A popular sleeper on draft day (well, made more popular by us!), Markieff Morris had been driving fantasy owners crazier than Joaquin Phoenix in The Master.

Through the first 10 games, Markieff had numbers eerily identical to what he did last year despite four more MPG.  His engine is on hybrid!  But for as atrocious as his previous 4 games were, broke out in a big way against the Celtics for 30/7/5/4/0 hitting 14-21 shots including a trey.  And only 1 TO!  Career-high scoring for Kieff, after four games in a row under 12 and three of those scoring single-digits.  “I found the beef, it’s Jeff Green‘s terrible D!”  While my Kieff teams are loaded with swagger after this big Monday, there is something slightly concerning with his stats.  Only 1-1 FT last night, and now is under half as many FT makes a game compared to last year, in nearly 5 more minutes a game (playing 39 bumped up his minutes finally!).  In 13-14, Kieff-er Sutherland was at 3.2-4.0 at the charity stripe, but is suddenly more like Donald Sutherland and not attacking the cup.  Less driving means fewer OREB (down from last year sinking his REB per-36), and his dimes have fallen a smidge as well.  None of these stats are major, but it seems he’s not creating and the Suns G-rotation is handling all the rock.  Another week of big stats with weak FT numbers and low-ish dimes – on top of Hornacek’s tendency to roll the hot hand, even the starters – and I’d actually sell high.  The steals and handful of blocks are nice, but not loving the lack of aggression and new role as more a spot-shooter, which could make him benchable to Horny a lot of games if he’s cold, something we’ve already seen a little of with the waffley minutes.  Where’s the beef?!  Let’s hope not in the waffles, but ya never know, that could be good!  Fried chicken n waffles is out of this world.  Here’s what else happened on an unusually busy Monday night of action:

Kenneth Faried Immediate thought is, “only 22 minutes, under 28 minutes now for the 7th game out of 10, this must’ve been another Nuggets catastrophic loss!”  Turns out, it was just another Cavs catastrophic loss and unbelievable Nuggets upset…  8/1/1/1/2 on 4-6 shooting and got benched down the stretch as there’s reports swirling about how he’s not liked and Shaw is jealous of all that hair he has.  Sucks when fantasy busts are the result of Denver front office guys whipping their dicks out to see whose is longest, I mean c’mon.

Timofey Mozgov 40 minutes in the shocking win, going 14/11/0/1/1.  The standard deviation of his minutes this year is AK-47.

Darrell Arthur Mr. Cheap Shot gets a season-high 26 minutes in the re-match against the Cavs after trying to shatter Dion Waiters like he was Mr. Glass.  If I were Blatt, I would’ve gotten one of my DNP-CD guys and subbed him in just to punch Arthur in the face.  I nominate Lou Amundson!  An extra “F you, Arthur!” by having a ponytailed guy knock you out.  13/11/2/2/0 for Mr. CS, and I’ve always liked his stroke, but J.J. Hickson sat out the back-to-back and the big man minutes are more in flux than your stomach after eating from the rusty taco truck.

Arron Afflalo – Staying relevant after a brutal stretch last week for 23/4/3/0/1 hitting 4 treys.  17+ Pts the past three and 4 of the past 5, so hopefully you held onto A-R-RON!

Al Jefferson – After looking awesome, another horrific one shooting 3-12 with 5 boards.  The rebounds will come up and I’m buying low to da flo.

Bismack Biyombo Pretty much is a rich man’s John Henson right now.  Muppet Bash!  4/8 with two blocks last night and 18 points, 22 boards and 4 blocks the last three games, after previously playing only 3 minutes the rest of the season.

Jameer Nelson – Better late than, well friggin’ ever ya schlub!  11/2/8/2/0 with only 1 TO shooting 4-6 (3-4 3PTM).  Exactly the kind of game I envisioned him having in preseason… Devin Harris played only 10 minutes last night having to leave with lower leg soreness.  Really, D-Hair?!  Hurt already?!  J.J. Barea had 7 dimes in 19 minutes and there’s still the obese ghost of Raymond Felton to waddle his way back, so not much you can do with Nelson and his “good game”.

Isaiah Thomas Had the bad game, as my theory of 1/3 Suns PG always plays terrible hold true again.  5/3/4 with 3 TO shooting 1-8.

Goran Dragic I told ya’lls to have balls!  And hold em like they’re the size of dragon balls [insert Dragon Ball Z joke here, as I have absolutely no clue about what it’s even about, except anime or something…].  22/6/7/2/0 shooting 9-15 with three treys.

Eric Bledsoe Very similar 15/5/7/3/0 line for E-Bled.  Crapping on Boston like his older brother Drew!

Alex Len Career me!  19/7/0/1/0. Shot 8-10, you hate to see the no blocks, and Miles Plumlee down to 19 minutes.  Hornacek sticking to his guns and playing the hot hand, any starter is subject to a 20 minute game…

Rajon Rondo Dwight Howard-ed you!  2-10 FT…  Near trip-dub for 14/10/9, but maybe that healed up hand is still giving him a little bit of an issue.  He already said he sometimes showers 5 times a day, so there’s a logical little hand workout he could do that wouldn’t cut into his schedule much…

Jeff Green Near rainbow.  I nearly care.

Tobias Harris I watched a lot of this Magic win against the Pistons, and Harris is the leader of this team.  24/5/4/5/1 and I don’t own him anywhere.  “JB, you blowhard!”

Evan Fournier The Virgin is so amped up, he’s handin’ out the ball like after losing his V-Card!  Huh?  14/2/8 hitting three treys.  Fully integrated into Orlando’s Ratatouille.

Victor Oladipo The numbers don’t bare it out, but looked really good and explosive.  11/6/3/0/1 shooting 3-5 (1-1 3PTM 4-5 FT) in 32 minutes.  You hate the 4 TO, but the buy low opportunity is about to have some cold-pool shrinkage.

Heat PG with no Dwyane Wade As I mentioned yesterday, use em both right now!  Norris Cole with a fine 12/2/3/1/0 line hitting a pair of treys, but it was Mario Chalmers that had the biggie in a Heat W last night, with a team-high 22 points for 22/3/5/2/0 and an aggressive 11-13 FT.  You probably won’t get much Chuck for Norris, but Chalmers is a great sell high.

Chris Bosh – After the first week or two, people were starting to anoint him fantasy MVP.  Well, maybe that’s hyperbolic, but I wasn’t huge on Bosh and took some metaphorical self-flagellation for it…  15/9/1/1/0 is fine and all for last night, but averaging 13.5 points and 6 boards the past 4 games, and through the past 7 is 4 for his past 24 from deep.  That’s Josh Smith territory!  High-volume FT shooting is great and all, but throw out the 5-block game against the “You’ve got to be Kidd-ing” Bucks and he’s had only 2 other swats on the year.  Just throwing an ice bucket challenge worth of cold water on him if he’s being valued too high!

Bojan Bogdanovic 22 points hitting 4 treys and not much else.  ThrAGNOF!  Adding him to my FA booty call list.  Nets are terrible…

James Harden Speaking of terrible, what happened to the Beard?!  In the battle of 9-1 teams, Memphis crushed the Heat limiting the Beard to 6/5/4/2/1, shooting 1-8 with 3 TO.  At least it’s multi-cat!

Courtney Lee This is getting a little ridiculous.  6-7 FG hitting 3-4 treys as the basket is wider that Kim Kardashian’s [wait for it!] insatiable need for attention!  You thought I was going somewhere else, this is a family blog!  Came into the night shooting 54% rom the field and 60% from deep, both to go up.  HItting the Ray J’s harder than [wait for it!] … yeah we get it JB…

Kosta Koufos Ailing with the bad ankle, James Johnson Space Jammed himself, and transferred his talent into a balding Greek national…  5-6 FG for a 10/6/1/3/3 near rainbow.  Had only 2 steals and 5 blocks prior to this game, plus it was a worthless blowout, but if he had hit his first career three as well, I would expect to see a mini-James Johnson controlling Koufos’ body Men in Black style.

Michael Carter-Williams Sayonara, Tony Wroten‘s fantasy value!  MCW for 16/5/4/2/0 off the bench in 30 minutes, shooting 7-14 (1-5 3PTM 1-3) and 3 TO.  It’s like he’s the same MCW!  Let’s go rust, pull a Swift and Shake it Off!  Still a pretty solid game, as Wroten disappeared for 8/1/3/1/0 shooting 4-14 with 4 TO as the 30-minute starter.

Robert Covington Got some deep league buzz and was kinda meh at the eye level.  6/3/2/2/0 in 17 minutes, maybe they give him so run deeper into the year to see what the have, but meh.

Nerlens Noel “Hey Brett Brown, the starting line-up called and asked if you want to win games!”  Oh wait, we know the answer to that…  Only 25 minutes off the bench for 4/6/0/1/1 shooting 2-8.  I bet they made up his ankle injury just as a catalyst to bench him for smaller minutes to help the drunk tank.

Cory Joseph Second highest in Spurs minutes with 26 behind Danny Green‘s 28.  You gotta love seeing the Sixers on the sched if you’re Pop, you can more or less bench your players AND not get fined by the league for doing so!  14/5/2/1/0 with a trey and a big 7-9 FT in a good stream game if you read yesterday!

LaMarcus Aldridge The other game I watched a good bit of, and L.A. still looked like he was getting over his illness but racked up a very solid 22/9/2/1/0 in a ridiculous comeback win.  He’s down with the sickness!

Steve Blake – 2/2 on stream calls last night, that’s for sure!  5/2/7/1/0 shooting 2-2 (1-1 3PTM).  Portland is off until Friday, so Nicolas Batum should be back to reclaim his minutes though… With 3 straight off days, if you were streaming Blake you mayeth moveth oneth.

Robin Lopez He’s just so bad at basketball!  Ugh!!!! 8/6/1/1/1, I am kidding of course and that’s fine and all, but only 27 minutes to another 21 for Chris Kaman as they divvied out all the center minutes between the two of them.  Rolo is much less the main show and now the side show!

Omer Asik After planning to play, got benched with the back.  After that flukey 5-block opener, 5 swats in the next 7 games and is looking a little Tristan Thompson-ish.  I was never an Asik guy, so it’s easier for me to move on.

Anthony Davis Just unfair.  RainBrow line?  Check.  Low TO.  Check.  Huge-volume over-50% shooting?  Check.  Should JB have really followed up with Anthony Davis’ 25-1 MVP odds sports bet after picking him to be the MVP?  Discount double check.  31/11/3/3/3 with ZERO TO shooting 14-20.  I hate when I make a great call and it doesn’t impact any of my fantasy teams… Why couldn’t he have been pre-ranked 5th or 6th or something?!

Taj Gibson I’ve had to fight a little for him, and here’s why!  Plays behind DNP-Sluts!  Pau Gasol was probable, ended up sitting with a calf, giving Gibby 41 minutes and a redonk 20/5/6/1/2 line with no TO shooting 9-13.

Jimmy Butler Another huge line with no Derrick Rose.  22/6/8/2/0.  Sell high to the Rose owners, folks!

Guess the Kobe Stat Line – We’re back with another installment!  So much fun this year as his efficiency is lower than Obama’s approval ratings!  Going at the Hawks… Hmmm… I think this is a tamer one.  22/4/5 shooting 19 shots.  Good luck on your PTS/REB/AST guesses, and don’t forget those shots taken as a tie-breaker!  Winner tomorrow to receive a future signed copy of my first book, which I am hoping to write years ago… Oh how the time flies…

 

Streamers:

Khris Middleton (5% owned) – Why do I have to play in RCL leagues with smart owners?!?!?!  Wanted him for both of my RCL teams in the early afternoon yesterday, and was scooped up.  Once by Slim.  Ugh.  There’s risk involved, sure, but he seemed back into the rotation last Sunday and started the second half in a big Bucks win against the Heat.  Nice minutes and multi-cat upside against the horrible Knicks should be a solid play.

Thabo Sefolosha (3% owned) – I struggled with this one, but am using him in one RCL for some defensive stats upside.  Hawks are against those Kobe-brick-every-shot Lakers, so some boards could fall into his lap as well.  DeMarre Carroll is currently questionable with a Holden McGroin, so if you can make immediate changes, I would go elsewhere if Carroll is active.

 

I hope no one is coming out of their matchups like me, as I have a severe case of the Mondays!  Seems like I was 4-5 games played behind in all my matchups this week, not benefitting from the big Monday slate.  But F-in A!  I’ll turn it around and pull my teams out of the ashes like a Swingline Stapler.  Have a good Tuesday everyone!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    I’ll never have Kieff-beef jerky again! Glad I held

    Meanwhile, some rumors floating about re: tjones may be out for another month.. Wtf!? What’s your take on my 8-teamer? Still worth a hold or grab me taj or giannis off the wire? Just need some production. I can keep holding for a week but if it’s a month, that’s just stupid..

    Dude, my half mast is full for Jimmy Buckets.. What a player! All this talk about 2 guards and I hardly hear a word about him

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: But why still the sell highs for butler and Kieff? Kieff is shooting outta his mind, yeah. Will see if anyone is keen on him. I see no reason why jimmy can’t maintain a 17ppg on the yet alongside rose. I think you may be undervaluing a touch.. Even typing that to my online hombre makes me shudder a little. Kinda like telling back at your dad as a kid an expecting a slap upside the head. Oh and next time Dragon goes HAM, just say he went Super Sayan. Trust me, it’s a thing.

      I’d like to kiss Butler between the cheeks, so to speak

      • Slim

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        @Lasandro: It would have to be really high for me to lose Butler. Like a 2nd rounder… A high end PG like Lillard or a big like Millsap. I think they both will finish better than Butler and right now they seem like reasonable offers.

        I love me some Kieff. He’s much tougher to sell high since he hasn’t been consistent. I would rather just hold onto him than give him up for someone outside the top 50.

        • Pete says:
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          @Slim:

          Would you trade Butler for either Vucevic or Love?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Pete: I would!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Slim: great stuff man! You’ve solidified my belief in his ROS value. So between he and Lillard, do you see him being a stronger rebounder, stls and FTM guy? I need major contribution in those cats. Where do you see Lillard being noticeably better than jimmy in a 14 cat?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Yeah what Slim said, I’m not saying sell high for Timofey Mozgov! Haha. 14 cat is a little different than standard though, which is what I’m mostly writing about, so year Jimmy B is tough to give up on in that league man!

          • Lasandro says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m actually leaning towards frye who’s available. Or giannis.. Taj off the bench ain’t the best investment in an 8 teamer just yet

        • Lasandro says:
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          @JB Gilpin: thanks dude! And what of my tjones enquiry? Who should I pick up?

          • Lasandro says:
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            The Virgin is available too. Just want someone who produces well in a couple of cats at least, like jones would’ve

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: Umm, yeah in the 8er def grabbing someone – I’d indeed go with Fournier for now. Can readdress if he gets cold. But the Virgin is hot!

            • Lasandro says:
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              @JB Gilpin: liking Virgin more than giannis? Interesting.. Even in foul plagued mins (not that could plagued – kiss sat him for damn near the whole first half after 2 fouls), he still managed a decent pts an brds night, with empty stats elsewhere. And don’t think frye would produce more across the brd stats than virgin? BIG numbers in today’s ATL LAL game btw yikes

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Lasandro: Ack missed Giannis is in the mix. Gimme G Freak! I’d rank those 3 probs Giannis, Fournier, Frye depending on needs, but it’s fickle btw the two Magic. Yeah man, Millsap is the shizzzzz!

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                @JB Gilpin: ah that’s better 😉 forgot to mention that Afflalo is available too. See him producing better than giannis?

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Lasandro: Yeah I’ll stick with Gianny, the lesser known singer 🙂

  2. Hamtime says:
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    Drop Elfrid for: sims, Corey jo, marcus Morris? Covington, mkg or Arthur in a 16 man league?

    • Slim

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      @Hamtime: Ehh… I guess I’d go with Marcus Morris but I would be keeping a close eye on Covington.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Slim: marcus was taken. do i go after covington?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @hamtime: I would take MKG, but this foot thing is worrisome

  3. kb24 says:
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    Should I drop Ed David for Alex Len, Varejao, Speights, or Humphries?

    • Slim

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      @kb24: I’d hold onto Ed Davis for a few more days and see if there’s changes in la la land. I’d stay away from the Pheonix guys. Speights and Humphries will have ups and downs. If Ed Davis doesn’t get 30 minutes by the end of the week then I would go with Varejao.

  4. PORKFOOT says:
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    at what point in the year do we say Klay Thompson is not at all who you thought he is?
    I didn’t reach for him and I have nobody to blame but myself. Vucevic and Millsap were the two guys I got on the turn in my league and I have no problem with those two. I did not follow Klay so much last year but seems he has now taken his defense and getting to the foul line more seriously which us fantasy guys love. I have a feelling your columns probably led to some people passing on him and king Thragnof be like “in the face razzball”, “IN THE FACE !”. If he can keep those cold spells to a minimum then he could be one of fantasy basketballs most improved players this year. I have Butler/Thompson as the well known names. Curious who you would label most improved fantasy player this point in the season besides the obvious Butler ?

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      @PORKFOOT: Butler, M. Gasol, Thompson, really curious who you guys would name outside of those three as most improved fantasy players so far since I am always digging the input. I think there is a good long list so far but maybe some have gotten by me. I think a top ten,fifteen even twenty of the most improved fantasy players so far would be a great topic for one of your upcoming posts. I like the humor here. Reminds me of my own league sometimes which gives me that toasty,warm, just got home and sittin’ by the fire kind of feelin’

      • Slim

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        @PORKFOOT: In no particular order… Holiday, Hibbert, Knight, Tobias, Sullinger, Collison, Draymond.

        Yeah, Klay may be turning a corner similar to DeRozan last year. I still think most of his stats come down though. Preseason I said…
        .445/.800/2.7/18.0/3.1/2.1/0.9/0.4/1.6 :36

        Now I would say a finishing line of… .450/.820/2.8/19.5/3.1/3.2/1.0/0.5/2.3

        Solid, yet for me still the king of ThrAGNoF.

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          @Slim: I am loving the half a block from the G spots. A lot of people build teams with C’s who are lucky to avg 1.5 a game with out paying any attention to the little guys who know how to really make a difference in the category. Harden this year is averaging an entire block. Any thoughts on Drummond? I haven’t been watching his games. Is he getting a lot of fouls on offense since working the post is so new to him?? I am holding off taking low ball offers because I think once he gets passed this slow growth phase he can stay on the court longer and dominate both ends of the floor. Would you consider moving him for someone with steady production or would you ride the season out and see what transpires if you were in my shoes ? My man crush is fading a little but three weeks with a new coach is too soon to lose faith.

  5. JeF With 1 F says:
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    28/3/4

  6. Thunder from down under says:
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    My Kobe line: 26/5/6

  7. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The battle between Shaw, Kidd and Byron Scott for the Worst Coach Razzball award is going to be epic. Can Shaw still win if he gets fired within the next month? He belongs coaching high school or a small college. The Bad Cop-Bad Cop routine won’t cut it with pros. Also, I think Evan Fournier has graduated from “The Fournier Old Virgin” to “The Fournicator.”

    • Slim

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      @Clyde Prompto: Hehe. Good stuff with Fournier.

      Right now my money’s on Shaw. I think Kidd might have finally figured out his team and Byron Scott doesn’t have anything to work with anyway.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: Agreed that Scott has far less to work with. I just figured his preseason ramblings about purposely installing an offense that relies on long two’s was enough to put him in the running. I haven’t been able to stomach a Lakers’ game long enough to see if they’re actually following through on that. Oh speaking of the Lakers, my Kobe Stat Line Guess: 23-4-6 on 27 FGA.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Clyde Prompto: Why are some of these NBA coaches so dumb! Haha will have to use the Fournicator. Sheesh, 23 on 27 shots?! seems about right tho…

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m excited for the game when Kobe starts red hot, decides he can make a run at his 81 pointer, and shoots it 60 times.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Clyde Prompto: Haha oh geez, not outside the realm of possibility though!

  8. Lawson says:
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    Hi there! I have Mr. Elfrid Payton in my 16 guys team league and the situation is getting very worrying… Personally I think I dont need so so much his assists and steals and now its contribution is ridiculous. I expected some struggle but I wanted to pick him anyway. However I am starting to doubt if it is a good idea to keep him.
    The free agents are not especially amazing with people like Jameer Nelson, Jarret Jack, DJ Augustin or Dante Exum as PGs. I personally prefer Jameer but there are too many PGs in that team… Another options can be Marcus Morris, Matt Barnes, Ersan Ilyasova, Hinrich, Norris Cole…
    Should I be patient with Elfrid or show him the door? What do you guys think?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Slim

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      @Lawson: Yeah this doesn’t look like it’s going to get better anytime soon. I would think about Marcus Morris for 3s and a couple boards. Norris Cole would probably be my top choice for replacing a few assists. But yeah, I bet if you drop him he doesn’t get picked up.

      • Lawson says:
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        @Slim: My bad, no Marcus available anymore… Im not sure if I trust Cole much, anyway, what is the real value of our dear friend Elfrid nowadays??
        Some other “interesting candidates can be… Hollis Thompson or Wesley Johnson.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lawson: Ugh yeah rough for Elfrid… Has some interesting upside later in the year, but I’m fine dropping now too for Cole. Dunno if I would for those others guys

          • Lawson says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Apparently you both guys are into Cole as an option… However in your ranking Jack and Nelson and above him, and you guys write that you will avoid any of MIA PGs and in any case you will take Chalmers. Do you guys suggest me Cole for any reason I dont know about? Maybe Wade being injured often?
            Sorry for all these questions, I just had faith in Elfrid and I want to give him up for somebody good and reliable.
            Thanks again

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lawson: Yup, things have changed…. Too many PG in Dal and Nelson didn’t run away with the minutes like I thought. A lot is indeed on Wade and Cole has played better than I thought. Cole might not be the most reliable, but more so than Elfrid!

  9. Fever Dog says:
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    Not sure if this is the place for it but I just auto-drafted my first fantasy NBA team in a decade. I have no idea what I’m doing and just wanted to see how Yahoo! did for me.

    Also, what are the standard scoring categories? This public league’s are: FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, ST,BLK, TO

    PG-Derrick Rose
    SG-Jimmy Butler
    G-Jrue Holiday
    SF-Thaddeus Young
    PF-Anthony Davis
    F-Al Horford
    C-Markieff Morris
    C-Jarred Sullinger
    Util-Tobias Harris
    Util-Giannis Antetokounmpo
    BN-Jordan Hill, Rodney Stuckey, Enes Kanter

    Where am I weak/strong? Any positions I should be looking to strengthen?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fever Dog: Perfect place, thanks for stopping by!

      Well, you’re automatically strong getting Anthnoy Davis! PG is where you need help. I like Jrue, but Rose is always hurt and not an assists guy. Wow, autodraft and you got Harris too?! Autodraft did you better than 99% of the population haha.

      • Fever Dog says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh, nice. I was expecting a really negative review. To be fair, I drafted Davis, Horford, and Rose myself and then let it ride.

        Here are the top ranked available PGs in my league. Any worth grabbing and who gets dropped?

        G. Temple Was – PG,SG
        D. Harris Dal – PG,SG
        J. Terry Hou – PG,SG
        D. Sloan Ind – PG,SG
        N. Cole Mia – PG
        J. Jack Bkn – PG,SG
        G. Neal Cha – PG,SG
        J. Barea Dal – PG

        • Fever Dog says:
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          @Fever Dog: Thank you, by the way.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Fever Dog: Ah gotcha. Yeah I’d grab Cole and Sloan for Kanter and Stuckey. Sloan is more short term, but I think will be solid for ya for a bit. Any time man!

  10. hanns says:
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    Should I try to trade markieff morris for Drummond? The Drummon owner is not happy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hanns: Yup I would! As long as you’re not already struggling in FT

  11. hamtime says:
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    dropping elfrid. debating between sims (decent, low end starter with no eye popping stats) or covington (intriguing scorer,3pt shooter with all around potential). who do you think is the more valuable asset for a 16 man?

    I also dropped joe harris for speights. kerr seems to think highly of him, so im hoping theres a jump and consistency in PT.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Of those two, Sims, but losing minutes to Noel down the road.

  12. Larry says:
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    Hi Slim and JB,

    With Kaman playing well and eating up Lopez’s playing time (and fantasy usefulness), is it time to drop Lopez for one of these guys? Wright, Dieng, Amir, Mozgov, Kaman, S. Adams (can he keep it up when studs return?) or even McDaniels and Danny Green. Not really needing rebounds as much as blocks, and a little help in small ball stats wouldn’t hurt (which is why Danny Green and McDaniels are there). Thanks!

    • Larry says:
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      @Larry: Although this would most likely be my streamer slot by the end of the season, just kind of busy to make changes daily and my team is sort of doing well for now so just need the best choice. Thanks again

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Larry: Lopez still has plenty of trade value. I would shop him before dropping him.

        • champer says:
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          @Slim:

          slim do you think kaman can continue his production?

          • Slim

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            @champer: 10/7 with 1.3 blocks in 20 min is where he stands now. No assists, no steals, high TOs. That seems like the high end. I would say 10/6 with 1.0 blocks in 20 minutes and really no chance for more minutes since he’s a liability defensively. Kinda boring but a worthy streamer in the right situation.

  13. Nikko says:
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    Hey JB. how do you feel about CP3, Oladipo, and Crawford for Rondo Westbrook and Beal? In my h2h league

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      @Nikko: H2H points

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        @Nikko: I’m also looking at Cp3, Jefferson and Crawford for his Rondo Monroe and Westbrook

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Nikko: Ummm, yeah in Pts I’ll take Rondo side. I like your other one too! Sucks to sell Jefferson a little low, I like the first one better, but Rondo/Westbrook in Pts would be killer

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            @JB Gilpin: so what he is finishing the offer at is: my Cp3, Jefferson and Oladipo for his Rondo, Monroe and Westbrook. Go for it?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Nikko: Whewwww. Monroe is just such blah sometimes…. Not thrilled with it, very close. But I’d still take it

  14. PJ says:
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    Do you like Larkin or Schroder as a PG stream tonight?

    • Slim

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      @PJ: I’m taking Schroder vs the Lakers in what should be a blowout.

  15. Kentavious says:
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    Tough decision with KCP. Do I finally let go for a Marcus Morris, Covington, Nick Young, Harrison Barnes, Danny Green, JR Smith, Stuckey, Waiters……? Who do you like most out of those guys?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kentavious: I can’t believe I’m coming around on him, but gimme J.R. Smith!

  16. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    14 Team H2H (10 CAT w/ Off rebs)

    Westbrook, IT
    Dragic, Oladipo
    Draymond, TJones, Copeland
    Markieff, Faried, Ed Davis
    Bosh, Len, Sims

    Yikes I’ve ended up with 4 Suns now.
    The saddest roster of my 4 teams this year 🙁

    Should I lose Copeland/Sims/Len for any of the following:
    Gallo (w), Hump, Adams, Bojan, Jack, James Johnson (w), KJ (w), Waiters

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Haha Hornacek is killing us! I dunno what Len can really do most nights, I am losing him and Sims for Humphries and Adams. KJ is close, but I hate their rotations too! Any time man!

  17. champer says:
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    why there is no love for terry…? he has consistent minutes and role….8 points 2.1 3pointers 1.1 stl per game….without no negative effect

    • Slim

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      @champer: Terry is alright for a 16er or so I guess. Just absolutely no upside. What he’s doing is as good as it’s going to get. The 1 board, 1 assist is pretty terrible… The .456 FG% would be his highest in 6 years, the 1.1 steals would be the highest since he played 31 minutes and would be a career high in per-36. The blocks would be a career high. 1 free throw per game doesn’t have any effect. So yeah, stream worthy in a league with +200 players owned pretty much for 3s only. I’m good with that.

  18. Steven says:
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    Few guys available in my league (h2h points league… points as in non-roto) and I am wondering who (if any) are must-add.

    George Hill
    David Lee
    Evan Fournier
    Iman Shumpert

    My drop options are Nicola Pekovich, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Hill, and Kelly Olynyk.

    My team is built around Durant so I am more interested in long-term “down the stretch” value rather than a streamer who will help me win now.

    I am open to picking up more than one of those guys. At the least I would like to grab Hill, Shump, or Fournier as I have only 1 eligible SG at the moment.

    I like what Shump has been doing but if Hill is going to put up inflated numbers on a depleted pacers team I will go that direction.

    I am not as cozy going with Fournier as I have Victor Oladipo and I feel long-term only one of them will have sustainable fantasy value, but I will defer to your opinion on that one as well.

    David is is of course the sexiest name available, but along the same lines as my previous point, I have Draymond Green and I don’t see both guys having significant sustainable value, and I don’t see the Warriors going away from Green. But again, I am open to it.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steven: Well starting with the Magic, I think Fournier has won that role and will be fine next to Oladipo. Both are strating so I think both will be sustainable. Tough question since all 8 (4 unowned, your 4) need to be owned in most leagues. With that much value out there, I don’t think I’m making a move yet and waiting for Lee to get healthy but he’s the top of the list. I want to see what Pek does this week if he’s healthy or not.

  19. Murray says:
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    Time to drop KCP for Swaggy P, Danny Green, or Stuckey?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Murray: I probably would for Green, but yea dropping him

  20. david says:
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    Hey Jb and Slim, great article and summary as always

    getting quite worried about lopez in portland and looking to get gortat for him.

    was also gona offer nene with lopez for gortat. will be happy getting someone with probably more upside and value than nene on the waivers.

    is gortat a good target if trying to offload lopez, and can afford the free throw hit due to having harden etc. thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @david: Thanks for reading man! Def would want Gortat, so love it. Harden helps those awful Polish FTs, so I hope he takes it!

  21. Cale says:
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    So, the guy who took Durant in my 10 team H2H 9-cat league has started 5-22. He needs to start winning, so what kind of player would you offer for KD at this point? The guy with him isn’t a guy who tends to buy high on over-performing guys. I offered him Marc Gasol and am waiting on a response. Would offering Dirk be too much?

    Also, Kobe: 31/5/2 on 29 shots.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Cale: Yikes, 5-22?! Naw I like both of those offers, I had KD in H2H as a first rounder, and you get the discount of not havign that roster spot burned the first 3 weeks.

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the input. He seemed to draft all of the under-performers to go with Durant. Melo, Rose, Drummond, Dragic took up the better part of the rest of his auction budget.

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          @Cale: Yikes, at least the other 3 other than Rose have been healthy!

  22. Fahed says:
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    I have both Terrance Jones and Noel on my team in H2H 9 cat, 10 teams, is it time to let them go? I am also holding on to Rubio. With recent news about Jones injury I am not sure how to move forward with him.

    My Team:
    Lawson
    Harden
    T. Evans
    Drummond
    Faried
    Dragic
    Fournier
    Noel
    t. Jones
    Bogut
    Antetokounmpo

    Notable FAs: Valanciunas, Gibson, Olynyk, Burks, Asik, Pierce, G. Green, Frye, Barrnes, Morrow,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Fahed: Yeah Jones news is scary… 10 team I’m fine moving on, grabbing Gibson

  23. ABulldogs says:
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    As soon as I drop Nelson, he has a “brilliant” game, at least compared to his previous ones.
    Good thing he was not picked up by my opponent this week. Otherwise I would’ve been mad.

    1. What kind of line do you think Stuckey will post when he returns?
    Also how would that impact Sloan’s minutes and stats?

    2. What do you think about Evan Turner? more value than Iggy or no? I just can’t seem to stand Iggy’s %(both FG and FT). But I only have 1 other SF in my team. So I need another SF if I’m going to drop Iggy.

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ABulldogs: Yeah so frustrating for Nelson… 1. maybe like 15/3/4 once fully healthy and playing the minutes. I don’t think it impacts Sloan too bad, that’s more for when Hill is back. 2. I hate Evan Turner, but not an Iggy fan either. Prob keeping Iggy but barely

  24. TR says:
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    Good morning! I was offered a trade and am also contemplating sending one and want to see what you think first. Both are in points leagues and since I know you’re a category guy, I’m basically just looking for big lines and volume stats. Slight punishment for missed FG/FT but you hardly notice if someone compiles enough other stats.

    I was offered Drummond and Parsons for Howard. Howard is the king of 20/10 games so he’s great in points leagues but are drummond and parsons too good?

    Also thinking of offering Kemba for Brandon Jennings, but that could be me overreacting too early

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Morning man! Eesh very close. Not liking Howards game last night! I think I would take it since I see Drummo improving. I see Kemba improving too, but it’s very close, I’d try to get a smidge more

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        @JB Gilpin: lol I also had a little bit of fun with the Devils lettuce last night and woke up to see a league mate accepted my offer of Kemba for Rose that I dont quite remember sending. Can’t go back on it now but what do you think?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @TR: Haha, it’s like an Afro man song! Don’t love or hate it, seems fair to me. Rose has all sorts of outcomes and Kemba is safer, if you like the rest of your team, I think it was a good move to take the risk!

  25. jcg says:
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    Dropping Elfrid. Who do you like for a pickup? not much out there
    12 team h2h 9 cat

    Covington (I like taking fliers on unknowns)
    Shumpert
    J Johnson
    O’quinn
    Kaman
    W Chandler
    Marcus Morris

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      @jcg: also Wiggins is available on waivers. I have the #1 waiver but hesitant to grab the rookie

      • JB Gilpin

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        @jcg: I’d take Shump who is back healthy tonight. Whoa, gimme that #1 waiver on Wiggins though! I think he improves a lot through the year

  26. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    JB, I need some recommendations…

    I drafted Butler and your boy Draymond…

    They are both going bonkers right now, but they wont keep up their current pace, in my opinion. My league has some stingy owners, so I may have to pair butler with someone to get a top 10-20ish guy.

    Whats your outlook on butler and green and could you throw out a few examples for trade offers that might get a bite? Thx as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Nice! I think Butler, while sorta obviously is the bigger sell high, but I think Draymond is a little more sustainable. Love Butler as a player, don’t get me wrong. Butler+Draymond for… Bosh? A little slow lately. For… Paul Millsap? Millsap owner might even chip something in. Any time!

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I own Millsap! Haha my main roster is lillard, ibaka, m gasol, sully, Butler, green, and Millsap. I just want to trade for a big name that is safely sustainable.

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          @Bryce Krispie Treats: Ah gotcha, yeah Bosh or maybe a PG… Lowry? Dunno if he’d take it, but might be worth an offer

  27. kristjan says:
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    Hey guys I need a bit of help on a trade. My Kevin Martin vs other guys Drummond. The league has offensive boards and personal foul cats, but if you have a decent side you lose pfs every week like with tos. I also have Dwight already so punting ft%. Any thoughts would be a big help.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @kristjan: Def would get Drummo there! Especially since already punting FT%

  28. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    I agree with your Kobay sentiments, that he won’t go redonk after all the criticism he received for being an unltra-hog last game. I am going to guess 18/5/7 on 13 shots.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JashFath: Haha ultra hot-dog… I think I’ve eaten one of those at a baseball game!

  29. Clay says:
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    Hey JB,

    What are your thoughts on Lavine? I have him right now in a 9 cat, 16-t league but he really hasn’t done much for me. Would you drop him for any of Mo Williams (I’m still not sure what to make of Rubio-less MIN PGs), N.Cole, S.Blake or Hinrich? Thanks as always!

    • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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      @Clay:

      Just my 2 cents… Im from mn and have watched every wolves game this year. Id personally go with Mo, but hes going to be up and down (minutes and production). One game, he’ll have 3 points and a few other stats, other nights, he’ll be a poor mans crawford (stat-wise) with a few more dimes.

      Lavine is going to be garbage all year. He is way too raw to be a pg in the nba right now.

      My ranks – Cole, Hinrich, Blake, but Id go with Mo right now and wait for a hot waiver pick up.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Clay: Agree with @Bryce Krispie Treats: I am grabbing Cole for him. Blake is close though, right now he’s getting a tad more run with Batum’s minutes filtered all around, but like him too

        • Clay says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks to both JB and @Bryce Krispie Treats, but I’m a bit confused– are you guys suggesting Cole or Mo Williams?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Clay: I think I’m going Cole and he’s goin’ Mo. I was def the unclear one there!

  30. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Since I’m the other RCL owner who stole Middleton from you, if I’m not mistaken, I think you just called me smart…

    Too bad smart isn’t getting me anywhere, guess I’d rather be lucky.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha nice move! Wouldn’t we all reather be lucky 🙂

  31. Smush9 says:
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    Guys, got offered Monta, Parsons, Marc Gasol for my Curry, Gortat, Courtney Lee. I really, really don’t wanna lose Curry, but I am getting offered quite a lot. Need help! Got Kemba and Colli as my other PGs. Also got Noel, Robin Lopez, and Dieng. Still waiting for Antetok to do…something. And I got McDaniels for some upside, too. Thanks for the feedback guys!

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      @Smush9: Or should i just hold for now and ride out the storm? And hope Kemba, Antetok, Noel, Lopez, and Dieng get their acts together? Badly need points on my team.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Smush9: Nah, I would hold Curry since he’s the best in the deal. It’s close though! Ehhh, very close, as soon as I typed that I didn’t feel sure. Coin flip! I think those guys you’re waiting on are going to turn it around, especially Giannis now starting!

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          @JB Gilpin: 14 team league by the way, so pretty deep. That’s why I was tempted by the offer…need depth. But yeah, I think I’ll hold out at least week to see if my team gets better. Lol. Thanks JB!

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Smush9: I’m leaning towards doing it since a deeper league indeed, but yeah might give it a few days thought. Any time man!

  32. fields says:
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    Kobe line: 32/5/5 with 32 shots taken