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Shelvin Mack has finally been reunited with Gordon Hayward, and the Jazz definitely feel so good about it.  (If you don’t remember their heroic run with Butler to the championship game against Duke, then I feel very sorry for you.)  Mack immediately becomes a must own after leapfrogging the rest of the dismal PG depth.  Shelvin has always been a versatile guard, but he really lacked a true playmaker’s skill-set during his early years.  Fortunately, he really adapted to that point guard role, during his time with the Hawks.  Don’t get too carried away with projections though, he’s likely to average points in the low teens, 4 or 5 assists, and probably over a 3.  Odds are, he won’t produce a lot of defensive stats, but on the plus side, he won’t turn the ball over much.  (Ignore the 6 TO outlier last game, since he’s been fairly consistent career wise.)  He is likely to be impacted by the return of Alec Burks, so that’s another thing to keep an eye on.  Overall though, he needs to be owned for now, and we’ll deal with Burks when he gets back.

 

Wire Picks:

  • Vince Carter? – SG/SF – 2% – While scrolling through the player list, I noticed that Carter has actually been very productive through the last 3.  He’s probably worth a flier while Tony Allen is out.  Hairston is totally ineffective.  Worst case, he’s a deeper league streamer.
  • Lance Stephenson – SG/SF – 12% – Same reasoning as Vince, although I do think that Lance has a bit more upside.  He’s playing to revive his career, plus he fits in well with the Grizzlies’ gritty mentality.  It wouldn’t be too surprising if he achieved some relevance, considering the absence of Gasol.
  • Matt Barnes – SG/SF – 38%- For the love of all things Razzy, please pick him up already!!!!! That ownership percentage is ludicrous for a consistent top 100 value this season.
  • Brandon Jennings – PG – 43% – Maybe I’m just a sucker for punishment, but I’ve always love B-Jennings.  He’s clearly one of the best scorers on the team, and there’s no reason to think he won’t pass Elfrid on the depth chart.  Granted, it’s Skiles, so who knows. (#SKILESSSSSSSSSSS) Regardless, Jennings is still very talented, and he should get a chance to show what he’s got down the stretch.
  • Jared Dudley – SG/SF – 19% – The Wizards are winning and Dudley is outplaying Markieff.  I don’t see either of these things changing in the immediate future, so it’s safe to grab him until Kieff replaces him in the starting unit.

 

*Thragnof Special*

  • Doug McDermott – If you want 3s and literally nothing else.  I don’t like him, but I here some people are into that type of thing…

 

I’d also like to give a quick shout-out to Damian Lillard for the spectacular run he’s been having lately.  Dame is one of my favorite players in the league.  He’s an incredible talent, and he never gets the credit he deserves because he doesn’t talk much and he plays in a small market.  He stays humble, keeps focused and lets his game do the talking.  He may not have the talent around him to contend yet, but the kid has the heart of a champion.  If he isn’t an all-star next year, there’s something very wrong.  I value stats, but mentality is the main thing I use to evaluate players.  Lillard has the same killer instinct and fire of guys like Kobe and Westbrook.  I don’t mind the guys that take a lighter approach to the game, but when the game is on the line,  I want that intensity on my side.

  1. Bye Felica says:
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    Dont be dissing Mcbuckets. He dunks on fools too ya know

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Bye Felica: It’s all love! It takes talent to put up a 16/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0 line in 21 minutes… feels like one stray board would fall your way… Or maybe one of the Lakers would accidentally throw the ball to you.

  2. james says:
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    if the nets do indeed buyout joe johnson, do you think only the SG’s/SF’s on the team will benefit, or does any extra run go to Sloan and Larkin?

    • Matt says:
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      @james: Maybe Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would benefit from his departure when he returns. He was a good fantasy player before he got injured.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @james: Hmmm, I don’t see either of those guards playing the 2/3… The biggest candidate will be RHJ when he returns in a couple weeks. In the mean time, it’ll be a lot of Bojan, Markel, and Ellington. A slight bump in both PGs minutes til RHJ comes back, but he’s the best stash candidate.

      It’s just an ugly situation!

  3. james says:
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    eeeshh… RHJ doesn’t really fit my team needs but Thanks for the responses matt & adam

  4. Jake says:
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    I don’t see why everyone is so gun-ho on Mack. What evidence do we have that he is a productive fantasy player? I’m not saying he isn’t, but Slim mentioned that hes a must add in 10ers. I don’t see why. He sounds like he will put up the same stats as Sloan. I think Beverley might be the better add for defensive stats, too.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jake: If you read that whole paragraph, you’ll see I’m not quite as high on him as Slim. Some of the value is derived from the large amount of minutes. The rest of Utah’s PG depth is trash. Mack is going to be a lot more involved in the offense than Beverly. If you need steals, definitely go with Bev, but for some points, 3s, and assist volume, Mack is the way to go.

      I can see the comparison to Sloan, but Sloan isn’t getting the minutes that Mack is, and he’s frankly, not as talented.

      Like I said, this could easily change when Burks gets back, but I want Mack in all my 12ers right now. Any starting PG getting over 28 mins a game should be owned in 12ers. The upside could be worth a must-own in 10ers, and he’s a must stream, but I’d hold off the label there until we see how Burks affects the rotation.

  5. Jerry says:
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    Welcome back, Adam! Collison, Ish, or JJ ros? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Thanks!

      Collison over Ish, and you’ll have to specify which JJ… lol. I can’t think of any JJ I’d take over Collison though.

  6. Cedric says:
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    Aminu | Barnes or Mahinmi for the remaining

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cedric: If it’s Matt Barnes, then Barnes with a slight edge over Mahimi, but both should be owned. Mahimi if you need blocks. More info would help, but purely on value, I’d take Matt Barnes.

      • Cedric says:
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        @Adam: Thanks for the advice.. though the only one I can cut right now is O. porter.. and still very hesitant to do so…

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Cedric: Hmmm… Yeah that’s tough. I’d probably go Barnes over Porter though.

  7. Jerry says:
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    Lol………I was talking about JJ Redick.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Haha ok, Collison and Reddick are pretty close. Really depends whether you need 3s and points or PG stats

  8. Jerry says:
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    Well, I’m in a head to head points league. I was just looking to upgrade one of my bench spots.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Redick is probably the safest then

  9. v00dr00 says:
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    Do I drop Joe Johnson or Goodwin or both for any of the above? Also, Thraggy Mirza is on there along with How could you be Moe Harklesss.

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @v00dr00: Also, Mack is gone already.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @v00dr00: Definitely drop JoeJ for Matt Barnes. Goodwin and Dudley are pretty close, depends if you want the threes/points or more PG stats though.

  10. Ryan says:
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    Return of the Mack! Don’t you know?

  11. Wen says:
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    Hi Adam, Eric Gordon is coming back. Who would you drop? Thanks for the help.
    Jared Dudley, Ish Smith or Joe Johnson

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Wen: Man that’s tough… Probably Dudley. I have a feeling Joe J finds some rhythm in Miami. Plus, Dudley is going to get phased out by Kieff eventually.

  12. Jake says:
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    So Mack is pretty bad…

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jake: He really hasn’t looked that bad yet. I’d give him a bit of a leash. The Jazz clearly believe he can start at the point, so the minutes are going to be there. It just takes a player a while to adjust to not only a new system, but also a starting role. Chemistry with new team mates takes time as well.

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