Is the end really near? – Blake Griffin

In this series of articles I will examine several players who – over past few seasons – have shown a quite clear downward trend in their production. I will speculate whether the upcoming season will be the continuation of the trend or perhaps a reversal. Today we will discuss the case of Blake Griffin Blake is 28 years old, which – for a modern NBA player – is the time when he should be on top of his powers and wreaking havoc in the league. Instead, we can see an obvious downward trend and average value of his production had […]

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Rookies in fantasy basketball

In 2105 we have had a look at previous 10 drafts to see how rookies fared in their first pro season. From that we learnt 10 lessons, which could help us drafting future rookies more effectively. But the time moves fast and we’ve had 3 classes completing their first season as pros since then. So let’s have a look at how the rookie landscape has changed and if fantasy managers modified their approach to drafting them. The original article covering drafts 2005-2015 – you can find here: Rookies in fantasy basketball are they really worth the risk Last 3 seasons […]

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Are the Magic’s Breakout Players for Real?

There are two mostly separate halves of operating a fantasy basketball team. The first is player evaluation, which is your version of the scouting department. Anybody can take a quick look at stats and player rankings in order to figure out who they want on their team, but it takes a bit of savvy to look at those and say “I disagree”. While a tendency to throw a bit too much trust in your gut will generally hurt you more than it helps, there really is no better feeling in fantasy sports than taking a gamble on an unpopular player […]

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Burning Questions to Start the Season, Part Two

Earlier in the week I answered a few questions about some of the more prominent figures in fantasy this season. Now it’s time to finish the week with questions that are most pertinent to fantasy players in deep leagues, though hopefully everybody can find something to think about here. What to expect from Thon Maker this season? Thon Maker’s reputation has been punching above his play’s weight class since the Bucks drafted him. He initially entered the basketball world’s consciousness because of the ridiculous videos that kept landing on YouTube. The excitement caused by the 7-foot point forward he’d become […]

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Burning Questions to Start the Season, Part One

With the NBA season beginning tonight, it seemed like an appropriate time to see what questions people are asking leading into the season. Sure enough, users on Reddit were not shy about the things they’ve been wondering. In fact, so many questions were asked that I was only able to answer about half of them here. We’ll kick things off today with the higher profile questions before diving into some deeper league stuff tomorrow. What’s the deal with Kawhi? Injury anything to worry about? Kawhi Leonard’s injury is the most compelling storyline of the early season for two reasons. The […]

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Early Round Sleepers

The sun is hot on the backs of the men as they wait. They’ve been at it for two weeks now–still nothing. Doubt has crept into their minds. Some of them doubt there’s anything in this water but rocks and more water. Some of them doubt their wives will understand if they have to tell them even once more that this trip west has been for naught thus far. What none of them doubts for a moment is that they have any choice but to stick their pans in the water and keep waiting. Until this hot morning. One of […]

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The middle zone

Professional poker player Annie Duke wrote a book called the Middle Zone which outlined what the middle zone is in poker and how important it is to avoid uncertainty.  In deep stack poker 76 suited is a much better hand than A6 off-suit because 76 can flop straights and flushes, as well as better draws which allow you to semi-bluff.  Whereas, A6 off-suit is a better hand unless you are all-in, which is unlikely to happen with those hands in deep stack poker.  A6 off-suit is a problem hand on many flops.  If you flop an ace it’s difficult to […]

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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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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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