Fantasy Basketball: The Beast Report - Tyson Chandler, David West and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on December 4, 2012 @ 18:25:44 PDT


If you asked me in the beginning of the season if the five players discussed below would be considered "beasts," I would not have said yes. On this list you have two sharpshooters, two inside-outside players and the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year. When selecting players for this article each week, I try to select two-way players - generally the guys that provide assistance in multiple categories. Sometimes you have to respect a player for exhibiting top results from their biggest attribute to the game itself.

Stephen Curry, guard, Golden State Warriors: I am more impressed that Curry has been able to stay healthy for the most part this season than I am over his stats. Before the season, Curry was once again hindered by ankle problems, but has since been able to power thorough and be the top scoring option on the Warriors. Curry has scored about 19 points per game and is shooting 41.8 percent from the hardwood.

Curry has not been forcing up as many shots, taking 15 per game and is starting to take more of a traditional point guard role and be the distributor. He has dished 6.4 assists per outing. He swipes the ball 1.6 times and even grabs about four rebounds per game. Curry always is a big help in the free-throw shooting department, and he is shooting about 90 percent from the line which is standard for him.

Jason Richardson, guard-forward, Philadelphia 76ers: Richardson has proved thus far that he is not such a downgrade from Andre Iguodala. I am not saying that Richardson is better than Iguodala. Richardson's inside-outside play has allowed Jrue Holiday to transition into more of a traditional point guard thus being able to keep the Sixers more organized. Richardson has been contributing 12.7 points while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor. He makes 2.5 threes per game and grabs 4.2 rebounds per game.

He plays 29 minutes a game showing how much confidence the team has in him, considering they have a deep roster. He has stolen the ball 1.7 times per game, showing that he is still a prominent defender. He will even block a shot for you every few games. He has been a major fantasy impact player with all the help he provides.

Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks

Tyson Chandler, center, New York Knicks: Known as being a top defender, Chandler sure has been tops on the offensive end as well. He has been shooting a league best 71.3 percent from the field, scoring 12.2 a game. He grabs about nine rebounds per game and will get you a steal and block every few games.

My biggest fear with Chandler at the beginning of the season was how much the Knicks would try to preserve Chandler's health. Even though he plays 29 minutes per game, he makes a huge impact and always attacks the basket. On nights when the Knicks are running an effective transition game, Chandler will be more active on the offensive end. It almost makes you wish alley-oop completions were a category. He is always there for put-backs, as well, which gives you both a rebound and points.

David West, forward, Indiana Pacers: Injuries hurt as much as help fantasy teams. When one player goes down, another gets an opportunity to shine. With Danny Granger out, West has been able to re-establish himself as a top scoring option. He has been scoring 17.8 points while shooting 49 percent from the floor. West has been able to fill not only his role but also Granger's and be an effective combo-forward. He has been helping on the rebounding end by grabbing 8.3 per game.

West has also been swatting 1.2 shots away per game. He has been playing 34 minutes plus per game and even with the Pacers struggling he has been able to flourish. He will even provide a few assists when receiving the ball at the elbow. He contributes 2.5 assists per game.

Jamal Crawford, guard, Los Angeles Clippers: Who thought this guy would be a top fantasy option? The Clippers have a ton of backcourt depth and Crawford has been fighting for minutes since arriving in training camp and due to amazing play. He has been given about 29 per game. Crawford can play both guard positions, making him a more reliable option for coach Vinny Del Negro.

Crawford scores 17.6 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. He has stolen the ball at least once and makes at least two threes per game. Crawford has also been shooting 94.5 percent from the free-throw line. He is notorious for being a streaky shooter and is known for disappearing for multiple games in a row. As of now, he is a fantasy beast, but I would not be surprised if Crawford falls off a bit in the next month or two.  

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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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