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Woooo, here we go Razzball Nation!

The 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season is nearly upon us, well, kindasorta, in the same way that I “kindasorta” liked Michael Carter-Williams last year!  OK, that might be 100% false, DON’T LOOK AT LAST YEAR’S FINAL PRE-RANKS!  Dammit, who linked that?!  MCW’s agent hacked Razzball…

So here’s to hoping I can avoid the pitfalls of last year, avoid the bone density issues, avoid good players moving to Cleveland, and avoid falling for adorable Latin Lovers!  You just can’t help from having your balls near his face!  Why couldn’t you have avoided getting a kankle, whyyyyy?!

As we did last season, we’ll have a master rankings post (which I… I mean, aherm, MCW’s agent will link when it’s live) which will be updated all through the preseason, along with Slim’s 9-cat and MPG projections.  Let’s get this shizz started!  Here’s the Top 10 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season.

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans – So I was ready to have the same top 6 as in the Way Too Early Ranks in April, and then started to write Brow’s rationale at #2.  “I would easily have him #1 if I knew he would play 82 games.”  Then I thought, well 80.  Or 78.  Probably 75.  And even though he’s been a little brittle his first two seasons, who’s to say this isn’t the year he plays em all?!  They brought back Omer Asik to bang the 5s in the middle, and with Asik clogging the paint, there has been affirmation Brow will get even more touches in new coach Gentry’s offense, including the deep ball.  In per-game value, Basketball Monster had Brow at 1.20 in per-game value (#1 overall) in 14-15, while Kevin Durant’s no-question fantasy MVP seasons scored 1.25 in 12-13 and 1.06 in 13-14.  And I take everything the Pelicans are saying fairly truthfully, so if Brow gets up to 0.5 treys a game, he’s a true 9-cat stud and that 1.20 per-game value should be even higher.  Brow for President!

2. James Harden, Houston Rockets – While I’m not that worried Ty Lawson can lay off the sauce and take too much usage out of Harden’s hands, it certainly doesn’t help.  What is Patrick Beverley good at?  Defense!  Guess again…  Sitting in the corner and taking 3s!  Of his 9.5 shots a game last year, a whopping 5.8 (61%) of em were long balls.  And what is Ty Lawson not good at?  Judgement!  Guess again…  Driving!  Wait, I mean like on the basketball court!  Of his 12.3 shots last year, only 2.7 (22%) were treys.  So Harden will have one less threat on the perimeter, and one that likes the ball in his hands.  I don’t think it destroys his value, but it’s enough of a hit along with Brow’s treys to have me flip flop the top two.  All three of these top guys are razor razor thin.  More like, Mach 20 razors thin, or however the hell many of them fit on there

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – Although we’re still a good bit out, Brow seems a fairly consensus #1 while Curry the #2.  Obviously Curry was a monster last year – 2nd to Brow in per-game value and #1 in overall – but he only played 32:39 MPG game last year.  Of course you could easily say, “whoa, he was fantasy’s best overall player in fewer minutes than all the other studs!” but to me I read it as, “the Warriors are juggernauts, and again aren’t going to push him in blowouts.”  I see no reason the Warriors won’t be just as dominant again in 15-16, and I think they keep an eye on his run until the postseason.  The Kerr doesn’t fall far from the Pop tree, and while Curry is in his prime and not 40 like the Spurs guys, I wouldn’t be shocked to see sub-32 minutes this year.  Beastly minutes though!

4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder – Spoiler alert!  Slim is going to challenge me on Brow, but his logic on Brow not quite being worth the #1 risk is more applicable to Durant for me.  Would it really shock anyone to see Durant come back as a monster and finish as fantasy’s #1 player?  Well, to KD owners last year it might!  Let’s put it this way – if Durant didn’t hurt his foot last year and had what he’s averaged the previous 3 season before that, would there be any question he would fend off the field in pre-ranks for #1 overall?  It all comes down to risk – enough risk that will have several drafters avoiding him in the first round altogether – but enough to keep him safely out of the top 3 for me.

5. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – What started as a horrific (well, for BronBron) season (4.2 TO pre-ASB, only 5.6 boards), LeBron turned it around dropping the giveaways to 3.5 and upping his boards back to 6.9 a game.  What’s interesting is the only time he’s had over 3.5 TO a game in a season was his first year in Miami, so team transitions seem to get LeBron confused.  “Wait, are we in red or white jerseys?!  I forget!!”  Then there’s the precipitous fall in FG% that dropped from the mid-50%s the previous 3 years to 48.8% in 14-15.  He’s likely to improve there too – and I can get the LeBron before Durant debate – but I think he’s as locked in to #5 as anyone in the ranks.

6. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers – And same with Paul, who I think is a tier unto himself as the #6 option.  4th in total value last year (Playing all 82 helps!  Especially after missing 32 games the previous two years), but what’s really shocking is 4th in per-game as well.  The ridiculous 10.2 AST to 2.3 TO was yet again Stockton-esque, and with DeAndre Jordan back amidst absolutely no controversy at all, Paul should get those lob-dimes yet again.  There’s really little else to say here.

7. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers – Wooooo, time to hop off the rails!  Likely a consensus 2nd-rounder, this is going to be the big call of the top 10.  I already had him 9th in late April, but if there was any team that had a complete makeover this offseason, it was the Blazers.  LaMarcus Aldridge ranked a whopping 7th in the league in usage with The Omen down at 20th, and Wesley Matthews and “can’t shoot anymore” Nicolas Batum are both gone too.  Not to mention their former worthless center.  In a season where I think the Blazers are going to more-or-less tank, I think they tell Lillard to go out and take any shot he wants and try to put up ridiculous lines, leading to a near NBA lead in usage.  Sure it might hurt his already sub-par FG%, but I see him getting a ton more FTA with his great FT% and amp up the AST.

8. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder – The question is, where would Westbrook rank if Durant was gone?!  Might have to be #1 overall!  Post-ASB averages of 31.4/8.6/9.9 were absolutely absurd, in a run ala a hybrid of Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan.  Add into the mix 2 steals and a monster-volume FT%, and he was your 2nd half MVP.  But the TO were still horrific (5.3 in the second half), and if you expect Durant to even be 75% of his old self, Westbrook will be back to the TO-prone, lowish (for a stud) AST PG he is.

9. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings – Well, the George Karl tenure started out about as graceful as a kick to the SAC, amiright?!  The league’s most dysfunctional franchise at least still has a top-10 fantasy option, with Boogie finishing 10th in pre-game value last year.  That viral infection hooblah certainly hurt his overall numbers, but he wasn’t too far behind Westbrook for the 2nd half’s MVP averaging 24.8/13.1/4.1/1.8/1.8 post-ASB.  Of course just like Westbrook, way too many TO (4.2), but we all know Cuz’s game.  I don’t think the scrubby Rajon Rondo is going to hurt the big fellah’s usage too much, but Willie Cauley-Stein should gobble up enough boards to take a couple away.  I do think WCS will help Cuz keep his energy up though, as Cauley-Stein should be guarding the best opposing big – PF or C – on any given night, giving Cousins more focus on O and hopefully help his fouling issues.

10. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs – After the top 9, I think there’s another tier dropoff.  The next 6-7 could all be shuffled up in any sort of order, but I’m going to stick with Kawhi rounding out the top-10.  Sure the injury label is going to scare a lot of drafters off – as will the acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge – but most of the injuries have been fairly fluky.  Remember he missed a lot of time last preseason with that eye infection that somehow jumped from eye to eye, then that weird hand tendon thing.  I don’t think any of his issues are any sort of lingering things drafters should worry about, and I don’t see any reason to not expect 80-ish games.  Adding Aldridge does hurt – as above with Lillard I mentioned Aldridge’s 7th highest usage rate in the NBA – but I think it means more 3PTA and wider lanes to drive in to minimize, if not absolve, any FG% risks.  I love to see players have their AST totals rise every season in the NBA, with Kawhi steadily rising to 2.5 last year (1.1 in 11-12 to 1.6 to 2.0 to 2.5), along with the TO staying really low.  I would be shocked if Kawhi doesn’t get the dimes to over 3 a game, make 1.5-2.0 treys, and maintain the elite steals from a wing.  It’s going to be a fun year in San Antonio.

 

And there’s your top 10!  We’ll have the top 20 out mid-next week along with our Podcast on Tuesday, with Slim slamming a few of these ranks.  See you then, Razzball Nation!

  1. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    What’s good JB? Love to see Kawhi cracking the Top-10, as I also think the addition of Aldridge is only going to help his peripherals. I’m bullish on Damien Lillard as well and would even put him ahead of Chris Paul. As you mentioned the Blazers have absolutely NOBODY that can score (maybe even dribble) outside of Lillard. Opposing teams are going to know that as well, but it’s the regular season NBA…that’s not going to matter. Lillard is going to be putting up 22-26 shots/night and his peripheral stats are going to be through the roof. Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that recently acquired Al-Farouq Aminu is the Blazers’ highest paid player at 8M a year? That team is going to be a joke. Good stuff per usual and can’t wait for Slim to come critique the hell out of it. P.S….Is Drummond going to make the Top-20?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Wooo, let’s do this Kawhi! Only thing that has to keep Paul ahead for me is that AST:TO ratio. No way Lillard doesn’t get the TO well over 3 this year, which will hurt his value. In 8 cat though, yeah I think I might have to take Lillard! Hahahah Aminu is such hot garbage too, Lillard should be finishing that max deal soon!

      Ummmm, Drummo is probably outside for me, but no Monroe certainly helps. His 30 in May might get up to 25ish, but that’s about it.

      Thanks for stopping by man!

  2. Dante Green says:
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    For deeper leagues, drafting KD is surely a make or break… Damnn I wish I still have the courage I had last season when I drafted him! But a part of me tells me that if he falls at no.9 on our draft night, I should take him! Can you imagine if you actually took a chance on him and it pays off? Damn. I like Lillard and Kawhi making it to top 10, if I can’t land Brow, Beard or Chef, I’d love to have one of the two!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Oh for sure! At #9 you’re looking at Durant vs. maybe Cousins/Kawhi/Kyrie, and I think you have to take KD there. Mmmmm, I’m gonna hope to have a few Lillard teams this year!

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ya man, I’m pretty sure KD will at least fall to no.9, I know my friends they’re very cautious! But I kinda wanna live dangerously… LOL thanks for the list man, keep ’em coming!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Will do man, we’ll be through the top 50 in the next week!

          • Osouvi says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Souv is back in the mix, looking to mix it up. I think quite a few people are gonna have their eye on lillard. Still waiting on teams to fully set before I give my sleeper pick. I was high on plumlee as you were on mcw lol. This should be another good league. No more dominating for you broski

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Osouvi: Yo! Hah I dunno about Plumlee, had all that opportunity last year and squandered it. Needs to be able to stay outta foul trouble and hit FT! In a non-foul NBA he’d be a monster! Hah!

  3. MAC says:
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    razzup guys?!!! fantasy season again!!! lets go!!! a quick look at the top 10, there are four tiers. top 3(brow, beard, steph), then 4-6(king, cp3, kd), then 7 and 8 (westbrook, cousins), then 9 onwards. cannot go wrong with top 3, hate to be the one picking durant, i hate cousins. then going for a punt ft strat with 9-12 pick. in a h2h 9 cat league, i would definitely go punt ft with the 9th pick with deandre drummond combo in mind. ur already in a big disadvantage there.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: RAZZUP MAN! Accidental caps lock, but it felt warranted!

      Agree with the tiers except Lillard I think belongs with Westbrook/Cuz. Only thing with those guys that early is it hamstrings you with picking big man values in the mid-rounds and doesn’t really give you any “elite” players. I would think about Drummond, but I dunno about DeAndre that high in that strategy. I’ve never been a big punter though! We’ll def discuss this on the next Pod

      • MAC says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        yeah!!! from now on, its capslock!!!
        RAZZUP BRAH!!! i dont agree with lillard, with aldridge gone, efficiency should be down. so it negates the counting stats upgrade. and the risk of a shutdown down the stretch as well with portland rebuilding. with a punt ft build, getting those 2 bigs early, you can now target pg and wings with the next 3-4 picks. with basically ast, stls 3pt in mind. and speaking of elite, in that build, you will basically getting 2 elite players. also, i think pts is also a punt as well. jordan and drumm are top 3 and 7 respectively in those builds. but again, picking at 9 onwards, youre basically in a huge hole.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @MAC: Haha YESSIR! Well Lillard’s FG% has always been bad, I don’t think it’s going to get much worse than the 42% range. I think Lillard is worth the price of getting him ahead of the other round 3-4 PG. I’ve just always been a more balanced drafter because I like to stream to chase cats every week in H2H, rather than be definitely down in 2 of em.

          • MAC says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            never been a fan of lillard fantasy wise, just got him when he was a rookie at 8 or 9th round back then. after that, too pricey for me. anyway, looking forward for the next rankings! in a h2h format, i think punting is a must especially picking late 1st round.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @MAC: Yeah he might’ve been a tad high in ADP last year, I like the low TO though and steals have developed. Agree punting looks more and more appealing late in the first. Thanks for droppin by!

  4. Slim

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    Where to begin… #1 I guess.

    I have no doubt that if Brow played 80 games he would be the top guy in fantasy but he’s yet to even play 70. I said with about a month left in the year that if Brow made it through the rest of the season healthy he’s my #1. But he didn’t. So the most pertinent question would be does the risk make up for the stat difference between him and the next 2? I just don’t think so. Even if he makes an extra 0.5 a 3 per game, no way this happens btw, I still don’t think the risk outweighs the reward. He was all of 1-fer-12 last year. Best case I would put him at about 0.3 but even that is probably too high. In total its like 1 3PTM per week, and that doesn’t make much of a difference at all. Last year I would have said the blocks make up for the risk but we have so many more shot blockers this year and I feel like the category has gotten a little watered down from years past.

    So for the sake of argument lets say we can get one of Gobert/Ibaka/Whiteside/Drummond/M.Gasol around the pick 24/25 turn. Is Brow + lets say Lowry/Bledsoe greater than one of those bigs + Curry/Harden? I’d argue they are basically the same, but I would also argue that it would minimize the injury risk which in the 1st couple of rounds could easily be the difference between winning and losing.

    My favorite group so far given a top 3 pick would be Harden, a shotblocker,and Draymond. I would have great steals/blocks/3s plus PG level assists without a PG. Then I would probably look for a PG (Reggie) and another big, preferably one that scores (Favors?), at the 48/49 turn. Harden could easily be switched with Curry in the build too.

    So far I’ve got it…

    #1. Harden
    #2. Curry
    #3. Brow

    Last thing… I’m not worried about Lawson hurting Harden at all. Harden is the man and everyone else takes a back seat. Tis the way of things.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: That’s true, Brow did let you down. But to your 3PTM argument, Aldridge went from 3-15 3PTM in 13-14 to 0.5 a game last year. So it can be done, and while Aldridge’s deeper mid-range shot is better, it’s not worlds better. I love getting the blocker and not punting FT. Looking at the combos that does make sense, although Lowry/Bledsoe isn’t minimizing too much injury risk 🙂

      Excited to discuss on Pod! And yeah Lawson is minimal, but I do think his inability to shoot treys will make spacing a tad different.

      • Jensen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: There is no way Lawson and Harden see more than 10min a game together. Just no way. They need Beverly’s D against other top lines, and Lawson will run second units into the ground.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jensen: I agree that’s what they “should” do, but I dunno. I’ve heard more speculation Lawson starts than not

          • CTMN says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m not sure if Lawson will start or not but he’ll probably get around 25 MPG. From this article http://grantland.com/the-triangle/ty-lawson-ready-to-launch-in-houston/
            it sounds like Lawson could play with Beverley sometimes even…Rockets definitely have more depth than last year but Harden could still control the ball a ton, Lawson’s career average 3pt% is actually similar to Beverley’s.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: Yeah 25-30 would be my guess too, I think they’ll try and get as much outta him as they can. Yeah their 3PT% is close, but Beverley can only really hit 3s which is why I mention the % of shots taken between the two. Lawson next to Harden will change some spacing, maybe give Harden a couple more treys but a few less FT

    • MAC says:
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      @Slim:
      RAZZUP DUDES!!! yup slim, thats one heck of a combo!!! with steph or beard, then shotblocking big and dray2. but again, picking any of the top 3 is great!!! also, i think playoff sched should be in mind. thats the dealbreaker. hopefully the boys that i like would have a good playoff sched. lawson is not factor with harden. beverley is still the starter there.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: @Slim: Yeah I wouldn’t be shocked if Beverley still starts, but I think it’s a tad more likely Lawson does. Which sucks. I need to drink my sorrows away, but always with a DD!

      • MAC says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        definitely, but either way lawsons impact to harden is minimal. again, if youre getting one of the top 3, you should like your chances. 9th pick is where the real draft starts. interested on your thoughts who to combo if you guys are picking late. as ive said, im leaning towards punting ft pts in a h2h 9 cat league with drumm and deandre. then getting 3 pg and a wing the next 4 picks with ast stl 3pt in mind.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @MAC: Agree, minimal for sure. Cousins/Thompson could be really interesting late pairing!

          • MAC says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            i doubt you can pair thompson with cousins. cuz is at 7-8 range, then next pick is at 17-18. thompson would definitely picked early teens. how bout picking 9-12 range. whats your pick combo for the first 2 rounds

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @MAC: I guess in a 12er you’re probably right, maybe in a 10er. Ummmm, it’s a tough question without doing any mocks yet. Klay + John Wall? minimize some TO risk from Wall, with all the nice bigs later?

              • MAC says:
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                @JB Gilpin:
                haha! yup! cant wait for the rest of your rankings! also for yahoos as well. hopefully they open early.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @MAC: Thanks man, rest of top 20 prob Wednesday then top 50 over the weekend!

  5. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB/Slim –

    Enjoy the rankings, excited for the rest of them. Got a keeper question to throw at you. 12 team H2H, 8 cats. Here is who I got the obvious are obvious:

    Curry, Paul, Lowry, George, Whiteside, Howard, Pek

    As of today, would you go with keeping Curry, Paul, George, Whiteside? Is that the best overall mix? Or would you still keep Lowry?

    Thanks brothas!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hmmmm, great question. Curry/Paul/George are all locks, so it comes down to that final spot. I think with FT% crushed and with 2 PG, I indeed go Whiteside with that mix. Any time man!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I also want to try to throw a package together to try to get Lillard in this league. Simply because I am such a total homer…I’ll definitely be drafting Vonleh in the next to last/last round. Just in case…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hah, well given PG is your strength, I dunno if Lillard is your best fit, but maybe someone strapped for keepers would take Lowry+Whiteside… But I dunno Whiteside fits your build so well!

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Damn you JB for thinking logically. Ha! Thanks, Bro.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hah logic is hard sometimes when our fav players are involved!

    • Jensen says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: you need to be picking John (Henson) and Richard (Jefferson) in this league.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Jensen: Ha! I might have to do that. My squad could be the Liverpool Mop Tops.

  6. Dinasty-roti-12 teams
    Mi team:
    Cp3
    Elfrid
    Clarkson
    T. Parker
    Bledsoe
    Justin Anderson
    Batum
    Gay
    Covington
    Ilyasova
    Bosh
    Ibaka
    Tyson Chandler
    Gortat
    Whiteside
    Do you trade elfrid for Lamarcus?
    Do you like my team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Toni Vidal: Nice roster! Definitely like it, really really solid bigs. I’ll have LaMarcus ranked 10ish ahead of Elfrid, but given age and teams and your team build, I would probably hold Eflrid for the youth and G/C balance. Damn Bledsoe there too, you’re loaded!

      • Jensen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @Toni Vidal: I agree with JB. Deff hold Peyton. CP3 and Parker are about out of top end years in fantasy. You will need to replace them soon. And your bigs are so solid. I don’t really see what Aldridge brings to your team that you need? Out of position ast. maybe? but with your gaurds you don’t need them. He would probably lose you blocks and boards if you bench Whiteside or Chandler to play him. Some out of position 3PT? that is really all I can see you gaining, not worth giving up Peyton for.

  7. LM says:
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    Keeper league question for you.

    10 team H2H league, with custom cats (pts, 3s, rebs, assists, steals, blocks, FT%, AFG%, 2Ds, and assist-to-turnover).

    I can only keep 5 of the following:
    Harden
    Lillard
    Thompson
    Ibaka
    Whiteside
    Gobert
    Gay

    Def keeping Harden, Lillard, Thompson… after that, unsure. Probably lose Gay, but other than that, I’m conflicted. Could try to trade 2 of these guys for 1 “better” guy….

    Your thoughts??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LM: Yeah if you can ever trade a 5th keeper plus a 6th non-keeper to get a better asset, it’s always a solid move. Yup your top 3 are locks. I have Gobert as a lock for #4, and Ibaka indeed over Whiteside, so sadly Whiteside would be your cut. Someone would love Whitesde, so if you could move him + Gay for like, Draymond or something, I would be all over that!

      • LM says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, man. Definitely keeping Harden, Lillard, and Thompson, and agree Gobert is the #4 keeper. And it’s smart to try to trade Whiteside cause I can’t keep him anyway and there’s serious interest in him in my league. Liked your Whiteside + Gay for Draymond idea. But here’s the problem. I have to give up 3 players (Gay, Whiteside, *and * another, presumably Ibaka or Gobert) for one guy. Is Draymond or someone like that worth it? Have to decide if whoever I would trade for is worth more than Ibaka or Gobert. Giving up Whiteside and Gay is no problem cause I can’t keep them anyway. And there’d be serious interest in my league in Whiteside – and in Ibaka or Gobert. Who can I target who would be an upgrade from Ibaka or Gobert? With trade bait of Whiteside, Gay, and Ibaka or Gobert, how high do you think I can reach?

        • LM says:
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          @LM: or should I just sadly let Whiteside go and be drafted by someone else?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @LM: Oh yeah, def try and move him if there’s interest! Mmmm, giving up 3 huh? I would only do it for like, a top-5 elite guy with all those. Ibaka and Gobert I’l have ranked right next to Draymond, I think it’s too much because you might load an opponent up too much. The 3 would have to bring in… Cousins at the worst? Slight upgrade over Ibaka, but you help another team out too much. I would def try and keep working at a deal instead of letting Whiteside just get picked for free in the draft

            • LM says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              Thanks. Thinking of targeting Cousins, then Wall.

              Thought Gobert was my #4 keeper, but I’m getting cold feet… Which of the three bigs would you keep (offering the other two, plus Gay thrown in, for Cousins or Wall) – Ibaka, Gobert, or Whiteside?

              Should I be worried about handing over two such good players (esp so good at BLKs and DDs) to another team – loading them up too much as you said?

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @LM: Yeah Wall would be a good get too. Cold feet on Rudy?! Say it isn’t so! I have him top 20, so I think he’ll be solid. I think age and still a little upside – Gobert is my #1. Ibaka only a smidge behind, off knee surgery doesn’t help.

                I’m only worried in the sense that you have to be sure it’s not just a very minimal upgrade. I think Wall or Cousins (who I have 9 and 12 right now) is enough of an upgrade to not worry about helping another owner too much

                • LM says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the encouragement, man. Planning to try Ibaka + Whiteside for Cousins, and if that fails, for Wall.

                  If neither of those owners take the bait, who else do you think I could target who’s enough of an upgrade from Ibaka? Leonard? Millsap? Are those two good enough?

                  Thanks again for the input!

  8. hanns says:
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    I’m in a 10 man o-rebound league.

    how would you rank the big men, and and what round should I target them. I targeted adrummon or DJ at early round 2 last year and managed to get DJ at round 3. But with the emergenct of whiteside and gobert, it seems like I don’t have to emphasize as much on picking them up in 1st or second rounds. thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hanns: Yo! Yeah totally agree, and wrote what you said as part of my open for 11-20. With even more big men available, I don’t think you need to reach. Drummond might barely crack the top 20 in that format since he could go bonkers with Monroe gone, but that’s it. Maybe if you had an early or mid pick, I could see Drummo in 2nd round, but agree it shouldn’t be an emphasis.

  9. ByeFelica says:
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    Im taking bearded wonder or Chef Curry with the #1 pick. Just have to! I’m done drafting bigs in the 1st rounds. Give me 2 PG’s or PG/SG combo.

    Also, I want in the REL this season! I’ve been waiting 4 years lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ByeFelica: Hah, yeah it’s close which kind of facial hair you want! eyebrow vs. beard… It’s so close, but I want the brow! No problem seeing beard go first though.

      Don’t worry man, you’re on the short list! Pretty sure you’re gonna be in it, but don’t hold me to it

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        @JB Gilpin: alright cool. .cool.

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