October 16, 2017, 8:30 am
When I started playing fantasy hoops 10 years ago, I never expected that one day I would be writing a weekly article for a website entirety devoted to fantasy basketball, but here I am.
Starting next week the Monday Dish will be a wrap up of Sunday’s action, and like the other Daily Dishes will discuss the news and its fantasy implications, but since this is the only downtime between preseason and regular season games I thought it would be a good time to briefly introduce myself to the HB community.
My name is Jason, but everyone ends up calling me Jay. I was born in Toronto, and as a kid I spent a couple years in Germany, a half dozen in Florida and one In Georgia before moving to Vancouver in 1994. I started following the NBA in the early 90’s and playing fantasy basketball in 2007. I’ve been hooked ever since.
The draft is my favourite part of fantasy hoops, and I’ve been in 24 hour draft mode since the beginning of October. When the drafting is all said and done I’ll be in a total of 10 leagues: five on Yahoo, four on Fantrax (3 with HB) and acting as assistant GM in one on ESPN. This season I’m also joining the Hoop-Ball team, and look forward to offering whatever help I can to players just starting out and vets who are just looking for another take.
New kid on the bench
The newest member of the Sixers, rookie Markelle Fultz, will be coming off the bench to start this NBA season, giving a short term bump in value to T.J. McConnell and Jerryd Bayless. It’s safe to say that’s not what we expected for the number one pick, but that’s how things go sometimes. I’m sure no one thought that new Celtic Kyrie Irving wouldn’t be facing old teammate LeBron James in their highly anticipated season debut, but as of this writing it’s still unclear if James’ ankle will be ready to go. And to no one’s surprise, the Wolves exercised the fourth year team option on Karl-Anthony Towns, so it will be a couple more years until Towns is looking for a new contract.
New team, old Millsap
34 year old veteran Paul MIllsap is the new guy in town that I’d like to highlight for this first take. He struggled playing next to Dwight Howard last season (shocking), and the move to the mountains should elevate his game back to the level it was at when he was playing next to another gifted passing big, Al Horford. In Atlanta, his best statistical season saw him average 17.1 PPG, 9.0 REB, 3.3AST, 1.8 STL and 1.7 BLK. He’s a great fit for this team, and could thrive playing next to the Joker in the front court and dropping dimes to Gary Harris and Jamal Murray on their back door cuts. His preseason success is just a small sample of what should be a strong year in the mile high city.
One Piece of advice
If I could offer one nugget of wisdom in this first Dish it would be to be patient, especially if you think you nailed your draft. Now this is admittedly not one of my strongest attributes, as I make a LOT of add/drops during the season, but it is important not to overreact early, especially with your studs.
This game is a six month marathon, and it’s key not to panic if the guys you thought were going to carry your team start slowly. Last season I had Nikola Jokic on my team in an NFBKC satellite league. As most of you know, the first month was terrible. He was struggling to get consistent minutes, he was struggling playing the four and I was struggling to justify using a fourth round pick on him. We all know how his story ended, and that fourth round pick ended up being a big part of my championship team.
That’ll do it for my first dish, and remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and fantasy basketball titles aren’t won in November. So set your line ups, kick back, and enjoy what looks to be one of most entertaining NBA seasons in a long time.