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“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” (Pele)

This has definitely been the week of the records. Last Wednesday, “Salvator Mundi”, a painting of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was auctioned in New York for $450 million, smashing the previous record for a piece of art. One day later, we had something similar in the NBA. Our artist, called Joel Embiid finished with 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and seven blocks in 34 sensational minutes. It was one of the strongest performances in the history of the NBA.

PLAYER YEAR Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Joel Embiid 2017 46 15 7 0 7
Shaquille O’Neal 2000 61 23 3 0 0
David Robinson 1994 71 14 5 0 2
Patrick Ewing 1990 44 22 4 2 7
Hakeem Olajuwon 1996 46 19 8 3 3
Anthony Davis 2016 59 20 4 0 1

This stratospheric performance impacted all of our leagues with most of his owners soaring. This tarnished other great performances.

Ben Simmons is averaging 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. Throughout NBA history, only two rookies averaged (at least) seven rebounds and seven assists per game. The members of this select club are Oscar Robertson with 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.7 assists and Magic Johnson with 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists.

Kristaps Porzingis made another record, as he is now the only player in NBA history with more than 200 3-pointers and more than 200 blocks in his first 150 games. In other words, he has made more 3-pointers than Kevin Durant and more blocks than Dwight Howard in this span.

Moreover, Robert Covington is averaging more 3pts (3.7) than Stephen Curry (3.6) and more steals (1.5) than Victor Oladipo (1.3).

 

The team of the week is Newbie. As you can guess he has Joel Embiid. But, he also has James Hardenthe number one fantasy player the last two weeks (35.7 points, 10.2 assists, 2.0 steals, and 5.0 3pts). A match made in heaven.

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Here is how the action went down in week 5 across our 12 RCL Leagues:

Experts League: Tarch Tadness takes over first place with a strong 7-2 victory.  In a trade, Krishna Ligas added Serge Ibaka, Kyle Kuzma, and Otto Porter while Mel received Kawhi LeonardLooks like a win-win situation for both owners. Another interesting acquisition for the week was Tarch Tadness with Kris Dunn (add) and Zach Randolph (drop), and Dynasty Deep Dive adding Jonas Valanciunas for Bobby Portis.

Straight Cash HomiePikachu continues to sit atop the rankings, as he was victorious over Osama Razz2 (5-3), who is now in fourth. Fenris-77 made one of the strongest triumphs of the week (8-1).

Straight Cash Homie 2The top three team (Cronos Black Metal, Slack Jawed Daps and BUUNKGANG) won comfortably. Cronos Black Metal continues to be the leader.

Straight Cash Homie 3: The ninth-place team is only 8.5 points behind the leader. All is in the air, but right now Vengeful Hoopdies is the leader. Special mention for Onions! adding Derrick Favors for Zach Randolph.

Straight Cash Homie 4SON beat (7-2)  Chuck’s Swell Team. This was the best victory, in one of the most competitive leagues. On the other hand, I added Jaylen Brown and dropped Nerlens NoelI am a very happy man now.

Straight Cash Homie 5: Again SON made the strongest win (7-1-1) and is currently in fourth. Olympic Team is the leader. Team Ho Wan was able to acquire Jamal Murray for free.

Straight Cash Homie 6My team TonyRP 4 lost this week to SON (4-5), but I’m still the leader. My curry too spicy! won 7-2 and now is only at 2 points behind.

RAZZblueBALLSWell done Stuck in Saigon adding Kris Dunn for J.J.BareaAkron Lebrons (8-1) helped by Rodney Hood and Gary Harris notched a great win.

BBQ MousetrapPanchos 2.o maintains first place, and “emoticon” made the first 9-0 victory, and is in second place.

Italy vs Razzball: We had the best duel of the week, with an enormous victory by over The Wakefield Case (7-2). Kemba Walker and Giannis Antetokounmpo made the difference. Bow to the Brow acquired John Collins and E’Twaun Moore for Serge Ibaka to The Wakefield Case. I believe that The Wakefield Case wins this trade. Ibaka hasn’t been playing too impressively lately, but he can be a top-50 player.

No Punt Intended: Our team of the week, Newbie, won 8-1 and now is in fourth place.

Dynasty Deep DiveCraig’s Crazy Team was overtaken for first place by Bareaking Bad. We have another mutually beneficail trade: Craig’s Crazy Team adds Jayson Tatum and Bareaking Bad adds Marquese Chriss and Jamal Murray.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Name: Newbie (No Punt Intended), victory 8-1 and best  team with +7 cat win 
Key players: J.Harden (38.5 pts / 5.0 3pts / 100% FT)

J.Embiid (33.0 pts / 13.0 reb / 3.0 blk)

J.Butler (3.0 stl / 18.5 pts / 5.8 ast)

 

BEST RECORD

1  !  Italy vs Razzball  31-13-1
2 Cronos Black Metal  Straight Cash Homie 2  29-14-2
2 Stuck in Saigon 1  No Punt Intended  29-14-2
4 Vengeful Hoopdies  Straight Cash Homie 3  29-15-1
5 GasOl(d) Anthem  RAZZblueBALLS  29-16
5 Klark Shark  Straight Cash Homie 3  29-16
5 Panchos 2.0  BBQ Mousetrap 29-16
5 Tarch Tadness  Razzball Experts League 29-16
5 TonyRP 4  Straight Cash Homie 6 29-16
10  Muggsy Bollers  Straight Cash Homie 3  28-17
10 Slack-Jawed Daps  Straight Cash Homie 2 28-17
10 basketballsacks  No Punt Intended 28-17

 

BEST RECORD LEADERS

Week 1  gesiot’s Team Italy vs Razzball
Week 2  basketballsacks No Punt Intended
Week 3  GasOl(d) Anthem RAZZblueBALLS
Week 4  TonyRP 4 Straight Cash Homie 6
Week 5  ! Italy vs Razzball

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK WINNERS

Week 1  gesiot’s Team Italy vs Razzball
Week 2  Slack-Jawed Daps Straight Cash Homie 2
Week 3  The Wakefield Case Italy vs Razzball
Week 4  The Wakefield Case Italy vs Razzball
Week 5  Newbie No Punt Intended
  1. Arief says:
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    Hii Tony,

    my team: giannis,cp3,marc,jrue,ariza,beverley,pau,randle,marvin,dmitch,lee (H2H,9cat,14 teams)

    1.Would you trade ariza for batum ??
    2.Would you drop those guys for g.hill ??

    thanks

    • @Arief: Hello, I prefer Ariza, he is historically an undervalued fantasy player and this November he is a top-30 fantasy player with 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.4 3pts.
      More interesting is right now George Hill, he has shown sings of life recently, and it would be a good deal add him for a player like Lee.

  2. Craig Bozic

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    Looks like we got a nice fight going in DDD Tony… Man Kawhi our is killing me

    • @Craig Bozic: Yeah, exciting league! I have Kawhi in one league and the path is very tough.

  3. LeticiA says:
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    Hi Tony, rank Dunn, LaVine, GHill, LeVert

    • @LeticiA: Hello! 1-LaVine 2- george hill 3- dunn 4- levert

      • LeticiA says:
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        • LeticiA says:
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          @LeticiA: Thank you

  4. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Got offered Green for Oladipo in an 8cat roto league.

    Thoughts?

    • @Utah Green Sox: Both are an amazing fantasy players this season. But I would choose Oladipo, he’s a top-15 value this season (in 8-cat) with a top-3 value last week with 21.5 points, 2.5 3pts, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks.

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