No Nicolas Batum, no problem!

The Blazers went nuts in the first half last night, putting up 84 on the hapless Nuggets through 24 minutes.  Indiana won last night at Miami scoring 81!  All your usual suspects had some good games, but who was the Keyser Soze?  The greatest trick bench players have ever pulled was convincing the fantasy basketball world they don’t matter!  But Chris Kaman is off yet another brilliant game, putting up 16/7/2/1/2 on 6-8 shooting (4-5 FT), and needs to be owned in virtually all leagues.  Was a little in junk time?  Sure.  Is he better than Robin Lopez?  Who isn’t?!  Will he start any time soon?  Well, no, but dude has grabbed at least 5 boards in every game and averaging over a block and a half a night.  The minutes are going to be there all year, as several NBA teams needing a starting big man have got to be mad they didn’t float Kaman a little offerewski.  And he’s a must add for RoLo fantasy owners, as while he had a good game last night scoring 19, zero blocks, only 5 boards, and most importantly only 21 minutes.  Blowout induced, yes, but topped 30 minutes only twice this year after averaging 32 a game last year.  He’s down 4 MPG from 2013-14 as Terry Stotts is utilizing the Blazers’ vastly improved bench, but thus far RoLo’s numbers are nearly identical from last year, and I don’t see that continuing with such lower PT.  So sell RoLo high!  And when other owners try to figure out why, tell em because you got high.  Here’s what else went down in fantasy action last night:

LaMarcus Aldridge I thought I was high when I saw he was at 6 blocks!  I watched some of this game, and easily should’ve had a 7th on Kenneth Faried, but Manimal got bailed out with a foul call.  12/7/3/0/6 shooting 4-11 (1-1 3PTM 3-3 FT).  L.A. had 6 blocks on the season through 8 games before last night!  Blocks and threes be the bees knees.

Steve Blake – A very usable 6/5/5 with a three.  He can do that a lot of nights – even when it’s not a game where you’re up 30 at halftime and without Batum.  Likey some Blakey ears.

Ty Lawson – Well the ankle issue concern has to be satiated a good bit here!  32/3/6/2/0 hitting 4 treys shooting 11-17.  The performance hasn’t been the issue, but 42 minutes when this game was over right after tip?!  Let us gently touch our tips!

Arron Afflalo – What in the…?  Did he admit to sleeping with Brian Shaw’s wife right before we gently touched our tips?!  Only 10 minutes of nothingball.  And you don’t want to win the fantasy title of nothingball.

J.J. Hickson – Looks like JaVale McGee mighta been in on that Mrs. Shaw action with Afflalo!  McGee reportedly still has a minutes cap, but even to a 17-year-old dude losing the V-card on prom night, 4 minutes isn’t enough!  Looks like Hickson has truly inserted and thrusted himself into a big role again with back-to-back O-faces going 14/11/4/0/0 last night on 7-11 shooting.  But that FT%!  What has happened to him at the stripe?!  51.7% last year after being in the mid-60s his whole career and 2-6 so far this season in an extremely small sample.  He also doesn’t block, so he’s behind the Ed Davis’s and Kamans of the world for me.  Plus who knows if this was a true look at the C rotation given the game flow.

Brandon Jennings – Was straight ballin’ out there!  32/3/10/2/0 on 11-19 shooting hitting 3 treys.  Happy to see the big minutes coming his way, as 34 minutes on prom night is plenty for that 17-year-old gettin’ the BJ!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope He’s so good.  I really wish they’d let him penetrate.  Sheesh, I need to calm these euphemisms down, it’s like I just watched Caligula or something!  20/2/0/0/1 hitting 8-14 and 4-6 from deep.  Like my refusal on the Pod yesterday to believe Carlos Boozer has any value, I refuse to believe his steals won’t come!

Andre Drummond Ouchie.  2/5/1/0/2 with 2 TO.  Two straight pretty uggo ones in a row if you’re a Drummo guy and don’t own him in your league…  Buy low window is rolled halfway up.

John Wall He’s pretty good at basketball.  13-16 from the charity stripe as he was attacking all night.  The Pistons kept hitting a Wall!

Kris Humphries – Ugh, another year where he shows marginal fantasy value… Three straight good games with his best thus far last night for 12/9/1/0/2 on 5-10 shooting.  With Drew Gooden‘s minutes trending down all the way to two straight DNPs now, it’s time to get your Humphries on in deepers and hope those Ray Js keep fallin’!

Rasual Butler – Business NOT as usual!  No Tom Jones, it IS unusual!  Shot 7-8 for 18/1/1/1/0 hitting two treys.  Hey, it’s the NBA, anyone can get hot.  His 27 minutes and 18 Pts are likely both highs for his season this year.

Paul Milsap – Needs to drop an L from his name permanently!  Get Chad Ochocino on the phone, Millsap’s agent!  We need the number for the name changing place!  Breakout game for Millsap, going bonkers for 30/17/3/2/2 with 4 treys shooting 13-23.  Other than like, half of Anthony Davis‘ games, might be the line of the year!  Misspelled jersey and playing against his former Jazz were all the motivation he needed…

Al Horford I mentioned numerous times in preseason that both Horford and Millsap’s best month last year was when they were together, so I’m not worried this Horrific Horford game is a trend when Millsap goes off.  Only 8/4 with a block for Medium-sized Al, but I’m shooting out the buy lows like bad Mets contracts.

Jeff Teague Concerns over getting benched last game can be put to bed, as T-Money for 20/2/8/3/0 last night.  Dennis Schroder didn’t do much in 18 bench minutes, so Teague owners can stop having nightmares of that piano dude from Peanuts.

Derrick Favors Rainbow alert!  20/6/3/2/2 shooting 9-11.  Our Yahoo Friends & Family team got a double rainbow line from our bigs!

Trey Burke Well, that was a horrible call on prematurely shooting my wad on Dante Exum‘s ascension earlier in the week…  35 minutes for Burke for 11/3/11/3/0, and Exum can join Afflalo on Team Nothingball.  Burke still couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn if he was living inside it (5-15 last night), but racking up a dimebag and 19 dimes the past two is encouraging.

Anthony Morrow – The Celtics were up 18-3, then just absolutely fell apart.  “Somebody gaurd this Morrow scrub!”  That’s B-rad from the C’s bench… 28/5/1/0/0 hitting 11-16 with four treys from Morrow.  Klay Thompson‘s last game was 29/5/4/1/0 hitting 9-17 with 4 treys.  Yes, why you can ThrAGNOF!

Lance Thomas Wow, crazy line from Alpa Chino’s boyfriend.  7/13/6/0/0 hitting 3-5 shots.  Well, he had 8 dimes on the year before last night, so really not much to take from this…  Just played with a lot of Booty Sweat last night!

Reggie Jackson 28 Pts and 8 dimes.  Sell, sell, sell!  Always be closing!

Jared Sullinger – I said several times last year he was an underrated passer; the numbers never really bore that out, but 14/11/6 last night and 4+ dimes in 3 straight.  Tough to get too many assists with Rondo Rondo-ing, but still nice to see it starting to come true.

Rajon Rondo Speaking of Rondo, put the screw on the Thunder!  20/9/12/2/0 and why I liked him so much before his broken hand – hit four treys.

Donald Sloan Still useful!  15/6/3/1/0 shooting 5-10 (3-5 3PTM 2-2 FT).  Playing hotter than Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend.  I’d skip school for that!

Chris Copeland – 17/5/2/1/1 hitting three treys.  Just needed Slim’s terrible Heat to break out of a slump!  Now has 3 total blocks and 3 total steals on the year… I mean he’s useful, but I’m not getting attached.  Just a speed dial on my waiver wire booty calls.

Roy Hibbert – Season high 15 boards in a 16/15/2/0/3 line.  He’s looking pretty good out there, but I don’t doubt the big possibility he hits a wall.  This would be his career season thus far…

Luol Deng Ferried his way back to awfulness.  5/7/0/2/1 shooting 2-10.  That stifling defense of Chris Copeland, who got mocked for it by the Pacers radio crew last Indiana game!  Yikes.  Hope you sold higher after he dropped 30 the game before!

Norris Cole – I’ve been pretty steadfastly against the Heat PG, but 7 assists last night in a game where the Heat scored 75.  At least someone was creating!  16 dimes the past 3.  Pretty nice to see.

Evan Fournier The Fournier-Year-Old-Virgin with a career-high!  Huge night for 28/2/2/4/0 shooting 8-14 (2-4 3PTM 10-14 FT).  Hitting 3s and slashing hard to the rim?!  The French Pony is winning me over… Worth picking up everywhere to see what happens with the rotation when Victor Oladipo is back, which could be as soon as tomorrow.  Fournier is still only scooped up in 35% of Yahoo leagues, a number that should go up after this one.

Elfrid Payton Got you the dimes, but 0/3/8/0/0 and only 23 minutes isn’t going to do it.  Like Slim mentioned yesterday, I’m worried with how well the Virgin is playing Elfrid might be put on the Magic Shelfrid as a backup G.

Samuel Dalembert – A very Hatian Aberration kinda game, for 2/7/4/0/5.  Four dimes?!  Five blocks?!  I’m still bitter I streamed him for blocks when he got benched for 5 and a half minutes on Oct 30…  Old grudges die hard, ya schlub!

Kobe Bryant – Keeps jackin’ em up like trucks in the South!  33/4/5/1/0 shooting 10-28 hitting 5 treys.  The volume is out of control!  But that line makes me the clear winner for my second Guess the Kobe Stat Line award this year!  My 33/5/3 guessed line was superb, I have so many people I’d like to thank… First and foremost, the German weirdo scientists that healed him faster in their human experiments and Ashton Kutcher for his philosophically charged performance in The Butterfly Effect that gave me the luck of the draw to pick this one right.  We’ll be back with Guess the Kobe Stat Line tomorrow!

Ed Davis Might be the most consistent bench player for fantasy purposes thus far…  8/11/0/0/2, at least 5 boards in all 8 games and multi-blocks in 5 of those.  Shooting over 70%, albeit in low volume.  A good one is rather owning Davis or Kaman… I’m narrowly leaning Kaman, but both should be owned.

Tryeke Evans – Out-of-position dimebag!  19/5/11/0/0 shooting 8-16 and hitting two treys.  Wow, back-to-back dimebags.  That’s gettin’ higher than Brad Pitt in True Romance!  Only 3 TO the past two games racking up the 21 dimes, and while his FG% overall is still a killer, I might’ve been wrong to pump such hard Evans sell-highs.  But I think you can still strike while the iron is hot.

Gerald Green Green?  Super green!  28 points hitting 3 treys and going 11-12 from the stripe.  The Suns second unit took over, as Isaiah Thomas also scored 20+ off the bench.  Not much to read into it, Hornacek like’s horning the hot hand.

Eric Bledsoe It’s becoming a bedrock principle, not a theory.  One Suns PG HAS to have a bad game every night.  11/4/3/1/0 shooting 4-5 with a trey, all fine, but 7 TO while doing that in 23 minutes?!  Somebody call Josh Smith and get him to teach Bledsoe some efficiency!

Goran Dragic Had a lot of panicking through the first three games, but has been rock solid the past three.  18/3/6/0/0 hitting another 3 treys for the second straight game, and had 5 steals the previous 2 games so not worried there.  I wish some of my lowball dragon offers were taken…

Kevin Garnett – Another double double.  I imagine his offseason training went something like this.  I also think Lionel Hollins and the Nets coaching staff are playing Jenga with KG.  Another 27 minutes?!  He’s getting wobblier than when you have to start taking the 2nd brick out of the latticework!

James Harden Oh man, gave everyone a huge scare!  Landed on Frankenstein’s fat foot (well, Shabazz Muhammad‘s, but ya know) and turned his ankle.  Luckily a quick gordita there in Mexico City amped him back up.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss a practice though…

Donatas Motiejunas Won the coveted “most impressive to JB” award from NBA action I watched last night.  8/7/4/1/2 in a near rainbow shooting 4-9 and just looked smooth.  Next game is tomorrow against the 76ers?!  You can go ahead and grab him for that start!

Dwight Howard His best game… I’m guessing ever.  Mostly because he hit 4-5 FTs.  “Is this basket regulation size or what?!”  That’s Flip yelling at the Mexico City arena’s official.  “It’s like Dwight is throwing a hot dog down a hallway!”

Zach Lavine Looked just as raw as I expected, yet put together a 8/3/9/0/0 line.  Shot only 2-9 and I was surprised he only had 3 TO.  I thought he looked a little out of control.  But there’s no question he’s the PG to own in Minnesota, and got 34 minutes of burn last night as well.

 

Streamer Picks:

Devin Harris (25% owned) – We talked about him on the Pod yesterday, and with Jameer Nelson a question mark with his bad hammy, Harris might get all the minutes he can handle.  Which isn’t too many, but still!  Playing a lot better than anyone would’ve expected with 4.6 dimes a game and should be a great play with a quick pace of play.  It also helps the already-TO prone Michael Carter-Williams returns tonight, and likely will be rusty.

Bojan Bogdanovic (6% owned) – ThrAGNOF!  Has played 32+ minutes the past three games, hit 2 treys in all of them, and off his best two games of the year.  In a game where the Nets will need some explosiveness, look for Bojjy Boggy to get a lot of looks on the perimeter.

 

That concludes a busy recap of Wednesday’s action, be sure to set your line-ups and scour the wire on a short Thursday slate and we’ll see you tomorrow!

  1. Thunder from down under says:
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    What to do with Deng JB? Don’t think I can stomach any more of these type of games! Thanks mate!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Thunder from down under: It isn’t often I say this but he’s a sell low. I would take just about any top 100 player for him. I wouldn’t just drop him though, he has trade value.

  2. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    rank these back up centers ROS please … Varejao, Sims, Mozgov, Kaman, Wright, Humphries? I can get Humphries off waiver wire and was looking at packaging him with Shawne Williams for one of the other centers … what you think? I have AD, JVal and ProfPlum and would like another serviceable center as I can move AD over to forward.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Dirk’s Digglers: Lets’ see…

      Varejao, Mozgov, Kaman, Wright, Sims, Hump… I don’t trust Humphries minutes yet, Seraphin still looms. Wright will never start. Sims isn’t too good and doesn’t block shots. Wright gets inconsitent minutes and has zero chance of ever starting. Kaman is playing well enough to jump wright but he isn’t going to send Lopez to the bench whereas Mozgov will get more minutes if he plays better. Varejao gets the most minutes and I think has played the best of the group.

  3. spo says:
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    Would you rather hold onto Ed Davis or Dieng?

    • spo says:
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      @spo:
      Which one should I drop for Kaman?

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @spo: They are so close to all being the same player. My order would go Dieng, Davis, Kaman. I think Dieng has by far the most upside and is playing behind the more injury prone guy. Davis vs Kaman is close. I’ll take Davis because he should chip in a steal and since he’s getting more minutes he should be more consistent.

  4. Carl says:
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    Hey JB!,

    Would you rather be streaming Teletovic or Morrow as ThrAGNOFs right now? Who has more staying power/consistency in their future?

    Thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Carl: Probably Teletovic, as OKC gets healthier it means less shots for Morrow, and even right now at least Telet chips in a few REB

  5. E says:
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    Valanciunas still need to owned in 12 teamers? Drop for kaman?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @E: No I wouldn’t make that move. I think this is about as good as Kaman will get and as bad as JV will get. I think Jonas will get back up to 26-28 min.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Whewwww, agree with Slim but it’s getting mighty close. Like Luol Deng, I personally would try to sell for anything maybe in a 2 for 1

  6. hamtime says:
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    1. dirk or griffin ROS
    2. own lavine, chalmers, elfrid. drop for swaggy?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @hamtime: I’ll take Dirk.

      Eesh. I don’t want to pick up Nick Young… I guess Chalmers would be the drop. I don’t hate the move, just the player.

  7. hellllllot says:
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    what side of: monta ellis/nerlens noel for IT2, wesley matthews, jordan hill are you on (10 team league, plenty of waiver options.

    what about: isiah thomas/dirk nowitzki/wesley matthews for serge and jrue holiday?

    Reply

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hellllllot: I’d stick with Ellis Nerlens, but it’s close. The other one I def wantS erge side

  8. LOLER says:
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    Among the Denver big men, who is the best player to keep in terms of ROS stats?

    Mozgov, Hickson, McGee or Nurkic?

    I’m pretty sure Faried’s not going anywhere.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LOLER: I’d probably stick with Mozgov, but Hickson is close. Just a clusterf***!

  9. Larry says:
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    Drop RoLo for Teletovic, Mirza, Dieng, or Davis? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Larry: Nah I think you still gotta hold, I would try to trade after he has his next big game

  10. Nishinga says:
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    I picked Jennings about a week ago and he played his last four games for my team, what can I say? the boy is on fire, but I still don’t trust his FG% and I think about selling him after the huge display last night.
    So far I was offered Thaddeus Young, but I’m not sure I want to take him, I liked his last year stats but so far he ain’t getting these numbers and the only stats he got better at is less TOs which I’m punting anyway.
    In addition although I need a SF I can’t wait to pick up T-Jones when he will return but so half of my league, meanwhile it will be much easier to pick up a decent PG of the free agens as we have Calderon, Beverly, Rubio and Hill out there.

    So I really have no clue what to do, could use an advice.
    Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nishinga: Whoa, I’d def take Thad! He won’t be last year’s Thad, and value is hurt with no Rubio right now, but I’d take that!

      Very open wire, I’d argue I might want TJones over those guys, but Calderon and Rubio shoudl be owned even in shallower. I’d try Jennings+someone for a big upgrade to grab TJones. Any time man, good to see ya again!

  11. yan yala says:
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    I have RoLo. which are some players I can get value back if I sell RoLo high? Drummond, Horford, David Lee?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yan yala: Horford will cost Rolo+something, but that would be my first place to start

      • yan yala says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man. Great blog and great work

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @yan yala: Thanks so much!

  12. LightSpeed says:
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    i was offered wall + bosh + IT3 for my irving + love + collison and i acepted the trade because i thought its a fair deal for me since wall is the best player and i dont trust irving and love enough to bounce back to the player they used to be. since then the other owner in my league is in the process of vetoing this trade because they feel im getting too much value back and with cavs horrible playoff schedule didnt help.

    1. my question is, is this trade really veto worthy? I think the big reason being im in first place with a deep team and this being a money league.

    2. If they veto the trade, how can i make this trade work bcz i want to move irving and love, maybe same trade without getting IT3?

    here is rest of my team

    Carmelo Anthony, NY SF
    Kevin Love, Cle PF
    Kyrie Irving, Cle PG
    Nikola Vucevic, Orl C
    Victor Oladipo*, Orl SG
    Michael Carter-Williams*, Phi PG
    Pau Gasol, Chi PF
    Jeff Teague, Atl PG
    Larry Sanders, Mil C
    Darren Collison, Sac PG
    Brandon Knight, Mil PG
    Ryan Anderson
    Timofey Mozgov, Den C
    Paul Pierce, Wsh Sf
    Kcp Det sg

    10 team 10 catg(DD) H2H

    Sorry for the long post, you guys are doing amazing job with the site and podcast, listen to you guys while driving to work .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LightSpeed: Yeah I was about to say, getting rid of that horrible playoff schedule is money! The trade is definitely fair, I think one of the worst things fantasy has ever done is create this veto system. No way shape or form is that vetoable, I would get really mad, I mean esp. for big money league!

      I like Collison over IT2, but since you’re so loaded in PG, I think it would be fine to take IT2 off. Man, you’re gonna be a monster, MCW back today and Dipo very soon!

      No problem man, thanks so much!

  13. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    12 Team H2H (10 CAT w/ Off rebs)

    Rubio, GHill, Oladipo
    Dragic, Knight
    Tobias, TJones
    Millsap, Markieff, Sully
    AD, Frye, Ed Davis

    I’m trying to piece together some two for one packages but no bites yet.

    Meanwhile Carroll and Kaman on the wire.
    Make any moves?

    Thanks!

    • J says:
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      @J: Different league.

      14 team H2H (10CAT w/Off Rebs)

      Westbrook, IT, Oladipo
      Dragic, Allen
      Draymond, Copeland, KJ
      Faried, Markieff, TJones
      Bosh, Ed Davis

      Got greedy for a gp and missed out on Kaman :/
      Drop anyone for Morrow/KCP?

      Thanks again!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @J: Ummm, I think your steals are OK, I would rather own KCP over Allen. Any time!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: No one is looking like a huge sell high to me, you just need to get those PG healthy! I think once Hill and Oladipo are back, I would package some of your great PG depth

  14. hamtime says:
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    i own rolo and recently picked up ed davis and mcbob. tempted to drop mcbob for kaman after reading your blurb. thoughts pls?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Yup I would get Kaman! Thanks for reading!

  15. Mikey says:
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    I have the #1 waiver claim, and someone just dropped Rubio and David Lee. Should I put a claim in for one or both? Who should I go for first? I already have Durant, and am 2-0 (but getting destroyed by the best team this week).

    10 team standard ESPN h2h points (-1 on FG and FT missed)

    PG Ty Lawson
    SG Tyreke Evans
    SF Trevor Ariza
    PF DeMarcus Cousins
    C Marc Gasol
    G Jrue Holiday
    F Derrick Favors
    Util Jared Sullinger
    Util Reggie Jackson
    Util Paul Pierce

    Bench – Durant, Ross, Draymond Green

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mikey: Man, yeah both should be owned, but tough to carry that much dead weight. Ross and Pierce are the close ones out for me… Maybe try and fight back this week, but in a Pts league I’m not as eager to pick either of those guys up, Rubio helps a lot more in cats

  16. liz says:
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    hi

    i want to sell reggie jax. who sohuld i target?

    thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @liz: Teague? Or maybe RJax with someone in a package

  17. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Category, roto scoring. Just dropped Jordan Hill for Brandon Jennings as I am stacked at big guys. I was also thinking of dropping Sullinger or maybe even Hibbert for him. Do I grab Hill again and drop one of those jabronis or did I make the right move? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I would’ve probably dropped Sullinger first, but man, stacked indeed! Any other G to drop? Or maybe explore a quick 2-for-1 trade, but I know those take time

  18. Joe says:
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    JB! Has Tyreke Evans swayed you to the point where you’d give up MCW for him? Just kidding.

    Since I went several days without questions, I figured I’d come back with a head scratcher, given my league’s specific rules. What’s your take on this trade offer

    I give: ‘Melo, Conley, Noel, 2nd round pick
    I get: Bosh, Rondo, Pierce, 1st round pick

    It’s a steep price for this year, unless I consider selling Melo after last night a dump-him-while-you-can deal. Bosh and Rondo would be potential keepers. Still seems like almost giving up on this year for a better chance next year, but I’m open to feedback.

    10-team, 11-man, 3-keeper league (you keep players at one rd. higher than drafted/valued this year). Team listed in draft order:

    My Team: ‘Melo, Durant, Conley, M.Gasol, Matthews, Jrue, Noel, MCW, Monroe, IT2, JHill(w)

    His team: Love, Bosh, Batum, Bledsoe, Ryno, Wade, Rondo, Parker, T.Jones, Pierce, Asik

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Haha I will always love my MCW! Yeah definitely looks like more a rebuild trade. It’s razor close though, Melo is best player but just narrowly, tough to like Conley over Rondo at this point which evens it out. If you’re still interested in persuing it, I might replace Noel with Monroe to even it out a bit, and see if he can replace PIerce with TJones. Then I’d be all over it

  19. Cale says:
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    Gotta love Rotoworld’s evaluation of the T-Wolves PG shituation.

    LaVine’s blurb:
    Mo Williams missed all five of his shots off the bench for two points and six assists, and while we still think the smart money is on Mo-Will while Rubio is out, LaVine is trying to prove us wrong.

    Mo’s blurb:
    Williams should be better than this on most nights, but it does look like they’re prepared to roll with LaVine until Rubio returns. If you picked up Williams and can dump him for LaVine, it makes sense.

    So, the smart money is on Mo, but you should dump him for LaVine.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cale: Hahaha, too many opinions so little time! They really should have the two that wrote those get together to compare notes 🙂

  20. Euroalien says:
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    I’m in a 12 team roto league and I’ve been offered the following trade……….

    Tony Parker, SA PG, Jeff Green, Bos SF, Jamal Crawford, LAC SG and Trey Burke, Uta PG
    for
    Deron Williams, Bkn PG, Kevin Durant, OKC SF and Nicolas Batum

    What do you guys think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Euroalien: Nooooo no no, Def want Durant and Batum side. Unless that’s what you’d be getting then Yesssss yes yes!

  21. Carl says:
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    Would you rather be streaming Teletovic or Morrow as ThrAGNOFs right now?

    • Carl says:
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      @Carl: Sorry for the repost!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Carl: No problem! Looks like the spam screener got ya there, sometimes it can be a little b-hole 🙂

  22. jon says:
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    Hey Guys,

    So I’m playing for the first time 20-team H2H categories 8-cat. We have a 34-game/week maximum which means some finagling with lineups (you get credit for all the other games on the day of your 34th start, so there’s ways to get around it).

    I’m basically trying to survive until KD comes back and then have a team built to win around him once he’s back. I’ve been successful through two weeks as I’m sitting first in my division at 11-4-1. What I’m wondering is how to craft this team going forward to maximize value around KD. Some of my bigs (Mase Plumlee) haven’t worked out yet while others (Ed Davis) are showing unexpected value.

    My guards: Conley, Monta, Lin, Jameer, Sloan, Joseph, Rivers, AJ Price

    My bigs: Tobias, Copeland, Marvin Williams, Dieng, Mason Plumlee, Ed Davis, Scola

    IR: Durant

    With basically all my shot-blockers being back-up guys on limited mins, I’m having trouble winning PTS and FG%. I wonder if, with this team I drafted, I’m better off punting BLKs and FG% and loading up on all the other categories. For instance, if I could somehow get guys like Kanter, Vucevic or Ryan Anderson while giving up Dieng, Plumlee, Ed Davis – then I’d get big rebounding numbers back without having to worry about BLKs since I punt them. My FG% would be shot anyway.

    On the other hand, there’s a lot BLKs value concentrated in per-minute beasts like Dieng/Plum/E. Davis. So maybe I’m better off keeping those guys who have concentrated big man stats and big opportunity if minutes come along.

    Do you think it makes sense to target these high-REB, low-BLK guys by trading away my per-minute BLK studs?

    Then when KD comes back I just go hard at the other 6 categories – all of which he is great at – with bigs on board that all complement my strategy.

    I’ve already been offered either Kanter for Ed Davis, so that might set me on my way.

    Let me know direction you think I should take if you get a chance? Thanks a million for fielding a complex question!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jon: Great question, I am always for balance, so I am going to waffle for ya. I think moving one shot blocker for a boarder makes a ton of sense. Kanter helps with points until Durant is back, but Davis is over a board a game better! So I dunno if I could do that. If you could get Kanter for Mason Plumlee though, I’d be all for that.

      If you could package two of them for Vucevic though, I would be great with that too, but I dunno if Vuc owner would take it

  23. Shaft says:
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    JB/Slim– Another Rolo owner here. He’s still putting up Top 80 value in 8-cat but he’s got me worried. Would you drop Frye for Kaman?

    If i wanted to move Rolo, who is a big you think is worth targeting? What if i packaged him with Sully or Draymond Green? Obviously it depends on the other teams’ needs, but any ideas would be helpful. I have a hard time assessing my guys’ value objectively.

    My team is conley, knight, holiday, rubio, durant, draymond green, terrence jones, boogie, m gasol, sully, rolo and frye.

    I’m getting rocked this week. Anthony davis is just unfair.

    Thanks guys!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Worried too, but nah, I want Frye over Kaman. Either of those packages for… Jordan Hill? Maybe straight up for HIll. He’s a big target for me. Haha, agree Brow is unfair, but healthy Durant/Boogie will so be unfair for you!

      • Shaft says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What are your thoughts on Tyson Chandler? He’s quietly putting up decent mid-round value in Dallas…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shaft: Yeah looking good, still old and a tad injury risky, but I like him, like him over Frye/Kaman etc

          • Shaft says:
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            @JB Gilpin: do you like him over rolo or sully?

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Shaft: Ummm, No I think I like both of those guys slightly more

  24. I am the Walrus says:
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    Traded Wroten and AJacks for Ellis? Two sell high’s. Did good right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I am the Walrus: Guessing you mean RJax right? But yeah, love it!

  25. Dom says:
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    I’m surprisingly last in free throw % still, as I have been all season. At what point is the sample size large enough to act upon? Should I punt that category? I’m new to fantasy is punting even a good strategy?

    What would be a good low-ball offer for Drummond? Monta Ellis? Mike Coneley? Terrence Jones?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dom: Ummm, we’re not halfway through Nov yet so I don’t think it’s quite enough of a sample. Your league could all be bunched and without knowing your team, I dunno if it’s a worry at all. If you have good G, Ellis is a good offer, dunno fi I’d do Conley, TJones prob not enough

  26. Tyler says:
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    Sullinger or Draymond, who would you rather have? Current productio dray has the leg up but Lee is coming back in a few and dray will be down to mid twenties in minutes. Sully on the other hand doesnt have stocks and doesnt shoot 3s anymore.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tyler: I dunno if that’s necessarily set in stone for Dray to go down like that, Kerr said he loves his starters right now. I’d rather DrayDray

  27. Michael says:
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    Would you trade Kawhi and Alec Burks for Rondo if you really need assists (have Westbrook and Kemba as only PG’s)??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Nahhhh, I mean it’s close, I’d need something decent coming with Rondo my way

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kisses: Boozer over the Hick. Hmmm, 2nd one is very close, I think it would depend after tonight if you need to chase Pts/3s (KCP) or Reb/Stl/Blk (MKG) Love the initials-named players!

      • kisses says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I drafted Boozer and dropped him after a few games. Even as a Lakers fan it pains me to have to pick him back up. KCP/MKG decision will have to happen tonight. I’m still playing catch up from my horrendous start to the week. Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kisses: Ugh, Boozer is so bad!!!! Haha. But yes, deserves a spot on a lot of teams… Unfortunately… Any time!

  28. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff JB!

    Please help, 12 team H2H points league… would you use your #1 place waiver pick to grab Chris Copeland and drop Zach Lavine? Is Chris Copeland a player that is going to stick around in the starting rotation? reliable?

    Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: No I don’t think so, I would in a vacuum rather hold onto Lavine for Medium-term. Any time!

  29. Nikko Respeto says:
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    Hey JB. What do you think about AD and Kemba for My Vuc and CP3. Its not offered yet, but i’m trying to see if i can get Davis. H2H Points

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      @Nikko Respeto: Ill lay out both teams, and could you help me see what trades would be good for AD:

      His Team
      FC: Teletovic, Markieff Morris, Howard, Davis, West, Draymond, Jabari, Giannis
      BC: Kemba, Wiggins, JJ, Reggie Jackson, Kobe

      My team:
      FC: Kawhi, Melo, Gasol, Jefferson, Vucevic, STAT, Paul Pierce
      BC: CP3, Teague, Jamal Crawford, Oladipo, Garrett Temple, Lin

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nikko Respeto: I’d def take Davis! I would throw anything at Davis, CP3+Jefferson for that same trade bumps it up a tad too, would so that

        • Nikko Respeto says:
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          @JB Gilpin: The offer is now: His Howard, Davis, JJ and Kemba for my CP3, Vuc, Jefferson and Kawhi. Is that too much to give?

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            @Nikko Respeto: OR Davis, Howard, Kemba, and JJ for Melo, CP3, Gasol, and Vuc. Im not liking all the talent i am giving up

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Nikko Respeto: Whoa yeah that’s a little steep the first one. I just never will own Howard, second one is close, but I would take Howard out of his side and Melo out of yours and maybe that works

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                @JB Gilpin: He wasn’t willing to take out Howard and Melo, so Im keeping my team the way it is, and im perfectly okay with that because I think its pretty damn good haha

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Nikko Respeto: Me too man, stay strong !

  30. Blint says:
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    Hey JB

    downloading the last 2 podcast I missed. Anything Jazz related you discussed on there ? 😀 What team do you root for anyway? We know Slim is a bandwagon Jazz fan 😛

    In my keeper league struggling for Assists. I have Rubio. Payton isn’t doing much. Should I pick up Ridnour as a Handcuff and drop Mo Williams?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Blint: Awesome thanks man! I am sorta a Hornets fan, I used to be growing up, but then never really had a team and never hopped on with the Bobcats after moving out of the Charlotte area. But great to see the Hornets back in their teal!

      Nah, with Oladipo back soon, Ridnour isn’t gonna have run, would rather Mo

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        @JB Gilpin:

        That also explains your mad crazy love for Anthony Davis 😀

  31. Mike says:
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    Hey JB!

    Beverley, Gerald Green, and Stuckey were just dropped. I was wondering if I should pick any one of those guys up.

    I am in a 14-team H2H 9 cat league. Here’s my team: Jennings, Payton, Lawson, KMart, Redick, JR Smith, Thad Young, Mcroberts, Anthony Davis, Milsap, Noel, Frye, Nene.

    Much appreciated! Continue the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Hey man! Beverey I think I would, can’t trust Green. I’d lose McRoberts for him. Thanks man, any time!

  32. RicoSuave says:
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    Help please,
    12 team H2H points league. In need of a C. Kaman, Miles Plumlee, Ed Davis or JJ Hickson?
    Thanks again.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Narrowly lean Davis, he and Kaman are very close

  33. jcg says:
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    Razzball.Razzball.Razball!

    Im not big on picking up short term adds even if they will be really good for that time. With that written, which two would you want to roster for ROS upside?

    Pope
    Lavine
    Dieng
    Morrow
    Elfrid
    S Hill
    Swaggy
    Bojan

    Thanks JB, good work mang

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: yessir! Ros I like Elfrid and Dieng I think. Thanks man, we try!

  34. Philzilla says:
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    I think Burke is the worst, but he just got dropped and I’m desperate. Would you take a flyer on him in the hopes that he corrects his shooting woes and keeps up the trend of high assists?

    In my standard 12 team 9 cat keeper league I currently have:
    Wroten
    Ellis
    Conley
    Shumpert
    Harden
    Giannis
    KCP (still a believer)
    MKG
    McBob
    Amir
    BROW
    Gorgui
    Kanter

    I’ve been struggling with PG depth since the start of the season and I’m not sure what’s going to happen to Wroten.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Philzilla: Haha I’m with you… Loving the dimes. I would have no prob dropping Kanter, doing absolutely nothing else besides Pts/Reb

      • Philzilla says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I disagree on dropping Kanter. Take a closer look at his stats the last couple weeks. Excellent percentages and a sprinkling of 3’s from an end of bench big. I agree that it’s not ideal, but since I own BROW, having a big with limited blocks is not completely useless. Besides, my only other bigs are Amir, McBob, and Gorgi (can we all just agree to drop the u)?

        I think I need to drop MKG, KCP, or Shumpert in this case.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Philzilla: Never said he was useless, but even with those stats is at 146 overall according to Yahoo.

  35. Hamtime says:
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    Dirk or griffin ROS?

    Mcbob, kaman, Ed Davis – pls choose 2

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      @Hamtime: Elfrid droppable for the likes of swaggy, manu, or hold

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Hamtime: Dirk probably for me. Kaman/Ed Davis. And Nah, hold Elfrid until we see what they do when Oladipo is back

  36. Big O says:
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    Hey Razzballers …great stuff as always.

    Is it worth waiting out Steven Adams? Drafted him as a last-round sleeper big man, but his mediocre play and esp. lack of blocks so far has me ready to cut bait. Any chance he’ll get better?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big O: Thanks man! Ummm, yeah maybe a tad better, but I dunno. Blocks is a big concern. I probably would rather the backup guys Dieng/Kaman/Davis

  37. manosun16 says:
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    Hey JB, another fantastic article.
    I am considering trading for Oladipo, as he is returning from his facial injury soon.
    What are your thoughts on Dragic for Oladipo?
    (9 cat standard h2h league)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @manosun16: Thanks so much! I would still rather Dragic, but I think they will be close. I had Oladipo pre-injury ranked really high, and well Dragic too, but Dragic is def down a little bit so far making them close

  38. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    Razz me up 14 team H2H weekly I have 9 starters I am happy with ROS and a few streamers that have been helping short term but want to nail down a solid 10 starter and have a mixture of upside plus some injury/schedule streamers on my bench:
    G – Curry, Hayward, Williams, Calderon
    F – Nowitzki, TJones, Giannis
    C – AD, JVal
    Res – ABrooks (upside), JJack (handcuff), ProfPlum (upside), SHill, SWilliams, MarcMorris, JNelson (streamers)
    I’m happy to make a 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 trade as Rivers and Humphries on waiver wire either of whom I’d be happy to pick up. Who might be some targets that I could package a combination of my streamers for … not looking to make a killing here but have some consistency ROS and a player/s that I can trust more than my current four streamers. I can be target a G, F or C as I can move Hayward and AD position if needed. For what it is worth my team is currently the strongest even without Calderon playing and the hit I am taking in assists.

    • Dirk's Digglers says:
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      the players I might be able to land are EDavis, Dieng, Varejao, Kaman, Nene, Mozgov, Sims?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dirk’s Digglers: I like Dieng the most of those guys, but he’s more an upside guy too. Really any of your two bottom end guys might be able to get him. I’d look to see what Dieng owner needs – PG or bigs, and offer something like that, might try to keep Morris though

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          @JB Gilpin: I quite like Solomon Hill’s situation and think the minutes are going to be there all season … am I wrong? If I can’t pull off a trade should I drop Nelson and/or Williams for Rivers, Humphries, JamesJohnson, Brewer or stay as I am?

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dirk’s Digglers: Ummm, yeah I think he could stay there all year as a starter, but no CJ Miles lately, Copeland will fight for some minutes when West takes up PF, Stuckey for some SG… Johnson with a huge game tonight… I’d grab him for the upside over Nelson

  39. Jay says:
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    Kaman over Carroll?
    Both available.
    Who to drop affolop? KCP?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Completely depends on needs. If you need a big I’m fine dropping KCP for Kaman, if not probably hold

  40. Jay Jackson says:
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    Collison or Jennings ROS? 9 cat league, balanced team

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay Jackson: I’ll stick with Collison, but much closer obviously now

  41. hellllo says:
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    i asked the wrong question earlier!

    i asked monta ellis/nerlens noel for IT2/wesley matthews/jordan hill,

    i meant to ask, MIKE CONLEY/nerlens noel, for it2, matthews, hill.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hellllo: I’ll stick with Conley side 🙂

      • onemoretime says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks! hah i’m trying to dump hill/wes matthews so bad. i actually am a big it2 guy

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @onemoretime: I like IT2 as well, just will have some duds when others are hot. But love the deal

  42. onemoretime says:
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    would you deal isiah thomas, wes mattthews, jordan hill for andre drummond??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @onemoretime: Nah seems a little too much even for a shallower league

  43. Tyler says:
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    Brook Lopez or Noah for h2h?
    Noah has the worst playoff sched 3-3-3
    While brolo i think has one of the best 4-4-4,
    Who would you rather own?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyler: Still Noah, even though Noah is injury prone too, Brolo could very easily have a 0-0-0 playoff sched ya know

  44. Wutang says:
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    Hey man! Great one for sure – streaming the Fournier old virgin (bring the pic bak with the hype!) and Im lovin it!

    Question about dieng – do you think I should be streaming his spot now? I’m not sure what to do with him

    Any help is appreciated!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wutang: Nice! Yeah Slim is very happy with my call to roll him out this week in F&F.

      Dieng has still be useful I would try to hold. Almost 2 blocks a game and hitting his FTs and has arguably the most upside of any bench player should there be an injury to oft-hurt Pek

  45. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Hope you’re right dawg I’m mad nervous about this trade. Gay is looking beastly and Kobe could win the scoring title. The only reason I don’t like Batum is because he’s not super exciting to watch, which factors in to my decisions a little.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: I’ve said numerous times that fantasy isn’t all about objective stats, if you have a team you like and players you like to watch, you’ll be more emotionally invested in your team and pay better attention. So go with guys you like!

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