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Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: 2012-13 Houston Rockets

by on Oct.12, 2012, under Team analysis

Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik

Lin and Asik are the two new faces in Houston to get excited about. They also look kinda funny next to each other.

Depth chart:

PG: Jeremy Lin Toney Douglas Scott Machado Shaun Livingston
SG: Kevin Martin Jeremy Lamb Kyle Fogg Demetri McCamey
SF: Chandler Parsons Carlos Delfino Terrence Jones Gary Forbes
PF: Patrick Patterson Royce White Marcus Morris JaJuan Johnson
C: Omer Asik Donatas Motiejunas Greg Smith Jon Brockman

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft round (PDR) and per-game stats:

Name: Position: PDR: FG%: FT%: 3PTM: Pts: Reb: Ast: Stl: Blk: TO:
Jeremy Lin PG 5 43% 80% 1.0 19.3 3.5 8.3 2.0 0.3 3.7
Kevin Martin SG 7 43% 90% 2.2 17.0 2.3 2.5 1.0 0.1 2.2
Omer Asik C 7 50% 50% - 7.0 10.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.0
Chandler Parsons SF/PF 9 45% 65% 1.3 10.0 4.7 2.5 1.5 0.5 1.5
Carlos Delfino SG/SF 10 40% 75% 1.5 8.0 3.0 2.0 1.3 0.2 1.0
Patrick Patterson C/PF 11+ 45% 70% - 8.3 5.7 0.7 0.5 0.8 0.8
Jeremy Lamb SG/SF 11+ 45% 80% 1.0 7.5 2.7 0.7 0.5 0.3 1.0

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Jeremy Lin Leaves the Knicks, Is a Rocket Again (Roundup)

by on Jul.18, 2012, under Chain gang, Free agents, Quick hits

Jeremy Lin

Good one, New York Post.

New York City is feeLin a little less Linsane this morning, now that the NBA’s Linderella story is heading to Houston. Sorry, had to get that out of my system now that this chapter of the Jeremy Lin saga is closed.

We all saw the writing on the wall well before it became official, but at 11:59 p.m. EDT last night, the New York Knicks declined to match Lin’s ridiculous three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets, officially saving the Knicks from financial ruin in 2014-15 ridding the Knicks of its most exciting player — in exchange for nothing — and potentially setting up Rockets fans for an exciting season of Lin-Omer Asik pick-and-rolls.

I know you didn’t come here to read a fantasy basketball blogger’s take on the matter (not that you can’t tell from the previous sentence), so here’s my projection for Lin’s fantasy value next season: Unless Toney Douglas somehow finds his way again, Lin will be the unquestionable starting point guard in Houston, which bodes well for his fantasy value. On a gutted team devoid of much talent, Lin should have plenty of opportunities to shoot and put up gaudy lines. However, it remains to be seen how well he’ll hold up during an entire season against defenses that are now readier to stop him — the lack of help on his squad probably hurts his fantasy appeal in this regard. Expect solid points and assists from Lin, but also be wary of what’s sure to be an awful lot of turnovers. Spending a sixth- or seventh-round pick on Lin sounds sensible in leagues that count turnovers; in leagues that don’t count turnovers, he shouldn’t fall below the fourth round.

The Internet is a treasure trove in times like these, so below are the links you need to be the man/woman of the hour at your local watercooler today: (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.21.12

by on Mar.21, 2012, under Quick hits

Marcus Thornton

Thornton's been an outright stud this season. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Beast of the Night: Marcus Thornton finished with 31 points, seven boards, six assists, three steals and three three-pointers. He shot 55 percent (12-22) from the field and 67 percent (4-6) from the free-throw line, and had one turnover. Thornton has averaged 30.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.3 threes since a string of three consecutive bad showings earlier this month. For the season, he’s putting up top 25 numbers.

Lines for Discussion:
Nick Young: 5-13 FG (38%), 2-2 FT (100%), 1 three, 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; Young has a sure grip on that starting SG gig, so expect him to to be a decent source of points and threes, along with a poor field-goal percentage, from here on out

Roy Hibbert: 4-8 FG (50%), 5-5 FT (100%), 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Hibbert’s habit of fading as a season progresses continues

Jeremy Lin: 6-10 FG (60%), 4-4 FT (100%), 2 threes, 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; since Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup, Lin has been a top 50 fantasy asset (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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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.1.12

by on Mar.01, 2012, under Quick hits

 

Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

Don't worry, Pau -- no one could keep up with Crawford last night. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

Beast of the Night: Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and five threes in his second consecutive start last night. He shot 53 percent (8-15) from the floor and had one turnover. Crawford looks set to continue being the Blazers’ starting point guard, relegating the struggling Raymond Felton to the bench. So long as he’s starting, Crawford will see a nice bump in value.

Lines for Discussion:
Drew Gooden: 7-15 FG (47%), 9-9 FT (100%), 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; his health, as usual, remains something worth monitoring throughout the rest of the season

Kevin Garnett: 9-18 FG (50%), 7-9 FT (78%), 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; all Garnett’s numbers (except for his turnovers) are better when he’s a starting center this season

Jeremy Lin: 6-12 FG (50%), 7-9 FT (78%), 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; if Baron Davis can continue to give a solid 15-20 minutes a night, and if Lin can continue to keep his turnovers down, the Harvard grad will have a shot at maintaining top 35 value (continue reading…)

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