Ya know, the Lakers deserved to lose like that last night.  After building a solid lead against the Wizards, the Purp and Gold collapsed yet again…  And they didn’t play my boy or fan-favorite Tarik Black!  I find this an atrocity…  Gonna be about 30 straight losses at this rate!

But as much as I want to rant about Black, that would be a pretty weak open… So the next best ranty Lakers subject has to be Wayne Ellington‘s crazy game, putting up a 28/3/3/3/0 line on 12-20 FG (3-9 3PTM 1-1 FT).  Sell if you can!  No Nick Young last night as he’s dealing with a minor ankle injury from practice on top of being in the doghouse.  Swaggy Peed on the carpet!  We all know Swaggy never touched a basketball he didn’t think he could shoot, and that will sap into Ellington’s future upside.  I could see some interesting buzziness floating around Wayne given Kobe Bryant‘s shoulder fell off, so if any deeper league owners are interested and you can get a value, I’m down like Byron Scott a clown.  That said, he’s out there in a ton of league fa free (9% owned last night when I grabbed him in an RCL), so maybe you get a couple hot games before you Sellington.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

Rodney Stuckey – Stuckeying hoops all game last night!  22/7/2 on 8-16 shooting.  That said, no steals, no treys and 3 TO.  But while George Hill remains on a 20ish MPG limit, Stuckey has some stream/bottom end roster spot in 12er appeal that a lot of people hopped off of, and understandably so.  Two straight good ones and a hot wife is enough to cloud my judgement…  I’m like a scout from Moneyball!

Jonas Valanciunas Ya know, he really is starting to remind me of a C version of Trey Burke.  LL slam!  6/8/0/0/1, battled some foul trouble, and just isn’t a consistent fantasy asset.  He was on a solid four-game roll, but disappeared the two before that.  Maybe we should change Luminescent Lithuanian to Strobe Light Lithuanian…

Patrick Patterson Near rainbow for Pit-Pat!  13/3/3/2/1 with no TO and hit a couple of treys.  He had a mad lull for a stretch there, but has some sexy low-TO, multi-cat appeal the past 5 games.

Kyrie Irving Damn you Slim!  I wanted Irving, but it ended up being a push in our 30-Point Challenge anyway…  38/3/6/3/1 on 13-23 FG (6-10 3PTM 6-6 FT).  Tore Augustin apart!  Man the Pistons must be scratching their heads that they’re missing Brandon Jennings‘ DEFENSE!

LeBron James He’s pretty good at basketball.  That said, FG% is way down and he’s at a career-worst 4.0 TO a game.  A 4.0 that isn’t good for your GPA!

J.R. Smith I feel like owners who picked him up should pull a Debbie Downer.  “It’s like that time I ignored JB who said he was terrible, then I went to the Cavs game in Detroit last night and he missed so bad it hit me in the 2nd row in the abdomen and now I have internal bleeding…”  Womp womp!

Kevin Love 7/8/4/0/0 on 3-11 shooting.  Rock bottom and you can’t try to buy low in H2H with that playoff schedule!  The Cavs slate weeks 21-23 is as empty as his stats…

D.J. Augustin Other than letting Uncle Drew slap him silly, D.J. was solid for 19/4/9/2/0 with three treys.  Did have 5 TO, but hey, you’ll take this D.J.’s hot beats.

Andre Drummond Trying to pull a Whiteside!  12/17/0/0/6.  0-4 FT too!  That’s so Drummo…

Anthony Tolliver Please sir, I want s’more!  Led the Pistons in bench minutes for 16/4/2 and 3 treys.  ThrAGNOF!

Ersan Ilyasova Tweaked his groin last night.  I didn’t know 6-foot Turkeys had groins!  No real impact for any backups as Kidd shifted Giannis Antetokounmpo to more PF minutes.

Zaza Pachulia Only played 21 minutes… Man the Bucks went small!  Especially with John Henson going for only 18 off the bench.  Hey, it worked for a comeback W, so there’s that…

Khris Middleton The Duchess!  Another 17 points and 3 treys in a 17/3/1/1/0 line.  Three straight really solid games and deserves every single minute.

Jerryd Bayless JB taking over the world!  15/4/7 on 6-8 FG with a trey.  Really put the Bucks on his back during the comeback.  That was like a rap lyric!  Except I rhymed back with comeback… Lazy like Rick Ross!  4 straight solid outings with 5+ dimes in each, but it’s really hard to expect lengthy consistency.

Dwyane Wade More hamstrings, mo problems.  Strained his “other” hamstring than the one he jacked up before, which leaves him with a net of zero healthy hamstrings.  I just could not hop onto this bumpy road…

Mario Chalmers – “I love ballin’ Wade-less!”  21/2/8/0/1, and even though his stint a few games ago without Wade didn’t go great, he’s still a solid medium-term must-add for me.

Hassan Whiteside Hassanity continues!  No blocks, but hey, a 16/16/1/1/0 line is just fine, especially since he went 4-4 from the stripe.  And hugely encouraging is the 36 minutes as the starter with Chris Anderson out with tattoo soreness.

Jeff Green More blah.  8/5/2/0/0 with a couple of treys.  Unlike Ruby Rhod, he’s not super green.

Beno Udrih – Was playing decent (8/2/5) filling in for Mike Conley, but Nick Calathes ended up getting more run off the bench for 13/5/2/2/0 in 27 minutes.  Conley suited up but wasn’t needed in a 19 point win, and should be back Thursday.

Rajon Rondo Pretty boring game from the Mavs, with Rondo notching a 7/7/5/2/0 line and 3 TO.  The Mavericks might be the most boring 30-16 team – in fantasy terms that is – in recent history…  I mean, I guess some of those Spurs teams would have a horse in that race.

Derrick Rose What a terrible, terrible game.  But Rose hits a step-back in OT to hit 30 Pts exactly!  Woooo, didn’t lose my lead over Slim in the 30-Point Challenge!  Rose was a horrific 13-33 from the field, and the biggest eyesore of them all – 11 TO!  And the Bulls won!  At Golden State!  And Rose only had one assist!  Such a weird, bad game.  Sure a little added pressure with Jimmy Butler sitting (sick), but H2H teams are certainly going to lose TO this week after that kiss from the Rose… Luckily the rest of the Bulls were on…

Pau Gasol Near tripdub!  18/16/8/0/4.  His reemergence at age 34 after that vertigo scare last year has been one of the bigger breakouts to me.

Joakim Noah Welcome back to usability!  If you bought low, you’re looking golden now!  Buy low in a 30 cents on the dollar, draft day value kinda way…  18/15/6/2/0 as the Bulls interior shoved around the Warriors.

Nikola Mirotic Look at those minutes!  31 off the bench for 12/7/1/1/0, but a lot of that is the Butler effect.  Not looking too much into it.

David Lee – No Andrew Bogut last night (last minute scratch with flu-like symptoms), and Lee flashed some 2009 skillz!  24/9/6 on 10-17 FG and 4-4 FT.  No steals or blocks, and he only had 22 points the previous 4 games.  Bogut isn’t dealing with one of his typical myriad of injuries and should be back soon, so no change of value for Lee there.

Klay Thompson ThrAGNOF king can board!  30/10/2/1/0 with 4 treys and three straight 30+ point games.  Can’t be stopped!

Jordan Clarkson Nice bounce back for the rook.  18/3/3/1/0, and as the numbers suggest, he’s a shoot-first PG without much vision out there.  Nice to see only the one TO, but I don’t know how often he’s going to get 18 shots.  It was a sexy first half though, don’t get me wrong!

Robert Sacre – Really, Byron?  Sacre?  29 starting minutes, sure he nearly rainbowed for 6/8/1/2/2, but shot 3-9 and is terrible.  Once I perfect my time travel machine, I’m going to go back in time and tell Scott to start Black for those 29 starting minutes and the Lakers will win.

John Wall Even closer tripdub alert!  21/9/13/3/0 on 8-12 FG.  Really weird 5-12 FT, and when I’m giving Byron Scott some tips whilst time traveling, I might mention to Wall to take a couple extra practice freebies in shoot around.  He came in a little iffy with a bad Achilles that may have contributed, and contrary to our friends at Rotoworld and their blurb, Wall was gimpy in the final minute.  Staying tuned here.

Otto Porter Got the start for Paul Pierce (toe – call the toe truck!), and looked solid in 30 minutes even if the stat sheet wasn’t huge.  12/4/0/1/0 on 5-9 FG (1-1 3PTM 1-1 FT).  Any future Pierce DNPs, of which I expect several, I won’t hesitate to stream Otto von Bismark.

Kevin Seraphin – He’s so underrated.  7/6/1/0/0 in 15 minutes shooting only 2-6, but played big and the Wiz announcers share my love.  They were saying he’s maybe the most exciting player to watch on the whole Wiz roster.  He’s gonna be good if given a starting role at some point in his career.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Anthony Tolliver (2% owned) – Ewwwww, I feel dirty!  A ThrAGNOF so bottom end last year he was barely ownable in the REL, Tolliver is actually carving out an interesting ThrAGNOF role off the Pistons bench.  Treys in 8 straight, multi-treys in 5 of 7, usually hits his FT, and is at 27+ minutes in 3 of the past 4.  And the biggie – against the awful Sixers tonight.  Junk time booty call!

Zach LaVine (4% owned) – The news he’s in the dunk contest will fuel him!  I keed of course, but Mo Williams is questionable and I kinda doubt plays, and Evan Turner is also out meaning a battle of raw rookie PGs against Marcus Smart.  Smart is a better ROS guy to own, but LaVine is out there in a lot more leagues and I could see having a nice one tonight.

 

Thanks for stopping by everyone in Razzball Nation, and we’ll catch you on Thursday!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Ugh, awesome 5th Element ref! Such a stupidly underrated movie, as beloved as it is by many. Further proof that Gary Oldman is as versatile as as Draymond – just watch him in that then go watch Tailor Tinker Soldier Spy! Redonk ends of the spectrum

    Going off our lil chat about a scoring multi cat guy I should pick up in a day or two in my 14cat roto (we settled on Covington) – is charmers gonna be the better pickup if Wade does indeed sit for a week or so? I forgot to mention that the Duchess is actually available too and has very comparable numbers to Covington with less pts and greater stls and %s over the last month..

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      Middletons now gone so forget him..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Thanks man! Dude, I LOVE THAT MOVIE! Easily one of my favs. Whoa yeah that is a good Oldman comp… Throw in that short stint he had in True Romance as a gangsta and then in The Contender as an American politican, and why not Air Force One as a Russian terrorist?! He’s all over the place! Rainbow line!

        Yeah I still like Covington over the Duchess. I trust his role a little more

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        @jb Gilpin: haha I love him in Air Force one! But I’m glad we both agree on the awesomeness of the 5th element. You’ve gotta figure a way to incorporate the term “multi-pass” into your write ups for a player than dimes hard 😉

        Ok noted. Deng is chilling on the wire too. Think he’s a better pickup?

        Meanwhile, I’m done with KD. I can’t handle these random missed games. As I mentioned a while back, curry has a full two games over KD left on the season and I’m thinkin that even tho he won’t help my pts and ftms cats like KD would, I’ll get a boost in 3s, stls and asts, all of which I need at this point. I may pull the trigger today on that one.. It’s pretty close right? Jimmy was helping me with ftms earlier in the season but the return of the most overrated “superstar” of the last 5yra (yeah I said it!) has reduced his usage by a mile.

        Seriously tho, what a joke of a player this Rose is. I can’t stand the guy. Does the exact opposite of what you’d want a pg to do for your team

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Hahaha sounds like a plan man! So many good quotes from 5th E

          Yup still Covington, nice game tonight. Hah yeah D-Rose is def overrated in fantasy terms. Eeeesh I dunno man, KD’s blocks and boards and KD-ness… I don’t think I could do it as a KD owner.

  2. Dante Green says:
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    JB can you explain why Bosh isn’t beastin it so far? I want to get him from his owner(coz of miami’s playoff sched), but I won’t overpay! Thanks JB

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Well no Wade should help, but now the emergence of Whiteside is gonna cut into those boards and blocks. Blocks are soooo far down. But I think Bosh is still a really good value

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        @JB Gilpin: Yea, i’m moving dirk so i need a pf-replacement! Gonna lowball the owner with Colly.. Sounds good huh? Haha! Thanks JB

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Sure man, you sounds good! Any time man

  3. hamtime says:
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    1. picked up napier in a 16m/11cat after all the cole trade talk/wade injury – of course he disappoints badly. would u drop him for tolliver, and do u see tolliver as having value ros?

    2. hold exum in a 14m/9cat or stash olynyk, pick up frye, adams, inlges, tolliver

    3. exum or ellington ros? (dropped meeks for ellington earlier today)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: 1. Yup I think I would, Stan Van is loving Tolliver in the rotation! 2. Big man need I would get Adams, otherwise nah I’d hold. 3. Ughhh. Yeah gimme Ellington, actualy never mind the ugh I don’t think it’s too close

  4. dom says:
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    so I’m trying hard to swing a 2 for 1 trade because I’m in a shallow 10 team roto league and would highly value the freed up roster spot to stream

    the categories that really matter to me are blocks, 3’s, FG%, and assists in 8 cat roto and I’m trying to move Oladipo and Vucevic because the Magic only have 2 quality games left, the least for any team.

    I know that those two for Goran Dragic (9 quality games) looks like an overpay in a vacuum but given the roto standings and how highly I value a roster spot it might make sense. My trade targets are limited by only a few owners who will trade with me, other targets include Hawks like Korver, Horford (could rest down the stretch, also only 2 quality games) or Marc Gasol.

    i know that’s a lot to process but would appreciate your opinion on that

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @dom: You giving way too much for Dragic. Float trades everywhere. You never know till you try. Why are only a few teams willing?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: So I know I should probably know this, but what does “quality games” mean? Is this some sort of limitation if you can use them in your Roto league?

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: they are games that occur on a night with a light slate of total games, usually like Thursdays and Sundays. More quality games means less “wasted” games coming from players on your bench because your lineup is full, and less unused lineup spots on days with only a couple games happening. there is no limit in my league, I’m just trying to max out games played, but I’m probably overvaluing them

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          @dom: Ah gotcha, I’ve never heard that term used, I kinda informally just say “light slate” game, but interesting it’s quantified.

          The thing with those is that Oladipo and Vucevic are both must-starts on full line-up days too. Not like your bottom few bench guys are better than Oladipo most likely.

          That said, Oladipo for Dragic straight up? Sure might work…?

  5. Bye Felicia says:
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    See what you started
    Cue Ellington questions in 3…2…1
    Funny the way things work out. I traded Kobe 1 day before he was originally shutdown (I had no idea he was getting shutdown) for Ellis. Now the new Kobe owner drops Kobe for Jameer. I scoop Ellington, get the huge game last night. Big Bucks, No Wammies!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Hahaha I know right? Nice, you wheelin and dealin the Lakers like a poker pro!

  6. Bye Felicia says:
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    KLAY OWNER (yes you reading this)

    This is the sell high moment! Unload this guy and shuffle with Icky Woods into cold cuts heaven (or fantasy dominance).
    The choice is yours!

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      @Bye Felicia: Razzball Nation so down on Klay. I hear ya on a sell high while he is playing out of his mind. Fantastic fantasy schedule probably offset by a large lead going into playoffs. One of the most improved in fantasy this year though wouldn’t you say?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Bye Felicia: I dunno man, depends on what you’d get. I’m kinda flip flopped, I like what I’m seeing with the defensive stats there. And with what…

        @megasaurus:

        …said. H2H playoff sched. It’s nasty

  7. John says:
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    In a 14 team h2h keeper league where we keep 5 players with no limit on how long they are kept, I was offered a huge trade. I am currently in 12th place so I am looking towards next year. I would be getting gorgui dieng, david lee, jrue holiday, and john wall for ty lawson, klay thompson, michael carter williams and henry sims. I think this a solid offer and I am getting some great keepers in return. Aside from the players that are involved in this deal, I have horford/valanciunas I could potentially keep. Anyway is this an offer I should quickly accept or counter?

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      @John: Hmmm, well Wall is def the best in the deal and an easy keeper. This Jrue stress reaction stuff again this year is scary. But Ty is getting up there too. The tough part for me is giving up Klay Thompson. Sure Wall>Thompson… It’s so close man. I might see if you could swap Dieng and Lee (Dieng is close, but both prob non keepers) and make him give you a better keeper for those guys

  8. Sio says:
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    Hey JB! How do you see bosh ROS? In a punt rebs and blks team how would you rank bosh, dray and horford?

    I have them
    bosh
    dray (only has stls as an advantage if punting blks)
    horford (playoff sked sucks compared to the other 2)

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      @Sio: I still like Bosh, but with Whiteside breaking out, lower boards and the blocks have disappeared. Since those are punts, yeah gimme the order you have. If you weren’t punting I would flip Dray and Bosh

  9. Sio says:
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    Another ROS ranking question: rubio,collison and augustin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: I like that order, i know Slim likes Colly more, I think whenever Rubio is ready he’ll be very solid

  10. Ryan says:
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    I could use a boost in blocks and efficiency in my 14 team 9 category keeper league. Should I do the above trade?

    This is my team if it makes any difference btw. Sorry I’m just a huge Anthony Davis fan lol.

    Pg Damian lillard
    G Darren collison
    Sg James harden
    Sf kevin durant
    F Wilson Chandler
    Pf taj gibson
    C Al Jefferson
    C Damarcus cousins
    Util marcin Gortat
    Util Andrew wiggins
    Bn John Henson
    Bn dj augustin
    Bn Manu ginobli

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Who isn’t a huge Davis fan?! haha, but I don’t see your trade on here

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: oops my bad. It’s harden cousins for davis and either klay or wall.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Haha all good. Oh hell yeah I’m doing that! Hopefully for Wall. Davis is sooooo good and by far best in the deal

          • Ryan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m just worried that the dropoff from Davis to Cousins isn’t too much but from harden to wall it is. Should I still do this deal?

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              @Ryan: I think it’s a huge dropoff to Cuz. Davis is younger, and it’s 9 cat so you’re shaving off, like, a million TO haha.

  11. VirtualBaller says:
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    Hey, what are your thoughts on dropping kemba? i have no troubles making playoffs; should i still drop him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @VirtualBaller: I probably would unless you’re easily #1 or #2.

  12. Blue says:
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    Who is the better stash, Kemba or Deron? Sure to make the playoffs in a 14-team H2H 9-cat league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blue: Hmmmm good one. If you’re for sure in the playoffs I’d rather have Kemba late than roll the dice on Dwill who might not have a role

  13. AC says:
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    Who would you rather own right now, Tyler Zeller or Pek?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Hmmm, I think Zeller

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