Wazzup Razznation??  It’s good to be back!  I obviously missed the last week because I was on vacation, visiting some friends in Cincinnati.  While I was up there, I got a chance to go to a Kentucky game at Rupp arena, then shoot around, and play some pick-up in the practice gym after the game (one of my friends is a manager for the team).  Definitely was a cool experience, although I’m not a huge Kentucky fan.  The athleticism and talent of the UK squad is unquestionable, but they won’t make it very far in March without a lot more hustle and outside shooting.

Just for the record, this was the UK vs Arizona St. game on 12/12/2015:

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At any rate, let’s dive into some NBA action!

  • Matt Barnes – SG/SF – 43% – Barnes has been killing it lately, with insane production across the board.  Plus, he’s getting minutes in the 30s now, and I don’t see this changing while he’s this productive.  The Grizzlies just can’t afford to bench him, with how their offense has struggled.  Make sure he isn’t on your wire.
  • Patrick Beverly – PG/SG – 49% – Another must-own player.  Beverly has completely outplayed Lawson in every conceivable way.  With the minutes he’s getting, Beverly definitely needs to see his ownership go up.  The numbers aren’t high end, but the consistency is very nice for a lower end option.
  • Raymond Felton – PG/SG – 23% –  Who woulda thunk it?  Carlisle has successfully raised Felton from the dead, and turned him in a very productive player.  Parsons may take some minutes away from Felton at some point, but Ray should remain very relevant, especially if you need assists.  He has also been a surprise in the rebound column, with a triple double on his resume this past week.
  • Jameer Nelson – PG – 16% – Yep, another point guard… With Mudiay ailing, Jameer is a great low end streamer.  He’s worth a look in all formats, while he’s getting these minutes.  His playing time is assured, since Mudiay is out, and Denver has actually on an unlikely winning binge.
  • John Henson – PF/C – 8% – With the news that Monroe will likely miss a few games, Henson becomes an instant stream.  Blocks in quantity, should not be a problem.  So if you want those, then grab him til Monroe gets back!

 

Ok Gentleman, it is time to analyze the biggest blockbuster in the REL league this season.  The trade took place between yours truly (“HateUsCauseTheyAnus”) and the “Hoopus Alleyoopus squad”.

Here’s what went down:

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Russell Westbrook – $59forAndre Drummond – $31
Brook Lopez – $22Blake Griffin – $24

Frankly, this deal tore my heart out.  Westy is probably my favorite player in the NBA today, but the keeper price on Blake was just too low to pass up.  From my side, Lopez has a great keeper price, but his durability is definitely in question.  Drummond may be on the move at some point, but it’s probably best to just punt FT% for this year, while I have LBJ on my team.  This trade keeps me competitive this year, and saves me $26 for next season’s draft.  Plus, as much as I love Westy, it’ll be good to not have to punt TOs automatically.  I do think Hoopus got a very solid deal though, as Westbrook is definitely one of the most dynamic players in the league.

Feel free to share your thoughts below!

As always, follow me @RazzWired for pickup info in between articles.  Be sure to comment here for questions, but feel free to hit me up for waiver or trade advice on that account as well!  (I apologize for not keeping up with that account this past week.  I honestly watched one game of basketball during the trip.)

  1. Eric says:
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    Team: Paul, Bledsoe, Pizza Man, Basemore, Dieng, Barton, ‘Whiteside, Bogut, M Williams, Porter, H Barnes, L Williams, M Barnes, Gobert. Drop any 1 or 2 for Leuer, Mayo? Thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eric: Is that Marvin or Mo Williams? Either way, I’d probably drop him for Leuer. I doubt Mayo holds value when the Bucks get healthy.

  2. Trul says:
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    1.my Ibaka+mirotic for his bosh+middleton?
    2. Dragic for Aminu
    3. Len or Adams?
    4.keeping Markieff for a possible trade

    What do u think?

    • Adam

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      @Trul: 1. Bosh – Middleton for value, unless you’re desperate for blocks.

      2. Keep Dragic

      3. Adams, based on the more consistent minutes, but there isn’t a wrong answer

      4. Yeah, I’d hold Markieff, too much talent to drop, regardless of attitude problems.

      • Trul says:
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        thx.
        Which one do you drop; hood, rose, jjohnson?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Trul: Probably Hood, although he and Joe J are pretty close.

  3. Rhirano says:
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    I was offered brow and Tobias Harris for Lowry and Covington. Fair trade or nah?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rhirano: Eh, I mean fair is pretty relative, but I’d definitely rather have the Brow side. I’ll take the injury risk.

  4. Fella says:
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    If I’m in the middle of the pack in a 12 team league, is it worth stashing Danny Green and Marcus Smart, and drop D-Mo and John Henson?

    • Adam

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      @Fella: I’d stash both over D-Mo and Henson

  5. Rocky says:
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    Hey Adam!

    Welcome back from the ‘Nati! A few bottom of the roster questions for you… Some intriguing guys on the wire but not sure who, if any, I should jettison. I’m currently sitting in 1st at 40-22-1 (so I can afford to hold a bit) and my roster in a 12-team, 9-cat H2H is:

    Teague
    IT2
    Jimmy Butler
    PG13
    Giannis
    Favors
    Dieng
    Zach LaVine
    JR Smith
    Rodney Hood
    Otto Porter
    OJ Mayo
    Matt Barnes
    DeMarre Carroll (IR)

    I’m a bit concerned about a potential steep drop in minutes for JR Smith coming with Irving, Shump, etc back at full strength. OJ is playing quality minutes right now so I think he’s a keeper. Barnes can fill the stat sheet as long as Memphis continues to utilize a smaller lineup. Rodney Hood is erratic but a theoretical good source of ThrAGNOF. The most intriguing names on the wire are Courtney Lee, Henson, Mozgov and Fournier. Would you pull the trigger for any of those guys?

    Also, curious what your thoughts are on Brandon Jennings ROS. I know it will take him a while to ramp up but think he could certainly have value as 6th man/combo guard type. Thanks!

    • Adam

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      @Rocky: Yeah, I’m not sure of Smith’s role second half. He may be fine, but you could always drop him for Henson and stream from that spot. I’d hold on the rest though.

      Well in theory he could, but the problem is, Brandon Jennings sucks! His FG% is absolute murder, so unless you’re desperate for some low end counting stats and some flukey performances, I wouldn’t touch him.

  6. Tyler says:
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    Schroder (bench with limited upside) or Marshall (starter and has all the opportunity but unproven)?

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler: or should i take Alex Len or TJ Warren over Marshall?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tyler: I’d go Schroder or Len, and stream for whatever stat you need. Marshall just isn’t that good, and while there is some assist upside, I see Wroten as the backcourt guy to own in Philly.

  7. draco21 says:
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    Hey Adam!

    Crazy trade! Grown man decision there. Might be sweating if I did that trade. I get the logic though. $26 for next year is huge. Although, I’m certainly high on BroLo than most. I know the latest procedure he had with his foot was the same procedure Ilgauskas had with his last one. He played a ton and did not have recurring problems for a good solid run there. That guy is LEET with FG FT and Blks that is a solid building block especially coming from a big man.

    I asked Kap the same thing but would like to get some diversity as well. your thoughts on MCW? I know I’m a bit higher than most but I think if he picks his spots, he would be top 80. I mean, he used to be poison for FG, FT and TO. He kind of has the FT% workiing but the FG% and TO def still stupid. However, with the way my team is built (PAU GASOL SHOULD NOT BE SHOOTING LESS THAN 48% BUT SOMEHOW HE KEEPS ON DOING IT), I’m obliged to fully punt that Cat. TO I can work with once Nerlens stops acting like a guard and coughing it up 3 per game.

    That said, I do have a Pachulia for MCW trade. I like the FT% from a big and def usable out of position ast from Pachulia. Whaddya think?

    • Adam

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      @draco21: Yeah, it was tough… $24 BG compared to $59 Westy was just too good. I do like Bro-Lo a lot, but even with the foot not being an issue, he’s not exactly an agile player. The swap for Drum, should pay off, especially if I move him to a punt FT% team.

      Personally, I’d say Zaza, no question, but for plays like that, I think you have to go with the guys you want on your team. If you want a TO win though, you almost have to go with Lady Zaza.

      I will say that his (MCW’s) shot-selection isn’t going to improve much, if at all. MCW has a lot of talent, but he has a terrible basketball IQ. His decision making is atrocious. That’s why he needs to play combo guard off the bench, instead of being a pure point.

      • draco21 says:
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        @Adam: Any thoughts on MCW’s past 5 games. MCW driving to the lane like a mad man ala Iverson. I know the smart money goes to Zaza but mannnn those counting stats from MCW tho. Sucks everyone knows he’s a sell high.

        • Adam

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          @draco21: More driving also leads to more FTs on below average percentage and more TOs. If MCW were just a smarter player I could see it. Throw Jason Kidd on top, and MCW could easily be a DNP down the road. If the risk doesn’t hurt you at all then I suppose you can go for him, but I’m not touching him in any of my leagues.

  8. sliimbo says:
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    hey

    in a 9 cat h2h keeper league would you drop Patrick Beverley or Ersan Ilyasova for Courtney Lee, Mason Plumlee or Matt Barnes

    thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @sliimbo: Definitely hold Beverly. Possibly drop Ersan for Plum, depending on the stats you need, and the cost of keepers, etc.

  9. Benjamin Lee says:
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    Hey Adam!

    Do you think the value of Kevin Love will largely diminish once Irving launches? I think I have the chance to trade Love for Isaiah Thomas. Thomas seems like the biggest threat in Boston right now. I looked up Love’s projection and he is projected to be 2nd round value for my team. Which confuses me because of the noise everyone is making that Love’s value will go down. What do you think? Should I hold Love or do you think it would be a steal to grab Thomas?

    My League: Pts, 3s, Rbs, Ast, Stl, Blk, DD

    • Adam

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      @Benjamin Lee: If your team can take the hit in boards and DDs then I’d probably make the move. Love should have solid value regardless, but will likely see a drop in scoring. He is fairly efficient though, so I’d guess it won’t have a crazy impact, but it’s hard to say right now. Thomas is definitely the safer option.

  10. Rice says:
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    Henson or Biyombo???

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rice: Biyombo, both are blocks streams though, although Biyombo should be relevant until Jonas returns.

  11. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam! Biyombo or Tristan Thompson? I’ve lost both Gobert and Jonas. Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: It really depends if you need boards or blocks. Value wise, I’d probably go Tristan though.

  12. Jerry says:
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    Ok. Well, I’m in a head to head points league. Clint Capela is also available. Should I grab him or stick with Thompson?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Ah, for points I’d probably stick with Tristan

  13. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam! Someone grabbed Thompson already. Should I go with Biyombo, Capela or Jordan Hill, who is also avaiable? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: That’s tough… I’d probably go Hill, Biyombo, Capela, in that order. Not much separating them though.

  14. Benjamin Lee says:
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    Tim Duncan just got dropped in my league! Do you think he’s worth a waiver 1 pick up?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benjamin Lee: Definitely! Waiver 1 is overrated in basketball. Only means something in football with weekly waivers.

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