You know those days when everything just flows perfectly? You’re driving to work and exit the freeway because there’s too much traffic. For you East Coast folk, a freeway is a toll way except that it’s….free. Anyways, while traversing the local streets, you notice that all the lights turn green and you don’t have to stop once until you reach the office. What a feeling. Well, I had one of those days yesterday. I work from home so it wasn’t the scenario I described above. Rather, it went a little something like this. I was scrolling through Twitter when the Player’s Tribune account tweeted out an article from last year: Sharpen the Arrow by Jamal Murray. In the description was the quote, “I grew up in a kung fu house. It wasn’t until I got older that I discovered that most families didn’t talk about the Shaolin Temple.” I’ve always loved kung fu and that’s a freaking unique story. Then I received a notification that Garrett Temple scored 34 points.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 2 5 0 0 2 4/7 14/17 2/2

Garrett Temple. Shaolin Temple. My mind took me to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, which took me back to my youth and put a smile on my face. Then that got me to think about Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which made me look like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. The Universe is a beautiful place sometimes. So, how did your day go? As for Temple, he’s not fantasy relevant. At least not on a consistent basis. He averages around seven shots per game and 25 minutes. He plays for the Kings, so he can get 15 minutes one game or 40 minutes, which he got last night. He can shoot the 3 and chip in across-the-board stats. He’s scored double figures in 16 out of the 43 games he’s played and hoisted up at least 10 shots in eight games. If you can predict when those games happen, then you deserve your own 976 number.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Cavs lose again. That’s six L’s in the past seven games. Check out the pod for my thoughts on them going forward.

Kevin Love:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 11 0 1 0 0 0/1 4/8 2/2

If you’ve ever been in Love, you know it’s not all peaches and cream. It hurts at times. Over the past two weeks, Love has been a Top 75 player. We know about all the drama, but it’s January. The Cavs will figure things out and everything will be hunky dory at the end of the season.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 9 7 0 1 5 2/6 10/23 6/10

LeBron is an amazing basketball player, but he’s a freaking weirdo for congratulating himself on Instagram. Anyways, he’s been bad the past few weeks. Like, Top 80 bad. There’s a reason why the LeBrons haven’t been winning, but all will be good when LeJuggernaught comes out to play.

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 1 2 1 0 3 0/2 3/9 8/9

Not doing much besides scoring. He’s played eight games since returning from injury. It’s going to take time for him to get back into the groove and gain chemistry with his teammates.

Dwayne Wade:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 2 2 0 2 0 6/8 0

Played 18 minutes. Averaging a little over 21 minutes a game but getting 10 shots per. Me thinks the LeBrons are managing him for now. Could start getting more minutes down the stretch.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 8 3 2 1 2 0/1 12/18 6/7

A usage whore without Kawhi. Not a laughing matter.

With Pau Gasol sitting, Davis Bertans got the start and played 30 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 3 1 0 0 2/1 4/9 3/3

A big man that can shoot the 3. With Spurs Siestas, Bertans will get the occasional start. Normally, you can expect around 20 minutes a game, but with inconsistent usage.

With no Kawhi, Kyle Anderson got the start and played 34 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 12 5 1 1 0 0 5/10 0

Is huge on the glass and will get his block and 211 on. Won’t get enough shots. Glass ceiling?

Dejounte Murray:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 3 7 0 4 0 8/15 3/4

Played 30 minutes. Damn, hope y’all picked him up. He’s always been known as one of the better rebounding guards, but the seven steals and 15 shot attempts! Patty Mills played 20 minutes, while Tony Parker played 18 minutes. They obviously cap his ceiling, but everyone should be sliding into the DM.

With Kristaps Porzingis sitting, Michael Beasley got the start and played 35 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 4 4 0 0 0 0/1 8/15 5/5

The minutes are inconsistent with Beasley, but he actually feels safe to own. Doesn’t matter how much run he gets, Beasley is going to chuck up shots. Because that’s what he do.

Courtney Lee:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 5 2 1 0 1 2/6 8/13 2/4

Played 38 minutes. There was some concern that Lee would experience a big usage drop with the return of Tim Hardaway Jr., but he’s scored double figures in five straight games and consistently been getting over 10 shots per game.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 5 4 0 0 1 1/6 4/12 2/2

Only one Hardaway last night. The struggle shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as he was matched up against Kevin Durant. He’s going to get his shots and deliver those Hardaways.

Willie Hernangomez:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 3 5 1 0 2 0 3/4 2/2

Holy shit balls! 18 minutes of run. No Porzingis and no O’Quinn last night. That’s the only way Willie can be freed. When there is literally no one else to play.

Steph Curry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 6 7 0 0 1 8/15 9/19 6/6

When people yawn over a 32/6/7 game, that’s when you know you are one of the best players in the league.

Kevin Durant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 4 14 2 2 5 2/5 4/10 4/4

When you get bored during a game and try to do new things like match the points scored with number of dimes, that’s when you know you are one of the best players in the league. His nightly lines are ridonkulous. Yawn.

David West:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 4 4 0 0 0 0 5/6 2/2

Per 36, West is at 18.9 points, 9.2 boards, 4.8 dimes, 1.7 steals, and 3.1 blocks!!! Too bad he only plays around 15 minutes per game.

Spencer Dinwiddie:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 3 7 0 0 3 3/6 4/9 2/2

Played 29 minutes and garnered a 21.4 usage rate. Should continue to get around 30 minutes of run, but the shot attempts may come down. The assist numbers could increase, though, which should keep his value elevated.

D’Angelo Russell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 2 4 0 0 2 1/4 2/6 2/2

Only played 15 minutes. Patience grasshoppers. It’s only a matter of time.

Allen Crabbe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 6 1 1 0 1 2/8 5/13 0

Played 32 minutes. As Russell gets back into the mix, Crabbe should lose some of his legs.

Jarrett Allen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 11 1 0 1 0 1/1 4/6 3/6

Played 23 minutes. Why the F is Tyler Zeller still getting 15 minutes of run?! Me thinks the situation rectifies itself soon. Why do I have the sudden urge to take a dump?

Caris LeVert played 19 minutes while Joe Harris played 23 minutes.

LeVert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 5 6 0 0 2 0/1 2/4 2/3

Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 0 1 0 1 1 5/5 7/10 0

Harris is the better shooter, but LeVert has the more well-rounded game. Once Russell gets up to speed, all of Crabbe, LeVert, and Harris should see a downtick in minutes.

Carmelo Anthony:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 0 0 1 0 0/2 4/12 2/2

Puff, puff, puff. The only dimes he passing are….bags so his buddy can get his roll on.

Paul George:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 9 1 0 0 0 1/7 9/20 9/11

Paul to Russ, “Who’s this guy that keeps following us around?” Look up third wheel in the urban dictionary. Picture of Melo. Can’t wait to see you in Purple and Gold, Paul.

Russell Westbrook:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 5 6 2 0 1 0/4 12/27 8/11

Yawn. You know you’re one of the best players in the league when you score 32 points but don’t mess around and it’s whatever.

Raymond Felton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 2 4 1 0 1 2/2 6/8 0

Played 17 minutes. I just want to poke him with my finger and see if he makes the Pillsburry Doughboy sound.

Steven Adams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 14 0 3 0 1 0 3/12 0/2

Leading up to last night, Adams had double-dubbed in four straight games. Sooooooo, of course he shoots 3-of-12. He’s been a beast on the boards lately and been getting his block on as well. High FG%, engages in criminal activity, and is getting 11-13 shot attempts per game. The free throw shooting, though. A kangaroo kicking a ball to the basket could probably shoot a higher percentage.

Skal Labissiere:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 9 3 0 3 1 0 3/5 4/5

Got the start at power forward and played 23 minutes. The potential is there for Skal to have a big second half. But….it’s the Kings, so you never know.

Willie Cauley-Stein:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 9 4 1 5 1 0 9/18 3/4

Has been getting consistent minutes lately. I was worried that the Kings would do Kings things, so I was hesitant to trust in WCS. I have to change my tune. Someone asked me the other day if I’d trade WCS for Kanter and/or Pau. I said sure. No mas.

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 3/6 0

Played 11 minutes before leaving the game due to injury (abdominal tightness).

It’s time for…..an update on the Trading Places bet between Vivek and Vlade.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 4 4 0 0 5 0/4 4/12 0

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 5 2 4 1 2 3/6 5/10 0

Looks like the American won this round, but it’s a tight race.

Aaron Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 12 2 1 0 7 2/7 6/17 2/3

Double-dubs in four of the last five games. The blocks or shall I say lack of continues to baffle me. At least he made up for it with the high turnover rate. Patrons at a buffet would be most appreciative. Fantasy owners? Not so much.

Evan Fournier:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 4 0 0 1 2/10 7/17 6/6

Continues to run pure.

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 7 7 3 0 3 1/1 9/14 2/3

9-of-14. 9-of-16. 9-of-17. Those are the shooting numbers for Elf the past three games. He’s also been grabbing boards, dishing out dimes, and getting his 211 on. The game before that three-game stretch? 3-of-5. The game before that? 9-of-12. The two games before that? 3-of-8 and 3-of-7. What’s my freaking point? He’s inconsistent.

Al Horford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 12 6 0 2 1 3/5 5/11 0

Love and marriage….Love and marriage….I do.

Jayson Tatum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 5 0 0 0 3 1/3 1/6 1/2

Played 31 minutes. It’s been mentioned by many that Tatum could be hitting a rookie wall. A definite possibility. I’m thinking it could also be related to the knee issue he had a few weeks ago.

Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 3 4 0 0 1 4/11 13/24 3/3

Kyrie will have stretches where he kind of chills. 15-17 shot attempts per game, resulting in 20-25 points. But….there are stretches of around five games in which he puts up 24-27 shots a game and scores 30+ points. Well, Kyrie is in one of those stretches right now. Enjoy the ride.

Marcus Smart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 2 8 1 0 1 4/10 7/13 4/4

Played 33 minutes. Most of the time when I say that shit happens, it’s usually in a negative connotation. Well, shit happens can also be positive, when the status quo sucks. In this case, Smart’s shooting percentage. Shit happened last night.

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 14 1 1 0 2 0 6/12 2/3

Got the start at center and played 26 minutes. He can be such a beast when he gets minutes. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Double-dub in two straight games and has the potential to mess around on any given night.

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 9 4 1 1 3 0/1 2/11 3/4

Played 33 minutes. Horrible shooting night, but encouraging to see him contributing in the periphery categories. It’s all about the J for Ingram. If he can develop a consistent one, chugga chugga choo chooooo!

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 4 3 0 0 0 5/7 10/16 3/5

Did start at power forward and played 27 minutes. Guess the finger he jammed last game is good to go. His first 20+ game since December 31st. Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzma!

Jordan Clarkson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 4 2 0 2 0/4 8/17 6/7

After playing like Kelly Clarkson for a few games, Jordan has really stepped up the past three. 22, 29, and 33 points, but more importantly, has played 34, 38, and 34 minutes. The microwave is back!

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    AG’s lack of defensive stats baffles me, too. With that kind of athleticism he should be spoiling his owners with at least 1 block a ball game. His goodbye was sour though. He left me with 7 tos, and destroyed my FG on his way out. Ha! Typical. So long, Commissioner. You still did wonders for my team prior to your injuries and Vooch’s. I’m still grateful for your services.

    Does Willy Hernangomez really have enticing stash appeal? Will the Knicks really move either him or KOQ and then he’ll suddenly average like 22-24 minutes per outing? What are the chances of that happening?

    Thanks Son.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: It could be worth a flyer. The guy is a fantasy point per minute player and the Knicks don’t want to play him for some reason.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        I got Quese. My $12 bid on Taurean lost out oto someone else’s $22. Ha!

        Squad look now:

        PG1 Mitchell
        PG2 Wright
        PG3 Rubio
        SG1 McCollum
        SF1 Butler
        SF2 Young
        PF1 Hollis-Jefferson
        PF2 Chriss
        C1 Capela
        C2 Dedmon

        Can kawhi just come back so I could drop Rubio? Lol Rubio is hopeless.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Yeah, Rubios been rough, but he does just enough. Chriss is a solid get. Could make you Kawhi, though, but has a chance to go nuts. I have no idea what’s going on with Kawhi

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            I want to believe that he’s just pissed at the Spurs for not letting him play. Ha

            Yea, I’d try Skal too, and wait until the NBA deadline. Let’s see what happens.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: The Kawhi 2000 is. It programmed to feel emotion.

              Good luck with Skal. Hope he doesn’t remake you Kawhi

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        So apparently, after just checking the wire again, nobody picked up Skal. There’s uncertainty surrounding his name now with the Kings looking to move GHill, and said that they would need to move Skal to make room for the players (cavs) replacing GHill. Ha! Kings doing kings things.

        Who would you rather stash, Son?

  2. tony c says:
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    Trying to upgrade my roster for the playoffs with enforcement from my leagues free agent pool. Would you add M.Chriss, Labissierre, Hield, Nance, Fox, Tedosic, Rondo, Harrell or Bjelica?

    My team in 9-cat H2H 10 team daily league:
    G: Paul, Harris, Dunn, Dinwiddie, Lee, BogBog
    F: Giannis, Richardson, Carroll, K.Anderson
    C: WCS, Randle, M. Turner-IL

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @tony c: You look good. In a 10 team league, there will always be guys on the wire.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    A-Y-O!

    Dumped Lyles to nab D. Murray. And I’m not looking back!

    That is all

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ha! Ayo!! Never look back, unless someone stabbed you in the back and you need to give them the stink eye.

  4. Willy says:
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    I got some offer which side you choose ??

    1. kyrie+pg13 for my KD+dray
    2. ibaka+pg13 for dray+horford
    3. kyrie+pg13 for KD+horford

    my team: KD,dray,horford,conley,teague,DSJ,middleton,m.turner,nurkic,marvin,WCS,gary harris

    h2h 11cat (9cat+pf+3%)

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: If I had to choose one, it would be 3

  5. kalone says:
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    Added Dejounte to stream for the week and now I can’t drop him. I’ve got Myles Turner coming back from IR soon. Would you instead drop Taurean Prince or Tyrone Wallace? Thanks, Son!

    • Relax! says:
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      @kalone:

      Drop Wallace.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @kalone: Wallace

      • kalone says:
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        @Son: Thankee sai!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @kalone: Ha! Anytime

  6. miles proudfoot says:
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    Son in da front!

    What do you think of Cousins, Collison, and Ingram for Curry and WCS? Hate Indy’s playoff schedule of 3-3-3.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Ha! Son in the back….Boo!!! I’m cool with it and understand your thinking. Do you have to include Ingram?

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: maybe, maybe not. It’s a shallow league and would like to pick up Milsap. So if it has to be done, maybe I will. Other option is Teague, Batum or RHJ. Can’t imagine giving up on DSJ! Otherwise everyone else is too good. Maybe I’ll start with Batum rather than Ingram….

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Gotcha. We are both disciples of the DSJ religion. I’d rather have Batum over Ingram. Out of that group, Ingram is the guy to go

  7. Not your average Joe says:
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    So now, what should I do about A-Gordon. Love the dub-dubs, anyone would, but feels like he’s costing me FG and TOs.

    Option 1, add/drop. FAs include Lamb, W.Matthews, J.Brown, Nance, Montrezl. Don’t know how much upside these guys have, and J.Brown and Montrezl are putrid FT shooters, but at least that’s one cat and not 2.

    Option 2, trade A.Gordon. He can be kept in my league next year at an 8th round price. I could try to package him for someone like Love or Embiid, who are owned by teams quickly falling out of contention.

    Team in a 12-team, 11-cat, h2h
    Lillard, Teague, Murray, TyJo, Beal, BogBog, A.Gordon, RHJ, Randle, Zingis, Gobert

    • Son

      Son says:
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      No way you’re dropping him. Work out a trade with one of those teams you mentioned.

  8. Wen says:
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    Hi Kostas, I have some tough decision to make and need your help.
    I am interested in FA Tyler Johnson and Danilo Gallinari (perfect playoff schedule).
    Would you replace any of the following with them?
    Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova, DeMarre Carroll, Dewayne Dedmon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    Thank you for your advice!

    • Wen says:
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      @Wen: Sorry, this is meant for Son.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wen: Ersan or Dedmon. Both will probably get traded and lose playing time

  9. Yugo says:
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    Hey son… what do you think about 3 for 1 trade? Is it worth it to give 3 players for 1 superstar? Ex :Rhj, dragic, john collins for anthony davis or like warren, wcs , dlo for KD? … thank u son…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Yugo: Always depends on the players in the trade and team context. If you’re getting the superstar, it’s usually a beneficial thing. With that said, they are tough to execute because the other team needs to drop two players

  10. Ben says:
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    Mostly need 3s, steals, blocks. Do you take Tyreke or Eric Gordon? Thanks! There’s more cushion in the other categories.

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: Avery Bradley in the mix too, but guessing he is at the bottom of the list.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Ben: Yea

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Won’t get many blocks from either. Reke will give a little more steals, but Gordon will provide way more 3s. I’d go Gordon

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: makes sense, thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Anytime!

  11. Jake says:
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    Should I drop Tyler johnson, Chriss, rivers or Ryno for Portis?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: I would for Ryno

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