Look, I’m only human.  I have urges.  I can’t help the way my brain chemistry works.  I try my best to fight it, to stay logical, to be sure and stay wrapped up…  But I can get caught in the rookie nookie like anyone!

After a DNP-CD on opening night, of course I was a little worried about Myles Turner‘s role with the Pacers moving forward, especially after being so high in the green with his rank that Ruby Rhod was even speechless….  He did have a little bit of a bum ankle Wednesday night, but dressed for the game and didn’t get off the bench.  And last night, I had this huge emission of relief when I saw Turner get into the game in the first wave of subs in the 1st quarter.  It felt like a sneeze only better!  Then that feeling of a sneeze turned into an epic euphoric trip that was slightly reminiscent of a KCP-high.  Turner looked absolutely unbelievable, well beyond the numbers on the stat sheet.  His line ended up 4-6 FG (0-2 FT) 8/4/0/2/1 in 18 minutes with 4 fouls, so it wasn’t exactly a flashy debut on paper.  But he’s a better FT shooter, a few fouls were ticky-tacky as the refs were calling it tight all night, and he is his own offense.  Was hitting jumpers from deep mid-range in isolation, had no hesitation, looked 100% confident and in control, and had a second monster block called off due to a baby nudge right before it went up.  He was the #1 option with the second unit, and while Ian Mahinmi is playing well (11/9 with a block last night – maintaining usability), I think Turner could easily fit with the starters.  They want to push the NBA lead for pace, he can hit quick jumpers, and is big and fundamental enough to man the paint, both on O and D.  Dude is biggggggg.  Listed at 240, but ain’t no way!  I’m 240 and 6’7, and he looks way bigger than me with 4 inches!  Jordan Hill started last night for the matchup against the big Grizzlies, but didn’t look special at all.  There will still be some easing in, but Turner should leap frog Hill sooner than later, and play C minutes down the stretch if there’s worries about Mahinmi’s FT shooting.  The line didn’t jump off the page unlike his play that jumped off the screen, so now is the time to shoot the buy lows and hope Turner’s owners didn’t see the debut.  Here’s what else happened last night in fantasy basketball action:

Rodney Stuckey – Looked solid out there in 25:31 bench minutes, edging out Monta Ellis to end the first half.  Brought some energy and had a 9/4/5/1/1 line.  Interesting to see the Pacers run only 3 gaurds.  Joe Young gets a DNP.  Not Mighty.

Paul George Tied Stuckey for a team-lead 5 assists.  Twice now he’s led the Pacers in dimes to start the year.  And yet again he shot an awful 5-15 FG.  Everything else is looking nice though!

Monta Ellis – Officially a tad worried.  Just doesn’t seem to have the involvement in the offense as he has the past decade on his other stops.  Still looks fast and hit a trey towards the end off a bad shooting night, but very blah.  It’ll get better, but I don’t know if it’s to vintage-Ellis better.

C.J. Miles Didn’t start as the Pacers wanted to play bigger for the matchup, but still played 21 minutes and scored 18 with 4 treys.  ThrAGNOF!

Marc Gasol 20/8/3/0/1 with no TO and hit some pivotal jumpers late.  This just in!  The Grizzlies are a lot better than that 30-point shellacking by the Cavs…

Tony Allen – StealNOF!  Hah, if you started weak in steals hopefully you pondered an Allen stream, as he had 4 swipes.

Jeff Green Bumped from the starting 5 for Allen, because the Grizz knew guarding PG13 would be too hard.  Hit 5-6 shots and had a nice multi-cat (12/3/3/1/1 with 2 3PTM), but it’s still pretty yawnstipating.

Mike Conley Somebody just got back from Amsterdam, because Conley got a dimebag!  13/4/10/2/0 with 4 TO, for a nice bounceback night for a guy I was a little worried about heading into the year.

Jeff Teague Quieted the “Dennis Schroder outplayed him” narrative.  23/4/8/1/0 on 7-12 shooting with 9-10 FT.  Schrodes still looked good too, going 12/1/2 on 6-11 shooting in 18 minutes.  Hit another trey as well, which is a great addition to his game.  Teague looks fine where you got him, Schrodes still looks good as a last roster guy in 12ers.

Paul Millsap Rough night from the field and at the stripe (3-11 FG 4-8 FT), but made up with it with 5 steals on a 11/11/5/5/0 line.  That’s what elite guys do – they struggle shooting, they chip in somewhere else!

Al Horford Big Al going Big Deep!  21/9/1/2/3 in a near rainbow, and hit another 2 treys giving him 3 on the year.  He’s averaging 1.5 in obviously a small sample, but he’s hit 21 treys IN HIS CAREER up until this season.  If he adds more than 0.5 a game to his line, it’s going to be mad dangerous.  I saw a comment saying they thought I was a little low on Horford, but luckily I barely made it in the grey…  I have a feeling we see a top-20 season pretty easily if the treys keep up.

Kyle KorverAfter gloating I thought he’d start slow, had a nice 15/7/2/1/0 line on 6-8 FG (3-5 3PTM).  When I said in my ranks I thought he’d start slow, I meant only in the opener!

Carmelo Anthony Like my clowning of Rodney Hood yesterday, after missing 6 treys, what made you think the 7th was going in?!  25/7/3/3/0 in a nice showing, but 0-7 from deep sunk his FG to 10-27.

Robin Lopez He’s so baddddddddd!!!!  5 TO?!  What is he doing even touching the ball 5 times?!??!?!  But seriously, had a pretty good game.  18/4/1/0/1/ on 8-11 FG with the black eye of those 5 TO.  Wait, 11 FGA?!  That was second on the Knicks to Melo?!?!?!?  What in the hell are they doing?!?!?!

Kristaps Porzingis Up to 26 minutes already!  Also had the TO bug (4), but otherwise pretty solid again for 10/8/0/3/1.

Jose Calderon Ay dios mio!  I though it would be unsexy but usable, but it turned out to be unsexy and so unusable the he might get Nate Robinson treatment.  At least for any of your 12/14 team leagues, give him the ol’ waive!

Jerian Grant I dunno if he gets the “starting” job any time soon, but back-to-back games with a lot more minutes, and I’ll take a flier on the rook over Jose Pooperon.  5/6/7/0/0, but love those dimes!  Both are still outside of 12er must-own.

Kyle O’Quinn If Rolo is going to keep turning it over like a center version of Emmanuel Mudiay, maybe he will get enough mins!  10/10/3/1/1 on 5-9 shooting in a solid 22 minutes.  I dunno if this pace keeps up, especially in bench minutes, but he’s right on the periphery of 12ers.

Derrick Williams – Yeah, 9 Pts and not much else, I imagine he’s leading the most dropped list today…

Dirk Nowitzki Another solid performance in another low-minutes game, although it’s been two blowouts for the Mavs – one for and one against.  16/7/2/1/0 with a trey.  If he stays healthy all year and sticks at this pace, he’ll end up a discount!

J.J. Barea Ended up the better stream over Raymond Felton, and luckily I used more Barea in some RCLs.  12/1/9 with two treys, while Felton battled TO and a cold stroke for 4/1/4/1/0.  Felton thought I said cold stone, and is rushing for ice cream before finishing the article…  It doesn’t sound like Deron Williams‘ injury is too serious, but it is Deron Williams.  That’d be like saying for any other player, “his leg amputation isn’t serious.”  (Dude – I wrote that, then at 3:14 AM we get news they’re calling it a true “knee sprain” and he doesn’t have a timetable.  Way to make my joke right before people could read it!)

John Jenkins After playing 3:39 in the opener, Wesley Matthews sat on the back-to-back and Jenkins got stretched out for 35:18.  8-16 FG for 17/6/3/0/0 but missed all of his treys (0-4).  ThrAGNOF that kinda worked even without the Thrag!

Justin Anderson Had some early preseason buzz, but looked pretty rookie-ish out there.  2-8 FG, but filled out some junk time with OK multi-cat stats and a 5/6/1/1/1 line.  2 TO as well in 18 minutes though, and had a couple straight bricks.  Pretty blah.

Blake Griffin Way to shit the bed, Mavs!  Was killing it, but ended up at only 26 Pts due to only playing 27 minutes!  I thought I had the first point on the Slim vs. JB 30-Point Challenge board, but alas, it remains scoreless.  26/10/2/1/1 for Griffin, as the Clips continue to do Clip things.

DeAndre Jordan It’s tough to know if the minutes would’ve been cut had this game stayed close, but only 26 last night.  Averaging right at 26:30 through two games, after back-to-back 34+ minute seasons.  Given the stats have been just fine (6/15 with 4 blocks last night), but they hacked-a-DeAndre at the end of the first half and he did his normal 2-8 FT.  Looks phenomenal in every other aspect, but those minutes are going to go way down, and the FT volume way up!

Josh Smith – Also had a few hack-a-Smoove trips, hitting 3-6 of his FT.  5/6/1/0/2, no treys… the blocks are nice but it’s not worth the FT drain.

Chris Paul Only 5 dimes, but only 24 minutes.  Mavs got killed in a monster 3rd quarter.  I wish Paul had less cache and I could annoy people with some buy lows…

Andrew Wiggins I hope it’s not a skapegoat injury, but apparently played through upper back spasms in the opener, “explaining” his lethargy.  Yo Wiggy, I have a lot invested in you, I’ll massage that shizz right out!

Festus Ezeli – As I mentioned yesterday and on the Pod, Andrew Bogut got stitches in his head and is expected to miss two games, which could be a Festivus.  Friday is a pretty full slate, but for some stream blocking, Ezeli and the Warriors play the awful-and-injured-everywhere Pelicans Saturday in what could be a very saucy matchup.  A remoulade sauce!

 

I hope everyone is having a nice start to their 15-16 campaign, and I’ll be back Monday morning with the weekend daily notes and a weekly planner pointing out good streamers who play on light schedule days.  Hopefully it will be a helpful new addition!  I’m going for polar opposite of Nate Robinson for the Pelicans…  Oh man, I’m gonna clown that/myself all year!  Stupid Nate Robinson…

 

  1. Slimbo says:
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    In a 8 team keeper where we keep 8

    My buddy wants okafor from me, he offered turner and a 4th…thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slimbo: Whats the format? If 9cat + FT% yeah definitely give me Turner! If 8cat or no FT% it’s a lot closer, but prob still taking it

      • Slimbo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        It’s H2H 9 cat Plus ft%

        Guess I’m pulling the trigger!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slimbo: Cool , yeah def going Turner!

          • Slimbo says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            As I was about to hit accept got a new offer from someone else..Guy offered me zinger and a 2nd round pick for him

            Thoughts?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Slimbo: wow off a bad game too… With 8 keepers porzimgis could be a keeper for a decade and a better pick, like this new one better!

  2. Melo says:
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    I have McCollum on my team, and eveeeeeeeerbody keeps telling that the wise thing to do is sell high, but how high?? In whic range should I aim? Should I go for Monta for him, maybe even more like Wiggins?
    This is my team:
    Lillard,Bledsoe,Knight,McCollum
    Hayward,Tobias Harris, Covington, Aminu
    Draymond Green, Favors
    Monroe, Brook Lopez, Al Jeffersom

    And is it a smart thing to own 3 players from the same team? I was considering droping Aminu, but it’ a little bit to early to judge.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Melo: Hah yeah yesterday I said CJ owners should legit try for Wiggins, and I’m 100% for that. The Monta one… Eesh I dunno, I am not liking how the Pacers use him. I don’t worry too much about team ownership, but I’m not a big Aminu fan, if someone comes off the wire he can go

  3. Fitz says:
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    Awesome article as usual man! Now after reading that first part, I’m NEVER going to let go of Myles Turner! He’ll be too fun to watch and own this year! Woohoo!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fitz: Thanks man! Figured I’d try some trade offers before this went live 🙂

  4. Erik Capoccetta says:
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    Wow man, I’m really excited to read this blog-post and seeing that you had the same sensations as me. I stayed up over night (yes we do this for NBA in Italy XD) to watch the game with the hope of seeing Myles in action and……it was worth it!!
    Despite the under-the-radar line, which won’t get the attention of the most, he was amazingly comfortable on the court and has a huge potential with his game both on O and D.
    I’m really happy to have him in my roster, it will be an amazing season to watch and own him!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Erik Capoccetta: Yessir, it was awesome! Very worth an overnight watch seeing his debut! Glad you stayed up for it, true dedication there!

  5. Dante Green says:
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    My team is struggling in the first three days, hah!

    KOQ was solid effin solid. Can you imagine if he actually cracks 30 mins night in and night out!

    Our boy Wiggins just had a bad back, a bounce back game is coming.

    Is the coach of the Wolves done experimenting with the lineup? Good God Dieng played limited minutes the last time, planning on putting Smart in the lineup instead of him.

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green: Hoping to solidify my big men rotation of Favors/Gobert/TJones/Dieng/AGordon by trading Avery Bradley for MTurner. Tried it in the preseason but got denied and unfortunately Bradley had an awful first game. A good game or two from him will do the job. Hope the owner accepts this time. Hah

      *I’m quite satisfied with my PG-SG-SF rotation of Dame/Dipo/Colly/Smart/Wiggins/Ariza/Carroll

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: Hah yeah KOQ has always had awesome per-36s, good to see him getting run! If Bradley gets you Turner that would be hugeeeeee~!

  6. Slim

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    I hereby dub this year, “The Year of the Rookie Big Man”

    I’m all in to say the least. On my Y!-$250 I’ve got KAT, Turner, and Porzingis. Gonna be alot of fun.

    I didn’t see the 2nd stint but Turner definitely looked like the real deal in the 1st half. The step back 20 footer that went down was one of those “no-no-no, yes!” kind of shots, I think shot selection might be an issue in the short term. The real problem though is that I don’t think he will play any PF (especially considering they want a fast pace) so his minutes are directly tied to Mahinmi’s and he’s been good enough that it doesn’t look like he will cede the starting job anytime soon. Still though I am in no hurry to move Turner off my 12ers.

    I’m already finding myself searching for Knicks games. I’ve become obsessed with Porzingis. He looked really good in the few pick and roles I saw him in, he can finish over anyone and it’s under control. The 3 didn’t fall but the ones I saw weren’t contested or forced. Once again he struggled in the 1st quarter but stats just seem to find him. Although the preseason assists haven’t carried over… yet… Obviously he isn’t a 2 stl per game guy but he was a high end stls guy overseas. 0.9 in 21 min in 50 games his final year, I don’t see why he couldn’t be a 1/1/1 3s/stl/blk guy this year. Millsap was a tough matchup and Porzinigis did a heck of a job in that respect too. I projected him for 26 minutes on the year, less early – more late, but he’s already hitting that number. I imagine he’s a 30 minute guy by the all-star break and he’s already the 2nd best player on the team. I guess I keep talking about him because I’m just astonished he’s so good so fast. I would be throwing out all kinds of “deals” in a dynasty trying to get him.

    • dom says:
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      @Slim: he did look like he was getting pushed around a bit on the boards, but yeah the 1/1/1 from the big guy is neat and the scoring has nowhere to go but up. Less shots for sideshow bob more for kristaps!

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        @dom: Yeah he definitely has a ways to go there but I imagine he’ll always be a finesse player as opposed to a banger. I just can’t wrap my head around that he’s so good so fast and he plays much more under control than I thought he would. When he has +50% shooting nights his stat line is going to be top-25ish and with all he does on the stat sheet I wouldn’t be shocked to see him end the year top-50ish. I’m impressed with lots of players but so far no one has impressed me more than Porzingis, probably because it’s so surprising.

        • Jeremy says:
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          @Slim:

          Gotta agree, that steal and dunk got me fallen in love with him. No HOMO!

          • Slim

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            @Jeremy: Yeah that looked good. Millsap shouldn’t have gone for the steal but still.

        • dom says:
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          @Slim: he’s great to root for, Latvian kid who the masses assume will be a stiff. I think 1/1/1 3’s and D’s this year is the floor on those stats. Those long arms can def poke away multiple balls a game.

          Am I correct that their system of offensive discourages 3’s relatively? Still think his stroke can run into more than 1 a game.

          • Slim

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            @dom: I think the Knicks/triangle offense isn’t bad for 3s. 23 game 1, 24 last night. I’m just guessing here but that seems to be at worst league average. Yeah I think 3s should end up higher than steals or blocks. If Jerian gets inserted into the starting 5 and breaking down defenses I think should only help Porzingis’ looks.

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              @dom: @Jeremy: @Slim: Yeah he might struggle for PF minutes, but against bigger lineups I think it can happen. Like I think 2-3 weeks from now, they might go Turner/Mahinmi vs the Grizz instead of starting Hill.

              Yup Prozingy looks awesome! Glad I have him in a few, knew I wouldn’t get him in REL 🙂

              You’re saying Calderon can’t break down defenses Slim?! Hahahaha. He can break down the Knicks offense, that’s for sure!

  7. Yo says:
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    I know it’s early but if you end up wrong on Wiggins boy will I be upset. I probably wouldn’t do anything about it, that would require too much effort but boy will I be disappointed in you!

    • Slim

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      @Yo: I really hope this is sarcasm. But I guess you’re probably right, I should have made more of his jump shots… … …

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Yo: @Slim: Haha, still only one hurt game 🙂

  8. Matty

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    Horford looks GOOOOOOD. Watched the whole game and several of his misses from the field (including a couple from deep) were half way down and could have just as easily fallen for a really big night. He is dialed in from mid-range and deep and at this point I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see him contribute 80-100 threes if he plays a full season.

    PG13 is going to get himself into some trouble if Vogel can’t get him to shut up. He has already collected two techs and a $10,000 fine for publicly criticizing officials. And he is barking at them ALL GAME LONG. For some reason he’s come out this season with some weird sense of entitlement that he should be getting every call on both ends of the floor. Almost like a, “Look at the horrific injury I came back from! My comeback is going to be inspiration for a Disney movie! Remember that I was on the verge of superstardom before I got hurt playing for my country? I’m a superstar! Treat me like a superstar!” He’s taking contested J’s where it looks like he’s assuming a whistle. His FG% is going to stay sub-40 until he just starts to play. Thankfully all the complimentary stats are there for him (7 combined 3s/STLs/BLKs) and he could be in for a 20/5/5 season with high percentage, heavily weighted FTs (he’s 15/16 through two games). Look out if he gets that FG% up.

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Matty:

      Looks like Yahoo got the rank right for once LOL Horford for #10? He’s a legit 9 cat contributor.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Matty: @Jeremy: Wow, that’d be over 1 a game! That would be insanity.

        Oh yeah I meant to mention that! Pacers were complaining about every friggin call! Hopefully George can settle in and even get 1-2 more dimes and cut down 2-3 labradoodles.

  9. dom says:
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    any worry that the Hawks will ease up/rest Millsap tonight for the back to back against Charlotte (and 3rd game in 4 nights)? I have more than capable replacements in Terrance Jones (GS) and Valanciunas (@BOS). Or should the human question mark Whiteside (@CLE) be the one who sits? 9 cat h2h thanks

    • Slim

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      @dom: This early in the year and with a 1-1 record. Nah, and he should destroy Starvin Marvin. Cavs don’t tend to play small, this might be a good game for Whiteside. Hmmm… I’m not sure who to sit, maybe TJones being guarded by Draymond isn’t exactly ideal.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @dom: @Slim: Yeah the Hawks will still run their guys out there, they did more resting 2nd half last year after destroying the East. I think you have the right 2 starting

  10. dom says:
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    Cauley-Stein will start tonight vs Lakers. basketballmonster has him ranked 20 spots higher for value tonight in my 10 cat (OREB) h2h than Aaron Gordon (OKC). Who do you think is the play there?

    • Slim

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      @dom: both seem a bit risky. I’ll go… umm… err… Gordon.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: @Slim: Yeah I’m sticking with Gordon too, should see similar minutes starting WCS vs bench for Gordon

  11. Scott says:
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    In my dynasty league, I was like “who the F is Ezeli?” Now I know. Thanks JB!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Scott: He’s the real deal. He went for $7 in the REL draft.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Scott: @Slim: Hah, yeah he looked surprisingly more refined the minutes I saw in the opener, always been a flashy blocker in limited run before. Glad to help!

  12. Jeremy says:
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    Hey there. I need a big man in a 16er. Im currently holding Lance and planning to drop him.

    Available big men options on the wire:
    Henson
    Steven Adams
    Alex len
    Capella
    Ezeli
    Brandan Wright

    Which one to add?
    Thank you.

    • Slim

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      @Jeremy: Hmm… Are you looking for someone now or more upsidey for later? For tonight and tomorrow it’s Ezeli and it isn’t close and for perhaps a little longer term I’ll go Adams. For upside later in the season I like Capela the most. Henson needs to play PF to be useful and it isn’t happening. Len is a solid player but I don’t think there’s nearly enough minutes for him to be useful. Brandon Wright needs an injury in front of him to be useful which Ezeli already has.

      • dom says:
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        @Slim: You like Ezeli tomorrow? I’m down on Zach LaVine, is he droppable in a 12 team (17 player roster size) to stream/keep Ezeli?

        • dom says:
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          @dom: Belinelli is also available, 10 cat (OREB) h2h

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Slim:

        I’m looking for season long value. I guess all of them need an injury in front of them. Bogut is only out 2 games. But i guess Ezeli and Capella still have the most upside. I won blocks already, and i think i will have boards too since i have gobert playing tonight. So im in no rush. ill hold lance for now and see how everything plays out. But If Ezeli goes bonkers tonight tho i guess i have to take him. He does look really good and is the first big off the bench.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jeremy: @Slim: @dom: @Jeremy: Yeah what Slim said. Ezeli def is worth the stream in OREB for LaVine for ya dom.

          I’d still lose Lance long-term, I’d probably get Adams

  13. Fella says:
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    Someone offered me Joe Johnson for Derrick Williams. Take it?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Fella: YES!!! As in take Joe Johnson. Derrick is going to be wildly inconsistent and isn’t taking anyones starting job.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Fella: @Slim: Yup for sure, take it!

  14. hanns says:
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    do you think Myles Turner is better than my FA pool of steven adams, zaza paculia, alex len, K. Koufos , I. Mahinmi, E. Davis, and W. Cauley-Stein?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hanns: Yes much better!

  15. Joe says:
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    9-cat league. Every cat this week is still very close. We play PG-SG-SF-PF-C-Util-Util.

    Have to figure out who to bench today. My lineup so far is:

    PG – Wall
    SG –
    SF – Durant
    PF – Bosh
    C – Gobert
    Util – Teague
    Util –

    Options for remaining slots: Middleton, Batum, T.Jones, J.Vala

    Who do I slot at SG (Middleton or Batum) and at Util (Middleton, Batum, T.Jones, or Vala)?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Wall and Teague should be a nice handful of AST, I’ll go Middleton to get a little hotter and shoot better. Celtics play such weird PF/C rotations that I worry Valanciunas gets caught in that for rotations as well. I’ll go Tjones

  16. lb. sand says:
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    would you give k walker & t harris to get kyrie & wiggins?
    10 team H2H 9 cat

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @lb. sand: Yup!

  17. Wilson says:
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    My CJ McCollum for his Kanter, go or not go? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilson: I probably wouldn’t, unless a dire need for REB/FG%

      • Wilson says:
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        THANKS.

        Here is my team, Don’t I still trade McCollum for Kanter?
        And, is any player droppable and only worthy to stream?

        PG Jeff Teague, PG
        SG Jordan Clarkson, PG, SG
        SF LeBron James, SF, PF
        PF Draymond Green, SF, PF
        C Pau Gasol, PF, C
        G C.J. McCollum, PG, SG
        F Derrick Favors, PF, C
        UTIL Tobias Harris, PF, SF
        UTIL Danilo Gallinari, SF, PF
        UTIL Ricky Rubio, PG
        Bench Klay Thompson, GS SG,
        Bench Tyreke Evans*, SF PG SG
        Bench Avery Bradley, SG

    • Matt says:
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      @Wilson: No, that’s too low for McCollum.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Wilson: @Matt: Nah your FG% and rebounding look fine to me. I’d need more back. I kinda wanna see a few more games outta Bradley, but he’s probably streamable for that team as your scoring is really high

        • Wilson says:
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          @JB Gilpin: thanks for answering.

          Evans is also droppable in 9-team league ? or better to leave him in team and wait him back?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Wilson: With no IR and only 3 bench, yeah I think so

  18. Tim says:
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    Yo JB/Slim..

    would you start gordon over tjones tonight? I know mins could be an issue but i’m tight in 3’s, steals, both %, turnovers and points… basically the only think i have on lock is blocks and boards.. also have wiggins (i assume he plays tonight, by assume i mean “pray”)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tim: Hah, nah given those needs I’ll go Tjones. You mean Aaron Gordon right?

      • Tim says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah aaron.. thanks man

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tim: Cool, any time!

  19. Ken says:
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    Would you prefer Turner or Aaron Gordon 9 cat H2H?

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      @Ken: Ugggghhhhhh that’s where it really hurts haha. I like both and they’re very similar. Can I take secret option C and say both? Gotta narrowly narrowly narrowly take Myles for FT% even though he’s 0-2 so far haha, but I said Gordon before last night…

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        @JB Gilpin: Ha..exactly.12 teams 12 starters no bench. Using Gordon in m y U spot currently. The only other option would be Hood but I’m a bit weak in 3PM..

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          @Ken: I personally would let Hood walk, both Turner and Gordon are going to be able to chip in 3s as well, why I like their overall value so much

  20. Ryan says:
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    Hmm so Henson is a little banged up and might not play today. I hope that was the reason for the limited minutes the other night.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Yeah I saw that, sore Achilles… I dunno, I still haven’t dropped him anywhere yet, but not a good start to say the least…

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        @JB Gilpin: I’m totally with ya on keeping him on a long leash. I’ve seen what he is capable of in such limited minutes. It just makes no sense for the Bucks not to play him given the contract and I think he can play an important role as first big off the bench.

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          @Ryan: Yup agree, especially with no Jabari. Weird to be encouraged by a DNP, by seeing him not play seemed to emphasize a very minor injury

  21. HIIII says:
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    Would you start Joe Johnson (vs SA) or Stanley Johnson (vs Chi)
    Worried about the Kawhi effect on JJ tonight, but StanJo is playing the Bulls…..
    Cheers!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @HIIII: Yeah neither is a great matchup/outlook, I’ll stick with JJ for the more assured minutes

  22. JB/ Slim~

    Nice roundup. Some quick observations…I tend to look at (for) the lightly owned and younger / upside types in hopes of finding a gem or 2. here are my initial thoughts on a few guys warranting attention in deeper leagues:

    Jerian Grant (NY) – liked him a lot coming out of Notre Dame. His body is NBA ready, has good height, great defensively and has a nice sense of the game, definitely a pass first guard. Some rare commodities in today’s NBA. Moreover, his minutes are trending (24—> 28 min last night),plus Calderon is old and seems slow, and team seems fresh when he’s on the floor. Like his moxie and think he’s a grab now in 12-14s. I actually drafted him and stashed on bench and think he’s contributing solid lines in the very near NY future …

    Dwight Powell (DAL) – Watch this guy! kid oozes athleticism. Coming outta Stanford, he was one of the more intelligent and heady 6’11” stretch 4 types . Think he’s Dirks replacement in the coming years, but that’s not to say he can’t contribute this year. I don’t love the Mavs to make any sort of playoff run, so could really see him being a monster 2nd half type. He’s got a sweet stroke and just seems really active, not afraid to bang and could see him being another interesting stash now, reward later types. Got decent minutes last night, and they’re gonna creep up if Dirk blows a tire or ZaZa continues to do nada. He’s already at 10/7 on season averaging 20 min. Granted Parsons is out, but while Jenkins is getting hype, think this is the gem.

    Your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @El Burro: Thanks man! I wasn’t pretty luke warm on him after he disappeared a lot in games I watched in the ACC. 14ers definitely. But 12ers I dunno, it’s been a struggle even being sure Schroder is owned on some teams, and I like Schrodes more.

      Oh for sure, we love Powell! Minutes is tough, love him in dynasty, and said the exact same thing in his rank: http://basketball.razzball.com/official-razzball-2015-2016-fantasy-basketball-rankings

      I already had him as last guy off 12er rosters coming into the year 🙂 http://www.fantasypros.com/nba/players/dwight-powell.php

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Ha; you don’t love Jerian yet, but you will one day. Needs to learn to stroke it from outside a little better, but I’m bullish. Playing time coming, I promise. Why you have to go and pull Ze German into the convo? Schrooooooeder has Teague in front of him (or to the side of him, when ATL goes small), and Grant has the smelly old Spaniard, el Calderon in front of him. Just saying.

        Powell – glad we sorta agree on that. Not sure when the production fantasy fairies give him 30+ min. in DAL. Gathering not for awhile, but you could do worse with upside bench spots than Powell. Whose your best Comp for him?

        Tonight – watching ORL/ OKC —> wanna watch A. Gordon’s minutes and Westy v Oladipo. Don’t think Magic will be able to hang, but should be entertaining

        Starting to play daily hoop on DraftKings. You diving in?

    • Slim

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      @El Burro: I checked on Grant and he was drafted in 4/5 of my redraft leagues, picked up last night in the 5th. The RCLers saw this one coming a mile away.

      • @Slim:

        Those RCLers, very far ahead of it. Impressive. I wasn’t tracking who is owned across the RCLs, so then it seems my Grant news is not surprising at all then, at least to most of the guys on this site. Hey, water is wet …all good – I get it. ; )

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          @Slim: @El Burro: Hah well I just think Schroder is better, and he plays in tandem with Teague at times. Grant obviously has more minutes upside, but not by a monster margain. Powell.. Ummmm, struggling for a great comp here. Maybe a smaller but more athletic Meyers Leonard? That’s probably not the best haha…

          Let’s unleash Gordon tonight!

          Nah, I’m not big on DFS, I don’t like to gamble. I don’t mind putting money in season-long, but it feels like you have a little more control in season long.

          Wow, interesting on Grant! I had him right at the end of draftable. Interestingly, I had him ranked 3rd highest of experts! http://www.fantasypros.com/nba/players/jerian-grant.php?week=draft

  23. Wilson says:
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    LB James could get injury.
    Do you think to trade him away even if I can’t get top 10 back? or just leave him in my team? Thanks

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      @Wilson: Definitely need to get solid enough value back. H2H, it’ll be tough for the playoffs though. Maybe LeBron + something for two guys with neither being top-10 that directly hit needs would be enough