Oh no… It’s another one of THOSE podcasts!  Yes, I go solo again today – sorry everyone!  Had some scheduling stuff come up, but next Thursday or Friday we get our special edition Pod on location in Florida!  On today’s show, we recap the big injury news on Kevin Durant and Joel Embiid, I compare the fantasy stock of some big men with big upside that are playing more fringy lately, then I wrap up the show by previewing tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks and a Fantasy Movie League update (join us here!  password: rball!).

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Man, what a horrid week for injuries!  Highlighted by the worst injury of all: yesterday we got news that JB Gilpin – yes pickup basketball superstar – rolled his ankle in his after-work pickup game on someone else’s fat foot.  That’s right, I got a kankle!  Some rough swelling, probably out 1-2 weeks, go ahead and give me that INJ tag!  No joke, this is the second time in a row I’ve gotten a kankle before a big trip.  Now I’m gonna be gimpy walking around Spring Training games on my baseball trip starting this weekend!  Stupid kankles…

Anyway, some lower-tier basketball talents also got news of rough injuries, of course highlighted by Kevin Durant‘s MRI revealing a Grade 2 MCL strain and a tibial bone bruise.  Stupid Zaza Pachulia flying around willy-nilly!  He’s going to be “re-evaluated” in 4 weeks, so there’s no way he’s making an impact on your fantasy playoffs.  Mayyyyybe he plays in the last game or two, but I highly doubt it.  According to BB Monster, he was by far the best per-game player and total value player, so it’s an unbelievable loss.  But hey, he got you to your fantasy playoffs (hopefully) and anything can happen week-to-week in H2H leagues.  Injuries are the mother-flippin’ worst!  Here’s what else went down across the NBA last night, including one other major injury piece of news:

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…comin’ for to carry me OUT of my fantasy playoffs!  Brutal news yesterday that Kyle Lowry has to undergo surgery on his right wrist – his shooting wrist – to remove some loose bodies.  Should’ve kept those bodies in a well, like Buffalo Bill!  “It puts the lotion on the skin!”  Without an IL spot, you’re cutting him in your redraft leagues, even with the prospect he gets a couple games in right before the playoffs.  The timeline is “hopeful to return in 4-5 weeks”, which would put us in early April.  Plus he’s a shooter, and gonna have a rusty wrist.  Hah, that sounds like a sex thing…  Moving on!

In his place, it’s time for the Cojo mojo!  11/1/6/3/0 then 14/1/6/1/0 over the weekend for Cory Joseph, with only 2 combined TO, showing what kind of sexy roto-asset he could be.  But thennnnn, struggled last night – as did the Raps as a while – to knock off the Poppycockers in a 1-point win, going 6/3/4/2/0 with 2 TO.  Still got 33:30 minutes, but he’s more in the fringy starting PG class (your Brogdon, McConnell, et ceteras) than in the most-own zone.  You could say he’s in the friendzone.  Although dudes don’t really have a friendzone, it’s only chicks that apply that logic.  The friendzone is a very sexist area!  After this dunk in the 2014 Western Conference Finals (back when he was on my REL team), Cojo could have his way with me any time he wanted!

Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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The Razzball Hoops Pod is back, and ready as ever to recap an eventful last few days.  We got a major, MAJOR injury, guys making debuts on their new teams off the deadline, and teams embracing their punting culture…  Get ready for a big second half of 16-17, now smothered in Big Sauce!  We then wrap up the show by previewing tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1Through the break, through the prolonged week 18, and only two regular season weeks left to go!  Damn this season has flown by…  I know, I know, cliche award of the year right there for JB…  Wait, what’s that?!  Cliche award of the year actually went to Moonlight!

Sorry to write about myself again, but I officially clinched a playoff spot.  Woohoo!  With a 4 game lead over the field, just need to keep cruising for that #1 spot and a bye week.  The top-3 looked locked in, with Yappers and Scurry jostling for the other bye week, 4/5 remain close, but the big battle will be amongst the 3 teams vying for that 6th and final playoff spot.

Here’s how week seventeen in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week eighteen:

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I don’t typically do this, but I’m going completely off-script for the open today, after we got the awful news Bill Paxton passed away in his early 60s due to complications from heart surgery.  Isn’t it weird how attached we get to actors we obviously don’t know in person?!  Especially more a character guy like Bill, but this one hit me hard for some reason!  Who doesn’t love True Lies?  Aliens?  The GOOD James Cameron movies?!

And for this to happen on Oscar weekend too, just a real shame.  Alas, it’s been a busy-as-hell weekend across the association plus I finally wrapped up my Pitcher Rankings over on baseball that’ll be out this afternoon or tomorrow.  Weekend of writing!  That’s what really pulls me through man, getting to write about sports for all you wondrous people in Razzball Nation.  The game will never be over, there will always be basketball and baseball!  Tackle football…?  Eh, maybe not-sa-much…  Here’s what went down over the busy weekend – the first after the break with a lot of fresh faces in new places – in fantasy basketball action:

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We’re finally back with the Razzball Pod, and have so many monstrous trades right at the deadline to cover! Everyone was on pins and needles waiting to see where Roy Hibbert would end up! On today’s show, we break down the trades from around the deadline, including the bigger and better trades made well before the clock struck 3:00… We then preview tonight’s games making our 30-point challenge picks (for Friday night), and briefly wrap up the week at the movies.

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Razzball Nation!  The Trade Deadline is here!  Fantasy Basketball’s most interesting day south of the year change has arrived, and fantasy owners have itchy trigger fingers on their wires, ready to find that newly minted asset after a deal.  Forge me some upside, fantasy gods!  Wait, wait, in no way did I mean to compare NBA GMs to gods…  Vlade Divac is like, “that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me!”

I’m going to try and keep this post updating throughout the trades up through the 3:00 PM EST deadline, then Slim and I will record the Pod and post a little later tonight.  Be sure and keep up with the comments, and break news if you see a deal done before I or another commenter!  Let’s throw around the last-minute rumors, and turn this into a Trade Deadline hub!  Here’s the trades that have gone down so far (not including the Cousins one, which I do think will end up being the biggest deal of the “Trade Deadline” period though…), plus updates throughout the morning and afternoon:

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See, this is how to use the All-Star Break, as catch up time! No, not ketchup time, although ketchup is delicious. I hate that ketchup has become a poster child of the worst condiments you can use, it’s f-in’ delicious! Although, as you’ll see in a second, it’s not like I’m a champion of healthy eating!

As promised – just a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit late – 2015-16 RCL Champion Nick is Razzy gets their own food-shaming video! While it wasn’t quite as painful as the hot wings challenge, my stomach and system took a little over a day to re-calibrate haha. Congrats again Nick, here ya go!

To the current RCLs, and oh boy, more JB shaming… Not my finest week, that’s for sure! Big Baby’s Lovechild beat me 7-1-1 to move to 100-42-2 (the first RCL team to top 100 wins), moves to a whopping 7-point lead in RCL points, and became one of only two RCL teams to secure a playoff spot. Shame! Shame, JB, shame! To be fair, a lot came down to the final Sunday games! I’ll whine more below…

Check out how your teams stacked up after week 16 in the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s some notable takeaways from the past complete week across our 23 RCL Leagues:

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Ah, the All-Star Break. The week where fantasy basketball goes to die, but fantasy basketball writers get a few days off! Hah, sorry I probably shoulda had this post go up yesterday, but I was lazy, OK! Speaking of lazy, did you see what kind of horrendous offer the Kings caved on to deal away DeMarcus Cousins?! Well, of course you did by now, that was the world’s most rhetorical question! Kings dealt Boogie and Omri Casspi to the Pels for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans (reunion!), Langston Galloway, and a 1st and 2nd round pick in this summer’s draft. I mean, it’s not THE WORST deal in the world, but the first round pick being top-3 protected is a little rough. Wouldn’t it be HILARIOUS if the Pels go in like 11th or 12th for the lottery, end up drawing one of those top 3 picks, then pair one of these elite guys going pro with Boogie, Brow and Jrue… Still feels like the Kings could’ve gotten more… Wait, what was that Vlade Divac?! You DID have more on the table?! Yeesh, the Kings get this brand-spankin’ new stadium, only to have their superstar dealt mid-season with the GM openly admitting he took a lesser deal…? Did Jeffrey Loria buy the Kings too?! Meanwhile, Pels fans be dancing like this:

I actually don’t think Anthony Davis takes too big of a hit here, and remains your primary guy. He’s only taken a range from 12-24 shots the last 9 games, which doesn’t seem tough at all to maintain even with a USG-whore coming to town. I actually think it might even HELP Brow, as his TO rate has soared to 2.6 this year, and we all know Boogie is a TO vortex. Boogie is who the big hit here; his range the last 9 games is 14-30 shots (given the 30 was an outlier in that surprise win over GSW), plus he’s playing with a much better facilitating PG in Jrue Holiday. I’d expect Boogie’s AST – 4.8 on the season and spiking as of late – to drop closer to the 3.0 range. It’ll be an interesting pairing, and suddenly the Pelicans look like they could make a little noise in the playoffs. We’ll have to see if they can get out of this 23-34 hole they’re in… Wait, the Kings at 24-33 have a better record, and made the sell out for the future deal?! Hah, NBA man, NBA… GMs must be bored during the ASB as well! l Here’s a few other notes from the last few days during our NBA respite:

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