Dalton Del Don

  • Fantasy baseball high-risk/high-reward players: Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez and others

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Bryce Harper: He’s a 22-year-old with a career 125 wRC+, which is why his ADP (31.9 in Yahoo leagues) remains high despite never reaching 60 RBI or surpassing 22 homers in any of his three seasons in the league. Harper also attempted just four steals in 100 games last season, as his base running took a major step down in general. He’s missed an average of 53 games over the past two years, which has barely discounted his price tag thanks to the past hype of him as baseball’s best prospect. Still, massive upside obviously remains and count me among those who’d be willing to take on the risk as early as round two. Matt Williams has said he might even bat Harper in the middle of the Nationals lineup this season, which is really thinking outside the box.

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  • The Fantasy Five: Start Anthony Morrow and be skeptical of the Spurs and a future star

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 8 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.

    Anthony Morrow: Over the last 10 days, Morrow has averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and a whopping 4.2 3pt while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. It’s a six-game span in which he’s been the No. 14 ranked fantasy player despite seeing just 27.7 mpg. Morrow is somehow owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, but he’s going to be a major part of a Thunder team that’s going to miss Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka down the stretch. Oklahoma City plays an NBA-high four games in Week 22 as well.

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    Here’s Derrick Williams throwing it down

    Here’s John Wall with a sick 360 move

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Enes Kanter is rising while Andrew Wiggins is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

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    Enes Kanter: Over the last five games, he’s averaged 19.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line, a span in which he’s been a top-50 fantasy player. The near seven-foot Kanter continues to disappoint as a shot blocker, but he’s flourished since joining Oklahoma City and should only put up bigger numbers with Serge Ibaka undergoing knee surgery. Even when Kevin Durant returns, Kanter is going to be a major part of the Thunder’s offense, and he’s still available in more than 25 percent of Yahoo leagues. Steven Adams also gets a fantasy boost with the Ibaka injury, as he’s now starting and has gotten 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg over the past two contests.

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    Brandan Wright: He had 18 points and 11 boards in 37-plus minutes of playing time during Sunday’s win over the Knicks. If Alex Len’s ankle injury proves serious, Wright would be a must add. He’s been the No. 16 ranked fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis this season.

  • The Fantasy Five: Start Jusuf Nurkic and a look ahead for the playoffs

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 15 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.

    Jusuf Nurkic: He returned to action Saturday after missing more than two weeks with an ankle injury, and while he saw less than 10 minutes while coming off the bench, Nurkic is a big part of the future of a Denver team devoid of talent. He’s averaged 8.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks over 22 starts despite seeing just 22:56 mpg this season. Over the last three months, Nurkic has been the No. 27 fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis (when he got 1.8 spg and 2.5 bpg), so he could be a monster down the stretch if given a chance, which isn’t out of the question considering new Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt recently said he’s going to “unleash him.” Nurkic is owned in just 21 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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  • Case for taking Clayton Kershaw with second overall pick in fantasy drafts

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    You don’t need me to tell you Clayton Kershaw is good at pitching, but I will argue he should be the obvious No. 2 pick in fantasy drafts this year. After finishing with a 1.77 mark last season, Kershaw became the first pitcher to ever lead the majors in ERA in four straight seasons. He also became the first hurler to win 21 games in just 27 starts since 1880. Kershaw allowed more than three runs in one start last year, a season in which he gave up a total of three unearned runs despite the Dodgers ranking in the bottom five in errors.

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    But I’m not here to denigrate McCutchen, who’s clearly a star worthy of a top pick (although I’d personally gamble on Miguel Cabrera ahead of him). I’m here to implore you to take Kershaw No. 2. In fact, I say there’s a better argument for him to go first than third.  

  • NBA Stock Watch: Russell Westbrook is balling while Deron Williams is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

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    Russell Westbrook: There are a few things to cover here, as Westbrook is currently on a tear few have ever matched. Since Kevin Durant went down aggravating his foot injury, Westbrook has averaged 34.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 3pt over eight games. As insane as that stat line is, the fact three players (Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard) have been more valuable in 9-cat leagues over that span might be even crazier. This is of course thanks to RWB shooting 43.5 percent from the field and committing a whopping 5.1 tpg, as sometimes a (unheard of) 38.1 Usage Rate (that’s only increased with KD sidelined) has its downside. But still, he’s obviously been the most valuable player of late in 8-cat leagues, and there’s been no player more fun to own than Westbrook recently in any format. Can he win the MVP while already missing 15 games?

    Here’s Otto Porter playing some of the worst defense you’ll ever see

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  • 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 29 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

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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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 1 mth 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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