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No, it’s not the title of some campy 1970’s Sci-Fi movie – Zubac really IS the savior of the world!

I don’t need to keep tooting my own horn – if I was a dog I would – but Ivica Zubac continues to impress, and I’m happy to have the big fellah leading the charge in my RCL playoff efforts!  Getting his second consecutive start, the Zubes tore up the Nuggets for a career-high 25 points on a 25/11/1/0/1 line.  Now, now, I know Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets in general have putrid interior defense, but I don’t care!

Post move O face!  Look at how smooth he is!  Well, despite the fact Jokic has no interest in playing defense, I concede that haha…  Zubac is going to promote World Peace (not the Metta kind though!), figure out how everyone is going to get water, and we’ll be building statues of him by the 2050s.  He shot 12-15 from the field, but weirdly only 1-4 FT as that is a little bit of an issue lately, despite profiling as more of an 80% FT shooter…  So don’t let that bugga-ya-boo, I think that’ll improve.  Just let our future defeater of invading aliens and our inventor of light-speed travel take you to the promised land.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Nikola Mirotic What an ultimate middle finger to Hoiberg.  After getting phased out with 18 minutes 4 games ago and 3 straight DNPs over a 5-game losing streak, gets back into the rotation and posts 24/11 with 5 treys on 8-16 shooting and a +13.  And whatya know?!  The Bulls snapped their losing streak!  It’s almost like playing one of your better scorers and only real perimeter threat is helpful to your team!  Ugh, Hoiberg is a dunce.  I hesitantly recommend adding him (Miro, not Hoiberg lol) in 12ers, but it’s def risky.  Something to consider for bye week teams though.

Rajon Rondo Less optimistic here, but a good game from Rondo, going 20/7/6/1/0 with 3 treys (???) and 3 TO.  Sure, the Bulls only beat the meh Hornets, but getting a much-needed win has to make you think they stick with a similar rotation.  Cameron Payne was 0-6 in 11 minutes.  Ugh, he really needs an offseason with the team.  Great 2017-18 sleeper though!

Marvin Williams Another crazy game on the glass – 13/18/5/0/1 with a trey.  Even with Frank Kaminsky back (4/2/1/0/0 in 24 minutes off his shoulder issue), Marvin wasn’t starvin’ for minutes.

Jeremy Lamb Stepping into the starting 5 for Nicolas Batum (migraine), Jeremy had a career-high lamb for 26/4/2/2/0 on 10-17 shooting with 3 treys.  Potential has always been there, but a long, sustainable role hasn’t.

Wesley Matthews What do you call a quiet baby heffer?  A mild calf!  That’s the description of his strain, and he left at halftime after 18 minutes.  Absolutely no fear in cutting him if you need to win now.

Norman Powell Second straight big minutes game with DeMarre Carroll out with a kankle, going 19/5/3 with no TO on 6-8 shooting with 2 treys and 5-5 FT.  Here’s your WesMatt replacement!  The Raps actually play Thur/Fri/Sun to round out this week, so he’s an especially useful add if Carroll keeps sitting.  That said, Carroll went through shootaround yesterday, so maybe not…

Marcin Gortat Mannnn, easing-off-minutes for the playoffs SUCK!  Only 23 minutes of 7/4/0/0/1 while Ian Mahinmi soaked up 22 minutes off the bench.  Mahinmi friggin’ fouled out with 4 turnovers too!

Ricky Rubio The T’Wolves were just hitting on all cylinders last night beating the Wiz, with Rubio racking up a dimebag IN THE FIRST QUARTER!  Stroking needles through the defense like this one!

Dayum!  22/5/19/3/0 in a massive line in 39 minutes.  Everyone yells at me for my Rubio love, but suddenly his numbers are right at expected levels with a career-high in AST after this game.  Damnnnnn, just read that unfortunately the make-up Wolves/Blazers game is going to be Monday April 3rd.  Right after the playoffs end!  Well goddammit…

Karl-Anthony Towns Just unreal.  39/13/2/1/0 with 2 treys and no TO on 17-26 shooting.  Where’s the swattage though?!

Nemanja Bjelica Thibs running tight rotations now!  Gorgui Dieng still was OK in 32 startling minutes, and B-a-Pizza got 28:31 of 16/10/2/1/0 with a trey and no TO.  Wolves have won 3 of their last 4 and 7 of their last 10, so this uptick with Bjelica lately I would imagine should maintain.  Definitely in the 12ers streaming class.

Dennis Schroder Missed his treys (0-4), but otherwise was Das Great!  22/2/10/2/0 on 10-22 shooting and only 2 TO.  Nice showing against the Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard For as little emotion as he shows, he looked PISSED down the stretch after some no-calls and tough D from the Hawks, and had another great one – 31/5/4/0/1 with 3 treys.  Did have 5 TO, but just good to see him out there after the hit to the head last week.

David Lee – Getting the start for LaMarcus Aldridge, went 14/6/4/0/1 in 20 minutes on 7-8 shooting.  Glad I nabbed him where I needed a big!

Malcolm Brogdon Returned last night for 15/2/8/1/1 with 3 treys in one of his better games.  The Bucks lost big, but his strong play we can only hope will translate to consistent minutes.  It is Kidd though…

Tony Snell Another 10 points, 2 treys, 2 steal game with no TO.  Love that Schnell!

Vince Carter For the love of efficiency!  Vinsanitefficiency!  That’s a tongue twister…  24/5/2/3/0 on 8-8 shooting, 6-6 from deep, and 2-2 FT.  Led the Grizz in scoring, crazy!  Although how depressing is it that 65-year-old Vince Carter could do that, but ripe-young(ish) Chandler Parsons had to sit due to more pain in his knee…

Chris Paul I def get fast-n-loose with dropping injured guys, but I didn’t understand why CP3 was getting cut in some leagues.  You just handed opps the title at this rate!  His classic elite line of 33/6/7/1/0 with 5 treys last night.

Blake Griffin Shut down by dat Jazz D!  Although Derrick Favors sat…  Shut down by…  Boris Diaw?!?!  Hah, only a Kia-8/9/5 line when we need a Bentley this time of year!

Rudy Gobert I call him Monsieur Elbow for a reason!

“Only” 11/10/3/0/1, but 5-6 from the field, and played 37 minutes despite coming in GTD.  Awesome to see his elbows flailing out there!

Brandon Ingram Lord help me, I actually added Ingram in an RCL.  14/1/2/1/0 on 7-12 shooting was decent enough in 27 starting minutes last night.

Jordan Clarkson Interesting…  Started over D’Angelo Russell, as the two guards flip-flopped roles.  19/2/3 with 3 treys for Clarkson, while Russell struggled for only 10/2/3/3/0 on 4-14 shooting and 0-2 FT.  I’m not panicking with Russell just yet – Lakers got creamed – but it’s not great.  33 starting minutes for Clarkson is muy interesante though, if he’s available in shallowers.

Nikola Jokic He may not play defense, but he can pass a basketball!

18/9/4/1/0 in only 24 minutes as the Nugs eased off a few of the starters.

Mason Plumlee Well, they didn’t ease off Plumlee, who got an absurd 36 minutes in the starting 5, aided by Wilson Chandler sitting.  15/10/2/1/2 and thriving in Denver, which is odd as shit.  So Jokic/Nurk can’t work, but Jokic/Plum does?!  Ugh.

Jamal Murray Getting more and more minutes next to Jameer Nelson, and just stroking the ball right now!  Weird phrase…  22/2/3/2/1 with 5 treys.  Now, this was against the Lakers and minutes still might not be consistent, but obviously I need to raise him up a little when considering him amongst pickups.  Might be too late in most leagues…  I always commented I LOVE him in dynasty, but didn’t expect his run to near 30 MPG for an extended stretch.

Will Barton I begrudgingly held him through a rough week last week in RCLs, and my patience got rewarded with a much-needed 22/2/6/1/1 line with 4 treys.  Again – the Lakers – and a little worried Wilson Chandler will squeeze out some wing minutes when he gets back…  Wilson is dealing with a groin strain though, and we know those can linger.  Even if his groin has all sorts of tats all over it.

Elfrid Payton Another tripdub on the Shelfrid!  13/10/13/0/1 on 6-10 shooting in 34 minutes.  Have the Magic shaken off their SKIIIIIIIILES residue yet?!

Nikola Vucevic Rainbow alert!  23/9/4/2/2 hitting a very out-of-character 3 treys.  If you played Vuc and lose by one or two treys, you’re gonna be pisssssssssssed.  Hah, def thought his Achilles soreness would be a shutdown red flag, but he’s powering through!  Heads down, power through!

Buddy Hield Slim said on the pod this morning he’s taking the over on Buddy getting 30+ MPG rest of the way, which makes him an interesting ThrAGNOF wing for sure.  31 minutes last night with 2 treys on a 17/6/2/2/0 line.

Willie Cauley-Stein Love my Willies!  WCS, Hernangomez, Nelson, Wonka…  Willies are all the best!  9-16 from the field for 18/7/1/0/0,  Where’s the beef though, Willie?!  We need the D stats, bruh!

 

I hope everyone had a strong start to the H2H playoffs and are looking towards a nice quarterfinals win!  Drop by in the comments and lemme know how you’re doing, and be sure and fill out a Razzball March Madness bracket for a shot at a free prize!

  1. Get off my PLANE! says:
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    Sitting in the bye week prepping for the big push next week, somehow still staring at Zubac on the wire but need to drop another center to make it happen. Would you lose Dieng or Hernangomez to snag our future global leader? (10T H2H – 9 cat except DD’s instead of TO’s) Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Get off my PLANE!: Whewwwwwwwwww. Man that’s tough. I still like Dieng as he’s getting mins even with Bjelica out there, Willy’s mins have a been a little erratic though…. Ugh, I may be dead wrong, but gimme Zubac, go bold! That is of course, if Zubac and Willy would give you the same amount of games next week, I’d double check on that. If Willy would make your line-up one extra time, I would just hold. But wouldn’t mind losing Dieng for Zubac if Zubes gave you an extra game too. Do or die time! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Justin says:
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    Hey currently have Jordan crawford and Alan Williams on my team. But zubac is On the wire. All 3 guys have 3 games remaining This week. Would u drop any of the two guys for Zubac?

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: i also have WCS.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Justin: Kinda depends on the build, but if you need bigs, def would consider Zubac over Crawford

  3. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Who do you like for a stream tonight (general production) from this group, JB & Slim:

    Taj (if he goes)
    Zaza
    Roberson
    Luwawu-Cabarrot
    Barnes
    Ian Clark

    Anyone else you are eyeing for tonight??

    Thanks, Homies

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Guessing M Barnes, not H Barnes, so I think Roberson is my guy for all around stats. Hmmmm maybe Ish if the Cavs blow out DET? Should be a good matchup for Jordan Crawford if still avail. Sean Kilpat is on a decent run if you wanna gamble there

  4. DC Tom says:
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    Richaun’s owner, in a playoff chase for games this week, rather stupidly dropped him.

    I’m trying to decide whom to drop for Richaun in a waiver claim…I’m in the hunt for a championship, we have weekly moves, so I am looking at schedules for last 4 weeks of season (as this week is locked) with focus on last three (championship).

    I have Trevor Booker, Tobias Harris, and Jae Crowder. Have used Crowder most of season but his production down lately. Crowder has 12 games in last four weeks (4, 3, 3 and 2) but only 8 games in the last three for the championship week. Tobias also has 12 games (3, 4, 3, and 2) but a slight advantage in championship week…but he has this balky knee. Booker has the best schedule with 13 games (4, 4, 3 and 2) but has least upside of the three.

    Who would you drop for Richaun? I’m thinking Booker right now.

    10 team H2H, I am punting FG% and TO and need boards, blocks, steals. I can afford to give up 3’s and points (which is why I like Richaun over the three options.)

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DC Tom: Gotcha, yeah Holmes is looking pretty useful. But in do-or-die mode, not too surprised someone cut him with 3 games this week. That said, yeah def add him. Yeah I kinda think Booker too, I wouldn’t want to give the opp next week or week after a free Crowder, and you may end up playing Harris if he’s healthy. Yeah Holmes def fits that build, like nabbing him!

  5. kb says:
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    schedule whizzes (what’s the plural of whiz?), see any great streamers for next week’s light days?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kb: Let’s see, maybe LeVert or Killpat for Brooklyn on Tue/Thur, maybe Yogi for Tue/Thur/Sat then can stream Sunday? Def like to use this resource, which you can toggle to the date range and see the sched real easily: https://basketballmonster.com/WeeklyTeamSchedules.aspx

      • kb says:
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        @JB Gilpin: awesome, that’s really helpful actually

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kb: Nice, glad to help!

  6. 3 magic guy says:
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    Thoughts on RHJ, Killpatrick, Iguodala, Matt Barnes, or maybe Lavert as an add for tonight? Would probably drop Cody Zeller or Ingram for one of the above. Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @3 magic guy: If you can stream heavy (sorry forgot your streaming rules) I would lose both and stream. Thinking LeVert and Iggy are my fav 2

  7. Shahed says:
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    Hey JB,

    I have a bye this week, but I have just looked over and noticed that on the Sunday next week, 26th March, I have to bench someone, as I have 11 players playing that day. I have Zeller on IL, and have Kanter, Kanter plays the Monday and Wednesday, and then not again until the Sunday, when I will have to bench him. So I should probably drop him after the Wednesday game, and activate Zeller right? Zeller doesn’t play on Thursday, but plays on Friday. Or I could stream, I don’t really have a streaming position, Big Sauce and Chriss are still available, and Phoenix play the Thurday and Friday, then drop one for whoever plays on Saturday, so if I drop Kanter, I get a few more games. That’s what I should do right?

    Thanks,

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      @Shahed: This is all asuming no one picks up those guys, which someone probably will.

      • Shahed says:
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        @Shahed:

        Another league, Bye week.

        Roster:
        G: CP3, Bledsoe, Teague, Beverley, G Harris, Brogdon
        F: Lord Covington, James Johnson,
        C: Cousins, Drummond, Gortat, Nurkic, Zubac
        IL: Thad Young, Lin

        Aldridge has just been dropped, and Kevin Love is available. Love might be back soon. Should I pick either of them up? I would have to drop three guys because Thad and Lin are no longer injured.

        Thanks,

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shahed: Most definitely, I think you’re adding Big Sauce most likely, unless 3s are an additional need when you’re streaming those games. I def like 2 from one of the Suns guys over one from Zeller, so even if you have to cut both Kanter and Zeller, I would do it. Yeah for sure, depends on if they’re still there and what you need to stream/if you need to at all.

          For league 2 – Whewwww major roster crunch. Prob passing on Aldridge. Love maybe is interesting, I don’t mind dropping both IL guys, but I like the rest of your roster. You are a little G heavy and have good AST, but you don’t really need Love’s REB. I kinda think just hold for now

          • Shahed says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Hey JB, do you still think no on Aldridge? Maybe for Gortat, with the less minutes?
            Thanks

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Shahed: Yerah didnt think Aldridge would get cleared that fast. Yeah I’m good with that, lose the IL guys and get LA for Gortat

              • Shahed says:
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                @JB Gilpin:
                Ok, final question, would you definitely drop Lin before Brogdon? Lin has been pretty good, hasn’t he? And Brogdon plays for Kidd, so minutes vary.
                Thanks again.

                • Shahed says:
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                  @Shahed:
                  OK, I missed out on Aldridge, and now Bledsoe is gone, I’ve dropped Thad, Brodgdon, moved Lin out of IL, and picked up Ulis for Bledsoe.
                  What do you think? I know you weren’t a fan of Lin, but I don’t think I can trust Brogdon.
                  Man, I actually have Bledsoe on a few teams, gotta scoop up Ulis where available.

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                    @Shahed: Oh, and I picked up Love and stuck him on IL.

                    • JB Gilpin

                      JB Gilpin says:
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                      @Shahed: Yeah thinking Lin over Brogdon, mannnn so annoying the Bucks. Lovvvvve you got Ulis, I luckily did in a few leagues too. And I like getting Love, 100% with all your moves. I still worry Lin might get a DNP or two soon, he did just tweak his ankle

  8. Jerry says:
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    Hey, JB. Seth Curry, Crowder or Zubac in a head to head points league for the playoffs? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jerry: I’ll stick with Crowder even though i know he’s been pretty blah in Pts leagues, just trust the role the most. Any time!

  9. Lasandro says:
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    Hm, I feel the two times you’ve led with Zubac in your articles, he’s pooped the bed immediately after. NO MORE ZUBAC PRAISE! Have no idea what to do with him, seeing that I just picked him up in my 10er. He was fouling more than Nurk. Then Walton didn’t even play him in garbage time. Dude ended up with 11 min..

    I feel guys like Miro, Holmes, and Willy may be more reliable bigs to own. I’ll give the kid one last chance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hahaha aight aight, I hear ya. i mean, that HOU pick n roll is tough for a raw guy. Lakers got pooped on as a whole. I’d be OK switching to Willy though, he should be more consistent

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