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Happy Holidays – Some Christmas Pickup Treats

Posted by Erik on December 29, 2008

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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.

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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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Mo help for LBJ!

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

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.

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