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NBA Fantasy Mailbag

Fantasy Hoops Mailbag: Vol 1

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 Welcome to the Rotoworld Saturday mailbag, everyone! I’m stoked you’re joining our route for the season.


Every week, I’ll be tweeting out a call for questions from either my Twitter account (@Ethan_Norof) and/or the @Rotoworld_BK account, so if you want to have a chance of your question(s) being included, make sure you tweet appropriately and use the hashtag #RotoMailbag in your post.


This should be a good opportunity to get more in depth than we can be on Twitter as well as a chance to answer those questions that may not be able to be asked in the moment.


Question 1: Would you consider flipping Jimmy Butler for Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson in a one for two trade?


Answer: I’m usually a big proponent of two for one swaps, but as much as I love Ryno this season I just can’t get behind this deal. It’s incredibly early in the year to think about giving up on a guy in Butler who was likely your second-round pick, and flipping him for two mid-round selections less than one week into the campaign is a gamble that I’m not willing to take. While some do have concerns about how it’s going to work in Chicago with Butler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo all sharing the ball, Butler is the guy the Bulls have chosen to build around. It’s hard for me to see any way Butler doesn’t wind up with top-25 value (with the potential for more), and that’s the kind of anchor good fantasy teams are built around.


Question 2: What is your outlook on Chandler Parsons?


Answer: We all know Parsons has the potential to put up early-to-mid-round value when he’s on the court, but what we all continue to guess about is when he’s actually going to be on the floor. Parsons has now had multiple knee procedures to address continual issues, and that’s not exactly a good omen for what his future could hold. There is no doubt the Grizzlies intend to use Parsons in a prominent role after handing him a max contract this offseason, but the real question is whether or not Parsons can thrive in that role. He should have been a draft-day bargain given everything in play here, but even those who rolled the dice did so blindly and bought in because the price had dropped considerably. He’s not a guy I’m trading for in any setting unless another owner is already willing to give him away. And if that’s the case, keep making deals with that impatient owner and leverage your team appropriately.


Question 3: Should I drop Justin Hamilton, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or JaMychal Green when Josh Richardson (knee) comes off of IR?


Answer: The good news is that we have a little more time before Richardson is activated before being forced into this decision, so I wouldn’t do anything before you absolutely have to. There is nothing worse in fantasy sports than wasting a spot on a player that doesn’t play; ergo there is no need for Richardson to be activated until he’s ready to play. Assuming the Brooklyn Nets don’t continually bench Brook Lopez like we saw on opening night,—and there is no reason that should be expected to happen routinely—Hamilton is the one getting the boot from my roster. Caldwell-Pope—in an enormous contract year—is locked into big minutes and Green is settled in his starter’s role. Don’t let KCP’s slow start discourage you.


Question 4: What do you expect in regards to the minutes distribution for Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson?


Answer: Chicago really doesn’t have a ton of depth along its front line, and that bodes well for both Gibson and Mirotic as we begin the action. Bobby Portis (DNP-CD) didn’t see a single second in Chicago’s opener, and that should be a very clear indication about where he is on the depth chart at the moment. Mirotic actually played more minutes (29) off the bench than Gibson did in the starting lineup (27.5), but I’d expect them both to hover right around that 30 number given the construction of this team. Gibson doesn’t have the potential upside that Mirotic carries, but Mirotic’s floor is a whole lot scarier than what Gibson brings to the table. These are two very different players capable of doing very different things for your fantasy team, so it shouldn’t be a question of one vs. the other. But if we’re just talking about minutes, both guys can be expected to find enough to be productive regardless of who starts.


Question 5: Chandler Parsons is on waivers. Would you pick him up and drop Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?


Answer: If Parsons made it all the way through your draft without being selected, what has changed for you to suddenly buy into his stock? If an impatient fantasy GM who has no time to wait for a return on investment dropped Parsons, then feel free to scoop him up with the hope that you bought low and can sell high later. I’m not against cutting MKG loose, but I’d bet there is dead weight at the end of your bench that may be a better option. Parsons is one of the sport’s biggest risk vs. reward candidates in both fantasy and reality, and he needs to be treated as such until he shows us differently. Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t going to come through with the stats that count on offense with any kind of consistency yet, but his defense is where he makes his money and that makes him a hold on my roster.  

Ethan Norof
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