As another reminder of the approaching opening to the NBA Season, today we are kicking off the Sheridan Hoops Fantasy Weekly Planner.
Our daily Fantasy Spin takes a micro-look at every game in the NBA. The Weekly Planner hopes to compliment that by taking a step-up back and focusing on the forest now that the trees are planted. The purpose is to note the lessons learned from the past week’s games and then to apply those lessons to the week ahead in the form of sits and starts. Our goal is to provide a useful and entertaining resource for active fantasy managers, those with weekly transactions and for our friends in daily and weekly leagues on our partner site FanDuel.com.
The column will follow a simple and standard structure: The Week that Was; Depth Chart Updates; Upcoming Schedule; and Sits and Starts.
With that out of the way, let’s get into it.
The Week That Was
Since there weren’t any regular season games last week, let’s use this space to review the pre-season.
Lesson #1: the Center position is much deeper than previously thought
Nikola Pekovic, DeAndre Jordan, Jonas Valanciunas and Omer Asik have all emerged as excellent fantasy options and could break-out in to the leagues upper-crust this year. Together they form a sweet spot for drafters as they should all be available after the 80th pick and provide tremendous draft day value. Despite my previous reservations, J.J. Hickson and Robin Lopez have stepped up as solid end game options as well.
For deep leaguers, Enes Kanter, Kosta Koufos and Andray Blatche went from afterthoughts to providing quality fantasy stats despite limited minutes. Koufos has already pushed his way into the starters role at Denver and Kanter and his repeated double-doubles are making Utah’s GM Kevin O’Connor’s job much tougher (here’s a solution: Al Jefferson, DeMar DeRozan to Houston, Kevin Martin to Toronto, Jose Calderon and Terence Jones to Utah).
Even the first round draftees have surprised to the upside. Anthony Davis has confirmed that he is a stud, Andre Drummond is far less raw than advertised, Meyers Leonard and Tyler Zeller have earned back-up roles with some quality moments (Zeller looked especially good in his last start, getting the better of Roy Hibbert) and even Festus Ezeli made some noise though he is getting exposed defensively.