The first week is over in my Fantasy basketball Yahoo league, and there were good things and not so good things to take away from it. Having games every day I have to make sure I stay on top of putting my players in, I slipped up on the last day and left two players on the bench, which ended up costing me 2 points in the ranking. Oh well, luckily it was only the first week, I think I will be able to learn and move forward this season.
Make Sure Your Players are in the Game!
I thought that I had everything all set up with Yahoo’s cool little button that puts all active players in the starting line up. What I didn’t realize is that it only went through Saturday, leaving the 2 players Sunday on the bench. So even though Delon Wright for the Mavericks didn’t put up a lot of points, he did hit 2 – 3 point shots for 8 total points, along with 5 assists. He did get 2 turnovers, but that would not have hurt too much.
The one that really hurt was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder shot 8/14 from the floor, for a .571 shooting percentage, and only 2/4 from the free throw line. But he did get 1 three pointer, for 19 total points, with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. He did have 3 turnovers but I had a solid lead on that stat going in so wasn’t worried about losing my lead there.
Let your top players lead
There’s a reason that you drafted these players with you first picks. My first pick, Kyrie Irving, had a great first week, starting off with a 50 point opening night, and finished off the three games with 113 points, with 17 rebounds and 19 assists. Along with 5 steals and 2 blocks he helped on all statistical categories, and only had 6 turnovers which is not bad at all.
Jason Tatum did his part as well, adding 61 points, with 28 rebounds and 6 assists. More importantly, his 9 steals helped me win that category for the week and only 6 turnovers was helpful.
Who is helping on the next level
Bam Adebayo and Rudy Gobert both put up nice stat lines this week, especially with rebounds, getting 33 and 29, respectfully. Adebayo also added 16 assists with a few steals and 4 blocks. Both players had 11 turnovers though, which is something to keep an eye on.
In addition to the two players mentioned at the beginning, that could have helped if they had been in my lineup, Landry Shamet from the Clippers and Josh Hart from the New Orleans Pelicans put up nice numbers for being role players on their specific teams.
Caris Levert was a player that I expected to help, with Kevin Durant injured and nobody else behind Kyrie Irving to really put up points, but as yet he had been unproven. He is starting to do just that, putting up double digit points in each of their first three games, with multiple boards and at least 4 assists in each game. He has turned the ball over a little more than we would like, but that is fixable as the season moves along.
Who is not helping
I thought that Nerlens Noel was going to have a much bigger role in Oklahoma City, but he has barely been in the rotation. With only 7 minutes on the court Friday against the Wizards, it looks like it is time to move on and get a player that will have more playing time.
Jerami Grant from the Denver Nuggets has had a decent start to the season, scoring a few points here and that and collecting a rebound every now and then, but there are surely people on the waiver wire that are putting up better numbers.
Scouring the waiver wire
With those two players not putting up enough number to keep them on my team, I need to look for replacements. With Noel being one of the players I am looking to drop, I wanted to find another player that I could put in the center position in my lineup. Christian Wood fills that role, with the Detroit Pistons. After a couple rough games to start, he has put up very solid numbers the last two games, including his first double double Monday nights against Indiana.
On the other side of the court that night, T.J. Warren had sort of a break out game himself. He had 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds, an assist, and 5 steals! He has consistently been playing over 30 minutes a game, so the opportunities are there, and if he starts taking advantage of them he will be a nice addition to my team.
I put $2 of my waiver money on Christian Wood, and $5 on T.J. Warren, so let’s hope that will go through when the waiver wire runs. They are replacing the last two draft picks I made, which is fairly common in fantasy sports. Unless somebody else comes up I will be happy with my team (barring injuries) going forward.
Week 1 Results
I finished week 1 at 3-6, which would have been 5-4 in my favor had I played those two players on Sunday. Gotta learn from the mistakes though, and make sure I solve all the lineup miscues from now on. I am 4 “games” behind in the standings, but tied for 7th place which is where I would have been regardless of playing those two. There are 4 teams right ahead of me at 6-3, so not a bad place to be in after the first week.
On to Week 2
Week 2 I am going against one of those teams in front of me, Von Vol- Nat. Champs. I manually went into every day and made sure everybody that I needed to play was in, and I will check back after the waivers go through to see how they fit in. Hopefully Blake Griffin, who has been injured thus far, comes back soon and is able to help.
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