What a night for the Brow!

On a near-unparalleled night for my bold call for MVP yesterday and Razzball’s #1 fantasy pick, I’ve gotta say, it feels like it’s going to be a great season!  An unbelievable 26/17/2/3/9 in a near trip-dub with the blocks, and fitting he’d be 2014-15’s first rainbow line (at least 2 Pts/Reb/Ast/Stl/Blk).  In H2H leagues, if you have Brow you better win blocks this week!  Not only were those blocks more than enough, but Brow was a solid 10-22 from the field (6-9 FT), and didn’t commit a single TO.  About all you could complain about is if you play in a triple-doubles league, he just needed one more swat!  Just one!

Of the 25 experts on FantasyPros, only 5 had Brow #1 overall with yours truly one of the five, and Razzball’s Seth a second.  Now, before you go unloading your top 5 picks for Brow in a desperate trade, don’t forget this was against the Magic who looked pretty horrific.  Then again, Stephen Curry and LeBron James are going to have to do something outrageous to make the Brow non-believers feel better tomorrow…

Here’s what else went down across the league’s first three regular season games:

Julius Randle When there’s peaks of happiness, sometimes there’s troughs of sadness.  I really like this kid, just didn’t think it would come together for fantasy this year, and he suffered a broken leg last night.  With how bad the Lakers looked, I kinda doubt he plays again this year if I had to guess for a timetable.

Elfrid Payton – Had 4 shots blocked in the first half.  5 blocked total in the game, shooting 2-8.  But he did start, played hard, and fell into a 4/5/7/1/0 line.  It’s low end, but useful!  And only 2 TO in his debut; although getting 5 shots blocked should could for a turnover or two…

Evan Fournier His hair tells it all.  Had like a 2 inch ponytail with hair not even close to long enough for a ponytail.  It’d be like telling Manu Ginobili to grow a ponytail!  Evan really wants to stay a virgin… 11/3/2/0/0 with 4 TO.  Probably moving on and streaming that spot in 12 or 14 teamers, but for deeper leaguers, it certainly helps that Ben Gordon looked like the worst NBA player on the floor last night.  Shot 1-8, and got blocked by Jimmer Fredette (called a foul, but it was all ball.  Even Ben Gordon’s mom yelled at the reffing at that call).

Tobias Harris – Huge debut going 25/8, but had a little injury scare late in the game.  Kinda landed funky driving to the rim on O, then the following possession on D seemed to bang knees.  The broadcast suggested it may have actually just been a cramp, but worth keeping an eye out.  Don’t want Tobias to lose out on “this type of agility?!”

Kyle O’Quinn – Started at the 4 with Tobias at the 3.  Only got 21 minutes, a little early foul trouble hurt, but nearly rainbowed for 4/2/5/1/3.  Shot only 2-8 and his jumper looked pretty flat, but still borderline usable in all leagues while Channing Frye is out.  I will caution that Aaron Gordon looked decent for 11/3/0/1/1 but 3 TO.  Gordon needs the minutes (had 28 last night) to be productive, O’Quinn doesn’t.

Nikola Vucevic – Redonkulous!  15/23/1/1/4.  Almost a Goromotaro!  If he gets to 2 blocks a game this year, which I’m doubting but you never know, he’s all the sudden a top-20ish player.

Jrue Holiday Only played 27 minutes, but conked heads with Payton and busted his eye open.  Have you seen Eflrid’s hair?!  It’s like running into a bag of broken glass.  Jrue got some stitches (he’s not one of the snitches!), but was able to get back into the game late even though it didn’t matter.  Still, 8/2/4/3/1 is some pretty solid mutlicatness.

Austin Rivers Played 20 minutes as the main benefactor of Bleedy McGoo, and looked competent.  REL bias!  Loving this $1 buy.  You don’t like the 3-6 FT, but made a few plays and played aggressive.

Omer Asik Starting to feel like a six foot turkey on this one!  It’s one game though, JB!  14/17 with 5 blocks.  Did his normal Asik-ness of 0-3 FT, but you can live with that.

Ryan Anderson ThrAGNOF!  But with boards and out of position…  Why I ranked him fairly well, and after starting cold last night ended up going 22/9 with 3 treys.

Tyreke Evans 12/9/6, good!  5-15 FG 2-5 FT, reek!  Started, played 35 minutes, nothing but encouraging except the percentages, which should be fine.

Chandler Parsons Let’s be real, this was the reek!  Awful debut for Chandy P, shooting 2-10 for only 5/4/0/2/1.  Obviously there’s no need to panic, but his night ended on the sourest of sour notes with a pretty wide open look at 3 to win the game go clankity clank.  “Clankity clank” – the less popular Under Armor ad campaign…

Jameer Nelson – Not gonna lie – a tad bit scrubby – but ya know, you’ll take it.  9 points (all on 3 treys), with 3 dimes a steal and a block without logging a single TO.  Who the hell is getting blocked by Jameer Nelson?!  Ben Gordon didn’t even play in this game!  Devin Harris ended up playing the final minutes with the hot hand (shot 6-12 for 17 Pts), and got his PT up to 29 minutes.  I’m still big on Jameer if there’s a buy low opportunity after another slower game or two…

Monta Ellis – 26/4/6.  He’s really good at basketball.  And unlike his misfortune, I wouldn’t be ashamed to ride this Moped!

Kawhi Leonard – Might be able to play Friday for the Spurs second game.  Even though I highly doubt it, I hope he has to wear rec specs for a few games.  Because then Kawhi would be killin em.

Tim Duncan – I wonder if he’ll make the Hall of Fame… 14/13/2/1/2.  Near rainbow!  Keep playing, Timmay, don’t walk into the light!

Boris Diaw – Recommended him as a stream, and I got a saucy little 5/9/6 line with a trey.  I’m gonna have him teach me to sous-vide that sauce for a souffle!  Yeah, I know cooking, I watch Top Chef!

Manu Ginobili – The souffle can come with a side of empanadas!  Wow, this dish is getting out of control.  About as bad as one of those god forsaken Michelle Obama school lunches!  Anyway, 20/2/6/2/0 with a pair of treys in a game I don’t believe.  No Kawhi meant extended G minutes, and well, nearly 28 minutes for Manu these days works him out harder than a Remember the Titans summer practice..

Kyle Anderson DNP, President Snow’s decision.  Can’t tell me Pop’s beard doesn’t make him look a little Hunger Games-y…

President Snow Gregg Popvich

Doesn’t seem like he’ll make any time in the rotation any time soon.  Revolution!  Hope.  It is the only thing stronger than fear.  A little hope is effective.  A lot of hope is dangerous.

Terrence Jones – Wheww-ee!  Looked really really good.  Another Razzball favorite!  Before he was stolen…  16/13/3/2/2 in the night’s second rainbow.

Dwight Howard Why we hated him, and by a good margin the lowest on him of all experts.  Of course, I’m sure some of their rankings are for different formats where he could be better, but 13/11/1/0/1 with that typical Dwight 7-16 FT.  Such a killer, and the blocks just aren’t there anymore.

James Harden 15-16 FT.  Still, paired with Dwight you’re 22-34, so 65%.  When you should be killin’ FT!  Why you avoid Dwight…

Kostas Papanikoalaou – So many vowels, so little time!  His name reminds me of Vegas Vacation.  Papa Georgio!  It’s weird how from afar, he’s so reminiscent of Omri Casspi… But Papa’s more a typical wing at the 3, and looked pretty decent for 4/6/4/2/0 in 20 bench minutes.  I’m not expecting much, but he’s in the rolodex of guys to keep an eye on.

Kobe Bryant – Well, my bold line sure didn’t work out!  Neither did Kobe and Dwight having an amicable game… 19/3/2 in a very disappointing effort, but not so disappointing for A Hill O’ Beans!  Guessed 23/3/2, only those four points off.  A couple people got the Pts exactly right, but sadly, JashFath’s line of 12/2/2 and getting injured was nearly second closest haha.  Mr. Breans – British Gangster you – you have won the first guess the Kobe line of 14-15!

*UPDATE* – Sorry everyone, forgot the Lakers were on a back-to-back!  Give me 22/3/7 tonight in Guess the Kobe stat line.

Ed Davis Looked solid off the bench, albeit a few buckets were in junk time… 11/6/0/1/2 in 22 minutes.  Robert Sacre only played in true junk time (those last 7 minutes), so if anything happens to Jordan Hill, Davis would become pretty interesting.  Always thought he was an underrated player.  Chapel Hill bias!  At least we know Davis got good grades in school…

 

There just plain wasn’t much to like for the Lakers, so I am mercifully ending our first in-season wrap-up here.  Good luck to everyone with the big slate of games tonight!

 

  1. Hamtime says:
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    Help! Was offered my wall, Tyreke, and Norris Cole for parsons, derozan, and trey Burke. 16 man league so shallow FA pool. Thoughts?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Hamtime: It’s a reasonable offer but I’m keeping Wall.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: Yeah I’m with Slim, keeping Wall

  2. Lawson says:
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    Do you think I should drop Gobert or Marcus Morris for Ed Davis?
    Having Sanders, T. Jones, Favors or Draymond I think I have eough blocks and Ed might contribute in more stats…
    My team is:

    Mike Conley Mem – PG

    Nicolas Batum Por – SG,SF

    Terrence Jones Hou – SF,PF

    Derrick Favors Uta – PF,C

    Larry Sanders Mil – PF,C

    Draymond Green GS – SF

    Rudy Gobert Uta – C

    Marcus Morris Pho – PF

    Evan Fournier Orl – SG

    Elfrid Payton Orl – PG

    LeBron James Cle – SF,PF

    Jrue Holiday NO – PG

    Matt Barnes LAC – SF

    • Lawson says:
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      @Lawson: 16 team league

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lawson: Nah I’m not making either of those switches yet. Even in a junk time game, Davis only got 22 minutes. Gobert might only play about that much, but I think he can do more.

        • Lawson says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks for your advice!
          What about dropping Fournier for Jeremy Lamb or, more importantly, Bogdanovic?
          Thanks again 😉

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lawson: Man Fournier looked awful… But then again so did Gordon. I think I’d roll the dice on Bogdanovic though. any time!

  3. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Well, I found myself watching the old guys down at the Y last night. (Mavs v Spurs)

    I can’t complain about my 1st night of DFS. A pair of 50/50s, won one – lost one, (the loss was 26/50) so basically broke even. Last time I play an even number though. I don’t mind losing, but breaking even is entirely unacceptable. I don’t have a sister but the adage isn’t lost on me.

    No news on Tobias today, as they say “No noose is good noose!” – The Hangman

    • Jeff in So. Indiana says:
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      @Slim: The rake on DFS, especially on break even nights is evil!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: @Jeff in So. Indiana: Haha well I’m cheap, I’m playing in the free one tonight that just got put up… A ton of good values out there tonight with the full slate.

        • Jeff in So. Indiana says:
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          @JB Gilpin: There’s no doubt it’s fun playing DFS.

          Just used to rakeback and bonuses and stuff from online poker.

          Those were the days! Of course, it was all a ponzi scheme on some of the poker sites in the end, lol.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jeff in So. Indiana: Yup very similar to those poker lobbies. Well, from what I gathered one of the big sites had like 5-6 guys that founded it that could see everyone’s whole cards, so they were robbing some of the high stakes lobbies haha

  4. Clos says:
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    Hey jb messaged you on the last blog.. Don’t feel like putting my whole team on again.. one of the last comments you said you like the pg and the bigs not sure if you remember but mozgov is still on the wire.. Should I drop hawes for him? The only reason why I haven’t is because hawes will get me 3s that I’ll most likely lack

    • Slim

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      @Clos: I don’t think either will break out for ‘must own’ status so I think you answered your own question. In a vacuum I like Hawes just a little bit more.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Yeah I’m keeping Hawes, don’t think Mozgov’s tiny bit of more upside for blocks is enough to sway me.

  5. tokyofantasy says:
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    Hi again JB,

    10team H2H 9 cat. I’ve drafted KD, so I’m already 1 man down and now G HIll goes down.

    Would you drop him for Payton, Jameer, Stuckey or Wroten? If you can let me know your preference of these 4 guards in order, I’d really appreciate it too.

    • Slim

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      @tokyofantasy: In a 10er with those options I would let Hill walk… If he can… I think which you choose is need based. If 3s then Nelson, If assists then Elfrid, if FT%/pts then Stuckey, Wroten for immediate production if you are punting FT%, and possibly TOs.

      In a vacuum…

      Elfrid, Stuckey, Jameer, Wroten (last due to poor FT shooting and more than likely a bench role once MCW returns.)

      • tokyofantasy says:
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        @Slim:
        Hi Slim,
        Thanks for the quick response! I’ll let Hill to take a hike, if he can, of course.
        I’ll go for Payton for his AST upside.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @tokyofantasy: Yup I like Elfrid the most too, I’d flip flop Nelson and Stuckey, but more or less have them the same order as Slim

  6. AC says:
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    With Randle out for the year, is Jordan Hill a must-own in a 10-teamer?

    • Slim

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      @AC: I don’t think Randle’s injury effects Hill’s playing time and I would have said Jordan Hill was a must own guy before this, although the early season neck strain doesn’t help. I think Randle was backing up Boozer and Davis backing up Hill. It’s not like Randle and Boozer could be on the court together anyway, there would be no interior defense.

      I think this gives Ed Davis a few more minutes at PF and when RKelly is healthy he should be in the rotation again. Maybe Sacre gets a few backup Center minutes now too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Yup, what Slim said!

  7. Chandler Parsoffs says:
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    JB, loving your insight…brought me to a Championship last year! I am thinking I am hurting in points threes, possibly points and SGs…what do you think? 12 team H2H league. Keepers of Kyrie, Teague, Kemba, Hawes. Any moves I need to make or just stream SGs with the Wroten spot?

    Serge Ibalka
    Kawhi Leonard
    Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Favors
    Kemba Walker
    Terrence Jones
    Jeff Teague
    Greg Monroe
    Darren Collison
    Elfrid Peyton
    DeMarre Carrol
    Spencer Hawes
    KJ McDaniels
    Tony Wroten

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chandler Parsoffs: Awesome, thanks for reading man, glad we helped!

      Yeah I’d just stream. 3s are definitely a little light, but not horrible. I’d hold KJ to see what he does tonight, but you don’t need his blocks which is about all he brings, so if he doesn’t play much in this opener, I’d use his spot for more streaming 3s.

  8. hamtime says:
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    1. gay+d.lee for batum is giving up too much, right?
    2. gay+wiggins for lowry?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: 1 – nah I don’t think so! It’s very close though, Lee being hurt helps Batum side. 2 – I like this one more though with the premium on PG and uncertainty of Wiggins.

      • Hamtime says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sorry, does this mean i should accept the Batum deal and give up gay+lee?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hamtime: Yeah I think I would in a 10 or 12 team league, maybe not in deeper since you need more depth

  9. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    10 Team H2H
    10 CAT (Standard 9 + FGM)

    PG- Jrue, Brandon Knight
    SG- Monta Ellis, Alphabet
    SF- Hayward, TJones, Durant*
    PF- Ibaka, Markieff
    C- Gortat, Henson

    Do you like any of the following over Henson/Alphabet:
    Jordan Hill, Mozgov, Dieng, Mason Plumlee, Hawes, Ed Davis, Adams, Sims, Kanter

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Lots of good names out there! Hill is my favorite… I have him and Henson neck and neck in my ranks, I think I’m going to lean Hill now for more assured role, but holding Alphabet soup

  10. Wutang says:
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    Hey JB n Slim, I’m back and ready to win a new league! Dunno how I got through this summer but I found a way, and we’re back to the regular season! Im posting my draft to see what you think, followed your draft schedule to a T and loved it! Regular 9 cat + techs(stupid..) and Trip-Doubs, lemme know what you think!

    Prob plan on streaming those last 2 spots, but one spot I notice is that I got a huge hole at SF.. good thing it only counts for 1 position!

    1. (7) John Wall PG
    2. (18) Paul Millsap PF,C
    3. (31) Al Horford PF,C
    4. (42) Monta Ellis PG,SG
    5. (55) Kemba Walker PG
    6. (66) Michael Carter-Williams PG
    7. (79) Luol Deng SF,PF
    8. (90) Andrew Bogut C
    9. (103) Taj Gibson PF,C
    10. (114) Brandon Knight PG,SG
    11. (127) Spencer Hawes PF,C
    12. (138) Otto Porter Jr. SF
    13. (151) Rodney Stuckey PG,SG

    Thanks again guys!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wutang: What’s up man?! Good to see ya!

      Yeah I’m fine with only the two SF for now. Love this draft! Awesome PG, love the Hawks bigs, Horford 31 is unreal. Only real hole I see is the need for some 3s, Hawes was a fantastic pick there, so when I stream I might look for treys first this week. Any time man!

  11. Anthony says:
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    Pick your side…

    Pau Gasol and McGee or Brook Lopez and Gerald Green.

    SPOILER ALERT. I would be getting BLopez..it seems like a great deal for me, but that foot…….

    thank you!

    • wes says:
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      @Anthony: brook lopez is done. he wont play half the games this year. dont do it. not sure why you would even consider it? the season hasnt even started yet and lopez is out already

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Anthony: Yeah I’m holding Gasol. I have him ranked a lot higher than Lopez, and Gerald Green is not gonna get enough minutes to be close to what he was last year.

  12. fifanatic says:
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    Dang it, someone with a higher waiver snagged Steven Adams before me. If you were in the market for boards, which of these available guys would you go for?

    Tristan Thompson, PJ Tucker, Samuel Dalembert (or any other suggestion for a deeper league that might be available)? Thanks for the help!

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      @fifanatic:
      Update – I made a speculative add of Ed Davis for the time being – I figure with the Lakers season headed to the landfill already, they’re probably going to take the opportunity to see just how much potential this guy actually has this year.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @fifanatic: Yup, Davis is who I would pick up over those 3 guys with a boards need. I’ve always liked Ed Davis, just needs some minutes.

  13. Snacks13 says:
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    Nice write up! Will they come very day now that the season started?

    I can’t believe I didn’t realize that about Pop and President Snow. Good call

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snacks13: Yup! Every weekday that is. Monday-Friday mornings. I know right?! I made that quick little picture and was surprised how well it came out

  14. Jeff in So. Indiana says:
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    I got invited to a basketball draft at the last minute and had 30 mins to prepare.

    Here’s my team. It’s a Yahoo 12 team 9-cat weekly head to head with 4 waiver moves a week with 3PT% as a category. We start PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C and 2 UTILs, with 4 bench spots. It’s a weekly head to head:

    1. (6) James Harden SG,SF
    2. (19) Chris Bosh PF,C
    3. (30) Al Horford PF,C
    4. (43) Derrick Favors PF,C
    5. (54) David West PF
    6. (67) George Hill PG,SG
    7. (78) Bradley Beal SG
    8. (91) Tobias Harris SF,PF
    9. (102) Jared Sullinger PF,C
    10. (115) Trey Burke PG
    11. (126) Draymond Green SF
    12. (139) Timofey Mozgov C
    13. (150) Jameer Nelson PG

    What do you think at first blush? (I obviously didn’t have time to read your manifesto on getting lots of quality PGs.)

    With George Hill and Beal both hurt this month and West out this week on a 4 deep bench, should I drop Hill or Green or Mozgov to free up a streamer spot? I think I need Hill long term though with my weak guards.

    What trades should I be looking to make? Any assist and steals sleepers I should be grabbing off waivers?

    I appreciate your work JB. I learned a lot reading after the draft (sadly).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff in So. Indiana: Well, glad you were able to hop into a league! Yeah guards are a little light. Love the Nelson pick late though! With assists so light already, I’m losing HIll for something on the wire. Holding Beal though.

      Blocks don’t look great either, but your rebounding is huge. Sucks West is hurt, he’s be a great guy to move for a blocker or PG. I think you have plenty of points, and Tobias is off a good game, maybe him for a PG? Thanks for reading man!

  15. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Update on the Klay trade: Lawson and Beal fell through (knew it was to good to be true) I can get Kemba and Tyreke Evans for Klay…I like it just want to see what your thoughts are…thanks again.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: With Jrue back though evans assists will take a hit…but still not a bad two for one i feel.

      • Snacks13 says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I like Klay’s clean line and threes here… Evans off the ball isn’t great for him and he ALWAYS gets hurt. Kemba is fun to watch but has some negative impact.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Snacks13: I hear ya im loaded with threes and need some assist help…As a player i like Klay better but for my team i feel this benefits me more

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Also just got offered IT2 and Beal for Klay

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: I’m doing the Kemba+Evans deal. I like Kemba as much as Klay anyway, and with your big 3s it’s a big money trade!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks Brotha

  16. Snacks13 says:
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    Henry Sims.. Has anyone actually watched him play? Can he play at all? Or is he only relevant bc he’s going to get minutes? His numbers last year don’t look impressive for the pace that Philly play at. My front court is loaded so I’m considering dropping him for a scoring guard like McCollum or Thornton

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Snacks13: He’s OK, has a little more offensive polish than you’d imagine, but not too athletic. Well, he only played a lot late, so only look at the last month or two. I’d hold for those guards I don’t think they have enough PT for em.

  17. Hans says:
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    Thanks for da post.
    Should I drop KCP or Hawes to pickup Nelson?
    Probably drop Hawes because KCP has more upside potential?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hans: yessir, excited the year is here! Depends on need, I’d probably have Nelson in a vacuum. I like having the PG.

  18. Magones says:
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    What happened to guess the Kobe line?

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Magones: I dominated it, that’s what happened!

      [drops the mike and walks off]

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Magones: @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha yeah what Beans said, he won! I guess I should’ve made another guess, forgot they were back to back. Lemme update the post

  19. Andy says:
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    Hi…I’m in a H2H Points league (10 teams) and was wondering if you could let me know where I need help….scoring setup seems a bit different than normal…

    Players Stat Category Value
    Field Goals Made (FGM) 1.0
    Field Goals Attempted (FGA) -0.45
    Free Throws Attempted (FTA) -0.75
    Free Throws Made (FTM) 1.0
    3-point Shots Made (3PTM) 3.0
    Points Scored (PTS) 0.5
    Total Rebounds (REB) 1.5
    Assists (AST) 2.0
    Steals (ST) 3.0
    Blocked Shots (BLK) 3.0
    Turnovers (TO) -2.0

    My team…

    1. (1) Anthony Davis PF,C
    2. (20) Kawhi Leonard SG,SF
    3. (21) Paul Millsap PF,C
    4. (40) Nikola Vucevic PF,C
    5. (41) Monta Ellis PG,SG
    6. (60) Derrick Favors PF,C
    7. (61) Wesley Matthews SG,SF
    8. (80) Jose Calderon PG
    9. (81) Luol Deng SF,PF
    10. (100) Darren Collison PG
    11. (101) Elfrid Payton PG
    12. (120) Jordan Hill PF,C

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Andy: Yeah very different, need a ton of those 3s/steals guys! Team looks pretty good though, Calderon should easily be a top 50 guy int hat format with the 3s and low TO. Davis got you off on the right foot last night! I think you’re pretty solid, I would just be on the lookout for guys geting playing time that are hitting a lot of 3s off the wire.

  20. Blint says:
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    Drafted Brandan Wright with my last pick in a 12 team 15 round keeper league!
    Do you see him having good value after last nights game or should I pick up Perry Jones , Barnes, Ed Davis, Scola , Humphries,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Blint: I’m switching to probably Davis for now. Duncan made Wright look bad on D and limited his minutes since they had to sub him out.

      • Blint says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Also I liked how Kostas Papanikolaou ( Can’t wait to hear you say it on the podcast) played last night , what do you think and about PT , when Howard is in foul trouble or Hack A Howard is happening.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Blint: Haha we just recorded! I feel like I have his name down pretty well though, but he’s become Dr. Pap haha. 20 minutes a game seems about right, but he’s more a 3 than a frontcourt guy, so I dunno how much 4 he can play. Mostly depth behind Ariza and a tad at 4 when they wanna go small. Only a pickup in 16 teams or deeper at best.

          • Blint says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Not sure if you followed WWF years back but there was a wrestler called Papa Shango! 😉

            I have a suggestion instead of giving recommendations depending on 10 team or 12 team or 16 teams how about you talk about say roster size! I am playing in 3 different leagues and none of them are standard! I am sure a lot of people are playing in a variety of leagues so this way we get customized answer if someone else asks a question about a player I own!
            Curious to know what you think

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Blint: Haha nah I wasn’t big into it, haven’t heard of him but love it!

              Ummm, I think we sorta do this here and there… Not really following your suggestion, you mean like commenters should ask their question and give league size? That’s the easiest. I don’t want to put league size on every blurb in the daily wrap ups, it makes it a little less fun and more tedious, but I put it on a few I think 🙂

  21. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    10 Team H2H
    10 CAT (Standard 9 + FGM)

    Jrue, BKnight
    Monta, Giannis
    Hayward, TJones, Durant*
    Ibaka, Markieff
    Gortat, Henson

    Would you drop Henson/Giannis for:
    JHill, Ed Davis, Mozgov, Dieng, Adams, Mason Plum, Kanter, NeNe, McBob?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Got ya above 🙂

  22. Manshi Shah says:
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    14 team 9 cat H2H

    Mason Plumlee or Samuel Dalembert? PLEASE HELP!!

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      @Manshi Shah:

      Aree wah another Indian ! 🙂 Where from sirji?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Manshi Shah: Def Plumlee, going to start tonight too! Pumped to see what he does

  23. KD Owner says:
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    horford and oladipo for markeiff and TJ

    we’re taking horford and dipo every time right? how about on an injury plagued team? still hell no right?? tell me it will be worth it

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      @KD Owner: Yea Horford side

    • JB Gilpin

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      @KD Owner: Yeah it definitely is worth it, Horford side by a very wide margin

  24. nice call, Burro!… “Julius Randle as this years Terrence Jones….” Purple Julius’ season ends with 2 pts in 14 minutes in Game 1. Even worse, looked far too left hand dominate, ZBo slow and completely devoid of all the physicality that was his calling card at Kentucky. Nonetheless, sad to see his season end. Lakers are absolute poop and in big trouble. On the flip side, I did call the Kobe Line was going to get a technical, Lakers would get smoked at home and that he was gonna be beyond frustrated. Winner-winner.

    Few quick observations from last night:
    1. AD – got 0 shares of him, and I echo your sentiments — he was #1 on my board and for reason. Good god is he a monster.

    2. Tobias Harris looked really spry and could be in for a break out of epic proportions in ORL. Aside from Oladipo, there aren’t many guys that actually want to shoot the rock on this team and they are going to need to put it up cause their D is a joke. Vucevic should shoot more, but he doesn’t. Reminds me of another roto version of Marc Gasol. Granted Frye was on bench, but Tobias play should translate well into fantasy, especially if any of the helping defensive stats come, I could legitimately see him been an 18-20 pt guy/ nightly. Assertiveness was a good sign last night (please don’t be hurt).

    3. Liked the way that Ed Davis looked off the bench for Lakers. I’d probably be adding/stashing him right now, even in deeper 12 team, and certainly 14-16 team leagues. Had a lot of energy and was active around the basket. Lakers will need that defensive presence and Boozer isn’t long on health.

    4. Terrence Jones is gonna be worth his “high 6th-7th round” price of admission. Looks a step quicker than last year. If he’s not on your teams, I’d probably go get this guy now especially if Dwight continues to play like a soft little child with all his ridiculous fouls and shortcomings. TJ is gonna have real nice value and the blocks/steals are coming too. He’s gonna get a lot of run in HOU.

    5. Be quick on the pick-up trigger tonight. Big slate of games!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: Hah that’s right, the Kobe technical! Although Dwight instigated with his oh so pearly smile… So sad on Julius, was hopping to see ya today after that call 🙁 We’ll never know.

      1 – Helllllllls yea
      2- Yup he looked good, I was hesitant on him in early ranks, but kept moving him up. Seems like that ankle last year really slowed him down. Yeah I haven’t seen anything either, which is weird in today’s NBA when everything is over reported. Must be fine injury wise.
      3 – I still don’t know about the minutes, but encouraging for sure. I’ve moved him ahead of Wright, and 14-16 teams seems right.
      4 – Yeah he looked great. Totally agree.
      5 – Draw!

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Kobe may lose his mind by Thanksgiving with the other talent on the floor. Poor guy. That Lakers squad is disgusting and nobody really knows how to play off Kobe either. Looooong season coming and moreover, their most exciting piece is now gone for year (which I take some fantasy blame for)….

        Re: 3 — Correct on minutes. Always the key to watch the first few weeks especially. My observations were more about the impact/minutes played. I can make a case for him earning more for sure. Agreed on 14-16 teamers. There is upside in his game, particularly defensively. Boozer and Jordan Hill aren’t beacons of health either.

        Fun night ahead.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @EL BURRO: Never blame yourself! Wa so flukey too. I’m rooting for him to be big next year.

          Boozer is a stallion of health of consistency, you take that back! Of course, sarcasm, he’s awful. Haha

  25. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB, Looks like Dray Dray might get the start tonight for the Warriors. Is he a must start if that is the case?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yessir! My SF start (only SF elig) in DraftKings. Should absolutely go off in 32-34 mins

  26. Jason says:
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    with the 4th pick is it defintely Curry over harden?

    I’m leaning harden…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jason: While maybe not “definitely”, I like Curry. I could see going Harden if you were planning on getting a lot of low FT guys though,

  27. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I heard Jimmy Butler might be out 2-4 weeks. Then moments later he said he might play Friday. Crazy. I really hope he doesn’t miss too much time. I already have George Hill hurt and Michael Carter-Williams, who I really hope comes back around the 9-13th.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TheMuppetManiac: Yeah last I saw it was Friday. So crossing my fingers and being safe with my thumbs!

  28. JashFath

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    Nice, I got a dishonorable 2nd place mention! Although I predicted the wrong Laker breaking his leg. I need to have a serious talk with my psychic.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JashFath: Haha womp womp… It wasn’t dishonorable! It was honorable! In that everyone kept guessing too high

  29. Jason says:
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    Hey JB – looking for some quick thoughts on this team:

    1. (4) James Harden (Hou – SG,SF)
    2. (17) Serge Ibaka (OKC – PF,C)
    3. (24) Goran Dragic (Pho – PG,SG)
    4. (37) Ty Lawson (Den – PG)
    5. (44) Thaddeus Young (Min – SF,PF)
    6. (57) Marcin Gortat (Was – C)
    7. (64) Victor Oladipo (Orl – PG,SG)
    8. (77) Tobias Harris (Orl – SF,PF)
    9. (84) Darren Collison (Sac – PG)
    10. (97) Omer Asik (NO – PF,C)
    11. (104) Arron Afflalo (Den – SG,SF)
    12. (117) Gorgui Dieng (Min – C)
    13. (124) Enes Kanter (Uta – C)
    14. (137) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det – SG)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jason: Whoa, Ibaka 17?! Love it. Nice PG depth and great assists. Love the bigs too, Asik 97 is looking great right now, might not have said that yesterday. Any FT deficiencies you have with Asik/Gortat, Harden helps fix. Having trouble really seeing any issues man! Many rebounds if I had to pick something, but like I said, Asik with that huge debut makes that look like a non-issue too.

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        @JB Gilpin: Thansk man. Yeah, i’m hoping the “trend” continues with him.

        My thought was that I could find rebounds on the wire if needed. I also wanted to be deep in Guards, especially those eligible at PG.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jason: For sure, I was surprised to see Asik play so many minutes. But looked great. Yup boards are easy to stream, nice draft and nice strategy man!

  30. Free Max B says:
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    I gave up a lot of draft picks last year in my 12 team, yahoo keeper league, and won. This years team is not looking great tho >_<.

    I have the number one waiver, and don't know whether to use it.

    My team:

    Pg- Lowry
    Sg – injured Oladipo
    Sf – Draymond
    Pf – Millsap
    C – Gortat
    Util – Pao Gasol
    Util -Calderon
    Bn – Payton
    Bn – Collison
    Bn – Jordan Hill
    Bn – Stuckey

    I need a SG to fill in for Oladipo, and Sloan has eligibility. Should I drop Stuckey for him? Or hold and save that number one spot? Jameer's also on waivers, and I'm tempted but I have so many PGs.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Free Max B: Yeah, def some good PG out there! I’d try to get a trade if your league is willing, I’d rather pickup Nelson, are all moves required to be waiver adds? Maybe wait until those clear if they do and then make the move for Nelson if he lasts.

  31. Philzilla says:
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    Let’s see, Kobe being guarded by Roberson or Perry Jonesx3 hmmmm. 32-3-2 on 25 shots and the Lackers lose by 24, no 27. Kobe gets lots of points but no on to pass it to reduces his assist rate. I also predict less rebounds as the year goes on and Kobe only starts to care about getting his buckets.

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      @Philzilla: Hold on, ESPN tricked me with their picture of Kobe and Russ on the front. Lackers are playing Feenix. My prediction stands.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Philzilla: ESPN and their trickery! Interesting guess, this game will def have to stay closer until the 4th so Kobe gets enough run!

        • Philzilla says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Damn I was close. Guessed the shots right on the money.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Philzilla: Nice! Yeah it was a toss up, I gave it to Jash since he had the Pts right on. plus I kinda effed up putting it in the post right away so kinda was scatterbrained, I’m on it for tomorrow!

  32. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Forgive the noobiness, but what’s a rainbow?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Fantasy Newb: Not nooby at all! It’s in the intro, it’s at least 2 points 2 REB 2 AST 2 STL 2 BLK. So hitting 2 across the main 5 counting stats

  33. J-MoneyIV says:
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    Afternoon JB, thoughts on my team in a 10 team 9 Cat H2H league? Any glaring weaknesses’ you notice?
    Note, my friends and I participated in an auction for the first time so we did not really know what to expect.

    PG: Wall ($66)
    SG: Hayward ($23)
    G: Rubio ($14)
    SF: Giannis ($7)
    PF: Ibaka ($48)
    F: Millsap ($28)
    C: Sullinger ($1)
    UTIL: Heson ($1), T Harris ($2)
    BN: G Hill ($4), Lin ($1), Hawes ($1), Draymond Green ($1)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J-MoneyIV: Auctions are definitely fun! Just time consuming haha. Love the Wall/Ibaka buys. Hill sucks since I think he’s probably a drop for you now, but with Rubio/Wall I think you have enough assists. Nice blocks and boards, and Tobias for $2 looks awesome! Even with Tobias though, I think overall points might be slow at times, but that’s about all the bad I can say, nice draft!

  34. These Ho's aint Loyal says:
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    Ed Davis or Kyle O’Quinn category league

    • JB Gilpin

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      @These Ho’s aint Loyal: Those Ho’s ain’t loyal at all! I’ll stick with O’Quinn for now, but close.

  35. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    We’ll start with the guess the Kobe stat line. It feels good to win, I’m not gonna lie.

    I’m really hoping that Papa Georgio doesn’t steal minutes at the 4 from DMo. The first preseason game I saw with him I immediately thought of Vegas Vacation. Now I can’t call him anything but Papa Georgio, lol.

    One more thing before I get to the next Kobe line winner, I see we’re matched up in both the REL and the RCL I’m in with you for this week. I’m looking to get off to a good start this year, so we’ll see if I can take you down in both leagues!

    Okay, new Kobe stat line, I’m going with 33/6/4 this time since Kobe doesn’t want to be embarrassed again.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Nice man! got 2 of the 3 cats right and close in Pts. Hahaha nice, glad I’m not the only one thinking Papa Georgio!

      Ugh, of course I have Kawhi in both. I hope he’s out there Friday. I have an excuse if you win!

      Bold line! If you go 2/2 you’ll be our Kobe expert!

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: If you had a “guess the Pacers opening day starting lineup” contest at the end of last season, do you think anyone would have gone with Sloan / Miles / Copeland / Scola / Hibbert? From challenging the Heat 2 years ago, and 2nd in the East last year, to…..this….whatever the hell this is. Wow!

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: a lottery pick to place beside pg13 next yr….. ThIs smells like Tim Duncan and David Robinson

          Or dare I say noel and embiid…..

          They’re gonna stink but it could be a good thing, in the long run

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Tony: Yeah the Pacers could easily get something good cookin as early as next year, Need a few more pieces though.

          @A Hill O’ Beans: Let’s play guess the Jazz starting lineup in 2017!

  36. Tony says:
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    JB play your WWF’s lol

    Considering this trade, 18 teamer, h2h fpts

    Scoring
    Points 1
    Rebs 1.7
    Ast 3
    Treys 4
    Stls 4.4
    Blks 6.5

    A guy needs a forward and has guards on the block……. I kinda wanna offer my dirk $47 and $1 aminu for his Jeremy Lin $32 & Pekovic $18……

    My positives: dirk had his best yr in the past 4 last yr, scored 4300 fpts in this lg, I doubt he repeats that, if heathy yes, but I can’t see it…… In return I’m getting a Jeremy Lin who should get mad run & a pretty cheap Pek who if he could just stay healthy…… Idk, terrible idea? Lin in his heyday in NY sCored 4100 fpts that yr, I could see him doing 3500 this yr? Which that alone almost makes me wanna gamble? Dirks dirk but how much do you trust him and in this deep format? Dirks gonna be hard to trade…..$32 Lin & $18 Pek could be moved……

    Help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tony: Ack, sorry man I retired 🙁 Just don’t get any emotion except mad and it takes too much time haha. If I come outta retirement I’ll def hit ya up for a new one

      Nah I think I’m holding off. Lin has some minor injury issues as well, and Pek is probably the most injury prone of them all. I have enough trust in Dirk to lead ya!

  37. Zar says:
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    Nice write up JB.

    I paired Harden with Dwight on one team…but got Dwight in the 4th round….it was a decent enough start I suppose 🙁

    I think I’m gonna have an uphill battle against slim in one of his leagues…He started Harden and Tobias! I started…no one! 🙁

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Thanks man! Haha yeah that was just a quick and dirty example of why I hate Dwight 🙂

      Oh yikes! Just beat him in all cats except Pts

      • Zar says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I still have Westbrook and Lillard to go for tonight! But Korver! 6 Threes and 3 blocks! He’ll put Anthony Davis to shame if he keeps it up at this rate!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Zar: Hahaha I duno about that, but yeah big games from the Hawks ThrAGNOFs, Mike Scott ftw!

  38. JashFath

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    Kobay line: 31/6/4 and no broken bones this time. Although, I do predict Jordan Hill being underplayed for no logical reason, yet again.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JashFath: Yeah, I don’t get the Hill PT either…

  39. dudelsmack says:
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    JB and Slim, love your work and I’m a daily reader/listener that recognizes good insight when I see it. Was hoping you’d be able to give me some feedback/advice going forward for my team that I drafted. It’s an 14 team 8cat H2H league. I just have to say that I planned on grabbing Dragic in the 3rd so I could go PG-Big in the 4th and 5th respectively…but couldn’t leave Horford on the board in the 3rd. Anyways, after crunching some numbers from the draft results, I think I need to trade Calderon for a big guy who’s going to get me points/rebounds (punting 3’s and assists). Thoughts?

    BALListic BROWser
    1. (2) Anthony Davis (NO – PF,C)
    2. (27) Paul Millsap (Atl – PF,C)
    3. (30) Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    4. (55) Jose Calderon (NY – PG)
    5. (58) Deron Williams (Bkn – PG)
    6. (83) Jeremy Lin (LAL – PG,SG)
    7. (86) Jimmy Butler (Chi – SG,SF)
    8. (111) Taj Gibson (Chi – PF,C)
    9. (114) Draymond Green (GS – SF)
    10. (139) Henry Sims (Phi – C)
    11. (142) Tristan Thompson (Cle – PF,C)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dudelsmack: Thanks so much man! appreciate ya stoppin by.

      Yeah 3s/AST look punted, I will caution that punting 2 cats in an 8 cat is tough. Totally good moving Calerdon though, his low-TO and treys don’t help ya. Trade Calderon for Tobias Harris? I know Harris went later, but he’ll cost a tad more after a good first game

  40. Blint says:
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    Pick up MCG after todays performance and drop Ginonbli?

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      @Blint:
      sorry MKG

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Blint: Yeah I think I’m for that!

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          @JB Gilpin:
          Cool! Also are you worried about Jameer Nelson because Devin Harris played almost equal minutes ? Who’s better going forward?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Blint: Nah, I still like Nelson a lot more, Harris is too injury prone.

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