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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

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Fox Unbalanced: Udoh/Uzoh Union Usurps Universe

Oo-yay ould-shay ick-pay up-yay Ekpe Udoh.

It’s been a wild and woolly few weeks as trades, buyouts and signings have turned fantasy basketball into a Strat-o-Matic league. Ten bucks to anyone who can name the starting five for the Cavaliers right now, and this includes Byron Scott. No cheating Byron! Hey Bubbly, I hate to break it to you but Jim Chones hasn’t started in the Cleveland pivot in more than three decades.

While many intoxicated owners are currently under the influence of roto baseball, here is the perfect opportunity to make up some serious ground in the standings. For whom to pick up or drop since the fallout, I leave that information in good hands as my Damn Lies colleagues have pretty much covered everyone who has switched teams, including Elton John. But there are a few guys remaining, who haven’t been traded, who haven’t been bought out, who haven’t signed elsewhere, who no one knows exists, who could soon be making waves. Let’s take a gander. Continue reading


Moving Without the Ball: Waiver’d and Wire’d

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Turn your back on Toney Douglas? I sure wouldn't.

Every once in a while we here at RotoExperts like to mash things up. Whether it be Andriesse’s obsession with mashing potatoes or Rysz’s inner Hulk’s need to mash and smash his foes, we’re just down for a good mashing. That’s why this week, “Moving Without the Ball” has teamed up with Jonathan Huang’s weekly waiver wire piece to bring you “Moving Huang Without Waiver the Ball Wire.” It’s a working title.

Need To Be Owned. Period.

Toney Douglas (PG/SG, NYK)
Hello, handsome! He’s owned in 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so the secret is already out. If you are in one of the 40 percent of leagues where he’s available, you should definitely scoop him up. Yes, he’s coming off the bench, but remember how successful Nate Robinson was before his run in with Mike D’Antoni coming off the pine. Douglas gives the Knicks an energy guy who can play defense and score in many different ways. He’s scoring 16.5 points per game, stealing 2.5 balls and hitting 1.8 threes. The steals will dip below 2.0 per game, but he should be able to sustain the rest of his numbers. His 4.2 rebounds per game will also drop slightly, but I can see his assist numbers (2.2) creeping up toward 3-3.5 per game. Douglas is for real and well worth the add.
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Daily Lies & Statistics: Bush was Right

I spent a good part of my weekend watching these NCAA Tournament games, and as a result, my bleeding ulcer is bleeding. Jeff and I, like a pair of third-graders, whined to each other much of the time as our brilliant selections of Texas A&M and New Mexico going to the Elite Eight went by the boards before you could say Ali Farokhmanesh. That’s the last time we pick an agriculture and mining school to get past the second round.

The results of Greg's NCAA brackets make him want to throw a shoe at somebody.

Despite the excrement that we call our bracket, how can we not love the fact that Saint Mary’s, Northern Iowa and Cornell have reached the Sweet Sixteen? And how incredible is it that Farokhmanesh and Omar Samhan have been two of the tournament’s standouts? If not for George W. Bush sending troops into Iraq, there would be no way these two young men would have the same liberties both on the perimeter and in the post as they do now.

Getting back to the guys who do this professionally, there were plenty o’ surprising performances in the League of Unordinary Gentlemen over the weekend.

Toney Douglas – This godsend averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and a whopping 5.0 threes in games against Philly and Houston over the weekend. He is locked and loaded as the Knicks’ starter at point guard the rest of the way, but you’ll have to take the bad with the good.  I would imagine he’s long gone in most leagues, but if he’s somehow still available, drop Tracy McGrady, Bill WalkerSergio Rodriguez or Ticky Burden for him.

Roy Hibbert – This Greg Fox preseason favorite has had a bizarre season. He has gone stretches with huge rebounding and blocks numbers, then has gone stretches in which he never sees the court, and has also gone stretches in which he is scoring, but couldn’t pull down a rebound over Arnold Horshack. Regardless, his minutes seem to have stabilized in the 25-30 range with the occasional big-minute outburst when he is playing particularly well. He produced 17.5 points (15-26 fg), 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his games against Detroit and Oklahoma City over the weekend. Hang with him the final few weeks.

Beno Udrih – We’re not sure how long Tyreke Evans will be out with his broken face, but in the meantime, Udrih is the man to own. Try these numbers on for size: 26 points, nine assists and four steals against Milwaukee and 20 points and 17 assists yesterday in a win over the helpless Clippers. For those of you in percentage leagues, he is shooting a scintillating 49 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Spencer Hawes – Thanks to a rash of injuries and to Paul Westphal constantly juggling his lineup, the second greatest Spencer in NBA annals (behind coach-killing Spencer Haywood) has re-claimed his starting role and has been performing rather well of late. He dispensed (get it?) 16 points, eight rebound, six assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Friday and registered 13 points, 10 boards and three blocks yesterday against the Clips. Hawes has Troy Murphy potential with a few more blocks to boot. Believe it or not, he’s still only 21 years old and has a nice future ahead.

Francisco Garcia – Garcia is carving out a strange career. He’s typically on everyone’s pre-draft sleeper list and then splits a toenail during mini-camp and is done for three months. With Evans out and Omri Casspi taking a long winter’s nap, Garcia has a huge opportunity to re-emerge for the Kings. In two games over the weekend, he averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointer, but the important number is the 34.0 minutes he averaged. For those of you in dire need of the long ball, pounce on the Louisville product.

Jason Maxiell – Nothing makes me despise reporting on basketball more than talking about the Pistons, but Maxiell again has new life with Ben Wallace back on the shelf. In the eight games that Wallace missed with a sore patellar tendon, Maxiell averaged 10.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. In his first game back to action, Wallace actually injured both of his knees and reports as to the severity have yet to surface.

Manu Ginobili – I can’t imagine what Ginobili’s numbers would have looked like all these years if he had consistently been given starter’s minutes… or if he had Kobe Bryant‘s mentality and heaved shots from all angles at all times. In the past eight games, he has averaged 23.4 points with phenomenal peripherals. If his hooves remain intact, expect top 30 production the rest of the way.

James Johnson – This virtual unknown has found his way into the Bulls’ starting lineup. He is averaging 30.5 minutes over his last six contests and gives you a little bit of everything, including blocks and threes. Joakim Noah is working his way back into the mix, which could stem Johnson’s minutes. But for this week, Johnson could be a nice play.

Anthony Tolliver – The Golden State rotation can make a person’s head spin, but Tolliver is clearly worth an add. He should qualify at center an offers a variety of fun stats as a key member of the Warriors’ sprint and relay teams. He has played 35+ minutes in six of his last nine, and over this period has totaled 17 threes, 10 steals and eight blocked shots. It’s tough to be a believer in anything Nellie does, but the sample size is getting larger.

Reggie Williams – This is not the Reggie Williams who chucked up shots for Georgetown 25 years ago. This is the 10-day contract Reggie Williams who is chucking up shots at an alarming rate for the Warriors. Over his last three games, he has averaged 32.7 minutes, 17.3 points, 2.3 threes and 1.3 steals per contest. Don Nelson is liable to pull someone out of the stands to play 35 minutes tomorrow, but for the time being, Williams could help you win.

Big Monday night with 10 games on tap, including Celtics at Jazz and Spurs at Thunder. The Suns are also playing tonight in Golden State. If the Warriors can hold Phoenix under 150 points, fans will be treated to a milkshake at the local Steak ‘N’ Shake. That’s one milkshake, 12,000 straws.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Lui Lui oh no, me gotta go

The boys at Damn Lies and Statsitics have been saying all along that Carl Landry is a terrific young player and that Sacramento stole him from Houston, albeit for the talented Kevin Martin. But least we forget that the Rockettes still have in their possession one Luis Scola, who has been putting on a display not seen in those parts since Akeem Olajuwon added an H to his first name.

Hluis Scola? Doesn't quite work.

My power was out all weekend and Saturday night I had to resort to checking stats on my blackberry. My eyes were getting a little fuzzy, and when I saw 20-for-25 from the field for 44 points out of the Houston big man I thought there had to be some mistake. Did Bill Walton, circa 1973 just re-appear?

In his last five games, the Argentinean has averaged 26.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and has shot 58 percent from the floor (55-94) and 87 percent (21-24) from the line. He doesn’t offer much in terms of shot-blocking, but Scola owners are probably swimming in pools of their own drool right now.

Let’s look at some of the weekend’s other heroes.

Jason Maxiell has taken full advantage of Ben Wallace‘s injury woes and has played like a man possessed. On Friday he posted 12 points and 10 rebound as the Pistons defeated the lowly Wizards. He followed that up with a 19-point (6-9 fg), 12-rebound binge in a loss to Atlanta. The Pistons stink, Wallace has applied for AARP, and Maxiell has posted three straight double-doubles and four consecutive double-digit rebounding games. If your league still allows pickups and you need boards and field goal percentage, Maxiell could be your man.

Richard Jefferson has mauled his owners this year as he has pretty much been unstartable throughout. But something funny happened on the way to the Alamodome and on Friday he registered 19 points (8-13 fg), nine rebounds and three assists in a win over Minnesota, and on Saturday recorded 18 points and nine boards in a victory over the Clippers. Now mind you Carver High’s Salami and Goldstein just double-doubled against the T’Wolves and Clips, but this could be the start of something good.

I don’t know why I find Bill Walker‘s name so dang funny, but I do. For those of you who like me have five weeks left in the season and nothing to lose, Walker may be a guy to take a shot with. There is no middle ground with him. You’re either looking at 20+ points and a host of threes or a 2 and 1 in eight minutes. This past weekend was the former as he erupted for 21 points (8-13 fg), four rebounds and four assists in the Knicks’ loss at Memphis and then exploded for 23 points (9-12 fg, 5-8 3-pt fg) in New York’s shocking blowout of the Mavs in Dallas. Let me ask Bill Wennington what he thinks.

It is again Toney Douglas‘ turn to prove his worth as the primary point guard for the Knicks. On Friday he posted 19 points (8-13 fg, 24 3-pt fg) and followed that with 21 points (8-10 fg, 4-4 3-pt fg) and eight assists in their win at Dallas. Tonight could be Sergio Rodriguez‘s turn to shine, but it’s looking more and more likely that the gimpy Tracy McGrady will not be eating into their numbers too much.

I make no bones about the fact that I love Jose Calderon‘s game. He was the Raptor starting point guard until sidelined by injury in December. Jarrett Jack claimed the starting role during this period and has maintained it the past three months. Nothing against the talented Sourdough Jack, but Calderon is the type of cerebral and efficient point guard that organizations now tend to overlook. Somewhere along the way, he was labeled a defensive liability, probably an unfair assessment as he seems all about winning. In two games over the weekend he averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 assists, and at Golden St. on Saturday drilled 7-of-8 from 3-point range. I do make bones about him still being the backup, but that could change in a hurry.

Troy Murphy has remained steady despite a season not for the feint of heart in Indiana. He is averaging a disappointing 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, but throw in his 1.7 threes per contest and you have yourself one of the top fantasy big men in the game. The Pacers have a smell to them, reminiscent of a muggy summer evening in a New York subway, but Murphy will be a big part of the rotation the rest of the way and double-double his way into his owners’ hearts.

It’s tough to recommend a Miami point guard while Dwyane Wade monopolizes the ball the entire game, but don’t get me wrong as I love Wade. But with Rafer Alston skipping to his Lou somewhere in America, Carlos Arroyo‘s role as the starter is clear. On Sunday, he posted a double-double with 12 points (6-9 fg) and 10 assists against the Sixers. It may be a stretch to expect this on a consistent basis, but decent assist numbers await.

Julian Wright has taken over as the starter at small forward in New Orleans with Peja Stojakovic out and has looked solid in three games (38.3 mpg). Against Denver on Friday he erupted for 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals as owners were involved in a Wal Mart shoppers-style rush to waiver wires to claim him. Enthusiasm on Wright should be tempered, but with the exception of threes, he can offer a smorgasbord of categories at a bargain bin price.

Six games on tonight’s card, including tasty matchups for the Lakers at Golden St. and for the Jazz at home against the Wizards.


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