Fantasy owners have different philosophies, styles, and strategies. Throughout my fourteen years playing fantasy basketball, I’ve seen all kinds of owners, some good, some bad, and a few that seemed asleep at the wheel. I’m devoting this week’s article to the different kinds of Fantasy Basketball owners you’re likely to encounter.
The By the Numbers Owner: Okay, I know what you’re thinking: any fantasy owner that doesn’t pay close attention to the numbers is likely to fail. True enough, but I’m talking about the guy who doesn’t even watch basketball, the guy who studies statistical trends instead of the arc of a player’s career. This is a guy that sometimes misses an up and comer because the stats aren’t quite good enough to pique his attention. The By the Numbers Owner can compete, but he’s often playing catch up to other, more involved owners.
The Strategist: This kind of owner can be very successful in keeper leagues. One of the greatest owners I ever competed against, suffered through two horribly non-competitive seasons in 2010 and 2011 before winning the title in 2012. The entire time he was losing, he remained upbeat, and continued to claim it was fine because he was building a team that would win it all in 2012. It worked because he took a long term, strategy based approach. This kind of owner can sacrifice wins in the present for titles in the future.
The Owner Who Does Not Keep Up, also known as He/She Who Does Not Answer Emails: This is the worst kind of owner. This is the guy or gal who never remembers to update line-ups, doesn’t respond to trade offers, and loses every week (except the week he/she plays you, of course). These kind of owners are the most frustrating when you are trying hard to make a deal before the trade deadline and they will. Not. Respond.
The Loose Cannon: these owners are fun, and can pull off amazing deals and often draft players far earlier than seems reasonable, only to see their risk pay huge dividends. On the other hand, sometimes the whole thing blows up in their face, and they end up depending on a guy who just isn’t ready (yet). I confess… I’m a Loose Cannon with a little bit of The Strategist thrown in. Feel free to share what kind of owner type best fits you (or any that I left out) in the comments section.
Week 15 Fantasy Basketball Preview
|Team||Number of Games||Schedule Favorability||Must Start||Consider Sitting|
|Highly Favorable||Paul Millsap, Al Horford||Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague|
|Favorable||Isaiah Thomas||Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley|
|Neutral||Brook Lopez||Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young|
|Unfavorable||Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum||Al Jefferson|
|Highly Favorable||Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler||Derrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic|
|Favorable||Lebron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving||Mo Williams, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith|
|Favorable||Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons||Deron Williams|
|Neutral||Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton||Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried|
|Favorable||Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova|
|Golden State||1 home|
|Poor||Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson||Andre Iguodala|
|Neutral||James Harden, Dwight Howard||Ty Lawson, Trevor Ariza|
|Favorable||Paul George, Myles Turner||Monta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi|
|Los Angeles Clippers||1 home|
|Favorable||Deandre Jordan, Chris Paul||Blake Griffin|
|Los Angeles Lakers||1 home|
|Poor||None||Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle|
|Neutral||Marc Gasol, Mike Conley||Zach Randolph|
|Favorable||Hassan Whitehead, Chris Bosh||Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic|
|Unfavorable||Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo||Michael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker|
|Poor||Karl-Anthony Towns||Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio|
|New Orleans||2 home|
|Favorable||Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson||Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans|
|New York||3 home|
|Neutral||Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis||Robin Lopez|
|Oklahoma City||2 home|
|Favorable||Russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant||Serge Ibaka|
|Neutral||Victor Oladipo||Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic|
|Unfavorable||Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel||Robert Covington|
|Unfavorable||None||Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight|
|Unfavorable||Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum||Mason Plumlee|
|Favorable||Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay||Omri Casspi|
|San Antonio||3 home|
|Highly Favorable||Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge||Tony Parker, Tim Duncan|
|Neutral||Kyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozan||Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo|
|Highly Favorable||Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood||None|
|Favorable||John Wall, Otto Porter||Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal|
Myles Turner, PF, Indiana Pacers
In his 1st NBA start, Myles Turner drops a cool 20 Pts with 6 Reb.
He’s averaging 19.7 PPG in his last 6 games. pic.twitter.com/wVYp7TyTLj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 29, 2016
I think this is the third week in a row that Turner has made this column. In short, I’m a huge, huge fan of his game, and think he’s not only one of the best young prospects in the league, but also a viable must start right now. Over the last seven games, he comes in 10th among power forwards in my 12 team keeper league. Sounds like a must start to me. See for yourself.
Derrick Favors, PF, Utah Jazz
Speaking of must start power forwards, I think it’s time to get Derrick Favors back in your line-up. He’s played a couple of successful games since coming back from some (apparently) very aggressive back spasms. Favors is a great option when healthy, and it appears that he’s on his way back.
Rodney Hood, SG, Utah Jazz
Another member of the Jazz who has been playing well as of late is Hood. He’s the fifth best two guard in my keeper league over the last two weeks of action. Not only that, but the Jazz has a very favorable schedule this week with three home games against less than stellar defenses (Denver, Milwaukee, and Phoenix).
Tyreke Evans, PG/SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans
I am and have always been a big Tyreke Evans guy. I still think given the right situation, he can be a fantasy stud like few others because of his ability to rebound, score, and pass. However, I’m beginning to think that New Orleans is not the right situation. In addition, his knee has been acting up lately, making him difficult to rely on at least until his health or his situation improve.
Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan’s short reign as Thunder coach has not been good for Ibaka. His stats are down across the board, but perhaps most concerning, are his last four weeks. Over that time, he’s only blocking 1.5 shots a game (compared to 2.5 in 2014), and his rebounding and steals are down too. I don’t like the way he’s trending, and until that changes, I’d recommend keeping him on the bench.
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