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Team analysis: New Jersey Nets

by on Sep.20, 2010, under Team analysis

Brook Lopez

In all the chaos in New Jersey, Lopez is the only picture of dependable fantasy value. (NBA.com)

Depth chart:
PG: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar, Ben Uzoh
SG: Anthony Morrow, Quinton Ross
SF: Travis Outlaw, Terrence Williams, Stephen Graham, Damion Jones
PF: Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries, Joe Smith
C: Brook Lopez, Johan Petro, Brian Zoubek

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Brook Lopez – C (Rd. 2): 19.5 Pts, 9 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 2 Blk
Troy Murphy – F/C (Rd. 4-6): 12 Pts, 1.5 threes, 7 Reb, 1 Stl
Devin Harris – PG (Rd. 5-6): 17.5 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Anthony Morrow – G/F (Rd. 6-8): 14.5 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 1.5 Stl
Terrence Williams – G/F (Rd. 10-12): 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
Travis Outlaw – F (Rd. 11+): 11 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb
Derrick Favors – PF (Rd. 12+): 7 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl (continue reading…)

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Breaking news: Collison to Pacers, Ariza to Hornets, Murphy to Nets in four-team deal

by on Aug.11, 2010, under Trades

Four-team NBA trade

Successful for whom? This is a deal with charming implications. (ESPN Trade Machine)

ESPN is reporting that the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets have agreed to a five-player deal. The names involved aren’t going to turn the heads of casual NBA fans, but for fantasy owners there’s some real treasure here. Here’s the quick-and-dirty breakdown:

  • The Pacers get Darren Collison and James Posey: This is pure gold for Collison, who will take the reins of the long-suffering PG spot in Indiana. With word that the Pacers are working to buy out T.J. Ford, Collison’s jump into fantasy stardom seems all but guaranteed. I don’t think it’s too bold to declare him a top-50 fantasy player now. After all, he averaged 18.8/3.5/9.1 along with 1.4 steals and 1.0 threes in 37 starts last season. Granted, he played 40:17 in those games and turned the ball over 4.1 times per outing, but that does little to dampen the happy possibilities for Collison. (The threat of a maddening timeshare with Lance Stephenson and A.J. Price exists, but it’s slim — or it should be.) Those who were banking on Stephenson being a sleeper can probably let that dream go for now. Posey is immaterial here. Also, Chris Paul‘s value has a little more breathing room, though it does little to change his stud status.
  • The Nets get Troy Murphy: Murphy is now playing alongside a capable center in Brook Lopez who, unlike Roy Hibbert (who should get a couple more shots per game along with more caroms bouncing his way), knows how to rebound well. This should knock Murphy out of double-double land. Derrick Favors is the big loser here, as he can kiss his starting gig good-bye. Still, don’t be surprised if the rookie and the new-old dog split time on some nights. For the Pacers, things open up a bit for the likes of Paul George, Josh McRoberts and Mike Dunleavy, especially if Danny Granger moves to the PF spot.
  • The Hornets get Trevor Ariza: While this trade shifts talent to a vacuous SF spot in N.O., which shores up its starting unit and makes it look miles stronger than last season’s, the impact on Ariza’s value is probably minimal. Will playing with a great floor general like CP3 boost his field-goal percentage? Maybe. Will he do his best Peja Stojakovic impersonation and knock down threes like there’s no tomorrow? Yep. Essentially, Ariza takes his talented third-wheel act to New Orleans, which doesn’t exactly exude excitement. (In a separate deal, the Hornets sent Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli.) For the Rockets, the (ahem) budding Chase Budinger becomes an even more intriguing sleeper, while Shane Battier‘s minutes are more secure.
  • The Rockets get Courtney Lee: There’s no way Lee plays anywhere near the 33:30 per game he got last season in New Jersey, as he now becomes a backup to Kevin Martin. The big news here is Anthony Morrow, who is now the unquestioned starting SG (and the only viable one at the moment) for the Nets. Visions of 16/4/2 along with around 2.5 threes per game from Morrow are flashing in my head. He should follow Collison up your draft lists and might be worth a spot in the top 70.
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2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 11

by on Aug.11, 2010, under Mock drafts

Mario Chalmers

If you don't recognize this dude, it's time to start learning the name "Mario Chalmers." You'll be seeing him a lot on TV this season. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

The pickings are getting slimmer than than Fatboy — or Shady — or Carlos. (Ouch, 0-for-3.)

I’m already getting teary over the fact that we’re nearing the end of this delightful mocking adventure but there’s still work to be done, so let’s truck on, friends.

Concerning Luol Deng vs. Rashard “the hack” Lewis, it appears that things have nearly evened out. Regardless of the outcome, I’m glad Henry and I will have this trifling scuffle to keep track of throughout the season.

We’re not working with all that much in these parts, but what we have are a bunch of players who, like Henry said in round 10, have shots at making some serious comebacks. The rest of the picks basically force you to choose between the known and the unknown. The risks are certainly mitigated down in the last three rounds, but a steal down here will draw the ire and admiration of your opponents.

For you naughty ones who have to catch up, here are round oneround tworound threeround fourround fiveround sixround sevenround eight, round nine and round 10.

Now, onward to the almighty round 11: (continue reading…)

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Daily fantasy diagnosis: 4.5 (weekend wrap-up)

by on Apr.05, 2010, under Other

David Lee

Lee was downright mean this past weekend and had one of the more gargantuan triple-doubles this season. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]

Weekend Wonder: David Lee averaged 33 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1 block in two games. One of those games was a monstrous 37/20/10 line against the Warriors on Friday. Lee shot 58 percent from the field and 93 percent from the line in those outings.

Noteworthy Lines:
Taj Gibson (4/2) – 7-13 FG (54%), 14 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk, 1 TO

Anthony Morrow (4/2) – 16-23 FG (70%), 3 3ptm, 35 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 TO

Andre Iguodala (4/3) – 9-14 FG (64%), 11-14 FT (79%), 4 3ptm, 33 Pts, 8 Reb, 11 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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Daily fantasy recap: 3.3

by on Mar.03, 2010, under Quick hits

Dwyane Wade

Watch out - Wade's back on the prowl. (NBAE via Getty Images/Issac Baldizon)

[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]

Beast of the Night: Dwyane Wade lit up the Warriors with 35 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. He shot 65 percent (15-23) from the field, 63 percent (5-8) from the line and had 3 turnovers.

Noteworthy Lines:
Anthony Morrow – 10-22 FG (46%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 3ptm, 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 TO

Tyreke Evans – 7-17 FG (41%), 13-17 FT (77%), 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 TO

Russell Westbrook – 10-19 FG (53%), 9-11 FT (82%), 1 3ptm, 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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