So if you haven’t listened to this morning’s Podcast yet, you wanna know what’s fun when you run the world’s awesomest Fantasy Basketball blog?!  Coming home to no internet!  And your ISP having no way to fix it until the next day!  It just makes you think about how we in the fantasy basketball world rely on the internet, when so much of the world is still without it…  I’m over here stressing like a madman wanting to be sure Razzball Hoops can still deliver our silliness, when the world at large still has a long way to go.  Even though it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, I want to tell my family at the Razzball Nation table that I’m just thankful to be here, and thankful for everyone reading!  …and thankful I can get to work a few hours early to bang out today’s recap…  Without the internet, I wouldn’t have a job with a software company, Razzball wouldn’t exist, I’d be working at some factory or some ish, fantasy basketball would likely not exist….  Imagine calculating fantasy hoops by hand!  Ahhhhh!  Awful!  I’m very fortunate to merely exist at this point in time and space.  And to wrap up this sappy open, I want to say I’m the bigger man and certainly wouldn’t ousT What Cable provider I use…  Crooks.

Anyway, so with limited hoops watching last night due to an inconsistent 4G stream, I didn’t get to watch the Celtics game and two of my REL rocks, but had a little better service to watch most of the first half of the Spurs/Sac game.  First off, have you seen the new Kings arena?!  The Golden 1 Center doesn’t look real!  It looks like where they’d play football in Starship Troopers, ya know, with that silver football?  Wasn’t there talk that this team could move a few years ago?  Geez!  Well for as bad as the Kings manage their personnel, they certainly can hire some Star Trek architects, that’s for damn sure.  But for as cool as the new arena looks, Kawhi Leonard looks better.  Sleeker.  Sexier…  “You are ruining moving day for us!”  30/3/5/5/0 last night, giving him back-to-back 30 Pts/5 Stl games for the first time in NBA history.  Ok, don’t fact check that, I’m sure it’s happened before…  [edit – Rotoworld must be reading us, because about an hour after this posted, they put out this latest news blurb on Kawhi this morning…]

I feel like he’s one of the birds from Finding Nemo.  “Mine!  Mine mine!  Mine!”  But what an absolute superstar, and maybe he belonged right next to KAT a tier below the big-4 in my ranks.  Maybe even within the big 4!  7-7 FT last night, giving him a 22-22 clip to begin the season.  He only committed 1 TO last night too!  If you watched any of this game, the Kings actually started pretty hot, and the other starting 4 Spurs looked horrific.  It was all Kawhi to open the scoring, putting in San Antonio’s first 9 points.  It was Kawhi 9 to Sacramento 16 halfway through the first…  With the rest of the Spurs struggling a bit out of the gate, Kawhi put his team on his back, and absolutely looks like he’s in the MVP discussion.  Makes you pretty happy for having a later-round pick in standard snake drafts!  Here’s what else went down last night in Fantasy Hoops action:

Dwight Howard Ugh so in REL, Dwight goes 3-4 FT against me while IT2/3 shoots 2-6 FT.  Go flippin’ figure!  11/19/2/1/3 in his Hawks debut, doesn’t FT punt it, but only 4-9 FG and 3 TO.  Here’s to hoping he goes like 3-15 FT against Philly tomorrow…

Dennis Schroder Gets paid ($70 mil extension) andddddd?!  14/2/2/1/0 with 4 TO in only 25 minutes.  Yeesh.  At least gets you 2 treys and shoots 50% (6-12), so it wasn’t a total loss, but after they cut Jarrett Jack, I thought we’d be seeing 30+ MPG from Schrodes no matter what…

Malcolm Delaney – 20 minutes off the bench with 5 dimes.  With the second unit helping to run away with this game, the game flow makes sense that these two were so close.  I’d be Mach Schnelling! my buy low offers for Schrodes.

Paul Millsap Clearly your best Hawk (like that was any question!), going 28/7/6/0/1 with 3 treys and a +22 +/- while the rest of the starters were about even.  Played the most minutes and gelled with the second unit as the Hawks soared with the W.  Sapper Dan!

Mike Muscala Leads the second unit with a surprising 26 minutes, and nearly rainbows!  9/4/1/2/3 with a trey, shooting 3-6 FG 2-2 FT.  He was an REL target of mine because Dwight is no spring chicken, but alas, no Chicken Muscala for me.  Can you tell I haven’t eaten breakfast yet?!

Tim Hardaway Jr. – Who had Timmay J as the second leading scorer for the Hawks?!  21/2/1/0/0 with 3 treys.  ThrAGNOF!

John Wall Ewwwwwwww.  12/3/10/4/1 with 5 TO on an atrocious 3-15 FG.  Remember he lost most of his offseason time recovering from knee surgery.  It might take a few games.  I might let the low times roll, then pepper in some buy lows.

Bradley Beal Not much better, for a pretty rotten egg laid by your franchise backcourt.  13/0/4/0/0 with nary a trey.  No rebounds?!  Talk about your ultimate “standing around” award of last night!

Markieff Morris The Wizards best player in 2016-17?!  I must be high!  22/4/2/2/1 with 0 TO, shooting 9-18 FG (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT).  A lot of comments asked about dropping Kieff, and I think I was pretty steadfast saying to hold and see what you get.  At least I hope so!  Feeling good about the late round flier now!

Isaiah Thomas In a game where I need FT% as I mentioned above, I get 10-15 FG…  What in the world IT2/3, why you DeAndre Jordaning it?!  25/3/4/2/0 with 5 TO and the awful 33% FT.  Meh, he looks fine though…  Game-to-game anomalies.

Avery Bradley Shout out to Las who kept bludgeoning me with comments saying Avery gonna be a facilitator this year!  16/6/5/0/1 last night with a trey, giving him 5 dimes in each of his first two games.  After 2.1 AST last year, if he gets to 3.5-4.0, he’s going to vault into a 50ish overall player.  I really like how 4 of the starting 5 on this team are going to average 3+ dimes it appears…

Al Horford Still not quite at the value you wanted, but 11/7/5/0/1 last night and attempted 2 treys, while playing 30 minutes after playing only 27 against the Trainwreck Nets.  It’ll get a little better.

Terry Rozier Continuing to play the Marcus Smart role, leading the second unit in minutes and going 8/4/4/2/0 with a pair of treys.  Short-term streamer for steals, maybe even in 12ers?!  A pair of swipes in each of the first two games.

Jaylen Brown Just at the eye level, looks a lot better than I expected already…  Not much  to do for fantasy since the run isn’t quite there, but as he settles into his second unit role and is kinda meh in the stat line, I might start shooting some dyno buy lows by 2017.  Amir Johnson is on the last year of his deal, and the C’s I think could go small and start him as soon as next year.

Pau Gasol Yuck.  Which is Spanish for “Barf!” Only 21 minutes of 7/6/1/1/1, but at least added a trey and went across all 5 cats.  3 TO though?!  He had one lazy pass that turned into an easy transition layup that looked like Blake Bortles out there!  Still send in your buy lows, and if you own him, you gotta hold out.

Jonathan Simmons – I told everyone there’s no way you’re adding him in 12ers, and he promptly fades away, letting the big men of the Spurs second unit spark them this time…

Dewayne Dedmon A game after getting rim-checked on an open dunk for his first 16-17 FG attempt, shocks with a 12/7 line with 4 blocks.  I don’t know what is happening to Willie Cauley-Stein, but he brought nothing defensively last night.  Deep league BLOCKnof, that’s all to see here from Dedmon.

David Lee – Deep league NOTHINGnof from Lee!  Sure he had a good game almost rainbowing at 12/5/2/2/1 with no TO, but bleh.  No way you’re trusting this, expect as a deepest of deep league roster filler.

DeMarcus Cousins Just to rub more salt on the Pau Gasol wounds, Boogie tore him apart play after play in the first half, going 37/16/2/1/0, hitting 14-16 FT and 3 treys.  

Maybe Pau should win the “standing around” award from last night!  Cousins tries to put the Kings on his back with MVP-caliber play and they still lose.  Story of his life.

Matt Barnes – I don’t know what’s worse, his anemic line last night of 3/0/1/1/0 with 2 TO in 27 minutes, or his man bun.  I’m going bun, and cutting both.

Rudy Gay 10-12 FT, but only 3-10 from the field in the Kings home opener in the new stadium.  I didn’t hear the home fans boo him, so that’s a shame…

Ty Lawson – I guess 7 Pts and 9 Ast works out for you…  Only 1 TO isn’t the worst either.  Gives him exactly 16 Pts and 16 Ast through the first two games, with only 3 overall TO.  Bleh, you’re definitely taking a shot on long-term value like Sergio Rodriguez.

Blake Griffin 27/13/2/3/1 in his 16-17 debut, with only 1 TO.  Shot 9-22 which isn’t the most purdy, but he looks like he’s on a nice comeback trail after a punchy 15-16.

Chris Paul Not to be outdone, also scored 27.  But where’s the beef?!  Only 5 AST.  That said, the Clip had only 7 TO as a team.  That’s pretty damn lean-meaty!

DeAndre Jordan Well, at least in the ever-evolving fantasy basketball landscape, we can rely on a few things…  2-10 FT.  Only 1 block though makes it feel not worth it, and the 2-7 FG doesn’t either!  If you FT punted and want to float some buy lows, you can try.  But I doubt it yields much.

Marreese Speights – The ace of Speights!  Ya wanna know what he is?  A low rent version of LaMarcus Aldridge.  Good mid range shooter, nab a few boards, but much lower end.  15 points with a pair of treys off the bench, but nothing you can rely on.

Damian Lillard You can rely on the Omen, that’s for sure!  Although 10 boards is a little weird!  Way to box out, DJ!  29/10/3/0/0 with a couple treys.

Maurice Harkless Apparently uses Razzball Basketball as bulletin board material!  After slamming his game in the opener, is the second-highest Blazers scorer, going 23/8/2/0/0.  But only 1 trey and the lack of D stats…  Meh, I don’t see how he’s above the streaming class in 12ers.  Of course I say that now, then he’ll read this, and go like 40 Pts 3 Stl 3 Blk next game!

Mason Plumlee Why you don’t overreact to one game, 30:30 minutes of 17/8/4/0/3.  7-9 from the field and 3-6 FT.  This is the FT punt you’ve been looking for!

 

Excited for the first weekend of NBA Basketball?!  I know I am!  Let’s hope the Razzball Basketball Office can get some internet back in time for the games…  I hope you have a great weekend, and catch you Monday morning, Razzball Nation!

  1. Slim

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    Just don’t overreact to this one Plumlee game…

    Markieff looked real aggressive yesterday. I’m loving that pick too. I have him in a couple leagues. Not too terrible from Nicholson either, it’s certainly deep league only but you could do worse than 19 min of 1/9/7/0/1/1. Porter vs Oubre was a bit of a push yesterday with neither doing much of anything, at least Oubre got his 22 min, which limited Porter to only 26. I have Oubre in REL and no Porter anywhere so I think you know the outcome I’m rooting for.

    Yeah Wall wasn’t great but I can forgive it with the 10 assists, 4 steals, and a block from a PG. These are the cats we drafted him for and the shot will be better, can’t be much worse… for comparison sake Lillard has 0 stls and blocks and 9 assists through 2 games. And Lowry threw up a dud game 1 (for a 2nd round pick). I’m less concerned about Wall than the other 2.

    Dedmon vs Reed in a deep league? Both look locked in to about 16-20 min nightly.

    I’ll organize the POR wings as Crabbe, Harkless, Turner. And I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

    Hehe, Matt Barnes… that didn’t take long.

    Oh and I assume if someone asks about trading Goose for Horford or BroPez you would lean to holding Goose now. Irregardless of FG%.

    I had Muscala for stretches last year in the REL but Splitter came back and ruined it! I’ll be rooting for Muscala to keep the job, oh and this is something we saw coming out of preseason. It shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone.

    • Slim

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      @Slim: From that above gif (like the peanut butter) I think Kawhi learned that in order to get fouled you have to exagerate the contact. I’m not sure he even got hit there.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: Well, let’s split the difference on Plumlee so far haha. Meh I have the same low level of concern for all 3. One reason I had Lillard a little further down was absence of 3s. Mehhhh I guess Dedmon since the Spurs are so hold. Hah yeah, I mean Barnes is still fine for deepers. It might still work, but no reason to hold. Ugh, really, back on this? That argument was only for FG%, my ranks still speak for themselves

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Just making sure… And I know you meant steals for Lillard. Well, a little better than splitting the difference on Plumlee, that 1st game was attrocious, but that’s no surprise when you go up against Senior Elbow!

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Slim: Slim & JB, just throwing this out there, but I’m pretty sure that Plumlee picked up 2-3 fouls in the first quarter in the Jazz game…I’m supposing he gets run like last night more often than not.

            I swear that Lillard got every long rebound last night, it was just falling in to his hands!

            • Slim

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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah I know, 15 min was far too few but I don’t think he hits 30 all that often either, esp when Festus is ready to go. They’re paying him $7.5m a year for the next 2, he’s going to play. I’ll put the over/under at 26 min per game. What you think?

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                @Slim: Slim, that is fair point. Particularly because I’m not sure how Festus “fits”. They do have quite the logjam. I would probably take the under on your proposition, maybe somewhere around 24ish?

                They have a total mish-mash of bigs. The fact that Leonard got a DNP last night and only had 9 minutes in game 1 is odd. He could still be not at full health, but I would imagine he will factor in at some point too.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Slim: @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hah oops, yeah STL haha. Rudy def got him into some foul trouble. I’ll be bold, gimme over! But a good number.

                  Vonleh still looking food for you guys!

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Slim: I’m all in on the Crabbe breakout train. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of ppl this year. I snagged him over Delly in my league for the upside. I know what Delly gives me. I need the 3’s from SG anyway until Hayward comes back.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Bye Felica: Ehhhh, I mean with 3s and scoring a need that’s fine, but I don’t think Crabbe is gonna be more than a 12er ThrAGNOF

        • Bye Felica says:
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          @JB Gilpin: He has a month to prove us wrong haha

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Bye Felica: Hah for sure, 3.5 dimes thus far is nice, but no D stats… Bleh

  2. Spursfan says:
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    Should I be worried about Pau? I’m thinking about trading him, should I?

    • Jensen says:
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      @Spursfan: Yes you should be worried. No you shouldn’t trade. You can’t get anywhere near the value back for him and it’s only two games. Hold strong my man.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Spursfan: @Jensen: Yup I said as much in the article above 🙂

  3. Dom says:
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    Hey good stuff. Bobby Portis with a DNP CD? I dropped him for Rozier in my 16 team 10 cat (OREB). But Harkless and Marquis Chriss were dropped should I put in a claim for one of them, dropping Rozier or John Henson? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dom: Thanks man! Yeah weird… Def good with that drop for Rozier thennnn, yeah I might claim Harkless for the PT. Rozier gonna lose run to Smart shortly

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        @JB Gilpin: thanks, what about dropping Henson for Chriss? upside in a redraft this year? will he get rebounds?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @dom: Sure I would do that. Until Monroe is traded, Henson isn’t gonna see enough run, sadly

  4. High as Greg Kite says:
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    Free Bobby Portis! WTF Hoiberg? Doesn’t even get on the court? So….what are your thoughts on him now that we have a DNP-CD in game one?

    I’m glad at least David Lee is apparently taking his role in REL!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @High as Greg Kite: Hah yeah that was crazy! Deep league only stash I guess. I’ll trade you for him though!

  5. Jensen says:
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    Has Wade ever hit 4 3’s in a game before?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jensen: I’m sure once or twice, but this was something they stressed in preseason. I think I mentioned it somewhere or another. not surprised he’s taking em

  6. cazorla says:
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    2 James Harden PG,SG,SF
    19 Kemba Walker PG
    22 Al Horford PF,C
    39 Gorgui Dieng PF,C
    42 Derrick Favors PF,C
    59 Nicolas Batum SG,SF
    62 Jeff Teague PG
    79 Nerlens Noel PF,C
    82 Chandler Parsons SF,PF
    99 Robert Covington SF,PF
    102 Markieff Morris SF,PF,C
    119 Ish Smith PG
    122 Mason Plumlee PF,C

    Hey guys, long time reader and first time poster. Was wondering if my team has a chance for a 10er. Managed to snag Sergio for Ish but my middle round picks are bleh. Loads of injury prone players in Favors, Noel, and Parsons and I reached for them a bit. Got any sweet, sweet tips?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @cazorla: Hey man, welcome to the comments! Thanks for reading! Yeah the NOel injury hurts… But a Harden team is def competitive. I know Kemba and HOrford starting a little slow is annoying, but I think you’ll be OK! I would fully embrace FG% punt. Try Horf + sweetener for Porzingis

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        @JB Gilpin:

        I was actually aiming for Porzingis at the turn of the 2nd/3rd rounds but someone snagged him a few picks earlier. Forgot to add I have Will the Thrill since Noel’s in the IR spot. Anyway thanks for the advice JB!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @cazorla: Ah, well Horford probably went pretty close. Maybe see if the next game or two is a rough one for Porzingis and try it out. Hope it helps!

  7. Michael says:
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    I need some help here bro, I made some mistakes in my draft, I need some descent SG on the wires
    and maybe one more descent PG
    pg: damian lillard/Chris Paul/Mathew Delladova
    sg: garry harris
    sf-pf: Giannis antetekumpo/tobias harris/Jabari parker/jonathan simmons
    pf-c: Gorgui Dieng/Nerlens Noel/Zach Randolf/Al Jefferson/Cody Zeller/Andrew Bogut/Justin Hamilton/

    • Michael says:
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      @Michael:
      btw I am in a 12 team roto

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Michael: Hah we all make draft mistakes my man 🙂

        Yeah you def need guard help. Big Al can probably go. No IL spot, I would just cut bait from Noel. Sergio avail? I like to search by most added and get some ideas there

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    If I’m going full FT punt, my BroLo for his Deandre Jordan? Will probably just need to stream points elsewhere.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: I have no problem with this. I believe I ranked DJ ahead in initial ranks for this very reason!

  9. phil says:
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    Any worth picking up? Lyles, Siakam, Powell, Crawford,Dedmon?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @phil: I nabbed Dedmon in a few leagues just because Spurs play Sat/Sun and one is against the Heat. Gasol gonna get torn up by Whiteside. Long term though? Mehhhhh

  10. Dusty says:
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    In a standard 12 team H2H I’ve had 11 player games on the court over 3 days and 7 more DNPs from injuries and suspension with 1 IL spot… is this bad? I’m channeling my inner Sam Hinkie and trusting the process, but it’s painful.

    • Slim

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      @Dusty: I’m in the same boat in 2 leagues. May have over done it a smidge. 2 ILs. Collison. Hayward. Richardson. Gary Harris. I’m definitely going to use all my moves this week and next. I think it mostly comes down to how long its going to take. I’ll go 1 guy over a month is ok. 2 with 1 IL is pushing it a bit. Harris and Richardson i believe will be back by the end of next week so its only a 2 week issue, and of course Colly will be back then too and since it isnt an injury i think he’ll be full go . Im a little more lenient with those guys. In a 1win league that changes things quite a bit. Being down 0-2 is veey different than being down 8-10.

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        @Slim: same, drafted Harris, D Green, Smart and Colli in one team. Makes things worse, Colli got assigned an O vs INJ (but i may have something to do with this…haha) ranting away at Yahoo Jrue and Colli player status

        https://yahoo.uservoice.com/forums/206157-fantasy-basketball

        patching stuff around and hoping not to get 2-7’d or worse this and next week.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Dusty: @Slim: @jay: Only if the guy over a month is a for sure top 50 player. Like Gordon is. Agree with Slim’s analysis. I wouldn’t like having Harris and Richardson on the same team though. Both don’t have “huge” upside. Obviously if 2 IL spots and they’re the only 2 it’s fine.

          Hahahaha jay, the Official Razzball Lobbyist!

          • Jensen says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I have Richardson and Colly in a league with no IR. Streaming pretty hard this week to get a win against one of the middling teams. It’s a pain because we have a season acquisition limit, but extra incentive to keep Richardson due to the salary cap. For me it came down to matchups and the fact I know colly will be back after 2 weeks. I’m not putting myself in a hole bc i got lucky and open against two teams that are not very strong.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Jensen: Ah, well season acquisition limit changes things indeed. Colly I think is a sure fire hold, it’s J Rich that would bug me personally. And yeah, if you see you’re the stronger team in matchups, I’m all for riding injured guys in those instances as well

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                I have the moves cap too – 30 for the season. Makes it tough to stream much so I’m just sacrificing the beginning in hopes it benefits the end. Ideally I get Parsons and Smart back early next week, Collison and hopefully Danny Green the week after, and then Noel whenever. If I get to 6-12 after 2 weeks, that’s a win.
                The only benefit is if you can take advantage of some IL loopholes by setting lineups weeks ahead and be able to carry 14 active players when all are healthy which is big with the moves limit.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Dusty: Ah yeah, so def not streaming and is much better to have injured stashes there than in no cap. Yup, agree!

  11. ReverseDunk says:
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    I got Curry, Ellis, Avery B, Bledsoe, KCP, and Jamal Crawford for guards. I need some F help and ESPN won’t give Chandler Parson a damn O tag to free up an extra roster spot. Do I drop Jamal C for JaMychal Green

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ReverseDunk: Yeah Yahoo is blowing it with Parsons. He should get it 100%. Yeah you prob have plenty of scoring and 3s, I’d do that

  12. Lasandro says:
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    Oh I always smile when I read a shoutout in your blurbs – spank you very much. But I’m glad you’re on board the Bradley Express CHOO CHOO! As I mentioned during preseason, I hadn’t seen such a drastic change in a defensive player’s offensive skills since I watched Jimmy a few years back during his preseason, before he went on to break out completely that year. Bradley gets the ball a ton and he’s done a great job of attacking the rim. Owning both he and Crowder in my roto squad has been a delight.

    Here’s one for ya @slim: should I try and trade away my Goose for Sapper Dan, if possible? Maybe throw in a Frazier, then grab Sergio off the wire? Btw, 👌🏾on the nickname @jb gilpin. That stuff always reminds me of Clooney in Brother Where Art Thou.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Of course man! Love pulling in the commenters here and there into the posts! Hah well Crowder last year took a big leap 🙂 How about Whiteside year 1 to 2? Ummmm, Drummond had a big leap in there too.

      Yup that’s where idea for Sapper Dan came from!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb gilpin: oh let me clarify: hadn’t seen such a drastic improvement in offensive skills in that player’s PRESEASON performance, compared to the last time we saw them play. It may not translate to nearly as big a season-long improvement as the guys you mentioned, but Bradley will def improve across the board.

      What are your thoughts re: the trade I pitched to Slim? As much as I love Goose, Sapper may have a slightly higher ceiling this year as ATL’s unquestioned #1.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Ahhhhhh gotcha. Yeah that makes sense. yeah give me Sapper Dan there!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m tellin ya man: JIMMY FKN BUTLER was the last guy I saw in preseason where I thought “holy hell, dude has got some new tricks this year!”, until…. Mr Bradley. Mark my words, you will have him ranked very well next year. Great efficient volume 3s, pts and stls, with a smattering of assists and brds. I know it’s early in the season, but this is all by design – no fluke. You can see it. Crowder has taken a bit of a stride, too. Horford now being there just makes them even better off the ball. Trading Wes for Avery prior to the season is sliiiightly making up for the fact that I spent a 3rd pick on BLo *sigh*

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Hit like a bajillion 3s last night haha. Looked great. Hah yeah that was a great deal, I was saying the same preseason too!

  13. PHIL says:
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    Is Biyombo, Asik, Ish Smith, Joe Harris worth a start tonight ?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @PHIL: In a vacuum I’d likely be deploying Smith. If needing a big, then Biyombo would be fine too

  14. Drez1 says:
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    Hey JB, your boy Oubre just popped up on the WW in my 20 team h2h dynasty. Worth dropping Norman Powell or Kyle Anderson for him? I’m probably tanking this season, so I’m looking for the highest upside. Thanks mayne.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drez1: YESSSSS! Most definitely. Otto Porter a free agent next year. Probably losing Powell, I just don’t see the run any time soon

  15. DT says:
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    what up!

    had some questions regarding my roster and would appreciate your feedback.

    10 team 9 cat H2H league.

    G: Curry, Lowry, Bazemore, Knight, Lin , Ish Smith
    F: Griffin, Covington, Batum, Carroll, M. Barnes, Saric
    C: Valuncias, Dieng, Drummond

    Seems like i’m gonna be low on boards which may be a problem. Already thinking dropping Barnes or Ish for a big. Appreciate the feedback!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DT: What’s up man?! Yeahhhh boards look a tad low for a 10er. I’d likely try to hold Ish, I’d be dropping Barnes and Saric already for more pure centers. One stream I like is Dedmon for games Sat/Sun to end the week, with one against Whiteside. Pau not gonna hold up haha

  16. Ryan says:
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    Going out on a limb here and taking Lin for 30.

    Was really impressed with what he did against Boston, and could see him getting a ton of shots if BroLos minutes continue to be limited.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Whoaaaaaa. I dunno what will be harder, 30 points, or 30 minutes for this dumb coach haha

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Haha yeah idk what the deal is with Brook’s minutes. The ol’ clownfoot isn’t acting up as far as I know..

        I’m hoping Atkinson doesn’t run his rotations like B-Rad. Everyone played like 20 minutes for crying out loud! I’ll be keeping an eye on everyone’s minutes over the next few games. Especially RHJ. He’s the only Net I own and I had high hopes for him.

        But yeah, I’m definitely going out on a long LINmb with this pick. Lin got close to 30 minutes the other day, but there’s always the threat of a blowout linmiting his linutes!

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          @Ryan: Aww no 30, but a VERY nice statline nonetheless. If only I had gone out on an even thinner limb and picked TJ Warren!

          RHJ put up another dud in 25 minutes. I wanna hold, but don’t think I can with TyJo, Delly, and Richardson on the wire. Brook put in work during his 26 mins btw, but it seems Hamilton is still getting more run than him.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Ryan: Yup nice bounceback for Brolo and Lin. Still hate the low run, 34 for Lin was nice tho. SHOCKED they won an NBA game haha.

            Yeah I’, def moving on from RHJ for any of those 3, prob Delly if you need PG

            • Ryan says:
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              @JB Gilpin: FACT: The Nets and the Warriors have the same win record. Welcome to the twilight zone.

              I dropped RHJ for Delly right after posting.

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                @Ryan: Hahahaha yeah it’s pretty absurd, but I’ll take the under on Nets vs. Warriors wins haha. Like that add!

  17. Snapped up Simmons at the half of G1 in a Dynasty League. He just fits Pop’s style so well, sure there will be nights on the Spurs roster where he’ll get lost but long term I really think he’ll be a player at San Antonio.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bulldogs2016: Can’t disagree with this. once Manu is gone, he should be the alpha for the second unit. Just needs to be a fairly deep dynasty league in that I dunno if there’s monstrous upside. Also Kyle Anderson back to the bench is no bueno when Green is back

  18. Bye Felica says:
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    I wanted Leonard everywhere and drafted him no where. I didn’t get a high enough pick. I tried trading Lillard for him in one league but he wouldn’t bite 😏

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felica: Hah yeah only one league for me. But it’s the best league to have him in 🙂

  19. Bye Felica says:
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    5 mins until my boyfriend plays.

    Love you Myles Turner , Felica

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felica: Wasn’t huge, but made his FT and another dubdub 3 BLK. youll take it!

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yup, it was a weird game. The Nets kept switching lineups everytime he was in/out the game. They wouldn’t really drive on him and when he wasn’t in the game they exploited him. If you guys need 3 pointers grab the Net players because they chuck up as many treys as the Warriors hahaha

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Bye Felica: Hah yeah Nets looking like a hockey team with line shifts. Good point on the Nets, it was like that the first game too. A college basketball/hockey team haha. Guess that’s why Brolo is no fit

  20. Lasandro says:
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    The 1st quarter is done in Broolyn and Lopez has played 5min to Hamilton’s 7. I’m really not liking this. What’s coach looking for here – a run and gun offense?! Utilize that post beast!

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      @JB gilpin: UPDATE: BLo for 10min in the 1st half. The broadcasting team received a Twitter question from a fan asking why the hell Lopez played so little in the opener. They came up with such BS to try and justify Asshat’s decision “BLo shouldn’t worry too much about how long he’s out there, just do as much damage as you can with the time you have.” It looks as though he’s been played like a sixth man. Let see if he starts the 2nd half..

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb gilpin: UPDATE: 5min in the third and doing absolute damage in his 15min so far. Is Justin Hamilton their new “starting” center? With these bench mins for Lopez, it’s gonna be hard for him to block 2 shots per contest..

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB gilpin: THOUGHT: hilarious rotations by Asshat in a 1pt game at the 7min mark of the 4th – he’s got his entire bench out there vs the entire starting five of IND. Lin and BLo are destroying and both are riding the pine. Also, with Brook knowing that he’s on some fcked up mins limit, he’s forcing a lotta stuff, hence the 5 TOs (hope you factor that in your daily notes – it’s really not entirely his fault).

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Hah yeah Asshat is driving us bonkers. Nets won a game though! I did see an off-quote saying Asshat liked how Hamilton fit the system… It’s annoying. I bet he wants Brolo traded ASAP.

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        @JB Gilpin: AND… BLo DNP-rested today. My rage knows no bounds. What exactly is going on there? Did dude make out with Kenny’s wife at the last team function or somethin? And they got an L. Everywhere you read, lazy ass writers (Rotoworld and Nets bloggers included) are justifying the decision due to BLo’s lengthy injury history. Uh, he hasn’t been injured in two years!

        • Slim

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          @Lasandro: I don’t understand it unless there’s something they aren’t telling us.

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            @Lasandro: @Slim: Saving him for 36 MPG in Jan/Feb for trade showcasing?! I dunno… Yeah the injury history is preposterous unless there’s a nagging little thing no one knows about

  21. Amrit says:
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    Is lance Stephenson for real!?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Amrit: Ehhhh. once Jrue and Reke are back, it’s gonna be a struggle, given that will be a little while. No 3s, bad TO, I would only be nabbing him in deepers

    • Slim

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      @Amrit: Hard NO!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: Hah

  22. Nont nontiskul says:
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    Hi jb got offer. Lavine + Teague for derozan. Should I take it ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nont nontiskul: Yeah I would take that one in almost all circumstances

  23. Dante Green says:
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    Jeez I’ve been bidding left and right it’s crazy. The next time I’ll be bidding big on someone is on the trade deadline! When Hayward comes back, and a few tweaks here and there I don’t think I’ll be making any more adds–and I firmly believe I’ll be just fine, and better than last season! Haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah yeah, it’s hard to have patience! Just ask people about what I did in REL FAAB last year! Luckily I have depth this time 🙂

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Whatd did you do?? Did you like spend half of your budget in just a span of two weeks? Hah

        Feelin good with my last two adds: Spanish Chocolate & Dirty Delly. I just hope they continue logging heavy minutes. Im gonna probably lose the first two weeks with Gordon still sidelined but that’s alright. I can take that!

        • Slim

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          @Dante Green: He spent all but like $1 on the very 1st FAAB cycle. It wasn’t terrible since most worked out and he was able to trade them away, but it kept him from going for any of the upside young guys late in the year. I would NEVER do that but his goal is to win now, my goal is to compete as best I can now but definitely be better next year. I do not want to get too old and have to rebuild, like JB has Barnes, Scola, CLee, Dirk, Tyson Chandler, Deng, James Johnson, Miles Plumlee all over 27 years old. I have Nene, Sergio and that’s it, but I’m also carrying over Richardson who I FAABd for $2 late last year and JaMychal who I FAABd for $7. I’m definitely a playoff contender, have been all 3 years, but I will also unquestionably be better next year. I have no Harris, Richardson, Reggie, and Hayward and I’m looking at possibly an 8-1, probably 7-2 with Wall taking assists today. Oh well, Spanish Chocolate at least gave me a chance.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dante Green: @Slim: Yup $99 first cycle. I had no depth and there was a ton of minutes to be had. Got E’Twaun Moore, Felton, Leuer and someone else, and all turned into legit contributors. So got trade value for them all, and production half the season. Thing is with all that slamming Slim is doing, not a single one of those guys is integral to my team. All fillers

            • Slim

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              @JB Gilpin: No slamming, simply stating fact, that half your team is on their way down, not up. It’s all good, it’s a win now strategy. It would concern me late in the year when older guys tend to lose minutes to the young guys, which I think is why I got you in the semis last year. None of those guys have trade value since you could only trade them to a win now team. And yeah not getting a bunch of money back for those guys next year is going to be annoying, you should have about $50 for 8-9 spots. Not exactly ideal… I know you loved that old man Dirk DNP already. The other guy was the Knicks guy, Thomas. But yeah my preference is for my non top guys to be young, that way my team gets better as the year(s)progress without me doing anything.

              I have Juancho who isn’t getting minutes, but I have so much depth, even with my 4 injuries, that I can afford to wait it out. Either I’ll trade him for better than any of JBs over 27 year old rental types or he’ll get minutes and I’ll have yet another up and comer. Late last year there were maybe 3 or 4 teams trading for win now guys, abd would only give up guys not getting minutes, and about a dozen looking for upside irregardless of current role. Also I’ve been a punt FG team since I started and part of that was always due to youth. Now that they are getting older and wiser I’m not so sure I am a punt FG team anymore, like late last year when I thought I had no buisness winning FG% vs JB in the semis, but hey young guys tend to improve as the season progresses and at the end they took better shots. I’m at .489 FG% to kick off the season. Pretty solid for a “punt”.

              I’m not saying one way is better than the other, both can win. But I tend to play for March more than November and March is when the kids come out and play.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Slim: Ah yeah Lance. Well sure, but I’ll take DNPs now vs. later! FG% is always fluky, I thought I was more of a punt than not this year too and I took it this first week. It’s just tough for me to wanna give up stats for so long, and you pretty much have to hit on those young guys getting minutes, the ones you’re stashing. Slim admittedly is good at hitting on his guys

  24. marimon says:
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    Hey JB, so Im short on SFs, only have newly picked up TJ Warren and injured Danny Green (ouch, right?)
    Good news is I just traded PG13 and Otto for Wall and Vucevic.

    I want to make an offer for a SF. Don’t think i can get anything from Pau…so was thinking to package Milsap and George Hill for…maybe Leonard,Durant, or Dray + a throw-in?

    My team after trade:
    PG: Wall, CJ, Lawson
    SG: George Hill,Gary Harris
    SF: TJ Warren, Danny Green
    PF: Milsap, Pau, Capela
    C: Brolo, Vuc, Hibbert

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @marimon: Damn, love that Wall trade! Ummmm, sure if you can make those work! Highly doubt you could get Kawhi this hot, or Durant, but always can float offers. Another idea would be to shop Capela to a FT punt team for a SF since you’re good at FT%

  25. I am the Walrus says:
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    I need to drop one….Kid-Gill, Barton, T.Warren.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I am the Walrus: Ugh. I might get shot for saying its Warren off a 30 pt game, but I think it’s Warren…

  26. Chris says:
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    JB! Say it aint so!

    Tell me we didn’t F up by ranking Curry over Harden and Westbrook! He’s going to be the best player isn’t he? Humor me! LOL. 🙂 Notice i did say WE, he was #1 on my list!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: Hah, well it’s two games, and Westbrook’s HUGE FG% and TO last game was poopy. Harden’s TO is killing. Curry still getting 34 MPG and only 1 steal so far, I think more AST to come. I think it’ll work 🙂

  27. jay says:
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    3 games in and BLo gets a DNP rest!! Can we proclaim Atkinson to be this years version of Skiiiiiiles?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @jay: Yeah this is pretty unreal. Worst part is he’s killing Lopez’s fantasy trade value as well, so it’s not like you can safely jump ship. If you can get a top50 center for Brook, say Gobert, Favors, Gorgui, then I would take it immediately. Hell even Marc Gasol is a safer play.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jay: @Slim: I’m having a hard time disputing it. Definitely Kenny Asshat here on out!

  28. Chris says:
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    Slim what are your thoughts on Curry? Is he going to come around and play like the #1 overall pick or at least a top 5?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Chris: yes he will get his money. Don’t panic

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Chris: @Bye Felica: Scurry to some buy low offers where you don’t have him!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Chris: Yeah I’m not worried at all. Sample size is way too low to mean anything.

  29. NameNotFound says:
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    Hey JB! My Dragic+Favors+Nurkic for Walker+Jordan. Don’t really like Jordan’s ft% and he doesn’t fit my team but what do you think of this trade? Maybe I can just trade him away? Thanks!