NBL Fantasy | Where'd Ben 10 come from son?
This weekly column is produced by Dean Zardo and Steve Chalmers
Round seven was gone in a flash, and much like Ben 10 himself, Keith Benson was the one who was on the radar.
Finishing on 79 points good enough for fifth for the round, the Phoenix centre was huge in Throwdown III when recording 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
If only some of our other studs could have produced a stat line like that!
Stars starting to show cracks
Nick Kay lodged the second highest score of the round (behind Mitch Creek) which would have made fantasy owners pleased, however they would have quickly realised that he shed another $100k off his price tag. Once touching over $2m, Kay now stands at $1.66m and dropping which is obviously concerning for owners who have stuck for a while.
His teammates Terrico White and Bryce Cotton are in a similar boat yet not as excruciating for owners. White, who turned his ankle on the weekend has now dropped $110k over the course, while Cotton has lost owners $72k.
Shawn Long, Andrew Bogut lost the maximum this week, while popular figure RJ Hampton lost $48k which starts to show his ceiling.
The New Zealand Party
That's what's going on over there, right? Everyone is having a great time and partying?
Woah, talk about a nightmare of a week for an organisation.
From a fantasy perspective, what to do Glenn Rice Jr if you're an owner.
Quite simple. You took the risk and lost. Cash out while you can.
The good news is that Scotty Hopson is expected to return this week so hopefully for the team they can all put this behind them and hope that Hopson is the saviour to put them back on track.
Mitch Creek - South East Melbourne Phoenix
Hard to go past Creek who was the only player this round to notch up the century. Soared much higher than his peers and was simply on another level once again. Would have to be the favourite for the MVP at this stage, and is serving his NBL Fantasy owners well at the right times when playing multiple games.
Anthony Drmic - Adelaide 36ers
Many would not call Drm a value play at $1.33m, however when you've made $386k and are still rising through the ranks he's still very much value. There had been some inconsistency about him over past years, however it looks as though he's making the most of every opportunity Joey Wright is providing him and its his rebounding ability as a SG/SF that makes him invaluable.
Ramone Moore - Adelaide 36ers
There's an Adelaide flavour this week with another 36er filling out the positions, however what's really up with Ramone Moore? He looked to be a cracking PoD this fortnight and he provided a straight up donut after his dour 17 fpoints against the Wildcats.
Leaving the powder dry this week.
IllawarraAaron BrooksAchilles - SeasonMelbourneAlex PledgerAnkle - 6 to 8 weeksNew ZealandRob LoeSkull - IndefiniteScotty HopsonKnee - Expected to playGlenn Rice JrStupidity - SuspendedPerthWani Swaka Lo BulukAnkle - 2 monthsSouth East MelbourneTai WesleyHamstring - 2 weeksSydneyKevin LischAnkle - 3 weeks (~R10)
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So, you've come here for a reason haven't you? Who do you bring in for the next round? Let's make it simple, below are a few names (at different levels) who you can target:
Doubles in Round 8: ADL, BRIS, CNS
PG: Jerome Randle (Adelaide) $1.22m
PG: Scott Machado (Cairns) $1.51m
PG/SG: Nathan Sobey (Brisbane) $1.33m
SG/SF: Anthony Drmic (Adelaide) $1.33m
PF/C: Cam Oliver (Cairns) $1.47m
C: Will Magnay (Brisbane) $850k
Now for those you should be keen to oppose:
Hope we helped you sneak one through when dropping the Bogut/Long tandem last week and saved you some coin.
This week say bye bye to guys like John Roberson (who is the perfect switch to someone like Machado). You can shelve Mitch Creek for a few weeks if you want to use the money elsewhere but keep in mind that he'll be a much wanted man come round 11. Glenn Rice Jr the obvious one if in your side.
Come to the right place with this question that's for sure (after the pasting they received earlier!). Kay and Cotton are the guys you can probably stick fat with as they'll consistently provide you with something. If you grabbed Kay when he peaked, then there's no wonder you're quite frustrated and can easily drop him in anger! However, he's a guy that you'll probably keep around until the end so your cash never really goes anywhere anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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