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With the All-Star Break behind us, the home stretch of the NBA season is official underway. As general mangers adjusted their rosters for a final playoff push, fantasy owners are adjusting as well to put themselves in the best position for the most important part of the season.

Likewise, appearances on the RCL Update are more important than ever, so let’s give a little credit to all the teams that have consistently performed well throughout the year.

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 16 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the sixteenth regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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[Editor’s Note – No podcast today due to a funny story of JB having to go to the ER, he’s fine though! We’ll be back with the Pod on Thursday]

As the biggest and most surprising player dealt before the Trade Deadline, Tobias Harris arguably has more eyes on him now in Detroit than ever before in Orlando. Brought in to fill the Rashard Lewis role of playmaking 4 in Stan Van Gundy’s quest to reincarnate the 2010 Magic, Harris development with the Pistons will be one of the most intriguing story lines over the rest of the season.

With 16 and 21 points respectively in his previous two outings, Harris has flashed potential in his roll off the bench as a playmaker capable of finding his own shot. Due to any injury to Anthony Tolliver, Harris found himself in the starting lineup at power forward, a potential glimpse into Detroit’s long-term future.

Scoring 14 points to compliment 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals, his debut may have lacked a flashy statline to pair with his status as one of Pistons new core pieces. However, Harris is undoubtedly in a better situation right now than his previous tenure in Orlando.

As a result, fantasy owners should be monitoring his value accordingly. While Detroit is in win-now mode to secure a playoff birth, Harris will be acclimating to his new role and teammates for the rest of the year. Not to temper expectations, but I don’t view his multi-cat impact materializing over the last 30 games.

There may be flashes of his potential, but the Harris move is about 2016 and beyond, not just the last two months of the season.

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With about 30 games left in the NBA regular season, there’s no time to waste, so let’s get down to business.

At this point in the year, the playoff order has been determined. For the bottom feeders, it’s time to play the roll of spoiler and shake up the standings. For the fringe contenders, stay as active as ever on the waiver wire and find that one move to put you over the top. And for the league leaders, just keep praying that your best players don’t get hurt.

The playoffs are rapidly approaching, so don’t be afraid to finally pull the trigger on any impending trade offers. Put yourself in the best position to win, and you may find yourself featured on the next RCL Update.

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 15 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the fifteenth regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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It’s the takeover, the break’s over. Apparently firing David Blatt may have been the right decision after all, inspiring the recent play of LeBron James and company.

With the Cavs winning their last five games, I have no reasonable doubt that the Big 3 will fail to continue this trend after the All-Star Break. Despite heavy minutes and an up-tempo pace, James has unfinished business on his quest to win his third ring, and this style of play is the blueprint from the successes of his Miami Heat teams.

Maybe this is all a convoluted way of saying the Ruler’s back, but King James and the Cavs look rejuvenated under new coach Tyronn Lue, attacking the opposing defense and getting to the foul line. Playing 43 minutes in an overtime contest, James finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block while shooting 9-22 from the field. Although shooting 4-8 from the foul line is more Drummond-like than MVP level, just remember everyone makes mistakes, everyone has those days.

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As the east coast got hammered with a record snow fall, all I can say is thank goodness for fantasy basketball.

Between the hours of shoveling and cabin fever, having a simple hobby like fantasy basketball provides a distraction from my losing battle with Mother Nature.

While I might not be lucky enough to win my matchups even with the extra preparation time, at least I had something to keep me entertained.

At the end of the day, win or lose, that’s the real reason we all play. Fantasy basketball is fun, and even small victories, such as correctly streaming a breakout player, validate a season’s worth of decision.

For those top tier teams, winning is definitely fun.

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 13 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the thirteenth regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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In the same way Gregg Popovich, trolled the Warriors by resting Tim Duncan, it was only right for the basketball gods to get back at the national viewing public by showing the game on NBATV….

Seriously, was this some type of cruel joke??

To the decision-makers in charge of the NBA schedule, YOU’RE NOT FUNNY!

This matchup has been the highlight of the calendar year for many NBA fans, and it deserves to be broadcasted on a major network (mainly so I do not have to search for sketchy internet streams).

If that wasn’t bad enough, the game itself was far from competitive with the Spurs losing by 30 points.

Since all my hopes and dreams were crushed by this game, I think it’s best to just move on and look for other wrinkles of positivity in last night’s 9-game slate.

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With the All-Star break rapidly approaching, it’s a good time for fantasy owners to sit back and re-evaluate their season so far. For teams struggling to move into the playoff picture, a win-now trade for a slumping star or gamble on a potential breakout may be necessary moves to remain competitive. As the RCL Update indicates week-in and week-out, the standings are not set in stone, and today’s favorites may fall victim to the injury bug (*reaches for Voodoo doll*) leaving them susceptible to the surging contenders.

Either way, with a lot of basketball left to be played, only the vigilant fantasy owners will rise from mediocrity and continue to excel in the standings. By this point in the year, everyone has a pretty good gauge on value, so don’t be afraid to part ways with a struggling asset (I’m talking to you Danny Green owners) to make your team better in the short term.

String together a couple impressive wins, and before you know it, you’re front page on the RCL Update.

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 12 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the twelfth regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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In a season beginning with high hopes for Nerlens Noel, things have been a bit of a disappointment for the third-year player, surrounded by a dearth of playmaking and shooting while struggling to play alongside Jahil Okafor. Frankly, Noel’s season could only be made worse by injury, or the brash decision to shave off his iconic high-top fade (please, whatever you do, keep the hair.)

But for one night last night, coming off 3 single-digit scoring outings in his last 4 games, Noel looked like the best player on the 76ers once again, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds to accompany 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

Playing a season-high 47 minutes, Noel’s extended look can hopefully provide stability to an otherwise shaky season. His effectiveness and usage have both been limited, but performance like yesterday’s show his immense potential and ability to impact games.

While Philly’s long-term success depends on Noel’s continued development, our immediate fantasy success depends on his ability to turn yesterday’s flashes into consistent showings.

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Although it’s been a while since my last RCL Update, fantasy basketball has no off-weeks, or off-days for that matter. While the majority of us were enjoying the holiday season, our fantasy dedication was tested and strengthened during this time.

For the teams able to prosper in the face of adversity, I solute you, and may you be kindly rewarded with a mention in the recap.

For everyone else, it’s time to get your act into gear as we approach the halfway point in the season.

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 11 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the eleventh regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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With the sporting world turning its attention to the College Football Championship game last night, professional basketball was put on the back burner with only 3 games played. As I flipped between athletic contests, I couldn’t help but notice the parallel between the historical consistency of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the San Antonio Spurs. While the Crimson Tide hold the distinction of being the best team in college football (and one of the most hated at the same time), the Spurs excellence does not always translate to the proper accolades (although I don’t think it’s possible to hate the Spurs). Despite this difference in perception, both teams are the models of achievement in the respective sports.

So on a night in which a new champion was crowned, it was San Antonio’s victory, its tenth game this by a margin greater than 25 points, that illustrated the disparity between the Spurs and the rest of the 28 non-Warrior teams in the NBA.

As the Spurs fight to catch up to Golden State for home court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs, LaMarcus Aldridge not only played against the lowly Brooklyn Nets, he dominated them. The power forward recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists in 28 minutes of action, marking his 38th 20/10 game over the past 2 seasons.

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