Fantasy Wins & Losses

Posted by By at 11 February, at 23 : 36 PM Print

This season we have seen the usual ups and downs of Fantasy Basketball. There have been players who were drafted high and haven’t even come close to reaching their potential and expectation (see Danny Granger, David Lee, Gerald Wallace). And there have been some Fantasy Studs who have performed far beyond anyone could have expected (see Manu Ginobli, Kevin Love, Dorell Wright).

Drafting a quality team is never easy. Picking the right mix of players who are known for producing, rookies with a great upside and potential sleepers is what makes Fantasy Basketball so challenging. This season, we have seen some unexpected players perform out of their mind and as we are past the half way mark, it looks like there is no slowing them down.

Kevin Love

K-Love is breaking records as he out muscles and shoots the lights out on this NBA season. Through Feb 10, he is averaging 21.4 points per game and 15.6 rebounds per contest. These monster numbers have brought him to the upper echelon of player in the NBA. His stats have increased each year since his rookie campaign where he nearly averaged a double-double. His 38 straight double-doubles are breaking records. Having already passed Kevin Garnett’s Timberwolves record of 37, Love is quickly catching up to Moses Malone’s record of 44. Kevin Love will no doubt be a top 5 pick in next years Fantasy draft board, baring a total meltdown.

Manu Ginobli
The Argentinian scoring machine has always been a clutch player and has performed whenever he’s been called upon in the big game. From a Fantasy perspective, he has shined as the new leader of the Spurs. He has exceeded expectation this season and has been putting better numbers than his usual. His scoring has gone up to an average of 18.2 points per game and most importantly to his fantasy owners and the Spurs is his career high average of 5 assists per game to go along with nearly 4 rebounds per game. His stats this season have made him an All-Star for the second time of his career and have made him a top-10 player in fantasy leagues around the NBA.

Dorell Wright
Wright was drafted 19th overall by the Miami Heat in 2004 and has never averaged double figure points and had never been known as a shooter. Enter this season. Wright is averaging 16.5 points per contest and an incredible 5.7 rebounds per game. The stat stuffing doesn’t stop here. His 3.2 assists per game and astounding 2.5 3 pointers per game at a 40% rate is one of the league leaders. These numbers have catapulted Wright to the top of Fantasy rankings and his play earned him an invitation to participate in the Foot Locker 3pt competition at this year’s All-Star skills competition. The question now must be whether or not Wright can continue at this pace as well as how high he will be pre-ranked and drafted come next season.

If you were lucky enough to have drafted on of these 3 fantasy steals in a later round consider yourself lucky. Or consider yourself extremely skilled. These current top 10 players show no signs of slowing down and look as though they will continue to perform and produce big numbers through to the end of the season.

Are there any steals still left on the waiver wire? is there anyone of substance still left to pick up that will have an impact on your chances as we head down the stretch drive of this season? These are just some of the questions that we wait to have answered.

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