2013-2014 Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard (SG) Draft Rankings

SG Rankings Updated October 11, 2013

James Harden (HOU) – Harden now has Dwight Howard to draw defenses in, so expect a bump up in scoring as Harden fills it up from outside.

Dwyane Wade (MIA) – Wade is getting older, but he should still have one more good year that justifies a top 5 rankings.

Paul George (IND) – George just got a huge contract, but don’t expect the normal dropoff that some athletes experience after getting the big money.  George is an across the board help in all categories.

Kobe Bryant (LAL) – Not sure when Kobe will return from his achilles injury, but you can bet he’ll still be top 5 worth when he does.

Monta Ellis (DAL) – Ellis can score, and that’s exactly what the Mavericks need from him.  Expect big scoring and threes, but his assists might not be up to par with Jose Calderon at PG.

J.R. Smith (NYK) – Smith had a breakout year in 2012-13 and I expect that to continue.  He’s got a five game suspension to start the season, but the Knicks will need every minute they can get from  him when he returns.

Andre Iguodala (GSW) – Iguodala is running in a high paced offense that suits his skill set.  Expect a big fantasy year from him.

Evan Turner (PHI) – I’m not a huge Turner fan and if he was on any other team there’s no way he’d be ranked this high.  The Sixers just don’t have anyone to put points on the board and the scoring sort of falls to Turner by default.  Turner is one of those guys who is a lot better in fantasy than in real life.

DeMar DeRozan (TOR) – The Raptors should be much improved this season and although DeRozan is fairly one dimensional, that one dimension is pretty good in a shallow SG pool.

Klay Thompson (GSW) – I love Thompson’s offensive ability, but will he get the same number of opportunities this season with Andre Iguodala around?

Gerald Henderson (CHA) – Henderson is one of my favorite breakout targets this season and a great mid/late round grab who has been sneaking under the radar the last season or so.

Eric Gordon (NOR) – The only thing holding Gordon down in the rankings is his health.  If he comes in this season at 100%, then he’ll be moving up the board.

OJ Mayo (MIL) – Mayo actually had a pretty solid season in Dallas, but he’s on the move again and could find himself in a fairly attractive situation in Milwaukee where they will need all the offense he can give them.

Joe Johnson (BRK) – Johnson is on the down side of his career and the arrival of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett might mean even less touches for Joe this year.

Wesley Matthews (POR) - Matthews is a solid all around player who helps you in just about every category.

Bradley Beal (WAS) – Beal has been derailed by injuries, but he could come in healthy this year and show the skills that made him such a coveted draft pick.  A healthy John Wall should also improve Beal’s shooting opportunities.

Dion Waiters (CLE) – Waiters will be running alongside a healthy Kyrie Irving, which should really help his spot up game.

2013-2014 Fantasy Basketball Small Forward (SF) Draft Rankings

SF Rankings Updated October 14, 2013

LeBron James (MIA) – The agument between most fantasy players is who goes first overall, James or Durant.  Give me James and his assist numbers over Durant any day.  With LeBron’s 7+ assists a game I can go cheap on a PG and then spend bigger at another position.

Kevin Durant (OKC) – If you aren’t first you’re last.  Durant is the easy number two choice on the SF board.

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – Melo is the consolation prize for those who miss out on James or Durant.  After Anthony, it’s a long way down to number four.

Nicholas Batum (POR) – Batum is a bit underrated, but I’ll take his across the board stats at the SF position any day.  His 4.9 assists per game were second only to LeBron at the SF spot.

Paul Pierce (BRK) – How much does Pierce have left in the tank?  I think he’s got one more good year and a big desire to try and grab another ring.

Rudy Gay (TOR) – Gay is one of the most consistent players out there, which can sometimes be fantasy gold in itself.  He had corrective surgery in the offseason, so maybe that even gives him a little room for upside.

Thaddeus Young (PHI) – Young will probably qualify at PF and SF.  He’s about the only good thing left in Philly and I’d expect that he tries to put the team on his back and do it all, which is exactly what fantasy owners are paying for.

Luol Deng (CHI) – Maybe having Derrick Rose back will help Deng keep things going.  The Bulls really need to cut his minutes down though or risk getting him hurt.

Jeff Green (BOS) – This is supposed to be Green’s breakout season, but everyone knows that and you’ll likely have to spend more on him than than you should.  While I think he has a good season, it may justify his price tag on draft day.

Kawhi Leonard (SAS) – Popovich likes him and that’s good enough for me.

Shawn Marion (DAL) – He’s nothing fancy, but at least he’ll get you 12 and 7 with a couple of assists and a steal.

Chandler Parsons (HOU) – It’s going to be a fun year in Houston and Parsons should get a ton of outside looks with Dwight Howard drawing defenses in.

Andrei Kirilenko (BRK) – Kirilenko scares me a little this season as a health risk, but if he can stay healthy he’ll get plenty of minutes backing up the aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Wilson Chandler (DEN) – You will probably find Chandler mostly qualifying at SG, but it’s possible some teams have him at SF, which is a great deal if you can get it.




2013-2014 @FantasyNBADaily Schedule and Posting Plans

The 2013-14 season is approaching and I wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be moving the starting lineups, injury and fantasy news to the @FantasyNBADaily Twitter Feed this season.  I’ll still post the draft rankings and a few articles here on the site, but a majority of the stuff will now be on the Twitter Feed.  Life has gotten pretty busy lately and moving things to Twitter is the only way I can seem to find the time to provide good content and news with my current time constraints.

I’m going to try and get some rankings up around October 1st, so check the homepage then.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming fantasy basketball season!!

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.