So ya know, sometimes it’s good to be late to the party.  Ya get to seem like you had a lot of more important shizz to do, if it’s lame it won’t matter as much if you dipset early…  If only that principle worked in fantasy analysis!

After a fantastic weekend, the buzz to go and grab Terrence Jones was like a hot party right in its peak.  “New York’s hottest new club is JELLY BONES!  Located on the Lower Upper Side, this random home invasion is the creation of legally drunk clothing designer Nick Nolte and Gabana. As you walk in, you’ll be handed a glass of champagne – or is it piss?”  With the Rockets hesitancy to stretch him out, adding Josh Smith back in the day, and the return of Dwight Howard at some point, I was like, “F that shizz, sounds like a lame sausage party!”  But Houston put TJones in the starting line-up last night, and he went straight Nolte for 15/15/0/1/2 making 6-9 FG.  He’s kinda looked like what the optimistic Kenneth Faried backers were hoping for!  Plus he can hit threes!  Now a must-own in all leagues, and I certainly would be dropping Manimal for him.  That said, when Dwight is back, it might not be as rockin’ as JELLY BONES at midnight.  It could be another month before Dwight is out there though, so TJones my Jelly Bones!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy NBA action:

Isaiah Canaan Well, maybe the Sixers are just so bad and disjunct that no PG is ever going to be a nice dimer.  The shockwaves of Iverson!  Indie band name idea…  11/1/3/0/0, but at least the 3 treys…

Nerlens Noel Captain N is bringing out the wompin’ stick!  18/7/2/0/4 with no TO and hit 8-10 FT.  While he’s been ballin’ and I am not discounting it…

Hassan Whiteside …looked tired.  Had a decent enough game for 12/14 making 5-8 FG, but no other stats and 2-4 FT.  He’s so friggin’ big and throws his body in every rebounding opportunity that I am a tad worried he might be getting worn down.  I’m not changing my value of him, but not expecting huge block outbursts as much as before watching this game.

Luol Deng Looked good hitting 11-14 FG and 4-5 3PTM.  Hadn’t scored 20 points the previous 8 games.  Maybe a tad more upside with Chris Bosh out for the year, but not going out and trading for him.

Goran Dragic The dragon was beastly last night!  23/2/10/2/0 hitting 9-14 FG.  That said, it was against the Sixers who are starting a PG that was just in the D-League.  Canaan black balled!

Lou Williams While yes, on the surface it looked ThrAGNOFfy only scoring 9 points on 1-8 shooting, but keeps up the high volume FT (6-7) with another 2 steals.  I love my Lou!

James Johnson After that spike in the D stats the past two games, 15/5/1/0/1 as I cautioned the D stats will be inconsistent.  That said, started, hit 7-10 FG and hit another trey.  Low-end usability with night-to-night upside.

Alexis Ajinca Came off the bench in favor of Dante Cunningham for the open void of PF minutes, but Ajinca still got 27 minutes for 16/9/2/0/1.  Had 5 TO though…  “These short people keep stealing it from me!”

Norris Cole – Had a solid night with a 15/1/6/1/0 line hitting 7-11 from the field.  Meh, I don’t think he does too much and I expect the stats to flattop.

Milwaukee Bucks – Geez, they look absolutely dreadful.  71 points last night, 34% shooting, 16 AST:10 TO as a team.  I honestly think they might miss the playoffs pulling that Knight trade.  I know Michael Carter-Williams hasn’t debuted yet, but the chemistry didn’t look great – given against a tough defensive team on the road in Chitown.

Tony Snell “Ohhhhhh, what’s that Snell?!”  Snell is on fiyah!   20/2/0/1/1 hitting 7-11 FG (4-6 3PTM 2-2 FT).  How many times have I talked Snell up the past two years?!  That said, no Kirk Hinrich (late scratch with illness) and Mike Dunleavy didn’t play well/much.  I love Snell, but I don’t think the minutes will be consistent.  Please be a starter somewhere next year!  Oh wait, he’s signed through 16-17…  Please get rid of Dunleavy and Hinrich next year!

Nikola Mirotic Another Bull that gets ignored way too often by the Bulls, No Minutes Mirotic got the run last night!  31 mins for 16/14/1/1/2 with a pair of treys.  Like Snell, no Taj Gibson helped open er up.  Taj also out with illness, so he and Hinrich can’t split hotel rooms on road trips anymore…

Andrew Wiggins Best player in that game against Houston last night!  Well, second best…  12-24 FG 30/6/1/1/1.  He’s so good…

Adreian Payne – Here’s me yesterday! “…we should see an interesting bench rotation tonight and I think it’s Adreian Payne time!”  That’s me quoting me!  And Flip actually started him!  Cue the hate mail, Gorgui Dieng owners…  Payne for 11/10/0/0/1 hitting a trey in 29 minutes, but shot 4-15 FG and 2-4 FT.  They did the shotclock camera on one of his FT, and he stands a little bit off-center!  Weird…  Anyway, deepers should give Major Payne a look and Dieng owners still got a nice 7/14/4/1/1 line.  We can all live in harmony!

James Harden Ham alert!  Dude, greatest idea for a viral video idea.  You sneak up on someone while someone else films, and you throw one of those giant whole hams at them and yell, “HAM ALERT!”  Maybe it can be for heart disease awareness or high cholesterol or something like the ice bucket challenge…  31/11/10/1/4 and busting out the swatting gloves on top of the tripdub!  Toss in the usual awesome FT (12-15) and 5 treys, and baby you got an MVP stew goin!

Thaddeus Young Ugh, another game, and another appearance off the bench while the horrible Mason Plumlee keeps starting.  Plum for 14/5/0/0/0 with 2 TO in 16 minutes, but still only 24 minutes for Young off the bench.  Thad the Impaler went 15/5/1/2/1 with a trey and should get more and more minutes as we move on.

Deron Williams – Another solid game with Jarrett Jack out as the Nets dismantled the Nugs.  16/5/12, and the poster child for a sell high right now.

Markel Brown – What the fracking?!  45 minutes?!  A rainbow line?!  What in the wide world of sports?!?!?!  10/11/2/2/4, setting career marks in everything but the dimes.  When Jack is back he’ll steal some G minutes and Bojan Bogdanovic sat with a kankle, so even in the deepest leagues there’s not too much to do with this.

Kenneth Faried Roadkill.  He did hurt his hand, but I’m not picking him up off the side of the road.

Danilo Gallinari About the only Nug to show up for 22/2/1/2/0 hitting 3 treys.  Seems a little ThrAGNOFfy still…

Will Barton Given it was a blowout, but I’ve always liked Barton and he got 21 minutes of 15/4/1 with a trey while Randy Foye played only 20 minutes with a bluuuuuuccucckckck line.  Foye is not yo boy.

Joffrey Lauvergne – Is it bad that I think Sansa is hot?  Tangent, I know…  Anyway, King Joffrey of France for 0/9/2/2/0 in his second game, missing all 6 shots from the field.  That said, has range, the ability to hit all stats and is 6’11.  Kinda like Giannis-lite.  But def not going there…  Wait I did just go there…  I shouldn’t have gone there!  The Nuggets are so bad, maybe Joffrey gets deep-league usable minutes.

Brandon Knight Still doesn’t look quite like the Bucks Knight, but 20/1/4 and 4 treys is still mighty usable.  I think things will get better, and played 34 minutes getting his first start there in PHO.  Also, I think the assists will still be there as he played some backup PG when E-Bled sat here and there.

Eric Bledsoe Speaking of E-Bled, 21/7/10/2/1 with a couple of treys.  Ham alert!  Gonna be huge with that excess fat trimmed off the G depth.  But don’t trim too much fat off that ham!

Alex Len 32 minutes of 10/12/0/0/6 hitting 5-7 FG.  Turning into such a beast.  I love tooting my own horn, we all know this, so lemme toot again!  Look at that only person ranking him…  I ate my magical beans for breakfast!

Isaiah Thomas Ham alert!  Went off on his old team for 21/1/7 and 3 treys on his old team’s home court.  Ham on that Mr. Pizza!  Marcus Smart started, but only played 24 minutes and IT2 is showing off how much better he is.

Jae Crowder The Boston Clam Crowder had one of his best games in green (well, Boston green not Dallas green…  I’m too lazy to pull up his Dallas game logs, OK?!) for 12/7/4/2/0 and no TO, with all points coming on 4 treys.  Has played almost 60 minutes the past two games, and maybe with Jared Sullinger out of the picture, he can find some consistency in backup 3/4 minutes.  A little interested in deepers.

Avery Bradley Going nuts lately, with a 23/4/3/6/0 line last night.  Racked up 13 steals the last 3 games and 20+ points in each one.  Most important Brad involved with the Celtics, that’s for sure!

Kawhi Leonard Ya know, Pop is a legend and all, but playing your stud 25 minutes and and only playing Tim Duncan more (28 minutes) in a 13-deep rotation while losing at Utah is just not a recipe for success right now.  I don’t get the low minutes while Kawhi looked pretty good (8/4/3/3/1 – did hit only 2-5 FT and had 3 TO, but still), so it’s another game the Sours (I typoed that, too funny to fix) deserved to lose.  Get your shizz together Pop, play your stud the minutes and win some games!

Danny Green I mean, the Spurs played last Friday and don’t play tonight, I don’t get the minutes at all…  Just 20 for 2/7/0/0/0 with 3 TO, maybe it was a coaching moment, but they champions?!  Good buy low.

Rudy Gobert Seems like he’s about to be a perennial Defensive Player of the Year guy.  7/14/1/2/3 and another team held to absurdly low points.  Game changer!

Joe Ingles Mr. Fundamental!  Missed a few games with injury, but back to starting and went 10/3/3/3/0 last night with 2 treys.  Deep leaguers could do worse!

Chris Paul With no Blake, yes another ham alert!  30/4/10/2/2 in a nasty rainbow hitting two treys.  Trying to do it all!  But the Clips were still short…

Spencer Hawes – It’s nothing too special, but 9/1/2/0/3 with no TO and a trey is semi-usable.  Samurai Spence is more like So So Spence…

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Al-Farouq Aminu (10% owned) – With Chandler Parsons out a few more games with a kankle, Aminu should have upside for close to 30 minutes and bring some nice defensive stats in a physical game.  He was horrible last time out, but I could see a bounce back.

Devin Harris (12% owned) – There are Slim Pickens on the wire for tonight, so I’m sticking with the Mavs and sticking with how bad Rajon Rondo has been playing.  He also struggled against the Hornets, but had a fairly nice roll the 3 before that.

 

I hope everyone got off a nice start back into the full week schedule, and thanks for stopping by Razzball Nation!

  1. spo says:
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    Should I trade my Rubio and Butler for Hayward and Dragic?

    • Lawson says:
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      @spo: I would

    • Lasandro says:
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      @spo: please don’t.

    • Dante Green says:
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      @spo: nooo

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @spo: Hayward and Dragic both have 4/4/4 schedules in the playoffs. Minny is average and Chicago is terrible in that dept. I’d make the swap.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @spo: Man, polarizing trade! I’m leaning no unless a lock for #1 or #2 seed in playoffs to improve playoff sched

      • spo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Only reason is because I’m first seed at the moment and could use that playoff boost!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @spo: Then yup I like it!

  2. Dante Green says:
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    I have a dream…… That one day the manimal starts beastin it. Lol I still remember I offered my 13th pick Asik for Faried during the time when he was still struggling, oh wait he’s still struggling mightily tho. Lol he had just a 2 week span where he showed up from a 6 or 7 week long slump and spoiled his owners with elite rebounding and decent scoring. Then after that back to being irrelevant once again. And now I believe us Faried owners wake up and cut ties with him cos it’s kinda like Ilyasova’s situation last season; had an awesome 2013 2nd half season, then struggled like sh*t the following season..

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Dante Green: Brian Shaw is a total dumpster fire of a coach. Hopefully, he gets the axe soon and Manimal and Nurkic can be unleashed.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: Yup it’s not looking good. Unlike Ily, no real major injury either… Total mess behind the scenes.

        @Clyde Prompto: We can only hope!

        • Dante Green says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Would u drop faried or hibbert for james johnson or olynyk? Thanks jb

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dante Green: Yikes, yeah gimme James Johnson if fighting for playoff positioning.

  3. Clay says:
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    Hey JB,

    Thanks for the nice recap as usual. Even in a 16-er, I feel like two players have to go on my team: Clarkson and Frazier (seemed like a worthy gamble a few days ago). Top FA’s include:

    Ilyasova / M.Brown (who you don’t really recommend) /Ajinca
    Crowder/ Payne / Ingles / Snell / H.Thompson
    Shumpert / Mirotic / Caspi / A.Anderson / Aminu

    Do you see two guys you’d prefer over Clarkson and Frazier on that list? Thanks in advance!

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Clay: Not JB, but I’d def hang on to Clarkson. I’d lose Frazier for Ilya, but Aminu or Ajinca are also decent plays til Parsons/Brow come back.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Clay: Agree with @Clyde Prompto: I’m holding onto Clarkson. Def moving on from Frazier. I would probably stream that spot, I don’t see big differentiations. Kinda like Payne while he starts for a bit for the upside.

  4. Sio says:
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    What’s up JB? Got a question for razzball nation: if you were a lock for the playoffs would you trade goran, tjones and nerlens for KD and 2 scrubs (jeff green and norris cole)? Im in a 14er h2h 9cat and i already have AD on the bench with his injury.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Clos: @Sio: Wow that’s tough. Foot injuries are terrifying, but facing a team with Durant AND Brow in the playoffs might be even more terrifying.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: Yeah I think that low of value to get KD is worth it, as long as you still have a few more bigs to flank with AD. Giving up a lot of upside in big man stats

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        @JB Gilpin: i’ll only AD horford len and olynyk for bigs if i do it though. And i’m punting 3s and ft%

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sio: Mmmm I think I’m holding then

  5. hamtime says:
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    looking to drop corey brewer ASAP in a 14m/9cat. Lots of intriguing guys like Payne, ingles, leuvergne, wesjo, but are all pretty unreliable. Need 3s steals and blocks. Thoughts on best pickup ROS?

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @hamtime: Wesley Johnson was actually one of the few guys in the league to average 1 stl/blk/3 a game last year. He’s coming off a good outing, so I might gamble on him catching a heater given the other options.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: Why do you wanna drop Brewer? I think Payne hits the cats you need better, but I dunno if I’d drop Brewer for him

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a 12-tm h2h pts w/ big bonus for dbl dbls, I’m looking to get Len into my flex spot, but to do so requires dropping a G: E. Gordon, Canaan, Lou Williams or Mo Williams? Or hold, keep Len on bench for now and try to make a trade or wait till a G gets hurt and can go into my IR spot?

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d try and trade Canaan before he has a chance to completely bomb. Or just wait a week or two for Gordon to get hurt.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d drop Canaan and unleash Len unless you have a cushion in the standings

  7. Clos says:
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    Hey jb I commented yesterday about trading Knight for Isaiah and you mentioned adding keiff to get rid of the bad sched but he doesn’t want to do that because he’ll end up with the sun’s starting lineup pretty much.. He’s already got bledsoe and Len.. So I was thinking trading Knight for Isaiah and reading another guy keiff for Monroe.. Just for the nice playoff sched.. What do you think?

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      @Clos: trading*** not reading

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Clos: Looks good to me, man.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Yeah Knight might outscore Isaiah and play more minutes, but IT3 is looking a good dimes. I think I’m ok with both if dimes is a bigger need at PG even with playoff sched difference, and fine for Monroe

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        @JB Gilpin: so I ended up sending.. Knight and keiff for al Jeff and Wiggins.. Jeff’s got 12 games and Wiggins has 11 games.. What do you think?

  8. tmactotherack says:
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    So my team always wins on assists and I got another team in my league to give me Kris middleton for Devon Williams good deal or bad deal?

    • tmactotherack says:
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      @tmactotherack: “Deron”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tmactotherack: I think you might be able to get more somewhere else, but I’m fine with that one

  9. joe says:
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    who do you like better the rest of the way between brook lopez and Gorgui Dieng?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joe: Gorgui!

  10. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy JB and/or Slim. MKG has looked pretty good recently and I remember you having some love for him last year. Do you think he can finish strong and regain his place in your heart for next year’s rankings?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: Hah snuck in at 199 in my preranks this year and thought his D stats were nice last year, but he’s kinda become a Pts/Reb guy with a bad FT%. He’s like a low-end big at SF which has a place in deepers but not too in love with him

  11. Ryan says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’m in a weird spot where I’m really dominant in six categories (FG/FT%s,AST,REB,BLKS,PTS). I lead the league in totals for five of those cats and knew from the start that I’d be punting TO, losing 3s most weeks, and losing steals occasionally. I’ve been coveting Boogie since the beginning of the season because of my team build and think he’d be that last bit of glue that solidifies my team for a possible dynasty run in our multiseason keeper league.

    I’m trying to get him before our league’s trade deadline, but want to know if my proposed plan would have me giving away too much: My: Ibaka (preferably Vucevic instead) and either Whiteside/Tyreke Evans for his Cousins?

    Too much or too little? If that deal sounds okay, should I be trying to deal Whiteside or Evans? I think Reke is more valuable to my team build and he needs Bigs so I’m guessing he’d rather have the Whiteside side.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Whewwww that’s a toughie. I think I like it though. Since thinking ahead in dynasty terms, I would rather give up Reke. I know he’s killing it right now and might ROS, but Jrue still looms and I don’t think they want him handling PG duties next year. So Reke/Ibaka for Cousins given format and team build? I like it

  12. Mike says:
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    I am in a 16 team yahoo weekly league. Picked up Dinwiddie for my bench. I really like the 6.6 ft PG. His defense is very good and is very smooth running a offense. Kid just needs experience, I expect big things from him next year. Whiteside has slowed down on his blocks, but I expect a double double every night. I have Gobert in my leagues with Whiteside and I win blocks every week. Next year I will be lucky to draft either one in the 5th round or later.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Ehhhh I mean RJax is probably staying there, at least I’d assume they’d sign him the big $.

      We’ll see how Whiteside finished, a little worried with fatigue. Gobert top 50ish, def

  13. Bammers says:
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    10 team h2h dynasty league.. i got offered marc gasol and kemba walker for my andre drummond. im currently in 6th place in the playoff battle, with 6 teams making it. my drop would either by jason smith or stuckey, most likely smith. is drummonds long term upside too much to trade? or should i take the deal for gasol and be excited about it?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bammers: Yeah I think I’d have to take that, sucks burning a spot on Kemba but it’s a massive value to get back

  14. YOho says:
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    OMG I hate packed days….. all of my players are playing tomorrow need some help on who to start….. all abord the TJONES TRAIN..

    Harden(Start)
    Covington (Start)
    GHayward (Start)
    Whiteside (Start)
    TJones (Start)
    Zbo (?)
    Teague (Missed practice today due to illness)
    Knight (?)
    Canaan (?)
    Joe Johnson (?)
    Kieff(?)
    Tharris (might be on min restriction?)
    Gortat (?)

    Many thanks as always!

    • YOho says:
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      @YOho: Also, is Canaan still a hold? Given how compacted the schedule is on Wednesday and Friday, maybe use Canaan’s spot to stream players on days like Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Maybe I should’ve dropped Canaan for Aminu or DHarris for today since I only have Gortat playing… oh well haha

      • JB Gilpin

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        @YOho: How many are not starting, 3? Prob Johnson Canaan anddddd Gortat out I thinkg? I dunno, def report tomo! Might have some changes by then.

        I’m giving Canaan a couple more, but Ish Smith playing so many minutes is no bueno

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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah 3 out… that’s what I have right now too. i’ll definitely report again tomorrow depending on what news.

          Yeah Ish played pretty well, I kind of need the assist now that Knight is turning into a SG in PHO and had to drop DJA for Canaan……I’ll monitor a few more games.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @YOho: Cool sounds good! Yeah I’d give Canaan another few and hope he can hold off a timeshare with Ish, but not looking too likely

  15. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Stuff JB!

    12 team H2H points league… In need of PG (I have Rondo and Kemba Walker)
    I got offered Isaiah Thomas for my Giannis… What do you think?
    fair deal?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks for reading man! Whewwwww, yeah it’s fair and since Pts I prob am doing it

  16. Abulldogs says:
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    Hey JB

    I have Davis AND Anderson who both went down, and my lock for #1 playoff seed doesn’t seem like a lock anymore.

    I stashed on Kemba as well thinking I am going #1. Should I drop either Anderson or Kemba for any of Pit-pat, Cole, Mirotic, Hollis Thompson, Payne, Tony Allen, or Markel Brown?

    or should I accept my fate and ride with it? lol

    THanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Abulldogs: Def losing Anderson. I like PIt-Pat it the add there. None of those other guys are too interesting to me, so I’d still hold Kemba for now

  17. tentyme says:
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    D Rose is out AGAIN!! guess aaron Brooks is da pickup !!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tentyme: Yup! Hinrich will probably play some PG minutes but he’s really blah, I think Snell gets a little more assured minutes

  18. MAC says:
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    razzup guys?!!! with rose out, brooks obviously is a pick up. would you drop clarkson over him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: What’s good man?! Yup, gimme Brooks over Clarkson

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