Derrick Rose is officially the new Grant Hill..sorry bulls Fans but it’s time to trade that nigga! (If you can) #pheedtheword
The County Week 06 Stat Box
The County Week 6 stat box. So far this is the largest margin of victory for the squad, who produced at season-high levels respectively but collectively this week, and even though the opponent wasn’t the toughest wolf in the pack, we weren’t short on our own dilemmas throughout the contest either.
Reaching seasonal stat milestones are satisfying. As in all, it’s about finding a flow with the tide. Players routinely alter their level of production at various times throughout the season and it is vital to recognize certain problems areas to both prevent gaps in categorical totals and increase production levels steadily. We hit our season best in FG%, 3PTM, REB & TO, which have been consistently lacking the past few weeks, and even though TO was lost, it is a win in the overall because it is simply less. Everything looks in place statistically heading into a tough match-up upcoming this week, although it would be nice to up the FT%, I can’t be greedy after earning such a solid win.
As far as my gripes go, they are minute. Brook Lopez has been sorely missed, but you wouldn’t know it from the bottom line, and I look upon this win without him as a sign that my team has the depth to overcome big man deficiencies when I monitor production levels & balance out the loss with circumstantial moves. It helps having stud guys like Blake Griffin & role players like David West who over produced at times this week, but it begs to remember that these performances do not occur nightly. I value the effort I get out of inconsistent players like OJ Mayo & players I forget I own sometimes like Kevin Martin, and my patience rewards as such. Often players I add & then drop tend to perform at a high level immediately afterwards, but instead of panicking & re-adding the player because of one flashy line, I allow the flow of the moves made subsequently to play-out and survey the scene before considering a return to what I once let go.
I grin & bear certain jobbers like Randy Foye, Carl Landry & Antawn Jamison with an itchy-clicker finger every week, but I could tolerate Al-Farouq Aminu no more as he was let go late Saturday afternoon for Andray Blatche, of whom I have been meaning to add while Lopez rehabs. Aminu has gone MIA & I am in no mood to wait for him to be found. This was about it as far as movement went. Gerald Henderson had 18/6 & 19/9 on Weds. & Thurs. respectively off the bench and should remain in the role for the foreseeable future, which could be a huge boost for his value & makes him my best pick up of the year.
My team is quiet but fierce. There is no one real all-star but instead they are a collective group of pieces that have complimented one another so far & I am enjoying the way their puzzle is coming together. Now standing in third place, it is on us to push the gap wider between us & the pack as we face the fourth place squad in Week 7. Challenge accepted.
Get at me on twitter for any pertinent issues.
The County Week 05 Stat Box
The County Week 5 stat box. After the debacle last week this is a step in the right direction, still, I’m not jumping up & down about the inconsistencies in certain areas.
Sometimes I have to remind myself not to be so harsh. There should be no expectations with any player, other than a professional effort, and any I might succumb to can only cloud my judgment when considering moves. All-in-all this was a great effort considering the circumstances and opponent (3rd overall in the league). The outcome was close and could have gone either way, with rebounds & FT% trading back & forth between us until Sunday. I feel uneasy to fall short in FG% and blocks by such a large margin. The absence of Brook Lopez for the better half of the match-up is no excuse but it is nevertheless damage done.
There have been some interesting transactions in the league and I have found myself with some spontaneously intuitive pick-up’s that have found me doing very well so far this week. If you don’t follow me on twitter I update on add/drops as they happen with this team. In the moment, I can’t necessarily exchange the thought process behind the choices I make, but I will gladly discuss my reasoning after the move has been made. This is so I can get a better understanding of the perception of players’ value and you can possibly determine who is worth what to you or others in your league. We call that a ‘win-win’ where I’m from. Otherwise, I can only reveal so much of my strategy without giving away all of my tricks. How else would I ever win?
It began with finding a place where I could get a 3 to 4 category player with some slick pick-up’s while Lopez sat. First Markieff Morris served his purpose, followed by Aaron Brooks. I have now found myself holding instead Antawn Jamison and Gerald Henderson who were somehow(?) available. They have been stellar thus far for me and if you have the opportunity to snag them they could provide in a pinch. Gasol’s whining & injuries are proving to be a thorns in the Laker starting rotation’s side and Jamison could find himself logging more minutes more often if it becomes a trend. Henderson was the Bobcats leading scorer last season and is coming off the bench so far as they nurse him back from injury, but that should work in his favor and is looking stronger than expected through two games back.
My roster as of today is below. Shout out to David West for backing up LaMarcus Aldridge while he is playing through some back pain. Also, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry & of course the namesake Dwayne Wade are all following through on their price and I am content with where this line-up stands in the current match-up against probably the worst team in the league.
The County Week 4 stat box. Clearly I am sore about our first defeat, but the foe was mighty and a few glaring articles appear to me that address the deficiencies in production.
Let me begin with the faint bright side. Rebounds & steals maintained from last week (overall down from Week 2) and I gained in blocks by one! (Can you read my sarcasm?) The spiral downward in all other categories is troublesome though. It means two things. My players have tapered off in their over-production & are beginning to plateau in mediocrity. In addition, role players like Randy Foye, Kevin Martin, Al-Farouq Aminu & Carl Landry are having their own issues with minutes, injuries & teammates returning. Their lack of support was felt dearly and my patience can only endure so many of these weak performances before I attempt trades or outright swap them for available talent. Keep an eye on this motley crew, I will tweet regarding them as I decide fates.
Also in my desperation to pull out a victory, I began playing the free-agent roulette wheel on Friday (dropped Kyle Singler) but was unable to even come close with spot plays out of Gary Neal & Kevin Seraphin. Still, I am keeping Neal since he & Markieff Morris (dropped Derrick Williams) have entered their respective starting rotations, they could be in-line for decent opportunities ahead, and will remain for now. Again, keep up with me on twitter for their value.
Finally, LaMarcus Aldridge has been hampered by a stiff neck & back. Not something I can really complain about, but after Wade’s bug last week I am hoping to get back to full strength this week. Going from third to seventh is motivating, and I plan in turning it into results this week, now if only I got to play for my own fantasy team…
The County Week 3 stat box. At-a-glance I like the upswing in assists & downswing on turnovers from last week.
Down Dwayne Wade to injury I could not be more pleased with this outcome. I was trailing all week until Sunday when my final 8 starts out-lasted his 3 in the end stretch. And so even without Wade, we prevailed showing quality depth.
My deficiency in rebounding, steals & blocks would have been not so if he had gamed up towards the tail of the match-up though. Still, I shouldn’t complain, but my opponent is riding out a storm of injuries including Andrew Bynum, Steve Nash & Nene Hilario which makes me think we should have won by more. Somehow though they put up a really solid fight and I feel lucky to escape on the right side of the match-up.
I made two moves by bringing on Kyle Singler & Derrick Williams to counter an injury to Kahwi Leonard & also the return of Anthony Davis which has made Robin Lopez virtually forgotten in New Orleans.
Onto the next one!
The County Week 2 stat box. Decent enough shooting & free-throw percentages, along with points & rebounds, but I would like to see my assists go up & turnovers go down this week.
No significant changes or moves so far. I like where this team sits.
No reason to celebrate, but certainly a boost in confidence going forward especially after so many #trades. #fantasysports #nflfantasy #chips #themaj #nfl #fantasyfootball
#TRADETALK Yo, @pharoah_gama this one summons the age-old question, “What kind of a fool do you take me for?” Listen, I have done my best to remove my feelings from fantasy business encounters like this, but #comeonson, this has to be the epitome of insulting counter offers. I threw #RGIII out for #WesWelker straight up. Then what comes back at me is THIS? Griffin isn’t even in the deal any longer. This manager has been interested in Griffin the entire season (#TomBrady my QB1) and we have gone back & forth repeatedly with offers, both fair & skewed. I did want 2 for 1 for Griffin but have now waited so long that the deadline has created a ‘now or never’ situation where I will accept what I can get, and more importantly what I need, which is a strong FLEX equivalent to a RB2 or WR1. To be fair, my counterpart here drafted #MikeVick and has struggled to find a sturdy QB option to fix the inconsistency. Still, his team has a 5-4 record somehow and it appears that will continue to deter him from making a fair deal instead of incessantly trying to reach into the tip jar. #juliojones #reggiebush #stevejohnson #jamesjones #felixjones If I accepted a fraction of the trades I get in the Portsmouth Football League, but that is part of the charming essence of this group of fantasy fiends- they don’t fuck around with your change, they are after your wads of hundreds. #fantasyadvice #fantasysports #fantasyfootball
#TRADETALK As we approach the deadline, I found myself at odds with #AntonioGates after trading for #RobGronkowski to fill his BYE hole & who now has replaced him in my starting line-up for the duration of the campaign. #AnquanBoldin is a fair enough bench reserve & potential match-up based starter who will be used rather than Gates (who would sit indefinitely should I keep him.) Thanks to @gonzalax for a speedy negotiation as we have tried a few times this season to get a deal going. I hope the TE has a banner end to a thus far mediocre effort in 2012. #fantasyfootball #fantasyadvice #nflfantasy #fantasysports