Fantasy Fallout: Wayne Ellington’s Value Should Increase

by Ray Kuhn

I know it is not saying much, but right now, we very well may be at the peak of Wayne Ellington’s value. I know that is not saying much for a player who last season averaged the most points in his career – 7.9 per game – but it is true.

That is what happens after Kobe Bryant has season ending surgery and the Lakers weren’t exactly the strongest team to begin with.

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Jerami Grant is a Name You Need to Know

by Ray Kuhn

The Philadelphia 76ers are the land of opportunity this season. Yes, it is not showing up in the standings, but since when do we care about that in fantasy basketball.

Well actually, that is a lie. However, the only standings we care about our own. And while the 76ers are certainly struggling on the court, all is not lost from the fantasy perspective.

For the rest of the season, it appears Jerami Grant is going to be a part of that. And to think that he is owned in just 0.8% of all ESPN leagues. That is something that needs to change.

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Mid-season Ranking Update: Top 25 Small Forwards

by Will Overton

While the NBA All-Star break is a few weeks away still and that is widely considered to be the halfway point in the season, we’re actually right about halfway through the season right now. With that in mind we have started up our midseason ranking updates.

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 the small forward position and these rankings are for the rest of this season only. We have done both guard positions already and over the next week we will be doing updates at all five positions and eventually do an updated top 100. I should note that I only rank each player at one position, believed to be their primary position, and so if you’re looking for someone like Markieff Morris who is more of a tweener forward, you’ll find them at power forward. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Kemba Walker’s Knee Surgery

by Ray Kuhn

It is looking more and more likely that knee surgery is all but certain for Kemba Walker. We know all about the impact it will have on the Charlotte Hornets and Walker’s fantasy value, but that is not where our focus should lie.

Instead, the issue is, who will replace Walker? And are they fantasy relevant?

The answer to that question is Brian Roberts. And yes, he should be added in all leagues.

Roberts is not a player that will stand out. So far this season, Roberts is averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 assists per game in 17 minutes. Those are not stand out numbers. Read more

Fantasy Basketball Injury Roundup: LaMarcus Aldridge’s Surprise Return and More

by Will Overton

This last weekend has been a very busy one in terms of injury news in the NBA. We have seen some small injuries such as Dwight Howard’s ankle injury, but we’ve also seen some major injury news come out over the weekend that really shakes up the fantasy basketball landscape.

Unfortunately injuries are a big part of fantasy basketball. When one player goes down it opens the door for another player. Team get hurt by injuries, but other teams often benefit when they land that guy’s backup.

This is why it’s so important to keep up with the injury news in the NBA and follow the landscape. We are going to help by breaking down three of the biggest injury stories of the weekend, two involving guys who are out for the year and one about a guy who surprisingly made his return. Read more

Mid-season Ranking Update: Top 25 Shooting Guards

by Will Overton

While the NBA All-Star break is a few weeks away still and that is widely considered to be the halfway point in the season, we’re actually right about halfway through the season right now. With that in mind we have started up our midseason ranking updates.

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 the shooting guard position and these rankings are for the rest of this season only. We have done point guards already and over the next couple of weeks we will be doing updates at all five positions and eventually do an updated top 100. I should note that I only rank each player at one position, believed to be their primary position, and so if you’re looking for someone like Godon Hayward here, you won’t find him, but you will when I do small forwards.

Without any further explaining here are my top 25 Small Forwards rest of the season: Read more

Are We Out of the Woods With Derrick Rose?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point, talking about Derrick Rose’s health woes are redundant. While we can’t forget about all the time he missed, it might be finally time let to go and move forward.

We know that the Chicago Bulls and Rose himself finally are. It certainly took long enough.

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Bailing On Batum: Should Fantasy Owners Be Cutting Nicolas Batum?

by Will Overton

Some things just don’t make sense when you don’t’ have the full picture. There are times when you watch a guy you know is better than numbers say struggle, you can tell there is something wrong, but just can’t put your finger on what.

That’s been the case with Nicolas Batum who has been absolutely dreadful this season on offense and gone from being a top 30 pick, to barely cracking the top 20 at his position right now. You can tell there is something going on, but you can’t figure out what.

We got a bit of insight on Monday night when after his game with the Kings, a game in which he shot 2 – 8 from the field, he told reporters he has had stiffness in his shooting wrist all season. According to Batum it’s to the point where he can’t bend his wrist back all the way which is throwing his shot off. This injury apparently happened back on December 17th in a game against Milwaukee. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview 1/21/15: Langston Galloway, Jeff Green, & 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. All of these players will not appear in every single one of my lineups, but each player is on my radar.

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Mid-season Ranking Update: Top 25 Point Guards

by Will Overton

While the NBA All-Star break is a few weeks away still and that is widely considered to be the halfway point in the season, we’re actually right about halfway through the season right now. With that in mind we are going to get started on updating our position rankings for midseason.

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 the point guard position and these rankings are for the rest of this season only. Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing updates at all five positions and eventually do an updated top 100. I should note that I only rank each player at one position, believed to be their primary position, and so if you’re looking for someone like Monta Ellis or Eric Bledsoe here, you won’t find them, but you will when I do shooting guards. Read more