Dalton Del Don

  • NBA Stock Watch: Kevin Love on the rise, Roy Hibbert falling

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    Kevin Love: After a slow start to the season, he’s settled in with his new team in Cleveland, averaging 19.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.1 3pt over the past nine games. Love is getting his fewest ppg (17.6) since his sophomore campaign back in 2009/10 and his fewest rpg (10.1) since his rookie season, which makes sense considering he’s sharing the court with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving now. Love’s Usage Rate (20.0) is way down and his lowest since his rookie year. Despite that, Love has remained a top-25 player this season, including being a top-10 value over the past two weeks. The Cavs are still figuring it out, and Love has to make some sacrifices (he’s attempted 5.7 fewer FG attempts and 2.7 fewer FTA per game this season compared to last), but he’s clearly going to remain an elite fantasy property regardless.

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    This shot by Cory Jefferson might be the worst in the history of the NBA (the announcers’ excuse is pretty great).


  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Dez Bryant and a look around the league in Week 15

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    Dez Bryant secured 6-of-7 targets for 114 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He was tough at the goal line and a little deeper as well...Tony Romo became the first player in NFL history to throw three touchdowns with no interceptions in four straight road games. In fact, he has a 15:0 TD:INT ratio over his previous five road games, as the Cowboys remain undefeated away from home (7-0) on the year...The Eagles punted down 11 points with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter...Those who banked on Philadelphia players during the critical Week 15 of the fantasy playoffs watched a team score 27 points with Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews account for zero touchdowns.

    I hate to be judgmental but yes, I do find this “weird.” 

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  • NBA look ahead: The Fantasy Five

    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. Enes Kanter: After averaging a double-double in March and finishing with an even bigger April (15.0 ppg and 12.8 rpg) last year, Kanter looked like a breakout candidate this season. Instead, the 22-year-old got off to an extremely slow start, and all the preseason talk about him launching threes has resulted in a total of seven so far on the year. However, the big man has turned it around of late, as he's been a top-50 player over the last two weeks and has upped his season FG percentage to 53.3 (despite attempting 1.1 threes per game). Moreover, Derrick Favors left Utah's last game with an ankle injury (which resulted in Kanter attempting 17 field goals) that might sideline him a while, and the Jazz play four games this week. Kanter is owned in a modest 62 percent of Yahoo leagues and could be a sneaky start. Mason Plumlee: He's averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor over the past two games, and Brook Lopez remains sidelined with a lower back strain. There's no...

  • NBA Stock Watch: Pau Gasol is on the rise, while Derrick Rose continues to fall

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    Pau Gasol: After a couple of down years during his last two seasons in Los Angeles, he’s bounced back in a big way in Chicago. Gasol’s 20.1 ppg is the third highest of his career, while his 11.9 rpg is his most ever. Over the last six games, he’s averaged 22.0 points and 14.7 boards. The Bulls are known for their defense, but the team also has a top-10 PACE this season, and Gasol’s Rebound Rate (18.6) is the best of his career. He’s been the No. 11 fantasy player so far, which makes him easily one of the best draft day bargains, although he was posterized by Cody Zeller last week

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    Kris Humphries: He’s averaged 12.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over the past four games. Humphries’ fantasy value is reliant upon Nene Hilario’s health, but the latter continues to battle injury issues, putting the former firmly on the radar.

    This Kirk Hinrich foul was inexplicable


  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking T.Y. Hilton and a look around the league in Week 14

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    T.Y. Hilton has scored six times over his past six games and saw a whopping 19 targets during Sunday’s win over Cleveland, when he hauled in nine catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns during the second half. Joe Haden is a bit overrated (Pro Football Focus graded him basically average in coverage entering this game), but the Browns have allowed just 6.4 YPA this season, which is tied for the third lowest in the NFL. Hilton is on pace to finish with 1,594 yards and nine touchdowns during the year of the short receiver. He’ll be a top-10 WR on all draft boards in 2015...Hard to believe Josh Gordon hauled in 2-of-7 targets for just 15 yards with Vontae Davis inactive...The Colts have 13 fumbles over the past three games, which is pretty insane considering they’ve managed to win all of them....Reggie Wayne somehow turned eight targets into five yards.

    To call this person the worst driver ever would be an understatement

    I’m not at all familiar with the WWE, but “CM Punk” joining the UFC is intriguing. Moreover, it was a good card Saturday night, although I lost money on Johny Hendricks, who lost a controversial decision.

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Le'Veon Bell and a look around the league in Week 13

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    One game after rushing for 204 yards, Le’Veon Bell ran for 95 yards and a score and also secured 8-of-11 targets for 159 receiving yards, which means he gained a whopping 254 yards from scrimmage on fewer than 30 touches. Bell entered the week as Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 ranked running back, and his performance Sunday certainly didn’t dispute that. Bell is now on pace to finish with 2,252 total yards and seven touchdowns...Drew Brees entered with an 8:5 TD:INT ratio on the road this season, but he tossed five scores with zero picks in Pittsburgh despite somehow targeting Jimmy Graham ZERO times. The Saints were coming off a three game losing streak all at home, so this victory was huge, especially since the NFC South remains so wide open. Brees has gotten 9.4 YPA with an 8:1 TD:INT ratio over the past two weeks, so don’t go writing him off as a top fantasy QB just yet...Kenny Stills has totaled 260 yards over the past two games and has scored twice over the past three contests. There’s no question he’s become New Orleans’ No. 1 WR. 

    Here’s yet another pretty great “Key & Peele” sketch

  • NBA Stock Watch: Bradley Beal moving up, Andre Drummond down

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    Bradley Beal: He’s back after missing the start of the season with a wrist injury, and despite coming off the bench, Beal has been a top-35 fantasy player (on a per-game basis). He’s unlikely to continue shooting better than 50.0 percent from the floor, but he’ll join Washington’s starting five soon and looks like a budding star. The third-year guard averaged 19.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.5 bpg and 1.5 3pt over the final month last season, giving a glimpse of the kind of upside Beal possesses.

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    Mo Williams: With Ricky Rubio sidelined for multiple weeks with an ankle injury, Williams has become Minnesota’s starting point guard after rookie Zach Levine failed during his brief opportunity. Over the three games since joining the starting five, Williams has averaged 13.3 points, 9.7 assists and 1.7 3pt. He’s a must-own as long as Rubio remains out.

    Here’s Brandon Knight missing a wide-open layup at the end of overtime


  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Odell Beckham Jr. and a look around the league in Week 12

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    Wide receiver used to be one of the toughest transitions to make as a rookie, but the 2014 class has disproven that, with Odell Beckham Jr. leading the way (Mike Evans is right there too, admittedly), as the No. 12 pick of this year’s draft has totaled 537 receiving yards and four touchdowns over the past five games after missing the start of the year (and most of the preseason) while dealing with a hamstring injury. Sunday night’s effort featured him grabbing 10-of-11 targets for 146 yards and two scores, including one that’s indisputably the catch of the year. Beckham became the first rookie WR to record 10 receptions and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin in 2003 (and just the third ever to do so). He’s a weekly top-12 fantasy WR without question...DeMarco Murray has run for 100 yards or more in 10 of 11 games...Rashad Jennings saw 10 targets and should be viewed as a top-10 fantasy RB down the stretch...The Cowboys are the only team undefeated on the road this season...If only Tony Romo was “clutch.” 

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

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    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.


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

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    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