Ugh.

Three letters to sum it up right there (and I wrote the beginning of this open before seeing Rotoworld’s update!  Groupthink.)

In only a light slate of two games last night, we had a very solid and steady fantasy contributor in Wesley Matthews go down with a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.  I haven’t been this mad at Achilleses (multiple Achilles?) since Brad Pitt in Troy!  Man was Orlando Bloom a pansy too…  Rough, rough injury and owners will have to scramble to find replacements for his 2.9 3PTM and 16.1 points a game with only 1.3 TO.  Tagline of Taken baby!  “Good luck.”  And well, probably the guy filling in for Matthews is as good as any replacement, as Arron Afflalo should immediately step in the role and be Afflalo of old.  I was shocked that late last night he was already owned in 66% of leagues, but that was probably spiking harder than a Charlie Sheen punchbowl with the devastating news last night.  While Matthews was great for what he did, threes are a-plenty on the wire, and veterans of ThrAGNOF should be able to get their stream gloves dirty!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Russell Westbrook With all this Achilles talk, we need a god name for Westbrook.  He’s a deity right now!  Although didn’t get a triple-double…  I recant that opening sentence, he’s a mere mortal!  43/8/7/2/0 in just a really disappointing game…  I mean, it’s his worst in weeks!

Serge Ibaka After a down game against Philly, bounced back with a huge 25/9/3/1/3 line on 12-19 shooting.  Strokin’ the mid-range like it’s no one’s bidness!  Man, remember like 4 or 5 years ago when everyone thought he’d have no offensive refinement?

D.J. Augustin Well, other than those big 2, DJ was your best Thunder (doesn’t seem to work as a singular…) for 10/1/3/1/0 on 4-7 shooting hitting a couple of treys.  Definitely not useless for the deeper leagues, even with Westbrook going full ham.

Enes Kanter Ewwww.  30 minutes of 6/6/0/1/1 ball.  Ibaka was like, “the big man mid-range is my game!”  Single digit scoring and rebounding the past two games after a really solid run when getting to OKC.  And it won’t get any better if Kevin Durant‘s footsies can get going.

Nikola Mirotic Remember when Slim and I said Miro was the better add over Tony Snell with the Jimmy Butler news?!  Razzball = game, set, match!  26/8/1/0/2, and of course no Taj Gibson is a big reason as well.  But with Butler’s minutes and scoring gone, the Bulls are going to be forced to play the Eurobeard.  I mean, minus the dimes, shot 5-15 (2-9 3PTM), but that huge 14-16 FT.  He’s like a foward version of the beard!  ForwardBeard!  I like Eurobeard…

E’Twaun Moore What in the world?!  22 bench minutes of NBA Jam “he’s on fire!” for 9-10 FG 19/4/0/2/1.  Tony Snell is like, “hey, that’s my line!”  Brought some great energy and made some plays, but there’s not much we can do with this.

Aaron Brooks – Sticking by my Brooks over Isaiah Canaan call, even with the playoff scheds favoring the Sixers and Brooks only going 6/3/7 last night.  Only played 24 minutes, but trying to guard Westbrook it probably felt like 400!  And good to see the decent dimes alongside Joakim Noah‘s 9, which he’s gonna do while Derrick Rose is wilted.

Rajon Rondo Tripdub alert!  10/7/9 as the benching last week is finally reaping the motivational awards!  That said, no 3s, only 1 steal and 4 TO.  It’s like an Evan Turner game!  Burn!

Dirk Nowitzki Mannnn, he’s been really bad this year, particularly since the break.  Father time!  Or should I say, Vater time!  10/4/0/1/0 last night with no 3s.  The Germinator is shooting blanks!

Monta Ellis – Speaking of shooting blanks, Ellis shot 5-20.  That’s not even a good average in baseball!  The Mavs have some of the worst fantasy lines from a 40-23 team in NBA history.

Devin Harris A popular light-slate streamer for me, Harris hurt his hand late and had to get X-rays.  I imagine that’s already happened, but no update as of yet.  Probably out tonight.

Nicolas Batum Back-to-back monsters!  After being a real escargot so far this year…  About all the French I got!  15/12/6/0/1 with a couple of treys.  Maybe the wrist is feeling better, and more shots should be coming his way.

Robin Lopez What has this world come to?!  I feel like I had to defend Rolo in comments a few times!  Me!  Rolo!  Ahhhhh!  Nice 13/7/1/1/3 last night, and continues to provide steady reliability at C.  I mean, uhhhh, only ownable in 20-team Western Conference only leagues!

Damian Lillard Well, at least he can make a shot or two!  4-10 FG (2-5 3PTM 4-4 FT) 14/6/5/2/0 in a nice return to more Lillard-esque numbers after Wednesday’s anomaly.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

J.J. Barea (3% owned) – Sticking with my Mavs streamer PGs!  And it’s really been a solid percentage going with these guys…  Harris has that hand injury mentioned above, and I expect Rondo to be awful against the Warriors tonight in a blowout loss.  Barea me some junk time!

Dewayne Dedmon (0% owned) – Got the start over Channing Frye on Wednesday, and got into a little bit of foul trouble plus it wasn’t the right team to play dual 7-footers against either vs. the Suns.  That said, 8/8/0/1/1 in 21 minutes in that game, and against the Kings with a bigger front line, I think Dedmon gets a little extra run.

 

I hope everyone had a fantastic week in their penultimate standard H2H matchups, and we’ll catch you next Monday!

  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job man!
    Thanks for all the info.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks for reading man!

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Haha so where did this comedic hatred for RoLo begin?

    I ended up dropping Clarkson for Mirotic rather than Butler, who I will stash. Affalo is on the wire, would you now drop Miritic or George Hill for him? I’m guessing no, rest of my team seems solid. Injured players though are Butler and Walker.

    Thanks man!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: also affalos schedule I believe is much better than mirotics.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @miles proudfoot: Haha that’s a good question… Not exactly sure! Some time around when he became must-own last year and his brother saying he was the worst player in the NBA.

        Nah, yeah if your team is solid, esp in points and 3s, I wouldn’t grab him. Yeah unless 3s are a big need, I don’t think Afflalo out-does Mirotic by much, but it is a little risky since Taj is likely to take a little bit of Mirotic’s production, but BUlls should still play him

  3. dom says:
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    Feel more bad for Portland fans than myself as a Matthews owner, really thought they were legit contender to emerge from the West with some hot shooting. I admire their small market vibes, passionate fans, and great home crowd.

    Should I stream D Carroll or Kate Middleton tomorrow? need 3’s so leaning Carroll but is there a chance he plays limited minutes vs philly?

    Sunday need to stream a PG who hits 3’s, looks like my options are Augustin, Brooks, Grevious Vaz, couple others I can’t remember

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Yeah me too. It’s been a rough year for them, I mean imagine if ALdridge had the surgery!

      Very good chance the Hawks play low minutes. They’ve shown they like to rest guys. I would go Middleton.

      I like Brooks the best as a PG streamers

  4. Joe says:
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    So I gotta drop Matthews. Maybe also drop MCW (but sigh, that playoff schedule). Who would you drop Matthews, and maybe MCW for?

    Available: Afflalo, JR Smith, George Hill, James Johnson

    It’s a 10-team, mixed league, 9-cat.

    Team is: Conley, IT2, MCW, Redick, T.Evans, Matthews, Duchess, Durant, D.West, Marc G., Gobert

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Even with Gobert being a monster, I think big man stats is a need. So Johnson is looking appealing, but def like Afflalo and Hill too. Just wish Johnson rebounded more… Gimme George Hill, since I don’t think you need Afflalo’s 3s too much

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        And keep mcw?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe: Yup I think you still gotta

  5. Mike says:
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    Ughhh Afflalo is on the wire. Should I place a waiver on him and drop tony snell or jordan clarkson?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yeah I’d lose Snell for him

  6. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man… Do you like Snell or would you rather have Iguodala?? Snell stunk it up yesterday but don’t know if that will stick

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Kinda depends on 3s need vs. steals need, prob take Iggy

  7. Frank White says:
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    Or Iguodala instead of James Johnson??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: I like Iggy a little more for consistency

  8. Frank White says:
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    Someone wants to trade Afflalo. Is he worth the add since Matthews is out for season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yup I like him as I mention above

  9. Real_Cigs says:
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    Need a Wes Matthews replacement… Who do you like as the best faux matthews and if different, who’s just the best add overall? 8 Team / 9 Cat H2H

    Afflalo, Redick, Gallinari, Kieff Morris, PJ Tucker, Len, Carroll (Carroll would give me 3 players from one team), Mirotic, CJ Miles, Clarkson, KCP

    My Team: Strengths are(were) FG%, 3’s…. Stls… FT%, Blocks, Assists, Points

    PG: Dragic, Teague, Knight, Rubio

    SG: Hayward, Antetkounmpo

    SF: Durant, Parsons

    PF: Ibaka, Millsap,

    C: Whiteside, Dieng

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Real_Cigs: Tons of good options! Can you stream that spot? Long term i think I would go Kieff but I know he doesn’t fill in all the 3s

      • Real_Cigs says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        No one in my league does streaming outside of maybe picking up a guy for the last day in a tough match up, but I was thinking of doing a little bit during the playoffs when it’s more anything goes. If there’s no real jump out option then I’ll probably do a little streaming depending on the match up. I had another owner pick up my two FA targets earlier in the week (T. Jones and Mo Williams) before I needed one, so felt like I had to scramble a little.

        Thanks for the help. I’m probably going to pick up Mirotic for Sunday just because the guy I’m playing is the guy who picked up Mo and T Jones and he’s a big Bulls fan, so it’ll be fun to have Niko finish off the week and help me win.

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          @Real_Cigs: Yeah I don’t see one, love what Miro is doing and Gallo and Afflalo should give great 3s themselves. Yeah for Sunday and playing this hot, I like Miro as well to wrap up your week

  10. Chris says:
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    Hi JB/Slim,

    Just want to hear your opinions on streaming. With my 12-team H2H 9-cat playoffs quickly approaching, I noticed that my team’s obvious weakpoint is 3ptm. 8 teams make the playoffs and my league allows 4 adds per week. I am currently 3rd. My roster also has 1 spot (currently occupied by Isaiah Canaan) that I can use to stream. Is it worth trying to stream 3ptm as much as possible (i.e. trying to get 4-6 games per week played that help 3ptm), or to just simply hold onto Canaan?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Canaan playing 4/4/4 through the playoffs is good to hold. I would probably use him until it’s Friday or so, and he doesn’t go that first Saturday and if it’s close, stream someone new unless he’s been this hot until then. the bottom end guys can be cut in desperate steaming playoff needs

  11. Mike says:
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    How do you feel about Duncan for the playoffs? Is he droppable in an 8 team league? I’m guessing no because he’s pretty damn consistent, but the minutes are not going to be great. Farried, Toby, and Bargnani are on the waivers so I’ve been debating it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Oh mannnnn, Faried looks great. Lots of good options, I’d probably hold but one more big Faried game and I’d swap

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks brah!

  12. browwow says:
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    hey man 10 person h2h league. currently in first position but may slide to 2nd or 3rd.
    just wondering if you can check out my team and give any pointers.

    isiah thomas, aaron brooks, knight, mirotic, anthony davis, harden, gortat, snell, dray green, thad young, rolo, rubio, parsons.

    waiver wire: illysova, jordan hill, smart, evan turner, bass, ed davis, jarrett jack, james johnson,

    SHould i drop any of my players to pick anyone on the wire? also brooks and snell are underperforming like crazy. what you think? hold or drop

    • JB Gilpin

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      @browwow: Yeah I’d let Snell go for a lot of those guys. I kinda think PG is your biggest need, but I don’t like Smart and Jack isn’t playing enough anymore… Oh wait, nvm, just say Rubio down there! I would grab Ily, plays on some good off days during the playoffs

      • browwow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man. ill grab illy for snell most likely. what about brandon wright? can he fit in my team instead of illy?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @browwow: Only if we know Len is out for a while, but as it stands now, he’s only questionable for tonight and isn’t too serious from anything I’ve seen

  13. B-rad says:
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    Hey! Looking for some one to pick up. I don’t believe in snell. I am looking for ast blks and reb without hurting anywhere else. I want to drop snell. He hurts my fg and doesn’t really help anywhere else.

    12 team 9 cat standard and guerra a llayoff spot

    Asik, Dwight, holiday, lee, Galloway, smart, ish smith, Brandon wright, aminu, kaman, McDermott, McGrady… Thank you!

    • B-rad says:
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      @B-rad: *guranteed a spot.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @B-rad: Well Dwight is gona hurt a lot even if he gets on the court so can’t go there. Asik hurts FT and is so up and down. I think I’d grab Brandan Wright with Len tweaking the ankle and maybe something happens

  14. Ryan says:
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    Hey JB,

    Who do you like more? Canaan or Barton? I dropped Canaan for Barton several days ago. I’m thinking that might have been a mistake, but Canaan was just dropped again this morning so a chance at redemption I guess?

    Need steals and threes to balance out my team (Steals are more important). Punting TOs and I’m good everywhere else. JJ is also available and would fit the steals need, but I’m not so sure about his minutes.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yeah given those stat needs I like Canaan. I think he and Barton are right about the same, I would expect Barton for better FG% and boards, and Canaan for the 3s and dimes so I would swap those. And yeah I don’t really trust JJ either

  15. patrick says:
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    yo what’s going on man?

    so my waiver wire is bare thin in our 14 team league.

    trying to look for streamers for tonight, the only one looking alright is maybe thomas robinson, Gary neal,? Marcus Morris was another possible one but he was picked up

    any suggestion?

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      @patrick: Not much man, ready for the playoffs! Neal gets a lot of usage when out there, yeah he should be decent. Is Barton avail still? Brandan Wright is a great one with Len maybe out. CJ McCollum as a risky guy to get some touches with Matthews gone. Hawks bench guys might get a lot of run against Philly in a blowout, Schroder?

  16. B-rad says:
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    Considering dropping nurkic and getting more aggressive with FAs. Who to pick up? Dwight Howard, Tyler Johnson, ish smith, asik, calderon, smart, Thomas Robinson, Amundson? Any secret players we need to know about that were not mentioned? lol

    I would like ast/reb/blk without hurting pct/TO

    Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @B-rad: Yeah I’ve had the same unfortunate debate with Nurk on a team. Ewwwww, yeah not liking any of those that much. Canaan still out there? He huts 3s but hurts %s. Patrick Patterson hits those cats pretty well. Brandan Wright could be Reb/Blk while Len is hurt, but Len isn’t out long I don’t think. Hope some of that helps!

  17. Smitty says:
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    Yo, should I trade my Anthony Davis and Wes Johnson (worst player) for Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol? I’m thinking about the playoff schedules…but I’m scared Kawhi could get rested, and I’m not sure I want to give up the best player in the trade. What do you think?

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      @Smitty: Lol, poor Wes Johnson… Ummm, eesh it’s mad close. I don’t think Kawhi gets sat too much though, Spurs aren’t nearly the team they were last year with seeding and momentum. If it’s a deeper league and/or you need depth, I’m ok with that one since Brow keeps getting dinged up

  18. Smitty says:
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    Also would you trade my Millsap and Lowry for his Westbrook and Nene? I’m thinking maybe to package Nene after to get Derrick Favors…considering playoff schedules.
    Thanks guys!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Smitty: Def like going after Favors. Westbrook is risky because things could go way down when Durant is back, but who knows exactly when that’ll be.

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