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Fantasy Basketball – Players to Buy in 2014

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Now that the Christmas games are in the books in the NBA, fantasy basketball owners can officially start making some decisions on their rosters. Players who are off to slow starts might just be unable to turn it around this season. Meanwhile, people exceeding expectations might just be for real. Here are three fantasy basketball steals in the draft who should be just fine for the remainder of the season.
 
LaMarcus Aldridge

 

In most fantasy basketball drafts, you could wait until at least the third round before you had to pick up LaMarcus Aldridge. So far this season, he is playing like a MVP of the entire NBA. He is the leader on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are exceeding expectations in their own right. Now that he is meshing with Damian Lillard and the rest of his supporting cast, there doesn’t seem to be anything (other than injury) that could slow him down.
 
Arron Afflalo
 
Orlando is at least a year away from competing for the playoffs, but Afflalo has been a very bright spot for the franchise. He has been shooting and making more three pointers than he ever has in his career, and the slight tweaks he made during the offseason are really paying off. Since he will continue to be the focal point of the offense, he might just end up being a top three shooting guard in the entire NBA.
 
DeMar DeRozan
 
Finally, few expected DeRozan to be an efficient fantasy basketball option in 2013-2014, but so far he has been. He was a borderline top 100 player heading into the season, but he has become a better overall player this season. Now that Rudy Gay is out of town, no one should steal his opportunities. Expect him to lead the young Raptors, and they might even sneak into the playoffs this season.
 

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings – January 8, 2014

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With CP3 sidelined, Darren Collison instantly becomes a top fantasy option as the newly anointed floor general for the Clippers’ 6th-ranked offense.

It’s finally 2014, and for fantasy basketball owners that means you’re probably just about halfway through your league’s regular season.  If you’ve been lucky enough to get to this point without at least one player sustaining a significant injury, well then, I might consider putting my team on your medical plan.  In this day and age — as any disgruntled fantasy football owner can attest to — injuries have become more prevalent and more detrimental to one’s team than ever before.  Navigating the remainder of the season with that concept in mind will be a key factor in determining your fantasy basketball team’s outcome.

 

With stars falling left and right, a slew of players have either risen or dropped in my fantasy basketball player rankings — some more noticeably than others.  I touched on Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and Al Horford in last week’s column, but the biggest loss for any owner this week had to come with the news that Chris Paul, the Clippers’ star point guard and MVP candidate, would miss “up to six weeks” with a separated shoulder.  As with the aforementioned players, a lengthy timetable like that will force most owners to decide whether it’s worth it to hold on to certain players.  Paul is one player that is undroppable, especially since he should come back with enough time to help his owners in the fantasy basketball playoffs, but there are other players that may warrant different consideration.  Owners lucky enough to snatch up Darren Collison (who went from being unranked to No. 86) can rest just a little easier, but if you own any of the following players you might want to consider a trade before their values drop even further:

 

  • Nic Batum (avulsion fracture of the middle finger – was No. 19, now No. 24)
  • Nikola Vucevic (sprained ankle, concussion – was No. 29, now No. 36)
  • Deron Williams (third sprained ankle of the season – was No. 45, now No. 52)
  • Ryan Anderson (herniated disc in his back – was No. 49, now No. 65)

 

Collison, Kris Humphries, Amare Stoudemire, Brandan Wright, Andrei Kirilenko, Tony Snell and C.J. McCollum are new additions to this week’s fantasy basketball rankings.  The below rankings are based on stats through Monday’s games.
 

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Seth is the Senior Fantasy Basketball Writer for FantasyTrade411.com, as well as a top contributor in fantasy baseball and football.  He is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Seth is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan.  Seth attended the University of Arizona — where he majored in “tardiness” — and now spends his time as a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

 

Fantasy Basketball: Picking up the pieces after CP3′s injury

Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.  (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.
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Thirteenth-century theologian and poet Rumi once said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

 

Rumi obviously never played fantasy basketball. And he never owned Chris Paul, either.

 

Paul left the Clippers’ 119-112 road win against the Dallas Mavericks midway through the third quarter after injuring his right shoulder.

 

 

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Paul will be re-examined in Los Angeles on Sunday and Monday. Head coach Doc Rivers said Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks with the injury.

 

Injuries to superstar athletes are one of the most gut-wrenching parts of playing any fantasy sport. For Paul owners, you’ll soon realize that you will not find a player on the wire to replace his value. Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 3PTM per game this season. You can’t find another Chris Paul, but you could find some options on the wire to plug the leak while Paul recovers.

 

Darren Collison (LAC-PG):

The immediate move for any Chris Paul owner is to scour the wire to see if backup Darren Collison is still hanging around. He’s going to become a must-start player in all formats as the starting point guard in L.A. Collison scored 20 points with four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. The Clippers will lean on him heavily in the coming weeks.

 

Kendall Marshall (LAL-PG): 

The Lakers continue to have the most decimated backcourt in the entire league. Injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have opened the door for D-League point guard Kendall Marshall. He’s starting out of pure necessity and should expect to log heavy minutes for the Lakers going forward. He played 41 minutes against the Utah Jazz last night, scoring 20 points with 15 assists and six rebounds. Mike D’Antoni is renowned for turning point guards into fantasy gold so Marshall makes for a wise pickup. I’m bullish on his long-term value as teams will begin to scout and adjust to Marshall’s game but for the time being, ride the excess minutes. Marshall is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Beno Udrih (NYK-PG): 

Raymond Felton is still out with a bothersome groin injury, and Udrih has filled in as the starting point guard for the Knicks. Udrih has been a sneaky source of assists, averaging 6.6 assists in his last five games. He’s a very short-term alternative, and his value is linked to Felton’s groin, but so long as he’s getting starting minutes, feel free to plug him in your lineups. He’s owned in just 5 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

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Fantasy Basketball: Best 3-Point Shooters on the Waiver Wire

Gerald Green could immediately help owners looking to boost their three-point outputs.  (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Gerald Green could immediately help owners looking to boost their three-point outputs.
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One doesn’t need an abacus to comprehend that three is a larger sum than two. Now that we’ve got that out the way, let’s move on to the heavy arithmetic.

 

In a standard 12-team Yahoo! fantasy basketball league, there are 156 players that will be rostered. So far in the 2013-14 NBA season, only 25 players in the entire league average at least two three-pointers per contest. That’s 6.24 percent of the player pool in a standard Yahoo! league.

 

According to Hoopdata.com, the average NBA team shoots 35.9 percent from distance this season. Of the aforementioned 25 players who average more than two treys a game, 22 of them shoot at or above the league average of 35.9 percent.

 

The purpose of this mathematical exercise is to, first, identify the scarcity of skilled shooters and, secondly, to isolate players you can acquire via free agency.

 

Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns, SG/SF 

 

The Phoenix sharpshooter is having one of the best shooting seasons of his seven-year NBA career. Green is hitting 2.5 three-pointers a game on 6.6 attempts (38.3 percent). What could be the stark rise in Green’s value as a three-point shooter? For one, he’s playing more minutes per game than he has in his entire career (26:42 minutes) and he’s become one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the league.

 

A catch and shoot is described as a shot that is attempted from beyond 10 feet within two seconds of possession or no dribbles. Green is one of only 11 players in the entire league to average two ore more “catch-and-shoot” three-point shots this season. He’s available in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Martell Webster, Washington Wizards, SG/SF 

 

Webster is also amongst the elite catch-and-shoot players in the league. With John Wall breaking down defenses nightly, Webster has been able to average two catch-and-shoot treys at a 40 percent clip thus far. It’s no coincidence that teammate Trevor Ariza is also included in the top 11 catch-and-shoot players due to Wall’s penetrating style of play. Webster is currently available in 42 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers, SG 

 

Meeks is another player that is benefiting from increased opportunity and is rewarding the 36 percent of his Yahoo! owners with him on their team. Meeks is shooting a tad over 40 percent from distance while putting home 2.1 triples a game. With a very shorthanded Lakers backcourt, Meeks is going to continue to enjoy inflated minutes and three-point opportunities.

 

JJ Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, SG 

 

Redick doesn’t fit our mold of top marksmen this season but considering he’s available in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, a disclaimer needs to be made on his behalf. He’s a career 38.8 percent shooter from three and he will slide right back into the starting shooting guard spot. His point guard is Chris Paul. There will be good looks to be had when he returns.

 

Redick recently had his cast removed after recovering from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his hand. Let’s hope the injury won’t harm his sweet stroke.

 

Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats

 

You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.

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 Player Rankings – Holidays Edition

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The unexpected return of Anthony Davis was an early Christmas gift for his owners, and he’s back at #7 in our rankings

Christmas is upon us yet again.  It is a day when we get to sit back, eat some ham, drink some eggnog, open some presents and be with with our loved ones.  It’s also a day that is marked in almost every fantasy basketball owners’ calendar.  Similar to that of the All-Star Break in baseball or the beginning of bye weeks in football, Christmas symbolizes the point in the fantasy basketball season when your leagues have started to take shape and play time is over.  These “rest of season” rankings can give you a good idea of what to expect from everyone in the NBA going forward, and should help make your GM decisions a little bit easier.
 

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Follow @SethDaSportsMan on Twitter for up-to-the-minute answers to any of your start/sit, keeper league or trade questions, and don’t forget to keep checking back every week for player rankings, as well as a full dose of fantasy basketball columns featuring:

 

  • Top waiver wire adds
  • Statistical anomalies
  • Hot and cold players
  • Which players to buy and sell…. and much, much more

 

(Rankings are through Wednesday’s games)

 

Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, he is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan.  Seth is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings – December 11th, 2013

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Does the arrival of Rudy Gay in Sacramento make the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas fantasy basketball royalty?

The NBA has never been more exciting and fantasy basketball owners are cashing in on the offensive explosions.  Rudy Gay has found a new home in Sacramento, but will that help Isaiah Thomas’ owners?  Thomas moves up the rankings, but contrary to public opinion, I expect his numbers to remain close to where they’ve been, with a slight boost in assists.  Derrick Rose is out for the season (and off our boards), but it’s Taj Gibson (21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks in the last 5 games), not Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy, who has reaped the benefits of the former MVP’s absence from the Bulls’ lineup.  Some of you may see your fantasy basketball teams hovering around .500, but there’s plenty of time to turn that around.  The rankings below can help you gauge which players are improving and which players are prime targets to buy low or sell high.

 

Follow @SethDaSportsMan on Twitter for up-to-the-minute answers to any of your start/sit or trade questions, and don’t forget to keep checking back every week for player rankings, as well as a full dose of fantasy basketball columns featuring:

 

  • Top waiver wire adds
  • Statistical anomalies
  • Hot and cold players
  • Which players to buy and sell…. and much, much more

 

(Rankings are through Monday’s games)


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Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, he is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan. Seth is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

Fantasy Basketball: Waiver Windfall (Injury Edition)

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Brow Beaters: Jason Smith and AFA are the top choices to fill Davis’ shoes

wind·fall

noun \ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl\

: an unexpected amount of money that you get as a gift, prize, etc.

 

The term “windfall” is used often when describing lottery winnings and things monetary in nature, but in the case of fantasy basketball it can be directly related to your league’s waiver wire.  Over the course of the first month of the NBA season a number of productive fantasy basketball players have been befallen by injuries.  Derrick Rose and Marc Gasol are two major players who will miss a significant amount of time, Rose for the entire season, and Gasol for up to 10 weeks (although he says it’ll be closer to 3 or 4).  If the likes of Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich, Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis are still available in your fantasy basketball league, then, well, it says something about the competitiveness of your league, but assuming that’s not the case, there are likely a number of guys still floating around just waiting to be plucked off the waiver wire.  The following is a list of some prominent players who were recently injured and the suggested players who are worth adding or monitoring based on their current situations.  It’s also important to keep an eye on any news of when the player they’re replacing may be inching closer to a return, as you don’t want to be stuck with dead weight when they get back on the court.

 

(All suggested players assume a league of 12 teams or greater; stats are through Sunday night’s games)

 

Anthony Davis, C (Pelicans); non-displaced fracture of the left hand, out 4-6 weeks: Losing Davis has gotta hurt if you own him on your fantasy basketball team.  Depending on your leagues scoring, he’s probably in the Top 5 overall.  It’s an injury that could sideline him 2-3 weeks, or it could be 2-3 months depending on which bone was broken in the hand.  The nightly double-double and the 3.6 blocks per game aren’t going to be replaceable, but the Pelicans have some decent options who will be called on to pick up The Brow’s slack.  Jason Smith (7.2% owned on ESPN; 19% owned on Yahoo!) averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds while filling in for an injured Ryan Anderson during the first 9 games of the season, so it’s not unthinkable that he’d be able to produce similar numbers, and possibly gain some value with Anderson back in the fold and drawing coverage outside.  Another player to consider is Al-Farouq Aminu (0.1 % owned on ESPN; 5% owned on Yahoo!).  Smith might be the more consistent of the two, but Aminu probably has greater upside.  He’s averaged an underwhelming 4.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in only 20.7 minutes, which is a little less than 7 minutes off his per game average from last season, but coach Monty Williams has not shied away from the accolades, and he has big game potential (9 games with 13+ rebounds last season).

 

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If you’re the gambling type, Porter Jr. is an Otto-matic add

Bradley Beal, SG (Wizards); stress injury to proximal right fibula, will be reevaluated next week:  Like Davis, Beal was another player having a breakout sophomore season until an injury struck.  This is very similar to the stress fracture he endured last season, although higher up in the leg, which ultimately required him to miss the remainder of the season.  The initial two-week timetable seems like it is just giving him time for swelling and pain to go down, but fantasy basketball owners shouldn’t expect the young star to be back in their lineups next week.  The Wizards are being very cautious, and that seems like the right approach, especially given his age and the history he has with a similar injury.  The red-hot Martell Webster won’t be available in most leagues because he was probably picked up when Trevor Ariza went down, but a few other options exist.  Chris Singleton (0% owned) just came back from an injury himself — a Jones fracture in his foot that caused him to miss the entire season up until this point — but the former 1st-round pick has a chance to contribute if given decent minutes.  During his rookie season in 2011-12, he had per-36 minute averages of 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers.  It’s definitely a wait-and-see approach, but keep an eye on him.  Nene’s lingering Achilles issues could force him to miss time and would thus move everyone (Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely) up a rung in the depth chart, creating more playing time for everyone.  The one player to add if you’re a Beal owner — if you have the patience — is Otto Porter Jr. (6.1% owned on ESPN; 25% owned Yahoo!), the Wizards’ top pick from this summer’s draft.  The 3rd-overall pick has been battling a hip injury since training camp, but finally seems poised to play in his first regular season game after participating in practice this week.  Last year at Georgetown he averaged 16.2 points (48 FG%), 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.4 threes and 0.9 blocks, suggesting a nice blend of size and versatility.  There’s a very good chance he plays shooting guard when he steps back on the court, and at 6’8″ he would have a very nice height advantage over his defenders.  He’ll undoubtedly endure some growing pains due to his lack of experience and because he’s had almost no chance to play at game speed with his new teammates, but if you can afford the roster spot, he’s the most provocative of Beal’s replacements.

 

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Alan Wrech: Anderson should be a nice short-term fix for Pierce’s owners

Paul Pierce, SF (Nets); non-displaced fractured of the right hand, out 2-4 weeks:  Pierce, along with almost every other Net, was off to a horrid start, but that doesn’t mean his possible replacements can’t be fantasy basketball relevant.  Alan Anderson (0.3% owned on ESPN; 3% owned on Yahoo!) stands to gain the most from the injury.  Even before Pierce’s injury, the former Michigan State Spartan was averaging 10.2 points and 1.8 threes over his last 9 games.  He averaged nearly identical numbers in Toronto last year, so the baseline is there, and there’s definitely room to grow with expanded minutes.  If you’re not concerned about his terrible field-goal percentages (39.6% career), he’s the first guy to go after on the wire.  Mirza Teletovic (0% owned on ESPN; 1% owned on Yahoo!) has been a huge bust since the Nets signed him to a three-year, $9.7 million deal last summer, but he has a chance to carve out a role now with Pierce out and the Nets flailing at 5-12.  Although they were mostly garbage-time minutes, Teletovic averaged 17.5 points, 9 rebounds and 3.5 threes in consecutive games vs. the Lakers and Rockets this past Wednesday and Friday.  With injuries mounting up, coach Jason Kidd has been giving his bench a lot of playing time, so it’s not unreasonable to think Teletovic will get a shot to prove his worth in Brooklyn and on your fantasy basketball team.

 

By Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan)

 

Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, he is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan.  Seth is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

 

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings (November 21st, 2013)

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Hibbert-y Hoppity: the Pacers’ center has leapfrogged up the rankings due in large part to his 4.6 blocks per game

We’re now about three weeks into the NBA season and the fantasy basketball world has witnessed some early season surprises as well as some major disappointments.  Given a 4-6 week timetable to return, Russell Westbrook only ended up missing two games and has looked as explosive as ever, averaging 29 points and 8 rebounds over his last three.  Another player returning from injury, Derrick Rose, hasn’t made quite the triumphant return we all expected (15 ppg, 4.5 apg, 34.4 FG%), but there’s still plenty of time for him to work out the kinks.  Our updated rankings are here to help you gauge the value of all NBA players and will be posted on a weekly basis, as will other weekly columns designed to give you the edge in your fantasy basketball leagues.

 

Follow @SethDaSportsMan on Twitter for up-to-the-minute answers to any of your start/sit or trade questions, and don’t forget to keep checking back every week for player rankings, as well as a full dose of fantasy basketball columns featuring:

 

    • Top waiver wire adds
    • Statistical anomalies
    • Hot and cold players
    • Which players to buy and sell…. and much, much more

 

(Rankings are through Tuesday’s games)
 

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Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, but has been a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan since birth.  He has been playing fantasy sports since 1997 and has since developed a real knack for daily streaming and “working the wire”, which can be attributed to his keen analysis of in-season trends.  He is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

Fantasy Basketball Fast Break: Spelunking for Stats

 

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Living on the Edge: the Nets’ backup point guard has been outperforming starter Deron Williams

Whether you prefer season-long or daily fantasy basketball games, or play in roto or head-to-head leagues, it’s always important to pay attention to the trends that are forming among the league’s players.  Digging deeper into the box scores can help you notice statistical anomalies that will keep you ahead of your fantasy basketball competition. Here is a quick look at some of the more interesting stats and figures The Association had to offer over past few weeks.  How you choose to interpret them is up to you…

 

(All stats are through Monday’s games)

 

  • Nets’ point guard Deron Williams is averaging 10.0 points, while shooting 41.9%, in 25.4 minutes per game. His backup, Shaun Livingston, is averaging 10.2 points, on 52.8% shooting, in 23.3 minutes per game.  Williams is making $18,466,130 this season.  Livingston is making $884,293.
  • With only 1 steal on the year, Jazz center Enes Kanter is dead last in the NBA in steals per 48 minutes (0.12) and his 25 turnovers has him ranked 331st out of 332 qualified players in steal/turnover ratio (0.04).  Only the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder is worse.
  • Roy Hibbert has blocked 46 shots in the Pacers’ first 10 games.  Since the 1973-74 season (when blocks became an official stat), only Mark Eaton (456 in 1984-85), Manute Bol (397 in 1985-86) and Elmore Smith (393 in 1973-74) have swatted more shots than the 377 Hibbert is currently on pace to finish this season with.
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Gasol has been a Marc of excellence over his last 5 games

  • In his first 6 games, Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.7 steals.  In his last 5 games he’s averaging 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals.  The Grizzlies have won three in a row.
  • Pelicans’ Eric Gordon is shooting 42% overall and has failed to shoot better than 45% from the field in 9 of 10 games this season.  If he were to continue at his current 16.5 points-per-game clip, he’d finish with his worst scoring average since his rookie season.
  • Beginning with opening night, Rockets’ point guard Patrick Beverley has scored 5, 12, 3, 19, 1, 12, 5 and 11 points, respectively, meaning he has alternated between single-digit and double-digit scoring every game this season.
  • Spurs’ Boris Diaw has scored in double-digits 6 times in just 10 games.  He scored in double-digits only 15 times in 75 games all of last season.
  • Having already drained 20 three-pointers in 12 games, Sixers center Spencer Hawes is on pace to finish the season with 136 treys, which would be the most for any center since Clifford Robinson and Sam Perkins hit 142 and 136, respectively, during the 1994-95 season.  More remarkably, he’d be the first 7-footer to ever to make more than 100 three-pointers in a season.  Hawes is in a contract year.

 

By Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan)

 

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