Yikes.  After an injury-plagued 14-15 season where virtually every starter missed a good chunk of time, the injury bug hath reared it’s ugly head yet again for the Pelicans.  I need comfort!  Time to shame eat 50 beignets!

After Jrue Holiday‘s slow recovery from another stress reaction in his leg, the Pelicans plan to limit him to 15 minutes a game until January and sit him on back-to-backs.  Then Norris Cole suffered a high-ankle sprain a little over a week ago, and given an “up to 6 weeks” timetable.  And right when the Tyreke Evans buzz couldn’t get louder, we get hit with news on The Blindside (starring Sandra Bullock) that he had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks.  The Pelicans need a new conditioning staff!  Hopefully this gets all the injuries out of the team’s system and we see 82 games of Brow…  Anyway, the Pelicans signed Nate Robinson late last week, and all the sudden he’s looking at starting minutes to open the season – starting when Jrue sits and playing a ton off the bench after Jrue’s 15 allotted minutes.  Lord help me, but I actually drafted him in the JB vs. Slim RCL last night…  All he needs to do is put it within 15 feet of Brow and he could fall into 5 assists with the upside for a few 3s and some points with low TO (18 Pts last night, but 0 AST and 4 TO – had 9 dimes previous 2 games with only 3 TO, TO isn’t usually an issue).  It’s like Jose Calderon, but with a few more minutes.  Ugh, I just threw up in my mouth a little with that comp though…  Here’s what else has gone down over the past few days in preseason action:

Tristan Thompson – CHANGE EVERYTHING, CHANGE YOU DRAFT STRATEGY, BLOW ALL YOUR FAAB!!!!!  Gets the 5-year, $82 million deal he was hoping for AND IT”S ALMOST DOUBLE WHAT MONTA ELLIS GOT!!!!  WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON?!?!?!?!  Geez, something is wrong with my caps lock there, I’m actually pretty tepid about this…  About as tepid as Thompson is for fantasy; still not 12er worthy for me.  On that contract.  Eesh…  It’s almost like Cavs management doesn’t pay attention to fantasy metrics!

Hassan Whiteside After I steadfastly defended his FT stroke, he goes out and bricks an 0-9 in his preseason debut.  Followed it up with an 0-1 last night for a grand total of 0-10 this preseason.  That’s 0%!  I do math!  I still think he can be a 60-65% guy, and at least other than the FT, he’s looked unreal.  12/9 6 blocks int hat debut then 10/8 4 blocks in under 20 mins last night.

Gerald Green Did his thang and got hot off the bench.  28/9/1/1/0 on 8-14 FG (3-5 3PTM 9-12 FT).  He’s going to be too inconsistent for 12ers, but any deeper he’s worth a hold.  He’ll be a great ThrAGNOF streamer on the Dwyane Wade bridge club nights.

Rudy Gobert A lot of concern in the comments for his slow start in preseason.  Luckily that sentence ended with preseason, and shizz don’t count!  He said he was a little exhausted from international play, and I think is just coasting a bit; Monsieur Elbow has nothing to prove right now in terms of needed to lock down his role.  He’s gonna be a beast.  And if anyone is worried, shoot dem buy lows!

Isaiah Thomas Has knee tendinitis, but luckily his knees are only 2/3 the size of a normal NBA player’s knees.  He should be fine.

Kent Bazemore Played the starting 3 with the other four usual starters, and put up 18/2/2 on a hot 7-10 shooting (2-3 3PTM) last night.  He usually nabs a few steals as well, and with Thabo Sefolosha barely easing back in and as we’ve mentioned on the Pod, Baze should get some good run in Tuesday’s opener if you want some early streaming minutes.

Nicolas Batum Had a pretty solid preseason, putting a 18/10/6 cherry on top last night.  If he’s healthy and shoots a decent %, he’ll end up being a mid-round steal.

Jeremy Lin Continued his solid fake game play as well, helping the Hornets to a fake 7-0 record with his fake, ummmm, mohawk thing…  Anyway, 18/5/5 last night, started at PG with Kemba sitting, and I think is ownable out of the gate for combo guard stats.

Jeremy Lamb Sprained his ankle Monday night, but it isn’t too serious.  Do lambs have ankles?  I thought they had like, hooves…  Anyway, I don’t really want Lamb or P.J. Hairston except in the deepers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Exited early with some foot pain last night, but X-rays were negative.  Hopefully it was something fluky that goes away, if it lingers until this morning he’s likely headed for an MRI.  I wrote that, then an hour later they say he’s getting one.  Scurry.  Although they did say “precautionary”.  I love me some KCP, but if anything lengthy comes out of this, the Stanley Johnson hype train will be about as out of control as Snowpiercer.

Anthony Davis 33/16/0/2/5 last night, with 17-19 FT.  Dear god.

John Jenkins Physically impossible for him to score under 16 Pts.  The universe would implode!  Kept it going for 22/4/2 last night, salvaging a bad game from deep (1-7 3PTM) with nice mid-range (9-20 FG overall).  Might get a few starts early on with Wesley Matthews recovering, but not a long-term hold in 12ers.  Love streaming him next Thursday on a lighter slate.

Raymond Felton Looked shockingly not fat last night.  17/1/3 on 8-12 shooting, getting some good penetration.  Ohhhh, I said penetration, I’m aroused!  Did have 5 TO though…  Meh, now I’m back to half-mast.  I could pretty much make any joke about Felton right now; if he was reading he would’ve stopped at beignets in the open and gotten food…

Gerald Henderson – Hip is still bothering him, and is still not taking contact.  Might as well get that AARP card with symptoms like that!  C.J. McCollum is going to get a lot of rock, but buyer beware that FG% and as I mentioned on the Pod, through 6 preseason games only 3 steals.  Playing about 30 MPG too.  Small sample, but I think he’s going to get mad overdrafted.

Ian Mahinmi Back-to-back 6 for 9s!  Hey, he’s French, he’s probably into some weird stuff!  I probably would shoot my future self if a month ago I traveled back in time and told myself I would finish a draft with Nate Robinson and Mahimi as my final two picks in a 12er like my RCL last night…  But hey, he’s gonna play, getting swats and boards (14/7/2/0/4 last night), and just as you’d expect, draining FT% with a 2-6 yesterday.  Also only 4 TO in 5 games.  I think I like Mahinmi over Jahlil Okafor these days – will out-block and have a lot less TO.  Well, the risk is Myles Turner is as legit as I hope and they start him at the 5 and phase Mahnimi out…  I’m in a weird love triangle with Pacers big men right now…

Clint Capela A little Mahinmi-esque with a 10/12/1/1/3 line last night with 2-6 FT.  Dwight Howard “may or may not have practiced” in one of the weirdest reporting that happened yesterday due to his back, but regardless Dwight is already a little dinged up and I think Capela is worth rostering in virtually all 12ers.

Zach LaVine Awful preseason and likely played his way out of a starting SG spot.  Had a nice dunk the last game though!  Tough to remember anything about the Wolves playing the Bucks at the University of Wisconsin other than the fans booing Tyus Jones every time he touched the rock.  Hilarious.  “Boooooo, you beat our team!”  Cry me a river, Badgers fans!

T.J. Warren We know he can score (albeit without shooting 3s), but multi-steals in the past 4 preseason games now.  TJ could muscle out PJ if he’s gonna play D!  …J

Steven Adams Speaking of playing D …J, 14/10/3/0/2 against Utah and should be fringe usable as a final big.  It was between him and Mahinmi for my final big man spot in the RCL last night, I went Mahinmi…  More minutes should be there.

Russell Westbrook Tripdub alert!  21/10/10 Tuesday night against the Jazz, but 3-7 FT?!  You’re not MCW, get that together Rdub!

Ryan Anderson After three straight good games, 11/6/1/1/0 last night with 5 TO and fouled out in 26 minutes.  He probably got flustered because he has a clone on the Blazers named Meyers Leonard who is trying to be as good as the original…

LeBron James Got an injection in his back, but should be ready to suit up for the opener.  Damn, I had a #6 pick last night in that RCL draft, and I didn’t feel great getting BronBron even though I have him ranked 5.  The Playoff sched and inevitable benchings are pretty scary, and it doesn’t help he’s already getting injections for shizz…

Deron Williams – This “minor” calf thing has cost all preseason and he’s questionable for the opener already.  Not boding well for a hopefully bounce back season from Mr. Kankles…

Terrence Jones – Sustained a concussion, but sounds like he’s progressing nicely.  Hopefully he doesn’t miss the opener, but doesn’t seem like he’d miss much more time if he does.

 

Thoughts on preseason so far?  Nothing too crazy going on and luckily only a handful of injuries to worry about.  I’m glad there wasn’t a repeat of last year with Durant’s foot blowin’ up!  Thanks for dropping by, Razzball Nation, t-minus 5 days!

  1. Michael says:
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    Hey JB,

    On a 12 team 9 cat Roto would it be wise to make a trade for Tyreke right now and stash him? Also, do you think I should trade Jimmy Butler for Goran Dragic and Tobias Harris, is this a fair trade ? I offered the guy Roy Hibbert and Ed Davis for Goran Dragic but I don’t think he will take it. Let me know what ya think ? that’s why I was thinking jimmy butler for goran and tobias to boost my assist a bit.

    PG: Damian Lillard, Elfred Payton, Jose Calderon
    SG: Eric Gordon
    SG-Sf: Jimmy Butler, Robert Covington
    SF Danilo Gallarnii
    SF-PF: Giannis Antetkumpo
    PF-C: Greg Monroe, Nerlenes Noel, Ed Davis, John Henson, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejo
    C: Roy Hibbert

    His Team

    Goran Dragic
    paul George
    klay Thompson
    trevor ariza
    tobias harris
    gourgi Dieng
    brook lopez
    Andrew bogut
    Michael carter Williams
    kentavious Caldwell pope
    marcus smart
    avery Bradley
    Harrison barnes

    • Rudacious says:
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      @Michael:

      hibbert and davis for dragic? you are insulting him.

      tip: don’t send trade offers you don’t think the other owner is going to accept.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Michael: Well Evans hurts in roto with the high TO, I dunno if he’s worth going after too hard. Don’t like his lengthy injuries already, could linger.

        Yeah the Butler one is fair, Butler is just soooooo good in roto. Dragic is too though… I’d be good with that one.

        And yeah, @Rudacious: that second deal isn’t the best 🙂 But I never get “insulted” by offers, but it’s true some people can be whiny and get mad and take it personal, depends on your leaguemates

  2. Blint says:
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    Hi JB! Pumped for the new season. How come you ain’t asking Slim about his real favourite team the JAZZ!!

    Keeper question- I can keep 3 people in my league. We don’t have TO’s but keep 3 pt% instead. Already keeping Harden. Need to keep 2 more out of Draymond , Ibaka, Gobert , Teague , Giannis, Horford and Favors.
    I am leaning towards Gobert and Draymond! What say you? What is Giannis’s ceiling?

    Also which players are the Aaron Rodgers comp when favre was still around? Like an injury away to get solid playing time to put up stats. Does Clint Capella fit that ?what other situations are you monitoring! Thanks!!

    • Slim

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      @Blint: Yeah Capela is the big one. Let’s see… I’m ignoring the Chicago PG situation. Wright is a popular one if Randolph or Gasol goes down. Booker might be the guy if Favors or Gobert goes down. He was very good at the end of the year when Favors went down, the added 3s has really helped his fantasy game. Hood if Hayward/Burks goes down. Gerald Green if Wade. Where else… I like Larkin if Jack goes down. So many steals! Schroder if Teague. Portis if half the Bulls bigs go down. Steven Adams if Kanter or Ibaka. West if Aldridge or Duncan goes down. That’s the big thing I look for, who gets a starting gig/30+ min if one of 2 guys gets injured. That’s doubling the odds!

      Keepers… Yeah I like those 3. Giannis has an extremely high ceiling but he’s the last guy on that list. Too many mouths to feed in Mil and out of those listed he’s going to by far be the easiest to redraft.

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        @Slim:
        Thanks slim for the detailed response. I see wade as the only injury prone guy out there and we know he will miss games. Gerald Green seems like a good late round guy!

        Damn I thought Giannis was the next big thing! Out of the guys you left out who should I take as my 4th rounder if more than one of them is available!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Blint: Hah Slim loves dem Jazz!

          Agree with Slim’s picks for your keepers, keeps the best youth and best talent.

          Yup Capela is the big one for me too. Slim mentioned Portis, he’s certainly up there. Schroder is a nice one too. OUBRE! If Otto Porter gets hurt. But Oubre looked pretty raw last night…

          My first pick of the guys you’re throwing back would be Ibaka, he’s a 2nd rounder for me

          • Blint says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Also JB we keep 3 players this year but from next year we can keep how many ever players we want year on year. So basically I can owna player for his whole career if I want to. Which players/rookies I should nap even with 4th round pick if I need to? Towns?Giannis?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Blint: Wait, so you’re changing from 3 keepers to pretty much a dynasty? Gotcha yeah Towns sticks out, would rather Wiggins if he’s still there tho

  3. Matt says:
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    Where would u rank Nate Robinson on ur top 200 list?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: I think around 130-140. Right near Canaan and I’m drafting him earlier for the minutes out of the gate

  4. Chris says:
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    First year playing fantasy basketball, i hardly know the league but just trying to get into it so bear with me!
    12 team Daily change H2H format with FG%/ FT%/3PTM/PTS/REB/AST/ST/BLK/TO
    Where do you think this squad stands? Any marked room for improvements?

    PG-Elfrid Peyton
    SG- Eric Bledsoe
    G-Deron Williams
    SF- Kawhii Leonard
    PF_Draymond Green
    F- Stanley Johnson
    C- Pau Gasol
    C- Greg Monroe
    U- Terrence Jones
    U-Jordan Clarckson
    B-Alec Burks
    B-Otto Porter
    B-Arron Afflalo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: No worries, welcome to hoops! You’ll love it.

      Got a pretty solid team there! AST and STL are very nice. My concerns are scoring and blocks. Pau and Monroe should board like crazy, but Pau/Green/Jones I dunno will be enough to beat teams with Gobert, Brow, etc. %s look solid too, I’d look for a guy who scores and blocks without hurting %s too bad, maybe like a Gortat or something. Hope that helps!

      • Chris says:
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        @JB Gilpin: will do thank you!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chris: Any time!

  5. booya says:
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    Drafted my 12 team H2H 9 cat team last night. Went with major stars and scrubs approach but unfortunately I missed a good portion of the draft. Here is what I came out with:
    PG Collison
    SG Clarkson
    G Lawson
    SF Durant
    PF Brow
    F Aaron Gordon
    C Leonard
    C Hibbert
    Util Stanley Johnson
    Util Ilyasova
    BN Rondo
    BN Julius Randle
    BN Rodney Hood

    What do you think my best strategy is from here with these guys? Which 5-6 categories do you think I should focus on and which should I punt if any? Any trades I need to seek out?

    Prozingis and Tony Parker went undrafted…should I drop Hood and someone for those two?

    Appreciate any input!

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Henson also went undrafted…

      • Lawson says:
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        @booya: You got BOTH Durant and Anthony Davis in a 12 team league?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Lawson: I’m assuming auction, since there’s a significant drop off after lol.

          • booya says:
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            @Adam: Yes auction lol. Pretty scrubby after that though. Any thoughts guys?

            • Slim

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              @booya: For Randle… I’d go Porzingis. Parker vs Rondo could go either way. Might as well hold Hood for now. Game 1 will be really nice with Booker suspended. I wouldn’t be against 1 more shot blocker. After Brow and Hibbert I’m not sure anyone else gets over 1 per game. I think Gordon does but that is no guarantee.

              • Lawson says:
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                @Slim: I thought so but since he didnt say anything about it. But yes, I see the gap.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @booya: @Lawson: @Slim: @Lawson: Love the stars and scrubs! Durant and Brow is redonk. Agree I’d get Porzingis. AST is a smidge behind as you’d expect, but isn’t too bad. I’d just keep an eye on the wire

  6. hamtime says:
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    how productive do you think lou will will be this year? im really struggling with whether to keep him as my last guy, or drop him for capella. 11 cat/16 man. wondering who you feel will provide more value throughout the season. thanks

    • Slim

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      @hamtime: I think much less than last year. Clarksons will get his and as we get later in the year and the Lakers are well out Russell should get a ton of minutes. I like Capella much better. Even without starting.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hamtime: @Slim: Yeah much much less production for Lou, I like Capela as well

      • NYFantaC says:
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        @Slim: If Marcelo Huertas gets on the team, do you think he’ll cut into DRussell’s minutes and be rosterable.. The boy could ball… better than anyone on the lakers from what ive seen,,,

        • JB Gilpin

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          @NYFantaC: Nah not really, but admittedly I haven’t seen much of Huertas. Has nice upside for injuries but I don’t think he cuts into Russell

  7. Heat Apologist says:
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    I know I’m too late for a pod review, but I wonder if you could see what you think of my team. Slim and I text-drafted this money league team, which we will co-manage, meaning Slim will manage and we split the winnings. We were fortunate enough to draft out of the three hole (don’t look that up in urban dictionary) and started with Harden. We made a strategy decision at the 5 pick and we have some catching up to do in some cats, but we definitely win the upside battle. The last pick is a tues/thurs light day streamer. Probably put Jones and/or Turner on IL and pick up a couple streamers for tuesday over the weekend.

    1. (3) James Harden (Hou – SG,SF)
    2. (22) Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C)
    3. (27) Eric Bledsoe (Pho – PG,SG)
    4. (46) Derrick Favors (Uta – PF,C)
    5. (51) Karl-Anthony Towns (Min – C)
    6. (70) George Hill (Ind – PG,SG)
    7. (75) DeMarre Carroll (Tor – SF,PF)
    8. (94) Terrence Jones (Hou – SF,PF)
    9. (99) Alec Burks (Uta – PG,SG)
    10. (118) Otto Porter (Was – SF)
    11. (123) Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF)
    12. (142) Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    13. (147) Dennis Schroder (Atl – PG)

    Slim will probably mention his “money league” on the pod, so I thought it would be interesting to see where it started. Or I could just be an ego-maniac and a name dropper…. cough, slim, cough.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Heat Apologist: Hah, I dunno if you’re worth a review after that REL trade proposal! You two rapscallions… Hah jk

      Nice on the three hole! I was happy to find a beard in my three hole as well in an RCL (ew). Wow Bledsoe 27?! Awesome. Obviously love the PG/C early. Always sucks to take Beard’s FT% and poop on it with Drummo, Favors and Jones won’t help either, it’s about average. Could see that hurting at times. But love the Burks pick that I’m sure Slim pushed for too and looks great overall

      • ByeFelica says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it was quite humorous

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @ByeFelica: Let’s hope I’m never in danger of missing a draft again!

    • Ralph Nader says:
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      @Heat Apologist: i did this last year with Drummond and Harden. Drummond’s dreadful start alomost sunk my team since i reached so high for him. I had Derozan on that team and Rubio to balance out the FT% but once they went down it took waiver wire miracles to carry me into the post season. dreymond green and gobert and middleton…….razzball reader…who….me?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ralph Nader: Hahahaha, yeah Drummo did start so baaaaad last year, but I think no Monroe will help solidify production at least in boards and blocks every night. Here’s to hoping he’s not shooting 40% after a month or whatever it was last season!!

  8. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    14 Team (11 CAT, Standard + FGM and FTM)

    PG- Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague, Darren Collison
    SG- Reggie Jackson, Jordan Clarkson
    SF- Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Rodney Hood
    PF- Blake Griffin, Kristaps Prozingis, Nemanja Bjelica
    C- Roy Hibbert, Enes Kanter

    Any thoughts on Humphries?
    Shooting 3’s and could get some PT with the injury prone Nene.

    Worth a look over Bjelica?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @J: Pretty close and only because Hump is adding 3s. You could really go either way. I’d say Hump is safer and offers a bit better rebounding/blocks upside.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @J: @Slim: Yeah I’m going Humphries at this point too, I think I have Bjelica higher in my ranks, but I think Humphries plays more out of the gate and more upside there for minutes

  9. Steve says:
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    JB,

    Had my draft last night, 12-team, 9 cat. Here’s what I came out with:

    G: Lillard, Wiggins, Wall, Middleton, Ellis, Rubio, Jack
    F: Parsons, Drummond, Gordon, Porzingis
    C: Turner, Nurkic

    Is there any immediate weaknesses I should address via free agency? Or should I take this team into the season and go from there? Thanks for your help, good read as always.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Damn, Lillard Wall awesome! Yeesh you’re absolutely unreal in AST, but obviously awful in TO. Rubio and Jack are almost unneeded, I might look for a team without PG depth and offer one or both for one more blocker that has a good FT% since you’re pretty solid there. Damn you got a lot of talent for a 12er! Hope that helps!

  10. eric says:
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    no love for hump? beasting last night

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @eric: Eh… he still hasn’t shot 50% in a game and only 1 block total. I think he’s more streamer than 12er worthy. In a 16er or so he should definitely be owned.

      • eric says:
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        @Slim: roger that! ei just wondering on how i could get a picture on my name? if its possible grins** more power to your website!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: @eric: Hah yeah I saw his line but he had 5 straight boring games before that haha. Still in the undrafted but watch list bin, not much a change for me 🙂

  11. WThothot says:
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    Mahinmi or Robin Lopez in a 3-cat league (Points-Rebs-Assists)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WThothot: I’ll stick with Rolo in that league, just because the minutes/role is more assured. Mahinmi starts going 0-5 FT every night they might start giving Turner more and more burn (which I hope)

      • WThothot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thx

  12. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB & Slim:

    I’ve got my 10 team, 8 cat auction draft tonight. I’ve been working on possible combos for my first two to build with, if I were to go with Lillard and Boogie for well over half of my cash, where you would you look to go with the next few players? Is there anyone who you would specifically like to try to fit with them?

    I was leaning trying for Wiggins for my 3rd guy depending on how crazy the bidding gets there….

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Cool, yeah Lillard Boogie would be unreal combo in 8 cat! Yeah Wiggins would be solid, then I’d get a mid-range blocker that helps FT%, ya know if Ibaka doesn’t get too high, he would fit great with those 3. Any time!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I might try for that sort of build. My only concern comes in having to spend a crazy amount to get Dame and Boogie…Ibaka is consistently underrated most times, but I was also considering trying to add Bledsoe to the mix as my 4th, then cobble blocks together if possible.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah for sure, Ibaka would have to come at the right price. E Bled is nasty in 8 cat too, like 15ish he would be in my ranks in that format

  13. Clem says:
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    Hi JB,

    always love the articles and fun you bring. Something something KCP! Anyhoo, as an unfortunate person who got ‘Reked, is Nate Robinson an advisable pickup (Not like I’m going to drop Reke, right?)? My other PGs are Wall and McCollum :C

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clem: Thanks so much man! Hahahaha, “I’m so happy my boyfriend didn’t hurt his foot” KCP! Yeah I’d nab Nate, I think he’s backend 12er worthy. And yeah you gotta try and hold Reke and hope he’s back by Christmas, especially if you have IL spots

  14. Andrew says:
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    Hey JB & Slim, been following you guys for the past couple of seasons. Gotta say, great work! Love your rankings and posts. I used your top 200 ranks as a guide to my own money league. I would just like some input from you guys on the squad that I assembled. I was #9 overall pick in a 12 team league. I’m in the market for another productive/serviceable point guard. Any recommendations?

    H2H , FG%, FT%, 3PM, PTS, REBS, ASTS, STLS, BLKS, A/TO

    G – Damian Lillard
    G – Reggie Jackson
    G – Darren Collison
    G – Mo Williams
    F – Danny Green
    F – DeMarre Carroll
    F – Robert Covington
    F – Andre Drummond
    C – Rudy Gobert
    C – Jonas Valanciunas
    UTIL – Gorgui Dieng
    BENCH – Aaron Gordon
    BENCH – Nate Robinson (Waiver wire pickup)
    BENCH – Joffrey Lauvergne
    BENCH – Doug McDermott

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Andrew: Thanks so much man! Been very rewarding seeing hoops grow these past few yrs! Wow, awesome that Lillard fell to 9! Yeah once Kyrie is back PG might be tough, and Robinson helps for right now. BLK look solid, I think you can protect FT% a little better without Dieng and Gordon, might move one for a PG, whichever starts hotter early

  15. Season aint statrted yet and I'm already trading says:
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    I have cousins and someone offered me millsap and lowry for him would you do it? Kinda impulsive its a 12 team 9 cat H2H league

  16. thebat0sai says:
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    Great draft last night jb vs slim rcl. Iknow i’m dead to you but: 16 team 8cat roto should I trade Patterson and courtney lee for mudiay and vonleh, will vonleh do anything? I dont need 3s t all, could use asts.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @thebat0sai: Hahaha, it was a fun draft, you can be resurrected to me now haha. Meh Vonleh might be a drop, but that’s worth it for Mudiay alone in an 8cat IMO

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        thanks tha’s reconfirms my opiion , it does….off to work but appears i’m punting blocks in jb vs slim, which btw i thought slim 2-0 meant head to head vs jb as well so mis nomer…ha ,with noel, so he’s on the block..

        • JB Gilpin

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          @thebat0sai: Cool. Hah, yeah Slim is trying to sound cooler than he is, that liar!

  17. Matt says:
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    just did a mock draft for my upcoming 9 cat 12 person h2h.
    heres the results:
    i was really confused who to take at 2. gobert was gone. but ibaka and draymond were still there. ended up with milsap. what you think? also im slightly worried about terrence jones and myles turner.

    1. Damian Lillard (Por – PG)
    2. Paul Millsap (Atl – PF,C)
    3. Pau Gasol (Chi – PF,C)
    4. Gordon Hayward (Uta – SG,SF)
    5. Elfrid Payton (Orl – PG)
    6. Andrew Wiggins (Min – SG,SF)
    7. Markieff Morris (Pho – PF,C)
    8. Terrence Jones (Hou – SF,PF)
    9. Jordan Clarkson (LAL – PG,SG)
    10. Jarrett Jack (Bkn – PG,SG)
    11. Darren Collison (Sac – PG)
    12. Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    13. Kristaps Porzingis (NY – PF)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: Damn, yeah Gobert woulda been awesome, don’t think you can go wrong with any of the 3. I have Dray the highest, but not strongly for either I think you did well. Yeah BLK is a little low, hopefully Turner and Staps work out earlier than later, helps to see Mahinmi is questionable for the opener now. AST STL look very solid and nice %s I’d be happy with this squad!

  18. MamBa Man says:
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    Hi guys,
    This is my draft in a roto league with 20 teams. I Think i made some mistakes like Al Jefferson, DeMare Carroll, PJ Tucker and Dragic. But i’m happy for Patterson, Smart, Belinelli, Mahinmi and Patty Mills in low rounds.
    What you think about my draft and the changes i can make… you are pessimistic like me about Big Al, DeMare and Dragic?

    Let me say that i usually come here to see your posts and analisys and congrats for the good job you doing! Continue!!

    Round: 1
    ** (1) Los Arouca Lakers – Anthony Davis PF
    Round: 2
    ** (40) Los Arouca Lakers – Al Jefferson C
    Round: 3
    ** (41) Los Arouca Lakers – Goran Dragic PG
    Round: 4
    ** (80) Los Arouca Lakers – Roy Hibbert C
    Round: 5
    ** (81) Los Arouca Lakers – DeMarre Carroll SF
    Round: 6
    ** (120) Los Arouca Lakers – D’Angelo Russell PG
    Round: 7
    ** (121) Los Arouca Lakers – P.J. Tucker SG
    Round: 8
    ** (160) Los Arouca Lakers – Patrick Patterson PF
    Round: 9
    ** (161) Los Arouca Lakers – Marcus Smart PG
    Round: 10
    ** (200) Los Arouca Lakers – Marco Belinelli SG
    Round: 11
    ** (201) Los Arouca Lakers – Ian Mahinmi C
    Round: 12
    ** (240) Los Arouca Lakers – Patty Mills PG
    Round: 13
    ** (241) Los Arouca Lakers – J.J. Hickson PF (already replaced for Lauvergne on waiver list)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MamBa Man: Always helps getting the #1 pick and getting Brow! Yeah I think rather than Al I woulda gotten another PG, you look light in AST and STL. Well STL is prob fine. That 201 Mahinmi pick looks awesome. I’m solid with Dragic, yeah a little lukewarm on Big Al and Carroll, but where you got Carroll was solid. Actually your steal at wings look great, I might full punt AST and move Dragic or Russell for one more big man to be elite there. Nice draft for 20er! And thanks so much man, we hope to keep growin!

      • MamBa Man says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m already trying to make a trade with Al Jefferson and Carroll but i’m not getting very good offers. What u think about i send Carroll, Big Al and PJ Tucker for Batum and George Hill… is too much? If i go head with this trade i can go to waivers pick up Nate Robinson to my team, or another waiver with some value like james johnson, stoudemire, thomas robinson, felton or dwith powell for example.
        Thanks for the help, greetings from Portugal!!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @MamBa Man: Wow, N Robinson is avail?! I’d go ahead and nab him for Mills if you can. Ummm, ya know I like the deal I think I’d have to take it, but it does hurt your REB a little. I’d be looking for a big man that emerges early too, none of those guys stick out yet. Any time, thanks so much! My sister went to your country a few years ago and loved it, I hope to go one day!

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            @JB Gilpin: I got a better trade… Batum and George Hill for Al Jefferson, PJ Tucker and Patterson 🙂 I solve my prob with Al Jefferson for 2 good solid players, i think. Now i have to make a trade for a solid center, i have many PG’s: Dragic, Smart, G Hill, Mills and D’Angelo Russ.
            Portugal is small but is beautiful 🙂 i hope go to USA one day and see a NBA game, preference Lakers!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @MamBa Man: Holy crap that’s a great deal! Love it! Hah yes, it’s small but very nice weather and my sister loved Lisbon. Hope you can get over here for a game sometime soon!

  19. Cohen says:
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    Jb,great stuff,any chance you will put up a espn 8 cat ranking?

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      @Cohen: Thanks man! Nah it’s tough keeping one set of ranks as current as possible, sorry we don’t have multiple ranks for all the formats, but I would boost the PG and downgrade the wings

  20. Bro Jackson says:
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    My man….. love your rankings and can’t agree more. I think Kawai should be higher, but we will see.

    Anyways, keeper question. I can keep 3 forever and I currently have Kawai, Noel and Drummond. Am I drafting Wiggins or KAT with my first pick? Who is the better value this year and beyond?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bro Jackson: Oh don’t get wrong, I love Kawhi! Hate the Spurs rotation obviously then they got a bad playoff sched too. Def gonna get Wiggins there, I think you could a perennial fist rounder there and you have solid bigs already.

  21. Kris says:
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    Hey JB and Slim,

    Last player thoughts?

    Capela(Added recently planning for a trade and stash him hehe) > Humphries?
    Dwight Powell > Humphries?
    Hilario > Humphries?
    Motijuenas > Humphries?
    Bargnani > Humphries?
    Miles Plumlee > Humphries?
    Mike Scott > Humphries?
    Cunningham > Humphries?
    Lavoy Allen > Humphries?
    Teletovic > Humphries?
    Thomas Robinson > Humphries?
    Jerami Grant > Humphries?

    If this add-drop works. I’m a happy man! :)) And should I still keep LaVine?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kris: Yeah sticking with Capela, helps Dwight is a little banged up already. Mehhhhh maybe see if they change their mind back and start him at SG opening night/how many minutes he plays, but give him a short leash. I’d rather Nate Robinson!

  22. Lasandro says:
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    Man just reading these player reviews again makes my ship ride the Gilpin seas half-mast! Also, how effing good is Snowpiercer! Korean cinema (or “direction”), baby!

    Meanwhile, I had a 6th pick in my 14-cat roto as begrdudgingly went with Bron Bron too. I’m just not liking it. My hope is that he’ll drop a few trip dubs in the opening weeks and I’ll be able to move him. I did get Lillard, Gobert, Draymond with the subsequent picks tho, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere. So I’m wondering if I should cut bait with the King and move him for, say, Jimmy and Horford (I’d prob add M Turner or StanJo as the kicker). Or should I pair hhim with someone low-end and try for a Russ, KD-type? I think the KD owner would like Bron but he went as far as asking for Gay as the 2nd player in a 2 for 1 which is just Forrest Gump-ish! In roto, his games missed would obviously add up.. I’m thinking everyone from Curry to DMC to Russ to Paul may play more games on the year. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hahahaha thanks man! Love the daily notes, much easier to make jokes and faster than getting ranks posted and done haha.

      Yeah I loved Snowpiercer! When they finally got to the front parts after an hour of dark grimy and eat sushi it was such a jarring change, I loved it. Oh yeah with Gay is too much, but sure I love getting KD there for it being roto and LeBron hurting FT% and TO. Plus yeah the games played. KD kills it in roto, I’d keep trying for that first, Curry and Paul are solid too. RW and Boogie I worry about TO issues

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: yeah it’s a great movie! Shame there wasn’t a sequal.

      KD owner just asked for a bron and Lillard for KD and Pau trade. Nope. He did just drop j jack into FA tho (10 teamer) so should I use my waiver to grab him and drop either stanjo, m turner or cov? The scoring could be useful to me and not sure if stanjo is droppable in my roto.. For now. Thoughts? I’ve only got 3rd priority so May not even get jack if I try ha

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Hah yeah that would be a tough one to make a sequel of haha. Nahhhh, yeah that offer was too much. Yup I’d have to get Jack, would lose StanJo. His AST are worth it, i’d give the waiver a shot

        • Lasandro says:
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          @jb Gilpin: disregard – Matthews just got picked up haha. But if this MRI on Covington comes back bad, this may pose a prob to my 3s. I think JR sans Kyrie should at least give similar output to Cov, without the brds and blk potential. Or perhaps the lesser Morris?. And still think stanjo is the man to drop for jack, instead of Turner? He looked oh so good today.. 🙁

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: cheers! How about Matthews? He’s sitting on the wire but you two said on the pod that he’s essentially a thragnof dude with good %s. Shouldn’t his pts and FGMs and stls be of use in roto? Still pick up jack over him? Never understood why Wes was so beneficial in roto but I know that winning teams had him. And if he recovers completely, surely he could score even more in DAL. What seperates Covington from him?

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          @Lasandro: Ugh damn he got scooped up. I mean he’s right at that fringe range for you in that league. Matthews ranked out so well due to lack of TO/decent % for 3s. Minutes early will hurt him. Covington gets a ton more steals, chips in a few BLK, but he hurt his knee tonight – gasp! Damn yeah StanJo did look good, but KCP is OK. Jack will hurt the TO, if you’re not great there I could see holding

        • Lasandro says:
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          @jb Gilpin: ah I see. Well if Cov comes up ok following the MRI I’m happy holding him anyway. Meanwhile, what about jrue?? He played 18min yesterday! Should I gamble on him? Rid both stanjo and turner for these two? Thoughts

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            @Lasandro: Yup I would as well, still awaiting news I believe. Nah I still wanna hold Turner, I mean upside is so immense. Yeah StanJo vs. Jrue… Killin me! I don’t have a great answer, I’d be fine gambling on Jrue, but he’s gonna burn a roster spot on back to backs

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            @jb Gilpin: there ya go: out 2 weeks. Would swapping him for a JR or Wilson be fine? Wilson particularly may be in line for good stats as he may be asked to play the stretch 4 at times. And JR would prob have similar lines to Cov at his best, without the brds but perhaps more pts. Or swap him out for jrue and hope that his cap may increase to 20min soon. For ref my squad is in my first comment..

          • Lasandro says:
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            @jb Gilpin: to add to the confusion, rotoworld just reported that SVG sees playing Stanley a lot of mins because he’s earnt it. Really torn about all this.. Perhaps I drop him and grab him later on if available.

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              @Lasandro: Yeah and the Sixers like to take it slow. I don’t love it, but getting production right away is a must in a shallower league, Wilson would be solid. I’d be good getting Jrue too. I might get Jrue just for the upside for Coving but hold StanJo

  23. Dante Green says:
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    Correct me if I’m wrong but I think the Pelicans are the most injury prone guys in the NBA today. Hah Smart just dished out 9 dimes against the Knicks, if he can only average at least 4-5 this season, mann I’m a happy man.

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      @Dante Green: You sir are correct. It’s looking like Dante Cunningham is going to see 36 minutes out the gate.

      Yeah I’ve been impressed with Smart, looks healthy and looks like he’s progressed nicely from a rough year 1. Hopefully Stevens doesn’t mess with his minutes too badly. Just give a reliable 30ish and he should finish top 100.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Yup Pels are havign a rough go of it, haha I joked that Tom Thibodeau going to the Pels might have 20 guys get hurt! I still dunno about Smart, think it’ll be an uphill climb to reliable minutes up to 30

  24. Slim

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    NOOO!!!!! CLARKSON!!!! Breathe…

    Oh Now I remember why I liked Sullinger. Not a bad 19 min stint last night with Olynyk out, like he will be for game 1 of the regular season. The FTs were strange 4/10 but the rest, 6-fer-10,
    16/8/6 and 3 blocks. Gotta love that aggression.

    I know no IT2/3rds last night but I’ve been impressed with Smart so far. People who are drafting him after 100 might be getting themselves a bargain. In preseason he’s at 5.3 assists in 24min per in 4 games. Hitting his FTs even. 3s aren’t falling but that’ll be fine. TOs are bound to go up if the assists go up but it’s worth it.

    Lillard went bonkers, gonna be a lot of fun this year but… 8 TOs!

    So Porzingis got into early foul trouble for the 1st time. I thought he came back well though, finished his 20 min at 8/8/4 with a steal, no 3s or blocks but no blocks makes sense when you’re actively trying to stay out of foul trouble. What I also noticed was that O’Quinn came in for him and actually played next to Lopez, and he was OK. Derrick Williams still came in and was the aggressive one on offense though. I guess O’Quinn should be a little better than I’ve thought, 24ish minutes maybe, still I don’t think he’s 12er worthy. Something else I’ve noticed about Porzingis is that his assists are much higher than I anticipated, 2.3 per game in 20 min (4 games), so over 4 in per36, could be fluky but I’m not so sure. It looks like he’s much more advanced in his progression than most thought he would be at this point on draft day. Tough question of the day, if we assume he starts all year, and then for the rest of his career, where would Porzingis be ranked in a keep forever dynasty? Top 50?

    Remember when they said Calderon would be on a 26-28 min limit for the year? So why did he play 34 min in a preseason game? I think the Knicks brass might have lied to us. For shame! Still had less assists than Porzingis.

    So apparently I only care about the REL since I own almost everyone I mentioned. Whatever, it happens.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Hah yeah I saw that last night and about lost it. Sounds like a minor dislocation coulda happened. But might not be too bad.

      Pshhhhh Sullinger will play 20 mins one night then 10 the next. Hate it. Smart is “OK” but I still think he’ll have reliability issues too.

      Hmmmm, yeah I mean his upside is Ibaka with maybe a little more scoring a few less blocks. I’d be good taking him there. Would take him over Whiteside prob.

      Hah maybe just testing his old wheels… Maybe he feels better than anyone thought. YEAH YOU NARCISSIST, DIDN’T MENTION NATE ROBINSON!

  25. Tony C says:
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    Hey JB thanks for all your great hoops insight! I look forward to your articles everyday. I’m in a 10 team 9-cat h2h league and I drafted last night. My team has real strong wings but I’m concerned with PG and C. I need your help. My team:
    PG Teague Dragic Rubio
    SG Butler Monta Tyreke
    SF Draymond Hayward
    PF Durant T.Jones Dieng
    C R.Lopez Henson B.Wright

    The starting lineup is PG, SG, G, Sf, PF, F, C,C, Uti,Util

    As u can see I need help with my bigs plus I just learned about Tyreke!

    Available in my league are Nurkic, Len, Mahinimi, both Zellers, O’Quinn, Hezonja, Jerian, Taj,Asik, Collison, Otto, Humphries, Capela, Biyombo, Barnes and warren

    I’m wondering if Ishould replace Tyreke, Wright and Henson with the above available? Thank u!,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tony C: Thanks so much man! Well if Henson pays off you’re fine in blocks, but yeah REB is pretty low, especially for a 10er. Mahinmi hurts FT% and you’re iffy there with your bigs, but would get him over Wright. I’d probably only make that move. I think your dimes are pretty solid, def will feel better with Reke back, hopefully he can recover!

  26. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    JB I’ve been trying to absorb your rankings for the last week or so. Have a 20-team H2H (9-cat) draft on Sunday.

    Any significant changes to make when drafting for 20 teams? What would you suggest? Don’t know draft position until 30 minutes prior, and the draft clock is 30 seconds so it’ll be wild.

    Any particular strategy you would recommend or go overall value?

    Team is structured like so:

    PG
    SG
    G
    SF
    PF
    F
    C
    Util x2
    & 3 bench spots

    Anything would help man – always appreciate it!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Whew damn pressure cooker of a draft! Definitely want to lock up AST and BLK early, but I do that in 12ers too. Even more important in 20 teams. But beyond shoring those up early for sure,that’s about it. Oh and guessing snake draft right? I would try not to punt, since it’s hard to assure your next punt guy if all are taken, an really throw a wrench in strategy

  27. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    And I applaud you Sir, for the out of the blue Snowpiercer reference, as well as the Felton blurb

  28. Eazy E says:
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    Yo JB,

    12 team, 9 cat, hh

    PG – Wall
    G – Jimmy B
    SG – IT2
    SF – Gallo
    F – Draymond
    PF – Tobias
    C – Bosh
    C – Kanter
    Util – Clarkson
    Util – Kevin Martin
    B – Wilson Chandler
    B – Olynyk
    B – The Truth

    Last week, you advised me to work on my assists. Now, somebody offered me Klay&Monta for my Wall&KMart. Should I take it and punt assists instead?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eazy E: Hey man! Hmmmm that’s a hell of an offer. Monta boosts STL for a punt-AST too. And you have a few good STL guys in Jimmy B and Dray, I think I’d do it!

      • Eazy E says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks, JB! I’ll probably decide after I rid my bloodstream of alcohol.

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          @Eazy E: Haha nice, hopefully you’re sobered up and feeling good on it today!

  29. Lawson says:
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    Hi Razzballers,

    In a similar situation as past years, with players like Bledsoe in the Clippers and Favors with Jefferson and Millsap, I have a player with a lot of potential (Schröder) but without an encouraging scenario. The recent news of him requesting more playing time could be a positive sign but not sure if to believe a change in the situation is possible. Interesting players will be picked up in the next weeks.

    My team is Lillard-Mudiay-Schröder-Bledsoe-Danny Green-Joe Johnson-Brewer-TJones-Aaron Gordon-Ibaka-Bosh-Myles Turner-Nurkic

    Would it make sense to drop Schröder (perhaps Brewer could be dropped as well?) and get Hezonja? I think the German stats make more sense for what my team needs but if the Croatian gets decent minutes and contributing more, it would be stupid to keep Schröder in the current situation. Another possible pickups could be: Galloway, Jerian Grant, Ginobili, Snell, Brooks, Derrick Williams, Gary Harris, Fournier…

    Cheers!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lawson: It’s certainly nice to see him wanting the run, but yeah I dunno if he gets it. Looked awful last preseason appearance too, probably pressing too hard. Nah I’d keep Schroder, I actually would argue his role and minutes are more assured out of the gate than Hezonja (behind Harris, Fournier?) Snell might be a good week 1 stream but other than that I would hold

  30. FearTheBrow says:
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    Question regards my first year team 9CAT H2H 12 team league:

    Hey Razzballers,

    This is my first year in fantasy draft and I was fortunate enough to know you guys and follow your advices. My draft was done last night, and here is my roster.

    PG: Goran Dragic
    SG: Nicolas Batum
    G: Brandon Knight
    G: Trevor Ariza
    SF: Aminu
    PF: Anthony Davis
    F: Mirotic
    F: Gerald Green
    C: Mark Gasol
    C: Robin Lopez
    UTL: Ryan Anderson
    UTL: Alec Burks
    BN: Alex Len
    BN: C.J McCollum
    BN: Arron Afflalo

    I just tried to draft the best player, not to punt anything – but after the draft, now my roster seems rather plain. Any recommendation on the direction of my first year fantasy team?

    Thanks 😀

    • JB Gilpin

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      @FearTheBrow: Welcome to hoops and thanks so much! Hopefully we help ya out this yr! Yeah not a ton of huge-upside, but I don’t mind that. AST look a little light, REB BLK look great, FT% will be a win virtually every week. FG% should be good, maybe will waffle with a lot of 3pt shooters. Mainly AST is the big hole, but your TO are very good. I’d keep an eye out on the wire or maybe trade for one more AST boost that won’t cut into the TO very much, i.e. Nate Robinson sticks out if avail, or Calderon. Thanks again!

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