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Buy Low, Sell High: Fantasy Week 1 (Dimemag.com)

by on Oct.30, 2009, under Quick hits

Impatience can work in your favor if you can work it the right way. Many people, including you maybe, are quick to judge players based on just a game or two, despite the many reasons not to.

O'Neal is off to a solid start, but don't expect it to last. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

O'Neal is off to a solid start, which makes it a perfect time to shop him. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

So, for the sake of helping you channel this impatience into something to your advantage, here’s a list of players to buy low and sell high, which I posted on Dimemag.com today. (Click here for the actual post and more details.)

Buy Low:

  • Richard Jefferson: will adjust to new team soon
  • Al Jefferson: as Achilles heals, so will his value
  • Antawn Jamison: out a few more games, but grab him now
  • J.R. Smith: ditto
  • Rashard Lewis: ditto
  • D.J. Augustin: being dropped like he’s hot, but should still have substantial value
  • Tony Parker: hard fall took down his numbers too; won’t be this cheap ever again

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Charlotte Bobcats: Team analysis

by on Oct.01, 2009, under Team analysis

Studs: Gerald Wallace

Duds: Tyson Chandler

The Charlotte Bobcats are a tricky team to assess – they’re always dealing with injuries, and with a new (injury-prone) center and a new style of play set to be integrated into its offense, the Bobcats are somewhat of a mystery.

Wallace should boost his stats in a run-and-gun offense - if he can stay healthy. (Flickr/Kenyaboy7)

Wallace should boost his stats in a run-and-gun offense - if he can stay healthy. (Flickr/Kenyaboy7)

An offense with more emphasis on running should boost most of the players’ productivity on a team that seems fit for a faster pace. This bodes especially well for Wallace, Raymond FeltonD.J. Augustin and Raja Bell, who will surely welcome anything that resembles the Phoenix Suns offense that made him so valuable a few years ago (so long as he remains on board). Boris Diaw is the keystone in this plan and his recovery from an ankle injury serves as a reminder of how vulnerable to injuries this team’s success is.

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Quick hits: T-Mac, K-Mart, Bobcats, Beasley

by on Sep.21, 2009, under Quick hits

  • Nick Friedell at ESPN Chicago is shedding more light on Tracy McGrady’s off-season recovery. This will surely add much fuel to the fire of optimism that seems to be brewing for T-Mac this season. While it appears that McGrady is getting sexier and sexier by the day, don’t befooled – he’s still the same risk he was last season, and the season before that, and the season before that… You get the picture. Yes, this is good news for him, especially as a human being recovering from physical and mental hardships, but don’t fall for him just yet. If you do find yourself with McGrady on your roster, look to deal him rather than hold onto him.
  • Rick Bonell at The Charlotte Observer lists 10 things he observed at the Bobcats pick-up games last week, and there are lots of juicy bits of information there. Among them are:
    • T-Mac is looking sexier by the day - but remain wary. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

      T-Mac is looking sexier by the day - but remain wary. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

      Tyson Chandler isn’t playing yet, but is working on screen-and-roll plays with Raymond Felton.

    • Nazr Mohammed looks like he’s in great shape. (Regardless, so long as Chandler is healthy, Mohammed has little value.)
    • D.J. Augustin seems to be fully recovered from the abdominal injury that plagued him last year.
  • Kenyon Martin had some interesting things to say to the Sports Guys at 104.3 The Fan in Denver. He says his legs “feel great” and that he has his “hops back,” adding that he hasn’t felt this great in five years. This is good news for K-Mart, who is a solid fantasy play when given enough minutes, but he’ll have a hard time finding playing time with Nene and the emerging Chris Andersen ready to battle for significant playing time in the front court.
  • Michael Beasley has returned to the Miami Heat after spending a month in rehab, according to the Associated Press. He worked out with the team on Monday and “easily” passed the conditioning test. This is good news, but wait to see whether or not the second-year forward can sustain consistent production this year.
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