January 22, 2004

It is Day 87 of 170 in the SpoFi Fantasy NBA pool, which means it is time for the SpoFi Fantasy NBA 2Q Analyst Report. The team of crack analysts had mixed results predicting the winners and losers for this quarter. jbou's The Show still sits on top, with mbd1's Flying Elbows right on his ass. Read more inside....

posted by smithers to navel gazing at 03:21 PM - 34 comments

SpoFi Fantasy NBA 2Q Analyst Report
1 The Showjbou 110.5PTSDrop in 2Q; Cassell having incredible season, and good balance overall.HOLD
2 mbd1s Flying Elbowsmbd1 108REB, BLKSmall market gainer; needs some guard help as Ford hits rookie wall.HOLD
3 sportsBabelsmithers 93.5OREBAlso needs guard help as Arenas can't stay healthy. May have maxed?SELL
4 Prime Timersseabs 92.5 Kidd trade paid dividends overnight with 2 triple-doubles and Nets appear back on track.BUY
5 Samurai Jackasstaupe 91.53PTMHow long can the Baron carry Hornets and Jackass squads?HOLD
6 Spacemenjasonspaceman 88 Luckily this team gets 2x the fantasy pts whenever Iverson passes to Big Dog for a hoop or vice-versa...oh wait, what am I talking about?HOLD
7 fascist bully boysufezjones 82.5AST, STStarchild revitalized, Divac such a great-passing big man, Malone injury hurts more than anticipated.BUY
8 Rockport Rassafrasswfrazerjr 81 Sassy Frassys involved in blockbuster trade...and wfrazerjr suddenly develops toe fetish.BUY
9 vagabondscatfish 73.5 Manager smoking chronic with players (Laettner, Miles, Williams et al.)? Allen has been off IL and averaging 24ppg.HOLD
10 Los Perdedoresdusted 70 Dusted plays Zeke and completely blows up team; this analyst likes the move.BUY
11 Sir Galihadcoolblacka 68 Maybe the most likeable guys in the league...like the Jazz of SpoFi.HOLD
12 ATL (No) Magictrox 65 This team's best news is that Turkoglu is getting off the bench more.HOLD
13 37 Push Upscorpse 64 Trades away entire franchise to get early spot in '04-05 draft? Or clearing cap room?SELL
14 TheBigSleeplilnemo 60 Working the International movement, Donnie-style. Exchange rate on fantasy points is poor, however.HOLD
15 Smooth Sam Perkinschuckdcash 52FG%, FT%, TOThe fact that this team leads three categories perhaps indicates a flaw in the system? Stock won't change value though.HOLD

posted by smithers at 03:22 PM on January 22, 2004

Man, you really had to stretch for positive analysis of my team. I still think I'm a sell instead of a hold. This team has no shot and I don't have that much to trade either.

posted by trox at 03:52 PM on January 22, 2004

If Yao Ming decides to play like he has this past week, your team becomes an instant BUY.

posted by dusted at 04:18 PM on January 22, 2004

Sadly, I've got Malone on both of my Fantasy Teams. And I can't stand the bastard. Grrowr. PJ Brown has been playing like old mayonnaise since I traded for him too. Add Josh Howard's injury and I'm surprised I'm in 7th.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:23 PM on January 22, 2004

The scary part is that if Smooth Sam Perkins/chuckdcash reappeared and took his players off the bench, he might still win. With Stojakovic, Kirilenko, Rashard Lewis, Jermaine O'Neal, Eddie Jones, Jason Richardson, etc., he had an absolutely incredible draft. Oh well, mo' fo' me!

posted by dusted at 05:46 PM on January 22, 2004

How did basketball expert/fanatic lilnemo end up at the bottom of the table? Frankly, I'm amazed. *Insert serious in his face trashtalking*

posted by billsaysthis at 07:10 PM on January 22, 2004

2 words bill. Auto Draft. Say bill why didn't you join up? I could use some comp'ny down here in the cellar. *ribshot*

posted by lilnemo at 07:32 PM on January 22, 2004

In all seriousness, the NBA & EPL fantasy leagues are my first crack at fantasy games. It's funny that the game I do know I'm losing at, and the game I don't I might just slip out of relegation. Go Figure.

posted by lilnemo at 07:35 PM on January 22, 2004

Yep, any auto draft, (but especially Yahoo's) will kill a season.

posted by dusted at 08:18 PM on January 22, 2004

lilnemo, bball is right up there with sharp pokes in the eye and the thought of trying to track the potsmokers players is enough to drive me to smoke pot drink.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 PM on January 22, 2004

Hell no, billy. Along with futbol, it's the only sport that: a. doesn't require a ton of gear (as opposed to hockey, American football, motorsports). b. Is fast paced (unlike baseball, American football, golf). c. Requires true athletic health to play (unlike golf, motorsports, and depending on position, baseball and American football).

posted by dusted at 10:54 PM on January 22, 2004

Agreed dusted. Basketball is the American manifestation of futbol. And billsaysthis: if potsmoking were a fantasy category, catfish would easily be up near the top.

posted by smithers at 11:21 PM on January 22, 2004

I'm not saying you guys are wrong, I'm just saying I'd rather be doing something else.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:03 AM on January 23, 2004

man, I get here too late for EVERYTHING.

posted by forksclovetofu at 12:34 AM on January 23, 2004

I've had too many injuries this season: AI, Big Dog, and now Lebron and Wade.

posted by jasonspaceman at 06:22 AM on January 23, 2004

forks: we're just getting warmed up!

posted by smithers at 08:11 AM on January 23, 2004

Hmmm... the trade with Rockport Rassafrass, AKA wfrazerjr, didn't go through. Something about his roster being too big. Hey, I know Shaq's a big fella, but come on now.

posted by dusted at 11:37 AM on January 23, 2004

He would have had to waive a player to make the transaction go through.

posted by lilnemo at 12:23 PM on January 23, 2004

smithers: what's a brother got to do to get a team around here then?

posted by forksclovetofu at 12:55 PM on January 23, 2004

okay, i'm joining the next fantasy league just so i can be part of the glorious tables created to show the standings.

posted by jacknose at 01:13 PM on January 23, 2004

Great, that's just what we need is to dilute the talent base even more in this league....(I mean the players, not the managers!!). Ya know, there's only so much sausage to go around.

posted by smithers at 01:37 PM on January 23, 2004

forks: whoops, I thought you meant late to the scintillating thread we had on the go. jacknose: as for "glorious" tables, gotta keep up with those soccer boys. Besides, we only meet once every quarter. Just kidding fellas, would love to have more join next year.

posted by smithers at 01:40 PM on January 23, 2004

Perhaps we should lay the groundwork rules for next season. Proposed changes, additions, subtractions. What have you. Here's some food for thought: Shorter rosters to allow for more league members? Two Divisions complete with Relegation? Points system? (Dare I say) A different fantasy site? Any Suggestions?

posted by lilnemo at 01:49 PM on January 23, 2004

We could probably do two leagues next year, with maybe ten managers per league, or open it up even more, with 30 managers and only 5 roster spots. Either way, the sausage to pretty girl ratio needs to improve. The relegation scheme cooked up by worldcuptwoyearsago and his crazy soccer buddies is getting hashed out pretty good. Maybe we could crash their discussion and see if the ideas will work for us.

posted by dusted at 01:54 PM on January 23, 2004

In a bizarre turn of events, chuckdcash's Smooth Sam Perkins team is no longer on the bench. Uh, welcome back, I guess.

posted by dusted at 02:45 PM on January 23, 2004

Market Intelligence Update: Smooth Sam Perkins [SpoFi:SSP] is now rated a Strong Buy. TheBigSleep [SpoFi:BGSLP] has also been re-evaluated to SELL, SELL, SELL..... (now I can rest my gruesome thoughts that chuckdcash went to that big fantasy sports league in the sky...)

posted by smithers at 05:28 PM on January 23, 2004

Suddenly I'm worried. dusted has caught me in total transactions with his latest double grab. Enjoy Ruben Patterson's bricks at the free-throw line, dusted. But...do I have a stable lineup now? Gasp! Actually, there's something in his pattern of moves over the last month or so that's padded that total, and that I'm not sure I entirely like -- namely the tendency to pick a player up as a free agent and then immediately dump that same player for another, rendering the grabbed-and-dumped player inaccessible to everyone for three days. This kind of thing has ripe potential for abuse, and may eventually be something worth taking up with the commissioner...if only the commissioner (catfish) hadn't apparently lost interest himself about a month ago (last activity: Dec 16). Don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to take all this too seriously. Just clearing the air.

posted by taupe at 12:02 PM on January 24, 2004

taupe, are you suggesting some sort of 10-day contract rule for next year, so as not to have "playing the wire" as a strategy?

posted by smithers at 02:08 PM on January 24, 2004

I swear it's not intentional. I just pick someone up, then see someone better. Playing the wire is the only strategy that's worked for me, and it's worked even better for you, taupe. I was way too careful earlier in the season, hanging onto McDyess for months, for example. I finally dropped him and a few others, and I was able to find much better players through trial and error. After hesitating on several players (like Hinrich, Tinsley and Medvedenko, now currently in taupe's lineup) I started making more moves. How else do you expect the cellar dwellers to stay interested?

posted by dusted at 04:59 PM on January 24, 2004

Don't get me wrong, here, because yes, I do like playing the wire. It's just the same-day grab-and-dump that I wonder about, where it's not even possible for the player in question to put up numbers for the team that selected and deselected him. The objection here is that, conceivably, someone intent upon paralysing everyone else's roster could just sit down and grab and dump free agent after free agent, throwing them all into waivers and engendering chaos for other managers also trying to play the wire. I can understand if it's been unintentional up to this point, and since it's just ever been one player at a time, it wouldn't really be something to take to the commissioner. Hell, I may even have done it once. I just hope that if people keep in mind how that kind of thing could look, they'll be a little more careful making these moves.

posted by taupe at 06:51 PM on January 24, 2004

I'll take it into consideration, taupe, but I'm not going to hesitate to make moves. That's how those great free agent pickups ended up on your team instead of mine. I will try to limit the same-day grab-and-dumps. (As far as Ruben Patterson goes, well... Doleac played too well tonight, and he can shoot his free throws straight!) Just know this: not one of my moves has had any goal other than to improve my team.

posted by dusted at 08:44 PM on January 24, 2004

Hopefully, the big trade of Dirk for Stack and the Big Toe will go through now that I understand that I can't swap one IL guy for another.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:00 PM on January 26, 2004

In Dusty's world he needs to get a player not hurt for a guy who is hurt, and curse you if you think otherwise, I hope you noticed Dusty that Q is back and playing well. In case you missed the FPP Dirk is running out of gas this year because he played during the off season, so your sillyness saved me from making a mistake, thanks.

posted by jbou at 04:40 PM on January 27, 2004

That's the last straw, jbou: you are officially off my Christmas party invite list.

posted by dusted at 08:41 PM on January 28, 2004

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