Early Yahoo Rankings – Top 10 value picks to help you win your league

Yahoo has released and updated their rankings, and for the most part it is looking fairly stable. However, there are definitely some value picks that you can exploit, as I find that the ADPs are heavily influenced by how Yahoo pre-ranks their players. I have made a list of guys that are ranked well below where they should be and should provide excellent value if you can get them in that range. Devin Booker at 38: I had to double check the rankings to make sure that it was legit, and it is in fact is where they have him […]

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Early drafting trends – Bargain picks for those in early drafts

Being a fantasy basketball addict, like so many of you are, I just can’t wait to get the season started! As such, I managed to wrangle a bunch of other fantasy nuts together and we completed 4 drafts so far. These are money leagues with fairly knowledgeable players, so rest assured these were legitimate drafts with some serious cash on the line. I am seeing some early trends to these drafts, and there are definitely some bargains to be had. Here is my list of bargain picks that I’ve seen from drafting so far. Gary Harris: Harris was hindered by […]

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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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