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Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 31

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Player of the Night

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
vs. Orlando Magic
42 points, 4 boards, 4 dimes, 4 steals, 1 block

It's safe to say that Dwayne Wade is officially the Fantasy Factor's Player of the Year.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 27

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Player of the Night

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers
vs. Phoenix Suns
29 points, 12 boards, 2 dimes, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 68% FG

It's tough to look at Aldridge's stat line as a Bulls fan. Back in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Bulls selected Aldridge with the second overall pick, only to trade him moments later to the Blazers for Tyrus Thomas and some other garbage.

While Thomas has shown signs of improvement, Aldridge has developed into a very solid player in both the NBA and the world of fantasy basketball.

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 26

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Player of the Night

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
vs. Boston Celtics
24 points, 21 boards, 2 dimes, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 61% FG

In a showdown between the 2 and 3 seeds in the East, Dwight Howard led the Magic past the Celtics in a game that had all the makings of playoff basketball.

'Superman' had a double-double in the first quarter and finished with over 20 boards for the second time this month.

Top 3 Mets

1. David Wright - 3B

Since Wright burst onto the scene back in 2004 he's been a fantasy beast that gets stronger each and every season. In 2008, Wright posted career highs in HR, RBI and R, justifying his first round selection status.

Get everything you need to know about the Mets after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 25

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Player of the Night

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
vs. Golden State Warriors
30 points, 10 dimes, 3 boards, 65% FG

If you had to choose, who from the Spurs would you rather have on your fantasy team heading down the stretch?

Tony Parker or Tim Duncan?

My money's on the Frenchman and so too should yours.

Find out why after the jump...

The Reds will most likely finish at or near the bottom of the NL Central once again. They're stocked with young talent and could truly become a contender in the very near future.

But who can you count on for fantasy production?

Find out with Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the Cincinnati Reds.

Get everything you need to know about the Reds after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 24

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Player of the Night

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
vs. New York Knicks
29 points, 14 boards, 2 dimes, 4 blocks, 66% FG

The most dominant big man in the Association was at it again last night, wreaking havoc against a crumbling Knicks squad.

Wade and LeBron get most of the attention when considering who the fantasy MVP of 2009 is, and deservedly so.

But could you make a case for Superman himself?

Find out after the jump...

Manny is in camp and the Dodgers are again looking to capture the NL West crown.

But who can you count on for fantasy production?

Find out with the Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Get everything you need to know about the Dodgers after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 23

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Player of the Night

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
vs. Detroit Pistons
39 points, 2 boards, 6 dimes, 4 blocks, 2 steals

Just another night, another dominant performance by Dwayne Wade that makes you realize how ridiculous this young man is.

With 13 games left on the schedule, would you want anyone else as your playoff closer?

Find out after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 20

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Player of the Night

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
vs. Portland Trailblazers
26 points, 11 boards, 10 dimes, 2 blocks

There was a light schedule in the Association last night, due to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

But that didn't stop LeBron James from doing some dancing on the court against the Trailblazers.

Follow along after the jump...

Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 19

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Player of the Night

Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
vs. Detroit Pistons
31 points, 15 boards, 2 dimes, 4 blocks

You have awoken the sleeping giant, and we couldn't be happier about it.

Ming looked as dominant as ever Wednesday night, owning the paint and showing a nice touch around the basket.

Will this kind of production continue?

Follow along after the jump...

Every year it seems the Cardinals take a step back, but somehow Tony LaRussa manages to keep them in contention through the end of the season. There is the obvious fantasy monster on the squad, but who else can you count upon on draft day?

To help, we give you Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Get everything you need to know about the Cardinals after the jump...



After suffering through an injury plagued 2008 season, here are the Three HEALTHY Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the Colorado Rockies.

Get everything you need to know about the Rockies after the jump...



Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 12

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Player of the Night

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Washington Wizards
30 points, 13 dimes, 10 boards, 4 steals

There isn't too much debate about who the best point guard in the NBA is at the moment. Chris Paul can do just about anything at anytime and proved it last night against a resilient Wizards club.

Follow along after the jump...

Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the San Francisco Giants is no small task considering the team once again may finish near the NL West cellar.

Even still, get everything you need to know about the Giants after the jump...



Fantasy Wake Up Call - March 10

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Player of the Night

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
vs. Chicago Bulls
48 points, 12 dimes, 6 boards

I'm literally running out of ways to describe Wade's antics each and every night. Not only did he hit a ridiculous running three-point shot at the buzzer to beat the Bulls last night, but he also lit up the box score like it was Christmas.

Follow along after the jump...

With the advice of my Korean confidant Min Kim, I'm rolling with the new Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the team previews.

That way you get a little bit of everything for each squad.

Get everything you need to know about the Pirates after the jump...



Fantasy Wake Up Call - Mar. 5

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Player of the Night

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
vs. Phoenix Suns
35 points, 16 dimes, 6 boards

I'm basically taking over Ricky's spot of chronicling Dwayne Wade's recent string of dominant fantasy performances.

Wade finds himself as the Player of the Night for the second time this week, a trend that very well may continue until season's end.

Follow along after the jump...

With the advice of my Korean confidant Min Kim, I'm rolling with the new Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the team previews.

That way you get a little bit of everything for each squad.

Get everything you need to know about the Braves after the jump...



Fantasy Wake Up Call - Mar. 3

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Player of the Night

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
41 points, 9 dimes, 7 boards, 7 steals

LeBron and his merry men may have won the game, but Wade walks away with the distinction of being our Player of the Night.

Follow along after the jump...

We're going to try a little something different here.

With the advice of my Korean confidant Min Kim, I'm rolling with the new Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the team previews.

That way you get a little bit of everything for each squad.

Read the rest after the jump...

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