoughts?

    Thanks again!

  40. pdw15 says:
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    Hello Razzball squad. Thank you for the assist here. I am in a 12 team H2H 9 Cat on yahoo.

    Giannis
    Westbrook
    Shai
    Jaylen Brown
    Smart
    Whiteside
    JJJ
    Bertrand
    Bagley
    Wiseman
    Wright
    Divicenzo
    Payton
    Milton

    I went punt FT here. Might be a little weak in points and 3s. I added Milton with JJJ being on IL. Short bench so some wire options: Melo, Theis, Plumlee. Thoughts?

  41. Phamtastic

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    Not bad at all for a punt ft team! Solid picks all around. Pick up Plumlee immediate lol. He’s perfect for your build.

  42. San says:
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    Standard head to head Yahoo 12 man league
    Kyrie, Bledsoe, J. Richardson, Chris Paul, Tobias Harris, Myles Turner, KAT, Drummond, PJ Washington, and Fultz are my starters, bench is Bjelica, Dinwiddie, and Avdija. How would you rate my team?

  43. SugarShane says:
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    I really like KAT this year, but I’m definitely not crazy that you paired KAT and Kyrie with Drummond because of his fts. You might be okay with this team of Kyrie stays healthy. I love the Turner and Washington picks as they are guys I’m very high on. You have Fultz and JRich as well who I also am high on. Actually overall you did well. Let’s just cross our fingers Kyrie and CP3 stay healthy for you.

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