Fantasy NBA with Tom Carpenter
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Tom Carpenter (10:58 AM)
Let's get started!
SalPacino6 (The Wack)
DRose has to be back by next week right? Right?
Tom Carpenter (11:00 AM)
I think all we can do is cross our fingers and hope. Considering his inability to stay healthy this season and the Bulls' record, they have little reason to bring him back until he feels 100 percent. All of their focus should be on the playoffs, unfortunately for fantasy junkies.
Is Pekovic's injury going to limit him this season even if he can play?
Tom Carpenter (11:03 AM)
Bone spurs in one ankle are causing him to overcompensate which has created issues in his other ankle. That means it may come down to pain management over the final weeks of the season. I think he should be able to contribute, so I would wait to see how he does when he returns, hopefully by this weekend. If he looks hobbled, though, I'm prepared to move on.
Giles Bruce (Charles City, Iowa)
Should I drop Amare? I'm in a tight playoff race with two other teams in a daily rotisserie league.
Tom Carpenter (11:05 AM)
If he was performing at the elite level he was in the past, I'd probably hold on to him to see if he can return. However, his production has been so anemic this season, I wouldn't hang on to STAT if there's a decent free agent out there ... or if you need to rotate bodies out in a daily H2H league like yours.
Joey S. (Ohio)
What do you expect from Carl Landry going forward?
Tom Carpenter (11:08 AM)
I would only consider Landry if you are desperate for scoring and a little rebounding, because he does nothing else for fantasy folks. And I doubt that he will be able to do much scoring on a consistent basis this rest of this season, because he needs more touches than he'll get to be successful. Keep your expectations quite low.
Joseph (new york, ny)
kevin martin, should be dropped?
Tom Carpenter (11:11 AM)
I would do my best to hold onto him if you can, because he has been able to play though this shoulder injury previously. However, a tear in the joint is extremely disconcerting for his fantasy potential the rest of the way. If there's a quality up-and-comer on waivers, I'd pull the trigger. But if you can hold him, I would.
Think Amare will be dropable soon? Eric Gordon worth a bench spot in daily lineup during playoffs?
Tom Carpenter (11:12 AM)
I still will be quite surprised if we see Gordon on the hardwood again this season, but at least his injury arc is heading in the right direction (unlike Amar'e). In the end, I'd rather have Gordon than Amar'e right now ... he seems more likely to play and be effective.
Will Camelo's "tweak" cause him to miss a game or will he play through it since they are short handed
Tom Carpenter (11:15 AM)
Just looking at his reaction when it happened, my guess is he'll sit a game or two. Officially, he's day-to-day and hopes to play Wed. I'd be making other plans for his roster spot this week, though.
Chris Kaman (New Orleans)
Any news on my illness or is my run of big minutes about to stop for the younger guys... missed my 5 game week
Tom Carpenter (11:18 AM)
I think you'll be back soon, but there's been no official word. It's certainly possible that your minutes and touches could take a downward turn if your illness slows you for a while. But health aside, I think the Hornets will ride Kaman pretty hard down the stretch ... they could still be showcasing him for a trade in the offseason.
What's up with D.J. Augustin? I've never seen a bobcats game and i have no idea what's goin' on. I'm in a 12 team league and he's killin' me!!
Tom Carpenter (11:20 AM)
He may be killing you, but on the upside you haven't suffered through watching a Bobcats game. I would definitely move on from Augustin if I were you. He has decent upside, but doesn't get enough regular touches to be a consistent fantasy option.
Richard D. (Los Angeles)
Hey Tom, I just Traded Lin and Pierce for Josh Smith - Was that a good trade? My team going into the final stretch is 1st in assists so I didnt mind, and I know I am going to lose 3's, but need blocks. That was my main logic. Also my tam is in second and I now I have James, Howard, and Smith all on my team. In a 12 team league
Tom Carpenter (11:23 AM)
Looks like a solid deal for you. I think the trade is fair anyway, but at this point of the season trades should only be done to help you gain specific stats you need. You sold out your excess dimes for much-needed blocks. Plus in a 2-1 deal, you also get an extra spot to fill with a waiver pick up, which allows you to add even more blocks in a low-end waiver addition.
Due to the toe injury with Mo Williams, I have to start Paul George this playoff week as my shooting guard. What your take on P. George?
Tom Carpenter (11:26 AM)
I discuss George a bit in my Grand Theft Roto column today, as it covers recommended keepers for next season. As for this season, he just needs more touches and shots to be a fantasy stud. I'm not convinced that will happen as this season winds down. Nonetheless, George has been a stud in steals (2.0 steals over his past 28 games), so he can still help you out.
I'm in first place in my league and have a bye this week for the playoffs. Should I drop either Lowry or Pekovic for either Gooden, Dragic, Klay Thompson, or Paul George?
Tom Carpenter (11:30 AM)
I would have no problem swapping Lowry and Pekovic for Dragic and Thompson, depending on how your league is set up. Both Dragic and Thompson should remain studly the rest of the season ... I remain skeptical about Lowry returning to usurp Dragic's success.
Hello Tom. I am in a Rotisserie League and i have Kevin Martin in my roster, but, how you know, he's d2d. How do you think, should i keep him? Is there a chance, that he will play before end of regular season? He will probably be in a weak form of. I need to improve Ft (I have DH12) and 3PM. Who can I add? What do you think?That is 13-teams league, so in FA are only players like Foye, George Hill, Bellinelli or CJ Watson...PS. Sorry for my poor English....
Tom Carpenter (11:34 AM)
Was ist los, Cosmo? None of those FAs have a ton of upside, so I would hold onto Martin for the short-term at least. He certainly could help you out in FTs and 3s IF he can manage to get back and play well. I think the odds are against him doing that, but I'm not ready to count him out, either.
Sid (Washington DC)
Hey Tom, With the playoffs coming up, should I keep Zach Randolph or drop him for KG. KG seems to be putting up strong numbers the past couple of weeks but is also on the Celtics, who need to rest their players.
Tom Carpenter (11:38 AM)
Not thrilled to see Z-Bo still coming off the bench, but he's still cranking out solid stats. I expect his production to rise as the season winds down and he regains his conditioning. KG's probably on the other track ... he'll probably see his minutes limited and maybe even take a game or two off as the NBA playoffs approach. Stick with Z-Bo.
In a keeper league, which player do you see having the most value next year and beyond .... Favors, Kawhi, Derrick Williams or Tristan Thompson?
Tom Carpenter (11:41 AM)
Williams will need roster changes to the Wolves to open up enough minutes and touches to be a fantasy factor. Judging by their recent history, the Wolves are not likely to do that. Same goes for Favors, as the Jazz also appear happy to have too many talented players not getting minutes. That said, Favors has the greatest upside from these players, so I would want him for the long-term. I think Thompson is in a better position to be a fantasy factor next season, and he should be solid beyond. For more on Thompson's keeper value, check out my GTR column this afternoon.
What's up with Monta Elllis lately? He played so well right before the trade and now he's in somewhat of a slump. What do you expect from him in the next couple of weeks?
Tom Carpenter (11:46 AM)
He's dealing with a finger ailment, but let's face facts: the real issue is the coaching change. Ellis is at his best statistically when he's just out running up and down the court freely chucking shots from wherever he likes. Since that's pretty much the complete antitheses of how coach Scotty Skiles played the point and expects his guards to play, it's not much of a surprise to see Ellis having trouble adjusting. Plus there's about zero chance that Skiles will let Ellis take 19-20 shots per game -- he's averaging 12.7 per as a Buck. I expect him to have a few good games as the season winds down, but more frustrating games in between.
What is risk that they limit him going forward... or he limits himself,, team looks bad
Tom Carpenter (11:50 AM)
I don't see any reason why the Nets would limit D-Will. However, considering how bad the team is and how he's battled various maladies this season, it wouldn't be surprising if injuries limit him down the stretch. That having been noted, I expect D-Will to be on the court the rest of the way being his usual studly self.
Stephen Curry was seen shooting around yesterday. Is he worth a stash for next week or do you think he'll miss the rest of the season?
Tom Carpenter (11:54 AM)
I'll be a bit surprised if he plays, but if his ankles feel well enough, he'll be out there ... that means he's certainly worth stashing on your bench if you have the space. Maybe you get lucky, he returns and cranks out a week or two of major stats.
Casey (Virginia Beach)
Barea keeps getting hurt, but is producing solid numbers. Should I pick him up?
Tom Carpenter (12:00 PM)
It sounds like he's going to miss at least the next couple of games, so if if you have more immediate needs I'd look elsewhere. However, if you're in a tight battle for dimes in a roto league, I'd pick up Barea and wait for him to get back to full speed ... plenty of upside the rest of the way if he can keep his legs under him.
Tom Carpenter (12:01 PM)
Yet another fun Q&A session in the books. Be sure to check out my GTR column on offseason keeper trade targets this afternoon ... and I'll see you all back here next week -- same time, same place!