Another week, and a new leader atop the REL, new owner Curry burns my ass!!  You may think a 20-team dynasty would be fraught with peril for new owners taking over an underdeveloped team, but Curry has given his team a boob job and a facelift and is back on the prowl!  Somebody tell Grey there’s a cougar loose…

The REL is the epitome of a class structure with the solid teams up top, 10th place an even .500, and the bottom 6 teams have only made 3 moves.  C’mon guys down there, start a Snowpiercer revolt and come get us!  Don’t be a shoe!  Here’s what else went down in the REL for week 3:

1. Curry burns my ass!!  (21-5-1)

FAAB Remaining: $92  FAAB Moves this week: Bismack Biyombo ($8)

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?  Well, Mr. Taggart, I just don’t know.  Thankfully, my one true stud, Curry, came through with a big assist and 3ptm game on the last game of the week.   He also shored up fg% shooting high volume over 50%.  Earlier Sunday, Norris Cole and James Ennis (yes that James Ennis) each had two steals to take that category.  The only category I lost was blocks, but I was up against Howard, Gobert and Perkins.  I decided to enter the free agent fray picking up Biyombo to help with blocks.   I still find myself in limbo.  Unless I’m mistaken, doing a quick count I would have beaten every other winning team, but one (losing 4-5).  Do I play for this year, needing to make some trades to be able to compete?  Or do I realize that Olynyk probably isn’t going to keep shooting 60%, that Lavoy Allen isn’t gonna double double much when West is back, and that Solomon Hill just isn’t that good? I put my veterans on the trading block and have been approached and just haven’t find the right trade, mostly because I don’t know what this team is. I drafted this team with young, quality replacements sitting behind aged or brittle stars.  So far David West has obliged, but what if Al Jefferson or Marc Gasol/Zach Randolph or Jeremy Lin or Wade go down?  Why am I asking so many questions, Dr Freud?

2. Barking BassetHounds  (18-8-1)

FAAB Remaining: $74  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

In week three, Barking BassetHounds passed its first major test of the season as we defeated the first place team MartyBall 6-2. Nevertheless it is my humble opinion that this victory was built on luck rather than dominance and that our teams are fairly evenly matched (on paper his looks even a little stronger). We basically split the six positive counting stats (I won them 3-2-1), but I won the two ratios (luck mostly since I can confidently predict that this week’s points leader JR Smith will not finish the season at .480, .857) and won turnovers by sitting a few players who were starting Sunday night. This will likely be my only win in turnovers this season unless we become decimated by injuries, as I am solidly in last place there and MartyBall is in second last place. On an unrelated note, I really hate turnovers as a category since it negatively relates to usage.

After adding Kostas Papanikolau for $26 my first week, I am resisting further investments in the FAAB auctions and the temptation to drop disappointment and injured C.J. Miles for the hot add of the week. Maybe if this trend does not change by midseason and someone I really like comes along I will change my mind, but then again maybe not. I’ll take it if my 17th player is a woefully inconsistent Thragnoff type.

Now for my rant du jour. John Henson’s minutes on the week: 5:05, 16:45, 2:31. Can anybody please give me a sane explanation for this phenomenon. Please. Inquiring minds minds want to know. But even with an average of 11:35 minutes per season, he is third on my team in blocks, so he is an easy hold in a league this deep. I just hope that sanity returns in Milwaukee at some point.

3. Breaking Batum  (18-8-1)

FAAB Remaining: $67  FAAB Moves this week: Joe Harris ($33)

Last week had some mixed results for Breaking Batum. We were able to pull off a victory, and are now tied for 2nd place overall. We got lucky with the matchup, given all of the injuries we suffered. Our opponent had even more players out. Hopefully we will get some guys back this week for the tough matchup against JB.

The injury to Aaron Gordon hurts. A lot. Not only was he contributing, but he was our best trade asset. With the extra guy down, we decided we couldn’t hold on to Tony Snell anymore. It was hard to cut him, but after shopping him over the weekend, he seems to have lost most of his value. We were able to pickup Joe Harris though, so there is a silver lining there. After missing out on Lamb and Landry last week, we overbid a bit for Harris, but we got him (our initial $19 bid would’ve gotten him too, but we talked ourselves into bidding $33 Sunday). Hopefully he lives up to the hype and becomes the starting SG in Cleveland.

We are still hoping to move Gordon for a piece that will help more this year, so we will see what happens. We may have to hold him until he returns from injury. Hopefully cutting Snell will give us that freedom, but it would be even better if we could get a trade done sooner. It depends on how soon teams decide to throw in the towel I suppose.

4. JB Gilpin – Razzball  (18-9-0)

FAAB Remaining: $86  FAAB Moves this week: Joe Ingles ($3), Will Barton ($0)

Another week, and my .667 win % is maintained with a 6-3 win over Seth.  It’s nice having a winner early after crapping the bed through the first couple months last year!

Rubio’s injury is just a killer, he was the face for my dimes and steals, and I only won assists by 17 and lost steals this past week by 5.  Seth only has 1 assists guy (Wall), so I’m horrified by these cats moving forward, especially against a top-4 oppo like Mr. Batum this week.  If Aldridge can muster it up to play tonight and MKG can give me anything bouncing back from his foot, I should have an all-hands on deck week minus Rubio.  And I’m gonna need it.

FAAB has been killin’ me this year!  At least I’ve been much more conservative – last year my aggression cost me down the stretch – but I had $7 and $6 bids on Biyombo, losing out to Curry burns my ass!!’s $8.  I drafted Biyombo so had been keeping an eye out, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise as Ingles should contribute some steals (2 each in the past 2 Jazz games) and Will Barton maybe one or two as well, who I grabbed mostly as a stash since I like him so much and some minutes are there for the taking with Batum still hurt.  Dropping Isaiah Canaan might look a little weird, but when Beverley plays, he gets DNPs.  Canaan and Shved, my drops, were well worth the $2 draft day buy and $2 FAAB the past few weeks, so they are honorably discharged.

5. Martyball – IFBL  (17-8-2)

FAAB Remaining: $84  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

6. Scurry to the Left  (17-10-0)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: J.J. Barea ($2)

7. Hoopus Alleyoopus  (15-12-0)

FAAB Remaining: $82  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

8. Ben – RotoGold  (14-11-1)

FAAB Remaining: $50 FAAB Moves this week: Reggie Bullock ($5)

9. The Nature Boy  (14-13-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

10. Team Tough Guy Town  (13-13-1)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

11. SethDaSportsMan  (13-14-0)

FAAB Remaining: $61  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

12. Kap’s Team  (12-14-1)

FAAB Remaining: $99  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

I started off the season poorly, but won 7-1-1 this past week to move up the standings a little bit. Carmelo Anthony is starting to turn things around after a slow start, but Kevin Love is still adapting to his new teammates. The threes are there, but his field goal percentage and rebounds are both down. This week, I’m getting Nick Young back from his thumb injury and Raymond Felton should begin serving his suspension.

13. High as Greg Kite  (12-15-0)

FAAB Remaining: $54  FAAB Moves this week: Robert Covington ($16), A.J. Price ($16)

14. Slim – Razzball  (11-15-1)

FAAB Remaining: $92  FAAB Moves this week: Luke Babbitt ($3)

Well that sucked.  A 4-5 loss is fine but to lose assists by 4, steals and blocks by 2 and FT% by 0.020 means I was just one decent game short of at the least a 7-2 win.  Besides the score things did get better this week.  Beverley and Amir Johnson returned, all be it with terrible showings… but I’m (mostly) healthy now so I expect to start showing improvement in the win-lose record.  The biggest issue I’m having right now is that my kids aren’t getting minutes, Nurkic and Early.  I expect them both to play eventually for two terrible teams but right now they really aren’t helping me.  I put in waivers for the big 2 this week, Joe Harris and Covington, but I was outbid on both and honestly I don’t mind all that much.  The only move I made was losing Seraphin who appears to be behind Humphries and I added Luke Babbitt.  Will he help?  Probably not, but right now all I’m looking for are minutes.  However after trading away so much youth last year I’m strongly considering foregoing this season and building it back up.

15. ChazTop–KevinBottom  (11-16-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

16. Pete Nice – Razzball  (10-17-0)

FAAB Remaining: $95  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

17. Like A Josh – IFBL  (9-18-0)

FAAB Remaining: $85  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

18. The Struggle is Real  (8-19-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

19. Cigar Smoking Monkey  (7-19-1)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

20. Mr. Green – Nowhere  (6-19-2)

FAAB Remaining: $68  FAAB Moves this week: n/a


That could be my update. I’ve got lots of injuries. 

It boils down to this. I drafted Paul George and Embiid so those are expected injuries. Then there are injuries to guys like Noel, back now thankfully, and O’Quinn who I drafted. Fine. Then there’s Roberson who was my big FAAB pickup that I got like 1 quarter from before he went down. Then there’s Carroll and Middleton who I got 1 game from each after trading at which point they both got injured on the same day. Middleton is back now, so hopefully he can stay healthy.  

I don’t think I’ll get everyone healthy this week still, but maybe next week. At that point I might get to see what I’ve got with this team. Maybe.


  1. Wen says:

    Hi JB, I have Draymond Green and I am afraid David Lee will hurt his value. Would you trade Draymond Green for Jose Calderon, Jared Sullinger or Jeff Green? Who should I target first for long term value? Thanks for advice.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Wen: Long term I would maybe risk for Calderon if needing PG stats, but that’s it. I don’t think Lee hurt Draymond much

      • Bye Felicia says:

        @JB Gilpin: Kobe or Jimmy Butler
        Kobe & Ryan Anderson for Bledsoe & Olidipo
        Kobe & Anderson for Hibbert & MCW
        What you like best?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Bye Felicia: Oladipo one is closest, might have to do that one, not loving the others.

  2. Clifford says:

    HI JB,

    I have a question regarding how you balance both your blog and med school? im not sure but i read somewhere that you’re in medschool! I would love to be a part of something like this because i’m such an basketball enthusiast like yourself

    On to my fantasy question. I’m in a 11 team roto league 9 cat
    As of right now i’m 5th place and i’m really lacking on my FT%, 3PTM, and Steals
    My team is as followed
    PG Ty Lawson SG Victor Oladipo G Reggie Jackson SF Wesley Matthews PF Carmelo Anthony F; Al Jefferson C Roy hibbert C Derrick Favors Untl Jared Sullinger Untl: Darren Collison
    Bench: Nick Young, Terrance Ross and Carlos boozer

    victor oladipo just came back from injury and i think itll help me a lot of FT%, Steals and 3PTM but i was thinking of trading al jefferson for kyrie irving because al jefferson is just at an all time low in FT%.

    Should i just wait it out or should i take this trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Clifford: Hah, no not medschool, just work a full time job on top of this. Have to have that passion, it’s hectic!

      I think I’m riding it out with Big Al, I have to imagine the FT% and boards come back up. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. A Hill O' Beans says:

    As a representative of the bottom 3, after my 0-8-1 week, I’d like to point out that I tried making a move and he just got hurt so I’ve given up on that sort of thing.

    Seriously though, everyone on my team is “on the verge of getting healthy”, which for some has been a perpetual state this year, excluding George / Embid of course. They’re also all in the rotation for 20+ minutes it seems so I don’t see many moves to be made for my team. I’m dying to see what I’ve got when I have 15 healthy guys all getting minutes, instead of the 10 healthy guys that I’ve had for most of the season. Competing with 15 vs 17 is tough, but competing with 10 guys vs 17 is what gets you 0-8-1 weeks.

    As for the other 2 guys in the bottom 3 that haven’t made any moves, I don’t know what to say there. Other than they’ve still been better than my team, haha.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha gotcha, was just making a bad joke 🙂

      Haha, it’ll turn around man! If you are paying attention unlike those other guys you’ll start climbing up. I’ve had a lucky start, my bottom end if very scrubby, but then again so is everyone’s!

  4. Jimmy Zhang says:

    Hi JB,

    I have a trade proposed:

    My Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe, for Tobias Harris for — Steph Curry and Al Horford.

    What do you think of this trade?

    • Jimmy Zhang says:

      @Jimmy Zhang:
      Hi JB,

      I have a trade proposed:

      My Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe, and Tobias Harris for — Steph Curry and Al Horford.

      What do you think of this trade?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @Jimmy Zhang: Def like getting Curry and Horford side.

  5. Kris says:

    I have no choice but to stick with Payton in my 20-team-league. Nobody’s going to pick him up for a trade or what so… Payton playing 5 minutes today is really really bad…

    Again, here’s my team:
    Dray Green
    Mas Plumlee
    Brand Wright
    Otto Porter

    Man, stuckey’s been in the sideline for too long! Just go out and play! HAHA! I need to work this league out. I’m currently sitting on a 16-12-2 record. With 2 PGs underperforming this is bad. I know Stuckey will get it all together – this week – hopefully! But I’m a bit more concerned with Payton.

    Payton/Stuckey/Plumlee -> Teague/Dieng?

    Once Stuckey’s running up and down the court I’m planning to do this trade. It’s a long throw but will I still be holding on to my team? Or should I start trading. There’s no one else in our waiver. HAHA!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Kris: Yeah it was weird, Payton played early, but then Vaughn stuck with Ridnour for backup G minutes. Def give me Dieng side! Esp. with Pek seemingly hurt. I think you’re good, love your depth!

  6. Joe says:

    I just got offered Blake Griffin and Brook Lopez for my Paul Millsap and Thaddeus Young. Is that a good trade? I kind of want to counter and add my Reggie Jackson for his Tyreke Evans in that trade

    Here’s my team:
    Goran Dragic
    Reggie Jackson
    James Harden
    Shawne Williams
    Brandan Wright
    Timofey Mozgov
    Andrew Wiggins
    Miles Plumlee
    Alec Burks
    Nikola Pekovic
    Paul Millsap
    Thaddeus Young

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Joe: got ya on today’s 🙂

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