The fact that Ricky Rubio still isn’t the starting point guard of the Minnesota Timberwolves is only batshizz crazy until you dump water over your head and remind yourself that this is the Minnesota squadron that couldn’t find a regular spot in the starting rotation for Kevin Love in his first two seasons, despite him never having a PER under 18 at any point during that time. Those were Damien Wilkins‘ minutes, dawg! Kurt Rambis had a plan! Just like Rick Adelman has a plan for Rubio [gulp]. An eighth of the way into the season, Rubio’s had a minimum of 10 points and 10 assists in three games this season, tied for the most in the league with Jose Calderon, Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo. What separates Rubio from the other three is that Calderon averaged 34 mpg in those double-doubles, Rose and Rondo 40 minutes each, while Rubio did all his chopping in a scant 31 minutes. He’s not even playing more minutes than current starter Luke Ridnour. Right now though, this kid is electrifying. The fans love him, he’s got my vote for Rookie of the Year after the first two weeks and Adelman has shown that Rubio’s the guy he wants on the floor in crunch time. That says a lot. It says that Rubio’s fantasy value has easily made the biggest jump of this young season. Act accordingly. See Ricky for who he is and who he’s likely to become. Here are some more (mostly injury-related) fantasy basketball news bits from the weekend.

Wayne Ellington – First game as a starter this season, second game over 30 minutes, too. The NBA’s greatest jazz trombonist (probably) has averaged .476/.500/1.5 3ptm/ 12 pts/ 2.5 rbd/ 1.5 ast/ 3 stl/ 0 blk/ 1 tov in those two 30+ mpg contests this season. I wouldn’t recommend adding him in any leagues with fewer than 14 teams, but his 3pt and stl stats have been solid enough for a stream or two.

Wesley Johnson – He’s out. That shift you’re feeling is either the fart tremors from your buddy sitting next to you on the sofa, or the no. 4 pick in last season’s draft becoming a forgotten man on this team. There’s a big three in Minnesota and he ain’t one of them. He’s starting, but playing fewer than 21 minutes. Derrick Williams played 30 yesterday and ended with 14/7. Depending on which way Michael Beasley‘s 280th-ranked PER swings when he returns from injury next weekend will determine how far down the totem pole Johnson falls. But I’d guess neither Johnson, nor Beasley are on this team in two seasons. This is just the start of that movement.

Trevor Booker – After averaging just 11 mpg in the first five contests of the season, he’s averaged 23 in his last three – including 29 last night. Might be a smart add based solely on the playing time he’s sure to rack up based on garbage time minutes alone.

Eric Maynor – Out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. In cases like Maynor’s, the injury looked a helluva lot worse than a tear. The medical community owes it to the people who suffer from these injuries to come up with a better description for such occurrences. Something like “snapquash” or “shreddison.” Anyway, Maynor wasn’t a huge fantasy asset even in deep leagues unless Russell Westbrook went down. Now Reggie Jackson (11/4/2, with a three and two turnovers in 23 mostly garbage minutes last night) is the add in the same situation.

Jason Kidd – Out for the next two games and won’t return until Friday. In the meantime, be just as nice to Delonte West as you would be to a dude you’re pretty sure is crazy, but on whom you’re still relying to give you a ride home.

Dwight Howard – 5/4/1, with a block and played just under 20 minutes in this one. Foul trouble begat minutes trouble begat stats trouble. Beget it? “I got this!” – Glen Davis, being cute.

Jameer Nelson – I can think of a lot of reasons not to want to own Jameer Nelson (career lows in per game points, steals, field goal percentage and three-point averages, to name a few), but I think my friend Zak articulated anyone’s understandable tendency to roster Nelson at this point when he texted, “When they’re in their defensive stances, I can’t tell the difference between Nelson (6’0,” 190 lbs.) and Davis (6’9,” 290 lbs.). Shapely bunch, these Magics.”

J.J. Redick – He’s averaging 0.5 3ptm/ 7.3 pts/ 1.8 rbd/ 2.3 ast over the last four games. Let’s hold off naming your turtle after J.J. until we see if he returns to the form of his first five games.

J.J. Hickson – Bonus J.J. coverage! Three starts in the last four games, three double-digit rebound totals in the last four games, four blocks in the last four games, and his first 40-minute, double-double of the season. Most of you gave up on Hickson already, some of you might want to give, er, down?

Tyreke Evans – Looked like he absolutely demolished his ankle in the second quarter, but returned in the third apparently just having tweaked it. Considering he played 41 minutes and had the best game of his season, we’re calling this a ‘Reke Tweak™ and hoping for more!

Richard Jefferson – He’s hit 29 treys in his first nine games. Last year (the best three-point shooting season of his career), it took him 18 games to sink his 29th three-pointer. The way the Spurs are falling apart, ride Jefferson’s production until his arms dislocate in six or seven incongruous places.

Tony Parker – Left the game in the third quarter citing general soreness. At least that’s what Duncan heard as Parker mumbled over his shoulder on his way to the locker room. In hindsight, he probably said “general boredness.”


DeJuan Blair – The injury wheel stopped on Blair last night, and he seems to have won a night away from having to play tortured, awful, have-not basketball against the Thunder – one of the few clear haves of the league.

Gary NealDanny Green put together a decent 6/5/4, with 2 3ptm and a steal in 21 garbage time minutes. Neal, on the other hand, dropped 18/2/3, with a pair of threes and a steal in 18 starter’s minutes, (or just another set of garbage time minutes, as the case may be). Surprisingly to me, Neal is the starter and the better fantasy option for now, but coach Poppovich is well known to fiddle (technical term) with the roster until something pops (Popps?). So far, bones and ligaments are the only things popping in San Antonio at the moment.

Stephen Jackson – 8/0/1, on 3-for-7 shooting last night to pile onto the bucket o’ yuck that is his 2011-12 campaign. He’s shooting .320 from the floor this season and averaging 12.6 points a game. Between Jax, Beasley and Corey Maggette, the crash ‘n’ burn club could not have included a nicer, more classy bunch of bros. Deep leaguers should hang onto him, but bench him, shallow leaguers should have dropped him a week ago.

Antawn Jamison – Had a rough go of it last night, shooting 1-for-8 and scoring fewer than 12 points for the first time this season. Oddly enough, it was also the first time all season he grabbed more than seven boards. IYACYOC!

Raymond Felton – RayRay’s shooting a salty .348 on the season. This is terrible even for ol’ sausage arms, so you have to figure an improvement is coming. Still, an improvement in this instance means he shoots 3-for-8 instead of 1-for-8, but what’s to be gained by getting all negative?

Marreese Speights – After playing six minutes in his Memphis debut and dropping a bunch of nothing, played 29 minutes and ended with 17/7/2, with a pair of steals in 29 minutes. Starter Dante Cunningham? His resembled Speights’ first game.

Marc Gasol – 0-for-9. NO ONE IN THE LEAGUE CAN SHOOT. The league average FG% is currently .441. Last season? .459. The three seasons before it? .461, .459 and .457.


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  1. Moses says:

    Add Speights and drop Beasley?

  2. Moses says:

    or Jerebko or Marvin Williams?

  3. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Moses: Statistically, it can’t hurt. My guess is you won’t have Speights long, but right now, it’s a sound move.

  4. Moses says:

    which guy would you drop?

  5. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Adam….10 team h2h keeper,I need help in every category,but especially pts and rebounds;could you rank these p/u’s for me?

    Derrick Williams,Speights,Hickson,Bass and Haslem.


  6. ringo says:

    Wow I am surprised to hear that about Stackjack. I was recently offered Iman Shumpert for Stephen Jackson and declined it thinking Jackson could pick it up and Shumperts hold on the job is tenuous at best. But now you are making me rethink that…

  7. SmokeTNT says:

    Pick up Speights and drop either Danny Green or Drew Gooden? (Ive got Bogut) Or just hang tight for now?

  8. Curtis says:

    I’m last in the league in 3pt, so I’m definitely adding Richard Jefferson and dropping JJ Redick. Should I add Shumpert and drop Devin Harris or Tony Parker or would that just be crazy?

  9. Rob says:

    Who is more valuable in the long term: Louis Williams or Mario Chalmers?

  10. FDS says:

    Is there any reason to hold onto Beasley for a couple games in a league with a rather shallow bench of only 2 players? Richard Jefferson’s on the WW and I have no other SF on my roster.

  11. Eric says:

    So, this may seem crazy at first but I’m considering moving Westbrook + Wall for Derrick Rose + Rubio/Jarret Jack. I think even if Wall comes back to form, his percentages will still hurt and who can say no to Derrick Rose right? Gahh feel free to call me a fool if this is a dumb trade but if this is a lateral trade, I might prefer Rose/Rubio at this point.

  12. Ryan says:

    I am in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway I have some good depth but reluctant in making this trade. I was just offered Aldridge and Lawson for my Curry and Wright. It’s good value but I am worried who would be my 5 keepers. Team is below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg dorrell wright
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util cj miles
    util evan turner
    bn Maurice speights
    bn mehmet okur
    bn Byron mullen

  13. coolbrah says:

    Drop maggette for barnes?

  14. Eng says:

    Was just countered with his Ryan Anderson for my Bosh. I do need 3s but Bosh was my 4th rounder so I’m loathe to deal him hence I’m thinking “no.” Do you concur, Adam?

  15. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Moses: Jerebko.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Hickson, Derrick Williams, Speights, Bass, Haslem – in that order.

    @ringo: He can’t get much worse, so he’s not a bad buy low candidate. The problem is, I don’t think he’s going to get much better, so he’s a buy REAL low candidate.

    @SmokeTNT: Drop either for Speights. I’d lean toward Gooden, but I don’t think either will be reliable sources of production.

    @Curtis: I wouldn’t do either. I love Shumpert, but New York is a mess and he doesn’t yet have a defined role.

    @Rob: Screwy Looey

    @FDS: Nope. Grab Jefferson, especially since Beasley’s out until the weekend, it looks like.

    @Eric: If you can get Rubio, I’d say go for it. If you have to settle for Jack, I’d stay put.

    @Ryan: He’s playing all upside on one guy with chronic broke ankles and on another who played above his head all last season. And he’s offering you one of the best PF in the game and perhaps this year’s most improved player, both of whom have a lot of years left in them? Yeah, you accept that offer. 1. Durant, 2. Amar’e, 3. Iggy, 4. LMA, 5. Lowry/Lawson = your five keepers. Easy, peasy.

    @coolbrah: Sure. Maggette’s hurt and was terrible when he was healthy. You could replace him with ME and come out better.

    @Eng: I like Anderson, but not at that price. Yes, I concur.

  16. Steve Stevenson says:

    H2H pts league, getting crushed at G thanks to Manu’s injury. Afflalo, Salmons and Fields were all recently dropped. Which one do you take a chance on for long-term value?

  17. Tbone says:

    Hickson, Amir Johnson, Favors, or James Johnson as a UTIL streamer/defensive glue guy? Mainly need BLKs and STLs.

  18. WuMan says:

    Hi Adam,
    12 teams, 9Cat H2H, My team:
    Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Ryan Anderson, Amir Johnson
    Gallinali,David West, Paul George, James Johnson
    Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, Iman Shumpert, Jeff Teague

    I think I build on both FG% and FT% w other cats, scoring is not strong but TO is not bad.

    Should I trade Gasol+Holiday for LeBron?

    FA pool is shallow…

    Thank you.

  19. Eng says:

    Thanks mate. Rather own Favors or Dorell Wright?

  20. Steve Stevenson says:

    @Steve Stevenson: …or Mo Williams (and really hope for a trade)?

  21. Ryan says:

    Also just wondering…i just traded melo for Lowry and McGee. Did I do good or bad? Same team a above.

  22. Steve Stevenson says:

    @Ryan: Yes, you did. In a 14-teamer where you play 2 Cs, you don’t want Okur to be one of them with the wire as your backup plan.

  23. in_ertiatic says:

    Loving ur work Adam. I’ve always been a Razz’er but this is my first serious foray into hoops. I’ve got two ??? for you; First off I was offered NeNe for my Boozer straight up. I need the BLK’s and REB but I’m just not sure what to do with this one.
    Second is it stupid to hold Cap’n Jax in a 12 tm H2H? I know he’s been abysmal but I just can’t pull the trigger on dropping him for the FA of the moment. Push me off the ledge please!

  24. in_ertiatic says:

    @ryan Bad. Bad. Bad. Only cause you could have done better. Lowry will be a great value and McGee will be giving you blocks but you should have swindled much more for Melo on name value alone.

  25. Ryan says:

    Thanks thats reassuring. It’s just painful trading melo in a keeper league.

  26. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Steve Stevenson: Afflalo.

    @Tbone: Gotta go with James Johnson. He out-steals and out-blocks the competition.

    @WuMan: I might suggest you do it if you had a better bench or a deeper FA pool, but essentially you’re giving up .30 cents and getting back a quarter.

    @Eng: Wright. But if you add him, put on rubber gloves before you do.

    @Ryan: Wait, is the team above current? Or did you RECEIVE ‘Melo for the other two?

    @in_ertiatic: Hey, thanks. New hoopers (<-- Grey's mother's term) make my day! I'd go ahead with the Nene/Boozer switch. Nene's hurt (likely to return tonight), but he's a much better value than Boozer's lollygagging corpse. RE: Jax. Depends. Who can you replace him with?

  27. Jay says:

    Barnes or Dudley? Not too bothered about points, 10 is fine, just wondering who can fill up the other categories better?

  28. Benny says:

    A team hit extremely hard by injuries had to drop Z. Randolph to field a competitive team. It’s a 12 team league. Do I stash him for 6 weeks? We dont have a starts limit and wkly h2h so I worry about not having that extra player to swap in/out to boost stats in categories.

  29. Eng says:

    Thanks Adam. It’s a deep league I’m in so it would be a trade not an FA add. I may chuck the offer out there.

  30. In_ertiatic says:

    Shumpert, mark Morris, and g. Neal are available. Plus dalembert just hit waivers and I think I could get him. I took over this team and its chock full of Thaddeus youngs and sjax all over the place. Hibbert is my best big and I could def use dalembert if he’s gonna get in shape and provide value.

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:

    dalembert,speights,or byron mullens,would be dropping brandon knight,im assuming dalembert,so who between speights and mullens,thanks

  32. thefonz says:

    Drop PsychoT for Speights??

  33. Lou says:

    in a 9 cat league, im looking at Kemba Walker and Evan Turner on the wire. I’m about 60/40 leaning towards Kemba because I could use PG eligibility, but I’m not really pressing for assists. Who would need less to happen to get starter minutes/production.

  34. Ryan says:

    The above lineup is correct. I dealt melo for lowry and mcgee

  35. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Jay: Barnes for now, though I still see a Dudley awakening before the season ends.

    @Benny: Ugh. The problem is, someone with a stronger team could pick him up, stash him and end the season by plowing over everyone. Shallower leagues wouldn’t be able to do that, but if there’s no one in the FA pool that can replace half of Z-Bo’s stats, than you might as well keep Randolph until he returns and get 3/5 of a full-season’s worth of healthy Randolph.

    @Eng: Oh, fair enough. Either way, protect yourself.

    @In_ertiatic: I like Shumpert the most out of everyone, but if you need bigs, Sammy D and Markieff are better bets.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Mullens, unless you prefer steals over blocks.

    @thefonz: Give it another game. Hibbert might be hurt (which would help Hansborough’s mpg and we just haven’t seen enough of Speights).

    @Lou: Walker, but Turner will give you better all-around stats.

    @Ryan: Yeah. You made a good call.

  36. Eng says:

    Please rank Matt Barnes, Gary Neal, Jeff Green. MB just confirmed as starter. Slow work day, razzball is keeping me lucid!

  37. Calvin says:

    Should I drop Maggette for Markieff Morris?

  38. jdiesel says:

    Deron Williams
    James Harden
    Jrue Holiday
    Thaddeus Young
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Ed Davis
    Andrew Bogut
    Kendrick Perkins
    Jared Dudley
    Tyrus Thomas
    Marcus Thornton
    Manu Ginobli*

    Would you trade Dirk for Monta, and / or Harden for McGee? Need to lock up some more assists and boards + blocks.

    Would you drop Perk for Favors?

  39. d2bnz says:

    I realise your lamenting of the lack of scoring is a genuine concern but as a Marc gasol owner I would like to point out that the glass is half full when he can deliver a line with intangibles of 7 assists and 4 steals.

  40. Moses says:

    Adam, need your advice real quick.

    Was offered Frye, Gallo, and Marion, for my Kevin Martin and McGee. What say you?

  41. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Eng: Ha! I’m glad. You probably got the order right as you listed them. Definitely not Jeff Green. He’s got a bad ticker.

    @Calvin: Yep.

    @jdiesel: Harden for McGee is okay. I don’t love Dirk for Monta in order to chase assists. Surely you can land just about any PG with the exception of maybe Rose and Paul. Also, I don’t live Favors’ production, but at the expense of Perk, it couldn’t hurt.

    @d2bnz: Yeah. Mostly just piggybacking Gas Hole’s off night to point out that he’s not the only one with at least one off night this season by a damn sight. Still, 0-for-9 from a guy rarely shooting farther away than 15 feet from the basket is ghastly.

    @Moses: Sheesh. I’m hearing a lot about McGee today. It must be the perception of cheap, off-brand blocks. Don’t fall for it. It’s likely that you’re giving up the two best players in this deal.

  42. Eng says:

    Thanks again sir. Oops, I meant Danny Green but using the article that inspired these comments multiplied by the answers to the comments I have deduced that that would not change the order from the one with Jeff w/ the dodgy ticker. God I’m smaht.

  43. Sarah Palin Rice says:

    10-team H2H standard 9-cat, non-keeper

    There is a team shopping Ibaka and I am in need of blocks. He is looking for a PG, SG, or SF. Who would you offer to get the trade talks going?

    My Team
    PG- Rose
    SG- DeRozan
    G- Holiday
    SF- Granger
    PF- Amar’e
    F- Bosh
    C- Hibbert
    UTIL- Jennings
    UTIL- Shumpert
    Bench- Afflalo, Mullens, Louis Williams, DeJaun Blair, Gary Neal, Odom

  44. In_ertiatic says:

    @sarah palin rice (love the name but truly he’d have to take HER name and be Glen Rice Palin)

    Low ball, low ball, low ball! Iblaka’s min are down and there’s the report that collison/harden are meshing so Iblaka’s the odd man out yadayadayada. Try to sell high on Lou Will maybe plus something else. Make it a 2 for 2 and take back some of his garbage you can drop. Do it soon tho before ibakaka has a big game and the owner will never go for a low ball offer. Do not give up anyone of equal or near draft day value for sure. Your squad is good especially when Granger picks his head from his arse and Ibakakakakaka could help you DOMINATE! Get on it!

  45. Sarah Palin Rice says:

    @In_ertiatic: Haha, true true…I would love to see some lil black palins running around

    His worst players are Landry and Stuckey…What do you think about offering Williams/Odom for Ibaka/Landry or Williams/Afflalo or Neal for Ibaka/Stuckey

  46. Benny says:

    Agreed. Im most scared of one of the top 2 teams stashing him and then bulldozing thru the playoffs. The best big men on waivers right now based on espn’s last 15 days player rater are K-Perk and Vlad Ramonovic… so i guess i should prolly scoop up Z-Bo. Which would you drop to stash him: Turner, Fredette, Delfino, or Dudley.

  47. Heraldo says:


    I was hoping for some pick-up help, 10 Team Roto:
    PG: Monta Ellis
    SG: Jason Terry
    SF: Kevin Durant
    PF: Luis Scola
    C: Al Horford
    G: Darren Collison
    F: Marcus Camby
    UT: David West
    UT: D.J. Augustin
    UT: Gerald Henderson
    B: Brook Lopez*
    B: Manu Ginobili*
    B: Iman Shumpert

    My weaknesses are obviously Rebounding and Blocks with Lopez out. And to a lesser extent steals having lost Ginobili.
    Is it worth holding onto Lopez and Ginobli?
    As far as the waiver wire goes: J.J. Hickson is available, who should I consider dropping? Or would Kendrick Perkins, Elton Brand, or Udonis Haslem make more sense for my team.


  48. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Eng: Hehe.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: Jennings?

    @In_ertiatic: @Sarah Palin Rice: You can try to low-ball and hope that Serge’s current owner doesn’t realize that Ibaka’s stats aren’t really all that down. He’s blocking at the exact same clip he did last year (per36), assisting more, stealing more, turning the ball over less and shooting exactly the same as he did last season. He’s scoring and rebounding slightly less than last year, but only slightly. Any improvement would put him well past his averages from last season.

    @Benny: Jimmer.

    @Heraldo: Yeah, it doesn’t seem as if your league is deep enough to drop Lopez or Manu. You got to figure 60 percent of a season with those two is better than 100 percent of a season with guys half as good as them. Brand will cover the most ground for your team (he has the most combined stls+blk and rebounds better than Perkins) and that’s assuming he continues playing underwhelming basketball. Grab Brand and keep an eye on Hickson. He’s got a starting role at PF (which is where he’s most comfortable). He might be your add after another game or two.

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