Ladies and Gentleman, the results are in!  In a runaway victory, Will “The Thrill”  Barton took the Most Valuable Pickup title in a landslide!  Keep in mind that this is only a vote for the first half of the year.  I have a feeling, it won’t be Barton when it’s all said and done.  Myles Turner is coming on strong, and Kent Bazemore keeps putting up rock solid numbers.  For now though, congrats to our first half MVP!

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Here’s how the final vote played out:

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Personally, I think Bazemore deserved it, but there’s definitely a lot more flash to Barton’s game, so the vote is understandable.

Let’s dive in to the wire for this week!

  • Tyson Chandler and Alex Len – C – Both need to be owned.  I’d give Chandler the edge for a short term add, but Len is the guy you want, if you want a long term add.  He has been successful at PF, effectively killing Leuer’s value, on his return.
  • Nikola Jokic – C – 35% –  The uber-talented rookie needs to be scooped up as well.  He’s been coming on lately, and Denver would be foolish not to give him more run after the All-Star break.  He has also been swiping  the ball at a high rate, with over 2 steals per, for the last 5 games.
  • Dennis Schroder – PG – 31% – Also a must own.  He’s been outplaying Teague, and there are strong rumors that Teague is on the way out of Atlanta.  Definitely worth a hold til the trade deadline at least.

*Deep League Special*

  • Cameron Payne – PG – 1% –  I absolutely love this kid.  If you’re in a dynasty league, he’s a guy that you have to target.  He’s been putting up some fairly respectable stats lately, and if anything should happen to Westbrook, he’s an immediate grab in all leagues.  Only thing standing between Payne and top 50-75 status, is playing time.  I could see a possible future where OKC works him up to 25-30 minutes as the 6th man, once he matures a bit more.  Definitely a guy to keep an eye on in all leagues, but only a pickup in 16 and above right now.  I suppose you could justify it in a 14, especially if you own Westbrook.

 

That wraps it up for this week! On a side note, this is already my 20th article!  I’ve had a lot of fun writing, and getting to talk to you guys.  It’s crazy how fast time flies! Have an awesome week everybody!

 

  1. jdubs says:
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    jsmoove or bobby portis for short term production on a punt FG team? ROS too, but I’m not too high on either. 14 team 9 cat h2h

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jdubs: I’d go Portis. Should have solid value while Mirotic is out. Smoove just murders all percentages and turnovers…

  2. Jake says:
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    How is Jae Crowder not even on the ballot? He’s been better than Barton.

  3. Jake says:
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    Oh I didn’t know the assumptions! I can’t believe he was drafted in 98% of leagues. That’s insane.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jake: No prob! It was a lot less on ESPN though. I believe it’s because Yahoo has 12 team as their default, and ESPN it’s 10.

      Definitely agree that Crowder is one of the best breakouts this year though! Unfortunately, everyone saw the playing time coming.

  4. heeisenberg says:
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    thinking of dropping pachulia for cauley-stein. would you? (h2h 8 cat) thanx

  5. Tony C says:
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    Great job today Adam! My team in 10 team, H2H, 9 cat:
    PG-Teague, Rubio, Deron, (Dragic-IR)
    SG-Butler, Monta, Heyward
    SF-Draymond, Parsons, Bazemore
    PF-Durantula, R.Anderson
    C-Sullinger, Myles, Willie CS

    I have 3 questions. With Dragic due back soon from IR what player would you drop from my roster to activate the Dragon? Second, is Zach LaVine worth a pick up over anyone on my team? Lastly, Giurgi Dieng is available is he worth a pick up over my other centers? Thanks for the help!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks!

      Eesh… I don’t see anyone I’d want to drop. I’d try to pull a 2 for 1 to clear roster space for Dragic. If you can’t, Deron would have to be the one to go.

      Love Lavine, but he just isn’t ready for a 10 teamer yet.

      Hmmm, probably Dieng over Sully. That Boston front-court is a mess.

      On a side not: Durant and Dray, Damn!

  6. The Gintern says:
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    Yesssss just wanna throw some more CP22 love out there, I’m also a firm believer that that kid has a bright future

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @The Gintern: Love him! I think he could have a Harden-esque role by the end of the season. His defense is gonna keep him on the court.

  7. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam. With Dragic set to return tomorrow, I have to drop either Bazemore, Covington, or Elfrid Payton. I’m in a 12 team head to head points league. Who should I drop? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: That’s really is tough. I’d have to grudgingly go Bazemore… Looks like Covington is getting run now, and Elfrid has been productive.

  8. Jerry says:
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    I know, tell me about it! They’ve all been so solid and productive. Thanks for your help!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Have you thought about trying a 2 for 1 deal to clear a roster spot?

  9. Jerry says:
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    Yeah, but no one really makes any trades. Most teams like to sit on their guys.

  10. sdc says:
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    10 Team H2H Standard 9cat League

    PG – Smart, Deron Williams, Tyreke Evans, Lowry
    SG,SF – Harden, Forunier,
    SF,PF – Draymond Green, Crowder, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris
    C – Marc Gasol, Vallancuianas
    PF,C – Favors
    IL – Batum

    Who should I drop to reinstate Batum from IL? I was thinking of dropping Smart or Tyreke. I got Smart from the wire as insurance for Tyreke but Batum is now playing I need to drop one of them. I was thinking of dropping Tyreke beacuse of the possiblity of a shutdown and I think there will be mins cap on his part. Your thoughts? Outside Smart and Tyreke, is there a good drop candidate from my players?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @sdc: Hmmm, yeah, I’d probably part ways with Tyreke first. Morris would probably be next in line.

  11. Tyler says:
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    Trade McCollum + Holiday for Lowry?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tyler:Hell yes! Lowry is a stud, and unless your wire is completely bare, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Adam: yeah wire is completely bare though since its a 16er. But cant resist getting lowry. Should i pull the trigger and just stream the spot?

        • Adam

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          @Tyler: He’s a 1st rounder this year, and he’s not slowing down… Just can’t ignore that. Yeah, Just stream. I’m sure there’s something useful.

  12. CT Martin says:
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    Got a quick trade question… Nic Batum for Chandler P & Jabari Parker. 12 teams, normal 8-cat stat league.

    Jabari’s production can be replaced easily enough off the waiver wire so it basically comes down to who’s better Batum or Parsons? Parsons has been hot & Batum has been hurt so there is that…I need help with blocks & steals. I usually run away with points, boards & dimes.

    My keepers are Russ Westbrook, Jimmy Butler( got him in the 7th round of draft last year & took a lot of crap for drafting him that early), DeMarcus Cousins & Al Horford. Rest of my guys are Alex Len, Tobi Harris, Z LaVine, D Schroeder & Rob Covington.

    Possible replacements for Parker on the waiver wire are Joe Johnson, J Dillinger, Gary Harris, Jokic, J Winslow & G Dieng.

    So, what do you think? Any time I have a tough one like this I come see you guys. So, help a brother out.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @CT Martin: I’d stick with Parsons and Jabari. Like you said, Parsons is really coming on. Plus, he’s clearly the future of the Mavericks. Batum just hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy at all this year. If you really want the stat versatility with Batum, then I’d try to negotiate a solid 2nd player into the deal with him.

  13. jcg says:
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    Hey Adam! I dig the poll question. I went with Barton!

    Any advice on making a move? 12 team h2h

    Top FAs: Danny Green, Lavine

    Teague
    I Thomas
    Lillard
    Tyreke

    Butler
    Barton
    Ryan Anderson
    Mirotic
    Otto P
    Covington

    Drummond
    M Turner
    Gobert

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jcg: Yeah, that worked well! I think I’ll do more polls in the future.

      Hmmm, I’d think about swapping Reke out for Lavine, so much talent there, and there’s not much to lose. I would say Green, but you already have plenty of 3s.

      • Jcg says:
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        @Adam: Thanks Adam! I was leaning towards dropping Mirotic for Lavine but Evans future does look pretty dim

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Jcg: You could drop Reke and Miro for Lavine and Green. Green replaces the 3s. It really just depends how fed up you are with Miro and if you can afford to wait for him to get healthy.

  14. Bye Felica says:
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    Teague is leaving ATL? That’s awesome, UTAH cough*

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Bye Felica: I kinda think the Knicks are more likely if they can get the assets together.

  15. eric says:
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    ser adam h2h 16 team my lavine and covington for his klay thompson?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @eric: Hell yeah. Lavine has great dynasty potential, but this hot run just isn’t sustainable. Klay all day

  16. CT Martin says:
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    Keeper league trade question… Being offered Will Barton & Rodney Hood for Damian Lillard. The way the keepers work is that they go in at the round they were chosen. Lillard is a 2nd round keeper. Hood is a 6th rounder & Barton is a 9th. Doing this would free up my 2nd round pick for a good player next season in the draft. So, what do you think?

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