Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Hopefully you’re enjoying your turkey leftovers and your star players are all healthy!

After successful wrist surgery on Tuesday, Kevin Martin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Martin broke his wrist the previous week in a Minnesota win over the New York Knicks. The crazy thing is that Martin hurt his wrist in the first quarter and ended up scoring 34 points in the game. He was 6-9 from downtown with a broken wrist! Too bad everyone can’t play that well through their injuries!

It’s a big blow to the Timberwolves who are already missing Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic. Replacing Kevin Martin in the starting lineup is Corey Brewer. He’s not as pure of a shooter as Martin, but Brewer will provide points and steals for as long as he’s starting. His minutes have already jumped from 23.5 to 31.2 per game since Martin went down.

Without Martin’s 3-point prowess, the T’Wolves will need another shooter to step up. Enter Mo Williams. He was already seeing an increase in minutes due to Rubio’s injury, but should see even more 3-point looks. In two games without Martin, Williams has seen his 3-point attempts rise from 1.8 to 5.5 per night. It’s a small sample size, but Williams is a cheap source of threes, points, and assists.

Already owned in most leagues, Andrew Wiggins should see increased opportunities as well. Since Martin went down, Wiggins has taken 14+ shots a night, after not taking more than 13 shots in any game prior. With any rookie, there will be some growing pains, but it’s clear that the Timberwolves want Wiggins to take on more of a role on offense.

As if the Knicks’ season couldn’t get any worse, Carmelo Anthony sat out Wednesday’s game with back spasms and is doubtful for Friday’s game. The spasms were so bad that Melo had trouble walking in the locker room on Tuesday. Hopefully the back pain isn’t a sign of something worse, like disk problems, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Anthony miss a few games.

With Melo day-to-day, there are a lot more opportunities for shots on offense. While Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. should all see increased looks, I think Smith is the best player of the group to pickup. Smith started and scored 15 points in 36 minutes in Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks, after only averaging 19 minutes per game prior. Since Smith never saw a shot he didn’t like, the shooting percentage and free throw percentage will leave something to be desired, but he will provide solid scoring and 3-pointers, while throwing in a few rebounds and assists.

Another week and another game Derrick Rose left early. After missing a few games last week, Rose returned to play on Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it through Tuesday’s game. Rose practiced fully on Thursday, but is uncertain to return to the court for Friday’s game. As I keep saying each week, expect Rose to continue to miss games here and there.

Rose’s teammate, Taj Gibson, is also day-to-day, but with an ankle injury. The ankle has bothered him in the past, but fortunately, X-rays were negative. However, the Bulls still sent him home from the Bulls’ west coast road trip for further examination. Gibson was out for Monday and Tuesday’s game and doesn’t have a timetable for his return, but hopefully will be back in a few games.

Washington Wizards’ starting power forward, Nene, is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He left Saturday’s game early and missed both of the Wizards’ losses this week. Nene has missed a good deal of time due to this injury in the past. Keep him owned, but be aware that he may be out for a few weeks.

While Nene is sidelined, Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden will get more run at the 4. Kim Kardashian’s former flame has been starting for the Wizards and can put up close to a double double with starter’s minutes. Both games weren’t very competitive so it may take another game or two to see how coach Randy Wittman will truly divide up Nene’s minutes. Gooden can shoot and rebound, but is only worth a pickup in the deepest of leagues.

Detroit Pistons starting point guard Brandon Jennings missed two games this week due to a sprained thumb. Now this doesn’t appear to be a long-term injury, but D.J. Augustin could make for a solid temporary plug-and-play option. He’s averaged 15 ppg and 6.5 apg in two starts this week. The Pistons play again on Friday, but it’s unclear if Jennings will return then or have to miss further games. Monitor the situation, but feel free to grab Augustin while waiting for Jennings to return.

Raymond Felton was eligible to return to the Mavericks’ lineup on Monday. However, he didn’t see any court time. After beginning the season with an ankle injury, Raymond completed his four game suspension due to gun charges on Saturday night. On Tuesday, he re-aggravated his ankle and had to miss Wednesday’s game. There is still a lot of competition for minutes, with Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris, and JJ Barea. As of now, it looks like Felton will be the odd man out, but Harris and Nelson don’t have the healthiest track records so we might end up seeing more of Felton if one of those guys were to go down.

Now for some good news. Fortunately for David Lee owners, Lee is expected to return to the court within a few games. He’s hoping to play Friday against the Pistons, but is more likely to return next week on either December 2 or 4. Hamstring issues are always tricky injuries because they are easy to aggravate. Look for Lee to be eased back into action, which will likely begin with him coming off the bench.

 

 

  1. Manshi Shah says:
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    Trade Parsons and Dragic for Rondo?

    The reason I am thinking about doing this trade is because I am punting 3’s.

    I am going for FG% REB AST STL and BLKS

    He wants Dragic because he wants a SG and SF.

    Opinions?

    Waiver Wire: If I should accept which player should I pick up?
    http://games.espn.go.com/fba/freeagency?leagueId=173325&teamId=11&seasonId=2015

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup)

    PG- MCW, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic

    SG- Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams

    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard, Corey Brewer

    PF- Nikola Vucevic, Jared Sullinger

    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas, Brandan Wright

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Manshi Shah: Dude i also have batum parsons and mcw, their fg is so bad right now i wanna trade them away.

      • Manshi Shah says:
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        @Dante Green: It’s terrible man lol. Batum and Parsons need to step it up for real!! mCW needs to average 18ppg 6 Reb 6 ast and I’ll be happy.

        • Dante Green says:
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          @Manshi Shah: yea i know, i’m hoping chandler and nic will be able to turn things around SOONER rather than later.

          Yea i wouldnt mind mc missing shots as long as hes averaging 8asts9rebs3stls per game. Lol good luck to your team bro

        • Peter Kap

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          @Manshi Shah: On paper that trade is fine, but there isn’t a lot on waivers to get excited about. Quickly looking, Humphries, Hinrich, Mirotic, Kaman, or Copeland are decent pickups.

          You’re selling Parsons pretty low. His 40% FG percentage is going to rise. He’s a career 46% shooter. With the way the Mavs have crushed teams lately, I wouldn’t be so quick to trade Parsons. The same with Batum. He’s shooting 39% and is a career 45% shooter. He missed a few games for a knee injury and has been shooting better since returning (44%).

  2. kevin says:
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    Hi!

    I’m in a 10 Team yahoo 9 cat H2H league.

    who would you rather pick up: patrick patterson or amir johnson?

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @kevin: I’d go with Amir Johnson. Their stat lines are similar, but I’d rather have Amir Johnson’s blocks than Patterson’s threes and Amir is starting.

  3. Dante Green says:
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    Can somebody tell me what the F is up with batum? Dude cant bury a three a right now

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Dante Green: Batum has only played five games since a knee injury so he may still be getting his legs under him. He’s shooting 38% from the field and 26% from downtown, but is a career 45% shooter and 36% from downtown. Expect his percentages to go up closer to his career averages soon. Just be patient.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Peter Kap: yea its just frustrating, he was doing good before that injury. 2 weeks out and now he says the knee still bothers him, i blame him for losing 3 straight matches. Lol but yea i’m just gonna wait it out, thanks ser

  4. AC says:
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    Do you think it’s worth it to stash Kevin Martin (and drop Fournier)? I’m already stashing George Hill and it’s a 12-teamer so the waiver wire is pretty weak.

    Thanks!

  5. Dante Green says:
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    @AC: Nah bruh, even if kmart comes back his health is always going to be an issue

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Dante Green: Depends on your team. If you have a good enough team to be fine with two injured players, then by all means grab Martin. Otherwise, I would hold onto Fournier and look to grab Martin closer to his return date in January. It was just reveled that George Hill also has a tear in his quad, but is expected back sometime in December.

      • AC says:
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        @Peter Kap: Thanks! Actually grabbed Brewer for now, but keeping a close eye on Martin in December.

        Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  6. mamba says:
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    This is tough Mo Williams or Mozgov? Points based 10 team H2H league with bonus points for double doubles. Mo Williams is returning top 30 value on a fantasy points per game basis in the last 2 weeks and Mozgov top 60 value in the last 2 weeks. Mo Williams averages 0.6 double doubles in the last 2 weeks so on average 6 times every 10 games while Mozgov is at 0.4 so they’re about equal in that department. Both have pretty easy 4 game schedules next week.

    Mo Williams value goes really down once Rubio comes back but I should be able to get top 50 value out of him for the next month or so, while I have a feeling Mozgov gets minutes the rest of the season.

    I could also drop Courtney Lee to have both Mo Williams and Mozgov on my roster.

    What do you think?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @mamba: Typically it’s easier to get a double double with rebounds than with assists so Mozgov is more likely to get a double double on any given night. In the short term, Williams is the better player, but like you said Rubio will return, forcing Williams back to the bench. Mozgov is the better long term player and I prefer to have Lee than either Williams or Mozgov.

  7. LightSpeed says:
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    10 team h2h 10catg(dd) trade help

    which side wins, Jordan Hill + Wade for Oladipo + Perice

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @LightSpeed: I’d probably prefer to have the Oladipo and Pierce side, since Wade is currently out. Wade has an injury history and missed the last 7 games due to a lingering hamstring issue. Wade has been a stud when he plays, but until we know that he’s over that injury, it’s hard to recommend him.

  8. Tyler says:
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    Im stashing tjones so i picked dmotiejunas up in case tjones will be out for months.

    Should i swap dmo for kjmcdaniels?

    Other FAs available:
    Gallo (waivers), Oquinn, vasquez, james johnson, ed davis, tony allen

    I dont want to use waiver for gallo though.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler: It looks like Jones will be out for a while so I would hold onto Motiejunas. He’s guaranteed more minutes and McDaniels is a little too inconsistent for me.

  9. hanns says:
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    Should i drop wroten, mo williams, or Arron Afflalo for james johnson or vasquez? I think my current player are better right? I’m in a 12 team

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @hanns: I would hold onto what you have. Wroten, Williams, and Afflalo are all better players.

  10. beastmode says:
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    wes matthews/jordan hill/dieng for vucevic… vucevic no brainer right>?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @beastmode: Always good to consolidate your players to get a stud, especially in a shallow league where there are viable options on the waiver wire. Vucci Mane is the best player out of the bunch and it’s not too close.

  11. beastmode says:
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    keeper league: $15 batum for $40 westbrook

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @beastmode: That’s pretty close. Westbrook is the better player, but Batum is at a better price. Really depends on your budget, who else you have, etc, but without knowing all that, I would probably still take Westbrook.

  12. Sam says:
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    hey mate, I’m in a 10man league 10cat with DDs and minutes, and was wondering if you think i should try pick up tjones and rubio (when they r closer to coming back) for noel and W. chandler?
    My team at the moment looks like this:
    Curry
    Beal
    Millsap
    Favors
    Walker
    Lowry
    Sullinger
    Smith
    Gortat
    Collison
    Markieff
    Noel
    Wilson Chandler

    Or do you think i should be more patient with noel? does he hav better upside than jones with the nerve injury thing possibly being a recurring issue?

    Thanks for any feedback

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Sam: Noel is still so raw offensively that I think we are a season or two away from him being a dominant fantasy big man. That being said, Noel and Chandler are still ownable guys in ten team leagues. Right now, there’s no timetable for Jones’ return. I haven’t heard anything in weeks. It’s fine to monitor him and Rubio, but I wouldn’t pick either up until closer to their return. Rubio is expected back around the New Year.

  13. mamba says:
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    Stuckey or McDaniels? Another big game for McDaniels while Stuckey posted a bad game after showing some promise earlier this week. 10 team H2H points league

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @mamba: Probably McDaniels because he has the much higher upside than Stuckey. McDaniels is still going to be inconsistent and I’m concerned that he’s only seeing this spike in minutes because Wroten is out. Stuckey will have to compete with Sloan, CJ Watson, and George Hill when he returns. Ride the hot hand and then find a replacement when he cools down.

  14. leo says:
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    Waddup Peter! Happy belated thanksgiving! So 12 team. I rank 7 right now. I made some bonehead trades last week, thinking it will benefit me Dragic for Chandler–FML! And Jordan for Smith–OK trade. I rank 7 out of 12 on standard category with yahoo.

    So my team looks like:
    Guards: Colliso, Oladipo, Dragic, GHill, Burke, Beal
    Forward: lebron, Batum, Solomon Hill, shawn Williams
    Center: Sullinger, noah, boozer, jordan, kanter

    Any trades I need to make happen again.. or should i stay patient….

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @leo: You’re in 7th, despite having Beal and Oladipo out for a good part of the season and Hill still hurt. Batum has had a slow start too so in general, I would stay patient. As far as guys to try and trade, I think you should try to trade Solomon Hill and/or Shawne Williams before they completely lose value. I don’t expect those guys to be contributing the entire year. Maybe you can package one of them in a 2-for-1 trade to upgrade elsewhere.

  15. BIG D says:
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    Does anyone think Kemba is a buy low guy? or maybe the hole Charlote group are doomed?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @BIG D: He is a guy that I would trade for, especially if his owner expects more out of him.

  16. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, should I drop Kelly Olynyk for Danilo Gallinari or Ersan Ilyasova? Who has better ROS value? Thanks for advice.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wen: Of the three, Gallinari has the highest upside, but I’m still concerned with his ability to stay healthy and play enough minutes to warrant a pickup. Olynyk appears headed to the bench, until he gets out of his funk. Ilyasova is playing the best of three right now, but we’ve seen this with him before. ROS, I think it’s a coin flip. If you think Gallinari will stay healthy, then pick him up. Otherwise, go with Ilyasova or Olynyk.

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