I’m pretty sure Stephen Curry looks at fantasy ADPs.  He’s like, “I’m not a runaway consensus #1, and this labradoodle Brow IS?!”

Of course I started writing this open when Anthony Davis was 1-16, then he got red hot AND MADE TWO IN A ROW!  Somebody cool him off, he’s NBA Jam on fire!  Brow was more uncomfortable with the ball in his hands than watching Scary Movie 2 with your parents last night, wrapping up with a 4-20 FG outing.  Might be the worst reference to 420 I’ve ever seen!  10-15 FT helped salvage some points – and he got his 3 swats – but 18/6/2/0/3 with 5 TO and a deathstroke to your FG% is not what the #1 pick ordered.  Curry on the other hand treated New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina!  Too rough?  Fine, then he treated them like BP…   Yikes, Nawleans has had a rough ride.  Then their NBA team has everyone get hurt!  Steph just straight whipped it out (I mean his MVP trophy!) and pummeled the Pelicans and their awful PG for 40/6/7/2/0 on 14-26 FG (5-12 3PTM 7-7 FT).  Hey, it’s opening night, and the Warriors are phenomenal at disrupting big men.  And the Pelicans had all their PG minutes played by guys on the street a week ago.  Hopefully you own Curry in a league or two, and I’m literally about to spam Brow owners as hard as LinkedIn emails.  Seriously, I don’t care if some recruiter looked at my profile, I don’t need an email on that ish!  No, no, blurb on Ish Smith is later…  What an awful Pelicans team…  Here’s what else went down on NBA’s opening night:

Nikola Mirotic Hit a step-back three right over Love that I think was a good 4-5 feet behind the stripe that reminded me of a young Gallinari when he was having a hot game on the Knicks.  Kinda a weird throwaway comp, but I felt like growing this blurb out like Miro’s beard!  Was crazy hot, hitting 6-11 FG (3-4 3PTM 4-4 FT) for 19/9/1/1/0.  But while a lot of people were freaking out, it was in only 25 minutes in a game the Bulls won by 2.  Had 4 TO and 5 fouls, given one of each was an offensive foul where Mozgov flopped.  Just really scares me that in a game where they wouldn’t have minded a little extra O, he only plays 25 minutes.  And the very first bucket for CLE was an easy layup where he gave up the whole paint playing awful D.  Joakim Noah did bump knees in this one and left after 17 minutes, so tonight the Bulls may spike Miro’s minutes out of necessity if Noah is out.

Taj Gibson As expected, played a ton for his D, and the stats bore it out.  I think I used that phrase correctly, I messed up “peaked my interest” before!  I think that’s still wrong!  Anywho, 22 minutes of 5/10 with 3 blocks.  The 3 TO hurt, but pretty sure at least 2 of those were offensive fouls.  Oh, and he also fouled out.  If he knew his sixth personal was coming, I would’ve expected another kick to Matthew Dellavedova….

Derrick Rose The overall line is pretty blah (18/1/5/1/0 on 8-22 FG), but at least he looked healthy.  Hard to score when the basket is blurry!  Played 32 and a half minutes as well, and survived a bad landing on either his ankle or knee at one point.  If he stays healthy for two weeks, you probably need to get rid of him faster than Rush Limbaugh off Sunday NFL Countdown.

Tony Snell So smooooooooooth.  11/2/0/0/0 and pretty boring, but so smoooooooth.  I’m saying that in the voice of the Honest Trailer guy.  Had one nice pump fake to get a Cav to jump way past him and swish a deep two.  I wish he was given a little more opportunity in the system.  Deep league ownable and obvious ThrAGNOF (2 treys last night).

Pau Gasol LIFE FINDS A WAY!  You’ll just have to excuse Dr. Malcolm, he sucks at everything except laughing and having a sweaty stomach.  Had an atrocious game (1-7 FG 2 PTS 2 REB), but gave you usability with a 6-block effort including a game winning swat of a passive LeBron layup.  Pau also chipped in a steal and had no TO in 32 minutes.  You’ll have to take it!

Jimmy Butler Godzilla is awesome.  17/5/2/2/1, did miss his two treys, but shot 6-14 and 5-5 FT with no TO.  You metrics whore, you!

Kirk Hinrich – Wow, surprised he got a DNP-CD.  As an E’Twaun Moore owner in REL, as soon as I saw Aaron Brooks come in for Rose, I thought for sure Moore was out of the rotation despite a nice preseason.  But in he came and played a really nice 14 minutes (5-8 FG, 1 trey, 11/3/1 no TO).  Brooks forced shots and didn’t look great, pretty encouraged for Moore for the deepest of deepers.

LeBron James Man, the mockery for his new back treatment routine is going to be fun this year!  When he comes out of the game, he lays on a rolled towel next to the bench to keep his back loose.  LeBron, laying on his back, staying loose…  He’s all about being sure there’s ample baby powder too!  25/10/5/1/0 with only 1 TO in a nice debut, but as mentioned above, the hopeful game-tying shot was pretty passive.  Also missed all of his FT attempts (0-3), with the first one barely hitting iron.  Looked healthy otherwise, at least, except ya know…  The Alopecia without the headband…

Kevin Love Yeesh, what was he wearing around his head?!  It was like LeBron’s used headband’s elastic.  This thin little grey thing, and Love doesn’t even have long hair!  Get outta here with that, Love!  18/8/4/0/2 with 3 treys, two of them coming in a last minute comeback effort.  Looked pretty good; I still have a worry either he or LeBron get to 70 games, even off an 0-1 start.  Is it just me, or does every LeBron team seem to have a slow start…?

Mo Williams – Woooooo!  Who has been saying to draft him all offseason?!  19/4/7/1/1 with three treys on 7-15 shooting in a crazy multi-cat line.  Love he changed his number to 52 as well, that’s my lucky number!  Obviously not expecting nights like this every game out until Kyrie Irving is back, but actually, I could see it being kinda close!  If you’re a Mo owner and Kyrie is on an opponent’s team, this might be an epic sell-high moment in a deal to them.

Timofey Mozgov Healthcare.Mozgov proved that while he is going to be worth a final roster spot in 12ers, you’re going to have an itchy trigger finger on his cut button virtually every night.  Only 21 minutes for 5/5/2/0/2.  A low line with the blocks wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world until you look at 2-6 FG, 1-2 FT, and 3 TO.  Ew.

Tristan Thompson I literally fell asleep for a few minutes after typing his name.

Anderson Varejao – Got 12 minutes, and his only shot was a jumper and had 2 boards and 1 block.  I hate the Cavs C…  Bring back Ilgauskas!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ohhhhhh no…  This new batch is so good!  It’s uncut!  99% pure with giant crystals!  My KCP addiction is back into full force, with me pulling tricks in the alley just for one more sweet taste!  Game-high 21 PTS in a 21/4/1/1/0 line hitting 4-7 from downtown and all 3 of his freebies – a shocking poor part of his game his first two seasons.  Admittedly, one FT hit the front rim and got a shooters’ roll in, but still.  He missed his last 3 FG with two frantic putback jumpers, so even the FG% could’ve been better.  Played a boatload of minutes, looks locked in, my inexplicable rank is looking a bit better.

Marcus Morris Every shot I kept thinking, “Marcus Morris is taking a lot of shots…”  Led the Pistons in FGA hitting 6-19 for 18/10/4 with a trey.  By far the best Pistons line-up looked to be moving Morris to the 4 and bringing the well-tuned StanJo in for the 3.  Unfortunately, Ersan Ilyasova still played 34 minutes.  I could actually see the Six-Foot-Turkey the first one to be phased out for minutes for StanJo before Morris twin numero dos.  He probably needs to be added in virtually all 10/12ers.

Stanley Johnson Boy is bigggggggg.  Watching some summer ball and a tad of preseason, I thought he just looked big against some weak competish, but he’s a big boy!  7/4/3/0/0 in his debut, shooting only 3-10 with a trey with a few forced shots in there.  That said – and as mentioned above – I think he could sneak in for more and more minutes with Ersan looking very meh.

Reggie Jackson Looked fine out there, for a decent 15/8/5 with 2 treys and 5-5 FT.  Didn’t blow you away, but didn’t need to this game.

Andre Drummond Did his normal swag for a near Goromotaro for 18/19/3/1/2.  While awesome, he took a lot of forced post shots that didn’t look fundamental at all, leading to his 6-16 FG.  A little scary after his awful FG% early last year.  Missed his first two FT, and had a ugly one towards the end, but sandwiched in between there was a 6-7 streak at the stripe.  Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for FT%!

Paul Millsap No steals or blocks, but his O looked great on some iso fadeaways for a 19/8/3 line on 7-15 shooting with a pair of treys.

Al Horford Flashed that expanded 3PT game hitting a trey, and got 15-16’s first rainbow line!  15/4/4/2/3 on 6-11 shooting.  By far the best Big Al in the NBA.

Kyle Korver If only someone was constantly saying they were worried Korver would start slow!  7/2/1/1/0 in 29 minutes, hitting only 1-5 from deep.  With two surgeries, “he’s more machine now, than man!”

Kent Bazemore Well, that stream didn’t go so hot…  0/7/1/0/0 shooting 0-3, with an absurd 4 TO.  Regarding the starting 5, I don’t know if he staysmore.

Hawks PG – Mmmmmmm Dennis Schroder looked goooooood.  25 minutes of 20/3/4/2/0 with only 1 TO and hit a pair of treys flashing a nice expanded range.  Slashed with the efficiency of Sharon Stone with an ice pick.  And while you can’t overreact to +/-, had a +4 to Jeff Teague‘s -23.  Teague had an uncharacteristic 5 TO, but maybe the most interesting takeaway is they indeed played a few minutes together in the 4th.  I’d add the German where I could in 12ers and he should be owned in all the RCLs after this performance/seeing a PG tandem.

Mike Muscala Looked to have a bad ankle sprain, and is likely out a while.  Before the injury, we didn’t see Mike Scott until late in the 2nd half.  Scott looks completely out of the Hawks rotation, and I can think of 10.9 reasons why.  I have a great sitcom idea, it’s a show called “Mike and Molly”!  Wait, there’s one called that already…?

Lamar Patterson – I know almost nothing about this guy, and he was the biggest out-of-nowhere surprise for 18 minutes.  Gets a star on the watch list for the 20-teamers…

Klay Thompson Got into a little foul trouble, and got into A LOT of TO trouble.  3-8 FG, no treys, 9/4/3/1/1 with 7 TO.  Hey, at least he hit the multicat in 26 minutes!  Right up there with Brow for some buy lows.  I know it sounds comical to you well-informed Razzballers, but people get panicky!

Andrew Bogut – Conked heads with Dante Cunningham, and with a mask to protect a broken nose, he broke his face.  Bled all over the place, but nothing a few stitches won’t heal.  Could miss the next Warriors outing, which would make Festus Ezeli a really interesting stream for the deep leagues.  In his run off the bench last  night, Ezeli looked reallllly good for 13/4/1/1/1 on 6-10 FG.  Cunningham was looking awesome before exiting with a possible concussion, and might have to enter the concussion protocol.  In 27 minutes, he was 13/2/0/0/0 with a couple of treys, but looked like he belonged on a starting line-up for a bad team.

James Michael McAdoo – Dropped him in REL due to Snell manning my IL spot (sorry RCL players that Yahoo abruptly switched their “INJ” and “Out” designations), and when he came into the game I was pretty mad.  And then he did the weirdest role reversal ever, somehow hitting both his FT in only 2:31, but committing 2 TO and 4 fouls.  Just plain odd for an awful FT-shooting post player.  But for the deepest of deep daily leagues, no Bogut could open up some run.  Although he got in before Jason Thompson, who was a DNP-CD.  Very odd.

Ryan Anderson I really thought he’d contribute more, but only got 29 minutes and 7 shots, on a team completely bereft of playmakers.  As soon as Gentry decided to bench Jrue Holiday (not playing on back-to-backs, and got a late scratch to play tonight instead), he was pretty much conceding a win in this game.  Way to throw your first game as NO head coach by giving it to your former team, Gentry!  Crook.

NATE ROBINSON IS DEAD TO ME – Picked up two quick fouls, and then day-old Ish Smith went nuts.  Honestly, Smith looked like the second best player on the floor next to Brow for the Pels for a lot of the night.  That said, by the 4th quarter he had a few awful labradoodles.  Literally doubled Robinson’s minutes playing a ridiculous 38 to his 19, and put up 17/2/9/3/0 with only 2 TO and hitting 1-2 from deep.  What an awful rotation, and I’m having a crazy deja vu with a similar situation with the New Orleans PG last year.  It wasn’t really, just that Jrue got hurt early, and in a complete 180, Brow was awesome on opening night.  I had to fact check that.  Anyway, I’m procrastinating the point – Nate, you’re awful!  Took one shot, ONE, on a team that needs offense.  Then he got two fouls and let Ish Smith, just off his final shift from the local grocery store, run away with the backup PG role.  All this said, as TNT astutely reported during the broadcast (unlike saying multiple times that Brow was a 54% FT shooter), Smith is on his 9th NBA team in 5 years.  Plus he couldn’t lock down the Sixers PG role with emphasis when given a shot last year.  It’s all just an absolute mess; maybe in deep 14ers you give Ish a shot, and Nate only in the deepest of 20s to see what happens the rest of the week.  I’m guessing Ish is first off the bench behind Jrue tonight.

GEORGE KARL IS DEAD TO ME – I don’t usually preview tonight’s games in the daily notes, but after I reported on the pod that Karl was pumping Willie Cauley-Stein as his starter, he’s now saying Kosta Koufos will start tonight due to the tough matchup on Blake Griffin.  Whatever.  DAMMIT CARL!

 

I hope everyone had a great opening night, but this evening is where it really counts! We’ve got a full slate to see how your full line-up plays out.  But whatever happens, don’t overreact to one game.  It’s a long season ahead!  Happy 2015-16, Razzball Nation!

  1. Eric says:
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    Had a 12 team H2H Yahoo league draft and I was wondering if I could get your opinion on my team. 9 category league with AST/TO Ratio instead of TO.

    PG: Elfrid Payton
    SG: Eric Bledsoe
    G: George Hill
    SF: Andrew Wiggins
    PF: Lebron James
    F: Al Horford
    C: Derrick Favors
    C: John Henson
    Util: Deron Williams
    Util: Jordan Clarkson
    Bench: Tyreke Evans
    Bench: Joe Johnson
    Bench: Otto Porter

    Haha I feel like my big man stats are weak but in a league that has AST/TO, I felt like it overly favored quantity of guards so I tried to go with PG quantity but not sure if I was able to reach that Center quality. Maybe try to trade Deron Williams for Robin Lopez?

    • Slim

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      @Eric: It looks pretty strong, love the Horford/Favors start on bigs but I agree you came up one short with one extra PG. So yeah turn Deron into a big with at least 1.0 blocks and you will be tough to beat in any category.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Eric: @Slim: Agree with Slim, love that deal for this team to get one more consistent blocker. Evans will be a great value if he can come back healthy

        • Eric says:
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          @JB Gilpin: haha thanks for the confirmation, little weary about evans but I think he’s worth holding onto on a team like that.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Eric: Any time!

      • Eric says:
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        @Slim: thanks, much appreciated! I’ll go ahead and look for a trade.

  2. hamtime says:
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    drummond beasted as expected, but i still don’t fully trust him (and based on your writeup, you don’t really either). paired with curry, its just tough.

    would you trade him straight up for ibaka or marc gasol?

    do any of these trade offers sound appealing to you? will float the ones you think are solid:

    drum/wade for ibaka/elfrid
    drum/wade for ibaka/g.hill
    drum/wade for mgasol/mirotic

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: Yeah those guys are above Drummond unless you are fully embracing the punt FT build. I trust Drummond to be amongst the league leaders in boards, top 10-15 in blocks, and top 5 in steals for a big, and he’ll be a well above average scorer for a big. I think the FG% will be fine just not excessively high end. With that said if you aren’t FULLY embracing the FT punt then I would take all of those trades for Drummond. But… I think all 3 of the ‘throw ins’ are better than DWade too.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @hamtime: @Slim: Well it’s hard to pass too much judgment on one game, but the 6-16 FG was no fluke, a lot of wild “post” shots. Yeah if you’re not punting FT, def doing it for Ibaka. Gasol… Depends. I’d definitely get that Elfrid one if possible!

  3. Dante Green says:
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    I think people need to actually read and appreciate the write-up first before asking for an opinion on their team… Just saying. Lol

    Curry was indeed on fire, way to drop 40 points. I wish Dame does this on a regular basis. Hah! The good news is the NBA is finally back, the bad news is that not a single player on my team played! What a bummer.

    I’m wondering why RJax had more boards than dimes! And why was rose taking too many shots?!?! I mean if you’re having trouble with your vision why take 22 shots?!?! Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Just have one good question tho, does ESPN (I know you’re a yahoo guy but can you ask the other razzball people haha) have a limit on games played per week? Thanks brotha

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: In H2H there should never be a games limit, but I don’t know how ESPN works. Reggie will be fine. Marcus had a much bigger role than anticipated but that should tail off a bit since Reggie is obviously a much better player. What I was watching for were the 3s and steals. 2 of each is a great start! If he gets both to 1.5 per game he’s going to be a monster in fantasy.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Hah it’s all good 🙂 Hahaha good point on Rose. He must’ve embellished a tad. Everyone is so used to him being so hurt all the time! I’m not in ESPN leagues this year, last time I played there definitely wasn’t, I doubt there is

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    Hey JB,

    HOLY SHOES for NATE ROBINSON. Help me. Experienced drowning today when I checked the first of fantasy. 20er, really in need of PGs. Drop now and never look back? Or should we still see what happens for this week?

    What just happened today?!

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      @Kris:

      Actually, here’s my plan. Cory Joseph is available so… Drop Nate for Tony Wroten and place him in the inury list thennn I’ll go get Joseph. Well?

      • Slim

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        @Kris: Yeah I’d go Joseph over Nate pretty easily. Way more season long value.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Kris: @Slim: Yup agree, stash Wroten and own Cojo

  5. Michael says:
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    ok I put Covington on IR and quickly nabbed ish smith. he looks fantastic, I was going to user my waiveron nate robinson but I think ish smith looks like a better pg than nate

    do ya think ish smith will be a better pickup than nate during this injury run of the pelicans?

    • Slim

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      @Michael: Yes. Nate has always been best served as instant offense off the bench and even then he was better at the 2. Ish is at least a capable PG.

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        @Michael: @Slim: Yup I do, but I don’t think Ish will be consistent all year at all either, still will be behind Jrue who will be playing his 20 minutes most of the time.

  6. Lasandro says:
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    Schroeder or Calderon?

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      @Lasandro: I guess I’ll stick with Jose for the assists and presumably more 3s, and probably more consistent minutes. But I would be shocked if he outscores Schroder. Maybe a bit team dependent and if I had the choice I’m probably taking the upside of Schroder vs the downside of Calderon.

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        @Lasandro: @Slim: That’s a great question. I’m kinda leaning owning Schroder right now too, but I still feel like Calderon might be the better bet for season-long, metrics value due to more 3s/AST/lower TO

  7. n-dawg says:
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    hi guys good work on the podcast. enjoyed the arny voice inserts. could be used in so many funny segments

    would also like to get an opinion on my team
    9 cat H2H drafted from the 9th position

    CP3, Ibaka, Oladipo, Bosh, Gortat, Ariza, Payton, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, Yusef Nurkic, Arron Gordon, Marcus Smart, K-mart

    put nurkic to IR and picked up Gerald Green

    Think i have all round good team maybe light on points but elsewhere seems good.

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @n-dawg: Haha thanks man! Glad I did that spur of the moment. Yeah AST look good, LIke your bigs, nice %s, and hah I didn’t get to your last line and was thinking light on PTS as well. Easy stat to stream. Any time!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        If you picked 9th and still got CP3, damn I want to be in that league!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @draco21: Ha he was thinking cha-ching!

  8. Slim

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    Yep… Gotta love Detroit running such a tight rotation. Besides Stanley the bench barely played. Marcus took too many mid-range shots, could run into a few FG% problems. KCP looked healthy and I don’t remember seeing Stanley playing any SG but it kind of makes sense all things considered (like ATL going 2 PGs for big stretches). Drummond’s “shooting” was a lot of 2-3 o-boards and missed tip ins. He’ll be fine but he’s not going to be a .600 FG% guy again.

    Schroder played next to Teague a TON! I quickly checked all my leagues and he isn’t available anywhere… darn. Although with neither able to do much defensively against KCP we might have to take it game by game. We may have been a bit too low on Al Horford this year, the added 3s make him a legit 9cat contributor. He could easily finish top 10-15 with the metrics.

    I didn’t watch the late game but the reports on Cunningham seem ok. Not that anyone besides me (my REL team) should care. Although with some added 3s (and huge minutes) he isn’t entirely useless… Fortunately on a full slate tonight there’s no reason to play him. I added Ish in the only league I could. Eh, we’ll see how that goes, I don’t have particularly high hopes and I’ll probably drop him before I ever even play him.

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Slim:

      Yea Al Horford is gonna be a fantasy stud. Damn JB told me to drop Morris for Porzingis…i hope Porzingis at least puts up a favorable line tonight.

      Nate Robinson is dead to me. He got 5…5! fanduel points, therefore i have to hate ish smith too cause he took all the mins and was ball hogging the whole time. Pass the damn ball!

      • Slim

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        @Jeremy: Porzingis has some shot blocking upside that Marcus doesn’t. He won’t get the minutes but he could very well contribute in more cats. I had no part of Nate last night. Yeah!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jeremy: @Slim: I of course was bouncing between the two games, but a lot were bad missed post shots too for Drum. But he should be fine, just a one-game observation. Yeah I’m pretty low on Ish too, we’ll see how they run it tonight.

          Hah well hopefully I looked at your team and saw you could use some blk 🙂 Didn’t think Morris would be nearly this involved. Still only 1 game.

          Wow, for a 1 game stream (OK a dud in DFS obviously), Nate on a 3-game slate gave 3 AST 1 STL with no TO and 0-1, it wasn’t the worst thing to happen. I’m about to get pretty ranty

  9. Clos says:
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    Hey JB are you starting Jrue or sitting him with the 20 minute limit.. If you are sitting him are you starting kcp or jordan clarkson? I guess kcp after that nice performance.. Am I starting Kieff and galinari over aaron Gordon?

    • Slim

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      @Clos: With Gordon missing a bunch of time I’d call him the most ‘wait-and-see’ of the group. Clarkson vs KCP could go either way but both are well ahead of Jrue, assuming he even plays…

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        @Slim: alright thanks slim

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @Clos: I’d be looking at the matchup as best I could, if you still feel behind in 3s against a good 3PT team I might KCP, but I would likely play Clarkson. And yeah, I love Gordon but I’d rather the other two

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            @JB Gilpin: Actually, Jrue looks good. Would rather play Jrue over KCP. Dunno bout you but KCP looks THRAGNOFFY (sp) but Jrue has legit asst stls upside. FG going bonkers tho.

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              @draco21: Hah well done on the term use 🙂 I was considering that as a one-game start, and might still play KCP in some macthups over Jrue for the next month. Overall I’ll stay with Jrue though

  10. J says:
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    Hey jb,

    Lillard, teague, collison
    Rjax, clarkson
    Tjones, mirotic, hood
    Blake, kristaps, hump
    Hibbert, kanter

    14 teamer. Should i lose someone for Schroder? Ill be really heavy at guard but im confident i can trade one off fairly easily.

    • Slim

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      @J: The PG depth is nuts. For me it comes down to Hood, Hump, or Kanter. I’m not a fan of Kanters game but I imagine you are in no hurry to drop him. Hood looks to have a pretty major role off the bench while Hump has less of a role as a starter. Tough call but if I’m picking 1 to go it would be Humphries. And yes if you get Schroder I would then look to move a PG for a big, preferably one who can block a shot.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @J: @Slim: Yup I was thinking Hump too before reading Slim’s comment. Just more value, and then yeah, explore some early trading

  11. TheJohn says:
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    mix start for me today… with lebron and anderson… wasn’t that bad..

    i have a decision to make of which 3 to play…

    Gay, Okafor, Lopez (currently) bench: collison mudiay R anderson…

    anyone secret news on Gay or any changes i should make??

    • Ryan says:
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      @TheJohn: Gay’s wife had a baby. That’s why he is listed as DTD. I see no reason why he can’t play tonight, so I think he’ll play. He is so much better than your other guys that I think you have to start him unless news comes out that he will miss tonights game.

      • TheJohn says:
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        @Ryan: thanks ryan… i see on that part… what about the other 2 slot? am i getting it right?

        i have a hunch Ryno or mundial can go big…

    • TheJohn says:
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      @Slim: any help sir?

      • Slim

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        @TheJohn: Gay and RoLo (I assume) I think are for sure. I’m not a big fan of Okafor since he might be rough on FT% and TOs but Anderson on a back to back isn’t exactly ideal and Collison’s role is still a bit up in the air so I’ll wait on those 2. Okafor @Bos or Mudiay @Hou. I’ll go with Okafor since Mudiay will probably be just as bad to percents and TOs and if Beverley covers Mudiay it might get really bad. Alright, I choose the 3 you did.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: @TheJohn: @Slim: Yeah Gay and Rolo are locks. Ugh, I don’t want to start Okafor tonight. I’m kinda leaning Mudiay

      • TheJohn says:
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        @TheJohn: thanks guys!!! I guess i hav to toss a coin btw mudiay or okafor!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheJohn: Tails!

          • TheJohn says:
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            @JB Gilpin: i went tails with okafor… but i guess anderson and mudiay raping lopez and dirk… :S

            tough day gotta move on!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @TheJohn: Yeah Knicks ran their minutes very odd. Dirk was solid though! He probably woulda played more if not a blowout. Mudiay was awwwwwful in 9cat though, cost 9catters TO, especially next to Okafor!

              • TheJohn says:
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                @JB Gilpin: do u think i should stick lopez in tomorrow? or should focus on ryno and other from now on!!

                • draco21 says:
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                  @TheJohn: Think you go with Ryno. Knicks depth looks legit. KOQ is KOQ-in iykwim

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @draco21: Remind me of format? If no blk need, then ya def Ryno

                    • TheJohn says:
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                      @JB Gilpin: 9 Cat roto

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @TheJohn: Yeah those Okafor TO hurt in roto!

  12. Sleepy Eyed Assassin says:
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    Hi, what do you think of my team? I’m not confident enough of my team this year. 12 man 9 cat roto legue

    Russell Westbrook
    Monta Ellis
    Reggie Jackson
    Draymond Green
    Thaddeus Young
    Derrick Favors
    Rudy Gobert
    Dwight Howard
    JR Smith
    Joakim Noah
    Clint Capela
    Kyle O’Quinn
    Jae Crowder

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sleepy Eyed Assassin: Looks pretty good, TO in a roto are going to get a little out of control. Also Howard/Rudy/Noah will really hurt FT%, Dwight is borderline unownable in roto and hurts TO and FT for your squad, if you could get much for him I’d look to deal.

      • Sleepy Eyed Assassin says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, man.

  13. Matty

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    Man alive, Gentry’s rotations were odd last night. Ryno didn’t see a single first-quarter minute. But Ajinca got a handful. The Twitterverse was starting to speculate that Anderson was being disciplined, was getting the Jrue’d (last-minute scratch), or had fallen out of the rotation…I was having minor panic attacks since I’ve hitched my wagon to a 6MOY-calibre campaign from RA. Hopefully a B2B with the JailBlazers is just what the doc ordered for both Ryno & Brow.

    Also – was Harrison Barnes pressing or what? Started 0-fer-7 and you could see he was trying to guide his shot in. Sometimes guys who are playing for a big contract flourish (see: Jimmy Butler), and sometimes they put so much pressure on themselves the things that made them valuable in the first place start to disappear. Salvaged a bit of value with a trey, steal, nine rips and three dimes. But a 3-12 mark from the field from a guy that shot 48% last year isn’t a great start.

    All in all a very enjoyable opening night that ended just in time to catch the last of World Series Game 1. Congrats to anyone who faded Brow in DFS last night in favor of Steph or Drummond – always a risky proposition (especially in cash games) but when it works out, you feel pretty darn good about it.

    On to a big Wednesday night slate…let’s get it!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matty: Hah yeah I was shocked Ryno didn’t play more or get more shots, on a team needing offense. They looked god awful.

      Meh, maybe he was a little but it’s only one game for Barnes. He’s just so boring to me anyway, I barely remember him playing haha. Pssshhhh baseball is still happening?

  14. Michael says:
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    Hi Slim,

    How’s my team? 10 team roto, 10 cat (FTM)

    PG: Teague, Collison, Clarkson
    SG: Harden, JR. Smith, Jeremy Lin
    SF: Batum, Draymond, Otto Porter
    PF: Millsap, Dieng
    C: Gortat, Chandler, Karl Anthony Towns

    Seems like my weakness is scoring. Should I target: Gay, Griffin, Isaiah Thomas? Who should I look to trade.

    • Slim

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      @Michael: I guess scoring isn’t amazing but at least you have Harden chipping in a huge number. FG% is pretty solid considering your guards are all pretty high end. FT% and FTM is extremely high, well made is probably avg. 3s are good but not quite extreme. Boards could use a little help. Assists are solid considering there’s so many out of position. Steals are good. Blocks aren’t special… TOs are fine. So I’m thinking a rebounder/shot blocker/decent scorer and I’m not too concerned about percents. Favors would be nice. I don’t think IT2/3rds in necessary, Blake is ok but I would prefer a little better blocker, Gay is alright but I don’t really want to give anything up to get him. The toughest part is that I don’t see anyone I’m in a hurry to trade away. Everyone seems to serve a pretty important purpose.

      • Mike says:
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        @Slim:

        Thanks Slim.

        So Khris Humphries might be an option as a scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Mike: Yeah I agree, really good balance. I think you have enough chipping in BLK that you’re solid there too. I think the pricetag for those 3 right now is a little too high. I dunno if Hump blocks too much, and I don’t see a good drop for him, I think you’re solid as is right now

  15. Michael says:
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    am I tripping out
    yahoo rank damian lillard at 343 and nate robinson at 53? I even screen capped this

    • Michael says:
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      @Michael:
      nvm I realized it is only based off one game ranking

      • Slim

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        @Michael: Yeah I’m going to ignore ranks until everyone plays a half dozen games or so.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Michael: @Slim: I kinda ignore Yahoo ranks all year haha

  16. LOLER says:
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    I almost fell over my chair when I read your KCP blurb! HAHAHA! Thanks again for all the hardwork! I really wanted to join in one of the RCLs but the time difference thing was just a hassle. It would have been 2am in the morning where I live during the live drafts – no go. Nevertheless, I look forward to the great content that will be here as always!

    Let me start the year with a question:

    Would you trade James Harden for Kevin Durant straight up? Not talking about lineups just a direct player-for-player trade.

    • Slim

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      @LOLER: I’m going to stick with Harden. Basically it’s FG% vs steals/assists. I’ll take the steals/assists. I’m kind of banking on Durant regressing a bit in steals/blocks as he gets older. Not a ton but still I don’t think he’ll reach Harden levels.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @LOLER: @Slim: Haha thanks man! Yeah we had one or two international drafts with a better time, but only a quick few 🙁 I’m sticking with Harden too, they’re close, but Harden is a little younger and a little safer to me too

  17. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP BOYS?!!! and thats why you get curry over davis! ha!… joke. just 1 game, but still curry as num 1 this year for me. pairing him up with either drumm/dj in a punt ft build.

    anyways, whats up with aminu as bust for you guys?! its not like ur picking him top 75. at around pick 100, late 8th early 9th round, i think the upside is worth it! i have him in both of my teams this season, i can see him as draymond lite this year. lets go AFA!!! hehe

    • Slim

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      @MAC: I think only one of my leagues had Drummond make it back to the 24/25 turn. I think that build is probably a pretty rare one. I guess DeAndre would work fine but I’m not sure I would want to punt FTs without Drummond. If like MGasol or Horford made it to 24 I think I would take one of them instead.

      Yeah I’m not sure Aminu could be a bust considering his draft position. I don’t think Hendu or Crabbe will take his job or anything like that. Seems pretty reliable…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @MAC: @Slim: Hahaha well def looks that way so far! Curry indeed looked unreal. Hah, yeah I commented that on the Podcast that I probably picked someone pre-ranked too low, but whatever – YOU SEE SLIM’S RESPONSE?! AND YOU’RE YELLING AT ME?!

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          @JB Gilpin: gasol and horford making it at 24/25 is more rare compared to either DJ/Drumm. anyways, id still go 1 of the punt ft bigs than marc and horf to build around steph.

          haha!!! just looked at the column again, ur the only one jb with aminu as bust, thought there were several of u guys. hehe. anyways, no ones yelling around here!!! as usual, nyc work guys.

          its definitely a different feel having a top pick than a late pick. last season i had 11th pick, and every week my team had a underdog us against the world feel. ha!
          this season, with both of my teams having pick 1, its like pressure to win every week. ha! again!

          • JB Gilpin

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            @MAC: Hah you know I’m kiddin, those picks are all for fun anyway. Yeah you’re the hunted, not the hunter!

  18. Cohen says:
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    Slim, im in a 9 team espn roto 8 cat league,can u please tell me what u think of my team?
    Pg-Paul
    Sg-Ellis
    Sf-Gallinari
    Pf-P.Gasol
    C-Drummond
    G-Wall
    F-Horford
    Util-D.Jordan
    Util-K.Walker
    Util-Payton
    Bn-Matthews
    Bn-Ariza
    Bn-A.Burks

    • Slim

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      @Cohen: Drummond and DeAndre in Roto is going to make it tough to win. I think one needs to be moved. PGs are solid so I think I would try to get a big back. I know not the easiest thing to do but I just don’t think you can afford to start Drummond/DeAndre every time out. 3s are a bit low with Ariza/Matthews on the bench so I might look to get some starts out of them. Not Matthews till he’s playing 30 min but Ariza for sure.

      • Cohen says:
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        @Slim: thank u

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Cohen: @Slim: @Cohen: Yeah AST look good, I kinda worry TO are a little high too for a roto as it stands now, just soemthing to monitor. I might try DeAndre + a PG for an elite big

          • Cohen says:
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            @JB Gilpin: what about DeAndre for Gortat,too much to give up?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Cohen: Yeah that’s too much to trade away

              • Cohen says:
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                @JB Gilpin: JB,what about Jordan and Kemba for Milsap?

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Cohen: Ohhhhhh now you’re talkin! Millsap is great in roto

                  • Cohen says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: cool thanks

  19. WillieStone says:
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    Yo JB,

    Would you take Cousins & Lillard or Harden & MGasol?

    • Slim

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      @WillieStone: Phew. Some big names there… I don’t know… I guess I’ll go Harden/MGasol. More assists, less FG% issues, Greater FT%, Fewer TOs, more steals. I guess it isn’t as close as I 1st thought.

      • WillieStone says:
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        Thanx Slim! I feel the same way.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @WillieStone: Hah yeah I was leaning Harden side too 🙂

  20. Connor says:
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    Hey JB!
    I asked you about your favorite sleepers coming into the year but what about Slims? Just curious
    Thanks man this site has always helped me out

    • Slim

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      @Connor: It’s not that different of a list than JBs.

      PGs… Collison, Clarkson, Smart, Burks
      Wings… Stanley, Covington (yeah I know…), Porter
      Bigs… Porzingis, Meyers Leonard, Capela, Turner, Aaron Gordon

      Deeper leagues… Canaan, Warren, Hood, Humphries, Steven Adams