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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.
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Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings
Casspi had 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He had just 17 total points in his first two games, but the 42 minutes he played were encouraging.
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Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Gibson had 20 points and 7 rebounds. He’s averaging 15 points and 6 assists in three games.
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Darrell Arthur, Memphis Grizzlies

Arthur had 18 points and 6 rebounds. He’s averaging 17 points after three games.
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Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets
Harrington had just 21 total points in his first two games with Denver before exploding for 28 last night to go along with 10 rebounds. If someone dropped him after his pedestrian start, run and grab him.
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Carlos Delfino, Milwaukee Bucks (pictured)
Delfino opened with 19 points, then had 8, and last night had 23. He will probably be a little inconsistent, but is a nice fantasy option. He’s averaging four three-pointers per game so far.
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Marcus Thornton, New Orleans Hornets
Thornton had a slow first two games, but came through big with 17 points and 7 rebounds. He should be more productive going forward.

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Basketball Roundtable

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Time for another fantasy basketball roundtable.
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This week’s roundtable didn’t get off the ground. I answered it though, so I might as well post it.

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This Week’s Topic:
Among “expert” drafts, which player seems to be going higher than anticipated and which, in turn, seems to be getting drafted especially late?
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My Response:
This may seem redundant based on last week’s question, but I think Stephen Curry is going to early. The Warriors have a new coach, that will slow it down some. Part of his success can be attributed to the lack of depth last year when the Warriors were playing six or seven players some games. Too much risk here, when big guys like Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are coming off the board after him.
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On the flip side, I think Derrick Rose is going to late. Yahoo has him ranked #42 just before Mo Williams. Rose worked tirelessly on his game, and I’m anticipating him to take a major jump this season.


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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.
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Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans returned and Garcia still had a solid game (18 points, 4 threes, 2 steals). He played 32 minutes, which is a good sign.
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Travis Outlaw, New Jersey Nets
Outlaw had 18 points and 5 boards. He had just 5 points in the opener so don’t add him just yet.
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Lou Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Williams was just 2 of 6 from the floor, but his 12 of 13 shooting from the line salvaged his night. He finished with 16 points and four assists after going for 15 & 7 in the opener.
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Linas Kleiza, Toronto Raptors
Kleiza scored 19 points on 7-15 shooting. He’s averaging 16 points and 5 boards after two games.
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Glen Davis, Boston Celtics
Big Baby is becoming a regular as he recorded 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting, adding 6 rebounds. He’s averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the line. Shaq is day-to-day with a knee injury so Big Baby could be even more productive in the next few games.

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By Eric Stashin, www.rotoprofessor.com
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Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):
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Running Back
LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona

Is there a changing of the guard going on in Tampa Bay?  You have to think so after seeing the breakdown in carries in Week 7, though fantasy owners have seemingly not yet come to believe it.
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Blount had 11 carries for 72 yards, while Carnell Williams got just four carries for 12 yards.  On the season Williams is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, a pretty pathetic number for any running back.  In limited touches (21 carries), Blount has averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
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Considering the difference in production and the way the carries were distributed last week, it would be a surprise to see Blount not enjoy lead back duties in Week 8.  With the Cardinals currently performing as the fourth worst rushing defense in the league (141.3 rushing yards per game), it seems like this week could be Blount’s coming out party.  Take notice now and stash him away, because next week it may already be too late.
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Blount is currently owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues and 10.3% of ESPN leagues.
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Another potential running back sleeper:

  • Mike Hart – Indianapolis Colts – 8% of Yahoo leagues and 4.0% of ESPN leagues (with Joseph Addai & Donald Brown both hurting, Hart may get his chance to be the lead back)

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I love the original Steve Smith. He’s undersized, but is as fiery as he is talented. He has been one of the best receivers in the game since help establish the third-year receiver rule back in 2003. I think he may be a little overrated though.
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He’s had a couple of monster seasons where he went over 1400 yards, but has just five 1000 seasons in his  ten year career. He has reached double-digit TDs just once. He’s had just one 90 catch season.
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It’s not all his fault though. He hasn’t exactly been blessed with quality QB play the past few years. He has managed to be productive in spite of inept QB play. He also hasn’t had many seasons in which he had a legitimate WR on the other side to take the pressure off. Plus, Carolina has been a run-first team for the majority of his tenure.
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Those circumstances may explain his career numbers, but they don’t help your fantasy team. While David Gettis and Brandon LaFell looked good last week, I wouldn’t go so far as to declare them legitimate threats that will take attention away from Steve Smith.
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While Matt Moore torched the Niners for 308 yards and a pair of scores, I wouldn’t hang my hat on him just yet. It was his first good game this year, and only third good game of his career.
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The Rams (Carolina’s Week 8 opponent) aren’t a good defense, but they are much better this year. They rank 18th with 221.9 passing yards allowed and tied for 8th (with six other teams) with 8 passing TDs allowed.
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Is Smith’s ankle 100% healed? Probably not. It’s good enough though. With the questions at quarterback, and their offense in general, it makes it tough to count on Smith this week. I’ve seen him ranked in the top 15-20 making him a WR2 for the week. Personally, I have him at 30 (click to see WR rankings), making him a WR3.
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Would I start him this week? Sure. However, he is not a must start. Until he and the rest of the Carolina offense show they can move the chains and score some points, I will be hesitant to trust Smith.
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Also check out:

  • Week 8 Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em Waiver Wire Advice
  • Week 8 Fantasy QB Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy RB Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy WR Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy TE Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy K Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy DEF Rankings
  • Week 8 Fantasy IDP Rankings
  • Week 8 Start/Sit Advice
  • Week 8 Sleepers

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    Here’s my Week 8 IDP rankings.

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    1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. MIN:  45 tackles in past three games.
    2. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @ SD:  58 tackles in past five games.
    3. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. NE:  34 tackles in past three games.
    4. Brian Cushing (HOU) @ INDY:  17 tackles in past two games.
    5. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
    6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ NOL  Averaging 10.3 tackles per game this year.
    7. London Fletcher (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
    8. A.J. Hawk (GB) @ NYJ:  45 tackles in past four games.
    9. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. DEN:  Recorded second double-digit tackle game of season.
    10. James Anderson (CAR) @ STL:  Averaging ten tackles per game.
    11. D.J. Williams (DEN) @ SF:  Averaging nine tackles per game.
    12. Jon Beason (CAR) @ STL
    13. DeMarcus Ware (DAL) vs. JAX:  Has 27 tackles and eight sacks on the year.
    14. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ KC:  Averaging 9.5 tackles per game this year.
    15. James Harrison (PIT) @ NO:  44 tackles and five sacks on the year.

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      Here’s my Week 8 team defense rankings.

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      1. Dallas  vs. Jacksonville
      2. Kansas City vs. Buffalo
      3. Tampa Bay @ Arizona
      4. Washington @ Detroit
      5. New York Jets vs. Green Bay
      6. Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
      7. Denver @ San Francisco
      8. St. Louis vs. Carolina
      9. San Francisco vs. Denver
      10. Seattle @ Oakland
      11. Cincinnati vs. Miami
      12. New England vs. Minnesota
      13. Tennessee @ San Diego
      14. Carolina @ St. Louis
      15. Miami @ Cincinnati

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      Inside the numbers:

      • Jacksonville is one of two teams, along with Chicago, that has allowed at least 15 sacks with at least 11 INTs.
      • Arizona has allowed 21 sacks and has only managed 237.8 yards per game.
      • Carolina is dead last with 12.5 points per game. Every else has at least 16.1 ppg.
      • Tennessee is tied for the league with 25 sacks. They are facing the Chargers, who have lost 12 fumbles.

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