PPPPPAAAANNNNTTTHHHHEEERRRRSSSS!!!!!  Aight, aight, this is fantasy hoops, we’ll just leave it at that.

On Friday morning, the Clippers shed one of their % drain players, giving the DNP-king [another] fresh start in Houston.  And what does Josh Smith do in his debut?!  Goes all J Smoove like you’d expect!  Goes 1-10 FG, 0-2 FT, for some reason took 4 treys and missed them all (what did you expect after bricking the first 3, Smoove?!), but still gets a rainbow line for 2/5/6/2/3.  Oh yeah, 2 TO in there too.  Smoove did bounce back last night after almost single-handedly costing the Rox a W in his debut, going 16/3/2/2/2 yesterday afternoon for back-to-back rainbows.  He apparently stole someone else’s talent ala Space Jam alien, because he shot 6-14 FG, 2-2 FT, and had only 1 TO.  “Talkin’ bout the Dream Team, we’re the Mean Team!”  Josh Smith is not a good 9-cat fantasy asset in any league, and even in 8-cat, he’s probably not ownable in 12ers for me.  That mean enough?!  But the real criminal aspect of the acquisition is of course their absolute hatred for Terrence Jones.  HE’S getting the full Mean Girls treatment – they’re feeding him Swedish weight gaining bars, JB Bickerstaff made out with his boyfriend, they’re turning his best friends against him…  That organization is an institutional bully – culminating in a whopping 10 minutes of action last night with Dwight Howard (kankle) still out.  I didn’t understand the McHale firing, I don’t understand this trade, I don’t understand the Ty Lawson signing…  They’re taking this off the rails faster than Lindsay Lohan’s Prius!  Or, well, Lawson’s Prius…  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for Week 14:

Kemba Walker Can’t stop the comeback king!  40/7/9/4/1 in a nuts game against the Magic bringing the Hornets back from 18 down in an OT W, then 26/6/5/1/1 against The Poppycockers.  Shot only 7-25 in that one, but he’s really putting the banged up Hornets on his shoulders.

Spencer Hawes – 32 then 34 minutes over the weekend, with the Hornets big man depth more crippled than my REL team!  16/10/3/0/1 against the Magic, but shot only 1-7 against the Knicks for 2 Pts.  The line still was usable though at 2/10/3/2/1 and he didn’t have a TO in either.  It’s low end but I guess has utility, kinda like the man bun on the scale of men’s hairstyles.

P.J. Hairston – Why I officially brought “The Poppycockers” out of retirement!  They let PJ score 20 on em!  Career-high in scoring on a 20/10/1/2/0 line on 7-14 shooting.  We’re getting word Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is ahead of schedule, and I think Jeremy Lamb stays in his similar role when back healthy.  PJ might get knocked out of the rotation when MKG is back unless he builds off this fluke game.

Jeremy Lin 26 Pts with 10-10 FT against his former Knicks.  For The Poppycockers, seeing Lin in another uni made them go Linsane!

Elfrid Payton Woooo, finally back off the Shelfird.  Although it still gets a SKIIIIIILES!  For really no reason…  21/6/10 and 11/9/10 lines over the weekend, but it was still peppered with an unfortunate Rondo-esque 6-10 FT and 7 TO.  Victor Oladipo also got his, and man is he on a crazy 3PTM binge!  22 of his 53 3PTM this year have been in the last 5 games!

Aaron Gordon Fouled out in 24 minutes against the Hornets in his first start.  Cited “overexcitement”.  I try to think about baseball or Slim’s beard when I get overexcited…

Nikola Mirotic One of this season’s most up and down players gave us a nice microcosm of his season this weekend with a 5/5/0/2/1 line on 1-7 shooting with 3 TO @BOS then 17/6/1/1/0 with no TO on 5-9 shooting beating the Cavs.  Cavaliers are cLUEless these days!

Kelly Olynyk Had a nice run of double-digit scoring and decent lines in 6 straight, but ended last night with 5 fouls against the Sixers.  He takes tanking personally, his grandpa is Rommel.

DeAndre Jordan Serious question – can you get a running start on a free throw?  Because I feel like DeAndre could get really close to dunking from the FT line – like a dunk contest dunk.  Anyone thought of that?!  7-7 FG and his usual 6-12 FT Friday night.

Jabari Parker Rainbow alert!  The usual D-less (to be fair, has gotten steals lately) Jabari for 11/10/4/2/2 at Houston on Friday night.  Then back to a boring 10/5/3/0/1 line with 2 TO Saturday night.  At least some potential looks to be looming!

Hassan Whiteside Had to use his AARP card to get treatment on his bum hip.  Ugh, did I mention REL frustration yet?!?!

Chandler Parsons Finally, he’s healthy!  Going through a body transformation like Matthew Perry between Friends seasons…  26+ Pts in 3 straight, going 31/6/3/1/1 yesterday.  I have a team with him and Curry.  Oh. My. God.

Paul George 5-15 FG for only 12 points against the Warriors and Slim was all like “Tollllllld you!”  Then 34/4/1/0/2 Saturday and Slim was like “Fluuuuuuke!”  Then PG13 said after the game he has some swelling in that leg he broke, and EVERYONE was like “NOOOOOOO!”

Myles Turner To quote Barry Zuckerkorn, “I could kiss him right on the [bleep]!”  Hey, I don’t know what word they bleeped!  Went insane at Golden State, putting up a career-best 31 Pts on a 31/8/0/1/2 line on 12-17 shooting.  Then 11/6/0/1/5 Saturday.  But the under-the-jeans excitement, I mean under-the-radar excitement for me is he finally took his first two 3PTA.  Sure he missed them both, but if he starts adding a trey a game like he’s more than capable, this is going to start looking crazzzzzzy good.  Better late than never!

Stephen Curry Just unfair.

James Harden Triple-doubling all the time as well, and that’s the tandem I was up against in REL.

Draymond Green Almost as unfair!  Bounced back from those back-to-back duds off the DNP, going 22/11/2/4/0 against the Pacers Saturday night.  Geez, Dray, take a few less shots and get those dimes closer to 7.3 like you’re averaging, ya bum!

Manu Ginobili – Whaaaaaaaa?!  I expected a rainbow line from Manu just as much as his upcoming endorsement for Rogaine.  20/4/4/5/2, but then again it was against the Lakers.  More like “The Fakers”!!!!!!  Except, ya know, do that in the “your mom goes to college” voice.

Cavs FT shooting – So my REL team is in shambles, and I had to cling to FT% as being my only win this past week.  I watched a little of Lue’s debut for the cLUEless Cavs, but not that much beyond the first stretch.  Then I had a restless sleep, and flipped on ESPN Saturday night while I tried falling back asleep, and they re-aired the Cavs/Bulls game.  Tristan Thompson was at the line, and they kept citing “1-11 at the FT line.  Now 2-12!”  And I was like, “Noooooooo, he didn’t do that bad did he?!?!?!”  Luckily he was only 1-4 for a team that shot 9-22 as a whole.  cLUEless I say!  They need to get Alicia Silverstone to coach!

Tyson Chandler SUNS WIN!  SUNS WIN!  DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!  Back-to-back 20 board games, going nuts for 13/27/5/1/2 in a shocking win against the Hawks.  I actually picked him up before that Spurs game a few days ago for some REB streaming to end the week, and got 47 in two games!  My rough start in the RCLs now have a lot of Tyson and Myles shares, #bigmanresurgence!

Alex Len Starting next to Chandler mostly because they don’t have enough warm bodies in Phoenix right now, going 16/12/5 in that W.  I’m definitely owning Tyson first, but Len could crack some 12er rosters if out there.

Archie Goodwin – Brandon Knight has a groin thing, and it’s super unnerving that he had to get a second opinion in LA.  Those Californians, they know groins, that’s for sure!  Apparently it was encouraging and he doesn’t need surgery, but Archie was Good in the Win that’s for sure!  24/1/4/2/2 with 2 treys on 7-17 FG.  He’s a little bit of a tweener and not a natural PG leading to a few too many TO (4 in each of the past two), but he could be a solid add in the short-term if you need some scoring and FT volume (8 FTM in each of the last two as well).

Danilo Gallinari The best song by Alice in Chains dropped 30 on the Pistons, hit 13-16 FT, and only had one TO.  I don’t normally do this, but here’s a nice comment chain based on my Gallinari rank (and some crazy Danny Green love!) way early in the off-season.  I was trying to find a comment that yelled at me “Gallinari will be your downfall” but couldn’t find it, so I guess that one will have to do…

Nikola Jokic Look what happens when you give him minutes, MALONE!  Just an absolutely stellar rainbow, going 17/5/3/2/3 shooting 7-11 FG (1-1 3PTM 2-2 FT) against the Pistons.  And the icing on the cake?  No TO.  And the cherry on top?  I just called out all his sick highlights last Friday.

Emmanuel Mudiay Showing promise!  After going 5 for his last 17 at the stripe (!!!!!) his last 3 games, 5-6 FT against the Nugs in an 18/4/4/1/1 line.  Still the TO reared their ugly head (4), but you’re gonna get it in the rear somewhere with Mudiay’s stats…

Gary Harris Slim’s boy got 5 steals on Saturday.  Before you’re thinking he can be the next Gary Payton, he had 5 steals the previous 9 games.  Meh.

C.J. McCollum/Damian Lillard Surprise!  They played well against the lowly Lakers.  Kobe Bryant apparently yelled at his team afterwards.  Hey Kobe, how about a look in the mirror first, buddy!

DeMarcus Cousins Kinda surprised 48 Pts is a career-high!  48/13/2/1/0 on a whopping 17-29 FG and 13-20 FT.  Boogie’s FT% has actually taken a hit this year down to 74% – it’s not awful, but it’s over 10 FTA/game of meh.  A little painful on his value, and I’m only nitpicking a little since it was harder than I thought to say I’d stick with Kevin Durant over him in a dynasty.

Willie Cauley-Stein Off back to back dubdubs, came short on Saturday but still a nice 6/12/2/2/1 line.  He’s pretty much Steven Adams just with more consistent REB and minutes.  12er worthy if you need steals from an out-of-position source for sure.

Dennis Schroder The TO are a little out of control (17 past 4 games), but scoring and diming a lot more consistently than Jeff Teague, that’s for sure!  Mannnn, I still gotta think Teague can get outta this funk, but it’s a tough pill to swallow right now.  I think Mike Scott might have a pill that can help with that…

Trevor Ariza HE’S ON FIRE!  11-15 FG including 6-9 3PTM for a season high 29 points.  Only 1-4 FT though?!  Can you take your FT from the 3PT line?!  I’m just helping with FT solutions left and right today!

Robert Covington Playing like a ball hog out there – and deservedly so.  Seemed to take a trey every single touch on the perimeter, going 25/8/1/1/0 on 6-13 3PTM shooting.  The TO and FG% will be rough, but Lord Covington is a staple on the Round Table.

Shane Larkin – The potential is still there!  Rainbow for 9/3/4/4/2 with nary a TO on 4-7 shooting last night.  Donald Sloan was very meh in 27 starting minutes.  I honestly might rather own Larkin right now, but the fact I don’t feel great about it keeps both out of must-ownership in shallower leagues.

Brook Lopez Bounced back from a tough one to lead the Nets to a surprise win last night on a 31/10/2/0/3 line.  Really helped that OKC was without Steven Adams.  Brolo is healthy and playing well – trade value couldn’t be much higher for Brooklyn, Gus Ayonin’!  Speaking of, Ayon is apparently playin’ pretty well for Real Madrid, go get em Gus!

‘The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: n/a
  • 4-game weeks: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIN, NY, ORL, PHO, SAC, WAS
  • 2-game week: n/a
  • Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week): Jeremy Lin (44%/4), Jeremy Lamb (16%/4), Spencer Hawes (4%/4), Archie Goodwin (6%/4)
  • Stream days: n/a

Overall Thoughts: Borrrrrrrrring!  18 teams with 4-game weeks, and the other 12 on 3ers.  So with fairly equal parity, you’re playing your regulars with maybe the 3 vs. 4 game week a tiebreaker on your mid-range guys for weekly.  But for daily moves leagues, awwwwwwwesome!  No “stream days” this week as I’ve called them, with each night having at least 6 game.

I mention Hornets matchups several times in the day-by-day breakdown, so they’re a key source of streaming for me this week.  They go on a West Coast trip going @SAC, @UTA (meh), @POR then @LAL.  Hornets are on MWFSun as well, so no b2bs for the gimpy guy (Lamb – hoping this toe thing is healed up by tonight) or the old guy (Hawes).  Cody Zeller is out at least another week with his sprained shoulder, so Hawes has some minutes assured his way.  Finally we have Archie – who I don’t fully believe in – but even if Knight can get back, PHO gets an @PHI to exploit, plus @CLE and @DAL in probable blowout losses.  I could see using him on several weekly teams.  One additional thought – look at the Spurs schedule this week!  @GSW, HOU then @CLE.  Stiff test!  After a two-game week playing bottom feeders, I think their vets have a strong bounceback.

Monday: 9 games kick off the week, with HOU the only team coming in on a b2b.  Dwight Howard is already banged up, so no need to worry too much on any other Rocket.  MIA, ORL, SAC and WAS head into b2bs, so keep an eye on your vets or banged up guys there.  If Hassan Whiteside can be back (PLLLLLEEEAAASSEEE!!!) I doubt he plays in both.  DEN gives up a lot of pace, so I could see streaming some of your Hawks reserves, especially the Schrodes as I like him as a weekly play.  The Kings give up the most points per game this year, so I would also look at your available Hornets in daily.

Tuesday: Wow, an 8-game Tuesday is certainly above average.  DAL, LAC, OKC, PHI and PHO head into b2bs, so it’s a busy early week slate, that’s for sure!  Definitely worried about the Mavs vets, as they get rested more than newborns.  DAL also plays 3 games in 4 nights, so they’re certainly resting up at some point in there.  Oh lord, PHO plays @PHI.  Stream-fest for your Suns!  But what an awful game…  [email protected] should at least be a little better, but there’s those league-leading points allowed Kings again – if any usable Blazers are available, I’d give them a look.

Wednesday: Seems like the scheduling fairies lightened up Wednesday to sprinkle their scheduling dust on the other nights this week – only 8 games on the normally full humpday.  ATL and DEN are your only b2bs, but I can’t imagine anyone is rested for the Hawks in two tough games.  Even if Jusuf Nurkic is back by that point, I highly doubt he would play both.  [email protected] I could see being a blowout, maybe you throw in Cameron Payne in some deeper leagues, and [email protected] is a travesty.  Might give some of the Cavs reserves a look there, maybe a Matthew Dellavedova sighting!

Thursday: The lightest slate of the week, Thursday will feature 6 contests with LAL, MIL, and NY your b2bs teams.  No Kobe Bryant for one of em!  At the least!  CHI goes at those Lakers, so maybe we get a dose of Bobby Portis against a weak interior team.  [email protected] should be a solid game, but man the Hawks are losing some baddddd games and off a b2b. 

Friday: 9-game Friday, with BKN, CLE, DET & HOU on b2bs.  The Dwight Howard watch is back!  It’s like Panda watch, except less entertaining.  [email protected] and [email protected] have some streaming potential to me, might go so far as saying I would give Derrick Williams a look for cheap scoring.

Saturday: Turning to the weekend, only one team gets a b2b, and it’s your league-best Warriors in a very stream-appealing slate.  They go @PHI and @NY, so the Warriors reserves are reallllly appealing.  Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, Leandro Barbosa… All could be useful in limited moves weeks for the 2-game weekend.  Overall, there’s only 7 games on Saturday, so you’ll need to be streaming by the weekend in most leagues either way.  [email protected] should be a fast-paced game, and I’m also interested in [email protected] if anyone worthwhile is available.

Sunday: In the first NBA Sunday with no NFL action, we wrap up on a 7-game slate.  Before making your stream moves, be sure to factor in ATL, CHI, DAL and ORL head into b2bs – a lot of vets on those first three teams.  [email protected] should be a nice one for Hornets role players/reserves, and I like [email protected] for some bad-real-life game, good-fantasy game numbers.

 

I hope everyone had a better weekend than my REL, and sorry for whining about it so much!  As is life, the stories we tell are narcissistic…  I think Confucius said that!  Have a good week, Razzball Nation!

  1. Blint says:
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    Hi JB ,
    Looooooong time ! Your only Indian commenter I think!

    I have a lot of players going today and not enough roster spots! I can play 3 guys out of Noris Cole, Capela,Bazemore , Faried and Taj! Which two would you bench? Player eligibility isn’t an issue because we have a lot of Util spots. Since Its the first day of the week can’t even choose based on which category I am losing in!

    Also listen to slim and watch John Adams! It is really really good.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blint: Yo man, how ya doin?! Well I hope we have several more that are at least readers, but we’re very happy that you represent! Haha

      Hah I have that issue too in REL… I think Bazemore and Taj are in for consistency. Sounds like Faried is likely out with his groin thing, so not risking that. Hmmmm, Cole v Capela… I’ll lean Cole since Dwight could be back and Capela could give you a rough start at FT.

      Aight, I’ll get on that one!

      • Blint says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB. I don’t know why I just assume Capela is going to have a good game every night, but he disappoints. Its a keeper league so cant even drop him. Have him and your boyfriend Myles as centres for the future! Also have Embid stashed at IR. Very thin at C currently though. Had to trade Giannis to get Noel and Aldridge. Its worked out pretty good till now .Any deep league C’s you see out there? Majri from Dallas?

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          @Blint: Yeah i still like him a lot long-term, but he’s young and inconsistent. Yeah in keeper you gotta hold. Nah, not too interested in Mejri. Jordan Mickey is interesting down the road for Boston, Festus Ezeli comes to mind with Bogut so old and brittle, Portis remains interesting and might be gettable with a small role still…

  2. Justin says:
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    9 cat h2h. Kevin Durant and Jeff green for Middleton, rondo, Rodney hood.
    Which side wins? Also is it a fair trade?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Justin: I’d stick with Durant side, I could see Rondo side being appealing if that team needed AST in a bad way, but I like KD side a good bit more. Not a vetoable trade or anything though

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    Great writeup as per usual! Barry Z would drive to the nearest highway restroom for Myles Turner right now.

    Went with your advice and grabbed me Taj off the wire, over guys like Gordon and WCS for dem O brds, efficient scoring and blks (9 team, 14 cay roto). Speaking of guys absolutely destroying in those three cats, I’m a happy BLo owner and you eluded to us perhaps selling high on him? Not that I’m all that keen to do so – as I mentioned in one of your preseason rankings, his “injury concerns” are not valid as the operation that repaired his foot apparently has a 99% success rate post-op. BUT, should I be selling him, what kinda big should I target? I already own Pau. Draymond won’t get moved off his team. Tough one, huh? If Whiteside were healthy, maaaaaybe, but nah.

    Anyway, please take a moment or three to evaluate my squad and see if I have any rips in the preverbial condom:

    BLo
    KD
    Teague (MAJOR condom rip right there)
    Oladipo (is HE a sell high candidate? His shot is muy caliente these days)
    Taj
    Otto (just picked him up actually)
    Monta
    Gobert
    Pau
    Jimmy
    Ersan
    Batum (walking boot? ugh..)
    Tobias

    Currently sitting in 2nd place, but quite a bit behind 1st. Need to up them brds and D numbers, which I hope a healthy Batum and Porter could help with.

    Sexily yours,

    Lasandro

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Hah thanks man! I probably would drive there too 🙂

      Sure yeah I agree Brolo’s health isn’t AS scary as it used to be, but he’s on a REALLLLY appealing contract for only 2.5 more years. I think a lot of teams would try to trade for him, and Brooklyn needs to rebuild. And on most teams he’s probably not as key the offensive focus. Well, Whiteside fits the needs, risky though indeed. Maybe Gobert?

      Yeah Oladipo is hitting crazzzzzy 3s. You could try Oladipo and Teague for something? Maybe throw in Brolo, get John Wall and a more REB/BLK big that Wall’s owner has?

      Sexy back! Haha

  4. Melo says:
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    Hey JB

    What do you think about package of my Brook Lopez and Knight for Millsap and Dragic, should I pull the trigger?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Melo: Yeah I would do that, I recently said I would Dragic over Knight ROS due to shutdown concern, and def Millsap over Brolo. Love it!

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    Lmfao. on a roll with Goodwin playoff words. Great job on that! Laughable that Smoove was the headliner. HE’S ON THAT LEVEL NOW HUH? I still remember 6-8 years ago though he was VERY usable in fantasy. Sad to see the decline. I would rather own *gulp* KG over Smoove tbh. Glad I don’t have to make that decision tho. Nice writing bud!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @draco21: Haha thanks man! Well, the title was mostly about the screwing over of Tjones, but yeah he’s back in the landscape, sadly… Haha, yeah Smith just kept shooting more-and-more 3s, the Ft% kept going way down from 70%ish earlier in his career, with the expected decline in STL/BLK. He definitely was usable when he shot closer to 50% from the field. Thanks again!

  6. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Damn it, Rockets. MORE LIKE DARYL MORON. I’ve gotta believe that getting J-Smoove means that Houston’s gonna deal away TJones. PLEASE????

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: Haha, they’re the worst! Ughhhh, I would lean no actually, he’s just so young and on a nice deal still. They’d need a good haul back. They’re just adding dumb vet presence to make them worse…

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s like these guys don’t consider the fantasy implications of their roster moves. MONSTERS!!

  7. Jay says:
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    Trade Lou Williams and Robert Covington for Carmelo Anthony in my Roto league (no turnovers)?? I am getting Melo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Oh for sure, love that move!

  8. Matt says:
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    Open roster slot, Jokic or Sullinger 12 TM 9 Cat

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: I’d take Sully still

  9. Connor says:
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    Hey JB, 12 team 10 cat league with FT made. I give up Ish, Tobias Harris, and RoLo and get George Hill and Blake Griffin. Would love your input!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Whewwww, that’s close, but I think worth the risk of getting Blake, especially in FT made. I cautiously like it!

  10. Tony C says:
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    Hey JB thanks again for another great update. Yesterday I finally had enough with waiting for Jusuf Nurkic to actually play a game and dropped him for WCS since I really need rebounding, steals/blocks and FG%. I had the opportunity to pick up Tyson or Jocic but I opted for WCS because of his potential for the ROS. I don’t trust Chandler to stay healthy for long and Jocic is stuck in a minutes conundrum in Denver with Nurkic and Lavuerne. Did I make the right move with WCS?

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      @Tony C: Thanks for reading man! Yeah I’ve been off Nurk since this second injury, sooooo annoying. Man, that’s a tough question, I think I’d have to answer I like Tyson right now and he’s the one to own, just because it could be pretty good for a least medium-term and maybe you can trade. Do I trust him in March and April though? Not really, but I think he woulda had to be my add.

      • Tony C says:
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        Okay thanks for the advice but as I just checked on getting Chandler he was taken this morning. So now do you prefer WCS or Jocic for rebounds, FG%, blocks and steals for the ROS?

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          @Tony C: Damn, ummm gimme WCS there, I just like the consistency more, plus he hits those needs better. Jokic will probably score and dime more and I like his raw upside a little better for his career, but yeah WCS fits those for now

        • Tony C says:
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          Oh yes, Giurgi Dieng is available too…

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Tony C: Hmmm, I’ll stick with WCS mainly since stl is a need

  11. Steve says:
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    JB,
    I’m leading my 9 cat at the moment and absolutely dominating in points and threes while being good in most other categories (besides tanking FT). Somebody sent me a few offers for my Wiggins let me know if you think any would benefit my team.

    1. Al Jeff and ZBo
    2. Al Jeff and Dieng
    3. Bogut
    4. Tristian Thompson

    • draco21 says:
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      @Steve: Doing the punt FT build right requires some scorers. I like the 1st deal for ya but Wiggins is a monster scorer. Sure he has deficiencies that would really be offset by your punt FT guys (I’m thinking you have deandre drummond and such). So no, Wiggins is a hold unless he gives you say… a middleton :>

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Steve: @draco21: 1. Nah 2. Nah 3. Nah 4. Nah. Not doing any of those, I get trying to fit needs, but I really don’t trust Big Al and Wiggins deserves more a return than that.

    • Kendrick Twerkins says:
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      @Steve: They all seem a little lowball to me unless you wanna risk it on Big Al’s health. #4 is a little insulting.

      • Steve says:
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        @Kendrick Twerkins: yeah no doubt that deal sucks haha just wanted to throw it in to show what I’m dealing with. Thanks for everyone’s feedback though

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Steve: Any time! Gave us a good scale to break down for ya!

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly pts league, need to fill 2 F slots from Batum, Faried, Jokic and A. Gordon. All have 4 games, but both Faried and Batum hurting. It sounds like Faried’s not likely to go tonight, so probably benching him and starting Jokic. But Batum’s a GTD, and his game doesn’t start until 10 tonight. Would you take a chance on him and hope to get at least 3 games this week, or just go with Gordon?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Man that’s tough… Faried indeed is def out. I think I’m risking Gordon for now, but keeping an eye on updates, if Batum is ruled active before you lock I’d make a lasts second swap

  13. dem ribbies says:
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    Yo JB,

    So I’m going up against the 1st place squad in a 9-cat weekly lock league. I’m running a punt PTS/FT% build.

    PG- CP3
    SG – Klay
    G – Rondo
    SF – Kawhi
    PF – Draymond
    F –
    C – Drummond
    U – Jordan
    U –

    Please pick 2 of the following:
    RobCov – 3 (PHO, GS, @DET)
    Wes Matthews – 4 (BKN, PHO, @LAL, @GS)
    Bazemore – 4 (LAC, @DEN, @IND, @MIA)
    Booker – 4 (@PHI, @CLE, @NY, @DAL)

    I’m looking for 3PT and STL. Inclined to roll RobCov and Baze. Wes came up limping toward the end of last nights game. Booker would be great for 3PT but doesn’t help in STL.

    What do you think?

    • draco21 says:
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      @dem ribbies: Booker and Wes Matt/Bazemore in that order. I like Wes Mat cause BKN, Pho and Lal can’t defend for lick. Sure he will put up a goose egg with GSW. For Bazemore, you can make the case that he has a better sched for sure. I just like Wes Matt more as a specialist in 3ball. Can’t go wrong with either two tho. Booker is a no brainer tbh.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dem ribbies: @draco21: Yo! I’m going Booker and Bazemore. I don’t trust the Sixers to not dick around Covington’s minutes, I might still roll with it if he had 4 games, but with only 3 I don’t wanna risk it. I like Booker’s matchups for blowouts/junk time/PHI.

  14. hanns says:
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    should i play 4 games of will barton or 4 games of sullinger in a standard 9 CAT ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hanns: Mannnnn, close. Gimme Barton, unless REB/BLK are needs

  15. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    12 team 9 cat H2H.

    Add Jokic and/or Chandler for either Cody Zeller or Nurkic?

  16. dom says:
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    hey great write up, got a couple questions

    1. who do I sit tonight between Trey Lyles (DET), T Jones (@NOR), and StanJo (@UTA)?

    2. I keep thinking of StanJo as an upside player, but I’m questioning that now. Even if he gets more minutes the percentages will be bad, he’s not great at 3’s, what is he good at? I’m considering dropping him in my deep 12er for Derrick Williams who has an extra game in the Tues-Sun time frame. Basically turns into a streaming spot

    3. Start Conley (ORL) or RJax (@UTA) for my PG tonight? One of them or T Harris (MEM) or Wiggins (@CLE) for my util?

    thanks man

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Thanks for reading man! Eesh… I’ll sit StanJo and just prey the ROX play well and Tjones gives Smith a little rest off the b2b. 2. Well ideally he gets more consistent on D and can off 1 3/stl/blk, but that seems far in the future. I’m def good streaming it 3. Wiggins had a good game v his drafted team last time, I would probably play the PG though, RJax over Conley at PG. If you think you’ll need a scoring boost v your opp I would play Wiggins over Conley. Any time!

  17. miles proudfoot says:
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    I dropped AGordon for Miles Turner right before the rockets added yet another man to their front court. If he makes it through wavers, should I pick up AGordon and drop Jones, Danny Green or Dieng? Trades are frustratingly nearly impossible so 2-1’s aren’t really an option. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Nice move! Yup I’d definitely take Gordon over Jones now, stupid Rockets…

  18. Tim says:
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    Should CJ Miles still be owned in 12ers? Worth dropping to stream? better than Trey Burke / Collison / cauley-stein?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tim: Meh, yeah probably not unless to stream. Yeah I’d likely own all of those 3 right now

  19. Kendrick Twerkins says:
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    1.) Has this commenter name been taken before? (1st time using it)
    2.) Would you rather have Cauley-Stein or Aaron Gordon 9 cat just overall value?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kendrick Twerkins: 1. Hahahaha, I don’t think so, love it! 2. Mannnnnn, Gordon obviously has the upside, I think I’ll take him, but razor close. If needing consistency now, WCS is def the guy

  20. Jesse says:
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    Your DJ freethrow thing made me laugh, shared it with a friend and he linked me this:

    http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/basketball_players_who_caused_rule_changes.htm#.VqZglVMrKV4

    “Wilt Chamberlain: Free throw plane

    When Wilt Chamberlain was in high school, he had a unique way of shooting free-throws. He would stand at the top of the key, throw the ball up toward the basket, take two steps, jump toward the rim and jam the ball through the net. Doing this resulted in basketball rules to state that a player cannot cross the plane of the free-throw line when shooting a free-throw.

    In 1956, during his freshman year in college, the NCAA banned dunking free throws, as a result of rumors that Chamberlain had been doing that in high school. Later, the NBA also banned dunking free throws.”

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jesse: Oh damn, yeah that would work for DJ too! Wilt was a GENIUS for doing that haha. That is some great info, thanks for sharing! My knowledge of minutia rules in hoops is definitely lacking ha

  21. v00dr00 says:
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    Still hard for me to pull that Durant for Boogie trade. Ugh… I named my dog Boogie about a year ago too. Nobody likes dog owners who abandon.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @v00dr00: Hah yeah I was thinking of that deal in there! Can you change your dog’s name? Just tell him he’s becoming a double agent and needs to take on a new persona for a while…

  22. GoodGuy says:
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    Just stumbled across your blog and I’ve enjoyed everything I have read…. Do you do any dynasty blogs?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @GoodGuy: Glad you found us thanks so much man! We don’t do a “typical” dynasty blog, but we do have a fan/writer 20 teamer we update Monday afternoons that just went up – http://basketball.razzball.com/2015-16-rel-dynasty-league-update-week-13

      Owners analyze their teams, so it might not be exactly what you were looking for. But we continue to expand and that sounds like an awesome topic for a new weekly going forward, maybe starting next year – like a recap of dynasty options i.e. rookies, D-League, etc in a roundup you think would be a nice addition?

      • GoodGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I think it would be a great addition… I don’t do one year leagues in any sport, so finding information or even conversations are sometimes difficult… My whole thought process is different… Guys like Miles Turner have had tremendous value in my eyes… Playing 18 minutes putting up 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks… Now deciding whether to sit on him or sell high… Guys like Joe Young, who tore it up in summer league but no one really paid attention because he was drafted 43rd… He’s one injury away from being Cj McCollum (imo of course). Analyzing situations, potential opportunities, draft pick values, buylow candidates, upcoming free agents, moving stars before it’s too late, proper rebuilds, draft and stash ect ect…

        In one of my keeper leagues, where we can only keep 8 guys, I turned down a wall beal and Monroe offer for Drummond… I wouldn’t package Porzingas with Hayward and B. Lopez for Curry and I won’t trade Myles Turner and a 1st for Kevin Love (Big 3 Bosh 2.0)… I did however move Big Al for a pick and I still believe there’s a chance for Lawson to return to Pre-Harden form (not in hou)… Topics like this pop up with every injury, every off the court action, and every trade rumor each and every week, a weekly or bi-weekly article would be a great addition… Thanks for the consideration

        • JB Gilpin

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          @GoodGuy: Oh for sure, yeah keepers are the leagues I care most about. Yeah I’ll definitely pitch that theme as a new piece if someone is interested!

          Yup I agree with those decisions. I lovvvvve Turner, I ranked him crazy high this year, finally looking not too crazy.

          Great idea, I think it would be a great addition!

  23. tentyme says:
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    Good afternoon !! quick question in a 12 team 9 cat weekly H2H we don’t use TO as a Cat btw we use FG% instead but I pretty much put FG% anyways, would you drop CJ Miles for Matt Barnes?? Thank you for your time !!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tentyme: Afternoon man! Yup gimme Barnes. Any time!

  24. Havey says:
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    Which side? Westbrook/Noel or Draymond/Rubio?

    Thanks in advance man! Great stuff as usual.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Havey: Hmmmm. I’ll lean Westbrook side, but fairly close. Thanks for dropping by!

  25. Hamtime says:
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    1. Traded my dieng for Myles. Ok?

    2. Trade my drum Wade for gay gortat?

    3. Pls choose 1 for ROS in my 16m/11cat – nance, Adams, Mahinmi

    4. Knight or Bazemore?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hamtime: 1. Yup! 2. Ummmm probably, I think I remember Drum being your only punt FT guy so def like it if thats the case. 3. Man… Leaning Mahinmi but all close 4. Uggghh, you’re questions are too hard! I’d say Knight medium-term because once he’s back he should be better, but Bazemore is healthy now and I think actually plays in late Mar/Apr

  26. Pinchers of Loaf says:
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    Which side in a 20 team redraft league?
    Westbrook, Smart, Pierce, Ma. Plumlee
    Payton, Clarkson, Pachulia, Capela

    Thanks in advance. I really appreciate all you guys do here at Razzball. You’re the best.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pinchers of Loaf: I like the depth in a 20er getting Payton, but I gotta stick with Westbrook side, esp. in redraft. Appreciate it man, thanks for dropping by, any time!

  27. Dante Green says:
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    Houston’s hate on Tjones is real! Just like how Minny treats Gorgui. They’re like “Meh, let’s not play these young studs” lol.

    Lord Covingtonnn haha. Prolly one of my best pickups this season. His owner dropped him during his slump and I was able to snag milord!

    I missed out on alota guys on the wire bcoz of my unwavering love for Colly: Len, WCS, Agordon, Tchandler, Mturner. But with the news of Bknight missing multiple games and prolly more if the Suns decide to shut him down, I think I need to pickup Archie now. I’m still contemplating whether to drop Colly or TJones for him but I guess it doesn’t matter who I drop first bcoz imo both guys are unrosterable right now bcoz their teams hate em. Lol

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green: missed out on Jokic too!! Argh

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green:

      I went ahead and made a grab for Goodwin (dropping Colly in the process). I would love to drop Tjones as well but Howard is still out so he might have a decent game, but we know for sure that when Howard returns their frontcourt rotation will be annoying as f so I really don’t mind dropping Tjones right now! It’s just that there’s no one else to snag from the wire. Or maybe if Tjones plays well I could then pair him up with Sloan and trade their filthy asses away. Lol

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: Hah they’re criminals! Nice add of RobCov! Well the only one I’m sad you missed on is M Turner, but yeah totally good losing tjones for Archie. Jokic is gonna be annoying due to mins… Hah, no Dwight and still a bad Tjones game, I think you gotta move on…

  28. Trul says:
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    Hi JB,

    Cjmc+ish+dieng vs porzi+barton+Tjones

    What do u think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Trul: I lovvvvvve Porzingis, but I think pure value is more on CJ side

  29. m1chael says:
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    What’s up JB!

    Been awhile since I commented.. My teams not doing so hot right now so I’m looking to make some changes. Here’s my team. 12 team 9cat weekly league
    E Payton
    G Dragic
    Deron Williams
    J Harden
    E Ilyasova
    P Millsap
    C Bosh
    A Drummond
    D Russell
    J Randle
    M Smart
    T Jones

    Dropping Smart for T Chandler. Is Randle/Russell/Jones a stash? Notable WW pick ups are Goodwin, WCS, Len, Shabazz M, Mudiay, Marcus Morris, JJohnson, PBev. If I wanted to start a trade who can I target right now that’s buy low and sell high for me? Any package deals would work too. Thanks for taking your time on my team.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @m1chael: What’s up man, good to see ya back! I thinK Tjones and Randle are out for you, I like a lot of that wire more. Probably Morris and Len, Goodwin is flashy for short term but TO are gonna hurt. Sucks having only 1 FT punt guy, I might look to move Drummo and shore up FT%, maybe him plus something for an elite like Boogie?

      • m1chael says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! been lurking on here every other day just reading. This weekly lineup makes you forget sometimes haha. I went ahead and dropped Jones and Randle but for Goodwin and Chandler. I could target Boogie but I doubt the owner would bite. Think I should dropped Smart for Morris or Len?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @m1chael: Hah well appreciate the lurking just as much! Nice moves, like them both. I would probably hold Smart, his STL seem to be a need for your squad

  30. miles proudfoot says:
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    How do hou feel about dropping TJones for WCS, Randolph or Collison, ROS? Basically, I’m sick of jones haha and have missed out on a me some other free agents holding him.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: Doing it for all 3. Probably Zbo first, unless a G need then Colly

  31. Nick says:
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    Hey JB,

    8cat Dynasty H2H

    Where to start…well I’ve just traded Ibaka + Beal for Love in dynasty. It was tough to part with Ibaka but I can no longer ignore the downward trend in blocks. I’m also trying to trade for Myles Turner right now before he blows up in the next season or two and becomes the new Ibaka…but onto my question.

    Part of the reason I trade for Love was A) he could be traded and could return to beast mode…so waiting on that as the deadline approaches B) Another manager really likes him, he’s got guys like Oladipo, Noel and Wiggins to potentially ship.

    We’ve discussed Wiggins ever since I tried selling Beal to him. Problem is he sees Wiggins as a future first rounder, not sure if I agree, and he’s now thinking of Love for Wiggins straight up.

    Obviously if I make this trade I believe it takes me out of contention this year. So my question is this…is do you believe Wiggins is the real deal? Is he worth giving up Love and (theoretically) the season for? I could potentially get his pick or schroeder as throw ins as well.

    Tough decisions JB…tough decisions.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick: Yeah he’s really falling off with all the tread on his tires. Wow, Love traded? Hadn’t heard much concrete on that. But I do like flipping Love in your league!

      I dunno about first rounder either, but I think he could be a 2nd round wing.

      Where are you in the standings. If it’ll take a lot to make the playoffs I do it, if you’re in the mix I think you keep trying for this year first

      • Nick says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I’m second in the standings but have knight and Griffin so the rails might be coming off, but I’ll still likely be in the mix.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nick: Yeahhhh then I think I’m holding, and even if you end up with Love as a keeper I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

  32. hanns says:
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    time to drop taj gibson? He’s not doing all that much. I got patrick beverly, arron brooks, and danny green on my bench

    • hanns says:
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      @hanns: also triston thompson

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hanns: I’d probably hold Taj if those are your bottom guys, but he’s certainly low in value right now, depends on for whom

  33. matt says:
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    hey, have to take favors off the IL. who is a drop out of these? amir johnson, alex len, collison, marcus morris, pj tucker, cassipi. 9 cat 12 person h2h btw.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Gotta be Amir right now…

  34. Patty Mills is my Homeboy says:
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    Hey JB,

    I was lucky enough to grab Covington and Myles Turner off waivers last week (10 team h2h 9 cat). I could do with another assist guy and am leading blocks by heaps. What do you think of Turner ros? And who could I flip one or both of these guys for. Alternatively I could hold Turner for his FG% and trade the poison goose. Problem is he is just so fun to own!

    Thanks again man

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Patty Mills is my Homeboy: Nice! I like Turner, I think he might be at a peak right now, but don’t think it drops off hard. Def good with a sell high, I’d rather sell him at this peak than Goose and shoot for like a 50ish ranked PG like Conley

  35. sdc says:
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    10 team H2H Standard 9-cat

    PG – Lowry, Deron Williams, M.Smart
    PG,SG – Tyreke Evans
    SG, SF- Harden, Fournier, Batum (IL)
    SF,PF- Marcus Morris, Crowder, Tobias Harris, Draymond Green,
    PF,C – Favors
    C – Vallancuinas, Gasol

    Marvin Williams is on the wire. I was thinking of picking up Marvin Williams and drop Marcus Morris. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sdc: I’m sticking with Morris, I think I got ya on another post, but in case that was someone else I think I like Morris’ consistency a tad more

      • sdc says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Would you drop any of my current line up for Marvin Williams?

        And if ever Batum comes back from injury who would you drop on my current roster? I got tons of PG and just got Smart on waivers after Batum went down. I’m thinking of dropping Deron or Evans if Batum comes back, I’m just afraid with Deron’s fragility and Evans might be shutdown by NO because of a losing season. So Smart was just an insurance PG in any case.

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          @sdc: Nah I don’t think so. I think you own the right group. yeah Smart is good depth, but I think he’s first cut when Batum is back if you need the spot

  36. sdc says:
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    Any thoughts on Bobby Portis? Will there be any chance this season that he will be unleashed?

    I think chances became smaller when P. Gasol became indespensible as Noah went down not unless bulls decide still trade Gasol as he be surely waiving his contract at the end of the season. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @sdc: At some point due to injuries/junk time for a few games sure, but tough for me to see a long stretch of success. Or yea, a trade could open it up too, but I think they wanna contend now, I kinda doubt they move Pau

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Agree they’re tentative to move Pau as they want to contend this year. But the Bulls will be letting Pau walk away for nothing. Pau’s or Gibson trade would really open up playing time for Portis. But I doubt if they will trade Gibson.

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          @sdc: Teams do that more often than not if they’re in it, I don’t think they look big picture if they’re a mid-seed playoff team.

  37. Chris says:
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    I am in a 12 man 9cat h2h league. I am currently 6th (8 teams make playoffs). My team is:

    Westy
    P-Bev
    Clarkson
    Gallo
    Covington
    Parsons
    Monroe
    Gobert
    IT2
    Draymond
    Dragic
    Taj Gibson
    Demarre Carroll

    Someone dropped JR Smith recently and I’m thinking of putting in a waiver pick for him. Right now, I’m considering dropping Clarkson for JR Smith (since Clarkson has 2 games in the 1st rd of playoffs). Is that a smart move? Or is there someone else I should drop instead? Or should I hold and not pick up JR?

    • Goodguy says:
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      @Chris: I’d drop carrol before I dropped clarkson

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Chris: @Goodguy: Yeah in 6th place, I’m not mapping out playoffs just yet. Def hold Clarkson and yeah Carroll can go, you need warm bodies

        • Chris says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Ok thanks!

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