The season is here, the season is here!  Get out your favorite throwback NBA jersey and your fantasy stat-calculating abacuses (abaci?!), because fantasy basketball starts tonight!  If you could pick any throwback jersey, just for aesthetic sake, which jersey would you go with?  For me, gimme those old school Nugs jerseys!

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Doesn’t beat that right there!  It’s so 80s it makes me want to watch Stranger Things for the 3rd time!

On the docket tonight, we have the Knicks going to Cleveland with the Cavs getting their rings, Utah going to Portland to battle it out in the Northwest, and then the best game of the night – the Spurs going to Golden State and beating the Warriors on the road to send Dubs fans into a panic!  I’m planning on staying up all night to watch that game, so if I’m a little cranky tomorrow morning, it’s probably because the Spurs lost and I’m dehydrated after drinking 3 pots of coffee…

We’re stoked for another huge season at Razzball, and looking forward to our biggest season yet!  If you missed our scheduling preview post for Razzball Basketball’s 2016-17 content, you can check it out here, and be sure to welcome in our new staff with as many comments as you can muster.  Not unlike the Knicks, we have a Super Team assembled for 2016-17!  Let’s get this ish going!

Here’s a few notes for the games tonight, along with a few final thoughts from the preseason (a lot of injury notes we just discussed on the Pod this morning, so be sure to give a listen!):

The Poison Goose – Ready to build on an historic rookie campaign?!  He better be!  Although I ended up whiffing on any shares of the Goose this year.  He ended up shooting only 3-17 from downtown the last 5 games this preseason, but did wrap up with back-to-back 3 block games in only 23 and 22 minutes.  I want a golden goose!

Derrick Rose Acquitted of all charges.  Kinda like how he acquits himself from ever having a good AST:TO ratio!  I shouldn’t make jokes, this all sounded pretty awful.  Even if not guilty of a crime, as one comment I read somewhere put it, “it gave us a window into D-Rose’s life and it wasn’t pleasant.”  No shares of this Super player for me either…

Brandon Jennings – Shot 30.6% in the preseason.  Also had a 4.0:2.2 AST:TO in 21.6 MPG.  2.2 turnovers in under 22 MPG is too high for a guy who turns it over with his labradoodles clanking off the rim 2/3 of the time anyway….

Cleveland Cavaliers – Pretty much the most boring team in fantasy.  LeBron is going to have his minutes limited again this season, but unless it’s a 30-point blowout through 3, I bet he plays a good bit for the home crowd…

Maurice Harkless Wins the starting SF role out of the gate for the Blazers.  Portland doesn’t have the greatest facilitators off the bench, so it makes sense to bring Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe as reserves for your 6/7th men.  I can’t see Harkless out-minutesing Turner either, and I’d bet Turner players down the stretch most games.  Talk about dreadful preseasons though, Turner shot 27.1% from the field!  And had only 2.8 AST to 2.2 TO over the last 5 games.  At least his best game (15/7/2) was at the Jazz last week…  Before anyone gets too excited about Harkless, remember his FT% is atrocious, albeit in low volume.  58.9% for his career.  Never has been consistent with the perimeter game, not much consistency with D stats…  I’ll let someone else take that gamble.

Joe Johnson – If you were looking to do some last-second streaming, I kinda like JJ in what should be a more uptempo-than-the-Jazz-would-like game starting for the injured Gordon Hayward.  A trey or two, maybe 15 points, maybe 3-4 assists?  Could do worse.

Derrick Favors Finally got a limited practice in on Sunday.  As someone who has had IT Band Syndrome, I know it’s a bitch!  Not to mention Favors is like, 4 inches taller and has about 40 pounds on me.  It feels like your outer part of your knee is “catching” against itself, like a bone-on-bone painful-as-shit feeling.  Just so you know this isn’t some minor thing.  I thought I had torn my meniscus before I had a few months of rehab to shake it off.  Today’s medical round-up brought to you by Dr. JB!

Trey Lyles I’d guess D-Fave plays, but gets the run limited a bit.  Look for T-Lyle to get some extra burn, but before you get too crazy excited for one of the best guys from Summer League, remember you get nothing in AST/STL/BLK.  Very Teletovic-ish ThrAGNOF.

Kyle Anderson While Danny Green is slowmo-ed down with a thigh bruise (thunder thighs!), Slo Mo is likely your starting 2.  He’s got some good game, but damn if it’s gonna be slow-goings (not even trying to do that for the pun) game-to-game.  I don’t see him diming too much, instead trying to be that stand-up shooter that Green was.  Although he didn’t take too many 3s this preseason…  I dunno, I think they’ll ask him to be a Green clone, especially against the D2: The Might Dubs.

Kevin Durant Going to be so weird to officially see him in another jersey.  I’m not going to hate on the Western All-Stars of Golden State too much, unless we find out Durant or Curry is having the equipment manager deflate the balls a little bit…

Patrick McCAWWWWWWW!!!! – Won’t get to yell his name too often in this one against the Spurs, but I’ll be interested to see how much run he gets in what should be a close game.

Steven Adams One of the most frequently commented names this preseason.  Put up good numbers, but I didn’t yield in my low-ish rank.  I’m feeling a little iffy about that now, not going to lie…

Nerlens Noel As mentioned on the Pod, out for 3-5 weeks.  One of my bigger sleeper calls and preseason risers was Jerami Grant, and now it looks like he’s locked into backup PF minutes behind Dario Saric and backup SF minutes behind old man Hendo.  Not to mention Saric just got an elbow to the face in practice yesterday, although it doesn’t sound serious….  Grant shot a high-volume 75.6% at the FT stripe – a huge improvement for him – and went 13.1/4.0/2.7/1.0/0.9 this preseason with only 0.7 TO.  When I’m right on this one, I’m going to point to myself and yell JeraMI ME ME!

Patrick Patterson Pit Pat!  I love you!!!!  Sounds like Dwane Casey is going to mix and match his starting PF based on matchups, flip flopping between Pit Pat and Pascal Siakam with Jared Sullinger out 2-3 months.  The starting 4 position in Toronto remains as cold as a Canadian winter.

 

I hope you’re all pumped for NBA tip off tonight!  Catch you tomorrow morning for the first Daily Notes!

  1. Batavia Busters says:
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    Had my draft last night, and always use this website as my baseline. Somewhat went with the grain as well as against the grain in a FT% punt style. 8 Cat 12 team H2H with no turnovers as a stat. Here’s my team, wondering your thoughts?

    James Harden
    Deandre Jordan
    CJ McCollum
    Gorgui Dieng
    Jae Crowder
    Reggie Jackson*
    Chandler Parsons
    Clint Capela
    Brandon Ingram
    Bismack Biyombo
    Ish Smith
    Jrue Holliday*

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Batavia Busters: Awesome, glad we [hopefully] help! Love Harden in the format, RJax and Jrue are great stashes. Dieng doesn’t really fit and might be a little overrated in 8 cat, I might shop him for a more FT punt big. Also I would probably lose Ingram for something, i don’t think he’s gonna do enough

      • Batavia Busters says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! Grabbed Dieng because of the upside potential for steals and blocks. I also hold out hope that Ingram has more usage than what is predicted, but as always NBA is hard to predict. Thanks for the insight.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Batavia Busters: Glad to help, good luck this yr!

  2. Jensen says:
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    Wooooooooo! Happy NBA day JB and Slim.

    Throwback jerseys you gotta love the Vancouver Grizz all teal everything and the Stockton/Malone era Jazz.

    Let’s go Steven Adams. I need him or Jamychal to ball out. Preferably both.

    • NIck says:
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      @Jensen:
      Seconded on the Vancouver Grizz Jersey. Nothing spells throwback like a XXL Bryan “BIG COUNTRY” Reeves Jersey. Here we go!!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @NIck: F yessssss! As a pretty large 6’7 dude, I need to invest in one of these. Although to look big enough, I prob need to get XXXXL!

  3. Tobias says:
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    Hey I just had my draft last night and it’sthe first time I’m playing categories. Its a 12 team H2H 9 Cat league. I was hoping I could get some advice and feedback on my draft? I had the 3rd pick overall. Thanks

    -Stephen Curry
    – Kyle Lowry
    – brook lopez
    – derrick favors
    – jae crowder
    – wesley matthews
    – chandler parsons
    – monta ellis
    – kent bazemore
    – zach randolph
    – josh richardson
    – michael kidd-gilchrist
    – kris dunn

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tobias: Gotcha, well I have Curry #1 and Lowry 12 I think, so you did awesome outta the gate! I think your REB work, def could use a smidge more blocks. AST started strong, but kinda faded, so I would be looking for PG too. Your steals are great, I might look for a team low in stl and offer ellis for a blocker or AST source. Hope that helps!

  4. Lasandro says:
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    I’m so effing excited – been counting the beans on my abaci like crazy in anticipation!

    10 team 14 cat roto (all brds, a/to): should I drop my kieff for TJones, and my Frazier for e Gordon? Or are they both needs based-only, with no player being clearly better than the other in fantasy value?

    Here’s hoping I’ll be able to actually sleep tonight!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hell yeah, count the hours now on that abaci! Haha. I would hold both your guys, Tjones is still in such an unsure role and Gordon only hitting 3s… I like Frazier and Kieff. Hah yeah, games are in the morning for you right?!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: What if Terrence explodes off the bench as he did in preseason? Ugh, it’s all so tempting.

      Indeed they are – night night time for me. Will reward myself with some ball in the morn. Happy NBA-ing!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Sure, and we’d have to see a sub-30 min bad Kieff game too. We shall see, and you know where to ask! Enjoy some hoops man!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What an opening night!

        So.. are we pressing the panic button on Noah in 10 teamers? I picked him with plenty of confidence, but would TJones provide better lines? Obviously I can’t trade him right now following tonight’s sht-show..

        Also, Colli just got dropped to the waiver wire. Should I go for him by dropping either Frazier or Kieff? Frazier is gonna be so nice while Jrue is out, tho. Perhaps no need to rush, as Colli’s missing 8 games..

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        @JB Gilpin: Specifying that this is my 14 cat roto, sorry.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Hah I remember your league now my man 🙂

          Yeah, I mean Noah was barely ranked as draftable in 10ers. Can go. I’ll go upside of Tjones now. Well, would much rather add Colli and address depth at positions afterwards

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          @JB gilpin: so drop Noah for TJones and drop Frazier for colli?

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lasandro: Nah I would do just Noah dropped for Colly

  5. Foreign Affairs says:
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    It’s here everyone!!!, so excited for the season hoping Slow-mo makes an immediate impact as I’ve added him in any league I had an injury for his 4 game week.

    That Nuggets jersey is gorgeous, I have a fondness for the Raptors old jersey http://nba.frgimages.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1774000/ff_1774174_xl.jpg&w=340
    The Rockets 90s pajama’s http://images.getstore365.com/image/2016-8-28/Houston-Rockets–34-Hakeem-Olajuwon-Blue-Pinstripe-Throwback-Jersey.jpg
    And after reading an article last year I hope the Nets embrace what could have been and bring these out for few games http://a1.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=%2Fphoto%2F2016%2F0408%2Fr72020_1296x729_16-9.jpg&w=570

    Also Dave Joerger told he who Slim would prefer not to speak of that he’s playing between 30-40 minutes the first 8 games, you know he couldn’t let you guys have a season opening party without him, don’t worry though he’s always BYOB.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Foreign Affairs: hell yeah, can’t wait! I’m a little iffier on Slo mo, but does have all the games… Hah that dragon/Nets jersey looks wild! Maybe they can bring it out. Hahahaha poor Lawson. Shocked they cut Farmar. Awful personnel moves, we know the Kings are good for that!

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    JB! And Razzball Fantasy Basketball commenters! It’s time!

    Just did my draft. We are 10-team H2H. Categories (12) are: MIN, FT%, 3PM, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO, PF, DD, PTS, TW (Team wins). I don’t really consider PF, TO at all during the draft. TW gets a little more consideration.

    Anyhow, here’s my team:

    2 Stephen Curry, GS PG
    19 Paul Millsap, Atl PF
    22 Draymond Green, GS SF
    39 Kevin Love, Cle PF
    42 Rudy Gobert, Uta C
    59 Rajon Rondo, Chi PG
    62 Jae Crowder, Bos SF
    79 Ricky Rubio, Min PG
    82 Bradley Beal, Wsh SG
    99 JJ Redick, LAC SG
    102 Aaron Gordon, Orl PF
    119 Robin Lopez, Chi C

    What do you think? Any glaring weakness that needs to be addressed? (I went by Razz Ranks except the Rondo pick, but I thought he might be able to get the odd DD here and there, as I might be wanting in that category.)

    Thanks. Downloading the podcast now, JB. Let’s have a great season.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JakeTPE: The season is here! Wow, surprised Curry didn’t go 1 with team wins… Although minutes kinda balances it out I guess. Gobert in a DD league falling to 42, wow. Ummmm, it’s a lot of cats to weigh, maybe TO is a little high, but I’m not seeing much to quibble with here. This squad came together well! Appreciate ya listening to the pod man!

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the feedback. With the baseball pod on vacation we need our JB fix! Just listening to the team reviews in the latest pod now and heard your Curry/TW comment echoed above. I’ve always been a Westbrook guy (owned him past 2 years) but passed on him to get Steph at #2 just to shake things up. It *should* work out. =D

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JakeTPE: Any time! Hah really appreciate that! I know my high voice can get a little silly haha. I luckily got 1 Curry team this year too, so I’ll be hoping for it!

  7. David M says:
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    seriously they don’t make the jerseys like the used to #sadface

    Thos nuggets jerseys were one of the GOAT NBA jerseys. All we get now is minimalist boring crap. Only respectable jerseys in the league are Warriors and the Bucks Away strip with the deer…that one is pretty sick!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @David M: I know man, it’s disappointing! Way too lame out there. Bucks do have that nice one though, indeed!

      • David M says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Glad there are some people out there that can’t stand the boring minimalist beige crap we get fed in every aspect of our lives these days.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @David M: Oh for sure! I mean, it’s the friggin NBA, it’s all about personalities, and making these guys wear dull tone, 2-color jerseys is lame. But ya know, now the have SLEEVES! ugh. smh

  8. Rob says:
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    Hey JB, can I get your thoughts on my team? 10 teams, H2H 9 cats with IR slot. I had the 9th pick! Thanks
    -Anthony Davis
    -Hassan Whiteside
    -Goran Dragic
    -D’Angelo Russell (I had to reach cuz everyone wanted him in my league)
    -Chandler Parsons
    -Mike Conley
    -Jusuf Nurkic
    -Avery Bradley
    -Robert Covington
    -George Hill
    -Jabari Parker
    -EMBIIIIIID
    -Ben Simmons

    I will have Ben Simmons on IR and thinking of picking up one of these: Tim Frazier, Ty Lawson, Deng, Winslow

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Rob: Glad EMBIIIIIID is catching on! Def think you could use another AST boost, I’ll take Frazier. You’re not bad there, but I love winning that cat and your TO aren’t too bad. Great bigs, good 3s. Nice STL. I don’t have much to dislike here!

  9. MJC says:
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    Happy NBA day! Go Warriors! Do you think Sarunas Marciulionis gets any run for the dubs haha. What a game out of the gate for 2 teams that underwent some big changes. McCawwwwwww

    • Slim

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      @MJC: All this talk of throwback unis, I hope they throwback the shorts to Sarunas’ time too.

      Livingston probably gets a bunch of bakup guard min. Clark probably plays some backup PG. I’ll take under 18 min for McCawwwwwwww tonight.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @MJC: @Slim: Hell yeah man, happy opening day! McCawwwwwwwwww! Yeah I hope the short shorts come back too! All the dribbling through the legs, at some point a ball is gonna get caught up in the low shorts. And you can take that any which way you want… Agree, under 18 for me too

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          @JB Gilpin: I don’t know guys, bringing back the short shorts would just give draymond a more clear target for those kicks. And ya I agree on the under 18 minutes, I know he won’t get much burn until he gains experience and produces and/or in blowouts.

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @MJC: Hahaha that is a good point. Gives him an easier target.

  10. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP?!!!

    fave throwback- nets white red blue. the ones they wore in the finals vs spurs 2002.

  11. Slim

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    I’ve got Goose at 8-23 (.348) from deep in the preseason (6 games – 23 min), Realgm.

    I don’t fault you for Adams’ rank. If you just look at what he’s done to date there isn’t a whole lot there, but there’s a huge change in their style of play without being able to ISO Durant all the time and scoring was always Adams’ biggest weakness, besides the obvious FT issues, but the volume isn’t too high to make him a punt only guy. And at 23 there’s still plenty of room to grow, and arguably still not at his statistical ceiling.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: I went off ESPN and I think it only did last 5. I was using Yahoo, but their preseason game log suddenly stopped… He probably had a good one the first game.

  12. Charles says:
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    JB- is Rudy (or anyone) building any DFS projections like for MLB or NFL?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Charles: ….mayyyyyyybe…….. 🙂

      • Charles says:
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        @JB Gilpin: giggity

  13. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey JB,

    Drafted last night in a 10 team H2H league with 10 cat (FGs Made). Here’s my team:

    PG: Chris Paul
    SG: Goran Dragic
    G: Dennis Schroder
    SF: Chandler Parsons
    PF: Andre Drummond
    F: Gorgui Dieng
    C: Hassan Whiteside
    C: DeAndre Jordan
    UTIL: Wesley Matthews
    UTIL: DeMarre Carroll
    BN: Robert Covington
    BN: Elfird Payton
    BN: Matt Barnes

    I think my team is stacked. I could be a little light on steals and possibly 3PT but overall I think it’s solid. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bostero111: Def don’t mind the FT punt in that deep a league! Yeah I might shop Dieng since you’re so loaded up frton for another shooter. But yeah, this team is ridiculous, you starting lineup + Elfrid I have in my top 60 and thats your top 9. Dieng for… Ariza?

      • Bostero111 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the feedback man. Best of luck this season!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bostero111: Same to you, appreciate it!

  14. phil says:
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    Need a big rebounder that know body knows about right now…need a few sleepers in that catagory.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @phil: Hah that’s not a hard question! Slim keeps yelling at me, but I think Tyson Chandler can be OK there. Miles Plumlee might get enough. If Trevor Booker starts, he’s a good boarder. RHJ if you wanna get one at SG/SF. MKG as another wing who could bounce back and is a good boarder, on a team without good rebounders. Hope that helps!

  15. Bball Junkie says:
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    Hi there!! In a small friends league (8 team HTH – Punt FT build). I drafted Jrue last pick and placed on IR. For long term, would you pick Lin or Rondo for his replacement this build?

    Love your site!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bball Junkie: Hey man! Whewwwwww that’s tough. I’ll go Lin, more upside, even though Rondo fits punt FT

      • Bball Junkie says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was leaning that way myself as well. Thanks!!!

  16. hamtime says:
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    Hi JB,

    I own Hassan, lowry, bled, dieng as my top 4 picks in my 14m/9cat league. Would ypu trade bledsoe for Gobert given his injury history (altho Gobert isn’t an iron man either) to win blocks and maybe fgs. or is bled more valuable overall given the lowry pairing?

  17. DORIAN says:
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    Loving the love for my boy BIIIIID, and the guy I was specifically coming here to pimp today: Jeremi Grant. He’s so damn good I think he might help them trade Noel as much as BIIIID.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DORIAN: Hah yeah, we’ve been carrying the torch for Grant for a while now! Only helps there’s all the injuries. You see my Embiiiiiiid graphic on the ranks post?! I’m gonna tweak it a little and put on the first daily notes for Thur morning when we talk his debut too haha

  18. Michael says:
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    Hey JB. This is my $1000 money league.

    12 Man H2H 9 Cat (Punt blocks)

    PG: Lillard, Lowry, Bledsoe, JLin
    SG: Knight, KCP
    SF: Otto Porter, Evan Turner, Winslow
    PF/C: Klove, Ryno, Jokic, Biyombo (needed rebounds)

    Any advice?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: You actually might sneak by with a couple blocks wins! Bledsoe with a few, Bis, Winslow… Def could use another rebounder though. You are redonkulous at 3s, but at the cost of your FG% which is rough. Doesn’t need to be a blocker, but I would try for one more big. Could always see if Turner could get say, Julius Randle, helps REB and further punts FG%

  19. Scott says:
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    Drop either Tyler Zeller or Jon Leuer in a dynasty league?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: I’d prob drop Zeller first of the 2

  20. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    jbeezly – 20 teamer h2h 9-cat – sooo PG heavy; should I drop any of the following for the guys on the wire underneath? I feel like I need to drop someone for Hibbert’s blocks/boards…

    PG – Bledsoe (35)
    SG – Dragic (46)
    G – D’Angelo Russell (86)
    SF – Winslow (115)
    PF – Anthony Davis (6)
    F – Marcus Morris (155)
    C – Kanter (75)
    Util – Mudiay (126)
    Util – Amir Johnson (166)
    Bn – Ilyasova (195)
    Bn – Jennings (206)
    Bn – E’Twaun Moore (wire)

    Wire:
    Hibbert
    McLemore
    Trey Burke
    Aldrich
    Harkless

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Wow, surprised Hibbert went undrafted in a 20er. Yeah a good number of PG, but they make sense. Kinda need Ily for 3s… Same for Jennings… Meh I would still lose Jennings for Hib

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @JB Gilpin: oh he was, but dropped for some reason. Need me some blocks. Should I try and ship mudiay and ersan for parsons and swoop Hibbert then?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: yeah I would love that deal if you can swing it!

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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            @JB Gilpin: alright @JB Gilpin: alright JB the guy wants Mudiay and Amir Johnson for Parsons — should I still do it? team is above. it is a 20 teamer…

  21. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB,

    Have one open spot in a 12 team league, do you like JaMychal or Grant more going forward?

    My main weakness is some boarding, I could feel the love for Grant on the pod, so I’m kind of leaning towards him.

    What is your preference?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Ugh they’re so close. Yeah gimme Grant for the upside and added minutes with Noel out

  22. jay says:
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    Liked the Blazers throwback too..Jerome Kersey days

  23. dom says:
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    stream Lyles or J Noah in 9 cat tonight? Favors out

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Think Noah will do more. Lyles is only good for 3s/Pts over Noah. Although Noah might hurt FT…

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks yeah went with Noah. What about Taj vs Mirotic for Thursday? It’s tough not knowing what cats i’ll need

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @dom: Hmmmm, I’ll go Miro, shoot for a little upside since you hopefully get some D stats tonight

  24. Freeze says:
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    Hey just had my draft. 9-cat h2h. 12-team. What do you think? Thanks!
    Kawhi
    Lowry
    Gobert
    Conley
    Tobias
    Steven adams
    Ryno
    Embiid
    Holiday
    RoCo
    Terrence Jones
    JaM Green
    E’twaun
    Zaza

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Freeze: Looks pretty good! Could use more AST. Boards n Blocks pretty good, nice %s, Ryno was solid for 3s need. Def need Holiday back!

      • Freeze says:
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        Thanks for the look. Hope holiday doesn’t sit out too long! Good luck this year!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Freeze: I’m cheerin for him too! Good luck to you as well!

  25. Mcgruber says:
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    Hey love the site… Want to know your thoughts on my team below. I know im really lacking on asst, but how’s everthing else? Should i drop Taj for Delly?

    (not in order drafted)

    Isaiah Thomas, Bos PG
    Andrew Wiggins, Min SG, SF
    Draymond Green, GS SF, PF
    Ryan Anderson, Hou PF
    Karl-Anthony Towns, Min C
    Wesley Matthews, Dal SG
    Nikola Mirotic, Chi PF
    Danilo Gallinari, Den SF
    Dwight Howard, Atl C
    Kyle Korver, Atl SG
    Terrence Jones, Nor PF
    Taj Gibson, Chi PF

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mcgruber: Thanks man, thanks for dropping by! D stats look good, FT% is a big issue with Dwight and Dray. I could see some FG% swings too with Wes Mat/Miro/Gallo as well, but your 3s are great. Meh, I think you’re better off just punting AST, I think I’d hold Taj for this build, although 95% of the time I would take Delly

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the input… with punting Assts then (and pretty much FT%) in a 10 cat h2h matchup do i have enough to consistently contend in 5+ cats?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Mcgruber: 10 cat I think it’s OK. I think you are def competitive for 6-7 wins a week!

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            @JB Gilpin:

            Sorry my mistake it’s 8 total cats… so better then? haha

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              @Mcgruber: Ah ummmm, yeah don’t like punting more than 1, if any, in 8 cat 🙁 It obviously can work, but I would through the first few weeks try to address one of those cats with waiver adds and trades

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                @JB Gilpin:

                Fair enough.. would you drop Taj or Nikola for Delly? keeper league

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                  @Mcgruber: Yeah Delly is youngish and in a good spot, def would nab him for Taj I think if you can keep as many as you want. If only like 5 keepers it doesn’t really matter too much, I would just hold Taj/Miro

  26. kb says:
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    Favors or Parsons for biggest bummer pick? i’ve got both in a couple leagues 🙁

    • JB Gilpin

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      @kb: Oh definitely Favors. Parsons we all knew was coming off a major surgery. This Favors thing is a lingering issue which i wrote about above. No bueno

  27. Psykomerc says:
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    Hey JB!

    Good stuff on your site, I read you last year and this year to prep for the draft. Any thoughts or advice? I tried to do punt FG/TO this year, 2 leagues Yahoo 9 cat 12 teams, auction baby!

    Paul George
    Kemba Walker
    Isaiah Thomas
    Ricky Rubio
    Kristaps Porzingis
    Gorgui Dieng
    Rodney Hood
    Rudy Gay
    Rest of these guys will prob be replaced or streamed if they don’t pan out : Kent Bazemore, Marcus Smart, Deron Williams, Trevor Booker, Kyle Anderson

    Draft 2 – very similar

    Paul George
    Kemba Walker
    Ricky Rubio
    Gorgui Dieng
    Rudy Gay
    Brook Lopez
    Jeremy Lin
    Evan Fournier
    Jordan Clarkson
    Gary Harris
    Allen Crabbe

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Psykomerc: Awesome, thanks man, hope we helped! 1 – I like Bazemore more than the streaming class, so I would move him to your holds. Ummm, BLK are OK, def a punt FG team. TO might actually not be atrocious! I would think those last streamers there would be used heavily to speculate on bigs. 2 – Same thing, more BLK needed and maybe a few more boards. Don’t dislike either though!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks, Yea I wanted to have some flexibility to branch off into bigs if needed while beating any other guard heavy teams with reb or blocks. yea my TO didn’t turn out too bad in #1.

        You guys definitely helped both years!! I like your writing style and makes it entertaining to read, not something dry you could just skip. Good luck in your leagues!!! NBA OPENING NIGHT BABY!!!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Psykomerc: Really appreciate that man! Yeah I love doing this, I can just be silly and not have a corporate filter like ESPN haha. Can’t wait man, only a few more hours!

  28. Andrew says:
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    Everyone’s talking about Vuc being traded, although I’ve never actually heard that he’s being, or has ever been, shopped around. I understand the rumors, so, if he was to be traded where do you think he might end up?

    I’ll assume if a team trades for him it would be to start, at least I hope so, as a Vuc owner. Also drafted his “handcuff” (cant believe I just used that term in basketball, ha!) in Biyambo, Think the Biz starts if Vuc is dealt?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Andrew: Yeah I mean, it’s tough to make “trade” calls, there’s unexpected guys getting moved and guys everyone was sure would be traded staying put every year. Ummmm, tough to know now, a title team that loses a big? Say Pau goes out for the year, maybe Spurs? Dunno what they would trade though… And yeah if Vuc is traded, Bis def starts next to Ibaka

  29. Sean says:
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    Had my draft last night. Wanted to hear your thoughts. I had 10th pick
    12 team- Fanduel scoring- 1 pt, 1.2 rbs, 1.5 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk, -1 to
    Starters
    PG- D’Angelo Russell (4th Round)
    SG- Zach LaVine(8th)
    G- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope(9th)
    SF- Paul George (2nd)
    PF- Kristaps Porzingis(3rd)
    F- Serge Ibaka(6th)
    C- Karl Anthony-Towns (1st)
    U- Myles Turner(5th)
    U- Joel Embiid(7th)
    U- Terrence Jones(11th)
    Bench
    U- Seth Curry(13th)
    U- Dion Waiters(12th)
    U- Justise Winslow(10th)
    U- Dante Exum(14th)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sean: Like this team! Fanduel scoring def eats up value in TO a little bit, and think you did well there. George in the 2nd is gonna be funnnn. Iffy on Exum and Waiters, but I like the team!

  30. miles proudfoot says:
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    You feeling markieff or tjones for that sf/pf spot?

    • Slim

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      @miles proudfoot: It’s tough to put trust and either of those 2 in the same sentence but I’ll go Markieff is safer TJones has a higher ceiling with the blocks.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @miles proudfoot: @Slim: Mostly agree with this, but I would say if everything went perfect for both, Kieff might actually have the upside. That is, without injuries… And it’s the Pelicans… Ok, I convinced myself Tjones has more upside haha

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          @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: haha thanks guys, I went to you guys with comparing these two bc this one almost broke my brain. How many years has Terrance jones been in the league? Bc that’s how many years I’ve had him on my team for way too long until finally dropping him in the final weeks.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @miles proudfoot: Haha yeah, well most of 14-15 he was good! Just got benched last year… Still think they wanna mostly do Ajinca/Asik at C and Brow at PF, making mins tough

  31. Jeremy Handrup says:
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    Hey JB, thanks for all the great insight. Had my draft last night. Was kind of trying to just take the best available at my slot. H2H 8Cat 10 team.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo
    Hassan Whiteside
    Deandre Jordan
    Isaiah Thomas
    Evan Fournier
    Rudy Gobert
    Chandler PArsons
    Elfrid Payton
    Jusuf Nurkic
    Robert Covington
    Emmanuel Mudiay
    Nerlens Noel
    Tim Frazier

    Feel like I have a lot of bigs, not a lot of assists/points maybe. Probably will need to shop one of these guys