Anyone watch the Mavs host the Celtics last night?  Game be scrappy!  Rajon Rondo tackled Monta Ellis towards the end trying to restrain him for a hard foul, and I got confused if I was watching hoops or that MNF tragedy!  Ellis held his knee for a bit there, so let’s hope he’s OK…

But the big story in that one was Jeff Green‘s absurdity.  Well, it actually mimicked the absurdity of this game.  Down 30 in the second quarter, the Celtics somehow came back – in Dallas – to make it a nailbiter to the finish.  The Mavs took Jeff Green as seriously as fantasy owners this year, and he had one of his three monster games he’ll have this season.  35/7/2/1/2 shooting 14-28 including 5-12 from downtown.  If there was ever a sell high game, this would be it.  You need any data to back it up?  How about after his last big game – 39/6 with four treys against the Pelicans on March 16th, 2014?  The subsequent 8 games immediately afterwards – 11.8/3.6/2.3 shooting 34% from the field.  Green is Brandon Jennings in a SF/PF body.  They couldn’t even do a Freaky Friday remake with these two, they’d wake up and look at their new bodies in the mirror and go, “meh, at least I can still get hot one game outta ten shooting the ball…”

Green’s first two games were the expected blah, and he just doesn’t do anything but score and trey… Glorified ThrAGNOF!  Is Chris Copeland really that much worse than Jeff Green right now?  Maybe Citizen Copeland doesn’t have this kind of big game upside, but it’s why we preach to stream your threeballers.  Stream your polyorchids!  Learn something new every day here at Razzball… Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

Avery Bradley Two Celtics players scored 30 points in the same game for the first time since Bird and McHale in 1985.  Don’t fact check that, just trust me!  32/8/1/3/0 shooting a sizzling 13-22 (4-6 3PTM 2-3 FT).  Now that’s efficiency, Green!  His offensive output continues to improve, but I dunno what you can really do about it, I wouldn’t feel great doing anything more than stream Bradley in a 12er.

Marcus Smart I saw the three he ACTUALLY MADE!  It’s like seeing a Dodo bird.  3-7 from the field shooting 1-5 from downtown.  Using my degree in advanced mathematics from MIT, I can deduce he went 2-2 when shooting inside the arc.  The offensive plan for Smart is just downright laughable.  2-14 from 3 this year, 4-7 closer to the basket.  Get Wild Thing some glasses!  Did play by far the most bench minutes, as the Celtics went small with Rondo, Bradley, Smart to press.  7/6/3/1/1 is a solid game, and Rondo should be able to find him on some backcuts, not camping for threes!

Evan Turner 17 minutes of 4/4/2/0/0 with 2 TO and this is why we told you not to draft Evan Turner.

Jameer Nelson – It’s early, but this is looking like one of my worst calls of the year.  Absolutely brutal in this game, shooting 2-7 in 23 minutes for 6/2/2/0/0 and FIVE TURNOVERS!  Yes Jameer, you get an all caps because you should be playing like Jose Calderon did last year!  Have your Mavs playmakers doing everything and squat your worthless butt behind the arc for threes!  He did hit two 3-pointers constituting all his points this game, but he’s droppable for me now even in 14ers.  Devin Harris outplayed him both in minutes and effectiveness again last night, and the ghosts of J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton haunt all sort of fantasy value from this backcourt.

Trevor Ariza Preach it to me, T-Rev!  24/6/7/2/0 with a crazy efficient day shooting 8-13 (6-9 3PTM 2-2 FT).  He’s become such an underrated amazing player.  I have his name surrounded by a heart on my trapper keeper.  In 3 of the first 4 Rockets games, he’s racked up 4 or more treys, 2 steals, while shooting well over 50% on the season.  Doesn’t need to force it with the Beard running game.

Dwight Howard – Rainbow alert!  We have our fun bashing how much he hurts you, but the counting stats of 11/14/3/3/4 was pretty nice last night.  Butttttttt, against the Sixers.  And even so, had 5 TO and shot 1-4 FT.  Superdamn.

Isaiah Canaan – A pretty solid 30 minutes for 13/2/6/2/0 shooting 5-11 knocking down three long balls.  Had some foul trouble or else might’ve played a little more, so it’s good to see Canaan cancan handle the starting PG role if he needs to.  Patrick Beverley probably would’ve played last night if it wasn’t against the horrific Sixers, so expect your PBev back tonight against the Heat.

Henry Sims – When you’re benched and play only 13 minutes for the Sixers, it’s about the worst indictment an NBA starter could get.

Brandon Davies – Started at the 4 with Nerlens Noel manning the 5.  Brett Brown tinkering with the line-up is astoundingly asinine.  Like, c’mon dude, it’s not gonna help you win games!  Noel was pretty solid in a light rebounding night, going 10/1/5/6/1.  Those sweet, sweet steals!  So much saucier outta position.

Tony Wroten – 20/5/4/5/0, with a pretty efficient day given his struggles in %s for 7-16 FG (2-3 3PTM 4-6 FT).  When Tony Wroten is your team’s most important player, it’s time to start seeing if Whoopi Goldberg will coach this team.  “Ivan take charge!”

K.J. McDaniels Got ya a block, but 14/3/1/0/1 isn’t moving my needle like the blonde Milf on Top Chef this season.  Whew-ee!  KJ hit three treys, but 1-4 FT (4-10 on the year now), and other than a 3 block game, has only 2 in the other three Sixers tankfests.  I’d be chasing blocks elsewhere.  St. Elsewhere.

Serge Ibaka Is pretty clearly the best Thunder player right now, hitting 7-11 (1-2 treys) for 15/9/1/1/2.  Did his work in 29 minutes, as the Thunder were downright embarrassed by the Nets.  Serge better be as cautious with his health as Frank Drebin is with sex.

Reggie Jackson – A little sloppy, but was unleashed for 42 minutes.  23/4/5/0/1 with two treys but 7 TO.  Mini-Westbrook!  Has some ridiculous upside for the next month.

Andre Roberson – Getting ridiculous for OKC.  Suffered a foot sprain, and will miss tonight’s game, at the least.  The Thunder were down to 7 men after Roberson went down.  I was all ready to de-robe my fantasy teams to add Roberson!  Looks like Sebastian Telfair is the biggest beneficiary, since the Thunder have no healthy wings.  16/5/6/0/0 with three treys in 35 minutes last night, as OKC is going to have to play small ball.  Worth a stream tonight if you have a roster spot to tinker with, like I do in one of my RCLs.

Brook Lopez – Oh you don’t say so, it’s the return of BroLo!  Looked pretty good to me in the bits of this game I watched; a little spryer than I would imagine a clownfooted 7-footer.  18/6/0/1/2 in 24 minutes, and might’ve played more but had two quick fouls and was subbed out, then it became a blowout early.  A few more nice games, and hopefully you can sell high, but you’re playing with fire with Mr. Glass Feet.

Mason Plumlee It’s a little tough, but I’m trying to hold in 12ers and deeper where I can.  Even in 15:30 backup minutes, went 10/8.  No blocks, but you’ll take it.  And Brittle McGoo BroLo is still a flight risk to have this happen.

Tyreke Evans – On pace to finally be as good as his rookie year.  21/7/4/1/0 with two treys.  While his FG% is at a career-worst pace (very small sample), he’s on pace to have his first season where he helps you in 3PTM as well, knocking down 5 through 3 games.  Reke from deep!

Ryan Anderson Mister Anderson… “My name is mas frio!”  2-14 FG in a labradoodle fest that would make Best in Show proud.

Mike Conley – Rainbow line!  11/3/5/2/2 but re-hurt his bummy ankle.  Really this sort of ankle maintenance is no different than Ty Lawson, and everyone thinks Lawson is going to spontaneously combust at some point.  NBA JAM comes to life!

Darren Collison – Hack a Colly!  11-13 FT last night for a shimmering 21/4/6/1/0 line with only 1 TO.  Looking like the value I had hoped!

Ramon Sessions – Hack a Ramon!  10-10 FT.  Apparently it was hack a Kings PG night…  First good game with SAC for 13/2/3, but still had 3 TO and shot 1-6 in 21 minutes.  Your 3-1 Kings rocking it at the FT line!  40-47 last night.  How crazy would it be if DeMarcus Cousins won the MVP and the Kings won 60 games?  I’d say, Sarah Palin crazy, but some people think she’s not!

Ty Lawson – At least he’s the human dispensary!  Besides the 12 dimes last night, really didn’t do much.  Not that you need much else when you’ve got a dimebag!

Chris Paul – CP3dub!  Triple doubled against the Jazz and nearly rainbowed for 13/10/13/3/1.  He good, Jazz bad!

Blake Griffin – I’ve said his whole career it is poppycock that Blake can’t block more shots given dem hops.  31/9/4/0/2 last night, after only one swat through the first three.  Perturbs me to the same boiling point as Marcus Smart’s threes!  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills, it’s one look!

Jamal Crawford 19 shots off the bench while the human backne J.J. Redick finally stopped launching horrible shots going 2-6.  Redick was 8-33 coming into this game (24%), so Crawford back for now (and scoring his 15,000th point last night) makes Redick a tough guy to hold.  I know it’s early, but I thought J.J. would be better.

Spencer Hawes – DeAndre Jordan stayed out of foul trouble for the most part, and played 38 minutes keeping the Handlebars on the bench.  15 minutes of 0/2/1/0/1 for Hawes.  I’m giving up.

Derrick Favors Yeesh.  After a humungo game, 6/3/1/0/0 in a 27 minute disappearing act.  Definitely NOT giving up.  Another slow one or two, and here come the buy lows.

Trevor Booker – Continuing to be useful and getting big minutes.  27 last night for 12/5/2/1/0 shooting 5-9 with 2 more unexpected treys.  Has five threes now this year, after hitting one, count ONE, through his previous four-year career.  Gotta buy this is a new part of his game… Won’t block shots for a big, but he’s out there virtually everywhere (7% owned in Yahoo).  Rather Booker over Hawes nowadays.

Guess the Kobe Stat Line – Gotta say, after the 3 or 4 last year and few to start this season, it’s good to finally be off a win!  Let’s make it two for two baby!  Suns coming to the Staples Center – I think we see a little fireworks.  Gimme 29/6/7.  Shoot your guesses below, good luck tonight!

 

I hope everyone didn’t have a case of the Mondays on their squads last night!  “I believe you’d get your ass kicked sayin’ something like that, man.”  So um, er, I mean, I hope your teams started hot this week!

  1. Kevin says:
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    Hey JB. Would you trade your ariza + paul milsap for damian lillard + vucevic? i’m looking to buy low for lillard while ariza is so hot. do you see ariza going for at least 3 3s +some more per game?

    yahoo 9cat H2H 10team.

    alec burks, kyle lowry, david sloan, darren collison, monta ellis, oladipo

    ariza, asik, markieff morris, paul milsap, anthony davis, jared sullinger, derrick favors.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kevin: Yeah, I mean maybe 3 treys a game is Ariza’s max, but easily could do it. but I’d make that deal, Lillard/Millsap aren’t that far apart in value to me, and Vuc I liked a lot more than Ariza coming into the year. An extra big boarder will help ya out

  2. Lasandro says:
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    HAHA Mr Glass Feet! Having just re-watched Unbreakable, I found that extra amusing. Great write-up man! Meanwhile, they never showed Top Chef when I was in Oz – Masterchef is huge over there. Will have to download the show as I hear nothing but great things. Personally, I’m a massive Iron Chef Japan fan and anything Gordon Ramsay (particularly his British shows). I also like blonde MILFs, mind you.

    Yep, Serge is doing well for me. Would like him to hit the glass a bit more.Here’s hoping he hits the 9 mark more often. That OKC team is a lil funky to watch these days.. mind you, havent really been too big a fan of their playing style in general. Give me a League Pass team like Minny any day. Phoenix too.

    Meanwhile, my struggles with trading Kemba have hit an all time low. Even the manager with the least assists in our 8-teamer doesn’t wanna bite. He really needs to hit 40% and improve his FT% to be relevant again. I dont need he, Rubio, Ty, Kyle AND MCW. My recent pickups in Asik and TJones (to improve my brds and FG%) didnt do too well today. Not too worried with Jones’ bad shooting night as a lot of his shots rimmed out. How he managed only 4 brds is a little worrying and I’m really hoping his ridiculously inconsistent play from last year is behind him. No reason why he shouldn’t be boarding at a solid rate. It’s safe to say that NONE of my players have hit their potential yet(?), whereas everyone else’s teams seem to have one consistent stud (a la DMC, CP3, Harden). Oh well.. gimme another 20pter today, Jimmy B!

    Kobe: 22/6/9 (will be nice seeing Tucker on him!!)

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: Heya bud, I see you answering some of the other posts.. quick question: in a 14 cat league, how much difference in overall value is there between Serge and M Gasol? Im in need of a major upgrade over my Kemba in the form of some efficient wing pts so was thinking about possibly floating a Kemba and Serge offer for his Gay and Gasol. Or maybe Jrue and Gasol, seeing that I like Jrue more than Kemba at least?

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Answering in other posts? Is my ghost answering somewhere?! Haha.

        Unbreakbale was underrated, I liked that one. Yeah Top Chef is fun, even if some of the contests and who gets knocked out is a little lame at times.

        You’re gonna be solid with that squad man! I agree Kemba is a tough sell, might hold for a back to back big ones, gotta be coming at some point. 9 dimes for Kobe?! Wow-ee!

        14 cat they’re def closer since Serge’s blocks aren’t as valuable, but I think both of those might be selling Kemba a tad too low, even though no one wants him haha

        • Lasandro says:
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          @jb Gilpin: was referring to slim answering other posts 🙂

          Aw man it’s comforting to hear you say that I’ll be solid with my squad. I’m right down the bottom ATM, bar blocks and 3pms. My %s aren’t good, my ftms would be great if peeps like kemba actually hit them. And my brds are kinda crappy. Asik and gortat need to be dub dub guys for the season. Meanwhile… Pierce is chillin on the wire and putting up delicious numbers and kemba, well. I know what you’re gonna say: HOLD. But it’s so hard for me to do so when guys like Pierce and Sloan are on the wire putting in good work

          Also, dude offered me r Anderson and Reke for millsap. I don’t know if that’s worth it seeing that trill hasn’t hit his stride yet. Also, I don’t know if I wanna be forced to drop tjones just yet. He not playing tonight killed me. Fantasy gods don’t like da Lasandro. I’ve been smout(?) by them!!! Smout, I tells ya! I need MCW and KD to hurry up already

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Lasandro: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh haha, I read too fast and missed the @Slim. Prematurely shooting my comments! common problem for mid-aged men, even though I’m a youngun…

            Asik was nice tonight! Sloan cooled down tonight though. And Pierce was awful the game before this nice rainbow line tonight…

            Haha “smout”! Yeah I’m not doing that deal either. Def can’t be droppin no TJones!

  3. hamtime says:
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    1. should i be selling high on rudy gay? trying to package him with trey burke, who seems to be falling off a cliff.

    2. any advice on my current team and who i should try to trade out for an upgrade? 16 man 11 cat:
    PG – elfrid, burke, collison
    sg – derozan, chalmers
    sf – parsons, gay, wiggins
    pf – dirk, d.lee
    c – j,hill, mcgee

    surprisingly won 8-3 last week and am up 10-1 so far.. afraid elfrid and burke will destroy my efficiency stats..

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: Elfrid doesn’t take enough shots to effect FG%, I wouldn’t worry too much about that. DeRozan is your main drag on FG%. I would look to package Gay. His value can’t get much higher than it is right now. Gonna be tough to get value for Burke, I think you’re probably better off holding him.

      I would definitely look to improve on those bigs. If Gay/Burke turns into lets say… Favors and an upgrade at PG I think your team would get much better.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hamtime: @Slim: Totally with Slim, yeah Gay is a great sell high and you have a big need for a big man. I said that to a chick in college once, didn’t work out

  4. Annunnaki says:
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    So JB, took your advice and dropped Manu for KCP. Crossing my fingers that his shots start to fall..
    After my draft, realized I only had 4 G eligible players on my team and put it out there that I wanted to trade. Only made two trades but they look to be paying off early: my Gallinari for his KMart and my Dieng for his Jeff Green. Green isn’t much of a 3’s only guy in my league because we have FGA, FGM, Reb, OReb, and DReb which he helps in.
    Finally cut bait on Nelson after Monday’s game, don’t like his stats this past week and only see it getting more crowded when Felton comes back. Plus, Avery Bradley was available due to a recent drop. I don’t mind Bradley being inconsistent as I know Nelson is never going to put up 32 points in a night.
    JB, I’m getting impatient with Mason Plumlee. He’s only averaging 16 mins a night (even though BroLo was out for 2 of the 3 games) and his blocks are under 1 per game. I’m thinking of dropping him for JaVale McGee. Talk me out of it or give me your seal of approval, but 9 blocks in 3 games is looking nice. Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Annunnaki: I don’t hate it and I doubt anyone adds Plumlee, but when Lopez goes down again he should get another shot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Annunnaki: Awesome trades, and love the KCP add obviously. Yeah Green is better in that format, and yeah, Nelson is a drop for me too virtually everywhere as I mentioned.
      Well one Plumlee game was foul trouble. McGee is injury prone and playing the same low minutes, while Plumlee is behind an injury prone guy… I think I’d stick with Prof Plum, but one more nice McGee block game might have me flip flop!

  5. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    Need to pick someone off the waiver wire after my 2 for 1 trade to get Nowitzki … I’m relatively keen on upside as my current roster is very solid in 14 team weekly H2H:
    G – Curry, DWilliams, Hayward, Calderon
    F – AD, Dirk, TJones, Giannis
    C – JVal, MasonPlumlee
    Res – Jameer, JJack (handcuff for Deron), MarcusMorris, ShawneWilliams, Scola
    I’m a little light at G with Calderon out but have been living with Jameer and can move Giannis there.

    Waiver wire options – TAllen, Brooks, Canaan, Cole, Sessions, Hinrich, Hood, Joseph, CJMcCollum, McLemore, Meeks, Rivers, NRobinson, Telfair, Brewer, BDavies, JamesJohnson, RKelly, Motiejunas, Nurkic, Pondexter

    Who are best 5 options and should I swap any of my current reserves?

    • Slim

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      @Dirk’s Digglers: I don’t think I can come up with 5 options total. Cole, Allen, Telfair (ugh), Davies… … I don’t see a 5th I would pickup. I would definitely consider Norris Cole for Scola.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dirk’s Digglers: Yeah Scola is out for me too for Cole. I’d get Telfair for tonight at the very least, dropping S. Williams

      • Dirk's Digglers says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I am weekly and have Williams plugged in for this week. I can pick one up without dropping anyone so looking like Cole is the consensus. Scola for Allen or Davies?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dirk’s Digglers: Yeah I’d take either… I’ll take Allen since Lee is out with the concussion

  6. decaf says:
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    Hi JB,

    Thanks for preaching patience in my H2H league. I’m not gonna worry there as much this week since R-Jax is back and I have a pretty good lead in no. of games played looking at the schedule. 🙂

    My other concern now is my 12-team Roto league. As you predicted, I’m starting to fall behind in AST. It’s not a good sign when the leading assist guys in my team so far are Hayward and Bosh, hahaha.

    I’m thinking of targetting Rubio, since I think my team can absorb his FG% drain and he’s not expensive like the Walls and CP3s out there. Here’s his owner’s whole team:

    PG – Lowry, BKnight, Westbrook, Rubio
    SG – Bledsoe, JJack
    SF – Middleton, Turner
    PF – TJones, Garnett
    C – Ibaka, Olynyk, Mozgov

    As you can see, he has a killer guard line-up, but has been struggling with the big man stats and he’s just been picking guys off the waiver wire.

    My guys:
    Walker, Holiday, IT2, PBev
    Hayward, Klay, Draymond
    Millsap, Favors, Pau
    Bosh, Plumlee, JHill

    My untouchables would be Hayward, Klay, Millsap, Favors, Bosh, and maybe Holiday. Would you agree with this? Is there a good offer I can make from my guys for one of his PGs (Rubio being the best fit I think)? Maybe a sneaky package where I can also get TJones? Hehe.

    Thanks as always!

    • Slim

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      @decaf: I’d start with Pau/Kemba for Rubio/Jones and see if I get a counter.

      • decaf says:
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        @Slim: A deceptively intriguing offer! Thanks Slim. 🙂

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @decaf: Haha, assists come back to life! Love Slim’s proposed offer. Agree I probably wouldn’t move your main guys. In a 12er, while I like Hill a lot, I think you can make up some of his boards off the wire, maybe you can offer him too, with Pau/Kemba/Hill for TJones/Rubio if he needs a sweetener

      • decaf says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Just read that TJones is sitting out tonight’s game with a bruised thigh (?), after the trade was accepted (yes!).

        This is nothing to worry about, right?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @decaf: Nah I would doubt it, just makes your opponent miss a game there!

          • decaf says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks man! 🙂

  7. Nightman Cometh says:
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    Should my friend pick up McGee? He had a decent game last night and just think of the blocks potential! My friend has been burned by McGee several times before but I guess my friend likes the way it hurts. My friend also has Mozgov and is looking to pick up the handcuff before anyone else. My friend will probably need major therapy if they pick up McGee and he gets <20mins a night.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nightman Cometh: Your friend might want to stay away then haha. He might like having a Mozgov handcuff, but Nurkic and Hickson both also loom for minutes. I dunno how much I buy McGee – for your friend that is 🙂

      • Nightman Cometh says:
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        @JB Gilpin: My friend thanks you. He says you don’t have to pay the troll toll next time.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nightman Cometh: Thank god, the fees on those boy holes can get outta control

  8. Chris says:
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    Hello JB,
    Good morning.

    What do you think of adding one of the below:
    Tony Wroten
    Devin Harris

    would drop one of the below:
    Corey Brewster
    Danny Green
    OJ Mayo
    Victor Oladipo

    I’m leaning toward dropping Brewster and adding Wroten.

    Thanks for your comments.

    regards,
    Chris

    • Slim

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      @Chris: Brewer can go with him losing the starting job, Wroten is arguably the best short term add there is, it’s a good swap. I’m not thrilled about OJ Mayo and I bet there’s someone on your FA list I like better.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Yup, I’m with Slim, losing Brewer for Wroten. Probably waiting after that, but Mayo isn’t that good, losing him for the next hot add

  9. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Can I sell high on Ryan Anderson? I could just be freaking out on the percentages…
    What would be a reasonable return for him? Preferably someone who goes hard in the STL/BLK cats

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: I’d float an offer for Noel and see what happens.

      • Fantasy Newb says:
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        @Slim: cool, proposed. Someone wants Noah as well. Would you move him considering his subpar (by Noah standards) start? He has Marc Gasol and Valanciunas…

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Fantasy Newb: Yeah, I’d move him. I think he was ranked far too high by Yahoo to begin with. You can try Marc Gasol but I doubt he does it. I don’t mind going after JV too but you can get much much more for Noah.

  10. Shaft says:
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    Hey JB, glad to have you back in my life with another fantasy season underway. Needless to say great work day in and day out.

    A few quick ones for you (shallow 10-team, 8-cat):

    1: would you trade Jrue holiday and luol deng for rondo? Is that enough? Too much?

    2: would you give up kemba Walker and Deng for Monta Ellis? Is that enough? Too much?

    3: would you give up kemba and Deng for collison and ariza? Is the enough? Too much? The other Guy has only one other eligible PG, dragic

    4. How about Jrue and Deng for Rubio and pierce? Not enough? Too much?

    my team is: durant, boogie, Marc Gasol, terrence jones, sullinger, rolo, conley, kemba, Jrue, knight, p bev, Deng

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Shaft:

      1. Nah, I’d hold onto Jrue. I still like him more than Rondo.
      2. Yep, Kemba hasn’t looked too good and Stephenson is making Kemba’s assists look like George Hill. Monta is a heck of an upgrade.
      3. Close and I would do this one too. Collison looks amazing and Ariza is an improvement over Deng.
      4. Nah, I’d leave Pierce alone in a league that size. Rubio vs Jrue is really close, basically just giving Deng away.

      • Shaft says:
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        @Slim: thanks slim. Appreciate the help as always.

        One more for you. Is kemba and Deng a fair offer for Gordon Hayward?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Shaft: Yeah it’s reasonable. I’d take Hayward for sure…

  11. owen says:
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    kobe – 42-8-4

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @owen: Whoa, ballin’!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @owen: he may get there 25 thru 3Q

    • Annunnaki says:
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      @owen: I think Owen wins!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @owen: @Annunnaki: This is looking good! Unofficial of course… Putting together the daily notes now

  12. hamtime says:
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    my trey burke for taj gibson? compelled to do it, but the only things stopping me are chicago’s terrible playoff sched and taj’s limited upside. am i right to assume that trey has a better chance of breaking out?

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: I would say this is completely need based but if you don’t think you particularly need Taj then I would hold onto Burke. He’s not a great option due to the lack of steals but a few assists with his nice 3s is useful.

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        @Slim: thanks slim. how about david lee+burke for ariza+booker?

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @hamtime: Definitely a sell low. I’d hold out for better. Hopefully when DLee returns he puts up a decent line. That’s when I would look to trade him.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @hamtime: I actually would love this deal, I’m all-in on Ariza and think he’s by far the best in the deal

  13. Clay says:
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    Morning JB/Slim!

    So I was set on adding Roberson for Hinrich like you suggested, but saw what happened there. Wow whats going on in OKC.. who’s gonna be the next to fall?! Anyways, would you add either G.Temple or Telfair for Hinrich and if so, which one? (16teams) Guys like Booker and Larkin are also available but figured those were the top 2. As always, thanks in advance and have a wonderful day!

    • Slim

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      @Clay: I imagine the extra minutes are going to Telfair. With Reggie back he still managed over 30. Hinrich is about as boring as they come. Really all these guys are temporary anyway so I’d just ride the hottest.

  14. booya says:
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    How would you rank Ed Davis, Olynyk and Hawes at this point?

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Also, where would you put Kanter in that group?

      Thanks

      • Slim

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        @booya: Right this sec…

        Olynyk, Davis, Kanter, Hawes. Although I don’t think Hawes or Kanter should be owned in a 12er.

  15. Magones says:
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    Kobe’s going to go off tonight – 32/4/5 – in a loss, with about 7 head shakes and 5 glares.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Magones: I’m gonna track the shakes and glares! Hahahaha

  16. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Kobe – 18/3/4… on 20 shots and no 4th quarter minutes in a blowout.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeesh, although that does seem like a likely outcome hahaha

  17. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    Hi,
    What do you make of WROTEN? Besides being a generally crappy shooter, he appears to have a “shelf life” shorter than the time it takes a green banana to ripen. What happens to his usefulness once MCW returns? A sell-high moment?
    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank): Haha, gotta let those bananas ripen! While yes, if anyone buys what he’s doing right now he’s a sell high, but he’s so much better than any other SG option the Sixers have, I could see him starting with MCW and Brett Brown is already showing he likes to tinker with the lineup

  18. Tyreke's Horcrux says:
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    Are Reek and Lance the same person? Should their numbers just be combined and averaged? When the Hornets/Bobcats/Pelicans/Jordans/Fleur-de-lis play each other and the small forwards make contact; does a wormhole open up? Questions, y’all!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyreke’s Horcrux: Haha I’ve thought the same thing! I think Reke is a better scorer though… The wormhole will be open tonight, don’t go into the light!

  19. hanns says:
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    deandre jordan finally NOT got into foul trouble and he decides to take 1 defensive rebound while cp3 had 10. I was hoping he would be a little bit better than last year. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hanns: I dind’t have him ranked too high because I thought he played an absurd amount of minutes last year given his FT issues. I think he’ll be about the same, maybe shaving off 5-10% of output

  20. Philzilla says:
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    31-5-4

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Philzilla: Noice!

  21. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    I am just as stumped as you as to why Griffin can’t block more damn shots. You can jump so high dude! That’s one of the reasons I called him a bust 2 years ago.

    http://basketball.razzball.com/griffs-all-glitz-and-no-glamour

    Ah, nostalgic. He at least has fixed two of the problems with why he was overrated then (FT% and steals), so maybe the blocks will come this year. Still fun to watch his development into a star.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JashFath: Oh nice man! Didn’t even know you were a former scribe, before my time 🙂

      FT% is a huge improvement indeed, and his overall offensive game, so hard to D up.

      • JashFath

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I had my brief time here at Razzball. But now I just do (not as fun) writing for RotoWire. But the combination of humor and really good fantasy advice has had me coming back since the site’s inception.

        And yeah, Griffin is almost a completely different player since I wrote that. He was just a dunker and limited low-post guy back then, but was still putting up dub-dubs on the reg. He has since developed a decent jumper (he even hit a 3 the other night!) and his low-post game has become almost unstoppable. It is a beautiful thing to watch. Oh yeah, and the FT improvements. Makes me wonder how other bigs *cough* Dwight *cough* can’t improve their FT% over time.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JashFath: Yeah man, I read Grey towards the end of college and it’s crazy that I know him now and am where I am. Hoops has grown a lot too since I took over, it’s been a great ride. If you wanna write again, hit me up sometime! [email protected]

          Even heading into 13-14 he was overrated. Lookin great now. Dwight can’t shoot FTs because it’s like a normal person trying to shoot a ping pong ball! haha

  22. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Kobe: 25/5/5

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: The Mets are shown in England? Haha

  23. JashFath

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    Oh yeah, and Kobay line:

    34/7/2

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JashFath: Hittin the glass and bein that ball hog!

  24. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB.. I got 3 guys out anD I was thinking of trading Westbrook if I can get someone worth it. This guy has
    Bryant
    Rondo
    Howard
    Wesley Mathews
    Jimmy Butler
    Do you think I should ask for Kobe, Howard or Rondo??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Nah I would try to hold, or trade your other 2 hurt guys.

      • Frank White says:
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        Actually it’s 2 guys I messed up but I got
        Ellis
        dragic
        collision
        Wrotten
        KevinMartin
        Alphabet which I’m gonna drop
        Afflalo
        Copeland
        west
        ibaka
        favors
        Monroe
        millsap
        Westbrook
        You don’t think I should trade Westbrook for Kobe or Howard?? I’m in a 10 team 9 Cat h2h and I lost 2-7 last week and still probly loss bad this week cause west isn’t playing either plus with ibaka shooting now I’m losing boards. That not a fact but iim just guessing.. Lol I got plenty of pg’s.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Frank White: Nope I wouldn’t week 1 wasn’t even a full week yet! Ibaka’s boards will be fine, he shot last year. Your guys will turn it around

  25. Aiden says:
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    Good Morning!

    I am In a 14team H2H each cat league. My team has:

    Anthony Davis
    Al Horford
    Trevor Ariza
    Pau Gasol
    Ryan Anderson
    Gorgui Dieng
    Rudy Gobert
    Goran Dragic
    Brandon Knight
    Jammer Nelson
    Manu Ginobli
    Donald Sloan
    Andre Iguodala

    My team sucks in FG%(11th), lacks assists(6th)/steals(9th), low in points(7th).
    For FT%(1st), 3PM(3rd), REB(2nd), BLK(2nd), I am near the top of league.

    In this case where I lack good guards, which category should I look to increase mainly to be more competitive?

    I am asking this because you can only do better in so many categories at this point.
    Should I look for more points and better FG% or just for more steals(looking at Tony Allen for this) or more assists?

    Also, Is Jameer Nelson really droppable? I don’t see any immediate alternative at this time.
    FA: P.J. Tucker, Marcus Smart, Ramon sessions, Mike Dunleavy, Tristan Thompson, Tony Allen, Randy Foye, Steve Blake

    is anyone of these better option than Nelson or Manu?

    Thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Aiden: Morning man! Hmmm, yeah Nelson in a 14er is on the edge, but I don’t see any great replacements either, especially given you need hopeful dimes. I’d try a trade for a PG to help Ast/Stl giving up some rebounds, but your league standings are so so early. I think you sorta need Anderson for his treys, I think I’m just gonna ride things out for right now, or stream a spot. I like Telfair tonight, maybe add him for Jameer and stream one spot if you have unlimited moves

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        @JB Gilpin:
        Telfair taken 2 days ago 🙁 and season acq limited to 50.

        I think I will stay put for now and hope for the better lol

        Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Aiden: UGH to both! In all CAPS! AHHHHH! Haha, no prob man!

  26. PJ says:
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    Would you rather hold Mason Plumlee or Steven Adams if I end up having to stream one of their spots?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PJ: I’d rather hold Adams

  27. JeF With 1 F says:
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    26/5/3

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Schweet, good luck!

  28. scrap says:
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    JB/Slim,

    Whoooop Whooop!!!
    I am on the Dieng train baby!!!

    that is all,
    Scrap

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @scrap: Yezzir, the Dieng train has left the station!

  29. Jay says:
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    Should I be concerned with dragon and Lawson as my primary PGs? Also have collision and victor returning soon.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Nah, that’s a really good set of 4 PG, the one you worried about the most probably is Collison (well, pre Victor injury) and he’s been fantastic.

  30. Jake VZ says:
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    Which side do you like better in these trades?
    1. Collison and Millsap for Lee and Rondo
    2. Thad Young and MCW for Millsap and Collison
    3. Collison and Al Jefferson for John Wall
    4. Jimmy Buckets and Millsap for Ibaka and Tobias

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake VZ: 1. left 2. right 3. narrowly right 4. right

  31. fields says:
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    I am trying to buy low on Dragic.

    My team is currently:

    PG: Conley, Collison
    SG: Harden, Greek Freak, KCP, Temple
    F: Aldridge, Millsap, Deng, Wright, Pierce
    C: BroLo, Steven Adams

    I offered Pierce for Dragic. Are there any other good deals I could make for Dragic if that gets rejected?

    Also, any suggestions for improving FG% (my weakest cat)? Although it might improve on its own now that I have Aldridge (got him in a trade 3 days ago) and Lopez playing again.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @fields: nice, I am too.

      I doubt Pierce will get it done… I know Colly is playing great, but that’s a perfect sell high/buy low 1-for-1. KCP struggling the first two games hurt, I think he’ll be fine, and yeah those big men will help, I think you’re good there.

      • fields says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Problem is I only have those 2 PGs. I don’t think I can give up Colly unless I trade for another PG.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @fields: Dragic isn’t PG eligible in your league?

          • fields says:
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            @JB Gilpin: my bad, you’re right. Single trades at the same position do look sketchy though.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @fields: Ah, well sometimes they do but this is clearly a buy low/sell high to the max, understandable for both sides.

  32. Jdubs says:
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    Hey JB, I’m a big fan of your site since you helped me storm through my league last year. I’m thinking of trying to get melo in a trade, and the other team is badly in need of a center that can rack up blocks. What do you think of this trade? 10 team h2h 9cat

    Get: Melo
    Give: Nerlens Noel, Reggie Jackson

    Thanks!

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      @Jdubs: Oops, forgot my team:

      Guards: Conley, Lowry, chalmers, kawhi, giannis, rjackson
      forwards: durant, tobias harris, jabari parker
      Center: gortat, Dieng, favors, Noel

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jdubs: Thanks so much man! Let’s get stormin again!

        Yeah def a good trade if he takes it. Short term RJax might be a beast, but in a month it’ll be back to the big boys.

  33. Quintero says:
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    JB/Slim,
    Great shizz as always, much appepreciate everything.

    I saw the write-up yesterday about buying low on Dragic. I think he would bounce back a bit(yet to made 3s so far), but how much? I didn’t see any of the three games played, and I’m wondering how much to offer for what. I’m guess lower usage rate(and resulting fewer FT), and you guys’ pre-season projection already spotted that..but maybe lower dimes too?

    In a H2H league, 15/3/4 1stl/1+3pt, is very undesirable…so the question should be…well the dimes bounce back? Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Quintero: Thanks for stopping by man! I haven’t watched too much Suns either, but I did last year and he looked great. Slim’s projection was a little low than I expected, he probably liked him less than me, but yeah I think the dimes come back.

  34. Mikey boy324 says:
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    JB do you like Mozgov or Booker in 14 team h2h league?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mikey boy324: Still Mozgov, but very very narrowly. If you have blocks covered and need one more out of position 3-shooter, I’d go Booker.

  35. Guess who has 2 thumbs and admits when he’s wrong about a guy you “hated”, but I “sorta liked”? This guy…Ben McLemore sent packing. ; )

    Couldn’t even hold out hope for him in my deep 12 teamer in light of all my injured guards. With Westy, Oladipo and MCW on the bench, my line-up is male butt ugly right now and McLemore may be worse and he’s actually playing (and starting). Fantasy gods are making me work for it this year. Jerks.

    Deep League. 11 categories (standard 9 + FGM, FTM), weekly H2H.
    Quick thoughts on these available FA, need Blocks and Boards with some upside (choose 2):
    Brandon Wright
    JaVale McGee
    Tiago Splitter
    Enes Kanter

    * Leaning Wright and McGee. Every time I watch Wright, he’s very active and spry. The blocks have been coming even with the limited run… If anything happens to DAL bigs, Wright could be a little monster. Splitter, coming off injury, is just blah. Not a lot of upside in his game (like 10/8 type lines with no defensive sexiness). Kanter had a decent game last night, and I actually probably like him the most, but last night had more to do with Favors foul trouble then the light bulb going off, I think…For me, he needs to do it again and be consistent. Booker has looked like a freak adding the 3pm to his game. Fits that rotation better, so theres that.

    Appreciate your take.

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EL BURRO: Haha, well when an expert like the Burro is wrong on someone I am right on, i feel special! Your insight has been killer the past year, so it’s good to get one right 🙂

      Those gods are jerks… Stupid Jeremy Lamb would be KILLING it if healthy.

      Totally with ya on Booker, like him a lot and the Jazz need a 3-point shooting big. Hayward/Burke can’t take them all. So no on Kanter, and I;m with ya on your picks. Plus Kanter doesn’t block. I will caution sometimes Wright’s defense at a really life level looks bad, Tim Duncan owned him down low in the opener. It is Duncan though…

      Good to see ya man!

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Cool; thanks for the take, JB. We usually see eye to eye on this stuff…. cut to McLemore dropping 30 later this week ; )

        You and Slim are the experts. I’m the former PG, son-of-a-coach living out his dreams in fake basketball land by watching far too much hoops (football and baseball as well) to infuriate my wife to the nth degree… My brother refers to our hobby as “dungeons and dragons for adults”, which is funny, sad and probably slightly true all at the same time.

        Kobe –> 27/6/5 , 2 steals, 3 3pm. Lakers lose their 5th straight as Phx wins 109-101

        • JB Gilpin

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          @EL BURRO: Haha infuriating the women, I definitely do a lot of that too 🙂 Fiance is not so happy when I have the sports on and none of her housewives are on.

          Nah I mean, it’s like being a fan/following sports of the entire sport rather than one team… Fantasy is just intense sports infatuation is what I say…

          All looks very plausible to me, man the Lakers suckkkkkk

          • @JB Gilpin:

            Lezzzz be honest, fantasy is a pure addiction. At first it was a way to ween my way off sports gambling, but now its just as bad. It’s a dangerous time addicting habit that engulfs your every spare minute. Work, friendships, relationships, family — all come secondary ; )

            Live the dream!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @EL BURRO: If you have fun doin it, then it is livin the dream! Haha

  36. JeF With 1 F says:
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    How much do you value Dieng in a dynasty league…i was offered him for my first round pick next season…not to sure what next years draft class is looking like and ill probably wind up having somewhere around the 5th overall pick if i had to guess.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JeF With 1 F: I like Dieng, but Pek is signed for a few more years. I dunno who would fall, but I’d probably keep the pick

  37. m1chael says:
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    Kobes line for tonight 24/5/4

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @m1chael: Nice!

  38. Greek Freak says:
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    Are you tempering your expectations? Is he a victim of Kidd? Droppable in a 12 team counting minutes played?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Greek Freak: We talk about ya on the Podcast coming out in a couple minutes. With minutes played a stat though… I’ll go MKG just gonna play so much more, well except tonight as he’s out with bruised ribs.

  39. whattoddo says:
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    got recommended to keep a $15 batum over a $40 blake, not sure i’m feeling great about that keep but oh well.

    Got the serge owner thinking about going after dirk straight up, have to pull the trigger correct?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @whattoddo: Better days ahead for Batum, I’d take Serge.

  40. KD Owner says:
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    what’s going on JB great post

    teams in my 14 team h2h league dropped mason plumlee and jameer nelson. i know you’re getting low on them but considering the end of my bench is Larkin, telfair, sloan and augustin i think i should try to pick up one or both?

    i’m trying to keep my head above the water streaming and playing small ball for now until KD, dipo, and MCW get back.

    should I drop one of the abovementioned guards for nelson or mason plumlee or both? should also mention i’m light on bigs.

    thanks!

    • KD Owner says:
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      @KD Owner: kobe line 19/8/4

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @KD Owner: Thanks man! Ummm, yeah I think I’d still rather Nelson over… Augustin right now. Larkin I like while starting, Actually since you need a big, I’d drop DJ for Mason. I like that move. Big board game for Kobe!

  41. miles proudfoot. says:
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    yo yo! Would you drop Nelson for Sloan? Thanks!