Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Fantasy Front: Point Guards

By Anthony Peretore

For everyone involved in a fantasy basketball league, it is important to stay on top of your team on a daily basis. Injuries, demotions and even suspensions can happen at any time and it’s critical to catch these occurrences at their inception. Another integral part of fantasy is effectively structuring trades with your fellow managers. Knowing which players to expect to step up or fall off in coming weeks (or even months) is imperative in completing beneficial trades. To assist you in your managing, we at the NBA Source decided to handle the brunt of the work. Every few weeks we will provide you with rankings of the top ten players at each position as well as a select few you should expect to climb onto the list and those you should avoid all together.

We will base our rankings on a five category head-to-head league, thus, only points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks will factor into these lists. Players averages for each category will be listed, as well as their ranking in that particular category compared to the rest of the top ten, denoted in ( ).

Note: Ranking will not always be determined by 'Total Ranking'

1. Dwayne Wade #3, Miami Heat
Stat Line: 26.1 PPG (t-1), 5.0 RPG (3), 7.2 APG (t-3), 1.9 SPG (t-2), 1.3 BPG (1)
Total Ranking: 10

Status: Not Budging...MVP candidate

2. Steve Francis #3, Orlando Magic
Stat Line: 20.6 PPG (3), 7.7 RPG (1), 6.4 APG (8), 1.7 SPG (4), 0.2 BPG (t-4)
Total Ranking: 20

Status: Not Budging...Tracy who?

3. Allen Iverson #3, Philadelphia 76ers
Stat Line:
26.1 PPG (t-1), 3.2 RPG (8), 7.2 APG (t-4), 1.9 SPG (t-2), 0.0 BPG (t-7)
Total Ranking: 22

Status: Not Budging...Only injuries can knock him off

4. Steve Nash #13, Phoenix Suns
Stat Line: 16.2 PPG (8), 3.6 RPG (7), 11.6 APG (1), 1.2 SPG (9), 0.0 BPG (t-7)
Total Ranking: 32
Status: Staying put...Assists may drop, but probably not on that Suns team

5. Stephon Marbury #3, New York Knicks
Stat Line: 19.7 PPG (4), 2.4 RPG (10), 8.7 APG (2), 1.4 SPG (t-7), 0.1 BPG (6)
Total Ranking: 29
Status: Staying put...Points may increase, everything else will remain

6. Jamaal Tinsley #11, Indiana Pacers
Stat Line:
9.8 PPG (10), 4.1 RPG (6), 8.3 APG (3), 2.7 SPG (1), 0.6 BPG (2)
Total Ranking: 22

Status: Falling... Steals will fall off, as will Assists with recent suspensions

7. Chauncey Billups #1, Detroit Pistons
Stat Line:
18.7 PPG (6), 5.4 RPG (2), 6.9 APG (6), 1.4 SPG (t-7), 0.0 BPG (t-7)
Total Ranking: 28

Status: Falling...first four categories are career-highs, should all drop off

8. Rafer Alston #11, Toronto Raptors
Stat Line: 15.8 PPG (9), 4.3 RPG (t-4), 6.6 APG (7), 1.6 SPG (5), 0.0 BPG (t-7)
Total Ranking: 32

Status: Rising..."Skip to my Lou" making the most out of starters minutes

9. Gilbert Arenas #0, Washington Wizards
Stat Line: 19.1 PPG (5), 2.8 RPG (9), 6.0 APG (9), 1.5 SPG (6), 0.3 BPG (3)
Total Ranking: 32

Status: Rising?...Numbers should increase across the board, but who knows

10. Mike Bibby #10, Sacramento Kings
Stat Line: 17.6 PPG (7), 4.3 RPG (t-4), 5.8 APG (10), 1.0 SPG (10), 0.2 BPG (t-4)
Total Ranking: 35

Status: Dropping out...As soon as Baron is healthy, see ya Mike


Injured (But definately a top 10 player)...

  • Baron Davis #1, New Orleans Hornets
    Stats: 24.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG
    Status: Should return to Top 3 once his back is healthy

On the cusp (Potential to crack Top 10 soon)...

  • Kirk Hinrich #12, Chicago Bulls
    Stats:
    14.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG
    Status: Atrocious Bulls' Team killing his stats

  • Andre Miller #24, Denver Nuggets
    Stats: 11.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG
    Status: Think Jason Kidd rumors are getting in his head?

  • Sam Cassell #19, Minnesota Timberwolves
    Stat Line:
    13.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.0 BPG
    Status: Extremely slow start...Troy Hudson cashing in

Sleeper (Up and coming)...

  • Luke Ridnour #8, Seattle Supersonics
    Stat Line: 8.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG
    Status: Has proved himself on 10-2 Sonics team...Daniels in rearview

Passed out Cold (Above average, but avoid if possible)...

  • Gary Payton (BOS), Carlos Arroyo (UTH), Damon Stoudamire (POR), Tony Parker (SA), Jason Williams (MEM)

In a coma (Desperation move)...

  • Earl Boykins (DEN), Zoran Planinic (NJ), Jeff McInnis (CLE), Devin Harris (DAL)

Shooting Guards coming tomorrow...



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