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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 3 Advice

How could you not love this guy?

We’re nearly two weeks into the regular season and I don’t think anyone participating in fantasy basketball has any idea what’s going on. How could the NBA think that 66 games over 125 days could possibly work? It seems as if every player is either hurt, out for no apparent reason, or simply dreadful.

Personally, I ended Week 1 in last place in the Damn Lies League, a mere 50 points out of first. I walked around my house in a stupor on Sunday evening, a la Robert the Bruce at the Scottish gravesite after betraying William Wallace. Week 2 has been much better thanks to the return of a two-legged Andrew Bynum, but as a Dorell Wright owner, I’m still teetering on the brink of driving to the Bay area and giving him a massive Indian burn.

But this column, which I will commit to on a weekly basis, is not about me and my incessant whining. It’s about you, our coveted Damn Lies readers, and your need for some good ol’ fashion advice on whom to start, sit and pick up for the coming week. Let’s get down to business. Continue reading

RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Shooting Guards

"Women, Dwyane, amirite?"

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. Stephen Jackson should probably be dropped as he’s dealing with a troublesome back issue. O.J. Mayo should be a few spots lower as well until his role is more clear. Feel free to reach a little higher for Tony Allen as long as he remains the starting shooting guard in Memphis. 

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 shooting guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at the 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.

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



1. Dwyane Wade, MIA

Projected Stats: 24.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.8 3FG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 3.2 TO, 49.6 FG%, 75.0 FT%

Yes, Wade is in a tier all by himself. In fact, of all the shooting guards on this list, he’s the only one worthy of a first-round draft pick. Sure, there’s always the injury concern when it comes to Wade, but when he’s healthy he’s all but a lock to be among the top 5-7 players in the game. 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

I’ll Be Damned: Not Done Yet

Richard Jefferson passed up big money with the Spurs to sign with the Spurs.

Last week we lamented the disappointing Chris Bosh for fantasy owners and Heat fans who need instructions as to what to do at a basketball game.

This week, I’ll Be Damned honors some old warhorses, off to great starts, who plummeted in drafts due to age or an earned lack of confidence on the part of fantasy players. If you have them, you are likely fielding trade offers. If you don’t, you (also known as: me) are really jealous.

I’ll be damned that…

…Richard Jefferson’s got pride.
We knew he was a terrific athlete. We should have known he was going to bounce back this year after he was universally ridiculed for leaving $15.2 million on the table this summer and opting out of his contract (only to re-sign for four years/$39 million). At 30 years old and coming off a nightmare season in San Antonio, he made owners skittish and they held off on him until the very late rounds on draft day. Two years ago he averaged 19.6 points for Milwaukee in 82 games, so his 17.6 PPG this season isn’t too shocking. True, Tim Duncan has gotten off to a quiet start offensively, but Jefferson’s numbers are no fluke. I expect some inconsistency because he plays with stars, but his 2.0 threes are a huge help thus far. All of what he does is essentially gravy because everyone outside of his immediate family drafted him to be a reserve. Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Dallas Mavericks

All right, I admit it. I drank the Kool Aid late last season and thought the Mavericks had a chance to go a few rounds in the playoffs. I mean they did win 23 of their final 29 regular season games to secure the #2 seed in the West, and by acquiring Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler from the Wizards, it seemed as if they filled the defense and rebounding voids that would have had them bowing out early.  So what did they do? They bowed out to the Spurs in the first round. This is a team of big names and fantasy legends and as there are just so many minutes to go around, we’ll see if this creates problems.

The cornerstones of Mark Cuban’s squad – Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd – are both a year older, Nowitzki now 32 and Kidd 37, and who knows when they will stop aiming to please.  Despite his mileage, Lubinski, as my wife called him last night, remains fantasy gold and a first-round lock.  True, his rebounds (7.7) and 3-pointers (0.6) were down last year, but his point total (25.0), assists (2.7), percentages (48% fg, 42% 3-pt, 92% ft), steals (0.9), blocks (1.0) and lack of turnovers (1.8) render him one of the most unique and valuable multi-category assets in the game.

Kidd, who looked like a grizzled veteran as a sophomore at Cal, is a freak of nature and somehow continues to produce third-round value year-after-year.   In ’09-10, not only did he grab 5.6 rebounds, swipe 1.8 Spaldings, and hand out his customary 9.1 assists, he shot threes at a mind-bending 43 percent clip, knocking down a career-best 2.2 per game. When Kidd decides to ride off into the sunset, this will be Rodrigue Beaubois‘ team.  I say this because I just want to continue spewing the name Rodrigue Beaubois.  But this 22-year old frenchman is no flash in the Au Bon Pain.   He is an absolute jet and capable of big scoring, assists, steals and 3-point totals.  He may not be ready for the start of the regular season as recovers from a busted left foot, but draft him around the 12th round and stash him as he could conceivably supplant Butler at shooting guard.


No matter how much Shawn Marion regresses, he still won't represent the lamest final act of a Matrix.


Just a few seasons ago in Washington, people were pulling the trigger on Butler in the early second round of drafts.  His salad days are clearly over, though he is still capable of 15-17 points, a bunch of steals and a handful of threes.  I’m not touching him until the middle rounds as last season he appeared to lose a step or three. Another former fantasy hall-of-famer, Shawn Marion, could start at small forward, but Butler could take over this position if Beaubois earns the nod at shooting guard.  Things haven’t worked out for the offensively limited Matrix in Dallas, but if you need a few blocks and steals at the end of your draft, he should be available.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jason Terry miss an open three, but last year we may have seen the first signs of decline for the 33-year old sharpshooter. Even though Terry may have taken a step back and is part of a congested backcourt, this is not a bad guy to target late.  He’ll still get you 15-17 points, around 2.0 threes per game, more than a steal, and he’ll shoot a high percentage from the line.  Oh, and he sill makes over $9 million a year, so that paycheck will not be rotting on the bench anytime soon.  In the middle, Haywood, who at 30 years of age is coming off of his best statistical season, can’t be thrilled with the addition of Tyson Chandler as the two will eat into each other’s value.  Haywood will still provide decent boards and blocks and could serve as a solid third center if taken in the mid-to-late rounds.

PG: Jason Kidd, Jose Juan Barea
SG: Rodrigue Beaubois, Jason Terry
SF: Caron Butler, Shawn Marion
PF: Dirk Nowitzki, Ian Mahinmi
C: Brendan Haywood, Tyson Chandler

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