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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Point Guards

"That's where I'm going to jump. Just throw it to me."

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. If written today I would jump Kyrie Irving into the fourth tier, have Jarrett Jack in the sixth tier (since the Hornets haven’t procured another point guard), drop Toney Douglas a few spots (thanks to Baron Davis signing in New York) and take D.J. Augustin down a few notches in fear of a Kemba Walker coup d’etat. 

In the midst of a wild NBA offseason and uncertainty as far as the eye can see, Fantasy owners need the steady hand of a point guard to guide their team. The best NBA point guards are also some of the best Fantasy players, and no championship team is complete without at least a few of the top options on this list. The top Fantasy point guards anchor your team in assists and are often positive contributors in several other categories.

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. Finally: this is a list of true point guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at this position this season. There are several combo guards, such as Dwyane Wade, who are eligible at point guard in some leagues but ranked on the shooting guard list for our purposes.In tumultuous times like these, it is best to write your own cheat sheets in pencil and be prepared to move things around as needed based on roles changing and injuries sprouting up. The Chris Paul trade is a great example of this. Luckily, CP3 doesn’t move much as he’s the top Fantasy point guard in the game.

These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM POINT GUARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Chris Paul, LAC

Projected Stats: 17.8 PPG,  4.1 RPG, 10.9 APG, 1.0 3FG, 2.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.7 TO, 46.9 FG%, 85.5 FT%

Paul has finally been traded, and visions of CP3 setting up Blake Griffin for breathtaking alley-oops are dancing in the heads of everyone who is now claiming they’ve been a diehard Clippers fan all along. Paul should be thrilled to land in this spot where he has a pair of top-notch finishers underneath in Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and talent at other positions as well. In all the drama over where he was going to get traded, it’s easy to forget that he carries with him some risk due to his questionable knees. If he plays a full season at close to 100 percent, Paul is the top point guard and easy No. 3 pick in all formats. Continue reading


Fantasy Impact: Chris Paul Traded to the Los Angeles Clippers

In case you haven’t heard, a major trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets went down last night — and, no, it wasn’t pulled!! — sending Chris Paul to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a draft pick. A pretty hefty haul for both teams, and at first glance a fair deal. The question we’re here to answer, though, is not on the merits of this trade from a real basketball perspective, but we’re here to break it down from a fantasy perspective.

So, what say we… or, me?

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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Yahoo’s Matt Buser

Matt Buser of Yahoo! and busersports.com joined Jeff and Tom on the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show Sunday. Buser is the calm in the center of the free agency storm, and he helps make sense of numerous fantasy situations including where Dwight Howard and Chris Paul might end up, what to make of the Knicks, Pistons and Clippers rotations, and who the condensed schedule will necessitate you avoid this year. Plus much, much more from one of the industry’s top writers. If you want to have any chance of winning your fantasy league, you need to read Buser, and listen to this show! Link after the jump.
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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Free Agency Frenzy

Tracy McGrady is set to sign a contract with the Atlanta Hawks' training room.

So much hoops to talk, so little time. Jeff and Greg were on the horn Wednesday night to go over the latest rumblings around the league, from the Chris Paul drama to the news that Chuck Hayes may join the Kings. Even Tracy McGrady was discussed, probably for way too long. Greg also gave his thoughts on the Damn Lies Top 150, comparing and contrasting Jeff and Tom’s more interesting selections. With the start of free agency looming, we’re all getting a little giddy for some fantasy basketball. Enjoy the show! Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander

Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander joins the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show to discuss the upcoming NBA season. Steve, or “Doctor A” as he’s known, is perhaps the top fantasy basketball analyst out there, so you’ll want to listen. Jeff, Greg and Steve talk about the key storylines regarding free agency as well as many of the more interesting fantasy situations forming around the league. Steve gives us some sleepers, breakout candidates and more. Enjoy! Continue reading


Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Southwest Division

In the days leading up to the start of free agency on Dec. 9, Damn Lies & Statistics will be taking a look at each team’s potential moves, top fantasy players and more. Behold: The Southwest Division.

DALLAS MAVERICKS
Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): F Dirk Nowitzki (1/2), G Jason Kidd (8), G Jason Terry (10/11), C Brendan Haywood (13), F Shawn Marion (14)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: C Tyson Chandler, G/F Caron Butler, G Jose Juan Barea
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Things could be different for the defending champs as free agents Chandler, Butler and Barea might be bowled over by money elsewhere. It behooves fantasy owners to be on their toes with this group. Haywood is worth considering if Chandler walks, but the big man is risky if you are relying on him as a No. 2 fantasy center. Rudy Fernandez is now a Mav, but there is chatter that he could stay overseas. Roddy Beaubois has a chance to really take a larger role this season, but we’re in “believe it when we see it” mode. He’s coming off foot surgery. Nowitzki is no longer a top five pick. I like him at the end of the first round in most formats.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: The Mavericks should do everything in their power to keep Chandler, as heading into your title defense with Haywood at center isn’t ideal, to say the least. Mark Cuban and/or Nowitzki need to convince Fernandez to play for Dallas this year. He’s a nice infusion of energy who can replicate much of what Barea and Butler gave them. Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Basketball is Back!

The mood in the room has gone from somber resignation to giddiness within a week. Jeff and Tom, a week removed from a depressing show lamenting the state of the NBA, decided to reconvene for a Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show you won’t want to miss. With little time to celebrate openly, they discuss free agency and potential destinations for Nene, David West, Caron Butler and others. There’s also Chris Paul. You will be hearing that name a lot. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Sick of it yet? We’re no gossip site, but we do delve into the CP3 to Knicks dance of seduction and whether or not it will, or can, work. Joy to the world; basketball is back. Continue reading


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