Uh oh…  Brandon Knight had a good game…  JB’s gonna talk about his Brandon Knight infatuation all year now!  Great…

One of my big sleeper calls last year (which was, only, kindasorta right), I again came into this season with Knight well ahead of the consensus (six spots ahead of the next highest among 25 experts – the only one in green!).  And while his knight (womp womp) was still redonkulous, there was more to like than only the stat line.  Went 22/8/13/0/1 with 2 treys and 10-10 FT. But what’s to salivate over is he led the Bucks in minutes, clearly started the game as the PG, and both Kendall Marshall and Nate Wolters didn’t get off the bench.  Jerryd Bayless was the only backup PG to get off the pine for a measly 14 minutes.  I think a big hesitation for fantasy owners was if Knight was going to play more SG like he did down the stretch last year, having his dimes eaten away like Raymond Felton at a CiCis.  Certainly looks like that won’t be the case, and when I face opposing fantasy teams, Knight is going to be my Public Enemy #1.  Here’s what else went down in our first big slate of games for the 2014-15 season:

Tony Wroten – Murder, She Wroten!  Looked really good last night, with only one (FT%) of his two knocks (TO the other) hurting you, clanking in 3-8 FT.  But you love the 22/8/7/3/0 line.  Yeah, I’d have to pick him up where I could, but remember this was against cobbled together Pacers’ PGs.  Then again, the Sixers offense looked as discombobulated as the movie Southland Tales.  Wroten is gonna have a huge usage rate until MCW is back.

Alexey Shved – 18 minutes off the bench.  Go ahead and take a shot of vodka, Russian fans!  It’s like, afternoon there by the time this published I think!  He could be useful in really deep leagues as the main PG backup to Wroten for now.

Nerlens Noel % killer!  Shaving off your % wiggle room like the side of his flat top.  2-11 FG and 2-6 FT, but at least went 6/10 with 3 blocks.  If anyone is uber-reactionary, I’d buy low.

K.J. McDaniels He might be good at blocks, but Brett Brown is the ultimate cock-blocker!  Didn’t even play K.J. 20 minutes while some absolute scrubs (cough, Chris Johnson) got a ton of PT.  K.J. got a block, so if you’re desperate there in a 12er I might hold, but I dunno…

Roy Hibbert – Maybe I let last year get too big a craw in my soup.  22/8 with 7 blocks.  But this was the Sixers, who played just horrific scrubs (cough, Brandon Davies, cough cough Malcolm Thomas) decent minutes.  If his next game is akin to this one, I’m selling higher than Bob Marley on an April 20th Wailers show in Denver.

Donald Sloan – Worth an add in a Tony Wroten sorta way; I watched some of this game and he looked pretty good.  16/10/6/1/0 with a trey.  4 TO, but that won’t stop you from wanting to bone-a-Sloan.

Rodney Stuckey – I was chattin’ with Slim last night, and I said I thought Stuckey looked like the Pacers’ best player.  Only 16 minutes off the bench, but had back-to-back and-ones and went 16/3/5 with two treys as well.  I have a feeling his lingering foot injury was a big factor in Vogel’s rotation.  Like a Men’s Wearhouse (It blew my mind when I realized it was “Wearhouse”, not “Warehouse” only a few years ago…  Same epiphany as realizing the FedEx logo had an arrow in it!), really liked the way he looked.  Parentheses killed the punchline!

Giannis Antetokounmpo – When one Buck hits, another one misses… Only 24 minutes, and nothing is a bigger slap in the face than your coach telling you Jared Dudley is starting over you…  I’d run straight to the Chobani if I heard that!  Played decently though, going 10/5/1/0/1 with no TO, shooting 3-6 (1-1 3PTM 3-3 FT).  Hold ya Greek!

Jabari Parker – 8/4/1/1/0 shooting only 3-9.  But played 37 minutes (given a little bit OT-padded) and looked like a pro out there with no TO.  Another slower game or two and I’m floating the buy lows.

John Henson – This one hurts… I think one of the Muppets touched Jason Kidd as a child… Only 12 minutes in a game Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova racked up 5 fouls each.  And even with the low minutes, made em count giving you 2 blocks.  I’ve already dropped Henson in one league to stream, but I’d hold in most 12ers and deeper.

Khris Middleton Continues to defy all odds and starts opening night for the second straight season.  Took 15 shots, but missed a potential game winner.  17/6/2/0/1, did have 4 TO, and I don’t know if I trust anything Kidd does yet.  Maybe after this heartbreaking loss to the Hornets, Kidd puts all his players’ names in a hat and Larry Drew’s us.  Still, the Dutchess K Middleton is starting and playing big minutes in 100% of the Bucks games so far, so worth an add in maybe 14 team leagues and beyond.

Kemba Walker Won it for the Hornets!  But ravaged your %s with 9-26 FG and 5-11 FT.  The FG% was a concern coming into the year, but he should be better from the stripe and his 26/6/5/1/1 line with not a single TO is pretty nasty.

Lance Stephenson – Just like Walker, was horrible from the field (3-12) but approached that trip-dub for 7/13/8.  Must be pretending every loose ball is LeBron’s nose.

Al Jefferson – Rainbow line!  14/10/2/2/4.  Coming into this year healthy, he’s gonna be a beast.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist A-thank you!  Talked him up a ton towards the end of preseason, and had a fantastic game last night.  17 points (6-8 FG, 5-6 FT) 8 boards 3 dimes, but those so-so sweet 3 out-of-position blocks.  Rather him over McDaniels!  Not quite a must-own in 12ers, but he’s way up the list now.

Rajon Rondo – What a debut!  Well, it was vintage Rondo, but to get that on opening night when you thought you were without him the first two weeks!  13/7/12/1/1, but his hand brace is making him look like Dwight Howard at the FT line!  0-4 with the freebies.  When you have one good hand and one busted like Scary Movie 2, FT might be tough…

Evan Turner – Eh.  10/7/5/1/1 in 24 minutes.  Brooklyn looked awful.  Really, any time you lose to the Celtics you have to look awful, but to give up 121 points?!  Yikes.  Turner just got caught up in the right game.

Mirza Teletovic – 23 minutes off the bench for 20/6/1/0/2.  The blocks are surprising, but the 4 treys aren’t!  ThrAGNOF!

Mason Plumlee – There’s no reason to have 4 fouls in under 12 minutes against the Celtics.  Got the start, but man… Kelly Olynyk isn’t that good!  We got a glimpse of what Plumlee can do going 4/4 with 2 blocks, but yeesh.  I though you had to be smart to go to Duke…

Otto Porter Benched for Garrett Temple who started at the 2.  My temples hurt! “Well now your fingers are gonna hurt, because you just pulled landscaping duty!”  Otto for 13/4 with a steal is fine, but Glen Rice Jr. is about ready as well.  Moving on from the Porter, going more for the high-volume IPAs.

Drew Gooden – Just continues to be able to play basketball, when everything logical in life would make you think he can’t!  18/5/1 shooting 8-11 and started at PF with Nene out for the 1-game suspension.  34 minutes too!  I think he could be a deep league usable guy.

Chris Bosh – Looks hungry.  Like a Brontosaurus!  26/15/4/1/1 with 3 treys in a big Heat win.  It’s easy to rebound when you weigh 20 tons and have a 30-foot long neck.  I wonder if he swallows rocks to help digest the rebounds.  Not a drug reference, I promise!

Norris Cole – What the?!  23 points as the starter.  Mario Chalmers played decent as well going 8/4/4 and neither guy played over 28 minutes.  Just don’t want anything to do with this backcourt.

Mike Scott Mr. Emoji!  His stroke makes me wanna stroke.  20/4/1 with 4 treys.  ThrAGNOF!

Al Horford – Man, he looked good.  Like, huge smiley emoji good.  Get that as your next tat, Mike!  12/13/3/1/3 shooting 6-15 after starting cold from the floor.

Kyle Korver Did his normal ThrAGNOF thing with 6 treys, but got 3 blocks!  That’s 3 replays that players are going to get clowned for in the Raptors film room tomorrow…

DeMar DeRozan – You don’t draft DeRozan for points, do you?  Looking about as complete a player as a pair of DDs in a tank top!  15/11/3/6/0, salvaging a 4-16 shooting night.

Kyle Lowry “I’m Kyle Lowwwwwwwry!”  Shut it, Lawrence!  11/6/10.  Stay healthy my man!  Woo-sah!

Amir Johnson – 16/10/2 with 4 swats.  “I’ll show Razzball true Luminsence!”

The Luminescent Lithuanian – Got hacked like a Home Depot last night!  Only 21 minutes, but 9-10 FT.  17/8/0/0/1 shooting 4-5 from the field as well.  You’d hope for more minutes, but awesome start for Valanciunas.

The Knicks Are Terrible – Ouch.

Jose Calderon – Mi jamon-string es muy mal!  I didn’t even look that up on Google Translate!  Pretty sure that’s grammatically correct – –  Dammit!  It’s actually his calf bothering him, but I’m too proud of my Spanglish effort to change that.  The Knicks said he was active, but must’ve tweaked something shooting around in his sweats.  He’ll be participating in warm-ups in the nude from here on out; get everything all loosened up.

Taj Gibson – Huge game off the bench for 22/8/1/1/1 shooting 10-12.  The Knicks frontcourt past Melo is just so so bad.

Derrick Rose Only 21 minutes in his return for the Bulls for 13/3/5/2/0.  They just didn’t need him at all, dream scenario for Chicago to ease him in.

Gorgui Dieng Survived a slight scare with a thumb injury that sent him for X-rays, but it came back clean, he got taped up, and got back out there.  Makes me like the Gorgui Apparatus even more.  19 minutes of 6/8 with 3 blocks.  Probably would’ve played more minutes too if he didn’t get his thumb booboo.

Andrew Wiggins – Looked like a spicy tuna roll out there.  I.e. – raw.  6/3/1/2/0 in 18 and a half starting minutes.  Not a great argument for deserving big minutes when Kevin Martin is back (sat out with a bad ankle).

Thaddeus Young Great debut donning his new colors.  26/4/4/2/0 and you love seeing the 2-3 from deep.  He should be a very reliable scorer while on the Wolves.

Marc Gasol – I bet Ricky Rubio talked some mad smack before this game and it lit the fire!  12-17 from the field for a 32/9/3/2/2 rainbow.  That mid-range was muy caliente!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – While he couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn last night (3-19 from the field.  Yup, labradoodle city!), played a lot of minutes and I think it shows StanVan is gonna play the rook until he falls over.  I’m actually pretty encouraged with the 36 minutes he played, and a little rust is understandable since he’s barely played for a few weeks with that knee sprain.

Brandon Jennings – Only 20 minutes to D.J. Augustin‘s 28.  BJ did have a sore Achilles towards the end of preseason, but now he’s gonna have a sore tooshie with all that time on the bench.  Neither PG played exceedingly better than the other, but I think this is the headache you’ll have to deal with and why I was so anti-BJ.  Just like those hoodish girls.  I mean “bookish”, it autocorrected.

Josh Smith – Solid game (25/5/3/1/2), but seriously, get this guy some sort of shock training to stop shooting 3s!  0-3 from downtown.  Was decent with 7-11 FT which is usually another bugaboo, but don’t forget Greg Monroe was out (2-game suspension) and I don’t know if Smoove is going 36 minutes a lot of nights.  A second straight big game and I’d sell high.

Kenneth Faried – 22/17/4 in a near-Goromotaro.  Played only 28 minutes and could’ve gone 30/25 if he got more run.  He’s so good.

Tina Fey Mozgov – 13/11 with 2 blocks.  He’s trying the deep ball too!  0-2 3PTM, but he has a pretty good shot, he’s not Josh Smith out there.  JaVale McGee only played 9 minutes as he’s eased back into action, so Mozgov is looking like an early-season main contributor for your big man stats.

Jusuf Nurkic 13 minutes as the other reserve C to play for the Nugs (J.J. Hickson got a DNP, probably slowly going to be eased back as well), and went 5/7 in 13 minutes.  Looked pretty good out there!  If these Denver brittle bigs go through some injuries, yeah I’d order my sandwich with Au Jus!

Ty Lawson – Welllll, that didn’t go so hot!  3/0/5/0/0 shooting 1-7.  All the injury issues swirling around might make owners think this is the beginning of the end, but played 33 minutes and I think will be fine.  Buy low police!

Patrick Beverley Strained his hammy late last night… Ruh roh!  While Jason Terry is playing a lot more minutes than Isaiah Canaan, I don’t think they’d start Terry, they’d probably go to Canaan if PBev misses any times with StrainedH.

Dwight Howard Yesterday it was the FT, today he kills you with his other fault in his stars.  6 TO.  22/10 with 2 blocks is solid, but he’s still 9-19 from the stripe this year averaging 3.5 TO through these first two.

Kosta Papanikolaou – While he’s still only the 2nd most famous Papanikolaou, this Dr. Pap is gaining momentum going 12/2/4 in 22 minutes last night.  With 4 treys!  Add that to your deep league bagel with lox and schmear.

Gordon Hayward – Another guy that approached that elusive trip-dub last night (8/7/8), the king of labradoodles didn’t disappoint shooting 3-11.

Derrick Favors – Mo’ fouls, less problems!  Early foul trouble kept him only at 27 minutes, but that doesn’t stop Favors from rainbowing it with a 16/7/2/3/4 line.  Geez, he’s a beast.  Razzball love affair!

Kobe Bryant – Oh, there’s the 30 point game!  31/4/3 in only 28 minutes, despite the Lakers getting bludgeoned again.  Makes JashFath the winner of Guess the Kobe line!  31/6/4 was about spot on.  As was the underplaying Jordan Hill guess!  Only 25 minutes of solid 6/11/2 ball.  And my bad everyone for initially forgetting the Lakers were on a back-to-back!  Out of practice, we’ve only had like, 6 of these!  Haha.  I won’t forget to put it in tomorrow for the Battle of Los Angeles Friday night.

Ed Davis – Rainbow alert!  And by far led the Lakers in minutes with 33.  Up from 14-16 team worthy to 12ers.  14/9/3/2/2 without a single TO.  Yeah, I think I’m switching him with that other lanky Chapel Hill dude, Senior Henson.

Carlos Boozer – How does a vet PF play 23 minutes and rack up 8 turnovers?!  What a bad team…

Brothers Morris – Marcus for 21/1/1/1/0 and 5 treys and Markieff 12/3/2/1/0 with only 1 trey.  A little empty scoring from both, but when Carlos Boozer is throwing the ball like Geno Smith and it goes out of bounds every time, it’s tough to get steals and blocks.

Suns 3 PG – Isaiah Thomas!  A value!  23/1/3 shooting 9-11 (5-7 from deep), while Goran Dragic goes 18/5/2 and Eric Bledsoe has the big one of 16/6/9 with 3 treys.  So much fantasy goodness!  Even if Goran was a tad underwhelming.

DeMarcus Cousins – Man, what happened to the Kings last night?!  77 points against the Warriors?!  Boogie did his normal shebang of 20/11/1/1/0 and the big 6 TO.  12-18 FT though!  Hacked more than the Playstation Network!  Well, I’ve killed that hack schtick for the year now…

Darren Collison Awesome, awesome debut from one of our big calls.  13/4/8/5/1 with a trey.  A little weird to see Ramon Sessions play only 10 minutes, and even weirder to see him play so bad with 4 TO.  Did Collison get two or three of his steals off Sessions?

Stephen Curry I didn’t draft you for the rebounds, you schlub!  24/10/5/6/0.  Oh, there’s where Sessions’ TO went!  Pretty disappointing from Steph to see all those rebounds and only 5 dimes and 6 steals…  Very disappointing.

Draymond Green No David Lee with a bad hammy meant it was hardcore #OccupyDraymondGreen night!  12/10/3/1/0 shooting 4-7 (2-2 from downtown) in 34 minutes.  Maybe a little less than you’d hope, and he’s gotta start reigning in the TO.  Had 5 last night after being a little butterfingery in preseason.

Russell Westbrook – Durant is out which means Westbrook is going to be a bigger ball hog than J.R. Smith at a rec league game.  11-26 for a big time 38 points, giving me the first point in the JB vs. Slim 30 point challenge!  You’re going down, Slim!  38/3/6/3/0 while the rest of the Thunder O looked pretty anemic.

LaMarcus Aldridge First bucket of his 27 point night was a trey.  Hit that only deep ball attempt, and looked unguardable for 10-19 FG.  If he makes a trey or two here and there, he’s looking more like a top 12ish guy.

Chris Kaman – He should get Robin Lopez to donate him some of RoLo’s hair.  Locks of Love for Kaman!  Kaman is really underrated and looked solid for 12/6/2/0/1 shooting 6-10 in 21:30.  Lopez… Sadly… Looked good too.  I admit it.  11/10/0/1/2 in 32 minutes.  Westbrook tried carrying the Thunder, but man, the Blazers were unstoppable in the 2nd half.

 

Some big games, some lulls, but with anyone you drafted fairly early, don’t overreact!  Any add/drop questions you have, shoot below as always, and cheer on my Panthers tonight in a big one against the Saints!

  1. hamtime says:
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    would you drop mason plumlee for MKG in a 14 teamer? I picked up kostas pap for his upside in 3s stls blks (mini batum?). Which of the 2 would you rather own?

    Also picked up Augustin for Mcgee in a 16 teamer. You think marcus morris will have value going forward, or should i reach for kostas in this league as well?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Caught me before bed! Of Pap, MKG, and Plumlee, I’m owning MKG and Plumlee. I don’t think Dr. Pap is nearly as skilled as Batum, and definitely doesn’t have the minutes. League 2 – yeah McGee can be dropped, like that DJ add. I would hold onto Marcus over Dr. Pap there too, even when PJ Tucker is back I think Marcus plays more than Pap, with equal upside. So I lean to the more minutes guy

  2. Shaqtin'a Coon says:
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    My only PG is lowry. Would you drop JR and stream sloan? Are DJ, sessions, or devin harris better options?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaqtin’a Coon: Certainly Sloan right now, yeah I would have no issue dropping JR and streaming.

  3. Alex says:
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    Drop any of Teletovic, CJ Miles, or TRoss for Speshal Ed Davis?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: All 3 of those guys can bang treys for ya, yeah I’d lose Miles for Ed D

  4. Blint says:
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    ‘Murder, She Wroten!’
    I so did not see that coming Loll!

    Drop Lamb in keeper league and pick up Sloan or MKG??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blint: Hah, always what I think of, can’t help it… Yeah I’m dropping Lamb for one… Probably MKG

  5. E says:
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    Draymond green was dropped in my league. Would you drop Henson for him? Or Ed Davis? Harden and gianis are only other sf.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Yup I’d drop Henson for him

  6. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The hoodish-bookish joke was phenomenal. Did you see James Ennis last night? He had one of the best in game dunks in recent memory, plus Wade and Deng got booboos. Is he worth an add?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Haha thanks man! Nah, didn’t see any of the Heat game actually, I knew Deng had a bad back. Since both played through it I didn’t mention, watching Ennis’ dunk now… Wow nasty!! Main reaction though, what is Rasual Butler still doing in the NBA?! haha

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I wish he were relevant because “Business Rasual” is an awesome nickname and I’d like to have more chances to use it.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Ennis would sing, “It’s not Un-Rasual, to be posterized!”

  7. JD says:
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    Should I drop Gobert for Ed Davis?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JD: Yup I would

    • Mike says:
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      @JD: I would

    • Lawson says:
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      @JD: I did. ALso I guess it has to do with the team you have. >In my case there was not a huge need for blocks so I thought that Ed would contribute in more areas while blocking some shots as well.

  8. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I guess 33/6/4 is just jot good enough with JashFath around eh? Kobe was at 31/4/3 with like 7 minutes left in the game when I went to bed too. I’m guessing he didn’t get back in the game though. Way to let me down Kobe, for shame!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha nope, yeah he was cut off at only 28 minutes. So close! Both you guys were spot on

  9. Lasandro says:
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    Ugh you make me laugh @jb gilpin! Great write-up

    Yes well, you and I both watched the Bucks game and I was tres annoyed at Kidd’s decision to play Dudley Do Wrong ahead of Giannis.. explain to me where the upgrade is by starting him at the SF? Defensively, Dudley was good, like, 4 seasons ago. Giannis was attacking and did great staying in front of his man on D. I seriously hope this changes. And who the hell saw your bf’s usage being so damn high!? I’m with @Slim on this one: let’s give it a week or so and see how the rotations are then. I do love me some Bayless off the bench though – he was fun to watch attacking the rim with the Griz.

    So, as per your previous advice on another thread (on my roto 8-team, 14 cat league), today’s showing by my PGs did me no favours in warranting one of them being a tradeable asset for a solid rebounding big. In fact, all the bigs I could’ve targeted, a la Horford, Bosh and Vuc, each had very good lines in their openers. Whereas my Rubio, Ty, Lowry and Kemba were fairly poopy (be it either with TOs, %s etc). The owner of Favors aint interested in Kemba, which is just as poopy. I’m lost man. I would’ve liked Thad perhaps, but would giving up Kemba be worth it? If he puts up similar numbers to the end of his Philly season, he certainly would be. Kemba had such a sweet game, particularly with his brds and D stats, but that fg% is gross. And surely he won’t be going 5/11 from the stripe again. Really sucks, but I think I seem to be in a league where managers hold brds and FGM as premium categories, not assists. Maybe I try to trade him for Lance? I need a scorer though, with my KD down. Picking up Asik off the waiver instead of Oladipo made me shed an Indian-tear. But I need them brds. And MCW and KD to come back already! Wish Jimmy gets back this week too so I can sell high perhaps

    Also, thoughts on MKG getting similar numbers to his first outing throughout the season (perhaps closer to the 14-15ppg range though)?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Thanks man!

      Yeah it should change, Giannis is so much better… Bayless started getting really cold with his shot last year, I dunno if he’s that fun guy anymore, Im with ya though, he had some fun moments.

      Love the “poopy” usages! My Playstation name is “Lord_Poopypants” Get some good laughs on call of duty. Yeah FT% was an anomaly for Kemba. I dunno, while Thad looked awesome, no Kmart. Since you need the big man stats and shallower league, I like the Asik move.

      More like 11-12 for MKG, but the counting stats are for real!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: how about a kemba for kawhi offer? At least I’ll get some strong brds and efficiency from the wing spot, to compliment all the other pgs I own. My only SF eligible player is giannis – I have too many pgs and PF/C eligible players (who aren’t huge rebounders ironically, a la millsap, Markieff and ibaka).. Just a thought

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Sure why not? I’d take Kawhi for sure over Kemba. HOpefully Kawhi owner doesn’t think it’s a poopy trade!

  10. Theo says:
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    Ed Davis or MKG?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Theo: Whewwww, I’ll go MKG, trust the minutes more, very close.

  11. booya says:
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    Oynyk, Ed Davis or Henson?

    Thanks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @booya: I’ll stick with Olynyk for now

  12. GT says:
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    I’m really hurting for Blocks, 16 team league, waiver wire is bare.

    How does trading selling high on Kelly Olynyk for Timofey Mozgov sound?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @GT: I don’t think it’s much of a sell high, I’d def do it if you can get Mozgov for dem swats!

  13. Tony C says:
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    I need a SG badly especially for 3PM. Would you drop Otto for Shved, TRoss, Sloan, Belinelli, CLee or Vasquez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony C: Definitely dropping Otto. Ummmm, I’ll go with Ross, not a huge game last night but hit his 3 treys.

  14. Tony C says:
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    Also Ed Davis or Jordan Hill?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony C: Definitely Hill, I think his minutes should go up

  15. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    14 Team H2H
    10 cat (Standard w/ Off and Def rebounds split up)

    Westbrook, Isaiah
    Dragic, Pope, Oladipo*
    TJones, Draymond, KJ McD
    Faried, Markieff
    Bosh, Hawes, Henson

    1) I’m gonna try and grab Ed Davis with my waiver. Who is first on the cutlist out of KJ, Henson and Hawes?

    2) Would you cut any of the other aforementioned players for any of the following:
    Middleton, Marv Williams, Wes Johnson, Marcus Morris, Adams

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: 1 – Yeah definitely grabbing Ed in that format, dropping KJ first.
      2 – Yeah, I think you have to drop Henson right now… I’d grab Adams, I think he’s gonna hit those boards hard for ya

  16. Tom says:
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    3 questions…..

    1) drop Ante…mpo for Kidd-G
    2) Drop Ant..mpo for Draymond G or Marvin W.
    3) Drop Hawes for Olynyk?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: 1 – Nah, holding Giannis. 2 – same 3 – nah holding Hawes there too.

  17. jcg says:
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    Time to move on from Otto Porter already? I can scoop up Teletovic or Marvin Williams

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Yup, did not like seeing Temple start. I’d go Teletovic

  18. Matlock says:
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    Yo JB,
    Pick 2 plz:
    MKG, Sloan, miles plumber,s sdams, Ed Davis, Middleton

    Thx boss!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matlock: Tough one, all fringey and worth owning… Since that’s the case, I’ll go Sloan for now since he’s playing big minutes and Adams. But I mean, completely could change another game into it, difference between all these guys is razor thin. I’d also go off of team need.

  19. Jason says:
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    Wroten or Kidd-G . I;m thinking long term and I’m thinking Wroten’s PT goes down when MCW returns right? So Kidd G???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: While I agree thinking long-term probably MKG, but it’s so so close that I want Wroten now while getting the big usage.

  20. your mom says:
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    hey guys! which side do u prefer in a 14 team 9-cat roto ? vuc/butler/beal or al jeff/bradley/ross… thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @your mom: Yo dude! While I like Big Al over Vuc, I don’t think the difference is the downgrade from Butler/Beal to Bradley/Ross. I’d take Vuc side

  21. Jason says:
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    3 questions….
    1) Drop Ante..mpo for Kidd G
    2) Drop “Ant..mpo for Draymond G or Marv Will?
    3) Hawes or Olynyk

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Got ya above

  22. Mikey Boy324 says:
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    JB I am in a 14 team h2h league standard scoring and have an auction waiver system. I have $975 left on my $1000 budget and wanted to know how much I should BID on the following guys:
    Ed Davis
    Donald Sloan
    Norris Cole

    I am looking to drop Otto Porter for one of them, thanks in advance.

    • Mike says:
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      @Mikey Boy324: If you want Davis you should bid 25, its the first week in a 14 team league, Randle is gone for the season and Davis has looked good before when given playing time.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mikey Boy324: I’d say more like 40-50 given that big of a FAAB budget for Davis. Maybe 25-30 for Sloan, I wouldn’t get Cole, don’t trust him.

  23. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    Why did I draft Brook Lopez….

    In my H2H league we have 10 active roster spots and two bench, so its pretty hard to have dead weight on your team. With my last draft pick I was obligated to grab Plumlee that was supose to be my streamer spot. Its only a 10 team league with 12 spots so theres some pretty good players on the wire but as long as Lopez is on my team I feel like Plumlee will be a must keep.

    Talk me through this…. Is Plumlee a must hold as long as I have Brook? At what point do you think about droppin Brook cuz you know you cant trade him.

    At the moment my team is punting 3’s but that could change if I freed up two spots. Here’s what my team looks like and a small snap shot of what the waver wire looks like.

    3 Guards – Westbrook,Lawson,Holiday
    3 Forwards – Ibaka, A.jefferson,Hordord
    1 Centre – B.lopez
    3 Util – K.Martin,T.Jones,Collison
    2 Bnch – T.Evans, M.Plumlee

    On the wire

    Gibson, #OccupyDramondgreen,Gallinari, Dieng, Olynyk, A.burk, Stuckey, Hawes, E.Payton, KCP, MCW, Ginobili, E,Davis, D.Carroll, JR Smith, Teletovic…

    • Mike says:
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      @Boom Shakalaka: I would drop them both for Davis and Gibson.

      • Boom Shakalaka says:
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        @Mike:

        Such straight forward answer…. it feels so cold. Is the drop that obvious??? Or am I just holding onto Lopez’s potential as a pipe dream 🙁

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Boom Shakalaka: Haha poor ol BroLo.

          I dunno if I would drop BroLo, I don’t think the drop is obvious at all. I would drop Plumlee though, I know you’d like to hold him, but Taj is a must add.

          • Boom Shakalaka says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Thanks guys. I cut the bait on Plumer and picked up Gibson.

            Ps Im from the Toronto and was at the Raps home opener vs the Hawks. Super excited about the team this year. A few things I noticed.

            – Still no play calls for Jonas! Even when he’s wide open the ball isnt coming to him
            – Korver is also gunna get alot of wide open looks now Horford is back.
            – Millsap is also gunna get a ton of wide open 3’s. Why he cant hit a FT is beyond me
            – Horford was left open to shoot 15 footers all day and he had no problem pulling the trigger and making them.

            So happy the season back GO RAPS GO

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Boom Shakalaka: We got an inside information guy! Good to hear the Hawks O looks good since I’m so big on Millsap and Horford. I wish your Raps would get Jonas V more involved!

  24. Joe says:
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    So perhaps foolishly Joe ignored Papa Gilpin’s advice to get Taj and here we are. Same question and wondering if I’ll get the same answer. If Waiters doesn’t look good tonight, do I risk a shortage at SG in order to get some blocks from someone like Taj, Amir, or Bogut? Or would you replace one SG for another and get D.Green, Mayo, or Ja.Crawford? (And how much should I bid?)

    9-cat, 10-team league. 3 keeper max with a penalty of “one round earlier.” The number in parenthesis is the round they were drafted. $100 FAAB.

    Conley (3), Holiday (6), MCW (8), IT2 (10), Waiters (11), Mathews (5), ‘Melo (1), Durant (2), Noel (7), Gasol (4), Monroe (9)

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      (PS. I could also use someone holding my hand and telling me that I wasn’t a moron when I took ‘Melo over Wall in the dream of having Melo and Durant playing together later in the season…)

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joe: Haha well, unfortunately I can’t hold your hand there since I had Wall higher 🙂

        I’m not a Waiters guy at all, I’d def get Taj without even knowing what Waiters will do. I’d big maybe $3 or $4, not too much of a difference over Bogut and Amir and sounds like a pretty good group of guys on the wire. Maybe put a backup bid of $1 on Bogut/Amir.

  25. TR says:
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    Good morning JB! I’m winning across all four of my four leagues and am just so glad that fantasy basketball is back.

    I was watching the Bucks shit the bed against the Hornets and call me a wishful cheesehead, but OJ Mayo looked sort of like an nba player to me. Maybe it’s because he shaved his beard but he actually looked sort of fit and was making shots. Do you think he’ll be of any value on a bucks team lacking proven weapons?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Morning man! Nice that you’re starting hot, me too!

      Nah, I think Mayo is going to get lost in the rotations, maybe in 16 teamers or deeper, but I don’t trust him. Kidd called him out for being out of shape early in the year too, I get it’s motivating, but you don’t go public with that for a player you like.

  26. AC says:
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    Gotta love first night overreactions!

    Burks and Kanter were dropped for Ezeli and Speights (I know right?!) last night. I think the guy is just a shameless Warriors homer, but I’m all about it.

    My bottom 3 picks were Draymond, Hawes, and KCP. I’m good on blocks, steals, and dimes, but could use some help with rebounds and percentages.

    Who do you think I should give up for these two guys?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Yessir! Brandon Knight for MVP!

      Haha wow… To be honest, I’m not picking up either of those Jazz though. I like KCP a lot more than Burks and Draymond/Hawes I don’t think rebound much less than Kanter who was awful.

  27. DK says:
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    Someone dropped Dieng to waivers. I was thinking of dropping Henson to bid for Dieng. What do you think? Considering I do need blocks badly since my team is left with Jones, Millsap and Gortat that truly blocks. I have Draymond, but I definitely need more since I am losing out a potential 1.5 blocks from Henson that might not see the light with the mess in Milwaukee.

    This is my current team. I haven’t been able to move my Monroe. I was thinking of packing Draymond with KCP or Teletovic cos both of them seems hot right now. But as I mentioned before, my league is not easy on trades.

    PG: Curry, Lawson, MCW, Nelson and Sloan FA pickup
    PF/C: Gortat, Jones, Millsap, Monroe and Henson
    SF: Draymond, Teletovic
    SG: KCP

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DK: Hmmm that’s interesting, Dieng was encouraging! Yeah, I’m losing Henson for Dieng. I wouldn’t sell KCP, I think his value might’ve taken a hit shooting so bad when it should be going up given that usage. Monroe+Telet off the hot night I like more if you can get any biters

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DK: Well, still doesn’t look fully integrated into the rotation and it’s the Sixers

          • DK says:
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            @JB Gilpin: So I guess continue to wait and see? What do I do with Dieng? Lol

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @DK: Since you need blocks, I’m fine dropping Telet if that’s still an option

              • DK says:
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                @JB Gilpin: nvm, plans changed again. Someone made a $25 bid for him. Crazy. I have a possibility for Sanders trade. Would do you think would be a good offer?

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @DK: Wow, yeah that’s a big chunk of change…

                  Probably going to cost a bit off a good game, Monroe straight up or maybe Monroe+Henson?

                  • DK says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: well, he’s playing Tom, so let’s hope he’s hot off the bench. Could you explain again to me why I should move Monroe rather than my other players or combination of that?

  28. Nate says:
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    Opinion on trading Thad Young for Kemba?

    Only PG’s I have are Wall and Jennings.

    Rest of team:

    Klay Thompson, Hayward, Parsons, Gay,
    Marc Gasol, Millsap, Valanciunas, Noel, Jordan Hill

    Brandon Knight, Sloan and Wroten all got picked by owners with waiver priority unfortunately.

    • Nate says:
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      I should add that this league does not count shooting %.

      Alex Burks is also on the waiver wire.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nate: Yeah I’d take Kemba to shore up PG depth, and while I like Thad, no Kmart helped his offense last night. No FG% makes me like it even more! Damn, wish you had gotten Knight, but naw not picking up Burks

  29. Jake says:
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    Pau Gasol and Wilson Chandler or Larry Sanders and Danny Green???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: I’ll take Gasol side

  30. PGs says:
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    Norris Cole or Donald Sloan? 9 cat with no TO and minutes played

    • Mike says:
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      @PGs: @fields@PGs: I would take Cole over Sloan. Sloan has the job for 3 more weeks.

      • fields says:
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        @Mike: Cole taken in my league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PGs: I’m taking Sloan, unless it’s a really deep league. Once Hill is back you can just swap Sloan for someone else.

  31. CA says:
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    Somebody dropped Jarrett Jack and Lamb in my 14 team H2H dynasty league should I drop waiters and T. Thompson for them? I have Millsap, Gasol, T. Chandler, Kanter, Marcus Morris, and Mi Plimlee as bigs

    • JB Gilpin

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      @CA: Lamb… Ehhh I dunno, the back injury is scary. Jack I would add, probably for Thompson, you look pretty good up front. I might wait until after the Cavs game tonight though, see how many minutes each get.

  32. Larry says:
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    Hi JB,
    My team – 9cat 10 teamer h2h
    Guards: Dragic, Rondo, Elfrid, Knight
    Wings: KD, Ariza
    Bigs: Millsap, Favors, Gortat, RoLo

    Now I know given just 1 game I cant really draw too much conclusions, but my assists were pretty good even though Dragic only had 2 dimes. MCW was dropped, and there are some intriguing players on the wire. Should I be dropping Payton for MCW, Cole, Augustin, MKG, KCP, Shved, Stuckey, or Teletovic? Right now seems like FT is my problem, now I wouldn’t really mind losing FT, if I didn’t have KD, but since I have him, I feel like I’m wasting all that FT% goodness he gives. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Larry: Def not picking up any of the buzzy guys from last night, but MCW I think I would drop Elfrid for. Like you said, don’t really need his AST and his FT downside is no bueno, MCW has so much more upside. Any time!

  33. ThE sHiT says:
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    Lose Draymond or Reggie Jackson for Sloan or Wroten? Need pg depth, 14 team h2h, 60 moves cap.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: I kinda want both, but don’t wanna drop Green… I’d lose RJax for Wroten

  34. Don Majkowski says:
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    Who would you rather own just for general production, pick 2.

    Boozer, Ed Davis, MKG, Hardaway Jr.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: @Don Majkowski: Yeah I agree, Davis and MKG by a pretty wide margin

  35. fields says:
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    After making a 2 for 1 trade yesterday I’ll have to make one waiver pickup on Saturday the 1st. Who should I be looking out for? Right now I’m looking at:

    Courtney Lee
    Tony Wroten
    Marvin Williams
    Ed Davis

    anyone else to keep an eye on? Any preferences so far?

    • Mike says:
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      @fields: Depends who you have, but I like Davis and Wroten.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fields: Definitey Wroten for right now. If you need bigs, I agree with Mike, I’d go Davis in that case if a dire need

  36. Sully's Tap says:
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    I picked up CJ Miles before season began. I need 3’s and just overall value. Do you like any of these SG better? Shved, Sloan or Belinelli?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sully’s Tap: Might lose out on a handful of 3s, but I’d grab Sloan for now

  37. CTMN says:
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    I got Knight on all of my teams! My best THRAGNOF plus some nice assists!

    • Mike says:
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      @CTMN: Detroit Piston made a hugh mistake in trading Knight and Middleton for Jennings.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Mike: Yeah the Pistons have made a ton of bad moves lately, at least they got a good draft pick in Drummond!

      • CTMN says:
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        @Mike: Yeah exactly and Middleton was a huge steal too in that trade, at the time it seemed like they just threw him in but he can score and defend from the wing plus play stretch 4. Jennings just sucks now.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Haha yeah I saw Augustin played a ton again tonight. Feeling great on that call, putting BJ well into the 100s!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CTMN: NICE! Love it man!

  38. Aiden says:
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    I have andre iguodala, ramon sessions, rudy gobert.

    Should I keep them or drop them?

    I am in 14er h2H each category league.

    I am thinking donald sloan, papanikolau, and mike scott.
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aiden: Sloan I’m def adding over Sessions, but that’s the only move I’m making for now. Any time!

  39. Aiden says:
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    I am In a 14team H2H each cat league. My team has the following:

    Anthony Davis
    Al Horford
    Trevor Ariza
    Pau Gasol
    Ryan Anderson
    Gorgui Dieng
    Rudy Gobert

    Goran Dragic
    Brandon Knight
    Jammer Nelson
    Manu Ginobli
    Ramon Sessions
    Andre Iguodala

    I am thinking of dropping Sessions, Iguodala, Gobert, who has done absolutely nothing for the team. Should I wait out and see it they do better? Would you hold onto them or pick others up from waiver wire?

    FA: Donald Sloan, Papanikoloau, Mike Scott, KJ McDaniels, Marvin Williams

    Anyone you would pick up instead?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Aiden: Of those guys, I’m only dropping Sessions right now for Sloan. If MKG is avail, I’d grab him for Gobert, but not dropping Iggy for any of those guys yet.

  40. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    Thank you, thank you! My assistant will contact you with the address you can send the prizes to.

    Unfortunately, I gave Kobe too much credit with the other counting stats. Should have figured he wouldn’t pass the ball or go hard for rebounds.

    Appreciate the shout out.

    P.S. start playing Words with Friends again. Have you checked out the new and improved app? They added a “Tinder-like” feature to find new players. I got all the stay-at-home moms wet for me.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JashFath: Haha sounds good man! Still, you were the winner… Let’s see you go back to back tomo!

      While milf hunter is a fun website and all, I think I’ll use different Apps to go cougar hunting 🙂 Grey probably has some good tips!

  41. orloeno says:
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    Hey JB, would you say that my Dragic+Hayward for Rondo+Kobe is a good trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @orloeno: Ehhhhh I don’t think I like it, but razor close. I like Dragic more than Rondo even though Rondo is going to destroy him in AST, and while I like Kobe more than Hayward, it’s not by a huge margin. The more I think about it, the more it looks like a coin flip…

      • orloeno says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB, appreciate the input. I might flip a coin over this coin flip.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @orloeno: You can never go wrong with the coins!

  42. Manshi Shah says:
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    PLEASE HELP!! Out of these players in a 14 team 9 cat h2h, who would you want on your team? Please RANK.

    Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, Dalembert, MKG

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Manshi Shah: MKG, Davis, Plum, Telet, Dalem

  43. OneI'dWilly says:
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    OK, so I got priced out of the PG run. My fist basketball draft is in the books and there are things I like and don’t. Thoughts?
    Patrick Beverley, Hou PG  DTD
    Tim Hardaway Jr., NY SG
    Thaddeus Young, Min SF, PF
    Blake Griffin, LAC PF
    Al Horford, Atl C, PF
    Marcin Gortat, Wsh C
    Trevor Ariza, Hou SF
    Darren Collison, Sac PG
    Markieff Morris, Pho PF, C
    Mario Chalmers, Mia PG
    Marcus Smart, Bos PG
    James Harden, Hou SG
    David West*, Ind PF  O
    Jodie Meeks*, Det SG  O

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OneI’dWilly: Meeks is an easy drop for ya for a PG that’s out there if there are amy. Same with Smart, I like the 4 steals, but Rondo back hurt him

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah meeks just an IR stash at the moment. No one out there on the WW, gonna have to look through trade, but afraid I’ll have to overpay. Prepared to drop smart, just a late round snag since its a keeper league and thought Rondo could be dealt.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OneI’dWilly: Ahhhh didn’t know you had the IR. I dunno about Rondo, the Celtics are 1-0 might go 82-0! Haha

  44. SMLV1 says:
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    So your saying drop Henson and pick up Ed Davis in 12ers?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SMLV1: Yeah I think so… I sadly trust Davis’ minutes more, although I like Henson more for fantasy fi they played the same MPG

  45. SMLV1 says:
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    Fun question! Who gets more blocks in the month of November? Anthony Davis or Ibaka and how many do they get?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SMLV1: Davis! I dunno about total, but I’ll go 3.2 blocks per

  46. SMLV1 says:
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    Stuckey, Cole or D. Harris at PG?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SMLV1: Stuckey

  47. Filkarri says:
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    Worth dropping Plumlee, Jameer Nelson, or Giannis for MKG?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: Mason or Miles Plumlee? Eh I honestly might either for MKG.

  48. m1chael says:
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    Dropping Henson for S. Adams or E. Davis? 12 team H2H.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @m1chael: I’d drop for Adams, trust his playing time more

  49. Clos says:
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    Jb nice write up again.. Quick question..
    In a 10 teamer I’ve got hawes and Markeif.. Just wondering if you think I should drop one of them for ed Davis.. Pretty deep in the bigs.. Kind of lacking 3s so not sure if I should drop hawes.. Markeif won’t get as much playing time when Lee gets back but still puts up good lines.. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clos: Thanks man! Naw I’m holding Hawes and Kieff, I dunno who Lee is that will hurt his PT, but I think Kieff should be fine minutes wise as the starter.

  50. Blint says:
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    Sorry JB I went against ur advice and dropped Jameer Nelson and took Sloan. With Barea coming in as well last night I think Nelson will lose value!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Blint: All good man! Yeah, but in Jameer’s defense, that game was a blowout from the opening tip. Still think Jameer will be a 29-30 minute guy.

  51. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    JB killing it again. anti-bj like the hoodish girls? brilliant. I’m all in on the BK knights train as well.

    as for the Muppet bandwagon…. I’m not dropping him for Kaman or anything in a 20-teamer am I? Or should I try and move him for Special Ed or Steven Adams? So much potential there which sucks… and Colonel Sanders is always good for a broken hand or something…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Haha thanks man! 20 teamer… Nah not for Kaman yet. Too much upside,. Non-keeper I def would try to swap for Ed or Adams. colonel Sanders is such a chicken! That def is true too

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