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The Prospect Post: What Could Go Wrong
The Prospect Post: What Could Go Wrong
RotoWire's resident rookie expert, James Anderson, breaks down our current expectations for the top rookies going in fantasy drafts.
NBA Draft Strategy: Evaluating Yahoo's Rankings Update
NBA Draft Strategy: Evaluating Yahoo's Rankings Update
With Yahoo releasing new default fantasy basketball rankings, RotoWire's Josh Lloyd took a look at the changes in rankings from Yahoo's initial default rankings to their new rankings.
NBA Draft Kit: Sleepers
NBA Draft Kit: Sleepers
RotoWire's Eric Caturia combed through the fantasy basketball ADP of ESPN and Yahoo to find the best sleepers to target in drafts.
Advanced Stats Analysis: Kevin Durant's Injury
Advanced Stats Analysis: Kevin Durant's Injury
Our experts teamed up to give RotoWire's readers a breakdown of Kevin Durant's injury and what it means for his fantasy value.
Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Video Mock Draft
Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Video Mock Draft
RotoWire's staff got together and hosted a 9-category rotisserie mock draft Sunday afternoon. Kyle McKeown, Marc Roberts, and Josh Lloyd all comment on the draft and engage in a couple tangents.
NBA Draft Kit: Per-Possession Watch List
NBA Draft Kit: Per-Possession Watch List
Just because a player doesn't get a lot of minutes doesn't mean they're a bad player. Marc Roberts looked at the best per-possession players in the NBA who probably won't get minutes this season.
NBA Draft Strategy: Rookie Rankings and Tiers
NBA Draft Strategy: Rookie Rankings and Tiers
Marc Roberts offers his suggested rookie rankings and tiering. Find out where Milwaukee's Jabari Parker slots in.
NBA Auction Strategy Part 6: Points Leagues (ESPN) Rankings and Auction Values
NBA Auction Strategy Part 6: Points Leagues (ESPN) Rankings and Auction Values
Marc Roberts offers his suggested points leagues rankings and auction values for standard ESPN points leagues.
NBA Auction Strategy Part 5: 8-Category Rotisserie Rankings and Auction Values
NBA Auction Strategy Part 5: 8-Category Rotisserie Rankings and Auction Values
Marc Roberts offers his suggested rotisserie rankings and auction values for standard 8-category leagues.
NBA Auction Strategy Part 4: 9-Cat Roto Rankings & Auction Values
NBA Auction Strategy Part 4: 9-Cat Roto Rankings & Auction Values
Marc Roberts offers his suggested rotisserie rankings and auction values for standard 9-category leagues.
NBA Draft Strategy: ESPN H2H Playoff Cheat Sheet
NBA Draft Strategy: ESPN H2H Playoff Cheat Sheet
RotoWire's J.J. Calle broke down which NBA teams have the best schedules during ESPN's default head-to-head fantasy playoffs.
NBA Auction Strategy Part 3: H2H Rankings and Auction Values
NBA Auction Strategy Part 3: H2H Rankings and Auction Values
Marc Roberts and Kyle McKeown explain their suggested head-to-head rankings and offer a cheat sheet for head-to-head auction values.
NBA Team Previews: Houston Rockets
NBA Team Previews: Houston Rockets
Will the departure of Chandler Parsons doom the Rockets, or will the development of Terrence Jones and their recent signings propel the Rockets to new heights?
NBA Team Previews: Detroit Pistons
NBA Team Previews: Detroit Pistons
Can Kentavious Caldwell-Pope steal a starting job, or will he be passed over by the recently signed Jodie Meeks and Caron Butler?
NBA Team Previews: Golden State Warriors
NBA Team Previews: Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr has vowed to add structure to the Warriors' offense, but will that help or hurt their key players' value in fantasy?
NBA Draft Kit: Monthly Schedule Cheat Sheet
NBA Draft Kit: Monthly Schedule Cheat Sheet
Certain quirks in the NBA schedule can lead to teams playing a disproportionate amount of games monthly and separated by the first and second half of the season. Savvy owners can use the schedule to trade for extra games.
NBA Team Previews: Orlando Magic
NBA Team Previews: Orlando Magic
The Magic are overflowing with great high-potential talent, but will they lean on their youth for development or try to claw out some wins by using their veterans?
NBA Team Previews: Memphis Grizzlies
NBA Team Previews: Memphis Grizzlies
The only significant new piece the Grizzlies brought in this offseason was Vince Carter. Though he's been a bench player for the last few seasons, could Carter get thrust into the starting lineup this season?
NBA Team Previews: Miami Heat
NBA Team Previews: Miami Heat
It's the Bosh, Wade, Deng, McRoberts, and Chalmers show in Miami with LeBron James back in Cleveland. Can the retooled Heat make up the breakdown and be even better in fantasy this season?
NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets
NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have a new coach in town, and all of the injured players that caused some of their turmoil last season are supposed to be healthy. Will health and a new head coach improve the Nets' fantasy production?
NBA Team Previews: New York Knicks
NBA Team Previews: New York Knicks
Phil Jackson has brought the Triangle Offense to town. Will the Knicks reclaim a spot at the top of the East, or will Fish's words get lost at sea? Does anybody read these? E-mail Yes to Kyle@rotowire.com
NBA Auction Strategy Part 2: How Auction Values Are Calculated
NBA Auction Strategy Part 2: How Auction Values Are Calculated
If you've ever wondered how the heck we settle on our auction dollar values for players, RotoWire's Marc Roberts has broken it all down in a simple way.
NBA Auction Strategy Part 1: Why You Should Try An Auction Draft
NBA Auction Strategy Part 1: Why You Should Try An Auction Draft
Most of us get started playing fantasy basketball by drafting our leagues via a standard snake draft, but if you've never tried playing in an Auction League, we think you should give it a try.
NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to improve on his successful rookie season, but are expectations for the Bucks' guard too high?
NBA Team Previews: San Antonio Spurs
NBA Team Previews: San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is being touted as a breakout candidate this season, but based on the minutes per game that the Spurs give their players, we're tempering our expectations for this season.
NBA Team Previews: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Team Previews: Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have been thrown under the bus this offseason, but could they shock the world and improve enough on defense to be a better team this season despite losing Kevin Love?
NBA Team Previews: Atlanta Hawks
NBA Team Previews: Atlanta Hawks
Al Horford will be back and healthy this season, and the Hawks have the depth to reduce their starters' minutes if they want. Will the Hawks' fantasy boon of 2013-14 be a bust in 2014-15?
NBA Team Previews: Sacramento Kings
NBA Team Previews: Sacramento Kings
Will Ben McLemore find his groove in his second season, or will Nik Stauskas make McLemore a thrift store afterthought?
NBA Team Previews: Denver Nuggets
NBA Team Previews: Denver Nuggets
In coach Brian Shaw's second year with the Nuggets, will he finally tighten his rotation, or will fantasy owners continue to be sold fool's gold by the Nuggets.
Offseason Moves: Eastern Conference
Offseason Moves: Eastern Conference
It's always tough to keep track of all the player movement around the league. Here's a quick breakdown of the Eastern Conference and the team-by-team analysis.
Coaching Tiers 2014: Where Popovich Finishes Last
Coaching Tiers 2014: Where Popovich Finishes Last
If minutes are the most important stat in fantasy, then it's important to know which coaches run the most fantasy-friendly rotations and whether last year's trends will continue.
NBA Team Previews: Phoenix Suns
NBA Team Previews: Phoenix Suns
Eric Bledsoe's fate with the Suns remains undecided, leaving great speculation as to how much the addition of Isaiah Thomas to the backcourt will hurt both players' value.
NBA Team Previews: Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Team Previews: Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook is expected to be fully healthy coming into the season. Will Reggie Jackson be pushed back to a bench role or be asked to start at shooting guard? Also, is it Steven Adams' time to shine?
NBA Team Previews: Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Team Previews: Philadelphia 76ers
Michael Carter-Williams has a great opportunity to be the most valuable on a destitute team. He was a top-15 player in head-to-head leagues last season, but can he improve his efficiency to be better in rotisserie?
NBA Team Previews: Boston Celtics
NBA Team Previews: Boston Celtics
The Celtics seem to lack an identity yet under coach Brad Stevens. Will they finally throw out a consistent lineup this season, or will Stevens continue to examine his depth again?
NBA Team Previews: Charlotte Hornets
NBA Team Previews: Charlotte Hornets
The addition of Lance Stephenson raises the Hornets' profile in the East, but will MKG develop on offense, and how high can Kemba Walker rise?
NBA Team Previews: Toronto Raptors
NBA Team Previews: Toronto Raptors
Was Kyle Lowry's success merely a result of his pursuit of a new contract last season, or will he be worth his high price tag this season?
NBA Team Previews: Utah Jazz
NBA Team Previews: Utah Jazz
The Jazz have a new coach and a roster devoid of pesky veterans, so we should finally see what all the potential on the Jazz roster will mean for their future in fantasy.
Yahoo Expert Mock Draft: Head-to-Head League
Yahoo Expert Mock Draft: Head-to-Head League
RotoWire's NBA writers held a head-to-head mock draft on Yahoo! for a 12-team, 9-category league. Our H2H rankings are previewed in the piece.
NBA Team Previews: Chicago Bulls
NBA Team Previews: Chicago Bulls
Regardless of Derrick Rose's health, the Bulls have put together a team with refined depth that should go far this season, but with depth comes reduced fantasy value.
NBA Draft Kit: Suspension Report
NBA Draft Kit: Suspension Report
Players can be suspended for a variety of reasons, and with a lot of the penalties that result in suspensions affecting the end of the season, it's important to review its fantasy impact.
NBA Draft Strategy: Yahoo H2H Playoff Cheat Sheet
NBA Draft Strategy: Yahoo H2H Playoff Cheat Sheet
RotoWire's J.J. Calle broke down which NBA teams have the best schedules during the head-to-head fantasy playoffs.
NBA Team Previews: Indiana Pacers
NBA Team Previews: Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have open starting jobs at shooting guard and small forward. Can two players claim those roles, or will the Pacers play the matchup game?
NBA Team Previews: Washington Wizards
NBA Team Previews: Washington Wizards
Paul Pierce played a career-low 28 minutes on the Nets last season. Will his minutes go back over 30-plus per game, or is he too old at 37 years old?
NBA Team Previews: New Orleans Pelicans
NBA Team Previews: New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans traded for Omer Asik to improve their already exciting defense in the frontcourt, but their fortunes seem more tied to the health they found elusive last season. Can they stay healthy and win?
NBA Team Previews: Dallas Mavericks
NBA Team Previews: Dallas Mavericks
Chandler Parsons has joined the Mavs expecting to play a bigger role than he did for the Rockets, but can his stats improve much with Dirk, Monta, and a three-headed monster at point?
Analyzing Yahoo Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Sleepers and Busts
Analyzing Yahoo Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Sleepers and Busts
Originally posted on the RotoWire Blog, this article breaks down the initial player rankings from Yahoo to offer an evaluation of potential sleepers and busts.
NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Clippers
NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers brought in Spencer Hawes to shore up their frontcourt depth, but an underrated development could be having J.J. Redick healthy this season.
NBA Daily Games Strategy: Intro to Daily Fantasy Basketball
NBA Daily Games Strategy: Intro to Daily Fantasy Basketball
Daily fantasy basketball games are becoming more popular every day, but the strategy to win each daily game is different than in yearly leagues. RotoWire's Scott Malewig is here to help break down the most popular daily game sites and how to play them.
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Pacific Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Pacific Division)
Isaiah Thomas' move to Phoenix this offseason could result in his fantasy value taking a monumental hit, but will Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe's value take a hit, too?
NBA Draft Strategy: How to Punt in Fantasy Basketball
NBA Draft Strategy: How to Punt in Fantasy Basketball
Punting can work in most leagues, but you need to know how to punt based on your league's style and setup. RotoWire's Josh Lloyd breaks down how to do that for your league.
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Northwest Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Northwest Division)
There is plenty of young talent in the Northwest Division this year that could lead to a lot of unique players having value this season.
NBA Team Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Team Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers
Sleeper, bust, and the fantasy value of the Cavaliers are all broken down by RotoWire's Perry Missner. Can LeBron James bring a title to his hometown?
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Southwest Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Southwest Division)
With two new point guards and Devin Harris re-signed, who's going to start at point guard for the Dallas Mavericks?
NBA Injury Analysis: Players Returning from Injury
NBA Injury Analysis: Players Returning from Injury
Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose are just two of the key players who were sidelined by significant injuries last season. Jeff Stotts breaks down the risk involved with drafting each player.
NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Lakers
Sleeper, bust, and the fantasy value of the Lakers are all broken down by RotoWire's Lakers beat writer, Josh Lloyd. Do you believe in the Jordan Hill hype?
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Southeast Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Southeast Division)
How will coach Jacque Vaughn deploy his Magic roster filled with young players? Will any of their veterans be in the rotation?
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Central Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Central Division)
Who would have guessed that all the red-hot offseason news would take place in the Central Division? RotoWire's Ken Crites breaks down the impact and position battles.
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Atlantic Division)
NBA Draft Kit: Position Battles (Atlantic Division)
The Raptors and Nets have their starting lineups pretty well defined, but the Celtics, Knicks, and Sixers should have some healthy position battles in training camp.
NBA Draft Kit: Out-of-Position Stats
NBA Draft Kit: Out-of-Position Stats
In general, guards and big men have typical stats that they contribute in fantasy, but some players excel at providing out-of-position stats. Recognizing these players can help bring the bacon home.
NBA Draft Kit: Contract-Year Players 2014-15
NBA Draft Kit: Contract-Year Players 2014-15
RotoWire's Josh Lloyd has produced a breakdown of all the potential contract-year players for the 2014-15 season. Who do you think is going to play harder for a big contract?
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Julius Randle
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Julius Randle
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 7 pick Julius Randle in his seventh of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies for 2014-15.
Advanced Stats Analysis: Lance Stephenson's Value with the Hornets
Advanced Stats Analysis: Lance Stephenson's Value with the Hornets
Lance Stephenson has signed with the Charlotte Hornets. How will a move from the Pacers to the Hornets affect his fantasy value?
Fielkow's Law NBA: Nikola Mirotic Finally Joins the Bulls
Fielkow's Law NBA: Nikola Mirotic Finally Joins the Bulls
Nikola Mirotic has earned several awards overseas since being drafted 23rd overall in 2011, but will his success abroad lead to success as an NBA rookie?
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Dante Exum
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Dante Exum
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 5 pick Dante Exum in his fifth of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies for 2014-15.
Advanced Stats Analysis: Luol Deng's Value with the Heat
Advanced Stats Analysis: Luol Deng's Value with the Heat
Luol Deng agreed to sign with the Miami Heat. How will a move from the Cavaliers to the Heat affect his fantasy value?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Trevor Ariza's Value with the Rockets
Advanced Stats Analysis: Trevor Ariza's Value with the Rockets
Trevor Ariza agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. How will a move from the Wizards to the Rockets affect his fantasy value?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Paul Pierce's Value with the Wizards
Advanced Stats Analysis: Paul Pierce's Value with the Wizards
Paul Pierce agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards. How will a move from a role with limited minutes on the Nets to a potentially bigger role on the Wizards affect his fantasy value?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Chandler Parsons' Value with the Mavericks
Advanced Stats Analysis: Chandler Parsons' Value with the Mavericks
Chandler Parsons agreed to sign with the Mavericks. How will a move from a limited role on the Rockets to a focal role on the Mavericks affect his fantasy value?
Advanced Stats Analysis: LeBron James' Value with the Cavs
Advanced Stats Analysis: LeBron James' Value with the Cavs
LeBron James agreed to sign with the Cavaliers on Friday. How will a move from a slow-paced offense on the Heat to an unclear offense on the Cavaliers affect his fantasy value?
2014 Rookie Projection: Aaron Gordon
2014 Rookie Projection: Aaron Gordon
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 4 pick Aaron Gordon in his fourth of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies for 2014-15.
Advanced Stats Analysis: Channing Frye's Value with the Magic
Advanced Stats Analysis: Channing Frye's Value with the Magic
Channing Frye agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Magic on Monday. How will a move from a starting role on the Suns to an unclear role on the Magic affect his value in fantasy?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Josh McRoberts' Value with the Heat
Advanced Stats Analysis: Josh McRoberts' Value with the Heat
Josh McRoberts agreed to a four-year contract with the Heat on Monday. How will a move from a starting role on the Bobcats to an unclear role on the Heat affect his value in fantasy?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Spencer Hawes' Value with the Clippers
Advanced Stats Analysis: Spencer Hawes' Value with the Clippers
Spencer Hawes agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract with the Clippers on Friday. How will a move from a starting role on the Cavs to a backup role on the Clippers affect his value in fantasy?
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Joel Embiid
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Joel Embiid
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 3 pick Joel Embiid in his third of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies for 2014-15.
Advanced Stats Analysis: Darren Collison's Value with the Kings
Advanced Stats Analysis: Darren Collison's Value with the Kings
Darren Collison agreed to a three-year, $16 million contract with the Kings on Thursday. How will a move from backing up Chris Paul to a potential starting role with the Kings affect his value in fantasy?
Advanced Stats Analysis: Jodie Meeks' Value in Detroit
Advanced Stats Analysis: Jodie Meeks' Value in Detroit
The Pistons agreed to a three-year, $19.5 million contract with free agent Jodie Meeks on Tuesday. How will a move from a Mike D'Antoni offense to a Stan Van Gundy offense change his value in fantasy?
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Jabari Parker
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Jabari Parker
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 2 pick Jabari Parker in his second of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies from the 2014 NBA Draft.
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Andrew Wiggins
2014 NBA Rookie Projection: Andrew Wiggins
RotoWire's Marc Roberts looks at the best, average, and worst-case scenarios for No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in his first of a series of articles detailing the projected value of the top rookies from the 2014 NBA Draft.
2014 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers
2014 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers
RotoWire's Nick Pitner breaks down the winners and losers from Thursday's 2014 NBA Draft.
2014 NBA Draft: Fantasy Value Review
2014 NBA Draft: Fantasy Value Review
RotoWire's Josh Lloyd broke down every team's selections from the 2014 NBA Draft to discuss each player's potential value in fantasy next season. This is a must-read piece.
Rebound & Rant: On the Road to the NBA
Rebound & Rant: On the Road to the NBA
RotoWire's Ken Crites recorded his immediate reactions in a stream-of-consciousness blog. If you wish Jack Kerouac were an NBA blogger, this is your kind of piece.
2014 NBA Draft: Chat LIVE with RotoWire's NBA Writers
2014 NBA Draft: Chat LIVE with RotoWire's NBA Writers
The RotoWire fantasy basketball podcast crew will be chatting about the 2014 NBA Draft from 6:00-10:00 p.m. ET. Come join the conversation! Free to non-subscribers.
NBA Blog: Checking in on the Donald Sterling Mess
NBA Blog: Checking in on the Donald Sterling Mess
RotoWire's Gary Brotman uses his perspective as an attorney to look at the Donald Sterling situation that currently plagues the NBA and Clippers franchise.
Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: TradeSports Real-Time Trading Contests
Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: TradeSports Real-Time Trading Contests
Jerry Donabedian takes his first stab at TradeSports new real-time trading contests during the NBA Conference Finals.
NBA Blog: Evaluating Playoff Production
NBA Blog: Evaluating Playoff Production
Does playoff production carry over to the next season? Marc Roberts takes a look at Bradley Beal and Draymond Green's playoff production to determine if they'll carry their production into next season.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday-Tuesday Contests
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday-Tuesday Contests
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday-Monday Contests
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday-Monday Contests
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Saturday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Saturday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday-Wednesday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday-Wednesday
DraftKings' games have moved to two-day contests to help widen the player pool and ready daily games players for when the NBA gets down to just one game per night.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday
With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday
With just two games on the docket, capitalizing on the right mix of elite players and low-salary options will be key to winning.
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Saturday
NBA Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Saturday
There are three Game 7s scheduled for Saturday, with some interesting options to consider as value plays in daily games.