Unique Players to Target This Season

Point guards get assists. Centers get rebounds. It is a simple premise born out of reality: in basketball, certain positions are tailored to accrue certain statistics. By and large, it continues to hold true. The point guards still rack up the most assists while the big men crash the boards. The problem is, sometimes you could really use some assists and a center to round out your roster. Where do you go then? Luckily, there are players out there offering contributions in categories that their positional peers are not. While they are fun to appreciate for their sheer novelty, these […]

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Draft Tool

It was a long, long time ago… As every good story should start… Or maybe not really?… Anyway… This time it really started many years ago. It started when I decided to try something a bit more advanced. When I finally joined a roto league, encouraged by fellow fantasy basketball managers who told me that, yes, playing fantasy points is ok, but rotisserie competition is what brings real fun. And they were absolutely right. One of the reason it’s really exciting is because there are so many details you need to consider when building your team. It was quite easy with fantasy points. Just bringing […]

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Trade Analyzer Pro

„Give me this player and I’ll give you that one. It’s a no-brainer for both of us as you need rebounds and I need threes”. How many times did you face such offer? Were you fully comfortable with such reasoning? What if you’d give up too many threes? What if your players rebound so poorly that getting stronger here doesn’t make sense? What about other cats?  What about… Well, turns out that it almost always requires some deeper analysis. But the truth is that most of us don’t have enough time to sit with a spreadsheet and look at all the […]

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9 Cat H2H Punt Assist Strategy 2016-2017

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve punted assists quite often in 9 cat H2H leagues, with mixed results. I have won leagues punting assists and I have failed miserably doing so. I have also won several roto leagues in which I haven’t punted assists. So I can’t claim punting assists is the end-all and be-all. Still I’m known as the “punt assists guy”. The two biggest advantages to punting assists in 9 cat is that punting assists generally allows you to win TO and that assists is probably the most expensive cat given the preference for point guards that […]

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Blake Griffin is the Most Overrated Fantasy Player

Because Many GMs can’t Conceptualize Little Numbers The most underrated player this season, Gorgui Dieng, is a big man and so is the most overrated fantasy player, Blake Griffin. Other than that, the two players are almost complete opposites. This article will highlight why Blake Griffin is constantly overrated. Fantasy noobs tend to be drawn to real life superstars, regardless of whether their game translates to fantasy, and Griffin is on as many highlight reels as any other. Fantasy noobs generally can’t help but be blinded by big numbers and Blake Griffin offers those in spades. His success in the big […]

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Gorgui Dieng is the Most Underrated Player in Fantasy Basketball 2016-2017

Last season I placed second in an 8 category roto, auction, keeper league with the following players as my starting five: PG-Chris Paul; SG-Avery Bradley; SF-Kawhi Leonard; PF-Paul Millsap; C-Marc Gasol. When Gasol got injured I spent almost all of my free agent budget to grab Gorgui Dieng off the wire, as someone had dropped him during his early season slump. Later in the season I realized there is little discernible difference between what Gasol offers and what Dieng offers. That’s why I’m using my 4th keeper slot to keep him in this 4 keeper league (along with CP3, Kawhi, and Thrillsap). […]

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Fantasy Basketball Value Investing

Fantasy Basketball Value Investing

As I read The Big Short by Michael Lewis and now watched the movie as well, I became enamored with the story of Michael Burry. In 2000 he started an investment company called Scion Capital, which focused on value investing, buying undervalued stocks and junk bonds. He became famous for shorting the subprime mortgage market by purchasing credit default swaps and becoming rich from it. What are the value investment opportunities present in fantasy? First, let’s begin by detailing what I’m not referring to. I’m not referring to players such as Lowry, Millsap, and Kawhi who most fantasy experts agreed […]

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Fantasy Basketball Empathy

Fantasy Basketball Empathy

Listening to Differing Views “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee. I’m writing this because I haven’t always been open-minded about the viewpoints of my fellow fantasy GMs and many of them certainly haven’t been empathetic to me or my views. The truth is that many different strategies can have success in fantasy. Much of time, we are more concerned about proving ourselves right than we are about learning. I’ve found to follow your instinct regarding the players that you are passionate about, while listening to others about the […]

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Velocity - Why Being Balanced is Partially Wrong

Velocity – Why Being Balanced is Partially Wrong

I’m using the term velocity to describe a phenomenon I have observed in every facet of my life. Velocity is the concept that once you have an something, it is easier to acquire more of that thing. Assets tend to roll downhill, like a snowball, gathering momentum as it rolls along. When I was playing poker competitively, I tried a variety of methods in tournaments. Sometimes I would play tight for the first few levels, until the antes kicked in, and then I became progressively more aggressive. Then I used my tight image to exploit my opponents by bluffing more […]

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Avoiding Fantasy Hype in fantasy basketball

Avoiding Fantasy Hype

I wasn’t the only one buying into the hype, I was merely the loudest. Perhaps I was the most eloquent. We based our perceptions not on the eye test, but on advanced standard deviation analysis which convinced us of the merit of our claims. We were wrong. Boy-were we ever wrong. I was wrong. As the season began, we gasped in horror at the poor shooting display. Sure he may turn it around, but for the GMs who drafted him for $25+ in roto, the damage has already been dealt. In case you haven’t guessed yet, I’m referring to Danny […]

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