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Pick-ups From The Pool

Posted by Erik on November 16, 2008

Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets) – It appears that Aaron’s game is more easily adaptable to Rick Adelman’s system than that of Rafer Alston’s. He’s been productive off the bench. When he did get a chance to start thanks to Rafer’s suspension, he immediately created some fantasy waves. He’s a combo guard so don’t expect him to drop too many dimes. The good thing is that a combo guard is what Houston actually needs to fill its PG slot, since the offense runs through Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest. Rafer Alston’s numbers reflect that he’s lost within the system so far; looking like he doesn’t know exactly where to contribute. For Aaron it’s pretty clear; he’s there to move around while the motion offense is being executed and be at the right place and at the right time to receive the kick out pass from the inside and chuck the ball. Keep an eye on him as he may steadily eat into Rafer’s minutes and maybe even his starting role. He’s had a streak of 3 solid games thus far so he’ll definitely be on other people’s radar as well.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Milwuakee Bucks) – Yes I had to look up how his name is spelled; and no, I can’t pronounce it. Fine, I CAN pronounce “Richard”. From the get go he showed flashes of brilliance off the bench and produced some good numbers everytime Charlie Villanueva got into early foul trouble. Now that Charlie is out for a bit with hamstring strain, Luc has slid into the Bucks’ starting PF spot. He is doing a good job thus far. I was cheering for CV to do well this season, but unfortunately he will now get officially stamped with the injury prone label. As a starter in 2 games so far, Luc’s averaging 15 points and 12 boards while chipping in half a block and half a steal per game. Not bad for a replacement PF. He’s probably off the wires in most deeper leagues, but I had to mention him on this list because I would also recommend that people take a serious look at him as a pick up in smaller leagues as well.

Chris Quinn (Miami Heat) – I was high on him this pre season and an injury derailed his upside for a bit. Now that he’s healty, he should steadily challenge rookie Mario Chalmers for more and more playing time. The Heat coaching staff have to start balancing Mario’s on-the-court education with the team’s desire to get some wins. Chris is more reliable and is a good combo guard to go with Dwyane Wade. Since the offense courses through Dwyane, Chris should simply bring down the ball, hand it to the superstar and be on stand by for those open 3-point opportunities as Dwyane may look to drop him the ball as the defense collapses on him when he drives to the hoop. The more inconsistent Chalmers remains, the better Quinn’s chances are for increased minutes and fantasy value. Need 3’s? Well Chris is this year’s new Boobie Gibson or better.

Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets) – Now that the shadow of starting center, Josh Boone is away on sick leave through a bone contusion injury; you can look to Brook to log in some serious minutes at the starting 5 spot. He is a rookie and he will turn the ball over and get into foul trouble often, but he does have solid fundamentals and an effective post up game. I’m sure Vince Carter and Devin Harris can appreciate all the help they can get; and no Yi Jianlian’s roller coaster performances aren’t enough to cut it. In his first start he logged in 34 minutes of PT and contributed 25 points, 9 boards, 4 blocks and 2 steals with NO turnovers.

George Hill (San Antonio Spurs) – People expected much from Roger Mason, when news broke that Tony Parker would be gone for a long time. Unfortuantely he’s been shooting poorly and the Spurs and Tm Duncan had to look elsewhere for help. In comes, George. He found his shot and his place in the Spurs’ pockmarked offense to contribute 17 points, 6 boards, 5 assists, 1 trey and no turnovers in his last game as a starter. Keep an eye on him to see if he can repeat such a performance on a nightly basis.

Anthony Morrow (Golden State Warriors) – Who? Yeah, that’s exactly what I said too. In Nellie’s failed attempts to make useful point guards out of Demarcus Nelson and C.J. Watson, he finally stumbled on Anthony Morrow. Who? Stop that! Yes he is a “nobody” who came from nowhere to suddenly post a 37-11, 4 trey line – at a good percentage to boot. If you’re in a regular sized league, keep an eye on him. If you’re in a deep league, grab him NOW!

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Sprain Epidemic – Impact

Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Source: www.footphysicians.com

Aside from Tony Parker (Spurs) there are a good number of players suffering from sprains. Notable ones are;

Peja Stojakovic (Hornets)- No more worries here. His sprain was apparently mild and rest and painkillers were apparently enough for him not to miss too much time. He’s back and doing well.

Michael Redd (Bucks) – He is still out the Bucks’ line up for now and Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva should be logging in some sweet fantasy numbers as they try to fill the scoring void left by Redd. Do NOT bother with Charlie Bell. Even if he’s got the starting job in the interim, he will not amount to anything fantasywise for now.

Josh Smith (Hawks) – Out for 2-4 weeks. I actually think he will be back sooner rather than later. In the meantime; Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans should get some fantasy love in Josh’ absence. Zaza and Evans will have the least upside in the quartet.

Devin Harris (Nets) – He should be gone for a few days to 2 weeks. Keyon Dooling will be favored to fill his starting PG gig. Feel free to pick him in the short term and milk Devin’s time away. He is definitely on most waiver wires.

Drew Gooden (Bulls) – He has a minor sprain. Joakim Noah now has a chance to shine, well at least briefly. Tyrus Thomas has been too erratic at start the season to tell whether or not he can capitalize on Drew’s short absence from his starting center job. I’m not holding my breath for Aaron Gray to have a micaulous turn around just yet.

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NBA Week One: First Impressions

Posted by Erik on November 4, 2008

This is a hodge-podge and mish-mosh of some random observations over the course of the NBA’s first week.

Before I begin, let me say that everything here should be taken with a grain of salt. This is, after all, just the first week. Only 2 to 3 games have been played by most players. So all of the ups and downs; and rants and raves you read here are all just first impressions.

Stud Sightings

Chris Paul – Wow! What an awesome PG! Blah, blah, blah… He’s the hands down BEST player in fantasy today. He didn’t get hit by some random meteor from Alpha-Centauri to stop him, so he simply just began the season like he will continue to play the rest of the season – with unadulterated Awesomeness!

Danny Granger – He had an awesome start and almost singlehandedly kick the defending champs in their championship-winning tushies. He has shown that he can do a lot. I just wonder if he can keep up his pace when his partner in crime, Mike Dunleavy rejoins the Pacer line up.

Josh Smith – Want sick? Josh’s stat line over the first couple of games is what’s really sick! 15-10 with 3.5 BPG, 3.5 SPG, 1.5 3PG. Monstrous? Hell yeah! But as I said earlier, take all of these things with a grain of salt. Josh probably won’t be averaging those numbers throughout the season, but damn those numbers really lit up those stat sheets.

Jose Calderon – It appears all the hype and anticipation was well worth the drool-flooding wait. Jose is now truly an elite passing PG. OMG! 79 more games of his efficiency and production, please! 18 PPG at 50% FG, and 9.7 APG is just like the old Steve Nash, only without the cat-killing TOs.

Chris Bosh – You can’t really mention Jose Calderon in a rave section of a post or article without mentioning Chris. You can now add both these guys to the elite PG-PF/C combos. Their names are now in the echelon of Deron-Boozer, CP3-West, Nash-Amare. Scary! 26-10 at 54 FG% and 80 FT% (10 attempts) is definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Andris Biedrins – A couple more months of his production at this level will instantly catapult AB into the elite C status. He’s proving to everyone that he’s indeed worth every penny the GSW decided to pay him. Monster of a C! Wow! I can’t wait to see how he will end up this season in everyone’s rankings.

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Early Bargain Hunting

Posted by Erik on September 4, 2008

Here’s something to keep your appetite tingling while I am working on my version of my big board, 08-09 Top Tier Player Guide, and some other juicy tidbit posts.

Now these guys are not sleepers per se, but if you can snag them at just the right round, they just might provide quality fantasy value for your team. A lot of experienced fantasy basketball players know that drafting is all about timing and getting optimum value from your picks at the round you get to snag ’em. So here’s a list of guys of whom you want to keep your eye on so you don’t catch yourself sleeping behind the wheel as other managers pick them before you do at their appropriate rounds.

Devin Harris – I really like Devin for this year’s draft. A few months back I had him and Mo Williams as the best valued non-tier 1 PGs to provide good numbers. Mo got traded to the Cavs, getting the spotlight on him so he might end up getting overvalued due to the change. Rich Jeff gets traded away for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons. Some people feel that Bobby may get a chance to rejuvenate his career over at NJ, this is probably true to certain degree; but I will be drafting (or not) him with a grain of salt as his recent history has been riddled with injuries. I’m going to put my money on Devin stepping up his game to another level and end up being the member of Vince Carter’s supporting cast with the most impact – thus making him the superior value pick between the two. Depending on how deep your league is, he may end up being a prime candidate as the top 2nd PG for you roster.

Ricky Davis –  I actually pegged him as a sleeper when I thought he’d be the lead guy over at Minnesota. Ricky D then gets traded to the Miami and ends up with a grossly disappointing season to say the least. Call me stubborn and slap me silly, but I feel that he can be a real contributor in the Clippers new look franchise. Last season’s poor showing will provide a good slam on Ricky’s ranking, potentially enough for you to pick him up at a very late round this year.

Charlie Villanueva – The Bucks have really cleaned house this off season and are trying to put together a playoff-run-worthy package. Yi’s exodus has opened the door for Charlie V to take a crack at a full time run at the Bucks’ starting PF slot. He’s a potential multi-cat filler that will more likely than not give you decent numbers, especially for a late round pick.

Hakim Warrick – Here’s another PF I like for this year. Memphis has offloaded all but one of their key fantasy contributors – Rudy Gay. They’ve said bye bye to Pau Gasol last season and now Mike Miller this off season. Clearly rebuilding and trying to clear up cap space for the long term, the Grizzlies will more than likely end up looking to Hakim and Mike (Conley) step up in the short term. While Darko and Hamed Haddadi jostle for playing time at the C spot, Hakim’s pretty much got guaranteed quality (?) minutes over at the PF position. He’s not really been known for his scoring in the past, but if he can work on his offensive game over at training camp we may be able to see a potential Chris Wilcox-lite or better this year.

Luol Deng – Here’s an interesting and arguably debatable choice for this list. He’s the best player on the Bull’s roster, so how in hell can he possibly be a bargain player in this year’s draft? Well here’s the logic behind it. Basically Luol ‘s garnered a lot of characteristics that would normally merit a downgrade in value by some other managers. (1) His numbers slipped last year from his previous “break out” year (2) He played only 63 games last season due to injury (3) He just signed a big fat contract – making him considered as one of the more overpayed players in the league today. All of these scream rank downgrade to the average fantasy manager. I, on the other hand, am not completely on that boat. This year is chance for Deng to prove those pundits wrong and if you can take advantage of everyone else’s downgrade and grab him at just that one round later then he may provide you with some good efficient numbers with quality %s at an arguably late round. Let’s face it the Bulls back court is more crowded than ever, even with Chris Duhon’s departure. So its guards’ values will be too volatile to really rely on. Luol’s got the stranlge hold on the SF slot and with very few, if any predtors for his playing time. He’s the most solid pick on that team, bar none.

John Salmons / Fransisco Garcia – It all depends on who you figure to benefit the most from Ron Artest’s departure from the Kings. Fransisco fills the SF position more naturally but John has the overall more well rounded game. I don’t think the choice for who will fill the starting position void has been carved in stone as far as the Kings coaching staff is concerned. I personally would like to see John land thestarting SF gig as I see Fransisco as a better choice for that off-the-bench instant offense type of contributor. Everyone on the Kings roster will pretty much get some upward bumps as they will be expected to step up in Artest’s absence. Even though the greatest focus will be on who will be filling the position, I’d like to go out on a limb and say that Brad Miller will end up being the best catch in terms of improved fantasy value, so keep an eye on him as well.

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