Fantasy Pros 911 is doing a series on Facebook where they ask  question on their discussion board. Then they invite group members to weigh in.

The question at hand is “who will be the biggest sleeper and bust in 2010″?

Here are my responses.
Sleeper:  Gordon Beckham. He had a solid showing as a Rookie, and should build on it. Moving to 2B will help once he gets position eligibility. Having the additional 3B flexibility is a plus.
Bust:  Carlos Beltran. I don’t like when a player has surgery that surprises the team he’s playing for. I also don’t like when a player is slated to miss at least a month of the year when the season starts. He still has a big name, and big potential so you’re going to have to take him relatively early. I just fear setbacks along the way that really cuts into his playing time in 2010.

OK, I provided my responses. Who is your sleeper and bust for 2010?

Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.

Darren Collison, New Orleans Hornets
Chris Paul (knee) missed the game and Collison went nuts. He had 17 points and 18 assists. CP3 could miss Monday’s game as well, meaning Collison could have another big game in him.

Marcus Thornton, New Orleans Hornets
Thornton had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the Hornets. He’s a more steady option though, as he’s averaging 16.8 points in his last five games.

Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic
Anderson had a solid game with 16 points and 5 rebounds. He averaged 5.3 points in his previous eight games so don’t get too excited.

Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks
Jeffries shrugged off knee pain to play a complete game for the Knicks. He had 17 points in the game. He’s a decent option because of the lift he brings in the steals and blocks categories.

Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
Right now Nate is part of the Knicks’ rotation. That can change any  moment so be prepared. He’s averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in his past three games.

Mike Miller, Washington Wizards
Miller had a monster game (25 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists). It was against the Knicks, which lessens the performance, but he’s still worth of a spot in most fantasy leagues.

Quentin Richardson, Miami Heat
Q had a nice game with 16 points and 6 rebounds. He’s capable of producing, but do note he average 4.8 points in his eight previous games.

Hakim Warrick, Milwaukee Bucks
Warrick had 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Bucks last night. He’s been very inconsistent though.

Andre Miller, Portland Trail Blazers
He’s likely owned in most leagues, but I had to mention the 52 points he dropped on the Mavericks.


Nazr Mohammed, Charlotte Bobcats
The big man had 17 points and 10 rebounds. He’s inconsistent, but had been a solid rebounder of late.

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One Step Productions Launches Social Media Division, Bringing Social Media Based Storytelling to its New Comedy Web Series, Rules of the League

Created by writer/director Adam Kerpelman, Rules of the League integrates original comedy with the modern electro-centric world of communication.

Hollywood, CA, January 27th, 2010 —  One Step Productions announces the completion of Season 1 of its new comedy web series, Rules of the League. Rules of the League follows the ups and downs in the life of Joel Ballard – a recently unemployed 30-something – and his struggles to run a profitable sports blog of the same name.  At stake – his fantasy football league, family, friends, and sanity.

Joining the debauchery is a colorful cast of sports and not-so-sports obsessed characters.  Among them are best friend and non-confidant, Wallace Greene; Teri Bradshaw. the blog’s gossip diva; car dealer “Trip and his wife Mirian, Silicon Valley titan, Vincent Murdoch; and Joel’s wife Kate and son JJ.

Created by writer/director Adam Kerpelman, Rules of the League integrates original comedy with the modern electro-centric world of communication, and is the flagship project of One Step Productions new Social Media Division. Kerpelman said, “At the core of social media services like Twitter and Facebook are the same facets of life that constitute a good story.  Beyond their ability to connect people for useful purposes, Twitter and Facebook feeds are tools for observation.  One Step aims to utilize this tool to integrate the social media world with narrative content, in order to produce a viewing experience in which storytelling is delivered simultaneously through a multitude of social mediums.”

About One Step Productions

One Step Productions, LLC is a Hollywood-based production company started in 2007 by Adam Kerpelman. Since its inception, the goal of One Step Productions has been to create engaging and dynamic content across a variety of media, consistently utilizing the most current technology to ensure mind-blowing, unique content at all stages: from development and capture through delivery.  For more information on One Step Productions please visit  For more information on Rules of the League please visit

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Basketball Roundtable

Time for another fantasy basketball roundtable.

Nels of was responsible for this week’s Fantasy Hoops Roundtable debate topic.

Click here to see the full article.

This Week’s Topic:
Which big name player is most likely to be traded, and how will that affect his fantasy value for the rest of the season?

My Response:
The player I feel is most likely to get dealt is Golden State’s Monta Ellis. He’s due $44 million over the next four years and, despite his lofty numbers, isn’t a franchise player. He’s dealt with injuries and has clashed with the team.

Plus, he isn’t a great fit with Rookie Stephen Curry. With the two of them on the court at the same time, it’s hard to stop anybody, especially guards with size. While does have plenty of talent, he’s the most likely to land something the Warriors truly need…a true point guard or a big man.

As far as his value goes if he’s dealt, I’m afraid he’s a system player and if he is shipped, his number will take a big hit. It’s unlikely he’d be able to throw up 20+ shot a night in a new landing spot. Plus, that destination would likely have more pieces in place, which would again limit his fantasy value.

The only thing that could keep him in place is his contract. Teams may not be willing to take on his contract, especially with the 2010 free agents about to hit.

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Adam Jones had it going on last year. He was hitting .303 with 55 runs, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs, and 6 SBs before the All-Star Break. He started off red hot hitting .344 with 40 runs, 11 HRs, and 36 RBIs in the season’s first two months. Jones struggled in June hitting a dismal .229 with 10 runs, 1 HR, and 8 RBIs, but rebounded with a .270, 15 run, 5 HR, 15 RBI July. He sunk to .211 in August, but managed 18 runs and 11 RBIs. Then Jones shut it down in September with an ankle injury.

Talk about a tale of two seasons. When you look at the aggregate you see a player who improved dramatically in 2009.

2008:  477 ABs, .270, 61 runs, 9 HRs, 57 RBIs, 10 SBs, .711 OPS
2009:  473 ABs, .277, 83 runs, 19 HRs, 70 RBIs, 10 SBs, .792 OPS

He’s still a very young hitter, he’ll turn 25 in August, with plenty of room for growth. He showed a knack for scoring runs even when he struggle with his average. With Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott, and Miguel Tejada hitting behind him, he should be in line for 100 runs. He showed some pop in that bat, and if he’s able to give the Orioles 500+ ABs, he should continue to improve on the power numbers.

He doesn’t excel in any particular category so I would prefer him as a him as a number three fantasy outfielders, but I would be OK with him as my number two. He should be a top 25 fantasy OF in 2010.

Prediction:  .285, 100 runs, 24 HRs, 82 RBIs, 12 SBs

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar

Sara Holladay, everybody’s favorite Fantasy Football Librarian, studied the preseason rankings of 48 fantasy football sites. The results just came in on the New York Times Fifth Down Blog (click to see article).

I am pleased to announce that finished 8th for accuracy across all positions. The ranking was bolstered by a 6th place ranking in fantasy QBs and a 5th place ranking in fantasy WRs.

If you want to take a look at my early 2010 fantasy rankings, click here.

I was invited to do a 2010 fantasy football mock draft. Here’s the draft order.

1 Rotowire
3 FantasyFootballWhiz
4 RotoPicks
5 Lesters Legends
6 Bruno Boys
7 Fantasy Football Maniaxs
8 Junkyard Jake
9 FantasyFootballTrader
10 Fanatic Fantasy Football
12 FantasyFootballStarter

Tenth Round Pick
I don’t get the feeling that Wes Welker will be ready to rack up Tom Brady receptions any time soon. Brady displayed confidence in Julian Edelman, and will look for him early and often next year. I don’t expect a ton of TDs, but 80 catches for 1000 yards and 5 TDs isn’t out of the question.

Drafted Team
QB1:  Matt Schaub (3)
QB2:  Matt Ryan (8)
RB1:  Michael Turner (1)
RB2:  Rashard Mendenhall (2)
RB3:  Felix Jones (5)
WR1:  Santonio Holmes (4)
WR2:  Michael Crabtree (6)
WR3:  Percy Harvin (7)
WR4:  Julian Edelman (10)
TE1:  Visanthe Shiancoe (9)

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