Fantasy Basketball: A Walk Around the League- Part 2

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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Each team in the NBA has something to offer fantasy owners. Granted, some offer more than others. Most teams made a move in the offseason that affected their team one way or another. Here is a team by team look at the players you need to know about in order to be successful this year.

Miami Heat 

Player Note

GP

FG%

FT%

3PTM

PTS

REB

AST

ST

BLK

TO

L. James Mia – SF,PF

76

.565

.753

1.4

26.8

8.0

7.3

1.7

0.9

3.0

D. Wade Mia – PG,SG

69

.521

.725

0.2

21.2

5.0

5.1

1.9

0.8

2.8

C. Bosh Mia – PF,C

74

.535

.798

0.3

16.6

6.8

1.7

0.9

1.4

1.7

R. Allen Mia – SG

79

.449

.886

1.8

10.9

2.7

1.7

0.8

0.2

1.3

M. Chalmers Mia – PG

77

.429

.795

1.6

8.6

2.2

3.5

1.5

0.2

1.5


Must Own Players:

LeBron James is the best player on the planet and should be the No. 1 draft pick in all leagues. Some guys may take Kevin Durant for different reasons. It’s not a bad pick, but James is the better fantasy asset. I could type for days about his greatness but will sum it up like this. LeBron does everything. Draft him.

Dwayne Wade misses some games each year due to bad knees. They have a lot of miles on them. So that trend should continue. Still, when he is on the court he contributes at an elite level. His only flaw is a lack of 3s and mediocre FT shooting. So he only helps in seven of nine categories. Is that really a complaint?

Chris Bosh has a bunch of haters, which I don’t understand. He scores, rebounds and plays defense. He has great shooting percentages and doesn’t hurt you with turn overs. His production ranks in the top 10 at both PF and Center. Let others hate on him while you draft him and make a title run.

Other Contributors:

Ray Allen is one of my absolute, all-time favorites, but at this point in his career, he really does nothing but provide some 3-point shooting. His percentages remain great but have less impact with lower volume.

Mario Chalmers is a sneaky guy. There simply aren’t enough shots for him to score in double digits, but he shoots well and chips in 1-2 treys and steals a game with a few points and steals. That’s good depth.

Udonis Haslem is a cheap source of rebounds in deep, deep leagues.

Impact Rookie:

None

Possible Sleepers:

None of the Heat’s role players excite me very much. Chris Anderson is fun to watch but has minimal fantasy impact. People got excited about Michael Beasley replacing Mike Miller and most likely Shane Battier as well, but this guy is a nut job. The Heat will give you the big three. Find sleepers elsewhere. [Read more…]

Fantasy Basketball: A Walk Around the League- Part 1

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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Each team in the NBA has something to offer fantasy owners. Granted, some offer more than others. Most teams made a move in the offseason that affected their team one way or another. Here is a team by team look at the players you need to know about in order to be successful this year.

Atlanta Hawks

Player Note

GP

FG%

FT%

3PTM

PTS

REB

AST

ST

BLK

TO

A. Horford Atl – PF,C

74

.543

.644

0.0

17.4

10.2

3.2

1.1

1.1

2.0

P. Millsap Atl – PF

78

.490

.742

0.2

14.6

7.1

2.6

1.3

1.0

1.8

J. Teague Atl – PG

80

.451

.881

1.1

14.6

2.3

7.2

1.5

0.4

2.9

L. Williams Atl – PG,SG

39

.422

.868

1.8

14.1

2.1

3.6

1.1

0.3

1.9

K. Korver Atl – SG,SF

74

.461

.859

2.6

10.9

4.0

2.0

0.9

0.5

0.9

E. Brand Atl – PF,C

72

.473

.710

0.0

7.2

6.0

1.0

0.7

1.3

0.8


Must Own Players:

Al Horford is easily a top five fantasy center. He is an across the board stat filler that leaves little room for complaint. A slight improvement in FT shooting and shot blocking would make him even more elite.

Jeff Teague is emerging as a solid second tier PG. He isn’t a great rebounding guard but he is a quality shooter that provides all the 3s, points, assists and steals you need from a PG.

Paul Millsap lost some time and production in Utah last year as the Jazz tried to get more minutes for Derrick Favors. Millsap should see an increase in minutes. He is a good shooter, scorer, rebounder and defender. Millsap should slide up your rankings from where he ended last season with Utah.

Other Contributors:

Kyle Korver is a straight up gunner. If you need 3s, he is a great guy to add late in your draft.

Elton Brand is over the hill but can help owners in deep leagues as a cheap source of blocks.

Impact Rookies:

None

Possible Sleepers:

Lou Williams was off to a solid start before getting hurt last year. Once he makes it back to 100% look for him to contribute for the Hawks. [Read more…]

Fantasy Basketball: Rookie Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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I know the 2013 draft took a beating from critics. It was unjust. True, there may have been no cornerstone player for a franchise to rebuild around. We don’t get that every year. Some drafts provide players that become great compliments, role players or secondary players. This year had a few of those guys, and they should be considered as viable options to help your fantasy teams. Are there any first-round fantasy players? No, but again, that doesn’t happen every year. However, there are several guys to consider in mid-late rounds. So here is a little information about them for your consideration.

#1 Otto Porter, Jr., SF, WAS

In the long run, other players in this draft may wind up having better careers, but Porter, Jr. is the one player in this draft most ready to compete in the NBA right now. He is a great fit for the Wizards and could end up being rookie of the year. Otto joins John Wall and Bradley Beal in the starting lineup immediately, and all three should have the green light this year. The Wizards are assembling a talented young team that should provide excitement for their fans, while Otto provides production for fantasy owners. 

#2 Michael Carter-Williams, PG, PHI

Carter-Williams will be thrust into the starting lineup for the 76ers after they made multiple draft day trades which included them shipping incumbent PG, Jrue Holliday, to New Orleans. Carter-Williams is a big guard at 6′ 5″ and can fill both backcourt positions. Make no mistake though, his court vision and passing abilities will ensure he has the ball in his hands for the 76ers. As with most rookie PGs, fantasy owners should expect lower than average FG% and a fairly high amount of turnovers. [Read more…]

Fantasy Basketball: Welcome to the Hardwood!

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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What’s that sound? It’s a squeaking noise. No, not like a mouse squeaking. Not a hinge in desperate need of some WD-40. No. That’s a different squeak. I know that sound. That’s the sound of rubber soles on hardwood floors. The dull thump, thump, thump of a ball bouncing. The clang of ball bouncing off rim. The swish of ball touching nothing but net. I know those sounds. And that smell, hmmm, that smell. Fresh varnish on hardwood. Man sweat and Icy Hot. Basketball! My old friend is back.

I love fantasy sports. Football and baseball keep me going, but basketball is my first sports love. I know that puts me in a rapidly decreasing population, but I still love it. People hate the NBA and what it has become. Not I. Give it me. Bring it on. Lakers versus Celtics. I hate them both, but I watch. The Big Three in Miami, I watch. The old men down in San Antonio, the Big Fundamental, yes please. Bring on Dirk and the new again Mavs. Feel the Thunder. Hear the Jazz. Soar with the Hawks. Knicks or Nets, taste the Big Apple. More than any other team though, bring on my Rockets! Hello Mr. Howard, welcome to H-Town. [Read more…]