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10 Players I’d Pay to Leave My Fantasy Basketball Team

by on Aug.17, 2011, under Other

Greg "The Situation" Oden

This might make sense if you read this post.

Around this time last year this blog was kicking it with mock drafts and updates about the realm of fantasy basketball. This summer is different, for obvious reasons.

With the lockout in full swing and the fount of NBA news slowed to a muddy trickle by inane updates about which players are “considering” playing overseas, I’ve had more time to keep abreast of non-NBA news. One story that recently caught my eye was about Abercrombie & Fitch paying Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear its merchandise.

Before I proceed, I’ll admit that I’ve never been drunk enough mustered up enough courage to sit down and watch a single minute of a single episode of “Jersey Shore.” This means my low regard for Mr. Sorrentino is fueled by snippets I’ve seen on TV or read on the Internet, and by his awful delivery.

That said, this news story compelled me to ask myself a question: Which players would I (figuratively) pay to not be on my fantasy basketball team?

Thus, a blog post was born.

Assuming an act of God forced me to miss my next fantasy basketball draft, here are 10 players I’d “pay” to leave my team if the dreaded auto-draft pooped them onto my roster. Following each player’s blurb is a series of “Situations” reflecting how badly I’d want these players off my team. (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: 3.22.11

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Quick hits

Dwight Howard

Howard was unfair last night. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: Dwight Howard posted 28 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks last night. He shot 82 percent (9-11) from the field, 83 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line and had four turnovers. With this monstrous line, Howard has amassed eight steals and nine blocks in his last two games. Though his boost in scoring has received the lion’s share of attention this season, it’s worth noting that Howard has also boosted his rebounding and thieving from last season’s marks.

Lines for Discussion:
Marcus Thornton: 9-14 FG (64%), 5-6 FT (83%), 2 threes, 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO

Ty Lawson: 7-10 FG (70%), 7-7 FT (100%), 2 threes, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 TO (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.15.11

by on Mar.15, 2011, under Quick hits

Marcus Thornton

Thornton has been a human wrecking ball lately. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 42 points to go along with three rebounds, one assist, four steals and four three-pointers made. He shot 65 percent (13-20) from the field, 86 percent (12-14) from the free-throw line and had no turnovers. With Tyreke Evans still struggling to return from a bout with plantar fasciitis, it looks like Thornton’s hot fantasy value is safe for the time being.

Lines for Discussion:
Serge Ibaka: 5-10 FG (50%), 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Blk

Deron Williams: 4-11 FG (36%), 4-6 FT (67%), 4 threes, 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.14.11 (Weekend Recap)

by on Mar.14, 2011, under Quick hits

Monta Ellis

Ellis was put up big-time numbers in big-time minutes this past weekend. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Weekend Wonder: Monta Ellis averaged 27.5 points, four rebounds, eight assists, 2.5 steals, one block and 3.5 threes in his two games over the weekend.  He shot 54 percent from the field, 86 percent from the line and averaged 3.5 turnovers in that stretch. Ellis hit a career-high seven three-pointers and played all 53 minutes of an overtime victory over the Magic on Friday night. He has been a top-15 stud all season long and has held up well despite playing heavy minutes once again.

Lines for Discussion:
Kris Humphries (3/11): 8-8 FG (100%), 3-3 FT (100%), 19 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 TO

Dorell Wright (3/11): 12-17 FG (71%), 8 threes, 32 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 TO (continue reading…)

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