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The H2H season is in the books!  Well, at least if you did a standard format, ain’t no reason to play out games the final week-and-a-half!  People getting sat with hangnails!  Even James Harden missed a game…  Say it ain’t so!

Quick scheduling note for this week.  Tomorrow we’ll announce the RCL winner, then Wednesday unveil the REL champ with their gold jersey.  We’ll catch up with the Pod either Wednesday or Thursday and some daily notes by the end of the week for you Roto-ers still trucking through to the finish line, and then start up the Way Too Early Ranks for 2017-18!  That’s what I’m excited about.  Mostly just to never see Chandler Parsons in my ranks ever again…

So who were some unlikely heroes over the championship week?  How about stupid, no good, can’t-take-a-shower-without-breaking-his-wrist Rajon Rondo just running game, and knocking me out of my one title-contending RCL.  What a joke….  10/9/9/3/0 last night against the Pels, giving him a 42/29/30/8/1 line over the Thur/Sat/Sun 3-games-in-4 nights stream if you used him in the Finals.  Who woulda thought my death knell would’ve been made by Rondo…  Eh well, baseball is here at least!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

Jonas Valanciunas The Luminescent Lithuanian was very likely addable at the end, going 16/17/1/1/2 then 14/8/1/2/1 over the weekend.  Minutes still didn’t touch 30, but went way back up the final week.  Stupid Raps, jerking around his mins.

Serge Ibaka So they CAN co-exist!  15/12/2/0/2, then a monster game against Philly on Sunday – 24/6 with 6 blocks.  He eschewed Mutombo and probably won some titles with those pivotal swats!

DeMar DeRozan One of the studs being studs in the finals, going 40/9/4 and 17/1/9 over the final 3 days.  I guess in that Philly win yesterday, he just wanted to facilitate!

Nikola Jokic Finishing the season strong!  26/13/10 for yet another tripdub against the Hornets on Friday, then 19/10/7/2/0 last night.  The jock itch is on fire!  Should probably see a doctor for that.

Marvin Williams Well, Jeremy, he doesn’t do his normal 3s/Pts/Reb, but suddenly became a defensive kingpin his final H2H weekend!  9/8/1/4/3 Friday then 4/6/1/1/3 yesterday afternoon.  5 steals and 6 swats to wrap it up, who does this guy think he is, Hakeem Olajuwon?!

Aaron Gordon To quote The 5th Element and The Matrix, “whoa!”   Too little too late, amiright?!  Tried to put the Magic on his back (and no, that’s not the name of a lower back tattoo) Friday against the Celtics, going 32/16/1/1/2 with no TO and 3 treys out of absolutely nowhere.  A-Gor going ham!  Followed it up with a 22/15/5/2/0 line with 4 treys on Saturday against the Mess including this mammoth alley.

WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL YEAR?!

Elfrid Payton Finishing strong to hopefully put some championship trophies on your Shelfird!  12/9/15/2/0 and 20/11/11/1/0 lines (including that dime above) to accentuate his strong finish.  I love him.

Jae Crowder The Boston Clam Crowder bruised his elbow early yesterday, but it was bad enough to get X-rays.  They came up clean, but even though it’s his non-shooting arm, expect him to rest it up for the playoffs.

Shawn Long – Shawnlong finishing strong!  Wearing the live strong bracelets!  Wait, probably shouldn’t wear those, would imply some added substances…  Anywho, 16/4/0/1/1 and 9/5/1/1/2 lines over the weekend, with 4 treys.  Hopefully you streamed strong!

DeMarcus Cousins Yeah, F you Boogie.  You cost me a finals appearance in one league, then go 37/13/4/3/2 in a monster rainbow and 26/18/3/0/1 over the weekend.  Suck it up and play through all the fantasy playoffs, ya bum!

Derrick Rose Well, I would say the same for D-Rose, but he’s not on any championship-winning teams, that’s for sure…  Tore his meniscus yet again, and will miss the remainder of the season.  At this point, he’s a backup somewhere, right?  I mean, “super” backup!  Ron Baker/Courtney Lee should get a few extra touches, along with Chasson Randle for the super deep Rotos.

Kawhi Leonard Dude, Doug McDermott, learn how to hard foul!

McDermott growing up in a frat boy, suburban rich neighborhood didn’t get taught how to wrap someone up!  Too busy playing polo and not playing football!  28/8/2/3/2 in that crazy comeback win against OKC, then 25/4/7/0/2 to wrap up his Finals-week.

Russell Westbrook Another monster in the studs-being-studs-to-win-titles category, going 32/15/12 and 40/13/10/3/0 with 7 treys yesterday, to close out the H2H season.  He might go on a historic 4 or 5 year stretch that we’ll never see again.

Thon Maker Thon Maker, the bucket maker!  23/2/0/1/0 outta nowhere on Friday, hitting 9-12 from the field and 4 treys.  Coulda scored more if he made more than 1-3 from the freebie line!  Follows it up with a massive 20 minutes of 11/1/0/0/0 Sunday… Womp womp…  Too raw!

Giannis Antetokounmpo We probably said the same about Giannis his rookie season – too raw!  But look at how cooked the Greek is now!  28/14/9/1/2 then 31/15/9/4/2 to complete the exclamation point on his season.  23.2/8.7/5.4/1.7/1.9 shooting 52.4% from the field right now.  Wow.

James Harden To be fair in my complaints in the open, my opp didn’t have Harden on the last Sunday because he got the sniffies.  A good opportunity to rest that wrist too.

David Nwaba – Streaming magic on Saturday!  19/6/1/2/0 hitting 6-9 from the field and 7-10 FT.  But streaming dud yesterday!  3/1/0/1/0…  Can’t trust any Lakers right now…

Thomas Robinson Man, I’ve always hoped T-Rob would get an extended look somewhere…  Had a fantastic run his last 4 games – especially given low minutes – going 16/9/3/1/0 then 12/10/1/2/0 over the weekend, in only 42 total minutes.  But read the final sentence above – it’s tough to rely on these guys.

Larry Nance Probably sticking with Nance amongst the Lakers  streamables, coming off a 12/14/1/3/1 win with a trey in 40 whopping minutes as the starting C.  Lakers surprised Memphis too, with a 108-103 win!

LeBron James As always surrounding LeBron, a media frenzy envelops the Cavs team while they struggled a little lately, so you know he wanted a W last night more than anything.  Epic 2OT win against the Pacers, going 41/16/11/2/1 in a great game.  Paul George missed a pivotal FT in an otherwise great game, J.R. Smith hit a huge trey…  Great finish that really cut into my Opening Day MLB watching!  Hah.  41/16/11/2/1 from Bronnie Bron.

Trevor Booker On fire on Saturday!  Legit NBA Jam voice!  11-12 FG for 23/8/1/1/0 then 7/7/1/3/0 Sunday to close out his season.  Damn, he coulda had a monster year if he played 30 MPG and there was no Coach Asshat.

Ty Lawson Dude, can Kris Dunn try to keep up with this old fart already?!  Dunn fouled out in 18 minutes, on his way to letting Lawson go 21/2/11/1/0 and take 11-14 FT.  Lawson hasn’t taken anything that frequently except sobriety tests…

Marquese Chriss Hit a couple bad games, but finished strong over the Finals weekend!  19/13/1/1/2 Saturday then 9/6/1/0/4 yesterday to close out the year.  Man, it’s gonna be tough to not rank him aggressively for 17-18.

Troy Daniels Hmmmmm, weird.  Helping to fill in some lost offense without Marc Gasol?  Back-to-back 30+ minutes games with 20+ points to close out the weekend.  Hit a combined 13 treys, so you don’t expect that every outing, but might be a final ThrAGNOF-push guy in Roto.

Rudy Gobert Had that 0 block game a few games ago which I mentioned in the notes, then he goes out and has a 35/24 weekend with 9 blocks.  Love ya, Frenchy!

Emmanuel Mudiay Whoa, where the F did you come from?!  Jameer Nelson sat with an old calf (feels like a lyric to an old farm/country song), giving Mudiay 32 minutes.  And he didn’t waste em, going 17/4/9/0/1 with 9-10 FT.  Even if Jameer misses more games, it’s tough to trust anything here for the final 10 days though…

Paul Millsap Too little, too late?  Finally returned from his “tight knee” to go 14/4/2 off the bench yesterday.  Shot only 4-14, but played 26 minutes, and if you need him these final 10 days, it’s good to have him back.

 

How’d you all do in your finals?!  Hopefully we helped you raise some trophies!  Thanks for dropping by, and if your season is over, we’ll be here all offseason with ranks, NBA Draft prep, and everything you need to either win that title next year or defend it.  Razz Fa Life!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    I’m depressed that we’re nearing the end of this notes 🙁

    Streaming Crab Cakes tomorrow then immediately switching him for either CLee or TDaniels for the next couple of games. Need the efficient volume 3s and I know Lee would likely help in the stls area too, but Daniels has the higher upside. Guess it comes down to their next two matchups.. what you think? Pretty sure Lee has shown good offensive output with Rose sidelined in the past.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hah yeah, the year is dwindling 🙁

      Agree, Daniels is the upside, Lee is the safer. I think with steals a need, you go safer there and get his swipes

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      @JB Gilpin: oh, or JR Smith for us BOS/ORL back to back??

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Mehhhhh, I’ll stick with Lee

  2. Shahed says:
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    Yo JB, I won two leagues! Can’t belive it. I thought I had no chance.

    My Roster Monday:
    G: Wall, Ulis, Booker, T.J. McConnell,
    F: Griffin, James Johnson, Terrence Ross, Chriss
    C: Cousins, Howard, Pau Gasol, Holmes, Big Sauce

    I picked up Lou Williams for Ross Monday, Ish Smith for Holmes Wednesday, Mirotic for Ish Friday, and Aminu for McConnell Friday.

    My opponent:
    G: Harden, Isaiah, Teague, Beal, Middleton, Tim Hardaway jr, Barton
    F: Skal Labissiere, Wilson Chandler
    C: AD, Gobert, Gortat, Willy H

    He picked up Brogdon for Barton on Thursday, no games there. And Holmes for Gortat Saturday, too late.

    I thought I had no chance against Harden, AD, Gobert, Isaiah. But Harden killed his FG%, Griffin had a huge week, and I just had a better schedule.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shahed: Hell yeah man, nice work! Damn, yeah him losing a game of Harden and Beard dealing with the wrist stuff def helped for sure. On paper you were def behind the 8 ball, but anything can happen in a 1 week sample. all you gotta do is get there! Congrats again man!

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, the funny thing is that he got Harden for Lillard, he drafted Lillard, but the guy who drafted Harden didn’t want him, so traded for Lillard! We both thought that was insane, and I thought with Harden, AD, Isaiah and Gobert he was unbeatable, but anything can happen.

        Now I can enjoy the rest of the season, hopefully my Blazers stay in the playoff spots, even though Nurkic is out, and even though we’ll probably get swept by the Warriors, lol.

        Man, gotta wait 6 months to enjoy fantasy again! I’m sorry to say, but I don’t care for Baseball or American Football, (I’m English, we enjoy real Football!, lol). Games are too long, too many stoppages, too many players, and too many rules and stats.

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          @Shahed: Gonna miss the Podcast, you are Slim are hilarious. Will definitely stop by for the Basketball rankings, gonna be interesting, I wonder where you rank TJ Warren next year? Higher than 184 I’m sure. And Devin Booker or Russell, or Hield and WCS. I guess it depends on who they draft. I’m already looking to next season, lol.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Shahed: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Hah yeah thats pretty annoying, although Lillard has been solid and may have been the best player for the finals week haha.

            Hah no worries, yeah basketball is awesome because it’s the best global fantasy game, why I hope it keeps growing. But I do love my baseball too 🙂 Football is a distant 3rd.

            We’ll have a Pod this week and next to wrap the season, so we’ll be around! Hah no comment on those guys yet, still got time to work on my ranks 🙂

  3. Jensen says:
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    Thanks for the awesome season guys. Year 4 with Razzball was a doozie but we locked down championship number 3 in 4 seasons. As always, just wanted to say you (and Slim) do great work and keep it fun and interesting for the long season. Thanks for hustlin and putting in the work so we can all reap the rewards. Looking forward to the end of year post, spoiler alert, Brooklyn wins team for least fantasy goodness. JB see ya on the baseball side, Slim good luck in REL-AL I hope you do better than JB who is actively trying to destroy my rebuild attempts. And can we fast forward to 2017-18 ranks now?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Awesome man, nice work! Hopefully we didn’t lead you astray too bad like I did accidentally in MLB REL 🙁 Haha.

      Hah yeah we’ll get cracking on the Razzies this week!

  4. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    JB getting some crown and coke and toasting with me tonight! Len – YES ALEX LEN – locked it up for me on Sunday with some blocks, boards, and FTs. First in my keeper to be a two-time champ.

    Thanks again for all of your help and your tiredless, always-game responses to all of our questions year round. That, and your sense of humor, is really what make Razzball special above all others.

    Guess I’m back next year. Champions defend!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: Hell yeah man, glad to hear it! Nothing average about this Joe! Glad we helped you secure that title.

      Really appreciate that man, it’s what we do! Let’s get that threepeat next yr!

  5. Jeremy says:
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    Yessss some love for marvin LOL

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Jeremy:

      Appreciate the notes all year around!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jeremy: HAHAHA glad you saw that man! Thanks for reading all year round, looking forward to a fun offseason and epic draft!

  6. The Gintern says:
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    Speaking of Millsap…somehow managed to win my 16 team league despite losing Lowry and then Millsap, wooo!

    Thanks for all the help this year JB and Slim, looking forward to seeing the way too early rankings!!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Gintern: Damn, what a will to win! Hah, nice work! Yup I’ll have my top 10 out next week!

  7. JG

    JG says:
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    Won an RCL league w/o KD. Was a team effort but gotta say, Sexy Boy Rubio, LMA and Rondo were the pillars.

    Didn’t fare well in a bragging rights league but that’s what you get when you draft Dipo as top 30, Kmid (before getting injured) 3rd rd and Malone messing up Jokic for a good portion of the season leaving me no choice but to trade him (then he pulls a peak Marc Gasol on me)

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      @JG: Mmmmmm rubio! But stupid Rondo noooooooooooo! Ugh that one hurt. Yeah I was anti-Dipo at least! Although Kmidd was unfortunate for all invovled and Jokic was impossible to see him turn around his season like that… Nice job getting an RCL title man, shit is tough!

  8. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The blurbs were top-notch, and the advice was sound. Can’t ask for much more. Nice work this season, RazzBball team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Appreciate that man, thanks as always for dropping by and being part of Razzball Nation!

  9. Dusty says:
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    The Sleepwalkers took home the Effing Catalina Wine Mixer. You never wake a Sleepwalker.
    MVP of the week was Terrence Ross, picked him up before the week and he was the difference in steals in a 5-4 result. Went into Sunday down 3-5 with points, 3s and steals all toss ups, team came through with 28 3s (92 on the week!) and 219 points (games advantage helped a lot too).
    Thanks Razzball for a great season, may your boats always be full of hoes.

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      @Dusty: Curry as the number 2 pick in a bust season didn’t turn out too bad either 😉

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dusty: I thought it was you never wake a White Walker?! Haha. Nice work on the title man! Super disappointed I got bounced so early… Meh well. Yeah Curry stayed healthy and still had a great year. Could’ve been worse for sure haha.

        Thanks for dropping by through the year, and lets get 2017 full of hoes as well!

  10. Chris says:
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    Thanks to the Razzball Basketball staff for helping me on my way to my championship this season. I won my basketball league in just my second year of caring about basketball, nevermind it being only my second year of playing fantasy basketball. Always looked forward for the posts from all the writers. Now to switch to my favorite baseball, will be looking for your articles there JB!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Hell yes man, awesome to hear! Glad you’re now addicted to hoops as well! Yup I’m halfway switched to baseball too, but still wrapping up the season. Dude I got NBA still finishing, MLB opening day, and my Heels in the NCAA championship, sports overload right now! I’ll be frequenting there on baseball, catch ya over there!

  11. Threekola says:
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    Hey razzboys (can that be a thing?), what a season this was.

    Curry dray and brolo top 3 picks, I was paranoid of all the rest I thought was coming, but they finished stronger than I could’ve asked for. Durant injury and Atkinson taking the early rest low minute approach paid off I guess.

    Anyway 2 things:

    1- let’s give Josh Richardson some love, 8 threes, 8 steals and 7 blocks this week, picked him up for the week after seeing his big minutes last week which helped me……..

    2- ….WIN THE LEAGUE! Back to back 1st place wins for me, and you guys are a very important part of it.

    Thanks boys, can’t wait for the way too earlies.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Threekola: Hah sure, I like it! Yup, those all worked out despite some conerns! 1 – hah yeah som ups and downs, but yeah he hit the D stats well! 2 – F yes man, glad we helped! Nice work on the title! Almost Early time!

  12. Kozmonaut says:
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    JB & Slim…Won my 12 Team 9 Cat league. Was down 4-5 and ended up winning 5-4 overtaking my opponent by three 3’s as Curry drained his 9. Kawhi, Jokic, Gobert, Lowry, Covington, carried my team early, and trading Lowry & Anderson for Curry literally won my season. Clarkson and Chriss waking up late season, and Dieng having some key stats during playoffs were clutch as well.
    Taking your advice to aggressively dump players to have active bodies in the lineup was key, as I dumped Melo before finals week, dropped Collison as soon as DNPs started, dropped Zubac & Covington immediately after hearing of injuries.

    Thanks for the year full of entertaining articles and pods, looking forward to the 17-18 season!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kozmonaut: Curry for the win! Awesome to hear man, nice work! Chriss was the man, glad he helped! Yeah you def have to go fast and loose at the end. Appreciate ya dropping by through the year, and looking forward to 17-18!

  13. ukg says:
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    I’m in a championship week, shallow league. Drop aminu for jr smith’s b2b? Thinking of punting fg since i have harden, kyrie and kemba struggling from the field last week. (Surprisingly won the semis by .0003 fg% for a 5-4 matchup) the opponent has jokic, towns and dj so i don’t think I’ll be able to win the fg% category.

    How about crowder? Do you think he’ll sit up the rest of the season? Or will they play him for the #1 seed run? Thinking of using him as a streamer spot.

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      @ukg: hmmm, actually disregard the aminu for smith thing. Haha! He played really well and gotta love those big minutes. I hope he can sustain this level of play tomorrow against utah’s defense.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @ukg: Wow, you won FG% even with Harden?! Damn I bet that made you sweat haha. Yeah huge game from Aminu kinda outta nowhere, but love the minutes and he’s streaky! Hopefully at least the D stats will be there tomo

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          @JB Gilpin: i benched him 5mins before the game against the warriors. And that made me won the matchup. Also shoutout to chriss’ block against capela in the 4th (he has capela) haha

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @ukg: Hah nicccccccccce, what a good game time call!

  14. Bye Felica says:
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    Don’t know how I pulled it off considering everyone was the favorite against me. I guess I’ll run away while i have this Championship Jersey,.

    Like Shaq always said “UNDERDOG, may your streams be silver, your jerseys yellow, and your showers golden.

    Wait…… what???? 🙃😭

    Curious where i landed in the RCL Masters bcuz i pulled a Yugeeee upset in that league to win as the #5 seed vs the #1 and #2 seeds in the Semis and finals

      • @JB Gilpin: post an eloquent jersey acceptance speech on my behalf. You’re better writer than me.

        Then you can eat something weird on youtube XD

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felicia: Hah cool, I’ll do my best 🙂

          And no you gotta win the RCLs for that!!! Hahaha

  15. Bye Felica says:
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    Damit man. And i finished 2nd in the NCAA razzball pool for the 3rd time! That has to be worth you eating an iguana on youtubr or something haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felica: Hahahaha one of the best comments of the season. I’ll see what I can do 🙂

      • @JB Gilpin: All that matters is that WE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felicia: U-N-C, GO HEELS GO!

  16. Doctor G says:
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    Hey JB!! Long time no talk my man. I just want to thank you for all of your fantastic work this season. I know I haven’t been around much as I’ve been super swamped with school, but I’m still keeping up from afar! Discovering you guys was def the highlight of my fantasy season. Looking forward to all the good Ish (Smith) you guys got coming up in the offseason. Cheers bud!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doctor G: The Doctor! Good to see ya man, sorry school has swamped ya! Glad you found us, and appreciate the kind words. Hopefully your load lightens a little and you can help us with all the injuries in 2017-18! Always an open invite to do a weekly series if you wanna write for us 🙂 Doctor G, Fantasy MD!

  17. Nukna says:
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    Razzup, JB & Slim?!
    First of all, thanks a lot for all your efforts throughout the season, it’s been a hell of a ride.
    Lost in the finals 5:4, on a slim FG% margin, but it was deservedly, the opponent’s crew kicked ass on Sunday. I was crippled for Lowry, Millsap and Lord Cov, but he lost KD along the way.
    Anyhow, the summer’s coming, car windows will be down in Belgrade, sharing some “Embiiiiiiiid” with the crowd. haha
    Thumbs up, great job, regards from Serbia!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nukna: Damn, yeah that sucks… I’ll talk it on the Pod, but lost my last standing team by 1 3ptm. How it goes…

      Rock those windows down with the nicer weather and we’ll give you plenty of inappropriate lines on the podcast! Haha! Keep in touch through the offeason man!

  18. E says:
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    Thanks for all your work this year, it is much appreciated.

    Took down the championship in my h2h league this year, your daily recaps and advice have certainly helped!

    Good work, see you in the baseball comments!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Hell yeah man, glad you got the title! Appreciate ya dropping by, as always! Time for some baseball!

  19. Justin says:
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    Thanks for all the articles and advise during the seAson. Ended up winning my league!! Cheers!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Justin: Hell yeah man, congrats on the title! Appreciate ya stopping by through the season and commenting, keep up with ya through the offseason!

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