With an ADP of 68.6 in drafts all the way back in 2014, Jimmy Butler has been an absolute revelation and made all his fantasy owners rich with value.  “Butler, I need some extra steals!  A couple more blocks!  Some artisan cheese!”  And the trusty ol’ Butler would always deliver.

Unfortunately, all that caviar and pancetta piled on that silver serving plate really wore down the Butler’s elbow, and Jimmy Buckets is going to miss 3-4 weeks.  Hey, on the bright side this is the NBA and not a year-long pitcher injury!  So the billion dollar question – to drop or not to drop JB?  Well don’t drop me!  I’d try to hold where I could.  I’d much rather have JB at the end of my bench than stashes of Kemba Walker or Paul George.  Even in 10ers, I think I’d probably hold on as most Jimmy Buckets teams are doing pretty well.

In his stead, the vastly improved Tony Snell should get the tiger’s share of minutes.  He’s greeeeeeeeeat!  I don’t think he’s a must-own in even 12ers though, since he’s a semi-ThrAGNOF with steals upside.  Not that I don’t like him!  But I would say a little better FG%/FT% version of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  The real interesting addition to me is Nikola Mirotic, who should get a lot of run while Taj Gibson is out at least another week.  And with Butler gone, maybe he gets a handful of SF minutes here and there, even though it hasn’t gone that well when experimenting with that before…  But experiments take a lot of tries before they go right!  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball action:

DeMar DeRozan I think if you’re a scorer and play against the Sixers, you should have a -15 handicap.  At least I think that’s how handicaps work, I don’t know golf!  12-24 FG (1-3 3PTM 10-10 FT) 35/9/5/2/0.  What did Kate Upton say to Justin Verlander?  DD came to play!

Greivis Vasquez – A decent enough fill-in for 12/1/5 with a couple of treys, but Vasquez took only 8 shots and non-DeRozan starters combined for only 17 attempts.  Go bench!  Kyle Lowry might sit a few more, so if you streamed Vasquez and are desperate for PG stats, I’d hold the Twerp.

Patrick Patterson I feel like he’s right on the rim of ownership in 12 and 14ers, as he’s one of the most common commenter questions.  He’s boring, but can hit the cats and keeps the ball safe.  He’s like a fantasy mother hen.  15/4/3/0/1 last night on 6-10 FG (2-4 3PTM 1-1 FT).

Isaiah Canaan Hit his 4 treys, but otherwise was a mad-empty 14/1/3/0/0.  At least comitted no TO, but had some moments of struggling D.  Besides hitting the long ball…

Ish Smith …looked much better.  MUCH BETTER!  Whoa, how did I remember an Amanda Bynes show reference… I remember her shows better than she does!  Now I sound mad creepy…  The fiance put it on a few years ago, I swear!  19/5/9/0/0 on 8-13 FG (1-2 3PTM 2-3) and can do so much more.  Easily the PG to own in Philly.  Other than hit triples, he’s better in every facet of the game than Canaan and out-minuted him again 27 to 25.

Jakarr Sampson Rainbow alert!  7/3/4/2/3 and is a pretty athletic player and defender, but with no Jason Richardson (old) or Robert Covington (British), got 21 minutes.  As the starter…

Nerlens Noel So it’s like the ugly friend theory.  With Covington out, there is absolutely no future starters on the Sixers, and most are D-Leaguers.  So it makes Noel look like an MVP candidate!  7-7 FG (3-4 FT) 17/7/3/2/1 and legit did look really good out there.  When he’s matchup up on PFs instead of C next year (Joel Embiid = twin towers commence!), I think he can maintain this mad run he’s on in a more natural position.

Hassan Whiteside The Dolphins could use another middle linebacker, amiright?!  Awesome fight between 7-footers as Whiteside got kinda hit in the face when dunking, kinda came down hard on Alex Len, Len threw him off, then Whiteside piledriver FTW!  Whiteside still racked up a 17/10/0/2/2 in 26 minutes before getting ejected with Len.  Wouldn’t be surprising to see Whiteside get a 1-game ban from the long dick of Adam Silver’s law.

Goran Dragic Revenge is best served with Dragons!  Or something cooler sounding…  An unreal 21/4/1/1/0 hitting 5-9 FG (2-2 3PTM 9-9 FT) given he barely could play with back spasms and only went for 15 minutes.  He said he wouldn’t have played against anyone else, but proves a 50% healthy Dragic on another team is worse than having a 100% unhappy Dragic on your team.

Michael Beasley Hmmm, fairly Beasley-ish 12/6/1/1/1 and he could do that if he plays 26 minutes a night like yesterday.  Worth a look in deepers.

Tyler Johnson Less believing in Ty-Jo!  26/1/1/4/0, but hitting 10-13 FG (3-3 3PTM 3-3 FT) is flukier hot than 60 degrees after snowstorms all last week!

Brandon Knight “Is that a hip pointer, or are you just happy to see me?!”  13/1/7/1/1 and luckily didn’t miss any time after coming out early on Saturday.  The 5 TO and 3-12 shooting is no bueno, but the nice dimes and a 5-6 FT after coming off an injury shows there’s still some of that Milwaukee-Knight magic out there.

P.J. Tucker Hey P.J., know your range!  8-13 FG, but 1-6 3PTM as he made all his 2-pointers.  20/14/3, but his low %s make him tough to label as a must-own.  The steals are nice though!

Andrew Bogut – The Hot Australian!  8-10 FG 16/8/0/0/3 in a huge night after almost getting rested.  No taming this stallion!  Actually had been brutal until last night, so yeah, meh.

Festus Ezeli – Exactly what we needed!  The C and backup PF minutes for the Warriors to have YET ANOTHER guy crack the rotation!  14/8/0/0/1 on 4-6 FG and 6-7 FT in 15 out-of-nowhere minutes.  Makes all of these schlubs even harder to own.

Mason Plumlee Another start with disappoint minutes, going 7/7/1/2/0 in only 22 mins.  Shot 3-7 FG and that brutal 1-4 FT.  He’s more cuttable than Edward Scissorhands!  Brook Lopez came off the bench, and led the Nets in shots with 22 FGA in 26 minutes.

Jarrett Jack Still getting decent run at 28 minutes, but a pretty boring 9/1/5 with a trey.  Still rather Jack over the 76ers guys, but definitely harder to roster in 10-teamers these days.  Deron Williams held his own with his held-together-by-glue ankles for 22/4/4 and 4 treys, but playing another 34 minutes gives me no optimism he’ll stay healthy for the duration.

Thaddeus Young Should be playing so much more than 25 minutes off the bench!  Then again, the Nets beat the Warriors and are playing well, and The Impaler’s 14/4/4/2/0 will do.  That’ll do, Thad, that’ll do…

Ricky Rubio Ay, ay, ay, Ricky es en fuego!  4th career tripdub for 18/12/11/1/0 hitting 5-11 FG with a trey and 5-7 FT.  Pretty good game against Chris Paul!  I remember having to be pretty steadfast in recommending Rubio a hold everywhere, and to the patients go the spoils!  Sounds like a crazy doctor’s bumper sticker…

Gary Neal – Posted a nice 19/9/4 line getting the start with no Kevin Martin.  Neal or No Neal!  I’ll lean no Neal.

Gorgui Dieng Started for the kankled Pek, and went 10/11/0/1/2 in a tough matchup against DeAndre Jordan.  Pretty solid for all yas on the Dieng Train!

Zach LaVine Very encouraging 22 bench minutes going 14/3/4 on 5-9 shooting and 3-4 FT.  I bet he’d be doing some mad work if he was on the Sixers!

Jordan Hamilton – Got a spot start with Matt Barnes (hammy) and Jamal Crawford (calf) out (it’s like barnyard animal injury day!), but didn’t do much for 10/3/1 and a couple of treys.  That said, in the deepest of deepers where you can stream, ThrAGNOF if both oldies are out again!

Alexis Ajinca The Hot Frenchman!  We’re going full circle with the import centers!  13/12/1/1/1 on 6-9 FG and continuing to play out of his mind off the Pels bench.  Or should I say, off the Pels roost.  Do Pelicans roost?  I need to get briefed on Pelicans…

Norris Cole – What in the world?!  19 points off the bench for 19/1/3/0/1 playing a whopping 36 minutes.  I certainly did not expect this massive of a role.  How could they just forget about Jimmer Fredette?!?!?!  I jest, but still did not expect this kind of run, although he’s sorta become a ThrAGNOF.

Rajon Rondo Whoa, look at Shooty McGoo over here!  9-15 FG for 19/5/2 with 3 TO.  All-in-all, the way Rondo’s season has gone, you’ll take it!  Crazy that Dallas scored 102 points on 11, count em, 11 team assists.  Rondo’s 2 tied a team-high!  They also had only 5 team TO.  Long live hero ball!

James Harden Suspended one game for kicking King James’ crown jewels.  Hey-O!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Ray McCallum (8% owned) – Ray Mac has been playing pretty well since taking over starting PG duties, with 16 AST to 4 TO the past 4 games.  If there’s any matchup to fully expect great things, it would be tonight at the Poppycockers.

Nikola Mirotic (28% owned) – I’m going against my normal mantra, in that I think Mirotic is a medium-term hold.  That said, still out there in way too many leagues and I love the upside for tonight against a Wizards team that’s been brutal lately.

 

I hope everyone had a nice start to their week, and we’ll see you tomorrow Razzball Nation!

  1. mak says:
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    someone dropped james johnson in my league. (10 person h2h). should i pick him over aaron brooks? and jimmy buckets is also on the wire now…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mak: If you’re in a decent playoff spot and can afford a stash, I’d grab Buckets

  2. Joe says:
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    D.West and Redick…would you drop either of them for the likes of G.Hill, Burke, JR Smith, J.Johnson, DeMarre, Mo.Will, or Snell?

    10-team, H2H, 9-cat.
    Team is Conley, MCW, IT2, Redick, Tyreke, Matthews, Middleton, Durant, D.West, Marc G., Gobert

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Def Redick for Mo Will. I’d hold West though

  3. Dante Green says:
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    I don’t know what’s up PHX right now but are they playing inspired basketball? Guess not! I mean I’m huuuuge suns fans and they’re just awful after the break!

    Gonna offer dirk+parsons+mcw for baby gasol+dannygreen? Kinda buying low on green right? Dirk is just awful… Elite % is long gone! Kinda like killing my fg rather than improving… Smh

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green: or is it the perfect time to buy low on cousins? Dirk and Hibbert for him? What do u think? What’s cousins health status btw… Thanks budd

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: Messed up their chemistry! Same with Bucks. Sure, I like that offer! Hope he takes it.

        Cousins doubtful tonight, sounds more like small injuries and not playing him hurt. I think he’s a good buy low, especially at that price if you can swing it!

        • Dante Green says:
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          @JB Gilpin: thankssss man! Huge win last week against a decent team that has lawson hayward mgasol dannygreen gobert aldridge, i mean i don’t know how i keep winning when i don’t have a healthy KD! I think my curry is singlehandedly carrying my team on his back, dude is on fire after the break! .52 fg, .52 also from beyoned the arc with 4.3 makes a game, and 26.7 ppg! Hah but u could just wonder how my team will perform had KD been healthy this season, if only faried, batum, dirk, parsons and hibbert don’t suck…. I only have curry, wiggins bledsoe and whiteside as my main guys, u know what i mean right, but I’m gaining momentum! I really hope I land m.gasol he’d be a huge help with % and blking! Anyway thanks brotha for everything!!

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          @JB Gilpin: oh… Shaw is out!! Mannnn been holding onto faried since week 2!! I know those two were not in good terms! Maybe faried finally turning things around? Or is too late? Hah

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dante Green: Any time man!

            Yup it def seemed like Shaw was right at the end of the line… Problem with Faried is that while Nurk is out, he’s playing some center and getting steamrolled. Def would keep holding though and hoping for the best!

  4. Wutang says:
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    Holding first by 2.5 games with only 2 games left… Where would I be without JB!

    I’m stashing kemba on the end of my bench, and living with a durant back there too. Do you not like kemba as a stash? There’s no first week bye but I should still flatten the 8th seed no problem without him. Do you like or no?

    As well, I’m streaming brooks and mirotic. If my team looks like……….

    G: Brooks wall mcw harden E-Gord
    F: millsap ariza Kawhi jones mirotic
    C: dieng
    Bench: kemba durant
    ………

    Do I make a move for a center with some guard depth? I think I could get cousins and Dragic for ariza and mcw or wall….. Is that worth it?

    Aiming to win ft% 3s pts steals assists weekly. Sometimes able to hold on in blocks and rebounds.

    Techs and triple doubles are a category too, but they’re too random to deal with.

    Let me know your opinion! Luv u long time

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wutang: Glad I’ve been helping! Nah I’m not huge on Kemba with mo playing so well. They’ll take Kemba mad slow. Cousins/Dragic for Ariza/MCW I would do in a heartbeat! I dunno about the Wall one though… I’d probably lose Kemba and add a big or stream bigs there. I know Kemba helps stats you’re trying to kill, but I imagine you’re losing some games played only holding one C. Haha love you long time too!

  5. Shaft says:
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    would you still hold Jack or deron over mo williams? right now I’m holding both until the rotation settles out (or deron’s kankles return to mashed potato form). or do you think the duchess k midd helps my team more than one of the brooklynite hipsters?

    my guards are lillard, rubio, knight, Covington, Jack and deron’s kankles, forwards are durant, draymond, favors and C’s are boogie, Whiteside and t Chandler. thanks!

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      @Shaft: I’d defffff rather have Mo Williams over both. Would lose Jack. But the way Deron is playing, I’d hold him right now over the Duchess. That is, until Deron is hurt haha.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB… Well I’ve been the #1 wiver pick but haven’t been paying attention to who people were dropping but I missed out on MCW.. Hope that wasn’t bad or is he going down hill?? like I said I’m 6 1/2 above out of playoff spot but it would be hard for me to get there being in 3rd place. all the guys below me would have to all win at the same time as me losing. IF I lost by a lot or if any CAT’s which doesn’t happen much.. Knock on wood, No Jinx!! Sorry.. Anyway do you think I should pickup Taj Gibson?? He’s on waivers till the 6th but I don’t want to hold onto a hurt man for too long. Next week is the last week till playoffs

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      @Frank White: I prob woulda used it on MCW, I think he’ll be fine but it’s not a huge loss there. Ehhhh, not huge on Gibson. Wasn’t doing too much when everyone was healthy

  7. Frank White says:
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    Someone is offering Draymond Green. Do you like him??

    • Frank White says:
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      Or should I try to trade for MCW for someone like sweet Lou or someone like that?
      Westbrook
      Dragic
      Lou Williams
      Ellis
      Jordan Clarkson
      Snell
      Antetokounmpo
      Middleton
      James Johnson
      Millsap
      Dieng
      Favors
      Ibaka
      Will Barton ( stream spot unless he blows up)
      I know my team sucks on paper cause a handful were just streamers that turned good but my team all together hit every CAT and work great together and have been rolling over teams. What do you think after you answer the other question and if you want me to trade for those guys then who would u give up?? Thanks Brother!!!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Frank White: Well def don’t think you look bad on paper at all! Yeah a more pure PG for assists would help, I like trading Lou for MCW. I def like Draymond a lot. What did he offer? I like the playoff sched and multicat

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          He didn’t offer but put him u on the boar for trade offering. Who would you offer??

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            I know I got Dieng but Pekovic just got dropped. I know he’s always hurt but I got a streamer spot for him if u think I should use a waiver on him.?? I’m so pissed cause I should’ve kept my eye out on the add/drop list considering it’s a close race and guys that need the win and can’t handle even a day injury are dropping players like flies

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Frank White: Nah I’m not carrying Pek’s dead weight.

              Hmmm not seeing a great offer to shoot Draymond’s owner. I don’t think you have too many sell highs. Maybe Giannis+Middleton?

  8. dom says:
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    Why is Chris Paul not even in the MVP discussion? The geeks at the MIT Sloan sports analytics convention thing released their defensive player tracking data that confirmed what we already knew: Paul is an elite defender while Harden is terrible. Players shot both less frequently and less efficiently when guarded by Paul, and the opposite for Harden. Last time I checked, basketball was half scoring and half preventing your opponent from scoring.

    It’s like Paul is Alex Gordon, and Harden is Nelson Cruz. They are comparable offensively while one is a Gold Glover and one is like the worst left fielder in baseball. Gordon was a 6 win player last year while Cruz was more like a 3.

    Paul leads the league in assist/turnover ratio. He doesn’t rack up flashy triple doubles like Westbrook because it makes more sense for him to let DeAndre grab 25 rebounds while he leaks out/gets back defensively. I’m just curious why I don’t even hear his name mentioned when discussing MVP

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @dom: Because… he’s just not that good.

      You really should just trade him to me

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: Hah yeah he def is in the discussion to me. If there was no Blake Griffin the whole year, I think he would win it. Cruz is a DH now, so at least his D isn’t hurting anyone anymore!

        I think it’s just the lower offensive numbers (lame I know) when Blake is playing.

        @Bye Felicia: Haha

  9. rhirano says:
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    Would you drop Canaan for McCallum or one of the Lakers points?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @rhirano: yes id drop him

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @rhirano: For sure, yeah I like all 3 better. Lin is playing great lately, I’d ride the hot hand if I could

  10. Clos says:
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    Jb what’s good man.. So ended up picking up rondo which has worked out great for me.. Kmart just got dropped do you think I should drop jack for him? Even though I think jack has the better playoff sched.. You think it’s worth it? Wiggins has also been killing it lately.. No one cares about Kmart anymore lol

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Hah yeah Martin does get forgotten sometimes and is off a mad cold game, but yeah I’m taking him over Jack right now. Until Deron’s kankles disintegrate again haha

      • Clos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lol alright so tomorrow night is busy who should I keep on the bench?
        Paul
        Demar
        Jack
        Draymond green
        Favors
        Jordan Hill
        Cousins
        Marc gasol
        Knight
        Aldridge
        All of those guys are playing and I got covington and keiff on the bench who are both playing too.. Should probably put Hill on the bench for one of them.. You think I should make any other switches?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clos: Yeah I’d probably put, ya know I think I’ll go Covington in for HIll if he plays. I’d probably play Kieff over Jack too

  11. patrick says:
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    guys, i’m having a tough time holding onto durant sitting in 7th spot.

    i think since recent hiatus was not related to the fracture he will come back strong as ever, which is making me hesitant to trade him

    rotoworld tells me he’s not doing full practices, does that mean a week + again and warrant a quick sell?

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      @patrick: 7th spot is really really hard assuming 6 make playoffs. I was forced to sell KD but my team was awful everywhere with more injuries. Obviously depends on what you get back, but I would be looking to sell to be sure you make the playoffs

      • patrick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: 14 teamer 8 teams for playoffs. sorry, should have specified. i’m +2 wins to 8th place which is precarious.

        but i think i’ll do alright this week which makes me want to roll the dice on KD — is holding on to KD a crazy move?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @patrick: All good, yeah with 8 making it yeah I would probably hold onto him and try to steamroll through the playoffs

          • patrick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Yo!! yeah my gut is saying hold.

            HOWEVER, all of sudden my opponents Anthony Davis miraculously is playing this week. this weeks loss might after all be heavy.

            i’ve had interest in the form of Ibaka and Reggie Jackson for Durant…

            should i bite?

            thanks for all the help guys

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @patrick: Ugh well he’s game time tonight so might get one more without…

              Damn that’s a nice offer for KD. Ibaka is playing great. Ya know, that one I might have to take especially with today’s update of “KD def says he’ll play this year.” We def need him SOON!

              • patrick says:
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                @JB Gilpin: precisely… i’ll see how it is after the big slate tonight

                thanks man!

  12. AJ says:
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    Would you drop Dieng for Deng and drop Jack to Stash Kemba? Or do you think with Mo ballin how he is no need for Kemba in playoffs? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Probably not doing the Kemba one – yeah I think Mo is playing too good and Kemba is eased back. I’d probably hold Dieng though. Drop Jack for Deng? I might do that one right now, if this is the same league. Any time!

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