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Oh man!  So many places to go with a title like that… Last night we had two virtually 100%-owned big men step back on the hardwood in Derrick Favors and Andrew Bogut.  Let’s start first with Aussie Aussie Aussie who had his typical Oi Oi Oi multi-cat line for 4/7/4/1/1.  Played 29 minutes which is very encouraging, but did foul out.  The big man fouls were rough in this one!  Both starting 4/5s combined for 10 fouls in Golden State at Detroit.  Mark Jackson pre-game must’ve been like, “pretend you’re all Artest and the Pistons just threw a beer on you!”  I remain high on Bogut for his multi-cat walkabouts.  Then to Favors – who had been doing fantasy owners no Favors with his bum hip – but lit it up in his return last night for 8-9 FG (4-4 FT) 20/4/1/0/3 in 29 you-couldn’t-ask-for-better minutes.  Hopefully his hip can hold up the rest of the season!  And hopefully he doesn’t Favor too much on the other one.  Womp womp.  Worst joke of the year!  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:

Enes Kanter – Back to the bench and back to being… Enes Kanter.  12/5/0/0/0 in 26 minutes with 3 TOs.  Dude, he should be killing it against 2nd units!  But he’s only good against starters, apparently…  Maybe it’s because opposing teams size him up like that annoying kid at the beginning of Jurassic Park.  The opposing line-up sees “Enes Kanter” listed as the starting 5 and they’re like, “That doesn’t sound scary, sounds more like a six foot Turk!”

Alexis Ajinca – Career high in Pts and Rebs for 19/12.  I watched this game, and virtually none of it involved nice basketball plays.  Wait, what?  What I’m saying is, wasn’t too impressed.  He was awful on defense as well.  Not recommending him unless in deep leagues.

Tyreke Evans – 8/4/5/0/0 in 27 minutes, and yeah, that stat line alone tells you it was unimpressive.  Reke could have so much going for him if he had consistency and ankle transplants.  Maybe they can transplant some talons from the Pelicans mascot!

Matt Barnes – After two huge games, cooled off a tiny bit last night, but man, efficient!  12/3/3/0/1, no TOs on 4-6 (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) shooting.  If only his post-game tweeting was that efficient…

DeAndre Jordan – Looked really good.  Surprise update there!  14/16/2/1/4.  What a value he’s been…

Hedo Turkoglu – Took 10 shots in 15 minutes.  Ball hog!  All 4 makes were treys as he could actually be a very deep ThrAGNOF type.

O.J. Mayo – He’s back!  Grab him now!  Um, no.  8-14 including 7-9 from deep for 25 points, but who was it against again?  League worst Philly!  Larry Screw benched his starters and played the second unit virtually the whole 2nd half.  And when you’re in the 2nd unit of an 11-win team as a vet, things are pretty bad.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Aphabet soup was spelling B-L-K last night!  13/6/4 with 4 swats.  Shot 5-8 and hit a trey.  Like a can of alphabet soup (do they come in cans?), I’d like to stock my fantasy cabinet with at least one of them.  Wow, metaphor police after me for that one.

Ramon Sessions - 16/4/5 with a trey in a solid line for his 2nd Bucks appearance.  Nah, this whole game was pretty much junk time.

Jeff Adrien – Same for the other former-Bob C.  6/10/2/1/1 in a great multi-cat effort that Slim missed on because of our stupid REL commissioner.  I blame Yahoo for the default settings…

Thaddeus Young – Two straight ginormous games.  Wow, I didn’t get a red underline for “ginormous”?  Can’t believe that’s legit in the dictionary.  Off topic!  28/5/7/6/0 last night with 3 treys shooting 11-19.  They might as well rename the team the Philadelphia Thaddeuses.

Tony Wroten – Uh oh!  Starting!  19/2/5/1/0 and 100% from the FT line!  On 1-1… With one other tweak, I think Wroten starting is the best line-up the Sixers can field… Or would it be court… I dunno…

Byron Mullens – Should be starting at C.  14 minutes shooting 4-6 for 9/1/1/1/1 and a trey.  Multi-cat!  Terrible that Arnett Moultrie got 28 minutes and Henry Sims 20, and Mullens out-did both of them.  Now, this was Mullens first game, so still high on him increasing minutes and getting shots, because, well, the Sixers like to play fast and like to lose big.

Draymond Green – Welllllllll that didn’t go quite as hot as I had hoped.  To be honest, didn’t think Bogut was coming back.  6/5/1/2/1 shooting 3-4 – at least game you an efficient multi-cat – but I think that’s most likely a loss as a “must-start” call.  Well, I think I might give it another tie, what do you think?  What’s sad is…

Jermaine O’Neal – …coming back and playing well post-wrist surgery is hurting Green too.  16/10/2/0/3 from O’Neal shooting 6-8.  Pretty nifty.  Jonas Valanciunas is like, “well damn, I should be able to do that, not some 50-year old dude with a bum wrist!”  We all agree Luminescent Lithuanian!

Andre Iguodala – A bum one here.  I think he’s a really solid buy low.  2-10 from the field for 4/2/2/0/1.  In the past 5 he was at least 8/5/5 in 4 of them, and 2+ steals in 4 of the 5.  Since 13 Pts is his game-high scoring in his past 13 games, I think he’s getting a little underrated.  As they say, “chicks dig the scoring!”  Or something like that…

Josh Smith – It’s time for another installation of  “where did J-Smoove hurt you?!”  18/11/7/1/1, mmmm all nice, 3 TOs – meh, you can deal – but 9-24 shooting and 0-3 FT.  Ouchie!  I still think if you prepared for some rough %s you’re loving the Smoove train.

Kyle Singler – Ugh.  I hate Singler.  18/3/2/1/2 in a near rainbow, two treys and shot 7-11.  Hurts so bad!  Oh yea, UNC bias coming out.  Still not touching Singler in 10 or 12ers despite the huge minutes John Loyer insists on giving him.  Even when he gets absolutely murdered at the rim

Klay Thompson – While crushing Singler’s spirit on that dunk is all well and good, still a ThrAGNOF for fantasy purposes!

Dirk Nowitzki – Sprechen sie game-winner?!  Too bad that’s not a fantasy stat, because his line was otherwise a little scheiße…

Vince Carter – Hit 7 treys last night.  From slam dunk champ and great slasher to 3-point line camper…

Jose Calderon – Camped as well.  New York was a campgrounds!  6-9 which was comprised of 5-8 3PTM and 1-1 inside the arc.  20/3/6/0/0, 3-3 FT, and no TOs as he continues to be %s shiner.  A Shiner Bock!

Jae Crowder – Stat of the day!  Played 4 seconds and had a -3 +/-.  About as bad as it gets in 4 seconds!  If he was playing the whole game, the score would’ve been 2,160 – 0 Knicks over the Mavs….  Good thing Dallas pulled him when they did…

Carmelo Anthony – I’ve heard he’s good at basketball.  I know the Knicks suck though…  The math doesn’t add up!

Raymond Felton – 8/3/7/2/0 shooting 3-4 with 2 treys and only 2 TOs.  It’s like he modeled this game after Calderon!  Which would probably help… But then, and boy am I glad I caught this story during my late-owl-ness, is being questioned for pointing a gun at his girlfriend.  His girlfriend probably hid his ho-hos.  Which way you interpret ho-hos is up the reader…

Kelly Olynyk – 21/8/4 but a lot of it was in junk time.

Jared Sullinger - I missed this update yesterday, but missed last night with the minor concussion.  Very questionable the rest of the week, but I am still holding like a Felton firearm.

 

I hope everyone got a solid start from their squads as we get closer and closer to standard league playoffs!

  1. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Some good ones today. The Jae Crowder line and of course the Felton line had me laughing, not what Felton did though. Yikes.

    I’m not a big Singler fan either but in a 12er he makes for an excellent streamer.

    It’s so tough to buy Iggy. I’ve been trying to sell him all year. Sell high, sell low, it didn’t matter. I couldn’t get anything useful for him. Then there’s the bad GS playoff schedule. I’m pretty much done with Iggy. If I can’t trade him I might have to use his roster spot to stream come playoff time.

    I think I’m done with Ajinca too. Such inconsistency is tough to handle even in the REL.

    Alec Burks had a good one last night. 21/1/4/1 with a 3, 2 good percents and zero TOs. Burks has been pretty consistent for a couple of weeks now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Thanks man! Ugh, yeah, Singler…. Just so ugly haha. Interesting that you hate Iggy. If we were in a league together where you had him I’d buy, not for anything big, but I would. If Ajinca could play D he’d get 30+ minutes every game but he just can’t defend. Yeah Burks has been solid, which is telling that he is included for that line, its now typical for him!

  2. Lasandro says:
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    “Walkabouts”? “Oi oi oi”? Is this lowly Aussie reader rubbing off on ya man?! Or was it born outta several viewings of crocodile Dundee? Lovin the australiana mate!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @Lasandro: how about adding some fantasy updates on the Sydney Kings? Australia reference!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @miles proudfoot: hahaha I gotchu man! Ok here goes: the Kings have had no standard league quality pickups since Cap’n Jack played for them a decade ago. Sources say that the 76ers’ second unit decimated the Kings at a recent “NBA stars – Meet Tony Wroten” exhibition match at Bondi Beach. Nerlens Noel played on crutches and scored 45, with 30 boards and 16 blocks. Unless your definition of “fantasy” involves self-deprication, treat the Kings like Julia Roberts’ smile and avoid. So much mouth smh..

        • miles proudfoot says:
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          @Lasandro: wow, thank you, just wow.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @miles proudfoot: You’re welcome sir.. but I lied! Former Griz (and a guy I enjoyed watching on the defensive end) Sam Young is rocking the Kings jersey these days! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HYpjUj1awA

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: Sick dunk! Poor Casey Frank whoever that is haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hahahahaha awesome. I’ve actually been to Australia! When I was in the 7th grad,e but still! Loved it there

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Seriously? A school trip or somethin? Man, your school trips sounded ballin! Where did you go?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Haha nah it was a student ambassador thing over the summer (your winter!) Sydney, Melbourne, Rockhampton and some other smaller towns. Hung out with roos and held a koala! Went to the reef too, but it was a shitty day. It was a blast man.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I havent been to Rockhampton or the Reef, so you’re more aussie than I am! Heading toMelb this Friday to go see Dave Chappell do his thang. Going with my good pal who’s best friends with Patty Mills, with whom he recently hung out with in Texas. Should make for a fun eve and I’ll tell him how much shine Patty’s been getting on this site haha

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: Awesome man! Jealous you’re seeing Dave, should be hilarious.

  3. Shaft says:
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    I don’t get what the big deal is with Felton getting arrested. No one was in any real danger, we all know he can’t shoot…

    • mUshi says:
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      @Shaft: HA!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Hahahaha well done

  4. Frank White says:
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    Sup Guys… I picked Hinrich up to stream this week cause he had 4 games but do you think I should switch and pickup Vince Carter or Danny Green instead?? They have 3 games left after Hinrich playing today so I won’t lose a day.. Oh and thanks for telling me to hold Bogut. I’m waiting for the report today to see if I should hold Varejeo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: I’m really not a Hinrich guy, yeah I think I might for Carter. Knew Bogut would come through!

  5. justin.g says:
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    Greetings, looking for some advice.! 12 team 9 cat. Please rank ROS or pick two! Bazemore, Mullens, Beverly, Barnes, Mosgov…thanks much

    • JB Gilpin

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      @justin.g: Hola! I’d go PBev andddd probably (Matt) Barnes, unless you need big man stats then I’d go Mozgov

  6. Don Majkowski says:
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    Should we be adding Prigioni w Felton news?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Don Majkowski: Speculatively maybe, but you never know what will happen. Wouldn’t drop anyone that good for Pablo

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Better Nene replacement in H2H pts league with dbl-dbl bonus: Booker or Seraphin? Booker got more run earlier in the year (and did well, with several dbl- dbls), but Snakey played more the other night when Nene went down.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d say Booker, not a big Seraphin fan

  8. Drew says:
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    Should I be dropping Felton at this moment? J. Nelson is available.

    • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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      @Drew: Yes

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Drew: Yeah I woulda rather taken Nelson before the news

  9. Bren says:
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    Ha thanks for the laughs in this article!

    Quick question:

    If I need a PG would you trade my Tobias for Ellis? I have Conley, Marshall , Knight and Prigioni at the PG position, but I just picked up Prigioni with the Felton news…I dropped Singler for Prigioni despite wanting to drop J Green or Marion instead… I think having Prigioni now I should be fine with ast production? Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bren: Thanks man! Yeah I’d take Ellis. Yeah Pablo has some upside for sure

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Lakers have 5 G next week. In H2H pts league, is that enough to start Farmar, Kaman or Bazemore over the likes of Alphabet (4G), Beverley (4) or Ilya (4)?;

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Bazemore is close. Wouldn’t the other 2. Might do Baze over alphabet

  11. Jonathan says:
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    Who wins the trade? 6 man league (shallow) H2H league Got offered this trade but i’m weary of trading wall for just dimes and assists in which wall could match

    Trade away: John Wall & David Lee

    Receive: Ricky Rubio & Paul Millsap

    What would be an ideal offer for rubio and millsap?

    This is my team:
    John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Josh Smith, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, David Lee, Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, Andrew Bogut, Kendall Marshall, Jrue Holiday, and Zach Randolph.

    Other guys team:
    Eric Bledsoe, James Harden, Brandon Knight, Ricky Rubio, Paul George, Paul Millsap, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Durant, Derrick Favors, DeAndre Jordan, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jamal Crawford, and Michael Carter-Williams

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jonathan: Ehhh, yeah I don’t think I’d do that deal either. What about Deron and Lee? Gets rid of some injury risk

  12. Ltee says:
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    What’s up homies! Slim and jb! I’m in 6th place!!!! And i am ahead by 5 games maintaining on the 6th place. I want to stay at 6. Bc I know I can win the first playoff battle. And when I advance I want to play the second place team. I won 6-3 against the 6th place last week. I made 3 adds already this week: mayo alec burk and mike Scott. I dropped: Middleton Courtney lee and granger.

    Here is my team:
    Lilliard Rubio foye augustin bellinelli
    Mayo Hayward aburke mscott
    Sully Boozer frye ibaka

    Matt Barnes is available and bass. And a few more. If u think u know any players I should add let me know! And let me know who to drop :)

    Thanks guys!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ltee: Nice! I’m still not a Mayo fan. Maybe hold one more game and see if he gets minutes, but I’d drop him for another hot player later this week. Go get that title!

  13. Corey says:
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    Matt Barnes, bazemore, James Anderson, singler, lou Williams. Please rank 9 cat h2h

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Corey: Right now Barnes Anderson Sing Lou Baze, but Barnes slides down a little looking at ROS since Redick will be back and I’d move Sing up since it looks like he’s locked for big minutes

  14. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    What do you think or dropping Augustin? I kinda like Chalmers better and Patty mills until Parker gets back.

  15. Lasandro says:
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    Going off yesterday’s convo, trying to get good value in a Thad deal. I’ve offered Thad and Nelson for Tobias and Rubio. He’s asked for Victor instead of Nelson. I dont like the sound of that because he’d be getting the best value there, no? Prob best to hold the offer at Thad and Nelson

    Is Thad just head an shoulders better than Tobias and Ricky ROS? Should I be trading him away at all? If Tobias projects to put up big pts and brds numbers going forward, and Ricky continues with his near trip dub flirts, I’d pull the trigger. But Thad’s situation seems unprecedented. Sixers were getting blown out yesterday and they STILL played him due to the lack of capable forwards. Even in blowouts, dude could get a 25/5/5/5 line.. yikes. What you think bud?

    • Lasandro says:
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      Also, who do you think is gonna have the best ROS value over in the ATL, particualrly once Millsap returns – Demarre or Korver? Ive currently got Korver and I was gonna swap him for Demarre today, but it’s close for me. His threes are stronger, he gets roughly 4brds and 3asts with a stl. Only thing that truly seperates the two in my mind is their overall scoring output. Who do you think will be counted on more for pt prod? Also, is it safe to assume that Carroll will be putting up strong board numbers once Paul and Pero and Gustavo return? If only Tyreke Evans remembered how to put the ball in the hoop, I wouldnt even be asking you this question – no one’s currently touching him on the wire

    • Lasandro says:
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      Also, Jameer. Whats going on here. His brd numbers are nice for a PG. Assists are super dopalicious. But whats going on with his craptacular shooting %s? Its been like 10 games straight now – dude hasnt cracked double digits. Do I swap for a Jose or Burke?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Yeah I think I’d hold Oladipo as well and stick with the Nelson one. But yea, Thad is playing unreal. Still like the Rubio deal though, I like Rubio. Thad is a great sell right now, I know the past two are awesome and I do think he’ll be better than 1st half numbers, but I don’t expect it to stay this big. Think indeed Carroll scores more, I’d grab him. I think his boards will be fine. I’d try and keep Nelson a tad longer, but close with those other two. Burke is inconsistent and Calderon is great but won’t score much for ya and doesn’t have much upside

  16. JMac says:
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    Is Elton Brand really becoming a fantasy factor? He has been a multi-cat hitter for a week now with heavy minutes. Is something cooking or is it a flash in the pan?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JMac: A factor? Yeah definitely. Rainbow line tonight, but I dunno if he can hold up to 40+ minutes much. With Ayon and Antic set to come back soon, I’d lean towards flash in the pan

  17. Kevin says:
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    Hey JB. I’m sure you’ve been asked about Varejao. Now with the move of spencer hawes, do you see cleveland sharing center minutes? going forward, should I keep varejao or drop him for someone like gortat, bazemore, byron mullens?

    and what do you think about trading trey burke for luol deng? i’ll also try to package burke and tyreke evans for david west.

    my team:
    wall, oladipo, burke, tyreke evans, bledsoe, brian roberts, mario chalmers
    dwight howard, varejao, favors, robin lopez, anthony davis.

    thanks in advance, JB!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kevin: Yeah I would for Gortat. But not the other two. Yeah I like both of those trades. Probably like getting Deng the best, and I’m not a huge Deng guy. Burke is just too inconsistent. But I’m gonna love him heading into next year! Any time!

      • Kevin says:
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        @JB Gilpin: dengit. someone else just picked up gortat before me.

        if i could package up varejao, trey burke, and tyreke evans for both deng and west, would that be the slightest bit fair and unveto-able?

        and what do you think about going for wes matthews? i hear the owner doesn’t like him as much. last night’s game must’ve frustrated him. heh. what combination of varejao, burke, and evans would you offer for matthews?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Kevin: Damn! I think it’s plenty fair, dunno if he would do it though. Can’t hurt to offer! Hmmm, I think either Varejao/Burke plus Evans seems fair there

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