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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 5 advice

hey Chris, I'm wide open every time, man

We’re getting into that part of the season when many beleaguered owners begin to lose faith and start to not pay as much attention to the waiver wire and free agent pool. Don’t be one of these owners! Be more like your Start, Drop & Roll author, who thinks whining about his fantasy basketball team should be a profession. On to some sage Week 5 guidance.

Start ’em:

Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland: I, for one, can’t make up my mind on Batum this year. He has been on the wrong end of a congested swing rotation in the Great Northwest, but is making the most of his opportunities. Gerald Wallace missed the Blazers’ last game with a sprained finger and Crash has never been known to make speedy returns. Batum should offer a nice across-the-board return in a four-game week. Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Everybody Beats the Wiz

Jeff and Tom manned the controls for the latest Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show. For some reason, they spent the first seven minutes on the Wizards. Perhaps they like an underdog story! Mostly it was just amazement at how bad they are, how Andray Blatche’s shoulder injury might be more of a head injury, and how Trevor Booker might not be that bad of a pickup. Derrick Rose’s injury is another topic of discussion, and the guys touch upon Serge Ibaka’s struggles, Chris Kaman’s rejuvenation and the future of the Minnesota backcourt. Thanks for listening! Continue reading

RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Centers

If only free throws were this easy for Dwight...

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 17 and published Dec. 20. I’ve done several drafts in the last few days and have noticed that you are going to have to reach for Greg Monroe, JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan if you want them. Joakim Noah is falling and offering great value.  

For years, the center position has been the most important one in Fantasy Basketball. These days, with so many power fowards manning the middle often enough to earn eligibility at the position, it isn’t as crucial to burn early picks on true centers. Pau GasolAmar’e StoudemireKevin Love and David Lee are just a few examples of players who are power forwards most of the time but pick up center eligibility in most leagues.

For the purposes of these rankings, we have including only the players who are expected to play the majority of their minutes at the true center position this year. As always, it is important to examine your own league’s positional eligibility rules prior to drafting. 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. Dwight Howard, ORL

Projected Stats: 22.7 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 3FG, 1.3 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 3.5 TO, 59.1 FG%, 59.8 FT%

To the casual player, Howard is the No. 1 center in the league by a mile. In Fantasy, it certainly depends on the format. He’s more of a second or third-round value in rotisserie leagues. In a head-to-head or points-based format, he challenges Chris Paul for the No. 3 overall selection. Howard’s dominance in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage sets your team up perfectly in H2H leagues, as you can punt free throws and surround him with complementary pieces in the other categories. Howard also averaged 1.4 steals last year, an underrated part of his game and an amazing number for a center.

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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Yahoo’s Matt Buser

Matt Buser of Yahoo! and busersports.com joined Jeff and Tom on the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show Sunday. Buser is the calm in the center of the free agency storm, and he helps make sense of numerous fantasy situations including where Dwight Howard and Chris Paul might end up, what to make of the Knicks, Pistons and Clippers rotations, and who the condensed schedule will necessitate you avoid this year. Plus much, much more from one of the industry’s top writers. If you want to have any chance of winning your fantasy league, you need to read Buser, and listen to this show! Link after the jump.
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2011-12 Damn Mock I: Eighth Round

Welcome to Round 8 of the Damn Lies & Statistics Damn Mock I, a silly little exercise that allows the three of us picking to distract us now that the season is over. And don’t even get us started on the lockout. We refuse to believe it will happen, and plan on mocking all preseason as if everything were fine. Everything is fine, right? RIGHT? Enjoy the eighth round. Only two more to go.

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.



85. Team 12 (Tom) – Tyson Chandler – This pick may be a reactionary one, after watching Chandler dominate in these NBA Playoffs, but considering he averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in under 28 minutes this season I think I’m getting a good bargain here. If he shows up and plays as “2010-11 regular season Chandler,” I got good value. If he shows up as “NBA Playoffs Chandler,” I got a steal.  Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Los Angeles Clippers


The "Clippers Season Ticket Holder" Face


Does anyone out there know tax law?  Can a fellow write off LA Clippers season tickets as a loss? If not, I’d like to put forth a mandate. Ah, to be a fan of the Paper Clips. There are a few of them out there you know, some of whom have gotten parts in feature films.  Chalk it up as a strange but true phenomenon.  This organization has dirtied everyone it comes in contact with.  Has Billy Crystal gotten a lead role since he purchased floor seats?  Call it a curse, call it bad karma, call it whatever you want, but the day this franchise left Buffalo in 1978 for the San Diego Zoo was the day it went in the tank. When Bird Averitt is among your all-time best, you know things haven’t gone as planned.

And now it’s on the broad shoulders and mended kneecap of one Blake Griffin, the top pick of the ’09 draft and the best power forward to enter the league since Chris Bosh. It took only a few exhibition games last season for him to lose the first year of his career to a gruesome knee injury, but that’s just par for the course in Clipper land.  Nobody, except for Griffin himself, knows if he’s made a full recovery and if he’ll ever re-capture his frightening athletic ability. Regardless, he is good enough to post big numbers, even at less than what he was. In his ’10-11 exhibition debut he tallied nine points, seven rebounds and a couple of steals in 22 minutes and walked off the court without the use of a Little Rascal.  New head coach Vinny Del Negro will likely keep his minutes in the 25-30 range in the early going, but in the not too distant future expect bigger minutes and nightly 17 and 12s with a block-and-a-half.  He was a pretty pathetic free throw shooter in college, so that will probably not change, but as a late sixth/early seventh round choice I think he’ll serve his owners well.

There is some talent on this roster.  This isn’t the ’86 Celtics, but there are some draftable dudes to be had. Case in point: Eric Gordon.  I would love to land him in the same range as Griffin, if not a little sooner.  After a solid rookie year in ’08-09, injuries limited him to 62 games and modest totals last season.  Just 21 years old, I can see this pure shooter’s scoring jumping to about 20 a game, with a couple of threes and an outstanding free throw percentage.  His backcourt mate, Baron Davis, has seen better days. From 2001-2008, the Baron put up epic fantasy numbers. Since arriving in El Lay in ’08, he has assumed the position and been a true Clipper.  Listen, if he’s around in the eighth round I’m going to grab him, but no way do I expect more than 70 games to go with his strong points, assists, steals and threes, which will hopefully offset his vomit-inducing field goal percentage.

Was there a better fantasy center through the first six weeks of the ’09-10 NBA season than Chris Kaman?  Didn’t it seem as if he registered a 25 and 10 with three blocks every night?  His final numbers (18.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg) were more than solid and he is still a focal point of the offense, but he is plagued by injuries and the return of Griffin will eat into those totals.  Another big body who may have earned himself some daylight is DeAndre Jordan.  Over the final 10 games of ’09-10, he averaged 10.1 boards and 0.9 blocks in a little over 25 minutes per game.  He is not to be drafted unless Kaman or Griffin contract shingles or something, but he should be on your injury radar.

The small forward position will likely be manned by resident gypsy Ryan Gomes, now on his third team in the last five years.  Every now and again, Gomes lights it up from deep, but his minutes have been far too inconsistent and his production too pedestrian to warrant consideration any earlier than the latter stages of drafts.  He will be pushed for minutes by veteran long-range marksman Rasual Butler and rookie Al-Farouq Aminu, NBA preseason favorite for name most likely to be butchered by Charles Barkley.  Another interesting addition is Randy Foye, who can back up at both the point and shooting guard positions.  He would probably be first in line to start if Gordon or Davis goes down and would be a hot pickup if that occurred, but rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe and fellow newbie Jon Scheyer could also be in the mix.

PG: Baron Davis, Eric Bledsoe
SG: Eric Gordon, Randy Foye
SF: Ryan Gomes, Rasual Butler
PF: Blake Griffin, Craig Smith
C: Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Pierce my heart.

Whoa boy! The Celtics, who are hoping to get Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett back this week, may have lost their team captain, Paul Pierce, after he banged knees with Sheldan Williams in practice on Sunday. Typically you’d expect an ice pack and a good night’s sleep would heal it up nicely. Unfortunately, in this case, the point of impact occurred in the exact same spot on the knee that Pierce had drained due to an infection in late-December. Whether or not he misses any games this week is still unknown, but it’s worth noting that the initial infection caused him to miss five games at toward the end of December.

If you fold it in half, you can make her knees look like...knees on her chest.

Good news, however, may be on the way for the Celtics. As I alluded to early, the Doc Rivers provided fantasy owners with a bit of good news. Rasheed Wallace is expected to play on Monday at home against the Mavs. Garnett is also close to returning. Rivers stated that KG might play this weekend. Kendrick Perkins, who is first in the league in FG% and fifth in blocks, was the big winner in Garnett’s absence. His value may take a hit once Wallace and Garnett return, but he still should be universally owned.

Raptors Trounce Mavs

Josh Howard is on some shooting slump. After his 2-of-14 performance on Friday, Howard came back on Sunday to make just 3-of-12 shot attempts. I’ve never been much of a Howard fan as a fantasy performer for two reasons: he can’t seem to stay healthy and, aside from scoring, he doesn’t do anything exceptionally well. So when he has woeful shooting nights like these, you wind up getting no value out of him. I get nothing out of him!

Erick Dampier
played 21 minutes and took zero shot attempts. That can’t happen again. Not when he only posts five rebounds and a block. And not when Drew Gooden comes off the bench to pull down 10 rebounds in 15 minutes. Remember when Shaq called him “Ericka?” Ha.

Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon continue to share time at the point. Jack started and played 23 minutes, scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal. Calderon also logged 23 minutes and, for the second straight game, outplayed Jack — 15 points, seven assists, two steals, and one 3-pointer — he also lead the team in plus/minus with +32. Coach Triano insists that Jack is still his starter, but it looks like it might be time to sell high on him.

Hedo Turkoglu continues to struggle on offense. He once again failed to hit the double-digit scoring mark — the third time in his last five games. Against the Mavs he went 2-of-9 from the floor, which marks the third time in his last four games in which he shot 2-of-9 from the field. What I’m trying to say is, you might want to sit Turkoglu while he tries to figure out where he fits into the offense. Yup, he’s still trying to figure out his role 41 games into the season. Nice signing, bros!

Nuggets Hold Off the Jazz

Carmelo Anthony posted a huge line — 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting, 11-of-12 from the line, eight rebounds, three steals and, cough, seven turnovers.

Chauncey Billups added 29 points, but provided a major boost your free-throw percentage by hitting 17-of-19.

Ty Lawson returned from an ankle injury after missing the last four games. He played pretty well off the bench scoring 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting, one 3-pointer and two steals, but managed to dish only one assist in 26 minutes. However…you do like to see Lawson lead the team in minutes off the bench. If that turns into a trend he might have some nice value.

Deron Williams (wrist) played 41 minutes — 23 points and 13 assists. The wrist seems to be OK. So does the game.

Andrei Kirilenko started for the fourth straight game. The problem with AK-47 is that even as he’s been in the starting rotation, he’s still only playing 25 minutes per game. And his minutes could start to decrease even further. That would be in part thanks to Kyle Korver, who played a season-high 23 minutes and scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and four 3-pointers. Korver’s not worth an add yet, except if you’re in a deep league. Even then, it would have to be about 16 teams deep. (I bet Korver’s wife doesn’t let him sleep with other women, though. You decide how important that is to your fantasy squad.)

Paul Millsap broke out of his three-game slump with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in 30 minutes. He’s still not consistent enough to add and slot into your lineup nightly. In the right matchup, though, he might be worth a look.


Chris Kaman (back) is questionable for Monday.

Brandon Roy (hamstring) is also questionable.

Ronny Turiaf (ankle) might actually play.

Anthony Morrow, however, is out for the next week with a strained knee.


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