The Razzball Hoops Pod recaps the big games from the past two nights including performances by Kevin Martin and J.J. Redick, play another edition of Higher/Lower (this time with no whammies!), make our 30-Point Challenge picks and preview tonight’s games, then wrap up the week at the movies.

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  1. Rob says:
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    Thadeus Young for the 30 point challenge

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rob: Noice!

  2. Chinzy says:
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    Hey JB. Thanks for all the info like always.

    I made a couple of moves since last time I asked for advice. I traded my DMC + Hayward for AD + Rubio.

    Team looks like this:
    10 Man H2h (Punt FT)
    Lowry, Rubio, Oladipo, Knight, George Hill
    Klay, Thad Young, Aminu (on the verge of dropping), Casspi (streamer)
    AD, Favors, Drummond, DJ

    I was thinking of doing a trade of: AD, Lowry, Rubio for Millsap, Bosh, Butler

    I looked at how my team was doing, and I really don’t win assists as much… Only twice in 6 weeks. This will make me go punt assist mode and I’m losing 2 best players in the trade. BUT Butler, Millsap will make up for the steals I lose and Rubio + AD are the 2 most injury prone players in the trade. What do you think?

    As always, thanks for your help.

    • draco21 says:
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      You can do better with AD+Lowry in a trade tbh. You might be able to get the 3 for AD+Rubio.

    • Chinzy says:
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      @Chinzy:

      I asl got an offer for PG13 + Vucevic / Gobert + McCollum for my AD + Lowry + Rubio

      • draco21 says:
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        Wouldn’t do that either. Lowry is the CHAINZ

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chinzy: @draco21: Hey man, any time! Whoa, awesome move getting AD! Yeah I’m with draco, AD+Lowry would need to command even more than those two offers

  3. Wayne says:
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    Hey Jb! Thanks for another great podacst. Anyways, what do you think about this trade:

    Carmelo Anthony for Dwight Howard and Bradley Beal.

    Thanks bro!

    • Wayne says:
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      16 team h2h 9 cats.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wayne: Thanks for listening! I do like the depth for a 16er… As long as you’re either FT punt or at top of league in FT, I am OK with it

  4. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    MARKIEFF OR TJONES?!?!

    14 Team (11CAT w/ FGM + FTM)
    Lillard, Teague, Collison
    RJackson, Clarkson, Danny Green
    Mirotic, TJones, Bazemore
    Griffin, Porzingis
    Hibbert, Kanter

    Managed to claim Danny off waivers. (Dropped Meyers)
    Should I have let go of someone else?

    Also, is anyone else on the wire worth a look over what I have?
    MLeonard, Chalmers, ETurner, Ginobili, Barnes, CoJo, DPowell, Crabbe, Felton, Afflalo, OQuinn

    Thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: Hahaha, I’ll take Tjones. Nice add of Danny! Nah, right now Felton I think is first on the list, but I don’t see anyone I’d drop him for

  5. jonny says:
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    Hey JB,

    What do you think about griffin and matthews for PG and hood?

    • jonny says:
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      @jonny:

      Or PG and MCW? I’d be receiving PG side

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jonny: I’m good with either, PG is all of top 10 player, elite stud for me. I’d prob let MCW go first

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          @JB Gilpin:

          Thanks! Not sure what you mean by let him go first though. As I should ask for hood?

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @jonny: Oh oops sorry haha, flipped my response there to wrong side and messed up, would take PG and MCW

  6. Melo says:
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    Sup’ JB

    I got offered up Carmelo (my all time favorite player!) for McCollum. I really want to take the deal, but I just don’t know yet. I invested a lot in CJ on the draft day, been riding his bandwagon before the season even started, I checked out the stats, and it’s not that big of a difference, but Melo is still struggling because of his knee surgery and he’s not yet in full form IMO. He should get better as the season progresses, and this is the perfect buy low window. So, if you can give me some kind of advice, it would be really helpful, moves like this can change your whole season.

    This is my team.
    Lillard, McCollum, Knight, Bledsoe
    Hayward, Covington, Tobias Harris, Casspi
    Draymond Green, Favors
    Monroe, Big Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez

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      @Melo: Yeah I think you gotta take Melo there, I know he’s been a tad slow, but still worry about CJ holding up to all the minutes and his %. Also with Al down and who knows what he gives you later, I think REB is a little bit of a need and you don’t need 3s that much

  7. draco21 says:
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    Yo JB, 1-1 for the 30pt Challenge! haha! Wasn’t able to comment last tuesday which sucks balls cause I would have called Klay too. GIVE ME DEMARCUS COUSINS (ain’t qualified yet in top 10. But is top 7 if all players are considered). I did initially pick Bro Lo but yeah. This would be a blowout. If DMC ain’t possible, I’d go with Melo cause its time for him to blow up!

    For the Meyers thing, fair to say he is a poor man’s Dirk? Reason why we liked Dirk is cause he boards, gives half a block AND gives you stellar FT% (albeit low volume) and treys. Low TOs to boot. Is he at say Year 2 of Dirk? Nope. But its that potential tho. 13pts, 8 rebs, 2.3treys, 46% FG, 85-90% FT, 1.2 TO probs. I dunno, hopefully he gets that.

    HOW BOUT THAT WARRIORS GAME TOMORROW. Calling IT2/3 can slow Curry down at least.

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      @draco21: btw, Will Ferrell is tall. I dunno if Shaq counts. Haha!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @draco21: Hahaha yeah Ferrell is a good call!

        Yeah we usually go off “all players” I think I’ve been reading off qualified. Starting to become a factor now, we gotta stick with all players or it could get too easy, so Melo is your guy 🙂

        I get the potential for Meyers, but I don’t think he’s nearly the skill level. More a spot shooter, not gifted 1-on-1. Oh man, yeah should be a good one! Celtics will try and run em to death with their rotation!

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          @JB Gilpin: Call me crazy bud but I think Celts win this game. I dunno. Brad Stevens is sketchy coach for fantasy but man this guy is a genius. I mean, GETTING TURNER TO ACTUALLY PLAY???? damn that must give you an award. I remember Jordan frickin Crawford producing for him too at one point in time. Hah!

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @draco21: Hahaha, well Turner & Crawf notwithstanding, I dunno if Stevens has proven the rotational thing works in the NBA yet.

  8. your mom says:
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    9cat roto, regardless of needs, which side is better? Horford/Middleton/bazemore or bledsoe/covington/dieng? Thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @your mom: Eesh that’s a tough one, I’ll lean Horford due to roto and a lot less TO on that side

      • your mom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks
        Also u like cj better than Middleton?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @your mom: 9cat roto, no, the %s and TO are gonna make CJ really tough

  9. Joe says:
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    Is Avery Bradley a hold or is a fade coming? My 9-cat league is shallow and not low on waiver wire talent, like Clarkson, Parker, Leuer, Randle, Len. So I’m not keen on holding him if he’s going to struggle.

    Team: Wall, Teague, Duchess, Middleton, Batum, Covington, Durant, Goose, Bosh, Gortat, Gobert

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Definitely a hold, Clarkson I might pick gun to my head ROS, but can’t really drop him quite yet.

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        With a gun to your head?!?! Man, you play in rougher leagues than me. Stay safe, JB.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe: Ever since AK47 left the NBA, Russian like to jazz up the fantasy leagues we’re in together 🙂

  10. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    The Poison Goose for the 30 point challenge!

    Who is a better stash, Aaron Gordon or Shane Larkin? Just based on upside, not a need for a specific category.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: Hah nice! Got his rest last night! I’ll stick with Gordon as a pure stash, Larkin is prob more ownable right now

  11. The Fish says:
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    Would you swap Draymond for Cousins in 9 cat (plus MIN and FTA) punting assists?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fish: whewwwww, it’s not that far off, but those added cats help Cousins too, I would need more

  12. jdubs says:
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    Man JB, I know it’s bad when even you’ve given up on A. Gordon! I’m in a similar situation, I have Gordon, Chandler Parsons, and Gobert (and a streaming spot in Bismack) all weighing down the end of my roster while I’m fighting to stay in the middle of the pack… should I hold on to gordon and hope he really steps up after his ankle injury or put in a streamer coming into the end of the week (especially considering he only has 1 game left)?

    I have 2 moves available in my 14 team h2h 9 cat league, and I’m down 2-7 (winning FT%, TO barely) but close in all the counting stats. I also have available slots to play for every position every day for the rest of the week so I’m just looking for pure production at any position

    Available streamers:
    Steven Adams (3 games)
    Kelly Olynyk (2 games)
    Stauskas, Canaan (3 games)
    Taj Gibson (2 games)
    Manu (2 games but worried about the DNP-OLD)

    Any help would be great!

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      @jdubs: also I’m taking Millsap in the 30 point challenge. looked good against the the thunder a couple weeks ago, no reason he shouldn’t look good again today

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jdubs: I know right?! I just like streaming too much, couldn’t hold anymore… I’m good streaming it for ya. I’ll lean Adams, I know he doesn’t do all that much, but you gotta go with 3 games since none of the 2ers look that good…

        I thought about Millsap! But went for pure shooter this time…

  13. The Gintern says:
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    Haha I was thinking of making the JJ Redick joke last night after he killed it for me, but you beat me to it! Side note: who do you think would be a good trade target for him?

    As a Celtics fan I always love being reminded about all our first round picks next year, mmmmmm. If Danny Ainge knows anything it’s how to make the offseason exciting.

    Gimme Rudy Gay for the 30pt challenge today.

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      @The Gintern: Hah! Ummm, it would probably have to be a deeper league to get too much. Someone right around that 100 range that fits a need.

      With a lot more first rounders, maybe the Boston rotation gets even thinner! Haha

      Sounds good!

  14. Hamtime says:
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    1. In a vacuum, pls rank – Teague ibaka Hayward Monroe

    2. Would you drop booker to stash smart? Can you predict his stat line upon return

    3. Would you trade dragic for nerlens? Who’s a big man I can target for him

    4. Drum or horford?

    Thanks again!!

    4.

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      @Hamtime: 1. Ibaka, Hay, Teague, Monroe 2. not if i needed a big, about same stats for Smart, maybe 11 Pts and shoot over 40%, hopefully. 3. If the need, maybe, but prob not. Dragic+something for cold Ibaka? 4. def Horf

      • Hamtime says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Teague bev for ibaka parsons who wins?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hamtime: Prob Ibaka side, still think Parsons can have big 2nd half

  15. Andrew Ringer says:
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    I’ll go with melo for 30. Crazy to think he’s not even top 10, especially considering it didn’t look like they had any other big point guys coming into the season.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew Ringer: Yeah I know, I think porzingis being this much a scorer has thrown it a tad

  16. Patty Mills is my homeboy says:
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    Hey guys,

    Great Pod. Give me CP3 for a big 30pt game.

    I’m sitting 2nd in my 10 team, 14 player 9 cat H2H league. Still got Kyrie sitting on the pine. The Beal owner looks like he would let him go. I don’t need to trade at the moment but I figure I could target him at value.

    My team:
    Smalls – Harden, Elfrid, Monta, Deron, Burks, Kyrie, Tony Parker
    Wings – Tobias, Mirotic,
    Bigs – Ibaka, Milsap, Horford, Poison Goose
    Stream – Beverley

    Would you do Beverley and Ellis for Beal and Hibbert? Or any other thoughts to target with Mirotic, Parker or Ellis?

    I’m a touch low in Reb and 3s.

    Also, Terrence Jones is on the waivers, should I grab him or you happy to let him sit out there?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Patty Mills is my homeboy: Thanks man! CP3 needs a big 2nd half! Yeah one more big wouldn’t hurt, I don’t mind the Beal deal, looks about even. I dunno if Parker can get much and I think Mirotic fits, probably looking to do Monta for a big. Greg Monroe? With REB/3s a need, tjones is a hell of a stash but I dunno who I’d drop, so prob waiting that out or maybe Monta/Parker for Monroe offer or someone like that and ad tjones

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for that man. Yeah I got into the wrong game. Clips with only 60 part way through the last. CP3 and Lord Covington are only barely combining for double figures!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Patty Mills is my homeboy: Uggghhhh yeah Covington didn’t do much better, but if it’s any consolation, no one got to 30 last night haha

  17. Good STUFF says:
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    Use my #1 Waiver on Alec Burks or Fournier for ROS ?

    30pt pick has to go to POR-ZIN-GIS

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Good STUFF: Definitely! Probably getting Fournier, but would try for both. You spelled it wrong, it’s POR ZIN GEESE!

      • Good STUFF says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Unfortunately they both clear the waiver on 12/12. How would that work if I make the claim for both? If not, Fournier yeah?

        you’re right it’s POR-ZIN-GEESE!!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Good STUFF: Ah, yeah Fournier I’m putting the first claim on, but no issue putting one on both.

  18. Dante Green says:
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    JB, lots of my guys are either injured/underperforming or not getting enough minutes to be productive. The injured/underperforming I’ve got no choice but to hold (Gobert & Carroll), while the bench guys who aren’t getting enough minutes I’m not so sure what to do with (Tjones & Collison). I also have two stream spots right now, Czeller & Bogdanovic. Apparently, with injuries to Ariza, Carroll and Gobert another loss is coming (it’ll be 6 straight losses), but I treat every week as another opportunity to get better so somehow I’m still pretty ‘optimistic’ and not ready to give up on the season yet.

    I just want to plan ahead, I need players who have long term value, and a few guys on the wire whom I think have that are: Danny Green, Tchandler.

    Here’s what I’m gonna do, drop two from these guys: Czeller, Bogdanovic, Collison, Tjones for Tchandler and Danny Green. I’m not gonna wait for Tchandler and Danny to have good games before I make the add, I’m gonna do asap (not risking anybody doing that first, I know everybody’s got their eyes on these two as well). I’m thinking if these two could turn things around that could be huge for my chances of getting the 6th spot.

    I’m not ready to give up yet. Not yet. I still have a lot left in me. Lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah yeah, still a long season ahead! Bogda is def out for Green. That part is easy. Tyson Chandler though, I dunno… I think the drop would be Zeller, but this added suspension for Jefferson makes me think I’d hold Zeller still

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        @JB Gilpin:
        Aight bud, I just dropped Bogda for Danny. I mean they’ll be battling against the LAL, a good game is probably underway! Hah. And if he still fails, I can just scoop up Larkin and replace him.

        Colly had a nice game! He’s so fcuking hard to let go man! And with Karl opting to play a tight 8 man rotation Colly makes it hard to drop him. It’s just a matter of who gets more minutes between him, McLemore and Bello, I mean he’s waaay better than those guys, right?? So yea, he’s still a hold! And Rondo just needs to break his hand or something. Lol

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Nice! Yeah I’d give Green a few games, and hope it starts righting itself. Yeah I am def holding Colly, still producing and is one Rondo injury or trade away from going bonkers. but don’t wish injuries on guys, it’s bad fantasy karma!

  19. Lasandro says:
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    You have no idea how frustrating it was NOT hearing you sing POISON GOOOOSE over that song! Why would you hold back on this pod after dropping that platinum hit on us on the last one?

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      @JB Gilpin: Also, really surprised that @Slim wasn’t impressed with Cody’s play in the last game. Yeah the stat sheet didnt’ look good but this guy’s athleticism and ability to run up and down the court is something to behold. He seems to go for a lot of blocks too. Very impressed with him so far. Hell, even the Tank looked semi-decent. Guess they all just needed Al outta there for a while, which it seems will now happen (5 games AFTER he’s cleared as being able to play).

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Hahahaha, well, we got lower minutes so I benched my singing! I’ll be sure my remix makes it next time 🙂

        I’m impressed with Zeller too, but it occupied a lot of his effort fronting Hassan.

        Ugh, Tank is stank! He looks good sometimes though, but so inconsistent for a guy that should be “ready”.

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          @JB Gilpin: For funsies, add PBev to that list of rankings between Burks, Colli, Barton.. well maybe not Barton. He’s my boyfriend. Think PBev’s last few games is basically what we’ll expect from him – great blks, multiple 3s, some ASTs and brds?

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        @JB Gilpin: Good to know! Get that falsetto flowin’

        So Larkin.. is he at all relevant in shallow roto L’s like mine (9team)? He, Burks (inconsistent of late) and Colli are on the wire but I’m holding Zeller for the moment, as my Gobert is obviously out. And Barton can’t be a drop for either of these guys, right?

        Speaking of Willy B, this is a ROS thang, isn’t it? I mean, even with Harris back soon, Barton is gonna get his 25min+ and good usage, right? Not to sound blasphemous, but when this kid has the ball, I anticipate something happening on every possession in the vain of a KD, Bron, Curry. We’re not talking talent (obviously), just the ability to either create for himself or others on damn near every possession. He was also recently quoted as saying that his special talent is that he never gets tired. He’s a mutant, I knew it! Call Professor X!

        Zeller is a hold yeah? Booker is still lookin great but @Slim is right – they’re playing him more as Favors’ backup, rather than the two of them together. Kinda like Dieng and KAT, although that has been changing of late. Still rank Zeller, Booker, Marv Wil, Dieng, Noah, Davis in that order? Noah just needs those bloody mins and he’d be PERFECT on my team needing some brds, asts and D stats. Zeller still looks like a nice guy to own IMO.

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          @Lasandro: I dunno about the BLK, but yeah Pbev is in that mix, probably sticking with Burks and Colly.

          Nah, Larkin is still behind all 3 due to inconsistent role. We saw it earlier in the week. haha, that Barton love is semi-blasphemous, but he is a usage whore for sure! Hahaha, I like that! We’ll have to think of some mutant names for him.

          Yup that order looks about right, might move Noah up to Booker, or maybe even one ahead of Booker. But yeah Zeller still for now for me

  20. J says:
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    trading away bosh, reggie and wes matthews for marc and cp3..good?

    • draco21 says:
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      @J: DO THIS NOW. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @J: @draco21: Definitely!

  21. LOLER says:
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    Would you…

    Trade Nic Batum + Zaza Pachulia for Andre Drummond + Andrew Wiggins?

    I feel like I am giving out so much in this trade because I basically punt FTs with AD coming in and Wiggins has been pretty much a vanilla points guy to date.

    Here’s my team:
    CP3
    Teague
    Dragic
    Hayward
    Batum
    Covington
    KCP
    JR Smith
    Noel
    Favors
    Horford
    Zaza
    Lou Williams
    Kanter
    Cody Zeller

    IL: Tyson Chandler, Jusuf Nurkic

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LOLER: Definitely! Wiggins had a nice stretch of D stats for a while there, I think he’ll be bouncing back. You get sooooo much value though, slam dunk trade

  22. TheJohn says:
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    dipo + gay/dirk –> klay?

    what is do think of jarrett jack… is he still worth owning 9 cat roto

    would u prefer a dipo hill or ariza rubio

    (need 3’s and assist but still need all stat around…)

    thanks

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      @TheJohn:

      Also kemba adrige for rondo bosh?

      Thanks!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TheJohn: Gay one I dunno, def like Dirk one. Not feeling the Rubio one as much I don’t think, looking at your needs. Jack should prob be owned.

        For your needs, that Rondo one works I think

  23. dom says:
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    Eric Gordon got dropped in my league… I think he may be a better version of Wes Matthews going forward, you think? I’d probably drop Bazemore to get him but Matthews would become expendable on my team I think..

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      @dom: Nahhhhh not going that far for Gordon, plus I know Matthews is off a serious injury, but I think Gordon has more DNP risk. I dunno, Gordon is showing us some duds plus the Pels G are all healthy now. I might hold

  24. nont nontiskul says:
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    Hi JB , Favors+ Fournier and Bosh + Clarkson who win ?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nont nontiskul: I’d likely take F+F side haha

  25. Eric says:
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    Please pick four ROS: Sefolosha, L Williams, Mayo, Bazemore

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: ROS is tough, I’ll lean Lou, mayo, Baze, Thabo, but would own Mayo #1 right now

  26. Sam celtics fan says:
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    What’s up guys! Long time since my last comment, but I just made a huge trade! I’m in a keeper league, 8 cat, 13 man rosters, keep more 25% more than last year for up to 3 years, auction draft. I just traded the best keeper, Paul George for $4, and Jae Crowder and Alec Burks for Steph and Kawhi. Good decision to go for title this year and lose best keeper for next 2 years? My team is now
    PG- Bledsoe, Payton, Rondo
    Wings- Leonard, Gordon Hayward, Otto Porter, Barnes
    Bigs- Anthony Davis, Vucivic, Bosh, KAT, and Dieng

    Got hayward for $13 and Vuc for $9- trying to swing a trade for Draymond to seal title. Is my team the title favorite? Thanks guys

    • Sam celtics fan says:
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      @Sam celtics fan: also do I need to drop dieng for a wing- if so, what are some options- no covington on the wire

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Sam celtics fan: What up man?! Oh nice move! Yeah banners fly forever and you definitely got the better end. I don’t see how a Brow/Steph/Kawhi team couldn’t be a favorite haha. I don’t see any particular needs, i might hold Dieng as KAT insurance

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