Dalton Del Don

  • NBA Stock Watch: Nerlens Noel is rising while Kyle Lowry is falling

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    Nerlens Noel: Since the All-Star break, he’s averaged 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.7 blocks over six games, a span in which he’s been the No. 8 ranked fantasy player despite hitting zero three-pointers and shooting 42.3 percent from the floor. Noel is 20 years old and a rookie coming off missing an entire year while recovering from a major injury, so it’s impressive he’s been a top-10 fantasy player over the past month despite seeing a modest 31.5 mpg while playing for a Philadelphia team that has by far the worst Offensive Efficiency in the NBA (the 76ers come in at 92.0. The next lowest is Charlotte at 97.8). Noel is going to be drafted in the top 2-3 rounds next year.

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    This Alexey Shved shot (pass attempt?) might be the worst I’ve ever seen

    Here’s “Jiggly Boy” returning to Kevin Garnett’s approval

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  • The Fantasy Five: Start Avery Bradley, bench Tony Parker

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Avery Bradley: He’s been the No. 5 ranked fantasy player since the All-Star break, when Bradley has averaged 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 3pt and an NBA high 3.2 steals over five games. Bradley has been a top-25 player over the past month (the Rajon Rondo trade helped, and his Usage Rate will only rise now with Jared Sullinger out for the year). Boston has the fourth-highest PACE in the NBA and plays four games in Week 19, all against teams that rank in the bottom-10 in Defensive Efficiency (Cle, Uta, N.O., Orl), making Bradley, who’s still available in more than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, a legitimate start this week.

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Rudy Gobert is rising while Patrick Beverley is falling

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    Rudy Gobert: He’s averaged 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 4.0 blocks over two games since Enes Kanter was traded to the Thunder. Gobert has been the No. 63 ranked player this season despite averaging a paltry 6.8 ppg and 21:55 mpg. The upside here is through the roof for the 22-year-old, as Gobert has averaged 4.0 blocks over nine starts, a role in which he’s now locked into in Utah as the future of the franchise. He’s been the No. 27 fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis this season and will only continue to improve. Gobert is going to be a fantasy monster.

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    Luol Deng: He’s played well over the last two weeks, getting 16.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.8 bpg and 1.8 3pt while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line, a span in which he’s been a top-50 player. Deng could easily hold that value over the rest of the season, as Chris Bosh is out for the year and Dwyane Wade continues to battle injuries. Deng’s True Shooting Percentage (58.2) is a career high.

  • The Fantasy Five: Start Alex Len, bench Arron Afflalo

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Alex Len: Fully recovered from his ankle injury, Len has averaged 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks over two games since the All-Star break. Most importantly, he’s seen nearly 35.0 mpg over this span, which is significant considering the young big man has gotten 1.6 bpg this season despite getting just 20:41 mpg. Staying out of foul trouble will remain key (Len is tied for the 10 th most fouls in the NBA this year despite the low minutes played), but there remains clear upside for the 21-year-old. Not only is Miles Plumlee gone but so are Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, leaving a whole bunch of Usage Rates to be replaced. Len is owned in fewer than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, although that number is sure to change, as he’s been the most added player over the past couple of days.  

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  • Big Board: Curry, Thompson solid gold

    Dalton Del Don at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy basketball players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis.

    DROPPED OUT:  Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte; Gorgui Dieng, FC, Minnesota; Nicolas Batum, GF, Portland; Goran Dragic, G, Phoenix; Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver; Brandon Jennings, PG, Detroit

  • NBA Stock Watch: Tyreke Evans is rising while Goran Dragic is falling

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    Tyreke Evans: With Jrue Holiday sidelined, Evans has taken on a much bigger role as a facilitator in the Pelicans’ offense, averaging a whopping 9.4 assists over the past 10 games (only John Wall and Ty Lawson have averaged more over this span). Moreover, the career 27.4 percent shooter from downtown has hit a three in 13 straight contests, as Evans has been a top-50 fantasy player over the past two weeks. His Usage Rate (26.0) is the second highest of his career and would only rise if Anthony Davis were to miss time with his scary looking shoulder injury (get well soon Brow!).

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    Mitch McGary: He’s gotten 18.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg over the two contests without Steven Adams, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor over that span. McGary is no lock to even enter the starting five, but Adams is expected to miss at least the next three weeks, so if you’re desperate for rebounds, it would make sense to take a flier on the rookie big man.

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  • NBA look ahead: The Fantasy Five

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 24 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules. Something to note: Leading up to the All-Star Break, every team in the league plays either one or two games this week.

    Devin Harris: With Rajon Rondo sidelined throughout the All-Star Break, J.J. Barea has moved into the starting lineup, but it’s Harris who gets the bigger fantasy boost. While the former has shot an ugly 37.0 percent (20-of-54) from the floor with just one steal in five games since Rondo went down, the latter has averaged 2.6 3pt and 0.6 blocks with a 4:1 AST:TO ratio. Harris has been the No. 53 ranked fantasy player over the past week yet is owned in only 12 percent of Yahoo leagues. Assuming his recent ankle tweak isn’t serious, he should continue to see a nice increase in minutes and Usage Rate in Week 16, when both of Dallas’ opponents rank in the bottom-half in Defensive Efficiency (moreover, the Mavs are one of only two teams to play an NBA-high three games in Week 17).

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  • NBA Stock Watch: D.J. Augustin is rising while Dwyane Wade is falling

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    D.J. Augustin: With Brandon Jennings out for the season with an Achilles injury, Augustin becomes Detroit’s new starting point guard. Over four starts this season, he’s averaged 18.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.3 3pt while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 90.0 from the line. Three of those four starts came when Josh Smith was still on the team, while the other was Sunday’s huge performance (35 points, eight assists, 12-20 FG with five threes). Those numbers are obviously unsustainable, but Detroit has played far better since Smith’s departure, and Basketball Monster projects Augustin to be a top-100 player over the rest of the year. He’s currently owned in just 54 percent of Yahoo leagues, which should rapidly increase.

    Here’s Kevin Durant posterizing Marcin Gortat

    Here are the 76ers somehow missing five shots inside two feet within five seconds

    Here’s Kyle Korver dunking! 

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  • NBA Stock Watch: DeAndre Jordan is rising while Rajon Rondo is falling

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    DeAndre Jordan: Over the past month, Jordan has shot a hideous 34.8 percent from the free throw line. The only player to hurt fantasy owners in the category more over that span is Andre Drummond, yet despite this, Jordan has been a top-50 player during this stretch. That’s because he’s been so good on the glass, grabbing 13.9 rpg while swatting 2.3 bpg over this span. He leads the NBA in rpg (13.4), FG% (71.5) and ranks second in bpg (2.3). He also has 20+ more dunks than any other player in the league. If you’re punting free throw percentage, Jordan has been the third most valuable fantasy player so far this season.

    Alex Len: Over the past five games, Len has averaged 10.6 boards and 1.2 steals. Over the last nine contests, he’s averaged 2.9 blocks. Len’s playing time remains inconsistent, and the 21-year-old is hardly a volume scorer at this stage of his career, but those in need of rebounds and blocks should look no further.

    Here’s Nikola Vucevic posterizing Pau Gasol

    Here’s Florida’s Devin Robinson mildly overestimating his dunking ability

  • NBA Stock Watch: Andrew Wiggins is rising while Dwight Howard is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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    Andrew Wiggins: The No. 1 overall pick wasn’t even a top-200 fantasy player over the first two months of the year but has turned it on of late, averaging 21.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the line over the last seven games, a span in which he was the No. 17 ranked fantasy player while becoming just the third teenager in NBA history to score 20 points in six straight contests. Minnesota has the sixth-highest PACE in the league, and Wiggins has clearly turned it around after a rough start to his NBA career.

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    Eric Gordon: Back in action for the first time since November, Gordon has immediately been reinstated into New Orleans’ starting lineup, and he’s hit three three-pointers in each of the past three games. Gordon is worth an add if you need help in treys, and his value would further increase if Jrue Holiday’s recent ankle injury proves serious.

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