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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 12.29.11

by on Dec.29, 2011, under Quick hits

LeBron James

You got a problem with LeBron's zero three-point attempts so far this season? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James had himself a typically big line to the tune of 35 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. He shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field, 100 percent (9-9) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Through three games, James is averaging 32.7 points on 59 percent shooting from the field and 87 percent shooting from the charity stripe. The odd thing is that he has yet to attempt a single three-pointer. The fact that he’s been such a stud without a three-pointer says volumes about his fantasy value. It’s early, but James looks primed to make a run at top-dog honors this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Paul George: 5-11 FG (46%), 4-4 FT (100%), 4 threes, 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; no surprise about his solid start

Andrea Bargnani: 9-17 FG (53%), 2-5 FT (40%), 1 three, 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 4 TO; lack of rebounding is wretched, but he has other places of value

Boris Diaw: 7-14 FG (50%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 16 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 6 TO; he’s dialing it up a notch and will reward his owners this season, but this hot start won’t be maintained (continue reading…)

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Roundup of NBA News: Love Lost Weight, Carter to Be Cut, Bynum Improves

by on Dec.05, 2011, under Free agents, Injuries, Quick hits

The quickly approaching Dec. 25 start to the somewhat unexpected 2011-12 NBA season means fantasy owners are like students cramming for a big exam. Here are a few tidbits to help you ace your drafts:

  • Kevin Love

    Love will have to lift less weight off the ground when grabbing 'bounds this season. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Kevin Love is reportedly “25 pounds lighter than when he left following last season.” This bodes well for his ability to maintain, if not exceed, his stellar fantasy value from last season. I can’t see any reason why Love would fall out of the top five spots in any fantasy basketball draft this season.

 

  • Vince Carter is expected to be waived by the Phoenix Suns, which opens up the door (as expected) for Jared Dudley to step in and start. In 15 starts last season, Dudley averaged 51.8% FG, 77% FT, 1.7 3PTM, 16.3 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 2.2 Ast, 2.1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 1.2 TO. In the 65 games he played (15 of which he started, 50 of which he came off the bench) from Dec. 2, 2010, through the end of last season, Dudley put up top 80 value. Call him a sleeper if you want, but Dudley should’ve already been on your radars. He’ll be a bargain if he falls into the last quarter of your draft. Carter, meanwhile, could land on a team in need of a SG, but don’t be fooled — his days of being a reliably productive fantasy asset are over. (continue reading…)
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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Denver Nuggets

by on Sep.23, 2011, under Team analysis

Nene, Arron Afflalo, Kenyon Martin, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson

This would've been a fun group to watch, but only two of these dudes are definitely returning for whatever is left of 2011-12. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller
SG: Arron Afflalo**, J.R. Smith*^
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler**^, Gary Forbes**, Jordan Hamilton
PF: Kenyon Martin*^, Al Harrington, Kenneth Faried, Melvin Ely*
C: Nene*, Timofey Mozgov, Chris Andersen, Kosta Koufos

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent
^ locked into overseas contract with no opt-out clause (continue reading…)

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Fantasy Trade Analysis: NBA Offseason 2011

by on Jul.07, 2011, under Trades

salmon

In light of the NBA lockout, here's a photo of some salmon. (Flickr/Andrea Pokrzywinski)

Though that horrible “L” word has finally slammed the NBA’s doors shut, fantasy basketball fans can rest assured that this young (and abruptly suspended) offseason has already offered morsels of activity to chew on. Old faces have landed in new places, which means there’s some fantasy analysis to be had.

Here’s a look at how these early-summer trades will impact fantasy basketball once this real-life mess gets sorted out. (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.14.10

by on Dec.14, 2010, under Quick hits

Deron Williams

D-Will has been heroic this season. (Flickr/czs05)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: Deron Williams followed up his stellar weekend with a big line against the Warriors to the tune of 30 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal and 4 threes. He shot 50 percent (8-16) from the field, 91 percent (10-11) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. The stud is putting up top-five numbers so far this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Carlos Boozer: 10-21 FG (48%), 2-5 FT (40%), 22 Pts, 18 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO

Derrick Rose: 6-18 FG (33%), 2-3 FT (67%), 3 threes, 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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