Waiver Worthy: Is Will Barton Fantasy Relevant In Denver?

by Will Overton

The Denver Nuggets traded away Arron Afflalo last week to the Portland Trail Blazers in what was essentially meant to be nothing more than a cost cutting move along with draft picks. The Nuggets may have gotten more than they expected in the deal though.

The Nuggets waived two of the players they got from Portland in the deal, but Will Barton looks like he might have been a pleasant surprise thrown in with that cost saving and draft picks. Barton has essentially stepped into the minutes left behind by Afflalo and has been running with the playing time so far.

Barton has been a member of the Nuggets team for five games now and is averaging 16.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.8 SPG and 1.4 3PG in those five games, playing 27.6 MPG. Barton is also shooting 49% from the field and 86% from the free throw line. Barton hasn’t been starting, but he’s been getting plenty of run and that shouldn’t stop. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: What Does Derrick Rose Injury Mean For The Rest Of The Chicago Bulls

by Will Overton

In a truly sad turn of events the Chicago Bulls have watched their star point guard Derrick Rose go down with another torn meniscus in his knee.     Rose played just 10 games combined the two seasons prior to this one and just when you started to forget about that this happens and Rose is going back under the knife.

We don’t know yet that Rose’s season is over and we won’t know until he goes in for surgery. The odds are definitely not in his favor though and while fantasy owners shouldn’t drop Rose just yet, they shouldn’t be holding their breath either.

We know this is a blow to fantasy owners, but it’s a blow to the Bulls even more so. We are going to take a look at what the impact on the Bulls is going to be speaking from a fantasy perspective. We’ll look at the guys who will be taking over Rose’s spot as well as other effects coming from this injury. Read more

Market Watch: Who You Should Buy, Sell and Hold

by Will Overton

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and it still has fantasy owners spinning a bit. The fantasy trade deadlines are fast approaching though too and this is not the time to take your foot off the gad and let up.

If you want to win a championship then getting complacent and coasting is probably not your best bet right now. Even if you’re in the drivers seat you can always make that one more move to put you over the top, a good fantasy owner is always looking for that.

We aim to help you pull off that big deal that is going to be the difference maker for your team. We are going to look at the market right now and identify one guy we are buying, one we are selling and one we would be holding on to. Read more

Is There Truly Value in J.R. Smith?

by Ray Kuhn

It is an interesting time in the NBA season. The trading deadline and the All-Star break are now in the rear view mirror, and teams are getting geared up for the playoff push.

The focus now, both for NBA teams and and for fantasy owners, is to evaluate and comprehend the flurry of activity that took place last week at the trading deadline and size up their teams for a playoff and championship push.

With that being said, it is very possible that moves that took place a month ago have already been forgotten. And that brings us to J.R. Smith.

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Waiver Worthy: Five Free Agents Who Gained Value At The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

The trade deadline saw many names traded to new teams. Last Friday we recapped the deadline deals by looking at which players on new teams had their value go up and who had their value go down. It was a busy deadline and we couldn’t cover it all and so we are going to hit on some more today.

There were a lot of big names traded to new teams, but there were plenty of guys traded who aren’t owned in 100% of leagues also. On top of that the trade deadline doesn’t affect just the traded players, but there is also a ripple effect that comes from players getting traded.  A guy leaves town and it opens the door for another guy to step into the role.

So today as we keep looking at the trade deadline we are going to look at the guys who are free agents in a lot of leagues who may make good additions to your team now as a result of what went down last Thursday afternoon. Here are some of the guys I think meet that description: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Trade Deadline Movers Stock Report

by Will Overton

The lead up to the trade deadline was unusually quiet with no deals at all being made the days leading up to the deadline when we usually see at least one or two deals come a little early. With about two hours to go before the deadline though everything started going nuts. ‘

I think it might be easier to name the point guards in the league who didn’t change hands than to name the ones who did. Throw in some big man moves as well and the last two hours of the deadline really made up for the lack of action leading up to that point.

We aren’t going to break down each deal one by one, though if you couldn’t keep up and fear you may have missed a deal here is a full list of deals that were made. What we are going to do is look at some of the moving pieces whose stock is up and some whose stock is down. We’ll certainly be covering more in the coming days, but this is a good recap stock report to help you sift through all of the shaking and moving. Read more

Deadline Day: Three Storylines To Watch Today At The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

We’ve not seen as much action this week as expected, but it should be picking up today with the trade deadline now less than 10 hours away. Despite the lack of trades so far there has been plenty of rumors flying around and so today could still be a very big day.

If you are anything like me you will be watching twitter and HoopsRumors.com like a hawk while trying to pretend to be focused on work. If you are in fact like me and will be doing these things than I have a few fantasy impacting storylines you should be following today.

We will have plenty of coverage of the deals that actually happen today, but right now we’re going to prepare for what to watch for with today’s biggest storylines for fantasy impact: Read more

Does Dallas Signing of Amar’e Stoudemire Mean Anything to Fantasy Owners?

by Will Overton

While it can’t be finalized until Thursday the Dallas Mavericks and Amar’e Stoudemire have agreed to a deal to bring the big man to Dallas. Stoudemire was bought out of his Knicks contract earlier this week. This is a deal that as much needed for Dallas who was desperate for depth.

Stoudemire will immediately step in as the Mavericks go to big man off the bench, making it so that they don’t have to give valuable minutes to Charlie Villanueva. I think at this point in his career Stoudemire is best suited for this role as a bench big who doesn’t have to play 30 minutes per game, but will he have value to fantasy owners in this role?

The Mavericks traded away Brandan Wright earlier this season and have been looking for someone to take his place ever since. Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki have been playing far too many minutes and the Mavs are going to need them to be fresh when it comes to the playoffs if they want to make a run in the deep Western Conference. Read more

Striking Early: Why Making A Move For Isaiah Thomas Now May Payoff Later

by Will Overton

Now that the all-star festivities are over the focus of the league over the next few days will be on the trading deadline which comes on Thursday. With so many teams tanking there should be plenty of action coming in the next few days.

Every year the fantasy landscape gets shaken up at this part of the season and this year should be no different. After Thursday we’ll see lots of guys ownership rates jump up and some sink down. You’ll also see a lot of guys who are already owned go to another level.

By Friday we’ll be able to analyze and breakdown who we think gets a boost and who doesn’t. The problem is no Friday everyone will have the same information and owners will be off to the races to try and get the guys who are in line for a boost. On Friday you also won’t be able to trade for guys at a lower price anymore either. Read more

Handicapping All-Star Weekend: Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout Predictions

by Will Overton

I know that all-star weekend festivities don’t really have any kind of an impact on fantasy basketball. You don’t get fantasy points if your guy wins one of the contests or is the MVP of the all-star game. Still, I love all-star weekend and I know a lot of other basketball fans do too.

So with that in mind and because I’m just really excited about it, I’m going to handicap the three-point contest and the dunk contest for you. I know there are more activities going on, but the dunk contest and three-point shootout are the big ones and the ones I think everyone is most interested in.

For those who into the betting side of things I have included the odds for each contest in the contests for you. Read more