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
51 F Luis Scola (SLP) PHX Scola is an undersized forward/center with a ton of aggresiveness. By drafting him, you are securing yourself a high percentage shooter, eight to nine rebounds per game and occassionally a block. Phoenix will be able to slot Scola right in and I wonder if he will be on the court at the same time as Marcin Gortat.
52 F Kris Humphries BKN Humphries, like Wallace, is a double-double threat and did it while being one of the most hated athletes in the country. Hopefully, Humphries qualifies at center in fantasy leagues, which would make him more valuable.
53 G Ty Lawson DEN With new weapons on his team, Lawson will be able to worry less about shooting and will continue to work on distribution. Denver is one of the quicker teams in the league, which leads me to believe that his assists will improve and he will also record steals.
54 G Jrue Holiday PHI Holiday has the skills to be a great overall fantasy option, but was very dissappointing last year. When at his best, Holiday is a solid shooter. With Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson in the mix and Lou Williams out of the mix, Holiday can transition into being a point guard focused on ball distribution.
55 F Andre Iguadola DEN Different team, same role for Iguadola. He will be the top scoring option in Denver, but you cannot forget about Wilson Chandler being there as well. If Iguadola's shot selection improves he can score 25 a game and he also has great lane-driving ability. If he changes his game to a more run-and-gun style and attacks the rim, he could be one of the most improved fantasy options for 2012-13.
56 F Danny Granger IND The Pacers offense runs directly through Granger. Granger is best known for his scoring, but can still grab a few rebounds, a steal and dish a few assists per game. Granger needs to add more to his game but is still a solid fantasy option in the early-middle rounds of your draft.
57 F Zach Randolph MEM Randolph's career stats went down last season, and you should be careful because Memphis has a lot of scoring options. If you need depth and a good rebounder, Randolph is always a reliable option on that front.
58 G Kyle Lowry TOR Often in fantasy basketball, it is not always about quality of stats. Lowry's stat line last year proved that he can help in just about every category. He has a lot of weapons to work with in Toronto and, if given the same amount of playing time as last year, he will be very effective.
59 C JaVale McGee DEN McGee is another double-double machine who will get you tons of blocks as well. Denver has a solid core growing and McGee is the lead defender. He would be a good middle of the draft sleeper.
60 G Nicolas Batum POR Batum was one of fantasy basketball's biggest surprises last year as he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. It is very difficult to find a guard who can block a shot and Batum blocked one per game.
61 G Mike Conley MEM Conley finally showed what he was truly made of last season, stepping up and being able to completely control the Memphis offense. If he continues to improve, he very well could be a top-five fantasy point guard.
62 G Jeremy Lin HOU The world got to see Lin's potential, but it was for a very short period of time. Lin has a noticibly weak left side, and has a lot of questionable options in Houston. If you draft Lin, make sure you have enough depth because he is either going to be great, dishing tons of assists, or he will be turning the ball over a lot.
63 G Manu Ginobili SAS Ginobili is getting older, but is still an effective NBA sixth man and will continue to be a solid fantasy option bolstering your shooting percentage and scoring categories. Remember, he needs the playing time to help. Age is becomming a factor.
64 C Joakim Noah CHI Noah will help secure blocks and rebounds, but is very raw offensively. Look to draft him for mainly defensive purposes.
65 C Al Horford (SLP) ATL Horford played in 11 games before exiting the season with a shoulder injury. When healthy, Horford is able to provide over eight rebounds per game, scoring over 13 in the process and even blocking a shot per game. You never know with injuries, but Horford's track record proves him draftable somewhat early.
66 C Anthony Davis NOH Davis is a lankey rookie center with a ton of potential. He will grab a ton of blocks and rebounds. He is in a brand new system and will be featured. Do not think you are being a hero by drafting him too early; sometimes potential takes time to turn into consistent fantasy production.
67 F Luol Deng CHI When healthy, Deng is a great small forward option to have because he will increase your shooting percentage and point total. Because of a lack of depth at the small forward position, Deng's value increases. With Derrick Rose out of the picture for a bit, Deng becomes the number one scoring option on the Bulls.
68 G Aaron Afflalo (SLP) ORL Being included in the Dwight Howard blockbuster deal could benefit Afflalo the most because he is a prolific scorer who will now have to be a top scoring option on a team looking to re-build. Afflalo is a good sleeper to pick in the middle of your draft because he will not only score, but his aggresiveness will improve stats in other categories.
69 G Jason Terry BOS Terry changes teams, but his role will not change. He will be involved in a lot of isolation plays and will be a solid scorer; he will dish out a few assists as he did in Dallas, too. He will be rotating with Rondo a good amount as well as Avery Bradley. New team, same value.
70 G Kevin Martin HOU If you are in the middle of your draft and went with a defensive strategy early, Martin is a good player to pick up if you need an easy 18-20 points per game. He is the number one scoring option on a new-look Houston team.
71 F Danillo Gallinari DEN Even though he will be coming off of the bench, Gallinari is still one of the top three-point shooters in the league and is a great utility option for your team. He will even grab you rebounds while improving your shooting percentage.
72 F Carlos Boozer CHI Boozer shot well over 50 percent from the field last season and grabbed over eight rebounds per game. He is an effective forward, though hurt a lot, he will pad your stats if he can stay healthy.
73 F David West IND West had an off year as his point and rebounding totals plummeted, but has been known to score a lot in the past and grab over eight rebounds per game in previous seasons. He would be a solid utility/bench option for your team and I see him rebounding.
74 C Samuel Dalembert MIL Dalembert is a very effective blocker and rebounder. He will be in a starting role in Milwaukee and could even help your points total when he scores off of offensive rebounds. He is very trustworthy and a good third center option.
75 C Chris Kaman (SLP) DAL Kaman is going to get a great opportunity to revitalize his career. Kaman will grab you a ton of rebounds and will even score a few points, too. He has a good chance to start, as the Mavericks will be looking to fill a center void.

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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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