The Bird is the word this week, gentle reader. I know that Thanksgiving themes are played out, but if you’ve ever read any of my previous articles, you will know that I can’t resist the low hanging fruit. My vertical won’t really allow for anything but the lower branches anyhow. So what are you thankful for good reader? Jrue Holiday? Kristaps Porzingus? Donald J Trump? Whatever it is that makes you thankful, we all remind ourselves that in fantasy there is a yin and then there is a yang. (Stat)Stuffers, and Turkeys, as the title suggests. So loosen your belt, Fantasy GM, pass the gravy, and let’s take a hearty serving of both on our plates:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In a matchup where they might’ve gone ahead and whipped em out to see who was bigger, this round went to Joel Embiid! The Sixers snapped the longest stretch of NBA games without back-to-back wins (108), by besting Hassan Whiteside and the Heat 101-94.
Look at Embiid flex those guns. So much man meat in the paint right there! Ok, I’m done with that, but it was awesome to see such prototypical, turn-back-the-clock big men face off against each other, with each being the current face of their respective franchise. Embiid had one of his best lines of the year, going 22/5/0/1/3 on 7-13 shooting, mainly highlighted by only one TO. He’s only had one game with 2 TO, and all the others 3+. On the flip side, Whiteside was a monster, going 32/13/0/0/2 on 13-19 shooting and hit 6 of his 8 FT. For the love of big man stats! Whiteside was 0-3 from the stripe in his previous game, so hopefully something has righted the ship there. Someone in the comments asked where Embiid might go in drafts next year, and I said 30-40 range. But at this rate, that might be too conservative! Let’s see him get through a full season first, and be sure none of that giant EMBIIIIIID gets hurt. I lied, I got one more in! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s our Thanksgiving week special! I hope everyone is looking forward to spending the Holiday with our families, as the NFL maliciously takes up one of our NBA days this week! Boooo! At least we get a 15-game slate Friday! On today’s show, we recap the news and notes around the NBA including a key injury that made me want to kill myself, go over some waiver wire considerations in 12ers, and play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid. We then wrap the show with our 30-point challenge picks and a quick look at what we’ve been watching at the movies. One last reminder to join our Fantasy Movie League here, we’re gonna have fun tracking through the Winter Season! (League: Razzball PW: rball)
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Whoa, an elite week from our elite leader! Although that sounds vaguely like we’re a dictatorship, it’s a free league though! Yappers went absolutely ham instead of turkey right before Thanksgiving, beating Foreign Affairs 8-1 to move into a 3 game lead in first. They were up 9-0 during parts of Sunday as well! The 14-15 champion is seeking to be the first multi-gold jersey owner in the REL, but there’s still a long way to go! Here’s how week four in the 2016-17 REL went down:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Could there be anyone else in the NBA that everyone can get behind and root for than Jrue Holiday?! At this rate, he needs to run for prez in 2020! And just to make him even more likable, he’s now wearing rec spec goggles. Soooooooo dope! It’s like he’s playing ball underwater! When he hit this stepback, I’m pretty sure I heard him say “you miss me?!” on the game broadcast, but I have a feeling it was my mind playing tricks on me…
Jrue didn’t take any time to shake off the rust, going 21/2/7/1/1 on 8-14 shooting against the Blazers Friday night (including that sexy crossover), then 22/2/9/1/0 on 9-17 shooting against the Hornets on Saturday. 14:4 AST:TO to start it off, shot over 50% both games… Just so awesome! I know what I’m thankful for! And just to make things EVEN MORE awesome, he rewarded Tim Frazier owners who remained patient, by showing they can co-exist. Bi-partisan! 12/3/8 and 17/5/8 for Frazier in those two games, plus the Pelicans won both of them. And they weren’t against cupcakes either, winning at home against the Blazers then the Hornets. Pass the beignets, we got a party goin on! As a Frazier owner in a couple RCLs, I’m going to hang strong until his numbers tell me otherwise. Unfortunately, I’m not a Jrue owner anywhere though… Depressing! But I don’t even care, Jrue is a boss, and if he beats me in some fantasy matchups, I will tip my cap and be rooting for him anyway. You’re my boy, Jrue! Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are plenty of options to highlight this week, but everyone beware. Take caution. Put on your orange vests. The muuuuuuuuuuus is loooooooose!
Typically reserved for a football chant, every time the Hawks Mike Muscala hits a three, or even puts on those incredible ‘3’s Goggles‘, the Bucknell grad garners a deep cheers from the fans. Now, listen, I know more than most that the Atlanta fans aren’t the greatest in the world, but when you lose Al Horford and replace some of his minutes with Mike effing Muscala you gotta pull out all the energy you can! And then he goes and actually produces in his 20+ mpg. Unheard of!
13.7/5.0/3.0 on 61.5% shooting with nearly 2 3’s per game is essentially a poor man’s Horford. And that’s exactly what ol’ Mike has done the past week (don’t worry about those boards…that’s the Dwight Howard effect). I, mean, goodness…I wanna be like Mike. Maybe that’s just because I’m white, but for real, there’s a lot of value here.
And he’s not the only one…Here are the 7 Ahead for Week 5!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Want to hear something crazy? We’re 3.5 weeks in, and that’s about 17.5% of the fantasy regular season! In terms like that, sound the panic alarms! My crappy teams are toast!
As I mentioned on the Pod this morning, I have some RCL anger this week. Too much Goose. Goose on the loose! Ugh. But there’s still like, 82.5% of the season left, so everyone going against Goose can turn it around!
Check out how your teams stacked up after week 3 in the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s some notable takeaways from the 3rd regular season week across our 23 RCL Leagues:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Rockets put up 41 in the first quarter, with a lot of help from the beard. Harden finished the game with a 26/12/14/3/0 triple double, while only turning the ball over 4 times… That really isn’t that bad for the Rockets! A fair amount of blowouts last night, but the games were still quite enjoyable! Particularly, the matchup of KAT and EMBIIIIIID.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re back with another episode of the Razzball Hoops show, and on today’s Pod we discuss much-needed bounceback games from high-drafted PG, the continued Denver mess, and the injury issues of the Mavericks’ PGs. We then wrap the show with our 30-point challenge picks and a quick look at what we’re hoping to watch at the movies. Be sure and join our Fantasy Movie League here! (League: Razzball PW: rball)
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Here’s the matchup grid updated prior to the 1030 ET time games last night.
I don’t want to go in depth on this today as I’d like to spend some time talking about a specific player below. The next in-depth discussion will be in a couple of weeks when we have a nice full month of data. Just wanted to point out that GSW remains near the top of teams to target, albeit they seem to have tightened it up a bit on the rebounding category compared to last week.
Some names to target for the rest of the week:Please, blog, may I have some more?