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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.20.12

by on Apr.20, 2012, under Quick hits

Danny Granger

Granger was No. 1 last night. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Beast of the Night: Danny Granger notched 29 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four three-pointers last night. He shot 35 percent (7-20) from the floor and 100 percent (11-11) from the free-throw line, and had one turnover. For the season, Granger has pretty much fulfilled expectations by putting up top 30 numbers. So far in April, he’s averaging 23.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.9 threes per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free-throw line.

Lines for Discussion:
Nikola Pekovic: 10-17 FG (59%), 3-6 FT (50%), 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk; Pekovic has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, and he has the potential to be Marcin Gortat-esque next season

Eric Gordon: 9-18 FG (50%), 8-10 FT (80%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; in his eight games this season, Gordon has put up top 30 stats, but health concerns will justifiably drag down his value in next season’s drafts

Steve Nash: 4-6 FG (67%), 3-4 FT (755), 2 threes, 13 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 6 TO; that’s 25 points, three three-pointers, three rebounds, 11 assists and 11 turnovers in his last two games (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.4.12

by on Apr.04, 2012, under Quick hits

LeBron James

Last night's line was for you. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James put up 41 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a three-pointer last night in a start at shooting guard for the Heat. He shot 60 percent (15-25) from the floor and 77 percent (10-13) from the free-throw line, and had four turnovers. James’ recent slip in production dropped him to No. 2 overall in fantasy basketball, but he’s still a monster.

Lines for Discussion:
Carmelo Anthony: 17-31 FG (55%), 4-5 FT (80%), 1 three, 39 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; though he’ll finish the season strong, 2011-12 was a huge disappointment for his fantasy owners

Steve Nash: 7-12 FG (58%), 2-2 FT (100%), 2 threes, 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 TO; he’s maintained top 60 value throughout the season and is a dependable double-double machine, albeit one with a worrisome back

DeMarcus Cousins: 16-25 FG (64%), 9-14 FT (64%), 41 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Cousins has worked himself into a near-top 50 fantasy basketball player this season, which is how he should be viewed heading into next season’s drafts (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.13.12

by on Jan.13, 2012, under Quick hits

Dwight Howard

Howard and his fantasy owners were all smiles last night. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Beast of the Night: Dwight Howard was truly a beast last night, posting 45 points, 23 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks against the Warriors. He shot 57 percent (12-21) from the field, 54 percent (21-39 – the 39 attempts broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 50-year-old record of 34) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. Not much needs to be said here. Howard’s averages this season nearly match his output from 2010-11, except that he’s dishing out more assists (2.3 vs. 1.4) and turning the ball over less (3.1 vs. 3.6). The Magic only had two games this week, which means owners who unwisely benched the guy in weekly update leagues are kicking themselves this morning.

Lines for Discussion:
Josh Smith: 14-22 FG (64%), 2-6 FT (33%), 30 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; since Jan. 3, Smith has been posting top 10 averages

Joe Johnson: 7-18 FG (39%), 7-8 FT (88%), 2 threes, 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; his appeal remains limited, mostly due to his inconsistent shooting from the field

Rudy Gay: 11-16 FG (69%), 3-4 FT (75%), 1 three, 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; his lackluster shooting from the free-throw line (65 percent) and his lack of threes (0.5 per game) are weighing his fantasy value down (continue reading…)

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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Phoenix Suns

by on Oct.18, 2011, under Team analysis

Steve Nash, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley

The man in the middle is the one to watch this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks**, Zabian Dowdell
SG: Jared Dudley, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus
SF: Grant Hill*, Josh Childress
PF: Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick, Markieff Morris, Gani Lawal
C: Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, Garrett Siler

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent (continue reading…)

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Buy Low, Sell High: Fantasy Week 19

by on Mar.04, 2011, under Quick hits

Marcus Thornton

Behold, Marcus Thornton, the NBA equivalent of Charlie Sheen. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Buy Low:
Steve Nash

Marcus Camby

Troy Murphy

Gerald Wallace

Kirk Hinrich (continue reading…)

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