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Tom Carpenter (11:01 AM)
Good morning! Before we get rolling with the questions I have to share this link of Lindsey Hunter eyeballing Michael Beasley (in case you haven't seen it), because I can't stop watching it. He gives him the same look we fantasy junkies have given his box score repeatedly over the years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wmri0QZYKks
Hey Tom! A.Drummond coming back soon and is on W/W. Know he get's RB's,Blks and FG% but would he get enough steals in there too? Steals is a cat I'm looking to improve on! Thanks
Tom Carpenter (11:04 AM)
Hi, Logan. He was snagging a good amount of steals for a big man, so he may help you there. The Pistons said that he remains on that 4-6 week schedule and appeared to be backtracking from a report that Drummond might return earlier than that. Still, four weeks from Feb. 8 is right around the corner, so he is worth adding to rosters at some point in the next week or so.
Should I give up Kyle Korver for Gortat? I can use a good big man, but is Gortat worth it?
Tom Carpenter (11:06 AM)
That would be a fine deal for you if he keeps playing like he did against the Spurs, but we certainly can't count on that. Looks like a pretty fair trade, if you can handle losing those 3s. You might be better off pairing up Korver with another player for a better big man, but this looks OK.
Gordon Hayward.... believe the recent surge in play will continue? And would trading Kirilenko for Hayward be beneficial?
Tom Carpenter (11:10 AM)
It looks like his shoulder malady is behind him, so I do think he will finish the season strongly, Rian. I discussed him in detail in this morning's blog and noted how impressive he's been at the FT line, which is a nice bonus. If he was starting on a 3-point bombing team, he'd be a beast. If he ever gets into the starting lineup and can take 5-6 3s per game, he'll really bust loose ... I think there is at least a chance of that happening this season. ... As for AK47 for Hayward, that would depend on the stats you need. Overall, I like Kirilenko better in fantasy, but considering his health, there are no guarantees.
Tom would you stash K.Love in cat 9 daily? My playoffs are weeks 21-23 and he has alot of games during that period. Your expectations? Thanksa alot
Tom Carpenter (11:12 AM)
If you are heading to the playoffs in an H2H league, I would absolutely stash Love if you have the bench space to hold him. He could be the difference between winning and losing.
Colby Wang (Taiwan)
should i do the pickup of the kevin love or the derrick rose or the none of them if i piick one of them up i do the droppings of emeka okafor
Tom Carpenter (11:16 AM)
Just like Love, I would add Rose, too. I went over my thoughts regarding Rose in yesterday's blog entry, and basically, my gut feeling is that he will return early in March. With a friendly schedule, he shouldn't rest much once back in action and should post significant stats. I would have no problem dumping Okafor for the upside that Rose and Love bring, despite the risk they never show again this season.
I recently traded my Deron Williams for Derrick Rose. I know it's not as fun as maybe head to head, but we're in a 5 man roto league (since most of us are new to fantasy basketball). So my question is, was that a good trade?
Tom Carpenter (11:20 AM)
I do think that it's the perfect time to trade D-Will, since he has looked fantastic since the break. I don't think there is anyway he makes it through the end of the season without a significant setback to those troublesome ankles. But the idea is to trade him for max value, and that would not be Rose. I would think that Rose's upside would be in the range of what we've seen from Williams this season ... and obviously, the injury risk is greater for Rose, since it's possible he doesn't return this season. I would have aimed higher ... healthy player with big upside for the final weeks. I hope we see Rose soon, though, so maybe this deal works for you.
Deron in a keeper league...is he worth trading to pick up Lamarcus Aldridge and John Wall or Al Jefferson and John Wall?
Tom Carpenter (11:23 AM)
This is a tough question, Fernando. I think that the primary reason that D-Will has struggled is those ankles, but he clearly hasn't been able to generate great stats without Jerry Sloan coaching him (ironic, eh?), so I admit to being a bit perplexed about what to expect from him next season and beyond. I would lean toward keeping him over the trade offers you have, but the Aldridge/Wall option looks pretty tempting for the long term. A great big man and excellent PG potential could make for a nice backbone to your team.
make magic, not war (miles from D.C.)
here's a Bullets/Wizards question: expectations for Beal ROS, please? thank you, and good luck to you, too!
Tom Carpenter (11:28 AM)
When you said Bullets, I was expecting a Muresan question! I think that what Beal has done since returning to action (17.7 ppg, 2 3s, 47.8 FG% and 82.8 FT%) is a pace he can maintain for the most part. That FG% may dip a bit, but if you need a scorer who can drop 3s, Beal is legit.
Bobcats Bill (Mass-a-chu-setts)
is K. Leonard and either B. Mullens or K. Thompson the right price to give up to get P. George? thank you!
Tom Carpenter (11:29 AM)
Hey there, BB ... I'd rather toss in Mullens, but if you can land George for either of those deals, I would pull the trigger.
Should I drop Eric Gordon or Arron Afflalo for Beal or Leonard?
Tom Carpenter (11:33 AM)
I would lean toward Beal over Gordon, simply because Gordon's so frustrating being in and out of action. If Kawhi had a more reliable role, I'd take him over Afflalo, but he doesn't. Afflalo is going to have all the run, touches and shots he can handle ROS, so I would stick with him.
Jay (Stamford, CT)
Hi Tom, Is it worth holding on to Pekovic or should I turn around and trade him before Kevin Love gets back? I feel like Love will be back before the fantasy playoffs and will hurt his overall value.
Tom Carpenter (11:37 AM)
I do think Love will return, but I'm not so sure that will lessen Pekovic's impact a lot. He'll still be effective at maybe 13 points and 8 rebounds. On the other hand, I always like trading players at their peak to max out their trade value, so this would be the time to move Pek.
Rank these, ROS, in 8 cat: Jeff Green, Tristan Thompson, Thad Young
Tom Carpenter (11:39 AM)
I will go TT, Young, Green. Though I would drop Thompson a bit if you are in a H2H league, because he has a shoddy schedule ROS.
Shaun (montreal, qc)
Does Bynum hold any value at all? do you think he will suit up before the fantasy trade deadline - march 7th?
Tom Carpenter (11:41 AM)
Shaun, I would be pretty shocked if he plays before then, even though he basically HAS to play at some point this season or he'll take a huge hit to his free-agent value this summer. I guess I'm keeping an eye on him, but have zero expectations at this time.
Pish (Western Mass)
Hey Tom. In a 10 team 9 Cat H2H league. I've been winning the blocks category each week by a solid 15-20. What do you think about moving Serge Ibaka for a steals specialist. (I have L Sanders, A. Davis, D. Howard)
Tom Carpenter (11:44 AM)
Considering your mega-block crew there, Pish, I would definitely move one of them for a steals guy. I would lean toward dealing Howard (free you from his health risks and FTs), but that may be easier said than done (Conley?). If you have to deal Ibaka, just make sure you get a stud in return.
jameer was dropped any latest on his sitch?
Tom Carpenter (11:47 AM)
He has a strained patella tendon and a bruised knee, Nathan, so it should just be a matter of resting it and then dealing with the pain. I think he'll be back in the next week or two, barring a setback, so go grab him if you have someone worthy of being dropped.
I was offered Kyle Lowry and Thaddeus Young for Brook Lopez and either Chauncy Billups or Jeff Green. Very deep rosters in H2H 12 team league. Pull the trigger?
Tom Carpenter (11:49 AM)
Logan, depends on your needs if this is roto, but in a points league, I would give it some serious consideration in a deep league. Lowry and Young are in position to finish the season strongly, and while Lopez is a good option in points leagues, he only has so much upside. (I would rather ship Billups than Green, FYI).
Pete (Los Angeles)
H2H weekly - Traded Josh Smith and Asik for Noah and Horford, and also trade Brook Lopez for Rudy Gay to fill hole at SF. Good trades?
Tom Carpenter (11:51 AM)
Looks good to me, Pete. Obviously, you have some risk in Noah's plantar fasciitis, but aside from that I like both deals a lot.
Alec Burks (Utah)
How come no one is talking about me? Haven't I been playing pretty well over the last few weeks?
Tom Carpenter (11:55 AM)
No offense, Alec, but "playing pretty well" doesn't really generate much talk from pundits. Since you don't do any one thing particularly well, you don't have much fantasy use at this time. Only to teams in deep leagues that can use the stats you do give (a little bit of every guard stat, which is nice).
Tom, I've got a solid lock on a playoff spot and am looking to prep for playoffs with bench spots. Would you drop Nene for either of Bogut or Bynum?
Tom Carpenter (11:58 AM)
Dan, I would lean toward sticking with Nene, because he has been solid and relatively consistent. I just don't know what to do with Bogut or Bynum at this point. As I said earlier, I have zero expectations for Bynum ... and not much more than that for Bogut. If I were to dump Nene, though, I would take Bogut. At least he has actually been on the court and done something statistically this season.
do you think eric gordon will play b2b anytime soon? not what i envisioned right now after trading jamal crawford for him.
Tom Carpenter (12:01 PM)
I seriously doubt that he will play back-to-back games until the waning weeks of the season if at all, Logan. The Hornets need to keep him healthy -- whether for the future or trade value -- and he hasn't proved capable of handling a regular workload. He is what he is at this point: unreliable from game to game but capable of compiling good numbers when he does ball.
Tom Carpenter (12:02 PM)
Well, once again this has proved to be the quickest hour of my week. Thanks as always for all of the terrific questions. Be sure to check out the Fantasy Focus Podcast later today and follow me on Twitter @AtomicHarpua!