Fantasy Basketball: Why you must consider these 5 players at Pick 3

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on October 23, 2013 @ 14:22:09 PDT


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When planning for your drafts, you must prepare for your targets to get taken before you. Just because there might be default rankings on your draft site, it does not mean the picks must be made in that order.

Los Angeles Clippers PG Chris Paul
CP3 ... No. 3 ... makes sense

The only locks for picks at this point are the first two overall. If you get the 1st or 2nd pick and do not pick LeBron James or Kevin Durant, you are shooting yourself in the foot. What happens, though, if you draw the 3rd overall pick? You already know who will not be on the board at that time, which gives the 3rd pick a bit of an advantage. There is no lock for the 3rd overall pick. Here are a few players who you should consider drafting.

G-F James Harden, Houston Rockets: Harden is coming off of the best season of his career. He scored 25.9 points per game, which is 9.1 points more than he scored in 2012. Harden also saw an improvement in his assist numbers as he averaged 5.8 last season. Harden helps you in just about every standard fantasy basketball category.

I think Harden is a very safe option because he is the offense's No. 1 guy and is very good at getting his teammates involved, especially when on transition on offense. With the addition of Dwight Howard, Harden's points may dip slightly, but I see his assists going up because he will feed the big man as much as possible. Harden has averaged at least one steal per game in every year of his career.

G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: Paul is another safe 3rd pick option. I am not worried about his health. He played 70 games in 2013, and I am fine with him missing a few games because of how productive he is when on the court. Paul shot 48.1 percent from the floor and dished 9.7 assists per game. With Doc Rivers coaching the team, you might not see as many alley-oops, but that does not mean his assist numbers will decrease.

The offense runs through Paul, and as disciplined as Rivers' teams are when on the court, it never hurt Rajon Rondo's assist numbers. Paul also led the league (along with Ricky Rubio) in steals with 2.4 a game. Paul has also grabbed 4.4 rebounds per game, which is a bonus. Guards who rebound are very reliable fantasy options.

What other three options have Fensty's approval?

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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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