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As an ancient proverb goes – “I’d like to introduce you to an old friend and a new friend.”  Ok, so I made that up.  But it sounds good!

For an old friend I’ve mentioned a few times and pumped up in my last rankings update before the season started up, my boy Omri Casspi had another solid outing last night that probably was under the radar.  In 24 minutes, he went 7/8/5 with no turnovers, 2-4 from the field and 3-4 from the line.  He just looks awesome every time I see him play.  Did you know he was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?  He’s pretty much Chandler Parsons but with Chandler Parsons in his way.  After a ho-hum first two games, his past two have been fantastic – and this last one without hitting a three which is a big part of his game.  Not necessarily a must own in 12-teamers, but definitely worth a look, and needs to be grabbed in 14+.

Then my new friend - Gal Mekel on the Mavericks.  You’re like, “who the eff is Gal Mekel?  I thought this was NBA not WNBA!”  Mekel was signed to a three-year deal by the Mavs this offseason, and became the second Israeli to join the NBA.  Cut to Amar’e Stoudemire going, “Hey, I should count!”  With Shane Larkin dealing with an ankle injury, and no Devin Harris for a while, Mekel is getting full-on backup PG run and playing well doing it.  He got his 2nd 6 assist game last night going 9/4/6 and hitting a 3.  Sure some run was in junk time, but with the oft-injured Jose Calderon the only one ahead of him (hasn’t played in over 68 games since 2007), Mekel could find his way into starts.  Of course, now I’ve ruined my play on him in the REL League.  Let’s just hope no one in that league is reading!  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:

Paul George - I saw a comment last night saying my rank of him at 12 was estupido.  Yeah, it might be.  But as I replied, it’s still early and there was no George Hill last night cutting into George’s 31/10/4 line with 4 threes and 4 steals.  I maintain he’s still a superstar in real-life terms, but I still think the fantasy production won’t always be there.  But all George owners are happy as they should be.

C.J. Watson - Got his second start with Hill out.  Hill’s sore hip shouldn’t keep him sidelined any longer, but Watson is a serviceable backup or guy to target should Hill get hurt again.  15/1/5 last night.

Roy Hibbert - The offense hasn’t been there yet, but blocked another 7 shots last night!  Andre Drummond owners are like, “that’s what I was supposed to get!”  Hibbert already has 2 seven block games this year and 21 overall.  If only he was Russian I could call him the Soviet Bloc.

Lance Stephenson - After the second game I said he was for real.  10/6/7 but did have 5 TOs and shot only 4-12.  Still, you’ll take that line.

Brandon Jennings - Pistons fans were chanting “go back to the den-tist!”  Haha, I made that up.  Played 36 minutes and was in the starting line-up in his second game back, but shot an abysmal 6-20.  Of course, we all know this is what BJ does.  17/3/6 with 2 steals and 4 TOs.  It’s good to see he has a green light at least.

Josh Smith - Wasn’t J Smoove in this one.  J Ruff.  5-16, 16/7, but did give ya a steal and three blocks.  I still can’t believe the Pistons haven’t decreed a stone tablet that says “Josh Smith shant not shoot threes.”  His perimeter game stays rough, went 1-6 last night, he’s 1-10 in the past two games and 25% on the season shooting 7 a game.  Sheesh.

Andre Drummond - Yeah, he’s just not that good for fantasy.  Been saying it all preseason.  3-5 for 6/9 in 35 minutes.  Sure chipped in a steal and a block, but he has one assist ON THE SEASON!  Crazy.  I guess he’s trying to alleviate going to the free throw line by trying to never get fouled.  He’s 1-5 from the stripe ON THE SEASON.  More crazy.  One of those was an airball.  Shaqtin’ a Fool time!  Ok so he’s been getting steals and blocks and averaging a huge 11.3 boards a game.  I get it Drummond fans, I get it.  Just not for me with killing the other stats.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Surprised he actually got a few minutes!  Sure it was semi-junk time with the Pistons down 14, but he went 2-2.  Still have hope he gets his way into that rotation.

Tyson Chandler - Hurt his knee on a knee-to-knee hit that didn’t look too good.  Apparently X-Rays were “inconclusive”.  That sounds more ominous than when Eli Roth was in that tunnel hitting his bat against the wall in Inglourious Basterds.  Damn I shoulda used something from that movie in the open!  Too late now… Chandler will get re-evaluated today.  I wasn’t big on Chandler this year, but he is what he is, and if the Knicks have to start Amare or Andrea Bargnani… ouch.  If Chandler misses a lot of time, opposing bigs against the Knicks will have a field day on O.

Kemba Walker - Being down on him is not looking too good right now.  But remember Al Jefferson was out.  Walker went 9-20 for 25/5/6 with a steal and trey treys.

Josh McRoberts - Turns out it’s not always sunny for the Bobcats starting PF.  0-4 2/1/1 with a steal.  He was a popular waiver wire question, and remains a deep streaming option, but yeah.  Ugh.

Bismack Biyombo - His best asset is having an awesome name.  0-1 1/6 last night with a block and 4 turnovers in 19 minutes.  How did the Bobcats win this game?!  Even with Walker taking over!?

Gerald Henderson - Still not shooting well, but starting to get it together as a sleeper call for me with 18/8/2 with two steals.  Shot only 5-13 but 1-1 3PTM and 7-8 from the stripe.  Will warm up and have a decent year.

Metta World Peace - Mannnnn, I guess I have to take him a little serious with two straight games shooting 7-13 with 17 and 18 points.  Not much to buy, but yeah, he’s getting minutes and doing a little with them when he’s not intimidating Tyler Hansbrough.

LeBron James - 500th straight double-digit game.  Insane.  35/8/8.  Insane in the membrane!

Chris Bosh - Wife gave birth to a baby Brontosaurus.  I imagine the birthing scene to be comparable to when John Hammond kept saying “push!” to the baby dinosaur hatching in Jurassic Park.  Wow, I’m mean.  Mozel tov, Bosh family!  Having fun with today’s theme…

Rudy Gay - Can’t hit the broad side of a barn.  3-10 last night and shooting 32% on the year.  Still gave ya a dub-dub with 13/10/2, but yea.  Gotta give a shout out to his RotoWorld blurb-writer today on Gay: “He had corrective eye surgery over the summer, but may want to look into a refund.”

DeMar DeRozan - I’m going down swinging!  8-15, nice, 5-5 FT, nice, 21 points, nice, 3 assists, decent, 0 Reb 1 Stl and 0 Blk baddddd.  0-3 3PTM badddd.  Think he falls into the ancillary stats a bid more.

Luminescent Lithuanian – Jonas Valanciunas welcome to fantasy goodness!  Been a slow go, but 18/9 with a block shooting 7-13.  Only 4-6 at the line, but getting back on the upswing.  Still love him.

Brook Lopez - Ownage.  10-13 for 27/7 whooping up on Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.  I moved him down too far in my ranks.

Alec Burks - Everyone’s favorite uber-athletic waiver whore had another decent game, going 13/5/4 with 3 steals but 4-13 from the field.  Another 28 minutes.  I like him.  I’m in on the action without protection.

Enes Kanter - Besides being unable to defend Lopez, went 9-12 for a solid 21/8/3 line.  But 7 TOs!  People in TO leagues are like, “Enes is such a…”  well you know…

Derrick Favors - Doing no favors.  2-8 6/5/0/1/0.  Worth a swing at a buy-low.  Not quite sure what happened, but chalking it up to Lopez Lopez-ing it. Dude, they should make a Lo-PEZ Dispenser.  Athletes should branch out on the bobble-head theme and move to the Pez Dispenser collectibles.  Wow, off the rails…

Archie Goodwin - Got to play!  My boyfriend is so good.  Got just over 17 minutes for 1-4 3/2/1 and a steal.  Ok, so it was a nothing-fest.  Doesn’t mean I’m not still coloring his name on my binder.  Did have a great steal then behind-the-back assist.  Check it out on Yahoo player highlights, I couldn’t find a link…

Gerald Green - Staying hot, going 6-10 from deep tying a career-high in 3PTM.  18/3/3 and three blocks!  Definitely needs to be streamed until Goran Dragic is back from the ankle sprain.

Eric Bledsoe - What a game.  10-12 (1-2 3PTM 4-4 FT) for 25/4/5 and three steals.  Erupting.  Or I guess Supernova-ing is more apropos with him on the Suns.

Channing Frye vs. Miles Plumlee - In the cage-match of what Suns big you should own, Plumlee played 30 minutes and 10/5 and Frye 19 minutes 4/3.  No threes for Frye, no blocks for Plumlee.  Still think which one you want depends on the need.

Morris Brothers - Both played 25+ minutes, both were useful as opposed to the starters.  In other news, the Suns front court looks unownable in 12-team leagues or smaller.

Anthony Davis - Off shooting night (5-14) but 17/11 and 5 blocks.  Lovin’ the Brow.

Jrue Holiday - Struggled with his shot as well going 1-7, but racked up 9 dimes.  Actually had a rainbow line!  3/5/9/2/2.  6 TOs completes the rainbow.

Brian Roberts - Took 14 shots off the bench.  17 with 5 dimes.  Nearly doubled his season-high in minutes going 29:34, but I always thought he had pretty good game when he wasn’t playing 2nd base for the Orioles.  Worth a deep-league stream look.

Monta Ellis - The Lakers couldn’t contain the moped tonight!  30/9 11-14 from the field and 8-8 from the stripe.  If you had him and Bledsoe in your backcourt, you’re getting a stiffy in your frontcourt.

Jae Crowder - Has now two games of 15+ points and 4+ 3s off the bench.  Of course the other two he didn’t do anything, but, ya know, worth a deep league ThrAGNOF star by his name.

Nick Young - 8-12 for 21 Pts and 3 Stls.  Did virtually nothing else.  I actually have nothing worthwhile to add.  I contemplated erasing completely, but got too lazy.

Xavier Henry - The 2-8 is ugly, the 5 points in 21 minutes as a starter is ugly, but you know, you got 3 steals and 2 blocks outta Wheels.  I’d take dem wheels.

Steve Nash - Old, beat up, washed up, droppable.  2-8 5/2/4.  Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake got more minutes.  Been a good ride Nash.

Danny Green - The horrific slow start continues.  2-7 4/3/1/1/1.  At least he went multi-cat!

Manu Ginobili - 1-9, he couldn’t even hit his bald spot if he tried to.  But still chipped in 4 Rebs 5 Asts and 3 Stls.  Would I really take Manu over Green?  As a stream spot – probably, but not ROS with Green likely to play every game.

Jordan Hamilton - Got a start.  Anthony Randolph is hurt, Wilson Chandler still hasn’t been able to play this year, it’s a mess in Denver.  At least they have the Broncos to cheer for!

JaVale McGee - Had as typical a McGee game as you could expect.  If you said this big man in 21 minutes went 9 Pts, 4-11 shooting, 7 Rebs 0 Asts 2 Blks, then also had 5 TOs and 5 fouls, it’s gotta be McGee.  It’s like a sitcom tagline.  Any time McGee has a line like this, I’m gonna exclaim “gotta be McGee!”

Timofey Mozgov - Not to be outdone, fouled out in just over 21 minutes.  11/5/2 with a block but 4 TOs as well.  What is Denver doing to this team?!  Did I mention it’s a mess?

Dwight Howard - Always finds a way to do something bad when everything else is good.  Usually it’s the FTs, this time the 6 TOs.  Minor gripe though.  29/13/2 with a block and 10-13 FG with 9-12 FT.  The Blazers fans just didn’t boo him enough.

Patrick Beverley – Welcome back!  Slim’s boyfriend played decent going 5-9 for 12/4/1 with no TOs.  The best sign was 28:37 on the floor to Jeremy Lin‘s 29:07 – and this was the first game back from PBev’s rib injury.  Lin played fine too, but PBev may indeed get back into that starting line-up, but it’s going to be a time-share either way – with both producing.

Mike Scott – DNP?  A game after getting 13 shots in a 2-point loss, Scott got no run.  I’m being conceited talking about him since I just picked him up in REL, but give the kid the rock!  You really think the ghost of Elton Brand or whoever this lumbering huge white guy named Pero Antic is the answer?  Oh the Hawks and their Antics…

Jeff Teague - Tweaked his ankle and left for a bit, but was able to return and finish strong at 18/10.  Likey.

Dennis Schroder - “The Hairline” went 6/7 in just over 19 reserve minutes.  Looks good out there.

DeMarre Carroll - I said in my rankings I thought he was underrated as a big energy guy, but I think the Hawks are overrating him giving him almost 35 minutes as a starter last night.  3-11 for 6/2/0 and a steal as his only stats.  I guess something was working matchup-wise.

Isaiah Thomas - Is just better than Greivis Vasquez.  28 minutes to Vasquez’s just under 20, and IT2 almost got them back in this game.  8-17 for 26/2/5.  I had IT2 I think even in the top-50 in my way too early ranks before Vasquez was acquired, and imagine what IT2 would be doing alone as the starter…

DeMarcus Cousins - Another whiney game.  Got 5 fouls, benched for a lot of the 4th, and should’ve gotten a flagrant for shoving Al Horford to the floor.  Even the Kings play-by-play guys were iffy on the replays.  Cuz said afterwards “The Hairline” was grabbing at his crotch.  Cuz is such a diva.  He’d fit right in with Zoolander and Hansel.  Actually, more like Mugatu.  “Hey ref, did you not see this German rookie reaching for my nuts, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”  Another sub-par line and another eye roll.  If we end up doing a Razzball Basketball Podcast, a short segment will be “crazy things DeMarcus Cousins has done to frustrate fantasy owners.”  Then a true false game with things he’s done and things I made up.  Play today!

 

Next Game: Got Golden State @ a hot Minnesota squad.  This should be a good one.  Let’s hope Iggy stays on fire, then my boyfriend Corey Brewer has another good game.  And that Ricky Rubio can actually make a field goal.  Hopefully you’ve got a good start to your week as we head into a big slate of games!

  1. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Ugh, Danny Green is killing me. Do you think his defense is enough to keep him ahead of Bellinelli? I get the feeling that Popovich feels the same way about his wing players as Belichick does about his RB’s, so I’m a little concerned.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: I’ve never been a big Belinelli guy but did see him being a good fit for them. That said, still holding Green over him.

  2. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    I have Faverini, Bogut and McGee and I have Tobias Harris clogging up a forward spot with no bench replacement. Shouldbi waive one my centers for Casspi or Gerald Green?
    Thanks JB

    Dick

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yea I think I drop Faverani for Green for these next few, then readdress. Green will continue to produce with starting role.

  3. mike says:
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    Do you think it’s too soon to cut bait on Kevin Garnett?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mike: depends a little on league size and who’s out there, I’d like to try and hold but no issue dropping

  4. Slim

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    Gal Mekel. Yeah I had to look up his Euroleague numbers. The assists look for real but that’s about it. I didn’t actually see him play but I was planning on throwing a $1 at him. Not exactly making it rain, but if I change my FAAB $1 over to FAAB Sheqels then I could make it rain with ₪ 3.5 ILS. Although I think if I did that I’d be chucking handfuls of coins at him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Who’s throwing shekels?! ?! Common Israeli league complaint. Yeah I mean I don’t think he’s gonna turn into Ricky Rubio, but there is upside and Euro numbers don’t translate to NBA positively or negatively a lot, so it could turn into something. Or into a lot of nothing. But opportunity is there too.

      • Chasles says:
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        Would you @JB Gilpin:
        Would you trade pekovic for MCW?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chasles: Hmmmmm. Think it all depends on needs. Probably take Pek there for me

          • Chasles says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            im in need of a PG here in my team and tell me what you think
            but im worried i will lose out on rebounding
            pg jack, jennings,
            Sg batum, gerald green, tony allen
            sf iggy, korver
            PF love, amir johnson, henson
            C pekovic, sanders

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Chasles: I think you can get one more game outta Green, then drop him for a hot PG pickup

  5. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Who wins this trade? I give cousins lillard for anthony davis evan turner?

    pg damian lillard
    g george hill
    sg james harden
    sf kevin durant
    f Alec burke
    pf cody zeller
    c al jefferson
    c demarcus cousins
    util jj redick
    util Jeff Teague
    bn john henson
    bn vitor fevarani
    bn Channing frye

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Still accepting Davis, to build an unbelievable 3 man keeper core

  6. DexterHol says:
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    Hey,
    I’m in a 20-team H2H Each Cat. league.
    I have Tayshaun Prince, Landry Fields and Brandan Wright that I am thinking I should drop and I have these guys in my league as Free Agents that I’m thinking I should get:
    Brian Roberts, Jae Crowder, Jeff Adrien, Draymond Green, Rashard Lewis and Gal Mekel.
    Who should I drop, who should I get?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DexterHol: I’d hold Prince and Fields and have no problem dumping Wright. I’d probably get Roberts, who has big upside especially if Tyreke Evans gets bit by the injury bug again to be the primary 6th man.

  7. Dorfor says:
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    So *tear* it’s really time to drop Nash? Shouldn’t hold out on him any longer? Ugh drafted him too high. I mean, was drafting him at all too high? I’m in a 16-team league so it’s pretty deep but if I can’t even get 10/6 or 12/5 out of the guy…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dorfor: Nah in 16 team you gotta hold. “Droppable” more in the terms of in shallow leagues I have no problem with it.

  8. Pavel says:
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    aye just did 2 trades:
    I got: Marcin Gortat for Korver
    I got: Durant/Afflalo for Paul George/Nowitzki

    howd I do?

    Also I have bayless and demarre carool on my team, and am looking for dropping themfor either: s. blake, henry, g. green, gerald wallace, world peace (especially with the injury of chandler)…would you drop anyone in this situation for the aformentioned guys?

    • Prodders says:
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      @Pavel: gortat korver mostly a wash imo. Any time you get Durant for anyone but LBJ you pretty much win. You can replace Dirk during the season. Congrats!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pavel: Agree, like both trades. I would drop Carroll for Green for a few games until Dragic back

  9. dp says:
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    20 team dynasty with 15 player roster. You still holding Royce white in a format like this or should I have cut bait a long time ago? The talent is there but don’t know if I can keep clogging up a roster spot. Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dp: I probably wouldn’t – and I doubt anyone will pick him up right away

  10. SteveV says:
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    I have A. Bynum and Ariza . I can pick up Ryan Anderson on waivers because he’s injured. Two questions 1-any idea when he might come back? 2- Pick him up? and who do you drop?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveV: I’d hold right now while Ariza is playing beyond his pay grade. Still don’t think there’s a set return date, I’d guess at least another 2ish weeks.

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Dad Boner says:
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    JB,
    Great stuff as always, I have a quick question. Who do you play tonight OJ Mayo, Affalo, Gortat, and DeRozan. I need three, who’s the odd man out. I’m thinking Mayo based on early returns.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Dad Boner says:
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      @Dad Boner: Afflalo….that first L’s a doozy

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dad Boner: Hah, yeah typing Afflalo always feels wrong… Sorta depends on where you are in stats thus far – need boards and blocks leaving out Afflalo probably, need scoring or guard play probably leaving out Gortat. I think Mayo will play decent in this one.

  12. Zandy says:
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    Send Kemba for batum 8 cat H2H?

    I’d start Conley batum and Beverly at My guard spots
    Instead of Conley derozan Kemba

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Yeah I would – not huge on Kemba and Batum is solid

  13. Liz says:
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    cmon no love for mclemore?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Liz: Hah, I mentioned him when he got his career high (I think!) another decent game. Tough to get to every single player sometimes especially will football still going on. I’ll be sure to get him in there next monday! (next Kings game not until Friday)

  14. Juice_0321 says:
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    I am going to cut bait on Nash and was wondering who I should go and get. Oh and I traded Drummond today for IT2! I think I stole him!

    Players I am considering adding from the wire:

    MKG
    Casspi
    Webster
    Tucker
    Nicholson
    Derrick Williams

    Thanks!

    • Liz says:
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      @Juice_0321: go run grab MKG. and drummond is better than IT2 imo

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @Liz: Why do you say that run to MKG? I love Drummond also, but he’s not doing anything but hurting multi cat.

        • Liz says:
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          @Juice_0321: hard to find a guy with 10+pts 6+rbs 1+stl 1+blk and he gets better everyday.

          maybe its just me that im just in love with the drummonster. IT2 is very talented guy but that situation with vasquez is really blocking him.

          • Juice_0321 says:
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            @Liz: I tend to agree with you there. I am somewhat of a hoops novice and have a pretty solid team so I am just trying to understand the nuances of what does what to help my team. Drummond is solid for boards and blocks IMHO.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Juice_0321: Drummond isn’t even blocking like you’d expect him too. With the downside of collapsing your FTs, a black hole of assists, not a big scorer especially with Jennings taking shots, I mean he’s decent for what he is but overrated to me

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Juice_0321: Nice! I am obviously not a Drummond guy. I’d get MKG too,

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You da man JB!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Juice_0321: Thanks man!

  15. miles proudfoot says:
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    hey,

    first off, loved the baby brontosaurus reference.

    currently have tyreke evans, waiters, MKG…pachulia, casspi, wilson chandler are currently on waivers. 12 team, h2h, 9 cat. i’m pretty even over all cat’s. drop any of the first three for latter three? while MKG is showing some life, i’m getting pretty frustrated with evans and waiters, but afraid that once i drop them they’ll go off since the potential there.

    thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Haha thanks! I think I’d hold Evans but drop Waiters. Probably getting Casspi for now, then try and get Chandler in a few before someone else gets him, scared to say get Chandler now without a timetable still. But maintain he’ll be solid when he gets back, that team is awful and needs offense.

    • Prodders says:
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      @miles proudfoot: my surname is Proudfoot too! Good to meet you, distant fantasy b’ball playing relative! Good luck.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Prodders: Razzball Basketball – bringing the world together!

        • miles proudfoot says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          haha right on prodders!

          • miles proudfoot says:
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            @miles proudfoot:
            and thank jb for your response!

  16. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    who should I drop Joe Johnson for? Alec Burke is available and it’s only an 8 team league need another SG though Mclemore also available

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: Hmmm I really like Burks. But if you need the threes more, McLemore. That had good flow to it…

      • forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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        @JB Gilpin: burks had a bit of a clunker tonite other options are gerald henderson, gerald green, shumpert, jamal crawford, would rather have the most versatile with long term value or just stick with burks? I guess i dont have much to lose if one doesnt work ha

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: I think I’d go Henderson. Green’s been hot lately, but minutes will go down with Dragic back at some point

  17. Juice_0321 says:
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    Should I trade Lillard and Millsap for George? I will have LBJ and George! Need to know ASAP!!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Juice_0321: Hah, ya I’d do that.

  18. Tony says:
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    JB & Other razzheads-

    18 teamer, h2h fantasy points league, NEXT WEEK wade’s got a back to back fri/sat so he’s in line to ONLY play 2 games TOTAL…. Would you rather roll Wade out there for 2 games OR play Henson OR Jordan Crawford who each have 4 games on the schedule.

    Depending on this Larry Sanders finger deal I may roll Henson out there? if he scores 30 fpts a night thats about equal or maybe more than what Wade would do in two games, everything more is gravvy?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tony: Henson getting the start tonight instills a little confidence. I’d go him. Gravy indeed!

  19. Jason says:
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    Who do you like going (power) forward?
    Nicholson or markieff

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jason: Haha. I think Nicholson still, despite the big game Markieff had tonight.

  20. With you on Caspi, like what I’m seeing. His game (stretch 4) is perfect for this wide open fast paced offense. The Rockets look better (spacing) when he’s on the floor, in my opinion. He also isn’t looking over his shoulder at the bench every time he shoots, which has crushed him ever since he left Sac. Presence of D12 helps many a bomber as I’m seeing flashes of a poor man’s Ryan Anderson in 2011 in Orlando. SHould anything ever happen to Parson’s, it will be must own territory for the bearded Israeli. For now, I’m using him in UTIL depending on match-ups, but Ive seen enough to buy in.

    In Suns news, Gerald Green is making me look decently smart – started him in my 14 teamer this week when I saw Dragic go down on Sunday. When Dragic returns, guessing Hornacek will be adverse to playing Green at SF cause of his scrawny frame, but PJ Tucker is definitely no head turner offensively. Selfishly, hoping Dragic sits balance of week and let’s Cupcake shine. Green’s jumper looks really nice, but when he tries to create, he gets ahead of himself and poor results typically follow. For now, Green is very serviceable in my UTIL role. If he got 32 min per game, he would be a must own as well. I know you still love Goodwin, but Green looks like a different player to me this year.

    Few other “bench” and 6th man types I’ve been watching that i really like so far, curious your take on. Incidentally, qll these guys are FA in my 14 team league– Brian Roberts (NO), Jeffery Taylor (CHA), E’Twaun Moore (ORL), Steven Adams (OKC)

    Lastly, to disagree a bit, I really like Drummond – granted, I drafted him with 12/12/ 2 blocks in mind and 58% FG. One thing think you are over-looking is his Steals, which (like Cousins) is very solid for a Big, watch that element of his game… I get his Assists and FT% are poop, but realize he doesn’t go to the line enough to impact it that much. I think he’s more of a H2H type, then made for Roto. Just my opinion.

    Good stuff as always. Thx

    • JB Gilpin

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      @El Burro: Oh definitely, Casspi make Omer Asik look like a totem pole out there. Glad we’re both buying in! So happy with that $3 buy in REL draft. Yup, I was saying Green was a pickup as well. No question he’s in line for minutes and production over Goodwin, but still like young Archie long-term. Like Roberts the most in a vacuum, good offensive player, can dish, and Tyreke Evans isn’t gelling well. Plus Jrue Holiday is awful at times. I don’t think I’m overlooking his steals, but what he brings there isn’t enough to offset the big blocks everyone was seeing, mediocre scoring and terrible ast/FT. The same argument can be made for that FG% – you love the 58% but I don’t think it’s coincidence he only got 5 shots in Brandon Jennings’ first start. I don’t see him taking double digit shots very often with BJ chucking up shots, and the FG% won’t boost ya as much as you think. Great stuff to add to the discussion man! Could still be Drummond’s breakout year, we’ll see.

    • @El Burro:

      El Burro – you definitely know your stuff. Been reading your comments and like the way you look at fantasy basketball. I tend to agree with you on Casspi and Drummond too.

  21. Rockets are a treat in fantasy.

    Yeah; Roberts looks like he’s taken a step forward from last year. The fact that Austin Rivers is a non-entity and played zero minutes is pretty telling. The Pelicans have a bunch of ball hogs on that team, and we’ve yet to see Ryan Anderson play, which is why I’m curious to see how the minutes would shake out early on…Glad to see you think highly of Roberts.

    Regarding Drummond, yes – I will take your point that he doesn’t have much of a well rounded offensive game, nor does he shoot more than 8-10x per contest, but once Jennings starts getting his groove, he will command a few more double teams which will, in turn, lead to easier buckets (and higher % shots) for Drummond. Moreover, the indirect effect here is that Jennings, he of his 40% FG%, misses from the outside a ton, so Drummond could potentially see a few more offensive boards/ put backs as a result. I still think 12/12/2 is well within reach. Blocks are coming, just gotta believe. Tangent topic — i have Detroit in my Top 4 squads in the East (Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Pistons). How about that Eastern Conf – Central Division.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @El Burro: Yup, BRob is a good player. Drummond certainly is a polarizing player. Your premise of Jennings missing and Drummond getting putbacks is a solid theory. But Jennings misses badddd a lot, rebounds might be going to opposing PGs! Haha. 12/12/2 is certainly doable. I’d err on caution (me personally) to more like 12/10/and a little less than 2 but close. Man you’re all in on the Pistons! I still think the Nets can be built for good runs. I’d go Heat, Pacers, Nets, Bulls, Knicks (yeah even with them sucking and Chandler out a while) and 76ers (haha just kidding!) before Detroit IMO

      • @JB Gilpin:

        come on… how “risky” of you. Let’s live a little; take the T-Wolves, Pistons of the world to make some noise! Be the pariah. ; )

        Knicks can suck it. Ditto Nets. Who really wants to root for Brookey Lopez anyways!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @El Burro: Dude I totally buy the Wolves. They just gotta stay healthy. Brook Lopez is awesome! I mean, I don’t really like anyone else on the Nets and Knicks besides him, but they’ll be playoff teams.

  22. Prodders says:
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    Korver, MKG or McLemore? I have Jordan too but after tonight he’s staying / has trade value. Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Prodders: Depends on need, all around vs. 3′s. Vacuum MKG, Korver, McLemore

      • Prodders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: intreagued by the high mkg pick, and why korver gets no love despite high production ratings. Hmmm. Hopefully I can do some 2 for 1 trades first and then add some of these guys.

        Thanks

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Prodders: Korver is good at hitting the deep shots and I always value them less.

  23. decaf says:
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    Another hypothetical trade offer:

    My MCW,Thad Young for his Oladipo,Iguodala

    10-team H2H
    PG – CP3, Deron, Dragic, MCW
    SG – Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford, Gerald Green
    SF – Jeff Green, Thad Young
    PF – Dirk, Anthony Davis
    C – Brook Lopez, McGee

    The rationale behind this is selling MCW high, with T. Young being inconsistent due to higher usages from MCW and Spencer Hawes. Also buying low on Oladipo (Afflalo trade rumors) and getting fair value for Iguodala.

    Stats wise, I’d still be ok with AST & STL thanks to Iguodala, losing a bit of 3PT, and improving the hell out of my FG%. I’m also still punting REB.

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @decaf: I am not big on the Sixers at all, but I don’t like Iguodala much either and think I hold. I know your FG% is brutal right now, but I would ask for more than that.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @decaf: *Don’t like Iguodala much as a consistent fantasy option. Great real-life player. Think these past two games are above the mean

      • decaf says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, that is a good point. I just realized I’d be buying high on Iguodala right now. Thanks!

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        @JB Gilpin: What if I target Paul Millsap with that package? I can take the FT% hit, and improve on FG% while retaining STL.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @decaf: Yea I like that a lot more. Iguodala and Millsap would be a great haul selling high, but dunno if you could get that

  24. Jau says:
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    Should I hold onto Jarrett Jack in case of an Uncle Drew injury and the potential of a breakout since … there’s pretty much no one on that 2nd Cavs unit haha.

    Or DROP for
    John Henson
    Jae Crowder
    Jordan Crawford?

    My team:
    Paul George
    Gasol
    Conley
    Lawson
    Chandler Parsons
    Goran the Moron
    Wilson Chandler
    Evan Turner
    Plumlee
    Robin Lopez
    Brandon Bass

    Thanks! Always appreciate the help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jau: Haha yea the Cavs don’t have much in reserves… I think I would indeed drop Jack for Henson.

  25. hamtime says:
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    just traded away marc gasol (slumping and doesn’t look like he likes the new coach/offense) + plumlee (intriguing but slowing down) for Hawes + drummond.
    16 man league with 11 cats, 2 of which are off and def reb. good move?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Writing about Gasol now for today’s update. Even as not a Drummond fan, I like it. Gasol is looking like a bust.

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