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Chris Paul sure put on a show last night, dropping treys, lobbing alleys, fending off tigers chained up as obstacles.  You name it!  He torched the Warriors in the Clippers “home opener” (despite it being their second straight game in LA) for an unreal 42/4/15 and 6 steals.  Shot 12-20 from the field and won you FT% this week going 16-17 at the stripe.  Paul was so much like Russell Crowe.  In LA there’s even a “Coliseum” (ok maybe that’s a stretch)!  Games like this support Doc wanting to cover up the banners and jerseys.  Even when Kobe gets back, Paul has to be the best player in LA.  I said it before on Opening Night and reiterate below, but the acquisition of J.J. Redick does wonders for Paul in the Clippers spacing.  I said he’ll have double-digit assists almost every game.  I said he’d score 42 against the Warriors.  Dammit, OK so I didn’t say that second one.  Elite assists and steals are par for the course, and scoring like this in a few more games will have him the easy #3 fantasy player.  Here’s what else I saw in last night’s two NBA games:

Raymond Felton – More hammies, mo’ problems.  Luckily he looked good last night, and not limited much by his bum hammy he said would be tight for 6 weeks.  You really wouldn’t know it watching this game or looking at his 37 minutes.  13/4/6 with a block – yeah the 5-14 isn’t great, but you’ll take these games where you got him in drafts.

Tyson Chandler – 19 rebounds and 4 blocks last night.  Pete got a Boards-n-Blocks stiffy.

Carmelo Anthony – Took more shots than Charlie Sheen in a Vegas hotel room.  8-24 for 22 Pts, but stuffed the stat sheet with 6 Rebs 6 Asts 6 Stls and 2 Blks.  Rainbow line!  Didn’t hit the shot he needed though in this one.

Iman Shumpert – Played just over 25 minutes in another start, and didn’t do much with it.  7/3/1/2/0.  He’s always been only a deeper league option, and that just got even deeper.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – A big reason to cut bait on Shumpert in 14 teamers or smaller.  Didn’t set the world on fire shooting 4-13 (2-6 3PTM)  for 10/3.  But I thought he looked good and should be owned close to the Shumpert %-ownership after playing a minute and a half more than he did.

Terrible Other Knicks Cs – Andrea Bargnani did not look very good, and Amar’e Stoudemire can barely stay on the court.  I mean, I guess they need to be owned in the deepest of leagues, but man.  Cue the Exorcist vomit.  Hey Amar’e, that little blip of hair dye ain’t doing you no favors.  You look like Hasheem Thabeet.  And no one wants that.

Jimmy Butler – Didn’t follow up a strong debut with a huge encore, but another solid multi-cat contribution going 11/10/1/2/1.  3-11 shooting didn’t evoke the power of the JB!  But Butler owners are happy thus far.

Carlos Boozer – What, he’s not a 30+ PPG scorer this year?!?!?! Went 5-7 for 14/7.  A happy medium between his first two games sounds about right, but closer to the latter.

Derrick Rose – Melo beat him by one in their shots race.  I’mmmm nooottttt drunkkkk….  But Rose hit the big one when it mattered.  7-23 for 18/6/3 with no steals.  Pretty brutal game for his price, but he still looks good to me at the eye level.  If anyone isn’t happy, worth a buy low shot in the dark.

Luol Deng – Back on track shooting, 8-15 for a 17/3/6 line.

Joakim Noah – Another solid multi-cat line of 6/15/5/1/1.  Needs to score to get back to Goromotaro ways!  Although the most encouraging thing was hopping up from 20 minutes to almost 36 in the first two games.

Blake Griffin – Actually filtered in some other stats with a 23/10/2/2/1 line.  Shot 9-12 from the field but only 5-8 from the stripe.  Still, games like this will easily make his draft day value worth the price of admission.

DeAndre Jordan – 9/17/1/2/1 in a ridiculously-long 41 minutes.  Wait, DeAndre Jordan did that?!  Yup!  But then he did what he also does.  3-12 FT.  Probably lost H2H owners FT for the week.  I think he should pull a [Michael] Jordan All-Star game move and on the second free throw just alley it to himself.  Just has to hit the rim!

J.J. Redick – This is what you drafted him to do.  “They were who we thought they were!”  5-11 (3-7 3 PTM 4-4 FT) 17/5/2.  I still maintain, as stated in the open, the value he really brings is spreading the court.  He helps Blake and DeAndre space the block, and gives Paul all sorts of room.

Klay Thompson – Weirdest stat of the night – one day after going 15-19 for a career high, didn’t take his first FG attempt until his 16th minute on the floor.  What the hey?! Played just over 38 minutes going 3-7 (1-2 3PTM 3-3 FT) 10/1/1 and two steals.  Talk about a cool down!  Why I was down on him heading into the year, he has to have a hot shooting hand and actually get the shots to make his draft day value work.  Only 1 three in this one.  ThrAGNOF!

Andre Iguodala – Second weirdest stat of the night – had 11 assists!  14/4/11 and two steals.  Still think he’s a little overrated fantasy-wise.  Iguodala in a great value buy in REL – $15.  But when he almost fought DeAndre Jordan – priceless.

Stephen Curry – Single-handedly won and lost a H2H category for owners this week.  14-23 with mother fracking 9 threes!  38/3/9.  But mother fracking 11 TOs!  Not too much to take away, just inflated numbers on the good and bad.  8-cat Curry owners are like, mmmmmmmm, treys!  Me likey 8-cat!

Andrew Bogut – Nothing special, but efficient 6-7 from the field, 5-7 from the stripe for 17/6 with a block.  He usually chips in the additional stats and they’ll come, but leaves healthy after another 28 minutes.  We be happy!

 

Next Games: I’ll be doubling up with DET @ MEM and OKC @ MIN.  I actually think both will be close games.  I’ll be watching the two of my boyfriends – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Corey Brewer.  Hopefully they both get 30 minutes tonight and go for solid slashes.  Pete is killing me in REL!  I need all the help I can get after Brandon Knight already is ruled out.  I just hope to make it close…

  1. Joe says:
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    Please pick 4 of 6 to start today in a 9-cat: DeRozan (@Atl), Plumlee (Uta), Burks (@Pho), Danny Green (@LAL), Korver (Tor), Gerald Wallace (Mil). Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: I’d probably be leaving out Korver and Wallace. If roto that’s for sure, in H2H it’s probable unless you’re down in 3s and doing well in big man cats. If that was the scenario, Korver over Plumlee.

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s H2H and I’m actually down in both 3PTs and RBs right now. However, I just realized that because of roster constraints, I have to have either Plumlee or Wallace in my lineup, so I guess Korver is sitting regardless. Thanks!

  2. CT says:
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    Hey man, I’d love your input! I’m in a 12 H2H 9 cat league
    Irving
    Knight
    Hill
    Beal
    Burks
    Butler
    KCP
    Josh Smith
    Harrison Barnes
    Sanders
    Ibaka
    Cody Zeller
    McGee

    Dropping Cody Zeller and possibly Brandon Knight later. Just don’t know who to add…
    Any of these guys: Tucker, Beverley, McRoberts, Billups, Neal, Faverani, Brewer, Chalmers, MKG???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CT: Zeller for Beverley – yes right now. I would lose Barnes for MKG as well.

      • Perr1 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: In a vacuum do you keep Cody Zeller or Kosta Kofous? Deep league, must drop one.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Perr1: I’d keep Zeller and hold out for upside

  3. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    With my guard line up; would you see a reasonable amount of assists/3s that would justify dropping Knight for Alec Burks? I know Burks dropped 6 dimes in game one, but is that a trend you see continuing? He also failed to hit any treys…

    Iriving
    Bledsoe
    Parker
    Knight
    Beverly
    Butler

    Assists and 3’s are my lowest cats overall, is Knights 3 game enough justification to keep him over Burks? I can’t decide if the categories will end up cancelling each other out in a roto format regardless of the move.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I’d hold Knight. Hopefully he just is missing maybe one more game after tonight

  4. sparky8 says:
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    I have read Razzball for baseball the last 3 years-love it-first stop every morning. Last year I tuned into hoops a little but got turned off early in the year-It seems this year the hoops portion of it really has its shit together….nice work. That being said….2nd year playing hoops, still pretty low on knowledge of teams and players. Is there a post you guys have done or does anyone know of a place where I can easily look up favorable matchups or good defences? I have a few late round picks at center and forward that are pretty even in talent and it would be nice to have a quick resource to see who to play on a daily basis. Thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sparky8: Thanks man… That really means a lot! We have done a lot to overhaul with new faces, and hopefully 20% of greys wit haha. We don’t have any of Rudy’s wiz-bang tools, but I’m here every day for questions and can help out! Thanks again for reading!

  5. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I realize Rose missed an entire season, but man it looks like he just met his teammates 5 minutes before tipoff. Physically he looks great, but the decision making and general cohesion on offense not so much.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Agree with some of that, I think it had less to do with rapport and more to do with him getting to game speed. Although both games I’ve watched, but on TNT ot cam so I’m not seeing the full court view. Tougher to kinda see the whole offense that’s way

  6. SteveV says:
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    More Burks questions. Drop Bynum or W.Chandler for him? Which one?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveV: Haha it’s Bynum if you can afford to lose the big man upside. If it’s Will Bynum it’s a definite haha

  7. SteveV says:
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    Pick 2 for a Util position – Plumlee, Farmer, Pachulia, Hicks, Ariza, Garcia.

    I’m thinking Plumblee and Hicks or Garica.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveV: I’d take the shot Ariza can stay hot. I’d do him and Plumlee

  8. BigManBones says:
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    But sir, I have CP3 and DeAndre Jordan. Unfortunately, I will not FT% in H2H this week, as you so boldly declared “…won you FT% this week going 16-17 at the stripe”.

    It is definitely the latter “..Probably lost H2H owners FT for the week. ”

    Loving the production from both of them though!

    Pick 2 to play for today for best overall stats, punting 3s (was up against Curry): Reggie Jackson, Beverley, Tristan Thompson, Chandler parsons, Alec Burks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BigManBones: Haha well that is true. Your team is so Clippers centric! I’d go Jackson and Parsons

  9. ThE sHiT says:
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    Drop Ariza for Beverley? Im ok on depth at both pg and sg.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Yeah I still would, Beverley has so much more upside

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Now that Beverley is hurt I’d hold Ariza for now. Lin could win the job back

  10. E says:
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    H2H keeper league with FTM instead of FT%:
    How much would you bid out of $50 for:
    Burks
    D. Jordan

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: need league size before a good answer. 10 Jordan maybe 5 burks 1-2, 12 team probably double that

  11. Prodders says:
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    Picked up DeAndre but I’m never going to be comfortable with his FT% destruction, so I’m looking to drop him. I want a high upside potential guy to stash in my last roster slot. There are some interesting guys available: Burke, Burks, KCP, MKG, Joe Johnson and Corey Brewer. What say you?

    Thanks for the great site, hugely useful!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prodders: Thanks for reading! I’d take the shot on Burks if you don’t need Jordan’s big man stats

  12. Giant Gigantes says:
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    I have Curry and I’m still losing in 3s, and still winning in TOs!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: Haha maybe I need to not brush with such broad strokes! Crazy that you’re on the flip side of both….

  13. Jacob says:
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    Hey man, quick question for you! I know this isn’t a big trade by any means, but I’m just curious..

    So I’ve been looking for a big man in a H2H league most categories, it’s also an incredibly deep league.. Someone offered my Varejao and Mo Williams for my Joe Johnson? How about what say you?! Thanks for any help, have a good weekend!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jacob: I’m all out on Joe Johnson. Since you need the big stats, absolutely no issue with that trade. Have a great weekend yourself good sir!

  14. Zandy says:
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    Beverly out 10-14 days. Drop him for Reggie in 8 cat 10 team shallow h2h?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Reggie Jackson right? Yeah I liked Jackson more from the start so I’d do that one. Sucks for PBev!

  15. Juice_0321 says:
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    Trade Stephenson for Deng?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Juice_0321: Don’t love Deng and Stephenson looks legit… But still rather have Deng

  16. Eric says:
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    Hey JB, if I was punting FT%, I was wondering what kind of guards, centers, and forwards I could target?

    My centers right now are Dwight Howard, Deandre Jordan, and Blake Griffin so…. yeah.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: Haha I hear ya. Thaddeus Young, Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala all were pretty bad FT shooters last year and can contribute other laces maybe that’s a place to start?

      • Eric says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Turns out I already have Iguodala. I’ll see if I can’t get Josh Smith haha

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Eric: FT% SUPER PUNT COMMENCE! haha

  17. Furious says:
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    Need to stop playing in Turnover leagues and get that switched to Ast/Turnover Ration asap.

    • Furious says:
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      @Furious: Ratio not Ration

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Furious: Haha well, and I have no research to back it up, but I think a lot more people play TO leagues. I don’t mind TO leagues, it helps keep PGs from inflating (obviously Curry’s line last night notwithstanding)

  18. Brent

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    Got offered Deng for Knight. I am pretty stacked at guard. Think I should take the deal and get Deng? Here is my roster again:
    Knight
    Wall
    Teague
    Lawson
    Westbrook
    Reggie Jackson
    Nowitzki
    Tobias Harris
    Ilyasova
    McRoberts
    McGee
    Bogut

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yea I’d do that too even thought I’m not a big Deng guy

  19. Juice_0321 says:
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    Are you making this trade?

    I get Pau Gasol and MCW for Jrue and Isaiah Thomas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Juice_0321: Yea I would. Not a big Jrue fan and think Pau ends up being best player in deal

  20. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB.. Would you drop Patrick Beverley for Lance Stephenson?? 10 team categories.. I need the spot to collect more points across the boards but idk if he’s a must keep

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: I think I would since shallow league

  21. Zar says:
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    Ugh noooo Tobias Harris has a SEVERE ankle sprain and is weeks away. I’m guess he is droppable. Henson and Sanders (…….) are looking like they are 2nd to zaza. Available targets if these two are replaceable are zaza, brandon bass, pj tucker, and alec burks. If I drop harris, I’ll only have one SF.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: In shallow leagues, yeah probably. My post the day before the season started voiced my pessimism on him… You gotta hold Sanders, I would lose Harris for Burks for a guy playing

      • Zar says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was wondering if zaza was worth the pick up if I drop harris. I’m guessing burks is the better pick up? It’s a 12 team league.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zar: Nah I’m not a Zaza fan I’d hold Harris still for that. But like Burks a lot

          • Zar says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Forgot to ask, what’s your opinion on Vitor Faverani :p Lots of blocks it seems, is he like Larry Sanders of last year?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Zar: I definitely wouldn’t got that far but he’s definitely a must own in almost all leagues

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Zar: go that far*

  22. John says:
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    Is weeks away means 1 to 1.5 months away? I want to hold Tobias right there. I think he’s potential is very high. But most of my big men are limping with ankle injuries (Tobias, Al Jeff and Ilyasova). Do you think its okay to move Big Al and Tobias/Ilyasova for Anthony Davis? Who should I pick up? Lance Stephenson, Italian Celtic, Spencer Hawes or Miles Plumlee? Thanks.

    • Zar says:
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      @John: Italian Celtic is faverani? I picked him up in all my leagues. I haven’t heard enthusiasm for the others on your list.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: I would get Hawes as the big man. And yea I like that trade for Davis, hopefully Al and Harris so you can use that dead roster spot

  23. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Is tobias harris droppable? I have 2 bench spot spots and they are filled with westbrook and knight

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yea in 10 team or even in 12 team with those injuries clogging you up. Man I hope knight is back soon….

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: would you grab Harkless, Mcroberts or kaman for harris? Or nicholson? I’d grab alec burks, but I need a forward

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: I’d take Harkless here… Sucks Tobias is gonna be gimpy a while…

          • Brent

            The Fantasy Dick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Would you drop Harris or McGee in a 12 team league for Harrison Barnes?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @The Fantasy Dick: I’m just not too big on Barnes, don’t see how he can play too many minutes with Curry Klay Iguodala ahead of him. I’d hold them there.

  24. mike says:
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    “and won you FT% this week going 16-17 at the stripe”

    “Probably lost H2H owners FT for the week. ”

    I have both of them :(

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mike: Haha so you’re right in it in FT%!

  25. John says:
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    All of my bench are injured. Kobe, Westbrook, Tobias Harris, Al Jeff and Jennings. But I read good news on all the 3 guards. I’m looking to ditch Tobias, Ilyasova and Al Jeff. Do you think it is wise to move them early this season? Is Jonas V. for real? He still sucks in fantasy. Danny Green, Reggie Jackson, McLemore, McGee are already dropped. Should I start adding one of them? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Yikes! I still like Jonas. It’s still early and he’s young. I thought Jackson looked great despite ho hum numbers, no prob dropping Harris for him. But I’d hold Ilyasova and big Al unless you can trade them (which is what I think you mean). Al should bring in a nice haul

  26. Scrappy says:
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    JB,

    I have a new one for ya…… let me know what you think. it goes to the music of that “Dynamite” song……

    I throw my hands up in the air sometimes,
    Saying AYO! O.J. Mayo!!

    eh??? eh??? whatcha think man – is that player wite up worthy??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scrappy: Haha. Yeah Mayo has been decent but nothing noteworthy yet. We’ll work in that reference though on some game next week :)

  27. Scrappy says:
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    Is Tobias Harris now droppable in all leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scrappy: Not in all leagues, I’d hold in deep 12 or 14+. Poor guy.

  28. E says:
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    10T keeper, how much out of $50 for these:
    L. Stephenson
    S. Hawes

    Guys I may drop:
    Crawford, Beverly, Garnett

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: I like Hawes, but the guys you’re dropping are right around same level, so wouldn’t pay too much. Maybe 3-4 on Hawes, 1-2 on Stephenson

  29. Zar says:
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    Oh my Victor Oladipo just cleared waivers and is available! Should I drop KCP, Henson, Burks, or Faverani to pick him up? (I thinking Henson…)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: If you can afford to lose the big man upside, yeah no prob with that. Can’t believe they’re not feeding Henson some minutes

  30. joshua says:
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    Currently trying cash in on plumlee and package him with another player to upgrade the sg/sf position. I was thinking pierce and plumlee for hayward.

    Also someone dropped Korver for Zaza and I might be able to nab him off waivers. Should I drop burks or Kaman?

    12T H2H 9cat
    Pg – Wall, Conley , Teague, Beverly
    Sg- Stevenson, Burks
    Sf- Iguodala, Pierce
    Pf- Love, Plumlee, Kaman
    C – Hibbert, Valinciunas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joshua: Yeah I like that move for Hayward and cashing out on Plumlee with his value hot. I’d hold Burks, and it looks like you probably need some 3s help, so yea I’d grab Korver

      • joshua says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB

        If that trade doesn’t go through the same owner also has Brandon Jennings. Any thoughts on trading Conley and Plumlee for Jennings and Hayward then flipping pierce for another big.
        Is Jennings comparable to Conley if I’m punting TO’s? Will Jennings be able to produce similar to Milwaukee stats in Detroit?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @joshua: Yeah i’d like that trade too, I think similar is a good way to put it, maybe a shade less scoring. Stat line looks pretty good for his debut tonight.

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