So I think I used that title a couple of years ago in the season intro post, did something similar last year, and was thinking of something new this season…  But F it!  I’m too excited, IT ALL STARTS HERE BABY!

The 2015-16 season starts tonight, with the Pistons going at the Hawks, Pelicans going at the champ Warriors, and the bigun – Cavs at Bulls.  A very nice slate to kick it off, but I wanted Nets at 76ers!  That’s a premiere matchup right there!  All of our hopes and dreams for the year start this evening (hyperbole police are after me!), with my optimism for an REL title, everyone’s yearning for the RCL title, and my year-long nervousness my ranks look good in April.  Would it be narcissistic if I win the RCL title to put myself in the RCL hall of fame?!  It would be like Heisman awarding himself the first Heisman!  Or something like that…  I’m all talk though, we all know Slim is going to be in the top-10 yet again with me lower on the master table in disdain…

If you missed it yesterday afternoon, our 15-16 lineup features several awesome new writers and you can check out our weekly schedule of content for the season.  The size of that hyperlink mimics my excitement for our articles this year!  Trust me, I’m not compensating for something…

And I’d like to thank all of you out there in Razzball Nation for bringing legitimacy to the phrase/cliche I’ve used on the kickoff post for three straight years: 15-16 is going to be our biggest year yet!  We’ve grown a ton, and I couldn’t be more thankful to you readers and commenters.  Can’t wait for opening tip…  LET’S GET THIS GOIN’!  Here’s a few thoughts on the opening night matchups:

LeBron James After swarming reports that opening night could be in jeopardy, LeBron – with the confidence of a true daily double – told reporters he’s ready to suit up.  As I put in my final rankings update, I’m worried he gets to 70 games this year due to being such a high maintenance chick.  Recently had that injection in his back, and the DNP risk every night will likely last all year.  In the back, huh?  “Just where your mother likes it, Trebek!”

Kevin Love I would’ve bumped him up a good 8-10 spots if he was 100% healthy and not off shoulder surgery.  He’s already got the injury prone label, and I’m in doubt he gets to 70 games either.  Owning the Cavs is just as much a headache as owning Spurs, except with even more drama.

Kyrie Irving Still without a timetable.  I’ve been big on Mo Williams ever since the Cavs picked him up, and I hope you have him on a good amount of your rosters.  There’s no league where he should be available for this first night.

Tristan Thompson More overpaid than that fat kid on that Charlie Sheen show that somehow got good ratings.  God I hated that show.  Thompson is about as fantasy-usable as that kid is for roles beyond that show.

Tony Snell Opening the season as the starting SF.  I can’t believe there was a brief period of time where I wasn’t going to keep him as a $1 player in the REL.  Then Mike Dunleavy got hurt, and new coach Fred Hoiberg decided that Nikola Mirotic was already enough of a defensive liability to keep him from starting McBuckets.  If you can make daily moves, Snell’s a great play tonight for some added stats.

Derrick Rose Going to play, but said he still has blurred vision.  At least it’s not “super” blurred like P.J. Tucker‘s was that one time…  Wouldn’t be surprised to see him play under 30 minutes.

Nate Robinson – Should be a popular play tonight if you have a spot to stream.  Even if Jrue Holiday gets past his 15 minute threshold, at most he plays 20 and 28 go to Robinson.  The Pels just signed Ish Smith, but I dunno if he’s going to play all that much after being on the team a day.  But it does hurt any medium-term upside for Robinson until Jrue expands his minutes and Tyreke Evans is ready.

Anthony Davis Bold prediction!  Brow goes absolutely ham and the Pelicans stun the Warriors for an opening night win.

Ryan Anderson Will get all the minutes he can handle with Omer Asik out and Alexis Ajinca very questionable with a “still painful” hamstring.  Those are some long, French hamstrings he’s got!

Kent Bazemore For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking up Bazemore as a nice streamer for night one, and he’s the official starter at SF tonight.  Thabo Sefolosha is still going to play, but I don’t see either Thabo or Kyle Korver getting a ton of minutes, with frat boy Korver off two major surgeries.  Plus Baze can play both wings.  He should see a lot of early-season minutes with those Old Dominions getting eased in.

Mike Scott How is he allowed to play basketball right now?  Clearly arrested with a ton of crazy drugs.  I wish I was an NBA player right now!  All you have to do is avoid nightclubs and guns, but really anything else goes, apparently!  Glen Rice Jr.?  Didn’t avoid the guns…

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Foot sprain was minor and he’s good to go.  It’s a light night and he shoots threes.  ThrAGNOF!

Marcus Morris To the shagrin of every rookie nookie drafter out there, going to start at SF.  Not really a surprise though.  Excited to see Stanley Johnson‘s first NBA minutes nonetheless.  Stan Van needs to learn how to strum that StanJo!  That doesn’t sound right at all…


Really looking forward to NBA action that matters tonight, and our first daily notes tomorrow morning!  Happy 2015-16, Razzball Nation!

  1. Osama says:

    razz fam give me some feedback on this 15 pick 12 team FIFTEEN CAT F&F league I joined w a bunch of clients and their crew;

    4 KD
    21 Millsap
    25 Hayward
    45 Noel
    52 KAT
    69 IT2/3
    76 Efrid
    93 Parsons (lol at 93)
    100 Mudiay
    117 Covington
    124 JRUE
    141 Kristaps P
    148 Nurkic
    165 Tucker (bazemore went 1 ahead of him shockingly)
    172 Mahinmi

    after hearing about these guys for 7 months and getting the approval to join this $2400 league, I was just floored by some of the pics.

    15 cats so the typical redundant oreb/dreb/totalrebs asts/ast-to fgm ftm and %s

    couldn’t be happier bc i expect every player to exceed his ADP and in a 15 round 15 cat league I thought that might be best way to build a total squad for the long haul…

    thoughts fam?

    PS committed RCL guy here (in3) but this is my biggest $ league so curious thoughts.

    Read more:

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Osama: Got ya on the other post. Whoa awesome, thanks for joining so many RCLs, good luck this yr!

  2. WillieStone says:

    Sup JB,

    As already mentioned by many readers, the Razzball crew does an AMAZING job for us fantasy b-ball heads, so many thanks to all ya!


    Regarding this year, isn’t Aaron Gordon potentially just a high-end Derrick Williams, which is not a bad thing if potential is fulfilled, not to mention that DWill had a pretty good preseason, while Stanley Johnson has been a poor man Kawai when he’s been on the floor?

    I ask because I’m curious what you see in Gordon this year.

    Thanx in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @WillieStone: Thanks so much man! Whoa whoa whoa, Derrick Williams?!?!?!? Williams never topped 1.1 combined STl+BLK, never shot over 45%, and never a good rebounder. In under 17 minutes a game in his rookie season, Gordon approached Williams in REB per game, shot as good as D-Will ever has from the field, and is going to get more than 2 STL+BLK, the D stats are VASTLY different

  3. Taking you down says:

    Stressing…..the night before trade dilemma. What would your rather in a deep 20 team 19 cat weekly h2h (everything counts!)

    Hayward/Collison/Len. ( have Chandler on roster, so injury back up is re assuring)

    Have R Jax as my primary PG

    • Matty

      Matty says:

      @Taking you down: I’d prefer Hayward/Collison/Len…I have Hayward well ahead of Conley, and it won’t be the consensus, but I have Collison as nearly as valuable as Knight by seasons end. And like you said, in a 20-deep league, having an injury backup to one of your starters (i.e. Len to Tyson) isn’t a bad idea at all. Plus, Len could have standalone value even if Chandler plays all 82.

      “Night before trade dilemma” is about the best kind of stress you can have, right? LOVE that NBA ball is back!

      • Steve Stevenson says:

        @Matty: I agree with all this, the only thing I’d add is Bogut is incredibly frustrating to own in a weekly format, especially one this deep where it’ll be hard to replace his production off the wire.

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Taking you down: Very fair trade. I will say that it depends a lot on Collison’s role though. Leagues that deep are all about total minutes. Hay is obviously the best player in the deal, so in a 12er it’d be a no brainer. If Bogut stays healthy, or if Collison is stuck below 25 mins then you probably come out on the short end. I’d hold, especially considering the shallow PG depth this year.

      Wait and see what JB says though, he’s been playing 20 teamers a lot longer than me.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @Taking you down: @Matty: @Adam: Yeah I like the Hayward side a lot more too. Love me some Knight, but Hayward is young and best in deal, def like KNight over Collison but it’s not a huge downgrade, and you get a ton younger and safer. If this is a deep keeper or dynasty, it’s for sure a slam dunk. Redraft it’s fairly close but I like Hayward side

  4. Lasandro says:

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy, I can’t believe it’s here! And I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started reading y’all. Bloody hell, where does the time go?… Into reading fantasy articles, of course! Congrats on all the success and hope this baby grows even more throughout the season.

    Ugh, too soon on the Glen Rice Jr joke? Prob not, he’s fine and all. But seriously, what the hell happened? Such a shady report. Why a Porsche? Why do we care?

    Yep, Bron is gonna give me headaches but I’m really hoping he goes nutso in the first month or two so I can try to swap him out. StanJo is my major “should I dump or hump?” guy on my shallow 14-cat roto sqaud, particualrly since I let Sir Cov go for Jack off the wire – I’ve learnt not to own injured guys in roto. I’ve obviously taken a step down in 3s with this pickup, so am pondering if I should swap out Stanley’s Johnson for either Otto’s, Joe Smoove’s or Smiff’s (his Johnson is tatted, I assume).

    Going with the game show host theme: “the price is wrong, bitch!”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Lasandro: Hah, yeah you’ve been with us from the start! Well if this offseason is any indication, I think we’re still blowin up! Yeah I have not sympathy for Rice getting involved in that…

      Yup, losing games is so tough in roto, especially a shallower league. Hah, Happy Gilmore still makes me laugh every time!

  5. moseh says:

    Any thoughts about GSW players? especially Draymond..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @moseh: In term of season-long or for tonight? In season-long, there isn’t anything too interesting. Dray should have a solid game

  6. Yo says:

    What do you think of this team? H2h 9 cat. Thanks for your help this preseason!

    PG – Paul
    SG – jimmy butler
    G – Kamba walker
    SF – Rudy gay
    PF – nerlens Noel
    F – Tobias Harris
    C- gorgui dieng
    C – John Henson
    UTIL – Rubio
    UTIL – Darren collison
    BN – Zaza pachulia
    BN – Willie Cauley stein
    BN – jusuf nurkic

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Yo: Looks pretty good! Love the dimes, I think you have enough blocks put together, but REB and FG% look to be the holes for me. Nurk getting back healthy will help a ton. Thanks for stopping by man!

  7. John coakley says:

    Thanks on the Morris v Bazemore toss up. Became a moot point when a rook in our league used his #3 waiver slot for him. Doh! Thoughts on my weaknesses in a 12 team, 9 cat h2h league?

    Danny Green
    M. Turner

    Picked Deandre due to value but not sure he is the best fit here. Could move him. I think I hate the Deng pick already too

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @John coakley: Oh wow, that’s a bold waiver move for a streamer! DeAndre FT def hurt, but you need his BLK right now. If you move him I’d be sure to get BLK back. I think Ft% is a little bumpy and when Reke is back, TO will be high. But other than that looking good!

      • John says:

        @JB Gilpin:
        Thank you. I meant move him as in trade. I think I can get a Dragic or Similar for Deandre.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @John: No no I know, I just mean with whatever you trade him for. Getting Dragic would make you really low in BLK

          • John coakley says:

            @JB Gilpin: got it. Tx

  8. J says:

    Hey JB,

    Could you give your thoughts on having the #1 waiver in a deeper league (14 team).

    Am I doomed (I say that because I love making moves) to hold onto it waiting for a stupid move, or desperation move near playoff time?

    For example JJack hit the wire in the preseason for some reason. Normally I would’ve loved to throw a low waiver at him, but being #1 I couldn’t justify it.


    • farcus says:

      @J: no man, you should have used it on jack. #1 waiver is a curse, it’s already stopping you from adding valuable guys. next guy out there worth picking up is worth using waiver position to get.

      but that’s just like, my opinion.

    • Slim

      Slim says:

      @J: Yeah I don’t put any value in the #1 waiver. Does it block shots? Shoot 3s? It’s only as good as the player it’s used on and if Jack is a guy that will help your team then to me he is worth any waiver number.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @farcus: @Slim: Yup agree, waivers are not nearly as important as in football. Even in football, I don’t overvalue it. Jack in a 14er is a must-own for assists, I woulda used it there

        • J says:

          @JB Gilpin: Well shieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:

            @J: Haha well, you know to burn it as soon as another good option is there!

  9. hamtime says:

    Sup JB!

    Holding onto TJ warren and marcus morris as my last 2 picks. do you like any of the below better? looking for overall best value and fun factor:
    – powell (intriguing)
    – taj gibson
    – hood
    – patterson
    – olynyk
    – Adams
    – Capella

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @hamtime: Hah Powell definitely has the fun factor! BUt I dunno how much he plays out of the gate. I’d use Capela tomorrow if you can for blk upside with no Dwight for Warren. If a desperate, Desperate need for bigs, I might swap Morris after tonight barring a monster game for Adams too

  10. CTMN says:

    Yo JB, looks like I took a page out of your REL playbook – I also got Snell for $1 in the draft last night. Can you check out my team? I tried to go for young guys, which I did mostly, but I still ended up going for a competitive team mostly. Check it out, and thanks for all the stuff you guys do!
    PG: John Wall (age 25 – $64)
    PG: Tony Parker (age 33 – $4)
    SG: DeMar DeRozan (age 26 – $12)
    SG: Trevor Ariza (age 30 – $17)
    SF: Tobias Harris (age 23 – $23)
    SF: Otto Porter Jr. (age 22 – $5)
    PF: Markieff Morris (age 26 – $8)
    PF: Julius Randle (age 21 – $11)
    C: Nerlens Noel (age 22 – $36)
    C: Roy Hibbert (age 29 – $8)
    UTIL: Jose Calderon (age 34 – $2)
    UTIL: Tony Snell (age 24 – $1)
    BENCH: Andre Roberson (age 24 – $2)
    BENCH: Cory Joseph (age 24 – $1)
    BENCH: Brandon Wright (age 28 – $2)
    BENCH: Kyle Anderson (age 22 – $1)
    BENCH: Archie Goodwin (age 21 – $1)

    • CTMN says:

      @CTMN: This is the Commenters League with REL rules btw

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @CTMN: Nice on Snell! And Calderon at $2 is very nice. Parker at 4 is crazy. Def look very competitive now, OK, Kieff at $8?!?!?!?! Geez! Awesome values there, looks really balanced which I like to see and you protected Wall TO, looks really good!

        • CTMN says:

          @JB Gilpin: Yeah there were some insane values – Winslow and Oubre at $3 each, Terrence Jones at $9, etc. What do you think of my Randle at $11? Also, am I definitely a win now team?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:

            @CTMN: I’m not a huge Randle fan, but the value is fine. Kieff at 8 and Jones at 9 are criminal! Yeah you have pretty good depth, you’ll find minutes is the bloodflow of the league haha.

  11. RePete says:

    I just had my 12-team H2H Standard 9 Cat auction draft. Do you see any weaknesses I should work on or a category I’m overloaded in? Thanks!

    PG – Rubio
    SG – Beal
    G – Dragic
    SF – Wiggins
    PF – Favors
    F – S. Johnson
    C – A. Davis
    C – Turner
    Util – Clarkson
    Util – A. Gordon
    BE – D. Williams
    BE – Pope
    BE – Henson
    IR – Irving

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @RePete: Love the PG depth you didn’t have to pay too much for, nice bigs for blocks, I worry rebounding might be a little low. Until Irving is back, I could see scoring being a smidge inconsistent, but your main scorers should carry you. I think it’s looking solid!

  12. Connor says:

    JB! Finally had my draft last night and would love to get your thoughts/opinion on areas of improvement. 12 Team 10 cat league with FT made as the 10th category.

    PG- Bledsoe, Elfrid, Rubio, Mudiay, Rondo(last round pick, figured what the hell..)

    SG- Harden, Mo Williams

    SF- Gallinari, Ryan Anderson

    PF- Millsap, Terrance Jones, Aaron Gordon

    C- Horford, Turner

    Notable names on waivers- Cauley-Stein, Henson, Gerald Green

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Connor: Nice PG! And Harden in FTM is gold. I think you might actually be overloaded in AST, and could use a blocker. I might wait until the season starts, then deal your hottest PG outside of Bled and Harden for a swatter. I don’t think I would drop anyone for who is on the wire though

      • Connor says:

        @JB Gilpin: Awesome, thanks man!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Connor: Any time!

  13. Dave says:

    Hi JB, in a weekly league h2h should I start Wiggins or kemba walker? Mini only play 2 games this week, and the Hornet play 3.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Dave: Oh man, tough decision! If you look at your matchup and FG% or TO look close, gimme Wiggins. If you TO are solid or you’re definitely gonna have more and need more dimes/3s, Kemba

  14. Stevie says:

    I’d appreciate some help on my team, you’re the experts! 9-cat h2h
    Irving (injured)
    J. SMith
    Thanks JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Stevie: Hah well we try! Man, health is the big x factor here, a healthy Irving and Jrue and your guard depth is insanely good. Nice scoring, %s should be good even with Okafor trying his best to kill your FT, if you’re healthy at PG sooner than later than you’ll be the team to beat

  15. Andy says:

    Here’s another team….your favorite thing to evaluate! 11 category, H-2-H, 10 team league…

    Guards: Eric Bledsoe, Elfrid Peyton, George Hill, Emmanuel Mudiay, Alec Burks.
    Forwards: Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Gordon Heyward, Terrance Jones, Otto Porter
    Centers: Rudy Gobert, Chris Bosh

    Available on the waiver wire are names like: Georgiu Deng, Joe Johnson, Robin Lopez, Luol Deng, Tony Parker, Stanley Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Trey Burke, Caldwell Pope, Jusif Nurkic

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Andy: Hah, love looking at teams! But ready to start the season 🙂

      Man, crazy people on the wire there! Your PG look good, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but with Gobert and Jones I think I’m dropping Mudiay due to his %s. Also losing Porter. Would add Dieng and Rolo to help blk and reb up front.

  16. dom says:

    cant.. resist… urge… to start streaming…

    reckless to drop Alec Burks (or Aaron Gordon) to play Mo Williams tonight in my 10 team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @dom: Hahaha, well Mo should be owned, but there’s no way I could drop those two, I love them both this year.

  17. Bryce Krispie Treats says:

    Hey JB,

    I did my final draft last night in my biggest, most expensive league. Things did not go as planned. All of my higher picks went for waaaay too much (auction). What are your thoughts? I drafted a lot of late round targets that I had, but overall, Im not a huge fan of this team.

    12 team, 7 Cat (3’s, pts, reb, ast, stl, blk, TO), Head 2 Head

    PG -Damian Lillard
    SG – Jimmy Butler
    G – Andrew Wiggins
    SF -Rudy Gay
    PF – Aaron Gordon
    F – Nikola Mirotic
    C – Tyson Chandler
    C – Myles Turner
    U – Terrance Jones
    U – Jordan Clarkson
    BN- Kevin Martin, Darren Collison, Robin Lopez, Alec Burks, Otto Porter

    My overall thought is that I took too many chances on guys with upside rather than taking a sure thing. My opinion could be totally different in a few weeks, but I dont think this is good after the draft. Feel free to rip this apart!


    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Yeah AST look a little low, and this def looks better as a 9 cat for the %s. BLK might come together but it light, rebounding is the big one I think you could use a boost in. Yeah a lot of great % guys, your TO is nice and low, but REB and AST I would try to address 🙂 Any time!

  18. AC says:

    Hey guys! Happy NBA!

    I had my second draft last night: a 10-team 9-cat H2H league, and this is how it went down:

    2. Curry
    19. Draymond
    22. Drummond
    49. Hayward
    52. Wiggins
    69. Monroe
    72. Elfrid
    89. Kieff
    92. Covington
    109. Reke
    112. Myles Turner
    129. Jarrett Jack
    132. Nurkic

    Thoughts? Any weaknesses?

    Might have to punt FT% with Drummond and Elfrid on there, but I’m very much ok with that.

    Pumped for the season and to read your daily recaps all year!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @AC: Yeah FT% isn’t great, but it’s still in the running most weeks if Drumm can avoid the line too much. Elfrid was a big need at the time for PG stats, love him there, you’ll need Reke healthy soon for more AST. Also with Covington and Nurk hurt, you’re going to be a struggle for minutes if you don’t have an IL. If you don’t have IL< def need to lose Nurk to get those minutes up. Hope that helps man, pumped for the season!

  19. Steve Stevenson says:

    12-tm points league, weekly lineups, big bonus for dbl-dbls, start 4G, 3F, 2C and 2Util:

    1) Who would you rather stash in IR slot, Pek or Jennings? I’m strong at both C and G. Other considerations: C are at a premium in this league, and I own Towns, so Pek could be useful insurance later in the year; on the flip side, I have more risk at G (Rubio injury, Lawson washout – though I have him cuffed with Beverley).

    2) Who to use in my last roster spot once I move the above to IR? Mahinmi (like I said, C are at a premium and the boards/blocks will play up in this format), Lil Nate, O’Quinn, Marcus Morris, Warren or Teletovic? I’m weakest at F (A. Gordon is my #3, with Parker and J-Smoove on the bench) and PHX has a nice early season schedule (5 4G weeks in a row starting wk 4, and a 5G week in wk 10).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Steve Stevenson: 1) I think with dubdubs a possible stat, I’d go Pek, but I have little hope for either. 2) Mahinmi is def my guy, I think he’s a dubdub threat most nights early and will get BLK. I’d probably lose Smooth too for someone, probably Morris. I dunno if those Suns guys are good enough to feel great starting every week, even in 4 gamers

  20. Dorian S. says:

    I love how each time I drafted Stanley Johnson, everyone looks at me with questions of “who” and like “no way does this guy get the playing time”.

    Can’t wait for him to throw down with the playing time he earned himself and then watch these guys go “are you kidding me”. It will be glorious.

    • Slim

      Slim says:

      @Dorian S.: I’ve been drooling over Stanley since summer league and with 6 teams I don’t have him anywhere. So effin weak.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @Dorian S.: @Slim: Hah I don’t own Johnson anywhere either, but he was a solid upside pick at 100! Excited for tonight!

  21. Guy Fieri's Krispy Pork Zingers says:

    Yo! So good to have NBA back! Would love to get your thoughts on my team in my 12 team H2H league (fg%, ft%, 3pm, reb, ast, stl, blk, to, pts, dd). I really went for the #youthmovement this season:

    PG Elfrid
    SG Wiggins
    SF Tobias
    PF Nerlens
    C Gobert
    UTIL D’Angelo
    UTIL Stanley Johnson
    UTIL Mudiay
    BENCH Julius Randle, Sweet Lou, Vonleh, Pierce

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Guy Fieri’s Krispy Pork Zingers: Yessir! And awesome commenter name!Yup def young, with you had maybe one more boring PtS/REB guy like Randolph or Chandler to chase DD. AST look a tad low while TO could get out of control with the rookies, so hopefully one pays off, then you’d feel good about it. Certainly an upside team!

  22. 740 says:

    hey Jb, thanks for the read bro. espn standard 12teams h2h 8cats.

    please review my team. i feel like im lacking PG and 3s….thought?

    thank you again!

    • 740 says:


      PG Kyle Lowry, Tor PG, SG
      SG Andrew Wiggins, Min SG, SF
      SF Markieff Morris, Pho PF, SF
      PF DeMarcus Cousins, Sac C, PF
      C Rudy Gobert, Uta C
      G Dwyane Wade, Mia SG
      F Terrence Jones, Hou PF
      UTIL Marcin Gortat, Wsh C
      UTIL Jordan Clarkson, LAL PG, SG
      UTIL Stanley Johnson, Det SF

      Bench Alec Burks, Uta SG
      Bench Darren Collison, Sac PG
      Bench Aaron Gordon, Orl PF, SF

      sorry about that

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @740: Yeah PG position is a little light, but I think AST could be OK as long as Boogie and Wade stay healthy to chip in there. 3s are def really low, but you can either all out punt those or stream through the week. Although I like everyone on your roster, don’t see any drops!

  23. Michael says:

    someone ask tony parker for my roy hibbert in 9 cat roto? is this a good trade I need to increase assist a bit?

    do you think hibbert will redeem himself a bit, I don’t need him to score but the guy hits his freethrows and blocks shots.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Michael: I’m not huge on Hibbert, but he’s fine for what he is. He’s awful on FT% and not a great REB for those stats he does help with. Depends on if you have any injuries (Parker obviously a big DNP risk) and your big man depth

  24. Landisimo3 says:

    Might have drafted too many PG’s and not nearly enough Bigs: (10 team H2H)

    Lou Williams

    Also have Batum, Covington, Danny Green

    Guys like Nurkic, Bogut, Gibson, Asik, Mahnimi, Len, Splitter etc available

    Any moves you think I should make there right away?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Landisimo3: I think your bigs look pretty good, and you probably have enough blockers sprinkled in there. Yeah I’d make a few moves here. If you have IL, I’d grab Nurk and stash. If not, I’m getting Mahinmi for Tristan as you’re fine in FT. TO is going to be a big issue with all your PG, so I’d keep an eye on that

  25. DLE says:

    Hey love the blog. How do you feel about this team for 10 team 10 cat?

    John Wall Was – PG
    Kawhi Leonard SA – SG,SF
    Rudy Gay Sac – SF,PF
    Derrick Favors Uta – PF,C
    Marc Gasol Mem – C
    Monta Ellis Ind – PG,SG
    Jrue Holiday NO – PG
    Kemba Walker Cha – PG
    Kenneth Faried Den – PF,C
    Gorgui Dieng Min – PF,C
    Joe Johnson Bkn – SG,SF
    Otto Porter

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @DLE: Thanks man! BLK looks pretty good, like the G depth, I think scoring is a little low for you. Jrue getting his minutes back up will help. Love the %s, TO is pretty good, nice %s, looking good!

  26. OldMilwaukeePounders says:

    JB, I like CTMN, am in the Commenters Dynasty. It was my first draft experience with a league that large. I think that I definitely made some mistakes managing my spending during the grueling 4.5 hours of the draft. Overall, I am fairly happy with my team. I missed out on some real solid deals at the end due to spending a bit too gleefully early. What do you think?

    Lillard – $69
    Vucevic – $38
    Whiteside – $35
    Ellis – $20
    IT 2/3 – $18
    Thad Young – $8
    Tristan Thompson – $2
    Lou Williams – $1
    Belinelli – $1
    Harkless – $1
    Biyombo – $1
    McDaniels – $1
    RJ Hunter – $1
    Casspi – $1
    James Young – $1
    Trevor Booker – $1
    Cleanthony Early $1

    Didn’t want Tristan, but I really needed some boards and I was running out of options quick…

    Any thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hah, yup I remember our first draft, 5ish hours as well! Yeah you def built up a lot up front, I”d be FAABing a lot early. Hah, just to make you mad I’ll let you know I have Whiteside for $1 in REL 🙂 I like you spent big on PG and C, %s are good, you’ll def need to get depth off the wire. Love the $1 Biyombo buy!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:

        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I was checking out the REL rosters and saw you had Whiteside for $1…I was actually shocked that I got him for $35. He was the last elite BLK option left at that point and I needed to counter Vuc’s relative lack of them.

        I was also happy with IT 2/3 for $18. The price was so low that I spent money that I didn’t intend on spending. I was happy with some of my $1 buys for the likes of Williams, Belinelli, McDaniels. I also have a strong feeling that Harkless may enjoy some success in Portland.

        Young, Hunter, Early, Harkless, Booker were pretty much just very late gambles. Do you think any of those guys actually can make an impact this year?

        • CTMN says:

          @OldMilwaukeePounders: I might be interested in trading you for some of those young guys too…

    • CTMN says:

      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Man, you stole my Cleanthony Early $1! I also wanted Casspi…but I’m okay with my $1 guys too.
      I battled you for Lillard lol I really wanted him…but I got my next choice in Wall. Our teams are made up pretty similar honestly.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:

        @CTMN: Yeah, we battled for a few guys if I recall. At least until I spent the majority of my money and was left waiting out 2 hours or so until my “budget” was realistic.

        I made my mind up early that I wanted to either go for Boogie or Lillard. Since I am here in Rip City, I went with the hometown play. I am mad that I missed Voleah for $1 late. I was going to nominate him on my next turn through…Our rosters are pretty similar. You did a better job staying patient and snagging some better bargains than me.

        • CTMN says:

          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah if I lived in Oregon I’d do the same. But I got Cory Joseph for a Toronto guy! Lol
          I’m definitely willing to trade if you’re interested at some point.

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:

            @CTMN: Yeah man, I’m always open to at the very least talk deals.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:

              @CTMN: @OldMilwaukeePounders: Let the nonstop trades begin! Oh wow, yeah skimmed over Belinelli, love that $1 buy. Dunno about Lou, but at $1 it’s fine. I have Hunter at $1 too, he’s bottom end though, dunno if he’s in the rotation. I had Cojo past two years and was sad to trade him this year, but helped me get Monta for a nice boost in PTS and MIN

  27. Adam says:

    10 team, H2H, 9 cat, Yahoo, 15 man roster (12 start), Daily
    5 Keeper – keep forever, 1st 5 picks
    My keepers are pretty sick – series of good trades and fortunate drafting. Hard to mess this up. But interested in your guys thoughts. I got snipped on alot of guys I was targeting — had to zag and not sure how it came out. Think I might have built a really strong roto team vs H2H – but hoping my keeper base is so strong I can overcome.
    Any guys I should be looking to move if they get out to a hot start? Who would be best fit coming back?
    Stephen Curry (K)
    James Harden (K)
    Russell Westbrook (K)
    Jimmy Butler (K)
    Bradley Beal (#60)
    Jeremy Lin (#121)
    Khris Middleton (#61)
    Markieff Morris (#80)
    Al-Farouq Aminu (#101)
    Otto Porter (#120)
    Jae Crowder (#141)
    Blake Griffin (K)
    Roy Hibbert (#81)
    Enes Kanter (#100)
    Kyle O’quinn (#140)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Adam: Hah yeah those keepers are crazy! I think you might be a little overloaded in high-end 3pt guys. I might move Middleton or Beal for added big man stats, moving whichever is hotter to start. BLK and REB are the things I’d look for.

  28. Mark says:

    Hey jb, 9 cat h2h. 12 person league.
    Would u drop Morris after today’s game for Capella or Nate Robinson? Or should I just hold?
    My team:
    G: lillard, Hayward, Payton, jarret jack, Colli, Lin
    F: millsap, Marcus Morris, t jones, favors
    C: towns, dieng, turner

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Mark: BLK look really good, and Robinson isn’t a huge need, love your balance at PG and C, I’d probably hold unless he plays shockingly low minutes in favor of StanJo off the bench

  29. Wilson says:

    Hi JB,

    Evans will not be back until weeks.
    Is he droppable in a 9-team shallow league? or just leave him on bench? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Wilson: Yeah 9 team without deep benches he can go

  30. Bro Jackson says:

    JB…… Love your ranks. Used them last year and got 2nd. Used them this year and I love my squad. I am not sure the build mode, so I will just call it UPSIDE. We keep 3, so I kept Leonard, Drummond and Noel. I have already moved a future pick for Bledsoe, so here is what I have:

    pg Bledsoe
    sg Wiggins
    g R. Jackson
    sf K. Leonard
    pf T. Jones
    f Dieng
    C Noel
    C Drummond
    util E. Payton
    util Mudiay
    bn A. Gordon
    bn Clarkson
    bn M. Turner
    bn Porzingis

    I was thinking about making a move for a high volume ft shooter like Derozan or Hayward to pair with Wiggins and offset the bad FT shooting in Drummond, Noel and Payton. Good? Do you have a better idea based on this UPSIDE squad?


    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Bro Jackson: Thanks man, awesome to see ya finish that well! Yup getting one more FT volume will help, Drummond is the only really bad one. BLK/REB look great, If Turner and Prozingis pan out sooner than later, I might look to move a big. PG stats look good, I do worry about your TO, look to be really high. Nice otherwise!

  31. Principal Blackman says:

    I meant to post this hear, but somehow I accidentally put it up in the old post, so I apologize for reposting…

    Hey, Razzballers, I was hoping I could get some feedback on this team I drafted last night; please, rip it to shreds. It’s a 13 team, 10 cat roto league (FGM and PTS, 3% in addition to 3’s, and no TOVs). I drafted 7th overall, and initially I was thrilled to have Paul fall to me, but looking back, I wish I would have taken a higher volume scorer (Lillard and Westbrook were both on the board) considering that FGM and PTS are both cats. Here is my squad (with the overall pick in parentheses). Thanks for any and all feedback.

    PG – Chris Paul (7)
    SG – Goran Dragic (59)
    P – Elfrid Payton (72)
    SF – Draymond Green (33)
    PF – Paul Millsap (20)
    F – Kenneth Faried (46)
    C – Ryan Anderson (85)
    C – Meyers Leonard (111)
    util – Emmanuel Muddiay (98)
    util – Aaron Gordon (124)
    Bn – Kristaps Porzingis (137)
    Bn – Kosta Koufos (150)
    Bn – Isaiah Canaan (163)
    Bn – Patrick Patterson (176)
    Bn – Dion Waiters (189)

    The Waiters pick was sort of a panic move because I realized I had literally nobody who was eligible to back up either Dragic or Draymond, which was a stupid move on my part. I have since dropped Koufos for Shabazz Muhammad. Needless to say, I think I have to aggressively try to trade for a serviceable sg/sf combo. Again, any helpful criticism is greatly appreciated.

    Read more:

    • Principal Blackman says:

      @Principal Blackman: JB, Thanks for your reply on the other thread (feel free to disregard this post); although I would still love to hear any other feedback/criticism from any other frequent posters. Thanks again.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:

        @Principal Blackman: No worries, I’m sure some other commenters seeing this will help!

  32. dem ribbies says:

    JB, how’s it going? first time w/ fantasy hoops. So naturally I went for a complicated punt PTS/FT% build. haha. in a 10 teamer 9×9 w/ weekly lineups.

    this week I’m running Hill @ G and Mo @ util slot b/c the assist cat is within reach but usually I’d have Matthews and Carrol or Jones in there. Chandler is really just a backup if one of my bigs goes down cause I have to win REB/TO/FG in this build.

    anyhow, here’s the squad. do u see any obvious ways to improve it?

    PG – CP3
    SG – Danny Green
    G – George Hill
    SF – Kawhi Leonard
    PF – Draymond Green
    F – Trevor Ariza
    C – DeAndre Jordan
    U – Andre Drummond
    U – Mo Williams
    B – Tyson Chandler
    B – DeMarre Carroll
    B – Terrence Jones
    B – Wesley Matthews

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @dem ribbies: Going good man, welcome to hoops! Hahahaha, going bold in your first year! Yup Matthews is a solid weekly bench this year to see the minutes. Def got the right guys for punt PTS/FT! One of the most focused punt teams I’ve seen, nice low TO too with guys to hit 3s. I’m impressed!

  33. JB,

    You gave my team a quick evaluation yesterday ( and pointed out assists as a possible weakness. I tried extremely hard to move Hill/Parker for high volume assists but no luck so I took the plunge and moved Durant and George Hill for Lillard and Conley. Roster now looks like this:

    PG Damien Lillard
    SG Victor Oladipo
    SF Draymond Green
    PF Serge Ibaka
    C Rudy Gobert
    G Mike Conley
    F Meyers Leonard
    UTIL Tyson Chandler
    UTIL Elfrid Payton
    UTIL Deron Williams
    Bench Aaron Gordon
    Bench Tony Parker
    Bench Picked up Isaiah Cannon (dropping Jeff Green) in my search for assists yesterday but I may stash Kendall Marshall in hopes he gets this job and looks like he did in LA a couple years ago.

    Just to recap, my league is 12-team H2H 8-category, no turnovers. Any last minute thoughts or advice? Do you think I solved my assists issue?

    P.S. First round is on me! Cheers!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @WNWDOTCOM: Whoa thanks so much man! Might get a couple rounds! Really really really appreciate it 🙂 My daily notes tomorrow morning might have a lot of typos now 🙂

      Whew that is a bold trade! Not a huge change in scoring, but I do see a little gap in scoring now that maybe I overlooked before, I would just be sure to stream a shooter any chance you get. But the AST look great now! Big man stats are awesome, a ton of usage at PG with low TO is always my 8cat strat. Looking great man!

  34. Jensen says:

    Are you dropping Zaza in 12’ers to stream tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Jensen: Yeah I think I would for either Snell/Baze/NRob

  35. 740 says:

    JB, thanks 4 all ur help!

    need advice in 12team points league. weekly lineup.

    was offerd, Wiggins, Noel for either my D. Jordan or Gobert, Oladipo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @740: Oh any time! Whewwwww, those guys kill in in Pts, but Wiggins + Noel for DeAndre? I worry DeAndre’s minutes go down due to more hacking. I might do that one

  36. Smoooty says:

    What do you like more for tonight
    Jimmy butler, klay thompson, mirotic, mike Scott, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Noah


    Klay Thompson, Eric Gordon mirotic , Lebron, Ryan anderson, illaysosa, horford

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Smoooty: A lot more parity in the 2nd one, stars and scrubs in the top one. I think Brow goes nuts, I like team 1, can you afford Snell over Mike Scott? More minutes I think there…

  37. hanns says:

    12 team, 9 cat , H2H. I have injuries piling up already, Who should I drop? it kind of seems like I need boards and blocks. A. Len? E. Davis? Z. Pachulia?K. Koufos?T. Zeller? K. Humphries ?S. Adams ? B. Biyombo ?

    9) Damian Lillard (Por – PG)
    (16) John Wall (Was – PG)
    (33) Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C)
    (40) Gordon Hayward (Uta – SG,SF)
    (57) Reggie Jackson (Det – PG,SG)
    (64) Andrew Wiggins (Min – SG,SF)
    (81) Ricky Rubio (Min – PG)
    (88) Robert Covington (Phi – SG,SF)
    (105) Robin Lopez (NY – C)
    (112) Jusuf Nurkic (Den – C)
    (129) Alec Burks (Uta – PG,SG)
    (136) Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    (153) Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF)
    FA- gerald green

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @hanns: Yup big man stats look like the need. Love your G though, crazy Wall fell to 16! I think you can afford to trade Rubio or Jackson for a big man. I’d lose Green and stream for now, overall I like Adams the best

  38. PhilOssieB says:

    JB! Pumped four another season. Thanks in advance for thre endless advice ill be asking! Here’s my squad in 16 team pts league:

    G Harden
    G Conley
    F Mirotic
    F Gallinari
    C Gobert
    Others – Alec burks, amir Johnson, lavine, Aaron Gordon, G Dieng, J Clarkson.

    Who of the bench guys would you run this week in flex spot? Also, who would you drop first if a good waiver pickup cones along this week?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @PhilOssieB: Hah, thanks in advance for the endless comments, we love em! Kinda feeling Burks as your UTIL. Nice fast paced matchups and he’s good for a Pts league. LaVine and Amir Johnson are my first out, I think you’ll be able to find two guys that are better by the weekend

  39. Clos says:

    JB whuddup!? Finally back man.. Can’t wait to read all the blogs.. Drafted last night and got a late one tomorrow.. What do you think about this team?
    Jrue Holiday
    Kemba Walker
    Eric Bledsoe
    James Harden
    Jordan Clarkson
    Danilo Gallinari
    Aaron Gordon
    Paul Millsap
    Andre Drummond
    Greg Monroe
    Karl-Anthony Towns
    Markeiff Morris
    Myles Turner
    John Henson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Clos: What’s up man?! Glad to be back! Love the dimes, nice scoring, blocks look good. If standard 9 cat TO might be a smidge high but barely, and obviously Drummo and a few others hurt FT%, but Harden helps there. Really like this team!

      • Clos says:

        @JB Gilpin: thanks man.. Yeah 9 cat can’t wait for the season to get going.. How about your panthers? Doing a lot better then my niners.. Hard to watch them this year

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Clos: Been a decent night so far! Curry killin it. Hah we look great! I can’t believe you guys don’t run plays for Kaepernick to run more

  40. Tuan Nguyen says:

    1. (4) Kevin Durant
    2. (17) Klay Thompson
    3. (24) Kevin Love
    4. (37) Eric Bledsoe
    5. (44) Rudy Gay
    6. (57) Kenneth Faried
    7. (64) Reggie Jackson
    8. (77) Nicolas Batum
    9. (84) Joakim Noah
    10. (97) Terrence Jones
    11. (104) Michael Carter-Williams
    12. (117) Robin Lopez
    13. (124) Darren Collison

    Any improvement I can make? Thinking of dropping MCW for Clarkson. Also looking at Gortat as a big so any possible trade scenario? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Tuan Nguyen: Blocks look to be a big need, but man you got some great value late! I know you spent a high draft pick on him, but actually lowest guy for me is Noah. I know you lose a tad more blk, but he’s a little banged up already and off the bench, and I’d grab Clarkson for him. Scoring and 3s look good enough that I might move Love for a more elite blocker

      • Tuan Nguyen says:

        @JB Gilpin: Thanks a lot! Yea its Yahoo 10 Teams H2H. Do you think I should punt block and looks toward improving other CATs. What player should I look at? Gortat?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Tuan Nguyen: Actually yeah, punting blocks would be a solid move. Gortat would indeed be an awesome pick, even lower like a Zach Randolph fits that well since you wanna stay competitive in REB

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