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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.


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