Conventional basketball wisdom suggests that smaller lineups play at a faster pace and typically score more points. That wasn’t exactly the case in Chicago on Tuesday night. The Milwaukee Bucks rolled out their massive starting lineup that features five players who all measure between 6’6″ and 6’11”. The Bulls countered with considerable size of their own, as only Derrick Rose came in under 6’7″ among the first unit. Coming into this one, Chicago ranked 10th in the league in pace while Milwaukee was 24th, and both teams sat in the bottom third in offensive efficiency. On paper this looked like a matchup destined to be played in half court sets with plenty of contested late-in-the-shot-clock possessions. The opposite came to pass as all ten starters scored in double figures and we saw 223 combined points poured in.

Following his record breaking 40-point second half against that basketball team that plays in a country other than the United States, Jimmy Butler remained en fuego, scoring 20 first half points to give him an even 60 for that four quarter stretch. The man they call “Buckets” finished with a game-high 32 on 11-21 from the field, 2-4 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 8-8 on his freebies. Jimmy is every bit a first rounder this year regardless of whether or not the usage-sucking, possession-wasting Rose lines up next to him or not. (He did on Tuesday.) There aren’t ten players I’d rather have on my roster, especially considering the Bulls’ outstanding playoff schedule.

On the other side, Khris Middleton did his best to keep the Bucks in it, posting a stellar 26/4/7/1/0 line. The Duchess of Wisconsin did his damage on 10-21 shooting, pouring in five threes and only turning the ball over twice in 38 minutes. Middleton has been a top-20 nine category player over the last month and with Jason Kidd not around to mess with lineup & rotation consistency, there’s no reason to think Khris can’t keep this hot streak going.

Let’s have a little look-see at the rest of the notable fantasy lines from Tuesday night, shall we?

 

THE GOOD

Michael Carter-Williams – Efficiency was the name of the game for MCW at the United Center as he went 20/3/12/2/0 on 9-14 from the field, 1-1 from deep, 1-1 from the FT line, and only coughed it up twice in 37 atypical minutes. You’re likely placing a losing bet if you think Carter-Williams will repeat this level of play his next time out.

Pau Gasol – The elder Gasol probably had a better fantasy line than Jimmy Buckets (which is really saying something), but Jimmy has cooler hair so he got the nod for the lead. PG had a gem of a game: 26/11/5/1/3, 10-14 FGs, 4-4 FTs, and two 3-pointers. The only thing holding Pau back from a true 9-cat monster was his four TOs, but I’m confident his owners will forgive him given all the other goodies.

Carmelo Anthony – ‘Melo just sneaks into “The Good” on the strength of 23/11/7/1/2. He shot it poorly though (8-22 FGs) and couldn’t connect from deep, while also turning it over three times. On the season Anthony is flirting with top-40 value on a per-game basis, but he is just inside the top-60 over the last month as his turnovers are up and 3-pointers down. If you’re looking to move him, you still want a player well within the top-50 since ‘Melo carries a lot of name value, but he’s not a guy I’d be actively trying to acquire in most formats.

Al Horford – After the first half, you would’ve never thought he’d find himself in this column as his shot was way off, including missing both of his FTs (rare for the 80% shooter). But Horford got hot late and posted a well-rounded 13/10/8/0/2 line including a three. He didn’t turn the ball over a single time in 33 minutes, and that kind of well-rounded production is why he holds 2nd round value on the season.

DeMarcus Cousins – Triple-double alert! Well, kinda. DMC went for a massive 35 & 17, but he also went into double-digits in the turnovers category with an even 10. His six steals, two triples, and one block were made possible by two overtimes and a very favorable matchup with a soft Mavericks interior. If you didn’t have him going in DFS, you’re doing it wrong and should probably just donate your bankroll to the local animal shelter or something.

Rudy Gay – Took advantage of the bonus frames and was unusually efficient with 31 points on 13-20 shooting, 3-3 from deep, and only two TOs in a massive 48 minutes. He doesn’t get talked about a ton, but he’s hangin’ right around that top-50 spot on a per-game basis and I think he’s got about 10 spots worth of upside beyond that if he can bump his FG% a bit while keeping the turnovers down.

Jordan Clarkson – It’s tough to find much good for a team on the wrong side of a 21-point blowout (that was far less competitive than even that number suggests), but Clarkson was a bright spot with 23/5/2. He has been struggling with his long-distance stroke so the two hits from beyond the arc are a welcome sign for fantasy owners. He is the Lakers player you want to own and I expect a big post-All Star break run from JC.

 

THE BAD

Greg Monroe – The popcorn was pretty tasty (13 points, 12 boards, three dimes) but there was no butter (5-18 from the field) and a bit too much salt (four TOs).

Derrick Rose – Did typical D-Rose things, scoring 16 points on 17 poorly selected shots. He missed all four of his attempts from distance, contributed nothing on defense, and gave the ball to the other team nearly as many times (five TOs) as he did his own (six assists). He is one of those players I will never roster in fantasy, and if he ever finds his way into a Raptors uniform I’ll swear off the team for life…I don’t care how wonderful the mascot and Dance Pak are!

Kyle Korver – He not only looks like Ashton Kutcher, he’s shooting like Ashton Kutcher. Despite heavy run (33 minutes), he just can’t get in a rhythm, missing 10 of 14 shots (only 2-9 on threes). He’s contributing very little else and he basically just stumbled upon three boards and one assist. It’s really difficult to justify him taking up a roster spot unless you’re absolutely desperate for treys.

J.J. Barea – Well, it was fun while it lasted. Deron Williams‘ (25/2/4/2/0) return meant Barea got bumped to the bench. Even with the extra two overtime periods JJB only saw 23 minutes and didn’t do much with ’em. 3-10 from the floor and a pretty empty 7/1/3/0/0 line. Everyone knows how fragile D-Will is, but there’s not much reason to hold onto Jose Juan with Devin Harris (17 minutes) and Raymond Felton (35 minutes) also vying for backcourt run off the bench.

Draymond Green – Coming off three consecutive triple-doubles a line of 9/12/5/0/1 falls into a relative version of “The Bad” category. He missed half of his eight FT attempts and only played 28 minutes (blowout factor), so this will probably go down as one of his worst lines of the 2015-2016 campaign.

Roy Hibbert – 2/5/0/0/1 on 1-7 FGs in 23 minutes. (I destroyed JB in an RCL last week with this 7-foot steaming turd manning one of my center spots! Bah.)

Metta World Peace – Played 25 minutes. The perfect amount of time to bait Draymond into a mini-scuffle, take 10 shots (make only two), and blow a wide open layup so badly you put the Warriors’ bench into hysterics. It was that kinda night in LaLa land.

 

THE NOTEWORTHY

Injuries – Among those ruled out prior to tip-off on Tuesday: Rajon Rondo, Omri Casspi, Willie-Cauley Stein, D’Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, and Jerryd Bayless. That’s quite a few fantasy-relevant players missing action on a quiet four game night and a number of the lines we saw were a direct result of the increased opportunity created by shortened benches and rotations.

Nikola Mirotic – Niko was the only Bulls starter to play under 35 minutes – he played 29 – but he was still able to put up 14 & 6 with a three, a steal and a block. Bobby Portis played hard and is forcing Fred Hoiberg to find minutes for him. Unfortunately for Mirotic’s fantasy owners, they’re coming at his expense.

Dennis Schroder – Crawled out of the doghouse and got to run around the yard for 25 minutes. He went 7/4/8 but struggled shooting (3-8 FGs, 0-2 threes, 1-3 FTs) and didn’t take care of the ball (three TOs). It’s anyone’s guess whether it’ll be Schroder or Shelvin Mack (DNP-CD on Tuesday) as Jeff Teague‘s backup the next time out.

Jose Calderon – Played mid-30s minutes (36 to be exact) for the third time in four games. That kind of usage has not been kind to little Jose’s body in the past, but he’s a low-end asset while he’s getting the run.

Lou Williams – Really weird shooting line for Sweet Lou as he went 0-7 from the field but 10-10 from the FT line. Is that a net positive, negative, or a wash?

Marco Belinelli – With the Kings a bit short on bodies, Belly was likely a popular streamer. Anybody who took the gamble was rewarded with 14 points, nine boards, three assists, three swipes and four treys.

Steph Curry – Got clipped on his troublesome shin again and was hobbling for a bit while trying to play through it. Had the game been closer I’m guessing he would’ve stuck it out, but the Warriors were creaming the Lakers so Steph called it a night early. He finished 17/1/6/3/0 with a trio of threes in 26 minutes and was an obvious fade candidate in DFS given the likelihood of a blowout at Staples Center. Hopefully the Chef doesn’t need to miss any games, but with the Dubs steamrolling the entire league, they can fortunately/unfortunately afford to rest him if he’s borderline.

Harrison Barnes – Looked really good in his 23 minutes off the bench. His jumper looked smooth (5-7 FGs) and he had good bounce while hauling in eight boards. I don’t think it’ll be too much longer before he reclaims his starting spot.

 

OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYTHING

Players who saw over 36 minutes of floor time on Tuesday:

Giannis Antetokounmpo (36), Michael Carter-Williams (37), Khris Middleton (38), Taj Gibson (38), Jimmy Butler (39), Carmelo Anthony (40), Jose Calderon (36), Arron Afflalo (37), Paul Millsap (36), DeMarcus Cousins (49), Rudy Gay (48), Darren Collison (47), Seth – yes, Seth – Curry (36), Marco Belinelli (43), Dirk Nowitzki (43), Zaza Pachulia (40), Deron Williams (43), Wesley Matthews (43).

 

That wraps up another Tuesday evening in the Association. As always, if you want to chat waiver pickups, DFS plays, or anything else fantasy hoops, drop me a line on Twitter @moneyballmatty. Cheers.

  1. Lucas says:
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    hey man,
    would you do favors + fournier/carroll for goose + Tyoung?
    my team is really devastated with injuries..

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Lucas: Well with the news that Carroll is out indefinitely, it’s obviously going to be Favors/Fournier for Goose/Thad. I much prefer the second side as there’s little reason to believe Young slows down and the only potential downside for Zinger is the “rookie wall” which may or may not actually be a thing. Fournier has already proven he can disappear for weeks at a time and I try to avoid guys who have bad backs, so that makes me less bullish on Favors than most. He’s a helluva player when healthy, but missing more than a week with back spasms is very concerning. Goose & Thad FTW!

  2. GreenBean says:
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    What is good value for Stephen Curry? I’m in a 12team 14player H2H 9cat (DD ‘s instead of T/O )league and need to rise from the middle to really compete for the trophy…

    Steph Curry
    Elfrid Payton
    Deron Williams
    Jameer Nelson
    Michael Carter-Williams
    Gordon Hayward
    Nicolas Batum
    Jae Crowder
    Tobias Harris
    Julius Randle
    Jusuf Nurkic
    Jeff Withey
    Marcin Gortat
    Rudy Gobert

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @GreenBean: Curry’s value is at a low point for the season. I would hold him until he clears this shin thing and strings together a few 30-pointers before selling. If you have to move him now, you’d better get a top-10 player in return PLUS another guy with second or third round value. It’s not crazy to ask for something like Butler and Lillard or Wall and one of the Gasols. Curry has proven to be THAT valuable when healthy.

  3. PaiGOINHARDnt says:
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    ESPN 10-team 8 category H2H league
    Current Roster:
    PG: Reggie Jackson
    SG: Kemba Walker
    SF: Klay Thompson
    PF: Anthony Davis
    C: DeAndre Jordan
    G: Isaiah Thomas
    F: Danilo Gallinari
    Util: Rajon Rondo
    Util: Paul Millsap
    Util: Wesley Matthews
    BN: Ish Smith, Kent Bazemore, Elfrid Payton, Harrison Barnes

    Lost Bledsoe but hopefully Ish can continue to offset some of the lost production. Was wondering thoughts on Buy/Sell candidates that might help round out my team?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @PaiGOINHARDnt: Bledsoe is a huge loss as he was ballin’ before going down. Even if he wasn’t a perfect match with Knight in the backcourt, he was still posting really nice stat lines with pretty good consistency, so it hurts to lose him for the year.

      In 8-cat I think Lillard is a nice guy to target. He gains over a round of value when you take out the TOs. The aforementioned Knight gains over 20 ranking spots in 8-cat over 9. Bosh seems like a nice big to target as he’s killin’ it in pretty much any format and he still doesn’t get a lot of ink.

      You could probably look to move Kemba (who has been managing his TOs far better than he has in the past) while his value is in/around the top-15. Klay may also be a guy to move now that he’s had a scoring outburst. I’ve never been a DeAndre fan, so you might look to move him too. His name value probably exceeds his actual rank (outside the top-80 in 8-cat per game).

  4. hamtime says:
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    1. drop covington in my 16m? desperate for production but pool consists of guys like tross (only because of the demarre news), mudiay (yuck),kevmart, and unknowns like seth, holmes.. help!

    2. would you rather own Len, mahinmi, leuer, agordon, m turner, or evan turner ROS

    3. my KAT for PG straight up?

    4. my Dieng for barton?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @hamtime: 1) Nah, I’d still hold Covington in a 16er. He has these waves of hot & cold and he’ll most likely catch fire again. You just have to be a bit patient. Nobody you listed has near Covington’s upside.

      2) Aaron Gordon. The three centers just don’t have any upside given their roles/minutes this year. Turner is ok, but he needs Boston to continue suffering bad injury luck to hold much value. Gordon has the highest upside if Skiles would just stop being such a you-know-what.

      3) Is “PG” Paul George or Pau Gasol? I’d take George over KAT but KAT over Pau. They’re all really close season-to-date though (ranked b/w 14th and 18th in 9-cat per game).

      4) Barton.

    • Ryan says:
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      Man I’m in the same boat with Covington. There is nobody out on the wire that offers particularly great upside or production right away in my deeper leagues. I’m holding and desperately hoping that someone knocks some sense into Coach Brown.

      And yo, I’d do both of those trades, but maybe think twice about the first one if it is a dynasty. KAT has been even better than anyone expected this season.

      • Matty

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        @Ryan: Yep, Covington is a tough one because we’ve seen his awesome upside. When he gets hot from deep you’ll see him more engaged on defense, so he puts up those four triple + three steal games that are pure gold. But he just doesn’t have the track record in the league yet to have a long leash during these cold streaks. In anything deeper than a 12-team league, there’s not going to be many options on the wire that you can justify dropping RC for. I’m sure there were a bunch of people who snagged Larkin when Jack went down and dropped Covington, and after one game are already kicking themselves. It’s a tough call this time of year when players start to break down a bit.

  5. dom says:
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    hey great write up

    will Wes Matthews be on short minutes tonight (NOR) after 43 last night? He’s been playing better than Wiggins (DEN). A third option at SG for me is George Hill if he plays (food poisoning, @ORL).

    Then I need to decide on my UTIL between the names above, Olynyk (DET), and Dieng (DEN). It’s pretty close in every category but I usually plan on losing TO. Thanks!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @dom: Thanks, dom. Appreciate it.

      I don’t think Matthews has any minutes restrictions these days. Looks like Dallas will run him as much as he can handle regardless of situation. Also, looks like Parsons might miss a game or two with a hip, so they’ll need Matthews out there a bunch. Wiggins has been good, but not great, lately and I think that’s kinda his zone this year. He’ll have the occasional scoring breakout, but that’ll be more exception than norm. I’d lean Matthews. (Looks like Hill is a go, but I think you’re still better with Wes.)

      If I was ranking all five names you threw out there, I’d go: Matthews, Wiggins, Dieng, Hill, Olynyk.

  6. pjanoo says:
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    Would you rather have Bobby Portis or John Henson rest of season?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @pjanoo: Bobby Portis. Chicago knows they need to move a big (likely Noah once he gets healthy or Taj) to make room for BP in the rotation. He’s too good to go back to being a healthy scratch. I’ve always liked Henson’s potential, but I hate that his coaches will rarely play him more than 20 minutes. He just isn’t in the best situation to succeed.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Matty: Def with you on that one re: Henson. I remember when AD went down in Dec 2014, I needed a big to help subsidise the stats I was losing. MIL was going through some injuries themselves and Henson was starting and getting close to 30min a game. For that month I had him, dude was putting up around a dub-dub and under 3blks, with pristine %s. I was chuffed! Since that time, he’s improved his post moves and may be an even better shot blocker. I just have no idea why none of his coaches have seen the need to play him solid mins (granted, Kidd and Larry Screw are knuckleheads – the latter is prob the worst I’ve ever seen, as far as setting consistent lineups). I’m seeing a similar situation with Withey in UTA. It’ll be real interesting to see how they play him, once Favors and Gobert are healthy.

      • Matty

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        @Lasandro: Yeah, I’m not sure what it is with Henson. Maybe there’s something we don’t know about as far as stress-related injury risk (like Brad Beal or Jrue Holiday where they can’t sustain a high-MPG role without suffering lower leg injuries)? They paid Henson big money to stay in the fold and they just won’t run him. There’s a large enough sample size at this point to resign ourselves to the fact that he’ll very likely never be a 30 MPG guy even if MIL suffers a string of injuries to their frontcourt.

        Withey has looked good. There should be lots of opportunity for him in the rotation with Gobert needing more time, Favors battling what could turn into a chronic back issue, and Booker doing nothing to inspire much confidence. There’s no reason for Utah coaches to let Withey rot at the end of the bench after he’s flashed pretty good potential as a rim protector and efficient low post presence.

  7. GQ says:
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    Where do you think Melo’s value falls in a standard roto w/o TOs? 3rd round?

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      Matty says:
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      @GQ: Yeah, about that. If you own him and are looking to trade him away, you should aim for someone in the top-30 for starters. Depending on what you need, a Batum/Bosh/Klay/Isaiah.

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    Thanks for the write up! ROS, Which two players would you rather drop: Portis, trey Burks, Covington, sully, or tucker, to make room for tow injured players to return? Man, j wish I had less guys I was willing to let go.

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: my bad, TJones instead of Covington (wrong league).

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Hey miles – thanks for reading/commenting!

      I think I’m dropping Terrence Jones and P.J. Tucker. Portis has some big upside if Chicago can clear a path to more minutes, Burke is about the only healthy/semi-capable guard the Jazz have left, Sully has proven his upside even in a 25 MPG role. I hate the Houston frontcourt even with Motie out for a while. And the Suns are a total mess and you just can’t count on any of their players outside of maybe Brandon Knight from one game to the next.

  9. bgrizzle says:
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    My patience for Payton is wearing thin and with all the Skiies lineup changes and now his ankle injury I’m wondering if I would be better off with Shane Larkins new opportunity? The way I see it Larkin is the same in STL, small hit in PTS and AST, but much better in FG and FT? (mind you Payton been over shooting just over.470 for the past month before his injury ) So with that being said is the Payton vs Larkin more based on need or am I fooling myself on Larkin’s production for the rest of the year?

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @bgrizzle: Larkin isn’t a viable option compared to Payton. I wouldn’t make that move if it was my team.

      • Bgrizzle says:
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        @ByeFelica:
        Thanks ByeFelica. So what do you make of Payton for the rest of the year. You think his game will improve the rest of the way?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @bgrizzle: I’m not a fan of either Payton or Larkin. If you told me that both guys were going to get 30 minutes every game for the remainder of the year and none of their supporting cast changed around them, I’d go with Payton. But obviously that’s not the case and Elfrid is going to suffer the wrath of Skiles. I really can’t fault you either way as I don’t have a gut feeling for how either guy is going to shake out ROS. Trust your instincts and don’t look back.

  10. Ryan says:
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    Hi Matty. Been a crazy season for me, lots of trade, injuries and stuff like that. Started the season with a punt fg% team but don’t think I am still in a punt fg%. I need your help/opinion in deciding what my team is strong at (since I recently lost a huge asset in E. Bledsoe) and what kind of trade do you think I might pursue. Im comfortably in the playoffs, all I need is to strengthen my stronger cats. Here is my team:

    PG- Kemba, elfrid payton
    SG- Harden, Jimmy buckets, George Hill, Oladipo
    Sf- Ariza,
    PF- The Brow, Ibaka, Draymond
    C- Noel……. ( plus 2 streaming spots)
    IR- Batum

    Notable players in the waiver wire
    Duncan and Nurkic.

    Appreciate all the feedback you can give me

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Ryan: Hey Ryan, how’s it goin’?

      Feels like we’re entering the silly season now, doesn’t it? Guys undergoing surgery, getting random MRIs, missing games for sore throats, rest days, etc…. But yeah, anyone who lost Bledsoe faces the very tough task of replacing his production and it’s likely going to take a good stroke of luck to do it.

      You look great for most cats. You’re getting good assist numbers from non-PGs (Beard, Draymond, Batum) so you should be safe there. Noel is starting to come around, so hopefully he’ll bump you up in steals & blocks as the season goes along.

      I could see you potentially dumping Elfrid for Nurkic to bolster your big man stats. There’s a case to be made that Payton’s arrow is pointing down while Nurk’s is up. Otherwise, just pray for good health. You look like you’re in great shape with four guys who could hold first round value by season’s end (Brow, Beard, Buckets, Dray). Good luck!

  11. Good STUFF says:
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    Be nice to JB! haha

    My team is lacking in blocks, as I only have Monroe, Porzingis, Zbo, Jordan Hill
    Would you trade Kemba, Monroe for Reggie, Noel? Or aim higher, like maybe Pau?

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @Good STUFF: I would try and land Noel. He’s only getting started. Get em before he pops off!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Good STUFF: Pffft, yeah right! JB has a enough groupies as it is…somebody has to keep him grounded by giving him the tough love.

      Zinger is giving you some decent swats (7th in NBA), but yeah, none of Monroe/ZBo/Hill are going to help you much in that cat. I think that’s a pretty fair deal. Noel’s value is down from a really slow start, but if you believe in the “Ish Factor” then Nerlens is an exciting guy to roster for the second half of the season. Who knows what the Bulls frontcourt will look like in a month’s time, so despite Pau having way more value season-to-date, they might be players heading in opposite directions.

      Can’t hurt to try for Reggie/Pau and if it’s declined, maybe you can get Reggie/Nerlens + a little something extra to sweeten the pot.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Matty: I’m def a Gilpin-Groupie! A “JBieber”, if you will.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Good STUFF: @Matty: @Lasandro: hah much love guys! Yeah none of my RCL teams are “great” but I think all are playoff caliber. And with not great teams you have ebbs and flows 🙂

  12. v00dr00 says:
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    Sooooo, T. Jones was just dropped in my 12 team H2H league. I recently stumbled upon a Larkin and an A. Gordon. I don’t wanna miss the chance, so just in case, what are your thoughts here? Scoop him up for one of those below 2. I don’t have any particular needs either.

    • Matty

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      @v00dr00: Personally I would leave Jones on the wire unless you’re got reason to believe Jones will solidify a role in the Rockets rotation. Even with DMo out, Jones got benched for the entire second half on Monday in favor of Montrezl Harrell. Tough to explain that away. Jones has seen 24+ minutes twice in his last 14 games.

      It’s difficult to make a case for why Aaron Gordon or Shane Larkin are better holds after they’ve both recently put up total duds…but I think Larkin’s situation is the most stable for the next month+ and I think Gordon has the best upside of the three if everything breaks his way.

  13. Blint says:
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    Hey Matty

    I am in a keeper league a very deep keeper league. We roster 200 players! I am struggling right now with players liek Gobert and Burks on IR and Capela , Myles Turner who arent doing well. Need Big men for sure. My only good C is Gobert who is injured- Otherwise I have Kanter, Biyombo and Gibson . I got offered a trade for Giannis( I really really like him specially in a keeper) and I will receive Nerlens Noel and Lamarcus Aldrige.
    We get to keep as many players as we want before the draft next year almost like a dynasty league format. What do you think of the trade? Even though I like Giannis so much I think trade is too good to pass up?

    • Matty

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      @Blint: Sweet, love the deep leagues (especially keepers)! They reward owners who can identify a career arc and grab guys on the way up. Like any fantasy league, they take some luck and things have to break the right way around your prospects, but there’s a lot more skill involved the deeper the league gets IMO.

      Capela and Turner are probably a year away from being 28-30 MPG guys, but they’re a nice young rim protecting duo to “groom” behind Gobert.

      I would absolutely do that trade. Nerlens has a bright future as well, though maybe not the offensive upside as Giannis. Aldridge should be a nice player to have as part of the “next phase” of the Spurs. He’s not spring chicken, but he’ll be part of the core group in San Antonio, alongside Kawhi, for the next few years. He’s a valuable commodity. Losing Alphabet is tough, but that’s getting good value in return.

      • Blint says:
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        @Matty:

        Thanks 😀 Yeah its going to be hard to see him do well on someone else’s team I have been hoarding him for 2 years now !

        I struggle to drop players in keeper leagues and miss out on streaming options or decent pick ups. I have Lavine, Cj Miles- who are doing absolutely nothing. How do you judge these kind of players?

        • Matty

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          @Blint: Lavine and Miles haven’t been so great lately, but they each had a stretch or two there where they were on fire. Lavine needs an injury/trade to Rubio to rediscover his value, especially with Mitchell reinserting KMart back into the rotation at SG. There was some buzz about Minny moving on from Rubio but that has quieted down since very early in the year, so it’s tough to project what Lavine will do. If he’s stuck behind Rubio, he’s nearly impossible to hold onto. As far as Miles goes, he is just soft. He seems to suffer an in-game injury every third or fourth time out. When he’s on, he’s on and he can drop five triples with two or three steals at a moment’s notice, but when he’s not, he isn’t roster-worthy. In a keeper league, I wouldn’t have much use for him. No long-term upside there and not consistent enough to be a main piece in your starting unit. You are probably better off using the roster spot on a guy who has more long-term potential.

          • Blint says:
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            @Matty: Thanks for the detailed writeup 🙂
            I own Rubio as well which is why I have him as handicap. But I have too many prospects. Will have to let either Lavine or Miles go when I accept this trade.
            Cj Miles was my David Sloan from last year. He really helped me beginning of the year!

  14. TImothy Chao says:
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    Im in a 12 team league 10 cat and I have been getting destroyed 9-1 or 8-2, WHat should I do, trade for or pickup people like Covington, Tucker?
    Victor Oladipo
    Andrew Wiggins
    Damian Lillard
    Gorgui Dieng-
    Larry Nance Jr.
    Nikola Mirotic
    Avery Bradley
    Brandon Jennings
    Terrence Jones
    Paul Georg
    Greg Monroe
    Jahlil Okafor-

    • Matty

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      @TImothy Chao: Well, you’ve obviously been at a disadvantage over the last couple weeks with no Lillard, so it’ll really help you now that he’s back. Looks like ‘Dipo’s arrow is pointing up now too which is nice.

      The two guys I would float in trade talks would be Wiggins and Paul George. PG13 has posted some monster numbers, but I’ve watched a number of his games and he is just not a smart player. His decision making and shot selection are really poor, he looks downright afraid to go inside (whether due to being “soft” or because he feels he’s not getting calls which he won’t stop bitching about) so it’s no surprise he went on an extended cold streak in December. See if you can get a top-15 player in return for him while he’s still got some heat from this good start to 2016.

      As for Wiggins, he is now looking like he might not even crack the top-100 on the year. He’ll have to go bonkers post-All Star break if he wants to and I just don’t see it happening with the Wolves at/near full strength. He still seems to have name value though and others think that he might just go on that late-season tear that I mentioned…I don’t think he will. See what you can get for him – perhaps a shot blocker since you really don’t have one with Monroe your best big and Okafor/Dieng/Jones/Mirotic all quite inconsistent.

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @TImothy Chao: I traded Wiggins for Gortat. If you can make that move do it and don’t look back!

  15. Billay says:
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    A) My Portis for his Dieng?

    B) My Portis and Gallo for his Klay and Dieng?

    C) My Portis and Larkin for his CJ McCollum?

    D) My Portis for his Zaza?

    Thanks brotha.

    • Matty

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      @Billay: A) Even as a Dieng owner myself, I like Portis’ upside ROS. Especially with Pek coming back and looking good last night. Wolves frontcourt just got a little more crowded.

      B) The value gap b/w Klay and Gallo is bigger than Portis/Dieng, so if you can get that, I’d do it.

      C) If he can avoid more “clerical errors” it looks like CJM is a legitimate top-40 guy. Unless Chicago’s frontcourt is cleaned out via trade or injury, Portis can’t reach that value and Larkin’s production is probably available via streaming from the wire. I’d do it.

      D) Zaza has been surprisingly good and you know what you’re going to get from him. Portis has big time upside if things break right, but he won’t have the consistency. Depends what your team needs – breakout potential or steady production.

  16. Jones says:
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    Robert Covington was just dropped.

    Drop P.J. Tucker to get him?

    • Jones says:
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      @Jones:

      10 team 9-cat H2H

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Jones: Probably could, yeah. PJT is fine, but the Suns don’t play many games (pretty sure they have an NBA-low remaining) and who knows what they’ll do with that roster/rotation going forward. There’s no upside with an average talent like Tucker. Covington has big upside (we’ve seen it on multiple occasions) and he just needs to string together a couple good games to get his confidence back. In a situation like Philly, he’ll have his chance. I like his potential and it’s not like you’re cutting a can’t-miss starter for him. It’s a good gamble.

  17. Dan says:
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    12 team 9 cat h2h

    PG: Wall, Collison
    SG: Bazemore, Matt Barnes
    SF: Giannis, Casspi, Tjones, TJ Warren
    PF: Drummond
    C: Marc Gasol, DeAndre, Nurkic

    Lost Jarrett and Bledsoe the last couple weeks.
    Just got offered Bosh, Matthews, Elfrid/Larkin for Giannis, Baze, Nurkic. Worthwhile trade? Or hold out hope for more pg injuries to fill my void?

    • draco21 says:
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      @Dan: IF you are getting Bosh, go do it.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Dan: Ouch – that’s a big hit to your backcourt in consecutive weeks. Losing a good chunk of assists there, but thankfully you have Wall.

      Bosh has been killin’ it pretty much all year and is way better than I thought he’d be in his first season after that really scary health issue. He’s an upgrade over Giannis. I like Matthews more than Baze ROS as well. Not a fan of either Elfrid or Larkin and Nurk looked good last night, so you’d be losing a bit there, but probably not enough to make up for what you’d be gaining in Bosh/Wes. If it were me, I’d do it.

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