January 27, 2007
Al Harrington is looking good in Oakland.
It’s been a little over a week since the Warriors and Pacers swapped quartets of players. Let’s take a quick look at the fantasy impact so far.
To date, the biggest beneficiary (by far) has been Al Harrington, who’s been playing some strong ball since arriving in Oakland, and is the 14th-ranked player over the past two weeks. Stephen Jackson has had one great game and two bad ones (not to mention his off-court distractions). On the Indy side of things, Troy Murphy has seen a bump up in value, playing at about a top-80 level since the trade, and Mike Dunleavy has improved a little as well, playing near a top-100 level.
Overall, from a fantasy perspective, this has been one of those trades that truly helps both sides (at least so far).
December 28, 2006
AI will never be a “fill-in” player.
In fantasy or roto, it’s really difficult to evaluate unbalanced trades (where one team gets more players than the other, such as a 2-for-1 or 3-for-2). There are a lot of extra factors that come into play, such as the size and competitiveness of the league.
But, in an attempt to provide as useful a tool as possible, we’ve upgraded the Trade Evaluator to handle unbalanced trades a little better. Now it will make an educated guess about how good a player could realistically be subbed in, based on the size of your league. Try it out!
December 21, 2006
Here’s something fantasy die-hards like to argue about: Which NBA squad would be the best fantasy team? Well, with RotoPoll and the Trade Evaluator, we can find out.
For this exercise, we’ll consider the starting five for each team, according to the latest depth chart. In cases where a bench player is clearly more valuable than a starter (such as Sam Cassell or Corey Maggette vs. Quinton Ross), we can sub him in and run the numbers that way too.
As you would expect, the talent is tilted toward the Western Conference. The number one fantasy team? No surprise here: The Phoenix Suns. But guess who’s number 2? Here’s a hint: They just pulled off a blockbuster deal (you may have heard something about it) that added a lot of fantasy firepower. That’s right, it’s the Nuggets.
Here’s how the two teams square off: Suns vs. Nuggets
If the NBA Finals were today, and we took the teams with the best records from the West (Spurs) and the East (Pistons), it owould be a pretty close matchup, fantasy-wise: Spurs vs. the Pistons
But actually, the Pistons aren’t the best fantasy squad in the East. Who is? A team that’s .500 and would barely make the playoffs right now: The Washington Wizards. But they would still be no match for the Suns: Suns vs. Wizards
And there you have it–definitive proof of absolutely nothing, but more anecdotal evidence that the West is where it’s at in the NBA right now.