My last blog I broke down at-bat importance for fantasy baseball. Today I am going to shift gears and focus on pitchers. Let’s combined fantasy and gambling to dissect some of the pitchers off to hot starts in terms of money won. Continue reading
Now that baseball season has completed a couple of weeks I figured I would do another fantasy sport opinion blog. In a past blog I commented on my experience in the land of fantasy basketball. If I may add, I am in the finals in my head to head league this week thanks to some key acquisitions off the waiver wire. This blog takes a look at fantasy baseball. Behind football, baseball is the second most popular fantasy sport played. It gives numbers crunchers games from morning till night, seven days a week. For hardcore fans the summer months of baseball are heaven, but what about casual fans? Is the day-to-day pressure and commitment too much? I asked my friend to help me out with this and his response is below: Continue reading
Last week marked the beginning of Major League Baseball, did you know that? MLB made the announcement that the Dodgers were purchased for 2 billion dollars, by a group led by Magic Johnson. This price broke the all-time record for a franchise purchase and seemed a bit high considering they were valued at 800 million dollars last year. Oakland and Seattle got the regular season started in Japan and provided us fantasy fans with little to cheer for. With that being said, who is ready for some more projections? I have stepped into unfamiliar territory this year with fantasy baseball and decided to take a shot at some projections. Continue reading
With my new blog I have been experimenting a little on what subjects to focus on and write about for the upcoming year. As mentioned on my about page, since fantasy is centered on stats and numbers there will be many blogs dedicated to the world of fantasy sports. My day is full of fantasy sports research but I have kept the blogs to a minimum for the time being. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) participation has grown over 60 percent the past four years and there are almost 30 million fantasy sports players in the United States alone. There are countless stats on the industry but one sport I want to focus on in this blog is basketball and my experience.
Most of my fantasy sport blogs will breakdown player stats and recommendations of players I am focused on, avoiding or trying to trade. This blog I am highlighting fantasy basketball as a whole. With the playoffs right around the corner and this season being my first time participating I had some interesting findings. According to the FSTA, fantasy basketball leagues currently sit fourth in popularity behind football, baseball and auto racing. That being said, there are still close to 6 million people participating.
The two styles of leagues I participated in were a yearlong rotisserie style scoring format on ESPN, and a head to head formatted league on Yahoo. As an avid fantasy football player I was automatically attracted to the head to head league through Yahoo. Comparing it to football where your focus is scoring the most points overall, the head to head category match-up is a great format that forces you to focus on all player attributes, strengths and weaknesses. Even though ESPN’s rotisserie league has the same format of stat categories, without the head to head match-up it was hard to stay focused without providing me any gratification of winning or losing at the end of the week. With all the daily fantasy games available online it seems to me the focus on fantasy sports is starting to push towards instant gratification. Overall I have enjoyed the basketball leagues I am participating in and look forward to its growth in the future.
Every major sports league from NBA to NASCAR understands the importance of fantasy sports and its popularity among its fans. Week in and week out it provides someone the opportunity to get involved in a sporting event that their favorite player or team is not involved in. Where do you see the fantasy sports industry going and what sports will be in the forefront in the upcoming years?
With the first half of the lockout shortened season complete, let’s take a look back at some players that impacted the fantasy world. We all know Kevin Durant was going to put up big numbers and Dwight Howard would grab a bunch of boards, so let’s take time to focus on some under the radar players heading into the season who shined for owners that drafted them.
Focused on players with an ADP above 50 according to ESPN fantasy leagues. Stats are shown as a Per Game Average.
Best Available was found taking the highest ranked player in each category available in a majority of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 18.4
League Rank: 17 ADP: 58.4
Best Available: Anthony Morrow (13.0 ppg)
DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – 11.3
League Rank: 5 ADP: 55.3
Best Available: Marcus Camby (9.5 rpg)
Jose Calderon (TOR) – 8.9
League Rank: 3 ADP: 88.9
Best Available: Ramon Sessions (5.5 apg)
Mike Conley (MEM) – 2.47
League Rank: 1 ADP: 73
Best Available: Iman Shumpert (2.0 spg)
Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 3.21
League Rank: 1 ADP: 51.4
Best Available: Bismack Biyombo (1.68 bpg)
Field Goal %
Tyson Chandler (NYK) – .703%
League Rank: 1 ADP: 68.5
Best Available: DeJaun Blair (.520%)
Overall (With Fantasy Rank and ADP)
8. Marc Gasol (MEM) – 59.3
11. Greg Monroe (DET) – 61.3
13. Tyson Chandler (NYK) – 68.5
15. James Harden (OKC) – 69.6
16. Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 56.9
18. Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 102.3
20. Mike Conley (MEM) – 73.0
21. Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 119.0
Who shined for your team and has your interest for the 2nd half of the season?