Market Watch: Buy, Sell or Hold: Buying Dirk Nowitzki, Selling Dwayne Wade and More

by Will Overton

A fantasy basketball owner who stays put is usually a fantasy basketball owner who won’t have much success. Sometimes you have that killer draft that doesn’t need tweaking later on, but that’s a very rare case and usually the winner has done some work to improve their team during the season.

There are two ways you can do this, the waiver wire and trades. If you’re diligent with the way you handle the waiver wire it can be a great source, but sometimes the big move you need to make can’t be done on waivers and you have to pull the trigger on a trade.

The key to making good trades is all about timing. You want to sell a guy at the right time and buy a guy at the right time. You also need to know when to hold on to a guy even though you may want to sell or buy them based on their performance thus far.

Each week I will check in with one guy I think you should sell high, buy low and hold on to. So without wasting any more time let’s get to it: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.22.14: Rajon Rondo, Marreese Speights, and More

by Ray Kuhn

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score (USA Today’s DFS engine). If you do play on other sites in the industry the same logic and thought process is applicable. Additionally, you can also use these tips to help you in your season long leagues. All of these players will not appear in every single one of my lineups, but each player is on my radar.

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The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.20.14: Ty Lawson and More

by Will Overton

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Ty Lawson, G, Denver Nuggets, $6,000: It is to the benefit of the daily fantasy basketball players that places aren’t recognizing Ty Lawson as a top level fantasy player yet. Lawson has gone to another level as a playmaker this season  with 10.7 APG and in just his last four games he has a total of 52 assists. Lawson and the Nuggets will be facing the Pacers and C.J. Watson who will likely be guarding Lawson isn’t a bad defender, but he shouldn’t stop Lawson from creating for this teammates. If Lawson only scores 10 – 12 points it’s ok because he’s likely going to get 10 – 12 assists too and likely a couple steals. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Rajon Rondo Dealt To Dallas In A Blockbuster Deal

by Will Overton

The hot stove that is usually saved for January and February got started a little bit early this year. The Dallas Mavericks landed a really nice Christmas present for their fan base as they landed Rajon Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics.

For the Mavericks I really believe this sets them up as a potential NBA Championship contending team. This is a fantasy basketball blog though and so you came here to see what this trade means for fantasy basketball owners, not for Mark Cuban.

Let’s start by looking at the official parameters of the deal and all the players involved:

Dallas Mavericks Receive: Rajon Rondo & Dwight Powell
Boston Celtics Receive: Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, 2015 1st Round Pick & 2016 2nd Round Pick Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.18.14: Derrick Rose and More

by Will Overton

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Derrick Rose, G, Chicago Bulls, $6,000: The numbers being put up by Derrick Rose so far this season aren’t like his MVP season numbers or anything, but he’s been trending upwards and I think he’s certainly worth a lower level star price like $6,000. Rose is averaging 20.5 PPG his last four games and in the two non-blowout games he has played he has logged 32 minutes in each of those games. Rose has what could be a really nice matchup with the Knicks tonight where I think we could see the MVP version come out. Jose Calderon has well documented defensive shortcomings and Rose should be able to exploit him for a flashback performance. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.17.14: Al Jefferson and More

by Will Overton

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Victor Oladipo, G, Orlando Magic, $5,300: The do a little of everything types like Victor Oladipo always appeal to me in daily games because I know even if he has an off night offensively he is going to get points somewhere else. Tonight though Oladipo should have no problem getting it going offensively against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in the Boston Celtics. Oladipo has been showing a bit more range as of late and if he is hitting from downtown his game goes to another level. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.16.14: Mike Conley, Tyreke Evans, and More

by Ray Kuhn

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score (USA Today’s DFS engine). If you do play on other sites in the industry the same logic and thought process is applicable. Additionally, you can also use these tips to help you in your season long leagues. All of these players will not appear in every single one of my lineups, but each player is on my radar.

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Market Watch: Buy, Sell or Hold: Why You Should Sell Carmelo and More

by Will Overton

A fantasy basketball owner who stays put is usually a fantasy basketball owner who won’t have much success. Sometimes you have that killer draft that doesn’t need tweaking later on, but that’s a very rare case and usually the winner has done some work to improve their team during the season.

There are two ways you can do this, the waiver wire and trades. If you’re diligent with the way you handle the waiver wire it can be a great source, but sometimes the big move you need to make can’t be done on waivers and you have to pull the trigger on a trade.

The key to making good trades is all about timing. You want to sell a guy at the right time and buy a guy at the right time. You also need to know when to hold on to a guy even though you may want to sell or buy them based on their performance thus far.

Each week I will check in with one guy I think you should sell high, buy low and hold on to. So without wasting any more time let’s get to it: Read more

Around The League: Recapping The Week Of 12/6/14 – 12/12/14

by Will Overton

Another week has come and gone and the NBA season is more than just in full swing at this point. We’re able to really identify patterns and recognize consistent trends around the league. After a month and a half of games things stop being anomalies or “small sample sizes” and you start to take them as serious trends to break down.

We’re going to look back at this last week of the season and identify some of the things that jumped ou of the box score at us here at RotoProfessor. We’ll hit on a main subject and then take some more quick hits at other topics.

John Wall Is An Elite Playmaker

Watching the progression of John Wall from a high upside flashy scorer to an all-around legitimate top level point guard has been a fun experience. Wall has turned himself into one of the best distributing point guards in the league. Currently Wall is on a seven game streak of double digit assists including 55 assists in four games this past week. Wall’s week was highlighted by a 26 PTS, 17 ASTS, 7 REBS and 3 STLS game against the Boston Celtics. Read more

Injury Report: Breaking Down Some Key Injuries Around The League

by Will Overton

Knowing the injury landscape of the NBA is an important piece of fantasy basketball success. You need to know who is hurt, how long they’ll be out and who benefits from all of it. If you see a guy is out and grab his backup, but he’s back the next game you kind of wasted that roster spot. Whereas if you knew that guy was hurt the week before you could’ve gotten 4 – 5 good games out of that replacement.

We are going to highlight some of the injuries around the league right now and answer those three important questions for you the best that we can, breaking down who is hurt, how long and who benefits. We’ll try and let you know who is worth picking up as a replacement and who isn’t.

Here is the rundown on some notable injuries right now: Read more