It’s always nice to see the deep league guys you love turn into Mr. Planters and go nuts!

After 22 minutes, many of which trying to play through it, Jimmy Butler finally waved the white flag and checked out with a shoulder injury.  He first hurt it last Sunday, and that black tape stuff (that I still don’t completely understand how it works) didn’t keep Buckets’ shoulder together.  Maybe the black tape is more a statement.  Like, “Yeah brah, I got a jacked up shoulder but I’m still gonna go ham!”  Either way, it opened up some huge run for Tony Snell, playing 41 minutes.  And they were 41 heat check minutes!  Made his first 6 from the field including 4 treys, ending up with a career-high 24 points in a 9-11 FG (4-6 3PTM 2-2 FT) 24/2/2/1/0 line with no TO.  Snell going full Mr. Planters!  Even with Mike Dunleavy returning after nearly a month-and-a-half off, you can’t suppress the sense of Snell!  I keed of course, this is an anomaly type of game, but Butler could easily get tomorrow night off against the Cavs to rest that shoulder through the ASB making Snell a very interesting end-of-the-short-week streamer (only the one game Thursday night).  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy NBA action:

Jodie Meeks Mr. Aggression!  10-10 FT in a 18/3/1/3/1 line with no TO.  Bug spray for the Hornets!  Had 2 steals the previous 5 games and it was his 3rd block of the season, so not too much to buy into here.

Brian Roberts – Well, you can close the book with this dud!  As we chatted on the Pod yesterday, the Hornets picked up Mo Williams and Troy Daniels from the Wolves, giving up Gary Neal and a 2nd round pick.  Wolves were ready to take anything!  B-Rob for 3/2/5/0/0 on 1-6 shooting in some of the emptiest 33 minutes this side of a reality-TV show.  I mentioned yesterday that I think Mo-Will is worth a look in all leagues.  The Hornets need offense, they need creativity, they just plain need a decent PG while Kemba Walker is out!

Lance Stephenson Talk about ready to take anything!  Looked terrible out there for 0/3/4/0/0 in 19 minutes with 5 TO and 4 fouls.  Eesh!  Hard to have any optimism in virtually any leagues especially with Williams coming to town.

P.J. Hairston – If you told me in October that Hairston would be outplaying Stephenson at this point, I would’ve said you’re high as balls!  16/2/1 on 6-16 shooting with 4 treys last night.  Deep league ThrAGNOF!

Ramon Sessions – Ew.  Got another spot start with Darren Collison hipless, and got smothered for 3/1/2/0/0 with 2 TO in 22 awful minutes.  Ya know, I caught the end of this game and Ray McCallum looked pretty solid.  If Kings go full tank/blowup like I’ve suggested, Collison and Sessions could both be on the block and we could see some Ray-Mac development.  Of course it all depends on how George Karl assesses his newly inherited Kings.

Rudy Gay Mein foot ist goot!  How they say it at orthopedists in Germany…  24/7/5/1/0 hitting 10-18.

DeMarcus Cousins Also was solid in most respects, getting a near tripdub at 15/8/8/0/1 and only 2 TO, but turned into a Biedrins at the FT line hitting 5-10.  Those Bulls foam fingers are mad distracting!  Remind me of Chicago dogs.

Pau Gasol Even though Snell went ham, this was Gasol’s game hitting 11-15 FG for 26/16/3.  Was sinking tons of outside jumpers!  Trying to prove he’s the best Gasol.

James Harden MVP!  MVP!  Sorry Curry, but I’m with Slim now.  40/12/9/3/1 hitting 13-23 FG, 3 treys, and 11-14 FT which is actually bad for him!  Slim said preseason he would take Beard over Bron, and who could argue that move right now?!

Patrick Beverley Had a nice night in 30 minutes, but couldn’t get a steal from the myriad of Suns PG.  15/6/6/0/0 hitting 3 treys.  You’ll take it though!

Josh Smith – While I usually stick by my biases, it’s more fun, I guess I have to acknowledge Smoove had an all-around great game given his limitations for 20/6/3/1/1 hitting 2 treys, shooting 8-15 from the field and 2-3 from the stripe with only 1 TO.  %s remain awful, but 2 or fewer TO in 7 of 8?  Maybe fewer minutes against second units is finally working…

Eric Bledsoe Dedicated this one to his son!  32/4/4/2/1 hitting 2 treys and 12-13 FT.  But wasn’t quite enough from mini-LeBron over full-Beard.

Miles Plumlee Proved he doesn’t need many minutes!  5/7/0/2/4 in 17:29, making it 4 straight with at least a steal and a block.  Unfortunately, it sounds like Alex Len is about healthy and the Suns are done until after the break.  Plus Hornacek hates big men.  Ignore Sr. Prof Plum.

Jarrett Jack “Wahhhhhh, my hamstring…”  Tweaked it yesterday, but said he would’ve returned if not for the ASB arriving.  He should be fine, as long as he’s not traded into a wasteland.

Mason Plumlee The Nets are so weird…  Jr. Prof Plum has one of his most efficient games of the year (6-10 FG 3-3 FT 15/14/1/3/0 with only 1 TO) and he gets benched to start the second half.  Maybe Nets are trying to go the tank route!

Mike Conley Geez, a much-needed break for the faux hawk!  1-8 FG for 2/0/4/3/0 in a struggle through 28 minutes.  I obviously expect him to pick it back up for tomorrow, but if it’s another clunker then I would be hitting up the Conley owners hard to try and buy low.

Carlos Boozer – “Ahhhhhhh, and one!”  I just felt like eschewing my inner-Boozer and yelling about how this is annoying and unfair.  21/10/4/1/0 hitting 8-15 and there’s no reason he should be this good.  This is obviously one of the higher end Booze cruises, but still, it’s better than a lot of guys out there…

Jordan Clarkson The line was… Ok…  But man his defense was catastrophic.  7/1/7/0/0 with a trey shooting 3-11 with only 1 TO.

Wayne Ellington 18/4/0/0/0 with 2 treys.  ThrAGNOF!

Nick Young – I have no clue how old this news is, but I had no idea he was dating Iggy Azalea until last night.  About all TNT wanted to talk about!  Hey, Iggy, there’s like – a million better basketball players you could go after!  Did you see what Tony Snell did?!?!?!

Ed Davis Has been playing well, but with Booze going for 30 minutes it kept Big Ed to a small 22.  Still hit all the cats for 6/5/3/1/1 with no TO, but should’ve gotten more run!  Jordan Hill sounds like he’s progressing nicely, so you can give Big Ed the big ax after tonight.

Kenneth Faried Speaking of the big ax!  2/5/0/1/0 and the brutality continues.  In Mortal Kombat terms, this would be a fatality!  But he’s a Manimal, so a bestiality!  Wait, I mean it was animality…

Jusuf Nurkic Well, I guess Shaw didn’t wanna push the Jamba Jus after the big 34 minutes against the Thunder on Monday night, so he kept Nurk to only 19 last night.  The Jus still delivered!  6/5/1/1/4 hitting all 3 shots from the field.  Maybe an All-Star Break revilitalizion will help, but he’s playing in some sort of world stars BB-FU Compass crap.  Let the Jus rest!

Ty Lawson – Best for last!  Played with reckless abandon like he was drunk dr – –  Wait, I shouldn’t joke about that.  Just torched the Lakers and that terrible Clarkson D for 32/3/16/2/0, hitting 12-20 FG and 7-8 FT.  His flukishly low FT% was bound to come up, and he’s 41-48 his past 10 games, good for 85.4% in a fairly high volume.  Ironically enough, that’s been the stretch since his DUI arrest.  Maybe increased his Focus, ala Will Smith.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Al-Farouq Aminu (9% owned) – As I mentioned yesterday, I’m all about streaming Mark Cuban Jr.  Both Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler will be out, opening up some big run for Aminu to rack up the D stats for you in a shortened week.

J.J. Barea (7% owned) – I’m lazy!  I said on the Pod yesterday these two replacement Mavs might be my stream calls, and I’m having trouble finding better sub-10% owned options.  Without Monta, Devin Harris might have to play some 2 giving Barea good run at point.  Low TO, nice dimes and treys, I like el pequeno conquistador!

 

Good luck in the final big slate of games for Week 16 if you play in a non-combined All-Star Break schedule, and we’ll catch you for the recap tomorrow!

  1. hamtime says:
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    1. is matt barnes must own in 14ers? rather him or ellington?

    2. worth it to use my #9 waiver on mason plumlee? would drop big ed. pretty sure guys like patterson, olynyk, will remain FAs, so not certain i wanna burn my priority.

    • Hamtime says:
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      @hamtime: update. Was able to get Mason off the wire for free. Dropped Ed Davis. Whew.

      Now debating if I should drop Ellington or mcgary for m. Barnes, patterson, olynyk.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Hamtime: 1. 14er yeah I think so, I would rather Barnes I think. 2. Nice! I’d drop McGary though. Rather Barnes or Patterson

  2. Loler says:
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    I’m currently cooking a trade to get me some of those hot, hot, hot Stephen Curry for my Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green.

    My current lineup:

    Kyrie, Dragic, Kemba+
    Harden, Kevin Martin
    Gay, Joe Johnson
    Draymond Green, El Jefe(Al Jeff), Jr Plums
    Boogie, Bogut, Nurk
    Amir, AFA, Paul George+

    I’m trying to shed some TOs and I believe letting Boogie, Gay and Dragic go would help if the Curry deal happens. Do I go for this trade?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Loler: Hah such hot Curry! Sure yeah with Kyrie’s bad playoff sched I would def do that to get Curry.

      • Loler says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I see… What about Boogie for Teague and Favors? I got Boogie.

        To sum it up – Kyrie + Draymond + Boogie for Steph + Teague + Favors.

        Roto 12er, btw.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Loler: Hmmm that’s a monster trade. Def like the Curry portion better. I think with dimes a bit of a need I would do that one, but as a stand alone I don’t like the Boogie one by itself.

  3. E says:
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    You like James Johnson? Think he keeps getting minutes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Yeah I think so, but I think he’ll be inconsistent in production

  4. Bobby says:
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    Wondering who you guys like more ROS (standard 9-cat roto)…jarrett jack or augustin?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bobby: Augustin, think he’s locked in there for starting PG, Nets could trade jack

  5. Cale says:
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    The few times I’ve seen Nurkic, it seems like his minutes could fluctuate wildly due to his tendency to get in some foul trouble. He picked up 2 fouls in the first minute of the game last night. Grabbed his 3rd in the 2nd quarter, then 4th and 5th half way through the 3rd quarter. I’m not saying Shaw isn’t jerking him around, but that probably has as much to do with his low minutes as anything (at least last night).

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      @Cale: Sure it’s part of it, but there are several games he plays few minutes without being in foul trouble as well. And no reason Shaw couldn’t have put Nurk in the last 5 minutes

  6. Prodders says:
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    Nurk’s minutes weren’t low because of Shaw. He was in bad foul trouble all game. 2 very early, stayed in with 2, 3 before HT, 4 early in 2nd half, etc.

    I think the Harden > Bron debate was over a good while back, no? At least in 8 cat, not sure how much 9 cat changes it. It’s been a group of 3 at the top (Harden, Curry, Davis) since early on. And with playoff schedules factored in it’s really just 2 at the top – Curry #1, Harden #2. With Davis’ bad playoff sched, I’d have KD at #3 then a close group of Davis, CP3, Wbrook, Cousins. Bron with an awful playoff sched even below that group I think. Anyway…

    ROS value – could you please rank Faried / Plumdog Millionaire / Galloway / Smart / Barnes? Also, I’m stashing PG for a bit, see how his activity ramps up and whether the Pacers are in the playoff hunt (I’m safe for playoffs), think it’s a waste of time / roster slot or no?

    Thanks! Keep up the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prodders: Hah, yea commented above. Nurk wasn’t out yet! And even TNT was wondering why they didn’t throw him back in.

      8 cat it’s those guys for sure, Davis’ low low TO makes him right in the #1 mix still in 9 cat.

      Still Faried first with the upside. Then kinda on needs, I would have Smart ahead of Galloway but like it other than that.

      Ehhhh, likely more on the side of ignoring him, but that’s just me. I don’t think he’ll be back.

      Any time!

  7. hamtime says:
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    am i crazy to be holding onto mcgary when guys like m. barnes, mo will, olynyk, and patterson are still available? debating between dropping him or ellington for one of those guys. Can you please rank ROS who is most valuable? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Yeah I got ya above, I think McGary is just a little blip while Adams is out and it won’t keep up even after ASB

  8. Connor says:
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    What’s up JB.
    Team is in first right now, with my lead, playoffs are pretty much a lock. What are you thinking about Beal’s injury? Something to be concerned about long term? I’ve been offered Danny Green for him from a Wizards fan in my league. 10 team 10 cat league 10th cat ft made.
    PG- Lillard, Rubio, Augustin
    SG- Harden, Beal
    SF- Kawhi, Batum
    PF- Thadd, Faried
    C- Horford, Big Al, Drummond, Whiteside

    I’ve also been looking to deal Drummond to get rid of the FT dammage. Got an offer of Rubio and Drummond for MCW and Chandler Parsons as well as an offer of Lillard and Drummond for Knight and Ibaka.
    Thanks for the posts man I read them everyday!

    • Connor says:
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      Forgot to add, Kemba is a FA, looking ahead should I drop someone like Thadd for him if/when Thadd is traded? @Connor:

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Connor: Nah, post ASB I would think he’d be OK. Whoaaaaa I’m taking Green though. i think he gets out of this slump.

        Ehhhh not doing the MCW one. Or the LIllard one. I think it’s giving too much value away.

        Ummm, yeah if Thad is traded I’m good getting Kemba there. But not until that happens.

        Thanks for reading man!

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      @Connor: Danny Green has outperformed Beal (#39 vs #69 in 8-cat avgs, per ESPN ‘s player rater) even without taking into account the injury and his dodgy injury history, so I don’t see how you don’t accept that as fast as you possibly can.

  9. DaddyBoJangles says:
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    I seen Carmelo shut down looming picked up Langston Galloway as a stash anyone else on the Knicks youd recommend stashing? Of course I’m still holding tight to Reggie Jackson in hopes of a trade.

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      @DaddyBoJangles: I’ve done the same, but with his awful shooting %s I’m a bit worried he’s just a poor man’s MCW, i.e. not roster worthy. Would be good to see a big game from him tonight!

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        @DaddyBoJangles: Hmmmm, Hardaway maybe gets a few more shots, Lance Thomas for deepers, but nothing too substantial. I am kinda doubting RJax gets moved this year, but we’ll see.

        @Prodders: Let’s hope so man, would help a couple of my teams too!

  10. justin peele says:
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    Thanks for all the advice guys, it’s been a wild year of injuries. I am retooling after losing Rondo and Howard and just trying to make the playoffs H2H 11 Cat 12 team.
    I have
    George Hill
    Stephen Curry
    Brandon night
    Mo Williams
    Trey Burke
    Jodie Meeks
    Wesley Johnson
    Pj Tucker
    Matt barnes
    Derrick Favors
    DeAndre Jordan
    Jared Sullinger
    Jusuf Nurkic

    I have used 3 of my 4 add drops for the week to try and get the win in a short week. I was thinking of using my last add drop to pick up Calderon off waiver, but don’t know if I should pull the trigger and if so who to drop. Trey Burke is maddening to own and a FG% killer. The alternative would be to hold for more possible trade moves, or pick up Alex Len .

    Hollis Thompson, Pachulia, Shumpert, Marvin Williams, MKG, Ginoboli are also available. Let me know if there is anyone you would go for When add/drops reset on Monday too.

    Love the Podcast

    • JB Gilpin

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      @justin peele: Yikes, well kudos for still being in it! Yeah I think I narrowly like Calderon over Burke but just barely, not a big fan of either.

      None of those FA guys interest me too much… Wings or Bigs seem the bigger needs, maybe keep an eye on Len but waiting until he’s back on the court healthy before investing,.

      Thanks so much for listening!

  11. dom says:
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    carlos boozer is so ugly and annoying and bad at defense

    interesting re: streaming Snell Thursday, I picked up Tristan Thompson hoping he’d run into a block or two (most important cat for me roto), but if Snell could hit a few 3’s he might be a better play. Should I wait to see Dunleavy’s status Thursday to decide between them?

    Do you see Nurkik getting more minutes second half? Dude loves to foul people

    Thinking about starting B Knight over M Conely tonight

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Hahaha, well said on Boozer.

      Hmmm, yeah would depend on what cat you need more of. Even if Dunleavy is good to go, I think Snell would start at the 2 with hinrich out.

      Fouls are an issue, but so is conditioning. All star layoff, yeah I could see a slight uptick.

      Gimme KNight!

  12. Ryan says:
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    Ha! I was checking out Fantasy SP’s waiver wire trends page and noticed that they quoted your write-up about Shark Tank and how Cuban should invest in sports medicine clinics!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Hah, really?! I need to check that out! Can you shoot me a link where you saw that?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Hah crazy yeah they must have some sort of news pull-in that usually grabs rotoworld or rotowire since they post frequently dedicated to player news. Weird!

  13. Clos says:
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    Jb whuddup.. You think it’s time to drop Henson for Jordan Hill? Or ride Henson out?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Yeah I think Henson looked rocky tonight, the blocks were nice though. If blocks wasn’t a dire need I would move to Hill as he should be back post ASB

  14. Joe says:
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    Jrue, MCW, and Clarkson: *pick two* in a h2h, 9-cat, 10-team league where Jrue would cost a 5th round pick to keep, MCW a 7th round pick, and Clarkson an 11th round pick (if I opted to keep any of them). My PGs are Conley, Evans, MCW, and IT2.

    Jrue is the obvious handcuff as you recognized but our rosters are shallow (11 players) and I’m scared the stress fracture will be a 2014, miss a bunch of games reload.

    MCW kills me in TOs and FG%, but truth be told, those are hard stats to chase anyway, since high TOs usually means high usage rate and FG% can vary so much from week to week even for players like Durant (you trust by season’s end it’s good but that’s more helpful in ROTO than H2H). MCW’s counting stats may make it worth it.

    And Clarkson is looking good but it’s the Lakers. I repeat, it’s the Lakers.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I guess Smart and R-Jax are also available but Celtics (bleh) and no trade news (w/o a trade, no way R-Jax is valuable in a shallow league).

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joe: I doubt Clarkson will be a keeper next year, so I’m sticking with MCW and Jrue. The hurt guys! Haha. Yeah RJax and Smart are out too, albeit close. Jrue is scary but I feel like if it’s the same thing again they would’ve just shut it down. Makes them look like morons if it goes the same way again

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