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The Flash is finally finding his stride!

Skiles still had some “SKIIIIIIILES!” moments, but is finally letting the youngun Aaron Gordon get his consistent minutes in the starting 5.  It was such a tough decision sitting that phenomenal Channing Frye!  Ugh.  And as much as I’d like to see the Magic lose every game to get Skiles the hell outta there, he’s coached Orlando to a better record than anyone woulda thought.  Last night he kept rotations that were sparking a comeback, led by Gordon who went 19/14/5/0/2 in 39 minutes, shooting 8-11 with no TO.  The only black eye was a very unsavory 3-9 FT.  That’s almost two black eyes!  But he’s been a decent enough FT shooter to not worry too much on that…  With the minutes starting to look consistent (gulp, I may have jynxed it…  SKIIIIILES!), Gordon is looking like a must own in all 10 team leagues or deeper.  The STL and BLK have been pretty anemic until last night, but as the Magic were streaking late in the 3rd quarter, he just seemed to get this stride in him, and little extra pep in his step.  He had a nasty steal with a behind the back shake-n-bake then dime during the comeback run, and a great putback slam in the 4th.  Sometimes the younguns can really build off success, so let’s hope this is the start of a streak as epic as Will Ferrell heading to the quad.  There’s more coming!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops, plus The 7 Ahead for Week 15:

Evan Fournier 24 Pts for his highest outing since Nov 18.  SKIIIIIIIILES!  Crazy he did that in only 23 minutes, as Skiles played Mario Hezonja – who I guess was decent – for 33 minutes, and put the Elfrid on the Shelfrid, giving him only 15.  Rotations were weird, but they frustratingly worked…

Marcus Smart 26/5/0/2/0, but where’s the beef?!  Wish he had a few dimes…  But no complaints, 5 treys and 5-5 FT makes it a nasty line.  A lot of commenters seemed to be getting off the Smart bandwagon, but I’ve been a fan, recommending a strong hold.  I mean, it’s in my avatar and everything!

Jordan McRae – After an acceptable debut getting signed from the D-League (12/2/4/1/0 Friday night), people seemed to be going Gnarls Barkley McRae-zy!  While he had that 61-point D-League game, he’s still a guy who was cut by the Sixers…  Then went all the way down to 4/1/1/0/0 last night with 3 TO.  And that was in another absolute dud from Archie Goodwin.  Lordy the Suns are a mess…

Carmelo Anthony After panicking all his owners, had a nice weekend of 19/10/8/4/0 and 24/10/2/0/2 lines.  But just to keep everyone jittery, said he still has soreness in his knee.  Yikes.  He’s pretty much a rich-man’s Tyreke Evans.  You ride it when it’s good, and just expect some DNP-knees.

Langston Galloway The Harlem Renaissance is putting up some crazy metrics-whore numbers after getting inserted into the starting line-up, going 11/7/5/3/1 Friday then 9/3/5/3/0 last night, without a single TO.  Only cat he wasn’t great in was FT%.  We can only hope that when Jose Calderon gets back from the groin, he can sit that groin on the bench!

Dwyane Wade 1.5 rainbow!  24/4/7/3/3 at the Bucks, and followed it up with a 17/4/8/2/1 line last night as the Heat beat up on the spiraling Hawks.  Coach Butthole is tightening up there in ATL!

Giannis Antetokounmpo They say at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold, but for Giannis it was a pot of poo!  28/4/6/3/2 for a sexy rainbow, but at the end of it was 6 TO.  He’s having a great year, but those TO are starting to get as out of control as Greece’s economy.

James Harden His 33/7/7 Friday night was very meh for Harden…  I wasn’t even gonna mention him!  But Harden didn’t see his name in the early draft of the post, so went ham Saturday night for 40/7/11/4/0 with 6 treys.  Beard en fuego!

Terrence Jones – …the Rockets are en furiating though, that’s for sure!  14 then 6 minutes in two games over the weekend.  Feb 18 is the trade deadline, so you have to wait for a trade which might not happen, PLUS a landing spot where’s he featured enough to be worth the stash.  Tough to hold in 10 or 12ers.

Clint Capela I’d say Tjones’ chances of being what he was last year post-ASB are 12.5%.  Or what Capela shot at the FT line Saturday night!  Eesh, 1-8.  It’s almost like…

Dwight Howard …is his mentor or something!  To be fair, Dwight has his best FT% since 2010-11, so there’s that…  Then again, he can’t keep his shoulders from popping when Nene fouls him…  It was apparently a little scrappy, but when I tried to find a video to put in here, all I got was Show Me How To Nae Nae videos.  Stay tuned to brittle-Dwight’s injury status.

Serge Ibaka Fantasy owners are turning on him faster than Jeff Teague!  Pretty brutal past two games, with 8 total points, 6 total boards and 2 total blocks.  Yeesh.  However, the minutes were abnormally low, so I would try some lowball offers.  Gauging by commenter frustration, he should come pretty cheap!

Enes Kanter Back-to-back 20/10 games, and a big reason Ibaka lost some run.  At least, I’d imagine there’s some correlation.  Enes Kanter – killing the value of high-end blockers one team at a time…

Dirk Nowitzki 4 blocks against the Nets Friday night.  “Hey Brolo, why don’t you try jumping a little when you take layups, buddy!”  After the defensive outpouring (has 2 steals as well), he gets rewarded with a DNP rest.  But they were playing the Suns, if there’s any game you don’t need him, it’s that one.

Gorgui Dieng Choo choo!  Hop aboard the Dieng Train!  Getting starts at the 4, and went 20/15/2/2/0 against the Jazz Friday night.  I’d probably have to take him over Gordon if that opportunity presented itself, but man that would be a tough call!

Andrew Wiggins Oh dear lord, yeah this is going into a deep abyss of emotion for me!  Easily my worst call, as he had a 2-11 FG travesty for 5 points against the Jazz and was 2-12 at half before I gouged my eyes out against the Blazers last night.  Yup – went full Oedipus.

Zach LaVine Was 1-7 last night at half, another reason for the Game of Thrones eye gouge.  And this was off three straight hot games!  Maybe I’ll wake up, get a Minority Report eye-implant, and see he turned it around…

Derrick Favors Felt more like 6 months, but after about a month out we finally have Favors back from his back.  20/9/1/0/1 against the Wolves Friday night.  Welcome back!

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Geez, way to COMPLETELY botch his recovery timetable, Hornets!  Had a decent debut and was playing very MKGish before I went to sleep last night, which keeps him more on the periphery of 12ers than in the inner circle.

Austin Rivers As Kevin Garnett would say, against the Lakers “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEEEEE!”  Almost rainbowed for 17/2/1/2/2 against the worse LA team, then back to normally Rivers yesterday afternoon – hit some shots to score 16 points, but did nothing else.

LeBron James Caused a nice hubbub by wearing the wrong shorts.  With another Panthers Super Bowl coming up, the last thing we need is another wardrobe malfunction!

Stanley Johnson On a little bit of a roll scoring 12+ Pts in 4 of the past 5, but really isn’t doing enough anywhere else to get me all warm-n-fuzzy like everyone was in the preseason.  Succumbed to the rookie nookie!

Brandon Jennings – Got hot against the Raps, 22/4/0/2/1 in 22 minutes with 5 treys.  This one was particularly tough to envision after he didn’t hit a field goal his previous 3 games!  Like in marriage, a good BJ is really rare…

Harrison Barnes Hit a trey as time nearly expired in an epic, tough win against the… Sixers?!  What in the hell?!  Too bad he is pretty boring for fantasy and was awful last night…

Brook Lopez Broke Lopez is all Fixed right now!  Crazy lines over the weekend, going rainbow 28/12/3/2/2 against the Mavs on Friday, but in a loss where the Nets didn’t even score 80!  Sheesh.  Followed it up with a huge 33/10/1/3/4 near rainbow, but again the Nets lost to the awful Pelicans.  His value is red hot, the Nets would be INSANE not to trade him for a big haul at the break.

Nikola Jokic Man, this guy is insane!  Jock Itch for 16/11/2/5/0 against the Pacers, even chipping in a trey.  He’s been a huge surprise to me, a real Tough-Actin’ Tinactin.

Myles Turner To the big man I DID see coming, Myles got a whopping 40 minutes of run against the Nugs.  Now, OT and no Ian Mahinmi (sore back) helped, but it’s still nice to see they’ll let the rook roll at times.  It was also nice to see Vogel stick with Turner at the 4 instead of a spot start at the 5 – I think it shows commitment to the starting PF role.  The line wasn’t shimmering (8/9/3/0/4), but even when the shot is off, it seems the swats are there!

Jordan Hill – He’s been mimicking his game off Turner to get more minutes!  Picked up the start at the 5 and had a crazy 20/7/3/1/6 line.  6 blocks!  Geez Denver, get your head out of the clouds!  And by clouds, I mean mary jane clouds.

Monta Ellis – Back-to-back huge games for Monta, going a season-high 32 points on a 32/9/6/3/0 line in the OT win against Denver.  Took friggin’ 28 shots too!  Paul George only taking 15…  Crazy talk!

Jeff Green Well, I streamed him as a ThrAGNOF and he’s staying hot!  29/1/2/3/0 with 3 treys, but for a guy that hasn’t averaged over a steal a game since 2009-10, I’m not buying this little STL streak he’s on that’s helping his value.  Once it goes cold, I’m droppin’ his ass.

E’Twaun Moore Shifted into the starting lineup, and while it seemed smart when they destroyed the Lakers, it looked pretty dumb when they got romped by the Clippers.  I’m a little jaded, they just never give Tony Snell a full chance – when he starts all he does is get 3PTM shots!  Of course he’s gonna be up and down, give him some plays!

Amar’e Stoudemire – The ageless STAT picked up some decent lines over the weekend for fantasy basketball’s most annoying hip.  Hassan Whiteside is killing me!  He’s the subject of season 2 of How to Make a Murderer

The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: n/a
  • 4-game weeks: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, MIA, NO, NY, ORL, SAC, SA, UTA, WAS
  • 2-game week: Golden State Warriors
  • Weekly League Streamers (by Y! ownership percent/games this week): Dennis Schroder (29%/4), Shane Larkin (4%/4), Evan Turner (26%/4), Garrett Temple (8%/4)
  • Stream days: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Overall Thoughts: Well, back to a more typical week.  A whopping 17 teams have 4-game schedules, so hopefully you’re pretty full-up in weekly leagues.  Man, when are the Warriors ever going to play their schedule out?!  Third 2-game week for them, so your fringy Warriors you’re likely sitting.  For my streamers, I just love the Hawks matchups for Schroder (DAL, @PHI!!!!!, IND, ORL).  Same for Larkin (DET, IND, SAC!!!!!!, @PHI!!!!!) – I’m not sold on his minutes, but the Nets just have a great slate.  Miss Turner has been good enough for a little stretch here that I’d stream him, and for a 4-game week, Garrett Temple is still a mad usable player in 9-cat weekly since he never turns it over.

Monday: Pretty full Monday kicks it off, with ATL, CHI, DAL and ORL coming in off back-to-backs.  Always gotta keep an eye on your Mavs gramps.  Then heading into b2bs are MIL and TOR.  [email protected] could actually be a pretty interesting game if the shots fall for up-tempo Pacers, and it could be a 120-120 kinda game.  ORL off that b2b goes @SA – just off a big loss – so it could be a 25-point deficit by halftime.  A little worrisome for your Spurs.  Finally, you always like your Kings matchups, so play your Bucks with no hesitation.  Jerryd Bayless could be an interesting deep streamer.

Tuesday: An early stream night with a 5-game Tuesday, with BOS, MIA, MIN starting up their b2bs.  [email protected] should be an entertaining one if Whiteside can play, but it could be without Dwight and his shoulder too.  The injured big men Super Bowl!  Min goes @LAL, I expect a lot of good guard minutes in that one.  We’ve also got [email protected] – also known as “the easiest way to continue a win streak.”  If they beat Denver tonight, then it could be a pretty low-minutes game from a lot of your Raptors regulars on the b2b.

Wednesday: A “that’s more like it” humpday, with 22 teams in action.  You’re playing your regulars, and as listed in my weekly streamers, you love Schroder at Philly.  DET and NO head into b2bs, so if anyone gets banged up, be sure and track your Piston and Pels.  Not to be confused with your Keenan and Kels.

Thursday: 4 games on NBA Night, with [email protected], [email protected] (ewwwwwwwwww!), [email protected] and [email protected]  The Knicks head into a b2b, so be sure you’re tracking updates on Melo’s knees.  Man, the Raptors getting a West Coast cakewalk to continue their win streak!  Backup Rockets could be intriguing against the Suns, maybe you gamble on Ty Lawson or god forbid Tjones in that one.  I don’t love a lot of the other matchups or else he’d be a weekly streamer for me, but Norris Cole is about as must-stream as it comes against the Lakers.  Well, we’d wanna be sure Tyreke Evans sits again, but if he does I’d love Cole as a stream or DFS play.

Friday: 10 games on Friday as this week is a more standard MWFSat schedule, so you’re playing your regulars.  A tonnnnnnnn of teams are on b2bs – we have BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, IND, MEM, PHI, SA, UTA and WAS on b2bs to start the weekend.  No teams have a Sat/Sun stack, so if you’re maximizing your streaming in limited moves leagues, you’ll have to Fri/Sat or Fri/Sun stack.  With both Friday and Saturday so full, be sure you have an open starting spot before assuming a two-game weekend fits.  And as always, track your vets or banged up guys on those b2b teams – especially the Spurs who go @DAL, then home hosting the Lakers on Saturday.  They might sit the whole starting 5 in that one!

Saturday: Another 10-game slate, with as mentioned, no b2bs.  As listed above, I’m rolling the dice on Shane Larkin just for the matchup – @Philly on Saturday.  The league’s punching bag, the Phoenix Suns, host the Jazz; so if any fringy Jazz are available, I could see going there as well.

Sunday: On Super Bowl Sunday, we wrap up with 4 games.  A little surprising the NBA even scheduled that many!  We’ve got [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]  Of those squads, ATL, DEN, LAC, ORL and SAC have b2bs carrying over until Monday, so be very cautious in your streaming.  I obviously love my Schrodes, but I’m mostly looking at those Celtics against the non-existent Kings defense – again tapping the well of my weekly streams with a recommendation of Evan TurnerKelly Olynyk if he’s available would be a play for me as well.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and is looking forward to a big Super Bowl prep week!  This is our final full week until the All-Star Break, so hopefully if you’re limping into the layoff, your squads can get healthy for the stretch run.  Thanks for dropping by, Razzball Nation!

  1. Bulldogs says:
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    Hello JB,
    always a great read.

    14 team 9 cat league, should I drop Terrence Ross for Jared Dudley? I need %, treys and points.
    Thanks

    • Bulldogs says:
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      @Bulldogs:
      or would it be better if I drop Kaminsky for Dudley?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bulldogs: Thanks man! Man Kaminsky is losing run, I’m good with that swap in the short term

        • Bulldogs says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          So I dropped kaminsky for Dudley.

          gary Harris has become available on wire. Is he worth scooping up for Terrence Ross?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Bulldogs: Cool, and yup definitely would get Harris over Ross

            • Bulldogs says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              Given the news James Johnson hurt his ankle and D-Will also has hip contusion, which one is a better pickup, Ross or Barea?

              So I have Dudley and Ross currently. Could you rank these guys along with Barea and Harris? which two should I keep on my roster?

              Thanks it helps out so much

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Bulldogs: I’d go Ross between those two. Barea has outbursts, but not commonly enough. I know Dudley is starting and he’s been OK, but he’s so blah to me, gimme Harris and Ross. Any time!

  2. Melo says:
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    Hey men, nice read.

    So, the Suns just fired Hornacek, that franchise is a mess, I’m scared off possible shutdown for Knight, I’m just waiting for him to play a few games and I would sell him in a heartbeat, but nooo, why would he play when you have mighty Archie Goodwin and Weems, God dammit Sarver, let Brandon play, he’s not going to win you any games, but he might win me some. I’m gonna be pissed if they just say “out for the season” with some bogus injury, (strained vagina) and I wasted 2-3 weeks for nothing.

    I’m considering some big trades, my target is Butler because of his heavy playoff schedule, and Lowry,’ cause he’s just that good, I’m gonna try offering Lillard and Hayward (this is a little sell high moment, Favors is back, and Burks will be next month so he’ll probably lose some touches), and if the owner rejects it, I could give up Brook for maybe Gortat in that 3 player trade, but I feel like that’s little too much, Lopez is killin’ it but as you said, he could be moved at the trade deadline and lose on his fantasy value if he’s moved to a contender.

    And yeah, the Blake saga did not lasted long, I dropped his ass faster than he dropped Testi. 2 months and possible punishment, no thanks, I’d rather hate myself with streaming Jeff Green and watching him burn my team with trick or treat games, mostly trick.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Melo: Thanks so much! Yup, happened right around when the post went live, not a shock though. Haha yeah let’s hope they don’t do that, although I can recall Dragic on a terrible Suns team getting shutdown concerns and he played most of the way. Different regmie and all , but still.

      Yup I like that original offer, and agree the 2nd seems a little rich. And yeah, when it was “just” the broken hand he was must-hold for me, but prognosis is grim and suspsnesion and all…

  3. Dally says:
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    Hey JB,
    Wondering how you’d rank dieng, jokic, gordon for the rest of the season?
    Cheers mate

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dally: I’ll go Deing, Gordon, Jokic. Love Jokic but don’t trust the minute consistency. Cheers!

      • Dally says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Damn haha, dieng n gordon were picked up too quick for me so I had to settle and grab jokic. Also I traded my booker for parsons cus I thought the 3s n steals were a bit nicer from parsons, but i’m having a bit of regret. Thoughts on the trade?? Is it alright?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dally: Oh damn that blows! that trade is awesome man! You’re still dealing with a young rook vs. a vet getting healthier, I love it!

  4. Lasandro says:
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    My gobert and monta for his Horford and booker in 14cat roto?

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: or should I ask for porzi instead of al?

      Haha man you must’ve posted this JUST as the news came out about Horny’s firing!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Mannnn, it’s close but seems a little too much. Hah well I finished it before bed since I’m hooping in the morning right when I wake up, gettin my game back!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: yeah I figured as such, thanks.

        I saw your above rank for jokic dieng an Gordon. Throw taj into that mix please. He’s not scoring for me but his Obrds, overall brds, %s and blks are nice. Love Gordon more in real life but where the hell are those blocks man? If he chipped in even 1 per, I’d like swap taj for him.

        You’re not concerned about kg comjng back from his DNP-sore throat from screaming? Mitchell is a weird coach man, remember.

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        @jb Gilpin: oh and add Len to that equation IF he gets 30min from here on.

        Kick ass at ball man!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: For your needs, he’s probably second behind Gorgui. Overall he’s probably 4th short term, maybe over Jokic long term since I worry about the mins. Hah well they’re trying it with Gorgui, I think he still gets PF minutes. Len is behind all 4 in both short and long term for me right now. Hah I tried man! Starting to get the long 2s and 3s going this morning!

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          @JB Gilpin: Sorry, so you’d rank in order: Dieng, Gordon THEN Taj for Obrds, brds, fg% and blks?

          Nice man! Someone’s been watching Myles Turner too much 😉 How’d you go? I’m in the midst of changing my shooting mechanics actually. A pro coach from the China league (German dude) came down for a clinic and he saw that my 3 shot and midrange jumper are slightly different, so I’m currently tryna get some consistency. Fun stuff!

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            @Lasandro: Yup, I know Gordon is still fresh but I think BLK come for him. Hah well i grew up playing guard, so I like shooting more than posting, especially since I have no hops. Oh cool, man I hope we get to hoop on a squad together at some point!

  5. J says:
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    Heyo JB,

    Ended up trading Blake away for Taj in a 14er.
    As a serial pessimist i feel pretty good about it.

    Some other ppl mentioned it, but I’m also curious as to what you think of PHO players ROS.
    TJ Warren trending up, with PJ tucker tending down?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J: Hah yeah that is solid for me too. Yup, any younguns get a boost, it’s just all out tank mode there

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    How would you rank these guys ROS:
    McCollum
    Conley
    Holiday
    Ellis
    Barton

    And would you drop cj miles for bryce dejean-jones, hezonja or waiters? Deep league alert.

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      @Tyler: Hmmm I’d go Conley, Ellis, McCollum (I know I know, probably too low for most), Holiday (inj concern), Barton. Nahhhh, none of those 3 interest me enough

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: Conley over Ellis? Interesting… Why?

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Well today is a good example – FG% waffles. Lower TO for Conley. More consistency

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hm, I’d have to disagree brother. On the season, Monta is at 44% to Mike’s 40%. I feel like today’s outing is an outlier, and he still put up nice D with ASTs and his now usual 3 per. Guess it comes down to needs between the two, as Conley def brings less TO’s, but I think the D and scoring upside is higher with monta. He’s a slasher, remember, so he gets his fair share of layups, hence the higher fg% compared to Conley.

        I know you like your waffles, tho..

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          @Lasandro: I think they even out, wow didn’t realize Conley was THAT bad right now. they’re def close, and love that Monta and Myles play well together, plus I like Monta’s health more. WHO DOESN’T LIKE WAFFLES?!

  7. Ankur says:
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    Yo JB,
    What a crazy weekend. I benched all 7 players on my team last night and won against Steph Curry by 1 Turnover( and i got Rondo, Wall and Draymond) ! You did call Myles and Gordon!

    Alex Len hit the waiver today, thinking of dropping either Danny Green, WCS, or Rolo for him? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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      @Ankur: also would you stash Blake if you could make the playoffs for sure? I could get him for rolo…

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ankur: Whoa awesome! Hah well I certainly waffled on them through the season, but they’re paying off now! Sure, yeah I’d lose WCS, consistent minutes don’t seem to be there. Hmmm, Rolo has been decent enough, if you have good big man depth then sure

  8. Trul says:
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    My middleton for his ibaka? What do u think about ibaka in the second half of the season

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Trul: I think he starts turning it around, seems fair if a big man is a need

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Can’t get a trade through so couldn’t open up roster spots in a shallow league for gordon and turner after holding and dropping throughout the season.

    As long as whiteside isn’t too banged up and will play again soon, how do you like my Walker, Whiteside and Wiggins for his Harden, Crowder and Gordon?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Ugh yeah it’s been a rollercoaster, tough to wait in a 10er. Lovvvve getting Harden there, you get best player and while losing Kemba hurts, it’s worth it if you have nice REB/BLK

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: whiteside is without a time table. Hopefully it won’t be too long but what do you think about substituting Gobert in there instead? Thanks!

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          @miles proudfoot: Sometimes the “without a timetable” can be overblown, he’s practicing some and was questionable last game, seems close. Sure, Gobert would be fine to substitute I think Whiteside is back soon

  10. Joe says:
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    Alright. Have you had your coffee? Because I’m going to pick that big, beautiful basketball brain of yours for a baller blockbuster. The team in my league that has LeBron is doing poorly (you’ll see why in a minute). He’s almost at the point where he’s ready to go into rebuilding mode (keeper league). He *cannot* keep LeBron. I’m currently in 4th place and while my roster is pretty good, who wouldn’t want LeBron? So…what’s a fair offer for him? This other team is basketball savvy so there’s little chance I can get LeBron for a steal, but he does deal fairly. So what’s a fair offer for LeBron? Or maybe Marc Gasol?

    League: 10-team, H2H, 9-cat. We can keep *up to 3 players* at a cost of 1 round higher than acquired the previous season. We are allowed to trade draft picks.

    HIS TEAM: LeBron, Griffin, Marc G., Hayward, Dragic, Parsons, G.Hill, Giannis*, Mirotic*, D.Russell*, Capela* (* = potential keeper for him. Giannis would cost him a 6th Rd pick, D.Rusell an 8th Rd., Mirotic a 10th Rd., Capela an 11th)

    MY TEAM: Wall, Teague, A.Bradley*, Redick, Middleton*, Batum, Durant, Bosh, Porzingis*, Gortat, Gobert* (Gobert would cost a 9th rd, Middleton a 10th, Porzingis an 11th, A.Bradley an 11th)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Hah let’s do this! Let’s see, I dunno if I’d wanna deal Goose for both the BLK and keeper aspect. Middleton seems like a great start given nice keeper value. So Teague probably wouldn’t be a keeper? Those two would be nice. I’m guessing he only wants keepers, mannnn Middleton+Porzi just feels a little rich… It’s about as close as I can see though

  11. dom says:
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    hey great write up. I pulled the trigger on acquiring DeAndre Jordan for Aaron Gordon and Myles Turner in my deep 12 team 10 cat (OREB). I had an off week and fell to 3rd place, but it’s super close and I plan to get back into one of the bye seeds. This is what deDomdre Jordan squad looks like right now

    FG% (7-7-0)
    FT% (2-12-0)
    3PM (6-6-2)
    Points (11-3-0)
    OREB (13-0-1)
    REB (12-2-0)
    Assists (8-6-0)
    Steals (6-7-1)
    Blocks (10-4-0)
    TO (6-8-0)

    Lillard
    RJax
    Wiggins
    Clarkson
    Hayward
    Archie Goodwin (hold/stream?)
    Marvin Williams
    Terrence Jones (hold/stream?)
    TJ Warren (kankle) (hold/stream?)
    StanJo
    Gobert
    Drummond
    DeAndre
    Jordan Hill
    Olynyk
    Nene (stream)
    Mario Hezonja (stream/hold?)

    other than the FT punt, where could I improve? talked about trading Gobert for Ish Smith and Batum. Also which of Goodwin, TJones, Warren, Hezonja should I hold? Thanks a lot

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Thanks man! Nice, yeah both are buzzy, but it seems to fit ya really well. Yeah, Gobert seems a nice trade piece with the FT punt bigs now together. Yeah dimes and some added STL would be nice, I like that haul. I’d likely hold Goodwin first still, Warren close though

  12. Ryan says:
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    Hello JB, man I need help in dropping someone. Guess I can wait for something to happen since im comfortably in 1st place but I want your opinion. Who should I drop? (13 roster spots)

    Pg- Wall, Payton, George hill
    Sg- Beard, Jimmy buckets, Oladipo, Devin Booker
    Sf- Ariza
    Pf- Draymond, The brow, Myles Turner
    C- Ibaka, Noel
    IR- Batum

    Im pursuing 2 for 1 trades but finding it extremely hoy

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Man, yeah you don’t have any drops, that’s for sure! I guess if I hadddd to drop someone it’s Booker, but you’ve got like all top-75 guys. Well, maybe Payton is right there in the mix since you have nice dimes.

  13. Larry says:
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    Hi JB,

    I have TJones, should I wait for a possible trade or are any of these guys better than stashing him:
    Mirotic, Wes Johnson, Amir Johnson, Winslow, Jerami Grant, StanJo, Brewer, J. Hill, C. Lee?

    My Team 9-cat H2H 16 teams:
    CP3, Tyreke, D-Will, Smart, PBev, Gallo, Draymond, TJones, Jokic, RoLo
    Had Gordon and Dieng to start the season had to drop them due to their very slow starts, also got a hold of Danny Green but dropped him as well. Pretty crazy ride with these players. Thinking of Mirotic as the add with Noah out for the season and Bulls’ schedule. What do you think? Thanks Razzball!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Larry: I’d move on, a lot of those guys are in the same range, so I’d stream the spot. I like Mirotic as a stash kinda/sorta, but yeah I’d stream it if you can make daily moves. Any time!

      • Larry says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thoughts on Tyreke, is Tyreke a hold or is he a shut down candidate?

        Also would you drop D-Will, PBev, or Smart for G. Harris or E. Turner? Thinking of Williams for Harris seeing that Williams hasn’t been a top 100 player for weeks now.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Larry: Yeah I think you gotta hold Tyreke. Sure, yeah with injury concern for D Will I like that move as well ROS.

  14. jcg says:
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    I’d like to get Stanley J on the squad, I think down the road he will have good value.

    Would you drop Tyreke, Otto, or Mirotic?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Mirotic is the only consideration for me, I’m good with that if you need some production now.

      • jcg says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB! I’m in second so I could wait it out with Mirotic. He’s been so inconsistent and don’t want to miss out on anyone and I like Stanley a lot. Bulls have a great playoff schedule tho this is tough

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jcg: Yeah thing with Stanley is just not enough consistency beyond scoring. he CAN do it all, it’s just in small slivers

  15. Tom says:
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    Three trades:
    1. Harden, favors and Wes Matthews for curry, brook, and griffin (redraft league and though Blake’s out a while, I’m sitting in a pretty comfortable 2ND place and I think the favors/BroLo injury risk is pretty even)

    2. Favors or Porzingis for ibaka

    3. Wiggins and Matt Barnes for derozan and myles

    Would you do any or all of these trades? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: 1. Yeah I think that’s worth it 2. Nahhhh I probably wouldn’t do that 3. Sure! Like that one

  16. A Hill O'Beans says:
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    I just watched Minority Report yesterday, and I feel like I should change my Netflix password now because I’m a little worried you’ve hacked my account, haha.

    #FreeJokic

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’Beans: Hahahaha, what a great movie. I didn’t like it first time I saw it, but I was pretty young so I didn’t get some nuances

  17. Tony C says:
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    I recently dropped D-Will since I was pretty set at PG and I needed to activate Dragic from IR but having said that is there anyone on my team that you think I should consider dropping to try and get Deron back or add MKG to my team?

    10 team 9-cat:
    PG-Teague, Rubio, Dragic
    SG Butler, Ellis, Heyward
    SF Draymond, Parsons, Bazemore
    PF Durant, R. Anderson
    C-Turner, Dieng, Sullinger

    Thanks for the help and another good job today with the updates!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony C: Nah I think you own the right bunch, on some other teams I could see holding Deron over Sully, but you need the bigs, I think you’ve got the right ones. Thanks man!

  18. Jake says:
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    Would you drop Archie Goodwin for Aaron Gordon? Archie has been cold.

    • Tony C says:
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      I definitely would do that!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jake: @Tony C: Yup for sure

  19. Ryan says:
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    Well I wouldn’t sell Ibaka dirt cheap because I know he has value, but I probably could and still be better off.

    6.8 boards/12.8 ppg isn’t very appealing when you already own the blocks category. He doesn’t really do anything else besides contribute in those three cats. His FG% isn’t what it used to be and he isn’t hitting many 3s either. Damn right I want to cut bait while he still is perceived as 2nd/3rd rd value! I don’t think that will be the case a year or two from now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Hah yeah he’s been disappointing for sure… I’m thinking more of try to buy low at 7th 8th rd value!

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well at least he’s having a great bounce back game. Sounds like he heard me! I need a few more of those though if I want a shot at 2 for 1 trade for Butler, PG13, or Klay without giving up too much.

        And dude, Aaron Gordon is a monster. A monster I tell you.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Yup, out of that horrid two game slump. You amped him up! And yeah, Gordon is a beast out there, such an athlete

  20. yungprofessional says:
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    Awesome write-up JB – another one!

    Evaluating Rolo right now. Considering dropping him for Tyson Chandler – thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yungprofessional: Thanks man! If a shallower league and can make moves all the time, sure. Long term I kinda trust Rolo more with Suns tanking

  21. dude says:
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    Mirotic or Len going forward for the rest of the season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dude: I’ll go Len, but close

  22. Bob says:
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    10 team h2h 9 cat:
    My Draymond and Wiggins for his AD??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bob: It’s a little risky, as long as you have a big man need and have good AST

  23. dom says:
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    should we be concerned with how awful Wes Matthews has been lately? The back end of my 10 team 9 cat roster is him, Zaza, and Ish. Who should I be most willing to drop to stream? Least willing?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: 10 team, yeah Wesley is first out for streaming, his stats are most replaceable. Least willing is def Ish for me.

  24. Nick says:
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    Hey JB!

    Better stash in Dynasty LaVine or Winslow? Already stashing Jones till the trade deadline and Nurkic just hit the wires as well, should I pick him up? Tough call with Jokic playing well but I wonder if Denver still envisions Nurk as their future center.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick: Yo! Oh I got ya on yesterday’s, sorry I was behind! Oh def, in dynasty Nurk HAS to be owned!

  25. patrickindo says:
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    kind of a random question but what’s the likelihood of Yahoo! changing/updating player positions? myles turner is only a C even though he’s now a starting PF.

    i was lucky enough to scoop myles turner and jokic before they broke out. however i’m overloaded with both hard C positions (with rudy and pachulia) and point guard positions — having me bench players because no one fills the forward spots — not a great feeling while trying to make a playoff spot!

    my team is solid but i am considering trading just to get some forwards

  26. John says:
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    Offered his Okafor for my Mudiay. I like it for help in turnovers and percentages. Some worries on his health and recent lineup changes. Thoughts?

    DeAndre, Gortat, Hassan, Taj
    Butler, Crowder, Ariza, E. Turner
    Wall, Payton, Paul, MKG,
    Streamer:Deng, Cole

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Sure, yeah both are pretty close in value for me, Okafor indeed seems to fit better, especially with a FT punt

  27. Hamtime says:
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    1. Calderon, Payne, hezonja, Josh smith, teletovic, Winslow or tjones (yuck) – pls rank for a 16m. Need to pick up a FA after my Teague+porzi for kawhi trade goes thru today

    2. Kawhi + knight for harden?

    3. Kawhi for it2 + Hayward? It2 + Otto?

    4. Portis worth a hold in 14m or droppable to stream? Guys like Larkin, j hill, Winslow available

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: 1. I’ll go Telet medium term (trade showcase), Hezonja (upside for mins) then Winslow I think. 2. Oh definitely! 3. Meh, maybe Hayward one, def not Otto. 4. Nah stream

  28. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    is Taj Gbsons consistence and playoff schedule make for a better player to own than Aaron Gordon’s upside? Also what do you think about his ft% I remember you guys talkin about it once before but couldn’t decide if he was horrible or decent from the line.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I’m Harden for your love: Oh man, that’s a tough one. I think I’d be distracted by the shiny new Gordon myself. I argued he will be decent. Slim – the serial pessimist – thought it would be in the 50s. He wrong!

  29. Hey Vee says:
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    Last night I was thinking I would’ve bet my life savings that the title of today’s blog would involve Aaron Gordon’s name…. if only someone would’ve given me the chance. I’ve held him all season thanks to you, let’s hope Skiles doesn’t think this is some kind of sick joke.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hey Vee: Yessir! Glad my initial optimism is paying off, way to have patience!

  30. dem ribbies says:
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    I’m seriously considering dropping WesMatthews for Schroder.

    I’ve got
    SG: Klay and Booker
    SF: Kawhi and Melo
    PG: CP3, Lillard and Rondo

    Love the dual SF/SG but kind of think WesMathews won’t see the starting lineup again. Don’t really NEED Schroder but it is a keeper league and I’d like to have a good young option to pair up w/ Booker. Also you never know when Rondo is gonna go down.

    WesMatthews just cold or is he wearing down post-injury??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dem ribbies: Yeah it’s def close right now. Oh wow, in keeper it’s a definite!!!!! I think Matthews will turn it around some, but Schroder could be unreal in a keeper if a Teague deal happens

  31. G. says:
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    Hi JB, and thanks for the article. I managed to get Turner, Gordon, Jokic and Len of the waiver, though I lost Dieng in the process a couple weeks back, which stings a little bit. But I got no regrets!
    Someone just dropped Schrod’ and I’m wondering if he’s worth a pick up just to see if indeed Teague will get traded. I’d drop Len, but I’m in dire need of boards and blocks. I kinda want to see how this new coach thing turns out as well. My second option is to drop Clarkson. Now I know that’s sounds a bit premature, considering Clarkson is a solid starter and still does some stuff, but the truth is Clarkson has been the most boring player to own, and I need none of what he gives me. I also feel like it can’t be that big of a loss, worst case scenario. Could always pick up JR Smith instead for example. Would you do it, or stick with Clarkson for safety?
    Thanks a bunch for your input (or whoever else who cares to comment)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G.: Thanks for stopping by! Damn, yeah a nice stable of guys! Nah, it’s tough to bank on trades, I think I’m holding for now. Even with the big man need I think you gotta lose Len first though if the trade happens tomorrow, then figure out a trade with Schroder or a G or somethin. Hope that helps!

      • G. says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Alight, caution it is. Thanks for the input!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @G.: Any time!

  32. Luc says:
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    Hey, thanks for the read. Would love to grab Gordon but not sure if I have anyone to drop… Would you drop any of Bradley, Barton, Turner or Booker for AG? (10 team, 8 cat, H2H)
    Cheers!

    Full team:
    Wall, McCollum, Jrue
    Oladipo, Bradley, Booker
    Draymond, Barton
    Favors, Faried, Turner
    DJ, Gasol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Luc: Thanks for reading! Bradley is close, but doesn’t look like big man stats are a huge need, I’d likely hold for BRadley’s 3s

  33. Nick says:
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    Pau Gasol or Oladipo in 8 cat dynasty?

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick:
      H2H…I feel like the answer is Oladipo, but Pau is still soooooo good!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nick: Yeahhhh, I mean if you’re going for it now and desperately need a big, I could see Pau. But 8cat AND dynasty… Oladipo seems way to go

  34. Dennis says:
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    Love your write ups.
    I’m in Head2head yahoo league. Don’t play shooting or free throw percentages. Currently in 1st but always liked Gordon’s potential. Drafted him but obviously dropped him. Who would you drop for Gordon? Having a hard time deciding…leaning towards Matthews bc he hasn’t played as well since parsons back in starting unit.

    T Evans
    W Matthews
    Harden
    Drummond
    D Jordan
    Thad young
    Hood
    Covington
    E Payton
    Ish smith
    Parsons
    K walker
    Batum

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dennis: Thanks so much! Yeahhhh Matthews has been pretty bad. No %s help Elfrid a ton. Yeah I think it’s Matthews

  35. Mari says:
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    Hi Jb,

    so you really prefer Ersan over Casspi? I’m thinking of dropping Cassper for Ghost face.

    And do you prefer Ersan over Mahinmi, too?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mari: Yup, gimme Ersan for both. He isn’t the most flashy, but hits a lot of cats

  36. Justin says:
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    So this trade went thru in my league. Lebron James for Rudy Gay and zebo? Seems kinda lopsided to me. What u think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Justin: Yeahhhhh I don’t love it either. If 9cat, maybe a huge frustration in TO. I never veto trades though…

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