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Coming off of Cleveland’s championship, LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to a 9-1 start. It looks like there hasn’t been a championship lay-off at all. James finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 28 points, 14 assists, 9 rebounds. He’s off to an incredible start. He may be rested down the stretch, if the Cavs continue their winning ways, but for now enjoy the ride.

It was a short slate of games on Tuesday so let’s get right to it:

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving – The rest of Lebron’s posse brought it against the Raptors too. Love posted 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while Irving dropped 24 points (10-20 FG, 2-4 3PT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

Tristan Thompson – TT finished with an efficient double-double: 15 points, 11 rebounds on 7-8 shooting. You expect the rebounding every night, but the 15 points was a season high.

Channing Frye – With J.R. Smith (ankle) held out, Richard Jefferson (5 points, 1 assist) started, but it was Frye who really enjoyed the extra usage. Coming off the bench, Frye knocked down 5-8 from downtown, on his way to 21 points and 3 rebounds. That’s now back-to-back 20-point games for the sharp shooting big man. Smith is expected back soon, as coach Tryonn Lue said Smith “could’ve been ready” on Tuesday.

Jonas Valanciunas – After playing only 20 minutes in the last two games coming back from injury, JV looked like his old varsity self, with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in 34 minutes. Owners concerned that Lucas Nogueira (0 points, 4 rebounds) would continue to steal minutes, played only 10 minutes off the bench, picking up a quick 5 fouls. Nogueira won’t have it every night, but has taken over the Bismack Biyombo role in the 6.

Kyle Lowry – Lowry led the Raptors with 28 points, 9 assists, 4 steals, 5 rebounds, and 4 threes.

DeMar DeRozan – DeRozan had an off night shooting (10-27 FG), but still managed 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He has been off to such a strong start to the season, that it’s only his second time scoring under 30 points in a game. That’s a good problem to have.

Norman Powell – With DeMarre Carroll resting on the first night of a back-to-back, Powell started and responded with 12 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 threes. The Raptors are still being cautious with Carroll, as he comes off knee surgery. I wouldn’t add Powell in standard leagues, but he makes for a good play in daily leagues, anytime Carroll sits.

Paul Millsap – Typical stat stuffing line from Millsap: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

Dennis Schroder – Schroder did his part as well with 18 points, 4 assists, and 2 threes.

Dwight Howard – Before leaving with a quad contusion in the third quarter, Howard posted 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals. With Howard and the Hawks playing a back-to-back on Wednesday, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Howard sit, but look for an update on his injury status on Wednesday.

Mike Muscala – Coming off the bench, Muscala posted 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 threes. Locked in at about 20 minutes off the bench, Muscala could be useful for very deep leagues.

Hassan Whiteside – 19 points, 25 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Wow. The 25 rebounds are not only his season-high, but are the highest single-game total in the NBA as well. He’s locked in.

Josh RichardsonGoran Dragic (ankle) missed his third straight game, giving Richardson another start. Richardson finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. As long as Dragic is out, Richardson should see plenty of minutes and can help teams in need of defensive stats. He has 4 blocks and 5 steals in the 3 games Dragic has missed. That’s great from your guard position.

Kemba Walker – Walker led the Hornets to a win over the Timberwolves with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.

Cody Zeller – Zeller shot a nice 6-9 from the field to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Nicolas Batum – Now that’s more like it: 16 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 threes. That’s now three straight games with 15+ points and 5+ assists and rebounds.

Frank Kaminsky III – Frank the Tank came off the bench to score 20 points (8-14 FG and 3-7 3PT) and added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. The Hornets have plenty of big men to choose from off the bench, but Kaminsky should still plenty of minutes, as long as he’s outplaying Roy Hibbert (9 points, 4 rebounds in 12 minutes) and Spencer Hawes (0 points in 4 minutes).

Andrew Wiggins – Coming on the heels of Sunday’s 47 point game, Wiggins posted 29 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 threes. He’s locked-in, averaging 30+ in the last 5 games.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Towns is in a shooting slump, but still managed to post 21 points (9-23 FG, 3-10 3PT), 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. He’s taking way more threes than last year, bringing down his field goal percentage from his awesome rookie year, but still remains a top player.

Ricky Rubio – Rubio posted a near triple-double with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. As long as Rubio is playing, Kris Dunn (4 points, 3 assists in 13 minutes) will play limited minutes off the bench.

Zach LaVine – LaVine had it going from beyond the arc, as he knocked down 5-10 to finish with 19 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Jerian Grant – Staring for the injured Rajon Rondo (ankle), Grant posted an 18/3/2/5 line. It’s unclear how long Rondo will be out so roll with Grant in the meantime.

Jimmy Butler – The Butler served up the Trail Blazers with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. The addition of Dwyane Wade (19/5/5) hasn’t quite hurt Butler’s value as much as originally thought.

Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez – The Bulls’ big men also contributed double-doubles. Gibson went 12 and 11 with 2 blocks, while Lopez went 13 and 11 with 1 block and assist. No reason why owners can’t expect this from both guys each night.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum – The Trail Blazers just didn’t have it on Tuesday, as they were blown out by 25. Lillard (19/5/4) and McCollum (17/4/4) were their usual studs, but received little help from the rest of the team. Allen Crabbe (15 points, 4 rebounds) was the only other player in double figures.

Julius Randle – Randle messed around and got a triple-double against the Nets, finishing with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Enjoy the highlights:

D’Angelo Russell – Russell led the Lakers in scoring, posting 32 points (11-20 FG, 7-13 3PT), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Between Russell, Randle, and Jordan Clarkson (13 points, 3 assists, 5 steals), the future is bright in LA.

Timofey Mozgov – Arguably his best game as a Laker, Mozgov scored 20 points with 6 rebounds. Unfortunately, I still don’t trust him enough in fantasy.

Brook Lopez – Despite Robin’s double-double, Brook was the better twin on Tuesday. He finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. He even continued his strong 3-point shooting, knocking down 4-11.

Bojan Bogdanovic – In addition to his 29 points (11-18 FG, 2-5 3PT, 5-5 FT), he had a nasty dunk all over the Lakers:

Trevor Booker – Booker continues to do a little of everything for the Nets with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Pick him up.

  1. Superman says:
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    Trade question :

    Jimmy Buckets or Karl Anthony Towns……

    Or who do you think you would target if trading away KAT…..
    Thanks.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Superman: I’d still probably want KAT, but their values are much closer than at the start of the season. I personally wouldn’t trade KAT, but if you are, any 1st round/early 2nd round guys should be fine as a starting point.

  2. Scott says:
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    Brook is the better player to have on your fantasy team, but dang, if RoLo’s not a nice consolation prize this year.

  3. I am the Walrus says:
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    Barton on waivers and coming off IR soon. I should drop Adams for him right?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @I am the Walrus: Yes, I think that’s a good move, especially with Harris sidelined for 4 weeks. Barton should play soon.

  4. Jeremy says:
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    Looking for some advice on a potential trade. I’d be giving up Deandre/Fournier and recieving Derozan and Barnes/Dwight/Favors. Leaning towards taking Barnes there.

    Here’s sqaud at the moment:

    Isaiah Thomas
    Elfrid Payton
    Mudiay
    Giannis
    Fournier
    Parsons
    RHJ
    Hassan Whiteside
    Deandre
    Gobert
    Nurkic
    Kieff Morris
    Waiters

    IR – Noel, Tyreke Evans

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jeremy: I agree with you that I’d prefer to have Barnes and DeRozan. Though, Favors would be a pretty fair trade for both teams too. I would just be cautious on Howard. Not sure how severe the quad injury he suffered last night is.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Peter Kap: Ugh he backed out of deal and now wants to do Derrick Rose, DeMar, and Dwight Howard (or Favors or Barnes) for Isaiah Thomas and Deandre. Not sure I’m too into this one anymore

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Jeremy: I would agree. DeMar has been a beast, but I would say you’re giving up two of the best three players in the trade. And given Rose and Howard’s injury history, I’d rather stick with Thomas and Jordan.

  5. Lasandro says:
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    Pick Booker up? Where’s he still available and can I join that league?? 😉

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Lasandro: He’s owned in 66% of leagues on Yahoo (up 5%) so that’s still quite a bit of leagues where he’s available. But I know he’s been long gone in competitive leagues.

  6. Dusty says:
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    Raptors get the Cavs and Warriors (on 2 days rest) on back-to-back nights, there’s a middle finger from scheduling team!

    Nerlens Noel’s 3-5 week timetable is around the 3 week mark now with no updates, over/under on him playing before December 5? Which crowded front court makes a trade first, Philly or Denver?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Dusty: My bet is that he doesn’t play before December 5th. And I think that the 76ers make a trade before the Nuggets. Once Noel, Embiid, and Okafor are all healthy, possibly towards the end of December/early January. That’s not based on any information, just a wild guess.

  7. Rock says:
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    Hey Pete!

    wanted your opinion as well, how do you like my team?

    also who to pick up and who to drop if any?

    barton, tyson chandler, knight, payton, okafor or tyreke evans

    my team:
    PG: westbrook
    SG: wade
    G: lavine
    SF: covington
    PF: g dieng
    F: marcus morris
    C: deandre
    C: rolo
    Util: mudiay
    Util: rubio
    BN: d booker
    BN: nurkic
    BN: wall

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Rock: Really the only guys on your team that I would consider dropping would be Covington or Mudiay. I’d rather have Payton, Barton, or Knight over those two.

      But a better idea would be to condense some of your players, by making a 2-for-1 trade. That would then open a roster spot up for you to pick up one of those guys. Maybe upgrade your SF position by trading away a guard and Morris.

  8. 1st time daily league owner says:
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    IN a 12 team h2h daily 9 cat league, we don’t use TO’s we use FGM, FG%, FT%, PTS, 3’S, RBDS, AST, STL, BLK would you drop any combo drop who and add who if any ? ZBO, t frazier, nick young for tristan thompson , Vince carter , Patrick beverly. I only have 4 moves a week and have used two of them. P bev seems like a good pick up for my team. I only have 2 SG….. here is my team if it helps
    G====== Lin, n young, collison, Tim Frazier, Sergio rodriguez, dennis schrodder,
    F/C ====Horford, Zbo, T chandler, Anthony davis, D. Favors, rob covington, Draymond green.

    So which guys would you drop on my team to pick up one or 2 of those 3. with P bev the most needed I think with tim fraziers time going down. I know during the next week while T. F. time dwindling as jrue working his way back in and p bev working his way back to 30 min a game…. anyways thx for all your help. !!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @1st time daily league owner: Tim Frazier will be relegated to the bench soon with Jrue Holiday coming back so I would go for Patrick Beverly. Looks like Pat Bev may play Thursday night. If not, he’ll be back shortly. Not too excited about Thompson or Carter. I would look at your categories and see which ones you could win by adding someone. If you need rebounds, then grab Thompson, but if you just need a little help in percentages than grab an efficient scorer.

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    How would you feel about my Brolo, TJ Warren and BKnight/Winslow for his Drummond, Dragic, and DBooker in a FT punt? What if it ends up excluding the knight/Winslow and booker elements? thanks!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: also, how much of a hold is capella (in a punt FT)? Thinking of using it for streaming or taking a flyer on Terrance jones. Shallow league.

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @miles proudfoot: If you can swing the first deal, then I would definitely do it. If you exclude Knight/Winslow and Booker, then it’s much closer and could go either way. Personally, I’d rather have Brook Lopez and Warren in that scenario.

        If it’s a shallow league, then I don’t think Capella is as much of a hold. Though I wouldn’t drop him for Terrance Jones. Streaming in a shallow league is a good move because there should be a lot available, especially if there isn’t a moves limit.

  10. Tino says:
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    what do you think of dipo for wiggins?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tino: Would rather have Wiggins so if you can trade Oladipo for him, do it.

  11. runfast says:
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    Need some trade help please! I was offered cp3/Aaron Gordon for my Bledsoe/Gay/Beal in a 12 team h2h 9cat Standard.

    I am already punting FG/TO with my team and feel I will be losing a lot of production by accepting this trade. It is hard to pass on though as I can obtain a top 10 player…

    Squad
    PG: Lilliard, Teague, Mudiay, Holiday (IR)
    SG: Bledsoe, Miles, Beal
    SF: Gay, Harkless
    PF: Dieng, T Booker, Noel (IR)
    C: Cousins, M Gasol, Chandler

    Other considerations to take include injury risk for Bledsoe/Beal. Im not too high on Aaron Gordon either, if he isnt getting stl/blk, he’s worthless.

    Thank you!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @runfast: On paper, I think it’s a fine trade for you. You upgrade to get the best player in the trade. And you open up a roster spot. Not sure who is available on the waiver wire, but if it’s someone decent, that could swing the trade even more into your favor.

      The only thing I would consider is I’m not sure if any of those other guys have SF eligibility because by trading Gay that would leave you with Harkless as your only SF.

  12. Tyler says:
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    So I have Dragic returning in my FT punt 10teamer.
    Who should I drop?

    G-Oladipo,Holiday,Payton,Hood,Ariza
    F-Lebron,Warren,T.Booker,ThadYoung,Parsons
    C-Whiteside,Deandre,Capela

    IL-Dragic,Lin

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler: That’s a tough decision. I think almost all of your guys should be owned. But maybe Capela? I would try to make a trade to free up a spot because you have a lot of point guards, especially when Lin comes back.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Peter Kap: what should i get for my guard? I think my big man stats are already great? Was thinkin maybe thadyoung to drop? Or booker?

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Tyler: It’s up to you. Any of those guys are fine to drop. I would go after another forward then if you’re going to drop Booker or Young.

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