Matt Olsen: 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.

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...

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:

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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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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