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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 10-30-2012

by jarepo on 10/31/2012 12:35:05 AM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 10-30-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.

Anderson Varejao put up the line of the night capped off by 23 rebounds! He was just shy of a triple double as he also had 9 points and 9 assists - oh yeah, and 2 blocks! He won't do this every night, but wow!


Players who got a Double-Double
LeBron JamesPoints(26) Rebounds(10)
Pau GasolPoints(23) Rebounds(13)
Rajon RondoPoints(20) Assists(13)
Dwight HowardPoints(19) Rebounds(10)
Chris BoshPoints(19) Rebounds(10)
Brandon BassPoints(15) Rebounds(11)
Tristan ThompsonPoints(12) Rebounds(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
Rajon Rondo13

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Anderson Varejao23
Pau Gasol13

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Trevor Ariza3
Dion Waiters3
Mario Chalmers3
Darren Collison3
Ron Artest3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Emeka Okafor4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
Anderson Varejao38

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Kevin Garnett5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Kevin GarnettRatio (0.8000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (2) Turnovers (5)
Jason TerryRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Kobe BryantRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)


Fantasy Basketball Draft Preparation ZOMBIE NIGHT edition

by ja on 10/29/2012 5:01:28 PM

This last weekend I participated in an event called Zombie-Night at my favorite local firing range (RangeUSA.com). The premise of the event is that the firing range is one of the last uninfected areas and is now serving as a training facility for Zombie Anhilation Teams. It's a good time because you get to get to shoot at moving zombies in an "under duress" type environment. The lights are turned low and loud music and noises are all around. There are zombie creatures coming toward you and local police / sheriff volunteers are standing behind you barking out orders and yelling terror inducing things while also hollering for you to "wait for it... wait for it... wait for it... SHOOOOOOT!" On top of that you're being pushed from from station to station with each station having a different type of firearm for you to acclimate to.

Oh my gosh! It was a really fun time! I went with my wife, her dad and brothers, and some friends. Before you go through you get a quick HOWTO lesson on each firearm that will be present. They spend a lot of time showing you how to use the flashlight attachment on the shotgun so you can see clearly what you're shooting at when you get to that station. They really TRY to help you be successful before they throw you in there... but once you're in there it's up to YOU to perform.

Now, it was fun, but it was also a lesson! The "under duress" portion I mentioned above made for a really big difference in everyone's shooting accuracy and speed. Some of us were using firearms we'd never handled before. We were being yelled at (by people who had practice yelling)! It was dark. We wanted to stay alive and to be the best. It was honestly a stressful (in a fun way) environment, but it didn't have to be so stressful and we didn't have to perform as poorly as we did. How might we have done better?

Well, let me contrast our experience with the guys who were behind us in line. They were getting ready for their second trip through the event. They didn't have any doubts about what was going to happen. They were able to tune out all the noise. I think they did way better the second time through than they did the first time through. They were not AS flustered by the barking of orders, the scary scenes on the video, the loud music, etc. They were better able to tune out out the extra stuff and do exactly what they came there to do... kill zombies.

So what does this have to do with fantasy basketball? Drafting, son. That's what. It's about preparing for your fantasy basketball draft before you get to it. Preparation isn't always fun, but it is important. You simply must prepare for the fantasy draft if you want to draft well rather than simply survive the event.

SignAndTrade has fantasy basketball draft kits to help you draft. Every little bit of preparation helps and sometimes just knowing that you are prepared is enough to keep the seconds from running off the clock too quickly. I've drafted where I got down to the last 10 seconds and froze! I ended up with the highest rank player according to Yahoo!, but not according to my rankings. That was my mistake and preparing would have prevented me from making that mistake.

For those of you that are interested in taking your game to the next level we've also written an entire fantasy basketball strategy guide to help you during each phase of the fantasy basketball season! It's useful and it'll keep you from getting are weirded out like I did when we moved from the pistol station to the AR15 station. Oh I didn't tell you about that!

So we changed stations from pistols to AR15. I picked up my AR15 and i fiddled and fiddled and fiddled trying to turn on that darn light attachment that was supposed to be on the AR15. I couldn't even find it! Then I remembered, oh crap it was the shotgun that had a light mounted on it! I managed to still survive, but I'll honestly never forget the feeling of not being able to find that light when I needed it.

We've got a lot of tools for fantasy basketball players here at SignAndTrade.com and even some of our tools have subsections to them! For example, our draft kit has multiple sections to it. It is ALWAYS a good idea to leave yourself some time before you draft to make sure you know your tools and all of the attachments available and how / when to use them! It's how you
stay alive in the fantasy basketball world - or atleast how you survive the first salvo of the season.

How do you go about preparing for your fantasy basketball drafts? Let us know in the comments!

Postdraft review - Fantasy Basketball Draft Strategy Review and Performance Testing

by ja on 10/21/2012 2:21:32 PM

As mentioned in my fantasy basketball strategy guide, Drinking And Drafting, the best time to review your draft performance
is immediately after a draft. So here I am, walking the walk. I just finished a fantasy draft and I wanted to go over a couple of things while they are fresh in my mind.

The league for this draft is a 12-team, 9-cat league. It is one of the GMTR readers leagues and
it's looking like it's going to be lots of fun and some good competition.

If I had to grade my performance I'd give myself a B for this draft. Perhaps even a B minus. I'll start off with the things I did wrong and then discuss what my strategy actually was and how I went about gauging my success when it was over..

Here are a few of things I did wrong:

1) I missed out on 2 of my targeted sleepers! During the draft I couldn't remember one's name and just completely forgot about the other. The one I forgot about was Drummond (rookie). The one whose name I was unable to think of was Jonas Valanciunas (rookie). Missing sleepers is bad enough…. missing them because your notes were bad / lacking… there's really no excuse for that. The only saving grace is that they are both rookies and I already had rookies (as we'll see in 4).

2) I knew about the injuries and still drafted 2 injured players. One was Dirk Nowitzki, and the other was Avery Bradley. Both of these guys should be back pretty soon, but I'm likely looking at being short two guys for 4 weeks. This decision could end up being a pretty big deal for me in a bad way if my gamble does not pay off. One of them can be replaced on the waiver wire (Beal), but Dirk's value won't likely be recoverable if he doesn't play by January.

3) I only drafted 2 SG. And worse, one of them was one of my two injured guys. This means that unless I make some moves I'll have only one SG on my team and that there will be many nights each week where I have an empty lineup spot at the SG position. The problem is real and I may have to address it sooner rather than later.

4) I drafted two rookies even though I knew better. Rookies are notoriously unreliable and make it a general rule to leave them along. The bad side is I got rookies. The good side is I got the two I would want.

My strategy -

I went into the draft not knowing my draft position - it ended up being #2. I got LeBron James and that put me into "all around" mode - that is, I decided to go neither big nor small and to instead attempt to be pretty good at almost everything.

Tools I used while drafting -

When I was younger I took martial arts. As I advanced in skill our classes became smaller and sometimes classes were more discussion / strategy based than physical training focused. During one of our training sessions the instructor asked us if we were approached by 5 angry looking individuals who made their intent to harm us clear how we would handle the situation. The scenario precluded an option to escape so we had to choose how best to fight. Some people thought the best thing would be to position oneself to face off with the least scary looking individual. After dispatching that person we would have only 4 left to defeat and they could be picked off one by one. It seemed reasonable enough at first, but it is not the best solution. My instructor suggested a different idea. He believed it would be in our interest to quickly determine who the likely strongest opponent would be and to zero in on removing them from the equation as quickly as possible. The reasons that you want to fight the most powerful opponents right away are plentiful. One is that you will want to engage with the best while you are still fresh and while they haven't had a chance to get a clue for how you fight. Another is that you gain an immediate psychological advantage in that first meeting. Minions will tend to be discouraged when a leader is defeated, and you will gain extra confidence to carry you through the rest of the trial knowing the the hardest is likely already behind you.

In this draft I decided to follow the same logic. I looked at the group of drafters and picked the one that I thought would be the most formidable. I chose Patrick from GMTR. With that decided it was just a matter of keeping an eye on him and making sure I built a team that could beat his. So, what I did all during the draft was I used the SignAndTrade.com fantasy basketball trade analyzer. With each pick I added the player to the trade analyzer and reran the analysis. This allowed me to see which areas I was strong in (compared to my chosen opponent) and which areas I needed to improve in to be competitive. It also allowed me to see which categories my opponent seemed to be focusing towards building.





In the end I think the draft went OK. I've included screenshots of the trade analyzer input and output so you can see how I used it.

I couldn't classify the draft as great because I definitely made some mistakes, but in general I did what I set out to do. According to the team comparison tool I'll be able to hold my own (projected to win) when I meet up against the team belonging to the manager that I believe to be the most capable. This may not mean I can beat everyone, but it is reasonable to think I can beat the majority - assuming I chose my target well.

In a future writeup I'll discuss all the various tools I used during the draft in addition to the trade analyzer. Do you have any tools or strategies you find useful? Let's hear about them!

Fantasy Basketball Performances for 10-13-2012

by jarepo on 10/14/2012 3:27:30 AM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 10-13-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Andre DrummondPoints(19) Rebounds(10)
Tristan ThompsonPoints(18) Rebounds(10)
Nikola PekovicRebounds(17) Points(16)
Enes KanterPoints(14) Rebounds(14)
Joakim NoahPoints(14) Rebounds(13)
Anderson VarejaoPoints(11) Rebounds(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Nikola Pekovic17
Enes Kanter14
Joakim Noah13

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Nate Robinson4
Al Jefferson4
C.J. Miles3
Rodney Stuckey3
Monta Ellis3
Marquis Daniels3
Marvin Williams3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Larry Sanders5
Tristan Thompson4
Tobias Harris4
John Henson4
Derrick Favors4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Jannero Pargo6
Nikola Pekovic6
Brandon Knight6
Jordan Crawford5
Pau Gasol5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Jared SullingerRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Alonzo GeeRatio (0.6667) Assists (0) Steals (2) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Tyler ZellerRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (3)
Kim EnglishRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Jon LeuerRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Pau GasolRatio (0.4000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (2) Turnovers (5)
Andray BlatcheRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Joakim NoahRatio (0.2500) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Nikola PekovicRatio (0.1667) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (6)
Greg MonroeRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Brian CookRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Damien WilkinsRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)
Corey MaggetteRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)


Fantasy Basketball Performances for 10-07-2012

by jarepo on 10/10/2012 10:50:47 PM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 10-07-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
None

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Jordan Crawford3
Kemba Walker3
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist3
Ray Allen3
Jeff Teague3
Ron Artest3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Al Horford4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Trevor Ariza6
AJ Price5
Ramon Sessions5
Norris Cole5
Terrel Harris5
Damion James5
Greivis Vasquez5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Damion JamesRatio (0.8000) Assists (3) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
AJ PriceRatio (0.6000) Assists (1) Steals (2) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
Norris ColeRatio (0.6000) Assists (2) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
Brendan HaywoodRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (1) Turnovers (4)
Trevor ArizaRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (6)
Anthony MorrowRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Robin LopezRatio (0.2500) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Rashard LewisRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
David LeeRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)


Fantasy Basketball Performances for 10-06-2012

by jarepo on 10/10/2012 10:49:38 PM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 10-06-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
None

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Eric Bledsoe5
Matt Barnes4
Andre Iguodala3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Tywon Lawson6
Eric Bledsoe5
Matt Barnes5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Kenneth FariedRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Corey BrewerRatio (0.3333) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)


NBA Fantasy Draft strategy regarding rookies

by ja on 10/2/2012 12:41:38 AM

In our draft kit you'll notice something peculiar when you look at our rankings. There are NO rookies ranked. I explain why this is so in some detail in my book and in the draft kit itself, but here it is again... the short version.

Below is a listing of the top performing drafted rookies for the previous several years and their average efficiency during their rookie year. Derrick Rose’s 17.1 made him the 59th ranked player overall his rookie year. Brook Lopez (17.4 eff) ended up in a three way tie for 57th ranked. Tyreke Evans played great and is still only ranked 33 based on his performance. All of these guys had numbers that were the best of all the drafted players in their rookie years. Even so, they are easily the exception to the rule when one of them manages to rank as one of the top 50 best players.

After the top 10-12 rookies (in NBA draft order) the vast majority of the rest don’t produce AT ALL - especially not from a fantasy perspective. And even those that do produce are usually not a good option for your fantasy team because they are so unpredictable regarding what and when they'll come through. There are some exceptions, and drafted position generally makes for a pretty good guide to determine who those will be . Even though we don’t rank them, utilizing the information in the draft guide, especially the player movement / team transactions, you may be able to make a good guess about which rookies will have the most OPPORTUNITY to make it big. I live by a pretty firm rule though. Rookies, other than #1 - #2 picks are simply to risky to draft... so I don't draft them.

For kicks, here's a breakdown of the rookies for the last several years and how they faired. The first table includes all rookies who managed a meager 8.0 efficiency. Then we weed them down to those getting 12.5 or more. Note that a 12.5 doesn't even put a player in the top 100 overall. We do this to drive home that rookies are highly unlikely to be the key to your teams success. for the most part.

Rookies that managed 8.0 eff
PlayerPick#EfficiencyRookie Year
Rose, Derrick (PG)117.12008
Beasley, Michael (SF,PF)212.92008
Mayo, O.J. (PG,SG)314.82008
Westbrook, Russell (PG)414.72008
Love, Kevin (PF,C)515.32008
Gordon, Eric (SG)713.82008
Augustin, D.J. (PG)910.82008
Lopez, Brook (PF,C)1017.42008
Thompson, Jason (PF,C)1213.62008
Randolph, Anthony (SF,PF)1410.72008
Speights, Marreese (PF,C)168.72008
McGee, JaVale (PF,C)188.02008
Anderson, Ryan (PF,C)218.92008
Lee, Courtney (SG,SF)228.12008
White, D.J. (PF)2911.12008
Chalmers, Mario (PG)3412.52008
Mbah a Moute, Luc Richard (SF,PF)3710.82008
Harden, James (SG)39.72009
Evans, Tyreke (PG,SG)419.62009
Flynn, Jonny (PG)611.02009
Curry, Stephen (PG)718.92009
DeRozan, Demar (SG,SF)98.22009
Jennings, Brandon (PG)1013.82009
Williams, Terrence (SG,SF)119.32009
Hansbrough, Tyler (PF)138.42009
Holiday, Jrue (PG,SG)179.42009
Lawson, Tywon (PG)189.52009
Collison, Darren (PG)2113.32009
Casspi, Omri (SF,PF)2310.22009
Gibson, Taj (PF)2613.12009
Douglas, Toney (PG,SG)298.32009
Blair, DeJuan (PF)3711.12009
Jerebko, Jonas (SF)3911.72009
Thornton, Marcus (SG)4311.72009
Budinger, Chase (SG,SF)448.52009
Wall, John (PG)118.12010
Turner, Evan (SG,SF)28.82010
Favors, Derrick (PF)39.42010
Johnson, Wesley (SF)48.62010
Cousins, DeMarcus (PF)515.22010
Monroe, Greg (C)714.72010
George, Paul (SG,SF)108.92010
Davis, Ed (PF)1313.02010
Patterson, Patrick (PF)148.92010
Bledsoe, Eric (PG)188.32010
Booker, Trevor (PF)238.62010
Crawford, Jordan (SG)278.42010
Fields, Landry (PG,SG)3913.72010
Irving, Kyrie (PG)117.72011
Williams, Derrick (PF)28.52011
Thompson, Tristan (SF)49.72011
Biyombo, Bismack (PF)78.92011
Knight, Brandon (PG)810.82011
Walker, Kemba (PG)911.42011
Thompson, Klay (SG)1110.22011
Morris, Markieff (PF)138.42011
Leonard, Kawhi (SF)1511.62011
Shumpert, Iman (PG)179.72011
Faried, Kenneth (PF)2215.32011
Brooks, Marshon (SG)2510.52011
Parsons, Chandler (SF)3811.62011
Thomas, Isaiah (PG)6012.62011


Rookies that managed 12.5 eff
PlayerPick#EfficiencyRookie Year
Rose, Derrick (PG)117.12008
Beasley, Michael (SF,PF)212.92008
Mayo, O.J. (PG,SG)314.82008
Westbrook, Russell (PG)414.72008
Love, Kevin (PF,C)515.32008
Gordon, Eric (SG)713.82008
Lopez, Brook (PF,C)1017.42008
Thompson, Jason (PF,C)1213.62008
Evans, Tyreke (PG,SG)419.62009
Curry, Stephen (PG)718.92009
Jennings, Brandon (PG)1013.82009
Collison, Darren (PG)2113.32009
Gibson, Taj (PF)2613.12009
Wall, John (PG)118.12010
Cousins, DeMarcus (PF)515.22010
Monroe, Greg (C)714.72010
Davis, Ed (PF)1313.02010
Fields, Landry (PG,SG)3913.72010
Irving, Kyrie (PG)117.72011
Faried, Kenneth (PF)2215.32011
Thomas, Isaiah (PG)6012.62011


Now, all of that said, I'd still consider drafting the one and two picks this year.
PlayerDraftedCurrent Team
Davis, Anthony (C)1New Orleans Hornets
Kidd-Gilchrist, Michael (SF)2Charlotte Bobcats


Davis will start, and he will likely block a lot of shots. In general blocks are valuable relative to other stats so he's likely worth a late grab. But let me try to help you out a little more. I saw a mock draft that had Davis ahead of Randolph. Please don't do this to yourself. Taken the proven player first and then gamble on the rooks a little further down. Gilchrist I'm not touching until the 10th round. It might mean I miss him, but I'm probably lucking out if I do and there are plenty of other rooks to make a mistake with if someone else takes him before I can.

In fantasy basketball it's all about how well you manage your team. Part of good management is putting solid performers out there and building a team that can win... not one that just has exciting players. If this years rookie class ends up looking anything like the average rookie class then it's in your best interest to just let the other guys make the mistake of drafting those rookies while you focus on more reliable options.

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