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Sam CassellDropping Dimes On The Daily is all about me looking at the previous night’s performances and mentioning those that did pretty goodly and those that did pretty badly.  Goodly is a word, right?  Anyway, this will be a quick look around the league, so don’t expect a ton of text, just some daily fantasy basketball goodness!!!  Please note that this is the fantasy basketball section of ElevationMag.com’s Daily Top Picks.  Check it out and see your daily rumors, quotes, headlines, and facts!  But read the fantasy section HERE!

The Fig Cap: Yeah, it’s about to get ugly up in this league again because I’M BACK!

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes On The Daily: January 9, 2007


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Matt BarnesDropping Dimes On The Daily is all about me looking at the previous night’s performances and mentioning those that did pretty goodly and those that did pretty badly.  Goodly is a word, right?  Anyway, this will be a quick look around the league, so don’t expect a ton of text, just some daily fantasy basketball goodness!!!  Please note that this is the fantasy basketball section of ElevationMag.com’s Daily Top Picks.  Check it out and see your daily rumors, quotes, headlines, and facts!  But read the fantasy section HERE!

The Fig Cap: “Yeah, that’s right, defend against the drive, dummy.  You’ll be calling me HEADACHE after the game because I’m gonna pop this pill from downtown like you’ll be popping aspirins later.”

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes On The Daily: January 4, 2007


Shawn Marion I went to dinner with two friends a couple of weeks ago. As usual, the conversation gravitated towards the entertainment industry. One of them said he gave The Departed a thumbs down because it was “too predictable” and then proceeded to say he was shocked at the ending. He then laughed every time as we recalled some of the funny lines in the movie. The other friend was asked what his “single of the year” was, a question that stumped the rest of us. He noted that he really liked the new Keane album so he would probably choose a song on there, and then remarked that he hated the single they actually released when I began to sing it. Maybe he just didn’t like my singing.

In the world of e-revenge, people can pan everything from a movie to a restaurant to a doctor faster than ever before. The natural response is to focus on the negative. Since Ron has the injury news on lock-down, Zack is keeping track of the rooks, Scott is combing through the waiver wire for all our benefit, and Dennis is busy conquering the fantasy sports world, today Dime Day looks at Yahoo’s top ranked players pre-season and looks at their production thus far using the critical eye. Does the Matrix get the love in the end?

Click to continue reading Dime Day: The Glass is Half-Empty


Zach RandolphWith a full week’s worth of games to examine, I can see a little more clearly now as to how NBA players’ production is shaping up early in the season.  Granted, only several games have been played for each player, but in the early going, it’s best to anticipate trends and depending on your personal risk factor, make moves towards winning a championship.  Remember, no one every won by standing still, so you’ll need to move.  It’s just a matter of which moves give you the better potential for reaping reward.  Analyzing a full week, helps me help you assess which players are moving up and which are falling down.

Stat’s All Folks will be a week-to-week stock market look at the standard cumulative categories – points, assists, rebounds, three-pointers made, steals, and blocks.  I’ll be calling out the “bulls” and “bears” in each category, in order to help you assess your portfolio of players on your fantasy basketball team(s) and whether you should sell, hold, and/or diversify your assets.

Statistics are through November 2nd – 8th.  

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Finally a Full Week!


Luke Walton and Rasheed WallaceI am posting this for Ron. Sorry it is a bit late, but the season is still young, so we can still reflect on the first week of play. Ron laid down all the groundwork. As usual, it was a fun collaboration.

Ron: How ironic that in the first week of fantasy hoops, Alvin and I were pitted against each other in our H2H local fantasy league. The battle was fierce all week. Al was leading most of the week by varying degrees.  Sub-par games by Lebron James (16-9-7), Tracy McGrady (8-3-4) and Baron Davis (2-2-6) on Saturday for Al’s team, opened the door slightly for a come-from-behind victory. Sad to say, I lost by one category.

Click to continue reading 10 Cents of Our Time: After Week One


Deron WilliamsOnly three days of NBA action have been in play, which may cause a crisis when you’re writing a weekly article and you want as many samples of performance as you can, but have no fear.  Sometimes, it’s the early jump on players that can make a difference to a team that wins a fantasy basketball championship and a team that doesn’t.  Ask those that picked up David West or Boris Diaw last season.  And what’s the value now of that underperforming early round draft pick and what will it be moving forward?  Relax, it’s only been a few days, but it doesn’t hurt to note who’s doing what.

Stat’s All Folks will be a stock market look at the standard cumulative categories – points, assists, rebounds, three-pointers made, steals, and blocks.  I’ll be calling out the “bulls” and “bears” in each category, in order to help you assess your portfolio of players on your fantasy basketball team(s) and whether you should sell, hold, and/or diversify your assets.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Small Sample Sized Meal


Kevin GarnettKG, are you pumped for the new season? I bet you are. I bet we all are. Leave the trick or treating to the kids, because there is a double-header to start the 2006-07 season on October 31st!

Ron and I started as a writing tag team. He has been busy dialing in on all the pre-season injuries that have been happening. Me? I have been a bit swamped with other things, but certainly I have hoops on the brain. We are going to go back to our collaborating roots, and quickly look at what is topical as we all head into the new year. 10 random questions, and our two cents, uh, make that 10 cents on the subject.

Click to continue reading 10 Cents Of Our Time: Season’s Eve


Knicks in disarraySo, I was trolling through the topics at The Fantasy Lounge Forums’ General NBA Talk section and found this topic asking how Isiah Thomas would do as the new New York Knicks head coach this upcoming season.  In it, someone I know (as much as one could know anyone through the internet, anyway) intimates that the Knicks will be better with Thomas than Larry Brown for various reasons, which is great.  Everyone has an opinion.  HOWEVER, he went on to say that Larry Brown stunk (he actually used a word more associated innocently with what peope do with lollipops) as a coach and that great coaches such as Phil Jackson adjusted their coaching style to fit the players’ strengths and cover their weaknesses.  Having played and watched basketball for over two decades, I was dumbstruck!  So, I started writing a long post, so long in fact I thought it should be an article.

And thus, here it is…

Click to continue reading Larrys, Isiahs, and Stephons…OH MY!


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Percentages. What was today’s stock price increase/decrease? How did you do on your math test? You are within the top percentage in your department in sales. Your company has met the percentage goal of their yearly targets. Where are you with the books? What are my chances of winning this poker hand? What are my chances with the blonde at the end of the bar? We are a society driven by percentages.

In fantasy basketball, the emphasis on the percentages has taken a back seat to the flashier stats like points, rebounds and assists. Depending on how your Roto or H2H league is set-up, the percentages could be the difference from being a champ or a chump.

In a mini-series of articles, I will discuss the following percentages; Field Goal, Free Throw and 3 Point. I am a big believer in picking the best player in the draft, however, if you were to decide between Player A vs. Player B and both players have similar stats, I will strongly consider the player that will help improve my team’s percentages. (Percentages used for this article are referenced from the ‘05-‘06 regular season.)

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