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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Stat of the Day: Zach LaVine Played 34 Minutes Wednesday Night

Zach LaVine has a great deal of talent and potential. However, he is raw. But with Ricky Rubio sidelined for the immediate future with an ankle injury, the Timberwolves need him to grow up quickly.

The 19 year old was drafted this past June by Minnesota after spending one season with UCLA and it was expected he would spend at least the early part of the season adjusting to the NBA from the bench. In the first four games of the season, LaVine didn’t get off the bench for two of them and combined for 13 minutes in the other two games.

Minnesota does have veteran Mo Williams around, but there is no potential or future with Williams. He is a solid veteran point guard, but he is clearly not part of the greater plan. So it does make sense for Flip Saunders to give LaVine a chance to see what he can do. After all, the Timberwolves aren’t expected to contribute this season anyway, with the development of young players being the ultimate goal.

From a fantasy perspective, the first indicator of value is minutes. And in the past two games, LaVine played 26 and then 34 minutes respectively. If you are going to look strictly at the box scores, the first inclination would be to leave the rookie on the waiver wire.

In his first game of extended action, LaVine went 2-5 from the field scoring five points while adding four assists and six rebounds. Wednesday night against the Rockets, he was 2-9 from the field scoring eight points with three rebounds. But, beyond his minutes, what really struck me were LaVine’s nine assists.

That and Saunders speaking highly of the rookie after the game made me optimistic for his outlook moving forward.

“I believe we’re seeing Zach grow up right before our eyes,” Saunders said.

Now, we don’t want to overreact here, but anytime a coach says that, it is a good thing. LaVine is not having success offensively, but he is at least showing he can be a play maker. The talent and potential is there, but I’m not sure LaVine will much consistent value this season outside of the deepest leagues. But he does need to be on your radar, and could be a good source of assists at a minimum.

However, he does find his offensive game, look out.

 

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.14.14: Kyrie Irving, Solomon Hill, and More

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 means two things; the weekend and also a nice, full slate of games. It is one of the best days of the week to play DFS, but the only issue is that you have to make sure to be aware of any late breaking lineup changes.

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Stat of the Day: Anthony Morrow Shoots 11-16 from the Field

by Ray Kuhn

The Oklahoma City Thunder are a mess. Kevin Durant, out. But that would be alright because Russell Westbrook could pick up the slack right?

No Westbrook is out too. Jeremy Lamb has missed time this year. Perry Jones and Andre Roberson also are sidelined.

So will score for the Thunder?

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The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.13.14: Tony Wroten, Pau Gasol, 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. Read more