Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: Top 100

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


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Fantasy basketball season is here. Are you ready for your fantasy basketball draft? Need to pick up some players on your waiver wire? Are you up to speed on all of the offseason NBA changes that have an impact on the fantasy basketball landscape?

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The following is the top-100 fantasy basketball options based upon standard scoring for the 2012-13 fantasy basketball season along with fantasy basketball tips for each player.

We take into account all of the latest injuries, news, depth chart moves, transactions and blend it with our fantasy basketball experience. Be sure to check in often for updates as we let you know which players are moving up the draft board and which ones are quickly falling in the ranks.

Rank Pos Player Name Team Fantasy Tip
1 F LeBron James MIA Why wouldn't you want to draft this generation's Magic Johnson? James will be able to help you out in just about every standard scoring category on a nightly basis.
2 F Kevin Durant OKC Durant is another player who will help out in most categories. He scored 28 points per game last season while shooting just under 50 percent from the field; not too shabby!
3 G Chris Paul LAC The Clippers offense goes directly through Paul. He will have nights in which he scores 25 a game and others where he will have double-digit assists, providing a balanced stat sheet for your team on a weekly basis.
4 C Dwight Howard LAL With the move to the Lakers, it will be difficult for Howard to keep up the 20 points per game he scored last season, but he will still be a solid fantasy asset. I can see Howard's rebounding numbers increase. Not having all of the pressure to be a number one scoring option will benefit him most.
5 G Deron Williams BKN Like Paul, Williams is in total control of the Nets offense. With the amount of weapons that he has, he will pad your stats in, at least points, assists and steals.
6 G Dwayne Wade MIA Even though he is second-fiddle to James, when Wade goes off, which is often, James has been able to step aside and let Wade be the top-five player he has been for most of his career. Even with all of his health issues, and in the face of adversity, he still always finds a way to make a big impact.
7 F Carmelo Anthony NYK Last season, Anthony was able to stand out as the Knicks top scoring option and also showed signs of a defensive game. I would not be surprised if he qualifies at both small and power forward in fantasy leagues. He'll also bring rebounds to the table for your team.
8 F Kevin Love (INJ) MIN Love claimed that he was the best power forward and delievered last season. He is the focal point of Minnesota's scoring and he averaged over 13 rebounds a game last season. Love has a broken hand and is out 4-8 weeks.
9 G Kobe Bryant LAL With the addtions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, Bryant's scoring might go down, but I see his shot selection and overall offensive game improving. He is still one of the most reliable fantasy options in the game today.
10 G Rajon Rondo BOS The old school 1990's point guard of the league would be KEY to fantasy basketball success because not only is his game centered around distribution, but he also can be seen with a triple-double on his stat line. Year after year, he has shown why he is key to the Celtics success.
11 G Russell Westbrook OKC The Thunder's second scoring option will be playing with a chip on his shoulder due to criticism in the 2012 NBA playoffs. Westbrook is a player who can take over a game. He is a prolific scorer and his aggresiveness will benefit you in the rebounds and steals categories.
12 F Blake Griffin LAC Major strides were made in Griffin's offensive game showing he is more than just a dunker. Griffin is a double-double machine and on the defensive side, he will continue to come through.
13 F Josh Smith ATL With Joe Johnson out, new guards in the picture and Al Horford returning from the injured list, Smith is officially the top option. He will help you in the points, rebounds and block categories, making him a valuable asset.
14 C Andrew Bynum (INJ) PHI The 76ers are a perfect system for Bynum because of their half court style of play featuring paint area players. The move to Philly also gives him the opportunity to start fresh and improve his offensive game. His knees are still bothering him, which is worth keeping an eye on. However, he should be ready to go when the season starts.
15 G Joe Johnson BKN Finally, Johnson gets to focus on his shooting and not being a number one scoring threat. Starting alongside Williams in the Nets backcourt, he will be able to isolate himself for most of the game making me think that his shot selection will be improved as well as his field goal percentage. He has been one of the best shooters in the league for many years.
16 G Steve Nash LAL Nash is another player who can now hone his skills on being a full-fledge point guard rather than a scoring option. By drafting Nash, you will be drafting an assist machine who has great options around him.
17 F Pau Gasol LAL Gasol will be able to benefit from the Lakers moves because he will be making plays and driving from the elbow of the court. I see him dishing the ball further inside to Dwight Howard when drawing the double team, which will be often.
18 F LaMarcus Aldridge POR Coming off of an injury that kept him out for most of the season, Aldridge returns to a guard heavy Blazer team that will feature him in the paint and on the elbow. Aldridge will return to being a playmaker with the ball in his hands. If he drops in drafts, take advantage.
19 F Paul Pierce BOS It is very easy to find a player who can score 15 points a game, but its not as easy to find a player as reliable as Pierce. He has a great shot selection and will help keep your field goal percentage category afloat and in contention.
20 C DeMarcus Cousins SAC Attitude problems will get you nowhere in the NBA, but in fantasy basketball it does not matter because Cousins proved once again that he was one of the most dominant centers in the league and a major part of the Kings' offense. He is a very tough player.
21 C Greg Monroe DET It is difficult to draw attention to yourself when your team is awful, but Monroe proved that he could still garner respect in the league by being one of the more dominant centers. Even with the Pistons drafting Andre Drummond, that does not devalue Monroe at all, as he will still be a dominant inside presence.
22 F Chris Bosh MIA After putting on over 10 pounds of muscle mass, we were able to see an improved Bosh, who owned the paint and played a more point-forward role for the Champs last season.
23 F Paul Millsap UTA In the fantasy basketball world, Millsap proved that he was the best thing to come out of Utah since Deron Williams left. He scored 16 a game shooting just under 50 percent last season and grabbed nearly nine rebounds per game. KEY STAT: He stole the ball nearly twice per game last season.
24 C Tyson Chandler NYK The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year would be good for any fantasy team. Chandler was a double-double machine and did it while playing most of the season with an injured wrist.
25 F Dirk Nowitzki (INJ) DAL Until he shows signs of slowing down, Nowitzki, as the Mavericks number one option, will continue to score points and grab rebounds. Nowitzki is currently suffering from major knee soreness. The word "surgery" is beginning to pop up in reports so beware.

Which players round out the top 50 in our fantasy basketball cheat sheet?

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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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