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Jumping to conclusions after Week 1: Where ‘Office Space’ and fantasy basketball collide

by on Oct.31, 2010, under Other, Quick hits

The short first week of the 2010-11 NBA season is nearly in the books, which means it’s prime time for impatient fantasy owners to jump to conclusions. Below is a post that blends two of my favorite things: fantasy basketball (of course) and the classic film “Office Space.” For those of you deprived souls who have yet to see the movie, below is a clip that explains the relevance of the film to this post:

So, without further ado, here is a list of conclusions some fantasy owners may have jumped to after the first handful of games played this season, along with the related comments-from-the-mat in parentheses. (continue reading…)

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Team analysis: Philadelphia 76ers

by on Sep.13, 2010, under Team analysis

Elton Brand

Is Brand primed for a bounce-back season?

Depth chart:
PG: Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams
SG: Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks
SF: Andre Iguodala, Andres Nocioni, Jason Kapono
PF: Thaddeus Young, Darius Songaila, Craig Brackins
C: Elton Brand, Spencer HawesMarreese SpeightsTony Battie

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Andre Iguodala – G/F (Rd. 2-3): 16.5 Pts, 1 three, 6 Reb, 5.5 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Elton Brand – F/C (Rd. 9-10): 14 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1.5 Blk
Jrue Holiday – PG (Rd. 9-11): 12 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 4.5 Ast, 1 Stl
Lou Williams – G (Rd. 11+):  11 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl
Evan Turner – G/F (Rd. 11+):  10.5 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast
Thaddeus Young – F (Rd. 12+): 11 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1 Stl
Spencer Hawes – C (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1 Blk
Andres Nocioni – F (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 1 three (continue reading…)

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Do or die: 9 Fantasy basketball players on the verge of being ‘expendable’ (poll)

by on Aug.19, 2010, under Other

Yao Ming

What does Yaouch Ming have to do with Dolph Lundgren? Probably nothing, but whatever. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

With every new season there’s a fresh list of fantasy basketball players that are on the verge of being given up on. Some of these players are walking DNPs that have one more shot to prove that they can play a full season, or something close to it; others are players who have coyly toed the line between fantasy goodness and fantasy greatness for a few seasons and are testing our collective patience; others have failed to fulfill past “sleeper” labels; still others are former studs who have regressed into duds in recent seasons and have one last shot at a redemptive comeback season before they’re permanently locked in the cellar.

Here’s a list of nine such players teetering on the edge of utter hopelessness this season (from a nine-category perspective), along with a rating of how close they are to being lost causes. We’ll use an uber-macho scale of Dolph Lundgrens (1 = not that close from final doom, 5 = direly close). Why nine, and why Dolphs? Look no further than here for a visual explanation.

It’s go time. (continue reading…)

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2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 9

by on Aug.09, 2010, under Mock drafts

Ben Gordon

I'm afraid to place a caption here. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

We’ve finally reached the other side of the draft — the half that’s rife with question marks, nauseating picks and old names that bring back haunting memories. For some fantasy owners, these are the rounds that are akin to flipping through photos of your ex-lovers — the ones that broke your heart and made you the bitter drafter you are today. But maybe it’s time to let go of that bitterness and practice some forgiveness. There are hints of redemption in these waters, as players who’ve burned us in the past are in new situations that might be conducive to something of a comeback.

Many might not think much of these later rounds but that’s a mistake. Will any of these players make or break your fantasy success this season? Unlikely. However, some of these guys could turn out being staples in your starting lineups, while others might just save you the heartache of a poorly used roster spot. Besides, there are still plenty of intriguing players in the shallower end of this fantasy draft.

Henry did a solid job in round eight. The biggest surprise, of course, was Tiago Splitter at No. 95. I like Splitter and expect that he stands a very good chance at justifying this pick — I just think he could’ve been had in the last round or two. Nevertheless, I understand the lack of stimulating options around these parts, and I also appreciate that if there’s a player you really dig and must have, you might have to jump on him a round or two early to ensure you’ll have him, especially in the latter rounds.

If you’re just joining the party, here are round oneround tworound threeround fourround fiveround six, round seven and the already-referenced round eight. Now let’s mosey on over to round nine, which includes a poll and new visuals (you have permission to get excited): (continue reading…)

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Daily fantasy recap: 1.11 (weekend wrap-up)

by on Jan.11, 2010, under Quick hits

LeBron James

James is always the consummate star and might have to have this weekend honor named after him. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

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

Beast of the Night: LeBron James averaged 38 points, 8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.5 threes in two games this past weekend. He shot 53 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line but also averaged 5.5 turnovers.

Notable lines:
Tim Duncan (1/8): 12-29 FG (63%), 7-9 FT (78%), 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk, 3 TO

Amar’e Stoudemire (1/8): 8-17 FG (47%), 2-3 FT (67%), 18 Pts, 18 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO

Boris Diaw (1/9): 3-11 FG (27%), 1 3ptm, 7 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO (continue reading…)

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