Dalton Del Don

  • NBA Stock Watch: Rudy Gay moving up, Al Jefferson down

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    STOCK UP

    Rudy Gay: He was a top-50 player after getting traded to Sacramento last season and has been a top-15 asset so far this year. His 22.5 ppg and 3.5 apg are both career highs, as his Usage Rate (25.4) is among the top-30 in the league. The Kings are off to a surprising 6-4 start and in the upper half in Offensive Efficiency (103.8), and Gay has been a big reason why. He’s unlikely to keep up quite this pace, but there’s also no glaring reason to try to sell him high right now.

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    Jimmy Butler: He was a popular target in the middle rounds of drafts with plenty predicting a breakout but few could’ve foreseen him being a top-10 player. Butler has exploded, averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 3pt with an excellent 64.3 True Shooting Percentage. He’s quickly become a top fantasy option and should continue to be one of the focal points of Chicago’s offense, especially with Derrick Rose continuing to be plagued by injuries.

    STOCK DOWN

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Jonas Gray and a look around the league in Week 11

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Jonas Gray was an undrafted free agent completely off the fantasy radar entering the year. After Stevan Ridley suffered a season-ending injury and preseason favorite James White failed to live up to the hype, Gray has emerged as New England’s primary “big back,” culminating in 199 rushing yards and four touchdowns Sunday night. He has just one target (with no catches) on the year, and New England’s game plan changes from week-to-week more than any other team in the league, so he’s hardly going to be a reliable fantasy star moving forward. Still, Ridley scored 19 touchdowns over 30 games during the past two years in this role, so Gray is firmly in the fantasy mix, especially with so many question marks at the running back position right now (he had 38 carries Sunday while the rest of NE’s backs combined for one)...The Colts' loss was costly, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Dwayne Allen left hurt. As long as the latter is out, Coby Fleener would be a top-10 tight end.

    Here’s Pat Sajak losing his mind during some pretty terrible “Wheel Of Fortune” guesses

  • Big Board: Davis dethrones the King

    Dalton Del Don at Yahoo Sports 9 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. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today!]

    DROPPED OUT:  Ryan Anderson, FC, New Orleans; Eric Bledsoe G. Phoenix; Goran Dragic, G, Phoenix; Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte; Chandler Parsons, PF, Dallas; Monta Ellis, PG, Dallas; Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota (ankle)

  • NBA Stock Watch: DeMarcus Cousins continues to impress

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

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    DeMarcus Cousins: Everyone expected him to take another leap toward stardom this year, but to the extent at which he’s done so early on has to have fantasy owners excited. He scored 30 points and grabbed 11 boards in 22:29 minutes during a blowout last week, which is about as impressive as it gets. Boogie has attempted 9.7 free throws per game, making 77.9 percent of them, which are both career highs. The 24-year-old’s upside is through the roof if he simply stops fouling so much, as he’s committed five or more in five of seven games. Cousins has somehow been a top-15 fantasy player despite averaging just 30:29 mpg.

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    Evan Fournier: Many questioned Orlando when they dealt Arron Afflalo for Fournier (and a second round pick and some cap relief), but so far so good, as he’s averaged 16.0 ppg and 1.9 3pt while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. His value will take a hit once Victor Oladipo returns to action, but Fournier is well worth an add in all deeper fantasy leagues right now.

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  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Aaron Rodgers and a look around the league in Week 10

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Aaron Rodgers had six touchdowns with zero picks at halftime, finishing with 315 yards (11.7 YPA) and a 145.8 QB Rating. His monstrous performance would have been even bigger, but Rodgers didn’t play a snap after the 10:48 mark in the third quarter thanks to a 45-0 lead. It was a truly epic performance. Rodgers is now up to an NFL-high 8.7 YPA mark with a 25:3 TD:INT ratio. He’s a strong candidate as the league’s MVP...Jordy Nelson has 259 receiving yards with four scores over two games against the Bears this season. He also has a TD catch for at least 59 yards during every home game...Chicago has given up 106 points over its past two contests...Mike McCarthy challenged a three yard catch on first-and-10 while up 48-7.

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    Here’s your annual Jimmy Kimmel prank in which he has parents tell their kids they ate all their candy

  • NBA Stock Watch: Kobe Bryant on the rise

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

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    Kobe Bryant: He looks healthy, and while Bryant may be resting many fourth quarters during blowouts, he’s clearly going to have to take on a major role for this depleted Lakers team, even at age 36 and with so many miles on his legs. In fact, Bryant’s Usage Rate (35.3) is second only to Russell Westbrook this season and would tie his career high set back in 2005/06. He’s going to be incredibly frustrated while playing for a Los Angeles team that threatens to finish last in the West, but Bryant is going to continue to put up big fantasy stats, and he now looks like a bargain compared to his ADP.

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    Here’s Larry Sanders nearly dunking on his own basket

    Here’s a Suns Dinosaur Prank

    Here’s Nerlens Noel with a pretty ridiculous block on James Harden

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  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Tom Brady and a look around the league in Week 8

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 27 days ago

    Tom Brady had as many incompletions (five) as he did touchdown passes. After failing to throw multiple TDs in each of his first four games, he’s posted a 14:0 TD:INT ratio over his past four contests, getting 8.8 YPA. He sure looks to be “back,” as does Rob Gronkowski, who secured all nine of his targets for 149 yards and three scores. The tight end is now on pace to score 14 TDs...Gronk, Brandon LaFell and Tim Wright somehow hauled in all 27 of their targets, which went for a combined 334 yards and five touchdowns. LaFell should be considered a top-20 fantasy WR moving forward...Matt Forte has scored six touchdowns over the past four games and is quietly on pace to finish with 116 catches and 980 receiving yards...The Patriots had the ball five times in the first half, which resulted in four touchdowns and a field goal (to go along with a defensive score), including three TDs over the span of 57 seconds late in the second quarter. New England would also score a touchdown during its first drive of the second half...Jonas Gray should be owned in all leagues at this point...Here’s Lamarr Houston hurting himself while celebrating a sack against a backup QB when his team was down 25 points late in the fourth quarter. 

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Russell Wilson and a look around the league in Week 7

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Russell Wilson had a monster performance Sunday, becoming the first player ever to post 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards in the same game and sure doesn’t look like he’ll miss Percy Harvin. Wilson is on pace to finish with 872 rushing yards, and after running for one score over his previous 19 games, he’s scored on the ground in three straight. Wilson became the first QB to eclipse 40 fantasy points this season, and if Seattle’s recent struggles carryover, it would actually be a good thing for his owners…Tre Mason is officially the back to own in St. Louis. He’d be my No. 1 waiver wire priority in Week 8. Zac Stacy, meanwhile, saw one snap and can be dropped in all leagues…The surprising Harvin trade means Doug Baldwin gets a huge upgrade. He won’t be a top-20 fantasy WR in this system but should be plenty useful in deeper formats…The Rams entered with one sack on the season yet recorded three over the span of five snaps Sunday…I’m not sure which St. Louis special teams play was more impressive, this one or this one.

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Colin Kaepernick and a look around the league in Week 6

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Colin Kaepernick threw for 343 yards, got 9.5 YPA and posted a 120.5 QB Rating with a 3:0 TD:INT ratio. He also added 37 yards on three carries (he leads the NFL with 242 rushing yards among quarterbacks), and his day could’ve been even bigger had this not happened. Kaepernick was terrific, and his touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin was ridiculous…Austin Davis is an intriguing player, and he and the Rams looked good early on (San Francisco had allowed 20 points during the first quarter in the previous five games combined before yielding 14 on Monday night), but a questionable offensive PI penalty and an ensuing 80-yard TD catch by Brandon Lloyd on third down with 14 seconds left in the first half helped propel the 49ers to a comeback victory…Brian Quick had three touchdowns over the past two games and had seen at least nine targets in three of the team’s four games this season before disappearing Monday, when he hauled in one of four targets for just 10 yards…I wouldn’t worry too much about Quick, but owners of Zac Stacy certainly have reason to panic. His 2.1 YPC can be excused facing a tough 49ers run defense, but Stacy’s eight rushing attempts were just one more than Benny Cunningham (who scored at the goal line during the team’s opening drive) and also just three more than Tre Mason, who wasn’t inactive for the first time in his career. Stacy has been given more than 12 carries in just one game this season and is no longer a reliable weekly starter…Lloyd got 80 yards per target in this game…The Rams are the first team ever to record just one sack through five games. This is a team that had 53 sacks last year (the third most in the NFL) and added Aaron Donald with the  No. 13 pick in the draft. Chris Long is hurt, but this is still pretty bizarre. Three of St. Louis’ five games have been at home, and after racking up 19.0 sacks last season, Robert Quinn has yet to record a single one this year…The 49ers were the only team yet to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter before their pick-six with 53 seconds left.

  • Fantasy Fallout: Kevin Durant out 6-8 weeks

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Kevin Durant has suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot, which will sideline him 6-8 weeks, although this timetable isn’t concrete since it’s unclear if he’ll require surgery or not. It sounds like at best, he’ll miss the first month of the season, with a real chance his absence will extend beyond that. It’s rough news for fantasy basketball’s No. 1 player.

    According to Basketball Monster, over the past two seasons the difference between Durant and the No. 2 player (LeBron James), has been equal to the difference between James and the No. 6 player (Anthony Davis), and that’s on a per-game basis (Durant has missed a total of two games over this span). Durant won the scoring title and league MVP last year, and no player is a bigger help to free throw percentage in fantasy terms.

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