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The Sun is Shining in Puerto Rico: Time to Pick Up Jose Juan Barea

Posted by Erik on December 7, 2008

The beautiful South American country of Puerto Rico or as it is officially called in Spanish – “Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico” – which translates to: Associated Free State of Puerto Rico; now has another thing to be proud of aside from its white sandy beaches. It now can be extra proud of its basketball export to the NBA, Jose Juan Barea (PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks)

Jose (or does he like to be called Juan?) has recently gotten his second starting duty at shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks this evening against the Atlanta Hawks. He had a solid performance and logged in a cool 22 points (9-18 from the field and 4-5 from the line), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and only 1 turnover; through 31 minutes on the floor. This performance is a pretty good sign, considering  he tallied 18 points and 4 assists in his first outing as a starter when the Mavs played the Phoenix Suns. He already was on my “deep league watchlist” the moment he did 15 points and 6 assists off the bench against the L.A. Clippers.

Yes folks, it’s now officially time to pick him up. I grabbed him in 4 of my 8 Yahoo leagues before tonight’s game against the Hawks, and it looks like my gamble may pay off some dividends. He’s a definite pick up in deep leagues. He will arguably outperform your “Jordan Farmars”.

Why should you pick him up?

  1. Well because it’s a string of 3 solid games.
  2. Coach Rick Carlisle seems adamant to keep Jason Terry contributing off the bench and no other starting SG has had close to a consistent contribution as Barea.
  3. Josh Howard’s eventual return to action doesn’t really hurt his value as much as it will Devean George’s. Jose’s points may dip a bit but things seem to indicate a possibility for him to switch to PG-mode when the Mavs want to preserve Jason Kidd’s minutes.
  4. The franchise may want to look at him as a future PG when Kidd retires and there’s nothing like on the job training with a great PG-tutor.


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Dirkie-poo Takes Me to #1

Posted by Erik on December 2, 2008

Dirkie-poo?” Yeah, we’re close like that. Well in a fantasy basketball kind of way…

I’ve been a big fan of 7-footers who can shoot treys like guards. Yes, Andrea Bargnani’s growing on me with every Raptor game that rolls on by.

Back to Dirk.

I love how he’s such a quietly underrated multi-cat kind of guy. Fine, he isn’t as donkalicious like say Dwyane Wade or LeBron James or Chris Paul, but man can he fill up those cats nicely! He blows away opponents on the FT% cat among others and he’s a fantastic big man core player for small ball – one of the few. I have him at number five on my recently updated Top 72 players for Head to Head Page.

I recently reached the top spot over at the 20-man Give Me The Monster League of Give  Me The Rock, with a sweet record of 27-16-2. I’m only a game ahead of like 4 other teams so this moment might be short lived. So I plan to savor it as long as I can milk it. 🙂

It’s nice to beam with pride about this league as I am skimming the scum, close to the bottom in the GMTR Reader’s League. Scraping victories only against injury-ridden teams. – but that rant is for another post.

I owe my success to my first round pick, Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks, PF).

I don’t know exactly happened to the post I had on queue that highlighted my pride on a team-well-drafted for the Monster League. Oh well, now seems like a more auspicious time anyway.

I was 5th to pick and chose him over the likes of Dwyane Wade (yeah, I didn’t see this season coming either) and Elton Brand, KG, Matrix – thank goodness! Anyway, in a nutshell, here’s how my draft went.

  1. Dirk Nowitzki  PF (5th)
  2. Paul Pierce SG/SF (36th)
  3. Hedo Turkoglu SG/SF (45th)
  4. T.J. Ford PG (76th)
  5. Al Harrington PF/C (85th)
  6. Ricky Davis SG/SF (116th)
  7. Luke Ridnour PG (126th)
  8. Daniel Gibson SG (156th)
  9. Linas Kleiza SG/SF (165th)
  10. Chris Quinn PG/SG (196th)

Of course, I wouldn’t be hitting the top of the heap on that draft alone. Over the course of the first month I made a few moves here and there. The most recent was to burn my waiver position to pick up Raja Bell who was thrown to the wires by another team. Raja is gold among trash in the pool, especially in a 20-man league. Believe you me! I’m now extra glad I didn’t throw away Al Harrington to the wires during the heat of his retarded tantrum over at GSW.

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Bosh Makes Top 5 for Head to Head

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:

  1. Chris Paul (NOR, PG)
  2. LeBron James (CLE, SF)
  3. Dwyane Wade (MIA, PG/SG)
  4. Chris Bosh (TOR, PF/C)
  5. 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.

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