Mmmmmm soup…  I mean noodle soup!  I mean soup!  COME ON!

After a long existence in the kitchen cabinet, Myles Turner finally got a chance to be mmmm, mmmm good going 25/7/2/1/2 on 11-13 shooting.  He even had a third block called a goaltend with a verrrrry late whistle late in the game.  Just like a fine batch of cream of broccoli, it just needed some time to age!  I was a well-documented Turner-crazed ranker, but I think most would agree he’s been awesome when he’s on the court.  Some nagging knee soreness limited his minutes early before breaking his thumb, but we finally got to see the potential I was so crazy for last night.  Now, Ian Mmmmmmahinmmmmmmi was out with a sore heel which doesn’t sound too serious, so the minutes certainly aren’t assured.  Turner’s 29 minutes were off the bench, with Vogel starting the inferior SC Apple Jordan Hill at the 5.  Even with the depth the Pacers have at C, I gotta think this game has awarded Turner more consistent run.  And if you aren’t sold yet, his per-36s are 17.1/8.9 with 2.2 BLK shooting 55% from the field (even though he’s a jump shooter).  I was fortunate enough to add him in all 4 of my RCLs, so he’s likely out there in a lot of 12ers – I’d scoop him up as I think he’s the creamed corn of the crop of waiver bigs!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, and The 7 Ahead for week 13:

Joe Young – Pacers rookies going nuts!  Too bad they still lost to the Nugs…  With George Hill (personal, we dunno) and Rodney Stuckey (sore foot, will miss another week or two), Young made the most of his run for 15/1/7 on 7-11 shooting in 18 minutes.  Might be worth a short-term look in the deepers.

John Wall After a tripdub flirt on Friday (28/7/8 against IND), goes 36/7/13/7/1 Saturday against the Celtics, hitting 11-13 FT.  I would say Boston got stone-Walled, but the Wiz still dropped that one!  It was a pretty dramatic finish too, with Wall missing a game-winning layup as time expired.  So I don’t remember who it was, but fine commenter who tried to slam us on always liking John Wall – haven’t heard from you in a while!

Otto Porter Missed both games over the weekend with a hip injury.  That soooooo sounds like something that would happen to someone named “Otto”!   Kelly Oubre got two starts, and while he is meh (7/4/0/2/0 and 10/6/0/2/0 with a trey in each), for dynasty it’s amazing to see him start after he wasn’t really in the rotation to start the year and I feared some D-League stints might be in there.  Buy in dynasty if you can!

Bradley Beal Sell in dynasty if you can!  Still coming off the bench as the Wiz limit the minutes on his weary legs, but looked solid for 22/5/1 Saturday night with 4 treys.  It just really hurts that even Beal said he’ll need a minutes limit the rest of his career.  Hurts fantasy upside and his upcoming paycheck as a FA…

Kelly Olynyk Show me the way, Olynyk of Nazareth!  Well, he showed us a nice microcosm weekend of his season, going insane Friday for 21/9/1/3/1 and 4 treys against the lowly Suns, but only 11/3/1/0/1 against the Wiz Saturday.  After intriguing me with the heavy minutes earlier in the month, Stevens has treated Olynyk like Judas.

Marcus Smart Tripdub alert!  Rainbow line alert!  10/11/11/2/2 against the Suns, and still solid 13/4/3/1/0 against the Wiz.  I recently took him over Patrick Beverley in a comment, so use that as you may.

Jae Crowder A big part of the Wizards/Celtics drama Saturday night, as he claimed Randy Whitman was jawing with him and he got a technical lining up for a free throw.  “Jae, you soft bro!”  “It’s either jogging or yogging, it might be a soft Jae…”  The Wizards coaching staff is so weird, I’ve never been a big Whitman guy and they have a pirate with a huge eye patch.  Anyway, hit the game-winning FT because my boyfriend Oubre had no back side help, giving him a 22/8/6 line against the Wiz after rainbowing for 17/6/5/3/2 in under 30 minutes against the Suns.  The Boston Clam Crowder is mmmmmmm, delicious!

Isaiah Thomas After a little shooting lull as the calendar turned to 2016, IT2/3 has been on fire and his FT volume is insane, with a season’s best 15-16 last time out.  Pizza Guy is dewwwwivering!

Donald Sloan – In the world’s most annoying backcourt (remember I slam the Nets SG position all the time), it looks like Sloan is officially the guy to own.  I still think Shane Larkin gets more run later in the season (Nets might even move Sloan if they can get much for him), but for now Sloan’s 15/9/9 and 4/4/12 lines over the weekend look good enough to own in most leagues.  He doesn’t hit a ton of 3s and barely gets any D stats, so it’ll be limited.  He might be the best Jarrett Jack clone!  Deeper leagues that can afford stashing – I’d hold onto Larkin for the stretch run, especially past the trade deadline to see what happens.

Nicolas Batum Went nuts at the Pels for 25/4/8, but cooled off against the Bucks for only 6/3/9.  Through his 5 games in January, he’s up to a crazy 8.2 AST per game.  He’s had some lingering injuries, so I might shop him to a low-AST team if you’re looking good there.

Ryan Anderson Speaking of shopping, this rumor to the Kings for Rudy Gay just isn’t going away.  32 Pts on 12-19 shooting with 6 treys against the Hornets certainly isn’t helping the Kings get a discount!

Joakim Noah Noah and the Flood of Injuries!  My subtitle for the 15-16 season…  Dislocated his shoulder on Friday night, and will need season-ending surgery.  Sigh…  He was turning it around too, pre-and-post that first shoulder injury.  Anyway, Taj Gibson is set to play at least 30 mins a night, and turned in 11/11/0/1/0 and 9/11/1/0/0 lines over the weekend.  Some blocks should be there most nights, so he’s worth nabbing in most leagues.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Dubdubbed in 4 straight, crazy 28/16/0/1/3 and 14/11/3/0/3 lines over the weekend, and adding some crazy FT volume lately.  The 3s we saw earlier in the year have dried up, but when you’re shooting a career-best 50.2% from the field, you ain’t complainin’!

Kyle Korver Welllll, we get a great game of 17/4/3/1/1 on Friday night with 7-10 FG and 3 treys, only to see Korver disappear yet again down the rabbit hole for 3/3/0/2/0 against the lowly Nets.  If only someone knew to temper expectations on draft day!  Look at all those ranks in the 40s, eesh…

Dennis Schroder 16/5/1 against the Bucks, and just when you’re like “where’s the beef?!”, brings the dimes with a dimebag for 15/6/10/3/0 in only 19:35 against the Nets.  Hey, Korver, that’s how you take advantage of a good matchup, bruh!

Hassan Whiteside Speaking of good matchups, tripdub alert!  Tripdub with dem swats!  19/17/2/1/11 against the Nugs, then 14/11/0/1/4 last night against the Thunder.  If you lost blocks this week with Whiteside on your squad, you got some bad juju going agianst you!

Beno Udrih – Picked up another start with Goran Dragic missing some games with a bad calf (make some veal then!), and got a dimebag with 11 AST.  Didn’t do much else, but apparently he felt as though he was carrying the team on his shoulders and sat last night with a bad neck.  Tyler Johnson time!  16/6/4 against the Thunder as the starting PG with two treys.  Did commit 4 TO, but he’s such a solid player…  REL bias!  With Gerald Green leaving early with knee tendinitis and Dwyane Wade questionable every night, run should be there for TyJo in 12er+ leagues.

Emmmmmmmmmmmmmanuel Mudiay – Looked good again off the bench Saturday going 16/1/4 and hitting all 4 of his FT, but went full Michael Carter-Williams on us last night!  10/4/6/3/1, but shot 4-10 from the field, hit only 2-8 FT (!!!!!) and committed 7 TO (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Nikola Jokic It’s never reliable, but there’s never a doubt of upside!  18/2/3/4/0 with a trey in only 24 minutes against the Pacers, but he’s still 12er streambait for me.  Gimme Mmmmmmmyles Turner instead!

Terrence Jones – Yeesh.  Goes back to playing low-20 minutes with virtually no stats in two weekend games.  JB Bickerstaff continues to give JBs of the world a bad name…

Patrick Beverley Suffered a kankle and sat last night, giving Ty Lawson a chance to drive the offense.  Poor phrasing, JB!  12/2/5/0/0 in 31 minutes against the Lakers though…  Yawn!  Just such a bad fit even when he gets the run there in Houston…

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Didn’t do much against the Grizz (9 Pts in 31 minutes), but bounced back in a huge way for 20/5/2/3/1 on 9-16 FG leading the Pistons against the Warriors for that surprise W.  Yup, KCP led them, he’s their best player!  My KCP addiction remains strong!

Marcus Morris A few commenters asked if they should drop Morris, but I had a feeling he could bounce back.  12/4/5 and 16/8/6/0/2 lines over the weekend, as his shot started falling again.  So much for the knee tendinitis too, as he played 80 minutes in those two!

Draymond Green Mannnnn…  #Occupy with a rough weekend, going 5/5/9/1/2 on 1-7 shooting in the loss to the Pistons after putting up a dud the previous game against the Lakers.  Not much to worry about here, except that giving him DNP-rests should never be an option, been awful these past two after he sat out!

Stephen Curry 38 Pts on the nose in 3 of the past 5.  I just laugh when I see he’s attempting 10.7 treys a game, and is shooting over 50% from the field overall…  He’s a madman.

Festus Ezeli – Dubdub (10/10) with 5 blocks against the Pistons…  He certainly was awesome earlier in the year, but Andrew Bogut had foul trouble and they keep wanting to limit the Festusivities…

Nerlens Noel Not playing particularly well with Jahlil Okafor starting again (booooo!), but flirted with a double rainbow regardless last time out!  4/8/1/4/4 in only 26 minutes against the Blazers, and he mighta had a shot to get those dimes if the Sixers didn’t blow them out.  Yes.  The 4-37 Sixers.  Blew out a team.

Richaun Holmes Got an extended look, and he’s pretty solid out there!  REL bias!  I got him as a throw in in a trade, and was shocked to see his 17/6/3/0/1 line on 5-9 FT (1-3 3PTM 6-7 FT).  Really the most surprising number was the 27 minutes.

C.J. McCollum Uh oh!  Our favorite catalyst for drama (he’ll get the Oscar, that’s for sure!) has really cooled off, shooting 40% or lower in 6 straight with a heavy volume.  He’s at 16.0/3.5/5.0 the last 6 which is nice and all, but under a steal per game, missing FT (63.6%, albeit in a low volume) and an awful 33.3% from the field on 19.5 shots a game.  I’ve mentioned a few times that I could see his legs wearing out with these crazy minutes and not nearly this kind of run in his career before (due to a bench role and injuries).  And when you see the FG% dropping and the steals falling off, it’s certainly an indicator.  Might be in the seller’s market.

Russell Westbrook Now to easier analysis – he tripdubs almost every night and is awesome, the end!  Hashtag analysis!

Markieff Morris Inserted into the starting line-up the past two games, as the Suns are desperately trying to boost his value.  Was terrible against the C’s for 9/9/4/1/0 on 2-10 FG, but looked like the Kieff of old for 17/5/3/3/0 last night.  Unlike Turner, I was only able to nab him in 1 of 3 RCLs (I owned him already in the 4th), but he’s still out there in 49% of Yahoo leagues, so might be available in your 12ers.  I worry it’s short-term though, as the trade does seem imminent.

Marc Gasol Mucho puntos!  I think that means a lot of points, I know the B-word in Spanish is something close to that too though!  37/8/3/0/3 against the Knicks, because ya know, the world’s worst NBA player Robin Lopez was playing defense…

Rudy Gobert Mmmmmmmm, French Onion soup!  18/18/0/0/5 against the soft interior Lakers.  The Lakers are like a cream-filled donut!  Or as Gobert would say, an eclair!  While the matchup might make this seem fluky, I think we’re primed for a big second-half.  The buy-low window might be shut, but I’d keep pressing.

Trey LylesDerrick Favors is questionable for tonight which would really cripple Lyles’ value, but he also kept it going against that Lakers eclair defense, going 17/9/2/0/1 Saturday night.  Lyles and Myles playing some great rookie big man minutes this weekend!

Omri Casspi Still coming off the bench (Dammit Karl!), but 17/4/0/1/0 on 6-9 FG (5-8 3PTM) is still usable.  Gotta love the high FG% 3-point shooters!  He’s like a mini-Kawhi!  Aight, aight, that’s too far…

Cole Aldrich I mentioned on our last Pod that I thought Aldrich was a really underrated player, and with DeAndre Jordan sitting again (pneumonia), Cole went nuts for a rainbow 19/10/2/2/3 against the Kings Saturday night.  He’s definitely stashable in deeper leagues should anything more drastic happen to DJ…

 

The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: n/a
  • 4-game weeks: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAC, NO, NY, OKC, TOR, UTA
  • 2-game week: San Antonio Spurs
  • Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week): Dennis Schroder (27%/4), Mario Chalmers (42%/3), Jerian Grant (4%/4), Dion Waiters (12%/4)
  • Stream days: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Overall Thoughts: Well, poo…  Pretty vanilla week where you’re playing your regulars, except for Kawhi Leonard owners, who have to decide in weekly leagues if he’s worth a start.  Virtually all other Spurs aren’t worth it.  And to make matters worse, somehow the scheduling gods gave the Spurs a back-to-back as their only games this week…  This is more annoying than a London game!

It’s a typical week with your standard stream days, and a heavy MWFS.  However, we get early basketball this afternoon!  MLK day features 6 afternoon games starting at 1:00 PM EST, so be sure to set your line-ups this morning!  For weekly streamers, it’s tough to ignore what Schroder has done lately and he gets a 4-game week.  I know, I know, I usually only recommend 4 or 5 game weeks for streamers, but I added Chalmers to the streaming list as we added him in the Yahoo F&F for this week and I was surprised he was out there.  I’d guess Mike Conley will miss a few more.  Waiters has scored 18+ Pts the past three games, and is a popular streamer of mine, and finally I’m going pretty off the radar with Grant.  I mostly want to play him for the Philly matchup this afternoon and get instant gratification!

Monday: We get a strong start to week 13 with 20 teams in action to kick it off.  DAL and HOU start off on the second leg of b2bs, so keep an eye on your vets there – there’s a lot of them!  Only the Pelicans head into a back-to-back, so monitor your aging and brittle Pels there (cough, Brow, cough).  I imagine you’re sticking with your regulars and not doing too much early streaming on Monday even if you can make daily moves on the day-of.

Tuesday: Only 4 games on Tuesday, giving us an early opportunity to stream in matchups.  MIA, MIN, and OKC head into b2bs, so be sure your streaming options are in play before making your adds.  [email protected] should feature a lot of pace, but the Suns look atrocious right now – I’d look at bench options before weighing the starters.  [email protected] is a solid matchup even with the Bucks underachieving – even if Wade is healthy enough, I wonder if he sits either this one or Wednesday with his bad shoulders.  Yes, plural.  Tyler Johnson could be a nice early-week stream.  [email protected] is a pretty blah matchup, but I like Gorgui Dieng if he’s out there in your league.  He had been underwhelming until a nice game last night, but the Wolves will need some size.  Finally we get [email protected] – with OKC playing a b2b, expect a lot of run from their second unit, especially if they get comfortable early.  Cameron Payne had some nice lines the past week – in deeper leagues I think he’s certainly worth a look.

Wednesday: As with typical NBA weeks, we get a full Wednesday slate with ATL, CLE, DET & SAC going into b2bs.  22 teams are active with only 8 off, so you’re playing your studs here, keeping an eye on any vets from the b2b teams that could possibly be sat.

Thursday: 5 games on Thursday as we near the weekend, and it’s time to start your big-time stream moves!  LAC and SA go into b2bs, with that aforementioned awful SA schedule this week.  Definitely keep an eye on your Spurs vets, as they play @PHO.  They can win with their B and C units, I might even go so far as saying Jonathon Simmons is worth a look.  Definitely playing Mario Chalmers if you can scoop him up for a stream.  In deeper leagues I also like Aron Baynes against the Pels, as the Pistons will need added height and I think can win that one easily.

Friday: Back to a fairly full Friday, with 18 teams in actionBOS, CHA, CHI, IND, LAL, MIL, NY, and UTA play early-weekend b2bs, with no teams with a Sat/Sun stack.  If you’re light on weekend games in your limited moves daily-move matchups, you might look to those teams for some weekend streaming.  Although 20 teams go on Saturday, so be sure any stacking adds would play on both nights. The Celtics are especially appealing with a good matchup against the Bulls then at Philly – gimme some Evan Turner for a Fri/Sat stack.

Saturday: As mentioned, 20 teams go on Saturday, so you’re pretty full on both Fri and Sat going into the weekend.  No teams play on b2bs, so you’re playing your regulars and keeping an eye towards Sunday streaming.

Sunday: It all comes down to a light Sunday!  With the AFC and NFC Championships dominating the sports landscape, we get only 3 games to end the week – [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]  Of those teams, only Houston goes into a b2b so be sure any of your Rox playing are active.  The Mavs are awful in the interior, so if Dwight Howard sits, I would love me some Clint Capela Raymond Felton would also be an option.  If looking for a big, Bismack Biyombo still has a solid role and could easily give you 10 boards and multi-blocks.  Cory Joseph had an awesome game in London, so he’s also an option in the Raps game for G stats.  Finally in BKN, I could easily see a blowout, so I’m going back to Cameron Payne.  Love him!  Steven Adams should get a lot of run to D up Rolo, so he’s certainly in that big man streaming mix as well.

 

I hope everyone had a strong week 12, and looking forward to this week ahead!  I hope you had a good weekend and everyone is avoiding a case of the Mondays – thanks for dropping by Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    GREAT writeup ma man! That anchorman quote had me in stitches.

    So you mention batum as a sell high – who for? Is crowder someone I should target with him? How about my Teague? Schroder is killin him in production and I’m seriously thinking about picking him up even in my shallow roto. I’m just done with Jeff. You said me trading him for jrue may work in my favor if jrue remains healthy. What about for crowder?

    In your or you’d article you say Covington is a must own. WHY? I love him as much as you as I drafted him then had to drop his ass. He performed well in the two games grant was a dnp, so… And Brown is just as bad as Skiles and Stevens when it comes to rotations.

    Was hoping for more thoughts on Casspi. Yes he’s coming off the bench now but you gotta think he gets into the starting 5 again right? 15/7 with nice %s has to be a possibility once again, no? Or would you rather Barton, even tho I fear his last good game came at the expense of gallo’s foul plagued night.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Hah thanks man! Hmmm, I might still Batum over Crowder, but giving Teague for Crowder I’d be good with. How about Batum+Teague for something, like an elite PG? Well it was mostly that Brown said Covington would get “big minutes” and he goes nuts, it just seems like they’ll unleash him now that they’ve tanked haha.

      I mentioned last Friday that Karl said he likes Casspi off the bench to fit matchups. So I don’t think so right now, unless they trade Gay. I’d still take Barton, but it’s close.

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I’m worried about Covington too when Grant and Stauskas return. Not that they’re any better or anything but Brown likes to run 12 man rotations (I bet he’d run more if he could) and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Covington goes back to 20ish minutes when everyone is healthy.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: @Slim: Meh maybe. it’s certainly no lock Covington sticks at what he’s doing, but his upside is worth it to me. In that 8er though, yeah i dunno…

        • Lasandro says:
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          @Slim @JB Gilpin: 9er, but what’s one team 😉 Yeah he played well today but I’m sceptical. His situation is a little similar to Barton’s no? I LOVE Willy B (despite him just recently chopping off his awesome high top), but Harris and Gallo are still gonna get first dibs if they’re hot on the night.

          Meanwhile, it’s time for me to move on from Zeller. I’ve had he and Amir on my squad for volume FG%, O brds and D, but Cody put up a pretty bleh line considering he played 44(!)min today and it may be time for him to go. I actually LOVE watching him run up and down the court – he’s possibly the fastest C in the L. Is Ersan worth taking a flier on? I know that once I grab him, he’ll be poo again but his last 5 have been so gooood. Or is Kieff worth a shot til he gets traded? Obviously he’s getting the shots right now. I’d ask if Sully or Miro are in the convo, but I doubt they are. I still like Casspi and am hoping he rejoins the starting 5 sooner than later..

        • Lasandro says:
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          @Slim @JB Gilpin: Damn, I just jinxed myself praising Amir – 13min with absolutely no foul trouble, with a 3 and a stl and 2 O brds. Meanwhile, Pachulia is killin BOS on the boards with Olynik and Turner getting the lion’s share of mins. STEVEEEEENNNSSS!!!!! Dare I say, I know have TWO drops in Zeller and Amir… I love Amir’s per min prod but these rotations are stupid.

          On the wire: Casspi, Barton (on waivers), Joe J (playing great of late), Ersan, Sloan (nice 3 cat guy), Russell, Kieff (while he’s being showcased), Covington. My inherent needs are Obrds, 3s and D with good %s, so one of my 2 pickups should prob either be Ersan, Barton or Casspi. But feel free to simply rank these guys in a vacuum. Cheers!

        • Lasandro says:
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          @Slim @JB Gilpin: Disregard my previous two posts – MONSTER TRADE ALERT!

          Just traded away my Lillard, KAT and Gay for KD and Pau Pau Pau! So, this is my team now:

          KD
          BLo
          Jimmy
          Pau
          Teague (puke)
          Oladipo (knee puke)
          Tobias
          Amir (drop candidate)
          Ersan (just picked up for Zeller)
          Gobert
          Monta
          Batum

          I have the one free spot to fill now so where do you think my needs are? I’m thinkin perhaps another guard like Sloan? The other options are Casspi, Barton (on waivers), Joe johnson, Schroder, Mahinmi, Adams.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @JB Gilpin @Slim: I feel like I may need some stls as I don’t really have much in that dept outside of Butler and Monta, while Oladipo is outta commision. So add to my list of pickups (as well as a possible swap for Amir): Smart, tucker, Kieff and Miles – all terrible FG% guys for me but the 3s and stls could perhaps round out my team well? Johnson’s current lines are perfect for me but no D stats at all – smae with Sloan. Still interest to get your take on which 2 I should go with in a vacuum for the next week or two.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: Hah, my bad, 9er 🙂

              Well, I’d argue Covington has no one blocking him but the coach, will Barton has players blocking him. So I like Cov has more upside.

              Gimme Ersan right now, soooo consistent. Yeah I’d prob lose both, grab Ersan and Covington i think, Casspi is close.

              Hah shoulda read ahead! Man, nice trade in a shallow league! Yeah G makes sense and you don’t really need Pts. Gimme Smart for the STL and handful of AST. Then for Amir… probably Sloan to keep getting a lot of AST and hope he helps STL

            • Lasandro says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Ok, great stuff! Covington is gone and I picked up Johnson as a knee-jerk reaction. May ride him for a few games and see if I can possibly flip him – his name still does have some value, I guess.

              I’ll take a close look at Smart tomorrow and if he does indeed play well (outside of the to-be-expected poor FG%), I’ll go ahead and swap Amir J for him. I’m holding on to Amir for now simply because he’s a BEAST on the Obrds and that’s a cat I’m currently competing for top spot. Additionally to Smart, how do you rate Dragic, who is sitting on the wire right now? Elfrid has just been dropped too. So please rank, emphasis on ASTs, 3s, STLs: Dragic, Smart, Elfrid, Sloan, Russell.

              You know how I’m a HUUUGE Barton guy but damn man, where have his stls gone? I can’t have him on my squad if he’s not contributing the D… sad state of affairs 🙁 Hell, if I could, I’d rather Lou. Hm… maybe I’ll try and trade for Lou with Joe J. Will keep you posted.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Lasandro: I almost think his name value with him being so bad and overpaid these last few years make him kinda under the radar haha.

                Man, Smart was good. Vacuum I would take Dragic first, but given your needs gimme Smart.

                Barton might get something nice in a trade too, maybe him and Joe Johnson for Lou and someone with steals?

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    1. would you use a #2 waiver to get bobby portis given the noah injury? If not, please rank: portis, agordon, crabbe

    2. tross payne or nance going forward? please choose 2.

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: 1. Eh, if it’s a deeper than a 12er then yeah go for it. Skiles tinkers way too much but with Oladipo going down there’s some upside for more minutes. Crabbe isn’t a 12er guy but he’s getting more minutes than the others… hmm… I’ll go with the order you have them but it’s purely speculation.

      2. We can’t do anything with Cam Payne yet. It’s the other 2. In a dynasty though gimme Payne by far.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @hamtime: @Slim: 1. Yeah I agree, you may end up moving on from Portis though… 2. I dunno, Ross has been reallllly bad. I might spec add Payne over Ross, but Nance is still #1

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    Hey JB, what’s happening brother?!

    I held onto Turner all through his injury, as our league has an IR spot. Loved that last game! He looks so comfortable shooting outside 15 foot. Had a few nice pick n rolls as well so surely Vogel finds him some minutes…

    Just a quickly for you, have been offered IT2, Poison Goose and DeRozen for my Boogie, Middleton and one of Collison/Casspi.
    12 team 8 Cat Ros.

    My biggest concern is FG% as I’m currently last place, as well as Boogies subpar FT% not helping with his volume.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Kiwi: Damn. It’s a good offer but I’ll keep Boogie and Kate.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Kiwi: @Slim: What’s up man?! Nice glad you held on! Yeah it’s a nice offer, but I’m holding Duchess as well. It hurts your FG% a ton more (guessing roto?) ans with Boogie still best in deal, I think I’d need more.

        • Kiwi says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          Cheers lads. And yip, it’s Roto.

          Yea I was thinking the same thing. Boogie is playing unreal atm and I don’t see anything slowing him down bar suspension or an unlucky injury.

          I have been offered Wall for him but his tender knee has me worried.
          I’m much more tempted to try offer him for Jimmy Buckets 🙂

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Kiwi: Boogie does take a lot of physical punishment, but all looks good now. Ohhhh Buckets in roto! I might try for a tad more than him 1-for-1 though, as Boogie should command a nice price

  4. Dorian S. says:
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    Thanks for the write up! Man, I wish Festus would get more playing time. He seems to be awesome. And he’s on the waivers for the taking…

    Since my team is doing terrible in my salary league, I jettisoned a few players to pick up both Turner and LaVine. Players I didn’t have worth having is who I dropped. Still can’t find a respectable suitor for Lowry, I keep getting lowballed offers, since I simply put him up. It isn’t helping that our league may have gone to a 4 team playoff and there are only maybe 5 teams in competition for the playoffs. So I don’t think anyone wants to move anyone before next year.

    If I end the season with him, I’m probably going to need to keep him. Yet, I don’t want to bloat my budget on one guy. Ugh.

    Here’s my team in that league. Oh right, its got OREB, TOs, PFs, as well as the normal stats. And currently 12 teams (though I’m sure the Commish is looking for more). Roster is PG/SG/SF/PF/C/3UTL/6BN/1IL. Who do you think I should think about keeping? Yes, I never got an answer on the salary costs issue, as he says that it might change at season’s end. However, I’ll take advice on who to potentially keep.

    PG – Jeff Teague (UGH~)
    PG – Kyle Lowry
    PG/SG – Alec Burks
    PG/SG – Avery Bradley
    PG/SG – Lou Williams
    PG/SG – Tyler Johnson
    PG/SG – Zach LaVine
    SG/SF – Jeff Green
    SG/SF – Manu Ginobili
    SF – Stanley Johnson
    SF/PF – Draymond Green
    SF/PF – Giannis (I’m not even trying to spell his last name)
    PF/C – Jared Sullinger
    PF/C – Kristaps Porzingis
    C – Myles Turner
    C – Nikola Jokic

    Probably Turner and Stanley seem the best choices. Stanley simply because he’s only got Marcus in his way, and Turner will eventually be the starter for the Pacers. Though any additions would be great.

    And yes, I realize I’m in desperate need of some bigs. I’m way too high on guards. Though I guess I can stack 5 at a time thanks to UTLs, so it isn’t too bad. Still, I don’t think I’ve got a good selection of bigs. Probably a big reason I’m not as good as my team could be.

    Before you ask, no I didn’t drop anyone who was a big to pick up Turner and LaVine. <_< I had way too many of PGs and SGs on my team…

    • Slim

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      @Dorian S.: How many are we keeping? My rankings would go… Draymond, Goose, Antetok, Turner, Stanley, LaVine, Lowry (age), Teague, Sully, Bradley, Burks, Jokic, Tyler… Yeah…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dorian S.: @Slim: Thanks so much!

        Yeah you’ll need to remind me on the contracts, I think Lowry is a little higher than Slim has him, even in dynasty. Those top 3 are sooo good, not a bad start!

  5. Joe says:
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    Thanks for the write up JB! Currently in second in my league (8 man, 16 players, 9cat roto) with a squad of…

    Teague, Jrue, Clarkson
    Klay, Middleton, Wiggins, Fournier, Hood
    RoCo, Gay, We$ Matthews, Korver
    The Brow, Millsap, Poison Goose, KAT

    Realize I’m super wing heavy at the moment, but there was too much talent sitting on wires to leave hanging. Any trade ideas I should shoot for? Myles, Sulli, Amire, and Gorgui are available on wires, would you be picking up any of them? Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Thanks for reading man! Yeah I think Korver can go. Mannnn I want it to be Myles, but I think Sully is probably your add. A big with assists would be helpful, maybe shop for Batum or Gasol?

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: Thanks! Sully it is but I’ll be keeping a close eye on Myles. What would you be offering for Batum/Gasol?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Joe: Yup sounds like a plan. Hmmmm I bet Gay straight up could get Batum, looks like you have plenty of scoring to give up. Maybe Gay plus… Hood could get Gasol?

          • Joe says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I think I’ll go for the 2-1 and open up a streamer spot. Thanks again!

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Joe: Any time!

  6. Tenethor says:
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    Hey JB great article as always.

    Im on a H2H – 9CAT – 10Team league and im currently second (one win less than the first).

    My team at the moment:
    Guards : Curry, Walker, Clarkson
    Forwards : Porter, Harris, T. Jones, Aminu, Tucker
    Centers : Gobert, Horford, Noel, Monroe
    And my last roster slot i use for daily player streaming (7 acquisitions/week allowed).

    So since my second pick, a.k.a Bledsoe, went down i think that my team lost its balance.
    I used to aim in winning, FG%, 3PM, Reb, Stl, Blk and Pts every wick while punting Ast and semi-punting FT% and TO. Without Bledsoe though 3PM and Pts are now in jeopardy every week.
    So after all this prologue here are my questions :

    1) What kind of trade would you aim for in order to strengthen the team in 3PM and Pts?
    2) I do think that i have to cut Tucker and T.Jones. Harrison Barnes, Lin, Smart and Sloan are on the wire at the moment. Who would you choose?

    Thanks in advance man, keep up the good work!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tenethor: Haha, 1 – You’ve got nice bigs and it’s good to be able to stream 3s. Seems like you have a lot of REB, maybe Monroe for a 3pt shooter/scorer? Getting the splash bros. together would be pretty cool if you could get Klay for Monroe plus something! 2. Even though you’re almost an AST punt, I’d get Sloan for Tucker. But I’d hold Tjones for a tad longer I think, I know it’s super tough though… Any time, appreciate it!

      • Tenethor says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hehe, yeah maybe ill try to give Monroe away for a 3pt shooter. Im just replying cause its funny that some weeks ago u adviced me to trade Ryno for Monroe, but since then Bledsoe went down so i guess i have to readjust 😀

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tenethor: Hah, yup the landscape of hoops always changes, your fantasy team is a living, breathing, changing organism!

  7. Tim says:
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    what are you thought on barnes? Still worth owning in 12ers? drop for Taj or Myles?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tim: Matt Barnes right? Mannnn, tough to leave Taj out there, I think I’d make that swap as long as you can lose a few 3s and stl

  8. E says:
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    I was offered cj McCollum for my Andrew Wiggins. What do you think? Rest of team below and the positions we start.

    Pg – lillard
    SG – Wiggins
    Sf – t Harris
    Pf – bosh
    C – p gasol
    Util – k Lowry
    Util – elfrid Payton
    Util – omri casspi
    Bn- g dieng
    Bn – Tony Allen
    Bn – Terrence Jones
    Bn – Darren collision

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @E: Mannnn, I love Wiggins probably irrationally so, and McCollum I hate too much… Looks like you’re losing Fg% more often than not and need 3s, I’d take CJ, but dunno if I would in a vacuum

  9. jcg says:
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    I really want to scoop up the soupy Turner…

    These are my worst guys, would you drop any for him?

    Mirotic, Portis, Otto P

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jcg: So soupy! Yeah I would lose Portis, I know he has upside with no Noah, but he’s my cut

  10. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    Who to drop for Mmmmmyles Turner:

    14 Team H2H (11 CAT, Standard + FGM and FTM)

    Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague, Darren Collison
    Reggie Jackson, Jordan Clarkson
    Nikola Mirotic, Kent Bazemore, PJ Tucker
    Blake Griffin, Kristaps Porzingis
    Ian Mahinmi, Enes Kanter, Markieff Morris

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Hah, let’s see, I think it’s between Kanter and Tucker. Leaning Kanter, just so low end and the added cats don’t help him either

  11. Mark says:
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    Hey in a 12 person, 9 cat h2h. I was offered Paul George and crowder for my boogie and Harrison Barnes. Take that right?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mark: Hmmmm, I dunno, it’s razor close. Downgrade of Boogie to George, but massive haul to get Crowder. Lose some REB and BLK with Boogie, if you can afford that I def would do it

  12. Dante Green says:
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    Sup brotha… So I just came here to rant…… Hahahaha It’s just mind boggling how my team keeps getting injured. I got Lillard and Gobert back a couple weeks ago but lost Carroll in return, then Dragic suffered an injury last week and now Oladipo (both guys are in danger of missing games this week). FUCK ME BLOODY. I can’t even remember a week where all my players’ healthy. I know I shouldn’t be complaining like this bcoz my season is already lost, but man, these injuries need to stop happening at some point! The fantasy gods gotta show even a drop of mercy, you know what I mean right.

    *Fuck you Derrick Favors, you are a fucking pussy. Shoulda gone for Porzingis or KAT instead of your sorry back.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah, well we are your fantasy shrinks! Yikes yeah it can pile up with the amount of injuries this year… Pretty rough Favors back has taken this long…

  13. hanns says:
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    do you think GSW will rest Curry? they have a nice playoff schedule but I’m afraid of them sitting their starters. Would the spurs being only 1.5 games behind them scare them enough to play their starters?

    • hanns says:
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      @hanns: I’m thinking about sending a trade offer. my illard and ish smith for his Curry.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hanns: Yeah I wouldn’t be surprised, I baked that aspect into Curry’s pre-rank. A lot of time until we get to that point, but yeah Spurs pushing them helps. What risk Curry has for a DNP or two in playoffs I think is just minimal to his value right now, I like that deal for ya

  14. jdubs says:
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    Hey! would you do my teague batum BobCov for his draymond/baze? 14 team 9 cat and I’m looking to snatch up mmmyles. thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jdubs: Haha we all want mmmmmyles! Yeah I’d def take that deal, Teague on this slump and Covington on the Sixers has some ups and downs on your side and you get best in deal.

  15. Stylish Cobra says:
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    Hi I’m in an 18-team points league, a couple of things:
    A.Gordon or M.Turner?

    Would you drop anyone for Turner in this roster?

    Sloan
    Butler, Ellis, Wiggins, Bryant
    Carmelo, M.Barnes
    Randle, Covington
    Mahinmi

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Stylish Cobra: Yeesh, that’s a tough one, I’ll go Turner, but Gordon playing well today keeps it close… Tough to lose anyone you own for Turner right now though, Kobe is close with the DNPs, but when he plays he’s good in pts

  16. Adam says:
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    Hej JB, could you rank these guys: fournier, bradley, ghill, kcp, casspi

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Sure, gimme Hill, Bradley, KCP, Casspi, Fournier, but that’s a tough group to rank, all verrrry close

  17. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    I’ll get to comments in a sec, but wow Rotoworld – “C.J. McCollum got back on track in Monday’s win over the Wizards, scoring 25 points with two boards and two assists in 34 minutes.
    He shot 9-of-16 from the field and also matched his regular-season career high with six 3-pointers on 10 attempts. He was shooting just 33.3 percent from the field in his previous four games, so he really needed this performance. McCollum is going to be a beast in the second half of the season.” We get it, McCollum is infallible!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: HAHAHA yes! I thought of you when I first read this. Good lord, Rotoworld SMH… On the other hand, it’d be like “Wiggins continued doing nothing else but score, notching 25pts and only 2brds and 2asts. He has been shooting 33.3% in his last 4 games and looks to be a good sell-high once he strings together a few good performances.”

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Yup, no “he’s gonna be a beast” even with the same shooting slump, hilarious

  18. Jake says:
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    H2h 8 cat no TO

    Trade Ellis for nerlens? I think nerlens is starting to come around the second half. My team could use some blocks and I’m good on assists.

    You guys should give Ersan some love! He’s getting that one steal one three one block type of production.

    Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake: Sure! Yeah seems to fit needs. Yeah I like Ersan! Problem is for the weekend recaps, he is a very steady producer without monster games haha. I’ll bring him up on the Pod tomo 🙂

  19. nont nontiskul says:
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    trying to move vucevic for some free throw and three, who should I aim for thinking Gallo , derozan are these two worth it ?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @nont nontiskul: I wouldn’t DeRozan. But Gallo, given the needs, I think I’m good with. Could even shoot higher for George, might need a sweetener with Vuc though

  20. Jerry says:
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    Hey, JB! How would you rank Harrison Barnes, Kent Bazemore and Robert Covington for ros? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jerry: I’d go Bazemore, Covington then Barnes. Any time!

  21. James says:
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    hey man: what are your thoughts on the pau gasol potential trade rumours. Would his value change significantly outside of Chicago? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James: Hmmm, it could on the wrong team, but I think a trade is unlikely, and probably 25 teams wouldn’t have much change, so I’m not too worried about it

  22. jonny says:
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    Hey JB,
    Good stuff as usual. Griffin’s nearly back from my IR spot and I’m not sure who to drop in a h2h 10 teamer. Based on value i’m thinking collison or MCW, but based on team need I need assists more than boards. Who do you think has to go?

    PG: paul, dragic, MCW, hill, collison
    SG: matthews, covington
    SF: dray green, young, crowder
    PF: noel
    C: drummond, whiteside

    IR: griffin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jonny: Thanks man! Yeah a G is likely your cut, might be Covington though just due to Sixers risk of how they play him. Pains me, but he’s my cut I think…

      • jonny says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Maaaan that’s hard to do…Isn’t cov’s upside a lot nicer than guys like collison? I think I might be a tad low on 3s without him too. Maybe I’ll try and make a 2 for 1 trade before griffins back

        • JB Gilpin

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          @jonny: Oh for sure, but it’s the Sixers and his downside is wayyyyyy lower. Yeahhhhh, re-looking at it, the loss of 3s is tough, i guess you’re right, it’s Collison, but man I like him. MCW has too much upside to drop i think. 2 for 1 would be a great option, MCW+Colly to a team needing PG might bring in something nice… Maybe Batum so you keep the AST?

          • jonny says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Interesting! I’m gonna give that a shot. What do you think about whiteside/colly/MCW for gobert/reggie jackson? I agree with you that whiteside and gobert are close, and I have a feeling the gobert owner values whiteside more.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @jonny: Nice, yeah that would be perfect! Difference of Gobert and Whiteside is def worth putting those two Pg together and making Rjax

  23. Nick says:
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    So I have Beal in Dynasty and I should probably sell him, but for what? The minutes restriction for his career was around 35 I heard, but still…

    I’m short on the PG and SG department so I would need one of those in return.

    Here’s my team, any suggestions on a package deal even to land someone, and if so who might be a good target, both for now but especially for later.

    Guards
    Wall, Knight, Hill, Beal, Lavine

    Forwards
    Draymond, TJ, Gallo, Warren

    Bigs
    Blake, Ibaka, Pau, Nance

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nick: I think a buy low window on Wiggins would be awesome, if you could make that swap and maybe throw in a Warren or Nance, I’d be all for it. With Wall and Dray you have a ton of dimes, I don’t think you need a pure PG type

      • Nick says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! I’ll chat with his owner, I sent a proposal of packaging Beal + Blake for PG, so we’ll see if anything comes from that.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nick: Cool, well that offer seems kinda steep with Blake’s still ripe young age, I dunno if I’d do that one…

  24. Wallaboutthebenjamin$ says:
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    In terms of ROS value in a 12 team h2h redraft pick two to keep pbev, Jeff green, Myles Turner, or p.j. Tucker

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wallaboutthebenjamin$: Mannnn, tough one. I think Jeff Green is out. Just so hard to project Turner ROS, I think he’ll have ups and downs, but gimme him and Pbev, I worry about trades and reshaping of PHO

      • Wallaboutthebenjamin$ says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks JB always like to check in for your opinion before making moves haha

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wallaboutthebenjamin$: Hah glad to help! Turner looked good again last night and Mahinmi got hurt… Glad I stuck with him there!

  25. Wen says:
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    Hi JB, got a tough decision to make once Derrick Favors comes back. Who would you drop?
    Joe Johnson, Trey Burke, Jeremy Lin

    All of them have been playing ok. Maybe I should ask you which one you will not drop for sure. Thanks for the help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wen: I know he’s pretty lame, but I’m holding Johnson for sure. Probably burke secon, and Lin is my first out.

  26. Yellow Mamba says:
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    Sup JB!
    Thinking about dropping T jones for Myles Turner or Aaron Gordon or even Dennis Schroder. I’m hoping for Jones to get traded eventually, but at this point I don’t know if I trust him to produce even then. I’m at the top of my league right now so I have some cushion to stash someone. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Yellow Mamba: Yo! Man that’s tough, a lot of upside there… I think I’m taking Turner since you can afford some stash time, but all are great stashes

  27. jau says:
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    Hey JB, thanks for the article again! Been reading regularly and posting semi regularly. But was a bit in a denial phase with my Gobert injury and other injuries so haven’t posted often. I’m 8th place in a 12 team league, so looking to change up my team. Your thoughts for any trade targets for my team:
    G – Teague, Clarkson, Dragic, Payton
    F – Giannis, Draymond, Lebron
    C – Dieng, Myles Turner, Gobert
    My streamers/recent pick ups – Schroder, Teletovic

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jau: Thanks so much for reading man, glad you could stop by! I too have Teletovic in one or two 12ers, another iffy game tonight and he’s gone. You really need some big man depth with some low TO. You have a weird team since your three F provide you so much of your stats! Maybe a buy low on Favors and take the risk?

      • jau says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m not sure who I can offer for a one for one deal though for Favors. Thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @jau: Yeah you’ll probably have to try a package, maybe Dragic and Dieng?

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