Tank city b##ch, tank tank city b##ch!  And that word edited is “beach”, because when I go to the city beach I like to see tank tops!

Ummmm, last night happened.  We’ve seen B units play big runs multiple times through the years, but I don’t know if there’s ever been a dichotomy of a team’s starters all being utterly unusable, and everyone on the second unit having fantasy-worthy games.  The world is upside down!  Then again, this is The Poppycockers we’re talking about, and they were down more points than the Dow Jones on Black Thursday.  The biggest beneficiary was Langston Hughes, I mean, Langston Galloway, who in his second NBA game after a D-League promotion went 19/4/3/1/0 hitting 6-10 FG and 3-4 3PTM.  Easy nickname bequeathed!  Galloway is now “The Harlem Renaissance”.  We gettin’ classy with these history references lately, yo!  With Jose Calderon a steaming pile of hot garbage (0/4/4/0/0 on 0-5 FG and 2 TO in 21 minutes – been saying he’s untouchable for weeks!), there’s no reason for the tankers to wreck their ship and straight Exxon-Valdez and pollute the waters.  “I can’t fly if my wings are melted off!”, Derek Fisher complained to Phil Jackson.  “Suck it up!”  Calderon is an easy asset to trade in real-life terms given a short contract shelf-life and the vet leadership (I’d hope) to be a backup.  If desperate for points, treys and steals, I could even see nabbing Galloway as a spec 14er add.  Plus you get style points like this!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy action:

Travis Wear Couldn’t even crack the UNC rotation on a terrible team when he played there back in the day, but then again maybe having all his classes taken for him threw him off…  9-16 FG (3-6 3PTM) 21/5/1/1/1 and the other big game from the Knicks B unit.  Maybe he gets enough run to be deep league usable, but I just don’t think he’s an NBA caliber contributor.

Shane Larkin – The steals are near-elite!  Another 4 last night in 30 minutes, giving him 4 in back-t0-back games and multi-steals in 5 of 6.  It’s about all he’ll do for you, but Nicorette can help!

Cleanthony Early – Mr. Clean!  Lowest run of the second unit, but put up 16/6/1/2/0 on 6-10 FG (1-1 3PTM 3-6 FT) in 25 impressive minutes, regardless of who it was against.  Well, I take that back, if that was against the Saturday Y game it’d be pretty unimpressive.

Josh Smith – Hah!  His name is a punchline.  Even in a dream matchup where you would’ve expected him to play some great second unit minutes, goes 2/1/1/1/2 with 3 TO on 1-3 FG and 0-2 FT.  Also got 5 fouls.  “That Travis Wear is so fast, coach!”

Trevor Ariza Just took some Knicks on the schedule to find his stroke!  Finally!  6-10 FG, 4-6 3PTM, 2-2 FT for 18 points.  What the doctor ordered, NYK on the slate.

Kemba Walker Damn!  One point away from 4-straight 30+ point games.  29/7/8/3/0 hitting 12 of 25 without committing a single TO.  Shocking win for the Hornets, as they’re red hot winning their last four without Al Jefferson or Lance Stephenson.  Take your time, fellas!

Marvin Williams Got the start at PF and went 13/9/3/0/0 with three treys.  Hey, PT is there and his per-36s always looked semi-useful!  Just needs to play A TON.

Gerald Henderson – The bald wonder!  31/5/3/0/0 on 13-20 shooting, but no 3s and 5-7 FT.  Not even ThrAGNOF!  But hey, streamer worthy while this hot and even I picked him up in a league thinking ahead to streaming points for the weekend.

Jonas Valanciunas I figured this would be an awful game.  Hornets are playing so many stretch 4s and the Luminescent Lithuanian has troubles against the more athletic C types.  Been Bismacked!  10/6/0/0/0 in only 22 minutes.

Kyle Lowry Was brutal shooting the ball most of the game, ending up at 7-22 FG and 4-10 3PTM.  Hit some treys late, but either way he was racking up a beaut for 24/7/7/0/1.  This is a great sell-high game.  DeMar DeRozan is a game or two out and will steal some usage.

Lou Williams Sweet Lou was bitter!  4-15 FG missing all 7 treys.  Still a decent 15/4/5 game with that nice, high-volume FT for 7-8, but it’s about to get even more bittery with DeRozan back.  Deep league sell?  Maybe, but it’s not like he’s a hot name on the trading block.

James Johnson 4 blocks in 23 minutes, without the playing time to do much of anything else.  Damn you Landry Fields and your ridiculous 10 starting minutes of nothingball!  Seriously.  Fields for 0s across the board except one foul.  Imagine what Johnson could’ve done with 10 more minutes!  A phrase I use regularly in the bedroom.

Luol Deng Another yawn.  7/5/1/0/1.  My fingers got bored just typing that statline.

Dywane Wade – Played 33 minutes.  My fingers just got injured typing that statline!  And Wade got hurt too, briefly going to the locker room between quarters but returned.  Had an ankle re-taped, and ended up having a fairly useful, albeit for D-Wade a tad underwhelming 23/7/2 game on 7-18 FG 9-12 FT.  Really hating how many minutes he’s logging, I’d try to cash out soon if I could.

Hassan Whiteside The behemoth of blockage!  10/8 on 5-6 FG (mercifully avoiding the FT line) and 4 blocks in 19 minutes.  Kinda Alex Len-esque.  I’d still rather Len, but Whiteside is all the way up to past John Henson for me if you need a blocking-C totem pole.  The Bucks signing Kenyon Martin is an ultimate “F U!” to Henson in Milwaukee…  He must be a Cowboys fan and was pimpin’ Romo gear earlier this week…

Wesley Matthews Iron Man!  Nice work Blazers social media guys!  I’d see that movie…  Had a knee injury almost keep him out, but played through it for 18/2/5/1/1 on 6-10 FG (3-5 3PTM 3-4 FT).  Doin’ it all!

Damian Lillard Was a little cold from the field, but snuck in 2 blocks for ya.  Nothing too interesting to talk about with the Blazers other than they beat a terrible Heat team.  Rip city b##ch, rip rip city b##ch!  Where the expletive is “birch”, I just really like those trees there in Portland!  Who doesn’t love some trees there in Oregon, amiright?!

RETIRING THE GUESS THE KOBE STAT LINE! – That’s right, we are officially retiring the Guess the Kobe Stat Line.  It kinda lost steam, Kobe had to sit some games, and unlike the Old Mamba, we’re going to hang up the sneaks before it gets really bad.  Excellent suggestion, Bye Felicia!  Kobe would do better in life with you as his agent…  So one last game to try predict his stats – as well as a guess to his shots taken as a tiebreaker – and I’ll go 14 shots for 13/6/4 at home against the Magic.  The final winner will be revealed Monday, so be sure and get your guesses in Razzball Nation!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Jarrett Jack (46% owned) – “Wahhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!  I’m so sad I’m not owned more!”  Still out there in over half of Yahoo leagues, and should be a cheap daily play.  When you think daily, your eyes immediately go to the Sixers.  Ding ding ding!

Lavoy Allen (7% owned) – Lavoy, ya boy!  Roy Hibbert is officially listed as questionable right now, but big man fall hard!  I’d bet his ankle costs him a few more and Ian Mahinmi is probably a few more out as well with his plantar fascia.  So many minutes for ya boy!  Should have a nice outing against Bahston.

 

I hope everyone had a solid Week 11, and we’ll catch ya next Monday.  Have a great weekend!

  1. DANTEGREEN says:
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    Dirk+MCW for klay… Id love to land klay, is that a fair deal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DANTEGREEN: Ehhh, it’s a lot to give up. Remind me of the format?

  2. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Kobe Stat Line: 25 Pts, 4 AST, 4 REB on 18 FGA. It’s getting misty in here just thinking about the upcoming “Guess the Kobe Line” Retrospective.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: Haha, we’ll have several sappy tributes played al over Sportscenter!

  3. PJ says:
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    Great writeup as always, JB! I could use some pg help and would look to move a big to get it.

    Calderon/cojo/Rubio
    Monta/wiggins
    Tobias/mkg
    Blake/serge/taj/jordan hill
    Jonas/Nurkic/mason Plumlee

    Got offered Jarrett jack for Jusuf which I’m going to turn down (can keep Jus for a 14th/last round pick next draft). Do you think taj is a fair counter? Maybe a different big? Look for another pg? Would love to hear a 2nd opinion!

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @PJ: Thanks for reading man! Sure Taj for Jack is more than a fair counter. Mason plumlee would be too since he and blake will make your FT up and down a lot. Any time!

  4. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    1) 14 team H2H (10 CAT w/ OREB)

    Westbrook, IT
    Dragic, Oladipo, Shabazz
    Draymond, Covington
    Faried, Markieff
    Bosh, Olynyk, Aldrich, Nurkic

    ROS do you like someone like TZeller over Aldrich? Whiteside is also out there but my FT% is already a bit sketchy.
    Anyway to fit KJ on the squad?
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    2) 14 Team H2H (11 CAT w/ FTM and FGM) Punting Rebs and blks usually.

    Lillard, Lawson, Smart
    Knight, Lou Will, CLee
    JButler, Hayward, KJ
    Deng, Carroll
    Al Jeff, Markieff

    Would you make any swaps (Lee, smart) for any of these:
    MBarnes, Allen, Turner, Ersan, Any of the young knicks besides Timmy

    Thanks!

    Oh and Kobe is dropping 15/8/6 on 15 shots

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Hmmm, I hate making Zeller vs. Olynyk calls but that’s stilla coin flip to me, I’d probably take both over Aldrich though – the Knicks rotation is going to be worse than a coin flip. Seems like some upside blocks might help, yeah I’d prob lose Aldrich for him.

      Smart for Galloway. More upside, equal floor. Probably the only one. Thanks for the guess!

      • J says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Does the Jeff Green news change the drop to Lee?

        Funny how both my my end of the bench guys are impacted in some way.

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          @J: Ehhhh, maybe, yeah they wanna give Allen SG minutes too… I think both Lee and Smart are droppable

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hello sir. You know this is my favorite fantasy bbal site and value your writing and analysis, but this bAshing on the poppycockers is rough. I’m not mad, just disappointed…in myself for not have being born in San Antonio. At least we finally have a guy who will blow things up instead of middling in mediocrity. Although I always liked Donnie Walsh too.

    Anyways, ROS, do you like Plumlee, Jordan Hill or Bogut more for big men? For guards, George Hill, KMart, or Meeks? Thanks as always.

    Lastly, my first and last Kobe line will be DNP – Curmudgeon.

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      @miles proudfoot: Hahaha, it’s only one year man. It’ll be better. At least you’re not from Philly.

      I’d probably take Hill still, Plumlee if my team was doing great in FT%. I don’t think Bogut plays enough minutes anymore. G I’ll Hill, with Kmart getting pretty close. Hah, look out for the Curmudgeons!

  6. Black & White says:
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    We visited this the other day, but 12 team 8 cat and today I was offered D. Rose + Josh Smith for my Antetokounmpo. Still too risky??

    G
    Westbrook
    Mo Williams
    Antetokounmpo
    Dragic
    Caldwell-Pope
    Wroten

    F/C
    T. Gibson
    C. Parsons
    T. Zeller
    P. Millsap
    E. Davis
    R. Covington
    J. Nurkic
    N. Noel
    L. Deng

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Black & White: Hmmm, what did I say before? 8 cat and I might take it since you are taking out all those TO and we just saw Giannis benched a 2nd half

  7. yan yala says:
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    JB muchacho, I am sad to agree with you but I also think lowry is a sell high, but how high can one aim?? Im in a h2h 10 teamer sitting semi comfortable in 1st place, this is my team:
    Pg- lawson , kemba, lowry, rubio*
    Sg-  wes matthews, nick young
    Sf-  draymond, w chandler
    Pf- The Brow, millsap,
    C- , Dieng, Nurkic, (1 streamer spot)
    IR- Al Jeff

    been trying to trade for lillard and kawhi but since that owner is in second place, he doesn’t want to change his team.
    A. What can i offer for lillard and kawhi,( one last attempt)??
    B. How high can one aim given lowry is already top 20 value?

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      @yan yala: another point is that lowry compliments very well my best player AD so it makes it that much harder to sell high and find another compliment

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        @yan yala: Lowry for Kawhi didn’t work? Wow. Lillard is a really tough get… Lowry + Wed matthews for Lillard? Ehhh, I dunno if I’d even do that as it’d mess up your treys. Not seeing great moves other than Lowry for Kawhi. Lowry should bring back mid teens value.

  8. Eric P. Echales says:
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    Jamba Juice !!!!! That has to stick(so fun to say), let French people speak French. Au Jus just doesn’t seem to roll off of the tongue. What is up with steals this year? Is it just me or do they seem a bit up for a lot of players that used to lag in the cat???

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      @Eric P. Echales: Hah, yeah Au Jus was always kinda tough to say. Jamba Jus it is! Maybe because the Sixers have played everyone already? Haha, I feel like TO are up a tad too, might be part of it. lotsa hot dogs/more tanking than ever

  9. YEAYITradedMCW says:
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    PG: IT3, Chalmers
    SG: Monta Ellis (PG), Thompson (SF)
    SF: Kawhi (SG), McDaniels (SG), Barnes
    PF: Ibaka (C), Millsap (C), T. Zeller (C), C. Zeller (C)
    C: Dieng, Nurkic

    Traded MCW for Tyler Zeller and Chalmers.
    Traded Markieff and Oladipo for Klay Thompson. Thoughts? (Thinking is Klay has an awesome playoff sched. So does Chalmers)

    Thoughts on team? I’m know I’m lacking assist but I usually am competitive. Thinking I trade Ellis for a assist guy?

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      @YEAYITradedMCW: Yeah dimes are way low. Ellis for a dimer would help a lot. I don’t love the MCW trade, the Klay one is fine though. PLenty of blocks, but I could see boards waffling a little too.

  10. Black & White says:
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    KCP or Galloway 8 cat?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Black & White: Wow, ya know what, i’d gamble on galloway’s upside

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Hahahaha nice. Pretty bad his name is a punchline indeed…

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: how well does Favors match up with OKC? Deciding between him and Dieng, blocks would be pretty helpful. Only got room for 2 of them and Drummond. Thanks!

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          @dom: I think the matchup is fine, but Ibaka is stretching so much that I dunno if he gets many blocks. If blocks is the key focus I’d play the other 2

  11. Ryan says:
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    Sup JB?

    Russell Westbrick has been in the house this week; tanking my FG% even harder than the NYP are tanking their season. Seriously, I want the Poppycockers to become their real name and would also like Orville Redenbacher (Best popcorn brand ever in case yall didn’t know) to buy out the team from James Dolan.

    Anyways, Westbrook and K-Love have been killing my %s this week. I have a huge lead in points and assists so I’m thinking of just putting in as many bigs as possible in tonights lineup in order to gain the lead in TOs, blocks and FG%. Question is who do I start out of these three?

    Speights (CLE), Nurkic (@SAC) or Gortat (CHI)

    I could insert another into my lineup if I bench Russell. Can’t believe I’m even thinking about benching him, but it’s been that bad this week. Only reason why I can win FG% this week is cuz my opponent has MCW!

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      @Ryan: Also about Lou Williams: I’m not to sure about his value being completely killed upon DD’s return. Lou started going on a scoring rampage and carved out a role for himself as a 2nd unit scorer before Derozan even went down with an injury. He’ll most likely lose a few minutes, but I think that role is still very secure for him. I expect Lou to average slightly over 20 minutes and get closer to 30 on the nights where he’s hot.

      I see T-Ross slliding back over to SF with James Johnson probably backing him up off the bench. I can’t see Landry Fields taking minutes from him, so that puts Lou back in the 2nd string SG spot he’s held all along, right? Idk I may be missing something, but I just wanted to walk you through my thought process.

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        @Ryan: What’s good man? Hahaha the Redenbacher poppycockers! I expect the Bulls to play better inside, I would go nurkic. Hah in F&F we have MCW and Behrens had Westbrook too! I would still play Russell though, could bounce back for a nice one.

        Nah not completely killed at all for Lou. Just downgraded. Lou could play backup G to both spots with no consistency at SG minutes, which will be back. Slightly over 20 minutes I dunno will be enough as an average

  12. Dommattingly says:
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    dropped Olynyk for Len. I have T Zeller as well. Did I screw the pooch?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dommattingly: Ehhhh, it’s always a coin flip with those two. I like Zeller’s FT% for a big I think dropping either one is fine

  13. Joe says:
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    Now I’m throwing down the master fantasy analysis gauntlet! If I wanted to make a trade offer to this other team, who should I target? Players of interest would be Parsons, Dirk, Griffin, and Noah and he might be willing to trade them, since I can’t see him keeping any of them under our keeper rules (below). Who should I offer in return?

    10-team, H2H, 9-cat, 3 keepers. (To keep a player, you must sacrifice a pick one round higher than that player got drafted. First round picks can’t be kept. Players numbered according to round value for this season. )

    MY TEAM: 1. Melo, 2. Durant, 3. Conley, 4. Marc G., 5. Matthews, 6. Holiday, 7. Tyreke, 8. MCW, 8. West, 10. IT2, 12. Gobert

    HIS TEAM: 1. Blake, 2. Dirk, 3. Noah, 3. Batum, 4. Dragic, 4. Parsons, 5. Deron, 8. Lin, 9. Valanciunas, 12. Bogut, 12. Danny Green

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      @Joe: Random note: he really likes white players for some reason. Has this theory about them being more fantasy efficient. Hasn’t won him a title yet, but there you go.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: Ugh. Sorry to clog it. I don’t have D.West. I have Nurkic.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Joe: First off – this other team is idiodic for thinking that. Definitely prey off it if you can. Melo for any of em? Might not get taken. Gasol would be a good fit due to his issues, Gasol+Melo for Blake? He might be floored by it and I dunno what you’ll get for Melo alone

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          @JB Gilpin: A little late, but I agree with the above. Sucks that you can’t drop Melo. Well I guess you can, but you wouldn’t want to since someone would be able to keep him at only the cost of an 11th rounder according to your league rules right? Might as well try to package him in a deal to see if someone else will take the risk.

          I usually like working with owners that are completely irrational; they’re so easy to fleece! This guy seems like a total bigot though, so he’d most likely be interested in only Gasol and Nurkic… I wouldn’t deal Gasol unless you’re able to unload Melo or take back extraordinary value since he is one of your best keeper candidates. I like the trade you talked about the other day.

          Can understand targeting Noah and Dirk though. He definitely won’t want to keep them next season if he is thinking clearly. If he isn’t doing that great and wants more upside, you could try something like Nurkic+Melo/MCW for Dirk? Don’t know if it’ll work, but worth a shot.

  14. tom says:
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    in a 12 team h2h 9 cat no TO would you drop either marcus smart or cole aldridge for galloway ?? I also just grabbed jamba juice ( so much easier than trying to remember how to spell his name ) So i have a big on the bench if I lost cole. I’m just afraid I’m going to be in fantasy HELL if i’m carrying 2 NY players and 2 sixers in MCW and covington. Right now i’m hanging onto 2nd by a thread. Thx for your help on this one.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @tom: Smart… Yeah I prob would but I might like other options too. I hate Brad Stevens. I think I hate brad Stevens over the Knicks haha. jamba Jus it is!

  15. Jesse says:
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    10 team 15 cat
    My lineup tonight is
    Pg. Jrue Holliday
    SG. Kyrie Irving
    SF. Gordon Hayward
    PF. Kevin Durant
    C. Anthony Davis
    Util. ?
    It’s between Dieng, Darren Collison. I’m down 13 in off reb. 10 in reb and going against Drummond and plumlee (bkn). Do I go for those rebounding categories or play collison and get a lot more scoring stats. Maybe even play collison instead of jrue? Id love some advice! Down 6 in steals and up 4 in blocks , down 12 in ftm, everything else is close. He’s got Teague, dragic, butler, Westbrook tonight. Thanks in advance JP, love your blogs btw!

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      @Jesse: Sounds like your matchup will be a nailbiter! I coul see Dieng playing really well against the Bucks… So hard to bench Collison though. I think I go Collison, narrowly. Thanks for reading man, really appreciate that!

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the advice JB! Worked out well for me, collison advice and the Conley over nurkic. I really appreciate you answering in time for the games, as I figure you’re pretty busy. Have a good night man! Keep it up

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          @Jesse: Thanks man, we try, glad those calls worked out!

  16. Down Wit K.C.P. says:
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    My Tobias Harris + Dragic for Ibaka trade fell through. Currently have the same trade out for LaMarcus, DeMarcus, and Marc Gasol. Not confident these will work though. That being said, what do you think about trading Tobias Harris straight up for Gortat? 9 cat H2H. For some background you thought Ibaka would be filling a need for my squad.

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      @Down Wit K.C.P.: Eeeeesh, it’s close-ish, Gortat has been pretty frustrating this year though. I think Tobias is a little much, even thinking about playoffs

  17. Rocky says:
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    JB, thanks for the write up as usual!

    Watched that Hou/NYK game last night. A few takeaways:

    Josh Smith is my least favorite player currently in the NBA
    Cleanthony Early is the 2nd best player on the Knicks behind Melo
    The pride of Saint Joe’s, Langston Galloway – a bulldog who once hit 10 3’s in a game vs Fordham – could very easily be deep league fantasy relevant at some point soon
    The NYKnicks without Melo are the worst team in the NBA, edging out the 76ers, an insanely sad commentary on two of the NBA’s large-market, flagship teams.

    A question for you… Sitting solidly in 2nd and looking to pick up K Martin in a 9 cat/10 team. Candidates to drop are Jack/Bev/W Chandler. Been trying 2 for 1’s to free up a roster spot but not happening yet. Would you make a move to stash him and who do I drop?

    My roster is:
    Conley
    Jack
    Bev
    Kawhi
    Tobias Harris
    Draymond Green
    Favors
    Horford
    Ibaka
    Valanciunas
    T Chandler
    Kemba
    W Chandler

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      @Rocky: Whew, praise be unto you for watching that game! Nah I’m kidding, I shoulda watched more. I do think Early has a good shot now. I’m a fan of Galloway. I’m already moving him into 14 team discussion. really the only option I’d think is Beverley. HOU has had multiple rumors of wanting PGs, for some reason. I would probably hold off until hopefully a 2-for-1 is taken

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    Are you holding on to Marcus Smart or would you drop for a Eric Gordon, Jeremy Lin, or Trey Burke? I’m need of some help in threes and assists and Smart’s inconsistent production is coming at a bad time with Lebron out

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      @rhirano: Nahhhh he can go, would get Burke

  19. Martin says:
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    JB, 16 team, 9 cat. Who would you drop for Galloway: Smart, KCP, Stuckey? Thanks!

    • Martin says:
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      @Martin: Jeff Green is going to Memphis. Maybe it is time to give Smart a chance. So it is choice between KCP and Stuck? What do you think?

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        @Martin: I don’t think Green getting moved does much for Smart. I would rank them Stuckey, KCP, Smart, but no issue dropping KCP and gambling on Galloway either

  20. Connor says:
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    Prefer Drummond or Ibaka ROS? 10 team 10 cat league with FT made

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      @Connor: Still Ibaka, close though. Drummo is gonna double his boards

  21. Jesse says:
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    Another one, my h2h points league lineup tonight is
    Lawson
    Shabazz
    Draymond
    Drummond
    Cousins
    Pau Gasol
    Favors
    ?
    It’s between nurkic Conley and Tobias Harris . Have to play shab because he’s my only 2 right now. Some input would be appreciated! Score settings go 1/2/2/3/3/-3 DD/5 TD/20

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      @Jesse:
      10 man btw

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        @Jesse: Throwing out Nurkic, a little risky, I’d go Conley. Any time!

  22. Dorian says:
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    Bah to Boston. They traded away Branden Wright. Tyler Zeller was sitting on waivers just fine before this news and I was trying to swing Ginobili for a pick or something. But no… They needed to do this so I now I must swap Ginobili for Zeller. Dang it.

    I’m hoping Brokerage and Clean become good players for the Knicks. So that I can beef up my team via trades and then add them, because no one would want a Knick.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dorian: Haha well Wright was an easy guy to see being dumped by the C’s. Mr. Clean going to clean up!

  23. Philzilla (Cats Like War Milk) says:
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    Kobe SL: 38/5/2. It’s the magic.

  24. Ozzie says:
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    Drop Carmelo for Rubio?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ozzie: Yeah I probably would, if no owner is willing to give anything in a trade. Tough to flat out drop Melo though, but Rubio should easily outperform ROS

  25. patrick says:
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    please rate from most to least value

    alex len, nurkic, jarret jack, calderon

    was thinking of trading monroe for blocks or assts, do you think i can get more than the above?

    • patrick says:
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      @patrick: a discouraged manager said monroe and kicker for ibaka

      who should i offer as kicker:

      MCW
      Knight
      Oladipo
      KD
      Millsap
      Horford
      Draymond
      the rest are: zaza, mkg, whiteside, mo williams

      or do you think whiteside can carry blocks for me and hold? or look for more assist?

      lots of questions. thanks in advance

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @patrick: Nurk, Jack, Len, Calderon. Monroe+MCW for Ibaka? Huge win if you can pull that off! Def trying that trade first. Whiteside should be useful, I dunno about “carry” blocks though. Ibaka would!

  26. pickleball says:
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    if you had to choose today, how would you rank these keepers for next year. thinking about making some trade offers but want to hold my best keeper options.

    Jimmy Butler ($15)
    Paul George ($18)
    Paul Milsap ($15)
    Nicolas Batum ($15)
    demarcus cousins ($40)
    andrew wiggins ($25)

    how would you rank these guys?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @pickleball: Butler, Millsap, Wiggins, George, Cuz, Batum. I think Butler is in a tier by himself of the group.

      • pickleball says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks you. I would’ve gone butler/george/cousins/milsap/wiggins/batum but wanted to hear our someone else first before i started trading away my keepers.

        is paul george down due to uncertainty, cousins due to price ($40)? i figured they were on the same ‘level’ of player as jimmy but jimmys age/health/price make him the best of the group.

        thanks for the response!!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @pickleball: Jimmy age and price, yeah. I’ve never been the biggest believe in Paul george, he seems to be inconsistent even when he was at his peak. And certainly the unknown scares me too. Any time!

  27. your mom says:
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    was offered bradley beal and a round 5 pick for avery bradley and my 1st round pick. 20 team h2h league where we keep 4. my team sucks haha jennings, jack, cojo, brewer, marcus morris, zbo, j.hill, e.davis, price, dwight, bradley and teletovic. thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @your mom: Ehhhhh, I mean A Bradley isn’t too bad, and I know that means 80 keepers off the board, but round 5 in a 20 teamer is a scrubby pick, I’d want your 1st round pick. Maybe counter with a 3rd rounder

  28. B-rad says:
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    So…motiejunas seems to have won the starting job? Is it time to own him again? I don’t think t jones is coming back lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @B-rad: I know, poor T Jones! Ummm, I’ll lean yes for now

  29. Thunder from Down Under says:
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    Kobe Stat line: 22/3/7 on 15 shots

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Thunder from Down Under: Haha it’s retired! So fitting our last time we did it he didn’t play… Kobe’s time in the sun has set…

  30. Lawson says:
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    Hi there!

    So, a bit absurdingly I picked up T Jones again, I drafted him and I am probably being delusional about him playing again in 3 weeks. Also, I I grabbed MBarnes for MKG. My current team, surprisingly leading a 16 team league is: Holiday, Conley, Batum, Meeks, McLemore, MBarnes, Dray Green, TJones, Sanders, Favors, Aldrich and Nurkic…
    I have 2 candidates to leave the team TJones and Sanders… I feel bad as I spent a relatively high round on them but they have very cloudy prospects nowadays. JJ, Pekovic, Crowder, Pat Pat, Acy, TRoss..
    They are both very misterious injuries and I might need to get rid of, at least, one of them.
    Could you help me here?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Lawson says:
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      @Lawson: JJ was picked already

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lawson: Sanders I think can go. I love Nurk and think you got plenty of D stats, so I’m good with that move. PItPat is way down, Ross could be interesting for ya even though he’s low-volume upside.

        • Lawson says:
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          @JB Gilpin: with what move you mean?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lawson: Oops didn’t make that coherent at all haha. Losing Sanders to get Ross. Or Whitewide if he;s out there! hah

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lawson: Whiteside* Whitewide sounds like a porn category…

            • Lawson says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Whiteside is taken. Another option could be to grab Pek? Taking your assumption that I have enough D stats… Same reasoning of grabbing Ross could work for grabbing Patty Mills?

              • Lawson says:
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                @Lawson: And last question, I assume you would stash TJones having in mind there is nothing super interesting out there and I am doing good in the RS? His injury is SO mysterious…

                Thanks again

                • Lawson says:
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                  @Lawson: Even Channing Frye?

                  • JB Gilpin

                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @Lawson: Yeah I jjust trust Ross’s PT more… Pek… Ugh just so non-fantasy friendly. Of all these guys I’d get Ross even though he hasn’t been that good lately

  31. Nishinga says:
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    I’m giving Oladipo for either Ariza or Beal.
    What side would you take if any?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nishinga: I like getting Ariza, probably wouldn’t Beal, he’s way over his head hitting 3s right now and I see the steals coming down some

  32. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    Being a MCW owner is just so painful. I’m in a 9-cat 9 team league and has been debating on dropping him since I got him 2 months ago.

    I tried trading him but there are no takers..

    so it comes down to this

    Should I drop him for best available FA. In this case

    we have P.Beverley, T.Burke, A.Bogut, Jamal Crawford, L Deng, Al Jefferson

    I’m leaning on P.Beverley but I keep getting suckered back on the popcorn stats that MCW offers (i’m leading in the league but down on assist and boards)

    Give me your advice!
    Thankss

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: Whewwww. Sounds like a shallowish league, if you’re leading right now and feel comfrotbale-ish and have those 2 needs, I might gamble on Al Jefferson. Hits those stats hard.

      • J says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I dropped MCW for Whiteside. couldnt stand him anymore haha. His FG% and TOs are unbearable!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @J: Hah, well I probably could’ve have brought myself to do it, but cant blame ya!

  33. TOPSZN says:
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    Hey JB!

    I was offered Rondo for Draymond Green. I know that Draymond is a beast but this trade seems to fit my needs. Thoughts?

    PG: Jennings, IT2, Jose, Augustin
    SG: Klay
    SF: Durant, Draymond
    PF: Faried
    C: Horford, Noel, Dieng, Gobert, Pachulia

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TOPSZN: Ehhhhhhh, it is a big fit, but I love DrayDray! Can you get another throw in PG with him? I don’t think I could lose Green for only Rondo

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        @JB Gilpin: Wasn’t able to get another PG. Still do the trade or nah?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TOPSZN: Nah I don’t think I could do that even fitting needs, Draymond is too good

  34. Phreek says:
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    I was offered Demarre Carroll for Thaddeus Young. Should I take it?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phreek: Nah, I think Young gets better when Rubio is back/is more efficient if traded.

  35. patrick says:
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    yo what’s going on

    cole adrich dropped. should i pick up steve adams or aldrich? going to pick up Galloway because i need ast and 3s.

    i have pachulia, kaman and MKG on the end of my bench

    can you rank the player above please? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @patrick: Yo! Gimme Adams over Aldrich. So all those guys I would go Adams, Aldrich, MKG, Kaman, Pach.

      • patrick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: manager sent offer: my MKG for his Chalmers. i think it fits my needs and Wade is overdue for an injury, what do you think?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @patrick: Yup I like it if it fits your needs! MKG turning into a Pts/Reb only guys

  36. Osnam says:
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    What’s up my man. I want me some Whiteside. Who should I drop? Deng, Nurkic, Len, or Wroten. I’m sorta leaning towards Deng. He’s been garbage. It’s just hard to pull the trigger on him. Also Wroten is my only bench PG. But I guess I could live without him…. or do I hold? What would you do? Thanks as always.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Osnam: Hopefully I’m not too late! Woulda lost Deng indeed. Wroten if your %s and TO are rocky with him

  37. DK says:
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    It is a new year! My MCW is frustrating. Popcorn stats sure, but I didn’t expect his FG to be even worse than last year. What do you think of going for Dragic-MCW trade again? I’ve been winning in ast every week so I could probably stomach losing some ast.

    Or some other packet like MCW + Covington for maybe a PG like Kemba, Collision or Teague?

    My roster today for 14 H2H:
    Curry, Lawson, MCW, Meeks, Lou
    Covington, Draymond, McD
    Gortat, Duncan, Millsap, Ed Davis, Mozgov

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DK: Haha that he is… Sure, yeah gimme Dragic. I like the package deal for all 3 of those guys as well. Particularly Teague if you can swing it

      • DK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well, I couldn’t wait for Teague or Collison owners to responded … Dragic owner wanted to deal MCW. It is done! I take slight hits in ast, reb and stl, but gain FG, FT, TO, points and treys. Not too bad I guess.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DK: Yup and I think the assists downgrade is about all you’ll really feel looking at your team. Nice!

  38. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    JB, question for you concerning my 16 team h2h 5 man keeper. I have Parsons at a nice value of $7, but Rondo coming seems to have hurt his game. An owner is interested in moving his $13 Olynyk. Who do you like more ROS? With Wright gone and Bass sure to be moved it seems Olynyk will have a consistent role going forward. Hence, the duds should be much less of an occurrence. I have always been a Parsons fan and don’t want to overreact…but I have concerns ROS since Rondo arrived. Also, FWIW Parsons has 4/3/3 playoffs and Olynyk 4/4/4. Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Ehhhhh, I think it’s still Parsons by a good bit, when Zeller plays well it is duds for Olynyk, not those other schlubs that are gone. I do like the improved playoff sched, but I def want that nice Parsons price/like him more ROS.

  39. mamba says:
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    Whats up man. Just wanted to get your opinion on Reggie Jackson. Would you drop him in a 10 team H2H 14 roster spots, points league (bonus points for double doubles)? With Derozan coming back soon I have to drop someone to move him from my IR slot.

    I probably should have dropped Jackson a while back but I’ve been keeping him in hopes that he gets traded.. the waiters trade definitely isnt helping him out. Based on the points based league settings, he is barely putting up top-200 value in the last week and putting up top 160 value in the last month. The only other players I would consider dropping instead of him are David West, Whiteside, and maybe Shabazz but he’s been killing it.

    What’s your opinion? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mamba: Whats good man? Yeah RJax can go, this Waiters move killllllls him. He’s basically a high upside stash now. Muhammad is a strong consideration though, with Kevin Martin back by the weekend, his value will likely plummet. I’d still hold him over RJax though to see what happens

      • mamba says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Shabazz going to be out for at least 2 weeks it looks like. I’ll be able to stash Jackson after all by putting Shabazz on my IR spot once DeRozan comes back. Or I could drop Jackson and pick up Motiejunas who has his starting job back now. Thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @mamba: H2H, how good is your opponent? If he’s a solid team/you need big man stats I might grab Motie. If it’s a bottom feeder I might not

          • mamba says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Solid team, we’re tied for 2nd place in the 5 team division at 7-4.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @mamba: Yeah I think I’m grabbing Motie

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