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2010-11 Fantasy week 14 preview

by on Jan.23, 2011, under Quick hits

Ryan Anderson

That's right -- Mr. Anderson, you're the fantasy basketball story of the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Game watch:
4 games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, GS, HOU, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJ, NO, NY, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 games: ATL, CHI, DAL, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, SA
2 games: POR

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Ryan Anderson: averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 threes in January; he should be owned in nearly all leagues by now
  • Chuck Hayes: getting plenty of run at center for the Rockets, doing everything pretty well
  • Rudy Fernandez: on a hot streak, could benefit so long as the roster is this depleted
  • Mike Miller: monster game Saturday (without Dwyane Wade) deserves attention, but he’s not likely to be anything more than some threes on most nights
  • Ronny Turiaf: lost his starting gig again, but he’s worth monitoring for his shot-blocking ability (continue reading…)
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2010-11 Fantasy week 9 preview

by on Dec.19, 2010, under Quick hits

Hedo Turkoglu

Guess who's back in Orlando? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

For Next Week:
4 games: CHI, ORL, SA
3 games: ATL, CLE, DEN, GS, LAC, MIA, MIL, MIN, NO, OKC, PHI, PHO, WAS
2 games: BOS, CHA, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, NJ, NY, POR, SAC, UTA
1 game: TOR

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Brandon Bass: at worst, he’ll be in a timeshare at PF with Hedo Turkoglu; at best, the PF spot
  • Nick Young: his 30-point game on Saturday shows his value with Gilbert Arenas out of town, but he’s still mostly points and threes
  • Marcin Gortat: he’ll get more minutes than he did in Orlando, which makes him worth consideration in most leagues
  • Reggie Williams: his time is short, but so long as Curry is out, Williams is worth owning
  • Leandro Barbosa: he’s scored in double digits in five straight games (continue reading…)
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2010-11 Fantasy week 7 preview

by on Dec.05, 2010, under Quick hits

Beno Udrih

Guess who got his starting job back? This guy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Game watch:
4 games: ATL, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIN, NY, OKC, ORL, POR, TOR, UTA
3 games: BOS, CHA, DAL, GS, HOU, MEM, MIL, NJ, NO, PHI, PHO, SAC, SA, WAS

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Josh McRoberts: putting up solid numbers across the board lately, playing minutes at center
  • Shane Battier: has blocked at least one shot in 15 straight games, playing well lately
  • Marvin Williams: worth a look so long as Joe Johnson is out
  • Larry Sanders: worth a look if you need blocks in a deep league
  • Glen Davis: has been solid for most of the season (continue reading…)
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Magic’s Lewis suspended 10 games by NBA for failed drug test

by on Aug.07, 2009, under Uncategorized

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis was suspended for 10 games by the NBA for failing a drug test on Thursday.  He claims that he was not aware that the over-the-counter substance was banned by the league, though some may see that as an untenable excuse.

Lewis was caught cheating.  This isn't good for his fantasy value or his teammates'.  (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Lewis was caught cheating. This isn't good for his fantasy value or his teammates'. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Lewis will also lose out on $1.6 million of his $18 million pay this season.

Thoughts on the actual incident aside, this clearly does not bode well for Lewis’ fantasy value.  True, 10 games isn’t a huge portion of the season, but it’ll mean that he won’t be able to be inserted into lineups for about three weeks.  Also, if this episode has a detrimental effect on his psychological confidence, this could spell some trouble for Lewis, who is one of the more efficient, consistent and valuable forwards in the NBA, both in reality and for fantasy purposes.

This may also have a negative effect on Lewis’ team, which is filled with new players.  Not only will the team have to get used to its new chemistry at the start of the season, but it will have to adjust again when Lewis returns.  This could mean some inconsistency from players like Vince Carter, Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass, though these players will see extra run in the first 10 games of the year.

Lewis is still a solid second or third round pick in most leagues, but if you shy away from picking him because he’s missing the first few weeks of the season, no one can blame you.

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