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February/March Posting Schedule and Blog Status

Great National Championship game last night, Roll Tide!  Only 7 more months until we get to do it all over again!

I’m going to be turning my attention soon toward my fantasy baseball site, so the posting here on FBD will likely be targeted toward some keeper league articles, mid season rankings and some waiver wire articles every few days during February and March.  I’ll also be posting more frequently as the fantasy basketball playoffs approach in April, as well as some articles for cash games and tournaments over on FanDuel and DraftStreet (they also have baseball games at both sites).  I usually try to make the switch to baseball season preparation about this time every year.

It’s been a great season so far, but I’ve noticed over the past 5 seasons that most of the readership for the blog happens between September and January, with blog traffic really declining after New Year’s as the grind of daily fantasy sets in.  I really enjoy writing fantasy stuff for preseason draft preparation, as well as the first couple of months of the real season, but the February/March grind just really sucks for me, especially when I also enjoy writing fantasy stuff for upcoming fantasy baseball.  I just can’t do both blogs at the same time and it isn’t much fun to write when the blog traffic at FBD is low.  The draft articles and rankings are the most fun part of the sites for me, for both basketball and baseball, which is the big reason why I switch over to baseball in January.

If you guys want to follow the fantasy baseball blog, you can find it here:  Starting Pitcher Rankings.  The blog covers starting pitching for fantasy baseball and is set up much like the FBD blog.  It’s the first season on the new baseball blog, but I’m looking forward to it!

Good luck and I’ll see you guys every couple of days in February and March!

Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes, January 6, 2013

Only 5 games on the schedule today with the first game tipping off at 1:00 PM EST.  Don’t forget that FanDuel and DraftStreet H2H cash game and tournament rosters will lock early today.


Boston 89 @ Atlanta 91

Paul Pierce 3 of 8 from three, 26 points.
Rajon Rondo a triple-double, 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Jason Terry fading in fantasy value with the return of Avery Bradley, 2 of 8 for 4 points.
Courtney Lee getting hurt even worse, just 9 minutes.

Josh Smith 4 of 18 shooting for 12 points.  He did manage 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Al Horford 2 of 8 for 6 points.
Lou Williams could stick in the starting lineup the rest of the year, 9 of 12 for 28 points.
Kyle Korver 3 of 8 from three, 9 points.
Jeff Teague 7 of 14 for 17 points.


New York 114 @ Orlando 106

Carmelo Anthony 40 points on 29 shots.
Tyson Chandler double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Amare Stoudemire looking a little better, 17 minutes, 11 points and 4 rebounds.
Jason Kidd has been solid with Ray Felton out, 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Steve Novak 2 of 6 from three.

Nikola Vucevic keeps the double-doubles rolling, 11 points and 18 rebounds.
Jameer Nelson 29 points on 20 shots.
Arron Afflalo 29 points on 14 shots.
Hedo Turkoglu not looking like fantasy value this year, 1 point and 2 rebounds.


Milwaukee 80 @ Indiana 95

Larry Sanders has probably been the best waiver wire grab of the season, 12 points 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Monta Ellis 21 points on 19 shots.
Brandon Jennings 4 of 15 for 12 points.
John Henson got a big 26 minutes, 6 points and 13 rebounds.  Guys in keeper leagues should grab him.

Roy Hibbert with a big game, 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks.
George Hill 14 points on 16 shots.
Gerald Green just 2 of 10 for 7 points, 1 of 7 from three.
Paul George 6 turnovers.


Sacramento 93 @ Brooklyn 113

DeMarcus Cousins giving good effort, 28 points and 11 rebounds.  Maybe a trade soon.
Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas still in a timehare, 22 minutes for Thomas, 26 for Brooks.
John Salmons 3 of 7 from three.  He’s a good pickup if you need threes.
Francisco Garcia did nothing filling in for Tyreke Evans, 0 points and 2 assists in 21 minutes.

Brook Lopez just 17 minutes in the blowout, 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
Gerald Wallace with a poor game, 8 points and 4 rebounds.
Joe Johnson 15 points on 14 shots.
Deron Williams looking much better lately, 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.


Houston 112 @ Cleveland 104

James Harden 14 of 15 from the free throw line, 29 points.
Jeremy Lin 7 of 13 for 20 points, 5 assists.
Greg Smith a double-double and he should be on your radar in keeper leagues.
Patrick Patterson could move back into the starting lineup soon, 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Omer Asik an off game, 4 points and 6 rebounds.

Tristan Thompson really thriving with Anderson Varejao out, 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Tyler Zeller with a well rounded game, 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals.
Kyrie Irving 30 points on 24 shots.
CJ Miles starting and Dion Waiters coming off the bench, but fairly equal in minutes played.


Portland 102 @ Minnesota 97

Nic Batum 5 of 6 from three, 26 points.
JJ Hickson 1 of 10 shooting, 2 points.
Wesley Matthews looking healthy again, 5 of 7 from three, 26 points.
Damian Lillard 20 points on 14 shots.

Kevin Love broke his finger again, he’ll be out for awhile.
Nikola Pekovic suffered a hip injury, could miss time.
Dante Cunningham could be a huge waiver wire grab with Love out.
Andrei Kirilenko could go back to having big games with Love out.
Alexey Shved 1 of 11 for 2 points.


New Orleans 99 @ Dallas 96

Anthony Davis just 12 minutes.  The Hornets are 8-25, why mess with Davis’ head now?
AF Aminu 39 minutes and a double-double, 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Eric Gordon 14 points on 13 shots.
Greivis Vasquez almost another triple-double, 25 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.
Ryan Anderson 4 of 7 from three, 16 points.

Dirk Nowitzki back in the starting lineup and progressing well, 20 points and 6 rebounds.
OJ Mayo still shooting poorly, 5 of 17 for 14 points.
Vince Carter 17 points off the bench.
Darren Collison with decent fantasy value, 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.


Philadelphia @ San Antonio

Spencer Hawes 10 of 13 for 22 points.  He’s still on a few wires.
Jrue Holiday 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Lavoy Allen 3 blocks, but just 15 minutes of action.
Dorell Wright 31 minutes, 0 points.

Tiago Splitter double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard still not playing well, 1 of 4 for 2 points.
Tony Parker 8 of 16 for 20 points.
Manu Ginobili finally with a decent game, 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.


Utah 91 @ Denver 110

Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet, 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
Al Jefferson in a little slump lately, 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Derrick Favors 1 of 6 for 4 points.
Jamaal Tinsley has the starting PG spot for now, but keep an eye on Earl Watson.
Enes Kanter still out with an ankle injury.

Danilo Gallinari shooting well, 7 of 11 for 26 points.
Kenneth Faried 7 of 10 for 15 points, 10 rebounds.
Andre Iguodala 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Ty Lawson getting back to full speed after his achilles problem, 14 points and 4 assists.


Golden State 89 @ LA Clippers 115

David Lee with a poor game, 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Stephen Curry also with a poor game, 10 points and 5 assists.
Klay Thompson 4 of 10 for 14 points.
Draymond Green 8 points and 8 rebounds in just 15 minutes.  Keeper league owners should definitely take a flier on Green.

Blake Griffin a big 7 assists, 20 points.
DeAndre Jordan 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Chris Paul 27 points and 9 assists.  He’s getting back to the Chris Paul of a few years ago.
Willie Green got 15 shot attempts.  No way should Green be getting that many shots.
Jamal Crawford missed the game with a foot injury.
Eric Bledsoe got 30 minutes and could be a great pickup if Crawford’s foot injury is serious.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes, January 4, 2013

Only two games on the NBA schedule for Thursday night, but tonight is loaded with 11 games for the big Friday night tournaments on FanDuel and DraftStreet.  Don’t forget about the Friday night $200,000 Qualifier over on FanDuel.  I’ll be posting some of my favorite picks for the tourney later today.


San Antonio 83 @ New York 100

Tim Duncan only 24 minutes, 11 points and 6 rebounds.  This one was a blowout and several of the Spurs got some rest.
Tony Parker 11 points and 6 assists.
Tiago Splitter 3 blocks.
Danny Green 2 of 6 from three.
Kawhi Leonard has been slow getting going in his return from injury, 1 of 5 from three for 7 points.
Manu Ginobili only 2 of 10 shooting for 8 points.
Stephen Jackson suffered an ankle injury and could miss some time.

Carmelo Anthony 23 points on 20 shots.
Amare Stoudemire not rebounding well at all, but at least he played 21 minutes.
Steve Novak 5 of 7 from three for 15 points.
J.R. Smith 9 of 17 for 20 points.
Tyson Chandler with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Pablo Prigioni had 9 assists.


Minnesota 101 @ Denver 97

Kevin Love still not shooting well, 4 of 13, but he had a double-double, 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Andrei Kirilenko 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks.
Alexey Shved has been a nice waiver wire grab, 7 of 13 for 17 points.
JJ Barea also with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting.
Ricky Rubio missed the game with a sore back.

Ty Lawson was back in action, 23 minutes, 16 points.
Kenneth Faried had an off game, 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Kosta Koufos 4 steals and 2 blocks to go along with 16 points.
Andre Miller had 11 points and 10 assists and makes a nice daily play with Lawson hurting.
Andre Iguodala 1 of 5 from three, 1 of 7 from the line.
Corey Brewer still getting nice run, 29 minutes and 13 shot attempts.


Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes for January 2, 2013

Hope you guys all had a great Christmas Holiday and enjoyed time with the family.  It’s time to jump back into some fantasy basketball!  On to the fantasy highlights from Tuesday.


Dallas 103 @ Washington 94

Dirk Nowitzki is slowly getting back into the grind, 17 minutes and 11 points.  Be patient.
Vince Carter with a start and 23 points in 30 minutes.
Darren Collison led the team with 39 minutes, 15 points and 8 assists.
Shawn Marion is playing a little more PF, 14 rebounds.

Garrett Temple is getting some nice run, might take a flier on him in keeper leagues.
Nene 2 0f 10 shooting for 7 points.
Bradley Beal finally starting to heat up a little, 7 of 16 for 22 points.
Emeka Okafor with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Trevor Ariza is getting close to a return and should get his starting job back.


Portland 105 @ New York 100

Nicolas Batum riding a hot streak, 26 points, 6 of 12 from three.
Wesley Matthews back in action, but still a little rusty, 3 of 6 for 8 points.
Damian Lillard leading ROY, 21 points and 6 assists.
JJ Hickson shooting well, 9 of 11 for 18 points.

Amare Stoudemire made his long awaited return, but did nothing, 6 points and 1 rebound.
Carmelo Anthony, 45 points on 24 shots.
Jason Kidd 0 for 5, 0 for 4 from three.
J.R. Smith with a big game off the bench, 28 points and 11 rebounds.


Sacramento 97 @ Detroit 103

DeMarcus Cousins double-double, 21 points and 14 boards, but still a headcase.
Marcus Thornton missed with an ankle injury.
Tyreke Evans out with knee problems.
Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks and Jimmer Fredette got just about equal minutes.
Thomas Robinson only 3 minutes.

Austin Daye making the most of his chance, 21 minutes and 13 points.  Worth a waiver wire grab.
Andre Drummond, 21 minutes, 7 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Greg Monroe double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Singler is not fantasy friendly, 33 minutes, just 4 points and 4 rebounds.
Rodney Stuckey missed with an ankle injury.


Atlanta 95 @ New Orleans 86

Josh Smith big game, 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks.
Al Horford 10 of 17 for 20 points, just 4 rebounds.
Kyle Korver 4 of 7 from three.
Lou Williams off night, 4 of 13 for 9 points.  He did have 7 assists.
Jeff Teague just 2 of 8 for 4 points, 8 assists.

Anthony Davis 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Eric Gordon came off the bench and hogged 17 shots in only 24 minutes.
Ryan Anderson 5 of 10 from three, 23 points.
Greivis Vasquez just missed a triple-double, 17 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.
AF Aminu only 5 minutes, his fantasy run may be over.


LA Clippers 78 @ Denver 98

Willie Green 1 of 9 for 2 points.
Blake Griffin subpar game, 12 points and 9 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds, 3 blocks.
Jamal Crawford off night, 2 of 11 for 9 points.  0 for 5 from three.

Kenneth Faried double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Ty Lawson out with an achilles injury.
Andre Miller 41 minutes, 11 points and 11 assists.  Nice waiver grab with Lawson out.
Andre Iguodala decent line, 12 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals.
Danilo Gallinari 3 of 7 from three, 17 points.


Philadelphia 103 @ LA Lakers 99

Jrue Holiday 26 points and 10 assists.
Evan Turner continues to look great, 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Jason Richardson 1 0f 6 from three, 9 points.
Spencer Hawes with a little fantasy value, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks.

Pau Gasol bad shooting night, 2 of 12 for 11 points.
Dwight Howard 1 for 7, 7 points.
Steve Nash managed 36 minutes, 12 points and 10 assists.
Kobe 36 points on 29 shots.