If Patty is Milling around the wire then stream him!

When Tony Parker went to the doctor the other day I imagine the conversation went something like this:  “Where does it hurt, Tony?” … “Well, Doc, it kind of hurts everywhere.”… “Does it hurt here, Tony?” … “Ouch, ouch, yes, yes.” … “How about here, Tony?” … “Ow! Yes!” … “And here, Tony?” … “No, not there, um, that’s my nut sack, Doc.” … “Oh. How about here?” … “Ee-ow! Oui!” … “Tony, I am diagnosing you with general soreness!” That’s exactly how it happened so it looks like he’ll be out awhile, whatever that means. In the meantime, Patty Mills and Corey Joseph will take over the point guard reins in San Antone’. Or is it reigns? I can never remember. Anyhoo! Improper English aside, last night Corey Joseph actually started but quickly succumbed to a bad case of Millsitis as Patty went out and dropped 25/5/5 with two threes and a block in 27 minutes. As for Corey, he posted 7/3/1 with a steal and a three in 24 minutes. Could it be a case of these two canceling each other out? Probably. But for now I’d go ahead and stream Patty since he’s got a little momentum going.  If you want to go ahead and grab Corey in deeper leagues, give him a whirl. Your call! Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:

Mike Scott – 13/7/1 with a three in 25 minutes. The return of DeMarre Carroll and Pero Antic will probably burst his bubble but keep blowing until then.

Jeff Teague – 8/2/2 with a steal in 33 minutes. On the season he’s averaging 15 ppg and 7 dimes yet everyone and their mother says he sucks. My mother and I, on the other hand, say he doesnt suck! Doubt he gets traded too.

Tyler Zeller – 18/15/1 with a block in 25 minutes and he did it all with one hand tied behind his back! Well, he was playing the Sixers so it’s half believable. Jump on until Anderson Varejao is back. Whenever that will be.

Anthony Bennett – 10/11/2 in 24 minutes. See Tyler Zeller above.

Tony Wroten – 12/3/1 with a steal in 24 minutes. He and James Anderson will be the biggest beneficiaries if Evan Turner is shipped. Grab and stash, y’all! You can always launch Friday if ET stays home.

Greivis Vasquez – 14/7/0 in 26 minutes. I mentioned yesterday I’m holding him in a 14 team league but will consider launching him if Kyle Lowry isn’t moved by the deadline tomorrow. Go ahead and stash him for a day if you want. It’s called spec! It looks like Toronto is going to hold onto Kyle though for now. Sigh.

Kyle Singler – 13/2/3 with 3 steals and 3 threes in 40 minutes. He’s actually averaged 40 minutes a game over his last 5 while averaging 12.2 ppg/4.6 rpg with 2 steals and almost 2 threes per. Not too shabby for the only white kid on the team! Racist!

Tim Hardaway, Jr. – 23/1/0 with a steal and 4 threes in 23 minutes. The Knicks are like the wild west, you just don’t know what the hell is going to happen next. Over his last 10 he’s averaging almost 30 minutes a game and probably will see significant run the rest of the way so go ahead and give him a whirl if you’re in need of the cheap 3 or two. See what I did there? Double entendre!

Courtney Lee – 6/2/4 with 2 steals and a block in 37 minutes. Tony Allen is back soon but he’s rumored to be shipped with Tayshaun Prince to Minny for J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger. A whopper of a deal! In any event, I think CLee has seen his best consistent moments this season.

Victor Oladipo – 6/1/3 with a steal in 22 minutes. While he’s having a nice Rookie season, here’s what I told you in the 2013 Draft Guide: 31. Victor Oladipo – So far he’s having a nice pre-season but Jameer Nelson still looms as does Arron Afflalo so temper expectations. Until Jameer gets hurt that is. Yowzaaa! That reasoning is exactly why I predicted Michael Carter-Williams would win ROY. In that same post, I also predicted Taj Gibson and John Henson would compete for 6th Man of the Year Award. Mmmmmhmmm. Oh, by the way, I can’t wait to own Victor next year when Nelson won’t be around to ball block him anymore!

Nate Wolters – 15/7/8 with 2 steals and a three in 40 minutes. On Monday I told you to spec grab him quick, quick. Early this morning, I saw another huge fantasy site told you to grab him after last night’s game. Um, thanks for the expert advice, sport, I read the box score too. Sigh.

Mario Chalmers – 10/2/9 with 4 steals and 2 threes in 30 minutes. He’s a guy who just helps your team without being noticed. Gimme 5 dimes, almost 2 steals and over a three per all year baby. Unfortunately, he’s also a guy owners tend to consider losing for a hot free agent but they usually end up regretting it.

Shawn Marion – 7/7/0 with a steal and a three in 28 minutes. I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about Shawn Marion lately like I’m related to the guy or something. But over his last 10 he’s still averaging 31 minutes per game so until I start to see a consistent dip in his minutes I can’t really recommend a drop.

P.J. Tucker – 13/11/1 with a steal in 37 minutes. Over his last 5 he’s averaging just shy of a double-double with a steal and a three to boot. Am I the biggest fan? Hellz no but I’ll ride that puppy until I can’t ride no mo.

Evan Fournier – 25/8/4 with 2 steals and 3 threes in 33 minutes. He needed OT to get to 33 minutes but I’d jump on his band wagon and stream him for as long as Ty Lawson remains sidelined. May as well.

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  1. Hec,

    nice to see you back, now back to business!

    Here’s my squad:
    PG: Lillard, Chalmers, Hill, Holiday (OUT)
    SG: Afflalo, Henderson, Meeks
    SF/F: Nowitzki, Parsons
    PF/C: Love, Amir Johnson, Taj Gibson, Spencer Hawes

    So far, despite the bigs that I have, I haven’t been winning too much in rebounds. Also, a little concerned with Holiday’s timetable with coming back. Based on the moves so far, Thornton, Bazemore, McLemore are the only players that remotely interest me.

    Luckily, I was able to scoop up Taj Gibson/Meeks within the past month. Instead of dropping any of the players I have, in a 14 man league, I think I have enough assets to stay #1 in my league. However, which player(s) should I look for to balance my team & solidify my chances of winning?

  2. Hec, what would you do if you were me?
    Marshall is a FA. Should I snag him? My guards are: Westbrook, Teague, Holiday, Bledsoe, MCW, Lin, Beal.

    Thank you for replying

    Rey Jesus

  3. Hec,

    I dropped Holiday and picked up Marshall. (It was either Holiday or Lin) Since Lin is healthy and playing about 28-31 minutes per game, I kept him.

    Cheers Mate!

  4. @Rey Jesus: Ok, seems reasonable. Jrue frustrating to hold onto.

    @Marc: Since you’re cruising I would probably hold Jrue and just monitor Ben. Good luck!

  5. @Marc: To answer your other question on which players you should balance out with, it’s hard to say in general. Check out my trade strategy post under the Fantasy Strategy posts.

  6. Hi idol Hec,

    1. In 12 team roto, drop James Johnson for Olynyk?

    2. In 14 team H2H, drop Hinrich for Burks?

    3. In 12 team roto, trade MCW/Gerald Green for Gortat/Pekovic(inj)? I need FG%, he needs Ast,STLs

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Hey hec looks like turner just got traded. would you pick up wroten and drop brian roberts? or reggie ? I’d rather not drop reggie he’s a good off the bench or starting plus westbrook could go down again.my other bench spots are a inj Kawai Leonard and i’m in a 12 team H2H 9 cats..

  8. @tentyme: If you don’t need the dimes then I’d go Wroten. Jrue should be back for H2H playoffs so Wroten is better long term bet.

    @Bennie: With Turner shipped and Granger injury prone, I’d rather Wroten.

    @Boleros: 1. Hold since Bass wasn’t dealt. 2. Leaning Hold. 3. Sure, if you have G depth.

  9. There’s too much information to process…

    Some insight please for a trade/pick up please?

    12 team 9 cat

    Conley, Ellis, Marshall, Wolters, Knight

    Marion, Tobias, Pierce, Butler, J Green, Caroll

    Griffin, Love, A Davis

    I feel that Ellis is now expandable because Marshall will give me much needed ast. An owner said he would swap dirk for Ellis. Is that something to pull? I would love to strengthen my FG, FT and 3s.

    I am also considering dropping J Green, Marion, Wolters for one of these FAs:

    Wroten, sessions, J Anderson, Mullens

    There is also another owner that is shopping Hayward hard and I know he is interested in Paul pierce. I could offer Ellis and pierce for his Hayward and Jrue holiday?

    Thank you!

  10. Alrighty then! The trades have been made, and now it is time to prep for the fantasy playoffs.

    Hec, I could use your advice.
    I’m in first place by 9 games in a 10 team / 9 cat / H2H league.

    My team
    Guards: Westbrook, Bledsoe, Teague, Beal, MCW, Marshall and Lin
    Forwards: Love, Batum, Henson, Frye, Wesley Johnson
    Centers: Howard, Jordan

    What moves would you make to improve the team???

    The FA pool has plenty of streaming options:

    Guards: Holiday, Redick, Beverley, Tony Allen, C. Lee, Augustin, Burks, Brian Roberts, Waiters, Kobe, Fournier and Wroten. I drafted Holiday, Redick and Kobe (imagine my luck) Anywhoot!

    Forwards: Carroll, Marion, James Johnson, McRoberts, Markieff, Ryan Anderson and Nick Young. (I had to drop Anderson earlier in the season, what luck!!)

    Centers: Blatche, Plumlee, Pachulia (I dropped Plumlee, Yay!)

    Thank you for the great advice.

    Have a pleasant evening!


  11. Hey Hecs,

    glad to see that you’re back:) Anyway down to business. Dropped Steve Blake for Kendall Marshall but did have Hinrich, Nash, Wolters, Livingstone, Nick Young and even Kaman all available. Do you think this was the right grab with Blake now gone and Nash only playing every 2nd game or so? Roto league.

    Also in my H2H league have Reggie Jackson on my team is it worth dropping him now that Westbrook is back or do you think he will still have value as the 6th man or try and sell high whilst he still has a little value? Some availables are Young, Wroten, Taj Gibson, Marshall, Meeks, Webster, Marion. Thanks for any advice and keep up the great work:)

  12. @Mark: Yes, I think Marshall was the right grab for now. On your other league, I’d go for Meeks if you need 3s or Taj if you need a big. Thanks for the kind words!

    @Rey Jesus: Pretty much everyone on your team is useful right now so I’d probably just keep it on cruise control. Adding Westbrook should be nice. Cheers!

  13. @Bren: I like the Dirk deal. Jrue is a little too spec right now to add in such a big deal so I’d shy away from that considering you have the Dirk offer out there for the taking. Anderson for Wolters isn’t a bad idea.

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