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On a weekend where elite guys did elite things – we got served more 40-burgers than a McDonalds – I’m going to open this Monday morning a little further down the bunnyhole.  It may be “rabbit” hole, but it sounded dirtier my way…

When Al Jefferson went down with his calf strain (he’s still out at least another 1-2 weeks), I clowned the Hornets for their “three-headed” monster for C minutes.  I joked it was a nice way of saying none were any good.  Kinda like saying the “three-headed monster” of good M. Night Shyamalan movies.  Especially Frank the Stank, as Michael Jordan’s never-ending conquest of building an NCAA dream team continues to keep the Charlotte franchise in the awful-to-mediocre range.  At least Spencer Hawes looks OK out there, putting up decent lines in 20+ minutes the past two Hornets games.  But watching the Hornets against the Bulls on Saturday – I was mad impressed by Cody Zeller.  Took the lion’s share of PT playing 32 minutes, and went 17/8/2/1/1 on 6-10 FG (5-7 FT) with no TO.  And it wasn’t a cupcake matchup either against Pau Gasol.  Although Gasol wouldn’t get that joke, let’s say “it wasn’t a flan matchup.”  Just at the eye level, he was cutting to the basket with great speed, finished strong at the rim with a few dunks, and took jumpers confidently.  I think the Hornets wanted someone to step up with Big Al down, and they’ve found their guy.  Now this would only be a medium-term pickup in 12ers, plus the schedule is going to be a crazy test.  Hornets get DET, MIA then @MEM the next three, so Zeller is going to have to D up Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside, then Marc Gasol.  Eesh.  At least the Gasol one is more his player-type…  And it’s not like Hawes or Frank Kaminsky is going to play any better against those beasts…  So if you’re looking for a little help up front without the big blocks upside, Zeller is worth a look.  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, including The 7 Ahead for week 7:

Markieff Morris Maybe would’ve been the open, had I not have started earlier before seeing (well, not seeing) what the Suns did yesterday.  Kieff with a healthy DNP.  Yikkkkkkkes.  Came off the bench on Friday against the Wiz and had a late tech, so Hornacek waved his big Horn around and sat Kieff.  Now there’s a rumor Houston really wants him.  Because, ya know, disgruntled or troubled players have been home runs for the Rockets lately…  What to do with Kieff…?  If you have any stashes, he can go in 12ers I think.  But any deeper you hold, and hope the trade happens sooner than later.  Or hope this is another bump in his road back to the starting 5.

Jon Leuer In the meantime, my boyfriend and REL hero Jon Leuer is your starter!  I want to nickname him “The Big Cheese”, since ya know, Wisconsin, but I bet that’s taken by another athlete somewhere…  Can’t think of by whom though…  Anyway, 13/2/1 Friday then 10/11/4/0/3 yesterday, but with 3 TO and shot only 3-11.  Missed two pivotal FT against his former squad as well, but the second one was tipped in by Len to save him.  He’s certainly worth a flier in 12ers, but not a must-add or hold or anything yet.  A lot of big men have entered that range right now, and I’d rather take Zeller for example.

Alex Len Speaking of Len, 32 minutes of 12/7/1/1/2 last night as Tyson Chandler continues to be old.  He and Leuer are right about in the same range, but I’d rather own Len for the more traditional big man stats.

P.J. Tucker That T.J. Warren gravy train seems to have been poured out of the gravy boat, playing only 14 minutes last night and not topping 22 mins the past 4.  Instead, it’s been a lot more of the super Tucker, going 6/9/2/1/0 last night and kinda playing like the PJ of last year – wing steals, boards, and a trey or two.  A rich man’s streaming version of Tony Allen.

Wesley Matthews Achilles is a deity yet again!  36/6/5/1/1, hitting a crazy 10 treys, playing a crazy 41 minutes leading the Mavs to a win…  Single-handedly turned our F&F matchup into a crushing victory.  In shallower leagues, impatient owners might’ve cut him for the slow start.  It could be their Achilles heel…

Raymond Felton The weekend’s most improbable double-double, going 11/10/6/2/0 starting for another Chandler Parsons rest day last night.  He had a lot of TO, but I feel pretty good about his off-the-radar weekly stream call last Monday.  9.3/5.0/5.8/2.0/0.3 with 0.8 treys across 4 games.  I’m pretty sure he ended the week on a double-double just so he could feel better about his order at In-N-Out Burger.

Kristaps Porzingis Slim hath created a new nickname!  It’s friggin’ baller…  From henceforth, Kristaps Porzingis will be known as THE POISON GOOSE!  As in, poor pronunciation of his last name kinda sounds like POR-ZING-GEESE, and of course he’s a singular goose amongst the… gander of goose?  Is that right?  Anyway, The Poison Goose was super poisonous again on Friday for 19/10/1/0/2, but not as toxic Saturday for only 12/7/1 fighting some foul trouble and committing 5 TO.  Apparently the Goose is human after all!  …for a sentence that makes no sense…

Carmelo Anthony Bumped his knee so hard, the caramel holding it together leaked out.  Melo said his surgically-repaired knee was numb after a bruise.  He might sit a game.

Jose Calderon Dropped an epic 1-point dimebag performance Friday, then boring 4/6/5 Saturday.  Yawn.  Remember when the Knicks had…

Shane Larkin …and let him go, letting him sign for a whopping 2-yr $3 mil in BKN?!  I [sadly] watched a little Nets over the weekend, and at the eye level, just looks like a completely different player than the Knicks days.  The Nets are now 5-15, and fantasy owners should be hoping they blow this mess up.  If Jarrett Jack is dealt or somehow benched (and he’s slumping as it is), Larkin would be an immediate must-add, no matter the league.  6/2/3/3/1 and 13/1/6/4/0 over the weekend in low-20 minute stints, only one combined TO, and he can hit treys, facilitate, be an elite steals guy, and not turn it over.  He’s a spec add even in probably 14ers for his play of late.  Blow this mess up, Brooklyn!

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Well, it was trending the wrong way then he sat with a kankle last night…  I think his DNP was the real reason the Nets lost to the Warriors, no way Golden State wins that one with RHJ…

Bradley Beal Season-high 34 for The BB King (new nickname?  yes/no?), going 34/9/5/2/0 in a win against the Suns, then a more normal BB Jester for 21/5/3/0/0 against the Mavs.  I thought they were both wins for the turning-around Wiz, but v00dr00 caught on to my scheme just to make Wizards fans feel worse than they already do…  My bad, Wiz lost that one v. DAL!  Beal’s playing some great ball, with far-and-away career bests in scoring and 3s.  I should’ve listened to Slim on this one and ranked him higher…  John Wall survived a really scary knee scare, but I think Beal is better off with Wall facilitating and sucking in defense.  Beal owners should be wishing Wall the best, but it looks like only a bruise.

Michael Carter-Williams I guess Jason Kidd is trying the ol’ “we’re benching you just for motivation” move.  Or he has no clue.  I’ll go with the latter.  Either way, MCW was decent Friday night for 6/7/5, but 3 TO and 3-8 shooting.  Then he went nuts Saturday, going 20/3/5/0/1 on 9-16 shooting against the Knicks.  With ONLY 2 TO!  Crazy thing is, Kidd played O.J. Mayo at starting PG with Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and Tyler Ennis (shoulder/shouldn’t be playing anyway) both out.  I bet if Mayo got hurt, Kidd would keep sticking with his guns and go back to that Giannis Antetokounmpo starting-at-PG-experiment to keep MCW from starting…

Kobe Bryant – Didn’t play well in his final game in Detroit, partly because he ate the very questionable hot dogs at Auburn Hills.  Got a stomach illness, and ran off the court before his pageantry goodbye.  His bowels got a nice pageantry goodbye though!

D’Angelo Russell Big game against the Hawks on Friday for 16/10/4/1/0, but a terrible 7 TO.  Then back to being blah against the Pistons.  He’s been OK, but the TO are trending the wrong direction as he gets more usage.  You can’t trust D’Angelo Barksdale the more involved you get him in your organization, he gets soft!  What happened to Wallace!?

Lou Williams 21 points of straight ThrAGNOF last night (no other stats except 6-9 FT), with three straight usable games.  Nick Young calling his team a circus was a death blow to his value, and making the Lou all-that-much sweeter.

Marcus Morris A nice run for Morris bouncing back up from a cold stretch was squelched again, with only 9/3/3/0/0 last night after back-to-back 23+ point games.  You’re still holding due to the ridiculous amount of minutes and possible contribution he can give every night, but showing why he’s not going to carry you like that first run to open the year.

Thabo Sefolosha – 32+ minutes the past three, starting at SF as the Hawks always seemed to intend…  I’ve seen a few comments with owners still holding onto the Kent Bazemore bandwagon, but that’s come home to roost.  I’m not sure if I used that right, I mean he needs to go in 12ers.  He has upside to have nice games like 15/3/2/4/0 last game out against the Lakers, but he’s no Will Barton.  I don’t think he’s a must-own wing 6th man.

Rockets Enigma Of Big Men – Well, I think we can all breathe a little easier as we stash Terrence Jones, going 17/9/1 and 16/5/1/0/1 Friday and Saturday, hitting 3-3 FT in both.  Did commit 7 combined TO and one was a start with Dwight Howard resting, but it feels better.  Clint Capela looks like he’s probably a hold as well, but just to make everything even more frustrating, now Donatas Motiejunas is back, and went a very rusty 0/1/0/0/0 on 0-4 shooting with 2 TO in his 6-minute debut.  Still ranking them Tjones>Capela, with Tjones a must-own.

Patrick Beverley It’s deja vu all over again!  I feel like Slim and I are going to push for PBev just like the 2013-14 season…  14/3/1/2/0 and 14/3/2/1/0 in a mad-consistent set of back-to-back games, with a combined 7 treys.  The Rockets have won 3 straight too!  Yeah, it’s adios to Ty Lawson, be sure he hasn’t hit up the bar when he drives outta town…

Anthony Davis Put the Pels on his back, as they pulled the biggest upset in sports history by beating the Cavs Friday night.  I’ve literally, never, in my life, haven’t even thought about it – used a hyperbole.

Tyreke Evans Going to start the next 8-10 games next to Eric Gordon, with Jrue Holiday coming off the bench.  Not like it matters much for Jrue, with his minutes limited anyway.  But this is Alvin Gentry, who couldn’t even coach a bunch of chipmunks.  I bet he changes his mind by next week about something, and like starts Evans at C just to be awful.

Robert Covington Lord Covington will save us all!  18/10/2/2/1 against the Nuggets, shooting 5-12 from downtown.  Only took 13 shots overall!  Wish he’d drive it a little more, something no one would ever tell Lindsay Lohan.  Or I guess Lawson, but I kinda used that already…

Sixers PG – Tony Wroten returned on Saturday afternoon, going 4/0/3/0/0 and looked healthy in 13 minutes.  Just to prove he was vintage Wroten, he shot 2-7 and committed 5 TO.  Yikes.  Philly started the combo of T.J. McConnell next to Isaiah Canaan, for the shortest starting backcourt since I played hoops in middle school.  Canaan got a kankle sometime over the weekend, so he might sit, but as we all know, Philly is in no rush to win and have no reason to Wrush Wroten – who is on a 15-16 minute limit tonight – or play the gimpy Canaan.  If Wroten were on the Pelicans, he’d play all 48 though…  I still think Wroten is behind McConnell and Canaan by a good bit for fantasy-ownership, with McConnell probably the guy I’d own, but it’s needs based vs. Canaan.

Stephen Curry Seems to always be dropping 40-burgers, and the Warriors always seem to win.  Because they always do! 22-0, but a win against the Nets shouldn’t count, they should’ve had a handicap…

Klay Thompson Nothing crazy, but 20+ Pts and 1+ Blk in each of the past 4.  It’s starting to slowly turn around.

Kyle Lowry Another 40-burgererererer, going 41/3/7/4/1 in a career-high scoring effort.  But twas all for naught, with the Raps just falling short.  Let’s hope this doesn’t make him start shame eating again…

Lucas Noguiera – Fear the Brazilian!  That’s what I advise people every time I take them to my wax place…  14/4/3/1/0 against the Warriors “shooting” 7-9 from the field (several were dunks), and even though Bismack Biyombo had foul trouble, he had only 4 fouls and Noguiera played pivotal minutes down the stretch and had some great lobs from Lowry.  Not in the 12er discussion yet, but deeper 14ers or any leagues bigger than that should probably nab him for the flier.

Joakim Noah Even though Nikola Mirotic (concussion) didn’t end up missing a start, 3 straight 10+ board games and a usable big with the %s getting a little better.  It was hilarious that Noah went 2-2 FT, while Niko missed both of his FT at a pivotal point late in the loss against the Hornets.  Bench Niko for the better FT shooter from now on!

Rajon Rondo Crazy renaissance.  Just when you thought it might be cooling off (single-digit dimes in three straight), 13/3/19/4/0 at the Rockets.  He’s got more dimebags than Seth Rogen at a Phish concert.

Kosta Koufos After smoking all that herb with Seth Rogen, now I want a Big Yogurt!  Kouf for 10/3/0/0/3, but only 15 minutes after 31 strong minutes against the Rox for 11/12/1/2/2 in a near rainbow.  Willie-Cauley Stein‘s injury hasn’t solidified any roles yet, but Koufos is also in that Len, Leuer, Trevor Booker range of a rich, streamable big man mix on the wire right now in 10/12ers.

Trevor Booker Tangent on Booker during these Kings guys, 10/14/0/1/1 playing through a viral infection on Saturday.  When they told him to play like The Worm Dennis Rodman, they didn’t mean to get ringworm!  Although this boarding certainly makes him The Bookworm!

Omri CasspiMoved into the starting 5 at SF pushing Rudy Gay to the 4, but only 11/4/0/0/1 yesterday after 15/3/2/0/2 Saturday against Houston.  Streaming range still.

Ben McLemore Jusssssssstttttt when you thought you could pick him up again, 2/1/0/0/0 with a TO in an atrocious outing.  I bet a lot of Sunday streamers got burned on this one!

Chris Paul Ribs are still sore, as is Clippers’ fans morale.  Austin Rivers is getting some starts for daddy, but daddy might be a better player still…

Jamal Crawford Went nuts against the Magic with J.J. Redick out (kankle) for 32/1/5 with 6 treys.  If Redick remains out, J-Crawf certainly needs to be owned in all leagues.

Wesley Johnson 21/7/2/2/1 in a crazy line for Wes J, shooting all 6-12 of his shots from three point land.  Going from barely used, to trying to start him at SF, to forgotten again on the bench, to this 36 minute outburst off the bench…  Who knows where this will go.  Not reading too much into it, until we see a sustained run of minutes and production.

Blake Griffin Redacted.

LeBron James Yawwwwwwwwwn!  Might need to be in the MVP discussion, because he sat for the first time this season (rest), and the Cavs looked absolutely atrocious getting trounced by the Heat.  LeBron couldn’t handle to pressure of going against his former talents!  Seems like some foreshadowing for the fantasy playoffs, no?

Kevin Love A chance to be “the guy”, and was absolutely atrocious.  5/8/2/0/0 with 3 TO and shot 3-11 against the Heat in only 22 minutes.  Cavs made this a punt game…  Ugly…

Tyler Johnson The biggest Heat benefactor to it being a blowout, playing 30 minutes for 19/5/2/1/1.  He looks soooooo good when he gets the run.  That Miami depth is starting to look a little scary…

Hassan Whiteside Got two fouls early, then didn’t play the 4th quarter as he wasn’t needed in the blowout.  Still got you 7/9/0/1/5 in 21 minutes with no TO.  The FT are still going to bog him down (went 2-2 his first trip, but ended up 3-7), but nice to see he doesn’t need 30 minutes every game to produce.

Our never-ending feud between C.J. McCollum and Andrew Wiggins Our feuded players went against each other!  CJ looked good against the Wolves for 17/5/6/2/1 with only 1 TO in one of his better games on the season.  Wiggins didn’t look great going 17/5/0/0/1 in the loss, so I guess it’s “JB IS SO DUMB MCCOLLUM IS A GOOOOOOODDDDDDDD!”  I’m not going to shave until McCollum shoots 50% from the field again.  Oh, and I’m also auditioning to become a Geico caveman.

Ed Davis Working his way into that fringe of 12-team must-ownership, but I was surprised he’s owned in 53% of leagues already.  I guess that’s about right.  His game is still a little limited by the role off the bench and bad FT shooting (Minnesota did a few hack-a-Davis in there), but he could help out a lot of squads up front.

Karl-Anthony Towns What slump?!?!?!  KAT finally got out of his bag for 27/12/2/0/2 in that loss against the Blazers, but certainly wasn’t his fault.  First time playing over 30 minutes in 7 games as well.  You still have to be a little concerned with the minutes being way down, but at least we know he’s still got it when utilized.

Ricky Rubio 9/6/15 for a nice dimebag-and-a-half for Ricky, yet the Wolves lose despite the great games from their PG and C…  Aha, Blazers shot over 50% from the field and 10-20 from deep.  If only Ricky could shoot like that!

Paul George Another 40-burgerererererererererer, torching the Jazz for a career-high 48.  Still a loss for the Pacers though…  48/8/3/3/0 on 15-27 shooting including a bananas 8-11 from deep.  Just unbelievable…

Rodney Stuckey – Finished down the stretch with Monta Ellis struggling and banged up with shoulder and back issues for 23/3/3 in 32 minutes on 8-14 shooting.  Ellis hasn’t been that good, but I’m not hitting the panic button like Slim is.  I know the %s are down and TO are bad, but he’s durable and the steals haven’t fallen off.  I still think he can be useful and hasn’t become a drop or anything.

Derrick Favors D-Fave just won’t B-Have!  Eh, best I had for this one, they’re not all winners!  35/13/1/1/1 in the OT win against the Pacers, shooting 14-24 from the field and 7-9 FT.

Evan Fournier Gulp!  7/0/0/1/1 in only 17 minutes at the Clippers, and on a downward trend the last 6.  Please don’t have the falloff you did last year, Virgin!

Aaron Gordon After only 6 minutes Thursday, I cut him for streaming in all my RCLs…  It was a sad, sad day.  Got back up to 21 minutes against the Clip, but 10/7/1/1/0 wasn’t enough to make me regret it yet.  I’m still pretty depressed…  He can be cut if you’re in tough matchups in 12ers…  Sob!  Which could be either the word for crying or the acronym…  Although the acronym is more for Skiles.  SKIIIIIIIIILES!

The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: n/a
  • 2-game weeks: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings
  • Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week): Cory Joseph (10%/4), Tyler Johnson (3%/4), Lou Williams (47%/4), Trevor Booker (11%/4)
  • Stream days: Thursday, Sunday

Overall Thoughts: Well, maybe that 5-game Minnesota week was just a crazy outlier since we haven’t had a 5-gamer in several weeks…  Maybe I should highlight the 4-game weeks instead, but I’m lazy this week haha…  More typical week than week 6, with Friday and Saturday heavy.  But we have a lighter Thursday and Sunday than we’ve seen the past few weeks, which will be your heavy streaming days.  Slim disagrees with me citing Luol Deng is about to come back from his hammy, but it seems iffy we see Deng at all this week and I like Tyler Johnson as a stream.  The Heat play three of their four against heavy-pace teams that fit his game.  The Bookworm is playing some good big-man ball with Rudy Gobert hurt, Sweet Lou as mentioned above is sweeter with Swaggy P peeing away his PT, then there’s my favorite of the week: it’s week 7 Mojo baby!  TOR hosts the Lakers and their awful PG play, hosts the Spurs, then hosts the banged up PG of MIL and wraps up hosting the Sixers.  All at home, all for his home country, and three super-saucy matchups.  Playing him in all the weekly leagues I can.

Monday: We open week 7 with a pretty heavy Monday, with DAL, DET, LAL, PHO and WAS coming in on the second day of back-to-backs.  Wall off that knee bruise mentioned above is a little scary, and we’ll see how Kobe’s food poisoning is going…  If you’re streaming early, maybe Ramon Sessions gets a start.  Only the Blazers head into a b2b, but there’s no real concerns to their main guys.  We obviously wish Marcin Gortat the best, and if he’s still in Poland, it should be a monstrous Hassan Whiteside game with the Heat hosting the Wiz.  Phoenix at Chicago should be a really fun, fast-paced game for your assets in that one.  Of course you have to be a little worried with the Spurs going @PHI for some Pop-benchings.

Tuesday: Only six games on Tuesday, but in limited-moves leagues you’re still saving most of your streaming moves for Thurs/Sun.  HOU, MEM, ORL and UTA head into back-to-backs.  After getting cleared for b2bs, Dwight Howard still got a rest day last week, so you have to keep an eye there.  I can’t imagine any other big concerns for those four squads though.  GSW looks to go 23-0 at IND, and if PG13 stays as hot as he’s been, it could be a close one.  Even though it’s the lowly Blazers, the Cavs looked awful without BronBron and it’s been a nice break for the Cavs since Saturday – he should play.

Wednesday: Our typical big Wednesday, with ATL, CHI, LAC and NYK going to back-to-backs.  The Bulls play @BOS then against the Clippers Thursday, so I doubt they’d rest anyone.  Clippers do have 3 games in 4 days and 4 in 6, so maybe they sit someone, especially if Chris Paul is still sore in the ribs.  [email protected] should be a great game for high-scoring, a fun DFS game for sure.  Lakers go to the Wolves, should be a nice game for Rubio.  Be wary of your fringy Knicks going @UTA in a tough matchup.  Not benching the Poison Goose though!

Thursday: Only 4 games Thursday, so start ramping up your streaming!  OKC and PHI go into back-to-backs, so be careful if any of your stream options from those two squads have any bumps and bruises and might get a rest day.  [email protected] has a few options – Dennis Schroder has become pretty low-end, but you can count on a few PTS and AST.  Kent Bazemore dropped to under 50% owned (as he should be) and Thabo Sefolosha is out there in a ton of leagues, both could be options for wing stats.  Steven Adams will likely be leaned on to guard Al Horford so he should get run for big man stats, and I seem to frequently stream Dion Waiters this year.  [email protected] is an awful game – as mentioned above, Wroten is really going to squeeze G minutes, but Canaan/Stauskas are nice ThrAGNOF streams, with McConnell able to contribute.  The big one I have my eye on is Shane Larkin – as mentioned above he’s not quite in the “must-own” realm, but getting close.  In such a garbage matchup, he’s a “must-play” in this one though!  [email protected] doesn’t have quite as many options, if CP3 is still out, Austin Rivers is streamable.  If Redick is still on a kankle, maybe Jamal Crawford for some scoring.  If Joakim Noah is still out there in your league, he could be worth a shot.  Finally we have [email protected]Kosta Koufos continues to be a nice stream play if available.  Langston Galloway HAS to get out of this slump at some point, maybe it’s against the Kings.

Friday: Again more like a typical week, we have a full Friday.  Lots of b2b teams – BOS, CHA, GSW, IND, LAL, MIL, NO, POR, SAS and WAS all with a Fri/Sat slate.  Keep an eye on all your vets in those games.  [email protected] should be a lot of fun with the pace and great G play, and gotta love your Pistons going @PHI with the Sixers off a back-to-back.  Yet another game to be worried about your Spurs, as they host the Lakers.  Weekly league owners of Spurs vets might get annoyed…

Saturday: Saturday remains full as well, with the above mentioned teams finishing out b2bs, but no teams heading into a b2b.  NYK goes @POR who will be off playing the Suns the night before, if Galloway shows any sort of improvement, I’d love him in this one too.  Really any hot Knick should get a look there.  HOU gets two days off before hosting the Lakers, who will be off playing @ the Spurts the night before, gotta love PBev in that one.  I could even see Ty Lawson being usable.

Sunday: So I will be hoping to save 1-2 moves on all my RCL teams for heavy Sunday streaming.  4 games wrap up the week – [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]  Of those squads, only MIN has Monday off, the rest go into back-to-backs, so be leery of streaming any banged up vets that could need rest.  Mario Chalmers jumps off the page to me – the Grizz will be playing their 4th game in 6 days and likely need a youthful spark off the bench in a “revenge” game, if that means anything…  I obviously love me some TyJo as he’s a weekly play.  We’ll see how Jon Leuer’s role progresses with the Kieff drama, but he could be worth a look, and I think Zach LaVine gets some good run.  Should be a big blowout for the Raps, I’d be looking for some bench options in that one as they head into a b2b.  Nogueira, Patrick PattersonTerrence Ross, and as mentioned above Cojo are all options.  Tough to see any great plays in the OKC game, Waiters could be ThrAGNOFfy, but I doubt Adams plays too much with the Jazz playing smaller withoutGobert.

 

I hope everyone had a strong week 6 and a great weekend!  Let’s all hope for some early Christmas gifts from our squads in week 7!

  1. Runfast says:
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    Great read JB thanks for the awesome breakdowns. I already went ahead and took the plunge, dropping bazemore for Larkin, despite owning markieff in a 12er.

    I’m still troubled with markieff however. I am punting FT, and just need a boost in ast/stl/blk. I like to think that markieff has been the FG killer on the team, and I am close to adding the likes of jarami grant, Capela, sefolosha, mahinmi, Tristan Thompson, mudiay, Len, c zeller, Ty Lawson, or even Jose Calderon. since I am winning my match ups I guess there’s still time to stash markieff…Or is it time to let go and move on, stashing/streaming someone else? Probably find out after tonight…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Runfast: Thanks man, thanks for reading! Totally good with that move, loving Larkin. Hmmmm yeah tough one, maybe see what PHO does tonight. Mahinmi fits FT punt so well, loving what Zeller did obviously too.

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    Great coverage JB! Thought my raps were gonna pull it out on Sunday but of course, Lowry and DeRozan both found a way to each miss a free throw in clutch time!!!!! Game could have been completely different!!!!!! But I digress…

    Congrats to you and your panthers, at least you have something to cheer for while skiles is skilesing up your magic ….

    Now, for the fantasy questions! I’m in a 10er with unlimited moves a week that happen daily – basically, stream away! My fringest guys would have to be clarkson, sully, hibbert and gortat, tho I do love my polish hammer and jclark! Would you keep hibbert and sully, or rather 7 games of waiver scrubs? I feel Hibbert has hit streaming zone…. Thanks again buddy!

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      @Wutang: thinking I leave zeller till tomorrow and see what Hibbert can do against my questionable raps interior D? But knowing Hibbert I’ll be looking at another 5 reb game….

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Wutang: Ugh yeah that was a crazy close one! Great game… Oh man, that was a nuts one for the Panthers! Thought they were going to have the division-clinch hangover.

        gimme 7 games of waiver scrubs! In a 10er there is enough there. Haha, yeah I think I’d go ahead and nab Zeller and hope his nice Sat carries over

  3. TheJohn says:
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    Hi Jb

    can you help me consider these trade… am low on assist and 3’s but all other stat are mid tier…
    9 cat roto 10ers

    kemba + dirk/gay –> rubio + porzingis

    hayward dipo –> bledsoe + covington

    do you think covington will fade when all the player come back?

    all the guy with 3’s + high assist are all high range… should i try package any of the above player for 2 –> 1?

    thankss

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TheJohn: Hey man, yeah I like both deals for you. Kinda doubt Porzingis owner will want to sell, but love that Bledsoe one if it is taken. I think Covington will maintain his numbers, no one is pushing him for min really. Ummmm, Dipo+Dirk for Klay Thompson?

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        @JB Gilpin: u really think klay will turn it arnd?

        He doesnt offer much assist but i guess the 3’s are pouring…

        Am thinkin a bit like dipo kemba/dirk/gay for mayb lowry? Would tht go?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @TheJohn: Maybe not to draft day value, but as mentioned above he’s showing signs. Yup more for the 3s, don’t have to have every trade fit all needs perfectly. Would love gettin Lowry at that price, but he’s been unreal, i dunno if you can get him for that

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            @JB Gilpin: Not buying the Kemba resurgence? Hornets offense seems to flow more vs last year. Think Kemba can hit at least 43% of his shots ROS. always liked the guy. Low TO for a PG albeit low end ast.

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              @draco21: Oh definitely buying Kemba could be in line for a career year! But won’t get to that top 10 that Lowry is flirting with right now

  4. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I really don’t get why Houston would go for ‘Kieff. They already have a horrible mix of personalities, plus TJones and Motiejunas are both extremely similar to ‘Kieff already. I’m still hanging on to Aaron Gordon against my better judgement. JUST GIVE HIM MINUTES, YOU STUPID PENIS! SKIIIIIIILES!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Hah yeah I was thinking the same… I had some close matchups and went for it losing him… I blame this all on Skiles. SKIIIIIIIIILES!

      • Jim says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s possible that TJones could be in that deal for Kieff. There’s a ton of upside and he’s proven that in Houston, but there’s a little writing on the wall (seen with black light only) that Bickerstaff doesn’t view Jones as the same player as McHale did. He’s already put Capella in front of him and has shown that he’s not afraid to limit Jones’s minutes even when Dwight is out. Part of Jones’ upside was wrapped in how McHale planned on using him as a focal point at times. Bickerstaff might see it differently, and now that Motiejunas is back–it may just make Jones even that much more expendable. Should be interesting to see how that pans out–as I faithfully own both Kieff and Jones (please don’t laugh!!!).

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jim: Haha I just commented that earlier this morning on my last post that Tjones could go to PHO. Would be an interesting deal and great for both guys! I’m holding both as well!

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Jim: Solid info, thanks. It still kinda cracks me up though. “Hey, let’s trade this guy for this other guy who does pretty much the same thing, but is a total d-bag as well.”

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I thought Skiles would love Gordon, given that energetic defense is the name of his game. Ah well, no use trying to enter the mind of a madman.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: @Clyde Prompto: Both teams could use a change! Yeah, you don’t wanna go into Skiles brain, it’s like when Malkovich went into the brain of Malkovich

  5. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    12 Team (9CAT)
    Eric Bledsoe, Jarrett Jack, Deangelo Russell
    Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas
    Kevin Durant, Robert Covington
    Paul Millsap, Rudy Gay, Meyers Leonard
    Markieff Morris, Clint Capela, Kosta Koufos

    Wire:
    Thabo, Pope, Stuckey
    ————————————————————

    12 Team (9CAT)
    John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Darren Collison
    Bradley Beal, Jordan Clarkson, Zach Lavine
    Marcus Morris, JR Smith
    Kenneth Faried, Markieff Morris
    Demarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Ed Davis

    Wire:
    Bazemore, Danny Green, Capela, Burks, Thabo, Leuer

    See any changes to be made?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: You already have pretty good 3s, so no need for Pope in #1, I think you’re solid there. #2 – yeah I’m making a few moves. LaVine can go for Burks. Getting Danny Green for JR Smith even though I know his 3s are helping, Danny shouldn’t be much of a downgrade. I think that’s it. Any time!

  6. Scott says:
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    What does Enes Kanter have to do to get some respect around here? 🙂

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Scott: I’ve got mad respect for that Borat stache.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Scott: @Slim: Haha, yeah that’s about all he’s going, nice mustache rides!

  7. Matt says:
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    I got offered CP3 and two guys I dropped (Gerald Green and TJ Warren) for Kristaps, Wes Matthews and D’Angelo Russell (keeper league – lose 2 rounds above pick). I did the deal to have CP3 on my team and figure I’ll just add Crawford until he returns and Bookworm. Do you think I was right accepting the deal regardless of the huge game Wes had last night?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: Yeah I think so, helps more for now (assuming you needed PG), and hurts to lose Porzingis… But CP can reshape a tough G team I think it’s solid value

  8. jonny says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’m gonna lose the week for sure with 3 injured guys in CP, RHJ and gary harris. Since im sitting in 9th in my 14 team h2h, is it time to drop RHJ or harris? I’d be dropping for someone out of larkin, kmartin, calderon or nicholson.

    Also, would you do Jr smith for danny green? This is in a 10 man league and JR was my stream guy anyway.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jonny: Yeah I think both can go, RHJ was losing some mins already. Would get Larkin then probably Martin/stream that spot. Yup! Gimme Green

      • jonny says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Went ahead with RHJ for larkin. Should i drop mo will instead of harris for martin? Cavs have a bad schedule for the next few weeks until kyrie is back, and I think harris might get picked up in my 14 man league.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @jonny: Sure, no issue losing Mo, can you stream pretty heavily? I’d probably stream both his and Harris’s spots

          • jonny says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Nahh only 25 for the season actually which really sucks. Maybe I shouldn’t waste one on kmart for now?

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              @jonny: Oh OK, yeah that changes a lot, I think Larkin is pretty safe for RHJ, prob would hold the others

  9. v00dr00 says:
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    Unfortunately the Wiz didn’t win that one last night and every time I read that they won in this article, I almost cried myself back to sleep. Thanks JB.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @v00dr00: Wow, I apparently don’t know what numbers mean anymore! Haha. Looks like I have some quick edits to make, thanks for the catch!

  10. neogonzo mourning says:
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    i normally don’t ask for stuff like this… but:

    would you lose Monta Ellis in a 10-teamer for someone like Will Barton? Or hold on for Monta to find a better fit?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @neogonzo mourning: Definitely not crazy or anything and Barton should probably be owned, but definitely holding Monta.

  11. Melo says:
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    Haha, pleasure reading this as always.

    The BB King—> YES

    I’m considering 2 big moves in my fantasy team, 1. one is my Lillard for PG13 (but the owner backed down a little after that sick game vs Jazz), and the 2. is my Monroe for Millsap (his owner is a little wacky, and I’m pretty sure I could get him).

    This is my team.
    Lillard, McCollum (he’s good! :D), Bledsoe, Knight
    Hayward, Covington, Tobias Harris
    Draymond Green, Favors, Jerami Grant
    Brook Lopez, Big Al Jefferson, Greg Monroe

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Melo: Thanks for reading man! Glad BB King is catching on! Lot of nicknames in this one… 1. That’s so close, I think I stil with Lillard for the dew more AST and your scoring looks good. 2. Defffffinitely nab Millsap if you can!

      Haha, yeah McCollum has been pretty good 🙂

  12. Joe says:
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    Today’s question is from our boundless optimism in trades section. Would you do any of these in the very unlikely event that they were options? I know they’re unlikely but I’m trying to sell high on Avery Bradley and Zaza. If I sell them for less it won’t be a value proposition and I might as well hold until their gravy train derails. What do you think? Worst case I get a counter offer of some kind?

    Give Avery and Zaza, get Oladipo.
    Give Avery and Zaza, get Kyrie.
    Give Avery and Zaza, get Vucevic.

    My team: Wall, Teague, Bradley, Duchess, Batum, Covington, Durant, Poison Goose, Bosh, Zaza, Gobert

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      Oh, one thing. Bradley and Zaza will likely not be keepers but, if an owner was so inclined, s/he could keep either of them next year at the cost of their 11th round pick.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joe: Haha sounds good. Yeah all of them would be great for you. Actually the Kyrie one is closest to me, still worry about limiting minutes/games/playoff DNPs. Ohhhhh, but the keeper part in your league, yeah Kyrie depending on value could be a nice keeper for 16-17

  13. dom says:
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    good stuff JB

    off to a strong 6-0 start in my 9 cat, got a couple lineup decisions for tonight

    Small Forward: stick with the hot Wes Matthews (@NYK, I’m concerned he may get some rest on the back to back), Crowder (@NOR), or Wiggins (LAC)?

    Util: J Clarkson (@TOR), G Dieng (LAC, a nice efficient option to round out my lineup), or Wiggins/Crowder/Matthews?

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Nice work man! Yeah I have some Matthews concern too, I would go with Wiggins. Hmmm UTIL is a tough one. Kinda leaning Crowder

  14. Filkarri says:
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    Battle of the undefeated teams in my head to head points league. Just wanted some advice on my lineup this week.

    PG- Ricky Rubio
    SG- Alec Burks
    G – Eric Bledsoe
    SF – James Harden
    PF – Paul Millsap
    F – Draymond Green
    C – Andre Drummond
    C – Gorgui Dieng
    Util – Goran Dragic
    Util – Jordan Clarkson
    BN – Jahlil Okafor
    BN – Andrew Wiggins
    BN – Clint Capela

    That’s how I have it set up at the moment, thanks for any advice.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: Oh damn, a throw down! Bledsoe/Harden is pretty epic! Can wiggins play SG? He’d certainly be in there for me

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah he has the eligibility? Start him over Burks?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Filkarri: Yup I would!

  15. How concerned should I be about Chris Paul? The rib cartilage injury doesn’t sound serious but I’m getting frustrated, as he hasn’t been healthy all year. Try to sell or wait it out?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @WNWDOTCOM: A little concerning, but not trading too low. I think if you got about 85 cents on the draft day value dollar it’d be ok, so you’d need a good offer

      • @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, about what I figured. I’m real hesitant to sell him because there are so few players that can get double digit dimes each time out. At this point I believe I’m going to hold another week. If he’s still out this time next week, maybe I’ll get more aggressive. I won my match-up last week even with CP3, Gortat, Parsons and Rudy Gobert missing time. I did flip Kyrie earlier in the week for Beal because I couldn’t sit on 5 guys out but he had a great week.

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          @WNWDOTCOM: Oh man, nice work winning so short-handed! Yeah Beal and Kyrie seem about even to me, still worried about Kyrie DNPs down the road

  16. charlie says:
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    KD and Danny Green for Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @charlie: Hmmmm, Beal is an upgrade over Green, but love me KD and hate 9cat RW TO, if a PG need then it’s solid

  17. Tenethor says:
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    Hello JB and thanks for yet another great 7-ahead article.

    My Team :
    G: Curry, Walker, Bledsoe, Clarkson
    F: Noel, Jones, Harris, Porter, Randle
    C: Horford, Monroe, Gobert, Ezeli (streamer spot)

    So i followed your advice JB and sold Ryno for Monroe. After the Gobert injury though i feel that my team needs more “tuning”. My league also has a 4 pg cap, and since all of my guards are listed as PG’s i cant stream any PG’s so far.
    So any ideas about trades that i should target ?

    Thanks in advance JB and keep up the good work man.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tenethor: Thanks for reading, glad they’re getting good reviews! Ugh, yeah that hamstrings your PG a little bit. You have awesome REB and BLK when healthy, Gobert def is a key. BLK/AST would be a combo I’d look for, what about Clarkson + Randle for Batum? And hope Batum’s owner is a Lakers fan? Haha Out of position dimes dealing a PG would be a huge help

  18. Steve says:
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    In a weekly h2h points 12er. Who do you like the most out of these players going forward?
    Capela, Porter, Leuer, Larkin, Len, Cody Zeller

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Jerami grant on the wire as well. Thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Steve: Not loving Grant losing MIN even with Okafor suspended, right now I’m going Zeller, but it’s more medium term. ROS I think Porter. Larkin BY FAR #1 should anything happen to Jack

  19. Ryan says:
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    It’s amazing that Russ gets another Triple Dub and doesn’t even get mentioned. (No 40 burgererererer though)

    That’s not a knock against you JB, I just find it hysterical because you probably don’t even have to tell everyone that he F’ed around and got a triple double because that wouldn’t even surprise us anymore. I wonder what the regular season record is for trip Dubs anyhow?

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I figured it had to be either him or Magic that held the record, but damn that’s a lot. Russ might be nearly averaging a trip dub, but I doubt he or anyone else ever touches that record.

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          @Ryan: Yeah that’s gonna be tough to top, especially since he played 44 minutes a game haha. Just not how sports go anymore…

  20. Gryeson12 says:
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    JB.. Been offered Harden for Batum and Isaiah Thomas. 8cat 12tm roto. I would have to move Mayo into my starting G rotation, so we can look at it as Harden & Mayo for Batum and Thomas. Is it worth doing for Harden?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Gryeson12: Whoa definitely take Harden! He’s awesome in 8cat!

  21. Wayne says:
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    Hey JB, great read as always! Anyways, i need some advice. I have been losing games lately and I was thinking if I should trade one of my superstars for 2 solid mid round players. Please give me some advice on who to trade and who to target. Thank u so much!

    16 team h2h yahoo league. 9 cats.

    CP3, Dragic
    George Hill, Pj Tucker
    LBJ, Ilyasova, Stanley Johnson
    Melo, Jabari Parker
    Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, Spencer Hawes

    Injured List:
    Marcus Smart
    Brandon Jennings

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wayne: Thanks for reading man! Yeah in 16ers, depth becomes a big factor. You look decent up front and decent in G depth, I would look at LBJ or Melo trades. Probably a nice big man and a complementary gaurd. I’d probably start with the top teams for big men and see what they could do. Hope that helps!

        • Wayne says:
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          Hey bro! I traded almost all my decent players for marc gasol and cp3. I drafted LBJ and melo. Filled up the rest of the roster via waiver wire. It did cost me a lot of games but im hoping that team could bring me to the top in the end. 🙂

      • Wayne says:
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        Thanks bro! I was thinking melo for greg monroe + cj mccolum or mason plumlee. Hope he agrees tho. 🙂 thanks sir till next time! 🙂

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @draco21: @Wayne: Yeah that is a nasty team! Hope it works!

  22. jcg says:
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    I like Larkin a lot, would you drop Meyers or Otto for him yet?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Sure, I’m not a huge Meyers fan, I’d be fine with that move

  23. Ralph says:
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    With RHJ out indefinitely, is Larkin a must add? I’m guessing he’ll get some of those minutes.

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      @Ralph: Certainly shoots up to 12er consideration, I’m nabbing him were I can, not quite to 10ers yet

  24. Principal Blackman says:
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    Which side would you want in a Lowry+Cousins for Elfrid+Millsap swap? Is it even close?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Deffffffinitely Lowry side, not too close

  25. Dante Green says:
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    As a Suns’ fan, I’d love to have Tjones on our team! Hah

    OK RHJ is out, does this make Larkin a pickup?? BKN are close to blowing up! That team has no direction this season. Hah

    Anyway, with Gobert gone (no IR spot) I have no choice but to stream hard this week, and stream as early as tonight. HOU only has three games so Capela isn’t that appealing. Thinking of dropping him for your boy Zeller, or Len!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dante Green: Yup Larkin is looking like a 12er add, not a must own, but I just scooped him up in the last league I could. Nets blow!

      Sure thing, gimme Zeller!

  26. Dante Green says:
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    @JB Gilpin:
    Aright Imma go with Zeller! Then after the game would you drop him for Larkin? Nets have a game tomorrow! Larkin is getting all the hype, if he proves himself a 12er roster spot worthy I don’t wanna be last guy to snag him. Hah. Or… Drop Mleonard for him? Altho POR has game later, might be we could wait a few more hours til I could add Larkin from the wire. Let’s just fckuing hope nobody plucks him up first. Thanks bud

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      @Dante Green:
      Jeez, Mleonard looks bad. Is this how a breakout candidate should play? 3/10, 23 mins. Hah EDavis is getting the burn, or maybe POR’s frontcourt rotation isn’t trustworthy! Hah Gonna drop this guy now and pick Czeller back up

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dante Green: Nice! Ummmm, I would lose Leonard for him. I was pretty anti-Leonard, so I’m not too surprised. Sounds like the right moves!

  27. Kozmonaut says:
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    JAY-BEE & SLM
    Got offered Monta for Crowder. Assist overkill, or Ellis ROS (perceived) value better to parlay into another trade perhaps.

    Yahoo Standard 12Team H2H – Drafted with your Projections (remember?)
    Wall (warming up, please wear kneepads)
    RJax (Mr. Oct-cember)
    Elfrid (getting offers galore for Shelfrid)
    Clarkson (it’s because he’s half Filipino right?)
    Crowder (evil better twin of Faired)
    Joe Johnson (yuck, but Ast have been helpful)
    Wiggins (liking better than Rotoworld)
    Gobert (Hopefully small ouch)
    Favors (Favor in your Ear)
    TJones (fingers crossed…)
    Amir Johnson (stream spot since dropping Dieng…Dang!)
    Jordan HIll (stream for Rudy Go-hurt)
    Aaron Gordon (standing on the ledge…)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kozmonaut: Yo! I’ll take Ellis. Even though Crowder has been good, still trust Ellis steals more. haha kneepads indeed… Team is doing pretty well for having a late pick! Tough to win with a late round draft slot…

  28. Lasandro says:
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    Mahinmi or Zeller this week? Mahinmi plays GSW tomorrow and I don’t know if they just go small most of the game, limiting his time on court. Whereas Zeller is KILLING right now!

    Hm.. I think I just answered my own question haha

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      @JB Gilpin: FKN AWESOME Wire ref hahahah! “Where’s Wallace, String!?!” Actually, you’ve now brought back memories of poor Wallace.. one of the few moments in a TV drama I cried. A lot. Michael B Jordan sure could act for a kid back then. How far he’s come. Oh and FYI, I totally had a Twitter convo with Lawrence Gilliard, the dude who acted as D’Angelo. Was def a highlight of my social media life – damn nice guy

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        @Lasandro: Somehow I let that reference slip past me. I just saw D’Angelo Russell and thought to myself let’s just skip this line. Bravo JB.

        Poor Wallace.. Oh man, I feel just as bad for D’ as I do for Wallace looking back on it. And that’s awesome Lasandro. I don’t have any convos with the cast to brag about, but I did take a college class called “Politics of the Wire.” It wasn’t as easy as half our class thought it would be, but it was without a doubt one of the most interesting courses I took as an undergrad.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Ryan: Glad to see that there’s a fellow Razzy into The Wire as much as I was. Having lived in Aus, I heard about the cultural impact that show had and how some schools offered classes on it to study socioeconomics etc. Damn awesome that you were able to partake man! So did you dissect any of the episodes, or was it more a discussion on how things like the media, crime and education are all linked?

        Yeah let’s not get it twisted: D got it the worst. He was born into something he wanted no part of. He was already alone and isolated in prison – he didn’t deserve to go the way he did. I was more upset about how fast Avon got over it all once he found out that String was behind it all. And on top of it all, String moving in on D’s baby mama? Good god… he really is one of the more underrated HBO villains.

        • Ryan says:
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          @Lasandro: Not a whole lot in the way of episode dissection during class, but we all met up afterwards to discuss
          episodes anyways. The course was mostly about the socioeconomics issues shown in Baltimore’s low-income communities and the public policies that caused them to exist or tried to address them. (and potential solutions that were unexplored in the show)

          Public housing policies and the War on Drugs were portrayed as some of the biggest contributors to the plight of these communities, and sadly, I have to say that not much has changed in those two realms of US govt policy during the past decade. The course also focused a lot on how Mayoral elections work, graft, federal-local govt relations, and Carcetti’s attempts to reform the police and school departments. Like I said, it was a very interesting course.

          And yeah, String’s actor (Idris Elba) was brilliant. He has been great in almost every TV series or movie I have seen him in. It was hard for me not to like String at first since I was an econ student. Stringer Bell, the originator of thuganomics! His conniving ways and inability to calculate human emotions caught up to him eventually!

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            @Ryan: Interesting, yeah that show is so good because it can explore all that while remaining a compelling drama. One of my favorite takeaways was how hamstrung governments pull in these idealistic politicians that say they will do it different, then they get sucked into the system like Carcetti. Hahahaha yeah it was funny seeing him in those classes.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Add to Mahinmi and Zeller rankings (14cat roto): Booker, Plumlee, Dieng and the soon returning Chandler (who I had high hopes for coming into teh season)

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Ed Davis too, good lawd! All these bench players outplaying the starters thisa season is doing my head in. Do I just avoid the headache and hold Mahinmi for now? What Davis put up tonight is EXACTLY what I’m looking for from any of the bigs I’ve mentioned. And because my L has limited pickups on the season, I need to grab someone I can see being productive for at least the next 2wks or more

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        @Ryan: @Lasandro: Haha thanks guys! Love the Wire. Any time I hear “D’Angelo” or start writing the name, I almost write “Barksdale”. Hah yeah Zeller woulda been my call.

        Whoaaaaaaaaaaa, not gonnna lie I didn’t even pick up that was Michael B Jordan! But it totally is!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to watch the whole series again. That’s awesome you got to talk with him, he was great too.

        Damn sounds like a fun class!

        Yeah String was awful, but was so classy. I think that was kinda the point haha, helped make his career.

        Still taking Zeller 1 right now, then Mahinmi, then Bookworm. Ohhhh Davis, yeah he is #2 for m e right now. Wouldn’t mind Davis over Zeller since it might be a longer stretch, but there’ season-long risk there too that POR plays younger guys or trades Davis

  29. Ryan says:
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    Hmm, pickup Larkin or P-Bev? FT% and STLS are the only major need this week and Bev can probly help out more with the FT%, but I’m still conflicted because Larkin looks like he has too much upside to pass up. Both good adds though..

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Thats a good one. I think Pbev is a little safer, Larkin def for the upside.

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Went with Larkin for the upside. The FT didn’t even matter to me after my opponent’s team shot over 90% from the stripe last night on 30+ attempts.My team is shooting a remarkable 83%, but he has both Splash Bros and PG13 going tonight, so I can’t see things getting any better for me…

        My opponent also has Lillard btw, and this is a 14 team keeper league. Basically, he had an excellent draft last season, but tanked by trading away all his depth for studs and stashing guys like PG. Now we’re all stuck trying to take down this horrendous five headed monster of Curry, Thompson, Lillard, PG 13 and Pau Gasol.

        I actually think I have a chance against him though, because I built my team with the sole purpose of beating his. This week, he will learn once and for all that points are overrated and that ThrAGNOF! I dominate him in the Big man cats, and I think stls/asts are slightly in my favor.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: Ewwwwww hate early week stuff like that! Yikes that is a tough roster, a good big man team should be able to compete though. Oh yeah, you gotta live by ThrAGNOF!

  30. draco21 says:
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    Zeller with a crazy game. Had him last year. His FT% is amazing. Funny enough, I was good with Tyler Zeller Cody Zeller combo as my back up bigs last year. Them bros know how to shoot FTs. haha! Looks like Zeller 1 Drummond 0. Well, cause the Hornet won this one and Cody went BONKERS and Drummond held to 9 rebs. WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW MJ DID WELL. Really like Cody lol. But didn’t like him at 4.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @draco21: Haha yeah both were nice Ft shooters! Yeah Cody looks good, glad pointing him out led to another strong game!

  31. JZ says:
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    would you trade porzingis for ibaka? who else would you offer porzingis for to have a nice return (preferably a traditional big man-boards and blocks-need it while gobert’s out)? Looking to sell him for that terrible playoff schedule

    • JZ says:
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      @JZ: oh, and also what are some good trades to trade away bosh? thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @JZ: Yeah I’d def take Ibaka, I know Porzingis is nuts right now, but yeah I like that one. Ummm, Bosh for KAT maybe, plus a sweetener?

  32. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you rather have Zeller, Len, or A Gordon short term? ROS? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Zeller short/medium term, ROS uggghhhhh, I think Gordon still and hope he gets more burn. Any time!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Leuer v. Len is close, but still behind Zeller, still iffy on if Leuer is up there with Gordon ROS due to Kieff drama

  33. Wallaboutthebenjamins says:
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    Just got offered iggy, Drummond, and trey burke for my draymond, kemba, and Noah. I really need Drummond on my pg heavy team and I’ve been rejecting this trade so I was wondering how you feel about it? I was thinking of countering for iggy, rubio, and Drummond but worry about rubios DNP’s

    • Wallabouthtebenjamins says:
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      @Wallaboutthebenjamins: actually just got offered ariza and ibaka for draymond deal or no deal? 12er 9 cat h2h btw my team is loaded with pg’s

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Wallabouthtebenjamins: Nahhhhh that’s not nearly enough. If you’re PG heavy, I dunno if Rubio will help. Eesh, yeah that deal with Ariza really punts your FG% even more. What about Kemba straight up for Drummond? They might not do it, but I’d rather start with that one

  34. nont nontiskul says:
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    would you trade bledsoe and danny green for lebron in a roto league ?

    • nont nontiskul says:
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      he counter me with bledsoe and otto porter for james should I take it ?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @nont nontiskul: Sure, yeah I like either, I’d get LeBron at that price! Nice time to buy off one DNP

  35. Nick says:
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    8 cat, ROS

    3 spots, 1 to ride for awhile, 1 to stream (potentially keep), please rank and help! Thanks!

    Larkin
    Plumlee
    Leuer

    • draco21 says:
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      @Nick: I’d veer away from Plumlee in Roto cause the FT% is just atrocious. Leuer Larkin gets it. Ride both of them!

      • Nick says:
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        @draco21:

        Thanks @draco21 but it’s H2H, I should’ve specified

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @draco21: @Nick: I’m grabbing Larkin first I think, then KLeuer. hate POR big men rotations…

  36. Runfast says:
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    Keep stashing markieff, or drop and pick up mahinmi, Calderon, bazemore, sefolosha, Hibbert, Capela, Lawson? Just looking to boost ast/stl/blk. Actually another interesting thing is that lavine was just dropped. I own Rubio maybe it’s a good hand cuff to own him instead? Thanks JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Runfast: Yeah Kieff can go, I have LaVine/Rubio combo in REL and love it. Doesn’t help BLK, but is a good combo to own. Any time!

  37. Lasandro says:
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    My daily “who shall I trade LBJ for” question: been offered Jimmy B and Batum for LBJ and Ariza in my 14cat roto. Looks pretty decent right? Dont lose too much in the way of ASTs, which I’m trying to remain competitive in. I’d prob rather lose Ariza over my Tobias, as Gobert is down and I need all the brds I can grab (he’s also pulling down 2+ O brds, which is nice).

    Full squad:
    Mahinmi
    LBJ
    Lillard
    Blo
    Jack
    Bradley
    Barton
    Harris
    Ariza
    KAT
    Gay
    Teague
    Gobert*

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: read your other comment where you didn’t like me giving up Tobias and LBJ for the same two.. Wonder if ariza makes it a better trade. Looking forward to your thoughts. I still don’t relieve LBJ is gonna be resting much til post ASB, so just rate this trade based on overall value please

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Yeah I’d rather lose Ariza to Tobias as well right now. I don’t mind that offer at all.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: Oooh don’t sound that convinced my friend haha. I would offer Bradley but I like him more than ariza. Break down this trade for me and make me feel good 🙂

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Batum is a hugggggge upgrade IMO over Ariza, and even with the more cats, you lose a ton of TO losing LeBron and gain a lot of FT%. Plus he said he wanted to play all 82, and already hit a healthy DNP, making me worried down the stretch with that back

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