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Daily fantasy recap: 12.10

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Quick hits


Kobe was sick as usual last night. (NBAE via Getty Images/Noah Graham)

Kobe was sick as usual last night. (NBAE via Getty Images/Noah Graham)

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

Beast of the Night: Kobe Bryant was a stud last night, finishing with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 turnovers. He hit 1 three and shot 53 percent (10-19) from the floor and 75 percent (6-8) from the line. Kobe’s offensive load has lightened since Pau Gasol‘s return, but he remains an elite fantasy force.

Notable lines:
Brandon Roy – 11-21 FG (52%), 6-10 FT (60%), 1 3ptm, 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 TO

Allen Iverson – 3-10 FG (30%), 5-6 FT (83%), 11 Pts, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 6 TO

Rodney Stuckey – 10-19 FG (53%), 7-7 FT (100%), 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO (continue reading…)

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Rotoworld’s mock draft results

by on Aug.10, 2009, under Rankings

Rotoworld, a top-notch source for frequently and instantly updated fantasy NBA news and buzz, recently posted results from a mock draft it organized with people from various basketball media outlets.  The first three rounds are posted, and the later rounds are summarized.

Here are the results for the first three rounds:

Round 1:

Is Howard a first round pick? Probably not, given his dismal free-throw shooting and frequent turnovers.  (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Is Howard a first round pick? Probably not, given his dismal free-throw shooting and frequent turnovers. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

1. LeBron James
2. Chris Paul
3. Dwyane Wade
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Danny Granger
6. Kevin Durant
7. Dirk Nowitzki
8. Amar’e Stoudemire
9. Brandon Roy
10. Dwight Howard
11. Pau Gasol
12. Chris Bosh

Round 2:

13. Deron Williams
14. Jose Calderon
15. Al Jefferson
16. Caron Butler
17. Chauncey Billups
18. Kevin Garnett
19. Steve Nash
20. Kevin Martin
21. Antawn Jamison
22. Andre Iguodala
23. Carmelo Anthony
24. Joe Johnson

Round 3:

25. Tim Duncan
26. Derrick Rose
27. LaMarcus Aldridge
28. Devin Harris
29. Rashard Lewis
30. Josh Smith
31. Carlos Boozer
32. Vince Carter
33. Elton Brand
34. Gerald Wallace
35. Brook Lopez
36. Troy Murphy

See the actual results post at Rotoworld to read reactions from the fantastic Steve Alexander.

All in all, the first two rounds are about in line with projected rankings that we posted here for rounds one and two, with a few exceptions of course.

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Fantasy draft rankings: Round 2

by on Aug.06, 2009, under Rankings

These rankings are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league with nine categories (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers).

See Round 1 here.

  1. Brandon Roy: Roy just signed a five-year extension with the Portland Trail Blazers for between $72 million to $82 million.  This is big bucks for a big-time player.  After notching rookie of the year honors, the aptly named Roy has gone on to have two all-star seasons for the Trail Blazers.  With Andre Miller on board, Roy will have less ball handling duties, which could impact his assists in minor fashion, but could mean that he breaks the 24-ppg mark this season.  He’s a reliable all-around player who could easily be taken in the first round of most drafts.
  2. A healthy Butler means big stats for your fantasy roster. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    A healthy Butler means big stats for your fantasy roster. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Caron Butler:  The productive small forward for the Washington Wizards played well last season but struggled because of nagging injuries.  Assuming he starts this year healthy, and assuming that Gilbert Arenas will be running the show again in D.C., Tough Juice should return to prime form this season.  With Arenas hopefully back, Butler’s turnovers will most likely decrease.  Having Mike Miller on board should also lighten Butler’s physical burden.

  3. Andre Iguodala:  AI9, as Iguodala dubs himself on Twitter, has already proven that he can put together fantastic all-around numbers.  His battle this year will be for more consistency.  With the departure of Miller, Iguodala now takes the reins as the on-court leader of this team.  A healthy Elton Brand will affect Iguodala’s stats in a positive way, but that is far from a certainty.  Expect him to break through the 20-ppg barrier, hand out more assists and, consequently, more turnovers.
  4. Joe Johnson:  Another great all-around producer, Johnson doesn’t really hurt you anywhere.  His near-guaranteed minutes in the Atlanta Hawks lineup also helps to make him a reliable stud in fantasy leagues.  Expect him to pick up right where he left off, with averages of 20/4/6 with 2 three-pointers per game as reasonable expectations.
  5. Jason Kidd:  He’ll start the season at 36 years old, but that won’t keep him from flirting with triple-doubles every now and then.  Kidd’s field goal percentage (41.6 percent last season) is painful, but his three-point shooting, free-throw shooting and all around game (not to mention his ability to make two thefts per game) still make him a valuable asset on your fantasy roster.  With the addition of Shawn Marion on the Dallas Mavericks, expect Kidd to have a couple more easy opportunities for assists each game.  Don’t let the absence of double digits on his stat sheet fool you: Kidd can still play.
  6. Chauncey Billups:  Yes, Billups is entering this season at 33 years of age, but his game is crafted for longevity.  His efficiency is what makes him so valuable every year and that shouldn’t change this season.
  7. Jose Calderon:  Placing the Spaniard this high in the second round may be a bit hopeful, but the man can play.  He put up solid figures in 68 games last season, all the while struggling to play through a nagging hamstring injury.  With his health fully back and with a new sharpshooter in Hedo Turkoglu to find out on the perimeter, Calderon could finally break into double-double territory.
  8. Steve Nash:  He’s old (35) but with the Phoenix Suns’ Shaq-free roster looking more like it did under Mike D’Antoni, Nash’s stats could see a small revival this season.  Nash is also one of the most efficient players in the entire league, with stunning shooting percentages all around.
  9. Dwight Howard:  Some will be surprised to see him this low, but with crippling free-throw shooting and lots of turnovers it’s hard to put Howard higher than this.  True, he’ll almost single-handedly win you rebounds and blocks each week, but he’ll also almost submerge your team’s free throw percentage.  You know what you’ll get with Howard, and if you can structure your team to accommodate his weaknesses, he’s as great as they come.
  10. Tim Duncan:  Duncan is a lock for about 19/11 with 2 blocks per game.  His free-throw percentage is the only thing to frown at.  Otherwise, Duncan is always a steadying presence on any fantasy roster.
  11. Kevin Garnett:  If he’s healthy, expect KG to come back with a vengeance.  While it’s sometimes dangerous to use a player’s personal attributes as the basis for fantasy expectations, Garnett’s fire and hunger cannot be ignored here.  He won’t see more than 32 minutes per game, but his high shooting percentages and consistent mix of steals, blocks and rebounds still make him valuable in fantasy leagues.  Just know that he carries more injury risk now than we’re accustomed to.
  12. Antawn Jamison:  For some reason, Jamison always seem to be underrated in most fantasy leagues.  Nevertheless, he remains a very helpful power forward who is good for one or two three-pointers per night, along with 20+ points and 8+ rebounds.
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Miller signs with the Trail Blazers

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Free agents

It’s official: you can take Andre Miller’s name off of this morning’s post about the top 10 available free agents.

The underrated point guard has left the Philadelphia 76ers to join the Portland Trail Blazers, reportedly signing a 3-year deal worth $21 million, with $14 million guaranteed and the other $7 million as a third-year option.

Let’s get right to it.

Fantasy impact:

  • Portland:
    • Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller now has many offensive options to pass the ball to.  Last season, with Elton Brand out for the majority of the year, Andre Iguodala was essentially the only reliable teammate Miller had on offense.  As a Trail Blazer, he now has Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge as his go-to guys, not to mention other capable scorers like Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw.  Expect Miller’s numbers to return to 2006-07 form, with 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game as feasible expectations.  It may take him a few weeks to get used to his new teammates, but expect nothing short of a strong fantasy season for the new Trail Blazer.

    • Roy now has a very competent partner in the backcourt who can handle the ball in pressure situations.  Don’t expect his numbers to change too drastically now that Miller’s here.  His points will probably see a boost and his assists might see a minor dip, but any change in Roy’s nightly stats should help his overall fantasy value, which is already quite high.  His development can only be helped by Miller’s presence.
    • Aldridge was already on an upward climb and the addition of Miller shouldn’t change that too much.  It will be interesting to see how Miller plays with Aldridge, given that the former 76ers point guard was only given 29 games to play with Brand, another skilled offensive power forward.
    • Steve Blake, the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers, has the most to lose here.  He’ll obviously see fewer minutes, which means that his fantasy value will be minor and only relevant in deeper leagues where his three-point shooting prowess will be helpful.  It’s a shame because Blake was an underrated fantasy point guard and showed flashes of real talent last season.
    • Greg Oden has resorted to seeing a psychologist to help him rebuild his confidence.  Miller might do some to help in that area, too.  While Oden’s teammates can offer encouragement through words, Miller will be able to encourage him the most on the court.  Don’t expect a huge improvement from Oden, but his natural talent and his new point guard’s guidance will most likely breathe some new life into the discouraged big man.  However, as always, his health is his worst enemy.
    • Jerryd Bayless, the second-year point guard who has shown that he can play in this league, will see his playing time held down by Miller’s arrival.
  • Philadelphia:
    • Louis Williams is the biggest winner here.  He’s got the starting point guard job now and will see way more than the 23:41 per night he saw last season.  Williams is a surefire scorer, but shoots a low percentage from the field.  Look for about 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists per game from Williams, with a low field goal percentage.
    • Jrue Holiday, the rookie point guard who is now the team’s second in command at the point, is still probably too raw to make any kind of fantasy impact this season.  He’ll get more minutes than he would have if Miller had re-signed, but don’t get your hopes up too high for Holiday.
    • Look for the rest of the 76ers roster to hurt a bit from Miller’s departure.  Williams isn’t as much of a distributor as Miller was, and with two green point guards the 76ers’ offense will be a bit rough around the edges.
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