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Dear RotoRob: Drew or Yi?

January 21, 2008 | By James Morris | comment on this post
Drew Gooden's minutes are sliding.
Drew Gooden had been signing a sweet tune for his owners until Anderson Varejao returned to cut his minutes. (Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography)

Dear RotoRob.com,

How are you doing? I recently traded away Drew Gooden for Yi Jianlian in my 12-team H2H league, and it seems as if I’m the only person who thinks that was a good idea.

Here are my reasons:

1. Drew probably has peaked. And Anderson Varejao takes the majority of the minutes anyways.

2. Yi is a rookie. He has ebbs and flows, but my timing for the trade was alright because I caught him at a time when he was in a funk. He has better long-term potential for me than Gooden (note: not a keeper league).

3. The Bucks have a much better schedule ahead. Including the five-game week ahead, the Bucks also have one of the best fantasy playoff schedules. The Cavs have one of the worst.

So do you see what I saw? Or was trading Gooden really a bad idea?

Thanks!

Albert
New York, NY

Albert,

I think if you are looking at the season overall, Jianlian should do better than Gooden. Varejao looks like a season-ending injury waiting to happen, but the Bucks seem more committed to getting Yi more involved in the offense than the Cavs are about Gooden. I think it will end up being closer than people think, but Yi should do slightly better since he doesn’t have to fight for shots with LeBron James.

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