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The H2H season is over!  Hopefully you triumphed over your leagues with Ws in the final week, and kept from being rocked by the DNP-obsessed NBA.  NBA coaches and GMs are just trolling us fantasy players!  Ya know what Dwane Casey?  You’re flat out dumb, your mom is ugly, and you’re a n00b coach!

Erstwhile all these benchings, we got a big return yesterday afternoon with Blake Griffin rejoining the Clip.  On top of Doc saying he was mad out of shape, we also got news his quad is still bothering him and he’ll be playing through the pain.  Oh, wahhhhhhhh Blake!  What about the pain of getting slugged in the face by one of the most jacked NBA players in the league!?  Or as you see it, sorry his skull caused your hand such pain!  Hopefully you were only stashing Blake in IL leagues, as he only put up 6/5/4/0/0 with a TO in 22 minutes.  He shot 2-7 from the field, and looked more gassed than Zoolander’s Balls Models friends… Did anyone even see the 2nd one?  Looked awful…  Anyway, Doc said he was going to be really careful with Blake, so if your league continues on until the bitter end, be prepared for continual low-minutes and Doc to hop in on the DNP obsession.  Hopefully it’s just a fad, like Angry Birds or those skinny rubber wristbands…  Oh wait!  Here’s what else went down over the championship weekend in fantasy basketball:

Karl-Anthony Towns Not making it easy to have him be a sneaky-good late-first rounder anymore!  Everyone is gonna have him top-6!  11/21/9/1/3 last night, in a game where the Wolves only scored 78.  Little big Towns!

Elton Brand – Our fantasy savior!  Why would ANYONE want to come back and be a salty vet on a punt team for a few games…  He needed that taste of NBA minutes again!  13/11/1/1/1 then 2/10/4 over the weekend, so deep leaguers have to actually take this serious.  WHY SO SERIOUS!?

Jerami Grant Continues to have one of the most underrated 2nd halves I can remember…  17/2/1/2/2 in a near rainbow then 20/9/3/0/1 over Friday and Saturday.  And really his whole season has been pretty good, minus an atrocious FG% for a blocker…

JJ Barea I think I can, I think I can!  29/3/3 and 21/3/6 over the weekend, and on an absurd tear over the past couple weeks.  I still don’t quite trust short people, I think they’re hiding something!  i.e fantasy production like this!

Marcus Morris Had a huge outburst vs. Barea and co. Friday night, going 31/12/4/1/2 with 0 TO.  Someone before the game told him that Mark Cuban helped convince the Suns to trade away Kieff.  Followed it up with a decent enough 16/4/2/1/1 line Saturday night, capping off a pretty solid wire-to-wire season.

Thomas Robinson – The Nets are shutting down Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, giving T-Rob and his perpetually under-performing skillset a chance to shine the final 10 days.  He’s had dubdubs in 4 straight, but with absolutely atrocious FT shooting.  If that sounds like a fit to you, then you’re a match in heaven!

Jonas Valanciunas After getting clowned for his declining blocks, took matters into his own hands!  11/14/0/3/7 against the banged up Grizz Friday night, following it up with 2 swats against the Spurs on Saturday.  Wow, 10 Stl+Blk for the Luminescent Lithuanian!  Gets his nickname back after that – he’s not even averaging 2 Stl+Blk a game!

Victor Oladipo Speaking of D stats, RainbOladipo in full effect!  18/3/5/5/4 against the Bucks – couldn’t grab one more board for the double RainbOladipo?!  Then 22/7/2/3/1 last night without a TO.  Finishing strong, but we still won’t be able to rank him great because of that frumpy coach…  Speaking of, have you voted for the 2015-16 Razzies yet??!?!

Giannis Antetokounmpo Woooo, 7 foot PG, love it!  18/11/11/2/3 then 34/5/9/1/1 over the weekend, and he’s turned into a fantasy superstar.  If anyone is ever in a fantasy rut, I’ll just yell at them “get him to the Greek!”

Trey Lyles I love what Rotoworld said on Lyles – in the year of the rookie, Lyles has been really overlooked and has been great when given minutes.  18/5/1/1/1 and 13/3/1 over the weekend, with 2 treys in each.  Could give you a nice finish.

Gerald Green – After putting up 30 Pts of ThrAGNOF on Friday, disappeared on Saturday.  First thing to look at – who’d he play?  That’s right, the mother f Kings on Friday, woooooo!  Exploit dat matchup!

Seth Curry Speaking of the Kings, baby-Curry scored 21 then 17 points over the weekend, hitting 6 combined treys.  It’s gonna be pretty ThrAGNOFfy, but he should get the run!

C.J. Miles I’d take Curry over another ThrAGNOF option like Miles, even though he exploited dat matchup Saturday against the Phillies with 25/2/0/3/1 and 5 treys.  I might have the team name wrong, but can you blame me this time of year?!

Myles Turner Coming off the bench, but still playing key minutes.  That said, hasn’t had that “ummmpf” game down the stretch, which I would define as anything that was that good…  8/10/2/0/1 then 12/6/1/1/1.  It’s fine!  Just not…  ummmmpf.

Jimmy Butler Godzilla doesn’t like it when you call him hurt!  Had an unreal tripdub rainbow on Saturday, going 28/17/12/3/2 and on a b2b yesterday went 25/5/8/1/1.  With no Derrick Rose, Godzilla is the man!  Buckets is gonna be so hard to rank in 16-17 with all these injuries…

Luke Babbitt Speaking of hard to rank, let’s get Babbitt into the top-50 next year!  Haha, I keed, but he has been a dynamite add to close out the season, going 21/1/4/0/1 with 3 treys in a game where I said he was must play on Sunday.  Cha-ching!

Tim Frazier Ker-fuffle!  I wasn’t as big on Frazier, kinda like how I’m not big on Frasier.  Sure it was a smidge before my time, but it just seemed like rich people have rich affluent problems.  Yawn.  Anyway, Todd Frazier is primed for a nice power season in US Cellular field and just needs to carry his production through the second half…  DAMMIT!  I mean, TIM FRAZIER went 19/2/13/3/0 and somehow managed to do that with no TO yesterday.  Given it was against the Nets who are as thrown together a team as the Pels, but still a pretty dirty game.  Add him if you need PG stats where you can!

Nicolas Batum One situation might be where you lost Batum, who gave everyone a massive dud Sunday before leaving with a strained knee.  The Hornets were getting murdered – so it may have just been cautious – but I’m still a little worried.

Alex Len If you wanna talk Sunday duds, how about Len single-handedly losing people their finals matchups!  0-8 FG 3/6/0/0/0 with 2 TO.  And I would be like, “well, OK, he played 15 minutes because he wasn’t playing well…”  But that was in 35 minutes!  Dear god, do something out there besides miss shots!

Damian Lillard Speaking of missing shots…  My segways are gold today!  After obliterating your FG% in the finals week, finally had a good game.  Scored 38 Pts last night, but STILL couldn’t shoot over 50%!  You’ll take 13-27 though… Or else The Omen will make gorillas at the zoo very upset at you!  Which reminds me, I had a weird dream about baboons last night, that could make their heads morph into human heads…  Weird.  But true…

Draymond Green I haven’t been giving him the love in-and-out every article anymore, because his greatness is just ASSUMED!  #OccupyTripleDoubles baby!

Kobe Bryant – In his sendoff fantasy game, 34/4/1/3/0 and no TO against the Celtics!  However, it took him 28 shots (made 11) and the Lakers still lost to their East Coast rivals.  Still, nice to see a vintage-ish Kobe line on the final Sunday.  I’m all weepy inside to see him go…  PSYCHE, JORDAN CLARKSON IS GONNA BALL NEXT YEAR!

 

Thanks to everyone who played in the RCLs (winner announced Wednesday), read Razzball all year, and congrats to all who won titles last night!  I hope you had a great weekend Razzball Nation, and we’ll be here closing out the season for Roto and H2H leagues that play through the final 10 games.

  1. Dom says:
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    Hey good stuff JB. Heading into the second and final championship week of my 9 cat, I’m losing 5-4. I’m down .003 in FG% and 2 in TO which is annoying because I can’t do much in the way of streaming to help myself in those cats. If I can take one of those cats I’ll win if I protect my lead in points (61) and rebounds (29). The other cats are decided although I’m within shouting distance of assists (trailing by 24) and FT% (trailing by .043).

    I’ll be using my Util spot on bigs this week but I’m not sure what to do with PG SG and SF. Rjax points have been nice but he’s killed me elsewhere and I don’t think I can start him Tuesday. I may have to start leaving the guard positions vacant this week unless it makes sense to play someone like Livingston who won’t hurt me in FG and TO. What you think? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dom: Thanks man! Def like the Livingston idea and/or just benching Jackson. Frazier available? Nice 13:0 AST:TO last time out! ha

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: word i dropped porzingis for Livingston. really gotta be careful w FG%. tomorrow I’m rolling out frontcourt of Whiteside Gobert Millsap although Ed Davis and Steve Adams are options as well. At SF I’m gonna go with T Harris over Wiggins, and then for PG and SG some combination of Livingston, Clarkson, Gary Harris, or empty. I’ll take a look at the lineup he rolls out and see if I should be worried about protecting the 61 points lead and go with scoring over FG safety. What do you think? Thanks

        • dom says:
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          @dom: not to mention TO. definitely benching Jackson.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dom: Yup I dunno if Prozingis makes it back. Yeah sitting Jackson sounds solid, ummmm I might play them all, theoretically if you’re playing those bigs that should help boost your FG% a good bit!

            • Dom says:
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              @JB Gilpin: hmm debating whether to trust Wiggins tonight @GS, bbm has him for .468 FG% which is the highest I’ve seen them project for him seems odd. Him or Gary harris then might play it safe w Livingston (MIN) over Clarkson (LAC)

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Dom: Ah sorry if I wasn’t in time, I think I would stick with Wiggins

  2. Lior says:
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    I pulled out the first commenters dynasty championship last night, against the first place regular season team (who had Curry/Harden/Millsap). I think my trade for Jimmy a couple weeks before the end of the regular season basically pushed me from a semifinalist to champ – he balled out this week! I got him and Bogdanovic for Cory Joseph and Harrison Barnes, and I don’t regret that one at all!
    Next year will be tough – one team is loaded with KAT, Myles Turner, AND Giannis! I’ll have to make some moves to defend my title…
    Thanks for all the content you produce and the help you gave throughout, JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lior: Awesome work man! Wow, a team has Curry/Harden?! Same in the REL1! Buckets def ended the week strong!

      Appreciate that man, glad it was a good yr!

  3. Joe says:
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    Batum out, Middleton out, Zingis out, and my lead went from 8-1 to 5-4 buuuuut….WE DID IT, ADRIAN. I won I won I won! Weeee are the champions my friend….

    Virtual JBs all around. With coke, soda, rocks, or neat, all on virtual me! Thanks for the advice and patience all season. Hope moments of success like this make it all worth it.

    See ya in baseball until it’s time to defend this bball title.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Noice!!!!! Haha well you can buy me a real drink on that donate button there on the main page 🙂

      Glad to help, congrats on the title! See ya on baseball, but keep checkin in with us over here, we’ll have some awesome offseason stuff going down!

  4. Jake says:
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    I won my championship yesterday! We had a dramatic 4-4-1 draw believe it or not. I held the playoff tiebreaker of regular season head to head record of 1-0-1. It came down to the wire with his Jae Crowder needing one more three or steal to win it all!

    I was without Davis, Bledsoe, Gallinari, and Lowry only played three games. I beat a team with Westbrook, Draymond, and Whiteside with my JJ Barea and Shane Larkin. LOL what a win!

    THANK YOU JB AND SLIM! I could not have done this without you two. You guys rock!

    Also, I remember you mentioning ages ago on the podcast that people won’t recommend Razzball to their friends because they don’t want to give them their competitive advantage. I think you were half joking, but I’m here to tell you you’re 100% correct. I would love to recommend Razzball to my friends, but I won’t because you guys really did give me an advantage. Also, my name isn’t even Jake. I didn’t want to give my real name by the off chance that one of my league members reads this and somehow sees my comments. LOL…maybe i take this too seriously.

    • Slim

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      @Jake: I guess we need to counter that with some kind of refer a friend bonus…

      Larkin had a nice week. I imagine there are alot of winning teams with him on it.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jake: @Slim: Haha I like the refer a friend bonus… Nice work man! I lost by 1 steal in a league, hoping for a stat change! Haha. Larkin def was an xfactor for a lot of people!

        Glad to help ya Jake! I mean, ummmmm… yeah 🙂

  5. Slim

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    Welp my only win this year was a Y! pro-$250. I guess if I could only win 1 that would be the 1. Still have to see what happens in F&F.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: We still got f&f you could win! WE could win!

  6. Ryan says:
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    I was so close.. Came down to FG% and TO between Crowder and Evan Turnover. Evan has gotten better and failed to live up to the name I gave him years ago. I would have tied TO and probably won FG% had I benched Crowder. I swear I was thinking about doing it, but started getting worried that his Splash Bros would make things close on points after that ridiculous 3rd quarter.

    Seth Curry, Moe Harkless, and Luke Babbitt nearly saved my championship aspirations. I guess I should be proud that I was able to bring it back against such a stacked team despite having EIGHT DNP’s due to injuries/illnesses. But nope. I hate losing, and hate that this person actually thinks they had a better team than me.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Ughhhhh I hate it when it’s that close! Damn.

      Yeah I wish the finals were 2 weeks long sometimes, I def think I woulda come back and won in 1 of my finals teams

  7. Drez1 says:
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    What do you guys think about Norman Powell next season? I’m tempted to drop Barton for him in one of my dynasties. Is he worth the gamble? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drez1: Ummmm, Slim seems to like him more than I do. But that was in our final spot in making our F&F roster… I think I’d stick with Barton

  8. That's What Speed Do says:
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    Hey JB! Not sure if you’re planning to do a “and the 7 ahead” write up but I’ve still got another 9 days left in my fantasy ‘ship so I’m gonna need some advice!

    Here’s my roster now:
    Rubio, Kemba, Lebron, Draymond, Whiteside, Favors, Hood, M Barnes, Larkin, Augustin, Big Al, J Rich.

    And I’m about to activate Crowder but need to drop someone. I have used 3/7 of my acquisitions so far.

    Some of the guys available include: Thomas Robinson, Willie Cauley Stein, Seth Curry, Tyson Chandler… Just to name a few. Any other guys that come to mind feel free to suggest those as well!

    I was looking at teams’ remaining schedules and it looks like there are some with 6 left (Hornets, Heat, Clippers, Spurs, Pelicans, Raptors), some with only 4 (Mavs, Blazers, Nuggets, Rockets, Bulls, Knicks) and the rest of the league has 5…. not sure if you have looked into this much yet but I thought I’d throw it out there.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @That’s What Speed Do: Hah yeah I thought about it, but with all this baseball stuff I felt like it wouldn’t have been as well put together. But that’s what comments are for, ask me your lineup questions any time! Chandler is ending strong, Curry def is a good 3s/Pts guy. Some others are Powell playing well for TOR, and I really like Babbitt for 6 games. Frazier has 6 as well for the Pels for diming.

      We did some scouting for Yahoo F&F championship, and went Frazier and Babbitt as starters. Glory of final 10 NBA days! Haha

      • That's What Speed Do says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Haha totally understand, I’m glad baseball is back. I just dropped Big Al and picked up Chandler, dropped Augustin to activate Crowder, and now I’m thinking about dropping Matt Barnes for Babbitt. What do you think about that? That will leave me with 2 more moves, so I could still get Frazier, but looking at my roster and team, I’m not sure if I’ll gain anymore games played from picking him up. Or I could save the moves for later if someone gets hurt or rested late in the week.

        • That's What Speed Do says:
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          @That’s What Speed Do: Also, it is a points league, I forgot to say that earlier.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @That’s What Speed Do: I like all 3 of those! Babbitt killing it these last few games on a bereft-of-talent Pels. I’d prob save your move, 2 left for 9 days in DNP happy NBA… You’ll use em!

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