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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 3 Advice

How could you not love this guy?

We’re nearly two weeks into the regular season and I don’t think anyone participating in fantasy basketball has any idea what’s going on. How could the NBA think that 66 games over 125 days could possibly work? It seems as if every player is either hurt, out for no apparent reason, or simply dreadful.

Personally, I ended Week 1 in last place in the Damn Lies League, a mere 50 points out of first. I walked around my house in a stupor on Sunday evening, a la Robert the Bruce at the Scottish gravesite after betraying William Wallace. Week 2 has been much better thanks to the return of a two-legged Andrew Bynum, but as a Dorell Wright owner, I’m still teetering on the brink of driving to the Bay area and giving him a massive Indian burn.

But this column, which I will commit to on a weekly basis, is not about me and my incessant whining. It’s about you, our coveted Damn Lies readers, and your need for some good ol’ fashion advice on whom to start, sit and pick up for the coming week. Let’s get down to business. Continue reading


Damn Lies Midseason Report: Southeast Division

On Wednesday I had the craziest nightmare. In my dream, I sat down at my computer to assess the Southeast Division and realized that I hadn’t watched a single game the entire year… then my teeth fell out.

It was a bizarre first half for the five teams in this division, as it seemed as if the three juggernauts – Miami, Orlando and Atlanta – were mediocre at best, but they combined to go a solid 90-46. The Bobcats, at 19-25, have fallen below expectations, but have played better and more exciting basketball since the coaching change from Larry Brown to Paul Silas. As for the Wizards and their legendary play away from the Verizon Center, I think Dorothy said it best.

The dirty, dirty moment when the Southeast Division changed forever.

Well, gentlemen of the Southeast Division, school is out and it is time to pay the piper as your parents will be receiving the following grades any day now. Continue reading


I’ll Be Damned: Torture Fantasy

Jeff always feels claustrophobic around the holidays.

Happy New Year! I’ve been away for a few weeks tending to matters of the holidays. While visiting family I sat down to write a column, but just when I’d begin typing everyone would enter the room and commence an intervention. It turns out I have the type of family that doesn’t appreciate me checking my phone every seven seconds for Andris Biedrins injury updates. Since I love spending time with my family, and also since they ended the intervention by placing me in an iron maiden, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to fantasy basketball as I would have liked. You’ll be glad to know that I’ve broken free of all familial obligations, however, and am back with a laser focus on fantasy hoops. The intervention worked only temporarily. Turns out I can’t do without those Biedrins updates. I NEED them Biedrins updates. Do you know a guy?

In all seriousness, I’m glad to be back. There’s nothing like the turn of a calendar year to make you take stock of yourself, by which I mean your fantasy team. Is there anything else? A man who spends more time scouring the waiver wire than grooming is a man who obviously has the rest of his life figured out. I must admit, though, that fantasy basketball often has me puzzled. Just when I think I’m out-smarting the competition, I drop a DeMarcus Cousins hours before he embarks on the best three-game stretch of his career. Ouch. This game forces you into tough decisions and tests your patience daily.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. Bring on 2011.

This week, I’m damned about the following players who’ve been the unsung heroes of 2010, steady and reliable uncovered gems that make up the backbone of championship roto teams. After I pay homage, I’ll look ahead at some players to keep an eye on for 2011 who have a chance to fill that role in the future. Continue reading


Moving Without The Ball: Three Teams Enter, Three-Team Trade.

"You'll miss me when I'm gone. Trust me."

Original to RotoExperts.com.

The Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns pulled off a blockbuster three-team trade with big names like Gilbert Arenas and Vince Carter involved. Here’s a look at the early Fantasy implications of the trade.

It’s not often that we see a basic overhaul of three teams less than two months into the season, but that’s what happened this past weekend as the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards swapped a few superstars in a three-team major shake-up.

Of course anytime there is a big trade in any major sport the first thing Fantasy owners want to know is who won and who lost. It’s tough to say for certain, but we can definitely talk about early analysis. We often don’t know how the rotation will shake out, but it’s fun to speculate.

Now, as promised, here are the early winners and losers in the big three-team trade that went down on Saturday.
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Fantasy Roundtable: Shameful Draft Picks

For this week’s fantasy basketball roundtable, we had to pick one player who was our most shameful draft pick. Since I’m in a thousand leagues, there were many to choose from. But in the end my decision was easy. The question and my answer is below. You can read the entire roundtable over at fBasketball Blog.

Who has turned out to be your most shameful draft pick?

My answer: 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


Daily Lies & Statistics: One Whining Moment

This is what happens when guys who follow the NBA every day try to put together a reasonable NCAA Tournament bracket. Each year, Greg and I watch less and less college basketball. I’m not sure we’ve seen an entire game between us. But we usually do very well with our picks. This year, however, it has been a complete disaster. And it’s only been one day.

Bracketapology: Jeff and Greg need a perfect Friday to merely be labeled as a total embarrassment.

After we squeaked out a 51-50 win by Old Dominion, the wheels came off and every single close game went against us. Murray State. Northern Iowa. Washington. St. Mary’s. Wake Forest. Tennessee. We lost them all. On day one. And before overthinking things, we had most of those teams down for wins before switching it at the last second.

The lesson from the gods above? Stick to the pros. I will do so now. Gladly.

There were two games last night. Miami lost a tough one to Orlando at home in overtime, 108-102. It was Dwyane Wade (36 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast) against the world once again, and I can’t imagine Mr. Wade is too happy. What will he do this offseason? I’m very intrigued. I can’t see him leaving the warm climes of southern Flaw, but what if no star free agents promise to join him? The NBA needs a happy and productive Wade. Let’s make it happen, somehow.

Orlando overcame a foul-plagued Dwight Howard outing (10-11-4 blks in 31 minutes, 5 fouls) thanks to Vince Carter (27 points, 6 assists) and the infuriating Rashard Lewis (24 points, 11 boards, 4 threes, two blocks). Lewis has been awful for months now, and this week was the first week I took him out of my lineup since Orlando plays just twice. Lovely.

The Nuggets jumped out to a 62-37 halftime lead over New Orleans and never looked back en route to a 93-80 win. Carmelo Anthony has been going bananas lately and had 18 rebounds last night. Chris Andersen returned from a sprained ankle and had 13 boards himself but no blocks. He’ll get plenty of those and probably should be owned in all leagues down the stretch.

Some injury notes for the weekend: Gerald Wallace will return to action tonight after missing three games with a sprained ankle… Carlos Delfino is day-to-day with an ankle injury and will probably sit out a game or two… Derrick Rose (wrist) and Luol Deng (calf) are both out again tonight and could miss the weekend and perhaps more… Marc Gasol (neck) is likely out Saturday, so Hasheem Thabeet might have one more good game in him… Danny Granger is out indefinitely with a head injury, meaning Brandon Rush and Dahntay Jones are the ones to monitor… Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace are expected back in Detroit’s lineup Friday, raining on the Will Bynum/Jason Maxiell parade… Stephen Curry and Andray Blatche are both day-to-day with ankle sprains… Jeff Andriesse (ego) and Greg Fox (pride) are doubtful in general for everything in the near future.

Final note: Tom Lorenzo and I participated in a fantasy hoops roundtable that is posted over at Give Me the Rock. Check it out.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Post players need not apply

Thursday was a slow night in the NBA, but it was certainly eventful. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around The Knicks/Bulls game for more than 12 hours. I actually watched most of the first quarter in this one and saw the New Yorkers take a 33-16 lead as Al Harrington, Chris Duhon and Danilo Gallinari were all dialed in pretty early on.

I came home to a 98-89 loss in which my heroes launched a preposterous 47 threes and more or less played a six-man rotation. Larry Hughes was injured and did not play last night yet Mike D’Antoni still didn’t request the services of sparkplug Nate Robinson. Despite what the coach says publicly, Li’l Him is clearly in D’Antoni’s puppy palace and it will be interesting to see if he sees any daylight tonight at home against the Clips in the second of a back-to-back.

If Al Harrington played baseball, he'd swing at everything

Harrington, an extraordinary chucker, was 3 for his first 3 from beyond the arc and went 1-for-10 after that. The man, who I drafted in the Damn Lies league in the ninth round, has absolutely no conscience. He recorded a 42-point game earlier in the season by consistently driving the basketball, but is more comfortable dry heaving against smaller defenders.

Gallinari, who possesses the same proclivity as Harrington, came off the bench to fire up 15 threes in just 27 minutes and connected on six. At least he has pretty good touch.

The Bulls only played seven guys yesterday, one of them being Derrick Rose who I think suited up with a punctured lung. Luol Deng (24 pts, 13 reb) and Taj Gibson (12 pts, 10 reb) hurt the Knicks and their puny interior and both double-doubled.

Knicks defensive stopper Jared Jeffries produced his 400th consecutive triple-single with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. In all fairness, Jeffries has been playing big minutes of late and delivering surprising blocks and steals totals.

Kirk Hinrich played 39 minutes off the Chicago bench and is worth keeping an eye on, particularly if John Salmons continues to smell.

Jeff touched upon him yesterday, and I will reiterate, on the chance that Chauncey Billups will miss some time, pounce on Ty Lawson. Billups strained his groin the other day, and as we saw with Devin Harris and Chris Douglas-Roberts, groin injuries tend to linger. Lawson is a controlled dynamo, capable of stupid numbers if given 30+ minutes in Denver’s high-octane offense.

Thursday’s Notable Performances:

Rashard Lewis: Inconsistency continues to mar Lewis’ season as he finished with just 9 points and 3 rebounds in the Magic’s blowout loss in Miami. Lewis should right the ship, but Orlando has too many weapons, including the ever-selfish Vince Carter, for him to maintain anything better than sixth-round value.

Michael Beasley: Beasley’s debutante season continued last night as he notched 22 points (8-15 fg) and 8 boards in the Heat’s win. His shot selection has improved immensely from his rookie year and he is proving that his collegiate rebounding numbers weren’t flukish.

Carlos Arroyo: Arroyo remained in the starting lineup and did not turn the ball over in 26 minutes. His numbers last night were a bit pedestrian (5 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast), but as long as the Heat keep winning, weekly leaguers should give Arroyo consideration during four-game weeks.

Grant Hill: It does my heart good to see Hill post 20 points and 3 steals as he did in last night’s 105-102 loss in Portland. Not enough credit is given to the now 37-year old legend, who was on his way to being an all-time great before ankle injuries derailed his studliness. Here’s a random Hill season for you: In ’96-97 for Detroit, he averaged 21.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and shot 50 percent from the field. First pick in a fantasy draft numbers, no doubt.

Jerryd Bayless: Bayless led all scorers in the Phoenix/Portland game with 29 points on 9-of-15 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and 4 assists in 29 minutes. Will he continue to receive this kind of playing time? Probably not on a consistent basis, but the Blazers are trying to move Andre Miller, and if that happens, Bayless will be the man to scoop up.

Allen Iverson is sitting out tonight with a case of "I don't want to get embarrassed by Rajon Rondo"

Channing Frye: Frye drained five more threes last night on the way to a 17-point, 6-rebound, 1-block outing. He’s averaging a not-so-spectacular 12 and 6 this season, but he blocks just under a shot a game and his 2.6 threes per contest are among the league leaders.

There are 11 games tonight, including Sixers/Celtics, but no Allen Iverson, Andrew Toney, Mo Cheeks, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Son of Iver

I believe we'll see Iverson again... real soon.

I had a friend growing up with the last name Iverson and his father said it was a Danish surname that meant “son of Iver” — Sold! Now that Allen Iverson has parted ways with the Memphis Grizzlies, we can go ahead and make light of his last name. Prior to him walking, the Iverson Experience was a touchy subject. It was only a matter of time before AI walked and/or changed Mike Conley’s Memphis fridge calendar so that Jr. didn’t know which days to show up at the stadium. Sneaky!

Of course I kid. Frank Isola gave us a big heads up. The Knicks and Donnie Walsh are looking to meet with/discuss Iverson over the next 48 hours. Oh what fun that would be!

Greg touched on the Stephen Jackson trade yesterday, so I’ll only note that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Jackson started last night for the Bobcats (boy that was quick!) and put up a typical Jackson line: 45 min, 13 points, 4-of-14 fg, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, and a trey. Stephen Jackson, everyone.

Rashard Lewis returned to action last night and found himself in the starting lineup, playing 35 minutes and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Muscles. Lewis did score 10 and pick up two rebounds and an assist. Give him time. It’s only fair.

Jason Kidd almost triple-doubled last night in an overtime win against the Bucks — Dirk with the winner!! Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds, and 17 assists. I have J-Kidd in the Damn Lies league, so of course I’m going to gloat.

Ersan Ilyasova and his 19 points (4 treys) and 12 rebounds weren’t enough to beat Dallas. Who was that masked man?  I believe Jeff and I have both named Ilyasova a waiver add in the past few weeks. Not sayin’… just sayin’.

Rudy Fernandez took Travis Outlaw’s gig and Fernandezized it. He came off the bench to score 19 points, drain 4 treys and pick 4 steals. Martell Webster was quiet, leaving me to believe that Fernandez is the guy to add in Outlaw’s honor.

Joe Johnson went all max-contract on the Blazers last night scoring eight of his game-high 35 in the overtime period. I bring up the “max contract” because Johnson may be one of the “quietest” max guys in the game. He deserves a fantasy max, but a reality one? Debate.

Josh Smith kept his 11-game block streak going with three more last night. He’s good.

I almost forgot to mention that Flip Murray had 31 points. I vowed always to mention Flip when he dropped 30-plus. I’m a man of my words. Does it look like D.J. Augustin is the real loser in this Jackson trade to anyone else? How many Felton-Augustin sets are we going to see? And how often is Jackson going to play fewer than 40 minutes?

Troy Murphy is questionable tonight.

Pau Gasol is questionable tonight.

My chances of getting “action” tonight are OUT. So don’t start them.

I should post a link now: Tamer Chamma and I talked to Adrian Wojnarowski on the podcast last night just hours after the Iverson/Jackson stuff broke. He had a lot of interesting things and insider-y things to say:  http://rotoradio.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/353/


The Small Forward Position: Top 25 & Analysis

By Tom Lorenzo and Jeff Andriesse

The small forward position is home to some of the brightest fantasy stars in the game, but also some of the most frustrating. There are lots of injury risks on this list, plus a guy (Rashard Lewis) who is facing a 10-game suspension for using a banned substance. Equally intriguing are the players who switched teams on this list, from the always-entertaining Ron Artest in L.A., to Trevor Ariza in Houston, to Richard Jefferson in San Antonio, to Hedo Turkoglu in Toronto. We left off some potential starting SFs because we’re saving them for the power forward rankings, where they are better suited. Many of these players are hybrids and it always bears noting that you should check your league’s positional eligibility format and rules before drafting. For this exercise, format is based on standard eight-category rotisserie style (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG).

2009-10 Small Forward Rankings

Tom’s Top 25 Jeff’s Top 25
1. LeBron James 1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant 2. Kevin Durant
3. Danny Granger 3. Danny Granger
4. Carmelo Anthony 4. Carmelo Anthony
5. Caron Butler 5. Caron Butler
6. Paul Pierce 6. Gerald Wallace
7. Gerald Wallace 7. Paul Pierce
8. Rudy Gay 8. Rashard Lewis
9. Hedo Turkoglu 9. Rudy Gay
10. Luol Deng 10. Hedo Turkoglu
11. Al Harrington 11. Al Harrington
12. Marvin Williams 12. Francisco Garcia
13. Rashard Lewis 13. Luol Deng
14. Trevor Ariza 14. Richard Jefferson
15. Richard Jefferson 15. Ron Artest
16. Ron Artest 16. Trevor Ariza
17. Andre Kirilenko 17. Thaddeus Young
18. Thaddeus Young 18. Marvin Williams
19. Danilo Gallinari 19. Andre Kirilenko
20. Corey Maggette 20. Al Thornton
21. Al Thornton 21. Kelenna Azubuike
22. Francisco Garcia 22. Peja Stojakovic
23. Peja Stojakovic 23. Corey Maggette
24. Shane Battier 24. Tayshaun Prince
25. Tayshaun Prince 25. Grant Hill

BREAKING DOWN THE SHOOTING GUARD POSITION

Three Questions for Tom

Jeff: I have Rashard Lewis nine spots ahead of Marvin Williams, yet you drop Lewis to 13th, two behind Williams. Do you love Williams this year, or dislike Lewis, or both? Talk to me.

Tom: I like Williams this year. He shot the ball well last year, especially from beyond the arc. He’s right about in the middle of the pack, as far as I’m concerned and that’s why I put him at No. 12. Rashard Lewis, on the other hand, is a guy I’m only going to take as a bargain. I love the fact that he could lead the league in three-point shooting, but there are too many things working against him. The first knock on Lewis is his 10-game suspension. That’s the first two-plus weeks of the season. You could live with that in the 7th or 8th round, right, but if you’re taking him as one of your first four or five picks, that’s a foundation guy you aren’t going to have to start off the season. I also think that Lewis is going to get lost in this Orlando offense. He is already coming off a season where he averaged his lowest number of field goal attempts (13.6) since 2001-02. Orlando has added Vince Carter, who will get his touches, plus they return a point guard in Jameer Nelson who isn’t afraid to create his own shot. Coming into the season I would have put Lewis as a fourth-round selection. I think when you take 10 games away from Lewis, add in Carter, a full-Nelson, newcomers like Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass, and the fact that Lewis is already coming of his most ‘passive’ season — it’s already making me sweat just thinking about owning Lewis at a premium price!

Jeff: You rank Danilo Gallinari 19th, so you’re ready to declare him an impactful fantasy player?

Tom: First, the reports on Gallinari are that he is a just about 100% pain free! (editor’s note: what is this, an infomercial?) The second thing that gets me excited about Gallinari is that he is the one and only key to bringing LeBron James to New York next summer and you can be sure that Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni will be sure to see him develop this season. The Knicks are banking on him fulfilling the Dirk Nowitzki comparisons in order to flash him in front of LBJ as a future star and the guy who is going to help him win a ring in New York. Gallinari showed last season that he can shoot: 44.8 FG%, 96.3 FT%, 44.4 3PT%. It was a small sample size (28 games, 412 minutes) but even while he was injured for most of the season he still averaged 16.5 PTS/40 and 5.3 R/EB40. The opportunities are there for Gallinari this season. D’Antoni is going to make sure that the minutes are going to be there and the offensive touches will be plentiful. Maybe I’m jumping on the bandwagon for too soon, but I just want to make sure I’m in the driver’s seat when he turns it on this season.

Jeff: Can fantasy owners count on Luol Deng this year? What is the best case scenario for him statistically?

Tom: This is one of those scenarios where you say ‘it’s now or never.’ If we can’t get 75+ productive games out of Deng this season then there’s little hope that he’ll turn into the player that the Bulls were hoping he would when they refused to trade him for Kevin Garnett or Pau Gasol.

I’d like to think that the best case scenario for Deng is 19/7/2 with 1.5 steals, plus-50% from the floor and 77-78% from the line. While that may seem like a reach, that is exactly what he averaged in 2006-07 (82 games!). Can I assure you that he’ll post a healthy 82 games this season? Of course not! But I like the fact that he is coming into a season with a rising star at the point and that he can approach 17-19 points and eight rebounds per game, while shooting over 50% from the floor.

Three Questions for Jeff

Tom: Let’s talk Francisco Garcia for a minute. Last year I was pretty high on Garcia going into the season and I imagine that your line of thinking might echo my thoughts in the summer of 2008: now is Garcia’s time to step it up; he has a clear path to playing time. Injuries aside, Garcia had a near identical season to his 2007-08 season in 2008-09: 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.2 steals, 1.0 block, 82.0 free throw percentage, and 44.4 percent from the field. A nice season, but across the board just a tick up/down from his previous season. With Andres Nocioni in Sacramento for a full season, a healthy Kevin Martin, three promising young players in Tyreke Evans, Spencer Hawes, and Jason Thompson: what makes this the season that Garcia sniffs the Top 10 small forwards in the NBA?

Jeff: I’m not sure I really like the guys below him that much. Is that enough of a cop out for you? Hey, listen, Garcia is one of those sneaky fantasy guys who does a little bit of everything and can help you fill out your roster nicely at either guard or forward. I think his numbers will rise a little this year as he’s the only true ‘3’ man in the Kings’ rotation, and the health of Martin and Nocioni has never been anything to count on. There may be some ups and downs for Garcia, but I think he has a real shot to approach 14-15 points per game with his customary solid stats in threes, steals, and yes, blocks for a swingman.

Tom: I’ll be short on this one: Why should I believe that Kelenna Azubuike is going to play a more significant role in Golden State than Corey Maggette is?

Jeff: If you’ve owned Maggette in recent years, you know what I mean. The guy can’t get settled in Golden State, and nagging injuries have left him a shaky play, even when you think he’s healthy. Azubuike, on the other hand, became more of a Don Nelson favorite last year and filled up the box score when the minutes were there. The two players’ stat lines are deceptive, as Maggette appeared in just 51 games. If you told me Maggette was going to play in 75 games this year, I’d shoot him up the list. As of now, however, Azubuike seems like more of a sure thing on a team with virtually no sure things. He’s probably going to start at small forward, and when injuries pile up (and they will) he’ll be one of the last men standing and providing decent fantasy value. I’d draft both guys as backups this year, nothing more, until we see the mess that is the Warriors’ rotation play itself out.

Tom: Why Ron Artest over Trevor Ariza? Didn’t Ariza have a breakout season last year and isn’t he seemingly one of the two or three best players on his team? And isn’t Artest the fourth best player on his own team and on the downside of his career?

Jeff: Yes, to both of those questions. But there are some caveats. Ariza is one of the two or three best players on the Rockets, but A) that isn’t saying much and B) that doesn’t mean he can do enough offensively. Ariza won’t benefit from open looks he saw in Los Angeles as there won’t be much of a need to double-team any Rockets this year. He’s never had to create his own shot before, either, and will primarily act as an energy guy and defensive specialist because let’s face it: that’s what he is. Artest is in the same boat in L.A. and I see them both putting up similar numbers. I’d like to think on a better offensive team Artest can improve his albatross, FG%, but Ariza gets the edge there. Neither are great at the line, but Artest is better (74.8% to 71.0%). They will both get their steals and boards but Artest has an edge in three-point shooting. It’s a toss-up, but I’m not sure Ariza is going to find things easier for him in Houston.

Tom Lorenzo and Jeff Andriesse will break down the Power Forward position in the next few days. If you have comments, questions or suggestions, drop ’em in the Comments Section. Also, be sure to follow Tom and Jeff on Twitter and check out RotoExperts.com for the most comprehensive fantasy sports coverage on the web.


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