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Fantasy Basketball Week 14 (3/25-3/31)

3/31 - Jeremy Lin will miss the next 6 weeks after surgery.  He can no longer help your fantasy basketball team and needs to be dropped, if you have not done so already.   Linsanity is over! 3/28 - Amare Stoudemire is officially out 2-4 weeks.  He will not be able to help your fantasy basketball team any more this season.  He is to be dropped immediately if you have not done so already.  Let us know who is available in your league if you need to replace Stat. Jerryd Bayless will miss the remainder of the season with a Torn Oblique.  It really hurts me that I still have to say this but Goran Dragic is still just 68% owned.  He is a MUST ADD and should be on your roster if he is available.  3/26 - Nikola Pekovic is eyeing a Friday return.  If this does not happen, he could choose surgery, most likely ending his season.  It is time to officially move on from the big guy as every game counts from here on out, with most playoffs starting this week or next.  Over the past 2 weeks, Za

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March Madness 2012 - Breaking Down the Brackets

If you are not familiar with Profanity or daily fantasy sports, take a peak now! Saturday March 31 Final Four TV Schedule Louisville vs Kentucky 6:09pm EST on CBS Ohio St vs Kansas 8:49pm EST on CBS What did your Final Four look like before the tourny started?  Let us know in the comment section! Did You Know (Final Four)?        Pick Distribution         Popular Brackets 58% of the brackets selected Kentucky to win in the Final Four 18% of the brackets selected Kansas to win in the Final Four 12.9% of the brackets selected Ohio State to win in the Final Four 1.3% of the brackets selected Louisville to win in the Final Four East - Break down of each team Isn't is a law that the Vermont Catamounts have to make it to the Tournament?  I mean when was the last time they didn't play in the round of 64?  This is their 5 straight appearance after knocking off the Lamont Cardinals. Syracuse's FAB MELO IS INELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE TOURNY!   FIX YOUR BRACKETS

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Stat Grabber Spring Training Edition - Andrew Ericksen

You can’t take the numbers too seriously. After all, it’s just spring training, pre-season, the Florida baseball league where players are just warming up, trying to get their rhythms going before the 162-game stretch that will consume the next 5 months of their lives. That doesn’t mean that we can’t take a little peak at the progress of some of the top performers and players struggling at the bat so far this preseason. So Stat-Grabber’s got an eye out for the numbers that might be good to know. THE STATS WE LIKE: 10 – Amount of players hitting .400 or better so far this spring (minimum 35 at-bats). Some of the more important fantasy names amongst them: Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Howie Kendrick, Delmon Young, Dee Gordon, Chris Young and Hanley Ramirez. Young leads the pack of .400 hitters with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs while Dee Gordon’s 10 steals leads all spring training participants. Cain could be interesting to watch based on where he’s put in the Kansas City lineup and af

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Roster Moves Prior to Opening Day

Within minutes of every draft wrapping up there are moves made.  Sometimes its because you missed the beginning/middle/end of the draft and the computer auto drafted someone that you are not fond of, or was a 3rd shortstop.  Other people look back at their draft and say what the hell was I thinking?!  Well thankfully the waiver wire is always full of talent before the season begins.  Below are the top players from last season that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues.  If you are still looking to improve your roster before the season really begins, take a look! Fantasy Points are based on the following scoring system: Hitters: Singles - 1pt Doubles - 2pts Triples - 3pts Homeruns - 2pts RBI - 2pts Runs Scored - 2pts Walks - 1pt Stolen Bases - 1pt Pitchers: Win - 10 pts Innings Pitched - 2 pts Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt) Strike Outs - .5pt

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Advanced Fantasy Baseball: 2012 Closer Strategies - Finding Cheap Saves#links#links

This week alone we have seen Joakim Soria , Royals Closer, go down needing Tommy John Surgery , Ryan Madson , Reds Closer, also need TJS, and Drew Storen , Nationals Closer, has inflammation in his elbow but apparently no structural damage, he may not be available for the start of the season. That is enough to make almost anyone question the decision to pay market rates for saves. Original Story

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Brad Wolff: Time To Put The One-And-Done Debate To Rest

Following NCAA President, Mark Emmert's, halftime interview with Jim Nantz on Sunday, the engine was revved up again. The catalyst for the debate not worth debating: the never ending saga of the one-and-done in college basketball. A topic that has been thought provoking enough that Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari has had to continuously defend his means. Regarding John Calipari's usage of the one-and-done, Emmert defended the 53 year old coach saying, "Any coach who's using the rules and operating inside the rules to provide them with a competitive advantage is certainly within their prerogative." On his Final Four squad, the Kentucky coach has six freshman players, including player of the year candidate, Anthony Davis. Those six clocked 4,014 minutes played in the 36 games prior to their victory over Baylor, three hundred minutes more than last year's freshman class. In the interview on CBS, Emmert expressed his desire to amend the rule to at least

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Approaching Your Fantasy Baseball Auction Draft - Johan Lang

Can you believe that baseball is already around the corner? With the helter-skelter scheduling of the NBA shortened season, coupled with the fantasy basketball playoffs around the corner and March Madness on the horizon, baseball has been nothing more than a distraction for most fantasy owners. Spring training just kicked off its first leg of what will sure to be filled with intriguing sleepers, busts, and a slew of Buster Olney. As half your league prepares for the playoffs, others should begin focusing on how to approach the upcoming fantasy baseball season. So whether you are returning for yet another marathon baseball season, or entering your very first league, its important that you understand the Do’s and Don’ts of fantasy auction drafts. First off, let me preface this by saying that if Category leagues are the new Rotisserie, then Auction drafts are the new Snakes. Snake drafts are played out, while auction’s are not only much more fun and intense, but shows the true mettle

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Fantasy Basketball Week 13 (3/18-3/24)

3/22 - Kevin Martin's MRI revealed a tear in his shoulder.  He has missed 6 straight games and will continue to miss games.  Courtney Lee has been starting in place of Martin but is not the answer for your team.  Klay Thompson (49% owned Yahoo) is.  With Monta Ellis playing for the Bucks and Steph Curry still missing games, Thompson has taken full advantage of his new role.  18 points 2.5 rebounds and 3 assists over his last 5 games, that is nearly EXACTLY what Martin was averaging on the season, only Thompson's numbers are decimal points better! 3/21 - JJ Hickson has been picked up by the Portland Trail Blazers.  There will be plenty of playing time in Rip City for JJ.  Wait a game or two to see how they use him and then pick him up if you need help. 3/21 - Boris Diaw and the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed on a buyout.  It is unclear where he will sign but since he was cut before Friday, he is eligible for the playoffs.  Looks like the Celtics and Spurs are currently in the

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Fantasy Basketball Week 12 (3/11-3/17)

3/16 - NBA Trade Deadline Recap Dwight Howard is still on the Orlando Magic and will be there next season as well. The Wizards, Nuggets and Clippers completed a 3 team deal: Wizards receive Nene - Increase in fantasy value Nuggets receive JaVale McGee - Increase in fantasy value Clippers receive Nick Young - Increase in fantasy value The Portland Trail Blazers were involved in multiple deals Gerald Wallace was traded to the Nets - Increase in fantasy value Marcus Camby was traded to the Rockets - Value stays the same Stephen Jackson, who was just traded to the Warriors, was shipped to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson - Jackson's value increases, while Jefferson's value decreases.   I wouldnt own either player though The Lakers were involved in multiple deals as well acquiring Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill - Both players value increases but only Sessions' should be owned. Leandro Barbosa is now a member of the Indiana Pacers - Fantasy value decreases 3

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Go BIG or Go Home - Jake Magnusson

If sporting a bronze or silver trophy makes you happy there’s nothing wrong with that but, if you want to string together a few championships you need to start going the extra mile. Nothing wrong with having a little fun with your buddies but, why waste your time for three months playing with the hand the draft dealt you, when you could be a nerd for a few days a year and give make an actual run. Since you mean business you might as well treat it like one. The three P’s… preparation, planning, and players. This is your chance right now to create a Trade Debate Fantasy Basketball folder and add a few memos including this article. Make next year’s draft day party rock by peeking your file a few days before. Next Year’s draft should be epic since this year’s shortened season produced a new crop of ballers that will level the competition around your league. The evolution of the wingman has produced a number of premier scorers that have changed the game by exploiting teams that c

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Sophomore Midterm Grades

This year’s sophomore class has been less than stellar. Even as rookies most of them disappointed. While the sophomore slump has affected a majority of the players, there are a handful of 2nd year players who are taking full advantage of their minutes and have increased their efficiency this season. Warning: These players are not necessarily worth looking at for your fantasy team. Stats provided by Hoopsstats Valedictorian: Jeremy Lin – Only player with an efficiency rating increase greater than 10 "Linsanity" was short lived, but any basketball fan, especially in New York will tell you that they knew he was not a superstar by any means.  It was all media hype and put a ton of unnecessary pressure on the sophomore.  Lin has come back down to earth and so have his stats but this is where he will be from here on out.  Up to 15 points a night with the random 20 pt game thrown in and 7-10 assists a night.  he will continue to be a valuable fantasy player and a must own in

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Second Half Forecast: Can They Keep It Going? - Andrew Ericksen

Everyone loves a good sleeper, someone coming out of nowhere.  It's one of the best feelings when you either draft or pick up the key ingredient to a future playoff run.  Owners of these players have reaped the rewards of their statistical improvements this year, but should we expect these good times to continue? Jeremy Lin 2010/11 – 2.6 ppg, 9 minutes per game, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals 2011/12 – 14.4 ppg, 24 minutes per game, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals Since taking over the starting point guard spot, the increase in numbers has been even more drastic. Lin’s the biggest surprise story of the first half of the fantasy season, and the question on all Lin owners’ minds is whether or not the magic will continue.  In Carmelo’s first three games back, Lin put together two very solid fantasy outings and then got trounced by the Heat.  Miami put more pressure on Lin than he’s seen so far, and that could be a bad omen for things to come.  If teams take notes on how Miami constantly challe

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 - February Recap

The Oklahoma City Thunder boost the NBA's best record at 28-7.  How does that translate into fantasy basketball?  Well they were only team to have 4 of the top 50 players for the month of February.  Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka each had a great month and got into the top 50 in different ways.  Durantula ranked #1 in the month of February by scoring nearly 40 points more than the next best guy...Russell Westbrook.  On top of the points, KD35 also ranked top 10 in steals and defensive rebounds. Russell Westbrook ranked #4 and on top of his scoring spree, Westbrook added 30 offensive rebounds, 76 assists and 21 steals. 

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