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February 12, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy NBA with Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter
  (11:00 AM)

Happy Fat Tuesday! Hopefully, you'll have the chance to munch on a few paczkis today, as we wind down this short week of hoops leading up to the All-Star break. Be sure to check out this week's Fantasy Focus Podcast, which will be out later today. Adam Stanco and I will make our fantasy All-Star calls for the first half of the season. In the meantime, let's get to your questions.

Shaun (Charlotte)

Needing 3's, steals and decent allround in other cat's best cat 9 option: Sefolosha,Terry,Hayward,delfino,N.Young,Singler or Bledsoe?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:03 AM)

Shaun, I've been pushing Young for several weeks now. First, because I thought J-Rich may be out for the long term, and now because we know he's done for the season. Young has an explosive offensive game and now his coach has little choice but to feed him the rock. I'd take Young over the other options you list.

David (Fla.)

Tom should I hold onto L.Sanders with this ongoing injury concern? Not another Drummond situation,I hope! cat 9 daily

Tom Carpenter
  (11:04 AM)

Hang on to Sanders at least until he gets this second opinion on his back, David. It's certainly a concerning situation, but his upside remains excellent if it's something he can shake off after the All-Star break. If it sounds like he'll be out beyond that, it may be time to move on.


Morning Tom! 12 team cat 9 been holding,and using,Bledsoe,Nate and Jack! Should i continue to hold all three until Rose comes back(Nate),Paul is competely trustworthy injury wise(Bledsoe) and jack as a Curry handcuff. FA's are: Hayward,Delfino,Terry,N.Young,Singler and sefolosha? Thoughts

Tom Carpenter
  (11:07 AM)

Good morning, EJ. I think you have to hang onto Jack as the best handcuff in the game. I think CP3 should be OK with his health going forward or they would have waited until after the ASB to bring him back. However, there is at least a chance the Clips move Bledsoe, so I'd hang onto him until the deadline passes to see if he lands a starting role elsewhere. Nate should still have some value after Rose returns, but I'd rather have Young ROS.

Brian Goode (Chicago)

A. Will they ever figure out the rotation in Sacramento and B. will Marcus Thornton and/or Thomas Robinson earn enough MPG to contribute in fantasy?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:09 AM)

Brian, it would probably require a crystal ball to answer that question, as it's anyone's guess how anything from selling the team to their rotation will go. I think it's more likely that Thornton will be an effective fantasy option down the stretch than Robinson, but I'm not holding my breath for any of them at this point. I'd keep an eye on them but not invest much in them.

Chris (Ottawa, Canada)

Hey, how about one for the fantasy junkies up north.Do you see Amare's value increasing much after the all-star break? Or is the high teen scoring and a bit of rebounding the best were going to see from him with limited minutes?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:12 AM)

Good question, Chris. While it's possible that Amar'e will get a bump in minutes and production, it's not something we can plan on. I think we can bet on 17-7 or something like that, which is pretty mediocre. However, he has been taking a fair amount of FGA and FTA recently, which means he can still have a nice impact on your team in FG% and FT%. That makes him a decent buy-low target if you need help in those categories.

Ben(ny) [via mobile]

Is Eric Bledsoe done with his fantasy streak and not worth a roster spot?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:13 AM)

Hey, Ben(ny) ... as I noted above, hang onto Bledsoe until the trade deadline passes. I think the Clips will keep him, but if he is dealt to the right team, he could be a sweet second-half sleeper.

Jum (Bama)

What to do with Eric Gordon? Need to make a nice run in the second half and he is not looking the guy. Should I hang tight or move on when guys like beal, ginobili, jack, nick young, and mullens are on the wire?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:16 AM)

That is one of the tougher situations out there in Fantasyland, Jum. I'd lead toward waiting until a week or two after the ASB before cutting him. There is at least the chance that the Hornets are babying him so they can trade him before he breaks down again. And if they don't deal him, perhaps they'll take the restrictions off his minutes and back-to-back games. There is still plenty of scoring upside to be had if he can stay healthy -- one of the bigger "ifs" in the game. Still, if you can trade him for decent value, I'd make that move.

Andre Drummond (Detroit)

Should owners drop me like I'm (not) hot?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:17 AM)

The simple answer is YES. There is no sense wasting a roster spot on him for the next 4-6 weeks. He could come back with a strong finish to the season, so don't forget about him, though.

Mike Ho (Hong Kong)

If I need scoring, 3's, and FT% who will be my better bet: Bargnani or Beal for rest of season?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:20 AM)

I like Beal's upside and potential for the remainder of the season, Mike. Certainly better than Bargs, whose role likely will be diminished whether he sticks in Toronto alongside Rudy Gay or moves to another team. The only exception might be if he lands in Charlotte or Phoenix, where they are essentially devoid of scorers.

Ted (Baltimore)

With possible trade taking place for jazz I added Favors and his upside in 12 teamer cat 9 but some people believe Kanter might be a better option. Your opinion is appreciated,Tom!

Tom Carpenter
  (11:22 AM)

I think you made the right call picking up Favors, Ted. If the Jazz trade Jefferson or Millsap, both Favors and Kanter will get extra run, but I think Favors is in better position to help fantasy teams ROS.

alex (Melbourne,Fla.)

Tom I dropped T.Gibson for E.Clark last week and i still prefer Clark! But with Noah still hurting/possible Boozer trade should Taj be owned in cat 9 daily especially if owner needs Blocks,RB's,steals and good FG%? Thanks

Tom Carpenter
  (11:25 AM)

I would stick with Clark over Gibson, Alex. With Pau out, he should continue to play heavy minutes and obviously is doing the most with the opportunity. Gibson is a nice stash in case Noah ends up sidelined and/or Boozer is dealt, but only as a speculative add. Clark already has the opportunity that Gibson is hoping to find.

Andrew Bogut (Golden State)

I teased owners my first game back. Putting up solid boards a couple points and averaged around 3blocks a game while missing back to back games. Do you think i can ever be a fantasy stud the remainder of the season or should my owner temper their expectations or try to broker a trade.

Tom Carpenter
  (11:28 AM)

I don't know what sort of value you can get for Bogut, unless you can find an owner near the bottom of the standings who is willing to give up something in desperation. The Warriors schedule is not helpful for Bogut, as they play four games each of the next four weeks. Then, when he may be getting healthy enough to not skip games, they finish with four weeks of three games each. I'd stay away unless you are desperate.

JWR (Ill.)

Saw your answer regarding Drummond...I assume that the same answer applies to P. Gasol? Drop the guy?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:30 AM)

Unfortunately, I think you need to move on from Pau, too, JWR. Like Drummond, you'll want to consider him as a roster add a month from now, because he may help you down the final stretch, but you're better off now focusing on hot waiver options.

Loghan (CT)

trade gragic and gordon for kyrie?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:31 AM)

Absolutely, Loghan. I love trading two OK or injured players for one star. That is almost always a sound strategy in any fantasy format.

Above the Rim (Fantasyland)

Rank these players in order: Bledsoe, Billups, Jeff Green, Danny Green

Tom Carpenter
  (11:33 AM)

Danny Green, Jeff Green, Bledsoe, Billups ROS ... that said, I'd have Bledsoe tops until the trade deadline passes.

Alex (OH)

Is Bynum worth a speculative pickup?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:37 AM)

He is, if you have the space to waste for the foreseeable future. When I heard he had serious pain in his knee yesterday after back-to-back workouts Sat/Sun and that he admittedly wasn't sure he'd return this month, I realized we should really accept that fact that he may not play at all this season. Like I said, if you have the space to hold on to him and wait, that's cool. But I wouldn't hold my breath at this point.

H.R. (Paragould, Arkansas)

in a 10 team H2H 3-keeper league, is it time to drop Rondo? What are your thoughts about Ty Lawson, Melo, Rubio, Nash or Ibaka as keepers? Have been offered Gay/Horford and Hibbert for Ibaka. I sure would appreciate some expert guidance on this move

Tom Carpenter
  (11:40 AM)

Hey, H.R. ... I wouldn't let Ibaka go, even though that's a fair offer (unless you think the trade will take you to the title this season). I'd have Ibaka and Melo going forward for sure. Then it's a matter of figuring out your PG situation. Considering that all signs thus far are that Rondo should be ready by training camp, I would lean toward holding onto him over Lawson and Rubio. However, both of them have enough upside to warrant moving on from Rondo, if you need to make other roster moves. I'd recommend trying to trade Rondo to a team that doesn't have good keepers.

jeff (chicago)

i just got Irving and Anthony davis in a trade for Paul George and Conley...even trade, but the kicker is Davis getting minutes after the all star you think he'll play more in the coming weeks?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:42 AM)

Looks like a nice score for you, Jeff. My expectation for quite a while is that Davis should get a lot of run and touches after the ASB, and I still expect that to happen. He's one of the best buy-low options out there, IMO.

Jon (Providence)

I've managed to stay a top 3 team in my points league holding on to both Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose.. What are you expecting from when they return? (hopefully soon!)

Tom Carpenter
  (11:45 AM)

As I just noted, I have little in the way of expectations for Bynum at this point. Rose is intriguing, though it sounds like he may not return immediately after the ASB. I think we can expect maybe 75-80 percent of his usual production, which is still pretty damn good. The catch will be how often he skips games to rest his knee and how much the time away from the game saps his FG%, which already had sunk into the lower 40s the past two seasons. This is actually a great time to trade him. People can debate his expected production, but someone may overpay for the chance he shows up big.

going for broke? (Fantasy World)

is a Leonard-Mullens pairing, or a Leonard-Thompson pairing (Thompson-GS), too much to give up to get P. George? please let me know. thank you!

Tom Carpenter
  (11:49 AM)

I'm all in on George, and I don't think the return of Granger will limit his production. It may even help him by drawing some defensive attention away. I'd have no problem dealing those fantasy upstarts for George's sure-fire production.

Paul (Denver)

Who's a better speculative add in my H2H 7 cat 8 team league Young or Beal? Ellis is my only SG and I need upside.

Tom Carpenter
  (11:51 AM)

I'd call Young the steadier option but Beal has more upside. Depends on which way you want to roll. I guess in a vacuum, I'd lean toward Beal's upside ROS.

Nathan (NYC)

trade D12 for Ant Davis? would kill me in rebs and blks now but do you really think they will give Davis some more burn? its like they are babying him a bit.

Tom Carpenter
  (11:55 AM)

I wouldn't do that straight up, Nathan. Granted, Howard has shoulder, back and Laker issues, but he should have little trouble outperforming the rookie the rest of the season. However, I do like it if you traded D12 for Davis plus another good player with upside. You would shake off the risk of D12 shutting it down, as well as his FT nightmares for the upside of Davis and another player. They are babying Davis to keep him healthy and learn the ropes and I do expect a strong finish.

Frank (Cape Cod)

Better keeper for next year and beyond, Kyrie or Rondo?

Tom Carpenter
  (11:56 AM)

You can make a case that only Durant and LeBron are better keepers going forward than Kyrie, Frank. Even a healthy Rondo wouldn't match Kyrie's long-term upside.

Lobcity (Somewhereoverthegoldenbridge)

What should i do about Billups? I picked him up got one game out of him now he has back issues. Should i drop him for a hot FA like Danny Green, Bayless, Bledsoe, Henderson, Jeff Green.

Tom Carpenter
  (11:58 AM)

You can't count on Billups as a fantasy factor very much. I like Green better going forward, and as I noted before, Bledsoe for the short term to see if he ends up being dealt away next week.

Frank (Cape Cod)

Who do you like ROS: Jamison, Humphries, Aminu? Thanks

Tom Carpenter
  (11:59 AM)

Definitely Aminu. Humphries could be intriguing if lands in Charlotte or Phoenix or some other place he could get a lot of minutes, but I'm not counting on that happening.

Jon Fishman (Burlington, VT)

Hey Tom avid reader, whenever I'm not banging on the drums! Quick question: Would you trade Kobe for Melo in a keeper league? Thanks buddy

Tom Carpenter
  (12:02 PM)

I'm an avid listener, Fish, whenever I'm not rapping fantasy hoops. I would do that for the simple reason that Melo should have more years ahead of him. Though it's clear no one should doubt the Mamba, Father Time will have the final say.

Tom Carpenter
  (12:03 PM)

Once again this has been a terrific session. Thanks as always for the excellent questions. Enjoy the All-Star Weekend and I'll see you on the other side! Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @AtomicHarpua and check out the Fantasy Focus Podcast later today.