Monster.

Beast.

Man-child.

Demigod.

The list of superlatives that can be applied to Andre Drummond is a long one. The Pistons big man went berserk on Tuesday night with his second straight 20/20 game. To be precise, he went for 25 & 29 – the second 25/25 of his career. For perspective on just how good he’s been so far this season:

  • Only player since NBA/ABA merger to have 75 points and 75 rebounds through his first four games
  • First player since Kareem with multiple 20/20 games in his first four games
  • No other Piston has had a single 25/25 game in the last 30 years

Drummond had 11 offensive rebounds tonight which was more than any other player had in this game…combined. If the points and boards weren’t enough, he also tossed in three steals and a block for good measure.

The one knock on AD has always been (and will continue to be) his poor free throw shooting. At .403 FT% for his career, it’s quite the albatross. But this season – early as it may be – Drummond is up to .576 (19-33), making owners who thought they were punting the category feel pretty darn good about their chances across the board.

The stars seem to have aligned for Andre to post a truly special season. Lane-clogging Greg Monroe is gone. Stan Van Gundy isn’t afraid to play his starters heavy minutes and the team is winning (i.e. rewarding this approach). A summer of work with a shooting coach is paying immediate dividends at the foul line. At this point, the only thing that could conceivably derail this train is injury…and Drummond has only missed one game in the last two years, so there are no concerns about chronic or lingering ailments.

Now on to the rest of the happenings from an eventful Tuesday night of round ball…

THE GOOD

Jimmy Butler – In an utterly non-competitive game that was over by halftime, Jimmy Buckets was the only Bulls regular rotation player to contribute meaningful (positive) stats for his fantasy owners. After making only 9 of his last 29 FGAs (1-5 from deep) coming into the game, Butler found the range and poured in 26 points on 10-16 from the field including four triples. Two more steals brought his 5-game total to 13 on the season. Unfortunately the boards (one) and dimes (one) weren’t there tonight and he uncharacteristically shot only 2-5 from the charity stripe, taking a bit of shine off an otherwise nice outing. Also of note is the fact that Jimmy had his third turnover-free game of the young season tonight and only has two giveaways on the year. Total.

Jeremy Lamb – Earn that money, young man! Fresh off a three-year contract extension at $7 mil per, Lamb brought a flamethrower to this game. The 23-year old went 9-10 from the field, drained two triples, and threw in four boards, three dimes, and a couple steals for good measure. We’ll need to see him do this a few more times before considering a pickup, but it was a Curry-esque shooting performance and Lamb is making a case for more minutes on the wing in Charlotte.

Jeff Teague & Goran Dragic – JT (26/6/9/1/0, two triples, 9-18 FGs, 6-7 FTs) and GD (19/5/2/3/1, three triples, 6-11 FGs, 4-4 FTs) both posted really nice lines with the former getting a big W on the road. Dennis Schroder played only 16 minutes and if it wasn’t clear before, it sure is now – Teague is the alpha point guard for the 4-1 Hawks.

Hassan Whiteside – If not for Drummond’s massive night, Whiteside’s dominance might’ve been the top takeaway from this seven-game slate. His 23 point, 14 rebound, 4 block line with only one miss on 12 FG attempts was absolute dynamite for his owners. He’s now 23 of his last 27 from the field over his last two games with 29 total rebounds and nine combined steals/blocks. Dude is gonna get paaaaaiiiiid this summer.

Evan Fournier – The Frenchman dropped a 30-burger on the Pelicans with four longballs, five boards, four dimes, and two steals in 43 minutes of terrible hair but terrific basketball. This will likely be Fournier’s high water mark for the season, so give yourself a pat on the back if you had him in active lineups tonight or rolled him out there in DFS.

Kyle Lowry – Looks gooooood. 27/5/10/3/2 with four triples, 9-15 from the field and a perfect 5-5 on his freebies. Huge line. Only a small blemish with four turnovers, but stuffing the other eight cats more than covers that up. Raps are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and they owe a ton of it to Skinny Lowry.

Luis Scola – 19 & 12 with two steals and a trey? He normally only plays that well when he’s wearing an Argentina jersey. In 26-28 MPG he could have low-end value, but he’s not going to get it. Tonight felt like a fluke and Scola should see minutes in the low-20s more often than not. I wouldn’t be running to the wire to pick him up.

Danilo Gallinari – 23/8/3/1/1 at 50% from the field and 9-10 from the stripe. What really stands out is that none of Gallo’s 12 attempts from the field were from long range. I’m not sure when the last time that happened was…but I’m guessing it’s been a while.

Jordan Clarkson – There wasn’t a whole lot of defense played in the Lakers/Nuggets game, so JC went off for a career-high 30 on 12-19 shooting. Added to that nice efficiency was four treys, a couple dimes, and a steal. Methinks Clarkson owners will take that and run with it every day of the week.

 

THE BAD

Nikola Mirotic – Niko was a big contributor – and not in a good way – to the Bulls getting run out of the building on Tuesday night. In 24 lackluster minutes he hit on only 2-11 FGs (1-5 behind the arc) and had no steals or blocks. He’s been hot to start the year, so this is just one of those throwaway games. Look for him to bounce back in a primetime matchup against the Thunder on TNT this Thursday.

Derrick Rose – Continues to get worse at the game of basketball. 18, 15, 8, 6, 4 – those are Rose’s point totals, in order, for his five games so far this season. Anyone with eyes can see that he’s heading in the wrong direction, and after another 0-fer from 3-point range on Tuesday, he has now hoisted eight attempts with no makes. Unless you desperately need the assists (five vs. the Hornets, averaging 5.5 APG on the year), it’s time to see you can get anything of value via trade…and if not, I wouldn’t hesitate to cut bait in 12-team leagues (especially considering the Bulls don’t have another 4-game week until December 7th).

Stanley Johnson – StanJo couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean, sitting in a boat. 0-5 from the field, 0-1 from deep, and bricking both free throws is the type of performance that can have a rookie questioning his shot and becoming hesitant to pull the trigger. We’ll have to see if this was an anomaly or if Johnson starts having confidence issues in the next couple games.

Aaron Gordon – Four minutes. Four. SKILES!!!

Rajon Rondo – Did Rondo things. 2-10 FGs. 1-4 FTs. Five points. Oh, and Darren Collison poured in 18 off the bench. Double-R’s days as the starting PG in Sactown are numbered.

 

THE NOTEWORTHY

Bobby Portis – In just 10 short minutes, Portis showed why he’s the best player who simply has to be left on the waiver wire. 10 points (5-7 from the field) and two boards with a +8 rating on a night when most of his teammates finished in the negative double-digits. Unfortunately, Bobby P won’t have any sustainable fantasy value until there’s a frontcourt injury or trade. Click that star next to his name and keep him on your watch list in the event any one of Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah or Niko Mirotic move out of the rookie’s way.

Marvin Williams – The waiver wire pickup-du-jour had a mixed bag of production in the blowout win vs. the Bulls. The 10 rebounds and three assists in only 25 minutes were nice, but four points (2-6 FGs) with no treys, steals or blocks wasn’t exactly what his new owners were looking for. With the game out of hand early, this line isn’t indicative of Starvin’ Marvin’s value moving forward.

Paul George – PG13 was his own version of “good, bad & ugly” during the Pacers win. The good – 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, two triples, a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. The bad – four turnovers. The ugly – 5-17 from the field, bringing his season average to .333.

Bad shooting, good peripherals – Marcus Morris (3-11, one triple, two steals, two blocks), George Hill (5-12, two triples, four steals, one block), C.J. Miles (2-9, two triples, two steals), Paul Millsap (4-12, three steals, one block), Chris Bosh (4-14, one triple, three steals, two blocks), Anthony Davis (3-12, one steal, five blocks), Ryan Anderson (4-15, three triples, three steals, one block), Emmanuel Mudiay (3-13, three triples, one block, one steal).

Dwyane Wade – Battled migraines for much of the second half but did return to help the Heat make the game interesting late. His 21 points were nice, but it was an otherwise lackluster stat line for D-Wade. With a history of dealing with migraines, it’s definitely a situation to monitor as Justise Winslow and Gerald Green (who missed Tuesday’s game with an illness) would become interesting streamers.

Marc Gasol – Left the game in the first half after a collision and was ruled out shortly thereafter. Brandon Wright (10/6/3/0/4, 28 minutes) gets a sizable value bump if Gasol is going to miss time, so pick him up if he’s sitting on your wire. (Also keep an eye on JayMycal Green who posted 12 & 12 in 20 minutes against the Kings.)

Kenneth Faried – Played a whopping 40 minutes out of necessity, as each of Jusuf Nurkic, Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne were in street clothes. The Manimal parlayed all that floor time into 28 & 15, including a perfect 8-8 from the FT line. No threes, steals or blocks, plus four TOs soften the impact a bit, but I don’t think too many owners will be complaining after this one.

 

OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYTHING

Players who saw over 36 minutes of floor time on Tuesday:

Paul George (38), George Hill (36), Marcus Morris (39), Andre Drummond (43), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (42), Paul Millsap (36), Chris Bosh (39), Evan Fournier (43), Victor Oladipo (36), Anthony Davis (36), Eric Gordon (38), Kyle Lowry (37), Deron Williams (36), Kenneth Faried (40), Jordan Clarkson (37)

 

That aught about do it for the Tuesday wrap-up. If you want to chat waiver pickups, DFS plays, or anything else fantasy hoops, drop me a line on Twitter @moneyballmatty. Cheers.

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Nice lil’ wrap-up brother

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Lasandro: Thanks, man. I had one pretty major oversight though that I’m kicking myself for this morning…

      I didn’t make any mention of Ian Mahinmi leaving last night’s game after only a handful of minutes. Obviously any sort of prolonged absence will open up some big opportunity for other Indy frontcourt players. The big takeaway for me was that Myles Turner only played 15 minutes, despite the fact that he was pretty awesome in that time (3-4 FGs, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 3 swats and a swipe). Jordan Hill played 23 minutes and Lavoy Allen saw 22. It’ll be interesting to see how this rotation shakes out and if Indiana’s plan is to bring Turner along slowly regardless of what other bigs are available.

  2. Lawson says:
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    Hi Matty,

    I have a team in a 14 man league that has started good but im concerned about playing on many of them. Lillard, Mudiay, SCHRODER, Bledsoe, Danny Green, Joe Johnson, BREWER, Tjones, AARON GORDON, MYLES TURNER, Ibaka, Bosh, HENSON and Nurkic (Injured Roster Spot).

    Things are looking not so promising right now for the guys on capital letters and I am wondering if to let go Schroder, Gordon and Henson, However, the waiver wire is not very exciting with the likes of Beverley, Kaminsky, Warren, Len, Brandan Wright, Stauskas, Jerian Grant, Ginobili, Wroten, Hezonja, Ezeli, Nick Young, Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams, Will Barton, Dellavedova, Derrick Williams, Teletovic, Lauvergne or Bjelica…

    Thanks for your help!

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      @Lawson: Be careful on Schroeder. Last night was the first game of a back to back. Last week he played 18 minutes in the first game and 33 in the second. Might be something we see all year.

    • Matty

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      @Lawson: Hey Lawson, how’s it goin’ man?

      Nice team! I’m bullish on a lot of the players you have there.

      You probably could have even capitalized Danny Green (shooting slump) and Terrence Jones (injury) too given how they’ve come out of the gates.

      I would hold Schroder for sure as his schedule is nice until December. On B2Bs the Hawks are looking to sit Korver, so you know Dennis will run for around 30MPG on those nights. He’ll also get more time and opportunity when ATL plays teams that run smaller lineups than what the Heat did last night.

      I would dump Brewer before Gordon or Henson, unless you REALLY feel you need CB’s steals. The minutes are there for him early, but his shot isn’t falling and HOU will be monkeying around with lineups as they start to get guys like TJones and DMo back.

      Hold Gordon. Upside is too big and it’s only going to take one Tobias Harris rolled ankle to force Skiles’ hand. It’s Murphy’s Law that as soon as you cut bait with someone as explosive as AG, he’ll start seeing 30 MPG and posting top-60 value…and you’ll be pretty cheesed.

      If you do ultimately decide to dump a Brewer, Henson, etc…I like Stauskas (eight of next 10 weeks Philly plays four games), Wrights (especially if Marc has a semi-serious ailment), or maybe even Bjelica (getting the minutes and plays five times next week).

      • Matty

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        @Matty: I dunno why I wrote “Wrights” – I’m pretty sure there’s only one of him. Ha.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Matty:

        I agree, definitely dump brewer for a higher upside guy like nik sauce or bjelica or even Grant. Henson can probably go too but if you can afford to hold him and see how it goes then i guess.

  3. jcg says:
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    Matty ! 12 team 9 cat

    Would you drop Dieng or Covington for Bjelica?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @jcg: Hey jcg.

      Hmmmm, tough call there. Dieng is trying owners’ patience early as a pure backup to KAT (why won’t Mitchell play them together?!?)…but he has such awesome upside if/when KG sits and those 17 MPG are redistributed to Gorgui and others. Also, Minnesota plays five times this coming week, so even if his per game stats aren’t stellar, the aggregate is going to be nice.

      That being said – Bob Covington has top-50 upside and is a guaranteed starter. And like I mentioned in a previous comment, Philly’s schedule is pretty dense for the remainder of 2015. So I couldn’t fault you for dropping Dieng for Covington, but I prefer Gorgui to Nemanja as a Minnesota big stash.

  4. kai says:
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    Are folks dropping Gordon? Ugh…

    • Matty

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      @kai: Yeah, it feels knee-jerky to me for a guy that has such big potential. I could see it in 10-teamers, but 12 or deeper there’s no way I’m cutting bait just yet.

      • Ken says:
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        @Matty: Wouldn’t some of that depend on format though? I’m in 12 team 9 cat H2H where we roster 12 players with no bench spots. It’s tougher to carry a player like Gordon despite the potential as the inconsistency can really hurt. That said I’m holding to see what happens tonight vs Hou. Seems like a good matchup for AG and he should be fresh. If I do bail, which of Hood, A Bradley, Bjelica or J Grant do you like. Not a big fan of rostering SG since it’s not a requirement. .Thanks!

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          @Ken: Oh Schroeder was just dropped as well..

        • Matty

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          @Ken: You’re absolutely right. I should’ve worded my response better. Roster composition is more involved than just number of teams in the league. IR spots, bench spots, utility positions, etc. all play into it.

          If you can’t stash a guy like Aaron Gordon and wait for the situation to sort itself out, he is definitely a drop candidate since his production will be extremely volatile for the first few weeks (if not months) of the season.

          Of the players you listed, I’d lean Hood if not for his lousy schedule over the next month. Bradley’s shooting stroke has looked good early but now he’s nursing a hand injury which could sideline him (or affect his efficiency). Grant is stuck in a nasty rotation in New York and Afflalo is due back this weekend to muddy the waters even more. Bjelica is probably the add as he’s getting pretty consistent minutes and plays five games next week, so the volume should be there.

          • Matty

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            @Matty: Hmmm, Schroder too, huh? Definitely worth considering if you can ride the ups and downs of his minutes. He looks like he’s going to be 18 MPG some nights and 30-32 the next depending on matchup and whether or not it’s a B2B.

  5. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Matty!
    12 team H2H points league….
    My team

    K Walker – PG
    J Butler – SG
    D Green – SF
    T Jones – PF
    G Dieng – C
    E Kanter – C
    V Oladipo – G
    O Porter Jr. – F
    M Conley – UTIL
    E Mudiay – UTIL

    Bench
    D Collison
    M. Leonard
    A Gordon

    Jrue Holiday was dropped in my league… should I pick him up? who should I drop for him?

    Thanks man, and keep up the good work.

    • Matty

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks, Rico!

      I like Jrue a lot more now that he’s been cleared to play minutes in the mid-20s, so he’s certainly worth a pickup. He could be really valuable during the second half of the season when he’s getting over 30 MPG and playing in back to backs. As much as I hate to say it (because I bought into the hype and drafted him in my money league), Meyers Leonard would be the guy to drop. He looks absolutely awful and it’s not that he’s just missing his shots – he’s not even close. He’s having difficulty with distance AND line, which is really a bad sign. If you see a guy missing shots short, it’s typically just a sign he’s got tired legs. But when a guy is off short/long AND right/left, it’s a problem that may not sort itself out anytime soon. And with Meyers not getting extended at the deadline, I don’t know how long of a leash he’ll have in Portland. If he doesn’t get it together in a week or two, he could lose his starting job.

      Hold onto Collison as he’s been pretty good off the bench and will be a beast in the second half once Rondo runs himself out of the Kings organization. And Gordon has great upside and just needs to gain Skiles’ confidence…which I predict he’ll do by the new year.

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Matty: Awesome! thanks again… I just picked up Leonard because of my C situation… but like you mentioned he’s looked awful so far… Eventually I will have to try to trade to upgrade my C, but the problem with my league is that nobody wants to trade…

        • Matty

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          @RicoSuave: Yep, leagues like that can be very frustrating…it’s tough when your only option to improve a roster spot is to strike gold via the waiver wire. But glass-half-full – if there’s no trading happening, there’s no worries about vetos, collusion, and silly stuff like that. Good luck!

  6. SteveV says:
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    Fournier or Afflalo?

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      @SteveV: Fournier for sure. Afflalo is battling a hammy and even once he’s ready to come back, he’ll be entering a backcourt/wing rotation that is deep and muddy. A game like what Fournier had last night will earn him a lot of points with Skiles and help hold off Hezonja and Gordon for a while.

  7. Michael says:
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    10 Man H2H (Punt FT) – Feeling weak in Assist

    I traded John Wall + Okafor for Oladipo + Faried. (Scared of Okafor’s rookie season)
    And traded Mudiay for Thaddeus Young (was weak in SF position)

    Victor Oladipo PG,SG
    Brandon Knight PG,SG
    Isaiah Thomas PG
    Ricky Rubio PG
    Bradley Beal SG
    Evan Fournier SG/SF
    Al-Farouq Aminu SF/PF
    Thaddeus Young SF/PF
    Kenneth Faried PF/C
    Greg Monroe PF/C
    Andre Drummond PF/C
    DeMarcus Cousins PF/C
    DeAndre Jordan C

    Any players I should move to improve my team? Thanks Razzball team!

    • Matty

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      @Michael: Hey Michael, what’s good?

      I don’t mind that trade, though it’s never easy giving up a first-round guy who is elite in one of the most difficult categories to find production (i.e. assists). But ‘Dipo is no slouch and Faried looks really good and is a definite upgrade over Okafor.

      You actually shouldn’t be too bad with assists as Vic, Knight and IT2/3 all give you a handful each, while Rubio is elite in that category. You are so dominant in rebounds with Faried, Monroe, Drummond, Cousins and Jordan, that I’d look to sell high on one of them…maybe Faried (coming off 28 & 15) or DeAndre (since Drummond is better at being DeAndre than DeAndre right now). Hold Cousins as his value will be depressed right now with the achilles strain. And Monroe looks legit as the focal point of Milwaukee’s offense, while he’s also contributing better D stats than he did in Detroit.

      I would look to get some more three point shooting if you can. Is there any way you can send a package of a couple second/third-tier studs (i.e. DeAndre + someone else) to score Dame Lillard?

      • Michael says:
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        @Matty:

        Hey Matty thanks for the quick response. I’ll look to see if I can get that trade. Thanks

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Michael: You got it, man. Any time! Let us know if you are able wheel & deal a couple of your bigs into a stud guard.

  8. Ryan says:
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    Think I have a pretty decent team already, wanna know your opinion on the move I made.

    Pg- elfrid, george hill, bledsoe
    Sg- Harden, danny green, fournier
    Sf- wiggins, jimmy butler, batum
    Pf- millsap, draymond
    C- Gortat, Noel

    Just finished dropping Ariza for this guy Fournier, cause I think Frenchy Fournier has way higher upside. Watcha think Matty? (BTW, I got Ariza from the free agent pool, my friends dont value Ariza that much)

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan:

      Im punting fg% btw. 10 team, 9 cat

    • Matty

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      @Ryan: Yeah, that’s a pretty sweet squad. By my count you’ve got five guys (Beard, Bledsoe, Jimmy, Sapper, Dray) who are top-20 players and the remainder – outside of Fournier – are all top-80 on a full season outlook. Stacked.

      Interesting that Ariza is waiver-worthy. He was 36th in 9-cat per game value last year…and 22nd in total value since he played all 82. Obviously Fournier has some upside – we just saw it 12 hours ago – but over the course of the season I don’t see much chance that Ariza isn’t at least two or three rounds more valuable. Maybe hold Fournier to see if he can turn this into a streak and then dump him middle of the month when ORL has their 2-game week. Ariza and the Rockets play four times that week, so it’s the perfect swap out (if Trevor is still available).

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Matty:

        Ariza is wire guy!? o.o is your league a money league, can i join?

  9. Joe says:
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    Would you start Vala @ OKC or T.Chandler vs. SAC in a 9-cat league?

    • Matty

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      @Joe: As a Raps fan it pains me to say that I’d start Chandler. I think Toronto is going to get creamed tonight. They just set a franchise record by going 4-0 to start the year so they’re due for a letdown. Add to that the fact they’re on the road, on the tail end of a B2B, going up against a superior Thunder team who is rested. This game could get out of hand by halftime and JV might only see 20 minutes. But even if he does see 30 minutes, the interior defense of Ibaka and Adams is no joke.

      Chandler should be able to exploit the youth & inexperience of WCS/Koufos, who are also on the tail end of a B2B…and the front half they had to bang with ZBo and Gasol (for part of it).

      I’d put the odds of JV posting a double-double at about 25% tonight. I’d think Tyson has better than a 50/50 chance of going for a 10 & 10.

      • Joe says:
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        @Matty:

        Thank you for such a detailed answer!

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Joe: You’re welcome, Joe. Hope Chandler works out to be the right call (I’m pretty confident he is).

  10. Tim says:
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    Yoo..

    I know they’re different positions.. but how would you rank mylesT, Agordon, schrod, cjMiles, starvin marvin

    • Matty

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      @Tim: Rest of season? I’d go:

      Gordon
      Schroder
      Turner
      Miles
      Marvin

      None of them have clearly defined roles for the entire year, so that order could get turned on its head any given week. All of them demand looking at the next month or so of schedules to see how many games they’ll play, especially if your roster spots are at a premium. I think they should all be rostered currently though and cut only if/when they have a really light stretch of games or they see less than 20 MPG for a few consecutive nights.

      • Tim says:
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        @Matty: Nice thanks man… actually have them all rostered with the exception of marvin, so this reassurance is awesome hah… skiles is on my hit list

        • Matty

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          @Tim: Oh, sweet. Yeah, those guys all have pretty nice potential, but need a break here or there to recognize it.

  11. Jeremy says:
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    Covington is floating in my wire…

    The only guys i can drop are Robin lopez, Myles turner, or Aaron Gordon. Do i drop one of these guys for Sir Covington? or just continue to hold?

    • Matty

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      @Jeremy: Man, that’s tough. RoLo has looked just OK through four games. He only played 20 & 21 minutes in his first two contests, but he was battling some soreness coming out of preseason. His last two games saw him jump into the low-30s, but he hasn’t had a double-digit rebounding game yet and has only six total stocks in over 100 floor minutes.

      RoLo is BY FAR the lowest upside of all those guys. Turner could have an opportunity to produce sooner than later with the Mahinmi injury. And Gordon is going to be all over the map until he gets into the starting lineup (via injury or trade to someone ahead of him).

      But damn, Covington is hard to leave on the wire with lots of four-game weeks over the next couple months. Gun to my head, I’m dropping RoLo for Covington’s upside. Robin will never go off for a 20/20 game that will make you throw your laptop across the room, so the impact of dropping him is minimal.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Matty:

        Thanks for the advice. Yea i almost did it and checked Rotoworld, Covington is out 2 weeks. lol Nevermind, not droping any of my guys for him since i have don’t IR spots in my league.

        • Matty

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          @Jeremy: Yeah man, I just got back in and saw that myself. Kinda makes my point moot now! Ha.

          Oh well, it’s not like you’re sitting on worthless assets there – all of RoLo, Turner and Gordon are worth owning and playable most weeks.

  12. neogonzo mourning says:
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    GOROMOTARO ENCORO!

  13. rotisserie.jedi says:
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    Matty,

    Nice recap. I think I just made a big mistake: I traded away Andre Drummond and Darren Collison in return for Deandre Jordan and Jimmy Butler.

    Collison doesn’t start on this team and If I already had Giannis (SF), Derrick favors, and Whiteside, did I just make a big mistake?I mean Drummond is averaging 20/20. That can’t go on right?

    Thanks for work!

    • Matty

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      @rotisserie.jedi: Thanks man, glad you liked it.

      Not a mistake – I think you did exactly what you SHOULD do and that’s sell a player who is at the pinnacle of his value and is statistically likely to regress in a couple categories. History suggests that Drummond won’t sustain his current FT%, and the likelihood of him averaging 20 points and 20 boards over 82 games is very, very low. You were able to land the best player in the deal (Jimmy) while only downgrading slightly from Drummond to DeAndre, after the dust settles on AD’s crazy start. Sure, Collison is a nice asset and I think he’ll be quite productive in 2016, but he’s not within shouting distance of Jimmy’s value. As much as I have been impressed by Drummond’s start and dislike Deandre Jordan (on a human level, mostly), I’d do the deal too.

      • rotisserie.jedi says:
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        @Matty: Great! I think Drummond’s PPG continue to benefit from the nice boost now that Monroe is out of the way, but yeah, I was gambling that the downgrade was not that huge otherwise. Thanks for the response. I know it’s still early, but I’m looking forward to a Turkey Day update from you on who’s hot starts are sustainable, and who is just walking around as imposters.

        Keep up the good work!

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @rotisserie.jedi: No problem, man. Happy to reassure you that you didn’t make a major gaffe early in the year. I know it’s tough to part with someone who is going ballistic, but you got quite the haul in return and the players you got back have proven that they can post elite value over entire seasons. If Jimmy plays 75+ games, you’re laughin’.

  14. Jay says:
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    Trade Al Jefferson and KCP for Isiah Thomas? No TO league.

    • Matt says:
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      @Jay: Unless you are getting the one from the Pistons and his stats, I would not do this.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Jay: Yep, I would. Just keep in mind that that’s coming from someone who had IT2/3 as a top-50 player in the preseason and has never been a big fan of Jefferson or KCP. Thomas doesn’t need much more than 28 MPG to post great value because his usage rate is so high when he’s on the floor. KCP posts mostly empty lines even when his shot is falling and Al Jeff is on the downside of his career and struggles to stay healthy.

      I say go for it!

  15. GQ says:
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    10 team 9 cat roto League, lacking in 3PM b/c my guards are Rose, Rubio, and Rondo/Collison. Have AD, ZBo, Klove, and Duncan down low. Thoughts on giving up Gortat to get Korver? I do have Middleton and GHayward but they are off to slow starts.

    • Matty

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      @GQ: Well at least Collison dropped in three treys last night, right!? But yeah, overall none of those PGs are long range bombers with any sort of consistency. Hopefully AD and Love can start chipping in some out-of-position 3s for you too.

      Korver is a tough one because it sounds like he’s going to be sitting one half of back to backs for the foreseeable future. I doubt that’ll hold all year, but if the Hawks keep winning, what’s the incentive to play someone coming off ankle surgery more than they need to?

      Gortat hasn’t been great so far, but the Wiz have only played three games, so it’s way too early to tell what kind of season-long value he’s going to provide.

      Maybe take a look ahead at the Hawks’ schedule and see how many B2Bs they have in the next couple months. It should give you an idea about how many games Korver might rest. If they are spaced out nicely, he might be worth flipping Gortat for.

      And with regards to Middleton & Hayward – don’t worry about those guys. They’ll get it figured out. They’re too talented and have a track record with their teams…they both play for playoff contenders, so it’s not like they’re at risk of being benched after a bad week or two. Hold tight and keep your fingers crossed that things “click” for them in the next couple games.

      • GQ says:
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        @Matty:

        Thanks a lot dude! I am going to hold on to Gortat for now as he is a pretty reliable source of rebounds, DDs, and blocks for his draft position and hope for a better offer to gain in 3PM. Appreciate all the insight into the squad.

  16. Melo says:
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    Robert Covington is expected to miss the next two weeks of action after suffering a setback with his MCL sprain during Tuesday’s practice.

    Damn, is he worth waiting? Jabari Parker is coming back and he’s on the wire in my league, should I pull the trigger? Other players on the wire, StanJo, Iso Joe, Wilson Chandler, Luol Deng, K MArt, Ilyasova, MCW.

    this is my team:
    Lillard, McCollum, Bledsoe, Knight
    Hayward, Covington, Aminu, Tobias Harris
    Favors, Draymond Green
    Monroe, Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Melo: Yeah, that news is a major bummer. There is no way Philly risks bringing him back at less than 100% since he suffered a setback so quickly after returning the first time. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out longer than another two weeks. Might not see him until December. But that’s pure speculation on my part.

      Jabari is going to be on a minutes restriction for a while. And with Giannis starting to assert himself on offense, Middleton needing to get his, and Monroe looking like a world-beater in the middle…there just isn’t any need for Parker to get thrown into the mix with any meaningful role. I’m not high on him this year at all.

      Those are some uninspiring options on the wire – StanJo has the upside, but threw up a stinker last night and won’t get much shot at more run with Marcus Morris playing so well. Iso Joe and Deng are old, slow, and have almost zero upside. Ilyasova and KMart are both kinda “meh” and might toss you a good game here and there but will be really inconsistent. And now MCW has a balky ankle to go with his well documented deficiencies.

      Your team is really nice at all positions, so I actually would stash Covington since you have so many other quality players to tide you over. Otherwise I’d go with StanJo, and again just hold him and keep your fingers crossed that he somebody moves out of his way in the rotation.

      Sorry I can’t give you a more confident recommendation, but I’m just not a fan of those WW options. Tough to give a strong endorsement of players I’m a bit of bear on.

  17. Fahed Misho says:
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    I traded CP3 and Andre Drummond for Anthony Davis in a 9-cat H2H league

    Making my team

    Anthony Davis
    Kaly Tompson
    Deandre Jordan
    Rudy Gobert
    Darren Collison
    Elfird Payton
    Nicolas Batum
    Evan Fournier
    Tyreke Evans(On IR)
    Wesley Matthews(Should I drop him)
    Aaron Affalo (Should I drop him)

    I am considering dropping Matthews/Affalo for Thad Young/Terrance Jones

    Notable Waiver wire
    Thad Young
    Terrance Jones
    Dangelo Russel
    Jordan Clarkson
    Deron Williams
    HArrison Barnes
    Tristan Thompson
    and some other players

    This is a 10-team league with 11 players rostered not including IR

    • Fahed Misho says:
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      Also do you think I traded away too much for Davis?

    • J Michael says:
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      @Fahed Misho:

      You can chill out on the blocks, so I wouldn’t go for TJones.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Fahed Misho: Well, getting a consensus top-2 player in fantasy is never a bad thing, but Drummond and Paul is a steep price to pay. I don’t hate it, but it’s left you with a real need for assists. Skiles is monkeying around with Elfrid’s minutes a bit and Collison is in a timeshare currently. Batum is obviously a decent source from the wing, but it’s not enough. I would rather have Clarkson than Afflalo for sure, and probably over Matthews too. Clarkson is by far the best player in the Lakers backcourt and everyone seems to know it. Hopefully one of Lou Will, Kobe or Nick Young will find themselves on a different team or out of the rotation to clear up a little more usage for Clarkson as the year wears on. He’s the pickup there for me without any hesitation.

    • Matty

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      @J Michael: Nice guards, man! Curry, Bledsoe, Knight, and Irving waiting in the wings? Sweet.

      You could probably use some help with boards and blocks since TJones isn’t providing anything from the trainer’s table.

      I wish Dieng was getting more run because he would complement your team beautifully in a 28 MPG role. I actually think I would still kick Zaza to the curb in favor of Gorgui since the latter has five games next week. I doubt KG will suit up for that many games in that condensed a period of time, so maybe there’s a few more minutes there? Alternatively to that, Myles Turner has looked good in his limited run, but it sounds like Mahinmi’s back issues aren’t serious (he’s only “questionable” for tonight’s game)…so that is a roadblock to value for Turner. I’d take a swing at Gorgui in place of Zaza and see how that works out for you over the next couple weeks. There’s definitely upside there that Pachulia will never have, so your risk is minimal.

      • J Michael says:
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        @Matty:

        Thanks! I was actually thinking of punting blocks since I have Mirotic and Monroe.

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @J Michael: Yeah, you might just have to. In which case maybe take a look at Fournier and/or starvin’ Marvin Williams to bolster your long distance shooting and a few other peripherals.

  18. Ryan says:
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    So Lil’ B thinks Russell Westbrook looks like a sandwich? Is this his way of cursing people, and is he really this desperate for attention? Should I sell Westbrook high before the curse comes into full effect? Bahahaha jk

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Ryan: I must’ve missed something ’cause I don’t know anything about that Lil’ B/Russ sandwich reference…

      Truth be told – I didn’t even know who Lil’ B was until I just Googled him. I’m guessing I won’t be seeing him at the CMA Awards tonight? Haha.

  19. Tim says:
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    this seems simple but feels wrong.. you’d take cp3 over drummond right? on a team thats big heavy (well not as much without drummond but i do have gobert)

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Tim: Yeah, absolutely go CP3 over Drummond. Andre is obviously elite at what he does, but points and boards can be chased by committee, whereas assists are really hard to find. There are only a handful of players more valuable than a healthy CP3…and Drummond, awesome as he may be, isn’t one of ’em.

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly H2H pts league, how much FAAB out of $200 are you bidding on B. Jennings? Guard isn’t a big need, but my team should be good enough that I can remain competitive with him o the bench till next month. The most expensive guy to go so far has been $20.

    • Matty

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      @Steve Stevenson: Not much at all. Achilles injuries are no joke and, like ACL tears, often take a full year of game action to get back to “normal” (i.e. pre-injury form)…add to that the fact that Reggie Jackson is the long-term answer at PG for the Pistons (with 80 million reasons to force it even if he struggles), and Jennings is an avoid for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of his game, so his situation now is more reason to steer clear. Maybe toss a few bucks at him if you think he’ll return to form and/or get traded to a better situation…otherwise I’d hold onto my money and spend it on a healthy player who has a clearer path to minutes and usage.

  21. Fantasy Noob says:
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    Someone offered me Gallinari for Clarkson…it’s a standard yahoo head to head points league. Who would you take this?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Fantasy Noob: It’s close. Depends on how immediate you want to see results. Gallo obviously has the path to minutes and shots with little competition right from jump street, while Clarkson is stuck in a messy backcourt/wing rotation than needs weeks – if not months – to sort itself out.

      Ultimately I think you have to go with Gallinari…as much as I love Clarkson, you just can’t pass up a sure thing for a “maybe this guy will get hurt, maybe this guy will get rested, maybe this guy will get traded” situation.

  22. Jordo says:
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    Hi Matty,
    I’m in a 12-team 8 cat h2h league with a solid team that has been streaming 1-2 roster spots per week so far. I’m looking to strengthen my team for the long haul and hopefully reduce the streaming.
    Here’s my team:
    PG John Wall
    SG Kyle Lowry
    SF N Batum
    PF S Ibaka
    C A Horford
    G DeRozan
    F A Jefferson
    Util Fournier
    Util M Williams
    UTil K Bryant
    Bench J Crowder
    Bench T Parker
    Bench T Jones
    IR B Jennings

    I am considering dropping one of my bench players or Kobe for Khris Middleton and/or Gorgui Dieng for the long term. Other notables on the FA wire that might be a fit are Jrue Holliday, Myles Turner and Josh Smith. I’m thinking I need a reliable end of the roster big.

    Should I make a move or stand pat?

    • Matty

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      @Jordo: Kobe is such a tough guy to own because his percentages are lousy and at some point he’s going to be rested. He is outside the top-100 in 8-cat per game value already, so he’s not a must-own. I think a lot of people just simply have a hard time dropping a name that big. I would MUCH rather have Khris Middleton who has no red flags other than a slightly slow start to the season.

      You could look to dump Tony Parker for Jrue Holiday as well. Both guys are looking at 25’ish MPG roles right now…but Jrue’s should expand once 2016 hits. Parker will stay capped because of his age and the rotations of coach Pop.

      Keep a close eye on Dieng but hold off adding him for now, I think. He’s just not getting the minutes…yet. But he’s too talented and has enough of a proven track record to keep on the bench. A tight three-man rotation of KAT, Dieng and Bjelica would be sweet – split up the 96 minutes available to PF/C among those three and there’s enough opportunity for all of them to eat. Just need Pek to stay in the trainer’s room and KG to forfeit his 16-18 MPG.

      • Jordo says:
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        @Matty:
        Good advice.
        Thanks Matty!

  23. sliimbo says:
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    whats up buddy

    thoughts on this?
    8 teamer with 8 keepers

    i got klay thompson and was offered batum and a 1st round pick for him..

    deal or no deal

    thanks!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @sliimbo: sliimbo – what’s up, man?

      It’s tough to say because I’m not sure exactly what type of players are typically available with a 1st round pick. Could you give some examples of who got drafted in this year’s 1st round?

      There’s a couple rounds of value difference in favor of Klay (he has started slow, but we know what he is and that’s a top-20 player)…so that 1st rounder better net you a top-80 player or it’s an easy pass.

  24. Jason Wang says:
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    Need some quick advice-who’s the most droppable?

    Myles turner, stanley johnson or gorgui dieng?

    i wanna pick up sullinger or would you recommend another player to pick up?

    This is a 10 team 9 cat H2H league. Thanks!

    • Matty

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      @Jason Wang: I would think StanJo is probably the most droppable of those three, but there’s not too much separating them. I am holding Dieng where I have him (perhaps out of stubbornness) as I want to see what he does this coming week with five games in seven nights. If he doesn’t crack 25 minutes in any of those games, he is probably hitting the free agent pool with a big ol’ splash.

      Sully looked good last night, but Stevens’ rotations are nearly as frustrating as Skiles’. I’m not sure you can trust any Celtics big on any given night unless there is an injury or two that rules one of the guys out.

      Who else is on your short-list to add off the wire?

  25. X says:
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    quick help please – should i drop myles, dieng or stanjo?

    notable waivers: smart, sullinger, lamb, mcconnell, galloway, porzingis, stauskus

    thanks!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @X: X – are you also Jason Wang from the previous post? I’m guessing so since your three drop candidates are the same and Sully is in your waiver pool.

      Anyways, I think Stauskas and Porzingis are my favorite two options of those guys listed. Zinger is playing really well and Stauskas has a pretty clear path to minutes and shots, especially with Bobby Covington sidelined for a couple weeks. Philly also has great schedule density over the next 6-8 weeks, so you’ll get lots of volume from Sauce Castillo (or McConnell if you’re hard-pressed for assists).

      • X says:
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        @Matty:
        Yeah sorry…thought my comment didn’t go through the first time so I asked again..
        My bad!

        • X says:
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          @Matty:
          Yeah sorry…thought my comment didn’t go through the first time so I asked again..
          My [email protected]X:

          Thanks though!

          • X says:
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            @X:
            Oh wow…my cpu’s messed up commented that twice too

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