Archive for Weekly Leagues

A Look Ahead: Four Players To Add For This Week’s Games

by Will Overton

Today’s posts is dedicated to those who play in head to head leagues or weekly lineup roto leagues. This is the time of the year where you have to be at full strength and running out the best possible lineup. That isn’t always the best players, but the guys who will you get the most stats.

Part of that in head to head and weekly lineup leagues is playing the matchups and watching the schedules to find some sleeper pieces. We are going to highlight some guys available in a majority of fantasy leagues who you could pick up and plug in this week based on a combination of matchups and talent: Read more

Playoff Primer: What You Need To Know Before You Set Your Lineup This Week

by Will Overton

It’s now crunch time. The playoffs are in full swing and the roto leagues are on the line. It’s time to be taking things one game and one week at a time, because at this point the bigger picture is this week, it’s making to the next round and only that.

This is the time of the year where it’s more important than ever to ride the hot hands, play the matchups and counteract your opponents. This is not the time to just keep running out the same old lineup without giving it any thought whatsoever.

We’re going to help you out here by looking at some of the teams with favorable matchups, some of the teams with bad matchups and some of the guys on the wire you should think about picking up for this week. Read more

Fantasy Basketball Crystal Ball: A Look Ahead At The Week Of 12/8/14 – 12/14/14

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.

There are a lot of games on the slate for this week, so fantasy owners should get some good production, but they should also expect to have a lot of decisions involving four game guys against each other.

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: Read more

Fantasy Basketball Crystal Ball: A Look Ahead At The Week Of 12/1/14 – 12/7/14

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 only one team playing two games this week you won’t be faced with many decisions in that regard, but the rest of the league is split evenly between three games and four games, so there will still be plenty to consider.

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: Read more

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:

2 Games: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder Read more

Fantasy Basketball Crystal Ball: A Look Ahead At The Coming Week: 11/10/14 – 11/16/14

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.

This week’s schedule is not nearly as busy as last week. Last week over half of the league played four game schedules and only one team played two games. This week there is a handful of teams playing two games and a pretty even amount playing three versus four. That means you’ll be faced with more of the this guy isn’t as good but plays more games decisions.

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: Read more

Fantasy Crystal Ball: A Look At The Week Ahead: 11/3/14 – 11/9/14

by Will Overton

Weekly leagues are becoming more and more popular these days. Part of it is because when you set your lineup once for the week it makes the game more strategic. You don’t just plug in the guys who are playing each day, but you have to weigh things like your better player only has two games and a weaker player has four. I think the strategic aspect makes things more interesting personally.

It’s also less time consuming to play in weekly leagues because you do set your roster and then kind of sit back and watch, other than keeping an eye on the waiver wire of course. So on top of being strategic, it’s pretty convenient.

If you play in a weekly league though setting your lineup can be agonizing at times. Every team will have their handful of must starts no matter what the situation. It’s those last 3 – 4 spots that you have to really think through and weigh your options for.

We’d like to try and help you out here at RotoProfessor if we can by taking a look at the week ahead and highlighting some things that stand out. We will list how many games each team plays, then look at some teams slates that jump out at us based on schedule, either good or bad. I’ll also highlight two waiver wire adds for the week as well.

2 Games: Los Angeles Lakers
3 Games: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs
4 Games: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets,  Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

Schedule At A Glance: This is a much more balanced schedule then we sometimes see. Often times there will be a team playing five games or there will be more teams playing two. This week most teams play four and if not four then at least three. The one team playing only two games is the Lakers. With them I wouldn’t touch anyone on that team in a standard league except for Kobe Bryant who has looked pretty good so far.

Favorable Matchups

Phoenix Suns (@LAL, MEM, SAC, GS): The Suns have three games at home this week and their only road game is against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in the Lakers. That’s a pretty nice schedule for a team with the offensive prowess of the Suns already. The three big guards are automatics as is Markieff Morris in my opinion. The schedule is enticing for some of the fringe guys as well though.  P.J. Tucker returns this week and while Marcus Morris has played well, I think Tucker jumps back into the starting lineup and makes a nice play this week.

Detroit Pistons (NYK, MIL, UTA): The Pistons only have three games this week, but they are all at home and none are against that good of defensive teams. In fact New York may be the best defensive team which is shocking. With the Knicks frontcourt banged up all three of Pistons big men should be in your lineup this week even with only three games. I would also strongly consider using Brandon Jennings this week despite his struggles so far as the schedule is favorable for him.

Not So Favorable Matchups

Atlanta Hawks (@SA, @CHA, NYK): This is a rough week facing off with two of the better defensive teams in the leagues and the Knicks who are improving on defense a little bit. I can’t see sitting the big three because Millsap is a top 25 talent, Horford plays a weaker position and Teague has been hot. I wouldn’t have DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver or Mike Scott in my lineup this week though given the schedule.

Milwaukee Bucks (@IND, CHI, @DET, MEM): This is a brutal schedule really, even though the Bucks are playing four games. The Pacers lost some key players, but that defense still looks pretty stout and the Grizzlies and Bulls are right there with them among the top ten defenses in basketball. The Pistons matchup is nice, but that’s just one game. Even though they play four games I wouldn’t pencil anyone on this team in as an automatic start.

Waiver Adds

Chris Copeland – SF, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have a four game schedule and no overly tough matchups to speak of with the Wizards twice, the Celtics and the Bucks. The Pacers need scorers and Copeland can do that for them, as we saw last night with his 21 point effort. Copeland is averaging 16 PPG and 3.3 3PG this week and there’s no reason to believe he can’t keep that up this coming week. The Pacers need him and so does your fantasy team.

Perry Jones – SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: I talked about this one yesterday and my point was proven a little more last night when Jones went for 20 points. That is now 52 points in two games and five three-pointers in those two games. Jones is up to 13% owned now and his rate should only increase over time. Jones, like Copeland, is a scorer on a team that is running short on those. Jones also has a nice four game schedule against mediocre defenses and the Grizzlies.

Crunch Time: Looking Ahead At The Upcoming Week

by Will Overton

We’re headed into the final weeks of the season now. That means championships are about to be won or lost in the next little while. There is no room for error when it comes to setting your lineup. You need to know who has the favorable matchups, who doesn’t and who you should and shouldn’t be playing.

Just like the rest of the year you don’t really want to overthink things and get too cute. Your stars are still your stars and you have to expect them to play like stars. You still have to give it some thought though and consider all angles.

Obviously if you play in a weekly league you have big decisions to make, but even in daily leagues you may. Two times this week the schedule is full with games meaning you will have to choose who to bench and who not to on those nights.

Here are some of the guys I like this week: Read more

The Final Push: Category Chasers Down The Stretch

by Ray Lin

As fantasy owners head down the season stretch in rotisserie leagues, most can get a pretty clear picture of which counting stats they have a chance to catch the team in front. Here’s a look at some players owned in less than half of leagues (according to Yahoo) who could help out in specific categories.

Points – Alec Burks, UTA (33% owned / past month: 14 games, 29 mpg, 17.0 ppg)

Despite continuing to come off the bench behind Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward, Burks has been one of the most valuable sixth men in fantasy of late. That’s mostly thanks to the value he’s brought on the offensive end — he actually trails only Hayward on the Jazz in scoring this season.

The former 11th overall pick was touted as the strongest transition scorer out of his entire draft class and has improved his jumper considerably this year. His ability to create shots has allowed him to average at least 11 attempts a game, plenty enough to sustain fantasy scoring value. Unless Burke and Hayward go down with anything more serious than just nicks and bruises, Burks won’t see more than 30 minutes a night very often. He’ll still get enough to help you make up some ground in points. Read more

Fantasy Crystal Ball: Players I Like For The Week Ahead

by Will Overton

Whether you play in a weekly lineup league or you like to play daily leagues for cash prizes this article can help you. I’ve looked at upcoming schedules and factored in injuries and opportunity. I’ve come up with six players or player groups that I think can have a really good week this week.

Here are the ones I am focusing in on for big things this week:

Ramon Sessions – PG, Charlotte Bobcats: Injuries create opportunities and opportunities create waiver wire finds. This week it’s Ramon Sessions who is the product of the injury bug opportunity. Kemba Walker is slated to be out for a week or two and Sessions should take advantage well. On Saturday he played 38 minutes against Miami after Kemba left the game and ended up with 16 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.

Sessions isn’t a shooter, so don’t grab him expecting to be helped out in threes by him. He’s coming off three straight games of double digit points and at least five assists. Sessions doesn’t have the best schedule on tap for this week with some tough matchups, but he does have four games and should be good for 14 – 15 points and 5 – 7 assists per game. Read more