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The Results 2/4/2014 + The Matchups 2/5/2014

Before we get started, it’s come to my attention that my opponent for the week, Grant Hughes, is infinitely lazier than I am when it comes to this whole fantasy basketball thing.

As such, I’ve made it my mission to remind him of his “obligations” to the world of fantasy sports—and I hope you all will too…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Hughes

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

To that end, my D-RODs still have some work to do. They’re still tied with Team Hughes, 4-4, after swapping leads in points and free throw percentage on Tuesday night. I’d be more upset at Goran Dragic for missing half of his freebies if not for the fact that his 24 points practically put my squad ahead in that category.

It helped, too, that Team Hughes had but a single bucket from Jordan Crawford to account for its scoring. Crawford’s four assists were enough to extend Hughes’ advantage in that category, just as the 21 rebounds between Dragic and Joakim Noah put me well ahead on the boards.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s see what a busy night has in store for this meeting of the lazy minds…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Hughes

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ANALYSIS

The simple math has me out ahead for the evening, 10-8, though the inclusion of Alonzo Gee and Alex Len therein could pare that down a bit. Jameer Nelson’s return from a sore knee should help my D-RODs creep up in assists and, perhaps, gain some ground in three-pointers.

And if everyone else does a better job of converting their field goals and free throws, my D-RODs should be well on their way to another winning week.

Happy Humpday, all!

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The Results 1/30/2014 + The Matchups 1/31/2014

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

After taking a dominant 8-0 lead in the wake of a busy Wednesday, my D-RODs relinquished their lead in one category (field goal percentage) on a light Thursday night. I’d probably still be on track for a clean sweep of Dan Favale’s squad if not for the combined 0-fer from Alex Len and Alonzo Gee, who missed all six of the shots they took.

Not that I have much about which to complain. Even with the inaccuracy of those bit players, my D-RODs sit less than seven-tenths of a percentage point behind 50 Shades in field goal percentage. It certainly could’ve been worse had Goran Dragic not exploded for 28 points on 11-of-21 from the field against the Indiana Pacers. Without Dragic, my D-RODs would’ve had but a single point (from Gee) with which to combat the tandem 29-point performances from Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.

With any luck—of which I’ve admittedly had a significant share this week—my 7-1 advantage will hold firm into the weekend, if not extend to within smelling distance of a clean sweep…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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ANALYSIS

Looks like I could be commemorating David Stern’s last official day as commissioner of the NBA with a fairly firm flattening of 50 Shades. The simple math advantage figures to flip to me on account of the injury-related absences of O.J. Mayo and Jeff Teague from Dan’s team.

My fivesome isn’t all that fearsome, what with Paul Pierce and Serge Ibaka doubling as the top contributors and all. But, next to Favale’s four-pack of Jimmer Fredette, J.J. Hickson, Marcus Thornton and J.J. Barea, I might as well be fielding the Western Conference All-Stars against a collection of D-League stragglers.

As much as I pity what could happen to 50 Shades after Friday’s eight games are through, I—as someone who’s spent most of the season toiling at the bottom of the standings—would tend to agree more with the sentiments of the Public News Team…

No mercy, indeed.

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The Results 1/27/2014 + The Matchups 1/28/2014

It’s time for those of us here at The Lazy Man’s Guide to Fantasy Sports to dive head-first into the final week of January. This time, my Derrick Rosie O’Donnells find themselves up against Dan Favale’s 50 Shades of Aaron Gray, which leans heavily on the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Jeff Teague, O.J. Mayo and Amar’e Stoudemire (!!!) to stuff the stat sheet.

Of course, me so much as chuckling at someone else’s fantasy squad is equivalent to chucking a boulder through the side of a crystalline palace. I’m lucky to not be worse off in Bleacher Report’s fantasy league right now that I am with Joakim Noah, Paul Pierce, Goran Dragic, Serge Ibaka, Jameer Nelson and Nene doubling as my most productive players.

That being said, maybe I should be a bit cockier about my squad’s prospects after Monday’s proceedings…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

My D-RODs are off to a flying start…for once. Superb scoring efforts from Goran Dragic and Paul Pierce put me well ahead in points, three-pointers, field goal percentage and free throw percentage, while Serge Ibaka’s six-block performance against the Atlanta Hawks made my early advantage in swats a decisive one.

You’ll hear no complaints from me about a 7-1 advantage after Day 1, though it’s not entirely rock-solid. I’m up in steals by only a single theft, and Dan Favale’s squad needs just five more boards to force a tie in that category.

Still, whatever case of the Mondays I might’ve otherwise had melted away as soon as I saw those early returns.

Emphasis on “early.”

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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ANALYSIS

Things figure to even out a bit between my D-RODs and Dan’s 50 Shades by the time tonight’s seven-game slate has come and gone. He’s got Carmelo Anthony and Tim Duncan on the docket, while I’ll have to rely on Jameer Nelson, Nene and Boris Diaw to carry the load for my team.

It doesn’t help my case, either, that the simple math favors Dan’s team to the extent that it does. He’s got six to my five, but Alonzo Gee, who’s played all of 49 minutes since Christmas, might as well not count at this point.

I can only hope, then, that 50 Shades won’t make up too much grounds on my D-RODs tonight. Then again, the week is young, with so many battles yet to be lost and won.

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The Results, 12/25/2013 + What Ever Happened to That Trade Proposal?

Hope y’all had a joyful and relaxing Christmas. I, for one, spent the entire day watching NBA games, most of which were pretty terrible—and the final of which was marred by some rather bush league tactics by the Golden State Warriors.

Fortunately, my Derrick Rosie O’Donnells had themselves a decent Christmas themselves…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Ames Black Falcons

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

Three days through a light week of action, and my D-RODs are even on the scoreboard! They pulled ahead in blocks, thanks to three swats between Paul Pierce and Serge Ibaka, and have opened up solid leads in the percentage categories and assists.

Which brings me to the Ricky Rubio-for-Goran Dragic swap that Joel Cordes proposed earlier this week. Once again, you spoke and I listened. A hundred of you folks voted—44 said I should decline it, 43 said I should accept it and 13 more thought I should just let the trade expire.

So, as I’d done twice before, I went with the general opinion (i.e. DON’T DO IT!), but rather than go through all the trouble of clicking “Decline,” I opted instead to let the proposal die on the vine.

A big thanks to all of you who partook in the poll. I’m glad I can still count on you to make my decisions for me.

We’ll be back soon to preview the matchups for Thursday night.

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The Results, 12/19/2013 + The Matchups, 12/20/2013

Hey, all! My apologies for the lack of updates this week. It’s been a crazy and exciting time for yours truly—and not just because the holidays are right around the corner.

(Hanukkah’s already come and gone, as has the frenzy that’s usually part-and-parcel with this season.)

The truth of it is, I was fortunate enough to get credentialed to cover not one, but two Los Angeles Clippers games this week: their 115-92 trouncing of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday and their 108-95 flattening of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, the same night that saw Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans return to action.

I’ve been privileged enough to partake in press access at major sporting events before, though the vast majority of those were to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, prior to my move into a full-time role as one of Bleacher Report’s NBA Lead Writers in June of 2012. These two Clippers games, then, marked my first forays into NBA game coverage.

Which—for someone like me, who came into this business without a formal background in sports journalism or newspaper reporting and who spends most of his time writing from the solitary confines of my kitchen table—was an absolute delight, to say the least. There’s nothing quite like feeling as though you’re a part of the action after spending so much time observing it from a distance.

But I digress. The point being, that move into more of a “boots on the ground” role (which I hope will be more frequent from now on) is, in part, to blame for my lack of updates this week.

So, too, you might imagine, is the sorry state of my Derrick Rosie O’Donnells in opposition to Ethan Norof’s Swaggy E:

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Swaggy E

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

It’s a good thing Joakim Noah (23 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block) had the game that he did during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Otherwise, the evening would’ve been a total wipe-out for my D-RODs, as opposed to just your run-of-the-mill shellacking.

Serge Ibaka managed all of five points, three rebounds, an assist and three blocks on my team’s behalf, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (a combined 52 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists, four steals and one block) did what they usually do: blow away the competition.

Somehow, I’m still within striking distance in points and rebounds, with only tenuous advantages in steals and blocks. This week’s matchup could still swing either way, between a 4-4 tie and (GULP!) a clean sweep in Ethan’s favor.

Let’s see what Friday has in store, then, shall we?

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Swaggy E

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ANALYSIS

Yeah, this is only going to get worse. On basic math alone, Ethan has an overwhelming advantage, with his eight active players doubling up my four. I’m going to need some Herculean efforts from Goran Dragic, Paul Pierce and Terrence Ross to so much as maintain eye contact with Swaggy E.

And, well, some bad luck on the part of Ethan’s squad wouldn’t hurt, either—not that I’d wish any ill upon my long-time “Gr818” associate and current B/R colleague or anything…

But…

GO D-RODs!!!

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The Results, 12/9/2013 + The Matchups, 12/10/2013

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Chicken Bargnani Heroes

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

So far, so okay for the D-RODs. Jameer Nelson, my one active player on the night, nearly outperformed Jon Wasserman’s pairing of Tony Wroten and Mike Miller all on his own. Thanks to Jameer, my D-RODs have a solid head-start in field goal percentage and free throw percentage, a slight edge in scoring, even footing in steals and blocks, and minimal ground to make up in three-pointers and assists.

The current rebounding gap may be a bit trickier to close, though I anticipate Serge Ibaka and my injured bigs (i.e. Nene and Omer Asik) to make significant contributions in that regard moving forward.

In any case, I’m glad Jameer didn’t have himself a case of the Mondays. Let’s hope there’s no equivalent for Tuesdays to which my D-RODs might succumb…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Chicken Bargnani Heroes

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ANALYSIS

The simple math should work in my favor on Tuesday. Even with Alex Len (still) out, the D-RODs will have seven players going, as opposed to just four for the Chicken Bargnani Heroes.

And not just any seven for my D-RODs, but a seven spot that includes most of my squad’s heavy hitters, including Serge Ibaka, Joakim Noah and Goran Dragic.

Remember those rebound and assist deficits I was talking about earlier? With any luck, they’ll have evaporated into thin air by the end of the evening.

Then again, luck hasn’t exactly been my ally to this point, though considering my mission for The Lazy Man’s Guide, I s’pose luck is all I have on which to rely.

Well, that and the on-court exploits of the former Mr. Humpdashian.

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A “Lazy Man’s Guide” First!

Way back when I started this here endeavor (i.e. like, three weeks ago), I mentioned that I’d have my opponents/Bleacher Report co-workers chime in from time to time with their thoughts on my beloved Derrick Rosie O’Donnells.

At long last, we have our first guest post from none other than B/R NBA editor and fantasy sports guru Ethan “Swaggy E” Norof.

Ethan’s Swaggy E squad spanked my team last week, 7-1. I asked him if he’d write up a quick evaluation of my sorry roster and he gladly obliged. Keep in mind, he’s not entirely clued into the circumstances of my team and the purpose/rules of this experiment (i.e. that I didn’t draft any of my own players, that I’m trying to go without trades for as long as possible, etc.).

That being said, if I (or anyone else) were in earnest need of fantasy assistance, he’d be the first person I’d turn to. Without further ado, here’s what Ethan had to say:

The Rosie O’Donnell‘s never had a chance against Swaggy E and his boys.

Swaggy E himself, Ethan Norof

Swaggy E himself, Ethan Norof

One of the biggest problems with the Fightin’ Rosie O’s is the lack of versatility on the roster. Too many role players, not enough superstars–and most importantly, not enough difference-makers who can singlehandedly win you a category on any given week.
My experience in the realm gave me an “unfair” advantage over Josh as a former fantasy basketball writer/expert for Rotoworld.com.
Josh’s heavy hitters are struggling out of the gate: Paul Pierce is not saying #HelloBrooklyn too often, Goran Dragic has dealt with a couple of injuries, and although he’s come on of late, Serge Ibaka has struggled offensively to begin the year.
Between Ibaka and Joakim Noah, Josh’s team went all-in on size early in the draft. He also decided to roll the dice on both Nene and Omer Asik, and in a 20-team league, you have to be a bit more selective as to where you’re going to “spend your money.” In Josh’s case, it’s left him with a backcourt that leaves a lot to be desired.
That being said, I’m curious to see how Josh’s team fares because he’s got a few interesting trade candidates–Jameer Nelson, Kris Humphries and Asik. If one (or more) of those guys can find a home where playing time awaits, it would be a great boost to the Rosies. Unfortunately, that’s just not too likely of a scenario.
It’s a tricky game…as obsessed as we are with the stars in real life, the fantasy game is all about the numbers. Hopefully for Josh’s sake, his team starts firing on at least four cylinders in the near future.
That makes two of us, Ethan!