Oh man, Russell Westbrook has turned into Oscar Robertson meets Michael Jordan!  It’s like the first time you heard your favorite off-the-radar album, you’re like, “it sounds like Godspeed You! Black Emperor meets Between the Buried and Me on acid!”  And right at the end of yet another tripdub with monster scoring Friday night (40/13/11), Andre Roberson pulled a Van Damme from Kickboxer and kneed the shizz outta RW’s face.  Friggin’ Roberson and his fat knees!  After the game, the fashion photographers were like, “Russell, show me your good side, no no the other way, give me Le Tigre!  Ferrari!  MAGNUM!”

Luckily facial reconstruction for face dents doesn’t include a long healing period; maybe they just went in under the skin and used a Pops A Dent!  It’s been reported he could’ve even come back yesterday if it were the playoffs.  I’d guess he’ll miss another game or two, but looks like we dodged a bullet.  More like, Westbrook’s cheek caught the bullet, just it bounced off his Adamantium!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

George Hill Tripdub alert!  15/10/12/2/1 against the Cavs B unit on Friday night, while Blatt satt LeBron (catnap) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder).  Followed it up with a solid 17/9/4/2/0 last night.  After that little lull, his past 3 have been mas bien!  (no idea if that’s right…)

Isaiah Canaan Ugh.  Looks like Canaan belongs in D Minors!  Handel jokes!  Shot 3-11 Friday then only 2-8 last night in 22 minutes apiece.  Pretty brutal he ceded the majority of PG minutes to Ish Smith who went 2-10 FG and 2-6 FT Friday night!  Although more brutal is that the Sixers won that game against the Wizards Friday night!  Sorry Wiz fans… Even more brutal is this new Periphery album!  Oh, and yeah, you can drop Canaan everywhere.

Nerlens Noel Better late than never working really good here!  14/13/3/2/3 rainbow on Friday then 10/12/1/1/3 last night hitting 6-6 FT.  Actually 26-32 (81.3%) from the stripe the past 5 games in a really high volume.  It’s easy to forget it’s his rookie year as well.  I am gonna love me some sleeper Captain N heading into 15-16.

Elfrid Payton “What did the young professional run into while listening to Pink Floyd?”  The Wall!  Horrific weekend, and before James Borrego put Elfrid on the Shelfrid for good, Payton was 0/1/1/0/0 in 13 minutes.  Benched in favor of… Willie Green?!  Yikes.  I wouldn’t drop Payton everywhere yet, he was doing just fine until running into this rookie wall, but if you need more for-sure production, I couldn’t blame ya.

Jeff Teague Bum hammy.  Makes it a bum whammy for Teague/Champ Kind owners.

Dennis Schroder Huge short-term pickup, going sauerkraut on the Heat for 16/4/10 Saturday.  Ich lieben die Schoder!

Jonas Jerebko After two of the flukiest games in recent memory, fell back down to earth like Icarus for only 12 minutes of nothingball against the Warriors last night.

Mo Williams – Taking the torch from D.J. Augustin as pickup of the year right now.  31/7/4 Friday night with 6 treys then 23/4/11 with 4 treys last night.  Mo Will hittin’ the Mo Trills!

Andrea Bargnani – Il Diva strikes again!  That’s right, Andrea Bargnani is back into fantasy relevance.  Ugh.  Huge 25/12/4/1/1 Friday night in the 2OT win, and a still usable-ish 19/3/1/0/0 with a trey and 6-7 FT against his former Raptors Saturday.  At 19% owned in Yahoo, he’s still out there, and I mean as long as he’s getting minutes and has a pulse, he’ll put up a couple nice lines.  Wow.  Bargnani support.  It physically hurts me.  But humor cuts through the pain – I BELIEVE I CAN FLY!

Draymond Green Ridiculous.  17/9/2/2/3 rainbow line on Friday night with 3 treys and has been unreal his past 4 after a mini-lull.

Kyle Lowry After a horrific showing and sustaining a minor injury in the home blowout loss to the Warriors, got sat yesterday and will probably sit again tonight.  In stocks they tell you to buy low and sell high, and it can’t be much lower!

Henry Walker – He’s turned into 6th man J.R. Smith.  Bench ThrAGNOF!  The Heat 10-dayer for 16 Pts on 4 treys Friday, and got a surprise start against the Hawks last night for 10 Pts on 2 treys.  Shot an atrocious 3-16 though…  Lay off your brother Johnnie’s drink!

Goran Dragic Could probably use a few shots of Johnnie’s drink though!  He’s questionable tonight after playing through back spasms, and would blow to miss it going against his former Suns.  Mario Chalmers would be a nice streamer if no Dragon.

Alexis Ajinca Whoa, got an NBA Jam “HE’S ON FIRE!” on Friday night!  9-10 FG 24/8/0/0/3 in only 22 minutes off the pine.  Still a solid 10/6/3/1/1 last night also in 22 minutes.  For a streaming big, he should give ya a couple points and a block.

Nikola Pekovic – Stop me if you’ve heard this before!  He’s hurt.  And not from that shiner on his eye!  More issues with the kankle, and had to come out early Saturday against the Grizz.  Choo choo!  Time to be sure and hop on the Dieng train!  Get Gorgui Dieng everywhere…

Jimmy Butler Ruh roh.  Hurt his elbow yesterday, and thankfully he’s not a pitcher.  Getting an MRI today, but very likely missing tomorrow.  Tony Snell has been playing hotter than Karen Gillan (mmmmm, redheads) so nab him everywhere!

Taj Gibson Bulls dropping like flies!  Hurt his ankle Friday and was spotted in Das Boot yesterday.  Damn these kankles!  Means a healthy dose of minutes for…

No Minutes Mirotic –Nikola Mirotic!  And N-tic (eh, that nickname just reminds me of Pero Antic…) went ham on Sunday for 29/9 with two treys in 31 minutes against the Clips.  While Gibby isn’t feeling shibby, grab that N-tic!

Jarrett Jack Still coming off the bench for the forever-kankled Deron Williams, but got 31 minutes for 14/1/4 next to Deron’s 34 in an upset of the Mavericks Saturday night.  Combo guards be workin’ and Markel Brown can be back to twerkin’ on the bench!  Wait, can you twerk while sitting down?

Mason Plumlee Played well other than the FT (14/10/2/1/3 & 4-9 FT) in 31 minutes against Dallas, with Brook Lopez only playing 15.  A back-to-back set, maybe Brolo got some extra rest, he is Mr. Glass and everything…  Not getting re-excited for Prof. Plum just yet.

Spencer Hawes – Rainbow alert!  7/4/3/2/2 Friday then 14/9/1/1/3 with a couple of treys last night.  Not playing huge minutes as the starting 4, but hitting that multi-cat!

Will Barton Is he the best Nug right now?  Don’t be smug with the slam of the Nug!  22/2/2 Friday then 16/10/0/2/0 last night.  Getting pretty big minutes as they seem to have given up on the extended Gary Harris developmental run.  I’m interested in WB, as long as he doesn’t merge with UPN.

Ray McCallum – Pretty decent weekend going 20/0/3 on 10-17 shooting Friday then 12/2/5 last night.  It’s not huge and any time he struggles it’ll mean it’s Andre Miller Time (!), but I’d rather Ray-Mac than Canaan.  Miller did have a nice 12/10 dimebag last night, so he could be a little deep-league assists streamer.

Michael Carter-Williams Ya know, I love my Brewers and kinda like the Bucks (still more a Hornets fan if I had to pick, but not big really on either) and had a soft spot for them since I love Brandon Knight, but I’m hoping this trade costs them the playoffs.  MCW was awful Friday in a horrible loss to the Lakers, then played a tad better Saturday night for 16/5/3/4/0, but another 3 TO and a loss to the Jazz.

Jeremy Lin We’re bringing back the Linsanity!  14/5/6 in that win against Milwaukee, then a humungo 20/6/8/3/0 last night losing to the Thunder.  Of course, if Westbrook’s face wasn’t dented like the side of a Campbell’s can, it might’ve been a different story…

Reggie Jackson Even worse than a dented cheek, numerous kankles and a hyperextended elbow, R-Jax getting benched was like a kick in the nards!  9/3/7 Saturday night, only playing 23 minutes as Stan Van went to the hot Spencer Dinwiddie for 20/4/8 in 25 minutes off the bench.  Dinwiddie isn’t ready to be that hot every night, so R-Jax should be fine.  But if Dinwiddie does play huge when given run, it might scare R-Jax out of Detroit in free agency!

Michael Beasley Your first reaction should be, “he’s still in the NBA?”  Second reaction, “should I care”.  Third reaction, “Beasley is a bum!”

Alexey Shved – Getting some run while Jose Calderon is out with a strain in his Achilles (that will likely cost him a good bit of time), and had 11+ points in 3 straight and 9 dimes the past two games.  It’s low end, but it’s a non-Knicks starter we’re talking here!

Al-Farouq Aminu Efficient rainbow alert!  4-4 FG (2-2 3PTM 2-2 FT) 12/5/2/4/2 with no TO in one of the cleanest rainbows to date.  While spiffy, his minutes are inconsistent especially with Chandler Parsons about ready and hoping to be back tonight.

Brandon Knight Ugh, with 24 points at halftime I was wondering if Phoenix would even break 50 Saturday night!  Losing Knight was a toughie; he was playing through a hip issue in 17 awful minutes before coming out early.  Might miss a couple, but doesn’t sound too serious.  Although that sounds eerily familiar to the Darren Collison timeline…  Please don’t be that bad!

Tristan Thompson Outplayed Healthcare.Mozgov yesterday in a 14/19/1/2/1 line in 38 minutes to only 18 for Mozzy Bear.  TT and Mozgov are very different C, and with no Dwight Howard and a collection of PF/C there in Houston, this makes sense.  Not losing Timofey Mozgov for this one.

LeBron James vs. James Harden A big fantasy debate heading into the year, probably could still be one now, and dueling rainbow lines yesterday!  King James for 37/8/4/3/3 and Harden for 33/8/5/3/2.  But the most important stat is the W, so advantage Harden!

D.J. Augustin With Westbrook a cheeky fellow, 18/9/5 for DJ with 4 treys.  Hopefully you snatched him back up for these few spot starts!

Randy Foye – Dammit!  I thought this was happening right away, but after wallowing on the bench, Foye finally got his first start this year for 19/0/3/0/0 on 7-13 FG (5-10 3PTM).  Maybe it’s good I hopped off the Foye wagon.  ThrAGNOF!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Greivis Vasquez (11% owned) – Off a nice 14/3/6 game against the Knicks, Lowry getting benched one more game to heal up should give Vasquez a monster opportunity against the terrible Sixers tonight.

Adreian Payne (1% owned) – A gut feeling here!  With Pekovic likely out and Dieng starting, big minutes should be there for Major Payne.  While he hasn’t done all that much yet, I think he could be a surprising trey or two, bock or two kinda play.

 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow!

  1. Abulldogs says:
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    Hey JB and Slim

    IN 14 team h2h 9 cat, what do you think about picking up Markel Brown, Will Barton, or Lou Amundson for Pit-Pat?

    Thank you

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      @Abulldogs:

      add Rodney Hood and Elijah Millsap to that list.
      Looking for someone who can fill the stat sheet across the board.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Abulldogs: Hmmmm, I think I’d probably hold Pit pat. Def crossing Brown off and the Utah guys. Seems like Pitpat hits your needs, I know he’s been kinda bad the past couple, but I think he’ll be fine.

  2. Blue says:
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    Is Taj worth holding on to in a 14-team H2H league given the injuries and poor playoff sked?
    Also, is Kieff for Thad Young a good move considering playoff sked? Stats look around the same these days.

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      @Blue: Hmmm that’s a good one. Depends on who you’re adding and how bad you need to win this week (he’s out at least this week). I’d lean he’s droppable.

      Man, I hate Thad’s up and down minutes on the Nets. I thought they’d start him and set it and forget it. I’ll lean Kieff

      • Blue says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks for the advice! I’ll hold on to Taj a bit for now and pick up Snell.
        How about Kieff for Monroe? Or who is a good target? I’m trying to find a big with better Reb and/or Blks and better playoff sked.

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          @Blue: Monroe is def closer. If it fits your needs I don’t mind that move, but still have a soft spot for Kieff in my heart haha. I dunno if you’d get it, but Rudy Gobert would be a great target – big Reb/Blk and great schedule in playoffs

  3. Dante Green says:
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    Pick up james johnson? In need of defensive stats man. Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Sure, I think he’ll be up and down with the stats but upside for 4 steals/4 blocks any night is there!

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: holy shiit jb i’ve already used my 1 available pickup for james johnson damnn i knew i shouldve waited a little longer! both miro and snell became a must add now and nobody in my league i believe knows what is happening and later when the lineups lock I could use my pick up on miro! But who to drop tho? James johnson, hibbert, faried? Thanks man, u da best!

        • Dante Green says:
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          @Dante Green: but I’m leaning towards picking up snell, i think he’s a safer choice, i mean miro is good but if they play him at pf he’s still going to play behind pau and taj(he’ll be back next week they said and i can only use miro/snell in my next match cos i already picked up johnson). I don’t know man can u enlighten me a bit on how I should approach this loll thanks bud

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dante Green: Yeah both new Bulls are interesting. since Taj is out at least a week if not longer, I kinda like Mirotic over Snell unless you needed 3s/stls. I’m good losing Faried for Miro!

            • Dante Green says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Even if taj comes back next week, miro still the better pick up? Aytt got that brotha! Thanks a lot!!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Dante Green: Yeah I think so, I think they could readdress Miro getting some SF minutes against second unis too. Any time!

  4. mark says:
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    10 team h2h. currently sittin at first spot. this is my team going into the playoffs:

    isiah thomas, knight, brooks, dray green, thad young, james harden, robin lopez, rubio, gortat, parsons, bargnani, AD, kemba.

    Do i need to make any changes to my team? robin lopez has been underperforming. thinking of dropping him for someone off the waiver? who should i grab?
    is it worth holding onto kemba?

    waiver wire includes: jeremy lin, jordan hill, marcus smart, ed davis, brandon bass, crowdar, mirotic, tony snell, galloway,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mark: Do you get a bye week with that first spot heading into the playoffs? If so, I don’t mind the Kemba stash, but with mo Will playing so well, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kemba is brought along very very slowly.

      You kinda need the big man stats, I think I might drop aaron Brooks for Jordan Hill. I don’t think Bargnani is a hold long term, I might prefer Mirotic for the next week or two while Gibson is hurt over him. hope that helps!

      • mark says:
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        @JB Gilpin: nope. i dont get a bye week. yeh gibson is out another week so im defs grabbing mirotic for bargn. should i grab lin or tony snell for kemba then?

        also what about robin lopez? is he droppable or not?

        • mark says:
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          @mark: also kinda wana grab tony snell now that butler is out 3-4 weeks. but not sure who to drop?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @mark: Yeah I’d lose Kemba for Snell now. butler could be 3-4 weeks. I’d hold onto Rolo since I think the big man stats are a need

            • mark says:
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              @JB Gilpin: thanks for the help man. i got tony snell for kemba now. and mirotic for bargn. only thing im considering now is the jordan hill for brooks. u think i should get rid of brooks? considering thers no jimmy now and his usage may go up?

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                JB Gilpin says:
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                @mark: Yeah that’s a toughie. Dimes seem a tad low and whatever Brooks chips in will be a help. Maybe wait that one out and see how Brooks looks early this week

  5. the Tristan Thompson conundrum says:
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    You holding Nurkic In a 10 team h2h league 2nd place nipping at the heels of 1st

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @the Tristan Thompson conundrum: Whewwwwww. I own him on one team and hevan’t let go yet, but I’ve done some crazy streaming in a 12er limited moves league. I’d lean droppable in 10er.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… Do I sit on Matt Barnes? This week he’s gonna be hurt and only playing 3 games so MAYBE he’ll play 1 of them. Unless you think I should drag him through the playoffs. I already have Dragic and Westbrook. I’m in 3rd place as of this week but I’d like to keep my distance and not get killed these next 2 weeks and get pushed down or even out but out’s unlikely. Still it’s only by 6 1/2 games to out of playoffs.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: Nah Barnes can go for some streaming stats. Luckily Westbrook dodged a bullet and should be back soon!

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx

  7. yan yala says:
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    Hi sensei JB. Sorry if my english is crazy (not a native speaker). Can you help me better my team for the playoffs? I am comfortably in 1st place in both my leagues, but since I made a few trades (still have a stacked team though) I think I have a very balanced team but that is not ideal for playoffs. What do you think of my teams and which trade can I pursue in order to punt categories and be unbeatable in some cats. 10 team head to head, 9 cat espn.

    1st team

    Pg- Lowry, Rubio, Canaan, Mo williams

    Sg- wesley matthews, hayward, danny green

    Sf- Draymond green

    Pf- anthony davis, Nerlens noel, millsap

    C- al jefferson, Gorgui Dieng
    IR- kemba walker
    *im considering millsap and mo williams for favors and batum (playoff schedule). But im hesitant because the sapper is the best player

    I think i am unbeatable in steals and weak in points. Other than that my cats vary a lot week by week and maybe you can help me decide which cats to strenghen and which to punt.

    Same thing with my other team, 8 cat

    Pg- Wall, Rubio, conley

    Sg- jimmy butler, mo williams

    Sf- kawhi, batum, draymond, gay

    Pf- favors, aldridge

    C- whiteside, al jefferson

    I think very solid in rebounds and assist with rubio & wall and very weak in 3. Other than that, not sure. Greatly appreciate any help you give me.

    • yan yala says:
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      @yan yala: also have kemba in IR on my second team. Forgot to mention that

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @yan yala: I never would’ve known you’re not a native english speaker!

        Yeah I wouldn’t do the Millsap deal. I like having Kemba and Mo Will combo to have that situation locked up, and Williams is playing out of his mind. I can see why steals is an unbeaten, blocks are great too. You have so many strengths, that I dunno if I’d wanna mess with it, but I think your best asset to move is Rubio. Steals are huge with everyone else too, and then if you get a big time scorer, you’ll punt dimes but win %s and Points a lot.

        2nd team is awesome too, I really don’t see much to tinker with that one, it’s dynamite. And with 8 cat, it’s nice to have a chance at everything and not punt with only the 8 categories. unless someone overpaid for something, I don’t think I’d make any moves there

        • yan yala says:
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          @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: maybe rubio for a. Isaiah thomas b. Dragic c. R-jax?? If they dont budge, I include mo. Make them an offer they cant refuse ala godfather

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @yan yala: RJax is really interesting for the scoring. I would imagine you could get him for Rubio straight up

  8. NimsheyPOBlo says:
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    Hey JB,

    Which one do you start this week (pts league) — G Hill, Augustin, MCW or K Middleton?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NimsheyPOBlo: Great one. Damn, wish someone had 4 games! Throwing out Middleton and Augustin I think, since Westbrook should be back during the week I think. Hill with 2 games against the Knicks. Gimme him

      • NimsheyPOBlo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man. First round of the playoffs. Time for Hill to make me feel good about drafting him and holding on all year.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @NimsheyPOBlo: Nice, patience is a virtue! Let’s do this man!

  9. Nikko says:
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    I lost my head to head match up this past week, however someone else lost as well which locked up my 2nd or 3rd seed in playoffs. Go me haha. Since there are two weeks left in my points league before playoffs, I don’t even care if I lose. I think it’s time for stashing. My team is:

    PGs/SGs/SFs: Mo, Kemba, Rondo (just picked the last two up), tyreke, Batum, james Johnson, Kawhi, and Middleton

    PFs/Cs: Pau, Horford, Drummond, Griffin, jefferson.

    Wish me luck

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko: Nice! Yeah some good guys in there, I think you’ll do well. Good luck!

  10. Philzilla (Cats Like War Milk) says:
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    Just picked up MKG for a maddening John Henson (Coach Kidd obviously went to the Larry Drew school of coaching). Post-post hype! Perfect playoff schedule in H2H and doublubg down like a drunk black jack player on tilt. In real life the hornets are much better with him on the floor so his minutes are safe as long as he can actually stay on the floor. With Kemba not sucking up all the usage he’s getting better offensively. Should I jump at James Johnson who just hit the waivers or see how this pans out?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Philzilla (Cats Like War Milk): Haha the Larry Drew school of coaching – out of business in a week! I personally would go James Johnson. I agree MKG is almost a dubdub a night and buy that. But so empty in ast/stl/blk and not a great FT shooter. He’s basically a low-end big that plays SF. I like Johnson more for the 3s/stl/blk unless you had a dire need for the boards MKG brings.

  11. AC says:
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    With Butler out 3-6 weeks, would you rather own Brooks, Snell, or Mirotic? Are any of them better than Augustin given how short-lived his reign as a starter might be?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Yeah I think I like all 3 over Augustin. Leaning Mirotic for a little more upside in blocks/reb, but steals/3s a need gimme Snell

  12. JoeJ says:
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    Which teams have good/bad fantasy playoff schedules?

  13. AJ says:
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    Hey everyone, so some disgruntled owner who is out dropped his whole roster, I’m number 2 on the wire H2H, who would you try to swoop up from Parsons, Oladipo, Loul Deng, Mo Williams, Tony Parker and in what order, Thanks!!

    • Matt says:
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      @AJ: Category league or points? Id think Mo williams, olidipo, deng, parker, parsons.

      • AJ says:
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        @Matt: H2H Standard points 10 cat

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AJ: Ugh, that’s at a point where commish should put everyone back on that owner’s team and lock them out.

          I actually like Mo first too. I would go Parsons 2 though, I think he can be useful off the injury. Oladipo is bad with the bad playoff sched

          • AJ says:
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            @JB Gilpin: ya I know I was smh all morning

            • Matt says:
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              @AJ: I just like olidipo’s singing skills thats all

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Matt: Hahaha no amount of a bad playoff slate will stop that!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @AJ: Give em the boot from your league!

  14. Matt says:
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    Excuse me for a minute while i pat myself on the back for finally getting all 4 of my fantasy basketball teams into first place…only took this long too! Anyway i asked you about lance stephenson and cj watson yesterday but i think i have some better options for a shooting guard over stephenson but i need your expert advice…. Who do i want, Courtney lee, Alan Anderson, CJ Miles or maybe Jrich? Or do we roll the dice on lance and hope the ball can find the hoop? Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: Nice work man! Hah I dunno if Lance can ever make a basket! I know it’s kinda low end, but I think I like Courtney Lee the best of the bunch. At least he plays some mins!

  15. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB, whats good my dude? I am feeling like getting crazy in my h2h keeper league. Would moving CP3, Whiteside and Snell for the Brow be a fair price? The Brow’s owner is hurting with both Butler and Brow being dinged up. I figure he may consider it for the playoff push. I am statistically eliminated from the hunt myself.

    If he were to take the deal I would have Curry, Brow, Lowry and a host of other close options. Any thoughts on that type of deal?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hmmm that’s a good one! Given age and upside and you’re out, I kinda like that a lot. Whiteside I think will be a tad overrated next year. Do keepers have any penalty? If not, I’m all for it!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        No penalty whatsoever. The owner as expressed interest in Curry, who I really do not want to give up, but would a Curry + Whiteside for Brow still be a worthwhile move? My keeper options are: Curry, Paul, Whiteside, Howard, Lowry, Batum, George, Dieng, Pek. 4 total, so Curry, CP3, Whiteside + whoever is a good start regardless.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Nahhhh I like Curry a lot. Maybe you get a smidge more upside, but I like trying for the CP3 one more.

  16. tentyme says:
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    In a weekly h2h 12 team 9 cat no TO’s in my last Utility spot would you start galloway with 3 games this week or A Brooks with 4 games and no butler now as well. The games he has started since rose went down have been pretty bad and his FG% horrid. And are you ok with dropping nukic for nikola? I’m in 1st place but have absolutely tanked the last 2 weeks and might drop to 2nd SOON. Thx for your help.

    • tentyme says:
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      @tentyme: With my recent collapse because of inj to Durant, Nurkic, MCW and being traded, Losing DJ to OKC, Cousins missing games here and Conely in a bad streak ( I think his wrist inj will pop up in the fantasy playoffs ) Do you think i’m pressing and stretching by trading durant straight up for Whiteside or Pau Gasol??

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        @tentyme: Yup I like both of those moves – would start Brooks and grab Mirotic for Nurk. Wish Nurk was healthy!

        Hmmmmm, def not doing the Whiteside one. Gasol is close. I’m gonna lean no, but I don’t think you’re crazy for considering it

  17. Dr Heartwell says:
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    What is up with Canaan!!! 14 team dynasty league, he still droppable for streamers like cunningham, markel, elijah mil etc? (deep compettitve league and those are the best out there….

    I know its not much league/team info but more just wanted your thoughts on what they might do with him.

    Was hoping to ride a 3-4 game hot streak and flip him before the deadline but he has F***ked all his value right now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dr Heartwell: Hah well he has talked about his conditioning wasn’t great and losing minutes to Ish Smith. That said, I’d hold out given these options, and hope he turns it around. Probably stays in the starting line-up, but I don’t trust 30+ minutes most nights.

  18. Hamtime says:
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    1. Taj was dropped in my 14m league. Worth a stash or do you think lingering issue? Would drop ajinca

    2. Please rank ROS – ilya, Hawes, m. Barnes, patterson, ajinca

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      @Hamtime: also would you offer Durant for either lillard or cp3 straight up, or hold KD still?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Hamtime: 1. Hmmmm. Ajinca has been playing well too. What’s your standing again? If this is a big week for seeding I would hold. 2. I’ll go Ily, Patterson, Barnes, Hawes Ajinca.

        And yeah I like both of those offers, obviously hoping for Paul first

  19. Lawson says:
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    Hi man!

    Few doubts before the decisive time.

    So, Nurkic out, Plumlee in? Apart from the injury he has better schedule for PO… Alternatives, Miles Plumlee (good schedule too), T-Rob, Pat Pat

    Another interesting change could be McCallum for Canaan? Alternatives: Payton (horrible PO schedule), Holiday ( i dropped him, probably out due to the injury), Andre Miller…

    Thanks once again!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lawson: Yo! Ehhhh I guess I would roll dice on Plumlee too, but don’t trust the minutes. If FT% is a concern might go to Patterson instead. I kinda like McCallum too but he and Miller sharing minutes is scary. I think I’d own Elfrid of the bunch even with the bad playoff sched

      • Lawson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Both Payton and Plumlee are on waivers now so Im not sure if Ill be able to get em. I also dont trust the minutes of Plumlee right now but… is there any good news about Nurk? FT is a concern but i gave up already on it 🙂

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          @Lawson: In fact I forgot to ask, I have a decent waiver position, inwhich one of the two, id any, would you spend it?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Lawson: Yeah I don’t trust Plum’s mins either. Nah nothing new yet, still without a timetable for Nurk and whenever he is ready i bet he comes really slow. I’d use the waiver on Elfrid most likely

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              @JB Gilpin: Actually I meant Mason Plumlee (BKN) My bad

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                @Lawson: Well I don’t trust Mason’s either! Starting, but playing low minutes with Brook coming off the bench. Nobody likes any of the Plumlees in the NBA! Haha

  20. miles proudfoot says:
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    hey, what’s good man?! thanks again for always an informative and entertaining piece. you know what’s not good though? all these injuries! in first or second in all leagues, but i’m now worried about the playoffs. i’m sticking with holiday and walker for better or worse, guessing worse, other guys should be back in time. then the others…

    1) are you holding butler and nurkik (no first round bye in the playoffs)?

    2) also, i’m sorry for the long list of guards, but how would you rank clarkson, snell, stuckey, lou williams, KCP, ray maccullum, smart? i have a feeling that after having to drop some injured players, these are the guys that i’llll have to rotate off the wire.

    thank you!

    • Miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: oh Patrick Beverley’s available as well.

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        @Miles proudfoot: and waaaah jack haha ok that’s it.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Miles proudfoot: Thanks man! For the kind words, not the injuries! haha.

          1. Nah def not both. Would give Nurk the boot. I’d try and hold onto Butler nearly everywhere. Just too good and might get to that only 3 weeks out mark.

          3. I’d prob go Lou, Jack, Snell, KCP, Clarkson, Ray Mac, Stuckey, Smart. With a little tweaks here and there changing on needs. Love Lou’s 3s/FT/steals. I don’t trust Deron to stay healthy. Or for Jack to be complacent off the bench. “Wahhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!”

  21. Lasandro says:
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    Ha, I’m covering two articles and yo twitter, son! So ROS, j hill or Bargs for FGMs and brds. I realize hill will grab more brds and d stats, but Bargs will knock down a trey and his ftms are freakin elite right now! What u think?

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      @jb Gilpin: ooh also been offered big al for my klay – think I’ll take it. FGMs should be comparable ROS yes? I could certainly use the brds with the loss of jimmy and I could likely stream 3s in the form of e gordon. Essentially I prob wouldn’t need hill off the wire either. But lemme know what you think. Klay is still a stud and prob has more games left that CHA does

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      @jb Gilpin: UPDATE: he’s offered Thad, IT and big al for my wiggins and klay. Think I’ll pull the trigger but prob don’t need Thad over guys like Gordon, stuckey, J Hill and Bargs on the wire no?

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      @jb Gilpin: sorry, forgot to mention that I could drop the newly acquired Tony snell too. Lemme know

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      @JB Gilpin: Damnit, cant cancel previous posts.. dont wanna flood your comments section ha. The other two of interest on the wire that I could pickup for Thad are Covington and Carrol. So a whole bunch of options. My current squad now (14 cat roto):

      Big Al
      Vuc
      Pau
      IT2
      Wall
      Rubio
      Mo Will
      Lawson
      Kawhi
      Snell
      Thad
      Draymond

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Hah all good man! Hill>Bargs for me, don’t trust Andrea to stay healthy.

        Yeah I think with your needs I like that IT2 trade. He’s killin it there in Boston. Big Al fits too. Glad you took it!

        Damn, wish Thad was playing more minutes, he’s been great in per-36 in Brooklyn, but not getting it done. I’d rather Jordan Hill over Snell though, I think he helps what ya need more, I think I’d do that one.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: thanks man I think I made the right choice too. Well I’m really curious on seeing how snell performs tomorrow because I’ve seen every bulls game this season and dude is aggressive when he’s on there and has a little kawhi to his game.

        So essentially, Thad or snell are my drops, and you’re saying snell should be the one going yes? And J Hill turns you on the most? How about Carrol, who is stills damn efficient? And my man Tucker is smokin right now and it’s no fluke. Stuckey is multi catting also. I’m keen on seeing how mirotic performs tomorrow. But yes, there’s a couple of options for you to decide on. I’ll just go with the best player and if any of those guys mentioned are atronger playa than Thad or snell, I’ll drop him

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Yeah I actually don’t think that’s the worst comp. I don’t think Snell has quite the muslce or post game, but is a better shooter. That said, yeah I would go Hill over Snell for your needs. But sounds like you have so many options, I’d stream the hell outta that spot

  22. I GOT BARNESEDDD says:
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    Would you drop barnes for marcus morris? If I drop barnes someone will scoop him up in my league so I’m thinking long term… Also available on the waivers is snell, turkic, and tony allen. I’m thinking ROS also? LMK JB!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @I GOT BARNESEDDD: Deffff want Snell there. Good upside and while I am not huge on him over top-100ish guys, with those options I think he’s the clear #1 option.

      Long-term as in ROS? Or as a long term keeper? Bc if a long term keeper and you meant Nurkic, I would def wanna nab nurk

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