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I figured the odds were good that Andrew Bynum would miss some time during the season. He has been injury prone during his career, so the chances are fairly high that he would get banged up once again. Little did I expect such a thing would happen before the season even started. According to reports I read on a banner trailing a single engine Cessna, Bynum is expected to miss three weeks with a knee bruise. It is supposedly only a precaution after Bynum felt “some discomfort” in his arthritic knee following injections in both of his knees last week.

To show I am fair and not a hater, Dwight Howard has not yet been cleared to participate in full contact practice. However, the team says he will be ready to go when the season starts, and I suppose we’ll learn more today when Lakers training camp opens. Considering Howard had surgery on his back five months ago, I don’t think L.A. is in any rush to get him out on the court. A few Orlando residents may have some voodoo dolls laying about, however.

In yet more disheartening yet not horrible news, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that Dwyane Wade may not be ready to start the season, although it is anticipated he should be ready to go shortly thereafter. Like Howard, the Heat will take it slow with Wade and make sure he’s healthy before putting him in full game mode. I wouldn’t shy away from drafting Wade (or Howard or Bynum) just because of some lingering issues in the pre-preseason, but it’s worth monitoring through a pair of binoculars whilst hiding behind curtains (or blinds, your choice).

Finally, outside the top 20, Chauncey Billups is still having problems, as his Achilles has not fully healed, although he will begin light team drills. He is due back sometime in December, although I can’t imagine many people were going to draft him anyway. Meanwhile, in the good news portion of this post, Eric Gordon and Nene (Hilario) will not start when training camp begins-

“Hey, that isn’t good news. So declares I, the ghost of Dolph Schayes!”
You didn’t let me finish, ghost of someone who isn’t dead. Both Gordon and Hilario will be clear to go once the season commences in November.
“It’s cold where I am.”
Get under the blankets, Mr. Schayes.

 

21 Responses

  1. Mike says:
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    Just had a 20 team auction draft on yahoo.

    Everyone had $260 to spend

    PG Lillard $20
    SG Terry $12
    G Williams, Lou $8
    SF Kidd-Gilchrist $ 14
    PF Cousins $65
    F Monroe, C $41
    Util Davis, Anthony $36
    Util Stuckey $1
    Bench Omer Asik $12
    Bench Anthony Morrow $1

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Mike, not too shabby. Very good deal on Gilchrist. Nice to find another lover of Cousins.

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Mike, If I had to spend big money, I wouldn’t spend it on Cousins cause I think he’s too risky (and a headcase). Stuckey for a buck is really really nice in a 20 team league. I think you paid for the hype on Anthony Davis. He may put up some nice defensive stats but for $36 I think you want more in the other categories. Could be wrong though.

      • Fenris-77 says:
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        @James Redacted, I’m perfectly OK with that $65 bid on Cousins in a league where James goes for more than $100. Cousins might be a headcase, but he’s also got the skills and production to be a fantasy goldmine this season. Top 25 would be a moderate projection IMO, especially in HtH, where his huge Reb/Blk/Stl troika goes a long way.

        Davis at $36 is a reach though.

  2. ChrisV – This is the problem I have in H2H fantasy basketball – its the NBA Schedule itself – some weeks you find yourself down 7 players in a matchup and the team with the most man power usuallly wins – so here is my question how do I get the extra manpower each week to achieve an advantage – which NBA teams seem to have a heavy schedule on lets say a thursday night where most of the NBA teams have offf

    • @mrbasketball, anyone feel free to answer

      • James Redacted

        James Redacted says:
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        @mrbasketball, First of all, you would have to do this on a weekly basis. It would be silly to try and plan out your team for the whole season based on a heavy thursday night schedule. It would be similar to streaming pitchers in baseball H2H. Also, it depends on how many teams in your league. In a 10 teamer, there should be ample waiver wire help to give you that extra edge each week without really losing anybody you would regret dropping. If you’re in a deeper league, I’m not sure how much of an advantage you could gain by add/dropping (unless its the playoffs).

        • Mike says:
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          @James Redacted, 20 team league

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:
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            @Mike, how many players per team? What positions? PG, G, UTIL, things like that.

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:
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            @Mike, also, keep in mind, the schedule will even itself out. Some weeks guys will play 4 times, some 3 times, once in a blue moon 5 times. That’s for everyone. Targeting people that play a lot of Thursdays ignores the fact that it doesn’t matter if the stats accumulate on Tuesday or Thursday, they still count for the week. Yes, when you are towards the end of your week you want your guys to play, but if you get good production on the front end, you don’t need to worry about Thursday.

            And if you’re Rebecca Black, you don’t have to worry about Friday.

  3. Mike says:
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    James went for $111. I needed a PF/C very bad with everyone over paying for players. It was my first player taken and I am glad I didn’t over pay like some of the others. It was high but I needed players.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Mike, How much did Durant go for? Just trying to get a feel for the league.

  4. Amanda says:
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    Hey there!
    can you help me with something?
    Would you trade Millsap for Wall?
    I have westbrook/lbj/dirk/millsap as keepers
    its head to head, 12 cat 4 keepers
    thx!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Amanda, nah. I mean, Wall is younger, but I prefer Millsap and, frankly, you should always focus on winning this year, even in keepers. I don’t give much regard to Wall’s injury, though.

  5. Jeff says:
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    I have a question for any of the veteran drafters. I’m new to this and I’m wondering what a good strategy would be if I drafted Westbrook in the first round? 8 team h2h 9 cat league. What categories would I punt with him? Who are some people that would be good to draft alongside him? Thanks.

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff, forgot to put snake draft and I’m pick #5

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff, I would target a PF or Center next. In fact, given your league size, I would target both as my next two picks. I can provide more details if you clarify a little bit.

  6. Jeff says:
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    I mean what kind of strategy can I go into with Westbrook? Punt blks?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff, I agree with Fenris. Plus, in H2H, you don’t really need to punt any category, especially after only the first round. That’s one reason I suggested pursuing a PF or C next, they can help you with blocks and rebounds.

  7. Fenris-77 says:
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    Don’t go into a draft planning to punt anything. Certainly not after just the one pick. Drafts are an organic process and you have to remain mentally flexible and ready to take advantage of what the draft gives you in terms of player value. After three or four picks it might become obvious that you’ll be punting a category (or two at most) but let the draft decide that for you. Focus on drafting the best available players at each pick for the first three or four, and take stock after each one to see what direction you category strength is heading.

    • Jeff says:
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      @Fenris-77, thanks for the reply!

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