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2010-11 Fantasy week 6 preview

by on Nov.28, 2010, under Quick hits

Gilbert Arenas

Arenas is blowing up lately and making many owners regret passing on him in their drafts. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Game watch:
4 games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, MEM, MIA, NJ, NO, OKC, ORL, POR, SA, WAS
3 games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DEN, GS, IND, LAC, LAL, MIL, MIN, NY, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTA

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Matt Barnes: decent source of threes and some other stats in deeper leagues
  • Landry Fields: ownership has dropped off a bit, but still worth consideration
  • J.J. Redick: he’s worth a look if Vince Carter continues to sit (continue reading…)
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Team analysis: Los Angeles Lakers

by on Sep.27, 2010, under Team analysis

Pau Gasol

Don't be deceived -- this awkward-looking dude is one of the best big men in fantasy basketball. (zugaldia/Flickr)

Depth chart:
PG: Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
SG: Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown, Sasha Vujacic
SF: Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, Devin Ebanks, Luke Walton
PF: Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derrick Caracter
C: Andrew Bynum, Theo Ratliff

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Kobe Bryant – SG (Rd. 1): 26 Pts, 1.5 threes, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Pau Gasol – F/C (Rd. 1): 19.5 Pts, 12 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 2 Blk
Andrew Bynum – C (Rd. 6-9): 13 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1.5 Blk
Lamar Odom – F (Rd. 7-10):  12 Pts, 9.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Ron Artest – G/F (Rd. 11-12): 10.5 Pts, 1.5 threes, 4.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Steve Blake – G (Rd. 13+):  6 Pts, 1 three, 4 Ast, 1 Stl
Matt Barnes – G/F (Rd. 13+): 6 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb
Derek Fisher – PG (Rd. 13+): 6.5 Pts, 1 three, 1 Stl (continue reading…)

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Fantasy week 13 preview

by on Jan.18, 2010, under Quick hits

Samuel Dalembert

It's great to see Dalembeast doing his thing lately. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Game watch:
4 games: CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GS, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJ, NO, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR, WAS
3 games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DEN, HOU, MEM, NY, SA
2 games: UTA

Waiver wire watch:

  • Martell Webster: still going strong, solid for threes
  • Matt Barnes: starting job seems safe for now
  • Robin Lopez: getting decent minutes lately (continue reading…)
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Fantasy week 11 preview

by on Jan.03, 2010, under Quick hits

Nate was absolutely great in his return after a long run on the bench. (NBAE via Getty Images/Scott Cunningham)

Nate was absolutely great in his return after a long run on the bench. (NBAE via Getty Images/Scott Cunningham)

Game watch:
4 games: ATL, CHI, LAL, MEM, MIA, NJ, NO, ORL, POR, UTA, WAS
3 games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GS, HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, MIN, OKC, PHI, PHO, SAC, SA, TOR
2 games: NY

Waiver wire watch:

  • Omri Casspi: playing like a stud lately, deserves a spot in most leagues
  • Matt Barnes: starting nowadays, doing well with it
  • Rasual Butler: good for threes
  • Roger Mason: “showing signs,” as Marv Albert would say (continue reading…)
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Magic’s Lewis suspended 10 games by NBA for failed drug test

by on Aug.07, 2009, under Uncategorized

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis was suspended for 10 games by the NBA for failing a drug test on Thursday.  He claims that he was not aware that the over-the-counter substance was banned by the league, though some may see that as an untenable excuse.

Lewis was caught cheating.  This isn't good for his fantasy value or his teammates'.  (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Lewis was caught cheating. This isn't good for his fantasy value or his teammates'. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Lewis will also lose out on $1.6 million of his $18 million pay this season.

Thoughts on the actual incident aside, this clearly does not bode well for Lewis’ fantasy value.  True, 10 games isn’t a huge portion of the season, but it’ll mean that he won’t be able to be inserted into lineups for about three weeks.  Also, if this episode has a detrimental effect on his psychological confidence, this could spell some trouble for Lewis, who is one of the more efficient, consistent and valuable forwards in the NBA, both in reality and for fantasy purposes.

This may also have a negative effect on Lewis’ team, which is filled with new players.  Not only will the team have to get used to its new chemistry at the start of the season, but it will have to adjust again when Lewis returns.  This could mean some inconsistency from players like Vince Carter, Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass, though these players will see extra run in the first 10 games of the year.

Lewis is still a solid second or third round pick in most leagues, but if you shy away from picking him because he’s missing the first few weeks of the season, no one can blame you.

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