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Daily fantasy recap: 2.5

by on Feb.05, 2010, under Quick hits

LeBron James

The King was, well, the king of the night. (NBAE via Getty Images/Gregory Shamus)

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

Beast of the Night: LeBron James led the Cavs to victory with 36 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers and a three. He shot 56 percent (9-16) from the field and 81 percent (17-21) from the line. Ho-hum.

Noteworthy Lines:
Michael Beasley – 9-14 FG (64%), 2-2 FT (100%), 1 3ptm, 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO

Tim Duncan – 6-12 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO

Manu Ginobili – 8-16 FG (50%), 3-3 FT (100%), 2 3ptm, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (continue reading…)

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Fantasy draft rankings: Round 3

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Rankings

These rankings are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league with nine categories (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers).

See Round1 and Round 2.

  1. Martin is a natural scorer who has a knack for having big games, but his health is always a concern.  (Flickr/Arranging Matches)

    Martin is a natural scorer who has a knack for having big games, but his health is always a concern. (Flickr/Arranging Matches)

    Kevin Martin:  The star shooting guard on the Sacramento Kings can put up points in huge bunches with ease, but his streaky health is what pushes his value to the third round.

  2. Josh Smith:  His last season was bad, by his standards, but expect him to return to form this year.  Smith’s steals and blocks per game are what give him so much value.  If his free throw shooting improves, he’ll be a steal here.
  3. Devin Harris:  His last season was a breakout party, though it was hampered by injuries.  Harris is the unquestioned top dog in New Jersey now.  As the leader of a motley crew of unproven players, Harris is in for big stats, along with lots of turnovers.
  4. Gerald Wallace:  Crash played well last year, bringing his field goal and free throw percentages up to admirable levels.  He’s always a stat monster, akin to Smith, but he’s a surefire bet to miss at least a handful of games every season, this one included.
  5. Brook Lopez:  Lopez will also benefit from the lack of proven talent on the Nets roster, and after turning in a stellar rookie campaign he’s sure to build on those stats.  He probably won’t be having double-doubles every night, but with high shooting percentages and a couple blocks per game, you shouldn’t let Lopez fly under your radar.
  6. Shawn Marion:  This might be a bit hopeful for Marion, who has had a pretty mediocre fantasy season last year.  But a bounce back to fantasy eliteness isn’t too far off with the likes of Jason Kidd running the point in Dallas.  Don’t feel bad if you pass on him until the fourth or fifth round, but don’t forget about this former fantasy stud.
  7. Carlos Boozer:  Boozer had a rough season in 2008-09, due to a knee injury that forced him to miss 45 games.  His career has been riddled with injuries, minor and major, but if he’s healthy, Boozer is a nearly-guaranteed 20/10 guy.  There are still rumors about him being traded, in which case his value may be slightly affected.
  8. David West:  His 20/9, along with solid shooting percentages, makes West a steadying force on fantasy rosters.  His game should be affected positively by Emeka Okafor’s presence on the court, since he’s more of a back-to-the-basket player than Tyson Chandler was.  Okafor could draw enough defensive attention to give West a bit more room to hit those mid-range jumpers that he’s mastered.
  9. Jameer Nelson:  He was an absolute beast before his shoulder injury last season.  With Rafer Alston out of town, Nelson won’t have to worry much about playing time.  It’s likely that he’ll be fine for the season opener, which means he’ll continue to put up great all around numbers, along with fantastic shooting percentages.  With a deeper team this year, Nelson’s assists have the potential to rise as well.
  10. Rashard Lewis:  He’ll miss the first 10 games of the season, and his ability to gel with a revamped roster is questionable, but Lewis remains one of the most efficient fantasy players in the league.  He’s a huge help in three-pointers, and though none of his other numbers are breathtaking, Lewis always manages to sneak into the list of the top fantasy players after each season.
  11. Paul Pierce:  Hopefully, Pierce took the summer to recoup from a long and tolling playoffs and regular season last year.  With Kevin Garnett looking good to return, along with the addition of Rasheed Wallace to the roster, Pierce won’t have as much of the offensive or defensive load to shoulder, which should do wonders to preserve his energy as the season progresses.  He’ll continue to be a strong all-around player, but his points will likely decline a bit.
  12. LaMarcus Aldridge:  Another efficient big man who won’t stun you with his game-to-game numbers.  With low turnovers, good shooting percentages and steady stream of a steal and a block per game, Aldridge could easily go higher than this.
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Miller signs with the Trail Blazers

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Free agents

It’s official: you can take Andre Miller’s name off of this morning’s post about the top 10 available free agents.

The underrated point guard has left the Philadelphia 76ers to join the Portland Trail Blazers, reportedly signing a 3-year deal worth $21 million, with $14 million guaranteed and the other $7 million as a third-year option.

Let’s get right to it.

Fantasy impact:

  • Portland:
    • Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller now has many offensive options to pass the ball to.  Last season, with Elton Brand out for the majority of the year, Andre Iguodala was essentially the only reliable teammate Miller had on offense.  As a Trail Blazer, he now has Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge as his go-to guys, not to mention other capable scorers like Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw.  Expect Miller’s numbers to return to 2006-07 form, with 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game as feasible expectations.  It may take him a few weeks to get used to his new teammates, but expect nothing short of a strong fantasy season for the new Trail Blazer.

    • Roy now has a very competent partner in the backcourt who can handle the ball in pressure situations.  Don’t expect his numbers to change too drastically now that Miller’s here.  His points will probably see a boost and his assists might see a minor dip, but any change in Roy’s nightly stats should help his overall fantasy value, which is already quite high.  His development can only be helped by Miller’s presence.
    • Aldridge was already on an upward climb and the addition of Miller shouldn’t change that too much.  It will be interesting to see how Miller plays with Aldridge, given that the former 76ers point guard was only given 29 games to play with Brand, another skilled offensive power forward.
    • Steve Blake, the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers, has the most to lose here.  He’ll obviously see fewer minutes, which means that his fantasy value will be minor and only relevant in deeper leagues where his three-point shooting prowess will be helpful.  It’s a shame because Blake was an underrated fantasy point guard and showed flashes of real talent last season.
    • Greg Oden has resorted to seeing a psychologist to help him rebuild his confidence.  Miller might do some to help in that area, too.  While Oden’s teammates can offer encouragement through words, Miller will be able to encourage him the most on the court.  Don’t expect a huge improvement from Oden, but his natural talent and his new point guard’s guidance will most likely breathe some new life into the discouraged big man.  However, as always, his health is his worst enemy.
    • Jerryd Bayless, the second-year point guard who has shown that he can play in this league, will see his playing time held down by Miller’s arrival.
  • Philadelphia:
    • Louis Williams is the biggest winner here.  He’s got the starting point guard job now and will see way more than the 23:41 per night he saw last season.  Williams is a surefire scorer, but shoots a low percentage from the field.  Look for about 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists per game from Williams, with a low field goal percentage.
    • Jrue Holiday, the rookie point guard who is now the team’s second in command at the point, is still probably too raw to make any kind of fantasy impact this season.  He’ll get more minutes than he would have if Miller had re-signed, but don’t get your hopes up too high for Holiday.
    • Look for the rest of the 76ers roster to hurt a bit from Miller’s departure.  Williams isn’t as much of a distributor as Miller was, and with two green point guards the 76ers’ offense will be a bit rough around the edges.
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