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Fantasy Basketball Review: Championship Week

One valuable lesson was learned for the Championship Week matchup in the Sports of Boston Friends and Family League. I was facing Shotgun from The BlueWorkhorse for all the marbles in the first annual league championship. Our teams were strong (obviously), but I was rotating three roster spots due to injuries by streaming players through free agency. Thus, it was important that Shotgun be on task with is roster management.

On Tuesday, the day before the final games of the NBA regular season would be played, Shotgun posted this comment on last week’s review.

Can’t believe I incorrectly thought I had set my lineup for the final matchup! Ahhhh!

Throughout the year, I’ve been updating it for a week or two in advance, but with fantasy baseball starting up somehow I misbelieved I had set my lineup.

While it seems like I should have destroyed him in the match-up, it was a lot closer than you think.

The Final Matchup

 
FG%
FT%
3PTM
PTS
REB
AST
ST
BLK
TO
Score
SoB – KC .465 .789 47 1038 409 164 69 50 114 5
The Blue Workhorse .466 .806 37 630 220 181 35 37 66 4

With many more players in a week and a half of play, I took the obvious categories. I won three-pointers, points, rebounds, steals, and blocks. I lost turnovers, which also makes sense. Shotgun made it close, taking assists (thanks to Chris Paul’s 70 and Deron Williams’ 58), and both FG% and FT%. A job well done, Shotgun.

Three Shining Stars

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: Over the last week, Chris Paul dominated play, and helped Shotgun make it close in the SoB Championship. He finished with 27.0 PPG his last four games, including a ridiculous 45:6 assist:turnover ratio.

Danny Granger (SG, SF), Indiana Pacers: Granger continued his transformation in an elite all-around player over the last week. Granger totaled 14 threes, nine steals, and six blocks over the last four games. He also averaged 33.0 PPG.

Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Dallas Mavericks: Dirk capped off another terrific season with a strong finish. He averaged 29.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in four games. He shot 49.4% from the field and a nice 86.5% from the line.

Three Stars to Avoid Next Year

Elton Brand (PF), Philadelphia 76ers: When will you learn? I guarantee he’ll be a top 20 pick, and unless he plays a full season in a non-contract year, he’s just not worth the risk. Take the healthy and productive Dirk Nowitzki 100/100 times.

Allen Iverson (PG, SG), Detroit Pistons: Iverson will be a free agent this July, and you can be sure the Pistons will not be re-signing him. For him to be fantasy relevant, he needs to find himself playing 35 minutes per game as the first or second option for a championship contender (for motivation). In any other situation, he’s definitely not worth it.

Tracy McGrady (SG), Houston Rockets: 47, 71, 66, 35. No, this is not the SAT’s. The only pattern with those numbers is they are McGrady’s games played number the last four seasons. He has never played a full season (82 games) in his entire career and don’t bank on it next year. Another number worth noting: 30, for McGrady’s age at the beginning of next season. I sense another regression.

Final Thoughts

So again, allow me to congratulate myself for a job well done, winning the SoB Friends and Family Championship as the No. 5 seed. I hope we have another successful league next season. If you’re reading and not in our league, then YOU can join next year! Just send us an email using the contact form at the top right portion of your page and we’ll keep you in mind.

See you next season!

Note: Yahoo! ends their leagues officially on April 19, but the NBA finished its regular season Wednesday April 15, so the fantasy season is over as well.

About KC Downey - @kc_downey

KC is the "head coach" of the Sports of Boston, LLC blog network. Follow him on Twitter: @kc_downey

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Discussion

3 comments for “Fantasy Basketball Review: Championship Week”

  1. Fantasy Basketball Review: Championship Week: One valuable lesson was learned for the Championship Week matchup .. http://tinyurl.com/djpduh

    Posted by Sports of Boston | April 16, 2009, 8:41 am
  2. Congrats to KC and a major league Homer Simpson “Doh!” to me.

    I looked over the numbers I would have amassed by just playing the guys on my bench (and not picking up anyone for Stephen Jackson or Jamal Crawford when they got injured), and I would have been tied for three pointers made. I also would have been only three blocks shy, so I probably would have picked up a shot blocker if I had been paying the correct amount of attention.

    I’m pretty much devastated. Oh well. Congrats go to the champion and the Hawks win they win the NBA Finals this year.

    Posted by Shotgun Spratling | April 17, 2009, 8:16 am
  3. I appreciate the praise, Shotgun. And if the Celtics can’t go on, Go hawks!

    Posted by KC | April 20, 2009, 6:11 pm

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