Fantasy Basketball Crystal Ball: A Look Ahead At The Coming Week: 11/24/14 – 11/30/14

by Will Overton

It’s that time again to start figuring out who is going to start and who is going to sit this week for those playing in a league where you have to set your lineup by the week. It can feel at times like drawing straws or flipping a coin would be easier when making some choices, but be rest assured we are here to help you choose based on data as best as possible.

With over half of the league playing four games this week the decisions will be harder. Owners will have to factor in schedules and not just games played and obviously overall value where there is a sizable difference.

Let me do my best to help you in your decision making process by breaking down how many games each team plays, who does and does not have favorable matchups and who you should add off the waiver wire. Let’s get started:

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The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.22.14: Jose Calderon, Rudy Gay, 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.

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Waiver Worthy: Four Waiver Players Who Are Heating Up

by Will Overton

Working the waiver wire is about knowing what you need as a fantasy basketball owner, position and stat category. It’s also about knowing who is hot though and tracking which guys are rolling hose bandwagon you may want to jump on and ride out until it falls apart.

Adding guys in fantasy basketball is a long term thing at times; ideally you want someone who can help you for the rest of the season. Still, you shouldn’t pass up a guy who is hot just because you think he’s going to cool off at some point. Ride out those hot streaks and when they die off cut bait as needed.

It can be a lot of work to keep up on who is hot and who isn’t, but fantasy basketball is a lot of work if you want to win. We’re still here to help make your job easier though. And so I am going to list some guys who are hot that you may want to consider adding: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.21.14: Rajon Rondo, Markieff Morris, 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.

Friday is always one of the best days to play Daily fantasy basketball. There is a nice, full slate of games which helps to vary the lineups and prevent overlap. Also, there is no football to take away or force you to divert some your attention.

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. Read more

Sell High Or Stay Put – What Should You Do With Gordon Hayward?

by Will Overton

In fantasy basketball making trades is all about timing. Buying a guy while he is slumping right before he turns it around is a magical feeling. Just as good is when you trade away a red hot player right before he comes back down to earth.

It sucks though when you sell that guy because you expect him to fall back and he never does it. An interesting guy to look at in this regard so far this season is Gordon Hayward. To start the season Hayward was white hot to start the season running a stretch of eight games where he averaged 21.9 PPG.

However, the last two games he has scored just 25 points combined and made just 7 of 22 field goals attempted. Does this mean the window is closing on Hayward’s sell high appeal though? And should you be trying to sell high on him anyway? Let’s break this down. Read more

Stat of the Day: Evan Fournier’s 14 Points Alongside Victor Oladipo

by Ray Kunn

Entering the season, Evan Fournier really didn’t have much value. We were talking about a shooting guard entering his third NBA season after averaging 8.4 points per game last season.

But then a Victor Oladipo injury changed things.

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Stat of the Day: Bojan Bogdanovic’s 22 Points

by Ray Kuhn

We know that Nets’ coach Lionel Hollins is not happy with Brook Lopez. Mason Plumlee is also struggling for Brooklyn as he scored just two points on Monday and is averaging only 6.0 points per game this season. Kevin Garnett cannot play more than 20-25 minutes a night at this point, so something has to give. Someone needs to step up.

And perhaps that someone can be Bojan Bogdanovic.

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The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.17.14: Michael Carter-Williams, Kevin Love, 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.

As we begin another week, there is healthy slate of games ahead of us. That means there are plenty of players to choose from when setting your lineups.

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Stat of the Day: Lance Stephenson’s 9.5 Rebounds per Game

by Ray Kuhn

Lance Stephenson is becoming a well rounded player. Allowed to depart Indiana over the summer due to some character concerns, Charlotte’s new addition has yet to show any of those so far this season. And that bodes well for his fantasy outlook since Stephenson is a talented player.

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Stat of the Day: Brook Lopez’s 5 Rebounds to Andrew Bogut’s 14

by Ray Kuhn

Brook Lopez is a big man. So, the general impression is that he would play in a manner befitting of his size. But as new Brooklyn Nets Lionel Hollins is beginning to notice, that is not the case.

Hollins pulled Lopez a week ago as he was being dominated in the post by Nikola Vecevic, and that is not the only center battle he has lost so far this season. Nikola Pekovic also got the better of Lopez, but perhaps the bigger symbol of Lopez’s struggles was his performance against Andrew Bogut on Thursday.

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