Fantasy NBA with Tom Carpenter
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Tom Carpenter (10:58 AM)
Good morning everyone. Let's get this session started!
Does Udoh hold value at all going forward or would you opt for T.Thompson or speights? Thanks alot
Tom Carpenter (11:02 AM)
I like Speights for the short-term, because Z-Bo's eventual return will nix his value. Between Udoh and Thompson, I see Udoh as the safer play, mostly because he can pile up the blocks. Neither Udoh nor Thompson are likely to earn starter's minutes because they aren't big enough to play center full time. All three are decent adds for most teams in need of boards, though.
Heather S. (Ga.)
Tom: W.Chandler be a good player to add or will he be lost in the mix in Denver?
Tom Carpenter (11:05 AM)
You definitely want to add him. He should work quickly back into the starting lineup. And while the Nugs have a deep lineup, he's the best of the options who play his positions, so he should be fantasy-worthy. His upside may be capped, but Chandler should be on all rosters.
whiskey vic (los angeles)
is Manu Ginobli worth picking up from waivers? hes down again!!! I'm already stashing Zbo......
Tom Carpenter (11:08 AM)
No surprise that he's hurt again, and when he returns (in a couple of weeks, hopefully) we'll be waiting for the proverbial injury shoe to drop again ... but he can crank out numbers and shouldn't be sitting on waivers except in the most shallow of leagues. Keep holding on to ZBo ... he should be back relatively soon.
Currently own both G. Vasquez and J. Jack. Do you think Vasquez will hold value going forward? Last night they both played 30 mins, at this point is it wait and see?
Tom Carpenter (11:11 AM)
I expect Jack to work his way back to the starting lineup sooner than later and be the better fantasy option going forward. Vasquez should maintain enough minutes even as a reserve to contribute, but I expect it to be Jack leading the way in fantasy terms down the stretch.
Tom Carpenter (11:14 AM)
If you're looking for dimes, I'd stick with Miller -- especially since Lawson appears dinged up. I would look to Knight for the last month or so, because the Pistons may turn him loose as the season winds down. Brooks is solid if you want threes. Not big on Chalmers.
What do you think on taking paul pierce, do you think he is getting to old?
Tom Carpenter (11:19 AM)
I give a detailed answer to that question in my Grand Theft Roto column today, as I break down players who are shooting better or worse than they typically do. You can check out that answer when it's posted this afternoon, but the simple answer is that he's getting old and battling through this condensed season. It's going to be tough for him to match his usual production.
Drew Gooden (ATL)
With Drew Gooden injured with wrist and knee. Do i hold on to him or do i have a better shot at picking up Zack Randolph. Playoffs are right around the corner. I dont know if its worth waiting on either of these players. We saw Ginobili come and go after injury. Happy i traded him for Bynum before he went out a second time.
Tom Carpenter (11:20 AM)
Nice deal for Bynum, though we of course have to be concerned about his propensity for injury catching up with him eventually. I want Z-Bo over Gooden, even if you don't get his stats for another three weeks or so.
any hope for G. Hayward to turn it around any time soon???
Tom Carpenter (11:24 AM)
I think we can expect more of the same as he continues to develop his game. When he's feeling confident and has the right matchups, he should crank out some quality scoring and dimes. But since he's shooting 25 percent on 3s, his overall fantasy value is going to leave a lot to be desired. Basically, he should be OK as a short-term pickup when he's hot, then back to waivers when he cools.
In a vacuum, would you deal away Granger for McGee or Noah?
Tom Carpenter (11:28 AM)
If you can handle the drop in scoring and 3s and are aiming to boost FG%, boards and blocks, sure. You might be able to package Granger up with another player to aim for a bigger scorer, but I don't see Granger exploding down the stretch (see my GTR column this afternoon), so there's little risk in dealing for McGee or Noah, IMO.
Isaiah Thomas (ATL)
Do you think this guy is a must add in a ten team league? Is he the next LIN off the waivers?
Tom Carpenter (11:32 AM)
I would definitely add Thomas in most leagues. It looks like he's gaining confidence on the court and the confidence of his coach. That means he appears to be in line for starter's minutes for the foreseeable future. I do not expect him to push up on trip-dub nightly like Lin has (and Thomas did last night), but he's in position to make a splash if he can maintain that confidence.
Josh S. (Philly)
Any news on the severity of Petkovic's injury?
Tom Carpenter (11:35 AM)
Initial reports sound like his turned ankle isn't too bad, so I wouldn't worry much about it. It's possible he could be shut down this week, but with the All-Star break this weekend, the added rest should get him back soon. Stay tuned for updates to see if the joint took a turn for the worse today, though.
Josh S. (Philly)
What kind of value do you expect J.R Smith to provide?
Tom Carpenter (11:38 AM)
My guess is best-case he shoots just under 44 percent and averages 13-14 points and 2.2 3s per game. More realistically, he'll shoot closer just under 43 percent and averages about a dozen points and 1.8 3s per game. Regardless, I would make sure he's not on waivers, because he could get hot.
Tom Carpenter (11:42 AM)
Prior to the season, I certainly didn't expect to see this kind of drop in dimes. But as I note in my GTR column today, Westy has gained a ton of confidence in his outside shooting ... and in turn that's made it less necessary for him to pass the rock off to teammates in order for the Thunder to score. Unless they start losing games and that's tied directly to Westbrook not spreading the ball around, I doubt we'll see much if any boost in his dime production. That's fine for his overall production, of course, but you might want to find a more traditional PG if you need dimes.
Josh S. (Philly)
Will we see Russell Westbrook's assist numbers rise?
Tom Carpenter (11:42 AM)
Oops! Forgot to post the previous question ...
kurt, tx [via mobile]
Is Andrew Bogut worth holding on to?
Tom Carpenter (11:46 AM)
I'd only hold onto Bogut if you have nothing better to replace him with. We're still waiting to see whether he will undergo surgery, which will give us a more specific timetable. But considering his injury history, I don't see the Bucks pushing him back quickly.
will al harrington value drop once gallo and chandler return? or will he continue to get time at back up pf?
Tom Carpenter (11:49 AM)
It's going to be almost impossible for Harrington to maintain fantasy value once Gallinari, Chandler and Rudy get back. If you can dump him in a low-grade trade, now's the time to do it.
Would you trade Carmelo anthony given the emergence of Linsanity? I'm in need of steals/assists. If so, who'd be a guy worth trading Melo for??
Tom Carpenter (11:53 AM)
Considering Melo's awful play thus far, myriad injuries and the emergence of Lin, you would get so little in return for Melo, I wouldn't do it. Unless you have someone else in your league who is willing to pay close to full price for Melo, I'd just wait until he gets his groove on. I do think he will be solid after the break and makes for a good BUY-LOW candidate.
Cat 9 standard 12 would you rather have JR Smith or W.Chandler?
Tom Carpenter (11:57 AM)
I like Chandler's all-around game better, but I think Smith is in a better position to get hot and see more shots. If you need 3s, I'd take Smitty. If you want the better all-around option, roll with Chandler and hope he can carve out enough touches to excel.
trade jack and hibbert for dirk diggler?
Tom Carpenter (12:01 PM)
So long as the categories you add and lose in the process are going to benefit your team, I'd do it. I expect Dirk to look like Dirk down the stretch, which means good scoring and percentages ... but little else. So make sure losing Hibbert's blocks and boards aren't going to kill you.
Tom Carpenter (12:02 PM)
Another good session in the books. Be sure to return next Tuesday with more great questions!