It’s finally here!  “The lockout is over!”  You’re like, “wtf, a lockout?!”  I’m quoting a Dave Cowens commercial!  And after the 98-99 Lockout at that!  Anything vintage Hornets is nostalgic gold right now.  Ridiculous amounts of bonus points to readers who are Hornets fans and remember that commercial and/or can find the video.  Because I couldn’t!

The return of the Hornets is one of the many things I’m looking forward to this year.  Getting past my horrific Jonas Valanciunas love, finally changing the page to a new season, is another.  But one of the biggest is a healthy (for now) Kobe Bryant and the return of the “Guess Kobe Bryant’s Stat Line”!  Even if you’re a long-time reader, you might not know this one!  It’s like the NBA scheduled the Lakers on a light opening night just for this momentous Razzball event, not because the Lakers are a widely popular team or anything…

I don’t remember exactly what spawned this prestigious contest, but as with everything that is oddly conversational in Razzball, traditions can start any time!  Like how we all guessed what Kobe would do, the like, 5 games he played last year.  So in order to carry this tradition, and to accurately-ish credit the winner, guess the Kobe line will be limited to the PTS/REB/AST projection to determine the victor.  Feel free to guess more stats than that, but when we did it last year with steals and blocks and turnovers, it was hard to say which commenter was closer than another.  The winner gets a shout out in the recap the next day, along with the jealous ire of all other Razzballers… I think Kobe has a big one in the opener vs. Houston… I’m going 31/5/6.  Shoot your guesses below, and happy return to Fantasy Basketball!  We’re pumped for our biggest season to date here at Razzball, and thanks to everyone for checking us out through the offseason!

Here’s some other news and notes since the last wrap-up, and what I’ll be focusing on for opening night (and we’re daily every weekday with the wrap-ups here on out!):

Rajon Rondo Looking pretty optimistic he’s gonna play tomorrow!  Adios, any value Marcus Smart might bring you…  When asked what helped his rehabilitation, Rondo just said “dimebags”.

George Hill When it rains, it Pacers.  You know what I’m going for, underdeveloped joke police!  Out “at least” three weeks with no real timetable.  He bruised his knee and it didn’t sound too severe, so this is now getting into scary territory.  Kinda like Wizard of Oz.  I hate those friggin’ flying things!  Almost tough to hold onto Hill even in 12ers… He showed some interesting stuff this preseason, but his upside even with no Paul George wasn’t exactly as high as Roy Hibbert‘s low.  Horrible analogy with all the highs and lows JB!

C.J. Watson – He’s on the Pacers.  I’ll let you have one guess why he’s on here if you didn’t know…  Out “at least” two weeks with a bruised foot.  Yeah, it’s that bad!  Which leads to…

Donald Sloan Your unquestioned starter for opening night tomorrow!  Gonna get a buttload of minutes, and unless his fate is as bad as that other Donald previously associated with the NBA, should be solid enough to roster, even in 12ers.  Just by attrition.  Worth adding if you need PG depth/assists.

David West – His ankle sprain earlier in preseason had me sounding the alarm bells as vigorously as a coked out set of reindeer on December 26.  Blitzen likes to party when the big night is over, OK?!  Now you know why his name is Blitzen!  Another “at least” timetable from the Pacers, who now might as well tank the season.  At least 3 games for West.  I said at early on this has shades of Ilyasova-ness to me.  Great PF option derailed by a preseason high ankle sprain, and it’s not like West has that much athleticism to spare…  Luis Scola should get some great early PT, but only the deeper leagues need to burden themselves with hideousness like that…

Anthony Morrow – The Thunder are looking more and more like the Pacers of the West.  Morrow isn’t much on the fantasy radar, but will miss 4-6 weeks with a bum ACL.

Reggie Jackson Ugh.  This one stings.  Sprained his ankle pretty severely in practice yesterday and we’re awaiting further information.  Had to be helped off the practice court and puts any playing time this week in question.  Makes Jeremy Lamb an even more interesting play early on this year.  Hopefully we get some good news about RJax today.

Jeff Adrien – In one of the odder moves with roster downsizing, was cut by the Rockets.  He was on a team-friendly deal and filled a need for them, so I don’t get it…  I’ve thrown out a guess he was bodying up Dwight Howard too hard in practice.  If that’s wrong, then I’d gander he told everyone he got a beard ride from Harden and Harden denied it and had Adrien waived.  Either way, it’s not Adrien’s fault!  Some depth charts have no one behind Dwight at C, so Donatas Motiejunas is increasing some interest for me.  Sounds like he has to play now, and for deeper leagues, I’d stream him tonight.

Kawhi Leonard The hills have eyes!  And so does Kawhi!  Let’s hope at least…  Some sort of crazy infection is still getting healed up, so he’s sitting tonight.  The Spurs really need to think about spending the big bucks to get Ben Stein to serve as team eye doctor and clear those up.  He’s aweeeeeesome.

Kyle Anderson Slo-mo!  Making his debut tonight, but really unsure what his minutes will be… I’d imagine 20+ given Kawhi is out, but we’ll see.  We’ll see… In… Slow motion… That is…

Cory Joseph I think he’s underrated and pretty solid.  No Kawhi means Danny Green/Manu Ginobili/Marco Belinelli have to handle all the 2 minutes and help out with the 3.  CoJo should get some run!  And continue to play while Patty Mills recovers from his shoulder surgery.

Boris Diaw – Tiago Splitter is out tonight with a bad calf.   When Ben Affleck has the flu, he has to call in sick with a bad cough and it sounds the exact same… Anyway, Diaw is in line for some big minutes tonight.  He’s really underrated in what he can bring to the table, other than his near 300-lbs French appetite.  Is Orson Welles here?!  Per-36s of 13.1/5.9/4/0.8/0.6 w/ 0.8 3PTM last year and you’d imagine 36ish tonight.

Jameer Nelson – Tough start, against the Spurs!  Roll back the tape though, I said as soon as he was signed he was gonna be the main guy!  Raymond Felton is still at least a week out, and about three years overdue to be out of the NBA…  But that’s neither here nor there, Jameer is gonna be awesome this year for some treys and dimes you didn’t have to spend a nickel on.  Not too worried about the Mavs bringing in J.J. Barea – I think that’s more about necessary depth than anything on Jameer.

Chandler Parsons Pumped for his Mavs debut.  Should be a great game against the defending champs.

Austin Rivers The Pelicans seem pretty set, so I wanna throw out one last preseason Rivers mention.  He showed a little bit of promise late last year and might be a featured backup at both PG and SG.  They didn’t pick up his option for next year, maybe he’s got a little trade bait in him?

Victor Oladipo Was just his normal good lookin’ self, ready for a huge breakout year, then caught an elbow in practice and now looks more like Luis Scola.  Out at least the first month of the year.  I’m pumped to see RainbOladipo in a mask though…  He’s gonna slash to the rim yelling, “somebody, stop me!”  “P-A-R-T-WHY?!  Because I got a And-One!”

Evan Fournier The Fournier-year-old Virgin stands as the biggest benefactor, and interested how he’ll look tonight.  Ben Gordon sorta creepily slouches in the corner as a benefactor.  Fournier has got some talent, but we still haven’t seen a prolonged hot streak.  And Ben Gordon is awful.  But Gordon might be given enough minutes to make neither of these guys interesting, even in deep leagues.

Kyle O’Quinn A 12er type streamer for opening night.  I should know, because I’m doing it in one!  No Channing Frye as he still recovers from a fried knee, so a solid 25 minutes should be there for the Irishman.  And he doesn’t need huge minutes to rack up some stats, particularly the blocks.

Wesley Johnson Only owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues; I think he’s another streamer for tonight if you already have a dedicated spot to stream.  I’m not huge on him for the season, but on a three game opening night, why not?

Jordan Hill – Had a little neck issue but should play tonight.  I loved me some Hill through preseason.  Better spend your money on some of those legit masseuses, Buss family!

Jeremy Lin – Going to start.  Steve Nash being out for the year deservedly should be the last news point.  I ranked Lin thinking Nash would be a non-factor.  In the deepest of leagues, I could see Ronnie Price being owned, but I don’t remember him even being drafted in the REL last night…  “The Price is wrong, bitch!”  That’s the collective voice of everyone looking at a scrub like Ronnie Price in their queue…

 

Well, it’s here and I couldn’t be more excited.  WE couldn’t be more excited!  From all of us at Razzball, we’re anxious to get this year started and looking forward to a baller 2014-15!

 

  1. Thunder from down under says:
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    Haha just picturing Oldaipo screaming that out! Great write up again JB just want this season to start already! I am in a bit of a predicament although as I have both MCW and Oladipo. On my bench I have Korver, K-Mart and Noel, which when slotted into my lineup to replace those guys my team looks like this: Goran, K-Mart*, Deng, Davis, Horford, Korver*, Ibaka, Hayward, Rubio, Kieff. Doesn’t look as good as my original team but would you stick with that? I feel I am losing out on a lot on steals and dimes. Although Collison is on the waivers, would you suggest picking him up and if so who for? Thanks man

    And for my Kobe line: 24/7/4

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Thunder from down under: I know, me too man! Couldn’t get here fast enough. Whewwwww, love me some Collison… Eesh tough to drop anyone though! I think you kinda need Kmarts scoring… Since I don’t think you’d feel that great playing Collison over anyone, I think you let it roll how you have it and pray to the witch doctors your PG get healthy. Any time man!

  2. Wongy says:
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    29/6/7

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wongy: We both got him for a big game!

  3. E says:
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    Had my draft last night, what do you think?

    PG – dragic
    SG – harden
    SF – gianis
    PF – bosh
    C – robin Lopez
    Util – Kamba walker
    Util – derron Williams
    Util – valanciunas
    Bn – brandon knight
    Bn – John Henson
    Bn – Mongoz
    Bn – bargnani

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      @E: Love the PG depth and strong AST! %s look pretty good, TO shouldn’t be that bad even with Harden. But I think you’re overall light on bigs. Love Bosh obviously, but RoLo is a light rebounder, JVal light with blocks, so I think both REB/BLK are low. I’d def be looking to add the emerging big men off the wire early on.

      • money says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, that being said…do you make this trade? my gut reaction is no.

        Give:
        Gianis and Henson

        Receive: Pekovic, Nene, Ginobli?

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          @money: Nah, I don’t want Pek at all on any times. Other team is trying to trade all his injury prone guys to ya! Haha

  4. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I’m thinking Kobe might go out of his way to have a “team friendly” game given the recent comments about him. So I’ll go 21 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB. Hooray basketball!

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      @Clyde Prompto: Haha, that would be pretty funny, esp against Dwight! Hoops is back!

  5. Frank White says:
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    Wutup JB… My H2H 9 CAT 10 team league
    Westbrook
    Dragic
    Monte Ellis
    Kevin Martin
    Serge Ibaka
    Paul Millsap
    Favors
    Monroe
    West
    Alffalo
    Antetokounmpo
    Darren Collison
    Jameer Nelson
    Plumlee
    I Actually got Westbrook then Ibaka in the 1st 2 rounds but I’m kicking myself cause I took to long later in the Draft cause someone grabbed Sullinger before I was gonna pick and It automatically gave me Monroe. It says he isn’t gonna start. Do you like my team?? How would you rate it? Lol

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      @Frank White: Yeah Monroe is out first 2 games for the suspension and will be the 6th man. Not too worried about, I still like Monroe a little bit more than Sully actually, Sully does have more upside though. Awesome PG, love your bigs. TO might be a little high but I’m OK with it, and while West is hurt, I think boards are a little low. But just barely, nice draft!

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Man.. Yeah I was talking to Dan and what do you think about offering Westbrook and Monroe or Jameer or something like that for Anthony Davis.. This guy that has him has absolutely no good Pg’s and needs one

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          @Frank White: I’d love that deal! Would try Westbrook+Monroe first, be nice to have great PG depth with jameer still after the trade

  6. Know One says:
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    Hey! What’s up? Just wanted to ask for help with my team. This is a deep league (18 teams) and I got the 12th pick (got Durant with that pick). Here’s my team –
    PG – Rubio
    SG – Stuckey
    SF – Draymond Green
    PF – Millsap
    C – Gortat
    UTIL – Collison
    UTIL – Hibbert
    BE – KCP
    BE – Sessions
    BE – Gobert
    IR – Durant
    Notable FAs: Frye, Meeks, Augustin, Brewer, Marcus Morris, Wright, O’Quinn

    Any moves in mind that can help my team? Thank you very much!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Know One: Yo, what’s good man?! Thanks for dropping by!

      Wow, some pretty good names on the end of your roster and on FA! Even with Rubio, AST might be a little light. Love the Colly/Sessions combo though. Hibbert is your main xfactor. He really needs to bounce back to shore up REB/BLK. If he’s a dud, I think your big man depth might be in a little trouble, but if he’s fine you’ll be good. Any time man!

      • Know One says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Alright, I’ll stay put for now. Thanks!

  7. YO says:
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    What do you think of this team?

    1. Chris Paul
    2. Paul millsap
    3. Goran dragic
    4. Jrue holiday
    5. Derrick favors
    6. Robin Lopez
    7. Josh smith
    8. Isiah Thomas
    9. Giannis
    10. Jameer Nelson
    11. Spencer Hawes
    12. John Henson
    13. Rodney stuckey

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      @YO: Awesome PG. Love Millsap early. Favors was a great pick for ya there in the 5th. Still think REB might be one thing to monitor, if Henson works out it should be time. Nice balance – FT% actually looks a little rough though – Millsap/Smith/Favors will hurt there if they have bad weeks – but everything else lookin good!

  8. RePete says:
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    My Kobe Projection: 25/6/7 (PTS/REB/AST)
    Bonus Projection: 8/21, 2/5 3PT, 7/8 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO

    Fantasy is all I have this year. Hard for us Pacers fans right now, season is over before it ever began. I hope they make it interesting and slip into the playoffs with George coming back to save the day.

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      @RePete: Hah – you think George can get back by then?! I dunno… I think they should tank it and try for a lotto pick. Seems like everyone thinks Kobe is gonna have a pretty good opener!

  9. AC says:
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    Thanks for all the preseason coverage guys! It really helped me satiate my addiction.

    My second and final draft was last night in a 12-team head-to-head and here’s how I did:

    (3) Anthony Davis
    (22) Nicolas Batum
    (27) Goran Dragic
    (46) Kemba Walker
    (51) Derrick Favors
    (70) Luol Deng
    (75) Victor Oladipo
    (94) Larry Sanders
    (99) Brandon Knight
    (118) Darren Collison
    (123) Draymond Green
    (142) Spencer Hawes
    (147) KCP

    How do you think I did? Do you think I need help anywhere?

    Here’s who’s still available:
    -Henson
    -Porter
    -Teletovic
    -McDaniels
    -Gobert

    Also – do you know if there’s any way to change a league from a weekly to daily after the draft happens in Yahoo? I thought I changed it but it seems to be locked.

    Thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AC: Thanks for reading man! We def stayed busy this offseason!

      Whoa, AD 3?! Awesome. I think you have just enough depth at PG, but you really need Oladipo to come back healthy. We all do! You’ve got plenty of blocks, but overall boards might be a little low. Not hugely worried about it – if Sanders works out it’ll prob be fine. KCP vs. Henson is close, but since you’re good in blocks I think I’m holding your squad.

      Hmmmm, i would think in commish tools you could change it, but maybe it does lock up… I did have this issue with “Daily – Tomorrow” vs. “Daily – Today” and not being able to change it, so yeah I think that gets locked up unfortunately… Any time man!

  10. AC says:
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    Oh and my Kobe line is 26/6/5.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Nice! Everyone seeing a good game!

  11. booya says:
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    Drafted my 2nd team last night in 12 team H2H auction:

    PG Lawson
    SG Dragic
    G Holliday
    SF Draymond
    PF Horford
    F Henson
    C Ibaka
    C J Hill
    Util Collison
    Util Payton
    BN Carter Williams
    BN Olynyk
    BN Chalmers

    Any thoughts on this draft? Areas to look to improve immediately or should I be alright?

    Thinking I might dump Chalmers for Lamb or KCP since I already have so many PGs, good move?

    Thanks!

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Bargnani and McGee are also available

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @booya: Love that PG depth! Yeah you’re set there, I’d lose Chalmers for KCP indeed. I think you pieced together the right big men too. REB might be low some weeks just by the way your roster is set up, but I’m not too worried about it. Nothing needs to be improved right now, think you’re good! A week or two in, I might try to sell a PG high for a big that starts slow.

  12. Johnny says:
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    What up JB and Slim! Love all your stuff, preseason coverage has been great. Had my auction draft last night… took KD and I’m still questioning it. Any thoughts on the below?

    PG Chris Paul 72
    SG Giannis Antetokounmpo 3
    SF Kevin Durant 56
    PF Paul Millsap 33
    C Pau Gasol 12
    C Nerlens Noel 16
    G Isaiah Thomas 3
    F Draymond Green 1
    UTIL Jameer Nelson 1
    BE J.J. Redick 1
    BE Mason Plumlee 1
    BE Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 1

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Johnny: Awesome, thanks for reading man!

      H2H league right? If so, KD is a great value there. Roto maybe it was a little high.

      Perfect PG picks to go with Paul, they help with 3s too. Gasol out of position will help AST as well. I really don’t see many deficiencies, maybe rebounds barely? %s look good, TO shouldn’t be bad, I like this team!

      • Johnny says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Great thanks man! and yup its H2H.. I was similarly questioning boards, was gunning for Vucevic but his value got out of control in the draft… Anyways gracias dude. always solid advice

        And for the wildcard… Kobe: 23/5/5

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Johnny: Sweet, yeah awesome getting KD then! I think Kobe is either gonna go off or be brutal, just to make the guess the Kobe line crazy the first night!

  13. Magones says:
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    You’re all very confident in Kobe, short term at least. I’ll go with a more middling 17/4/5… maybe not playing too many minutes in a blowout.

    Good luck for the new season everyone.

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      @Magones: Yeah, we def need a low projection! Def only short term love for me…

  14. Joe says:
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    Woo hoo. B-ball is back are so are questions to JB.

    FAAB of $100. Would you bid to add/drop any of these and, if so, how much? (I gather my biggest weaknesses are a shortage of SG/SF and possibly blocks but I’d be interested in your take.)

    Chalmers, E.Gordon, Meeks, Brewer, D.Green, T.Gibson, Plumlee, Mozgov, Bogut, Dieng, Dalembert, Bynum

    9-cat, 10-team league. 3 keeper max with a penalty of “one round earlier”. Below is the team I drafted more or less in order of position they play. The number in parenthesis is the round they were drafted.

    Conley (3), Holiday (6), MCW (8), IT2 (10), Waiters (11), Mathews (5), ‘Melo (1), Durant (2), Noel (7), Gasol (4), Monroe (9)

    • Joe says:
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      That’s Marc, not Pau.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Joe: Haha, love all the comments man, bring em on!

        So yeah, I think blocks is the biggest need for ya. I know Waiters gives you wing depth, but I don’t trust him for much this year. I’d throw $1 bid on Taj, Bogut, Dieng, Plumlee in that order all for Waiters and see which one you come up with. All should give ya some early blocks.

  15. Bye Felicia says:
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    Jb,
    Are you in the RCL that drafted at 830 last night?
    Just asking cuz me and my buddy are in that one

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Also how many add/drops can we make per weekly matchup? 4 or 7?
      I’ve never played Yahoo so I don’t know where the rules are.

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        @Bye Felicia: No I’m not, unfrotunately I think that league only has 10 right? It’s not gonna work for RCL overall standings – will jack up the scoring system. Standard should be 4 adds, but Yahoo jacked some shit up (they changed default to points and problem tinkered with other things for some reason). Pretty frustrated with Yahoo if you can’t tell.

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @JB Gilpin: yeah it froze up 3x during the draft. I missed 3 picks. Still have a decent team but if I’m not going to qualify for the RCL overall im not taking it that serious. I like the espn lite draft option for my phone better than the app for Yahoo. But Yahoo does have nice features compared to espn. I still prefer espn more myself…

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            @Bye Felicia: Yeah we will still include it in the wrap ups, but yeah it won’t work with the standings. Completely understand likin ESPN more, they’re getting closer and closer to me even though I used to be only Yahoo…

  16. Supercalifragilousantetokounmpo says:
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    Had my draft last night, H2H 9cat daily league. What do you think?

    PG- Steph Curry
    SG- Goran Dragic
    G- Jrue Holiday
    SF- Kevin Martin
    PF- Paul Milsap
    F- Derrick Favors
    C- Pau Gasol
    UTIL- Antetokounmpo
    BN-Tobias Harris
    BN- Brandon Knight
    BN- John Henson
    BN- Kentavious Caldwell- Pope
    BN Rodney Stuckey
    BN- JaVale McGee

    Drop anyone for Lamb?

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      @Supercalifragilousantetokounmpo: Awesome, awesome PG depth. Maybe rebounds will be a little light but I’m too worried. I think you should hold McGee for now for the blocks upside and I don’t think you need any Pts/3s from Lamb so I’d let him stay out there.

  17. Snacks13 says:
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    I’m in a deeper league.. Can you rank for me:

    Wroten, CJ McCollum, Lou Williams, Nate Robinson, Marcus Thornton

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      @Snacks13: I’d put Thornton ahead of Robinson, but like your order other than that

  18. Snacks13 says:
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    Made a blockbuster trade in my 12 team money league:

    I get:
    Brow, W. Matthews, Chalmers

    I give:
    Irving, Derozan, T. Chandler

    I feel good about it bc I got the best player and a top 3 overall player but I know I gave up a ton. It gives me Brow and Boogie as a pair which should be insane and fun to watch. Thoughts?

  19. Don Majkowski says:
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    That deal isnt even close. You robbed him.

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      @Snacks13: Love it! I dunno if it’s as lopsided as @Don Majkowski: thinks, but I def like it for you, nice work!

      • Don Majkowski says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well…
        Brow>Kyrie…by a lot
        Wes>Derozan..pretty close
        Chandler & Chalmers…who cares, waiver wire fodder…what am I missing?

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          @Don Majkowski: Well yes, those last guys are fodder, but I hate Chalmers and Chandler has some use. But yes, I wasn’t disagreeing it’s a great trade!

  20. Snacks13 says:
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    Kobe line: 22, 5 REB, 7 AST

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      @Snacks13: Nice!

  21. Feel like a proud Papa that “Guess the Kobe Stat Line” game made headlines this am! Super dope, then you add some ink for Sloan and Founier to boot. Feeling real frisky.

    Kobe Line:
    Points- 26 (a lot of mid range buckets)
    3pm – 2
    FT – 6/7
    Boards – 5
    Assists – 7
    Steals – 2
    Blocks – 0
    Technicals – 1
    * some fake kisses for his wife.
    ** some more insincere high 5s for his “team” and already contemplating how soon he can fake another injury for the Lotto bound Fakers.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: Ohhhhhh it’s so frisky! That’s right, you were instrumental whenever we started this fun little game, right? Hard to remember sometimes 🙂

      Haha awesome line, excited to see this tech he’s gonna get!

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Ugh. I forgot Turnovers – 5.

        He’s going to be so frustrated this season. Will be a treat to watch the post-game interviews. Have fun, Byron!

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          @EL BURRO: Post game interviews will be like Belichik ones haha

  22. TR says:
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    What’s up, JB?! I’m not sure if two letters are unique enough of a name to remember but I used your advice all last season and you helped lead me to a championship. Gonna shoot for the same this year and can’t wait for the season! I’m gonna guess Kobe goes for 28/3/5

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      @TR: I remember ya TR! Glad we got ya that title! We’re pumped too, good luck with that Kobe line tonight! Good seein ya man!

  23. 740 says:
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    sup JB? good stuff as always. 10team h2h 8cats. Oladipo, Hill, and Durant OUT! im stuck, not sure if i should drop Hill or tough it out? smh.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @740: Thanks man! 10 team… And Hill is low TO that helps him in 9-cat, not as great a player in 8 cat, yeah I’d let him walk…

  24. Cale says:
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    Kobe: 24 pts, 3 reb, 7 ast.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cale: Schweet

  25. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Drafted last night …10 team H2H 10 category, keep three..keep player at round drafted previous year. Positions: PG, SG, G, G, SF, PF, F, F, C, C, Util
    I had the last pick because i won last season:
    1. S.Ibaka (Keeper)
    2. L.Aldridge (Keeper)
    3. K.Thompson
    4. D.Favors
    5. J.Teague
    6. R. Anderson
    7. T.Parker
    8. J.Valanciunas
    9. D.Gallinari
    10. A.Afflalo
    11. D.Jordan (Keeper)
    12. W.Chandler
    13. O.J.Mayo
    14. T.Ross
    15. T.Hardaway jr
    16. Marcus Morris
    17. I.Shumpert
    18. S.Dalembert

    Pretty Deep rosters

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Not a ton of PGs in the draft due to Keepers so I went heavier on the bigs …but overall feel pretty good about this squad.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @JeF With 1 F: Yup, PG depth looks a little rough. Probably worth it to just punt assists, everything else looks pretty good. I think you got good sleepers late making 3s really overloaded. I know you probably are a big Thompson fan, but with Anderson/Ross/Gallo, etc. I think you have plenty of treys. Maybe offer him up for a PG.

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          @JB Gilpin: Sounds good Thanks for the input

  26. money says:
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    what are your thoughts on this team?

    PG – Curry
    SG – Wes Matthews
    G – Jrue Holiday
    SF- Gianis Antekokounmpo
    PF – Millsap
    F – Horford
    C – Larry Sanders
    C – Jordan Hill
    UTIL – Jose Calderon
    UTIL – Jameer Nelson
    BN – John Henson
    BN – Spencer Hawes
    BN – Gorgui Dieng

    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @money: Awesome PG, love the Jameer and Jose late. Awesome dimes, good %s for the most part. Only thing I can think of is boards might be inconsistent with Sanders/Hill/your 3 bench guys a little uncertain. Nice draft!

  27. PedroF says:
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    Kobe 25pts 5reb 6ast

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PedroF: Nice! A lot of guesses in that range, everyone seeing a pretty big night.

  28. mcBlunty says:
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    had my draft last night, would like your thoughts on how it stacks up, H2H 10 cat

    D Lillard
    Kobe
    Jrue
    Chandler P
    Boogie Cousins
    Josh Smith
    Asik
    Terrence ross
    Aaron Gordon
    Pekovic
    Gortat
    Hibbert
    D Collison
    D Carroll
    T Wroten

    12 teams had the 10th spot, took cousins and the lillard, I mistakenly took ross too early cause I ran out of time and he was in my queue (for 3 pointers later in draft), got a lot of bigs, hopefully can flip one

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mcBlunty: Love the Cuz/Lillard start. I think assists might be a tad low, Kobe an his output will be a big xfactor there. FT% might be rough for ya at times with Smith/Asik/Gortat. If Hibbert or Smith start really hot, I wouldn’t hesitate to move one like you mentioned, for one more PG.

  29. Nightmare Cometh says:
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    JB I’m desperately in need of your approval advice for my team. H2H, 10 team, 9 category league.

    Harden
    Lillard
    Bosh
    Parsons
    Walker
    Faried
    R Lopez
    Valanciunas
    Hibbert
    Lin
    Collison
    Timofey “present” Mozgov
    Chalmers
    Ross
    KCP

    What categories do I need to improve? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nightmare Cometh: The Day Man cometh! Haha, yeah I’ve been pretty approval-ly with teams this year 🙂

      Nice PG depth and dimes! Collison/Lin late was awesome. I like your bigs, but think you’re low in blocks. If Hibbert is his old self, it will be just by a tad. Boards are more than solid though – MANIMAL! %s look great, awesome team!

  30. John says:
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    Just drafted in a standard espn 8-cat roto league, 10 teams. I think it went pretty well.

    James harden
    Demarcus cousins
    Kyle lowry
    Mike conley
    Chandler parsons
    Markieff morris
    Jonas valanciunas
    Wesley matthews
    Lance stephenson
    Ryan anderson

    George hill
    Isaiah thomas
    Rudy gobert

    Thoughts? I think im a little low on boards and way low on blocks.

    Last i saw before the draft g hill was day to day, so that was annoying. What are your thoughts on jonas v this year? I may try to flip lowry for millsap. I think i need another big on the team. Thanks for your help

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Hah, yeah looking at the first two I think you’re already set! No TO league to get Harden/Cuz?! Hard to imagine a better start.

      Love the heavy PG early in 8-cat. Yeah sucks on Hill… He’s probably droppable for ya. Agree you’re light on blocks. Boards I think you’re OK. I think you’re overloaded with 3PT guys, so I’d trade from that strength. Jonas I’m lukewarm on, he’s solid where I imagine you got him. Totally down for Lowry for Millsap. Any time man!

  31. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB &Slim,

    Looking forward to the season! I know the focus is on fantasy, but I was curious to hear your predictions on the actual NBA season. What are your thoughts on the winners of these:

    – Most Improved Player
    – 6th Man
    – Scoring Title
    – ROY
    – Defensive POY
    – MVP
    – Conference Champs
    – NBA Champs

    Can’t wait for tip off!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Looking forward to the season too man!
      – Hmmm. Tobias Harris?
      – Ryan Anderson!
      – Will Durant qualify? If not Melo.
      – Parker
      – Brow
      – Ughhh. You know what, I’ll be ballsy and say Brow here too. Pelicans make the playoffs in a shocking season.
      – West – Spurs. Boring, I know. East – Cavs. Even more boring.
      – Cavs

      Can’t wait either!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m not one to tell a man how to run his blog, but is there anyway we could get a Razzball Writer predictions post? I like a little reality mixed with my fantasy sometimes.

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          @Clyde Prompto: We def should do that! Next year. Baseball does it, but we needed a couple more writers to fill out a range of picks.

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Ah, fair enough.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Can’t argue with those picks. Here were my thoughts:
        – Giannis Antetokounmpo
        – IT2 or Reggie Jackson if he qualifies upon KD’s return.
        – Melo
        – Was going to go TJ Warren until the thumb fracture. Going Noel here.
        – Ibaka
        – CP3 has a monster year
        – West – Clips East – Cavs
        – Clips get it done

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Ohhhhh Noel is a great pick! Forget he is technically a rook. You’re all in on the CLips! If they win it, I know who to say called it!

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            @JB Gilpin: Ha, yeah man. I can’t say that I am even a fan of theirs. CP3 is going to will them to the promised land!

            I was all pumped to tout Warren to all of my friends as a guy to watch out for, then he got hurt. His game is nice, he has some Paul Pierce to him.

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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: Maybe, he’ll need to beef up to get to Pierce. Sweet midrange stroke though… Tough team to get minutes too.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I’m not an expert like JB or Slim, but a commenter predictions thread seems like a fun idea to me. I’ll give it a whirl:

      Most Improved – Jonas Valanciunas
      6th Man – Ryan Anderson
      Scoring Title – James Harden
      ROY- Elfrid Payton
      DPOY- Serge Ibaka
      MVP – Steph Curry
      Eastern Champs – Cleveland
      Western Champs – Golden State
      NBA Champs – Cleveland

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Clyde Prompto: Sweet picks! Payton could certainly take ROY. It seems that our MVP picks go hand in hand with the team we have winning the West. Either Curry or Paul could have that type of year.

        It is so hard to pick against the Wine & Gold to win it… I just couldn’t bring myself to do it! Spite is a powerful motivator.

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: I love CP3, but I think having an MVP level teammate in Blake might hurt him. The West is so beastly I could honestly see 5 different teams winning it.

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        @OldMilwaukeePounders: @Clyde Prompto: Yup Harden was gonna be my next pick for points. Love the Valanciunas call for most improved! Definitely could see that happening

  32. JJ Mean Face says:
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    Please rate my team.

    League Format: H2H

    Categories: 8cat

    Number of Teams: 10

    Draft Type: Snake 6th pick

    PG: Mike Conley

    SG: James Harden

    SF: Gordon Hayward

    PF: Andre Drummond

    C: Al Jefferson

    G: Ricky Rubio

    F: Terrence Jones

    UTIL: Lance Stephenson

    UTIL: Darren Collison

    UTIL: Jose Calderon

    Bench: Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Bench: Taj Gibson

    Bench: Jameer Nelson

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JJ Mean Face: Love Harden there in non-TO. Love the PG heavy approach, but wish you had maybe 1 more quality big. Even with Drummo and Big Al’s high volume, I think you’re behind in boards. And blocks as well. With it non-TO, Calderon is a little less valuable so maybe him and Stephenson or something for a big?

  33. Wen says:
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    Hi JB and Slim,

    What do you think of my team below? It is 10 team, H2H standard 9 cat scoring. I am thinking to punt AST and get more 3s. I am in need of another SG/SF. Should I drop K.J. McDaniels for Mirza Teletovic, C.J. Miles or Tim Hardaway Jr.? Thank you.

    1. Stephen Curry
    2. Chris Bosh
    3. Nicolas Batum
    4. Marc Gasol
    5. Derrick Favors
    6. Marcin Gortat
    7. David West
    8. Zach Randolph
    9. Greg Monroe
    10. Jamal Crawford
    11. J.J. Redick
    12. Kelly Olynyk
    13. Alec Burks
    14. K.J. McDaniels

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wen: Yeah very big man heavy. So I agree, KJ isn’t too useful to ya with all those blocks. I’d get Mirza. I like balanced team more than most, so I think I would still try to balance it out with another PG or two, but you should win TO most weeks still. Steals might be a tad low for ya too.

  34. JashFath

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    12/2/2

    Leave’s game in middle of 2nd quarter after re-injuring his leg.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JashFath: Haha wow, if that happens I know who broke out the Kobe voodoo doll!

  35. Pope says:
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    JB, I’m excited for the season to start! We just drafted last night, 10 team points league, Auction, keeper, with (PTS), (BLK), (STL), (AST), (REB), (3PM), (FG%), (FT%), (DD), (TD). Can you tell me how you think I did? I’m more of a baseball fantasy guy, this will be my second year doing basketball:

    PG Jose Calderon ($2)
    SG Giannis Antetokounmpo ($2)
    SF Trevor Ariza ($5)
    PF Anthony Davis ($78)
    C DeMarcus Cousins ($51)
    G Darren Collison ($1)
    F Draymond Green ($1)
    UTIL Rajon Rondo ($10)
    UTIL Al Jefferson ($36)
    UTIL Jordan Hill ($1)
    BENCH Spencer Hawes ($1)
    BENCH Gorgui Dieng ($1)
    BENCH Mason Plumlee ($1)
    IR Michael Carter-Williams ($11)

    Tried cross referencing your auction draft values with your most recent rankings, but it was kind of tough. Might have missed some good mid round value

    • Pope says:
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      @Pope: Also, I have one SG, which is probably a problem. Alec Burks is sitting on the waiver wire, but I’m having a tough time dropping someone for him

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Pope: Well starting with pickups, nah I’m leaving Burks out there too. Sorry the auction values weren’t updated! Tons of ranks flying around here all willy-nilly.

        Definitely going big heavy in that format. In Pts, I don’t mind your G depth isn’t great, I think you’re looking really solid. Love the big man buys. PLus all those sleepers you know I like. Hill for only a $1 in DD league?! Nice! Rondo at $10 too seems ridiculous, he might get a ton of DD with dimes himself. Overall, awesome job man!

        • Pope says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Glad you think I’m ok, DDs really influenced my draft a lot, obviously. Then I was left to grab all the cheaper sleepers you guys have been forecasting.
          And no worries on the Auction draft values, I think I figured it out. I just appreciate all the work you guys do. It’s an awful lot of information to cover, and I’d be lost without your predictions.
          Thanks for your input, let’s get this season started!

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Pope: Yessir, thanks for reading man! Pumped for this to start!

  36. 18/5/8

    Is Collison going to be more valuable than Sessions?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @[email protected]’s: Lots of dimes, interesting! Yeah I think Colly is gonna get more steals and assists and be about the same in scoring, being very undervalued.

  37. kisses says:
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    Basketball is back! This is the best part of the year!

    Drafted last night. 12 Team H2H (FG%, FT%, 3PM, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO, DD, PTS). Thoughts?

    Boogie (11)
    Durant (14)
    Drummond (35)
    Bledsoe (38)
    Rondo (59)
    Wes Matthews (62)
    KevMart (83)
    Tobias (86)
    Exum (107)
    Boozer (110)
    Spencer Hawes (131)
    Hardaway Jr (134)

    I’m reaching on Exum and have a short leash on him. I’m already eyeing some waiver potentials. Would you move on any of these:
    KCP
    Porter Jr.
    James Ennis
    Mason Plumlee
    Stauskas
    Wilson Chandler
    McDermott
    Early

    Thanks and looking forward to a wonderful season!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kisses: Yessir, we can’t wait man, thanks for stoppin by!

      Love Boogie early and grabbing KD there.. Drummo 35 in a DD league?!?!?! yeesh!

      I really like this team except the PG depth and yeah, I’m losing Exum. No G really excite me in FA, I’d grab Plumlee. Might hit some dubdubs even off the bench. And I’d look to try and find one more PG either early off the wire or through a trade. Looking forward to it too man!

      • kisses says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah, stashing Durant might be the single greatest mid-season addition ever, but we will see. Donald Sloan worth an add or should I look elsewhere for PG. Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kisses: Ah yes get Sloan! I’d drop Exum for him.

          • kisses says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m actually using my IR slot for Durant so I just put my #2 claim on Sloan and will get to still keep Exum, juuuust in case. Thanks!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @kisses: Ah sweet, any time!

  38. Scrotchs says:
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    Looking forward to the new year, you guys do great work.

    Does Aaron Gordon have any value now that Oladipo is out?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scrotchs: Nah, Gordon is more a 4 than a SG. Unless you meant Ben Gordon. Which is still a nah because I think Fournier starts and is decent while Gordon is awful haha.

  39. Filkarri says:
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    First time playing fantasy basketball. This is a 10 team, weekly head to head league with default yahoo scoring. Just wondering what you think of my team and if you have any lineup recommendations. I’m thinking I should throw Plumlee into a Util spot so I’m not too guard heavy. Anyway, thanks for any advice you can send my way.

    PG – Ricky Rubio
    SG- James Harden
    G – Jrue Holiday
    SF – Trevor Ariza
    PF – Serge Ibaka
    F – Paul Milsap
    C – Derrick Favors
    C- Markieff Morris
    Util – Giannis Atentokounmpo (god only knows if I spelled that correctly)
    Util – Patrick Beverly
    BN – Darren Collison
    BN – Mason Plumlee
    BN – Jameer Nelson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: Welcome to hoops! Pretty close on Giannis! Haha, just messed up the beginning. Think ante like in Poker – Antetokounmpo.

      Well one thing I’d do is look at your opponent. Is he really G heavy? Then be sure those last few guys all have 3 games and not only 2 for this opening week. Overall, looks really solid! I might bench Giannis this week just to see what happens. Probably for a PG, unless your opponent has a lot of bigs, then would do Plumlee.

  40. Anthony says:
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    What’s up JB, I read your stuff all day every day. Suggestion, how about a daily column for DFS picks? That would be an awesome read for us DFS players on FanDuel. It would be a great addition to the basketball blog here!

    And if you don’t mind sir…I can’t decide what lineup to roll out tonight in DFS, I only do one per day and I’m stuck between…

    Parker & Lin/Harden & Kobe/Johnson & Harris/Jones & Anderson/Hill

    or….

    Lin & Joseph/Harden & Kobe/Johnson & Harris/Davis & Jones/Hill

    Which one says you?!?! Thanks man, keep up the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Anthony: Thanks so much for reading man! Yes we are having Daily Fantasy, I’m doing a post tomorrow for our sponsor DraftKings! You should def try them out too, but we’re gonna have two DFS articles a week, one on Wed and the other on Saturday for weekend picks.

      Davis is Anthony Davis right? I’m going second one!

  41. CTMN says:
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    I’m thinking Kobe has a good stats game but pretty crappy reality and they lose. I’ll go 24/4/5…2 threes (despite Byron!), 2 steals.
    Bonus: 9/20 fg, 4/4 ft. Haha I won’t pick 3s attempted just 2 made.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @CTMN: Haha nice man! Yeah I think HOU wins pretty handily too.

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m struggling to keep up with you guys, I haven’t been reading much of the comments and stuff lately but looks like the website is getting blown up haha 140+ comments in one day

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Yeah man, we’ve got good buzz this offseason it’s been awesome, thanks for being part of it and seein it happen!

  42. Scrotchs says:
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    Anyone see any holes in my team? It is a non percentage/to league, just stats, head to head. (pts, rebs, asts, 3’s, stls, blks). Thanks!

    LeBron James (Cle – SF,PF)
    Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    Deron Williams (Bkn – PG)
    Eric Bledsoe (Pho – PG,SG)
    Kemba Walker  (Cha – PG)
    Goran Dragic  (Pho – PG,SG)
    Andre Iguodala (GS – SG,SF)
    DeAndre Jordan  (LAC – C)
    Ersan Ilyasova (Mil – SF,PF)
    Tristan Thompson (Cle – PF,C)
    Enes Kanter (Uta – C)
    Manu Ginobili (SA – SG,SF)
    Elfrid Payton (Orl – PG)
    Nene Hilario (Was – PF,C)
    Mason Plumlee (Bkn – PF,C)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scrotchs: Interesting… Def love DeAndre that late! Elfrid late too was an amazing pick. Maybe rebounds is a smidge light, but I def think a little more in blocks will help too. DeAndre is great for both, but wish you had another big blocker. Any time!

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        Thanks, I had a few keepers in there (DJ, Kemba and Dragic). My internet cut out and I got stuck with the Deron Williams pick in the 3rd on autopick. I hope that doesnt come back to bite me.

        Reb/Blk guys available include Henson, JJ. Hickson, Miles Plumlee. Anyone I should add out of that group?

        Thanks!

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          KJ is available too.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Scrotchs: Ugh that sucks, but not too awful. I’d grab Henson since he should help REB too. I know you spent a decent pick on him, but I think Ginobili’s days of fantasy relevance are behind him, I’d make that move.

  43. Bye Felicia says:
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    KOBE LINE

    19/6/5/1 steal

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      @Bye Felicia: One of the few sub-20 Pt guesses!

  44. Kevin says:
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    Hey JB. You guys do a great job on Razzball. Keep it up!
    I’m going for a meager Kobe line 22/5/7!

    I’m going for 2 leagues this year and I was hoping if you could let me know what you think of each. both 10 team H2H yahoo 9 cat.

    league 1:
    1 .Anthony Davis
    2. Paul Millsap
    3. Kyle Lowry
    4. Monta Ellis
    5. Derrick Favors
    6. Trevor Ariza
    7. Jose Calderon
    8. Markieff Morris
    9. Jared Sullinger
    10. darren collison
    11.Draymond Green
    12. Alec Burks
    13. K.J. McDaniels

    I feel like i need more big man stats.
    open FAs: spencer hawes, oladipo, dieng, henson, teletovic, copeland, stoudemire

    league 2:
    1. Stephen Curry
    2. Paul Millsap
    3. Mike Conley
    4. Monta Ellis
    5. Derrick Favors
    6. Trevor Ariza
    7. Markieff Morris
    8. Greg Monroe
    9. Jeremy Lin
    10. Giannis Antetokounmpo
    11. Alec Burks
    12. Andrew Bogut
    13. Spencer Hawes

    I feel like i’ve drafted great on this one.
    FAs: julius randle, wes johnson, kj mcdaniels, teletovic, stoudemire, copeland.

    Anything would help! Please and thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Thanks man, thanks for reading!

      1 – get Oladipo! Would drop Burks. I think 3s are good, Brow will carry blocks, just wish ya had a little bit more boarding. Dieng or Henson for me, probably Henson but would switch it quickly if I needed to, dropping KJ.

      2 – Yeah I like this team a little better, this one I think needs blocks. I’m just not big on Burks at all, I’d gamble on KJ for the blocks in this one. Everything else looks pretty good!

      • kevin says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: hey JB. Thanks for the reply.

        For my 2nd team, you said I’d need more boards. would you trade Jeremy Lin for Terrence jones? Even if I already have Ariza from rockets?

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          @kevin: Yeah well I think it needs blocks over boards, but Jones should help there… It’s very very close but yeah I’d do it!

  45. Black & White says:
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    Thanks for all your work. I rely on you guys solely for my fantasy trophies now. Was curious if you could take a look at my team. I pretty much followed your exact picks throughout, so I’m sure you’ll appreciate the talent, just wanted to get an idea where I’m weak and what, if any, moves I should make. I really suck at basketball. Thanks!!

    1. (7) Russell Westbrook (OKC – G)
    2. (18) Paul Millsap (Atl – F,C)
    3. (31) Goran Dragic (Pho – G)
    4. (42) Chandler Parsons (Dal – F)
    5. (55) Nerlens Noel (Phi – F,C)
    6. (66) Jose Calderon (NY – G)
    7. (79) Luol Deng (Mia – F)
    8. (90) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil – G,F)
    9. (103) Elfrid Payton (Orl – G)
    10. (114) Taj Gibson (Chi – F,C)
    11. (127) Jameer Nelson (Dal – G)
    12. (138) Mason Plumlee (Bkn – F,C)
    13. (151) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det – G)
    14. (162) Matt Barnes (LAC – F)
    15. (175) Ramon Sessions (Sac – G)

  46. Black & White says:
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    Sorry, should have added that it’s a 12 team Y! H2H league 8 cat.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Black & White: You don’t suck at basketball any more, we’re gonna get ya there this year!

      Westbrook in non-TO?! Love it! Love Elfrid too. PG depth is awesome and I like your bigs. I think you have enough blocks sprinkled around Noel, but think you’re a little light in boards. Probably not dropping anyone, I like Sessions a lot too, but would look to get a big boarder off the wire early to help out.

  47. Ed says:
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    Thoughts?
    9cat h2h 10 team auction
    15 players
    PG Bledsoe
    SG Ellis
    G Rubio
    SF Hayward
    PF Gay
    F M.Gasol
    C Cousins
    C Ibaka
    Utl Z.Randolph
    Utl Beverly
    BN Nelson
    BN Lin
    BN sanders
    BN kolver
    BN Deng
    Thinking about losing Kolver and punting threes.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ed: Wow, deep team! I have everyone top 100, so with 150 drafted, I obviously like this team a lot. Awesome PG depth, Cuz/Ibaka is awesome. I don’t think I could drop Korver though, but I might use an extra spot to stream 3s – I bet you can win more than you think there!

  48. DK says:
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    Do you think it is worth it to stash Oladipo for 12 teams H2H? Someone dropped him.

    On another news… this might not be so good for John Henson. Jabari Parker will play both forward positions this season, but Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said the rookie will primarily be used at power forward. That means less time for the rest of the guys. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and John Henson. Giannis might actually benefit most from this being SF.

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      @DK: Definitely! Think he’s still pretty close to must own. Henson – yeah I always figured Parker would mix and match minutes until he settles into his main role. The whole team was going to be fluid up front rotations wise, still holding onto Henson for now to see what happens.

  49. Don Majkowski says:
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    Yo JB, cant wait for tip-off tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your thoughts on this 10 team 10 cat HH squad. Thanks!!

    PG Wall, Rondo, Rubio, Sloan
    SG Joe Johnson, Hardaway
    SF Parsons, Iguodala
    PF Ibaka, Ryan Anderson, Boozer, Hickson
    C Vucevic, Tyson Chandler, Varejao

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Don Majkowski: Me either man, can’t come fast enough!

      Nice PG depth, love seeing Sloan is on there! I dunno what Hickson is really gonna bring, and I think you’re a little light in blocks even with Ibaka. Other than that everything looks pretty good man!

  50. Padara says:
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    Hi JB,
    I’ll try & I’ll go for : 25pts, 5rbs, 5asts.
    Cheers

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      @Padara: Nice! Thanks for stoppin by!

  51. DL says:
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    Hey love the site man. Would really appreciate some advice on my roster.
    12 man H2H 10 CAT

    Kyrie Irving
    James Harden
    Wesley Johnson
    Tobias Harris
    Derrick Favors
    Jrue Holiday
    Jose Calderon
    Josh Smith
    Al Jefferson
    Trey Burke
    Andrew Bogut
    Spencer Hawes

    Would be greatly appreciated!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DL: Nice PG/Assists, love seeing that. Solid bigs too! Treys looking pretty good, Harden helps Smith’s bad FT. I really don’t have much bad to say, lots of good balance and guys I like nice work!

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the input!

  52. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    For my Kobe line I’m thinking 23/2/3.

    I’ve gotta say not being able to see the chat in the REL draft room last night was just cruel. I wanted to hear the love when I got my all 2016 team of George ($31) and Embid ($21). I actually had my limit for them set at $30 and $20, but I ended up throwing one more bid out there and getting them. I knew after JB got Rubio from me that 2016 was my direction. And again, damn you Slim!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Interesting… Low dimes and rebounds!

      Hah, sorry man! We weren’t making fun of you, we promise! 🙂 You’re def building for at least 15-16, so you got a plan! Rubio for $30 was huge for my team. Sorry I got him from you!

  53. Philzilla says:
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    In my $200 12 team, 9 cat, standard, auction, keeper league I went full stars and scrubs after trading away keepers and 25DD’s in my playoff run last year. My draft went about as well as can me expected with $71 DD’s and keeping Anthony Davis, Harden, and Giannis. My team is:

    Monta
    Harden
    Giannis
    Anthony Davis
    McRoberts
    Dieng
    Amir Johnson
    Conley
    Stuckey
    Teletovic
    MKG
    Henry Sims

    Rough draft, but I’m one of the more active waiver hunters in the league. My questions is this:

    Should I trade Monta and Sims for George Hill and Nerlens Noel? I can keep Noel for $14 next year so this trade is about next year more than anything else. Will Noel be worth it next year for making my job harder this year? I might be able to trade him for some big time players down the road this year if I can hang on.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Philzilla: Nice team with a Davis/Harden core!

      With Davis and Harden, I wouldn’t punt this year. I think you need Monta’s points and I don’t wanna have to hold Hill while he’s hurt. If he changes out Hill for someone ranked near him, I might do it then.

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        @JB Gilpin: In my heart I agree, Noel is just so tempting as a $14 keeper next year.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Philzilla: Resist the temp!

  54. Ujiri Prokhorov says:
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    Kobes statline tonight: 27pts 9/24 FG 6/9 FT, 6 Reb, 6Ast, 3stl, 1blk 5TO…

    LOL

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      @Ujiri Prokhorov: Pretty solid line except that fg%! Haha. Good luck!

  55. Don Majkowski says:
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    Kobe: 21/7/4

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majkowski: Nice! hittin the glass

  56. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    count it now – 36/6/4 …… and 5 blocks for bonus round!!

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Whoa, give him the MVP right away! Haha

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @JB Gilpin: can’t wait to be on the pod. in other news – who should I roll with this week in a head to head league to replace poor poor Victor – Augustin or Fournier?

        Thanks!

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Hah! I would go Fournier, more minutes and upside

  57. Hayward Ginobili says:
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    @JashFath: Kobe line: 24/6/3
    Lin has big night against HOU: 25/4/11

    Bold prediction time: Lakers surprise win.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hayward Ginobili: Whoaaaaaa someone is feeling bold! We’ll have to give ya a shout out if true!

  58. Vinny says:
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    Hi Guys,

    Love your work. I’m in a 12 team H2H league. Please rate my team if you can. Here are my starters:

    C Valanciunas
    C Hawes
    G Curry
    G Teague
    G Collison
    F Millsap
    F Faried
    F K Leonard
    F/C Alphabet
    G/F Jimmy Butler
    Util Alphabet

    Thanks in advance guys!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Vinny: Thanks so much for stopping by man! Nice team man! I think blocks are really light. Giannis/Faried/Kawhi/Millsap all will kick in a little but wish you had a big volume guy. Boards look good though, and %s seem solid. Maybe a slight bit low in assists as well, but I’d look for the first upside blocker to come off the wire to help out. Any time man!

  59. Hayward Ginobili says:
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    Kobe line: 24/6/3
    Lin has big night against HOU: 25/4/11

    Bold prediction time: Lakers surprise win.

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      @Hayward Ginobili: Got ya above, making me wanna root Lakers now!

  60. Vinny says:
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    I mean I have Dieng at UTIL …..sorry.

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      @Vinny: Ah, yeah doesn’t change too much, maybe a slighter more emphasis on gettin a blocker 🙂

  61. Tony says:
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    18 teamer, keeper of…..Donald Sloan worth the add? How much FAAB dollars would u go?

    I’ve got jusuf nurick and al farouqe aminu roster’d

    James ennis as well……

    Thanks!

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      @Tony: Yeah definitely worth the bid! I know Slim loves Nurkic but with all the Denver guys back, he’s first out. Standard $100 budget? I would go $5 or $6. Ennis is a FA or a guy you might be dropping?

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        @JB Gilpin: I own ennnis could drop him as well

        Tough to drop nurick especially if I drop him for a 3 week wonder and he manifests into a monster……. I’d be sick

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          @Tony: While there’s certainly a lot of injury risk for the other 3 DEN C, I still don’t know about Nurkic’s PT. Wouldn’t drop Ennis though.

  62. ADTrey says:
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    19/5/6 is what im sayin

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      @ADTrey: Nice! Not too many sub 20 guesses…

  63. Clos says:
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    jb whatsup man just did my draft last night..

    Lowry
    Brandon Knight
    Jrue holiday
    Terrance Jones
    Cousins
    Aldridge
    Marc gasol
    Favors
    Markeif morris
    Jameer Nelson
    Draymond green
    KCP
    Spencer hawes

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clos: Love the PG, especially since you started with solid bigs. Wow this is a pretty nasty team! I really don’t see any holes, maybe dimes a tiny bit but barely, and 3s might be a little light but you can stream those. Very nitpicking though, nice work!

  64. ThE sHiT says:
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    I drafted last night, under the influence, a little too much… 14 teams h2h. Let me know how bad it is.

    PG Conley
    G Reggie Jackson
    SG Kawhi
    SF Jeff Green
    PF KLove
    F Favors
    C Jonas
    Util Monroe
    BN Ilyasova
    BN Danny Green

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      @ThE sHiT: Hahaha yeah that can happen… Yeah it’s not great, I wish you had more PG depth and RJax out for a bit with an ankle sprain hurts a ton. Big man stats look decent, maybe wish you had another guy to get blocks next to Favors, %s look great though.

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the vote of confidence. I put in a waiver claim for Payton dropping Danny Green. Also have a claim for Asik dropping Ilyasova.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @ThE sHiT: Love both of those moves a ton, makes you soooooo much better.

  65. Bye Felicia says:
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    BROW…. That’s all there is to say. Just Wow!!!

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      @Bye Felicia: Yessir! Feelin good with the #1 rank!

  66. j student says:
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    First off, I’m a first time razz basketball follower, but you guys are easily my favorite read out there for baseball. So, thanks for being you.
    Now if you could advise a brotha, pick three of the following for waiver claim… 12 team daily points lg

    Foye
    Nene
    Belinelli
    Waiters
    Chandler

    Think foye is definite bc I need G depth. And I might stream belinelli for Friday at least, but not sure of his season value. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @j student: Thanks so much man! As a small part of razzball baseball, I think I can speak for the baseball staff and say you’ll like it here too 🙂

      So Chandler is… Wilson Chandler I’m guessing, not brother Tyson? Yeah I’d grab the top 3. Nene I might pass if FT is bad, but while healthy he’s solid pretty much everywhere else. Foye for your depth and Belinelli I’d rather have for now. I have very little hope for Waiters.

  67. yokev_o says:
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    12 Team 9 Cat league
    My team is
    Dragic
    jrue holiday
    batum
    melo
    ibaka
    favors
    bogut
    mason plumlee
    ariza
    wiggins
    trey burke
    kanter
    wroten
    sessions (just picked him up for henry sims)
    I’m debating on trying to trade ibaka for lillard at this time. Your thoughts? Is it wise move?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @yokev_o: Nah I’d hold Ibaka, I like him a ton this year. While PG is a little bit of a need, I would try for more, or offer maybe Favors+something for Lillard

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