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Ohhhhh, fringe-fantasy worthy Duke players…  I’m not a fan!  Belle Knox isn’t a fan!  Is she fringe-fantasy worth?  Plausibly.  Whilst you search her in Incognito mode, Kyle Singer went all multi-cat in a near-rainbow explosion for 11/7/3/5/1.  He even stole DeMarcus Cousins‘ parking spot!  Fight, fight!  While I’m not necessarily the biggest Singler fan (which I’m sure you can ascertain by the title and if you’ve read all year), he does have something going for him that all Lakers and Bucks would give their left nut for.  Consistent minutes.  After the All-Star break, Singler is averaging 34 minutes a game.  And hey, he needs every single[r] one of them to stay fantasy relevant.  Burn!  But relevant indeed, as his slash in that time is 11.7/3.1/1.6/1.1/0.6.  Not setting the world on fire, but for your fringe-guys – especially in weekly leagues – giving you a little of something is better than a lot of nothing.  Award winning advice right there!  Along with the multi-cat, is at 1.5 treys and 82% FT shooting since the break.  Dibbling in this, dabbling in that, and next thing you know he’s someone you trust more than, I dunno, maybe even Brandon Jennings who couldn’t find the hole last night.  “Tie in a joke from the beginning, tie in a joke from the beginning!”  Shut up 13-year-old inner monologue!  Here’s what else I saw in NBA action from last night:

Andrew Bynum – Um, what?  Somebody at work leaned over and told me he had 10 boards.  He might as well have leaned over and told me that Malaysian plane just landed next to the office.  8/10/1, not buying anything worth adding for a second.

Jared Sullinger – Led the Celtics in shots and points.  What I like to see!  17/9 and then all 0s is not… Solid 26 minutes otherwise against a good defensive team.  Still like Sully.

Rajon Rondo – Rough shooting night going 4-15 for 8/3/8/2/0.  Not the worst, but not good.  Doesn’t help he’s sitting tonight against the Knicks on top of it.  Man, he could’ve gone 20/20 against Raymond Felton!  Double dimebag!  Quarterbag!

Evan Turner – Hit all of his shots, so must’ve been an awesome game, right?!  9/0/3/0/0.  I’m just happy my low Turner rank ended up working out with the trade, so ima gloat!  Just like…

Paul George – …how Paul George is falling apart a bit, going 12/3/4/2/0 with 5 TOs last night.  Been a little bit of a rough last 4 for him, but he’s obviously fine.  Sample bias!

Jeff Green – Shot 3-16.  His shot has gone worse than Matthew Fox’s career.

DeMarcus Cousins – Despite his parking spot getting stolen, 13/14/1/1/6.  Shot poorly from the field and the stripe, but makes up for it with the Boogie Swat!  Not to be confused with Booty Sweat

Reggie Evans – Started and went 6/8/0/3/0.  There might not be a safer bet for boards off the waivers.

Andre Drummond – Hurt a finger but played through it.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t swell up to foam finger size!

Rodney Stuckey – I feel like I haven’t mentioned him in a while.  Maybe it’s because he had 5 points his previous two games.  Boom!  23/3/4/2/0 shooting 8-16 with no TOs.  Still, very boring player.  He’s a FTnof maybe…  If you need FT help, at 3.1 a game at 82.5% could be worth a streamboat.

Taj Gibson – The game I watched last night, and Gibby didn’t look shibby.  Missed a wide open dunk at one point.  Only got 23 minutes for 5 boards, but did manage 2 blocks to salvage.  Not worried though.

Joakim Noah – The passing is ridiculous.  13/8/7/0/2.  Not his best, but against the Spurs, still trouncing it.

D.J. Augustin – Playing like the pre-Kirk Hinrich-return-from-injury days!  And Hinrich might as well have not played last night!  Kirk shot 1-9, while DJ for 7-10 24/3/4.  Played more minutes, played really well down the stretch to make the blowout not as blowout-y, should be owned in most leagues.

Boris Diaw – These perfect shooting games are getting ridiculous.  Sure it was only 2-2, but perfect shooting in three of the last four.  8/7/2/3/0 with both shots treys and 2-2 FT.  “Ratio fixer Boris”!  Or maybe “BoRatio”!  BoRatio Hornblower!

Danny Green – Had no idea he even played.  I don’t think anyone did.  This became a blowout early, and even though the score ended up a tad closer, I could see Pop giving Green a red light after a 30 something to 11 score.

Ersan Ilyasova – Random DNP for his ankle.  No warning until the last second.  Leave it to Drew!

John Henson – Started!  Rejoice in fantasy celebration!  10/8/2/0/2 is fine, but we want more in 32 minutes!

Jeff Adrien – With no Ersan, pretty much had to play minutes, and got them again.  20 minutes for 12/7/0/0/2 in what he should be doing in all 5 games this week.  Except Larry Drew is the fantasy antichrist and arbitrarily sat him Monday.  I’d rather go out on a date with Amanda Knox than have one beer with Larry Drew.

Zaza Pachulia – Right up there with Bynum for yesterday’s “wtf mate?!” stat of the night.  9/6 and 10 assists?!  Zaza with a dimebag?!  Welcome to absolute crazy town.  But it’s the Bucks, and for Thursday I predict Miroslav Raduljica goes for 20/20.

James Harden – Gave it his all against his former Thunder!  Barely missed a trip-dub going 28/8/9/1/1.  He’s been smokin’ it lately.

Terrence Jones – Just can’t buy the minutes.  That’s the toughest part of making fantasy calls on the fringe guys – he gets three straight 32+ minute games and performs extraordinarily well so I buy in, then three straight now of sub 25 minutes with nothing doing.  8/3/0/1/2 in 21 minutes last night, the blocks were nice, but he’s still in streamer land with the bad playing time.

Steven Adams – 24 minutes and a productive start!  2/8 with two blocks isn’t blow the roof off the barn (or something like that), but a nice increase in PT.  We’ll see.

Damien Lillard – 32/4/7.  Only 2 TOs (12 the previous 2 games) and was on a bit of scoring drought the past six so this was a big one to help get hot heading into the playoffs.

Nick Calathes – Had a monster first half getting 7 dimes in 9 minutes.  Ended with a 7/2/9/1/0 line shooting 3-4 with a trey.  Not much you can depend on, but in a deeper league with an assists need, he’s at 4+ in seven of the last nine.

Marc Gasol – Good to see him keep on truckin’.  19/9/7 in another trip-dub flirt.  Tapas caliente!

Andre Iguodala – Getting harder to defend him.  Which is weird since I was pretty down on him heading into the year…  4/2/5/0/2 is decent-ish, but hey it was in only 26 minutes in a blowout.  0-2 FT though, sheesh Iggy!  Having enough trouble scoring as it is!  But plays like this make me defend again!  Ahhhhh, I don’t know what to do anymore!!!!

 

Next Game:  MEM @ NOP tonight.  Watching to see how Calathes does with the second unit and excited to see the Brow in action.  Good luck in the big Wednesday slate tonight!

  1. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Beard Time Mfers!!! Nobody’s stopping me from winning this league. Scored a ridiculous 934 pts last week with 77 steals and 44 swats. My Championship team is on FIYA

  2. Bi-Felicia says:
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    You can’t discount a guy who’s chucking up 20 shots a game (Green) He’s been killing it for me the past month. Now that Bledsoe is back im worried that it’s going to ruin both of their values! Don’t want to sound like a dick, but I kinda hope Bledsoe gets hurt or plays 30 + bonkers mins per. We know that’s not soon to happen so injury is the only other option :-) I can’t trade, deadline and im fighting for the #2 seed (bye) I have a 1 gm lead. This league is super competitive. Lowballer, I put him down last week 9-3 He’s out of the playoffs now :-) I guess that should bring me enjoyment until next season! Razz on crazy razzballers! Bring home the hardware

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Haha I know you love Green, but yeah, will be interesting tonight! Think Bledsoe has to come off the bench at least for tonight. Haha don’t upset the fantasy gods and wish injury!

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        Been loving him lately, Bledsoe has mad skills just really want one or the other getting the mins.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well this is interesting..both get 30+ mins! This may end up being a win/win! Green had a bad game, Bledsoe didn’t seem to hardly miss a beat! This was best case scenario for sure..

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bi-Felicia: Yeah, but with Bledsoe looking good I think it hurts Green… But you know me and Green!

          • Bi-Felicia says:
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            @JB Gilpin: as long as he’s getting 12-14 shots per with mixed counting stats I’ll hold for now. I don’t really have a choice, nothing really exciting on the wire.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Bi-Felicia: Yeah I agree with that

  3. Joe says:
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    I’m serving you a double helping of questions today, all for the price of just one post!

    Team: Lillard, IT2, Knight, T.Evans, J.Green, Carroll, Gibson, D.Lee, Amare, Ibaka, M.Gasol
    H2H, 12-team, 9-cats, non keeper.

    1. Jeff Green giveth, and he taketh away. A 27 point night followed by a weekly FG% killing game. Is he a hold? Or, with playoffs coming (and a mind toward playoff schedules), would you drop him for any of: Hill, Brewer, Singler, Frye, Sullinger, J.Anderson, or DJ Augustin?

    2. I own Amare as a streamer and I’m dropping him because he’s DNP today. All cats are contested this week except steals, which I’ll probably lose. Who’s my better pick up of the day between:

    Kyle Singler @ TOR
    Jared Sullinger vs. NYY (no Chandler, no Amare)
    Kris Humphries vs. NYY (see above)
    James Anderson vs. SAC
    Channing Frye vs. CLE
    Darren Collison vs. GSW

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Haha sweet!

      1 – I think depends on where you are in the week (is it daily moves?). That said, really no issue dropping at this point, maybe not tonight, no Rondo could be an OK game with bad FG%. Slim will have a great post on playoff schedules tomorrow and has done more research than me, so he’d give you a better answer for his pick down the stretch, I might go Augustin to be honest.

      2 – Ohhhhh gimme Sully. Good point on the Knicks injuries. Go get em Sully!

      Any time!

  4. I love lamp says:
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    Hey i was wondering if you think i should drop blatche or vince or waiters to activate bledsoe tonight? Or should i just keep him on the IR since both blatche and vince have games tonight. 12 team h2h points league. thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I love lamp: I think I’d drop Vince if you have time

  5. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey JB. Would you drop Matt Barnes in Week 21? Although he’s playing really well, the Clippers only have 2 games that week which is also the 1st round of the playoffs. 14team 9-cat H2H.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Daniel Bryan: Yeah rough week, depends on who you’re grabbing and if you can make daily moves, you can always hold Barnes for Monday, then drop through the week

  6. Lasandro says:
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    Help me Jeebus! So I’ve been shopping KD around to thicken out my roster with brds and fgs – happy to forfeit a three or so to gain big boards. Out of every discussion I’ve had, my best option as it stands is a simple 2 for 2: KD and Taj for LBJ and DJ OR Dwight

    My question is, which do I go with between DJ and Dwight? Dwight plays two more games than DJ, but his per game output of late hasnt been as strong as DJ’s in the boarding dept. Do you think he turns it around or is it firmly the Harden show in Houston? I know DJ’s capability to have a 10/16/3 game on the reg and I’m wondering if it all pans out even though he plays two less games than Houston

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Do you have a first week bye? Clippers start with only 2 games, then it evens out weeks 22 and 23. So I actually endorse DJ surprisingly!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin:Yeah Clips start with just those two games to end with 14 games and the Rocks have the 16. So still DJ there? I just feel like there’s more peeps in Houston stealing Dwight’s boards. And LBJ should certainly still be going hard leading up to teh playoffs, surely

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: comparitavely, what do you think of my KD, IT2 and taj for AD, Noah and Westbrook?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Yeah because I think you can build around that first week since you have a good squad/bye then week 2 and 3 of playoffs its even. Totally agree on LBJ. Man that one i close too.. Such a coin flip my only concern is if AD gets a scratch they’ll shut him down, but that said, ya know I might do it

          • Lasandro says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks man! Well the dude has suddenly gone cold on that bigger deal, so now he’s offered Russ and Noah for KD and Taj. Im thinking LBJ and DJ may be the better of my options, even though I rate Noah so much higher than DJ. And Russ is straight beasting. Hm..

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Lasandro: Since you need the boards, I like the DJ one better. Both are pretty even though, love what Noah is doing obviously, but not the board beaster

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