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The argument against Lebron James for the best fantasy player in the league goes something like this. As great as Lebron is, his free throw percentage is terrible. He goes to the line so much that he really hurts your team in that category. Not to mention his turnovers!

The fantasy basketball community has a skewed perspective on free throw percentage. That’s a nice way of saying we’ve got it all wrong.

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Ray AllenWelcome to DroppingDimes.com‘s weekly position rankings list!  Each week, the five writers - Al, Ron, Sarge, Zack, and myself will look at our lists of positions, take into account the number of games played, any injury issues that a player may be having, and the hotness/coldness of a player at that time to rank ‘em all up!  Note: Ron got injured this week writing all those Injury Lowdowns, so we gave him this week off to recuperate!

We’ll rank EACH position into a Top 15 list and in parentheses have that player’s average position ranking amongst the five of us.  First up… number of games for each team then the week’s rankings afterwards.

Atlanta Hawks—-2; Boston Celtics—-4; Charlotte Bobcats—-3; Chicago Bulls—-4; Cleveland Cavaliers—-4; Dallas Mavericks—-3; Denver Nuggets—-3; Detroit Pistons—-3; G.S. Warriors—-3; Houston Rockets—-3; Indiana Pacers—-3; Los Angeles Clippers—-2; Los Angeles Lakers—-2; Memphis Grizzlies—-3; Miami Heat—-3; Milwaukee Bucks—-3; Minnesota Timberwolves—-3; New Jersey Nets—-4; New Orleans Hornets—-3; New York Knicks—-4; Orlando Magic—-3; Philadelphia 76ers—-3; Phoenix Suns—-2; Portland Trail Blazers—-4; Sacramento Kings—-3; San Antonio Spurs—-4; Seattle Supersonics—-4; Toronto Raptors—-3; Utah Jazz—-3; Washington Wizards—-3

COMPILED BY Zack Francis

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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.  

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Wire to Wire aims to be your waiver wire resource for all of your fantasy basketball needs.  It will dive into playing time trends, injury replacements, and even an occasional category specialist – all of which can be found on a typical waiver wire within your fantasy league at any given time.



Jarrett JackOne week down, many more to go.  The first week of the NBA season, though short, gives NBA fans as well as fantasy owners an idea of what coaches have in mind for their rotations.  We see which players are actually going to receive some burn, while others were simply preseason mirage with a side dish of hype.  As you may see from my last installment, I’d say I hit about .500, falling into the hype trap on a few – but hitting for solid contact on others.  And, if I may add, I’m quite a fan of Yahoo! using entire player names within their database.  Too many Jones’, if you ask me.  Plus, it just looks better.  Anyways, with a week down, this week’s WTW will allow us a slightly larger sample size.  Of course, there are others that may have been worth the mention, but given the circumstances, I felt these were the twelve worth the word.  Enjoy.

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Josh Howard will be out for two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. Howard was hurt in a game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. He will miss at least six games. Howard could be motivated to return to the lineup for the November 20 game against the Charlotte Bobcats, which will be played in his home state of North Carolina.

Steve Francis is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.  He hurt it when he landed on Bruce Bowen’s foot after taking a jump shot. Bruce Bowen is notorious for being a dirty player and has pulled this stunt before of not allowing the jump shooter to land after their shot.

Brandon Roy, the early favorite for Rookie of the Year, has been slowed by a heel injury. A precautionary MRI has revealed an impingement in the left heel but there was no major damage. Roy was given a cortisone shot to relieve the pain and will miss Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Click to continue reading Injury Lowdown: Wobbly Ankles and Wonky Feet


Kobe24Welcome to DroppingDimes.com‘s weekly position rankings list!  Each week, the five writers - Al, Ron, Sarge, Zack, and myself will look at our lists of positions, take into account the number of games played, any injury issues that a player may be having, and the hotness/coldness of a player at that time to rank ‘em all up! 

We’ll rank EACH position into a Top 15 list and in parentheses have that player’s average position ranking amongst the five of us.  First up… number of games for each team then the week’s rankings afterwards.

Atlanta Hawks—-3; Boston Celtics—-3; Charlotte Bobcats—-3; Chicago Bulls—-3; Cleveland Cavaliers—-3; Dallas Mavericks—-4; Denver Nuggets—-3; Detroit Pistons—-4; G.S. Warriors—-4; Houston Rockets—-4; Indiana Pacers—-3; Los Angeles Clippers—-3; Los Angeles Lakers—-4; Memphis Grizzlies—-3; Miami Heat—-3; Milwaukee Bucks—-4; Minnesota Timberwolves—-3; New Jersey Nets—-3; New Orleans Hornets—-4; New York Knicks—-4; Orlando Magic—-4; Philadelphia 76ers—-3; Phoenix Suns—-3; Portland Trail Blazers—-4; Sacramento Kings—-3; San Antonio Spurs—-3; Seattle Supersonics—-4; Toronto Raptors—-3; Utah Jazz—-4; Washington Wizards—-4

COMPILED BY Zack Francis

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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


Steve NashWelcome to DroppingDimes.com‘s first weekly rankings list!  Each week, the four writers - Al, Ron, Sarge, and myself (sorry, just couldn’t use the third person because it’s quite stupid to, really) will look at our lists of positions, take into account the number of games played (so, please no “Why isn’t Kobe ranked first!” when Bryant only has two games that week and Jason Richardson has four), any injury issues that a player may be having, and the hotness/coldness of a player at that time. 

We’ll rank EACH position into a Top 15 list and in parentheses have that player’s average position ranking amongst the four of us.  First up… number of games for each team.

Atlanta Hawks—-3; Boston Celtics—-3; Charlotte Bobcats—-3; Chicago Bulls—-3; Cleveland Cavaliers—-3; Dallas Mavericks—-2; Denver Nuggets—-2; Detroit Pistons—-3; G.S. Warriors—-3; Houston Rockets—-3; Indiana Pacers—-3; Los Angeles Clippers—-3; Los Angeles Lakers—-4; Memphis Grizzlies—-3; Miami Heat—-3; Milwaukee Bucks—-3; Minnesota Timberwolves—-3; New Jersey Nets—-2; New Orleans Hornets—-3; New York Knicks—-3; Orlando Magic—-3; Philadelphia 76ers—-3; Phoenix Suns—-4; Portland Trail Blazers—-3; Sacramento Kings—-3; San Antonio Spurs—-3; Seattle Supersonics—-3; Toronto Raptors—-3; Utah Jazz—-3; Washington Wizards—-2

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Fellow Dropping Dimes Writer Alvin and myself were celebrating a friend’s birthday at an out-of-town nightclub. The crew we were with that night was chill and the vibe at the club was hype. The objective that night was to get the birthday boy nice and loaded. Each member of the crew took turns buying rounds. Word of advice: “Do not follow the birthday boy to the bar” or else you will be sucked into the madness. Al and myself made that mistake of following the crew to the bar for each round of drinks. It is not a good idea to down the same amount of shooters as the birthday boy. Al and myself were really happy till a friend handed us a bottle of Miller Genuine Draft (MGD). After drinking half of the MGD, my world was starting to spin. Welcome to Drunkdom! Once the room starts spinning and you babble like a 4-year-old, time to sit down and shut up. We all staggered to our hotel room down the street and passed out. Mission accomplished, birthday boy had a good time. Next morning, I asked Al how he liked the MGD and he mentioned that it put him over the edge as well. “Miller Time” for the Canadian contingent of Dropping Dimes crew was the ticket to Drunkdom.

Time to sober up and realize that “Miller Time” in Memphis is not a bad thing, either. Mike Miller is looking to fill the role as top scorer for the Grizzlies as Pau Gasol is mending from a broken left foot. Take a peep at the rest of the article to see how Mike Miller can help your fantasy team.

Round 7, Pick 9: Mike Miller, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies

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Kevin Martin takes it to the rack!I have to admit, I was brainstorming and thinking of different ways to write an introductory paragraph about how the NBA was back, but for some reason I just couldn’t come up with anything.  I wrote out the ubiquitous Star Wars reference about Episode V, but didn’t want to appear too fanboyish the first time out.  Then Apocalypse Now hit my head with that whole “I love the smell of…,” but thought of the connotations and chucked that idea.  Then the Rodney Dangerfield classic, Back to School came to mind and how the NBA doesn’t get any respect, but didn’t want to go on a diatribe validating the League. 

So, what am I saying?

I watch entirely too many movies, but I’m also way too excited about the NBA being back to think straight.  However, I’ll pop in Brad Pitt’s Meet Joe Black into the DVD player to bore me and calm my nerves enough to write this article.

(Ten minutes later; yeah, that quickly)

During the regular season, the aim of Stat’s All Folks will be to take 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.

Here’s the preseason installment of Stat’s All Folks.  Jagshemash, NB and A!

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Doing It Preseason Style!


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