Man, is it really Thanksgiving Day again? Seems like yesterday that I was thanking that the Wizards were a playoff team….

Paul Pierce is gone and now we got Kris Humphries and Jared Dudley thinking they can play the stretch four. And how has that worked out for us? A 17-point loss to the Pacers on Tuesday and another 14-point loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. The Wizards are looking closer to the Redskins everyday. At least one doesn’t have a racist name.

So rather than complain about my home team, let’s say thanks to all teams and players that have actually helped us on Wednesday – I can try to enjoy Marvin Williams (14 pts, 11 rebs, 2 3s), Nicolas Batum (16 pts, 11 asts, 7 rebs), and Jeremy Lamb (18 pts., 7 rebs., 3 asts.) putting up fantasy worthy numbers against my Wiz kids.

On the Wizards side, Marcin Gortat had a monster double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Gary Neal had 18 points off the bench. Neal is straight buckets off the bench, but consistency will be a problem. I’d suggest investing in Bradley Beal, while he’s getting back into the swing of things after missing a few.

Moving onto the rest of the games:

I told you Melo wouldn’t be terrible forever. 28/13 with 3 threes, he’s slowly building up his field goal percentage. I hope you bought low while you could.

Jose Calderon – 23 points and only 4 assists. We expect much higher assists, but the points? Yeah, it’s weird, but invest in JC because Derek Fisher keeps playing him, for some reason.

Nikola Vucevic – Monster double-double with 22 and 12. He’s healthy for now, so keep him in your lineup.

Tobias Harris – Vucci Mane wasn’t the only one to get a double-double for the Magic. 17 and 10 ain’t bad.

Elfrid Payton – Who cares what his hair looks like, if he’s throwing up 12/11/6 numbers.

Victor Oladipo – Don’t forget me! Just because I came off the bench doesn’t mean I can’t produce: 24/4/2. Once these head injuries go away, he’ll be killing it for your fantasy lineups.

Hassan Whiteside – 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He’s still my bust of the year, but is making it harder for me to say that each day.

Andre Drummond – I knew he wasn’t going to go 20/20 every night. 18/20 on Wednesday with 5 blocks and 2 steals. What a disappointment.

Tristan Thompson – Usually I don’t recommend guys that can only score and grab rebounds, but now that Timofey Mozgov is out, TT has been balling. 8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block is good for a waiver wire pickup. Just don’t expect the defensive stats every night.

Kevin Love – 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 threes. Finally a game like his T-Wolves days.

Bismack Biyombo – 11 points, 12 rebounds, but no blocks? Jonas is out for a while so that means lots of Biyombo minutes. The blocks will come. Grab him off the waiver wire while you can.

Courtney Lee – Lee’s minutes have been up and down lately, but it is nice to see him do well off the bench with 17 points and 2 steals. He should be getting more minutes than recently acquired Mario Chalmers.

James Harden – Fantasy monster (40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists), but these lines should result in more wins. Maybe Kevin McHale wasn’t the problem?

Rudy Gay – I’ve always been gay for Gay. He produces across the board, no matter who he’s playing for. 36 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal and block each for the Kings in their win over the Bucks.

Rajon Rondo – Triple double King or should I say Queen, after he goes 10/13/9 on Wednesday. Rondo should be able to grab another rebound with all his bricks, right?

Paul Millsap and Al Horford – Both Atlanta big men double-doubled, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Timberwolves. The T’Wolves had Zach LaVine, 18/5/6, and Gorgui Dieng going 10/11 with 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks off the bench for the win. Invest in Dieng before the T’Wolves realize he’s their best big man.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – RHJ has been getting the minutes, but it’s nice to see him actually do something for once. 11/11 in 28 minutes. Let’s see some more before we race to the waiver wire to invest.

Dion Waiters – We are all about what Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can bring, but Waiters finally brought something to the table with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. I still think he’s way too overrated, but maybe my hate has gone too far.

Dirk Nowitzki – He may be old, but 13/14 is nice for an almost 40 year old.

Tony Parker – Why he was on the waiver wire in so many leagues I’ll never know, but 16/8/8 is a nice line for those that grabbed him while he was playing poorly.

Ish Smith – I keep expecting Smith to stop playing well. And for some reason it hasn’t happened yet. 20 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds off the bench. I’m pretty sure your last roster spot isn’t producing that well.

Anthony Davis – In case you were upset with your #1 pick. 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 2 steals/blocks each. Yes, he’s still the best fantasy player.

Brandon Knight – He may be remembered for getting banged on by DeAndre Jordan, but he’s come a long way: 29 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. I would still sell high though.

Gordon Hayward – Slowly the days that you can buy low on Hayward are going away. 33 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. TRADE FOR HIM NOW!!!

Blake Griffin – When he’s not hitting alley-oop threes, he’s grabbing lots of rebounds: 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists for him on Wednesday. Maybe you can pry him away from an impatient owner…

 

I wish I could write about everyone who played on Wednesday, but I have some stuffing to eat. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I’ll try to respond to your comments while everyone else is Black Friday shopping!

 

  1. Wutang says:
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    Great ramblings and happy turkey day!

    Would you try to trade IT2/3 and Hibbert for Gobert and Gortat? If it took bledsoe instead of IT would you still consider?

    is Bradley’s spot worth a streamer since he cooled down last night?

    Thanks again!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wutang: Gobert is the best person in that trade so I would feel comfortable doing that, as long as you have depth at guard. Gortat should only get better. I wouldn’t do it, if you’re giving up Bledsoe though.

      And yes, I think Bradley is worth the streaming spot. He’s not going to score 20+ every night, but is a cheap source of points, threes, and steals.

  2. your mom says:
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    Yo 14 team 9 cat roto. Gallinari or Monroe? Thanks

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @your mom: I think it’s pretty close, but I like Gallinari. You can make a case for either; really depends on which stats you need more.

  3. Tyler says:
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    Which side would you take here:
    Wiggins +Jabari+KCP vs Mirotic+Holiday+Marvin Williams
    Drop StanJo for Gary Neal or Ty Lawson or Nurkic? (But Lauvergne and Jokic emergence is making me hesitant)
    What are your thoughts?
    Happy Turkey Day!

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler: olynyk and stauskas are available as well

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Tyler: I like the Wiggins side a little more. Holiday’s injury history scares me.

        I’m fine with dropping Stanley Johnson, but wouldn’t pick up Gary Neal. He had a nice week, but is going to be too inconsistent. And that’s from a Wizards fan. I think Lawson is worth the pickup. He’s been very good previously, just is taking longer to acclimate to his new team.

  4. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Pete! Markieff or Ed Davis? Also, Jrue Holliday or Elfrid? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jerry: Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      I like Markieff and Jrue in those situations. Elfrid’s good too, but hurts you in the percentages.

  5. John says:
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    Tyreke back soon forces a drop. Who would you put on the wire of these Candidates in a 12 team, H2H, 9 cat league:

    Danny Green (where are you??)
    Crowder. (Celts take turns supporting IT/2)
    Ish (Thin backcourt gets more crowded now)
    Collision (Rondo trade bait?)

    The rest: Wall, Butler, Gortat, Bosh, DeAndre, Ariza, Payton, Aminu, Tobias,

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @John: I’d probably drop Smith or Crowder. Smith is playing unreal, but Evans and Holiday should eat into his minutes.

      • Johnc says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Thanks. My team stinks so far but this can help.

  6. charlie

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    Thinking of dropping Bjelica (I know I’m late to the party).

    Scola, Turner, and Gary Harris are all on the waiver.

    Who shoould I pick up?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @charlie: I like Turner and Harris over Bjelica. Luis Scola is going to be more involved on offense with Jonas out for a while, but he does nothing outside of scoring and rebounds.

      • charlie

        charlie says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        If you can only pick one: Bayless, Turner, or Harris???

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @charlie: Right now, I’d probably go with Bayless. He’s playing very well right now. I expect MCW to eventually play better, pushing Bayless’ minutes down a little.

  7. jonny says:
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    Don’t say that about my whiteside! lol I’m curious why you think he’ll be a bust though

    • jonny says:
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      @jonny:

      Also, how would you rank these guys for long term value:
      RHJ, stan johnson, jeff green, calderon, lou will, barton

      Thanks man!

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @jonny: Going into the season, I thought Whiteside would be a bust based on his draft position. You had to take him so high and for him to deliver value at his ADP, he basically needed to play as good as he did last year. I thought he was due for some regression and be closer to a top 50 player, rather than top 20/30. So that’s why I thought he would be a bust. He’s playing really good and making me look like an idiot.

        I’d go Barton, Williams, RHJ, Calderon, Green, and Stanley Johnson.

  8. TheJohn says:
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    1. My hayward ibaka for lowry howard/jefferson

    2. My ibaka wade for LMA hill/ariza

    I alrdy have sufficient block but wanna get more rebound/steal/3’s so lookin to trade ibaka out for value…

    Any recommend 1 to 1 trade center for ibaka tht get high rebound or add other stat??

    Thankss

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @TheJohn: I’d prefer to have the Hayward/Ibaka side. Lowry is good, but that’s a big downgrade with Howard or Jefferson. I’d rather have Ibaka and Wade in the second scenario.

      If you’re looking for steals and threes, maybe offer Ibaka for Paul Millsap. Vucevic or Al Horford could be solid for Ibaka too, though Vucci Mane doesn’t shoot threes.

  9. Javale4MVP says:
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    Kobe got dropped in my league and I got 1st waiver. Candidates to drop are Belinelli or Hood. do I do it? Or does kobe do more harm than good?

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Javale4MVP: I think Kobe is probably a better add than Belinelli or Hood. I can’t see him shooting this poorly all season. If it doesn’t pan out, Belinelli or Hood should still be there in a few weeks.

  10. spo says:
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    Drop Dieng for Koufos in a H2h 9 cat?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @spo: I’d hold onto Dieng. I think that Koufos has been solid lately, but some of the extra minutes have come because Cousins has been out and Cousins is due back tonight.

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