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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 2:20 pm  |  28 responses

SLAM Radio: Fantasy Draft Prep Talk

Mr. Fantasy explains everything you need to know for your draft.

by Ryne Nelson

There was a time when I thought I had fantasy basketball all figured out. Then I met Emry DowningHall. You can literally throw any NBA player’s name at him, and he’ll have a complete fantasy prognosis ready for you immediately. It’s a great thing Emry’s here imparting some of wisdom this week because, if your schedule is anything like mine, this is fantasy draft week. Please, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    first

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    Is it like a sixth sense? Im guessing he actually doesn’t play the sport of basketball?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    No, Emry’s actually a beast on the court.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    So, where is the Slam sponsored fantasy league?

  • http://www.robbz18.blogspot.com Robbi

    Yeah, send me an invite if ever there is one.

  • http://www.robbz18.blogspot.com Robbi

    No way is Udrih a bust, Emry. You’ll see. Injuries will affect him, yeah, but when he does play, he’s gonna be good.

  • Bryant Reeves

    Had my draft last night. Someone took Calderon is the first round… before Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade. Still haven’t figured out what he was smoking and where I can find some.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    @Ryne, thanks for having me on. I had a great time talking fhoops with ya!

    @Robbi looking back on it I should have tiered the sleepers, I said that about Udrih because after what he did last season I actually think he will be overvalued in a lot of drafts this year. No doubt though he will be a solid #2 pg.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @Bryant: Sounds like my fantasy draft last night. After talking with Emry, I pulled a steal in every round!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    @Bryant: I actually think JC, is another guy that qualifies as a bust. He was so good last year and remains a terrific guy, don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying people are overvaluing him. What happened in your draft is insane.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Oh, and Emry, you called Darius Miles correctly!

  • Bryant Reeves

    The big plus for Calderon is if your league counts TOs (which mine does). If so, he is easily one of the top non-scoring pgs.

    It will be interesting to see how the minutes are split between Bobby J and Udrich.

    My sleeper of the year is that kid on Washington – JaVale McGee. With Haywood out and Etan on the mend from heart surgery, that kid might get big minutes (along with Blatche).

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    fantasy has arrived! im gonna try this again, im starting a league and everyone is free to join, just make sure you will be active with your team throughout the year. just post your email and ill send you an invite

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Hey Ryne, what’s the name of that song at the beginning?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Never mind Ryne.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    It was atop iTunes for a bit, R.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Ryne I said never mind because I found the song TI’s Live Your Life.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    That was great. Emry, you want to draft for me Sunday in New Rochelle, NY? I think you’re better prepared than me even when you’re asleep.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    My draft is coming up soon. This will be in my mind while drafting. Ryne sounds like he has a future in doing traffic reports on radio.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    @Ben – I’ve never been to New Rochelle, but if I get the bullpen call it would be tough to refuse. Sounds like a job for Blackberry Messenger! I’m working on the preview column which will be out either tomorrow or Thursday. I’m going to have Top 10 picks, sleepers, come up players, and top position guys as well.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    john salmons is going to have a huge year

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Emry, if you could actually post that tomorrow before my draft, it would be greatly appreciated.

  • joey

    no doubt, I did 5 drafts before I got lucky enough to get L.B.J. who is 31 FOLLOWED BY cp3 THEN kb24, I wound up with those guys in diffrent drafts and the other 2 i got K.G. and then deron with 3 of my teams getting Melo with 2 pick We’ll take her

  • joey

    I meant Lebron is #1` not 31

  • http://mykal1.blogspot.com/ ♦MyKal♠

    Who is a better first pick LBJ or CP3?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Probably just personal preference MyKal. Pretty much 1 and 1A.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Emry, I’m gassed for your preview on here and I may hit you up during the Draft. Thanks always.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    i wish i had a pocket emry podcast for each draft i had to partake in. fantasy basketball is way more varied than any other fantasy sport

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