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Earlier in the year when the NBA released its schedule for the 2015/2016 season, one of the very first things I did was flip forward to December 25th. I was really stoked to see five games, neatly stacked one after the other, for our holiday viewing pleasure. The excitement continued to grow right up until the games went live and we quickly learned that putting the ball through the hoop is, apparently, quite a bit more difficult on Christmas.

Anthony Davis in South Beach for a noon eastern tip-off against the Heat. What a great way to kick off the afternoon after tossing back a few coffee & Baileys, scarfing down some cinnamon buns, and opening some presents, right? Yeah…  no. They needed overtime and the Pelicans still couldn’t hit the 90-point mark. Brow was nice (29/15/4/4/3), as was Chris Bosh, but the game was not pretty. At all.

So I says to myself, I says: “Self, one stinker does not a bad day make. We just got the ugly one outta the way early. This will not be a harbinger of things to come. No, sir, it will not.” Next up we got the weirdly entertaining (and enigmatic) Bulls visiting the dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook & Kevin Durant in front of an always raucous Oklahoma City crowd. Well, Chicago doubled up OKC in the third quarter (32-16) to quiet the crowd and pulled away as nobody other than the Thunder’s two stars bothered to show up. The league’s second most efficient team on offense couldn’t crack the century mark and fell 105-96.

That’s cool, there were still three more games to go and the next one was a can’t miss! A finals rematch between the Warriors & Cavaliers at Roaracle. LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry in a continuation of the silliest debate in basketball – who is the best player on the planet right now? (It’s Steph. And it’s not close.) Golden State, averaging about 115 points a game scored a whopping 89…and won by six. Curry strained a calf and played 37 underwhelming minutes. LeBron choked – multiple times – at the free throw line (4-9) but was still the game’s high scorer with 25…the only problem was it took him 26 shots from the field to do it. The two teams combined to shoot 62-173 (35.8%) overall, including 10-48 (20.8%) from 3-point range. Ug-ly.

But we brushed it off and pushed on. There was a battle of Texas teams up next – San Antonio at Houston. Shoulda been a good one… Rockets won 88-84. ‘Twas not a good one.

At that point the Tryptophan from the turkey had kicked in and everyone who didn’t get a chance to nap during the day (in the Eastern and Central time zones at least) was mercifully fast asleep and spared the agony of watching the Clippers down their Los Angeles counterparts 94-84.

Here are some (depressing) stats from the Christmas day slate:

  • More teams (3) shot under 40% from the field than shot over 44% (1).
  • Only the Cavaliers (11) and Thunder (13) turned the ball over fewer than 15 times, and that’s probably because they were too busy wasting offensive possessions with lousy shot selection, going 31.6% and 38.5% respectively from the field.
  • On a day when the top five scorers in the NBA were in action, a grand total of one player hit the 30-point mark…and it wasn’t one of those top five – it was Chris Bosh…with exactly 30.
  • Only one team made more than seven 3-pointers (Clippers – 10). J.J. Barea made seven 3-pointers by himself the next day – I’m not kidding.
  • Only one team scored 100 points (Chicago – 105). For reference, 21 of 30 teams in the NBA average 100 points per game or more for the season, including eight of the 10 playing on Christmas day.

I hope your loved ones were generous with the tangible gift-giving because as fantasy owners our stockings were stuffed with lump after lump of coal this Christmas.

Let’s take a look at what else happened across the NBA landscape over the holiday weekend…

Paul Millsap – 22/7/7/3/1 with a three and only one TO. Business as usual for the Sapper. He’s the 9th ranked player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis and 7th in total value. Stud.

Thaddeus Young – The Nets got thumped at home by the Wizards, but Thad was big with four steals and a block to go with his 16 & 14. Don’t look now, but Young is a third round value in 9-cat leagues (both per-game and total value).

Avery Bradley – What to make of Boston’s backcourt…With Marcus Smart returning to the rotation (contributing little in 12 minutes off the bench) on Sunday night, it looked like it threw all of the Celtics guards out of rhythm. Bradley, coming off of 14/4/1/3/0 (with 3 treys and no TOs) on Saturday, struggled last night. He wasn’t really involved in his 31 minutes, offering only 6/1/2/1/1 on seven shots. Isaiah Thomas couldn’t find the range on Sunday either, going 6-18 from the field. IT2/3 saved his fantasy line with eight boards and six dimes, but no defensive stats and 1-5 from deep isn’t going to get it done moving forward. Evan Turner was actually the best Celtics guard on Sunday, shooting 8-11 from the field on his was to 19/5/2 with a triple. And you thought Brad Stevens had tough rotational decisions to make with his big guys…

Kemba Walker – The diminutive PG continues to love life with Nicolas Batum as his running mate. Walker went 22/6/8/2/0 on Saturday against the Grizzlies with four triples to have him flirting with the top-25. And not to be outdone by his backcourt buddy, Nic posted a 20/11/8/1/2 line with a pair of treys. He coughed it up four times but he’s still sitting comfortably inside the top-50.

Al Jefferson – Big Al returned from his injury & suspension and showed all kinds of rust. He came off the bench and in 18 minutes shot 1-8 from the field, missed both FTs he attempted, and fouled out. Yep, six fouls in 18 minutes. Chalk it up to rust if you’d like, but he was downright awful. It remains to be seen if he’ll re-enter the starting lineup (I would assume he will) and fantasy owners just have to hope he doesn’t mess with the rhythm of Charlotte’s dynamic guard duo.

Bobby Portis – Even with Joakim Noah going down with a shoulder, Portis hasn’t been getting the big minutes (or production) that everyone was predicting for him. The rook has a total of nine points and nine boards in his last two games (total of 30 minutes) and Fred Hoiberg seems to favor giving Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol big minutes at the expense of Portis’ development. Hopefully that starts to change as the season wears on.

LeBron James – LBJ had a holiday weekend to forget going for an inefficient 25/9/2 with 4 TOs on Christmas, followed by 26 uninspired minutes in Portland the following night. LeBron turned his 13 shots into 12 points and had another three giveaways. Over the weekend he combined to shoot 14-39, including 1-8 from long range and 8-14 from the charity stripe. His ranks have fallen to 13th/21st (per-game/total) in 9-cat leagues and with Kyrie Irving working himself back into the fold, LeBron’s owners better hope his efficiency improves significantly as his usage will start to tail off in 2016.

Kyrie Irving – Speaking of Uncle Drew, he played 26 minutes against the Warriors. He is still trying to find the range with his shot, going only 4-15 from the field and he has connected on only two of his nine 3-point attempts through three games. Irving is obviously far too talented to continue being this inefficient and he’ll play himself into shape, it just may take a couple weeks until he starts to look like the top tier player of seasons past.

J.J. Barea – The little man is ballin’! With no Deron Williams, Jose Juan is lighting it up with the Mavericks starting unit. He has 58 points, 12 3-pointers, and 16 assists in his last two games alone. Even once D-Will comes back (currently listed as day-to-day), JJB has proven that he deserves 25+ MPG as an instant-offense guard on a major heater.

Jameer Nelson – With rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay absent a timetable to return to action, Nelson will hold down the starting spot going forward. He was disappointing on Saturday against the Spurs with only 4/5/3 in 21 minutes. He bounced back nicely last night against the Thunder, posting 15/8/5 with three treys in a team-high 43 minutes. Fantasy owners should feel confident locking him into lineups for their upcoming 4-game week.

Andre Drummond – 22 & 22 on Saturday against the Celts. And the Pistons lost. Fantasy owners don’t care about the L as Drummond also chipped in two steals and two blocks. He is the third ranked player in total value (behind only Steph and Kawhi Leonard) for punt FT teams. What in his stat set seems unsustainable after the first 31 games? Exactly.

Draymond Green – You think Paul Millsap is versatile? Draymond has a Christmas weekend stat line for you: 22/15/7/0/2 with two triples…in a game where his team couldn’t break 90. There is no reason to move a player like Green as he fits almost any team build and for some reason his name doesn’t generate the trade value of a LeBron James, Paul George or John Wall, despite the fact he is more valuable than all of those guys this season.

Patrick Beverley – I’m not really sure what to make of the Houston point guard situation. Beverley has been hitting threes at a pretty good clip (5-11 combined over his two weekend games) but his minutes have dropped to the low-20s each of the last two games, and Ty Lawson saw 30 minutes off the bench on Saturday, parlaying them into 9 points (including a three), 2 boards, 5 dimes and a couple steals. The smart money is on Houston “showcasing” Lawson in an effort to inflate his career-low trade value, but how long does that last if the team continues to suffer from maddening inconsistency in both effort and results? With very little outside the threes and a few steals here and there, Beverley doesn’t provide much fantasy value, so feel free to drop him for a hot free agent or a similar player with better schedule density (Houston plays only six times total in the next two weeks which are heavy on 4-game weeks).

Paul George – The awful shooting percentage that pretty much everyone predicted for PG13 in the pre-season looks like it might be here to stay. George has connected on half his shots only once in his last fifteen games and has failed to top 20 points in six of his last eight. He was just ok on Saturday against Minnesota, providing 18/4/3/1/0 with four treys, but he had five turnovers (a huge problem for him of late) and still made only 7-16 from the field. It’s sloppy basketball and he is spending more time complaining to (and about) the refs than he is on identifying what is/isn’t good shot selection. Fantasy owners just have to hope he’s near the end of this shooting slump and that January looks more like November Paul George than December Paul George.

Blake Griffin – A huge blow to both the Clippers and Griffin’s fantasy owners, Blake was diagnosed with a partially torn quad and is expected to miss at least a couple weeks. BG was cruising along with top-25 value before the injury and owners will need to be patient. A quad tear, even a minor one, to a player like Blake Griffin is scary as it could sap some of the athleticism that makes him such a productive guy. If he needs three or four weeks on the shelf to get back to 100%, fantasy owners should hope he takes it so it doesn’t nag him for the remainder of the year. The consensus add while Griffin is out seemed to be Josh Smith, but he started and played all of five minutes…so maybe we ignore the consensus this time, yes?

Larry Nance Jr. – The Lakers rookie forward has started to show a little bit more skill and aggression with each passing week. He is getting minutes in the 20s alongside the starters and on Christmas day he went 6/5/2 followed up by 17/11/1/2/0 on Sunday. With the Lakers well outside the playoff picture there is all the incentive in the world to develop their young talent. And with the Lakers looking at 4-game weeks four out of the next five, now might be the time to take a flier on LNJ to see if he can continue his slow-building momentum.

Mike Conley – After playing 31 minutes or more in seven straight games, Conley needed only 24 minutes on Sunday night to post 19/4/5/4/0 on 7-11 FGs and 4-4 FTs. The game against the Lakers was over before it started so none of the Grizzlies starters played more than 25 minutes. Over the last two weeks Mike has been the 15th best fantasy asset but it seems like no one is talking about him. It might be a good time to see if you can still get him for a discount before people realize how quietly awesome he’s been lately.

Chris Bosh – Bosh had himself an outstanding weekend with lines of 30/10/4/1/0 on Christmas and 24/10/3/2/0 the day after. He drained a pair of threes in each game, went 8-9 total on FTs, and turned it over only twice (combined) in 77 floor minutes. He is looking like one of the best draft day values of the year.

O.J. Mayo – It looks like Mayo’s minutes and production left the team when Jason Kidd did. A combined 10 points on 3-14 shooting in 44 total minutes over the last two games. Even with Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless still on the shelf, Mayo looks like a drop candidate as the interim head coach clearly favors Michael Carter-Williams.

Karl-Anthony Towns – You have to really dig deep to find faults in KAT’s game. He hasn’t hit a three in his last four games. He turned the ball over five times on Saturday. That’s pretty much it. Stellar percentages, solid defensive contributions and either 24 or 25 points scored in four of his last six games. The Timberwolves found themselves a full blown superstar.

Tyreke Evans – It’s safe to say there are no restrictions on ‘Reke in terms of minutes…or shots…or usage. Over the Pelicans’ two games on Christmas & Boxing Day, Evans went a combined 5-22 from the field, 1-4 from beyond the arc, and turned the ball over nine times. That’s the bad news. The good news is that he also handed out 20 total assists, pulled down 10 boards, stole the ball twice, blocked a shot, and played 76 minutes without getting hurt. He is somewhat of a poor man’s Paul George where he is tasked with running the offense (more often than not) and the usage is leading to inefficient scoring and high turnovers. It’s incumbent upon these guys’ coaches to find ways to lessen the burden while still putting them in the position to impact the game each time down the floor.

Kristaps Porzingis – The Poison Goose has been producing a bit of a mixed bag of late. Saturday saw him play only 21 minutes and put up a lackluster 9/2/1/0/1 on 3-10 shooting. He bounced back nicely on Sunday though with 16/12/0/2/3, including a perfect 8-8 from the foul line. He gave owners a bit of a scare early in the game as he banged knees and was in some noticeable pain, but showed his toughness and played through it. There’s not much reason not to like the Knicks youngster and there are very few better dynasty assets in fantasy hoops.

Kevin Durant – At only 27 years old, KD jumped into the top-100 NBA all-time scorers on Sunday night. Both he and Russell Westbrook beasted over the holiday weekend with Durant posting Friday/Sunday lines of 29/9/7/1/1 & 26/5/10/0/1, and Russ going off to the tune of 26/7/8/6/0 & 30/9/12/1/0. Both guys are near locks to finish the season as top-10 fantasy assets in just about any scoring format you can think of. A healthy combo of these two is a scary sight for the rest of the league.

Victor Oladipo – One week his coach essentially calls him the best defensive player in the league, the next he plays him 18 minutes in a close game. VO was only able to post 8/2/4/0/0 and has scored in double figures only once in his last four games (including a goose egg on nine shots a couple games ago). Scott Skiles is making the forecasting of any Magic player – outside of perhaps Nikola Vucevic – darn near impossible. If you still believe in Oladipo’s ability to carve out a consistent role on a Skiles-led team, now would be the time to throw out a lowball offer to his owner.

Ish Smith – I’m not even going to get into the transaction history of Philadelphia and Ish Smith. I’ll rather just say that Ish is the starting point guard; he has proven to have fantasy value in that role as recently as last year; he has new Assistant Coach Mike D’Antoni’s full support; and he went 14/2/5/1/1 with a three in 31 minutes in his first game with the team. Pick him up now, but give him a week or two to re-acclimate himself to his teammates and I’ll bet he’s posting top-100 value in a week or two.

Eric Bledsoe – Ugh. Likely out until around the All Star break (see: roughly six weeks) with a significant – though not season-ending – knee injury. If you have an IR spot, you stash him. If not, he’s a risky hold because there is no incentive for Phoenix to rush him back in what looks like a lost year for the franchise. I can’t recommend a drop, but he’s going to be burning a roster spot for a long time. Brandon Knight shifts to pure point guard and will probably see a rise in popcorn stats but a decrease in efficiency as there just aren’t any other legitimate offensive threats on the Suns roster. There will be value bumps to guys like Ronnie Price, Devin Booker, and to a lesser extent T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker and others. The Suns can’t run a two-PG lineup like they were with Knight/Bledsoe (though the voices in Hornacek’s head may tell him to try), and I would imagine their starting lineup will take a few different shapes over the next couple weeks before it’s sorted out and “stable.”

Meyers Leonard – The popular pre-season sleeper/enormous bust-t0-date is finally starting to show signs of life. Leonard went 13/5/4 with a pair of threes on Saturday and followed it up with 16/11/2 and four hits from beyond the arc last night. Over his last three, the Portland big man has nine three-pointers and better than 50% shooting, while scoring in the teens each time out. He still isn’t providing anything in the way of defensive statistics (no steals and only two blocks in his last ten outings), but if his marksmanship from deep continues, he’s worth a roster spot.

Rudy Gay – While teammates DeMarcus Cousins Rajon Rondo post monster lines on a seemingly nightly basis, Rudy’s production has been a little more sporadic. On Sunday he scored only seven points, but salvaged his line with a season-high 14 rebounds. Unfortunately Rudy hasn’t been able to find the range from behind the arc as he’s now 0-9 from distance in his last three games. The defense is there though as he now has a block in eight straight. The minutes are there, having played 31 or more in every December game, so as the Kings figure out their identity, so too should Rudy Gay. He’s sitting just outside the top-50 for 9-cat leagues (on a per-game basis) and has upside beyond that if he can get his 3PT% back up to his normal range (currently shooting a career-worst .303).

Danny Green – I’ve held on as long as probably anyone, but it’s time to drop him. I’m out of excuses. He got 32 minutes on Saturday and couldn’t get into double figure scoring. He has six multi-steal games (none since December 11th) and two multi-block games in his 32 contests so far this year. For perspective he had 13 multi-steal games and 10 multi-block games at the same point last year. I don’t get it, but at this point I’m not sure I need to. The sample size is plenty big enough to believe that his most recent production is the “new normal.”

Bismack Biyombo – In a way it’s really too bad that Jonas Valanciunas is due back on Monday. Biyombo has been a monster in the paint for the Raptors and he gives the team a shot-blocking presence that JV never has. Bis went for 14 & 12 with four swats on Saturday and has six straight games of at least a dozen boards plus a block. It remains to be seen how many minutes he’ll get coming off the bench, but an even timeshare with Jonas of 24 minutes apiece wouldn’t be unreasonable given how each has produced when given opportunity.

Trevor Booker – Talk about not seizing your opportunity. No Rudy Gobert for multiple weeks and Booker was a whole lotta “meh.” Put Derrick Favors on the shelf for a game with a bad back on Saturday and all Book has to show for it is 6/6/1/0/0 in 28 minutes. You should be able to do better on the wire.

John Wall – No Bradley Beal, no problem! Johnny Boy, despite a litany of injuries, is killin’ it lately. 22/4/14/1/2, 9-17 from the field including 2-3 from downtown on Saturday against Brooklyn. Again, he’s a guy who will hurt your FG% on average and your TOs, but despite that fact only Kawhi, Steph and Brow have been better in December on a per-game basis.

 

The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: PHX
  • 4-game week: CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHI, TOR, UTA, WAS
  • 3-game week: ATL, BKN, CLE, DET, HOU, NOH, NYK, OKC, POR, SAC, SAS
  • 2-game week: BOS, MEM
  • Weekly league streamers (by Y! ownership percentage/games this week): P.J. Tucker (30%/5), Jon Leuer (30%/5), T.J. Warren (20%/5)
  • Stream days: Tuesday (5 games), Friday (5 games), Sunday (5 games)

Overall Thoughts: More than half the league’s teams will hit the hardcourt four times this week, so your weekly streaming options really only come from the 5-game Phoenix Suns. But if you’re an owner of a Celtics big (Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk) or a Grizzlies wing (Matt Barnes, Jeff Green, Courtney Lee) you would be wise to opt for the volume coming from a Suns role player like a Tucker/Leuer/Warren. Those three may not post studly lines game-in, game-out considering coach Jeff Hornacek’s wildly inconsistent rotations, but at even 20-25 MPG you’re looking at over 100 minutes of opportunity for the week; something the 2-game Celtics and Grizzlies players can’t do without the help of several overtimes. It bears keeping in mind that the final four of five games for Phoenix are on the road, including two back-to-back sets so there is the potential for a DNP-CWHYFT (Coach Who Hates Your Fantasy Team). The extended absence of Eric Bledsoe will also factor heavily into the calculus of minutes, usage and opportunity, making guys like Ronnie Price and Devin Booker potentially useful. The daily streaming opportunities are somewhat limited this week by the heavy schedule with no single day seeing less than 10 teams in action. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday have five games apiece and only the Knicks and Heat play on each of those three days, making fringe options like Langston Galloway and Gerald Green (each owned in 26% of Yahoo! leagues) worth consideration.

Monday: Week 10 kicks off with only two teams (LAL & SAC) on the tail end of a back-to-back. The Lakers are in the midst of the most densely scheduled portion of their season (six out of seven weeks are 4-gamers from late-November to mid-January) so I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Kobe Bryant pick up a few DNPs during the first few weeks of 2016. Look for Golden State to get up big early against the visiting Kings; this game has blowout written all over it so I wouldn’t be paying top dollar for a Steph Curry in DFS with 21 other teams in action. Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami and Milwaukee all head into B2Bs and you can look for the Cavs to put a major hurtin’ on the Eric Bledsoe-less Suns after getting embarrassed by the Blazers in Portland on Saturday night. The Hawks at 20-11 and riding a 6-game winning streak have been good, but not 2014/2015 good, so there’s no reason to anticipate Coach Bud resting his main guys just yet.

Tuesday: The Denver Nuggets are the only team heading into a Tuesday/Wednesday B2B and they get the aforementioned Cavaliers who are very likely to rest Kyrie Irving. I doubt we’ll see any other Cavs as healthy scratches as they don’t have to play again until Saturday, but the mile high factor plus second night of a back-to-back may just equal a 12-man rotation with nobody playing minutes in the 30s. That is a definite avoid for DFS players. Both the Pistons (@ NYK) and Rockets (vs. ATL) are coming in with two full days off and there is no combination of Knicks big men that should keep a rested Andre Drummond from a minimum 15 & 15 outing. It will be interesting to see how J.B. Bickerstaff’s rotation shakes out after hinting at changes over the weekend. He is emphasizing playing the game “the right way,” but it remains to be seen how that will take with point guards Patrick Beverley & Ty Lawson, and big men Terrence Jones, Clint Capela & Donatas Motiejunas. The Rockets are featuring Lawson a bit more lately – presumably to pump up his trade value – making Beverley a risky start (he hasn’t seen more than 31 minutes in any of his last six games).

Wednesday: Seven teams (GSW, IND, LAC, MIN, PHX, POR, UTA) are on the front end of B2Bs and all of them require travel for at least one of the games. It could be fun to watch Indiana start their big lineup in Chicago with Paul George at SF. If they do, PG13 would be matched up with Nikola Mirotic on the perimeter and that has disaster (for Niko & the Bulls) written all over it. The Celtics play their only game in a five-day stretch, hosting the defensively-challenged Lakers. Isaiah Thomas & Avery Bradley should have a field day against the overmatched trio of Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams & D’Angelo Russell. We could see a couple of track meets in Denver (hosting the Blazers) and Dallas (vs. the Warriors), and you’ll want to have everyone active in those two games with plenty of fantasy goodies to go around.

Thursday: With six games on the docket, this is a heavier than usual Thursday night in the NBA. It’s New Years Eve and I really don’t know if that has any impact on the players participating in the games, but I doubt it. They’ll find time to celebrate – win or lose – after the final buzzer. The Bucks visiting Indy marks their third road game in four nights, while the Suns head to OKC after playing the Spurs the night before. I doubt the visitors will be competitive in either of those contests. The Thunder may not need to run Russ or KD out there for more than 25 or so minutes, and it could be extended opportunity for the Dion Waiters/Anthony Morrow/D.J. Augustin (Cameron Payne?) types. The Clippers head down to New Orleans with tired legs – like MIL it’s their third road game in four nights. Expect the Brow to post a monster line against whatever combo Doc throws out there to fill the Blake Griffin void. With the last game of the night tipping off in Utah at 9am eastern time, all the action should be wrapped up before the ball drops on the Atlantic Coast.

Friday: Happy New Year! We only get five games to kick off 2016, headlined by a real clash of the titans – Sixers @ Lakers. You’re not going to be using footage from this game in a “How To Succeed At Basketball” video, but these are the types of games where off-the-radar players like Larry Nance Jr. and Nik Stauskas can drop 20 points out of the blue. It’s often a fool’s errand trying to predict which “streaky guard on lousy team” will go off and there are plenty of options in this one: Ish Smith, Isaiah Canaan, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, and D’Angelo Russell. If I’m looking at this from a DFS angle, I’m trying to get exposure to the hottest guy from each team coming into this game and crossing my fingers. Charlotte, Orlando, Dallas and Philly all head into back-to-backs meaning they’ll have Sunday off to rest up heading into another heavily scheduled week.

Saturday: Only eight teams are not in action so you should have full rosters in daily lock leagues. Despite the huge slate, only two teams (Denver & Phoenix) play both weekend days. I could see one or both of LeBron and Kevin Love posting monster lines on three days rest. The Cavs host the Magic and without any back-to-back concerns we can reasonably expect this to be the game where Kyrie shakes off the last of the rust. The 76ers can watch the Staples Center night crew change the hardwood from Lakers to Clippers as they complete the Hollywood B2B. Houston is in tough as they face state rival San Antonio, with the Spurs looking for revenge after their Christmas Day dud in H-Town. Memphis, well rested having had Wed/Thu/Fri off, travels to Utah in a game that pits two of the six slowest paced teams in the league against one another. Avoid this one altogether in DFS.

Sunday: Our week ends with a smallish five-game slate. The Nuggets come back home and host the Trailblazers while the Suns play their fourth road game in five nights in a game the Lakers might actually be favored to win. The Raptors play Chicago for the second time this week, this time at the United Center. I think the DeMar DeRozan vs. Jimmy Butler matchup will be a lot of fun to watch (twice) as both guys are vying for an Eastern Conference All Star guard spot. The Hawks, on four days rest, travel to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks. Expect Atlanta’s versatile frontcourt duo of Paul Millsap & Al Horford to post big lines to close out a quiet week for them.

 

Don’t worry kids – this was just a one-time holiday fill-in for JB and you’ll have him back next week for the usual weekend breakdown and 7 Ahead. I’ll catch everyone on Wednesday morning for my normal weekday recap piece. Cheers!

  1. Scott says:
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    Ugh, so with Blake Griffin out, I need to stream PFs and Cs. Which one of these Guards is the drop:
    LaVine
    Schroder
    Felton

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Scott: not Lavine

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Scott: I would hang onto LaVine as I think he has the highest upside of the three. There was also some Ricky Rubio trade chatter at times over the past couple months, so you never know if Zach will get handed the keys to the car sometime in February.

      I think I would dump Schroder despite the fact that I like his game. Felton has awesome schedule density with 4-game weeks each of the next six weeks. With Deron Williams and Devin Harris both oft-injured, there should always be a role for Felton, who has been playing pretty well this season.

      • Scott says:
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        @Matty: Thanks! The “true” Matty Ice.

  2. Scott says:
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    Hope you had a Happy Holidays other than those disappointing games, JB!

  3. Hamtime says:
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    1. Drop Capela for bayless, price, tross, Calderon, Larry nance – looking for overall value 16m 11cat

    2. Drop smart for safer guys like Mahinmi, r Lopez, crabbe, Larkin, Tyson?

    3. Do you believe in Devin booker? And who from the Jazz do you trust to step up? Ingles?

    • Matty

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      @Hamtime: 1) If those are the best pickup options, I think I’d hold Capela. He’s my favorite of the group now that he’s seeing pretty consistent minutes.

      2) I’m not a big Marcus Smart fan. I think he’s going to have a really hard time finding minutes and production with such a ridiculously deep rotation in Boston. That said, I really don’t like any of the options you listed as Mahinmi will be facing more competition with Turner coming back soon, Lopez has been mostly awful in NYC, Crabbe loses most of his value once Lillard returns (soon), Larkin has been really inconsistent, and the Phoenix bigs are a total avoid with all the turmoil in PHX. I guess I’d hold Smart to see if there’s a roster shakeup and/or rotation consolidation in Boston. At least he has some upside.

      3) Booker has been shooting it lights out from deep this year and he should see minutes in the 20s (at least) for the foreseeable future. That said, things are BAD in Phoenix right now and the rotation will probably continue to be maddeningly inconsistent. He’s worth a flier, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on him cracking top-100 value in the 6 weeks Bledsoe is expected to miss.

      I trust no one from the Jazz to step up. For fantasy purposes, that team is pretty awful outside of Hayward (who is getting better, but still falling short of pre-season expectations) and Favors…and maybe a healthy Gobert (though he wasn’t setting the world on fire early in the season either).

  4. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    “So I says to the guy, I says…” Reminds me of that Chris Farley skit on SNL, that man made me laugh every time he opened his mouth.

    I’m looking to trade Wall away in a punt assist build and I’m really trying to figure out who would be a good 1 for 1 offer. I’d even do a 2 for 1 because I need the depth. Any thoughts on candidates for either trade?

    Some of my top guys include

    Whiteside, Klay, Ibaka, Duncan, Valanciunas, Parsons (as of lately woooo finally), and Danny Green (jk)

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Eddie Rooskie: Hey Eddie – yeah, Farley was the best. You have to look pretty hard to find a skit of his that doesn’t make you laugh out loud.

      Maybe take a swing at Karl-Anthony Towns or Paul Millsap in a 1-for-1 offer for Wall. Neither the rook nor Sapper have huge name value in trades (so far as I’ve seen), but both guys are currently outperforming Wall on a per-game basis season-to-date.

      If you want to shoot higher, you’re taking aim at someone like Kawhi or Brow and you’ll have to throw in a really good second option…which still may not be enough as a lot of owners will hold onto their top-5 assets regardless of the return.

      Good luck!

  5. mindi cohn says:
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    being offered Dragic/Al Jefferson for my Horford.

    it’s 12 team h2h PTS…i’m 3-6 and the other guy 2-7…i’m also debating how to deal w/ Lillard and his plantars

    • Matty

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      @mindi cohn: Keep Horford. Both Dragic & Al Jeff have more name value than actual value.

      Just wait it out with Lillard – he is one of the toughest guys you’ll find and it’s probably killing him not being able to play, especially since the Blazers are actually competitive in most games (not something most people predicted in the pre-season). Hopefully he’s back this week and can return to 35+ MPG and top-25’ish production.

      • mindi cohn says:
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        @Matty: some back and forth with trade talks today…

        ending in this deal:
        I get:
        Thad Young/ Dragic / D.WIll

        I give:
        Mason Plumlee and Lillard.

        • Matty

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          @mindi cohn: In points leagues that’s probably a pretty fair deal. Thad Young has been ballin’ lately and would be really valuable in that format as his seriously deficient categories (assists, threes, FT%) don’t matter so long as he’s scoring, stealing and boarding like he has been. I’m only lukewarm on Dragic and DWill has the well-documented injury concerns.

          Even with Ed Davis being injured, Plumdog hasn’t been getting minutes in the 30s, so there isn’t much reason to expect his role to grow from what it is.

          Basically this one comes down to whether or not you think Dame can return to pre-injury form or if you believe the plantar fasciitis will dog him all year (it’s an injury that absolutely could).

          As much as I love me some Damian Lillard, I’d say go for it if you are going to be stressing all year about him being shut down once the Blazers are out of playoff contention.

  6. Good STUFF says:
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    Rather own jameer or d. booker?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Good STUFF: It’s close. Jameer will get you better production in assists and probably boards, but that could be short-lived if Mudiay comes back in the next week and is handed his starting gig back. I think Booker will have major growing pains in a starters role where things are actually EXPECTED of him, but he also looks to have about six weeks of opportunity. He’s probably only going to help you in points, threes and maybe a trickle of steals.

      If you want to play it safe, go with Nelson.

      If you want to take a home run swing, go with Booker.

      • Good STUFF says:
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        @Matty: Really appreciate the response, what do you think about Larry Nance over these two guys. I could use another PF position, as I already have too many SG/SF

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Good STUFF: I would rank Nance third amongst these three, but not by a ton. None of them are “must haves” on your roster unless it’s a really deep league. But each has some appeal. If you are all set at SG, then Booker probably falls to the third spot. I’d rank Nelson highest because even when Mudiay returns from injury, Nelson will see the same mid-20s minutes that Nance will in his starting role. But Jameer’s production won’t blow you away, so if your need is really at PF, go ahead and grab Nance as he had another decent game last night (efficient scoring and some boards).

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly pts league, take a chance Lillard comes back Wednesday and gets all 3 games in, or roll with IT2 and his 2 (though good) matchups with LAL and BK?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: That’s a really tough call. I think I would go with Lillard since he was considering playing last night, but admitted that if he didn’t, it was far more likely he’d be back for Wednesday’s game against Denver (a nice matchup). IT2/3 is shooting like crap recently going 10 of his last 32 (1 of 9 from deep) and doesn’t have any defensive stats in his last couple games. If he keeps that up with Marcus Smart back, you’ll be kicking yourself if/when Lillard comes back. It’s a bit risky, but I’d roll with Dame.

  8. dom says:
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    hey good write up lots of detail

    think I’m going to finally cut Aaron Gordon in my 10 cat (OREB) league, a deep 12er with 17 roster spots. he’s a good “stash” but he’s actually not even a true stash in this league as there’s 12 starting lineup spots and I rarely have any players on my bench when they have a game.

    I like Larry Nance but basketballmonster projections do not at all. Since it’s a next day pickup system I think I’ll see how he plays tonight before deciding between him or someone with 4 games Tues-Sun like a Phoenix player TJ Warren, Ronnie Price, or Devin Booker. What do you think? Thanks

    • dom says:
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      @dom: also, in my 9 cat league, I need a SF for tomorrow with Barnes suspended for being a jealous belligerent. my options include JR Smith, Shumpert (@DEN), Tony Allen (MIA), Gerald Green (@MEM), or Stanley Johnson (@NYK). Who should I stream?

      • Matty

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        @dom: Yeah, Barnes is not one of those guys you’re happy to see making millions of dollars.

        I actually like StanJo as he’s been playing quite well lately. He’s seen no less than 23 minutes in his last four, has double digit FGAs in all of those games, is averaging two treys a game, and has a steal in three of four. I think you can safely expect him to go for something like 12/4/1/1/0 with a long ball or two.

        All of Smith, Shump, Tony and GG are prone to total duds, but Smith & Green have the biggest upside if they get hot early.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @dom: Hey – thanks dom. Glad you liked it.

      Can’t say I blame you for cutting bait on AG. Unless Tobias goes down, he just isn’t going to see enough floor time to be useful. It’s so tough though b/c if (when?) Harris rolls an ankle, Gordon could blow up in a real hurry.

      Yep, I’d like to see Nance repeat last night’s numbers (or come close with a 14 & 8 or something). I would rank the Suns you mentioned: Warren, Booker, Price. But that is a massive mess of a situation that probably won’t be sorted out even after these five tightly spaced games. Gun to my head, I’d go for Warren as he’s shown the most production so far this year of all the players listed.

  9. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    Who do you like ROS– Elfrid Peyton or Michael Carter-Williams. Would you trade either of them for Faried? I need REB/BLK

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Everybody Loves Draymond: I like Elfrid better ROS since Milwaukee has a lot of guys who could really impact MCW’s minutes going forward. Vasquez, Bayless and Mayo all pose a threat. And who knows what Jason Kidd will have in mind once he’s fit to return to the bench.

      If you need boards & blocks, I would absolutely trade either of those guys for Manimal. I watched him play against OKC last night and he looked great. So much energy and even displayed some nice touch on the offensive end. If he plays with energy, Malone will give him minutes.

  10. Chinzy says:
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    Hey Matty, thanks for the content. Hope you had a nice Christmas.

    Recently traded my KD + Dipo + Covington for Marc Gasol + Favors + Young. (Sick of Covington’s inconsistency and Dipo’s minutes)

    I was offered Melo for my Klay.

    10 Man H2H 9 Cat Team:

    Brandon Knight
    George Hill
    Khris Middleton
    Klay Thompson
    Thaddeus Young
    DeMarre Carroll
    Omri Casspi
    Anthony Davis
    Derrick Favors
    Andre Drummond
    Marc Gasol
    DeAndre Jordan
    Jon Leuer (streamer)

    Should I take the trade?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Chinzy: Hey Chinzy. Thanks, I did have a great Christmas. Hopefully you did as well!

      I can understand you cutting bait on Dipo & Covington in favor of more reliable options. Lousy that you had to part with KD, but such is the price of getting quality back.

      I would hold onto Klay. He’s been a top-10 player in December while Melo is outside the top-60. They are both playing about 33.5 minutes per game this month and you’ll want to hang onto the extra treys Klay gives you since you lost a bunch in that 3-for-3 trade.

  11. Tenethor says:
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    Hello Matty, good work filling JB’s shoes in yet another very nice “7-ahead” article.

    Im in a H2H – 10 Man – 9 Cat League.
    My team :
    G: Curry, Bledsoe, Walker, Clarkson
    F: Jones, Harris, Porter, Sullinger
    C: Horford, Gobert, Monroe, Noel.

    Im 3rd atm in the league, used to be 1st but Gobert’s injury took its toll on my team. Now Bledsoe is out too, (we talking about my 2nd and 3rd round picks here) what course of action do u think i should follow? Stash Bledsoe or cut him? Should i be aiming to trade Curry and get the best i can for him in order to make up as much as i can for Gobert and Bledsoe ?

    Thanks in advance dude.

    • Tenethor says:
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      @Tenethor: Forgot to mention that my 13th player spot is a streaming one, currently got Bogut.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Tenethor: Thanks, man. I have a much greater appreciation for the amount of work JB puts into these articles after having done one myself. Recapping three days/nights of games and projecting a full week ahead is a helluva lot more time-consuming than the usual Monday thru Thursday recaps! JB is the man.

      Re/ Bledsoe – there are 16 weeks left in the season and Bledsoe stands to miss close to half of ’em. Let’s say he comes back after the All Star break, he’ll be looking at 4 weeks with 3 games, 3 weeks with 4 games, and 1 week with 2 games.

      Hopefully you’ll get Gobert back sometime in January. I think you can also project a bit of a production bump for Noel since he seems to love playing with Ish Smith and Okafor is battling some knee issues.

      If you do trade Curry, make sure you get a king’s ransom in return. He is number one with a bullet and you’d better get two studs back. Ideally a next tier PG (like CP3 maybe since he’s in line for a boost with Blake hurt) and a really good swingman to upgrade your F spot.

      • Tenethor says:
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        @Matty: Thanks for the input Matty.

        Im not sure that i understood whats your opinion concerning Bledsoe. Are you saying that since he will hopefully play another 8 weeks, after he recovers, i should stash or cut?
        I hope u can clarify cause i can be abit dumb at times. 🙂

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Tenethor: You’re absolutely right – I broke down what Bledsoe is looking at as far as remaining usability, but didn’t really offer a recommendation…

          I would look to hold him, or potentially move him along with Curry to see if you can get even more in return. Maybe somebody else in your league is willing to take him on in addition to Curry while parting with his top two studs.

          If you can’t find any takers for Bledsoe, his top-20 production is worth the stash. You have enough other talent on your team to keep you in contention until mid-February and EB will be a good guy to have down the home stretch.

  12. Melo says:
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    Hey Matty, happy holidays.

    I just came here to bitch around, man fuck these injuries, Bledsoe going down is a huge blow, but I’m keeping him, I’m 1. at the moment in my h2h league and have a nice advantage. Also, I own Lillard, McCollum went down for 1 game, Favors is having some back problems, Big Al just came back from smoking weed (how do you get suspended on your day off!), I just hope he can gain some momentum and play at least decent. And that scrub Covington, I just could not take it anymore, dropped him for Hood (with Burks out, he should play heavy minutes, something like Casspi in Sacramento, but I expect better overall production).

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Melo: Hey man. Happy holidays to you as well!

      I hear ya. Injuries to role players is bad enough, but when top-25 guys like Dame, Blake & Bledsoe start dropping it gets pretty depressing.

      The Hood pickup was probably a good one as he could be in line for some big production over the next couple weeks as Burks & Gobert remain out and Favors deals with back issues (which are tough to kick fully).

      Hopefully Bledsoe can hit the short side of his timeline and return no later than the All Star break. I’d be more confident if he were playing for a playoff-bound team, but there’s just no incentive for Phoenix to rush him back. Here’s hoping he’s a quick healer.

  13. jcg says:
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    12 team 9 cat. Happy Holidays!

    Portis is my weakest player but trying to hold him to see if a trade happens (Bulls fan)

    Who would you say is the next worst player on my roster and would you make any moves? Thanks!!

    Jeff Teague Atl – PG

    Tyreke Evans NO – PG,SG 

    Jimmy Butler Chi – SG,SF

    Otto Porter Was – SF

    Nikola Mirotic Chi – SF,PF

    Robert Covington Phi – SG,SF,PF

    Ryan Anderson NO – PF,C

    Bobby Portis Chi – PF,C

    Damian Lillard Por – PG

    Rudy Gobert Uta – C 

    Isaiah Thomas Bos – PG

    Will Barton Den – SG,SF

    Andre Drummond Det – PF,C

    FAs: D Booker, M Leonard, Leuer, T Ross, T Lawson, G Green

    • jcg says:
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      @jcg: also Stan Jo and Capela are available. Trying to pickup best long term value/upside

      Thanks for any help Matty!

      • Matty

        Matty says:
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        @jcg: I like StanJo, but still not quite as much as Otto unless there’s an injury to KCP/Morris/Ersan. And I’d wait to swap out a known commodity for Capela until the Houston frontcourt situation solidifies – he has upside for sure, but the Rockets could look a lot different in February than they do now.

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @jcg: Happy holidays jcg. Hope you had a good weekend.

      I think Portis is a hold as well, if you can afford to. With Noah already down, all it’s going to take is one of Pau or Taj getting shipped out and Bobby P could beast.

      I would say the next player to consider cutting would be between Otto, Niko and Covington. Each of those guys is really inconsistent, but all have shown some pretty nice potential too. That run that Bobby Cov had with all the steals and threes was insane and it’s tough to give up on a guy like that even if he’s been slumping for several games now. You’re probably not going to dump Niko being a Bulls fan, so I guess I’d have to say Otto.

      The only FA I’d consider dropping him for would be Leuer because of his five-game week and the fact that he’s been playing well while Markieff pisses away any and every opportunity he’s given (either via bad play or bad attitude). Booker is a bit too risky but the upside is there. Meyers is starting to come around offensively but he’s doing nothing on the defensive end so if his shot goes cold he’s worse than useless. Ross will fade now that the Raps are fully healthy again. Lawson will be wearing a different uniform by February. And Green is as inconsistent as they come. 20 points with 5 three pointers one game, then 2 points on 1-10 the next game. No thanks.

      • Jcg says:
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        @Matty: awesome breakdown! Much appreciated. You’re right it’s going to be hard to drop Mirotic. I think I will hold for now but will look to drop Otto if a must add pops up. Have a great upcoming week and new years!

  14. Mex says:
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    How do you feel about Parsons in a shallow league next to FA’s like Clarkson, Ish Smith, Mirotic, LaVine, Fornier, or Eric Gordon?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Mex: Hmmm, that’s a tough call and would be largely dependent on what stats I’m after most.

      I don’t like Parsons this year though. Even though he could re-enter the starting lineup any day now, the production is too spread out in Dallas for him to get within shouting distance of his statistical potential (that we saw during his last year in Houston and at times last year). Clarkson has been struggling but could have a big second half of the season if Kobe gets shut down or Lou Williams gets hurt (both of those guys take a ton of shots and usage). Ish is intriguing if you need assists. Mirotic is in a messy rotation but is getting minutes at the 3 despite being a major liability defensively. If his long ball is dropping though, he’ll get the run needed to be a top-100 asset easy. LaVine needs a Rubio trade/injury to hit potential, but it’s definitely there. Fournier is a rollercoaster and probably will go on two week stretches of top-75 play followed by weeks where he’s posting duds. Gordon is solid and has been hitting lots of threes and actually stealing the ball with consistency lately. I would rank all of those guys, rest of season:

      Gordon
      Mirotic
      Clarkson
      Ish
      Parsons
      Fournier
      LaVine

      But that could change quite a bit if you asked me again next week!

      • Mex says:
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        @Matty:
        Thanks for the reply, great response! All of these guys are available to stream and since it’s h2h I usually play match-ups with 2 bench spots. These guys are all pretty close and it’s been fun streaming different combos every week.

        I need to win steals and points this week so I dropped Lou Williams and Leuer to grab Parsons and Clarkson. I punt ft% and I will not win assists or 3pm this week so Gordon and Ish don’t really help me much outside of points which I’m strong in already. I’m tempted to grab Fornier over Parsons but a potential week of duds will be very costly in this league.

        I’m hoping Parsons contributes more defensively but maybe I’m too high on him. I think Clarkson fits my team the best out of these players with his multi-cat potential and high upside, and I was thinking (hoping) that Parsons has the next highest upside than the rest of this group if he stays healthy.

        Thanks for the advice, happy new years and whatnot!

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Mex: No problem at all, Mex – that’s what we’re here for!

          Looks like you made a good call on Parsons as he gave you a pair of steals and a block to go with 13 points in 37 minutes last night. That’s a good start (and the minutes are really encouraging). Fournier was hot last night and had two thefts himself, but it’s early in the week, so don’t kick yourself yet!

          Man, the Lakers guards & wings couldn’t throw it in the ocean last night:

          Clarkson was 2-14
          Sweet Lou was 4-13
          Kobe was 5-20

          At least Clarkson & Lou salvaged some value with 6 & 7 assists, respectively. Each had a three and a steal, so it wasn’t a total bust…but man, those shooting percentages – yikes!

          Anyways, best of luck this week and Happy New Year to you as well. Hopefully 2016 gets off to a good start for ya.

  15. Nont nontiskul says:
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    Is Bledsoe for Bayless an ok trade ?

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Nont nontiskul: I think you should be able to do better than Bayless. Unless it’s a really deep league you should be able to stream similar production to what Jerryd will give you on average. And obviously Bledsoe is a top-25 talent when healthy, so six or eight weeks of production from him down the stretch is more valuable if you can bide your time via the wire. I’d aim a bit higher than Bayless. Maybe a Darren Collison type (who is actually trailing JB on a per-game basis to date, but who I believe will have a better second half of the season).

  16. Ankur says:
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    Hey,
    Great Sub for JB!

    Any thoughts on giving up Rondo for Poison Goose + D’angelo Russel.

    I got Wall, Draymond, Payton, Bayless, Collison (will have to drop this one for D’angelo) and Gobert on my squad as well!

    Merci!
    Ankur

    Thanks,
    Ankur

    • Matty

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

      I’d take Porzingis for Rondo straight up. Forget about Russell as I’d rather have Collison on my team than the rook. With Wall & Draymond you’re all set for assists, so Rondo’s most valuable contribution is somewhat redundant. Kristaps’ defensive numbers will help carry you over until Rudy is back.

  17. Matty

    Matty says:
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    Wow. Ok, so the Suns just announced that Bledsoe is done for the year after undergoing surgery. So…basically…forget everything I said in my responses to comments about Bledsoe or other Suns-related trades.

    Booker gets a bigger bump now that he looks like the ROS starter (so long as he doesn’t fall flat). Obviously the trickle down effect to guys like Warren, Tucker, etc. is amplified as it’s no longer a 6-8 week situation, but a 16 week thing.

    Expect the Suns to be very active (and not just with players) as they make moves to plan for the future.

    • Good STUFF says:
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      @Matty: tough blow to beldsoe owners….so you think Booker is the one to own out of the warren, tucker, booker?

      • Matty

        Matty says:
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        @Good STUFF: Yep, brutal for owners who spent one of their first three picks on him.

        Really depends on what stats you need because all of the guys offer something different:

        Tucker for boards and steals
        Booker & Warren for points and threes

        If I had to guess on the guy who will get the most minutes, I’d say Tucker is in line for 30-32 (pending what happens with Markieff), Booker for 28-30, and Warren for 26-28.

        We should have a clearer picture after this heavy week of games.

  18. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Matty! Redick or Rose for a bench spot in a 12 team head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Jerry: Points league? Probably have to go Rose where his percentages and lack of defensive stats don’t hurt you as much as in roto. He has come through for 19 points or more in three straight and after having watched two of those, he looks a lot more aggressive (which is pissing me off as a Jimmy Butler owner).

      I’d imagine Redick would be a very frustrating guy to own in points leagues since he’s borderline useless if he has an off shooting night.

  19. Good STUFF says:
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    Thinking about packaging Fournier with another one of my players for a 2 for 1, here’s the rest of my team:
    Harden, Hayward, Tyreke, Kemba, Dipo, Bazemore, CJ Miles, Otto (just traded for Zbo)
    Porzingis, JVal, Len, Tucker (dropped D Booker for him)

    This is a 9 cat H2H league, who do you think I can realistically go for, I’m thinking about packaging Hayward or Kemba with Fournier.

    Thanks as always!!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Good STUFF: If you can capitalize on Hayward being the only healthy stud on the Jazz roster right now, maybe try to package him with Fournier for a quality big. You’re loaded at guard/SF. Perhaps you could get a Serge Ibaka, Brook Lopez or Greg Monroe (bigs who are third round values on the year).

      I would hold onto Kemba if I were you. He has been dynamite this year and if both he & Batum stay healthy, there’s not really much reason to expect them to slow down. The sample size is big enough at this point to think Walker’s career-high shooting percentage is here to stay.

      • Good STUFF says:
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        @Matty: Hope you are feeling better! I sent an offer to another owner with my hayward, fournier, and jval for his lavine and pau. He countered with my hayward and 6th pick for his pau and 8th. Our 12 team league allows a maximum of 5 keepers going into next year. So basically 6th pick would be 1st round pick if you do decide to keep 5 players. Is Pau worth giving up the picks for? I can try for Monroe, but I’m not too high on Ibaka and Brook’s health worries me in a keeper league.

  20. Peet says:
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    I just dropped Nelson and Jabari for RoLo and Lawson. Now, I have Gharris and Tjones. Tjones was playing well before missing tonight’s game, and Gharris for some reason I’m leaning towards holding onto. BUT the PHX boys are on the wire: Kief, Warren, Len (both Dbook and PJ are already gone). With the Suns playing 4 more games this week, is any of the suns I mentioned above worth a pick up for either Tjones or Gharris?

    • Matty

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      @Peet: Man, all of those guys you mentioned in the first two sentences are tough to own. Inconsistent and/or in situations in flux…I guess that’s why they can be found on the wire in many leagues.

      I think I’d go with Warren and his 4 games over Gary Harris. Hang onto Terrence and hope his illness doesn’t keep him out any longer. He seems to take FOREVER to get back on the court for pretty innocuous things, but when he does play and see 30 minutes, he can be a pretty good fantasy asset.

      I wouldn’t touch ‘Kieff with a 100 foot pole. Len is in a pure timeshare with Tyson Chandler on a team that doesn’t even run a true center out there a lot of the time, so he’s an avoid as well. If Tucker & Booker are gone, Warren is absolutely the guy you want regardless of if he’s starting or coming off the bench.

      • Peet says:
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        @Matty:
        Thanks for the helpful insight! You guys from razzball are the best!

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