• How

    Always a great read doc!

    This is my team after a couple of trades… do you mind giving my some advices of what to improve? Do you think I overdid the punting?
    (12ppl h2h)

    Rajon Rondo
    Monta Ellis
    Tyreke Evans
    Andrei Kirilenko
    Paul Millsap
    Kevin Love
    Dwight Howard
    DeMarcus Cousins
    Mike Dunleavy
    Drew Gooden
    Andrew Bynum
    DeJuan Blair
    Luke Ridnour


  • Bizz

    Very good article.

    There is no offseason in fantasy b-ball. This is truth right there. I’m in a keeper league and was studying all offseason as to what I was going to do between keeping Andray Blatche and Darren Collison as my 6th player (I also had Kobe, Wade, Deron, Al Horford & Kevin Love), whether I went the all around route with 3 guards and 3 center eligibles, or lockdown the steals/dimes categories and possibly punt blocks, and before that, I was having to decide whether to hold on to Collison and hope for either him or CP3 got traded before Darren finally got traded to Indiana, whether Blatche’s foot would be fine to start the season, what Arenas’ return meant for Blatche, all while prepping for a draft that I had no 4th round pick.

    The life of a fantasy GM is a lot more work than people realize when you aim for championships year after year. Everything in this article is truth from top to bottom.

  • NYK

    during the draft i completely overloaded on centers (i’ve got both the Lopez brothers, nuff said) now i need to find some trade partners in my league…

  • Mike.W


    I just traded Brand, Gallinari and Calderon for Camby and R.Lewis? (I’m getting Camby & Lewis)…Good or bad deal? Thanks!

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @How: It appears you’re punting threes, and potentially FT%. Other than that, I’d say you have a decent shot at assists, steals, blocks and FG%, which is a good start. I’m not sure I’m in love with Dunleavy and Ridnour, but having them on your roster isn’t a crime. I don’t think you overdid the punting.

  • Albert

    Hey Doc,

    Great article. I’ve gone through the punting strategy in my H2H league and gave up AST. I’ve just drafted in a 12-team, 9 cat and was wondering if you can look at my team.

    PG – Terry
    SG – Mayo
    SF – Granger
    PF – Stoudemire
    C – M. Camby
    G – E. Gordon
    F – Gallinari
    Util – McGee
    Util – Salmons
    BN – Maggette, George Hill, J. Jack, Battier

    I think i need a rebounder and should give up 3PT shooting seeing that i’m too heavy in that category. Any thoughts?

  • Jason

    Hey doc can you help me rate my team?

    10 cat roto.

    PG Russell Westbrook
    PG Monta Ellis
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SG Brandon Roy
    SF Luol Deng
    SF Andrei Kirilenko
    PF Rashard Lewis
    PF Jeff Green
    C Joakim Noah
    C Marcus Camby
    UTIL Elton Brand
    UTIL Anderson Varejao
    Bench Taj Gibson
    Bench Wesley Johnson
    Bench DeMar DeRozan
    Bench Shaun Livingston

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Mike.W: Oh boy, that’s a big one. If Gallo’s a bust, Brand and Calderon tank, Camby plays 70+ games, and Lewis becomes a three-point beast again, this might work. That’s a lot of ifs.

    Here’s another one: If I were you, I probably wouldn’t have done it. You are potentially getting the two best players in the deal, but you’re giving up some upside in Gallinari and a bit in Brand, too.

    I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it either. That said, if Camby stays healthy, he’ll be a beast with all the minutes he’ll get with Oden out. I’d look to sell high on him sooner than later though.

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Jason: Solid squad. You’re vulnerable in threes, but you seem competitive most everywhere else.

  • http://hslfastbreak.wordpress.com Jimmy

    Always a great read doc!

    This is my team after three trades that I’ve made.
    It is Head2Head 12 team private league w/ active owners.
    I tried to build a balanced team. What should I do to improve and how does it look right now?

    PG Stephen Curry
    SG Tyreke Evans
    G Kevin Martin
    SF Jeff Green
    PF Kevin Love
    F Michael Beasley
    C Al Horford
    C Emeka Okafor
    Util Jameer Nelson
    Util Andris Biedrins
    Bn Dorell Wright
    Bn Austin Daye
    Bn Charlie Villanueva

    Thank you Doc!

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Albert: Well, you’ve succeeded in punting assists. Getting another big rebounder might not be a bad idea. If you do decide to give up some threes, try to unload Terry first. I’d try my best to hold onto Gordon and Mayo.

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Jimmy: That is a pretty well-rounded squad, though Biedrins and Okafor could kill your FT%. If Biedrins bounces back and grabs even just 7-8 rebounds per game, your rebounds should be strong. See how things go the first couple weeks. You might find that you’ll have to bulk up another category or two to avoid being a middle-of-the-pack team, which happens to many well-rounded teams in H2H leagues.

  • Luca

    Hey Doc, I’m in a 3 keeper H2H league and my draft is tomorrow. I drafted savvy last season, so my keepers are as follows:

    Stephen Curry
    Rajon Rondo
    Josh Smith

    I have Steals pretty well set up as well as assists. Smith alone gives me a lot of help in blocks. Rebounds aren’t great (but big men could be picked up for cheap) and FT % is probably my weakest category there. Turnovers wouldn’t be great either but I don’t worry too much about them compared to others!

    Anyway I was wondering if you had any tips for players to keep my eye out on, both established and sleepers.

    Hoping to improve on second place last year!

    Cheers Doc,


  • @stevenash

    Hi I’m in a 5 team roto league and was wondering if u can give me some advice, my team is:
    Pg deron Williams
    G Stephen curry
    Sg Andre iguodala
    Sf Kevin durant
    F Danny granger
    Pf josh smith
    C dwight Howard
    C Tim Duncan
    Util lamar odom
    Util brandon roy
    Bench Blake griffin
    Bench darren collison
    Bench Jason Richardson
    BTW this is a regular yahoo standard roto league. I was offered pau gasol for dwight Howard- should I take it? Also there are a couple good players that havent been picked up such as Eric Gordon, joakim Noah Rohibbert, marc gasol, oj mayo, should I pick any of those guys up?

  • @stevenash

    I also forgot to mention Jeff green wasn’t picked up yet…

  • kmo

    Great article. Would really apprciate your thoughts on my team. Im in 2 h2h leagues. Just did the draft for one of them last night and ended up with this team. 8 teams, 10 cats (ignoring TO)

    1. Deron Williams
    2. Pau Gasol
    3. Rajon Rondo
    4. Tyreke Evans
    5. Joakim Noah
    6. Andre Iguodala
    7. Zach Randolph
    8. Trevor Ariza
    9. Eric Gordon
    10. Chris Kaman
    11. Jrue Holiday
    12. JJ Hickson
    13. Anthony Randolph
    14. Javale Mcgee
    15. Rodney Stuckey
    16. Demar Derozan

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Luca: Nice trio of keepers. Keep an eye out for guys like Batum, Udrih, Hickson, AK-47, Robin Lopez, Jeff Teague and Austin Daye.

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @@stevenash: Five teams — my oh my. First off, since it’s a roto league, I’d accept Pau for Dwight in a heartbeat. Even if you unload Howard, you’ll struggle with FT% thanks to Odom, Smith and Griffin, so prepare or adjust for that. Other than that, it looks good. Since your league is so shallow, it’ll likely come down to tiny differences. I like Marc Gasol a lot, but he recently got hurt, so steer clear for now. In a roto league, I’d prefer Noah, Gordon or Mayo over Griffin.

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @kmo: Nice draft. You’re leaning almost wholly on Gordon and Ariza for threes, so that could be a vulnerable category during weeks they don’t play often or play poorly. Other than that, I don’t see any gaping holes. Since there are only eight teams, I think you might be able to find a more-reliable player to replace DeRozan, who just dislocated a finger. But if you’re digging his upside, no problem with sticking with him.

  • kmo

    Thanks for the advice doc! i just did my second draft. im not very happy with this team at all. My draft position was awful (6th out of 12 teams). Can you advise on this team as well please? i think i need your help

    1. Kobe Bryant
    2. Brook Lopez
    3. Kevin Love
    4. Stephen Jackson
    5. Raymond Felton
    6. Lamarcus Aldridge
    7. Jrue Holiday
    8. JJ hickson
    9. Beno Udrih
    10. Linas Kleiza
    11. Yi Jianlin
    12. Tiago Splitter
    13. jeff teague (im gonna drop him soon)

  • goRosego!

    hey doc

    I’m in a 10 team head to head league, not sure about my team…thinking about punting a category or two…im thinking 3′s and something else.

    my team:

    PG: Darren Collison
    SG: Stephen Curry
    SF: Rudy Gay
    PF: Dirk Nowitzki
    C: Al Horford
    G: Jason Terry
    F: Nene
    UTIL: Caron Butler
    UTIL: Andre Miller
    UTIL: Paul Millsap
    Ben: Tyrus Thomas
    Ben: D.J Augustin
    Ben: Linas Kleiza

    There arnt many inriguing gurad or Small forward options left, but there are several big men available;

    Brendan Haywood, Javale Mcgee, Robin Lopez, Andris Biedrins, Samuel Dalembart, Spencer Hawes, Charlie Villanueva, and Taj Gibson.

    maybe go for rebounds, blocks, FG%?

    ant comments/advoce would be great.


  • Cristian

    Hey doc,
    Im in an 8 team h2h league. Can you tell me what you think of my team? Also, Troy Murphy, Vince Carter, Baron Davis, Andre Kirilenko, and Rashard Lewis are available. Should I pick them up?
    Heres my team:
    PG Deron Williams
    SG Joe Johnson
    G Jason Kidd
    SF Lebron James
    PF Al Horford
    F Gerald Wallace
    C Marcus Camby
    Util Kevin Love
    Bench Darren Collison
    Bench David West
    Bench Andrew Bogut

  • Cristian

    Hey doc,
    me again. I got offered a trade for deron williams for billups and josh smith. Im scared that without deron ill lose assists. I have jason kidd and lebron on my team so i might be fine but right now im against a guy who has rajon rondo, nash and russel westbrook and im barely beating him in assists. what should i do.