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Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Pacific 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. In the final installment, Greg Fox examines the Pacific Division.

Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): G Stephen Curry (1/2), G Monta Ellis (2), F Dorell Wright (4), F/C David Lee (4)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: F Al Thornton
Key Restricted Free Agents: G Reggie Williams
What to Look For: The Warriors remain the most exciting group of fantasy players since the salad days of the Pittsburgh Pisces. New head coach Mark Jackson is already preaching defense, but those who remember the 6-3 turnstile can’t take that too seriously. What Jackson was was a terrific lead guard, who controlled the flow of a game and made everyone around him better. If his wisdom can rub off on Stephen Curry, then the third-year point guard will deliver first-round value. Hell, I felt he was brutal last year, and he still finished as a borderline first-rounder. His backcourt mate, Monta Ellis, if he can stay out of the emergency room following his nightly 48-minute high-wire acts, can also return silly dividends. Always a big-time scorer with strong percentages, Ellis has added a 3-point shot to his repertoire in recent years. Small forward Dorell Wright was arguably fantasy’s MVP last season, coming out of nowhere to produce terrific across-the-board numbers. Don’t go spending a third-round pick on the guy as he is bound to disappoint this time around, but keep him on the radar in the fourth or fifth round. As for disappointments, Warrior big men David Lee and Andris Biedrins impaled their owners a year ago. Lee was a second-round choice for many, but a Wilson Chandler incisor to Lee’s forearm contributed to his derailment and he should bounce back nicely in 2011-12. Biedrins may have to look for work elsewhere as Golden State brass seems to be tiring of his Claude Rains impression. Keep a close eye on power forward Ekpe Udoh, who could steal some minutes in the middle and provide decent rebounds and blocks.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: Nothing against Biedrins, but it is not going to work for him in the Bay area. The unfortunate thing is that the Warriors are stuck as they would have to sell him at 10 cents on the dollar and they may be better off using the amnesty clause on him. This team is in need of some hard-nosed players, willing to take a charge, as well as a big man who can change some shots. Tyson Chandler comes to mind, but the Warriors can’t afford him. DeAndre Jordan, Tayshaun Prince, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes and Luch Richard Mbah a Moute all seem to fit this team’s needs. Time to take the plunge. 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.



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: Knick Knacks

Greg's got them real Knickerbocker fan blues...

It didn’t take long for Carmelo Anthony to leave an impression on the many intelligent Knickerbocker fans out there. He was brutal Wednesday night, folks, forcing up shots and not sprinting back on defense on a regular basis. But thanks to Toney Douglas‘ sparkling play, the Knicks hung on to defeat the Bucks at the Garden. Now let me get this straight – every pseudo basketball fan East of the Hudson was head over heels for this team through December, despite a schedule that made the Harlem Globetrotters jealous, but were then ready to jump ship following a mediocre six-week stretch? People were completely over-the-top with this team pre-trade and are now so quick to abandon ship because Captain Chucker is in town.

Last night was the most important Knick game at the Garden in more than 15 years. Or was it that game against the Celtics in December? Or didn’t I hear that the Heat game at the Garden was the best event at MSG since Ali-Frazier I? Just because they couldn’t get a good game of checkers going in the Garden the past 10 years doesn’t make every important game “the most important” in MSG history.

I didn’t think Knicks fans were blind to the type of player Danilo Gallinari was becoming. How about the great role Wilson Chandler played? How about that tough mothereffer, Ray Felton? How about that chemistry they had going? Hell, I was even impressed with Amar’e Stoudemire‘s effort at times.

Donnie Walsh and James Dolan caved to a bonehead mass audience by breaking up an up-and-coming team with long-term aspirations to bring in their “second superstar”, ’cause, you know, you can’t win a championship without two superstars (hmm, Detroit 2003-04, Miami 2005-06 anyone?). When was the last time a team was thrown together through trades and free agent signings and won a title?

Everyone is a superstar these days. Superstars, in my book, are hard-nosed leaders who make their teammates better and don’t need to score to have a big effect on a game. Carmelo is an exciting player, and one of the most talented offensive forces of this generation. He will also lull his teammates to sleep by pounding the dribble and going one-on-one, and defends as if his opponent was signed out of a leper colony moments before the game. Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

There’s nothing much to say about these Cavaliers that will cheer them up. They are the team that stopped showering, won’t leave the house and is binging on Mocha Almond Fudge every night. It was a rough summer. Can they heal from The Incision in time for the season? Fantasy owners want to know; specifically, we want to know where we should draft these fragile wrecks.


We are all witnesses to a very public breakup.


The Heartless Bastard’s departure actually opens up some intriguing fantasy possibilities. Mo Williams has been a little weepy lately but if his feelings don’t get in the way he could be a tremendous value. Williams could either lift his game to another level or wilt into a puddle this year. If he gives you 18 points, a couple of threes and five assists while shooting close to 90 percent from the line, it isn’t crazy to consider him in the fourth round. Antawn Jamison is back in his comfort zone as a top offensive option on a team that isn’t very good. Jamison is a defensive liability but he could definitely put up 20 points a game. He’ll challenge Williams for leading scorer, perhaps at small forward as Cleveland wants to see what they have in J.J. Hickson.

Hickson is a nice sleeper this year if he secures the starting power forward spot. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 boards last year in 21 minutes per contest, and in a full-time role we’re thinking he’ll max out at about 14-15 points and 7-9 boards. If he can block one shot a game that would be nice, but he isn’t the most dynamic fantasy performer. Consider him as one of your first reserves at forward. Anderson Varejao will also have every chance to star this year. Varejao is a perfect complementary player but the Cavs will need a little more from him in every area. He can certainly approach a double-double every game, along with a block, a steal and a solid field goal percentage. Consider him a No. 2 center, a poor man’s Joakim Noah who should be targeted around the ninth or tenth round.

The Cavs only added one impact player in the offseason, old fantasy friend Ramon Sessions. Sessions is a pretty good pickup for them as they clearly need players who can create their own shots. Sessions could conceivably share the backcourt with Williams, so watch this carefully. If he plays 30 or more minutes he’s a decent fantasy guard. What we’ll probably see is the underwhelming Anthony Parker at shooting guard and either Jamario Moon or Jamison starting at the ‘3’. I wouldn’t draft Parker or Moon until late, and would much rather prefer to make them prove they have a role and taking either on the waiver wire if need be. Joey Graham will also battle for playing time. If you are looking for a deep flier, keep an eye on Ryan Hollins, the backup center. Varejao has been dinged up this summer, and Hollins has some length and a decent motor.

PG – Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson
SF – Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon
PF – J.J. Hickson, Leon Powe
C – Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Mo’s shoulder, Mo’s problem.

This news is “turrible” if you’re Charles Barkley, but “terrible” if you’re the rest of us: Mo Williams will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a sprained shoulder. Oy vey! I don’t think that people who don’t own Williams realize how valuable of a fantasy baller he really is. Think of the fact that he’s 3rd in the league in threes made (97), 5th in FT% at 89.6 percent, and in the Top 10 among point guards in scoring (16.9) and assists (5.1). It’s a tough loss! He’s not Jason Terry, a guy who he’s typically compared to. He’s better. It’s going to be a tough loss for the Cavs, but possibly even tougher for fantasy owners to rebound from.

So where do they, and you, go from here?

Go Delonte West, young man. In Thursday’s game against the Lakers West was slotted into the starting lineup. He had a mediocre line — 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 43 minutes — but it’s easy to give him a pass on this one. I’m not sure how well I would do if I was called upon at the last-minute to try to shut down the Laker backcourt on national t.v. I probably would have posted the same exact line as West. Though, I’m a pretty damn good shooter. Might I have outscored him? OK, everyone relax. Enough about me… I would pick up West in most/all formats.

Daniel “boobie/debbie” Gibson is another guy to loo

You can feel it, it's electric! Boobie, boobie, boobie....Gibson.

k at. He too was limited last night with just 3 points and 2 assists in 20 minutes, but in deep leagues you should look at Gibby. He’s one of the top 3-point shooting guards in the league at 47.4 percent. He’s not a 12-team add, but in 18-team leagues you can now look to Gibson for some 3-point value.

J.J. Hickson should really excel now that Mo Williams is out… nah, I’m kidding. But in his first game without Williams calling the shots Hickson posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 25 minutes. You have to watch for Anderson Varejao, but right now Hickson looks like a nice deep add as well.

Andrew Bynum had some trouble dealing with the Shaq-tus. Bynum went for just 7 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. That’s almost an identical line to the 8 and 8 he posted the night before against Dwight Howard. Yeah, I know, tough matchups. But who among us isn’t worried about Bynum? He’s got one of the best power forwards in the game clogging up the paint and a terrific rebounding sixth man in Lamar Odom.

Eric Gordon (toe) did not play against the Nuggets. There’s no word on whether it was the big toe and it was at the market. What we do know is that he’s day-to-day.

Al Thornton was back in the starting lineup for the Clips and wasted the opportunity. He his just 2-of-7 shots and fouled out in 18 minutes. Booooring. Rasual Butler was moved to the bench, yet came in for 35 minutes. He too bored me as he shot 1-of-5 from the floor.

Craig Smith, best name in basketball, actually led the Clippers in scoring with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Like this guy. Like him now that Blake Griffin is no longer coming back. I would give him a look.

Thirteen games on the schedule for Friday night. Luckily we gave Jeff the night off.

Remember, Brandon Roy is out and Kevin Garnett is questionable.

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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