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And we’re back baby!  The All-Star break in Nawleans has come and gone, with a disappointing dunk contest, no bounce passes in the skills contest (yeah, what was up with that Prez?!) and All-Star jerseys that made the finale look like an adult rec league game on a Thursday night.  “Help, I think Stanley has a hernia!”  I was constantly thinking to myself about the Major League quote, but the opposite.  Brian Scalabrine or Matt Bonner coming into their first practice with sleeves and a hat on, and their coaches were like, “We don’t wear caps and sleeves at this level son!”  Sure made that coach look stupid on Sunday night!  And if you’re a Cleveland fan, you’ve got to be thinking, “Crikey wtf is going on!?” after seeing Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters go off in their respective ASB games over the weekend.  Then to see neither of them do anything against the 76ers last night!  To be fair, the Cavs let their scrubs do all their damage in a blowout.  So I guess if Cavs are thinking crikey, Philly fans are thinking, “if we don’t win 20 games this year, I’m giving up cheesesteaks!”  Drastic?  Probably.  Be liking asking me to give up that delicious BBQ.  Now I’m all sorts of hungry… How did this get into food?  Let’s just dive right in to last night’s return to action, like how you’d dive into an all-you-can-eat Southern food buffet with mac & cheese, hush puppies, chopped BBQ, whole BBQ, biscuits & gravy, and then, and then…:

Tyler Zeller - One of the aforementioned scrubs.  18/15 with a block.  Dude is a beat!  Except not.  And I’m a Chapel Hill fan!  No Anderson Varejao as he’s still out with a bad back and a bad haircut, but big Sideshow will be on the court soon, so no need to stash Zeller.

Tristan Thompson - Not one of those scrubs!  Hah!  Tricked you Slim.  12/10/3/2/0 and a perfect 4-4 FT performance.  Dub-dubs in 3 straight with 2 steals in 3 of 5.  I still maintain he’s a bottom-feeder guy – yet ownable – in 12-team.  I mean, errr, spend all you have to get him!

Anthony Bennett - Back to the scrubs!  I made a scrub sandwich there.  “Dammit with the food references this morning JB, I didn’t eat breakfast!”  Commenter be hangry!  10/11/2/0/0.  Just doesn’t do it for me, Bennett never did, looking all the way back at my draft reaction.

Michael Carter-Williams - I’m kinda out on a limb here, but a 1:7 Ast:TO ratio is actually not that good.  15/3/1, no other stats, and after rainbowing heading into the break, this is like an oppo-rainbow.  A, ummm, a moment when you tell your kids that Santa isn’t real.  So, like, a rainbow makes kids happy and ruining Santa crushes their hopes and dreams.  Wow, JB, that’s a stretch… Just like MCW, I’m coming out of the gate rusty!

LaMarcus Aldridge - Yikes.  Would’ve been the lead, but I wanted to start on lighter notes.  Will be re-examined in a week with a lingering groin issue.  That’s no fun on any level.  So that’s at least a week sitting out for L.A.  I’m probably not selling anywhere, but if you’re 5th or 6th in a 6-team playoff and could miss Aldridge for over a week if the re-evaluation doesn’t go well, it might be prudent to see if you could get 90-95% of pre-bad-groin value.

Shelvin Mack - Can’t stop the Mack Attack!  11/6/8 in 26 bench minutes.  Jeff Teague for 8/2/2 and 4 TOs.  Dude, I have no idea what the hell is going on there, loved Teague coming into the year, he started well, then swan dive.  A good metaphor for his season would be going to work in Atlanta on that snow day thinking it was going to be a nice day, then abandoning your car and having to make yellow and brown snow on the side of the road at night.  Mack only has this one nice one in the past 4, all of which Teague has been bad, so not too much for fantasy except hold out hope that Teague gets it together.

George Hill - 9/7, shot 4/4, hit a three, and comes out of the ASB staying solid after a nice run of 4 pre-ASB.

Patrick Patterson - Even with Amir Johnson back, Pit Pat started and got 34 minutes for 10/6/1/3/1 and a trey.  Unlike Amir, what is it with the other PF Johnsons this year being so multi-cat with treys?!  Wesley Johnson.  James Johnson.  It’s like Die Hard.  “I’m special agent Johnson, and this is special agent Johnson, no relation.”  Let’s hope the rest of the year works out better for the NBA Johnsons than the Die Hard guys…

Jonas Valanciunas - 10/4/0/0/0 in only 18 minutes.  Coach Casey previously said JV needed “mental rest” over the All-Star break and apparently he meant to say “Oh, just kidding, I mean I’m going to give him lots of actual rest and keep shitting all over that JB Gilpin’s pre-season fantasy basketball ranking.”

Trevor Ariza - Didn’t hit a single three.  I hope you’re reading this, Martyball, because, well, yeah.  Did have a solid multi-cat though for 6/11/2/4/1.

Al Jefferson - Love me some Big Al.  32/12/7/1/0 shooting 15-28.

Andre Drummond - Couldn’t put a [Drumm]ond to Big Al’s ballin’, but 16/22/1/1/2 is all we care about in fantasy!

Brandon Knight - Played through a sore foot for 18/0/7/2/1 but shot only 3-13.  Still, 12-12 FT and 2 TOs and it’s been a good year for me pumping up Knight.  Had to rebound after mentioning Drummond there…

John Henson - Technically came off the bench, but 32 minutes to Zaza Pachulia‘s 16.  We like this!  9/10/1/0/2 for the Muppet man, but those nightmares of bad FT shooting that haunt Chapel Hill fans reared it’s ugly head with a 1-4.  But the minutes, opportunity, and no Larry Sanders are all there to flourish.  Needs to be owned again in all leagues.

Nate Wolters - As much as I want to throw cold Wisconsin snow all over him, 15/7/8/2/0 in another trip-dub flirt and his last four games are mighty tasty.  Only owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues, and I think deserves some 12-team consideration.  I just grabbed him in one of my RCLs.

Giannis Antetokounmpo - 8/8/4/2/1 with a trey and no TOs.  Near rainbow!  Khris Middleton sprained his ankle but played through it, so some minutes could possible arise for Alphabet Soup if anything goes on with that.

Victor Oladipo - Came off the bench for 22 minutes and only 6/1/3/1/0.  Buy low alert!  Not surprised the Magic played everyone else in a  final trade deadline showcase.  Still think V.O. goes Nuts.O. down the stretch once the Magic give him the key to the tankmobile.  Or I guess you could say just “tank”, but yea, you get where that was going…

Jameer Nelson - Racked up another dimebag with 13 assists.  The assists and overall production had been dwindling, so this was a nice little spike.

Mike Conley - Returned from his ankle injury for a very solid 22/5/3/1/1 in 32 minutes.  Throw the worries out the door!  Nick Calathes goes back to the bench, but got 19 minutes and went 11/3/5/1/0 with a trey.  Looks like Calathes is going to be near-20 minutes now instead of the barely 10 a game while backing up Conley, and in any league bigger than 12 I think I holding onto him.

James Johnson - I’d love to pull the “I told you so” about JJ and the bad playing time, but the 12 minutes last night was due to foul trouble.  A rough game, but still like the upside, especially if any sort of trades can help that out.

Marc Gasol - Was able to play after a scary few days when he hurt his knee again right before the break, and went 8/7/4/0/2.  Not good, but you’re happy he played and showed off the multi-cat.  Overall – encouraging.

Tim Hardaway Jr. - Just like in the Future’s Game, he became a ThrAGNOF!  23/1/0/1/0 with four treys.  The poster boy of the ThrAGNOF clothing line.

Pablo Prigioni - Dished out a dimebag out of nowhere!  Gets him to 5.3 dimes a game in Feb.  If that’s something you need in deeper leagues, give the Argentine Dream a spin.

LeBron James - This was a fun game to watch.  LeBron just took over.  Kinda made a statement to look out in the 2nd half.  42/9/6/2/0 with four treys.

Mario Chalmers - Super Mario World!  10/2/9/4/0 with two treys is exactly what I was thinking we’d see once he was back to full strength.  Sure it’s been a bit since he was hurt, but multi-steals in 5 of 6, 7+ dimes in 3 of 4, along with double-digit scoring and a least a three in all of the past 5.  Be sure he’s owned in your league.

Gerald Green - A career high ThrAGNOF!  36 points for Green, after scoring only 5 in two-straight games just a few back.  36/5/0/0/0 with 6 threes, ThrAGNOF!

Wilson Chandler - Is unfortunately turning more into Gerald Green than the multi-cat volleyball like I had hoped… 15/4/3 last night – shot only 4-15 – did hit two treys, but has only 6 TOTAL Stl & Blks combined in the past 10 games.  He’s like a three-point shooting Tristan Thompson who doesn’t rebound.  Ouch, burn!

Evan Fournier - The Virgin!  Played like he finally got some action over the ASB!  25/8/4/2/0 shooting 8-19 including 3-8 from deep.  We’ve liked the Virgin all year over here at Razzball, but with that said, still no Ty Lawson helped give him the 33 G minutes.  Short-term though, yeah I like him.  Well, and long-term too for his career.

Patrick Mills - Patty’s pub for 15 shots in 27 minutes.  That’s pretty drunk!  25/5/5/0/1 in those 27 minutes.  Who is letting Patty Mills block them?!

Danny Green – Kawhi Leonard was a game-time decision and didn’t quite make it, helping DG go for 39 minutes.  14/5/2/1/1 is a little light given that kind of run, but 3 treys and nice to see some multi-cat.

 

Next Game:  Got Yahoo highlights for BKN @ UTA tonight!  Ummm, yawn.  It’s glad to be back daily as we return from the break with the playoffs right around the corner!

  1. Sherm says:
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    JB, You make me want to go out to the Q Shack right now.

    Limited time offer: my Knight for his Oladipo.

    Yes?

    • TR says:
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      @Sherm: I’d rather have Oladipo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sherm: Haha it’s so good! Man, I am biased since I liked Knight coming into the year so much… But I think Oladipo has more upside ROS

  2. Slim

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    Fournier is going to be a monster next year. He is definitely much more than a faceless ThrAGNoF, I’m looking at you Timmy Jr. The Virgin looks to me like a lock to be a top 50 guy next year. I don’t know what Denver will look like next year but I would be shocked if he isn’t getting 30 min.

    Rio is so under appreciated in the fantasy world. The 1.8 steals alone make him ownable even in the shallowest leagues. He was dropped in both of my 12er money leagues and I was shocked that I was able to add him in both.

    Tobias showed a little life last night 16/9/1/0/1 with 2 3s on a good FG%. I need him to keep it up. Do that 3 more times this week and I may just have a shot. Even Marcus Morris helped me out with a 1/10/2/1/2 line. I need that 3 more times also. No Carroll is a killer though.

    So we thought Pat Pat would mess with Amir Johnson but apparently it’s JV that’s in trouble since Amir can play some center minutes alongside Patterson. Which is probably a good thing for Amir since it means he gets the paint all to himself with Pat Pat sitting on the 3-point line.

    • DanThe MuttFan says:
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      @Slim: Who is Rio?

      • Remdawg says:
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        @DanThe MuttFan:
        After 30 seconds of extensive research into SPG this season, I have concluded that I believe Rio is Mario Chalmers

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @DanThe MuttFan: Oops. Yeah it’s Mario Chalmers. The guys who announce the Heat games exclusively call him Rio. I think he’s had that nickname since college.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Rio – the Brazilian phenom who also loves the animated film!

    • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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      @Slim: But would you drop Augustin for Chalmers?

  3. hamtime says:
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    1. Just traded my budinger for blatche. Good move?

    2. Are tony allen and jordan hill worth holding onto?

    3. pls rank for ROS – giannis, greivis, asik, farmar, scott, pachulia, jack, bennett

    Thanks again!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: 1. Yeah I don’t mind it, Budinger only can score. 2. Hill yes, Allen, maybe not. 3. Giannis sticks out for upside then depends on needs past that. I’d say Farmar, Jack (worried about trade), Greivis for PGs, Scott over Bennett at F and Asik over Pachulia at C but don’t like either at all.

  4. E says:
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    Trade Jennings for J Holiday?
    9 cat H2H

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Ohhhh man. I actually don’t think I could given BJ has played pretty well lately and is healthy still

  5. Shaft says:
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    Should I be dropping Wilson Chandler or Foye for Chalmers or Meeks? For both? 8-cat league

    I’m almost tempted to grab Wolters, but I already have knight and Henson. Please talk me out of grabbing another one of Drew’s all stars. I don’t think I could handle it.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shaft: Haha I think I’d rather all those guys over Wolters still. Lasandro and I talked about it an article or two back and I think I am going Meeks over Chandler, and I’d def do Chalmers over Foye.

      • Shaft says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. Out of curiosity, why all the love for meeks? I dont see him doing much outside of steals, a few treys and %s. And are you worried about his minutes with such a crowded backcourt in LA right now? If i were to only make the Chalmers move, would you rather keep Chandler or Foye?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shaft: Chandler and Meeks is very close, but I def want Chalmers over Foye. I think Meeks will be a pretty consistent scorer too, I’m not too worried about the minutes, Meeks can play a small 3 as well. Health is the main concern though, needs to be sharp once back on the court.

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          @Shaft: Perfect. This is why I trust you guys wayyyy more than the guys over at Rotoworld. They LOVEEEE Foye and I don’t really see it either aside from the major minutes going his way. They are calling him a top 40 player rest of the year. He hasn’t shot over 40% in the past 4 years!

        • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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          @Shaft: Meeks is the perfect player he has no flaws. That’s why I like him and let me say as someone who picked him up probably 4 weeks ago he has not had one bad night until he got hurt. One of the most consistent players in the NBA. Not amazing numbers any where but steals and 3s are great. great ft% not bad Fg% for a SG. There’s not many players like him out there that hurt you in no categories while helping a good amount in others. Even Lebron turns it over a good amount and isn’t the best FT shooter. I think if Kobe holds off on playing for a year Meeks is golden.

          • Slim

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            @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: He’s been solid this year and it’s because of the steals. That’s a new development and one I didn’t see coming. Not offering much in the way of boards and assists is unfortunate. I don’t think he quite fits into every roster.

  6. TR says:
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    Would you drop Wroten for Chalmers? Points league so it’s just overall production

    • TR says:
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      @TR: Also am the last playoff seed but am ahead of the next guy by 3 games with 4 weeks left and currently winning this week, meaning I’m a near lock to make playoffs

      • TR says:
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        @TR: jk, saw Holiday is supposed to be back within the week so dropped Wroten for him. Now the question is joe Johnson or chalmers

        • Nikko says:
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          @TR: you suck

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @TR: I think you made the right moves, Holiday, Chalmers, Wroten for me, with Wroten’s value tied to down the road and my supposed MCW shut down. Haha@Nikko: are you in the same league?

            • Nikko says:
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              @JB Gilpin: hahah yes. Live together too

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nikko: @TR: Uh oh TR, Nikko might be pulling the old shaving cream on your hand while you sleep prank for this pickup!

  7. Joe says:
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    Team of Lillard, IT2, Knight, Redick, J.Green, Deng, Sullinger, Gibson, D.Lee, Ibaka, M.Gasol

    I’m at the very least dropping Redick. Who do you think would help me most of the following players (I’m currently in 2nd, and I’d love to clinch a bye)

    Notable Free Agents: Mario Chalmers, Patrick Beverley, Wesley Johnson, Marvin Williams, DeMarre Carroll, Kenneth Faried, Josh McRoberts

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Yeah Redick with another injury, I buy that. Think you’re holding onto everyone else, I’d grab Chalmers

  8. Got two trade offers yesterday. Would I be crazy to accept either?

    Give Lebron, Get Carmelo and Milsap.
    Give Lebron and Lillard, Get Carmelo, Milsap, Noah.

    12 team, 9 cat espn league.

    Current team:
    Lillard
    Eric Gordon
    Lebron
    Randolf
    Vucevic
    Teague
    Boozer
    Wade
    Augustine
    Carroll

    Bench:
    Favors
    Lin
    Wesley Johnson
    James Johnson

    • *10 team league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dollabill: The first one is kinda close, but def don’t like the 2nd one. I don’t think crazy for considering the first one but I would probably hold

  9. Shaqtin'ACoon says:
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    Who stands to gain the most IF barea and budinger are traded for prince and allen? Would you own Budinger or James Johnson?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaqtin’ACoon: Definitely Johnson. Budinger is such a boring scoring-only, JJ would have some serious multi-cat upside

  10. Nikko says:
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    I was offered Davis, Reggie Jackson, and David west for Lowry, Beal and Batum? My league is H2H with no FT or FG%. Plus rebounds and assists are worth more than other stats. I feel like Id be giving to much for this. Thoughts?

    • Nikko says:
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      @Nikko: I was also offered Gerald Green and Pierce for Beal and Marvin Williams

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko: Hmmm very close. Love Davis, he would be huge but Jackson is meh with Westbrook coming back. West would be nice for boards too, but man, giving up a lot on your side prob holding too. Second one is very close too, not a Marvin guy and not a Green guy, seems 50/50 to me probably holding too since Beal is best in deal

      • Nikko says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what if instead of Jackson, I get Teague?

        • Nikko says:
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          @Nikko: or Thad

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Nikko: That I think you gotta take. Probably taking Thad, Davis Thad and West would crush the boards. Sucks losing Lowry but he’s injury prone.

  11. Barenrewn says:
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    I have Marc Gasol, and he makes me nervous. I think I can move him w/ Dirk and get back Griffin and Oladipo. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Barenrewn: Man, I don’t think I could pull the trigger on that, Dirk is playing great and is selling Gasol extremely low. And I love Oladipo…

      • Barenrewn says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks for the advice. I’ll try and hold him and hope for a better offer or flip him at the trade deadline if he doesn’t get it going.

  12. Lasandro says:
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    Funny story – I tutored Patty Cakes in maths after school, here in Canberra, for a good year. Played on the same high school team too.. but dude was like 5yrs younger than the rest of the squad and still starting ha. He and I are still FB friends and I only just recently told him that his name has been popping up quite a bit in NBA fantasy circles. Im sending him this page!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Awesome man! Yeah he’s playing great these days. We are probably doing a podcast next year so I might reach out to ya and see if Patty will do a Podcast interview with us, would be awesome if he could!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: well the other great connection I have to him is that one of my best pals is Patty’s best pal. Hell, Patty just flew his ass from Melbourne to Texas simply to DJ at the annual Spurs Australia Day party ha! Which incidentally landed right in the middle of this crazy run he’s having. And not to overload on the weird NBA-related anecdotes I have, but ha to share: just went to Bball training and the state squad was practicing on the court next to us, with their new import. Gerald freakin Green’s bro!! What the hey is he doin in Canberra of all places?! Cray.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: point of the story is, yes, I could at least get my man to ask Patty to get in on the podcast. I know he’s done stuff with The Starters, aka the basketball jones (whom I’ve loved for years)

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Haha awesome! Was Gerald Green’s bro as high a leaper? And yea man, I will try and reach out to you sometime over the Summer (your Winter!) and see if he is free sometime over the offseason. Would be awesome thanks man!

  13. RapCity says:
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    Seeking Yahoo! Custom League advice:
    16-team H2H 3-Cat (Points/Rebounds/Assists) League; G-G-F-F-C-BN-BN-BN, no DL

    My roster:
    G: Evan Turner (G/F)
    G: Tony Parker
    F: J. Vucevic (F/C)
    F: Lebron
    C: Valanciunas
    BN: Terrence Jones
    BN: Spencer Hawes (F/C)
    BN: Nate Wolters

    Sitting only 2 games ahead of the last playoff spot and am getting impatient waiting to see to whom the 76ers trade Hawes & Turner. JV’s minutes look unpredictable now as well as Tony Parker’s. Should I be patient with my 76ers & /or Parker, or add/drop based on the speculative value targets currently available?

    Available FAs: Patty Mills, Chalmers, Fournier, Pat Patterson, Meeks, James Johnson, Augustin, Stuckey, Ginobli

    • RapCity says:
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      whoops, forgot to add Dion Waiters to available FAs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RapCity: Wow nice squad for so deep a league! I think you’re holding your Spurs and Sixers for now. Wolters, while playing great, I dunno if he can keep it up. Rather Chalmers, Augustin and Meeks over him. Probably Chalmers

      • RapCity says:
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        Thx, it looks much better on paper but since it’s only Pts/Rebs/Assists, I’m in 7th and losing ground in an 8-seed playoffs league, ugh. I’ll lose my emotional attachment to Naters Gonna Nate Wolters, thanks for the nudge.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RapCity: Ah, yeah the format is interesting, still think you have a solid squad. LeBron is killin’ it for ya.

  14. hamtime says:
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    i dropped j. hill seeing as how he might go to teams where his role would be even more marginalized (cle, bkn, pho) and picked up shumpert, who might go to a more run n gun team. good move?

    also, would you drop reggie jackson or ilya for the likes of ben mclemore or d. collison in a 14man league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Yeah I mean either are upside grabs, I think it would depend on big man needs/vs. wing needs. Ilya is close for Jackson, I’d probably wait and see how Jax does with Westbrook back first

  15. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Is my Wall for Al Jefferson a good deal? I am pretty deep on PGs and I have Westy coming back

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah if it fits your needs I’m totally good with th

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah if it fits your needs I’m totally good with that one

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    With Blake traded away, would you rather pick up Nash or Farmar in weekly H2H pts league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Hmmm I think Farmar with Nash just unable to stay healthy

  17. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey man. What do you think about my Stephen Curry for Kendall Marshall and Demar Derozan? I’m looking towards the playoffs and if I remember correctly, the Raps have the best playoff schedule in the league and Marshall is there to help with the loss for assists. 14-team 9-cat H2H league

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