Friday, October 4, 2013

Fantasy Basketball Steals

10. 97.1% Harrison Barnes- At 97.1% of all leagues owning him, Harrison is the most owned player on this list, but there are two players on this list who deserve to be owned in every league and Harrison is one of them. As a starter on a playoff team last year he averaged 9.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 0.6 SPG in just 25.4 MPG. During the team's relatively deep playoff run he averaged 16.1 PPG and 6.4 RPG in 38.4 MPG.
9. 34.3% Andrea Bargnani- Andrea Bargnani will be a huge wild card for the Knicks, that's why many fantasy players are playing it safe and letting Andrea go, but it is clear that his fantasy value is much higher than he's getting credit for. He can give you a three a night, 10-12 PPG, 4 RPG and possibly a block a game.
8. 23.2% Arron Afflalo- He could easily give 14-15 PPG this year after having averaged a career high 16.5 PPG last season. Victor Oladipo will affect his playtime, but he will be a contributor towards all points related categories.
7. 30.6% Enes Kanter- After not reaching even close to his potential in the past two seasons, former third pick Enes Kanter has essentially been forgotten about, but that will all change this season now that Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson have moved on. Kanter is easily a double-double performer; 10 PPG, 10 RPG, and 1 BPG.
6. 1.6% Lance Stephenson- Lance proved himself as one of the best rebounding guards in the league during last season's playoffs. I believe he will average 12 PPG, 5 RPG, 3 APG, and 1 SPG in 30 MPG. It is unexplainable to me how only 1.6% of leagues own Lance.
5. 20.2% Kyle Korver- Always one of the fantasy pick-me-ups during mid-season for those teams who lack 3 point shooting. Well, why not start early this year, if you lack 3 point shooters get him while he's still around because he is one of the best 3 point shooters in the league. 
4. 2.0% John Henson- My bold prediction of the list, I feel that Henson will make a big impact this year. He averaged 16.5 PPG, 12.9 RPG, and 1.8 BPG last season per 36. If he receives the playing time, he will easily be a huge pickup. He may not even have those same per 36 numbers, but you won't want to get rid of him.
3. 70.2% Amir Johnson- A personal favorite of mine last year, I picked him up around mid-season when I needed more rebounding, stealing, and blocking. His placement is fair as he plays for an unpredictable team. He will give you good numbers if he gets playtime, but with an awful team like Toronto, you never know if they'll play a guy like Amir less to try to develop a rookie.
2. 7.9% Tiago Splitter- Probably the player on this list with the largest drop compared to what I would expect (around 70%.) He averaged 10.3 PPG and 6.4 RPG last season in under 25 MPG. He can easily up those numbers this year with the departure of Dejuan Blair and the decline of Tim Duncan (the player who never seems to decline.)
1. 58.8% Eric Bledsoe- A must have, he along with Harrison Barnes should be owned by every league. 
He is my early prediction for most improved player of the year and I believe he will average numbers close to 15 PPG, 5 RPG, 6 APG, and 2.5 SPG.