Dalton Del Don

  • 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 look ahead: The Fantasy Five

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 11 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.

    A quick reminder: Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means a full day of basketball that starts at 11:00 am PST, so get your lineups set early.

    Hassan Whiteside: Over the last six games, he’s averaged 12.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. He’s averaged 2.1 bpg while playing just 15:44 mpg so far this season, so while now starting and looking at much more playing time, it’s safe to project Whiteside to be among the league leaders in blocks from here on out. It’s a joke he’s owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, as he should be started in 100 percent of them right now.

    P.J. Tucker: He’s scored double digits in just three of the past eight games, but Tucker has quietly been a top-75 player over the past two months. Moreover, the Suns play four games in Week 13, all at home and include a matchup with a Lakers team that ranks No. 27 in Defensive Efficiency. Tucker is owned in just 27 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.

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  • Big Board: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook fantasy studs again

    Dalton Del Don at Yahoo Sports 11 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:  Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK; Derrick Rose, PG, Chi; Kobe Bryant, GF, LAL;  Roy Hibbert, C, Ind; Al Jefferson, F, Cha; Deron Williams, PG, Bkn; Brook Lopez, FC, Bkn; Dwyane Wade, G, Mia; Joakim Noah, C, Chi; Andre Drummond, FC, Det; Dwight Howard, C, Hou; Thaddeus Young, F, Min; Trevor Ariza, GF, Hou; Rajon Rondo, G, Dal

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

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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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  • NBA Stock Watch: Jeff Teague is rising while Derrick Rose continues to fall

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    Jeff Teague: He’s been on fire of late, averaging 23.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.4 3pt while shooting 52.1 percent from the field over the past five games. Teague has improved his PER in all six years he’s been in the NBA, including a 22.31 mark this season that ranks No. 16 in the league. That’s a trend going in the right direction, as his True Shooting Percentage (59.5) is a career high as well. The point guard has helped lead the Hawks to an impressive 26-8 record, as Teague has been a top-20 fantasy player over the past two weeks, and there’s little reason to sell high here.

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    This alley oop by Klay Thompson was nice, but his dunk on Kevin Durant in the same game was even better.

    Here are the best bloopers from December, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Kemba Walker rising, LeBron James falling

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    Kemba Walker: After taking a huge leap during his sophomore campaign (going from being ranked No. 173 as a rookie to No. 32), Walker took a step back last season (when he ranked No. 60), but he’s rebounded nicely so far this year, once again coming in as a top-50 player (No. 23 over the past month). Over the past two games, Walker has averaged 35.0 points, 5.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 3.5 3pt, so few players are currently hotter. His 3.7 AST:TO ratio is second only to Chris Paul (minimum 20:00 mpg), and his Usage Rate will sky rocket as long as Al Jefferson is out with his groin injury (Walker has attempted a whopping 53 field goals, including 20 from downtown as well as 22 free throws, over the past two contests). Despite the shaky shooting, Walker is throwing his name in as one of fantasy’s elite point guards. 

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    Here’s DeMarcus Cousins with a vicious slam on Mason Plumlee

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Blake Griffin rising, Kobe Bryant falling

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    Blake Griffin: After a slow start to the year (partially due to an illness), Griffin has been on a tear, averaging 22.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a whopping 6.3 assists over the past six games. Those 6.3 dimes are more than Damian Lillard, Mike Conley and Kyrie Irving have averaged this season. Griffin currently sports career highs in apg (4.4), FT% (73.1) and Usage Rate (28.3) with a career-low Turnover Ratio (8.1), as the 25-year-old continues to improve (although to be fair, his Rebound Rate has dropped every single year of his career). The Clippers have the third-best Offensive Efficiency in the NBA to go along with the No. 1 Effective Field Goal Percentage and No. 1 True Shooting Percentage, so this offense is arguably the best in the league, thanks in no small part to Griffin. His fantasy value is only going to continue to climb from here on out.

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    Here’s a sick Rudy Gay dunk over Serge Ibaka. “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball!”

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Tony Romo and a look around the league in Week 16

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Andrew Luck might very well be listed as the No. 1 QB by most entering 2015, but he finished with 109 yards and a 0:2 TD:INT ratio in the fantasy championship before getting benched in a game that had an O/U of 55+ points. It was actually fitting for Week 16, when many fantasy “stars” struggled, as the finals became something of a battle of attrition...Give DeMarco Murray credit for playing through pain, even if he gained just 58 yards on 22 carries (he at least scored)...The fake punt called by Indy was brilliant. The execution, not so much...With T.Y. Hilton inactive and Reggie Wayne one step from retirement, Donte Moncrief looked like a great sleeper in Week 16. Instead, he totaled five yards on three targets (which was still better than Dwayne Allen, who pulled down zero of his three targets)...Tony Romo threw four touchdowns on 20 attempts (Brandon Weeden added another on one throw), completing a remarkable 90.0 percent of his passes while getting 10.9 YPA. Romo has an 18:1 TD:INT ratio over seven games ON THE ROAD this season, and Dallas held the Colts to one rushing yard Sunday. The Cowboys are no joke and are a threat to come out of the NFC.

  • 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).

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