The QB’s of B Ball: Top 5 Fantasy PG’s
5. Damian Lillard:
In my list there was no question in my mind that Damian Lillard is the fifth point guard for this season. I think he’s set for a clearly better year than Chris Paul (Who ESPN has ranked above him), and Kemba Walker who is right below him.
I think Lillard’s biggest problem in fantasy is his lack of triple double potential. He only averaged 4.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season but certainly made up for it in scoring with 27 PPG.
Lillard belongs at the five spot, there is no valid argument to put him ahead of the rest of the top five and no argument for him to be lower than 6-10. He could easily end up top five fantasy players in the league if he steps up his passing and rebounding but for now five seems right to me.
4. Steph Curry:
Many people would probably disagree with Curry being so low, With all these amazing talents at the point guard position you could literally pick and five of these guys and build a championship contending team
With overall fantasy value though comes more from the situation the player is in rather than the raw talent. With all the other players in this top 5 they are the number one option on their team, Now Curry might be the first option but his team is filled with number one guys.
I would not be surprised if people are taking Curry #1 overall because if you think he is going to win MVP and hit 1,000 threes then go ahead. For me I would have Curry somewhere in my top 10-12 range but it really just comes down to how much the individual values him.
3. John Wall:
Bradley Beal and John Wall are easily one of the most explosive back courts in the NBA. Wall secured the third highest fantasy points scored among point guards last season only behind Westbrook and Harden.
He is a consistent 20 and ten guy who compete harder on defense then most point guards in the NBA. Wall will always fill the stat sheet he averaged 2 steals a game could always get a block or two.
The one big downside for wall compared to the other top point guards is his rebounds. He only got 4 rebounds a game last season so his chances for triple doubles are much lower but hopefully he can improve on the glass this year.
Basically the only reason I have Wall over Curry is because Wall will always have big games though the whole season, where Curry will be able to take a step back and let his teammates win the games through the regular season.
2. Kyrie Irving:
The new face if the Boston Celtics is going to have a monstrous year, being the number one option on a playoff team is going to be great for both the Celtics and Kyrie.
Without LeBron breathing down Irving’s neck I think he is going to bring new elements to his game, compared to the primarily isolation player he was in Cleveland. Kyrie is bound to thrive in Brad Stevens system and this is why I think his fantasy value is currently under-rated.
ESPN currently is ranking him 5th out of all Point Guards in the league which I think is insane. They currently have Chris Paul above him and Damian which I think is ridiculous because of the situation these players are in. They don’t have a James Harden who needs the ball 24/7 on their team.
I may have over rated Kyrie a little bit but we will see at the end of the year when he is a top 10 to top 5 fantasy player in the league.
1. Russell Westbrook:
There really isn’t a debate when it comes to who is the most valuable fantasy player in the entire league. Russell Westbrook proved himself last season winning the MVP and obtaining more fantasy points than any player in the league.
Averaging a astounding 31.58 PPG, 10.67 Assists and 10 rebounds last season it’s easy to see why he deserved to be MVP. But now he has a new challenge to incorporate two new superstars to the team and make everyone happy.
It’s well documented that Kevin Durant’s decision was partially influenced by how him and Westbrook meshed. So it’s important for Westbrook to share the ball and keep Carmelo and Paul George involved in the offense.
Fantasy wise these additions will have Westbrook’s points to take a downturn, but he should still average around 25 points a game. I want to see his assist numbers go way up which would make up for the loss in points but either way except a triple double almost every night.
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