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

Mid-season Rankings Update: Top 100 Overall: No. 1 – 50

by Will Overton

The all-star break denotes the halfway point of the season for most people, although we are already a little ways past the halfway point in terms of games played. This feels like as good a time as any to update our overall rankings.

We have gone through and updated every positions rankings over the last couple of weeks and now we will look at the top 100 overall. You’ll notice some changes even from those rankings to this one based on injuries and the way certain guys have been playing.

Updated rankings like these should come in handy right now with trade deadlines coming up and fantasy owners trying to decide how to value their players and others. Earlier this week we looked at the bottom half of this list and today we will look at the top half, including my new number one guy: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Who Stands to Benefit from Carmelo Anthony Shutting it Down?

by Ray Kuhn

To start, this should not be coming as a surprise. In fact if the All-Star game were not in New York this season, Carmelo Anthony likely would have ended his season at least a month ago.

But after Monday’s game against Miami, it appears that we really do have confirmation that Anthony’s season will be officially over very soon. The only question, is how long after the All-Star game will Anthony and the Knicks wait to officially shut him down.

So as a fantasy owner, you need to be proactive here.

For as bad as the Knicks have been this season, they are still a source of fantasy production. However, most of that value has come from Anthony. So with their star sidelined, the Knicks have to replace 24.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. Read more

Mid-season Rankings Update: Top 100 Overall: No. 51 – 100

by Will Overton

The all-star break denotes the halfway point of the season for most people, although we are already a little ways past the halfway point in terms of games played. This feels like as good a time as any to update our overall rankings.

We have gone through and updated every positions rankings over the last couple of weeks and now we will look at the top 100 overall. You’ll notice some changes even from those rankings to this one based on injuries and the way certain guys have been playing.

Updated rankings like these should come in handy right now with trade deadlines coming up and fantasy owners trying to decide how to value their players and others. Here is how I see the bottom half of the top 100 right now and we’ll reveal the top half later this week: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Spencer Hawes Value Jumps With Blake Griffin Out

by Will Overton

The injuries just never stop in fantasy basketball, which is why fantasy owners can’t take a break from watching the fantasy landscape for them. The latest casualty to the injury curse is Blake Griffin who has staph infection on his right elbow requiring immediate surgery.

Right now Griffin is waiting to be reevaluated after the all-star break, but he could be out of commission for anywhere from two to six weeks. Best case scenario he only misses two weeks and part of that includes the all-star break which means he misses only a handful of games. Unfortunately there is no guarantee.

The big benefactor of this injury is Spencer Hawes who will take Griffin’s spot in the starting lineup. He may be just a temporary fill in if Griffin doesn’t miss much time, but if you wait to find out you’re probably going to be late. Let’s take a look at what Hawes brings to the table. Read more

Mid-season Ranking Update: Top 25 Centers

by Will Overton

The NBA all-star break is coming up fast and we are officially past the halfway point of the season now. So what better time to revisit some rankings than now.

It’s been a wild season so far in the NBA. We’ve seen a lot of teams come out of the shadows and really burst onto the scene this season. Fantasy basketball has taken on a similar path as well with many players coming out of the shadows and showing themselves to be elite.

Today we are going to rank our final position, the centers and these rankings are for the rest of this season only. We have done all the guards and forwards already over the last couple weeks and next week we will unveil our top 100 overall for the rest of the season. Read more

Is J.J. Barea a Player to Grab?

by Ray Kuhn

At the start of the season, the Dallas Mavericks had a crowded backcourt. You could say that it was Monta Ellis, and then everyone else. While Ellis is having success this season once again for Dallas, the same could not be said for the 3-headed conglomerate at point guard of Devin Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton.

It appeared that the acquisition of Rajon Rondo would make things a little easier for owners trying to mine the Mavericks’ backcourt for value. But now with Rondo sidelined indefinitely, at least for the next two or so weeks, with facial surgery, we are back to searching for value among Dallas’ point guards.

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Fantasy Fallout: The Fantasy Impact of the Dwight Howard Injury

by Will Overton

After a season that has been riddled by injuries Dwight Howard is now shelved for at least a month due to a knee injury. Howard had an injection in the knee yesterday and will definitely be out four weeks and then be evaluated again. So really we don’t know for sure when he’ll be back, we just know it won’t be for at least a month.

The loss of Howard leaves a pretty big void on the Rockets because they don’t really have another true center on the roster. Picking up the slack will be their trio of stretch four style power forwards Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and the returning Terrence Jones. Also picking up minutes, and actually starting is a more traditional big man, though undersized for center, Joey Dorsey. Read more