Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

DFS NBA Strategy for 8/6 & 8/7

August 3, 2016

Time to celebrate as basketball DFS is back thanks to DraftKings! They’re hosting multiple tournaments for the olympic games, but what is the right strategy to win? Well..Targeting players who play heavy minutes for their national team is crucial in putting together a successful squad. Here are a couple of players you should consider building your lineup around this weekend.

Alex Garcia, Brazil ($3,400)- Small Forward is a tough position to fill as most of the elite players are way over-priced, while the mid-tier players just aren’t that great. This brings me to one of the best value plays at the position and on the slate. Introducing Alex Garcia, who has averaged about 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, and three-to-four assists per game in the last couple of FIBA tournaments he has played in. Now those stats are for his club team and not the international team, but Garcia is likely to play a lot of minutes for Brazil and he only needs to score about 10 points, grab five rebounds, and dish out three assists to produce close to six times his value. It is hard to find quality value plays, so selecting a player like Garcia will free up some salary to pick some more expensive players.

Luis Scola, Argentina ($7,300) – I could have him on this list just for his silky smooth hair alone, but that doesn’t really help us in terms of fantasy production. First off, don’t be scared by his bad NBA numbers because Scola is the face (or is it hair?) of Argentina basketball. During the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Olympic Qualifying Tournament (a total of 10 games), Scola averaged a remarkable 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in six games. His price tag is a bit high, but he will play huge minutes and be the primary scoring/rebounding option for his team.

Mantas Kalnietis, Lithuania ($5,200) – Probably the best mid-tier selection on the slate as M.K. averaged 10.6 points, three rebounds, and 7.8 assists in nine games in the 2015 Euro Basketball tournament. He is listed as a SG on DK, but is more of a PG for the Lithuanian squad. Those numbers result in roughly 27 fantasy points, which would be more than five times his price tag. He’ll be a fixture on all of my teams this weekend.
It is hard to target USA players because most of them are over-priced and they should blowout China, so it is hard to predict how many minutes each player will get. Demarcus Cousins is probably the safest fantasy player on the team because he can extend defenses with his long range shooting skills and he’ll likely grab double-digit rebounds. However, the PF position is loaded with players who cost less than he does, but could put up similar fantasy numbers (like Ike Diogu and Dario Saric). Fading USA players is the way to go this weekend.


“All Things Fantasy” (3-11-13)

March 12, 2013

This is the Monday March 13th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Nick Raducanu (@fantasytrade411, Trader X) joined me on the show to talk some key issues for fantasy baseball. Also, talked some fantasy basketball pickups and Isaac Stock (@IkeNBall) threw in some pickups as well. Here are my notes from the show and some of the topics that were discussed during the interview.

@fantasytrade411 interview (fantasy baseball)

Who would you take #1 overall and #4 overall?

how good will Will Middlebrookes be this year?

Why are people drafting Paul Goldshmidt so high (23rd in HRs by 1st basemen) (19th overall ADP by mock draft ?

considering how good Edwin Encarncion was last year do you think he is Falling in drafts or just right? how likely to repeat numbers from last year?

Some players you are high on and some players you will not be drafting

Can you trust R.A. Dickey this year?

Ike Davis, Eric Hosmer, or Anthony rizzo Rank them and why?

Current news (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Jermaine O’Neal (13% owned)
Kyrie irving/ Shaun Livingston
D-Rose being 95% owned


C.J. Miles (8%)- has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 games. 2.5 3PM per game and 1.6 steals in his last 15 games

Trevor Ariza (31.3% of ESPN leagues)- had 26-10 in his last game and has scored 15 or more points in 6 of his last 9 games and 6 or more rebounds in 5 of out of 9 of those 9 games

Eric maynor (5 games next week)(3% owned)- has averaged 8.3 points & 5

Nate Robinson ( 23% owned)-16.5 points, 7.5 assist,5 rebs, 2.5 steals in his last 2 games.

J.J. Barea (6%) – has scored in double figures in 6 of his last 7 games ( and he got thrown out of that game and 4 or more assist in 4 of his last 7 games. getting plenty to opps to score and close to 3.5 rebounds per game in those 7 games

“All Things Fantasy”

February 26, 2013

In this Monday, February 25th 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy” Jeff Erickson (@jeff_Erickson), senior editor at, joins me to talk fantasy baseball. Also, Isaac Stock and I talk some fantasy basketball. Then Michael Pichan(@fantasynomad), blogger for, joins me to talk about his rankings for the upcoming 2013 fantasy baseball season which you can view here below are my notes from the show and some topics we discussed

“Ask advice from everyone, but act with your own mind.” ~ Yiddish Proverb. This is something every Fantasy sports player needs to learn

“All Things Fantasy”

Interview with Jeff Erickson:
Where would you draft Curtis Granderson now that he has a broken for arm? is there any Yankee that will pick up his slack?

Who do you take with the first pick of the draft? 4th pick?

guess this player (1st baseman)..had more homeruns than Paul Goldschmidt & Adrian Gonzalez…had the highest Slugging PCT of ANY 1st baseman…he became the primary 1st basemen this winter…give up? its Brandon Moss- why are people so down on this guy?

You have to choose Eric Hosmer or Anthony Rizzo for only this season. which one and why?

Is this the year Chris Johnson breaks out in ATL?

Do you believe all the Allen Craig Hype?

What 1 or 2 or players that will begin the year in the minor leagues become a fantasy difference maker?

Is Ernesto Frieri the one to own in LAA over Ryan Madson?

Do you think R.A. Dickey has a successful season compared to last year?

NBA Pickups
how is Derrick Williams only owned in 14% of espn leagues? hes averaging just under 16 points a game while grabbing close to 9 rebounds per game. including 23 points & 12 rebounds in his last game.

C.J. Watson (3.7%)- D-Will and Joe Johnson insurance

Jermaine O’Neal (12.2%)- averaging close to a dublay-dublay in the last 15 days averaging 10 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2 blocks a game during that span.

Tobias Harris- (Owned in 0.1%)- finally got on the court for the Magic and produced solid numbers in 25 minutes of action 14 points, 6 rebounds,3 steals & 1 block

Andre Drummond if he is avaliable

Nomad Interview-
David Wright at 5?
Buster Posey at 9?
McCutchen 17th?
Martin Prado 24th?
Medlen 43rd?
like that you have Giancarlo 52nd
Elvis Andrus 58th? 1 spot behind Castro
Billy butler 62nd?
like Pablo 92nd?
like Mark Texiera 165th?
Mark Trumbo 188???

“All Things Fantasy” (2-18-13)

February 19, 2013

In this Monday February 18th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy” I talk some Fantasy Basketball pickups and some player to targets going into the real NBA trade deadline. Also, I give my bounce back player of the year of the week in fantasy baseball and give you some players who will be a cheap source of stolen bases on draft day. Below are my notes from the show.

“All Things Fantasy”

Traded for Lebron/JR Smith..gave IGGY/ZBO/MONTA/Deron Williams in the FSWA expert league

Pickups (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Jason Terry (54.6% of leagues)- is shooting 52.3% in last 15 days while playing 30 min agame, knowkcing down 2 3s a game, while dishing out close to 4 assist and scoring 13 points per game during that span.
Taj Gibson- insurance for Joakim/ Boozer
Michael Beasley -38%

players to target before trade deadline
Eric Bledsoe
Kris Humphries
Samuel Dalembert
Derrick Favors
Gerald Henderson
marcus thornton
Jared Dudley

Bounce back player of the Week

Brett Gardner OF, NYY- last year Gardner only played a handfull of games before getting hurt, but he is still one of the best base stealers in the league. He had 49 SBs & 87 runs in 2011 and 47 the year before that (97 runs) so he isn’t a fluke. while he will only hit about .260 or 270. His OBP should be around .345 if not higher, had a .345 OBP in “11 & .385 OBP in ’10. He is putting up similar numbers to Michael Bourn but could be had a lot cheaper. best part is people are going to forget about him b/c they will be looking at last years stats so make sure to put him on your watch list during the draft

Don’t pay for steals early in the draft b/c here are some solid options that can get you steals later on in the draft
got Average Draft Position from
Alcides Escobar SS, KC- (10th among SS, 211 ADP)35SBs
Everth Cabrera SS,SD- (19th SS, 300thADP)44 SBs, Led NL
Coco Crisp OF, Oak- 39 SBs (ADP 136)
Ben Revere OF, Phi- 40 SBs (ADP 185th)
Juan Pierre OF, Fla- 37SBs (240 ADP)
Norichika Aoki OF, Mil- 30 SBs (ADP 131)

“All Things Fantasy” (2-11-13)

February 12, 2013

This is Monday, February 11th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. I give some NBA Fantasy pickups as well as my NBA All-Star fantasy team (players that are playing really well comapred to thier ADP). Also, give my most overrated fantasy baseball player and a bounce back player. Here are my notes from the show.


Pau injury-

Dwight injury-

Duncan Injury-

Iguolda Injury-

Joakim Injury-

should I trade Granger for varejao in Dynasty

What Should u do with Eric Bledsoe

NBA Fantasy All-stars

Jrue Holiday- 3rd in assist with 8.8 , and 19.3 points
Paul george- contributes in every category 2.3 3PMS, 7.8 rebounds, 4 assist, 1.8 steals, .6 blocks, and 17.8 points

Tony Parker- 2nd in fantasy poitns for a PG, shooting a ridic 53.5% from the field. there are only 2 players in the NBA who average over 20 points and 7.0 assist per game and tahts Westbrooke and TP

Grievis Vazquez- tied for 2nd in the league with 9.4 assist per game, if you take out FG% and Steals (2 less than CP3)as he is shooting almost 4 points worse (43%) than CP3

Nikola Vucevic- 12.5 points, 11.6 rebounds (3rd among active players),1.1 blocks, 523. FG%

2nd team

Jeff Teague has been ballen out this year 14.2 points, 6.8 assist, 1.5 steals and 1.3 3pms

Hickson- also averagijng a dublay-dublay with 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds

Asik- averaging a DD with10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

larry sanders- leas the league in blocks with 3.2 a game

Tristan thompson- averaging 15.6 points and 9.3 rebounds the last 30 days


Charlie Villinueva- (1.7%) has averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds,& 1.5 blocks in his last 2 games

Jonas Valanciunas (15%)- has a dublay-dublay in his last 2 games averaging 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds with 2 blocks each game

Samuel Dalembert (42.4%) has 10 blocks in his last 3 games and has a dublay-dublay 5 out his last 7 games

Patrick Patterson(17.5%)- has scored in double figures in his last 7 games.

Evan Longoria- dont believe hype- Played in 74 games last year and 133 games the year before. has had only 2 500 AB seasons out of 5 seasons.. I understand he is great when he plays had 17 Homeruns & 55 Rbis in only 74 games last year. and 31 homeruns & 99 rbis in 133 games the year before, but I just cant take a player that hasnt played a full MLB EVER in his MLB career.

Pablo Sandoval- His injury history scares me, played 108 games last year and 117 games the year before. Has never had more than 90 RBIs in a season or hit more than 25 homeruns.

Rickie Weeks- why is he ranked so high. (6,6,4 in CBS,ESPN has him 12th 2B) had 63 RBIs, 16th among 2nd basemen, 231 average, tied for 12th with 16 SBs put of 2nd basemen

Bounce back year

Alex Avila C- Det. Avila struggled mightly last year and a lot had to with a knee tendinitis. In 2011 when he was fully healthy he hit 19 HRS,82 RBIs, .295 BA and 385 OBP. the 82 RBIs wouldve been 5th amongst catchers last year

“All Things Fantasy” (1-30-13)

January 31, 2013

This is Wednesday January 30th,2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Talk about the Rudy Gay trade and how it effects each team/players fantasy value. Also, talk about some pickups, players to trade for/away, and guys that get injured/ stashing injured players. Then, spit knowledge about fantasy baseball strategy for H2H Points/category & Roto leagues. My outline for the show is below.

Rudy Gay trade and its ripple effect

Tor-Kyle Lowry now elite, Derozen takes a hit, Amir johnson could be ridic

Memphis-Hurts Jerryd Bayless/ Tony Allen/ Arthur/ Ed Davis, Drastically helps Z-BO/ Marc Gasol, Prince could be a great add

Pistons Stuckey/Singler/ Knight. Calderons Value


Martell Webster (7%)

Isiah Thomas (45%)

Michael Beasley (24.%)

Carlos Delfino (63%)

Tayshaun (12%)

guys im trading away





Guys im trading for

Amir Johnson

Marc Gasol

Jeff Teague

BAseball Strategy in
Roto league
H2H Cat
H2H POints
Weekly/Daily League

“All Things Fantasy” (1-22-13)

January 23, 2013

In this Tuesday January 22nd, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy” I talk about fantasy basketball pickups, some overrated/underrated players, and the recent Cavs/Grizz trade. Also, I talk some fantasy baseball strategy. Below are my notes from the show, but you have to listen to show to hear what I say about each guy and my fantasy baseball strategy.

Pickups (% owned in ESPN leagues)

Earl Clark (11.6%)- is averaging 13 points, 11 rebounds, 1.5 blocks in his last 2 games while playn close to

Darrel Arthur (0.0%)- could see a major uptick in minutes and production now the Speights is gone

Spencer Hawes(44%)- has scored in double figures in 5 of his last 7 games, gets blocks and assist from the Center position

Al-Farouq Aminu(49%)- has been playing really well of late, has had double digit rebounds in 7 of his last 10 games and minimum 8 rebounds in all those games (4 double- doubles) and 2 or more steals in 6 of those games.

Emeka Okafor(35.3%) averaging 10 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the last 30 days.

Overrated players (FPTs= fantasy points per game based on 1 point for a point/reb, 1.5 for an assist/steal/block, -1 for a turnover)

These are season averages

Kevin Martin (100%)- averaging 15 points,2.5 rebs, 1.3 assist, 1 steal, 1.4 TO= 19.6 FPTs

Klay Thompson- (100%) 16 points,4 rebs, 2.6 ast, 1 stl, 2 TO = 24 FPTs

Wes Mathews (100%) -15.4 points, 3 rebs,2.5 assist, 1.4 stls,1.7 TO=23.1 FPTs

Goran Dragic (Yahoo Rank 87th)-44.7 FG%,1.3 3PMS14 points,2.8 rebs, 6 assist, 1.5 steals, 2.3 TO= 26.4 FPTs

Mike Conley (Yahoo Rank 36th) 41.5 FG%,1.3 3PM,13 points, 2.5 rebs, 6 assist, 2.4 steals 2.6 TO= 26 FPTs

Kidd-Gilchrist (78%)-10 points,6.2 rebs,1.7 assist,.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, 1.6 TO= 20.2 FPTs


Jrue Holiday- 19.2 points,9 asssist, 4 rebs,1.5 steals= 36.1
Thats more than D- Lee (35.6), Rondo (35.3), Steph Curry (34.6), Dwight Howard (34.5)

Jameer Nelson -15.3 points,4 rebs, 7.2 assist, 1.3 steals,2.7 TO= 29.6 FPTs
Thats more than Bosh (28.9) Marc gasol (28.6), O.J. Mayo (27.7)

Shawn Marion

time to drop Blatche

Fantasy Baseball strategy

Mike Trout Discussion

Taking Pitches early

Dont choose a catcher till late

“All Things Fantasy” (1-16-13)

January 17, 2013

1-16-13Thhis is the Wednesday January 16th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Michael Pichan (@fantasynomad) joined me talk fantasy basketball. Also, Isaac Stock (@IkeNball) joined me on the show to talk other topics on fantasy basketball. Below are the notes form the show, first half is the interview w/ @fantasynomad. Then the other is what was talked about on the show.

Interview topics:
Paul Milsap, will he get traded and will his value increase?
Same with Rudy Gay?
What about Andrea Bargnani?
Rookies that are starting to get some PT like Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, and Thomas Robinson.
Daily Fantasy strategy
Marcus Thornton- What is his value going forward?
The Wizards Backcourt now that John Wall is back and a bunch of no names producing
How good do you think D- Rose will be when he returns

Pickups- (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Landry Fields(1.2%)- He had 1 game were he only 3 points 1 reb in 29 min. in the other 3 games he has had averaged almost 9 points and has 11 rebounds in all 3 of those games, while averaging more than 38 min in those games
Harrison Barnes (18%)- has scored in double figures in 6 of his last 7 games
Kevin Seraphin (9%)- has played 28 or more minutes in 5 of last 6 games. should continue to see lenty of playing time. will be hard to trust in weekly leagues though.
Jared Sullinger (11%)
Lance Stephenson (2.1%)

Buy Low

Demar Derozan

Tyreke Evans

Derrick Favors

Sell High

Dirk Nowtizki

Omer Asik

Kevin Martin

“All Things Fantasy” (1-7-13)

January 8, 2013

This is the Monday January 7th, 2012 edition of “ALl Thigns Fantasy”. In this edition I talk fantasy basketball player news, recent injuries, answer some caller/twitter questions, and give some pickups for this upcoming week. Also, talk about some fantasy MVPs based on ADP (Average Draft Position). Here are my notes from the show.

Dwight Howard- Torn labrum

Anderson Varejoa- Sounds like he is returning Weds

Tyreke Evans- Expected back tonight

Andrew Bynum (53% ESPN,71% of Yahoo) – Please drop him

Kevin Love- out another 4-6 weeks

Pau Gasol- out for next 2 games atleast

Kyle Lowry- not playing as much

Pickups (% owned in ESPN leagues)

Pickup of the Week

Antwan Jamison (5.4%)- Should get plenty fo minutes with Gasol and Howard out. This is a great pickup for the short term that could end up being solid long term

Dante Cunningham- (1%) played 42 minutes and scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, while dishing 2 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocks last game,

John Henson (2.3%)- in his last 3 games is averaging 13.3 PPG & reb PG, 1.7 APG & BPG, 59% FG, 25 min .

Derrick Williams (1.4%)- will get plenty of PT now that K- Love is hurt again, Think he is the bigger beneficiary of his injury even though Dante Cunningham is playing 42 Min

Glen Davis (37%)- is averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds, close to 2 assist, and 1 steal per game this season

Robert Sacre

Thadeus Young is a great roto player- 52.5 FG%, 59 FT% (3 a game), 14.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assist, 1.7 steals, 1 block per game

December 20, 2012

. This is the Wednesday December 19th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. I give my tough start/options for this upcoming week in fantasy football. Then, talk a lot of fantasy basketball. My notes from the show are below

Selections im debating this week

Danny Amendola (owned in 54% ESPN) vs Lance Moore

Demarrco Murray, Trent Richardson, Darren mcfadden, or Knowshon

Eric Decker or Cecil Shorts

Id Starts Sam Bradford in daily leagues this week vs TB

Brandon Myers or Dennis Pitta

Romo or Cam Newton (talk about the Cam trade I made)

Wouldn’y start Mccoy/ Brown or Bradshaw/Wilson


Pickups of the week

Spencer Hawes (38% of ESPN leagues)- has scored in double figures in last 5 games and has scored 15 or more points in 4 of those 5 . hes averaging almost 16 points and close to 7 rebounds and 1 zblock per game during that span.

Alan Anderson (1.5% of ESPN leagues)- has been awesome in his last 2 games. He just returned from an injury but has averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assist in those 2 games. They don’t have a SF

Blind Resume

Player A – 41% FG, 82% FT, 4 rebs, 6 assist, 11 PPG, 1.8 Steals,2.8 TO

Player B – 46.6% FG, 87% FT, 3.2 rebounds, 5 assist, 1 Steal, 11 PPG, 1.8 TO

Player A is Jeremy Lin (100% owned)
Player B is Jarret Jack (67% owned)