JB insists on calling me a hoarder and quite frankly it’s getting old. At least once a week I have to hear, “why do you still have every VHS and cassette tape you’ve ever owned? You don’t even own a working VCR anymore.” Since I seem to never answer the same question the same way twice he gets a wide variety of responses. From, “It’s an investment I’ve been sitting on for 25 years. You want to buy my collection for, pinky to mouth, one million dollars?” to “There’s chemicals in the tape that are good for my joints, it’s like those magnetic bracelets, same thing.” Either way the gist is always the same. They aren’t going anywhere… but he keeps asking anyway. If you don’t mind I’m going to go ahead and put this one to rest. I’m not quite sure how to explain it though. It’s the same reason I bought everyone’s broken VCRs and walkmen before they threw them away. Maybe it isn’t the most useful thing today, but one day I’m going to find one that works and when I’m watching E.T. on my 13 inch, 20 lbs TV and flashing gang signs to my early 90’s gospel rock well then, who’s going to be 2 Legit 2 Quit now?

If I’m a hoarder then so be it, and it won’t just be the classics like ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’. I’ll stash away the next widely added fantasy player too and when they win the starting job JB might stop asking why I keep a cassette single of ‘Material Girl’ and he’ll start asking me the real hard hitting questions when he stops by. Before this gets too serious though let me just pre-empt you JB. No, I won’t make you a copy until you perfect your 2-L-2-Q. You are yet still unworthy.

Shabazz Napier – PG – MIA – When Napier was drafted by the Heat, LeBron James was still undecided on where he was going to play (or so he told Pat Riley) and both Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole were unsigned. It looked like Shabazz was going to luck into a starting job and on draft day I had him as a top 10 rookie in fantasy for this year. With LeBron gone and money to spend, the Heat locked up Chalmers and Cole and immediately Napier’s role reduced to nothing. Since Rio has gotten most of his minutes at SG, Napier was granted a 20 minute backup PG role over the first four games of the season and has thoroughly outplayed Norris in at least half of those games. I don’t expect Napier to unseat Cole immediately but the writing seems to be on the wall. I think it’s also important to note that Shabazz isn’t an inexperienced 19 year old kid, he’s a 23 years old who played some of his best basketball against the top competition in the NCAA tournament.

If Napier manages to take over the starting gig and continues to improve on what he’s shown so far then with 30 minutes he could be a top 100 overall player. We can’t just use his 1st 80 minutes in the NBA to extrapolate what he would average as a starter but there’s a few numbers that do jump out. The steals appear to be for real at 1.5 per game and he’s already at 0.8 3s made per game, while taking less than 2.0 per game. This is what makes Napier a good fantasy player to stash and with a 32 minute starting role I think his number would look something like:

420/.820/1.6/12.0/3.2/5.8/1.6/0.1/2.6

K.J. McDaniels – SG/SF – PHI – There’s nothing more to say than what I said last week.  Except he’s getting more minutes and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Hollis Thompson aren’t doing anything to help their cause.  Want a stat line?  Nothing has changed from what I projected in the top 200 post before the season started.  He just started slow and people panicked and dropped him, myself included.  Since he’s only owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues there is a good chance he’s available in yours.

Cody Zeller – PF/C – CHA – The better Zeller was drafted 4th overall a year ago, and even as a starry eyed 21 year old showed glimpses of his future fantasy upside. Sure he needs to get stronger and still has a lot of work to do on his post moves but it all seems to be coming around. Granted it’s difficult to get excited about a guy going 8/4 in 22 minutes, but compared to Marvin Williams‘ 9/4 in 28 minutes it doesn’t look nearly as bad. The problem of course is that Cody doesn’t shoot the 3 ball and Marvin does. However if Williams and the rest of the team continues to play this poorly then Steve Clifford might not have a choice but to make some changes. Zeller’s playing time isn’t purely based on Marvin Williams either. Obviously he won’t take Al Jefferson‘s job, but if something happens to Jefferson, then Zeller will become the default starting center.

What makes Zeller so much different this year compared to last is that so far his shot is falling. He’s always posted a plus 50 FG% everywhere he’s played and with him starting to get comfortable in the pros that improved FG% shows us a glimmer of his fantasy ceiling. If Zeller starts and gets 32 minutes at power forward playing next to Jefferson he would give a slightly different stat line than if he starts at center next to Marvin Williams. I’ll put those lines together and in 32 minutes his numbers would probably look something like:

.510/.770/0/13.0/7.2/2.0/0.9/0.9/2.0

  1. Martin says:
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    Hey Guys,
    What do you think about dropping Fournier for Stuckey (has already cleared a wire) in 16 team league? I am worried about Fournier minutes in near future.

    • Slim

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      a href=”#comment-278054″>Martin: Yeah Fournier will lose minutes eventually. It would be nice to be able to ride it out but ultimately Stuckey has far more season long potential.

  2. Nightman Cometh says:
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    Short and quick (that’s what she said) drop Mozgov for Dieng?

    • Slim

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      @Nightman Cometh: Yep, Mozgov’s minutes are no good and considering the turnovers it’s probably warranted.

  3. Clay says:
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    For a short-term fix, who should I add between S.Hill, Lance Thomas and H.Thompson? Thanks in advance!

    • Slim

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      @Clay: I would go Hollis. A little bit of everything. Pretty reliable minutes… right now.

  4. Kevin says:
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    Hey! Someone in my league posted on trading block they want someone who can give them assists and 3ptm. I think my team needs blocks and boards.

    is it wise to pitch a trade for my mike conley for his serge ibaka or vucevic? i do see jose calderon on my waivers too, so i’m hoping to jump on him as soon as i make the trade. mike conley is such a safe 3rd round pick for me…

    10 team 7 cat yahoo H2H.

    my team: https://i.imgur.com/mPo8UoR.png

    his team: https://i.imgur.com/yfiViAS.png

    thanks, and much appreciated!

    • Slim

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      @Kevin: I think you’re better off holding onto Conley. If you lost him you couldn’t compete week in and week out in assists, especially with what’s going on in Detroit with Jennings. Your boards look OK. A few more blocks would be nice but not at the expense of killing your assists.

  5. NimsheyPOBlo says:
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    Thinking of dropping Afflalo in my 16-team pts league. Possible replacements: Temple, Shumpert, Courtney Lee, KCP, Tony Allen.

    • Slim

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      @NimsheyPOBlo: KCP is the closest. I imagine you can trade Afflalo though, especially in a 16-teamer. I’d try to move him if you can but after that… yeah, I’d rather own KCP. Courtney Lee is playing well but I’m not buying it. 70% 3s, 60% overall. That’s going to come down.

  6. Sam says:
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    hey guys, i drafted wroten and he’s done amazing for me, but wondering whether or not I should try trade him yet, or if his output would decrease as much as expected once MCW returns given he could be giving a starting job. DO you think i should trade him now while he’s hot, and a guy said he’d be up for a wroten-markieff morris trade, do you think i should go for it?

    • Slim

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      @Sam: In a heartbeat! Even if Wroten gets the starting SG role MCW will control the ball much more. Wroten’s overall numbers are guaranteed to come down. Also there’s the problem of Wroten’s FT% and TOs. Yeah, I’d take that trade immediately.

      • Sam says:
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        @Slim: alright man cheers, ill try set it up. if i could talk him into it, do you reckon a josh smith n wroten for rubio and morris trade would be worth pursuing ???

        • Slim

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          @Sam: absolutely. That would be a huge win.

          • Sam says:
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            @Slim: The guy just accepted the morris-wroten trade, and is really happy, i think i could’ve even got griffin from him he’s so high on wroten’s stats. Hopefully this isn’t regrettable

  7. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up Slim? 20 teamer, and I’m dying to drop Vince Carter or Gobert (maybe even Henson) – should I grab O’Quinn, Morrow, Landry, Henderson, Jason Smith, Bogdanovic, Papanikolau or stash Jodie Meeks? those are seriously the best ppl available

    Here’s the rest of my team:

    PG Brandon Knight
    SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    G Jrue Holiday
    SF Tobias Harris
    PF Anthony Davis
    F Spencer Hawes
    C John Henson
    UT Evan Fournier
    UT D.J. Augustin
    Vince Carter
    Rudy Gobert
    Victor Oladipo

    thanks man!

    • Slim

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: O’Quinn would be the guy. Between Carter and Gobert I’d much rather hold Gobert. Yep I would make that move… Vince for O’Quinn.

  8. Don Majkowski says:
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    10 team H2H 10cat

    Just traded my Rondo, Wroten & Boozer for Westbrook & KevMartin. Howd i do?

    • Slim

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      @Don Majkowski: Boozer in a 10er is waiver fodder. You take on a fair amount of injury risk but I think it’s the right move given the unknown of Wroten wiith MCW. And of course the FT punt of Rondo and Wroten.

  9. hamtime says:
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    1. hollis, rivers, c. zeller, m. scott – who should i get for my 16 man?
    2. booker over the likes of shabazz, roberson, gobert, etc?

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: Right this seconsecond it’s definitely Hollis. If he loses too many minutes when MCW returns then I would more than likely recommend Zeller over the other 2.

      Those are 3 very different players for Booker. But for now I would stick with Booker if your able to get him into your active lineup. He’s played well. If it’s a stash though I think Napier has the best chance for the highest returns.

  10. Thunder from down under says:
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    Hi Slim and JB would you consider trading Noel for Collison? Thanks guys

    • Slim

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      @Thunder from down under: I’d have to feel great about my bigs and before I would accept that I would want to target a few other PGs. But… it doesn’t seem outlandish or anything right now.

  11. Nick says:
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    Any opinions on waiver wire Thragnofs?. I’ve currently got Terrence Ross and Mirza Teletovic as my main options.

    • Slim

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      @Nick: Copeland is a popular one. A couple options would make it easier. Both those 2 can go if something better comes along for sure. KJ is interesting. Hits some 3s and minutes are climbing.

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    what’s good? another team in my league needs sg/sf’s who jack up 3’s. i want to throw out a beginning offer of my dirk, martin, and copeland, for his aldridge and gay. is this too much of a low ball offer on my part?

    • Slim

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      @miles proudfoot: Nah, that’s a reasonable place to start.

  13. Rbez says:
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    Is Goran Dragic really a buy low target ? or is it clear that he will struggle to accumulate stats all season with Bledsor and IT2 around?

    Thinking of offering Brolo and Rjax for Dragic and DLee, which I don’t think is that uneven TBH.

    • help says:
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      @Rbez: i’m also wondering on this buy low status. in my opinion IT2 has killed the fantasy upside in that backcourt, but has looked great for anyone who owns IT2.

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        I’m hanging tight with Dragic but I’m not optimistic and I’m not buying low in any leagues. No 3’s in 5 games and assists way down should give anyone pause. I’m afraid (and I hope I’m wrong) 14 pts, .5 3’s and 4 ast. might be what he gives us.

    • Quintero says:
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      @Rbez:

      I’m in 14er h2h 9-cat league. and I saw Dragic+Lee traded for Ryan Anderson+Danny Green….so I’m pretty sure you can start with a lower bid, in which you don’t need to give up blocks maybe.

    • Slim

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      @Rbez: I don’t mind the trade but I also have no faith in Brook Lopez. I would swap DLee with something better. I don’t like where his year is heading.

      I like Dragic as a buy low. I traded Rose for him in an RCL and I highly doubt I regret it.

  14. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Sup Slim, would you drop Mozgov for Amare?

  15. Shaqtin'a Coon says:
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    Should I replace either S. Adams or Varejao with Tristan or Kanter? Tristan is doing better off the bench than Varejao

    • Slim

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      @Shaqtin’a Coon: I can’t recommend either of those 2 over Adams and Varejao. I think Tristan is a mirage and I think he’ll have some attrocious nights for fantasy. Kanter can’t be trusted for playing time either and I don’t think that changes.

      • Shaqtin'a Coon says:
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        Dieng is available now, how about him as a replacement for the 2 mentioned? He had some good run today

  16. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    so gonna try and pick up ARivers … who do I drop SHill, LThomas, JNelson, SWilliams?

  17. Zar says:
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    Oh man, my team in slim’s RCL is all injured.

    So…..tonight…..Dwight Howard out freethrowed James Harden…Is this a sign of the apocalypse?

    • Slim

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      @Zar: Maybe… if it happens again i’m locking myself in my bunker.

  18. help says:
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    gordon hayward/tyson chandler/jeremy lin for wesley matthews/isiah thomas/jordan hill?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @help: Sure Hayward is the best player but the other 2 are just so much better that I would take the Wesley Matthews side in any league.

  19. Tyler says:
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    Hey guys, what do you think of these offers im planning to propose?
    A.) Hayward for Batum straight up
    B.) BroLo + Jrue for Batum
    C.) Hayward + Sully for Ibaka
    D.) Hayward + J.Hill for Ibaka

    Should i sell high on hayward and buy low on Batum or eill hayward surpass him this year?

    Here is my lineup and im punting points btw..
    Cp3 rubio jrue beverley
    Kawhi hayward tjones draymond
    Horford brolo rolo j.hill sully

    Should i swap one of my players for some FAs availabe?

    Notable FA:
    G.Hill
    Dieng
    Mozgov
    Gallo
    McBob
    Danny Green
    MKG
    McDaniels
    McGee
    KCP

    Thanks man. Great job as always. Love your site!

    • Slim

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      @Tyler: A. I like Hayward… I don’t know… I don’t like it.

      B. Not too bad. I like selling BroLo.

      C. I’don’t rather this than D and I agree adding the blocks would help. You have high end assists so Hayward isn’t required. Yeah, go for Ibaka.

      I like who you have better than those free agents. You have a really good team, need to 2-for-1 if you want to add a free agent.

  20. Wen says:
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    Hi Slim, would you drop Alec Burks, Courtney Lee or Iman Shumpert for Draymond Green? Thanks for advice.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Wen: i’d drop Shumpert and i’d do it now.

  21. MAC says:
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    razzup slim? should i drop mozgov and adams right now? its a standard 12 team 13 player league 9 cats. i have my eyes on frye, dieng, ed davis, and mcgee maybe. tnx!

    • MAC says:
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      @MAC:
      also, this is my line up right now

      bigs -griffin, drummond, tjones, mozgov, adams

      wings -ariza, dray green, courtney lee

      pg -conley, ellis, holiday, reggie jax, lin

      lee is my streaming spot, i just got him and dropped perry jones.
      right now, someone just dropped oladipo, george hill and calderon are also free agents. whats ur thoughts on getting must own players but still weeks away from playing. i hate carrying injured players. tnx

    • Slim

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      @MAC: Mozgov can go for Frye. I still like Adams over those other 3. If something happens to Boozer or Pekovic though then you have to make the move.

      1 injury is ok. A big part of it for me is to look a week or 2 or 3 ahead and see if my opponents have injuries. That plays large into my decision. Oladipo is the one… I wouldn’t let him sit there if he was my only injury.

      • MAC says:
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        @Slim:
        just dropped mozgov, but got dieng instead for streaming tomorow. might get frye for sunday though. tnx! just a bit frustrated with adams with his blks. blake is outblocking him! haha! im thinking of trading lin for a shotblocking big. being realistic, im targeting gortat, since that team needs pg badly. any other players to consider? my thought is there a lot of injured pg on the free agent market, with oladipo my numbr 1 target. i should replace lin easily. tnx again

  22. zebo says:
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    who makes a better speculative add and stash? Shumpert, Shabazz, or CJ McCollum? Thanks.

  23. Wen says:
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    Hi Slim, another question that I am having hard time to decide. Would you trade Batum for Wesley Matthews and George Hill? Thanks for advice.

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