With no (pro) games last night, a true fantasy killer* likely spent the entire evening alone in a dark room, with a mason jar used primarily for urine (primarily) plotting nothing else but how his final nine fantasy days are going to go. Eighty blocks ahead of the next guy? Serge Ibaka becomes less potent. (mason jar break). Down by a point in field-goal percentage? Tyson Chandler, I need you now more than ever! I effin’ need you now more than evah! (paint the walls with some finger blood). Need nothing but threes from here on out? Gary Neal, you’re getting the start over Tim Duncan. And San Antonio is stunned! (yank out some hair!) You get the idea. This thing is still winnable, whatever that thing may be. The championship, reaching third place for the first time, not being in last for the first time. Don’t quit, but also, don’t continue trucking along the way you have been (unless the way you have been has put you far head of the next guy), in which case you should probably rethink spending so much time in the dark not watching Butler and UConn. You’re not being strategic, you’re being weird. For the rest of you, start targeting the categories that you can’t really catch up or be caught on. Focus on the statcats you’ve got a realistic shot at beating the next guy in. Sure, you’ll find yourself benching some of the guys that helped get you this far, but so what? You’ll mail them a piece of your $20 fantasy winnings in two weeks. They’ll get over it, then they’ll thank you. Because there is a lockout coming and many basketball players don’t have applicable life-skills outside of a child’s game. Pity them! And pity you if you come this close to winning a fake games incorporating that child’s game and sputter out in the end. Now dim the light and start etching tomorrow’s roster into the palm of your hand with a rusty shiv!

* Another different but equal fantasy killer? Imagine Phil Jackson naked. All elbows and knee joints. Fantasy. Dead.

  1. Fletch says:

    @Adam: Is G. Heyward worth a start for the week over Smoov, Gasol, Boozer or D. Wright? I don’t think so but all the forwards I mentioned are dinged up in one way or another. It’s H2H averaged based league. Also, you like T. Allen and Bayless over Sessions and Beno this week, right?


  2. what do you take of Elton Brand’s fractured hand… he’s been playing on it… not as consistently as the start of the season, but still pretty good… start or bench him?

  3. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Fletch: Bayless and Allen over the other two, yes. Hayward over any of those others, not unless one of those others is shut down for the season ( which ain’t likely).

    @hakasan: Start him unless you have an option almost as good as Brand.

  4. Larry says:

    Final week and and a half for Weekly league. Need 4 or 5 out of this group.
    Bayless, Jrue, Rip, Jordan Crawford, Allen and Curry.

  5. Larry says:

    Sorry that’s Tony Allen. Thanks.

  6. Larry says:

    Also would you play Hayes over either Javale or Andrew Bynum for the remaining games?

  7. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Larry: Skip Rip. And Allen unless you need steals. Also, I’d play Bynum, and McGee, unless blocks are a non-issue. Then sub in Hayes for JaVale.

  8. Adam says:

    Super quick- tony randolph, taj gibson or rudy fer?

  9. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Adam: Randolph, Taj then Rudy. Step on it!

  10. thegrave says:

    been a good year. thanks for all the help Adam.

    first year playing fantasy bball..

    2 of 12 in Roto
    3 of 12 in Points
    1 of 12 in 3 different H2H leagues.
    and currently in the finals of my most important H2H league with a decent lead after the first day.

    Did pretty well for myself…

    Thanks again Adam. Cheers!

  11. Frank says:

    Coming up hot on the final day of the championship game and im leading by a small margin in FT% what players should i add to help increase my FT% that are often available in most leagues.

  12. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Frank: Jodie Meeks? Ridnour? Rudy Fernandez? George Hill? Rip Hamilton? Maybe one of those guys is still leftover. Maybe one of those guys actually plays tomorrow.

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