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Happy New Year, Razzball Nation!  It’s great to be back, a new year in front of us, and back to the beck and call of the Fantasy Basketball regular season.  We’re halfway through the standard league season, a 2013 that brought us Larry Drew spite, Brandon Knight love, Andre Drummond being a nuisance and Larry Sanders being a… well nuisance, but more like just a moron.   I love how three of the first four things that came to mind were Bucks.  Man the Bucks have been a ridiculous team, and shows us why Fantasy Basketball saves lives.  We’re talking about the worst team in the NBA here!  And they’re the middle of a lot of drama.  Sure there have been a ridiculous amount of other big name injuries and movers-and-shakers, but my new year couldn’t have started better than Knight going 15-25 37/8/2/4 with three treys on New Year’s Eve.  Watching that going on while Miley Cyrus was being a wrecking ball was quite entertaining.  And while the ball dropped, Knight only dropped two balls himself!  Wow, that sounds like a horrible puberty joke.  Only 2 TOs from Knight, who only has 10 TOs over his last six games after his 8 TO coming out game when he put up 36.  He’s got a 14 Ast-dimebag in there, two 36/8+ games, just some redonk numbers the past 8 games.  Hopefully he keeps it up all year.  Happy 2014 for Knight owners!  It’s great to be back on daily.  Here’s what else I caught since we last checked in:

Mike Scott - My boy!  Got a start on New Year’s Eve and didn’t do too much going 8/7/1 in 28 minutes, but I like he was in there on the opening tip.  DeMarre Carroll‘s hitchhiking injury had him out of the lineup, but it’s three straight games of Scott playing 17+ minutes and had a 18/6 game with three treys on the 28th.  Getting into the 14-team mix, and a commenter dropped Kevin Garnett for him.  I endorse that decision.  KG is so 2013… Well, actually, he’s so 2002, but you get the point.

Jordan Farmar - Another torn hammy.  Well it’s the same hammy.  But another tear.  Or tear.  Homonyms!  Another blow to the Lakers and their doomed PGs.  The plague of Nash!  Isn’t “gnashing” some sort of Dante’s Inferno thing?  The Lakers PGs are in the fourth circle!

Kendall Marshall - Hoping to avoid the hellish fate of all the other Lakers’ points.  10/1/7 on New Year’s Eve, and deserves a look becoming the Lakers’ starting PG.

Khris Middleton - Got benched for Luke Ridnour on New Year’s Eve.  Not the greatest end of the year for K Middleton!  Still got 18 minutes, and the matchup made sense with the Lakers playing Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, and Kendall Marshall as the primary 1-3 guys.  Plus…

Giannis Antetokounmpo - … When you have the big G playing the 2 (like he had been here and there), it has to be against a pretty big line-up.  So Giannis moved to the three for a solid 8/11/1 line as he continues to develop.  Had a rainbow worthy of the letters in his name of 6/5/4/4/2 on the 28th.  Great multi-cat upside, probably want Giannis over Middleton.  Giannis appears to have locked down a starting role playing 32+ minutes the past 5.  Still can’t believe I ranked him, was just a dart at the wall and looking great.  I just wanted to learn his name ahead of time…

Kyrie Irving - When you see the brittle Kyrie and MRI in the same sentence, you turn on the oven to see if you need to put your head in.  Fortunately our heads stayed un-melted unlike the poor sap from Raiders, and it’s only a knee bruise.  Might miss tonight, so stay tuned.

Kyle Lowry - Playing unreal.  Still think he’s a sell high with all the injury history, but as the Raptors got to .500 in a shocking win against the Pacers last night, trade likelihood is looking slimmer.

Amir Johnson - After a hot run, it appears the big Amir is fading.  I’m not throwing out all hope, he’s locked into his starting role, but in shallower leagues you can move on.

Terrence Ross - “Ross can! Rosssss can!  Ross can get me the tickets!”  18/4/2/3/0 with two treys last night in a tough matchup.  Turning into a ThrAGNOF!  Nice multi-cat here, but not doing much beyond the points and treys.  Which if you need ‘em, he got ‘em.

Trevor Booker - 10/19 last night.  Could he work his way into a Goromotaro?!  Tis possible!  But unlikley… Still, great boarding upside if you’re getting taken to boarding school most weeks…

Ricky Rubio - Rainbow line!  14/8/9/3/2.  Ricky has been tricky this year.  As in, annoying.  Hah.  But I still like him and will still defend his honor.  I imagine his voice is like the Spaniard from A Princess Bride.  All I remember  past that is it had Andre the Giant in it and the guy who had to off his foot in Saw.  I wish IMDB worked like my brain.  Would be much funnier.

Jamal Crawford - Rainbow line?!  From Crawford?!  What is going on this year?!  11/2/4/2/2 in a shocker line.  Wichita State! Shot 1-8 from deep though.  Still, interesting to see from one of fantasy’s biggest score-only guys.

Jordan Hill - It’s getting to be pretty laughable.  El Burro had a pretty nice rant on the 30th, and then D’Antoni really grinded his gears by giving Hill under 12 minutes the next day.  D’Antoni is like, “El Burro isn’t getting away with calling me out like that!  I’m gonna treat Hill like my polyp and pretend it’s not there!”  Love Hill’s game, hate the yo-yo.

Ersan Ilyasova - 15/12.  Maybe turning a corner, and worth a pickup in deeper 12 teamers if you have a spot, but I am not putting much stock into him right now.  Good to see the 33+ minutes and the fact he can shoot better than sub-20% he’s shot the past six games, but I need to see another nice game or two.

 

Next Game: I’ve got Knicks at Spurs.  Blowout alert!  Despite the game looking awful, I’m excited to be back talking about the highlights.  And be back daily and more in-depth whence I am not recovering from New Years celebrations.  It’s going to be a great year!  I’m sure I didn’t hit on a million things, so throw your comments below and let’s bring in the new year!

  1. Slim

    Slim says:
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    “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Talk about a classic.

    Yeah daily write-ups are back! Yeah! I trust you had an enjoyable vacation.

    It would be interesting to see Mike Scott get huge minutes. He could be a 20/10 type player. Nice per-36 numbers just low end steals/blocks to date. KG looks done and Duncan looks like an All-Star. I’ll keep my predictions to young players…

    My questionable decision to turn down Amir in a trade doesn’t look so bad now. I’ll still take him but at my price.

    Shawne Williams with back to back 36 minutes? One with Pau in the lineup, one without. Still wouldn’t go near him in anything shallower than a 16 teamer. I am absolutely willing to give Kendall Marshall a shot though in any league. No telling what’s going to happen but the risk is well worth the potential reward. Is it really any different than Farmars situation? Spoiler Alert: More on that later this afternoon.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Slim: Happy New Year, Slim. Just giving you a shout out for your early call on Terrance Ross. He’s fun to watch/own. It’s funny that his biggest contributions are 3′s, because I figured he’d be more of a slasher who developed an outside shot later on. Hopefully the Raps don’t get crazy and deal him for a vet to make a misguided playoff push.

      • Slim

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        @Clyde Prompto: Happy New Year! Ahh… it’s words like those that get me excited to write more. I’m probably being a little greedy at this point but I expect steady improvements every month from Ross. As I look at his progression there is one player I keep drawing statistical comparisons to, Paul George. He probably won’t get there as a real life player but as a fantasy contributor the progression is looking very similar. If only Ross shot the ball as much as DeRozan…

        The guy I need to hark on more is Antetokounmpo. He’s looking immune to Larry Drews mix and match rotations and the fantasy potential is starting to turn into fantasy reality. (non sequitur point!) I don’t think he should be available in any league.

        More on both later this afternoon. It’s my longest post but it’s got oodles of hopefully useful information.

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Slim: Nice, I actually just tried to trade Ross for Giannis straight up because I have a surplus of 3′s and could use a boost in defensive stats. I’m a big fan of both players.

          • Slim

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            @Clyde Prompto: I would have trouble picking between the 2. I agree though it’s based on team needs. But I would try really hard to keep both. In my 12 teamers I drafted heavy PGs and Cs and I’ve been picking up wings along the way. It’s worked out well so far.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Back indeed! Yeah definitely hoping Scott gets 30 minutes at some point every night. Would be huge. Shawne with the 4 blocks the other day was nice, but nothing else really stood out. Marshall could be an Augustin 2.0. A few less 3s.

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: Shawne had 2 double digit rebounding games but any PF with 36 minutes should be able to do that. In the REL though pretty much anything he gives I consider a bonus.

        One reason I’m willing to give Marshall a chance on my teams is because PGs don’t tend to be available on the free agent list as much as other positions. We can call it a wait and see but I hate waiting and seeing and then not getting. I missed out on Antetokounmpo in one 12 teamer and I’m still bitter about it. I’d rather add Marshall now and if he fails I can just move on, at least in 12 teamers or deeper, especially if I lost Blake or Farmar.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: Oh for sure, in our league any double-digits in anything is a plus. Yeah I buy that strategy for Marshall. I loved his ability to distribute at UNC and think he can be a big assists booster even if he doesn’t do much else.

  2. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Hooray for return of the roundups! How would you value D Wade in h2h leagues? I normally play roto so I underestimated how brutal the games off would be, but he’s studly when he’s in there and I don’t want to sell him short. Also, “I’m sure I didn’t hit on a million things,” is basically the opposite of how my New Year’s Eve went. Yay liquor!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: Still think Wade has good value if you have depth. Hey, it’s better than having to hold onto Westbrook! Not that I’d rather have him over RW necessarily, but at least Wade is playing. Haha I stuck with beer and champagne, then ate leftovers from a nice meal at 3:00 AM so I came out of it in great shape. Woooo!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Understood. It’s a pain having Wade and Tony Parker as 2 of your best 5 or 6 players. Stupid coaches, worrying about the playoffs and winning championships instead of thinking about fantasy owners. Haha it was 15 degrees below zero where I spent NYE so I was just trying not to pull a Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Clyde Prompto: Ugh, yeah tough when you have two of those guys. “Here’s Clllllyyyyydddeee!” haha

  3. Moe says:
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    Would you do this trade Al Jefferson and Nick Young for Paul Milsap?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Moe: Yeah I would, Millsap has been taking off

  4. justin.g says:
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    Would you drop Sully for TRoss? Sully hasn’t been that good recently and TRoss has more games in playoff time.

    • justin.g says:
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      @justin.g: Burke, Wall, Bledsoe, Beal, W Chandler, Sully, G Ant, Lowry, Favors, Tobias, Hibbert, Unibrow, M Gasol

    • JB Gilpin

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      @justin.g: Yeah I would, I like your bigs and the Sully fade with Olynyk looking OK has me support the move

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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: thanks! do you like TRoss more than Reddick?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @justin.g: At this point, yeah I do. Any time!

  5. Sio says:
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    better for ROS: varejao, henson or blatche?

    • Moe says:
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      @Sio: varejao.

      • Sio says:
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        @Moe: thanks! trade just got pull though. so it’s between henson and blatche now. the sanders situation is making it shaky to keep holding henson and now that he’s injured it’s harder to deal him.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sio: I agree with Varejao the pick

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        @JB Gilpin: thanks JB! what about henson vs blatche ROS?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Sio: Tough one. I like Henson so much. But I’ll go Blatche right now

  6. miles proudfoot says:
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    Happy New Year’s and glad to have you guys back! Kind of a broad question so thank you in advance…in a H2H 10 team 9 cat league. My team is rolling along pretty well, only losing FG% and TO’s, could do better in rebounds as well. So I’m thinking I should add a big man. I’d like to trade a SF like Wilson Chandler, Jeff Green, Gordon Hayward in a 2 for 1 for a big man and then pick up a waiver wire player (Terrance Jones, Illyasova, Henson, Ross, James Johnson). Is it crazy to think I can trade 2 of those 3 players for (example) someone like a Griffin or Aldridge, or can shoot for Lee, Noah, or Hawes? Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: Not too crazy but I don’t know if it’ll work. In our deep dynasty I lucked out moving J Green Chandler and Bynum (before suspension) for Aldridge. Now in a 20 teamer, depth is more critical, but hey Chandler and Green more or less landed Aldridge, so worth testing the waters. I’d start with him then move down your list. Hayward probably has more value than Chandler too, may be a better trade chip. Happy New Year!

    • Slim

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      @miles proudfoot: I would aim high first also. 2 of those 3 should fetch a pretty decent amount. Jeff Green being a tier below the other 2 for sure.

  7. Connor says:
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    I got offered Rondo for George Hill. My team is currently in first place but my biggest problem is assists. Would you take the deal? This is my 12 team 10 cat team
    PG- Eric Bledsoe
    SG- Nic Batum
    SF- Kevin Durant
    PF- Paul Millsap
    C- Joakim Noah
    G- Tyreke Evans
    F- David Lee
    Utility- Jimmy Butler
    Utility- Jonas Valanciunas
    Utility- Larry Sanders
    Bench- Tobias Harris
    Bench- George Hill
    Bench- Greivis Vasquez

    • Sio says:
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      @Connor: i’m no slim but it seems like you can take a hit for a few weeks and still keep 1st place. rondo would be better than hill when he comes back.

      • justin.g says:
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        @Sio: Seems like an obvious move to me as well…no clue why someone would trade.away rondo for hill

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: Agree with above, HIll has been a dud and while I don’t expect the old Rondo, he’ll be the better fantasy contributor.

    • Slim

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      @Connor: I’m not so sure we are going to get much out of Rondo but if it only costs George Hill then sure, worth a shot. That team looks really good. I doubt you will struggle waiting for Rondo to return to form.

  8. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h keeper league (we keep 5) I was offered chalmers stephenson and a 1st round pick in next years keeper draft (6th rnd type player after keepers are set). Btw this guy in my league is in the bottom so it could be a pick in the top 3. Anyway I would deal teague henson. Do I consider this trade? Team is below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg damian lillard
    g martel webster
    sg james harden
    sf kevin durant
    f john henson
    pf derrek favors
    c al jefferson
    c demarcus cousins
    util channing frye
    util Jeff Teague
    bn ben mclemore
    bn Lou Williams
    bn brendan wright

    Also I have a trade offered to me involving jennings anthony davis for harden cousins. Is this a good deal or should try to counter? His team is below

    Pg brandon jennings
    Sg Eric Bledsoe
    G kemba walker
    SF evan turner
    F Giannis a
    Pf kenneth faried
    C anthony davis
    C deandre jordan
    Util Tim Duncan
    Util Trevor ariza

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Ehhh, not loving it, I don’t think that draft pick will get you anyone much better than Teague and Teague helps your team more right now. The second one is close, I like Harden a lot still and he’s still young. Davis and Harden are really close in non-inflation keeper terms, then it’s Jennings who is playing well for Cousins who is a wild card despite huge games most of the time lately. I would go with who you like to cheer for more since it’s a coin flip to me.

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hmm do you see any counter moves I should make ? I think I might be overpaying a tad.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: I’m just not a big Chalmers supporter, he’s been great this year, but meh… Stephenson fading the past two is a tad concerning. Marginally so though. Would like the deal indeed if you got Anderson. Henson has more upside than Webster, so I would try that too

          • Ryan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: so lance/chalmers ryno pick for teague henson?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Ryan: Yeah I would like that one. I like Bledsoe a lot, but I would stick with Jennings.

              • Ryan says:
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                @JB Gilpin: chalmers or lance?

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Ryan: I’d take Lance first

      • Ryan says:
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        @moez: @JB Gilpin: also what if I get Ryan Anderson in place of either chalmers or lance? Maybe deal someone like Webster instead of henson?

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          @Ryan: btw should I go after bledsoe instead of jennings?

  9. moez says:
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    so I told you about getting a offer for Jeff teague for lowery

    he wanted to do the deal but made me wait so I went with bosh

    I ended up trading Lowery for bosh
    I
    ts a big league anyways and its not always ppl trade decent bigs for decent pg’s
    no way in hell lowery keeps this up
    either he slows down or gets hurt lol how i see it
    anyways
    just wanted to see what you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @moez: Mannnnnn woulda loved getting Teague. I think Lowry might be able to get a little bit more, but I would rather Bosh ROS regardless.

  10. Mike says:
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    K. Middleton was having a great year. I don’t understand the coach going with youth when Middleton having a break out year in his third year.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Well he went with Ridnour, so you mean going away from youth?

    • Slim

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      @Mike: The problem is Antetokounmpo isn’t a SG and Middleton isn’t a PF. Also Antetok is unquestionably the future for the Bucks. Losing a fantasy contributor like Middleton really sucks but it’s not entirely surprising. I think he will work his way up to 25ish minutes off the bench and that may wind up being the best thing for the team. In a 12 teamer or more shallow… it’s time to move on.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: Agree with all of that, Giannis is more of a 4, especially as he grows into his frame. Playing him at the 2 was wild.

  11. Mike says:
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    Booker looking good but I dropped him and now is not available. Coaches sure make a lot of dumb changes that kills my fantasy teams.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Haha yeah Larry Drew and D’Antoni are killing a lot of teams

    • Slim

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      @Mike: I still see Booker as being a temporary fix. Nene is playing well with his 25 minutes and might eventually take the starter role back. Seraphin is back from a brief absence and should eat into some of Bookers minutes. Gortat isn’t going anywhere. Meh. I wouldn’t dwell much on that loss.

  12. The Beal Deal says:
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    Brace yourself, Comments we’ve been holding in all week are coming!
    How about this James Johnson character on the Grizz? Worth dropping Amir for? I grabbed Giannis already. I think I’m just trying to build my team around multicat guys… I have terrence jones, marion, Sullinger, but then I have guys like Jamal Crawford and tristan thompson… Who am I?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Beal Deal: Oh we’re all ready! Yeah I think I would grab Johnson for upside in a shallower league. Amir just was hot for a little while there, I think he’ll be steady though. Haha, yea the multicat guys help a ton, then 1 or 2 focused guys with them give you a solid back end roster.

    • Slim

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      @The Beal Deal: I can not stand Tristan Thompson in fantasy. He has value I guess but not much to me. I would keep Amir over him. And yes I’d drop Tristan for James Johnson.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @The Beal Deal: Wow I am disagreeing with @Slim: there, I’d rather TT over both Amir and James Johnson, not too close with JJ in my eyes. TT is fairly established and if you can build around the Pts/Rebs guys they will be fine

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah, that actually doesn’t happen too often. If I had a least favorite fantasy player it would be Tristan Thompson. He’s not in my top 200… If he was 15/12 he wouldn’t be in my top 200.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: Haha you hatttttteeee poor ol TT. I ranked him pretty low but he’s gotta be owned in most leagues. He’s not THAT bad haha

            • The Beal Deal says:
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              @JB Gilpin: 16 and 10 tonight it’s a good night to own T-squared! And he only shot .500 from the free throw line not hurting me too too bad! I wonder how many more weeks I would have won if he wasn’t so deficient in FT%, and TOs, and STLs, and BLKs? I have been trying to trade him all year…

              • JB Gilpin

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                @The Beal Deal: Hah yeah he def is frustrating, and I don’t deal with the frustration day-to-day since I ranked him so low, but still think he’s ownable

  13. matt says:
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    I happily own knight, sanders in 3 leagues right.now. I’ve owned Henson, giannis, Middleton, and Some other guy lol in almost every other league. I can see Sanders either having a monster 2nd half or ending up in a timeshare with Henson (I hope not) since I’ve dropped him in every league without IR. Been way too many injuries this season. Hopefully we can remain injury free in 2014. Go Bucks lol

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      @matt: done other guy being “Ersan” snagged him back up in deep, hopefully he can stay healthy and get some more run…doubtful bcuz I heard hes on the obamacare Copper Plan

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt: Long live the Bucks! Hah. Yeah I agree, his range of outcomes are ridiculous. Way too many injuries out there… Been unreal. Obamacare probably turned Ersan down haha. When he entered in his information the website kept “not loading” haha

  14. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… 10 team 9 CAT H2H.. Would you hold onto Shawn Marion for long term or would you grab someone like Trevor Brooker, Marvin Williams, Kendall Marshall, James Johnson or Terrence Ross?? nPosition isn’t much of a big deal just need the best man for CAT’s

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: I’d hold Marion right now

  15. Frank White says:
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    I don’t know if you have David West on any of your teams but He’s been so aggravating and disappointing to own. I feel like they’re guys on my wire that are better then him but I’m scared to drop him, that’s why I’m gonna try to trade him. I don’t think I can get much for him, what do you think?? Do you think giving West for Jonas Valanciunas would be a good deal on my end??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: I don’t own him anywhere right now. I’d def take JV if he would take it, but you have to hold onto West still if no trades work out

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        Thanks Bud!!

  16. Don Majkowski says:
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    Nobodys is giving you JV for David West decrepid(SP?) ass

  17. Jay_0321 says:
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    Drop Blatche for Ersan?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay_0321: Yeah I probably would, Ersan is worth the gamble. Not certain he’ll pan out though

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Where do you see the benefit in adding Ersan over Blatche? Also, just a heads up I am third in FG%, dead last in FT% (Dwight), first in points, 3′s, second in boards, fifth in dimes, fourth in steals, third in blocks and dead last in TO. I need a little help.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jay_0321: I think that helps Ersan’s case for ya, just because he has the upside. He is pretty set as a starter right now, and 17/9/1.5/1/0.5 1.7 3PTM was his second half last year, which while I don’t expect him to get to, gives him value over Blatche, who I think will be similar to Ersan with less minutes, less boards, and no threes. Given Ersan isn’t hitting threes right now either, but I think they come back a little

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jay_0321: I know you’re first in 3s, but that’s just a small distinguisher for me.

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            @JB Gilpin: You dont like Blatche’s chances of sustaining the missing of Lopez? Tetelovic, Ross and Ersan are available. I would be dropping Blatche for one of those.

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              @Jay_0321: Grabbed Ersan for Blatche and thinking of trading Boozer in a deal to get JV back. Thoughts on both moves?@Jay_0321: grabbed Ersan for Blatche. Thinking of trading Boozer in a deal to get JV back. Thoughts on both moves?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Jay_0321: I like Blatche fine, but he has a limited ceiling. Yeah I like the upside of Ersan there unless you needed pts/3s then it’d be Ross. Super ThrAGNOF lately

  18. Joe says:
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    How would you rank the following ROS:

    Deng, J.Green, G.Green, and Ersan?

    Thanks, and may the new year bring us all healthy players with kittens and rainbow lines
    (Ok, I realize kittens are useless at basketball, but cute kittens never hurt anybody).

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Hah, I would go Jeff Green, Deng (health concerns), Ersan (health) then G Green (smaller role). Green had playing time/meshing on Celtics $ coach Brad concenrs. But he’d still be the guy for me. “I has rainbow lines!”

  19. Jose A. says:
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    Do you think Deng’s achilles will hold up now that he’s back (and had more time off)? I’m debating whether to use Deng to try and buy low on Kawhi but I don’t know what scares me more, Deng’s balky tendon or Kawhi’s balky playing time.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jose A.: Deng definitely scares me more. As I mentioned last week, according to Basketball Monster Kawhi was top 30 at the time with contributions in all cats. Deng has been banged up a lot lately, maybe the Achilles holds while something else craps out

  20. I love lamp says:
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    12 h2h points league. I’ve got Blatche, terrance ross, jodie meeks, and maybe khris middleton as droppable people. Do you think ridnour is going to stay in the starting lineup? He’s killing Middleton. Also I have henson as well but I hope he starts along sanders once he gets healthy. Anyway, Kendall Marhsall, alec burks, demarre, and farmar are on the waiver wire. Do you think I should drop any of my players for them? I also have Henson on my IR so I’m going to have to drop another player when he comes back.

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      @I love lamp: I think it depends on matchups. Nothing can be a ROS guarantee with the way Drew is coaching this team. I would drop Middleton for Marshall. Marshall is worth the upside gamble. You could always then grab Farmar when you activate Henson, use Farmar in your IR just to hold someone as an idea down the road.

  21. Nikko says:
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    How do you feel about George and Dragic for Howard and Milsap. I have Lee, Aldridge and Gortat already.
    No FG% or FT%

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      @Nikko: No FT% makes Dwight a pretty elite guy. I think getting his blocks which I’m guessing looking at your big men you need a tad makes it worth doing.

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        @JB Gilpin: who wins MCW and Stephenson for Derozan and Lawson? Same scoring as above.

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          @Nikko: Close, I’d take Lawson side, I think he’s best player in deal

  22. Prodders says:
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    My team (10 team, h2h) is now:

    Lillard
    Matthews
    Durant
    Love
    M Gasol (soon back hopefully)
    Teague
    Millsap
    MCW
    Oladipo
    A Johnson / Pierce / W Chandler

    Thoughts on MCW? His % s seem to be improving, but some ppl seem to think the Sixers will keep him out of games at some point. Would you trade him out for Bledsoe?

    And ROS ranking of these please:

    A Johnson, W Chandler, T Ross, B Wright, JJ Hickson. Ppl seem to rate JJ a bit, but terrible ft%, pretty much an ‘empty’ dub-dub and McGee coming back at some point. Am I missing something?

    If I’m light in anything it’s blocks, so maybe Wright is worth a spin? Will he play more minutes going fwd?

    Cheers, happy New Year!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Prodders: I agree that MCW has a very high likelihood of being shut down at some point, I would indeed take Bledsoe. You’re not missing anything on Hickson, but an empty dub-dub is better than an inconsistent bad player. Especially if you can strafe with multi-cat guys. I like Chandler the best of those guys though, love the multicat. Then I’d go Hickson, Ross, Amir, Wright in a vacuum. I’d take Chandler and his 0.6 blks plus everything else/starters minutes over Wright for ya

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Prodders: And a Happy new year to you as well!

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks. Why so down on Amir though? Multi cat goodness with great %s there. Fear a loss of playing time to PatPat et al?

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          @Prodders: 5 straight games with less production I think is a trend, especially the Raptors going 4-1 and under 29 mins in three of those. He’s at 1.2 blks a game and think the 2 per game over the last 5 is a fluke. Only 2 steals total over last 5, virtually no assists, and he isn’t getting enough shots now to help the FG%. JV emerging like we thought lately isn’t helping either. Amir is a solid player, but love Chandler, Amir would be over Ross depending on needs

  23. Corey says:
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    Who should I drop and pick up? My weakest players are Middleton, mayo, Marvin Williams, ersan, and Jeremy lamb. Free agents are booker, dj augustin, Giannis, Terrence Ross. Thanks

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      @Corey: Middleton and Mayo would be cuts for me for Augustin and Ross. Probably losing Marvin for Giannis too, I don’t buy these last few games from Marvin as him becoming a huge contributor.

      • Corey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: so Ross and augustin are higher on ur list than Giannis? Also Corey brewer and kendall marshall are available too

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          @Corey: Right now yes, just because I’m scared of Larry Drew yanking something around, even with a pretty consistent big workload right now. Depending on needs, I’d probably have Giannis ahead of those two, Marshall worth a flyer if needing PG stats

  24. Michael Pan says:
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    JB Happy New Years

    What do you think of Kris Humphries? I am thinking of dropping Faried for Humphries?

    Humphries has been produciing very low key.

    Thanks

    Michael

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      @Michael Pan: Happy new year man! Ugh not a big humphries fan… I think I would hold on to Faried, but agree Humphries is playing pretty well when given minutes, but playing under 20 mins until last game, I don’t trust Stevens uses him enough

  25. Prodders says:
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    Oh one more question – what’s happening with formerly-rainbOladipo? Seems crazy for the Magic to have benched him. They just showcasing Affalo, Nelson etc? Or are they going for the playoffs? Thought he’d play more and more minutes, not less and less. It’s Drew/Bucks-esque.

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      @Prodders: Well near rainbow two games ago! Thennnnn 18 mins last game. Ugh. Magic are stupid. Unreal he’s at only 7 mins right now almost at the end of the 3rd. Showcasing is a good guess or a learning/humbling experience. A few more bad games and he’ll be a great buy low

  26. Lasandro says:
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    Happy NY from Oz, JB!

    Ok, Im done. I was a huge Henson guy. He was the only reason I tuned in to watch the Bucks. With his injury coming at the exact time Sanders was bringing his ass back into the rotation, I was forced to drop him for a productive add. I picked Ily up after his nice line yesterday. So what happens? He scores 6 pts in his first 6min and Im liking what im seeing. Then he gets benched by Larry Screw and ends up playing 18 MINUTES ALL UP! What is going on here? How is Ridnour suddenly getting 30min? Middleton ended up playing longer than Ersan off the bench and still produced less. I cant handle this. Its making me hate basketball. I love Giannis but I just dont trust this idiot coach of theirs. I think I’ve just gotta cut ties with every Buck available. Giannis has been staring at me on the wire for weeks now, but.. no.

    So, with Bled out for a couple of days, Green seems to be the obvious choice as far as pickups are concerned. However, he’s only playing once in the next four days (against MIL, ha). Who should I drop my Ily for? I’m not the keenest on specialists, but dont mind me a player who excels in a couple of areas and still give me a few numbers in other cats.

    G Green, T Ross, James Johnson, Marion, Giannis, A Bradley, Pierce, Ginobili, Lou Williams?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Haha, happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed some toilet wine… Jk jk… Yeah I think Henson’s nice run is about over unfortunately. He has shown times when he can produce in low minutes though. Hah I saw that on Ersan. Larry Drew is unreal. Yup on Giannis and why I’ve picked other fringe guys over his upside. Knight and Sanders should be pretty locked in for good value, Knight wasn’t great tonight but was fine. Ginobili looked great tonight. But I would pick a guy playing tomorrow. Liking Marion right now after that big game and what should be pretty high scoring v. Clips

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        @JB Gilpin: Ha, the toilet wine went down a treat broham! Well, if we’re going my games played this week, Marion AND Sweet Lou are playing the same amount. Ross is playing just as much, also. Which of those three? I keep reading you guys loving Ross’ upside. If he continues with numbers similar to his last game, or thereabouts, I’m adding him right now!

        Also, the dude who chopped his foot off in Saw is Cary Elwes. Thought you’d be a huge Robin Hood: Men In Tights fan tsk tsk

        • Lasandro says:
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          And Pierce sure is looking quality once again. Perhaps the safest bet of em all?

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          @Lasandro: Haha I know it was Elwes! I was just kiddin around. almost went with a Liar Liar reference, but thought that might be reaching… You know, I tried Robin Hood MIT a while back and didn’t stick through it. I need to give it a new watch. Yeah Pierce is pretty safe, agree with that. Gotta like 10+ shots in 4 straight and season high shots last night. So I think Pierce ROS if you had to pick one now, Ross if taking a flyer, Marion for tomorrow only. Three tiered answer!

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            Yeah not enough waiver pickups left for the rest of the season, so best to go with a player I can at least hold on to for a little bit.

            Mate, run as many liar liar, MIT refs as you like – this reader is gonna appreciate them urrday

  27. yokev_o says:
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    Currently trying to tank 3′s + points and focusing on fg %, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and turnovers. I was wondering if kyle korver for gortat is a solid trade in regards to that aspect? I’m currently in second and traded lebron and howard in order to surround my team with non superstars and more bodies to rely on nightly. My team is currently very well rounded. Your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @yokev_o: I am a notorious Korver/3-point specialist hater, and it fits your needs getting Gortat – I like it

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