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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:

Buddy Hield Coveted by the Kings owner, which seems like a primary reasoning for this trade.

Well, Vlade Divac is apparently just the puppet!  Good thing the Kings have a fall guy, amiright?!  This roster looks horrific now, so Hield should have no issue taking the same amount of shots as Curry!  Maybe Vivek meant potential in just USG and FGA!  Hield is at 39.2% from the field on the season, although he’s at 36.9% from deep and maintaining a pretty low TO rate.  He’s gonna be pretty ThrAGNOF, but I’d be spec adding him in 12ers.

Willie Cauley-Stein Yeah, apparently he’s got the big buzz in this, and I’m right there with the bandwagon.  Over his last 14 games, 9.7/4.4/1.1/0.7/0.7 hitting 77% from the FT line in only 18 minutes a game.  Minus the rebounds, maybe Andre Drummond potential AND being competent at the FT line?!  Damn, wish I had nabbed him in a few more RCLs, I was BLOCKnof streaming him in one league and luckily held on…

Matt Barnes – With the roster crunch, got cut.  Hopefully he’s not at the same club as Vlade Divac the next few nights!  Damn, sucks for my REL team, he was actually a nice REB source!  He’ll get a reserve job somewhere though…

Tyreke Evans Welcome back!  So his injury-riddled body is now going to get more minutes again…  I don’t mind adding him now, but I’m not so sure he’ll survive a bigger role…

Anthony Tolliver REL bias again!  Damn, why do I own two Kings?!  Well, down to only one now…  Obviously could be dealt, but last 21 games he’s 8.8/4.2/1.0/1.1/0.2 with 1.8 treys and shooting 44.8% from the field.  A little ThrAGNOFfy, but a couple boards and a steal along with it, and now maybe a few more shots to boot?  Actually a smidge interesting if he stays on the team.

Pelicans Wings – Hah, pun police!  So it would seem both E’Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill are starters now…  Maybe Dante Cunningham gets SF starting nods as well…  But ugh, talk about a top heavy team…  Should all get a little minutes-bump, but there’s not really much to see here.

Russell Westbrook Both he and Brow gave Slim and I points for their All-Star “Game” performances on the 30-pt Challenge board, with Westy going for 41 and Brow an ASG record 52.  Is it just me, or is the “game” becoming more and more of a joke?  Globetrotters vs. Generals seems like a more competitive game these days!

Eric Gordon Won the 3-point contest, which is fitting.  I love the headline this blog put up for it though, Saturday was indeed a dumpster fire!

Glenn Robinson III Won the dunk contest that I haven’t even bothered watching highlights for yet.  With headlines like this, does Robinson feel like he actually “won” the thing?!  I’d rather lose in a good one, than win something this way!

 

Yeah, that’s about all I got.  The rumor mill is obviously turning like a dreidel at a bar mitzvah, so we’ll just have to see what actually gets done.  All signs point to it being a pretty exciting trade deadline, especially with this Boogie deal as a precursor!  We’ll obviously have coverage through the deadline, and Slim and I will be back with a Pod breaking it all down up Thursday night.  Until then, be sure your teams are locked-and-loaded for the second half, and try to have in mind what roster spot you’re going to cut if you have to make a knee-jerk reaction to a trade situation…  Happy All-Star Break, Razzball Nation!

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Thanks for filling in the AllStar fantasy drought! Are you dropping Zubac for WCS? Still think I’m holding Nurkic over both. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Hah yessir! Trying to keep it interesting until hoops is finally back, feels like it’s been a month! And yeah, you know I love my Zubac, but I would take WCS for now

  2. BILL BLAST says:
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    Drop Zubac for Koufos or hold tight ?

    I missed the WCS bus.

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BILL BLAST: Keep Zubac, I dunno how much the Kings might wanna go small and play like Tolliver at PF or something…

  3. Connor says:
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    Trying to consolidate some talent for an open streaming spot. Would you trade Jrue and Drummond for Draymond? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Yeah I think Jrue take a smidge of a hit, I think I would do that deal to consolidate into the best player

  4. Mr. Green says:
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    The Kangz are crazy! But, as the owner of Tyreke and WCS in the REL I think they’re good crazy, haha. You should have read some of the Kings blogs right after that deal was made, and then again after he said he actually had a better offer. Fun stuff! People going crazy taking about worst front office in any sport. Which is tough to argue against really.

    I will probably get a game or two in before making any deals, but if you’re interested in WCS or Tyreke hit me up JB.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mr. Green: Hah yeah def helped you! I dunno, the Nets made a trade so bad, it ravaged their team with not even having any hope… That was pretty brutal.

  5. Connor says:
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    On an REL note, I’m in full rebuild in the REL #2 and unfortunately have Lavine, Jabari, and Winslow.. Sigh. Anyway, I also have Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, does the cousins trade move the needle for them at all? Hopefully the Kings will let them play a bit down the stretch. Thanks man, miss the pod! And the 30 point challenge!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Damnnnnn, yeah that ducks man. At least you weren’t in win-now mode and lost all those guys… Losing LaVine while I’m in 1st hurt…

      Sure, yeah one or the other should be in the rotation, I don’t think there’s too much upside yet though. March should be fun for them though! Haha. Preciate that man, I miss doing the Pod early this week too! ASB always feels like an eternity haha

  6. DT says:
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    JB!

    drop anyone for WCS?

    G: Lowry, Curry, Fournier, Waiters, Harris
    F: Griffin, Baze, Covington, Middleton, Batum, KCP
    C: Drummond, Dieng, JV, Monroe

    • DT says:
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      @DT: also guys like, Zubac, Warren, Seth, Gibson, Nogueira, Aminu on the wire

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @DT: I like WCS over all those guys on the wire…. Yeah you could use another big I would lose Bazemore for him

  7. BILL BLAST says:
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    12 team – 15 man deep rosters – 13 cats – H2H

    Being offered Brook for CP3 straight up…

    I got CP3 off the waiver wire as a bonus, so I’m not too attached here.

    My team – Wall. Isaiah. George Hill. Seth. CP3.
    Harris. Bogdanovic. Ersan. Lebron.
    Howard. Turner. Plumlee. Chandler. Monroe. Zubac.

    Nobody else will give me anything for Chris Paul been trying hard… Like guys hate trading.

    Was maybe going to try to package –

    CP3/Plumlee (or Tyson Chandler)
    For
    Brook/Lou Will (Or James Johnson)

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BILL BLAST: Damn, someone dropped CP3?! Yeah AST isn’t a great need… I don’t love th e 1-for-1, I’m worried about Brolo ending up somewhere where his USG goes way down, but if CP3+either gets you Brook+James Johnson who I like a ton, I would prob do that

  8. JG

    JG says:
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    Well, when you got a Steph Curry (maybe they misheard the quote and really Seth Curry?) potential type of playah, gotta go for it right? I mean who did the Suns offer, TJ Warren ++?

    Anyway, agree on AD analysis except for one thing…efficiency and falling in love with the long 2s and 3s. Remember how when Gentry arrived he said he wants AD to be shooting more 3s (or something like that)? I worry because DMC eats up so much space down low that AD becomes a full fledged stretch 4 to space things. DMC/AD PnR anyone?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JG: Well, to be fair, TJ Warren has LeBron James potential 🙂 Hah!

      Well to counter, Boogie is taking a ton of 3s (or was, on SAC) and was playing some mins next to WCS or Koufos, so not like he’s gonna be only in the paint like DeAndre Jordan or something. I still think Brow is gonna take it to the hole a good bit. Hah that would be a fun ass pnr to see!

  9. jdubs says:
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    heyo, I’m trying to get a jump on some trade rumors floating around… between TJones and Jahlil Okafor, and ho do you think is a better stash in preparation for the trade deadline in a h2h 9cat? My team is punt FT, if it matters.

    • jdubs says:
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      @jdubs: Actually, with the Mess trying to move Brook before the deadline Justin hamilton could be a hot commodity too. how does he stack up against tjones and okafor, assuming best case scenario for all three?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jdubs: Well for your needs, if somehow Tjones got a starting job, he’d be #1. Same for Okafor as your #2 option. Really like that thought on Hamilton, he’s not as much upside or punt FT though… WCS would be a good one if still avail!

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job JB!

    12 team H2H points league…

    should I drop B. Ingram or Bazemore to pick up J. Leuer? (in need of players due to a few injuries)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Ummmm, if you need production now, yeah I would lose Ingram for Leuer

  11. Mr. Green says:
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    I just want to say a special, Screw You Yahoo!!!

    If what you really mean is “You have used x of your 4 player adds for this MATCHUP” then just say it. Don’t say “You have used 4 of your 4 player adds for this WEEK.” Last I checked a week is 7 days, not 14.

    I will apparently have no adds this week for my RCL team, which is fighting for a playoff spot, because I added some Bulls last week for the Thursday games. Now I’m stuck with guys like Rondo, McDermott, and Felicio for this whole week. [email protected]!

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      @Mr. Green: I believe on the Yahoo league home page they warned you of the two weeks being combined in to one. But I could be wrong.

      • Mr. Green says:
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        @Mr. Blast: Yeah they do. Only problem is their notice just says that Week 17 will be two weeks. Which is something I already knew, so at that point I just moved along. To find out about the transaction portion you actually have to click the help article that they include a link to. It would have been more helpful to have the notice be about the transaction limit.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mr. Blast: @Mr. Green: In Yahoo F&F last year, Chriss Liss made adds and player changes for the final 10 day week. So it must be a difference of it being a weekly league vs daily league? Eesh it’s not very consistent…

  12. In a Pickle says:
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    Big men time, who do you like ROS?
    WCS, Olynyk, M Plumlee, or the stashing of Len, Zubac, Hamilton, Chriss?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @In a Pickle: I’d probably lose Plumlee and would stash either Zubac or Chriss. If need the typical REB/BLK it’s Zubac, more all around needs nab Chriss

  13. AdamH says:
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    Having a hard time with an offer in 12 team, 4 keepers annually with no restrictions.

    I would get Dragic, Eric Gordon, Gortat, 1st Rd picknext year (essentially 5th) for my Lillard.

    Current roster:
    Lowry, CP3, Lillard, RJax, Lin, Murray
    James Johnson, Draymond, Randle, Millsap, D12, RoLopez, Len

    Appreciate the insight. Murray and Randle would be most likely to go from roster depending on what the suns do with chandler.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AdamH: Hmmmm yeah that’s a tough one… Where are you in the standings? You def have PG surplus and need a big… And not like you still dont have 4 good keepers in CP3/Lowry/Draymond/Millsap. I actually kinda like it

      • AdamH says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m currently 4th in standings but have probably the toughest remaining schedule against all playoff teams or contenders.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AdamH: Yeah adds depth and gives you a good future, next move if I’d try and see if you can move Dwight and be a little better in FT. Or move Gortat + something and go for like Drummond or Whiteside and fully punt it

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    With Lou Williams to the Rockets, do you prefer Clarkson or Hield in H2h pts league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Hmmmmm… I think I’ll take shot on Hield’s upside in the new system thatll need playmaking

  15. COURT-VISION says:
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    Whattup JB! All Star week is killing me. No hoops, no baseball, raining outside…

    I was curious if you think Tim Frazier is worth an add after the Boogie Deal. Helped me secure my championship at the end of last season and was a solid asset early this season when he got minutes…seems like he might be in line to have some impact again…he wasnt mentioned here so i thought i’d ask. Thanks dood!

    • COURT-VISION says:
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      @COURT-VISION: PS. If D. Rose gets moved how strong of an add is Jennings?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @COURT-VISION: What’s up man?! Dude, you’re telling me! In such a weird sports black hole right now…

        Interesting, that’s the second question on Frazier, I dunno, I just don’t see enough of a role. I dunno if he’s gonna play the 2 all that much. Maybe a slight bump in minutes for the deeper leagues, but he’s pretty far off my radar still in 12ers. Definitely would be more intrigued in Jennings if Rose is traded. Might not go must own for Jennings in 10ers, def would say so in 12ers tho

  16. Shahed says:
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    Hey JB,

    Got a trade question. Points league, H2H, 8 teams.
    3s=3 points, PTS=1 points, OREB=2 points, DREB=1 point, REB=1.5 points, AST=1.5 points, ST=2 points, BLK=2 points, DD=2 points, TD=3 points, TO=-1 points, DISQ=-3 points, TECH=-1 points, EJCT=-3 points, Flagrant=-2 points

    G: Harden, Waiters, G Harris, Hardaway, Bradley (IL)
    F: Otto Porter Jr, James Johnson, Markieff
    C: Cousins, Jordan, Drummond, Howard, Marc Gasol, Gortat

    Been offered Millsap, BroLo, Wiggins for Cousins, or Schroder, H Barnes, Wiggins for Cousins and Waiters.

    What do you think? Cousins will take a hit in NO, and he gets a lot of TECHs, but BroLo could get shut down. Wiggins has been awsome recently though. If I accept, who would be my drops, Hardaway and Harris?

    Thanks,

    • Shahed says:
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      @Shahed:
      His roster is:
      G: Klay, Schroder, Matthews, Payton
      F: Wiggins, Millsap, H Barnes, A Gordon, Ilyasova, W Chandler, Frye
      C: AD, BroLo

      Thanks,

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shahed: Damn, some funky settings there! Get Cousins off your team with all those tech and ejections negatives! Haha. I’m not huge on the Schroder one, but damn I would def take that Brolo one! Even if traded, is likely gonna shoot some 3s, plus Millsap is great, I think that one is a winner. Yup, cuts would have to be those 2 H’s

        • Shahed says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the advice. Yeah I know the settings are cool makes you think, that’s why I joined the league, a little more interesting. You think Cousins will still get Techs in NO, if he does then he really has a problem, he should enjoy it, less pressure on him.

          BTW, on a related note, what do you think of Jrue’s role, 12 team, H2H, 9 CAT. He was killing it for me recently, I’m thinking less points, but maybe more assists? I heard trade talks about him too.

          Last one, I dropped Terrence Jones for WCS, you like? Though I hear T Jones could get traded to get a good role somewhere, I did like his D stats.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Shahed: Definitely a different league, that’s for sure! Ummm, yeah I don’t see why he would stop getting techs… Maybe a few less, but I don’t think playing next to another superstar is gonna suddenly change that.

            I think about status quo for Jrue, maybe shave off a point or two, but I would say still about the same dimes. Actualy maybe shave off 0.5-1 there too, Cousins and Brow gona want to take isos when they can. Def like that WCS add! Tjones would need to hit the lottery wherever he goes to be a starter/major minutes guy

  17. Kostas says:
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    Hello guys,i’d love your input on a trade i made in my 11-man roto.My Ariza+Lord Cov for his BroLo +Harisson Barnes.I have a huge lead in STL and i’m currently third overall so i wanted to make a risky move that if it goes as planned can help me win it all(first is everything,second is nothing and all those known cliché).What do you think?

    PS: Needed percentages+points and really think the lord will decline with Embiiiiid back in action(lord forgive me)

    • Quintero says:
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      @Kostas: I think that’s a very good deal for you. Both players won’t hurt you anywhere and will provide the stats you want. Might lose some 3s but it’s marginal.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Kostas: @Quintero: Agree, that seems to fit all the needs, and I would prob take Brolo side in a vacuum anyway. Def will lose some 3s, but gain sooooo much in %

  18. Quintero says:
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    JB my man, got a twisted one for you.

    So IF Deron gets traded, Yogi Ferrell. Vs Jamer Nelson gets traded, and play-full-time Mudiay.

    In h2h. Who do you like?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Quintero: If both of those happen, and neither team gets another PG, I would probably go Yogi. Mudiay could still cede minutes to Murray sooner than later

  19. whatcha think? says:
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    in a 12 team h2h daily 3 bench no IR 4 add/drop per week 9 cat and we don’t use TO would you grab josh johnson and dorp ersan? or do you think they are pretty much the same person. Maybe drop robin lopez ? here is the rest of my team ….. or hold off for now?

    guards …schrodder, TJ connell, tyler johnson, tim frazier , gary harris
    forwards, anythony davis, draymond, horford, favors, ersan, mason plume
    centers… robin lopez n turkic

    thx for the help

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @whatcha think?: Well, now we know Ersan is gettuing dealt. 100000% making that move now for johnson. I think Mason Plumlee can go for you too, I don’t see him doing too much on DEN

      • whatcha think? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Man I messed up with my question I don’t know what was on my mind. I meant josh Richardson not johnson. Would you still make that move? 100000% Drop Ersan for josh richardson? Thx again JB !!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @whatcha think?: Ohhhhhh! Maybe not 10000%, maybe shave off a zero, but yeah def losing Ersan for J Rich haha

  20. Shahed says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’ve been offered a trade. 12 team, standard 9 cat, ROTO.

    Been offered Steph and David Lee, for my Wall and Griffin.

    My Roster:
    G: Wall, RJax, KCP, Waiters, D’Lo, Bazemore, Nelson
    F: KD, Griffin, James Johnson
    C: Drummond, Howard, Capela
    IL: Hood, Pau

    My stats are- FG-11, FT-1, 3PTM-6, PTS-11, REB-12, AST-11, ST-9, BLK-11, TO-1

    What do you think? I will drop David Lee I think, though there’s not much to pick up, Beverley has just been dropped, Yogi is out there, Courtney Lee, Chandler, Monta Ellis, Hield, LeVert, Murray.
    I am currently second, 5.5 points behind first.
    I know I messed up with the FT guys, I can maybe only gain 1 point there. TO I think I can gain 1 or 2 points, especially if I move Wall. But boy could I use Steph’s 3’s. I think based on needs I’m going to accept it.
    Sorry for all the questions, with fantasy trade deadline only a week away, all the offers are coming in, and I took on way to many teams, LOL. What’s the most teams you’ve had in a year?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shahed: Yeah I was kinda thinking the same. It’s a ton of value to give up, but works for what points you need to chase soooooo well. Then yeah, adding PBev would help steals too, and keeps TO low. Hah no worries, ask as many as you can! I try to cap myself from too many leagues, I think 7 last year was my most, went down to 6 this year…

  21. #flytheW says:
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    I asked you a queston yesterday n made a mistake. 2 ND question above this. Thx JB !

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @#flytheW: No worries, ask as many as you can any time!

  22. Steve says:
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    Yo JB,
    12-team h2h points league here. With Chris Paul coming off IL soon, II need to drop somebody. Just picked up WCS and Jameer, and the end of my bench is Leuer and Elfrid. Leuer’s probably my drop, right?
    Thanks!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Yeah it would def be Leuer for me too, Elfrid kinda trending a little down since Fournier is back, but I still love him. Any time!

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