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Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings: Top 150 for the 2012-13 NBA Season

by on Aug.17, 2012, under Rankings

The Olympics are over, which means we won’t be seeing stuff like this again anytime soon (maybe ever):

 

Yep, that’s NBA champion LeBron James with a wicked bounce pass to Kevin Durant. Not only is that a sick play — it’s also a smooth transition into the point of this post, because that GIF shows the top two players in the land of fantasy basketball.

The NBA offseason is in a lull, but fantasy basketball owners should never be. But if you’ve allowed yourself to kick back and hop out of the stream of NBA news and moves for a bit, who can blame you? So for those who have to reacquaint themselves with the league, and for those who are already up to speed, I present to you an early iteration of the top 150 fantasy basketball players for the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season. (The rankings assume nine categories and a head-to-head format.)

Here’s a quick peek at the top 25 players: (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.10.12

by on Apr.10, 2012, under Quick hits

Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry

Dragic is the Rocket of the hour. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Beast of the Night: Goran Dragic finished with 22 points, two rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four three-pointers. He shot 57 percent (8-14) from the floor and 67 percent (2-3) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. Since becoming a starter exactly a month ago, Dragic has averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.1 threes per game, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line. Those are top five numbers. Kyle Lowry‘s return shouldn’t damage Dragic’s fantasy value too much the rest of the way.

Lines for Discussion:
Kemba Walker: 5-14 FG (36%), 4-4 FT (100%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; his field-goal percentage is a downer, but he’s averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 threes per game as a starter this season

Zach Randolph: 4-11 FG (36%), 2-4 FT (50%), 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 TO; he’s hit double-double territory in three consecutive games

Danilo Gallinari: 4-11 FG (36%), 5-6 FT (83%), 2 threes, 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Gallo has averaged top 30 numbers this season, but has only played in 54 percent of the Nuggets’ games (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.9.12 (Weekend Review)

by on Apr.09, 2012, under Quick hits

Kevin Durant

Yep, KD is No. 1. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Weekend Wonder: Kevin Durant averaged 33.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, 2.0 blocks and 3.5 threes in two games over the weekend. He shot 58 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line, and averaged 2.5 turnovers per game in that stretch. He continues to hold onto that crown as the most valuable fantasy basketball player of the 2011-12 NBA season.

Lines for Discussion:
Raymond Felton (4/6): 12-18 FG (67%), 1-1 FT (100%), 5 threes, 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO: through the first five games of April, Felton is averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 threes

Goran Dragic (4/6): 8-19 FG (42%), 7-8 FT (88%), 3 threes, 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; in 17 games as a starter for the Rockets this season, Dragic is averaging 18.1 points, 3.5 boards, 8.8 assist, 1.9 steals and 1.9 threes, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line

Eric Gordon (4/7): 3-12 FG (25%), 3-5 FT (60%), 1 three, 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Gordon’s fantasy value next season is a bit of a question mark, but it’d be a surprise to see him drop below the third round (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.15.12

by on Mar.15, 2012, under Quick hits

Channing Frye

Frye, Suns, hot -- you make the funny caption. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Beast of the Night: Channing Frye posted 26 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and five three-pointers last night. He shot 56 percent (10-18) from the floor and 100 percent (1-1) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. After a poor start to the season, Frye has picked things up since February. He’s been a top 70 asset so far this season, which is about in line with expectations.

Lines for Discussion:
Evan Turner: 9-11 FG (82%), 2-4 FT (50%), 1 three, 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk; in his last four games, Turner is averaging 21.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 threes, while shooting 64 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line

Kris Humphries: 7-18 FG (39%), 2-2 FT (100%), 16 Pts, 21 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk, 3 TO; Hump seems pretty happy without Deron Williams and Brook Lopez around

Jeremy Lin: 2-4 FG (50%), 2-2 FT (100%), 6 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 6 TO; this was just one game, and it was a blowout victory — give this a few more games before making any conclusions (continue reading…)

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Team analysis: Phoenix Suns

by on Sep.11, 2010, under Team analysis

Robin Lopez

Get ready to meet The Other Lopez Brother this season. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Steve Nash, Goran Dragic
SG: Jason Richardson, Josh Childress, Matt Janning
SF: Grant Hill, Jared Dudley
PF: Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick, Earl Clark, Gani Lawal
C: Robin Lopez, Channing Frye, Dwayne Jones

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Steve Nash – PG (Rd. 2): 16 Pts, 1.5 threes, 3 Reb, 9.5 Ast
Jason Richardson
– G/F (Rd. 4-5): 17 Pts, 2.5 threes, 4.5 Reb, 1 Stl
Hedo Turkoglu – F (Rd. 4-5):  14 Pts, 2 threes, 5.5 Reb, 5 Ast
Robin Lopez – F/C (Rd. 8-10):  11 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1.5 Blk
Channing Frye – F/C (Rd. 9-11): 10 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb
Josh Childress – G/F (Rd. 12+): 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl
Grant Hill – G/F (Rd. 13+): 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl
Jared Dudley – F (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1.5 threes, 3 Reb, 1 Stl
Hakim Warrick – F/C (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 4 Reb
Goran Dragic – G (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1 three, 3.5 Ast (continue reading…)

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