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Sorry Bargs, it’s not “Il Mago” you’re “Il Diva”.  After whining about playing time in Toronto saying he wanted to play somewhere warmer to the Italian media, the obvious answer is the tropical climate of New York City.  Il Diva disappeared in his final year in Toronto, playing under 30 minutes a game for the first time since 07-08.  His FG% fell to a career-second worse, the 3PT% second worst and tied a career-worst in rebounding.  After 35 games, they cut open his elbow and he cut his ties with the great country of Canadia (sp?).  Enter 2013-14 and Bargnani was coming off the bench, and Knicks fans were even booing him after one quarter.  Welcome to the Big Apple!  I saw some early Knicks action as well, and Bargnani looked as bad as Amar’e Stoudemire.  Hey-o!  But then Tyson Chandler went down with the broken leg, thrusting Il Diva into a starting role.  At that point, I put no stock in either Bargs or Amar’e, but Bargnani has been able to prove something to me: he needs big minutes to be able to do anything.  And it’s not a per/48 thing, it’s getting comfortable in the game.  Through this season, in the 5 games he’s under 30 minutes he’s shooting 48.8% for 10.2/1.4/0.4 with 0.8 threes a game.  And didn’t log a single block.  In 3 games over 30 minutes, he’s 53.8% 23/7.7/1.7 2.3 Blks and 2.7 threes a game.  Even at per/48 rates and taking into account the small sample, the disparity is shocking.  Since Chandler is out a good while healing up the broken leg and Amar’e is just a huge contract sitting on the bench, Bargnani is going to get huge minutes (almost always over 30) and continue this run.  “Let me play lots or else I stand around!”  Must own in all leagues, a statement I made last week and confirmed with another 24/4 line with three threes and a block last night.  Here’s what else I saw in last night’s action:

Carmelo Anthony – A ridiculous 30 shots.  Ridiculous in that he should’ve had more since J.R. Smith couldn’t hit the broad side of a crack den shooting 4-16.  45/10/4 for Melo.  Huge.

Metta World Peace – He’s terrible.  Had a nice little run for a while, but with J.R. back and pulling his Anchorman weatherman stunt, it’s Metta World Bench.

Iman Shumpert – Trade rumors still swirling like a Helen Hunt movie.  Do I make too many movie references?  Probably.  Does Shumpert need to be on the wire in almost all leagues?  Definitely.

Jeremy Lin – Return to NY!  Linsanity!  7-16 for 21/5/3 only hitting 1-6 threes after knocking down 9 Wednesday night.  But he still got 4 more minutes than Patrick Beverley, who went a paltry 5/2/2.  If you’re in a deeper league, the time is now to try and buy PBev if you can.

Omri Casspi – Disappointing.  Sometimes your vices can disappoint, what can I say?  1-3 for 4 points hitting a three, but no other stats in 17 minutes.  He was The Invisible Israeli.  Doesn’t that just sound like an Oscar-winning movie, right off the bat?

James Harden – Got knocked around a little and stayed on the floor for a minute at one point.  I would say it was another flop, but that was just too long a performance.  Luckily he had 18 free throw shots to slow down the game.

Dwight Howard – Couldn’t get into the offense.  Only 1-5 for 7 points, but still got you your 15 board and 4 blocks.  Hilariously, Steve Kerr during the broadcast was like, “the Knicks need to bring Bargnani in, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for his defense!”

Omer Asik – Wants out.  He wants to take the Midnight Express outta Houston.  Scratched and it’s looking bad until he gets somewhere else.

Terrence Jones – Second straight start, and in 34 minutes 6/8/2/1/1 of solid production.  I don’t think this is far from the norm and useful in deep leagues.  Still think Casspi gets a look against smaller lineups without the need for Jones to D up someone.

Greg Smith – Took a terrible fall after being on the court a mere 40 seconds.  Did not look good on replays.  Then on TNT Overtime he was grimacing literally inches from the cameraman.  Getting a little voyeuristic, no?  The age of media… Nothing big for fantasy, but thins out the Houston bigs even more.

Andre Iguodala – 14/1/9/1/1 no TOs and a huge game-winner.  Dude shot 5-6 (2-2 3PT 2-2 FT) in one of the more efficient games this year.  Tangent idea I have – ESPN should make a “Top 10″ fantasy league, where you draft all athletes, and you get a point per Top 10 appearance, maybe 2 for the top play.  You play H2H weekly or something like that.  I would be all o’er dat.

Klay Thompson – 3 blocks last night?!  Say whaaaa?  10-15 (6-9 3PTM) 27/5/2 with no TOs.  The Warriors had 7 turnovers last night.  They managed to have a Mark Sanchez game.

Harrison Barnes – Got a lotta rock last night.  6-14 16/3/1 and two of those Warriors turnovers!  Unacceptable.  It was the first time Barnes had taken more than 8 shots and is a decent filler guy in deeper 12 teamers and beyond.  But I still don’t see much more value than that.

Andrew Bogut – Another quiet great line in not big minutes.  6/7/2/3/0.

Reggie Jackson – Listen, he’s still good talent-wise, but I don’t buy his upside in fantasy while on the Thunder.  I don’t see any way he’s moved this year, but a change of scenery could make him dynamite somewhere else.  5-9 12/5/3, it’s all decent, but only for the really deep leagues.

Steven Adams – Another start and another disappointment.  I bet you Adams supporters are wishing he was still off the bench!  I kid, I kid, I was buying into the upside too, but only 14:10 last night, going 1-1 for 2 Pts and no other stats except a TO.  Yikes.  And there was still no Kendrick Perkins either.  The Thunder stayed small against the smaller Warriors lineups, but Adams is surely slipping.

Serge Ibaka – This is what I’m talking about!  It was a slow start, but a huge 27/13 night with three blocks, shooting 9-14 and 9-9 FT.  It’s all turning around for one of my bold picks and stalwart on several teams.  REL look out!

Russell Westbrook - Man, looked killer last night.  Would’ve had the game winner if Iggy wasn’t gettin’ Iggy with it.  31/9/5 with three steals.  Remember when I had him in the top 5 and everyone yelled at me?  Then the knee injury news faked everyone out… Ugh…

Lou Williams – Now up to Day-to-Day and close to returning from ACL surgery.  Lou was ballin’ last year before he got hurt.  He’ll be eased in and don’t think it changes the fantasy outlook of anyone too much, but the main guy that may lose 5 minutes a night is Commenter darling Kyle Korver.  He was at 30 mins/per last year and is at 35 this year.  Given a lot of that was without Lou anyway, but yeah, Korver might slide back into ThrAGNOF streaming!

Chauncey Billups – His knees are old, and he may sit out a few games.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope alert!  If he was dropped and you have room for a spot start tonight in a deep league, worth a roll-a-da-dice.

 

Next Games: I’ve got CHA @ CLE then MIN @ DEN.  Game 1 should be a snooze fest, but pumped to see my boy Corey Brewer off his best game this year against his former team.  This rounds out week 3 from me, good luck over the weekend and see you Monday!

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  1. Brent

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    IGGGYYY!!!!!
    JB – as u may know by now, I own:
    Teague, Wall, IT2, Lawson, Westbrook, and Knight. My bigs are Tobias, Ilyasova, Jordan Hill, Bogut, Henson, Nowitzki.
    Do you trade a guard for a big? Or hold and wait for Ilyasova and Tobias to get healthy? Its roto scoring, 12 team, with only G, G, G, F, F, F, C, C, UT, UT positioning
    I am tempted to hold and let my little man stats pile up, but I don’t want to be in too big a hole in big man numbers. Hill looks like a big pick up to get me through and Henson has potential, but is it enough to win?
    Thanks as usual. Great articles and analysis.
    Dick

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Fantasy Dick: Thanks man! Yea even when Tobias and Ilyasova are back I think you might struggle in boards and blocks a bit. I like Henson and Hill thought and do think you hold the other hurt guys. I think you might shop Lawson for a big boards/blocks guy maybe. I like Lawson, but like all your other Gs more than perceived value. Hope that helps!

      • Brent

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        @JB Gilpin: Who should I set my sights on:
        Monroe, Marc or Pau, Noah, Ibaka, any others?

      • Brent

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        @JB Gilpin: I got offered Marc Gasol for Wall. Thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: I’d hold, I’m hesitant on all Grizz. Something is wrong there. Ibaka is a great buy low target, but window may be closed after the big game last night

          • Brent

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            @JB Gilpin: Henson or Sullinger?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @The Fantasy Dick: Still Henson, not buying the big Sullinger game. I think I’d hold Lawson straight up for Pau

              • Brent

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                @JB Gilpin: Thanks. I may just hold then and hope for a strong return from Ilyasova and Tobias. I still have Knight as well, he may become good trade bait at some point

          • Brent

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            @JB Gilpin: would you do Lawson for Pau?

  2. Slim

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    Do you think Hardaway Jr. is going to start for the Knicks soon? He struggled with his shot out of the gate but it’s been much better recently. I feel like every time I watch a Knicks game the coach his yelling at Shumpert for something. Jr. is real aggressive with his shot and if he got 30 minutes I think he shoots 15 shots, 7-8 3’s attempted per game and average 15+ PPG. Of course he screams ThrAGNoF but is that such a bad thing? A 3 year starter at Meechigan has me thinking he could handle a starting role right now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: I don’t think any time soon because if they trade Shumpert, it’s likely for a starting big and JR goes to the 2 and Melo 3. I wouldn’t be surprised though and agree he looks good, when he gets run

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: We’ll see how well that works out for the Knicks GM. I’m not sure Shumpert is worth a starting big and the Knicks have no 1st round pick next year. The biggest obstacle I see for Hardaway starting soon is that for the Knicks to get anything for Shumpert they need to play him. I like what I see from Timmy Jr. I think he’s got a real solid NBA future and he’s in a good system for what his strengths are.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: Totally agree. Not sure how it pans out this year but they’re capped up next year and will need to run him… Can’t bring anyone new in

  3. draco21 says:
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    H2H 14 team.

    PG: Curry(SG), Conley, Bledsoe (SG), IT2, RJax
    SG: Waiters
    SF: Henderson (SG), T.Jones (PF), Middleton (PF)
    PF: Nowtizki, Millsap
    C: Favors (PF), Valanciunas, Henson (PF)

    How is it? I may try trading favors. Not sure who to target tho. Might also trade Bledsoe. Your thoughts?

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @draco21: I’d dump Waiters man he’s awful.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @draco21: Even Jackson I think is droppable too if you needed something specific. I like Bledsoe and Favors a lot, if making a trade I’ll look to sell Conley, Grizzlies are messed up

  4. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Phenomenal blurbs, as usual. I feel like what you wrote about Reggie Jackson also applies to PBev and Barnes to an extent. In the Rockets games I’ve seen, Lin has actually looked better/much improved and I think he’ll wind up earning the lions share of minutes at PG. I think PBev is pretty much going to be Eric Bledsoe from last year, maybe not stats-wise, but role wise. Still good, but I’ve seen other experts practically telling guys to trade CP3 straight up for him. Uhhh, not that I read any other fantasy sites, I heard all of this from my friend actually. Please don’t hurt me, Slim. I didn’t mean to talk any mess about yo’ man.

    • Slim

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      @Clyde Prompto: I agree Lin looks much better than he did last year, especially his jump shot. The TOs need work, he loses control too often still. There was a play last night where he was in the middle of the lane spinning and then chucked it right into the crowd. Vintage Lin. I actually like Lin better at SG than as a PG. He still touches the ball plenty but he doesn’t need to run the offense for Houston to be able to score and I like Beverley covering the opposing PG defensively much better. The battle for who will be more valuable should rage on all year.

      I’m not too big for some discourse. Sometimes talking it out can help shed some light on a subject when we otherwise choose to leave the blinders on. Points to self, Guilty. But with that said, I’m still not selling Beverley. Playing a back to back, with the flu and nursing hurt abs. I’ll give him a free pass today but yes, he’s running out of passes.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: Oh I still like Bev, and have him on my RCL team. I think all of the analysis of him has been accurate, it just hadn’t taken into account the possibility of Lin getting better himself. Defensively he’s much more disruptive than Lin, for sure. I think right now his value in “real” basketball is higher than his fantasy value. But there’s still tons of time for him to catch up, and I’m certainly not dropping him any time soon. While we’re chatting, what are your thoughts on Harrison Barnes? Every time I see him he looks unstoppable offensively. If he were to get 30 minutes a night somehow I think he’d be a beast.

        • Slim

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          @Clyde Prompto: Yeah he does look good offensively. For fantasy though the other numbers are kinda average to low end even assuming a jump in minutes. Still only 21, It’s going to take an injury for him to crack 30 minutes per game. No way he overtakes Iggy or Klay the way they are playing. For the sake of argument if Iggy or Klay goes down he will be a very hot pickup and deservedly so. For now, I think he’s best left on your watch list in 12 team leagues or less. He absolutely deserved a spot in my post yesterday. I considered it but with GS playing so well I thought the odds of a 30 minute role was pretty small.

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @Slim: Fair enough. I have him in the RCL, but only because none of the available FA have caught my eye. I wish Barnes and MKG could swap places. Charlotte gets a Tar Heel who can actually put the ball in the basket, and GS gets some defense and a guy who doesn’t need to take many shots to be effective.

            • Slim

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              @Clyde Prompto: Yep I think that move would help both teams, both on the court and in ticket sales. Good luck convincing those GMs they drafted the wrong guy though. Some GMs egos are far too big to overcome.

              There are a few guys available I like more. Your team is very guard and wing heavy, T.Jones might really help if this 32+ minute role continues. I like James Anderson more than Barnes right now. When Jason Smith clears waivers he could be real helpful too. JB dropped Burke. Say whaaaat!?!

              • Clyde Prompto says:
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                @Slim: Yeah I thought about moving on Jones but figured I’d wait to see how things play out with he and Casspi. My team is unorthodox in that I have guards who don’t hit 3’s but have high FG% (Parker & Wade) and a PF/C who doesn’t block shots but is racking up 2 threes and 5 assists per game with a relatively low FG%. I’d love to deal one of my wing players for a big, but I’m doing alright so far and am content to wait for the right deal. Do you think Burke coming back will help Favors out a lot, a little or not at all?

                • Slim

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                  @Clyde Prompto: I think when Burke returns it should help everyone in Utah with the exception of Hayward. I don’t know how he can do much better than he is now. Favors issues are FTs which no one but Favors can help, FG% and TOs. Can Burke put Favors in a better position to succeed than the current PGs? I say absolutely. With an extra 0.5 a made FG per game he would be a 50% shooter. I also expect his TOs to get closer to 2.0-2.3 or so as Burke gives him more 1 step to a dunk opportunities. I’m buying Favors if anyone is selling and assuming I’m not too concerned about what he will do to my FT% which is significant.

                  • Clyde Prompto says:
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                    @Slim: Yeah I normally play roto and avoid the % killers like the plague, but in h2h I’m willing to let it slide just this once. Thanks for the input!

                    • Slim

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                      @Clyde Prompto: My pleasure. I really enjoy the conversational aspect here at Razzball. I think it’s Grey that talks about how lonely fantasy sports can be. Well not here!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Clyde Prompto: Thanks man! And thanks@Slim: for helping out with comments!

  5. Connor says:
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    What would you think of trading Oj mayo and Paul Millsap for Brooke Lopez? Do you think Lopez continues to produce how he has been? Do I lose too much? My team now
    PG – Eric Bledsoe
    SG – Nicolas batum
    SF – Kevin Durant
    PF – Paul Millsap
    C – Jonas Valacunas
    G – Oj mayo
    F- Amir Johnson
    Utility – Patrick Beverly
    Utility – Miles Plumlee
    Utility – John Henson
    Bench – Raymond Felton
    Bench – ersan illyasova
    Bench – Brandon Knight

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Connor: I do think Lopez keeps it up more or less, but don’t like that deal for you. Like Millsap quite a bit (probably more than Lopez going forward) and think you’ll probably be fine with JV. I can understand dealing for a better C but you shouldn’t have to give up that much–maybe JV and Mayo for a Gortat/Pek type. I also like Kanter as a C target.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: Yeah I’d too. I like Millsap a lot and would hold him. I’d try Mayo straight up for the bigs Steve mentioned

      • Connor says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        So I just got offered big al Jefferson and Harrison Barnes for Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.. Any thoughts? I have absolutely been in love with Bledsoe this year

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Connor: I like Bledsoe a lot too… But I think I hold

          • Connor says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Looks like the trade will be batum miles plumlee and Brandon Knight for al Jefferson and Harrison Barnes.. I’m hoping I’m not giving up to much

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Still kicking around ideas for unloading B. Lopez to a C-needy team for F help in H2H pts. I’m thinking about offering Lopez (55.5 ppg in our format this yr, 53.5 last yr) and IT2 (45.5/37) for 2 F out of Batum (47.5/56.5), Bosh (49/52), Parsons (49/47.5) and Deng (48/47.5). Which 2 would you prefer, and are there any you wouldn’t take in the package?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d prefer Batum and Parsons as Bosh might get sat in some games once the Heat kick it into gear. Batum is a bit of a buy low too, even though i didn’t love him coming into the year. I like that deal fa sho

  7. John says:
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    9 Cat Roto with 9 teams in a weekly basis. I’m last in blocks, turnovers and field goal%, below average in 3PM. So I made some changes. Do you think this one will work?

    My lineup looks like:

    PG: Westbrook
    SG: Kevin Martin
    SF: Nicolas Batum
    PF: Anthony Davis
    C: Marc Gasol
    G: Brandon Jennings
    F: Lamarcus Aldridge
    Utilities: Rubio, Ibaka, Al Jefferson

    Bench: Korver, Jose Calderon, Jonas Valanciunas, Tobias Harris, Ilyasova

    I think I can survive in steals, assists with Rubio, Jennings, Westbrook. In 3PM, I got Martin, Korver, Jose Calderon. In FT%, I think I have no problem, since all of my bigs and guards can shoot well. I purposely get all those bigs so I can increase my FG%, blocks and boards in no time, while reducing turnovers in a fast rate. What do you think? What are my weaknesses? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: Yeah blocks looked shored up, 3PTM great Still think you’ll have bad TOs though. That said, I think you’re solid in all areas, maybe a slight down in asts, but narrowly, Calderon and Rubio are beasts but no one else dishes much

  8. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. I was offered Klay boozer for Cousins george hill. I think I would be hurting in the big dept but I was never strong at blocks really. Do I consider this?

    pg damian lillard
    g george hill
    sg james harden
    sf kevin durant
    f Wesley Johnson
    pf cody zeller
    c al jefferson
    c demarcus cousins
    util jj redick
    util Jeff Teague
    bn john henson
    bn Martel Webster

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Ryan: No. Boogie’s a great keeper and you can find a PF without giving up that kind of future value.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: He also has favors josh smith mcw igoudala. Any of them worth trading for?

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @Ryan: Favors would fit nicely on your team but is probably pricy in a keeper. You might be able to get Smith at a discount right now. Since you have to start 2 C I’d be reluctant to move one of yours, as the wire’s probably thin in a 14-teamer. With all your G depth and the format, maybe moving Teague for a F is the move. He has present and future value but is probably only your 5th best keeper. I’d aim for a top 10 F for him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: I’d hold too. Maybe see if Klay can get you a big 1-1

  9. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Bargnani or Jordan Hill? Would you drop MKG for either? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Bargnani. and yeah I’d drop MKG for him for this next month of big run

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… I picked up JJ Hickson for a stream and wasn’t happy.. lol but I’m looking for a long time pickup that can help me across the board, especially FG%.. Do you think I should grab Martell Webster or Lou Williams?? If Lou is gonna come back very soon that is

    • Frank White says:
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      Oh also, Is Beverley worth holding onto?? They keep sayin he’s starting over Lin but Beverley’s been sucking ass with a lot of minutes and Lin’s been killing it

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: I’d try to keep Beverley. Like Webster more right now

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx

  11. Thinking I might make a move to add KCP, however — my only logical drop is Reggie Jackson.

    I’m sorta with you on Reggie – and have been holding thinking he gets a little more than 6th man minutes for Thunder and becomes a 12/6/1 type guy with 26-28 minutes. I watched him live on Wednesday at Clips/Thunder game. Didn’t love it. He doesn’t shoot very well either. Westy is healthy and looks insane, so Reggie’s PT is limited and capped.

    Given 14 teams and 15 man rosters, my wire is thin but KCP is there. My only hesitation is that Stuckey could take job and run with it. That said, KCP has a ton of upside, but he will be pushed for minutes.

    What do you think?

    • @EL BURRO:

      Scoring: weekly h2h, 11 categories (standard 9 + FTM, FGM), redraft
      Roster:
      G (3) – OJ Mayo, Jeff Green, George Hill
      F (3) – Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer, DeMarcus Cousins
      C (2) – Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard
      UTL (3) – Jordan Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight
      BENCH – Reggie Jackson, Alec Burks, Terrence Jones, Danilo Gallinari

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: I woulda grabbed KCP for tonight and streamed onward. Hopefully you can still add him for the late game! Sorry I didn’t get to comments sooner today, hit a MF deer last night. Officially never a Bucks fan

      • @JB Gilpin:

        I did this am… let’s see what happens. Lots of scoring upside. No Chauncey tonight, so that matters. usually like to see how many minutes + production with full roster…

        Cousins v. Drummond, must see TV! Expecting an ejection, double Ts and double doubles all the way around.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @EL BURRO: He’s doing pretty well thus far! I’ll flip it on in a sec

  12. Mark says:
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    12 team, weekly h2h, 9 cat. SUP JB! Is there anyone on the waiver wire worth picking up that would make my team stronger? I only have Terrance Jones as my SF. I was debating on picking up Martell Webster after Trevor Ariza went down but went with Terrence Jones instead. I’ve been holding on to Trey Burke and Tyson Chandler should I continue to do so?

    Thanks!

    MY TEAM
    PG
    Kemba Walker
    Isaiah Thomas
    Trey Burke
    Raymond Felton

    SG
    O.J. Mayo
    Bradley Beal

    SF
    Terrence Jones

    PF
    Al Horford
    David Lee
    Markieff Morris

    C
    DeAndre Jordan
    Tyson Chandler

    Waiver Wire Availability:
    PG – Tony Wroten, Lou Williams, Rodney Stucky, Reggie Jackson
    SG – Martell Webster, Corey Brewer, James Anderson, Marcus Thorton
    SF – Kris Middleton, Gerald Wallace
    PF – John Henson, Jason Smith, DeJuan Blair, Josh McRoberts, Chris Kaman
    C – Timofey Mozgov, Kelly Olynyk, Jason Thompson

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mark: I’d let Chandler go. Plenty of options out there. Burke is worth holding onto if you can. I indeed like Brewer and Webster more than Jones. I like Middleton a lot too. I’d probably get Webster and Brewer for Jones/Chandler, but Henson over Brewer if you need blocks/boards

  13. Jay says:
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    Ok so this is my first year in FBB. need some thoughts on an offer. looking at it i think it looks good, but i don;t want to get laughed out of theleague and donm;t want to insult anyone eitehr with theoffer.

    I’m offering Jonas V and Gerald green for LaMarcus Aldridge. Am i close? is this a bad offer? does this hurt me?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay: Dude that’s a great offer! I’d take it if its accetped

  14. Jay_0321 says:
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    JB!

    A lot of shidooby has gone down since we last spoke.

    I have made some very favorable trades and now shit is going down!!!

    Traded Hawes and Teague for Irving and Amir Johnson
    Traded LBJ and Beal for Wall and Griffin

    I am now being offered CP3 for Griffin and Irving/Wall

    I was also offered Lillard for Griffin straight up.

    Its pandemonium in my office!

    My team:

    PG – Wall
    SG – Irving
    G – IT2
    SF – George
    PF – Favors
    F – Griffin
    C – Ibaka
    C – Bargnani
    UT – Stephenson
    UT – Butler
    BN – Calderon
    BN – Amir Johnson
    BN – Wroten (stream for tonight)

    Peace! and thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay_0321: Wow! nuts. I like both the deals on your table. Prefer gettins CP3 for Griffin and Irving if that can swing!

  15. Slim

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    What If I were to say DeRozan had a very poor fantasy game tonight? 1 board. 1 assist. 0 Steals. 0 Blocks. 7/10 FTs. 3 TOs. I think that’s the worst 37 point game for fantasy I’ve ever seen. 13/22 FGs and 4 3PTM isn’t exactly earth shattering. I’ll take Jimmy Butlers line over that and it wasn’t even all that good.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: James Anderson’s wasn’t that much better with comparable numbers. As Bill Russell would say – “This game will always be about buckets!”

  16. mike says:
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    JB, I really need your help for something.
    I am in a 9-cat H2H league, and I think I have a pretty good team through some lucky drafting and good trades. My team is
    pg: D. Rose, Westbrook, MCW, T. Burke
    SG: J. Butler, L. Stephenson
    SF: Carmelo, J. Green
    PF, C: Aldridge, Drummond, D.Jordan, Henson, T. Jones

    I feel pretty good about all the categories, but I am very weak at 3pointers. I shouldve drafted some 3pt shooters like Beal or Thompson, but I cant drop any of my guys for specialists on the waiver wire. Having said that, should I drop T. Jones for Webster? What are your prospects with Jones for rest of season? With news coming out that houston is exploring trades for Asik, Jones seems like he will start rest of the way unless HOU trades for someone like Ryan Anderson. But if he continues to start, I can see him averaging 1+ blocks. I don’t know whether I should pick up Webster for jones to help my poor 3pt shooting, or if I shd hold onto Jones, who will help me be even stronger in boards and blocks. I’ve been thinking about this so much today, but I still can’t figure out what I should do. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mike: I think Jones is fine, but in no way a lock to start all year. I’d grab Webster and stream. Depending on league size, I know it’d hurt but you could also drop Burke for help in 3s. But you’ve held him this long… Since H2H you can survive without winning 3s

  17. John says:
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    I have Al Jeff, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Lamarcus Aldridge, Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka to man the C/PF spot. I only have Batum, Ilyasova and Tobias for my SF spot. Should I drop Valanciunas for Wilson Chandler? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: I like both a lot. I would probably drop Harris for Chandler though

  18. AZ Ramirez says:
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    Nice intro piece on Il Diva…good call spotting those over/under 30 splits. I must admit I do own Bargs, picked him up the day the Chandler news broke and also admit that I feel quite a bit of shame every time I plug him into my lineup for some reason. That being said I’ll probably let him bring his averages up a little more and try and gauge his value on the open market, maybe if Kevin Love or Spencer rolls an ankle and has to take some time off he can be a really really poor man’s version of the former or just a poor man’s version of the latter for another team.
    Sorry, a bit long winded today, on to business:
    In a keeper Oladipo vs. Leonard which way do you lean?

    I will admit I’m a huge Spurs fan which may be clouding my judgement. I own Oladipo and I can’t shake the feeling that at his prime he’s gonna become Dwyane Wade lite. Kawhi would fit my team perfectly today…..I hope haha but I have a lot of trouble trying to figure out what his statistical ceiling is.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AZ Ramirez: Thanks man! I found the difference very interesting. I think it’s still Kawhi. It just sucks for Kawhi’s fantasy value how good you guys are playing. Popp is going 13 deep every game it seems haha. I watched the Wiz game, De Colo looked like John Stockton in the last few minutes…

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        @JB Gilpin: I know man….I watched Boris Diaw play almost 30 minutes and toss up a rainbow line tonight (Derrick Favors also had his 2nd in a row for me). I think the endgame for Popp is to hand over the keys to Kawhi as the rest of the team fades to black but in the meantime we gave 10 guys 16+ minutes in a 13 point game against Washington. That’s an Olympic rotation. Thanks for the advice, the guy who owns Kawhi has a tremendous man crush on him but he’s a sucker for high upside rooks and loves college ball so hopefully I can sell him on youth and college nostalgia.
        One more question, you think Giannis earns 20-25 at any stretch this season? I don’t know what the hell is going on in milwaukee, they’re 2-6 but I feel like they think they’re a playoff team. Kid is a freak, currently the last guy on my bench in the same keeper league and I plan on rostering him even if the lack of stats costs me here and there…..I think I read too much about him, so I think at this point I’m emotionally invested

        • JB Gilpin

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          @AZ Ramirez: Yeah Diaw has been awesome. And I totally agree with your assessment on Kawhi, of those 13 deep, at least half are in their 30s, so he’ll be getting huge minutes in a few years. Why i bought him high in our REL dynasty

  19. John says:
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    What do you think of Al Jeff’s ankle? Will it linger as the season progresses. Should I push the panic button on him? Can you rank these 4 guys. Tobias, Ilyasova, Jonas V, W. Chandler. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: Nah hes been fairly durable lately, I’m not panicking. Tough to rank hurt guys, all depends on needs with those 4

  20. luis says:
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    Just offered D. Jordan for my Afflalo. I think I could use another good source of dependable boards and blocks. What do you think? 12 team, 10 cat (offensive rebounds) head to head. Here’s my team:

    A. Davis, D. Rose, Beal, Wall, Korver, Hayward, Kanter, Dalembert, Stephenson, Bledsoe, Batum, Drummond and Plumlee.

    Do you think I need the extra big man?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @luis: You don’t “need” it but I take the deal.

  21. Alright guys, I absolutely love this site. I hope no one takes offense to me doing this but I’m just looking for any tips anyone may have. I have a league leading 14 trades (I’ve turned over my entire draft, I did in football too haha), 21 adds and 18 drops. I’m active owner. Anyways, here’s my squad:

    PG Derrick Rose
    SG James Harden
    SF Corey Brewer
    PF Greg Monroe
    C Joakim Noah
    G Goran Dragic
    F Jeff Green
    UTIL Nikola Pekovic
    UTIL Chandler Parsons
    UTIL J.J. Redick
    Bench Greivis Vasquez
    Bench John Hensen
    Bench Patrick Beverly

    Top waver wire targets at this point are Tobias Harris, Martell Webster and Terrence Jones.

    I’ve also proposed Chandler Parsons for Paul Milsap and am waiting a response.

    Any advice would be awesome! Thank you all!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Man, active indeed! I like getting Millsap if he accepts. Nothing really stands out, you might be behind in blocks but that’s it

      • @JB Gilpin: Thanks man. You are right, struggled with blocks. I had Larry Sanders so that’s hurt. The league is a 12-team 8 category. No ties, we use home court advantage set by ESPN

        • @Wnwdotcom: Perhaps I could be over-thinking but I’d really like to get my blocks up. With Tobias on the wire I’m looking to package Parsons and Jeff Green (very similar players for now) for an elite PF. Offered up:

          Green & Parsons for Ibaka
          Green & Parsons for Aldridge

          Then, I’ve also gauged interest in eliminating Parsons in favor of a PF/C that’s going to help me catchup on blocks. Here’s are the deals:

          Parsons for Millsap (what we talked about above)
          Parsons for Favors
          Parsons for Al Horford
          Parsons for Al Jefferson

          If anyone thinks these deals are bad, feel free to give me your thoughts. I’ve proposed them all and am just waiting. Full slate of games at 8 PM EST tonight. Good luck to everyone.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @WNWDOTCOM: I like all those Parsons moves, I like Parsons a lot but those are solid bigs. I like the combo one too, but if just Parsons could bring in either of the big Als, I like those a lot

            • @JB Gilpin: No takers yet and the Aldridge deal was rejected although I knew that one was a long shot. I’m pretty happy with my squad but it would be nice to get those blocks up. We’ll see what happens. Really appreciate your help and I love the content here.

  22. AJ says:
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    Is it time to consider picking up Terrence Jones? Another nice game today, would you drop joe Johnson or Felton for him?

    • @AJ: He’s on wavers in my league so I’m putting in a claim and conditionally dropping Brewer.

      • @Wnwdotcom: I got him for Brewer. The trades I mentioned above are still open but no loss if not accepted and Jones continues on. My next quandary will be who to drop for Tobbias.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @AJ: Yeah losing Johnson is good by me.@Wnwdotcom: I’m fine with that one too if you need the big man stats

  23. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    I got offered in my league Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings for my Rubio and Enes Kanter. Should i do the trade? Will Noah start putting up the numbers he did last year soon?

    Also i got offered Damian Lillard for my Jeff Teague. My PGs currently are Rose, Rubio, Teague, Calderon. It’s a 10 Team Categories league. FGM/FTM/PTS/3PT/OREB/DREB/AST/STL/BLK/TO/DD

  24. AJ says:
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    think Henson will Continue to shine or drop for Asik with the news of him to be traded soon?

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