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Man, what a huge night it was across the NBA with nearly every team in action.  It obviously all starts with the shocker Philly put on the Heat, and Michael Carter-Williams‘ unreal debut.  I was following with my co-workers during the game and tweeted that if he got a triple-double in his first NBA game, the universe would implode.  Thankfully MCW was a steal short and we’re all still here.  His final line of 6-10 (4-6 3PTM 6-8 FT) 22 Pts 7 Rebs 12 Asts and 9 Stls might actually win some owners their matchups this week on its own.  Just preposterous.  Most steals in NBA history in a player’s debut.  Ok before we all go nutso, remember the Heat played without Dwayne Wade (rest), don’t have a PG, and had all their hands weighed down with new championship rings.  So that’s not really an excuse, but so what?!  The shooting efficiency was fantastic (the biggest knock on him coming into the year), plus he had only one turnover (his second main knock).  “Nice knockers!”  Thanks Young Frankenstein!  MCW indeed moves up a fair bit in value in my eyes, but this is likely his best line on the year.  MCW was wildly inconsistent in college and I don’t expect much consistency on a terrible 76ers team (I know they just beat the Heat, but c’mon).  Look for John Wall to lock him up on Friday and cool the hype.  Despite inconsistencies, it goes without saying that MCW should be owned in all leagues now (78% Yahoo, 59.4% ESPN), so if for some reason he’s available in your league, you gotta get him.  I’m not expecting MCW to be an elite player, but will continue to contribute even in down games.  Here’s what else I saw across Fantasy Basketball last night:

Patrick Beverley – Hurt his ribs early against the Bobcats and exited after ten minutes.  Sounds like X-Rays came back negative and he expects to play on Friday avoiding a scare.  I think what’s more scary is it meant giving 11 minutes to Aaron Brooks.  Poor Aaron Brooks… I used to love him!

Dwight Howard – 8-14 for a 17/26 game.  Wow.  Cleaning the glass like a window washer!  We all know these games can happen and we all know that his 1-4 at the FT line will happen.  Feeling good if you drafted him.  Damn you Pete in REL!

Omer Asik – Got the start in probably the worst FT shooting starting front court ever assembled.  A 4/14/0/1/2 line is still useful, but Asik effectively is now Reggie Evans.

Francisco Garcia – Played just over 30 minutes.  This was easily the shocker special of playing time last night.  7-13 (5-9 3PTM) for 19 points but only 1 Reb and 1 Ast.  Garcia is effective Carlos Delfino.

Omri Casspi – Nothing big going 2-6 for 4 points, but chipped in 4 Rebs 2 Asts and a Blk.  Missed both 3s he took, but I think will have some hot hand games and keep getting minutes.  The fact he got 20+ and Donatas MotiejunasGreg Smith and Terrance Jones didn’t play shows me he’s their #1 option at pure PF when they’re not starting Asik and Howard together.

James Harden – Dealt with stiffies in his back and knee.  He left for the locker room at one point with the back, but still racked up nearly 37 minutes.  The 7-16 is a tough opener (especially compared with how he started last year!), but he’ll get better.

Al Jefferson – Not the debut he hoped.  6-19 for 13/8.  Dwight and Asik obliterated the new center.  Better days ahead.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Not the flashiest debut, but I’ll take his opening line as a guy I’m on the limb for.  7/8/2/1/1.  Nothing huge, but you get the positive of 30+ minutes to counter the negative of 1-5 FT.  It might be a bit slow, but still think you hold strong in 12+ team leagues.

Charlie Day – Oops, I mean Josh McRoberts went 5-9 for a 15/4/3/1/1 line with 3 threes.  And all of that while wearing Kitten Mittens!

Jeffery Taylor – So much for the hot preseason.  Didn’t eat too much into MKG’s numbers and had a paltry 1-6 shooting day.  Did chip in 2 Rebs 1 Stl and 1 Blk, but he’s still barely on the radar in really deep leagues unless MKG really tanks or gets hurt.

Gerald Henderson – Why you don’t pick sleepers on bad teams JB!  Thanks hindsight, you’re seeing really well lately!  Horrific 5-16 last night with only 2 Rebs and 2 Asts with his 11 Pts.  It’s only one game, I think they start falling.

Ramon Sessions – Doing what he did in the first half last year – 19 minutes 5-11 (1-1 3PTM) 14/2/1/1.  He was probably slept on in deeper leagues and can be really useful.

Cody Zeller – 1-6 in his debut, with 2 Pts and 4 Rebs with 1 Blk.  Thanks, Charlotte Observer for theorizing he’d start!  The paper of my former stomping ground be smited!  Why no one reads the newspaper anymore…  Droppable in anything under 14 teams.

Andrew Bynum – Ok, I have to start with the first two sentences of the Yahoo recap: “Once Andrew Bynum stripped off his warm-ups and stepped on the floor, they rose to another level. Cleveland could contend again.”  Um, what?  Yeah OK.  Great to see Bynum actually able to play, and he looked really good in his 7:34 of game time despite only shooting 1-5.  Cleveland for the Title!  Racked up 3 Rebs 2 Asts and 2 Blks in that limited time.  I’m a lot more optimistic than I was heading into the season.

Kyrie Irving – Another poor shooting night from a good fantasy player.  This is going to be mentioned on a lot of guys.  Maybe I should acronym it.  PSNFEFP.  Nope.  Doesn’t work.  Despite 4-16 from the floor, flirted with a triple-dub with 15/7/9.  They’ll start falling.

Anthony Bennett – Didn’t hit a FG in his debut going 0-5.  Went 2-4 from the line as his only career points.  Didn’t like him too much heading into the year, but he’ll improve.

Tristan Thompson – Looked great and actually led the Cavs in minutes.  My hesitation on him is Bennett and Bynum will eat into that as the season goes on, and he’s really not a multi-cat guy.  18/9 on 8-13 shooting, but didn’t contribute any other stats.

Anderson Varejao – Played nearly 35 minutes going 11/8/3.  His per 48 rebounding numbers from last year is like, “¿WTF, Senor?”  If only stats could talk!

Brook Lopez – Is the best real life player on the Nets right now.  9-18 FG with 4 Blocks, but only 5 Rebs!  Same beat of the same drum.  Still can’t believe the Nets lost their opener.

Deron Williams – I should’ve moved him down even further in my ranks as I passed him over in all leagues.  Only played 22 minutes easing his way back from the ankle and scored 7, but did rack up 9 dimes.  Will be slow going until he gets his ankle healed up.

Jason Terry – Hit 4 threes.  Early season ThrAGNOF!

Paul Pierce – Was efficient going 5-8 (3-4 3PTM 4-4 FT) for 17/4/2.  Think these are the games to expect.

Kevin Garnett – 4-8, but did a better job stuffing the stat sheet going 8/10/3/2/1.  Doesn’t look like the Nets gelled yet.  Remember it took the big 3 in Miami a little while.  Not a big KG fan though ROS.

Evan Turner – Hello Poppet!  10-19 for 26 points flanked with 6-6 FT 4 Reb 5 Ast and 1 Stl.  Still not a Turner fan.  Sell high.

Thaddeus Young – Still not a big Young fan either, and was pretty much the only 76er to have a bad game going 5-15 10/6/2 with 2 Stls and 5 TOs.  I maintain he’s the best fantasy asset on that team when it’s all said and done.

Spencer Hawes – The 76ers just plain hit everything except Big Thad.  10-14 for 24/9/2 with a three.  He’ll be a solid value for where people got him, but yeah, he ain’t shooting like this most nights.

James Anderson – Played a whopping 35 minutes.  3-8 for and 8/6/1 game with two steals and two threes.  Nothing huge, but in deep leagues the big minutes is muy bueno.  He’s going to have a few 20 point games mixed in the next few months.

Tony Wroten – Murder She Wroten.  6-9 for 14/4/2/1 off the bench.  Deep leaguers take note.  He should get a few buck thrown on him in REL FAAB.  No, not 80K in ones Pacman Jones!

Jonas Valanciunas – Was just so Luminescent and so Lithuanian!  Well, wasn’t huge, but 4-9 for 8/11/0/1/2.  Ok so more like Dim Lithuanian.  Or Opaque Lithuanian.  Still gonna be awesome.

DeMar DeRozan – Not such a good start.  6-19 for 13/2/2/2.  Hit a three and went 0-2 from the line with 5 TOs.  It’ll turn around.

Rudy Gay – Shot a little better at 8-18 for 19/9/1/2/0 with 5 TOs as well.  But that line is closer to what I expect.

Tyler Hansbrough – Played a lot more minutes than I would’ve anticipated (nearly 25) and went 7/13 with 3 Blks.  He’ll provide some deeper league Reb value in stream days if you wanna dabble in some Psycho T.

Jeff Green - Big debut for the Celtics best player (well, best that’s healthy), going 8-16 for 25/5/2/1/1 with only 1 TO and 2 threes.  Great start for one of my calls.

Vitor Faverani – Spoiler Alert!  Slim likes him and is Picken him.  I didn’t buy into the big preseason, but I should’ve for deeper leagues.  13/3 with 3 blocks.  Played almost 27 minutes as a starter.  Interesting guy to be sure is owned in 16 teams+ for Boards-n-Blocks upside.

Gerald Wallace - Terrible.  Well, I guess not really as he is a 100% FG shooter (1-1)!  But yeah, really is terrible as he is a 25% FT shooter (1-4).  Played almost 40 minutes and only took one shot!?  Then managed to rack up 5 TOs too.  Weird game.  Did get a few other stats with 3 Reb 2 Ast and 4 Stls, but he’s a guy intentionally not on any of my teams.

Olynyk of Nazereth – I need to look up who doth name Olynyk the savior from Nazareth for thy proper beckoning, but he certainly wasn’t the savior of Boston going 2-5 for 4 Pts and no other stats except 3 TOs.  Tough to get no stats in 16+ minutes.  Boston fans didn’t watch this game though, something more important was going on…

Greg Monroe – The forgotten Piston went 6-15 (12-15 FT) for a fantastic 24/16/3/1/1 start to the season.  Barely left the court playing 41:25 minutes.  He’ll probably end up being a solid value pick where he went.

Andre Drummond – Everyone seems to love this guy except for me.  His FT% at 0% is worse than last year!  Ok so he didn’t take any, sue me!  Played efficiently on offense going 6-7 for 12/8/1 but didn’t log a block and had 5 fouls in just over 26 minutes.  The FG% won’t be that nice, and he will obviously rack up some blocks, but everything else seems about right.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – An encouraging debut.  Yeah nothing really stood out, but took 12 shots (hit only 4), and played over 27 minutes.  Sure there’s still no Rodney Stuckey or Brandon Jennings, but Will Bynum isn’t playing over 38 minutes a night and Chauncey Billups certainly isn’t going over 30/per.  The few highlights I saw still illicit optimism.

J Smoove – 8-12 in his Pistons debut, going 19/5/5 and a block.  Apparently his insistence on being a perimeter big hasn’t gone away as he was 3-7 from deep.  That’s 5-5 within the arc.  Old habits die hard!  Dude, next Die Hard movie title.  Called it!

Brandon Knight – Worst thing that happened on the first big night of NBA action for me.  Knight was a big breakout call this year, and left before logging two minutes with another hamstring injury.  It’s his other hammy as the one he hurt during preseason, so Knight ain’t got no hammies left.  Can athletes have their hamstrings just removed?  I feel like they’re always crapping out lately.  They’re not integral to athletic performance, right?  Anyway, still awaiting a timetable for return and hopefully it’s not a long-term issue.

Larry Sanders – Well the good news is he didn’t get hurt, but the bad news is he looked awful and got into early foul trouble.  If any owners are panicky, buy low.

John Henson – This made no sense to me.  Sanders gets in foul trouble, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to get eased in, and mother f Zaza Pachulia gets almost 34 minutes?!  Everything Bucks was purely irritating last night.  While Henson didn’t do too much, he did go across the board going 2-2 for 5/1/1/2/2.  Could’ve been worse.  Strike that, 17 minutes to Zaza’s 34, nope doesn’t get worse than seeing that.  I’m holding Henson still in 12-teamers, but feel free to drop in 10 team.

Gary Neal – All sorts of crazy with Neal going almost 32 minutes and taking 16 shots.  Of course this was a pressed-into-duty sort of thing with Knight going down and Luke Ridnour scratched as well.  Nate Wolters also had a surprise 29 minutes with the injuries.  Neither did anything to inspire confidence, but if Knight misses extended time, they’re deep league options for minutes, with Neal the first add.

Iman Shumpert – 33 minutes and 16 Pts.  Only shot 5-13, but until J.R. Smith gets back, he’ll be a decent scoring threat.

Metta World Peace – A very blah debut.  Nearly 18 minutes and 2-4 for a 4/4 game.  He’s more depth for that team than anything.

Andrea Bargnani – Didn’t set the world on fire in his Knicks debut, going 3-9 for 5 points and no threes.  Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t even play with a DNP – Coach’s Decision.  These backup, old, scrub Cs are jokes.  Not owning either unless like 14+ teams.

Paul George – The first of two games I watched last night, George was easily the best player on the floor.  32/6/5 and two steals.  Maybe ranking him just out of the first round was not too smart.

Anthony Davis – Easily the second best player on the floor.  Dude was absolutely fantastic.  His stat line doesn’t really reflect how good he looked going 8-20 for 20/12/0/1/3, which yes is a pretty awesome line, but he looked goooooood.  Not much you can do as whomever drafted him probably reached for him, but I’d be ecstatic if I had gotten him on any teams after seeing that.

Roy Hibbert – Got into really early foul trouble, but still racked up 5 blocks in 21 minutes.  Didn’t do much else, but you’ll take it.

Lance Stephenson – My bad for not giving him a shout out yesterday, I didn’t watch the game vs. Orlando so didn’t buy anything new, but he looked really, really good last night.  I think a probable add in 12-teamers.  I’d own him over Henson if that helps.  7-12 for 16/8/4 and hit two threes.  Ready to take a pretty solid step forward this year.

George Hill – Played a lot better going for 19, but still only 4 assists.  Will still be solid and actually might be a semi buy-low.

Jrue Holiday – I’ll admit it…. Looked really good.  I’ve never been a big Jrue fan, but put up a healthy 24/7/5 line shooting 8-18 with only 2 TOs.  Although it would be nice if he knew what team he was on.  I listened to this clip a few times as I was getting ready for highlights to be sure I heard it right and showed it to some co-workers and we laughed all night.  Glad someone else caught it!  Surprised that hasn’t made more headway in the silly news circuit.  Seriously, check it out.  Hilarious.

Eric Gordon – Same old, same old.  Looks good when he plays, but he can’t always play.  8-19 (3-5 3PTM 6-9 FT) for 25/3/1/2.  We all know he doesn’t do much more than score and hit 3s, but he drove well, shot well, and looked healthy.  Doesn’t change anything much for me, but good to see him looking good.

Tyreke Evans – Disappointed in his Pelicans debut.  I moved him down in my last rankings update because he had a messed up ankle, but looked healthy enough in 22 minutes off the bench for 2-8 4/2/3.  You have to hold onto him given Gordon’s injury history and if they hold Gordon back on back-to-backs like they did back last year.  I just wanted to put “back” as many times as I could in that sentence….

Jason Smith – Got the start and I thought looked pretty good in 20+ minutes.  He did foul out, but with Ryan Anderson on the shelf for a few weeks, Smith is worth an add in the deepest of leagues.

Kevin Love - Why fantasy is happy he’s back.  31/17/4 with 3 threes in his 2013-14 season debut.  Love is in the air!

Corey Brewer – Started and played nearly 40 minutes, but did get that padded a bit with this going into OT.  He was one of my deeper sleepers and played the part, going 7-11 for 16/3/2 and 3 steals with a three.  I’m a Milwaukee Brewers fan (I got so giddy when Carlos Gomez retweeted me!  So what if he was retweeting everyone giving him Gold Glove Award thanks?  I loved being used as part of the twitter whore-dom!) and a Brewer fan!  So much Brewing!

Ricky Rubio – Another guy I liked a lot heading into the season, he didn’t shoot well yet again (typical… needs to improve) going 5-15 for a 13/6/11/3/1 slash.  Did hit a three which helps.  If a few more of those fall, this could be a right call if that kind of line holds up most games.

Kevin Martin – Played the K-Mart role to a T.  Scored 23 shooting 6-19 (ok so the scoring and shots taken are pretty high) but hit 2 3s (yes) only 2 Rebs (Yes) only 3 Asts (YES) and boosted your FT% going 9-9 (YESSSS!!!!!).  Sorry I just had a Kevin Martin-gasm.

Monta Ellis – Dude, what a debut!  Mark Cuban after the game probably went up to Ellis and was like, “Monta, wanna get outta here?”  32 Pts on 11-17 shooting (2-3 3PTM 8-8 FT) 4 Rebs 8 Asts and 2 Stls.  Did have 7 TOs, but tough to complain.

Jose Calderon – Only shot 1-7 but did rack up 11 Asts in his Mavs debut.  That what Caldy do!

Shawn Marion – I feel like everyone forgot how useful he was last year.  12/8/1/2/1 in 30 productive minutes.  Worth being sure he’s owned in 14+.

Vince Carter – Took 16 shots in 25+ minutes off the bench.  Allen Iverson is like, “that coulda been me if I kept my head on straight!”

Zach Randolph – Ewwwwww.  2/7 on 1-6 shooting.  That’ll turn around.

Marc Gasol – Feeling like having him ranked above Paul George might look awful.  7-15 for 14/9/2/1/0.  I mean, it was against the Spurs, but the paltry ancillary stats just weren’t there in his debut.

Tim Duncan – Hurt his chest.  He promised it wasn’t the boob job he got in the offseason.  He’s going to get checked out today after experiencing “spasms in his chest and shoulders.”  Sounds like he couldn’t control himself during a Kevin Martin-gasm.

Kawhi Leonard – Not the big debut I hoped for, but 14/7/1/0/2 on 5-9 shooting with 2 threes isn’t that bad.  He’s a threat to rack up steals and if Duncan misses more than a few games, he could go on a nice stretch as an offensive focal point.

Tiago Splitter – A short-term add in even 12 team leagues if Duncan is deemed out more than a few games.  5-8 for 11/8/2 in 28 minutes and I think is easily at 30+ minutes per if no Duncan.

Reggie Jackson – OKC/UTA was the other game I watched last night, and Jackson looked phenomenal.  The stat line doesn’t really reflect that except in the 5 Stls, but 5-10 (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) 14/2/3 and had to sit early with two quick fouls.  I’m pumped if I landed Jackson for the early part of the season.

Alec Burks – The stat line did reflect the phenomenal play this one.  Burks looked AWESOME.  He made some really athletic plays.  24/6/6 going 8-9 from the FT line and 8-16 from the field.  Obviously won’t average that line, but this is legit.  Stupid Slim knowing everything!  I want him in REL!

Enes Kanter – Looked really good too.  The Jazz overall looked really good.  6-10 for 14/10/1 and a block.  Seems like a typical night for him, with some upside to go big.

Derrick Favors – Looked great as well.  Really flashy frontcourt in Utah.  6-11 for 15/9/5/1/2 but did have 6 TOs.  No other complaints though.

Rudy Gobert – Here’s my Golbert Report – after a flashy preseason, didn’t do much to inspire me as a fantasy option, but did rack up 7 boards in almost 23 minutes.  His offensive game needs polish though.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Had a big night scoring (12-22 for 28 Pts) but not much of anything else.  They keep losing games like by 13 to the Suns, he will get traded.

Nicolas Batum – Had a bad shooting night, but ended with a slash of 7/13/4/1/1.  What you paid for!

Damian Lillard – Took 12 threes!  Put up 32 hitting 6 of those and somehow got a block.  Lillard was trey bien.  Yet another night the Blazers ran their starters into the ground with none playing under 33 minutes and Lillard going for over 42.

P.J. Tucker – Another guy somehow Slim has in our 20-team league!  Damn this guy!  Worth a deep league look after playing a whopping 38+ minutes going 7-13 (2-2 3PTM 2-2 FT) for 18/5/2 and 2 Stls.

Eric Bledsoe - Played exceedingly well in his Suns debut, going 7-12 (8-11 FT) 22/7/6/1/0.  Everyone that got him is starting to feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Miles Plumlee – Another Sun, another huge game from an off-the-radar guy.  I guess I shoudla prefaced all this with the Blazers ineptitude-ness on defense.  Anyway, Plumlee looks like a huge benefactor of the Gortat trade getting almost 40 minutes and going 18/15 with 3 blocks.  Must-own in 14 teams plus, iffy in 12.  Not buying any sort of certain consistency.

Alex Len – Just over 8 minutes.  He’s getting eased in and I still think he’s just not that good.

Goran Dragic – Another big Suns game.  26/6/9 in 41 great minutes.

Archie Goodwin – My boyfriend didn’t get a big debut, only getting 8:28 of playing time and went 0-3 only logging a rebound.  Gerald Green got 16 minutes and was the only other guard that came off the bench.  Dragic and Bledsoe won’t play 41 and 39 minutes every night – still like Goodwin as a deep sleeper and holding.

John Wall – Yeah he didn’t shoot well, yeah his perimeter game still blew in this one game (0-4 from deep), but went 20/2/11 with three steals.  Think he hits a three or two a night, shoots better than 8-21 and gets more boards and blocks.  Still love him.

Bradley Beal – Speaking of love, a common big breakout pick from a lot of people was Beal who starts the season cold going 6-18 for 17/4/2.  He’ll heat up, we saw him get hot in the preseason.

Marcin Gortat – Played only 17 minutes in his debut, but still almost had a dub dub going 9/9.  Deep league owners should try to buy low, he’ll be starting soon.

Trevor Ariza – Huge game for Ariza going 8-14 (6-11 3PTM) for 28/10/3/1/0.  He was the hot hand this game, not buying too much into it.  Another guy that’s probably a most own in 14+, iffy in 12, a pass in 10.

JaVale McGee – What?  The Nuggets brought back George Karl?!?!?!  I had no idea!  That’s the only explanation for McGee’s 10 minutes on the court, right?  Well apparently it was early foul trouble, but he ended with only 4 fouls in a two-point win.  I’m nervous if I reached for him right now.

J.J. Hickson – Kenneth Faried is coming off injury and played only 15 minutes, so big run for Hickson playing 33.  Went 12/9 with 4 blocks.  Looking like he can give you numbers comparable to what he got on the Blazers if they give him enough run.

DeMarcus Cousins – I was wishy-washy on Cousins.  I bought the upside and didn’t bury him in rankings, but I wasn’t going to make him an end of the second-rounder either.  A very polarizing ranked guy, he made all his owners look like geniuses thus far, exploding for 30/14/1/2/2 on 13-26 shooting.  Before everyone freaks out, JaVale McGee is obviously inconsistent/barely played and J.J. Hickson can’t guard a guy like Cuz.

Ben McLemore – Only 17 minutes in his debut and was cold, going 1-7.  I’m still holding in 12-teamers.  Rookie jitters.

Greivis Vasquez/Isiah Thomas – As I sort of expected, both have enough minutes to stay valuable (36 and 29, respectively).  Vasquez 17/2/4 and IT2 16/4/5 are both decent.

Klay Thompson – Anyone who thought he was overrated is dumb!  Thanks mirror… Was just unstoppable last night, going 15-19 (5-7 3PTM) for 38/3/1.  Not much else to say other than he was hot and it was like this meme I made watching him shoot in last year’s postseason.

Stephen Curry – Meh, Klay was hot, not worried about a slow first game.

Toney Douglas – Woooooo, big night for an REL $1 player!  Got 24 minutes in the blowout going 13/4/4 with three 3s.  He’s worth owning in 20-team (like my team!) but that’s about it.

Andrew Bogut – Rainbow Line!  I’m sure I missed one, but this is the first one I noticed.  There were a lot of games, OK!  2/8/4/2/2 in only 18 minutes.  What you get from Bogut, and I’m glad he didn’t get stretched out too much when they didn’t need him.

Andre Iguodala – A guy I thought had way too much love going his way, had a slow start offensively going 3-7, but stuffed the stats for 7/4/4/2/1.

Xavier Henry – The big breakout from Opening Night went 4-11 (6-9 FT – good to see a decent bounce back from the stripe) for 14/4/1 in 35 minutes.  The minutes were good to see, but yeah, Lakers looked awful last night.

 

Next Games: I’ve got both of tomorrow’s games on TNT Overtime, NYK @ CHI and GSW @ LAC.  The first one I think will be a snooze fest, but the West Coast game looks like a goodun.  Watching to see if Shumpert can indeed play big for the first few weeks, if Thompson stays hot, and if the Clippers can avoid going 0-2.  I got to as many players as I could this morning, but if I missed anyone you have questions on, as always shoot your comments below!

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  1. Slim

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    Ahh… So many games to watch, nowhere near enough TVs to watch them on. He who doth name Olynyk was non other than yours truely, under a different name but you know that.

    I went for the 25¢ wings and digested them just fine. Anderson, Burks, Tucker combined cost me $21. Hayward, DeRozan, Turner, Parsons went for $18-$22 a piece. Yep. Why pay full price when there just isn’t much meat on a wing?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Haha that’s right! I wasn’t sure… Your wings are so tasty. My favorite sauces are Asian Zing and Parmesan Garlic. Guess that means Lin and I guess maybe Belinelli are due for big games….

  2. JT says:
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    Any reason to hang onto Tyler Zeller or Ed Davis in a very deep 12 team keeper? Billups, Sessions, Carroll, Ben Gordon…those are the FAs available.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JT: Nah not really. Would get Billups and Sessions out of those guys right now, even though you’ll probably swap again for big men

  3. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB… Would you drop Danny Green for Lance Stephenson??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Nah I’d hold Green

  4. Prodders says:
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    I dropped MCW for Patrick Beverley, got on the P Bev mini hype train and just about want to punch myself in the face for dropping Carter-Williams. Oof. No question for you here, just sharing my pain!

    • Frank White says:
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      Lol I did the same thing bro.. I’m so pissed

    • daniel says:
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      @Prodders: haha same here!

      • AZ Ramirez says:
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        @daniel: Did the opposite and dropped Beverly for MCW…….and benched him against the Heat

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Prodders: Ugh @Frank White: @daniel: That sucks guys! I probably would’ve done the same, but unfortunately never ended up with MCW anywhere…. Still think Beverley will be strong, just got a little hurt and MCW falls back to earth a bit so you won’t be beating yourselves up too much. But seeing that game on your bench @AZ Ramirez: man that sucks… Not that I blame you or anything, he’s probably not a top 12 guy on a roster!

  5. Zandy says:
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    Drop korver for derozan or arias in 8 cat?

    • Zandy says:
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      @Zandy: or prefer Alec?

    • Zandy says:
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      @Zandy: should say ariza*

      • Zandy says:
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        @Zandy: ariza is gone. Drop korver for Alec, derozan or lance?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zandy: Mannnn, I really wanna say Burks. So I will! I still think DeRozan will be good, but man Burks looked great

          • Zandy says:
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            @JB Gilpin: how’s he impacted when his brother trey burkes comes back?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Zandy: Haha I don’t think too much. Burks is more a 2 than a 1 but can play both

  6. Scrappy says:
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    Wade resting game 2? glad i didn’t draft him. probably a good call for the Heat in that they want to keep him fresh and understand the season is a marathon rather than a sprint. Makes sense to not play him back to back. However really bad deal for fantasy owners that drafted him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scrappy: Yeah I passed on him in all leagues too. I didn’t think they’d rest him this quick, he must’ve been a bit banged up

    • Tony says:
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      @Scrappy: makes sense BUT they lost…. Heat might wanna realize it would be better to play wade 20-25 mins every night than play him 36mins (tues) and sit him on weds….. plus I own him in a damn weekly league, this is going to frustrate the crap outta me! Sack up Wade!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tony: Haha I hear ya man! And agree with you. He needs to be on the floor if they’re gonna lose games to the likes of the 76ers

  7. Scrappy says:
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    Another shout out to slim on the Alec Burks call.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scrappy: Agreed!

  8. SteveV says:
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    Keep 2 – Mathews, Stephenson, Burks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveV: Leaving out Stephenson

  9. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    No Josh McRoberts? haha. No, for real. Hang onto McGee or cut bait for McRoberts? I have Bogut and Kaman and Tobias Harris

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Josh McRoberts is in there! I’d still hold McGee though. Kaman for him though… Might do that one

  10. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Do I drop Kaman for Plumlee? 12 tm league? Keep Bogut?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah I would for Plumlee. Definitely hold Bogut

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Plumlee or McRoberts? I have:
        Westbrook
        Knight
        Wall
        Lawson
        Tobias harris
        Javale
        Bogut
        Nowitzki (steal!)
        Ilyasova
        Teague
        Reggie Jackson

        Would you drop anyone for Stephenson?

        I missed the McRoberts/Charlie Day…hahahaha

        Thanks!

        • Brent

          The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: drop anyone for alec burks? I’m pretty good on guards tho

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: Nah I’d hold what you got. If Knight misses extended time I would drop. You know, actually with your lineup that stacked I’d get Burks for Knight.

          • Brent

            The Fantasy Dick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: so go with McRoberts over Plumlee?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @The Fantasy Dick: Ohhhh sorry missed that first part… ehhhh, I’ll lean Plumlee

  11. Matt says:
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    Drop Henson for R.eggie Jackson? 10 team league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: Yup I would

  12. Zandy says:
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    Drop garnet for plumlee in 10 team 8 cat h2h?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Nah I’d still hold Garnett

      • Zandy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: even though Kidd says he won’t play him in back to backs?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zandy: Yeah I just don’t think Plumlee is on that level.

  13. John says:
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    Given the minutes, do you think Miles Plumlee will be consistent force on boards n’ blocks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Not really that consistent, but worth fantasy owning – probably

  14. E says:
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    10 team H2H 9 cat with FTM instead of FT%:

    Chris Paul LAC – PG
    Brandon Jennings Det – PG
    Patrick Beverley Hou – PG
    Jamal Crawford LAC – PG,SG
    Danny Green SA – SG,SF
    Jimmy Butler Chi – SG,SF
    Rudy Gay Tor – SF,PF
    Paul Millsap Atl – PF
    Blake Griffin LAC – PF
    Pau Gasol LAL – PF,C
    Kevin Garnett Bkn – PF,C
    Roy Hibbert Ind – C

    Drop Crawford, Green or anyone else for any of these?
    Stephenson
    Burks
    Billups
    Jack
    W. Chandler
    T. Burke
    D. Jordan

    • JB Gilpin

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      @E: Man I really would want a way to get Burks and Jordan on your team. I would drop Garnett for Jordan for tonight’s game (given daily moves), then hold Jordan if he plays well again (plus his bad FT shooting doesn’t hurt you in your format), and if Jordan doesn’t play well again grab Burks afterwards

  15. allen says:
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    Minutes will not be an issue with tristan thompson. I keep seeing this everywhere. He is a centerpiece for the cavs and probably their 2nd best player. Cavs fans know this. No dissrespect, just sayin!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @allen: Nah you’re probably right. I guess I should’ve emphasized his lack of multi cat goodness over the minutes. But me being down on him will probably still be wrong!

  16. A Hill O'Beans says:
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    Nice writeup JB.

    A couple of things here.

    There’s no way nobody is not gonna be spendin no FAAB money on no Tony Wroten in the REL. I foresaw this game and already own him. Well, I drafted him anyway, you know, since the league is sooo freakin deep.

    It’s a shame Eric Gordon didn’t have an injured back last year, because then you could have gone with “if they hold Gordon back on back-to-backs because of his back like they did back last year”, and really made Tyreke’s writeup impossible to read.

    Lastly, I don’t think it was one of your games, but my REL team needs to know, what’s up with Ed Davis getting 8 minutes last night? I mean Randolph and Gasol were a combined -39, Randolph only played 25 minutes, and well let’s face it, Randolph was complete garbage. I didn’t catch the game but, if Davis isn’t getting minutes in that situation what’s going on there?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @A Hill O’Beans: Well poop. I guess I saw he was available in the wrong league haha. Gordon – I know, right! especially if it was the back vertebrae in he back! Davis – Yeah I’m not sure, I think it’s the same with Henson – very athletic dude (ironically both Tar Heels!) that they don’t want to stretch out yet. Maybe they’ll slowly integrate them more and more, but agree with you, disappointing given Randolph was awful.

  17. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Yo JB, yesterday you advised I target Brewer then Casspi with my FAAB in my H2H pts league where I need a F. Just realized Plumlee is out there too and only qualifies at F. Would you take him over either/both of the other two? 15-pt bonus for double doubles, so guys that can grab 1-2 of those a week are valuable, and 5 pt blocks. How much to bid out of $100?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Whew, glad I said Brewer! Haha. Yeah with the dub dubs a stat, PLumlee would be my target. Not ready to unload everything on him, but the minutes he’ll get, I think $12-13

  18. inertiatic says:
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    Have a look at my 10tm roto squad please, good sir. 9-Cats, large rosters
    PG, SG, GGG, SF, PF, FFF, CC, Util X5 & 6 bench

    Guards
    Wall
    Jrue
    Beal
    Jimmy Butler
    MCW
    KCP
    D Collison
    R Jackson
    Alec Burks

    SF/PF
    Durantula
    Kawhi
    Boogie
    Favors
    Mo Harkless
    JJ Hickson
    Henson
    Sullinger
    Plumlee

    C
    Jonas Val
    Drummond
    DeAndre Jordan

    I had 1st pick so I got to double up every round and ended up with a lot of guys I wanted. Any obvious shortcomings you see? Any suggestions to adress said shortcomings? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

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      @inertiatic: That’s a pretty beastly team, man. The only issue I can really see is that having both DeAndre and Drummond pretty much guarantees you last place in FT%. My experience is that it’s REALLY tough to win in roto when punting a category. Other than that, nice job IMHO.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @inertiatic: Agree with above. FT shooting is going to weigh you down in roto. Maybe try and trade Drummond after he has a big game

  19. nathan says:
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    hi
    someone in my league dropped MCW before he blew up last night and i can grab him off waivers tomorrow but i am debating on who to drop, please help

    drop: Reggie jackson, Jarrett Jack, or miles Plumlee ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: I’d drop Jack

  20. Juice_0321 says:
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    Everyone in my league knows how much I hate LBJ so the trade offers are flooding in. If I decide to trade him I am asking for a ton in return.

    How would you value the following trade offers for LBJ.

    Westbrook, Cousins and Favors for LBJ and fill in

    George, Gasol for LBJ

    Westbrook, Howard for LBJ

    Westbrook, Anthony Davis for LBJ

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Juice_0321: Marc or Pau? Probably that one especially if Marc

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Pau, unfortunately. I hate him too!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Juice_0321: Ehhhh, thats a little light then. Anthony Davis looked really good. If you could get his either 2nd or 3rd round pick and theyre healthy with AD I’d do that

  21. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Hey JB what’s up

    20-teamer as well, here’s what I’m working with:

    Chris Paul LAC – PG
    Tyreke Evans NO – SG,SF
    Wilson Chandler Den – SG,SF
    DeMarre Carroll Atl – SF,PF
    Paul Millsap Atl – PF
    Tristan Thompson Cle – PF,C
    Nikola Pekovic Min – C
    Brandon Knight Mil – PG,SG
    Reggie Jackson OKC – PG
    Jason Smith NO – PF,C
    Vitor Faverani Bos – C
    Jordan Farmar LAL – PG

    Any immediate thoughts?

    And – Koufos, P.J. Tucker, Reggie Evans (might need boards), Billups are available on the wire – would you make a move for any of them/and who’d you ditch?

    Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Nah I think I hold everyone you got. Jason Smith looked pretty good, and he’s one of your last guys

  22. James says:
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    Thoughts on burning a #3 waiver on Burks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James: Would do it. He looked gooooood

  23. AZ Ramirez says:
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    Great recap JB.
    Quick question, I’m in a 12 team H2H dynasty, thinking about my keepers, I have Lillard, Favors and Rubio locked down for a total of 6 bucks (got in on ground level) and I’m trying to decide on my last two:
    Giannis “Insert one of every letter of the alphabet” – $1
    Jonas “Slightly easier last name” – $15
    DeMarcus – $30
    Oladipo – $15
    Any insight is appreciated, I know its really early in the season but I’m trying to get a picture of my future team structure

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AZ Ramirez: I’d do the big men. DeMarcus looked great and Jonas V is young too.

      • AZ Ramirez says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was leaning that way too, thanks man. Hopefully DeMarcus makes a push towards 50%FG this year.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AZ Ramirez: Yeah that would be sweet! He’d be a steal for pretty much everyone that drafted him

  24. dorfor says:
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    So I’ve got Steve Nash in both of my 16-man leagues. I’m hurtin real bad and I dont know what to do. The guys available on the waiver wire are JJ Barea, Toney D, Norris Cole, Pablo Prigs… and down. Any advice?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dorfor: You gotta hold and try to work through it. Maybe include him as a throw away in a 2 for 1 trade? How I ridded myself of him when he was autodrafted to me in one league that I had an emergency come up

  25. Jesse says:
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    Great Title!! Really made me laugh haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jesse: Thanks man!

  26. ThE sHiT says:
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    @JB Gilpin: I have Burke taking a spot on a thin bench. Drop him for Burks or Beverley? Or hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Yeah I would for either… I think for Beverley

  27. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    So you like Beverley more than Burks? Would you drop Jack to pick up Burks? I already own Beverley.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: Yeah I like Beverley more than Burks, but would indeed drop Jack for Burks

  28. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Setting up my first FAAB bids of the season to rectify some drunken drafting and autopick misfortune. My team especially needs 2 F, could also use a 4th C (if nothing else, so I can make a trade), and bench G are a lesser concern, but there are some good ones available. H2H pts league.

    Here are my potential drops: Scola, Dudley, Porter, J. Thompson, Redick

    Top potential adds: Plumlee (F only), Stephenson, KCP, Faverani, Carroll, Ariza, Chalmers

    Questions:
    1) In what order are you making those drops? Related: Any reason to hold Porter? I don’t know much about his game, but can’t afford to be too patient given my F situation. Feeling pretty safe to drop, but don’t want to if he’s a special talent.
    2) Redick is the one I’m most inclined to hold. Any of those G adds you would NOT make for him?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: I hear ya on setting up FAAB bids. Doing the same. I think I’d hold Redick, and drop Thompson, Porter, Dudley Scola. I actually think the order of guys to add you have is close, would make Stephenson #1 target. Nah no reason to hold Porter, don’t see anything big happening this yr.

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