Dalton Del Don
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
After missing the first nine games last year with a broken hand, Kevin Love struggled when he returned, shooting just 35.2 percent from the field, including 21.7 percent from behind the arc. Despite averaging 18.3 ppg and 14.0 rpg (which would have easily led the league had he qualified), Love was just the 171st most valuable fantasy player on a per game basis. He only managed 18 games before re-fracturing his right hand, ending his season right after the new year. Fantasy owners (rightfully) were unconcerned with the lost season, as Love was drafted aggressively entering this year, often in the top-five, and he’s rewarded those in a big way so far, as offseason surgery completely fixed the hand issue. Love leads the NBA with 22 double-doubles, and the big man has been especially impressive of late, averaging 27.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg and 3.7 3PT in December. He now has more 40-point games (five) than Kevin Garnett had during his entire tenure in Minnesota. Love also has seven games of 25 points and 15 rebounds this year. To put that into perspective, Dwight Howard has one such game. Love will never be a very good shot blocker, but it’s hard to argue with someone leading the NBA in rebounds per game while also averaging 4.0 apg and a whopping 2.5 3PT who’s center eligible. Love leads the league with 21.1 rebounding chances per game, but his contested rebound percentage (39.4) is higher than Howard (34.5), DeMarcus Cousins (33.3), Nikola Vucevic (32.4) and LaMarcus Aldridge (30.1). In other words, Love may be getting a high volume of opportunities on the glass, but he’s as efficient or better than most of the league-leaders in the category - the true standouts here are Roy Hibbert (48.1), Anthony Davis (46.3) and Andre Drummond (45.6). It all counts the same in fantasy anyway, where Love is currently the No. 5 ranked player, and that’s without considering position scarcity.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade4 days ago
The Eagles, who’ve typically played better on the road than at home over the past couple of years, were near touchdown favorites while riding a five-game winning streak facing a Vikings team that entered with just three wins on the season and without Adrian Peterson. Philly ended up losing 48-30, as Matt Cassel completed 74.3 percent of his passes while getting 10.9 YPA with two touchdown tosses (and a TD run). Cassel has proven to be an above average backup quarterback this season, making Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman look like low-end QB2s…Nick Foles was shaky at times but again ultimately filled the stat sheet, which is all that matters to fantasy owners. The QB threw for 428 yards and three scores (and a two-point conversion), also leading the Eagles with 41 rushing yards. Foles has a 26:2 TD:turnover ratio with a 9.0 YPA on the year, making him the NFL’s biggest surprise of 2013, both in real life terms and fantasy…Matt Asiata rushed 30 times for just 51 yards, but he also scored three touchdowns, which is three times the amount of TDs Adrian Peterson has scored since Week 10. Fantasy football is a cruel game…One week after rushing for a career-high 217 yards, LeSean McCoy was given eight carries against a Vikings front seven that entered having allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Although he did add 68 receiving yards…Where did that come from, Greg Jennings?…DeSean Jackson had a huge game, hauling in 10-of-16 targets for 195 yards and a score. He could’ve had another touchdown on a reverse run (on 4th-and-1 no less) had Foles not committed an unnecessary personal foul penalty. Jackson is on pace to finish with 86 catches for 1,457 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade10 days ago
Kyrie Irving was the 13th most valuable fantasy player on a per game basis last year, and he entered 2013/14 as a borderline top-five pick. The biggest worry, of course, was durability, as after missing most of his one year at Duke the point guard had missed 38 of a possible 148 games over his first two seasons in the NBA. That makes his start to this season so bizarre, as he’s stayed healthy yet entered Tuesday’s action as the 116th ranked fantasy player, with such luminaries as Steve Blake and Jason Smith directly above him. Irving is 21 years old (six months younger than Michael Carter-Williams!), so it wasn’t exactly a stretch to expect further growth in his game this season let alone him not to take such a major step back. Irving’s numbers have been down pretty much across the board, but the most glaring issue has been his field goal percentage, as after shooting 46.9% and 45.2% over his first two years in the league, respectively, he’s at 39.4% this season (this actually dates back to the end of last year, when he had a 36.1 FG% over the final month). He’s struggled both from outside (he shot 39.4% from downtown over his first two years and is hitting just 30.4% of his triples in 2013/14) and inside (Irving’s 155 drives are the eighth-most in the NBA, and he’s shooting just 37.6% on them). Still, he’s so young, quite obviously highly skilled and currently has the third-highest Usage Rate (29.9) in the league, so Irving is more of a buy low (if possible, which is questionable) than someone to panic over right now. Hopefully Tuesday’s big game (37 points, 11 assists, four threes, 14/23 FG) was a sign of things to come, although it was against a porous Knicks defense.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade11 days ago
Matt McGloin had an impressive 3:0 TD:INT ratio during his first career start, which came in Houston against a Texans defense that ranked first against the pass at the time (at least if you used total yardage against, which admittedly isn’t the best method). Since then, he’s arguably been even better, as he’s gotten 8.2 YPA over the past three games, taking just three sacks over that span. One game came against a Tennessee secondary that entered Week 14 having allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL, while another came in New York on Sunday, when the Raiders lost their 13th straight game in the Eastern Time Zone while playing without the team’s No. 1 WR and top two running backs. Teammate Terrelle Pryor (who saw some action Sunday) and Case Keenum are two recent examples of why not to overreact to small samples of a quarterback getting off to a hot start, but McGloin has had an encouraging beginning to his NFL career…Geno Smith tossed a TD for the first time since Oct. 20…Facing a Jets front seven that has allowed an NFL-low 3.1 YPC, Marcel Reece ran for 123 yards and a score on just 19 carries, adding another 38 receiving yards on two catches. Reece was highly productive when he was Oakland’s primary ballcarrier for a stretch last season and would be a high-end RB2 for fantasy purposes during the rest of the fantasy playoffs should he continue to be so, although early word suggests Rashad Jennings will return in Week 15…Here’s Chris Ivory doing Chris Ivory things.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade18 days ago
Over his last seven games, Geno Smith has posted a 1:11 TD:INT ratio. Over that same span dating back to Week 6, Maurice Jones-Drew has thrown as many touchdown passes as Smith. The rookie QB has also fumbled eight times this year and sports a very poor sack percentage. It’s been ugly, as Smith was benched for Matt Simms on Sunday. The Jets will likely again select a QB early in next year’s draft. Those who own the Panthers defense have to be salivating, as they have a home matchup against New York in Week 15…With Daniel Thomas out for the year, Lamar Miller was given a season-high 22 carries (he had reached 15 rushing attempts just twice all year), and it’s best to ignore his modest 72 rushing yards, as the Jets have allowed an NFL-low 2.9 YPC (the next best is 3.5). Miller has been frustrating and hasn’t scored since Week 4, but if he’s going to be treated as a workhorse like he was Sunday moving forward, he can be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs, especially with a home matchup against a Patriots team that yielded three TD runs to Ben Tate on Sunday in Week 15. Tate was playing with four broken ribs, was benched last week and entered with one touchdown on the year…I bumped Chris Ivory up late in my fantasy ranks this week, but it didn’t pan out as he ran for just 61 yards on 12 carries, which would have looked much worse if not for one 32-yard carry…Mike Wallace has recorded 12 catches (on 19 targets) for 209 yards and two touchdowns over the past two games, as he’s finally being utilized like the No. 1 WR Miami has been paying him to be. Although to be fair, his effort to prevent a Ryan Tannehill pick in the middle of the second quarter was pretty pathetic, and it’s possible Dee Milliner thought he was playing flag football here…Over his last six games, Stephen Hill has grabbed 6-of-25 targets, getting a microscopic 1.7 YPT over that span, while Ed Reed has an 0-10 record while playing this season.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade18 days ago
LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to average 26 ppg, 8 rpg, 7 apg while shooting over 55% from field last year, and it’s hard to complain about his performance so far this season. He’s a non-big man shooting a ridiculous 59.8 percent from the field, also making 80.6 percent of his free throws (both career highs). But James’ 5.8 rpg are his lowest since his rookie campaign, while his 3.5 tpg are his most ever. Most glaringly, The King’s 1.1 spg and 0.4 bpg are both by far the lowest of his career, which maybe shouldn’t be all that surprising considering how many minutes he’s played over the past three seasons, when he’s totaled 67 playoff games while never averaging fewer than 41:47 mpg. Despite the sharp drop in steals/blocks and rise in TOs, James has still been the fourth most valuable fantasy player while also posting the league’s highest PER. So in summation, James has conserved some energy after playing way too many minutes recently but is still scoring 26.2 ppg despite attempting more than two fewer field goals per game than any other season in his career, thanks both to a career-high 48.1 percent mark from downtown and also this silly shot chart, which highlights how James has made 100/134 shots from within eight feet this season, which doesn’t seem fair. Moreover, his 6.3 apg lead the NBA among all non-point guards. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you James is good at basketball, but it’s worth noting how his game has transformed over the course of his career.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade25 days ago
Cam Newton got 2.8 fewer YPA than Ryan Tannehill, yet Carolina won on the road anyway. Of course, Newton also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, as he’s now turned in three straight performances with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter (it’s probably no coincidence Ron Rivera has gone from one of the most conservative coaches to “Riverboat Ron” during the same span in which the Panthers went from one of the worst teams in games decided by seven points or fewer to one of the best)…Mike Wallace’s big game could’ve been even bigger (he somehow nearly hauled in a long TD with just seconds left in the fourth quarter with Carolina in full prevent mode), as Miami finally targeted him downfield multiple times…Newton’s stats would have looked a lot better had Ted Ginn not dropped a would-be 68-yard touchdown early in the third quarter on a perfectly thrown pass…With 12:09 left in the third quarter and in their own territory, the Panthers went for it on 4th-and-1, resulting in a first down run by Newton. Riverboat Ron is no joke. Looking at their schedules, the Panthers could conceivably get the NFC’s No. 2 seed even if they just split their two upcoming games against the Saints.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade25 days ago
Monta Ellis has thrived in Dallas’ system this year, as he’s so far proven those who questioned the signing wrong. He’s actually committing a career-high 3.9 tpg, but that’s been accompanied by 23.6 ppg with crazy efficiency, something typically not a part of Ellis’ game. After shooting 43.3 percent and 41.6 percent from the floor during the past two seasons, he’s at 49.4 percent this year. Put differently, Ellis is averaging 4.4 more points per game this season despite attempting fewer shots. Getting to the free throw line has also been a big reason why, as Ellis is averaging a career-high 7.4 FTA this season. Few guards are attacking the rim as much as Ellis, as a whopping 46.0 percent of his shots have come within eight feet of the basket. Ellis has been the No. 16 ranked fantasy player in eight-category leagues, but he’s been plenty valuable in both. Since he’s taking so many shots from in close (and attempting 1.4 fewer 3pt per game compared to last year) while drawing so many fouls, it’s hard to call Ellis’ start a fluke, so he’s more of a “hold” than a “sell-high” in fantasy terms.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, but his 47-yard run was actually disappointing, as the old Rice would have likely scored. Moreover, take that one aside (in which he had a gaping hole), and he got 3.5 YPC, which would still actually be a season high...Over his first eight games this season, Torrey Smith averaged 88.4 receiving yards (a season’s pace of 1,414) while scoring just one touchdown. Over his past two games, he’s averaged 39.0 yards while recording two touchdowns. Go figure…Over 10 games after signing a monstrous contract, Joe Flacco now has a 6.5 YPA with a 13:13 TD:INT ratio. Pro Football Focus has him graded as the 33rd QB this season…Alshon Jeffery has seen 29 targets over the past two games and also has five rushing attempts over that span, so he’s quickly become one of the most utilized receivers in the NFL. Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett got more receiving yards Sunday than Brandon Marshall despite seeing eight fewer targets (2 vs. 10).
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Roy Hibbert got off to a painfully slow start last season, as he shot just 41.4 percent from the floor before the All-Star break. The big man has turned things around since, however, as he shot 50.8 percent from the field after the All-Star Break and played extremely well in the playoffs, when he averaged 17.0 ppg and 9.9 rpg against the NBA’s top competition. Hibbert’s strong postseason performance has carried over into 2013/14, as while his scoring is back down to his career level (11.7 ppg), Hibbert has double-doubled in three of his past five games, and his 4.76 bpg leads the league by a wide margin. In fact, it’s a full block more per game than any other player. Hibbert, who’s currently a top-30 fantasy player, anchors an Indiana interior defense that has allowed an NBA-low 48.0 FG% on shots within five feet. He’s attempted 10 shots or more in four of his past five games after failing to do so once over the season’s first five contests, so hopefully his scoring will go up moving forward. Either way, Hibbert has become the league’s premier shot blocker and is a fantasy beast as a result.