Week 1 is in the books!  It’s great to be officially into the grind of the season, emphasis on grind after I had to completely remake the back end of my roster.  I’m hoping it’s more like True Grit than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Damn you Tim Burton!  You will forever be dead to me for ruining a childhood favorite.  He’s the movie director equivalent of Nate Robinson.

If you’re new to Razzball, we take weekly look-ins every Monday into the REL Dynasty League (link below) to track the deepest of deep wires.  It’s a weekly FAAB with all pickups becoming $1 keepers, and a great way to track the wires in your deeper leagues.  I hope everyone had a great first week of action in their leagues this season, and may your deep dynasties prosper!

RAZZBALL ELITE LEAGUE

1. Slim – Razzball (8-1-0)

FAAB Remaining: $87  FAAB Moves this week: Anthony Tolliver ($6)

You know you had a good week when you win the category you’re punting.  Lillard, Smart, and Wiggins did what they could to sink FG% but Galloway, Jeff Green, and even Marcus Morris were just good enough to make it a win.  FT% could have been better but Lillard, Gallaway, and Burks once again did just enough to keep the category a win.  Unsurprisingly Lillard led my team in 3s but it would have been Galloway pacing my team had I played him on the big Wednesday slate.  Like I’m sure every week henceforth Lillard leads the team in scoring, but the big takeaway was Marcus Morris as my #2 scorer, with Clarkson and Burks also chipping in a goodly amount.  Rebounding isn’t a strength which is plain to see since Marcus Morris led my team, but Porzingis was 2nd, followed closely by Steven Adams and Jared Sullinger, 3 guys that I did not expect to get so many minutes out of so soon.  Assists as it turns out are another major issue for me.  After Lillard there is very little as Smart and Jeff Green were the only guys to clear double digits, and barely at that.  Steals weren’t too strong this week and I expect Smart to lead my team most weeks, but Lillard was 2nd on my team with 4, tied with my only rookie Porzingis, who had an incredibly strong opening week, and who as you may have guessed by now I am obsessed with.  Blocks are going to be tough for me to win consistently, Adams gets 5 but 2nd on my team is Clarkson?!?  That’s not good.  The only solace I have is that 11 guys contributed to the category.  TOs are a strength and hopefully Lillard can reign it in a bit but Smart with an 11:2 A:TO ratio and Galloway with a stellar 10:1 ratio were incredibly strong and it can easily be seen by their Y! ranks of 42 and 27 respectively.

Well, that’s the good.  The bad is that Nurkic is still out and could be out for a while, Henson is nursing an Achilles and who knows how long it’ll be until he gives me 10 minutes off the bench again, and Wiggins having back spasms isn’t helping anyone.  As for the guys at the bottom of my roster, Trevor Booker hasn’t done much but he got 28 minutes last time out and should easily maintain a 24ish minute role.  Dante Cunningham only played 22 minutes last time out but he’s hitting his 3s and contributing across the board without hurting anywhere, a solid hold until the Pelicans get some of their injured players back.  Although truth be told I see Cunningham simply as a placeholder for Nurkic.  Archie Goodwin is only getting garbage time minutes because Sonny Weems and Ronnie Price took his job, but both are career backups and playing terribly, hopefully Archie gets his job back soon.  Cleanthony Early couldn’t beat out Lance Thomas for backup forward minutes so he had to go.  Sure I wanted RKelly, I bid $16 for him and more than anything I really wanted to make another urination joke but alas it twas not to pee. I settled on my 2nd choice, Anthony Tolliver.  He played 30 minutes last time out, he’s a better defender than Ilyasova, and with Meeks down Stanley should get more minutes at the 2 opening up an even bigger role for Tolliver.  He had 1.6 3s in 22 minutes for Detroit last year but more importantly he can chip in a little bit everywhere without hurting me anywhere (TOs in particular), and he does it from the much needed small forward position. I was a bit surprised that I was the only one who put in a bid.

This coming week I take my 1st place team, yeah that’s right, 1st place team up against Greg Kite, he’s got extremely high end guys at the top (Curry and Harden) but nowhere near enough minutes overall to compete with my depth.  I fully expect to see my name at the top once again next week.

2. JB Gilpin – Razzball  (7-1-1)

FAAB Remaining: $1  FAAB Moves this week: Jon Leuer ($29), Raymond Felton ($24), P.J. Hairston ($19), Lance Thomas ($12)

Well, an interesting week to say the least… I know I shouldn’t be complaining, but c’mon J.J. Barea!  I’m up 8-1, and with 35 seconds left, D’Angelo Russell gets a steal in the final minute of the final game off midget magoo to tie up the cat.  But there’s no way I should be whining, Breaking Batum needed all of 3 assists and 2 steals from Russell and John Jenkins to salvage a 3-6 loss, and Russell had one dime and that one final steal while Jenkins didn’t get off the bench.  It was a stressful Sunday as Batum out-minutesed me by a boatload, and I ended up on the fortunate side of 3 3PTM, 1 AST, tied STL, and 5 TO.  I have no problem winning AST and STL if I get more than two games from Rubio and LaVine, but it was probably a blessing in disguise as I won TO.  And I had an unbelievable hero performance from Tyler Johnson, who was yet another guy I was going to have to replace after playing all of 1:28 through two games, but played virtually the whole second half in a crazy Heat bludgeoning of the Rockets yesterday and added 3 dimes and a 1 steal, pivotal for a W and T in those cats.

Yeah, I read your recap Yappers!  Felton looks overweight and not obese, and his minutes look pretty assured right now.  I think he’s your starter when Deron Williams inevitably gets hurt again.

Is using all your FAAB week 1 smart?  Hell no!  But what’s even worse is carrying 4 guys not doing anything on the bottom of your roster, and I’ve learned the past 3 years that the guys who stick in the rotation all season emerge more from week 1 than any other week.  And I’m less worried about keepers as I’m going all-in for this season.  A rebuilding team would have no reason to bid high on the guys I picked up, but I think they are all mainstays in their respective rotations all year, and gives me all 15+ minute guys other than Oubre.   So yeah, that actually would’ve been 5 non-contributing guys.  R.J. Hunter didn’t get off the bench, Nate Robinson didn’t make it through the week with a job, Jeremy Evans is clearly out of the rotation with Parsons back and barely played when Parsons played 11 minutes yesterday anyway, and Wilson Chandler is hurt and opened up a spot on IL.

The smart thing would’ve been to have a better back end of my roster, but alas, I needed Oubre in the draft!  Gave me 5 $1 buys at the end of the auction, and nary a one is on my roster now.  I have confidence in the guys I got, I think they stick all year, and I can now lay low with a fully contributing roster.  If anything, I just want to salvage at least a 4-5 loss against I Ain’t No Jok(ic).  He’s got a phenomenal roster after being in the bottom half of the league the first two years, after some very, very savvy rebuilding.  Mr. Green looks to be a force of the league this year.  If you need any advice on how to rebuild a deep roster, he’s your man!

3. Yappers  (7-2-0)

FAAB Remaining: $61  FAAB Moves this week: Ryan Kelly ($26)

Before I get into the business du jour, I would like to thank JB and Slim for creating this league and having the privilege to play in it. I know how good a league is by how much I obsess over it, and my obsess quotient in this league is very high. With all of the new active managers in this league, I expect a tough battle defending my title. In the end I will need health and some good dumb luck. Like maybe C.J. Miles hitting around seven threes in the final game to nab the category by one.

So one lesson learned so far for me this year is “Thou shalt not declare Thine known $1 players (like Tarik Black and Chase Budinger) as keepers”. Had I not done so, instead of having $4 left over at the auction, I would have had $6 left to snipe off two better players. Like maybe Ryan Kelly (who was on my radar even then) whom I instead shelled out $26 of FAAB to nab once I figured out that Kelly was getting minutes and Tarik Black was not. But Ryan Kelly (being young, having some promise, and getting minutes) fits the profile of a player I would spend this type of FAAB money on, while say a Raymond Felton (with due apologies) just does not.

But hey, I at least am trying to mend my spendthrift ways of years past and exercise fiscal restraint, and I think I am showing some small progress. For the first time in three years, my guy was not the most expensive player of week one, and I do not have the least FAAB money left of all the teams. So as they say “One day at a time”.

Anyways in years past I made well under 10 total moves, and I should have enough FAAB left if used wisely. But I just don’t see moves on the horizon. Yeah maybe I could replace Chase Budinger. But I really do not want to spend more than say $5 for the task since he is getting at least some minutes and he would be the logical drop once Shumpert on my Injured List gets healthy. (No Joe Young would not be the drop, my plan for him is to exercise patience due for a first year player).

Speaking of Injured List, I do like how Yahoo is not using that designation for every toothache and hangnail. I feared this would be a method for underhanded managers like myself to abuse and expand rosters to 18 players per team. This just does not seem to be the case.

As far as the weekly matchup goes, it was closer than it looked, and a relatively heavy schedule on Sunday allowed me to clinch a couple of categories the final day. One comment on my opponent “No Glove No Love”. At the time I thought spending $56 for Karl-Anthony Towns was an overpayment. I was wrong, he is a future high first rounder. And his $2 Kent Bazemore pick in the auction looks brilliant.

4. Hardenoutherr4apimp  (7-2-0)

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

5. Kap’s Team  (6-2-1) 

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

6. I Ain’t No Jok(ic)  (6-3-0)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: JaMychal Green ($0)

Ahhhhhh. It feels so good to get week 1 in the books. No more waiting for meaningful games as the season is in full swing now.

So far it seems like Holmes is the only guy on my team who’s not in the rotation at this point. Though Ajinca seems to have dropped down to about six minutes the last couple games, despite putting up a 7/5 line in 6 minutes last time out. I’m hoping his minutes pick back up next time out. My pickup of Monster Harrell last week looks pretty good as Terrence Jones, try to contain your shock, got injured! Crazy, right? Even crazier is that Dwight Howard missed a game too! What is this world coming to? Harrell could be in line for some minutes playing behind those guys and the still injured DMo.

I did manage to get off on the right foot with a 6-3 opening week win. 7-2 was within reach too if my trio of Raptors could have shot their normal FT%. Instead Demar, DeMarre and Jonas all shot under my teams .763 causing me to give that cat away. Four of the six categories I won weren’t really close, so it was a solid start no doubt. At the same time my team didn’t play great so there’s lots of room for improvement.

A showdown looms next week with JB. After facing each other twice last year and falling short the second time in a big matchup I feel it’s time to put it all together. Revenge week!

7. Scurry to the Left  (6-3-0) 

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

8. Greek Freaks  (6-3-0)

FAAB Remaining: $95  FAAB Moves this week: Quincy Pondexter ($2)

9. Foreign Affairs  (6-3-0)

FAAB Remaining: $93  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

Well the U.S.S Titanic that is my roster has gotten off to a great start with a solid 6-3 win over The Nature Boy with no health issues to speak of, knock on wood. My team was strong in all the areas I was expecting it to be in though the strength of everyone elses ft% is concerning but will have to see how that goes.  Mudiay and Kobe went and did what was expected with 19 to’s for Mudiay killing that area by himself and Kobe…..you better make sure I never lose points if your going to shoot 31% (6% worse then last years abysmal number) on 51 shoots every week.. though his % should increase if he stops taking nearly 10!! threes a game.   I’m happy with what i’ve seen out of my rookies though and Willie looks like he has some Noel potential for giving me great steals and blks as the season goes on and he gets more minutes.  As for the vets the Mavs getting Wes and Chandler back this early makes things look good for Cuban to try playoffs keeping Dirk from slowing it down, Zach’s been disappointing but that should right itself and….Lee…..why did I ever bother getting myself involved beyond Thomas with that Celtics team…that whole rotation is a disaster when it comes to minute consistency..going to have to hope things get better but not promising and with Gorgui stuck behind… KG and Prince!! untill the wolves stop that nonsense later in the year I’m a lot weaker in reb’s then I was projecting.

As for my FAAB moves I didn’t do anything this weak after happily grabbing Mario from the wire and Luke Babbitt before the week started. Babbitt’s 30 minutes last game and the Pelicans ghost town of a roster has me keeping him around for another week to see if there’s something there. Mario will be a nice end of the bench guy for me with his stls and asts and as JB and Slim have said on the pod could be traded this season so he’s got some solid upside worth holding onto.

I face last years runner up in Breaking Batum this weak and going off of last weeks numbers we would have been had a big old tie at 4-4-1 so its going to be a tough week, hopefully Hayward gets back in the grove and Gorgui gets more burn to give me that extra push I need.

10. Martyball – IFBL  (5-4-0)

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

11. HateUsCauseTheyAnus  (4-5-0)

FAAB Remaining: $88  FAAB Moves this week: Lamar Patterson ($12)

12. Heat Apologist   (3-6-0)

FAAB Remaining: $83  FAAB Moves this week: Toney Douglas ($15)

Well that didn’t go as planned, managing to grab loss out of the jaws of victory. Losing points by 3, steaks by 2, and ft by .003 was painful. I imagine if I didn’t lose a week from Parsons and Stauskas, I might have been more competitive in 3ptm as well. On the positive side, we had a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio, with the second most assists I believe. Winning turnovers on the week with max assists is an ideal I imagine won’t happen most weeks. Blocks are light, but losing a couple games from Bogut didn’t help. I look forward to having a full roster this week. For FAAB, I was looking at adding steals (and minutes), as the only blocks available on the wire was Dedmon and he got DNP’d yesterday. RKelly was an option, but I didn’t think I would bid enough for him. My #1 option was Douglas. He (hopefully) gets more fun than Ish, bringing a little defense to the Pel’s. Obviously an overpay, but I think the category he will give me the most is minutes, especially if Jrue gets injured again.

13. The Nature Boy  (3-6-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: Gary Neal ($0)

14. High as Greg Kite  (3-6-0)

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

15. Pete Nice – Razzball  (3-6-0)

FAAB Remaining: $83  FAAB Moves this week: Damien Inglis ($0)

16. Hoopus Alleyoopus  (2-6-1)

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

My team is not good. I thought my team was top-heavy last year and looked to address that in the draft. I was ineffective.

I went into the draft with $37 for 6 spots and wanting some more assists and 3s. Well, after watching the few guards that were actually good fly off the board for more money than I had, it was down to Ty Lawson and Rajon Rondo. With James Harden hogging the ball down in Houston, and the fact that the man probably has a drinking problem, I didn’t want to rely on Lawson. Instead I decided to take the probably equally large gamble on Rajon Rondo. After 1 game, it looked like a disaster, but he has played great the past two games so maybe it will work out. However, that only left me with $16 to fill out 5 spots which is just not enough to avoid getting guys that get a lot of DNP-CDs. So welcome to the team Sam Dekker and Shabazz Napier!

My decision to keep Garnett is not looking good. Word around town was that he would play about 20 MPG and I figured it wouldn’t be a stretch to think he could get me 8-10 points, 6-8 rebounds and around one block per game. Not looking that way. My decision to keep James Johnson also looking bad. Keepers locked in early and I had no idea that he and his neck tattoos had been banished to the bench. My young keepers Vonleh, Adams and Anderson are not getting much playing time either which could be the death knell for my team. Not worried about Anderson as he can play and will be in for a minutes increase after the retirement of Manu and Duncan after this season. I will have to cut bait on the other two if they don’t start to get some playing time as this season rolls along.

I went 2-6-1 this week against Kap’s team. Was one block and two assists away from 4-5 so I have a tiny bit of optimism for my team. If Kyrie and Pek get healthy my team will be competitive. If not, this is going to be a long season.

17. Cigar Smoking Monkey  (2-7-0)

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

18. No Glove No Love  (2-7-0)

FAAB Remaining: $96  FAAB Moves this week: Mike Scott ($1)

19. Breaking Batum  (1-7-1)

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

Deep deep sigh. Week 1 could not have gone much worse for us. It started by being matched up with our worse possible opponent in JB. He literally beat the breaks off of us. There were several other teams that would of beat us handedly, and we struggled greatly across the board statistically. Only placing in the top half in 4 categories and top 3 in one. We can take solace in the fact that we would have beaten or tied 9 other opponents, but not as a result of our strength as noted above.

There are several players on our team that seemed to have limited upside as a result of situation… Looking at you John Jenkins. Is Carlisle really going to play fat Raymond Felton over Jenkins? So far the answer is yes, but we are betting that Carlisle reconsiders rolling… I mean running Felton out there going forward. Then there is “The Great White” hope in TJ Connell, our only angle here is that Philly realizes that Okafor is too good tank with D league players on the team and turns to college second unit all-stars instead to keep the win total down.

We stayed quiet on waivers this week. If we learned one thing in our previous two seasons it’s that people over spend week 1. Most good $1 keepers have not been discovered week 1. Whiteside and Clarkson to name a few. A bonus to our strategy is everyone blowing their wad early like JB. More money, less competition, sounds like a winning formula to me.
It’s great to have basketball back in our lives, luckily for us their is ample amounts of chocolate deliciousness from Halloween to drown our sorrows from a 19th place open. I’m going to melt a Hershey and pour it out hoping for better performance in week two… Cough Noah cough 13 other players cough cough.
Good luck to Foreign Affairs this week. You likely won’t need it. Cough Trey Burke cough cough.

20. The Chosen Ones  (1-8-0)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: Richard Jefferson ($2), Steve Blake ($0)

  1. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Hahaha Slim. “but alas it twas not to pee” I had a bid on Tolliver, but I shot my wad all over the other guys

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @JB Gilpin: I had a bid on Tolliver in the preseason but went with Harrell instead. No regrets here.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: Tolliver fits my punt FGs pretty well, and I need help with 3s. I had a backup bid on Montrezl when you got him, I got Booker instead I think. Harrell fits you much better with his high FG%. Strange he played so much yesterday, he had absolutely nothing for Whiteside. I was starting to feel bad for Montrezl, it wasn’t fair. If Houston is 100% healthy (granted it probably won’t happen all year) then I don’t think Montrezl gets off the bench.

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @Slim: Yeah I would have liked Tolliver for the threes too.

          I’m not sure I can argue against Harrell being glued to the bench if the Rockets are 100% healthy. That’s the thing though. As you said, with TJones, Howard and DMo I doubt they’re ever 100% healthy. Then next year Jones and DMO are both restricted free agents and Howard has a player option. Who knows what happens then. Harrell seems like a bulldog.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah I agree, Harrell seems to be an injury fill in right now, but for the dynasty aspect, twas a nice add.

  2. microwave donut says:
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    Late draft this Sunday for my 19 team, start 10 roto keeper auction. We have Minutes as a category and 3%, no 3PM or FG%.

    Wound up with:

    John Wall
    Kawhi Leonard
    Al Jefferson
    Bradley Beal
    Joachim Noah
    Myles Turner
    Dennis Schroder
    Jusuf Nurkic
    Justise Winslow
    Nik Stauskas
    Patrick Patterson
    Tony Snell
    Doug McDermott

    3 bench slots so we can stash Nurkic. How’s this look? Maybe minutes are the biggest problem?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @microwave donut: Interesting, 3% is a cat and overall FG% isn’t? Kinda odd… Yeah bottom end of your roster is a lot of low minute guys, given it’s solid for a 19er otherwise. Definitely might look at low end starting guys if any are on the wire, kinda like what Pondexter did in the 2nd half last year, plus he hit 3s at a nice %, he could be worth a look in a week or two as he nears being back

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        @JB Gilpin: thanks.

        Almost every starting player is owned (Prince and Roberson are all I see) so it will be sniping guys coming back from injury. Pondexter is a good one, I had my eye on Shumpert as well but it’s too early to hold him now.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @microwave donut: Gotcha yeah sounds like the REL. Cunningham hasn’t looked too special, I bet Pondexter plays

  3. Pong says:
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    Hey guys, 9 cat, 12 teamer – would you drop ersan to pick up either avery bradley or schroder? And if so, who would you go with?

    I know ersan has a tendency to heat up after ASG, but it’s going to be nothing but inconsistency for half the year. With schroder and avery bradley, they at least have a more defined role as well as consistent playing time. Schroder has more upside right now as Atlanta will look to run more 2 guard line ups, but Bradley provides more 3s. I also have teague, so having schroder might not be a bad idea.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Pong: Damn, yeah they’re all right there in the same range. Yeah with Teague, I’ll go Schroder and have the safety of that position.

  4. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout JB. It’s nice to finally be playing for this year after rebuilding for the first two years. I think my guys actually turned the corner at the mid-point last year but by then the hole I dug was too big. This year there is nowhere to go but up though as I think I’ve got lots of young talent now. Patience is a virtue right?
     
    I made just the one waiver move this week as I think most of the end of my bench is at least partially in the rotation. Livingston and Ajinca should get their minutes. Harrell and Jokic have a role right now and have a good amount of upside. That only left Holmes who Philly wasn’t playing enough. I also realized that when DMo is back I’d be dropping one of these guys so I might as well stream that spot now and not spend too much money on it. Yes, even in this deep league I think you may be able to stream (a spot), haha. JaMychal Green may only be getting about 10-15 minutes per game, but he has 4 games this week. And the key is that all 4 of Memphis’s games are on soft schedule days for my team so I can actually put him in my lineup for all four of them. No other NBA team could offer that for me.
     
    I can’t argue with the moves you made this week JB. You’re team is (or at least should be) in it to win this year, but with most of the end of your bench not in the rotation you were in a tough spot. Either wait and see, and hope you dont’ get buried in the meantime. Or replace that bench on the wire. You chose to make the move and replace it, and I think you did well. Though I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was surprised when I scanned the FAAB moves this morning and then noticed that you had $1 left. Very surprised. The longer you wait though the more likely it is that it’s too late in this league. Though it would have been nice if you waited just one more week, haha.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yup for sure! I always had a .500ish team until a nice schedule in the 2nd half last year and I finally got healthy. Green was a solid add, I had a $1 on him. Wasn’t sure how aggressive new owners would be for my main targets. Turns out not very!

      Thanks for the support. Slim scolded me like a grandmother. I think I mighta piece-mealed it with less money if I wasn’t against you to be honest. But I looked at about 6 guys that I think are going to be in the rotation all year and had over $10 on them. I really like Leuer too, he’s been usable before, and now on a fast paced team who could still trade Kieff if it goes south. Plus another reason to watch the Suns with my bf Knight 🙂

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m not sold that Felton is gonna be in the rotation all year, because he’s Raymond Felton, but the others I can see. Though I think next to Leuer the best move was Tyler Johnson the previous week, who was second on my list in the preseason.

        I just looked at the stats and saw that even though a bunch of my guys struggled in week 1 my team was still first overall in points, rebounds, assists (?!) and steals. Damn! It’s still gonna be a close matchup this week now that you’ve restocked JB, I mean even last week you would have beat me 5-4.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: I dunno, Felton looked good this preseason. A lot of old vets at PG there, given Felton is one too, but he has a lot fewer injuries in his past than Dwill/Harris. Hah yeah at least that one and Etwaun worked out.

          Nice start tonight! I think I am toward the top in assists and blocks most weeks, especially if Kawhi is gonna chip in 4 a night 🙂 Friggin Mozgov tho

  5. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    Yo, muses de hoopla,

    I need some input ( i.e.” it’s going to be o.k.” therapy) . I totally blew the draft in one of my leagues. (Too focused on my main league…go figure?). The draft I blew is a 12 team, 9 CAT H2H. Autopick did give me the 1st pick. I ended up with a team with some parts, but not balanced. (I needed ,Assts, STLs, without losing REBs, BLKs, 3/s, ) In a whirlwind of trades I gave up:

    A.DAVIS
    K.LOVE
    Tobias H.
    D.DeRozan
    Kev Martin’
    J.Crowder

    And got back

    J.Hardin ( apt description of roster flexibility)
    Noel (am I now set for Christmas?)
    A. Drumm (with sticks)
    Kemba (with his own Walker)
    Joe Johnson (with his own Medicare Card)

    Assuming A.D. misses his normal 20% of the season; and that K.Love sorta disappears either because of an owwie or that Kyrie is back on the floor…Do my new guys give me better coverage than the outgoing dudes? Thoughts?
    Thanks for the therapy.
    Phranque

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank): Hah, love that! Muses indeed! Yikes, that’s like a completely different team now! I think you made out pretty well though, a lot of injury risk and blah past Tobias and DeRozan, and you got quality bigs. Need Harden to shoot a better %. It’s almost hard to analyze with all that going on, but I think you did well!

  6. Kevin says:
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    Yappers, I hate C.J. Miles soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for that game.

    • Rob says:
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      @Kevin: haha. It was dumb luck..I admit.

      JB: no disparge of Felton meant (well maybe a little). Just that I am imposing a methodology on how I spend FAAB. I honestly stretched it a little with Kelly..but I did need to replace Black with another big type so that is that.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Kevin: @Rob: Hahaha yeah that was wild. Yeah not a huge Felton fan, but his role seems really assured for the season IMO. All of em were like that of the guys I got.

  7. Yo – JB, quick question…

    Weekly, H2H question — (11 Categories; standard 9 + FGM, FTM):

    Looking for best “all around” production this week from this UTL play—>
    Jerian Grant, NY (4 games): SA, @ CLE, MIL, LAK
    or
    Rodney Hood, UTA (3 games): POR, @ DEN, MEM

    Leaning Grant. Think he gets some extra basura run the first 2 match-ups (SA, CLE) which could be blow outs. Then junky street ball games the next 2… Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EL BURRO: Ah sorry if I missed ya before lock! Yeah I woulda gone Grant too, just for the extra games.

  8. CTMN says:
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    Is it a good idea to sell high on Randle for dynasty? Might need a better 2nd PG or wing. What kind of value do you think I could get for him? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CTMN: I’m not the biggest Randle fan, so I’m for it. Obviously depends on the return. I’d certainly shoot high for a top-50 guy or a youngun that was top 80-90 coming into the year with huge upside

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, I’ll try…

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Good luck!

  9. RW0 says:
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    Is this trade good for me?
    Giving: George hill, markieff/faried (if he doesn’t like markieff) and Isaiah Thomas

    Getting: Oladipo and vucevic

    • JB Gilpin

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      @RW0: Yes definitely! Oladipo is already best in deal and Vuc could push for top-20 if the D stats hold up

  10. eric says:
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    WHats uppPPP razzballlerrrrrrssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (3) James Harden SG,SF
    2. (22) Paul Millsap PF,C
    3. (27) Draymond Green SF,PF
    4. (46) Hassan Whiteside C
    5. (51) Reggie Jackson PG,SG
    6. (70) Isaiah Thomas PG
    7. (75) Elfrid Payton PG
    8. (94) Nikola Mirotic SF,PF
    9. (99) Terrence Jones SF,PF
    10. (118) Darren Collison PG
    11. (123) Zach LaVine PG,SG (dropped for alec buke)
    12. (142) Zaza Pachulia C (dropped for Willie Cauley-Stein)
    13. (147) Kristaps Porzingis PF

    its a 12team 10 cats ( dd is the 10th cat) someone just dropped dieng and i am really tempted to grab him. Question is who to drop for dieng? im seeking a profesional advice? Anyone? More power to your site guyzz!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @eric: I dunno man, Dieng was a little better tonight, but I think he’s more in the streaming class. I’d prefer to stash over WCS for the long haul, but WCS is gonna play a ton more this week with Boogie out. I think you hold man, Dieng only playing backup C hurting the minutes

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        @JB Gilpin: copy jb! thanks man!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @eric: Any time!

  11. hisXLNZ says:
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    Wazzup razzball freaks! After a couple of add, drops, trades and my next yr 10th pick for the other guys 12th, this is what I have on a 12 team er 15 man roster + 2 IL spots, H2H League….how would you rate my core and what do I need to improve?

    Core aka untouchables:

    C tchandler
    C okafor
    Pfc mason plumlee
    Pfc milsap
    Sfpf tjones
    Sfpf antetokounmpo
    Sgsf hayward
    Sgsf joejohn
    Pgsg curry
    Pgsg ghill
    Pg jrue
    Pg payton

    Potential trade bates:
    Sg Fournier
    C Adams
    Pfc Sullinger

    IL wilson chandler
    IL motiejunas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hisXLNZ: Looking pretty good! Looks like blocks are a little light, and very very worried about FT% with Jones/Okafor/Plumlee. 9cat H2H? Okafor is just so dangerous to a team in 9cat due to TO. Decent tonight I guess, no shock that he had no blocks either. Love the guards though, I think TO/FT% and blk could use some boosts

      • hisXLNZ says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yep, 9cat man…. yeah, gonna have to trade for shot blockers with low to, ft punt maybe needed as well….thanks for Checking man, you guys always rock!!!!

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          @hisXLNZ: follow up qq, does lauvergne have a season long value?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @hisXLNZ: Glad to help! Ummmm, probably not in a 12er even with slightly deeper benches, I think Nurk gets eased in more and more when he gets healthy

  12. hamtime says:
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    1. jerian grant or bjelica (poor man’s mirotic)
    2. tjones for middleton or am i selling too low on jones

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: 1. I’ll stick with Grant, 2. I think it’s selling too low, Middleton not looking huge right now either

  13. dom says:
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    who is Jon Leuer? Should he be on my radar in a 12 team 17 roster size?

    do you like Dieng over StanJo for the season? For this week would you rather have Dieng vs MIA Thursday or StanJo @POR Sunday?

    Wiggins 5 for 17 tonight yikes. It was encouraging to see Minnesota go to him for the crunch time try at the end but I really wish he could straighten out his 3 ball

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Ummmm, yeah I actually think he should be on the radar, but probably not a guy to be owned right now. Hits 3s, boards, good %s and doesn’t turn it over. Great filler in 20 team. Had some stretches of 12er usefulness before with the Grizzlies.

      Whew that’s a tough one, I’ll stick with Dieng this week and ROS, both with low minutes right now.

      Well should’ve been 6 for 18, got hosed on the goaltend. Still dealing with that back thing I imagine, but he still looks pretty good, I think it picks up

  14. thejohn says:
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    i play 9 cat roto and my team is starving hard for 3’s… who can i give up or trade to get?

    rubio
    wade
    mudiay
    james
    ibaka
    gay
    dirk
    okafor
    whiteside
    hayward
    r anderson
    collison
    r lopez

    any suggestion? am not leading much in any cat so i kinda need everything i can… but very short on 3’s….

    thanks!

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      @thejohn: is thornton an option? or should i try get mirotic somehow for someone?

      • thejohn says:
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        @thejohn: kcp?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @thejohn: Thornton could be streamed while Tjones is out, but likely barely plays once he’s back. Yeah I can see how 3s are low. Mudiay and Okafor are going to be really tough to own in 9cat, might package them for a high-volume 3pt shooter. Won’t get you Klay Thompson, but he’s a good buy low. If KCP is avail I’d get him.

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            @JB Gilpin: thanks jb! i was deciding btw kcp or thorton… guess its kcp!

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @thejohn: Let’s do this KCP! Have him in my most important league 🙂

  15. Bulldogs says:
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    Hey JB and Slim

    Can I drop any of Isaiah Canaan, Joakim Noah, Tony Parker for either Marcus Thornton or Patrick Patterson for long term? I need to up my FG%, 3PM, STL and points.
    Quite frustrated with Noah who averaged only 2.5 per game and Canaan, who has been damaging my percentage, although tiny help with treys.

    Is there any other player I should be eyeing on for my weakness?

    Thanks

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      @Bulldogs:

      Can Ezeli be more useful than Noah with Bogut starting?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bulldogs: Whewwwww damn that’s a tough group. Long term, I don’t think Thornton. Once Jones is back they’ll go back to a bigger lineup. And nah to Ezeli, Noah’s FT have been bad, but his have been team killing. Patterson I’d consider, but it’s very low end as well, I kinda “like” your frustrating 3 the most

  16. Dante Green says:
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    Andrew Wiggins’ start to the season is cringeworthy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Still shooting, got a bs tip in called goaltending and shouldve gotten another foul or two. hes a little hurt too. hes aight

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        @JB Gilpin: FG% is just brutal, makes me want to bench him for the rest of the week before he loses me that category

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Hah I think you roll with him, he’ll be OK!

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            @JB Gilpin: yasss. Just a bit annoyed with him underperforming, was expecting huge production right off the bat but maybe that back’s still bothering him.

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              @Dante Green: Yeah I think it’s that and learning to play with healthy Rubio and dynamic C. Still very young team

  17. thejohn says:
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    is ibaka under performing for his level?

    am currently being offered ibaka + (gay/hayward) for mirotic +lopez/noels

    any of it worth considering??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @thejohn: Not at all! Looked great tonight. Def doing Ibaka + Hayward or Gay for Miro+B Lopez

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        @JB Gilpin: should i do hayward or gay?

        i think gay more consistent but hayward more upside?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @thejohn: Yeah agree with that assessment, Gay might have a few monster games with no Boogie this week. I’d take Hayward though

  18. hamtime says:
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    Hi JB,

    Finally looking to drop Capela today. Sucks, but he’s just not getting enough time. Thoughts on scooping up the following in his place (16tm/11cat):

    powell, dellavadova, thornton, adams

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Agree, and agree it sucks. Della with 19 dimes past 2. Crazy and I don’t think he keeps it up, but why not for while hot

  19. kb24 says:
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    Should I stop StanJo for Galloway?

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      @kb24:
      Standard 9 cat H2H

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @kb24: Yeah I probably would in standard with shallow benches

        • kb24 says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          Do you not think Johnson is worth the hold?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @kb24: Not in 10 or 12er with shallow bench, just not enough run, and if he was closer to getting it we woulda seen it with meeks out

  20. Joe says:
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    Got offered Wiggins for my Monroe. But I’m thinking about countering with Wiggins for Ibaka. Is that more even or should I just stick with a huge front court? 9 cat, 10 team H2H

    Dragic
    Bazemore
    Gallinari
    Okafor
    Ibaka
    DeRozan
    Horford
    Brow
    Linsanity
    Marcus Morris
    Hayward
    Monroe
    Gortat

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: I’d take the Monroe deal, sounds like a great buy low sell high to me. I like Monroe just fine, but you def have a stacked frontcourt haha

  21. Kris says:
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    Hey guys at Razzball!

    Here’s my team:

    Dragic
    Ellis
    Payton
    Draymond Green
    Marcus Morris
    Matthews’
    Myles Turner
    DMC
    Darren Collison
    KCP
    Kanter
    Capela
    Stauskas

    I want Gobert. So this manager haggles for Morris/Green + Kanter for him. Any upgrade thoughts? He also has Gortat and Duncan.

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      @Kris:

      Also I’ve made a bod move today. Traded Clarkson for Rodney Hood. I know your ranks JB. HAHA! I know but there’s really something. I hope my gut feel’s right. 18ers league.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Kris: Hey man! Wait so you can pick between Morris or Green? Morris+Kanter is an absolute slam dunk! Green + kanter… Eesh, I dunno. You could use the swats though, I’d do that one too, but it’s close. Booooooo! haha yeah I woulda held Clarkson, but hope it works out!

        • Kris says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          I’ll get Gobert for my Morris/Green + Kanter (they’re mine). My team’s up there :).

          It’s been a hard first week for my teams hoping I’ll get to work things out.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Kris: No I know, I meant that as a pick between Morris or Green, then one of those plus Kanter. So yeah as above, would love that one

            • Kris says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              Thank you so much, JB! Always there for your readers! Thanks, man! I’ll give it til Friday for this. It’s a pretty deep league and I don’t want to be part of the forgotten team again. HAHA!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Kris: Hah we try! Well don’t stew it on it too long, it’s an amazing offer if you keep Dray outta it!

  22. Scott says:
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    So I’m getting the feeling that Ilyasova is not rosterable. Which of these Forwards do you like?
    Tristan Thompson
    Tony Snell
    PJ Tucker
    Courtney Lee
    Andrea Bargnani
    Harrison Barnes
    Brandon Bass
    Anthony Morrow
    Matt Barnes
    Brandan Wright

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Eesh, I will take secret option none of them haha. I’d hold Ily over those guys, unless you plan on streaming the spot, which I’m fine with

  23. lb. sand says:
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    M. Leonard worth holding in 10 team H2H leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @lb. sand: Meh probably not

  24. booya says:
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    12 H2H 9 CAT Daily league

    My team:
    PG Collison
    SG Clarkson
    G Rondo
    SF Durant
    PF Brow
    F Porzingis
    C Meyers Leonard
    C Hibbert
    Util Lawson
    Util Julius Randle
    BN Aaron Gordon
    BN Mahinmi
    BN StanJo

    Trade Julius Randle and Lawson for Al Jefferson?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @booya: Yeah that seems like a great buy low and I imagine the wire has a good fill in, I like it!

  25. HIIII says:
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    Trade Joe Johnson or Porter for De’angelo Russell?
    h2h 9CAT, keeper (up to 5)
    My team:
    Harden
    Oladipo
    Hayward
    Al Jeff
    JV
    Tyreke (IL)
    WCS
    Mahinmi
    Bazemore (Stream)
    Jeff Green (Stream)

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @HIIII: Mehhhhh, I’m not a big Russell fan. They’re all in the same range though, I kinda like Joe Johnson for the dimes, nice 6 last night. Porter is close, hurts your TO though

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