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Oh man, what a fun day this is for Razzball Basketball!  Let’s start with our big announcement we’re making later today – I’ve teased it a few times, but it’s coming this afternoon!  We’ve got a special post going up today that is going to:  Blow.  Your.  Mind.  I’ll just leave it at this – it involved robots and very short shorts…

On top of THAT, what a fun night of hoops on Humpday!  We had epic drama with the Kings somehow beating THE King (in Cleveland no less!), yet another tripdub for Russ, but then a late night wonder with my boyfriend Ivica Zubac having another awesome game!  My preseason darling looked further away than ever for minutes when he barely got run in preseason games, but he just kept his head down and powered through some D-League stints and a handful of junk time minutes here and there until the Lakers finally started unleashing him.  Had the 11/13/1/1/3 line 3 games ago against the Nugs, then after low minutes for two games, exploded again last night for 12/10/2/0/3.

He’s just so big and so fundamental!  He did only shoot 5-15 from the field (a few “misses” were on consecutive putback attempts though…) and had 4 TO, but hit 2-2 FT and typically should be a true 8-cat guy (no treys).  As I mentioned on the Pod last week, in the D-League he shot 57.8% from the field, 82.9% from the FT line, and had a 15.6/9.7/1.3/0.2/1.0 line in 13 games at 30 MPG.  I mean, it’s not “epic”, but he’s still only 19 and looks like he could turn into Jonas Valanciunas with D-stats.  With ZuBlock showing off his potential and our big announcement today, I’m like a rabid Beatles fan this morning!

After pimping him hard as a possible second-half sleeper in the preseason (I initially ranked him like 160 or something, but then they signed Tarik Black and never played Zubac in the preseason, so I cut him out of my top 200), it’s 100% time to add him if you need a big.  It might be bumpy for minutes, but the Lakers have fallen to 16-33 and it’s time to keep the youth developing.  Here’s what else went down in fantasy basketball last night:

PS – Podcast will be out tomorrow morning – we are recording later today, just a day behind.  Can’t wait to gloat about taking back the 30-point challenge lead!

DeMarcus Cousins 28/11/9/3/1 in a tripdub flirt as they took down the mighty Cavs.  Cavs be in a rough streak right now though!  Maybe they should take some front office advice from Sacramento…

Darren Collison Woooooo!  Awesome to see him get 36 minutes and play well in a high profile win, holding Ty Lawson to only 17 minutes.  Colly for 23/3/5/2/1 on 8-14 shooting with 3 treys in 36 minutes.  I’d probably look to add him again even in 10ers.

LeBron James Struggling to point the finger at what happened here!  All I can think of is just defensive intensity…  Bron Bron had a tripdub of 24/13/11/2/1, the other pillars of the big 3 played well, the team shot 49% from the field and 40% from deep with 15 treys…  Just no one can stop the Kings right now!  Hah!

James Harden Mannnnn, this was a ridiculous game!  One of the worst officiated I’ve ever seen.  Harden gets his typical 30/6/12/1/1 line, and having 16-19 FT isn’t that surprising, but there were numerous techs and stoppages to determine flagrants…  It was wild.

Montrezl Harrell 25 minutes off the bench for 11/2/3/1/0 on 5-6 shooting.  Was kinda hoping Nene was a DNP-CD, but it was a DNP-old.  Still, while the Rockets are coasting to a high seed in the playoffs, don’t forget Harrell come playoff time with Nene 74 years old.

Al Horford He’s still playing fine, but nice to see 3 steals and 2 blocks last night after a D stat lull the past 5 games (2 steals, 3 blocks total in that span).

Jonas Jerebko Going to become a fan favorite after this start, going 7/7/1/0/1 on 3-3 shooting with a trey.  Got called for back-to-back terrible fouls in the 2nd, got a technical, and got the crowd fired up with everyone chanting “BULL SHIT”!  Then late in the 4th, took an errant, flailing-arm from Harden to the face which bloodied him up pretty bad, and he was fired up and just ran to the locker room bleeding everywhere.  And yet, he still returned to the bench with a minute or two left after getting a few stitches, and the fans went nuts seeing him come back.  There’s something to be said for “intangibles” and maybe he’ll help fire up the team when needed.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hold onto a decent role – go ahead and add him in deepers.

Marcus Smart Still got a nice 31 minutes of 7/4/6/3/0, helped by Avery Bradley still being out.  That said, I still like what Smart is bringing, and he’s playing plenty next to Isaiah Thomas, who obviously went ham against a D’Antoni team (38/5/9).

Dion Waiters At it again!  NBA MVP the past 3 games!  24/5/8 on 10-18 shooting with 2 treys.  Still inexplicably misses FT (2-4), but always it hitting the big shot!

Another big win for the Heat.

Wayne Ellington 22 points with 4 treys off the bench.  Forget it Jake, it’s Brooklyn!  ThrAGNOF!

Okaro White Whoa, taking advantage of some run on a 10-day contract!  10/7/1/1/4 with 2 treys last night in a shocking outing.  Helped that the Heat played down to Brooklyn’s smallball approach, and poor Hassan Whiteside got only 21 minutes of 7/1/1/0/1.  3-10 shooting too!  Only one rebound?!  Wow, Willie Reed still got 24 minutes though!  Things falling apart for Hassan!  [edit – Apparently Hassan played through a kankle, and might miss a game after this, so there’s another reason for ineffectiveness…] Anyway, White’s blocks last night seem fluky, as he was 18.4/8.7/1.8/1.1/0.6 in 23 D-Leagues games in 33 MPG.  1.7 treys though, and an 86% FT shooter in that time down there…  Maybe there’s something here, enough to take a flier on in really deep leagues.

Brook Lopez 33 points and 7 treys, with 4 rebounds and no D-stats.  7 foot ThrAGNOF!

Caris LeVert Still playing well, it’s just tough to be a must-own in 12ers with 26 minutes…  12/1/4 with a trey.  Meh.

Steven Adams Kiwi can ya see me?!  20/11/3/1/4 in a nice full line, hate to see the 2-4 FT though…  Also hate to see he shot a trey!  Maybe it was a desperation one though…

Anthony Davis Pretty much happening every game now…  Got a right quad contusion, and only lasted 16 minutes.  8/5/0/0/1 on 2-8 shooting, so not like he was playing great anyway.  Be sure Terrence Jones is owned in your league!  Wasn’t huge (27 minutes, 12/4/1/1/1), but damn Brow is being vintage Brow again with the early exits.

E’Twaun Moore Outta nowhere with an 18/8/2/1/1 line with 2 treys and no TO.  Actually his D stats over the last 5 games have been OK.  But I’m not trusting much here.

Thabo Sefolosha Huzzah for not quite dropping him yet!  Streamed him in a few RCLs late last week and hadn’t cut him yet, and lucked into a 18/3/0/1/0 line with 3 treys on 6-8 shooting.  Yeah, prob still cutting him soon…

Kent Bazemore Helllll yeah!  I’m still so pumped this is working out!  16/6/7/1/3 with 2 treys, and it’s all finally coming back together…  Even Tim Hardaway Jr. played well too!  17/2/5 with 4 treys.  Hawks just need to play the Bulls every night!

Jimmy Butler/Dwyane Wade It wasn’t for lack of trying with the two Bulls superstars, with Buckets going for 40/4/3/3/0 on 13-22 shooting and Wade putting up 33/5/2/2/1 on 14-24 shooting.  That’s some crazy efficiency!  Team just isn’t working…

Robert Covington Rainbow alert!  11/5/2/2/3, but 5 TO on 3-9 shooting.  Still good to see him consistently contribute right now though…

Nerlens Noel Got another start with both Joel Embiid flaccid and Jahlil Okafor hurt.  16/13/0/1/1, and more importantly 1 TO and 6-6 FT.  Somebody will hopefully pay up SOON to get Captain N!

T.J. McConnell Another Rubio-ish line of 7/3/13/3/0.  At least he KNOWS he can’t shoot!  3-5 from the field.  Nice game across the board for the Sixers, even stupid Gerald Henderson had 20 points!  Ugh.

Greg Monroe Led the Bucks in scoring in this futile effort, going 28/9/2/1/0 on 11-17 shooting in the loss.  I blame the center waffling by Kidd on this one!

Norman Powell Welcome to the party, Powell!  Got another start for DeMar DeRozan who is still resting a kankle, going 21/5/2/1/1 with 2 treys,  Only 1-4 FT though, and the Raptors lost by 2?!  Ouch!  You’re kicked out of the party, Powell!

Marc Gasol Marcy Marc went mad funky against the Canucks, going 42/7/2/1/2 with 5 treys on 14-25 FG and 9-10 FT.  Epic game!  Gotta be tough carrying a team against foreign invaders!

Draymond Green Your fairly typical Warriors line with everyone playing pretty well, including a nice 13/4/6/2/3 line from Dray, with 2 treys and no TO.  #OccupyEfficiency!

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Maybe it’s just Slim’s pessimistic views, but still feel like MKG is going underlooked right now!  15/9/0/1/2 with no TO on 7-12 shooting.  Getting the blocks, making his low-volume FT, getting boards…  It’s pretty useful from a wing!

Spencer Hawes – Bleh, 10/13/5/0/1 with a trey in 29 minutes, but I’m not buying much from the man bun.  Just one hot cross bun last night.

Carmelo Anthony Rumor is out there that the Knicks wanted to trade him for Kevin Love, but instead they got a nice note with the “No” box checked.  30/8/3 last night with 7 TO, as the Poppycockers dropped yet another game last night to the lowly Mavs.  To be fair, the Mavs are playing better right now, but sheeshkabob!

Courtney Lee 23 points, giving him 13+ in 3 straight games.  In other news, I don’t really care about Courtney Lee.

Willy Hernangomez For the love of boxing out!  8/16/0/3/0 in only 24 minutes.  Hey, someone has to rebound all those Melo labradoodles!  Still can’t fully buy in until we see an extended run of virtually no KOQ, aka last Saturday’s March against Trump.

Seth Curry I’ve bashed him a lot this year, but 20/5/0/3/1 last night with 2 treys and Deron Williams lasted only 16 minutes before leaving with a toe injury.  Curry has a lot more fans due to name value/potential tied to that than I think he should, but obviously I would add him in all leagues for right now.

Lou Williams Only reason the Lakers were even in this game last night!  31/4/5/3/0 with 6 treys and 5-5 FT.  He’s soooooo good.  Imagine if he got unleashed like this earlier in his career!  Could’ve been fun.  Here’s a more fun thing – the Lakers starting 5 combined – COMBINED – for 27 points.  Lou off the bench outscored the starting 5!  That is fantastic, I wonder if that’s ever even happened before…

Brandon Ingram Back to the bench, and in 19 minutes, 0/4/2/0/1 on 0-5 shooting with 2 TO.  My Ingram bias is on him as a [bad] basketball player, not because he’s a Dookie!

Mason Plumlee Well, I guess one detraction on the Zubac game is Portland’s terrible D against opposing centers, but at least for fantasy Mason is going strong!  19/13/3/2/1 and continuing to improve on his best season.

 

As I mentioned before, and it’s not me overselling, get pumped for a huge announcement this afternoon!  I can’t wait to talk all about it in the upcoming weeks.  Drop your comments below, and I’ll catch ya with the Pod tomorrow morning!

  1. NameNotFound says:
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    Drop Felton/Temple for Seth?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NameNotFound: Sure, I would lose either, but would lose Temple first. Any time!

  2. Edge says:
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    Always enjoyed your work, keep it up

    16 team H2h

    Can only have one
    Kelly olynyk, Tim Hardaway Jr, Jahlil Okafor, Kris Dunn, Monta Ellis

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Edge: Thanks so much man, thanks for reading!

      Yeesh, that’s a toughie. I’m gonna cop out with another question – what are your team needs? Likely taking Hardaway of the bunch in a vacuum, but close

  3. BILL BLAST says:
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    Mannnn.,,

    I dropped ZuBlock for CP3 yesterday.. Feeling low today.

    That is all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BILL BLAST: Meh, don’t feel too bad on that! CP3 needs to be owned… Can try to get Zubac back!

      • BILL BLAST says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man!

        Looking forward to the big announcement!

        Tell me you guys got your own “Starters” like show on NBA channel ?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @BILL BLAST: Any time, it’s coming soon! Hahaha I wish man, that would be so incredible 🙂 Although I may be interviewing more former NBA players soon which will be fun!

  4. What a Save! says:
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    Drop leuer, aminu, parsons, hardaway jr. for zuboc? 12 team h2h 9 cat.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @What a Save!: Sure, Aminu can prob go, I’ve never been an Aminu guy

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Of course I drop Collison and he has is first better than average game. This is the worst things he’s ever done! Oh wait, asshole. Anyway, would you lose TJones, Thad Young, or Reke for him? If I wait too long on him he’ll be gone, but I think I hold…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Hah yeah that’s how it goes. And yeah, I hate “cheering” for Collison, but not like Lawson is any saint either. God I hate the Kinds… I’d be OK losing Reke

  6. Tony C says:
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    Who would u drop for Zubac among Middleton and Simmons on my IL or Deron, Pau, Levert or Austin Rivers?

    Thanks, good work and can’t wait for the big announcement!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony C: I think I would lose LeVert assuming you could use a big, LeVert is kinda a hold-n-stash too, even though he’s playing aight. Thanks man, I’m pumped as well!

  7. a bag of sand says:
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    time to drop fournier in 12 tm h2h?
    horrible playoff schedule too starting wk 21
    can pick up zubac, leuer, tucker, collison

    any other swaps?

    current roster:
    schroder
    bledsoe
    a rivers
    brogdon
    e gordon
    fournier (out)
    t young
    kieff
    m turner
    millsap
    capela
    d arthur
    cp3 (out)

    thx

    • a bag of sand says:
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      @a bag of sand: hardaway also avail

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @a bag of sand: I think I’d have to hold strong, I would drop Arthur for Colly though. I know Arthur is off a nice game and sucks having two hurt guys, but that would be my only move right now

  8. v00dr00 says:
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    LeVert is a god in the making. Just wanted to put that in here.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @v00dr00: Well, I DO like his upside, but a “god”? I dunno. I do think BKN keeps him limited this season though, and I’ll bet I’ll be above consensus on him next yr, I really like what I see too 🙂

      • v00dr00 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’m a victim of Mike Gallagher’s recent write-up hahaha

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @v00dr00: Hah yeah I would think Rotoworld would try to be less biased, but they’re really throwing that out the window these days haha. And yeah I saw that one – 1) moving screen and 2) he pushed off a little. Plus 3) meh it’s one move on a team that is playing him off the bench to conserve him. We’ll see how he holds up 🙂

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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I’m not disputing any of that. He has shown some “it” though when running the point. Not like BKN has anything better to do, of course 😛

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @v00dr00: Hahaha yeah good point. Agree I really like the flashes, next year I’ll prob be a high ranker

  9. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Yo JB! Would you drop Harris or Ersan for any of the following in a 9-cat, 12-team league? I’m trying to think long term here, as I sit in 3rd place (and any of these replacements would also be an 11th round keeper, like Harris and Ersan):

    McConnell
    A.Rivers
    S.Curry
    Hardaway
    Waiters (though I think this is just a hot streak)
    MKG
    T.Jones
    D.Lee
    Arthur

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      @Not Your Average Joe:

      Oh. Team is Lowry, Conley, TyJo, Harris, Beal, Batum, Ersan, Markieff, Millsap, Zingis, Gobert

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Not Your Average Joe: Yo! Yeah too many fun options to keep holding Ersan, I know he’s helping you though. Mannnn you could use McConnell’s dimes! Could see going Rivers or just a hot Waiters too. Roll a dice with a lot of these guys, all are healful! I think I would go McConnell for right now

  10. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    I’m in a weekly changes 7 cat (Pts, Reb, AST, STL, BLK, FG%, TO) H2H Dynasty league with only 8 teams.

    It’s a big adjustment from what I’m used to because a guy like Klay Thompson is basically a 1 category guy and there are some nice names in free agency.

    My roster consists of Kyrie, Kawhi, Towns, Turner, Porter, Conley, Rose, Rubio, Mas. Plumlee, Crowder, Noel, Barnes, Capela, T. Chandler, Bradley (INJ)

    Would you drop any of those guys for: Dirk, Collison, Tristan, Faried, Beverley, T. Johnson, Covington, Hood, Carroll, Bazemore, Barton, Terrence Jones, Chandler Parsons, , Hernangomez, Zubac?

    I can only start 8 of these guys a week, and am struggling to get multi-category results from the eight guys I pick. Any advice on the best weekly lineup I can pick?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mr. Sweat Necklace: Ugh yeah without 3s, Thompson is kinda rough. Oh and without FT% too. High TO low FG% guys are tricky, yeah Covington is kinda blah. Colly is pretty decent in the format, but not seeing a drop for him. Do you have roster positions for your 8, or is it just any 8 guys?

      • MR. SWEAT NECKLACE says:
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        @JB Gilpin: PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, UTIL

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @MR. SWEAT NECKLACE: Gotcha, I’d think your optimal line-up (all things equal with matchups/games in a week) would be:

          PG Rubio
          SG Kyrie
          G Conley
          SF Kawhi
          PF Porter
          F Crowder
          C Towns
          UTIL then kinda based on matchup for your util

  11. #flytheW says:
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    In a I 12 team h2h 9 cat daily league 3 bench no IL 4 add drops a week. We don’t use TO we use FG % or ft% instead. Anyways would you add zubac and drop either David Lee or willy Hernan gomez or Robin lopez or hold? I’m in 9th place 1 game behind the last playoff spot I need stats now I can’t stash n wait otherwise I’d pickup cp3… ugh… I streamed willy Hernan last night btw. Thx for the help as always

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @#flytheW: Mannnnn that’s tough. I reallly like Zubac. I think I might lose Rolo for him and hope to catch lightning in a bottle, Rolo has been so blah

  12. Toni Vidal says:
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    Hi guys!

    I need a C for my team. I only have Dieng, Griffin and Kanter, No more C on my team.
    I´m trying to got AD giving Stephen Curry + Lebron. To do this, the other GM has to put one of theese PG (Conley/Dragic/D´Angelo). Could you rank them?
    And do you do this trade?
    Dinasty-12er-roto-11cat

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Toni Vidal: Only reason I think I’m with ya is the dynasty aspect, but mannnnnn that really hurts you this year, especially with Brow getting constantly banged up. Where are you in the standings? If you’re struggling, I’m OK doing it and would prob take Russell and just shoot for big upside.

      • Toni Vidal Ribes says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB! Sometimes we need an objetive opinion that is not involved in our league. Hahaha… For me it´s easier choose the good option when I´m not in the trade.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Toni Vidal Ribes: Hah yeah understandable, glad to be a good outside opinion for you guys!

  13. Jerry says:
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    Hey, JB. Capela, KCP, or Covington for ros? Thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jerry: Hah mannnn that’s tough, all so very different… I’ll lean Capela I think since his blocks and improved FT% should have him a smidge more valuable, but obviously if you need wing scoring/3s, you’d take one of the others

  14. Nate says:
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    Are you dropping any of them for Bazemore?

    Wilson Chandler
    Rubio
    Jrue Holiday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nate: Nope I would hold those guys, Chandler is kinda close, but ya – holding

  15. Tyler says:
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    I know you like Chriss as a stash but between him, Zubac and Nance. How do you rank them for playoffs stashing?

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler: Should I drop Aminu, Temple or Jamychal for Zubac, Chriss, Nance, Dunn, WCS, T.Allen, Oubre?
      Can stash for playoffs but are they worth it?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Tyler: Zubac is absolutely looking like he’s worth it. I am good losing Temple for him. Chriss is so annoying, I still am good losing Aminu for him just for playoffs upside and you can keep readdressing as we get closer to postseason

  16. Dante Green says:
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    I’m trying hard not to be too frustrated with the news that Joke suffered a hip injury, and depending on his MRI, if it comes back clean and he did only suffer a hip strain he could miss a minimum of about 2 weeks right? Jesus, talk about bad timing. Anyway, I did not use my only move yesterday so I’m still allowed one move on Sat, and I’m planning to use it on Zubac. Knight and Nurkic also could be the possible pickups but I’m leaning towards Zubac right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: It’s possible, seems like he was in good spirits though and it may not be a long term thing. Yeah unless Joke is gonna miss a ton of time, def get Zubac

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        @JB Gilpin:

        If he were to really miss a ton of games, then there goes my season. Hahaha Yea, I’m getting Zubac, if I fail, my insurance bids are on Willy H, Nurk (if Joke’s MRI does not come back clean), Knight (I’m only going to miss Harkless who’s injured right now)

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Yeah joke has been unreal, it would be a big hit. Man I wish I got Zubac in ALL my RCLs, only ended up with him in 2 somehow… Razzball be reading me too much!

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            @JB Gilpin:

            WE GOTTA THANK THE FANTASY GODS BCOZ JOKE ONLY HAS TO MISS A WEEK! Jesus, awesome news. Should we still go for Zubac even with the strong possibility that Nurk gets traded?

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            @JB Gilpin:

            Nurk only catches my attention because he indeed might get traded but not because he will fill in for Joke, I still believe Malone will play Arthur and Faried more minutes than him. Your thoughts man, thanks

          • Dante Green says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Placing a bid on these players for tomorrow:
            (in order of priority)

            Zubac
            Nurkic
            Bebe
            Reed
            Willy H

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Dante Green: Yup, coulda been a lot worse! I would still take Zubac, Zubac is already on the right team in the right situation. Nurk needs a trade for that. I like that order, would bid heavy on Zubac, then light bids on the others as backups

  17. Clos says:
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    Dropping james Johnson or parsons for zubac?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Parsons is at the end of the line… If you need a big, sure you can swap those

  18. Don Majikowski says:
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    WHo would you prefer to roster Zubac or David Lee?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majikowski: Got ya on the Pod post 🙂 Gimme Zub!

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