So I Googled “crisis of leadership” because, well, it’s been a pretty annoying ride for NBA franchises in Charlotte since the 90s.  According to never-wrong Wikipedia, the term was coined about something with Trotsky and Communism, I ain’t goin’ there!  It’s been well-documented and scrutinized through the years, but Charlotte certainly seems to make odd decisions behind Michael Jordan.  And before that, they moved to New Orleans, brought in an expansion team called “The Bobcats” ([email protected]#?#$%@#%), and drafted Sean May.

While Charlotte’s follies could be it’s own dedicated article, I’m just going to talk about the planning behind PF/C minutes for 15-16.

TANGENT!  Speaking of planning, we’re debuting a new part of Monday daily notes this season.  The 7 Ahead!  After wrapping up the standard daily notes from the weekend, at the bottom will be a weekly planner for the upcoming 7 nights of NBA action.  Let me know if you like it!  And as always, add any suggestions you commenters have for The 7 Ahead moving forward.  If you don’t like it, ya know, not wanting to read such a long effin’ blog post when you’ve got a case of the Mudiays, just let me know!

FOCUS!  So the Hornets draft Frank Kaminsky 9th in the draft, passing on in-state product Justise Winslow (who looks great in early run for the Heat) and the undeniably awesome Myles Turner.  Part of the argument seemed to be NBA-readiness.  But instead of sticking with the decision, or continuing to play Cody Zeller, another high-draft pick, they instead come out and start Starvin Marvin Williams.  I mean, if you’re just going to take a no-upside PF/C for bench depth, why not go pure upside of my boy Kelly Oubre?!?!  Such a wasted pick and poor planning for the rotation, as now Marvin is running away with the role with a fantastic start to 15-16.  Opening the season with back-to-back dubdubs, Marvin went 15/5/1 with 3 blocks and 5 treys last night.  They need some speed on D and a perimeter player to compliment Al “slow feet” Jefferson, and it’s put Marvin clearly in the ThrAGNOF category.  The blocks were a little fluky, but I don’t think the minutes are.  He’s surged to 34% owned which seems a smidge high, but on low-schedule nights, he’ll be a frequent streaming target of mine.  And if I sounded unnecessarily bitter, it’s because I had him as a $1 REL keeper and let him walk.  Friggin’ Hornets.  What a waste of draft picks only to play the low-paid vet…  Here’s what else happened over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

Stephen Curry Meh, he’s OK.  I still think he lives in his dad’s shadow, Dell was always better…  Crazy he opens the season with a 40 and 53 Pt game through the first three, yet STILL didn’t become the league leader league in scoring at first.  Russell Westbrook did have some OT help getting him to 48 against the Magic, but then again his shot chart had that crazy one from half court!  Phenomenal stuff our first weekend.  What a pair of beasts.  Pair of studmuffins.

Hassan Whiteside Let’s get Whiteside entered into the short list of studmuffins!  After a terrible debut against the Hornets where both squads went really small, Whiteside proved his rank worthy with 11/9/2 6 blocks on Friday and an unbelievable 25/15/1/3/2 last night, hitting 12-15 from the field.  Well, I dunno if 7 or 8 alley-oops count as “from the field”…  If there’s grass on the field, then play ball!  Wait, I’m not sure if I used that phrase right…  Anyway, Dwyane Wade had like 4-5 pick-and-roll easy-as-pie alleys going to Hassan himself, plus Whiteside flashed his own refined offensive game last year.  He doesn’t even need to use it right now if he’s getting clear dunks!  The Rockets all out collapsed in the second half and there was no Dwight Howard, which isn’t to say Howard is any good, but he’d do a better job getting in the way than Chuck Hayes, who inexplicably played a lot…

Goran Dragic – If only you could get points for consistency!  6 AST and 1 TO in every single game this season.  Unfortunately he’s not scoring much, and has only 1 3PTM and 2 STL through three games, and lost out in minutes last night to Tyler Johnson.  But it was the bench that spawned a ridiculous 65 to 26 second half utter domination of the Rockets, and I don’t know which Houston team is better – Rockets or Texans right now…

James Harden Ain’t tryin’-a humble brag, but across 6 leagues I only had one losing week – my Harden RCL team.  Every time he shoots, it’s like this song.  The answer to that lyrical gem’s quandary?  I just dunno…  If you thought 4-18 was the worst it would get like he shot Friday night, YOU WERE WRONG!  2-15 against the Heat, including 1-10 from deep yesterday.  Half of you reading right now could be a better perimeter shooter than Harden right now.   He’s 2-32 from deep, which I think has to be a record for a 3-game span…  It’s been a mystery how they built the pyramids – I think it was by Harden’s shooting…

Marcus Thornton – Hahahahaha, after barely playing last year and in his first minutes this year, comes in to start in a small-ball lineup and shoots 8-16 FG (5-9 3PTM).  Thornton has more than twice the treys of Harden in less than a third of the attempts and games played.  The Bayou Bomber better be showing Beard some B.E.E.F. behind the scenes!  Score for alteration!

Terrence Jones – Cut his eye and missed last night.  No blood no foul!  So there better have been a foul…  It’s been an injury-plagued offseason/start to the season for Tjones, hell an injury-plagued career, but everything seems to be funky and I’ve seen a few commenters with trades where his value seems to be at an all-time low.  I’m shooting some offers today.

Enes Kanter Who said he wasn’t multi-cat?!  12/10 last night, then stuffed it up with 6 TO!  Back-to-back games under 20 minutes for a guy on a max deal…  He’s the Western Conference Tristan Thompson!  OKC mimicking the Cavs…

Victor Oladipo RainbOlapido now RainbOMGTripleDoubleAdipo!  If it’s more letters than Antetokounmpo, it probably doesn’t work…  21/13/10/3/1 in that OKC game, were he would’ve ended up with the game-winner if not for the God that is RW.  5 TO wasn’t nice, but then goes out and lives up to the RainbOladipo with a 13/3/5/2/3 line and nary a TO.  Still a pretty bad 6-24 from deep on the year and I wish he didn’t settle for those as much.  But he looks awesome, I should’ve hopped aboard the RainbOrientExpressAdipo hype train.

Elfrid Payton Only 22 minutes last night as he battled some foul trouble.  Skiles put Elfrid on the shelfrid.  Sad JB.

Nikola Vucevic RainbUcevic!  Aight, aight, I’m done with that…  15/11/3/2/3, and now multi-blocks in every game this young season with at least 1 steal in each as well.  3.3 blocks per.  That’s been the big knock on his game – absence of D-stats – but it’s looking great so far.  I remember a commenter early in preseason mentioned Scott Skiles would preach intensity on D and it could translate to adding D stats for Vuc, and man, commenters be smarterer then eye amn!

Jonas Valanciunas SLIM IS DEFINATLY SMARTERER THEN EYE AMN!  32 mins in the opener for The Luminescent Lithuanian, but Bismack Biyombo fouled out.  Then 23:16 and 28:59 over the weekend.  Boooooo!  And remains stuck at one block through three.  The Lithuanian continues to dim and brighten his luminescence so much that we might as well call him The Strobe Light Lithuanian…

Rodney Hood I got grilled a few times for not ranking him higher, and I cited I just didn’t see the role.  Well he’s still starting, but through three games if you take out an outlier 6 dime game and a 4 steal game, his numbers are really pedestrian.  I know you can’t cherry pick like that, but you know what, you can call me Cherry Jones because I’m president of this ish!

Jahlil Okafor Remember when he looked good in his debut?  Yeah that was against Tyler Zeller.  Against the Jazz and Rudy Gobert?  10/6/1/1/0 on 4-12 shooting, another 2 TO, and 2-4 FT.  50% FT, multi-TO and no blocks I think happens a lot more times than it doesn’t, given this was against the league’s best D.

Marcus Morris I kept talking about moving him up more(is), but ended up hovering in the same range in my ranks.  I’ll take third “highest” expert though!  Absolutely flourishing in Detroit going 26/7/2 Friday night, hitting another pair of treys to go 4-7 from deep on the year.  James Harden is envious of his shooting…

Stanley Johnson Yuck.  Didn’t even get to 12 full minutes last game out, even with Jodie Meeks on the mend for a few months after foot surgery.  Anthony Tolliver played 30 minutes of his excellent brand of stand-outside-the-perimeter-and-shoot-only-if-wide-open basketball in Friday’s OT win.  Can you play sad songs on the Banjo?  I got blues on the StanJo!

Andre Drummond Drummo gone Goro!  20/20 Friday night in almost what you’d expect from Drummo, and then he decided to do what you’d expect from the FT line as well going 4-10.

Kent Bazemore After his terrible debut when we said he could be a good stream, we figured out it takes a few games to warm him up!  Tore up the Hornets in two games on Friday and Sunday scoring 19 then 20 Pts.  He’s never hit over 65% from the stripe in his career, and had a 6-6 FT yesterday.  Certainly back in the streaming discussion.

Kyle Korver Stick to your guns, JB!  I worried he would be pretty off to start the season, but he had a solid second game last Thursday.  Then a DNP-rest and 6/2/2/0/0 on 3-9 shooting with no 3PTM was his weekend.  I’d give it a few more weeks to fester into a nice toilet wine, then shoot the epic buy lows.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Whoa, I never woulda thought he’d be scoring at least 20 a night this year!  Given it’s two games, but you can small sample your face!  27/9/2/3/0 then 20/9/2/0/1 with no TO after a rough 6 giveaways in his debut.  Hit a trey in both games and is 11-13 at the stripe.  If he hits 0.7-0.8 3PTM a game and over 80% FT, he’s going to be the steal of your draft.  Hype might finally work out this time!

Jarrett Jack Even in all the PG runs we struggled through in RCL drafts, no one wanted to touch Jack.  “Wahhhhhhh, but I’m Jarrett Jack!”  16:4 AST:TO his first two games, averaging 13.5 Pts.  The low steals/3s with a bad FG% isn’t great, but it sure is a usable dime source.

LaMarcus Aldridge I watched the whole Spurs/Celtics game on Sunday, and it was vintage LA.  I’ve seen a good amount of the Spurs so far, and he never really looked comfortable (and he’s said as much) the first two games, but got hot in iso down the stretch and ended with a 24/14/5/1/1 line.  While awesome, I still think the minutes will waffle and after getting to 0.5 3PTM last year, has none thus far.

Karl-Anthony Towns Whew, just how good is the KAT?!  28/14/2/0/4, 11-19 FG 6-7 FT against the Nugs, but the Nugs are playin’ some scrubs straight from…  the tub?  I dunno where I was going there, just saying the interior presence in Denver is absent.

Nuggets Big Men – Speaking off, the Nuggets really need a nice masseuse as Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic both left last night with back injuries.  With Jusuf Nurkic still out, it’s James Cameron’s The Abyss at C for Denver.  Darrell Arthur should play a tad more, and they might actually have to play J.J. Hickson, who looked awful in preseason.  Maybe Kenneth Faried gets more pure-C minutes, but they don’t have Wilson Chandler either for another week to help stretch them out at F.  Yeesh.

Willie Cauley-Stein After an 8-minute debut, very similar to my sex life (who am I kidding, I mean 8 seconds), 17/9/1/1/3 against the Lakers.  Solid, but then back to what you’d expect in a 8/9/0/3/1 outing on Halloween against the Clips.  5-9 FT in those, a rough part of his game.  The out-of-position steals are legit, but he’s still in the streaming class for me.  Not too dissimilar from Steven Adams.

DeMarcus Cousins Yeesh, after football claimed a few guys with torn Achilles’ these past few weeks, when Boogie had to get an MRI on his, I was pretty scurred.  But it’s only a strain, so hopefully he’s back in a few.

Blake Griffin He’s a decent scorer.  Ripped apart the Kings, which I find funny because George Karl said he didn’t want to start WCS in the opener since it would be too hard guarding Blake.  Turns out he was right!  Apparently Karl thought WCS got enough seasoning in the one game in between…

Julius Randle Pretty good debut, then just an awful follow up against the Kings Friday night, shooting 1-4 FG, 1-4 FT, and committing 5 TO while doing nothing else.  But then the more-or-less rook went insane on the old Mavs for 22/15/4/4/1 last night in one of the more shocking lines from the weekend.  4-8 FT marred the outing a tiny bit, and it’s weird because he was jawing with Kevin Garnett against the Wolves in the opener, and now hating on the old guys last night.  Just imagine what he’d do to the seniors-only pickup game on Saturday afternoon at the Y!

C.J. McCollum It’s not always about being right or being wrong, it’s just about getting at least 40% of your bold calls knocked down!  Which is unlike McCollum, who after that nuts debut is a soul-crushing 13-37 in the past two for 37%.  7:3 AST:TO, only 3-13 from deep, and it’s gotten a little pedestrian again.  Gus Ayonin’!

Meyers Leonard Another Blazer I was trying to cool off, Leonard apparently has numbness in his hand off two pretty bad games.  I have numbness in my hand too, but I’m about to do The Stranger.  Certainly not written by Camus, but there is definitely a French person on screen!

Trey Burke After I ripped him in that debut, back-to-back OK games.  Still streamer-ish for me in 12ers, but he should probably be owned in any deeper.

Langston Galloway While still a clusterBuck Williams, is Galloway the G you want in New York?  I’m seriously asking, because I don’t have a Bucking Williams clue!  14/7/4/1/1 with 2 treys on Halloween, multi-treys in every game with 8 on the season, 10:1 AST:TO; he’s just a metrics whore right now.  Metric whores just wanna Buck Williams!

Lance Thomas Just to make things more confusing in Poppycockland, Thomas is out-minutesing Derrick Williams and Kyle O’Quinn in the frontcourt.  It’s all pretty messy.  When 3 of my last 4 blurbs have included The Stranger, Buck Williams, and a Poppycock, it just sounds like a friggin’ Paul Verhoeven movie right now!

Jrue Holiday I have a feeling no one in New Orleans has any clue what is going on.  “No one” abbreviated is the same as New Orleans abbreviated.  NO doesn’t have a clue.  Holiday apparently is now cleared to play 25 minutes a game, Gentry played him 27 minutes anyway because, ya know, what does a minutes limit mean?!, and this was after he was supposedly on a 15-MPG limit until Christmas just a couple weeks ago.  The Pelicans are easily the most injury-prone team, and they can’t even figure out how to manage their healthy players!  How their medical staff still have jobs is beyond me.  I almost had half of this blurb in all caps; it warranted a trolls-ian response!  Oh yeah fantasy, I guess “yay!” if you drafted Jrue for the short-term, but who the hell knows if this is good or bad news long-term.  After the joke that was Nate Robinson got waived, they picked up Tone-extra-E Douglas off the street, and now he looks better than Ish Smith.  Does anyone know who will get picked up off the street for them by Wednesday?  No one has a clue!

Jon Leuer I just shot FAAB all over Leuer in the REL as I need a boarder, and he’s got 7+ in three straight in a pretty consistent Suns bench role.  3 treys in 3 games, 6:1 AST:TO, he’s a great deep league glue guy.

Chandler Parsons 12 minutes in his debut, and looked slow.  Didn’t play in the second half, and the easing-in appears to be a lengthy process.  I’d certainly sit him in weekly.

Deron Williams – Shockingly able to play after there was a report he had a knee sprain.  Anything on his injury report is virulent.  I wasn’t sure I used that word right, but score one for vocabulary!

Matthew Dellavedova Here’s the stat oddity of the week!  Somehow got a dimebag against the Heat, going 5/5/10/1/0 and has an unbelievable 17:1 AST:TO ratio through three games.  Is there anything actionable with that stat?  Probably not.

Robert Covington Lord Covington!  Welcome back to your shire!  Probable tonight, although will be on a minutes limit.  If he played on the Pelicans, he’d go the full 48…

The 7 Ahead

  • 4-game weeks: ATL, BKN, CLE, GSW, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR
  • 2-game week: BOS
  • Stream days: Thursday, Sunday

Monday: Unlike some weeks, Monday has a pretty full slate making it a lengthy group of teams with 4-game weeks.  HOU, MIL, OKC and SA are all on back-to-backs, so I’m keeping my eye on all your old Spurs to double-check they’re playing.  Cavs play at Philly – I’d temper expectations for the starters, and have a feeling Tristan Thompson gets enough run for a double double with a lot of minutes off the bench if you need early-week help up front.

Tuesday: Pretty full slate with ATL, IND, ORL and SAC heading into the front end of back-to-backs.  The Hawks actually have two sets of back-to-backs this week, and we’ve already seen Kyle Korver get a DNP-rest this year.  He’s certainly someone to keep a watchful eye on as tip approaches.  The Nugs play at the Lakers, who have given up some unreal lines to PG including a career-game for Ricky Rubio.  I’m playing Emmanuel Mudiay with a lot of confidence, even after regressing the past few games.

Wednesday: Your typical mid-week biggie, only 8 teams are off so your line-up should be more full than Raymond Felton after he hits up CiCis.  Always like your guys against Philly who go to Milwaukee, so let’s go Bucks!  Blazers are at Utah, so if you’ve got a good scoring line-up, C.J. McCollum and that soul-crushing FG% risk can ride the bench.  The Pacers want to be, well, the leaders in pace, but I don’t want much to do with the Celtics and that rotation going against them.  OKC, POR, and UTA all head into back-to-backs, but there isn’t a big concern with any of the must-own guys.

Thursday: Our first big streaming day of the week!  5 games with [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]  Tony Snell is indeed pretty boring, but he brings a few points and treys with virtually no TO.  If you need some swats, Taj Gibson is available in most leagues and Steven Adams is available in even more.  You’re probably only using your Heat and Wolves regulars; Nemanja Bjelica could be a deeper league guy for a few boards and treys in his 25ish minute bench role.  As in the open, Starvin Marvin’s ownership has shot up, but could still be on your wire by Thursday for some all-around stats.  If Deron Williams has yet another injury, J.J. Barea is always a popular stream of mine for assists.  Gotta love your Jazz in what should easily be a 20-turnover game for the Nugs.  Rodney Hood should be in the streaming class in my opinion, but he’s owned in half of leagues.  Like him if he’s out there in your league for that matchup.  Gary Harris might be able to nab a couple steals if Wilson Chandler is still out.  Obviously if you have McCollum you probably have to use him, but against the Grizz I could see another rough shooting night.  Courtney Lee is always a nice ThrAGNOF.  DEN and MIA head into back-to-backs, so there could be a Dwyane Wade DNP in here, which might make Justise Winslow and interesting fill-in play.  He’s looked a lot better than I thought.

Friday: Back to a full slate, ATL, BKN, GSW, HOU, MIL, NO, ORL, PHI, SAC and WAS all head into back-to-backs.  As mentioned above, Korver is likely out one of these.  Dwight Howard is again a risk to pick up a DNP like he did yesterday. Wow, Cavs play the Sixers twice.  Yet another game to be worried about Cav minutes.  The Pelicans have looked awful with their depleted line-up, even on a full slate Dennis Schroder is worth a start.  Blowout potential and Schroder looks like one of the best bench players in the NBA.

Saturday: Again a heavy schedule night, no teams are heading INTO a back-to-back, so you just need to double-check on the teams listed on Friday for possible DNPs.  The Magic play at Philly so I could see RainbOladipo going nuts, and the struggling Pelicans go to Dallas, so I’d temper expectations on the Mavs vets, especially Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews on a back-to-back.  Might be a game they both sit.

Sunday: 5 games, 10 teams going to round out the week.  Pacers go to Cleveland – I don’t think there’s anything too crazy going on there.  C.J. Miles has been pretty good despite a low scoring game his last time out; he should be streamed if needing a ThrAGNOF.  Detroit goes at Portland, this could be a fun one.  Stanley Johnson has started pretty slow, I could see him on some wires for an extended run in what could be a blowout.  Sadly he’s a streamer play for me right now.  Lakers go to the Knicks, ain’t no way you’re touching Calderon.  Galloway and Jerian Grant are certainly interesting.  Raptors go to Miami; Slim will laugh at this one, but you can get some low end ThrAGNOF with Patrick Patterson!  And finally, Suns go to OKC in what should be another fun matchup.  Likely just your regulars there, maybe you give Dion Waiters a try as the Thunder could run away with it and let Waiters mop up.

 

As mentioned in the open, you guys like the 7 Ahead? Let me know in the comments, and hopefully you had a strong week 1!  Happy week 2, Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Oh good lawd, what a great read! I love it. Bravo to you. I may go sit on my hand for a bit – I’m expecting a Strange encunter, shortly.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Thanks so much man! Haha I hope it is a lovely strange encounter for you good sir

  2. Nishinga says:
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    The reason for why Harden suck so much is the Based God.
    Harden stole his cooking dance and Lil B AKA Based God cursed him.
    If I knew he is cursed I would never take him, he ruins me. Lost 6-3 in the first week.

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    I have never played fantasy basketball before, which is not surprising because I don’t really know anything about basketball (other than to root LeBron in every playoffs). But when a friend started a league and asked if I’d join, I was like, “Duh.” And then I found out it was an auction draft, which I’ve never done before.

    Anyway, we had our draft last night, me basically drafting blind (and based off of ESPN values, because, as I learned, it’s hard to flipflop between a draft room and a website when bids are popping on my screen every second), battling trying to figure out ESPN’s auction UI, and flailing badly.

    8-team league, standard 8-cats.

    I had one rule going in: Don’t draft LeBron James.

    In slots:
    -Chris Paul
    -Paul George
    -LeBron James
    -DeMarcus Cousins
    -Andre Drummond
    -J.J. Redick
    -Nikola Mirotic
    -Trevor Ariza
    -Enes Kanter
    -Wesley Matthews
    Bench:
    -Eric Gordon
    -Ryan Anderson
    -Jrue Holiday

    I, uh, apparently utilized the “stars and scrubs” philosophy–at least whatever qualifies as a “scrub” in 8-teamers. That wasn’t really my intention until I blinked and realized that A. I had assumed someone would bid more than that for LeBron and B. after drafting four players, I only had $30 left for the rest of the draft.

    I can’t imagine I did well? But it’s hard to gauge when the only names I knew beforehand were LeBron and Cousins. And I might be confusing the Cousins guy with a quarterback.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Theory: Welcome to hoops! You’ll love it! hah yeah, your first league being an auction is def tough. 8-cat, loves the stars and scrubs as yeah, there really arent scrubs in a 8er. LeBron should be more than solid in 8cat and certainly looks like you didn’t overpay. Haha well Kirk Cousins almost averages as many TO as DeMarcus Cousins! It’s definitely not bad, you could use one more rebounder and blocker, and with a lot of shooters your FG% looks a little rough. Other than that looks pretty good!

      • The Theory says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the response and reassurance, JB!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Theory: Hah any time man, I will be your hoops therapist!

  4. Dante Green says:
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    Awesome read as always, JB!

    First of all I would like to thank Slim for making me draft Favors. Haha. Lovin the guy’s defensive stats!

    I survived my first week with a narrow win, 5-4. Won the cats TO, DIMES, SWATS, TREYS & SWIPES. FG was brutal thanks to Dipo, Dame, Wiggins and Ariza. Didn’t have the support I was expecting from my other big men, Sam Mitchell is giving Dieng’s minutes to Bjelica which sucks. TJones is always hurt AF and ORL isn’t ready to unleash AGordon yet. I have yet to pick someone from the wire and I think I’m still giving my boys another week before making a move! I’m off to a good start, not great, but it’s not how you start the season that matters, it’s how you finish! Hah

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      @Dante Green: Thanks man! Hah yeah Favors looks great, I’m sure Slim is happy we got him in F&F. Yessir, no panicky moves needed and TJones and Gordon will be fine, keep on getting dem Ws!

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    Danny Green, Danny Green, I can’t figure out what to do with him. Tempted to drop him for someone in form now like Bazemore but I know he’s making shots from deep, just not hitting them. I just don’t know if he’s running cold or LMA is taking up too much ball

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      @Beefo: You don’t draft Danny Green because of his points contribution. You draft him because he gives you steals (4 a while ago) and out of position blocks (1 blk a while ago) and super low TO (1.3TO). You also can’t expect him to shoot at 25% whole season long. He’ll normalize to say 44%. Big thing is the minutes are there (27-29 min) Also, doesnt need usage to dominate. Just needs to be in his spots which he is.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Beefo: @draco21: Yeah Green has started a little slow, but he’ll hit his 3s and be better and yeah the minutes are there. We’ve seen him get down to 20 per game and we’re not seeing that so thats good…

  6. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP?!!! well, i think the kardashan curse is for real with hardens struggles. no mention of my boy AMINU?!!! hehe.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: Hahaha, yeah I didn’t wanna go there with Kardashian 🙂

      Yeah, well Aminu wasn’t bad enough for me to slam or good enough to admit I was wrong. Juts kinda there… 13.7/8.3/1.7/0.3/1.3 is nice I guess, but damn 3.7 TO, 43% from the field, and a fluky high FT%… Meh

  7. Matty

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    Hey man. Hope you had a good weekend.

    Love the “7 Ahead” addition for Monday mornings – definitely something to look forward to. Re: the Hawks this week – not only do they have two B2Bs, but they’re pressed into a 4 games in 5 nights stretch, and both times they are travelling to get to the second game (so it’s not like it’s part of a long home stand). This smells of some early-season rest for Sapper, Al and/or Teague.

    Curious what you think about Capela and his lack of minutes, even in a starting role? He’s shooting 75% and has 20 boards and 6 blocks in 57 total minutes on the year…and he’s not getting run because…..? His court time has gone 25, 18, 14 in three games so far. I don’t get it – he looks good out there on both ends, the Rockets have no depth in the front court with Dwight and TJ already missing time and no DMo. And though Harrell has looked good, he hasn’t looked THAT good. If Clint can get 24 MPG he’s going to be fun to own. But last night’s 14 mins despite 5 for 5 from the field are frustrating.

    Have a good week, brother. Cheers.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matty: Thanks man! Glad it came out well! Yup it’s a tight stretch for them, we’ll see how Coach Butthole runs it. Hah yeah I dunno… Played super small with Chuck Hayes getting some C, Capella did have two quick fouls at one point, but I dunno. Have a good week man!

  8. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work JB! Thanks for the great read!!!

    12 team H2H points league….
    My team

    K Walker – PG
    J Butler – SG
    D Green – SF
    T Jones – PF
    G Dieng – C
    E Kanter – C
    V Oladipo – G
    O Porter Jr. – F
    M Conley – UTIL
    E Mudiay – UTIL

    Bench
    D Collison
    I Canaan
    A Gordon

    My C are weak and I could drop I Canaan for M. Leonard or Bogut or A. Johnson or Mozgov or A Len…
    what do you think?
    I’ve been trying to trade for a Center but in this league nobody wants to trade.
    thanks again

    • draco21 says:
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      @RicoSuave: Meyers Leonard should be owned. RUN DONT WALK. Drop Canaan

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @draco21: thanks man. Meyers Leonard got dropped and I’m 4th on the waiver wire… so, I hope i can get him

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @draco21: @RicoSuave: Does Meyers Leonard REALLY need to be owned? Especially for a Pts league. I think I’d rather Canaan, will take more shots

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @JB Gilpin: what do you think of my C situation though?

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Should I hold JB?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @RicoSuave: Oh wow, yeah def a little light there, TBH I might go Leonard over Dieng in a Pts league, more minutes and a bigger role seem to be there.

              • RicoSuave says:
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                @JB Gilpin: thanks again JB!

                • RicoSuave says:
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                  @RicoSuave: Hopefully I can get him through waivers…

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                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @RicoSuave: Cool good luck man!

  9. CTMN says:
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    What do you think of Archie Goodwin and Kyle Anderson for this season? Any upside for the second half? Trying to win now and it’s tough to own guys who don’t play…

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @CTMN: I was going to drop Archie in the REL but only if I got a quality guy at a good FAAB which didn’t happen! I think Weems and Price are terrible players and Archie was solid in the 1 garbage time game he was a part of, but so was Booker. I’ll give it another week or 2 but my patience is running thin. SloMo is tough since he’s a kid on a Popovich team. He’s going to get a lot of quick hooks but should be really solid on DNP-rest days for the starters. I’ve got Archie winning minutes before SloMo but who knows with the Suns.

      JB has $1 FAAB left for the rest of the year, I wasn’t about to do that, so I hold.

      • CTMN says:
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        @Slim: Thanks, I’ll most likely wait and see with both. $1 for the whole season?! What if the next Whiteside/Middleton/Gobert appears? Come on jb!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @CTMN: Hahahaha, well it would be different if I had only 1 or 2 guys to replace. I had 4 spots to replace, plus Oubre who isn’t playing. I needed production now. If Archie and Anderson were two of them, I probably would’ve held. I had absolute crap in my spots haha

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            @JB Gilpin: Haha ok that’s understandable. Gonna be tough for you now though.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: I dunno man, I’ve had a lot of nice $0-$1 bids and I’m happy with my lineup right now. We’ll see how it goes

  10. DanTheMetMan says:
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    I got offered D.Green and M.Turner for my Favours and Cauley-Stein in a 16 team H2H 3 keeper league where you get bonus points for double doubles.

    What do you think guys? Do I do it???

    • draco21 says:
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      @DanTheMetMan: If you get bonus for the dubdub. you hold.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @draco21:

        Are you referring to Danny green or Draymond green? If its draymond then i would do it, but if it’s danny, its pretty close but favors look really good thus far, and points for dub/dub favor favors also (see what i did there lol)

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @DanTheMetMan: @draco21: @Jeremy: Yeah agree, if Draymond I’m doing it, if Danny I wouldn’t

        • DanTheMetsFan says:
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          @Jeremy: sorry forgot there where two D.Greens … its Draymond Green

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @DanTheMetsFan: No worries! given Dray and Myles ages, I know WCS is young too and not like Favors is old, but I’m doing it

  11. JG

    kw says:
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    Nothing like 1 very nice game from Melo to get apprehensive managers to say yes to a trade. So finally got my Melo for Pau trade done! I will miss the point production as it seems pretty clear that Mirotic is taking away touches/opportunities from Pau vs the guards on the starting unit. BUT I can’t see myself having restful nights knowing 2 of my team’s top guns (KD and Melo) coming back from major injuries.

    Lineup still needs help and with a hard cap of 35 moves (already at 4), I’m probably in need of another major trade or 2. I’ve got:

    Guards:
    Smart (would be nice if he could do 75% of what he did yday on a regular basis) vs a roller coaster ride
    Avery Bradley (after that dunk yday, he seriously needs to drive more vs just settling for jump shots)
    Wiggins
    Patty Mills (just had to nab him since I needed to win the 3s cat–which I did)
    Tony Allen (flier on the steals for this coming week as a cat I need to win especially with Tjones and his injury problems–AGAIN!)

    Forwards:
    KD-’nuff said. he’s back!!
    Otto Porter-i’ll take boring if boring means 1-1-1 (3s, stls, blocks)
    Tjones- 2 straight yrs drafting him and looks like 2 straight yrs of disappointment

    Bigs:
    Dirk-turning back the clock yday..albeit vs the Lakers
    Zbo-Might look to trade him if the steals don’t come around
    Noel-Have 1-2 managers that have “emotional ties” to his end of last yr’s performance so if he continues to show off his mid range bricks with regularity, one nice game and i’ll see what I can get
    Pau-concerned with the Mirotic effect but might be helpful anyway as Pau did do a lot of playing during the summer too
    Myles Turner-he just needs to stay healthy even at 18-22 until ASB, I should be able to justify holding on. Can see Mahinmi getting into foul trouble against some elite bigs and thus the occasional minute bump ups.

    I let got of Henson. Wanted to hold on but with Kidd’s lineup policies and TJones’ inj, I needed to make a stand at the blocks department (pre Pau trade) and had to nab Capella. Dropped him for Tony Allen for the steals for this wk (probably regardless if Capella played better yday as Howard would start today vs OKC. Although, HOU has 1 more back to back later this week). I think early foul trouble and eventually freakishly athletic big Whiteside probably was reason for his minutes yday.

    I also let go of TJ Warren (he and Tucker are probably untouchable in 12 teams for now) and had to go with Patty Mills. Needed the 3s (along with blocks) w/o a drag on the razor thin fg lead (Which i held onto) to help salvage my week (from 2-7 to a more respectable 4-5).

    Thoughts on my lineup? As said before, it’s an outright punt assts. I’ll try to hold onto MIlls as long as possible as he does give me the 3s I need w/o the FG drag. Prior to last yr (came back from inj), he did post 46% for 3 yrs. Not sure if more minutes due to Parker’s age will take that down. Allen is the revolving door as I can’t have too many specialists as Porter is starting to look like one (with Mills the other).

    Not sure what you think about this: Vucevic+Thad Young for Noel+Wiggins. I’m as high as Wiggins as you and I’m waiting for Wiggins to get to 44-45% then 1-1-1 but Vucevic with his FG/FT and now defensive stats is really tempting. Thad is a poor man’s Millsap but the steals would allow me to not take a flier on a steals specialist and instead just try to solidify pts/fg/rebs somewhere.

    Sorry for the lengthy post. This is what happens when one mgr had the wrong strategy for rounds 3-6 on the draft LOL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kw: Haha no worries! So you got Pau for Melo, it’s certainly close! Durant is obviously godly, but it’s a tough blow to Pts. Totally good losing Henson, I own him in one league still and holding out hope. Suns SF looks like a black hole. Def have the right guys for AST punt! Looks pretty good going that way but still would like a tad more scoring even though i think Wiggins will be fine. Vuc’s D stats are nice, but so are Noel’s and it gives up even more scoring, I wouldn’t do that one.

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Love the 7 Ahead format, JB–some good analysis out there that you’re not going to find elsewhere, certainly at the beginning of the week. One suggestion, if you have the capacity for it–maybe add some weekly streamers to that section? Lesser-owned guys with 4-game weeks and good matchups. Thanks, hombre.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Thanks man! Glad it came out so well! Cool, yeah that sounds like a plan! Maybe a bullet point at that top part. Sounds awesome!

  13. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    3 leagues, 3 questions for ya.

    14 team (11 CAT w/ FGM + FTM)
    Lillard, Teague, Collison
    Reggie, Clarkson
    Mirotic, Hood, BazeGod
    Griffin, TJones, Kristaps
    Hibbert, Kanter

    A) Do you like any of the following over Baze?
    -Ginobili, Sullinger, Lavine, TRoss, DPowell
    ————————————————————

    12 Team H2H (9 CAT)
    Wall, Bledsoe, Collsion
    Beal, Clarkson
    Danny Green, Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson
    Favors, Faried, Markieff Morris
    Cousins, Myles Turner

    B) Too early to cut bait on Stanley?
    -Wilson Chandler, Joe Johnson, Burke, ZaZa, JGreen, CLee, Sully
    ————————————————————————

    12 Team (9 CAT)
    Bledsoe, IT, Jack
    Knight, Pope
    Durant, Gay
    Millsap, Markieff, Aaron Gordon
    Meyers Leonard, Myles Turner, Mason Plumlee

    C) Just drafted last night. Always finding myself without blocks.
    Like anyone on the wire? Any general insight about what to look for in trades?
    -Nurkic, Koufos, JGreen, CLee, Sully, JCrawford, BWright

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy says:
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      @DanTheMetMan: @J:

      If you have IL spots, i would definitely stash Nurkic

      • J says:
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        @Jeremy: No IR spots in any of the leagues unfortunately

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @J: @Jeremy: @J: Hmmmm, Baze is right there with Ginobili and Sullinger, not a fan of any Celtic big, but I like Sullinger the most season-long. I think Baze is hot and starting right now though, fine with him for now. B – Nope he can get dropped, likely getting Joe Johnson C – I think blocks actually look pretty good! No elite guys, but a lot chipping in. Got a ton of scoring, if trying to get an elite blocker I think Gay could be the piece to move, or IT2

          • J says:
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            @JB Gilpin: What do you think about my Gay + Plumlee for his KAT + Porzingis? (Third league)

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @J: Yup, fits the needs perfect and would look great to that owner too I’d imagine, I like it!

  14. Connor says:
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    Love the write up and 7 ahead man! I know short term Mo Williams over DAngelo Russell but how about ROS? Thanks man!

    • Connor says:
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      @Connor: One more, Mo Williams or Rondo? Thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Connor: Thanks man! Looks like it’s going to be there all year! Ummmm, yeah if a season long add I like Russell, Williams will be close to unownable with Kyrie back. Rondo is close… I’ll sadly, painfully lean Rondo and hope he doesn’t get traded

  15. Yo says:
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    Gorgui dieng was just dropped in my league. Worth taking a flier on?

    • Ryan says:
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      @Yo: Fo sho dude, he posted top 40 value in ESPN 9-cat last season, and it’s not like he needed major minutes to do it either. Bjelica has me worried, but I think Dieng might be losing minutes to him because he is off to a slow start? Idk man, but I think he is worth the flier in any case.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Yo: @Ryan: Obviously depends on the league. 12er? Probably, depends on who you’re dropping. 10 team, i don’t think so, these low minutes to play Bjelica to stretch it is mad worrisome

        • Yo says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          12 teamer, could drop Lin, trey Burke, your boy rolo

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Yo: Keeping Rolo. If your PG depth is OK, I’m good dropping either for him

  16. What do you think about dropping Hood for Otto Porter? Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Hmmm interesting, they’re both pretty similar… I’ll lean Porter

  17. Principal Blackman says:
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    Love the write up, and I really love the “7 ahead” feature, JB. I’ve been looking for something exactly like that for streaming purposes. Since you have to pick up a player on the day before you intend to use him in Yahoo, it can be hard to plan it out.

    What are your thoughts on Clint Capela/Montrezl Harrell. Dwight isn’t playing on B2Bs and TJones is already bloodied. Capela has looked great, but Harrell has been getting the run. What up wit that? I streamed Capela for the first game of the season, and have since cut bait for a little QT with Lauvergne. Now that Prince Joffrey’s back has betrayed him, I’m considering picking up Harrell since it seems like McHale likes him. Any criticism or advice would be most welcome.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Thanks man! Glad it was helpful! Yeah it’s a very odd mix. Capella doesn’t get the run and Harrell had one hot game, it’s kinda messy. I think harrell is gonna be squeezed for minutes pretty hard, all these mentioned are in the streamer class for me. Once Tjones is back, I dunno how much harrell plays, then Motiejunas looms at some point as well

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, they would be streamer-class in a regular sized league. This is a 13-team roto league with five bench spots instead of 3. So people tend to hang on to the streamer-types with the extra bench space. In the time since I posted this, someone grabbed Capela, which is who I’m thinking I should’ve just picked up. I am also worried about Harrell’s playing time going forward. Hopefully Lauvergne isn’t hurt too bad and he gets some more run because he didn’t look awful on Sunday before leaving the game.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        I also through out a really low-ball offer to the TJones owner and got shot down.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Principal Blackman: Ah gotcha yeah that’s getting into the deeper range. Just not a vote of confidence seeing Capella not play more with no Dwight. I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. Hah, well nice effort on the Tjones low ball!

  18. Hamtime says:
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    1 ibaka/tjones or Teague/Gallo
    2. Kemba or Danny green
    3. Gobert or Drummond
    4. Teague or Wiggins
    5. Capela looked solid but limited mins are concerning. Hold in a 16 man or Tiime to let go?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: 1. whew that seems close and team based. ton of blocks for 1, AST and all around for 2. 2. Kemba right now… 3. GOBERT! 4. Depends, I’m still Wiggy for Wiggins, but if a big need for PG I could see going Teague. 5. Ugh, don’t get why the low run. I’d still hold for now. Any time!

  19. Matt Damon's Face in Good Will Hunting says:
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    Dudes! Need some helpsies. Hurting a bit for 3’s:

    I can drop JR Smith and/or Justin Anderson….Can pick up:
    Marvin Williams
    Kent Bazemore
    Nick Young
    Jae Crowder
    Evan Fournier

    Can you rank these dudes for me for rest of year? Or should I keep JR and Anderson over any of them? Thanks BRUH!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt Damon’s Face in Good Will Hunting: Anderson can def go. I would nab Marvin. Smith with only 7 deep attempts so far… Interesting. I’m good streaming that spot, ROS I kinda like what I see from Crowder, but he’s more all-around, I dunno if that helps the 3PTM. Any time Brosef Stalin!

  20. draco21 says:
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    Hey bud! I truly get what you mean with Holiday. But I do disagree in some points. There are stretches that the boy flat out balls. The talent still there even if the body aint up to par yet. Also, what is up with Marvin Williams too lol. He gonna be the next Malone and tear it up when he is north of 30 lol!

    Quick question for you. I have pending trade offers and would really love the whole staffs opinion on it.

    16 teams, 9 cat H2H

    PG – CP3, Collison, Mills, Lin (SG)
    SG – Danny Green (SF), Covington (SF)
    SF – JR Smith (SG), Ginobili (SG)
    PF – P.Gasol (C), Noel (C), Dieng (C)
    C – Towns, B. Wright

    Trade 1: Noel, Green for DMC
    Trade 2: Towns for Derozan
    Trade 3: P. Gasol for Lowry
    Trade 4: Noel, Green for Ibaka and Bledsoe

    I’m trying to get rid of Noel cause essentially he drains my FT%. Also, season long projection on KAT? I’m inclined to believe he will be posting top 50. However, I haven’t witnessed a rookie do that. I think the closest to do so was CP3?

    Your recommendations? TYIA!

    PS: SLIM WHERE ARE YOU SMEXEH LITTLE THANG YOU.

    • Matt says:
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      @draco21: Duncan was probably top 50 his rookie year, but he’s also an extreme case as he is one of the top 10 of all-time. I like the trade for DMC but he will create a lot of TOs. I like the Gasol for Lowry trade too. You have enough bigs to not need that from Pau and Mirotic is stealing his touches anyway. Lowry should be a stud the rest of the year.

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        @Matt: So KAT is battling a weak Por frontcourt tomorrow. Hope he explodes again just like he did last time. Comfortable in trading him for a 3rd rounder? Say Teague/Conley/Brandon Knight perhaps MCW (buying the % increase in FT)

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Matt: @draco21: Whoa whoa whoa, I never said Jrue was bad! Lovvvvvvve his game. Just mad at all the disinformation Pelicans seem to spew out. Hah, Marvin Williams and Karl Malone in the same sentence, who woulda thunk it 🙂

          Def like 1, hate #2. 3 fits a nice need, 4 would be an absolute train robbery. Yeah I could see going for a PG, only one I would do is Teague though, KAT looks awesome and I think has a great yr

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            @JB Gilpin:

            KAT throwing out some treys today. Lmfao.

            The other owner banking on the upside and is offering DMC for KAT + Danny Green. Smexy don’t you think? Or you believe depth is a major thing in a 16 league team. No one sexy in the FA except for the upside of Powell once Dal starts to lose lol.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @draco21: Haha he’s got range! Ohhhhh yeah I’ll take Boogie. Great buy low, hopefully he’s back in just the 2 games. Then yeah, powell isn’t the worst add with the open spot!

  21. dom says:
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    we like Meyers Leonard (@MIN) or Steven Adams (@HOU) better tonight for 9 cat?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Good one… I’ll lean Leonard and hope he finds his stroke a little better

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly H2H pts league, big dbl dbl bonus and pts/%s not weighted as much as peripheral stats, need to start 2F and a Util out of:

    Faried (3G – @LAL, Uta, @GS)
    Bazemore (4G – @Mia, BK, @NO, Was)
    A. Gordon (4G – @NO, @Hou, Tor, @Phi)
    Gortat (3G – SA, @Bos, @Atl)

    My opponent has a GP advantage over me this week and Bazemore and Gordon have nice matchups, but it’s tough for me to sit Manimal or Gortat with their dbl dbl potential. Who do you like?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Whew yeah that’s a tough one. I think the one out for me is Bazemore, I know he’s had a couple nice games, but isn’t the rebounding force like your other guys

  23. Tim says:
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    Hey JB/Slim…

    for a thrag would you go cj miles or starvin marvin?

    • Tim says:
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      @Tim: I have stanjo, myles, and Agordon too.. you think any are droppable for marvin?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tim: For the week I like Marvin, like what I see. If you own Miles already, I think StanJo can go for Williams, but I’d keep an eye on him to see if his role increases

        • Tim says:
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          @JB Gilpin: ahh marvin was gone by the time i tried to add… but schrod came up so i took him for stanjo, i needed another guard anyway

          whats your outlook on the german after his weaker last game?

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            @Tim: Hah nice! Works out perfect. I actually watched that game, and he had some ridiculously awesome drives. Just didn’t hit the jumpers. Hawks have 4 games in 5 days in the middle of this week, and I could see the Hawks running the starters low minutes in some, still really like him

  24. Scott says:
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    I love the next 7 format.

    I have both Stephen Curry and Blake Griffin in one league. The other guys I have are:
    Rudy Gay
    Monta Ellis
    Tyson Chandler
    Derrick Favors
    Darren Collison
    Zach LaVine
    Clint Capela
    John Henson

    Should I pick up a SG/SF like Bazemore, Ginobli, Barton, Iguodala, Snell, or Ross?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Awesome thanks man! Um, yeah I think you can make some moves. Weekly league or daily moves? If daily moves, all of LaVine, Capela and Henson are streamable, I like Ginobili tonight (assuming he plays, it is a Spurs b2b) as a stream for example to fill in starts

  25. Jose Greco says:
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    Drop kristaps for gorgui?
    Deing cut today and thinking of dropping kp to pick him up, think gorgui gets back to normal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jose Greco: I’m pretty worried… I think I’d hold Kristaps, I think he’s playing more now, with just as much if not more upside as Dieng for minutes by the second half

  26. Ryan says:
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    Yeah I was very confused by NO playing Jrue more than 25 minutes the other night. I’m actually kind of worried by the minutes restriction being raised/eliminated. I kind of thought that it was a good thing because I would have a better chance of getting a healthy Holiday come postseason.

    On a separate note, has Bjelica stolen minutes from Dieng? I haven’t been following the Wolves so I’m not quite sure why Dieng isn’t getting minutes. I might have to start keeping Dieng out of the starting lineup for now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Yup exactly, I don’t know if it’s good or bad, I don’t think we’ll know until the season is over. Seems pretty risky for such a bad looking team. Yeah they like Bjelica out there to stretch the floor, and Dieng seems to only play C. With Towns looking so good, it’s not looking great. Agree, Dieng is a bench guy on full line-up nights/weekly right now

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Bummer. Now I gotta figure out what to do with Dieng. I can’t imagine the situation getting any better since Pek is already out and KG isn’t taking up too many minutes.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: Yeah it’s odd, especially on a rebuilding team, maybe a 2-0 start got to their heads!

  27. Ryan says:
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    Hi Sensei JB, the 7 ahead is looking good. Liking the new additions to razzball this year.

    My question is would you recommend trading my Wiggins and Noel, for a Marc Gasol? My team is:

    Pg- Bledsoe, Elfrid, George Hill
    Sg- Harden, Jimmy buckets, danny green
    Sf- Wiggins, Ariza, Batum
    Pf- Millsap, Draymond
    C- Gortat, Noel

    Im punting fg% and its a 9 cat h2h league.

    Thank you and greetings from Puerto Rico!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Awesome thanks man! We’re pumped! Nah I think you’re giving up a tad too much, plus Gasol doesn’t help a punt FG% build. Noel + Gortat? Gortat is a big help for FG% and that would fit the team better. Any time, hope the weather is nice down there!

  28. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB –

    I FAAB’d Leuer in the Commentor Dynasty this week too, got to watch him play the Blazers in back to back games. He can add some surprising contributions for sure…

    In a different league, do you like Mahinmi over Dieng for blocks/boards? Gorgi is getting so little run right now it seems like the minutes are just more reliable for Mahinmi. I just added Baze over David Lee in this league as well. Lee kind of stinks…

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks, man. I was kind of surprised to get him for $1, but I think most of us are just getting accustomed to the league type. Just got lucky this time.

            That fantasy pros link is hilarious! Nobody likes David Lee less than you, man. Congrats!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: I had a feeling he would get bid high on and fit my needs. $18 was a pretty close 2nd. Hahaha, thanks man! I didn’t even have him top 200 at first lol

  29. Doc says:
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    Start Brandon knight @ clips, klay vs grizz,Langston Galloway
    Or
    Start delladova, Bledsoe, and klay

    Sf are kawhi, Durand
    Pf leuer , Tristan
    C plumlee

    Get rid of kawhi for a upgrade at pf or center ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doc: Can you not start Knight/Klay/Bledsoe? Or is this a DFS lineup for tonight? DFS I don’t love Spurs are on a backtoback, I would go somewhere else from Kawhi

  30. Jeremy says:
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    Should i drop Robin Lopez for Dieng? in a 12 team h2h?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Yeesh, that one is close, I’d stick with Rolo, at least he will get to 30 mins some nights right now haha

      • Jeremy says:
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        @DanTheMetsFan: @JB Gilpin:

        OMG JB says stick with Rolo. Haha but i think so too. Thank you.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jeremy: Hahaha I know right?!?!

  31. Lawson says:
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    So someone on my league dropped Tyreke, who is injured till Xmas I believe. WOuld it make sense to get him into my team who already has a taken Injured Roster spot for Nurkic? My team is Mudiay, Lillard, Schröder,Bledsoe, Danny Green, Joe Johnson, Brewer, TJones, Aaron Gordon, Ibaka, Myles Turner, Henson, Bosh.

    I see 3 options: stay put, pick Reke for Nurkic who doesnt seem to be specially close and put him in that spot or maybe drop Henson for him? He is currently on waivers and I have a good number to claim him but I need to make it soon.

    Thanks a lot!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lawson: Yup, that’s if it goes to plan. Yeah I think I’d rather stash Evans, and while your dimes are fine, he doesn’t hurt. I like the losing Henson, then swapping IL guys, then getting another streamer/asset. Any time!

    • Lawson says:
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      @Lawson: 14 team league

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lawson: Cool yeah Evans shouldn’t have been dropped in a league that big!

  32. hanns says:
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    would you play 4 games of gerald green or 3 games or alec burcs in a standard 9 cat 12 man league. I’m leaning towards burcs.

    • hanns says:
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      @hanns: or risk convington?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hanns: Don’t love Green lost minutes the other night, between Covington and Burks… Sixers do have a back to back travel day, maybe Covington gets a DNP, it’s a little risky, I’ll go Burks

  33. I am the Walrus says:
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    I have Parker on my bench in a H2H. Is he done? Drop him for Marvin Will?

    • I am the Walrus says:
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      Or drop Parker for Bazemore?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @I am the Walrus: Tony Parker right, not Jabari? Yeah Gettin Marvin while hot is solid

  34. Matt says:
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    12 team 9 cat h2h. Is Lin droppable? I wana stream guys off the waiver wire but don’t know who to drop. I also have dieng and t jones who didn’t do much for me last week. What u think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: Sure, I mean he’s decent and will shoot better than 4-17 like the last two, but he can be streamable. Dieng kinda looks streamable for me too. Def holding Tjones

  35. CTMN says:
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    Randle’s 4 steals saved me, tied that category for the week with that last game!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CTMN: Hah, yeah wild week for him! Decent, then atrocious, then beastly!

  36. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB & Slim –

    One more quick question: Do you like any of these guys over Dieng in a 8 cat roto?

    Harlem Renaissance
    Baze
    Schroder
    Crowder
    Capela
    Aaron Gordon
    O’Quinn

    I hate to give up on Dieng, but he is not providing any help. I am also hesitant to stream due to games played limits.

    Thanks again, bro!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Good one, yeah I think Dieng is replaceable right now. Kinda leaning Schroder since 8 cat, and particularly with games played you can filter him in on Hawks back to backs or when Teague gets some DNPs. Any time!

  37. Filkarri says:
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    Not dropping him yet, but the minutes situation has me concerned for Dieng. Bench options to replace him in the lineup are Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner. Both play 4 games this week, who do you think I should go with?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Filkarri: Yup that’s been a theme today haha. 9cat or 8cat? 8cat I might roll dice on Okafor, but I’m likely going Turner in either

  38. Jake says:
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    What’s up JB. Got offered a trade in my league.. Its 9 cat FGM/FTM/3PTM/PTS/REB/AST/STL/BLK/DD

    The offer is Aldridge and Jack for my Love and Mudiay.. What do you think? Does love look like the old love and does he hold the same value even when kyrie returns?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: What’s good man? Love does look better, but he’s a little risky. Lovvvvvve Aldridge in a dubdub league, but Love is nice there too. Absence of %s and TO makes the league literally made for Mudiay, that’s where he hurt you in standard. I think Mudiay could be too good in that format to trade in that one

  39. Dommattingly says:
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    Who would you own this week…Galloway, Smart, Burks, Jeff Green? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dommattingly: Def not Smart, only 2 games. I’ll take Galloway and Knicks’ 4 games. Any time!

  40. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP?!!! someone just dropped tyson chandler. would you drop stanley johnson or myles turner for him? tnx!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: If daily moves, you bet! Grabbing him for StanJo

      • MAC says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what do you mean daily moves? hehe

        • MAC says:
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          @MAC: well, jr smith just got a knee contusion. drop smith rather than stanj for tyson now?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @MAC: As in like RCL or no FAAB, and people stream a little. I should’ve just said yes to StanJo either way 🙂 Yeah either could go, probably still losing StanJo first

            • MAC says:
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              @JB Gilpin: haha! sorry razzman, i just do standard leagues. hehe. noted with that!
              just put a waiver claim on tyson chandler dropping stanjo.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @MAC: Hah no worries! Yeah Tyson had a little tweak last night, but played through it and looked good on the glass

  41. Doc says:
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    Wiggins Middleton Jeff green Harrison Barnes aminu pick 1

    Wiggins, okafor or kawhi, plumlee

    Tonight

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doc: Def taking Wiggins. and for DFS, going Wiggins Okafor side

  42. RicoSuave says:
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    do I start Canaan or Collison for this week? Util 12 team H2H points league…
    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Ah sorry I missed ya, prob woulda gone Collison

  43. Ryan says:
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    I could use a ft% bump in both my 12er and 14er. Are there any decent guys widely available off the wire that could actually have an impact in that category a la Lou Williams last year?

    If not, who do you like for trade targets for either Whiteside or Ibaka. (Tried shopping Ibaka+Cov for Butler. It was a no-go)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yeah volume FT is tough to find, why I liked Lou in his TOR role last year. It’s a big asset for Ramon Sessions, but he won’t play enough most of the time. Alec Burks maybe, but he’s likely owned. Depends on other needs, maybe get IT2 plus another big back for Whiteside?

  44. thejohn says:
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    is ibaka under performing for his level?

    am currently being offered ibaka + (gay/hayward) for mirotic +lopez/noels

    any of it worth considering??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @thejohn: Got ya on the REL post!

  45. decaf says:
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    I just dropped Dieng for WCS in our 10-team 9-cat roto league. Would you agree with this move? It’s just frustrating to see his limited minutes while KAT is doing his thing.

    • decaf says:
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      @decaf:
      Also, do you think TJones is still a hold in a 10-team 9-cat H2H league? I currently have 2 streaming spots, but if TJones keeps missing games or not contributing enough, I’m missing out on the opportunity cost of having a player with 2 to 3 extra games for the week.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @decaf: Yeah, WCS is fine, it’s a painful but probably necessary move. And yes, def hold Tjones! It’ll hurt maybe one more week, then i think you’ll be happy with him.

        • decaf says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          Alright, will hang on to TJones for one more week. Thanks!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @decaf: Any time! Let’s hope this eye thing heals up

  46. hisoka says:
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    hey JB, nice read as always..

    need your opinion on Tobias Harris (me) for Favors trade. Should I go for it?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @hisoka: Oh yeah Favors is much greater than Tobias, especially with Aaron Gordon eating into the PF minutes.

      • hisoka says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @hisoka: Yup agree!

  47. Tyler says:
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    Rank them for ros 9cat h2h
    Lamb
    Barton
    Humphries

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler:
      add Gary Harris to that list

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tyler: Eesh, not really big on any of these guys. I’ll lean Barton, Lamb, Humphries, Harris – Harris a little better right now, but Chandler will crunch minutes

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