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The Lakers.  The Bucks.  Two terrible teams enter.  Only one team wins (well, actually neither of these teams are winners, unless you count if they get the first pick in next year’s draft, I guess winning the lottery is something…).  Two horrible teams with fast-paced awfulness where we see flashes of fantasy goodness.  And we got another taste of the sweet nectar that is Jordan Hill when given playing time!  31 minutes for 28/16/0/1/0 shooting a ridiculous 13-17.  With 9 of those boards offensive, Hill was abusing the paint and his shot chart around the rim looked like a rash in Kim Kardashian’s nethers.  Everyone that has watched the Lakers lately (a number that has decreased significantly, and would even more without fantasy!) knows Hill should be starting the 4 every night, and it’s taken way too long for D’Antoni to finally go back to him.  Even Hill is confused about his playing time based on his profile pic…  No Pau Gasol at least for tonight, and Chris Kaman barely arriving on time to last night’s game due to personal reasons might have put a craw in Doh-toni’s gears.  There was a report they hadn’t talked in weeks before Tuesday’s game.  Before that, Kobe Bryant said he hadn’t talked to D’Antoni in a while during his rant.  The Lakers coach is running this team like it’s freshman year of high school.  “OMG, like, Mike hasn’t put me in the game, so like, I stopped talking to him and, like just started posting memes on the internet!”  I knew it was Kaman!  You’re playing with fire, but for guys widely available, if you have a roster spot open Hill is as good as any to give you a really high upside double double tonight.  Against the Wolves should be a pretty free flowing game, so let’s all hope Jordan stays over the Hill before we bury Mike D’Anotni underneath it.  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball action:

LaMarcus Aldridge - He’s back!  And playing monstrous too, going for 25/16/2/1/1.  Not gun shy shooting 9-21 and 7-7 FT.  Man it’s good to get L.A. back for playoff teams.  Feel free to give yourself an L.A. Confidential later this week when you win your way to the finals!

Mo Williams - Mo dimebags, mo problems!  11 assists, and the second time in the past 9 he’s racked up eleven dimes.  That said, he’s at 4.5 a game and just lays flat out turduckens every other game.  The 5-game week will add em up, but not doing much if he’s not on your squad by now.

Elton Brand - Dude, I so was going to pick him up in RCL, BUT OUT OF MOVES!  I prematurely blew my wad on what turned out to be a dry run.  No Pero Antic with a kankle, so Brand started and played like he just boned Katy Perry.  11/12/2/1/1.  Tomorrow against the Wiz would be a nice looking matchup if Antic is still hobbly.

Jeff Teague - Bounced back from the 19-minute travesty from two nights ago for 22/3/2/1/0 on 10-18 shooting with a trey in 37 minutes last night.  While he didn’t pan out the way I had hoped, he at least wasn’t a colossal failure.

James Harden - Triple double.  Everyone goes off against the Sixers.

Terrence Jones - 20/7/0/4/2.  Everyone goes off against the Sixers.

Chandler Parsons - 16/5/7/2/0.  Everyone goes off against the Sixers.

Dwight Howard - 17/13/0/2/3.  Everyone goes off against the Sixers.

Jeremy Lin - 13/1/7/0/0.  Should’ve been more!  Hah!  Got you!  Patrick Beverley hurt his knee and is getting an MRI today.  Uber-scary.  Despite only 7:33 from PBev, only 27 minutes for Lin.  Which I found a little curious, but this was a blowout so who knows.  Regardless, Lin makes for a pretty sexy pickup right now, with a lot of upside should PBev miss extended time.  I just saw a single tear drop down Slim’s cheek.

Henry Sims - Back on March 13th, I was pretty bold on Sims: “Worth a spec add in most leagues if you have the room.”  Maybe I should’ve painted that on my chest and gone streaking!  18/6/2/1/1 and own him on all my alive teams.  Been a fun little run.  Mostly because I’m still streaking.

James Anderson - 30 burger!  Slim has already scheduled his huge party at Outback for making the REL finals.  You’re welcome for Anderson back man!  Michael Carter-Williams shoots 2-11, and Anderson 11-18.  The hot hand rolls, the 76ers still lose.  I think I should get that bumper sticker.

Casper Ware - I don’t know who this is.  I think this is his witness protection name.  Get it?!  He’s see through like a ghost!  Cricket cricket.  Played 23 minutes and got 10 shots.  Made only 2, because, well, when you’re a friendly ghost it’s hard to go up strong.  7/1/2/2/0 and with Tony Wroten uncertain with the sprained ankle, I guess Ware could get some run.

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Sprained his ankle with X-rays negative.  He said he never sprained his ankle before.  Yogurt-rich diets are good for strong joints – I saw it on Oprah.

Ramon Sessions - Yeah boy!  Like Sims, on all my alive teams.  22/3/5/0/0 with a trey and FT% building 11-14.  42 minutes and the Bucks won a game!  I think he’s locked in that starting role.

Ersan Ilyasova - That turkey done be basted!  Out for the year.

Jeff Adrien - Moves into the starting line-up.  8/9/2/0/2 in 32 minutes isn’t much unlike what he was doing off the bench, but the minutes should be there with a turkey sized hole in the line-up.

Ryan Kelly - Doh-tonied!  Only 16 minutes in a cakewalk matchup.  5/4/0/1/0.  Why everyone hates the Lakers.

Xavier Henry - Ditto.  But he shot like poo and D’Antoni let Nick Young even more of his own poo.

Chris Paul - After a history making, “You just made the wall of shame!”-esque 0-12 shooting game on Tuesday, 9-18 31/4/9/3/0 last night.  That’ll do, Paul, that’ll do.

Matt Barnes - Near-rainbow!  12/3/4/3/1 with a TO and near-fight starter.  Like it.

Blake Griffin - Womp womp!  Couldn’t keep his streak alive of 20+ point games with only 18 Pts.  Such a disappointment.

Vince Carter - 23/1/1/0/1 with four treys.  His ThrAGNOF is Vinsanity!

 

Well that wraps it up for the week, may your weekends be strong.  As Russell Crowe would say, “Hold the line!”  Or, “We need a bigger boat!”  Wait, I doubt he says that in this new one… Shoot any comments you have throughout the weekend, and we’ll see ya back on Monday!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Tobias quotes now? Perfection.

    So I haven’t asked myself this for the damn near two months I’ve owned him, but is Markieff droppable for a guy like J Hill? His random 3 that he hits aside, would I get better overall production from Hill. Or is Dohtoni gonna start bazemore or young at the 4 sometime soon? I could kiss that man between the cheeks, so to speak.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Haha one of the best lines. I don’t trust D’Antoni enough to make that move yet. Hill could DNP when Gasol is back outta nowhere haha

  2. Lasandro says:
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    Same question for Sims City in Philly

    • Lasandro says:
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      Also, just added Jameer to my squad once again, for J Jack – love his assists and treys. Have to pick between him v CHA or Kieff V NY. What you think? The lone game Nelson had against CHA he went 18/10. Morris wasn’t relevant when they last player the Knicks

      • Slim

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        @Lasandro: I kind of like Markieff tonight but I think it’s really more need based depending on your match-up. I’m done with the Lakers and Bucks. The risk justifies the reward during the season but during playoff time that risk isn’t worth taking.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: I’ll still lean Kieff over Sims but closer, I really like Sims. Yeah I agree with Slim in a vacuum I’m goin Kieff

  3. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Are you trying to Jinx me? No talking about Bloomin’ Onions til Sunday. Anderson has been solid and I really can’t complain about Felton. All I was hoping for was 5-6 assists per game and he’s delivered. Adrien is turning into one of my better adds.

    My REL team is on such a hot streak… Last 30 days… Only 1 guy not in the top 200 in per game rankings (Adams). Only Burks, my lone injury, and Marcus Morris are outside the top 150. That means 14 of my 17 players are playing like 12-team worthy players. However no one is ranked in the top 40 (Tobias and Amir are close).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeah your team is nasty. I’ve put the order in for the third blooming onion already!

  4. Jeremy says:
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    Alright, feeling pretty good about my first round matchup heading into the final weekend, thanks largely to the wonderful work you guys do on this site. Thanks!

    Which two would you pick to play tonight out of this group: Kevin Martin, Lance Stephenson, Nikola Vucevic, Trey Burke, Jordan Hill.

    I was leaning towards Lance and Nikola, but Lance’s assist numbers have been down and he’s never been a big steal guy. Burke has been playing better of late but I’m still not sure I trust him. I like Kevin but he doesn’t contribute in the other categories as well. Jordan has had some monster games but how can you trust Dantoni to do the right thing.

    My closest category is steals, with only a one steal advantage. My second closest is Assists with only an advantage of 18, and then points by 63, and rebounds by 60. So i’m looking most for steals assists and points probably

    • Slim

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      @Jeremy: I would go Burke @NOP and… I’m debating between Kevin Martin vsLAL and Vucevic vsCha. Charlotte is a tough match-up so I’m going with Martin. Up 60 boards is a ton so that category I’d say is pretty much decided.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Yea since those needs I’d go Burke and Stephenson for me

  5. Bren says:
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    Really going to be down to the wire in points and stl and have one more add. I was looking for a player with two games left this week and was planning on dropping sims or marshall for darell arthur. Are his steals a fluke? I looked at his game log and when he gets the minutes he seems to get steals and or blocks. I don’t know his play style but is he a hustle big that shoots the three? That is something to love for fantasy purposes. Thank you!

    • Slim

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      @Bren: Unfortunately no one plays both Sat and Sun, also Arthur plays today and that’s it for the week. I think we need to find someone else.

      • Bren says:
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        @Slim: hmm you’re right! Not much choice between lakers, suns, wolves, Knicks, spurs, Memphis, Cavs, magic, nets

        Boris diaw and harkless only guys I can think of with stls that are available. Tony Allen is not in a good situation right now.

        Middleton is available only has one game though and I don’t trust Larry lol

        • Bren says:
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          @Bren: also bazemore. Not much to work with…

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Bren: Hmmm yeah steals are tough, with the fringe guys it’s tough to recommend anyone, Arthur is a pretty quick 4/5 so he can def get a steal or two. Singlet available tomorrow? That’s a guy for steals and vs awful Sixers

            • Bren says:
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              @JB Gilpin: no singler. Draymond green is one I am highly considering but his value depends on iggy lol. I am looking to drop a player that has one game left for two…

              Nuggets are very short handed and I am still looking at Darrell arthur but he only has one game left! Ugh haha. I’ll save the last pick until I really need it. I believe in my team. Thank you!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Bren: any time! I’ll be rooting for Arthur to get some swipes for ya tonight while I root for Fla and Ari in my bracket!

  6. TR says:
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    Locked in a close semi-final matchup and still just setting my line up each day and hoping for the best!

    But since I have no basketball questions, I have a baseball one! I’d ask the baseball part of razzball but there’s sooooo many comments to scroll through to find mine and your answers just feel more personal.

    I give up Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Altuve for Goldschmidt, Ortiz, and Jennings. Points league that slightly favors power hitters

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Haha any time man! Even through offseason posts, I’ll be doing baseball too through the summer so I’ll be on it! Yeah I think you gotta take that one, Ortiz is a little undervalued, much rather him over Cespedes and that’s the big deal breaker

  7. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Miggy is making twice as much everytime he comes to the plate as the median annual income($27K) in the city of Detroit $54K per AB Lmfao Crazy Shit…..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Wow and for 10 straight years too… I hope he has a good financial advisor, he pretty much can take over the world.

  8. tony says:
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    Looking Ahead: Got bounced in round 1 from the playoffs, I was the 1 seed and the 8 seed got lucky as hell…. sapper doesnt play during our two weeks format, i started the wrong guys (weekly line ups, grrrr)….. so here we are looking at keepers, and me watching the guy i should be playing in the finals and would be drilling….. anyways:

    18 teamer, salaries ,Live auction, FANTASY POINTS LEAUGE
    KEEP up to 4 players, subract their salaries from $200, that’s your draft cash

    Here’s my potential keeps,. who are your 4? JB and any other knowlegebale razzers with auction exp……

    Paul George $27 LOCK KEEPER 4512 fpts
    Harden $54 LOCK KEEPER 4363 fpts
    gerald green $10 3096 fpts
    demare carroll $1 2525 fpts
    Millsap $35 3886 fpts
    D, West $22 3145 fpts
    AL Jeff $45 3609 fpts
    John Henson $9 2525 fpts

    so its between the 6 listed after Harden and Paul George.

    Obviously all have their issues, playing time (mins), age, situations….price tag, and what i’ll be left with to draft cash wise….

    thanks for any help, PICK MY 4

    TY

    • Slim

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      @tony: I’m pretty sure the ideal 4 Keepers are George, Harden, Millsap, Henson. That’s $125… Al Jefferson makes that number too high. West is too far past his prime. Green looks destined for a bench scorer role and he’s 28. Carroll is a solid player but certainly not a top 4 keeper and he’s no kid at 27. Yep, Millsap and Henson are my choice.

  9. tony says:
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    -gerald green wont score as much with bledsoe back next year
    -carroll was a nice fantasy player all yr but very avg on the whole, $1 is enticing BUT it’s like 130 per week in my leasgue which is so pedestrian.
    -sapper is solid, but got a boost from al H going down, $35 tough to swallow with already keeping 54 and 27
    -west probably not an option, OLD
    -AL jeff too expensive and injury prone
    -HENSON a piece i love, young with TONS of potential, but fuck, milwauakee???? terrible mess, will he progress? $9 is nasty, health?

    help

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tony: Well I agree on the top three, Harden George and Millsap are locks for me. I think I’d go Carroll over Henson though, I just hate the Milwaukee situation and Larry Drew is likely back next year. I think Carroll still has room to improve since he’s new to a starting role this year.

      • tony says:
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        @Slim:
        @JB Gilpin:

        thanks slim, and JB for the thoughts…. pretty much reassuring. I’m going to have a hard time keeping carroll over henson. I can see it bc I’d save $8 for the draft, BUT carroll’s BEST week of the season with our scoring system was 179 fpts. On average he was really a 130-150 fpts a week guy, steady, but nothing spectacular. Now Henson is in the sticky situation, but the talent/upside is thru the roof. He had weeks where he scored 204, 205, 269, 193, 172….. he also had alot of down weeks scoring less than 100 because of injuries and larry drew being an inconsistent moron. Forward Center Eligibility and upside to score 200+ fpts a night has me leaning towards Henson. Blocks count as 6.5 fpts each!

        Just gotta hope if thats what I settle on next year, carroll doesn’t go all lance stephonson on me, and 1)henson bulks up 2) larry drew is canned 3) henson is traded or 4) a combo of the options above…..

        Thanks again, appreciate the insight.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @tony: hmmm yeah blocks worth that much I think changes my opinion there. A solid week of blocks and no matter what else he does he’s productive. But in those scenarios, I don’t see any of those 3 happening, it would have to be secret option #5 – management steps in and Drew has to start Henson virtually all year

  10. yokev_o says:
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    with pekovic back tonight I ended up dropping kaman for him good or bad move?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @yokev_o: Yeah I’d make that move 10 times out of 10.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yokev_o: Agree, just dropped Dieng in one league to stream.

  11. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Would you drop Howard?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Oh yes. He’s done. Definitely will not play next week.

  12. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Oh LOL I don’t remember.mine…but im.in.the database

  13. skizzy says:
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    asik (without dwight), dalembert, foye, mozgov, marion, vince carter, matt barnes, splitter, gerald henderson. Which 5 of these players would you choose to stay? barnes, splitter, vince, marion, and asik? This decision is killing me. 12 team H2H points league so whoever produces the most.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @skizzy: So this is for next week? Leaving out Nugs since 2 games v. Memphis. Splitter is a little scary because can get a DNP. So I’d go Dalembet and your four taking out Splitter. Hope that helps!

      • skizzy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thank you!!!

  14. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Here comes Matt’s Killdozer!!! KENTUCKY WILDKATS BOYS!!!

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: DON’T DOUBT THIS TEAM!!!! KENTUCKY IS RUNNING SHITTTTZZZZZ

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