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Fantasy Basketball Week 6 (1/29 - 2/4)

Pickup of the Week: Kemba Walker (70% Yahoo) - 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists (16 points, 7 rebounds 4.6 assists last 5 games) Teams Playing 5 Games: Detroit Pistons (4-17) - The Pistons are the proud owners of the worst offense in all of the NBA.  Ok so maybe they are not proud but they do have a back-back-back to look forward too with 3 road games starting in Milwaukee and ending against the Knicks and Nets.  After a night off they get to host the Bucks and Hornets.  Greg Monroe is still having a breakout season and is averaging 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds on the season.   Rookie Brandon Knight has been giving fantasy owners a little bit of everything putting up 13 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists a night.  Over his last 5 he has raised his averages to 14, 4 and 4. Memphis Grizzlies (10-9) - Memphis has lost 3 in a row after winning 7 straight.  They are averaging just 86 points/night during this losing streak.  With matchups against the Spurs, Hawks, Thunder and

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Fantasy Basketball Week 5 (1/22 - 1/28)

1/27 - Andrew Bogut has a fractured ankle and there is no timetable for his return .  Just like Eric Gordon, unless you have a roster spot for Bogut, its time to let go.  At the moment, Samuel Dalembert is the only top 25 center who is under 80% owned, so if he is available he should be your first option.  After that you have Emeka Okeafor(76%), Boris Diaw??(74%), and DeJuan Blair(59%).  The Bucks have yet to play since the news, but it would make sense for Drew Gooden to see most of Bogut's minutes.  Gooden is just 20% owned in Yahoo leagues so he is also a solid replacement.  But do not expect a fast start as tonight they face the Bulls in Chicago, before hosting the Lakers on Saturday. 1/26 - Eric Gordon is set to miss at least 3 more weeks .  With this news, unless you are in a dynasty league, or have an IR roster spot, IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON.  Gordon, when playing, is nearly impossible to replace via the waiver wire, but there are no other options.  6 weeks from now the seas

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Stat Grabber - Andrew Ericksen

The Stats We Like STATLINE OF THE WEEK Marc Gasol - 1/21 vs Sacramento 8-11 Field Goals, 1-1 Threes, 3-3 Free Throws, 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 blocks, 1 steal, 0 turnovers In an absolute shellacking of the Kings, Marc filled the stat sheet in every way possible, even hitting his first three of the season. The standout stats are obviously the 6 blocks and 8-11 field goals, but notching 5 assists with 0 turnovers is something you've got to love. He’s ranked above his brother right now for the season, and rightfully so. Despite the absence of league MVP D-Rose, the Bulls keep on rolling, entering the week with a league-high 15 wins. On the other end of the spectrum, the Wizards found their own star point guard putting on quite the show this past week, leading to the team's second win, a shocking victory over Oklahoma City in which Wall posted 25, 8, and 7. But we've got lots of other stats to cover from 1st place Chicago to 30th place Washington and everyone

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Stat Grabber - Andrew Ericksen

Stats We Like Ok Kobe, we get it. You're still one of the league's best and I don't think anyone's talking about those sore wrists or whatever anymore, but how about the battle for Los Angeles?  Clippers showing some feistiness with Chris Paul going off big time! Paul, Bryant and Durant were the top 3 in yahoo standard per-game scoring this past week, but a nice couple additions to the top ten this week. We had Greg Monroe posting his first career 30 point effort and Kyle Lowry coming back from injury in a big way.  If you're looking for some key players to watch or just for some general stat-facts, Stat-Grabber's got the answers for you: 172   That Kobe guy can score. With 40 or over in 4 straight now, Bryant has tallied a whopping 172 points in a blink of an eye.  Coming off his lowest points per game total since 2004 last season, there were a lot of doubters out there, but Kobe's loving the opportunity to prove them all wrong. 21, 8 Thank you Rick

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Fantasy Basketball Week 4 (1/15 - 1/21)

The first month of the NBA season has provided little excitement with poor offensive performances, and many injuries to big name players.  Much like the NFL had the shortened offseason workouts due to the lockout situation, the NFL saw a ton of star players miss multiple weeks as well.  While I believe this is just bad luck, it is not unreasonable to say that the lockouts hurt both leagues. Pickup of the Week: Gerald Henderson (70% owned Yahoo) - 14 points, 5 rebounds, (3) 20 point games, 45% field goals Past His Prime? Channing Frye (88%) - 9 points, 7 rebounds, 23 minutes, 35% 3pt, (1) 15 point game Teams Playing 5 Games: Denver Nuggets (8-4) The Nuggets continue to prove why you ALWAYS trade your superstar who is telling you he will not re-sign!  Danilo Gallinari is having his best season scoring 17 points a game.  We mentioned him as a breakout star this season and we hope you paid attention!   A home game against the Jazz is followed by a 4 game East Coast road trip aga

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The Franchise Changer - Jon Matthews

When Steve Carell left The Office, we all thought it was over. NBC made an unbelievable decision to have Will Farrell replace him for a few episodes and then had James Spader take on the full-time position. This move was franchise changing. It changed the culture of the show from a comedic standpoint, as well as retaining most of their current fan base. When things start to get stagnant, or a period of adversity is reached, a franchise changing decision is the boom or bust move that determines the success or failure in your future. In this case, it is clear that James Spader (Or Ed Helms for that matter) is not meant to sit in the office for the now very famous role of Michael Scott. The Jets have just had the most disappointing season since Ryan’s tenure began. As usual, Rex Ryan kicked off the year with his Super Bowl aspirations. Where he went wrong was giving both Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes captain tags. They were the most immature players on the team, and they hurt more tha

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They Drippin' Swagu! - Jake Magnusson

It's early I know, but I see some teams looking to pop. The Sixers, Magic, Hawks, Celtics, Blazers, Spurs, Suns, and Jazz are feelin it. Led by Marcin “The Martian” Gortat averaging 12.7 ppg, Phoenix is making the sun come out in January. The Suns have kept the scoring going while playing stingy defense. Eight players are averaging almost 10 pts. per while Gortat and Markeef Morris swallow up 13 of 42 rebounds per game. Reenergized by new cast members, the Suns could potentially challenge for a playoff spot. The chippy Utah Jazz  are causing problems for teams looking for an easy win. Jazz and mean do not belong together in a sentence, but tell that to Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. The two bouncers push you around all game on both ends of the court and when they want to take a break they kick it out to Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. The inside out action wears down opponents and the task becomes that much more brutal when teams have to scratch and fight for rebounds to stay

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Fantasy Basketball Week 3 (1/8 - 1/14)

1/13 - When I looked last night, Zaza Pachulia was only 8% owned in Yahoo leagues.  This morning he is up to 12%.  He is a SOLID replacement for the injured Al Horford who is pretty much out for the season.  As a starter in his career, Pachulia has averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds while getting 28 minutes.  If you are looking for other options check out Anderson Varejao(76%) and Amir Johnson(60%). Pickup of the Week: Jeff Teague (70% owned Yahoo) - 11 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 46% shooting Past His Prime? Lamar Odom (85%) - 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 29% shooting, 17% 3pt Team Playing 5 Games: Charlotte Bobcats The are currently the worst defensive team in the league giving up over 105 points/game.  With games against the Knicks, Hawks and Warriors this week, you can expect them to continue to be the leagues worst defensive squad.  That being said, they have 6 guys avg 10 points a night and newly acquired Byron Mullens has avg 14 pts the last four contests on 53% sh

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Stat Grabber - Andrew Ericksen

STATS WE LIKE: 60.1 LeBron James's field goal percentage through 8 games - 12 percent higher than his career average.  Only attempting one three pointer on the year so far, I wouldn't be surprised if this number remains pretty steady throughout the season. 42 Amount of three point attempts through eight games from Timberwolves F/C Kevin Love, shooting at 40.5% from deep.  He put up a similar percentage last season but attempted 2.9 a game as opposed to the 5.25 clip he's at so far this season.  Great news for Love owners. 7.01 Blocks per 48 minutes for Celtics rookie C Greg Stiemsma, leading the league (next two are Biyombo at 5.2 and McGee at 4.8).  His minutes have been too inconsistent so far to highly consider him as an option, but with fragile big men Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox being the only other Centers at Boston's disposal, keep an eye on Stiemsma, who had a whopping 6 blocks in his 20 minute NBA debut against New Orleans.

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Fantasy Basketball Week 2 (1/1-1/7)

1/6 - Hornets Eric Gordon to miss 2-3 weeks with knee issues.   This isn't really news for Gordon owners as he has played in just 2 games for the Hornets.  But if you are struggling and need to replace Gordon, I would look to trade him before dropping him.  If your league does not have a roster spot for injured players you should move him asap.  There are too many games played per week in this shortened season. 1/4 - Grizzlies PF Zazh Randolph has a torn MCL and could miss up to 8 weeks!   Memphis is close to acquiring Marreese Speights in a 3 team trade but he is not the answer for your fantasy team.  Clearly ZBo is a top PF and replacing him is nearly impossible, but here are a couple of players that can keep up: Al Harrington (74% owned Yahoo) - Playing for the high scoring Denver Nuggets, Harrington has been a nice surprise early on.  15 points and 6 boards never hurts your fantasy team.  Plus he is one of the few PF/C who can drain the 3. Jonas Jerebko (43%) - The kid fr

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