Who is the hottest team in the NBA right now?  The Pacers are surprisingly playing well and OKC is still winning through injuries, but those Utah Jazz are as tough to score on as the bookish chicks in college!

5-1 since the trade deadline, the Jazz have wins against Portland, San Antonio and now Memphis in that span (their loss was against the Lakers, but we’ll overlook that), and other than that fluke Lakers game, no one has scored over 82 points.  And we all know the key to the Jazz D is Rudy Gobert.  Moving into the starting line-up, Gobert has been playing unreal with a 15/24/1/0/0 line last night on 6-10 FG and 3-4 FT.  He was on a 6-game streak of 3+ blocks, so a random outlier of 0 last night isn’t a biggie especially since Marc Gasol loves his mid-range.

I’ve seen a few comments of owners looking to trade for FG% and a big man boost, and I would be all-in on trying to bring Rudy to those squads.  Even his FT% is improving at 11-15 from the stripe the past 3!  And the Jazz have that oh so saucy 4/4/4 playoff sched.  Yesterday on the Podcast, I asked Slim if he would take Gobert or Hassan Whiteside first in next year’s drafts.  It’s really really close and comes down to a points need (Whiteside) vs. steals need (Gobert).  It’s crazy that probably the biggest value change during the deadline was just the stubborn Jazz finally unleashing the beast that is Gobert.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

LeBron James With a 27/3/5/3/1 line, LeBron passed Ray Allen for 21st all-time in NBA scoring.  Let’s hope his career winds down better than Kobe’s!  He also hit all his FT after that Biedrins-esque 3-11 against the Rockets.  Blame it on blue balls!

Timofey Mozgov Another low run with only 20 minutes as the starter, but this game being such a blowout didn’t help.  10/6/3/0/3 hitting 5-6 from the field as he dominated Boston’s interior.

Brandon Bass – About the only Celtic to show up going 15/5/1 on 7-15 shooting.  Not huge, but only Isaiah Thomas‘ 11 points on 4-13 shooting also broke double-digits.  Stevens ran every active Celtic 12+ minutes.  Ewwwwww.

The New York Poppycockers – Went full Poppy last night!  Can’t really use the other part of that word, this is a family blog!  Had their worst loss of the year (which is saying something) to the not much better Kings.  I honestly don’t think there’s a single must-own on the Knicks.  Langston Galloway has had two straight bad ones, Andrea Bargnani is one more hilarious play from making another hilarious internet video, and Tim Hardaway Jr. is a ThrAGNOF.

Alexey Shved – Led the Knicks in minutes (?) with 32 (????????????).  15/7/3/1/0, and while the dimes weren’t huge, I think in deepers he could chip in a few here and there.

Shane Larkin A decent 13/3/6/2/0 line getting a little extra run in this joke of a game.  When he gets the run he has some deep league usability, but who knows which games that’ll be…

Derrick Williams – A pickup in all leagues!  Hah!  17/3/2 with 3 treys, and 5% of the time D-Will does something good with his minutes every time.

DeMarcus Cousins Oops, well I said on the Pod he was doubtful but twas probable!  And unshockingly tore apart The Poppycockers for a 22/10/3/2/2 rainbow hitting all 11 FT.  Took the time off to work on the FT stroke!

Ray McCallum – I thought this would be a huge start for Ray Mac against a D-League team, but only went 6/3/4/0/0 with 2 TO in 28 minutes.  Andre Miller filled out the other 20 and didn’t do much either.  It’s a big avoid.

Jeremy Lin Slim wouldn’t let me play him in the F&F league and he won’t hear the end of it this afternoon!  23/6/8/2/1 on 9-16 shooting (3-4 3PTM) in 30 minutes.  He’s been red hot and is tough to leave on the wire right now.  Dare I say, it’d be Linsane!

Jordan Clarkson Lin’s running mate had 33 nice starting minutes of 19/1/4 as the Lakers are running some mad combo guard sets out there.

Wayne Ellington Remember this Daily Notes title?!  7/1/0/0/0 with 3 TO.  And in 37 minutes at that!  Other than a random 10 board game and a few with 5 dimes, hasn’t done much the past 6.

Mo Williams – I’d rather own Mo than Reggie Jackson right now!  Best traded PG…  20/3/13 with a couple of treys.  Been a money add.

Al Jefferson Man, monster game for 21/16/1/3/1 and tremendous doing that with no TO, but where da %s at?!  9-19 FG and 3-7 FT.  “Is that goal regulation size or what?!”

Corey Brewer Got the start for James Harden and struggled for 8/3/2/1/0 on 4-14 shooting.  I was about to start with a “No Harden, no problem” but the Rockets blew that 18 point lead pretty hard there in Hotlanta!

Donatas Motiejunas Running the O through Motie!  7 dimes tied Patrick Beverley for a team high, going 14/8/7/3/0 with three treys.  He’s put together another really good 6 straight.

Jason Terry Your hottest Rocket!  I almost said reddest rocket, but yeah…  21/4/2 hitting 8-13 including 4 treys.  Long live the headband!  And long live Terry on your wire!

Jeff Teague Got a day of rest and made it count with a huge 25/2/6 line last night with two treys and 9-11 FT.  Against that tough D of PBev at that!  It didn’t stop…

Dennis Schroder …from still being awesome too!  27 minutes of 16/4/8 hitting 6-14 (2-4 3PTM 2-2 FT), leading the bench in minutes played.  Of course, the Rockets playing Jason Terry a ton of minutes helped Coach Butthole play the combo PG together, but there may be some combo G sets that makes The Blonde Spot an interesting add in even 14ers.

Tony Snell We said on the Pod we liked Nikola Mirotic as an add over Snell, and Tony S for only 11/3/2/1/0 on 4-12 shooting while Miro for 23/8/0/0/1.  Both with three treys, except Miro with that monster 8-11 FT.  Coach Tibs played Snell those Jimmy Butler minutes (40), but Miro is the guy to have while Taj Gibson remains out.

Aaron Brooks Any time he touches it, he’s shooting!  Hah, he’s not Nate Robinson! 22/2/8/1/0 on a whopping 8-23 shooting.  The % hurts, but look at all dem dimes!  I don’t expect those to climb as a trend, but he can offer that kind of upside in AST here and there.

Joakim Noah Rainbow alert!  And I’m not talking about what he sees when Nene hits him in the face!  14/12/5/2/3, albeit with 6-10 FT shooting and 5 TO.

Nene Speaking of Nene, had a lot of nonos.  That flagrant amongst the personals fouled him out in 20 minutes with no points.  He might hate the refs more than the Bulls!

Bradley Beal Another rough shooting night coming off the leg issue (6-18), but played 35 minutes and looked solid at the eye level.  Almost rainbowed!  13/4/2/2/1.

Derrick Favors – Not that he wasn’t awesome in his rainbow (21/6/3/2/3) or that Gordon Hayward‘s tripdub flirt wasn’t nice (21/8/6/3/0), but the game recap on Yahoo saying “Hayward, Favors lead Jazz past Grizzlies” is so misleading!  It’s Gobert as the team MVP!

Kosta Koufos Started for Zach Randolph (illness) and got 34 minutes of 6/10/1.  I imagine against most teams Jon Leuer would get more run at PF, but the Jazz’s twin towers mean you gotta bring the beef!  Sorry, I mean the lamb…

Courtney Lee It’s been a little while since there’s been a scoring outburst, but a nice 18/5/1/1/0 with a couple of treys as he continues to get mad minutes.  Not a must-own or anything, but I like his chances over some of the scrubbos out there given he plays so much.

Kenneth Faried No more Shaw, drop the confetti!  And Faried delivers right away, going 14/14/0/0/2 in 32 minutes.  That said, he’s still so friggin undersized at center, and going against lank-machine John Henson and scrubby Zaza Pachulia wasn’t exactly the hardest challenge.  Still think he’s back to must-own territory though, but going against Gorgui Dieng (and Nikola Pekovic if he plays with the bad ankle) will be a much stiffer test tonight and I’m reserving great expectations until he gets past those Dickens.

Danilo Gallinari Gallo’s usable even in shallows!  26/7/0/1/1 hitting 8-16 (4-9 3PTM 6-6 FT), and a 5-straight nice run.  He’s already up to 60% owned, which seems about right since he’s a smidge ThrAGNOFfy, but if you need the scoring he should certainly be scooped up.

Will Barton Well the scoring and %s were poopy (2 Pts on 0-2 FG, 2-5 FT), but made up for it with a near rainbow!  2/3/3/2/1, and still lead the Nugs in bench minutes with 22.  He’ll waffle, but still kinda like this waffle.  I mean, who doesn’t like waffles?!  I feel like I brought up waffles the other day… My subconscious is telling me something…

Joffrey Lauvergne DNP-Coaching Decision.  Let’s hope interim coach Melvin Hunt isn’t a distant relative of the Starks!

Michael Carter-Williams Meh.  Like I said before, I’m kinda hoping the Bucks somehow fall out of the East playoffs after their Brandon Knight trade, and they lost to the Nugs.  11/4/5/0/1 last night on 4-11 FG and 2-4 FT.  At least only 2 TO.  Again, meh.

Khris Middleton The Duchess is so good!  20/7/6/2/1 in a near rainbow with no TO.  Hit three treys as well.  Taken a lot of steps forward this year, especially if you compare the per-36s.

Ersan Ilyasova Keeps up his nice roll with a 21/3/2/1/1 and is ownable in nearly all leagues these past 5 games.  I’ll let him be a 6-foot-one Turkey!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Jason Thompson (3% owned) – What a terrible, boring pick!  But the Kings get the Spurs who is always an oppo to play low-end bigs against, and 3 games ago, JT went 12/11/2/0/1 against them.  Won’t offer much besides dubdub upside, but that’ll help some teams.

D.J. Augustin (32% owned) – Yes I know Russell Westbrook sounds likely to play with a mask tonight, but A – it wouldn’t be surprising if he sits since it’s against the Sixers and 2 – even if he does play – it’s the Sixers.  Should be a blowout and I expect Augustin to get good run either way.
Be sure and set your best line-ups tonight in a very important heavy slate of games, and we’ll catch you tomorrow Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    I lol’d at your Joffrey zinger!

    Also, after just acquiring Thad and having to drop Miro to FA (was a 3 for 2 trade), dude picked Miro up as his new player. After yesterday’s performance, I sent a proposal to him: Thad for Miro. Accepted. Hilarity! People must think we’re trolling haha. But hey, after dropping butler (8 teamer, and in the hunt for second spot, having just traded away KD finally), I only have Pau on my squad and I need at least two bulls because I love watching them! Miro’s spot on my squad is purely for my personal pleasure. Niko the Pleasurer. Helps that I need aid in FGMs, ftms, brds and some 3s too. And yeah, I agree that once taj is back, niko will get some run at the 3. He’ll have to be played close to 30 per if they wanna stay in it.

    Just sit Duke Dunleavy as the starter already, Thibs!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hah thanks man! Nice! Yeah I like Miro’s upside for now over Thad. If Thad was starting I wouldn’t like it. Lol “Niko the Pleasurer”

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: oh I wouldn’t have considered it for a second if Thad were starting! Meanwhile, just read that Kemba’s been cleared for unrestricted Bball so had to grab him off the wire ASAP! I’m a mo will owner and absolutely love him when he has the ball. With hendo playing so well, do you see no will still hittin close to 30 per in a combo guard backcourt with kemba? Surely they should put him out there like a bled/dragic situation because dude is too good and is a great shooter

      Ever since trading away KD, I’ve climbed to second spot in my super shallow roto! And I’ve got the least amount of games played by far! Started from the bottom indeed, Drake. Come to Saigon so I can take you and the fiancé out to celebrate man!

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        @Lasandro: Owning both mo and Kemba is a nice combo. Mo is playing way too good to not be 30 minute ish so year I like that.

        Hah well we def wanna come to Asia at some point, but if you ever get to the States same goes to you!

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        @JB Gilpin: Well now Mo Will and Mirotic are my streamable spots. I do need help in the boarding and % cats and we’ll see how both of these guys will perform once Kemba and Taj return, respectively. J Hill is still available but man oh man is that big man rotation in LAL a clusterF! If he doesnt perform, Ed Davis goes off (like today). Covington’s there but dude wont help my %s out. Tucker seems to be a really good add these days and as I mentioned last week, he and Len will likely lead the team in brds the rest of the way. Gallo is also putting up great SF numbers, with good FTMs, which would help me there too. Bargs has great % for a vulme scorer but doesnt brd at all. Any suggestions? It’ll be tough to decide on who of the two streamers I’ll drop, too. Miro could stil be a 30min guy once Taj returns

        Raleigh, yeah? My good pal here is from the Charlotte area so I’ll have to come with him the next time he visits fam

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          @jb Gilpin: Tucker just got picked up, so he’s off the table. How about Hibbert, who just got dropped? Asik, TT are available too, but meh..

          Niko the Pleasurer putting in some crazy FT work tonight! If he hits even 40% of his shots next time round, it’s a done deal. Thibs just HAS to play him once Taj returns. He was killin Ibaka off the dribble all night. He really is a 3 in a 4’s body

  2. roger says:
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    Good work so far this year guys. helped tonnes of fantasy teams and kept it pretty enjoyable with your banter and comments so far!

    My team as follows
    PG Mike Conley, Ty Lawson, Goerge hill, Kemba walker
    SG James Harden,
    SG/SF Wes Matthews, Khris Middleton
    SF/PF Draymond Green, Nikola Mirotic
    PF Paul Millsap,
    PF/C Al Horford,
    C Robin Lopez, Alex Len

    currenlty on top by about 20 games so will have a bye round 1 of the playoffs and can afford to stash.

    Worth picking up jimmy butler as he was dropped by another manager and if so either ROLO or mirotic should be dropped?

    also lin is available worth a grab for anyone?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @roger: Thanks so much man! Yup I love Butler as a stash in your situation. Damn, tough to see who I would lose though, you’re stacked everywhere. Ya know, it might be Kemba out for Butler for me because I think Kemba is brought back so slow and you’re stacked with Pts/Ast Gs. And you have a ton of 3s. Kinda like holding onto Rolo since big man depth is a need for ya

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    Whats up wit it. If you had to choose two best overall for ROS

    Mirotic, Jack, Henderson, McLemore, McCallum, Ilyasova, Olynyk, Foye

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jcg: All gud man! Hmmm in a vacuum gimme Miro and Olynyk

  4. Nathan says:
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    In a 10 team h2h redraft, i’ve been holding paul george and i am tied for first place in a league that pays money to the 1st place winner.. With only one week left after this week, Would you drop goerge and pick up ersan?

    By the way, Thanks for the great articles

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      @Nathan:

      follow up info for this question, there are playoffs involved in this league, not just regular season winner

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @nathan: Damn that’s a good one! Ummm I would have to look at that matchup for the last week and see if it’s a necessity but I probably would, I think George even when back is on very strict minutes limits.

        Thanks for reading man!

  5. Jerry says:
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    Would you drop David West for Gallinari? I have KD injured and only Josh Smith and Tyreke Evans helathy at sf. Who do you think has more value for ROS? Thanks for the help!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jerry: Damnnnnnn good one. West has been brutal. I’ll lean Gallo!

  6. Zach says:
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    i’m locked in for the playoffs in my league (20-man h2H keeper – daily), but my team looks a little iffy to go all the way! what kind of value should I trade collison for? g. hill? b. lopez? exactly what?

    losing collison was a pretty big blow, and now my strength of my team are my wings. have no clue if I should even continue with zaza/kaman despite our free agency being so shallow. I could try to play without collison, but this year may be the best time to actually win it.

    pg: lillard, harris, collison
    sg: harden, KCP, hinrich
    sf: deng, brewer, iggy, barnes
    pf: monroe, e. davis
    c: zaza, kaman

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zach: Wow yeah pretty nice squad given a 20 teamer! I would probably target a PG too, I don’t mind going after Hill at all. Colly should be there in SAC and starting for the next few years but maybe Karl will want a change you never know

  7. Random Dude says:
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    Victor Oladipo….

    Now that playoff time is just around the corner and given his terrible playoff schedule… Do you have any suggestions of who you think would be good targets to trade him for?

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      @Random Dude: Just would target a guy that hits a big need for you really well. Def don’t mind selling low at all, I’ve been saying for the past 2-3 months that VO is a sell high

  8. Shaft says:
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    Trade deadline in my league is tomorrow and im struggling with what to do with Tyson Chandler. Id love to trade him, but i dont know what his value is. Id think about packaging him with Deron Williams, but there are no good PGs on the wire and im worried Mo might become droppable during the end of our playoffs so I want a little insurance… Khris Midddleton and Alex Len look pretty tempting on the wire, am i better off grabbing one of them and just dropping Chandler? I wouldnt mind opening up a streamer spot going into the playoffs either. Or do you think i can target anyone better in a trade?

    my team is (8-cat, 10 team)
    G: Lillard, Rubio, Knight, Mo Williams, Deron Williams
    F: Durant, Draymond Green, Covington, Favors
    C: Boogie, Whiteside, Tyson Chandler

    any other needs you see? i’m thinking i could use a wing guy in case durant misses more time. I’m one game out of first going into the last two weeks, and fighting off another guy for one of the two first round byes. thanks as always man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shaft: Ugh def like Len, but yeah not seeing a drop for him. I would try that 2 for 1 and take any upgrade you can get.

      Man no glaring needs at all. I’d probably target another PG since 8 cat favors the TO prone guys. Maybe you could even get Kyle Lowry in a buy low. Hope that helps!

  9. JMK says:
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    Hey guys,
    ROS would you rather go with Isaiah Thomas or Dragic??

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JMK: I’d take Dragic

  10. dom says:
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    Favors or Drummond tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Drum vs. Asik and Drummo vs Boston’s question mark rotations, I’ll go Favors

  11. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Trade on the table who wins? Normal cats + FG%, FT%, 3PT% and 3PM

    I give:
    Brandon Knight
    Andrew Wiggins
    Bradley Beal

    I get:
    Klay Thompson
    Ty Lawson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: I def want the Klay side, but fairly close

  12. tentyme says:
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    great read as usuall !! IN A 12 team h2h weekly 9 cat no tops. I fear that KD won’t be back for a full week of games till 2nd week of the playoffs maybe. Same thoughts?? So I figured I better sell KD straight up for something like, pau gasol, al jefferson, gasol n gallanari, drummond, zbo, or a combo if he accepts marc gasol n gallanri your thoughts?? also I was offered jordan hill n lowery for KD and miriotc…your thoughts on that one? Im not really a fan of it.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @tentyme: Thanks man! Yeah I’m very very hesitant. Gasol + Gallinari is close, I like Pau a tad more these days if you have a big man need. But Marc for the more all around… Yeah I like those unless you’ve got a bye week. Lowry has some tough risk too so I might not do that one either

  13. Miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey! How would you rank the following guards ROS meaning through standard yahoo playoffs…Beverly, Snell, Galloway, Gerald Henderson? Next weeks 5 losses…uh I mean games for the Knicks doesn’t matter, more playoff schedule. Also with Kemba coming back.

    Bad news for Holiday today I guess, I think I’m going to finally have to give in And drop…

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @Miles proudfoot: oh ya let’s throw clarkson and Lou will in there as well. And sorry, realizing I asked a very similar question yesterday!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @miles proudfoot: Yo! I’ll go the order you have them. Yup I don’t see Jrue doin’ much.

        Ohhhhh I like Lou with that FT. I’d go Lou, Clarkson then that list

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          @JB Gilpin: thanks!

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