Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: Top 100

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on October 30, 2012 @ 17:28:12 PDT


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Rank Pos Player Name Team Fantasy Tip
26 C Roy Hibbert IND Hibbert's game improved drastically last season, as not only will he grab a ton of rebounds, but he can also run the floor and keep up with the flow of the Pacers offense making him a fantasy stud on both ends of the floor.
27 F Amare Stoudemire (INJ) NYK There is a lot of talk that Stoudemire re-invented his offensive game this summer getting help from NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon. Stoudemire was a big disappointment last season, but if he can co-exist with Carmelo Anthony, we will see the Stoudemire of previous years again. He will likely miss the first few games of the season with a knee injury.
28 G Jon Wall (INJ) WAS Wall is one of the quickest players in the league and even though I had not been a fan of his shot selection or decision-making toward the end of last season, he proved that he can help out in many categories for your team. He is currently suffering from a foot injury that will keep him out another 5-6 weeks.
29 F David Lee GSW Lee is an undersized player who continues to dominate the paint area year after year. He is always good for 10 boards a game.
30 G Tony Parker SAS Parker averaged a career high in assists last season with nearly eight a game. He also scored over 18 per game while shooting over 48 percent from the field, which still makes him a very reliable fantasy option.
31 C Marc Gasol MEM Last season, Gasol averaged career highs in points, blocks (nearly two per game) and steals. He also grabbed nine rebounds per game. His shot selection is excellent, as he shot over 48 percent from the field. Next season, barring injury, you will be drafting him before his older brother.
32 F Rudy Gay MEM Gay came back from an injury ridden 2011 and showed that he still has it, immediately taking back his role of being the number one scoring option in Memphis. Gay will help in your rebounds and assists categories as well.
33 F Serge Ibaka OKC Need a player that will secure your block category every week? Ibaka is your guy. He will also help grab rebounds and put up garbage points.
34 G Brandon Jennings MIL One half of possibly the quickest backcourt in the league, Jennings has continued to show just how dominant of a guard he is. He will need to learn to share the shooting, but that will help him because he will learn to concentrate on other parts of his game.
35 G Monta Ellis MIL The other half of possibly the NBA's quickest back court, I was never a fan of Ellis' shot selection, often viewing him as a chucker. If Jennings and Ellis can learn to play off each other and share the ball properly, both would be great fantasy options, especially on the scoring front.
36 G Tyreke Evans SAC If you asked me two years ago, I would have said Evans would be a poor man's LeBron James. After seeing his stats decrease last year, all I can say is that he is the number one scoring option on the Kings and can be an effective fantasy stud in multiple categories.
37 G James Harden OKC Harden was definitely one of the bigger surprises last season showing that, despite coming off of the bench, he is still a very valuable fantasy option who will help bolster your field goal percentage, steals and rebound totals.
38 F/C Andrea Bargnani TOR Bargnani can do it all when healthy. I often refer to him as a poor man's Dirk Nowitzki because of how impressed I am with his shooting - both inside and outside - and aggresiveness. His health has always been a concern, but he can score over 20 a night when out there.
39 G Kyrie Irving CLE Irving showed that he can still thrive under a team with no identity as the Cavaliers continue to re-build. Irving is the number one scoring option and is a big assist threat. Do not let him drop too far in your draft; we have seen a lot of good qualities and he is only a second-year player.
40 G Ray Allen MIA Allen might give James Harden a run for most effective fantasy player who is a sixth man. Once the opposition's defense tires from chasing James and Wade, in will come Allen, who is possibly the best pure shooter in NBA history. He will thrive in the Heat's system.
41 F Ryan Anderson (SLP) NOH Anderson was one of the best overall fantasy options last season for Orlando helping out in just about every standard category. He will become the second scoring option on the Hornets and will continue to put up amazing numbers while shooting lights out, especially from behind the arc.
42 F/C Tim Duncan SAS Until Duncan retires, continue to draft him. He will help mostly with rebounds and blocks; don't let the possibility of him sitting out games deter you.
43 C Marcin Gortat PHX Gortat is one of the most underrated players in the league; he is a fierce defender who will record double-doubles on a nightly basis and will block a few shots.
44 G Stephon Curry GSW I am not one to draft a player solely as a shooter, especially one that is hurt constantly. When at his best, Curry shoots lights out from three-point range and, with Monta Ellis gone, he will have more opportunities to create his own shots. If the value is right, go for him.
45 G Eric Gordon (INJ) NOH Gordon is the number one scoring option in New Orleans, but tries to take over the game himself. Unfortunately, he just isn't that guy capable of pulling it off consistently. From a fantasy perspective, he will help improve your shooting percentage. Gordon has missed time in the preseason with ongoing knee soreness. He is expected to start the season.
46 C DeAndre Jordan LAC Jordan continues to mature as an NBA center and will grab a ton of rebounds and blocks for you. Do not count on him to score as much. He is still a little raw overall and needs to continue to learn, so do not draft him too early.
47 C Al Jefferson (SLP) UTA Jefferson is a double-double monster who will pad your stats on a nightly basis. People forget just how good of a fantasy basketball option he is. Jefferson is always reliable, especially in the rebounds category.
48 F Ersan Ilyasova MIL Ilyasova was one of the biggest surprises in the league last year, as he recorded a few 20-plus rebound games and showed that he can create his own shots. His aggresiveness is excellent. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings will create a lot of scoring plays for him.
49 F Gerald Wallace BKN If you want a combo-forward who will average a double-double with his mouth-guard hanging out for half of the game, Wallace is your guy. Year after year, he has shown that being undersized is not always a disadvantage in the NBA and he is a strong fantasy option.
50 G Marcus Thornton (SLP) SAC Thornton is an incredible shooter who really picked up the ball when Tyreke Evans did not come through. Thornton can drive the lane and provide a ton of scoring on a nightly basis. He, like Batum, was one of fantasy basketball's biggest surprises last season.

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About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman

Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.

A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.

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