January 2009 Archives

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Friday

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This will be an abbreviated version of the Wakeup Call due to the fact that there were only two games on the schedule last night. I could just give you the box scores of both contests but thought better of it.

And Thursday's player of the night was...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Thursday

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Player of the Night

Kevin Durant, Thunder
vs. Memphis Grizzlies
35 points, 10 boards, 6 dimes, 4 blocks

While his team may be an afterthought in the NBA, Durant still manages to capture the spotlight with his freakish stat lines from time to time. He's still got that wiry frame that looks fragile to the untrained eye and is about as pure of a scorer this league has seen in quite some time.

But as the Thunder improve in the next couple years, Durant's fantasy value has the potential to skyrocket. Right now opposing defenses know that the way to stop the Thunder is to shut down Durant. But with the emergence of rookie point guard Russell Westbrook and teammate Jeff Green, Durant's future certainly looks promising.

He's a must keep in every league format as long as you are aware of the fact that like most scoring machines, there's a price to pay in terms of field goal percentage and turnovers.

More after the jump...

It has been a mixed bag for me so far in my top fantasy hoops league, a keeper auction league set up by BlogsByFans. I currently sit in third in the 12 team league, and, like everyone I'm sure, I've made some good moves and some bad ones. Spending $26 bucks on Gilbert Arenas? Ouch. But one of my savviest picks was drafting Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, who is in the midst of a monster stretch up in Toronto.

Two ESPN fantasy writers debated Bargnani's value for the rest of the season today.

Their takes, after the jump...

G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. Philly
27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
Vs. Atlanta
35 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

C Shaquille O'Neal - Suns
@ Washington
29 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

Follow along, after the jump...

Sunday's Hoops Lines of the Night

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C Al Jefferson - Timberwolves
vs. Chicago Bulls
39 points, 9 boards

F Chris Bosh - Raptors
vs. Sacramento Kings
31 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks

PG Rajon Rondo - Celtics
vs. Dallas Mavericks
13 points, 14 assists, 7 boards

The Chicago Bulls have now solidified their position as one of the most fantasy friendly franchises in the Association.

More to come after the jump...

C DeAndre Jordan
Vs. Lakers on 1-21
23 points on 11 of 12 shooting, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks

See how it all went down, after the jump...

Andrea Bargnani
ESPN % owned: 73.5%

Hopefully you've jump on Bargnani already, he's been putting up big numbers with Jermaine O'Neal out nearly all of January. Just look at his recent game log:


The first thing you'll notice here in the minutes. In his last five games, Barngnani is averaging 41 minutes a night. That's rule number one in fantasy hoops: lots of guys can play, but there are only so many minutes to go around. If Toronto keeps riding Barngnani's hot hand - and there is talk of O'Neal getting traded to Miami for Shawn Marion, which only open up more minutes for our man AB - he's a great fantasy option.

Anderson Varejao
ESPN % owned: 15%

Varejao's performance against the Lakers on Monday is a perfect example of what he should be able to bring to fantasy teams routinely: 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks, two assists. He'll never be a fantasy star, but while Big Z is out, Varejao can be a solid injury replacement for a big man on your team. You know what you're getting out of him: rebounds, blocks, and maybe a handful of points.

Travis Outlaw
ESPN % owned: 38%

Unlike Varejao, Outlaw isn't going to contribute in a lot of categories. He'll score, but more importantly, give you some three-pointers. Outlaw went 4-for-5 in a game on 1-12, and followed it up hitting 3 of 4 against the Nets on on Jan. 15. If you need a little extra help in the three-point department, Outlaw is available in most leagues.

Tuesday's Hoops Lines of the Night

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PF Paul Millsap - Jazz
Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
28 points, 15 boards, 3 dimes, 60% FG

PG Mike Bibby - Hawks
Vs. Chicago Bulls
31 points, 6 dimes, 5 steals, 2 boards

SG Manu Ginobili - Spurs
Vs. Indiana Pacers
26 points, 3 dimes, 8 boards, 80% FG

How about little old Kermit making his return to fantasy relevancy?

More to come after the jump...

Since there were only two b-ball games last night, we're going to try something a little dangerous: throw some hockey knowledge into the mix. That isn't to say I understand the game completely - pin that one on Bill Wirtz for not televising Hawks games during my formative sports viewing years - but fantasy hockey is a pretty big deal to some people out there, so we may as well point out the day's top performers.

Follow along after the jump, if you dare.

Monday's top hoops lines of the night

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C Mehmet Okur - Jazz
Vs. Indiana Pacers
43 points, nine boards, three dimes

SF Paul Pierce - Celtics
Vs. Toronto Raptors
39 points, 9 boards, four dimes

C Brook Lopez - Nets
Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
31 points, 13 boards, two blocks

Follow along after the jump.

NBA & NFL: The Year of the Rookie

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Earlier today I gave you a little taste of the topic of this afternoon's post.

Taking a look at Los Angeles Clippers rookie dynamo Eric Gordon's stat line this morning, I suddenly realized how ridiculous the class of rooks was this year. And even more startling was how closely it resembles the rookie class in the NFL this season.

Follow along after the jump.

Thursday's top hoops lines of the night

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Limited schedule last night with only three games on the docket. But you know as well as I do the fantasy world never stops and there were plenty of reasons to tune into some Association action.

G Chris Duhon - Knicks
Vs. Dallas
24 points, seven dimes, two boards, four three-pointers, 71% FG

G Jason Kidd - Mavericks
Vs. New York
16 points, 4 dimes, 7 boards, three steals

G Tony Parker - Spurs
Vs. Clippers
19 points, four dimes, three boards

Follow along after the jump

F Danny Granger - Pacers
Vs. Phoenix
37 points, six dimes, five boards, four steals, five three-pointers

F Pau Gasol - Lakers
Vs. Golden State
33 points, 18 boards, two blocks

G Randy Foye - T-Wolves
Vs. OK City
32 points, six dimes, six three-pointers, three boards, two steals

Follow along after the jump

Players to Monitor Coming Off of Injury

Mike Dunleavy, Indiana Pacers, SF

Dunleavy returns to action for the first time since last April for the Pacers tonight. This squad has missed his quasi-veteran presence in the lineup and will take some of the pressure off of wunderkind Danny Granger.

He's currently owned in a wide majority of leagues, but if he's still dangling on your waiver wire I wouldn't shy away from scooping him up if you've got the space or someone just wasting space.

G Kobe Bryant - Lakers
Vs. New Orleans
39 points, seven dimes, four boards*

G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. LA Lakers
32 points, 15 dimes, three boards

F David West
Vs. LA Lakers
40 points, 11 boards

Follow along after the jump....

Fantasy Basketball: Working the Wire

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Excuse us if we're late to the party, but the gents here at The Fantasy Factor like to make an entrance worthy of your attention.

Alright, I can't stand the guilt. I can't lie to you. T

We've been too busy crying ourselves to sleep after our fantasy football teams got bounced from the Super Bowl to do much of anything.

But we're back, and we'll be focusing on some fantasy Association talk up until pitchers and catchers report. Today we'll take a look at some guys on the waiver wire you might want to take a look at.

Just like football, it's tough to let go of the guys you know that are nothing but mediocre, in exchange for someone you've never heard of. But it's a necessary evil and if you want to win, you'll pay attention.

About the bloggers

Matt Wood is a web editor for suntimes.com and editor of CenterstageChicago.com. He is also a contributor for satirical sports publication The Heckler. Have a fantasy question? E-mail him.

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