Why You Still Should Care About Bad Teams: Alexy Shved is Worth Owing

by Ray Kuhn

You are forgiven if you aren’t paying any attention to the New York Knicks. Honestly, why should you? Not only are they terrible, but chances are most fantasy players haven’t heard of more than three or four of their healthy players.

The Knicks are not the only team in this boat, the Philadelphia 76ers are another, but these teams cannot be forgotten. Just because they are painful to watch, it doesn’t mean that they are devoid of fantasy value.

And at this point in the season, you should be looking for and taking value from wherever you can find it.

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Late Bloomer: Why You Should Be Keeping An Eye On Rodney Hood

by Will Overton

Sometimes it can take rookies a little while to get their footing in the NBA. Around this time of the season it’s important to lookout for some of those guys who people were high on early in the season, but they fell off the radar after a poor showing the first month. This might just be the time they start to adjust to the flow of the game and find their rhythm on the floor.

One of those guys looks to be Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz. In the preseason Hood was touted by many, including me, as a late round sleeper who had an NBA ready skillset prepared to contribute on a bad team. He wasn’t as ready as I expected though. Hood battled injuries for much of the first few months and when he was on the court he just wasn’t on his game, he was shooting well below 40% and just couldn’t get in to the flow of the offense ever.

Things look to be changing for Hood lately though. The Utah Jazz as a team are surging right now, Winners in 12 of their last 15 games and winners of five in a row. Since rejoining the team in late February Hood has gradually worked his way up the depth chart and has started the last two games for the Jazz. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Finding Value In The Miami Heat Bench

by Will Overton

Watching rotations can be a very helpful thing for fantasy owners trying to find value on the waiver wire. I’ve said it many times before, knowing who is getting playing time and how consistently can tell you a lot.

There are always a few teams in particular that are worth paying extra attention to. One of the teams that jumps out at me as a rotation to watch right now is the Miami Heat. Injuries have turned this team into a mix and match unit as of late with lots of moving parts. A lot of those parts are guys who were nowhere near anyone’s radar a couple weeks ago.

The Heat are finally just about healthy again though and should be running their main unit featuring Goran Dragic, Dwayne Wade, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen Henry Walker, Tyler Johnson, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers all get significant minutes filling in. The question now is who stays in the rotation with everyone healthy because there really isn’t room for all four to come off the bench. Read more

What Has Sparked Rodney Stuckey’s Sudden Rise And How Long It Can Last

by Will Overton

Every year we seem to reach this point, the point in the year where Rodney Stuckey spends a month or two looking like he’s found another gear, turned a big corner. It’s at these times that we can’t help but ask if Stuckey has more to him than we’ve yet seen.

Rodney Stuckey has been on an absolute tear for the last 12 games of this season. This was really on display last night in his best game so far where he posted 34 PTS, 7 REBS, 6 ASTS and went 6 – 9 from downtown. This is the version of Stuckey that we watch and wonder if he can’t still become a bigger piece to a team than he is now.

This latest run of Stuckey’s was sparked by the Pacers moving him to the bench and replacing him in the starting lineup with C.J. Miles. Let’s look at what Stuckey has done for the last 12 games to get the full picture of what he has been doing:

18.8 Points Per Game
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Elfrid Payton is a Player to Own Down the Stretch

by Ray Kuhn

Alright, so I was four months late. But a week into March, Elfrid Payton is finally showing why he was taken 10th overall in this past summer’s draft and why I thought he was a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year.

There were parallels to Damian Lillard from last season, but Payton proved not to be as polished as Lillard. Additionally, the situation Payton was entering was not as good with a sub-par supporting cast.

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Waiver Worthy: Four Streaking Players Who Could Help Your Fantasy Team

by Will Overton

With the season heading into the home stretch it’s time for fantasy owners to put their best possible team out there every day. At this point riding the hot hand of a player off the waiver wire might be just what you need to keep you going.

Hot streaks can come and go in a hurry, but at this point in the season riding a two week got streak might be just what you need. We’re also at the point in the season where it’s starting to make less and less sense to hold on to a guy you’ve been waiting for the last month or two. You need guys who are producing each night to make the playoffs or make that push up the standings in your roto league.

I am going to be looking at some of the guys available in at least 75% of ESPN league or more who fit the bill as a guy on a hot run who can carry your team for a couple weeks. Read more

Minutes Tracker: Looking At Five Players Whose Minutes Are On The Rise

by Will Overton

This may sound simple, but it’s an important thing to note for fantasy basketball, a guy is going to have more value the more time he spends on the court. That sounds like an obvious tip, and it is, but at the same time it’s something that gets overlooked too much in fantasy basketball.

Fantasy players can gain a lot of knowledge by looking at the minutes a guy is getting and identifying trends. How often does someone you own get their minutes cut and you don’t notice for a week or two weeks after you should’ve already cut them? At the same time the smart fantasy players are watching those box scores to find guys whose minutes are going up and snatch them off the waiver wire before anyone else notices what’s happening.

It’s a tedious job, but you want to be one of those fantasy owners who tracks that kind of thing and knows what is happening around the league. Don’t be late to the party on a guy who got a bump up in the rotation. We are going to do our part and point out some of the guys who are seeing their minutes go up as of late: Read more

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