REL Basketball1The playoffs are here!  The playoffs are here!  It’s like Christmas morning for H2H leagues!

The final week of the REL season brought some shuffling with the 3-5 seeds, but the playoff teams were pretty much set, and we’re looking at week 1 matchups of #3 seed Yappers vs. #6 seed Mr. Kite and #4 seed Metamucil (why you changing your team name at the end, bro?!) against #5 Slim.  On top of the determination of the playoff seeding, we had a monster week on the waiver wire!  So if you’re in the super deep leagues, check out who was added in our REL for some streaming ideas.  Best of luck to all in the playoffs!

Here’s how week nineteen in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into the first week of the playoffs:

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1 JB Gilpin – Razzball 120-49-2 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 Jordan Crawford NO – PG,SG $7, Chasson Randle NY – PG $0
 Well, so much for visions of sugarplums and gumdrops, as my quest for an undefeated season met it’s end, with a 4-5 loss in the final regular season week at the hands of the almighty Yappers.  They’ve been a dominant team since the onset of the league, so I knew it would be a tough way to end it.  However, my focus is completely on the gold jersey, although I did somehow forget to set my line-up one day last week while traveling, and I thought I explicitly remember doing it!  Luckily it didn’t swing a cat, or else I would be pissssssed.  Anyway, it’s nice to have a bye, as I have time to lick my wounds and get healthy for the semis.

Last week, I had Kawhi get hit in the head and miss a game and a half, Mirotic get cut out of the rotation, Will Barton and KCP had horrific weeks, Jerami Grant is barely playing now, and James Johnson missed a game.  Plus Evan Turner remains out.  All of these things could get corrected in an extra week – Kawhi is close, Turner is close, just need those SG to play better, and the Bulls are a trainwreck trying to play other guys.  Hopefully Miro can get back out there, Hoiberg is really doing an awful job.

Man, I was shocked – SHOCKED – that only $7 got Jordan Crawford, who is one of the bigger adds in 12ers right now.  I was just putting the bid up to ensure he went for more, but I’ll take it!  Assists will be a close cat for me in the semis and finals, and hopefully he’ll help carry me to big wins in treys.  Randle was kinda a blah add, but the Knicks go 4/4 in the semis/finals, and fits into my line-up I think all but 1 day.  I can of course replace him with another option which I’ll be monitoring in my bye.  Good luck to the 4 squads kicking off the playoffs!

2 Scurry to the Left 115-55-1 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $86 n/a
3 Yappers 111-58-2 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $2 Dante Cunningham NO – SF,PF $1, Manu Ginobili SA – SG,SF $1
4 Metamucil 110-58-3 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 Quincy Acy Bkn – SF,PF $5
5 Slim – Razzball 106-61-4 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $1 n/a
6 High as Greg Kite 104-64-3 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 Nene Hilario Hou – PF,C $6
 Whoa lordy its playoff time! Coming into the playoffs hot after going 34-11 the past five weeks, I haven’t lost since Week 14 when… yelp… I lost 8-1 to the Yappers, the very team I square off against in the first round. Hopefully the results will be better this time around- I didn’t have LBJ, Ibaka or D Rose then though, so there’s hope.

Looking forward to this week, the Yappers have me on games played 60 v 59. As for my elites, LBJ has a 4-game week, and Curry, Harden and Whiteside all play 3 each. Lebron played both ends of a back-to-back last weekend, so there’s little chance he does it again this week- so 3 GPs is the expectation here. Goes without saying that I need huge production from these four to prevail. Other team notes:

  • Whiteside & Ibaka combined for 19 blocks last week- probably their high-water mark, but if they can put up 12-15+ I think I have a strong advantage in this category versus the other playoff teams.
  • Okafor & Whiteside decided to start hitting their free throws last week, amazingly going 26-30 (86.7%). While I can’t expect that to keep up, something in the 75-80% range will help me from automatically losing FT% due to LeBron.
  • David Lee will benefit from LA’s absence and a 4-game week. Okafor appears to be finally putting it together just in time for the playoffs as he averaged 18/5 last week. Bogdanovic is averaging 18 pts and 3 3PTs since coming over to red-hot Washington at the deadline. While they’re not game changers, they give me a very solid second unit.
  • Injury front: Its just plain luck that my elites (LBJ, Curry, Harden, Whiteside, Ibaka) haven’t had injury issues while almost every other playoff team seems to have had something come up. Covington is the biggest question mark for the week, and he’d be a big loss, particularly in steals. Ryno seems to be alright after a scare last week, knocking down 10 triples over the past two games since he came back from his back issue. Okafor’s knee seems to be fine now, and I’d expect Whiteside to continue playing through his issues with the Heat in contention.
  • PT issues: Brandon Jennings’ minutes have ranged between 5-18 the last two weeks- if he can chip in 5 assists, that’s all I’m looking for him to do. Troy Daniels has played double-digit minutes in 11 of his past 12- he’s on the roster for the occasional 4 3PT outburst. Jonathon Simmons chips in some steals and points when he’s out there, and it looks like there should be 15+ minutes this week for the Spurs- maybe more if Kawhi remains out. D-Rose only gives me two games this week. With the Knicks continuing their descent down the rankings, I have to think he’s not going to make it through the season, but hopefully he’s still playing full minutes for these games.
  • FA pickups: Spent the rest of my FAAB on Nene, dropping his Rockets’ teammate Montrezl Harrell. Love Harrell, but the recent DNPs were just too much. Don’t care for the FT% impact, but the FG%/points/boards should be nice with occasional steals and blocks. In hindsight, probably should have traded Harrell at the deadline with the hope of landing something better than Nene, but what are you gonna do?

If we played each other last week, it would have been a 6-2-1 victory for my team. However, I had some insane games from my core last week, and the Yappers were without George Hill for most of the week, plus they added some PT with additions of Cunningham and Ginobli. Hopefully, I can take blocks, boards and points. I’d give myself the advantage in 3 PTs too, but without Covington its awful close. Yappers will take TO. FG% has leaned in my direction over the past two weeks, but that category can be all over the place with cold streaks from a high-volume guy. FT%, Steals and Assists are all up for grabs. Yappers were better than me the last two weeks in FT%, and if Okafor/Whiteside revert to their old selves I’m not taking this category. Assists and steals are pretty even, with my team +2 in assists and even in steals during last week. However, the addition of George Hill, compounded by the loss of Covington makes those categories tough to take.

7 HateUsCauseTheyAnus 98-68-5 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 n/a
8 Martyball – IFBL 94-74-3 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 n/a
9 No Glove No Love 86-77-8 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $45 n/a
10 Stranger LaVines 88-82-1 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 Domantas Sabonis OKC – PF $55
I will make this brief. With the trade deadline passed our team is not all that exciting. Someone dropped Sabonis however which is a huge opportunity for us. We had been pretty conservative with FAAB most of the year and even acquired some in a player dump from JB. This allowed us to go all in at $55 for Sabonis who should be able to produce his now $1 keeper value next year. Dude. Sweet.

Good luck in the playoffs!

11 I Ain’t No Jok(ic) 83-87-1 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $35 n/a
12 Heat Apologist 82-89-0 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $40 n/a
13 The Chosen Ones 77-88-6 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $4 n/a
14 Hoopus Alleyoopus 72-98-1 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $65 n/a
15 Kap’s Team 65-103-3 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $75 n/a
16 Pete Nice – Razzball 58-107-6 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $50 n/a
17 The Nature Boy 55-114-2 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a
18 Foreign Affairs 55-114-2 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $3 n/a
Well I’m typing from a mcdonalds right now as my apartment lost water yesterday and while that got fixed it lost electricity for what looks like the week, got to say it’s kind of good my team is out of the playoffs, though it has me scrambling to sort out my lineups in my other leagues.

55-114-2 this year is a step back from last years 66-105 but I was a .500 team for the first 7 weeks last year before I started my rebuild and the recent play of some of my players has me confident with some smart drafting I can atleast move to the middle standings of the league next year.

The D-mo bonfire of wasted FAAB really came back to bite me this week as I desperately wanted to add Sabonis and Jordan Crawford off the wire but only had $3 FAAB left, (kicking myself for not making a few trades for FAAB at the deadline that I had on the table) I doubt I would have held on to the $55 needed to get Sabonis, im surprised some of the other owners didn’t bid even higher than that as I think he’s a great prospect still and is great at $1 and super surprised Crawford only went for $7 as while he’s struggled to stay in the league he’s had times when he has gotten minutes where he’s been a solid thragnof and he should be a great pickup for the playoff run for teams, or JB in this case “shakes fist”.

For my team the week was positive again for my stashes and I look forward watching them down the stretch while preparing the boat to ship Mudiay back to the China league. Zubac finally got his long forecast start and Magic wants to see if he can handle 30-35 minutes before season ends, Skal continues to look good in his limited run and be one of the few kings that plays with energy, and Malachi sounds like he is only a week away which is a big help as the opportunity is there on the wing and I want to see if he is still worth a stash. The mess is terrible for minutes but it’s good to get signs of life out of Kilpatrick and Whitehead is actually starting to look like he could be a solid nba backup in the Cojo mold, Derrick Jones jr. is starting at pf which is hilarious but Earl Watson really likes his defense while the Cav’s are back looking to pick up Larry Sanders thanks to Bogut’s magnificent minute, should have come back to the Warriors, I hope the sign him so I can see what he still has before the season ends as I expected him to only get signed in the offseason.

Saric, Russell and Clarkson continue to be beasting for me while MKG makes himself useful in his own really weird way for sf. Wiggins though is driving me up the wall, he’s improved but his steals but his crazy scoring has been directly tied to Lavine going down and when he’s not hitting his shot he still does little else. I really don’t want to part with him but his $38 price tag is too steep for barely top 50 on good weeks and mostly hangs just outside the top 100.

Good luck for the playoffs everyone and I look forward to putting up a tougher fight next season, the Embiid might be deflated now but he will arise ready and at attention next season with the Haitian Croatian Sensations flanking him.

19 Hardenoutherr4apimp 52-114-5 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a
20 Cigar Smoking Monkey 50-121-0 Waiver Adds Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a

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  1. Bye Felica says:
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    Sorry man, I needed a name change for good luck. Bad juju always seems to strike me this time of the year so I thought it might help…. But i was wrong. Lost Aldridge, and I’m already starting to see some DNP’s this past week.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felica: Hahaha no worries. See, this is why you should stick with the same team name all year! Bad luck to change it!

  2. Yappers says:
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    So I had my thing written up but forgot to send it:

    So at the end of the regular season we are the third place team. Seems fair. Of course the sixth place team (High as Greg Kite) made deadline deals adding Serge Ibaka and LeBron James while our one deadline deal was compensating for the loss of Kyle Lowrie. I’m thinking that Greg Kite might be my favorite to win the whole thing going into the playoffs.

    I’m also thinking that based on losing turnovers by a wide margin, that our 5-4 victory over JB might be in part injury or schedule influenced. But again, I am too lazy to figure it out.
    But the matchup does illustrate what the strengths and weaknesses Yappers has going into the playoffs.

    We will be seriously in trouble if we lose assists, threes, or steals. We then need to either
    take two of three out of FG%, FT%, and turnovers or win one of of the three categories where we likely on paper are weaker (points, rebounds, and blocks). Last week we lost both FG% (narrowly) and turnovers. But we compensated by taking our must win categories and then pulling the upset in rebounds.

    So for grins and giggles I wanted to see what a hypothetical matchup with Greg Kite would have been last week. Come to find out we would have taken FT% (narrowly) and turnovers, meeting our twp of three objective there. But we would have lost threes and assists and tied steals for a 6-2 matchup loss (yes we also would have been clobbered in points, rebounds and blocks). So yes we might be in trouble. But then again I am too lazy to figure out how our two adds this week might have influenced the matchup. And anyway in H2H
    matchups you never know.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yappers: Ah damn, well thanks for sending. Wow, Greg Kite the favorite?! Hmmmmm haha.

      Yeah I had injuries, Miro dropped from the rotation, only a 3-game OKC week. Luckily all things that will be ironed out for next week.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Yappers: I would have beat him 5-4 Jus ayin 😂

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