Alright, truth be told I had that article title in my head before the early games even finished up. It looked like it was going to be a yawn-worthy evening of basketball… but then some cool stuff happened.

Kyle Lowry‘s 17/10/7 with a pair of threes was nice. As was DeMar DeRozan‘s 28/4/4 with two long balls of his own. Bismack Biyombo pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds in a winning effort and that gave me some warm & fuzzies. But dedicating a lead to “my team” when they barely hung on to beat a mostly disinterested Dallas squad didn’t feel quite right. And also, how many semi-legitimate opportunities am I going to have to write the word “Snoozeday”? (Answer: hopefully just this once.)

But Tuesday’s schedule, man. Come on now…

Grizzlies/76ers.

Pistons/Heat.

Mavericks/Raptors.

Lakers/Nuggets.

Outside of the local fan bases, who gives a smurf about any of those games? I was this close to watching Polar Express instead of the Raptors game since it looked like they were going to run away with it early (up 16 after the 1st Q). The game ended up being mildly entertaining as the Mavs’ second unit scratched & clawed their way to within one possession late in the 4th, but Kyle, DeMar & Bismack proved to be a bit too much.

I suppose if we broke things down a little more to the individual player level we could have gotten stoked for the Andre Drummond/Hassan Whiteside matchup in South Beach. Unfortunately, the two young centers failed to deliver the monstrous lines we’ve grown accustomed to seeing early this season. Drummond was just “ok” with 11/12/1/0/2, but shot only 4-12 from the field. Whiteside was markedly better with 16 & 16 plus four blocks and 7-13 FGs. Solid stuff, but it would’ve been pretty cool to see a pair of 20/20’s in the same game. (I wonder when was the last time that happened? Somebody else please check, I’m busy/lazy right now.)

Ultimately this proved to be the second (mostly) lackluster Tuesday in a row. However, if there is NBA basketball being played there are player performances to be discussed. So let’s get after it.

 

THE GOOD

Marc Gasol – 19/6/5/3/1 on 7-15 from the field and a perfect 5-5 on his freebies. Nice night for the younger Gasol brother to be sure, but given the level of competition, this is probably about the minimum his owners were expecting coming into this one.

Matt Barnes – Made good on his 29 starter’s minutes, going 12/10/2/2/2 with a couple treys. Barnes has been the 22nd ranked 9-cat player over the last two weeks and the only thing working against his outlook is the lousy schedule density for both January and February (only one 4-game week out of eight).

Stanley Johnson – Though he only played 23 minutes, he made ’em count to the tune of 14/4/3 with four triples. StanJo has flashed big time potential on a few occasions, but consistency is the sexy attribute to Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, and until Johnson can provide that he’s going to be tough to trust in your active lineup. He has some work to do to even crack the top-150 on the season.

Dirk Nowitzki – 20/7/0/0/2 while ringing it up from long distance four times. The German just keeps chuggin’ along with the type of low-TO, high-efficiency shooting that secures him a spot in the top-20, season-to-date.

Kobe Bryant – The Bean dropped 31 up in the altitude of Denver. Maybe the thin air helps the ball get over the front of the rim easier? Kobe did his damage on 10-22 shooting from the floor, 2-9 from deep, and 9-11 from the line. Three boards, five dimes, a block and a steal round out his evening. The high-20/low-30 minute range seems to be the sweet spot for more efficient production so let’s hope it continues as this is the type of Kobe I’d personally like to see leave the game of basketball. Not the 7-22 with three airballs Kobe of November.

Will Barton – After the first quarter I though I was going to have to abandon the “Snoozeday” headline (oh look, I found another spot to use that word – nifty) and give the Thrill some more ink. He brought a flamethrower off the bench and dropped 18 points in the first frame. Unfortunately he cooled off considerably as the game went on and finished with only 25. Barton added eight boards, two assists, a block and a couple treys which is still plenty to land him in “The Good” section. It just feels like a “what could have been” night, especially since there was no Danillo Gallinari to steal minutes and shots on Tuesday.

Nikola Jokic – 15/10/5 in 30 minutes off the bench will go a long way in solidifying a spot in Mike Malone’s rotation even when Jusuf Nurkic returns. I’m generally avoiding the Nuggets’ frontcourt situation for fantasy purposes as trying to predict the nightly minutes and production has fool’s errand written all over it. But if you’re desperate for big man help I would rank the Denver trio (ROS): Jokic, Nurkic, Joffrey Lauvergne. When a situation is this uncertain it’s all about upside and I think Jokic wins out, ever so slightly, over Nurk in that respect.

 

THE BAD

Tony Allen – I can’t imagine he’s rostered in anything but the deepest of leagues, and after tonight’s 1-point (0-5 FGs, 1-4 FTs) outing we can see why. Don’t be surprised if Allen is wearing a new uniform by February.

Nik Stauskas – Is it possible the Sacramento Kings organization knew what they were doing by giving up so early on Sauce Castillo? (Doubtful, ’cause Kings.) Nik is almost completely out of the ‘6ers rotation now that they’re getting some more guards healthy, as evidenced by his four minutes on Tuesday. I was way wrong on him being an impact player for a Philly team desperate for a floor-spacer.

Tony Wroten – You can do worse than 7/5/7. But you can’t do much worse than 2-9 from the field, 3-8 from the charity stripe, no threes, no steals, no blocks, and five turnovers. Classic T-Wrote. (FYI – nobody calls him that.)

Marcus Morris – A pretty empty 33 minutes for the northernmost Morris twin. 8/5/3 with no defensive stats and five giveaways. Hopefully this was just an off night as he was coming off a 20-point effort against the Bulls a few days back.

Chandler Parsons – The good news is that Parsons has been cleared to play in B2Bs. The bad news is he’s still coming off the bench and even with a decent amount of run (25 minutes on Tuesday) he isn’t producing usable numbers. 6/2/1/1/0 on 3-8 shooting. He’s a bit like Danny Green at this point…but with an excuse.

Jameer Nelson – It’s tough to complain about a guy who provides eight assists, but 2-9 from the field, no threes or defensive stats helps to justify it. Nelson has been pretty good while filling in for the injured Emmanuel Mudiay, but 30 minutes against the Lakers should yield better results than 5/3/8/0/0.

 

THE NOTEWORTHY

Miami Left-Handed Point Guards – No Goran Dragic (thumb, day-to-day) or Tyler Johnson (shoulder, day-to-day) meant it was the Beno Udrih Experience for the Heat on Tuesday. There’s little to no chance you had Beno locked into weekly lineups, but if you streamed him or punted PG in DFS you’re likely satisfied with his 14/3/6 line on 7-11 shooting. Unfortunately no money counting stats in Beno’s 34 minutes, but you could’ve done worse for minimum salary or a quick hit pickup.

Jeff Green – Started and played all of 19 minutes. He made all three of his field goal attempts and didn’t turn the ball over. There’s been no mention (that I’ve seen) of an injury, so I haven’t got the foggiest idea why he didn’t see run in the high-20s/low-30s like the other four Grizzlies starters.

Reggie Jackson – I found it a bit curious that Reggie played only 31 minutes in a closely contested game. Foul trouble wasn’t to blame as he only had one PF. With Brandon Jennings dressing (but not seeing any floor time) this will be an intriguing situation to monitor. Jackson, despite the monster contract, is not the most endearing fella and a minutes reduction as a result of Jennings being back could make things very interesting.

Deron Williams – Pulled up with a Christmas ham(string injury) and in true Deron fashion he made it sound awful (“I heard a pop”) while also suggesting that he may not miss any games. Who the h-e-double-hockey-sticks knows how long he’ll be out, but with Devin Harris already on the shelf we’re going to be force fed a holiday-sized helping of Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Tasty.

Patrick Patterson – Sorry, Slim. Your bestie 2-Pat only lasted eight minutes before flu-like symptoms got the worst of him. He did have a steal in those eight minutes though – that ain’t nothin’! (The joke may be on me though as Patterson’s absence forced 10 minutes of Anthony Bennett onto my television screen. Not ideal.)

Cory Joseph – After a lousy last week, CoJo played a really nice game against the Mavericks. 12/4/5/1/0 with a pair of threes. He is getting really solid minutes but he’ll need more time with the starting unit (i.e. a Lowry injury) to be a surefire fantasy play.

 

OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYTHING

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

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (40), Bismack Biyombo (38), Kyle Lowry (38), DeMar DeRozan (40), Jordan Clarkson (38), Lou Williams (37), Will Barton (38).

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Razzball Nation a very Merry Christmas. Have a safe and happy holiday season and I’ll catch up with everyone on Monday (attempting to fill JB’s yeti-sized shoes doing the weekend recap and “7 Ahead”). 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. Hamtime says:
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    1. Would you give up KAT+Dieng to get PG+Nurk (or Mahinmi)?

    2. Tyson chandler droppable? Would you get Larkin or Jokic?

    3. Teague for Noel or be patient w Teague

    • Matty

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      @Hamtime: 1) Nope. Prefer the Twin Cities Twin Towers.
      2) Yes, Tyson is dropable. Not in love with either of Larkin/Jokic, but gun to my head I’m going with Jokic (at least you’re replacing a big with a big).
      3) Be patient. Noel is lousy this year and isn’t seeing the consistent role (minutes or start/bench) to give him a shot at turning things around in a meaningful way.

  2. Martin says:
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    Which 2 would you play in a 9 cat h2h for Wednesday’s games.
    Lin, Jared Dudley, Collison

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Martin: The two guards. Lin v BOS and Colly v IND should both be pace-up games with a decent amount of small ball. I like both of those guys to see a minimum of 25 minutes and do more in that time than Dudley might in 30-35 against the Griz.

      • Martin says:
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        @Matty: ok. Btw is Payton worth playing today? Skiles said he’s Gona “monitor” him. I would have to bench either Colli or Lin for him

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Martin: It’s a really tough call exactly because of what you said (injury + Skiles factor). Plus, he’ll be going up against Pat Beverley and I wouldn’t put it past the Houston PG to “target” Elfrid’s injury if he thinks it gives him an advantage. Beverley has a history of dirty play and the Rockets are a desperate team right now. It’s a concern.

          I personally would avoid the risk and go with Lin & Colly. If Elfrid plays 35 minutes and has a nice game, so be it.

          It’s really all about risk/reward and going with your gut. Good luck!

          • Martin says:
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            @Matty: yeh those are all good points. Prob better to bench him. Thanks for your insight! Happy holidays.

            • Matty

              Matty says:
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              @Martin: Well that didn’t work out too badly for you, Martin:

              Elfrid – 12/2/9/1/0, 5-11 FGs, 2-4 FTs, 3 TOs, 32 mins

              Lin – 12/8/3/0/2, 3-11 FGs, 6-6 FTs, 4 TOs, 32 mins
              Colly – 24/4/5/1/0, 11-17 FGs, 1 TO, 2 threes

              Elfrid & Lin pretty similar, but Collison exploded for a season-high, so hopefully you started him!

              Happy holidays to you as well.

  3. Slim

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    I watched all of the Pistons-Heat game. Bosh missed a wide open one at the end for the win. Tough loss. The Reggie minutes were due to the Heat taking a monster early lead in the 1st quarter (Reggie had 9 of the Pistons 1st 12 points) but the bench hit 7 3s in a row in the 2nd so StanVan ran them until they got cold (about 4 min left in the half). Reggie was unstoppable in this one and there was no chance he didn’t get all the crunch time minutes. I’m so impressed with Reggie. One of my favorite players to watch, and I would argue one of the best scoring PGs in the league. He’s really worked hard to extend his 3pt range too, kind of scary to think he’s still getting better. Jennings has ZERO chance of taking meaningful minutes from Reggie. I assume they play Jennings some (15 min) to showcase him but he is not a threat to Reggie.

    I would rank them Nurk, Jokic, Lauvergne in a dynasty fo sho. For this year… it’s a big time avoid em all in anything but the deepest of leagues, although I still think Nurk has a chance to be a decent play in the fantasy playoffs. I don’t think Jokic has half the upside that Nurkic has. I think Nurk has many more offensive moves and I believe Nurk is an above average rim protector, and Jokic is definitely not. Nurk out weighs him by at least 30 pounds too, Nurk is much more of a prototypical center than Jokic. Ideally though I’d like to see Jokic able to play a little PF next to Nurkic, but that won’t happen until Faried is gone. Both can stretch the floor, esp with Nurk working on his corner 3s. Lauvergne is 3 years older than both so he should be better right now but he’s starting to look like a 2nd unit rotational player at best.

    I might have a little REL bias here but the bias is that I like them so much that I went out of my way to make sure I had both Nurkic and Reggie on my dynasty team.

    • hamtime says:
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      @Slim: Hi slim. Big dilemma with the trade mentioned above. being offered PG + Nurk (or mahinmi) for KAT + otto. rank wise, its close for PG/Kat, so I don’t feel I should pay the premium of a solid player like otto (or dieng), but i dunno.. its PG and I get to pair him with Steph and drummond. thoughts?

      • Slim

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        @hamtime: I may be alone in my thinking but I’m not a fan of Drummond and George together. You’re already punting FT% and adding George’s poor FG% on massive attempts takes too much away from the FG% advantage. I’d rather hold KAT with Steph and Drummond and never lose FG%.

    • Matty

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      @Slim: Good insight, Slim. I didn’t see the game and the box score just looked a bit squirrely with Reggie playing “only” 31 minutes despite it being tightly contested. Makes sense about the early going though based on game flow.

      Interesting that Jackson is still sitting outside the top-50 (9-cat, per-game) on the year. The metrics just don’t love his game despite awesome contributions in points and assists. When you take out the 3.1 TO/game (i.e. 8-cat) he jumps to 34th so hopefully he can get those down a bit to help out the standard league owners.

      I’m looking forward to watching the minutes distribution between Reggie and Jennings as the trade deadline approaches. A few factors at work – 1) easing BJ back in after major surgery; 2) can you play those two together effectively?; 3) if one goes on a heater will SVG stick to his rotation or ride the hot hand?; 4) how much is the right amount of “showcasing” for trade purposes at the potential expense of team success?

      Agreed on the general “avoid” recommendation for the Denver bigs (unless we’re talking dyno). I think Nurk is going to be eased in VERY slowly this year for two reasons: 1) Denver ain’t makin’ the postseason and they’ll want to be careful with the guy who has the highest career upside for the franchise; and 2) they have other serviceable options (i.e. NJ, JL). Ultimately it’s just not a situation I’m even paying attention to this year in re-drafts.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Matty: @slim Thanks guys. I’ll try and offer drum marcus morris and burks for milsap and kmid. might be a better fit with curry kat kemba..

        happy holidays!

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @hamtime: Good luck, hamtime. And happy holidays to you & yours as well!

  4. dom says:
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    hey good stuff

    who do I sit tonight between OJ Mayo (PHI) , Bojan Bogdanovich (DAL), and TJ Warren (DEN)? thanks

    • Matty

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

      I would sit Warren, even though he’s going against a short-handed, tired Nuggets team. You just can’t be confident in any Phoenix player’s minutes given how Hornacek has been jerking everyone around. Bojan has been killing it from deep lately (he is averaging nearly 2 treys a game in December). And Mayo gets the matchup bump against a godawful Philly team and should hit double figures in scoring pretty easily with a handful of boards and assists too.

      • dom says:
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        @Matty:Thanks, would you play Steven Adams over Warren as well? Close in every stat basically

        Also would you rather own J Nelson or Felton?

        • Matty

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          @dom: Well Adams gets a nice matchup against the mostly hapless Lakers. He went 10 & 7 against them a couple games ago in 25 minutes – that’s the least I would expect from him. And I just saw that Hornacek is messin’ around with his lineup AGAIN tonight, but hasn’t named starters, so I honestly have no idea what to make of his rotation. Warren could start and play 30 minutes or he could get a DNP-CD.

          Probably Felton over Nelson, but it’s close. Their minutes and usage will be dependent on how quickly guys like Deron, Devin and Emmanuel come back. All three of those guys are basically day-to-day, so it’s a bit of a guessing game. But once everyone is healthy I think Felton will provide slightly more consistent production.

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Ah Danny green, you are right, no excuse.

    What do you think of Dragic and Wiggins for Wall or Lilliard? Is it enough? I could always just try but would like to send a fair deal and be able to grab someone off the wire. Thanks!

    • Matty

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      @miles proudfoot: Yeah, DG has been killing me. I passed on Isaiah Thomas in the 5th round of my main league in favor of Danny. That is going to haunt me all year. Thankfully I had Parsons on my “do not draft” list, so I at least got ONE right (so far)!

      Hmmm, there’s a lot of injured players in that mix. Just saw the blurb about Wall dealing with about four different ailments. Lillard scares me (and I own him in RCL) because for him to miss games he must be in some SERIOUS discomfort. This guy is nails and hasn’t missed games for any reason up to this point in his career. If he tries to “tough it out” and play through plantar fasciitis and doesn’t give it the appropriate amount of rest, it’ll dog him all year. Dragic is also dealing with an injury of his own, though it doesn’t sound too serious (more like a pain tolerance issue).

      Ultimately if you can get Wall for Dragic/Wiggins I would say do it. Now might be the time to see if the Wall owner is scared about all these bumps & bruises accumulating and you could get him at a bit of a discount. Both Dragic & Wiggins have a LONG way to go to get into the top-50 players, so it makes sense to grab a stud if you can. Lillard is my boy and I stumped for him in the pre-season by plantar fasciitis is no joke – he scares me a bit right now and I’d avoid until we see if he can get past it completely.

  6. NYFantaC says:
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    All things considering, in a vaccum.. which side would you take in a trade?

    LBJ for Drummond and Barton

    16 Team, H2H 11Cat

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @NYFantaC: Drummond and Barton for me. Just keep in mind I dislike LeBron with a considerable amount of passion. I think he’ll start to rest once Kyrie and Shump are fully back. The Thrill looks like your 6th Man of The Year and he could very well hold onto his current 3rd round value. Drummond is a monster for his known categories and will remain seriously deficient for FTs, but I don’t see any reason for his role or production to change outside of injury. LBJ is the best of the three, no doubt, but I’d rather have the security of two guys who can produce big lines than one who could very well take a chunk of the season off “because he can afford to.”

  7. Zebo says:
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    How good is Will Barton’s prospects beyond this year? Is he a keeper material?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Zebo: They look good to me. He’s young, he’s locked up for three years in Denver (this + two more), and he has proven to be extremely valuable in either a starting or bench role. He is a top-50 keeper for sure with upside into the top-30 if everything breaks right for him (which it mostly has so far this year).

  8. kb says:
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    I have Beverley and G Green in my Thurs streaming spots right now
    either or both droppable for Lou Williams or Bobby Portis?

    9 cat h2h keeper league fwiw

    • kb says:
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      @kb: Friday, that is

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @kb: I would prefer Lou Williams to Gerald Green by a good amount. Lou has been killing it ever since joining the starting lineup. I love me some Bobby P, but he still needs one more Chicago big to move out of the way before you can really predict his numbers with any sort of accuracy.

      But if it’s a keeper league, Portis is a guy you want to roster for the long haul. I’m guessing Chicago is going to look a lot different this time next year and Bobby should be a big part of the Bulls’ plans moving forward.

      • kb says:
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        @Matty:

        yeah, essentially my idea was that i get a test ride with bobby p over the next 2-4 weeks with Noah out of the lineup + today’s Woj bomb that they’re looking to move Noah and/or Taj. idk if he’ll actually produce any value, but beverley hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire either so…

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @kb: Exactly. Beverley has been roster-worthy but he won’t be threatening top-50 value anytime soon so you should be able to stream most of his average production via the wire. In a keeper league I’d much rather have Bobby Portis on my roster. If the Bulls make a move to clear playing time for him, the positive returns could happen sooner rather than later.

  9. Trul says:
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    My Bosh+Middleton for his Griffin+Wade, what do you think?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Trul: Bosh/Middleton for me. I don’t trust Wade to stay healthy (though he’s done a great job of it season-to-date) and something smells awful funky in Los Angeles…and it ain’t the Lakers! (Well, it is the Lakers…but there’s something seriously wrong with the Clippers too.) I think the Clips could be due for a shakeup as they just don’t look like they’re among the West elite, and anything major would likely be a negative for Blake’s value – he is in almost an ideal situation for his skillset right now. It’s a total gut call, but I think Blake will fade and Bosh will rise ever so slightly.

  10. Johnny Boy says:
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    Gordon Hayward for hassan Whiteside, you’d do that instantly right?

    • Matty

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      @Johnny Boy: All depends on what stats I’m in need of (and if I’m punting any cats). In December, Whiteside is the 28th ranked player (9-cat, per game) whereas Hayward is 24th. So they’ve performed very similarly if you’re not taking team build into consideration.

      Keep in mind that Whiteside is averaging over 8 MPG less than Hayward, so if Spoelstra runs Hassan out there for a few more minutes, he’ll presumably outperform GH.

      It’s far from a no-brainer and is close enough that it really comes down to the stats you need. Boards, blocks & FG% – HW. Points, 3s, steals, FT% – GH.

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Matty: Yeah that was my thinking exactly, My team is very guard heavy and I have won every week except last week when my team was exposed because I had a few injuries (Gallo, Monroe, Porter). I’ll just show you it maybe it will be easier. 9 cat league.
        PG: Wall, Lillard, Kemba, Collison
        SG: JR Smith, Wade, Clarkson
        SF: Hayward, Porter, Gallinari
        PF/C: Monroe, Gasol, Dieng, Capella

        • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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          @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: I just think I might need a backup category like blocks or rebounds to potentially win in case my team has a bad Steal, ft%, or 3pt week like last week.

  11. sliimbo says:
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    happy holidays

    otto porter or pat bev in a 9 cat h2h?

    thanks

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @sliimbo: Thanks, sliimbo. All the best to you & your family as well!

      I would lean towards Porter, though they’re going to be pretty similar. If their long-range stroke is on, they’ll give you some nice production in threes, but if it’s not then you’d better hope they swipe the ball a couple times to salvage a complete dud. Neither guy rebounds, dimes or scores consistently/efficiently enough to support bad shooting and/or bad defensive nights.

      Porter just has to get through this thigh injury and then he’ll be good to go. I just think he has about a round or two higher upside than P-Bev.

  12. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Hey Matty what do you think about this trade? I’m punting assists but even with Ibakas OK play lately I feel like I could get more back.

    Wall + Ibaka for CJ + Cousins

    • Matty

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      @Eddie Rooskie: Which “CJ” are you referring to? CJ Miles? CJ McCollum? I’m guessing it’s not Cory Joseph…

      Any way you slice it, I’d rather hold Wall & Ibaka over Cousins + one of those CJs. You can do better with Wall playing through any and all injuries and posting some really nice lines sans Bradley Beal.

      • Eddie Rooskie says:
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        @Matty: Hahah as much as I love my boy CoJo, i was referring to McCollum. You and I both share the same sentiment about being able to get more for Wall but for some reason everyone in my league has something against him.

        What do you think about trying to maybe get Oladipo + Giannis for him? I could throw someone else in if that’s asking too much but I think Victor has to eventually pick things up, he’s too talented.

        • Matty

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          @Eddie Rooskie: That’s weird that people in your league are down on Wall. He has been BALLING lately. He’s the 5th ranked player (9-cat, per-game) in December! Better than Harden, LeBron, KD, Russ…

          Asking for ‘Dipo/Alphabet isn’t too much at all. I still think you can get more, but I suppose Wall’s value is what the “market” (in this case, your leaguemates) dictates. So if you’re comfortable getting VO/GA in return, go for it.

  13. Tyler says:
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    Larkin Barea Jokic
    Choose one ROS 9cat h2h

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler: Marshall and Warren also available.

    • Matty

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      @Tyler: Well after Barea just went ballistic last night it seems silly not to say him…but I’m gonna say not him. Once Devin Harris and/or Deron Williams come back JJB should return to the bench and his 20-24 MPG role. That’s about what can be expected for Larkin too until Jack gets hurt/traded, which is difficult to project. I also don’t like Marshall that much since it’s a total fustercluck at guard for the Sixers. All of those situations are about as clear as mud and are an avoid for me.

      So it would be between Warren and Jokic…two more guys who don’t have a clear path to consistent roles/minutes/production. Hornacek is making a total mess of the Suns rotation but when Warren gets run, he usually produces usable stats. Same with Jokic, though we know Nurkic is coming back and Lauvergne is still lingering.

      I would rank all those guys: Jokic, Warren, Larkin, Barea, Marshall.

      Not an easy call. Wish I could give you a more convincing recommendation.

      Good luck!

  14. Michael says:
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    Hi , I was wondering going forward what do you of my lineup for second half of the season. I feel like my team is quite deep but they are under performing right now. Should I do anything to it?
    9 cat roto
    pg: damian lillard, elfrid payton, Darren Collison
    sg-sf: jimmy butler, danillo Galliarni, Gianni antetekumpo, will Barton, Eric Gordon, Gerald green, Evan Fournier, Robert Covington
    Pf-c: Greg Monroe, andrew bout, Roy Hilbert, nerlens noel,

  15. Michael says:
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    Hi,
    I was wondering going forward what do you think I should do with my team. I am in 9 cat roto, and I feel like my team is deep but under performing right now
    pg-damian lillard, elfrid payton, Darren collison
    sg-sf: jimmy butler, danillo gallarni, eric Gordon, will barton, Giannis antetekumpo, evan Fournier, Gerald green, Robert Covington,
    Pf-c: Greg Monroe, Roy Hilbert, nerlens noel, andrew bogut

  16. Johnc says:
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    Collison or Harrison Barnes off the wire? I lead the league in steals and rebounds so leaning toward Colly for points and the potential Rondo meltdown. Appreciate it

  17. Andrew says:
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    Hello, I just received a blockbuster trade offer and I am not sure if I should consider it. This is what my team looks like right now.

    PG – John Wall, Kemba Walker, Jordan Clarkson
    SG – Jimmy Butler, Will Barton, Danny Green, Garret Temple
    SF – Lebron James, Danilo Gallinari, Omri Casspi
    PF – Paul Millsap, Taj Gibson
    C – Gorgui Dieng
    IR – Rudy Gobert

    I was offered Kevin Durant, Christ Paul, Eric Bledsoe & Kent Bazemore for my Lebron James, John Wall, Paul Millsap & Rudy Gobert. My initial thought is no, but I may be overlooking something. Thoughts?

  18. Mike says:
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    Hey Matty, I need some help with a trade idea. My team is below.
    PG: Wall, Lillard, Collison, Beverly
    SG/SF: Hayward, Barton, Bazemore, Marcus Morris, Matt Barnes, CJ Miles
    C: Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Olynyk
    IL: Gobert, Valanciunas

    Should I trade Hayward and Barton for jimmy Butler? Otherwise I can drop Beverly or Olynyk with Valanciunas coming back this week. Appreciate the help!

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: So it basically comes down to Butler and Olynyk or Hayward and Barton

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