As I steadily stood fast next to Stephen Curry as my #1 player, I was reminded of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Friday night. With all that Lakers yellow and Curry missing all his treys, I was like “somehow that song Yellow, makes me want to pee! I think because when it’s over, it’s a big relief to me!”

This is why you don’t panic on shooters, even if they’re the most elite players in the land. Unlike your big man studs, they’re going to have more peaks and valleys. We didn’t really see much of that inconsistency last year, but we got about the most epic cold-then-hot consecutive games we’ve ever seen. After snapping his 3PTM streak at 157 games going 0-10 Friday, Curry comes out and BREAKS THE NBA RECORD FOR 3s LAST NIGHT! WTF IS THAT?!

46/5/5/2/0 on 16-26 shooting, including 13-17 from downtown. Crazy talk. Dudes in the 3-point contest don’t even shoot that well! And it’s almost kinda sad that the Warriors NEEDED that kind of output, only beating the lowly – now 0-7 – Pelicans by 10. Curry is suddenly at 47.7% from the field with 4.6 treys a game: my argument for him #1 – FG% mixed with league-best 3s. While the rest of his numbers are down a tiny bit, the last 3 games he’s at 7.7 AST and 2.0 STL. So those are coming around as well. I only had one RCL with a top-7 pick, thankfully in the Slim vs. JB League, where I was able to nab him #2 and I’m still thrilled about it. This game was a big relief to me too! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball:

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We’re back with a brand new Razzball Hoops show, and NBA players are back with brand new fingers, knees, and ankles! Several key fantasy assets have returned to the floor over the past few days, and we review the returns of Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, and Josh Richardson, as well as cover other news around the NBA since the weekend. We then resurrect Can We Make Slim Look Stupid with a doozy of a 16-17 debut, and then wrap the show with our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1Two weeks are now in the books (TWO WEEKS!), with Scurry to the Left and Yappers tied at the top with strong 15-3 records.  Yappers, the 2014-15 winner, is trying to get back into the golden jersey glory land, while Scurry is on a mission to be a contender.  Meanwhile, our defending champ I Ain’t No Jok(ic) is pulling a Carolina Panthers, and off to a rough 5-13 start.  Just takes a bye week to regroup!

It’s been exciting to see an aggressive waiver wire the past few weeks, as owners are ponying up for some fresh blood.  Can’t afford to FAAB hoard in these parts!  So if you play in deeper leagues, check out who was added this week in the REL to give you some thin-wire salvation.  I’m suddenly a fan of DFS for example!  Here’s how week two in the 2016-17 REL went down:

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The fantasy basketball world is like, “bring out your dead!” “Free up those IL spots!” “Hope you have some scrubs to drop with everyone getting healthy again!”

With a shot of rum and locker room pyrotechnics, Jobu has unleashed his voodoo magic and Jesus Christ can now hit a curveball! Or I guess in this metaphor, hit a jump shot. Well, except if you’re Stephen Curry and you’re behind the 3 point line… Break up the Lakers!

It was a Sunday resurrection around the association, highlighted (well, for me) by Chandler Parsons getting back on the court yesterday afternoon. Way to take the spotlight off my Panthers, NBA scheduling! But good thing I focused on the Panthers, as Parsons was horrific, pulling a Jamal Murray and shooting 0-8 from the field. “Is that goal regulation size, or what?!” At least chipped in 3 boards and got a block, but didn’t finish the game with the starters in a close one, playing ~5 minute sets and only 22 minutes. After that rough anticipation of waiting, seeing such a dud out of the gate makes CP25 an ultimate buy low. I actually left him in my IL in a few RCLs, predicting a rough one outta the gate. Frustrated owners might think the knee is to blame, but he’s been practicing in full since before the season, so I think it’s just a little gametime rust. Just ask Jon Snow, when you get resurrected from the dead, you’re not 100% right out of the gate! Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

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The REL season is back!  And I’m still as lazy as Brad Pitt in True Romance with paying off my YouTube bet to Nick is Razzy!  Nick, it’s coming my man!  It’s on the docket!  I have my food contest all picked out and everything…

With the season kicked off, we’re now 1.5 weeks in for our run at Hall of Fame immortality.  If you started rough, one week certainly doesn’t sink your chances at glory, and the first week of the season wasn’t even quite a full week of action…  So if you started with an L, keep your head high, and Keep Pounding!  Oh wait, that’s my real-life football team…

Check out how your teams stacked up after week 1 in the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s some notable takeaways from the 1st regular season week across our 23 RCL Leagues:

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Finally with over a week under our belt, we’ve got some trends to start talkin’ about! On today’s show, Slim & I discuss the Jerami Grant trade, if this early-season run by DeMar DeRozan is sustainable, figuring out what to do with the Brooklyn Mess, and reaction to a few injuries. We then conclude the show with previewing tonight’s games by making our 30-point challenge picks, and wrap the week at the movies.

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Man, what a World Series!  The Cubs win Game 7 – in extra innings no less – to end their century plus drought and have their fans become insufferable, like the Red Sox.  Ugh.  But congrats to the Cubs, and now we can solely focus on basketball!!!  …until the football playoffs take over 45 minutes of every hour of Sportscenter…

Anywho, if it’s not my Brewers in the World Series, I could care less, and I was paying more attention to hoops last night anyway.  Very depressing night, but I wanted to start positive!  After singing his praises on the Pod Tuesday morning, T.J. Warren had a little bit of a down game on Halloween night, but bounced right back to lead the Suns to their first W in OT.  11-22 FG, love dat FG%, 5-5 FT, ditto, 27/7/0/2/1 with no TO.  Dem fighting numbers!  That gives him a 22.4/6.2/0.8/1.8/0.4 line on the season, shooting 50.6% from the field on 17.8 shots, 86.4% from the stripe in 4.4 FTA, and averaging only 1.0 TO.  This is turning into a fantasy MVP!  Of course, of course, of course it’s early, but Devin Booker was back after sitting one game, both Eric Bledsoe (hit the game winner) and Brandon Knight got their run, and I don’t really see any reason this can’t sustain.  The Pts probably come down a tad, but he doesn’t shoot 3s so the FG% should be huge, and he doesn’t really facilitate much which will keep his TO mad low.  On the Pod I compared him to DeRozan – with maybe even better FG% – and look at these floaters in traffic that are DeRozan-esque:

I’m very actively trying to correct the great injustice – with all my TJ love, I don’t own him on any teams.  Hopefully owners think this is a flash in the pan or a sell-high moment.  I don’t.  So be like Warren, take a trip to Dr. James Andrews, and get yourself a nice year-long TJ!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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Ahhhhh, our epic Jusuf Nurkic vs. Nikola Jock Itch debates. 16-17 might become remembered as the year of the Nuggets big men Civil War. I wanna be on Iron Man’s side!

In a gutsy battle with the Craptors, the Nugs almost pulled out a great road win, putting together a huge 3rd quarter and getting a lead for most of the 4th. We the North still ended up notching the W, and so did Slim and the Nurk > Joke contingent! I still feel like I have to remind everyone that I ranked Nurk ahead of all experts, and was middle-of-the-pack-to-slightly-below-consensus on Jokic. But alas, I did think Slim was a little crazy saying he wanted Nurk over Joke outright, and after last night, it’s looking like it’s going to be a coin flip any given outing. The real head-scratcher is Nurkic lead the team with a preposterous 38 minutes. Lunacy! Ended up going 13/18/1/1/5 in a great line, but did struggle with the %s, shooting 5-14 FG and 3-7 FT. He’s just so big out there… Look at poor Pit-Pat trying to block him, what are you doing Pit-Pat?!

I think this matchup made sense, as Nurk is a good fit to D up The Luminescent Lithuanian, and with his size and D presence, can help out on the Lowry and DeRozan iso drives. Erstwhile, I thought Nikola Jokic looked pretty good, but only played 22 minutes, going 12/4/1/0/0. Shot 6-9, but 4 TO?! The Nugs only had 8 TO as a whole, so friggin’ Jock Itch had half their giveaways, plus had 4 fouls in that limited run. Just wasn’t his night.

So what to do with these guys? I think you gotta just deploy them as usual, and hope the coin flips your way any given game. As long as it doesn’t pull a Watchmen and land standing up. I think that was Watchmen, I know it was in the dumb movie Ed too, about Joey from Friends teaching a monkey to pitch. Hahahaha, how terrible. I just had to link the trailer, because I watched it for 30 seconds to be sure I was citing the right movie, and holy crap. This is the most fantastic 2 minutes of my life:

If that doesn’t make you laugh, nothing will! I’m all over the place this morning… To wrap that metaphor, I guess Kenneth Faried would be if the coin landed straight up, and at least he only saw 15 minutes. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Nurk gets 22 minutes next time out, Jock Itch 35, and Jock Itch has the big game. Going to be frustrating game to game. But for last night, Slim gets to gloat! Here’s what else happened last night in fantasy basketball action:

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Whoa, it’s November already! Where hath art time gone?! On today’s show, Slim & I discuss panic levels on slow-starting fantasy studs, the mess in Brooklyn, and JB notes his biggest surprise of the year thus far. I don’t want to give it away, that’s what we call a tease! We then wrap the show with previewing tonight’s games, and make our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1The first week is in the books!  I hope everyone out there in the deep dynasty landscape had a strong first week, saw their rooks get into the rotation a little bit, and avoided the old dinosaurs like Dirk giving them early DNPs…  Smh.

If you’re still unfamiliar with the REL, I wanted to give a quick format recap for this first in-season look-in – it’s a 20 team league, 12 starting roster spots, 5 bench, 1 IL, standard 9-cat H2H.  You can keep an unlimited number of keepers (well, up to roster size) up to the auction budget of $200.  Whatever cash you don’t keep, you use to buy up the younguns outta the draft.  Then arguably the most crucial aspect of the league is the waiver wire.  All pickups are $1 keepers for life, so our $100 FAAB budgets have a dramatic impact on roster construction.  Expect to see some big buys for young guys who break out!

Enough with the league rules recap JB, we get it (says 99% of readers, who have seen these before)!  Here’s how week one in the 2016-17 REL went down:

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