A little over a week has gone by since the beginning of the season, and a lot of rotations still haven’t taken on a definitive shape yet.  The good/bad thing is, a few injuries have already occurred, making room for a new set of players to gain some minutes.  For those of you that enjoy streaming blocks, Festus Ezeli has become a solid play with the injury to Andrew Bogut (concussion).  Bogut injured??? Who woulda thunk it! Bogut will remain a major injury risk the rest of the year, so Ezeli should be rosterable in deeper leagues, and possibly even a blocks deficient 12er or two.

For those of you that didn’t see last week’s edition of RazzWired, here it is.   Most of the guys from last week are still relevant pick-ups, and I’ll do my best not to repeat myself.

Again, the percentage owned and eligibility used, are from Yahoo.

Shooters:

  • Jeremy Lamb – SG/SF – 12% – Charlotte has recently extended Lamb with a 3 year, $21 million contract.  They have faith in him and so do I.  So far this season, Lamb has averaged 2.0 trey balls per game, and there’s just no reason to think that this number will go down much.  Charlotte is thin on the wing, and Lamb should get solid minutes.  Plus, he’s average almost a steal a game and 1.3 blocks per game so far.  That’s fantasy gold if you ask me.
  • Marcus Thornton – SG – 8% – While he’s not a long-term buy, Thornton is a great streaming option, as long as Terrence Jones is out of the lineup.  I have no idea how long this will be, but in the meantime, Thornton is making it rain.  In fact, he’s making it downpour, with 3.5 treys per game so far, second only to Stephen Curry. He may not be worth an add based on his short term value, but he certainly would make a solid streaming or DFS option for now.
  • Evan Fournier – SG/SF – 44% – The Frenchman has been scorching hot of late, and has seen his ownership jump 44% in the past couple days.  Ride the hot hand, but beware, his spot will be in jeopardy as soon as he cools off.

 

Rebounders:

While he’s not a pickup by any means, Andre Drummond deserves a major shout-out for averaging 19.5 boards per game so far… That blows my mind… Oh, and technically, he’s only 99% owned!  So if you’re the guy playing in the 1 person league that doesn’t own him, PLEASE pick him up for me! Thanks alot.

  • Marvin Williams – SF/PF – 52% – He has gained a significant role in the Hornets offense, and has also been averaging 2 treys to go along with his 9 boards.  He’s definitely worth a grab in most leagues.
  • Luis Scola – PF/C – 9% – I have no idea if he’ll maintain his rotation spot, but he is averaging 9 boards so far.  Looks to be a solid deep league add.

 

Shot-Blockers:

Not much has changed outside of the first article, but here are a couple newish names.

  • Josh Smith – SF/PF – 18% – 2 blocks a game… but ewwww.
  • Dewayne Dedmon – C – 0% – For the deepest of leagues, he’s averaging 1.7 per though, so that’s not awful.

Clint Capela is showing some relevance while Terrence Jones is down, so keep him in mind as well.  Kosta Koufos and Trill are having some major run with DeMarcus Cousins out for a couple games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes down for a while.  Achilles strains are extremely scary.  On that note, sell Cousins if you can do so without taking a loss.

 

Stealers? (Let’s just go with pick-pockets.)

  • Thabo Sefolosha – SG/SF – 1% – Another deep league add.  In the games he’s played, he’s averaged 2.7 steals, good for second in the league.
  • T.J. McConnell – PG – 5% – The latest wonderkid on the Sixers.  Not exciting, but 2 steals a game, as well as almost 7 assists.

 

Passers:

  • T.J. McConnell and Matthew Dellavedova – Two peas in a pod.  Both averaging almost 7 assists per game, at the moment.  I’d recommend Delly as a streamer and DFS play til Cleveland regains some depth.

 

                   *NEW SECTION*

Must Own

Aaron Gordon – SF/PF – 58%

Rodney Hood  – SG/SF – 57%
Jeremy Lin – PG – 51%
Willie Cauley-Stein – C – 49%
Kent Bazemore – SG/SF – 40%
Marvin Williams – SF/PF – 52%

 

 

  1. Matt says:
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    For blocks and possibly boards, don’t forget about Branden Wright if Marc Gasol sits a few games. Favorable match up against the make-it-rain Trail Blazers tonight if he sits.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Matt: Hit him in the first article my man!

      I left the link to that in the second paragraph. Most of the players in the first article are still relevant, so I’m trying not to repeat until we get down the road a bit. Thanks for the input though!

      • Matt says:
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        @Adam: Gotcha. Reading is fundamental. At least that’s what Reggie Miller told me.

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    Who do you like better between Bazemore and Lamb? My biggest needs are in FG% and PTS at the moment. I was leaning towards Lamb, but I think Bazemore has better matchups for the next few games. (@NO, MIN, WAS, NO, @BOS for Baze) (@DAL, @SA, @MIN, NY, @CHI for Lamb)

    • Adam

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      @Principal Blackman: I’d go Lamb in that case. Much better FG% from him, and one bad game from Baze gunning will bury you. Both schedules seem even in my mind. Chicago just isn’t a bad matchup anymore.

      Baze probably has the edge in points, but Lamb should have a pretty solid role now. Especially after his last great outing. Baze is just too big of a risk to put up a FG% killer.

  3. dom says:
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    I picked up Ezeli to stream but holding him for now because you know, Bogut is Bogut. You like Ezeli or Steven Adams? Adams played 27 min last night..

    • Adam

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      @dom: That’s tough… I’d probably go with Adams by a tad, but minutes are going an issue for both of them. That’s tough, they may just be matchup plays depending on your league size.

      I will say that they both will likely be in the low 20s in minutes on most nights. It’s mostly a matter of preference.

  4. jonny says:
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    Hey Adam, great stuff so far! All of you guys are killing it in terms of quality content every day.

    I’m in a 14 team, 9 cat H2H. Here’s my team as it stands (or sits…looking at you, Nurk and Covington and Parsons…):
    PG: Elfrid Payton, Teague, Jerian Grant, McConnell
    SG/SF: Jimmy Butler, Courtney Lee, Bob Covington, Chandler Parsons, Aaron gordon
    PF/C: Favors, Gobert, Okafor, Nurkic

    Anything I should work on to make my team better, or should I sit tight and wait on some of these prospects? I’m getting kind of worried about Covington, with the mcl sprain and reaggravating it. The knee is key to playing basketball!

    On a related note, anyone worth dropping for lamb, Ezeli, or sullinger? I’m leaning towards swapping lamb for covington, I (k)need those 3’s…

    Thanks in advance, looking forward to more from ya!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jonny: Thanks man! We do have a great lineup this year!

      I’d hold on Covington for now… He’s just too valuable in a 14 teamer. Any news of a setback and I’d cut bait for Lamb though.

      Probably worth dropping Nurk for Sully. There’s no news of when Nurk is getting back, and there will be a clogged rotation even when he does. Sully is playing for a contract, and it’s really starting to show. I think he takes his full job back in the very near future. Probably will make next weeks edition. (Kinda waiting to see how it pans out first, but he is trending up)

  5. Ralph says:
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    If you had to pick one, who would you roster for ROS value: Aaron Gordon or Myles Turner? With Fournier blowing up, does Turner have an easier path to minutes?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ralph: Definitely Gordon, he received 32 minutes and put up big numbers last night, even with Fournier having a great game. He is forcing the Magic’s hand.

      I love Turner as much as anyone, but it seems like he’s going to be at 20-25 minutes for a while. I’d recommend rostering both if you can though. Depending on the league size of course. Both should have big time second half performances.

      • Matt says:
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        @Adam: Plus Gordon may get more PT depending on the severity of Vucevic’s injury.

      • Ralph says:
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        @Adam: Thanks!

  6. jcg says:
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    Thanks for this Adam! I dig the ‘must own’ section too!

    12 team 9 cat, My lowest players are: Otto P, Dieng & Covington

    Would you suggest any moves?

    FAs: Bazemore, Lin, Bjelica, Lamb, W Chandler

    Thanks!

    • Adam

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      @jcg: Hmmm it really depends what you need. What stats are you great in and what stats are you low in? Dieng is getting pretty hard to hold to hold, since he’s essentially backing up KAT right now. Covington may be droppable as well, especially if you’re solid in 3s and steals.

      Otto P is awesome though, and he’s getting big minutes.

      Based on per value, I’d probably go Lin, Baze, Lamb, Bjelica, Chandler. I really don’t think Chandler is going to play many games this year. Possibly Bjelica over Lamb, but again, depends on immediate value or upside, and what you need.

      • jcg says:
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        @Adam: Thanks for the quick response and break down! Here’s my full squad

        Lillard
        Teague
        Jerian Grant (not great now but I’d like to hold him if I can)
        I Thomas

        Butler
        Otto
        Aminu
        Covington
        Mirotic

        R Anderson
        Dieng
        Gobert
        Drummond

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @jcg: I’d recommend dropping Grant for Lin and probably worth holding Covington and Dieng for now… Just don’t have enough shot blocking depth to justify dropping Dieng, and you do need Covington’s 3s.

          I just don’t see Grant developing a huge role in the triangle this year. Perhaps an injury to Calderon would help, but Galloway would suck up a lot of those minutes. Plus, Afflalo is coming back very soon, so that takes away even more minutes from that backcourt.

          • Adam

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            @Adam: Don’t be afraid to cut bait on Covington if he has a setback though. MCL stuff is always tricky.

  7. Tony C says:
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    Hey Adam, great article and insight on the free agent adds. I also love the “Must Own” section.

    I’m in a 10 team, 9-cat, H2H league. My roster:

    PG-Teague, Rubio, Dragic
    SG-Butler, Monta, Collison
    SF-Draymond, Hayward, A.Gordon
    PF-Durant, T. Jones, O’Quinn
    C-Dieng, Sullinger, Nurkic(IR)

    Available: Covington, Bazemore, Lamb, McConnell, R.Lopez, Ilyasova, S.Johnson ,KCP, Mozgov, Mahinimi, T.Parker, Afflalo, Koufus

    Would you drop any of my current wing players for Covington/Baze/Lamb? Would you add another big since Nurkic is on IR right now? (but who to drop?) Thanks for the help!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks alot! Glad you enjoyed it!

      You don’t have any wings worth dropping, but I’d definitely drop O’Quinn for Covington or Lopez.

      Just to clarify, the “must own” section is targeting 12 team leagues (our RCL size). I’ll specify that in the next article though.

  8. Dante Green says:
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    After that 19-point explosion from last game I hope Skiles gives AGordon the minutes that he deserves! Hah. Good stuff you got here bud!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Dante Green: Thanks man! Skiles is a killer for young fantasy studs, but he does seem to like Gordon. No reason he won’t be this years Draymond.

  9. Bro Jackson says:
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    ADAM!!!!!!!

    Drop T. Jones for Lamb or hang tight? Jones gets the dumbest/ weirdest injuries. I cannot wait until one of his limbs falls off during a game.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Bro Jackson: Hang tight man, rumor has it he’ll play soon, and he should put up solid value when he’s healthy. There’s 4th-5th round upside there for him, too much to drop. Wait for him to put up a few good games and then trade him if you aren’t comfortable keeping him.

  10. Mex says:
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    8 team h2h league… picked up Dieng off the waivers. He was an 8th rounder, but is he streamable or is he going to turn it around? I’m strong in blocks but I’m hoping he can lock it up for me. The only other player on my team I would consider streaming is Clarkson but I don’t want to drop him.

    • Adam

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      @Mex: Yikes, I don’t think Dieng is ownable in an 8 teamer… He’s essentially KAT’s backup. Run and grab Clarkson before someone else does. That 30 point outburst should be a sign of things to come. He’s probably worth more than a streamer.

      • Mex says:
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        @Adam:

        ya this 8 team league is a bitch. It’s tough to figure out who is droppable or not. i got Clarkson, but do any of these guys need to get picked up now? MCW, Mudiay, D-Lo, Aaron Gordon. I think I’m better just streaming that last spot.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Mex: I’d probably go Clarkson out of that bunch, but yeah Mudiay is right there and Gordon should give some nice big stats. Streaming seems wisest.

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Adam: I also have Dieng, am I moving on in 10-Teamer? Maybe scoop Baze for D stats?

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @Dante Green: Haha, 10 bucks says he gets dropped everywhere and then becomes a favorite waiver wire pickup later in the year after injuries.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: I’d move on, I feel like there’s a better option than Baze on the wire in a 10 teamer though.

  11. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam. Aaron Gordon or Schroder this season? I’m looking to fill out my bench and I only have room to pick up one. Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Purely on speculative value, I’d go Gordon. It really depends if you need a guard or a big though. It’ll likely take an injury to Teague for Schroder to reach full potential, while Gordon is forcing his way into the lineup already. He’s a guy I want on all my teams. Incredible talent if you’ve gotten a chance to watch him.

  12. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Adam. I’m well aware of Gordon. He was a beast at Arizona. His athletism is off the charts. My issue is I have Elfrid and Tobias Harris already on my team. By adding Gordon, I’d have three guys from the same team. Do you think it would be too many players from the same team if I pick up Gordon? In terms of point guards I have: Payton, Curry, and MCW. My forwards are: Harris, Ariza, Barnes, Towns, and Markieff Morris. What do you think?

    • Adam

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      @Jerry: I’d have to go Gordon since you have a solid amount of PG stats. Worst case, you just end up moving Harris. I really think Gordon could end up in the top 50 by the end of the year, and that’s just too much to pass on.

  13. Jerry says:
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    Sounds good! Thanks for your help and advice. I appreciate it.

  14. James says:
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    Which side of this trade would you take??
    Eric Gordon & Al Jefferson OR Danny Green & Trevor Ariza

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @James: I’d have to go with the Big Al side. Depends how your team is doing in terms of boards and 3s though.

  15. Jerry says:
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    Hey again, Adam. So both Kyle Korver and Danny Green were just dropped in my league. Should I pick one of them up or still go with Aaron Gordon over them? Thanks!

    • Adam

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      @Jerry: definitely drop Barnes for Green. I’d hold Gordon over Korver… At this age, I just don’t expect Korever to be that productive, and you already have a lot of 3s from Ariza Curry and if you grab Green.

  16. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Adam. What about Alec Burks? He’s on waivers too. Or just roll with Gordon and Green?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Man that’s tough… Value wise, I’d say Burks, but it’s definitely close. Really up to you if you want the big man stats or more guard stats. I’d lean Gordon, but I have a major crush on his upside lol.

  17. Jerry says:
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    Alright, thanks! Enjoy the weekend!

  18. Jason Wang says:
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    Need some quick advice-who’s the most droppable?

    Myles turner, stanley johnson or gorgui dieng?

    i wanna pick up sullinger or would you recommend another player to pick up?

    This is a 10 team 9 cat H2H league. Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jason Wang: I’d drop stanley or Gorgui for him. Who’s on your wire? I’m assuming there’s another good option to drop for, based on the league size.

  19. X says:
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    quick help please – should i drop myles, dieng or stanjo?

    notable waivers: smart, sullinger, lamb, mcconnell, galloway, porzingis, stauskus

    thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @X: Drop Stanjo and Dieng for Sully and either Stauskas, Porzingis, or McConnell, depending what stats you need.

  20. RW0 says:
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    Hey…what do you think about this trade?
    Giving: favors, gay, Thomas, and dieng
    Getting: cousins, (Teague if possible or tobias-is this trade good even if I get tobias) and Ellis
    Would this put me down a lot in rebounds? I’m thinking of grabbing someone off the waiver like porzingis or bjelica. Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @RW0: I’d do that, with Tobias or Teague, definitely with Teague. Probably go Porzingis by a tad, but both should be owned.

  21. James says:
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    Who would you prefer ROS (9cat H2H)??
    Clarkson OR Payton

    • Adam

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      @James: Pretty even, but frankly they play two different positions. If you need assists go with Payton, otherwise Clarkson should be better in pretty much every other category. Pretty even in steals. The assists are a pretty significant difference though.

      Pure value, I’d probably give Clarkson a slight edge.

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