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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 6 advice

"I'm the Notre Damus of the NBA"

As we head into Week 6 of the fantasy basketball season, I took the liberty of looking up the word fantasy. It is defined as a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. It also states that many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.

As I languish in last place in the Damn Lies league, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that this season has been far from a fantasy. And with my newfound definition of the term, I am now on the hunt for a magician to turn my season around. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, to offer this week’s selections, allow me introduce the amazing Melodini. This is the only man, in the history of American basketball, who has singlehandedly shattered the hopes and dreams of an entire city, and will get none of the blame. Truly amazing. Continue reading

RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Power Forwards

Who's more slimmed down this year?

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO). We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.



1. Kevin Love, MIN

Projected Stats: 20.9 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.2 3FG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 2.0 TO, 46.7 FG%, 85.2 FT%

Yes, believe it or not, Love is the top power forward in the NBA. Not only will he most likely lead the league in rebounding, but he’ll score north of 20 points per game, hit over one 3-pointer and make 85 percent of his free throws. You’d like to see him put up better numbers on the defensive side of the ball, but if he were a big-time defender we’d be talking about him as the No. 1 overall pick, not just the top power forward. Continue reading

2011-12 Damn Mock I: Ninth Round

Oof. Round Nine. Say hello to Darko, Roy, Camby, et al. A cornucopia of “oof”. Things are thinning out to the point where the first rookie is off the board, before anyone knows where anyone will be drafted. But Kyrie Irving will likely go higher than this in real drafts as fantasy owners tend to want to grab the top picks earlier in case one or more breaks out. We’re not so sure any rookie in this class will return excellent fantasy value, as you can see by us waiting so long to grab a rook. The lesson: here’s where we start reaching. It’s always the most interesting part of the draft. An aside: Darko called to personally thank Greg for drafting him.

The rules: Jeff, Tom and Greg are taking four teams each in this 12-team league, which is a nine-category rotisserie league (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, TO) that will draft the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 2 C, 1 F, 1 G, 2 U. We’ll be building each team ourselves based on this format. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to mock us in the Comments.



97. Team 1 (Greg) – DeAndre Jordan – The Clipper frontcourt is a bit murky right now with Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman already set. Even so, Jordan is still capable of putting up prodigious rebounds and blocks totals in 25 minutes a night. The Clips would love to trade Kaman and his enormous contract and give Jordan the run he deserves. Still, the chances of Kaman remaining healthy are about as good as Michelle Bachmann’s chances of claiming the 2012 presidency as he has missed an average of 34 games over the past four seasons. Continue reading

Moving And Shaking: Death Pool

Everyone’s moving Charlie Sheen up to the top of their death pool, which seems to be a good idea. Me, however, I have a few fantasy teams that have all but died and gone to fantasy heaven. Here we are, in early March and either you’re with us, or against us! Meaning, you’re either finishing out the fantasy hoops season with a bang or you’re prepping for your fantasy baseball drafts. Ian Desmond!!

Most leagues have already seen their fantasy basketball trade deadline come and go. So, we don’t have many moves to talk about, at least not in the leagues I’m involved with.

This week, it’s all about drops. I’m not going to look necessarily at the average players who are being dropped in my leagues — not the Paul Georges of the world — but the name players who your mother might actually know. Well, maybe not your mother…

Tony Parker (PG, SAS)
This is the time of year where rostering a healthy Jodie Meeks is more important than sitting on an injured Tony Parker. We already know that Parker is out 2-4 weeks with a strained calf. With a 49-11 recorded, the Spurs aren’t going to rush him back. In his place, George Hill is going to start at point and makes for a great stretch-run add. In deeper leagues, Gary Neal makes some sense. Parker should be dropped.

Why your mother might know Parker: He cheated on Eva Longoria.

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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

There’s nothing much to say about these Cavaliers that will cheer them up. They are the team that stopped showering, won’t leave the house and is binging on Mocha Almond Fudge every night. It was a rough summer. Can they heal from The Incision in time for the season? Fantasy owners want to know; specifically, we want to know where we should draft these fragile wrecks.


We are all witnesses to a very public breakup.


The Heartless Bastard’s departure actually opens up some intriguing fantasy possibilities. Mo Williams has been a little weepy lately but if his feelings don’t get in the way he could be a tremendous value. Williams could either lift his game to another level or wilt into a puddle this year. If he gives you 18 points, a couple of threes and five assists while shooting close to 90 percent from the line, it isn’t crazy to consider him in the fourth round. Antawn Jamison is back in his comfort zone as a top offensive option on a team that isn’t very good. Jamison is a defensive liability but he could definitely put up 20 points a game. He’ll challenge Williams for leading scorer, perhaps at small forward as Cleveland wants to see what they have in J.J. Hickson.

Hickson is a nice sleeper this year if he secures the starting power forward spot. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 boards last year in 21 minutes per contest, and in a full-time role we’re thinking he’ll max out at about 14-15 points and 7-9 boards. If he can block one shot a game that would be nice, but he isn’t the most dynamic fantasy performer. Consider him as one of your first reserves at forward. Anderson Varejao will also have every chance to star this year. Varejao is a perfect complementary player but the Cavs will need a little more from him in every area. He can certainly approach a double-double every game, along with a block, a steal and a solid field goal percentage. Consider him a No. 2 center, a poor man’s Joakim Noah who should be targeted around the ninth or tenth round.

The Cavs only added one impact player in the offseason, old fantasy friend Ramon Sessions. Sessions is a pretty good pickup for them as they clearly need players who can create their own shots. Sessions could conceivably share the backcourt with Williams, so watch this carefully. If he plays 30 or more minutes he’s a decent fantasy guard. What we’ll probably see is the underwhelming Anthony Parker at shooting guard and either Jamario Moon or Jamison starting at the ‘3’. I wouldn’t draft Parker or Moon until late, and would much rather prefer to make them prove they have a role and taking either on the waiver wire if need be. Joey Graham will also battle for playing time. If you are looking for a deep flier, keep an eye on Ryan Hollins, the backup center. Varejao has been dinged up this summer, and Hollins has some length and a decent motor.

PG – Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson
SF – Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon
PF – J.J. Hickson, Leon Powe
C – Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Something is definitely Bruin

Prior to the season, Jeff, Tom and I listed the guys we thought most likely to catapult themselves to the first round of our 2010-11 drafts. We tossed a few names around – Brook Lopez, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo – but we failed to include Russell Westbrook. The second-year point out of UCLA has played like Ethan Hunt the past few weeks, averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.3 steals over his last eight games, and if he’s not a first-rounder next season, I’ll eat Werner Herzog’s shoe.

Authorities are investigating a suspicious package, postmarked in New Jersey, that recently arrived at Russell Westbrook's residence on Valentine's Day.

There are many aspects of Westbrook’s game in which to fall madly in love, but last week I sent a Valentine’s card to the part of his brain that controls defense. He is a freakish athlete and at 21 years of age he already shuts opposing guards down and has got a long and brilliant career ahead. With some improvement to his decision-making and a more accurate jumper, we could soon be speaking of him in the same breath as Deron Williams, Chris Paul and former Bruins backcourt mate Darren Collison.

It was a strange weekend in the NBA, highlighted by the new-look Knicks regurgitating late in regulation and then in overtime to the Thunder and also by the Jazz coming from 25 down to defeat Portland in OT. In the Knick game Tracy McGrady summoned the ghost of rotisserie past and dropped 26 points on 10-17 from the field in 32 minutes of work, but New York couldn’t overcome the aforementioned Westbrook (31-9-10) and Kevin Durant (36-5-3). In the Jazz/Blazers tilt, Brandon Roy returned to action and totaled 23 points, but he couldn’t offset the 22-point, 23-rebound, 5-assist effort out of Carlos Boozer as Utah continues to get it done.

With all of the player movement late last week, my intestines have been irate. Let’s take a look at how those involved in trades have done with their new teams:

Every time Tracy McGrady fires up that jumper of his, it makes fantasy owners and puppies cry.

Tracy McGrady (old team: Houston / new team: New York)
T-Mac still fires up that line-drive jumper with the same amount of gusto, but he did so with quite a bit of success in his Knicks debut on Saturday, finishing with 26 points. Most surprising was his 32 minutes of court time. McGrady, who continues to corrupt the minds of hopeful fantasy owners, is definitely worth an add. But temper expectations as his minutes will be limited for the first week or two and his shooting percentage could be painful.

Eddie House (old team: Boston / new team: New York)
House could be a sneaky pickup as a member of the Knicks. He could receive the same amount of minutes as the departed Nate Robinson and be an outstanding source of the three-ball. In his Saturday debut, he amassed 24 points and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes of daylight.

Nate Robinson (old team: New York / new team: Boston)
Kryptonate ate a bad burrito last week and has yet to suit up for the Cs. His value, which was creeping up as a Knick, will be diminished as a Celtic.

Steve Blake (old team: Portland / new team: LA Clippers)
Blake offers nothing but assists, but as long as Baron Davis is out he will pile those up in bunches.

Travis Outlaw (old team: Portland / new team: LA Clippers)
Outlaw should be returning from a foot injury in the next few days. He is enough the athlete and enough the talent to earn significant minutes with his new squad. He can shoot the three and block a few shots, but the Clipper frontcourt situation is getting congested and we need to see what occurs in the next few games.

Drew Gooden (old team: Washington / new team: LA Clippers)
Gooden has bounced around his entire career like a Hoppity Hop, but when he receives ample court time he does produce on the glass. The situation bears monitoring for the Clips, but don’t be surprised if Gooden is stuck in a timeshare with Outlaw, DeAndre Jordan, Craig Smith and Chris Kaman.

Kevin Martin (old team: Sacramento / new team: Houston)
Martin doesn’t seem to be a great fit in Houston, but this is where he ended up and he is coming off the bench… at least for now. This will put a terrific crimp in his value as evidenced by his 29.5 minutes, 13.5 points and 4.0 assists through his first two contests.

Carl Landry (old team: Houston / new team: Sacramento)
This trade is like the Louisiana Purchase for the Kings. Guys as rugged as Landry just don’t come around that often anymore. He reminds me of Anthony Mason without the ballhandling skills. He has started his first two games for Sacramento (14.0 ppg, 7.5 reb) and expect to see his numbers continue to move north.

Antawn Jamison (old team: Washington / new team: Cleveland)
Jamison owners are the big losers here as he goes from a situation where he has the green light in the parking lot in Washington to a situation in which he has to wait for a bailout pass from LeBron to hoist anything up. We’re still looking at 16-18 ppg, but Jamison will be exposed for the pedestrian yet solid all-around player that he is.

John Salmons (old team: Chicago / new team: Milwaukee)
Salmons joins his third team in less than a year, and despite underwhelming results for the Bulls, he will get a chance to resurrect his season with the Bucks. He played 33 minutes against Detroit in his Milwaukee debut and totaled 19 points and three 3-pointers. He followed that with 19 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a pair of threes in 37 minutes against Charlotte. His field goal percentage could destroy you in that category, but he will have every opportunity to turn his season around.

Hakim Warrick (old team: Milwaukee / new team: Chicago)
This is it for the athletic Warrick. If he doesn’t make the most of his big opportunity in Chicago, he will likely spend the remainder of his career as a journeyman. Through two games he is averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 28.0 minutes of work. Joakim Noah‘s impending return will eat into Warrick’s minutes, but he’s not a bad guy to take a chance on right now.

Marcus Camby (old team: LA Clippers / new team: Portland)
The Cambyman reluctantly arrived in Portland, where he will be expected to control the middle for the next two months. Through two games with the Blazers he has been an atrocity on the offensive end (2.0 ppg), but after a seven rebound outing against Boston, he corralled 18 in 36 minutes last night against the Jazz. Still a big shot-blocker (3.5 over his last two), health is the only thing standing in his way from being a top-5 center the rest of the way.

Tyrus Thomas (old team: Chicago / new team: Charlotte)
Thomas owners everywhere have sadistic grins on their faces as this fantasy beast in waiting is finally being unleashed. The Bobcats will be going small for much of the rest of the way and that will suit Thomas and his owners just fine. In his 25-minute debut vs. Cleveland he totaled nine points, 12 boards and a saliva-inducing six blocks in 25 minutes. He followed that effort with 12 points, 11 caroms and four rejects in 31 minutes at Milwaukee. Don’t be afraid to pounce on the groggy owners who missed the news of the trade.

Welcome to Week 18. There are five games on tonight’s slate, including Hawks at Jazz.

Fantasy Basketball Roundtable: Change is a good thing

This is a fun week for NBA fans as Thursday’s 3 p.m. EST trade deadline approaches. Not an hour goes by without four or five juicy trade rumors firing through cyberspace, and I can’t speak for my fellow fantasy scribes but I fear I might crash Twitter’s servers all by myself.

For fantasy owners, particularly those still in contention for a championship, the highs of following trade rumors are often juxtaposed with the fear that any deal made will adversely affect one of your own guys. If you have Corey Maggette, for instance, you can’t be thrilled about the prospects of a trade to Cleveland, where he’d be forced to defend and fit in with a deep group of guards, with no minutes available at the small forward spot (currently occupied by… let me check my depth charts… oh yeah, LeBron James).

LeBron is one of the busiest GMs in the league this time of year.

For those of you (notice I didn’t say “us”) who prefer their glasses half full, trades can sometimes help. For every guy who loses value, someone else gains, right? Not necessarily, but if you are carrying, say, DeAndre Jordan, he’s all-of-a-sudden a sneaky value play the rest of the way with the Clippers moving Marcus Camby to Portland.

We’ve heard numerous names bandied about in the past few weeks, and as we’re right up against the deadline, we polled some fantasy basketball writers as to their thoughts on the deadline and which players they think could benefit, fantasy-wise, from a change of scenery.

Participating this week are:

Ryan Lester, LestersLegends.com
Brian Spencer, Empty the Bench
Tommy Beer, Hoopsworld
Patrick Madden, Give Me the Rock
Tom Lorenzo, Damn Lies & Statistics blogger and RotoExperts.com Fantasy Basketball Editor

THE QUESTION: Out of the many names being bandied about in rumors, who do you think could/will benefit the most from a change of scenery from a fantasy perspective?

Josh Howard
Not all trades are made equal. For example, it’s hard to imagine Antawn Jamison‘s fantasy value not taking a hit if the rumors of a deal to the Celtics came to fruition. The move would be about bolstering the Celtics’ lineup, and I’m sure Jamison wouldn’t mind giving up some of his production to actually be on a team with a chance.

On the flip side, a player a player who was just dealt to the Wizards should see his value soar. Of course I’m talking about Dallas’ Josh Howard. His minutes are down with the Mavs this year and his overall production is worse than even his rookie season. Safe to say he’s worn out his welcome in Big D. Washington, however should welcome him with open arms. He gives them a versatile scorer, capable of scoring both inside and outside. Sometimes a change of scenery is what a player needs to clear his mind and start fresh. Under Flip Saunders I expect an increase in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and three-pointers. I would expect his shooting percentage to increase as well.
-Ryan Lester

J.J. Hickson
Since he seems to be the one Cleveland Cavaliers trade chip that’s being eyed in terms of actual on-court value, not just an expiring contract, J.J. Hickson is a guy to scoop up as a speculative add before the Cavs make their move. Whether he ultimately goes to Washington in a deal for Antawn Jamison, to Phoenix in the long-rumored Amare ‘Stoudemire blockbuster, or to another dark horse lurking in the background, he’s likely going to step right into the starting lineup and get big minutes from here on out.

Hickson has emerged this season as a borderline add in deep leagues for fantasy owners in need of a moderate boost in points, boards, and field-goal percentage. Over his last five games, the 19th-overall pick of the ’08 draft has averaged 13 points and 5 boards on 60% shooting: modest numbers, sure, but he’s doing it in just 20 minutes a night, and his game seems to be improving, along with his confidence, each step of the way.

While more minutes should naturally lead to more points and boards, most are waiting to see where else he can contribute given the chance. He’s only averaging 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks per so far this season, but we’ve all seen what skilled players can do on bad teams offering ample opportunity for production. I expect at least a semi-significant uptick in all three categories if/once he’s moved, and when that happens he’ll be giving fantasy teams a nice boost down the stretch.
-Brian Spencer

Antawn Jamison
I think the player who would benefit in a big way from a trade would be Antawn Jamison. For weeks now, it has been rumored than Jamison may get dealt to the Cavs, as Cleveland looks to build a championship team around LeBron. From a reality standpoint, I think it is a great move for Cleveland. From a fantasy perspective, I think it hurts Jamison’s roto value.

In Cleveland, the Cavs play at a slower pace than Flip Saunders offense. Moreover, Jamison will defer to LeBron, and sometime to Shaq. I think Antawn’s shot attempts will decrease, which is never a good thing. In
addition, the Cavs are one of the league’s best rebounding teams. That means there will be fewer boards for Jamison to corral. However, one positive may be a bump up in three-pointers and FG%, as Jamison will benefit from teams collapsing on LeBron and James kicking it out to an open Antawn.
-Tommy Beer

Tyrus Thomas
If you’re looking for a man in need of a change of scenery, look no further than Tyrus Thomas. The Bulls forward has been jerked around by the team since he was drafted and has responded back in kind, with long stretches of uninspired play and well documented tirades aimed at Vinny Del Negro. But through his mostly disappointing run with the Bulls, we seen flashes of the player he could become. An example: over the Bulls’ last two games, with the team attempting to showcase him for a trade, Thomas has averaged 13.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2 blocks in 30+ minutes a game.

The Bulls are including Thomas in just about every Bulls trade rumor that crops up, including the latest move to acquire Tracy McGrady and his expiring contract. The Spurs are also said to be making a play for Thomas. Wherever he lands, simply stepping away from the baggage that surrounds him in Chicago and starting anew will likely mean more motivated play from Thomas on a night-to-night basis. And if he lands on a team like The Rockets or Spurs where he could potentially start, look for Thomas to have a monster finish to this season.
-Patrick Madden

Tyrus Thomas
Call it puppy love, or call it “nasty” love. Whatever you may want to call it, I still can’t seem to escape my infatuation with Tyrus Thomas. And for this exercise I can’t help but think that a change of scenery may do him some good. We’ve seen Thomas approach Josh Smith levels in the past, especially on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Thomas has better per 36 numbers on defense with 1.6 steals and 2.4 blocks per game over his career as compared to 1.2 steals and 2.4 blocks for Smith. Right now, Thomas just isn’t getting the opportunity to put his best foot forward in Chicago. The rumor-mill has the Knicks, Rockets, Spurs, and Nuggets as some of the teams who are interested in Thomas. Go to all four teams! Thomas is such a great athlete he could probably be in four places at once. OK, now I just trended back into nasty love. Being available in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues, the right move could give plenty of owners an opportunity to pick up, at the very least, a guy who can give you 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. That would be huge down the stretch.
-Tom Lorenzo

Some interesting choices here, particularly the infuriating Thomas. I own him in one league and have added about six religions to my repertoire to increase my praying power and cover all my bases in hopes of a fantasy-friendly destination for Thomas first, with eternal salvation second, time permitting.

Jamison probably spends his evenings drinking and playing with ESPN’s Trade Machine, he’s been mentioned so much. I’d be shocked if he was still in Washington by Thursday, and both Boston and Cleveland will probably make strong pushes for him in the coming hours.

Other names who could get moved or come close to it: Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, McGrady, Kirk Hinrich, Al Harrington, Kevin Martin, and numerous dark horse candidates such as anyone wearing a Pistons jersey (including fans).

The Fantasy Roundtable is a weekly meeting of the minds featuring many of the top fantasy hoops bloggers and writers on the web. Check back each week for new analysis at any of the sites listed above.

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