I’m Thankful For…Five Players Fantasy Basketball Owners Should Be Thankful For This Season

by Will Overton

With no games on the schedule today for fantasy basketball players and all eyes glued to football for the most part I figured we’d have a little fun. Instead of analysis or lineup setting advice, we’re going to talk about players that fantasy owners are thankful for.

Obviously fantasy owners are very thankful for the likes of Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry, but we all knew what they would do. We’re going to list five players who are doing unexpected things that fantasy owners can be thankful for on this day dedicated to just that, giving thanks.

So without anymore rambling, here are the five guys to be thankful for and have a Happy Thanksgiving!: Read more

Rapid Reaction: The Fallout Of The Kevin Martin Injury In Minnesota

by Will Overton

News broke earlier this week that Kevin Martin’s wrist injury was one that would require surgery and he would be sidelined for at least six weeks time with the injury. Martin was the Timberwolves leading scorer so far and leaves a pretty big gap to fill on the team.

So far in Martin’s stead it has been Corey Brewer who has stepped in to start at shooting guard for the Timberwolves. Brewer is a solid role player who is capable of being one of the league leaders in steals with this bump in minutes. He’ll have a couple games where he blows up offensively, but he can’t really be expected to carry the load on offense.

With Brewer moving into the starting lineup it opens up a bigger role off the bench for someone else. There are three guys who will vie to make up those minutes, Zach LaVine, Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.26.14: Deron Williams, Nerlens Noel, 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. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Does Shabazz Napier Have The Staying Power To Remain Viable In Fantasy Leagues?

by Will Overton

In the last five games the Miami Heat have played Shabazz Napier has scored in double digits in all of them. Napier has averaged 12.8 PPG and made 2.4 3PG in those most recent five games while shooting 54% from the field.

For fantasy owners the question you need to answer before running out and grabbing him is what has prompted this and how much of this success can last? Shabazz Napier has looked great in these last five games, but are you prepared to drop someone off your bench to add him, that depends on those first two questions.

The rise of the rookie has been prompted largely by injuries. Dwayne Wade has been out for all five of these games from Napier and Norris Cole has been sidelined for the last two. Opportunity is how guys go from the bench to big roles on teams and Napier has certainly been making the most of his opportunity. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11.25.14: Aaron Brooks, Draymond Green, 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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Trade Market Watch: Buy, Sell and Hold: Kevin Love 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 11.24.14: Elfrid Payton, Amare Stoudemire, 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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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