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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Power Forwards

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

TIER 1

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

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Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Southwest 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. Behold: The Southwest Division.

DALLAS MAVERICKS
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): F Dirk Nowitzki (1/2), G Jason Kidd (8), G Jason Terry (10/11), C Brendan Haywood (13), F Shawn Marion (14)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: C Tyson Chandler, G/F Caron Butler, G Jose Juan Barea
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Things could be different for the defending champs as free agents Chandler, Butler and Barea might be bowled over by money elsewhere. It behooves fantasy owners to be on their toes with this group. Haywood is worth considering if Chandler walks, but the big man is risky if you are relying on him as a No. 2 fantasy center. Rudy Fernandez is now a Mav, but there is chatter that he could stay overseas. Roddy Beaubois has a chance to really take a larger role this season, but we’re in “believe it when we see it” mode. He’s coming off foot surgery. Nowitzki is no longer a top five pick. I like him at the end of the first round in most formats.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: The Mavericks should do everything in their power to keep Chandler, as heading into your title defense with Haywood at center isn’t ideal, to say the least. Mark Cuban and/or Nowitzki need to convince Fernandez to play for Dallas this year. He’s a nice infusion of energy who can replicate much of what Barea and Butler gave them. Continue reading


2011-12 Damn Mock I: Sixth Round

Teams are starting to take shape as we head to the sixth round. There looks like some pretty nice values flying off the board here, whether it be high-upside guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Ty Lawson, or old standbys like Tim Duncan. These middle rounds of the draft is where one grabs the players they feel most comfortable with, players they think will break out, or players that fit in snugly on their current squad. No matter how you analyze it, there’s no denying that drafting is a fluid exercise, especially if you pee with joy when someone you targeted falls to you. The Damn Lies editorial board recommends comfortable adult diapers. Email us for our favorite brands.

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 ROUNDTHIRD ROUND | FOURTH ROUND | FIFTH ROUND

DAMN MOCK I: SIXTH ROUND

61. Team 12 (Tom) – Luis Scola – Now what I really need here is an efficient big man who posts a low turnover rate. That’s just who Scola is. He can rebound (8.2), score (18.3) and his percentages (50.4 FG%, 73.8 FT%) are what the Lorenzo ordered. His defense is soft, but with Josh Smith (blocks), Nene (steals and blocks) and Jennings/Evans (steals) already rostered, I can afford to add a talent like Scola.  Continue reading


Fox Unbalanced: Studs and Duds

We’re nine days in to the season and I’m already trying to figure out how I’m going to make it through the final 165.  In his column last week, Jeff implored us to chill out as it was very early and stats are amplified or de-amplified at this stage.  The questions I have for Mr. Andriesse are as follows:  Do you sir, in any of your 37 leagues, own Stephen Curry? Do you have rights to Zach Randolph?  Did you start Austin Daye in week one?  Did you start the putrid Danny Granger (2-14 fg) in a two-game week two?  Did you insert Nene this period?  If you answered yes to any of these, then by all means, join me at the foot of the George Washington Bridge. As the fateful owner of all five, I envision several more nights sleeping in the dumbwaiter, clear of my wife’s airborne needlepoint tools.

John Wall's fantasy owners getting a little too arrogant? Show them this photo.

While things haven’t gone as planned thus far for your friendly, unbalanced neighborhood scribe, it has been quite a first nine days.  Allow me to highlight some surprising value picks as well as a few dudes who have made fantasy owners shriek in horror.  Either that or I’ll just post a link to my team.

STUDS

John Wall, PG, WAS (23.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 10.3 apg, 4.0 spg, .462 fg, .778 ft, 2-3 3-pt fg, 4.7 to)
Welcome to the Association of Basketball Professionals Mr. Wall.  I congratulate those who gobbled him up in the third round or later as this could be the only year in the next 12 that he is not first-round material. Through three games he is averaging stupid numbers and despite an unsightly 4.7 turnovers per contest, is on the brink of fantasy superstardom. Tuesday’s 29-point, 13-assist, 9-steal extravaganza was a thing to behold, something i haven’t beheld in a long time. A sign of things to come for the lightning-quick rook. Continue reading


I’ll Be Damned: Early Fantasy Storylines

Every year, the first week of the NBA season is a pure freakout for fantasy players. At least it is for me. Every box score is amplified. Every strange stat line a reason for either euphoria or depression. The peaks and valleys are almost too much to take.

I drafted my teams and ranked my players confidently. I expect my players to perform up to my lofty expectations. Just because hoops is way, way better than fantasy football, a cruel and downright ghoulish counterpart where kickers often out-perform first-round picks, doesn’t mean I can’t be frustrated. And I am. Particularly in you, Jrue Holiday. But thanks to advances in modern straightjacketry, I’ve learned to live with some minor season-opening blues.

One of my coping mechanisms will be my weekly trip around the fantasy landscape, I’ll Be Damned. This week I’ll be damned about the following top storylines from Week 1 in the NBA… Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Houston Rockets

If you ever go to Houston, boy you better walk right…” (Bob Dylan, 2010)

Speaking of walking right, what’s the deal with Yao Ming‘s foot(s)? He hasn’t played in a regular season game since the 2008-09 season, but by all reports he’s healthy and ready to play his 24-minute-per-game ceiling. On Sunday against the Nets he played 18 minutes, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulling in five rebounds. Solid, yet unspectacular. Yao has the talent to be a top fantasy performer, yet he doesn’t have the legs to last an entire season. At least that’s what most skeptics (and realists) believe. Right now Yao is going in the later rounds, typically in the 9th. I would not take him a round sooner. Not this year. If he plays 75 games this season, we can talk about moving him up. But I’d prefer a Roy Hibbert or even a Serge Ibaka to Yao right now. In fact, I would probably take Greg Oden over Yao. Please send hate mail to NotGregFox@GregOden.Mail.

"Relax, I'll be fine!"


LIES
Aaron Brooks lead the league in 3-pointers made last season, hitting 209 treys (39.8%). He also provided 5.3 assists, 19.6 points, and a respectable 82.3% from the free-throw line. A few problems I have with Brooks is that for a point guard he only steals 0.8 balls per game and that he’s a career 42.1% shooter from the floor. Not impressed. I’d like to say that he improved as a defender in the second half of last season, but I can’t do that without lying to you. The thing about Brooks is that he’s such a huge plus from the 3-point line and, as a mid-rounder, he can fill up the scoring category for you. It’s just that he doesn’t play much defense. Still, I like Brooks as a category chaser.

DAMN LIES
What do we think of Kevin Martin? It’s been three seasons since Martin has played in 62 games in a single season. Hated it! Martin is a dynamic scorer, we can all agree on that. But to assume that he’s in for the long-haul this season seems a little optimistic. Yes, 20 points, one steal, 1.5 threes, and 90% shooting from the free-throw line is a realistic projection, but to lose him after just 50 games is a pretty big hit. I don’t own Martin in any of the 12 teams I’ve drafted thus far, and I don’t intend on making any trades to acquire him. I’m almost more interested in drafting Gilbert Arenas this season. And you know what a train wreck he is.

STATISTICS
Luis Scola is the poor man’s LaMarcus Aldridge. The great thing about Scola is, though, that you can get him a few rounds later than Aldridge. If I could guarantee that Yao were to get hurt this season (I’m no god, Bubs), I might even take Scola ahead of Aldridge. But, that’s not the case. You could probably count on about 15-16 points, 7-8 rebounds, 50-plus percent shooting from the floor, close to 80% from the line, and close to a block. Not bad. Shane Battier is a block-steal-three kind of guy, but the rest of his numbers aren’t impressive at all. He’s a last-round draft pick. If Courtney Lee were guaranteed 25 minutes he could be a great 1.5 steal and 1.5 3-pointer provider. The problem is, until Martin gets injured (which will happen), he doesn’t have much value. Brad Miller is a back-up center, nothing more (until the Yao injury). Kyle Lowry is a nice deep-league sleeper. Not a 12-team kind of guy. Chase Budinger will be a waiver add at some point, but he’s not worth drafting.

DEPTH CHART
PG: Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry
SG: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee
SF: Shane Battier, Chase Budinger
PF: Luis Scola, Jared Jeffries, Patrick Patterson
C: Yao Ming, Brad Miller, Chuck Hayes

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Lui Lui oh no, me gotta go

The boys at Damn Lies and Statsitics have been saying all along that Carl Landry is a terrific young player and that Sacramento stole him from Houston, albeit for the talented Kevin Martin. But least we forget that the Rockettes still have in their possession one Luis Scola, who has been putting on a display not seen in those parts since Akeem Olajuwon added an H to his first name.

Hluis Scola? Doesn't quite work.

My power was out all weekend and Saturday night I had to resort to checking stats on my blackberry. My eyes were getting a little fuzzy, and when I saw 20-for-25 from the field for 44 points out of the Houston big man I thought there had to be some mistake. Did Bill Walton, circa 1973 just re-appear?

In his last five games, the Argentinean has averaged 26.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and has shot 58 percent from the floor (55-94) and 87 percent (21-24) from the line. He doesn’t offer much in terms of shot-blocking, but Scola owners are probably swimming in pools of their own drool right now.

Let’s look at some of the weekend’s other heroes.

Jason Maxiell has taken full advantage of Ben Wallace‘s injury woes and has played like a man possessed. On Friday he posted 12 points and 10 rebound as the Pistons defeated the lowly Wizards. He followed that up with a 19-point (6-9 fg), 12-rebound binge in a loss to Atlanta. The Pistons stink, Wallace has applied for AARP, and Maxiell has posted three straight double-doubles and four consecutive double-digit rebounding games. If your league still allows pickups and you need boards and field goal percentage, Maxiell could be your man.

Richard Jefferson has mauled his owners this year as he has pretty much been unstartable throughout. But something funny happened on the way to the Alamodome and on Friday he registered 19 points (8-13 fg), nine rebounds and three assists in a win over Minnesota, and on Saturday recorded 18 points and nine boards in a victory over the Clippers. Now mind you Carver High’s Salami and Goldstein just double-doubled against the T’Wolves and Clips, but this could be the start of something good.

I don’t know why I find Bill Walker‘s name so dang funny, but I do. For those of you who like me have five weeks left in the season and nothing to lose, Walker may be a guy to take a shot with. There is no middle ground with him. You’re either looking at 20+ points and a host of threes or a 2 and 1 in eight minutes. This past weekend was the former as he erupted for 21 points (8-13 fg), four rebounds and four assists in the Knicks’ loss at Memphis and then exploded for 23 points (9-12 fg, 5-8 3-pt fg) in New York’s shocking blowout of the Mavs in Dallas. Let me ask Bill Wennington what he thinks.

It is again Toney Douglas‘ turn to prove his worth as the primary point guard for the Knicks. On Friday he posted 19 points (8-13 fg, 24 3-pt fg) and followed that with 21 points (8-10 fg, 4-4 3-pt fg) and eight assists in their win at Dallas. Tonight could be Sergio Rodriguez‘s turn to shine, but it’s looking more and more likely that the gimpy Tracy McGrady will not be eating into their numbers too much.

I make no bones about the fact that I love Jose Calderon‘s game. He was the Raptor starting point guard until sidelined by injury in December. Jarrett Jack claimed the starting role during this period and has maintained it the past three months. Nothing against the talented Sourdough Jack, but Calderon is the type of cerebral and efficient point guard that organizations now tend to overlook. Somewhere along the way, he was labeled a defensive liability, probably an unfair assessment as he seems all about winning. In two games over the weekend he averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 assists, and at Golden St. on Saturday drilled 7-of-8 from 3-point range. I do make bones about him still being the backup, but that could change in a hurry.

Troy Murphy has remained steady despite a season not for the feint of heart in Indiana. He is averaging a disappointing 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, but throw in his 1.7 threes per contest and you have yourself one of the top fantasy big men in the game. The Pacers have a smell to them, reminiscent of a muggy summer evening in a New York subway, but Murphy will be a big part of the rotation the rest of the way and double-double his way into his owners’ hearts.

It’s tough to recommend a Miami point guard while Dwyane Wade monopolizes the ball the entire game, but don’t get me wrong as I love Wade. But with Rafer Alston skipping to his Lou somewhere in America, Carlos Arroyo‘s role as the starter is clear. On Sunday, he posted a double-double with 12 points (6-9 fg) and 10 assists against the Sixers. It may be a stretch to expect this on a consistent basis, but decent assist numbers await.

Julian Wright has taken over as the starter at small forward in New Orleans with Peja Stojakovic out and has looked solid in three games (38.3 mpg). Against Denver on Friday he erupted for 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals as owners were involved in a Wal Mart shoppers-style rush to waiver wires to claim him. Enthusiasm on Wright should be tempered, but with the exception of threes, he can offer a smorgasbord of categories at a bargain bin price.

Six games on tonight’s card, including tasty matchups for the Lakers at Golden St. and for the Jazz at home against the Wizards.


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