I hope you all had a good Christmas. We can all agree that the NBA starting up again was the best present of all! I was glued to the TV on Christmas Day and it was magical. As per usual, if you have any questions for Shane or me please post them below in the comments and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Remember to give us context and your league details since that’ll help us better understand and give you better answers. To get the conversation started, here are some naughty and nice observations from week 1.

 

Naughty:

The entire Warriors team: They stank it up to begin the season, and finally got a miraculous win against the lowly Bulls. Kelly Oubre forgot how to shoot and Andrew Wiggins looks like he’s been eating too many poutines. And their best 3-point shooter is…James Wiseman? Not quite time to start panicking yet, but it’s certainly not looking great.

LaMarcus Aldridge: He is a slow starter, so he may not be on the naughty list for too long. However, early numbers are scary and owners are justifiably worried. Hold him for now and don’t do anything stupid. He should bounce back since the Spurs system is rock solid, and he is too good not to.

KJ Martin’s barber: This doesn’t really have any long-lasting fantasy impact, but those of us who had Rockets and Thunder players on our teams sure got screwed over the first week. I can’t wait to see their new hairdos, since it came at a steep price for fantasy purposes. Here’s to hoping for no more Covid haircuts or late night escapades to the strip clubs.

 

Nice:

Kevin Durant: He looks sharp and those who took a chance on him are getting rewarded. He is sitting out for this week’s back-to-back though, so that’s a bummer. Still good to see KD getting back to being KD though.

James Harden: Yes, he deserves to be on the naughty list, but I love him so much I keep taking him back even though he continually breaks my heart. After missing game one, due to no fault of his own, I’m sure, Harden came back with a monster game. Even though he looks like a chubby version of Kimbo Slice out there, he was even more dominant than expected. I have a huge amount of money invested in Harden, so hopefully, his stripping days are behind him.

Paul George: The other guy that I am heavily invested in, and I’m glad to see he’s looking like a borderline first-rounder again. Well, except for the thumping that they got from the Mavs, but hey PG still did ok. The important thing to note here is that he is healthy and not sitting out back-to-back games.

Christian Wood: One of the super-hyped players coming into the season, and he delivered! He looks to have good chemistry with Harden and benefited from a lot of Harden passes. If you drafted him after round 3, you’re probably pretty happy right now.

Notable mentions: Chris Boucher, Gordon Hayward, Bradley Beal, Keldon Johnson

 

Well, that’s it for the naughty and nice list. I’m sure I missed a ton of interesting notes, but I just wanted to list a few things that came to mind so that we can get the conversation started.

 

Let’s get those questions in!

 

  1. Eddie says:
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    Feeling some regrets drafting Whiteside so high with these 10-minute stints. Bruuutal. Thinking about cutting him for Nance in a 12-team 9-cat league. Am I crazy? Jumping the gun? I have Capela, Boucher and just added Plumlee. Nance might only have a month of value but I don’t like where this is going for Hassan. Would appreciate any thoughts.

  2. Phamtastic

    Phamtastic says:
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    I don’t care who you have to drop, you NEED to pick up Nance RIGHT NOW! Seriously, don’t even finish reading this sentence go pick him up and then come back lol.

    Yes unfortunately Whiteside is a drop at this point. Unless you have someone else to drop?

    What are you still doing here? Go pick up Nance!

  3. SugarShane says:
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    Hassan is super naughty right now. His lines are making me cringe, and I personally don’t see anything getting better. I say wait a few games just to see what happens though. Go get Nance right now!! He should not be available in 12 team leagues at this point with Love made of glass. Do you have anybody else to dump instead of Whiteside at this point?

    • Thanks y’all. Did the deed. Feels so icky to cut Whiteside in week 2 but watching him play so little again just makes me think the upside is miles away and my bigs are killing me right now. Nance had a good game. I will survive

  4. Pyrrhic Victory says:
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    Gallinari got dropped, and given that I’m a little low on points, it has me tempted. Any of these forward types here a no-question drop?

    Covington
    Horford
    Delon Wright
    PJ Washington
    Baynes

    • Phamtastic

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      Baynes is the one that sticks out as a drop. Although I don’t think Gallo is all that good either.

  5. Jackie says:
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    I’m in a 12-team, 8 cat H2H league.

    My centers are: JV, Nance, and JJJ.

    Just picked up Bazley and Kyle Anderson for some SF rebounding help. Low on blocks, but considering punting them.

    Brook Lopez and D. Jordan just got dropped. Do I drop either for one of the two dropped centers? I am inclined to hold and wait out JJJ coming back.

    Res

  6. JC says:
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    12 team h2h league. Horford not a featured player and already getting rest. Hold or drop for Josh Jax, Hardaway, J Harris? My team below:

    PG: Paul, Bledsoe,
    SG: Harden, Beal, Walker IV (until White gets back)
    SF: Bog Bog, Barton
    PF: Horford, JJJ, Gallinari
    C: Ayton, JV, Holmes
    Streamer: Naz currently
    IR: D White

    • Phamtastic

      Phamtastic says:
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      I’d definitely hold Horford. Josh Jackson is a hot pick up right now, so I’d probably drop Gallo to get him. Walker is also an option, as White should be back soon.

      • JC says:
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        Decided to trade Horford for Lou Will. Thanks tho

  7. Jeff says:
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    Hello,

    12 team 10 cat h2h keeper – Would you trade Hield and 2 2nd rd picks (most likely 10/12 pick in the 2nd) FOR herro (2 years of protection left) and 4th and 5th rd picks?

  8. Phamtastic

    Phamtastic says:
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    Hard no for me. Why would you do that? I think Hield is better than Herro, so it doesn’t make sense that you’d have to give up your 2nd round picks too.

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