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Breaking news!  Kobe Bryant is injured.  No one has been talking about this.  And in a further Razzball exclusive – he’s old.  Not exactly the best combo coming back from a major injury, followed by another pretty bad one just a few games back.  After a re-examination, apparently the knee bone still isn’t connected to the leg bone, so let’s call the whole thing off!  Will be examined yet again in three weeks, and that’s just another knee rub-rub.  Who knows how much longer it will be after that.  Good news is!  Jodie Meeks is still gonna kill it, Kendall Marshall is still going to hand out dimebags like a Colorado bakery, and with the Lakers still atrocious, we can make a pretty educated guess that Kobe is going to be out A – until he is 100%, no questions asked, no way he could get hurt again healthy or B – the season.  Leaning B.  And even if A happens, it would be so late and in such limited minutes that I don’t think the value is worth it.  Cut him in 10 or 12-teamers.  Just do it.  I know some people will keep holding him, if you’re in 1st or 2nd and fine for the playoffs and wanna stash, I can’t argue much with you, but I think the time is now to use that spot for others.  Tough year for Lakers fans, but hey, you’re not the Bucks… Here’s what else went down across the NBA-o-sphere:

Anthony Bennett – Career-high 15 points.  So he’s not a bust!  15/8/1/0/1 in pretty much his only useful line all year, and a shocking 31:16, only the second time he’s played over 20 minutes and 11 more minutes than his previous career-high.  It helped that Anderson Varejao sat out with a hyperextended knee and the starting C was Tyler Zeller, but still, nice to see some run.  Not doing much with this game, Sideshow Varejao should only miss this game, but the fact Bennett can actually do something other than frequent trips to the buffet line is encouraging.

Tristan Thompson – Slim cursed TT in our bet.  Some sort of Aboriginal black magic.  Awful game here but he had been fine.

Dion Waiters – 21 points last night after averaging 8.2 a night his past 5 and doesn’t really do anything else.  Owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues I think is too much.

Anthony Davis – About to reach the point where he doesn’t even need mentions when he’s awesome.  Because it’s so typical.  30/7/3/1/8 shooting 12-18 and no turnovers.  “Phil Humber called – he wants his perfect game back!”

Greg Stiemsma – 31 minutes.  9/11/1/1/2 shooting 4-5 with no TOs.  Jason Smith is out probably for the year and Alexis Ajinca is hit-or-miss.  Stiemsma is interesting in deep leagues; I had him ranked that way heading into the year, and if not for that bad knee injury, he might’ve hit on it.

Tyreke Evans – Talk about hit-or-miss!  19 minutes for only 3/0/5/3/0.  Shot only 1-5 with 3 TOs.  Reeks!

Victor Oladipo – Came off the bench last night.  Now remember, they were against the Pistons, so they can’t really play Arron Afflalo at the 3 against Josh Smith.  Still got 26 minutes, led the team in shots, and went 19/4/3/0/0 but did have 6 TOs.  RainbTOladipo!

Rajon Rondo – What did you expect, an outburst against the stifling Knicks defense?!  Cough cough, looks away in shame… 7/2/5/1/0, 4 TOs, shot 3-13.  Just good to see him out there though, worth some floating buy low offers.

Jerryd Bayless – Returned from a toe injury to get 27 minutes.  10/2/4/1/0.  I think he could start on Rondo days off, and the Celtics have the second game of a back-to-back tonight.  Bayless could be a possible starter against the terrible, awful, by-far-league-worst 76ers.  Worth a stream look in deeper leagues.  If Rondo is out, plus Bayless is active given he’s just off a minor injury, I’m going to throw out my official must-stream flag for all leagues.  I’m 2/2 and only use these on guys available virtually everywhere in 10 or 12ers.

Jared Sullinger – 4 fouls in 19:08 and another crappy game.  Still like him looking at ROS projections, but man, tough to buy into him right now.

Jeremy Tyler – Just abused the Celtics 2nd unit.  7-9 for 17/5/0/0/2.  Multi-blocks in 2 of 3, 5 boards in 3 straight, 20+ minutes in 2 of 3, might be something cooking for the deep leagues.

Iman Shumpert – Strained his shooting shoulder.  Say that three times fast!  Gave Tim Hardaway Jr. 33 minutes and he put up 16.  Might get a little run whilst Shumpert is stumpert.

Jeremy Lin – Started in place of James Harden, who injured his thumb hitchhiking.  A whopping 44 minutes for 18/8 for by far his best game in a couple weeks.

Patrick Beverley – 4-8 last night, a far cry from 3-11 and 1-11 the previous two games!  11/5/3/2/0 in his best line in the past week, but is doing better than Lin in January averages!  Although it’s close…

Dwight Howard – 23/16 but 6 TOs?!  On top of 13-25 FT shooting?!  Yikes.

Boris Diaw – Started and got 34 minutes.  Took a redonk 20 shots as well.  22/11/4/0/2 and worth a look in all leagues right now.  Playing great the past four, no Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili hurt his hammy again, will get some nice rock.

James Johnson – As we all know, I have no problem revisiting mistakes and admitting to them (albeit circuitously – see Thompson, Tristan above) but with Marc Gasol performing well again last night and both he and Zach Randolph at mid-30 minutes, Johnson only 4/6/1/0/0 in 17 minutes with 3 TOs.  Now I know he’s been pretty good the past few, but I’m going circuitous and think this is more akin to what we see here on out.  Not enough eggs in the Memphis basket.

Nicolas Batum – Collective sigh of relief!  10/6/4/1/0, but played 39 minutes and apparently nothing was wrong on his MRI.  I love the minutes right after an injury scare, and while the line wasn’t great, buy low tramp stamp.

Robin Lopez – 14/5/0/0/0.  Still overvalued.

Nene – Playing fantastic for an “old Brazilian” which I think is a term for singeing off all your pubic hair with a candle rather than waxing… I might be wrong on that… Sidenote – singeing with an “e”?  English is effing weird… I guess it would be “singing” otherwise, and if I could sing my pubic hair away it’d be to Rihanna’s S&M!  TMI?  Man, way off track here… 16/7/2/2/1 in a near rainbow.  Give me the Old Brazilian!

Bradley Beal – It’s all coming together… Well except the 6 TOs!  20/7/4/1/0 in 31 minutes and playing great since his triple double flirt just over a week ago.  Injury concerns loom, but the buy low window is shutting.

Klay Thompson – Apparently reads me, because I call him out as a ThrAGNOF and he threatens a rainbow line!  13/6/4/2/1 but shot only 5-17.  It wasn’t a rainbow, so I’m not impressed.  If he gets a rainbow next game, I’ll be convinced…

Lance Stephenson – Pulling a… Josh Smith impression?  No that doesn’t work… I dunno what impression, but 15/14/6/2/0, no TOs, but a brutal 3-9 from the stripe.  Who cares, that line is nasty!  Lance party!

Ryan Kelly – Only 19 minutes, 10/3/2/1/2 rainbow line flirt though (can you believe no rainbow lines last night?!  Amateur hour!).  Shot only 2-7 from the field, but that’s pretty good returns.  At least Jordan Hill got 29 minutes for 10/12/1/0/1.  If Doh-toni figures out he should be using Hill at PF, Kelly’s value could be crushed… Like Slim’s REL defeat over me… Sadface…

Nick Young – Is so bad.

Kendall Marshall – As alluded to in the open, dimebag machine!  Dude, they should make those in Colorado.  Scan your driver’s license and ya gud-ta-go!  Drop in 72 quarters for a quarter…  Yeah, have no idea how the math works there…  11/13 last night and I think a solid hold with the Kobe news.  Indirectly will halt Steve Nash trying to come back and PT for Steve Blake.  Just let the n00bs roll in LA.

Hotlanta – Is Coldlanta today!  Snow covered the southeast (including me!) and puts tonight’s game against the Pistons in peril.  Who woulda thought Atlanta would be in such inclement weather!  There hasn’t been this much shut down in Atlanta since the zombie outbreak forced Rick Grimes to flee… Be sure to double-check your line-ups tonight for any PPDs.

 

I hope everyone in the southeast survived the snowstorm (people in the north are scoffing at us) and good luck in a full (ish) slate of games tonight!

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  1. Slim

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    I imagine Team Tough Guy is pretty happy today about getting Bennett and Hardaway off me. I knew I would eventually regret that trade but not this soon. I don’t regret it. Just missing my little Timmy Jr.

    I’m not surprised D’Antoni went with Hill vs West but that is a nice 19 minute stat line Kelly put up. It looks like PF is going to be matchup dependent. Makes sense really. Kelly can’t cover a big PF and Hill can’t cover a streth 4. I like both if 30 minutes but neither in a time share, in a 12er at least. In the REL I’m loving that Kelly line, I would have liked a 3 but lets not get greedy. Next up is Charlotte and McBob. D’Antoni could go either way there I guess. Since McBob isn’t much of an offensive threat and tends to sit on the 3-point line I’d put my money on Kelly.

    That Tristan Thompson line was a killer, in 32 minutes no less. Is he unownable in 12-teamers yet? As in outside the top 150. You know how I feel about that.

    I don’t know what to do with Ajinca, the turnovers are out of hand. Stiemsma had a DNP-CD the game before last. Maybe a situation best avoided.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Agree on matchup base for Lakers PFs, but Kelly has to guard McBob. Dookie v. Dookie. Well at least TT had been fine until then. Just a bad game. Agree on NO – tough to buy any of their bigs besides Brow. But I like Stiemsma over Ajinca right now.

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Good morning! Injuries have ravaged my once proud first place team in a 10 team H2H league. Only 6 out of 13 players not injured. So it goes. Finally got over my attachment issues and dropped Sanders and Kobe for DJ Aug and TJones. Should I consider Markieff Morris or George Hill instead? Did I make a mistake dropping Sanders? Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @miles proudfoot: With 13 players I won’t accept any more than 3 injuries. Even then guys better be back soon. Sanders and Kobe HAD to go. Who are your other injured players? They may need to go too. Markieff needs to be owned but I like your other 2 adds better.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Slim: thanks, you’re right. Westbrook. Besides that Cousins, Teague, DeRozan, Kawhi. I think I hold on the rest…

        • Slim

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          @miles proudfoot: Yeah I think so too. Hopefully DeRozan, Teague, and Cousins will return soon. Westbrook and Kawhi are certainly worth holding onto, assuming you make the playoffs. I would rather make the playoffs with a bad team than be the best team to miss the playoffs. If you need to win now Kawhi is replaceable.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @miles proudfoot: Agree with all above, glad you made the moves for Jones and DJ and agree they need to be owned. Get healthy soon, proudfoot team!

  3. Teama says:
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    Have Kobe on my IR and just picked up kawhi for a stash.

    Lock for the playoffs 10 team h2h 9 cat league.

    Is Kobe worth holding if I can find a buyer in the next few days?

    Thanks Slim

    • Slim

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      @Teama: I don’t think so. After the news that Kobe is still in pain and the knee is still swelling I think his value is basically nothing. Especially in a 10-teamer. I would drop Kobe, throw Kawhi into the IR, and make an add. If your a lock for the playoffs then I would add the player with the most upside.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Teama: Agree with Slim’s assessment, can’t hold Kobe right now

  4. Draco21 says:
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    10 team, 9 cat H2H, Playoff – Week 21-23
    How does my team look?

    PG – Curry (SG), Bledsoe (SG), Conley, IT2, Pressey (streamer)

    SG – Kawhi (SF), T.Ross (SF)

    SF – T.Jones (PF)

    PF – Nowitzki (C), Millsap (C), Kieff Morris (C)
    
C – Valanciunas, Henson (PF), Splitter

    Currently want to improve lead. I’m No. 1 in my league. Looking at either trading Bledsoe/Conley/Nowitzki.

    Leaning towards trading Dirk + 1 for somebody. Also, should I hold on Bledsoe? I’m still 1.

    • Slim

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      @Draco21: Pretty nice. If you feel good about getting the 1st round bye then I would hold onto Bledsoe. You aren’t going to get much, if anything, in a trade. I would look to try to improve boards and blocks. I don’t think Splitter is worth a roster spot in a 10-teamer. Other than that I see no issues. I like Dirk on your team and I wouldn’t look to hurt your biggest advantage, your PGs. So yeah, I would switch out Splitter and Pressey with boards and blocks being a priority.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Draco21: Agree, Pressey is losing minutes too and doesn’t offer much upside. And in your position at first, you can afford to stash Bledsoe. A guy like Gobert could be a sneaky stash for blocks.

  5. justin.g says:
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    What’s your thoughts on m gasol vs drummond? FT % doesnt matter.

    And I hate this type of question but any suggest for a trade target to get rid of hibbert (need 3s and assists)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @justin.g: FT makes it very close, but I’ll lean Gasol for the more all around stats. Trey Burke? Might be selling a little low… Jeff Teague? Maybe even shoot for Westbrook?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JB One Time: What what what?! Man living in the bible belt shields me from such things!

  6. hamtime says:
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    just traded my mcw tjones big baby for curry mcroberts splitter. how did i do?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Ummmm, extraordinarily well! Way to get Curry! By far a steal

  7. Hinrich maneuver says:
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    Greg Monroe for Manu?

    Need 3pters. I can move 4 spots.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hinrich maneuver: Manu hurting the hammy again… Ehhh don’t love it, I understand the need though. I still like Monroe.

      • Hinrich maneuver says:
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        @JB Gilpin: good thing I waited for ur reply. Manu out 3-4 weeks with a hammy issue. Bellineli is not available either. Ugh. I am only 10 threes away from moving up 4 points but I can’t get anyone to trade.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Hinrich maneuver: Oh wow, didn’t think it’d be that major. Knew he tweaked it but damn…

  8. TR says:
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    Better play: Rondo vs Philly or Butler vs San Antonio?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Rondo is still uncertain for tonight, if active play him

  9. Hola JB

    Candidly, was hoping we would be talking about D’Antoni being fired this week (or next) given the direction of this squad and defensive lapses over the last 6 weeks.. Instead, we get a public ‘rationale’ and 4 more weeks of “excuses” for purple/gold fans. Lakers are fairly close to being the West’s worst team, worst record, and maybe even, worst product in the league which, definitely just got even further cemented with #24 recent announcement yesterday…Remember several weeks ago when I suggested that Kobe would come up with reasons NOT to play for this circus? Do you blame the guy?. Please note what is happening now. In short, It’s over and has been over since December… Between this announcement, a locker room very much in flux that gets to watch Swaggy P shoot 30 times per game, Kendall Marshall hoist up left handed “push shots” at a 15% clip from outside, Gaysol playing the role as the softest BIG ever and letting fools utterly dominate him, Jordan Hill watching mockingly from the pine while Ryan “Bucky Beaver” Kelly gets his run, and the overall defensive apathy and lack of boards from D’Antoni’s preferred style of play — I may have watched my last Laker game this year. The product on the court is an absolute joke and the coaching and mgmt, not injuries, are really the culprit. Im not sure what the disconnect is, but it needs to be addressed now. Lakers mgmt needs to realize all of this and just start cleaning house…starting with the coach. You cant win in todays NBA without defensive efficiency, and LAKERS are last (or close to last) in that stat throughout the NBA. Operation tank should go into full effect immediately. My humble advice: Trade Gasol, get draft picks or bring in an expiring contract, clear cap space , prep for a great draft class in 2014, a great FA class in 2014… shit, pretty much anything other than what is happening now. I think the fans are fed up and deserve better other than “We’re injured”…Why hold on to Gaysol? Why hold on to D’Antoni? To give Lakers fans something to cheer about? Really… Fantasy wise: I’m still stashing Jordan Hill. His per 36 #s are solid just needs to stop banging Mr. Pringles love interest. The end.

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      @EL BURRO: well said. i agree with 99% of what you’re saying. but I think i have to defend my boy Kendall Marshall. Don’t get me wrong, kid has the ugliest shot I’ve seen, maybe besides joakim noah’s side-spinners at the foul line, but his %’s arent that bad. Guess who is leading 3pt field goal percentage this season among qualified players? Korver- nope. Belinelli- nope. KENDALL MARSHALL with 47.3% on 4 attempts per night. And he gets zero credit for that from anybody.

      http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/3-points

      His FG% isnt even that bad either at 42.2%. The way people talk about him you’d expect him to be putting up Rubio type numbers. His game on the defensive end is obviously a different story…

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        I pretty much agree here. But for some reason I find this team awful but still somewhat “fun bad”. Maybe its because I have Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks on my squad so it gives me something to root for and because its so easy and so much fun to make fun of Pau Gasol (who really is playing shockingly bad this year no matter what his stat lines say. Its almost astonishing particularly if you go to see the games live) and Nick Young (who is also an atrocious basketball player despite his ability to score in bunches). Watching Nick Young play live is an especially hilarious treat. He just is a terrible basketball player with almost no basketball IQ or court awareness and cant play defense to save his life. Perfect D’Antoni player!

        Its a tragic season for the Lakers but with a top draft pick and Kevin Love coming, things should be turning around in the future…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @EL BURRO: Haha laying down the law! Meeks and Hill I think have futures. so there’s that!@Shaft:

  10. Marcin says:
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    in 14 team 9 cat my bigs are favours,kanter,vucevic, sanders, henson, kelly and markieff morris. i was offered tobias harris for henson. should i accept or wait (sanders suspicious flu, possible trade)? do i give up to many blocks shipping out henson?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Marcin: Hmmm that one is close… Tough to decide I might take Harris since I doubt Sanders can get traded with the contract they just gave him.

  11. Larry says:
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    Thoughts on Beverley ROS? Is he top 100 value?
    What about Sanders and Amir, pretty frustrating to own these 2, but no one on the wire to really replace them except maybe J. Hill, Patterson, Bass. Hope they can play like they did last season. Thanks Razzball

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Larry: Beverley is right on that fringe, I’ll say 110ish. Upside is certainly there though. Amir I think is cuttable probably for some scrub like Bass for right now, and readdress as you go. Bass tonight vs. league worst defense, worth a start tonight.

  12. Nathan says:
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    I got offered Mike Conley for Lillard, should I do it?
    or do you think I can get someone better than Conley?

    Lillard is so inconsistent and doesn’t even get dimes or enough steals to make up for poor shooting nights.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nathan: Nahhh, I know Lillard is off some games, btu I still like him over Conley, who indeed is consistent but doesn’t have the bigger upside.

  13. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    JB, what are your thoughts on Tobias Harris going forward? The points and boards have been nice lately ( I think they take a little hit when Vucevic comes back), but that 3/st/bl is awful. I believe he was 3.3 last year with Orlando, and right now it’s currently at 1.3. Killing his value and or contributions. I know you were high on him preseason, and I was too…but points and boards only go so far.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Yeah sucks he’s not doing as much defensively. Don’t really know what to make of it, but do expect they improve. I wouldn’t be selling him, but not really targeting him either. Just a hold and a fringe top 100 guy

  14. Kevin says:
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    Hey jb. I just dropped Kobe and picked up PJ tucker. Its sad that Kobe won’t make an appearance at the all stars nor could probably finish off the Lakers season. Mad respect for Kobe.

    I just offered Dwight for someone’s George hill. I feel like Dwight is hurting me more than helping. I bit my tongue on his ft% and TOs for his boards and blocks but now his fg% is taking a hit. What do you think about trading for George hill?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kevin: Nice move, yup sad indeed. Ugh Hill has been so awful too though, I think you could get more

  15. Pops says:
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    Hi JB and Slim,

    Just was offered His Deng for my Hawes. Yahoo Pro (I am 1st and he is 2nd)
    My team is: Conley,Rubio, Teague,Westbrook,R Jackson,Stephenson and G Green.
    Durant-Ibaka-Millsap-Hawes-Markieff Morris and Tucker.

    Humphries-Aminu and Scott on waivers.

    Should I get Deng? Offer R Jax? Give him Hawes?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Pops: I’m not a Deng fan and while the Sixers have turmoil concern I think I would hold

  16. Jess says:
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    Through some careful trades, I have crafted the following team and currently sit in 1st in my 12 team H2H league:

    Lillard
    Calderon
    Beal
    Matthews
    Butler
    Gay
    Alphabet
    Tobias Harris
    Millsap
    J Smoove
    Plumlee
    Anthony Davis
    Chandler

    Looking to try to consolidate assets and thinking about having some room to add Bledsoe to my roster. These were proposed to me:

    My Matthews/Millsap for his K Love. Or my Beal/Smith for his K Love. Would you do either? When would you take a chance and grab Bledsoe?

    Thank you for your insight!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jess: Dude, def champing at the bit at both! Beal Smith for Love I like more, would make your team even more unstoppable. Since you’re in first, if you indeed get a Love deal done, I’d go ahead and grab Bledsoe with the empty spot

  17. matt says:
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    Can anyone stop Durantula? Unbelievable

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt: Haha he is the desert spider!

  18. jau says:
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    12-team league, currently first place, but I still am need of insight:

    Should I drop Plumlee for Larry Sanders? Yes. Someone’s patience ran out on them. I have the #2 waiver wire currently.

    Here’s my team:
    Conley
    Lawson
    Dragic
    Parsons
    Marc Gasol
    Paul George
    Channing Frye
    Robin Lopez
    Lance Stephenson
    Wilson Chandler
    Evan Turner
    JR Smith
    + Miles Plumlee

    Let me know! Thanks.

    • jau says:
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      @jau:

      Top6 teams make playoffs + currently the other 5 teams aren’t too strong in blocks. With the possibility that I clinch a BYE week, I’m hoping to secure blocks while Sanders can also provide some REB help.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jau: Yeah I think I would, since you’re in first you can take on Sanders’ risk/upside a little better, but not like PLumlee is crushing it, I like that move

  19. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Which side would u take:

    Wall/Nowitzki/Kobe for Steph Curry/Boogie Cousins

    Thanks

    DICK

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Fantasy Dick: Well I’m going to go ahead and throw out Kobe, and DMC and Dirk I think are close and much rather Curry over Wall, so strongly like right side. Any time!

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