The Results, 11/18/2013 + The Matchups, 11/19/2013

To the handful(s) of you out there who were disappointed that I didn’t tip off the week with a look at my latest fantasy sports tormentor, mea culpa. Paid work has a way of taking precedent over silly side projects like this.

But, better late than never, I s’pose.

This week, I’m up against Team Scaletta, led by native Chicagoan and fellow B/R NBA scribe Kelly Scaletta (negative points for team name creativity there, Kelly).

His squad appears to be a solid one, albeit without much in the way of dominant, productive star power. Sure, Dirk Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge can both be 20-10 guys, but both seem more amenable to 15-20 points and, say, 5-8 rebounds on any given game day.

Furthermore, Team Scaletta, like my plucky D-RODS, sports its fair share of players who aren’t likely to contribute much at all. There are fill-in starters like Thabo Sefolosha and Trevor Ariza, steady reserves like CJ Watson, Rodney Stuckey, Maurice Harkless and Wesley Johnson; an injured point guard (Trey Burke); and Michael Beasley.

Maybe, then, I won’t get blown completely out of the water this week!

Let’s see what the early returns have to say about that…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Scaletta

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

What was that I said about Dirk and Aldridge? Oh, right: THAT THEY’RE BASKETBALL CYBORGS SENT BACK FROM THE FUTURE TO VAPORIZE MY D-RODS INTO TINY BITS!!!

It didn’t help my case that Tony Allen got ejected for kicking Chris Paul in the face, or that Serge Ibaka put up another stinker, or that Paul Pierce couldn’t throw a beach ball in the ocean (2-of-12).

So here I am, down 2-6 out of the shoot, albeit while keeping things close in most categories in the very early going. That just means my D-RODs will have to put their noses to the grindstone and close that gap tonight…right?

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Scaletta

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ANALYSIS

Five beats four—or, at least, I hope it does. Alex Len hardly ever plays and Paul Millsap won’t on account of a bum elbow (per ESPN), so, realistically, this is more like four beats three.

Drill down a bit further, though, and you’ll see Omer Asik whining on the Houston Rockets’ bench and Kris Humphries hardly ever getting off the pine for the Boston Celtics. The same could be said of Beasley, unless the Miami Heat absolutely dominate the Millsap-less Atlanta Hawks from the jump.

The point being, tonight could be an ugly one for my team and Scaletta’s alike. I can only hope my D-RODs will come out on the right side of this bloodbath.

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