Two weeks into our deep dynasties, and man, it’s tough after a loss not to go into immediate SELL NOW mode!  But if you felt good about your roster, it’s not the time to do anything rash.  Speaking of rashes, somebody get Terrence Jones some ointment for that eye!  I don’t own him in the REL, but eesh, defending him in comments has been a chore!  Stay true with your dynasty squads, and don’t make any of your rebuilding moves yet either.  Teams up top feel invisible (cough, Slim), and teams in the middle are already contemplating selling (cough, me) as well.  I know better, but it’s frustrating…  Anyway, here’s how week 2 went down in the REL:

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1. Slim – Razzball (15-3-0)

FAAB Remaining: $62  FAAB Moves this week: Dewayne Dedmon ($14), Larry Nance Jr. ($11)

Are you surprised I’m still at the top?  Well I’ve had a pretty easy schedule to start so maybe you shouldn’t be.  A 7-2 win and 15-3 overall is about as good as I could have possibly asked for.  Although those aren’t the most surprising numbers.  The surprising numbers are the minutes I’m getting early in the year that I thought for sure wouldn’t occur until the end, if then.

This past week I lost FG% and FT%.  FG% is what I punt so that’s all good.  Losing FT% is un-effin-acceptable but I don’t see any way to fix it so I can only hope it gets better, it should.  Like usual Lillard paced my team in 3s and points.  Galloway and Clarkson also chipped in a healthy number of 3s while Wiggins and once again Clarkson were my next top scorers.  My top rebounder was my latest man crush Porzingis, who doubled my next highest rebounders in Steven Adams and Galloway.  Assists weren’t too good with Smart and Beverley down but they should be back next week.  Lillard obviously was top dog again but Burks is starting to help out in a significant way too, although no one else cleared double digit assists for the week.  Marcus Morris was my top steals guy, how good has he been, while a tie for second is shared with Porzingis and once again Langston Galloway.  Steven Adams dodged a back injury and paced my team in blocks, can you guess who was 2nd?  There’s that man Porzingis again.  Galloway and Porzingis are putting up top 50 value currently.  Unbelievable…  On Sunday I benched a few players and with a little luck actually managed to win TOs by 1.  Did my 2 Knicks help there too?  Porzingis had 4 TOs in a 4 game week, Galloway had 2, and I played both on Sunday and neither had a single one.

Everything looks ok now but on Wednesday I had Nurkic, Beverley, Smart, Adams, Henson all injured and with unknown return dates.  The 2 bigs have already played and reports are saying Beverley and Smart will play next time out.  Phew.  That was a close call.

The bottom of my roster went through a bit of a remake today.  Trevor Booker is playing well enough and even had a big game with Favors sick.  Still a solid hold.  Anthony Tolliver didn’t do a whole lot for me but he’s getting minutes over 20, hitting 3s, and even played all of the crunch time minutes in a big win Sunday.  Another solid hold.  Dante Cunningham is frustratingly boring and I was ready for a change.  I didn’t think my $14 would actually get me Dedmon but I’ll take it.  I don’t expect him to get 30 minutes when Vucevic returns obviously but he should be able to chip in 1.5 blocks and 5-6 boards with a 16-18 minute bench role and I suspect I’ll hold him for it.  If I didn’t get Dedmon I would have gotten Justin Holiday back since he’s finally leap frogged Patterson for minutes.  Not sure I made the right choice there.  The other move I made was vastly overpaying for Larry Nance Jr., but I believe it was worth the upside.  Nance was a fast riser on draft day and he has all the tools to be a SF/PF starter.  Currently he’s getting 16.5 minutes only backing up Randle at the 4 and he hasn’t taken a 3 yet so I’m going to have to show a fair amount of patience.  I could probably write this entire post about him but I’ll limit it to a few highlights.  His Junior year at Wyoming started off really well, about 15/8 with 0.4 3s, 1.4 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game in 23 games, but then he tore his ACL.  He came back after only 8 months and played every game his senior year and it shouldn’t be too surprising that his numbers comparatively took a dip.  However he still won the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year award and a part of the MW All Tourny Team.  For Nance to really make an impact on my fantasy team though he’s going to need to play SF, it isn’t impossible and when the Lakers turn full tank mode he should get his chance.  And who knows, I may be looking at the Lakers starting SF next year.  It’s probably worth noting that he isn’t an 18 year old project either.  He’s a 22 year old (soon to be 23) college graduate and 3 year starter, he should be ready.  If it works out he’s got the potential to be a 1/1/1 3s/stl/blk type with good boards and even a few out of position assists.  I dropped Archie Goodwin for him even though Archie finally saw non-garbage time minutes on Sunday.  Problem was he was no good and he’s just so damn inefficient, which for my build is a major issue.  If I didn’t bench him on Sunday, his 2 TOs would have cost me the category, that and he was 1-fer-4 from the stripe.  We’re done.

This week I’m up against the buy/sell man himself, Dan A.  He’s got a winning record and a team getting solid minutes from almost all of his players.  We’ll see if my retooling pays enough dividends to give me another win, and if I can survive another week of health scares.  That is one of the best things about such a young squad, that youth tends to be fast healers.

2. Kap’s Team  (14-3-1)

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

3. I Ain’t No Jok(ic)  (12-5-1)

FAAB Remaining: $97  FAAB Moves this week: Mike Dunleavy ($1)

I’m sure JB will have a different spin on our matchup but, if it wasn’t for KCP tying his career high in steals during the final game of the week it would have been a 7-2 victory for me. As it was, I will have to settle for a 6-2 victory instead. With that though, I have to give out a special thanks to Tina Fey Mozgov for putting up his seventh career three on Sunday. I joked with JB at the time that it would be pretty epic if I won 3s by one, and, as it turns out, I did win it by one. There were three “in question” categories going into Sunday, 3s, steals, and assists. Despite JBs final day proclamation that he would win assists I held on there, as well as the aforementioned 3s, and a tie in steals thanks to KCP4. Victory is mine!

For waivers I didn’t have anyone that I was thrilled with other than Marcus Thornton, who was no doubt going to go for more than the sizeable amount I was willing to spend. And he did. My third choice was the guy I ended up getting for $1 I think. There aren’t many less sexy pickups, but Mike Dunleavy should have a sizeable (20+ minute) role when he returns in the next couple weeks. I can wait, especially since he will provide the threes that I crave.

As for standouts this week? Everybody was great (except for the Rockets reluctance to play Harrell). Green even gave me a double double with a couple 3s and steals off the wire. The real star was obvious though. Paul Mother F’in George! Welcome back big guy.

4. HateUsCauseTheyAnus  (11-7-0)

FAAB Remaining: $82  FAAB Moves this week: Richaun Holmes ($6)

5. Martyball – IFBL  (11-7-0) 

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

6. Scurry to the Left  (11-7-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: J.J. Hickson ($0)

7. Hardenoutherr4apimp  (11-7-0) 

FAAB Remaining: $94  FAAB Moves this week: Metta World Peace ($6)

8. Heat Apologist  (10-8-0)

FAAB Remaining: $82  FAAB Moves this week: Lavoy Allen ($1)

9. Foreign Affairs  (10-8-0)

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

10. JB Gilpin – Razzball  (9-7-2)

FAAB Remaining: $1  FAAB Moves this week: n/a

Yeah, yeah Mr. Green, you literally called your own fortune with Mozgov hitting a 3, and winning 3ptm by 1.  Read comment here.  KCP gave me an epic 4 steal finale to tie steals so I had some fortune there, but he had two more wide open 3pt shots once I was within one 3ptm that he barely missed.  Then a loss by 7 AST on yet another slow MIN week (getting 3 games from my Rubio/LaVine combo), while Paul George is playing MVP ball with likely a career-week for No Jok(ic) and a fluke 7 assists from Middleton on Saturday and my guards choked Sunday (4 AST from Knight/Ellis).  While DeMarre Carroll sat a game and Mr. Green is waiting on on Motiejunas, a healthy Wilson Chandler wins me 3s and certainly gets one steal which would’ve made it 4-5 instead of 2-6-1 right there.  Ugh.

Frustrating loss, but I am salvaging it with the thought I was in place to win a 5-4 week against a vastly superior team, and I didn’t even win %s.  Just a few bounces didn’t go my way Sunday, and I don’t think I have a bad %s team.  So keep on keepin’ on, and I’m hoping to bounce back this week.  Only waiver I attempted was grabbing Lavoy Allen, so of course a $1 bid would give him to my opponent this week.  Awesome.  My pickups all had dramatically worse weeks in week 2, but they’re still in the rotation and chipping in, all that matters.

11. Greek Freaks  (9-9-0)

FAAB Remaining: $60  FAAB Moves this week: Marcus Thornton ($35)

12. Yappers  (9-9-0)

FAAB Remaining: $58  FAAB Moves this week: Joe Ingles ($3)

This will be quick. Last week HateUsCauseTheyAnus kicked the Anus of Yappers 2-7. At this point it seems to be a stretch to try to find a silver lining in that dark cloud so I ain’t trying.

I still ..think.. I have a team that should make the playoffs, but at this point I am not totally convinced of this. The back end of my roster is a mess from Mason Plumlee’s .240 FT% (yeah I knew this was a problem area for him but this bad .. sheesh) to my brilliant move of spending $26 FAAB last week on Ryan Kelly only to see him now in DNP-CD land.

So my strategery at this point will be to hold tight for now. At an appropriate time I will make an “in it” or “out of it” decision, and if the decision is “out of it” there will be a veteran or two or three or four on the trading block.

Unless there is someone out there I really, really like long term, my FAAB bids will be $5 or under for short term replacements. So I was not surprised that my bids for Dedmon and Thornton got Donald Trumped, but I was actually kinda surprised my $3 for Joe Ingles went through. Apologies to Chase Budinger, but if you do not contribute at all when you have the opportunity with CJ Miles out, you are booted off the island.

13. Hoopus Alleyoopus  (8-9-1)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: Charlie Villanueva ($2)

14. No Glove No Love  (8-10-0)

FAAB Remaining: $96  FAAB Moves this week: K.J. McDaniels ($0), Tarik Black ($0)

15. Breaking Batum  (6-11-1)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: Justin Holiday ($0)

After our worst start in league history we have plenty of ground to make up. In week 2 we took a step in the right direction. We would have beat 10 teams and lost 4-5 to 4 additional. These numbers are nowhere near where they need to be, but our team is far from a finished product at this point if we plan to contend. We also nearly made a huge tactical error by leaving Allen Crabbe in our lineup for the night cap. We were winning and tied in blocks and turnovers with our opponent done for the week. Luckily, he managed to block a shot otherwise this would have been a loss. Growing up watching Andy Reid manage the late game clock has resulted in some unforeseen consequences.

Looking at the waiver wire this week we knew Thornton’s winning FAAB bid would solve the Greek financial crisis, but we were not the ones willing to foot that bill. He is a near perfect fit for what we need in points, but this seemed like drowning FAAB in a short term solution early in the season in a panic move. If he keeps this role all year we will surely regret not getting involved. Not wanting to spend, we sought to replace Varejao with a free player. Having several bids in we felt confident would produce more than the nothing that Andy was. We ended up with Holiday which makes us a little wing heavy, but will give us something while we seek a more permanent solution.

Speaking of permanent solutions how about our new heartthrob TJ “call me Steve Nash” McConnell! That add could not have gone better and lead us a top assist and steal week. Now, this will likely ended sooner than later, but will be fun to ride until it does. We will need another solid week from him if we are going to have any luck against Mr Green. We believe he is the team to beat this year and would have beat us 6-3 easily last week.  Good luck to you sir and I look forward to more self loathing next week after the thrashing that is in store.

URGENT LATE BREAKING NEWS

There has been a missing persons report filed for an African-American male. Approximately 6 feet 4 inches tall weighing about 215 lbs. Goes by the name Jenkins, John. If anybody has any idea of his whereabouts please email the anonymous tip line[email protected]. Thank you in advance for your assistance in solving this mystery.

16. The Nature Boy  (6-12-0)

FAAB Remaining: $100  FAAB Moves this week: James Anderson ($0)

17. Cigar Smoking Monkey  (5-13-0)

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

18. High as Greg Kite  (5-13-0)

FAAB Remaining: $98  FAAB Moves this week: Dakari Johnson ($0)

19. Pete Nice – Razzball  (5-13-0)

FAAB Remaining: $83  FAAB Moves this week: Glenn Robinson III ($0)

20. The Chosen Ones  (2-16-0)

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

  1. Hear apologist says:
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    I wasn’t able to get my synopsis in on time, but thought I would add my two cents here. I pulled out a 7-2 victory. FG%, ast, st, to were all in play. Pete had four players going, though only two were going to get significant minutes. And I had Reggie… Sweet, beautiful Reggie. I’ll enjoy my win for now, knowing I will get hammered by jb and his Minnesotans eh. At least I have a chance n football this week against him.

  2. Heat apologist says:
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    Ah geez… Heat apologist, hear apologist, same thing

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hear apologist: @Heat apologist: I like hear apologist! Haha. Minnesotans here we come! And yeah, my football team is hot garbage

  3. Hamtime says:
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    1. Ibaka for melo or too little? Do you trust melo this year? Should i try ibaka/tjones for melo/Monroe?

    2. Pls rank for best value/potential and productivity: jerian, Henson, festus, olynyk

    3. Wade or parsons Ros?

    4. Is the Dragon (dragic) dead

    • Hamtime says:
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      @Hamtime:
      5. Lou or Winslow in a 16m/11 cat

      • ByeFelica says:
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        @Hamtime: Why wouldn’t I step up this week considering how many faab bids ive lost e every week leading up to now

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hamtime: @ByeFelica: 1. Not too big on Melo, I’d try the second offer 2. Henson Jerian oly Festus 3. Whewwww, Wade right now! Kinda leaning rolling the dice on ol Wade. 4. Nahhhh, things should get better. 5. Meh, leaning Lou.

          Haha ByeF, step it up!

  4. hanns says:
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    I’m in a weekly h2h league. should I start robin lopez or zaza? Robin did well vs the lakers yesterday but he’s been unreliable while zaza has been pretty much getting double double?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hanns: Ohhhh good one, both on 4 games, I’ll lean Rolo barely

  5. Drez1 says:
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    Sup fellas, got a quick one for ya. My Kyle O’Quinn for Bobby Portis in a 20 team dynasty (standard cats). Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drez1: Damn close one! With equal values on them I’ll go upside of Portis

  6. Xsaliden says:
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    Missed my window sending in the breakdown for Foreign Affairs, blasted long nap.

    A tough back and forth week with Breaking Batum had me get into the full REL experience by hoping to sneak out with a 4-4-1 tie having to depend on Allan freaking Crabbe to get a Turnover but no blocks!! And then he goes and gets both giving me the 5-4 loss for the week. But I’m still ahead of JB in the standings so hahahaha, I don’t play him till the last week so he’ll have a long time to wait to get revenge for this.

    As for my team things are starting to get alittle concerning at the moment but this week not turning into a disaster had kept me away from the panic button. Unfortunately the Lee gamble is looking like a massive bust, and I cling to the hope that Zach and Luol are just in a slump instead of just being lesser versions of themselves now. But hey Kendall Marshall’s doing 2 on 2’s so the cavalries on its way lol.

  7. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I was watching the game JB and I know at least one of those 3pt attempts was WIDE open. As soon as KCP got the ball I was like Noooooooooooo. And then he missed. Whew! Like I said before too, going into Sunday I could have seen anyhting from a 7-2 win for me to a 4-5 loss. It was crazy close right to the final minute of the final game.

    You weren’t the only one after Joe Ingles in FAAB Yappers. I think he’s easily worth the $3 you spent. I was probably only gonna be adding him for a couple of weeks stream though. So for that I wasn’t spending more than $1 as there were a bunch of guys I was okay with for that. He’s very REL roster able in my opinion. Jenkins looked so good in the preseason. It’s a shame since Atlanta never gave him much of a shot either and he looks like such a good shooter.

    For Breaking Batum, TJ McConnell looks like such a pure PG. Kid looks so good, but there’s so many low end PGs in Philly I worry. Good luck this week, you catch an early break as Noel is suddenly injured and not playing tonight.

    What do we all think Thornton’s ROS future holds? Jones is supposed to be back next game, Beverley soon after. At some point DMo will be back. I think as long as he doesn’t go ice cold for a long stretch I think he still sees 20-25 minutes because he’s a perfect fit for them.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yup I obviously was watching all day, I was optimistic, then really pessimistic, then optimistic through about half the Suns/OKC game only to see it go to shit. Def had that range, really wish I had grabbed AST or 3pt.

      I worry about McConnell too, I dunno if he’s the future. Awesome for right now.

      Not huge on thornton, he was DNP before getting starts. I think he could go back to what he did for the Celtics. 25 mins here, 4 mins there…

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: For Thornton I just think he’s a perfect fit for them so they’ll try to find him minutes. With Howard clogging the paint and Harden / Lawson penetrating he’s a great spot up shooter. Though I’m still not entirely convinced I’ll admit.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Well Ariza does that as well, and Tjones can stretch it. Then you’ve got Pbev and Brewer to get minutes off the bench and Harden playing his normal crazy run. A little tight when everyone is healthy, but given Tjones’ issues, who knows how long it can last haha

  8. andrew bingham says:
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    reggie jackson for gordon hayward.. who do you like? I’m trying to cut down on TO

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @andrew bingham: Got ya on the daily notes!

  9. Jerry says:
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    Hey, JB! I’m a little worried about Kyle Korver this year with his ankle and elbow. Would you drop him for either Markieff Morris or Langston Galloway or just hold? Thanks!

  10. Dante Green says:
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    Losing my patience

  11. Dante Green says:
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    *with our boy AGordon. The playing time is just not there!! I’m really itching to snag Galloway off of free agency, when’s Afflalo actually coming back? What if Langston continues to produce decent numbers even with Afflalo back, worth an add?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah you lsot your pateince so much you slammed the enter button! Yeah that’s the rub with Galloway, Afflalo could push mins, I’d hold Gordon a few more games

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        @JB Gilpin: Yea, I probably will! Thanks bud

  12. booya says:
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    12 team daily H2H
    Rondo & J Randle or KAT?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @booya: Defffffffffffffff Kat!

  13. Mark says:
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    Someone offered me Bledsoe and gortat for towns and Gordon Hayward. 9 cat h2h.

    My team: Hayward, towns, millsap, t jones, Stanley Johnson, jarret jack, favors, Marcus Morris, collison, lillard, Zaza, Henson, Payton.

    The guy who offered me the trade also has al horford. Should I ask for horford instead of gortat or is that too much. Or should I just hold onto my team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mark: Nah I think your PG depth is solid, and it’s selling Hayward a tad too cold. I would hold off there and try that Horford counter, but he prob won’t do it 🙂

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