Q: MY Chauncey Billups, Darren Collison & Luis Scola for HIS Kevin Durant, Omri Casspi & D.J. Augustin?-NikeTxGuy
A: I advise against doing this trade. While Durant is obviously a stud and the number one player in fantasy right now, you are giving up too much. Billups is a second round talent, Collison is a beast and could end up being a top 30 player this year. Scola is coming off a beast of a performance in the FIBA championships and could easily put up 18 & 10 (albeit not contributing much in other categories). Meanwhile, while Durant is a total monster, Casspi and DJ Augustin are both late round flyer type of guys, and don’t compensate enough for the loss of three quality players. I understand the appeal of Durant, but you’re just giving up too much. Don’t do that trade.
Q: What players do you think could be steals based on their “O-Ranks?”-DVauthrin
A: Most of the rankings this year are accurate, as they were last year, and no longer are there many steals to be made based on O-Ranks. While I understand the concept of finding players who will significantly outperform their O-Rank, this idea really only applies to Public Leagues and playing with fantasy fish.
Nonetheless, here are a few players that I feel are better than their O-Rank:
#16) Dwight Howard
I understand the ranking is splitting the difference between Head to Head and Rotisserie leagues, but he is obviously a top eight pick in head to head, if not top five.
#25) Al Jefferson
I expect Big Al to put up second round value, a tad better than his O-Rank of 25. He’s coming off another offseason of rest and rehab, so his knee should be better able to take the rigors of the season. Moreover, he has Deron Williams passing to him now, instead of Jonny Flynn.
#67) Gilbert Arenas
While I understand the concerns with Arenas’ state of mind and his knees, I still think he’ll vastly outperform this draft position. He should put up top 40 value at a minimum — provided he can stay healthy.
#70) Channing Frye
Frye finished last season ranked 33rd. While some feel the loss of Amare may hurt Frye, I stand in the other camp. Frye will continue his dead eye shooting and should still find plenty of minutes. He’s going to outperform this draft position and finish in the top 50.
#95) Andris Biedrins
Nelson stepping down means big things for Biedrins. Nellie never seemed to give him a fair chance, but if he works his way into Keith Smart’s good graces, he could return to fantasy form and be a great steal.
#128) DeMarcus Cousins
While I know all the risks of taking rookies high, Cousins has the talent to significantly outperform his O-rank of 128. Of course, he could be a total headcase and struggle to stay in shape. I’m a believer in Cousins, though, and think he’ll crack the top 80, at least.
#142) DeMar DeRozan
Adding a three-point shot to his arsenal (which he displayed in summer league) seemed like the best thing he could do. Already very athletic, DeRozan will now have the inside-outside game that fantasy owners love. If he starts, as many suspect he will, he could be a real steal here.
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