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Fantasy Basketball Roundtable: Our most shameful draft picks

by on Dec.02, 2010, under Other

Rashard Lewis

A scarlet number for Lewis and his shameful cohorts in this post. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

This week I have the distinct pleasure of hosting the Fantasy Basketball Roundtable. My prediction for this week’s discussion? In the words of the great Clubber Lang, “Pain.”

Since all the respondents are devoted fantasy basketball bloggers and supposed “experts” in this wonderful field of study, I thought it would be nice for our readers to get a glimpse into our amateur moments — to humanize us and make us more relatable, if we weren’t already. Little did I know how afflicted the answers would turn out to be. They read like a series of tear-soaked letters from spurned lovers recounting regrettable romances that have all gone awry and ended in soul-crushing heartbreaks. Without further ado, here is the pointed question I put to our panel of fantasy basketball authorities:

Who has turned out to be your most shameful draft pick?

Get those handkerchiefs ready. Here are the dismal responses, with the shameful players’ names in red: (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 11.29.10 (Weekend Recap)

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Quick hits

Jason Richardson

J-Rich played out of his mind this past weekend. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Weekend Warrior: Jason Richardson steamrolled through the weekend, averaging 34 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 0.5 blocks and 6 threes in two games played. He shot 63 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line. Richardson’s been huge for his owners and has been putting up top-20 averages so far this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Jose Calderon (11/26): 5-9 FG (56%), 2 threes, 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 15 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 TO

Channing Frye (11/26): 6-11 FG (55%), 4 threes, 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk, 2 TO (continue reading…)

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Team analysis: Denver Nuggets

by on Oct.05, 2010, under Team analysis

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo was all smiles at media day, but his real-life drama could have implications for fantasy basketball, too. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson, Anthony Carter
SG: Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman, Kenyon Martin
C: Nene Hilario, Chris Andersen, D.J. Mbenga

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Carmelo Anthony – SF (Rd. 2): 29 Pts, 1 three, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
Chauncey Billups – PG (Rd. 2-3): 17 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl
Nene Hilario – F/C (Rd. 3-4): 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 1 Blk
J.R. Smith – G/F (Rd. 8-10): 14 Pts, 2 threes, 3.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Al Harringston – F/C (Rd. 8-10):  15.5 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 1 Stl
Chris Andersen – F/C (Rd. 12+): 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 2.5  Blk
Ty Lawson – PG (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 4 Ast, 1 Stl
Arron Afflalo – SG (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb
Shelden Williams – PF (Rd. 13+): 4 Pts, 4 Reb (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: 3.15 (weekend wrap-up)

by on Mar.15, 2010, under Quick hits

Stephen Curry

Curry bakes dinosaurs, too. (NBAE via Getty Images/Jack Arent)

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

Weekend Wonder: Stephen Curry ravaged the Raptors on Saturday with 35 points, 5 threes, 6 rebound, 10 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. He shot 62 percent (13-21) from the floor, 100 percent (4-4) from the line and had 2 turnovers. In fantasy terms, Curry is clearly the rookie of the year.

Noteworthy Lines:
Andre Iguodala (3/12) – 12-24 FG (50%), 5-9 FT (565), 1 3ptm, 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO

Mike Miller (3/13) – 2-3 FG (67%), 4 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO

J.R. Smith (3/13) – 11-16 FG (69%), 1-2 FT (50%), 7 3ptm, 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast (continue reading…)

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