Ay dios mio!

Friday was a cryday for me.  Then Saturday was a sadderday.  Muy triste!  Ricky Rubio severely sprained his ankle in the second quarter against the Magic Friday night, effectively crushing several of my teams and ruining my DraftKings squad!  Seems like every year there’s several bad ankle sprains with players rolling their foot on their own, get these guys better footwear!  Rubio’s gonna miss at least a month, with a widely circulated update it “could” be 7-8 weeks.  All I want for Christmas is Rubio back on the court!  I’m holding in virtually all leagues, as he was finally banking on the high expectations I’ve set for him with my high ranks the past two years.  Because we all know the Razzball Ranks are bulletin board material for NBA locker rooms…

Everything seemed to point towards a massive workload for Mo Williams, who through the first four games (with Rubio in there full time as the starter), Mo was averaging 21.4 minutes and 3 dimes per.  But surprisingly, Flip Saunders went sushi on us with the raw Zach Lavine getting the start and going 5/6/4 in 26 minutes (only 2 TO) while Mo’s 2/4/5 in 22 minutes (3 TO) doesn’t inspire any sort of confidence Williams will get more rock.  Add into the stew the Wolves were actually in that game against the Heat until the end, and it’s a stew I don’t think I want any part of anymore.  I mean, who puts sushi in a mother f stew?!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

Marcus Smart On a scary Friday for ankle sprains, Smart was the second rookie this year to have to leave on a stretcher but only suffered a sprain and bone bruise and will miss less time than Rubio (2-3 weeks).  Rajon Rondo then missed Saturday as well getting a screw pulled out of his hand.  Um, ouch?  Gave Evan Turner a start in the backcourt alongside Avery Bradley, giving Turner a mirage 19/5/6/0/0 line.  Besides the opener, up until Saturday Evan was Miss Turner out there – so if you own Turner, the wire is saying “‘Ello Poppet!”

Klay Thompson Ailing with a 13-year-old boy’s injury with a sprained hand.  When you shoot it every time you touch the ball, it’s bound to sprain something!  I think it’s an excuse for shooting 3-16 Saturday.  “Wahhhh, my hand!”  Probably sitting out Tuesday, so load up Captain Barbosa!

Nicolas Batum Ruh roh.  Had to be helped off the court late last night; luckily he’s already gotten an MRI that revealed only a knee bruise.  Still, George Hill is like, “sometimes ‘only’ a knee bruise can suck nuts!”  The Blazers have no clear cut SF backup, so it’ll likely be a minutes share if Batum misses any time.

The Beat Up Rockets – No Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley or Terrence Jones Saturday night.  The Rockets had no blocks in the loss to Golden State… None!  Dr. Pap started and went a paltry 2/10/1/3/0 shooting 1-9, but steals and boards be steals and boards!  Isaiah Canaan will start a few more games with PBev out with the hammy, and was decent for 21/4/1/1/0 in 39 minutes.  Hit three treys as well – he’s a good streamer early this week.

Kawhi Leonard Still having eye issues with one blurry… Buy low!  A few extra shots aren’t falling, but 14/14/3/1/1 Saturday with no TO.  The Hills Have Kawhis!

Aaron Gordon – Had a big one Friday for 17/6/1/0/2.  I got a big one the game before watching this dunk last Wed. vs. the Sixers (Can anyone find video of that one?  Crazy I couldn’t find it right away!).  2/2/0/1/1 yesterday, but I’ve been more than impressed.  If he gets burn, I’m gonna be all over dat.

Evan Fournier Even though his hair is horrific (Zachary Ty Bryan ponytail anyone?), playing pretty well including 19/1/5 last night.  ThrAGNOFfy, but usable for some points scoring 39 over the weekend.

Gorgui Dieng Ridiculous.  11/10/1/2/2 on Friday night, playing 25 minutes to Nikola Pekovic‘s 28, utterly ripping apart the Magic second unit.  But then Pek went back up to 30 Saturday and Gorgui down to 18.  12/6/0/0/1 for The Gorgui Apparatus in that one, so still useful.  Why he’s not closer to 25 MPG makes no sense.  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

Jimmy Buckets – Even though his nephew Charlie inherited a confectionary empire, playing like there’s no tomorrow with 23/7/5/1/1 Friday and 16/5/2/2/0 Saturday.  Given they were against Philly and Boston, hit a 3 in both games, shot 15-31 from the field and 7-7 FT and only 1 TO.  Rumor has it after last night’s slaughter, he’s also going to play for the Bears and will lead them into the playoffs.  I mean, the Bears will take anyone…

Derrick Rose A little bit of a factor in the recent Butler scoring hike, as he sat again with his bum ankle.  No seriously, his ankle looks like John Travolta’s chin.  Gets another questionable tonight, so you’re gonna have Monday Night Fever.

Aaron Brooks – Dammit!  One off!  Played him in DraftKings Friday (10/1/4), but went nuts Saturday for 26/0/8/0/0 with four treys shooting 9-15 (4-4 FT).  Better late than never doesn’t apply to fantasy, I’m mad.  Damn you A-A-Ron, don’t you think about messin’ with me!

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – Had a solid Friday night for 16/11/3/0/0 with a pair of treys, but then went back to being Mbah a Moute yesterday for 8/4/0/0/0.  Yawn.

Malcolm Thomas – Part of the SF/PF mix will miss a little over a month with minor knee surgery.  Vry little impact except bump up the available minutes for Mbah and Brandon Davies.

K.J. McDaniels Kangaroo Juice!  Ew.  Kiwi Juice?  I dunno, we need something…  What we really need is KJ to start!  No more of this Mbah a Moute and JaKrr Sampson hooblah.  6/5/4/2/0 Friday then the biggie yesterday for 11/1/1/2/4 with a trey.  The blocks are comin’ in bunches, but they comin’!  Probably should be owned in all 12ers and deeper.

Tony Wroten – Philly should change their name to the 70Wrotens.  31/5/7 Friday, then “cooled off” for “only” 18/3/5 yesterday.  While all Wroten owners disagree, I’m eagerly anticipating the Michael Carter-Williams arrival this week!  Hopefully a few of you were able to sell Wroten high.

Henry Sims – After relegated to the bench, gets back into the starting 5 with 16/8/5 & 12/8/3 over the weekend.  Nerlens Noel will be caroling to be back this Thursday for the Sixers next game, so ignore The Sims.

I love Al Jefferson – That is all.

Lance Stephenson Oh man, what a garbage game-winner!  And I’m a semi-Hornets fan!  Somehow had his first (and still ONLY) three go in to win in double OT Saturday night, just a horrible bank shot that rattled in, while he’s missed his other 11 attempts.  This is getting into Josh Smith territory!  Stephenson is absolutely killing you out there, shooting 3-12 yesterday in a horrific loss to the Lakers and yet another game with no steals or blocks.  Only helps in two cats – rebounds and assists – while hurting you everywhere else.  I’d almost say he’s droppable, but someone will give you something.

Kemba Walker Turning it around!  But the dimes aren’t coming, I dunno if he even gets to a nickel this year.  Did fill it up in the big 2OT win Saturday for the near tripdub with a 15/9/10/3/2 rainbow line, then 17/3/4/2/0 last night.  Getting right back to draft day value though, so Kemba owners are feeling better!

Gary Neal – Playing over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist down the stretch these days, although MKG got some late minutes guarding Kobe Bryant before second units finished out that travesty of a game.  I actually think it’s more of a “when we’re down we want Neal” game plan for the 4th for the O (saw that in the 2OT Saturday game), but he’s played a lot better (and more) than I expected.

Cody Zeller Impressing me as well, and getting some big run, including 35 on Saturday night.  Playing over Marvin Williams when the Hornets want to go bigger, and flashing a great midrange.  When I flash my midrange, people get blinded by a pale potbelly.

Jeff Teague Handed out a huge dimebag in that 2OT fest.  22/4/15 in a busy 44 minutes.  Man that game was fun to watch.

Paul Millsap It’s not falling right now and had a rough 6 TO game Saturday night putting him over 3 a game. Unacceptable!  I’d still buy low obviously, love me my Cerebral Paulsy.

Roy Hibbert – Might take a game off to work with Entertainment 720.  Where dreams come… They come true!  Would be a fun way to spend an off day with his bruised knee; you don’t really need to be mobile to hand people shrimp cocktail off the wall.  Might not play tonight against the Jazz, so Ian Mahinmi could be an interesting boards-n-blocks streamer early this week.

Chris Copeland – Can’t cope with him when he’s ice cold!  A horrific 1-10 from deep Saturday night and now 1 for his last 14 from outside.  “Who left the window open?!”  Don’t fret, you can always ThrAGNOF!

C.J. Miles Maybe one reason to hold Copeland is Miles missing both games over the weekend with a migraine.  I don’t blame him, I get headaches when I shoot so many bricks too!

Jeff Green Aha, look who’s turning back into Jeff Green!  A weekend of 15/7/1 and 14/4/4.  He’s annoying because he’ll do this for a month and you’ll constantly want to drop him in shallowers.

Khris Middleton – Uh oh.  Jason Kidd is looking more and more like Larry Drew II.  Which is ironic given Drew II was replaced by Kendall Marshall at Chapel Hill!  At least I think I have that timeline right… Anyway, the Dutchess K Middleton didn’t get off the throne Friday night then only 12 minutes Saturday.  Kidd didn’t even tell Middleton before the game he was gonna give him a DNP!  Kidd’s gonna get chased out of Milwaukee with pitchforks in 2016 and Kidd won’t coach in the NBA for years.  My prediction.  K-Mid = droppable everywhere.

Kendall Marshall – Haha, so gets a start Friday, doesn’t do anything, then back to a DNP Saturday.  Effing Larry Drew II.

Brandon Knight At least the golden boy isn’t being yanked around like Matthew McConaughey’s Don Johnson in Magic Mike.  So many dude names in that joke!  Time to watch Showgirls.  17/6/9 Friday, then as expected, a slightly down game against the tough Grizz on Saturday for 14/3/6 and 6 TO.  Kidd almost lost this game by only playing Knight 23 minutes, but Knight’s and-one won it for the upset.  At least there’s that.

Giannis Antetokounmpo I hope you held on.  “Never let go, Jack! I’ll never let go!”  18/2/2/0/1 leading the Bucks in minutes against the Grizzlies Saturday night.  Jared Dudley did nothing in 21 starting minutes.  His work day is like Peter in Office Space – in a given week he only does 20 minutes of “real work”.  Get the Bucks an occupational hypnotherapist!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Where the swipes?!  Led the Pistons in scoring Friday with 19, and while he’s in double figures the past 5, no steals in the past 3 and only 3 total through 6 games this year.  KCP averaged right at a steal per game in roughly half the minutes in 13-14, so I think the swipes will come.  If you don’t need 3s/Pts/Stls, yeah KCP can go to the wire.

Carmelo Anthony Eeeeek.  “Is that American Horror Story on the TV, or the Knicks?”  18-61 the past three games, got it together a little better Saturday night, but the triangle offense is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole with a star fading.

Mason Plumlee Fairly close with my Dieng love – producing in the low run.  12/10/0/1/1 in only 16 minutes against the Magic.  Mason needs to steal Brook Lopez‘s Dr. Scholl’s to get these feet outta whack again.  Pretty soon BroLo won’t be gellin’ anymore.

Kevin Garnett – What in the?!  8/7/8 yesterday after getting 8 total assists through the first 5 Nets games.  I say to you, yes you looking at Garnett on the wire, “……really?”

Bojan Bogdanovic I guess this is who KG was feedin’ the rock to!  After not topping 12 points in his first 5 career games, 22/6/1/2/0 yesterday getting hot like a Yugoslavian!  Hit 9-12 shot, and it was just one of those games… “If only I played the Magic every game!” he quipped to the local Yugoslavian media.  In response, Jacques Vaughn vowed he’ll never travel to Yugoslavia, but that might be the most weightless comeback ever…

Kyle Lowry Triple Double Fridays!  Sounds like an Applebees special.  13/10/11 against the Wizards, but cooled off against the Sixers Saturday in an epic blowout.  Play him anyway against the Sixers 2nd unit!

DeMar DeRozan Had about the best 26 minutes of basketball someone could play destroying Philly, going 24/6/2/2/1 shooting 8-12 FG and 8-8 FT.  Efficiency king!  After a ho hum start with his FT shooting, is now 19-19 the past two games.

What happened to the Wizards starters Friday night?! – All 5 scored in single-digits as Toronto had a steamroller of a weekend.  I dunno when that last happened with no starters getting double-digits, I’ll guess it’s fairly rare.  About as rare as the Bucks playing the same rotation for a week straight.

The return of Iblocka! – Twas a little concerning that Serge Ibaka had only 3 blocks through the last 5 games, but finally got out the big boy mitts and blocked 4 yesterday.  No no no no!

Jeremy Lamb Got back sooner than expected, back from the back, and will only score 17 points when he plays.  17/3/0 Friday then a very solid 17/9/4 last night.  His back issue must’ve been something not too serious as he played 41 minutes in his season debut.  Still not too big on my radar as Perry Jones, Anthony Morrow and Andre Roberson should be back soon, even though Roberson sounds like his foot is still gimpy.  About to be a wing fest in OKC!

Reggie Jackson Playing ridiculous, and one of fantasy basketball’s best sell-highs.  Russell Westbrook is already taking off his brace and being all Westbrook-ish with the media talking up he’s gonna be ballin’ when back.

Goran Dragic Why you need to hold on!  Hopefully you didn’t prematurely eradicate Dragic; it can be a chronic problem for men over 40.  22/3/4/2/0 Friday night then 19/2/3/3/0 last night, shooting a combined 15-29 and hitting his first four treys of the season.  While I did have him ranked too high – concerned with those assists, I think they’re going to fall just short of 5 a game – the %s and steals came roaring back and in both of those game, only one turnover total.  If you bought the Dragon low, you’re dancing like a Targaryen!

Isaiah Thomas Gonna have some duds (3/1/4 Friday), then shine (22/3/7 Sunday).  Will be a waffle!  I think we should rename him “The Waffle Guy” since he can’t be Pizza anymore… Rotations can be hell!

Eric Bledsoe Rainbow alert!  Friday’s forecast, rainbowy with a 23/5/8/2/2 line.  Then disappears Sunday for 9/0/3/0/0.  I have a theory – one of the three Suns PG has to have a bad game.  Friday was IT2, Sunday EBled.  I know, right, that’s such a bold, radical, tough to figure out theory!

Dante Exum Playing his way onto my radar even in shallowers.  Played more minutes than Trey Burke on Friday, then closed out the Jazz win against the Pistons last night.  Didn’t have huge games, but 5 assists in both and only one turnover total.  Given when he’s on the floor with the starters Gordon Hayward handles a lot of rock, but Burke was awful last night shooting 2-8 and couldn’t defend (5 fouls in 24 minutes as Brandon Jennings was running some game) and Exum is playing much better than I think anyone thought.  A PG change should happen sooner rather than later, so if you’re strapped for PG depth and have room, I’m starting to pump the Exum.

Rudy Gobert Monsieur!  L’Rainbow!  8/3/3/2/4 Friday, and what does Ty do to reward him?  Plays him only 13 minutes Sunday and he does nada.

LeBron James “What, we only had 7 assists in that Jazz loss!  I gotta fix that!”  Hands out a dimebag for 22/7/11/1/1 in a rare Cavs win on Friday.  The king hath bounceback!

Randy Foye – Fluke meter is turned up to 11!  Huge 28/2/9 in that game against the Cavs, but the Nugs were without Kankles McGoo for this one.  Ty Lawson returned for last night’s game, and Foye went back to being Foye for 9/3/1 off the bench.

Kankles McGoo – Seems like he’s just fine, getting 38 minutes and playing well going 18/6/8/2/0.  If the shoe fits!  Which is might not half the time with those kankles all swolled up.

J.J. Redick Scored 30 on Saturday, as finally the shots were falling, hitting 11-13.  But he’s not doing anyyyyyything else, ThrAGNOF!

Jrue Holiday Handed out a dimebag!  11 assists Saturday night to only 2 TO, and I have no idea how he was that careful with the ball, you can’t see any of the Spurs in those camo unis!  After a slow-ish start in dimes, 20 now in the past two.

Luol Deng Shock fest 2014!  Luol Deng can still play…  30/5/4/1/0 last night, shooting 13-19 and didn’t commit a single TO.  Dang!  Hit four treys, but before you think this is finally working, 5 rebounds and the 4 assists were BOTH season highs, he had a total of 4 treys through the first 6 Heat games, and I’m not buying.  Shucks!

Stephen Curry Triple double Sunday!  Ok, that really sounds like a dessert ice cream bar at Golden Corral.  28/2/10/5/0.  And you’re like, “JB is dumb!”  10 turnovers…  Curry kept passing it to Thompson on the bench…

#OccupyDraymondGreen – Beast!  22/9/0/1/4 shooting 7-14 (3-7 3PTM 5-5 FT).  TO are still an issue (5 in 36 minutes), but 34 minutes or more the past three and David Lee is still out a long while all hamstrung.

Denver Big Man Rotation – J.J. Hickson finally made his season debut and nearly dubdubbed for 8/10/1/0/0 in only 14:33.  Did have 4 shots blocked though, as Sons of Anarchy Chris Kaman went nuts for 12/8 and 5 blocks for the Blazers second unit.  Owned by the Ka-Man!  Jusuf Nurkic got a DNP as Timofey Mozgov was the big winner last night, going 7/16/0/0/3 in a surprise 36 minutes given he hadn’t topped 21 minutes since opening night.  You really don’t want any of these guys that much…

 

Streamer Picks:

Dante Exum (21% owned) – As mentioned above, I think Exum is pushing to take over more PG minutes.  If there ever was a game that the Jazz could go up double-digits, it’s tonight against the Pacers.  Plus Indiana has only the signed-off-the-street A.J. Price to back up Donald Sloan.

Mike Scott (4% owned) – The ultimate ThrAGNOF, Scott has at least 1 3PTM every game.  And while his minutes are fairly low, I have a feeling the Hawks blow out the Knicks after beating them Saturday by 7, yet shooting 40.7% to NY shooting 47.6%.  Just a gut call the Hawks run a lot of second unit out there.

 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and good luck to ya in week 3!

  1. hamtime says:
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    I lost rubio as well, and he can join nerlens, calderon, and beverly on my bench. Dropped that bum Len for mcroberts and am debating between dropping mo will (since im pretty much punting guard stats) for: mason plumlee, gobert, o’quinn, or kanter (semi decent but hollow stats). thoughts?

    or should i swap mo for zach, who seems to be the favored minny guard. HELP PLEASE.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: yikes, tough injuries. I prefer Plumlee of the group, but I like his upside when/if BroLo gets hurt. Maybe not the best add while everyone is hurt. Kanter might be the play for now, but as soon as everyone gets healthy, I’d go back to Plumlee and/or stream the spot.

      • KD Owner says:
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        @JB Gilpin: mason plumlee for steven adams and his rapstache or for josh mcroberts?

        brook lopez owner looking for some insurance

        thanks

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @KD Owner: I’d take Adams and that awesome stash over Plumlee.

  2. hamtime says:
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    pg – lowry, collison, rubio*, beverly*, calderon*
    sg – mo will (to be dropped?)
    sf – kahwi, carroll
    pf – mcroberts
    c – AD, nerlens, roblopez

    14 man h2h 9 cat

  3. Joe says:
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    Which ride lasts longer Draymond Green or Iman Shumpert? I dropped George Hill for Shump, but now I’m wondering if Draymond would be better…

    here’s my team
    Knight
    Butler
    Evans
    Millsap
    Cousins
    Dragic
    Hayward
    CP3
    West
    Shumpert
    M Gasol
    J Hill
    Sullinger

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Gimme a ride on the DrayDray Train! Def would add Green

  4. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    weekly H2H start 1 out of BroLo, SWilliams, ABrooks … cats I need most help in this week are points, steals and free throws?

    also call me a little cray cray but have just put out a trade offer my Jameer for his Exum

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dirk’s Digglers: First off, not crazy at all, I’d rather take the upside of Exum. I’d play BroLo, not a help in steals, but Pts/FT should be nice.

  5. Annunnaki says:
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    Have an open spot at the end of my bench. Which player ends up with the most value this season: Gallinari, Exum, or Mason Plumlee?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Annunnaki: Between Plum and Exum for me, I’d take whichever position you need more – big or PG

  6. DK says:
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    JB, what do you think of a trade involving Gortat + Sloan for Tim Duncan?

    • DK says:
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      @DK: He still wants to trade Timmy. Well, I offered him Monroe + Sloan. But he doesn’t want Sloan. Monroe + ?? He likes the idea of 2 of my players for 1 Duncan. What do you think is a good offer?

      My current roster:
      Guard – Curry, Lawson, MCW, KCP, Sloan
      Forwards – Draymond, T.Jones, Teletovic, McD
      C – Millsap, Gortat, Monroe, Ed Davis

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @DK: Yeah I like the Duncan idea too… Monroe + Telet if he needs 3s? Monroe+KCP? I’d look at what stats he’s been slow in to start the year

        • DK says:
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          @JB Gilpin: He’s quite loaded in 3s, so don’t think the Monroe + 3s route would work. I offered Gortat + low end one, he asked too much for Gortat + Monroe.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @DK: Yeah I agree that price is steep, sucks he’s loaded with 3s guys, maybe try Monrie+big Ed? Doubtful but can try

  7. LightSpeed says:
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    pau gasol and collison for Milsap. Im afraid that gasol might not able to keep up this level of production and he is somewhat injury prone. 10 team 10 catg (dd)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LightSpeed: It’s a lot to give up, but in 10 team I’d take Millsap

  8. spo says:
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    should I drop Iguodala for Lamb?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @spo: I probably wouldn’t but it’s very very close. Can you stream that spot through the week?

  9. Kris says:
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    20 team league… My Elfrid for his Beal? Worth the risk? HAHA!

    • Kris says:
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      @Kris:

      Stuckey
      Leonard
      Collison
      Giannis
      Mason Plum
      Dray Green
      Millsap
      Elfrid Payton
      Gortat
      MCW
      Otto
      Brandan Wright

      BOOM!

      • Kris says:
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        @Kris:

        Should I still not touch anyone from my team? Planning to trade

        Mason, Stuckey (3 solid games from injury), Payton for Dieng and Wall (or Teague)

        Any suggestion for a trade or 2? 😀 Sorry for the double posts

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Kris: I’d honestly hold Payton, I’d want to hold the assists depth in such a deep league. Def would do the Wall trade! or for Teague too. Love Dieng as well.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Kris: If he gives you Wall and Dieng for those three can you get me his email address…ill invite him to my league

  10. CA says:
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    Add Sims or Miles Plumlee in a 14 teamer?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CA: Plumlee, Sims won’t play until Thursday and Noel should be back by then

  11. Clay says:
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    Hey JB,

    Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks to you, I had a solid 7-2 win this past week to begin my league, but it came with some troubling signs as well. Mainly, I was dead last in our 16T H2H league in FG%, with a lackluster FG% of .412 (rest of the league ranged from .486 to .432). Obviously, one week is a small sample size, but it’s not like I’m killing it in FT% either (.789, 6th of 16) so I figured you could help me out.

    My main culprits in FG% are Love, KCP, and Tobias Harris. KCP should rebound, as he has been recently, but anyways my full roster is:

    PG: J. Holliday, D.Collison
    SG: G. Hayward, KCP
    SF: T. Harris, Perry Jones
    PF: Love, J.Hill
    C: Marc Gasol, Asik, KG
    BN: Solomon Hill, Hardaway Jr (these two slots are pretty much revolving doors, as in I add the best guys with 4 games the following week. For the week in question, I had G.Temple and N.Cole for two games each.)

    To sum up, my questions are:
    1) Should I be concerned with my being dead-last in FG%, esp. since FT% isn’t an automatic win for me either?
    2) I took Love #12 overall, but am starting to doubt whether he’ll actually produce 1R value season-long. Like you said, he could be Ryan Anderson-y on days. Tried to trade him for Cousins, was countered with Al Jefferson. UGH! I could’ve taken him #21 overall, but instead went with Marc Gasol… anyways, would you recommend something like Love& Asik/KG for AlJeff& Pekovic?
    3) and lastly, what to do with Perry Jones? Hold onto him or drop?

    Sorry for the long post, and as always thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clay: Thanks man, glad to help and hope you had a great weekend as well!

      FG% does look rough. Hayward isn’t a help, you’ve got a lot of shooters. But if you’re winning everywhere else, I don’t think it’s a concern.

      Yup, Love is not the Love of old, why we had him low, but 12 was tough to pass up even for us. I’d take Jefferson for Love on your team. Better playoff sched and you don’t really need his 3s that bad. Fine with the combo deals too.

      16 teamer – yeah I’d hold Jones. Maybe hope he gets back soon and sell high.

      Any time!

  12. Toni Vidal Ribes says:
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    Courtney´s projection? 😀

  13. Sio says:
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    What’s up razzball nation? My season’s going great so far even with lawson’s slow start and rubio going down and it’s thanks mostly to JB’s rankings and Slim’s projections. So early season shoutout guys! As always trying to get better so question: who would you target in a sell high for reggie jackson in a H2H-1 win league (punting big man cats hard coz of this while everyone else is trying punt ft or be “balanced”)
    My team:
    Curry
    reggie jackson
    korver
    lawson
    carroll
    kemba
    rubio
    Antetokounmpo
    Danny green (i so wish this was dray)
    Markieff
    horford
    Mcroberts
    frye

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: What’s good man?! Thanks so much, we’ve had a pretty good start this year!

      I’d shoot high, going for a 50ish overall player… Bledsoe? He’s off a bad game. Maybe… Teague?

      • Sio says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sent the bledsoe trade and i’m hoping he bites although my league is pretty trade averse. What do you think of reggie for calderon? Or a horford+reggie for ibaka?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sio: Ehhh this Calderon lingering leg thing and with him being so old is scary, I might hold there at this point. I like Horford a lot, but yeah I’d do that for Ibaka.

  14. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    14 Team H2H (10 CAt w/ Off rebs)

    Westbrook*, IT, Mo Williams
    Dragic, Oladipo*, Pope
    Draymond, Copeland
    Faried, TJones
    Bosh, Markieff, Ed Davis

    Should I lose KCP or Mo Will for KJ McDaniels?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: Yeah I’d grab KJ, probably droppin Mo Wil. Any time!

  15. hamtime says:
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    was just offered vucevic+tyreke for my lowry+danny green. this is a 16man h2h 11 cat with off , def rebs and asst/tos.

    current team:
    pg – lowry, collison, chalmers, lavine, elfrid
    sg/sf – batum, morrow, parsons, dannygreen
    pf/c – dirk, taj, j.hill

    my worries are the injury history of both vuc+tyreke, plus their poor playoff scheds. advice please!

    • hamtime says:
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      @hamtime: would you swap out lavine for mcgee now that his mins restriction might get lifted?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hamtime: First with McGee, Denver has too many C. I dunno how this will all work, so I wouldn’t. I don’t think I could turn that trade down, Vuc is so good in that format. Love Lowry, but getting Reke over Green is a nice improvement.

  16. Tyler says:
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    Hey man, so george hill and dieng are still sittin in the wire. Should i grab one of them?
    My most droppable players are draymond, pbev, jordan hill and sully. Im thinking pbev? What are your thoughts on how different pbev and george hill’s stats will be?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyler: I like Hill to be a tiny bit better than PBev, but Hill out until Dec. is no bueno, I’d probably hold your guys.

  17. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job JB! thanks for the great read…

    In my 12 team H2H points league who would you start for this coming week?
    Terrence Ross vs Orl, Chi and Uta or
    Giannis Antetokounmpo vs OKC, @ Orl, @ Mia

    Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks for reading man!

      Gimme Giannis! Love he led the Bucks in minutes Saturday in a surprise win, can only bode well for this week.

  18. The Dragon says:
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    Is swapping Dragic for Kawhi a good move for me?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Dragon: Yeah man, I’d take Kawhi

      • Aiden says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        with blurry vision? how long does conjunctivitis take to go away anyway? weird..

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Aiden: It is weird, I don’t think there’s a one size fits all answer. Had a bonkers game with no TO saturday, I think he’s fine.

  19. Chinzy says:
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    Hey JB

    Wondering if I should drop Iggy (1 pt last night) for Andrew Wiggins. He’s a Free Agent.

    Giannis, Eric Gordon, Carroll, Frye, Danny Green (notable free agents as well)

    Team looks like (10 Man H2H daily 9 Cat)

    Dwill, Monta, Teague, Knight, IT2
    Afflalo, Iggy
    Cousins, Ibaka, Millsap, Gibson
    Hibbert, Rolo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chinzy: Yup, I’d def want Wiggins! If only for 2nd half upside. Ohhhh man, Giannis still out there too… I’ll take Wiggins

  20. scrotchs says:
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    Trade Bledsoe for Ariza?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @scrotchs: Ya know, if I had good PG depth I probably would, Ariza looks great and Suns PG trending down since 1 is bad every night

  21. Lasandro says:
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    How high up has Reke gone up your rankings? We’ve been discussing a lotta Lowry recently, with Kawhi being offered to me for him. Is it reasonable to think that Lowry is the better scoring option of the two? I mean, I just dont see Kawhi pushing past the 16ppg mark and his projected numbers seem awfully Kiefff-like, with better efficiency, stls and maybe 3s. Just need to be sold on the thought of nabbing Kawhi for Lowry while I’m sitting at the bottom of the standings with no pts and brds and trying to keep everything else in check while KD rests up. AND with your statement re: Rubio and how you’re hlding him everywhere… DAMN. I was gonna drop him for Sloan off the wire then grab Oladipo later on (shallow L) but now I’m muy concerned if that indeed is a good idea. I’m too sentimental..

    Great writeup once again! I shouldn’t read this before bedtime as you have me chucklin a lil too much

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Reke hasn’t gone up too much, Pts/Reb/Ast are nice, but at the expense of %s, steals are way down especially given the big minutes, and I don’t know if he’s a 1.8 3PTM a game guy this year after never being above 0.8. Yeah Lowry should outscore Kawhi, but Kawhi does everything else so well. I like Kawhi still over Lowry 🙂

      Well this is your 8er, I don’t mind it there, sometimes advice doesn’t fit everything 🙂 Still good seeing him a drop for ya. Thanks again for stoppin by man!

  22. spo says:
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    Should I drop Iguodala for Lamb? Wilson Chandler, Foye, Gerald Green, E. Gordon are also available

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @spo: Got ya on REL 🙂

  23. Manshi Shah says:
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    Note: I traded Lawson and Courtney Lee for Vucevic and now have an open roster spot.
    Waiver Wire: http://games.espn.go.com/fba/freeagency?leagueId=173325&teamId=11&seasonId=2015

    Who should I pick up with my open roster spot? Should I drop MKG to pick up another? Who? Please help me improve my team! You’re the best!

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup)
    PG- MCW, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic
    SG- Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams
    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard, MKG
    PF- Nikola Vucevic, Jared Sullinger
    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Manshi Shah: Nice! Given you have good dimes, like the Vuc move. If no Rose, I’d grab Brooks to at least get tonight’s game. Long term, i dunno I have a feeling Exum starts getting closer and closer to 30 minutes a game. If Rose plays tonight, I’d grab Exum and hold MKG. Thanks man we try!

  24. Hayward Ginobili says:
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    Kawhi or Batum? Which side do you like?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hayward Ginobili: Ohhhh that’s a good one. I’ll stick with Kawhi, had him higher preseason and Batum with the banged up knee doesn’t help, missing the game tomo

  25. Nikko says:
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    Hey JB. Right now I’m either looking at Kobe for Leonard and Morris OR Kobe and Knight for Kemba and Leonard. In a H2H points, what are ya thinking?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko: Love me my Knight, I would do Leonard and Morris for just Kobe in a heartbeat!

  26. Zar says:
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    I don’t think I’ll settle on a team name for my teams ever.

    In a league were I lost westbrook, I seem to be okay with PGs with Teague, Lillard, Aaron Brooks, and JCraw. I’m looking at adding Terrence Ross for Tony Allen. Sound good? I have 12.6 Average steals without Tony Allen, not sure if that’d good enough.

    And yes, I love Al Jefferson, especially getting him in the late 2nd round!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: Haha. Yeah well Ross helps in steals too, had a little lull, but should be at a steal a game. Yeah man, me too! Ballin’ so far!

  27. Swap Meet says:
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    What do you think of PBev/RJax for Monta? I’d be getting Monta. And Horford/Teletovic for Blake or LMA?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swap Meet: Would love getting Monta there! Teletovic is a throw in, I dunno, I love Horford. Coin flip with those guys, I personally would probably keeper Horford side

  28. Blint says:
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    Should I then drop Mo and pick up Dante in a keeper league?? I already have Gobert who is riding the bench not doing much and Rubio who in injured

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blint: Yes! I think I’d rather Exum right now anyway. Exum is def playing too, won’t be a 0 out there, I think out produces Mo even right now

      • Blint says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Damn he got taken a few hours before I could! Any under the radar PGs you like I could stash?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Blint: Well after tonight, not looking good! Schroder looked good though, why not for a stash?

          • Blint says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Thanks he wasn’t even on my radar! also we know Grey loves a stash 😛

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Blint: Everyone loves a ride on the stache!

  29. 740 says:
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    Wus good JB. Wondering why some ppl are starting to drop R. Anderson so early in the year? Is there something I don’t know about? Batum went down hope is nothing serious. Smh

    10team h2h 8cats

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @740: Alls good man, thanks! Batum hopefully will be OK, already missing tomo… Anderson really coolin off, but yeah I wouldn’t drop…

  30. Clos says:
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    Hey jb drop Copeland for Lee or exum or keep Copeland?
    Lowry
    Knight
    Jrue
    KCP
    Markeiff
    Favors
    Aldridge
    Cousins
    Draymond
    Elfrid
    Terrance Jones
    Marc gasol
    Copeland

    Not feeling all the missed treys

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Hah neither am I… Ummm, yeah ya know what, I’ll roll the dice on Exum

  31. jcg says:
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    Greetings! so in a 12 team H2H I have Copeland and KCP. Not too big on either of their upside and rest of season potential. Would you drop for any of these guys? Looking for big potential later this year…..

    Dieng
    Exum
    Lavine
    A Gordon

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Hey man! Def losing Copeland for Dieng. Fits the big potential to a T. Probably holdong KCP though, a little KCP bias, I love KCP 🙂

  32. Humph says:
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    I’m playing 8 cat roto and doing pretty well thanks to the rankings here. A bit too well actually, as now I have no-one I’d like to drop if the chance to use my WW1 ever comes up.
    Just wondering who I should target with a 2 for 1 for my Tyreke and Markieff. I’ll probably need another PG to cover for Rubio now. I’m thinking someone like Holiday would be fair value. I wouldn’t mind buying low on someone like Noah or Parsons though.

    PG – Collison, IT2
    SG – Knight, Kmart
    SF – Matthews
    PF – Ibaka, Millsap
    C – Cousins, Horford, Vucevic
    Bench – Tyreke, Markieff (Rubio)

    So in summary, Reke + Kieff = ….. ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Humph: Awesome, glad we helped! Yeah I’d def try for Jrue using those 2. Evans is a sell high for me as well. Reke+Kieff for Teague? I don’t think he’s that far behind Jrue. Dragic won’t help the missing dimes from Rubio, but he is a good buy low if owners are still scared, but he had a good weekend.

  33. Shaft says:
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    JB– for this week who is a better spot start in 8-cat h2h, Demarre Carroll with 4 games, Shumpert with 4 or Courtney Lee with 3? Looking for stls, boards and threes.

    Probably dropping any of them for beverley anyway.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Yeah Beverley is a good fit with those needs, I think it’s Carroll, hits all those cats pretty well

      • Shaft says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Just out of curiosity, why does no one have any love for courtney lee right now? I get that the 55% FG shooting isnt sustainable. But you’d think he’d be able to maintain numbers in the ballpark of what he’s putting up now (15 pts / 2.4 3ptm / 3.8 rebs / 2.4 ast / 1.2 stls with solid %s.)

        I kinda see him as Kyle Korver-ish (who put up mid-round value last year), with a little less upside for massive 3pt games. His situation is much better than last year, getting something like 32mpg versus like 25mins last year. Plus, Memphis will need someone to spread the floor, especially with Mike Miller gone. Am i missing something?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shaft: Yeah, and I’ve always liked Lee, but I am sorta in that boat of nonbelieving as well like the masses. I think downgrades in a lot of those, points to go down, dimes to go down, 3s to go down, all at huge career highs massively above what he’s ever done. I think the big one is he’s hitting 66.7% from deep, that obviously will fall hurting Pts/3s/FG%. Things will cool off, but you’ve sold me a little to pay more attention.

  34. Ciwa says:
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    Hi JB!
    My Holiday and Adams for Westbrook.
    What do you think about it?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ciwa: I think you take it and start dusting off the place on the mantle for the title trophy!

  35. B says:
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    In a 9cat 10 team h2h, would you rather have

    MCW, Oladipo, Favors
    or
    Serge, Nerlens, Afflalo

    roster is currently
    Jrue, Sloan, Calderon, KMart, Jordan Hill, Ibaka, Noel, Millsap, Batum, Westbrook, Afflalo, Markieff Morris, Wroten

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @B: Whewwww, sucks to lose Ibaka, but I would MCW side. I like Favors a ton and looking at your team, some PG upside will be huge and I love MCW

      • B says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        I agree losing Ibaka is tough, but fewer blocks these days, and his output (especially 3s) has to go down when Durant/Wbrook come back, right? And Nerlens just seems too raw, plus he’s being babied by the 76ers. I might see if I can give Sloan instead of Afflalo to sweeten it for me.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @B: Ummm, probably down a little for Serge’s 3s, I think the blocks will be fine though. But yeah, we’re on the same page we like it 🙂

  36. Hamtime says:
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    would you swap out morrow for mcgee now that his mins restriction might get lifted? Have morrow but not sure why haha. They say he’ll play heavy, but is that true with lamb around and perry and Andre getting health you? What more when KD comes back?

    As messy as the C spot is in Denver, I feel breaching 20 mins will make mcgee somewhat productive and guarantee a few blocks per game.

    Appreciat the advice as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hamtime: I probably would McGee, but not huge on him, still too many C in DEN. Morrow will score and that’s about it, so yeah, even if he plays a lot he won’t be that big of an asset. Any time man!

  37. mamba says:
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    @JB Gilpin

    Would you try to buy low on Faried and trade Gortat for him?? I’m in a points based H2H league with bonus points for double doubles. With their current stats, Gortat is at 30 fantasy points per game and Faried is at 29.

    Mind you, this is with Faried getting 5 less minutes per game which is a bit of a concern but he has still been productive in those 27 minutes per game. I feel like Faried could be a beast later on in the season like last year and this is the perfect time to acquire him. What do you think??

    thanks in advance

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mamba: Yeah I think I take that, especially with the dubdub bonus points, even though Gortat should be close in dubdubs. A little safe with Faried too – younger and a little less injury history

      • mamba says:
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        @JB Gilpin: was thinking the same thing. how about joe johnson & perry jones for faried?? I’m giving up about 50 fantasy points currently with those 2 guys and receiving 30 back but I can always pick up somebody in free agents to make up for it.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @mamba: Yeah I’d prefer JJ+Jones for Faried rather than Gortat if you can swing it

  38. danb

    danb says:
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    FYI……Batum is ruled out for Tuesday.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @danb: Yup just saw, I wish we had a good idea on a SF replacement to stream, but def isn’t one…

  39. Ryan says:
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    Should I take this trade proposal and run? (12 team H2H) My Dieng, Ryan, Anderson and Jrue Holiday for Milsap and Noel? I know I probably should, but my only pause is due to me being short on guard depth with Westy and Calderon out. I’m in the mix for the guard cats at the moment, but losing Jrue would be a big blow. I’m also leading the pack in the big-man cats, so I’m not sure I exactly need this trade either.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yeah it’s too much value to turn down. I’d try to flip Noel for a PG right away, Millsap should help across the board

  40. Wen says:
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    Hi JB, would you drop Alec Burks for K.J. McDaniels? Thanks for advice.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wen: Unless only needing points, yeah I would in most situations

  41. Filkarri says:
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    I lost Rubio this weekend, and already had an injured Patrick Beverly on my bench. A couple questions here. 10 team weekly head to head points league.

    1. Should I lose Beverly in favor of Zach Lavine or Aaron Brooks?
    2. Somebody dropped Victor Oladipo, so I was thinking about losing Mason Plumlee or Beverly to stash him. That leaves me with both an injured Rubio and Oladipo on my bench, but I’m 2-0 so far so I feel like I could weather the storm.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: 1. Nah I’d hold PBev should be back. 2. Yes! Def want Oladipo… Ummm, probably dropping Plumlee.

  42. Bert says:
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    Thinking about trading Bosh and Ariza for Kawhi and Thad. Punting blocks this season.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bert: Ummm, it’s a razor close one… I think I’d indeed take Kawhi side so I like it

  43. Bucky says:
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    Hey guys! I am looking for some PG help. Gonna drop Trevor Booker for either:
    Aaron Brooks
    Jason Terry
    Isaiah Caanan
    Norris Cole
    Jameer Nelson
    Dante Exum
    I was leaning towards Exum.
    Thanks!

    • Bucky says:
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      Forgot to add LaVine to the list 😛

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bucky: Yeah looking long term I like Exum too, Rose is back so Brooks is out, PBev is about back so no Canaan, yeah I think I’d take Exum. Lavine is the really close one… I think they’re neck-and-neck right now, so I’d lean Exum as he should be getting big minutes by then and Rubio will take all Lavine’s. Any time thanks for stoppin by!

  44. hamtime says:
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    Have mo will but looking to drop him for: lavine (strictly for upside), mason plumlee, ed davis, o’quinn, kanter, or gobert. hunting mainly for boards, blocks, and good %s.

  45. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    14 team H2H (11 CAT w/ FGM & FTM)
    (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, Util, Util, BN, BN, BN)

    Lillard, Lawson, EPayton
    Knight, Pope, Mo Williams
    Hayward, JButler, Lee
    Deng, Tucker
    Al Jeff, Markieff

    Was leaning away from Rebs and Blks since my draft didn’t really pan out. (Henson, hawes, etc)

    Now there are some guys potentially clearing waivers/on the wire:
    Mozgov (w), Adams (w), Mason, LAllen, Zeller.

    Should I try and rebalance the squad or am I kinda stuck.

    Thinking of something like:
    -Pope
    -Mo
    +Moz
    +Adams

    Also what are your thoughts on Nick Young in general when he gets back.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: I think I’m good with both of those moves, but wouldn’t be hesitant to move on from Mozgov if his minutes disappear again. Nick Young… Bleh, not a fan. Empty scoring, and who knows how much rock he’ll touch with ballhog Kobe

  46. Nikko Respeto says:
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    Hey JB. I want Paul because why wouldnt someone want him. I’d be giving up Lowry, Drummond and Griffin/Vucevic for his Paul, Jefferson and Pau. In the H2H, thats a take instantly right?

    • Nikko Respeto says:
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      @Nikko Respeto: The final trade was: Paul, Pau, Jefferson and Jamal Crawford for Vucevic, Drummond, Lowry and Knight.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nikko Respeto: Man, huge trade! Obviously love getting Paul, but I dunno, a ton of value to give away… You got best 2 players though, and Pau is looking good. More I look at it, more I think I like it

        • Nikko says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I actually ended up having to give Griffin instead of Vuc

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Nikko: Ehhhh, tough one. might think you overpaid just by a cent or two

  47. AC says:
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    Hey JB,

    So someone just dropped Rubio in a 10-team H2H, and he comes off waivers on Thursday. Thinking about picking him up, but my PGs are Conley, Westbrook, Calderon, and Mo Williams at the moment, and I would be left with only one healthy PG for the next few weeks (I would drop Mo for him).

    Is the short-term pain worth the potential long-term gain here by picking up Rubio?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Yeah Rubio needs to be owned in all 10ers. I would do it and try to fight through the pain

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