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.

Read more

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

Is There Truly Value in J.R. Smith?

by Ray Kuhn

It is an interesting time in the NBA season. The trading deadline and the All-Star break are now in the rear view mirror, and teams are getting geared up for the playoff push.

The focus now, both for NBA teams and and for fantasy owners, is to evaluate and comprehend the flurry of activity that took place last week at the trading deadline and size up their teams for a playoff and championship push.

With that being said, it is very possible that moves that took place a month ago have already been forgotten. And that brings us to J.R. Smith.

Read more

Waiver Worthy: Five Free Agents Who Gained Value At The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

The trade deadline saw many names traded to new teams. Last Friday we recapped the deadline deals by looking at which players on new teams had their value go up and who had their value go down. It was a busy deadline and we couldn’t cover it all and so we are going to hit on some more today.

There were a lot of big names traded to new teams, but there were plenty of guys traded who aren’t owned in 100% of leagues also. On top of that the trade deadline doesn’t affect just the traded players, but there is also a ripple effect that comes from players getting traded.  A guy leaves town and it opens the door for another guy to step into the role.

So today as we keep looking at the trade deadline we are going to look at the guys who are free agents in a lot of leagues who may make good additions to your team now as a result of what went down last Thursday afternoon. Here are some of the guys I think meet that description: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Trade Deadline Movers Stock Report

by Will Overton

The lead up to the trade deadline was unusually quiet with no deals at all being made the days leading up to the deadline when we usually see at least one or two deals come a little early. With about two hours to go before the deadline though everything started going nuts. ‘

I think it might be easier to name the point guards in the league who didn’t change hands than to name the ones who did. Throw in some big man moves as well and the last two hours of the deadline really made up for the lack of action leading up to that point.

We aren’t going to break down each deal one by one, though if you couldn’t keep up and fear you may have missed a deal here is a full list of deals that were made. What we are going to do is look at some of the moving pieces whose stock is up and some whose stock is down. We’ll certainly be covering more in the coming days, but this is a good recap stock report to help you sift through all of the shaking and moving. Read more

Deadline Day: Three Storylines To Watch Today At The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

We’ve not seen as much action this week as expected, but it should be picking up today with the trade deadline now less than 10 hours away. Despite the lack of trades so far there has been plenty of rumors flying around and so today could still be a very big day.

If you are anything like me you will be watching twitter and HoopsRumors.com like a hawk while trying to pretend to be focused on work. If you are in fact like me and will be doing these things than I have a few fantasy impacting storylines you should be following today.

We will have plenty of coverage of the deals that actually happen today, but right now we’re going to prepare for what to watch for with today’s biggest storylines for fantasy impact: Read more