On an unusually quiet Tuesday night in the NBA that saw only four games, the most remarkable item is just how unremarkable everything was. Truth be told, I watched a lot more of the Republican debate on CNN than I did professional basketball. (I’ll withhold political commentary for the most part as Razzball isn’t the appropriate forum, but holy heck is the RNC ever in a pickle.)

The usual suspects (James HardenLeBron JamesDeMarcus Cousins) were all solid for their owners, but it’s not like somebody dropped a 40-burger. Nobody poured in a ton of 3-pointers or threw a massive block party. There were no catastrophic injuries (thankfully) and no statement performances. Just a whole lot of “meh.” You can actually count on one hand the number of players who even saw 36 minutes.

Each of the two early games were decided by a dozen points and offered little in the way of drama or uncertainty about the outcome. The late games followed suit as the Greg Monroe-less Bucks got creamed by the Los Angeles Kobes, while Sacramento took care of Houston by 10 in a matchup of what might be the two most unhappy rosters in the league. Only four of the eight teams even managed to hit the century mark.

I guess what I’m ultimately trying to say is that nobody on Tuesday jumped up and said, “Hey Matty! I want the lead. I deserve the lead!” So take notice, NBA – the lead is not simply given, it must be earned. Be better than Donald Trump, basketball.

 

THE GOOD

Kevin Love – Three triples, two blocks and a steal to compliment 20/8/5 lands him firmly in the “good” category. I’m not sure if the Kelly Olynyk/revenge game factor is to be thanked for the defensive goodies, but Love seemed to have a bit more aggression than you see from him during a typical game. His owners will be hoping he bottled some of that added intensity to help offset any usage-related losses that are sure to happen when Kyrie Irving comes back in the next week or so.

LeBron James – Six turnovers and bricking all three attempts from long range isn’t exactly the good stuff, but 24/7/3/2/1 on 50% from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line give LBJ seven positive categories on the night and that’s a net win for his owners.

Avery Bradley – The Celtics SG continues to exceed expectations. On Tuesday Bradley posted 17/3/2/3/2 while connecting on a trio of three-pointers. AB is sitting comfortably inside the top-40 players and we’re past the quarter pole of the season, so the “small sample size” argument is getting weaker by the game. He is basically everything we were hoping (expecting?) Danny Green to be.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Efficiency was the name of the game for KAT on Tuesday. 18/6/1/1/2 on 5-7 FGs, 8-8 FTs, and zero turnovers. The only thing the rook failed to do in his 28 minutes was drain a three (he didn’t attempt any). This kid is a first-round fantasy draft pick in two years.

Zach LaVine – Looks great as a hybrid guard and offers Sam Mitchell a lot of rotational flexibility. 20/4/5/1/1 with a three in 25 minutes off the bench. LaVine is currently 40 ranking spots higher (per game, 9-cat) than teammate Andrew Wiggins while playing 10 MPG less. Go figure.

James Harden – 33 points on only 18 shots is nice scoring efficiency, but The Beard turned the ball over seven times and did little to lead his team in a very winnable game. The final line of 33/7/6/1/0 with four triples is candy for fantasy owners who (outside of Houston) likely don’t much care about the real world dysfunction of the Rockets. To that end, I won’t be the least bit surprised if they blow up that roster over the course of the next month.

DeMarcus Cousins – The Kings big man (26/12/0/2/1, 2 triples) easily got the better of the matchup with Dwight Howard (4/4/2/1/1).

Rudy Gay – 17/13/3/6(!)/1 with a pair of threes. Five turnovers and a 3-5 mark from the FT line take a bit of the shine off, but Rudy also had a monster slam towards the end of the game that I’m sure you’ll see a time or three on Sportscenter.

Darren Collison – Assuming the role of starting PG while the incumbent served a one-game suspension, Colly provided a window into the kind of numbers he could give fantasy owners with a full-time starters role. 14/7/13/1/0 on 6-9 shooting (making good on his only 3-point attempt) is all kinds of awesome for anyone who rolled him out there in 8-cat leagues. Unfortunately Darren turned the ball over eight times and that stings a bit for the 9-cat folks.

Omri Casspi – Omri, show the kids at home what over-achieving looks like: 19/6/6/2/0, 8-11 FG (3-4 triples). Well done, sir.

Kobe Bryant – Less is more for Bean. In keeping to the sub-30 minute mark, Kobe is showing significantly improved efficiency. 22/3/6 on 7-15 FGs and a perfect 5-5 FTs in only 27 minutes. The Mamba knocked down three of his seven tries from deep and posted a +20 rating as the Lakers’ starters destroyed whatever combination Jason Kidd threw out there for the Bucks. This is the type of lower minutes/higher efficiency Kobe Bryant fantasy owners can actually use…so you just know Byron Scott is going to run him 38 minutes next time out.

D’Angelo Russell – The kid looked quite good, albeit against a Bucks team that showed little interest in playing a professional brand of basketball on Tuesday. 19/4/7/3/0 with a pair of threes and only one TO in 30 minutes. That is how you earn the trust of your coaches and subsequently more playing time, young man.

 

THE BAD

Isaiah Thomas – The Pizza Guy was awful on Tuesday. There’s really no other way to put it. Thomas connected on only three of his 15 shots from the field and posted goose eggs in all three money counting categories (threes/steals/blocks). He did hit all six freebies and only turned the ball over once in his 27 minutes, but it was mostly a night to forget. He’ll be better than this going forward.

Jared Sullinger – Sully, not unlike Isaiah, had a lousy outing against the Cavaliers. He managed only five points in 23 minutes, adding five rebounds but no money stats. 2-9 from the field made matters worse, and it’s easy to see why he was a -13 rating on the night.

Gary Harris – After taking advantage of James Harden’s pathetic excuse for defense and posting a career-high 21 points on Monday, Harris came crashing back down to earth against the Wolves on Tuesday. Four points and two boards in 24 minutes is all Harris had to show for the evening and his value likely settles somewhere right in the middle of those two outings.

Kevin Martin – Two points and three assists in 22 minutes on 1-8 shooting. Turrible, Kevin. Just turrible.

Terrence Jones – I dropped him a little while back in an RCL and was a bit hesitant to do so. 13 bench minutes that he parlayed into a grand total of one point and four rebounds makes me feel a lot more confident about the move. He desperately needs a trade. (Phoenix could be a nice spot.)

 

THE NOTEWORTHY

Iman Shumpert – The Cavs were this close to having a fully healthy roster and then Shump pulls up lame with a groin injury after only 14 minutes of action. Early reports suggest it won’t be a lengthy absence, but he’s not expected to play Thursday and could be looking at a few missed games. J.R. Smith will see minutes in the mid-30s for a little while longer, and in his 36 on Tuesday night he went 4-9 from the field (with a three) on his way to 9/6/0/1/0.

Denver Nuggets Rotation – No Denver player saw more than Will Barton‘s 31 minutes (off the bench), while all 11 guys who saw court time ran for 10 minutes or more. Chalk that up to playing a road game on the tail end of a back-to-back. Nikola Jokic made the most of his 21 minutes with a 6/3/2/2/2 line. Randy Foye caught fire early making all five of his first half 3-point attempts. He finished the contest with 19 points and a couple steals to go with those five triples, but it’s unlikely he’s active or even rostered in most formats.

Andrew Wiggins – It was a bit of a mixed bag for Wiggins on Tuesday as he scored efficiently (23 points on 17 FGAs), but did little else to help owners. He put up 1s in boards, dimes, blocks, and threes while coughing up the ball three times. He simply needs to do more outside of scoring points if he wants to get within shouting distance of the top-50 fantasy assets.

Rockets Point Guards – Patrick Beverley had one assist in 35 minutes. Jason Terry played 20 more minutes (27) off the bench than Ty Lawson (7). ‘Cause, Rockets.

John Henson – Finally cracked the starting lineup with Greg Monroe a late scratch after banging knees during shootaround. Unfortunately Henson didn’t do a whole lot with his opportunity, going for only 6/4/1/0/4. Obviously you’re not complaining about the four swats, but it could’ve been a lot better if the game was competitive into the fourth quarter (JH still only played 24 minutes as the starters weren’t needed down the stretch).

Jordan Clarkson – Despite being listed as “doubtful” to start the day, Clarkson was upgraded as gametime approached and ended up playing a Lakers-high 33 minutes. 12/6/3/3/0 with a three shows that he is past his ankle injury and should be right back to posting solid top-80-100 value.

 

OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYTHING

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

LeBron James (36), J.R. Smith (36), James Harden (36), Omri Casspi (38), Darren Collison (41). Yep, that’s it. Five guys.

 

Hopefully Wednesday’s robust schedule provides a bit more excitement for you roundball fanatics than Tuesday’s yawn-fest. As always, if you want to chat waiver pickups, DFS plays, or anything else fantasy hoops, drop me a line on Twitter @moneyballmatty. Cheers.

  1. Zorn says:
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    What do you make of Capela going forward? I think he would have had more run despite not starting but fouls were an issue. Considering dropping him for Plums in 9 cat H2H. Thoughts?

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      Matty says:
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      @Zorn: The entire Rockets frontcourt rotation is an avoid for me. Between Dwight, TJ, DMo and Capela there just aren’t enough minutes to go around. And the Rockets like to go smallball quite a bit as well where maybe only one of those guys is on the floor. Ultimately I think Jones or DMo needs to get traded (with no PF/C coming back) to clear some playing time and have guys establish a true “role.” If you told me Capela was going to consistently see 20MPG he might be able to scratch & claw his way to top-100 value. In 25 MPG he could potentially break into the top-80 range.

      I’m not a huge Plumlee fan, but at least the opportunity is there and his floor seems to be 20 minutes so rare is the night that he’ll give you a complete dud.

  2. N dog says:
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    Hi mate big of help would be great

    My Marc gasol and Payton

    For his melo and Conley

    Pretty much it I might also have to throw in oj mayo to get it done and get something like leur in return. But you think the two for two above is a good trade especially if I’m good for blocks?

    • Matty

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      @N dog: I prefer the ‘Melo/Conley side. If you can do that two-for-two, I’d say pull the trigger. Gasol may well end up being the most valuable asset of the four, but both Melo & Conley are close and Payton is a good ways down given his known deficiencies that don’t seem to have improved in his sophomore season.

  3. v00dr00 says:
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    I have a trade itch… Thoughts on my IT2 & Len for his Avery Bradley & Jonas. Who wins? I do have a need for OREBs and I’m well in the lead in ASTS and PTS and 3’s in my league.

    • Matty

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      @v00dr00: Hey man. Scratch that itch. As much as I love me some IT2/3, he’s actually not that much more valuable than Bradley and I think Thomas stands to lose more once Smart comes back. JV is already practicing and getting lots of shots up pre-game, so he should be back sooner rather than later. I’d go for it.

  4. hamtime says:
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    1. was offered KD+danny green for my drummond kemba otto.. too much? would get to pair kd with steph in a 14 man.

    2. pls rank these bigs: KOQ Capela Jokic Patterson

    3. I own larkin. Would you drop him for smart or crabbe?

    4. my drum + kemba for PG + dragic? Or is PG regressing? my drum for bledsoe? (doesn’t excite me for some reason)

    5. Is my wiggins + mason plum for jimmy B a fair offer?

    • hamtime says:
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      @hamtime: 6. who should I try and offer dragic for – bradley, kmid?

      • Matty

        Matty says:
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        @hamtime: If you can get Bradley for Dragic straight up, you’ve committed larceny. Based on the current rankings after more than a quarter of the season, you’ll need to give way more. Middleton is a bit closer, but still maybe a bit ambitious unless you can find an irrational Miami Heat fan.

    • Matty

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      @hamtime: 1) That’s a lot to give up for KD. Kemba is 15th in per-game value on the year while Drummond is around the 50 area (4th if punting FTs). And Otto is sitting inside the top-75 with little reason to believe he’ll fall far outside that. Danny Green has been next to useless, so you’re giving up three really solid starters for Durant. Maybe a bit too much, even if it would be awesome to pair Steph with KD in a 14er.

      2) I’d rank those guys Jokic, Capela, Patterson, KOQ

      3) I’d hold Larkin. I don’t think Jack is long for Brooklyn and it’ll be interesting to see if the Nets get anther PG back in return when they ship him outta town.

      4) PG13 is predictably regressing but he should still be a top-10’ish player once all the dust settles. I expect Kemba to fall a bit as well, so I have them at about a full round of value difference. Drummond is far more valuable (over 100 ranking spots currently), even accounting for FTs. I think you hold Drummond/Kemba unless you have reason to believe Dragic is going to have a significantly better 2016 portion of the season.

      Bledsoe all day, unless punting FTs.

      5) If I was the Jimmy owner I wouldn’t take it. Butler has about a top-20 floor. After this start to the season, Wiggins has a very steep hill to climb to even sniff 50th. Plumlee isn’t close to enough to bridge that gap.

  5. Great writeup Matty! I’ll agree with your pickle and comment and leave it at that;) Anyways, I’m a bit concerned about my team. I think I may have overtraded for the second consecutive year. Looking over the league, I don’t know if I have the squad to be competitive in terms of winning it all. If I provide my roster, can you give me a quick analysis and possible talent I should look for on the waiver wire? I think my big weakness is a big, but here it is:

    PG Chris Paul
    SG Klay Thompson
    SF Draymond Green
    PF Dirk Nowitzki
    C Kristaps Porzingis
    G Jeff Teague
    F Marvin Williams
    UTIL Rajon Rondo
    UTIL Victor Oladipo
    UTIL Tim Duncan
    Bench Luol Deng (streamer)
    Bench Terrence Jones (streamer)
    Bench Matthew Dellavedova (streamer)

    12-team H2H 8-cat (no TOs). Is my solution simply I need guys to play better (Kristaps, Teague, Duncan slumping) or are major moves needed? Thanks man!

    • Matty

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Thanks, man. Appreciate it.

      I think you are more than set with assists, especially since Draymond is giving you elite production out-of-position. If either of Paul or Rondo strings together a few big games (i.e. double-doubles), see if you can flip him for someone in the Favors/Millsap/Horford/Love range – one of those versatile bigs who can give you steady multi-cat production. I think you’d be selling low on Teague and there are better days ahead for him (silver lining to the Hawks mediocre start is that they’re nowhere near good enough to rest starters with the frequency they did last year). The Poison Goose will have peaks and valleys throughout the season as all talented rookies who play big minutes do. Some weeks he’ll have his legs, others he’ll be dead tired and production will suffer. But when you average it all out, Zinger is a hold as a top-50 guy. Otherwise I think you just have to hope your two talented SGs (Klay & ‘Dipo) pick up the pace a bit and they both have the talent and track record to reasonably expect them to do so.

      One big trade of a high-assist PG for a versatile top-20 big should have you positioned pretty nicely I think.

  6. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Wall + Parsons for The Brow? Punting assists by ze way.

    I really like Parsons and I’m a believer that he’ll turn it around soon but I’m currently chillin in last place and really need to ramp up production in the categories im focusing on.

    And I know AD has been a little underwhelming but I think he’s exactly what I need, well him or Kawhi but that owner is too stubborn.

    • Matty

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      @Eddie Rooskie: Man, if you can get Brow for Wall/Parsons, I’d absolutely do it…especially if you’re punting assists (since that is Wall’s elite category contribution). Parsons has a long road to even sniff the top-100, so he’ll have to REALLY turn it around to make up the value difference between Wall and AD in a punt-AST build.

  7. Mr Baseball says:
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    So the trade is Wall for The Brow and then your will throw in Parsons that looks horrible and that means for the other team to picks up Parsons they will have to drop a better player off their roster to roster Parsons

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      @Mr Baseball: Sure you can look at it that way but Parsons played very well last year and if he can recover to that form then dropping a guy like OJ Mayo or Louis Williams (players he has) wouldn’t be such a bad decision.

  8. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    What’s your views on Beal and his rest of the season outlook? Someone just dropped him in one of my 10 team leagues and I’m wondering if he’s worth grabbing off the wire. I only have 1 streaming spot and just picked up Matt Barnes to see what happens. So I guess the real question is would you rather Matt Barnes or Bradley Beal…. Beal seems like the obvious answer right?

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      @I’m Harden for your love:

      Just wanted to say that I’m a T.O. product myself and hyped for All-Star. Hopefully Lowry makes it as a starter. Go Rap’s Go! Win against the Spurs was an eye opener.

      • Matty

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        @I’m Harden for your love: Nice. I’m down a little closer to the border (Niagara) so I’m not sure I’ll make it into the big city for the weekend. I’m sure it’s going to be a blast though with a lot of the bars and restaurants really hoppin’.

        Re/ the team – I almost don’t even care what they do in the regular season any more. They’re going to beat some teams they probably shouldn’t (i.e. the Spurs) and then they’re going to do crap like what they did against the Pacers (up 21 in the first Q only to lose the lead in the SAME QUARTER!). They’ll make the post-season and now they just have to prove they’re not as soft as they’ve been the past couple years against the Nets & Wiz. Need a healthy JV and Carroll, so I don’t mind them taking every day of time they need to get back to 100%.

      • Matty

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        @I’m Harden for your love: Oh yeah, and re/ Lowry – he’d BETTER be a starter. If it’s based on merit, he’s been better than Wall season-to-date. I actually think Kemba has been the second best East guard so far, but he’s close with Wall and wouldn’t be upset either way. Other Eastern Conf guards in consideration (Butler, Wade, Derozan, Reggie, Oladipo, IT2/3) seem a tier below, but you know Wade is winning that popularity contest.

    • Matty

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      @I’m Harden for your love: Beal is definitely worth a pickup, even in 10-teamers. The leg thing is worrisome long-term and I wouldn’t want any part of him on a dynasty squad (or if I’m the Wizards and staring at a max contract to a guy who has had stress-related bone injuries each of the last several years). But if they caught it early this year and he takes his two, three, four weeks, he is talented and productive enough to warrant the stash. Barnes has been solid of late, but grabbing Beal has way more upside.

  9. dom says:
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    good stuff Matty

    soo in my 10 cat league (OREB) I’m close but losing in almost every category. I’m trying to plan the rest of the week out, I have 3 moves remaining. Running a projection for Thurs-Sunday gives me Raptors Lucas Noguiera and Terrence Ross as the highest rated available players as they have 3 games in that time span. Is it worth it to drop someone for one/both of those guys? My lowest rated players for the rest of the week are Jameer Nelson (2 games) and Kelly Olynk (1 game). The system seems pretty down on Nelson as they have him ranked 191 compared to 65 and 92 for Noguiera and Ross. This is a deep 12 team league with large rosters

    it’s tempting to pick up the 3 game Raptors but maybe i’ll hold tight until the weekend and see how stuff plays out. any thoughts? Thanks

    • Matty

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      @dom: Hey dom, what’s good man?

      I just picked up TRoss in my RCL for that very reason – he’s absolutely going to have a stinker of a game over the next three (he always does), but on volume he should be able to contribute enough 3s and defensive stats to be worth the grab.

      I wish we knew if Nelson would be starting again on Friday. If Mudiay is back there’s not much reason for Nelson to be held over someone playing three games. Jameer would go right back to the 20-24 MPG role where he might give you 8/3/5 with a three (not that he’s been a TON better than that as a starter, but he has been marginally so).

      I’d grab Ross over Noguiera, but I wouldn’t be mad at ya if you went the other way. Raps play a couple teams with true Cs (MIA-Whiteside, SAC-Cousins) over the next three so it’s going to be tough for them to go really small – they’ll need Bebe. Just not sure how much. 15MPG? 20? Probably depends how much foul trouble Bismack gets himself into. Ross seems a bit easier to project and should be worth the pickup in a league with deep rosters.

  10. miles proudfoot says:
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    Is KCP an obvious add over Sully? Speaking of Sully, him or Olynk? Thanks!

    • Matty

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      @miles proudfoot: Not an obvious one by any means. KCP is 76th in per-game, 9-cat ranks currently. Sully is 81st. (FWIW, Olynyk is outside the top-100 even with his recent hotter stretch). Really depends what stats you need most, Miles. Steals &/or 3s? KCP. Boards &/or blocks? Sully.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Matty: thanks! I was a victim of the moment with sullys one or two less than good games.

        • Matty

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          @miles proudfoot: No worries. Happens to all of us and recency bias is one of the hardest things to identify and weigh properly.

          Sully had himself a nice game tonight 17/10/2 with a three, so that should help put your mind at ease a bit. (Though KCP was fantastic in the very same game – 31/2/3/1/1, three treys, awesome %s.)

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    @Eddie Rooskie: Good stuff as always, man!

    Duncan and Covington or Horford and Hibbert. Which side wins?

    • The Gintern says:
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      @The Gintern: Oops, somehow replied to Eddie instead of posting a new comment…

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @The Gintern: Thanks, TG! It was a weird night to write about hoops because the quality of ball was so poor.

      Something is up with Timmy – super low minutes and production lately and now he’s resting tonight with no back-to-back considerations and only Friday’s game looming before next week. I don’t get it. Obviously Covington is killing it with the money stats (15 combined 3s/STLs/BLKs last three games) and he hasn’t even been playing monster minutes.

      I do love me some Al Horford though. He’s the most valuable 9-cat player of the four and Hibbert is sitting fairly comfortably inside the top-100, so he’s worth rostering.

      Unless your really need threes, I prefer the Horford/Hibbert side due to the sudden uncertainty around whether Timmy is going to be at all usable going forward.

  12. Vidalchow says:
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    Hi (from Spain)! Saludos! 😛

    I go first in my dinasty, 12, Roto.

    Harden + Love (4me)
    x
    Bledsoe + Whiteside + Ilyasova + T. Parker?
    (Of course, no?)

    And other option:
    Teague + Favors (4me)
    x
    Payton + Whiteside?

    Thanks for your hard work!!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Vidalchow: @Vidalchow: Hi (from Canada)! How is life treating you across the Atlantic, my friend?

      I really like Bledsoe this year and think he’s a legit top-15 player, but Harden is a full-blown stud and a good amount more valuable than even peak Bledsoe. Love has been pretty terrific so far and I think it’ll be LeBron losing more value once Kyrie is back, so Love has a shot to stay in the top-25 even when the Cavs are at full strength. I’d want the Harden/Love side.

      For the second one – Teague/Favors all day long! You’re winning on each swap there, so if you can swing that one, you’ve improved considerably.

      Thanks for checking in with us. Hit us back any time you’ve got questions or comments.

      • Vidalchow says:
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        @Matty:
        One more question…
        Whiteside + Payton
        or
        Westbrook

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Vidalchow: Russ by a good margin. You should be able to stream top-120 options (roughly Elfrid’s value) from week to week with the empty roster spot. And Westbrook is a monster upgrade over Hassan.

  13. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Matty! Should I trade Wes Matthews or Baezmore for LaVine? Thanks!

    • Matty

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      @Jerry: Right now their per-game value (9-cat) for the season is: Bazemore 33, Matthews 91, Lavine 122. And in December (6 or 7 games) Matthews has been top-20 with Baze just outside of that.

      So no, I wouldn’t move either guy for Lavine just yet. Keep an eye on the minutes and rotations though as each of Dallas, Atlanta and Minnesota could shuffle things up heading into the New Year.

  14. Kees says:
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    I am just wondering if can you give me a quick analysis and possible trades I could try to improve my team.

    8 team, H2H, 8-cat.

    This is my team:
    Kemba Walker
    Gordon Hayward
    Otto Porter
    Anthony Davis
    Rudy Gobert
    Jeff Teague
    Danilo Gallinari
    Al Horford
    Derrick Rose
    Marcin Gortat
    Jimmy Butler
    Victor Oladipo
    George Hill

    Also I am thinking about buying low on Porzingis. Would Walker and Gallo for his Porzingis be fair?

    • Matty

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      @Kees: Dear god, don’t offer that trade! Porzingis is way better than I thought but Kemba is considerably more valuable…so you most certainly shouldn’t add Gallo to what is already a swap to your opposition’s advantage.

      Your team is stacked, even for an 8-teamer. By my count you have eight guys who are legitimately top-50 assets (or should be by all-star break): Brow, Kemba, Hayward, Rudy, Teague, Horford, Jimmy, ‘Dipo. And another four who should settle in the 50-100 range: Otto, Gallo, Gortat, Hill.

      You’re probably a bit light on assists so if you want to chase that category you might aim for someone elite like John Wall (you have the assets to acquire him in a package) or someone in the next tier down like IT2/3 or Eric Bledsoe (both of whom are around 6.5 APG).

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        @Matty:

        Thanks for the advice. What do you think about the following trades:

        1.Dipo for IT2
        2.Kemba and Teague for Wall
        3.gallo + dipo + kemba for bledsoe + millsap
        4.dipo and kemba for bledsoe and middleton

        • Matty

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          @Kees: 1) IT2/3
          2) Kemba/Teague
          3) Bledsoe/Sapper (toughest call of the four)
          4) Dipo/Kemba

  15. Timothy says:
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    Will Andrew Wiggins be a top 100 player? He’s not doing much but scoring, looks like a poor mans derozan.

    • Matty

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      @Timothy: I really hope so. But it’s certainly not guaranteed as he is sitting at 174th in per-game, 9-cat roto through his first 23 games. He’s actually only a “plus value” in points and ever so slightly in blocks. He technically hurts your team in every other category. Something is going to need to just “click” for him because it’s not a minutes issue (34.9). I would MUCH rather have DeRozan right now (and I’m not even that big a fan of his).

  16. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Razzball Nation! I was wondering what your take was for the long haul. Ersan Illyasova or Kyle Korver?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Sneaky Pete: Hey Pete! I don’t really see much reason for anything to change for either guy moving forward. Both are on solid teams with pretty steady rotations. Outside of a big trade bringing back a player at their respective positions, they should continue to perform as they have through the first ~25 games. So I would say Korver over Ilya by roughly two rounds worth of value. Korver should stick between 80-100 while Ersan is 20-30 spots lower.

  17. Tyler says:
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    in a vacuum, choose one for 9cat h2h ROS
    Kendall Marshall
    Dennis Schroder
    TJ Warren

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Tyler: Schroder (I like his game and think he’ll be a nice second half asset). Then probably Marshall (assists are tough to chase via the wire). Then Warren (a bit too inconsistent for my tastes, largely due to Hornacek’s wacky rotations).

      • Tyler says:
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        @Matty: curious why schroder over marshall even though marshall is the anointed starting PG for the sixers? 🙂

  18. patrickindo says:
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    do you think kendall marshal is worth owning in 16 teamers?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @patrickindo: Yep. Once the playing time restrictions are lifted I think he’ll be a nice, cheap source of assists. Absolutely worth the stash in deep leagues like 16ers.

  19. justin says:
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    which 2 would you rather own for the rest of this week out of gary harris, crabbe, john henson.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @justin: Yikes. Well, Henson for sure because he’s at least a specialist (blocks). Crabbe does very little outside score, so I’d say Harris for a sprinkling of steals and threes. I don’t love any of the three, but they are all probably worth a bench spot in 14/16 team leagues and streamable with the right schedule in 12ers.

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