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It’s been a year long punching bag.  Larry Drew sucks, he has no idea how to grow a young team, and because he plays guys different minutes every night the Bucks are atrocious and have no cohesion.  But that’s nothing new, as he was awarded the first Razzball Worst NBA Coach Razzie.  It’d be a wonder if he could do anything right!  Yesterday, I said Ramon Sessions might be the best player on that team (and he got a ridiculous 20 minutes to show for it Sunday), and Larry Screw actually paid attention to my advice!  Sessions started last night against the Clips, played 44 minutes, making the most of it.  Shot a ridiculous 13-21 (2-3 3PTM) for 28/6/7.  While this game was nice, and I maintain he’s probably the best fantasy asset on the Bucks right now, he’s not necessarily the best pickup.  The Bucks have only two more games this week, Thursday against the Lakers (which you obviously love) then Sunday against the Heat (not so much).  Plus it’s the Bucks and we all know how Larry Screwballs can jack things up.  I picked him up in one league just to lock down that Thursday game since it’s a light slate with only four games.  If you can afford to do that, Sessions is your man.  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball action:

Terrence Jones - Been such an enigma this year.  So much so, I want to give myself an enema this year.  Even with Dwight Howard returning, put up 18/7/2.  You love the 9-15 FG, but this was a little bit of an empty line.  Also have to like the 32 minutes.  But he’s tough to trust given McHale’s noodling.

James Harden – The beard starts you off right nice!  31/3/5/1/1 with four treys.  What the elites do for ya.

Kevin Durant – Ditto.  Even thought a rough shooting night from downtown (1-7), 27/4/8/2/0 to start the week.  Did have 5 TOs, but small complaint.

Reggie Jackson – Got the start for Russell Westbrook who sat with his iffy knee, and R-Jax delivered!  I’ve been a little down on R-Jax, but this perked me up.  This tweaked my nipples.  16/3/11/3/1 with an incredibly efficient shooting display of 4-6 FG 3-3 3PTM 5-6 FT.  I still think it’ll be a little tough to trust him in Westbrook games, but if you can pick and choose when you know Westbrook will be out, he’s a huge streamer option.

Caron Butler - Took an absurd 19 shots.  This was a blowout, so I guess it’s OK to give Butler a green light… Not a fantasy option.

Steven Adams – Lurrrrrrrch!  Huge game from the New Zealander who went all Lord of the Rings on us with six steals.  I have no idea what that means, but roll with it!  10/6/1/6/0 in only 23 minutes.  The swipes were more a fluke than anything else, but man, Lurch is teeming with potential.  Slim might pull a JB and rank him next year like I ranked the Luminescent Lithuanian!

Randy Foye – Why I hate Foye.  When he’s cold behind the arc, he’s absolutely awful.  4-14 FG (3-9 3PTM) 11/1/4/1/0.  Has been a beast over the past week with the treys, and fits right into the streaming principle for building your 3-pointers.  So you can cut him loose – only two more games this week, and both against defensive juggernaut San Antonio who give up the least amount of treys a game in the NBA (6.4 per).  I think he’s cuttable in virtually all H2H leagues in the playoffs.

Timofey Mozgov – I streamed him last night for a nice 12/9/1/0/1 game shooting 5-8.  Not huge, but a limited upside double-double option made him attractive.  Only two more games this week against SA does not.  I am moving on.

Gerald Green – You so, so ThrAGNOF!

P.J. Tucker – 8/11/4/3/0 with a trey, and remains underrated.  Only 29% owned with three more games this week against WAS, NYK and LAL.  Them some saucy matchups.

Pero Antic – In my RCL playoff tilt, I was sticking with Antic for one last game since he was playing on Monday.  5/8/2/2/0 with a trey worked for me  Another 3 TOs though.  I don’t get why a big who shoots treys and only plays mid-20 minutes can rack up so many TOs!  Since RCLs are limited moves leagues, I’m still holding Antic for Wed, Thurs, Sat games, and he might be my last move to drop on Sunday.

LeBron James – Lump him with Harden and Durant.  It’s fantasy playoffs time, and that’s the main reason they’re stepping it up.  Obviously.

Mario Chalmers – Went down in a heap and I thought he mighta tore something in his knee.  I saw this happen and I was scurred.  But he was able to return, still logged 31 minutes, and had an 11/6/3/3/0 night with a trey.  I know a week or two ago I said he was streamable.  Well, where I had him I didn’t have any better options so I held steadfast.  Well, that wouldn’t be the best word.  Begrudgingly?  Nope, too negative.  Content to hold!  Oh man, I’m about to kill the SATs with this vocab range!

Chris Andersen – Wowzer.  13/11/0/1/2.  I’m still not a buyer for consistency, he was under 20 minutes the previous two games, but in the Kyle O’Quinn class of boards and blockers pretty freely available.

Mo Williams – Got a lot of buzz this week as a widely available option to benefit from the Blazers 5-game week, and started really strong with 17/4/2/2/0 last night with a couple of long balls.

Tyreke Evans – Whoa nelly!  Absolutely gashed the Nets with slashing drive after slashing drive.  13-19 (1-2 3PTM 6-10 FT) 33/10/7/3/0.  Just a ridiculous start to his week.  Did rack up 7 TOs, but there was just no stopping him.  This game reminds me of what Victor Oladipo was doing when he was really hot.  Great penetration, multi-cat numbers, high TOs.

Mason Plumlee – Going against the Brow is no easy task, and came out with a decent 6/11/0/0/1 line.  But the biggest number to me was the 31 minutes as they keep extending him deeper and deeper into games.  This was an OT game, but still, if he can hover close to 30 minutes per, it’s tough to see him staying on wires.

Paul George – Just can’t quite lump him with the elites, can ya!?  21/7/1/4/0 is fine, shooting 8-22 isn’t.  Did have the trip-dub over the weekend, but is brutally ice cold shooting the ball.  About as cold as not quite being Catfished, but getting fake Catfished.  Which is pretty effing funny.

Joakim Noah – Pretty safe to say you can lump him with the elites.  10/8/8/4/3 in a gorgeous rainbow.  You won’t hear the word gorgeous in a Noah blurb that often, but when it comes to the stats, I’m dropping my pants.

Taj Gibson – Very solid 23/8/1/0/1 off the bench shooting 9-15 and 5-5 FT.  Giving you good production down the stretch.

D.J. Augustin – Ugh.  Rough start to DJ’s week shooting 2-8 for a horrendous 4/1/3/0/0 line.  Conversely, Kirk Hinrich turned in one of his best outings in a while.  Don’t read too much into it though.

Roy Hibbert – I just dropped him in a shallow league.  Yup.  3/5/0/0/0 shooting 0-5 with 3 TOs.  It’s been on the decline for a while, but two straight bad games with foul trouble.  I don’t recommend dropping him in most leagues, but since it’s so shallow and I’m stacked with bigs, it seemed only logical.

Gorgui Dieng – Wow.  Just, wow.  Is he DeAndre Jordan/Andre Drummond-lite right now? Uh, doy! 11/17/1/1/0, no blocks this time out, but playing like a monster and no reason to rush back Nikola Pekovic, who is still without a timetable.  Dieng is an obvious own in all leagues, I think he starts the majority of the week, at the least.

Gregg Popovich – Hey, Gregg.  JB from Razzball here, how you doing?  So you know how you get really angry at your players during games?  You get all redfaced and crypt-keeperish?  Well that’s how the entirety of the fantasy community thinks of you!  Thanks for sitting Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and Tony Parker for no reason.  Well, they were playing the Sixers, so I guess that’s a reason.  With the Spurs on absolute cruise control right now, don’t be surprised if you get killed by Spurs DNPs.

Austin Daye – Hit six treys against the awful Sixers.  I don’t know which of these two is the lesser of two evils…

Henry Sims – I mentioned I actually liked him a lot a few weeks ago, and coming true!  10/7/7/2/0.  This might be the only situation he could thrive in, but ride it while it lasts!

Will Bynum – Another 9 assists.  Now an absurd 9+ assists in four straight.  Do something big once and it’s no big deal.  Twice and it’s, “hey now, you saucy goose!”  Three times and it’s, “Yo playa, this for realz?!”  But four times in a row it’s, “Aw shizz, gimme somma dat!”  Even crazier than whatever the hell I just wrote is he kept the streak alive last night in only 17 minutes.

Blake Griffin – Maybe not “elite” in a fantasy-sense with the Hardens/LeBrons/KDs, but it’s tough to think of a guy more trustworthy in the tier of players below that.  Coming up on his third year out of four playing 80+ games, hasn’t scored under 20 points since January 18th (!!!!!!!), dramatically fixed his FT shooting through his career, just needs to get to over a swat a game like we know he’s capable to really be elite.  But the safety and overall improvements have me thinking he might be a first rounder next year.  Emphasis on might, I’ll have to take a looksy at that.

 

Next Game: TNT OT on Tuesday!  OKC @ DAL then NYK @ LAL.  A great one followed by someone in the scheduling department getting fired.  So if you’re checking out some highlights/watching the games anyway, hit the link, see my work, and hit me up on twitter if I jacked up the spelling of Dalembear or something!  Good luck tonight in the light slate of games, pickup your streamers, and may the fantasy gods be forever in your favor!

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  1. Slim

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    Good start to the REL, especially the 17 steals. Jackson, Tucker, Lurch. But also the unheralded James Anderson with a very useful 10/6/6/2/1 and a 3. That other match-up is the 2 powerhouses though. I’m “lucky” I missed both of them. That’s 1 game from Lillard. I do like my 5-game weeks in the semis.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Eesh yeah, and Nature Boy got 10 on top of it! Lots of steals. Yeah that was a nice line for JA. Hopefully Lillard shoots a little better through the week, go get em Slim!

  2. E says:
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    I picked up dieng to stream for Yesterday and tomorrow. If he puts up another solid line, would you drop hibbert over him to continue streaming? 12 team league, 12 man rosters, in the h2h semis. In addition to dieng, I have Monroe and ibaka, other possible drop could be Tobias Harris.

    Thanks

    • Slim

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      @E: I’d lose Hibbert before those. We don’t have time for Hibbert to get right. If/When Pekovic returns he’s gonna destroy Diengs value. But still I’d keep Dieng over Hibbert for now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @E: Agree with Slim, I’m waiting until the Pekovic news is 100% certain he’s returning. Until then, all Dieng all day! With Hib cuttable.

  3. Joe says:
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    Hey JB and Slim! Man, I had to pick between playing 2 of 3 last night (Chalmers, Gibson, Knight) and I benched Taj. *OUCH* Is there a basketball equivalent to the Mendoza line? That’s two games in a row where Knight shoots bad enough to make you wonder if Larry Drew stole his eyeglasses.

    Would you drop Knight (and/or Chalmers) to stream Jordan Hill, Jarrett Jack, Vince Carter, or Nick Young this week?

    • Slim

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      @Joe: Depends on your opponent but if your digging for assists then I would hold. If your digging for big man stats then I’d go with Jordan Hill. The rest I wouldn’t mess with.

      • Joe says:
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        @Slim:

        I don’t anticipate needing guard stats since his guards are Calderon, KMart, and JoCrawford. So the question is, what stats I target, and who should I add/drop to get there. Should I try and target big man stats when he has mostly bigs? Should I focus on maxing out guard stats? I have the tiebreaker on him, so all I really need are 5 cats.

        • Slim

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          @Joe: You shouldn’t be in need of assists but 3s are still competitive and I don’t know about steals, which really is the main reason we carry Chalmers. I think you stay the course with Knight. He was on a nice run before these last 2 games. This early in the week we don’t know what’s going to happen with percents or TOs so I don’t think you should be giving your opponent any categories yet. If you can lose Chalmers and still have the advantage in 2 outta 3 of 3s, assists, and steals then I think he would be your best streamer candidate and I would then look to match his bigs as best you can. Then wait till friday or so to see if you need to focus on one or two categories to insure the win, who knows blocks might just be one of them.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I’ll throw Dieng in there as an option. He only has 3 more games this week but with the ‘wolves out of it, I don’t see why they’d rush Pek back.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Hey man! Ugh, yeah I probably woulda benched Gibson too. I will say with Knight, he’s going Thurs against Lakers which you have to love. Then only one more game on Saturday v. Heat. If still dire after Thurs, I could see dropping him then, but I’d hold for Thursday. Holding Chalmers too with 3 more games.

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Mate what an enjoyable read! Mucho gracias from your former homeland down under

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Thanks man! Can’t wait to get to Australia again, when I do, I’m hittin’ ya up!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: well I just landed a job in sunny Saigon, Vietnam, so I’ll be loving there from May onwards! Funnily enough, I was holidaying over there last October, when I first stumbled upon this site in prep for my first ever fantasy season. If you’re ever keen on hitting up SE Asia, I’m your man. Great Bball culture down there too. Once played a pickup game with the local team American import back then – former nba scrub, Julius Hodge. He dunked on me SO hard.. Smh

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Geez, so well traveled! Julius Hodge! Grad of NC State and I live in Raleigh, even though I’m a Chapel Hill fan. I’m 6’7 and been dunked on a few times too…

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            @JB Gilpin: Oh lawd, 6’7″? You should be a walk-on with the Sixers! I’m 6 flat and did too much yapping after a missed alley-oop dunk attempt (not at Hodge, even!) and that was enough motivation for him to crank it on my big Sri Lankan nose.

            Jokes on him: he’s not on my fantasy team!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: Haha he’s on no ones fantasy team! Yeah 6’7 but absolutely no hops. I’m like Ersan Ilyasova, I camp the perimeter with no athleticism. Although I think I might be a better defender even 4 inches shorter than he is!

              • Lasandro says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Boom – take THAT Turkey! #Turkeyroast

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Lasandro: Deep fry that turkey!

  5. matt h says:
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    You guys should be writing articles about next week’s moves to make today. I’ve used knight and few others to get to my semis in a deep competitive league. Guys like mo Williams were off the wire last week. We get 3 moves a week.

    • Joe says:
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      @matt h:

      …except if you don’t win this week, being ready ahead-of-the-curve for next week won’t really matter.

    • Slim

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      @matt h: Next weeks moves might be very different in a couple of days but I’ll mention some in Thursday afternoons post. The most important thing which I can not stress enough. Do not overlook your current opponent. Moves for next week won’t matter if you lose this week. Even if it looks like you can’t lose, Tuesday is far too early to be thinking finals.

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        @Slim: obliged. You’ve had a good year IMO look forward to a strong finish.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt h: Yeah I hear ya, I usually don’t focus on that too much since I’m doing the daily recaps. I’m more worried about what happened the previous night and biggest news and notes. Slim is a lot better with looking ahead, he’s our oracle!

  6. hamtime says:
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    made it to the semis thanks to you guys. currently have varejao, oquinn, and wade, but guys like mo will, brian roberts, and chris andersen are on the wire. i feel roberts is the most reliable, especially with a 4-4 sched. are wade/andy/kyle droppable for him? thanks

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: I like O’Quinn more than Varejao so if your looking to help your assists and 3s then Varejao would be the guy I cut loose for Roberts. Anderson is solid with minutes but I don’t trust his minutes. For me Mo Williams is just a streamer. Then there’s Wade… missed 2 in a row but I’m sure you know that. So we’re hoping for a Wednesday game and either Friday OR Saturday. I highly doubt he gives us both. I’m ready to drop Wade. Mo or Birdman aren’t my favorite options but I think I would pretty much take any warm body at this point.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Yeah I think I’m dropping Varejao as well for B Rob. They’re afraid if he gets close to 30 minutes, he might shatter into a million pieces!

  7. AJ says:
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    Which 3 would be the best streaming option for today Tristan vs Tor, Greives /Terrence Ross @ Cle or Marion /Carter vs Okc thanks

    • Slim

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      @AJ: Tristan… not even a streamer for me. Marion/Carter is a tough call and I bet one plays well and one doesn’t. I don’t which it’ll be. Gun to my head. Marion. I like Ross over Vasquez but Vasquez is the only one on this list giving assists. So… if u are in need of assists I say Vasquez. If its points/3s and maybe a few other things Ross. If you want boards/steals and probably the most upside for a big game then I would go Marion.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AJ: I nabbed Vasquez myself in a league, not sure of the availability of the rest of those guys, but he was my clear cut option. Marion and Greivis are close, agree with Slim’s assessment, but leaning Marion since he gets steals as an added bonus, but GV for dimes

  8. Bi-Felicia says:
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    One move left but im holding Green just in case someone better gets dropped this week. Im in control winning 10 out of 12 categories (cruise control to the fantasy finals. In my other 3 H2H leagues im blowing ppl out! Lebron,Taj,Beard,Deron,Howard,Gortat,Bledsoe,Jordan, Kawhi,B Knight,Butler,Randolph, etc how can I lose that league? LOL already have 91 threes and 360 boards.

    2nd place in 2 Roto leagues! And I’ll be pissed if I can’t win one in 4 years!!! I’ve never finished better than 2nd place each year! Champions pts league im well ahead and its pretty much mine to lose. 67 to 68 in one roto league 9 swats from tying him! And the other isn’t looking good 62.5 / 72.5 10 pts down & I don’t see me catching him unless all his players fly Malaysian Airlines & end up lost at sea :-)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bi-Felicia: Nice! Haha wow, pretty brutal Malaysian flight joke! But like it :) Get those swats!

  9. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Bledsoe has strung three 20+ pt 5 assists/ 5rebound games together. 35 mins last night. Green is toast, I just can’t drop him in case someone comes on the wire this week. I want my last add/drop for insurance. Korver is on the wire with a wonky back, if he ends up healthy im dropping green for him. Im hoping someone drops Gorgi, that’s my plan, almost dropped green for Sessions last night but I didn’t. Might change my Ming before the Philly game depending on my needs at that point

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bi-Felicia: Yeah Bledsoe has been money. Better than I expected right out of the gate. I think I’d have to take Sessions over Green, but only 2 games left from Ramon so that hurts. Love Thurs v Lakers. And would end your moves… Yeah wait and see is a good approach

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I meant before the LA game…Philly, Lakers..what’s the difference really! LOL
        Sad were comparing LA to Philly now :-)

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Bi-Felicia: HAHAHAHA yup that is pretty bad

          • Bi-Felicia says:
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            @JB Gilpin: while we’re at it toss NY into the mix too!!! Horrible teams!

  10. Ulysses says:
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    Drop ante or Danny green for farmar, harkless, Devon harris, Livingston?

    I have Calderon. Thinking drop ante for harris

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ulysses: Yeah I would do that, plus probably cutting Green for Livingston in a vacuum looking at ROS. Green with the DNPs sucks hard, Livingston is staying productive at least, and playing every game.

  11. Zar says:
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    Well that Hibbert for Brandon Jennings trade at the beginning of the yearI ….seems to peaking at the right time!

    My team with KD is losing this week …Losing in FG, points, boards, and block, and steals, and assists…..I’m thinking it’s cause I don’t have that many games played but….

    Henry Sims, Jordan Hill, JJ Reddick are available. Jarrett Jack (Small baby?), Jeff Green, Drew Gooden are potential drops. I’m thinking Hill or Sims for…Jeff Green?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Yeah man! Both went downhill, but Hibbert more so! I’m probably holding, I dunno, one more game of Hill playing well and getting the minutes I’d grab him, and I do like Sims a lot too, def try to play to get the most starts, really all 3 of those guys are interchangeable to maximize minutes.

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    i apologize for repeating a question from yesterday, but what’s your thoughts on nelson now that he is missing another game tonight? considering that there’s basically no one on my wire…the one’s i would look at are darren collison, caron butler, kyle o’quinn.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: I’m ready to cut him loose, maybe not for Butler, but Colly or O’Quinn is a goodun!

  13. Pekomaybe? says:
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    Pekovic was dropped by the same guy I’m playing he scooped up my iggy who I dropped also. Now I’m itching to scoop him up as he clears waivers tomorrow. Would you drop any of these guys for him and cross your fingers after? George hill humph or jordan hill?? It’s so damn tempting!!!! Team consists of those 3 plus Lowry, Ty Lawson, kemba walker, Jarrett jack, pj tucker, markieff Morris, jimmy butler, al Jeff, favors, Paul George, ariza, and sims. Please I need your wisdom!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Pekomaybe?: Damn yea that is tempting. Still with no timetable, I think I’m holding off. Roto or H2H? If H2H and you look you’re going to win by Fri or Saturday I think he’s worth the gamble by then.

      • yokev_o says:
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        @JB Gilpin: 9 cat 10 team roto no dice huh?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @yokev_o: I think it’s tough to sit on Pek right now in roto, losing out on some precious games from others, I don’t think i would.

  14. Daniel Bryan says:
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    JB help me man! Do I drop Kyle O’ Quinn for Darren Collison. Collison has a back-to-back in the two days that Kyle doesn’t play. He’s the only Clipper worth a damn in the wire. 14-team 9-cat H2H here

    • Daniel Bryan says:
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      @Daniel Bryan: Another problem is I only have two moves left this week. Henry Sims, James Anderson,and Ramon Sessions are still on the wire.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Daniel Bryan: Give me Colly in 1st q! Unless you need swats. Sessions I like the best in a vacuum but only 2 more games. 76ers only 2 more as well. Actually I think I’ll go Sims of the bunch, three games left this week, and with only 2 moves left, I’m more worried about games remaining this week than back to backs. Hope that helps!

  15. Kevin says:
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    Hey JB. i’m looking for spots to fill for Wed 3/26 and Thurs 3/27. adding matt barnes and droping for either brian roberts or shaun livingston?

    i know reddick is coming back soon but i’m looking for a short term add. clippers is the only team who plays the next two games consecutively.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kevin: Yeah I think Barnes for Livingston makes sense. I like them about equal ROS but games played are gold right now.

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