Waiver Worthy: Look Who’s Streaking – Looking At Fantasy Basketball’s Hottest Free Agents

by Will Overton

Working the waiver wire is about knowing what you need as a fantasy basketball owner, position and stat category. It’s also about knowing who is hot though and tracking which guys are rolling hose bandwagon you may want to jump on and ride out until it falls apart.

Adding guys in fantasy basketball is a long term thing at times; ideally you want someone who can help you for the rest of the season. Still, you shouldn’t pass up a guy who is hot just because you think he’s going to cool off at some point. Ride out those hot streaks and when they die off cut bait as needed.

It can be a lot of work to keep up on who is hot and who isn’t, but fantasy basketball is a lot of work if you want to win. We’re still here to help make your job easier though. And so I am going to list some guys who are hot that you may want to consider adding: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview 1/09/15: Jusuf Nurkic, Jarrett Jack, & 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. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview 1/07/15: Tim Hardaway Jr, John Henson, & 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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Fantasy Fallout: Reaction To The Three Team Deal Involving The Thunder, Knicks and Cavs

by Will Overton

You have to love coming home from a long day at work and finding that a fairly large three team trade went down in the NBA. We aren’t in full blown trade season just yet, but we’re close enough now that we will see these kind of random trades pop up every so often now.

Last night’s deal was a three team deal in which the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder were trying to shore up their shooting guard position for a playoff run and the New York Knicks just wanted to shed some cap space.

Here are the details of the big deal from last night:

Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: Dion Waiters
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: J.R. Smith & Iman Shumpert
New York Knicks Receive: Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson & Alex Kirk

Also not involved in the deal, but worth noting, the Knicks waived Samuel Dalembert after the deal was made final. Read more

Market Watch: Buy, Sell or Hold: Point Guard Edition

by Will Overton

A fantasy basketball owner who stays put is usually a fantasy basketball owner who won’t have much success. Sometimes you have that killer draft that doesn’t need tweaking later on, but that’s a very rare case and usually the winner has done some work to improve their team during the season.

There are two ways you can do this, the waiver wire and trades. If you’re diligent with the way you handle the waiver wire it can be a great source, but sometimes the big move you need to make can’t be done on waivers and you have to pull the trigger on a trade.

The key to making good trades is all about timing. You want to sell a guy at the right time and buy a guy at the right time. You also need to know when to hold on to a guy even though you may want to sell or buy them based on their performance thus far.

This week we are going to focus on the point guard position and I will pick out one point guard to buy, one to sell and one to hold on to: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview for 1/05/15: Dion Waiters, Shabazz Muhammed, & 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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Around The League: Looking Back At The Week Of 12.27.14 – 1/3/15: Jimmy Butler Is For Real and More

by Will Overton

It’s easy to miss things when there are several games each day all week long. No one can really keep up with every box score of every game on every night. At the same time it’s important for fantasy owners to know what’s happening around the league in order to be successful. To help you out we are going to highlight five of the week’s biggest box score standouts for you. Here’s a recap of the week that was:

Jimmy Butler Isn’t Going Anywhere

Do not expect Jimmy Butler to go anywhere, he is establishing himself as a superstar and an elite scorer in this league and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. This week Butler averaged 23.5 PPG in four games. Butler had a dominant line in his last game against the Nuggets with 26 PTS, 8 ASTS, 8 REBS, 2 STLS and 1 BLK, a line that won him the night and really won him the week too. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 1.2.15: Kyrie Irving and More

by Will Overton

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. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Kyrie Irving – G, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,400: We know LeBron James is out and we know that Kevin Love is questionable and probably won’t be 100% if he does go tonight. The Hornets are giving up 102 PPG on defense this season and someone has to score for the Cavs and I am envisioning Kyrie Irving absolutely going off in this one. Irving missed a couple games himself with a knee contusion, but in the two game since returning he has 25 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 ASTS and then 35 PTS, 6 REBS, 9 ASTS. Irving will be putting a whole  bunch of shots and should be good for 25+ points once again tonight, as well as more assists than his average of 5.3 since LeBron won’t be there to run the offense. Read more

Fantasy Basketball’s Walking Wounded: Breaking Down Al Jefferson and Alec Burks Injuries

by Will Overton

Keeping up on the injury landscape in fantasy basketball can be a big part of being a successful fantasy owner. Being the first guy to react to the latest injury news and snatch up the next guy down the pipe can go a long way.

We’re always trying to help you find ways to get edges on the competition here at Rotoprofessor. One of those ways is by keeping you up to date on the latest news and notes for injuries. There have been a couple of kind of big ones this week so let’s take a look at what those are and what they mean for fantasy basketball owners.

Al Jefferson Out At least a Month With a Groin Injury

The Charlotte Hornets big man and one of the top centers in all of fantasy basketball is set to miss at least the next month after it was revealed that he had a strained muscle in his groin. The injury is likely going to create more playing time for several along the front line. The most intriguing one to me is second year man and former lottery pick Cody Zeller. The big man’s minutes have been going up recently and now he should be looking at close to 30 minutes per game. The question will be what he can do with those minutes as he has yet to really show a whole lot at this level. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.31.14: George Hill, Cole Aldrich, and 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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