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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 6 advice

"I'm the Notre Damus of the NBA"

As we head into Week 6 of the fantasy basketball season, I took the liberty of looking up the word fantasy. It is defined as a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. It also states that many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.

As I languish in last place in the Damn Lies league, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that this season has been far from a fantasy. And with my newfound definition of the term, I am now on the hunt for a magician to turn my season around. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, to offer this week’s selections, allow me introduce the amazing Melodini. This is the only man, in the history of American basketball, who has singlehandedly shattered the hopes and dreams of an entire city, and will get none of the blame. Truly amazing. Continue reading

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.



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

2011-12 Damn Mock I: Fifth Round

The Damn Lies Mock Draft rolls along, and the fifth round certainly presents some challenges. We’re coming to the point of the draft where players with one or two glaring flaws are selected, such as Stephen Jackson or Brandon Jennings with their noxious field goal percentages. Or perhaps a Kevin Garnett with too many miles on him, or Andrea Bargnani, who refuses to rebound adequately for his size and position. It is starting to get interesting checking out each team, and it’s certainly only going to be tougher from here on out. We’re just getting started, though; keep checking back for more.

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.



49. Team 1 (Greg) – David West – Team 1 is shaping up fine, and I think the right tactic is to grab best available and that would mean West goes off the board. Before injury prematurely ended his season, he was averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 steals and was shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line, third round stuff if I’ve ever seen it. Don’t lunch on him as he is one of the most consistent power forwards in the game. Continue reading

Moving And Shaking: Budget Cuts

It’s all about staying active on the waiver wires this late into the fantasy basketball season. Some owners, however, seem to be playing a bit desperate as they fight for playoff positioning.

In one of my expert(?) leagues I saw an owner dropped Stephen Jackson to pick up Sasha Vujacic. Rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-yet-still-able-to-type! Jackson missed two games with a strained hamstring, yet is expected to play on Wednesday night. Jackson hasn’t been a highly valuable fantasy player, but he’s more valuable than Vujacic. I do recognize that “The Sash” dropped 25 points on the Raptors this past weekend, but that was while playing 47 minutes in a triple overtime win. In his previous 10 games he hit double figures in scoring just four times, while playing 28 minutes per. A healthy Jackson can go off on a given night, as we saw just over a week ago with a 35-point performance against the Magic.

I get that he’s struggled and the Bobcats might be looking to go young down the stretch, but let’s not get crazy here and drop value like Jackson for someone like Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend. Right, ya’ll?

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Damn Lies Midseason Report: Northwest Division

Just change the name of this division already, Stern, you cruel bastard. There aren't too many states Oklahoma is northwest of.

We now move our midseason reports into the Western Conference, specifically the Northwest Division, home to some of the top fantasy talent in the game. Durant. Love. Carmelo. Williams. Aldridge. Milicic. These names ring out on every corner of the fantasy world, and while this strangely-named division may be a bit geographically “all over the map” as they say, it will be fun to grade.

It’s the Northwest Division Midseason Report. Pencils down! Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

So long, Al Jefferson. Welcome back, Darko Milicic. This is the year that Darko breaks out and joins the ranks of his fellow draft-mates: LeBron-Wade-Melo-Bosh. He’s been nothing short of a bust during his first seven seasons in the league. He’s been crabby, angry, and downright “stupid” since leaving Detroit. On the plus, Darko is a quality defender in the paint and a sufficient rebounder. Last season he averaged 1.4 blocks and 5.5 rebounds in 25 minutes with the T-Wolves. He also took a career-best 7.8 shots per game, but made just 49.2% of his attempts. This season with the departure of Jefferson, Darko is going to step in and get some serious minutes in the middle. Can he break out? Not likely. But as a category filler (boards and blocks) he’s a  deep option. Just don’t expect anyone to pat themselves on the back for drafting Darko. Chad Ford, Darko is still moving in. Sorry.


I have Kevin Love targeted in the 4th round in any and all formats. Why? Because he’s capable of leading the league in rebounds. Seriously. He averaged 11 per game last season in just 28 minutes of action. His per-36 boards average sat at 13.8 per game. His scoring average (14.0 ppg) jumped up to 17.8 points per 36 (look it up!). Without Jefferson in the middle, Love is going to get plenty of opportunities to do his best David Lee impression. He can steal a ball per game, hit over 80% of his free throws, and even nail the occasional 3-pointer. Love to love you, Love.

With Jonny Flynn not scheduled to return to the basketball court until sometime in mid- to late-November, newly acquired Luke Ridnour will be running the point for the Wolves. The thing about Ridnour is that he is always underrated as a fantasy performer. In the last two seasons he’s only missed 10 games, while averaging about 25 minutes per. He can hit a 3-pointer, steal over one ball, shoot near 90% from the line, and dish about 5.0 assists per game. He’s a low turnover guy, which helps those 9-cat players out there, and even improved on his FG% to a respectable 47% last year. He’s a fantastic late-round option, and if you’re worried about what impact Flynn will have on Ridnour once he returns, draft them both! (Editor’s disclosure: Tom and Jeff did that very thing in the Yahoo! Friends and Family League, a genius move if you ask Tom and Jeff.)

Rookie Wesley Johnson has looked good off the bench this preseason. In their game against the Nuggets, Johnson shot 5-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The dude can shoot. Problem is, he hasn’t shown much else in his game. Still, I think he’s a great late-round scoring option, even if he is coming off the bench behind Corey Brewer or Michael Beasley. Speaking of Brewer, he has a few flaws in his game, namely his percentages, but remains a nice option for steals and threes. Beasley joined the Wolves this offseason and hopes to turn himself into a productive small forward. Best of luck to you, Mr. Beasley. For him it all comes down to motivation. He has it in him to score 20 points per game, believe it or not, but he’s yet to realize his potential. He also can add a steal, hit about 0.5 threes, pull in over 6 rebounds, and provide solid percentages from the floor and the line. I just have a hard time reaching on him and waiting to find out if this is the year that he plays up to his potential. Martell Webster will be vying for minutes at the small forward and shooting guard position. The category he provides the most help at is with 3-pointers. His poor FG% can be a drain and his defense is simply so-so. The deep sleepers on this team are Wayne Ellington, who is a scoring deep threat, and Nikola Pekovic, who has good size but is still raw.

PG: Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn (injured), Sebastian Telfair
SG: Corey Brewer, Martell Webster, Wayne Ellington
SF: Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson
PF: Kevin Love, Kosta Koufos
C: Dako Milicic, Nikola Pekovic

UP NEXT: New Jersey Nets

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Calderon v. Jack – Settled on the court.

With only two games on the schedule Tuesday night (thanks Jeff!), the big fantasy-related story is the timeshare in Toronto at the point guard position. In one corner you have a 6-3 point guard out of Georgia Tech. In the other corner, a 6-3 Spaniard with nothing to lose!

Jarrett Jack has been starting for the Raptors since Dec. 5 of last year and has played well enough to lead the team to a 12-7 record. Jose Calderon, before going down with a hip injury (not a “cool” one, but the body part), was the starter and in most leagues drafted in the late-second or early-third rounds. Jay Triano has insisted that Jack will remain as the starting point guard even as Calderon has returned. However, right now we’re looking at a timeshare in which both players are logging almost the exact same amount of minutes. At least up until three games ago…Calderon has logged a few more minutes than Jack in each of the last three games, and on Tuesday night in Cleveland he played 26 minutes to Jack’s 21.

It's only a matter of time before Calderon grabs the bull by the horns...

The Spaniard came off the bench to score just six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but also added a team-high six assists and two steals. Jack was more efficient from the field going 4-of-6 for 11 points, but he played less of a role as a ball distributor dishing out only three dimes.

I think we might see Calderon regain his starting gig sometime in the near future. I’m not saying that he’ll come back to play as a second-round talent, but he’s much more valuable now than he was a week ago and his stock should continue to rise. I’m thinking about buying low on Calderon when I can. I’m not selling the farm, but I’ll give up a sell-high point guard to get him.

Enough about these two fine men…let’s talk action!

Raptors vs. Cavs

Hedo Turkoglu’s game is nasty! Ugly! He scored three points on Tuesday in Cleveland on 1-of-6 shooting. I’ll continue to urge you to sit him. The idea that he’s less comfortable in Toronto since he’s not playing much point-forward seems to be spot on. He’s lost in the offense and essentially useless to fantasy owners.

Marco Belinelli (flu) returned to the basketball court after missing the last two games. He came off the bench to play 20 minutes and shoot the ball pretty effectively — 6-of-12 from the floor and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc for 14 points. Belinelli is essentially splitting time with DeRozan, so his value is mainly for deep leagues only.

LeBron James just missed picking up his third triple-double of the season — 28 points on 8-of-18 shooting, 12-of-14 from the line, nine rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and three blocks. Damn he ‘s good. If there’s one aspect of his game you can complain about it’s his three-point shooting — 0-of-7 from beyond the arc. Other than that…he was unstoppable.

Mo Williams chipped in with a double-double, his third of the season — 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting, four 3-pointers and 10 assists. Williams has been steady all season long. More valuable than his current trade value. Guys seem to feel that he’s worth Jason Terry on the market. Try again.

Pacers vs. Heat

Brandon Rush was back in the starting lineup for the Pacers. I’m fairly certain he’ll remain there for some time after he lead the team in points and minutes — 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds, one 3-pointer and a steal in 36 minutes. He’s a nice add right now.

Danny Granger missed 11 straight shots on Tuesday to finish 2-of-16 from the floor. He scored just eight points, which is the first time he’s failed to hit the double-digit scoring mark since December 5, 2008. Granger’s on a 6-of-29 slump over his last two games. What can you say? You have to keep starting him.

Tyler Hansbrough sat out with an inner ear infection. He is still listed as day-to-day. I just felt that I needed to mention his status. He doesn’t have much fantasy value right now.

Rafer Alston keeps putting up mediocre numbers — eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes. It’s a bit disheartening to see him not take advantage of the opportunity he’s been given in Miami. The good news, though, is that Mario Chalmers is not making much of a case to move himself back into the starting lineup.

Michael Beasley has logged 39 minutes in back-to-back games. On Tuesday he doubled-up going for 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. You have to love his recent play.

Dwyane Wade could not be stopped by the Pacers — 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, four 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

Thirteen games for Jeff on the schedule tonight! Here are a few notes…

Kevin Garnett will not play, but he is looking at a possible Friday return.

Brandon Roy (hamstring) said he’ll play, but it’s worth checking in on his status.

Gerald Wallace (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Heat.

It’s still possible that the Warriors will dress only seven players against the Nuggets. If that’s the case, Cartier Martin could be a nice flier in deep leagues.

Daily Lies & Statistics: America runs on dunking

Can I interest you in the dunk of the year to start your morning? In an amazing sequence, LeBron James gets his dunk blocked by Jermaine O’Neal and Dwyane Wade one-ups the King with a slam right over a helpless Anderson Varejao:

James and Wade didn’t disappoint in their head-to-head battle last night, proving that they have few peers when it comes to a combination of physical prowess and basketball ability. Might they play together next year? If I were Wade I’d lobby for it. Why would Wade leave Miami? Why wouldn’t LeBron, or me after I write this article, want to go there?

Byron Scott was made to walk the plank for the Hornets’ struggles yesterday, a turn of events that even had Chris Paul puzzled. Things are dismal in New Orleans and Hornets fans have to harbor a sinking feeling that they are going to be wasting Paul’s prime, only to see him leave in a few years and win somewhere else.

Just two games last night, with the Cavs topping Miami 111-104 and the Lakers blowing out Phoenix, 121-102. Games of note were Michael Beasley for the Heat (24 pts, 6 reb, 2 stl), Mo Williams staying hot for Cleveland (25 pts, 5 threes) and Andrew Bynum delivering a monster stat line in his first game back from an elbow injury (26 pts, 15 reb, 3 blk, 13-18 FG).

I hate when the NBA has a team play a road game on the second of a back-to-back against a rested team. Phoenix had nothing. Now the Lakers have to go to Denver tonight? Really?

Nine other games tonight. I have my eye on the Dysfunction Bowl, Warriors at Knicks. Should be a fantasy feast.

My waiver wire tips column should be up on Yahoo! and RotoExperts later today. Here’s a quick preview of who I recommended:

Universal Pickups: Kelenna Azubuike, Toney Douglas, Brendan Haywood, Carl Landry, Kendrick Perkins, Ben Wallace

Short-Term Pickups: Al Thornton, Earl Watson

Deep League: Devin Brown, Chase Budinger, Jared Dudley, Taj Gibson, Ersan Ilyasova

Good luck this weekend to everyone’s fantasy teams.

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