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Fantasy Basketball: When a Holiday becomes a nightmare

Cases of NBA mistaken identity...

Seth Curry is being informed that he is not going to the All-Star game after all...
Seth Curry is being informed that he is not going to the All-Star game after all...
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Well, it happened.

I screwed up.

I've been writing the DFS articles here at Fake Teams for a few weeks now.

On a few occasions, I was surprised that J Holiday was listed at the minimum price of $3500.

I mean, you're talking about one of the best guards in the NBA (when healthy).

He's also a point guard, so I was wondering why Jrue Holiday was being listed as a 2-guard.

I was happy to recommend a PG averaging 19 PPG over his last 2 games for the league minimum DFS salary!

Then the moment happened: A reader corrected me via Twitter telling me that the J Holiday I had been recommending was actually the lesser Holiday brother: Justin Holiday of the Atlanta Hawks. A player averaging 3.1 PPG on the season.

Um, awks.

Consider this a public apology/retraction. (In case it's not clear, NEVER roster Justin Holiday.)

It also got me thinking though: What other kinds of comedies of errors could be created under similar circumstances?

Let's investigate...

Stephen Curry and Seth Curry

Do you want to use your #1 overall Fantasy Basketball pick to select Seth Curry?

You'll actually be surprised to learn that the lesser Curry is actually EXCEEDING his famous brother's totals in both field goal % (58.6 Seth, 52.1 Steph) and 3-point % (60 Seth, 45.6 Steph). ** It should be noted that while this is true, there is a SLIGHT difference in volume here. Seth is averaging 4.8 PPG in 11 games played, Steph is averaging 32 PPG in 26 games played. Fun with math...

So yeah, if you see S Curry for $3500, don't make the mistake I did. You'll be in for a DFS rude awakening...

Tyler Ennis (1 in NBA, 1 in NHL)

Okay, this one's abstract.

You're obviously not going to be able to find Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres available in the FanDuel NBA listings, but if given the choice, he might not be a bad way to go...

While Ennis of the Skates has underachieved slightly this year, scoring 10 points in 19 games, with a +/- rating of -9, Tyler Ennis of the Milwaukee Bucks has been pretty terrible. Tyler Ennis the basketball player has scored 3.3 PPG, averaging 1.0 AST for 0.9 TO.

At least Tyler Ennis the hockey player doesn't actually play basketball.

Even with Tyler Ennis the basketball player actually playing in the NBA, their stats are similar. Only because both Tyler Ennes have accomplished nothing at the NBA level.

Yes, this is getting weird.

Andrew Wiggins and Mitchell Wiggins

If you're playing in a DFS format that allows you to go back in time, don't make the mistake of selecting Mitchell Wiggins over his famous son: Andrew Wiggins.

Interestingly, Mitchell's best year in the NBA would actually be a pretty decent Fantasy Basketball selection.

For the 89/90 season, Mitchell played for the Houston Rockets - averaging 15.5 PPG, 48.8 FG%, 4.3 REB & 1.3 STL. Those numbers could play equally well in roto or H2H.

The son has clearly surpassed the father though.

In only his 2nd year in the NBA, Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 PPG, 43 FG%, 3.6 REB, 0.6 STL & 0.7 BLK.

The numbers are closer than suspected, but Andrew has a clear scoring advantage over Mitchell. And while Mitchell is a far more efficient player in this timejumping comparison, their counting stats are similar - with Andrew adding the dimension of decent blocks totals.

However, Andrew is only improving - widening the gap even more.

In a dynasty/keeper, you definitely want Andrew Wiggins - instead of banking on a career year from his father.

Anyway, I don't really know what we're talking about anymore.

It's Thursday, and my brain always melts on Thursdays.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

In summation, don't roster Justin Holiday. And I'm sorry to anyone who was misled by my error.

Do some work.

Your boss is waiting for that report.

Don't roll your eyes at me.