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Fantasy Hoops Waiver Wire: Week 6

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander discuss some of the most notable waiver wire options for Week 6 of the NBA season, including Cam Johnson, Doug McDermott, Wayne Ellington, Taurean Prince and Derrick Jones Jr. We also consider the recent explosion from DeMarcus Cousins, who went off over the weekend in the absence of Christian Wood, and what it means for Boogie's fantasy outlook moving forward. Plus, a Trey Burke sighting in Dallas, and the landscape for Naz Reid and Jarred Vanderbilt with...


Capela On A Heater, Zion vs. Wiggins

Matt Stroup and Ryan Knaus look at the absurd recent production of Clint Capela and wonder whether we're witnessing the high-water mark of his season. Plus, we break down a rare combo of 3s and blocks from Andrew Wiggins, and wonder whether that makes him a better fantasy option than Zion Williamson. Also on this episode: slow starts from Lonzo Ball and Pascal Siakam, some encouraging signs for Deandre Ayton and a notable stretch from Spurs rookie Devin Vassell.


Fantasy Hoops Waiver Wire: Week 5

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander consider some of the most notable waiver pickups in fantasy basketball right now, including rookies Patrick Williams, Cole Anthony, Isaac Okoro, Immanuel Quickley and Xavier Tillman. Plus, a look at the landscape in Indiana with Caris LeVert out indefinitely (and what that potentially means for Aaron and Justin Holiday), as well as an injury over the weekend to CJ McCollum and what it could mean for Gary Trent Jr.


Harden Trade Breakdown + The Unstoppable Chris Boucher

Matt Stroup and Ryan Knaus react to this week's huge trade news that has James Harden headed to Brooklyn, Victor Oladipo to Houston, Caris LeVert to Indiana and Jarrett Allen to Cleveland. We break down the fantasy implications for all four teams, including what to expect from Harden and Kevin Durant as they're back on the same team again. Plus, the rise of Chris Boucher as a bona fide fantasy force, and some early disappointment (in fantasy, not real life) from LeBron James.


Fantasy Hoops Waiver Wire: Week 4

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander highlight some of the most serviceable and intriguing fantasy basketball waiver wire additions, discussing the fallout from injuries to Russell Westbrook, Thomas Bryant and Bogdan Bogdanovic — and what it means for Deni Avdija, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter. Plus, what to expect from Hamidou Diallo, Gary Harris, Tyrese Maxey and Justin Holiday after all of them have posted strong stat lines recently.


Week 3 Takeaways: McCollum Surging, Trae Slumping

Matt Stroup and Ryan Knaus react to the maestro of load management, Kawhi Leonard, playing in his first back-to-back since 2017(!), and some bad news for the Magic with Markelle Fultz tearing his ACL — and what it means for rookie Cole Anthony. We also break down fast starts from CJ McCollum, Malcolm Brogdon, Seth Curry and Julius Randle, and consider whether there's any cause for concern over the early-season struggles (relatively speaking) of Devin Booker, Luka Doncic and Trae Young.


Fantasy Hoops Waiver Wire: Week 3

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander highlight some of the most serviceable and intriguing waiver wire additions, with veterans Eric Gordon, Bobby Portis, George Hill and Justin Holiday all making varying degrees of box score noise. We also look a couple of struggling players in Portland — Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington — and consider whether there's hope for both to turn it around in the near future. Plus, the Hassan Whiteside dilemma, the rise of Bismack Biyombo and some recent momentum for...


Week 2 Fantasy Takeaways

Matt Stroup and Ryan Knaus highlight some takeaways from the first week and a half of the NBA season, with Luka Doncic, Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic all off to slow starts. We also highlight some ridiculous production from Nikola Jokic, a statistical bonanza from Jerami Grant in Detroit, and impressive work from rookies James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball, who had his breakout game on Wednesday. Plus: a season-long bet on the scoring output of Luguentz Dort, which Matt will probably lose.


Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander highlight some of the top players to consider on the fantasy basketball waiver wire, including Timberwolves center Naz Reid with the news that Karl-Anthony Towns is already dealing with an injury, and Tyus Jones after the Monday night ankle injury to Ja Morant. We also look at Delon Wright and Mason Plumlee in Detroit, discuss the outlook for rookies Tyrese Haliburton, Patrick Williams and Deni Avdija, and have a somewhat heated debate about whether we can or...


Week 1 Fantasy Takeaways

A few days into the NBA season, Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander sit down to discuss some very early fantasy takeaways. We consider how much (or how little) we should be panicking about the James Harden turmoil in Houston, plus a promising debut from James Wiseman, a dominant start for Trae Young and explosive 40-point openers from Ja Morant and Terry Rozier. Also on this episode: Hassan Whiteside's shaky role in Sacramento, promising signs from Kevin Durant and the early returns from rookies...


The Two-Man Draft

A couple weeks after Steve Alexander talked in his sleep about doing a two-man draft, we've decided to actually do one — while awake — right here on the podcast. We draft 100+ players in the span of about 40 minutes, with analysis and a recurring airhorn throughout. Find out where we drafted players ranging from Kyrie Irving to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to Zion Williamson and Christian Wood as we gear up for opening week of the 2020-21 NBA season.


2020 Preseason Takeaways

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander wade into some preseason game action and box scores to try to find trends that can help us during a busy weekend of fantasy drafts. We discuss what to expect from John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in Houston, Coby White in Chicago and Andre Drummond in Detroit. Plus, some preseason struggles for Michael Porter Jr., and the outlook for rookies including Patrick Williams, Devin Vassell and Deni Avdija. We also break down a phenomenal preseason for Talen...


2020 Fantasy Basketball Live Draft

Last week we convened a panel of fantasy basketball experts and special guests for a 12-team, 9-category fantasy draft, and on today's episode we have the audio version of that draft in its entirety. Things got out of hand early with some Luka Doncic-related draft sniping, and it was eventful throughout with a very early pick of Russell Westbrook, a potentially massive reach for Michael Porter Jr. and a free fall of sorts for Giannis Antetokounmpo.


Post-Hype Breakout Candidates

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander highlight some post-hype breakout possibilities for the 2020-21 season, attempting to answer whether some of last year’s most high-profile disappointments (including Lauri Markkanen, Marvin Bagley and Mitchell Robinson) can take a notable step forward this year. Also on this episode: the breakout potential for Wendell Carter Jr., Delon Wright, Mikal Bridges, OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant — as well as proof that Dr. A literally dreams basketball.


Free Agency Fallout: Can Ingram and Collins Repeat?

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander discuss more takeaways from NBA free agency, including the outlook for Brandon Ingram in the absence of Jrue Holiday, and John Collins in a much more crowded Atlanta rotation with Danilo Gallinari backing him up. Plus, Cam Reddish tries to carve out his own significant role with the Hawks, Hassan Whiteside is headed for a position battle with Richaun Holmes, Kemba Walker is going to get auto-drafted all over the place and Dennis Schroder is trying to seize the...


NBA Free Agency Takeaways: SGA Ready For Liftoff

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander analyze the aftermath of the NBA Draft and free agency for 12 different teams, ranging from Atlanta (which added Danilo Gallinari and likely Bogdan Bogdanovic) to a suddenly crowded Minnesota backcourt, all the way to New Orleans, where Lonzo Ball now runs the show in the absence of Jrue Holiday. Plus, we try — and fail — to keep our expectations in check for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Michael Porter Jr. and Christian Wood.


NBA Draft And Free Agency Extravaganza

A wild week in the NBA has already seen some massive headlines, with Chris Paul on his way from Oklahoma City to Phoenix, and James Harden reportedly trying to plan his exit from Houston. Matt Stroup, Steve Alexander and Ryan Knaus break down the latest NBA news, and discuss some of the big names to watch for in Wednesday night's draft (including LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and Obi Toppin). We also preview some of the most notable free agents and their potential destinations...


Second Year Breakout Candidates

With the 2020 NBA Draft (and the 2020-21 NBA season) fast approaching, Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander take a close look at last year's rookies, forecasting some of the top candidates for a second-year breakout. We break down the question marks surrounding Zion Williamson's stat line while looking ahead to potentially big things from Ja Morant, Coby White, Cam Reddish and PJ Washington. Plus, why Tyler Herro might get drafted too early in fantasy, and the upside for Kevin Porter Jr. and...


Fantasy Hoops Old Guys: Who To Trust Over 30

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander discuss the realities for some of fantasy basketball's biggest stars (including LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant) as they voyage into — or in some cases, well into — their 30's. Going down the list case-by-case, we decide who we can trust and who we can't, hitting players ranging from Chris Paul (sort of) to Kyle Lowry (yes) to Russell Westbrook (mostly) to Draymond Green (no). Plus, an update on the NBA schedule, with a debate between...


The All-Load Management Team

Matt Stroup and Steve Alexander delve into a dangerous fantasy basketball experiment, drafting a team of wildly talented players who miss way too many games. We discuss what could happen if you loaded a squad with Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, Otto Porter, Derrick Rose and others. Plus, why names such as Lou Williams, Spencer Dinwiddie, Marcus Smart and Al Horford all become essential in the event you try this (which you probably...