Monday, April 06, 2009

Championship 10

Third verse, same as the first; a little bit longer, a little bit worse.  Welcome to the 10-day NBA fantasy finals.

If you've been keeping up, you know the strategy to employ once again, though this time with some slight modifications.  Every team in the NBA (with the exception of the Knicks and Lakers) plays 2 games during the "bonus 3," so to some extent, you're not going to be able to save your games for the last few days of the week.  Like usual, take the first 4 days (Mon-Thurs) to get an idea of how you stack up against your finals opponent, starting only your top 8 or 9 players.  Then, come Thursday night, when I will once again release my weekend E.R., you can pick up and utlilize your saved games on Saturday and Sunday.  Then, just hope that your core stars can carry you through the last 3 days.

There are inevitably going to be some benchings this week, as well, so be vigilant in your news checking, and have alternate options available.  It's not a huge deal if it happens at the beginning of the week, since you have time to make up ground, but don't get left hanging if your stars sit out the final game of the season, and you end up starting 4 fewer guys than your opponent.  That's why I mentioned above the need to play an absolute TON of games over the weekend.

Rather than spend 45 minutes typing out every player from the Sunday E.R., we'll just cover it abridged style -- Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Rodney Stuckey and Spencer Hawes were awful (though Hawes had a finger jammed into his eyeball, so we'll cut him some slack), J.R. Smith, Grant Hill, Trevor Ariza, and Shane Battier were decent, and Kelenna Azubuike, Jason Thompson, and Wilson Chandler were generally pretty darn good.

No NBA games tonight, but after a one-game teaser, MLB blasts off at full throttle this afternoon.  The Braves shut down the Phillies on ESPN2 last night, which only confirmed that Derek Lowe should be a darn good starter in the humidity of the N.L. East.  We'll keep our focus on NBA fantasy information for this last week n' a half, but that doesn't mean baseball will stay completely out of view.  And I'd like to say I will remain completely unbiased during baseball season, but I've watched the Dodgers since I was a wee lad, so we'll see how it goes.

No NBA standard pickup charts this week, since you shouldn't be starting waiver wire goons until the weekend anyway.  So, for the next 3-4 days, sit back, try your best to relax, and watch your top-8 (or 9) build a solid foundation for the weekend's championship push.

In an effort to keep the next couple days as fresh as possible, I'll be trying my hand at some baseball picks.  They will occur in the Daily Wager zone, alongside any basketball picks.  A new, baseball-only Daily Wager archive will also become available pending the outcome of tonight's one pick.

Here's to year 101 for the infant bears!

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