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Fantasy Basketball: Back to School for a Season That May Not Happen

by on Sep.02, 2011, under Other

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus looks ready to head back to school. Are you? (NBA/Getty Images)

We’re on the cusp of Labor Day weekend, which means students who haven’t already started their new school year are now seeing their summer vacation quickly slipping away. If there’s any solace for students wincing at the thought of going back to school, it’s that they can rest assured that the 2011-12 school year is actually happening. While that may not be much of a comforting thought in and of itself, the start of a school year means graduation is closer than it was yesterday. Imagine if an entire school year were put on hold: While visions of an extended “summer break” are certainly enchanting, it would mean that students would commence their education a year older than they should be, and that graduating and heading off to that coveted next stage of life would be put on a maddening hold. (continue reading…)

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The Top 150 Fantasy Basketball Players for 2011-12

by on Jul.13, 2011, under Rankings

Fantasy Basketball Inception

In "2011-12" we might witness fantasy basketball in its truest form.

The NBA lockout has been about as horrifying as sitting in between two of your friends who spontaneously decide to make out with each other in public. Of course, if those two friends were the NBA Players Association and the NBA owners, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.

Before you start thinking too much about James Dolan getting intimate with Derek Fisher, let’s move on to the point of this post.

Fantasy basketball is, thankfully, immune to such silly things as lockouts. But what the NBA lockout does mean is that any projections made for what we call “2011-12″ are made for a season that might not happen. In other words, we’re making forecasts about fantasy basketball for a season that might not even exist — a season that may be, in fact, a fantasy.

A fantasy within a fantasy — fantasy basketball in the truest sense.

Without further ado, here are my early rankings for the top 150 fantasy basketball players in “2011-12.” (continue reading…)

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5 Fantasy Basketball Lessons From the 2011 NBA Finals

by on Jun.15, 2011, under Other

LeBron James - MIA

Do you see it? (Flickr/Dave Gillem)

The 2011 NBA Finals are over, the ring has been kept from Gollum’s grasp and we’re all waking up to our miserable lives again. Now what? It’s time to shake off the cobwebs, take a deep breath and start mentally preparing for the 2011-12 fantasy basketball season — whenever that will start.

Too soon, you say? Well, if there’s anything we should’ve learned from this year’s Finals, it’s that it’s never too soon to start anything. That feeble attempt at a joke brings us to the whole point of this post: What lessons can we take from the 2011 NBA Finals for fantasy basketball purposes? Here are five that I could think of. (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.31.11

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Quick hits

LeBron James

James shot 58 percent from the field in March. (NBA.com)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: LeBron James put up 35 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals last night. He hit 75 percent (12-16) of his shots from the field, 77 percent (10-13) of his attempts from the free-throw line, hit a three-pointer and had five turnovers. James shot 58 percent from the field in March, easily his best monthly mark of the season.

Lines for Discussion:
Andray Blatche: 6-15 FG (40%), 2-4 FT (50%), 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO

Deron Williams: 7-19 FG (39%), 6-6 FT (100%), 2 threes, 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.30.11

by on Mar.30, 2011, under Quick hits

Kevin Durant

Durant has quietly pieced together the best fantasy averages in the NBA this season. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: Kevin Durant finished with 39 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three three-pointers last night. He shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field, 83 percent (10-12) from the charity stripe and had two turnovers. Is it possible to have a quiet season while putting up No. 1 averages throughout an NBA season? Yep. Though he hasn’t drawn nearly as much attention as he did last season, KD has met the high expectations most owners had for him heading into this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Kyle Lowry: 6-13 FG (46%), 1-1 FT (100%), 3 threes, 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO

LeBron James: 10-21 FG (48%), 6-10 FT (60%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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