FTF are fantasy articles over the course of the season helping Rookie fantasy players (like myself) over the course of the year.[caption id="attachment_11838" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images[/caption] Another week down the drain in the NBA season, which means more stats flying in left, right and center. With stats and the box scores, come fantasy points! Unfortunately, the points don’t come my way. This week has been another dismal effort in trying to climb up the rungs of the ladder. Yes, I’m still dead last, and my rotisserie points just seem to dissolve into everyone else. Slowly, I’ll be last in every category. There were add/drops and trade proposals everywhere in week 2, and in this article I’ll run you through the best one’s that took place, along with some of the best trade proposals that didn’t go through around the league. Along with that, I’ll provide you with some fantasy studs and duds, as well as some guys you should go and pick up if they’re casually sitting in the ‘Free Agency’ area.
My Add/DropsDropped: Al Farouq Aminu Added: JJ Hickson This took place early in the week as I was looking at the Hornets schedule ahead and wasn’t quite happy with what I thought Aminu could produce for me. Therefore I went searching through the free agent list and found the nice starting centre for Portland who can produce some good numbers on any given night. Dropped: Danny Granger Added: JR Smith With the news that Granger would miss a massive chunk of the season (3 months to be exact), I just couldn’t sit on my team with 3 injured players for a hefty period of time (Wall & Rubio). I headed for the free agents list once again and came across JR Smith and was quite surprised at his stats to start the year. So why not jump on the JR Smith bandwagon hey? Failed Add/Drop (Due to waiver order) Added: Marcin Gortat Dropped: Michael Beasley My waiver position was 8 at the time (out of 10) and I thought holy cow Gortat is on the market, is this a joke? So of course I quickly jumped on it and had to wait for a couple of days hoping that no one else noticed. On the other hand I was prepared to drop Beasley because he’s been a useless asset during this early part of the season. In the end, it was sort of lucky I missed out, or had to wait, because Beasley dropped 35 during the period I had to wait. In the end, someone caught onto Gortat and I unfortunately missed out.
Notable Trades (Successful)Cunning Stunts traded: Kyle Lowry. Team USSDU traded: Russell Westbrook. Kim Jong Ilyasova traded: Goran Dragic. Master Jheff traded: George Hill. What are your thoughts on these trades? Be sure to comment on them in the space at the conclusion of the article.
My Trade (Successful)I traded: Dwight Howard Team McFadden traded: Carmelo Anthony I accepted this trade mostly because Melo is locked in at this stage. Howard and the Lakers obviously had a strange start to the season, however once scrapping the Princeton offence and going back to the old days, Howard will then have a new game plan to adjust to and it seems like he may struggle on the offensive end. Your thoughts? Was I right to accept? Let me know in the comments section at the end!
Trades UnsuccessfulSomeone offered me Blake Griffin and Steve Novak for Dwight Howard. This was early in the week and I wasn’t too keen in selling off Dwight for something cheap. So I passed quickly on that one. I proposed DeMar Derozan in return for Jeff Teague. I obviously thought this was a fair trade otherwise I wouldn’t have offered, however this was shut down without any explanation in reply to me. Someone offered me Jason Kidd and Jason Terry for JR Smith. Having only just picked up Smith, I wanted to give him some sort of a chance for him to make me some points. The other reason I declined was because JR Smith was averaging 30+ minutes a game where as Kidd and JET were only around 22 minutes a game. More minutes in my opinion gives me more opportunity to gain stats. In response to that trade offer, I countered a couple of days later after Smith played a game. I offered JR Smith (The player my opponent was after obviously) and Roy Hibbert for DeAndre Jordan and Tyreke Evans. (Was this a smart trade decision? Again, leave a comment on your thoughts!) This was declined as well. My last proposal this week was: I offered Josh Smith for Kyrie Irving. This is the one I want some sort of response on. If you had Kyrie Irving, would you accept my trade? Why/Why Not?
Fantasy Starters, Studs & DudsSTARTERS: Kevin Durant: KD scored a season high 25 points in the Thunder's 105-94 win over the Pistons, hitting 9-of-16 shots (2-of-2 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) along with 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal. He is already a top-3 player in category leagues without really having a breakout game. Rajon Rondo: Rondo handed out 20 dimes in the Celtics' 106-100 loss to the Sixers, while also adding 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting, plus two rebounds and two steals. Rondo tied John Stockton for consecutive games with double digit assists with 29 games. STUDS: Serge Ibaka: Serge had two straight games of 20+ points this week. If he can continue his fantasy stats that he put up last year, plus maintain this sort of scoring rate, he’ll be a massive stud to any fantasy team. Andre Drummond: Drummond scored a career high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes off the bench against the Thunder. He may vanish from time to time seeing teams will take advantage of his experience, but eventually he's going to get big minutes and we're seeing what he can do with them. Currently, he’s probably more of a lock than Derrick Favors, only because he has a clearer path to minutes than Favors who has major competition in Utah. Jrue Holiday: Holiday churned in another solid performance against the Celtics. He dropped 21 points and dished out a team high 14 assists in a 106-100 win. Holiday shot 7 of 16 from the floor, including 1 of 4 from beyond the arc, and knocked down all six of his free throw attempts. The other plus side was he chipped in with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 42 minutes of action. DUDS: Roy Hibbert: Hibbert hasn’t had the same impact he had last season which led to the Pacers being the surprise of the year. Hibbert is lacking heavily in the scoring department while not grabbing as many rebounds along the way. The Indy center struggles to grab double digit rebounds due to David West and guard Paul George grabbing a ton of his rebounds. Joe Johnson: JJ just hasn’t found his groove yet in Brooklyn like he was doing late last year in ATL. Joe has averaged 13 points a game, while grabbing just 2 boards and 2 assists. It seems like Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are taking over and leaving JJ out of the offense a little.
So there you have it, another week down in all fantasy leagues. I hope your team is going a lot better than mine, and if these articles are helping you in any sort of way (probably reading thinking these are the players NOT to pick up) then I’m happy! Please remember to leave your thoughts below in the comments section, and let me know about the trades that took place and what you would have done in that situation etc. This is FTF, have a great week!