Those juggernauts at Martyball are swingin’ around their martyballs like they’re the back of an F350 in the South!   Another crushing 7-2 win that, well, smoked the Cigar Smoking Monkey. With an unreal record of 55-15-2, they’re really running away with it.  Not until I win 9-0 in week 13!  It was a busy week on the wire, as we head into the ninth week and near the halfway mark of the regular season.  Here’s how the rest of week 8 went down in the REL:

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1. Martyball – IFBL  (55-15-2)

FAAB Remaining: $80  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

2. Scurry to the Left  (47-24-1)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

3. Barking BassetHounds  (44-25-3)

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

You know its a bad week when the offensive star of the week is CJ Miles. This past week, BarkingBassetHounds lost both ratios, turnovers, threes, and points en route to a very disappointing 3-5-1 loss (tied steals).

This week it is easier to mention the players that were not craptastic, injured, or both. Kyle Lowry, Wesley Matthews, Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, and of course CJ Miles. That is it. And I played a 14th place team (albeit one that I think is better than that). This week my current craptastic team plays JB. Ugggghhh.

In a normal league the temptation would be to cut the bottom four out of frustration. In this league the only action is to stay the course. Hopefully this week is a little better. But not if I end the week with 5 players marked injured.

4. Curry burns my ass!!  (44-27-1)

FAAB Remaining: $69  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

First, the good news. I managed to pull out a 7-2 victory, losing assists by one (come on Collison, three assists, really) and winning points by three. I was fortunate enough to compete against a team that lost several games by their top contributors, including Rose, Batum and Noah. Scoring remains my weakest category, but my percentages, steals, blocks, and turnovers remain strong. Now the bad news. My brief, but torrid, love affair with Steph Curry is over. Realizing I would need an astronomical series of events to even be competitive with the top teams (including several teams who are currently behind me in the standings), I made the move. I also feared (though I don’t wish for it) Curry getting hurt and becoming an expensive bench spot for me. After talking with several other teams, I realized I needed a cheap, young PG back. Slim and I negotiated a roster-changing 4-for-4 trade. The main piece I received back was a $14 Reggie Jackson. I have visions of sugar plums in my head of Reg in a Lakers uniform next year. Terrence Ross scored 51 points in a game last year, so there is no doubting his upside, though it is a bit of empty scoring at this point. DJ gives me a stranglehold (with Dinwiddie) on the back up point guard in Detroit. Here’s hoping Jennings gets dealt or just benched. Rodney Hood is a project, but he’s 22 and has potential to be a solid contributor at the end of my bench. All together, my roster as it exists, totals $107. I plan to be a big spender next year. I also could see dealing off some of my cheap, young talent. All that remains is to change my team name, as Curry will have to burn Slim’s ass now. My team, other than Kevin Martin, is very young, with half a dozen rookies, so I think we will become Youth Movement.

5. Breaking Batum  (42-29-1)

FAAB Remaining: $59  FAAB Moves this week: Vince Carter ($4), Jason Smith ($0)

Not the best week for Breaking Batum. We suffered our first loss of the season, 2-7. In fact, we would have only beaten 3 teams this week. Ironically, we would’ve faired better against Martyball, so too bad this wasn’t our week to lose to him. If we hadn’t suffered 12 DNP’s, the result probably would’ve been different. Our opponent sold Curry for future assets, the trade going through today. Why couldn’t you guys have made that deal LAST week Slim and Curry?

We added Vince Carter and Jason Smith this week, dropping Brandon Davies and Luke Babbitt. Both of these moves should give us some better production from the end of the bench. We will need it against our next opponent, who would’ve beaten us 7-2 last week.

6. Kap’s Team  (41-29-2)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: Mike Miller ($1), Landry Fields ($0)

I tied JB’s team 4-4 in week 8. It could have been a better week if I had a fully healthy roster. Jason Terry, Carmelo Anthony, Ersan Ilyasova, George Hill, Taj Gibson, Raymond Felton, and Joey Dorsey all put up some DNPs this week for me. Had I had a few more games played, I could have won steals or points. For week 9, I dropped Felton and Dorsey for Landry Fields and Mike Miller. Felton is behind Barea, Rondo, and Harris in Dallas and still isn’t healthy, while Howard is back in Houston pushing Dorsey to the bench.

7. Slim – Razzball   (39-32-1) 

FAAB Remaining: $66  FAAB Moves this week: Allen Crabbe ($2)

I imagine I’m going to dwell on what I lost for years to come but for today I’ll try to just focus on what I got.  Instead of talking about the actual 4-for-4 trade I’ll talk about what the team looks like now.  PGs are now unbelievable for a league so deap: Curry, Lillard, Beverley, Norris Cole, and Alec Burks.  This was always a strength but something I focused on in the trade was getting better while lowering my turnovers and I think/hope I accomplished that.  This has become crucial for me since I punt FG% and my FT% has been a year long struggle to remain competitive. 

Wings are where I took the biggest hit and now they are comprised of: Wiggins, Brewer, Tucker, Solomon Hill, Marcus Morris, and Marvin Williams.  While the Corey Brewer trade hurts his value I’m still holding out hope that Wiggins gets that value added onto his stat line.  I don’t ask much from this group anyway, hit 3s, give me some boards, and maybe add in a steal. 

Bigs almost went unchanged and now they stand as: Sanders, Amir Johnson, Adams, Nurkic, Biyombo, and the last spot on my bench Justin Hamilton.  Nothing to see here but I desperately needed blocks and I’m hopeful Biyombo will help.  I dropped Hamilton since his minutes evaporated, and he looked over matched when he did play, and finally added Allen Crabbe.  He’s capable of chipping in in all categories, especially the rogue block, and he’s an upsidey 22 year old.  Which could describe everything I just lost in my trade.  Wesley Matthews is in the last year of his contract so who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky. 

A quick word on Curry, and Wiggins…  At $70 Curry isn’t going to be a keeper for me, he’s just a collection of statistics in which if you can offer me more this year than what he does then you can have him.  Most importantly though for any trade involving Curry I will want a fair amount of assists back.  After much consideration Wiggins is another guy who I could be convinced to part with.  He won’t be cheap since he has superstar potential but I’m willing to at least talk.

8. JB Gilpin – Razzball  (37-34-1)

FAAB Remaining: $34 FAAB Moves this week: n/a

So I’ve been maintaining that I want to move steadily ahead at about .500 for a couple more weeks before I play the second half of the season against almost exclusively weaker teams, and I hit that mark to perfection going 4-4-1 in Week 8.  Mediocrity encouraged!

Given Kap’s Team has a lot of injuries (then again, he has all old vets), I still think a healthy Kawhi and Rubio would’ve made this a nice win.  Steals were tied up and I lost by 2 treys and 22 rebounds.  Looks like I’ll be without Kawhi another few games, but if he gets his hand worked out and Rubio comes back at 75% the rest of the year, my team will be looking saucy.  I’m also more built for next year+ so I’m not too worried if I don’t bring in the crown this season.

Hmmmm, Josh Smith waived… Lead to the Daily Notes tomorrow!  It’s hard to be anything but encouraged, especially if he plays 25-30 minutes primarily against second units.  Should rack up some great numbers and hopefully get that FG% up a tad.  That said, I traded for him mainly for out-of-position assists and steals, which I have bolstered in the blockbuster Aldridge trade.  So he’s on the trading block for a bag of chips.  And say what you will with him being a fantasy cancer and all, his 9 steals this week helped my tie a cat and win the category the past month sans-Rubio.  And I need those when absolute scrubs like Pablo Prigioni get 10 like he did last week…  Some of these lines guys going against me get, sheesh!

For the first week, I didn’t lay out a single FAAB bid.  I’m full up, yet almost went for the Birdman and thought about the ghost of Vince Carter.  I like Seraphin as he’s still kinda young and can have big games (like yesterday) and even though I’m overloaded in dimes, I couldn’t bring myself to drop Udrih.  This league is so deep, dropping Udrih is my Brokeback Mountain.  “Why can’t I quit you?!”

9. Hoopus Alleyoopus  (37-35-0)

FAAB Remaining: $32  FAAB Moves this week: Phil Pressey ($11), Chris Andersen ($8)

Hey, hey, hey! A 6-3 win while 2 men short for most of the week? I’ll take it. Jameer Nelson, Quincy Acy and Carl Landry combined for 48 points while turning the ball over 17 times. Had I not played them at all I still would have won the same categories and would have also won turnovers, which would have made it a 7-2 win. Starting to think I should just play my contributors and leave the scrubs on the bench. I will have to tinker with that.

I was on vacation in Austin, Texas last Sunday and didn’t have a computer to do a recap or write about my recent trade. I received LaMarcus Aldridge ($36) in exchange for Victor Oladipo ($26), Patrick Patterson ($4) and Zach LaVine ($6). Aldridge is the 10th ranked player in our league on a per game basis. That is good. Patterson is 68th, Oladipo 123rd, Lavine 278th. Not as good. The big reason for the low rankings on Oladipo and Lavine is they turn the ball over a lot. Almost as much as they assist. Oladipo is last in the league in AST/TO ratio for guards. He is good and will probably get better, but I doubt that he will ever reach the level of Aldridge. Lavine has an excuse, he was pressed into starting PG duty WAY too early. He didn’t even start for UCLA last year. But as a Wolves fan who has watched a lot of his play, one thing I have noticed is he makes a lot of mistakes and he can’t shoot. I think best case he is a very good 6th man. I hope I am wrong, but you don’t see a lot of starting shooting guards who can’t shoot in the NBA. I obviously liked Oladipo and Lavine more than anyone else at auction time, but I am willing to trade their upside for the certainty Aldridge provides. Aldridge is the 10th ranked player in our league and tied for 23rd for salary. That’s a good value to me. Oladipo hasn’t shown me that much value and that is what it boiled down to.

Can’t wait to read why someone traded Stephen Curry for a bag of balls.

10. SethDaSportsMan  (37-35-0)

FAAB Remaining: $29  FAAB Moves this week: Aron Baynes ($14), Jonas Jerebko ($5)

11. The Nature Boy  (33-38-1)

FAAB Remaining: $88  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

12. Team Tough Guy Town  (31-38-3)

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

13. Ben – RotoGold  (32-39-1)

FAAB Remaining: $50  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

14. ChazTop–KevinBottom  (30-41-1)

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

15. Pete Nice – Razzball  (30-41-1)

FAAB Remaining: $55  FAAB Moves this week: Cole Aldrich ($10)

16. High as Greg Kite  (29-42-1)

FAAB Remaining: $30  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

17. Like A Josh – IFBL (28-43-1)

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

18. Cigar Smoking Monkey  (28-43-1)

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

19. Mr. Green – Nowhere  (24-46-2)

FAAB Remaining: $56  FAAB Moves this week: Kent Bazemore ($0)

I think that went about as well as could be expected. Played the defending champion, who has a playoff caliber team again this year, and came away with a 4-5 loss. Especially considering I was giving up about 15 or 20 games played this week. I’m a little disappointed in my teams REB but other than that, it is what we thought it was. 

I’ve still got 2 more tough matchups before I hit the easier part of my schedule, which lasts for the rest of the year other than a couple matchups. I should be healthy(ier) by that point and then I can take this puppy out for a test drive and see what we’ve got.

20. The Struggle is Real  (20-52-0)

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

 

  1. Michael says:
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    Got offered brandon knight for taj and meeks.

    Also got offered rudy gay and knight for millsap.

    What do u guys think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Got ya on the last one 🙂

  2. JJ says:
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    trying to add CJ Miles, who is worth a drop on this team?

    Dragic
    Jackson
    Harden
    Wiggins
    Tyler Zeller
    Millsap
    Mozgov
    Wright
    Thaddeus Young
    Faried
    Brook Lopez
    Patterson
    Burks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JJ: Meh, I’m not a big MIles guy. But I’m totally fine losing Wright for him

  3. Steven says:
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    I have a chance to get my hands on either Marc Gasol or Al Jefferson for relatively the same price. Who do you see having more value for the second half of the season? Im in a H2H points league so I don’t care about categories, just total value.

    In the yahoo points league scoring system Gasol has been significantly better thus far but im concerned about a second half drop off and/or a second half surge from the underperforming Jefferson.

    Also, should I take into consideration their playoff schedule? Jefferson’s is better (4-4-4 vs. Gasol’s 4-4-3) but im in last place (team built around Durant and cousins!) so right now just making the playoffs is probably a bigger concern.

    That’s for the help! Also, that’s to whoever wrote that H2H playoff schedule article! That thing has been my Bible this year!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steven: I would get Gasol I think in a Pts league. The Hornets just aren’t gelling so I think Gasol has a better chance of maintaining than falling down WITH Al Jeff going up. Any time! And that’s def a big thanks to Slim, why it’s there easy to find in the menuand I use it all the time too!

  4. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Well, the ancient question of “how deep does your fantasy basketball league need to be for Landry Fields to be owned” has finally been answered. DEEP!

    The Curry trade is an interesting one. From “Curry burns my ass” side, if I didnt know their record it would make perfect sense. For sure I think this is a good trade for the future, as I dont think having a $70 player is a recipe for success in this league, hence why I traded Harden last year. It seems “Youth Movement” is gonna have a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy here though, as by picking up guys like Adreian Payne and trading Curry they may push themselves out of the top 6. I still think they are playoff contenders though.

    Who knows anything when it comes to this league though? Not me! As its certainly not comparable to any other leagues I’m in. I mean, Landry Fields is owned!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Confucius say: “I didn’t even consider that option!” I thought their record was nice too, I would certainly be going for it. I think I can squeak into the playoffs, but more excited for the next 5 years. It’s tough to turn around a team in this league!

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: “It’s tough to turn around a team in this league!”

        Yeah you got that right. I’ll let you know how my 3 year rebuilding plan is going next season, which’ll be year 3 of the league, haha.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha nice, I feel like I started mad rough and most excited for my team right now than any other time

    • Youth movement says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: thanks for the vote of confidence, but my record is a bit of smoke and mirrors. I’ve only had one injury all year and have played teams with way fewer games than me, either due to injury or sitting on the bench. My fear was having an injured curry (which, again, I don’t want to happen) and having a toxic asset. I took over this team with the intention of competing next year. Who knows, maybe Reggie finds himself starting again soon, ross heats up, and hood develops more of a roll. I could continue to be meh this year and make it as a sixth seed and get blown out in the first round.

    • Slim

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: I don’t think he would have had a prayer of actually winning and going for it would probably kill his future. I know he beat Batum but they had several injuries and Curry was absolutely smoked by Martyball the week before. His has wins vs 3 of the bottom 6 teams. If I was in his shoes I would have taken the trade too. Best part is… he probably gets Curry back next year.

      No comment on my side though, huh? Martyball is the only one who I think can touch my overall minutes now and my core 6 looks like Lillard, Beverley, Burks, Wiggins, Nurkic, Adams @ $125. Still plenty of youth, but I may have forced myself into a rebuild next year. I’m good with that, IFF I can go back to back titles. I like my chances now. Everyone I added has a 4/4/4 playoff schedule. Not a coincidence.

      Look at Crabbe giving me 2 blocks. Pretty good but I still need more blocks.

      Landry Fields shouldn’t be owned… even in this league.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Slim: I dont think what anyone does in the regular season against Martyball is a good indicator. I mean only the Bassethounds have managed more than 2 points against them. Which is crazy! I believe you got smoked 7-1 back in week 1. Things can change, and I think I’d of at least waited it out a bit to see where the chips fall.

        I like the trade for you Slim. You’re team is pretty set for this year, but it is a shame to trade away RJax and Ross for a guy you won’t be keeping. That may sting quite a bit next year, but if you’ve got a shot in this league you’ve gotta go for it.

        On a side note, was our matchup what you expected, or did you think you’d come out better than 5-4 against me? Its about what I was hoping for, and a little better than I expected.

  5. miles proudfoot. says:
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    So not sure if this is old news. It just heard that Josh Smith was waived by Detroit. I’ve got him and guess need to see where he lands before guessing Impact but for Greg Monroe I’m guessing things should get a bit better? Still trying to move him though. Would you not do my THarris or Dirk plus Monroe for Ibaka or DJordan? How about Favors? not sure the first two would work. May try Monroe plus someone else small for Hibbert, or perhaps straight up?

    • miles proudfoot. says:
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      @miles proudfoot.: hmm nevermind on Hibbert. Calderon or George Hill?

      • miles proudfoot. says:
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        @miles proudfoot.: how bout Hill or Jenings? Sorry for the stream of conscious tonight haha

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @miles proudfoot.: Nope, new news, but I didn’t do a daily recap today as I just got in from outta town. Lead tomorrow! As I mentioned above in my recap. I dunno about chasing Hibbert man. Haha I see your follow up now. I prefer hill over Calderon. Probably Jennings still until we see Hill, but marginally. Harris+Monroe for Ibaka? Sure I don’t mind offering that

          • miles proudfoot. says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yup missed that you mentioned it in your team post. Thanks man, enjoy your time off!

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @miles proudfoot.: I did thanks man! Getting a few off here and there through the holidays, but makes there more to cover when I’m back! Missed so much in 4 days! Haha

  6. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Jeff Green, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe….

    Which 2 out of the 3 will be your best bet for the long haul?

    Always fun reading up man.

    • Sneaky Pete says:
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      @Sneaky Pete: in a points league*

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Sneaky Pete: Gimme Monroe, Moose moving back into the starting line-up, I think it’s a solid upside pick

        • Sneaky Pete says:
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          @JB Gilpin: so Monroe and Smith? Or Monroe and Green? If you had to choose

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Sneaky Pete: Oh f, missed you needed 2 outta 3 my bad. I’d prob take Monroe and Green right this second, so much depends on where Smith lands.

  7. Helllo says:
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    Gorgi. Or drop him for mason plum lee or Tyler zeller

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Helllo: Keeping Gorgui

  8. Dante Green says:
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    Yo JB i’m just wondering why rondo has to put up 15 shots when clearly the team already has scoring threats! I own parsons and he’s just off the last 2 games since rondo arrived! I don’t like it man, i really don’t like it at all! I mean parsons is still adjusting playing alongside ellis and dirk and now they have a new ball dominating guard! It sucks man……..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: I know, right?!?! I put that in my post this morning! Really weird. Completely agree with ya. Hopefully it’s just a fluke thing

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: hah! Anyway merry christmas to u man!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Merry Christmas man!

  9. KD Owner says:
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    what’s a good offer for KCP;

    my team:
    MCW
    Oladipo
    Knight
    Millsap
    Horford
    KD
    Draymond
    MKG
    Monroe
    James Johnson
    Humphries
    Schroder
    Gary Neal

    • KD Owner says:
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      @KD Owner: KCP and/or collison i meant.

      also, what do you think of collison trade rumors?/Deron williams to SAC trade rumors?

      Thanks and happy holidays!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @KD Owner: I don’t think a Collison for Dwill trade changes either of thier value much. Maybe a few more points for Colly in BKN and a few more dimes for Dwill in SAC. Any of the last 5 of 6 on your roster (not including Monroe) I would offer in 1-for-1 for KCP. Knight+Monroe for Collison/KCP? Eh, dunno if I love that one… Happy holidays!

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