February 2009 Archives

Join Our Fantasy Baseball League!

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We're setting up the first Fantasy Factor Fan League. We'll ask YOU, the fans, to shoot us a quick email at matthewolsen81@yahoo.com if you'd like to be apart of the league and take on Ricky and myself (as long as you don't mind a little friendly trash talk).

Once a week we'll post the league's progress and standings, while having a little bit of fun along the way.

Here are the details...

- First and foremost, we're holding a live draft on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. You can always auto-draft your team, but I'd advise you only sign up if you can be there.

- We're getting as many into in the league as we can - 20. That may sound like a lot but I'm playing in a 10 team AL-only league this year, so it's pretty much the same thing. It should be a fun challenge for everyone.

- It's a 5x5 rotisserie league. The categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP.

- Following fantasy baseball the entire season is a challenge, even for supposed experts. Please only sign up if you plan on playing the entire season.


So get those emails in, it should make for an interesting season.

Just two games yesterday so lets make this quick...

Fantasy star of the Lakers-Suns game

F Lamar Odom - Lakers
Vs. Suns
23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks

Fantasy star of the Cavs-Rockets game

C Yao Ming - Rockets
Vs. Cavs
28 points, 8 rebounds

It's pretty shocking with the Lakers and Cavs in action last night, neither Kobe or LeBron could grab one of our top slots. Kobster was in 'spread the wealth' mode, finishing with a modest (for him) 22-8-4 line. LeBron didn't fair so well. Not only did his Cavs lose a key rotation cog with Ben Wallace (ha!) breaking his foot, but LBJ also finished assist-less for the first time in his career.

Top Five Yankees

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Apply for our fantasy league

First and foremost, we're holding a live draft on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. You can always auto-draft your team, but I'd advise you only sign up if you can be there.

- We're getting as many into in the league as we can - 20. That may sound like a lot but I'm playing in a 10 team AL-only league this year, so it's pretty much the same thing. It should be a fun challenge for everyone.

- It's a 5x5 rotisserie league. The categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP.

- Following fantasy baseball the entire season is a challenge, even for supposed experts. Please only sign up if you plan on playing the entire season.

- Get those emails into matthewolsen81@yahoo.com! It should be a sweet time all summer long.

Now onto business...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Feb. 26

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Player of the Night

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
vs. Portland Trailblazers
39 points, 9 dimes, 5 boards,

With Tim Duncan out of the lineup for the second straight game, the French import exploded for 39 points in a big win over the Trailblazers last night. Parker may be the best point guard in the league when it comes to playing in the paint. He's fearless driving to the basket and is one of the more under appreciated players in the Association.

Keep riding him until Timmy comes back because with Michael Finley and Matt Bonner the only other healthy options, TP will need to do some damage.

Follow along after the jump...

Top 5 Washington Nationals Fantasy Options

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First and foremost, we're holding a live draft on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. You can always auto-draft your team, but I'd advise you only sign up if you can be there.

- We're getting as many into in the league as we can - 20. That may sound like a lot but I'm playing in a 10 team AL-only league this year, so it's pretty much the same thing. It should be a fun challenge for everyone.

- It's a 5x5 rotisserie league. The categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP.

- Following fantasy baseball the entire season is a challenge, even for supposed experts. Please only sign up if you plan on playing the entire season.

- Get those emails into matthewolsen81@yahoo.com! It should be a sweet time all summer long.

Now onto business...

Player of the night

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
Vs. Magic
31 points, 16 assists, 7 rebounds

I feel like every time I do one of these posts, Wade's name tops the list. And sure, I do love me some D-Wade (and I have him in my big keeper league), but it's a testament to how awesome he has been all season. Detroit (hey, remember when they used to be good?) had no answer for him all night; Rodney Stuckey - often described as a poor man's Wade - had no chance in hell of slowing him down.

31 points is pretty much par for the course this season for Wade, but what really sticks out are the assists. 16 is a new career high. Throw in a healthy number of rebounds and an fairly efficient night shooting the ball (11-of-20 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line), and Tuesday was probably one of Wade's best all-around fantasy efforts of the season. And - hey! - his team even won. Good times all around.

First, a few quick facts on the league we set up yesterday.

- First and foremost, we're holding a live draft on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. You can always auto-draft your team, but I'd advise you only sign up if you can be there.

- We're getting as many into in the league as we can - 20. That may sound like a lot but I'm playing in a 10 team AL-only league this year, so it's pretty much the same thing. It should be a fun challenge for everyone.

- It's a 5x5 rotisserie league. The categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP.

- Following fantasy baseball the entire season is a challenge, even for supposed experts. Please only sign up if you plan on playing the entire season.

- Get those emails into Matt! It should be a sweet time all summer long.

Now onto business...

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5. SP Jesse Litsch

Litsch made a strong debut in 2007, and followed it up with an even better 2008. The 23-year old pitcher is set to take an even bigger role this year with the Blue Jays, with starter Dustin McGowan continuing to battle injuries. McGowan may not be ready until June, so Toronto will be counting on Litsch to to stabilize the rotation behind ace Roy Halladay. Litsch struck out only 99 batters in 176 innings last year, but at least he doesn't walk a ton of guys. Litsch posted a very solid 1.23 ERA last year in his first full season as a starter.

WELCOME TO FANTASY BASEBALL 2009

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Welcome to the 2009 fantasy baseball season here at The Fantasy Factor.

We're kicking off our coverage by taking a look at the 30 franchises around MLB and giving you the Top 5 fantasy prospects from each team. These are the names you'll hear on draft day as you construct the fantasy baseball roster you'll be stuck with until the end of Summer.

Along the way we'll provide player rankings, in-depth analysis, injury updates, and everything else you'll need to dominate in 2009.

Also, we're setting up the first Fantasy Factor Fan League. We'll ask YOU, the fans, to shoot us a quick email at matthewolsen81@yahoo.com if you'd like to be apart of the league and take on Ricky and myself.

Once a week we'll post the league's progress and standings, while having a little bit of fun along the way.

So, without further ado, here are the Top 5 Baltimore Orioles you'll want to know on draft day:

Player of the night

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
@ Orlando
50 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

We had lots of worthy candidates for player of the night on an action-packed Sunday in the NBA, but D-Wade's career high takes the cake. Wade came up short in the Battle of Florida, but it's not his fault his teammates couldn't make a shot. Jermaine O'Neal finished 2-of-10, Mario Chalmers went 1-of-7, and our boy Michael Beasley missed nine shots.

The acquisition of O'Neal gives the Heat the post presence they've been sorely missing, but he's not going to help if he keeps missing shots. Still, JO was playing well in Toronto before being dealt so he still looks like a decent fantasy option. Wade, of course, is one of the three best fantasy players in the game today. Ride him as far as he can take you.

More, after the jump.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Feb. 20

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Player of the Night

Allen Iverson, Detroit Pistons
vs. San Antonio Spurs
31 points, 7 dimes, 3 boards,

It's been a struggle for Iverson in Motown as he continues to try and find his place in the Pistons lineup.

But last night against TIMMY! and the Spurs A.I. dusted off his bag of tricks and returned to fantasy prominence.

More after the jump...

Today we bring you a special four pack of shining stars.

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
Vs. T-Wolves
37 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds

G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. Magic
36 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds

F Amar'e Stoudemire - Suns
@ Clippers
42 points, 11 rebounds

G Kobe Bean Bryant - Lakers
@ Golden State
30 points, 9 assists, 2 blocks

Superstars....they're pretty good! More groundbreaking analysis, after the jump.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Feb. 18

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Player of the Night

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
vs. Charlotte Bobcats
45 points, 19 boards, 8 blocks

Welcome to the second half of the NBA fantasy season.

And with it comes this monstrous performance by Superman himself, Dwight Howard.

More after the jump...

Player of the night

G Rajon Rondo - Celtics
@ Mavericks
19 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists

If you ever wanted to know how much Kevin Garnett means to the Celtics, look no further than the effect he's had on his coach and young point guard. Chicago's own Doc Rivers was seen as a punchline after leading Boston to one the worst records in the NBA two years ago without KG. Now? He's the ultimate player's coach, kind of like basketball's Dusty Baker, only affective.

And does anyone think Rondo would have turned into such a monster without Garnett? He's one of the three best points in the East right now (along with Derrick Rose and Devin Harris), and he's in a perfect position to make a bunch of easy plays and never worry about carrying his team. Rondo is a joy to watch and has been a stellar fantasy player all year.

Check out Thursday's other star (and an ultra shameless plug) after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Thursday

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Player of the Night

Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers
vs. Phoenix Suns
44 points, 2 boards, 7 dimes, 3 steals, 7-for-9 from deep

The Cavs have finally found a running mate for LeBron James and its paying dividends not only for them, but for fantasy hoops players everywhere as well.

Mo Williams is exactly what the Cavs needed to get over the hump and it's only going to get better from here.

Find out why after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Wednesday

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Player of the Night

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
vs. New Jersey Nets
27 points, 9 boards, 8 dimes, 4 blocks, 64% FG

In between his constant whining to officials and rolling eyes, Tim Duncan can still find ways to get it done. On a night when LeBron James goes off for 47 and Stephen Jackson chips in 35, how could Duncan possibly be deserving of the Player of the Night award?

Find out after the jump...

Player of the night

F/C Emeka Okafor - Bobcats
Vs. Clippers
19 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks

What, exactly, has Charlotte been up to recently? I believe Fanhouse's Tom Ziller put it best after the Adam Morrison-for-Vlad Rad swap: (link)


For Charlotte ... well, I stopped trying to figure out Charlotte's basketball motives a long time ago. I suppose Radmanovic helps the perimeter play. But you'd think Morrison could have done that, or maybe Matt Carroll, a sharpshooter the 'Cats traded a couple weeks ago for a guy (DeSagana Diop) who has played a total of 130 minutes since arriving and is signed through 2013. Is there a big Serbian community in North Carolina?

Okafor has been the Bobcats' lone bright spot since the franchise's inception, but Monday's performance seems to be more an aberration than anything. His points and rebounds stats are the lowest they've been in three years, and he's stuck on a career low blocks per game.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Monday

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Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
vs. New Jersey Nets
30 points, 16 boards, 2 blocks, 3 steals

Have we become too accustomed to watching Dwight Howard dominate the competition night in and night out?

The man is an absolute force that cannot be stopped, especially when faced with a rookie center like Brooke Lopez.

More after the jump...

Player of the night

G Deron Williams - Jazz
Vs. Dallas
34 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds

His alma mater had a rough time on Thursday, but Deron Williams certainly did not. Williams absolutely abused Jason Kidd to the tune of a season-high 34 points, and mixed in enough assists and rebounds to finish with arguably his best game of the season.

Hey Mark Cuban, how's that Kidd-for-Devin Harris swap looking now?

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Thursday

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Player of the Night

LeBron James, Cavaliers
vs. New York Knicks
52 points, 10 boards, 11 dimes, 2 blocks

I'm tempted to simply write in whoever is playing against the Knicks on any given night. Fantasy owners love Mike D'Antoni.

More after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Wednesday

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Player of the Night

Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
vs. San Antonio Spurs
35 points, 9 boards, 1 dimes, 59% FG

Before I launch into an epic, 'welcome back Carmelo' rant, let's just make one thing clear: The Spurs played this game without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

More after the jump...

Player of the night

G Kobe Bryant - Lakers
@ Knicks
61 points, 20-for-20 on free throws, three three-pointers, three assists

Funny how the sports' greatest players always save their best for Madison Square Garden. Kobe broke MJ's record for most points by a visiting player last night in what should be the first of many big time scoring performances now that center Andrew Bynum is out again, this year for a reported eight to 12 weeks.

While Kobe's still third in the league in scoring, his 27.4 points per game is his lowest total since 03-04. Expect a big increase in points, and probably a dip in shooting percentage and assists, over the next few months.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - Monday

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Shake off the chicken wing cobwebs and chili powder crust out of your eyes.

It's Monday, Super Bowl hangover Monday and we're going to help you through it.

Hang in there.

Al Jefferson, Timberwolves
vs. Boston Celtics
34 points, 11 boards, 1 dimes, 4 blocks
I'm afraid you may have finally awoken a sleeping giant...

Jefferson should be an absolute fantasy monster up in Minnesota and seems to just be starting to realize it.

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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