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Welcome to the semis!  If you’ve survived this long in your standard H2H formats, then you’re merely 2 wins away from a title.  Hard to believe after the marathon!  Just think of how many more games the NCAA title hopefuls have to win to get a National Title!

With a mere two weeks left, there’s only 14 more days of streaming on the docket, making every add/drop count.  So now’s the time (if you haven’t yet, whaaaaaaaaaaa?!) to check out The Stocktonator!  Check out or new short-shorts robotics to help with your streaming decisions for each and every day this upcoming week.

And well, I have one RCL team that WON’T need The Stocktonator, due to The Omen getting absolutely possessed last week!  Damian Lillard is now my least favorite player, after going 49/1/5/0/1 with 9 treys last night on 14-21 shooting.  He scored 141 points last week, hitting 19 treys, and shot 55% from the field while doing so.  Cost me the playoffs with narrow wins in FG% and points for my opp in a 4-5 loss.  I’m done with you, Omen!  Doesn’t help he shot 36-36 from the FT line either.  What a preposterous week.  Not to mention that after their bad loss to the Pels last Tuesday, he held a players-only meeting which led to a huge win at San Antonio Wednesday, followed by two big wins against the East besting Hotlanta and HotMiami over the weekend.  Why is Atlanta hot, but Miami isn’t?!  Whoever named it Hotlanta hasn’t been to many other cities!  Portland is the hot city right now though!  Here’s what else went down over the hot weekend in fantasy basketball action:

Richaun Holmes – After the Sixers straight embarrassed the Mavs Friday (wasn’t Dallas supposed to be going for the playoffs?!), in a game where Sherlock went 17/7/2/2/0 in under 20 minutes, Holmes kept it up for a rainbow 8/7/5/2/4 yesterday against the Celtics with nary a TO.  Hopefully the D stats didn’t Moriarty your playoff run!

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Don’t go chasing TheAGNOFs!  TLC for 12/4/2/1/0 then 13/2/1 with 5 treys over the weekend.  In deeper leagues you can chase some TLC though for low-end ThrAGNOFfin’!

Justin Anderson Mr. Anderson!  Had a nice revenge game Friday for 19/8/3/1/0, but had to sit out yesterday afternoon with the sniffies.  I think he was just sad since he picked Virginia to go all the way.  Suck it, Justin, UNCW shoulda beat you guys in the first round!

Robin Lopez Weird, Rolo going ham on the Wizards!  And they have two good centers too!  25/12/2/0/1 outta nowhere Friday, then 14/5/2/0/2 against Monsieur Elbow and the Jazz Saturday.  I’m sure a lot of people got tired of the Sideshow, so he might be available if you need a big for the semis.

Nikola Mirotic What an emotional roller coaster!  DNP before All-Star Break, plays well after the break, gets DNPs again, gets back into the rotation and looks great, then actually gets a start Saturday and lays a turdmuffin.  5/4/0/0/0 on 2-7 shooting in only 17 minutes, but that said, it was against the Jazz who can lock dat ish up.  He’s a risky asset, but might be worth playing at least to kick off this week.  Bulls have a Tue/Wed back-to-back, so might be in consideration for streaming.

Bobby Portis Equally annoying, Portis comes off the bench this time, then has a career game.  Well, in scoring…  22/5/0/0/0.  Bleh, not showing the promise in treys or D stats to get too excited and his points the prior 3 games were 3, 8, 5.

Denzel Valentine Whoa, mad consistency!  I’d bet $1 he scores 11 points again tomorrow, and that he can sell my frozen orange juice futures!  11/12/4/1/0 with no TO against the Jazz Saturday for his 4th straight 11 point game.  Weird.  But he probably won’t be getting a valentine from Kelly Oubre, that’s for sure!

John Wall Double dimebag Friday!  Hah, I miss college…  We’ve been carrying the Wall torch for years now at Razzball, and while you haven’t gotten a home run with picking him at the turn (you have gotten a solid asset every year though), this time you got a 4 bagger!  The bags keep adding up here!

Ian Mahinmi Continues to steal minutes from The Ten Foot Pole as they ease off Marcin Gortat for the playoffs.  Big game Friday for 16/3/1/0/2, then blah 7/7/1/0/0 Saturday.  That said, in my bye week teams, I have Mahinmi as a streamer, then likely moving on depending on how tonight goes.

Jason Smith A weekend of illness for Markieff Morris means his Witness Protection fill-in Jason Smith got two starts, and was actually semi-decent.  Rainbowed Friday for 17/7/2/2/2 then went 8/4/2/0/3 against the Whore-nets.  God Charlotte sucked this year, with virtually the same team!

Jae Crowder Had a great Friday against Brooklyn while IT2/3 rested his knee bruise, going 24/12/1/1/0 with 4 treys.  Celtics only beat them by 3 though!  Then they LOST to Philly yesterday, with The Boston Clam Crowder going a lukewarm 15/7/4/1/0.  If IT2/3 or Russell Westbrook doesn’t win MVP, something is wrong.  Because those two teams are horrific without them.

Solomon Hill King Solomon?!  30/6/7/2/0 out of absolutely nowhere Friday, hitting 6 treys and 8-9 FT.  It was against the Rockets, so I guess D’Antoni effect?!  13/5/5/3/0 yesterday was still pretty useful too.  Maybe you take a streaming flier, but meh.

Tyler Johnson Nothing too out of the ordinary with Dion Waiters hurt, going 23/2/3/0/2 then 14/3/3/1/0 over the weekend.  I guess the bigger story would be the duds Josh Richardson put up, going 5/3/0/0/3 then 10/1/2/1/1 in 32 and 33 minute starts.  Yuck.  That knee injury at the beginning of camp really messed up his season, told ya!

James Johnson Maybe the Waiters injury is helping JJ a little, who had a mammoth weekend of 17/2/6/2/1 then 24/7/5/2/2 with 2 treys and 0 TO last night.  Year of the neck tat!

T.J. Warren Went 26/5/1/2/2 for a big Friday, then 15/6/1/3/2 to keep the multi-cat rolling last night.  The latter was in 45 minutes AND without Devin Booker, who is nursing a sore ankle.  Warren might be a giant X-factor for the semis, especially if Booker misses more time.

Alex Len After going rainbow against the Magic (sounds like a 7-yr-old girl’s birthday party!) for 9/10/2/3/2, got into foul trouble yet again yesterday on a 11/7/1/0/0 line.  Len there, done that.

Tyler Ulis Taking over the state of Arizona!  19/4/8/1/0 then 17/3/11/3/0 over the weekend.  Now, both were losses, so let’s not get too excited in dynasty, but he’s been a huge find in the redraft playoff run.  Only shot 7-24 yesterday though as the FG% has been bleh lately, but you’re probably thrilled with what ya got.

Khris Middleton Dropped a 30 burger in a tough win against the Lakers, but struggled with the rest of the Bucks in Oakland when they got blown out by the Dubs.  I wish The Duchess brought a little more than scoring this weekend too – where’s the beef?!

Georgios Papagiannis Better porn star, or better NBA career?!  Jury is obviously still out, but had his first dubdub over the weekend going 14/11/1/1/1 then 6/10/0/1/1 yesterday against the Spurs.  Deeper leagues that need a big Greek should take a look.  There’s two Giannis’s around!

Ersan Ilyasova The Six Foot Turkey put up 23/4/1/2/1 in a spot start for Paul Millsap who had knee tightness.  Hopefully Trillsap isn’t missing any games in a pivotal 4-game Hotlanta week.

Jusuf Nurkic Jamba Jus keeps crankin’ em out!  12/9/6/2/5 then 21/12/0/0/3 in a fantastic weekend.  Well, minus the 3-8 FT yesterday.  His stroke is so smooth though!  I bet he becomes a 75%+ FT shooter in his peak years…

Jameer Nelson Hrmph.  That’s annoying.  After fading into obscurity for most leagues, goes 16/1/5 then 15/7/11 over the weekend.  In 34 then 39 minutes too.  Jamal Murray still got mid-20 minute run, but man it’s tough to feel great with him in redraft, especially with the Nuggets the current 8 seed.  Yes.  Nuggets in the playoffs.  Weird…

Mason Plumlee …Almost as weird as Plumlee playing as a starter, AND gelling with Nikola Jokic a lot better than Nurk did.  10/10/6 on Thursday then a rainbow 9/9/3/2/3 against Houston on Saturday.

James Harden I don’t usually mention the guys at their status quo, but two straight 40-point tripdubs is pretty redonkulous. Finish strong with The Beard!

J.J. Barea Only got 17 minutes against Philly in that blowout, but got 27 minutes and destroyed Brooklyn for 20/1/7/2/0 and a trey.  Pretty close to must own, as he’s close to being the true starting PG now.  That said, only 3 games this week.  Although in daily moves leagues, you could own him for Tue/Thur/Sat and stream Sunday.

Jeremy Lin Yet another injury, picking up a kankle last night.  I feel pretty vindicated about my Lin avoidance advice this year!  Well, after all the injuries…  Spencer Dinwiddie got the added run, going 18/2/7/1/0 with 2 treys in 30 very solid minutes.  If you’re strapped for PG, Dinwiddie might be interesting, as the Nets play on Tuesday/Thursday early this week.

Reggie Jackson Nice bounce back weekend, going 20/0/6 then 14/2/4 in 28 then 25 minutes.  Still not what we wanted to see from what we thought would be a bedrock starter, but he still needs to be owned.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Much needed big game Sunday after being ice cold last week, going 23/3/8 with 5 treys.  Pistons were really falling apart, hopefully a win against the Suns rights the sip.

Aron Baynes The Suns scored 95 points last night – on 99 shots!  35.4% from the field and 63.3% from the FT line, which I bring up because Andre Drummond went 18/18 and Baynes went 13/17 too!  So many rebounds! Career-high boards for Bayne in 18 minutes, which has him saying, “YESSSSSSSSSHHHHH!”

Shabazz Muhammad/Jordan Crawford Two of the NBA’s hotter, bench scoring-only guys went to town against each other last night, with the Wizard of Shabazz going 20/6/1/1/0 with a trey and J Crawf going 22/2/0/0/0 with 4 treys.  POINTSnof!

Ivica Zubac After that dud last Wednesday, I know a lot of people were skeptical, but he’s a goddamn savior!  18/8/1 then 10/6/2/0/1 over the weekend, with no TO, 2-2 FT, and 13-22 from the field.

Jordan Clarkson Starting role doing wonders!  21/5/2/1/1 then 19/3/6 over the weekend with 6 treys, but it was D’Angelo Russell who stole the show against the Cas last night!  Career-high 40 burger on a 40/2/6/2/0 line, with 7 treys and only 1 TO.  WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL YEAR?!  Although I had a commenter ask if they could put D Barksdale on The Wire, and I said NO!  At least there’s that…

Kyrie Irving Breaking news!  Is better that D’Angelo Russell…  46/2/3 with 6 treys and 10-10 FT in a game the Cavs starters actually had to try…

Kevin Love Back to vintage Love!  21/15 with 3 treys in a revenge game.  Well, not really, he did play at UCLA though, and they have similar colors!  So revenge-ish…  Speaking of, I have one bracket doing awesome with UCLA going all the way, so let’s do this Lonzo Ball!

 

Hopefully everyone is still alive in their title runs, and their brackets haven’t been completely busted!  We’ll be here all week to help you through the semis, and good luck this week Razzball Nation!

  1. DC Tom says:
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    Need 3’s and steals to lock up playoff win this week. More 3’s than steals, but both would be nice…

    If you had to choose between TLC and Crowder for a start this week, who would you pick?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DC Tom: Man, how sad is that, that this isn’t a ridiculous question haha. Still gotta lean Crowder though with both having 4 games

  2. Lasandro says:
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    Please tell me that frozen orange juice joke was a Trading Places reference?

    Big Sauce, Capela, Enes, Faried – pick 3 to roster for scoring, % upside.

    With Okafor likely limited ROS, do I try to trade for him with either Enes or Capela?

    If Wilson returns, should I assume both Faried and Barton are no longer owneable in shallows? I could drop Barton for a Barea-type. Or are Barea or Jameer currently more owneable than Barton, or Uliss? I’m thinking no.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: But of course my man!

      I think I gotta leave Faried out, even tho he’s been OK since back into rotation. Ummm, I’d still rather Enes and Capela over OKafor.

      Ulis def tops the other PG, I would consider Barea over Barton for sure though, if needing more balanced stats and dimes

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      @jb Gilpin: sorry, I meant do I try and trade for Holmes, now that Oak is injured?

      Wait, Barra over Barton RIGHT NOW, and not after Wilson returns? But yogi is still the starter, and Barton is currently locked into 30+ mins.

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        @Lasandro: Oh gotcha, I would prob take the shot on him over Enes. Capela is close though…

        If AST is a need, absolutely. Barton is gonna hurt %s and TO more.

  3. Bye Felica says:
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    Lillard? Never heard of her. (sorry slim) 😅

    Well i forgot to add a player vs you so I’m going up against you a man down unless Korver decides his foot isn’t hurting. Good Luck big fella.

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      @Bye Felica: Hahaha, nice win man, damn he had a great week tho.

      Good luck this week man! Thankfully OKC has 4 games. Will make me tough. 5 games for LAC though, goddammit. You’re gonna get out to a nice lead tonight too, you have way more mins

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah he did, won my RCL with him Saric, and Nurk carrying me. I was having a sweat when i saw he went for 9 treys & 49pts

        I thought I might have lost.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felica: Yeah after slamming Saric early on, he’s a big part of one of my RCL teams too haha. It def was close with Slim, I don’t think he’ll be too happy talking REL for tomo morning’s pod 🙂

  4. Jensen says:
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    WOOOOOOOOOOO *slow clap* made it to the finals! And in a crazy plot twist the #1 seed went down to the #4 led by Dame. So it’s 2 vs 4 in the finals, I’m feeling pretty good as long as Giannis and Kristaps both stay on the court. Time to get weird with the streamers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Hell yeah man, nice work! Yeah Omen was unbelievable… Stream all those Suns and some Nets! Haha

      • Jensen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: HA! Salary cap league leads to weird streamers, probably a little higher end than most leagues. I doubt Conley and Horford are available many other places. But these young suns have been a crazy blessing, I picked up Ulis and Williams and their 1.8M combined salary is wonderful.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jensen: Hahaha yeah sal cap leagues can be silly like that, so weird compared to more standard leagues. but hell yeah, those cheap rookies that play a ton of mins at the end are crucial!

  5. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Sup JB! Are Lin and Marcus Morris droppable this week for streaming? Going against the 1 seed and I have no Durant so I’m probly screwed anyway. 12 team keeper league and we get 7 moves/week.
    In same keeper league I just got offered Curry and draymond for Durant when the offseason hits! But I’d have to choose between porzingis and CJ as my 3rd & final keeper. What you think about the trade, still dray over zinger or CJ as a keeper right? Then Zinger or CJ for #3!?!?!???
    Also the team you barely lost to in the Step Bros league is my dads team. I got the old man into fantasy sports last year since he’s retired and lives in Vietnam for last several years. He loves fantasy basketball, was also the team that pre congratulated you last year in finals only to creep out a win on Sunday night, not sure if you remember that but he does! The JB slayer I’m going to call him. Anyway thanks for all your work on both the NBA and MLB and for your advice here! Peace out!

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      @Mad Beach Bums: What’s up man?! Most definitely, really anyone even close is open to streaming at this point, and Lin hurt ain’t helping. Miracles can happen this late!

      Whoa, what an offer! Whewwwwww. Yeah def keep the Warriors. I guess you gotta keep Porzingis, but man that’s tough.

      Oh damn, cool for your dad! It was maddddd close through the day yesterday. Hahahaha, I do vaguely remember that, last year had a lot of rough disappointments – 3 finals and no titles for me. And the REL loss to Slim in the semis by .001 FG%. Scars!

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        @JB Gilpin: that .001 is brutal! Juancho or ingles for a stream today?

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          @Mad Beach Bums: stocktonator has them right next to each other so it’s more of a gut call is why I’m asking

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Mad Beach Bums: Yeah man, given some other cats were close too that went in my way, but damn it was annoying.

            Gimme Ingles! And thanks for checking out The Stocktonator!

  6. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Ugh. I lost Lin and Waiters in a span of two days, and Millsap is a question mark this week. Talk about a tough break. I replaced them with Mason Plumlee and Richaun Holmes but that’s just left me with a surplus of players for several days this week. I should be able to add R-Jax or Booker when they clear waivers on Wednesday if that’s my thing.

    1. Who would you start tonight, between Plumlee and Holmes?

    2. Would you drop anyone on my team to add R-Jax or Booker? (Btw, Brogdon, Plumlee, and Holmes are all 11th round keepers if I want them to be.)

    Team: Walker, Conley, Brogdon, Beal, A.Gordon, Millsap, Plumlee, Holmes, Zingis, Jokic, Gobert

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      @Not Your Average Joe: Yikkkkkes. Well Lin and Waiters are thankfully ancillary guys. Millsap needs to get back though for sure. 1. Probably Plumlee, but it’s close. Depends on AST need I think, and since that’s a low cat for you, maybe I indeed would go Holmes. 2. Maybe lose Plumlee after tonight and nab RJax?

  7. dom says:
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    start Elfrid (PHI) or Schroder (@CHA) tonight?

    my trade of DeAndre for Porzingis could hurt me in this semi this week, as we’re matched up together. This team actually has DeAndre, Gobert, and Drummond yikes, looks like I should prepare to lose rebounds and blocks this week.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @dom:you gotta play both of them. What do you mea who?

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: @Bye Felica: Yeah, you can’t play them both? You have a full line-up tonight? I guess of the 2, I would lean Elfrid for the upside.

        Haha wow, yeah he def is gonna win those big man stats, actually thinking that part of it over, maybe you go Schroder for more scoring/3s upside

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          @JB Gilpin: tonight
          PG Curry
          SG A Bradley
          SF Crowder
          PF Porzingis
          C Horford
          U Schroder/Elfrid

          None of Curry Schroder or Elfrid qualify anywhere besides PG so I only have room for 2 of them

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dom: Damn yeah Mondays are slammed for me, sorry just getting back. Yeah I woulda gone Schroder, although Hawks were dreadful tonight

  8. Dusty says:
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    Step Bros league is tight, lots of small ball teams.
    Stocktonator is pretty high on Jarell Eddie for tomorrow. Making it a tempting home run stream pick

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dusty: Ugh that was a tough loss. Right down to the wire. I win without that Omen week. Yeah Stocktonator is loving the Suns due to the tight rotation

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Ah Lin, so annoying all season. I wish there was a saying for this insanity with Lin, but oh well. Drop him for Barea or Cory Joseph?

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      @miles proudfoot: Yeah, no good sayings come to mind at all. Linfrustrating is best I got… 🙂

      Yeah nab Barea

  10. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Do I start Ulis (4 games) or Conley (3 games) in the playoffs this week?

    Myles Turner (4 games) or Harrison Barnes (3 games)?

    If I start Conley and Barnes instead of Ulis and Turner I’ve only got 26 games this week compared to the other guy with 30 games.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Mr. Sweat Necklace: you can’t play both? I would play Conley and Turner then. Conley has been putting up 1st rd value this last month so i would stick with him over Ulis unless you needed the assists. I wouldn’t play in a league where i couldn’t set a roster every day.

      • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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        @Bye Felica: My other two options are Rubio and Irving. I was planning on rolling both of those guys out there for sure. I can’t put one in my flex either because I need to have Nurkic in there.

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          @Mr. Sweat Necklace: I’m working on making this a daily changes league for next year.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Bye Felica: @Mr. Sweat Necklace: Hah yeah Mondays are super rough, you gotta do daily moves! Sorry for the late response, I get slammed on Mondays.

            I actually like Ulis with the extra game, unless 3s were a major need. So I woulda done Turner and UIlis

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