Week 12 has wrapped up in our Razzball Elite league, with The Nature Boy continuing his reign of terror over us dynasty-ers. Dynasters? Dynastians? Kardashians! The Razzball brass have all clustered in the middle of the rankings, with the devastatingly injured Pete Nice squad slipping, Slim surging, and me settling. Eh, best “s” word I could think of for staying in the same spot… “Sabre! It began with a bloody ‘s’!” Recaps from owners are below as we head into week 13:
1.The Nature Boy (73-32-3)
FAAB Remaining: $70 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
2. Like A Josh – IFBL (72-34-2)
FAAB Remaining: $61 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
3. Kap’s Team (70-38-0)
FAAB Remaining: $81 FAAB Moves this week: Garrett Temple ($1)
4. Cigar Smoking Monkey (68-40-0)
FAAB Remaining: $6 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
5. Barking BassetHounds (66-39-3)
FAAB Remaining: $20 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
In a league with a player pool of size 340, the relative health of the teams involved goes a long ways to determining matchup outcomes. In week 11, Barking BassetHounds lost a close 4-5 matchup with Scurry To The Left as two key players were out the whole week and several others missed games. However in week 12, we were as healthy as we have been all season and consequently won a 7-1-1 matchup to Martyball IFBL.
We also accepted a trade offer, trading Greg Monroe and Mason Plumlee to I’m a Currian for Enes Kanter and Nikola Pekovic. In my mind this is a classic future for present trade that I thought long and hard before accepting. Mason Plumlee was a $1 WW acquisition that I considered a key part of my long term strategy of getting younger. Enes Kanter, while talented and having value this year, was drafted at $30 dollars and in all probability will only be a rental. He should (I hope) perform at a level of the other $9-$12 complementary players on my team.
I decided to accept the trade based on the following reasoning. First, although losing Plumlee was tough for me, there will be other opportunities next year likely to improve long term via the waiver wire. In fact I tried this week by bidding $16 on Ryan Kelly, but was outbid by Slim. But there will be other fish in this sea. Second as much as I liked Mason Plumlee, I view him long term as more a complementary piece like several of my $9-$12 dollar players. I should be able to recover from this. Third, I do like Pekovic over Monroe this year. He costs $5 more, but for this year it is a freebie, and I should be able to absorb this cost in the future since I consider the $23 cost to be reasonable.. What decided the issue for me however, was number of games in playoff weeks. Should I be lucky enough to make the finals, I observed that Pekovic had 6 games in a week and a half while Monroe only had 4. This was huge for me, and finalized my decision to accept the offer.
This trade does leave my team somewhat unbalanced towards the “big” skill set, which means I will consider an equal trade for a guard type. This does not mean, however, that Jim Henson is suddenly available.
6. Breaking Batum (64-44-0)
FAAB Remaining: $82 FAAB Moves this week: Donatas Motiejunas ($1)
7. Scurry to the Left (58-49-1)
FAAB Remaining: $76 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
8. Slim – Razzball (57-48-3)
9. Hoopus Alleyoopus (55-52-1)
FAAB Remaining: $67 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
10. Martyball – IFBL (54-53-1)
FAAB Remaining: $79 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
11. Pete Nice – Razzball (53-53-2)
FAAB Remaining: $10 FAAB Moves this week: Jeff Ayres ($1)
12. JB Gilpin – Razzball (52-55-1)
FAAB Remaining: $1 FAAB Moves this week: Dewayne Dedmon ($3)
Well, I promised Slim a good rant if I lost this week, and I lost 4-5. Butttttttttt, I lied, not going to rant too much. It was an absolute dead heat against Breaking Batum heading into Sunday, with both teams having a shot at a 9-0 win. I only got one game from Mike Scott (who, sadly, is one of my better players) but Batum only got one from Lou Williams, so a wash. However Tony Snell and Joakim Noah had a 3OT game while a lot of my scrubs were even scrubbier than their normal scrub lines. The matchup ended up with a 0.020 FT% deficit, loss by 4 threes, 14 Rebs and I had 5 more turnovers. But I eked out a win in points by 6, and while I usually win treys and TOs, I’ll take the 4-5 loss against a playoff team. I don’t think any luck/unlucky factors, like a 3OT game, made a difference.
This is the big kahuna, the golden belt, the game of the century against Slim this week. Slim’s team is good. As in, a lot better than mine. So far I’ve gotten good production and Slim got clunkers from his Raptors, so it’s a lucky start. I’m going to need a lot of it to survive even a 4-5 week. Slim is looking more and more like a playoff team, so while it would be a 3-game losing streak if I lose 4-5, it’s only been 4-5 the past two weeks as well and all to the better teams in the league. Past that my schedule lightens up a tad and I should be able to get a winning season under my belt. I would need some drastic things to happen in order to make the playoffs.
With more the future in mind than this year, I decided to grab Dedmon who has some upside as a 7-footer. He’s still young and could play decent minutes in years to come if he develops with the Sixers younguns. Or wherever Dedmon might end up. Why I didn’t bid on a guy like Devin Harris, who while I think needs to be owned, won’t give me any future upside. So wish me luck Razzball Nation and let’s give Slim a shave!
13. Doug – tdbsports.com (52-55-1)
FAAB Remaining: $98 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
14. Ben – RotoGold (48-58-2)
FAAB Remaining: $98 FAAB Moves this week: Devin Harris ($2)
15. I’m a Currian (45-62-1)
16. Mr Green – Nowhere (41-66-1)
Let’s start by having a quick peek at how some members of my team performed last week. The combination of Otto Porter, Jordan Hamilton, Greg Smith, Nerlens Noel, and Arnett Moultrie managed to put up (a combined) 6 MIN / 0 PTS / 0 3PT / 0 REB / 0 AST / 0 ST / 0 BLK / 1 TO line. Noel was expected of course, but Moultrie and Smith were supposed to be back from injury. It looks like Moultrie is just delayed, whereas Smith is re-re-re-re-injured *shock*. As for Hamilton and Porter, both are seemingly out of the rotation, although as evidenced by the 6 MIN / 1 TO that Porter put up, at least he still has the hope of getting in at garbage time, something Hamilton gave up when he slept with the coaches daughter[††].
17. ChazTop-KevinBottom (38-69-1)
FAAB Remaining: $75 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
18. Nashed Potatoes (38-69-1)
FAAB Remaining: $91 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
19. Team Tough Guy Town (32-74-2)
FAAB Remaining: $89 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
20. Kinsey’s Team (30-76-2)
FAAB Remaining: $100 FAAB Moves this week: n/a
Remember REL teams, if you are in the league and want your recap in the post, hit me up any time before Tuesday morning. Good luck in week 13!