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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Buyin’ or Sellin’?

It’s a Jeff & Greg production on this week’s Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show. The two put on their thinking caps and immediately got cases of lice. It’s been a while. On the agenda is discussion of some possible “sell high” and “buy low” targets. The hot starts of Joe Johnson, Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, DJ Augustin and Mario Chalmers are debated, as well as the poor showings from Joakim Noah, DeMar DeRozan and Luis Scola. If you can get past these two Kobe haters gloating over a LeBron-led Heat win over the Lakers, you’ll find a show chock-full of knowledge. Bug free!
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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.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM CENTER RANKINGS

TIER 1

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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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


2011-12 Damn Mock I: Third Round

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.

FIRST ROUND | SECOND ROUND

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


Grizzlies’ elimination provides excuse for gloating

Zach Randolph has long stared off into the distance dreaming of winning Jeff a fantasy championship.

Memphis falling to Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western semis seems like a perfect time to give y’all an update on the experts playoffs league the three of us slackers are in. Let’s put it this way: we’re naming this sucker after me next year. I am dominating my supposed peers once again, to the tune of a near-2,000-point lead heading into the conference finals. Last year I took the crown riding Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo through the Finals. This year, I won this bad boy in the first two rounds, thanks to a wonderful run by the 8th-seeded Grizzlies, and I won’t be looking back other than to gloat. Which brings us to the only reason for this post.

You can see how the draft went here, where you can see that our esteemed commenter Bubbly can even figure out how asskickulous my team has been.

Let’s take a look at the masterfully-constructed squad:

First round (6th pick): Kevin Durant
A no-brainer selection and one I was particularly happy to make as I sensed a Spurs exit at the hands of the Thunder in the second round and then a conference finals where anything was possible. That’s essentially what we got, and Durant has been a stud nearly every night.

Second round (15th pick): Joakim Noah
I wanted a Bull or Laker here as that was my initial Finals scenario. Noah is great in this league because he blocks shots (worth six apiece). So far this pick is looking great. No complaints.

Third round (26th pick): Josh Smith
This was probably a mistake at the time but it has turned out okay. James Harden was on the board and probably should have been mine here so I could lean on the Thunder. Instead I went with another shot blocker, drooling at those six-point blocks. Turns out Smith turned in some huge games and his team took Chicago to six games in the second round. Hard to ask for more than that. Continue reading


Fox Unbalanced: Wake Me Up for the Playoffs, Part II

VCU has Shaka'd the world

You know, I’ve watched this VCU team a few times during the NCAA Tournament and not until the Elite Eight did I realize that Shaka Smart was the head coach. I swear I thought Nantz and Kellogg were referring to the team’s undersized big man who is killing people down low. Live and learn. He doesn’t look like a Shaka Smart… I mean, if one is born with this name, this person’s career is pretty much mapped out for him. It’s either bouncer, hitman, Zulu warrior or power forward. I wouldn’t think “coach” would be in the mix.

Last week, as the sight of my team in the Damn Lies standings had me on the brink of forging a prescription request from my internist for a cauldron of Zoloft, I escaped from the depression by breaking down the potential first round of a 10-team, eight-category, points-based playoffs league. Since it did momentarily have me thinking twice about accepting that harnessless window-washing job at the Chrysler Building, I figured I might as well put together round two.

Here was Round 1…

1. Derrick Rose

2. Kobe Bryant

3. Pau Gasol

4. Kevin Durant

5. Rajon Rondo

6. LeBron James

7. Dwyane Wade

8. Russell Westbrook

9. Serge Ibaka

10. Luol Deng

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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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