Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How To Deal With Losing Derrick Rose

In my 14 team money league, I had the 8th overall pick and took a gamble on Derrick Rose. The guy took more than a full year off from playing basketball and his knee was fully healed as he was destroying his oppositions in pre-season. Looking back I should of selected John Wall, Paul George, Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving who all were selected after Rose. However I now have to work with what I have left on my roster.

My core now consists of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Klay Thompson, Nikola Pekovic and Kenneth Faried. I also have some other valuable players like J.J. Hickson, Trevor Ariza (if he ever returns from injury), J.R. Smith and Jamal Crawford. That being said, I'm not confident in this team as I sit in 8th place at 17-19.

Losing Rose, I lost my only true point guard, and I'm already 13th in the league in total assists. So I know I have to upgrade at the PG position. I made a trade to acquire Greivis Vasquez and Ersan Ilyasova for Pekovic. Ilyasova is coming off an injury so I was able to buy low on him and will eventually be the main guy for the dreadful Bucks. He's more than capable of being a 15 point scorer and grabbing 6-7 boards a game. Vasquez can put up 15-7-5 on any given night, so those two guys I believe will bring a lot to the table for my team. Yes I gave up on Pekovic who is playing great, and is a double double guy but getting 2 valuable players is tough to pass up.

I was still interested in upgrading the PG position and looked to trade Chris Bosh who is just averaging 15 and 6. I found a deal to acquire Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo both from the Orlando Magic. Not only am I getting more assists, but Nelson can score, hit 3's and grab around 4-5 boards. Then with Oladipo, I'm getting another Trevor Ariza type player. Someone who fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis. Sure he's not going to score 30, grab 15 boards and dish out 7 assists, but he's more than capable of putting up games with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

After making these trades, I was offered an interesting trade of Klay Thompson for Marcin Gortat and Gerald Henderson. Really did not want to part with Thompson, but after looking at his numbers, he does nothing but score and hit 3's. I still have a number of guys who will contribute to my 3's, and Henderson and Gortat will combine to score more than Thompson. Gortat will clearly rebound, block shots and even score 12-15 points a night. While Henderson will do some scoring as well, rebound a little bit and get some steals on the defensive end.

At the end of the day, I trade Pekovic, Bosh and Thompson for Vasquez, Ilyasova, Nelson, Oladipo, Gortat and Henderson.

Whenever you can add 6 players with the talent of the guys I acquired, it's ok to give up 3 potential All-Stars. In acquiring 6 and trading 3, I was able to release 3 players who I consider dead weight off my roster, making my team more complete and will be more competitive moving forward this season.

New Roster:

PG - Greivis Vasquez, Jameer Nelson

SG - Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Victor Oladipo, Dion Waiters

SF - Trevor Ariza, Gerald Henderson,

PF - Kenneth Faried, Ersan Ilyasova, Andray Blatche

C - Marcin Gortat, J.J. Hickson, Zaza Pachulia

What do you think? Capable of winning it all? Let me know what you think of my trades, and if you think I should make any more moves.

Last year, I suffered a similar injury as I lost Rajon Rondo. This hurt because I was banking on beating all of my opponents in the assist and steals category, as I had Rondo and Chris Paul. Losing Rondo forced me to make trades.

Trade #1 - I trade Jameer Nelson and Kevin Garnett for DeMar DeRozan and Gerald Wallace

Trade #2 - I trade Chris Paul,  Danny Green, and Gerald Wallace for Brandon Knight, DeMarcus Cousins and Tristan Thompson

This gave me a nice core of Seth Curry, Kemba Walker, Evan Turner, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Luis Scola. Not exactly a stand out roster, but with other guys who contribute like Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Evans, Kirk Hinrich, and Patrick Patterson, I was able to make the playoffs as the #8 seed, and I went on to beat the #1, #4 and #2 seed (I won all of them 5-4) to win the championship.

The key to winning your fantasy basketball league is not having LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Sure it absolutely helps but you need players who can do a little bit of everything - score, rebound, get assists, play defense, blocks, steals. Find those gritty players and they'll carry your team.

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