Well, I can’t say I haven’t been steadfast (double negative police!) about my Dwight Howard hatred…  Look at that rock bottom red right there!

And with Dwight coming back from his knee injury and the precursing news of his return, I have said I wouldn’t add him in virtually any 10 or 12ers.  I don’t trust the minutes, and after giving Slim a 19 minutes over/under for Dwight’s return on the Pod, he only went for 16:27 putting up 4/7/2/0/1 with a TO.  At least he stayed off the FT line!  After we had started the Pod, McHale said he was only giving Dwight 16 minutes, just enough to be sure his TO and FT% wouldn’t hurt fantasy teams.  I may have been liberal with McHale’s quote for that last part…  In 8-cat or non-FT% leagues I guess he probably should be scooped up, but he’ll probably sit back-to-backs and the Rockets have a pair left on the schedule with Sun/Mon and Wed/Thurs games this upcoming week.  Get your sales ready, Big & Tall, we got a bigun needing more street clothes!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Austin Rivers “It’s a blowout daddy, let me play!”  21/0/3/2/0 hitting 9-10 FG (1-1 3PTM 2-2 FT).  Team-high scoring!  What a disgrace, those Poppycockers…

Alexey Shved – Well, there goes that.  Pour a glass of vodka out for Shved and one for your homies.  Turns out the rib injury is a fracture and he’ll be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.  No chance he’s back.

Langston Galloway Gives me a tad more confidence for The Harlem Renaissance, but struggled to do much of anything last night for 11/2/3 hitting 5-13 with 3 TO.  Really surprising he briefly left this game with a hand injury, yet still got to 40 minutes.  Langston and Fisher, sitting in a tree!

Elfrid Payton Whoa, look at Elfrid putting the most Magic shots on the Shelfrid!  Although that sounds like some sort of bartending lingo…  19/9/7/1/0, but with that ugly 5 TO.  Shot 7-19 which isn’t awful, and made 5-7 from the FT line which is like a revelation!  If only the Magic didn’t have two games this week…

George Hill Goin’ ham time!  Hit the game-winner in a preposterous 29/7/9/1/1 line hitting 12-24 FG and 5-5 FT.  His post-ASB is 16.4/4.1/5.2/1.2/0.3 with 1.4 treys, and even his season-long stats with all those easing-in games is a career year.  Too bad it’s going to be hard to believe in with Paul George back in the fold in 15-16.

Roy Hibbert – Oh mercy me!  0-6 FG in 17 horrific minutes of 0/5/2/0/0.  Mmmm, more rock bottom red!

John Wall Man, the PG matchup vs. Hill was crazy in this one!  Advantage Hill for the W, but advantage Wall on the line for 34/4/6/2/1 with a couple of treys.

Bradley Beal Wall had to pick up the slack, as Beal suffered a kankle after playing only 11 minutes and was in a lot of pain.  It’s that same leg as all those stress issues he’s had the past few years, so this is no bueno.  Almost certainly will miss a few.

Jimmy Butler Buckets back to being the primo Bucket!  23/5/3 on 7-8 FG (2-3 3PTM 7-9 FT).  Mmmmmm, efficiency.  Apparently I’m hungry during these daily notes!

Tony Snell Hot low-end ThrAGNOF!  17/1/2 in only 18 minutes hitting 7-9 from the field.  But nothing to count on.

Nikola Mirotic No Minutes Mirotic fighting off the nickname!  Got 28 minutes to Taj Gibson‘s 14 in a full lineup of Bulls bigs.  Miro wasn’t huge for 15/2/2/1/0 and it helped Miro’s run that the Raptors do a lot of stretch 4 with Patrick Patterson.  Proceeding cautiously.

Greivis Vasquez – The Twerp filling in for some ThrAGNOFfin’!  22/2/3/1/0 on 7-15 FG with 6-11 being treys.  Was really hoping for some more dimes!  Eh, well, if you used him with Kyle Lowry out you are feeling pretty good.  Lowry said he won’t rush back this time, so certainly holding General Greivis for a few more battles.

Deron Williams – Rant alert!  Always nice to see D-Will suddenly nearing tripdubs every night the first two games this week…  My REL team is cursed!  10/7/14, even though he only shot 2-9 from the field.  I’m more surprised his glass kankles have stayed together this long…

Thaddeus Young Suffered a hyperextended knee last night and is likely heading towards an MRI.  I’d be pretty surprised if he didn’t miss a single game, but staying tuned.

Mo Williams – In the battle of the Williamses (Williams’s?  Williamsi?), advantage D-Will but Mo-Will shot poopy as well for 2-10 for 9/4/6 with 4 TO.  Man the Hornets are bad…

Al Jefferson – Credit the big fellah for guttin’ it through the injuries!  Had his knee drained (DRAINAGE!) and put up a 23/10/2/0/2 line in a whopping 35 minutes.  Playoff push means no rest for the wicked!  But letting Brook Lopez put up 34/10?!  Especially giving up the 10 rebounds?!  That’s wicked!

Dwyane Wade Sat last night with his knee swelling a bit, but the Heat still crushed the Celtics without Hassan Whiteside or Chris Andersen as well (only won by 7, but had a 11-24 4th quarter deficit).  Udonis Haslem, savior of Miami!

Jae Crowder The Boston Clam Crowder is serving up some consistent chowdah right now!  16/7/0/0/1 and was the only Celtic to show up last night.  He’s had a nice low-end run.  Unlike the triumphant return of…

Isaiah Thomas …IT2/3 who put up more like 1/100 of a stat line.  4/0/0/0/0 with 3 TO on 2-7 FG (0-3 3PTM 0-3 FT).  That’s more like a Rajon Rondo line!

Patrick Beverley Ugh, has a torn ligament in his wrist, and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.  Sounds like they’ll hope he can play through it in the playoffs then get some off-season surgery.  Droppable in all redrafts, even though 10 and 12ers probably jumped that shark a while ago.

Donatas Motiejunas No worry of a dropoff here!  Well, I’d imagine Dwight works it up to a few more minutes, but a great 21/8/1/2/1 line from D-Mo shooting 10-16 with a trey.  Remember when they promised Josh Smith a starting job when they signed him?  Bleeding cash!

Anthony Davis Briefly left after dinging his shoulder again, but thankfully returned for another epic 24/14/1/3/3 line with no TO.  That said, a really atypical 6-14 FT.  Now I don’t know how many of those FT were before/after hurting the shoulder, but it does have me a little concerned.  As does the fact the Pels lost again and a shut down could be looming as their playoffs hopes seem lost.

Chase Budinger – So last night the Wolves broadcast showed all of the hurt guys in street clothes, and Nikola Pekovic was a row behind them!  They can’t even fit them all on the bench together!  And with all that collateral damage, Buddy the Elf got 40 minutes for 22/6/1/1/1.  Rant alert!  He should be on my REL team, except a stupid waiver priority!  Instead he goes to my opp!  Ahhhhh!  Although getting Lorenzo Brown as a consolation and his 2 usable games for a 20-teamer I guess is OK…

Robert Covington Unleash the RobCov!  Brett Brown must’ve realized the Sixers had TOO MUCH of a lead to tank it, so let Lord Covington keep stroking the J for 25/6/0/2/1 on 8-17 FG (6-11 3PTM 3-3 FT) all with no TO.  Damn, and he came off the bench for poor J-Rich!  Eh, Jason Richardson ain’t that poor…  Still going to be hard to trust Covington movington forward.  He helps them win too much!

Nerlens Noel Whoa, Captain N on a rampage!  14/15/2/4/4, only 2 dimes off from a double rainbow.  His post-ASB numbers are preposteroni – a Philadelphia treat!  13.0/9.8/1.7/2.3/2.7 shooting 49% from the field and getting that FT% up to 69% on 3.1-4.5.  Huge step forward.

Jusuf Nurkic After that bad kankle sprain, a huge step back.  Only 7 minutes off the bench and was awful.  Hey, at least it’ll lower his value next year for more sleeper picks!

I hate fantasy basketball – Yes, that’s the name of this blurb!  So I recommend Dorell Wright as a stream when he starts and he lays a turdmuffin Tuesday, yet last night went 15/5/2/1/0 with 3 treys and Tuesday’s outburst from C.J. McCollum turns into only 7/4/0/1/0 with 2 TO!  And this was even with LaMarcus Aldridge returning to fill up those F minutes!  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

Rudy Gobert Finally hit a wall against the juggernaut that is…  Robin Lopez?  I HATE FANTASY BASKETBALL!  Makes no sense…  Eh well, Rolo is still terrible in fantasy so at least that universal constant will keep me sane.

Tony Parker No one was missing!  The Spurs just dismantled the Thunder 130-91 with Parker’s team high 21 Pts in a 21/6/6/3/0 line with no TO on 10-14 (1-1 3PTM) shooting.  Spurs shot 58% from the field and 61.9% from deep!  Can’t rest any of these guys right now Pop, they too hot!  Can’t stop til you Pop!  Or Pop and you can’t stop?  I dunno, some Pringles ad slogan!

Russell Westbrook His first bad game since, I dunno, 2010.  16/4/7/2/0 with 4 TO on 5-16 shooting.  Still isn’t that bad, but man, rough timing during the H2H playoffs!  Instead it’s D-Will getting tripdubs every night… Sheesh.

Steven Adams Well it wasn’t foul trouble, but the bad game indeed cometh right as I prophesized!  I think I made some words up there…  He did land hard on his elbow it looked like at one point, but regardless stayed in at the time only going 4/4/0/1/0 in 21:30.  Blowout benching!

Brandon Knight Seemed like he was oh so close to playing, but couldn’t get the kankle loose.  Hopefully you had him benched.

Marcus Morris And hopefully you kept in other-Morris for a nice 19/3/0/1/0 game with 3 treys!  Man, the Morris twins combine for 43 and the Suns lose by 9 to the dreadful Kings?!  Hey, P.J. Tucker, after going 0-5 from deep, what made you think the 6th was gonna go in?!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Zaza Pachulia (38% owned) – No Daily tonight, I’m sure!  I’m breaking my rule since I consider Zaza a hold more than a streamer, but with only one game it’s Slim Pickens.  Should be solid against the Pacers.

C.J. Miles (23% owned) – Time to do some 1-game slate ThrAGNOFfin!  Had a really cold one (not a beer) two games ago, but bounced back last night for 16 Pts and 3 treys.  Should be in that realm again tonight.

 

I hope everyone’s semi-finals are turning into blowout wins, and we’ll catch you for a short daily notes tomorrow!

 

  1. patrick says:
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    nice article as always

    barely hanging onto a 5-4 win right now — with my whiteside and Shved hurt, I’m thinking I have to use my final waiver wire pick up now.

    can you think of any streamers for Friday’s slate of games (or for Fri/Sat/Sun) for a 14 teamer?

    Tarik black is still available but probably won’t produce much.

    CJ McCollum is taken but Dorell wright is still available

    Budinger taken but Lorenzo Brown is available.

    Who do you think from these guys and guys around this range are streamable for the next couple of days? I know.. slim pickings

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      @patrick: elijah millsap available and could help me grab steals (Tony Allen not available) he has OKC and Den the rest of the week — what do you think about him?

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        @patrick: ingles available as well

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @patrick: I think of all those guys I’m rolling Black. The Jazz dudes are a little interesting, but sounds like Hood will be back tomorrow and Hayward possibly could be

  2. Lasandro says:
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    For the next couple of games, Miro or Donuts for overall prod?

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: or is KCP the winner of the trio. I need help with threes and ftms, with a touch of defense and brds

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Donuts = Donatas? Haha. Gimme Miro, but barely. FTM def has me going Miro, really good at the FT volume

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: haha yep that’s ma man donuts! He’s questionable for tomorrow anyway and I never trust j smoove..

        How bout this: lavine or Schroeder if Teague sits? Both give me good ftms and 3s but Dennis prob higher asts yeah?

        Re: Miro, he’s a hold in all leagues yeah?

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          @Lasandro: Yeah LaVine is playing more SG in the combo system, so yeah if Teague is out gimme Shrodes. I probably would hold Miro, but if Gibson suddenly plays more minutes I might change him out

  3. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Man.. It’s funny that when I see Westbrook getting a double double like 2 days ago I get disappointed cause it’s not a triple dub.. Call me spoiled!! LOL JK

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Haha I know the feeling! Man that was annoying to see for RW owners…

  4. Frank White says:
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    Right now I’m up 8-1 in my 9 CAT with 7 more players going then him. Still keeping my fingers crossed but if I win I’m in the Championship. Only thing that sucks is that most of my great players next week only got 3 games and the dude with a great team has 4.. I’ll just have to do a lot of dropping and adding on slower days. 4 add/drops is the limit though. SUCKS!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Damn, well one thing I’d def do is wait to use your moves this week until Sunday and grab guys to plan for the championship that have 4 games

  5. matt says:
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    drop robin lopez for who….Justin Hamilton, Covington budinger

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: All thing equal I think Budinger I believe in the most, shockingly haha

  6. dom says:
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    Good call on Trey Burke last night, filled in and gave me 22 points I needed.

    What are we expecting from banged up Gallinari on Friday? Would he score more than banged up Tobias Harris?

    Is Barngnani a better scoring bet than Drummond for Friday/rest of season? Monteijunas?

    Thanks for the help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Thanks man! Glad that one worked out…

      Seems like Gallo will play, but I think I’ll lean Tobias. Eesh, if I knew Bargs was playing 30+ minutes a night like he should on that team, he’d be my pick. But man the Knicks can look bad… I’m gonna lean Drummo ROS. But for Friday, I dunno kinda feeling D-Mo against inconsistent Adreian Payne. Any time!

  7. Joe says:
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    Dropping Schved. Non keeper 9-cat h2h. Would you rather replace him with Tony Allen, Kidd-Gilchrist, Covington, Crowder, or Monroe (as a stash)?

    Team is: CP3, Irving, Kemba, MCW, Schved, Knight, KCP, Gallo, Deng, Favors, Gobert, and the two Gasols.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Seem pretty good in steals and big man stats so not the first two. Leaning… Covington actually, kinda like Crowder but it’s worth a gamble for Covington I would say given that list

  8. the Tristan Thompson conundrum says:
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    I would pay someone to figure out a way to maximize my games played in the fantasy playoffs…it’s like a full time job. Dropped bargnani for Schroeder for 1st 2 games next week then it’s up in the air. Sunday is looking like a weaqk day might just save 3 adds for then. Nice write up wishing I could have commented more this year but just know I’ve been reading almost every day I’ll lyk how the final 2 weeks go keep up the great writeups

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @the Tristan Thompson conundrum: Hahaha well I’ll try to help fa free!

      Yeah Bargs is so tough to trust. Hope Teague gets sat one of those.

      Glad to see ya man, really appreciate it!

  9. Hamtime says:
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    Stupid monroe. Doubtful Friday, but thankfully my roster is on overflow so I benched him and Batum for now. Would you drop Greg for 1 sunday game from budinger, marcus Morris, Hamilton, or waiters (2 games sat/sun)? Have 2 adds left for the season. Need pts, asts, fts and blocks would help. Also trying to maximize. 16 man league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: Sat is fairly light so assuming you could use Sat stats. I’ll go Waiters, and drop monroe indeed

  10. AC says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’m locked in a tight semifinals matchup with all seven counting categories crazy close – 3s (up 2), points (up 7), rebounds (down 1), assists (up 6), steals (down 1), blocks (up 5), and turnovers (down 2).

    My bottom 3 guys are Tony Allen, Robin Lopez, and KCP. Jordan Clarkson is available on the waiver wire. Do you think it’s worth it to play it safe with my current guys or take a gable on Clarkson?

    Thanks!

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      @AC: Full team is:
      -Westbrook
      -Conley
      -KCP
      -Tony Allen
      -Korver
      -Evans
      -Mirotic
      -Motiejunas
      -DeAndre
      -Millsap
      -Adams
      -BroLo
      -RoLo

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @AC: Def grabbing Clarkson he’s playing great, even though it might swing TO again you. With blocks up 5 and Rolo playing so bad, ya know I’ll lose Rolo

  11. Lasandro says:
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    Been offered brolo and IT for Pau and Lawson.. I’d rather IT over lawson at this point and need his 3s and asts. Pau is awesome with his blks and O brds but surely having brolo will keep those stats comparable with a higher upside for FGMs right? Also I get more games played down the stretch. But lemme know ASAP bud (14 cat roto)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Ehhhhh I dunno, IT2 looked very rusty and might take a few to get back. I’m not doin that one

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: but would you agree that Pau and brolo are pretty comparable right now? Brolo will prob have to play each game on out with BK in the hunt and Pau may get a rest or two later on, no?

      I just don’t trust Ty these days – put up way too many duds. And IT was fantastic prior to goin down

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: There’s just no way I could take Brolo over Pau. Injury concerns, lack of rebounds, and it’s really only been a dominant 4 game stretch. I don’t trust Ty either, but I don’t trust IT2 in a game or two will be right back at that level pre-injury, looked mad rusty first game back

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