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The postseason is upon us in standard playoff leagues, and this is the last update of the fantasy regular season.  My swan song if you will!  My swan… Carroll?  Puns!  Puns!  “My anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got puns, hun!”  What isn’t punny is DeMarre Carroll‘s production of late, pouncing on the hapless Bucks for 15/6/1/0/2 hitting four treys.  Carroll has been all about sir-mix-a-lotting multi-cats, with three straight pretty big fantasy games hitting three+ treys in all of em.  Shooting a great percentage, hitting treys, can get all the cats, what’s not to like?!  And yet, still only 47% owned in Yahoo.  Crazy sauce!  Looking ahead to the playoff schedule – and if you haven’t yet, be sure to read up on Slim’s schedule breakdown for the three upcoming weeks (which is what I’m going to use here on out, Slim you are a saint!) – the Hawks are non-migratory and play within a temperate zone of 4 games in all three playoff weeks.  So sink your talons into some DeMarre and soar into the fantasy championship to place a title trophy on your roost.  Puns!  Puns!  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy action:

Mike Dunleavy - No blood no foul!  Wait, there was plenty of blood…  Gashed over the eye, but came back to start the second half and refound his 3-point stroke going 4-6 from deep.  Was 1-14 the past four before that!  Before the next Bulls game, he’s gonna have to go to a Fight Club.  21/7/2/1/0 in a nice defrosting line after being cold.

Taj Gibson – I’ve been Bullish on Taj (“Stop it with the puns today JB!!!”), but two rough ones in a row.  At least both were salvaged with 2 blocks, but I don’t mind if you start playing the field with your PF options.  Maybe a little speed dating.  Maybe make a dating profile.

D.J. Augustin – Ohhhh, this one is for keeps.  This one is Facebook official!  13/1/8/1/0 with three treys in 29 solid minutes.  Kirk Hinrich actually looked like an NBA player and put up 19 in 30 minutes, and I don’t see either of those being norms.  So rock on, D.J.!

Joakim Noah – If he’s not close to a triple-double, it’s now a disappointment.  Which just goes to show how dominant he’s playing.  Oh, and last night definitely wasn’t a disappointment!

Jeremy Lin – Led the Rockets in shots and Pts.  This was a weird game.  The Rockets looked way off.  Not buying Lin coming on or the rest of the Rockets sucking quite this bad.  Well for the most part…

Terrence Jones – 19:44 for yet another sub-20 minute game, shooting an atrocious 1-7.  Did grab nine boards, but 2/9/1/2/0 and the abhorrent usage just ain’t gonna cut it!

Dwight Howard – 7 turnovers.  Say whaaaaa?  You’ve been Noah-ized!  Rumor is, Darren Aronofsky screams that when credits roll at screenings of his new movie.

Ersan Ilyasova – Comes back from the errant DNP for 22/10/3/2/0.  Ehhhh, I still just hate Ersan this year.  The name on the front of the jersey hurts more than the one on the back though.

Jeff Adrien - Well, at least if you set a weekly line-up you’re feeling a little better.  After the travesty that was 5 minutes on Monday at least got 18 last night for 12/6/0/2/1.  It’s funny just how productive these Bucks bench bigs can be, just like how…

John Henson – … can go RAINBOW!  In ya face, Drew!  12/5/2/2/2 in 25 minutes shooting 5-6 and 2-2 FT.  But his production is just a blind dart throw.  Or a blind jump on a jump to conclusions matt.

Pero Antic – Wasn’t great, 8/7/1/0/0 with 3 TOs, but another 26 minutes as a starting C and did hit a trey.  Did you know he’s actually 31?  Weird old rookies!

Jeff Teague – 22/3/8/0/2 getting it back together after a little lull there.  Shot very efficiently going 7-10, 2-3 3PTM, 6-6 FT, only blemish is the 7 TOs.  Against the awful Bucks at that!  Take care of the ball!  Triple threat position!

Ryan Kelly – You know, for all my shit-slingin’ looked pretty good!  12/4/6/0/2 in a near-rainbow shooting 4-8 (2-2 3PTM 2-2 FT).  Who knows what Doh-toni will do next, but a little intrigued.

Kendall Marshall – 22 minutes.  Yikes.  8/2/6/1/0 and hit a trey, but 1-4 FT?!  Gotta get that shizz together.  Jordan Farmar was always the better scorer, but I’ll keep sticking with Marshall out of the 2.

Xavier Henry – Got possessed by Nick Young before the game.  Shot 3-14!  That said, got 22 minutes and turned in a 7/5/3/3/0 line.  I said a week or so ago I had a feeling he’d be fantasy relevant during the playoffs, because, well, why the hell not!?  Henry is an inefficient shooter with iffy defense, which is like a D’Antoni MVP!

Serge Ibaka – What a beast.  15/13/0/2/7 with a trey for good measure.  6-9 FG 2-2 FT.  My seemingly crazy rank of him is making me have a gloat-fest.  I’m metaphorically jerking it to myself in the mirror.

Reggie Jackson – With Russell Westbrook playing like a G at the right time, minutes are a little tough to come by for R-Jax, but triple double flirted last night out of nowhere!  Well, not really, it’s against the awful Lakers… 8/8/6 – not making too much of it.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Missing at least two games.  Hooray for not worse!  Hopefully he’s out of the wheelchair!  Whew-ee that was scurry.

Eric Bledsoe – Might start tonight.  Which could really start hurting [formerly] matt’s Gerald Green man-love.  matt, it’s OK, the first step is admitting you’re addicted!

 

Enjoy the final weekend of the regular season, and we’ll see you Monday to gear up for the playoffs!

  1. Sio says:
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    Hey JB! Boozer just got dropped in our league. Think he’s worth a pickup dropping tjones diaw or kanter?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Sio: I’m not interested in Boozer in nearly any circumstance. He’s turned into a poor man’s Tristan Thompson, coming from me that’s saying a lot.

      • Sio says:
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        @Slim: thanks man! So between jones and rkelly who would you pick for the playoffs?

        • Slim

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          @Sio: TJones goes 3/3/4 and Kelly goes 3/4/4 the next 3 weeks. With the way McHale is playing Jones my trust in Terrence is kaput. So with RKelly playing 30 and Jones only playing 20 this is a pretty easy choice. The question now though is will Jones get to 30 again and will RKelly stay at 30. I can’t even try to predict either so I say go with the guy who’s currently getting the minutes. I choose RKelly.

          You may want to check the rest of your teams schedule and make sure you will be able to get those games from Kelly. He plays on heavy days whereas Jones doesn’t, at least for the 1st 2 weeks.

          • Sio says:
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            @Slim: the playoffs have me thinking this fantasy stuff is serious business haha!! Thanks for the insight Slim!

            • Slim

              Slim says:
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              @Sio: Your welcome. I’m in a few money leagues… If I win I’m going on a weekend vacation with the winnings. I’m heavily invested!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: You know, if Pts and Rebs were needed cats, I honestly don’t mind Boozer over TJones. Overall rather TJones but he just isn’t playing. And trust me, I’m not Boozer fan haha

  2. Slim

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    RKelly as a point-forward? If the who from who-ville gets 4+ assists per game then his ceiling is top 25. I know that sounds crazy but his last 9 games now are spectacular. We love when a guy averages 1.0 3s and 1.0 blocks, there’s only a handful of them around after all. Well what about 1.5-2.0 of each? It’s not just that either. He’s putting up full 9-cat lines now. I made a Dirk comparison a while back and that’s still what his ceiling looks like to me. And not just because he’s a 7-foot white guy with great jumper.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeah the dimes were nice and seemed legit. Well, I dunno about “great jumper”. :) But yeah I mean you kinda have to buy in at this point

  3. Bren says:
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    Wesley Johnson or Pero Antic? Lakers are playing very uninspired basketball…

    • Bren says:
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      @Bren: also intrigued by Ryan Kelly. I pretty much have a first round bye for playoffs and have the benefit of picking up players while taking my time. Think Matt Barnes will keep up his production or take a flier on Ryan Kelly? I also like O’Quinn and Adrien for blocks. So I guess if I had to restate question out of these 5 which do you like between Antic, Barnes , Wes Johnson, O’Quinn and Adrien?

      Thank you!

    • Slim

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      @Bren: Antic is just streamer material to me. 12/6 with a 3 is OK for a couple of games but it won’t win you any championships over the long haul. Wesley Johnson moving out of the PF spot has killed his usefulness. With the way RKelly is playing and the mess of wings for the Lakers I’m not sold on Wes Johnson’s ROS appeal either. Same goes for O’Quinn and Adrien. Both have good stream appeal but unfortunately their schedules aren’t too helpful to us.

      First I would check your roster but for me it’s between RKelly and Barnes, assuming a 1st round bye. Barnes plays Mon.Wed.Thur.Sat, whereas Kelly plays Tue.Thur.Fri.Sun. I would take whichever guy gives you the most games. If it’s a tie… I’d take the Flier on Kelly. I think Barnes will lose some of his production as he goes back to a 30ish minute role.

      • Bren says:
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        @Slim: @Slim: wow that was great insight thank you!

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Bren: Your very welcome.

          • Bren says:
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            @Slim: haha I just saw your response to another commenter and you were asking for more questions! Lol I’ll post my team up for a better break down:

            12 team 9 cat

            Conley, Ellis, knight, Marshall

            Pierce, j butler, j green, Carroll, m Barnes

            Love, AD, dirk, griffin, r Kelly

            Really wanted to shore up blocks to compliment AD and it seems r Kelly will provide just that! I’m glad I was able to get your opinion because I did have antic for a minute but he’s been dropped! I really hate j green and have been avoiding using him as he destroys FG pct and doesn’t contribute anywhere else. Still hoping for him to become valuable! I’m also keeping an eye on giannis, he can be a difference maker with more PT.

            • Slim

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              @Bren: Assists and Blocks look like they could use a little boost. Blocks without needing boards makes a 30 min RKelly even better.

              Yeah Jeff Green isn’t going to get you to the promise land. I think I’d still like to see a few more assists.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Bren: I am with Slim, R.Kelly for the win!

  4. Allen says:
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    Markieff Morris came available on FA today in my 12 teamer. My squad listed below is G/SF heavy, I could use another big…would you guys drop anyone on my team for Markieff?

    Randy Foye
    Mike Dunleavy
    John Wall
    Jimmy Butler
    Thaddeus Young
    Kevin Martin
    Joakim Noah
    DeAndre Jordan
    Ty Lawson
    Jameer Nelson
    Kyrie Irving
    Jodie Meeks
    Gordon Hayward

    • Slim

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      @Allen: Wow. Strong team. Foye would be my casualty. Your already strong in the areas he helps and his production has fallen off the cliff recently. I’m all in on Markieff and I think he should be universally owned.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Allen: I agree, not a Foye guy, my drop as well

  5. Shaft says:
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    Thanks for helping me clinch the regular season title guys! As you’ll see below, my team became a bunch of waiver wire darlings (or studs i turned some ww-pickups into). Think I’m left with only 4 guys I originally drafted. I owe you guys big!

    Anyway, I’m trying to sort through the bottom of my roster, but im not sure what to do with a few of my guys. I’ve got a first round bye, so im just focusing on the last two weeks of the playoffs. 10 team 8-Cat h2h. Here is my team right now:

    Conley, Kemba, Knight, Korver, Durant, Serge, Aldridge, Tobias, Taj, T Jones, Wilson Chandler and Chalmers.

    What do you think about the following moves:
    A) Drop T jones and/or Taj for Sully, Humphries and/or Henson
    B) Drop Wilson Chandler for Carroll or Meeks
    C) Drop Chalmers for Marshall or DJ Augustine

    Thanks!

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      @Shaft: R Kelly is also available.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Shaft: I would take Kelly over TJones. 4/4 schedule and playing extremely well with good minutes. I compared the 2 in the 1st comment thread on this post.

    • Slim

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      @Shaft: We’ve gotten a few right this year…

      A) I would hold Taj. I know he’s struggled but his last 3 have been vs Mia, SAS, and Hou. I think he’ll be fine. I’m not sold on TJones but those other 3 don’t instill much trust either. Henson is the only one I’m willing to gamble on. Everyone here only plays 3 games… Tough call but I’m ever so slightly leaning toward Henson in this case.

      B) So Carroll, Meeks will go 4/4 and Chandler goes 3/4. Tough to trust the Lakers wings right now with all the healthy bodies. So Carroll for 4 or Chandler for 3. Chandler plays on the 3 heaviest days for the week of March 24th whereas Carroll gets 2 out of 3 and avoids the heaviest. I’m going with Carroll.

      C) Chalmers and Marshall go 4/4 and DJ goes 3/4. I think DJ will still score more points but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for your team. Chalmers does so much more than Marshall and his role is pretty much secure. I choose Chalmers to be the difference in steals.

      • Shaft says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim! Just made the move for R Kelly and Carroll. Really appreciate the quick response!

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Shaft: Your very welcome. Give me more questions so I can avoid working!

  6. Bennie says:
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    Tough to drop Reggie Jackson because he’s been a big part of the team all season…but as I fight for the championship is R. Kelly or Blatche worth the pickup in his place? I also have Marion and Tony Allen playing inconsistent ball.

    • Slim

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      @Bennie: Uhoh. I think all 3 are replaceable in a 12er. I think Jackson is more or less done barring an injury. Butler didnt just replace Sefolosha, he’s playing more minutes. Since someone other than Jackson gets the start there too there just isn’t enough minutes for Jackson to do much with. RKelly isn’t going to replace pre-Westbrook Jackson but his fantasy numbers can’t be ignored right now. I’m not buying Blatche… can I get a few more options available? Tony Allen’s steals could be tough to replace. Marion isn’t himself. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s playing hurt.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bennie: I agree, not really a fan of all three and think you need Kelly. I’m blah on Blatche too. I’d probably drop Allen

  7. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Hey You KNOCK IT OFF! Don’t go jinxing my man crush love affair :-)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Haha denial is a powerful think matt! Powerful!

  8. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Noah is playing like an MVP ….seriously y’all

    • Slim

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      @Bi-Felicia: Here’s my thing… 13/10/7/1/2, very good FGs, doesnt hurt FTs, 2.5 TOs is annoying but not out of hand. Thats where i’ve got him. What makes him special is PG level assists from a big. Opens up your roster to many more possibilities. You can play down a PG and add a big vs big heavy teams and have the advantage in their strength without hurting your assists. Vs even up teams if you play even in PGs and bigs along with them then you have an assist advantage. Vs PG heavy teams you can play even and have the advantage in bigs stats while staying competitive in assists. I hope that makes sense…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bi-Felicia: Goromotaro is giving up the 20/20 games for 10/10/10 games!

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Matty likey very much! He’s gonna get a few votes for mvp. Im a biased bulls/pacers fan tho. He’s having a great year no denying that

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Bi-Felicia: Yeah he’s for sure gonna get MVP votes I think he’s #3 right now

  9. Joe says:
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    12-team, 9-cat, H2H non keeper.
    Team is: Lillard, IT2, Knight, Tyreke, J.Green, Carroll, Gibson, D.Lee, Ibaka, M.Gasol, Sullinger.

    I am likely going to drop Sullinger because he’s sharing minutes with Humphries and Olynk (but I can be swayed). I may drop Gibson as well; his last three games just didn’t cut it.

    I’m in a heated battle for 2nd in this, our final week of the regular season. 2nd place gets a bye. But I also have a mind toward the playoffs (mostly weeks 1 and 2, depending on whether I get a bye)

    If I am to drop Sullinger and/or Gibson, I could add:

    George Hill – Plays today and Saturday, has a great playoff schedule, but has been a bit meh.

    James Anderson – Plays today and Saturday but against Pacers and Grizzlies. Has been playing very well lately. Has a good playoff schedule but goes against the Pacers and Bulls next week.

    Corey Brewer – Ok first week schedule but gets better (3-4-4). Has been solid but not spectacular.

    Luol Deng – Better this past week but he’s clearly out of sorts in CLE. Plays 3-4-4

    Kyle O’Quinn – Getting the starts now. 4 games next week but overall a poor playoff schedule (3-4-3 I think)

    Pero Antic – Not the king of rebounds, but solid playoff schedule.

    Ryan Kelly – looking good, 3-4-4 playoff schedule though, and only one more game this week (today)

    Jordan Farmar – See Kelly, Ryan above

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: I mean, no one on the list sticks out with upside more than Deng to me. Two straight really nice one. I’m taking him first. Games tonight and Sunday v. GS and Clips. Both should be pretty high scoring, that said, will get Iggy on D tonight. Still, my first pick. I’d go all in to get the bye week. So maybe worth grabbing Kelly for tonight, but beyond Deng, I’d all out stream between those guys for whatever stats you need to win this week. Get dat bye!

  10. tq says:
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    Hey Guys, thanks for helping me get to the play off’s. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Drop Ramon Session for Shaun Livingston? Ramon seems a little 1 dimensional and I am into Livingston with his steals. Plus he has a 4 game week next week. Thoughts?

    Oquinn is also on the waiver, but I am racking it up on the boards at the moment.

    I am also rolling with Reggie Jackson but Sims, Adrien, and Webster also out there.

    Any of these other guys would upgrade me?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @tq: Any time glad you made it! Yup I would for Livingston. Agree, and tough to trust virtually any Buck, much less a bench guy. Since you’re fine with boards, I’m still with Livingston. I will say keep an eye on Sims, who I think can keep up the under-the-radar multi-cat. Maybe a guy to stream down the road. O’Quinn could help a late week block total as well.

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