October 16, 2017, 7:59 pm
I have no idea what happened this year but I’m in more fantasy leagues than ever. Every year, if you do this long enough, you tell yourself that you’re only going to join ‘x’ number of leagues. You might go over by one or two or maybe even three, but this year I went over by about 10.
Cue Billy Hoyle … sometimes you wake up and the birds are singing …
So I thought it would be something new and maybe interesting to just break out who I took in drafts this year. I chose a group of drafts in the same format with a good cross-section of intermediate and expert players. A bunch of the formats are DraftMasters formats where you select 25 players and there are no pickups for the rest of the year. Sprinkled in are some high stakes roto formats with 16 players and 12 starters.
There were eight drafts in this group, so as you can see James Johnson had a 75 percent draft rate for me in this group.
Nikola Mirotic almost made the Hoop Ball 6 but his career-long inconsistency and medium-sized logjam in the frontcourt kept him from having quite the bang for the buck needed to get there. That said, his ADP hovering around 100 was way too low for a player with his risk/reward ratio.
James Johnson and Richaun Holmes are both Hoop Ball Sixers (patent pending) and the fact that I got both of them so many times was a major surprise for me, especially in the case of Johnson. Holmes was slept on by the big sites late last year and that helped my cause this year.
I have a lot riding on Jeff Teague and he looked great in the preseason. A good amount of my high ranking for him is due to Tom Thibodeau’s play until you break philosophy and the easy fit he’ll have playing next to his offensively talented teammates.
Gorgui Dieng fell a good amount as his backup role started to become clear and it didn’t help that Taj Gibson is a Thibs favorite. Still, the center minutes are better for his value and he can be good in a lower minute role. Gibson isn’t a picture of health, either.
We’re all of the smug hipster vibe having Justin Holiday on the radar way before everybody else knew about him. I gambled a bit thinking I could get him near 200 and got bit a couple of times. Jimmy Butler was my early second round guy and I had to start peeling off eventually because I didn’t want over-invest.
Taurean Prince on just four teams is a surprise but there were a ton of B150 readers in these drafts. Those are the breaks when we give you the goods.
Joe Ingles was another player I wish I had more of but my teams were getting steals-heavy and there are a ton of great targets where he was drafted. Throw in a little B150 hype and I’m under-invested. Allen Crabbe was a great late-round solution for me when my defense-heavy teams needed scoring and threes.
Greg Monroe was extremely underdrafted for a guy that was pretty damn effective in last year’s playoffs. Jordan Clarkson was a popcorn stat Band-Aid for B150 teams locked into their money counting stats. Tyler Ulis is a talented basketball player whose stat-set isn’t optimal but could definitely improve to match all that upside.
Ivica Zubac was my last round center of choice, with the Lakers going nowhere this year and Brook Lopez playing it safe for his next deal. Dwight Powell was another flier pick that I got a lot of — and he looks a lot smarter out there on the basketball court. Physically, he’s moving very well out there and any signs of life have mild breakout potential.
Draymond Green is last year’s shiny new toy and therefore there was some value there. Joel Embiid is a pretty intense selection and I got him three times and that’s probably higher than most drafters in an eight-contest set. Elfrid Payton is great to pair with Stephen Curry if you want to lock down a strong point guard front. Dwyane Wade fell way too far in drafts this year.
Kelly Olynyk (or Olynk as I typed into the image) should have been on more of my teams. But alas, I screwed up. The same goes for Jeremy Lamb but I have him in enough of my other squads to not feel short-changed here. Evan Turner is going to have a bounce-back season. He looks good and the addition by subtraction is perfect.
Nikola Jokic landed on a lot of my late-mid first round pick squads and I don’t feel great about it, but he’s Hoop Ball’s adult son and he still hasn’t written us back about the horse we sent him for his birthday.
February 19, 2019, 4:41 pmJared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets
Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Dudley has already made it known that he's planning to return right out of the All-Star break, so unless today's checkup revealed some kind of further issue we're expecting him to be ready for Brooklyn's two games this week. His biggest fantasy impact will be taking minutes from more intriguing players.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 4:39 pmCaris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert will undergo an evaluation from the Nets medical staff on Tuesday.
There's no sign of any setbacks from LeVert but the team will obviously keep a close eye on him after he's returned from a dislocated foot. This shouldn't be anything more than routine maintenance, so fantasy owners don't need to worry about it.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 4:33 pmRay Spalding - F - Phoenix Suns
The Suns are expected to sign Ray Spalding to a 10-day contract.
Spalding was the 56th pick in last summer's draft but only appeared in one NBA game this season with the Mavs. He was waived at the trade deadline with Dallas taking on one more player than they sent away, and will look to make an impression in a crowded Phoenix rotation. His college numbers (12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game) make him a name to file away in deep dynasty leagues.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 11:44 amMarShon Brooks - G - Chicago Bulls
Marshon Brooks has agreed to terms with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sportando.
Brooks played 29 games for the Grizzlies this season averaging 6.6 points and he is expected to replace Malcolm Delaney. Leave him on the waiver wire.
February 19, 2019, 11:35 amKristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban said that Kristaps Porzingis won't play this season, even if the Mavs somehow are able to make the playoffs.
The Mavs want to put their world-class training staff, led by Casey Smith, to work, strengthening Porzingis’ body the rest of this season and throughout the summer to hopefully prevent similar injuries in the future. And after all, given the amount of money the Mavs could be committing to KP this summer, a max salary of $158 million, there is no need to risk something happening to him in a season where making the playoffs seems unlikely. Kristaps remains a great stash in redraft leagues.
February 19, 2019, 11:23 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Vardon of The Athletic is reporting that the Lakers are "somehow a little concerned" about LeBron James.
LeBron hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement lately and the team is concerned that he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him to miss a career-high 18 games. The Lakers are in the 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot and they will need LeBron to be healthy for the rest of the season. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 35 minutes per game, while his shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season. He is still returning borderline top-15 value in standard leagues and owners can only hope he doesn’t suffer a setback.
Source: The Athletic
February 19, 2019, 9:49 amMichael Beasley - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Ex-Lakers forward Michael Beasley is finalizing a deal to play with Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Beasley returns to a league he is familiar with after an up and down season with the Lakers where he failed to produce consistently. It’s the smart thing to do since the Chinese team is offering him a lucrative deal and we wouldn’t expect to see him play again in the NBA, at least this season. Drop him if you haven’t already.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 8:24 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
There are people within the Pelicans organization that feel Anthony Davis has played his last game with the franchise.
This is according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate who also reminds us that AD says he wants to continue playing. This is just a reminder that Anthony Davis can realistically be anywhere from the most valuable to the least valuable player in fantasy for the rest of the season. The Pelicans are also tied for the fewest games during the head-to-head playoffs.
Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 7:55 pmCorey Brewer - G/F - Sacramento Kings
The Kings have signed Corey Brewer to a second 10-day contract.
Brewer has yet to make an appearance with the Kings, so there’s no fantasy relevance here. He would need a few wings to go down to even make him a potential streamer.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 5:10 pmChandler Parsons - F - Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he's open to giving Chandler Parsons (knee) some playing time going forward.
"I think it’ll be good that we’re coming out of the break and we’ll have a few days to practice just to get him on the court, get him back with the group, see where he is," Bickerstaff said. "It’s been a while since he’s played as well. So it’ll be good to have him on the floor, get up and down a little bit, see where he is physically and mentally and then we’ll go from there." This is softer than the Shams Charania reports about returning to the Grizzlies lineup, which were curious at best, and owners should take a wait and see approach to his playing time. He hasn't been playing for multiple reasons.