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    What do fantasy owners need during the season?

    Access.

    Access to experts and access to information.

    Owners also need better access.  The kind of access that helps cut through some noise.

    Brought to you by high stakes champion and FSWA Fantasy Basketball Writer of the year, Aaron Bruski, and contributors such as Fantasy NBA Today’s Dan Besbris, 30-DEEP champion Mike Passador, Erik Ong, Riaz Dhanani, Souriyo Dishak, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Millman, Najee Adams, Vladi Semenov, Jake Fitzgibbon and more!

    We take you behind the scenes of the choices with big money behind them, how we handle them and why we’re doing what we’re doing.

    This guide serves as both a time-saver in the race to consume fantasy content, but also as an all-encompassing service that gives you everything you need to win your league.

    How do we do that?


    INTERACTION

    One-way conversations through articles, print and even chat can be valuable and they’re not going away.  In fact, they’re a big part of what the Hoop Ball Premium Membership is going to be.

    But as technology evolves and brings us closer together, it makes no sense that fantasy sites aren’t bringing the conversation into your living room.

    Hoop Ball is going to change that with nightly, interactive video chats before and after the games on most nights.  Our experts are going to take your questions and answer as many of them as we can on air.

    Your league can turn on a dime.  Or a turned ankle.  And there are too many caveats to be explored within the constraints of a blurb, article or podcast (of which we will have plenty).

    There needs to be back and forth, a narrative needs to be explored, and the backdrop of league scoring settings, formats and strategies deserve an interactive medium.

    It’s immediate. It’s impactful. It’s better than everything else that’s out there.

    Your schedule demands you get the most out of your content and in the most convenient way possible.

    We’re going to cover season-long leagues, DFS and take a hard core look at waiver wire options and FAAB plays.

    And what about Monday lineup deadlines?  Our live lineups show on Mondays is going to take you right into tip-off so you can get the last second advice you need.


    ARTICLES AND TOOLS

    As mentioned, the print side of this shouldn’t be ignored.  Aside from the fact that you don’t always have time to watch or listen to things — having analysis on paper is a great way to lock in the answers.

    One foundational piece of any in-season product is the Pickups of the Night write-up.  So yeah, that’s included, but we also added pregame analysis with our Pregame Layup Line piece.  Erik Ong’s Weekly Report zooms out a tiny bit to look at the somewhat larger slices of data that we tend to forget when focusing intently from night-to-night.

    We’re also putting some crude, but savvy tools for fantasy owners with our Interactive Schedule Grid, Smart Depth Charts, Weekly Start-Sit Tool, Rankings and Go-Forward Projections.

    We have invested significant energy into Dynasty Rankings and a top-100 list.

    I’m not going to lie and say we’ll be the prettiest in-season product on the market today.  But we’re going to be the most dangerous.


    *Editor’s Note: Get this membership for FREE by signing up for a new DraftKings account.  Click the link here to be taken to a page with instructions on how to quickly do that

Fantasy News

  • Gorgui Dieng - C - Minnesota Timberwolves

    ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that league sources indicate that the Timberwolves prefer to package Jimmy Butler with Gorgui Dieng and the $48 million he’s owed over the next three years.

    Dieng was routinely pulling in top-60 value in 9-cat before Taj Gibson vame to town so a trade to a better situation might do him some good. We’re sure there will be a lot more updates on the Jimmy Butler situation so stay tuned.

    Source: ESPN

  • Tyler Ulis - G - Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors have signed Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 deal according to Anthony Slater at The Althletic.

    ESPN’s Marc J. Spears also reported that Ulis chose the Warriors over the Rockets and the Kings. Ulis will get to join the team for training camp and the Exhibit 10 deal offers a little more protection from the Warriors’ end, but it’s hard to see how Ulis will fit in their plans. If he sticks, he won’t have any fantasy value barring an injury, and if he ends up getting waived we’ll have to see if he signs with the Dubbs’ G-League squad or pursues other opportunities.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Emeka Okafor - C - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Philadelphia Sixers have signed Emeka Okafor to a training camp deal one day before the start of camp.

    Even if the ancient Okafor manages to stick on the roster, he shouldn’t be anything more than a veteran presence.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings

    The Sacramento Kings have announced that Bogdan Bogdanovic will have an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Monday.

    There was no time-table given but these usually have a recovery of 4-to-6 weeks. There should be an update after the surgery on Monday but it looks like Bogi will miss the beginning of the season. As we previously reported, this is the same left knee that he had surgery on earlier this summer to repair a slight medial meniscus tear. Two surgeries in the span of a few months doesn't sound good and this'll be a big red flag come draft time. It's good news for Buddy Hield however.

    Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler - G - Minnesota Timberwolves

    Woj is reporting that despite rebuffs from Minnesota’s front office regarding Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor informed participants of the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting that Butler is indeed available and that they should contact him personally if necessary.

    Wow. It looks like things are escalating behind the scenes with Taylor and Thibodeau issuing opposing directives regarding disgruntled Jimmy Butler. It seems like Butler is close to being moved and Thibs could be next to follow him out the door.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • DeAnthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns have signed newly obtained De’Anthony Melton to a two-year, $2.3 million rookie deal.

    The Suns obtained Melton from the Rockets for Ryan Anderson and Brandon Knight earlier this summer so this signing was always going to happen at some point. With Devin Booker (hand) probably out to start the season and not a whole lot of options to start at point guard, Melton could be a nice surprise. We’ll have to see what the preseason brings.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Adam Silver - Commissioner - Invalid Team

    The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved three changes to the rule book for this season dealing with resetting the shot-clock on an offensive rebound, simplifying the clear path rules and expanding the definition of a “hostile act.”

    The first tweak is that the shot-clock will reset reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the usual 24 seconds. The second change is to the clear-path rule- now, it is defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity so refs won’t have to determine if the defender was in front of the ball or not, or if the defender beat the offensive player to the frontcourt. The last chance will be expanding the definition of a “hostile act” to allow for additional replay for off-ball or other altercations.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Markelle Fultz - G - Philadelphia Sixers

    Markelle Fultz denied having the “yips” last season and said his struggles shooting the ball were due to his shoulder injury.

    This is the opposite of what shooting guru Drew Hanlen said over the summer when he asserted that Fultz had the “yips” and “completely forgot how to shoot.” We’re thinking as a young player, Fultz probably wants to protect his ego and maybe his image- despite recent headway made in the NBA dealing with mental health issues, nobody wants to admit to being psychologically ‘soft.’ At this stage it’s rather irrelevant as to why; we just want to see if Fultz can shoot it or not. Preseason games start soon and we’ll have the popcorn ready.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

  • Jimmy Butler - G - Minnesota Timberwolves

    According to Jon Krawczynski at The Athletic, Jimmy Butler might not show up to training camp if he isn't traded.

    We previously relayed Woj's report that the Wolves were not planning to trade Butler so it looks like both parties are ratcheting up their rhetoric before the season starts. Butler is a notoriously stubborn guy as is coach Thibs so we'll see who wins this head-butting battle. The writing's on the wall for Butler's time in Minnesota, so it's only a matter of when. Tom Thibodeau could be following him out the door as owner Glenn Taylor has been dissatisfied with his old-school tactics.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Carmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets

    Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he wants wants Carmelo Anthony on the floor when P.J. Tucker is off, and vice versa because he sees them both as power forwards.

    It was widely assumed that Melo and Tucker would start together but now it appear to not be the case so maybe James Ennis is the starter at the 3. We’ll have to see how his rotation shakes out and if Melo’s staggered minutes coincide with Chris Paul’s. Either way, Melo looks to have a decreased role on offense as James Harden and Chris Paul control the offense.

    Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter