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.
ROTOEXPERTS.COM POWER FORWARD RANKINGS
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
In the days leading up to the start of free agency on Dec. 9, Damn Lies & Statistics will be taking a look at each team’s potential moves, top fantasy players and more. In the final installment, Greg Fox examines the Pacific Division.
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): G Stephen Curry (1/2), G Monta Ellis (2), F Dorell Wright (4), F/C David Lee (4)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: F Al Thornton
Key Restricted Free Agents: G Reggie Williams
What to Look For: The Warriors remain the most exciting group of fantasy players since the salad days of the Pittsburgh Pisces. New head coach Mark Jackson is already preaching defense, but those who remember the 6-3 turnstile can’t take that too seriously. What Jackson was was a terrific lead guard, who controlled the flow of a game and made everyone around him better. If his wisdom can rub off on Stephen Curry, then the third-year point guard will deliver first-round value. Hell, I felt he was brutal last year, and he still finished as a borderline first-rounder. His backcourt mate, Monta Ellis, if he can stay out of the emergency room following his nightly 48-minute high-wire acts, can also return silly dividends. Always a big-time scorer with strong percentages, Ellis has added a 3-point shot to his repertoire in recent years. Small forward Dorell Wright was arguably fantasy’s MVP last season, coming out of nowhere to produce terrific across-the-board numbers. Don’t go spending a third-round pick on the guy as he is bound to disappoint this time around, but keep him on the radar in the fourth or fifth round. As for disappointments, Warrior big men David Lee and Andris Biedrins impaled their owners a year ago. Lee was a second-round choice for many, but a Wilson Chandler incisor to Lee’s forearm contributed to his derailment and he should bounce back nicely in 2011-12. Biedrins may have to look for work elsewhere as Golden State brass seems to be tiring of his Claude Rains impression. Keep a close eye on power forward Ekpe Udoh, who could steal some minutes in the middle and provide decent rebounds and blocks.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: Nothing against Biedrins, but it is not going to work for him in the Bay area. The unfortunate thing is that the Warriors are stuck as they would have to sell him at 10 cents on the dollar and they may be better off using the amnesty clause on him. This team is in need of some hard-nosed players, willing to take a charge, as well as a big man who can change some shots. Tyson Chandler comes to mind, but the Warriors can’t afford him. DeAndre Jordan, Tayshaun Prince, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes and Luch Richard Mbah a Moute all seem to fit this team’s needs. Time to take the plunge. Continue reading
On to Round 3! I can’t say this round excites me too much. In fact, the fourth round contains many players of equal value. The third is when we start thinking about filling out our rosters based on positional and statistical needs, where your instincts lead you the rest of the way. Where people stop being polite, and start getting real.
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.
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DAMN MOCK I THIRD ROUND
25. Team 1 (Greg) – Paul Millsap – Anyone who can’t appreciate the hard-nosed Sapper is no friend of mine. Millsap is a throwback type player and also pretty effective in fantasy circles. Firmly entrenched in the Utah lineup, Team 1 can expect 16-18 points, 7-8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and a terrific field goal percentage out of him. With Durant and Rondo by his side, this team is shaping up fine. Continue reading
Vince returned to get his degree, and has since procured a Master's in Fantasy Disappointment
As governments across the Middle East and Northern Africa are being toppled by the day due to a scarcity of fantasy basketball information, we at Damn Lies continue to be all about country. With all due respect to our cronies in the biz, you are not going to find better graders anywhere, as the combination of Jeff Andriesse, Tom Lorenzo and I pulled a 4.0 GPA at the university level. Jeff led the way with a 1.8, Tom pulled a respectable 1.5 and I brown-nosed my way to a solid 0.7.
I find it pretty ironic that I’m putting midseason report cards together for the Pacific Division as it has an inordinate amount of players who never went to college (see: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis) as well as even more guys who couldn’t spell cat if you spotted them the C and the T (see: Sacramento Kings roster). Nevertheless, it’s time to get these gents graded, and who better to do so than someone whose MENSA card keeps getting lost in the mail. Continue reading
I can’t believe that my main man Tom Lorenzo stole my thunder with this whole Tony Allen/O.J. Mayo thing. I really can’t blame him, and this is such a great story that I’m still going to run with it instead of talking about last night’s incredible Boston/San Antonio brouhaha. I mean, how much is there to say? Rajon Rondo is a freak, Big Baby is the most underrated player in the league, Tim Duncan is feeling the effects of turning 50, and the Spurs need to get their act together defensively if they are going to win a championship.
But Greg says "Don't Cut Bait. Hold the Mayo."
I love this latest trend in which teammates wager a few milkshakes while playing cards on their charter flights from NBA city to NBA city. The other night, Allen and Mayo had to be separated over a game of Go Fish as Mayo appears to have lost and proceeded to welsh on their bet. Allen retaliated by calling Mayo a dirty word (I believe stinker was the ugly term used) and it escalated from there.
What makes this all the more interesting and entertaining is the fact that the two are officially competing with each other for minutes in the Grizz backcourt. Allen, who has suffered myriad foot and leg issues over the years, appears healthy and is averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a freakish 3.4 steals and is a perfect 13-for-13 from the line in 26.4 minutes over his last five games. Mayo appears to have fallen out of favor with head coach Lionel Hollins. But as my colleague Mr. Lorenzo will tell you, he (Mayo, not Lorenzo) is still very young (23) and talented and bait should not be cut just yet. I do recommend hopping on Allen like a cheap suit at this point as he could carry your team in steals, at least until Xavier Henry returns from a sore knee.
Hollins has since banned all card games during team travel, putting a sad end to the Old Maid wars between Zach Randolph and Hamed Haddadi. And speaking of wars, fantasy basketball is a game of attrition. Let’s find a few guys who are bound to turn it around as we near the midway point of the season. Continue reading
"David, I would like to insert a camera into your elbow to document the surgery. Big ups?"
Maybe it’s because the RotoExperts In-House league is the only one of my 175 leagues in which I am completely bombing in, but I made a big trade this week in which I am already having some buyer’s remorse. I know, I know, it’s still early and I am freaking out over a team which on paper is one of the three or four best in the league, despite my last place standing. I have Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Al Jefferson, Elton Brand, John Wall, Serge Ibaka, Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Love, Trevor Ariza, AK-47, Eric Gordon, Antawn Jamison, and Drew Gooden. It’s a H2H league, so don’t come at me with “where’s the balance, Lorenzo?” Winning at least five categories is the key — for now.
Now, though, I have to update my roster to exclude two players. Two players who I like and who are liked amongst most fantasy ballers out there.
I’ll be the first to admit that less than a month into the season I may have jumped the shark. But, then again, the real implications of my deal won’t be known for some time. Right now I do have a bit of remorse, but I believe that I will generally be happy with the deal 2-3 weeks from now. Assuming that my target returns to the court within that time-frame.
Keep moving. Nothing to see here ladies.
Courtesy of RotoExperts.com (posted Monday, Nov. 15)
Now is the time to start buying stock in Pepto-Bismol. We’ve officially hit the Fantasy Hoops stride and the injuries are starting to come at a fast and furious pace. But have no fear, with injuries come opportunities. Brad Miller, anyone? How about Jeff Adrien? Yeah, I know, it seems like I’m grasping at straws here, but it’s too early to simply sulk because one of your top contributors has an infected elbow. This week I’m going to take a look at a few key injuries and give you a few tips on how to make the most of the bruised, battered and beat down in the Association.
Yao Ming (C, HOU)
Yao is going to miss the next week with a sprained ankle. He’s had problems with his feet/ankles for most of his career, so naturally this is terrible news for the big fella and his owners. Brad Miller has filled in for Yao, showing signs of value this past Friday with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He then managed just eight points and three rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday. He has little boom and quite a bit of bust in him, so be careful adding him in standard formats. Deeper leagues should certainly turn to Miller while Yao recuperates from his ankle sprain.