June 10, 2018, 2:21 pm
Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.
So far it’s been mostly good news in our Season Reviews, but this week we’ll talk about the big mistakes that plagued our seasons — or at least made them more difficult than they needed to be. Yours truly burned a fourth-round selection in a 30-team league on Willy Hernangomez, only to watch the Knicks bury him for the entire year. By the time the Hornets decided to let him play it was far too late. There weren’t a ton of players I was enamored with in the range that Hernangomez was selected, but any active player might’ve changed the season dramatically. Onto the experts.
My biggest regret is the Kawhi thing. I finished fourth or fifth in a bunch of leagues in which I drafted Kawhi, killing a good prediction season for me. But other than that I’d say not reacting to the Taj Gibson reunion in Minny. I didn’t have a big season in store for Gorgui Dieng but I didn’t expect him to get wiped out and I should have known Thibs couldn’t control himself.
Accidentally dropping Zach LaVine in a keeper format where his price would have only been a 9th round pick next year. I got two of my money leagues confused – I had LaVine in both, but only one was a keeper format. I dropped Zach in the wrong league and dropped Greg Monroe in the other one. Oops.
#NoRagrets – This season couldn’t have gone better for me. Going back-to-back as champion of the Hoop Ball league is something I’ll brag about for the rest of my fantasy career. Bring on the three-peat!
My biggest transactional regret was dropping Brook Lopez. I drafted him in the fourth round and while he wasn’t gangbusters to start the season, he was at least all right. The he started sliding out of the top-80, top-120, top-150 and I think he kissed top-200 a few times. So, when he hurt his ankle around Christmas, I pulled the plug. He missed eight games and was still meh upon his return when I could have reacquired him.
Well, coach Walton finally gave him more tic and he seemed to develop a little rapport with IT3. While he never made it back to his usual, lofty rankings, he was ranked top-60 for the last two months of the season. This was also on my squad that was missing Kawhi so talk about compounding my errors. I really Cheddar Bob’d myself in that league.
Not snagging Donovan Mitchell and dropping Lauri Markkanen. I’m a HUGE skeptic when it comes to rookies and this year we happened to have the most loaded draft class in terms of fantasy impact. Things just went right for all of these guys, Utah was in desperate need of offense, Boston lost their primary wing, and the Bulls frontcourt punched each other out. Don’t get me wrong, all of these rookies are talented, but under normal circumstances we wouldn’t have had so many rookies inside the top-75.
Not buying enough Donovan Mitchell stock. Even after an impressive Summer League performance Mitchell is the breakout star that nobody saw coming. He was just the No. 13 pick in the Draft and a lot of teams are definitely regretting passing up on him. Credit the Jazz and coach Snyder for his development but again I can’t stop emphasizing the importance of the right fit since Mitchell could have been picked up by the Hornets and stayed on the bench for the entire year.
Not picking up Josh Richardson when he hit the wire briefly early in the season because of a terrible shooting stretch.
Not drafting AD anywhere.
My biggest regret of this season, a lot like other owners’, was believing in Marquese Chriss for far too long. I took Chriss in the tenth round ahead of players like Lou Williams, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell. Even once it became clear that Chriss would be a bust this season I still held on to him instead of dropping him and streaming the position. Thankfully I won the league because the rest of my team was able to carry the load but eventually I had to drop him. He wasn’t able to put that talent to good use and ended as one of this season’s biggest letdowns.
February 18, 2020, 7:23 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.
Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.
Source: Rod Boone on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 7:18 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.
Source: NBC Sports
February 18, 2020, 7:12 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.
James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 7:08 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
James Jones said that he expects Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) to be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.
Baynes will be joining Deandre Ayton and the rest of the injured Suns' players in returning for this one. Baynes hasn't played in roughly a month and should be seeing a minimal role off the bench down the stretch. He can be left on the waiver wire unless something happens to Ayton.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 7:03 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
James Jones said that he expects Deandre Jordan (left ankle soreness) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.
Ayton missed a few games to close out the first half, but it looks like the second-year big man will be good to go when the Suns return to action. Ayton was putting up top-12/16 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues in the 13 games before going down, and owners have to be ecstatic to get him back in their lineups. Cheick Diallo will revert to a deep reserve role.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 6:58 pmCody MartinPF, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Martin (concussion protocol) fully participated in Tuesday's practice session.
Martin found himself in the starting lineup before going down a few weeks ago, as he has started to earn a bigger role in coach James Borrego's rotation. With Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture, Martin should have a reasonably safe role for the second half of the season.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 6:49 pmClint CapelaC, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela (right heel) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Capela doesn't have a specific target date as he continues to fight the heel issue. With Capela out, Dewayne Dedmon will continue to absorb the bulk of minutes at C with Damian Jones backing him up. Over his past four games, Dedmon has averaged 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 trey in 28.3 minutes per game.
Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 6:43 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) returned to Bulls practice on Tuesday.
Porter added that he felt good and will return to game action when is 100 percent healthy. It was being reported earlier this week that Porter is eyeing a return before the end of the month, and this would be in line with that projection. It is unclear what type of minutes Porter can handle down the stretch, but his versatile skillset makes for an upside stash in fantasy circles.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 6:37 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) resumed practicing on Tuesday as he eyes a return to game action.
Carter is hopeful of playing when the Bulls return to action against the Hornets on Thursday. The Bulls may take a cautious approach and let him get in a few more practices before clearing him, but Carter's arrow is pointing straight up right now. If he is lingering on your league's waiver wire, go grab him.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 5:45 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Brian Lewis of the New York Post is reporting that Kyrie Irving is expected to see a shoulder specialist as it is still bothering him.
Irving is currently out with a knee injury, but that is said not to be an issue and is recovering fine, but the shoulder is still causing him problems. This is a glaring red flag as Irving missed 26 games earlier in the year because of the shoulder. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert would stand to benefit the most should Irving's shoulder forced him to miss additional time.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter