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Happy 2017, RCLers! Sorry we’re just now updating again, lots happening in the early goings-ons of the calendar flip. Twas not my intent to have these turn into bi-weekly updates, but with things so busy, I decided to be bi-curious and see how this works until we get closer to playoff time. Not set in stone though! And I’ll be sure to run the standings every Monday either way…

In the past two weeks, we’re still all looking up at Brad’s Awkward Team! At 67-31-1, Brad has a share of the overall leader, so I guess one team is looking directly at Brad’s Awkward Team in the standings! Look out for surging The Doc is In, in the WE-GOT-A-TROPHY! league! Both squads have 67-31-1 records and 135 RCL points to set the pace for the final 9 weeks of fantasy hoop’s regular season action.

Check out how your teams stacked up after weeks 10-11 in the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s some notable takeaways from the past two regular season weeks across our 23 RCL Leagues:

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REL Basketball1Damn, what an absolutely anti-climatic week! We have a battle of the two REL titans with #1 vs. #2 and they… Legit tie!??!? What is this?! 4-4-1 tie between Yappers and Scurry to the Left, as neither squad can take bragging rights into the playoffs.

Some interesting buys on the wire this week, as we head into a very oddly scheduled week 12 as M@ laid out. Should make some nice fireworks in the REL!

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

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You hate to see in sports when a guy gets hurt, then loses his starting spot once he’s back to action. Usually it’s for a youthful upside guy that takes off when given an expanded role, but don’t say that to Alex Smith… And it’s not like Matthew Dellavedova was some sort of entrenched starter either… Before we feel too bad for this guy, he just sold his life story into a movie. Crocodile Dundee 4 – Welcome to the NBA! The last one was written by someone in fantasy sports, gimme the green light, Hollywood! Delly returned from 5 games off with a bum hammy (due to all his storyline pitching to studios) to go 2/2/4/1/0 in 18 minutes off the bench. Taking the starting minutes like a bull by the horns (maybe I should’ve gone with “Buck” by the horns!), Malcolm Brogdon had a fire lit under him yesterday afternoon seeing the incumbent get back, posting a career-high 22 points on a 22/1/5/3/1 line with 2 treys.

Hitting his Js and taking it to the rack! Take that, Dundee! They actually overlapped a few minutes as well, and while I still don’t think Brogdon is going to keep ascending (and Delly was likely on a little bit of a leash), I kinda wish I got some Broggy shares. Alsoh, there was Disturbingly no Giannis Antetokounmpo who was down with the sickness, but someone needed to score a little more, and Malcolm stepped up! If he’s somehow still available in your 12ers (maybe he was cut for streaming with Delly coming back), I’d be sure and give him an add. But in 10ers it might get a little roster crunchy. Roster Crunchy – a new cereal from Patty General Mills! Here’s what else went down over a cold & snowy weekend of fantasy basketball action:

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A lot of people were mad at 2016. Thought it was a year without morality. Without decency. Without justice… So I’m watching the Thunder/Hornets last night, and in the 3rd quarter, Dell Curry is like, “I just had some terrible news cross my desk – Justise Winslow is going to be out for the year.” Whoa, way to be a news breaker, Dell! He also broke the news that his wife was in the crowd and circled her on the teleprompter when the camera showed her, so there’s that… Awk-ward! Anyway, Winslow’s injured shoulder ended up being a labrum tear, after it was reported it was only a tweak and he didn’t anticipate it being a long-term issue. Doctor G, how come major tears only feel like tweaks sometimes?! He’s going to have corrective surgery today and will likely miss the rest of the season, ya know, unless the Heat make the playoffs! Hahahahaha, sorry Slim, had to do it… This is definitely a bummer, because we saw this with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and he ended up tearing it a second time after only a few games back, so I’m going to be very leery about ranking Winslow decently next year. Well, the injury, and the fact he’s going to end the year shooting 35.4% from the field. Yeesh. So with Miami lacking any Justise, it would appear James Johnson is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and is must own for me ROS. Really everywhere. I raved about him as the lead to the notes earlier in the week, Adam led with him for RazzWired, and he shouldn’t have any issue getting 30ish MPG the rest of the way. I was initially surprised to only see 25 minutes last night in a 5-point win, but yeah, he fouled out (game was on too late for grandpa JB!). 14/6/6/0/3 for JJ on an awesomely efficient night, shooting 4-8 FG, knocking down 2 treys, and hitting 4-4 FT. Only black eye was the 3 TO, which look like will be an issue for him as he takes on a big role on the offense. So be sure Johnson is owned in all your leagues, and hopefully by the 17-18 season, we’ll see a return of Justise in the world! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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Oh man, injuries, injuries, injuries, and we recorded this before the Justise Winslow news! On today’s show, we recap some universally drafted players who were cut that may be adds once again, the epic big man line on the Heat that wasn’t by Hassan Whiteside, and if there’s any way Tony Parker can stay viable. We then preview tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks and wrap up with a Fantasy Movie League update and what we’ve been watching.

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So I’m not a basketball historian, and I’m still a young pup. I barely remember the Bulls glory years – I was in elementary school when they won titles 4-6 (yikes, aging the crap outta myself), but I do vividly remember the Byron Russell push-off and I cherished my Michael Jordan cards. I still have a bunch of em! This one is still in a nice case and one of my favorites… Anyway, when I saw Jimmy Butler go off for 52/12/6/3/1 last night, I was about to make all sorts of tongue-and-cheek MJ parallels…

Got the same reverse layup and everything! But then it dawned on me… Butler is more like Scottie Pippen if there was no Jordan. Pippen’s best season was 93-94, unsurprisingly the year without MJ, and went 22.0/8.7/5.6/2.9/0.8 on 49% shooting with 0.9 treys. So far this year, J Buckets is 25.3/6.8/4.4/1.7/0.3 on 46% shooting with 1.1 treys. While Pippen was obviously one of the best defensive players of his generation, Butler is a much better FT shooter and gets to the line more. But the rest is really close, and I thought kinda interesting food for thought. So the answer for the Bulls is simple – find a Michael Jordan for Buckets to play next to! I’m a problem-solver – if only every team’s issue in the NBA was this easy! Hah! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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2017 is here! Here’s to having a better performance than Mariah Carey! Sooooooo funny. On today’s show, we recap the action of New Year’s weekend including big games from the Heat’s Josh Richardson and James Johnson, plus the epic tripdub line from James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo now averaging a rainbow line. We then play another edition of the award-winning “Can We Make Slim Look Stupid?” and preview tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1As we turn the page to 2017, we turn the page on Scurry to the Left leading the league and make way for the freight train that is the Yappers! Another big win for the Yaps, going 8-1 over Adam’s HateUsCauseTheyAnus and picking up a 2 game lead over Scurry. But wouldn’t ya know it, right when we have a paradigm shift, Yappers vs. Scurry play each other this week! These two have been pretty convincingly the #1 and #2 all year, but a slanted loss could bring one of these powerhouses back down into the field. Should be a fun week!

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

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Happy 2017, Razzball Nation!

After immense pressure from the DA’s office to flip on Tommy DeVito and Paulie Cicero, [redacted] needed protection to secure his testimony in putting those good fellas away. It didn’t start on the best foot either, as the WitSec guys asked [redacted] if he had any distinguishing marks and he lied about his tattoos… But the man formerly known as [redacted] changed his name to the very inconspicuous James Johnson, and moved his family to Miami. After being a humbling under-the-radar role player, Johnson was supposed to continue as merely a minutes-filler, amongst an uninteresting mix of PF to get through the tough void of losing Chris Bosh. He’s supposed to just shy away from dunk attempts and stand around on offense…

Well, way to ruin that, Johnson! We can’t protect you no more! An absolute monster weekend from Johnson, going 22/3/6/2/2 against the Celtics on Friday night with 4 treys, then followed it up with 20/7/3/1/1 against the Pistons. After a rough stretch of FT last week, he made 6-7 in these games too. With the added onus on O (no Goran Dragic or Justise Winslow OR Hassan Whiteside last night), he is turning it over a little too much (8 total in these two games), but with all the injuries and a void in playmaking on the Heat right now, Johnson is as erect as ever. He’s playing SF, PF, and even some C right now, so while we shouldn’t expect the 34 minutes like he got against the Pistons, he should be pretty solidified in his 25ish MPG role even when everyone is healthy. He’s gotta be a must-own in all leagues while this hot, as he has brazenly blown his cover. Hopefully no one recognizes him as [redacted]! Here’s what else went down over New Year’s weekend in fantasy basketball action:

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We’re back, Razzball Nation, both of us this time! Man, I missed Slim’s sultry voice, it’s good to get the band back together! On today’s show, we recap a huge week of action over the Christmas holiday including Kyrie Irving‘s heroics, Jabari Parker‘s upside, and the emergence of another Suns’ big. We then preview tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks and wrap up 2016 at the movies with an FML update.

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