000Here’s an understatement: The Kentucky Wildcats were truly dominant last season. They only lost one game all year, and that game was not until the Final Four against the Wisconsin Badgers. This year, Texas A&M claims the top spot in the SEC rankings for now, while Kentucky is looking for ways to win without many […]
We are at the mid-year point in the regular season and now is the time to think about what players do you want to target for the second half and the home stretch. Yes, fantasy playoffs are at the end of the regular season, so we are technically past the mid-year point. Here are some moves to make if you need to move up for a playoff push or hold onto your top tier status:
It has been nearly a week and highlights from the triple-overtime thriller between Kansas and Oklahoma are still flickering in my mind’s eye and dominating my Internet search history. The NCAA is into the swing of conference basketball play, which means the competitive edge that comes with it is omnipresent, and continually reminds me why I love the game of basketball. Many of these teams have squared off for decades, so the potential to claim bragging rights takes the pace and intensity of the game to a new level of excitement. Whether it is a “one and done” player or a four-year graduate, it is also entertaining to see professional ballplayers get into the mix by attending NCAA games decked out in their school colors or Tweeting from afar to cheer on their alma mater. Conversely, it stands to reason that fans of respective schools form an allegiance to professional players who continue to bring honor to their institution by excelling at the next level of play.
This series examines a look at the top 10 current fantasy NBA basketball players from each of the major NCAA conferences to see which school can claim bragging rights for producing the most successful pro stars compared to other schools in their conference.
The Big 12 Conference gave us a classic matchup between the #1 and #2 schools in the country on Monday, so we will start right where this week began.
Derrick Favors is emerging as a dominant individual down low within the frontcourt of the Utah Jazz. During the past season, the 6’ 10” Favors took over the Power Forward position and proved to be a key member for his team. Favors’ development within the first seasons of his career was a major concern for his critics. However alongside teammate Rudy Gobert, the two have formed an athletic and dangerous pair of big men. Favors is a dog down low, he has displayed the physicality and skill set to cause reason for concern amongst opponents. On defense, his presence on the glass and changing his competitors shot attempts is a major reason why he has found. Favors’ strong 2014-15 campaign has us expecting big things for the upcoming season.
Coming off of his second consecutive season as the Atlantic Division champions and an early 1st round exit to the Wizards, Jonas Valanciunas is looking to help fortify the Toronto Raptors place within the Eastern Conference. Drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, Valenciunas was selected before Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Kenneth Faried. The 7-foot center from Lithuania has been a solid and steady contributor for Toronto. In 3 years with the Raptors, Valanciunas was shuffled in the frontcourt along with Amir Johnson and Patrick Peterson. With Johnson now in Boston, Toronto has brought in aging big man Luis Scola to add size to the roster. The door has swung wide open for Valanciunas to step forward as the primary big man for the Raptors.