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Week 25 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Making Your Final Championship Push

If your fantasy basketball championship round either begins or continues this week, allow me to express my condolences. With only a week-and-a-half left in the NBA regular season, this is the time of year where real-roster chicanery runs amok from playoff locks to tankers alike. Championship contenders eyeing deep playoff runs look to buy their…

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Week 24 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Shutdowns, Shutdowns Everywhere!

Upon getting officially eliminated from playoff contention, NBA teams have begun to shut down players with nagging injuries. While that approach makes sense in real life, it’s brutal timing for fantasy basketball owners who were relying on those guys. On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Derrick Rose (elbow), Robert Covington (right knee) and Jeff Teague…

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Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Using NBA’s Schedule to Your Advantage

At this point in the fantasy basketball season, few things are more important than the schedule. Last week, the Golden State Warriors were one of only two teams with two games, while 10 teams played four games. For example, if you spent early-round picks on both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in an attempt to…

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Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Which Players Should You Drop?

The fantasy basketball playoffs have arrived in most leagues, which means you can no longer afford to keep dead weight on your roster. That means it’s time to say “Bye, Felicia” to the following players. Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward (84.5% owned in ESPN.com leagues) has played better as of late, but you can’t depend…

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Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Navigating Your Playoffs

Whether your fantasy basketball playoffs begin Monday or in the coming weeks, do-or-die time is quickly approaching. Now more than ever, short-term production is critical. You can’t be married to players due to draft pedigree or upside if they’re struggling or injured. Nondescript afterthoughts emerge as fantasy difference-makers in the playoffs. Trae Young—who’s the 145th-ranked…

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Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: The NBA’s Tank Race and You

Now that we’re past the trade deadline and All-Star break, NBA teams are positioning into one of two camps: If they’re playing for the postseason, they’re tightening rotations, increasing minutes and going all out. If they aren’t gunning for a playoff spot, they’ll likely begin some chicanery to increase chances of landing more ping pong…

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Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Gearing Up for NBA Stretch Run

It’s time for fantasy basketball owners to gear up for the NBA Playoffs. Your approach to the final few weeks of the regular season largely depends upon your place in the standings. If you’re cruising toward a playoff berth—or, better yet, a first-round bye—now’s the time to take gambles. Owners who can survive a short-term…

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Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: NBA Trade Deadline Winners & Losers

The 2019 NBA trade deadline featured no shortage of action: Tobias Harris is a Philadelphia 76er, Marc Gasol is a Toronto Raptor, Nikola Mirotic is a Milwaukee Buck, Otto Porter Jr. is a Chicago Bull and Harrison Barnes is a Sacramento King. Beyond those five, however, few other fantasy-relevant options switched teams at the deadline,…

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Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Porzingis Trade Fallout & More

Last week’s seven-player blockbuster between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks should have been a wake-up call to fantasy basketball owners: Players’ values are never more unstable than heading into the trade deadline. On the bright side, this week will likely be your best chance to add an impact player off the waiver wire. The…

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Week 16 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: How Can Victor Oladipo Owners Stay Afloat?

Fantasy owners, Indiana Pacers followers and NBA fans alike suffered a gut-punch Wednesday, as All-Star 2-guard Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending knee injury against the Toronto Raptors. If you had Oladipo on your roster prior to his injury, all hope is not lost. While neither you nor the Pacers will be able to…

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