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So the top three picks are pretty much no-brainers.  Nobody outside that trio should be considered to picked that high this year.  That said, a strong group follows them up, and in our mock, Amare Stoudemire was the lucky fourth.

With Injury concerns subsiding and a full summer of rest with no Olympics, he’s the safest big man pick on the board outside Kevin Garnett.  The reason I took him above KG is because of the dip we saw in his numbers in Beantown and the explosion of Amare post-Shaq.  Read on to see more.

The Fig Cap: One more shot at a title?  Suns fans are holding their breath…

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LeBron vs. Kobe It’s just a matter of time before the usual suspects roll out their year-end awards and mock draft first round predictions for next season. Obviously there is still much to be decided this season; namely head-to-head leagues are in the middle of the semi-final week, the playoff pictures in both the East and the West need to be decided, and an NCAA champ needs to be crowned.

So I figure Dropping Dimes might as well be the place to stay ahead of the curve and look at the candidates for the real and fantasy MVP. If we are looking for four players to make up a “Mount Rushmore” for the 2007-08 season, three players end up being no-brainer picks. The fourth? Well, read on.

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Kobe Bryant damn I'm good
The shoot-out in the wild Western Conference has been great to follow, has it not? The top nine teams are separated by only 6.5 games. Every day the standings shift. Right now Phoenix sits in sixth while Dallas ranks seventh! This bodes well for fantasy owners as the best teams in the West should all be playing meaningful games down the stretch. Here’s a rundown of each team’s fantasy playoff schedule.

Click to continue reading Playoff Primer 2008: Western Conference

Is It Always Sunny in Phoenix?

The Fig Cap: Is It Always Sunny in Phoenix?

Only fantasy sports fans will tell you that they prefer a broken leg over a sprained ankle any day. While a broken leg would likely be considered a more serious injury, at least you know the player is out a finite number of weeks (4-6 weeks in this case) and that he’ll be back good as new once that time has elapsed. With a sprained ankle, nothing is certain and everything is open to interpretation. As a result, the injury report will always say “day-to-day” and said player will usually be the dreaded “game-time decision.”

Handling Game-time Decisions

You might be a great fantasy general manager or owner having stockpiled a wealth of talent in the draft and/or via trade, however, it’s how you coach your squad and the key personnel decisions you make that will determine if you’re top tier or just another guppy.

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Leandro Barbosa
Let’s kick it old school and start singing “Return of the Mack.” Because Sarge is back and dropping some serious science on roundball.  He mentions my guy in his latest impromptu feature, “I Like To Move It”. I would agree with in that I would take Ray Felton first. However, I would also be quite happy drafting this guy more than two rounds later, as is the case in our mock draft blog this year.

Round 6, Pick 9: Leandro Barbosa, PG, Phoenix Suns

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I’m not going to lie.  While the first five picks in hoops this year can likely be taken in any order, it gets a bit dicey towards the end of the first round.  This is one year that lacks a clear-cut choice at the top, which makes it that much better for those at the bottom who get to scoop up two top-15 players. 

Unfortunately, if you do land the eighth selection, you’ll have some decisions to make.  When selecting at the eighth spot, you’ve likely seen four big name forwards and a shooting guard taken.  Then it starts to get tricky like Run DMC.  Two point guards were just selected ahead of me, so I’m sensing that there’s going to be a decent run on big men.  This leaves me no choice but to lead the way and select:

Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, Phoenix Suns

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Steve NashSarge punked Nash a bit last year by digging up one ugly photo of the two-time MVP. You can relive that blog entry here. Disturbing news broke today that an NBA ref bet on games that he was officiating; allegations of point shaving are sure to arise. The integrity of the league has been threatened, and it would be an utter disaster if more than this official were found to be involved.

While David Stern wades through this fiasco, fantasy ballers can thankfully count on Nash’s production. He might have been ousted by Chris Bosh in our one-on-one tourney, and Bosh is still alive and has at match-up that finishes at the end of this week, but Nash is one of the few sure things in fantasy ball.

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Dirk Nowitzki MVP

Dirk Nowitzki followed a MVP season with a less than stellar performance in the playoffs. In this year’s playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks were facing elimination in Game 6 in Golden State, Dirk went 4-for-16 from the field and finished the game with a disappointing 14 points and 12 rebounds and no threes. The #1 seeded Mavs were eliminated by the 8th seed Golden State Warriors and Dirk Nowitzki was racked over the coals for his lack luster performance. The performance was almost as bad as his favorite German pop star, David Hasselhoff, drunk eating pizza off the kitchen floor. Fantasy ballers do not care too much what happens in the playoffs, it is the performance in the regular season that is important. 

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Shawn Marion, roto king
Dennis won our “experts” roto league this past season, and his team was fronted by the Matrix. It surprised me that he passed up on him here, but I can understand how the writer in him wanted to have the fun of writing about Kobe of no fixed address. You don’t need me to tell you that Shawn Marion is darn good in fantasy hoops. First round picks rarely win your league for you, but any AK-47 owner of the last couple of years will tell you they can sure lose them. Let’s take a look at what makes Marion a fantasy monster in this very early look towards the coming season.

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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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