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  1. Stephen Curry 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    He'll be out for at least a few games.. Not necessarily because of the severity but because there is no reason for them to let this keep happening into the playoffs. I'm shocked they didn't shut him down ( for a few games) after the last ankle sprain.
  2. 2018 Auction Strategies / Values etc.

    If you're joining an existing league look at past years values to see what players went for so you get an idea of how this other owners value certain players/positions. Every league values players differently and it helps knowing that before the auction. Remember that inflation can play a big role if you are joining a keeper league. 60/40, 70//30 split is about right. If it's a keeper league you may want to consider over paying for top prospects. It may not pay off year one but you'll be golden when the kids start developing. For example if Acuna is a $15 value you should be comfortable paying 20 knowing that in years 2-3-4 to will have a $40 player at 20.
  3. Karl-Anthony Towns 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    As an owner of KP and Cousins, I feel a little better now that Towns is dominating again.
  4. Mario Hezonja 2017-18 Season Outlook

    I have the room on my bench to hang on to him. Gordon's been questionable with a hip issue for a while now. The Magic are out of it and I could see them shutting him down late in the year for the fantasy playoffs. In the meantime, Hezonja is still being productive for deep leagues.
  5. Jimmy Butler 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    They're in 3rd but only 3.5 ahead of the Clippers and 4.5 ahead of the surging Jazz. There is plenty of time for them to blow it, but they still have Kat/Wiggins/Teague/Taj and Crawford is still solid. They should be able to hover around .500 the rest of the season. Either way, they aren't going to rush Butler back. Best case is 4 weeks and even then he'll likely be on a minutes/back to back restriction.
  6. Jimmy Butler 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    The only chance he has of returning in the regular season is if the twolves start losing and risk getting knocked out of the playoffs. And of course that's assuming he's medically sooner than most predict.
  7. Kawhi Leonard 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    Before the season started I was targeting Leonard until I heard about the injury and I pretty much completely removed him from my draft board. Not because I saw this coming, but because the Spurs play games. They have zero interest in being transparent.
  8. Kawhi Leonard 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    For a coach that has made a mockery of the regular season and done so with the utmost contempt for the fans who come to watch the games I can't help but feel a little joy that Pop is playing a season with zero purpose now that it looks like Leonard is "resting" for the rest of this season.
  9. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    Jack will be nearly completely out of the rotation. Courtney Lee is 32 and has no backup. Tim Hardaway is the only legit SF on the team. There are TONS Of minutes to go around if the Knicks, as we have heard they are inclined to do, opt to go small and choose to play Frank/Mudiay on the court together. They have literally nothing to lose. And since Mudiay is far more advanced as a player, he is the leading candidate to play 30+ a game the rest of the season. The only question is whether your team can handle the FGpct
  10. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    LOL, was just posting that when your post popped up. Great news for Mudiay owners. Already getting the starting gig coming out of the break.
  11. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    He didn't have an awful rookie campaign for a 19 year old that didn't play college ball. You guys act like every 19 year old is ready to play in the NBA from day 1. Look at just about every great NBA player's rookie year numbers and you will see that they all have improved greatly, especially the ones that didn't play college ball. Mudiay fell out of favor in Denver. But Denver isn't exactly a model organization. It's not crazy to think that Mudiay could figure things out if given the chance in NY.
  12. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    1stl and .5 blcks for a rookie isn't noteworthy, but it's not bad starting point for a 19 year old. Jimmy Butler averaged about that in his 2nd year (at the age of 22/23). You make it seem as if a 19yr old stats in his rookie year will be what he does the rest of his career. Meanwhile there are plenty of NBA greats that struggled their rookie years (after playing 3 or 4 years of college ball) and figure it out. Mudiay is still just 21. Jimmy Butler was a 22 year old rookie. Sometimes these kids take time to develop, especially when they never played College ball. (and no I am not suggesting Mudiay will become Butler)
  13. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    Yup, 19 year old kids never get better. If they are out of the top 300 in their rookie year, it's mathematically impossible for them to evolve into better players. I mean Nash averaged 3pts, 9pts, 8pts and 7 pts his first 4 years while averaging about 5assts a game and that scrub never amounted to much after that. Look, no one is suggesting that Mudiay will be a top 10 player. But the Knicks are desperate for some life after KP went down. Jack is toast. Frank isn't ready. Mudiay could easily get 30mpg the rest of the way so he has potential to put up about 15pts, 6 assts, 4rebs with 1 stls and .5blks in the second half. For some of us in deeper leagues that is a very valuable free agent pick up if your team can absorb the FGpct hit. No one is suggesting you trade away a valuable asset for him. You need to learn perspective when it comes to fantasy basketball. Not every league is the same and not every team is constructed like yours.
  14. Mario Hezonja 2017-18 Season Outlook

    Simmons is a 28 year old journeyman. Solid player, but not someone they need to give minutes to. It makes zero sense for him to continue getting 30 minutes a night. A starting lineup of: PG DJ SG Mario SF Fournier PF Gordon C Biyombo With Simmons getting 20 minutes off the bench behind Mario/Fournier can work. While some guys are coming back, you can probably cut Afflalo and Speights minutes down to near zero. Not sure if they want to see more of Iwundu. If they hadn't turned down the team option, I'd be confident that they would make this work for Mario. But having declined it, I have zero reason to believe the Magic are looking for ways to get Mario minutes. If anything, the better he plays the dumber they look. For those looking for a silver lining: "Because of that decision, Hezonja will become an unrestricted free agent in July. Hezonja has said repeatedly he loves living in Orlando, and the Magic can re-sign him over the summer. At the same time, however, Hezonja now is essentially auditioning for other teams, trying to prove he deserves a free-agent contract in a market in which few teams will have significant cap space available." http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-orlando-magic-mario-hezonja-0214-story.html
  15. Emmanuel Mudiay 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    This is looking good for mudiay. Jack's role may be getting cut out. Frank isn't ready to take on a big role and burke is small When the coach is referencing various backcourt combos and in both he lists mudiay, that's a good sign. I'd expect 25 and maybe 30 plus minutes in the second half: "It's probably all three of those young guys (playing more) — Frank, Emmanuel and Trey — and we'll slide a couple of them in the two spot a little bit," the coach said. "Whether it's Trey and Emmanuel or some combination of those guys — Emmanuel and Frank." http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jarrett-jack-backseat-knicks-young-guards-article-1.3822632