We’re through the All-Break, and it’s time for the stretch run! The epic 2-week ASB matchup may be the most pivotal stretch of the year, with the Trade Deadline coming and going, and several FAAB budgets waiting to get dropped on new opportunities. Sadly this deadline was pretty boring, but in a 20 teamer, there was still plenty of fresh blood to make a splash! Wow, this got morbid… Here’s how week 16 went down in the REL, with “FAAB moves this week” tracking adds from each of the past two Sundays in the FAAB cycle:Please, blog, may I have some more?
What a return from the break!
It was an exceptional weekend of NBA action after the wayyyyyyy too long layoff for the break, highlighted by a huge upset by the Blazers. Is anyone else getting annoyed by that Damian Lillard commercial on the NBA App?! The one where he semi-raps, then says “thanks for the motivation” when asked about his haters? Well, it’s kinda fitting now, with that performance after that All-Star snubbery! Dame went Insame on the Warriors for a career-high 51 points, going 51/0/7/6/0, shooting 18-28 from the field. But the crazier numbers were 9 treys, and not a single TO. 6 steals and no turnovers?! That’s winning hoops right there! He followed it up with a huge night last night as well, going 24/4/4 through 3 quarters before grandpa JB hit his bedtime. Portland bested Golden State with a crushing 137-105 W in that Friday epic win, solidifying the Blazers as a playoff contender. No one thought they would even be close, and as Slim and I talked on the Pod, Stotts deserves a ton of cred and maybe some Coach of the Year consideration. If you told me in October the Blazers would make the playoffs, I woulda said you’re Insame! Here’s what else went down over an exciting return to hoops over the weekend, plus The 7 Ahead for week 17:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Wow, we certainly got polar opposite trade deadlines the past two years!
With shocking move after shocking move around 3:00 PM last year, 2016 was a nice afternoon siesta, putting the “dead” in Trade Deadline. This is why it’s impossible to predict trades! I might use this year’s deadline as a response to “who is most likely to be traded” quandaries. Is there a shrug emoticon?! Because in 2016, every NBA GM was too busy playing Candy Crush to make phone calls to other teams!
Really the biggest trade had very little fantasy impact too… Markieff Morris comes to the Wizards, and just like Archie Goodwin‘s neck, he puts a stranglehold on the PF position. Watch me whip! Watch me Nene! …watch me never play again 🙁 Even though Nene started last night over Jared Dudley (and had a decent game too), I think that’s more about having him be a placeholder to get ready for the new Wiz rotation once Kieff gets there. I just think Wizards fans should be happy Gilbert Arenas isn’t still there, that locker room might get fiestier than in Memphis! We’ll get to that later… Kieff should’ve been owned in all leagues already, and you can happily drop Dudley in almost all leagues. That was my first text to Slim! Pssshhh, Slim arguing to hold Dudley… On the flip side, Phoenix got trash and roster dumpage, with Kris Humphries mayyyyybe playing some backups kims. I mean mins. The big takeaway is Alex Len should be nabbed in all 12ers, and when the news broke, he was owned in only 30% of leagues (and still is at 30% apparently)… He should get a nice boost in consistency, minutes wise. Here’s what else went down over this snoozer of a deadline, plus the Daily Notes from last night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The trade deadline is almost here! We’re gonna use comments on this Podcast as our hub for trade discussion and reaction as we track the deadline through 3:00 PM EST, so check frequently and comment your thoughts below! On today’s Pod we break down news and notes from our last show including a few early-bird trades like the Tobias Harris swap, play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up the week at the movies.
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Special Edition! Special Edition! Read all about it! Or well, listen all about it…? The Razzball Hoops Pod is back with an All-Star Break Special, including news and notes from our last show, another edition of Higher/Lower, a Valentine’s Day themed Marry/Screw/Kill, we preview tomorrow night’s All-Star Game with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up or special edition at the movies.
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When you’re The Duchess K Middleton, you don’t go on scrubby vacations. None of that beach hotel with bratty kids running around and sand in the halls, none of those rickety cruise ships where the power goes out and you have to poo in plastic bags… I’m talking huge! Like Disneyland completely rented out only for the family! Sledding down glaciers in Antarctica! Hanging out with baller celebs at The Razzball Basketball Office!
As is always the case, our commenters are absolute gold. Joe mentioned the trend of Khris Middleton‘s poor play with Jason Kidd the coach, and I also ran with it looking at the numbers in a FantasyPros piece on second-half expectations. Now, it’s not really that The Duchess is playing that poor, but ROS rankers had him 36th overall. Seemed a little rich – not quite Kate Middleton rich – but like, Queen Latifah rich. Using the ol’ copy-and-paste: “Since Jan. 26, Middleton has shot only 33% from the field with a 3.6:3.6 AST:TO ratio (I guess I could’ve simplified that to 1:1!) in 7 games. Given, it’s a pretty small sample, but in the 17 games immediately prior to when Kidd was out, Middleton shot 50% with a 5.0:2.5 AST:TO ratio (I mean 2:1!). And then the chunk at the beginning of the season until Kidd’s hip gave out, dimes were at 3.4 and he shot 39.9%.” I agree it could be statistical noise, but Kidd has had several “are you effing KIDDing me?!” moments with his line-ups. Luckily The Duchess ended the first half on a high note, going 27/6/9/5/0 with only 2 TO and shooting 9-17. Kidd must’ve just been not paying attention! Too busy rubbing his bald head like foreplay with Mr. Clean. It’s a great finale to an otherwise rough February, and maybe It’s Much Ado About Nothing. Which just seems British, I dunno… And you wanna know who else is heading into this ASB strong?! ME! And well, the NBA by only having two games… So a slightly shorter Daily Notes, since we’re all ready to actually pay our families some attention with the NBA off until next Thursday (that is, except for the All-Star events!). Here’s what else went down last night in Fantasy Hoops action:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re back with a somber Razzball Hoops Pod after that Sunday night debacle, and on today’s show we recap news and notes from the weekend including one coach firing and probably a second, we play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, then preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, where I’m going for the rally!
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I wish I could be more excited about heading into an epic 2-week ASB showdown, but I’m in a little bit of a sports depression right now… You know how we sometimes say we can be your fantasy therapists in the comments? I need coddling, Razzball Nation! Not only did the Panthers lose, but my injury-riddled team isn’t quite healthy enough to survive a drubbing by Anus. That sounds all sorts of wrong! Fairly quiet week on the wire, but here’s how week 15 went down in the REL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Full disclosure – the entirety of this post was written before Sunday afternoon. I know that either A – I would be too drunk to try to finish this if the Panthers win the Super Bowl, and my writing would be as incoherent as the screenplay of Southland Tales. Although to be fair, I actually kinda liked that movie! It was a mess; but a weird mess! A little JT before he went full movie star! And Amy Poehler before she, ummmm, fired her agent. And Cheri Oteri! Before she, ummmmm, was never heard from again. Or B – I would be too depressed to write anything about basketball.
As we chug along into the All-Star Break, one train is certainly doing the Ozzy Crazy Train right now! Gorgui Dieng just tore apart the Bulls, going 24/14/7/0/1 in 41 minutes, hitting 10-13 FG and 4-4 FT. And you’ve been benching this guy for Kevin fuc$*$*$&#*#*$$ing Garnett!? Even Ricky Rubio is like, “wait, he got more assists than even MI last game!? Ay dios mio!” The Dieng Train is on an absolute tear the past 7 games, and Coach Sam Mitchell said “he might be willing to find out” if Dieng can play 40 minutes a night. Hey Mitchell, I might be willing to bitchslap you if you play KG at the starting 4 again! I might go so far as saying Dieng is a top-50 option ROS, which is as disheartening as it gets as I own him nowhere. I was late for the Train! The conductor was like “All Aboard!” and I was like, “F that, Mitchell isn’t playing him enough!” Kudos to you if you hopped aboard anyway right before this run. Here’s what else went down over the weekend, plus the 14 [kinda] Ahead for Week 16:Please, blog, may I have some more?
So injury-prone guys certainly get a stigmata. Wait, I mean stigma. Well, if you got a stigmata, it certainly would make you injured!
But I’ve been as guilty as anyone of really depressing Anthony Davis‘ value due to his injury issues yet again this year. Boy needs to put some meat on dem bones! Brow tried to lead the Pels to a win last night, going 39/11/0/1/1 on 16-25 shooting. But you gotta make your free throws! 7-12 at the stripe, and the awful, no good, very bad Pelicans lost to the even worse Lakers. At home! Oh man, I’d be binge-eating some beignets, that’s for sure! Even with a rocky start, Brow is 4th in per-game numbers this year, and I think some of the “shut down” concern should be alleviated. Of course if he gets a nagging injury in late-March it’ll happen, so maybe we should keep him out of the top-10 discussion ROS. Oh no, I’m doing it again! Guilty is me! Brow should still probably be a top-5 option, especially with getting me a point on the 30-point challenge board! I would link it, but I’m lazy and haven’t updated it yet… [update – let’s do this 30-Point Board, comeback is nigh!] And to be honest, I’m just grinding through today to get pumped for the Super Bowl weekend! I’m wearing my NFC champ shirt today, but might wear my “Smart” jersey all weekend for luck. Let’s do this Carolina! And let’s do this, rest of the daily notes!Please, blog, may I have some more?