All posts by Jan Rey Obguia

Jan Rey has been following basketball way before he knew how to write cursive letters. He is also an ardent fantasy basketball participant since 2003 and has won two private All-Filipino 20-team leagues way back when.

Rich getting richer: Fantasy impact of the Rajon Rondo trade

Unless you lived in a pineapple under the sea, your social media News Feed may have flooded because of the latest major trade in the NBA. Rajon Rondo (along with Dwight Powell) was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and two future first round picks. Talking about the rich getting richer. From a realistic perspective, it tells us two things: The Boston Celtics is in full rebuild mode while Mark Cuban's crew is serious about contending. After Read More

NBA Fantasy Forethought Week 8 (Dec. 15-21)

It's official. We have put too much faith in this year's rookie class and expected them to be like the four-headed monster (and one lizard head) the 2003 draft class was. Truth be told, as we have put too much faith in them, we might be putting too much unnecessary pressure on these youngsters, too. At this point in 2003, top rookies LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony (Did you expect me to include Darko Milicic?) averaged 18.1 and 18.7, points, respectively for Cleveland and Denver. This batch, Andrew Read More

Quarterly Report: Best Fantasy Basketball Surprises

We have already reached the quarter mark of the season and we pretty much have an idea how the rotations went, who we can and we can't trust night in and night out. The dynamics will surely be different after the All-Star break and I reserve my judgement when we cross that bridge. As a team, what really surprised me more than the Milwaukee Bucks is the Houston Rockets. The Bucks' management had all the trust in the world with Jason Kidd, let him play around with the lineup a bit and voila! Number Read More

NBA Fantasy Forethought Week 7 (December 8-14)

So far this season, I think we have already segregated the weeds from the wheat, the men from the boys, if you will. Out West, two teams have exactly done that-- not only in the standings-- but their style of play as well: the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. After losing key pieces in the offseason through trades (Jeremy Lin to LAL) and free agency (Chandler Parsons to Dallas), nobody gave Houston much of a chance in a stacked conference. As it turns out, the Rockets are winning Read More

NBA Fantasy Forethought Week 6 (Dec. 1-7)

The NBA is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get until you slip on the wet floor. Anyway, I couldn't help but feel for the Toronto Raptors. The only team north of the border has turned many heads for their stellar play last season and pundits expected them to do good this year after a little seasoning. Not this good, though. The Raptors currently sports a 13-3 record, the best in the Eastern Conference and third overall. A testament to their consistency, there really Read More

NBA’s Oddest: Weirdest Stats of the Young 2014-15 Season

Fantasy players thirst for one thing and that is numbers. While we like to be amazed at the sheer statistical volume and diversity the elite ballers consistently flash, how about satisfying your hunger with the downright peculiar stuff? Let's get right to the weirdest stats of this season. (Note: All statistics are accurate as of November 27, 2014) Shaun Livingston The former No.4 overall pick may never accrue fantasy relevance in a Warriors' backcourt rotation dominated by the Spash Read More

NBA Fantasy Forethought Week 5 (Nov. 24-30)

Half of the top 10 players in the Player Rater are point guards and this is no coincidence. Here we are at basketball's Golden Age of point guards and the way the game has been played in the recent years, you have to have an elite PG (or players that play like one) to be successful. That is even more true when constructing a fantasy team. The fantasy blue print "point guards and power forwards" (explained here) did not come about by chance. Careful observation from our fellow fantasyheads Read More

Famished Five: Most Underrated NBA Players In Each Position

I have always found myself rooting for the underdog. Ever since I was 7, when I decided to watch hoops rather than X-Men or Power Rangers, my heart was with the underrated ones. Of course, I didn't mean I cheered for the worst team, but my favorite player is not always the best one. While everybody goes all crazy for the high-flying, acrobatic antics that Michael Jordan always displayed, I applauded the Hersey Hawkins, the Jeff Hornaceks, the Antoine Carrs, and the Rex Chapmans of the world. Every Read More

Looking Ahead: NBA Fantasy Forethought Week 4 (Nov. 17-23)

I am officially heartbroken. I came into my leagues ready for the draft and my cheat sheets on, fully aware how thin the wing positions are going to be. I knew all the mainstays at the SG and SF will be gone after the second round so I have to look elsewhere. As far as I can remember, I had the chance to grab Gordon Hayward in every single one of my teams but I didn't. I don't know why but I just didn't and that has got to be the worst decision I have ever made in all of my years playing fantasy Read More

Fantasy Basketball For Beginners: Tips and Strategies on Building a Winning Team

You have been a hoops fan for quite some time now and because of a natural propensity for numbers and statistics, you may have considered playing fantasy basketball. The only apprehension is, well, you have never done it before. That fear is understandable. It's like the first time I played StarCraft (seriously) and everybody was building Corsairs and Arbiters while I'm stuck with my Zerglings. Sigh, fun times.The point is there is no fun in losing and it basically sucks any pleasure out of Read More