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Need 3’s? Three Point Shooters Are Abound!

Posted by Erik on January 16, 2009

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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!

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!

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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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Player Movement

Posted by Erik on June 28, 2008

TRADES

Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons – The NETS are clearing cap space for an eventual bid to woo LBJ into their ranks and are making an investment (?) for the future in what they perceive to be a quality big man in Yi. Well, as far as Yi goes, I’m still a bit of a skeptic. So far he’s been 20% hype, 30% unfulfilled potential, 15% injured, 35% promising; as far as I can rate him based on last year’s performance. Based on last season’s real life and fantasy impact, he’s looking more Kwame Brown than Yao Ming so far… I guess the NETS are hoping he will emerge from his rookie cocoon as viable frontcourt presence. This move doesn’t really change the fantasy values of the players involved as far as I’m concerned. RJ was a proven, dependable, scoring swingman back in NJ, but he mostly had Kidd to get him the ball and run the offense for the team. I think he will fit in nicely running the floor alongside Michael Redd and Charlie Villanueva. Charlie will be the greatest fantasy beneficiary of this trade as his biggest playing time (PT) competitor at the PF slot has been shipped off. More playing time for Charlie, hopefully translates to better fantasy production. Fantasy managers like myself are waiting to see him reproduce his multi-cat production from his break out Toronto season.

Jermaine ONeal for TJ Ford and Rasho Nesterovic – Off the top, the big fantasy winner in this transaction isn’t even involved in it, and that’s Danny Granger. Danny shined everytime JO wasn’t playing, which was pretty much most of the season anyway. The Pacers are now HIS team and I expect this Multi-cat Monster to just explode this season. TJ guarantees a backcourt presence, especially since Jamal Tinsley has not been exactly the poster boy for consistent health in the past. I suppose two injury-prone PGs are better than one. On the other end of the deal, its Jose Calderon who I expect to benefit the most from this deal. With Ford gone, Calderon will now have license to dish out those assists of his with extreme prejudice. JO can now play mini Twin Towers with Chris Bosh and provide Toronto with its much needed frontcourt depth. JO was frankly slumping – well fine, more like downward spiraling fantasywise prior to this trade. I’m personally not holding my breath for a dramatic turnaround,  but hey, he could surprise his naysayers and turn a new leaf now that he’s in a new team playing in a new system.

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