Posted by Erik on January 16, 2009
My buddies from my original fantasy basketball league and I have always believed in the old adage:
Threes are the easiest stat to scrounge for in the free agent pool. You’ll almost always be able to find a three point shooter somehow.
While this is not a universal truth by any means, I found it to be a decently reliable generality as far as my experiences in fantasy basketball are concerned.
We’ve recently seen some chuckers put together at least a 3-game swing of consistency. If your fantasy team is in dire need of threes then, perhaps you might be able to find these guys lying around in your league’s FA pool.
At this stage in the season it should be clear to you, what your team needs to win, whether it be in Rotisserie or Head to Head. Fine these guys are basically specialists at what they do, but they’ve recently shown that they can be relied upon for some stable performances. Sometimes all you need to go up in your league’s roto rankings is several tree point shots more per game from your roster.
This guy's on FIRE!
Here are some guys who are recently on fire and may be overlooked in your Yahoo! Leagues:
Daequan Cook PG/SG, Miami Heat (15% Owned) – For a guy who is currently 6th in the NBA in total three point shots made and 5th at average 3PM (2.4/G), he can simply fill up that category for your team in a jiffy! Specialist, you say? Well this specialist just came off a 24-point performance (7-11 from the field and 6-8 from beyond the arc) against the Bucks. He should be the first guy you look for in the pool if your team needs some treys.
Daniel Gibson PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (22% Owned) – With the recent development of Delonte West injuring his wrist, expect Boobie Gibson to get some more playing time. He’s averaging 1.5 treys a game for the season and he also should begin to score a bit more now that he is due for some extra time on the court. He’s got some solid upside coming his way and as Fantasy Basketball Jedi put it best, “It’s time for Boobie!”
Bobby Simmons SG/SF, New Jersey Nets (21% Owned) – He’s making the most of Yi Jianlian’s absence due to injury and he’s actually the team’s secondary outside threat after Vince Carter. Over the last week he’s averaging 2.3 treys a game at a more than decent 56% percent overall from the field.
Nick Young SG/SF, Washington Wizards (23% Owned) – He’s been on fire lately! 28, 12, 30, 33 those are the numbers of what he’s been scoring over the last four games and at 2.0 treys per game over the last week, he may just be able to boost your points and your 3PM. Caron Butler’s been in an erratic slump for awhile now which you can possibly attribute to Nick’s stepping up of his offensive game. So keep an eye on them both.
J.J. Reddick PG/SG, Orlando Magic (3% Owned) – Don’t laugh! Seriously… JJ’s averaging 4 threes per game over his last 3 games. With Mikael Pietrus being out indefinitely due to a busted wrist, the Magic are looking for an alternate kick-out target for Dwight when he’s double/triple/quadruple teamed in the low block. JJ’s been able to steal some of Courtney Lee’s (current starting SG) thunder. Over the last 4 games, JJ’s been scoring in double figures and more than 20 minutes on the floor. He probably won’t be able to steal away the starting SG job from Courtney due to his being a defensive liability but expect him to keep his minutes up as long as he can keep on landing those long bombs!
Rodney Carney SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (3% Owned) – Sebastian Telfair may have stolen Mike Millers starting role, but its Rodney’s recent offensive effectivity that has really kept Mike’s butt glued to the Wolves’ bench. Rodney’s put together a respectable 3-game string of double digit performances off the bench. Put together his 3.5 treys, 0.5 steals and 1.0 block averages over the last fantasy week and you’ve got yourself a reasonable candidate to fill the spot that the now ineffective Larry Hughes should very well vacate. Keep an eye on him!
Posted in Fantasy Basketball, Upside | Tagged: Bobby Simmons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Daequan Cook, Daniel Gibson, Delonte West, Delonte West Injury, J.J. Reddick, Miami Heat, Mikael Pietrus, Mike Miller, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Nick Young, Orlando Magic, Rodney Carney, Three Point Shooters, Waiver Watch, Washington Wizards, Yi Jianlian | 4 Comments »
Posted by Erik on December 29, 2008
It’s been a long and hectic stretch of holidays for me and I haven’t gotten a chance to really grab hold of the keyboard for far too long.
Anyway, here are some post christmas goodies that may still be hidden in some of your unchecked Christmas Stockings.
Daequan Cook (PG/SG, MIA) – He’s been hot as of the last few games. He doesn’t do much more than shoot those treys, but at least he provides you with some guaranteed minutes off the Miami bench.
Daniel Gibson (PG/SG, CLE) – Speaking of three-point specialists, Boobie Gibson is back from his toe injury and Wally World is out with an injury. He will be back as the first offensive option off-the-bench for the Cavs. He does provide a slightly more diverse stat array compared to Cook of the Heat, but has not been able to light it up from beyond the arc as consistently this year. Expect 24+ minutes from him, or more if LBJ blows out the opponents out of the water.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF/PF, MIL) – I know it seems like he was a flash in the pan. He was picked up and dropped along with the rise and fall of his fantasy contributions. But as of late he appears to be the starter of choice at the swing slot for the Bucks. Charlie V’s health this season has been a huge waterloo, causing CV to be erratic; while Luc on the other hand has shown to be a bit more consistent. It’s time to pick him up again, but don’t expect to hold on to him for much longer.
Andrea Bargnani (SF/PF/C, TOR) – He’s riding the bench and his numbers are nowhere close to what they were with him as a starter and with that decline, many people got disenchanted with him and dropped him to the pool. If you can spare a bench slot, then sit him on it. You will never know when Jermaine O’Neal will miss another stretch of games. He is also a unique source of both treys and blocks.
Raja Bell – (SG, CHA) – He was slumping – ehem, adjusting – with some difficulty as he was getting used to the new offense and team composition over at Charlotte. He didn’t acclimate as smoothly and as definitevely as Boris Diaw. He will adjust and he will eventually become more and more consistent as he slides into his new role in his new team. If someone threw him, pick him up. He will invariably be a more solid choice over the briefly overachieving Jason Kapono in TOR.
Louis Williams and Mareese Speights (PG/SG & PF/C, PHI) – Both these guys have been the bigger standouts among the bench players who’ve stepped up their games in the absence of Elton Brand from the Philadelphia 76ers lineup. Williams will be good for some dimes and points at relatively good percentages, while Speights will be good for some boards and blocks.
Posted in Upside | Tagged: Andrea Bargnani, Cleveland Cavaliers, Daequan Cook, Daniel Gibson, Louis Williams, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights, Miami Heat, Milwuakee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Raja Bell Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors, Waiver Watch | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Erik on December 1, 2008
Pretty much a month has now come and gone. The season’s a month older and things are a bit clearer as to the impact players have in head to head matchups.
I’ve updated my Top 72 players for Head to Head. Remember that it’s based on 9 categories, so turnovers are counted against players.
Chris Bosh has been a real pleasant surprise for his fantasy owners this year. He’s fourth on that list. He’s also 4th on Give Me The Rock’s player rater. So the numbers really don’t lie.
He’s now comparable to – do I dare say it – Amare Stoudemire. What Chris lacks in the “D” department he makes up for in consistency and percentages impact. He’s having a great fantasy year so far. He’s averaging 27.7 PPG at 55 FG%; shooting at 82.5% from the line at 9.5 attempts a night; 10.5 RPG; 1.1 BPG; 0.6 SPG; 2.3 APG; and only 2.5 TOs per game.
He’s really reaping the benefits of having Jermaine O’Neal join him in the Raptors front court (at least when J-O’s managed to stay healthy enough to be there) and let us not forget that he’s got an awesomely efficient passing-PG in Jose Calderon dropping those dimes for him night in and night out.
The rest of the Top 5 are:
- Chris Paul (NOR, PG)
- LeBron James (CLE, SF)
- Dwyane Wade (MIA, PG/SG)
- Chris Bosh (TOR, PF/C)
- Dirk Nowitzki (DAL, PF)
There are a lot of guards in the rankings, so it looks like small ball is the way to in head to head. I’m currently in the process of revamping one of my big ball teams into a small ball unit via trades and pick ups. I will do a post on it as soon as it has completed its transformation.
I will update my rankings by position soon. So stay tuned.
Posted in Fantasy Basketball, Site Updates | Tagged: Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Chris Bosh vs. Amare Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Head to Head Player Rankings, Jermaine O'Neal, Jose Calderon, LeBron James, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns, small ball strategy, Toronto Raptors | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Erik on August 14, 2008
6-player, 3-team deal, blah… blah… blah… I just realized that by the time most people come around to reading my BLOG, they already know the latest in NBA news. I think I’m getting a better understanding of my readership and following. On that note, I’m not going to waste anymore of anyone’s precious time by rewriting the NBA/Fantasy NBA news that’s out there. Read about the deal HERE.
With that out of the way, let’s get down to my thoughts on the matter. Bottomline, the fantasy impact of the deal is all about the PGs involved and/or affected by the deal. The forwards involved are incidental and have little to no fantasy impact – unless of course you plan to play in a really deep, sick, 20-man slugfest of a league; and even then I highly doubt that the likes of Joe Smith, Desmond Mason, and God forbid Adrian Griffin will strike your fantasy fancy.
Down LOW for the Mo
First on the block is of course the highest rated guard, Mo Williams. I like his acquisition for the CAVS and subsequently, of course, for LeBron James. Cleveland (LeBron) was – frankly still IS – in dire need of another scoring option and and Mo Williams was probably the best choice available to them in this year’s very lean PG market. Mo displayed a very solid season last year, his 14 DNPs being his only real bane on the fantasy cats. He’s decent a defender (1.2 SPG), he can distribute the ball (6.4 APG), and he can also contribute on offense (17.2 PPG, 1.4 Treys/G). So he will be a great partner for LBJ, right? I’d actually hold off on any fantasy accolades for the guy, at least until mid February. The thing is, from a fantasy stand point, LBJ doesn’t mix well with guards. He normally has the ball in his hands, drives to the hoop and either finishes the play or does a drop down pass to one the Cavs’ “big men”. That’s how his style of play has been working and he does that more often than kick out the ball to the guards at the top of the key or on the wings. OK, I don’t doubt Mo will be able to contribute offensively, since he does have the capability to create his own shot; but we will have to wait and see if Cleveland can really use him as a TRUE PG and not just as some schmuck (no offense Delonte) who’s supposed to bring down the ball – hand it to LeBron – and let HIM decide what comes next. Mo’s play making skills will really be put to the test this year as he will be teamed up with a truly elite forward who DOES like to pass the ball himself as well. Overall, I’m on Mo’s fantasy downside – with an expectation of his numbers dropping; but I would be more than happy for him to prove me wrong this year. Speaking of Delonte, I suppose he will have to give up starting PG role to Mo, but I like him as a starter and I am hoping he’ll see some solid playing time at the starting SG slot this year.
Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson – These guys were competing for playing the time last couple of years like 40 year old virgins at a party at the PLAYBOY mansion. Unfortunately, Luke got nailed by injuries and Earl took most of last year’s starts. But the past is past, Luke’s moved on to the Bucks; and now these boys no longer have to look over each other’s shoulders to see if they’re going to lose their starting PG slot to the other guy. Bottomline this is decent fantasy upside for these guys, who by the way are quite reasonable tertiary fantasy PG options. Enjoy your starts guys! Hopefully you’ll produce some usable PG stats this year. 13 PPG and 5-6 APG with a little less than horrendous FG%, a steal and a trey every now and then, too much to ask for? I sure hope not.
Posted in Fantasy Basketball, NBA News & Rumors | Tagged: Cleveland Cavaliers, Delonte West, Earl Watson, LeBron James, Luke Ridnour, Milwuakee Bucks, Mo Williams, Trades | 1 Comment »