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Dropping Dimes is trying out a new feature. Fantasy 30 intends to rank all of the NBA teams in terms of fantasy power. A list like this tends to lead to a lot of disagreement and discussion, but the hope is that these rankings will be fluid and updated as the year goes on. Thanks to Ron Chow for the assist. In addition to publishing updates on the Fantasy 30, once in a while we hope to produce sister articles that focus on a specific team and its roster.

#1: Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant ranks as a top four fantasy player this year. The Lakers employ two fantasy-worthy starters for center in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Lamar Odom has played well coming off the bench. Jordan Farmar has sleeper point guard potential, and the team also employs three-point threats like Derek Fisher and Vlad Radmanovic. All of this adds up to the Lakers being top dog early in the year.

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David Lee As a proud former owner of the backboard breaking David Lee, this news out of New York is very refreshing for the big man’s fantasy value under Mike D’Antoni.

There are many reasons starting [David] Lee with Zach Randolph up front is more logical in D’Antoni’s speedball attack. Lee can run the floor, is a better rebounder, passer and decision-maker than [Eddy] Curry. The only thing Curry has on Lee is being a more potent low-post scorer in a half-court set.

But that’s mostly obsolete in this offense, and Randolph can provide low-post points. Simply put, a Randolph-Lee front court is a more sensible tandem.

Oh, and don’t forget that Lee will be in a contract year this season.  Money makes the man do crazy things, especially when it comes to the box score.


Last season, I blanket vetoed any and all members of the New York Knicks.  Too inconsistent, lacking motivation, and well…Zach Randolph was in town.  This year, my feelings towards Stephon Marbury haven’t changed all too much, but the addition of Mike D’Antoni should be enough to shift most of us to at least a “semi-favorable” feeling on some of the guys suiting up in Madison Square Garden.  You know they’ll at least score a bunch.  But do not let yourself be fooled in to thinking Starbury has shifted his focus from the back seat of trucks to the hardwood.

While one would think Stephon would need to make up some lost ground for the Steve and Barry’s bankruptcy, the New York Times reports that the recent signing of Chris Duhon could be for more than just a warm body off of the bench. 

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Baron Davis and his beard taking a jumperMost of us fantasy fanatics are in some sort of consolation play this week. After all, only two teams in each league can vie for the championship. How are things over in the “real” NBA? Well, the Golden State Warriors are playing almost .600 ball and are still trying to claw into playoff position. How’s that for a tough break?

In my league with family and friends, the teams in the consolation bracket battle for draft position next year. The winner of the consolation playoffs gets the first overall pick, the runner-up gets second pick and so on. It’s enough incentive for everyone to continue setting their lineups, and it’s enough of a prize that people take it seriously enough to put forth the effort. If you have a league with little GM turnover year to year, this is something you can do so that everyone can enjoy fantasy hoops right to the very last day, not just the finalists.

Perhaps the NBA should adopt a consolation playoff format and the winner gets first pick in the draft. This certainly would guard against bad teams tanking it at the end of the season.

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Happy Monday, all.

I just wanted to draw your attention to our man Kelly Dwyer’s post over at Yahoo! that breaks down a list of players with more blocks this season than the Newest Knick, Zach Randolph.

His post breaks down just a few players from the Western Conference.  And no, we’re not talking Tim Duncan and Yao Ming here…One name on the list?  Dan Dickau.  Seriously.  Dan Dickau…of 10 minutes per night fame.  Click Here for the rest, and a big thanks to whichever commenter pointed out that Daniel Gibson (six), all of 6’2” has three times the blocks that Randolph (two) has thus far.

Big thanks to Henry over at TrueHoop for the tip!

(Update: Here’s the link to the Eastern Conference)

Zach Randolph

The Fig Cap: “Yeah, son, me and Emry will be rockin’ the joint tonight!  Where you at, playa?!?!”

GUEST BLOGGER: Emry Downinghall from SLAM

A funny thing happened to Zach Randolph after posting a super healthy 23.7 points and 10.1 rebounds for Portland last season, he was shipped off to the New York Knicks for 30 cents on the dollar.

Z-Bo’s trouble off the court is well documented and with Greg Oden coming to town, and the emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge last season, Randolph was suddenly very expendable.

It’s impossible to know exactly what Portland was offered for Randolph, but it’s also hard to imagine a guy with his talent, at 26, could only net the Blazers Channing Frye and a second-round pick in 2008. Regardless, now that the smoke has cleared (perhaps a poor choice of words) Frye is in Portland, and Randolph will call MSG his home this season.

Round 5, Pick 4: Zach Randolph, PF, New York Knicks

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Dwyane Wade injuried

Will the injuries ever stop this season?!? Fantasy ballers need a bottle of Pepto Bismol to stomach all the injuries this year. This year, fantasy championships could be a war of attrition – the healthiest team may have the best chance to take the championship in your league. This session of the Injury Lowdown will look into the slew of recent injuries.

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Stephon Marbury Every so often on Dime Day, “Four Quarters” will feature one particular NBA team, going ten players deep into their roster. Whether it’s a small tidbit of news on the bench-warmers, or an opportunity to give major props to the all-stars around the league, as always we slant it towards the fantasy side of life.

Thanks to Dennis Velasco for the assist this week. He gave me some local tidbits of information on his beloved Knicks. So let’s dig into the Knicks roster and see what’s happening

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Stephon Marbury and Doug ChristieDropping Dimes On The Daily is all about the team 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!
Fig Cap: I am going to tell Jackie!

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Yao Ming can't play, but he can modelI am back like Jack Bauer! Unlike Jack’s dramatic return from a Chinese prison, I was freed (booted?) from my parent’s basement. Now semi-acclimated to life on my own (thank god for the microwave!), I am ready to make a contribution to Dropping Dimes. Thanks to Dennis, Sarge, and Alvin for holding down the DD fort.

What the heck did I miss? What is up with all the injuries to key fantasy players?! In all my years in fantasy basketball, I don’t remember a season where so many players have been knocked out with injuries like a Mirko Cro Cop high kick (He is going to wreck havoc in the UFC!). In one of my leagues, a GM lost his top four picks to injuries (Chris Paul, Yao Ming, Josh Smith and Rashard Lewis). The poor GM had his playoff hopes dashed in the month of December. Them’s the breaks. In this edition of the Injury Lowdown I will give a quick rundown of key injuries and some players to keep an eye on.

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