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If you don’t get the title reference, it’s from the first episode of Bleacher Report’s “Game of Zones” series.  The clip is from a couple years ago, and that’s probably around when Wesley Johnson was relevant last… (Here’s the clip for a refresher.  I highly recommend watching the whole mini-series if you haven’t!)

Before I dive into why Wesley is featured, I’d like to make a few comments about this past Sunday.  As many of you know, a certain Carolina team was taken apart by one of the best defenses I’ve ever seen.  On top of shutting down one of the most outspoken and overrated QBs in the game, they also managed to drag the corpse of Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl title as well!  Now, I have nothing against Cam, and I’m sure he’ll be great in the future.  However, this is a good lesson to all players, (I’m looking at you Steph,) to let your game do the talking.  Sportswriters these days, tend to elevate current players to legendary status, based on a good season, or even one great performance.  On top of that, when these wild claims are questioned, the questions are categorized as “hate”.  This is absurd.  Guys like Cam, Steph, KD, Odell, Mike Trout, etc. are all incredible talents, and may very well become legendary players, but lets not jump 15+ years ahead of ourselves trying to immortalize them.  On that note, congrats to the Broncos defense on well deserved title.  They were just hungrier right now.  Now that Cam has had a taste, I’m sure he’ll be back, if he bounces back up and gives it 110%.

I apologize for the rant.  Feel free to leave your thoughts on that below!  Now lets get into the wire!

 

  • Wesley Johnson – SG/SF – 15% – Wesley has been picking up a lot of playing time with Blake out for a while.  Most notably, he’s been averaging over a steal, a block and 2 threes in the last 5 games.  He’s doing about what we expected from Danny Green, and there’s no reason to think that it won’t continue ROS, given Blake’s injury and suspension.  Given the playing time, and his stat diversity, he’s looking more and more like a must own.  Not quite there yet, but who doesn’t want that stat-line at the back of their bench.
  • Matt Barnes – SG/SF – 39% – Barnes really needs to be owned everywhere!  I’ve said it before, but that 39% ownership is ridiculous.  That is all.
  • Jerami Grant – SF/PF – 12% –  In the spirit of wings that give great defensive stats, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Grant again.  He’s becoming more consistent, and his minutes are regular now.  He’s not going to produce great quantity, but he will fill the stat sheet.
  • Evan Turner – SG/SF – 47% – Turner is a very weird player… He’ll get you good assist numbers and solid percentages from the wing slot.  Not much comes with it, but it definitely can be valuable, depending on your build.  Someone to keep in mind, plus he fits the wing theme I have going on this week!

 

That’s all for now folks!  Enjoy your all-star weekend! I won’t… Especially since they ruined the slam dunk contest and 3 point shootout.  Oh well.  Hopefully, Lavine will put on a show at least!

 

 

 

  1. Zorn says:
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    I was in on Barnes for most of season, but when he isn’t starting his value is all the place. In the first game w/o Gasol in the lineup, he only played 14 minutes. I wonder if there was something behind this??

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zorn: That was more to injury limitations and slowly ramping him back up to speed. In this case though, it was just a good old fashioned blowout. No need to worry. He’ll get back to his stat sheet stuffing ways next game.

  2. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Hey quick trade question for you..

    I’m focusing on a few cats like fg, reb, and block but I just got offered Lowry for my Whiteside and I can’t help but feel like I could take Lowry and flip him for more than I could get with Whiteside.

    What do you think?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eddie Rooskie: Lowry is definitely worth more… Top 10 guy this year. I’d do it. Maybe worth just punting blocks, nobody has been too dominant this year in blocks.

      • Eddie Rooskie says:
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        @Adam: Thanks for the quick response by the way.

        I felt the same way but ever since I thought receiving Ibaka for Gortat was a no brained I’ve been pretty disappointed with him and hesitant to make “obvious” trades.

        I love Lowrys game this year and he’s looking great so I might just ditch that strategy and work something new around Lowry, AD, and Klay.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Eddie Rooskie: I think that trade could still pan out… Ibaka just needs to get his shot blocking mojo back, and that’s definitely possible in the second half.

  3. Michael says:
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    Hey Adam. Would you drop Bazemore for Carroll?

    10 Man H2H 9 Cat (Punting Assist + FT)
    George Hill, C.J. McCollum, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jae Crowder, Kent Bazemore, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton Nerlens Noel, Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Rudy Gobert

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Michael: Still take Bazemore. I believe he outproduced Carroll regardless, plus Carroll doesn’t have a firm return date.

  4. Rocky says:
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    Hey Adam!

    Wholeheartedly agree on Barnes. What are your feelings on Brandan Wright as a 2nd half hold? I think he has the potential to be a boon in FG%, boards and blocks and may surprise with his scoring if given the minutes…

    Also, what side do you come down on PG13/Markief for Kyrie/Batum trade?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rocky: I’d definitely be all in on Wright if he was healthy, but coming off knee surgery, he’s a little riskier bet. Definitely worth an add if you need blocks, but it’s hard to say if they’ll limit his minutes or not.

      Man that’s tough… I share Slim’s distaste for PG13, but even with that bias, I’d say the Kyrie Batum side is better. The only thing that worries me, is Batum’s injury issues this year. The PG side is safer, but the Kyrie side has more talent and upside, with more risk though. I’d say it’s pretty fair. Personally, taking the risk though.

  5. aki says:
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    D.Schrooder, A.Goodwin, I.smith ROS ranking in 9-cat thx~

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @aki: Sorry man, looks like you got stuck in the spam filter. Schroder, Smith, Goodwin. Smith and Schroder are very close if Teague isn’t traded though.

  6. tentyme says:
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    I’m in a12 team h2h weekly league 9 cats we DON’T USE TO #!!!! We use FG% Instead. For the rest of the season and playoffs. would Eric Gordon help my team out more than Brandon wright. I have wright and was offered Gordon straight up. My team is cp3,d.booker,r.cov,draymond,drummand,noel, porzingus, h barnes , m smart, n batum, bench is Tobias ( inj) p.j tucker n Brandon wright…… my team is very good at catagories RB,BLK,STL. … I’m solid at AST. … I’m decent at 3’s ……. I’m OK at FG% and horrible at Points made, field goals made and FT%… what do you think?? Thx for the help .

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @tentyme: Sounds like a no brainer to me ! Go for it! I think Wright will be limited for a bit anyway.

  7. Timothy says:
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    SHould I give oladipo damian lillard and monroe for porzingis paul millsap and korver in a 10 cat standard league.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Timothy: I really need more info than that man… Value wise, I’d probably take the Millsap side by a hair, but it really depends what your team needs.

  8. DORIAN says:
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    Fine stuff again Adam.

    I’m up and down on Casspi lately. I don’t want to drop him if he is going to make another late season run, but he has had some underwhelming performances lately. I could probably offer a guy in my league a few draft dollars (keeper $200 auction league) to acquire Ryan Anderson. Make the deal?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @DORIAN: Thanks man!

      Pure shooters tend to be a bit streaky, so I wouldn’t worry about him. That sounds like a solid deal though. I would wait until after the trade deadline, since there have been rumors about both guys. That could change their value a lot.

  9. Pops says:
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    The Derek Fisher firing has ruined Matt Barnes for the season.

    Hi Daddy, we’re at Disney Land with Derek and Mommy.

    Hi Daddy, we’re hanging by the pool with Derek and Mommy.

  10. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam! Do you like Schroder or Fournier for ros? Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: definitely Fournier, unless Teague goes down. You too! I’ll be back with an article this Thursday! We all kinds needed the break over the all star break lol.

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