After making history this weekend with arguably the best Halloween costume from an NBA player of all time, LeBron James made his way into the NBA record books becoming the youngest player to score 25,000 career points. Despite the record-breaking basket coming against the hapless Philadelphia 76ers, the feat nonetheless is one of the most impressive in recent memory. With all the scrutiny surrounding the potential decline of the Artist Formerly Known as King James, tonight’s performance was an instant reminder of how effectively he can impact the game not only on the hardwood, but the fantasy box score as well.

Registering 22 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks on 9-19 shooting, James had his most well-rounded performance of the season. Moving forward, James should begin to impact other areas of the box score (assists, rebounds, steals, and FG percentage) as the Cavs offense clicks.

As the Cavs begin to realize the full potential of their All-Pro floor spacer in Kevin Love, James ability to facilitate and control the pace of the game will open up his true fantasy potential. Pencil him in for at least 20 points, 8 boards, and 6 assists on .500+ shooting. All hail the King.

J.R. Smith – After he left the game with a knee contusion, Richard Jefferson (yes he is still alive) played a total of 22 minutes contributing little of fantasy worth outside his 9 points off the bench. The Cavs are super thin on the wing and a Smith injury will likely promote Jefferson into the starting lineup. However, I do not see Jefferson being particularly helpful since, unfortunately, nostalgia is not a viable fantasy category.

Matthew Dellavedova – Apparently Delly hasn’t gotten the memo that he is supposed to be one of the worst players in the league, and instead dropped 9 assists last night.

Mo Williams – Life is good for the former Cav as he dropped 21 on 8-10 shooting from the field. As long as Kyrie Irving is out, Williams is a legitimate fantasy starter.

Timofey Mozgov – 6 points, 7 boards, but 4 blocks. Only saw 22 minutes, but until he sees closer to 30 minutes per game, he’s only worth monitoring. Still scared of him in real life.

Jared Cunningham – Never head of him? It’s okay, me neither! Got 17 minutes in Smith’s absence, but didn’t do much to warrant further consideration. Like I said, Cleveland is dangerously thin at the wing, so much so that I would encourage any reader above 6’6″ to send the Cavs some game tape.

Robert Covington – SEASON DEBUT FOR ROCO! 1-9 from the field and 0-5 from the 3 while posting -25 for the game! Covington will find his shot and get plenty of opportunities to build off of his successful season last year. Don’t let one game derail your team. Trust the process, it’s certainly worked for Philly fans…

Hollis Thompson – 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists on 3-7 shooting (1-4 from 3). As long as he keeps seeing 30 minutes per game (31 last night) I think he can be this year’s RoCo.

Nerlens Noel – 14 points, 8 points, 3 blocks, 2 assists, and 1 steal. By all accounts, Noel played a good game and continued to contribute in multiple statistical categories. Most impressed by his 7-13 shooting from the field, including a shot from the top of the key. If Noel continues to shoot at a high percentage, while expanding his offensive range, he’s going to solidify his spot as one of fantasy basketball’s best forwards (while giving Philly fans hope that things will work out).

Jahlil Okafor – 21 points on 11-21 shooting with only 3 rebounds and 0 total assists, steals, and blocks. Things will get better for the big fella, but I don’t see him rounding into form until January/February.

Nik Stauskas – 4-10 from the field and 3-9 from 3-point range. JUST KEEP SHOOTING!

Isaiah Canaan – Barely shooting above .300 this season while averaging 2 assists per game. Just wait for Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten to return before considering to roster a Philly PG.

T.J. McConnell – 12 assists and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes may make me consider amending my previous statement. If he does it again, I think he should be on the radar in most leagues as a legitimate bench option given Philly’s dearth of playmaking.

Greg Monroe – Behind another double-double, “the Moose” helped guide the Bucks (see what I did there) to their first win of the year. Chipping in a steal and a block on 10-14 shooting, Monroe looks like a fantasy star in Milwaukee. Expect his production to continue as the year progresses.

Khris Middleton –  17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in 39 minutes of action. Middleton also shot 2-5 from 3 as well. While I don’t expect this production every night form him, he’s been seeing a lot of minutes, and will continue to produce in multiple areas with the added opportunities.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – I wish I got an extra point for spelling his name correctly, oh well. With his 3rd straight 20 point game of the year, the Greek Freak is already looking like the fantasy steal of the year.

Michael Carter-Williams – Ankle injury limited him to only 23 minutes. Worth monitoring over the next few days to ensure he’s 100%.

Jerryd Bayless – Despite his status as a professional point guard, Bayless registered 2 assists in 47 minutes. Made 6-10 3 pointers, but I am not sure he understands the concept of teamwork quite yet.

Chris Copeland/Miles Plumlee/Johnny O’Bryant/Greivis Vasquez – Only 4 from the Bucks bench to check into the game and combined to score 10 points total. Vasquez dished out 8 assists, but also missed all 8 shots from the field tonight. None of them are on the fantasy radar until the Bucks begin to use their bench.

Thad Young – 13 points, 6 board, 5 assists, and 1 block in only 25 minutes in his strongest outing of the season so far. Despite his inability to guard professional basketball players, Young should be a nicely undervalued fantasy option if he continues to perform at this level.

Markel Brown – Started at shooting guard despite being outplayed by Bojan Bogdanovic, but finished with 7 points on 3-7 from the field with 2 points. Starting position may be up in the air if Bogdanovic continues to score off the bench.

Jarrett Jack – 4:5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Once he calms down and stops giving the ball to the other team, his fantasy value will resurface.

LaMarcus Aldridge – In 32 minutes, Aldridge scored 19 points with 6 rebounds and 0 assists, blocks, or steals. Not quite Spur-level facilitation and contribution on offense and defense, but he’ll get there!

Tim Duncan – 16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal while being TWICE AS OLD as Kristaps Porzingis. Never doubt Duncan.

Kawhi Leonard – 14 REBOUNDS!!! Added 2 steals and 4 blocks, Leonard looks like he’s poised for his first All-Star game later this year. He’s all over the court and all over the box score.

Tony Parker – Hasn’t broken 30 minutes once this season, but despite a solid outing in MSG, still off the fantasy radar until his assists and steals increase.

Danny Green – Down game for Green scoring only 4 points in this contest. Still struggling to find his 3 point shot (0-2 last night), but should be fine in the long run.

Kristaps Porzingis – Did I already mention he is half of Duncan’s age? Does anyone else think that is insane? Posting 13 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 1 assist, Porzingis should be considered a legitimate fantasy option.

Carmelo Anthony – As always, Melo finds a way to his 20 point plateau, but tonight the efficiency was lacking (4-17 from the field). However, he finished with a Harden-esque 10-12 from the charity strip.

Robin Lopez – 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block. Definitely want to see more from Lopez on the glass, but 4 assists is a nice bonus.

Russell Westbrook – 25 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals on 10-16 shooting. The start of 2015 season has been very kind to Westbrook as he should continue his hot start.

Kevin Durant29 points to go with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Definitely a little concerned with his 5 turnovers last night, but KD will likely get that under control moving forward.

Serge Ibaka – Inhaled everything on the glass on his way to a well-rounded 12 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Ibaka hasn’t been shooting very well from the field, but his production in other areas (over 3 blocks per game!) more than makes up for theses deficiencies.

Steven Adams – Started again last night at center. OKC seems committed to Adams and Andre Roberson in the starting unit, limiting the upside of Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler.

James Harden – The Rockets finally got a W (maybe this prediction will finally come true), and Harden played his best game of the year finishing with 37 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Hopefully this is the game that gets his season into gear.

Ty Lawson – In his first double-digit assist game of the year, Lawson flashed the potential that Rocket faithful believe will turn them into legitimate title contenders this year. Despite his 11 assists and 4 steals, Lawson went 2-7 from the charity stripe (they’re called FREE throws for a reason!). As his role in the offense becomes more defined, Lawson’s production will become more consistent.

Dwight Howard – As long as he stays healthy, Howard will continue to be a viable fantasy option at center. As one of the best rim protectors in the league, his 4 blocks are no surprise, but his 2 steals augmented his overall value last night. Continue to monitor Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell throughout the season to see how Houston incorporates them into the rotation. In the event that Howard misses an extended period of time, these two are the primary beneficiaries.

Marcus Thornton – Thornton got his second start of the year as Houston rolled out their small ball lineup with Trevor Ariza at the 4 to start the game. Despite an off shooting night (5-14 from the field and 2-6 from 3), Thornton is still one of the more undervalued fantasy wing options. He should be a steady source of 3 pointers, rebounds, and field goal percentage as the starting small forward in Houston.

Damian Lillard – Living up to his superstar billing in Portland, Lillard finished with 34 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. Most impressively, he managed only 2 turnovers despite his high usage as a ball dominant scorer. As long as fantasy owners can survive his lower efficiency nights, Lillard will pile up stats across the box score all season.

C.J. McCollum – The popular breakout candidate is so far living up to the label with another impressive outing last night with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. McCollum will continue to see a heavy workload so for those who drafted him late, good work.

Meyers Leonard – Although it’s early in the year, I’m definitely more concerned about Leonard’s lack of production. Starting at power forward, Leonard seems a little out of place offensively as he has struggled to hit shots consistently. Next few games will be crucial for Leonard’s case to maintain his starting spot.

Ed Davis – Conversely, Davis is the biggest threat to usurp the starting power forward job from a struggling Leonard. In 20 minutes off the bench, Davis contributed 7 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal. Despite his offensive limitations, if Davis can continue to rebound effectively and contribute in multiple categories, he will remain fantasy relevant as Portland continues to sort out their rotation.

Al-Farouq Aminu – Despite his reputation around the league as a non-shooter, Aminu has been letting it fly from deep this season making at least 1 3-pointer in every game so far (3 games with multiple treys as well). With 17 points and 9 board on 7-12 shooting last night, Aminu is quietly producing like a starting fantasy wing.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Limited by foul trouble, Towns posted 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks in 27 minutes of action.

Ricky Rubio – Although he tied his season low in points with 12, Rubio posted 9 assists, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals last night. The season’s scoring uptick is certainly a surprise for fantasy owners, but as long as Rubio consistently contributes solid assist, rebound, and steal totals, he will be a good fantasy option if he stays healthy.

Tayshaun Prince – I’m sorry but, WHY IS HE STARTING????

Andrew Wiggins – With another underwhelming performance, I think Wiggins is officially in “buy low” territory for any owner trying to poach a trade from the slumping sophomore.

Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green – The Golden State Warriors are just really, really good at basketball, and on top of that, they are definitely still silencing any critics claiming they were scared of Memphis is last year’s playoff matchup. No reason to be overly concerned with anyone on Memphis after last night. There’s not much anyone can do to prevail after catching a pissed off Golden State on a really good night.

Steph Curry – The human iteration of changing a players shooting splits in NBA 2k to 99 across the board.

Festus Ezeli – Started in place of Andrew Bogut and registered a double double (with 3 blocks) in only 20 minutes of action. Continue to monitor Bogut’s status as he attempts to return from a concussion. Ezeli is worth owning in all leagues.

Harrison Barnes – Another mediocre outing for Barnes as he meddles his way to 8 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. If Barnes continues to produce at a similar level, I think it may be time to consider dropping the former North Carolina Tar Heel in favor of a waiver wire option with higher upside.

Draymond Green – 11 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks while going 3-4 from 3 last night. Is it possible for him to still be underrated?

Brandon Knight – Despite an abysmal 4-20 performance from the field, Knight managed to contributed 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Big picture, I think this actually bodes well for his longterm outlook in Phoenix. The most valuable fantasy players can contribute in multiple categories, even on an off night (pun intended). Knight proved he is capable of this and I think his role will expand as he continues to grow more comfortable in Phoenix’s up tempo offense.

Eric Bledsoe – As long as he limits his fouls and turnovers, Bledsoe will continue to make fantasy owners very happy. Lack of a 3 point shot is still the biggest knock on his fantasy ceiling (you make them in 2K, why can’t you do it in real life?), but Bledsoe appears to be one of the leading floor generals this year.

Markieff Morris – Still a poor shooter, but showed what he can do when he stays out of foul trouble. 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists is a good line for any starting power forward, but Markieff, let’s try to stay under 20 shots next time?

T.J. Warren – 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist off the bench. Don’t think he’s going to be starting until either Bledsoe or Morris develops into a credible threat from deep. But if Phoenix wants to give him a bigger role so I can be right about him, I’m also okay with that.

Alex Len – 7 minutes last night. Not worth monitoring unless Tyson Chandler misses extended period of time.

  1. Melo says:
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    One player just dropped MCW in my league, dou you think I should go for him?

    This is my team:

    Lillard, Bledsoe, Knight, McCollum
    Hayward, Tobias harris, Covington, Aminu
    Favors, Draymond Green
    Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Greg Monroe

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Melo:

      Overall very balanced team! Good work on assembling such a contender!

      And I think you should hold tight for now because, you tell me, who are you going to drop for MCW???

      I like the way Aminu has been playing and think he contributes in a lot of similar categories, but has been hitting 3s (I’m just as surprised as your are), making him more valuable than MCW.

      I might be able to justify dropping Convington (you have a ton of 3 point shooting and MCW can fill up the stat sheet a little bit better than Covington) if you decide to move forward. I think there is a chance Covington regresses a little with Philly having an actually offensive focal point in Nerlens Noel and Jahil Okafor, but MCW is no sure thing either.

      • Melo says:
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        @charlie:

        Thanks man, I actually won 7:2 the first week in my h2h league. I agree with what you said, I had high hopes for Aminu since I heard Blazers GM on the Lowe podcast said that he’ll be starting, and I kind of like him, he’s a multicat contributor, just the way I like it! I’ll stick with Covington for now. Anyway, thanks for the advice, keep up the good work!

        • charlie

          charlie says:
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          @Melo:

          Congrats on the W!

          Just monitor how he’s used the next few games. Also watch the Bucks rotation. Kidd has staggered the minutes strangely and if MCW sees 35+ per game then I think he should be treated a little differently.

  2. Joe says:
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    My team in a 10-team, 9 cat h2h league: Wall, Teague, Jack, Batum, Middleton, Durant, T.Jones, Bosh, Vala, Gobert, Chandler.

    I’m not ready to give up on the cursed T.Jones just yet, but would you drop Jack for any of the following: Mo Williams, KCP, or Aminu?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Joe:

      Jarrett Jack I am presuming?

      Definitely go ahead and pick up Mo Williams and KCP right now. Just remember, Williams value decreases significantly once Kyrie Irving returns, but he’s been able to score and facilitate easily this year.

      KCP has a lot of upside after the injury to Jodie Meeks. Detroit’s whole basketball philosophy is predicated on having enough shooters to open up the lane, so from a systemic point of view, he is an excellent fit to replace that lost production. No way Detroit is going to play any other way than 4-out with Drummond in the middle, and I think that opens up a lot for KCP this year.

      Aminu is off to a strong start and, if he continues at this pace, he will easily outplay Jack this year.

  3. Bobby says:
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    Deep standard league decision…PJ Tucker or Nemanja Bjelica?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Bobby:

      Nemanja Bjelica

      Don’t worry about having no idea how to pronounce his name, it won’t affect your fantasy score.

      But Bjelica is getting more minutes per game (26.7 compared to Tucker’s 22.4), and is flat out more productive (7.3 rebounds, 1 3PM, and .500 FG).

      Tucker is going to battle with TJ Warren for minutes and I think Bjelica has a chance of entering the starting lineup.

  4. jake says:
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    Seriously considering dropping courtney lee for hot sauce castillo. shall I pull the trigger?

    And can you also rate my team.

    Jimmy Butler
    Klay Thompson
    Al Harford
    Danilo Gallinari
    Ty lawson
    Ricky Rubio
    Robert Covington
    Myles Turner
    Aaron Gordon
    Myers Leonard
    Marcus Smart
    John Henson
    Rodney Hood
    Kosta Koufos (ww pick up)
    Courtney Lee

    • Jeremy says:
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      @jake:

      i think you need some more assists. Maybe pick up Grant if he’s still available. and i would drop lee for nik

      • Jake says:
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        @Jeremy: great thanks for the input =)

      • charlie

        charlie says:
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        @Jeremy:

        Also monitor TJ McConnell. Dude has 16 assists in 3 games (which leads the team), so I expect to see him inherit a bigger role soon.

        • Jake says:
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          @charlie: sadly he was scooped after that last game. My league is a very competetive 14 team league

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @jake:

      100 % YES STAUSKAS WILL SHOOT ALL DAMN DAY AS LONG AS HE IS ALIVE AND WEARING A PHILLY UNIFORM.

      Cannot say the same for Courtney Lee. Also Philly still likes to play fast and that will inflate Stauskas’ assist numbers as well.

      • Jake says:
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        @charlie: thank you very much =)

  5. J says:
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    Hey Charlie,

    12 Team (Standard 9 CAT)

    Bledsoe, IT, Jack
    Knight, Pope
    Durant, Gay, AGordon
    Millsap, Markieff
    Meyers Leonard, Myles Turner, Mason Plumlee

    A guy in my league is looking for a wing player. Meanwhile I wouldn’t mind getting more of an elite big.

    Is my Rudy Gay + Mason Plumlee for his Karl Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis fair?
    Too much? Too little?

    Thanks!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @J:

      Overall I think that is ever so slightly too little (although it sounds worse for you based on names).

      Small sample, I know, but KAT has looked strong and is more impactful on the glass and as a rim protector than Plumlee. Dude gets blocks, shoots above .500 and even hit a 3-pointer yesterday.

      Porzingis also looks like a high ceiling player and last night illustrated his ability to hit all five main categories in the box score. Efficiency stats aren’t quite there yet, but the kid is 19 playing major minutes for one of the premier franchises in the league.

      However, Gay is a 20 point scorer (let’s round up for discussion) contributing 7 rebounds, about 3 assists and at least 1 steal and 3PM per game. I like Aaron Gordon a lot, but I don’t think he’s quite ready yet to produce enough making Gay’s loss more palatable.

      Also, don’t trade Gay for the rest of the week. His usage rating when Boogie is out is over 30.

  6. Ken says:
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    Thoughts on Bjelica? Minutes 25+ and trending. Backups KG and looks like he can help in 3s, boards, steals and maybe eventually points.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Ken:

      Like him a lot. Basically agree with what you said there and think he has a lot more room to grow. Points will come, but I like that he can effect the game without scoring. Not to sound cliche, but sounds like he has a strong feel for the game and he’s getting a lot of minutes off the bench (weaker opponents too).

      Like that he can toggle between the 3/4 and Minnesota is making a huge effort to play a lot of their bench guys so he’s in a good position to slowly develop.

  7. Joe G says:
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    Hey Charlie,

    12 team, 9-cat, h2h league

    I’m thinking of floating some buy-low offers for Gordon Hayward or Danny Green given their slow starts. Would you give up Monta Ellis for either of those players? My team is strong in steals but a bit week from behind the arc.

    Thanks

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Joe G:

      Just for reference, who else do you have that you are willing to trade?

      Monta’s gotten off to a slow start as well, so I am not sure he has enough value for a straight up trade.

      But if the owner’s willing to sell Hayward or Green, definitely explore it. I would pursue Hayward then Green (Aldridge will steal a shot or two from Green).

      • Joe G says:
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        @charlie:
        Thanks for the reply Charlie. I could offer Batum straight up, or perhaps a 2 for 1 (Monta and Jordan Clarkson)?

        Here’s my team:
        Bledsoe/Smart/J. Clarkson/Jerian Grant
        Harden/M. Ellis
        Batum/Thad Young/Jabari Parker/Aaron Gordon
        Marc Gasol/Gortat/Myles Turner/Willie Cauley-Stein

        • charlie

          charlie says:
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          @Joe G:

          Batum’s having a good start, posting a well-rounded 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game, although his shooting is leaving something to be desired.

          Hayward certainly has the edge as a player, but if Batum extrapolates his stat line over the entire season (which may not be too crazy given Charlotte’s dearth of healthy wings) then Hayward is a slight upgrade (defensively).

          I think that may be a fair trade right now.

          Naturally, if he’s willing to accept Monta for Hayward straight up, then that’s the move.

          I would also advise against a 2-for-1 trade. Not sure how deep the waiver wire is in your league, but I would look to steal a high upside guy in addition to Hayward.

  8. Twice on Muesday says:
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    Would you drop A Gordon(or M Turner/J Okafor) for Prozingis?

    I am leaning towards dropping Gordon since I only have 3 eligible Centers and Turner is one of them and Prozingis is not a C

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Twice on Muesday:

      Definitely drop Gordon. Turner and Okafor not only have more upside this year, but they both have something that Gordon does not, a defined role.

      Gordon is currently averaging under 20 minutes per game and has been the first guy off the bench. But I think he’s more of a glue guy than a fantasy study.

      Porzingis has more immediate impact and fantasy friendly game right now.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @charlie:

        I disagree. Despite playing less minutes thus far, Gordon is a stud and capable of contributing in multi-cat. Plus, part of the reason he is not getting mins is because they want to bring him along slowly given his injuries, esp the minor one he suffered right before the season opener. As the season goes on, i think he will out minutes Turner and even if he gets less mins than okafor, he will contribute in steals and blocks and an occasional 3 ball to make him a way better asset than okafor. Okafor does not contribute strong defensive stat and gives you a high TO and low FG% from his position. Okafor has the highest upside, but i still rather have Turner and Gordon who won’t hurt my team anywhere and can contribute in defensive stats.

        • Jeremy says:
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          @Jeremy:

          Sorry i just fact checked myself and Okafor FG% is pretty nice so far. but i think he definitely won’t be over 50% for long. I guess if you need points, Okafor would definitely fit the best.

          • charlie

            charlie says:
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            @Jeremy:

            Part of my concern with Gordon is my apprehension he is the odd man out in Orlando. They’ve been playing smaller with Tobias Harris at the 4 and starting Evan Fournier at 3. I haven’t been overly impressed with Fournier but I think they give him an extended look (especially with his forthcoming extension) which keeps Gordon on the bench for now.

            Just in my personal opinion, I would like to see more Mario Hezonja at the 3 as the year progresses, so I don’t know if Gordon will ever snag a starting role in Orlando.

            Gordon will become a better shooter but he’s only made 1 3-pointer through the first 3 games of the year.

            With all this being said, I think if you want to hold on to Gordon, Miles Turner is probably the guy to release for Porzingis. I’m not sold on Ian Mahinmi as the season-long starting center, so once Turner is healthy his role will slowly expand.

            For me that’s the difference, I think Turner has a role and I am worried Gordon never finds a spot to succeed outside of the backup forward.

    • Adam

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      @Twice on Muesday: I wouldn’t drop any for Porzingis, he still has a long ways to go, and Gordon is forcing himself into that SF/PF slot for the Magic. He’s been in at the end of games, and he’ll continue to get more minutes as he gets back to full health.

      Hezonja simply can’t play the 3 defensively, and the lineup that makes the most sense has Tobias at the 3 and Gordon at the 4. Regardless, Gordon, will produce for the Magic.

      I will say it depends what stats you need though. Based purely on value, I’d hold.

      • charlie

        charlie says:
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        @Adam:

        I think it’s a tough call either way, but I think Porzingis has a higher ceiling than Gordon this year. Porzingis is a better shooter right now and is scoring more while putting up similar rebounding numbers. Gordon has the edge defensively, but for what it’s worth, Porzingis has 6 steals through the first 3 games.

        I think the Magic need more shooting than anything else. I think they can survive with Hezonja at the 3 since they already have two defensive-minded guards in Payton and Oladipo. However, Hezonja’s minutes have decreased ever game, so he may not be much of a factor in Gordon’s ascension.

  9. HIIII says:
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    Trade Joe Johnson or Porter for De’angelo Russell?
    h2h 9CAT, keeper (up to 5)
    My team:
    Harden
    Oladipo
    Hayward
    Al Jeff
    JV
    Tyreke (IL)
    WCS
    Mahinmi
    Bazemore (Stream)
    Jeff Green (Stream)

    Thanks!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @HIIII:

      If you’re willing to buy low on Russell before he fully realizes his ceiling, then I would part ways with Joe Johnson. Personally, I think Russell hasn’t shown enough to trade for a better player at this moment.

      Porter has also struggled after showing flashes in the preseason, but I think he eventually settles down and figures things out in Washington. Playing small around John Wall opens up a lot of opportunities for a capable shooter and rebounder, and Porter certainly fits the billing.

  10. jcg says:
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    12 team 9 cat.

    Would you drop any of the following to scoop up Bjelica?

    Otto P, Dieng, Covington?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @jcg:

      Dieng. Not to say he’s lost all value, but Bjelica is coming off the bench before Dieng. He’s averaging under 20 minutes playing as the 4th big in Minnesota. As long as KG is starting and Bjelica is seeing 25-30 minutes per game, I think Dieng is the most droppable. Unless you are starved for blocks (and the wavier wire is even thinner), then upgrade to Bjelica.

  11. Daniel says:
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    9cat league with TO. Got lillard, r. Jackson, I. Thomas, Morris bros, a. Gordon, p. gasol, t. Harris, gobert, m. Turner, j. Nurkic, draymond, t jones, joe Johnson, mo Williams.

    Guys like crowder, blaze more, stauskas,McConnell, Capella on the wire. Any additions or trades I should be looking for. Thanks again love your site!

  12. charlie

    charlie says:
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    I understand if you don’t feel comfortable dropping a player because of injury, but I would drop Jusef Nurkic right now.

    https://twitter.com/dempseypost/status/660951597896200192

    Nurkic is at least a few weeks away from returning, and even then, his return will likely be a limited one as he works his way up to 25-30 minutes per game consistently.

    As the new starting small forward, Blaze more definitely has a lot of upside as a 3-point scorer.

  13. Joey says:
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    9Cat H2h 12 Team

    Paul
    Batum
    Gallinari
    Draymond
    Gobert
    Monroe
    Wade
    Ryan Anderson
    Meyers
    Alec Burks
    Mo Williams
    Myles Turner
    Fournier
    Jennings [IL]

    My team is kinda top heavy as you can see.

    Meyers value is so low right now but he can’t possibly be worse right? A hold still?
    Praying for the Turner breakout and riding fournier while hes hot.

    Greg Monroe is the #1 ranked big man right now (obviously that wont last), who is a a good target for him in a league with pretty savvy owners?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Joey:

      I think you have to told Meyers just because his value is so low. You won’t get fair value for him (given his performance last year and ceiling this year) at the moment and I don’t think dropping him is the right answer either. I’m in the same boat as you so I understand the struggle. Here’s to hoping he starts figuring it out soon.

      If you can swing a Greg Monroe for Draymond Green trade or even for Boogie (might need a secondp layer to get this done), I think that’s a good way of capitalizing off his #1 status. Although he looks good this year, won’t surprise me if he finishes top 5.

  14. Hamtime says:
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    1. I own Capela in a 16m/11cat but he’s just not getting significant time. I’m in need of big man stats, but FA pool is scarce. Looking for upside. Would you drop CC for:
    Powell, Hollis Thompson, McConnell or tross? Want reliability and best value

    2. Drop jerian or burks for ezili in a 14m/9cat?

    Thanks.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Hamtime:

      1.) Is there anyone else on the waiver wire?? Powell seems like a good fit on paper, but he doesn’t put the ball in the basket very effectively (shooting .444 right now) and doesn’t get blocks. If you’re looking for reliability right now, probably Hollis Thompson. McConnell has a better value currently, but I don’t know how he’s going to fit into Philly’s rotation once Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall both return.

      2.) Drop Alec Burks for Ezeli. Aside from his scoring output, Burks only really contributes in rebounds. Doesn’t shoot efficiently, doesn’t take a lot of 3s, and doesn’t get a lot of assists. I think he will improve as the year goes on, but he’s currently their bench scorer. So I think he will likely get his points from volume and as he generates his own offense instead of setting things up for others.

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly H2H pts league, worth using some FAAB on a just-dropped Jennings? We start 4G and 2Util, my #5/6 G are Ellis and Beverley (who I have as a Lawson handcuff). Bench is J. Parker, Bazemore, Mahinmi and Beverley, with Pek in my IR slot.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      I would drop Beverley. I understand your rationale for keeping him as a Lawson handcuff, but my inclination is to avoid handcuffs in fantasy basketball. Most leagues only have 3 bench slots, and those plays will likely play 2-3 times a week. That means you need as many healthy and productive players on the roster as possible. While Beverley will contribute at least a 3 and a steal in his limited action, I think the opportunity cost is too high since he won’t see an expanded role unless Lawson or Harden go down.

  16. burningbridges247 says:
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    In a dynasty league, and I am REALLY losing interest in Lavine; I just don’t see a great player there. Freak athlete? Yes. What are your thoughts on dropping him and picking up Bjelica? Thanks!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @burningbridges247:

      I read reports earlier this summer that Lavine was supposed to start alongside Rubio. Not entirely sure how Minnesota is planning on developing him by keeping him under 20 minutes a game. Until highlight dunks become an official stat category, I would pick up Bjelica since he’s at least finding an expanded role as the 3rd big in the rotation.

  17. TheBeardedOne says:
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    Got Covington on IR. I need to drop someone. Who will you drop? Stauskas or Crawford. I got also KOQ and Crowder but im thin in rebounding. Thank you for the advice

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @TheBeardedOne:

      Crawford. Low efficiency, low assists, low rebounds, and under 1 3PM per game. Love his game, still one of the most exciting players in the league, but he’s just not a strong fantasy option this year.

      Philly is giving Stauskas the green light to fire away from deep. He’ll hit 3s in volume and see 30 minutes a game.

  18. Bulldogs says:
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    Hey Charlie,

    In a 14team h2h each cat,
    I have joakim Noah and Isaiah Canaan whom I would like to drop. Do you suggest any of Hollis Thompson, McConnell or Bjelica?

    Thanks

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Bulldogs:

      I mean I definitely suggest all 3!! I would drop Canaan before Noah personally. Is Marucs Thornton available by any chance?

      • Bulldogs says:
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        @charlie:
        Yes he is available. Is he a better option?

        I need help with fg%, treys, steals and points.

        I dropped canaan for McConnell. Thompson is taken as i am writing this. Should i drop noah for any others?

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