Monta Ellis played 32 minutes. The rest was spent nursing his broke-ass face that became broke after Anderson Varejao elbowed it into a million pieces. It was heinous. I puked a little. Babies were crying in the distance. Grandma said a prayer. Still, the cartilage didn’t snap or break (or whatever nose-cartilage does when it does something it’s not supposed to do) and it’s unlikely Ellis will miss any time. Still, it’s worth noting that Sugar Nate Robinson is killing Charles Jenkins stat-wise. Robinson double-doubled (17/2/10, with a smattering of steals and threes) in 35 minutes last night and has played decently in his last couple. Robinson’s averaged 14/3/5 as a member of the Warriors and now with both Curry and possibly Ellis (but probably not Ellis) out and Jenkins playing poorly, any minutes bump would be good for Robinson. He’s made a career of going bonkers for 10-game increments and then falling off the face of the pebble. So grab Robinson and keep your finger hovering over the drop button. Here’s what else went down on Tuesday in fantasy basketball.

Klay Thompson – Four 3ptm. It’s the second time in four games he’s hit a quartet of threes. Normally it’s taken him 22+minutes to put together these numbers, but it took him fewer than 17 this time around. I’d let him do it one more time before picking him up.

Jonas Jerebko – Fell out of the starting lineup in favor of Ben Wallace, which is like losing a slam dance contest to your own mom.

Kemba Walker – Starting. Playing well. If I need to go into much more detail, you’re being too damn picky.

Bismack Biyombo – Speaking of Charlotte rookies. Eeny-meany-miny-mo, catch a Bismack Biyombo. Diaw fell out of favor. Thomas is falling out of favor. Mullens has struggled a bit. Them footsteps you hear are the next Bobcat big stepping in the limelight.

Daniel Gibson – 6/4/3, with 3 stl and 2 3ptm in the starting lineup for Anthony Parker. Deep leaguers should take note. The rest of y’all can put your earbuds back in your ear holes.

C.J. Watson – In place of Rose, the understudy went 23/4/5, with a trio of treys, two steals and zero (count ’em: zero) turnovers. Fooled you! You can’t count zeroes. Watson is like the Wolfmother of the NBA. They just don’t have the stuff to be the center of anyone’s attention. But when looking at the big picture, they’re a solid backup to a better band that plays similarly.

Carlos Boozer – He and Watson outscored the entire Phoenix starting five in the first half, making him the 1,855,990 player to do that against the Suns. I’ve been to two Bulls games so far this season, and they’re both Boozer’s two statistical best games of the season (the other being his 23/8/2 night against Detroit on January 9). I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

Richard Jefferson – He’s gone 0-for-3 from the arc in each of his last two games and has severely cooled down in his last six. And you were this close to calling him San Antonio’s current best player. Admit it. Two weeks ago, it crossed your mind.

Danny Green – Sank 20 points in 23 mostly garbage-time minutes. BTW, you aren’t still rostering Green on your fantasy team, are you? Really? Weird.

Mike Miller – 8/4/1, went 6-for-6 from the arc in his first game back after I said he’d be rusty. So, okay. Best two-out-of-three.

Tobias Harris – Averaging a quiet 13/6 in his last two and might see a bump in minutes depending on how much hate Skiles has buried in his belly for Stephen Jackson.

Stephen Jackson – 0-for-6, with just 2 points. That’s what Stack Jack shot from the floor last night. That’s not quite Rick Derringer ugly. But it’s close. He was benched in favor of Harris. Maybe you should bench him, too.

Samuel Dalembert – 14/12, as he totally showed Udonis Haslem what’s what.

C.J. Miles – 19/5/1, with 4 stl, a three and not a single tov. He was playing the Clippers’ eighth-worst defense? The hell you say.

  1. Tony says:

    hey adam, nice write up, from what I read Monta should be alright and good to go, lets hope, i just dealt for him, posted my deal in the forum, can you check it out man? Its a blockbuster. Finally moved curry.

  2. Jason says:

    Drop Jeffereson in favor of Barbosa?

  3. Mike Scobey says:

    Bismack Biyombo finally had a OK night. He only had one practice before the season because of contract problems. Double double with 4 blocks was my expectations before the season with low FT %.

  4. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Adam. Should I be trying to deal Derrick Rose because of his toe? Missed games aside, I’m worried that if it saps his explosiveness, he’ll start shooting way too many jumpers and kill his FG%.

  5. bauerspeed17 says:

    Keep going to Bulls games. It’s a real treat having Boozer play up to his contract.

  6. Ryan says:

    Trade Iggy for Howard?
    by rasto21585 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:47 am
    I have two trade offers I could do for dwight howard.

    Curry iggy for Howard Calderon


    Iggy amare for Howard stephen Jackson

    Which of these offers should I do? If neither, do you see another trade scenario i can make for howard?

    Btw we keep 5

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul Pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf markieff morris
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util maurice speights
    util evan turner
    bn carlos delfino
    bn bryon mullins
    bn jameer nelson

  7. Nathan says:

    Is there a standard rule that keeper leagues use to “fix” the problem of elite but injurred players (Ginobli, Randolph, Horford) being picked up off of waivers?

    In a league where I picked Ty Lawson in the 6th round this year, and can keep him for next year by giving up next year’s 6th round pick, does it make the most sense to have drafted players retain their draft slot even if they’re dropped?

  8. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Yeah, I didn’t think a little facial was enough to knock Ellis out. I’ll head over to the forums a bit later today.

    @Jason: Yeah. Neither are good enough to hang on to once the hot streaks are over. Dump Jefferson.

    @Mike Scobey: I had higher expectations than what he’s given us thus far, but not quite 10/10 with 4 blocks every night. That’s too optimistic. I’m thinking closer to 8/8, with 2 bpg avg by year’s end. Then again, this IS the Bobcats.

    @Clyde Prompto: If you can get LeBron or Durant, sure. Or maybe a huge 2-for-1, but anything else – he’s just not that hurt.

    @bauerspeed17: Treat, shock. Potato, potahto. The next game I’ll see live is against the Nets, so my guess is this is very much a streak I can keep up.

    @Ryan: Howard/Calderon is fine. Just promise me you won’t willingly put Stephen Jackson on your team.

    @Nathan: Any league I’ve played in counts the player’s drafted position for the following years’ player eligibility. So, like, if someone dropped Al Horford in your league, he’d still count as the 17th or 20th (or whenever) pick next year, not as a FA pickup. Not doing that gives healthy teams too much of an advantage (or the guy with the highest waiver priority). It’s certainly far more strategic, but way less fun.

  9. Shawn says:

    someone is offering me Spencer Hawes for Byron Mullens Spencer
    I have howard/blake/blair/hands
    would u?
    thanks again adam! love ur stuff.

  10. Kratos says:

    Drop Hawes for Dalembert? Lateral move? Blocks only upside?

  11. Moses says:

    Big Adam, my man!

    Would you trade Josh Smith and Greg Monroe to get Durant?

  12. Ryan says:

    Thanks Adam! Is Calderon Howard a better deal than trading Amare Iggy for Lawson Aldridge?

  13. EK says:

    Ariza or Odom?

  14. In_ertiatic says:

    Boozer owners unite! Let’s all pitch in a $ 10 spot so Adam can go to a CHI 5 gm home stand and then BOOM we flip Boozer for someone not quite so sucky. It’s a solid plan lets get it going.

  15. Jeff says:

    Hey Adam,

    Do you think felton is producing at where he should be or is he in a slump and we should expect him to improve as the season goes on?

  16. Shawn says:

    Me again.. I just sent this offer out.. now im not sure if I should have
    T.Evans/Mullen/Nick young for Drozen and Brooks… he gets the best player but I get the depth right? hmm

  17. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Shawn: Yeah. I’d rather have Hawes than Mullens.

    @Kratos: The assists are key. Keep Hawes.

    @Moses: Sure would.

    @Ryan: I’d say so, yeah.

    @EK: Odom.

    @In_ertiatic: Ha! This sounds like a very solid plan.

    @Jeff: He’s slumping a bit. His FG% is well-below his career average (which, by itself is only .411), mostly because he’s both taking and missing more threes than usual. If he can flip one three-point attempt and turn it into a solid drive to the basket, we’ll see his scoring average bump up from 10.5 to 12.5 – right where he should be. Everything else, with the exception of his brief time with the Knicks is more or less in line with his normal output. Basically, if you’re cool with only his PTS and FG% improving, hang onto him. If anything else bugs you, shop him around.

  18. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Shawn: If you’re giving away the trio, it looks more like the other guy is getting the best player AND the depth. I’m not a fan of this deal for you if all you’re getting is DeDe and Mar$hon.

  19. B.o.B. says:

    @Adam: Stuckey was just dropped in my league. Do you like him over Jameer Nelson or Iman Shumpert?

  20. Shawn says:

    someone is offering me Gay for Lowry…
    team: rondo, Tevans +blake-howard

    my SF’s are prince and maybe Jerebko so im hurting in SF
    thanks again I canceled the Evans/Drose/Brook trade! ur the man

  21. Kratos says:

    Knight or Ridnour? Need asst, 3, ft thx

  22. Hola Adam:

    you buying Amar’e? I know he’s putting up garbage stats the last week — but Im thinking its a decent buy low period? Im semi-nervous to acquire him, but think he’s been bad and still at 17/7 night… I also realize that ‘Melo’s presence has had a negative effect on his offensive attempts and Tyson Chandler’s presence has led to a decrease in boards, blocks…

    So -in a 14 team, 11 category (standard 9, plus FTM and FGM), head to head league would you trade my Boozer/Felton for his Amar’e? Im not really contending for assists weekly – so thinking I could play BIG instead. I’d move D. Harris and his fantastic 25-28 minutes per night up to the G slot, slide Amar’e in at F. That would give me a pretty solid front court if/when B.Lopez ever returns …assuming I can stay above or near .500 until then. It sorta kills my “depth” losing Felton as we start 11 players weekly- so Id essentially have to start 3/4 semi-waiver wire material guys in Caspi, Belinelli (1-2 wks left) and either Jo. Crawford or Jo. Farmar, not to mention Tayshaun at F, which is really no bueno…

    Current Roster:
    G – K. Martin, A. Afflalo, R. Felton
    F – D. West, C. Boozer, T. Prince
    C – D. Howard, D. Cousins
    UTIL – D. Harris, O. Caspi, M. Belinelli
    BENCH – B. Lopez, Jo. Crawford, CJ Watson, Jo. Farmar,

    Post Trade Roster:
    G – K. Martin, A. Afflalo, D. Harris
    F – Amar’e, D. West, T. Prince
    C – D. Howard, D. Cousins
    UTIL – O. Caspi, M. Belinelli, Jo. Crawford
    BENCH – B. Lopez, Jo. Crawford, CJ Watson, Jo. Farmar,

    appreciate your take…

  23. Jeff says:

    Hey Adam,

    Would you drop David West for Al Harrington or Andray Blatche? or keep David West?

  24. Kratos says:

    My Parker for his Curry, hit the button already?

  25. Adam

    Adam says:

    @B.o.B.: Nelson, yes. Wait a bit on Shumpert.

    @Shawn: Hit that. Also, the previous trade: you typed “Drozen” once and “Drose” the next time. I’m assuming you meant DeMar DeRozen, otherwise I would have suggested you take the offer if you meant Derrick Rose. Big difference.

    @Kratos: Ridnour. But that’s a very close call.

    @El Burro: Yeah, I’m buying an Amar’e rejuvenation. I’d look more to his 2008-2010 stats instead of last year’s, but still … if you’re punting assists, Felton isn’t worth a whole lot and Boozer just isn’t reliable. Even his best games this season haven’t been showstoppers.

    @Jeff: Keep West. But if you’re really compelled to drop him, go with Blatche.

    @Kratos: Have you seen Tony’s play of late? He’s got two good ankles, keep him.

  26. B.o.B. says:

    Sorry Adam, but just to confirm…your order would go Stuckey, Nelson, Shumpert or did I understand wrong?

  27. Moses says:

    Adam, need your help asap buddy. Your da man!

    Officially offered Ibaka, Rubio, Durant, for my Curry, Josh Smith, and Monroe. Take it?

  28. Moses says:

    Actually I can have either Frye in that spot instead. What would you do? Deny both? Accept the Frye one, or the Ibaka one?

  29. Mike Scobey says:

    Moses Ibaka is playing terrible but I would still make that trade.

  30. Mike Scobey says:

    Do you need blocks or 3 pointers?

  31. Adam

    Adam says:

    @B.o.B.: Stuckey, Shumpert, Nelson. You may want to switch Shumpert out for Nelson eventually, but I’d wait until after Baron Davis returns before making that decision.

    @Moses: Whoa. That’s a monster. I’d go for it with Ibaka. Even if he doesn’t improve, it’s still worth it. Especially if Curry misses more than five or six more games this season, which is a fair bet.

  32. Whiskey Diet says:

    Adam, what’s hood man?

    12 Team, Roto

    I’m lacking in Assists and Blocks

    I’m hoarding some real rescue guys: Leuer, Gibson, Norris Cole, Rush, and Beasley.

    Guys on the wire are:

    Bigs –


    Do you see any guys worth swapping? Appreciate the help bruh

  33. Tony says:

    @Adam: a little facial is not slowing ellis one bit, almost 50 fpts at half time, wow.

    OH and i pulled of my huge deal which netted me Monta, Dirk, Kaman, amir johnson and jamal crawford.

    and in one days time i moved dirk/kaman for melo/udonis haslem?

    you like?

    Im feeling good man.

  34. Dimitri says:


    I got the #1 waiver priority, do i drop batum (serious injury tonight?) or frye for jason richardson (who clears waivers tomorrow if no one picks him up, but i think someone might) So, should i use my #1 waiver prirotory on jrich? thanks!!

  35. barker says:

    18 team league

    just lost horford he is one of my keepers cant drop

    was keeping hayes because its a deep league should i drop him or troy murphy or both

    for pietrus forbes ellington rasual butler

  36. Fahed Misho says:

    I play in a league that has ft%, 3PM, POINTS, REBOUNDS, STEALS, BLOCKS, ASSIST….do you think I should trade blake griffin straight up for Dirk?

  37. Charles says:

    I’m way overstocked on rebounds, so I’m thinking about trading Varejao. It’s a 12×14 9-cat league. I want to improve my %s, blocks, assists, and/or 3s. Could you please rank Brand, Batum, and Paul George? Any other names would be helpful, if you have any ideas.

  38. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Kratos: Damn. Wasn’t all that close after all. Shoulda told you Knight. My bad.

  39. George Costanza says:

    Adam! T’evans’s inconsistency is killing me Smalls! Do you think he will emerge from this slump as a player worthy of being picked at the start of the third round?

  40. thegrave says:

    Heya.. Been making some big time trades..

    Just traded Tyreke, Wright and Kaman for Monta + Dalembert. Comments?

    Team looks like this right now(14 man 9-cat H2H league)
    PF/C- S.Dalembert/S.Ibaka/D.Blair/B.Biyombo/B.Mullens/T.Chandler
    PG/SG – R.Felton/M.Ellis/L.Barbosa/B.Jennings
    SF- K.Durant/James Johnson/R.Jefferson

    Monta’s only played 1 game for me(and a good game at that) but I’m thinking about flipping him already.

    I got another manager willing to trade J.Harden + Nene Hilario for Monta + D.Blair…
    how’s that sound? should I make the trade?

    I’m top 3 in rebs/blks. Basically top 6 team in every other category except assists and TOs..

    Appreciate any suggestions!

  41. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Whiskey Diet: Swapping out Cole or Rush for Biyombo, Fisher or Farmar would probably do your team more good than harm. The impact either way would be negligible.

    @Tony: Whew. Slow it down now, huh? Before you go through every fantasy option and find yourself right back where you started.

    @Dimitri: I’d prefer Batum to Richardson and it looks like Batum’s eye is okay. He’s likely to play tomorrow. Frye you can drop for Richardson unless you need rebounds.

    @barker: Drop Murphy for Pietrus or Forbes.

    @Fahed Misho: Yup. You should.

    @Charles: For what you’re looking for, go George, Brand, then Batum. I also might consider Andre Miller or Richard Jefferson.

    @George Costanza: I kind of don’t think so. He’s fairly close to last season’s averages right now (just a hair under a few categories). But the ball movement and chemistry in Sacramento is so much worse than I thought it’d be. I don’t see Evans as being in a slump so much as being in a crappy system.

    @thegrave: Sounds like you got the better end of the deal. If the trade has two tiers, you got the better player from both. As far as flipping Monta again, I’d wait and see what you have. I feel like you don’t need as much help at the PF/C spot as you would if you traded away your second-best player.

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