Evan Turner – There are whispers that even after Iguodala returns from injury tonight that Turner will remain at the “two.” Clean cup, clean cup, move down, move down! The weirdest part of those whispers is that they all came from Doug Collins who had several microphones at his disposal. Just lean in a little, buddy. We’ve got people out here that want to hear what you’ve got to say. E.T. is  averaging 14.5/9/2 as a starter. That’s only two points and a rebound less than Blake Griffin has averaged thus far. And while 20 percent more fantasy leagues own Griffin than Turner, you could own the rookie who will sink free throws efficiently. I’m not telling you to go batty, smear your face in plain yogurt and drop Griffin for Turner. I would never do that – plain yogurt is delicious and has too many recipe uses to just go a-smearin’ willy-nilly. I am telling you that Turner is more available than he should be given the development he’s already shown and the mpg reward he may get for showing it.

Here are some additional adds and drops to get you through your weekend:


Sonny Weems – I’m rooting for teams rostering Taj Gibson to grab Weems, if for no other reason then the two of them would be able to form one helluva blues band in two weeks when everyone simultaneously drops them both after more talented players return from injury.

Rudy Fernandez – If Brandon Roy wants fewer minutes, RuFer is the big winner here. Don’t sell the farm to grab him, as he’s not an efficient shooter and doesn’t score in bunches, but go ahead and give away the silo, as he’s in line to sink two treys a game with 1-2 steals ta’boot.

Brandon RushPaul George is out of the four-man wing rotation in Indiana. Neither Dunleavy nor Granger are the healthiest cats out there. Rush is worth a flier, if you’re into flying.

Serge Ibaka – He’s averaging 10/8 with three blocks in his last three games and has started the last two. He’s the Biedrins you wanted when you drafted Biedrins a month ago.

Amir Johnson – In the first two games of the season, Reggie Evans was grabbing rebounds from games he wasn’t even playing in and Johnson was on the court a mere 16 minutes averaging 5/2. But Evans is hurt, might miss a game or two and it just so happens Johnson improved over his last six games to 9/7. If you blew your chance at grabbing Evans, might as well grab Johnson before you blow it again. *sigh* I just know that last sentence is going to attract Google searchers.

Kyle Lowry – The Rockets are a hot mess. So messy, in fact, that I’m recommending you pick up a guy who is playing hurt and backing up an unproven rookie we’ve been instructed to call Ishmael. There’s some shameful shizz going down in Houston town.

Jordan Hill – Yao’s out a week (or more – probably more) and Brad Miller is playing hurt, which he is too old to be doing. Everyone wanted Jordan on their fantasy teams in the ’90s and if there’s one thing I learned from that decade, it’s that the ladies love hypercolor shirts and bajas. If I learned two things from the ’90s, it’s that if you’ve got a Jordan in red, the other team’s dead.

Sebastian Telfair – Here’s your short buy …

Jonny Flynn – … And here’s your long buy. I doubt either will net you more than 10/6 steals though, so whether you go short or long, make sure your league is deep before taking them in (*sigh* Hello again, Google searchers!)


Chauncey Billups – Here’s what I said 10 weeks ago, “Death may not be breathing down Billups’ neck, but Ty Lawson, and George Karl’s health, and Carmelo’s contract are. This is going to be a very trying year for ol’ Chauncey.” I just quoted myself so I can point out how wrong I was. He’s scoring fewer points, distributing fewer assists and shooting like one of his contacts keeps sliding behind his eyeball. He’s actually significantly worse than I predicted. So here’s another bad prediction: you’re going to have an easy time trading him to some other owner.

Luke Ridnour – He’s injured and when he comes back there will by a Flynn in his soup. Get rid now ‘er be stuck with a mediocre backup later.

George Hill – There’s really nothing wrong with Hill. His neck probably isn’t totally fine, but the bigger problem is that both Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson are totally fine. Better than fine, actually. They’ve both started as huge value picks this season. Unfortunately, that’s bumped Hill’s minutes and USG% when he does get on the floor. I’d bump him to your bench if you can afford it, and dump him if you can’t.

Mo Williams – This is a soft sell, or Soft Cell if your love for Mo has been tainted. He’s shooting poorly, and on the shelf again with groin soreness. Yeah, love will do that. It also doesn’t help that The Cavs aren’t short on guards to fill in for Williams. If there’s an owner out there that wants him, let him have it. You’ve got to – Dun! Dun! –  run away!

  1. NBAJAM says:

    What do you think about this trade for his David Lee:

    KG and DJ Aug for his D Lee

    Am I giving up too much?

    This is for Roto 9cat (/w TO)

  2. Adam

    Adam says:

    @NBAJAM: I don’t think so. Ultimately, even if KG remains healthy, he’ll be given fewer minutes and even games off as Boston gets close to the playoffs. Lee and the Warriors will be fighting for one of the last few playoff spots. Unless you really need what Augustin has to offer, I think it’s a solid trade.

  3. brad says:

    Soft Cell. Bravo Adam. . . bravo.

  4. Where does Iggy go if Turner continues to start?

  5. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Frank Kim: SF. Nocioni moves to the bench.

  6. Makes sense. Interesting season so far …

  7. brad says:

    barbosa droppable for brendan wright?

  8. brad says:

    brandan. . . whatever.

  9. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Yeah, although despite Lee’s absence, I’m not expecting a whole lot. Still … more than Leandro.

  10. brad says:

    @Adam: seems more likely they’ll go with curry, ellis, dorell, reggie and biedrins right? nellie lives.

  11. brad says:

    @Adam: also jordan hill is getable, but i already rostered miller

  12. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Reggie’s got more skills, but Smart went with Brendan Wright against Chicago last night. Then again, they got blown out of the gym, so maybe we’ll see lineup changes over the weekend.

    Miller, Hill-er, potato, potahto. Watch and see how it shakes out.

  13. Tony says:

    @Adam: would you rather have morrow or ty lawson, especially looking down the road this yr and keeper thoughts…

  14. Tony says:

    and who would you rather have/own…. afflalo or lawson???

  15. Rob says:

    Would you trade Ray Allen for Bogut

    I have quite a few centers – but injury prone (Ming, Bynum, Murphy, camby only healthy one). I still have depth at SG with Ariza and Salmons.

    Oh thanks for your advice on Billups trade. I thought so..and I now own Rose.

  16. Jack says:

    Yo! Should I drop A Randolph for Weems? Other option would be to drop Ben Gordon or Lawson…Thanks

  17. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Lawson, by a nose on both counts.

    @Rob: I’d trade Allen for Bogut unless you’re in a keeper league.

    @Jack: Yeah, I’m kinda all done with Randolph.

  18. Fletch says:

    @Adam: 3 parter:

    1 – Rank in order for the long term out of Kirilenko, R. Lewis, Grant Hill and Landry?

    2 – Rank in order for the long term out of Parker, S-Jax and Richardson?

    3 – Would you package Mo Williams AND Jack for any of the 3 guards I mentioned above?


  19. Fletch says:

    @Adam: Do you see Bledsoe starting for the rest of the year?

  20. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Fletch: What do you mean when you say long term? The rest of this season or past this year? RE: Bledsoe – I see him starting MOST of the games this season. At some point they’re going to give Davis some run either to A) see if they can get anything out of him or most likely B) to try to entice other teams to take him.

  21. Fletch says:

    @Adam: just for the rest of THIS season…

  22. Mikey says:


    I’m in a 13 team H2H league and going to pick up Lowry today. In order to do so, I need to drop either Terrence Williams or Amir Johnson. My team is pretty balanced, but not great in any area.

    Who would you drop out of those two?

  23. foulmouth says:


    I need some serious boards/steals/blocks in standard 9 cat roto.

    Should I drop R Lopez for Turiaf?

    I just don’t think Lopez will pan out.

  24. Rob says:

    I have decided to hold on the Bogut/Allen trade and instead try to sell high on both Allen and Thomas and try to attempt a 2 for one. I am shooting for Jefferson and/or Love. A fallback would be to do this trade.

  25. d2bnz says:

    Adam….falling to the basement on 3’s made , having relied upon Eric Gordon to keep me afloat , his 2 games off and very light 3 production is now highlighting a weakness , I have though a roster spot open . James Posey , Jodie Meeks and Mickael Pietrus are all available …..in what order would you select these three??

  26. Tony says:

    @Rob: u said you have injury prone centers already, adding bogut just adds another injury prone guy to your centers…. i wouldnt deal ray for bogut.

  27. foulmouth says:

    One more question.

    Do you think CHA will bring in another PG to replace Augustin? Should I be looking to sell him?

  28. Kevin says:

    Hey Adam,

    I’ve got a chance to trade my Rudy Gay and Nicolas Batum/ Eric Gordon for Lebron James. It’s a 10 team H2H league with daily roster changes. Do I pull the trigger?

    Rudy’s been playing so well so far, but I’m not sure if he’ll be a top 20 player by the end of the season. Thoughts?

  29. Tony says:

    @Kevin: make the trade, no brainer, you get the all star that can put up a triple double on any given night, you give up a guy who’s hot right now and a potential young player in batum or gordon…. easy call, do it.

  30. Tony says:

    @Kevin: plus its a 10 teamer? there will be a guy or two on waivers that will replace gordon or batum just fine…

  31. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Fletch: Kirilenko, Landry (Fields or Carl, doesn’t matter), Hill, Rashard. Then, Jax, Parker, Richardson. I’d package Mo and Jack for Jackson.

    @Mikey: Probably too late, but I would have dropped Williams.

    @foulmouth: Turiaf ain’t much better than RoPez, and he might not play today.

  32. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Rob: @Tony: I agree with Tony. I can’t imagine anyone is going to trade Love for anything less than a top 15 guy at this point as he is singlehandedly grabbing three-players-worth of rebounds. Hell, on Friday, he grabbed four players’-worth.

    @foulmouth: I’m sure Charlotte would like to, I doubt they will. Hang onto him unless you know of someone willing to overpay for him.

    @Kevin: Gay and Gordon/Batum, are at best top 60 guys (Gay has already started receding a bit from the first two weeks), LeBron is a top 5 guy. This is an easy answer.

  33. paul says:

    Adam, what are your thoughts on Wall for the rest of the season? It’s been awesome having him so far, but a part of me says maybe I should look into selling high. I mean can he sustain the numbers as the season progresses or will he hit a rookie wall ala Jennings? Not to mention the foot injury reports is a bit worrisome, thought it really hasn’t affected him so far. Believe in the Wall or sell him while it’s good?

  34. Adam

    Adam says:

    @paul: The injury doesn’t look serious, but the rookie wall is always something to worry about, especially when your rookie is Wall.

    That said, I think this kid is for real. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with a better rookie season than either Evans or Curry, so I wouldn’t recommend selling him as if he were moments away from collapsing.

  35. Vinny says:

    Adam, this is my roster:

    Chauncey Billups, O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner, Wilson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrew Bogut, Hedo Turkoglu, J.R. Smith, Dorell Wright, DeMarcus Cousins, George Hill

    Should I wait for Melo to get traded (JR Smith), wait for a Spur to get injured (George Hill), or wait for my rookies (Cousins, Evans) to start producing, or drop one or more of em for the following?

    Here are a few of the available players on FA: James Jones, RuFer, Brandon Rush, Nazr Mohammed, Roddy B, Grant Hill, Omri, CJ Miles, Derrick Favors, Weems

    Any suggestions?

  36. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Vinny: It’s not looking great for Brandon Roy right now, so dropping Smith for RuFer migh not be a bad idea. If you’re prepared to reverse this transaction in a month or so, you might want to drop one Hill and pick up the other. That’s more a short-term solution though.

  37. Vinny says:

    ended up dropping j.r., who didnt even play today, for travis outlaw..what do you think bro?

  38. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Vinny: That’ll work.

  39. Matt says:

    I missed my draft so I’m stuck with a mixed roster…Is Flynn gonna be a good source of steals,3s, and assist whe heathly? Our league has a lot of team so pg are not our there..
    For example the one out:Lawson,Teague,Ford,Lowry,Gibson,Udith,Flynn,Bledsoe, and Douglas
    I’m looking more long term here and I think Flynn can avg 12pt/2reb/5assist…toward the end of the yr last yr we was a good source of threes and steals and shot a high FT %….
    I’m thinking Flynn and drop Prince????Whatcha think

  40. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Matt: I’d definitely grab Flynn while you can. Flynn has said that he’s still skittish to force his body to fully exert itself after his hip surgery, but acknowledged that it was something he’d be able to get over eventually. Rambis said that Flynn will eventually take over starting duties when he gets up to speed. Assuming Flynn does, in fact, get up to speed eventually, I can see him being a solid 12/5 guy with upside for next year. Even if he performs lower than that, Flynn will be worth more than almost everyone you named by January.

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