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Ohhhh, Blake Griffin.  Well maybe stud is a reach… I don’t want to change the title!  With your powerful dunks and lifeless expression when you try to make the other team hit you…  Sigh.  I think Griffin was on some of the most overrated/bust/avoid lists on draft sheets heading into the season, and rightfully so.  But maybe I’m just in my own head with a false narrative… The scoring and rebounding in 2012-13 went down for the third consecutive season (as did his minutes), and he just didn’t do enough multi-cat for you to pay the premium over your moron little brother’s friend who only knows NBA players from Sportscenter top 10.  Gerald Green, first pick!  That said, it was still a solid 2012-13 campaign.  I ended up having him at 42, 7 higher than Yahoo and 10 below ESPN, so I was right in the middle.  His ADPs on both sites were 6-7 picks ahead of their respective rankings, but I think the hardcore fantasy players were probably avoiding at the ADPs.  He’s looked fantastic so far this season, averaging a career-high Pts, shooting his best FG% and stealing at a career pace.  I really liked what he did last night, as Serge Ibaka was letting him have his shot from outside, and BGriff was draining em.  Ended his night with a sultry 12-13 27/10/5/2 line.  It’s like he went back in time, and told his 2011 self to get better at racking up fantasy stats.  Championships? Pshhhh, we want fantasy goodness!  I know I won two fantasy leagues last year, but I have no idea who won the Finals!  I’m not exactly going to unload my roster to try and get Griffin, but I wouldn’t be selling high either if I ended up with him.  Sit back, and enjoy your highlight dunks.  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:

Luol Deng – Shot a horrific 3-18 last night.  What is he, Gordon Hayward!?  Haha, sorry Gordo, just too easy…  I’ve never liked Deng in fantasy, part of my whole “avoid dookies” mantra, but at least he got ya 6/13/2 to avoid giving your line-up a total botched spinal tap.

Gordon Hayward – Speaking of Hayward, he pulled the whole “I only sucked so bad because I was hurt!” routine.  Has a bruised right knee cap and didn’t practice yesterday,  Is a game-time decision for tonight, so be sure to check your line-ups, if you haven’t already thrown your computer across the room looking at 22% team FG thanks to him…

Joakim Noah – Triple double alert!  Well, a little late by now… Geez thanks JB!  11/12/8 with a block.  The line really surprised me.  I remember a couple dimes being mere handoffs that turned into something, and not necessarily him making plays.  Joakim Noah is now Christian Ponder.

Taj Gibson – Posterized Timofey Mozgov.  Reggie Miller even clowned Mozgov saying it was no surprise.  Hell, I’d be embarrassed if Gibson posterized me in a adult rec league.  “My knee cap is bruised!”

Mike Dunleavy – Got the start with Jimmy Butler on the shelf for a while.  Butler is droppable in almost all leagues.  I like Butler a lot, but it’s gonna be a while.  Dunleavy is a dookie.  I have very little interest.  Went 15/5/2 with two threes, so he’s a ThrAGNOF stream target for deeper leagues.

Derrick Rose – It’s so weird watching him vs. fantasy analyzing him, because he looked fantastic yet again.  He did play just over 33 minutes, but he sat a lot down the stretch.  9-20 19/4/4 with a three.  I might start formulating some buy low offers, but that’s just because I want to sing Seal when looking at my line-up.

Kenneth Faried – Manimal instinct.  12/11/2/1/2, and survived a scary hard fall early in the first when he landed square on the ass.  Good thing his Manimal tail broke the fall.

Nate Robinson – He’s terrible.  If you’ve read me since last year, you know he’s my least favorite player.  Goes 3-13, but happened to his two threes in a row and everyone, including Reggie Miller, just freeeeaaakkkkssss out.  All you have to do is be short and hit a three or two, and the NBA loves you.  Mostly because the really tall ones like Mozgov keep getting posterized.

Wilson Chandler – Ok, I know the stat line blew chunks, but he just never got the ball in his hands.  Some part of the game plan or something.  Shaw-ed!

Jordan Hamilton – Don’t go run off thinking Hamilton might be winning his job back.  Went 6-12, but one was a shot clock buzzer-beater three that looked ugly and banked in, and another was a gimme layup with no one near him.  Also got to play some extended minutes with the Nugs up big most of the fourth.

J.J. Hickson – A solid line of 6-11 14/9/1.  Nothing spectacular, and they had the freedom not to run him into the ground at 29 minutes.

DeAndre Jordan – Just wasn’t the big fellah’s night.  2-8, 0-4 FT, 4/12 with one block.  Fear the Kendrick Perkins defense!  Haha.

CP3 – Another double-double, a game after setting the Pts/Asts 10+/10+ record to start a season.  He’s handing out so many dimebags, he may as well be our dealer!

J.J. Redick – Really cooled off lately.  I know I avoid dookies, and Redick is one of the most infamous, but he’s a guy I kinda like as underrated in fantasy.  I love that Rotoworld’s news blurb said “he finally cooled off” even though he was awful at 3-13 and 5-14 the past two games before 3-11 last night.  I gotta stop pickin’ on them, they do great work.  Anywho, I think the shot comes back, he does a tiny bit of everything else, nice buy low in deeper leagues.

Steven Adams – I thought he looked really good in this game.  Now, given a lot was against Ryan Hollins, but hey, gotta start somewhere!  6/7/2 with three blocks.

Serge Ibaka – I love ya Serge.  8-10 17/5/1/1/3.  And a lot of those were nice mid-range jumpers too.  He’s settling back into elite big man value.

 

Next Game: I’ve got Utah @ Dallas tonight.  Dammit, the Jazz again!?  Yikes.  I’m hoping for a big Trey Burke emergence and some decent run from Shane Larkin.  Battle of the rooks!  Hope you had a solid week, and looking forward to week 5!

  1. Byron from Austin says:
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    no you do not drop jimmy butler!! if you have any bench space at all, he’s worth holding on to.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Byron from Austin: I’m with ya. If he gets dropped in any league I’m in then I will be putting in a waiver.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Byron from Austin: In 14+ teamers, yeah maybe. With IR spot, definitely. Any shallower, I’m cutting

  2. jakob says:
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    Man, I’m really surprised by BG’s stats this season, as well. I would trade for him but his FT still worries me. Definitely need this category going forward. Otherwise.. I’ve got Sanders on my IR and he isnt the best FTshooter, neither :D

    Anyway, I win my current H2H matchup 6-2, against one of the better (if not the best on paper) teams in my league. He’s punting FT and got D12, Davis, Favors, Drummond along with Teague, Turner, Korver, Mayo, MCW. So I forget about BLK and REB, already lost it to him. Im slightly leading in FG (0,2%) and with one STL. I’m going to win FT&AST for sure and I’m solidly ahead of him in 3PM and PTS. Considering this constellation, whom would you rather start tonight (one guy has to sit on the bench):

    Tony Parker (playing a tough Memphis team, though)
    Jordan Crawford (playing a tough team in Indiana as well)
    Mike Dunleavy (Portland is a friendly matchup + he gets minutes and will guarantee me 3PM eventually?!)

    Could put Henderson or Jonas on my bench as well. What do you think?

    I really have to win this. Was the finals matchup last season (which I won), so its all about the bragging rights once again. My Hustlers against his Wolves! :D I appreciaty any help!
    Keep up the good work, razzballers :)

    • Slim

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      @jakob: I’d bench Crawford out of those 3. His FG% has been slipping pretty bad. Parker’s FG% is the main reason to have him so I’d play him. Dunleavy is pretty bleh but he shouldn’t kill your FGs and assuming he gets 30 minutes again he should have a solid shot at a Steal. The big question to me is will Crawford help more than Hendu in FG%? Very possible but Phoenix has been a favorable match-up so far this year. I think I would sit Hendu but a case could be made for him considering the match-up. Both steals and FGs have favored Crawford so far this year.

      I don’t think Sanders will do too much damage to your FTs, the volume is pretty low.

      I agree it’s a big week. The importance of owning the tiebreaker is not to be understated.

      • jakob says:
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        @Slim:

        Thanks for your help, Slim!
        Yeahr, I’m concerned about Hendersons FG, but as you pointed out.. Phoenix is a much more favorable matchup than Indiana. So far, I stick with Henderson in my lineup and hope for the best :)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jakob: Yeah the FG % isn’t any good, but he’s been surprising everywhere else. I think I bench Crawford too, can go 1-10 virtually any night.

      • jakob says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        .. aaaand Crawford went 10/12 :D
        Pek and Jonas only went for 10/26

        DAMN!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jakob: When I saw his line all I thought about was this line of comments ahhhhhh! Stupid Crawford… Anything can happen any night… Caron Butler went for 38! Sheesh

  3. DanThePoorMetFan says:
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    Mo Harkless was dropped in my 16 team 8 keeper league. is he worth a waiver add? I have the 9th priority

    Let me know

    Dan

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @DanThePoorMetFan: In a league that deep I would. Depends on who you drop but he could easily work his way into keeper status.

      • DanThePoorMetFan says:
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        @Slim:
        I have these guys on my team…

        Shaun Livingston
        Nicolas Batum
        Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
        John Henson, Mil
        Nikola Pekovic, Min C
        DeMar DeRozan, Tor SG
        Miles Plumlee, Pho PF, C
        Vince Carter, Dal SG, SF
        DeMarcus Cousins, Sac C, PF
        Chris Paul, LAC PG
        Chandler Parsons, Hou SF
        Reggie Jackson, OKC PG

        I think it would be Shaun Livingston???

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @DanThePoorMetFan: Yeah I see why you wouldn’t want to. Livingston could be a solid PG if Deron is forced to missed significant time and assists look like they could use a little help, although not much. Vince Carter doesn’t feel all that necessary and I’m pretty sure that would be my drop.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DanThePoorMetFan: Agree I’d drop Carter for him, and hold Livingston. Deron’s kankles are all sorts of messed up

  4. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    Name 10 SFs better than Luol Deng. I think he’s a rock solid fantasy guy and he eats minutes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: But he went to Duke! It’s just an irrational bias not some sort of stat thing

  5. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Yes he is. He’s actually showing improvements in FTs, Boards, Assists, and Steals. Whether or not that continues is up for debate. I very much agree though the consistency and reliability of Deng is valuable.

    If I assume your referring to SF eligible players according to Yahoo.
    KD, LeBron, Harden, George, Melo, Iggy, Parsons, Kawhi, Batum, Gay, Klay, Matthews, Hayward, JSmoove, Kevin Martin (maybe) are 15 I’d take over Deng for fantasy purposes.

    I’m not sure if what I just said was pro-Deng or not…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: I love you Slim. Agree with all

  6. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    I guess i’m thinking real life not fantasy-wise…had Deng last year, he was probably a higher rank than this year. I just like the way he plays he’s a winner and I won my league with him as my #1 Sf.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: I really am with ya and he is exactly what I look for from a SF. Help me everywhere, hurt me nowhere.

  7. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway I was offered favors and jordan hill for reddick and george hill. Do I consider this trade? I’m just worried I lose out on some 3s assists and ft%

    pg damian lillard
    g george hill
    sg james harden
    sf kevin durant
    f john henson
    pf cody zeller
    c al jefferson
    c demarcus cousins
    util jj redick
    util Jeff Teague
    bn ben mclemore
    bn Lou Williams
    bn martel webste

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Ryan: Wow. Take it and win your league! At least that’s how I feel about it. Favors FTs are bad but Durant/Harden cures so many woes. I think your much deeper in 3’s and assists than you are in blocks and boards. Zeller and Henson become bench guys, Teague becomes the starting guard. Your top 8 becomes probably the best in the league. Keepers r Durant.Harden.Lillard.Cousins. and you might be able to make an argument for Favors over Jefferson.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: I’d take it too

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: who would be my keepers then?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Still very early to make that call. Right now Lillard, Harden, KD, big Al and Cuz. We’ll see how big Al plays through the year and how Favors does, those may flip flop but tons of season left

  8. Mike says:
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    I would keep Hill but I would try to trade Reddick and Henson for Jordan Hill.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Mike: Do you think he really needs George Hill? Teague.Lillard.Durant.Harden give him nearly 4 PGs worth of assists. After Cousins.Jefferson the drop off for his bigs is very noticeable.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Mike: so don’t trade for favors?

  9. DanThePoorMetFan says:
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    Oh man the same 16 team 8 keeper league(Head to Head)

    I was just offered…
    Jrue Holiday, Nor PG
    Kevin Durant, OKC SF
    J.J. Hickson, Den PF
    for
    Chris Paul, LAC PG
    Nicolas Batum, Por SF
    DeMarcus Cousins, Sac C

    Here is my current roster
    Shaun Livingston
    Nicolas Batum
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    John Henson, Mil
    Nikola Pekovic, Min C
    DeMar DeRozan, Tor SG
    Miles Plumlee, Pho PF, C
    Vince Carter, Dal SG, SF
    DeMarcus Cousins, Sac C, PF
    Chris Paul, LAC PG
    Chandler Parsons, Hou SF
    Reggie Jackson, OKC PG

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @DanThePoorMetFan: Blockbuster deals take a while to work out the numbers. My initial thought is NO. I want something better than Hickson. Saying NO to Durant is sacrilege but that feels like too much to me. I don’t think the difference between Paul and Durant is all that big.

      I’m interested to see what JB thinks. I’m sure he’ll give us his take in a few hours. Whenever he decides to crawl out of his coffin and begin his search for fresh blood.

      • DanThePoorMetFan says:
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        @Slim:
        Slim I agree as well, my first instinct was NO as well but then my next instinct was, hey I have a chance to own KD!!! are you nutz do it!

        Here is the thing about my league… its a points head to head league and whoever leads the league in double doubles will most certainly win each week and the title. The other thing to consider about my league is you lose a point for missed shots a missed free throw and a turn overs.

        Here is his roster(he also own LB!)
        PG Jrue Holiday, Nor PG
        SG Mike Miller, Mem SF, SG
        SF Kevin Durant, OKC SF
        PF Pau Gasol, LAL PF, C
        C Anderson Varejao, Cle C
        G Manu Ginobili, SA SG
        F Marcus Morris, Pho PF
        UTIL Amir Johnson, Tor PF, C
        Bench LeBron James, Mia SF, PF
        Bench Raymond Felton, NY PG DTD
        Bench Iman Shumpert, NY SG, PG, SF
        Bench J.J. Hickson, Den PF, C
        IR Rajon Rondo*, Bos PG O

        Can you guys think of some sort of counter offer?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DanThePoorMetFan: I’d say no too, Cuz should get a lot of dub dubs. Hickson a few as well, Holiday vritually none. Yikes, LeBron and KD on the same team! Surprised he’s trying to trade. One thought is straight up KD for Paul/Batum. Might be a lot, but Batum is a DD guy that often either.

          • DanDanThePoorMuttFan says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Kinda early for the crown dont ya think? Or you are texting while having sex… not sure which one

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @DanDanThePoorMuttFan: bbbbbbbbbbbooooooooooooottttttttttthhhhhhhhhhhh Batum *not* a DD guy that often

  10. I’m just wondering if anyone thinks it’d be a good idea to offer Noah for Al Jefferson? Noah seems reliable enough and is starting to get his legs back but the Big Al owner is bound to be frustrated and I read he’s starting tonight. Worth an offer?

    Also, made another trade yesterday. Greg Monroe for Derrick Favors.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: Yeah I like that offer. Both have equal injury risk and big Al a little more upside. I like Monroe a lot, it’s pretty even to me.

  11. Kevin says:
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    Darn. My trade with afflalo/mo Williams for iguodala was vetoed the other day. Tough luck.

    Should I drop mo Williams for demarre Carroll? Carroll’s starting minutes look tempting.

    • JashFath

      JashFath says:
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      @Kevin: This makes me sick. I like to Iggy side, but this trade isn’t ridiculous. Fantasy trades should NEVER be vetoed unless there is obvious foul play going on. I am tired of seeing owners veto a trade because THEY didn’t think it was balanced. If two owners agree to execute a deal, they should be allowed to. You should really protest this in your league and/or find a new league.

      • @JashFath: I’m commissioner of our league and I’m the only one that has had a deal vetoed (well obviously my trade partner as well). Some are really ridiculous with their veto votes as I think people just do it to be annoying. I think a system is useful when used correctly. However, in any situation that isn’t blatant collusion, I don’t think a deal should be vetoed.

        Anyways, thanks for the heads up on Carroll. I rostered him earlier this year and kind of forgot about him. I have a void at SF I’m looking to fill and he looks like a good fit for now. Love players getting a lot of run.

        • Furious says:
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          @WNWDOTCOM:

          I hate vetoes as well. I’ve had a deal vetoed because people thought both sides were getting a better deal and one person vetoed because they didn’t want me to trade because I was in first place at the time.

          • JashFath

            JashFath says:
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            @Furious: These people should be placed in Fantasy Jail. No waiver adds for a week.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @JashFath: Haha love Fantasy jail… Yeah I hate vetoes too. Especially in keepers if you’re a perennial winner. You get spite vetoes

            • @JashFath: I traded Monroe for Favors. Fairly reasonable trade, right? Well it has a veto vote and here was the explanation:

              “I dont understand why a team would trade one player for another who plays the same position, and both are healthy.”

              smh

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @WNWDOTCOM: Haha wowwwwwwwww

  12. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    It’s funny how quickly the fantasy world will turn on a player. Last season Griffin was pegged as a second-rounder despite being just a 3-cat guy (FG%, PTS, REB). I said he was over-rated at that price on this site (shameless self-promotion!) due to his poor FT%, lack of counting stats, and the fascination with his dunks. Yet he was being drafted in the early-second round, and did exactly what people thought he would do. So of course it makes sense that he was moved down a few rounds in drafts this year. Good job seeing the value in that and reaping the rewards, I wish I had him in my league this year (F you in the A, Larry Sanders!!!).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JashFath: Haha, I woulda gotten Sanders way above Griffin with no issues, stupid Sanders!

  13. nathan says:
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    HI trey burke is avail in my league & i want to pick him up but i can’t decide who to drop & if i should drop any of my guys for him… what do you think . 10 team 9 cat H2H
    my team :

    G: Rubio, Wall, Ellis, Isaiah, Oladipo
    F: Melo, Jeff Green, Hayward, Ersan, Tobias, Wilson Chandler
    C: Hawes, Drummond, Cousins, Jordan Hill

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: Hmmm, Harris is the only close one, and I don’t think you drop him this close to his return. I think I hold. Maybe look into a 2-1 trade

  14. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    I got offered: Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson for Dirk Nowitzki.

    I have:

    G – John Wall
    G – Westbrook
    G – Lawson
    G – IT2
    G – Teague
    G – Knight
    F – Nowitzki
    F – Henson
    F – Tobias Harris
    F – Ilyasova
    C – Bogut
    C – Jordan Hill
    F – Ilyasova

    I could use the boards and blocks and Nowitzki has had some knee issues.

    If I take it, do I drop Henson?

    Thoughts?

    thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: I agree all around, Stephenson is for real with what he’ll do. Saves you a lot of the injury downside.

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: So you say go for it? Should I drop Henson as part of the deal? I worry about Blake’s FT% and his lack of blocked shots and Stephenson has cooled, but I’m asking you so obviously the deal intrigues me a lot.
        thanks

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah I’d still go for, all the things Blake is doing well offsets the FT%, and I think he can bring it up

          • Brent

            The Fantasy Dick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: My concerns are with Stephenson (can he keep it up even when Granger is back) and the fact that Nowitzki is killing it with 3’s and %’s and he grabbing 6.8 boards a game. I also just got Ilyasova back to help with boards and I’ll be able to replace Henson with Tobias soon hopefully. That may make Stephenson an expensive bench player. I’m not trying to talk you out of your own advice, I’m just typing out my thought process and why I haven’t clicked “Accept” yet. Thanks, you’re always a big help.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @The Fantasy Dick: Any time! I understand the hesitation, it’s close

              • Brent

                The Fantasy Dick says:
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                @JB Gilpin: How about before accepting this, I make an offer for Al Jefferson on a “Buy-Low?” Would you trade IT2, Lawson or Teague for Al Jeff?

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @The Fantasy Dick: IT2 definitely. Other two I wouldn’t

                  • Brent

                    The Fantasy Dick says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Now I got offered Lebron for Dirk and Westbrook. Would you do it?

                  • Brent

                    The Fantasy Dick says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: It’s actually Lebron and Webster for Dirk and Westbrook.

                    • JB Gilpin

                      JB Gilpin says:
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                      @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah I’d take LeBron side. Best player in deal

  15. what up JB. let me lay some deep league on you –

    Chris Paul
    Tyreke Evans
    PBev Obvi
    Gerald Green
    Paul Millsap
    Tristan Thompson
    Nikola Pekovic
    Wilson Chandler
    Vitor Faverani
    Jason Smith
    Brandon Knight
    Timofey Mozgov

    – for boards/blocks/overall value, should I ditch Vitor / Smith / Poster boy for any of the following types:
    Mbah a Moute (good minutes?) / Kenyon Martin (gross) / Jermaine O’Neal /Jeffery Taylor / Beasley / Marvin Williams / Or go for a guy with upside like Terrence Ross/Archie?

    Also – would Big Baby be worth something when he comes back?

    What do you think it would take to land Valanciunas? Feel like I need to get rid of Gerald now, but he’s really the only one hitting treys for me..

    Oh and does Brandon Knight like not want a job or anything?! jesus

    and I’m out!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: Haha, going from the bottom up, GET HEALTHY KNIGHT! Sheesh. Hopefully he’ll be 100% by the time he’s back and they’re just going slow. I don’t know, I’ve tried a few low ball offers and no one has taken. If you coudl do Green straight up for him, I’d do it. Baby – nah, not a Baby fan. I think Vitor is droppable. Probably for (gross!) Martin for needing those stats, but Ross in a vacuum is who I’d want

      • @JB Gilpin: thanks man. yeah not sure I can get big LL for just Green – is he worth someone like Tristan (still like that pick tho)? honestly, I might give Marvin some run, too. he’s getting solid minutes and sprinkling stats across categories – does he have a relatively-solid role with the Jazz now?

        Also, no idea why, but Vitor’s like my PBev pt. 2 – I just can’t cut him! he’s got too much heart! Think Mozgov’s got to go tho. Would a buy-low on Asik be a wildcard move?!

        btw holy sh*tballs Caron Butler!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sheriff McRawDawg: Yeah I would rather Jonas than TT. He looked good tonight! That was the game I watched. Jazz starters were a mess though. No prob if he’s who you like, definitely stock rising a bit, but he is a vet with limited upside compared to Ross. Yeah Vitor could play 30:00 or be a DNPCD, Stevens is a bastard. Hah! And yeah Butler man…crazy… only 2 away from his career high! And so far past his twilight so we thought…

  16. Grant Slayton says:
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    JB, I am ready to buy you a crown and coke.
    What the hell do I need to do.. Hold onto my guys? Make a trade (or 2)? Make a waiver wire pickup.
    I’m getting wrecked. Had to trade Trey Burke and Larry Sanders shortly into the season.

    My roster in 10 team 9 CAT, 6 make the playoffs (so maybe hold off on moves?)

    PG Kyrie Irving
    (Cle – PG,SG)

    SG Jimmy Butler
    (Chi – SG,SF)

    G Kyle Lowry
    (Tor – PG)

    SF DeMar DeRozan
    (Tor – SG,SF)

    PF Markieff Morris
    (Pho – PF)Player HighlightsNew Player Note
    F Terrence Jones
    (Hou – SF,PF)

    C John Henson
    (Mil – PF,C)

    C Spencer Hawes
    (Phi – C)

    Util Derrick Favors
    (Uta – PF,C)

    Util Roy Hibbert
    (Ind – C)

    BN Raymond Felton
    (NY – PG,SG)

    BN Wilson Chandler
    (Den – SG,SF)

    BN DeMarcus Cousins
    (Sac – PF,C)

    BN Gerald Green
    (Pho – SG,SF)

    BN Kobe Bryant
    (LAL – SG)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grant Slayton: I’m ready for a crown and coke! Haha. Looking forward to the weekend… I’ve gotten some backlash, but I think Butler is droppable. I like him a lot heading into the year, but this toe injury is gonna be a while. I liked what I saw from Markieff tonight enough to hold. Trade wise… You’re probably getting beat in assists a lot, maybe try to move DeRozan and Green for a pass-first PG to a team losing in scoring in their matchups. I think both are sell highs. Hope that helps!

  17. Zandy says:
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    Sup jb and slim! Who you starting next week if brolo can’t go – plumlee JHill it tjones? 8 cat weekly h2h

    • Zandy says:
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      @Zandy: or* not “it”

      • Zandy says:
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        @Zandy: or are you grabbing kosta koufos? All these guys are on the wire in my 10 team h2h. I’d be dropping plumlee

        Thanks guys!

    • Slim

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      @Zandy: They all have 4 game weeks except Koufos. I would go with Terrence Jones. I like all 3 over Koufos long term even if Gasol misses a significant amount of time.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Slim: thanks man! Also when brolo comes back and puts up a couple 20 pt 7 reb 2 blk games, would you be looking to sell for someone like horford? My other bigs are Aldridge and Ibaka. And/or would you look to move Aldridge?

        • Slim

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          @Zandy: Horford could be a tough get but I would make that offer when Lopez is healthy. I find it very difficult to believe Al Horford is just a 65% FT shooter since he was nearly 80% before his injury. He would certainly be an upgrade to boards, assists, and steals over BroLo.

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            @Slim: aside from horford, anyone else you can think of? Milsap is not as good. Noah is an injury risk, same with Al Jef. Can’t think of who else is solid…

  18. Michael says:
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    Hey JB and Slim.
    I’m in a lineup that doesn’t maximize the usage of my players… I’m trying to target a PF,C cause I got 4 centers and they are always taking up my util spot. Like yesterday, Curry was out, but I couldn’t replace him with anyone because all my centers weren’t PF/C to fill my forward spot… Here’s my current lineup.
    PG John Wall(Was – PG)
    SG Stephen Curry(GS – PG,SG)
    G Damian Lillard(Por – PG)
    SF Corey Brewer(Min – SG,SF)
    PF Jeff Green(Bos – SG,SF,PF)
    F Terrence Jones(Hou – SF,PF)
    C Nikola Pekovic(Min – C)
    Util Robin Lopez(Por – C)
    Util Spencer Hawes(Phi – C)
    BN DeMar DeRozan(Tor – SG,SF)
    BN Tobias Harris(Orl – SF,PF)
    BN Samuel Dalembert(Dal – C)

    I don’t want to drop anyone cause I like my team so I’m targeting a trade. Anyone you see I could sell high for right now for a sell low player?

    Maybe Ibaka for Lillard? I brought that up with the guy who owns Ibaka and he said he was down about 2 weeks ago. Currently his PF/C’s are Davis, Ibaka and his PG’s are MCW, Bledsoe, and Lawson. I’m thinking maybe Lillard+1C for Ibaka+1PG. What do guys think?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Michael: Would love that deal if you could swing it. Love Ibaka. I’m not a big Lopez fan, so Lillard and RoLo for Ibaka and someone would be great for ya

      • Michael says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Don’t think he’d bite RoLo for MCW/Bledsoe/Lawson so I just offered any one of my centers for one of his pg. Guess we’ll work from there. Also what do you think about Drummond/Hickson? He has Jennings which I could ask for in the trade also.

        • Michael says:
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          @Michael: Also he has IT2.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Michael: I’m a notorious Drummond hater, he steals for a big which is nice, but he doesn’t assist at all, FT is terrible, and while his. FG % is great it’s not Ike he’s shooting 15 shots a game. But he’s still solid for what he does. Hickson will be solid all year too, obviously Drummond is a good deal better though.

          • Michael says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB.

            On another note.. Curry single handedly cost me my win this week and Hawes is out with his knees being sore… Couldn’t move my bench around cause of this 4 center nonsense…

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Michael: Ugh yeah tough injuries… That will be the lead obviously tomorrow!

              • m1chael says:
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                @JB Gilpin: He counter offered with Davis for Curry straight up. What do you think? I’d rather trade Lillard away for Ibaka..

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @m1chael: Nah I wouldn’t do that, love Davis, but don’t think he’s worth Curry yet

                  • m1chael says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Thanks. I had that feeling too.

  19. Connor says:
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    This is my team in a 12 team h2h category league and was wondering if you had any advice…
    PG -Eric Bledsoe
    SG – Nicolas batum
    SF – Kevin Durant
    PF – Paul Millsap
    C – Marcin Gortat
    G- Patrick Beverly
    F- Ryan Anderson
    Utility – Tobias Harris
    Utility – Terrance Jones
    Utility – Ersan illyasova
    Bench – Brandon Knight
    Bench – Miles Plumlee
    Bench- Jonas Valacunas

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: Just yell at your players to get healthy! At least Ersan is back and looking good. Everything looks decent to me except your assists, not quite sure who would be worth trading for though…

      • Connor says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know… Raymond Felton is on waivers as well as Mo Williams. Was considering dropping miles plumlee for one of them

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Connor: I want to say Felton but it might linger… And don’t want you with another hurt guy! I’d prob hold Plumlee

  20. Zar says:
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    Gasol has a knee strain and is out 6-8 weeks. Should I offer Larry sanders for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: Yeah terrible break… Yeah if you could get Gasol for Sanders I’d do that in a heartbeat

      • Zar says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it’s just the headache of waiting forever for gasol to return… Then again sanders isn’t doing anything either

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zar: Oh of course, but Sanders is gonna be a long while too and I don’t think he automatically gets his role right away

  21. Glenn says:
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    In a 12 team, 9 cat league and I was just offered Ginobili for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist… who has more upside this season? I want to say MKG, but I’m not sure

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Glenn: I’d say MKG clearly has the upside, but not sure he taps into it all this year. Think with Manu sure to sit at some point here and there, I’d take MKG

      • Glenn says:
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        @JB Gilpin: for sure, thanks! I’ll just keep MKG then

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H pts, drop either of Kieff or Ginobili for any of the following?
    G–G. Green, Ridnour, Hinrich
    F–M. Williams, Frye
    I have more depth at G, but with Bledsoe’s shin lingering and Iggy going down indefintely, that’s being tested.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: I think I’d hold your guys for what’s out there right now

  23. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    Someone in my league said they’d trade me Dirk/Ibaka, Wade for AD, Thompson. Should i say yes? If so, Should i take Dirk or Ibaka? Remember to reb categories and a DD.

    Also, I dropped D Rose after the news of his injury. People available on waivers are Louis Williams, Marc Gasol, Asik, Larry Sanders, Beverly, Hinrich, Bynum, Tyreke Evans, McLemore, B Knight. I’m also thinking about dropping Kanter now that he’s benched. Who would i pick up for him?
    I was going to watch for updates on guys like Gallo, Sanders, and Gasol to try to get a sneaky pickup a week or so prior to their returns. Thoughts?
    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake Van Zuiden: I definitely like Ibaka more, esp. with that cat. I think I’d do it getting Ibaka and Wade, Wade is a good buy low. Wow… Dropped.. Don’t blame you but yea… 10 team league? Yeah Kanter is droppable, but still like him somewhat. I think Gasol is the guy to keep your eye on.

      • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ok so if I drop Kanter I have room for two guys on my team so who should i pick up?

        Also he now offered me Dirk, Wade, Ibaka for Davis, Beal, and Thompson. Is this deal even better than the one i received before?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jake Van Zuiden: Yeah I think that deal is better. I think my WW picks are Evans and Beverley, I know both aren’t really DD threats, but the bigs I don’t think are either. Then try to scoop up Gasol in a few weeks.

  24. Zar says:
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    Harris is back! With 6 points off the bench. Should I drop Danny green or Jared auk linger for him? I don’t really want to drop either… But Harris carried me last year ><

    • Zar says:
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      @Zar: also can drop Patrick Beverly.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: Finally! Yeah I figured it would be slow. With Baby back (hah) it’s uber crowded. I think I’d personally drop Green for him even off the good game with just how inconsistent shots are going to go around that team.

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