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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: 3.29.12

by on Mar.29, 2012, under Quick hits

Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

Not even Najera can stop Love. (AP Photo/Chuck Burto)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Love continued his hot streak with 40 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and four three-pointers. He shot 45 percent (14-31) from the field and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. In his last four games, Love is averaging 37.3 points, 16.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal, 2.0 blocks and 4.0 threes, the best fantasy numbers in the league during that time period.

Lines for Discussion:
Carmelo Anthony: 9-15 FG (60%), 5-6 FT (83%), 2 threes, 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Melo’s numbers should improve so long as Amar’e Stoudemire is out

Andrea Bargnani: 7-14 FG (50%), 10-12 FT (83%), 2 threes, 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Bargnani should be a handsome payoff for fantasy owners who stashed him for their playoff runs

Isaiah Thomas: 11-19 FG (58%), 3-3 FT (100%), 3 threes, 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; since becoming the Kings’ starting point guard, Thomas has averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 boards, 5.3 dimes, 1.1 steals and 1.6 threes per game, while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the free-throw line (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.28.12

by on Mar.28, 2012, under Quick hits

Kevin Love

Love strikes again. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Love posted 28 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and four three-pointers in a losing effort against the Grizzlies. He shot 46 percent (10-22) from the floor and 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. Love has racked up eight blocks in his last three games, which is completely out of character. If he can somehow lift his blocks per game next season, he’ll make a run for top three status.

Lines for Discussion:
Kyrie Irving: 4-13 FG (31%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 5 TO; in his last three games, Irving is shooting 39 percent from the floor, well below his season average of 47 percent

Jeff Teague: 6-8 FG (75%), 2-2 FT (100%), 1 three, 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 7 TO; Teague has been a top 70 fantasy asset this season, which is in line with expectations, though it’s clear his value has a ceiling

Monta Ellis: 15-24 FG (63%), 3-4 FT (75%), 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; this could be the start of Ellis finding his comfort zone on that Bucks squad (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.26.12 (Weekend Review)

by on Mar.26, 2012, under Quick hits

Kevin Love

What more do you want from the guy? (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Weekend Wonder: Kevin Love was a monster this past weekend, averaging 40.5 points, 17.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.0 blocks and 4.0 threes in two games. In this stretch, he shot 59 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the free-throw line, and averaged 2.0 turnovers per game. Love has asserted himself as the clear-cut No. 4 fantasy basketball player in the NBA, and should be viewed as such in next season’s drafts.

Lines for Discussion:
Ramon Sessions (3/23): 6-10 FG (60%), 6-8 FT (75%) 2 threes, 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; he’s finally starting and looks to be a huge helper for his fantasy owners in their playoff periods

Klay Thompson (3/24): 10-20 FG (50%), 7-7 FT (100%), 4 threes, 31 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; the rookie has been an absolute stud since taking Stephen Curry’s spot in the starting lineup earlier this month

DeMarcus Cousins (3/24): 9-20 FG (45%), 10-11 FT (91%), 28 Pts, 18 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 2 TO; if he can lift his field-goal percentage (43.5 percent for the season so far), Cousins would be come a no-brainer top 50 fantasy asset (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.6.12

by on Mar.06, 2012, under Quick hits

Al Jefferson

Jefferson had a pristine line last night. (AP photo/George Frey)

Beast of the Night: Al Jefferson posted 25 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks last night. He shot 56 percent (9-16) from the floor and 88 percent (7-8) from the free-throw line, and had no turnovers. This is about as perfect as a big man’s line gets. Jefferson has been a top 10 stud so far this season. His value has been boosted by his improved assists (2.2 per game, up from 1.8 last season) and steady turnovers (1.2 per game, down from 1.3 last season).

Lines for Discussion:
Stephen Curry: 5-7 FG (71%), 2 threes, 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; not bad for a shade more than nine minutes of work in his return

Nick Young: 9-14 FG (64%), 3-4 FT (75%), 4 threes, 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl; Young’s triumphant return was bad news for Jordan Crawford, who finished with 5/3/2 on 15 percent shooting from the field

Kevin Love: 13-25 FG (52%), 8-11 FT (73%), 5 threes, 39 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; in his last two games, Love has racked up 81 points, 27 rebounds, 10 threes and six assists (continue reading…)

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