Choo Choo!

Watch out league, The Dieng Train is about to run ya over like you’re Magic defenders!  Our season chugs along through Thanksgiving (although with our jeans barely fitting), heading into December with 3 guys flirting with Oscar Robinson for tripdub averages, Brow looking redonk, and a multitude of other breakouts and disappointments, but I don’t want the Dieng Train to slip under the radar!  Like a German train station, Gorgui Dieng remains regular, consistent, and otherwise just mundane, bringing true multicat performance after performance from a big (minus treys).  After a slow-ish start, the Dieng Train put together a nice weekend with a rainbow 11/7/2/3/4 against the Suns, then 15/6/2/1/2 in a tough-matchup-for-a-big against the Warriors.  And even though I said “minus treys”, he actually hit a triple in each of them!  Shot 11-22 overall, committed only 2 combined TO, and after hitting only 6 treys last year, maybe this is a part of his game we’ll start to see expand.  Before you Dieng Train detractors type “BORING!” in the comments, I know his per-36 is a smidge down from last year.  That said, he’s played 36+ minutes in 4 of the past 5 games, and it’s all due to that beautiful, cuddly, Tibby Tibs treatment.  Run your starters to death!  But well, when one of your starters is a effin’ train, you ride that rail!  Here’s what else went down over Thanksgiving weekend in fantasy basketball:

Davis Bertans – Starting the return of the Daily Notes off with an absolute bang!  Hah, I wanted to mention Bertans because he looks mad impressive to me every chance I see him get run.  He’s 24 and actually got drafted way back in 2011, and the investment is now paying off.  He actually was the final piece of the Kawhi Leonard/George Hill deal…  Anyway, he had 15 and 11 point games last week, and despite being an awkward looking ginger, he has some great athleticism and a great perimeter shot.  In under 12 minutes a game he’s at 1.0 3PTM and 0.6 block – per-36 of 3 treys and 1.8 blocks.  He’s a quintessential bench stretch-4, but I’m putting him on your radar as I could see him getting mad burn during March and April as Pop rests the old bigs.

David Lee – I thought Lee was going to SA to slowly die like David West, but he looks good every stretch I see.  Same analysis with Bertans – might get more and more burn as Pop rests guys.

Jonathon Simmons Ya know, while he’s not close to ownable in 12ers due to being unpredictable with his minutes, he strikingly resembles Will Barton to me.  I think in a similar situation, Simmons would be the same player.  Both are lanky wings that look out of control sometimes, yet somehow it’s a “tamed aggression” I’ll call it.  Of course there’s some recency bias as he’s off his second-best game since the opener (15/1/4/2/1 on 5-6 FG 4-4 FT Saturday against the Wiz), but he could be getting that 23 MPG role or maybe even 30ish MPG when the Spurs – as you see in a trend with these first few blurbs – inevitably start their DNP train.  Gorgui is like, “Huh?!  Oh I though you said ‘Dieng Train’ “.

Kevin Love Hard to believe we haven’t had a Daily Notes since Love broke that record for 34 points in the first quarter!  I was actually with my Cleveland in-laws for that…  And as a Michigan fan, Saturday went awesome for me too… Ugh!  I wasn’t huge on Love or anything, but I think his boringness on draft day made him a value that you’re feeling great about if you nabbed him, like the one RCL where he fell to me.

Kyrie Irving #SixersBoost!  39 Pts with 5 treys while everyone was watching football.

Dirk Nowitzki Speaking of boringness, look at Dirk able to walk again!  Man, it looks like he has trouble getting up and down the court…  That said, I watched a good portion of the first half of the Mavs getting decimated by the Cavs Friday, and almost every offensive set was give Dirk the ball to shoot a fadeaway in iso.  7-18 that game, which made every other Mav utterly useless in fantasy.  I could totally see the Mavs giving Dirk the Kobe treatment like we talked about on the Pod, letting him hero ball some crazy games.  Given he DNPed last night, but that might extend your window the next few weeks – sell all your Mavs, post haste.

Seth Curry Speaking of selling Mavs, as I mentioned with Deron Williams ou, Seth was a solid add… But even a few minutes of Deron then Dirk taking all the usage makes Seth unusable.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope After a huge Pistons win against the Clippers on Friday – a game where KCP got a career-high 10 assists – the Pistons get dismantled at OKC and KCP goes 10/2/0/1/0.  Yup, nary an assist after the Pistons beat one of the best teams in basketball getting a lot of rock in his hands.  Speaking of rock in my hands AND seeing KCP get a dimebag has me all sorts of addicted!

Carmelo Anthony/The Poison Goose – Melo of course had one of his best career games against me, because ya know, REL is cursed, going 35/14/5/2/1 against the Hornets, shooting 14-25 in a matchup where boards and FG% coulda been close.  Ugh!  Thankfully even with Melo having a huge game, Kristaps Porzingis wasn’t an afterthought going 16/8/2/1/3.  Then 25/6/0/0/2 with 2 treys and 9-11 FT in the rematch against the Hornets Saturday.  He’s so golden, that Goose!

Frank Kaminsky Frank the Dank! 13/9/4 and 14/5/3 against the Knicks in their back-to-back set, giving him 13+ points and averaging 2 treys a game the last 5.  While it’s good to see him playing better, the D stats are still pretty anemic.  But the rebounding mixed with treys and scoring should have him owned in most 12ers.

Marco BelinelliA stream-du-jour of mine over the weekend, Marco’s hamstring turned into a linguine noodle Saturday night and he couldn’t finish the game.  If he misses further time, look out for Mary having a little…

Jeremy Lamb …holy crap, Mary had a big rebounder is more like it!  17 rebounds against the Knicks on Saturday.  17!  Tied for the 7th highest output in a game so far this year.  Went 18/17/2/1/0 in 36 minutes, in only his second game back from a hamstring strain that cost him most of November.  He got this run with Nicolas Batum out with an eye scratch (probable tonight), but if Belinelli’s hammy stays spaghetti-ish, Lamb will certainly streamer worthy with the added onus as the 6th man.  Plus Marvin Williams is out at least a week with a knee bruise, so maybe they start Lamb if they wanna go small and move MKG to the 4…  Either way, minutes and opportunity are there.

Nik Stauskas The Sauce is…  weird?  I’m not quite sure if it’s spicy enough for must-own, but it’s got a little kick lately.  Multi treys in 7 straight, chipping in 11 AST the last 3 games, had a 3 BLK game in there…  Nothing is quite consistent enough, but he’s shockingly shooting 50.9% from the field…  For a ThrAGNOFish guy…  Sauce has a…  nice consistency?

Rajon Rondo 38 AST the past 4 games, after starting pretty slow with the dimes.  Adam loved bashing Rondo like he was as bad as Robin Lopez or something, but Rondo has been fine!  Of course not the SAC guy, but TO are way down and he chips in AST and STL.  I haven’t mentioned him much in the Daily Notes; it’s because I almost yack every time I make myself have to defend Rondo.

Isaiah Whitehead – Getting a little more run, and went rainbow on the Pacers for 4/7/3/2/2 on Friday night.  The Nets are like bad Acne, at least Whitehead is poppable…  That makes no sense…

Sean Kilpatrick – After really starting to crush on Killbillpatrick, things hit a pretty bad low a few games back, but with Whitehead returning from injury to play PG to push Kilpatrick more to his natural SG position, is off 23/2/3/0/3, 16/2/7 and 22/5/3/2/0 lines with 6 combined treys the last 3.

Glenn Robinson III Finally had a good start filling in for Paul George still coming off that kankle on Friday night, going 20/6/0/1/1 against the Brooklyn Acne then 17/6/1 against the tough D of the Clip (although they really didn’t show up last night…) yesterday.  PG13 is out at least one more with lingering kankle soreness, so Big Dog Jr. – Big Puppy? – might have a stream or two left in him.

Dennis Schroder – After only 8 steals through his first 15 games, got 3 swipes against the Jazz Friday night.  You like that, Dante?!  I think he’s been reading your comments…  Last night against the Lakers was past my bedtime; I’m hoping he kept it going with at least 1 or 2 more…

Tyler JohnsonGoran Dragic got some tennis elbow, and has missed the last few Heat games.  Thankfully Tyjo’s been staying off the tennis court!  22/5/0/2/1 then 12/4/1/0/1 the past 2 Miami games.  When I did my RCL streaming over the weekend, he was available in all of my RCLs.  I know the D stats and productivity dried up a bit the previous games before this run, but I like any player that is avoiding tennis!

Terrence Jones – Got only 13 minutes off the bench last night, getting inexplicably low run in a 10-point loss to the lowly Mavs.  The Pels were 4-1 the past 5 games too!  In other news, my hair looks like Manu Ginobili now, as I’ve pulled half of mine out!

Mike Conley Came off the bench out of nowhere on Friday night, but started on Saturday and had good lines in both games.  He’s at 47.6% from deep after being in the high-30%s virtually every year of his career, and for a guy who has had injury issues the past two season to be averaging by far a career-high in FTA is scary.  I’d be selling!

Anthony Morrow – Got a big ThrAGNOF game out of nowhere Saturday night, going 21/1/1 with 3 treys.  Gets the Poppycockers tonight.  I bet he stays hot!

Wilson Chandler Speaking of hot, that Wilson is so hot right now!  32/11/4/0/1 against the Thunder on Saturday and 25/8/2/3/0 last night.  Slim got Ricky Rubio for him in REL this past week, and maybe that’s looking like a bad trade!  I still like it, but dayum!  I would definitely be shopping Chandler while his value is as high as I would be if I lived in Denver…

Jameer Nelson/Emmanuel Mudiay backcourt – Somehow working mad well right now, with Jameer on 21/4/13 and 21/2/3 lines, hitting a combined 7 treys, and Mudiay on 17/3/5 and 19/4/6 lines, hitting 4 combined treys.  Big thing with Mudiay is only 6 TO over his last 5 games!  I wrote that I was encouraged by what I had seen from Mudiay a few weeks back, and Slim yelled at me.  Good job Mudiay!  When writing this last night, Jameer was at only 5% owned on Yahoo.  I’d give him a stream/short-term hold in 12ers everywhere – check your wires this morning.

Jamal Murray Cooled off a little after 20+ Pts the previous 3, going 9/4/2 last night.  Still would hold strong where I have him; wings are producing like crazy in Malone’s system right now!  Consistent big man play?  Aaaaaaaa, not sa much.

Eric Bledsoe Wow, hard to believe 35 points is a career-high for mini-Bron…  But alas, 35/6/6/2/2 last night in a tough loss to the Nugs.  His last 6 games have been insane and the D stats are coming along, so hopefully you bought low if you could!

P.J. Tucker Had a Super Sunday going 21/8/1/1/0 last night, the first time he’s scored over 10 points.  Too bad the Suns aren’t Super and have a Super ton of wings.  Maybe you take a temporary stab here in deep leagues – he does consistently board and never turn it over – but bleh.

Tyson Chandler Back into the starting lineup, and was vintage Tyson for 10/15/0/0/2 in 38 minutes last night.  Alex Len got yet another shot at starting C minutes while Tyson was out, and had a 7 TO game against the Wolves!  When Chandler came back and initially came off the bench, I was about to go on a rant if it continued – take a productive dude’s job away because of bereavement?!  Thankfully the Suns did some good policing there, and got Tyson back in the starting 5 (REL bias).

Zach LaVine Also did some nice policing with this Suns C issue, by giving Len a nice “POW! Right in the kisser!”

Only 13/3/0/1/0 in that game though, but then went ham on the Warriors for 31/3/3/1/0 on 13-24 shooting with 5 treys on Saturday.  Almost led the Wolves to a big upset there!  They’re still struggling though, which is weird!  All these young players are playing pretty well!  Maybe Tibby Tibs needs to be playing em 42 MPG!

Mason Plumlee For the love of out-of-position!!!  12/14/8/1/0 against the Pels on Friday night, giving him 4.6 dimes a game heading into last night.  Just pretend the basket is an open teammate when taking FTs, Mason!

Kevin Durant Gave the Wolves mad swattage!  28/10/5/0/6, getting his blocks up to by far a career-best 1.6.  His steals are actually at a career high 1.6 as well…  FG%, 3PT% career-bests, 2.2 TO a career-low…  I’m having trouble saying immediate sell on all that, maybe a little less onus on offense is helping more aggressive defensive play?  I dunno…  Warriors are 15-2 though – 15-1 since opening night – some so DNPs seem all but assured down the line.  If you wanna see if you can get, like Giannis plus a third-round value kinda haul, I might try it out.

Kevon LooneyDraymond Green has an ankle booboo, so Kevon “don’t spell it Kevin like Durant does” Looney got the start and went 6/3/2/1/0 in 18 minutes.  Not much to do here, other than express mail Dray some get well soon cards.

Jordan Clarkson Still battling some ups and downs, but 16/3/2/1/0 and 20/2/0/5/0 against the Warriors in back-to-back games wasn’t too shabby.  I always thought his steals could take a jump, and he had 4+ in 3 of his last 6 games before last night…  Gets a big opportunity the next few weeks with D’Angelo Russell recovering from a PRP injection in his knee.  At least D Barksdale is injecting PRP, not the other stuff!

Brandon Ingram A SF version of Robin Lopez.  Gets a nice full line (8/9/2/2/1) Friday night against the Warriors, but does that in 39 minutes while shooting 3-18.  Shooting 37.6% on the year, and 28.6% from deep – my main knock on his game coming out of college.  Although since I wrote this before tip against the Hawks last night, I bet he has a surprisingly efficient game against ATL just to curse me…

John Henson Goes from DNPs, to starter, to DNP, to back to starting last night for 20/7/1/1/3 with no TO.  Hit 8-13 from the field and 4-6 FT, with nary a TO.

Go go Gadget, arms!  Jason Kidd keeps circle-jerking his way through his C minutes, but this was a huge game.  Give Henson a spec add in 12ers if you need a big.

SKIIIIIIIILES!!!!! – Yes he’s back!  We need to call the Ghostbusters, because his spirit is forever haunting Amway Center!  A vet coach like Vogel should know that “shaking things up” with your starting line-up just means you’re a shitty team, but does it anyway and brings Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton off the bench.  To be fair, they both did have good games (17/16/3/0/1 for Vucci Mane and 16/3/3/1/0 for Shelfrid), but to be fairer, the Magic lost again to the Bucks at home…

Aaron Gordon Ugggghhhhhh.  0-12 FG.  Labradoodles!  …at least he…  started?

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and closed out week 5 strong!  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything too big, but if I did, think about trying to focus and write a weekend Daily Notes when you’re a Panthers and Michigan fan…  Sheesh…

  1. Dante Green says:
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    Oooh lovin the recognition!! Hah Yeah, been ranting bout how Schrod has been playing pretty meh! Had a whopping 1 steal against the Lakers. Hah But did manage 8 assists though. He has really been wildly inconsistent but would you say that these past 2 games could be any indication of something, err, beautiful in the future? Hah I highly doubt it! Hahaha. I asked for your opinion about a possible trade concerning Schrod in your other post, I’m not sure if you’ve already read it!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah yessir! Well, 1 is better than none, which most of his games have been until the weekend! Haha. Just answered there, I would take Favors deal if you got those dimes!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Schroder like, 24/1/6/2/1 on .500 shooting. The biggest take away here is the 2 swipes. Steals coming along slowly, but is really for real now, or should I take this opportunity to sell him? I’m willing to hold if he could produce consistent 1+ steals and 6-7+ assists man.

        And:
        1) Would you buylow on Favors? Gonna offer Kief for him. We talked about this in your other post, but the earlier deal involves Schroder (but Schrod had like 2 good games so I’m not so sure anymore) and Beal.. What do you think man?

        2) Or Kief for Parsons? Favors and Parsons have the same owner in my league. I’m just really want to use Kief to buy low on an injured player who could actually have a better finish to the season than him. But Kief is more durable than the ones I’m trying to get. Hah. Don’t really know bud, I just want to make a move! Help me out. Lol

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Dante Green: If you can sell for top 50-60 value, then sure. But I wouldn’t sell too low, I think 1.0 STL and that 6-7 AST range is fair!
          1 – Def would take gamble of Favors > Kieff
          2 – Hmmm, prob gambling on Parsons there too. I just love Parsons, still think it can work, and Kieff is low upside

          • Dante Greeen says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Hah yea, I’d try maybe if I could snag a better PG.

            So you’re basically saying anyone between the two will do, so it’s just up to me who I’m gonna pick. But based on my team’s composition, I’m already loaded with SG/SF guys: Hayward, Crowder, McCollum, mah Boy Harkless, JRich, so I’m leaning towards swapping for a big in Favors, However, the Jazz still not releasing a timetable for his return is something to be really concerned about, ain’t it? But Parsons is close to returning and his injury was a bone bruise while Favors’ is a bone contusion? Which one is more serious and will likely bother the player the whole season? Who will likely be more healthy the rest of the way that’s basically I want to know. Haha. But Conley being sidelined for the next 8 weeks should help Parsons’ production if his body could hold up! Argh I’m going to need to make a decision soon bud!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Dante Greeen: Huh weird, the comment trolls did snag this one. Sorry about that!

              I said Parsons on today’s comment, but yeah, seeing you need a big, I could go Favors. Both are gambles, but Kieff is playing his way into being a drop.

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    I couldn’t stop LOLing at your Mason FT-burn, as I read this at my desk. That’s the reason I didn’t grab him the other day in my shallow roto L.

    You should patent Brooklyn Acne. BrookLin Acne?

    Cmon mayn – Barksdale never used! He just pushed, is all. RIP (on the Wire and The Walking Dead).

    Wow, surprised that you recommended a Henson add in 12ers. That aint gonna last as long as Kidd is at the helm. I’m telling you man, Larry Screw left some bad juju on that coach’s seat.

    Uuuuugh indeed re: Gordon. I feel so sorry for the kid (not Kidd). He’s so damn talented but playing this random 3 spot isn’t doing anything for him and the team.

    Where’s a JaMychal mention? I actually dropped TJones for him after last night’s debacle – I see Gentry wanting to play AD 40+ min as much as he can ROS. Green’s been pretty damn solid and I’m willing to give him a 3 game audition for my squad. He and Franky Dank are both auditioning on my team ATM.

    CAPELLLLLAAAAAAA!!!!! What did I tell ya about his FT stroke! 6/8 in the last two is nice. And he and Harden prob have the best pick n roll game in the L. It’s just too easy right now. My fav pickup so far. Now I have he AND Dieng to root for at the 5 spot. But I’m still lacking a truly elite rebounder. Outside of Avery, of course.

    Murray is doin nice things in DEN but would you rather stream he or Nelson this week?

    What are we to make of JRich’s play thus far? With Waiters playing outta his mind, who’s gonna be starting once Winslow and Dragic come back? Is Rich playing the PG position the reason why his D stats have tailed off? Feel fre to chime in @Slim.

    • Slim

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      @Lasandro: JB has the REL bias AND the UNC bias with Henson but I don’t mind a spec add for anyone. With that said there is 1 thing is for sure, Kidd can not be trusted with this center rotation.

      Yeah I’ve been happy with JaMychal. He’s a good player just doesn’t have the highest upside.

      JRich just hasn’t been playing well. The DET game the entire starting lineup was terrible and deservidely benched… but TOs are down, assists are up, 3s are staying big. I don’t expect huge steal numbers, it’s more about adding in a block per game to make them a combined 2.0. It’s tough to say what Spo will do when healthy. He may go with Winslow at PF and start Rich at SF. I just dont’ know.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: @Slim: Hah appreciate it man!

        D Barksdale def used! Once he got sent to prison and ended up not ratting out Avon.

        Henson – def said “spec add if you need a big”. A lot different than a 10er without the clear need. He just looked solid, flowed in the offense, and we’ve seen him be mad usuable before! But another DNP , it’s an easy cut.

        Murray vs. Nelson this week… Hmmm. Ya know, gimme Nelson, but close. ROS def Murray.

        Guess I kinda flew through the Grizz games going through all the scores since Thanksgiving. Been a ton of games! That said, he’s been OK… Classic “steady as she goes” vs. “sexy upside” btw Green and Jones. In your shallow league, I would rather go sexy upside.

        Yeah woulda given ‘Pela another shout if that game wasn’t so friggin late for east coast USA haha.

        Jrich, ya I dunno either, but I think he will find run any which way

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah, that’s why I said I don’t mind a spec for anyone. I was agreeing with you… Kidd is so annoying and they better not bring in a big if they trade Monroe!!!

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            @Slim: Yeah I know, that was more for Las. So angry this morning, slim!

            With money invested in Henson and Plumlee, I don’t see why they wouldn’t get a perimeter guy. Monroe for… bring Brandon Knight back! Haha, Suns gain nothing by doing that

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              @JB Gilpin: With Middleton coming back next year they aren’t really in a market for a long term wing. I am really thinking they go for a big. Miles Plumlee is useless.

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                @Slim: I don’t really disagree, but why the $$ then?

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        @Jb gilpin: now why would you bring up prison break Barksdale? I’m not good with reliving those days… where’s Michael B Jordan, Idris?!?

        Meh, JaMychal has more games over the next week so if he doesn’t deliver, I’ll go back and snatch jones up. Frank may be done with his run too, if Marv returns. Guys like Monroe and bogut are sitting on the wire, with the latter putting up nice brds and blks lines of late. Think he’ll suit up for Dallas run of 3 games in 4 nights? May be worth a stream just for them brds

        Meanwhile, owning Lin has been infuriating. Have no idea why Brooklyn isn’t being more transparent in their injury reporting. Yet to go through a full practice and I’ve held him this long, so wouldn’t make sense to drop him now. Fortunately I’m not needing guard stats, but was hoping for him to return so I could finally flip a guard for a rebounding big.

        @slim man if YOU don’t know what’s gonna happen with JRich, then I’m sure as hell staying away until it all folds out. As for today, he may potentially be playing the entire game with everyone bar Dragic ruled out.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: WHERE’S WALLACE?!

          Cool, yeah you could go either way on those PF. Mehhhh, Bogut seems lame for your league.

          Yeah I dunno, apparently he had a setback and they’re going slow.

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          @JB Gilpin: GAH, JaMychal had his worst game in a while. Dang it. Swap for Harkless or the hot Lamb? I’d rather Lamb but just don’t know if he’ll get those 25min going forward, or at least until Marv returns. He’s lookin really good.

        • Lasandro says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Harkless is gone, ah well. Will stick with JaMychal and chalk his performance up to foul trouble.

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lasandro: Yeah I was kinda bleh on Green as it was. Sure, I don’t mind Harkless. Pass on Lamb in your league. Oh shoulda read the 2nd comment first haha. Yeah just hold over Lamb

  3. hamtime says:
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    Hi guys. hope everyone enjoyed the break:

    1. my whiteside+bledsoe for harden+cody zeller in a 9cat 14m? i’m actually trying bled+gorgui for harden but that’ll likely get rejected.

    2. thoughts on troy williams for a 16m? Henson was dropped and is available for FAAB, but likely will be expensive..

    3. Is deron williams ownable in 14m league? should i drop him to stash cj miles on IR and pick up someone like troy williams, saric, belli until cj recovers?

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      @hamtime: 4. Would you trade my AD for paul george+kyrie or paul george+bled in a 16m? Or is AD still superior.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hamtime: Thanks man, hope you enjoyed the break as well!

        1. I like the Gorgui one better… I’d prob still do the Hassan one, but it’s close.
        2. As mentioned above, went a little too quick through the Grizz games, he’s def on the radar. I might put a decent bid on Henson and a $1 or $2 on Williams.
        3.Ehhhh, I’d prob just ride Deron, but it’s annoying as hell.
        4. Unless you’re just loaded with big men, probably not. PG with some injury concern lately as well has me holding off

        • Toni Vidal Ribes says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          And what do you think about Bled + Ibaka for Harden?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Toni Vidal Ribes: I’d take Harden side for sure

  4. Tyler says:
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    who do you think is my streamer?

    G-GHill,Dragic,PBev,JR Smith,Beal
    F-Draymond,ZBo,Harkless,Carroll,Mirotic
    C-KAT,Marc Gasol,Griffin
    IL-Tyreke

    I was thinking it was ZBo but now I think its either Smith or Mirotic. Although Smith’s 3s/stls are elite. But Mirotic’s upside is way too high as he has shown last year he can be top 90 in limited mins. I can handle inconsistency as long as the averages are top 90. Maybe Carroll? but he seems to be returning to form. While ZBo only gives pts/boards. I’m really confused now o_0

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tyler: Ummmm, yeah I think Smith since it looks like your steals and 3s are already pretty good. Can always stream more 3s when a matchup calls for it. Woulda said Carroll a few games ago, but he’s looking better…

  5. Tenethor says:
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    Hello JB hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yourself,

    10man-9cat-H2H league.

    So here’s my team once again,

    Paul, Kemba, Rubio, Bradley, Covington, Wiggins, Crowder, Markieff, Porzingis, Gortat, Nurkic, Whiteside + one streamer (currently Bogdanovic).

    I got 2 questions.
    1) Is it time to cut Covington / Nurkic / Rubio ? Thing is the wire is thin and if i try to trade any of em ill be selling very low. But God all 3 of em are so frustrating to own right now, lost this weeks matchup cause of their FG%, TO’s and lack of scoring.

    2)Got offered Durant & Millsap for my Paul & Whitedie. Seeing my team would you do that ?

    Thanks in advance JB and keep up the good work.

    P.S : Hopefully i get Slims opinion too 🙂

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tenethor: Appreciate that, thanks man!

      1. Def holding Rubio. Nurk…. Ugh, your bigs have a nice anchor in Whiteside. Covington can go through. I wouldn’t rush to lose Nurk, but if your matchup this week has like 3 close cats on the weekend, I’d be OK streaming.
      2. Oh yeah, i’m doing that deal!

    • Slim

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      @Tenethor: 2. I don’t think you can afford to lose Pauls assists. It’s a fair offer but I don’t think it fits.
      1. In a 10er they can probably all go but if you’re already streaming then they need to be filled with season long types. I’d be less inclined to drop Rubio since you need his assists. Nurk isn’t the most necessary for you but I would want to swap him with a big. Covington is so frustrating, if you got someone reliable I’d be all for it. As for a trade, it’s tough since you get virtually nothing back right now so maybe after a big game you could try real hard to sell highish.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Tenethor: @Slim: I’m expecting Rubio to bounce back, and not like Durant/Millsap is too shabby in AST coming back

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: 1st off he’s already short a PG since Bradley is just an OK assisting wing. Kemba is low end assists for a PG and Rubio is getting benched at the end of games. You lose about 3-4 assists per game with the trade which I think, in a 10er, would definitely make you an assist punt team. Even if Rubio comes back to 8ish per game it still would have no chance to win assists in a 10er.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: “Rubio is getting benched at the end of games”, we really think this is gonna happen all year?

            Then, math:

            Paul = 8.6 (I guess I should add Whiteside 0.7 to this), so 9.3
            Durant + Millsap = 4.8 + 3.5 = 8.3

            I don’t think losing an AST is a dealbreaker for me, but admittedly Paul is likely going to easily eclipse 9+ dimes.

            • Tenethor says:
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              @JB Gilpin:
              Im currently 9/10 overall in asts in my league so im somewhat punting anyways.
              Thing is, if i lose Whiteside, ill be losing on Rebs and Blcks mainly. In those 2 Cats im first and second respectively overall in the league. So, considering that Durant will be providing less swats than Hassan and Millsap is already providing less rebounds than he should (cause of Howard), im thinking that maybe i wont be strong in any category really.
              Well, those are just my thoughts on this trade, but maybe i should listen to the pros and hit the accept button 😀

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Tenethor: Way I see it, the gap between Durant over Paul is more than the gap between Whiteside and Millsap for me. Also with the Heat looking this bad, I think there’s equal DNP Hassan concern as Durant concern. I think getting one of the top-4 horsemen gives you a crazy advantage!

  6. Doctor G says:
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    JB!! Nice to have you back man. Trust your thanksgiving was all kinds of good!! Man real interesting tidbit about possibly seeing what one could get for KD. I’m in a 12 team H2H keeper league (keep 3) so that does change the dynamic a bit. Would you be comfortable trading KD for like a Whiteside plus Lillard? Or Giannis plus Lowry? I have Horford, Sap, and DJ as well to kind of give you an idea of where I’m at. But yeah man, excellent work as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Doctor G: Thanks man, glad to be back in the routine. It was man, hope you had a good holiday as well!

      Whiteside one I’m a little iffy on, but I def would do the Giannis + Lowry in an epic sell high of KD. Appreciate that, thanks for stopping by!

      • Doctor G says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man, gonna give it a try!!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Doctor G: Sounds good!

          • Doctor G says:
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            @JB Gilpin: didn’t get accepted. Any of the follwing 1st/2nd-3rd round combos good enough to part with KD for in aforementioned 12 team H2H Keeper league?
            Giannis + Myles Turner/Dieng/Avery Bradley
            LBJ + Cousins
            KAT + John Wall
            Kawhi + Kemba/Jimmy Butler
            AD + Kyrie
            CP + Love/Ibaka
            Whiteside + Lillard/Melo/DeRozan
            Porznigis + Draymond
            My “core”: KD, Millsap, Hoford, Dipo, Conley, DJ, Lin, Elfrid, TJ, Gallo, Parsons.
            Thanks JB!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Doctor G: Wow, def think he considered it tho. Sounds like Slim would hold KD, I brought this trade up on the Pod for tomo. I think I’d only focus on those top 3. LBJ Cousins would be a ton of DNP/trade risk. KAT/Wall could be fun. Meh, none are really “singing” to me tho

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                @JB Gilpin: he definitely considered it, but I think adding Lowry is kind of what made him lean towards rejecting the deal. We all live in Toronto, Canada, and are huge raptor fans, so Lowry has that added allure and hence a little extra value, haha. I think I might try and go at him again though with a Giannis plus Dieng proposal, I am loving the Gorgui hype train and don’t mind building a team around Giannis!! But I’ll have to think about it. Can’t wait to listen to the pod and hear what slim/you guys have to say, so I think I’ll hold off until then. Man you guys absolutely rock!!! Love you guys!!

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Doctor G: Hah yeah I’ve learned over the years at Razzball that Raptors fandom is legit! Yeah I don’t think I would do that Dieng one, it’s not far off, but Durant is playing unbelievable right now, I would think you could get more.

  7. VamosErik88 says:
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    Hi man what’s on? Enjoying more and more your blog and your advice.
    About my young frenzy dynasty team: do your think is the time right to sell-high on Clarkson (now with D-Barksdale out)? And if so who would you target in return?
    Have a great start of the week eveyone!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @VamosErik88: Awesome, thanks so much for that and for reading + commenting!

      Ummmm, I might try to let it roll another week or so and hope for the best. Maybe shoot sky high at like top-60 value? Look at teams with low steals and start there

      • VamosErik88 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Great man, I’ll follow your tip and take this bet. Would be amazing if I could get top 60. Even more if you think that I have him with only 1 year remaining on his contract 😉

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          @VamosErik88: Oh damn, yeah that does make him a sell candidate for sure for ya, on his last deal!

  8. KAT says:
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    no love for harkless?he is top 75 in this season so far,good FG% with 1-1-1 line

    • Slim

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      @KAT: Yeah I streamed him way back when and he’s still on my team, this run he’s on is really nice…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @KAT: @Slim: Ehhhhh. Last 4 games he has 7 STL and 3 BLK. Previous 3, 0/0. Shooting 50% from the field and 38% from deep, when coming into the year, he was a career sub-30% 3PT shooter… He is getting a ton of minutes which surprised me, and maybe that Nawleans game shoulda warranted a shout (last night was too late for me), but bleh. Without this little spike he was like 0.5/0.5 STL BLK in a ton of minutes. Marvin Williams-ish, and the Williams of this year, just making his shots right now.

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Marvin Williams from last year is really really close. Harkless is 1.5 combined stl/blk, Marvin was 1.7. Marvin with an extra 0.5 a 3 but Harlkess with .050 extra FG%. Yeah the metrics really like these types.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @KAT: @Slim: Yeah def metric-whoreish. Shooting 50% with low TO is gonna make his value way overstated, no way is he a top 75 fantasy player in H2H. I think harkless is more like the Marvin the 2 years before last year, like 0.8/0.5.

  9. Slim

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    Haha, Bertans… JB must start every monday post with his REL add. But he isn’t a bad player, classic Pop guy. He’s Matt Bonner reincarnated.

    Troy Williams needs a mention. He’s a heck of a player and finally getting run with all of Memphis’ injuries. 21 yo. stl+blk upside. solid 3pt shooter. I think he’s a 12er guy for the next 2 weeks and there is a chance he can overtake Ennis even when healthy. I should have bid much higher in REL but we saw what happened to Alan Williams and Jonathan Gibson. Big run can end rather abruptly, but at 21 his future looks very bright.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: now now now, we both know that I bid for Williams knowing very well that he wouldn’t have much value this season. Give it a year. I’ve got a very young squad, so there’s time for a couple of my guys to grow ?

      • Slim

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        @Lasandro: Williams will have a shot eventually somewhere. It just might take a minute like it did for JaMychael. So does that mean you aren’t thinking of selling to go for it this year? You’re one of the many teams on the bubble.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: @Slim: Well, I bid $0 on him and wrote this well before waivers processed. I wasn’t sure I was going to get him. So turns out YOU have the REL bias, by thinking I had the REL bias in the first place!

          Wow, 12er worthy for Troy Williams?! Yeah I’m not going there…

          • Slim

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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah Troy in his Jr year, 26 min of .513/.691/0.7/13.3/5.8/2.0/1.1/0.8/2.7. In summer, 22 min of .543/.792/0.8/12.3/4.3/0.3/1.7/0/1.5 then 25 preseason min of .521/.724/1.3/13.1/4.0/0.7/1.7/0.3/1.1. Those are absolutely massive numbers in his 1st taste against NBA talent. The per36s of these are through the roof.

            1st 3 games of over 10 min so far in the NBA…
            .571/.857/0/14/2/1/1/1/3 :30
            .500/.000/1/9/6/0/1/1/1 :21
            .500/.667/2/18/3/2/0/0/1 :36

            And for the next 2 weeks he’s looking at 30+ minutes. For that time I’ll go with about…

            .480/.720/1.5/16.0/4/1/1.2/0.7/1.5 :30

            I’m feeling really stupid for not bidding $30. He’s got eventual starter written all over him. I’m going to regret this one bad.

          • Slim

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            @JB Gilpin: I never said there was anything wrong with the Bertans add. Why are you so angry today? =) Bertans is fine in REL. Occasional DNPs or like 5 minute games mixed in with the occasional rest day for the old guys and 20ish min. But he is definitely a 1-trick pony, like Bonner, well not quite Bonner, he was a better rebounder.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: @Slim: Wow great steals… Steals and low TO. Def see his utility in REL, I just stayed out since I knew I wasn’t gonna be close. I don’t see him scoring 16 points though, not even close. Rest is fine though.

              Hah we “sound” angry, but as soon as we hear each other’s sweet voices on the Pod this afternoon, we will be in love again! But def disagree. Have you watched any Spurs? He has GREAT hops. The blocks aren’t a fluke. The “only shooting 3s” is pretty much the same though haha.

  10. patrickindo says:
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    what do you think of roy hibbert’s value? i’m badly in need of blocks in a 16 deep league and the only one that matches his blocks is jeremi grant and his awful percentages.. hibberts owner dropped him after some bad games back from injury so i picked him up — right before his injury his first game of the season was very good with 15 -10 – 5 blocks in 30 minutes.. help a brother out — what should my expectations of hibbert be going forward? thanks a lot man really appreciate what you guys bring on razzball

    • JB Gilpin

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      @patrickindo: Jerami Grant awful %s?! He’s shooting 50% from the field and 39% from deep with OKC! Given in absolutely no volume…

      Expectations from me are mad low with Hibbert. He got 30 minutes because Zeller was still hurt, then Roy hurt his knee himself, and is seeing himself on mins limits. I would likely take Grant.

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        @JB Gilpin: damn. thanks!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @patrickindo: I actually thought about this comment while watching OKC last night. Grant had a terrible game and shot 1-4 FT. UGH!

  11. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    Should I lose any of : Danny Green, Nurk, TJones

    for Bazemore, Monroe, JRich, Zeller, TChandler

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Def making some moves. Need to get Bazemore, first out is probably Danny Green? Then def getting Zeller, I think for Tjones. Then might give Nurk another game or two, but I wouldn’t mind Jrich over him, that one is close though. Depends on big man need

  12. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Skiles’ spirit is going to infect all future coaches who enter the Amway Center. It’s the basketball version of the house from “The Grudge”. Is Delly worth a hold? I like that he wins me the Grit category every week, but the FG% is pretty rough.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: Oh man, that’s a great call! I’m making that weird Grudge noise in my head now haha. 10er, nah, 12er? I think I’d still own him, until streaming necessitates a move.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Gotcha, thanks. Instead of long black hair coming out of the walls, it’s a bunch of shitty ties.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: I would imagine that when Vogel talks to Elfrid about starting again, Elfrid’s hair will turn into the fast-growing Grudge hair

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            @JB Gilpin: Hahahaha

  13. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    JB! So my team is sitting in sixth place. My two worst categories are FG% and REB. Wondering if you think I should be selling high on Beal (though his FG% has been good the past two weeks) while he’s healthy and scoring a ton. Or someone else. Some of my ideas include:

    Beal one-for-one offer for Horford, LMA, Vucevic, though the Horford & Vucevic owner doesn’t have a strong need at SG. Also looked at maybe offering Beal/RoLo in a 2-for-1 for Love.

    Should I be pursuing any of these? Should I be looking to trade away a PG instead?

    Team: Lowry, Conley, Collison, Beal, Batum, J-Rich, T.Jones, Millsap, Zingis, Gobert, RoLo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: I’d 100000% take any of those bigs for Beal. I like them in that order too. I’d be good with that Love offer as well. Ummmm, yeah easy to see why FG% and REB are the deficiencies, are you H2H or Roto? If H2H, I would embrace punt FG%

  14. Steve says:
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    Hey JB and Slim,
    In a 12-team h2h points league. I own Nurk and also picked up Bayless before his new injury. Obviously Bayless is the first cut. Unfortunately, the waiver wire is pretty thin right now: Henson, Ryan Anderson, Delly, Jameer, Stauskas, Nick Young, James Johnson, GR3, Danny Green, Covington. What moves do you think I should make?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve: I kinda like Jameer for the short term, I’d get him for Bayless. Mannnn Nurk could be a beast in Pts… I think I would hold him

  15. miles proudfoot says:
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    So a trade may eventually get Knight out of Phoenix, but for the time being is he a cut candidate? Would use his position as a streamer for 3s and points. Thanks!

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      @miles proudfoot: 10er definitely, 12er I would hesitate a little

  16. twangus says:
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    Someone dropped D’Angelo Russell in my 12er league and he’s currently sitting as a free agent… do I just go ahead and pick him up?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @twangus: Yup I would for sure

  17. Jeremy says:
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    Talked to you guys about some of these deals a week ago. Owner wants to try again now. What do you think of these two potential deal?.

    I’d give Deandre and Fournier for DeRozan and Barnes,

    or Deandre Fournier and Mudiay for DeRozan Barnes and Derrick.

    Not loving either but feeling like my squad could use a shake up, sitting at 2-1-2 right now. 10 team 8 cat

    Current Roster:
    Isaiah Thomas
    Mudiay
    Payton
    Fournier
    Giannis
    Josh Richardson
    KilPat
    DeMarre Carrol
    Deandre
    Whiteside
    Gobert
    Nurkic
    KieffMorris

    IR
    Noel
    Evans

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeremy: Def considering them both… Derrick is Derrick Favors? I dunno, it’s such a risk, but with Mudiay cutting the TO down and being more efficient with lower stats, it’s not as great in 8 cat. I might take the gamble on the 2nd one if that’s Favors

      • Jeremy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: oh no Derrick rose. But I’m sure I could get favors instead

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          @Jeremy: I think I’d rather Favors, especially in a deal getting DeRozan, so points won’t be a huge need. No need for Rose

  18. Bgrizzle says:
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    I thought I drafted a pretty balance % team but I am losing both FG and FT every week. Should this team correct itself as the season goes on or do I need to make some changes? Im in a 10 team league and getting destroyed.

    Guards:
    Eric Bledsoe
    Jrue Holiday
    Avery Bradley
    Ricky Rubio – His FT% is coming around but his FG% c
    Darren Collison

    Forwards:
    Josh Richardson
    Kawhi Leonard – i drafted at 50% shooter but im only getting 45%…. wtf
    Tobias Harris

    Centre:
    Hassan Whiteside – You win some and you lose some. I dont think 70%ft will be happeing
    Golden Goose – and then you win some. Loving the fg%
    Vucchi Mane – i believe its all in head and will sort things out. 50% from the line and is a career 70%… come on Vucchi Mane
    Markeff Morris – What happen to shoot 46% from the field. Why is he now a lo 40% when he got shipped to Washington????

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bgrizzle: Not surprised on FG% being an issue, Goose has been surprising, but only really plus guy is Whiteside. It shouldn’t be a loss every week though… And yeah, i think you’re just unlucky on FT% thus far then. Jrue helathy, Rubio bouncing back should be some helpers to get ya back on track

  19. JG

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    Loving the Bledsoe production but also no TJ Warren. Would be interesting to see if any regression when Warren comes back is muted and not back near the level earlier in the season.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JG: Hmmm, interesting point… Although it sounds like it might be a minute before TJ is back…

  20. Jake says:
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    would you trade klay for ariza H2h 9cat?

    • Jake says:
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      @Jake: chris paul for marc gasol and rudy gay?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jake: Klay vs. Ariza – depends on steals need, if you need STL, then sure. Nah I wouldn’t do that Paul deal

  21. Clos says:
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    Korver just got dropped in my league.. You think I should drop any of these guys for him?

    Lowry
    Dragic
    Knight
    Pbev
    Bayless
    Bazemore
    Bogdanovic
    Kieff
    Dieng
    KAT
    Zeller
    Griffin
    Parsons

    Don’t really win 3s.. Maybe Bayless for Korver?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clos: Meh, I think I might consider dropping BoBo for him first

  22. Henry says:
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    Hey JB,

    Glad to see ya back!

    During the holiday I made a few trade with a few frustrated owner in my league… Do you think these trades are “buy low”? I am in a 12er h2h standard league.

    My Deron for bazemore,
    My knight for Rubio,
    My Marvin Williams for Aaron Gordon.

    I have ft punt team with lots of bigs like DJ Drummond and chapels. In need of some assists now.

    Thanks man!

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      @Henry: sorry I mean DJ Drummond and Capela. One more question here should I sell high on Capela? Do you think I should aim for a top 30, 40 or 50, 60?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Henry: Thanks man, good to be back in the game! Love getting Bazemore, love getting Rubio on a buy low, and the Gordon deal is fine, both he and Marvin might be unownable in 12ers fairly soon here.

        If you could get top 30 or 40, then definitely, but since you’re a FT punt, I’m not rushing to move him

  23. Tremaine says:
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    Bazemore or KCP?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tremaine: Ohhhhh good one. I’ll lean Bazemore still, but close

  24. Johnc says:
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    Delly and Crowder for Dragic. Which side you like in 12 team, h2h league, 9 cats

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnc: I think I got ya on a diff comment, but I like Crowder side

      • John says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks!

        I posted twice as I thought it was an older post

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @John: No worries!

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