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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.


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Fantasy News

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis went for 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday night but the Pelicans fell to the Warriors.

    New Orleans was up by as many as 17 in the second half before Stephen Curry decided that playtime was over. AD was a bit off with an 11-of-26 mark from the field but obviously the counting stats were there. He'll remain fantasy's top player whenever he takes the floor, despite a miraculous charge from James Harden lately.

  • Nikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, popping off for 29 points on 9-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action.

    Mirotic probably had fantasy owners sweating after a 17-minute dud on Monday but everyone should be back on board tonight. The buy-low window is probably closed after this excellent performance so hopefully you were able to get him before this outburst. Mirotic will have a shot at early-round numbers from here on out.

  • Jae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz

    Jae Crowder put up 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes and three defensive stats in a big win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Crowder is going to have his ups and downs, but he is ultimately their sixth man and will need to play well for them to make it to the playoffs. He is currently outside the top-150 value right now and is merely a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.

    Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.

  • Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.

    Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert put up a monster game on Wednesday as he had 23 points with 22 rebounds and four blocks in a 129-109 win over the Clippers.

    He shot 7-of-10 form the field and went 9-of-10 from the line. The Jazz are on fire and it is due in large part to the stellar play of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Both guys are top-20 over the past two weeks and Gobert is actually top-20 for the entire season.

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell put up 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting with six assists and three steals in a win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Mitchell had a shaky start to the season, but he still holds top-70 value and is steadily rising as he is inside the top-20 over the past two weeks. He has the potential to be an early-round guy, so fantasy owners should could only hope that this hot streak lasts for the rest of the season.

  • Jusuf Nurkic - C - Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic triple-doubled while taking only six shots in Wednesday's 129-112 dismantling of the Cavs, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks in 28 minutes of action.

    It's Nurk's first career triple-double and the first one compiled by a Blazer since Nic Batum way back in 2014. The big man has been absolutely rolling of late, as weird blip on Monday aside, and looks poised to surpass his lofty ADP. He's posting numbers right on line with his previous career-bests in most categories while also shattering his personal high mark from the free throw line, hitting at .741 despite being a .642 career free throw shooter. Let the good times roll.

    Source: Jason Quick on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard, initially questionable to play, showed no signs of a right hand strain in Wednesday's win with 33 points, six assists and four triples on 11-of-19 from the field.

    The Blazers could've opted to give Dame the night off against the lowly Cavs but he was only out for light work in his 32 minutes anyway. He predictably cooked an awful team and while the nights won't always be this easy, there's never much reason to worry about Lillard. C.J. McCollum added 19 points and a pair of triples.

  • Maxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber put up seven points with two 3-pointers, four steals and one block in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

    He has stream potential while he is starting and could have an increase in value if Dennis Smith Jr. is ultimately traded. He has been a top-80 player over the past two weeks and worth an add if he is available in your league.