So the Daily Notes usually focuses on a short-term look at the past (i.e. the games yesterday!), but we’re going to do something a little different today in the open.

With week 20 abreast (so underused!), in standard H2H scheduling it’s the final week of the regular season.  In other leagues it’s the first week of the playoffs or nearing the end in Roto, so any way you slice it, it’s the most important week so far, OK?!

And in this most important week, those ridiculous New York Poppycockers have five games.  Five!  So all of their not-must-ownable schlubs suddenly have the appeal of Elisabeth Shue in The Saint.  Mmmmmmm!

A quick comparison – Langston Galloway since the break (aka Carmelo Anthony shutdown) is 10.8/5.0/2.5/1.3/0.4 with 1.3 3PTM and 1.4 TO.  So lets compare that, with say, Bradley Beal.  His 14.9/3.8/3.0/1.3/0.3 is a smidge stronger with 1.7 3PTM and 1.9 TO, and Beal is a much, much better player.  But his 3 game week you’d get roughly 45/11/9/4/1 with 5 3s and 6 TO, compared to The Harlem Renaissance for 54/25/20/7/2 with 7 treys and 7 TO.  In weekly leagues, these horrible Knicks deserve a long hard look.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Louis Amundson are both questionable with back spasms tonight, so a little risky there.  Shane Larkin, Alexey Shved, and Cole Aldrich make interesting streamer options though.  And there’s of course Il Diva still out there in 68% of leagues.  Andrea Bargnani is tough to ignore, even in the shallowers.  Plus I can link this for the third time in the past week or two.  “I’m a peacock, Captain, you gotta let me fly!”  Here’s what went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action:

Doug McDermott Whoa, did his dad suddenly get a promotion and take Tibs’ job?!  Tied Pau Gasol for the team high in shots on Friday hitting 8-17 for 16/3/1.  Then went back to nothing yesterday…

Rudy Gay Had a monster weekend with a rainbow Friday for 39/8/3/3/2 and 27/8/5/1/2 Saturday.  Too bad the Kings can’t win any games…  I still think this team is blown away sometime soon… Call Jeff Bridges!

Victor Oladipo Remember the open?  Let’s hope so, it was only 50 words ago!  If 5 games to 3 games can make Langston Galloway be better than Bradley Beal, imagine who Noladipo will compare to with 2 games in week 22!  Monster Friday night for 32/3/10/5/0, but I still feel good about pinning him a sell high!

Elfrid Payton Tripdub alert!  19/10/7 last night, after back-to-back dimebags the two games prior.  I said after he got benched before this 3 game run to try and hold true, so hopefully you kept the Elfrid on your Shelfrid!

Dewayne Dedmon Struggled with fouls on Friday night, but was full DEAD-MAN(!) yesterday for 11/16/0/0/2.  Nikola Vucevic sat with an ouchievic to his ankle for the second straight, but doesn’t sound too serious.  That said, the Magic are still awful.  Dedmon is certainly worth adding for Vuc insurance.

Isaiah Canaan After Friday’s game (16/2/4 with 4 3PTM) I was going to call him a ThrAGNOF, but proved that fleeting thought wrong with a 12/5/8 line against the Hawks Saturday.  Jeff Teague played, but the Hawks benched a lot of other guys which makes it less impressive… However, I like that Canaan was ice cold at 2-13 FG and still found a way to contribute.  Oh yea, and played 37 minutes in a rare Sixers W!  The ups and downs will be annoying, but I am warming up to the possibility of a Canaanball Run.

Hassan Whiteside Ugh.  Looks like my concern over fatiguing were a week or two early, and after really struggling Friday night against the Wiz, got sat yesterday with an ankle.  I’m leaning more this was a DNP-rest than a concern this ankle lingers for multiple games.  Crossing our fingers.

Tyler Johnson Whoa, Ty-Jo not delivering as the starter, but 6th man ham!  Wasn’t huge Friday but 24/6/6/1/1 yesterday.  Gave em a swift kick to the SAC!  And this was in a game with Dwyane Wade playing, just took over a lot of Shabazz Napier‘s minutes and played a whopping OT-aided 44.  It’s still a little murky for G minutes, but deeper than 12ers should give Ty-Jo a long hard look.

Dennis Schroder Herr Schroder ist Ein…  Ein…!  Ein Panzer!  I dunno, I am already out of German vocab…  Been nuts the past 4 games, with at least 15 Pts and 6 Ast in each.  Of course the last game (16/2/6/0/1 with 5 TO) was a loss against the Sixers.  Worth a spec look in 12ers, but about all I can do.

Kelly Olynyk Oh geez, he needs to spend 40 days in the desert to work on his shot!  He’s 2-17 in his three games back, with only 6 total boards.  Get this guy out of his sandals and into some sneaks!

James Harden What a monster!  38/12/12 on Friday, and I know I’ve said I think I’ll have Anthony Davis #1 again next year, but this is looking mad tricky!  Which I think is a skateboard move, I’m not really sure…  I’m closer to the “Get off the sidewalk you dumbass kids!” side of the spectrum.

Alex Len Tweaked his ankle Friday night and missed Sunday, but tried it out pregame and seems close.  Brandan Wright filled in admirably (even though he came off the bench Saturday for Earl Barron, which I thought was the name of some kind of frozen pizza), with 14/8/0/2/1 and 7/7/1/2/3 lines over the weekend, but nothing much to rely on unless Len has some unforeseen setback.

Jeremy Lin I’m keeping the brothers Li[e]n together!  Although that looks like lien.  Which I think is a loan.  And I’m a business major!  Yikes.  Anyway, if you look at just points it looks like the Linsanity is over, but still got a rainbow line Friday night!  4/4/3/2/3, but then the party REALLY was over for 7/2/5/1/0 with 3 TO battling foul trouble last night…

Chandler Parsons Returned from a good while out with a kankle for 11/6/2/0/1.  Hit 5-11, made a trey and played 35 minutes.  I mostly like the end of that last sentence.  Even with 6 steals and 3 blocks off the bench, makes it tough to rely on Al-Farouq Aminu for anything.

Shaun Livingston I mentioned last week he was on a nice little run, and went bonkers over the weekend with 10/10/4/0/3 and 21/8/3/3/0 lines.  Yeah, I think he’s up to the Schroder class!  Or should I say, Klass!  No idea…  Anyway, Livingston doesn’t offer any 3s or the dimes upside, but other than that he’s the pick between the two.

Gary Neal – He’s like a graceful, fundamental Nick Young.  Comes off the bench, and every touch is a shot.  I (fortunately or unfortunately, it’s a toss up) watch a lot of Timberwolves as I’m Ricky Rubio‘s #1 lover (mi amor!), and while that sounds like Neal praise it’s actually really annoying.  27/4/1/0/0 Saturday night with a trey and 10-13 FT.  He’s like a ThrAGNOF that doesn’t hit enough threes… Makes a lot of FT though!  Lou Williams without the treys…  He’s Splenda Lou!

Arron Afflalo – Struggled in his first start with the Blazers for 14/0/1/0/0 on 5-12 shooting.  Well, it did come with 3 treys so there’s that.  Obviously a strong hold.

Khris Middleton The Duchess!  Or as SNL last night called her, “Kate Middletit”!  Career-high 30 points for Khris Middletit, hitting 11-20 FG (6-9 3PTM 2-3 FT) for a 30/9/1/2/0 line Saturday night against the Wiz.  He’s been unreal this year, with the step up not as easily apparent since he played so little early on – skewing his minutes to 2 fewer than last year.  Per-36s tell the story!  Nude alert!  Which is what I always thought he said in Austin Powers.  It’s apparently nerd alert.

Randy Foye – Better late than never!  I said after the Trade Deadline I thought he would be in line for a big role, and it only took like 4 more weeks or whenever the hell it was.  20/2/7/2/1 with 3 treys.  Did all that in only 27 minutes, but still doesn’t bode well for Will Barton, who played under 20 Saturday night.

Aaron Brooks – Man, was absolutely dreadful until yesterday afternoon, posting a 22/2/3 line against the Spurs.  But no steals, no blocks (duh), and only one trey.  He’s more consistent than Canaan and I worry if you ride out the young Sixer you could get killed in %s and TO.  Then again, Brooks usually kills your %s.  Down to a coin flip for playoff scheduling.

Tony Parker Neither PG played D!  32/4/2/2/0 in his best game of the year.  Strike that, since 2009!

Austin Rivers Probably should’ve put his blurb under McDermott!  Excelling under daddy!  Team-high 22 points last night for 22/3/2/2/0.  Hit 8-14 FG (lucky) and 5-5 FT (also not his strong suit).  Maybe he knows next Thanksgiving will go really bad if he sucks like he did in NO.

Gerald Henderson – If only he could facilitate some hair growth!  13/6/9 against the Pistons last night, one dime away from the dimebag but a career best.  Meh, schwatev.

Thaddeus Young Finally, the Nets came to their senses!  I thought it’d never happen…  Got the starting nod, his first in Brooklyn, for 19/3/2/4/0 on 9-17 shooting with a trey.  I imagine a lot of people dropped the Impaler since it looked like Brooklyn would be stubborn and keep him on the pine, but he’s back to top 50-75ish now.

Russell Westbrook Man, if Kevin Durant for some reason left, Westbrook is looking like the #1 fantasy player next year!  Another tripdub for 30/11/17/4/1.  Another OKC win.  Need another pair of pants.

Enes Kanter Was really getting into a rut, but bounced back yesterday for 21/12/4/0/1.  Standard leagues’ trade deadlines have passed, but double-digit shots will be rare when Durant is back if you can sell high in any league.

Terrence Ross Ross can!  Ross can be the starter!  Started both games over the weekend, struggled on Friday but hit 6 threes yesterday in a solid 20/4/2/2/1 line with no TO.  James Johnson came off the bench and hit only 2-10 in 15 minutes.  Got 4 steals, but yeah, time to move on from JJ.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Dennis Schroder (12% owned) – After a loss and 5 TO to the Sixers, I think the German might get woken up.  Mach schnell!  Should be some junk time hosting the Kings, and a hungry bounce back game (and as mentioned above, he’s still 15/6 every game the past 4).

Will Barton (9% owned) – I’m not fully buying into Foye just yet, but it looks like he’s going to take a big role going forward.  That said, it’s a dream matchup against the Poppycockers tonight, and the bench should get good run.

 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and good luck in week 20, Razzball Nation!

  1. Sal says:
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    offer MCW for thadyoung? Your thoughts JB on this trade! Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sal: Improves your FG% and TO, losing out on dimes. If you have good PG, I’d be fine with that!

  2. hamtime says:
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    1. looking to drop schroeder and add either taj or paul george in my 14m/9cat league. currently 4th place in the final week before the playoffs, so i should be ok. who should i stash if any?

    2. you think mirotic can keep up this run even w taj back, or should i be looking to stream his position?

    3. drop livingston for calderon in my 16m/11cat? or get mclemore instead?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: 1. Hmmmm, I guess I’d prefer Taj, but probably wouldn’t hold out for either, Schroder might get a lot of run as Hawks bench guys, 2. Should go down a tad, but I’d hold for now. 3. Ugh Calderon. I’d probably want McLemore.

  3. AC says:
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    Can’t ever forgive myself for asking this but is it time to drop Olynyk for Bargnani? I’ve already secured my first round bye (so the 5-game week doesn’t matter for me), just looking for a long-term replacement for what was originally Bosh’s roster spot.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Hahahaha, yeah I would want Bargnani right now. Any time!

  4. RicoSuave says:
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    Great as usual JB!

    12 team H2H points league. Should I pick up Livingston and drop Jordan Hill?

    Thanks again…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks man! Hmmmm, it was nice seeing Hill start last night but he wasn’t very good. I’d probably rather have Hill

  5. Scott says:
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    Time to prepare for next week and beyond. In what order would you rate these options?

    MKG, RoLo, Manu G, A Bradley, Bogut, Stuckye, Clarkson, TyJo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: I’d definitely go for needs, but in a vacuum I would go Clarkson, Rolo, Bradley, Stuckey, MKG, Manu, TyJo Bogut. Would move Bogut and Manu up some if I knew they’d play every game, but we of course don’t know that.

      • Scott says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m pretty even after managing my lineup through the season. So best available is perfect for my needs. Thanks!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Scott: Cool any time man!

  6. Chris says:
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    Hey JB/Slim,

    9 cat h2h 12-man league….this week is the week before playoffs start….I’m currently in 3rd and have already clinched a playoff spot (top8 make playoffs)

    Just picked up Dennis Schroder, but Randy Foye is on waivers. Who would you rather own for the rest of the year? I do have a need for 3ptm, but also have a need for Schroder’s assists too with Dragic looking like he’ll miss some time :(…..What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: Oh damn, that’s a really good one! I think I’m leaning Schroder because I see the Hawks benching guys and even with Foye hot he only played 27 minutes the other night. One or two more good Foye games, especially if the minutes climb to the 30s, I’m making the swap

  7. dom says:
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    Henson or Len tonight? Middletits, Matt Barnes, or Carrol? Thanks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Hah, awesome Middletits is catching on. I’d go Henson right now, since Len might not play. If Len does play, would swap. Man MIddleton was so hot yesterday, I think I’d have to stick with MIddletit

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey. Great stuff. Coming down to the wire. I’m in need of PG stats, namely assists after various injuries. What do you think of offering Lou Williams and Affalo for his Clarkson and Caanan. Am I asking for too much? Any other combination that makes sense, even if I only nab one of them? Thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Nah that’s a great offer! All are kinda bottom end guys, and if he needs a boost in treys I think he’d take it. Both Canaan and Clarkson will be up and down in dimes, I would rather have Clarkson but if you need more 3s yourself I would go harder for Canaan. Maybe in the offer say you would do any 1-for-1s in that offer as I’d be fine with any of those swaps

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks for the detailed response, you’re the man now dawg!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Hah any time man, you have found your Forrester!

  9. TheFish says:
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    Don’t think I’m buying the sell high calls on Dipo. Over the past 30, he’s been the 15th ranked player in 9 cat on 1.5 steals a game. Given how much he turns the ball over, he’s even higher in 8 cat. Plus, it’s worth mentioning that his playoff schedule really isn’t that bad if you happen to have a bye in the first round in which case you get to skip his two game week.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheFish: Yeah 30 days is a little top and bottom heavy. 8-cat (not standard) sure he’s better, and in week 22-24 playoffs (also not standard) and if you have a bye week (adding a clause) to take away the 2 game week, sure that’s fine. But that’s a lot of differences from standard leagues, can’t really tinker every blurb to every format 🙂 In that situation I would certainly hold!

  10. Shaft says:
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    hey JB, would you drop Tyson Chandler for Gortat?

    • Shaft says:
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      or David west for tyson Chandler?

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shaft: Whoa Gortat avail?! He’s been playing great. Yeah He’s the guy I want

  11. Joe says:
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    10-team, H2h, 9-cat. Any add drops? Somehow, my team is miraculously in third, and just beat the first place team last week, despite losing Melo, Matthews, Jrue, and to some extent Durant. (Read: JB is getting some beer money.)

    Team: Conley, IT2, Evans, MCW, G.Hill, Redick, Duchess, Durant, D.West, Marc G., Gobert

    Waiver options: Clarkson, J.Johnson, Afflalo, JR Smith, G.Henderson, E.Davis, J.Hill, RoLo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Hah thanks man! Look forward to sharing a virtual brew!

      Clarkson Hill Rolo Afflalo are the standouts on the wire for me. Not seeing a great drop though, I’m not a Redick fan though… Although he’s been playing great lately. With Gobert such a monster, i don’t think you need D stats. I think I’m holding right now, but with all those great options, I’d definitely be ready to stream through the playoffs with you non-keepers

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    Blown Away was such an underrated thriller man! Plenty of U2 in the soundtrack too, which helps. And Forest Whitaker strapped to a bomb is always entertaining

    So I need some decent brds and Asik and dieng are both on the wire. Tucker too, who’d help me with 3s and stls as well, without the legit brds (well 7 or so per is still very solid). Unfortunately my only drops are mirotic and maybe mo will, but I like Maurice too much. Asik is pulling done dub digit brds pretty easy but dieng is obviously the better player. But what of peks health? He’s still out there and somewhat producing.. Sigh

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: would trading my Miro for Len be my best move? Is Len the best of this bunch ROS? Or how about vuc for either gobert or whiteside (even tho it’s roto, I’d prob get more games outta either these guys than vuc and Orlando’s bad playoff sched)

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        @Lasandro: Hah, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it! Glad someone knew the ref though!

        Ugh yeah Pek and Dieng in a shallow league are hard to trust. The problem with Len is he’s on that bum ankle and he has a history of issues with that foot. And Whiteside is banged up too, so risky. Gobert for vuc if you have plenty of points? I’m actually good with that one! Once Gibson is nearing a return or indeed gets back on the court, I’d probably lose Miro for one of those waiver guys

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        @JB Gilpin: Haha yeah man, you cant get most of your movie refs past me 😉 Told ya im a movie geek! Hell, I’m randomly watching Big Trouble in Little China, as I write this ha. You ever get to watching Whiplash already? I know @Slim mentioned it was his fav of the best pic nominees..

        Ok so Vuc for Rudy sounds fair to you. How about Vuc or either Drummond or Monroe? Detroit plays 2 more games than ORL ROS, too

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Haha the impenetrable movie ref man! Your super hero name…

          Nah, dude I am so slow gettign around to movies. I usually catch em, but not til a year later haha.

          Drummo for Vuc I would def consider for playoff scheduling. Monroe isn’t far off, but I think I’d only do Drummo

  13. Zebo says:
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    Will Middleton continue to develop? Is he a keeper? What’s his prospect after Jabari returns next year? I figure that there will be lots of competition for minutes at the 2 and 3 between Middleton, Jabari, Freak.

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      Great question, I’d also like to see JB and or Slim weigh-in on this. I’m leaning that all three of them can develop and coexist as starters next year with Jabari at the 4, Giannis at 3, and Middleton at the 2.

      Jabari will definitely eat up a lot more offensive usage than the likes of Ilyasova or Jared Dudley.. And that’s where I’d want the weigh-in. How much (if at all) would that dip into Middleton and Giannis’ scoring? I’m actually more concerned about Giannis’ offensive role than Middleton’s because I think Khris is their only player that can stretch the floor and hit shots from the perimeter (besides maybe Orange Juice Mayonnaise off the bench).

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        @Zebo: Agree with @Ryan: , very very very good question. I think those 3 guys all start. So MCW, Middleton, Freak, Jabari then Zaza/Henson combo. Ily off the bench.

        Haha nice OJ name. Yeah he will be a bench minutes usage guy. If the Bucks struggle next year, he’s a pretty easy guy to move too in a contract year. Agree Giannis’ offensive upside def takes a hit.

        One extra though – Jabari is probably going to be brought along very slowly, so he might miss a few months next year.

        Middleton is very likely a top 100 guys next year in ranks, probably even higher than that. So if that fits your keeper cutoff, yeah I like him

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          @JB Gilpin: thanks for the reply, bro. Would you keep Al Jefferson or Middleton, in a vacuum.

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Zebo: Any time man! Even though he’s much older and more brittle, I think I’d still have to keep Big Al

  14. NimsheyPOBlo says:
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    JB, Another brainbuster this week for round 2 (Thanks for pushing the #Occupy movement all year, Dray Dray killed it last week to lead a first round victory):

    Need to start 3 in pts league: 4-gamers Middletits, MCW 3-gamers Favors, Mo Williams, Afflalo, G Hill.

    Mo would be obvious but I’m thinking Kemba returns this week and takes away his run, so I’m leaning toward the first 3 listed and hoping MCW can have a Bucks breakout game along the way.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NimsheyPOBlo: Yessir! Thanks man!

      I still think Mo starts and plays a lot of minutes this week. Def going your 2 4 gamers too, but I think I am going to indeed lean Mo. But he falls down a good bit next week

      #OccupyFaLife!

  15. matlock says:
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    in a vaccum, ryan anderson or alex len?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matlock: Len for ROS, Anderson is such a question mark with the knee

      • Matlock says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Len or bass ros?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Matlock: Still going Len, never can trust BOS rotations

          • matlock says:
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            @JB Gilpin: thank u for your time sir

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @matlock: Any time!

  16. hisXLNZ says:
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    What do you think about Mr. Durantula? would he be able to comeback in time for week 22?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hisXLNZ: Ugh, such an annoying question mark with KD. Makes it harder that OKC is playing so great. If I had to guess, I would say he’s not back by beginning of week 22

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    in a 12 team h2h 9 cat no to’s would you take A brooks or D. schroder… Dennis seems to be producing more and more consistent even with less min..thoughts??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @tentyme: That’s a great one… Brooks is a little safer, so if you’re a top seed playoff team just needing depth I would stay there, but if you need more upside I’d go Schroder

  18. Dante Green says:
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    so I got horford for my dirk and hibbert.. I know the hawks are notorious for resting their guys but I’d rather go through that than have dirk who has been killing my fg%……

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green: And your thoughts on stashing Nurkic? News came out that he might be able to play next week! Thanks man

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        @Dante Green: Yeah I like that move! Man Dirk has been bad… If you have a 1st round bye or a dire big man need (on of my 12ers is the latter), I would probably stash him

  19. Dante Green says:
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    @Dante Green: And your thoughts on stashing Nurkic? News came out that he might be able to play next week! Thanks man

  20. Clos says:
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    Jb whuddup man.. Drop jack for Brooks, Canaan or elfrid?

    • JoeJ says:
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      @Clos: I like Canaan then Elfrid then Brooks. Canaan overall line, Elfrid kills percentages, Brooks wont get assists as he’s shoot first

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Yeah even with all being PG, they’re so different. I like Elfrid the most, but that’s because AST are a tough commodity. If you need 3s, leaning Canaan

  21. JoeJ says:
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    Gotta love injuries… this season had Durant, Batum, Jrue, Collison, Kemba, R Anderson, Sullinger, and Nurkic. Thought I had a championship team

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JoeJ: Yikessssss. My fav team is the REL squad, lost Rubio and a lot of Kawhi, then in this pivotal final matchup just lost Knight and Chandler. They call injuries the great equalizer, I call em the great fuckulizer.

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