Rookies and Sleepers and Draft Values

My brief appearance on the Rotowire NBA preview show on XM was made even briefer by my crappy mobile service. As I hate for you all to be deprived of my wisdom, here’s what I would have said given the time.

Fantasy Sleepers

One of the players I’m high on this season is New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson. His “stretch big” game is an ideal complement to both Anthony Davis and Omer Asik; he averaged more than three made threes per game last season while shooting over 40% from long range and 44% from the field overall. I expect him to log significant minutes even if he doesn’t start. There have even been reports that Monty Williams will use all three of his bigs together, with Anderson shifting to the three spot.

Box Score Breakdown — Monday, October 13th

Have we all had a moment to digest the Kevin Durant news yet? If you’re still worried about what to do in your draft, Marc Roberts has a great article on the main RotoWire site that you must read. But, as with every big name injury, the Earth keeps spinning, the sun keeps coming up, and I’ll keep spouting clichés. So, let’s press on and look at what went down in Monday’s NBA preseason action in the Box Score Breakdown.

Durant and Beal and Where You Should Draft Them

I’m obsessed with the regular season schedule. I’ve already written a monthly schedule analysis of the entire league, ranking teams from 1-30 based on seasonal value. It allows me to isolate preeminent schedule segments, especially useful towards the end of the regular season.

With both Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal expected to miss an extended period of time, let’s dissect their teams’ early-season schedule and provide a blueprint on how you can use it to your advantage.