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Fantasy Basketball: Suspensions and Injuries to Start the 2011-12 NBA Season

by on Dec.22, 2011, under Injuries, Quick hits

Klay Thompson

Thompson could see heavy minutes early in his rookie season, thanks to Curry's tender ankle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Suspensions and injuries will play the roles of spoilers for some fantasy owners at the outset of the 2011-12 NBA season. To that end, below is a quick list of players who will start the season serving suspensions or injured, and the players who stand to benefit because of those unfortunate circumstances.

You can read the full post on DimeMag.com.

Andrew Bynum (suspended for the first five games of the season for his cheap shot on J.J. Barea): Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy

Charlie Villanueva (suspended for the first five games of the season for a scuffle with Ryan Hollins): Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, Tayshaun Prince

Jarrett Jack (suspended for the first game of the season for a reckless-driving violation): n/a

Jeff Green (heart surgery, out for the season): Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic (continue reading…)

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Roundup of NBA News: Love Lost Weight, Carter to Be Cut, Bynum Improves

by on Dec.05, 2011, under Free agents, Injuries, Quick hits

The quickly approaching Dec. 25 start to the somewhat unexpected 2011-12 NBA season means fantasy owners are like students cramming for a big exam. Here are a few tidbits to help you ace your drafts:

  • Kevin Love

    Love will have to lift less weight off the ground when grabbing 'bounds this season. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Kevin Love is reportedly “25 pounds lighter than when he left following last season.” This bodes well for his ability to maintain, if not exceed, his stellar fantasy value from last season. I can’t see any reason why Love would fall out of the top five spots in any fantasy basketball draft this season.

 

  • Vince Carter is expected to be waived by the Phoenix Suns, which opens up the door (as expected) for Jared Dudley to step in and start. In 15 starts last season, Dudley averaged 51.8% FG, 77% FT, 1.7 3PTM, 16.3 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 2.2 Ast, 2.1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 1.2 TO. In the 65 games he played (15 of which he started, 50 of which he came off the bench) from Dec. 2, 2010, through the end of last season, Dudley put up top 80 value. Call him a sleeper if you want, but Dudley should’ve already been on your radars. He’ll be a bargain if he falls into the last quarter of your draft. Carter, meanwhile, could land on a team in need of a SG, but don’t be fooled — his days of being a reliably productive fantasy asset are over. (continue reading…)
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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Toronto Raptors

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Team analysis

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan has a shot at returning some solid fantasy value next season -- if his three-point shooting has actually improved. (Flickr/GAMEFACE-PHOTOS)

Depth chart:
PG: Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless
SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems**
SF: James Johnson, Linas Kleiza, Julian Wright*
PF: Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Joey Dorsey*, Reggie Evans*
C: Andrea Bargnani, Solomon Alabi, Alexis Ajinca*

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent
(continue reading…)

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2010-11 Fantasy week 23 preview

by on Mar.27, 2011, under Quick hits

Carlos Delfino

Delfino's been drilling a lot of threes lately. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Game watch:
4 games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, NJ, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SA, WAS
3 games: ATL, DEN, DET, GS, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NO, ORL, TOR, UTA
2 games: NY

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Jodie Meeks: he should be owned in your league; averaging 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, three three-pointers made, 50 percent from the field and 93 percent from the charity stripe in March
  • Jarrett Jack: his past two games have been solid, though he’s tough to rely on
  • Chris Andersen: he’ll always chip in some blocks when he’s playing, but his 17/11/1/2/5 line on Friday was a doozy (continue reading…)
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2010-11 Fantasy week 21 preview

by on Mar.13, 2011, under Quick hits

Tyler Hansbrough

You'd be psycho not to go and grab Hansbrough off the waiver wire. (NBA.com)

Game watch:
4 games: BOS, DAL, DEN, GS, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, NJ, NY, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
3 games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NO, ORL, SA, TOR, UTA

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Tyler Hansbrough: starting gig appears secure, averaging 17.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals so far this month
  • Chase Budinger: doing good things with his starting job, putting up 14.7 points, four rebounds, 2.2 assists, one steal and 1.3 threes per game this month
  • Nenad Krstic: averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in March, making him worth a definite look if you need a big man (continue reading…)
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