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Happy St. Patty’s Razzball Nation!  Who doesn’t picture Warwick Davis with claws when they drink 15 Guinesses?

For the third straight year, we’ll be having an awesome Razzball Hoops March Madness bracket pool, joinable through the magic of that link-ity link right there.  And for the prize, I decided to go with something more desirable than money.  Or power.  Or fame.  Ok, well probably not as good as anyadat, but the winner will get a prestigious spot in the Razzball Elite League!  We’ve got a few spots opening up for next season, so the winner of the Bracket will get their first choice of the team to take over.  So hop in today, may the cinderellas be with you, and good luck Razzball Nation!  Oh yeah, NBA… Here’s what went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Serge Ibaka Ugggghhhhhh.  I dunno if you caught that, but UUUGGGGHHHHH!  Now with extra Nickelodeon slime!  The soreness in his knee will require “a procedure” and he’ll be out “an undetermined amount of time.”  That’s right, modern medicine is as clueless as I am with fantasy basketball.  Michael Carter-Williams “might” be “better” at “basketball” than last year!  I can just throw my arms up and curse dumb doctors at this point…  Maybe all he needs is a draining and he’s back sooner than we think, you never know…  If you’re in a tough matchup with no bye in your first week of the H2H playoffs, yeah he’s probably gone.  If you’ve got a bye or look to be a heavy favorite this week, I would try to hold and wait for a clear timetable.  Enes Kanter becomes an obvious must-own, and while Steven Adams has his stock going up, I still think minutes and effectiveness will be inconsistent.  30 minutes last night for 15/8/0/0/0 with 3 TO and fouled out.  Fouls and the NBA trend to play small lineups here and there keep Adams from being must-own in 12ers to me.

Mitch McGary – Certainly on the deep league radar with a dubdub last night, going 12/13 with a swat in 17 bench minutes.  Like Adams, he’ll battle some inconsistency, albeit on a much more volatile scale.

Chandler Parsons Dropping a playoff-opening 30 burger!  31/4/0/2/0 with 3 treys.  Ol’ Channy has been inconsistent this year, but improved the Pts in 4 straight and looks to be finally over the kankle.

Rajon Rondo Whoa, dimebag is back in the house!  11/4/13, and it’s been over two months since his last one.  Two months!  All that sobriety, wasted!  January 5th since he last toked the ganja!  And only his third since hoppin’ on the Mavs.  Maybe he’s turned a new leaf!  A kind leaf…

Kyle Lowry Ya know, we can hate on all the annoying-as-balls DNP-rests, but sometimes dey prove wonders!  Look at Lowry going nuts with a tripdub last night for 20/11/10/3/0 with 5 treys.  Unstoppable!  Damn I wish my buy low attempts a month ago were taken…

Lou Williams Stickin’ with Sweet Lou!  I feel like that’s a barbecue sauce tagline…   24 Pts with only the one 3, but gives ya that Kansas City style 7-7 FT with that gorgeous North Carolina vinegar-based only 1 TO.

Roy Hibbert – Nice to see him on the right foot for 17/7 and two swats last night, but it’ll be back to the wrong foot sooner than later.  Better than no feet!

Rodney Stuckey – Wasn’t huge in anything but the Pts, but 20/1/4/1/0 off the bench is still good enough to validate the add in even 10ers if you needed the scoring.  No treys shouldn’t be a big surprise though.

Robin Lopez He’s so bad!  The worst player in the NBA!  Time to pick up JaVale McGee over him, just on the blind hope…  8/4/0/0/0 with no TO.  Eh, you probably still have to hold, but a rough start to the playoffs.

Nene Returned from a couple off to be there for the birth of his kids, and solid 12/7/2/0/1 last night.  Did have the usually bad 2 TO and 2-4 FT, but he was cut in a lot of leagues (was available in half of Yahoo leagues last night) and can help as a big.

Tyler Zeller Somebody play some defense!  Oh yeah, it’s the Sixers, but still you’d expect Nerlens Noel to lock that down a little better!  11-14 FG and 4-4 FT for 26/5/2 in only 28 minutes.  I still don’t trust any of the Boston big men though, as Kelly Olynyk struggled again for 0-6 FG in 16 minutes.

Avery Bradley Playin’ like a boss against the awful Sixers!  20/10/6 with 4 treys, and Isaiah Thomas is at least 3 games away from playing according to The Devil.  I mean, Brad Stevens.

Isaiah Canaan Hmmm.  Didn’t give us a definitive Gladiator style thumbs up or thumbs down on his value.  11/6/2 with 2 treys, and not good enough to hold onto no-questions-asked in my book.  Ish Smith for 16/2/4/1/1 was the better PG last night, but can’t trust either one of these guys to be better game-to-game.

Robert Covington I hate the Sixers.  I hate Brett Brown.  I hate campers on Call of Duty.  Oh wait, focus JB!  23 minutes off the bench for 4/6/3/2/0, did only shoot 1-8, but no TO and still should be starting.  Dumb and Dumber Tree – Harold and Lloyd GM an NBA Team.

Kevin Love Sat last night as LeBron James got embarrassed by his former Heat.  Didn’t bring his talents to South Beach last night!

Dwyane Wade What a revenge game after the breakup!  It’s like a revenge tape, and Wade plowed through half the talent of Miami.  The talent should Union-ize!  32/2/2/5/0 hitting 13-18 from the field.

Jarrett Jack “Wahhhhh, I’m better than Deron Williams!”  16/5/5 last night while D-Will was only 8/1/7.  Eh, some funky minutes against a Wolves B/C team with all their guys rested makes me not interested in any of this mess…

Zach LaVine Another start for the DNP-kankled Ricky Rubio for 20/2/3/1/0 and 4 treys.  Unfortunately marred by 6 TO, but going to be streamer-usable in the Rubio DNPs.

Justin Hamilton – Shocker!  Outplayed Adreian Payne off the bench for 15/6/2/1/2 on 6-14 FG and 3-3 FT.  Man, tough to not grab Hamilton in virtually all leagues, even with Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Garnett out last night.  Well, you’d expect them to get DNPs rather than play most of the time, so there’s that.

Marc Gasol Rainbow alert!  14/8/3/2/3 and starting the playoffs muy caliente!

Jameer Nelson – The Nugs also benched everyone (Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried) with Nelly getting hot in hurr for 24/5/2/1/0 and a couple of treys.  If the Nugs keep these DNPs up mostly with Lawson, there’s a lot of streamer value to be had.

Randy Foye – Solid 16/3/3/3/0, and played 33 minutes to Will Barton‘s 23.  If both are active I would lean playing Foye, but man, I don’t like relying on any of this for more than one-game streams.

Lance Stephenson Sheesh, what a weird night for the Hornets!  They were absolutely dreadful, and somehow Stephenson was their only beacon of offense for 17/1/0/0/0 and 2 TO.  #GobertD!

Al Jefferson – Good to see him back in the lineup, but only 10/7/0/2/0 in 24 minutes as the Hornets managed just 66 points.  #GobertD!

Rudy Gobert #GobertD!  Ok, enough of that, any further hashtag usage will be reserved from Draymond Green.  9/22/2/0/1, the 3 TO and 5-8 FT are kinda annoying with the former a little out of character, but tough to complain!

Rodney Hood Hmmmm.  I don’t know what to do with this – amazing 24/3/3/1/0 line hitting 9-11 FG (5-5 3PTM 1-1 FT) which is certainly beyond the ThrAGNOF-only range, but I still think he’s in the ThrAGNOF mix.  Does have multi-treys in 4 straight and 17+ points in 3 of 4, but not a must-own yet.  Although, if he had stayed healthy, my blurb on his #174 preseason rank of “Sneaky ThrAGNOF upside, the Jazz have a serious lack of other perimeter shooters” would’ve looked mighty smart this year!

Dennis Schroder Geez, no Kyle Korver, no Al Horford, and the Hawks still roll through everyone!  And even with Jeff Teague back, Schroder for 10/3/6 off the bench brought enough dimes to be semi-useful.  You hate the 3-12 shooting, but got 23 minutes and with Korver out at least 3 more games with a broken face, I’d imagine 25ish minutes a night with some combo G action for the Schrodes.

DeMarcus Cousins Rainbow line!  20/13/5/2/3, but the Kings can’t beat half the Hawks.  Yikes.

Jordan Clarkson Man, really held his own against the Warriors for 17/6/3/2/0, but this news about Jeremy Lin starting the final 10 games of the year certainly clouds the final couple weeks.  Even with the cloud, I think Clarkson will have enough run to make it rain.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Cole Aldrich (10% owned) – And the lord said unto thee, “Start thy fringy big men against the Spurs!”  The “other” big man Aldrich has been getting solid big man stats lately, and should tear it up.

Jerryd Bayless (3% owned) – He’s been out a few games, but with O.J. Mayo ailing, MCW seeming likely to play but still questionable and Tyler Ennis so raw, I think the Bucks will get all they can outta their vet JB.

 

I hope your playoff matchups started strong, and we’ll see ya tomorrow Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    So I’m in a roto L and having Ty, serge, IT2/3, rubio all on my team yesterday did not help at alllll. Losing some major asts, ftms and O brds/blks numbers here. So, think serge is a drop? This news about them hoping to have him by playoff time makes me assume that even through some miracle he’s able to play the end of this week, they’ll ease him back sometime next week. Best case scenario? Holding into jimmy buckets and IT2, it’s becoming hard for me to roster another injured dude.

    So, you’re not a fan of Adams bringing a dub dub and blk while serge is out? Is B Wright the better add while Len is out? J Hill has strung three v good brd games in a row too. Or do I just hold for a definite timetable? Could take an age for them to give one..

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: oh and I’m streaming shved tonight but do you think Aldridge will be a better value stream vs Spurs? Shved been great with all round prod and some decent volume fts (which I need too), but if cole is looking at a 10/13 kinda line with a blk and good %s it may be hard for me to look past him

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Yup def losing Ibaka now with the news and it a Roto. I kinda doubt he’s back next week. IT2 might be a cut too, but Buckets I would try to hold.

        I think I would rather roll dice on Wright. Slightly better FT, less TO. Although Hill is looking great. Gimme Hill!

        I’d prefer Shved in most cases, I doubt Cole gets to 10/13.

  2. hamtime says:
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    1. ugh, i dropped jordan clarkson to stream since the lakers play only 3x with a big gap between mon-thurs. i hope hes still available when he clears waivers.

    2. olynyk is SO GROSS, but im in a 16m/11cat and im hesitant to drop him. canaan, mccallum, tucker, and nene are still available. should i drop dirty nazareth for one of them?

    3. no sense in stashing the likes of dwight, taj, jcrawford, right?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @hamtime: yes for PJ

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: 1. Yup hope he’s there! 2. Yeah I’m done with Olynyk with those options out there, depends on needs for the add. If filling a big man need I’d get Nene. 3. Probably not

  3. Joe says:
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    Last week before our playoffs. I’m in third but it’s close between me and teams 4-6. D.West seems to have forgotten how to play. Maybe the old age finally caught up to him. My team, unfortunately, is riddled with injuries. Would you drop D.West, or anyone else, for that matter?

    10-team, h2h, 9-cat.

    Team: Conley, IT2, MCW, G.Hill, Redick, Evans, Middleton, Durant, D.West, M.Gasol, Gobert

    FA: Clarkson, Schved, Carroll, J.Hill, E.Davis

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      @Joe:

      Throw Zeller on there.

      • Joe says:
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        @Joe:

        (Zeller as FA. I’ll shut up now.)

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe: Hmmm well I definitely like Shved, but kinda don’t need another G. Well, strike that with IT2 so banged up. I’m not getting Zeller, hate BOS rotations. And Carroll is great, but DNPs blow. I’ll grab Shved and ensure your great G depth carries through

  4. Connor says:
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    So how much longer do you think the Mirotic train will keep on going? I’ve been holding but am considering grabbing JR Smith for some 3s. Awesome write up btw.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: I think without Rose they need MIro’s O. Maybe goes down a tad with Taj Gibson coming back at some point, but I think I’d rather hold onto him than grab JR smith. Preciate it, thanks man!

  5. Clyde Prompto says:
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    GOD DAMN IT ROBIN ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS BLOCK A SHOT OR TWO

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      *this is to be read in the Leprechaun voice*

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Clyde Prompto: Haha, I could see leprachauns getting all mad at Rolo since he’s so tall and all

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I could see them being mad at him for being so tall and only managing to grab 4 boards in a game.

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Clyde Prompto: Nate Robinson is like – “ya I can board better than that!”

  6. jcg says:
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    What to do with the Covington? The minutes have fallen off so badly. I know they’re tanking but come on man! Would you advise holding another game or what? Not much on the wire

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Depends on the options, but yeah if it’s bad I would indeed hold on and hope J-Rich gets a ton more DNPs

  7. IV says:
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    Thanks to all your help this season I snagged 2nd place and have the bye this week. Looking to sure up my team after some key injuries.

    10 teams 9 cat

    PG: Wall
    SG: Hayward
    G: Covington
    SF: T Harris
    PF: Millsap
    F: Draymond Green
    C: Whiteside
    Util: Giannis, Hamilton
    BN: Rubio, Ibacka, Mo Williams, Chandler

    Rondo is a FA, pick him in hopes he has found his form? If so, for who?
    Also, general thoughts? Championship team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @IV: Awesome glad we helped man! Yeah I’d grab Rondo, probably losing Covington. I like RobCov as much as the next guy, but hate the minutes as they tank.

      Yeah it’s definitely a contender! Big question mark will be Serge to be sure to lock up big man stats

  8. Scott says:
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    Looks like Manu is out for a week or two. Any value in Belinelli or Mills?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Ehhhhh, maybe for the real deep leagues, but I imagine the minutes will be spread thinner than the hair count on Manu’s head

  9. Shaft says:
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    Hey JB– thanks for your help all season long. Im actually sad the season is coming to an end because now i wont know what to read every morning. maybe i should start playing fantasy baseball? okay, maybe im not that desperate…

    anyway, im trying to figure out what to do to tweak my roster for playoff glory. my team is kind of a mess right now, particularly my guard situation:

    G: Lillard, Rubio (inj), Knight (inj), Mo williams (losing PT), Deron Williams (just sucks), covington (losing PT)
    F: Durant (inj), Draymond Green, favors
    C: Boogie, Whiteside, Gortat

    Available on the wire: Shved, Stuckey, Bradley, Jack, Clarkson, Will Barton, Wes Johnson, Tony Allen, Shumpert, KCP, Lou Williams, PJ tucker

    any moves you would make? its 8-cat weekly, so streaming is a little more difficult than daily.

    thanks JB!

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      @Shaft: throw rodney hood in the mix as well, even though hes not SG eligible.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shaft: Hahaha, well baseball is def fun! I love it! But appreciate that man!

        Yikes, yeah looks like my REL team. At least your bigs survived! Shved and Stuckey I think can help. No issue losing KNight and Covington for those two, but if you have a bye I might only do the Shved for ovington move and hope Knight gets healthy. Nah, not Hood yet, ThrAGNOF guy still for me. Any time!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Shaft: id be grabbing Lou & stucky for Deron & Covington. If nobody’s grabbing those 2 then they won’t be swooping up Covington if he gets going again. That’s my 2 cents

  10. Frank White says:
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    heard on ESPN that Ibakais having Surgery.. Drop him right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yup as I think I remember you don’t have a bye and are playing this week, so yeah

  11. Frank White says:
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    Do you think Gerald Henderson game last night was a fluke or should I be nervous?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Well, Hornets as a whole were bad, but I am nervous with Kemba back

  12. Tony C says:
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    I’m in a 9-Cat, H2H, 12 team league and this week I have a 1st round playoff bye. Kyle Korver and Roy Hibbert have recently been dropped to waivers. Who would you drop for next week’s games: Tony Allen, Robert Covington, Serge Ibaka and/or Stevan Adams for Kyle Korver and Roy Hibbert. I picked up Adams today in case Ibaka (UGH!) is out for the year. I realize if the news on Ibaka is bleak he is the obvious drop. Thanks JB

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony C: Yeah Ibaka I think is a drop since Korver is too good to leave on the wire, even though he may not be back for a full week next week. I still would lose IBaka for him

      • Tony C says:
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        Would you also drop either Allen , Covington, or S Adams to get Hibbert? Hibbert has stunk since the all star break and even before that but there was a sign of life last night from the former Hoya.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tony C: Yeahhhh, I debated it and couldn’t decide earlier, I think I’d grab Hibbert indeed for Adams, kinda don’t trust the minutes for Adams with bad FT and TO. Although, of course don’t trust Hibbert’s mins either

  13. Bye Felicia says:
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    What happened last year? I thought i won the bracket by 1 pick? Anyway i submitted one without watching a single college game this year ha! I want a crack at a REL squad next year if there is 3 available.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Hah sorry man I don’t remember at all who won last year… I can’t look at it through the Yahoo archive but I feel like I mentioned the winner in an article, so I’ll try to find it 🙂 I don’t remember what the prize was either, but I’ll find it!

  14. yan yala says:
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    hey JB, I need a streaming spot. who would you rather drop? my team:
    PG- Lowry, Kemba, Mo williams
    SG- Danny Green, Alexey Shved
    Sf- Hayward, #Occupy, Gallinari
    PF- The Brow, Millsap, Noel
    C- Al Jefferson, Dieng Train
    IR- Rubio

    the way they are playing, kemba and big al are becoming drop candidates, but not ready to drop them yet.

    I am between droppin Mo or Gallinari… what you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yan yala: I think it’s Gallo out, worried about the DNPs down the stretch

  15. yung professional says:
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    JB,

    Ibaka could be the end… I’m already waiting for KD to get back, now this! Who should I drop Serge for? Kanter and Adams are both taken. 12 team H2H (first round of 8 -team playoffs), so I’ll be digging deep. I was thinking McGary or Splitter, even just to stream.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yung professional: Yeah def streaming, don’t like either of those guys too much. If I had to pick one right now it’s McGary, but yeah, streaming it all week!

      • yung professional says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! One last question: Canaan or waahhhhh Jack?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @yung professional: Hah good one! Leaning Canaan for the 3s, if dire AST need might change to Jack, but meh. About equal overall though

  16. Mark says:
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    with klay out for 7-10 days. who is a good pickup from golden state? harrison barnes or justin holiday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mark: I’d rather Barnes, think he does a little more, but I don’t think he’s must own though

  17. Clos says:
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    Jb whuddup.. Got a bye the first week of the playoffs you think I should drop either.. Jack, ish, Jordan Hill or Knight for Justin Hamilton?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Nah, I think I’d still hold all those guys, think Klay’s shots get kinda filtered through everyone else

  18. miles proudfoot says:
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    Ibaka!!! Now need to replace another great player. Rotoworld reported that Rose is at the beginning of the 3rd week of the 4-6 week timetable. With a bye this week, can anyone in good conscience stash Rose at this point with the hope that it is 4 weeks? Even then, would he be on a minutes restriction? Thanks!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: @miles proudfoot: @miles proudfoot: Also in trying to replace Ibaka, how would you rank the following big men (beginning next week with the bye):
      Hamilton, Adams, Ed Davis, Josh Smith, Motie, and sure, Nurkic (I once dropped Noel for him, yikes!).

      Covington and Tony Allen are also available but don’t really fit my needs.

      Thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @miles proudfoot: Good conscience? Sure, but I think it’s overly optimistic 🙂

        Wow, yeah I’m kinda leaning Justin Hamilton. Although Motiejunas is close, just that Dwight looming and T Jones playing well hurts the outlook. Hamilton>Nurk>Motie. Any time!

  19. Dante Green says:
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    Good call on RJax , JB! You told me to put him in the lineup rather than MCW! Hah I know it’s just the first game of the week but them 20 asts is a good start! And we were able to stay away from MC’s 2/12! Lol Anyway man, I’d really like to offer MCW and A-Wigs for Alphabet, would you give it a go? I’m just tryna solidify my fg% and defensive stats man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Woooooo, glad that call worked out! No Conley surely helped. Hmmmm, Wigs is def trending down… This late and it hits a need, I don’t think I mind it!

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