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Wait, what?!  Kobe Bryant is back?!  I mean, the Lakers beat the Thunder, and someone dropped 42 for purple and gold… I can think of no other scenario.  But as the verse goes, “Blessed are the Meeks!” Dropping 42 on OKC, Jodie Meeks hit a career-high with his typical Meeks game of treys and steals.  “He was hittin’ em from downtown like a mad scientist!”  I dunno, I was trying to come up with a good segway into Cosmos from last night, but got nothing.  “Went all deGrasse Tyson on the Thundah!”  “Gettin’ all cosmic on dem mfers!” The Lakers beating OKC definitely broke Vegas’ space time continuum.  Plus winning with 36 boards to 59?  Crazy town.  We’ve liked Meeks a lot over here in Razzball Nation, and somehow he’s still at only 58% owned in Yahoo.  I demand an Inquisition on this matter!  Even though he’s close to a ThrAGNOF, the 1.3 Stls a game, fairly high-volume 84% FT shooting, and just overall upside on such a crappy team make him an obvious must own.  Here’s what else I saw over the weekend in fantasy action:

Kevin Durant – While it was an inexplicable loss, trip-dub!  27/10/12 with 4 treys and probably should’ve taken a few more shots.  Russell Westbrook took 23 to Durant’s 19!  And RW was MIA from downtown for 2-10.  I sound like a Thunder fan all the sudden – so back to fantasy – who the f cars, RW nearly trip-dubbed too!  Would’ve been a sick one-two dubstep.  Or would it be tripstep?  I think we should invent that as a new genre of music.

Kendall Marshall – I’m too lazy to dig deep, but I have a feeling he’s getting close to the top of the list of 10+ Asts 0 Pts in NBA history.  Exactly a dimebag with no points last night, a feat he’s accomplished three times this season, and all of em lately.  Begs the question of what are defenses doing?!  You know he’s gonna pass!  It’s about as bad as Peyton Manning holding onto the ball on an option handoff.  Fooling no one!

Ryan Kelly – It’s been an up and down season for RKelly, but really solid 12/5/8 with two treys last night in 37 minutes.  That followed a huge Friday of 24/11/1/1/1.  With a close game against Denver then yesterday’s shocking win, the Lakers have looked better and I wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly stays in the 30 minute range for a bit.  If he doesn’t, he’ll probably call D’Antoni out for some sort of Belle Knox-type thing… I’m probably passing in most 12ers, but definitely watching.  Any deeper and he for sure needs to be scooped.  He’s a Dookie scooper.  Sorry, still bitter from Saturday…

Joakim Noah – After a fairly rough Friday with 6 Asts and 6 TOs (still a great fantasy line though), 20/12/7/0/5 with only 1 TO in a dandy last night.

LeBron James – “Wahhhhhh, these sleeves, wahhhhh!”  I mean, I actually kinda agree, I’m surprised there haven’t been more player complaints.  Shot only 8-23 in the sleeved atrocity of “jerseys” they’re making players wear for more, greedy $$, but still 17/9/8/3/1.

Mario Chalmers – A little better going 9/6/5/1/0 but 5 TOs.  Still playing like small Mario, feel pretty good he can get a mushroom and get back to big Mario.  Fireball Mario though?  Probably not.

Chris Andersen – 6 blocks after swatting 5 last Thursday.  Can’t buy it for any consistency, 33 minutes was a big outlier for his playing time, but could be a Sunday streamer in weekly leagues for a swat or two.

Greg Monroe – Getting a little hot right now.  “That Hansel is so hot right now!”  22/14/4/1/1, and with the trade deadline passed in standard leagues, he’s a guy I’m not hoping to face in the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo – 18 assists.  Dimebag primo!  Especially with no TOs.  Good to see Rondo playing like the old Rondo.

Jared Sullinger – Ugh.  Kris Humphries won’t go away, and Hump put up a Kardasirainbow line of 20/11/2/2/2.  If for some reason you had Humphries in for this game, you probably want to do him on a motorcycle in a music video right now.   All hurting my Sully love, as he’s still not getting 30 minutes a game.  But 14/8/1 is passable for now, and the Celtics really have no reason to keep Humping it.

J.J. Hickson – Somehow got 7 TOs in 19 minutes.  Can’t figure that one out…

Anthony Davis – I kinda want him to slow down so I can end up with him in all leagues next year.  But tis unlikely.  32/17/3/1/6 in epic Brow-a-tude.

Tyreke Evans – Still playing unreal, but cooling off a tad.  20/2/3/2/1 in a near rainbow is still a tidbit of gold.  He was showering gold on us…  Wait, this isn’t RKelly, it’s TEvans!

DeMarcus Cousins – All hail the mystic power of the Goromotaro!  28/20.  Baller.

Reggie Evans – I hate to go on a “all about me!” tangent, but almost streamed Evans yesterday.  Turns out I didn’t, I barely won boards anyway (his 9 woulda helped), but would’ve lost TOs.  5 in 17 minutes.  If Evans and Hickson were in a front court together, that team might be worse than the Sixers!

Marcus Thornton – 27 Pts on 5 dimes.  ThrAGNOF!

Paul Pierce – Left very early with a sore right shoulder.  Killed ya in weekly leagues.  I’m still holding, and hoping he gets one of those I, Robot arm replacements that Will Smiff got.

James Harden – Whoa, what a beard ride!  I wonder how much Harden would charge for a beard ride…  $1?  50 cents?  Anyway, 41/10/6/6/1 with 7 treys and 10-11 FT.  #beardrides.

Terrence Jones - Well, poop.  The Rockets went to a small line-up lending itself to an out-of-nowhere big Jeremy Lin game, so I’m giving it another game or two.  But the Rox are winning with less TJones.   In 10ers maybe ready to pull the trigger for a replacement.

Robin Lopez – I watched Friday’s game against Dallas, and RoLo looked awful.  Then of course when I don’t watch, 11/11 5 Blks yesterday.  He’s like one of those ghosts in Kirby.  Any time I actually watch a Blazers game he’s atrocious, then does good when I look away.

Kyle Lowry – Trip-dub!  18/12/11.  Shot 5-24 the previous two games, so good to see him shooting better going 5-13.  One of my worst calls on the year saying to sell… Oops.

Kevin Love – One lousy dime from the triple double, going 26/11/9/1/1 with no TOs.  Doesn’t bode well running some O through Love as Ricky Rubio fouled out in 26 minutes and was quiet.  But somehow Rubio didn’t have a TO either!  Yet they still somehow lost…

Corey Brewer – 10/2/3/6/1 in a near-rainbow and absolute steal fest.  I mean, it’s tough for a Raptor to sustain a dribble, much less keep from puncturing the ball with dey clawz.

Evan Turner – Yeah, about right.  2/1/3/0/0.  Knew he was going to Indiana to die.  That sounds like a really good existential Western-ish movie.  Going to Indiana to Die starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Devin Harris – Was in a hell of a cold shooting spell, but did have an 11 Ast game last week and got hot for 20/1/5/4/0 with four treys yesterday.  At 3% owned, I actually think he can help some deeper leagues for Pts/3s/dimes/steals upside.  Nothing consistent and probably passing in most 12ers, but like it.

Draymond Green – Hack the Suns!  Fouled out in 22 minutes.  Also got a red card and a 2 minute minor for high sticking.

Milwaukee Bucks – 5 games this week.  Even though it’s tough to trust anyone, Jeff Adrien is intriguing.  Has an unreal 20/10/2/1/3 line on Friday, and I’m totally with Slim he could have a 50 board week.  Something like 56/44/3/4/15, with say, only 3 TOs sound plausible?  No?  Wait, that is his last 5 games!

Jamal Crawford – Returned Saturday but his calf is still feeling like veal parmesan.  Should sit a few games this week, so plan accordingly.

Dwayne Wade – Second leg of a back-to-back today, so probably sitting.  Let’s just hope he can play nearly every game through the fantasy playoffs!

 

Next Game: I’ve got TOR @ BKN then PHX @ LAC tonight.  The late game should be pretty high intensity.  I bet Gerald Green goes 4-22 like he normally does when I watch, then he’ll go off later in the week.  He’s just like RoLo!  I hope everyone had a good weekend and go get em in week 20!

  1. Joe says:
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    Hey – Currently in 2nd place in my league (2nd gets a bye) but only because I hold the tiebreaker over the 3rd place team. I’m facing the 1st place team in our final regular season week (this week) and he’s facing the 7th place team. I’d love to get that bye. Would you drop Deng or Taj for Middleton and/or Adrien and their 5 games? Also available are:

    Brewer, Hill, Amare – All great playoff schedules

    Bayless – 4 games this week.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      (12-team, 9 standard cats, H2H, non keeper)

      • Joe says:
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        @Joe:

        I guess I should have elaborated a bit. My options are either:

        1. Drop Deng for Middleton and go for the bye.
        2. Keep Deng.
        3. Drop Deng for someone else and tell the 7th place team to wake up and go get Middleton in the hopes that he can hurt the 3rd place team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: No you’re good man! I’ll answer by your numbers, 1 – yea I actually buy this. Deng is just not jiving. Haha number 3 is awesome if you know the 7th place team. I really like Adrien too. I’d look at the matchup and see if you had a better chance at running Rebs/Blks or Pts/Stls and take Adrien or KMid respectively. I’d probably hold Taj.

  2. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I’m not saying RKelly is some great prospect who’s destined to be a top 50 guy but I think something ‘clicked’ recently. In his last 8, since his lone DNP-CD, RKelly has managed to hit at least 50% of his shots in all 8 games, missed only 1 FT, 10/6/12 combined 3s/stls/blks and only 1 turnover in 163 combined minutes. In other words…

    .585/.909/1.3/8.5/3.9/1.4/0.8/1.5/0.1… in only 21 minutes.

    .585/.909/2.2/14.6/6.7/2.4/1.4/2.6/0.3… per-36s.

    Those are top 40 9-cat numbers in only 21 minutes and I bet top 10 per-36s over his last 2 weeks (8 games). The 2-game week this week is annoying but the Lakers have a solid playoff schedule and if RKelly keeps this up, with starters minutes, he’s going to win people some leagues. I know we can’t trust D’Antoni but with the way RKelly is playing (in fantasy terms), if I were a betting man, I would bet he starts the rest of the way.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: The only thing I’d hedge on is starting the rest of the way, but I do agree he’s valuable and worth an add. I hate D’Antoni so much! Worst coach is gonna be a close one!

  3. TR says:
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    Bledsoe is coming in, drop Wroten, Ilyasova, or Meeks?

    I had been leaning Meeks but no way after that game. Now leaning Wroten but he dropped 30 and has an injury prone MCW, so I’m now thinking Ilyasova but I feel he has too much late-season upside based on history.

    • TR says:
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      @TR: or Matt Barnes

    • TR says:
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      @TR: @TR: also, would you drop a second person to pick up Augustin or Henson?

    • TR says:
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      @TR: and because I need to reply 4 times, would you trade rondo & favors for Oladipo, vucevic, and Stephenson to a non playoffs bound creltics fan?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Haha on your last comment. Starting there… ehhhhh, not loving it. Oladipo’s ankle is scaring me. Love Vuc, but yeah if Oladipo gets shut down or limited, will be tough to get the value. So for your adds, I think Ilyasova is an easy cut, just not a fan. And throwing Henson out too, just can’t buy consistency. So it boils down to Wroten vs. DJ to me. I think if you’re doing really well in FT% it’s Wroten, but if you’re wishy washy there, DJ

  4. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Hey is there any way you guys could show us who is playing the 4 and 5 game weeks during weeks 22 and 23? Trying to prep for playoffs make some preemptive pickups, I know Blazers are good, but nothing beyond that.

    • Slim

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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: Yep. That’s my plan for this Thursdays post. Which teams have the good schedules and which available players should help the most. I have this really nice text document I made at the beginning of the year but I’m not real sure how to line everything up right on a post. Either way, Yes, my take on playoff schedules on Thursday.

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Slim: “Can’t Wait!”-Bart Scott

  5. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB… So I’m 1 1/2 games out of first and I’m in2nd place up by 1 game with this last week left so I should have an easy week but don’t wanna jinx it amd I want the buy week but here’s my lineup
    Conley
    Teague
    Foye
    Alec Burks
    Ariza
    Carmello
    Vince Carter
    Wesley Matthews
    Bogut
    Tyson Chandler
    Paul Millsap
    Marc Gasol
    Taj Gibson
    Boris Diaw
    Now Boris was my streaming spot but he’s been killing it until last game and now they say he’ll be a bench guy. 1- Would you still ride him out with the 4 game week?? 2- stream guys to get 5 games out of that spot?? 3- Do you think I should take a chance on Jeremy Lin?? He might be handy through the playoffs. Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: 1 -yup, and anything could happen, Duncan could sit a game or something. I think I’d hold him for now and then to 2 – see if you need something late in the week. Spurs play today Wed Fri, I would assess Friday night if you have to make moves the day before, Sat morning the day of. 3 – Ehhhhh, nah I don’t think so. Any time my man!

  6. Jay says:
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    Who do you like ROS if I’m looking for 3’s and assists: G. Vasquez or J. Farmar?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Hmmm, I’m not really a Farmar guy, but I think I’ll take him there over Vasquez, a lot more upside. Any time!

  7. Nikko says:
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    Is this trade fair in a H2H league with rebounds and assists boosted: Rando and favors for Vucevic Stephenson and Oladipo?

    • TR says:
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      @Nikko: fair as in I got it accepted and he wants it vetoed, not if he should accept it. Think that makes a difference

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nikko: Haha you two@TR: I think it’s fair and close. Rather Rondo side, but it’s not a veto trade, but I never veto trades

    • Nikko says:
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      @Nikko: He is a huge rondo fan and doesn’t even set his lineup and is out of playoff contention.

  8. Zar says:
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    Alright, one more week till playoffs, but I’ve clinched a berth at least in all my leagues, phew.

    Do I keep Jeff Teague? He’s been…stinking. I can pick up DJ for him. I’m gonna take a guess and say that Trey Burke is a hold when compared to DJ too.

    Mind if I ask for your opinion on a baseball team here? Or strictly basketball talk.

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      @Zar: And by DJ I mean DJ Augustin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: You know, I’ve really been souring on Burke. I’m taking DJ and Teague at this point. Not helping Burke he’s 4-21 and 0-12 from deep the past two in an epic cold spell. Polar vortex! Baseball is always welcome! I think next Monday my personal top 100 SP will be out as I gear up for Pitcher Profiles

      • Zar says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool, gonna make the move right now.

        So here’s one of the teams I drafted. I’m angry cause Timmy got sniped from me at pick 216/217.

        Round Pick Player Position
        1. (3) Paul Goldschmidt 1B
        2. (22) Evan Longoria 3B
        3. (27) José Bautista OF
        4. (46) Ian Desmond SS
        5. (51) David Price SP
        6. (70) Wil Myers OF
        7. (75) Alex Cobb SP
        8. (94) José Altuve 2B
        9. (99) Josh Donaldson 3B
        10. (118) Anthony Rizzo 1B
        11. (123) David Robertson RP
        12. (142) Francisco Liriano SP
        13. (147) Desmond Jennings OF
        14. (166) Sonny Gray SP
        15. (171) Matt Wieters C
        16. (190) Neftali Feliz RP
        17. (195) Patrick Corbin SP
        18. (214) Christian Yelich OF
        19. (219) Corey Hart 1B
        20. (238) Josh Johnson SP
        21. (243) Todd Frazier 3B
        22. (262) Eric Young OF
        23. (267) Tim Hudson SP

        I’m a little meh on this team compared to my other one.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zar: Really like your offense. Shocked Corbin fell so low. As much as I want to buy Grey’s rank, there are some underlying numbers for Cobb I don’t like. I like JJ and Frazier as late flyers. I dunno what to make of Liriano, but where you got him, I like it. I think if Price struggles with the K rate like last year and is meh, your pitching will struggle, but if he is ace like again you’ll be solid, a lot on him

          • Zar says:
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            @JB Gilpin: >< Yeah, the Price pick didn't' thrill me. I was gonna pick Pujols and then Desmond, but I got disconnected and missed out on pujols….ugh. I think I'm gonna have to find the next Matt Harvey then.

            Thanks :D

            My other team looks like this…
            Round Pick Player Position
            1. (5) Andrew McCutchen OF
            2. (20) Evan Longoria 3B
            3. (29) José Bautista OF
            4. (44) Ian Desmond SS
            5. (53) Hunter Pence OF
            6. (68) Eric Hosmer 1B
            7. (77) Mark Trumbo 1B,OF
            8. (92) Elvis Andrus SS
            9. (101) Michael Wacha SP,RP
            10. (116) Tony Cingrani SP,RP
            11. (125) Doug Fister SP
            12. (140) Francisco Liriano SP
            13. (149) Steve Cishek RP
            14. (164) Sonny Gray SP
            15. (173) Justin Masterson SP
            16. (188) John Axford RP
            17. (197) Brad Miller 2B,SS
            18. (212) Christian Yelich OF
            19. (221) Jason Castro C
            20. (236) Todd Frazier 3B
            21. (245) Taijuan Walker SP
            22. (260) George Springer OF
            23. (269) Joakim Soria RP

            Dee Gordon is Available and someone just dropped Prado. Not sure who to go for/who to drop. Any advice/feed back :D Also Jose Veras just got dropped by the same guy…..

            And on a basketball note, Bledsoe back today/wednesday? :D

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Zar: Someone dropped Prado? Weird. Yeah dropping Soria for him. Veras probably needs to be owned, maybe losing Frazier there. I’d let Dee Gordon sit for now though. Sorry I missed ya earlier, no Bledsoe tonight but probably Wed

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                @JB Gilpin: Best part of it all, the guy dropped veras for Harvey and dropped Prado for Infante….say what?

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Zar: Haha, he must think it’s 2015!

  9. Razzle Dazzle says:
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    Who do you like the most if you have to pick two player as your keepers for next year?

    Russel Westbrooke – 4th round
    Ty Lawson – 6th round
    Tobias Harris – 10th round
    Lance Stephenson – Undrafted
    Terrence Jones- Undrafted

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Razzle Dazzle: Throwing out Tjones. Man after that… I like Lawson fine, but I like RW value more. I’m probably throwing out Harris too. So it’s between the elite PGs and Stephenson, I think with only 2 keepers and what should be a really good player pool, I’ll go Lawson and RW

  10. Chris T says:
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    Drop Valanciunas for:

    Kanter, Olynyk, Diaw, or Koufos?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris T: While Kanter is playing pretty well, I want Diaw. And if you can make daily moves and this is a big week, Diaw for MWF then can stream Sat and Sunday. Jeff Adrien I’d take this week over all of them if avail

  11. TR says:
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    I’ve commented a few times today but I situated all that and now have two potential trades I need an opinion on.

    I give Rondo & Meeks for Oladipo & Vucevic
    I give Favors & ilyasova for Jimmy butler (to open up a spot to activate Bledsoe off my IR)

    It’s a 10 team points league with 1.5 assists and rebounds

    My team:
    PG: Paul, Rondo, D-Will, Wroten
    SG: Bledsoe, Beal, Meeks
    SF: Durant, ilyasova, Matt Barnes
    PF: Griffin, Favors
    C: Noah, Drummond

    Im thinking both trades help balance out my positioning and are likely my last of the season

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Ah sorry man, I usually start top to bottom. Yeah the first one I like, still worried about Oladipo though. There is risk. But you get Vuc for a great price. Yeah 2 I’m fine with, no issues.

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