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“Is it safe?”  Dustin Hoffman was so not type B enough in that situation.  Imagine Jeff Spicoli in that scene.  “Dude, what are you doing with that, man?!”  But nothing beats the end when Hoffman makes him eat the diamonds.  Spoiler alert!  Oh yea, that’s supposed to go before the – – nevermind.  Ryan Anderson last night was sure the marathon man in the triple OT slug fest in Chicago, playing a preposterous 57 minutes for 36/6 with 7 threes.  He’s like a big Klay Thompson!  I was actually texting with my friend who said the broadcast compared him to Larry Bird – Hah!  I countered with the Jazz broadcast in their opener compared Alec Burks to Michael Jordan.  I can’t even make something up more preposterous than that!  These announcers must’ve failed those analogy tests you had to take through elementary school.  “Pizza:delicious::ice cream:????”  “Alec Burks!”  While it’s good seeing Anderson get that kind of run, spoiler alert!  I think his toe could flare up at some point.  He’s playing great, no question, but when he came back from injury he said he was going to manage the pain and the Pelicans were hoping to hold back his minutes a bit.  Sure failed last night!  I’m obviously not his toe, but I’d be like, “Yo, Ryan, 57 minutes be too much and Tough Actin’ Tinactin ain’t gonna fix me!”  I’m buying the nice Anderson stats right now, but think he’s a bit of a sell high and big dudes with big toes that have been big ouchies are big red flags.  Here’s what else I saw from last night’s action and news in fantasy hoops:

Jordan Farmar – Had to get an ultrasound on his hammy because it was at least two seasons late.  Will miss at least the next trimester, er, month.  I think the takeaway is Steve Blake should see comparable value even when Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash (if ever) comes back, even if Blake’s elbow issue forces him to miss a few games.  The Lakers are such a mess…

Paul Pierce - News broke after yesterday’s article was up that he’s going to miss 2-4 weeks with a broken hand.  What’s with all these NBA players’ hands?!  Soon they’ll be wearing gloves.  But only on the non-shooting hands.  Thriller!  Andray Blatche becomes a very serious target to add for the next few weeks.  Been pretty damn good.

Tyreke Evans – Continuing to multi-cat it up with 13/5/3/1 last night.  Nothing too special but he’s been ridiculously consistent with 10+ Pts and 3+ Asts in every single game the past 10.

Jason Smith – Should be getting tons of minutes with Anthony Davis gone, and indeed got 47:01 in the 3OT game for 12/14.  Of course the extra time helps, but he should be working into the Kosta Koufos realm of big man pickups these days.

Luol Deng – The past couple weeks after I hated on him he’s been a beast.  Capped off with a redonk 37/8/7 night in the marathon.  Now I want my back spinal tapped…

Taj Gibson – I really hate the Bulls.  He is always whining.  If it’s not him, it’s Joakim Noah or Carlos Boozer crying about something.  Oh yeah, fantasy, ummmm, Gibby for 26/14 last night shooting 10-19 and 5 blocks on top of it.  What the hey?!  The 45 minutes was nutso too.  But it is interesting Boozer played only 27 and in none of the OTs.  Ya done Boozer!  Gibson is actually worth a look in even deeper 12-teamers.

Kirk Hinrich – Got 11 assists in a ridiculous 54 minutes, but was otherwise awful shooting 4-15 and 0-8 from downtown. “Just pretend the hoop is Luol who you’re passing to!”  But of course in Tom Thibodeau’s scratchy, hoarse, impossible to understand voice it sounded more like “fo2b 23founfo23 f ih3rrfhjf32 1indpij3fhaejf!”

Martell Webster – The dictionary quieted off for only 5/4 with a three.  Still had 35 minutes so I’d hold.

Trevor Ariza – Uber-efficient 24/6/2/1/0 shooting 8-9 (4-4 3PTM 4-4 FT).  The last thing that was that efficient was Gilbert Arena’s exit from the league.

Victor Oladipo – A day after I called you the “Multi Cat Man” the cats all disappeared!  13/6/2/0/0 with no threes.  Eh, just one of those games.

Glen Davis – Was terrible.  Even Charles Barkley didn’t want to waste a patented “turrible”.

Maurice Harkless – Near rainbow!  About the only bright spot from the Magic last night.  16/4/1/2/2 in 29 minutes with a three.  Still not a guy you can really trust as a must-own anytime soon.

Nikola Vucevic – And with there being no bright spots there was a big black spot, with Vuc spraining an ankle and needed X-Rays that were negative.  Ankles, hands, and hamstrings, they’re killin’ the NBA!  I think he sits at least one game, be sure to monitor.

Kawhi Leonard – Popppppp!  POOOPPPPPP!!! What are you doing to us?!?!?!  Another ridiculous 23 minutes and not much doing.  This is getting to borderline “Remember the Alamo” territory.  “Remember the Kawhi?!  He was a beast last year!”  And as long as the Spurs keep winning, Popp will have little impetus to change much.  I’m still standing pat, but wouldn’t mind selling at somewhat of a discount.

Tim Duncan – By the roots of the tree of life, and the limbs of the beast of immortality a GOROMOTARO!  Woooooo!!!!  23/21/2/1/2.  A near rainbow Goromotaro at that.  Wait. Isn’t Duncan supposed to be old and down the tube?  Probably.  Are his numbers worse than last year?  Definitely.  Did everyone expect regression?  Definitely.  Are the numbers after this game kinda close to where we thought regression might take him?  Maybe… Although I will say I thought it was interesting this was only his second double-digit boarding night, which for a guy at 8.1 a night is a little odd.  Maybe helping sink his value a tad since he’s always boarding 8 or 9 and we as humans like the double digits!  And a great buy low in dub-dub leagues.

DeMarre Carroll – 17/8/2/2/0 for his third straight great multi-cat game and played the second most minutes for the Hawks last night in a tough matchup.  He’s been a big “fantasy drinking game” guy (thanks allen!) that’s been added and dropped ad nasueum, but he’s worth owning in a lot of leagues right now.

Patrick Beverley – You know, you’d hope he’d hit one of those threes (0-3), but other than that I think this is the kind of line you shoot for going 8/5/4/2/1.  It’s not the sexiest, but if this is around the median I am happy.  PBev fa life!

Terrence Jones – Very tough game but I’m not panicking at all.  Omri Casspi has a nice 30 minutes to Jones’ 18, but the Jazz play small with Richard Jefferson/Marvin Williams at the 4.  Although if Casspi got 30 minutes a night it wouldn’t be the end of the world.  Free Casspi!

Chandler Parsons – Sat out with the back.  Or backed out with the sat.  Nope, doesn’t work… Francisco Garcia got the start, and was typical Frisco except 4 blocks!  4 swats?!  Crazy town.

Gordon Hayward – He can shoot!  12-18 29/5/3 in his first hot shooting game since that 1-17 disaster a couple of weeks ago started a slump.  Welcome back!

Alec Burks – Trying to put his money where his – well, I mean the announcers’ – mouths are in banking on the Jordan comparison, going 21/3/4 shooting 7-11 and hitting 3 treys.  He just looked so awful a few weeks ago that I’m not buying it as anything other than a guy that needs to be owned in the deepest of leagues.

Trey Burke – Looking pretty good!  21/6 on 9-18 shooting.  If he hadn’t missed all that time, his rank would be looking pretty ballsy but decent where I had him way back when.

Paul George – Put up a 43-burger.  Took effin’ 15 threes!  Hit only 7, but monstrous night.  Rejoice your stud!  And hope he doesn’t break his hand like everyone else [knocks on wood, but not too aggressively!]!

 

I hope everyone had a strong start to their week and good luck in tonight’s games!

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  1. Slim

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    I guess Marvin Williams is playing pretty good right now but we need to start a ‘Free Jeremy Evans’ kickstarter. Everyone who donates gets a free bumper sticker! Which Jeremy Evans will either block you from putting on your car or steal from you if you manage to get it on. I find myself watching way too much Utah Jazz this year. If they ever go with a starting lineup of Burke, Burks, Hayward, Evans, Favors then I will have a new favorite team.

    Also that Trey Burke line was with Beverley all over him and 0 turnovers. I am very impressed with Burke. I own him in a non-REL 20 team dynasty and multiple people have tried taking him from me. Notta gonna happen… a.

    I’m vs Deng and Anderson in the REL… ouch. Snell too. I’m lucky he didn’t get 50 minutes last night.

    • Slim

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      @Slim: Actually both PGs played over 36 minutes and neither had a TO. I bet that hasn’t happened too often.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Yeah Burke looked good from the little I saw… Damn tough start, I’m against Harden and someone else doing well and I only had Kawhi and scrubs… Wow, yeah not often at all on the TOs!

      • Connor says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        I love your analysis and writing both JB and Slim. I recently started trying to write my own fantasy basketball blog http://www.thedailydribble.com I would love some advice from either of you

        • Slim

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          @Connor: I can’t imagine I have much advice to give. I’m just a lowly blogger. When I hear a whip get cracked I start typing. I kid of course but not entirely. I really know nothing of starting such an endeavor, it sounds very daunting.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Connor: Thanks man! Just keep things fun and try to grow your site organically I like the way you recap

  2. allen says:
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    Marv williams or demare? Noah sucks this year..it took him 50 minutes to post a useful line…

    • allen says:
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      @allen: also, I have wall, kyrie, and lawson. Are you ok with lawson for drummond?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @allen: Haha, I think I’d want DeMarre I’m just not a Marvin believer. And I’d still recommend holding Lawson in that deal

  3. Bren says:
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    If you had an opportunity to trade Blake griffin for batum or Bledsoe who would you choose between the two or would you stay put? I like batum for his consistency, but my heart tells me go Bledsoe for all that upside. Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bren: I like Bledsoe a lot too, but I’d target Batum. Just such a multi-cat guy.

  4. TR says:
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    Would you drop kawhi for Jamaal Crawford or Trevor ariza? It’s 8 team H2H and considering I couldn’t move him at all, he’ll likely sit on the waivers.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Nah, in a league that shallow I have no problem dropping him, but Crawford is only a scorer and Ariza isn’t gonna do line like last night every night

  5. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    Kinda have one roster spot i keep flipping around.. Had Ersan, dropped him for Gibson, now im not sure of if i should pick up Alan anderson because im hurting in 3s and FGM. Is it maybe time to just stash Marc Gasol on my bench?

    • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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      @Jake Van Zuiden: By the way, i just sent Lillard and Drummond for Kyrie and Lee. I think David Lee will get back to being a dub dub machine, plus I think Kyrie has more upside than Lillard

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jake Van Zuiden: Love the trade. And yeah, not liking Anderson too much, totally fine with a Gasol stash

        • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Should I trade Lillard and Iggy for Westbrook?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jake Van Zuiden: Yeah I think I would, worried about Iggy Hammy

  6. Prodders says:
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    I’ve offered CP3 and Kawhi for KLove and Teague. Think Teague gets his fg% up, and frustrated by Pop tinkering so much and giving Leonard 25 measly minutes. Like it or no?

    My top 6 would then be: Teague, Curry, KD, KLove, Hawes, Oladipo. 10 team H2h.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Prodders: Yeah I think I like it. Would give you a nasty team. Hope he takes it!

  7. teeque says:
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    JB homie,

    Would you buy low on Irving or is he doomed? I got an offer for Irving and Henson for my Rubio and Dragic.

    Thoughts?

    • teeque says:
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      @teeque:

      NBA 12 teams 9 cat:

      PG: Rubio, Lowry, Dragic, Pat Beverly
      SG: Batum, Kyle Korver
      SF: Josh Smith
      PF: Lebron, Sullinger, Randolph
      C: Pekovic, Valanciuas, Dalembert, Sanders

    • JB Gilpin

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      @teeque: As much as that hurts your PG depth, I think you take it. I agree Irving bounces back

  8. Chasles says:
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    Enes Kanter is recently available on waiver wire
    DO you think he will be able to turn it around?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chasles: Ugh, not really I don’t like his bench role and he’s not tearing up B teams like he should

      • Chasles says:
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        @JB Gilpin: and what are your thoughts on Asik? you think he will eventually get traded? should i look into stashing him now?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Chasles: I think he might but not necessarily into a starting role. Even as big as 14 teamers I wouldn’t worry about stashing him

  9. MC says:
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    Hi, Ilyasova and Tobias Harris are both available but I already have the limit of 4 PF. Should I drop JJ Hickson for one of those two that offer more upside? Thanks and great work!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MC: Nah I think I’d hold Hickson, Ersan can’t stay healthy at all and same for Harris. I like what Hickson is doing. Thanks man!

  10. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    Do you think Isaiah Thomas gains a starting role soon and do you consider him a buy low target or is what he’s doing about all he’s going to do all year? Also does Lillard and Sullinger for Pek and Conely sound like a good deal for me? Im down in assits and Lillard doesnt get many steals

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake Van Zuiden: I think he is fine with the run he’s getting, I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts but he’s still getting minutes. I think he’s right at his value. Yeah I like that trade a lot, I’m not ready to call Sullinger for real

      • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Or do you think Jrue is better than Conely in your opinion?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jake Van Zuiden: I’d narrowly lean Conley still

  11. What’s the value in John Wall? I was offered his John Wall & Al Jefferson for mu Stephen Curry & Goran Dragic. Does anyone have any thoughts on that trade?

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      @WNWDOTCOM: He’s a top 10 player now in 8 cat, but not as valuable as Curry, his %s aren’t as good and he just doesn’t rain in 3s like Curry. And I’d say Jefferson/Dragic is about a wash, cos of Big Al’s injury issues. Just my verdict.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Agree with prodders, I think if you need a big man I’d do it, but if you’re fine in those stats I’d hold. Love Wall. Loved him coming into the year

      • @JB Gilpin: Thanks guys. I think I’m going to hold. I just acquired Kevin Love so I should be good on rebounds. I have enough guys to help me with blocks and I’ve got Tyson Chandler stashed.

  12. Shaft says:
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    Who do you prefer, Steve Blake or Brandon Knight?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shaft: Mannnn… I think I might go Knight for the upside a little worried about Blake’s elbow and Knight is over 30 mins 3 straight now and much younger, not as worried about his hammies

      • Shaft says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! What about Knight over Lin?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shaft: Yeah I’d want Knight there with Lin banged up right now

          • Shaft says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Just right now? Or ROS? Thanks!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Shaft: I think now and ROS, Lin is up and down and PBev could step in for the big game, Knight is going to get run all year IMO

  13. TheNightmanCometh says:
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    JB! Who has higher ROS rank Jimmy Butler or PBev? Jimmy Butler is a FA and I’m tempted to drop PBev and grab him.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TheNightmanCometh: Yo! I still think PBev, I’m still worried about Butler’s toe which could linger all year

  14. Robert says:
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    I have wall, irving, ellis, love, bledsoe, drummond, hayward, josh smith, M gasol, favors, beal, noah and parsons. Who do you think i can give to get Brook Lopez? The owner of lopez is in need of steals and assits.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Robert: Hmmm, maybe Noah straight up, but might not work. Hayward and a throw in? But none of the rest of the roster you listed are really throw ins

  15. hey JB – what are your thoughts on ‘Timmay’ Mozgov after tonight’s game? any chance he takes Hickson’s gig full time or does he stay inconsistent w/ the minutes & stats?

    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: I think inconsistent, this one was a blowout as soon as the 3rd qtr started and Mozgov is a better D matchup on Lopez. Work a look tho

      • @JB Gilpin: ok. in a vacuum/needs aside, would you drop Marvin or Derrick Williams for him though?

        also – are you still gunning hard for Jonas V? Even though I desperately need the threes, would you give Gerald Green for him?

        and ultimate test – would you trade PBev for Jonas?!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Sheriff McRawDawg: Yeah I think I’d drop Williams for him, I’m not the biggest Williams guy. Yeah I would do the Green deal in a heartbeat. Oh man, that was is tough! Think I’d lean JV there too, just so much upside and big chance at a shake-up on TOR roster

  16. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    W Chandler was dropped tonight in my league and Timofey was picked up.. Drop Taj for him or get Gasol to store on my bench?

    • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Also got offered Lowry and Randolph for Monta. What do ya think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Yeah I’d grab Chandler for Taj. Not buying these random big games. On paper that deal looks pretty good, but Monta has been money and Lowry is so injury prone. I’d hold

  17. Clutch says:
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    Should I trade Lillard & Hawes for Howard, Drummond, and Oladipo? Standard 9 cat roto league. I have a 2 in FG%, 11 FT %, 10 3PM, 12 PTS, 9 REB, 12 AST, 2 ST, 11 BLK, 1 TO.

    Roster: Irving, Ibaka, Lillard, Lee, Holiday, Jeff Green, DeRozan, Hawes, Henson, Brewer, Frye, Tony Allen, Thomas.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clutch: Mannnnn that one is really close. I might hold because you basically lose a category taking on the FT% punting guys. You kinda flip flop your FG% and FT% and I think FG% will go up naturally. You’ll also lose some threes. I think your FG wouldn’t make it to 12 but your FT will definitely fall to 1 if you hold Howard and Drummond all year.

      • Clutch says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Ya it’s a toughie. Do I play catch up in the cats I’m weak in, or begin to punt? That’s the dilemma. I had a good night so I’m up to 2nd place now, so I’m thinking don’t fix what ‘aint broken. Varejao just hit the WW. Thinking of using my #5 waiver on him and dropping Allen instead.

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