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1617-rcl-logoThe epic battle between good and evil has begun!  The 3rd annual JB vs. Slim RCL drafted last night, pitting the heroic forces of yours truly against the nefarious hordes of that villainous Slim.  Last year, I got the upper hand by knocking Slim out of the semi-finals, but still fell short of winning the league title.  Stupid Mr. Green Beans!  Ruining it for everyone…

If you’re still jittery with excitement for the NBA season, there’s still time to make a last second RCL League!  If we can get a couple more created, I’ll be sure to heavily promote them through the end of this week and the weekend to be sure you have a full league.  Hit up our 2016-17 RCL Sign-Ups!

With the epic responsibility to maintain goodness and order in the universe by besting Slim, here’s how my draft went down:

JB vs. Slim Random Commenter League Draft Results

JB Like 2 Spank Slim
PG Stephen Curry
SG Eric Bledsoe
G Elfrid Payton
SF Rudy Gay
PF Gorgui Dieng
F Dirk Nowitzki
C Brook Lopez
C Pau Gasol
UTIL Kent Bazemore
UTIL Tim Frazier
BN Luol Deng
BN Marcus Morris
BN Kenneth Faried

Round 1, Pick 2 – Stephen CurryWooooo, I get a Steph team!  After having the #7 pick in my first RCL, I then got slaughtered by the randomizer, getting #11 and #12 picks in my next two RCLs.  Ugh!  But this was a godsend getting Curry (#1 player in my ranks), of course thrilled to see Beard go #1 and have a Curry build.  The FG% you get with all those 3s is just too valuable for me not to have him #1, and while it’s a boring strategy, I’m now going to try and build a % friendly, well-rounded team.  Am I worried a smidge about DNP-rests?  Sure, but the only guy that makes him close to is Harden for me, and I still think it’ll work out.

Round 2, Pick 23 – Brook LopezMan, long-time readers know I have typically been pretty Brolo averse, but he fits a Curry pick oh so nice!  50+% FG shooting, 80% FT shooter, and even though his rebounding isn’t as good as it should be, he does deliver da swats while keeping my scoring up.

Round 3, Pick 26 – Eric BledsoeWe were talking in the draft chat, that by pick 26, only 1 player (Blake Griffin) was still available through my top-26.  Almost went perfectly through my ranks!  Alas, my pick 26 was my 26th ranked player as I wanted to lock up another PG.  Yes, my TO are starting to not look pretty, but getting a PG with top-15 potential was a no-brainer.  Plus he’s a 45ish% shooter and maintains my strong-ass %s build.  I feel like Curry and Brolo are actually pretty safe injury-wise, so I don’t mind that part of the Bledsoe-risk here.

Round 4, Pick 47 – Gorgui DiengChoo Choo!  Even though Yahoo is keeping him fairly high in the pre-ranks, I’m getting Dieng in all my RCLs.  All the talk of my %s, and Dieng fits like a caboose in my locomotive!  Ew.  There’s been some chatter in the comments that Nemanja Bjelica could steal some minutes, but Dieng was unreal last night going 19/11/0/1/4 with 5-6 FG and 9-10 FT that I think can put some of that to bed.  Great %s, helps lower some TO, and great upside should he get that Thibodeau 34ish MPG I’m hoping for…

Round 5, Pick 50 – Pau GasolThe hate has ABSOLUTELY gone way too far for Gasol.  Pick number 50 gets me the #18 overall player last year?!  Sign me up!  Yeah, he’s old and on the Spurs, I get it.  We all know this.  But I continue my assault on %s, pick up another big, and this gives me some pretty strong REB/BLK without hurting my metrics.  The only concern here is now two of my pillars have DNP-rest concerns in the fantasy playoffs.  But nothing says I can’t trade!

Round 6, Pick 71 – Elfrid PaytonEveryone knows I love me my Elfrid, and I wanted to lock up one more AST source.  He hasn’t been diming that much in the preseason, but he’s playing aggressive and making his FT, so I don’t think he hurts my %s as much as most.

Round 7, Pick 74 – Dirk NowitzkiUgh, so sandwiched between my picks, I had to see my one true love this year – Chandler Parsons – fall through my fingers.  Mayyyyybe I should’ve gone Parsons 71, but I wanted to lock up the PG.  In retrospect with this Dirk pick, I now have some major fantasy playoff issues, but I do get another rebounder and %s source.  Even though it’s the streamable ThrAGNOF cat, I wanted a boost in treys after neglecting it more-or-less since Curry.

Round 8, Pick 95 – Rudy GayWhat a weird draft!  Rudy Gay falling to 95?!  I guess everyone is scared about the situation, but he’s going to play for the Kings and get traded to a team needing a scorer…  I can’t see him finishing with a value below this spot.  I’m hesitant to call this “the steal of the draft” given I’m not necessarily big on Gay this year, but the value feels pretty damn good!

Round 9, Pick 98 – Kent BazemoreReally liked the value here as well, filling out some wings in the 8/9 rounds.  Further boost in %s, should have an increased role; a nice multi-cat roster-filler.

Round 10, Pick 119 – Tim FrazierEveryone knows I like to hoard PG over any other position, and that’s the one thing I didn’t do this draft.  But I like how it went killing the %s, and while Frazier might not be a long-term hold, he should give me a nice AST boost.  Averaging 7 dimes a game in 25ish MPG this preseason.

Round 11, Pick 122 – Luol DengLove this value.  Another guy who can chip in 1+ 3PTM a game while keeping his %s high and give me a few more REB.  Having a quiet preseason, but I think Walton is limiting the run for the vet.

Round 12, Pick 143 – Marcus MorrisI just moved him down in my ranks to #111, and I’m seeing him go undrafted in RCLs…  I don’t really get it!  Sure, I know a lot of teams wanna chase some upside with their final picks and Morris offers none-a-dat, but he should have no issue scoring 13-14 Pts again, nabbing boards, hitting 3s, and not killing you anywhere.

Round 13, Pick 146 – Kenneth FariedWhile everyone chased upside at the end, I went for a boring pick just to see what happens early on in the Nuggets rotation.  We’ve talked about Nikola Jokic‘s hype-machine making him over-drafted and we carried (and are still carrying!) the torches for the Jusuf Nurkic hype, but they still might want to feature the Manimal for a trade. I’d be pissed if it happened, but it at least it would work for this RCL team!  And he’s an easy cut for the first hot waiver add.

What say you on this team, Razzball Nation?!  Will I be besting Slim for the second straight year?!  Shoot your thoughts below, and happy drafting!

  1. david says:
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    hey JB razzup

    worried about this collison trade news with gay and dragic affecting collisons value.

    do you still rank him around that run of point guards eg conley shcroder knight lin?

    points guards get real weak after about 50 this year but plenty of good ones inside the top 50

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @david: Razzup man!? Well, it seems like a rumor at this point, he’s behind most of those guys, but in the same range. Agree, it thins out, but there’s still some values, like Lin and Eflrid for me

  2. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey JB,

    I just had my yahoo draft last night and im not quite sure what to think of it… the draft “projections” have me as the second best team. I think its well rounded, but it just lacks “star power”.

    12 Team, 7 Cat (3, Pt, Reb, Ast, Stl, Blk, TO, NO %’s!)

    PG – Damian Lillard
    SG – Avery Bradley
    G – DeAngelo Russell
    SF- Jae Crowder
    PF – Myles Turner
    F – Rondae Hollis Jefferson
    C – DeAndre Jordan
    C – Clint Capela
    Util – Dennis Schroder
    Util – Robert Covington
    BN – Kent Bazemore, Justice Winslow, Emmanuel Mudiay, Markieff Morris

    My draft plans had me going really low on TO’s, but once i saw that I had the most TO’s about midway thru the draft, I decided to punt. I feel like this is a pretty well rounded team. Let me know what you think!

    • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats:

      Oh, and this was an auction where I kept Turner for $3 and Schroder for $1. I got DeAndre Jordan for $48. After that, Drummond was nominated and I tried to get him, but I bid the guy up to $62…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bryce Krispie Treats: Meh yeah the projections can always be wonky haha. Hah yeah Russell and Mudiay will kill your TO. INteresting, no %s… Defffff like your squad in that format. So many shooters with awful %s. Dj and Capela ROCK in this league! Only thought is mayyyybe your scoring is a smidge low? but barely, looks good!

  3. Connor says:
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    Hey JB, would love your input on my ESPN home league draft. 12 team 10 cat with FT made.
    PG- Kemba
    SG- Harden
    SF- Harrison Barnes
    PF- Myles Turner
    C- Drummond
    G- Elfrid
    F- Matt Barnes
    Util – Gobert
    Util- EmbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiD
    Util – Nurkic
    Bench – Frazier
    Bench – Ish
    Bench –
    Ir- Jrue
    I think this is the biggest team I’ve ever drafted, and I’m thinking I should look for some Thragnof. Some guys available are Snell, Illyasova, Courtney Lee, Marquese
    Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Hah yeah it’s a big team! Mannnnnn Harden in a FTM league is such a clear #1 it’s unfair! Even with your top G there, yeah 3 are a little light, but you can stream some ThrAGNOF I might nab Snell of those and hope he hits.

  4. MJC says:
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    Draymond Groin looks to be the odd man out not Klay. I think Klay will finish better than most rankings expect, as he said “I ain’t sacrificing shizz”
    Barksdale still looks good, those TO’s doh!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MJC: I dunno, I think we’re overrating a preseason where theyre definitely emphasizing all 3 being able to score. We know what Dray is, and it honestly doesn’t matter too much if he’s the “odd man out”. We need a few dimes, a few 3s, low scoring, and the sexy STL and BLK

  5. Hamtime says:
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    Hey JB and slim!

    Just finished my first draft. Got Jerami and Henson as my last 2 picks for my 11cat 16m draft. Notable FAs are:

    Rozier, exum, sabonis.

    Kind of a weird draft. No Real strategy for me either. Just went by your rankings for the most part. Thoughts?

    Westbrook – 2
    Drummond – 31
    Klay – 34
    Vuc -63
    Schroeder – 66
    Elfrid – 95
    Covington – 98
    Markieff – 127
    Zaza – 130
    Matt Barnes – 159
    Jerami – 162
    Henson – 191

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hamtime: Hey man! Whoa, awesome last two picks! Might be a little FT-puntish if Henson sticks, but that’s OK esp. in 11 cat. Obviously it looks pretty good based on my ranks! I think enough scoring, good boards, your overall blk might be a little light through, until Monroe can get traded and Henson play a ton. Other than that, like it a lot!

      • Hamtime says:
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        @JB Gilpin: you don’t think it seems too disjointed and that I’d have to punt fg, ft, and tos?

        Was looking to drop Henson for exum, rozier, or maybe donatas or nance. Thoughts?

        • Hamtime says:
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          @Hamtime: snell available too.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Hamtime: Your FG isn’t great, but I don’t think it’s a punt. Same with TO. You’re probably not favored to win those a lot of weeks, but it’s not so bad. Meh, I think I’d hold your guys

  6. dom says:
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    thoughts on Marquese Chris?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Like the long-term upside, but don’t see a 12er guy for a while, I just don’t trust the minutes enough

  7. booya says:
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    JB,

    Draft this team in a 12tm 9 cat H2H w/ 4 moves per week. Appreciate any thoughts or advice you might have. Thanks!

    PG Harden
    SG Knight
    G Schroder
    SF Draymond
    PF Drummond
    F Dieng
    C Brook Lopez
    C Nurkic
    UTIL Parsons
    UTIL KCP
    BN Mudiay
    BN Terrence Jones
    BN Matt Barnes

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @booya: RCL format, I like it! Love how late it looks like you got Parsons! Sucks that you kinda ruin Harden’s FT with Drum, I actually think your big man stats look pretty good. I might look to move Drum for a better % guy, either look to see if any teams are punting Ft or float him for like Horford or something

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        @JB Gilpin: Problem is that I grabbed Drummond at pick 46 so it’s gonna be tough to get what we both think he’s worth. Parsons fell to me all the way down at 94, guess people are really concerned about the knee.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @booya: I don’t get the hesitance on Drum and DJ this year all the sudden… Very odd. But I hear ya. Maybe you let the season start and after 2-3 weeks look at the season standings and offer him to the worst REB/BLK teams

  8. patrickindo says:
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    what do you guys think about KJ Mcdaniels?

    • patrickindo says:
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      @patrickindo: badly need defensive stats. Snell is at the end of my bench in a 16 team h2h 9cat

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @patrickindo: Meh, not enough PT. I would keep Snell or look for some trades

  9. TheJohn says:
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    what do u think of this trade…

    ur ranking seem really high on wall and bledsoe but am really scare for their knee and wall usg…

    wall bledsoe –> lillard and bradley beal…

    lose mostly assist and stls… but gainin in 3’s pts percent ft to…

    does look pretty lopsided on paper…

    • Jensen says:
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      @TheJohn: Pretty one sided trade. Beal is just so far below the rest of these guys.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TheJohn: @Jensen: You’re in Roto though, right? Wall is better in H2H. Agree, that trade isn’t very good. You gain a ton of 3s, sure, but those can be streamed. Honestly it’s not the biggest change in pts, and you lose a TON in FG%.

  10. James says:
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    Hey JB
    I’m in a similar spot as you. But…Are you not scared of an early BroLo shutdown?

    Are you going to do a podcast or review of some other teams in this leagues draft results and team builds. What were the picks that surprised you the most? Thanks for any response

    • Jensen says:
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      @James: Nets have nothing to play for but pride. No benefit in shutting him down to lower the pick that they owe to Boston, I think they push for as many wins as they can scrape together out of thin air. Doubly so late in the season if teams are resting players against them.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @James: @Jensen: A little, they did shut him down last year, but he could get traded too. It’s not enough of a concern to not like him where I got him, especially aiming for %s.

        And yup, we’re doing them for the Pod next tue morning, we announced on the last show, so put your team you’d like reviewed here -> http://basketball.razzball.com/10182016-embiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid

      • James says:
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        @Jensen:
        Thanks Jensen for the reply and the info regarding the picks. Good to know!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @James: Any time!

  11. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Nice team my man, I just did an 8 team draft h2h points (extra poits for double and triple doubles). Will you tell me what you think of this squad?
    Harden
    Dame Lillard
    Jimmy Buckets
    Jabari Parker
    Jokic
    Gobert
    Mason Plumlee
    D’angelo Russell
    Myles Turner
    Brandon Knight
    Aaron Gordon
    Avery Bradley
    Steven Adams.

    I just grabbed Adams off the wire and dropped Nurkic for him, would you keep Adams or go for a guy like Nurkic or Clint Capella for a center? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Sorry I forgot my best player Harden is also on that team. Thanks.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: No No, def keep nurk! He could be a BEAST in Pts leagues! Capela has a little bit of some concern with playing time. If Jokic starts hot, I would look to move him, he’s better suited for Roto or H2H. Lots of good value though, nice work!

  12. Scott says:
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    Wait, you got Dieng with pick 47?

    I drafted in Jay’s league and he sniped him with pick 36/37 on the turn. I ended up with Rudy Gobert instead. Jay said to blame you, LOL.

    Anyhoo, here’s my team.

    11 Paul Millsap
    14 John Wall
    35 Blake Griffin (surely Dieng will be available with pick 38!)
    38 Rudy Gobert (nope!)
    59 Chandler Parsons
    62 Elfrid Payton
    83 George Hill
    86 Joakim Noah
    107 Matt Barnes
    110 Jared Sullinger
    131 Kyle Korver
    134 Patrick Beverley
    155 Khris Middleton (to IR and stream this position)

    Speaking of which, what should I target with my streams? I initially planned to punt 3s but with Dieng gone, I switched over to punt points.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Hell yeah man! I was happy there, jay said he used my ranks pretty much as his draft guide haha.

      So this will make you happy, I’m actually gonna put Gobert ahead of Dieng in the last ranks update 🙂 Just feeling better there. I might shop Blake for punt Pts, see what you can get. Might try for a 3s source in there too, ala Ariza + a big? Likely going to be streaming 3s for sure, ThrAGNOF!

  13. Jensen says:
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    Are we going to see Steven Adams get a bump in your next rankings post? You’re 2nd or 3rd lowest on him among experts and he has looked terrific in pre-season. Looks like Slim is a lot higher on him than you too based on his projections.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Well he’s played 2 games in preseason, the last one he didn’t get any blocks and seemed typical-ish. The game before was against the Wolves who literally benched everyone. I’m still not bullish

  14. Hey JB

    Got my draft this sunday and was wonderin if I can hit you up about strategy.

    It is a snake draft, with a Keeper H2H points league.

    My 3 keepers going into the draft are The Brow, Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon.
    This is a 20 team league! With only 8 players rostered and 6 starting each night. So my first round pick is very important.

    I have the 6th pick. After keepers, the top players remaining are:

    Harden
    Whiteside
    Lowry
    Wall
    Green
    Jordan
    Lopez
    Porzingis
    Harford
    Beldsoe
    Oladipo
    Irving

    Harden and Whiteside are guarenteed to be gone by my pick, but after that it gets a bit dicey. My hope is one of Lowry or Wall fall to me, because all 3 of my keepers are big men. But, if they do not… do I just take one of the best remaining big men (I would choose either Green or Porzingis because I do not want two only C players) or do I drop all the way down to Irving (I like Irving the best out of Bledsoe/Oladipo/Irving)?

    This is a Kicks Blog League, so there is a very very strong chance Porzingis is taken before my turn.

    Thanks dude! Writing this out is making me feel like my draft board for round 1 is:

    Harden
    Whiteside
    Lowry
    Wall
    Prozingis
    Irving

    That sound solid to you?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The discarded head of Ted Williams: Yeah you 100% want a PG. Or at least AST. Any interesting in Draymond Green? (assuming that’s the Green). I’d put Green 5th like you originally laid out, then probably Irving over Porzingis, but hopefully you won’t have to make that call with Knicks fans haha

      • @JB Gilpin: It is a points based league, so i do not need to have a complete team in terms of stats .

        I can get all my points from having high rebound guys in all the spots.

        I like Green plenty, but to me he is not too much higher than Porzingis (I am a knick fan too and it would be fun to root for him!)

        My worry is about filling out my roster. I have SF/PF/C covered with my keepers so would much rather get a PG/SG. I can make the exception for one of my fav players if he fell to me because fantasy should be fun, but if I do not get a PG/SG with my first pick I will be waiting until pick 35 to fill one of those spots out.

        Getting Green and risking that is not what I wanna do.

  15. jay says:
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    So much for the “defensive bigs” that ORL brought in. AD with a monster game. AND he came back way before expected playing regular season mins. (and the pessimists nowhere to be found on social media)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jay: Hah yeah funny how things can change… I mean, it’s friggin Brow, MVP caliber guy. I’m not too worried about ORL defense. He also shot only 11-25 and had no blocks…

  16. hametime says:
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    Punting blocks and looking to drop henson for:

    exum, snell. nance jr, sabonis, rozier, lauvergne

    help pls! thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hametime: I’ll go Snell. Close with Sabonis, but guessing as punt BLK you could use added 3s

  17. Fenris-77

    Fenris-77 says:
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    That’s nice team JB, and I’m not just saying that because we seem to like a lot of the same players. I think I have Elfrid Payton on every single team this year, and that puts a big ol’ smile on my face. Here’s my draft from my one RCL (I went punt FT%) from the eight hole:

    Greek Freak (a reach at 8? probably, but I was trying some shizz)
    John Wall
    DeAndre Jordan
    CJ McCollum
    Marc Gasol
    Elfrid Payton
    Thad Young
    Luol Deng
    JJ Redick
    Bismack Biyombo
    Kenneth Faried
    Willie Cauley-Stein
    Evan Turner

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenris-77: Hell yeah man! The hate on Elfrid in H2H is crazy. Especially with the lack of PG depth after the early mid-rounds. Nah Slim went Giannis 6 in our RCL! Def will need Bis and WCS to get enough run to have REB and BLK work. Scoring might also need a smidge of a boost, but just barely. Love the Giannis Wall combo!

      • Fenris-77

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I was hoping to go Jordan/Drummond with my 3rd and 4th picks but Drummond went crazy high. CJ was my consolation pick and there wasn’t a big worth reaching for. Meh. Sometimes the cookie crumbles the wrong way in a draft. I hadn’t prepped properly for Punt FT% either, so let this be a cautionary tale for everyone following along at home – do your draft prep and take your vitamins kids, ’cause sometimes the draft bites you.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Fenris-77: Interesting, yeah the FT punt guys have been going too low most of the drafts I’ve done thus far, but I only have one FT punt squad… Hah, stay medicated, Razzball Nation!

  18. Jim says:
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    10 person 9 cat h2h. Should I drop Winslow for t jones? Jones been on fire.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jim: I wouldn’t yet. I still think Winslow wayyyy out-minutes him to start the yr

  19. TIm says:
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    Any thoughts on my team (which is a keeper league where you keep where you pivked the guy minus one and lose the draft pick).

    9 Cat Roto, 12 team

    PG: Rubio (5th round keeper)
    SG: A. Bradley (10th round keeper)
    G: George Hill (9th round)
    PF: Aldridge (2nd round)
    SF: Draymond (7th round keeper)
    F: Paul George (6th round keeper)
    C: D Cousins (1st round)
    C: Dieng (3rd pick)
    Util: Vucevic (4th round)
    Util: Andrew Bogut (9th round)

    Bench: Middleton (11th round stash for next year or trade bait)
    Bench: Luol Deng (12th )
    Bench: Patrick Beverly (13th)
    Bench: J. Grant (76ers- 14th pick)

    I am a little light on threes – wanted to hopefully get reddick but it didn’t happen. Needed the bigs to balance my awful FG% from my keepers. Actually get a lot of out of position assists in draymond and paul that help to carry assists with rubio.

    I think it looks good, but didn;t know what you thought.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TIm: Def think your AST are good! FG% looks like it’ll work out too, agree you’re very light on 3s, but those are easy to stream. You’ll def need Bogut healthy to help carry your blocks (and Grant to get the run), but agree, this is looking good!

  20. Jay says:
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    Finished my 12 Team 9 CAT H2H draft tonight. What do you think of this draft?

    1 Harden
    24 Kemba
    25 Lopez
    48 Vucevic
    49 Pau
    72 Schroder
    73 Nurkic
    96 Collison (Fell in my lap man I had to pick him)
    97 Parsons (Also fell in my lap, but still worried about him)
    120 George Hill (see above)
    121 Eric Gordon
    144 Marcus Morris
    145 Jamychal Green

    I put Collison on my IL and picked up Taj Gibson for boards/blocks (tim frazier and trevor booker are also on the wire but i have a lot of guards and Taj seems a little safer than Trev).

    In a little predicament. I picked Collison and Parsons back to back cause I felt like I had to but I forgot they are BOTH injured/out for like minimum 2 weeks with Collisons suspension. I guess I have to just play with one less roster spot? Really sucks I hope it pays off in the end.

    Aside from that, how do you like the draft? What do you think I can improve on?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay: Like this a ton! Dude, you got ridiculous values everywhere. Parsons at 97 is still immense value for me. Great scoring, I think you build nice FG% guys around the drains (although this is still prob a little weak), mayyyyybe your BLK is a tad light, so that would be where I’d go

      • Rob says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks so much man! Yeah after the Kemba pick i kind of planned on punting FG but the way it fell it didnt really work out that way. I feel you on the blocks so Im givin Taj Gibson a whirl for now. We’ll see how it goes thanks JB

        • Jay says:
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          @Rob:

          Dont know why its says Rob up there haha

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jay: Hah you have dual personalities! Not sure what coulda happened… Cool yea Taj looks like he’d fit!

  21. hametime says:
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    HJi JB. was just offered Kemba for my drummond.

    Its an 11cat with off and def rebs tho. Drummond drags my fts by a lot, and kemba would surely alleviate that, but then I think I essentially punt all rebs, blocks, fgs, AND tos with such an offense-laced lineup.

    Thoughts pls?? Here is my team:

    Westbrook – 2
    Drummond – 31
    Klay – 34
    Vuc -63
    Schroeder – 66
    Elfrid – 95
    Covington – 98
    Markieff – 127
    Zaza – 130
    Matt Barnes – 159
    Jerami – 162
    Henson – 191

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hametime: Nahhhhh, Drum is so elite in OREB. Bigs fit that format too well. Yeah that’s too many cats to punt. I’d hold. Surprised he lasted to 31 in that format on draft day!

  22. hamtime says:
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    Hi JB. was just offered Kemba for my drummond.

    Its an 11cat with off and def rebs tho. Drummond drags my fts by a lot, and kemba would surely alleviate that, but then I think I essentially punt all rebs, blocks, fgs, AND tos with such an offense-laced lineup.

    Thoughts pls?? Here is my team:

    Westbrook – 2
    Drummond – 31
    Klay – 34
    Vuc -63
    Schroeder – 66
    Elfrid – 95
    Covington – 98
    Markieff – 127
    Zaza – 130
    Matt Barnes – 159
    Jerami – 162
    Henson – 191

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Hah sorry looks like “hametime” put ya in spam at first 🙂

  23. Moshe says:
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    Hi JB. just had my draft and wanted your look on it and strengths and weeknesses.
    It’s ESPN 13 teams 9 cat pick 5..

    5 – Karl-Anthony Towns
    22 – Isaiah Thomas
    31 – Victor Oladipo
    48 – Myles Turner
    57 – Kent Bazemore
    74 – Jusuf Nurkic
    83 – Elfrid Payton
    100 – Danilo Gallinari
    109 – Robert Covington
    126 – Eric Gordon
    135 – JaMychal Green
    152 – Omri Casspi
    161 – Jrue Holiday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moshe: Whats up?! Pretty decent 3s, whoaaaaaaa Jrue fell. What a value. AST are pretty good, BLK might be a smidge low, and I worry about your FG%. But pretty solid!

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        @JB Gilpin: yeah I also think I need to improve my FG%

        if I need to let go of one or two players for a good big man what would you think are the less important parts in the team? but that can still bring something good, I think gallo and/or gordon..

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Moshe: Casspi is def your #1 drop, only one you have at this point for me…

  24. The Brick Wall says:
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    Hey JB!

    I hollered at you a few weeks ago about who I should keep in my dynasty league, and now my draft is tomorrow and everybody else’s keepers are finally set. So now I am getting your advice of who I should draft first.

    Quick recap… Keepers are DeAndre, McCollom, Knight, and Beal…. 16 teamer, 9 cats, H2H. No limit on how long you can keep anybody and your keepers go 1-4, with everybody picking up in the 5th round for draft. I am obviously leaning toward a punt FT team with Jordan.

    Anyway, I got the first pick in my draft and I was wondering who your top option or two is. The top guys available are:
    Carmelo, Ibaka, Conley, Gobert, Rubio, Crowder, Batum, A. Gordon, Hayward, LaVine, and Schroder

    Since I am punting FTs, should I go with Gobert and really strengthen my FG, BLK, and REB? Or should I try to strengthen another area, such as Melo with PTS or maybe Conley with AST and then try to get Capela in round 2 or 3?

    Couple different ways I could go here, just seeing what your thoughts were?
    Thanks buddy… and keep up the work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Brick Wall: Cool, gotcha. Yup FT punt would be a good course to go. Yeah I go Gobert. He fits a need to lock up the big man stats, and already is my highest rated of the group 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

  25. Fenris-77

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    I’d go Gobert there too. He’s solid in most cats and truley elite one hard to get one. For a punt FT% team I think it’s an easy pick. I’d probably take Ibaka next, then Conley or Crowder in no particular order (were I ranking my top 3-4). Crowder has a better chance of making it back around in most leagues, so maybe Conley first just based on positional runs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenris-77: Agree with this, yeah Crowder I have ranked ahead of Conley, but ADP isn’t reflecting it. Hah when Yahoo launched, Crowder was like 180 or something nuts! Crazy

      • Fenris-77

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        @JB Gilpin: I have Crowder on a bunch of teams. Mostly I already have PG by the time Conley rolls around and I’m targeting other guys in that range of picks, wings or bigs depending on the draft. Crowder’s line is too sexy for me to pass on, and I’ll admit to a little man crush. Plus I’ve been getting Elfrid in every league I want him in, so I don’t feel to pressed to roll the dice on Conley’s injury history.

        My other FT% punt squad is anchored by CP3, Wall, Rondo, Jordan, Drummond and Parsons. That was a heck of a draft.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Fenris-77: Yeah and his numbers dont even look as good as they should bc the ankle injury late limited his run. Geeeeez, youre gonna win AST/REB/BLK no question every week haha

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