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What an incredible NBA Opener for big men!  Maybe the Sixers aren’t as crazy after all…?  But the bigs across the league went absolute ham; they were big hams!  It’s why in Supermarket Sweep the people would always go for the hams first.  Why did they never go to the wine section?!  Just nab the best ish there and start a party!

Myles and JV go for 30, Embiid has an epic debut, but it was Anthony Davis who takes home the best line of the openers thus far, going an absurd 50/16/5/7/4!  I mean, it could literally be the best line of the season…  Double rainbow, 7 steals?!, shot 17-34, and hit 16-17 FT.  After taking a little flack keeping him #1 last year, Brow started the 15-16 season going 18/6/2/0/3 shooting 4-20 (420!) and 10-15 FT.  Dude, apparently the Pelicans medical staff – in all of their immense glory and wisdom – should’ve taken a hammer to his ankle before last season!  Hard to believe a mere 1.5 weeks ago his status for the opener was in question off a kankle, but we’re seeing the ups and downs of what it’ll be like to be a Brow owner.  Especially the dread of seeing him play 41 minutes in a loss…  I nabbed him in one league, and might try some preposterous sell highs.  But the allure of lines like that are tough to ignore.  We just all know we’re one horrific Pels medical staff decision away from this happening to him walking out of the training room.  Here’s what else happened on our first major slate of NBA games of the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

Harrison Barnes Hit a huge 3 to put the Mavs in overtime, but it was all for naught.  As was his incredibly empty ThrAGNOF line of 19/9/0/0/0 with 3 treys…

Dirk Nowitzki Rainbow alert!  22/8/2/2/2 for Herr Grandpa.  Too bad it couldn’t germinate into a W.

Wesley Matthews 13/5/3/3/0 on an atrocious 3-16 shooting.  “Is that goal regulation size or what?!”  I watched some of this game, and he looked like the Wes Mat of the Blazers yesteryear, so if he stays cold a couple more games, I would buy low.

J.J. Barea Always finds ways to surprise you, despite falling off the radar. “I’m a grower not a shower!”  22/2/6/0/1 in a whopping 39 minutes.  Against a pretty big team, JJ plays 39 minutes and Andrew Bogut only 20…

Myles Turner F yes!  If only this was how last year started…  We would be gushing with Myles thanks!  30/16/1/2/4 in an absolutely epic line, with a trey for good measure.  But before we go vaulting him into the 2nd round, JJ Barea was playing center apparently… 

I mean seriously, why even line up for that jump ball?!  All joking aside, the Mavs did keep it small for some reason…  Myles exploits!

Jeff Teague 20/2/8/3/0 in his debut.  Monta Ellis had a surprising 19/7/7/3/0 as well.  As with all these Pacers lines, fast-paced + overtime = stats orgy.

Justise Winslow Feeling pretty good about my bullishness on Justise thus far!  15/8/4/1/2 shooting 7-15 with 1-1 FT.  People were blind to Justise!

Hassan Whiteside Ugh, this was like a vintage 14-15 Whiteside…  18/14/1/0/4 but 0-4 FT.  The Magic gave every fan a pair of clappers to really get in his head at the stripe (don’t fact check that).

Elfrid Payton No one on the Magic really did that much to surprise you, except I loved Shelfrid’s 8-8 FT.  Only 5 dimes, but sneaks in a couple of blocks, and this was a pretty tough matchup against a slow and plodding Heat team.

Nikola Vucevic Starts out on a hot foot going 17/14/3/2/0.  Not that I don’t expect lines like that to be the norm, but don’t forget Bismack Biyombo sat. 

Serge Ibaka 14/7/0/0/1 shooting 6-17.  Yeah, I could see a good bit of lines like this.  Less blocks than you were hoping for, not a great FG%, low REB…  A bigger role in the offense doesn’t mean a better fantasy player!

Brook Lopez Wowwwwww.  Benched to start the second half, as Kenny Atkinson apparently wanted to play different matchups.  Only 21 minutes of “Nooooooo!!!!   Clownfoooooooooot!!!” to start the season.  Definitely would buy low though…

Justin Hamilton – Reaped the rewards, going 19/10/2/0/0 with 3 treys off the bench.  He’s showed some utility when getting run before – albeit in just a few brief stretches – but there’s no way we should expect production like this most nights.

Joe Harris Wins the, “wait, who?!” surprise rainbow award of the night.  16/4/3/2/2 with 4 treys.  God the Nets look like a disaster, but full credit to the second unit keeping them close to the Shamrocks in this one.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Seeing him go in the 50-60 range in some of my RCLs was absolutely absurd.  Someone had a beat on something that I never heard…  5/2/0/1/0 to start his season, as Jeremy Lin lead the starters with only 27 minutes.  24 for RHJ.  It’ll get better though.

Jae Crowder Was going too late in drafts plain and simple.  Look at me in the green!  Fitting for a Celtic too!  21/5/2/2/1 in only 29 minutes, hitting 3 treys and shooing 9-15.

Al Horford Not huge, but 11/5/6/0/4 in his C’s debut.  Like dem swats!  Only 27 minutes, but yeah, when the other team benches their only true center, it’s going to be annoying…

Marcus Morris Sure it’s only one game and not like it was that amazing, but 17/9/3/1/0 in his debut and I couldn’t understand why he was going undrafted even in 12ers.  Adds a couple treys as well.  PI’m pretty happy here for a fixture backend player on my RCLs.

Andre Drummond Took an elbow to the face early, limiting his run to only 24 minutes of 16/6/0/1/0.  If you know an owner who panics early, this one could be sneaky buy low for a FT punt squad!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Uggghhhhhh!  Hey, sometimes addictions can be bad, OK?!  4/0/3/2/0 with no treys, shooting 2-9.  He’s kinda a streaky player, so not reading too much into it.  Plus the Craptors play good D.

Ish Smith Mad boring 6/1/7/1/0 in his debut.  Not doing enough ish!  I’d hold in 12ers, although I did swap him out for Sergio Rodriguez in a league.   More later on the bearded Spaniard.

The Luminescent Lithuanian – So luminescent!  Although 32/11/1/0/0 only really shines a light on the scoring.  10-15 FG and 12-14 FT with only 1 TO with that line is also a big part of what he does.  Feasted with a limited Drum out there.

Kyle Lowry 10 points and 8 dimes in a lackluster line.  Sound the buy low bell!

DeMar DeRozan Drops a 40 burger.  But not much else in the stat line besides awesome %s (17-27 FG 6-6 FT) …and 6 TO.

Pascal Siakam Indeed gets the start at PF, and unsurprisingly cedes more minutes to Patrick Patterson4/9/0/1/0 for Siakam, and Pit Pat wasn’t much better….  Avoiding this position in 10/12ers.

Tim Frazier Mad solid debut from your Jrue Holiday fill-in, that was coming at a nice discount in drafts.  15/5/11/2/0.  Love a discount dimebag!

Jamba Jus – The Nurk atturk!  23/9/3/0/1 in 26 minutes, with mad solid %s of 9-13 FG, 5-6 FT and only 1 TO.

Nikola Jock Itch – Wait, did these two switch bodies?!  Now before Slim goes carpet bombing my comments with “I told you so’s”, it’s only one game, and not like I didn’t like Nurk or was huge on Jock Itch!  I still ended up #1 on Nurk, and right in the middle on Jokic.  I didn’t even come close to being able to get Jokic in the 40s anyway.  5/7/2/0/0 in a horrific 21 minute debut, with an absurd 4 TO.  It’s literally Freaky Friday between these two.  But even though she’s nuts, Lindsay Lohan is still hot, and Jaime Lee Curtis isn’t too bad either for a Milf!

Emmanuel Mudiay Ugh.  I took an upside flier here in a bunch of league, and all he does to impress me is hit 7-8 FT.  11/7/3 with 6 TO on 2-8 shooting.  Yuck.

Wilson Chandler Just gets a shout for being 3rd in minutes at 30:13.  Hilarious!  Hey, the Nugs did win!

Will Barton 22/5/2 filling in for Gary Harris, but lights it up with 7-12 FG, 6-6 FT, and 2 treys.  Another hot game or two, and he’s a great sell high.  Gary still gonna get his run.

Kenneth Faried I took a value pick on him in one RCL as my last pick, and I got 14 boards.  This comment brought to you by “Muahahahaha Jokic drafters taking him top-30!”

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Main guy I went through and was sure to add in all my leagues.  He was 40% owned last night, and I got him in 2 or 3 RCLs.  23/14/0/1/1, led the Hornets in scoring, shot 10-18, hit 3-3 FT, and had 0 TO.  He just legit looked like the best Hornet out there too, with his energy and mad athleticism translating to both sides of the court.  Must-add in 12ers, and a strong consideration in 10ers.

Roy Hibbert – Ewwwww, gets 32 minutes and 5 blocks.  Cody Zeller is still coming off a knee bruise, so it wasn’t a big surprise to see him get limited run off the bench.  Epic sell high for Roy if he keeps it up a few more games.  Zeller looked good too in his 14 minutes, going 15/3/1/0/2.  Great line for 14 minutes, just ask Jokic!

Russell Westbrook We knew this would be a great one against the Sixers…  What we might not have known is the Sixers really pushed em for this W!  32/12/9 with only 2 TO on 11-21 shooting with a trey.  If the TO can stay down and he shoots this efficient, oh boy!

Steven Adams Was fine…  16/5/1/3/0 in 36 minutes, although like 3 of his dunks came on absolute travesties on defense from the Sixers.  Plus with both their C’s on minutes limits, Adams got some run against Richuan Holmes…  Even with that in mind, couldn’t muster a block?!  5 rebounds?!  And was only 7-16 FG overall.  All that said, he’s Westbrook’s first target every play/pass.  I still don’t know if he’s the 70ish overall player like you guys are seeing, but should be better than my rank…

Victor Oladipo It also helped that Oladipo looked horrible.  10/5/1/0/1 with 3 TO on 4-16 shooting.  I obviously didn’t think it would be that bad, but hell this was against the Sixers!  It’ll get better, but my stance of having him closer to 30 than 20 or even top-20 is looking pretty defensible outta the gate!  Oladipo is not going to be a great off-the-ball scorer.

Jerami Grant Ya know, the line wasn’t great (10/4/0/0/2) in 22 minutes, but he looked pretty good out there with confidence to take his shot.  I am still bullish on this guy.  Helps that…

Dario Saric …I’m sorry, just looks like “a guy” out there.  5/7/2/0/0 on 2-12 shooting, and just doesn’t look like a great NBA player to me.  More a role player.  Would not be surprised if he cedes his starting spot to Grant sooner than later.  Sorry Saric fans.

Nik Stauskas Showed some surprising moxie for a weak Sauce player…  5-6 from the field, but it was a pretty empty scoring line.  Meh.

Sergio Rodriguez – Alongside MKG, was the other player I rigorously added everywhere last night.  12/4/9/0/0, 5-11 shooting, 2 treys, and nary a TO.  Just flat out looked 2 or 3 tiers better than T.J. McConnell, who looks like a character from a WWII movie with his Dapper Dan combover now.  McConnell did fall into 7 dimes in 16 minutes, but didn’t take a shot, and was -14 to Sergio’s +8.  Not that +/- is ever a true indicator of anything, but at the eye level, Sergio looks like he is your clear PG starter.  Add him wherever you can.

Joel EMBIIIIID – Trust the process!  And trust EMBIIIIID!

Apr 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during warm ups before a game against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Looked flat out awesome.  Taking fadeaways, shooting 3s, and at the end, taking isos right up against Steven Adams in pivotal moments.  In his first career NBA game!  20/7/0/0/2 with a trey, but did shoot only 6-16 with 4 TO.  7-8 FT was nice though.  But the smoothness, the way he is now the face of that team…  Pretty cool.  EMBIIIIIID!

Gorgui Dieng Choo choo!  12/14/2/2/1 on 5-10 shooting, 2-2 FT, and no TO.  Doesn’t look huge, but the metrics whore aspect of his game is gonna make you a pimp!

Kris Dunn Only 15 minutes in his debut for 8/4/1/1/0.  Tibs ended up rolling his starters big minutes, shocker!

JaMychal Green 12/7/1/0/1 as the starter, hitting 2 treys and playing 29 minutes.  I hit a home run on ranking him this well before he was announced the starter!  Wish it stayed a little more under the radar…

Z-Bo – 19/11 with empty D stats off the bench.  Everyone can play nice with this PF/C rotation!

Marc Gasol 18/3/2/0/4.  Where’s the rebounds?!  But as we saw in preseason, hit a trey as well.  32 minutes doesn’t seem like they’re limiting him too crazy either…

Andrew Harrison With no Tony Allen and no Chandler Parsons, gets 38 minutes!  Led all Grizzlies.  Didn’t do much with them though.

Rudy Gay All the drama made him way too much of a value.  I only got him in one RCL, but at like 95th!  22/3/2/0/4.  The blocks are a little fluky, but daddy like!

Matt Barnes – Sure DeMarcus Cousins only played 24 minutes because the Kings got to a big lead, but Matty B led the bench in minutes going 14/7/3/0/0 with 2 treys.  Not huge, but I think the STL and BLK will still filter their way in.

Ty Lawson – 9/6/7/2/1 on 3-9 shooting and in 36 minutes.  It’s just a band-aid while Darren Collison is suspended, but for streaming, I guess he’s usable.  Uber usable.  Well, should’ve used an Uber.

Marquese Chriss Yeah, buzz was getting too loud here, only 7/4/2/0/1 in 22 minutes in his debut.  I guess the minutes are kinda what we expected…  4 TO on that line too though.  Bleh.

Dragan Bender I was asleep before most of this game, but I’m guessing a lot of his 10/2 line on 4-5 shooting came in junk time.  Still annoying to see Bender have the better line after how bad Chriss outshined him in preseason…

Brandon Knight Shoots only 1-8 in 26 uninspiring minutes.  Did get 5 dimes in his horrible line at least, and it should get much better.

Jared Dudley Lays a Milk Dud.  Still played 26 minutes though, so I think there will be some streamability/deep league utility here still…

James Harden Is a monster (34/8/17), but the Rox lose to the Lakers!  In D’Antoni’s debut!  This is so D’Antoni…  But good for fantasy!

Clint Capela 16/9/0/0/1 in a nice start, and thankfully avoids the line all but once!  8-11 FG too.  Glad to see the slow start in preseason didn’t have any ill-effects, although only 26 minutes is a little annoying…

D’Angelo Russell 20/1/3/1/0 in a yawnstipating debut.  Well, for where you drafted him.  3 TO, but also 4 treys.  And nice to see…

Jordan Clarkson …go 25/3/1/3/0 off the bench.  Geez, 4 AST from the pair?!  Anti-D’Antoni!

Brandon Ingram Was expectedly blah.  9 points, 3 boards, a trey, and nothing else.

Julius Randle 18/7/6/0/1 for a nice start to his season, especially out-diming Russell and Clarkson combined.  9-11 from the field as well.  Maybe he’s going to end up surprising this season as a breakout, maybe the assists will indeed be a surprise, although I’d need to see extended success from Orange Julius.

 

How did your first NBA Wednesday go, Razzball Nation?!  Shoot your thoughts below, and happy NBA season!

 

  1. Dante Green says:
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    NURKIC > JOKIC (Slim’s gonna like this one. Haha)

    The first week of the season is always the most important. It is here where the waiver darlings like Crowder from last season and Green two years ago come out. I great pick up could very well make a team a contender. I have guys like Delly, Saric and RHJ who I am willing to drop for anyone you mentioned above. You have one in mind that I could swap for either of the two(other than the ones you mentioned here)? I only get to bid on one player because my league only allows one move per week.

    Players Im interested in:
    JaMychal Green
    Sergio Rodriguez
    Allen Crabbe
    Jonathan Simmons

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: That’s the order right there with JaMychal and Sergio being need related and a pretty big falloff to the other 2.

      I’ll take Delly over Sergio though just because I don’t trust the sixers and there’s only Brogdon backing up DellyV. Saric/RHJ vs JaMychal… man… I’ll go, JaMychal, Saric, RHJ but it’s close. Nets coach pissed me off pretty good yesterday. I have zero faith in his rotations. But still if you need a PG, Sergio looks like a good one. Vs Frazier is close, but I’ll take Sergio over Lawson for sure and Ish too since his time is limited and he’s a pretty limited fantasy asset anyway.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Hah, I always said long-term it’s no question! Didn’t think Malone would yank Jokic that often this first game… We’ll see. Agree with Slim, although I feel like I can never have enough PG. Usually will be Sergio for me. I would put RHJ ahead of Saric still. While I share Slim’s annoyance with the Nets, I also don’t think Saric is that great…

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: I’m probably overreacting to the Nets nonsense last night. We’ll see… looks like he was an assistant under D’Antoni and coach butthole (I cant remember how to spell Budholtzer and im not looking it up) if that’s any kind of sign.

          I never said long term, I say redraft! But it was just a tough match up for Jokic and an easy one for Nurkic, Jokic will be fine, just not #30 overall fine with maybe, maybe 10 PPG. But the rebounding and ast:to ratio will be better, although I do think TOs arent a positive category for Jokic.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: I dunno, Kenny A might legit get the nickname Kenny Asshole by next week.

            Oh I know you did Slim, I remember…

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Dante Green: I’m just glad I’m not being called “crazy” anymore for thinking that about Nurk vs Joke. Validation!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Can’t argue crazy level anymore…

  2. Slim

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    Yeah Nene still got his usual 22 min. No real surprise, I think 26 is about expected moving forward from Capela. Just stay off that FT line.

    Adams is gonna get his, nice to see his such a big part of the offense now. Gonna get a few 20/10 games in there with all those attempts. It ain’t like I’m dropping Adams for Hibbert… oh and blocks aren’t Adams game anyway. 1.5 is tops. it’s the 1+ steals for a big man and the improved USG we are going to like so much, and he’s a career .600 FG guy so I’m not worried about his ability to finish at the rim and it’s not like he was throing up labrodoodles (Razzball-TM) out there.

    Chriss was solid. I added him in a 12er since those were the minutes I was looking for. Also he came out in garbage time so in a close game we may have gotten more out of him. Can’t let a guys 1st game in the NBA sway his 82 game outlook.

    Although… Eff the Nets coach. I don’t want any Nets on my teams. We may have found our new Skiles.

    Lovin that Sergio $2 REL buy right about now.

    Myles was awesome but I’m not reading too much into that monster line. I mean he was being guarded by Dirk? I could get 14 boards against old man Dirk. Oh and that EmBIIIIID vine looks like the slowest turnaround jumper I have ever seen. Good thing he had Roberson on him, good job by the guard though to force Adams into the lane.

    James Ennis looked solid, I think he takes some SG minutes when Parsons gets back. Oh and hurry back Parsons, they need you.

    Jockitch was getting destroyed by Brow, but his passing looked awefully suspect in this one. Nurk had the better passes for sure, but neither got a single 4th q minute cause Faried was guarding Brow and Brow was playing center. But I thought it almost cost them the game. I mean they get a nice 10 point lead with Nurk dominating then don’t go back to it at the end and Wilsons labradoodles (TM) were getting tough to watch. Harris is going to crush his minutes. Don’t be such a tinkerer Malone. Make them react to your lineup, not the other way around.

    What is with these NBA players and they’re rediculous looks. I’ll take Aron Baynes as the “WTF is that” of the night.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: 22 for Nene is kinda a lot, no? Only 19 last year… But was well higher years before… Hah agree on Adams. Well over Hibbert, no change there. Mehhhhh, I just never was buying into Chriss at the same level anyway. WCS posterized the crap outta him too. Yeah, my $3 Scola buy looks OK-ish, not thrilled, but that will hopefully be my only Net. I might have Lin somewhere. Not looking great.

      Yeah I was saying the same on Myles, with Mavs going small. Embiid isn’t fast, but smoooooth. Looked great. Haha poor Wilson. Can’t believe the run. but yeah, this was my concern on Nurk – mins.

      Oh FFFFFF! I totally forgot to put that in! I’ll throw some images of his haircut mask for the weekend wrap. Ridiculous

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: I’ll take it that yesterday was the first time you saw Baynes this season? He’s been rockin that Mad Max look for a minute now. Bloody Australians… oh, wait.

      Nuff said re: Nurk. Absolutely agree that it was the strangest of moves to have Faried out there for pivotal 4th quarter mins while both Jok and Nurk were humping the bench. Why steer away from something that’s winning you the game? Those Pels commentators kept emphasizing that they needed to keep Nurk off the brds because he was causing havoc in there. Then he hardly sees any run towards the end of the game. However…

      …I had (hot) flashbacks of Larry Screw and his fcked up rotational tendancies when I saw our boy Kenny at work last night. Forget the absolutely dick move of benching BLo to start Scola in the 2nd half (I guess coach hadn’t pulled up his bag man’s career stats prior to the game?). There was a point in the 3rd quarter where Lin really was heating up. Hit two straight 3s, had some nice dimes and got fouled a couple of times going to the hole. Then he gets pulled, in the midst of this momentum-swinging performance. Even the most biased of announcers, Tommy Heinsen, had no choice but to ask: “Lin is just starting to heat up and the coach pulls him?” I had to tweet that at the Nets. What’s next? Kenny’s gonna come out to the press and complain “we just have no consistency on our team” – the famous line Drew spat out two seasons ago when he churned out something like 70 different starting lineups in MIL.

      As a BLo and Lin owner, I’ not worried just yet. I know Brook can do some damage in 25min. But I’d rather that 32min range, as expected. Here’s hoping it was a one off. Lin, meanwhile, looks very comfortable and confident. Me likey.

      Dieng Train looked SO good last night! I swear he’s more aware of his fantasy value these days, since I told him about it that sunny day in Vietnam. Keep chuggin for me Train Man!!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: @Lasandro: Hah yeah I hadn’t seen him in preseason. those Australians!

        Yeahhhhh, this Kenny A is a really kenny Asshole. Annoying thing is, is he’s gonna get fired by next year, so all of this won’t matter except for your Nets investments. Agree Lin looked pretty good, just annoying at 27 mins.

        Choo choo! Dieng Train!

  3. Bye Felica says:
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    You dropping Saric for MKG

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Bye Felica: Absolutely. Unless your L has extra points for being European.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: @Lasandro: Hah just tell your league he’s “Michel Kidd-Gilchrist from France!” Def MKG 🙂

  4. Lasandro says:
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    In my 10 team roto I swapped Noah out for Winslow (over an available MKG). I just think that the D stats are there for him and he looked oh so good next to whiteside. I’m a believer. I was going to try and claim a freshly dropped colli off the wire, but should I try and stick with Winslow? My dimes are just fine with harden and Frazier spearheading my assists.

    You need to get a little bit more erect on Jamba Jus my friend – don’t worry about you being the highest on him on fantasypros! He’s just a better player than Jokic and, as I pointed out on another post, everyone on that team treats him like an alpha when he’s out there. He won’t score that much regularly, but he won’t be far off.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Winslow vs. MKG…. Close! Agree more D stats for Winslow, but prob more Pts from MKG. Huge strides in offense that we saw for a few games last yr. I think I would still Colly and try trades.

      Hah, I am almost at full mast here! I feel like I’ve had this erection for more than 4 hours!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Yeah well, mute point either way with MKG now taken. Either way, Winslow should be a solid upgrade over Noah. And that’s not knocking Noah at all! I watched that Knicks game and those wankers, Melo and Rose, are still playing as if it’s an All Star game. Not utilizing the skillset of one of the best passing bigs of the past decade. Silly situation over there..

      Well noted re: Colly. I’ll still put in a claim for him swapping out Winslow, or perhaps Kieff? Well, let’s see how the other Morri plays tomorrow with WAS, first..

      GREAT recap as per usual. Had me laughing on the train home. Keep that mast full!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: @Lasandro: Isn’t it moot point? 🙂 Agree, I think I had Winslow higher in pre-ranks anyway. Totally good with seeing how Kieff plays first, I had him and Winslow right in the same range. Just thing starting PG always hold the value. Really appreciate that man!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb gilpin: I’ll mute you if you keep up that nonsense! Spelling bea legend over here!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Hah I was more being sure I wasn’t wrong all these years!

  5. Bye Felica says:
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    Does anyone believe in Myles Turner more than me and JB?
    I heard some noise for taking him 37 in a league where I’m picking from the last position. I think you have to reach there when you go CP3 & Damian Lillard 12th & 13th. All the hog Bigs were off the board, no block upside left at that point. I don’t know but i think he has the ability to finish top 30 this year pretty easy because of his %. I might have overpaid but whatever. I took Blake Griffin 38th if that means anything lol

    At least i wasn’t the guy taking Rondo 5th (that’s 5th overall)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bye Felica: I will say, expert ranks did have me in the middle on Myles this year, which makes me sad. Al Jefferson playing only 11 minutes is surprising, but as mentioned, the Mavs went really small. Haha Rondo went 5th overall in your league?!

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah man… crazy huh. It’s your league actually. One of the RCL’s lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felica: Huh, really?! Which one?

          • Bye Felica says:
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            @JB Gilpin: no not one you’re playing in. I missed out again. I just meant it’s a RCL league. I hope? I signed up in the index

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Bye Felica: Ah gotcha haha. Yeah I thought I woulda remembered that… Well, that’s no fun for anyone! But perils of doing free leagues….

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey JB! Great recap. You’re really hammering out the posts! And what a night in the hoops!

    So, I’m thinking of grabbing EMBIIIIID!!! before any of my league mates do. The drop would probably be my last-round pick Robin Lopez, who is in the tier two above Embid’s heading into the season.

    I jumped on Porzingis really early last year and it was great in the early going. Do you see a similar impact? I know it’s just one game but the upside!! I figure there are probably similar calibre players to Lopez on the wire if it doesn’t work out… Worth a shot? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks man, appreciate it! Yeah I would get Embiid. A lot of his rank is minutes concern and re-injury concern. Sounds like a slightly shallower league (10 team?), so give me upside of Embiid. Mehhhh, not quite that high vs. the Goose. I bed less blocks and way less 3s.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Brilliant. Thanks, JB. Yeah, it’s a ten teamer so I think you can take some chances on the young guys and still have a decent FA pool should it not work out. Have a great day, sir!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JakeTPE: Exactly, in like a crazy deep league, I might go safety of Rolo, but can take more upside plays in 10ers. Thanks man, have a good one yourself!

  7. NameNotFound says:
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    Hey JB/Slim! Would you drop Matthews for Knight? He was just dropped in our league.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NameNotFound: Hey man! Yup gimme Knight!

      • Jensen says:
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        @Slim: Talk about a panic drop. Geeze

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jensen: Not like Matthews is THAT much worse. #ShallowLeagueProblems

          • NameNotFound says:
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            @JB Gilpin: It is a 16er but we only have 1 bench. Can you help me make some 2 for 1 trades so I can free up some space? I have Lowry, Millsap, Favors, Dragic, Dieng, Parsons, Matthews(dropping for Knight), Nurkic. Thanks!

          • NameNotFound says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Wasn’t able to get Knight, I was just #2 on waiver so stuck with Matthews.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @NameNotFound: Ah gotcha, sucks you didn’t get Knight though! Hmmmmm. Pretty even team with nice low TO. I think I might be more apt to move Nurk + someone after a good start for an all around guy.

  8. Diggz says:
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    I think you mean remember Biyombo on friday not saturday, Correct me if im wrong he served his 1 game suspension which would make him available against Detroit on friday and clevland saturday,

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Diggz: Hah I just meant “Bismack Biyombo sat” as in sat down, I can see how that was a little misleading though!

      • Diggz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Threw me for a loup thats forsure, considering ESPN still has SSPD beside his name. But thanks for clarifying man.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Diggz: Hah no worries 🙂

  9. Hey JB, Slim and Razzballers! Great to be here for another season…

    Would you all trade Nikola Vucevic and Jimmy Butler for Whiteside or hold?

    8-cat H2H each category. Thanks guys!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @wnwdotcom: Hey man, good to see ya back! Hmmmmm. 10er I def would. It’s good depth… How big is your need for another big? Leaning yes, but barely

        • @JB Gilpin: My current bigs are…

          Nikola Vucevic
          Jonas Valanciunas
          Clint Capela
          Tobias Harris
          Dario Saric
          Nikola Mirotic

          Feeling good about Jonas and Capela after last night but I could use the blocks.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @wnwdotcom: Yeah you could use an upgrade. I’ll take the deal!

  10. Lasandro says:
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    Are we at least a little bit sold on Avery taking that next big leap this year? I’m tellin ya man, his dimes are going to rise this year, as will his FT attempts and scoring in general. He and Crowder looked beautiful together. Trading away my Wes for Avery yesterday is cause for celebration! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBYNSbqTGwg

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Ehhhh, i almost threw him a mention, but was flying through. Heavy schedule nights are tough for these. Will be watching the C’s intently tonight for IT2/3 and Crowder on my REL squad. I need some blocks!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: See what I meant about dem dimes? Wooooooooo!!

      • Slim

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        @Lasandro: Yep, he’s really working hard right now, he looks focused and aggressive. I like what I see a lot. No Turner is really helping, Smart might eat into it a smidge, esp if they try to keep Rozier’s minutes up in the mid20s too. Don’t get cute on us Stevens…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: @Slim: Well 40+ minutes from Bradley in a Stevens system is mad encouraging! Don’t you worry Las, gave you a shout in today’s daily notes 🙂

  11. Hamtime says:
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    I dropped Jerami grant for Jonathan Simmons. Grant seemed to be squeezed between a lot of philly bigs.

    Also, was offered jokic for klay. Tempted because klay looked awful.

    Thoughts on Justin Hamilton and wade IV?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hamtime: Ehhhh i dunno about that, I think he’s just flat out better than Saric. I don’t mind moving on, but I think I woulda done it for someone else. I think I had those two right next to each other. If no need for 3s/scoring, then sure. Hamilton isn’t gonna play this many minutes most nights. Grizz had a lot of guard minutes out (shifting Ennis to SF) although I did totally forget to mention his 1.5 rainbow. Perils of recapping so many games! I doubt he get that many D stats again though, but 22-24 minutes might be about right!

  12. Dom says:
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    Thoughts on Henson getting 10 mins, 4 points, 4 boards, 0 blocks? I think he’s the first to go in my 16 team 10 cat (OREB) even though I don’t have a ton of bigs depth. Joe Johnson and Marquiss Chris were dropped and was thinking of putting in a claim. I also own and could cut B Portis, T Lyles, Jerami Grant. What do you think of these guys? Thanks

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      @Dom: also is LuoL Deng a must hold in 12ers? My streaming spot turned into Tim Frazier and I feel that I’d get more value out of streaming than Deng’s low upside

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dom: Not too surprising, Monroe played a lot, and Henson was always a long-term play. Def getting Grant for the blocks there. I could see getting Johnson as a backup though. Well, I would rather own Frazier too, I wanna see another few games of Deng first before cutting in 12ers

  13. jay says:
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    Similar thoughts as what has been mentioned above. I have Harris/Nurk/Jok in my Turd Nuggets team..shocked that Nurk didnt get any 4th qtr minutes.

    Atkinson- I mean his coaching totally helped out my Hamilton stream but if I’m a BKN fan (are there really any outside of Jay Z?), I’d be preparing to be tweeting out WTH and WTF on game nights.

    Grabbed Sergio in 1 league..JB sniped him in the other 2 that I wanted him.

    Seth Curry- Not sure if he should really be any more than a 15-20 min specialist/sparkplug off the bench. Coach asks him to defend more in the preseason, fouls out in 16 mins of action. Not bad for 16 mins shooting 3/4 with a 7/3/1/3/1 w/ no turnover a 3ptr. Barea took advantage with 22/2/6/0/1 with a pair of 3s on 39 mins of action.

    2 of my guys Dipo and Fournier had fugly FG %s but big boooo to Dipo since he was playing vs the Sixers. Good to see the attempts were there though.

    Btw, Razzball has totally messed up the visuals on EMBIIIIIIIIID but just seeing those signs during the game ” Trust the process, Embiid” ><

    Hibbert had a good game which I thought he would against those eager beaver Bucks slashers low vertical bigs. Now i need a few more good games out of him with Roto notes reminding of his epic stat fades so i can trade him for something.

    Nice to see Tyler Johnson have a good game wih a 15/6/3/2 on 7 for 11 shooting with a pair of 3s. Would have loved a steal but I'm just being a spoiled brat. His role fits him so well especially against the guard defense of the ORL 2nd unit. Take as much time as you need, JRich!!

    Wanted to comment on the Celts and Twolves but I gotta get going with the job that pays the bills.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jay: While I’m in no way arguing Nurk shouldn’t be out there, I’m not surprised. I know they still wanna limit his run. Ugh, yeah Atkinson is about to be Razzball villain #2. Behind Pels medical satff 🙂 Huzzah for Sergio sniping!

      Curry – 100% agree, which I didn’t rank him. Just didn’t see it. Barea plays 39 mins too! Still think Dipo is gonna struggle off ball. Westbrook started every half court set. Hah yeah I would be hoping for awesome games and sell high on Hibby too.

      Yeah pretty solid game from TyJo, still think JRich is gonna squeeze some run there, sadly 🙁 Hah, well, doing the daily notes is the same thing for me!

  14. jojo says:
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    Time to drop Deng for MKG in 14 team roto?

    thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jojo: Mannnnn, any other drops? I want MKG over him indeed, but wanna give Deng a few more games, especially in a 14er

      • jojo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: the other bench warmers are Biyombo and Matt Barnes.

        So between Biyombo , Barnes and Deng, who’s the one to drop?

        thanks!!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @jojo: Def one of them… Probably Biyombo, unless you have a dire need for BLK

  15. Jay

    Jay says:
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    GIFs are looking good brotha.

    Listen, obviously we’re going to be in small sample size territory for a while, but I have a general question because as you know, I’m a super b-ball noob:

    I remember you saying that I should be on the look out for AST. I’m going to look to see where I’m at in a few weeks, but how long do you generally wait before switching things up? I can already see some trends forming on my team (High TO, low BLK, avg STL.) But when do you start addressing these counting stats?

    Or maybe the question is, when does small sample size in basketball start normalizing?

    LeBron James SF,PF
    Kyle Lowry PG
    Gorgui Dieng PF,C
    Carmelo Anthony SF,PF
    Dirk Nowitzki PF,C
    Bradley Beal SG
    Jordan Clarkson PG,SG
    Avery Bradley PG,SG
    J.J. Redick SG
    Markieff Morris SF,PF,C
    Zach Randolph PF,C
    Al-Farouq Aminu SF,PF
    Manu Ginobili SG,SF

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Thanks man! Wish I had time to do a few more, Wednesday slates are rough. Your TO shouldn’t be thattttt awful, but yeah BLK and STL are light. Maybe a week or two? NBA is a little weirder, since once rotations are set, there’s not dramatic swings. It’s when there’s injuries and coaches yanking guys early that things get messed up. So I address needs sooner than later

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Gotcha, thanks for the in man! I’ll bother you in a week in a half then, meeting halfway!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jay: Haha sounds like a plan!

    • Slim

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      @Jay: For the 1st week I pay WAYYYY more attention to minutes and whether it’s injury related or not. So like Adams line wasn’t great but 36 minutes from a 23 yo big goes a long way, and it showed how much we can rely (or the opposite of that) on a guy like Kanter. There’s exceptions for sure (Solomon Hill) but in general I pay less attention to stats this early and more to role and playing time. So like Zach Randolph with 24 minutes makes me a bit nervous, will be tough to repeat last night on the regular if that’s what can be expected moving forward.

      I think TOs will be ok. Everyone right now (besides Sergio owners) are looking at a bunch of TOs, Harden had 7 last night, I’m sure you won’t be as bad as them. Stl are a bit low but I think that’s mostly due to age. I find a players ceiling for steals and blocks tend to be at about the 23-25 yo range with a big droppoff after they turn 30. So LeBron, Melo, Dirk, Reddick, Randolph, and Manu should all continue to decline in the dstats. Usually this is fixed by going younger but that tends to negatively effect FG% which is definitely a strength for you. The blocks are a much bigger problem and I think once again it’s mostly age related, mostly. So most blocks come from bigs obviously and 3 of your 4, Dirk, Markieff, and Randolph are pretty low end. I think I’d just call it a punt and focus your energy elsewhere.

      • Jay

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        @Slim: Slim, my man. I see you stalking me on twitter once in a while. Lots of great info here, loving the info dump. And yeah, I think my team skews a bit older because I don’t follow basketball too closely. (Intimately followed during the Bulls dynasty, back when Akeem and Clyde and Barkley were on the Rockets, etc.) So frankly, some names I didn’t recognize and had to just draft based on you and JBs rankings. But yeah, the downside you point out feels like a real issue that could bite me later in the season. And sounds good on punting. I’ll probably reassess like JB said in a week a two and see if it’s something I can remedy through trade while handling some of my counting stat issues.

  16. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey JB, so happy basketball is back, even thought my Knicks look like trash again.
    10-team 9-cat league (FG%, FT%, 3’s, Pts, Ast, Oreb, Dreb, Stl, Blk)

    I’m a little nervous about Elfrid Payton dragging my FG% down. Would you drop him for Sergio?

    • Slim

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      @Worlds First Analrapist: Hell-to-the-no! But Sergio should be owned, even in a 10er, and no TO league. Anyone else to drop?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Worlds First Analrapist: @Slim: Hell yeah, hoops is back! Oh man, you just reminded me! Poppycockers might have to come back hahaha. Yeah def hold Elfrid. Any other drops?

      • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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        @Slim: Maybe Zeller, but he looked great last night. Need a center more than 4th PG

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Worlds First Analrapist: Ehhhh I would still probably take Sergio, and if you feel overloaded, immediately start looking at some PG for C trades

        • Slim

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          @Worlds First Analrapist: Yeah it was only 14 minutes and I think it’s best case a 24 min timeshare with Hibbert and Marvin/Kaminsky holding down PF. IF it’s a need then it’s a need but Sergio looks like a better play overall. Truth be told though I do like Zeller, just not in a 10er.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Worlds First Analrapist: @Slim: I don’t think Zeller ever gets to a stretch of 30 MPG with Hibbert healthy either

  17. Connor says:
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    Yo JB! Would you drop Terrance Jones for Jamychal? Thanks!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Connor: Yeah… If they got equal minutes I’d say NO but JaMychal should get more opportunities.

      • Connor says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @Connor: Def Green, had him 20-30 ahead of Tjones going into the year and no change off the opener

  18. MJC says:
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    So your holding Delly over Sergio? Delly’ line was pretty boring and I feel like that’s what we’ll get from him most nights. 11 points a few assists and not much else. He took 10 shots and that seems about right for him considering they have Scrabble, Parker, Monroe and a couple others that are better natural scorers. Although bayless coming back in a month might complicate things for Sergio?

    • Slim

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      @MJC: I’m less concerned about Bayless these days, he really isn’t a PG. I think Hendu is the one who should be watching his back. But yeah I think that’s what it boils down to with Sergio vs Delly is that Dellavedova’s minutes are more secure. Still though Sergio needs to be owned.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @MJC: @Slim: Uggggghhhh. That’s a tough one. Agree with Slim, would like to have both. Not too worried about Bayless either. 12er you def should have another drop, 10er… Ugh gimme Sergio, but close

        • MJC says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I have Parker to drop but he’s my streamer today and it’s a daily not tomorrow add league
          Frowny face

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @MJC: I still might make the move, it’s worth having a must-hold contributor at the cost of a stream game

      • MJC says:
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        @Slim: I guess I’m mostly curious if you think that line from delly is going to be pretty typical or is there more upside? If that’s about Normal for him then screw it I’ll gamble on Sergio and just stream that spot if he doesn’t work out.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @MJC: More upside for 2-3 treys and maybe 5-6 AST? But either way, I think I’d take Sergio

          • MJC says:
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            @JB Gilpin: thanks JB it’s just that Parker has 3 games left this week so it’s tough to drop his low end line. But delly seems to be so meh

            • JB Gilpin

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              @MJC: Ah, yeah depending on your matchup I might let Parker walk, but I think he’s not that different than Delly TBH. So I’m good holding Tony

            • Slim

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              @JB Gilpin: @MJC: You can just look up their ages to know where I stand on this but if it’s just a stream play anyway then go with the 3 games.

            • Bye Felica says:
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              @MJC: man don’t be hatin on my $1 delly!

              He’s my diamond in the rough from last season. At least half of the teams (20 total) sent me trade offers last year.

              I know you guys are reading 😅

              • JB Gilpin

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                @MJC: @Slim: @Bye Felica: Yeah that’s why I was thinking Parker is fine there Slim.

                Haha well $1 Delly in REL is a lot different than rosterability in redraft 12er haha

                • Bye Felica says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: HAHAHAHA
                  I know i just ditched Delly for Crabbe in a 12er I love Westcoast SG that chuck 3’s and play zero defense 😀

                  This might be his CJ McCollum year. Honestly i think he might end up being even more talented than CJ Mac…Wasn’t he drafted high? I know they didn’t just hand him $80 million to not play him. I have a feeling Turner is on the outside looking in. Especially after watching the first 2 games. He just doesn’t fit in the offense. No idea why they signed him and not a better off the ball bruiser.

                  • Slim

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                    @Bye Felica: I’ve always liked Crabbe but if he doesn’t get dstats then he’ll need to maintain those 3.5 assists to not be labeled a Thragnof. Crabbe was 1st pick in the 2nd round. I think Turner will be better as he gets more time with the team. I think it’s a little tougher on an assist 1st player with a new group of guys to learn than a scorer who just jacks up shots. Oh and Crabbe’s USG is pretty low right now, 8.5 FGs per in 30 min can definitely come up. I’m sad I don’t have him in REL… I tried.

                    • JB Gilpin

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                      @Bye Felica: @Slim: Def ThrAGNOF for Crabbe, I proba woulda held Delly. I owned Crabby once upon a time in yesteryear!

  19. Mike says:
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    JB, thanks for all you do man. I know you want to get more run out of Deng before moving on, but I’m considering adding Sergio Rodriguez for either him or Matt Barnes. Worthwhile drops for either of those 2 or just hold on a little longer?

    Cheers

    • Slim

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      @Mike: Yeah Deng is excessively low end, I’d make that move. Swaggy P starting doesn’t help anyone get more shots and Deng doesn’t do enough elsewhere to not be shooting.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Mike: @Slim: Yeah I def would add Sergio. I think I get you, you own Barnes right? I would drop Barnes first I wanna see Deng a few more games

        • Mike says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Yes sir, I own Barnes and Deng but will probably drop Barnes for Sergio

          • Mike says:
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            @Mike:

            Further complexity – JaMychal is also available. Probably excessive to do a double drop of Barnes/Deng for Sergio/JaMychal?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Mike: Cool, like the Sergio move. Yeahhhh I’d hold Deng another game or two, I don’t think you’d be kicking yourself for Green even if he works out, not huge upside there

  20. JG says:
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    Hey Fellas,

    Would you drop T.Jones/Barnes/Mudiay to pickup Sergio or MKG? 12er H2h (9 cat) where I’m punting FT% and very strong in big man stats.

    • Slim

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      @JG: Mudiay’s progression isn’t impressing me, and the bigs are doing alot more passing than last year. I have no problem moving on for Sergio. TJones/Barnes vs MKG. MKG needs to be owned to… Eeny Meeny Miny, I don’t trust TJones minutes, and MKG is a really solid punt FT guy.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @JG: @Slim: Hey man! Yeah I’m getting both, and I would drop Jones and Barnes. I would still hold Mudiay a few more games, but Barnes and Jones are easier to let go

  21. Hamtime says:
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    Would you do CJ McCollum for Drummond straight up?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hamtime: Would depend on roster comp. You effectively punt FT with Drum. If you’re already a FT punt, then hell yeah. If not, only if the direst of need for a big

  22. Joe says:
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    Want to talk me off the ledge? Or rather from pushing Knight off the ledge?

    Covington and Marcus Morris are available. Just saying. And my league seems uninterested in Knight for trade purposes.

    Team: Lowry, Conley, Collison, Knight, Beal, Batum, Parsons, Millsap, Zingis, Gobert, RoLo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Hah it’s one game still! Think it could get better. I would hold Knight still, stay strong!

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Joe: I’d lose Lopez for covington if you can afford to lose the size.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joe: @Bye Felica: With that roster he posted, i think he needs REB/BLK/%s, not Covington’s FG drain/TO. Def is 100% set on 3s too

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Joe: or Collison . Never been big on him anyways. Covington is my multi-cat darling. I try drafting him every where.You don’t have an IR for Parsons or his he not on IR

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Bye Felica: Don’t think he fits this 10er squad 🙂

        • Bye Felica says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I just hate seeing Robin Lopez rostered anywhere. Ha

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Bye Felica: Hah can’t dispute that!

  23. Zinger says:
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    How long is Bayless out for? I’m currently streaming Mills should I drop him for Sergio? I’ll get two more games out of Mills but only one more out of Sergio

    • Zinger says:
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      @Zinger: nvm Sergio got scooped

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Zinger: Ah, yeah I 100% woulda gone Sergio. Glad I made the moves for him last night, sounds like he’s flying off the shelf, which he should be

        • Zinger says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Hope Sixers trade for a PG!! =p

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Zinger: Tyus mother effin Jones would be boardeline top50…

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Zinger: @Slim: Hah I mean, Sergio looked like a find for them! Jones would go nuts though, if he landed there

              • Zinger says:
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                @JB Gilpin: YEAHHH I remember seeing the news couple days ago, hope it goes through.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Zinger: Looks like someone is close… I think Pels make more sense and/or Sixers can discount their asking price with Sergio looking this good game 1

  24. Bgrizzle says:
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    Im looking at Winslow, Serg, Ish, RHJ, Delly real hard right now. Looking at my team would you drop either Deng or Morris for any of these guys. Im in a 10 team league wit 2 centre spot and I fee like if I drop Morris I really light on the centre position? I know I really need another Pg but I also would like to Winslow. Do I drop Deng and Morris for Serg and Winslow?

    1. (6) Kawhi Leonard (SA – SG,SF)
    2. (15) Hassan Whiteside (Mia – C)
    3. (26) Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF,C)
    4. (35) Eric Bledsoe (Pho – PG,SG)
    5. (46) Ricky Rubio (Min – PG)
    6. (55) Tobias Harris (Det – SF,PF)
    7. (66) Nikola Vucevic (Orl – PF,C)
    8. (75) Darren Collison (Sac – PG)
    9. (86) Avery Bradley (Bos – PG,SG)
    10. (95) Robert Covington (Phi – SF,PF)
    11. (106) Luol Deng (LAL – SF,PF)
    12. (115) Markieff Morris (Was – SF,PF,C)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bgrizzle: Especially while Colly is out, you could use a PG. Deng can go for Sergio. Nah I think your C is fine, I would probably still hold Markieff for now though. See what happens tonight

    • Slim

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      @Bgrizzle: I love the “re” in center. So worldly, I laughed at the raptors fans in the REL post putting a “u” in a word, favour maybe, I get it you all are right and we are wrong but still, I find it funny.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bgrizzle: @Slim: We’re an international site! We get both sides of English!

  25. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 12 team league. I think I have a pretty well balanced team. I just feel there is room for improvement. Do you see any glaring weaknesses I need to fix?

    pg kyle lowry
    sg evan fournier
    g zach levine
    sf giannis antetokounpo
    f tristan thompson
    pf thadeous young
    c rudy gobert
    c gorgui dieng
    util jj reddick
    util dwyane wade
    bn eric gordon
    bn roy hibbert
    bn sergio rodriguez

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Nice blocks, pretty good boards, you can cut Tristan in a 12er for sure. He’s very blah. Ast are OK… Eh maybe a little low. I like the Sergio add though, that helps. Still would look for one more PG or a hot add (like MKG) over Tristan

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool thanks bud! Do you see any players I should trade away? Btw this league counts double doubles and triple doubles?

        • Ryan says:
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          @Ryan: btw Seth curry is available. Is he a must add for my team?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Ah yeah Tristan can still go though. If Hibbert stays hot, I would move him. I;m not very big on Thad either, so if he has a hot game or two, I would shop him too

  26. Max the Axe says:
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    Wow, I can tell you know your stuff!! My keeper team in starting up 8 team league. Don’t really know much on b ball stats so I’ll be pestering you a lot. Had to trust the wisdom of your rankings during the draft. Soooo… Is my team pointing upwards or doomed till next year? If it’s totally doomed, are there any players I should try to trade (or pick up on the outer fringes of our 96 players) right away? If it’s pointing up I’m willing to wait. Don’t want to embarrass myself this year. Thanks.
    PG Ricky Rubio
    SG Stephen Curry
    G Dennis Schroder
    SF Draymond Green
    PF Giogui Dieng
    F Tobias Harris
    C Al Horford
    Util Andre Drummond
    Util Eric Bledsoe
    BN D’angelo Russell
    BN Elfrid Payton
    BN. Brandon Knight

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Max the Axe: Hah, I dunno about that, but appreciate it! Hah, comment away! Def not doomed in the least! You still havent gotten a game from Schroder yet, I like your youth, you have awesome PG. I kinda wish you could just destroy FT and not have Drummond, but he’s off a tough game, so hard to sell. PLus you could use another big on top of that. I might see if there’s a true FT punt team and offer Drummond + PG for 2 bigs

      • Max the Axe says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin:Do you see a player looming for huge upside but considerably lower than Drummond that someone would probably bite for? Thanks.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Max the Axe: Ummmm, Myles Turner? But prob is too late for that after his debut. Nurkic?

  27. Tony says:
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    This is my team.
    Kyle Lowry Tor – PG
    Dennis Schroder Atl – PG
    Elfrid Payton Orl – PG
    Emmanuel Mudiay Den – PG
    Matt Barnes Sac – SG,SF
    Aaron Gordon Orl – SF,PF
    Chandler Parsons Mem – SF,PF
    Marcus Morris Det – SF,PF
    Luol Deng LAL – SF,PF
    Gorgui Dieng Min – PF,C
    Clint Capela Hou – PF,C
    Karl-Anthony Towns Min – C
    DeAndre Jordan LAC – C
    Got offered Hayward and Randolph for Jordan. Thoughts?

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony: Oh, and I’m in the middle of a trade, Dragic for Dieng.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tony: Nice trade for Dieng! Hmmmm, well Capela + DJ makes you a FT punt, but you’re good there most of the rest of the roster. Hurts your big stats. I might hold DJ and keep exploring FT punt trades

        • Tony says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah, grabbed Jordan in the 3rd and committed to the punt. You’d pass on this trade? What if I countered with McCollum, Klay or Thomas instead of injured Hayward?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Tony: Yeah, I’m not huge on Zbo and Hayward still to miss time, and I think you need the boards. I don’t like giving up best in the deal in shallower leagues. Probably passing on Klay, If you could swing CJ or Isaiah I probably would, but it still hurts your boards

  28. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB,

    What a monster line from Brow! Holy crap!

    What do you think about adding Sergio over Delly in a H2H 12er? My guard group is:

    PG – Curry, CP3, Lin, Delly
    SG – Giannis, Hayward (IR), Richardson (IR), Korver

    Delly wasn’t bad in game 1, just a littler lighter on dimes than I expected.

    Thanks, dude!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I know man, insanity! Yeah I debated that a few comments above, I think I would go Sergio. More upside. Any time!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh damn, I just went back and read those exchanges…I could roster both in theory, but i’d have to cut someone like Korver, Grant, or JaMychal to hold both Delly and Sergio…

        My last roster spot in another league is Demarre, might consider losing him for Sergio too

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: I’d hold DeMarre… Ummmm, yeah JaMychal looks pretty good. If you don’t have a dire need for BLK, i would be OK losing Grant for Sergio and own both he and Delly

  29. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job JB,

    12 team H2H points league…

    Here’s my team…

    Stephen Curry
    Kyrie Irving
    Al Horford
    Rudy Gobert
    Gordon Hayward (IR)
    Danilo Gallinari
    Thaddeus Young
    Kenneth Faried
    Otto Porter Jr.
    Nicola Mirotic
    Terrence Jones
    Danny Green (IR)
    Michael Carter-Williams
    Trevor Booker
    Bojan Bogdanovic

    Who should I drop to make room for Sergio Rodriguez?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @RicoSuave: MCW. Run don’t walk.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks man! And 100000% can lose MCW. Nab Sergio for him

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks guys!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RicoSuave: Any time!

  30. Don Majikowski says:
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    DeMarre Carrol or Sergio??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majikowski: Ehhhh I don’t wanna give up on DeMarre yet. Any other drops? Sergio is must own in 12ers…

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Don Majikowski: I’ll go with it being based of needs but Carroll is a solid contributor. That isn’t as easy as some of these other drops for Sergio.

      • Don Majikowski says:
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        @Slim:

        BOttom of my roster is:

        Marvin Williams
        DeMarre
        Markieff
        Ty Lawson

        Do we like Sergio over any of these?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Don Majikowski: @Slim: Yeah most definitely, Sergio might be better while Lawson is temporarily filling in anyway

  31. dark knight says:
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    who is the best fantasy sg of brooklyn??

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @dark knight: hehehe. Caris LaVert!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dark knight: @Slim: Get out of here Slim! I can make jokes in my own comment sections! I was gonna say “E – None of the above”. But nah, gimme RHJ

  32. choosediy says:
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    Do you like Matt Barnes or JaMychal Green to round out the end of your roster in a h2h? I currently have Barnes, but am short on PFs so I am contemplating a swap.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @choosediy: Yeah they’re close, I’ll go Green now. For sure!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @choosediy: it’s close. i’ll take JaMychal because of the PF need. Looks like he’s going to take more 3s now too.

  33. Mak says:
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    Drop ish for Sergio? 9 cat h2h. 10 person league

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Mak: Yes. Ish has a countdown clock on Reggie returning. Sergio has a shot to be year long.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Mak: @Slim: Yeah, it’s closer for me though. I think Ish will do better than that debut. But Sergio is the guy

      • Mak says:
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        @Slim: who do you prefer between Sergio and Harrison barnes?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Mak: very different stat lines. Harison Barnes isn’t a drop. His job is really secure.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Mak: @Slim: Agree, I guess Barnes for the safety, but both are must owns

            • Slim

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              @Mak: @JB Gilpin: I kind of read into the question, “Should I drop Harrison Barnes instead of Ish?” I probably shouldn’t do that. But the answer is its OK to drop Ish because you’re getting a PG back, an assist 1st one at that.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Mak: @Slim: Ooops I did too. Yeah Barnes and Sergio are the 2 to own

  34. Victor Trolladipo says:
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    Bledsoe & Drummond for Isaiah Thomas & Favors

    Which side do you like more?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Victor Trolladipo: are you prepared to punt FT%? If so, I like that side better, if not then the right looks fine. Although I do feel like Favors should come a little cheaper than that. I’m more worried about his injuries than Bledsoes.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Victor Trolladipo: @Slim: Yeah Bledsoe side for me. More raw value, although you have to figure out the Ft situation

  35. jdubs says:
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    Hey Slim/JB! what a night in the Association… This season is going to be fun!

    I’d love to get your guys’ input on a general fantasy basketball thing… I’ve been having an argument with one of my leaguemates regarding FAAB vs standard waivers. I think FAAB with waivers processing every night is great because everyone gets an equal shot, but my friend thinks that having a top-4 round pick this year is a benefit that outweighs the benefits of snake draft, and having waivers clear on a daily basis (but having some sort of free agency period in the evening) helps mitigate that. What type of waivers do you like, and why?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @jdubs: FAAB for Auction draft, Keeper/Dynasty .
      Snake drafts i like regular waivers. The reason for faab in a keeper/Dynasty league you mentioned. Everyone gets a chance to bid until they’re out of money 😏
      That’s my thoughts on it.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jdubs: @Bye Felica: Twas a great opening night indeed!

        I’m a little confused, what do you mean by “a top-4 round pick”? But just on FAAB vs. waivers… FAAB daily can get really tricky, and wouldnt be that fun unless everyone is really active. REL is FAAB weekly, and I like that a ton. REL baseball is FAAB twice a week, and I like that too. In a dynasty league, def FAAB. Would be really annoying to not get a major dynasty piece just because of waiver order. In redraft, yeah I kinda just am used to waivers and its a little easier. Overall I would say FAAB. Helps spread equal chances to everyone

        • jdubs says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Oops my bad…I meant top-4 pick. Like KD/Curry/Harden/Westbrook is an elite tier pretty much far and above everyone else this year… but you understood what I was asking! Thanks to both

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @jdubs: Ohhhhhh OK, I see what you were saying now. Maybe you could do something unique, every pick further out gets $1 extra FAAB dollar. 1st pick gets $100 FAAB, 12th $112. I think we may be onto something genius here…

  36. Bye Felica says:
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    Oh I finished 132nd out of 44,531 players last night in the yahoo freeroll and won $1 hahaha

    We’re in the money!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felica: Whoa baller!!!!!!!!!! poppin some champagne tonight!!!!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Bye Felica: Brow will cost twice as much the next time he plays.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: @Slim: Brow gonna be 30k on DraftKings. Although I haven’t done DFS in so long, I have no idea how their budget is… 50k still?

        • Bye Felica says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I hate DK (yeah i know) it’s too hard to cash on there. I cleaned up last year playing on yahoo. Toss $20 on there and play dbl ups and 5 man leagues, 3 player winner take all. It’s fun.

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @Slim: i wish i had him. I would have won. I only needed like 13 more points to win it

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felica: Hah damn, yeah Brow I’m sure helped clear out some cash. I dunno, I’m just not much of a gambler. I get enough on the line with my calls getting yelled at as it is 🙂

  37. Jeremy says:
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    How much should i worry about RHJ, granted i drafted him in the 110 -120 range so it’s not a huge loss but im worried about the nets rotation. Do you see him having a consistent role and mins on this nets team?

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Jeremy:

      Where’s today pod cast btw?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jeremy: Ummm, enough so that 1-2 more games of 25ish minutes and he’s a cut. I’m not really sure. I would think he would, but a lot of rhetoric is going around about this Kenny Asshole doing weird rotations. Next few weeks gonna record tonight, post overnight first thing tomo 🙂

        • Jeremy says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          This is 16 men league, so probably can’t cut since there’s nothing on the wire sigh, shoulda drafted winslow instead.

          looking forward to tmr morning.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jeremy: Yeah def a hold in a 16er. Hah yeah Winslow is looking nice! And thanks for listening, wait til you see the issues we had for it, ugh… I hate technology

  38. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    FEEL THE BROWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! took him at 6 (giant reach obvi) and never looked back!

    20-team h2h 9-cat (again). Finally Mudiay and Amir Johnson for Parsons so you guys better be right! Feeling squeamish!

    Just picked up Justin Hamilton after the 2 for 1.

    PG – Bledsoe
    SG – Dragic
    G – D’Angelo Russell
    SF – Parsons
    PF – Anthony Davis
    F – Marcus Morris
    C – Kanter
    Util – Winslow
    Util – Roy Hibbert
    Bn – Ilyasova
    Bn – Justin Hamilton
    Bn – E’Twaun Moore

    Drop Hamilton or Ilya for any of the below on the wire?

    Brandon Jennings
    Barea
    Joe Harris

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Yeah my Brow Lillard RCL is looking pretty fun 🙂 I love that deal for Parsons! Especially since you have decent depth. Nahhh, I’d keep Hamilton to see what happens, although if you’re in a tight matchup, Barea gets 2 more games against HOU this week. I streamed him in a lot of RCLs, but Hamilton has more upside long term and big looks to be a bigger need

  39. MJC says:
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    Would you fire off a Brow for Durant trade in a keeper? No cost keep forever. 12 standard.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MJC: Sure, I mean it feels a lot closer now, but I think it would be the right move and likely accepted. Maybe throw in a sweetener too that fits a team need + Durant so you feel better on it 🙂

  40. Scott says:
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    Been offered this trade in a dynasty league:
    I give Wesley Johnson – $1
    I get Tyler Ulis – $10

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Meh. I’m just not a Ulis guy. I’d keep $1 Wesley

  41. G. says:
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    Hi all,

    Looking for some feedback on my punt FT team in a 12-teamer, H2H, 9 cat:

    Kemba Walker Cha – PG, SG
    Brandon Knight Pho – PG,SG
    Elfrid Payton Orl – PG
    D’Angelo Russell LAL – PG
    Josh Richardson Mia – SG,SF
    Kevin Durant GS – SF,PF
    Chandler Parsons Mem – SF,PF
    Andre Drummond Det – PF,C
    Joel Embiid Phi – C
    Dwight Howard Atl – PF,C
    Derrick Favors Uta – PF,C
    Marcus Morris Det – SF,PF
    Matt Barnes Sac – SG,SF
    IR spot: Jrue Holiday NO – PG

    So, this is a bit of an odd team as I’m clearing punting FT, yet have too many FG draining guards and turnover maniacs. I’m thinking about Knight and Payton in particular.

    What would you suggest I do to improve this team?

    I’m currently working on a trade involving Payton, would you trade Payton and M.Morris for Crowder and Len?

    Thanks for these awesome daily recap JB, so good with my morning coffee.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G.: Yup def Ft punt. Payton I think won’t be that bad… Knight though… Hmmmm, the trade isn’t that bad, it’s just Crowder isn’t exactly a beacon of FG% either. And I think you need Elfrid’s AST. I’d be more apt to trade Knight, but it’s tough off a dreadful opener. I think I would hold Elfrid as best I could until Jrue is back, and shop Knight instead. Appreciate that man, thanks for ready!

      • G. says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I’ve been shopping Knight, but nobody wants him. Elfrid I’d rather keep indeed, as I drafted him especially for this team. Alright, I will wait for Knight to string a few good games together and shop him again. Then I’ll advise.

        Thanks for the feedback!

      • G. says:
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        @JB Gilpin: as a follow up, on the same team, how do you like these two possible trades: Walker and Favors for Whiteside and A. Bradley, or Walker and Favors for D.J. and McCollum?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @G.: Sounds good! Would love that Whiteside deal if you can swing it! Hmmmmm, DJ one. You are FT punt, but I think it’s too much of a downgrade for me, I’d pass on that one

  42. Threekola says:
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    Hey Jb, hey Slim. This Brook Lopez thing better sort itself out within the next couple weeks…

    Anyway, there are a few goodies on the wire in my 10-team league. Would you guys grab any?

    My only droppable guy is RHJ, and I have Ish until Collison is back. Only wanna replace RHJ with better full-season upside, if not I’ll probably wait another game or two to see how he does, unless one of these guys is a must add of course. Ish…eh, I’m fine with him, but the waiver options are nice too.

    Possible replacements for RHJ: Marcus Morris, Jamychal Green, Will Barton (leaning Green, then morris, then Barton) I just think Green will beat Morris in every cat but threes and maybe scoring.

    Possible replacements for Ish: Delly, Rodriguez, Frazier (leaning to stick with Ish) I’d take Frazier but his next two matchups are Warriors and Spurs lmao. Rather take Ish for now. Who do you like out of that group though? That was a pretty impressive opening night from Rodriguez 0.o

    Thanks guys!

    Ya boy Threekola

    • Jensen says:
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      @Threekola: Id drop RHJ for Green and Ish for Sergio. I prefer Frazier to Sergio but Frazier has a ticking clock and Sergio doesn’t. Either of them over Ish though.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Threekola: @Jensen: Hey man! Yeah I think Brook will be better, I mean it was a funky game from the start. Hate their new coach already though… Yeah RHJ can go… Kinda depends on build, since you’re 10er, I might go Barton for RHJ for short-term while Harris is out. If you need PG, def would take Sergio and Frazier for RHJ and Ish.

  43. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Drop Booker or Zaza for Matt barnes? OR just hold

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joel: I’d nab Barnes for Zaza in virtually any format

  44. DT says:
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    Yo guys! stoked for another NBA season.

    team is as follows in a 10 team 9 cat league
    Steph, Ish Smith, Lowry, Lin, Knight
    Bazemore, M. Barnes, Batum, Covington, Carroll
    Saric, Griffin, Drummond, Dieng, JV

    I missed out on all the hot pickups last night due to waivers. any suggestions? thinking about dropping Saric for somebody as he looked unspectacular last night.

    Much mahalos!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DT: Hell yeah man! Ready for a season! Agree, I said as much on Saric above. Pretty good D stats, great 3s, FG% is a little suspect. Likely nabbing the best big avail or if like MKG is avail for FG% boost. Mahalo!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jay: Hah yeah I posted that article in yesterday’s comments. Awful. Hate the Nets already! Only in deeper leagues for Hamilton though, no Net you can really trust…

  45. Zinger says:
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    Who would you rather have, Kyrie or Dipo in a standard h2h 9cat keeper league?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Zinger: Kyrie

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Zinger: I think Oladipo will be fine, this was his 1st game with a new team, it’ll take some time. I imagine he’ll have another monster 2nd half. But Kyrie looks really good, and healthy, but it was against a terrible Knicks team. They’re super close but sure I’ll lean Kyrie.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Zinger: @Bye Felica: @Slim: I’ll go Kyrie, but I had them back to back to begin with. Dipo just doesn’t look good off ball, it is only one game though. Still very close.

        • Zinger says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Hmm I own Dipo, so it probably isn’t worth it to trade more just to get Kyrie if they’re close.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Zinger: Yeah and he was obviously a lot better last night

  46. Brent

    TheFantasyDick says:
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    #2 pick in 15 minutes. #1 is gonna take curry or Lebron according to him. Do I go Harden? Or Anthony Davis or curry if there at 2?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @TheFantasyDick: The spam filter got ya. I’d take the safer pick in Harden. LeBron #1, yeesh.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TheFantasyDick: @Slim: Yeah sorry, I know you’ve commented before, must’ve been something different when you commented… Anyway, yeah Bron #1 is trash. I would go Curry then Harden as I had preranked, nothing changed enough yet

  47. POINS POINTS POINTS says:
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    12 team h2h daily 9 cat league we don’t use TO we use FG% instead….should I pick up sergio ? my guards now are Rubio, Dennis Schroder, lin, T. Frazier, D collision and ty lawson. ?? thx for the help !!

  48. jay says:
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    only 2 games in but early read looks like Celts will be a nice team to stream against for rebs

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @jay: Amir benched in the 2nd half for Zeller, yeah I’m guessing that was about rebounding. Jerebko is a poor PF. Horford was way down last year compared to years past. You may be on to something…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @jay: @Slim: Hmmmm interesting. They’re prob up there, and take a lot of 3s, so long rebounds to filter out to everyone. Not a ton of post play. Horford more a shooter now… I like it! Rockets still gonna be the #1 for that tho ha

        • jay says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Rockets gonna be #1 for everything for sure! Haha!

  49. Dante Green says:
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    Current FAAB budget: $91
    (Making multiply bids in case I don’t get who I really want)

    Dropping RHJ for:
    Sergio: $20–Man I don’t know bout this one, but am I overpaying? If I do nab him I’ll be left with $71, jeez can I survive with that amount with 22 weeks still left in the season?? (First time trying out FAAB system)

    JaMychal Green: $18

    Mirotic: $13

    Lawson: $6

    Chandler: $2

    Would love to have either Sergio or JaMy, but I still have Hayw who’s returning in a few weeks time. If one of Saric, DellyV or Sergio turns out to be a scrub I could just drop their ass, make room for Hayward, and then move on; but that would really suck cause I already spent like $2o for em. Haha But that’s a gamble I’m willing to take. I mean in the first week the waiver wire darlings normally comes out so you really have to make a move for them and pray that it pays out, and if it does, mann… Hello, playoffs.

    Tell me what you think man, especially at how Im bidding for these guys. Thanks bud

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: FAAB is tough, how high to go is completely dependent on how aggressive your league mates are. 1st scratch that Lawson bid, if you are that desperate for his 2 weeks then bid $0 if it’s allowed or just $1. Mirotic will go for more but your number is fine for a 3rd choice. I’m guessing this isn’t too deep a league with those top 3 available. I don’t think missing out on Sergio is the end of the world, same for JaMychal. I would bring Sergio down to 16, JaMychal 15, Mirotic 13, Wilson/Tyson $1, Lawson $0. If you are desperate for assists you could bump Sergio to 18 maybe, if you think he’s must own the rest of the year then low $20s would be my max. Just pay attention to how much bidding people do and try to figure out their pattern. EX: Pete Nice in REL loves his even $10, $20 bids. So if I think he’s going after that player then I know I will need to go $11 or $21. FAAB is fun, but much tougher than just throwing in a waiver.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Slim:

        Thanks bud! It’s a 14team league but yeah, we adjusted the roster size so it won’t be too deep of a league. Kinda hard to determine my leaguemates’ bidding pattern this early, but I’ve talked to one and he mentioned he might go and overpay for Serg. Haha Anyway, thanks again bud

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Dante Green: I might go even lower than that. I feel like in REL you wanna Bid for rotational guys early, but in a shallower league, there’s still a lot that’s gonna happen. I would go more like low teens and adjust from there, but I like your order. $12-$13 for me, maybe $15-$16 if dire PG need

  50. Boldin says:
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    Hi JB!

    The season has just started and its common to rush and grab the FAs that are shining in the beginning. I try to be patient but is always difficult… It is a 16 team league so its gonna be difficult to find talent. However, my team is full of risky picks and I think there is a chance that some wont be successful.

    1. (7) Karl-Anthony Towns C
    2. (26) Kristaps Porzingis PF,C
    3. (39) Derrick Favors PF,C
    4. (58) Dennis Schroder PG
    5. (71) D’Angelo Russell PG
    6. (90) Jordan Clarkson PG,SG
    7. (103) Avery Bradley PG,SG
    8. (122) Justise Winslow SF,PF
    9. (135) Terrence Jones SF,PF
    10. (154) Buddy Hield SG
    11. (167) Josh Richardson SG,SF
    12. (186) JaMychal Green PF
    13. (199) Alec Burks (Dropped for Mario Hezonja)

    I saw Hezonja with potential to play and contribute from the bench as one of the very few shooters in the team. I am happy with Avery and Clarkson beginning of the season but I could trade them, same with Favors, or you think I shouldnt do that?

    The best FAs out there are: Hardaway Jr, Baldwin IV, James Ennis, Dedmon, T Booker, Rozier, Cj Miles, Etwaun Moore, Brogdon, McConnell, Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson, KJ McDaniels, Exum, Barea, Oubre Jr, Nance Jr

    I am leaning towards T Booker as the best option in the list, but there are some other players that could do well. Is CJ Miles completely out of Indiana’s rotation?

    Thanks for your advice,

    Anquan Boldin

    • Slim

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      @Boldin: This team would be strong for a 12er. Sure Booker for Hezonja works just fine but I kind of like E’Twaun right now too. It’s tough to trust it’ll be year long though. The rest are probably just streamers. That wire isn’t that devoid of talent, you just have way more than you should already for a 16er! That Winslow, Richardson, JaMychal picks are much later than we had them ranked.

      Miles is just coming back from a hurt knee. His minutes will go up but I don’t think he tops his 22 from last year, but if you need 2 3s a game he should be doing that soon.

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        Moore could be a good option but I already have 2 Pelicans in Hield and TJones, I have faith on both. However, it seems that apart from FG%, assists are not very high in my team. I thought Hezonja could help there… I am debating if to give him 1-2 more games or do the switch before any other player does.

        Do you think trying to trade Favors (or even Porzingis if the price is right) would make sense? I am worried that the team can be misbalanced and I am thinking about going for a PG/SG/SF that could also bring some assists and perhaps a late round C to compensate the loss. Depending on the trade I would also include Clarkson or Bradley, or you think I should keep them (it can be a good moment to sell high).

        Thanks once again 🙂

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Boldin: Yeah Hezonja can go. Buddy might be a drop too. If you can get good value for Favors, I’d be OK with that, I’m worried about his knee lingering. But others might be too, which could discount asking price. But yeah, Favors/Clarkson for a big upgrade at PG would be nice. I would hold Bradley for now.

          Depending on your matchup, I might lose both Buddy and Hezonja for Moore and Barea, but Barea is short term. I just love tonight/Sunday vs. HOU.

  51. ConCon says:
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    Hey guys love the site for all the sports opinions.

    Im in my first NBA league: auction Roto, 8 cat, 13 team, 15 players, all players start. 3 player keeper league. can only keep for one year and pay what you paid for the year before. took over someone’s terrible team that left the league.

    Demarcus Cousins (keeper 89$)
    Rajon Rondo (Keeper 26$)
    Kevin Love (Keeper 47$)
    Paul George 70
    Rudy Gay 21
    Marcin Gortat 19
    Will Barton 6
    Allen Crabbe 1
    Sean Kilpatrick 1
    Seth Curry 1
    Trevor Booker 1
    Matt Barnes 1
    Dwight Powell 1
    Michael Beasley 1
    Zaza Pachulia 2

    Left 13 $ on the board at the end of draft…rookie move I know.

    I tried to get guys who are well rounded and do a little of everything. Thoughts? Was considering trying to trade Barton (if he can get a few more good games) packaged with someone else to try to get a more stable player (like b lopez since he isn’t playing well right now) or who else could I possibly try to eye? Am going to try to pickup Sergio Rod but as of typing this ranked 2nd out of 13 so will pretty much have last pick on waviers unless the team falls apart over the next couple days :/ Any help/insght is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ConCon: Thanks man, appreciate ya dropping by! Whoaaaaa, all players start. Interesting. Yeah Rondo and Love are meh. Cousins us expensive, but soooo good in 8 cat. Barton/Love for Brolo? Might consider that. Maybe even offer lower like Barton/Gortat. Yeah Sergio would be a good add. Ummmm, you have pretty good 3s, and Curry has this weird love I can’t figure out… You’re very low in AST too, so maybe another trade is Curry + something for an AST source that doesn’t hit a ton of 3s

  52. Jason says:
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    You dropping m Barnes or Evan turner for chriss, Crabbe or THardaway Jr. or nah?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jason: Ehhhhh. Only Crabbe is interesting if dire need for scoring, but you can stream it. Prob holding

    • Slim

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      @Jason: I’m trying to remember Grey’s term… I’ll be watching Chriss tonight like a cyclops with a monocle. I think that’s close.

  53. Larry says:
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    Drop Matt Barnes for Jerami Grant or Moore? Replace any of the 3 with J Richardson once healthy?
    Needing D stats with Noel out, and a little bit of everything else

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Larry: Gimme Grant! Anddddd, meh, yeah I probably go upside of J Rich when healthy. I just really like Grant! He def will help D stats, but J Rich will too

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