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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


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


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show #4

Jeff, Tom and Greg fired up their cups and string for the latest Damn Lies & Statistics Fantasy Hoops Show on Thursday night. The fellers opined on Brandon Roy, Chris Bosh (and his hair), Paul Millsap (and Andrei Kirilenko’s hair), and more (hair). If you want to listen check out the link below. Hair you go: 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: Utah Jazz

Let’s talk Deron Williams for a second. Best point guard in the NBA? There are plenty nipping at his heels, but for my money, yes. I’d start a team with him in reality. But fantasy? Williams settles in clearly behind Chris Paul in our little game here, and it could be argued Deron’s value is a little overrated. There won’t be many players with more assists, but do you really want to burn a first-round pick on someone who isn’t outstanding in any other category? Wouldn’t you rather wait until the third or fourth to take Russell Westbrook or Darren Collison? It’s a tough call when you are staring down a pick anywhere from seven to 11, so here’s some tough advice: do it. Williams has essentially treaded water statistically for three years, but with a tweaked roster (Al Jefferson in, Carlos Boozer out; Mehmet Okur hurt) I think you’ll see a more aggressive Williams, at least offensively. He’ll score 20+ points this season, increase his threes slightly and take that next step. He still won’t catch Paul, but you can build your geek squad around him.

 

Magnet Hands. Coming October 2010. Rated PG-13.

 

LIES
Williams welcomes Jefferson this season to his arsenal of weapons, an intriguing move that should keep Utah at least competing for a spot in the top half of the West. Jefferson is one of the few pure back-to-the-basket big men in the game and he’ll command shots in the paint. Hopefully statisticians continue to award Williams with dimes even if Al holds onto the ball a little longer than Boozer did before shooting. Since this is Utah, we shouldn’t be too worried, right John Stockton? Jefferson should man the center position with the injury to Okur, who could miss a few months after rupturing an achilles. This means Paul Millsap is going to get starters minutes, and fantasy owners should be ecstatic. Millsap is a nightly double-double threat who could render Okur a bench option when he finally returns. He’s that good.

DAMN LIES
The rest of Utah’s lineup gives us some pause. Andrei Kirilenko is entering a contract year, but I’m not sure you should use an early pick on him. He’ll start at small forward, most likely, but the guy who averaged three blocks and two steals is not walking through that door. Kirilenko also hasn’t played more than 72 games in a season since 2004. The Jazz lost Kyle Korver and Wes Matthews in free agency, and in their place signed Raja Bell and will have to play rookie Gordon Hayward. I don’t see how this is a positive. I’ve also never been a huge fan of swingman C.J. Miles, likely the sixth man at this point. Ronnie Price is Williams’ backup and not a fantasy factor. The team is hoping to re-sign Kyrylo Fesenko before camp and recently added Francisco Elson, perhaps via reanimation. There’s not a lot of quality depth here, especially offensively; another reason I see Williams trying to make more happen.

STATISTICS
D-Will should be secretly licking his chops that Okur is sidelined. This team needs a shot in the arm and a full-time Millsap could be the difference. From a fantasy standpoint, dorks like us can’t wait to watch Millsap and Jefferson team with Williams to form a three-headed statistical monster every night. This is going to be fun. I’m targeting Jefferson at the end of the second round; he should be over his knee injury and thrilled to be on a contender. He could easily average 20-23 points but Millsap and his magnet hands will make sure his rebounding average hovers around nine. Somebody get me Marvel on the line, I just thought of something cool.

DEPTH CHART
PG – Deron Williams, Ronnie Price
SG – Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward
SF – Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
PF – Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans
C – Al Jefferson, Mehmet Okur (injured), Francisco Elson

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Like a broken record

It was a busy Monday night despite only seven games on the docket, so let’s get to the recapping. I can’t think of anything better than Kobe Bryant breaking the Lakers’ team scoring record during a loss, so we’ll lead with that. Kobe poured in 44 in a 95-93 defeat at the hands of Memphis, passing Jerry West on the all-time team scoring list. I’m snickering. I’ll let Kevin Ding’s story in the Orange County Register tell the rest of the tale:

[Pau] Gasol has on several occasions offered passive-aggressive comments about not getting the ball enough after Lakers losses in the past. This time, the comments leaned a little harder toward aggressive, particularly when it came to Bryant.

Gasol was asked about Bryant’s new record and offered politically correct – and believably authentic – commentary (“I’m proud of him; I congratulate him”) before adding the kicker: “Now we can focus on winning games again.”

But that’s not all…

Bear in mind that Phil Jackson was a little miffed at Bryant on his historic night, too. Jackson told the team at halftime, when Bryant had 23 of the Lakers’ 50 points, that Bryant was “forcing the action.” Jackson also said in the halftime locker room, alluding to the 29 points Bryant needed in the game to pass Jerry West: “Let’s get him over the hump, so we can play team ball again.”

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning we'll have six more weeks of mindless pundits calling Kobe the best player on the planet.

I’ll be snickering all day. The buffoons who call this guy the “best player on the planet” should be ashamed of themselves. Or maybe I’m just bitter about Kobe’s game-winner vs. the Celtics on Sunday. Imagine if Kobe had actually played with some great big men in his career!

Enough about this guy. In this post and in general. Enough.

Let’s talk about the injuries that have thrust some backups into prominent roles. Chris Paul will probably have surgery on his left knee and could miss well over a month. Darren Collison wasted no time rewarding owners who rushed to pick him up, finishing with 16 points and 14 assists in a 109-100 loss to Phoenix. Get used to the young backcourt of Collison and Marcus Thornton (25 points), as they are gonna get a ton of PT in the near future.

In Utah, Carlos Boozer has a calf injury and Paul Millsap answered the bell in classic Millsap fashion with 25 points, nine boards and four blocks. Speaking of blocks, Boozer has to be on one as his free agency year approaches. The Jazz have Millsap and a desire to not let Boozer walk with nothing coming back. Watch this situation closely.

Fans attending the Sacramento-Denver game probably wanted their money back when they got in their seats and found out neither Tyreke Evans or Carmelo Anthony were playing. Despite the main attractions unavailable, the carnival went on without them and the curmudgeons in the crowd were treated to a 112-109 overtime Nuggets win. Both Evans and Anthony could return in the next game, so don’t get too excited about Beno Udrih or Arron Afflalo. I’m not saying you were, I’m just putting the warning out there.

Boston broke a 67-game losing streak with a 99-88 win at the Wizards, but again I’m not bitter. Ray Allen‘s name and expiring $20 million contract have been floating around the rumor mill, and it makes sense for Boston to see what’s out there. Kevin Garnett is still a shell of his former self, but he was solid last night, shooting 8-9 from the field for 19 points and helping force Antawn Jamison into a 2-for-17 atrocity. Paul Pierce sat out the fourth quarter with what’s believed to be a foot sprain, and if he misses any amount of time Tony Allen, who has been a spark lately, should benefit the most from a fantasy perspective.

Portland knocked off Charlotte rather handily, and have now won two in a row without Brandon Roy. Andre Miller had 52 points in a 114-112 win over Dallas on Saturday, then turned around and contributed eight points and 10 assists vs. the Bobcats. It’s called doing what it takes to win, Kobe. Paying attention?


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