On the heels of one of the more graphic injuries in recent memory, Indiana Pacer forward Paul George began the 2015 NBA season surrounded by questions regarding his ability to reclaim his All-Pro status. Leading all scorers with 27 points in the Pacers win against the Magic, George is silencing any remaining critics as he recorded his fourth-straight 20 point outing. Starting at the 4 yesterday, George logged 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal while going 3-6 from beyond the arc. Despite the preseason outcry surrounding his shift from a starting wing to a small-ball power forward, the Fresno State product is playing like a superstar once again. His re-ascension has been a blessing for fantasy owners as George continues to play like a true superstar. The only real knock on his fantasy value is his high rate of turnovers, as he set a season-high of 6 last night. While there are no points for generic and cliche nicknames, fantasy fans should cherish George’s willingness to be called “PG-13,” since it made it a whole helluva lot easy to name the article.

But before we break pace and starting making too many overdone jokes, here’s what else went down yesterday in fantasy hoops action:

Ian Mahinmi – Started and recorded 28 minutes for only the second time this season. While he had 2 blocks last night, Mahinmi’s biggest impact continues to be his block on Myles Turner‘s playing time.

Myles Turner – Recorded 20 minutes and 10 points, second to a season-best and tying a season-high, respectively. Turner has yet to even shoot a 3-pointer this season and has failed to impact the glass in a meaningful way. But I think you should continue to be patient with Turner has he grows into his role as a rotation big. Not overly concerned about his long term outlook, but I think we’re still a little bit away from Turner making a meaningful fantasy impact.

Monta Ellis – Finishing with 2 points, Ellis must’ve encountered those aliens from Space Jam during warmups.

George HillApparently blondes do have more fun as Hill finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 4-6 from 3. Set his season high for points while doubling as one of his most efficient outings this year.

Evan Fournier – “Never Google” may have -16 when he was on the floor (worst out of all the starters), but continues to be a viable fantasy option going 4-9 from deep while posting 21 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Logging 40 minutes for the second consecutive game, Fournier is entrenched in the starting unit due to his 3-point shooting, and is a legitimate fantasy option as well.

Tobias Harris – In a poor shooting effort, Harris logged 10 rebounds and 8 points; however, I still like seeing Harris start at the 4.

Dewayne Dedmon – Started in place of an injured Nik Vucevic and responded with 5 points and 9 boards. Unless Vucevic misses significant time, Dedmon is only valuable in daily fantasy lineups.

Aaron Gordon – Foul trouble limited Gordon to 17 minutes, going for 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 3 turnovers. Still not seeing the court enough for me to be a true believer, but his 19-8 outing against the Rockets flashed enough potential that he is still worth a roster spot. With an up-and-down minutes total through the beginning of November, let’s begin referring to Gordon as “The Enigma.”

Mario HezonjaOfficial campaign to get Hezonja more minutes! Please just let the Croatian J.R. Smith be great.

Nikola MiroticAfter bouncing between the bench and the starting unit during pregame preperation, Mirotic responded with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 treys. While the performance came against Philadelphia’s 2016 lottery ping pong balls donned in 76ers uniforms, Mirotic hopefully gets on the right track after a week of struggles.

Doug McDermottDougie McBucketts started last night and answered with 18 points on 3-6 from deep. Lack of contribution in any other statistical category limit his current upside, but he’s worth monitoring moving forward, especially if he’s found a permanent home in the starting lineup.

Derrick Rose – With 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 block, Rose is still a fantasy relevant player, but needs to score more to continue to warrant an everyday start. Owners should also monitor his relationship with the Chicago front office with swirling rumors of a potential Rose trade.

Joakim Noah – DNP due to soreness in the knee he had surgery on over a year ago, but Noah’s production this season leaves him off the fantasy radar. Unable to score consistently and effectively, it’s becoming painfully apparent his fantasy value is quickly dropping. For Noah owners, the Bulls do not play until Friday, so there will be plenty of time to monitor his injury status.

T.J. McConnellASSISTS!!

Nik Stauskas/Jahil Okafor – 9-25 for Okafor and 2-13 for Stauskas. In the words of the great JR Smith, “Worse come to worse … my motto is, ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball.’ So when in doubt, I’m going to shoot it and hopefully that don’t catch nobody off guard.”

Karl-Anthony Towns – Compound first name? Definitely should be worth an extra point. But KAT finished with a solid 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks as he dueled against one of the league’s best centers in Al Horford. Kid’s got a bright future.

Ricky Rubio – Scoring has been lacking recently, but Rubio still managed 8 assists and 3 steals. While he has not made a 3 pointer since the season opener, Rubio will continue to be a strong source of assists and steals.

Andrew Wiggins – Second straight 30-point game from Wiggins. Most impressively, the second-year man did so while making only one 3 pointer to go with a pair of free throws. Shouldering the scoring load while chipping in 5 rebounds, 4 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal, Wiggins slow start is official over.

Zach LaVine – 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action. LaVine is worth monitoring moving forward as he is regularly seeing about 20 minutes a night. Minnesota will bring him along slowly, but with their need for another ballhandler on the wing, LaVine should continue to see steady action.

Al Horford – Pedestrian night for the big man as he posted 14 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal while going -9. Went 2-5 from deep, Horford has been taking a lot of 3s this season and will continue to do so.

Kent Bazemore – Despite going 1-5 from deep and only scoring 9 points, Bazemore impressed me with his ability to impact the box score on an off night, finishing with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block.

Kyle Korver – There is something up with Korver this year. As defenses are beginning to focus their gameplans toward limiting his catch-and-shoot opportunities, he took only 5 shots from the field while finishing with an underwhelming 5 points. Korver may not be the same fantasy threat has he has been in recent memory.

Damian Lillard – Forget about the 22 shots because Lillard played a great game finishing with 30 points and 7 assists. Averaging over 30 points per game in the month of November, and the scary thing is, I think he’s just starting to hit his stride.

C.J. McCollum – 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and officially part of one of the best scoring backcourts in the NBA.

Meyers Leonard11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. He’s healthy and a legitimate fantasy option once again!

Ed Davis – Minutes have declined in each of the past 3 games. Officially droppable (just in case someone missed the memo).

Emmanuel Mudiay – 18 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks while setting a season low for turnovers!

Danilo Gallinari – 2-10 from the field and 0-5 from behind the arc. Credit Al-Farouq Aminu for bottling up Denver’s top scorer.

J.J. Hickson – 19 points and 11 rebounds seemingly came out of nowhere. In fact, I had no idea he was an NBA starter until researching Denver’s depth chart. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Kenneth Faried – Has his best games against the worst teams and worst games against the best teams. At this point, I only trust Faried as a matchup start.

Kawhi Leonard – Scored 20 points in 3 straight games while the Spurs were +31 when he was on the court. Is this what it’s like to actively watch someone make “the leap?”

Lamarcus Aldridge – 16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, and one serious question: Is LMA the second-best big in the starting lineup?

Tim Duncan – 11 points and 14 rebounds in 23 minutes. Duncan is 39 and consistently putting up double doubles in the NBA while I still complain about walking up too many stairs.

Danny Green – With only 5 points on 1-4 from 3, I think Green’s slow start is a little more threatening to his status as a fantasy asset. He’s not going to shoot below 30% for the whole year, but I think owners should begin exploring a trade in return for someone who can immediate contribute.

DeMarcus Cousins – 21 points on 5-20 from the field with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in his first game back from an Achilles injury.

Rajon Rondo – Played all 48 minutes (not sure if by design, or by accident) and still couldn’t finish with a double-double (8 points and 12 assists).

Willie Cauley-Stein – Minutes are there, but the production isn’t yet. Depending on waiver wire availability, it might be time to consider dropping Cauley-Stein in favor of a big who can provide boards and blocks.

Andre DrummondSees more 20/20s than your optometrist, but only finished with 14 and 15.

Marcus Morris – Maybe the most underrated fantasy small forward from the sheer fact he’s seeing almost 40 minutes a night. 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, one 3-pointer while he played all but 5 minutes last night.

Stanley Johnson – Set a career high of 20 points on 32 minutes while also contributing 7 rebounds on 2-4 from deep. Moving forward, I expect Johnson to have a bigger role in the rotation playing alongside Morris. If he continues to see significant minutes throughout the week, Johnson is a worthy addition to a team struggling on the wing.

Steph Curry – When a “bad game” is 22 points, you are officially too good at basketball.

Klay Thompson – Set a season high in scoring with 24 while hitting 4-7 from deep. After a slow start, Thompson finally looked involved in the offense taking 17 shots from the field. Look to see Golden State try to get Thompson going over the next week.

Festus Ezeli – The popular waiver wire pickup only played in 23 minutes with Andrew Bogut clearing concussion protocol and returning to action. Depending on his role, Ezeli may not be rosterable with Bogut’s return. Monitor closely to see how Golden State will handle the rotation.

Zach Randolph – With a statline featuring 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, Z-Bo was balling like it’s 2008. This must also explain the fact he uses a phone from 2008 as well.

Matt Barnes – It amazes me Barnes is still in the NBA. The only logical explanation is that he intimidates front offices into re-signing him each year.

Jeff Green – He’s good sometimes. Last night wasn’t one of those times.

Marc Gasol – Big Spain finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while hitting 8-12 from the foul line. After struggling last week, Gasol lived up to his All-Pro billing last night, and can hopefully continue this trend moving forward.

Lance Stephenson – Started at small forward and managed 3 points in 21 minutes. Despite his struggles in the starting lineup, he somehow outscored Paul Piece and Josh Smith (combined 2 points), so I’m inclined to think his starting spot is safe for the immediate future. Stephenson is an interesting fantasy option, and has a high ceiling if he rediscovers his 2013 form, but for now, he is not quite on the fantasy radar yet.

Blake Griffin – 24 points and 12 rebounds on 9-19 from the field, although he is still shooting almost .600 from the field for the season.

Chris Paul – Played with a minutes restriction as he is rehabilitating his groin muscle. Still effective, but clearly not at 100%. Paul owners are free to pick up Cliff as CP3 works to return to full strength.

Jamal CrawfordCampaign to add crossovers to the official Yahoo fantasy basketball scoring system?

  1. Tyler says:
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    Hey man wazzup!
    Couple questions for my 16team deep 9cat h2h redraft:

    1.) Bjelica, Barton, Deron for Mirotic, Holiday
    2.) Drop Stanley Johnson for Patty Mills, Casspi or Sefolosha?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Tyler:

      1.) If you’re looking for upside, I say go for it. Holiday is slowly working his way back into form but I would rather have Holiday (once he hits 30 MPG) over Williams and Barton. Mirotic is a slight improvement over Bjelica at the moment. Moving forward, Bjelica appears to be on a good trajectory while Mirotic has struggled. But once again, if you want upside in a deep league, this might be your move.

      2.) Hold onto Stanley Johnson. I think he has the most upside out of the group.

  2. Al says:
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    Got excited when I read that Mudiay had 18 boards but I guess it’s supposed to be points lol
    Nice write up!

  3. Lasandro says:
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    I LOVE that you included a BdotAdot vid – McConnel and Rondo to a T. His James Harden had me in tears the first 10 times I watched it!

    • Lasandro says:
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      Also, fantastic write-up man! Great one-liners and insight. Looking forward to your next one πŸ™‚

      • charlie

        charlie says:
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        @Lasandro:

        Thanks for the feedback! I also love BdotAdot. I nearly died of laughter after watching James Harden. Too many good ones from him.

  4. Fraktcha says:
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    I think you might want to double check your Mudiay stats.. My jaw dropped until a double checked the box score

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Fraktcha:

      All apologies. It will be a great day when Mudiay finally records 18 boards, although no one will believe it happened haha. Does this make me the boy who cried rebounds???

      • Fraktcha says:
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        @charlie:
        It will be an even better day when he adds those 5 blocks too πŸ™‚

  5. Pjanoo says:
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    Would you drop Dieng or Powell to make room for Terrence Jones coming off IL?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Pjanoo:

      Definitely drop Dieng. He’s trending down and hasn’t recorded a multi-block game since the opener. He just looks disjointed in Minnesota’s rotation at the moment.

      Powell, converesly, is trending up quickly in standard leagues with a strong performance over the past week. He has scored a little, rebounds well, and can contribute in blocks too. Shooting percentage is still not ideal, but he’s seeing a lot of minutes. More importantly, he can play alongside Dirk and Zaza and converts about 70% of his free throws.

  6. Ken says:
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    Thoughts on Kieff and JR Smith ROS 9cat? Both on waivers currently…

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Ken:

      As long as you are okay with a poor FG percentage from Morris, he’ll contribute points and rebounds with an occasional block or steal. Overall, I do not think he’s a great fantasy option beyond his scoring, and doesn’t add enough value to other categories.

      With Shumpert out and Irving on the mend, JR Smith (once he’s fully healthy) should be a steady source of 3s (he averaged 2.8 3PG as a Cav last year). Smith also averaged 1.4 steals per game as a Cav, and is a good rebounder for his position.

  7. Tony C says:
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    10 team 9 cat H2H I just dropped Giurgi Deng and claimed Ryan Anderson off waivers. Marcus Morris was just dropped. I recently added Kent Bazemore and Bjelica and dropped Aaron Gordon and John Henson. Would Marcus Morris be an instant or more importantly a better long term upgrade over Bazemore or Bjelica? I need Ryan Anderson since I’m thin at center. I also have injured Terrance Jones and underperforming Monta Ellis on my roster. Thanks for your advice and I love reading your updates each weekday!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Tony C:

      I think he’s a short term upgrade over Bjelica, but long term I think Bjelica has the higher ceiling. From what I saw out of Bazemore last night, I think he’s the best in the group. If your 3-point specialist can also contribute rebounds, assists, and defensively as well, then you have real value on your hands.

      Morris’ production is augmented by the fact he’s playing up to 40 minutes a game. Hopefully he’ll start to shoot a little better, but for the most part, I think his value will stagnate for the remainder of the year.

      Conversely he is entrenched in the starting lineup while Bjelica will be fighting for that spot all year.

  8. SteveV says:
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    Losing faith in Ellis. Drop him for Deron Will or Jack? If so which is better?

    • Matt says:
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      @SteveV: If you’re in a shallow league you can drop him, but I wouldn’t for either of those 2. He’s getting minutes – he just needs to get out his slump. Still providing steals and assists even during his slump plus he had a decent game Sunday. Try trading him for someone if you have no faith in him. Someone may buy low and you’ll get better value than anything you’ll find on the waivers and you can trade for your team needs.

      • charlie

        charlie says:
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        @Matt:

        On point analysis. Indiana is a team in flux and still finding their identity. Things will open up for Ellis as the year progresses by virtue of playing next to a superstar.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @SteveV:

      Who else is on your waiver wire?? I don’t think either option is necessarily an upgrade over Ellis. The difference is Ellis is off to a slow start (he should improve as he settles into a new offensive system in Indiana) whereas Deron Williams and Jarret Jack will probably perform around this level all season.

      Hold on to Monta as he figures it out, or see what interest there is on the trade market.

  9. Tim says:
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    both on the wire… would you go burke or burks

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Tim:

      The way both of them are playing right now, I think Trey Burke is the better fantasy value. He’s scoring more, recording more assists, and surprisingly shooting at a higher percentage than Burcs.

      Both are coming off the bench, but Burke has often outpaced Raul Neto. With Utah’s void at point guard, I think Trey Burke has a higher ceiling at the moment and is playing better too.

  10. Dante Green says:
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    Anybody showing love for Galloway? I’m super close to adding him and dropping AGordon in the process.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Dante Green:

      Definitely got love for Galloway. He’s shooting really well so far and seems really comfortable playing off ball (must for a Melo teammate). I don’t see his ceiling rising too much above 14 PPG and 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal, which is virtually his stat line today.

      Gordon has a higher ceiling for sure, but I’m not sure if Galloway has enough potential to warrant a Gordon drop yet.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @charlie: Yea. I’d probably hold. Just three weeks in and my team has already suffered week long injuries (TJones, Collison, Smart, Carroll) that makes you wanna drop players to make up for the missed games (and also stashing guys like JParker and AGordon). Well I guess it’s better to lose now, and win later. Hah thanks bud

  11. dom says:
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    “only played 23 min with Bogut returning”

    Ezeli minutes in previous games w/o Bogut: 22, 18, 23 20. It doesn’t really look like much has changed for him. They’ll probably continue to split the Center minutes, with maybe some small ball lineups with Draymond at the 5.

    Would you rather own Ezeli or Dieng at this point? With Dieng almost never sharing the floor with KAT it looks like Ezeli is a better bet for minutes…?

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      @dom: good write up btw

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @dom:

      Right now, I think Ezeli is in a better situation, is a better fit, and also has more momentum going for him. Not sure how Bogut will be integrated back into the rotation, but I suspect Ezeli will hover around 20 minutes per game.

      But as you referenced, Dieng needs to play center and isn’t seeing the court with KAT. Ezeli can play with Draymond and Speights so he will anchor the backup center position as well as see some minutes with the starting groups. Definitely a better bet moving forward.

      Also, he’s just been more productive in a limited role. It’s one thing to only give him 20 minutes per game, but Dieng isn’t being productive with his opportunities. Ezeli looks like the starting center of the 2017 Warriors so I think he’s the obvious choice.

  12. booya says:
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    12 team daily H2H
    Rondo & J Randle or KAT?

    Thanks

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @booya:

      Love Randle’s upside but even if he reaches his ceiling this year, it’s still not as high as KAT’s right now.

      Not a huge Rondo fan and think there are better options to explore through another trade or even waiver wire. Is the rare Rondo triple double worth the daily headache of missed opportunities?

  13. hamtime says:
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    1. ibaka/lou will or lowry/mas plum overall value
    2. pls rank these FAs – ezeli, henson, nurk, olynyk
    3. tjones or middleton
    4. olynyk or capela ROS

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @hamtime:

      1.) I’m inclined to go with Lowry/Mason as the better tandem. Hard to argue against a big capable of posting multiple 3s and blocks in the same game, but Ibaka’s shooting percentage is down to start the year. I’m sure he will increase back to his career averages though, but I think he might be less valuable in the Thunder offense this season. While it’s slight difference, he’s taking about 1 shot fewer per game compared to his averages over the past two seasons. Plumlee has a lot of value as a starting center capable of touching every category on the box score, and Kyle Lowry looks like one of the best fantasy point guards in the league. To me, Ibaka’s slow start coupled with Lou Williams inability to do anything besides score in volume makes the latter two more valueable

      2.) Ezeli, Olynyk, Henson, Nurk

      3.) Middleton

      4.) Olynyk

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Ugh, I Googled it

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Grey:

      NEVER GOOGLE!!!!!

  15. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    What’s the deal will Reggie Jackson. He’s putting up great stats but I picked him up as a high dimer. He’s almost averaging as many turnovers as he is assists. I thinks is something like 5 assists to 4 turnovers!!! I haven’t seem many Detroit games but at only 5 assists a game it’s like they would only be coming from Drummond.

    • Matt says:
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      @I’m Harden for your love: My guess (as a R-Jack owner) is that they have too many one-on-one players and not enough passing to accumulate assists. Also they don’t have many spot-up shooters that he can just throw the ball to and score (i.e. Atlanta, SA, GS, Houston, etc.). A good portion of Drummond’s points come from put backs so that may be affecting his numbers too. If you need him to be a distributer trade him for someone putting up assists. Maybe a Rubio + another player or stream McConnell.

    • charlie

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      @I’m Harden for your love:

      Jackson is a pick and roll player, but he isn’t a distributor. Jackson likes to get into the paint and finish around the rim. Just watching him play, he’s clearly an attacher and wants to get up and down the court. I think his assist number should stabilize around 6-7 per game, but his turnovers need to come down.

      Detroit plays a 4-out 1-in system around pick and roll. Often times, Jackson is using the threat of his driving ability/of a Drummond roll to open up the offense for KCP, Morris, Ilysasova. The turnovers are a reflection of his workload since there isn’t another plus ballhandler in the starting group.

  16. v00dr00 says:
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    Olynyk or LaVine?

    Don’t really trust either, but I imagine LaVine is going to receive more consistent minutes? Really only picked up Olynyk after his recent solid outing so no one else would.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @v00dr00:

      Logic dictates that LaVine will receive more minutes, but if logic prevailed in Minnesota, Tayshaun Prince wouldn’t be in the starting lineup.

      Olynyk has a clearer path to more consistent minutes and has the skillset to be a productive fantasy player.

      I think LaVine is a few weeks away from making a real impact whereas Olynyk can capitalize off of his last performance to a more consistent role in Boston.

      • v00dr00 says:
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        @charlie: Thank you for making me feel logical then.

  17. Javale4MVP says:
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    Big trade going down in my league:

    Team A:
    Anthony Davis
    Rudy Gay
    Brook Lopez
    Kyle Lowry

    Team B:
    Andrew Wiggins
    Lebron James
    Blake Griffin
    Pau Gasol

    Thoughts?

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Javale4MVP:

      I’ve never seen a trade like that before… WOW.

      I think Team B has the advantage here. Anthony Davis is an absolute fantasy monster, but I think he’s going to wear down at some point this season. Davis will probably miss 10-15 games and given the drop off after Davis, I am not sure if Team A can stay competitive if Davis misses extended time.

      LeBron/Blake are in the tier right below Davis and have a better chance at staying healthy all year. Andrew Wiggins looks like he’s ready to breakout and begin dominating fantasy lineups.

      Overall, I think there’s more value in Team B.

  18. Someone offered up CP3 and Jimmy Butler for PG13 and Mike Conley. Should I take it? H2H each category, 8 no turnovers. Thanks!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Wnwdotcom:

      How’s the rest of your team looking??? I think I would make the trade provided you don’t become too thin on the wing. CP3 and Butler and absolute studs and will more than make up for the loss of Conley and George.

      George is the best player in the deal, but Conley (as a part of a struggling Memphis team) may not be as valuable this year. Definitely a good move to sell for two All-Pros.

      • @charlie: Thanks for the reply Charlie. I don’t believe we’ve interacted before, great to have you doing the notes!

        I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to do this deal. The rest of my team is good. I have Damien Lillard as my top player, Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol and Carmelo. So you’d think adding CP3 and Butler into the fray would be a no-brainer. But PG-13 is playing out of his mind, Butler isn’t and CP3 already has a groin issue. I’m not a fan of Conley but he’s my PG2 or PG3 depending how you rate Elfrid Payton.

        I greatly appreciate the response, it certainly has me thinking about pulling the trigger. Before I do, I might add in Otto Porter Jr. and see if I can get CP3, Butler & Bosh for PG-13, Conley and Porter. That’s be a huge haul but it’s just really hardy for me to sell PG-13 right now.

        • @WNWDOTCOM: That’d be a huge haul but it’s just really hard for me to sell PG-13 right now.

          *Edit for typos πŸ˜‰

        • charlie

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          @WNWDOTCOM:

          I actually really like the Porter for Bosh addition. Leverage PG-13’s start and you get a big who can help more so than Otto Porter can right now. I would propose that and see what you think.

          George is going to have an awesome year, but I like the upgrade at PG and SG as well.

          It’s probably a lot easier for me to say to sell than to actually do it, but George’s health will be a concern too. Pacers will try to protect him, but he will miss time as well.

  19. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, great write up and thank you! I have a few of the upside guys but can’t keep all. How would you rank going forward Turner, Gordon, Powell, Stan Johnson? and let’s throw Dieng and Mason Plum in there? Thanks!

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @miles proudfoot:

      Highest Upside:

      Aaron Gordon
      Stanley Johnson
      Mason Plumlee
      Myles Turner
      Dwight Powell
      Dieng

  20. Tony C says:
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    Charlie, WOW! After reading your column I appreciated your insight but after reading your responses to the reader’s questions and comments I am totally impressed with your knowledge of the players, their situation on their teams and the game of basketball itself! Great job and I truly look forward to reading more from you soon.

    • charlie

      charlie says:
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      @Tony C:

      Thank you for the kind feedback!! I’m honestly just a huge basketball nerd. I enjoy reading, watching, and playing basketball haha.

  21. Wen says:
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    Hi charlie, I have Marc Gasol and he is doing poorly. I am thinking to trade him for Karl-Anthony Towns. What do you think? Thanks for the help.

    • charlie

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      @Wen:

      Hold on Marc Gasol for now. Gasol’s struggles are more of a product of Memphis’ collective struggles than his shortcomings as a player.

      Their defense will improve as the season goes on, but there is serious cause for concern in their lack of 3-point shooting. On Monday, the Grizzlies made just 2 3s against the Clippers. It’s going to be difficult for Gasol to be productive offensively when the opposing defense is clogging the paint. There simply isn’t enough room for him to operate. Also with Dave Joerger’s job on the hot seat, I think there’s a chance that Gasol disappoints this year.

      However, I think he has a higher ceiling than KAT. Gasol is an All-Pro and easily the best center in the league when healthy and effective.

      But I’m saying hold because I think this trade might be there in a week’s time. See what happens to Memphis while monitoring KAT as well. I think part of his hot start is just the surprise that no one expected him/Minnesota to be this good. As defenses start shifting their mentality to stopping him, we’ll have to see how he responds.

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