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Fantasy Analysis: 2011 NBA Free Agents (updated Dec. 14)

by on Dec.14, 2011, under Free agents

Tyson Chandler

Chandler gives the Knicks what they've lacked for a long time: a legitimate center. His fantasy value remains tied to his ability to stay healthy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

It’s been a crazy week for the NBA. David Stern’s c-blocking aside, fantasy owners have had a lot to pay attention to — maybe too much. I know for me, my real-life work (you know, the stuff that pays the bills and gets in the way of this penurious passion) has gotten in the way of keeping up with all the chaos, but I finally got a chance to sit down and process the madness a bit.

Though trade rumors are all fine and dandy, we have a long list of free-agent signings to examine. Below is a quick rundown of the signings so far, broken down by team:

Atlanta Hawks:

  • Tracy McGrady (PG/SG): one year, veteran’s minimum
    • If (and probably when) Jamal Crawford leaves town, T-Mac could have inconsistent value here and there. Don’t expect him to get the 25-30 minutes he notched for a few months last season with the Pistons.
  • Vladimir Radmanovic (SF/PF): details undisclosed
    • You know the deal with Radmanovic: If he somehow gets minutes, he’ll hit some threes and get nearly a steal a game, but that’s a big “if.” He’s worthless for the time being. (continue reading…)
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Fantasy Trade Analysis: Gerald Wallace to the Blazers, Aaron Brooks to the Suns and More

by on Feb.24, 2011, under Trades

Gerald Henderson

One Gerald leaves, another Gerald rises. Get familiar with Mr. Henderson. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NBA GMs appears to have caught some kind of trading fever this season. There was a frenzy of activity near the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline Thursday, which leaves us with a mess of transactions to sift through and discuss. Below is a quick overview of the fantasy implications of the last trades of the 2010-11 NBA season. A full discussion of these trades will be posted on DimeMag.com soon.

1) Houston Rockets get Hasheem Thabeet; Memphis Grizzlies get Shane Battier

↔ Shane Battier

↔ Hasheem Thabeet

↑ Chase Budinger (solid pickup)

↔ Terrence Williams

↔ Chuck Hayes (continue reading…)

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Fantasy trade analysis: Terrence Williams to Houston

by on Dec.15, 2010, under Trades

Terrence Williams

T-Will's fantasy value is bumped up a bit, but don't overreact. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Terrence Williams will be picked up in a lot of leagues this morning, but how much optimism should he deserve? Head over to DimeMag.com to read my take on yesterday’s three-team deal that had the New Jersey Nets send Williams to the Houston Rockets and Joe Smith to the Los Angeles Lakers. In return, the Nets will receive Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers along with a 2011 first-round pick, and a Lottery-protected 2012 first-round pick from the Rockets. The Rockets also sent Jermaine Taylor to the Sacramento Kings for a future second-round pick in order to make room for Williams.

If you want a quick and dirty summary, here you go: (continue reading…)

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2010-11 Fantasy week 7 preview

by on Dec.05, 2010, under Quick hits

Beno Udrih

Guess who got his starting job back? This guy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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

Waiver-wire watch:

  • Josh McRoberts: putting up solid numbers across the board lately, playing minutes at center
  • Shane Battier: has blocked at least one shot in 15 straight games, playing well lately
  • Marvin Williams: worth a look so long as Joe Johnson is out
  • Larry Sanders: worth a look if you need blocks in a deep league
  • Glen Davis: has been solid for most of the season (continue reading…)
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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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