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The Fantasy Report: Battle of the Blues, Trade Targets, A Griz for the Road

We have made it through two weeks of the basketball season, which means we are two weeks into fantasy basketball! How is "The Battle of the Blues" shaping up early, and who are some buy-low and sell-high trade targets moving forward?

Kevin Love is off to a heck of a start.
Kevin Love is off to a heck of a start.
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Welcome to the Fantasy Report!

This will be a bi-weekly update of everyone's favorite fantasy basketball league, "The Battle of the Blues" pitting our friends at Three Shades of Blue against your Grizzly Bear Blues representatives. Every entry there will also be fantasy basketball advice in some way, shape or form. This time we will take a look at possible buy-low and sell-high trade targets, players who are either struggling early and are likely to improve or players who started hot but will not likely sustain that success. We will end with a Grizzly to watch the next two weeks of fantasy.

The Battle of the Blues Update

We are two weeks in to the battle for fantasy supremacy between Grizzly bloggers, and there is still plenty of time for the cream to truly rise to the top. There are currently three undefeated teams in the league; Joshua Red Coleman of Three Shades of Blue's team, @3SOB, was an early pick of mine to be a favorite. And the squad has yet to disappoint; he has perhaps the deepest three point collection I have ever seen in Stephen Curry, Kevin Martin, Danny Green, Paul George and Kyle Korver. That unholy pentagon and the rest of Josh's team has made 108 (!!!!) threes through 2 games; the next closest team has hit 93. He is also in the top 5 in FG%, FT% and steals. Being dominant in one category and above average in 4 or more categories is the recipe for success for @3SOB, and so far it has worked.

The other three undefeateds reside within the Grind division, which houses the Grizzly Bear Blues staff and our reader representative "Cap'n Jones" or AJones931 (who is one of the three, well done Cap'n!) The other 2 undefeated masterminds are Matt "TheReal" Hrdlicka and yours truly. Matt won a tremendous match-up this week and highlights how the game was won in one of my favorite tweets of all-time:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>ERIC GORDON DAGGER 3 (for my fantasy team victory. NOP gonna lose).</p>&mdash; Matt Hrdlicka (@theRealHrdlicka) <a href="">November 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>He did that against our fearless leader Chris Faulkner to pull out a 5-4 win. Matt's team "My Team is MY TEAM" is impressive early; led by Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook he is in the top 5 in points, rebounds and assists. Most amazingly, he leads the league in TWO categories; steals (105, next closest has 93) and blocks (78, next closest has 54.) Dominance in 2 categories, a great start.

My squad, Do It for MulliGrizz, is probably the one that is on the road to a reality check. 2-0 is a nice start, but I only lead the league statistically in one category, which is assists. I am top 5 in steals and three pointers, but there was enough cause for concern that I recently completed the first trade of the season with the Three Shades of Blue reader rep Daniel Barrach's "The Great Grindfather."

Mullinax Gets: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard
Barrach Gets: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Rodney Stuckey

Barrach went on to tweet out:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hope that trade with <a href="">@JoeMullinax</a> pays off.</p>&mdash; Daniel Barrach (@DBarrach) <a href="">November 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>Me too, Daniel. Me too.

Stud of the Report-

Kevin Love of Pondexter's Lab, owned by Steve Danziger of Three Shades of Blue. 27 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 85% free throw percentage, 47% field goal percentage, 2 threes per game.

Dud of the Report-

Derrick Rose of GBB writer Tristy's Chalmanders. 14 points per game on 32% shooting, 27% shooting from three, 3 rebounds per game, 4 assists per game, 5 turnovers per game.

Buy Low/Sell High Trade Targets-

The following are players you should target in other leagues who are having uncharacteristically slow starts or are injured and could possibly be had for cheap-

  • Derrick Rose- He cannot be this terrible this long, right?
  • Deron Williams- Minutes limit early due to ankle concerns, will be unleashed soon.
  • Ersan Ilyasova- When healthy an uncommon three point/rebound combination.
  • Larry Sanders- Health and legal issues can only hold back this blocks machine for so long.
  • Al Jefferson- A scorer on the block who will be the main Bobcats offensive option upon his return from injury.

The following are players who, if you own them, you may think about unloading thanks to their fast starts that are not likely sustainable. Get value for them while you can-

  • Michael Carter-Williams- Best start since Oscar Robinson? Odds are he doesn't finish that way. Definition of sell-high, unless you are in a keeper league.
  • Gordon Hayward- On a bad team, squads will focus on stopping him eventually.
  • Evan Turner- See Hayward, Gordon.
  • Dwight Howard- His free throw percentages will kill your team when it matters most.
  • Tim Duncan- Name still has value, but numbers are way down.

A Griz for the Road-

Keep an eye on Mike Miller. His minutes have been remarkably higher than most folks though they would be this early in the season at 25, and he has hit on average 2 threes per game. He is also averaging 5 rebounds and three assists per game and is available in most fantasy leagues. Not in "The Battle of the Blues", though; NBKay Jam, run by Three Shades of Blues' Katee Forbis, snatched him up alongside three other Grizzlies in the draft.

Since this is only a bi-weekly report, I would love to still discuss/help with any and all things fantasy basketball related in-between reports. Just tweet your question or comment to me @JoeMullinax using the hashtag #FantasyBBall and I will be sure to respond to all and use some tweets/responses in the next report!

Grind forth, fantasy ballers!

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