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Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Northwest 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. Tom Lorenzo takes a crack at the The Northwest Division.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): F/C Kevin Love (1), F Michael Beasley (8), F Derrick Williams (9/10), G Ricky Rubio (10), G Luke Ridnour (11), G/F Wesley Johnson (12)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: PG Sebastian Telfair
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Kevin Love is ready to be among the elite Fantasy ballers this season, providing owners with not only the league’s top rebounder but someone who can step out and hit threes. Love we know about, but question marks still remain up and down this roster, trying to figure out what the team does with Beasley, where Derrick Williams fits and who will start at point guard. It’s hard to imagine that the T-Wolves won’t eventually hand over the PG job to Rubio. It’s just not known “when,” which frightens some fantasy owners.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: I don’t think the Wolves have any moves to make over the offseason, aside from unloading Beasley. They are a young team and need to start developing that talent. Move Beasley, maybe Ridnour, and make room for Williams and Rubio. Continue reading

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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander

Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander joins the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show to discuss the upcoming NBA season. Steve, or “Doctor A” as he’s known, is perhaps the top fantasy basketball analyst out there, so you’ll want to listen. Jeff, Greg and Steve talk about the key storylines regarding free agency as well as many of the more interesting fantasy situations forming around the league. Steve gives us some sleepers, breakout candidates and more. Enjoy! Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Basketball is Back!

The mood in the room has gone from somber resignation to giddiness within a week. Jeff and Tom, a week removed from a depressing show lamenting the state of the NBA, decided to reconvene for a Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show you won’t want to miss. With little time to celebrate openly, they discuss free agency and potential destinations for Nene, David West, Caron Butler and others. There’s also Chris Paul. You will be hearing that name a lot. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Sick of it yet? We’re no gossip site, but we do delve into the CP3 to Knicks dance of seduction and whether or not it will, or can, work. Joy to the world; basketball is back. Continue reading


Wilson, Damn: NBA Players in China Could Be Stuck There Until March

Some interesting and important news for fantasy owners to take into account when working on their draft cheat sheets (and you ARE working on your cheat sheets, right? RIGHT?): According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chinese Basketball Association is not going to let NBA players out of their contracts, and thus restrict players such as Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith from playing in the NBA until March, when the Chinese season ends.

Chandler, Smith, Kenyon Martin and Aaron Brooks are the relevant names in China right now. Brooks curiously signed his deal on Nov. 17, and is now stuck. Chandler and Brooks are currently under contract with the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, respectively, while Smith and Martin are unrestricted free agents. Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Denver Nuggets

We should probably wait a little longer before publishing a Denver Nuggets preview, like maybe right before the season. Or January. Or before next season. Carmelo Anthony is holding us all hostage, and the real danger – everyone associated with the NBA throughout the globe is aware of it – is he could render this blog post meaningless. Until then, we’ll proceed as if Anthony is going to grace the Nuggets with his presence and Denver management realizes they can’t trade ‘Melo and risk Bubbly scolding us in the Comments section.

 

Who's t-shirt will he be wearing when Carmelo rips open his warmups on opening night?

 

LIES
It’s a shame Carmelo is thinking of breaking this group up. He was rather terrific last year, fantasy-wise, and could lead Denver deep into the playoffs if he is indeed the player he thinks he is. Fantasy owners taking him in the second round are signing up for something similar to the 28.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 SPG and 83.0 FT% on 8.9 FTA/game he delivered last year. If he takes a step back we’ll be disappointed. Anthony has also played in less than 70 games in three of the last four years. I don’t doubt he’ll take his time coming back from any injuries this season as he prepares for potential free agency.

DAMN LIES
Chauncey Billups continues to defy age and he poured in a career-best 19.5 points last year. Should Anthony be traded, Billups will flirt with 20+ points and six assists per game. Where he helps the most is from the three-point line (2.2 per game as a Nugget in the last two years) and at the free throw line (89.2 percent career FT shooter). Billups is a sturdy No. 1 point guard and late-second round/early third-round fantasy selection. Denver’s other solid roto option is center Nene Hilario. While his rebounding isn’t as productive as the top fantasy centers, he averages better than a block and steal per game and shoots near 60 percent from the floor. You can get away with him as a No. 1 center and are golden if he’s your No. 2.

STATISTICS
Denver head coach George Karl is a two-time cancer survivor, the latest a bout with neck and throat variety and the first a recurring case of J.R. Smith. Smith’s off-court antics hold him back from being the player his talents tell us he could be, and he is always in Karl’s doghouse. What kind of effort will Smith give this year? He’s always capable of being a fantasy stud, but the question marks are too myriad to count on him as a fantasy starter. Nevertheless, if he has his head on straight, and Anthony is traded, look out. The rest of Denver’s lineup is wacky as both Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen are hurt to start the season and the PF position could come down to Shelden Williams, whose lasting impression with this writer was of a pitch-perfect Shoeless Joe Jackson impression in the 2010 Finals. Williams won’t be a fantasy factor even if he starts, as Denver signed Al Harrington in the offseason for precisely this sort of scenario, as a multiple-position injury replacement and insurance in case Anthony bolts. If chuckers Anthony, Smith and Harrington are all on the floor at the same time security is going to have to evacuate the arena for safety reasons. Denver is better off giving minutes to team guys Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson. Afflalo will start and provide no fantasy value. Lawson is a must-have handcuff for Billups if you play in a league with a deep bench.

DEPTH CHART
PG – Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson
SG – Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith
SF – Carmelo Anthony, Al Harrington
PF – Kenyon Martin (injured), Shelden Williams
C – Nene Hilario, Chris Andersen (injured)

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