Flashy player.  Ridiculous opportunity.  Buzzy preseason.  A lot of times it ends up fizzling out, sometimes it works out OK, and one time it’s C.J. McCollum.

C.J. went absolutely bonkers in his 15-16 debut, hitting 14-22 from the field including 6-9 3PTM for 37/6/1/1/0 and no TO.  Video game numbers!  So he’s a shooter, and he does what NBA shooters do – keeps draining em when they hot!  But I think we need to take a step back and consider a few things:  Other than massive Pts and treys it was fairly empty.  This was against the Pelicans, who without Brow, might look worse than the Sixers; they look horrific.  And the third thing that no one seemed to mention while anointing McCollum the next big thing in combo guards this preseason – he’s got a pretty extensive injury history.  He’s at the pinnacle of a sell high for me.  Do I think he’ll be hot garbage all the sudden?  Of course not.  But do I think he scores 37 again this year?  I don’t.  Well, unless they faced the Pelicans every night…  I’d shop around in the 40-50 range of ADP and see if you can get lucky.  As with all fantasy takeaways off one game, it’s always good to keep from overreacting.  Compared to fantasy football, we’re at the same point as about 9 minutes into the first quarter of week 1.  Still a long way to go.  Here’s what else went down during the first full slate of fantasy basketball action:

Otto Porter In the running for the most boring per-36 minute starter out there…  Got the crazy run (36:55) for 7/8/5/2/0 hitting a trey on 3-10 shooting.  Very usable, but pretty vanilla minus that sprinkle of dimes.  I want Ben & Jerry’s now!

Marcin Gortat Surprised he only got 6 shots, but still put together a solid 10/8/2/0/2 line on 4-6 FG and 2-2 FT.  The ten foot pole is looking to be a metrics darling yet again!

Gary Neal – 18 minutes off the bench taking 8 shots in a very un-noteworthy performance, but I mention it to highlight Kelly Oubre is unsurprisingly not in the rotation with a DNP.

John Wall Line of the night nominee #1!  22/7/6/3/5 with two treys, but decided to MCW-it-up with 2-6 FT and 6 TO.  5 blocks?!  5!?!??!?!  Apparently Orlando shocked the world with a backcourt of Muggsy Bogues and Earl Boykins.

Elfrid Payton Other than making John Wall look like Gheorghe Muresan, gave ya that tripdub flirt!  11/10/8/1/0 with only 2 TO and hit a 3.  Shot only 5-15, but John Wall had Flubber on his shoes…

Victor Oladipo I had to fight off some supporters, and while he was fine, my main critique on his game is a bad deep stroke and he unfathomably shot 1-8 from out there.  Ended with a very nice 17/11/2/2/0 line with only 1 TO, so somehow I am right and wrong at the same time!

Aaron Gordon Only got 17 minutes, but left briefly after getting hit on the head by a dunk attempt.  I bet it was the rim that hit him!  Looked like an absolute specimen out there, going 12/7/1/0/1 and hitting 4-6 FT, a popular concern of his game that I don’t think should be (cough, Slim).  It was a little disappointing seeing the Magic start the ghost of Evan Fournier, but Gordon should get more and more minutes.

Mario Hezonja 4-9 hitting a nice 3 treys for 11/3/2/0/0 but with 4 TO.  Rookie ThrAGNOF!

Jahlil Okafor Shocking stat of the night!  Okafor hit all 6 of his FT.  Monster debut for 26/7/1/1/2, but I think the blocks are fluky and you better have a TO punt or be in 8-cat.  8 giveaway.  One for each category!  You should get bonus points if you have a guy get 8 TO in 8-cat…  Boston had no Kelly Olynyk, which doesn’t matter that much, but Okafor started hot with Tyler Zeller starting, and Zeller pretty much didn’t get back into the game after getting tore up.

Nerlens Noel Rainbow master!  Sounds like some weird Final Fantasy character…  I never could get into those RPGs…  14/12/2/3/2.  Love the flat top, stay for the out-of-position steals!

Isaiah Canaan The most anti-PG PG.  If that makes any sense…  18/7/2/1/0 with 4 treys.  The Sixers had 12 team assists on 95 points.  Eesh.

Isaiah Thomas The Celtics bench almost outscored the Grizz as a team last night!  IT2/3 went for 27/2/7/3/0 and fell way too far in ADP this year.

David Lee – 22 minutes of yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn.  Jared Sullinger came out and started the second half I believe next to Lee, and had the best Boston big man line for 12/7/2/1/1 on 6-8 shooting in 21 minutes.  Amir Johnson was solid for 15/7 in 20 minutes.  Olynyk still lurks.  It’s going to be plain awful, this might be the best we see from all of these guys at the same time.

Avery Bradley Led the C’s in minutes and scored 4 points without doing much else.  It should get better.  He’s fringy already in 12ers, but any deeper I’d shoot a very lowball buy low.

Jae Crowder Surprisingly got past the 30 minute threshold for 14/6/3/2/0 and two treys.  What happened to The Red October when the caterpillar was sabotaged?  He’s on the radar!  I thought his 50%+ ownership in Yahoo was a tad high, but it’s looking like a tasty Boston Clam Crowder now!

Utah Jazz Being Annoying – Effin Snyder.  Decides to start Rodney Hood at the 2 and Raul Neto at the 1.  Well, the Neto part is awesome, told ya Slim!  Hood shockingly tied for the team lead in shots, despite shooting 0-7 from deep.  What the F is that?!  12/4/6 in a nice line, but I dunno…  Neto for a very boring 8/1/3.  It was nice to see Alec Burks playing PG down the stretch and taking a key shot under a minute left.  After a slow start he went 18/6/1/0/0 on 6-14 FG (6-7 FT) with no TO.  I think Burks out-minutes Hood most nights, and all of this rendered Trey Burke utterly useless.  He’s cuttable in almost all leagues.

Rudy Gobert Preseason?!  You talkin’ about preseason?!  6/12/1/1/3 with no FT drain.  Not monstrous, but a fine start.

Derrick Favors Looked awesome.  26/6/1/1/1 on 10-15 shooting.  I’d let him give me all the favors he wants…

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope When does an addiction just become part of a mundane routine?!  16/5/1/0/1, although the one block could’ve easily been an ill-advised foul on a game-tying shot from Hood.  On the plus side, 4-4 FT.  Now 7-7 after somehow shooting sub-70% last year.  I’m trading up all my ludes for KCP!

Andre Drummond Man, credit Stan Van for the FT improvements!  Well, I dunno who is to thank, but 8-11 FT, making Drummo 14-21 on the season.  It’s high-volume that doesn’t help, but isn’t soul-shattering either.

Stanley Johnson Played under 20 minutes and didn’t do much…  I got grilled yesterday for saying I thought Ersan Ilyasova could be phased out of minutes at times, and only 22 last night.  Gus Ayonin’!

Marcus Morris Not as hot as the opener, but 14/6/1/0/0 with a 3PTM and 3-3 FT is still usable.

Chris Bosh – My pick for 15-16 value, looks absolutely fine out there for 21/10/1/1/1 with 2 treys and 9-10 FT.  Helped that the Hornets PF mix if horrific.

Hassan Whiteside Panic mode!  Only 20 minutes, but had some early TO and Al Jefferson only played 22 minutes.  Whiteside still had an OK 4/6/0/0/2 line and didn’t shoot any FT, so at least you got something out of it…  Not worried.

Heat bench – Wow, maybe Gerald Green CAN get enough minutes.  19/1/1/0/0 with 5 treys is still pretty ThrAGNOFfy though…  The big surprise was 25:30 for Justise Winslow after an up-and-down preseason.  Had a ridiculous +26 in only a 10-point win.  5/7/2/0/0 and a trey; it’s pretty yawnstipating, but I have a brow raised.

Marvin Williams OK, what in the F is going on?!  Led the Hornets in minutes with 38!!!!!! Yes, 38 minutes for Stravin Marvin, missed all his 3s (0-5), but a nice 10/10/3/0/0 for the deepers, yet I bet he was even benched in REL!  Frank Kaminsky played only 6 minutes off the bench.  Yuck.  And Cody Zeller got 30 minutes (7/12).  Jefferson had all of his 17 points in the first half, I haven’t seen word of an injury, but a lot of stretch-4 minutes to cover the small ballin’ Heat.

Nikola Mirotic Aight Miro fans, starting to look like his 50ish draft selection in some leagues might work out.  30 minutes of 18/9/1/2/1 and 4 treys.  Jimmy Butler was hot as well (9-11 FG 3-3 3PTM) and the Bulls waltzed to an easy win because it was the Nets.  Mirotic’s FG% and 3PT% are crazy high, not a McCollum sell-high, but he is due to regress a tad.  I’d ride it out though!

Brook Lopez Looks great when he plays (26/7/2/0/1) but it just always feels like a ticking time bomb.  He’s the Jaime Garcia of fantasy basketball…

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Jump shot still looks pretty ugly, but a nice multi-cat 8/5/0/2/1 effort.  Good to see 24 minutes early for the deepers.

Andrea Bargnani – Really?  REALLY?  17/7/0/1/1 on 6-13 shooting.  Maybe worth a flier in a Nets-only league.

Monta Ellis – A dud in his first game as a Pacer, but had two early fouls and was much better in the second half.  9/0/6/2/0 on only 3-11 shooting, but at least you got the dimes and steals.  HIS CONTRACT IS STILL A STEAL!

Ian Mahinmi Woooo, at least one of my scrubby final draft pick calls worked out!  10/8/3/2/2 for a rainbow on 5-8 FG and thankfully didn’t shoot any FT.  Only played 25 minutes, but that’s just fine.

Myles Turner And right after feeling good on that, we have to talk Turner…  I’m not moving on quite yet, as his bum ankle made him available to play but behind Jordan Hill in the rotation and got a DNP.  Let’s hope that has more to do with the ankle than the rotation…

Paul George Did a lot of Paul George things!  Mainly in the 4-17 shooting…  But had a tremendous line, going 17/12/8/3/0 and 9-10 FT.  Playing PF isn’t that bad is it, PG13?!

C.J. Miles I clown him for his ThrAGNOF DNA, but he did great ThrANOF things last night for 18/1/1/3/0 and 4 treys.  I’ve added him in a few leagues for the game tonight.  ThrAGNOF!

Jonas Valanciunas Whoa, look at those big, sexy Lithuanian minutes!  21/15/0/0/1 on 8-11 shooting hitting 5-6 FT, and maybe he is stretched out like JV owners hope.  We’ll see, but one game does not a season make!

Luis Scola – Got the start, and managed to play 17 minutes without taking a shot and committing 4 TO.

Patrick Patterson Came off the bench, BUT THE PACERS HAD NO ANSWER FOR HIM!  8/4/1/1/0 with a couple of treys in a team-carrying performance.  I of course keed, but he’s better than Scola, camon!  He’s just fine off the bench though for streamability/deep league use.

Cory Joseph Got some combo guard minutes next to the solid, skinny looking Kyle Lowry.  28 minutes, and the Raps played the pair together down the stretch.  Other than the minutes though, Cojo had no mojo.  3/2/1/0/0 on 1-4 FG and 3 TO.  Cojo needs a mojito.

Emmanuel Mudiay Shocker of the night!  The Nugs not only beat the Rockets, but bludgeoned them.  Led by Mudiay’s near triple-double (17/5/9/0/0 – hah tricked you!  11 TO), the Nugs were just crazy hot from deep (48.1% as a team) while the Rockets were, um, not (22.9%).

Danilo Gallinari WOOOOOOO!  And yet, after ranking him somewhere where I thought I’d have him in virtually every league, I only have him in one.  23/8/3/1/3 on 7-15 FG (3-5 3PTM 6-6 FT) with no TO.  As true a 9-cat line as there is.

Kenneth Faried 18/9/1/1/3, and if Manimal gets blocks, Manimal gets feast!

Joffrey Lauvergne Was having a pretty hot game, but didn’t play a ton in the 2nd half.  11/7/1/0/1 on 4-5 shooting with a trey.  Helps the deepers, but I think right off the cusp of 12ers still.

Wilson Chandler Willllllllssssoonnnnn! Nooooooooo!  Out 1-2 weeks with a hip strain.  For RCLers, Yahoo made him IL eligible, so he’s an easy short-term stash.  I’d likely hold in 12ers without IL still, but 10ers, nah you need minutes or else you’ll be talking to volleyballs instead of in the fantasy playoff hunt.

Clint Capela Very nice fill-in start for 9/7/0/2/3 on 4-7 shooting if you used him.  Wish he got more than 25 minutes, but the Nugs were playing a lot of smaller line-ups.

Ty Lawson – Very meh.  12/4/6/0/0 with 3 TO on 3-10 shooting.  And unlike some James Harden non-believers, didn’t cut into Harden’s usage at all.  Beard didn’t have the best game, but did rainbow it up!  22/6/6/2/2.

Derrick Williams – Dammit, now we have to talk about preseason mattering sometimes…  First CJ, now Williams?!  Was an absolute shooting machine, going Gatling Gun in 21 minutes for 24/7/1/0/1 on 8-17 FG and 7-9 FT.  If this is actually something, and Kyle O’Quinn also rocks out with his KOQ out (8/11/3/1/2), all the sudden the Knicks have a ridiculously deep front court rotation with all in the 12er discussion.  A little worrisome for Kristaps Porzingis, who had about the best 3-11 shooting rookie debut you can ask for (16/5/1/1/1 with a trey and 9-12 FT).

Robin Lopez Only played 20 minutes himself, mostly because he’s utter lack of any talent.  Hah, of course kidding, but the Knicks front court is suddenly looking Boston-ish.  You know what they say, New York steals all of their ideas from Boston…  That’s right, I’ll poke the city rivalry bear!

Langston Galloway The Harlem Renaissance with a shocking 16/4/3 with no TO and 4 treys.  This was just a really, really weird game blowing out the supposedly defensive-minded Bucks.  Jose Calderon played the fewest minutes of all the Knicks guards, but that NY second unit was unbelievable.  I’m giving Calderon tonight to see how it goes on the short slate before doing anything rash.

John Henson Dude, what the hell?!  You pay this guy MORE THAN MONTA ELLIS and play him 10 minutes?!  At least he got a block, but ouch.  I think a few weeks ago on the Pod I said I’d give him a long leash, but the leash got cut in half last night.  I mean, Johnny O’Bryant played 17 minutes, what the helllllllllllllllllllllllllll!?

Greg Monroe Just a monster.  22/14/4/2/2 on 7-17 FG (8-10 FT) with no TO.  If those steals and blocks are legit, oh boy.

Michael Carter-Williams Scored a lot of points (20/5/4/1/0) and hit his FT (8-9), but it’s time for another edition of “where did MCW hurt you!?”  It’s like a post-Jared arrest questionnaire…  Well, I kinda gave it away, but 6 TO.  Interesting to see Greivis Vasquez play 29 minutes, for 15/7/5/0/0 with a trey and 8-8 FT.  He’s got some nice appeal right outside of 12 team leagues.

Kawhi Leonard Oohohohohoh looked soooooo good!  32/8/0/3/2 on 13-22 FG with 5-5 FT.  Did have an uncharacteristic 3 TO, but took 10 more shots than any other Spur.  Awesome to see.  And was a career-high!  I didn’t even catch that until edits, what a debut!  If only the Spurs won…

LaMarcus Aldridge I’ve never felt so good with being in the red than right there!  11/5/1/0/1 on 4-12 shooting in a very blah team debut.  It’ll of course get better, but yuck.

Kevin Durant Looks good, looks healthy, but the line looks paltry!  22/6/0/0/0 with two treys.  His usual awesome 8-8 FT, but I’m greedy, I want a bigger, fuzzier Durantula!  I want an 8 Legged Freak!

Russell Westbrook Just plain stupid out there.  33/2/10/2/0 on 12-23 FG (3-6 3PTM 6-7 FT).  His usual unawesome 5 TO, but I’m greedy!

Enes Kanter Some things never change…  A dynamic scorer/boarder (15/16), and his ability to avoid other stats is near legendary: 15/16/0/0/0 with no TO.

LeBron James While he wasn’t nearly as flashy as the debut Tuesday night, had a decent 12/7/5/3/0 line.  That said, 4-8 FT and now 4-11 on the young season.  I remember a quote from Whiteside saying he was thinking about his ankle injury too much while FT shooting, I wonder if there’s a thread I can pull there related to LeBron’s back.  If he shoots a high-volume sub-70%, it’s gonna hurrrrrrrrrrrrt.

Mo Williams – Unsurprisingly cooled off a little (9/2/5 in 23 minutes), but hit another 3 treys and the Cavs whalloped the Grizz and they thinned the minutes like LeBron’s hairline.

Memphis Grizzlies – Not taking much away from this one.  They were all bad.  Although we all already knew that about Jeff Green.

Brandon Knight Maybe he is going to act as a TO vortex to keep them from piling up for Eric Bledsoe…  Knight for 15/6/3/0/1 with a horrible 6 TO, but E Bled wasn’t much better for 13/4/4/0/0 and 2 TO.  Phoenix had a lot of sun spots last night…

Markieff Morris Cue the buy low alert!  5 fouls and only played 11 minutes.  Maybe you can trick someone that didn’t see the foul trouble…

The epic P.J. Tucker vs. T.J. Warren battle for better initialed player – As I expected, PJ started.  As I expected, TJ played decent minutes.  As I expected, TJ did absolutely nothing usable for fantasy (9/4/0/0/0 with a trey).  As I didn’t expect, PJ only played 9 minutes and was even worse.  As I didn’t expect, the Suns were blown out right at the tip, and the two SFs combined for only 29 TOTAL minutes.  I still think PJ is the one to own, but yuck.  Either can be dropped for streaming in standard 10/12ers.

Wesley Matthews Wow, look at that!  26 minutes and started, and remember about a month ago when there was an erroneous report he could be out until Christmas?  Huzzah for healing!  9/3/1/1/0 with a couple of treys, and I do expect it to start slow, but you’re more than happy with the price you paid on draft day for him.

Dirk Nowitzki We all knew lower minutes were coming, and this was a blowout anyway.  Should go for a lot more than 21 min most nights, but he had a surprising multi-cat effort for owners who begrudgingly drafted him (11/9/3/1/1 with a trey and no TO).

Raymond Felton Lord help me.  The Mavs started him at SG.  I think he might’ve eaten John Jenkins before the game to take the spot…  And lord help me even more…  I actually think he’s a short-term pickup.  In probably the most expected thing to come out of opening night, Deron Williams got hurt.  D-Will was actually playing pretty well (12/2/7/1/0 on 5-8 FG 2-2 3PTM), but banged knees and he sat the rest of the night out.  It wouldn’t shock me at all for Dallas to play it safe and sit him tonight, possibly giving Felton the keys to the offense.  As much as everyone loves to slam him, I mentioned in the preseason he looked shockingly not fat, and 18/4/6/0/0 last night on 7-14 FG (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT).  I’d still rather own Dennis Schroder, but I’d drop either of the Suns dud-SF for him to play tonight!

Zaza Pachulia Pizza face had the supreme with extra pepperoni for 10/10/3/2/1 and 6-6 FT.  Might be semi-OK this year!

Anthony Davis It didn’t take a genius to figure he’d have a nice bounce back last night.  25/10/0/2/2 on 10-17 FG (3-5 3PTM 2-4 FT).  Dat 3PTM doe!  So weird to see him shoot more attempts and a better % from deep than at the line…

Jrue Holiday Glad to see him play, and the 21 minutes obliterated his original 15 MPG limit reported a few weeks ago.  12/1/3/0/0 with a trey in a pretty boring affair.  It’s going to be annoying.

Ish Smith Indeed has won most of the PG minutes as Nate Robinson diarrheaed the opportunity away.  7/4/8/2/0 for Ish, with 3 TO shooting a putrid 3-14.  As I mentioned yesterday, it’s Ish’s 9th team in 5 years and he couldn’t run away with the Sixers starting PG role last year.  It’s not going to always be pretty, but minutes should be there (29 last night).  Rather Schroder here too.

Meyers Leonard Whoa, multi-cat Leonard!  12/8/3/1/1 with a couple of treys.  Nice start, but all Blazers get a “against the Pelicans” asterisks.

Ed Davis Noice!  29 minutes and I thought he would struggle for 20.  Hopefully it becomes a trend, his game is so fantasy-friendly.  12/11/0/1/0 on 5-6 FG 2-2 FT.  Not quite there for a 12er pickup yet, but adding to the watch list.  But yes, twas against the Pelicans.

Blake Griffin 33 Pts on 14-20 shooting.  Looked great.  I thought George Karl wanted to start Kosta Koufos in order to try and slow Blake Griffin down…  And then Willie Cauley-Stein only plays 8 minutes?!  DAMMIT CARL!  WCS did just have a kankle, so maybe they wanted to start him really slow.  Kouf was mad solid in his 23 minutes for 10/7/1/1/2 on 5-6 FG.  This veered a long way from Griffin!  You always expect a nice night from BG these days…

DeAndre Jordan The big thing I was worried about was the minutes.  Only 27 last night, and 0-3 FT.  Send him to Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons, they’d fix him!  Still got his stats you’d expect though: 8/12/1/0/4.

DeMarcus Cousins 8 TO.  Bonus points if you own him in 8-cat!  Was awesome otherwise.  How bout dat range?!  Hit 4-5 from deep.  Better 3-pt shooter than Dipo, Gus Ayonin’!

Rajon Rondo Made the Kings look scattered, pretty bad 4/7/4/1/0 line, but at least he stayed off the FT line and only had 2 TO.  We’ve been saying it all preseason – Darren Collison is SOOOOO much better and is a great value.  30 minutes of 13/1/6/1/0 with a trey, but let too much Rondo rub off on him for 2-5 FT.  That’s fluky though.  Even Marco Belinelli had a ton more AST than Rondo!  9/2/7 for Belli in a line good enough to be owned in all leagues deeper than 12 (played 32 minutes to Ben McLemore‘s 20).  I’d rather own Ryan Lewis than McLemore…  Belli/Colly backcourt played a ton more minutes at an aggregate 0 in +/-; in fewer minutes, Rondo+McLemore added up to -22.  Given they played against the Clippers starters out of the gate, but still…

Ricky Rubio I was touching myself this whole game.  Scored 10 of the first 14 Pts for the Wolves, and exuded confidence on his jumper for a career high 28 Pts.  On the opening slate of games, I got two career-highs on my REL squad with Kawhi and Rubio…  Someone is feeling fortunate!   Wanna know what’s sexy?  Mmmmmmm.  Wanna know what’s sexier?  Ahhhhhhhh.  And the sexiest?  A 28/2/14/1/0 line, on 10-17 FG (2-4 3PTM 6-7 FT) and only one TO.  That TO was at the very end too!  Almost clean-sheeted it, as my sheets are obviously no longer clean…  But let’s get serious now, just like the Pelicans*, this was against the Lakers.  Had a few way-too-easy looks and layups.  That said, ugh we gotta talk about Wiggins…

Andrew Wiggins The Wolves giveth, and the Wolves taketh away…  Looked awful, unassertive, and like he had some major jet lag or something…  9/1/0/0/0 with 2 TO on 2-10 shooting in one of the worst games of his career, even compared to his rocky start last year.  You wanna know what you should do, is trade McCollum for Wiggins.  I honestly could see that working in a lot of situations.

Karl-Anthony Towns Didn’t register a block, but looked refined in the post for 14/12/1/0/0 in his debut, shooting 6-10.  Nice start.

Zach LaVine As expected, shifted to backup PG after that brief period where they wanted to try him as starting SG this preseason, but did play some combo guard with Rubio during portions of the 4th last night.  20 minutes of 8/3/3/1/0 on 4-10 shooting and didn’t commit a TO.  Looked under control, and once Kevin Martin is dealt, is going to be a lot of fun to own with 30 MPG next to Rubio.

Julius Randle Big difference between NBA fan and fantasy fan.  He was jawing with Kevin Garnett all game, and played grandpa mad physical.  Absolutely awesome.  But he showed some of the holes in his fantasy game, going 15/11/2/0/0 on 5-13 shooting.  Not a great FG% guy, not big on STL/BLK, but was nice to see 30 minutes.

Roy Hibbert – Was solid in his debut in gold.  Well, gold with dat purp instead of black…  12/10/4/0/2, but shot 1-4 FG (never seems to have a good FG%!).  Made up for it with a nuts 10-10 FT.  He was getting absolutely battered up in the post, hitting the floor several times and getting up slow.  A little worrisome. I wonder if his bad 2nd halves have to do with nagging minor injuries…

Jordan Clarkson Wasn’t particularly special (14/4/3/0/0 with no 3s), but looked good out there and a lot better than D’Angelo Russell.  Still happy with my Clarkson preseason love.

Kobe Bryant – Unlike what Kobe should’ve done by now, we’ve retired the Guess the Kobe stat line…  Pretty mundane night for Kobe, who hit some shots (24 Pts), but didn’t do much else and shot a horrific 8-24.  Didn’t commit a TO though!  Drop the confetti!

 

Woooo, hoops is back baby!  Huge opening night with crazy ups (Rubio, McCollum) and crazy downs (Wiggins, Kieff, Myles Turner DNP), but as mentioned in the open, it’s 1 game for almost every team, and there’s still 81 to go.  We got a while.  So settle in, don’t trade half your team away, and let’s have a good Winter, Razzball Nation!

 

  1. freda says:
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    thanks JB !
    would you sell CJ McCollum to KA Towns in a keeper league?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @freda: Hell YES!!! As in gimme Towns!!!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @freda: @Slim: Yessir! That would be incredible!

        • freda says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I forgot to mention it’s my guard league with 12cats, including 3s%, ATO and minutes.
          KAT is not great on AST, ATO, 3s, 3%……
          what kind of realistic ceiling do you see next year or soon? can he bring the 3s reallistically?
          with BBM settings, McCollum is 60 & KAT is 122 this year.
          thanks guys for your indsight…. I’m having hard time sell on Mccollum……

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @freda: Well that certainly throws a big kink. Well I actually think he and KAT will be similar in ATO. McCollum isn’t gonna dime much either. I’m still going KAT, but yes closer

  2. DK says:
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    Thanks always for the daily updates. Me skipping on Mirotic when I had the last chance might haunt me entire season.

    On a 14 team, would you drop Tucker? Or just use him as a streamer?

    What do you think of Gary Harris? He played 29 mins. Well, Chandler was injured… is he worth a pickup?

    • Slim

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      @DK: Mirotic has started off hot, we shall see…

      Tucker is probably just a streamer. The suns were a mess last night though, I’d give it another game.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Harris keeps the job and Wilson comes off the bench, they were hinting at it in preseason too. Harris definitely makes for an intriguing pickup for the short term if nothing else.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @DK: @Slim: Hah yeah as I mentioned to ya last night, FG% and 3pt% are flukey high. Yeah Tucker can go even in 14er as long as its an OK option. I kinda disagree with Slim on Chandler, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be for Harris. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s to bump Lauvergne

  3. Mark says:
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    I know it’s just one game but Is Myles turner and jarret jack still a hold? 9 cat h2h 12 person league. SAme with dieng. Only played 20 mins

    • Slim

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      @Mark: I think yes but we knew we would have to be patient with Turner. I’m hoping Jack is fine, just kind of in wait and see mode there. Gorgui was ok in his minutes but Bjelica was the 1st big off the bench and Gorgui was the 2nd. I’m holding but it was a bit unforseen.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Mark: @Slim: Yeah hold to all 3… Dieng had a monster block in there! And at least had good D stats.

  4. TheJohn says:
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    @jb anything wrong with hayward positional or formation wise? or is it just a one off bad game… he didn’t look in position to do the expect!

    • Slim

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      @TheJohn: It’s just one game. Hood was taking a ton of shots with the starters, hopefully those go Haywards way next time.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @TheJohn: @Slim: Nah he hit a big layup to tie it, just an odd game flow. Shocking to see Hood take 7 treys including a big one at the end after missing the first 6…

  5. Kris says:
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    Hey JB and Slim,

    How’s fantasy basketball doing? Just a quick check will you, guys. 🙂

    H2h 20er 9cats (Current Team)

    Wall
    Wiggins
    Payton
    P.J. Tucker
    Terrence Jones
    Mason Plumlee
    Capela
    Kanter
    Draymond Green
    Cory Joseph
    Myles Turner
    Jarrett Jack
    Tony Wroten

    So I made some moves… And… on the trading block some managers are offering KAT, Millsap, Stauskas, MCW, Klay, Wes Mat, Griffin… BIG NAMES! Any thoughts?

    • Slim

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      @Kris: The depth is really good for such a deep league. If anyone I would go after KAT. I’m not sure what the other guy wants but that’s where I would start. Matthews is a guy to target with a buy low right now too.

      • Kris says:
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        @Slim:

        Hey Slim, thanks man! Btw, JB suggested to have a trade for KAT with Terrence Jones. Anyone on my teamn, you think I should go trade for Matthews?

        • draco21 says:
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          @Kris: Kanter for Matthews. If the owner agrees go ahead and run off with it

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Slim: @Kris: @draco21: Hoops is going good man! Ridiculous depth for a 12er! BLK/REB would help. I still like that KAT deal a ton. I dunno about that Kanter deal,. vacuum I rather Matthews for sure, but I think you need the REB. If they need a PG Jack is a solid offer, but after missing the opener it’s prob not gonna happen

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              @JB Gilpin:

              Wouldn’t I be sacrificing a lot without Terrence Jones? I mean, I will have 2 wolves and will be heavy on PF/C positions.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Kris: Jones helps across the categories, but isn’t the boarder and not quite the BLK upside. Jones probably scores a smidge more with 3s. I think you’re stronger there

                • Kris says:
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                  @JB Gilpin:

                  Okay so here’s the funny thing. KAT’s owner is really punting on big men. You punt on big men? HAHA! Anyway, he has like 5 or 6 big men that he can trade but so far… Dang… He doesn’t want to make a trade to anyone? He has 2 PGs but yeah those are streamers SO yeah I’m a bit 60-40 here that the Jones – KAT deal goes a-okay. If ever, is there anyone else than KAT who I can get for any of my current players to have the gold again. Hehe!

                  Honestly, this year’s tough. Managers had their homeworks done, it’s just that I was on pick 11 out of 20. HAHA! So yeah, players were drafted after me but I really want this team to compete. Thanks, Slim and JB for everything. But, you guys know, a little competition isn’t bad! HAHA!

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @Kris: Haha, if I punt it’s either BLK or REB, not both! Hah

                    Yup, make a title feel so much better if it took a fight for it!

                    • Kris says:
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                      @JB Gilpin:

                      Hahaha! Would you look at that. Jones got injured. KAT had a monster game. Trade rejected. HAHA! Bah! I’m running with this team til playoffs. Dang, Tucker :)) Not helping for my team. HAHA! All good man!

                      I’m up against a team with kawhi dwade mirotic ibaka and favors. Yeah it’s a big match up for my team. But they will wear down as the season goes. HA!

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @Kris: Not Ibaka or Kawhi though, better not wear down as studs on my 20teamer!

  6. Tyler says:
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    14er deep league.
    is Neto worth a flier?
    other options are: Aaron Brooks, Evan Fournier, Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, Jordan Hill

    • Slim

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      @Tyler: I think Neto does virtually nothing on the stat sheet so I’m passing all around. Fournier’s shot wasn’t falling but he played the most minutes, I would go with him.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Tyler: @Slim: Shocking how many minutes Fournier played, and he was usable a lot of last year. I’m going Fournier as well, but Neto is probably my #2

  7. Blint says:
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    HI JB love that the daily notes are back 😀

    when you say a player is maybe add for a 12 teamer but an add for a deep league , what roster size are you talking about? I play in a lot of custom leagues so I a not sure what the standard 12 team league setup is?

    • Slim

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      @Blint: I’d say “standard” refers to a 12er with 13 roster spots, or about 150 players owned. Anymore and it’s a deeper, any less and it’s shallow.

      • Blint says:
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        @Slim:

        Even though I play in a 10 teamer we roster about 180 players! So that clears a lot up! Thanks!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @Blint: Yup standard is RCL format, so yup what Slim said. So yeah, that league would be closer to a 14er with roster depth. Great question!

  8. Lasandro says:
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    In my shallow 14-cat roto, makes sense to cut bait on Turner and grab Mahinmi, Plumlee, Hump or Zaza for some well rounded big man stats? And who between Marcus M, Porter and Aminu, in my L? I do need at least 12ppg outta one of these though and Morris has been fine so far.

    Will try to trade my tobias for LMA, even though I don’t feel all that good about it haha. But surely LMA could end up better value..

    • Slim

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      @Lasandro: I’m going to stick with Turner, especially since I imagine this is someone who is just going to be sitting on your bench. If you think you will get them active and you don’t want to wait then I guess I’d go Mahinmi.

      Those 3 are pretty different… Morris for points for sure but I would go Otto Porter for a bit more upside.

      I noticed you didn’t set your REL roster yesterday. Tsk tsk. Might as well just set it for the week since you can’t make any moves during the week…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: @Slim: Yeah I’ll go Turner too, such a roto-friendly game. I’m sticking with Marcus Morris as well. And yeah, rough game for LaMarcus, I’d def get him for Harris though. And Las, REL needs to be your #1 league my man!

  9. hamtime says:
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    should i drop tj warren for jerian grant or dwight powell? pretty gross, but i need someone who will provide more “consistent” value. Hood was dropped but doesn’t clear waivers till tomorrow, so im looking to grab someone that is solid just in case. there is also capela, but i nabbed him in my other league already and am willing to try someone new. thanks!

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: I’ll go Grant but I don’t think any of those 3 will give consistent value without an injury infront of them.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @hamtime: @Slim: Yeah consistency is gonna be tough with all of them. Can you make an add and play someone tonight? Totally fine getting Powell for tonight and hoping to get hood for tomorrow. I almost put it in the article but it would be pure speculation – I wonder if Dirk sits tonight on a back-to-back. If he does, Powell could be a monster if starting.

  10. Slim

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    Yep, Neto is still garbage. No crunch time minutes and shot about as well as you could possibly expect. I wouldn’t be shocked if this turns out to be his season high in minutes, and points… even with the minutes he isn’t top 200 because he does nothing on the stat sheet. Alec Burks off the bench is probably the single thing that pissed me off the most last night.

    So are you saying Aaron Gordons .667 on 6 attempts in only 17 minutes is good? Scary. For reference sake Drummond is shooting .667 on 10.4 attempts per 36. Gordon’s per36 would be .667 on 12.7 attempts. Still not scared? I’m not convinced he gets inserted into the starting lineup any time soon either. They could use the energy off the bench and if I was seeing things right last night it appeared like neither Gordon nor Tobias played anything but the 4.

    Look at Whiteside showing off why I avoided him. Remember when you had him above Favors… we were so much younger then. Noel with 2 poor percents and 3 TOs. Still behind Favors!

    I don’t know about the Suns… Goodwin and Booker were the 11th and 12th guys off the bench, but easily the best. Both were actually pretty solid, hopefully we’ve seen the end of Sonny Weems as the 1st guard off the bench.

    The Sullinger thing was funny. He goes from possibly a DNP to Olynyk suspended so he gets some backup minutes to Zeller is terrible so Sully starts the 2nd half. Yep, he’s still the best big on the roster. We’ll see how long it takes Stevens to figure that out. But Sully still shouldn’t be added in 12er obviously.

    Porzingis… I don’t know what to say. I can’t believe how good he is already. What happens when he shoots well? Best part was that he came out in the 1st quarter after going 0-3 with no other stats but stays aggressive when reinserted. The FT attempts were a bit out of nowhere though. He’s turning me into a Knicks fan, who if they booed the pick on draft day should be ashamed of themselves. I’m not worried about anyone taking his minutes. KOQ is almost exclusively backup center and Derrick Williams is just instant offense off the bench. He won’t play much with the starters. This was a blowout which probably explains the wonky minutes but who plays in garbage time? Porzingis plays in garbage time!

    Kawhi was great and all but still behind the Westbrook/Wall/Lillard tier for me. The 3 TOs to 0 assists is probably a bit fluky but still shows why PGs > wings.

    Buy Low… Dragic, Porter, Monta, Ibaka, MGasol, Bledsoe, Hayward, Markieff, TJones.
    Sell High… McCollum, Deron, Kanter, Okafor, Amir, Sullinger

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: I dunno, I think his dimes could be OK, you’re 12 minute projection doe!

      Well camon, Drummo is a little crazy high from what we expected. It’s a lot better than the range we bet on! Ha. Noel was fine and the Hornets didn’t play Al for some reason. Whiteside out blocking him! Suns look messy. Haha yeah go Porzingis! We both lovvvvvve him. Just a weird game for the Bucks to be blown out, give up 122 Pts… At home…

      Sure yeah Kawhi didn’t change value, still a bad playoff sched and they won’t be playing a playoff-atmosphere OKC often.

  11. Beards says:
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    Love your nightly review columns. And lord also help me, I dropped Nate to stream Felton tonight. Hopefully we see skinny Felton and not fat Felton.
    Cheers!

    • Slim

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      @Beards: Nice stream, and yeah he will probably be the top add in the REL this weekend, but Parsons will return soon and Felton will be a backup to Deron, but that would be the now/always injured Deron… Looks like there’s some value there.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Beards: @Slim: Thanks so much for reading! Yup, I am streaming Felton in even a 12er where I had a spot. I was shocked to see Felton avail. I don’t need PG, but I’ll be bidding to be sure a price is enforced.

  12. Woo says:
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    Hey JB, On a 10 team, would you drop Tyson Chandler?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Woo: Hey man, ummm probably not, I wanna see how the Suns run it in a game they’re actually in

  13. sebapargue says:
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    Good morning, thanks for the write up

    I Have a trade in the works (9cat) and need input. My mudiay for ryan anderson?? should I go for it?

    • Quintero says:
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      @sebapargue: Mudiay could board a bit for a PG(4ish) and makes 3s so unless it’s a roto league I don’t see me moving Mudiay for Ryno

      • JB Gilpin

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        @sebapargue: @Quintero: Morning man! Yup agree, Mudiay is gonna be mad tough in roto, but you can build around him in H2H and punt TO, plus AST is tough to find, I’d hold

  14. Michael says:
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    I have damian lillard on my team, and ya know with cj scoring it actually helps damian’s value with the dimes

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: That’s true! But will CJ hit all those shots most nights?

  15. Random Dude says:
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    looking for an opinion on my needs:

    PG Bledsoe
    SG Harden
    G Dragic
    SF Draymond Greene
    PF T Jones
    F Wiggins
    C Dieng
    C Lopez (terrible at basketball)
    UTIL Aaron Gordon
    UTIL Collison
    Bench Tristan Thompson, Zaza, Pit Pat, Capella, Joe Johnson

    Thanks!

    • Quintero says:
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      @Random Dude: would seek out replacement for some of the bench bigs with someone could block a bit. need some upside in the department to feel safe with how Dieng and RoLo r playing.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Random Dude: @Quintero: Haha awesome Rolo description. Yeah REB and BLK look a little low, blocks are probably fine most of the time with a lot chippin in, but REB is a need. Scoring and AST look good, one more 3 shooter might help too, Meyers Leonard or Ryan Anderson would fit really well

  16. Scott says:
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    Don’t forget Spud Webb!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Haha, but he had mad hops! He could elevate over all those Wall blocks 🙂

  17. Chase says:
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    would you sell high giannis and cj mccollum for gordon hayward?

    • draco21 says:
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      @Chase: with the way CJ played he can do the trick straight up with hayward!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Chase: @draco21: Haha, yeah I like the deal, obviously CJ alone is better, but I like it 2 for 1 ha

  18. miles proudfoot says:
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    Although our man Myles hasn’t even played a game yet, would you choose him or Gordon (he’s on the wire).

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: OHhhhhhhh man, hitting me where it hurts. I loveeeeeee Gordon. F it, I gotta take Gordon right now

  19. Fella says:
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    Morning, gents!
    12 teamer, 9 cat. How’s this look? What’s my identity? What do I need? Who should I package together and target as a buy-low?

    Gordon Hayward
    Bradley Beal
    Danny Green
    Kevin Martin
    Jordan Clarkson
    Jarrett Jack
    P.J. Tucker
    Draymond Green
    Anthony Davis
    Marcin Gortat
    Tim Duncan
    Myles Turner

    • Quintero says:
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      @Fella: could move Clarkson and KMart as a package to sell high. Maybe seeking possible replacement on wire for Tucker and Turner if there are sure things and u got moves to spend.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Fella: @Quintero: Morning man! Overalkl AST is really really low. STL might need a boost too. I wouldn’t move Clarkson, but yeah Martin could go after a nice opening night and I think you’re fine in 3s as long as you stream a shooter here and there. Martin + Duncan for a PG?

  20. dom says:
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    yahoo sucks! why doesn’t it tell you how many minutes your guys played like ESPN? is there a better way than to click on each of them individually, then go to their team page and look at box scores? ain’t nobody got time to do that for 17 players. John Henson ten minutes!! rabble rabble rabble!

    • dom says:
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      @dom: for 9 cat do we like Schroder or Zaza as a stream?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: Haha, well on the wire you can see MPG. If you hit average stats it shows minutes. I have never really noticed it since I’m lookign at box scores all night already haha. Kinda depends on needs int he matchup, leaning Schrodes

  21. Zar says:
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    Rubio! Rubio! Rubio!

    I looked at my team and saw two 20+ point games and thought it was lebron and monta going off. Instead it’s gallinari and… Rubio?! Nice!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Haha Rubio outscored LeBron+Monta!!!!!!!!! How often will that happen when all 3 play…. Ha!

  22. dem ribbies says:
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    So your sleeper Gallinari is available on the wire (probably not for long). Looked really good last night. Would you drop anyone off this lineup to acquire him in a shallow 10 teamer? It is a Punt FT/PTS (and kind of AST) build so he’ll have to bring 3’s or stocks w/ low TO and high FG% on a semi-regular basis to have value. What do you think?

    PG – CP3
    SG – Danny Green
    G – George Hill
    SF – Kawhi Leonard
    PF – Draymond Green
    F – Trevor Ariza
    C – DeAndre Jordan
    U – Andre Drummond
    U – Mo Williams
    B – Tyson Chandler
    B – DeMarre Carroll
    B – Terrence Jones
    B – Wesley Matthews

    • draco21 says:
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      @dem ribbies: Drop Mo Will and run with it.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dem ribbies: @draco21: Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?! He can def do that for you. Agree, Mo is the drop.

  23. Jeremy says:
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    Hey Slim and JB,

    Im in a 16 team h2h league.
    *HELP* Someone dropped A Len, should i drop Capella for Len or Jerian Grant? Or is Capella still a hold?

    I also have tucker, but i don’t think he is a drop yet based off of one game, he was in foul trouble, and Suns got destroyed. They do need the D from him as he is simply their best defender on the wing.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeremy: Yeah for a 16er I’d hold Tucker too. I dunno, Len might be squeezed for minutes too. Suns look like a mess, given it’s one game. If you need REB/BLK I would lose Grant, if not I’m holding

      • Jeremy says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I mean i have Capella. Should i drop him for Grant? Or continue to hold capella

        I have Horford, Gobert, and T Jones.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jeremy: Ohhhhhh my bad. Man that’s close… Wanna see Knicks rotation in a normal game. I might wait out Capela a little longer

  24. Rice says:
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    Would you drop someone from the below team for Schroder? I know my draft was a little weak in the AST department.

    1. (4) Kevin Durant (OKC – SF,PF)
    2. (21) Serge Ibaka (OKC – PF,C)
    3. (28) Eric Bledsoe (Pho – PG,SG)
    4. (45) Derrick Favors (Uta – PF,C)
    5. (52) Andrew Wiggins (Min – SG,SF)
    6. (69) Kemba Walker (Cha – PG)
    7. (76) Isaiah Thomas (Bos – PG)
    8. (93) Robert Covington (Phi – SG,SF)
    9. (100) Gorgui Dieng (Min – PF,C)
    10. (117) Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF)
    11. (124) Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    12. (141) Darren Collison (Sac – PG)

    • Rice says:
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      @Rice: Schroder was just grabbed. Other options available would be: Felton, Grevis Vasquez, Ish, Bargnani, Kufos

      Or just hold tight?

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        @Rice: 12 team. 9 Cat. H2H. Daily lineups.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Rice: Nah I would hold, I probably woulda had to hold even for Schroder, I like Collison a lot and I think you need the big man upside of Turner. Better friggin play tonight

  25. Matty

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    My biggest take away from a monster slate of games last night was just how awful Wiggins looked last night. I couldn’t believe it. How can you be that disinterested on OPENING NIGHT, in LOS ANGELES, against KOBE BRYANT?!?! Talk about shrinking on a big stage. It was actually a bit embarrassing to watch. Tayshaun Prince looked aggressive by comparison! Ha.

    And fantasy aside – the final score result of four games really, really shocked me:

    Nuggest over the Rockets by 20 IN Houston!
    Cavs (on tail end of B2B) over Grizz by 30 IN the Grindhouse!
    Knickerbockers over Bucks by 25 IN Brewtown!
    Mavs (with no Parsons and half a D-Will) over Suns by 15 IN the desert!

    All of those were road blowouts and messed with minutes/rotations. Sure mucked things up for DFS purposes as figuring out game flow is pretty important when picking on that heavy a slate.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matty: Yeah I know, not encouraging… Hahahaha. Friggin Prince… The big two for me were obviously Nugs and Knicks. Knicks are better and the win isn’t that crazy, but 122 against the Bucks?!?!?!

  26. Zebo says:
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    Burks vs. Smart, 9 cat h2h? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zebo: Sticking with Burks, but they’re pretty different. if more need for AST/STL then Smart is fine instead

  27. Pete Nice

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    Nerlens looks great. Almost all of last year he looked wobbly, clearly uncomfortable after the injury, and really piled up stats by accident, just because he’s active. This year he can get his own shot and makes FTs.

    • Slim

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      @Pete Nice: Interesting… I was actually thinking the opposite after seeing him go 5-13 and 4-7 with 3 TOs. I think he was 1-5 outside of the paint, 4 1st quarter misses and a 4th quarter make. I know no one wants to hear it but to me he looks like the 2nd coming of Josh Smith, which was pretty good for a time. I’m just glad Nerlens isn’t trying to shoot any 3s… yet… It’ll be interesting to see how his offense goes vs Utah tomorrow but I believe to justify his lofty draft position, top 25, he’ll need to be a .500/.700 guy with less than 2 TOs and I’m not convinced he’ll get to even one of those.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Pete Nice: @Slim: Hah NOEL FIGHT! Interesting you think he looked good at the eye level, because lord help me I didn’t watch your Sixers… :/ I think the Smoove comp is a little far though, smoove wanted to get 6-7 AST a game and yeah the 3s… %s should be a little better and less TO than Smoove

  28. The G says:
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    Yo JB and other Razzball minds!

    Drafted this team in a 16team league the other nite and i’d like your thoughts.

    IT2
    Ellis
    Wiggins
    Aaron Gordon
    Cousins
    Draymond Green
    Henson
    MoWilliams
    Clarkson
    StanJohnson

    Guys like Derrick Williams are on the wire…

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    -The G

    • Quintero says:
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      @The G: maybe a bit low on boards and a tad low on3s? Otherwise looks pretty good in a 16er. I won’t drop SJ for Derrick Williams

      • JB Gilpin

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        @The G: @Quintero: Yup agree, 3s could be OK as Mo looks like he has a green light. Boards is a biggie, but you have nice %s. Def not losing anyone for Williams either

  29. Quintero says:
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    I was so upset about my team I dumped Nurkic, Affalo, and Aaron Gordon for Canaan, Hood and Porzings. This is a 12er 9Cat, 50 limited moves h2h. Should I pick some of them back up? Turner, MoWill, Schroder, Mahinmi and Koufos still on the wire. My team looks like this and I have no particular build. Thanks guys.

    PG John Wall Was – PG
    SG Eric Bledsoe Pho – PG,SG
    SF Andrew Wiggins Min – SG,SF
    PF DeMarcus Cousins Sac – PF,C
    C Derrick Favors Uta – PF,C
    Util Kemba Walker Cha – PG
    Util Robin Lopez NY – C
    Util Kristaps Porzingis NY – PF
    BN Bradley Beal Was – SG
    BN Jarrett Jack Bkn – PG,SG
    BN Isaiah Canaan Phi – PG
    BN Rodney Hood Uta – SG,SF

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Quintero: Nooooooooooooooooo why drop Gordon?!?!?! Nurk and Afflalo is fine though, especially if you have no IL. Def rather Gordon over Hood. BLK look a tad low, unless Wall blocks 5 a night hahahaha. But I dunno if I’d drop anyone, you have a ton of TO and Canaan helps 3s. Canaan vs. Mo, I might Mo though. Mahinmi would fit, but Gordon helps blocks if you get him for Hood. All but Kouf should prob be owned in 12ers haha

      • Quintero says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I knew I did something wrong! Thanks mate, insightful as always.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Quintero: Any time, thanks for stopping by!

  30. hanns says:
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    trying to trade rubio for a big man with boards and block. How does whiteside sound?

    12 team, 9 cat , H2H.

    (9) Damian Lillard (Por – PG)
    (16) John Wall (Was – PG)
    (33) Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C)
    (40) Gordon Hayward (Uta – SG,SF)
    (57) Reggie Jackson (Det – PG,SG)
    (64) Andrew Wiggins (Min – SG,SF)
    (81) Ricky Rubio (Min – PG)
    (88) Robert Covington (Phi – SG,SF)
    (105) Robin Lopez (NY – C)
    (112) Jusuf Nurkic (Den – C)
    (129) Alec Burks (Uta – PG,SG)
    (136) Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    (153) Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF)
    gerald green

    • hanns says:
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      @hanns:

      or maybe gortat? not sure what a reasonable goal for rubio right now.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hanns: Yeah great sell high right now and you have the PG depth. I’d want more than Gortat. Whiteside would effectively punt FT and I dunno if that fits this ream. Maybe Gortat + another big they have?

  31. CTMN says:
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    I might have just made my first trade of the dynasty league. Ariza at $17 and Snell at $1 for Matthews at $8 and Jeremy Evans at $2. I know it’s kind of a downgrade but Matthews is 2 years younger and I like the value better at that price. Evans is a question mark and Snell is definitely better priced but I think Evans could surprise people. Let me know what you think!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @CTMN: Interesting! Matthews def has great value at $8 for a while that’s a steal. Hurt you for this year though. I think Snell plays a ton and Evans loses minutes when Parsons starts playing. Matthews is by far best value. It’s close, def a trade you’ll like more and more as the season wears on!

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah that’s what I’m hoping. Matthews seemed like the best value and I want another keeper and some clear money. Ariza just seems like he’s gotta slow down at some point, I mean, he was absolute trash a few years back in New Orleans and it took John Wall and a contract year to ressurect his career. I still lose short term, which isn’t ideal, but I don’t believe in Snell in fantasy enough to make it not be worth the future potential benefit.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Yup, def fits hoping for some more keeper value. HOW DARE YOU BESMIRCH SNELL!!!! Hah, yeah he’s just OK, but a great REL asset for me

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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah a bit tough to give him up at $1 but it definitely could be worth the risk

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: If Snell was given a little more opportunity, he has the ability to drive and can hit FT, but they’re not gonna ask him to do that on that team. He’s still with the Bulls a few more years too…

  32. Perkins 2024 says:
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    Good morning, Razzball!

    So glad that basketball is back and the daily notes are back. Always a good read in the morning.

    In a standard 10-team, 9-cat H2H league, would you rather hold on to Jabari Parker or Robert Covington and what are the merits for both? Or should I avoid holding either of them?

    Thanks in advance for anyone who helps and keep up the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Perkins 2024: Morning man! Glad to be back! I’d probably hold Covington, more upside in general and should see bigger minutes faster than Jabari I’d assume. 10 team it’s tough to hold both, I’d lose Jabari for a good waiver option/streaming. Any time!

      • Perkins 2024 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Whoops! I dun goofed and mixed up my leagues. Would the same advice still apply to a 12er?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Perkins 2024: No worries! Ummm, yeah probably, no IL spots I’m guessing? tough to own two hurt guys already, and Jabari doesn’t have the best fantasy game already…

  33. Mike says:
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    I had the 8th pick in a 12 team league which left me 4th on the waiver wire. Whiteside was drafted in the third round and was dropped. I could not believe he was dropped and I ended up with him, he would have to get injured before I drop him. I have Drummond, Whiteside, Cousins, Ryan Anderson and Gorgui Dieng for my bigs.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Damn, that’s pretty fortunate! Looks solid although FT% could waffle at times, but worth it for an add!

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: The league is made free throws.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: Hah wow… Makes it that much better

  34. burningbridges247 says:
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    Just dropped P.J. Tucker for Jae Crawford. Both are backups in a 12 teamer. Good move? New to the fantasy basketball game and just getting my bearings.

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      @burningbridges247: Sorry- meant Jae CROWDER.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @burningbridges247: Hah I gotcha, yeah that was a good move. I still think his minutes could waffle, but eesh, PJ just proved his will a ton too haha

  35. Mike says:
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    Who is Jae Crawford. Do you mean Jamal Crawford.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Be a good player combining the two!

  36. Lawson says:
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    Hi JB,

    John Henson and Corey Brewer are in my team and I am not so sure of their future in it.
    Stauskas, Hezonja, Gary Harris, Canaan, Jerian Grant, Devin Booker, Galloway, Ginobili, Nick Young, Felton, Greivis Vasquez instead of Brewer? I have also Schröder whom I dont expect to have such success as first game.

    Instead of Henson (10 minutes for a guy that has just signed 44m/4 years? ) some not very sexy picks such as Mahinmi, Pachulia, Bjelica, Koufos, Humphries, Powell, Brandan Wright, Adams, Kaminsky (?).

    I dropped quite a lot of names but I just think there can be some interesting players down the road in this list and I want to make the right moves. Derrick Williams has just been picked up…

    ***Also as relevant information, the rest of my team on a 14 team league:
    Lillard, Bledsoe, Mudiay, Danny Green, Joe Johnson, TJones, Aaron Gordon, Myles Turner, Nurkic (Injured Roster Spot), Bosh, and Ibaka***

    Thanks a lot

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lawson: Yeah Brewer can go. Canaan seems to stick out as an add. OH wow, yeah moving to Mahinmi for Henson as well. Surprised both are avail in 14ers!

      • Lawson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Instead of Brewer it might be a better idea to get someone who can be a SG or SF… Mahinmi doesnt look very promising, does he? I thought he was just some temporary thing.

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          @Lawson: Mahinmi should get a role long enough, it’s not like he’ll be tough to drop again, he’s a last roster guy. Not like you’re locked in with Mahinmi rest of season. Yahoo or ESPN? In Yahoo I don’t pay much attention to roster elig since so many have dual

  37. Jason says:
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    8-team 9-cat H2H league
    should i drop myles turner?

    players on the waiver include:
    -covington
    -ryan anderson
    -jabari
    -eric gordon
    -wilson chandler
    -aminu
    -JR smith
    -burks
    -jack
    -collison
    -KCP
    -aaron gordon
    -marcus morris

    also, should i try to trade away dragic? what would be a good trade in return for him?

    what do you think about this trade: giving away favors and faried for cousins and towns?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: 8-team, uggghhhh yeah he can go. Sucks. Whoa, looking at that trade at the bottom, taking that in a heartbeat! Dragic should still be pretty valuable, depends on what you need. Circling back to Turner, if you need a PG collison, if one more big with upside I go Gordon

  38. Joey says:
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    Okay so here is my team
    12 Team 9Cat H2H

    Paul
    Batum
    Wade
    Draymond
    Gallo
    Monroe
    Gobert
    Ryno
    Meyers
    Burks
    Mo Will
    Myles Turner
    Hezonja
    Jennings [IL]

    Myself and another team are mulling over Wade/Monroe for Lillard/KAT

    I feel like I win this in a vacuum, but my build is solidish at FG and great at Turnovers. Could use another PG though… but Lillard will destroy those two Cats for me. I’m also pretty high on Monroe this year.

    What do you guys think?

    • Adam

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      @Joey: You have to do that man… Lillard and KAT are just too much value. If Wade was guaranteed to be fully healthy all year, then it’d be closer. As it stands though, that sounds like a steal for you. I may be a bit high on KAT, but it seems pretty justified so far.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joey: @Adam: I think it’s a steal in every scenario. Wade and Lillard are gonna be right next to each other in TO too! KAT should best Monroe in FG, at least I think so, and Lillard not too far from Wade, it’s a slam dunk from all angles

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          @JB Gilpin: I also like it a lot

  39. ByeFelica says:
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    Turner looking pretty good. Man is going to be a beast!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ByeFelica: Haha yessir! I immediately looked to see what his REL draft cost was again, it’s fine, but still fairly high. He looks good enough to be keepable!

  40. Patty Mills is my homeboy says:
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    I begrudgingly drafted Mirotic at 78 which now looks ok, but thinking of selling high. Thoughts on offering Mirotic for Wiggins? Or Mirotic and Tobias(?) for Wiggins and Whiteside? Or any other buy low bargains!

    10 team, 9 cat – Rest of team is:
    Harden
    Ibaka
    Millsap
    Horford
    Elfrid
    Monta
    Kyrie
    Aaron Gordon
    StanJo
    Burks
    Porzingis
    Deron

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Patty Mills is my homeboy: Haha begrudginly has been a buzz word for me lately haha. I do think he outperforms 78, but yes love selling high. Getting Wiggins and WHiteside would be a double whammy of buy low, love that one!

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