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The injury bug hath claimed another victim, with LaMarcus Aldridge suffering a tough fall in San Antonio on his lower back/coccyx.  What are you doing to us fantasy gods?!  While reports right now is it was only a lower back contusion, you never want to hear “needed a wheelchair to get around the arena.”  Unless you’re Professor X!  Yikes.  As Slim is putting out early this afternoon, the Blazers have a mammoth of a 5-week slate coming up in the second week of the playoffs.  So if you’re an Aldridge owner, I would just thank my blessings, or count my lucky stars, or something like that, if L.A. can indeed give you all five of those.  In the immediacy, Thomas Robinson looks like an interesting pickup for some flashy upside.  “Oh camon JB, Thomas Robinson again!?”  Yup!  And I said it last time and he had a 14/18/2/0/2 in there!  I serious doubt Aldridge will suit up again this week, giving T-Rob some serious run.  We’ll obviously get some more detailed updates throughout the day, so sacrifice a shot of rum to Jobu, or rub your bunions against the carpet, whatever you do to appease the fantasy gods to get a healthy Aldridge back for the postseason.  Here’s what else went down in fantasy action:

Paul Pierce – Fantasy Basketball’s finest 2007!  Big shooting day for PP going 9-12 (5-7 3PTM 6-7 FT) 29/4/1/1/0.  Not the multi-cat you’d hope, but Heat haters loved the final score!

Mirza Teletovic – ThrAGNOF!  17 Pts with 3 treys, but did add in 3 blocks.  Fluke alert!  Averages 0.3 Blks a game this year.  Also played only 7 minutes in two of the last four.  So moving on…

Andray Blatche – Continually doing enough to stay on the fringe.  11/4/3/0/1 shooting 5-10.  Which leads into…

Tristan Thompson – … who went 13/7/1/0/0 shooting 3-7 and 7-10 FT.  Slim, I think none of use are winners here!

Shaun Livingston – Now three straight fanasty-delights, going 13/7/4/3/1 last night.  A big 38 minutes in a big Nets win.  Will be an interesting stream option for steals and a little bit of everything else down the stretch.

Mario Chalmers – Yessir!  14/9/2/1/0 with four treys.  Did have 4 TOs and the boards are flukey, but still think he can get on track.

Victor Oladipo – Ever since returning from the lingering sore ankle, been an efficient player!  Maybe not the RainbOladipo of old, but definitely not RainTOladipo.  That just got too confusing…  28 minutes off the bench for 15/4/3/0/0 with only 1 TO shooting 5-12 with 5-5 FT.  FixYourCategoriesAdipo!

Tobias Harris – Apparently to re-channel his multi-cat ways from last year, he needs less minutes and to come off the bench… [scratches chin...]  19 minutes for 11/3/2/4/1 in a near-rainbow with no TOs.  Maurice Harkless shot 1-6 in 29 minutes as the starter, and looked awful.

Kyle O’Quinn – Getting better, more minutes, all of the above with every start.  5-8 for 10/8/1/0/2.  Nothing that’s gonna blow you away, but definitely buying that as an average line for him for the foreseeable future.  Too many f-words ending that sentence.

Jameer Nelson – Have seen a lot of questions about Nelson vs. [insert other iffy PG].  I’ve taken Nelson virtually every time, with a nice 19/3/9 line last night with 4 treys.

Kenneth Faried – Like Nelson, had to back Faried a few weeks back.  Playing huge lately, pounding the Irishman and that Magic front line for 11-18 26/9/1/0/1.  Manimalize This!

Randy Foye – Is no bueno.  Told ya!

J.J. Hickson – Scored 20 points of the bench.  I call fluke.  Don’t want him.  Rather O’Quinn par examplah.

Reggie Evans – I hate fantasy basketball.  I call him as good a lock for Rebs as any virtually unowned guy, and all the sudden he gets cut to 3 minutes.  I didn’t see anything about an injury, so did Larry Drew take over the Kings all the sudden?  Jeepers creepers!

Henry Sims – What in the world?!  Thanks squeaky Conan O’Brien bit!  Rainbow line for 20/10/3/3/2.  Against DeMarcus Cousins too!  Boogie probably phoned it in because it was the Sixers… Not like this game was close anyway!  So what to do with Sims… Well, actually he’s hit all 5 cats in three straight now.  And while last night’s 10-11 FT is a little flukey helping the averages, is at 3.5 FTM a game at 85% since joining the Sixers.  Which shocked the bejeebers outta me!  I came into this blurb thinking I was gonna hate, but after looking into the numbers, I likey.  Unlike the movie, I’m just that into him.  Worth a spec add in most leagues if you have the room.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Gary Neal got a DNP for doing something squabbly internally, so MKG got 30+ minutes and did well, shooting 4-6 for 10/12/1.  But Neal will be back if he can keep his squabble squabbleless, so MKG can be left alone.

Jonas Valanciunas – Still gonna hate my former love.  Me and LL have a love/hate relationship!  8/13/1/0/2 is pretty good, but he had like a 8/8/0/0/2 line earlier in the week which I watched and the blocks were utter BS.  I don’t know what happened here, but I know Andre Drummond has a bum finger and Brandon Jennings‘ shot selection is awful, and they accounted for all 3 of the Pistons’ blocked attempts.  So still skeptical.

Amir Johnson - Playing like it’s… 12-13 I guess!  Another nice one here shooting 8-14 20/9/1/2/1.  He’s at 77% owned which should probably be higher, but honestly is higher than I thought.

Jeff Green – Seeing Jeff Green in stretches play like who a lot of us thought he’d be is one of the most frustrating things this season.  Also frustrating – the syntax of the former sentence!  Unlike my flip flop on JV, Green still has these immense flashes.  WHO IS HE?!  Shot 10-21, but empty-a-roosky for 27/2/0/0/0.  I don’t even know what I’ll do with him in the rankings next year…

Jared Sullinger – Had a comment yesterday where I took him as my streamer, and was decent for 10/8/1/1/0.  Did have 3 TOs, but I thought looked good.  Sad thing is, I thought Kris Humphries looked good too.  Mr. Kardashian for 15/5/2/0/1 including this sweet block on Tim Hardaway Jr., who should be clowned for eternity for trying to showboat it.  Hah!

Cole Aldrich – 12/10 with three blocks.  No Amar’e Stoudemire, no Tyson Chandler, against an inexperienced and mostly undersized front line.  Nothing doing here.

Mike Conley - Didn’t score in the first half, but ended up with 16 and a game winner!  Nice turnaround.

Nick Calathes – Pumped him up a couple times, huge when Conley was out, and two solid producing games off the bench going 6/4/7 in only 15 minutes.  When he made this pass, I had to change my pants.

Tony Allen – He’s like James Johnson, but a guard!  Multi-cat-a-ramaba for 13/4/1/3/1.  Hasn’t hit that multi-cat in a while, but thought he looked swell.

Austin Rivers – What are these Dookies doing to me?!  Thought he looked really good.  14/0/9/2/0.  Developing really well, slashing very nicely, hit a three, could be a sleeper for me next year.  It helped the minutes with no Eric Gordon or Tyreke Evans both with the flu, but when given an opportunity against a top-tier NBA D, making it count!

Monta Ellis – Holy tripdub alert!  16/7/11.

Trey Burke – I called him a little ThrAGNOFfy on Monday, and while 20/1/6/0/0 is fine with the dimes, a few less and it’s empty again.  That said, still worth owning if you need the Treys from Trey.

Danny Green – After sitting most of the last game with his bum wrist, came right back for 14/6/1/1/1 with four treys.  Still, nothing I can really trust yet.

Eric Bledsoe – HE’S BACK!  Rejoice fantasy universe!  And looked pretty good too, playing an unreal 32 minutes for 15/3/9/2/0 and no TOs.  Yeah, obviously play him here on out, I never in a million years would’ve thought he’d get 30+ of run in his first back.  But hey, I’m not a doctor, I’m a pool man!

Gerald Green – Still got 31 minutes, but upchucked a ton of labradoodles.  0-6 from deep shooting 4-14 for 8/2/1/2/1.  Love the multi-cat, hate the big Bledsoe run.  Could see dumping him as an option late next week in the playoffs when he’s back on the bench.

Kyrie Irving – Another trip-dub flirt!  Well, only sorta, but 23/9/6/2/1 is a solid near-rainbow and two straight sizzling games.  Getting really hot at the right time.

Stephen Curry – Left a little early with a quad strain.  Doesn’t seem to be anything too serious, but along with…

Klay Thompson – …ThrAGNOF!  But no jokes here, will miss Friday due to a death in the family.  So plan accordingly.  And with both possibly out…

Jordan Crawford – … I think could have a monster game.  If both are out, Steve Blake could get a start as well for a completely new backcourt.  If you’re not full up on Friday’s slate, JCrawf is interesting.

Draymond Green – Dayum!  In the right situation, he could be a multi-cat powerhouse.  10/3/3/1/1 in 22 minutes, and is actually 6 fantasy-usable games in a row.  It might be #OccupyDraymondGreen time again!  Let’s do it!

 

Next Game: TNT OT!  And an early one with HOU @ CHI then LAL @ OKC.  Actually think both will be pretty good games, if the Lakers show up at all.  So maybe not… Be sure to think about some streamers tonight if you’re in need of a boost to make the playoffs and good luck tonight!

  1. Frank White says:
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    Whats up JB… with this last week left my team has been falling apart. Foye, Vince Carter, Diaw Bogut, etc… I dropped Diaw for Channing Frye and grabbed Jameer Nelson for Carter but I’m scared to drop Foye for now. 1- What do you think about Bogut?? 2- There’s Livingston and Thomas Robinson out there and the only bad thing about Jameer is he only has one game left this week and I need as many games as possible cause I’m losing 4-5 and I need the Buy next week. The good thing is that the guy under me is 1 game out and losing worse then me but I have to stay ahead for insurance. If Jameer has another good game should I keep him instead of streaming his spot or do you think Foye has to go?? Foye only had 2 bad games and I’d hate to drop him so early.. IDK.

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: I think Vince Carters age is finally catching up to him. 20-25 minutes the rest of the way feels about right and I would say that puts him outside of being 12er worthy. Without 30 minutes Diaw won’t give enough either. I agree with both drops. Bogut should be OK. I’m not a fan of GSWs playoff schedule so if you need another warm body I won’t argue with moving on from Bogut. Once again the lack of 30 minutes consistently makes him hard to trust. Nelson is a good add when healthy and he’s currently healthy so I like that one too. Frye is getting minutes again so I like that add also.

      All that’s left is Foye. Now that he doesn’t have the ball in his hands every possession like he did when Lawson was out I’m with JB, I’m not sure I’m buying into a late season resurgence. Foye doesn’t have to go but I do like Nelson quite a bit better. If you were looking to stream Foye would be my first choice to cut.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Slim: I cut foye last night. Lawson takes his value imho.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah your right.. If I get the buy week, Which I should but of course Ariza, Teague, Conley, Taj or Bogut just stopped doing anything right before playoffs, but if I get the buy week then Bogut has a 2 game week the my first playoff week!! I think I can stream better then that. Plus he hasn’t been blocking for shit!! On top of my guys playing like ISH, Tyson hasn’t played this week yet.. Tell me about bad luck right!! LOL

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Frank White: Just so ya know, it’s “bye” week :) But totally agree, Foye is done-zo to me. I agree on Bogut, you can chop him. Hey, at least that other team is doing shitty and you still have a good shot at the bye!

  2. Patrick says:
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    i didn’t win the waiver for gibson.

    badly need a big, henson and terrence jones are at the end of my bench. should i grab sims?

    I’m low on blocks, so i’m hesitant dropping henson. you think TJ will get back to form?

    • Slim

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      @Patrick: It happens… Sims… I don’t buy into the low end talent. I would hold onto Henson and I think TJones is a better player than Sims. But will Jones get the minutes that Sims is getting? Tough call. I don’t think either will consistently get 30 minutes. Because of that I’m going to go with the better talent in Terrence Jones. Honestly though there’s probably someone else available in most 12ers that I would take over TJones.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Patrick: I’m actually going to take Sims. Completely agree, TJones is a better player, but Sims has separated from the terrible Sixers 5s and had played more minutes recently anyway

  3. 740 says:
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    Sup JB, 12team h2h 8cat…..ROS. Sims, O’Quinn, Adrien, Miles Plumlee?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @740: Bottom of the barrel…

      My order would be O’Quinn, Adrien, Sims, Miles Plumlee. Sims vs Adrien is really the only close one and that’s due to the Bucks rotations. Still though, I like 20 minutes from Adrien better than 30 minutes from Sims.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @740: I’m taking Sims. Lord help me, I’m semi-all in on Sims

  4. The Glove says:
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    Time to mail it in on Marion? He’s been terrible since coming back from injurt. ZERO steals in his past 5 games. Drop for James Anderson or Miles Plumlee?

    • The Glove says:
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      @The Glove: FYI: 9-cat H2H. Locked for the playoffs with a 1st round bye.

    • Slim

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      @The Glove: This could be both schedule based and need based. If you need 3s then no question Anderson. If you need boards then no question Plumlee. Looks like for the weeks of Mar 24th and March 31st Philly plays 3/4 games and Phx plays 4/3 games respectively. However Phx plays on heavy schedule days and Phi plays on light ones.

      I would look through your schedule and see if you will even be able to play Plumlee during those days or if he will wind up riding your bench. Also I would try to predict who your semifinals opponent could be and add whichever player you think will fill the biggest need based on those probable match-ups. Oh and remember we don’t need 7-2 wins anymore. 5-4 is just fine.

      As for Marion… we basically own him for his steals. I have no problem moving on.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Glove: Totally agree with Slim on every point. Adding either makes sense on needs, and the lead article right now that SLim put up is a gold mine for fantasy playoff schedules.

      • The Glove says:
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        @JB Gilpin: As always, thanks for the advice guys!

  5. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Can you post the schedules for weeks 20 thru 24? If not I’ll go through espn if I have too.

    • Slim

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      @Bi-Felicia: My take for the playoffs will be up in about an hour and a half. We are currently in week 20 so I didn’t cover that one. I’m surprised your league plays week 24. I know default Yahoo doesn’t. It’s because with the real playoffs being imminent most teams bench their good players for the last week/ week and a half. Makes fantasy get nutty when team LeBron is facing team Durant in the finals and both guys get benched the final couple of games. So I didn’t cover week 24.

  6. Sio says:
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    Hey guys another fed up marion owner here. Drop for antic or kanter? Need some help with boards and making up for the lost steals will help. Others available are boozer, henson, james anderson, courtney lee and adrien. What do you guys think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: I’d grab Kanter since needing boards. I’m not a huge Kanter guy but he’s owning the boards lately and that fits your need.

  7. TR says:
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    Would you drop Wroten for markieff?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: I like both, I see it as a boards vs. steals (Kieff v. Wroten). They are very even, leaning Markieff though

  8. Joe says:
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    Yay, JB mentioned me as a comment! I can die happy. I will, however, say I’m no longer sold on Sully for this season. After seeing last night, I think that coach is clueless and/or that team is tanking. I have zero confidence Sullinger will start or get more than 25 minutes a night for the rest of the season. People should plan accordingly.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Haha I try to throw in the comments when I can! Agree, Stevens is making it tough. While I have more than zero confidence, I can’t really disagree. I will say Stevens has made really weird changes to his front line throughout the season. Bass played really hard, I think he’s a lock and they have to play Green, so depends on C/backup PF minutes. Humphries has played in and out of high 20, sub-10 minutes so if it goes back to the latter, Sully could get back to 30. Maybe it’s me just trying to make it work! Ha

  9. SMLV1 says:
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    Need Boards and Blocks…Own Varejao and Adrien. Should I hold them or pick up O’Quinn, Antic or Sims.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SMLV1: Rather Sims over Adrien. O”Quinn vs. Varejao… Hmmmmm. I think it depends on your situation, O’Quinn we’re pretty much seeing the upside right now, Varejao could obviously be better. Right now I’ll say O’Quinn until/if we see Varejao get the minutes/stay healthy

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