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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 Point Guards

"That's where I'm going to jump. Just throw it to me."

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. If written today I would jump Kyrie Irving into the fourth tier, have Jarrett Jack in the sixth tier (since the Hornets haven’t procured another point guard), drop Toney Douglas a few spots (thanks to Baron Davis signing in New York) and take D.J. Augustin down a few notches in fear of a Kemba Walker coup d’etat. 

In the midst of a wild NBA offseason and uncertainty as far as the eye can see, Fantasy owners need the steady hand of a point guard to guide their team. The best NBA point guards are also some of the best Fantasy players, and no championship team is complete without at least a few of the top options on this list. The top Fantasy point guards anchor your team in assists and are often positive contributors in several other categories.

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. Finally: this is a list of true point guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at this position this season. There are several combo guards, such as Dwyane Wade, who are eligible at point guard in some leagues but ranked on the shooting guard list for our purposes.In tumultuous times like these, it is best to write your own cheat sheets in pencil and be prepared to move things around as needed based on roles changing and injuries sprouting up. The Chris Paul trade is a great example of this. Luckily, CP3 doesn’t move much as he’s the top Fantasy point guard in the game.

These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM POINT GUARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Chris Paul, LAC

Projected Stats: 17.8 PPG,  4.1 RPG, 10.9 APG, 1.0 3FG, 2.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.7 TO, 46.9 FG%, 85.5 FT%

Paul has finally been traded, and visions of CP3 setting up Blake Griffin for breathtaking alley-oops are dancing in the heads of everyone who is now claiming they’ve been a diehard Clippers fan all along. Paul should be thrilled to land in this spot where he has a pair of top-notch finishers underneath in Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and talent at other positions as well. In all the drama over where he was going to get traded, it’s easy to forget that he carries with him some risk due to his questionable knees. If he plays a full season at close to 100 percent, Paul is the top point guard and easy No. 3 pick in all formats. Continue reading


Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Central Division

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. Here’s a look at the Central Division squads.

CHICAGO BULLS
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): G Derrick Rose (1), C Joakim Noah (4), F Carlos Boozer (6/7), F Luol Deng (7)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: None
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Chicago is close, very close. They will try to add a shooting guard who can be an upgrade over Keith Bogans. Jason Richardson or Caron Butler are options. Boozer is a risky pick in fantasy as he just can’t stay on the court, so Taj Gibson is a necessary handcuff. Rose can make a case for the No. 4 pick in drafts. While his minutes might be more in check during a 66-game slate, he remains an unstoppable offensive player who is young and eager to win a championship, not to mention try like heck to get the No. 1 seed in the East over Miami.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: Richardson and Butler are decent but aging options who aren’t built for the kind of schedule we have coming up. They might be a little pricey. If the Bulls miss out on them or decide to go a cheaper route, they should make an offer for Golden State’s Reggie Williams – he’s restricted, but the Warriors might not have him in their plans. He could really stretch the floor and spot up to receive kickouts from Rose. Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Preseasonish Rankings

Are you ready for some… basketball? Yeah, I said it. Basketball. On the opening night of the NFL season, Jeff and Tom hopped on the airwaves for a good ol’ fashioned fantasy basketball convo. Will there be a season? At this point, we here at Damn Lies & Statistics are ready for anything, and that means starting to formulate our player rankings. Jeff and Tom discuss things like LeBron vs. Durant, Rudy Gay’s return, Mark Jackson’s possible coaching philosophy, some sleepers with upside, and much more. Thanks for listening! Continue reading


An Exceedingly Optimistic 2011-12 Fantasy Basketball Top 100

I finally made it to the fifth stage. First, there was denial, which naturally turned to anger. Bargaining was next. Then I got a sandwich. It was tasty. From there, I hit depression. They skimped on the pickles. Finally – and here it is September by gosh – I’m all about acceptance. Acceptance that The Game, on which this web site is predicated, could conceivably shutter for a long time. I have to realize there might not be a season, which means no fantasy season, which means… I don’t want to think about it. Yep, I’m already over acceptance. I’m coming full circle. Back to denial! It’s time for my Exceedingly Optimistic 2011-12 Fantasy Basketball Top 100. It cannot be denied.

Let’s set the scene: Rankings are based on a standard 9-category rotisserie league; Special attention paid to the Top 15 (the first tier); 82-game regular season beginning on Nov. 1, 2011; David Stern and Billy Hunter spooning. Good enough? Let’s begin.

TOP 15: THE STUDS
1. LeBron James, MIA – Ignore his odd performance in the Finals and expect an 82-game season for the ages.
2. Kevin Durant, OKC – If he’s to go No. 1 in any format, it is this one (to repeat, a 9-cat roto league that begins on Nov. 1, 2011, natch), thanks to his amazing free throw shooting and sub-3.0 turnovers. Continue reading


2011-12 Damn Mock I: First Round

You’re damn right Damn Lies is mocking.

We know it’s the middle of the Finals. We know both the draft and free agency are still to come. We know there may be a lockout. Yet nothing can stop our collective yen to mock draft. We want to mock the first, mock the most, and mock the people responsible for the Miller Lite “man up” commercials.

So with that, we present Round 1 of the earliest 2011-12 fantasy mock draft on the web. 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.

DAMN MOCK I FIRST ROUND

Team 1 (Greg) – Kevin Durant – It would be unfair if Durant actually reached his potential. I felt he was a little disappointing in 2010-11 and still put up sick totals (27.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 1.1 spg, 1.9 3-pt, 88% FT). A case can be made For LeBron, Rose, Paul and even Wade, but the safe money has KD in the top spot. Continue reading


Fox Unbalanced: Wake Me Up for the Playoffs

"At least this isn't Libya" is a phrase Knick fans can use for at least a few more weeks.

It’s good to be back on the beat. I’d like to thank my good friend and colleague Mr. Andriesse for exposing us as frauds the other day. Yes, our NCAA Tournament brackets were an absolute embarrassment, yes we had Temple, UCLA, Washington, Utah St. and Pitt going way further than they did, and yes we didn’t write last week because we were rendered in the fetal position while watching our teams lose in the most disgusting fashion, but it was still a better showing than my 2010-11 fantasy basketball team. Funny thing is, we predicted the Big East would stink and that Jimmer Fredette would go on a Birdesque run through the tourney, yet i don’t think we have a team still alive.

On to more pressing matters, it looks as if the, uh, “Two Superstar” theory for the Knicks isn’t exactly going as planned. The New Yawkahs fell to 7-10 since Little Anthony the Imperialist joined the fray, including back-to-back home meltdowns against Boston and Orlando. From a fantasy perspective, Melo recorded probably his finest game as a Knick last night, totaling 24 points, five rebounds, nine assists and two steals, and sent legions of Knicks supporters into cardiac arrest by shooting 50 percent (6-12) from the field. From a fan’s perspective I think Melo jerseys are dangerously close to being burned in effigy at a more prolific rate than Muammar Gaddafi posters in Libya. This is not going to end well. They went from a team in salary cap Siberia, to miraculously one with a nice little future ahead of them in which to build, finally to one in which most of that cap is being spent on three guys who fit poorly together. Just wait until Amar’e Stoudemire disappears next season. But fear not Melo fans, Mike D’Antoni will be the fall guy next year if this isn’t turned around.

There are a little more than three weeks left in the regular season and I’ve got to say that when one has no shot at a fantasy championship, there is just an empty feeling when opening a box score. I do hope that Jeff, Tom and I can put together the same playoffs league we got going last April. That was a good time and that includes the draft in which I called my picks in to Jeff while driving in a monsoon on the New Jersey Turnpike. So, for all of you like me, who are completely out of your races, let’s take a sneak peek at a potential first-round of a 10-team, eight-category, non-percentage roto playoff draft in which the categories are as follows: Points (1 pt); FT Made (1 pt); Rebounds (2 pts); Assists (2 pts); 3-Pointer Made (3 pts); Steals (5 pts); Blocks (6 pts); Turnovers (-3 pts). Continue reading


Damn Lies Midseason Report: Central Division

Call me lazy. Call me super lazy. But just don’t call me late for dinner. I happen to believe that no matter how hard I try, I won’t be able to do the intro to our awards any justice, which is why I am going to re-print Jeff’s intro from his Atlantic Division awards. Hey, deal with it.

Per Jeff..

We’re gonna mix it up a bit this week at Damn Lies. Now that the season is roughly halfway over (emphasis on ‘roughly’), we thought it would be fun to hand out grades to each player who has made an impact, positive or negative, on the fantasy landscape. Think of these as sort of the Golden Globes to our annual postseason awards, The Dammies, only with fewer scientology jokes. This isn’t very scientific, in the sense that the three of us were liberal arts majors and are much more comfortable making stuff up rather than postulating an actual theory, which I can rarely do without pulling a muscle. For each team, we’ll assign grades based on how players have lived up to fantasy expectations. If a guy has disappointed or has been hurt more than not, he could get a ‘D’ or ‘F’ even though his numbers aren’t totally awful. If someone went undrafted in every league but has come out of nowhere to offer solid value, he could get an ‘A’. Or not. It’s really up to us. Don’t think to much about it.

…Here now are my Central Division awards. Enjoy!

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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Chicago Bulls

Last season was a disaster for the Bulls as they entered 2009-10 with promise and left with their tails between their hooves, thumped by the Cavs in the opening round of the playoffs.  This is a franchise that has produced the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Artis Gilmore, Butterbean Love, John Mengelt and Kenny Reeves, so underachieving has not been a theme.  Defense will be the top priority of longtime NBA assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, who takes the reins from the catatonic Vinny Of The Black.

 

Derrick Rose makes eye contact with his head coach for the first time in his NBA career.

 

This is a squad with hordes of talent, particularly at point guard where Derrick Rose will look to make that leap from a maturity standpoint. From a fantasy perspective, Rose is a cross between Deron Williams and Edmund Sherrod.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him average over 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game, while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.  He is not a steals kind of guy, averaging only 0.7 per game last year and he knocked down only 16 threes on a smelly 27 percent from long range.  Apparently, he takes 500 jumpers per day on his Nerf hoop at home, so i can see that 3s total doubling in ’10-11. Now in his third year in the league, this is Rose’s team, all arrows are pointing up,  and I’m taking him in the fourth round.  Who’s with me!?

LIES
The Bulls gave up on John Salmons last year and excavated the rather large contract of Kirk Hinrich, who will now ply his trade in the nation’s capitol.  I like what they have done here as the combination of defensive stopper Ronnie Brewer and 3-pt. marksman Kyle Korver will split the shooting guard spot. Unless one or the other gets hurt, neither is draftable, but I like it in real life so I’ll just shut up now.  Korver may actually be worth a late-round flyer based on his penchant for not having a conscience from deep.

DAMN LIES
I love Carlos Boozer‘s game. I love it so much that I’m considering divorcing my own soft inside-outside game for it. Call it irreconcilable differences.  Few in the free agent market deserved max money, but a healthy Boozer is worth it. He is quick with the ball, has soft hands, a feathery touch and can use either hand. He is an animal on the glass and overall one of the league’s and fantasy basketball’s most efficient players. The biggest knock on him over the years has been his lack of ability to stay on the court. Let’s hope that trend does not continue.

Luol Deng is one of those guys I never have any interest in drafting, yet I often end up regretting not pulling the trigger.  Chicago’s starting small forward produced a respectable 17.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and nearly a block and a steal per game last season and rarely turns the ball over.  There are plenty of worse guys to be had around the eighth round, which is where we should consider hopping on him.

STATISTICS
I’ll never forgive myself for not drafting Joakim Noah last year as I had him queued for the middle rounds.  Can’t make that mistake again and I don’t think he’ll last past the fifth this time around.  Don’t let his final numbers (10.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg) from ’09-10 fool you.  He was way better than that as he lost several games to a nasty case of plantar fasciitis.   He wasn’t himself upon his return, and his overall numbers were dummied up by his limited minutes. The presence of Boozer may keep his rebounding totals closer to 10.0 per contest, but I could easily see the rest of his numbers continuing to climb.  The Bulls also have Taj Gibson ready to back up both Noah and Boozer and Gibson’s worth a late-round grab.  He can give you some scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking and with the injury history of the two dudes in front of him, he could find himself earning plenty of burn.

DEPTH CHART
PG – Derrick Rose, C.J. Watson
SG – Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver
SF – Luol Deng, James Johnson
PF – Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson
C – Joakim Noah, Kurt Thomas

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Curry’s Late Scratch

There is nothing worse than a “late scratch.” Especially when it comes from a west coast team. After you hit that 7pm EST time there is pretty much nothing you can do. Even if you can change your lineup up until tip-off time, you lose all early game options because they have already tipped. Thanks Stephen Curry! Not a single word throughout the day regarding any discomfort in Curry’s ankle. So, many of you — in playoff races — were stuck with a DNP in your lineup. On a heavy schedule night, nonetheless. Curry is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday, so I’m sure we’ll find out some more news as the day goes on.

How about a little warning next time!

There were, as usual, plenty o’ points in the Warriors-Hornets game. Go St. Patrick! The fellas from New Orleans came into this one licking their chops. David West had a huge line, going for 36 points on 14-of-26 shooting, 15 rebounds, five assists, and one steal. I hope you, as a West owner, had this game circled on your schedule. It was absolutely tailored to his game. Same goes for Darren Collison, who had 20 points, 14 assists, six rebounds and, unfortunately, eight turnovers in this one. The one disappointing line came from Marcus Thornton who was only able to score 14 points in 28 minutes. I had expected much more from him.

The Warriors countered with a few former D-Leaguers. Anthony Tolliver dropped a team-high 30 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, four steals and one block. He was one of my “must add’s” heading into the playoffs. There are few guys in this league who can give you the 3-pointers and defensive stats that Tolliver can. Also on the top of the stat sheet was Reggie Williams who scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, two steals and one block off the bench. I like Williams, but to be fair, the Warriors were without one of their key players.

How about the other guys? Here are a few lines that stuck out for me:

Deron Williams played just 32 minutes having to leave the game briefly after rolling his ankle. This is just another in a long list of injuries for Williams. I’m definitely a little concerned, especially since the Jazz are playing well enough without him. Stay tuned for more updates.

Jose Calderon was moved into the starting lineup ahead of Jarrett Jack, but seems to be more comfortable coming off the bench — at least as far as his lines are concerned. With nine points, six assists, and two steals in 28 minutes you’d almost prefer he was coming off the bench once again. Jack was equally ineffective with just seven points and four assists in 23 minutes.

No Gerald Wallace (ankle) meant that we got a healthy does of Stephen Graham in the starting lineup — 19 points, one 3-pointer, and five rebounds in 30 minutes. This also meant that Tyrus Thomas was able to give a nice value line — 11 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 21 minutes. Both look like nice options in their own right while Wallace remains out.

Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah all sat out on Wednesday, as expected. Give credit to Acie Law for coming alive with 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes. He’s not worth much of a look in any leagues, however. Hopefully Rose will return this weekend. Hopefully.

Jason Terry returned to action after missing his last five games — nine points on 4-of-10 shooting and two assists in 24 minutes. Even though Rodrigue Beaubois scored 11 points, he only played eight minutes. He’s not worth owning in any leagues with Terry now back.

Jrue Holiday, who topped my list of waiver adds this week, is not disappointing anyone — 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Two more games this week for the 76ers. I hope you’re still not sleeping on this guy.

Chris Kaman finally showed some nice value on Wednesday night. Against Andrew Bogut, nonetheless! Kaman went for 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes. Bogut did him one better, however, with his 18 points, 11 rebounds and for blocks. Bogut is still the best big man in the business right now.

It’s never an easy task playing against the Orland Magic. Just ask George Hill and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs. Hill was ineffective, to say the least — two points on 1-of-4 shooting and four assists in 31 minutes. Still, you need to hold onto this guy.

Brandon Rush was yet again effective in the absence of Danny Granger. This guy always seems to put up nice lines when Granger is out — 13 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocks in 41 minutes. It seems that Granger is only going to miss another game or two, but I’m still looking Rush down the stretch.

Chris Douglas-Roberts came alive against the 76ers — 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting in 26 minutes. If only he could get his head right… I still think he’s got some nice value. This is a team that is going to run out their young guys to see what they have to surround LeBron with next season. Uh-oh! I went there.

Hasheem Thabeet started in his second straight game with Marc Gasol (neck) out — eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 27 minutes. It’s very likely that Gasol will return this week, so unless you are desperate and chasing blocks, Thabeet should not be added in most leagues.

Kevin Love continues to struggle — three points and three rebounds in 17 minutes. It’s time to sit/drop him. I can’t seem to figure it out. There has to be something wrong, internally. I know he’s coming off a mild ankle sprain, but this is getting ridiculous.

Maurice Evans was moved into the starting lineup for the Hawks with Joe Johnson out for his second straight game. Evans had a nice line against the Raptors — 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes — and is an option for desperate owners while Johnson remains out.

Bill Walker started at small forward for the ailing Wilson Chandler. His lines wasn’t that impressive — eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, one rebound, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes. Still, if you’re in a deep league you should look at Walker as an option the rest of the week.


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