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Fantasy Basketball: Remember the name Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo could be a fantasy darling in 2014. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo could be a fantasy darling in 2014. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

In 1964, a Disney fantasy musical film captivated audiences while introducing the world to a multi-syllable word describing the outrageous: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

 

In 2014, the fantasy basketball world will be revealed to another outrageous-sounding array of syllables: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was listed as 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds on draft day. According to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times, Antetokounmpo claimed he’s grown to 6-foot-10 and doctors have informed Bucks’ officials that Antetokounmpo could grow to be a 7-footer.

 

There are many things to love about Antetokounmpo’s raw game. He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan to go along with massive hands which should equate to elevated block and steal totals for a guard/forward eligible player. He’s shooting 58.82 percent inside the restricted area and has the propensity to stretch his game beyond the three-point arc. In his last six games, he’s averaging 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and one steal per game.

 

 

His inherent value will continue to rise so long as he remains in the starting lineup. The Bucks have the worst record in the NBA and have their eyes glazing dizzily at the 2014 NBA Draft Class. It’s safe to assume they will allow Antetokounmpo to develop his game while the Bucks continue to tank for the rest of the season.

 

Antetokounmpo is a rare physical talent who should be owned in all standard leagues. Fantasy owners should temper expectations as he adjusts to playing in the NBA, but his upside is just too high to be left on the waiver wire.

 

He’s currently owned in just 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Make the add and sing along: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

 

You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.

Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineup for 3/8

Belinelli is an absolute steal at $3,800 tonight

Belinelli is an absolute steal at $3,600 tonight

For those of you that are new to this column, I’ve been trying to get myself through the winter doldrums by playing daily fantasy basketball on FanDuel (and hopefully make some money in the process). I’ll be posting my picks each and every day to give you all some insight into who I’ve identified as value picks for my roster. I’ll also be posting my results for each night (see below) so that you have some transparency into whether you want to listen to me or not.

 

How am I doing?

I’ve been hitting on more than 50% of my plays lately and am 41-28 since I started posting these articles. I generally play head-to-head leagues and 50/50 leagues, but I’ve been having the most success in 50/50 leagues lately. They offer less upside, but they also eliminate the risk of running up against a shark in a head-to-head matchup.

 

What’s Daily Gaming?

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (or if you listen to my lineup tips below…)

 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz (and with a little help from the boys at LuDawgs), so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one).

 

My Lineup for Tonight

 

Point Guard: Russell Westbrook ($9,900)

Point Guard: Stephen Curry ($9,400)

Shooting Guard: Marco Belinelli ($3,600)

Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward ($6,000)

Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($4,000)

Small Forward: Kevin Durant ($9,900)

Power Forward: Kevin Garnett ($7,300)

Power Forward: Markieff Morris ($3,800)

Center: Roy Hibbert ($6,000)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! .

 

And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineup for 3/4

He didn't have a great game yesterday, but I'm still on Team Tobias

He didn’t have a great game yesterday, but I’m still on Team Tobias

For those of you that are new to this column, I’ve been trying to get myself through the winter doldrums by playing daily fantasy basketball on FanDuel (and hopefully make some money in the process). I’ll be posting my picks each and every day to give you all some insight into who I’ve identified as value picks for my roster. I’ll also be posting my results for each night (see below) so that you have some transparency into whether you want to listen to me or not.

 

How am I doing?

I didn’t play over the weekend (I was away visiting the in-laws), but am 39-27 since I started posting these articles. I generally play head-to-head leagues and 50/50 leagues, but I’ve been having the most success in 50/50 leagues lately. They offer less upside, but they also eliminate the risk of running up against a shark in a head-to-head matchup.

 

What’s Daily Gaming?

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (or if you listen to my lineup tips below…)

 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz (and with a little help from the boys at LuDawgs), so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one).

 

My Lineup for Tonight

 

Point Guard: Kyle Lowry ($6,500)

Point Guard: Stephen Curry ($9,300)

Shooting Guard: Corey Brewer ($4,800)

Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo ($6,200)

Small Forward: Tobias Harris ($5,200)

Small Forward: LeBron James ($9,900)

Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova ($7,300)

Power Forward: Derrick Williams ($6,300)

Center: Enes Kanter ($4,400)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! .

 

And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

Fantasy Basketball: My FanDuel Lineup (2/10) – LATE Games

Durant is a little depressed because he's $100 under max on FanDuel today, but that's good news for us!

Durant is a little depressed because he’s $100 under max on FanDuel today, but that’s good news for all of us!

For those of you that are new to this column, I’ve been trying to get myself through the winter doldrums by playing daily fantasy basketball on FanDuel (and hopefully make some money in the process). I’ll be posting my picks each and every day to give you all some insight into who I’ve identified as value picks for my roster. I’ll also be posting my results for each night (see below) so that you have some transparency into whether you want to listen to me or not.

 

How am I doing?

 

I’ve been on a nice run lately and haven’t lost for three days, which bring me to 26-15 since I started posting these articles (here’s a little tip: get in on the 50/50 leagues).

 

What’s Daily Gaming?

 

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (or if you listen to my lineup tips below…)

 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz (and with a little help from the boys at LuDawgs), so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one).
 


 
My Lineup for Tonight

 

Point Guard: Ricky Rubio ($4,700)

Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas ($5,100)

Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin ($4,900)

Shooting Guard: James Harden ($9,600)

Small Forward: Kevin Durant ($9,800)

Small Forward: Rudy Gay ($7,000)

Power Forward: Anthony Davis ($6,300)

Power Forward: Kenneth Faried ($6,500)

Center: Tiago Splitter ($6,100)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! .

 

And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

Fantasy Basketball: My FanDuel Lineup (2/9)

He might look goofy, but Byron Mullens is averaging almost 30 FD points per game over his last three contests

He might look goofy, but Byron Mullens is averaging almost 30 FD points per game over his last three contests

For those of you that are new to this column, I’ve been trying to get myself through the winter doldrums by playing daily fantasy basketball on FanDuel (and hopefully make some money in the process). I’ll be posting my picks each and every day to give you all some insight into who I’ve identified as value picks for my roster. I’ll also be posting my results for each night (see below) so that you have some transparency into whether you want to listen to me or not.

 

How am I doing?

 

I’ve been treading water this week, but I’m now 21-15 since I started posting these articles.

 

What’s Daily Gaming?

 

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (or if you listen to my lineup tips below…)

 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz (and with a little help from the boys at LuDawgs), so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one).
 


 
My Lineup for Tonight

 

Point Guard: Kyrie Irving ($9,200)

Point Guard: Stephen Curry ($8,200)

Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis ($7,300)

Shooting Guard: Nick Young ($5,300)

Small Forward: Danilo Galinari($6,900)

Small Forward: Shawn Marion ($6,500)

Power Forward: Kenneth Faried ($6,500)

Power Forward: Lavoy Allen ($4,000)

Center: Byron Mullens ($5,800)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! .

 

And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineup (1/27)

Rondo tends to bring his "A" game against the Heat...

Rondo tends to bring his “A” game against the Heat…

If you’re anything like me, you’re having a tough time figuring out what to do with yourself today since this will be the first Sunday since early September that we won’t have any football to watch! (and no…the Pro Bowl doesn’t count. That’s not real football.)

 

There will be plenty of hockey and basketball to watch, but let’s be honest…that’s just not all that fun unless you’re playing a season-long fantasy league. If you missed the boat on getting in a fantasy basketball league, I have the perfect solution for you: FanDuel Fantasy Basketball!

 

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (of if you listen to my lineup tips below…)


 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz, so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one):

 

Point Guard: Rajon Rondo ($7,900)

Point Guard: Jeff Teague ($5,700)

Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade ($8,700)

Shooting Guard: Jamal Crawford ($5,500)

Small Forward: Kevin Durant ($9,900)

Small Forward: Kyle Korver ($4,700)

Power Forward: Elton Brand ($4,900)

Power Forward: Anthony Davis ($6,300)

Center: Marcin Gortat ($6,300)
How am I doing?

 

Last night, I went 4-3 and am now 9-5 since I started posting these articles.

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! I’ll try and keep posting my plays every day (and track them too…I wanna be transparent) so you guys can follow along.

 

If you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineup (1/26)

They call it going to the well for a reason...because it works!

They call it going to the well for a reason…because it works!

If you’re anything like me, you’re having a tough time figuring out what to do with yourself this weekend since this will be the first time since early September that we won’t have any football to watch! (and no…the Pro Bowl doesn’t count. That’s not football)

 

There will be plenty of hockey and basketball to watch, but let’s be honest…that’s just not all that fun unless you’re playing a season-long fantasy league. If you missed the boat on getting in a fantasy basketball league, I have the perfect solution for you: FanDuel Fantasy Basketball!

 

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (of if you listen to my lineup tips below…)


 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz, so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one):

 

Point Guard: Ramon Sessions ($5,700)

Point Guard: Brandon Jennings ($7,500)

Shooting Guard: James Harden ($9,500)

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan ($5,500)

Small Forward: Paul George ($8,500)

Small Forward: Jimmy Butler ($4,700)

Power Forward: Tyler Zeller ($5,100)

Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova ($6,100)

Center: Joakim Noah ($7,300)
How am I doing?

 

Last night, I entered seven$5 head-to-head matchups with the above lineup and went 5-for-7 and upped my bankroll from $35 to  $45.

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! I’ll try and post my lineups over the weekend (and I’m going to try to make this as transparent as possible and update you on how I did the night before too).

 

If you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineup (1/25)

He might look like a bit goofy, but Korver is a GREAT value play right now

He might look like a bit goofy, but Korver is a GREAT value play right now

If you’re anything like me, you’re having a tough time figuring out what to do with yourself this weekend since this will be the first time since early September that we won’t have any football to watch! (and no…the Pro Bowl doesn’t count. That’s not football)

 

There will be plenty of hockey and basketball to watch, but let’s be honest…that’s just not all that fun unless you’re playing a season-long fantasy league. If you missed the boat on getting in a fantasy basketball league, I have the perfect solution for you: FanDuel Fantasy Basketball!

 

If you’re not familiar with daily gaming, it’s a fun (and legal) way to pick a one-day team and put your roster up against other users (and hopefully win some cash in the process). If you’re a new user on FanDuel, go here to register for an account and deposit $10 using PayPal (I know for a fact that you’ve spent $10 on worse things). Then, all you need to do is choose a $2 or $5 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the 60K salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise…it’s a ton of fun and an easy way to win some quick cash if you know what you’re doing (of if you listen to my lineup tips below…)


 

I’ve done all the work for you identifying guys for tonight by looking at trends and matchups and all that jazz, so you all you need to do is go in and pick your players I’ve listed below (and yes, I’ll be playing the exact same lineup, so we can ride or die together on this one):

 

Point Guard: Rajon Rondo ($7,500)

Point Guard: Tony Parker ($7,100)

Shooting Guard: O.J. Mayo ($6,600)

Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson ($5,900)

Small Forward: LeBron James ($9,900)

Small Forward: Kyle Korver ($4,400)

Power Forward: Tyler Zeller ($5,100)

Power Forward: Serge Ibaka ($6,600)

Center: Larry Sanders ($6,600)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so go to FanDuel and sign up for an account to get started! I’ll try and post my lineups over the weekend (and I’m going to try to make this as transparent as possible and update you on how I did the night before too).

 

If you’re still trying to wrap your head around daily gaming and strategies, here’s a post I wrote for BetVega that gives you some tips on how to win on FanDuel.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Fantasy Basketball: Welcome to Funlandia

Despite the McKayla Maroney looks on their faces, Fred and Carrie think the Trailblazers are a lot of fun!

Despite the McKayla Maroney looks on their faces, Fred and Carrie think the Trailblazers are a lot of fun!

Forgive me in advance if a hunch I had leads me to dig up some stats and bore you with something a little self-indulgent. This probably won’t impact anyone’s fantasy basketball team, but it will allow me to be able to say “I knew it” and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

 

Here goes…brace yourself.

 

The Portland Trailblazers are the most fun team in fantasy basketball.

 

No kidding, we already knew that. Lillard is so awesome, Batum is living up to the hype, Aldridge is a beast, JJ is smashing double doubles like a fat kid smashes a Snickers, and then there’s the other guy (no, not Jose Carreras) Wes Matthews who just ticks along. There’s nobody backing them up, so all the minutes are spread amongst the five and that’s fantasy basketball gold. Yes, I know you already know that, but wait there’s more.

 

I own all of them (except Jose Carreras) in various leagues and have been loving their output all season long, but I’ve felt like I’m getting even more than just stats from them. It’s felt like almost every game was going to OT or down to the wire and I was maybe getting even more than fantasy basketball production out of them. I’m getting entertainment out of them!

 

 
To that point, I’ve created a new (and potentially useless and meaningless) stat: Fun Factor. What is Fun Factor? Very simply – what percentage of a team’s games played have gone to overtime, or have been decided in regulation by five points or less. Guess who tops the list…you guessed it! Portland. 43% of the Trailblazers games have gone to OT or have been close, so the fun factor increases.

 

So which team is not as much fun? The Clippers. Ridiculous, isn’t it? Lob City is great to watch and they have great highlights, but their games are not always close. They almost always smash teams and win comfortably. They’re also deep, and the stars seem to get rested, so I guess from a Fantasy Fun point of view, they’re not as much fun from that point either.

 

Here are some other observations:

 

  • The Spurs were right up the top as well – Tim Duncan & Tony Parker are playing more minutes.
  • Orlando – I don’t care that they are down the list. There’s fantasy goodness there. They’re not “sexy”, but the numbers are there to help your fantasy basketball team.
  • Sacramento – I wonder how much closer their games would have been if Isaiah was the main guy all year.

 

What does all this mean? What am I getting at? It really means nothing in terms of fantasy basketball, but I had a theory about Portland’s fun factor and was curious to see if I was right.

 

That said, if you feel like your fantasy basketball season is slipping away and you’re losing interest, there’s always the opportunity to add some more fun. Shake up your roster and go get some Trailblazers. After all, fantasy basketball is meant to be fun.

 

If you want to see what other teams can provide some Fun Factor to your fantasy basketball roster, I’ve created the following list:

 

Games

Team

OT

Within 5

Total

Fun Factor

42

Portland Trail Blazers

6

12

18

43%

40

Washington Wizards

5

11

16

40%

45

San Antonio Spurs

4

13

17

38%

43

Indiana Pacers

2

14

16

37%

44

Denver Nuggets

3

13

16

36%

42

New Orleans Hornets

4

11

15

36%

42

Toronto Raptors

6

9

15

36%

41

Chicago Bulls

4

10

14

34%

42

Charlotte Bobcats

4

10

14

33%

42

Dallas Mavericks

9

5

14

33%

39

New York Knicks

1

12

13

33%

42

Phoenix Suns

3

11

14

33%

43

Cleveland Cavaliers

1

13

14

33%

41

GoldenState Warriors

3

10

13

32%

42

Detroit Pistons

3

10

13

31%

39

Miami Heat

4

8

12

31%

40

Milwaukee Bucks

2

10

12

30%

41

Boston Celtics

6

6

12

29%

42

Atlanta Hawks

3

9

12

29%

42

Brooklyn Nets

3

9

12

29%

42

Utah Jazz

1

11

12

29%

41

Orlando Magic

3

8

11

27%

39

Minnesota Timberwolves

1

9

10

26%

43

Oklahoma City Thunder

5

6

11

26%

43

Sacramento Kings

2

9

11

26%

41

Memphis Grizzlies

4

6

10

24%

42

Los Angeles Lakers

1

9

10

24%

42

Philadelphia 76ers

3

7

10

24%

44

Houston Rockets

3

6

9

20%

43

Los Angeles Clippers

1

7

8

19%

 

Written by Mr. David Brady. David has been a long-time FantasyTrade411 follower/reader and is a “Joe” participant in our FantasyTrade411 Pros vs. Joes Fantasy Basketball league. David hails all the way from Down Under, but I’ve yet to confirm if he is a big Luc Longley fan and enjoys vegemite sandwiches.
 
 

Fantasy Basketball: Soppe Stock Report

Is Brook Lopez doing a Mark Madsen dance?

Is Brook Lopez doing a Mark Madsen dance?

Editors Note: A HUGE congratulations to Kyle for being nominated for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Newcomer of the Year Award!

 

Welcome to another edition of the Soppe Stock Report!

 

by Kyle Soppe

 

Buy – Players who have been good and will continue to be good. Feel free to pay face value in a trade.
 
Brook Lopez: The Nets big man is finally fully healthy and is reminding his fantasy owners of why they drafted him as a starting center. Since he returned from a sprained right foot on December 12th, Lopez is averaging 25.5 points per game in which he played at least 25 minutes and the Nets won. That may seem like an odd split stat to look at, but take a peek at their upcoming schedule. Through the end of February, a conservative projection would be a 16-8 record, and with only four back-to-backs, Lopez figures to be heavily involved (averaging 28.8 minutes after not playing the night before). Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are not just healthy but playing at a very high level, stretching defenses and leaving Lopez single covered around the basket. The physical presence of Reggie Evans should add to Lopez’s rebounding upside, as the opponent’s best rebounder isn’t likely to be matched up with him. Lopez will offer strong percentages, top 10 block totals, and as many points as any center eligible player in all of fantasy.

 

DeMarcus Cousins: If your fantasy league is one that measures likability or deducts points for bone headedness, ignore this column. Assuming you play in a more standard format, take a chance on the erratic Kings big man. He is the unquestioned top option in Sacramento which means plenty of shot attempts (at least 17 in four of his last five games), but I’m buying into Cousins for his ability to contribute in not so standard big man categories. He is shooting a career best from the free throw line (77.8%) and is averaging nearly 4.5 assists since Christmas. His 1.4 steals per game tie him for third among all centers, giving him value across the board. The risk to rostering/acquiring “The Human Headache” is outweighed by the potential reward in my opinion, as Cousins could finish inside the top 40 overall players in most formats.

 

Hold Players who should maintain their current value. “Role players” in the fantasy community.
 
Andrei Kirilenko:  The Timberwolves simply can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t fantasy value to be had in Minnesota. With Kevin Love sidelined for the next 8-10 weeks there is no reason to expect a dip in Kirilenko’s 35+ minutes per game, and with Ricky Rubio expected back in the near future, his productivity should at least remain constant. His 52.1% shooting from the field is a career best while his rebounds, minutes, steals, and points are all his best marks since his 2005 breakout campaign. Alexey Shved and Rubio make everyone around them better and with Nikola Pekovic patrolling the paint, AK47 is allowed to roam free and make plays (much like 2005). He is a player that will not hurt you anywhere (his only negative impact according to ESPN’s Player Rater is 3PM and that is of minimal impact: -0.09) and with his teammates health issues, look for Kirilenko’s role to grow as the season progresses.

 

George Hill: In his first year of being cemented into the starting lineup, Hill has been able to maintain his efficient style of play. He is seeing an average of 9.4 more minutes than last season and his scoring (14.7ppg) has responded nicely. His assist numbers have increased as a result of the growth of Paul George while his prowess on the glass ranks among the league leaders at his position. There are a lot of aspects of his game to like and there is room for improvement. Hill’s field goal percentage and three point percentage are his lowest since his rookie season in San Antonio, and if he can cure those ails, he very well could find himself among the 15 most valuable point guards in fantasy basketball.

 

Sell Players destined to lose value as the season progresses. Look to move them before the decline kicks in.
 
Jason Kidd: You’ll have a hard time finding a bigger JKidd fan than yours truly, but he won’t be on a single one of my fantasy teams moving forward. New York’s players are going to say all of the right things, but a healthy Amar’e Stoudemire will change how this offense operates. The ball won’t move as freely in transition or the half court, something that will directly impact both Kidd’s assist potential and his open looks from downtown. It is hard to imagine Kidd gaining any fantasy value as the season progress (don’t forget that he is 39 years old), meaning that his stock has peaked already. Build up his elite steals and his best FG% this millennium, while leaving out his downward trending assist totals projected downward moving 3PM, and shop him sooner rather than later.

 

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