I hope everyone in Razzball Nation had a fantastic Christmas!  Hopefully Santa brought you many-a-counting-stats presents and stuffed your stocking with the same vigor as John Henson.

So I’m not too big into that Facebook thing, but a lot of the fam seemed to mention their “Year in Review” and the weird shizz it pulled in over the Holidays.  Mine was two pictures other people put up and tagged me in, with a message reading “you have no life!”  But if the magical minions put together a Razzball Year in Review, it would be peppered with more #OccupyDraymondGreen than you could throw a stick at!  It’s hard to believe that the #OccupyDraymondGreen movement started on February 13th this year, and he was at 0% owned only a few games before the name was bequeathed.  The #Occupy culture became a viral movement here at Razzball, with only us alternative lifestyle hipsters ranking him top-100 coming into the season.  Boo-yah!  Season made right there, screw any of that Victor Oladipo nonsense…  While I had little-to-no concern David Lee would sap anything from the #Occupiers, Draymond Green had a coincidental teeny-tiny lull before some unreal rainbows on Christmas and last Saturday, going 10/10/3/2/2 on JC’s Bday and the biggie 4/8/6/6/3 against the Wolves in 32 scrappy minutes.  Late entry to that comment!  As we head into 2015, be sure to reflect on the highs-and-lows and whenever possible – #OccupyDraymondGreen!  Here’s what else Santa has brought to us fantasy owners since Christmas:

The Pistons without Josh Smith – 2-0 baby!  And a commanding 2-0…  Greg Monroe was nice and moosey for 19/15/1/3/1 last Friday night against the Pacers, but went to being the defenseless Monroe we’re used to for 10/6/4/1/0 on 4-18 shooting yesterday.  His Ast/Stl/Blk are still pretty atrocious, so even a handful more of Pts/Reb here and there with Smith gone isn’t enough for me to go herding for him.

J Smoove – Is a beast off the bench!  The only reason I ranked him decently in the 70s coming in the year…  Hoping StanVan would play him against second units… 21/8/3 in his Houston debut off the bench in 32 minutes, but 5/8/1/3/0 and 4 TO in 26 starting minutes yesterday.  SHOCKER!  0-3 from deep as well.  Detroit couldn’t figure out to bring him off the bench either…  He’s a big baby when he’s not starting!  Glen Davis just popped his head up…

Donatas Motiejunas No mo D-Mo.  Still had a decent game yesterday for 11/5/2/1/0 and hitting a trey off the bench, but meh.  Josh Smith – ruining fantasy one player at a time!

Carmelo Anthony Yikes, more knees mo problems.  Took himself out yesterday after only 19 minutes, and this isn’t looking fun at all.  His numbers had been solid enough too!  Next hot run that he has a few 30ish Pt games strung together, price yourself out and sell.  I maintain you shouldn’t just give him away, but this is kinda like The Matrix franchise – going downhill quick.

Jose Calderon I guess a few extra shots could come to the Spaniard down the road, but he’s been brutal.  Shuffled in a 10 and 9 dime game the past 4, but 6/6/1/0/0 on 2-11 shooting yesterday is no bueno!  Sticking with him being a glorified ThrAGNOF with a little diming upside.

Cole Aldrich The best Aldrich in the NBA!  Well, the past couple games… LaMarcus Aldridge has been out with upper respiratory phlegm attacks, and Cole is off a monster 12/19/2/1/4 line yesterday in 34 minutes.  18/7/1/1/2 the night before on Saturday.  Amar’e Stoudemire is still dealing with being old, and it’s all but certain he’s not getting the run we saw a few weeks ago.  In a full rebuild/season-punt, the Knickerbockers should run Cole into the ground down the stretch.

Manu Ginobili – Had back-to-back dimebags.  What in the world?!?!  19/2/10 then 11/7/13 right before and on Christmas Day, respectively, but his numbers have fallen out just like a stray hair or two.  “One day you’re combing and you’re like, ‘ay dios mio!'”

Tristan Thompson The Conundrum!  Want to hear something funny?  Slim and I’s struggling Yahoo Friends and Family team needed some big man stats, and SLIM HIMSELF recommended Tristan Thompson as a pickup!  How does it feel, Slim?!  Next week we pick up… Richard Jefferson?  Anyway, Anderson Varejao is out of the year with a torn Achilles and TT has been decent enough.  Only offers Pts/Reb, but if those fit needs, there ya go!

Kyrie Irving Uncle Drew is dealing with a sore knee.  Drunk Uncle is dealing with a soreness from his pee…

Birdman – Take flight!  12/8/2/1/2 on Christmas.  Who doesn’t love a little bird during the Holidays?!  13/4/0/0/1 against the Grizz Saturday; while standard leagues can ignore, deeper leaguers could use his ink.

Luol Deng One of the bigger games on X-mas.  25/8/8 on 11-16 shooting beating LeBron James and his comeback to Miami, and kept it up decently enough for 16/6/3/3/0 in 40 minutes against Memphis.  This little outburst could be aided by no Chris Bosh, who is right around the corner from returning from his bad calf.  Sell Deng high! Ferry him away!

Ed Davis Hah, right before last night I was thinking about today’s recap and going to mention how he’d finally turned a corner with the nice FT% of late… Then he goes 1-5 at the stripe last night…  Still, multi-blocks now in 3 of 4, double-digit scoring in 6 straight, and deserving of a big man spot on a lot of needy 12ers.

Jordan Hill – Last night sure made him look undeserving!  9/1/2/1/0 with 3 TO, but had a couple decent games before this turd sandwich.  Still keeping Hill over Davis, but it’s a struggle.

Mason Plumlee – Can’t stop me now!  Even with Brook Lopez back, May-Plum is producing as the starter albeit off a rough one of 9/8/0/0/1 Saturday.  Brolo was so much worse off the bench, going scoreless on 0-5 shooting in 15 minutes.  Yeesh.

Jarrett Jack “Wahhhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!  I need to be owned in all leagues, wahhhhhh!”  The Nets are trying to dump Deron Williams faster than a breakfast burrito, and Jack is just flat-out outplaying him as the starter.  Four straight big games… When did I become the Jarrett Jack guy?!?!?

Sergey Karasev – I know when I became the Karasev guy!  After that night in Brooklyn at that Russian bar over shots of vodkie…  It’s fairly low-rent ThrAGNOF production, but even 14ers needing treys and steals with low TO could do worse.

Jared Sullinger – To quote myself, “As soon as you cut him, he goes 20/10 with 5 treys, kinda like a lull then re-breakout stretch we saw last year.”  Well, only had 2 treys but immediately after I wrote that he goes 19/8 in 32 minutes.  Nostra-JB!  I still recommended he could be dropped for a lot of situations in the comments, so it’s not like I’m waving a Sully flag…

Marcus Smart Yuck.  Not waving a Smart flag either…  My jersey is of Rod Smart!  The better of the Smarts…  3/2/2/0/0 with 4 TO in 14 horrific minutes against the Wizards.  Hit a Wall!  A John Wall.

Victor Oladipo So yeah, as I hinted in the open there, I was wrong-a-roosky on RainbOladipo this year…  I just traded him away in the REL (cost and roster construction were big factors) after watching Orlando intently this past week, and I am not excited at all.  Playing a ton off the ball, 3-point shot looks flat, and Elfrid Payton back into the starting line-up is killing him.  The O runs through Payton then Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic, rather than through the two combo guards working together.  Had an 8-assist game last Friday that was very misleading – a lot of kickouts and dimes-by-definition-only kinda AST.  I’d sell if you can get anything remotely close to draft day value.

Kyle O’Quinn Had an atrocious weekend, playing only 16 then 14 minutes.  But both Cleveland and Charlotte like to go small, and it made sense to play a lot of Evan Fournier as the 6th man and move Tobias to the 4.  “I always end up on all fours!  Like a cat…”  KOQ’s minutes will erect back up.

Jared Dudley I bet no one expected to hear “NBA history” next to Dudley’s name any time this year…  First guy to make at least 10 shots and 3 treys without missing, going 10-10 FG and 4-4 3PTM Friday night.  Then went back to being a milk dud Saturday.  That said, multi-steals in 3 of 4 and ThrAGNOFfable while this hot.

John Henson Did you know the Muppet man…?  Was still alive?!  Returned after a month out for a rainbow line and a 5 block game!  Pretty impressive with both games under 19 minutes played.  Still nothing to trust, but looking back towards him as a stash/upside gamble in deepers.

George Hill Solid three-game start to his 14-15, hitting 2+ treys in every game and looking plenty usable.  The Pacers need his O.

Steven Adams Fear the Kiwi!  Especially in your FT%!  But has been really picking it up as of late, even though he’s off a yawn of 11/6/2/0/1 last night.  If you can handle a poor freebie shooter, I’d be sure Adams is scooped up in your league.

Kobe Bryant – Welcome back Mr. Inefficiency!  Sat a couple due to being old, and nearly trip-dubbed last night!  10/8/7/2/0 on only 10 shots?!  Amanda Bynes hasn’t even had a night with under 10 shots in the past decade!

Kenneth Faried UNLEASH THE MANIMAL!  FINALLY!  Three straight monster games, including a Goromotaro 26/25 gargantuan performance against the Wolves last Friday night.  Seems like this whole high school popularity grudge-match is over and he’s getting the run he deserves (and is paid for).

Rajon Rondo Still astounded by how many shots he’s taking!  17 in each of the past two games, and even though the dimes are expectedly down, he’s gelling well on the Mavs.  Except on the FT line, how is he so bad there?!?!  1-6 the past two, and now missing more than 2 out of every 3.

Chandler Parsons You can halt the panic!  26/5/3/2/0 with no TO and 5 treys last night.

Zach LaVine The Flash!  Got outplayed by Mo Williams on Friday (Mo had 13 dimes), but Flip gave The Flash the keys Saturday night and LaVine notched a 12/4/14 line against the Warriors.  OK, so check this out – as a starter LaVine is 10.1/3.2/5.2 with 3.1 TO and shooting 37.9%.  Another player was 15.3/4.9/5.3 with 3.3 TO and 39.8% shooting his rookie year.  Feel free to throw things at me or yell some stuff in the comments – that’s Russell Westbrook‘s rookie year.  I’m not saying LaVine will ever turn into an MVP-caliber player, but LaVine slightly reminds me of Westbrook in that rookie year – both left UCLA early and are lightning-fast to keep the parallel going.  Of course, LaVine will cede minutes to Ricky Rubio fairly soon, but just a thought to throw out there.  I’m really big on LaVine’s future.

Gorgui Dieng Choo Choo!  Hop on board the Dieng Train!  Back-to-back rainbows of 20/11/2/3/4 then 14/13/2/2/4 before 8/6/2/0/2 on Saturday night.  I’m glad the Dieng Train is running, because he was in a lot of pain after seemingly spraining his ankle, but was able to return and end up with 26 minutes.

Tony Wroten – Don’t look now, but Wroten’s FT% in December is 74%!  That’s a passing grade for once!  Back-to-back 20 Pt games and the TOs are slightly declining as well.  Erstwhile, Michael Carter-Williams had the worst %-killing night in the history of the universe last Saturday, going 8/4/6/0/0 on an absurd 2-20 shooting and 6 TO!  The suffocating defense of… Trey Burke?!?!  Burke shot 5-18 too.  Man that game was rough…

Joel Freeland – The Brits are invading!  The Brits are invading!  Wait, he’s from not Free-land though…  This is going nowhere!  6/17/1/0/1 Friday night then 10/10/2/0/2 last night.  Nothing too special – getting a little extra run since Aldridge is out – but there’s still another 4ish weeks of a Robin Lopez void he can stick his fish & chips in.

Alex Len She’s a Len-bot!  2+ blocks in 4 of 5, and even though he flashes a mid-range jumper, is shooting a great % from the field.  All in mid-20s minutes, which you’ll take given his injury history.

Kris Humphries – Better off the bench!  Two straight games tearing up second unis for 14 and 18 Pts on a combined 16-23 shooting.  With Nene back in the starting lineup, Humphries is still waiver wire/tabloid-fodder.

Kemba Walker “Is the tea HOT HOT HOT!  or cold.  HOT HOT HOT!  or cold.”  Shoots 2-13 in an awful game Friday, then goes out for a career-high 42 against the Magic the next game.  “Is it, iced tea?”

Jimmy Butler Whewwwww, he’s good!  Award-winning analysis right there!  33/5/2/2/1 Saturday night, with no TO on 12-18 FG and 9-10 FT.  And with Derrick Rose playing!  Really tough not to take him over Kawhi Leonard right now…  Who is still in search of a new hand…

Rodney Stuckey – Left early on Friday after getting poked in the eye, but was able to gut out yet another injury and rack up 20/6/8/4/0 against the Nets Saturday.  Wowzer!  Brooklyn feeling yucky of Stuckey.

Derrick Favors Jazz bigs loving when it’s the Sixers!  Favors for a monster 17/15/3/3/5 line, and not to be out-done, Rudy Gobert also rainbowed for 4/6/2/2/3.  I’d love to play a 5-6 minutes rotation against the Sixers second unit, I bet I could rack up a couple stats!

DeMarcus Cousins Speaking of racking up stats, got over another illness after catching a stomach bug for 39/11/4/0/2 against the Knicks.  Gimme a shot against them too!

Lou Williams Didn’t want to be left out and followed Kyle Lowry‘s lead to put up 31 points last night.  The Lou is so Sweet!  Especially with 4 treys and a bathroom mint guy.

 

Streamers/Cheap DraftKings Picks:

Jerryd Bayless (6% owned) – I think this is the third time I’ve dipped my JB pen in the JB ink, but digging Bayless as a streamer tonight.  The Hornets love going small, and Bayless is consistently getting mid-to-high 20 minutes a night.  Off a 9/4/6/2/1 game and a trey, he could help you get started in all cats this week.

Luis Scola (8% owned) – A little bit of a hail mary, Scola just seems like a perfect body to throw around on Taj Gibson and give the starting bigs on the Bulls a few extra minutes of the push around.  Roy Hibbert isn’t ideally suited to D up on either Pau Gasol or Joakim Noah, plus there’s likely some garbage minutes down the stretch for the Pacers second unit.

 

It’s good to be back!  I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful Holiday, and good luck in Week 10!

  1. Hype says:
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    Sup man?
    12er 9cat h2h
    Cp3, rubio, holiday, mcdaniels*
    Kawhi, hayward, draymond, david lee
    Horford, BroLo, j.hill, sullinger, o’quinn*

    Is it time to cut KOQ or Mcdaniels? I like my positional flexibility now so if im cutting a big i should replace him with a big and a guard for a G/F.

    FAs:
    Jared Dudley
    PJ Tucker
    Alex Len
    Marcus Smart
    Rudy Gobert
    Steven Adams
    Cole Aldrich

    • Slim

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      @Hype: I really like what Alex Len has been doing. He may never get truly released but I don’t think KOQ will either. That’s the only move I would make. After that it goes Aldrich then Adams, for now.

      • Hype says:
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        @Slim: do you think swapping out KOQ for Len would mess up my FTs? I dont really have high volume FT shooters, kinda built my team to be competitive in both %s. Also, is my blks already good esp with Mcdaniels averaging almost 2 a game, cause that would be Len’s edge over KOQ, i think..

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Hype: I’m sticking with O’Quinn, two low minute games because CLE and CHA run small lineups and they used Tobias at the 4 and Fournier at the 3. Adds a 3 and good %s.

  2. jcg says:
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    For upside this year would you rather roster OQuinn. Gobert . or Mirotic? 9 cat h2h

    • Slim

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      @jcg: Mirotic is definitely last one the list. If the other three bigs are healthy he won’t be worth owning except in a keeper. O’Quinn vs Gobert. I guess I’ll lean O’Quinn. If they get equal minutes I would expect O’Quinn to win points, 3s and Gobert to win boards, blocks but with the potential to really mess up FT%. I would lean O’Quinn, if Alex Len is available though I like him a tad better right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: With Slim!

  3. Annunnaki says:
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    Should I replace James Johnson and/or Shawne Williams with any of these players on the wire? Aldrich, Humphries, Freeland, Meeks, Mills, Middleton, Ilyasova. Position eligibility not a concern.

    • Annunnaki says:
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      @Annunnaki: Meeks just got picked up by another team.

    • Slim

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      @Annunnaki: Shawne Williams can go. Right now I would side with Aldrich. You gain big man stats but lose a couple 3s. You’re going to have to be ok with that though to make the move.

      • Annunnaki says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim, dropped Shawne for Aldrich. One other question, who do you see having more value ROS Mo Williams or Patty Mills?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Annunnaki: I like that move for Cole Aldrich too. ROS I’d still lean Mo, but close. I don’t trust any Spurs role player for any consistency

  4. JayBruce says:
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    Trade Enes Canter for Josh Smith? No Turnover league…..

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @JayBruce: YES!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JayBruce: Me 2!

  5. LOLER says:
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    Happy Holidays JB! Definitely been enjoyng the #OccupyDraymondGreen ride this season and… I just got offered Kevin Durant for my John Wall and Draymond Green. Do I take this trade?

    • Slim

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      @LOLER: Nope. Maybe if Durant was 100% but as is absolutely not.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LOLER: Thanks man, Happy Holidays to you as well! I think it’s very close, I’d probably hold off at this moment too

      • Loler says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        I see. Thanks for the advice too Slim! I tried trading Wall for Lillard as I am in dire need of 3s. I am first at my league in assists and second in steals. I am dead last at TOs. Haha! If ever I do try to reach for Lillard, who do I package with Wall?

        PG – Wall, Kemba, Calderon
        SG – Harden, Dragic, Kev Mart
        SF – Gay, OGD, Courtney Lee
        PF – Al Jeff, Jordan Hill, Mason Plums
        C – Boogie, Bogut, Mozgov

        Thanks again Razzballllllllllll!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Loler: Wow, I’d rather Wall over Lillard, if he’s not gonna take that then it’s not worth throwing anything else in. Surprised he wouldn’t take it to be honest… Sorry there’s not more advice here, he is just not gonna give him up!

  6. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’m curious as to who you got in return for Oladipo.

    I’ve got him in two leagues. Could you give a range of players you think is fair?
    I know you said you’re not big on Monroe, but what do you think of that swap?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @J: He traded Oladipo $26 keeper price and Udrih $irrelevant for Wroten $1 and O’Quinn $1. I don’t feel like JB got an ‘A’ prospect back so I’m not too big on it. I guess it isn’t too bad if he really has no faith in Oladipo.

      Monroe is OK with Josh Smith out of town but I would aim a bit higher to start. If you’re good with assists and steals and looking for boards and lower TOs then I guess the shoe fits.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J: Yeah two $1 keepers in a deep league, I needed a big man for my roster comp getting O’Quinn and needed less money on my books. You can read more on my thoughts on it in the REL post up in 30 minutes. I think you could command a little more with Oladipo than Monroe in a standard league, but if it fits a need I don’t mind it!

  7. dom says:
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    Sorry to hear you’re down on oladipo. Would you recommend starting him or p Beverley tonight?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @dom: Tough call. Oladipo @ MIA and Beverley vs WAS. I’d lean Oladipo here purely based off matchup.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Yeah me too, gimme Oladipo tonight. I know, it’s a sad breakup between VO and me!

  8. hamtime says:
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    1. do you think Aldrich will be relevant even with amare and sammy back? those oldies are garbage, and fisher would be ridiculous to start them after seeing what damage cole can do.

    2. been tough owning kj mcdaniels recently. would you drop him for the following FAs 14m/9cat (pls rank):
    fyre, pek, hump, ilya, jerebko, karasev

    3. still holding onto smart and t. zeller in a 16 man/11cat. smart has been very frustrating. would you drop for:
    henson, ilya, elfrid, karasev, freeland (pls rank)

    thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @hamtime: 1. I do think they’ll keep giving Cole minutes, but it won’t be this good with both of the oldies on the court. 2. Nah, I’m not considering Pek and have Karasev over Kerebko, other than that I like your order. 3. Losing Smart for Elfrid. Holding Zeller. So those guys Elfird, Karasev, Ilya, Henson, Freeland in a vacuum

      Any time!

  9. Bren says:
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    Been holding smart and I am losing faith. Too many obstacles for this kid and I need efficiency over upside. I already lost the opportunity with len, cole, and gobert.

    Is mirotic a better add? He is now going to be bumped to the SF position which I can see him actually thriving over dunleavy.

    Thanks!

    • Bren says:
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      @Bren: also got jack and Adams in FA

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bren: Whoa, def gimme Jarrett Jack! Might start the rest of the year.

  10. Scott says:
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    Of my mid-term streamers, which should I let go for Bayless tonight? Danny Green or Isaiah Thomas?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Deffffff not dropping Green. Probably would just hold onto IT2 as well, but if that’s been a stream spot I don’t mind it in a very very shallow league

  11. miles proudfoot. says:
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    Hey man! Happy New Years! Two questions…

    My Dirk or THarris and GHill for Hayward and Dieng? It’s early, but I’m doing well and thinking playoff schedule and defensive stats which I am in somewhat of need for. Assists which I think will be relatively low from Hill can be made up by Gordy.

    If this doesn’t happen, drop any of these for KMart (I’m thinking no)…GHill, Bogut, Wiggins, Nerlens, Ariza…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot.: Thanks man, Happy New Year! Yeah I’m fine with Tobias+Hill for that trade. Nah I wouldn’t lose any of them for Kmart, Bogut is kinda close but seems about back from his knee.

      • miles proudfoot. says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks a lot. What if it were Dirk and hill as that is who I think he really wants.

        • miles proudfoot. says:
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          @miles proudfoot.: also, i have Dieng in my two other leagues (thanks!), what’s your gut say on his PT if and when Pek is back?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @miles proudfoot.: Not loving giving up Dirk as much. Still like him a tad over Harris, but he has a bad playoff sched too. I think I would do it still though, love Dieng. I’d be shocked if Pek plays over 30 minutes more than a game here and there ros. 25 minutes still for Dieng

  12. Joe says:
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    My worst cats this year are:
    FG: 3-6-0
    TO: 3-6-0
    BLK: 3-6-0
    I suspect MCW is to blame for two of those. I could also use a boost in STL and REB (4-5-0). Noel hasn’t been much better, but it’s hard to drop captain N when I’m already weak in blocks and steals.

    Would you drop MCW (or Noel, or anyone else) for Redick, Jack, Len, W.Chandler, or Gobert? Or should I wait for a big game and try to sell him for whatever I can get, maybe as part of a two-fer? (Does that even work, waiting for a big game, or are most people squarely aware of MCW is? Oh, and hey, I made it like two weeks without an MCW question. Baby steps.)

    I hope your holidays were full of eggnog.

    10-team, 9-cat, 3-keepers h2h league. For anyone you keep, you lose a pick one round higher.

    MY TEAM: Melo (1), Durant (2), Conley (3), M.Gasol (4), Matthews (5), Holiday (6), Noel (7), Tyreke (7), MCW (8), D.West (8), IT2 (9)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: I’m big on Jack ROS. And I like Chandler too, but neither really hit the cats you need that well. I’d have to try and wait for a 2-for-1, people this late into the season are likely square in their ways, but it wouldn’t hurt to have his game log look good. With a healthy Melo and Druant, I think TO is a lost cause most weeks anyway. IT2 in a shallower league for Len to help with blocks is making some sense, especially since it helps TO a tad and def helps FG%. I might actually do that. Eggnog filled indeed, thanks man! Hope you had a great Holiday as well!

  13. kisses says:
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    Some idiot in my league messed up big and somehow dropped Pau for Motiejunas. I put in a claim at the 10 spot (of 12) and woke up ChrisMihm morning with Pau on my roster. A ChrisMihm miracle! I shamed everyone in the league for spending time with family and not paying attention enough to put in a claim. Oh well, now I have Pau. Now I just Durant and Bosh to come back.

    Hope your holidays were festive!

    • kisses says:
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      @kisses: Oh, and would you lose Gobert for Aldrich?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @kisses: Haha, wow. ChrisMihm miracle indeed! Yup I think I’d take Aldrich right now. Thanks so much, and hope your Holidays had just as many real-life miracles as that fantasy miracle!

  14. Filkarri says:
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    Would you start Giannis over Covington or Dieng this week? I ask because both of them have 3 games this week while Giannis has 4. Points league. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: Man, Dieng and Covington have been sooooo good. I think I would go Giannis though

  15. hello says:
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    what side of:

    Dirk nowitzki/ josh smit/ wes matthews FOR Al Jefferson, David Lee, Danny Green are you on?

    what about:

    gorgui dieng/wes matthews for david lee/ danny green

    or deron williams/gorgui for al jefferson/david lee?

    thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hello: Trade 1 gimme Jefferson side. 2. Dieng side. 3. Jefferson side. Any time thanks for stopping by!

  16. RicoSuave says:
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    Great read JB! thanks man…

    12-team H2H weekly points league…
    Do I start Afflalo (struggling right now) vs LAL, @ Chi, Vs Mem
    or Ed Davis @Den, Vs Mem, Vs Ind.

    Also, what are your thoughts with KJ McDaniels? worth stashing or should I drop him for Cole Aldrich?
    Thanks again…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks for reading man, appreciate it! Two toughies in there for Afflalo, gimme Davis. KJ isn’t as flashy in Pts, yeah I’d take a upside stab at Aldrich. ANy time!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        GRACIAS!

        I did the add/drop Aldrich for KJ … should I start
        Alex Len (4 games) @Nor, @ OKC, Vs Phi, vs Tor;
        over Aldrich (3 games) @LAC, Vs Det, Vs Mil;
        or Ed Davis (3 games) @ Den, Vs Mem, Vs Ind.

        Thanks for the Great help!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @RicoSuave: Yup I would roll Len out first, an extra game plus a Philly in there?!?! Winner!

  17. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Good stuff per usual JB and I’ve been with you with the #OccupyDraymondGreen since last year. DG was a beast in the playoffs last year. You mentioned your expectations on Victor Oladipo are souring and your suggesting to begin looking at equivalent draft day value in trades. I’m going to assume you’re talking about yearly leagues, but what’s your thought’s in a keeper league on Rainboladipo? Happy New Years!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Peter Nincompoop: Thanks man! Yeah GReen has been unreal. Keeper leagues I’m a little worried too, they seem fully built on Payton at PG and Tobias/Vucevic up front, so I’m worried there’s not much upside there anymore, at least with Orlando. Why I traded him in my dynasty. Happy new years man!

  18. Nishinga says:
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    I need a big advice, I think about trading Oladipo and Draymond Green for Luol Deng and Joe Johnson.
    After the first round of 10 teams h2h 9cata league my team is ranked 3th, my strength is in Reb, Ast and Blk. I’m decent at FT%. FG% and Pts are unstable as well as Treys and ST. (Punting TO)

    This trade will hurt my Reb and St but should give me more Pts and Treys.
    I guess that season-wise this trade is bad but both Magic and Warriors got really bad playoff schedule and I’m buying 2 players with really nice playoff schedule.

    I’m confused, can use an advice.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nishinga: Nah, I think it’s giving up Green mainly way too cheap. The problem with Johnson is he might get traded and who knows what the rebuild Nets will do. Oladipo should get the other team interested, but I would part with someone else other than Draymond

  19. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    JB’s Year in Review — 2014>2013! #OccupyValanciunias?? haha

    Thanks for all the draft advice this year! Im in the #1 spot in both of my leagues. Undefeated in my points league and Im up 5 games in my Cat league. Sure, I drafted some guys that I liked, but you really helped me fill out the rest of my rosters! #ODG!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Haha no Occupying of Valanciunas at all! Ugh, at least my rank this year was solid enough! Glad I helped out man, go get some titles in 2015! #ODG baby!

  20. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    I know your not a big fan of Mozgov but I still need some help in blocks. Would you drop him for Adams? I have a team that can take the FT% hit.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Boom Shakalaka: Yeah Mozgov is really falling in that dept., sure I would make that move!

  21. Lawson says:
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    I have doubts with my SGs: I have Fournier, McLemore and Meeks (plus Batum) All those three are kind of similar. I have in mind players like Dudley, MKG, Watson, Karasev, Carter, Granger…

    Would you replace any of the 3 mentioned players with those of the list?

    Danke Schöne!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lawson: Fournier is still producing and Meeks has some upside still… With Cousins and Gay back, McLemore just isn’t gonna do much. I’d consider MKG for him if you could use his D stats

  22. NimsheyPOBlo says:
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    Pulled off an #Occupy Christmas trade in my pts league: my Tobias and Mason Plumlee (whom I picked off the wire two weeks earlier) for #OccupyDraymond and Dwayne Wade. Best thing, I traded M Plum to the same guy earlier in the season. Picked him up and re-gifted!

    Anyway, stuck this week on who to start: Draymond with 2 games or Khris Middleton or O’Quinn with 4 games. I’m thinking O’Quinn has a bounce back week, but not super confident.

    Happy New Year’s to the Razz fam!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @NimsheyPOBlo: Haha gotta love the re-gift! Nice work man! I’m not hugely confident either, but going with O’Quinn as well. Happy new years!

  23. Bobby says:
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    Happy holidays folks! What do y’all think about trading Monroe for Olynyk? Know that Olynyk’s been the more valuable guy so far…but wondering if I need to be concerned about Boston’s crowded front court (or more upside for Monroe with J-Smoove now in Houston)….

    • Ryan says:
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      @Bobby: Resident C’s fan here. I’m pessimistic about a lot of the Celtics roster, but not about KO. His production has been about the same since the trade.

      IMO I think KO is a minor buy low and Monroe is definitely a sell-high right now. With that being said I actually think Monroe is still more valuable and I would try shopping him around for other players.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bobby: I’m with the resident Celtics fan, I’d stick with Monroe. If you told me Olynyk would be guaranteed 32 mins a night, I’d easily go to Olynyk but don’t like his up and down role compared to monroe with a more assured situation.

  24. Shaft says:
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    Trying to round out the end of my roster…

    my team is now Lillard, Holiday, Knight, Rubio, Durant, Draymond, Boogie, Favors, Tyson Chandler, Covington, Wilson Chandler and Wes Johnson…

    would you hold Wes or drop him for Wahhhh Jarret Jack, Aldrich, Len, James Johnson, O’Quinn, KJ McDaniels, or Ed Davis? Not really sure exactly what i need. It’s an 8-cat h2h league. Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shaft: I don’t think you have a huge need for Jack’s stats, but he’s far and away my favorite option. Def scooping him up. A big might be a tad of a better fit, but for now I’d get Wahhhhhhhh Jarrett Jack!

  25. Matt says:
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    What’s good Slim? Hope the holiday went well for you.

    I asked about adding Bogut a week ago off the wire and haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

    I want your input on my overall team and if he seems like a good fit to add for the long run?

    I’m in a 12-team regualr 9-cat 2 week head to head:

    Kyle Lowry
    Danny Green
    Kyle Korver
    Derrick Favors
    Anthony Davis
    George Hill
    Dwayne Wade
    Robert Covington
    Paul Milsap
    Zach Randolph
    Brandon Jennings
    Zaza Pachulia
    Tristan Thompson

    Thanks for all your help! You’re helping me kill it this year!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: Well I’m no Slim 🙂 But I would grab Bogut again for Pachulia. Ilyasova should be back soon, Sanders as well, Henson is back already – kinda messy there. Glad we’re helpin ya out!

  26. VamosErik88 says:
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    Hi man happy holidays!! As a Dray owner I’m really really happy I joined the #OccupyDraymondGreen movement last Septmeber.
    Just a quick question for you. I want to try shopping D-Motie before he completely loses his value. Any thoughts on who should I target?
    I had in mind a player now struggling but that will improve through the season and reward me with a bigger value ( Stephenson ?). What do you think?
    Or should I pair him with Tristan Thompson to try going after a bigger fish?
    Thanks in advance for your advice and again happy holidays.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @VamosErik88: It’s great to have ya in the movement! Ehhhh Stephenson might get moved too, I’m not a fan at all. I like the pairing with Thompson as an idea. TT has some buzz with Varejao out. Good luck in the trade market man! Happy holidays!

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        @JB Gilpin: Thank you man! Glad to be part of the movement! And I won’t move Dray for any reason in my Dynasty….(moreover I gave him a 9 million 2 years contract)
        As for Motie I was able to trade him and scoop straight up Robert Covington from a owner overloaded at Fs and really shorthanded with Cs.
        I think this is a great move, especially for the future outlook of the 2 players.
        What do you think?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @VamosErik88: Oh nice! Yeah in our 20-team dynasty league with deep rosters, he’s a $1 for life keeper for a team. Hah! Probably the best value for anyone… LOVE IT! Although, Covington might struggle for minutes next year with Embiid back. Either way, he’s so much better this year and Motiejunas doesn’t have a particularly huge upside either.

          • VamosErik88 says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah def agree with you. Fortunately Covington has just a 6m yearly contract. So I can fully exploit him this season and decide after if re-sign him or not.
            Just today the market in our league got crazy active and I received an intriguing trade proposal:

            Get: IBAKA
            and Give one between:
            Batum, Tyreke Evans, R-Jax and Dray.
            Seen that Dray is completely untradable for the reasons upward…
            Who do you suggest to move, should I accept the trade?
            Moreover, getting Serge will give a huge boost to my team, however he has a 37m 3 years contract that could harm my possibilities in the next free agency.
            The other player have respectively 12m 2y (Batum); 9m 1y (Tyreke); 12m 3y R-Jax.
            Hope you can help me to get through this dilemma 🙂

            • JB Gilpin

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              @VamosErik88: Well, I think it depends on how much you wanna go for it this year. That cap number is huge though. Tyreke I might do though, when does the free agency periods hit, if I remember right the salaries are impacted every week or two right?

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                @JB Gilpin:
                The FA period hits at the end of the season like in the real NBA and the total cap is 140m.
                I thought about it for a while and I think that the more workable deal is the one involving R-Jax who is the only having a 3y contract as Ibaka. This way I’ll get a tremendous gain receiving Ibaka whose value can only improve and sending R-Jax whose production will be surely harmed by the incoming return of KD.
                I think that the gain in player value offsets the huge salary impact.
                What do you think about it? I remember few posts ago that you suggested me to try to trade exactly R-Jax for a big man of huge value. 😉

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                  @VamosErik88:

                  Updates man!
                  Just received (and accepted) another trade in which I gave up R-Jax (12m 3y) and got Ricky “El Pistola” Rubio (16m 2y).
                  Here I think I did great ’cause IMHO I got a player whit a bigger value and upside who’s very close to return on the court and got rid of R-jax who I’m afraid will take a huge hit (as he already has) when KD will come back.
                  How do you think I did?

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @VamosErik88: Love it! Yeah was just worried about Ibaka’s salary messing up your flexibility. Rubio might be a little slow to get eased in, but next year will be immense value for you and will outproduce RJax when he’s back this year. Nice work!

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                      @JB Gilpin:
                      That’s exactly what made me turn out the offer even if it was attracting form a player-value standpoint. I made some comparison and found out that Ibaka’s salary was too high in relation to his performance and compared to his peers (i.e. Howard 18m/3y; Griffin 36m/3y; Love 8m/1y; M.Gasol 10m/1y; DMC 36m/3y; Favors 11m/2y….).
                      As for the Rubio move I’m very glad you love it. I was desperately trying to shop R-Jax and this offer came out at the right time. probably the other owner was attracted by the short term value Jackson out up in the last 6 games w/o KD. Even if Rubio when comes back we’ll be able to put up the same value as the one before the injury I’ll be happy with the move. Though I’m confident he can do a lil’ bit better than that.

  27. ABulldogs says:
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    Hey guys!

    I got offered Conley/Olynyk for my Gasol and Dieng.
    I said no way.
    How about Conley/Chandler for Gasol/Dieng?
    Westbrook/Olynyk vs Gasol/ Dieng?
    Still think I may be giving up too many blocks
    Need your thoughts.
    Thank you

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ABulldogs: Eh, it’s not that far off if you needed a PG. Westbrook one I might have to take either way. Tyson Chandler I’m guessing? I know he’s been great but I don’t see him all that much better than Olynyk, that one is close though.

  28. tom says:
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    Quick question in a H2H 9 cat this week would you play durants 2 games or be safe n play mozgovs 3 games? It’s sounds like durant might play wed. Ahh damn inj. Decisions ALL Season long. Thx for your help

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      @tom: Yikes that’s a toughie… I would lean safer with Mozgov, but a coin flip

  29. Ryan says:
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    Sup JB? Happy belated holidays!

    You seem to think that KOQ is more likely to get less minutes whenever Orlando plays a team that plays small-ball. On the days where I can start him, Orlando plays Charlotte and Miami, so I’m a bit concerned now..

    Someone just dropped Cory Joseph. (Can’t figure out why they’d do that after last week’s performance???) I could really use some extra assists and steals this week. You good with dropping KOQ for Joseph?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Not much man, appreciate the shout! Happy holidays to you as well!

      CHA is a toughie, Miami I could see him doing OK though against the Haslem’s of the world later in the game. Plus Bosh is back, so Birdman can play some C to Bosh PF too.

      That said, Parker is already ruled out for the next one – Yeah for your needs I’d take Cojo this week

  30. Fish says:
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    Wes Johnson, Mirotic, or Jack ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fish: Def going with Jack given equal needs

  31. hanns says:
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    Jared Dudley or jodie meeks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hanns: Def Meeks

  32. Steven says:
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    H2H weekly points league, if I could move deron Williams and Robert Covington and get either Batum or Kemba Walker is that a good move?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steven: Yeah I think so, I would for Walker

  33. tom says:
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    In a 12 team H2H 9 cat would you drop smart for cole Aldrich my other bench guard with smart is Alec burk . I have len and mozgov already so is cole just another one of those guys. Do you think smart will be as good as Alec is this year and no sense in me hanging on to him.

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      @tom: Smart has more upside, I’m guessing this is a weekly league so I would hold Smart if I could.

  34. Derrick says:
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    Just wanted to let you guys know, happy new year, however, you need to up your game for the next NBA season….

    After reading so much of you guys, I drafted:
    Oladipo, Nerlens, MCW, Dragic, and KCP.

    I am in dead last and I don’t think I have a shot unless I make some drastic moves.
    Will continue to read you guys but I am very very unhappy after finishing in 2nd place in my league last year.

    • Clos says:
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      @Derrick: so drop guys and pick guys up.. Make trades. Slim and jb made “predictions”. I followed exactly what they said my teams in first and seems like a lot of other guys on here are having a good year too. If you’re very very unhappy then don’t read man

      • miles proudfoot. says:
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        @Clos: sounds frustrating. However, tons of good advise on here and it’s a fun read. Some guys work out, others don’t. However more often than not JB, Slim, and everyone else are right on and helped me understand how to think about fantasy basketball and win.

        • miles proudfoot. says:
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          @miles proudfoot.: I think I just kind of wrote a yelp review…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Clos: Appreciate it man!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Derrick: Get some right, get some wrong, guess you missed on Brandon Knight, Draymond Green and Jrue Holiday – all of which I had ranked 1st of 25 experts on FantasyPros. If someone could get every single call right fantasy wouldn’t be very fun! Sorry you drafted all the busts, my b! KCP though, I mean, he was like your last pick haha.

  35. Clos says:
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    Jb what’s going on? Hope you had a good Christmas! Team is still killing it thanks to you and slim.. What do you think about dropping Pbev for Jack? Probably a dumb move but rockets have so many other guys putting up numbers I feel like jack can put up more consistent numbers than Pbev.. Got Paul, colly, Knight and Burks as my other guards

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clos: Not much man, appreciate it! Hope you had a good Christmas as well! Sheesh, not dumb at all I am all over Jack. I kinda agree with you he “could” put up more consistent numbers (and probably should), but Nets might wanna start Deron Williams closer to the deadline to try and up his trade value. Oh, I think I’m grabbing Jack over Burks though. Worried about the shoulder and he really only offers Pts upside.

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        @JB Gilpin: k cool thanks man

  36. Dante Green says:
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    Yo JB sup brotha happy holidays! How has life been treating u lately? Anyways who wouldve predicted the unleashing of the manimal last week?! I’m in a weekly h2h 9cat league and i lost in the rebouding cat by just 18!! Won 6-3 tho which shoulve been 7-2 if Faried just warned me. Hah anyway, keep postin brotha, always looking forward to reading your posts!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dante Green: Yo man, nada mucho hope you’re having a good Holiday as well! I know, finally DEN getting that good shizz in their pipe and smoking it! Yikes, sucks when a guy goes off just in time against you. Last week, Wesley Matthews throws up 21 treys in my fav league… Hah! Appreciate it man, thanks for stopping by!

  37. Know One says:
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    Hey JB/Slim, who do you guys like more for ROS – Ilyasova, Gobert or Aldrich? Also – Stuckey, Hood(read Burk’s injury might be season-ending) or Karasev? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Know One: Of those I think I’d gamble on Aldrich. Then those guards I’ll def go Stuckey. Still like him as a consistent, low-upside guy. Any time!

  38. Nick says:
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    As most Calderon owners are this year, I’m pretty upset with his performance so far. I’m thinking about dropping him to pick up Lou Williams. Williams has been providing a lot more pts and 3’s this year, do you think I should wait any longer to see if Calderon returns to form?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nick: Nah, if Lou hits a need I’m more than fine with that, although once DeRozan is back, you might be moving on again

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